Stephen Currys Bombs Are Too Good To Be True

One of the reasons Stephen Curry’s 2015-16 season has been so magical is that it has been about more than just dominance — that’s more LeBron James’s turf — it has been about doing things in basketball that we didn’t really know were possible.Last week we published “Stephen Curry Is The Revolution,” in which I discussed how Curry’s unique skill set — particularly his seeming immunity to defensive pressure — suggests that this historically great Warriors team could be even better if it let Curry take even more shots, with the upper limit for just how many he should take still completely unknown.But the idea that “you can never have too much Curry” was pretty much true even before this season. The 2015-16 Curry is on another level. Not only has he gotten better at the things he was already good at, he has also started dominating at things that add new dimensions to the analysis. For example, as my colleague Kirk Goldsberry has written, Curry is now one of the most efficient shooters close to the basket, after struggling from that range early in his career.But the most dramatic change in Curry’s game is his suddenly impossible-seeming range. If you’ve spent more than 30 seconds watching “SportsCenter” in the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard about Curry’s newfound affinity for ridiculous bombs — like that time he scored three baskets from 29-plus feet in 90 seconds.And it’s true, Curry’s long-range shooting has been off the charts. Here’s how he has done from various ranges in the past two seasons1For this analysis, I used the shot-tracking data from NBA.com, current through Dec. 7 (though it may miss a game or two here and there for technical reasons). I then added in Curry’s shots through the Warriors’ game on Dec. 8, and his shots that had been missing because their Nov. 12 game against the Timberwolves wasn’t in the data.: So Curry is taking a lot of last-ditch threes from long distance and has been hitting them at the second-best rate of any player in the past three seasons, despite taking about five times as many shots as the player with the best rate, Damian Lillard, did in 2013-14 (the dot in the upper left).Shooting 38.5 percent in these circumstances is, of course, ridiculous — the league average is just 12 percent, and Larry Bird’s career 3-point average (from regular distances and under regular conditions) was 37.6 percent — not to mention it supports the idea that, for Curry, no number of shots is too great, regardless of how they come.Perhaps more importantly, Curry is taking a lot of these shots “voluntarily” — that is, even when there’s enough time left on the clock to try to set up a normal shot, he’s still tossing the bomb: Last season Korver beat Curry at virtually every distance — yet his distance drop-off was normal (perhaps even a little steeper than the league as a whole), as was Curry’s.This season, of course, Curry has blown past Korver in efficiency as well as volume. Curry’s 13 makes from 28-42 feet (“bomb range”) this season are more than he and Korver had combined last season (12).So what’s going on? On the face of it, these don’t look like big numbers. Most of the hullabaloo is over 13 made shots in 31 attempts, which is not outside the range of luck. But it would take a lot of luck: Curry made shots from bomb range about 17.3 percent of the time in the previous two seasons. If that were his true rate, he would make 13 of his first 31 shots about once every 500 years. One-in-500 events aren’t impossible in sports, but with all the ways that Curry has defied basketball norms already, it behooves us to look for nonrandom explanations. For example, an interesting segment of ESPN’s Sport Science recently broke down Curry’s unusual shot mechanics on these bombs:Normally I’d take those kinds of stats as just fun trivia, but the observation that most NBA players generate velocity for their long shots by changing how they jump, while Curry does it entirely with his wrist, is exactly the kind of thing that could explain how Curry is doing things that previously seemed impossible.Another thing we’d like to do is compare how big Curry’s phenomenon is relative to other hot long-range-shooting seasons. But to do this we have to break things down a little bit further. Not all bombs are created equal. Most NBA players are smart enough NOT to take these kinds of shots unless they’re necessary. About 68 percent of shots from 28 to 42 feet come with the shot clock turned off or with time about to expire (less than four seconds remaining). We’ll call shots taken under those conditions “involuntary.” Here are all the player-seasons for such shots over the past three seasons: His shooting improved basically across the board. For the most part, he is still shooting worse when he’s farther away. You can beat other humans, but you can’t beat science. (I think.) But relative to the league, as well as to his own recent history, his distance curve this season is incredibly flat: He’s shooting 43 percent on shots taken 26 to 28 feet from the basket and 42 percent on shots from 28 to 42 feet. (The 42 feet corresponds roughly to half-court, though most of his shots are much closer to the bottom of that range.)Not only is this not normal for Curry, it’s nowhere close to the norm for anyone, even other great 3-point shooters. For example, Kyle Korver is one of few players who, on a shot-by-shot basis, could brag about being more efficient than Curry last season — albeit with a significantly smaller shooting burden. Here’s how he stacks up to Curry, then and now: The NBA as a whole has seen about one voluntary shot from 28-plus feet every two games over the last three seasons. This relative scarcity has been wise. Even though these are “voluntary” shots — where players presumably thought they had good looks — they’ve been made at a rate of only 25.4 percent (corresponding to 76 points per 100 attempts, well below the efficiency of the worst offenses in history). The undisputed king of the long shot over the last few years — indeed, the only other player to take a substantial number of such shots over full seasons — is Lillard, who has taken 98 voluntary bomb range shots in the past three seasons and has made 32.7 percent of them (corresponding to a respectable 98 points per 100 shots). Curry, on the other hand, had not shown any inclination for these shots and hit them at an average rate — before this season. Now he is averaging just less than one such attempt per game and has hit 47.1 percent — corresponding to 141 points per 100 attempts — far beyond what any offense has ever managed in overall efficiency. In other words, Curry’s typical voluntary shot from more than 28 feet is worth more than most players’ layups.Moreover, note that Curry’s break from his own precedent is also stunning: He is attempting these shots at three times the rate that he used to, yet he’s making them twice as often!This is a thrilling development, but its lack of precedent makes its consequences unknown. If Curry is now a legitimate threat from 30 feet, it will do more than just give defenses fits, it will disrupt the balance of the game in unanticipated ways. And my half-joking argument that he should be taking “all the shots” would drop to more like a quarter joking.But as much as I admire Curry’s skills, this simply MUST be too good to be true. Consider the fact that the game has never seen it, and that Curry himself hasn’t shown anything like it before, and it seems like a prototypical case of a thrilling phenomenon destined to come back down to earth.Then again, the more absurd things we see from Curry, the more they corroborate each other. All is possible. Either this narrative or the game itself will unravel.Check out our 2015-16 NBA Predictions. read more

