World Cup – Qatar designs artificial clouds to cool stadiums

An artificial cloud has been designed at Qatar University which could be the solution to the summer heat at the 2022 World Cup.

The cloud, manufactured from light carbon materials and helium gas, can be held in place by solar power and moved by remote control.

Because they will block the sunlight they will be able to have a regulating effect on the temperature.

Since winning the World Cup bid in December, there has been plenty of debate amongst football fans about whether a summer World Cup, where the average temperature in Qatar exceeds 40C, would be fair on players or spectators.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has subsequently stated though that the tournament will not move from its traditional dates in the summer.

Saud Abdul Gani, the head of the department at Qatar University, told the Gulf Times that the project would be taken forward in co-operation with the Qatar Science and Technology Park.

“We are in discussion with the QSTP about the costs and to create an initial model on a trial basis,” Saud said.

The initial model for the cloud could be produced for $500,000 (£309,000), but costs could come down considerably if they were produced on a commercial scale.

-Yahoo! Eurosport

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Top chains are urged to ban sandblasted jeans

Asda (NYSE: WMT – news) , Diesel, Matalan and Primark are among a group of companies being criticised for selling jeans made using sandblasting, which can cause illness or even death.

The pressure group, Labour Behind the Label, said these companies continue to use sandblasting to give denim a “worn” look, despite the danger that silica dust from the sand can get into workers’ lungs. British companies including New Look and Marks & Spencer (Dusseldorf: MA6.DU – news) also say they have banned the process. Levi’s and H&M (Stockholm: HMB.ST – news) stopped all use in December

“Dead workers aren’t fashionable,” said Sam Maher, co-author of Labour Behind the Label’s Killer Jeans report, which will be published on Monday.

“The trend for killer jeans must be phased out by companies and rejected by consumers with immediate effect.” It is also calling on retailers and brands to compensate workers who have been made ill by operating sandblasting machines in the past.

Matalan told The Telegraph that it currently uses sandblasting on some denim products. It said safety standards were constantly under review and it would “take action if necessary to protect the welfare of our suppliers’ employees”.

Asda said it was in the process of phasing out sandblasted products. “It’s our intention that there will be none on sale in our stores by the end of this year,” a spokesman said. Diesel said it would stop using sandblasting on its clothing from early next year and Next (Xetra: 779551 – news) said it had stopped all new orders. Both said suppliers were required to meet safety standards. Primark said it had halted sandblasting at more than half of its previous suppliers and expected to be out of 90 per cent by the end of the year.

Primark suggested some rivals had been less than honest in their promises. A spokesman said: “A ban is only meaningful when capable of being enforced and carefully monitored. Too often companies impose bans without any real attempt to implement them properly.”

But a spokesman for international clothing workers’ union ITGLWF said: “In the space of a year workers could contract silicosis. We need to just stop this.”

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Victoria Gowramma: The Lost Princess of Coorg

By  C. P. Belliappa

Veerarajendra, the exiled raja of Coorg, and his eleven-year-old daughter of Gowramma, were the first Indian royals to land in Britain in the summer of 1852. Veerarajendra used the pretext of his daughter’s embracing Christanity and acquiring a Western education, as a ruse to secure permission to visit England.

What was his true motive behind this journey? Furthermore, as godmother to Gowramma, Queen Victoria had grand plans for the princess and another exiled royalty: Maharaja Duleep Singh of Punjab. In this book, C.P. Belliappa has reconstructed the extraordinary saga of the earliest Indian royalities to visit and live in Victorian England. He has unearthed hither to unpublished material that throws light on Veerarajendra’s and Princess Victoria Gowramma’s life in England, and the amazing affection Queen Victoria bestowed on the young princess.

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Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna

Sarita Mandanna, a financial analyst by profession, believes that “each one of us has a story to tell; a book to write”. In the city on Saturday to launch her debut novel, Tiger Hills, Mandanna had an eager audience in the waiting. Many of them were fellow Coorgis and fans with a copy of the book in hand. They sat through the book reading and discussion session conducted by thespian and city-based restaurateur, Arjun Sajnani.

Describing the genesis of the book, Mandanna said: “I wanted to write a book with a panoramic lens, similar to Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights.” Penned across a period of five years, Mandanna wrote a 450-page novel in her spare time and confessed she didn’t have any story in mind and it crafted along the way.

Hailing from Coorg, Mandanna, daughter of an army officer, grew up stationed in many parts of the country. But every vacation took her back to her native town. Tiger Hills, set in the backdrop of Kodagu, is Mandanna’s “love letter to Coorg”.

The novel is positioned in late 19th-20th-century Coorg as Mandanna explored the time prevalent in Coorg then. “I have drawn bits and pieces from personal experiences and observation — something common to every creative process,” said Mandanna.

The book’s core theme is life’s reality. “Life doesn’t always go our way, but we owe it to ourselves to seek happiness,” she said, adding: “The strength within each of us is explored only when we are put through the trials and tribulations in life.”

A love saga, the novel is written from a woman’s perspective, “with the book’s central character being a woman, Devi”. The protagonist “is not always likable, and every character in the book has a tinge of grey like we all do”.

Mandanna describes her novel as being “bittersweet” as it has an underlying sense of doom. Nonetheless, “it has an ambivalent ending — left to the reader to conclude”.


Nuggets from Coorg History

Nuggets from Coorg history by C.P. Belliappa

Nuggets from Coorg History encapsulates the history of Kodagu from 1600 to 1956 in twenty engaging stories. The prominent community of this landlocked province of coffee and cinnamon—the Kodavas, or the Coorgs though fiercely independent and of warrior class, never actually ruled their land. The were fractious which made them an easy target for foreign domination. Kodavas, now a progressive community, were unlettered until the British introduced education in 1834. Hence theirs is mainly an oral history passed down over generations. In this book Belliappa brings to life the dramatis personae who influenced and shaped the destiny of Coorg.

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Coorg Treasure Hunt #3

Break the code!


Rearrange the ALPHABETS to find the answer:

A Naval Dock


Hint lies in the website:

 Code breakers please write your full name and place.

 Good Luck!

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