Ashoke Dinda infuriated by RCBs reference to Dinda Academy lashes out on

first_imgDinda isn’t happy about his name being used with a negative connotationTwitter/Ashoke DindaAshoke Dinda has been a successful medium pace bowler for Bengal in domestic cricket. His international career, unfortunately, never flourished. For most ardent followers of Indian cricket, the most enduring memory of him might be getting hit for a six on the last ball of a T20I match at Wankhede Stadium by Eoin Morgan when his team needed 5 to win.This seems to have left a rather negative image of the right-arm pacer as a profligate and incompetent bowler. In these days of social media, a stereotype can become popular very quickly and that’s what has happened to Dinda also. During the ongoing season of IPL, every time a bowler has proven to be expensive or failed to deliver at crucial times, he has been declared a member of ‘Dinda Academy’ by the Twitterati.ControversyThis was the original tweet from RCB which set off the stormTwitter/Royal Challengers BangaloreFor a long time, these kinds of references were limited to fans. But on April 24, after Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab with Umesh Yadav picking up three wickets and bowling well in the final over, even the official Twitter handle of RCB put out a tweet which read: ‘Dinda Academy? What’s that?’ with a picture of Umesh below. This followed the reaction of fans to an earlier match where the RCB bowler almost failed to defend 26 runs in the last over against a rampaging Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Yadav had been announced as a member of ‘Dinda Academy’ on social media at that time.This provocation from an official Twitter handle proved too much for the Bengal seamer and he vented his spleen on Instagram. His post had a very clear message for those who decided to have a chuckle at his expense: “Haters, helping you get you statistics right. Stop and stare well your opinion is not my reality. So shut your hating selves and keep me out of your mouth.” This text was attached to a picture showing his IPL record: 78 matches, 75 innings, 69 wickets, economy of 8.20 and average of 30.04.Dinda responded on InstagramInstagram/Ashoke DindaThe RCB twitter page had removed the tweet well before this outburst from Dinda. The reactions from the fans to Dinda’s rebuke are, as would be expected, of a mixed nature. Some have backed the bowler while some feel he has been too sensitive. Some, meanwhile, continue to poke fun at him.But it is undeniable that judging Dinda on the basis of a few performances is wrong. The 35-year old has played 115 first-class matches and picked 417 wickets. In 92 List A games, he grabbed 141 scalps while his overall T20 record features 146 wickets in 144 games. He was able to represent India in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is without any ground-shaking performance.last_img read more

Tamanna Simhadri reigniting fight between Mahesh Vitta Varun Sandesh in Bigg Boss