Tourism boom to come from Road Trip says Minister

first_img Recommended for you Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Baha Mar deal should not be secret Related Items:Jetblue, Portia smith, Premier’s North American Sales and Investment blitz, road trip, team tci, tourism Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – The Tourism Minister says she anticipates the road trip led by herself and Premier Rufus Ewing will lead to a significant spike in visitor arrivals by 2017, a boom in dive vacations in Grand Turk and a 30% increase in tourism for North and Middle Caicos. During the Chicago leg of the Premier’s North American Sales and Investment blitz; Hon Porsha Smith shared that the six cities in six days Team TCI tour was a valuable effort. The hotel, tourism, business, real estate, government, aviation and media professionals on the road trip returned Saturday on board a fully sold JetBlue flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Artificial skin changes color like a chameleon with the help of nanomachines

first_imgThe idea to try this technique came out of his research group’s studies of light’s interactions with nanoparticles, which as typically made of gold, Salmon said in an email. “Recently we developed some gold nanoparticles that can reversibly stick together and then separate again. We spotted that these were changing color far more than we expected. It turns out that when the particles stick together they shadow each other and so end up absorbing far less light than when separated. This is actually how certain animals change color — cuttlefish for example have skin cells that do this. We realized that by putting the particles into cell-like structures (we used droplets of water) we could enhance the effect,” Salmon said. Salmon noted that the microdroplets are about the width of a human hair. Inside the droplets, the nanoparticles are 14 nanometers across. For reference, a DNA double helix is 2 nanometers across, Salmon said.”We think it is really amazing that we can start with nanomachines and work our way up to a color-switching skin,” he said.  0 Share your voice Tags Post a comment Anyone else have Karma Chameleon stuck in their head?  Marka/Getty Images Scientists at the University of Cambridge are using nanomachines, or extremely tiny robots, to create artificial skin that changes color in the light. Researchers think the skin could be used to create active camouflage or dynamic images. The material consists of tiny particles of gold coated in a polymer shell which are then squeezed into microscopic droplets of water in oil, according to the research published Tuesday in Advanced Optical Materials. When exposed to heat or light, the particles stick together and the artificial skin’s color changes. The scientists modeled the skin’s design after animals like chameleons and cuttlefish, which are able to change color because of chromatophores found in their skin. The color is determined by how close or far apart the particles are. If the nanoparticles spread apart, they show as red. If they’re clustered together, they look dark blue. For now, since the researchers have only developed a single layer, the skin can only change to one color. Adding more layers could make the skin more dynamic. “Loading the nanoparticles into the microdroplets allows us to control the shape and size of the clusters, giving us dramatic color changes,” Andrew Salmon, a study co-author, said in a statement.  Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

