Plea Filed In Supreme Court Seeking Law To Control Black Magic, Superstition & Forceful Religious Conversions

first_imgTop StoriesPlea Filed In Supreme Court Seeking Law To Control Black Magic, Superstition & Forceful Religious Conversions Akshita Saxena1 April 2021 12:11 AMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking directions to the Central and the State Governments to take apposite steps for controlling black magic, superstition and forceful religious conversions. The Petitioner has relied upon the Sarla Mudgal Case (1995) 3 SCC6 635, whereby directions were issued to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA public interest litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking directions to the Central and the State Governments to take apposite steps for controlling black magic, superstition and forceful religious conversions. The Petitioner has relied upon the Sarla Mudgal Case (1995) 3 SCC6 635, whereby directions were issued to the Centre to ascertain the feasibility of enacting an Anti-Conversion Law. He has submitted that incidents of forceful religious conversion by “carrot and stick”, use of black magic, etc., are reported every week throughout the country. In fact, the victims of such forceful conversions are often socially and economically under privileged people, particularly belonging to the SC-ST. This not only offends Articles 14, 21, 25 of the Constitution, but is also against the principles of secularism, which is integral part of basic structure of Constitution. However, the Government has failed to take any concrete action against these menaces of the society. “It is necessary to state that Centre is empowered to make special provisions for the benefit of women and children under Article 15(3) and freedom of conscience, free profession, practice & propagation of religion under Article 25 is subject to public order, morality, health and other provisions of Part-III. Moreover, directive principles are affirmative instructions to the Centre to secure social, economic and political Justice; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; Equality of status and opportunity and to promote among them fraternity, assuring the dignity of individual, unity, and integrity. But, Centre has not taken steps to secure high ideals outlined in Preamble and Part-III,” the plea filed through Advocate Ashwani Dubey states. It adds, “Centre-States are obligated under Article 46 to protect SC-ST community from social injustice and other forms of exploitation.” The plea further avers that Article 25 secures religious freedom that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion subject to public order, morality and health.” Thus, it is crystal clear that religious conversion by using miracles, superstition, black magic and hypocrisy is not protected under Article 25. Further the Petitioner has made reference to the provisions in International Law, to contend that State is duty bound to protect its citizens from coercion that affects their freedom of religion. For instance, Article 18(2) of International Covenant on Civil-Political Rights states: “No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.” Article 18(3) thereof states: “Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedom of others.” Article 1(2) of the Declaration on Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief states: “No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have a religion or belief of his choice.” The Petitioner has thus urged the Top Court to direct the Centre and States to take appropriate steps to control black magic, superstition and religious conversion by intimidating, threatening, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits. He pleads that a Committee may be appointed to enact a Conversion of Religion Act, to check the abuse of religion in spirit of the direction in the Sarla Mudgal Case.In Sarla Mudgal (supra), the Top Court had said,”The Government may also consider feasibility of appointing a Committee to enact Conversion of Religion Act, immediately, to check the abuse of religion by any person. The law may provide that every citizen who changes his religion cannot marry another wife unless he divorces his first wife. The provision should be made applicable to every person whether he is a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian or a Sikh or a Jain or a Budh. Provision may be made for maintenance and succession etc. also to avoid clash of interest after death. This would go a long way to solve the problem and pave the way for a unified civil code.” Alternately, the Petitioner states that the Law Commission of India may prepare a Report on Black Magic, Superstition and Religious Conversion within three months in spirit of the Judgment in Sarla Mudgal Case. Furthermore, the Supreme Court being custodian of the Constitution and protector of fundamental rights, may use its plenary constitutional power to pass directions to stop conversion by carrot and the stick. In this context, the Petitioner has submitted that Supreme Court is entitled to evolve new principle of liability to make the guaranteed remedy to enforce fundamental rights real and effective, to do complete justice to aggrieved person (Mohammed Ishaq v. S. Kazam Pasha & Anr., (2009) 12 SCC 748). “It was held that the court was not helpless and the wide powers given to the Court by Article 32, which is fundamental right imposes a constitutional obligation on the Court to forge such new tools, which may be necessary for doing complete justice and enforcing the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution,” the pela states.Related News Recently, the Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have enacted anti-religious conversion laws. Both the laws have been challenged before the concerned Courts: ‘Love Jihad’ Laws : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Pleas Challenging UP, Uttarakhand Laws Against Religious Conversion For MarriagePlea Challenging Madhya Pradesh Ordinance On Religious Conversion: High Court Issues Notice To Govt.Allahabad High Court Issues Notice To UP Govt On Pleas Challenging Love Jihad Ordinance Similar Reads No Proposal To Make Central Anti Conversion Law To Curb Inter Faith Marriage: Centre In Lok SabhaHimachal Pradesh Legislature Passes Bill To Prohibit Forced Religious Conversion”It Is One’s Personal Choice To Follow Whatever Religion He Wants”: Delhi HC Dismisses PIL Seeking To Control Religious Conversions Row over UP Ordinance Religious Conversion For Marriage Not Exercise Of Choice When It Is Due To Compulsion Of Personal Law: UP Govt Defends ‘Love Jihad’ OrdinanceUP Ordinance On Conversion Is Nothing But Criminalization Of Inter-Faith Marriages : Petitioner’s Rejoinder In Allahabad High CourtAllahabad High Court Dismisses Plea For Direction To Centre To Consider Legislating Law Regulating Religious Conversion Along The Lines Of UP Love-Jihad lawUP Ordinance Criminalizing Religious Conversion By Marriage Is An Assault On Personal LibertyUP Ordinance Against Religious Conversions By Marriage Puts Freedom Of Choice & Dignity On Backseat : Justice Madan Lokur Click Here To Download Petition Read PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

