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Senator presses for quick reopening of short term beds at Letterkenny Hospital

first_imgCalls have been made on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to reopen beds at Letterkenny Hospital with immediate effect. Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has commenced a billboard campaign in the lead up to this year’s budget for the reopening of all 20 beds in Letterkenny Hospital’s Short Stay Ward.In the lead up to last year’s budget, thousands of signatures were gathered for a Donegal Sinn Féin petition that was handed over to the office of the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. In the days that followed that budget, the government committed to reopening all the beds and recruiting the necessary staff but they have since provided the funding for the reopening of only five out of the 20 beds.Senator Mac Lochlainn commences billboard campaign for the reopening of beds at Letterkenny HospitalSenator Mac Lochlainn said: “There is an ongoing beds crisis at Letterkenny University Hospital that results in patients and their families waiting long hours at the emergency department, only to be placed in a trolley or a bed in an inappropriate location.This beds crisis also results in cancelled operations and growing hospital waiting lists for thousands of Donegal people”.“It is therefore outrageous that all of the 20 beds in Letterkenny Hospital’s Short Stay Ward have not been reopened, particularly when the people of Donegal were assured this would happen by the government last year,” he said. “While we need many more beds opened at Letterkenny University Hospital and at Community Hospitals across the county, these are beds that have been closed and we know from the hospital management that they can facilitate their speedy reopening, once the government releases the funding they have committed to and waives their recruitment embargo in this case.“My campaign is aimed at calling on Minister Simon Harris in particular to keep his word and to release the funding as soon as possible as part of this year’s budget,” he added.“The Minister and local politicians in Donegal assured us all that this was sorted last year. One year on, its time for action and not words this time”.Senator presses for quick reopening of short term beds at Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Medical Matters: Congestive Heart Failure and coping with it

first_imgThis week Dr Ciarán Roarty of Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice looks at why the heart fails, and what can be done about it. Heart failure doesn’t mean that your heart has actually stopped, but rather that it’s not working as well as it should be.Usually, your heart pumps a set amount of blood around your body during each heartbeat. In heart failure, your heart cannot cope and pump the full amount that it is needs to. It can be acute (comes on suddenly) or chronic ( develops over months or years).Our heart normally pumps a percentage of blood that comes into its bigger chambers further on.Doctors will usually try to decide if your heart failure means that you cannot pump this percentage, or if your heart can, but is still not coping. This will determine your best treatment. Heart failure is more common in older patients and is commonly diagnosed in patients in their seventies.Symptoms: These can vary but will often include breathlessness, especially on exertion, lethargy, coughing, dizziness, loss of appetite, constipation and fluid retention (often noticed as swollen ankles). There may be other symptoms depending on the cause eg chest pain or palpitations.What causes heart failure?Heart failure can develop as a complication of a lot of things. The most common is coronary artery disease where the actual arteries supplying blood to the muscle of the heart become narrowed or blocked.This may cause a heart attack (an acute blockage of one or more of these arteries) and subsequent heart failure.Other causes include problems with the muscle of the heart itself, raised blood pressure, problems with the valves in the heart, irregular rhythms in the heart as well as some drugs eg cocaine or excess alcohol. Sometimes “ non- heart” problems such as thyroid disease or anaemia may be a factor and sometimes we never really find out what the cause was.How is it diagnosed?Your doctor may find signs suggestive of heart failure such as an enlarged heart, fast pulse or signs of fluid retention. This may occur in other conditions so if your doctor suspects heart failure he/she will order special blood tests and an ECG –whick is a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart.Doctors can gain a lot of information about how healthy your heart is from an ECG. If these tests point towards a diagnosis of heart failure you will be referred to hospital for further tests such as an ultrasound of your heart or “echo”, xrays and further blood tests.How is it treated?It will not come as a big surprise to learn that lifestyle changes that doctors commonly recommend to treat other conditions are also useful in managing heart failure. These may include trying to maintain a healthy weight, refraining from smoking, reducing alcohol intake if consumed to excess, and taking some exercise, to the best of your ability.There are medicines that are commonly used in heart failure and these may require regular blood tests and/or adjustments. Some medicines are aimed at the underlying cause of your heart failure, for example, aspirin if you have had a heart attack. Underlying conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol may also be treated.It is important to take the medicines that have been prescribed for you exactly as advised and not to stop taking any medication without talking with your doctor. Some patients have little devices implanted under the skin over their chest to aid treatment. For example, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may detect an abnormal heart rhythm such as a slow heart rate and work by giving your heart extra support by working as as a normal pacemaker.Alternatively, if your heart is beating too fast it may give you a burst of extra slightly faster beats to slow your heart down again. It can also give you a shock ( a bit like the defibrillators do when used by paramedics or trained first aiders when someone has collapsed in the community with a heart problem ) to restore a regular heartbeat.Pacemakers may also be implanted and these work to control the heart signals within the heart so that the heart can beat more effectively.In a certain number of cases, it may be necessary to have surgery to replace a damaged valve or even heart transplant in some cases.What’s the prognosis?This depends on the cause of heart failure, how many other conditions you may have, as well as the severity of heart failure. Your specialist will be able to advise better in an individual case. Often things remain stable for a number of years before deteriorating, while in other cases things progress gradually. If a reversable cause is discovered, then it may drastically improve symptoms by treating the cause.New treatments are improving the outlook but unfortunately about half of patients who are diagnosed with heart failure will die within 5 years.The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor.Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasoundis a full-time GP at Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice, Scally Place, Letterkenny, Tel 0749164111 http://scallys.ieDr Ciaran Roarty at the Scally McDaid Roarty surgery in Letterkenny.Medical Matters: Congestive Heart Failure and coping with it was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dr Ciaran RoartyFailureheartMedical Matterslast_img read more

