Indonesia UN agencies step up food health aid to flood victims

7 February 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started providing immediate food aid to some of the worst-affected flood victims in the Indonesia capital, Jakarta, where at least 40 people have been killed and 340,000 others driven from their homes by rains which inundated thousands of houses and other buildings, including 1,500 schools. At the request of the authorities, WFP dispatched an initial shipment of 526 boxes of micronutrient-enriched noodles and 702 boxes of high energy biscuits for 2,250 flood victims in south Jakarta, with agency trucks and personnel are on standby for further deliveries as new requests for aid come in. “The World Food Programme stands ready to help more of the worst-affected people who have had to endure the flooding of their houses and neighbourhoods,” WFP Country Director Mohamed Saleheen said. “With yesterday’s request from the Government, and working in close co-operation with Government agencies, we can immediately begin providing ready-to-eat foods for distribution to the victims.” WFP and other UN agencies based in Jakarta have formed a rapid assessment team to determine further immediate needs of persons displaced by the flooding and available UN resources and supplies that can be provided to the Indonesian authorities, as required. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is preparing to provide jerry cans for carrying drinking water, as well as water-purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and other supplies. It also plans to launch an immunization campaign, during which children affected by the disaster will receive protection against polio and measles, and vitamin A supplements to boost their immune systems. read more

US trade deficit grows to 422B because of fewer exports deficit with

US trade deficit grows to $42.2B because of fewer exports; deficit with China hits record high by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2012 9:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit increased in October because exports fell by a larger margin than imports, a sign that slower global growth could weigh on the U.S. economy.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit grew 4.8 per cent in October from September to $42.2 billion.Exports dropped 3.6 per cent to $180.5 billion. Sales of commercial aircraft, autos and farm products all declined.Imports fell 2.1 per cent to $222.8 billion, reflecting fewer shipments of cellphones, autos and machinery.The trade gap with China also increased to a record high, which will keep pressure on the Obama administration. Manufacturers and U.S. lawmakers have complained about China’s use of unfair trade practices.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the decline in both exports and imports likely reflected some disruptions from Superstorm Sandy. The storm closed ports in the Northeast for the last few days of October. Exports should rebound in November, although Dales expects the longer-run trend to stay negative.“The bigger issue is that the weak global economy has been taking its toll on exports,” Dales said, predicting that trade would drag slightly on overall U.S. growth in 2013.A wider trade deficit acts as a drag on U.S. growth. It typically means the U.S. is earning less on overseas sales of American-produced goods while spending more on foreign products.Exports rose to a record high in September, which helped lift economic growth in the July-September quarter to annual rate 2.7 per cent. That more than doubled the 1.3 per cent annual growth rate in the April-June quarter. Growth during the summer quarter was also helped by stronger rebuilding of business stockpiles than previously estimated.Most economists say growth is slowing in the current October-December quarter to below 2 per cent. One reason for the weaker growth is the decline in exports. And U.S. companies are probably cutting back on restocking, mostly because of worries about looming tax increases and government spending cuts that will kick in next year without a budget deal before January.There were some hopeful signs in the report.U.S. exports to the 27-nation European Union rose 1.4 per cent in October. Exports to that region have fallen 0.7 per cent from January through October because the debt crisis has pushed many European nations into recession.The U.S. also ran a record $2.6 billion trade surplus in October with the nations of South and Central America. The surplus with Brazil, the largest economy in South America, was $1.8 billion. U.S. exports to that country hit a record $4.1 billion.Still, the U.S. trade deficit with China kept growing in October to a record $29.5 billion.American manufacturers say China has kept the yuan undervalued against the U.S. dollar. A lower valued yuan makes Chinese goods cheaper for U.S. consumers and American products more expensive in China.The Obama administration has lobbied China to move more quickly to allow the yuan to rise in value. But it has refused to cite China as a currency manipulator. That designation would require negotiations between the two nations and could lead to the United States filing a trade case against China before the World Trade Organization. read more