first_imgTransgender Tamanna Simhadri with Mahesh Vitta and other housemates on Bigg Boss Telugu 3Screenshot of hotstar video Have your say in the pollVote: Who among these 8 contestants should be eliminated from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 2? 1. Vithika Sheru 18.4% 2. Sreemukhi 17.89% 3. Mahesh Vitta 15.59% 4. Jaffar Babu 12.21% 5. Himaja Reddy 10% 6. Varun Sandesh 9.46% 7. Punarnavi Bhupalam 8.78% 8. Rahul Sipligunj 7.67% Shwetha @shwetha0811 Vila. @vileDudette #TamannaSimhadri is bang on abt #MaheshVitta n #VarunSandesh ‘s spat Thr was no need for Mahesh to apologise again n again n this WILD card started playing the game already W.I.L.D card in true sense  #BiggBossTelugu3 . @psychosid_ Really impreased with varun’s maturity even after the big fight i thought he will nominate mahesh but he didn’t do yet on other hand mahesh slowly getting into the trap of tamanna as she provocated him, he nominated both vithika and varun even after clarification #BiggBossTelugu3 బాడిశ గోపినాథ్ @GBadisha Sri teja @ksriteja1 Tamanna started the game! She’s against Varun & Vithika  #BiggBossTelugu3 Røwdy Lîkhìth sãí @LikhithKaturi Tamanna cleverly playing in accord with audience pulse she know mahesh holds support over varun so targeting varun & get support from viewers she also manipulated and brought hatred towards varun & vithika in house, its the reason i say trans shouldn’t be brought #BiggBossTelugu3 Chanu @Chanu84134260 Yes..I agree with you brother.. #MaheshVitta influenced by #TamannaSimhadri @StarMaa and @iamnagarjuna Seems #mahesh got influenced by #TamannaSimhadri  Nominating #VithikaSheru is ok, but he shouldn’t have nominated #VarunSandesh Sunny Kesh @Sunnykesh Mona Reddy @MonaMunny7 DeepthiReddy @DeepRK94 SatyaNarayana Perapu @Satya_perapu #BiggBossTelugu3 wild card entry contestant #TamannaSimhadri is influenced #MaheshVitta and targets #VarunSandesh ana #VithikaSheru I think #NagarjunaAkkineni sir to warn #TamannaSimhadri not to do like that on Saturday night in @bigbossTelugu What #TamannaSimhadri has said on the issue of #MaheshVitta is  correct #VarunSandesh has no right to call a person as cheap character none of the HM has talked about this even the host #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBoss3Telugu @StarMaa Diyoo Saidulu @Diyo_Saidulu Tamanna simhadri may be biggest threat for mahesh rather than varun her provocative speeches made to mahesh and jaffar proved that srireddy matter hahaha what a contestant biggboss superb.. #BiggBossTelugu3 Kavya @Kavyareddy92 #MaheshVitta before #TamannaSimhadri entry…. Thappu chesanemo! After TS entry… Nannu evaru ardham chesukoledhu!! Ali Reza before TS entry… Repu udayam exercise cheyyali After TS entry… Varun Sandesh is wrong Reyiiii….. What da weak mind!!! #BiggBossTelugu3 Santo! @softwareudyogi #BiggBossTelugu3 #TamannaSimhadri the worst character. Watch her so called YouTube videos. Craves for publicity & milage. Targeting #varunsandesh purelyNow everyone saying Vithika was wrong. Wow Transgender Tamanna Simhadri, who made a wildcard entry on Bigg Boss Telugu 3, seems to be influencing Mahesh Vitta and creating rift between him and couple Varun Sandesh and Vithika Sheru.The makers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 surprised 14 contestants, by sending Tamanna Simhadri inside the house on Monday. The transgender, who watched the show for a week, realized that Mahesh Vitta, Baba Bhaskar and Jaffar Babu are popular contestants. She started playing her game within no time after she entered the house.It is known that Mahesh Vitta and Varun Sandesh were seen having heated argument with each other last week. But both of them put the fight behind and are back as friends. Mahesh apologized to the couple. Even Varun forgave Mahesh and he stayed away from nominating the latter for the elimination.But Tamanna Simhadri seemed to be reigniting the fight between the two contestants, as she spoke to Mahesh. She said that he should not to apologize Vithika and Varun Sandesh, as the couple was at fault. Her words definitely brought change in Mahesh, who went on nominate Varun’s wife Vithika for eviction. Her influence is likely to create more trouble inside the house.Many viewers also feel that Mahesh Vitta has come the influence of Tamanna Simhadri after talking to her. Hence, he nominated Vithika for elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Here is how they reacted.UTTAM KRISHNA @UTTAMKRISHNA Meanwhile Tamanna’s poke made Mahesh Vitta think that there was nothing wrong with his behaviour & he apologized for no reason. Hence nominated Varun and Vithika out of grudge. #BiggBossTelugu3  @uknit I’m Damm sure #TamannaSimhadri going influence housemates with unwanted points #BiggBossTelugu3 #satyaperapu #MaheshVitta unfit for #BiggBossTelugu3 Can u influence by #TamannaSimhadri Issue got settled and everyone was fine Once again #TamannaSimhadri made comments #MaheshVitta and #jaffar nominated #VarunSandesh #VithikaSheru #BiggBoss How fool your #MaheshVitta He told sorry and concluded in front of @iamnagarjuna after wildcard #TamannaSimhadri provoked #MaheshVitta Today he nominated couples Looks #TamannaSimhadri going to disturb house #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBossTelugu I saw many seasons irrespective of languages… transgender and gay contestants are always loyal and very good at heart and they always wanted people to be happy. But this Telugu Trans Tamanna snake is very dangerous. #BiggBossTelugu3 #maheshvitta topic is discussed by #TamannaSimhadri yes she got a point.. it shuld discussed by @iamnagarjuna bt he is busy with their romanace topic #BiggBossTelugu3 People thought it’s unfair that @iamnagarjuna garu didn’t discuss about #vithika #mahesh #varun issue. #BiggBossTelugu3 has their own reasons and conveyed intelligently through #TamannaSimhadrilast_img read more