2000 new Rohingyas enter Bangladesh IOM

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees walk on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on 30 September 2017. Photo: AFPOver the last 48 hours, some 4,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar at the Anjumanpara border crossing point, said the IOM on Friday, according to UNB.Traumatised, hungry, and fearing for their lives, the Rohingyas had camped out in the open in area of no-man’s land between the two countries.They crossed at low tide where they were met by Bangladeshi border guards.Early Thursday morning, the Rohingyas, many of them vulnerable women and children who had been walking for days crossed into  Cox’s Bazar assisted by the border authorities. Some 1,400 crossed to a transit area to be registered.The Rohingyas are fleeing the violence, which has convulsed their communities in Northern Rakhine State since late August. They join over 820,000 already living in some safety in Cox’s Bazar, where over 607,320 have arrived since 25 August.Overnight, a further 2,000 fleeing Rohingya reached the crossing point and were assisted by the Bangladeshi authorities.They were being assisted by local authorities and medical services, including vaccinations, were being provided, along with screening by humanitarian organisations for those refugees judged to be extremely vulnerable so that they could receive timely specialised assistance.The UN Migration Agency, IOM runs a reception area at Balukhali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar.Upon entering Balukhali, the Rohingyas received emergency shelter materials, dignity kits, sandbags to support self-settlement and mitigate the impact of heavy rainfall and flash flooding as well as to create retaining walls meant to reduce the risk of landslides.The IOM site development unit had already prepared this zone for the relocation of refugees from high density areas.”Most people I talked to have walked for eight to ten days, getting to the border,” said IOM press officer Olivia Headon, “where they have waited up to four days to cross. They said they had nothing to eat or drink after the first few days.”She added some arrivals expressed their desire to find family members who had already crossed into Bangladesh, where first responders from various humanitarian agencies provided food and water.Several Rohingya explained they had hoped to leave Myanmar sooner, but had to wait to harvest and sell their grain to raise funds for their journey, Headon explained. “One man told me he had to pay someone to carry his elderly mother.”Others continue to arrive in the southern Cox’s Bazar district. On Wednesday a group of 42 traveling by boat – mostly women and children – capsized. Four persons including a minor perished, having been caught by the boat propeller and died from their injuries and drowning.IOM, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other responding organizations are actively working with to improve living conditions in existing settlements and advocating for alternative solutions to accommodate the influx of refugees.last_img read more

Flood death toll in Indias Kerala crosses 400

first_imgKerala and Tamil Nadu Fire Force personnel carry children on their shoulders through flood waters during a rescue operation in Annamanada village in Thrissur district, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on 19 August, 2018. Photo: AFPReceding flood waters left Indian troops and rescuers the grim task Monday of hunting for bodies left by the worst monsoon in a century in Kerala state as the death toll rose above 400.With nearly three quarters of a million people packed into relief camps in the southern state, known for its tourist beaches and hill resorts, authorities also fear outbreaks of disease.After a week of fierce downpours, rainfall eased Monday and flood levels have fallen in many districts. Army helicopters and boats kept up missions to find trapped survivors and drop food and water in isolated villages.Officials said 22,000 people were rescued on Sunday. At least 30 bodies were also found taking the death toll above 200 since the torrential rain started falling on August 8 and more than 400 since the monsoon started in June.Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the priority now was to provide clean drinking water and restore power supplies to the state of 33 million people.”The total number of people taking refuge at the 5,645 relief camps has risen to 724,649,” Vijayan told reporters Sunday.He said health officers would be deployed in each village to check the spread of communicable diseases.Thousands of army, navy and air force personnel have fanned out to help those stranded in remote and hilly areas. Dozens of helicopters have been dropping tonnes of food, medicine and water over areas cut off due to damaged roads and bridges.In worst hit areas such as Thrissur and Chengannur, rescuers are searching inundated houses where they have found the bodies of those trapped by the fast rising floodwaters.”They didn’t think that it would rise this high — 10 to 15 feet at some places — when the initial warnings were issued,” said Ashraf Ali KM, who is leading the search in the small town of Mala in Thrissur.Fishermen have sailed inland from Kerala’s coast to join the search, as volunteers set up soup kitchens and an international appeal was made for financial help.Vijayan praised the fishermen for joining the rescue mission.The state government said each boat would get 3,000 rupees ($43) for each day of their work and that authorities would pay for any damage to them.The floods have caused an estimated $3 billion in damage but the bill is likely to rise as the scale of devastation becomes clearer.last_img read more

Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

first_imgCourtesy of OHSUThe first sign of successful in vitro fertilization, after co-injection of a gene-correcting enzyme and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA in humans and other living things for decades. But one thing has long been considered off-limits: Modifying human DNA in any way that could be passed down for generations.Now, an international team of scientists reports they have successfully figured out a way to edit the DNA in human embryos — without introducing the harmful mutations that were a problem in previous attempts elsewhere. The work was published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.“It’s a pretty exciting piece of science,” says George Daley, dean of the Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the research. “It’s a technical tour-de-force. It’s really remarkable.”The research is ultimately aimed at helping families plagued by genetic diseases. The new experiment used a powerful new gene-editing technique to correct a genetic defect behind a heart disorder that can cause seemingly healthy young people to suddenly die from heart failure.The experiment corrected the defect in nearly two-thirds of several dozen embryos, without causing potentially dangerous mutations elsewhere in the DNA.None of the embryos were used to try to create a baby. But if future experiments confirm the techniques are safe and effective, the scientists say the same approach could be used to prevent a long list of inheritable diseases.“Potentially, we’re talking about thousands of genes and thousands of patients,” says Paula Amato, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She was a member of the scientific team from the U.S., China and South Korea.Other diseases that might ultimately benefit from such an approach include Huntington’s disease, Cystic fibrosis, perhaps an inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease and cases of breast and ovarian cancer caused by mutations in the BRCA genes.Nonetheless, the work is setting off alarm bells among critics around the world.“I think it’s extraordinarily disturbing,” says Marcy Darnovsky, who directs the Center for Genetics and Society, a genetics watchdog group in Berkeley, Calif. “It’s a flagrant disregard of calls for a broad societal consensus in decisions about a really momentous technology that could be used good, but in this case is being used in preparation for an extraordinarily risky application.”“If irresponsible scientists are not stopped, the world may soon be presented with a fait accompli of the first [genetically modified] baby,” says David King, who heads the U.K-based group Human Genetics Alert. “We call on governments and international organizations to wake up and pass an immediate global ban on creating cloned or GM babies, before it is too late.”Amato and others stress that their work is aimed at preventing terrible diseases, not creating genetically enhanced people. And they note that much more research is needed to confirm the technique is safe and effective before anyone tries to make a baby this way.But scientists hoping to continue the work in the U.S. face many regulatory obstacles. The National Institutes of Health will not fund any research involving human embryos (the new work was funded by Oregon Health & Science University). And the Food and Drug Administration is prohibited by Congress from considering any experiments that involve genetically modified human embryos.Nevertheless, the researchers say they’re hopeful about continuing the work, perhaps in Britain. The United Kingdom has permitted genetic experiments involving human embryos forbidden in the United States.“If other countries would be interested, we would be happy to work with their regulatory bodies,” says Shoukhrat Mitalipov, director of the Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy.One major concern is safety to a developing embryo — whether genetically modified human embryos would indeed produce healthy babies. But on a broader level, any changes made in the DNA of an embryo would be passed down for generations. That raises fears that any mistakes in the editing that inadvertently caused new diseases could become a permanent part of that family’s genetic blueprint.Darnovsky and others also worry that modifying human DNA in an embryo could give rise to “designer babies.” That’s when parents pick and choose the traits of their children to try to make them smarter, taller, stronger or have other traits that make them seem superior. That’s not yet technically possible. But critics fear scientists are already moving in that direction.“The scenario is that you would have fertility clinics advertising to people who wanted to engineer their future children so that they could be presented as ‘enhanced’ — as biologically better than everyone else,” Darnovsky says. “It’s not a world we want to build. It’s not a world we want to live in.”Unscrupulous researchers could also rush the technology into fertility clinics to try to start creating babies they can bill as genetically enhanced before the technology has even been proved safe, and before a societal consensus has been reached about what applications should be permitted.“This is a strong statement that we can do genome editing,” says Harvard’s Daley. “The question that remains is: ‘Should we?’ We need a deeper public discourse around the ethical implications of this technology.”Darnovsky and some scientists argue that many couples who carry genetic diseases already have safer alternatives to this sort of gene editing. Couples carrying genetic diseases can go through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and have their embryos tested before being implanted in the woman’s womb.“I will admit to experiencing a sense of puzzlement,” says Fyodor Urnov, an associate director at the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, a nonprofit research institute in Seattle.“The question I have is: ‘Why did you folks bother, given that there is a safe, effective, approved and ethical way to attain exactly the goal you have set out to do without any of the significant logical and ethic hurdles of having to edit a human embryo?” Urnov says.Amato and the other scientists on the international team say their approach could offer an alternative for couples for whom those standard options won’t work or are less desirable. But they agree the work should only move forward with careful regulatory oversight to prevent abuse.“Anytime there’s a new technology there’s a potential for misuse. We have to acknowledge that,” Amato says. “Personally I don’t feel that’s a reason not to pursue the research if you think there’s a potential benefit that outweighs that risk. And I think if you can prevent serious disease in future generations, that makes it worthwhile to pursue this.”The advance was first reported last week in Technology Review, a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But the details were withheld and the researchers did not elaborate until the scientific paper had finished being vetted by other scientists for publication in Nature.For their experiments, the scientists obtained sperm from a donor carrying a mutation for the heart disorder cardiomyopathy. They then used that sperm to fertilize dozens of eggs obtained from healthy women.At the same time as fertilization, the researchers injected a powerful, microscopic gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9. The new technique makes it much easier than previous approaches to make very precise changes in DNA.Several scientists likened the approach to doing surgery on fetuses when they are in the womb. But this takes that idea much further, and involves repairing damaged DNA at a molecular level in the womb.“This is nano-surgery,” says George Church, a prominent Harvard geneticist who also was not involved in the research. “You’re doing it with the finest possible scalpel.”The editing tool very accurately cut into a mutated gene known known as MYBPC3, which causes cardiomyopathy. To the researchers’ surprise, the cut triggered the embryos to repair the defective gene on their own. This is a process that had previously been unknown, the scientists say.“The most exciting moment was when we realized the mechanism of repair,” Amato says. “It was fixing itself.”The researchers then let the embryos develop for several days so they could analyze them to see how well the experiments worked. In one part of the experiments involving 58 embryos, the approach corrected the mutation in more than 70 percent of the embryos, the researchers reported.“The gene defect was corrected with high efficiency,” Amato says.In addition, a detailed genetic analysis of the embryos concluded that the gene editing had not caused safety problems.“I think this is a significant advance,” Church says. “This is important.”In 2015, Chinese scientists reported trying to edit the DNA of embryos for the first time, also using CRISPR-Cas9. But that experiment involved embryos that could never develop normally. And while those researchers did succeed in editing the targeted defect, it also produced unintended defects elsewhere in the embryos’ DNA.The scientists who conducted the new experiments say they think they avoided those problems by injecting CRISPR at the same time the eggs were being fertilized by sperm.“That was key,” Mitalipov says.Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin, dismissed concerns about the work leading to designer babies.“This is not the dawn of the era of the designer baby,” says Charo, who co-chaired a committee formed by the National Academies of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine to determine whether such experiments should be permissible. The committee concluded earlier this year that gene-editing of human embryos could be allowed in rare cases when no other options are available — but only to treat diseases.“I do not think that the constant drum beat about the fear of designer baby is warranted, Charo says. “What this is, is a possible step toward being able to edit the DNA in human embryos that’s reliable and precise.”In the meantime, scientists in Britain have won approval to use CRISPR to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos to learn more about normal human development. A team in Sweden has started similar experiments.“I think this needs to be tightly regulated,” says Fredrik Lanner, a geneticist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who is conducting those experiments. “This is very exciting. But it also could be a double-edged sword. So I think we really have to be extra cautious with this technology.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Millennials Celebrate Their Power to Vote at Morgan State