UN agency in Gaza trains teachers to aid students with psychological scars

The spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the agency “remains committed to dealing with the psychological scars” of the Israel’s military operation that lasted 50 days in the summer of this year. As part of the UN agency’s mental health programme, teachers are trained in stress management skills, life skills education for elementary students and structured recreational activities for preparatory students. Spokesperson Chris Gunness also confirmed today that 138 UNRWA students were killed during the military operation. The latest round of violence killed 1,479 civilians, including 506 children, according to figures released in late September by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). An additional 3,435 children were injured, and many were left with life-long disabilities. “Behind each of these statistics is a heart-breaking, individual story, a dignity and a destiny that must be respected,” Mr. Gunness said.Meanwhile, UNRWA revised upwards its assessment of damage to refugee homes over the past week from 60,000 to 80,000.“We estimate that at least 20,000 of these are uninhabitable,” the spokesperson said.In a statement yesterday, Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that every child in Gaza has been adversely affected by the recent conflict, and suffers from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, or displays more aggressive behaviour at school. read more

Duke of Wellingtons 400piece gilt dinner set laid out for first time

first_imgA spectacular dining set given to the Duke of Wellington to celebrate his victory over Napoleon is to go on on display for the first time as it would have been used, laid out in full 200 years on.For the first time visitors to Apsley House, Wellington’s London home, will be able to see part of the collection of 400 gilded pieces set out on the dining room table in the Waterloo Gallery.The new display marks the 200th anniversary of the commissioning of the dinner service in 1817 by King Frederick William III of Prussia as a gift to honour the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They will be displayed in the Waterloo Gallery Some of the 400 pieces of the original set, which took two years to make and is recognised as one of the finest made by the Berlin Porcelain Factory, will be laid out on the table.They include 34 dessert plates, each chronologically depicting a place or event connected to the Duke’s life, beginning with his birthplace of Dublin, through to battles in India, the Peninsular Wars, Waterloo and the opening of Waterloo Bridge.Fruit baskets, wine coolers, ice-cream pails, vases, soup tureens, candelabra and decorative statues will also be on display in the opulent surroundings of the Waterloo Gallery, a room created to host the Duke’s annual Waterloo Banquet. The pieces were commissioned in 1817 by King Frederick William III of Prussia Credit:Geoff Pugh Each commemorates a place or event connected to Wellington’s lifeCredit:Geoff Pugh The pieces were commissioned in 1817 by King Frederick William III of Prussia Each commemorates a place or event connected to Wellington's life They will be displayed in the Waterloo GalleryCredit:Geoff Pugh “The 200th anniversary of its commission is the perfect time to share these historic mementos with the public and transform Apsley from a house to a home.”Visitors will be able to see the dinner service laid out in the Waterloo Gallery at the house, which stands on the corner of Hyde Park and was once known as Number One London, from Saturday April 1. The banquet was an event held to celebrate the final victory over Napoleon with the king and selected guests.Josephine Oxley, English Heritage curator, said: “To display the magnificent Prussian dinner service for the first time as it would have been used by the 1st Duke of Wellington is a great privilege.”These rich and fascinating items tell the remarkable story of a man who made a great impact on the history of Europe and the service exists as the ultimate display of respect and gratitude.last_img read more