Take Rohingya issue to UN BNP asks govt

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirAccusing the government of having failed to take any step to resolve the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday urged it to raise the issue at the United Nations.”Foreign ministers from Indonesia and Turkey are arriving here over the Rohingya crisis. The United Nations has issued a statement to stop persecution on them immediately. But, our government didn’t send any envoy anywhere and it still didn’t take any step to take the issue to the United Nations,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “From this meeting, I strongly demand the government immediately raise the issue at the United Nations and take proper steps to resolve the problem.”The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion programme arranged by Dhaka North city unit BNP at the National Press Club, marking the 10th ‘jail release’ day of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Fakhrul said the government has failed to give shelter to thousands of Muslim and Hindu Rohingyas who are fleeing their country in the face of mass killing and persecution by the Myanmar army.”The current government has also failed to force the Myanmar authorities to take back the Rohingya refugees ensuring their rights and dignity through diplomatic efforts,” he observed.The BNP secretary general alleged that the current government is again trying to hold a lopsided election like 5-January 2014 one.He warned that the country’s people will not allow the ruling party to hold any lopsided election. “The 11th parliamentary elections must be held under a neutral election-time supportive government conducted by an impartial Election Commission.”Fakhrul said the government is killing people and making them disappeared as it has no accountability.He called upon BNP leaders and activists to get united to get rid of the ‘misrule’ of the current regime through putting up a strong resistance at every locality.last_img read more

Rohingya aid truck crash kills 9

first_img.At least nine people were killed and 13 others injured after a relief-laden truck for Rohingya people had fallen into a roadside ditch near Chhadkhola BGB border post in Naikhyangchhari upazila on Thursday.The deceased are day laborers, said district superintendant of police Sanjit Kumar Roy.Bandarban Red Crescent Society secretary AKN Jahangir said driver of a relief truck for the Rohingya refugees of Shonkhola temporary Rohingya camp lost his control over the streering and the truck veered off the road.The truck fell into a roadside ditch in the area around 7:45am, leaving six people killed on the spot and eight others injured, he added.Local upazila health complex resident physician Salman Karim Kahn said some 16 injured were admitted in the hospital and three of them succumbed to their injuries. Another injured was sent to Cox’s Bazaar Sadar hospital as his condition deteriorated.Bandarban deputy Commissioner (DC) Dilip Kumar Banik confirmed the incident.last_img read more

Schoolboy killed over seniorjunior feud

first_imgMd Hasan. Photo collected from FacebookA schoolboy was stabbed to death due to dispute between local ‘senior group’ and ‘junior group’ at Chandni Ghat of Chakbazar in Old Dhaka early Saturday, reports UNB.The victim is Md Hasan, a JSC candidate of Islambagh Ideal School.Hasan, son of Mohammad Ali, was residing at 20 Hazi Rahim Box Lane of Posta in Lalbagh.Quoting the father of the victim, sources at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) said one Ali, 15, allegedly stabbed Hasan centring dispute between ‘senior group’ and ‘junior group’ at Chandni Ghat Shishu Hospital Goli at around 9:00pm on Friday.He was rushed to DMCH with fatal injuries where he succumbed to his injuries at around 4:30am, said ASI Babul Miah of DMCH police camp.last_img read more