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George W. Bush Has Joined Facebook

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social networks#web Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, now has a Facebook profile. The man who famously said he liked to “use the Google” to look at aerial maps of his ranch will now have a presence in arguably the most democratic publishing community in history.So far the reaction has been almost entirely positive. That’s because you have to “like” Bush in order to be allowed to comment on his wall. For a large portion of the world, putting “I like George Bush” into their newsfeed would be like garlic to a vampire. You are, remember, either with him or against him.It will be interesting to see if he adds the annual Bohemian Grove gathering to his Facebook events listings (you can post photos by Facebook mobile, GW!), or what kinds of organizations he “likes.” You know he’s going to get confused by the privacy settings – who doesn’t?That is all. Go now, and write messages on his wall.Update: As one reader pointed out in comments, this is a Fan page, not a personal profile. So the requirement that a user “likes” the page before commenting is just a convenient part of how Facebook works. As a Fan page, the account does not have a field for making friends. In other words, George Bush may be on Facebook, but he does not have any friends. Is it better to have Fans than to have Friends? Such are the question for the ages that our former leader must now ponder. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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20 Pieces of Film Gear You Can Print With a 3D Printer

first_imgCreated by: Tom Porter (mandy2tom)Photo by: Tom Porter (mandy2tom)When it comes to video editing, organization is key. Using this nifty SD card holder, you can place all of your cards in a single place at your editing bay. After you get done dumping a card, you can flip it around in the case to signify that you’re done with it.15. Lens Hood Photo by: Joey R. (3dHobbies)Created by: Joey R. (3dHobbies)While you will definitely not want to 3D print a rail system, you can 3D print a slider and slider mount if you’re looking for a low-cost DIY slider solution. This model was created for a GoPro, but you could use any small camera in its place.19. Custom Film Slate Photo by: Steven LuscherCreated by: Steven LuscherEvery indie filmmaker should own at least one glidecam. They are typically easy to use and can produce some incredible results. This simple 3D-printable rig uses a pole, counterweight, and 3D-printed gimbal to balance a camera for long tracking shots.18. Slider Created by: mars CubedPhoto by: mars CubedA microphone shock absorber is crucial if you want to get pro boom audio. Using this fun design created by mars Cubed, you can create a decent shock absorber. You’ll just need to purchase the rubber bands separately.13. Lens Caps Created by: Tony BoernerPhoto by: Tony BoernerWhile a zip-tie follow focus rig will do in some situations, it certainly isn’t perfect. A much better approach would be to use this zip-tie/3D-printed-lever combination. The arms have teeth that can grab onto the rubber gear rings on your lens.3. Gear Rings Created by:  Caleb Barrett (bipedal)Photo by: Jonathan Stephens (sirbrialliance)If you do a lot of field recording, then you know that a pistol grip is a great accessory for recording on-location audio. This simple grip features an adjustable head, allowing you to tilt the grip however you see fit.6. 360 VR Rig Created by: Ana Marazzi (amamarazzixd)Photo by: Ana Marazzi (amamarazzixd)Want to make your next big film look super-legit? Just 3D print a custom clapboard with the name of your production embossed in plastic. After you print out this 3D model, you can simply apply some adhesive white board to make it easy to use on a video or film set.20. Portable Audio Recorder Mic Stand Adapter Created by: Alex Forey (alfo)Photo by: Alex Forey (alfo)If you want to create your own version of an EVF, you can print out a tube to block incoming light. While the example above uses white, I personally recommend using black, as it won’t distort your light quality when looking through the eyepiece. You’ll also probably want to purchase an eyepiece separately if you want a more comfortable EVF.11. Umbrella Holder and Hot Shoe Adapter Created by: Tyler Winegarner (photoresistor)Photo by: Tyler Winegarner (photoresistor)Blackmagic cameras are notorious for having difficult-to-discern screens. Fortunately, 3D printing a screen hood offers a solution for users of the Blackmagic Pocket Camera. In fact, no matter what camera