first_imgBy Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFROEncouraging Black millennials to participate in the early voting process, organizations including Black Girls Vote,” “Planned Parenthood,” “1199SEIU” and “Young Gets It Done”—an organization dedicated to revolutionizing the voting process for minority populations, headed to Morgan State University over the weekend, for an epic rock the vote celebration.Featuring artists including G Herbo, Dave East, Shiggy, Ari Lennox, Nephew and DJ Flow, on Oct. 27, hundreds of students took to the campus to see cherished celebrities, celebrate their right vote, which Marvin Bing, event producer of “Young Gets It Done,” deemed, an ultimate success.Social media personality Shiggy performs at a rock the vote rally at Morgan State University. (Courtesy Photo/Young Gets It Done)“During the 2016 elections, I saw a big gap between campaign organizers educating people of color about politics and the power of voting,” Bing said. “Our young people in some of the countries most dangerous zip codes also need access to voting and voter education.”“Here in Maryland, the future of the state is on the dais and young people will certainly determine what the future holds,” Bing continued. “This event is to organize, educate, and get young voters in Maryland excited during the Early Voting period and keep them excited through Election Day. Young people—will define the politics of this year, and probably 2020 as well.”Acting as a catalyst to a multi-city tour, intended to last well up until the 2020, presidential elections, Executive Vice President of 1199 SEIU, Lisa Brown, stated how proud she was to be able to motivate multi-city millennial populations, in order to register to vote.“This event will create the buzz and energy to encourage millennials to vote,” Brown said.“The youth vote in Baltimore has the potential to become the largest and most powerful group driving issues like marijuana legislation, reducing mass incarceration and debt-free college,” said.Though much momentum circled around the event and the overall Nov. 6 elections, Brianna Parker, founder of Black Millennial Cafe—an organization devoted to outreach services toward millennials, fears that this may still not be enough, to really drive the millennial voter numbers up.“There’s no doubt that I’m going to vote, Parker said. “My heritage and my background wouldn’t allow anything otherwise, however, I’m still noticing a lot of disengagement from the millennials. You know, people say ‘your vote counts,’ but you can’t blame a millennial if he or she does not believe it, when people have still yet to address the mystery behind Trump’s election or even George W. Bush II.“Millennials have to believe what they see and their feelings and notions have to be properly addressed before they can really move forward.”Still, even with the contentious election of President Trump and others before him, Bing said, if you want to see that change you want, “you gotta vote.”“The election of Trump is no reason to run away,” Bing said. “You gotta be in the room in order to have a say. Go vote!”last_img read more