Nipah virus death toll in India jumps to 10

first_imgAnimal Husbandry department and Forest officials deposit a bat into a container after catching it inside a well at Changaroth in Kozhikode in the Indian state of Kerala on 21 May, 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll from an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in southern India jumped to 10 Tuesday with more than 90 people quarantined to try to stem the spread of the disease, officials said.With tests from other suspect deaths awaited, authorities in Kerala state have ordered emergency measures to control the virus, which is spread by fruit bats.Three of the fatalities are members of the same family — dead bats were found in a well at their home. A nurse who treated one of the family has also died, leaving a heart-wrenching note for her family.”We sent 18 samples for testing. Out of these 12 tested positive. Ten of those who tested positive have died and the remaining two are undergoing treatment,” a health official in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, the centre of the outbreak, told AFP.Ninety-four people who have come into contact with those who died have been isolated in their homes.”They have been quarantined as a precaution,” Kerala state health surveillance officer K.J. Reena told AFP.Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India since 1998 and has a mortality rate of nearly 70 percent, according to the World Health Organisation.There is no vaccination for the virus which induces flu-like symptoms that lead to an agonising encephalitis and coma.The WHO has named Nipah as one of the eight priority diseases that could cause a global epidemic, alongside the likes of Ebola and Zika.- Nurse hailed -Among the dead in the Kerala outbreak was nursing assistant and mother-of-two Lini Puthussery, who had helped to treat one of the original family suffering from Nipah.Puthussery died on Monday and was cremated before her family members could bid her a final goodbye because of fears the virus could spread.In a final note she scribbled in a hospital isolation unit, she urged her husband to take care of the children.”I don’t think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please take care of our children,” she said.Kerala state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Puthussery’s “selfless service will be remembered”.He also said many professionals had expressed their willingness to work in Nipah affected areas. “The government of Kerala welcomes their service,” he said on Twitter.Health authorities across the state were on high alert, setting up medical camps and a control room to tackle the emerging situation.They have urged residents to take precautions include avoiding eating fruit fallen on the ground and drinking raw date palm sap.U.V. Jose, district collector of Kozhikode, said government and private hospitals were working in close coordination.”Health staff are visiting individual households giving them specific instructions including about eating fruits from outside and other precautions,” he told AFP.Authorities in Goa and Tamil Nadu states, neighbouring Kerala, said they were monitoring the spread of the outbreak.Nipah first appeared in Malaysia in 1998. It spread to Singapore and more than 100 people were killed. On that occasion, pigs were the virus hosts but they are believed to have caught it from bats.In India the disease was first reported in 2001 and again six years later, with the two outbreaks claiming 50 lives.Both times the disease was reported in West Bengal state bordering Bangladesh.Bangladesh has borne the brunt of the disease in recent years, with more than 100 people dying of Nipah since a first outbreak was reported in 2001. In 2004, humans became infected with Nipah after eating date palm sap contaminated by fruit bats.last_img read more

Cold Weather To Continue Through Wednesday National Weather Services Forecast

first_imgNational Weather Services Share Cold temperatures can be expected Wednesday and Thursday and another Hard Freeze Warning might be needed. A warming trend can be expected at the end of the week and over the weekend.NWS Houstoncenter_img There will be some accumulations of sleet and ice on structures and vegetation. Where temperatures are below freezing longer, impacts to roads and possibly power lines are expected with icing. Precipitation will end from north to south beginning this afternoon, so portions of the warning may be cancelled early. The area will see breezy north winds, gusting to 25 to 35 mph and even higher at the coast. There will also be hazardous wind chills falling into the teens areawide by this afternoon. Hard Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Advisories will likely be needed tonight through Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Texas DPS 2018 Report On Gangs Notes MS13 Uses Houston As Hub

first_img Share Edgard Garrido/APThe Texas DPS says the gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is increasing its membership in Texas and using Houston as a “hub” for criminal activity.The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), one of the most violent and feared gangs in the world, is increasing its criminal activity in Houston, according to the Texas Gang Threat Assessment for 2018, which the Department of Public Safety has released this week.MS-13 is involved in drug and human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion, among other illegal activities. It was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants from El Salvador and later spread throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada.The report describes MS-13 as a Tier 1 threat and notes the gang has historically used Texas as “a transitional area or as a location to hide from criminal charges in other states or countries.” However, recent intelligence indicates Houston has gained relevance in the Mara Salvatrucha’s activity, so much that is has become a “hub.”The report adds that trend “is likely the cause of increased membership in Texas.” It also highlights MS-13’s relationship with drug cartels and its practice of recruiting juveniles.One of the findings of the report is that MS-13 is refining and changing techniques to evade law enforcement detection, for instance by changing the gang’s long-standing rules on clothes and tattoos.Citing the U.S. Department of Justice, the report gives an example of a local crime that occurred in 2018 when an MS-13 member who lived in Virginia instructed gang members based in Houston to shoot rival gang members who allegedly killed an MS-13 member.The report highlights that law enforcement agencies participating in the Texas Anti-Gang Centers (TAG) have made over 9,000 arrests since the first TAG center opened in Houston in 2013.last_img read more

