Why the Raiders want to go Canada, and why they may not get there

first_imgIntriguing news coming from a Saskatchewan football … Intriguing news from the NFL owners meeting in Arizona: The Raiders are considering playing an exhibition game in Canada in August.Sounds weird, but it has to be true — it’s on Twitter:One topic that is being kicked around here in AZ: The #Raiders are mulling playing a preseason game in Canada, I’m told. Possibly in Saskatchewan. Potentially, the #Rams in Hawaii, #Raiders in Canada.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2019last_img read more

Atheist Morality Theory Under Fire

first_imgTheists would naturally take issue with an atheist’s natural explanation for morals, but when evolutionists take issue in leading secular journals, it’s worth finding out why.  Both Science and Nature reviewed Sam Harris’s new book on the evolution of morality and had some concerns with his philosophy and logic.    Both reviewers recognized David Hume’s contention from the 18th century that one cannot determine an ought from an is: i.e., observation of things that exist cannot specify what ought to be.  In Nature,1 Pascal Boyer [Washington University, St Louis] reviewed The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris (Free Press, 2010), and began by citing Hume’s proverb, noting that Sam Harris disagrees with it.  Harris thinks a consensual morality can be derived from evolution.  “His thesis is compelling, but he underplays the extent to which our decisions are rooted in intuition, preferring to portray decision-making as a calculated maximization of our well-being,” Boyer, affirming natural selection, complained.  To him, Harris goes too far in claiming that morality is man’s attempt to rationalize instincts honed by natural selection.  Harris claims not only that you can get morality, but you can go further and infer what makes “the good life.”    Without a deity, Harris must ground morality on particles in motion.  Boyer explains his position: “Harris’s brand of consequentialism – the ends justify the means, so what is good is what maximizes well-being – excludes transcendent sources.”  He justifies what is good on the quantifiable results.  This is pragmatism: the most good for the most people.  Well-being is the measure of morality.  Boyer worried, though, that many of our moral positions are not based on our sense of well-being: “an issue such as abortion is more difficult:”, he said: “our feelings are grounded in our intuition about whether a fetus is a person.”  While enjoying the work of a fellow atheistic evolutionist, Boyer did have problems with the book:A moral optimist, Harris suggests that people can be persuaded to abandon harmful behaviours, such as the stoning of adulterers.  Here, social scientists may feel that he rides roughshod over some solid findings of moral psychology.  Consequentialism is not the heuristic of most humans.  Experiments show that assessments of well-being are of less importance in moral decision-making than a gut feeling that actions are wrong or right.  For example, beyond its genetic risks, people maintain that sibling incest is wrong, even in cases where no children result.    To be persuaded that some actions are immoral because they diminish well-being, people need to accept that welfare is the most relevant criterion of morality, which may require a special education.  This and many other difficulties stand in the way of Harris’s moral reforms, but they are all reasons to read his lucid, deep and uncompromising essay.It sounds like Boyer said that people would have to be educated out of their gut feelings of what is moral to accept Harris’s thesis – but what (or Who) put those gut feelings there, if not evolution?    Michael Goldman [San Francisco State U] reviewed the book for Science.2  Goldman likes to put a rational spin on whatever subject matter is at hand, though he admits, “I know I live in a society that isn’t always sympathetic to cold, calculated, scientific reason.”  But he was almost stunned by Harris’s brutal attacks on religion.  “At once, I shrink before the impudence of his conclusions, and I admire his brutal honesty.”  The book is filled with the hostility toward religion for which Harris is famous: “A self-avowed atheist, Harris isn’t choosy when it comes to vilifying religions,” Goldman noted.  In fact, the villain getting “the brunt of Harris’s fury” was none other than theistic evolutionist and avowed Christian Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health.  Harris called Collins’ book The Language of God an exercise in intellectual suicide.    But Harris cannot build a morality by debunking religion alone.  After describing the pragmatic consequentialism of the book, Goldman explained how Harris tried to derive a non-subjective, non-relativistic, unambiguous morality without God.  