you’re using, there’s probably a printable screen hood out there that will meet your needs. Just look around!10. EVF Cover Created by: dtLABPhoto by: dtLAB VR filmmaking is definitely growing in popularity. Unfortunately, a 360 rig can be pretty expensive. Perhaps instead of buying your rig from a third-party company, you should just print your own rig at home! This GoPro rig can hold up to six cameras for a full 360-degree filmmaking experience.7. Tripod Plate Created by: gicksPhoto by: gicksA lens hood is perfect for keeping out unwanted light spillover. You can find dozens of lens hood designs online. If you own a lens, there’s a good chance it has a free 3D-printable lens hood model online.16. Steadicamcenter_img Created by: SketchPunk LabsPhoto by: SketchPunk LabsWhile you would never want to 3D print a full tripod, a table top tripod is a totally different story. Just purchase the extra screw and you’re good to go. This tripod rig probably can’t hold a full-size camera — but if you have an action cam, cell phone, or audio recorder, it might be a great option.9. Screen Hood Created by: Dmitry K Valberg (gcardnial)Photo by: Dmitry K Valberg (gcardnial)I’ve probably lost no less than a dozen lens caps in the last few years. However, there’s no need to buy replacements anymore. You can easily create new lens caps with a 3D printer. There are literally hundreds of cap models online for every type of lens. Pro tip: sand down the side facing your glass to avoid scratches.14. SD Card Holder Created by: Frits Stam (frits297)Photo by: Frits Stam (frits297)Steadicams can run you thousands of dollars online. While we can’t say that this 3D-printed steadicam will work as well as a professional one, it’s certainly not a bad steadicam for a beginner. Just keep in mind that this model may require a lot of plastic.17. Glidecam Create your very own film gear with these free 3D models. This is why every filmmaker and videographer should own a 3D printer.Top image via Gilles PinaultFor just a few hundred dollars, you can have your very own 3D printer with plastic — but 3D printers can be used to print way more than just action figures. While big-budget Hollywood features have been using 3D printers for years, they are just now finding their way into the indie-film world.From camera rigs to drones, a 3D printer can create a whole lot of really useful film gear. If you’re looking for some awesomely practical 3D-film-gear models (or you’re just interested in the potential uses for a 3D printer in a filmmaking context), then you’re going to love this article.1. DSLR Rig System Created by: Charles Gantt (TheMakersWorkbench)Photo by: Charles Gantt (TheMakersWorkbench)While a light stand to hot shoe mount isn’t normally that expensive, it will still run you around $20 to purchase a new one online. Instead, you can simply print out a light stand to hot shoe adapter that can take an umbrella light.12. Boom Mic Shock Absorber Created by: SubmodalPhoto by: mryoungcollins If you already have a follow focus system, you can easily 3D print a gear ring that’s right for your lens. If you look around online, you can find a 3D gear ring for virtually every lens in the world.4. Camera DroneIf you’ve ever dreamed of crafting your very own drone, we’ve got good news: you can use these schematics from Hovership to print one. They’ve also put together a few kits with all of the accessories you’ll need to put the drone together. Obviously, building a drone is no easy task. But if you’re looking for a new passion project, you should definitely check this out. The video below shows the Hovership in action.5. Audio Pistol Grip Created by: nrpPhoto by: nrpA tripod plate can be easily forgotten on a film set. Luckily, you can find 3D models of most tripod plate heads online. Simply purchase the right 1/4″ screw and you can have a replacement within minutes.8. Mini Tripod Created by: Julian Gebhardt (webghost)Photo by: Gilles PinaultBy simply purchasing some standard rail pipe and a few screws, you can easily create this elaborate DSLR rig. This rig can be coupled with a back weight to better balance the overall rig.2. Follow Focus Created by: Adafruit IndustriesPhoto by: Adafruit IndustriesIf you shoot a lot of live events or concerts, you’ll probably want to record ambient noise using a portable recorder. Using this free 3D model, you can convert any mic stand into a portable audio recorder.Is it worth purchasing a 3D printer to create film equipment? What gear have you printed yourself? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Bulandshahr mob violence: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath meets slain inspector’s family