Christchurch guest dinners suspended

first_imgGuest dinners in Christ Church were banned indefinitely by college authorities and disciplinary action was taken against two students, following rowdy behaviour at a dinner last term. Second years Gareth Jones and Patrick Timmis were fined a total of £150 each, as well as being threatened with the loss of their college accommodation, after accusations of their involvement were made by JCR President Jo Lee Morrison.The behaviour reported during the guest dinner included urinating in the kitchen lobby, vomiting in the toilets, drunken speeches, swearing and simulating sex on the high table. The hall staff were upset by the general conduct observed during the dinner. One of the difficulties now facing the JCR is finding kitchen staff who would be willing to work at future guest dinners at Christ Church. Morrison outlined the JCR’s position, saying, “We are disappointed that it had to come to a stage where guest dinners were cancelled, but we understand the action of the college authorities.”In an email sent out to the JCR mailing list, Morrison named Jones and Timmis as the “worst culprits” for the behaviour that evening. They were subsequently fined £100 each by the Junior Censor, Edwin Simpson.The JCR Food Rep Charlie Barrow said, “It should have been blindingly obvious that there were going to be consequences for those people’s actions. It’s just tragic that everyone else has to live with them too.”At the end of term bop the pair approached Morrison to find out why they had been named in her email. Although Jones and Timmis maintain that they were not aggressive in their treatment of Morrison, they were removed from the bop by the porters, following the JCR President’s complaints. Timmis said, “We confronted Jo because we felt fairly aggrieved, rather than complaining through the proper channels.”They were then threatened with further disciplinary action, namely the loss of college accommodation for the following term. “We received an email from the junior censor saying it was very unlikely that we’d be allowed to live in college. We were really shocked,” said Timmis.Regarding the allegation that they had urinated and vomited everywhere during the guest dinner, Jones said, “It was nothing to do with us.” Timmis went on to say that it was “completely and utterly untrue. All we did was to piggy back to high table.” Both students felt they had been unfairly treated, but emphasised that they do not want to aggravate the college authorities.Last Tuesday Timmis and Jones were informed that they would be allowed to continue living in college this term. Following their behaviour towards Morrison at the bop, however, both students have been charged with an additional £50 fine. Timmis and Jones dispute the college’s decision to do this on the grounds that they were simply questioning someone’s actions.An undergraduate observer at the bop, who wishes to remain unnamed, said that Jones and Timmis had “trapped Jo, who was working at the bar, behind tables”. He added, “They were very close to her and Patrick especially was shouting fairly vitriolic verbal abuse and being threatening in his stance and body language. Jo was very upset and crying after the two had been taken away.”Morrison said that she did not want to comment about the details of the event, except to say, “I am satisfied that my complaint has been investigated thoroughly and resolved. I just want to forget it ever happened.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

Angels to skip Shohei Ohtani’s next start because of ‘workload management’