Controversies and disagreements, Harris would say, are just peaks converging on the same mountain: all evolutionary roads lead to the same basic morality.  Thus he disagrees with relativism: the contention that all moral systems in disparate societies are equally valid.  A society that stones adulterers, Harris would argue, is immoral.  Surprisingly, Harris would agree with some theists by debunking the fact-value split: “Multiculturalism, moral relativism, political correctness, tolerance even of intolerance—these are the familiar consequences of separating facts and values on the left.  My goal is to convince you that human knowledge and human values can no longer be kept apart.”    Settling in with those strange bedfellows, Goldman still had problems with Harris’s consistency and logic:Although intellectually exciting, the book isn’t what one would call inspiring.  Harris tries for a more uplifting final chapter but only goes as far as saying that “Today, we are surely more likely to act for the benefit of humanity as a whole than at any point in the past.”  He contends that “The claim that science could have something important to say about values (because values relate to facts about the well-being of conscious creatures) is an argument made on first principles.”  Of course, the book’s claim is that science has everything to say about human values—a far more controversial position.    One might conclude that although at one time the best way to define and enforce moral behavior was through revealed faith, as science and reason advance, we can chip away at the old edifice and build anew.  Stories of a young-Earth creation now look rather untenable, but in the past they might have been the only way to instill awe and teach a new and meaningful moral code.  Rather than nonoverlapping magisteria, the domains of science and religion are intermingling all the time.  The Moral Landscape may represent a new beach-head in this quest.  In practical terms, however, this is perhaps just a different version of Collins’s view that a creator set in motion a set of scientific laws, including an evolutionary process, that are still with us today.1.  Pascal Boyer, “Ethics: The Good Life,” Nature 469, p. 297, 20 Jan 2011, doi:10.1038/469297a.2.  Michael A. Goldman, “Philosophy: A Means for Ought from Is?”, Science, 21 January 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6015 p. 286, DOI: 10.1126/science.1199445.It is funny watching moral beings created in the image of God trying to deny that image and derive it from stuff.  Their tangled logic borrows from what they hate and depends on what they dismiss.  You can dismiss Goldman’s simplistic refudiation of young-earth creation and revealed faith (refute and repudiation; see Sarah Palin Dictionary); because without a Moses and a Ten Commandments, none of these guys could measure the well-being or goodness of anything.  What is an “uplifting final chapter” when you don’t know which way is up?  Did Harris miss the 20th century, when scientific atheistic communism came up with its well-reasoned, enlightened, evolutionary view of the good life – killing 148 million people?    It was genuinely funny to watch Harris portrayed as a Tweedle-dumb of the Tweedledee he hates, Francis Collins.  But Collins, calling an evolutionary process a scientific law, is the partially blind leading the fully blind into the ditch.  If evolution is a law, it is the Stuff Happens Law: the refudiation of law, unlikely to lead to any mountain of morality outside Mt Sinai, or to an unambiguous measure of well-being.  Morality?  Stuff happens.  Something else might happen tomorrow.  If evolution were to produce a society stoning atheists, who would Harris, Goldman or Boyer be to complain?  Undoubtedly evolution would have acted for the well-being of the population by eliminating self-refuting dogmatists posing as wise men.  That’s natural selection for you.  Reason your way out of that one.  Oh; but you can’t use reason, dear atheist: reason is the gift of God, unless you can derive that from hydrogen.    The correct response is, of course, to weep rather than to mock.  Despite the Harris happy mask on this anti-religion rant posing as a positive explication of moral principles, it is evident that all three of these men are really struggling with what they know in their gut is true and right.  That Imago dei cannot be excised from their souls.  It would take a lot of humility for them to backtrack now, so many miles from that phony turn-off that said “Reason and Science: Next Exit” from the straight and narrow, even when one is waddling in the dark in a morass of inconsistency.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Open access to SA journals

