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first_imgThe Indian Premier League’s first centurion Brendon McCullum was all praise for Sanju Samson, who hammered the first century of this year’s IPL.McCullum hammered 158* off 73 balls for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first ever match of the IPL back in 2008 versus the Royal Challengers Bangalore. His innings included 10 fours and 13 sixes as he lit up the Chinnaswamy on the first ever day of the IPL.India’s star off-spinner and the injured Ravichandran Ashwin was also all praise for the young boy from Kerala.Joining McCullum and Ashwin in praise of Samson was Harsha Bhogle, who praised the innings and his talent. His former employers and the now suspended Rajasthan Royals and the owner of the suspended team Raj Kundra also tweeted about the brillaint knock by the 22-year-old.Samson hammered his century off just 62 balls before falling to a Adam Zampa flipper for 102. With this he became the second youngest Indian to slam a ton in the IPL, first being Manish Pandey, who hammered a ton back in 2009 in South Africa at the age of 19.Coming in at no. 3, he steadied the ship for the Delhi Daredevils after Deepak Chahar picked up Aditya Tare early in the innings.He started his innings showing some great timing and hitting a flurry of boundaries. Samson settled in and took 41 balls to reach his fifty but continued the good work before finally bringing his hundred up with a big six off Zampa in the 19th over. He hit eight fours and five sixes in his knock of 102.advertisementHere’s how twitter reacted to Samson’s maiden IPL hundred:I love watching Sanju Samson play cricket! Hes some talent!- Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 11, 2017Sanju’s indifferent year just took a big UU turn. Special Innings. #IPL2017 #RPSvDD- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 11, 2017Delighted to see Sanju Samson playing a key innings. Fine talent. Needs an arm round his shoulder.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2017Brilliant, just brilliant! #SanjuSamson scores 102 from 63 balls. Congratulations! #RPSvDD- Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 11, 2017So proud of our boy #SanjuSamson a beautiful knock @rajasthanroyals we know how to find players!- Raj Kundra (@TheRajKundra) April 11, 2017Take a bow Sanju Samson! First centurion in the #VIVOIPL 2017! #PlayBold #RPSvDD- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 11, 2017That was a #SanjuSamson special we just witnessed. C’mon boys! #DDTweets #RPSvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 11, 2017last_img read more

first_img“Therefore I am asking all members and supporters to continue their attendance at the two assemblies.”World Maritime News Staff zoom Following the first day of resumed talks between Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) talking place under the auspices of the Fair Work Commission, acting CEO of HPA, Mark Jack, said that the discussions had been useful and constructive.The two parties agreed to return to the negotiation table regarding the layoffs of 97 wharfies on August 28th.The MUA and Hutchison Ports agreed to a six-week negotiation process to be overseen by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), deferring a Federal Court case which was set to begin next week.According to Jack, at all times HPA had followed correct Australian procedures in relation to planned redundancies and had been focused on communications with its employees and customers as a priority. He regretted that there had been some misunderstanding about the actions of the company more widely in the media but acknowledged this was perhaps inevitable given the painful situation confronting both the company and its employees and the associated emotions.The layoffs were faced with fierce criticism from the public and media as the workers had been informed of their sacking via email. However, HPA said earlier in a clarification that the emails had been preceded by careful consideration and extensive face-to-face consultation.In addition, HPA claimed that the text message and email communications are an agreed means of quickly sharing information between the company and staff, in line with the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA).On the other hand, the community assemblies remain ongoing despite resuming of talks.MUA’s Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith, who is taking part in the FWC discussions, said it was important to keep up the pressure because the company would never had come to the table if the assemblies were not initiated in Brisbane and Sydney.“The sacked 97 workers, despite being ‘reinstated’ by Federal Court injunction, remain in limbo for the time being,” Smith said.“They are receiving wages but are yet to get through the gate and still require moral support in this trying time.last_img read more