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani, who threw a career-high 110 pitches in his last start on Sunday, played catch Wednesday and Thursday, suggesting he is not injured.After the game, he said through his interpreter that his “body feels fine. I’m guessing (skipping a start) is probably because I threw 110 pitches and they are trying to take it easy on me. I will just do what I do, throw my bullpens and get ready for my next start.”Ohtani pitched as much as 160-2/3 innings in Japan, but in 2017 he pitched only 25-1/3 innings, missing much of the season on the mound because of an ankle injury.So far this season, Ohtani has pitched 40-1/3 innings, which is a pace for about 120. He has a 3.35 ERA, and the Angels have won six of his seven starts.Eppler wouldn’t go into the specific things they saw in Ohtani or the factors that led them to believe now was the time to give Ohtani a break. TORONTO — Citing “workload management” for Shohei Ohtani, the Angels announced on Thursday they will not pitch their two-way star Sunday in New York, scratching the much-anticipated matchup against Masahiro Tanaka.The Angels have not said when Ohtani will make his next start. Ohtani will be allowed to continue hitting, which means he could hit against Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.General Manager Billy Eppler and Manager Mike Scioscia said there is nothing wrong with Ohtani, but they are trying to be careful with the volume of work for a 23-year-old rookie who is playing a virtually unprecedented role as a two-way player.“I have the utmost respect for what pitchers endure,” Eppler said. “They are the most tired people when the game is over. When you make 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120 explosions, that is a lot in my opinion. Then you add on cage work and BP work and games and so on and so forth, there is a lot on this particular individual’s plate. We’re just trying to be mindful of that. We understand where we are in the calendar. Simple as that.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Yesterday we kind of realized we should probably consider this,” Eppler said.Eppler did say the move had nothing to do with wanting to keep Ohtani’s bat in the lineup. The Angels have struggled at the plate for much of the season. Ohtani has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters, and each time he pitches, they lose his bat for three days, including the day before and after his start. Ohtani had two doubles and two walks in Thursday’s game, lifting his average to .319 and his OPS to .991.Ohtani’s chance to hit on Sunday against Tanaka takes some of the sting away from being unable to pitch against him, he said.“I’m not so disappointed because I have a pretty good chance of facing him as a hitter, so either way I’ll get to face him,” Ohtani said. “Down the road, I’ll probably have a chance to face him as a pitcher also, so I just need to think about my next game and not think too far ahead.”Without Ohtani starting this weekend, the Angels will go with Andrew Heaney on Friday and Garrett Richards on Sunday. They have not announced a starter for Saturday, but they could bring Jaime Barría back from Triple-A to pitch that game.ALSOMartin Maldonado is hitting .377 in May, after finishing April with a .156 average. He had his first three-RBI game of the season on Thursday. …Mike Trout stole his 12th base of the season, without being caught. Trout is on pace for 39 stolen bases and hit 49 homers. …Former Angel Wally Joyner was one of the analysts on the Facebook Watch broadcast of Thursday’s game. Joyner said it was his first time doing in-game analysis.UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 2-3, 3.35) at Yankees (Luis Severino, 7-1, 2.35), Friday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 last_img read more