KVIC sets world record on World HoneyBee Day

first_imgOn the occasion of World Honey Bee Day, when Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena was distributing 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 Mishing Asamese tribe in the Kaziranga forest area, very few people actually knew that KVIC was creating a new sort of world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes in a single day – beating the record by Israel.From the very moment Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a call for ‘Sweet Revolution’, the KVIC became active with its enthusiastic ‘Honey Mission’. The mission aims to meet the target of distributing 1, 30,000 bee-boxes before November 2018 across the nation – right from Narmada valley area of Gujarat to Kaziranga forest in Assam and hilly Pampore area of Jammu and Kashmir to dense forests of Mysuru. And, till the date, KVIC had distributed as many as 27,000 bee-boxes, which had happened for the very first time in India Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe KVIC had not only distributed bee-boxes, rather it has aimed to create jobs for youths giving them, an adroit pair of hands. At Kaziranga, practical training was also imparted to those 100 beneficiaries in the examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipments, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBesides giving them certificates of trained bee-keepers, the KVIC experts also delved upon honey bee species, colony organization, the division of labor and life cycle of honey bees; management of honey bee colonies during different seasons. The KVIC also distributed 200 gms honey bottles to 500 school kids of Sankar Dev Sishu Niketan there at Kohera village in Kaziranga. As a whole, altogether 25,000 honey bottles were distributed across the country by KVIC on May 21. KVIC Chairman V K Saxena, who himself monitors the progress of ‘Honey Mission’ round-the-clock said that besides the production of 30,000 kilograms of high-quality honey from these bee-boxes in the zero-pollution Kaziranga area, bee-keeping would open many job avenues for the unemployed youths and aspiring young entrepreneurs. “Being the nodal agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the KVIC would provide loans for setting up units of processing, packaging and labelling units for the honey,” he said, adding, “The development initiatives taken by KVIC in Assam have given a ray of hope for tribal people here and they are willing to be the part of development. The bee-keeping will also enhance the rich flora and fauna of the Kaziranga forest area through cross-pollination.”last_img read more

Updated 2 Facebook Instagram and WhatsApp return to normal

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a4cc65ca&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=106&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a4cc65ca&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> pexels.com / Tracy Le Blancpexels.com / Tracy Le Blanc Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were later accessible around 3pm after experiencing a downtime.A spokesperson for Facebook told Newsbook.com.mt that earlier today some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the apps. The spokesperson said that the issue has been resolved and apologised for any inconvenience that was caused.Facebook down: Outage affecting various users around the world including MaltaFacebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all experiencing issues this morning for users worldwide as well as in Malta. Various users found both Facebook and Instagram both inaccessible, with their news feeds refusing to refresh while Facebook.com domain unavailable.READ: Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram down, across the worldOther users have reported that their messages over WhatsApp are not being sent or received.Other news sites reported that the outages appear to have started at around 6.30am this morning.Newsbook.com.mt has contacted Facebook on the latest issues.Last month Facebook experienced its worst outage ever.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more