first_img Le Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture, qui appuie l’intégration des arts et de la culture dans la vie communautaire : Ville de New Glasgow et comté de Pictou, 10 000 $ Le Prix Grand-Pré, qui reconnaît les artistes néo-écossais de tous les domaines dont le travail reflète les valeurs culturelles acadiennes : Jay LeBlanc, 2 000 $. Les Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi, qui reconnaissent les artistes professionnels établis qui sont à la mi-carrière : Carole Langille, Christy Ann Conlin, Janice Jackson, Jeremy Webb et Sara MacCulloch, 5 000 $ chacun. Un comité indépendant d’artistes a sélectionné les finalistes au prix Portia White parmi les candidatures reçues. Les finalistes et les récipiendaires du Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture et des Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi ont été choisis par des comités indépendants. Le Prix du chef-d’œuvre du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Nouvelle-Écosse est choisi par un comité externe. Des billets pour l’événement sont toujours disponibles. Les billets coûtent 25 $ et peuvent être achetés en ligne à l’adresse www.creativenovascotia.com. L’excellence artistique en Nouvelle-Écosse sera reconnue encore une fois dans le cadre de la remise annuelle des prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse qui aura lieu ce soir, 25 octobre. Le thème de l’événement cette année est « Espèces originales (Sélection artifi/offi-cielle) » et il aura lieu au Musée d’histoire naturelle à Halifax. En plus des prix, 12 installations artistiques interactives seront présentées au public. « À titre de nouveau ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, j’ai hâte de travailler avec les artistes et les organismes du secteur pour développer davantage les arts et la culture dans cette province, a dit Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Cet événement annuel célèbre la diversité et l’excellence artistique que nous avons ici, et offre la chance aux Néo-Écossais de faire l’expérience des œuvres des meilleurs artistes de la province. » Cette année, l’événement sera co-animé par Arts Nouvelle-Écosse. Formé en 2012, l’organisme Arts Nouvelle-Écosse assure la gestion du financement provincial versé directement aux artistes. « Nous sommes ravis de co-animer cet événement afin de célébrer les récipiendaires de cette année, a dit Candace Stevenson, présidente d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse. Les récipiendaires sont un exemple de l’ampleur du talent de la communauté culturelle néo-écossaise. » Ron Bourgeois, président du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, souligne que le fait qu’il s’agit de la huitième année de la tenue de la cérémonie démontre bien l’importance et la pertinence des prix. « Les prix sont également un reflet du groupe très doué d’artistes que nous avons ici, en Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit M. Bourgeois. Je suis très reconnaissant envers tous ceux qui ont contribué et qui continuent de contribuer à cette merveilleuse initiative. » Laurie Swim a été choisie comme récipiendaire du prestigieux prix Portia White, présenté par le ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Le prix, d’une valeur de 18 000 $, permet également au récipiendaire de nommer un nouvel artiste ou organisme culturel de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui recevra le prix de protégé, d’une valeur de 7 000 $. Le récipiendaire du prix de protégé Portia White sera annoncé lors de la cérémonie. Le Prix du chef-d’œuvre du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Nouvelle-Écosse, d’une valeur de 25 000 $, sera également remis à l’un des finalistes suivants : Jason Buxton, Chester, cinéma Steve Higgins, Halifax, sculpture Anthony Black, Nick Bottomley et Christian Barry, Halifax, théâtre Des renseignements supplémentaires sur les finalistes sont disponibles à l’adresse www.nsmasterworks.ca. D’autres prix et récipiendaires incluent :last_img read more

Rabat – A video posted on the official Facebook page of the United States Embassy in Rabat on January 11 has gone viral. The video features Anthony Bird, a political adviser at the United States Embassy, as he was playing the national anthem on the piano on the occasion of Morocco’s Proclamation of Independence.The video created a stir among Moroccan social media users following its posting on the embassy’s official Facebook page. The minute-long video received overwhelmingly enthusiastic comments. Many viewers addressed Mr. Bird personally for his talent, and the gesture was described as a kind move on the part of the US Embassy. “Thank you, Mr. Anthony Bird, for this kindness,” wrote a Facebook user. “If anything, it shows the depth of relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America.”Another commentator praised Mr. Bird’s linguistic talents: “One of the best speakers of the Moroccan dialect in the US Embassy.” It is worth mentioning that the staff of the United States Embassy in Rabat is widely known for their proficiency and eloquence in Darija, the Moroccan dialect. The video has received 85,000 views on Facebook. read more