first_imgSouth Africa’s scientific research profile is about to get a huge boost, when the country’s journals become freely available online. (Image: stock.xchng )Janine ErasmusA new scheme will provide free and open access to a range of top South African science journals and boost the profile of South African scientific research in the international arena.Based on the Brazilian version of the pioneering Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), the scheme was announced at the African Science Communication Conference in Johannesburg in February 2009. The project is funded by the national Department of Science and Technology and will be known as SciELO South Africa.Professor Robin Crewe, vice-rector of the University of Pretoria and president of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (Assaf), made the announcement, which has been welcomed by advocates of open access.SciELO is an electronic library covering a selected collection of scientific journals. It gives full access to a number of serial titles, including full article text, and access to both serial titles and articles is available via indexes and search forms. Articles are free from most copyright restrictions.SciELO focuses on developing countries where few citizens have access to traditional peer-reviewed (reviewed before publication by experts in the same field) academic journals in printed form. Journals are the primary vehicle for communicating the most current scientific findings to the public, and a lack of access leads to a low rate of usage of these publications and to the phenomenon known as “lost science”.Creating an open-access platform for these journals will assist in overcoming the obstacles of price and accessibility and will enhance the international visibility of South African research.The first SciELO portal became operational in Brazil in 1998 and has since spread to a further seven countries – Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Portugal and Venezuela. The database covers 613 titles of accredited, peer-reviewed journals and makes the full text of nearly 200 000 articles freely available online to interested readers. The South African platform will be the first African version of SciELO.More competitive internationallySusan Veldsman of Assaf, who is in charge of the project, said that the goal of the South African version is to have 35 journals freely available online by the end of 2009. “South African researchers will have the ability to be more competitive in an international context. SciELO South Africa can bring about real change in our country,” she added.The first scholarly title to make its pages freely accessible is the respected South African Journal of Science. The publication has been part of a two-year pilot open access project and will be online for free by the end of March. The last two years of print editions will be converted into a digital format for online perusal.Kobus Roux, competency area manager from the Meraka Institute in Pretoria, welcomed the initiative. “Open access is relevant to the development of sub-Saharan Africa,” he said, “as some of the closed journals are expensive and a number of our print-only journals do not reach the international academic community.”Only those journals listed under international indexes are eligible to join SciELO South Africa. Local publications are required to comply with strict quality standards to ensure that only the best are included. They will be assessed by independent review panels in a range of fields.International collaborationA delegation from Assaf visited the premises of SciELO in Brazil in August 2008 to examine the potential of adopting the South American model for use in South Africa. SciELO is seen as an example of successful regional collaboration which has raised the research profile of a developing economic region in the face of global dominance by developed countries.There is also the possibility of the new initiative becoming part of a broader regional network, since the African Academies of Sciences is running a project to boost scholarly publishing across Africa.Assaf CEO Wieland Gevers said that South African scientific journals will now have an opportunity for deserved regional and worldwide recognition. “Of the 225 South African scientific journals, over 100 have never had an article cited,” he commented. “South Africa occupies a paradoxical position in the context of scientific publication: it is simultaneously a giant within the African context and a dwarf in the international arena.”This is despite the fact that South Africa boasts 10 Nobel Prize winners, four of whom won the prize for work related to scientific disciplines. One of these illustrious academics is Allan MacLeod Cormack, who co-developed the CAT scan technique.Cormack, who passed away in 1998, was posthumously awarded the National Order of Mapungubwe in Gold in 2002 for his services to medicine and to his country. His fellow Nobel science laureates are molecular biologist Sydney Brenner (2002), virologist Max Theiler (1951), and biophysicist Aaron Klug (1982).Bringing science to societyThe Academy of Sciences of South Africa was established in 1996 under the patronage of then-president Nelson Mandela. Assaf represents South Africa in the international scientific community and guides the government in matters related to scientific and technological policies.The organisation also edits and publishes two journals – the scientific dissemination journal Quest and the South African Journal of Science – and a host of periodical reports, as well as a newsletter titled Science for Society.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesOpen education – free to learnScience and technology in South AfricaUseful linksSouth African Journal of ScienceAfrican Academy of SciencesDepartment of Science and TechnologyAfrican Science Communication ConferenceThe Scientific Electronic Library Online – SciELO BrazilSciELO InternationalSouth African Agency for Science and Technology AdvancementGray Area – opening up scholarly publishingOpeningScholarship – Cape Town UniversityMeraka Institutelast_img read more