Women in NAACP Seek Election Day Volunteers

first_imgThe Women in NAACP (WIN) are seeking election day volunteers at the National Election Command Center at the NAACP Headquarters, located at 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21215 on Nov. 8. The NAACP is looking for volunteers between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for at least two hours. For more information contact Andrea Brown at anbrown@naacpnet.org or 410-580-5116.last_img

Black Chaplain of the US Senate Addresses DC Ward 8 Faith Leaders

first_imgThe Rev. Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, told a group of District of Columbia faith and community leaders that humility is important to serve people and God. Black was the keynote speaker for the Ward 8 Faith Leaders Network Breakfast on Dec. 9 at the Matthews Memorial Baptist Church.The Rev. Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, recently told a group of D.C. faith leaders to be humble. (Courtesy photo)“We must choose: be humble or stumble. We have to be honest about ourselves, Black-on-Black crime,” said Black, who added that while he grew up on welfare and surrounded by gangs in Baltimore, there was a woman who took him into her home and served him hot meals. Black said, during his 45-minute address, whatever people do, they should do it with humility.The event was sponsored by the Anacostia Coordinating Council, an organization focusing on the revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neighborhoods; the East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership, an organization focusing on community wellness and public safety; and the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, which works on building the Ward 8 community. Black was introduced by the Rev. Donald Isaac, chairman of the Ward 8 Faith Leaders Network. The theme of the program was the title of one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s books, “Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community.” But, Black focused on being spiritually low before God and others.Black, a native of Baltimore, became the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2003. Before becoming a chaplain on Capitol Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy for more than 27 years, rising to become an admiral, and was known as the chief of the Navy Chaplains.With his appointment, Black became the first Black, Seventh Day Adventist chaplain. He was also the first military chaplain to get the post. His duty is to minister to the 6,000 people who work in the Senate as lawmakers, staffers, or their spouses.Even though Republicans control Congress and have been pushing a conservative agenda, Black said he remains “optimistic,” about the future on Capitol Hill because he convenes a weekly bi-partisan group of lawmakers who have Bible study together and pray.“How you travel is just as important as your destination,” Black said.  “Be humble or stumble. Pride goes before destruction . . . nonviolent, direct action is a humble approach, it’s not a suicide approach.” Philip Pannell, interim chairman of the board and the executive director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council, told the AFRO: “We asked him to focus on the theme of Dr. King’s last book and he did that… Barry talked briefly about how good it is Black churches in Southeast are trying to stay in the city instead of going out to the suburbs and how important it was that the faith leaders reach out to young people, saying that if they did, fewer of them would get in trouble with the criminal justice system.”last_img read more