MONTREAL — Air Canada said Tuesday higher revenues from bag and other fees are part of the airline’s drive to permanently raise profits even after fuel prices rise.“Low fuel prices are a welcome tailwind, but history has shown how fickle oil pricing can be, so we remain intensely focused on the execution of the strategy that has brought us this far,” CEO Calin Rovinescu said Tuesday.The country’s largest carrier earned a record $122 million in profits excluding one-time costs in the first quarter, thanks in part to a 25 per cent decrease in fuel costs for the same quarter the year before.Air Canada said non-fare revenues per passenger increased 15 per cent in the first three months of the year, led by higher contributions from checked baggage, cancellation fees, seat selection, preferred seating and various upgrades.Rovinescu’s comments come a week after WestJet Airlines also posted a quarterly record in net income due to falling fuel prices and higher fees.Air Canada delays launch of Hamilton to Calgary service because of plane crashIs Air Canada the best airline stock in North America? Analysts forecast 48% rally over next 12 monthsThe charges have left some passengers angry, accusing airlines of nickel-and-diming them relentlessly while at the same time removing the comfort of extra legroom and free on-board food.But Rovinescu said the charges are broadly accepted in the United States and other parts of the world. In the U.S., airline industry bag fees rose five per cent to US$3.5 billion last year while the fees for changing reservations were up six per cent to US$3 billion.Industry observers said airlines needed to change a broken economic model that saw too many carriers go out of business.In exchange for keeping base fares as low as possible, airlines are charging passengers for the services they value. That includes checking luggage, preferred seating and soon, Wi-Fi.Air Canada said raising fees is part of the business strategy that also includes cutting its costs by expanding its low-cost Rouge leisure carrier, adding about 100 seats on large Boeing 777s and flying more new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.Before adjusting for items such as foreign exchange and fuel hedging, Air Canada says its net loss decreased 9.4 per cent to $309 million or $1.08 per share. Revenues grew six per cent to $3.25 billion.It earned 41 cents per share in adjusted profits, well above the 18 cent per share forecast by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. That compared to a 46 cents per share loss a year ago.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares increased four per cent to $12.19 in Tuesday midday trading. read more

She also said that Sri Lanka would like to work with India, China, Japan, Singapore, USA, ASEAN and EU. “The problem is that Indian fishermen mainly from southern states often cross the Indian Maritime Border Line and enter our side to fish. Poaching and crawling are two major issues. Last November, we had ministerial level discussions. Fishermen associations from both sides also met. A joint working group was established. They again met for the second time in Lanka in April. So, more surveillance, establishment of hot lines and other measures have been taken. We are pleased that the Indian government is looking into this issue seriously and encouraging deep sea fishing by allotting extra funds as well. We are hopeful that with such measures, this issue will be resolved soon,” she added. (Colombo Gazette) Talks are still ongoing with India on the Trincomalee oil storage facility, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India  Chitranganee Wagiswara said.She told The Statesman  there are certain issues which need to be sorted out through discussions. “We know India is interested in Trincomalee region. A business plan is being drawn up by a Singapore-based company also. It is difficult to say by when an agreement would be signed,” she said. “We look forward to signing FTAs with more countries. Of course, we have one with India. We are discussing an FTA with China. So, one cannot say that our ties are improving with one nation at the cost of another,” she said.On the fishermen issue, the High Commissioner said that the fisherman issue has been there for a long time. read more

The case will be handed over to the Pingtung District Prosecutors Office for investigation, the CGA said in a statement. The CGA vessel Hsun Hu No. 8, which has set off for Taiwan, is expected to arrive in Kaohsiung around March 16 with the Filipino suspect, who was detained on Saturday. Officers from the CGA and Fisheries Agency initially arrived in the area where the Wen Peng (the vessel on which the incident occurred) was located, on a chartered fishing boat on Saturday after a seven-day journey.They took control of the Wen Peng and detained the suspect who was transferred to the Hsun Hu No. 8, which arrived later, before heading for Taiwan, where a probe will be launched. Two Indonesians who were injured in a mid-sea attack have been brought to Sri Lanka for treatment, Focus Taiwan reported.Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration (CGA) officers took control of a Pingtung-registered fishing boat in the Indian Ocean where two crewmates were killed last month, and are scheduled to return to Taiwan in two weeks after taking the suspected Filipino assailant into custody, the CGA said on Sunday. The Wen Peng had 24 crew members — 10 from the Philippines, 11 from Indonesia and three from Taiwan.Two Filipino fishermen were killed by a Filipino co-worker over an argument, while two Indonesians were seriously injured in the Feb. 20 knife attack, the CGA said.The bodies of the two deceased crewmen have been kept on ice on board the Wen Peng, with two others who were injured during the attack sent to a hospital in Sri Lanka for treatment on Saturday, the CGA said. Of the crew members who were forced to jump overboard during and after the attack, six remain missing, while the rest were rescued by Taiwanese fishing vessels on Feb. 22, which also helped monitor the Wen Peng, where the suspect remained alone prior to his arrest. read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amidst the general Greek media upheaval that has been tormenting the country’s press non-stop since 2011, a new wave of creatives has emerged that chooses to defy the odds and the crisis by returning to print.Last week’s addition is publisher Fotis Tsimelas’ brainchild, INFLUENCERS, curated by art director Costas Voyiatzis, who has gain international acclaim through his online project Yatzer. The duo met in 2003 while working for a magazine and have closely followed each other since. Both Tsimelas and Voyiatzis have enjoyed long and successful careers in publishing and even though attention has shifted towards the web, they have always agreed that print has a certain allure that digital media cannot match.“I ‘grew up’ with magazines and worked in the industry from the age of 23, and although my business life followed an online media path through Yatzer.com, I continue to love them,” said Costas Voyiatzis.With that being said he agreed to curate INFLUENCERS, a quarterly limited edition, hardcover Greek coffee table magazine, conceived by Tsimelas. “I just couldn’t resist,” he enthused, presenting the magazine’s first issue, which is also Tsimelas’ first independent endeavour in publishing. For its founder, INFLUENCERS is an object of desire; a ‘haute’ platform impeccably designed to offer content of unique aesthetic. It draws inspiration from influential people’s creativity as well as local and international art, fashion, design, travel, gastronomy, and technology. With its first edition in December, in a way it bids farewell to 2016, admittedly one of the toughest years for Greece and the rest of the world. The tri-monthly publication will carefully select its audience; consisting of thousands of ‘influencers’ who introduce trends and leave their footprint on pop culture. For the inaugural issue, only 999 copies will be made available on pre-sale. “INFLUENCERS contains the crème de la crème of the leading trends in Greece and around the world, capturing reality through our very specific, ideologically and ethically distinct prism,” Tsimelas explained. “Trends, creatives, and influential individuals. The most modern, important subjects that deserve to shed light upon, to be praised and publish you will find in INFLUENCERS. It is a blend of values, of aesthetics and love for life, including the brands that define us and become a continuation, an expression of our personality. “What you see, however, is merely a ‘slice’ a ‘fraction’ of a long-time vision, the charismatic Costas Voyiatzis has helped me realise,” he wrote.Get your copy at www.influencers.grlast_img read more