UWI lecturer commends CCJ ruling to allow Commonwealth citizens to vote

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: Caricom is a duty-bound to stand up on behalf of democracy in GuyanaJuly 16, 2019In “latest news”Barbados will leave CCJ – Prime MinisterMay 21, 2018In “latest news”2015 Elections petition: Constitutional remedy for electoral breaches being undermined by Judicial sloth- JagdeoJune 21, 2018In “latest news” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A senior lecturer at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has welcomed the ruling of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the registration of Commonwealth citizens to be included in the voters list ahead of the May 24 general election here.St Lucian academic, Professor Eddy Ventose had challenged the decision of the electoral authorities here to deny him the opportunity to be registered even though he has been resident in the country for several years.The matter was heard during an unprecedented sitting of the Court, two Sundays ago.In its ruling, the CCJ, which is Barbados’s final court, said that the “long standing policy of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission in relation to Commonwealth citizens to register as electors … is unlawful and ultra vires.“The Court is satisfied that on the basis of judicial finding pronounced in this matter, which has not been appealed, the applicant has satisfied the necessary legal and regulatory conditions for registration as an elector,” the CCJ ruled, threatening to jail the Chief Electoral Officer, Angela Taylor, if she failed to obey the ruling.Dr Wendy C Grenade, a senior lecturer in Political Science in the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, said the “CCJ must be commended for acting with a sense of urgency in the Ventose case.“Its responsiveness in dispensing justice to Professor Ventose and by extension to other Commonwealth Caribbean citizens in Barbados, must be applauded. The CCJ also promoted transparency in its deliberations by utilising technology to livestream the court session.“This was a sophisticated act of techno-democracy, where the CCJ bridged the divide between itself and ordinary Caribbean people. The virtual court demystified lofty judicial proceedings. This was quite refreshing and reassuring, particularly for some who question the efficacy of the CCJ,” she said.The lecturer said that the rule of law is a central pillar of any well-functioning democracy and that when state officials ignore or seek to frustrate rulings of the court, justice is denied and democratic norms are ruptured.“The CCJ must be commended for demonstrating its judicial independence by protecting the rights of Commonwealth Caribbean citizens from the arbitrary exercise of power by a Caribbean state.“The CCJ’s warning that Barbados’ Chief Electoral Officer will be imprisoned and/or fined if she does not comply with its ruling, sends a strong signal of its seriousness of purpose and its intention to apply the full extent of the law to ensure justice for Caribbean citizens. It also demonstrates that the state is not above the law and that state officials can be held accountable for their actions.”She said that the Ventose case is also significant because it demonstrates the importance of judicial review as a critical means through which citizens can claim legal redress against laws or policies that infringe on their rights.“Judicial review is a powerful weapon available to citizens in their battle for rights and justice. One can argue that, given the remoteness of the Privy Council and the relatively high costs associated with taking matters to the UK-based court, judicial review has not been a norm in the Caribbean’s legal praxis.“However, the proximity of the CCJ to the Caribbean’s reality, provides impetus for increased citizen activism through judicial review. Professor Ventose must be complimented for channelling his legal skill to an activist cause,” she added.The lecturer said that beyond the legal question, a major implication of the Ventose judgement is that Caribbean people who reside in other Caribbean territories must feel a sense of belonging to the Caribbean sister state where they live, work and pay taxes.“The right to vote, as contentious as it may be, is one of the most cherished democratic rights, particularly for people whose history has been replete with oppression and denial of suffrage. The CCJ’s judgement in this case has affirmed the enfranchisement of the Caribbean “other”.“Fifty odd years after independence, it is encouraging that an indigenous Caribbean Court can do so. This renews hope in the promise of regionalism.“The ruling in this case is a victory not only for Commonwealth Caribbean citizens in Barbados but for Caribbean jurisprudence, Caribbean democracy and regional integration. It reinforces the urgency for other CARICOM countries to put systems in place to accede to the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.’ To date, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have done so, although, except for the Bahamas, Haiti and Montserrat, all other CARICOM countries are members of the CCJ in its original jurisdiction.The Grenada-born lecturer said that importantly, “this landmark judgement is most timely for Grenada as that country seeks to re-open the conversation on another referendum to facilitate Grenada’s accession to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ, replacing the UK-based Privy Council as Grenada’s highest Court of Appeal”.She said the case “highlights several benefits of the CCJ, which should be the catalyst of a YES campaign going forward”. read more