No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya

first_imgThe smart red and blue Rea Vaya buses line up at their specially built stations. (Image: Rea Vaya)The fuel-efficient Rea Vaya bus rapid transport (BRT) system, launched in Johannesburg on 30 August 2009, is set to change the lives of South African commuters while doing its bit for a greener environment.Although the media focus has been largely on the ruffled feathers and strident protests of the minibus taxi industry, which fears major job losses, the benefits of Rea Vaya (seSotho, meaning “we are going”) far outweigh the perceived drawbacks.Rea Vaya is part of Johannesburg’s Integrated Transport Plan, an initiative to raise the standard of the city’s public transport to fall in line with the global standard.The system is a first not only for the country, but also for the Southern African region. Meanwhile, Cape Town, Tshwane and Port Elizabeth are implementing their own BRT systems.With the 2010 Fifa World Cup mere months away, the four cities, which all host a number of games, are ensuring that visitors will be able to get around quickly and easily.Green transportNot only will South African commuters now have a choice of transport to work, but the effects on the environment are not to be underestimated.In the short term the benefits include efficient and accessible service, affordable fares and easier traffic conditions. Medium term benefits include job creation and enhanced social interaction for those who up till now have had no way of getting around, and in the long term Rea Vaya will contribute to economic development as well as reduced pollution and a better quality of life.All of these factors add up to the development of a world-class public transport system.Described by the City of Johannesburg as the largest individual climate-change initiative ever undertaken by city management, Rea Vaya’s buses have efficient engines that run on low-sulphur fuel and emit less nitrous oxide and particulate matter, one of the primary causes of air pollution.According to Rea Vaya, if just 15% of people who would normally use their cars to get into the city switch to BRT, this will save a massive 382 940 tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2010, and an incredible 1.6-million tons a decade later.And hard-pressed Johannesburg drivers will feel the relief in the form of less traffic congestion.Speaking at a public transport summit held in August 2009, Johannesburg’s executive mayor Amos Masondo said that 47% of commuters travelled by public transport. This figure is further broken down into 72% travelling by minibus taxi, 14% by train, and 9% by bus.Advanced vehiclesRea Vaya is to be rolled out in three stages. Phase 1A, spanning 25.5km, is currently underway and is expected to be complete at the beginning of 2010. There are 40 smart red and blue buses currently operating but by completion of the initial phase, all 143 will be on the roads.The 86km phase 1B will follow later in 2010, and the phase is expected to be fully complete by 2013. This will see the route wind through 150 stations along 122km of trunk, or main, roads.The trunk routes feature the largest buses, articulated and able to carry 112 passengers each. These vehicles will travel only in the dedicated bus lanes and will stop at the Rea Vaya stations.Complementary buses have a capacity of up to 75 passengers and will be able to pick up passengers not only from Rea Vaya stations, but also from bus stops on the pavement.The feeder buses, with a capacity of 32 passengers, will bring commuters to the trunk routes from outlying areas. All buses are wheelchair-friendly.With the system running between 5am and midnight, passengers will be able to catch a bus every three minutes in peak times and every 10 minutes during off-peak periods.For those worried about the infamous tardiness of buses the world over, it may help to know Rea Vaya has an on-board global positioning system that will keep vehicles to a tight schedule by monitoring the exact position of a bus and advising the driver to slow down or speed up where necessary.Smooth runningThe initial service runs just over 25km, from Lakeview station in Soweto, to Ellis Park station in the city. Tickets cost between R3 and R8 a trip.Latest reports show that the system is running smoothly despite taxi demonstrations and the occasional teething problem. Rea Vaya is carrying an average of 8 000 passengers per day, after an initial surge of almost 17 000 passengers on day one, as a result of a taxi strike.Ultimately it is envisioned that taxi operators will make up the bulk of the planned bus operating company that will own and manage Rea Vaya.And the commuter will come out tops, as the notoriously dangerous and unreliable taxi sector and other public transport operators will have to raise their game to compete with the new system and woo their customers with good service rather than complacency in knowing passengers lack an alternative.Integrated transportRea Vaya is designed to blend with other forms of transport, such as the Gautrain rapid rail system. Combined bus stations and taxi ranks will facilitate passenger transfers between the two.Gautrain is currently in an advanced state of construction, with stations and viaduct construction well under way. The rapid rail system has also not been without its controversy, notably because of its high construction cost and probable targeting of middle class passengers, but many agree that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.Gautrain is expected to bring economic growth to the province through job creation, less traffic congestion and stress, and a reduction in costs of road accidents and the accompanying loss of productivity.It will also bring added convenience and reliability for commuters, as well as a far lower carbon footprint than the thousands of vehicles that jostle for position on the overburdened freeways between Johannesburg and Pretoria every day. The expected saving in carbon emissions is around 70 000 tons per year.The first Gautrain section expected for completion is the route between OR Tambo International Airport and the Sandton station, north of Johannesburg. According to the latest progress report, construction all along this route is going well. All eleven bridges are nearing completion, while work on the three viaducts is essentially complete.Ample choiceWith Metrorail’s Tshwane Business express – a service launched between Johannesburg and Pretoria in May 2008 and now running a second train – the Gautrain, the BRT, Metrobus, and taxis, commuters will have ample choice in their modes of transport.Johannesburg’s RideSmart campaign is also up and running – this is an initiative that encourages people to share rides. Drivers or passengers enter their names into a database and are automatically matched by the programme with others in their area.A further initiative that will ultimately ease traffic congestion is the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which is upgrading and widening the province’s network of freeways, and introducing an electronic toll-collection system.last_img read more