first_imgPollution : un continent de déchets à la merUn “continent” vient d’être découvert dans le Nord-est du pacifique, entre la Californie et Hawaï. Sa seule particularité : son principal constituant n’est pas de la terre ou de la glace mais du plastique. Les déchets déversés dans les océans sont peu à peu rassemblés par les courants marins et forment ce nouveau “continent”.Par la force des courants marins, les déchets provenant des navires et des côtes, peuvent flotter pendant des années avant de s’entasser dans deux larges zones appelées “Plaque de déchets du Pacifique est” et “Plaque de déchets du Pacifique ouest”, d’après des observations et un suivi effectués depuis plus de 10 ans par l’Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Ces deux plaques réunies forment ce qu’on appelle la “Grande plaque de déchets du Pacifique”. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, 90% des déchets flottant sur les océans seraient constitués de plastique et mettraient entre 500 et 1000 ans à se dégrader dans la nature. Selon Chris Parry, chef de programme d’éducation du public, de la California Coastal Commission de San Francisco, depuis plus de 50 ans, les déchets tourbillonneraient sous l’effet du grand vortex nord-pacifique, formant ce continent témoigne de l’énorme rejet de détritus provenant de notre société de surconsommation. Atteignant la taille équivalente au tiers de la superficie de l’Europe, ce nouveau continent éphémère aurait triplé en vingt ans.  Plus précisément, ce gros tas de déchets pèserait maintenant 3,5 millions de tonnes et contiendrait jusqu’à 750.000 débris par kilomètres carrés. Sur les 100 millions de tonnes de plastique produits chaque année dans notre société, près de 10% finissent ainsi dans les océans, selon Greenpeace. Parfois, la quantité de plastique dans l’eau de mer est jusqu’à 10 fois supérieure à celle du plancton, maillon élémentaire de la vie dans les océans, ajoute Charles Moore, de la fondation Algalita.Mais si une telle invasion de déchets apparait déjà désastreuse pour les océans, elle nuit sérieusement à la chaine alimentaire, des poissons aux oiseaux. D’après des scientifiques américains de l’Institut Océanographique Scripps, un poisson sur dix ingèrerait du plastique dans le Pacifique Nord, soit 24.000 tonnes de plastiques boulotées par les poissons chaque année dans cette zone. Plus sérieux encore : un rapport de Greenpeace estime que plus de 267 espèces marines seraient touchées par ce tas de déchets avec notamment l’exemple des tortues marines qui s’étouffent avec les sacs plastiques abandonnés à la mer. Le 10 février 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Judge rules NO EVIDENCE in Alboin Williams alleged shooters case