Sunday’s special: A big helping of Pot Roast

first_imgDenver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton talks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — When defensive end Jeremy Mincey signed with Denver last month, he couldn’t believe defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had tried to ditch his nickname “Pot Roast.”“I’m like, ‘Dude, that’s a great name. Like, it makes you seem colossal,” Mincey recounted.The 6-foot-3 330-pound Knighton has sure come up huge for the Broncos in the playoffs.Knighton, who was teammates with Mincey in Jacksonville from 2009-12, helped hold New England’s bruising running back LeGarrette Blount to 6 yards on five carries in the AFC Championship a week after his four-TD game against Indianapolis.Knighton also dumped Tom Brady for a sack on a crucial fourth down, then busted out some smooth dance moves.“He had an outstanding game,” Mincey said. “He’s a good player, man. Listen, he’s always been like that. It didn’t surprise me. It might have surprised a lot of people, but it didn’t surprise me.”The Broncos could use an encore performance out of Knighton against Seattle Seahawks running back Marshall Lynch and elusive quarterback Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl so that Peyton Manning and his record-shattering offense can get on the field to do their thing.Mincey said he expects a gargantuan game out of his buddy, big enough, he said, to make “Pot Roast” as much a part of Super Bowl lore as William “The Refrigerator” Perry.“Dude, dude, there’s no limits to this kid, man. He’s phenomenally athletic. He can run for his size. He’s very intelligent. I mean, he’s basically built for this game,” Mincey said. “I don’t know what other way to put it, he’s built for this game.”As for his nickname, Knighton, a fifth-year pro out of Temple, said he was so ready to start anew after so many losing seasons in Jacksonville that when he signed his two-year, $4.5 million deal in Denver, he even wanted a new moniker.At his introductory news conference, he asked for suggestions on Twitter. Nobody came up with anything better, but some of his teammates in Denver did start calling him T-Knight — until Mincey arrived in mid-December after his release from the Jaguars.“I didn’t know he was re-establishing himself or trying to get away from that name,” Mincey said. “I think they got back to it when I first got here and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s an honor playing with my boy Pot Roast again.”Mincey told him to embrace it.“I said, ‘Dude, you get a nickname in the NFL, man, take it and run with it.”And so he has — even though he’s not really a huge fan of the dish. He said he’s only had it twice, once during his rookie season in Jacksonville in 2009 and again earlier this month when he took Denver’s entire defensive line out to dinner.Like any good nickname, Knighton didn’t get to choose it himself. It was bestowed upon him by former Jaguars linebacker Clint Ingram on a flight home from Seattle his rookie year.“It was a six-hour flight, guys are tired, plane is dark and the lady is walking down the aisle saying, ‘Pot roast? Pot roast? And I’m like, ‘Right here. My teammate behind me was like, ‘You’re saying that like that’s your name. I’m going to call you ‘Pot Roast.’ And then it stuck with me,” Knighton recounted.“It was either that or shrimp alfredo. So, I’m glad I got that.”___AP NFL website:  www.pro32.ap.org___Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapletonlast_img read more

NCAA upsets crush bracket hopes

first_imgNorth Dakota State’s Lawrence Alexander (12) celebrates in overtime during a second-round game against Oklahoma in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. North Dakota State won 80-75. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — So you were confident in your bracket, hoping to win the office pool, maybe get lucky and take down that $1 billion prize Warren Buffett is offering for a perfect run of picks.One game in and … done.Way to go, Dayton.Thanks for piling on, Harvard.And North Dakota State — you’ve got to be kidding.The first full day of the NCAA tournament got off to what has become its usual scream-at-the-TV start on Thursday, opening with three upsets that sent a wave of crumpled brackets — at least 95 percent missed at least one game before the tournament was 12 hours old — flying from Buffalo to San Diego. By the end of the night, fewer than 1 percent of brackets remained unblemished in contests by ESPN and CBSSports.com.“Being bounced from the billion THAT early definitely made me feel some type of way,” said Marcus Arman of Portland, Ore. “I can tell you this: I will not be supporting the city of Dayton in any shape, form or fashion so long as my foam finger still points upward.”Dayton, the No. 11 seed in the South Regional, got it started in the first game of the 64-team bracket, knocking off sixth-seeded Ohio State 60-59 in Buffalo, N.Y.A few hours later, No. 12 East seed Harvard had its David-vs-Goliath thing working for the second straight year, taking down fifth-seeded Cincinnati 61-57 in Spokane, Wash.Two upsets, and almost everyone shooting for perfection was eliminated before they got home from work.North Dakota State, No. 12 in the West, finished off the day of dead pools by outlasting fifth-seeded Oklahoma 80-75 in Spokane’s second upset of the day.Thanks for playing everyone.With Dayton’s win, about 83 percent of the brackets in Yahoo’s Tourney Pick ‘Em game were one and done, perfection flushed in 40 minutes. Wins by Harvard and North Dakota State only figured to add to the number of disappointed would-be billionaires once the official numbers were released.It was a 9.2 quintillion-to-1 pipe dream to begin with, and Buffett has to like his chances even more now.“Yesssssssssss HARVARD!!!!!!! Messing up a lot of peoples chances at $1 billion lol,” former Harvard and current Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said on Twitter.At CBSSports.com, Dayton took out 81 percent of the poolers in the bracket challenge. By the time the Bison roamed over the Sooners in the evening, 0.4 percent of the brackets were still perfect.Of the 11 million brackets in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, over 80 percent had Ohio State advancing to the next round. That’s about 8.8 million brackets with a blemish after one game.And to the 2.2 percent that had the Buckeyes going all the way to the Final Four: Oops!Through 12 games, there were 41,315 perfect brackets out of the original 11 million — or about 0.3 percent.This, of course, is nothing new.We are in the era of upsets, where seedings and status have little bearing on the bracket.A year ago, not a single person of the 11 million who entered on ESPN’s website was perfect after a first day filled with upsets. Just four got 15 out of 16 right.By now, we’ve learned that Cinderella’s carriage doesn’t turn into a pumpkin once the NCAA tournament starts. It becomes a Formula One car racing through the bracket — and it may be moving at an even faster pace this year.___AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this story.last_img read more