Factual Friday: March 7, 2014

first_imgThe Department of Defense worldwide numbers represent medical diagnoses of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurred anywhere military forces are located, including the continental United States since 2000 (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), 2014).This post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img

Baselight Tutorials and Color Grading Breakdowns

first_imgIf you’re curious to know what Baselight looks like, especially now you can purchase the Baselight for Avid or Final Cut Pro plugins (and have Baselight-like functionality right inside your NLE) then the following tutorials from FilmLight (makers of Baselight) as well as post house FilmLook, and their 21 year veteran colorist Allen Kelly, will help get you up to speed.Baselight TutorialsFilm Look regularly posts Baselight tutorials on their blog and so far they’ve racked up 6 short episodes.  In each each tutorial colorist Allen Kelly walks through a few tips and tricks inside Baselight to improve the look and feel of the shots at hand.In this video Allen demonstrates how to add camera shake and motion blur to a shot of an explosion to make it more dynamic:Here Allen grades a night time shot of a car racing through the city, creating a nice high contrast look:In this episode Allen tackles a ‘glamour’ shot of an actress helping to create a perfected, poppy look:Baselight For Avid TutorialsIf you’re interested in checking out what the Baselight for Avid plugin can do then take time to watch through these detailed tutorials.In this two part tutorial Bob Chorley demonstrates how to use layer mattes in Baselight for Avid’s plugin.In this first of a three part series Bob works through using Baselight’s Keyframe and Tracking functionality.Are you using Baselight?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Check out these breakdowns of a professional colorist’s commercial work as well as a look into the color grading system that created them.Scott Maclean is a professional colorist at Cutting Edge Post and a while back he posted this awesome detailed breakdown of his color grading work on a Powerade television commercial. He’s just released another reel showcasing some more of his work as well as a few more interesting breakdowns. Color grading was done on a Baselight system.  Its well worth pausing on a few shots to really check out what’s going on:last_img read more

Vishwajit Rane accuses Congress of creating unwarranted panic over formalin in fish

first_imgGoa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday rubbished allegations of the Congress party, which on Sunday had alleged that formalin continues to be used to preserve fish which is sold in Goa’s markets. Mr. Rane told mediapersons at the State Secretariat on Monday that the Congress was trying to trigger a controversy out of a non-issue and questioned the authority of the Congress leaders who on Sunday, quoting a laboratory report, had alleged that fish in Goa was formalin-laced.“Yesterday’s [Sunday] press conference was rubbish. They are not scientists. Girish Chodankar is not a scientist, he is a teacher. He should go back to teaching because he has lost miserably,” an agitated Mr. Rane said. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar on Sunday alleged that fish, especially mackerel which was sold in Goa’s markets, was found with 2 ppm traces of formalin. Mr. Rane accused the Congress of creating unwarranted panic. “What Congress is doing is only playing politics out of nothing. Let them [Congress] tell me which labs they tested, how they tested and the methodology,” he said.The controversy involving use of formalin in fish erupted in July last year after a team of State Food and Drugs Authority found traces of formalin in fish being sold in a South Goa fish market during an early morning raid after the fish arrived from some Southern States.After much outrage, the government had said that efforts would be taken to check fish which was imported into the State from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