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe three men arrested and jailed in the brutal and bold daytime shooting of former police officer, Alboin Williams were on Friday released and Magnetic Media is told that it was due to a lack of evidence against them in the shocking case.Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale ruled that there was absolutely no evidence against Reginald Presil, Wilbert Almonor and Fritzner Prevalus who were on April 27, 2016 charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.The public was outraged that the charge for the suspects was not more serious, like attempted murder.  Williams, Tag Security Services owner/security guard who was on a money pick up for Sunny Foods grocery store in Five Cays,  was shot as many as nine times outside the store on Sunday April 10, 2016.The three have not been released into the community though, they were handed over to the Immigration Department in Grand Turk, who will today send the men to Provo where the local immigration team will put the trio on a flight bound for the trio’s country of origin; Haiti.Police were looking for additional suspects in the case; but now the entire investigation has fallen apart and has to go back to square one more than two months after the violent crime.last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and representatives from 10 other national agricultural organizations met Monday with officials of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in Washington. ASA and the same groups met with the Hillary Clinton campaign in Brooklyn in June. The purpose of both meetings was to establish a dialogue between the campaign, the individual and collective ag groups on key policy matters that will emerge during the 2016 campaign.The groups highlighted several big, broad policy areas as examples of matters deserving attention during the election, including agricultural trade, food safety, Farm Bill and crop insurance programs, ag labor, infrastructure and the importance of science based regulatory policy.None of the groups participated in either meeting with the intent of any direct political engagement commitment —though each organization have representatives that are already, or plan to eventually, engage with both the Clinton and Trump campaigns. The issues discussion and further engagement opportunities exchange in the meetings were extremely open and constructive.Groups in attendance also included, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Seed Trade Association, CropLife America, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union and The Fertilizer Institute.last_img read more

Police cruiser struck in hitandrun crash on I95

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a driver responsible for a hit and run crash involving a police cruiser.7Skyforce flew over the scene Thursday morning along the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 south of the Northwest 119th Street exit. According to Miami-Dade Police, this was a multi-vehicle crash involving one of their police cruisers just before 7:30 a.m.Police said the vehicle that caused the crash struck another vehicle, which then hit the cruiser. According to authorities, the Miami-Dade officer’s car was side-swiped by the truck.The cruiser reportedly rolled into the bushes, but the officer was unscathed.The driver responsible for the crash attempted to leave the scene and caused a second crash, police said. Eventually, the driver fled both scenes.Police said the car they are looking for is a dark-colored, four-door sedan with heavy front-end and rear-end damage.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:49Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Reactions pour inWhile condoling his death, BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Jaitley’s death comes as a personal loss for him. “In the death of Arun Jaitley, I have not only lost a senior leader of the BJP but a member of my family,” tweeted Shah.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “Very sorry to learn that Arun Jaitley is no more. An old friend and a dear colleague will be remembered for his seminal contributions to the polity and as FM of India. As Leader of Opposition he was without match. He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party.”Extremely sad to hear about passing away of our dear friend,legal brain,sharp mind,astute strategist,seasoned politician,exemplary Parliamentian,exceptional communicator,Sr leader,colleague of years #ArunJaitley will always feel void,could never forget him&contribution Om Shanti,” tweeted Union Minister Suresh Prabhu.The chief troubleshooter of BJP government Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Global Business Summit in New Delhi January 16, 2015. Modi said on Friday that he was committed to meeting this year’s budget deficit target, and he welcomed a cut in interest rates by the Reserve Bank of India on the back of falling inflation.REUTERS/Anindito MukherjeeThe lawyer-turned-politician had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. However, Jaitley did not contest the Lok Sabha 2019 election presumably because of his ill-health.Jaitley’s health condition deteriorated after he underwent a kidney transplant surgery on May 14 last year, following which he was put under isolation. Jaitley also underwent a bariatric surgery to address the excess weight he had gained due to diabetes in 2014. Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Arun Jaitley, 66, passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday, August 24.The 66-year-old leader was rushed to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. Jaitley was put on life support and a multidisciplinary team of doctors were monitoring his condition. Lawyer-turned-politician Arun Jaitley passed away at Delhi’s AIIMS.ReutersA bevy of politicians — BJP veteran leader LK Advani, BJP leader Uma Bharti, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union minister Smriti Irani and Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, visited AIIMS to enquire about Jaitley’s health condition.AIIMS statement on passing away of Arun Jaitley:”It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. Honourable Member of Parliament and former finance minister, government of India at 12:07 pm on 24 August, 2019. Shri Arun jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on 09/08/2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors,” said AIIMS in a statement. Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66 Closelast_img read more