Thiess secures three years of new contracts with BMA

first_imgThiess has secured two contracts with a combined revenue of A$440 million to provide mining services at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge and Peak Downs coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, Australia. Over three years, Thiess will deliver mining services for specific components of work including the services required for Caval Ridge Southern Circuit (CRSC).CIMIC Chief Executive Officer Adolfo Valderas said: “This contract reflects Thiess’ ongoing commitment to optimising value for its clients, through flexible mining solutions.” CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said: “We’re extremely proud to be partnering with BMA, building on our long-standing history in Central Queensland. This contract will enable Thiess to deliver productivity efficiencies, working with BMA to bring additional job opportunities to the region.” Work at Caval Ridge will commence in 2017.The news comes after the contract mining giant also announced in September 2017 a A$189 million contract extension by Jellinbah Mining to continue to operate the Jellinbah Plains pit at the Jellinbah East Mine near Blackwater in Central Queensland. The 30-month extension will result in Thiess continuing to deliver mining services at the mine until September 2020. Valderas said: “This extension reflects the successful relationship between Thiess and the Jellinbah Group, which dates to the establishment of its Lake Vermont coal mine in 2007.”Thompson said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Jellinbah Group and continue our focus on producing innovative mining techniques that drive cost efficiencies. We are pleased to continue our long-standing involvement with the Blackwater community, where we launched our Sisters in Mining program, and support a series of community initiatives.”last_img read more

Battle Ground man gets 46 years in hammer attack

first_imgA Battle Ground man was sentenced Monday to more than 46 years in prison for bashing his then-girlfriend and best friend in their heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.A Clark County jury on July 7 found Marcus Morrison, 31, guilty of two counts of first-degree attempted murder with egregious lack of remorse.His sentence was unusual in that Morrison received consecutive sentences for each count from Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis.“Normally, there is a dead body or two … even for 30 years,” said Morrison’s attorney, Jeff Sowder.Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said state law provides for consecutive sentences when a defendant has been convicted of two “serious violent offenses.”“The presumption is sentences are concurrent in Superior Court unless you have two serious violent offenses, in which case the sentences are consecutive,” Vitasovic said.Vitasovic on Monday requested what is known as an exceptional sentence of 50 years. An exceptional sentence is one that is outside the state’s formulaic standard sentencing range and is allowed when a jury finds certain aggravating circumstances, such as an egregious lack of remorse. Lewis denied Vitasovic’s request for 50 years but sentenced Morrison to the maximum under the state standard range of 36 to 46 years.Sowder argued for the minimum of 36 years, saying the 46 years would be excessive.“This is a case I think was pitched as sort of the heat of passion,” Vitasovic said. “The state takes issue with that characterization.”He said Morrison and victim Rena Donnelly had been dating for only a couple of months and had broken up on the night of the attack.last_img read more

Layoffs at Philadelphia Style

first_imgNew York-based luxury magazine publisher Niche Media laid off a number of editorial and creative staffers at Philadelphia Style Monday.According to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News, Niche Media CEO Jason Binn declined to offer details like how many employees were let go but indicated that publisher John Colabelli and editor Sarah Schaffer will remain with the magazine. Binn told the paper: “We’ve had to accelerate the realization of our operating efficiency.” He said he plans to increase the magazine’s frequency from six issues per year to eight.Binn could not be immediately reached for comment. In April, Niche Media purchased DLG Media Holdings, publisher of lifestyle and fashion magazine Philadelphia Style and online publications DC Style and ACConfidential.com, from Dana Spain-Smith.Last fall, Niche Media finalized an agreement that effectively unified its operations with controlled circulation publishers Greenspun Media Group and the Ocean Drive Media Group. Las Vegas-based Greenspun was said last week to have reduced its workforce by 10 percent.last_img read more