Tuesday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

5 ways the new connected agriculture world changed in 2016

first_imgThe world of agriculture technology, or agtech, is rapidly evolving from an industry entrenched in tradition to one that is fast embracing change. It’s automating laborious tasks and providing farmers and growers with greater knowledge and insight into their crops than ever before. As technology evolves so does the needs of the farmer and the growing environment. Here are some of the biggest trends of 2016:1. Sensor tech in the field and on the farmToday’s farmer is as likely to have an iPhone and iPad as a pitchfork in hand as they utilize IoT technology to get the most accurate information about the weather and growing conditions, soil quality and moisture and other information that previously was unavailable or difficult to attain in real time.Even traditional companies like John Deere have created connected platforms and vehicles along with a suite of start-ups intent on modernizing farming through increased technological insight. One such company providing solutions is Arable,  an agtech start-up who have created the PulsePod, a six-band spectrometer, four-way net radiometer, and acoustic rain gauge that measures more than 40 observation streams including rain, hail, canopy leaf area, crop water demand, environmental stresses, microclimate, and even air pollution. It’s always on and always connected (built-in Bluetooth, wifi, and cellular).It’s built for security (military grade encryption), flexibility (an API to plug the data into existing platforms), and control (customers choose how/when/what data to share) and enables unprecedented visibility for what’s happening in the field. As founder, Adam Wolf explained:“for the first time we see farmers able to manage the response of crops to the weather,  processors can predict future yield so they can make marketing decisions, we start to see insurance stepping in to cover risk for small holder agriculture, we really see opening up for these parts of the market that are previously inaccessible in terms of risk. This includes drought forecasting and food security; forest and crop responses to weather and climate change; and rural water usage.”2. Indoor and urban farmingCurrently around 20% of the world’s food production is grown within cities rather rural areas and inherent in this is the multi-billion dollar industry of indoor growing and hydroponics. The industry includes $5 billion in urban farming in the US and $5.7 billion for legal cannabis production. The latter is significant as figures are set to rise with the increased legalization of marijuana as the US.One company creating solutions for the home grower is Leaf who have developed a self-contained plug and plant system that automatically grows ‘medicinal’ plants and vegetables that are controlled via smartphone technology. The system provides all the pumps, lights, carbon filter fans (to avoid your home smelling like a marijuana plantation) and nutrients needed to raise a pair of cannabis plants and yield 4 to 5 ounces of marijuana.It also includes a host of environmental sensors and an HD camera that push data (and a time-lapse view of your plants) to your smartphone for continuous tracking. However, it’s not exactly cheap to run with electricity costs alone estimated a between $15-$50 per month so it would be interesting to see future solar applications.Another approach to urban farming is Freight Farms who take an innovative approach to farming, growing crops inside repurposed shipping containers, called Leafy Green Machines- literally a freight-truck-sized farm-in-a-box, with all the necessary equipment and storage required to grow produce.It is hoped that the use of an IoT platform will allow for more detailed monitoring of growing conditions in real-time. By using LogMeIn’s IoT platform Xively, it enables farmers to assess their crops remotely, tracking features such as temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and plant growth.Alerts are delivered whenever any of these metrics fall out of the ideal growing range. The data collected from users also enables Freight Farms to improve their services, giving them greater insight into how customers are utilizing their products. Container gardening is nothing new in urban areas, but it’s foreseeable that the water-efficient containers could be of benefit to regions where drought causes a barrier to farming.3. Edible insects and plant-based nutrientsInsect protein is poised to become a big part of the global food supply. Commonly enjoyed in many non-Western countries they are easy to breed, with a low-carbon input. One US-based company,  Tiny Farms which relies on  IoT and automation to build smart, easily scalable farming systems for insect growth. These include complete sensor integration and a data capture platform for monitoring, analysis, and optimization. A corresponding app provides appropriate tracking to ensure your herd is healthy.Farming also meets food tech as a proliferation of start-ups have emerged over the last year to rival Soylent in the powdered food supplement/substitute market. Almost every start-up conference I have attended in 2016 has included at least three different vendors. Whether it can be considered farming (or manufacturing) is up for debate, but there’s certainly technology in the process.4. What about the robots? Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Tags:#Agtech#factory farming#insects#Leaf#Marijuana#motorleaf#Pulsepod#robotics#robots#sensor tech#Soylent#urban farming A 2012 Agriculture Census revealed that during the past 30 years the average age of U.S. farmers has grown by nearly eight years, from 50.5 years to 58.3 years. This is a concern for the future of farming since there are fewer individuals choosing to farm than before. Thus, it’s entirely possible that robots could meet the employee demand agriculture over the next two decades, especially since they become smarter and cheaper.5. Cost remains a barrierWhile the IoT has a strong presence in farming, it’s not without its’ critics with a report by Lux Research in June suggesting that service costs and niche products are slowing down the adoption of new technologies. Traditionally an industry subsidized in many parts of the world, farming relies on profits through an increased yield and cost savings of water and fertilizer to ensure that technological innovations can be truly effective and provide solutions to the challenges of modern farming.What’s also needed is appropriate mobile coverage across the many acres of farming land, often so extensive it requires visitation by helicopter.  Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) standards will help ensure the breadth of coverage of mobile networks across the fields as well as devices where batteries may not need to be replaced for some years. It will also help extend coverage into cellars, barns, and silos inaccessible via cell signals, actually connecting alarms, sensors, meters, and many more IoT devices 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Cate Lawrencelast_img read more