UNSC weakens response to Myanmar after China objection

first_imgThe UN Security Council on Monday dropped plans to adopt a resolution demanding an end to the violence in Myanmar in the face of strong opposition from China and instead opted for a statement, diplomats said.The statement calls for an end to the violence, full access for humanitarian aid workers to Myanmar’s Rakhine state and for the return of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohyinga who have fled to Bangladesh.It does not threaten sanctions against Myanmar’s military.Britain and France circulated a draft resolution last month, but diplomats said veto power China, a supporter of Myanmar’s former ruling junta, had argued that a resolution was not the appropriate response to the crisis.Following negotiations, China agreed to the formal statement to be adopted later Monday, which includes almost all of the demands of the proposed resolution but does not carry the same weight.“The important thing is the content,” British Deputy UN Ambassador Jonathan Allen told reporters. “Gaining a very strong, unanimous statement I think was the real prize here.”Since late August, more than 600,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes by an army campaign in Rakhine state that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar authorities say the military operation is aimed at rooting out Rohingya militants who staged attacks on police posts.The council statement was agreed as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is to travel to Manila this week to join leaders of the Southeast Asian (ASEAN) bloc for a summit.The Rohingya refugee crisis is expected to be a top issue of discussion at the summit, to be attended by US President Donald Trump, who will dispatch US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Myanmar later this month.The Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and have been denied citizenship since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless.More than two months after the crisis erupted, rights groups have accused the Security Council of dragging its feet and are calling for tougher measures, such as an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against those responsible for the attacks against the Rohingya.On Friday, Human Rights Watch urged the council to ask the International Criminal Court to open war crimes investigations in Myanmar, describing the torching of villages, killing, rape and looting as crimes against humanity.Such a move however is unlikely to win the support of China.last_img read more

Hurricane Harvey the latest threat to floodprone Houston

first_img– / 115Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast some 175 miles (280 kilometers) from Houston, but the nation’s fourth-largest city has never needed a direct strike from a catastrophic storm to flood. Regularly inundated by floodwaters ever since its settlement in the mid-1800s, Houston looked on warily even before Harvey roared ashore. In Houston, the chronic deluges that have repeatedly swamped its neighborhoods are getting worse and more costly — not just for locals, but for federal taxpayers. An Associated Press analysis of government data found last year that if the county that is home to Houston were a state, it would have ranked in the top five or six in every category of repeat flood losses. That’s defined as any property with two or more losses in a 10-year period each totaling at least $1,000. Nationally, repeat federal flood relief payouts averaged about $3,000 per square mile (2.5 square kilometers). But in greater Houston, the payouts were nearly a whopping $500,000 per square mile (2.5 square kilometers). Harvey, which blasted ashore as a major Category 4 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm, has swamped roads and paralyzed neighborhoods throughout the city. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said more than 2,000 calls for help had been received by midday Sunday. Flooding was so bad that residents were being urged to seek refuge on their roofs. The National Weather Service said Sunday that some parts of Houston may receive a Texas record of 50 inches (1,270 millimeters) of rain. Here’s a look at some of the reasons Houston has been so susceptible to flooding: ___ GEOGRAPHY Founded on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou, Houston barely rises above sea level. Making matters worse, its flat terrain and clay soil are prone to the flooding of a humid climate that produces extreme rainfall. At least three dozen major floods have been recorded since Houston’s founding, including one in April 2016 that claimed eight lives. ___ INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE Floods prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build reservoirs in the 1940s in the western area of Harris County, which encompasses Houston. That addressed some problems, yet few notable flood-control efforts have been undertaken since, experts told the AP last year. Houston in recent decades has focused on improving drainage and building thousands of detention ponds, concrete-lined pools capturing stormwater and piping it out. But, residents say, some developers have skimped on the flood-prevention systems. ___ MANAGING GROWTH In the last quarter century, greater Houston has added a million people and its commercial development has cut in half the amount of wetlands per capita that could soak up stormwater runoff. Paved land generates five times more runoff, and those surfaces in Harris County increased by more than 25 percent during that same time, researchers have said. Houston is also the only major U.S. city without zoning, and critics say local leaders have been pro-developer. ___ CLIMATE SHIFTS As if Houston’s natural elements weren’t challenging enough, intense downpours, measuring at least 10 inches (250 millimeters), have doubled in frequency during the last three decades. Rising average temperatures have packed 7 percent more moisture into the atmosphere over Houston. Contributing to that is warmer water in the Gulf of Mexico. Sharelast_img read more