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday met the family members of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was killed in the Bulandshahr violence and assured them of justice and strict action against the culprits.The Chief Minister met Singh’s wife and two sons at their Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow, an official spokesman said.“The CM has given assurance to the victim’s family that they will remain like a family and there would not any disturbance in their studies,” DGP OP Singh, who was also present, told reporters.Education loan waiverHe said Mr. Adityanath had decided that the government would pay off the education loan that the family had taken.“The Chief Minister has assured us that he will remain with us in this difficult time and ensure justice for us. He said strict action will be taken against those involved,” the victim’s son Shrey Singh said.Mr. Adityanath declared on Monday a compensation of ₹ 40 lakh for the wife, ₹ 10 lakh for the parents and a government job for a member of his family.The inspector was the Investigating Officer (IO) in the 2015 Akhlaq lynching case.Singh and a 20-year-old man were killed in mob violence triggered by alleged slaughter of cows in Bulandshahr.The Chief Minister had ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western district.Mr. Adityanath held a late night meeting on Tuesday with the Chief Secretary, the DGP, the principal secretary (home) and the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence).The Chief Minister had drawn flak from Opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday.An official spokesman said the Chief Minister was of the view that the incident “is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner”.last_img read more

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BJP, TMC trade charges ahead of Amit Shah’s Bengal Rath Yatra

first_imgThe fate of the much publicised Rath Yatra of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is likely to be decided by the Calcutta High Court on Thursday. On Wednesday, a petition by the BJP alleging that the State government is denying permission to the rally on political grounds was taken up for hearing at the Calcutta High Court but the matter remained inconclusive. While Justice Tapobrata Chakraborty asked the State government to come up with its stand on the issue, State’s advocate general Kishore Dutta said that the BJP has approached wrong authorities for seeking the permission. The matter will come up for hearing on Thursday. The BJP’s Rath Yatra, which is also called Ganatantra Bachao Yatra (Save Democracy Rally), is scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah at Cooch Behar on December 7. TMC attempting to foil our Yatra, says Cooch Behar BJP chief Meanwhile in Cooch Behar, the BJP leadership alleged that the Trinamool Congress is leaving no stone unturned for foiling the its Rath Yatra in the district. Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that the Trinamool Congress is pressurising the transport operators to return the deposits to the party for providing vehicles for the rally. BJP district president Malati Rava said that the party is facing such an adverse situation that they are forced to hold a rally in a paddy field three kilometres away from the city. “ We are guarding the venue round the clock, 15 to 20 of our party workers are there even in the night. In the past there has been occasion that the rally venue has been vandalised by members of the party,” Ms Rava told The Hindu. Ms. Rava alleged that the ruling party has booked all the grounds and stadium in the district on pretext of holding some events. There has also been reports of posters of BJP being torn and defaced allegedly by supporters of the ruling party.‘Only Lord Krishna can bring Rath Yatra to Bengal’State’s Minister for North Bengal Development and MLA from Cooch Behar, Rabindranath Ghosh, denied all allegation and said the BJP is levelling such charges to grab headlines. “ In Cooch Behar we have old Madan Mohan temple and only the Lord Krishna can bring out the rally. After we raised the issue, the BJP is now calling its Rath Yatra, Ganatantra Bachao Yatra,” Mr Ghosh said. For a party which has taken away democratic rights of 40 lakh people in adjoining State Assam, it is a joke that they talk about democracy, he added.last_img read more