Touchscreen table computer SUR40 starts preorders

first_imgFor commercial use, this is designed for business areas that draw upon customer and parftner engagement—offices, conference rooms, classrooms, showrooms, restaurants, retail shops, bars. Microsoft and Samsung see the device being used in education, financial and professional services, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing. Scenarios envisioned include a doctor talking to patients and design teams collaborating. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft and Samsung have announced the Microsoft Surface computer, called SUR40, as available for preorder, through the Samsung website, in 23 countries. The unique multi-touch screen is shown in a compact, stylish design as a table top but also can take the form of a vertical wall mount. The product is four inches thin, which makes it easy to use in either type of deployment. On walls, the SU40 can be hung or used any other way in custom enclosures. There are standard legs available for table use or a customer can design and attach their own. The SUR40 release is scheduled for early 2012.Those who attended the CES show his year had the opportunity to see this computing device that is a result of a Microsoft-Samsung collaboration. The first Surface PC was released in 2008. Microsoft promo video One promotional piece describes PixelSense technology as giving LCD panels “the power to see without the use of camera.” Vision-based interaction takes place without cameras; the Individual pixels in the display see what’s touching the screen and that information is immediately processed and interpreted, passing the information on to the application. PixelSense allows a LCD display to recognize fingers, hands, and objects placed on the screen. PixelSense uses 2 million sensors built into the panel.The SUR40 ushers in what Microsoft’s designers envision as a next step in computing, where computer users do not solely depend on desk, chair and conventional PC machine but instead think of work done on “surface computing” which might be a computer screen as table top or computer screen as wall hanging. The SUR40 draw will be for its utility in serving up on its thin display information and ideas. End users are seen as business people and other professionals who need to share information and brainstorm on the fly. The SUR40 can track up to 50 touch points simultaneously. The SUR40 has a 40-inch screen with full high definition 1920×1080 resolution. The device uses an AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz paired with the AMD HD6750M GPU, featuring DirectX 11 support. The key attraction is its use of PixelSense technology, which enables touch recognition. 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: Touchscreen table computer SUR40 starts pre-orders (2011, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-touchscreen-table-sur40-pre-orders.html Charles Park, VP at Samsung Electronics, said, “The Samsung SUR40 delivers a unique interactive experience that will significantly change the way companies engage with their customers.” SAMSUNG Electronics Showcases Innovative Display Technology Explore furtherlast_img read more

DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants

first_img Sampling of petrous bone from a human skull. Credit: Balázs G. Mende © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Citation: DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants (2017, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-dna-neolithic-europeans-interbred-anatolian.html Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature24476). Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. More information: Mark Lipson et al. Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature24476AbstractAncient DNA studies have established that Neolithic European populations were descended from Anatolian migrants who received a limited amount of admixture from resident hunter-gatherers. Many open questions remain, however, about the spatial and temporal dynamics of population interactions and admixture during the Neolithic period. Here we investigate the population dynamics of Neolithization across Europe using a high-resolution genome-wide ancient DNA dataset with a total of 180 samples, of which 130 are newly reported here, from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods of Hungary (6000–2900 BC, n = 100), Germany (5500–3000 BC, n = 42) and Spain (5500–2200 BC, n = 38). We find that genetic diversity was shaped predominantly by local processes, with varied sources and proportions of hunter-gatherer ancestry among the three regions and through time. Admixture between groups with different ancestry profiles was pervasive and resulted in observable population transformation across almost all cultural transitions. Our results shed new light on the ways in which gene flow reshaped European populations throughout the Neolithic period and demonstrate the potential of time-series-based sampling and modelling approaches to elucidate multiple dimensions of historical population interactions.Press release (Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has found that Neolithic hunter-gatherers living in several parts of Europe interbred with farmers from the Near East. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes comparing DNA from several early groups in Europe and evidence of interbreeding. The researchers found that there was a lot more breeding going on between the two groups than has been thought. They found that as the farmers moved in, interbreeding began almost immediately. It continued for approximately the next several hundred years at all of the sites under study, though the team reports a more rapid pace in Spain and Germany than in Hungary.The researchers note that their findings make sense logically, as well—it would seem far more likely that contact between the two groups would result in interbreeding, rather than one group simply out-reproducing the other to the point that the original group simply disappeared. An Early Neolithic grave from Bátaszék (Hungary), which was also part of the DNA analyses. Credit: Anett Osztás The Neolithic period, often described as the New Stone Age, was a period of human history from approximately 15,000 BCE to 3,000 BCE. It was a time defined by the development of settlements and the refinement of tools and the arts. Prior research has shown that people living in what is now Germany, Hungary and Spain were mostly hunter-gatherers during the early Neolithic period, but were “replaced” by farmers moving in from the Near East (Anatolia). In this new effort, the researchers suggest that interbreeding between the two groups led to the decline of the hunter-gatherers. The end result is that most modern Europeans are descended from the Near East immigrant farmers, but have remnants of hunter-gatherer DNA.To learn more about the early history of humans in Europe, the researchers obtained and analyzed 180 DNA samples of people from early Hungary, Germany and Spain dating from between 6,000 and 2,200 BCE. They used data from the DNA analysis to create a mathematical model, which was used to build a simulation of population interactions in the areas of study. Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Journal information: Nature Cave Els Trocs in the Spanish pyrenees with Early Neolithic burials, discussion between members of the excavation group. Credit: Kurt Werner Alt Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature24476). Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. 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