Report Houstons Immigrant Labor Force Faces Educational Challenges

first_img Share The report’s author, Hamutal Bernstein, said that’s higher than the national average. 26 percent of foreign-born employees in the U.S. have less than a high school degree. Bernstein also said almost a third of Houston’s working immigrant population have an advanced degree. “You’ve got high concentration at the lower end of the educational spectrum and at the higher end,” she said. In the report, Bernstein also looked at educational opportunities for this section of the workforce. “You really have to provide services and be really realistic and practical about how to make those training opportunities accessible for people who maybe are working multiple jobs many many hours of the day,” said Bernstein.  Median salaries of middle and low-skills workers are also some $7,000 less for immigrants, compared to their native-born counterparts. Alfonso Verdis came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 15, working his way from dishwasher to executive chef in an industry that relies heavily on immigrant labor. But his DACA status in the U.S. will soon expire.Half of Houston’s immigrant labor force work in lower-skilled jobs, according to a new report by the non-partisan research organization Urban Institute. The report also shows 35 percent of Houston’s immigrant labor force as having less than a high school degree. Listencenter_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:47last_img read more

Microsoft is exploring data centers powered by fuel cells

first_img EBay to power new data center with fuel cells Sean James, one of the authors, blogged earlier this week about the paper and Microsoft’s overall initiative. “Based on our models detailed in the paper,” he said, “we show how integrating a small generator with the IT hardware significantly cuts complexity by eliminating all the electrical distribution in the grid and data center.” James is senior research program manager, Global Foundation Services (the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud services). The paper, he said, describes “how we are taking an unconventional approach to power a data center entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks.”The study, he remarked,” explores how to collapse the entire energy supply chain, from the power plant to the server motherboard, into the confines of a server single cabinet.” James cited key advantages of fuel cells, saying they are clean, reliable and well suited for small form-factor applications. While there is still a CO2 waste stream, the output is significantly lower and cleaner than other power generation technologies, he added. “In the new datacenter design approach outlined in our paper, chemical energy is first converted to direct current electrochemically and sent a few feet to the server power supply.” James also noted that the cost of fuel cells will drop as the fuel cell industry matures, especially small form factor fuel cells for automotive and IT applications.At this stage, however, he recognizes that such an initiative is not without challenges. “Deep technical issues remain, such as thermal cycling, fuel distribution systems, cell conductivity, power management, and safety training that needs to be further researched and solutions developed. But we are excited about working to resolve these challenges. This is only the early stages in our exploration of this concept.” Explore further Citation: Microsoft is exploring data centers powered by fuel cells (2013, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-microsoft-exploring-centers-powered-fuel.html More information: www.globalfoundationservices.c … the-server-rack.aspxresearch.microsoft.com/pubs/203898/FCDC.pdfcenter_img (Phys.org) —Fuel cell powered data centers may not be ready today but Microsoft is exploring the idea in a vision of data centers that one day can get out from under reliance on the electricity grid. Microsoft has released a paper discussing the fuel cell-based data center power distribution system. “No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers” is authored by Ana Carolina Riekstin, Sean James, Aman Kansal, Jie Liu, and Eric Peterson. The authors said that “If the FCs are placed close to power consumption units, at the servers or racks, we can completely eliminate the power distribution system in the data center, including the power backup generation system. So, no data center wide electrical infrastructure is required.” © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Computer model solves the riddle of why lava sometimes forms into hexagons