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Speaking a second language may change how you see the world

first_imgWhere did the thief go? You might get a more accurate answer if you ask the question in German. How did she get away? Now you might want to switch to English. Speakers of the two languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world, according to a new study. The work also finds that bilinguals may get the best of both worldviews, as their thinking can be more flexible.Cognitive scientists have debated whether your native language shapes how you think since the 1940s. The idea has seen a revival in recent decades, as a growing number of studies suggested that language can prompt speakers to pay attention to certain features of the world. Russian speakers are faster to distinguish shades of blue than English speakers, for example. And Japanese speakers tend to group objects by material rather than shape, whereas Koreans focus on how tightly objects fit together. Still, skeptics argue that such results are laboratory artifacts, or at best reflect cultural differences between speakers that are unrelated to language.In the new study, researchers turned to people who speak multiple languages. By studying bilinguals, “we’re taking that classic debate and turning it on its head,” says psycholinguist Panos Athanasopoulos of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. 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English has a grammatical toolkit for situating actions in time: “I was sailing to Bermuda and I saw Elvis” is different from “I sailed to Bermuda and I saw Elvis.” German doesn’t have this feature. As a result, German speakers tend to specify the beginnings, middles, and ends of events, but English speakers often leave out the endpoints and focus in on the action. Looking at the same scene, for example, German speakers might say, “A man leaves the house and walks to the store,” whereas an English speaker would just say, “A man is walking.”This linguistic difference seems to influence how speakers of the two languages view events, according to the new study. Athanasopoulos and colleagues asked 15 native speakers of each language to watch a series of video clips that showed people walking, biking, running, or driving. In each set of three videos, the researchers asked subjects to decide whether a scene with an ambiguous goal (a woman walks down a road toward a parked car) was more similar to a clearly goal-oriented scene (a woman walks into a building) or a scene with no goal (a woman walks down a country lane). German speakers matched ambiguous scenes with goal-oriented scenes about 40% of the time on average, compared with 25% among English speakers. This difference implies that German speakers are more likely to focus on possible outcomes of people’s actions, but English speakers pay more attention to the action itself.Bilingual speakers, meanwhile, seemed to switch between these perspectives based on the language most active in their minds. The researchers found that 15 Germans fluent in English were just as goal-focused as any other native speaker when tested in German in their home country. But a similar group of 15 German-English bilinguals tested in English in the United Kingdom were just as action-focused as native English speakers. This change could also be seen as an effect of culture, but a second experiment showed that bilinguals can also switch perspectives as fast as they can switch languages.In another group of 30 German-English bilinguals, the researchers kept one language busy during the video-matching task by making participants repeat strings of numbers out loud in either English or German. Distracting one language seemed to automatically bring the influence of the other language to the fore. When researchers “blocked” English, subjects acted like typical Germans and saw ambiguous videos as more goal-oriented. With German blocked, bilingual subjects acted like English speakers and matched ambiguous and open-ended scenes. When the researchers surprised subjects by switching the language of the distracting numbers halfway through the experiment, the subjects’ focus on goals versus process switched right along with it. The results suggest that a second language can play an important unconscious role in framing perception, the authors conclude online this month in Psychological Science. “By having another language, you have an alternative vision of the world,” Athanasopoulos says. “You can listen to music from only one speaker, or you can listen in stereo … It’s the same with language.”“This is an important advance,” says cognitive scientist Phillip Wolff of Emory University in Atlanta who wasn’t connected to the study. “If you’re a bilingual speaker, you’re able to entertain different perspectives and go back and forth,” he says. “That really hasn’t been shown before.”But researchers who doubt that language plays a central role in thinking are likely to remain skeptical. The artificial laboratory setting may make people rely on language more than they normally would, says cognitive psychologist Barbara Malt of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “In a real-world situation, I could find reasons to pay attention to the continuity of an action and other reasons where I would pay attention to the endpoint,” she says. “Nothing says I have to be a bilingual to do that … It doesn’t mean language is the lens through which I see the world.”last_img read more