Memorabilia of music maestros

first_imgMusic expresses all emotions and acts the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. In order to present a collection of candid shots of musicians in the form a literary piece, Padma Shri Shobha Deepak Singh has compiled a rare anthology of 250 photographs of the great Indian music maestros, emoting the multiple emotions of Indian music through her coffee table book titled Musicscapes. Musicscapes, which follows close on the heels of Shobha Deepak Singh’s Theatrescapes (2014) and Dancescapes (2013), becomes a homage to her deepest and most long engaging love-music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Musicscapes published by Roli Books, was launched by Sheila Dixit and Shekhar Sen, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre on April 8. An exhibition of 60 photographs of the country’s music luminaries, which has been put up by the curatorial expertise of Dr Alka Pande, will be on till April 14 in the national Capital.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “Classical music liberates me and it leads me to a state where I feel I am truly elevated. What classical music does best and continues to do is to show a kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When I did my first two books, I thought I covered the canvas of emotion and motion. But as I looked through many of these photos, I realised that there was so much unsung emotion that needs to be felt by others too. The book helps to accomplish that.” Dr Alka Pande, the illustrious curator of the exhibition said, “The book is a compilation of all those great artists who have contributed magnificently to the vocal and instrumental musicscape of India. This is a survey of Shobha’s work as she captures moments, iconic and unusual, rubbing shoulders with the greats.”last_img read more

Panorama12 Bringing contemporary issues to forefront

first_imgThe colours, shapes, and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital and together they will converge at Open Palm Court Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road this autumn. As a part of a group exhibition titled ‘Panorama-12′, over 20 artists will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues of social relevance from. The art show will be held from September 1 – 6.Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, Panorama-12 -literally meaning an unbroken view of a subject, celebrates the talent of the fresh and the new, and makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. The exhibition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, the ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through a mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna. Urbanization and industrialization have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance.Mridul Chakraborty depicts the joy of festivity through his portrayal of human figures. Nilay Sarkar reverberates the same mood and shows happiness through vibrant and soft colours used on his canvas. Tapan Das harps on his love for nature through his abstract art. Meghna emphasises on the adverse effects of global warming through her vivacious paintings. Urbanization has led to the destruction of forest thus shrinking the natural habitats of some of the species pushing them on the verge of extinction. This thought-provoking issue has been beautifully portrayed by Meghna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShalini Varshney’s paintings portray spiritual harmony which is lost in our lives. Biswarajan Bhunia’s paintings resonate the same feelings of Shalini’. The bright colours used, bold and graceful brush strokes make his paintings vivacious. Rama Sharma and Pooja Gujral have tried to bring colours and happiness into our stressful lives through their artworks. Rajeev Semwal has tried to bring the songs of nature woven neatly through his traditional artworks. Veteran artist Uma Bardhan deals with spirituality while the artworks of Archana Das are an impeccable blend of childlike innocence and adult wisdom.last_img read more

Long sleep during pregnancy linked to stillbirths

first_imgSleeping more than nine hours per night during pregnancy may be associated with late stillbirth, suggests a new study. This is because blood pressure reaches its lowest point during sleep which has been linked with foetal growth problems, preterm birth, and stillbirth. The study, led by a team from the University of Michigan, explored how maternal sleep habits, including lengthy periods of sleep without waking more than once in the night, may be associated with foetal health independent of other risk factors. Moreover, pregnant women often report waking up and getting up in the middle of the night. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVery disruptive sleep has also been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes, including growth restriction and preterm growth. “Our findings add to research indicating that maternal sleep plays a role in foetal well being. Studies aiming to reduce stillbirths should consider maternal sleep as this is a potentially modifiable risk factor,” said lead author Louise O’Brien, researcher at the varsity. “Understanding the role of maternal sleep may help us identify interventions that would put us in a better position to advise women,” O’Brien added. For the study, reported in the journal Birth, the team involved 153 women who had experienced a late stillbirth (on or after 28 weeks of pregnancy) within the previous month and 480 women with an ongoing third-trimester pregnancy or who had recently delivered a live born baby during the same period. Progress in reducing stillbirth deaths has been slow.last_img read more