first_img How a change in slope affects lava flows (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Dresden University of Technology in Germany has apparently solved the riddle of why lava sometimes forms into hexagonal towers as it cools. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they put together a computer model that ultimately showed how such shapes can form. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Computer model solves the riddle of why lava sometimes forms into hexagons (2015, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-riddle-lava-hexagons.html Scientists and other people have been amused, piqued and inspired by some of the geometric shapes that come about as lava cools—Devils Tower in Wyoming, for example, or Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, both feature cooled lava in the form of hexagonal structures. Upon seeing them, most wonder how they could have come about—after all, most things in nature are random, or perhaps round. Hexagons seem like they could come about only due to intervention by us humans. Now it appears, the team in Germany has cracked the riddle of how nature could have made it happen.It is all about heat differential and the way cracks form, the team reports. They made these discoveries by building a model very similar to those used by engineers to build bridges or aircraft parts. It allowed them to account for the characteristics of the lava, both when it was hot, and as it cooled. That allowed them to see that after some bit of lava stopped flowing, as it cooled, the inner parts cooled faster than the outer parts, leading to shrinkage and the formation of cracks adjacent to one another, which meant they formed at 90 degree angles. Then as the lava cooled even more and more shrinkage occurred, the cracks made their way down into the lava below which was still solidifying—that forced the cracks to grow larger, forcing the angle between them to change to approximately 120 degrees, which occurred because it was the point at which the largest amount of energy was released—and it is also, of course, the same angle degree found in hexagonal structures.The hexagonal structure were then maintained as the lava cooled down to ambient temperatures and the shape was persevered—meanwhile, the same process occurred around it, causing the creation of other lava formations that looked very nearly just like it. Explore furthercenter_img Credit: Physics/iStockphoto.com/Macsnap Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Why Hexagonal Basalt Columns? Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 154301 – Published 7 October 2015. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.154301ABSTRACTBasalt columns with their preferably hexagonal cross sections are a fascinating example of pattern formation by crack propagation. Junctions of three propagating crack faces rearrange such that the initial right angles between them tend to approach 120°, which enables the cracks to form a pattern of regular hexagons. To promote understanding of the path on which the ideal configuration can be reached, two periodically repeatable models are presented here involving linear elastic fracture mechanics and applying the principle of maximum energy release rate. They describe the evolution of the crack pattern as a transition from rectangular start configuration to the hexagonal pattern. This is done analytically and by means of three-dimensional finite element simulation. The latter technique reproduces the curved crack path involved in this transition. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Surrogate mother ordered to hand baby over to gay parents

first_imgThe senior judges upheld the ruling on Friday, agreeing that the original ruling was not intended as “punitive” towards the surrogate and her husband.In addition, Lord Justice McFarlane said the child’s genetic relationships were considered the most important in deciding where the child should live.RELATED: Adorable photos capture the moment gay dads witness the birth of their sonThe justices said the surrogate and her husband had the right “to change their minds”, but that didn’t equate to them keeping the child.But the surrogate and her husband remain the legal parents of the child as no adoption or parental order has been made.But Justice McFarlane scolded the gay couple for generating publicity around the case.He said: “We were informed that publicity about the case had, most unwisely and unaccountably, been generated by [the men].RELATED: Gay dads forced to give back baby after DNA test shock: ‘It’s as if somebody died’Adding that the surrogate mother and her husband “were understandably distressed by this clear breach of agreements that had been made.”Continuing: “At the invitation of all parties, we made an order restraining [the men] from generating further publicity about this matter.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBTI website ‘gives away surrogate mother’ in racist April Fool’s jokeTom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announce birth of their sonGay couple forced to give back two-week old daughter after DNA test shockPINK NEWS- A court has ordered that a surrogate mother hand over the baby to its intended gay parents.The mother was told on Friday that the 18-month-old’s needs “would be best met by living with a genetic parent”. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The baby was conceived using the sperm from one of the gay couple and an egg from a donor in Spain.The fertilised egg was transferred to the surrogate mother in September 2015, according to the Telegraph.This meant that one of the gay parents was genetically related to the child and neither the surrogate, nor her male partner were related genetically to the baby.RELATED: Gay couple overwhelmed with joy as over 40 women offer to be surrogatesAfter meeting online, the surrogate had signed an agreement with the gay couple more than two years ago.The surrogate had given birth to the baby in April 2016, but did not tell the gay couple for more than a week after the birth.She said shortly after giving birth that she wanted to keep the baby.But a ruling by the Family Division of the High Court in London, stated that the surrogate mother should hand over the child.Mrs Justice Theis said that the gay couple were in a better position to “negotiate” future challenges.The case came to light after the surrogate and her husband had appealed.Nobody was named in court documents in order to protect the child.The case was looked at by three Court of Appeal judges in a public hearing in October.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 27, 2008 Optical Breast Imaging Device Helps Characterize Lesions Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire.center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more ART Advanced Research Technologies’ works-in-progress SoftScan optical breast imaging device is designed to help solve the problems of characterizing lesions by building upon mammography with important biomarkers of:- Angiogenesis, which correlates with malignant growth;- Metabolism, which correlates with malignant, benign and normal physiology; and- Microstructure, which correlates with microscopic histology.Compared with conventional imaging systems, SoftScan is said to offer several benefits, such as:- Higher degree of precision in diagnosis and treatment.- Ability to image patients as often as necessary without exposure to ionizing radiation.- Ability to image patients with radio-dense breast tissue, typical of younger women and those who are on hormonal replacement therapy.- Ability to distinguish malignant tumours from benign tumours.- Ability to monitor breast cancer treatments.- Ability to personalize treatment.- Ability to monitor neo-adjuvant therapy. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more