Exhibition matches in US: Shane Warne on why a great concept didn’t take off

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Their mutual respect even during epic on-field face-offs is well-documented but Shane Warne has claimed that his relations with Sachin Tendulkar took a hit in 2015-16 — reason being difference of opinion on the organisation of exhibition matches in the United States. In his recently-released autobiography ‘No Spin’, Warne recalled how a concept that he and Tendulkar thought of making an annual affair failed to take off after the first edition due to their differences on its management. Tendulkar declined comment on the issue when PTI reached out to his team for a response. The Legends Exhibition matches were held in New York, Houston and Los Angeles in 2015 with most of the top former players in the world taking part, including the likes of Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Sourav Ganguly among others. While Warne, in his book, made it clear that Tendulkar took care of all the expenses of the tournament, he was not impressed with the people that the Indian batting icon brought on board to manage the event. “Sachin had this guy there, Sanjay, who was very much a mentor and business advisor. I explained my concept and gave them a slide show. They loved it and flew in a guy called Ben Sturner from America. Sachin was adamant that his team of people run the whole thing,” Warne wrote in his book. Sturner is the CEO of a sports entertainment management company but the identity of Sanjay is not clear. He goes on to write: “I said, ‘Well it’s my idea. I know I can get the best players and I am prepared to go 50-50 with you. I suggest we pay experienced people to organise it and appoint two from each of our camps’.advertisement “Sachin said, “No I have to have Sanjay and Ben.” “I was uneasy with that but remained sure Sachin and I together would make it work, so I agreed. At the next meeting, he brought a couple of other guys along who seemed efficient and on the ball. “I figured, okay, I have known Sachin for 25 years and he’s done unbelievably well off the field, so he must have the business side of his life well organised. Relax and go with them,” Warne recollected. However, Warne said he ended up “regretting” it. “The organisation was not as it could, or should, have been, which was a real shame. They were decent guys but the event got too big for them,” Warne wrote about Tendulkar’s team. The pitch was a drop in one as it was played on a baseball ground and Warne felt that Tendulkar’s team didn’t strike the deal well. “The truth is, if you ask me, that they didn’t do the pitch/ground deal quite right and fell foul of that old line of the devil being in the detail of the contract. This, along with other small and important aspect of a top level event… was all very last minute and not slick as I had wanted.” Warne then spoke about the “Indian way”, which according to him is keeping everything for the last moment. “I think it’s because Indians leave everything so late, which they can make work at home, but it’s not easy to pull off in someone else’s country. Each day felt like they were flying by the seat of their pants and I didn’t like that at all. “Sachin got onto a guy called Raj, who, strangely, I knew a bit from poker and he came in at the very last moment, saving the day with his organizational skills and, most importantly, paying a heap of outstanding bills that helped us to go ahead,” Warne wrote. Warne wrote that Tendulkar took offence when the Australian legend gave his opinion about his team. “When we eventually met for a debrief, the first thing I said to Sachin was that size of the events overwhelmed a couple of his guys, Sanjay in particular and that we’d be better employing others for event management. He took offence at that, which was fair enough. “I suggested, we find an independent agent while at the same time offering my own manager, James Erskine, as an option to broker it all, because he’d previous success staging events in the entertainment industry.” “At the very least I said, let’s go with the two and two idea I had at the beginning. “Sachin said, ‘No, it has to be my people’.” Warne then recalled how the series of events led to a communication breakdown between the duo, which he blamed on “jealous people” around Tendulkar.advertisement “I rang him immediately but got nothing. In fact for a couple of months, he wouldn’t take my calls. I later found out he was under the impression that I was trying to do it without him but my instinct was to give him benefit of doubt on that one — there were a lot of jealous people out there, happy to turn us against each other, I thought.” “One of the players told me he was actually signing with Sachin, which caught me off guard. I said, “that’s cool, he has the right to do exactly as he wants as do you. But it can’t be under the All Stars banner — that’s mine,” Warne asserted. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

Two arrested with 32 kg heroin

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force have arrested two persons from the city and recovered crude heroin weighing around 3.2 kg from the city.Acting on a tip-off, the STF officials on Saturday evening intercepted a private vehicle on Munsi Prem Chand Sarani under Hastings police station. During a search, the police found the heroin kept inside the car. These materials were kept concealed inside the door in such a manner that they would avoid the eyes of the people who would open the door from outside. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police recovered about 3.208 kg (approx) of crude heroin and the accused were held for interrogation. After an interrogation the police arrested the duo — Dipak Roy (46) and Kumar Chetri (34). Roy is a resident of Anlong in Assam while Chetri hails from Tezpur area of the same district. According to the police, the approximate cost of narcotics may be between Rs 3 crore to Rs 12 crore. Police are trying to know if the accused are a part of any interstate narcotic smuggling racket. They are interrogating the duo to know the names of other accused, who might have been involved in the incident.last_img read more