Nara upsets 2004 champion Kuznetsova at US Open

first_imgView comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit Thursday night means five of the top eight women in the field are already gone before the third round. She joins No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 7 Johanna Konta. Kerber was the defending champion.Kuznetsova won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2004 and was the runner-up in 2007. She also was the French Open champion in 2009. The Russian came to New York this year as one of eight women with a chance to move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings after the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, returns a shot from Marketa Vondrousova, of Czech Republic, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset in the second round by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.This was Nara’s first victory in nine career matches against opponents ranked in the top 10. It also allowed her to get to the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2013, equaling her best showing at any Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Nothing wrong in Salman Khan being goodwill ambassador: Baichung Bhutia

first_imgAmidst the raging debate on whether actor Salman Khan should be the goodwill ambassador for India in the Rio Olympics, former national football captain Baichung Bhutia has spoken for the Bollywood icon saying “there is nothing wrong in it”.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had made the announcement on April 23 in New Delhi but the decision since then has received flak from certain sections of the sporting fraternity including the likes of legendary athlete Milkha Singh and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt.But Baichung believes Salman who essays the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film ‘Sultan’ will help promote Olympics in India.”Salman definitely did not go and say I want to be the ambassador. There is nothing wrong in it. If he can promote and make people aware of the Olympics then it is well and good,” Baichung told the media here at the Calcutta Sports Journalist’s annual awards ceremony.Though he did not say it, Baichung hinted that the Bollywood star can grab more attention than Olympic gold winner Abhinav Bindra.”Reality is whenever you put Salman Khan and let’s say Abhinav Bindra, who will the common mass follow? It saddens me being a sports person but I believe he will do well in promoting the Indian athletes, help in getting more publicity for the Indian contingent at the Olympics,” said the 39-year-old.”Bollywood sells everywhere in India. Take any sports event for example there has to be a dose of Bollywood. Now if that is going to help India then nothing wrong in it,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months ago​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buy

first_img​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not in the mood to panic.The veteran coach believes they can get promotion with the players at his disposal.Leeds are top of the Championship by two points from Norwich City, with 26 games played.But Bielsa does admit it is tough to be without as many as seven players due to injuries and suspensions.”We are lacking players,” Bielsa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “If the club can bring in players, it will be only if they are better than the players that we have.”In the next few weeks, we will have Dallas, Berardi, Phillips, Brown, Bamford and Douglas with us, so among the absences, we will have a reduction.”That’s why I clearly say that if nobody comes, we will solve the problems anyway.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more