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Second cut off list of Delhi University holds out hope

first_imgIf Delhi University’s first list sent out shock waves across the country, the second one is set to serve as a shock absorber.As there are vacant seats for most courses, several colleges, including the sought-after North Campus institutions, released a second cut-off list late on Monday.Cut-off marks have decreased in programmes such as BCom (honours), BA programme and registered a significant dip in many science courses.Though Shri Ram College of Commerce has managed to fill all its general category seats in BCom and economics courses even with its muchhyped first list, colleges such as Kirori Mal College, Sri Venkateswara College, SGTB Khalsa College, Gargi College, Kamla Nehru College and Lady Shri Ram College are still open for admission to the popular commerce programmes.Science students, who were disappointed by the sharp increase in cut- off marks as against last year’s, can still be hopeful for admission to zoology, botany and, in some colleges, even in physics and chemistry.At Daulat Ram College, for instance, the cut- off percentage for physics and chemistry has been slashed by as much as 5 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively.Kirori Mal College, on the other hand, has brought down the cut- off for botany and zoology by six and three per cent, respectively, in the second list.As the cut- offs are coming down, some colleges have even braced themselves for cancellation of admission in the first list. ” With other sought after colleges slashing their qualifying marks, some of our students might cancel their admission with us and move out. But we had seen this coming,” media Crunch- hit minelords adviser of a North Campus college, who did not wish to be identified, said.advertisementMeanwhile, like the last three years, admission to seats reserved under the OBC quota is turning out to be a tough task for DU colleges.Even SRCC, which has filled all its general category seats is open for admission in the second list for OBC quota. Hence, colleges in some courses have even gone to the extent of giving almost a 10 per cent relaxation in a bid to attract students.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Premier Badminton League Season 5 to Take Place from January 20-February 9

first_img badmintonkidambi srikanthPremier Badminton LeaguePV Sindhu First Published: November 13, 2019, 4:54 PM IST New Delhi: Some of the top shuttlers including World Champion PV Sindhu will be in action when the fifth edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), featuring eight teams, gets underway on January 20.The upcoming season which concludes on February 9 will be staged this time in Chennai, Delhi, Lucknow, and Bangalore. The league owned by Badminton Association of India (BAI) and organized by Sportzlive, offers a total purse of Rs 6 crore with the winner taking home a cheque of Rs 3 crore.While the Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors had lifted the trophy in the last edition, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashers, Delhi Dashers, and Hyderabad Hotshots are the other past winners.”India’s prowess in badminton has been re-established once again as PV Sindhu became the first Indian to become the world champion. Sai Praneeth also brought a men’s singles medal after 36 years, signifying India’s stupendous development in the sport.”The fifth season of PBL will give badminton lovers a priceless opportunity to watch these champions live,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma, President of BAI.The 21-day event will be streamed live by Hotstar with Star Sports being the official broadcaster.With the 2020 Tokyo Games scheduled to be held in July-August and shuttlers focussed on sealing their Olympic spots, it will be interesting to see how they manage their workload and ensure participation in the cash-rich tournament. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Kabali second teaser: Smashing Rajinikanth brings back the 80s heat wave

first_imgAs promised by the makers, the new teaser of Kabali is out and it’s infectiously captivating. While there have been speculations about the health conditions ofSuperstar, the actor has bounced back with a bang. Needless to say, thestyle quotient of the 65-year-old actor hasn’t dropped even after all theseyears.ALSO READ: Kabali music review, a phenomenal theme music, intriguing soundtrack from Santhosh Narayanan ALSO READ: Kabali has raked in Rs 200 cr even before its release (this is not a Rajinikanth joke)Ever since the teaser was out, it has not only created a history with the number of views but also raised many eyebrows about the possible avatars Rajinikanth might take in the film.Also, Kabali happens to have been inspired from the Chennai don, Kabaleeswaran. Rajinikanth will be seen donning the role of a gangster after the megahit Basha and the traits of the 1995 movie are clearly visible in Kabali as well.Sporting a role of his age, Rajinikanth has tarnished his critics and one has to give it to Pa Ranjith for having brought the Rajinikanth from the 80s, who we have been dying to see all these years.Here is the second teaser of Kabali: Produced by Kalaipuli S Dhanu, the film stars Radhika Apte, Kalaiarasan, Winston Chao, Dinesh and Dhansika in the lead roles and is slated forJuly 15 release.Neruppu Dalast_img read more

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