Tesla sued for wrongful death after fatal crash involving Autopilot

first_imgEnlarge ImageThis is the second lawsuit Tesla has faced this year following a fatal collision with Autopilot active. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Earlier this year, the family of a Tesla Model X owner who was killed in a collision when the car’s Autopilot was engaged filed a lawsuit against the automaker in California state court. Now, the Fremont-based automaker has a second, similar suit to contend with.The family of Jeremy Banner is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla, asking for damages in excess of $15,000, The Verge reports. According to NBC affiliate WPTV, the lawsuit was announced on Thursday, and it should be filed shortly in Palm Beach County, Florida. A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment.The collision occurred on March 1. Banner’s 2018 Tesla Model 3 was traveling southbound on State Highway 441 in Delray Beach when it struck an eastbound tractor-trailer. The crash ripped the roof off the Model 3, killing Banner. According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, Banner engaged Autopilot approximately 10 seconds prior to the collision, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel “from less than 8 seconds before the crash,” the report states. The report says the vehicle was traveling about 68 mph before the collision, 13 mph over the posted limit. The NTSB notes that both data and videos show that neither the car nor the driver initiated any sort of evasive maneuver prior to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.The crash has parallels with another, similar collision that also claimed the life of a Tesla driver. In May 2016, Joshua Brown’s Model S collided with the side of a tractor-trailer, killing him. The resulting preliminary report from the NTSB did not find Tesla at fault, and it also refuted claims that Brown had been watching a movie just before the crash. Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags Car Industry Electric Cars Comments 30 Photos Share your voice 17 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 50 Photos According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, Banner engaged Autopilot approximately 10 seconds prior to the collision, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel “from less than 8 seconds before the crash,” the report states. The report says the vehicle was traveling about 68 mph before the collision, 13 mph over the posted limit. The NTSB notes that both data and videos show that neither the car nor the driver initiated any sort of evasive maneuver prior to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.The crash has parallels with another, similar collision that also claimed the life of a Tesla driver. In May 2016, Joshua Brown’s Model S collided with the side of a tractor-trailer, killing him. The resulting preliminary report from the NTSB did not find Tesla at fault, and it also refuted claims that Brown had been watching a movie just before the crash.Banner’s family is the second family to file a lawsuit against the automaker. Earlier this year, the family of Walter Huang sought damages from the automaker due to perceived negligence on Tesla’s part. Huang’s Model X collided with a highway barrier while Autopilot was active in Mountain View, California. Following the crash, Tesla issued a statement casting blame on Huang while simultaneously touting the benefits of its system, although the NTSB’s preliminary report pointed to several contributing factors. Tesla Tragedy Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Teslalast_img read more

BJP MP demands probe into BhandariVadra link

first_imgNEW DELHI: A BJP member today urged the government to thoroughly investigate the alleged link between arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said the government should also find out who were the beneficiaries of the Pilatus aircraft purchase deal. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us Bhandari was allegedly involved in multiple defence deals during the UPA regime and it is also alleged that the money received by him as kickbacks in the Pilatus defence deal was routed through shell companies to buy benami properties in London. Dubey alleged various benami properties in London are owned by Vadra and also highlighted some of the addresses including 12, Ellerton House, Bryanston Square. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us Flight tickets of Emirates Airlines were arranged by Bhandari for Vadra, he alleged. There was uproar from the Congress side on the issue of taking name. To this, the Speaker ruled that the name will not go on record in Lok Sabha proceedings. Dubey urged the government to make a thorough investigation with regard to connection between Vadra and Bhandari and find out the actual owner of benami properties in London, Bikaner and Faridabad. He also asked the government to bring to book officials of the Defence Ministry and others part of the deal.last_img read more

Delhi government approves rehabilitation programme for manual

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government Thursday approved a rehabilitation programme under which identified manual scavengers will be provided with one-time cash assistance of Rs 40,000, concessional loans of up to Rs 15 lakh and credit-linked capital subsidy of Rs 3.25 lakh. The programme also includes skill development training of up to two years for manual scavengers, having a stipend of Rs 3,000 per month, a government statement said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “The rehabilitation programme for manual scavengers, proposed by the Social Welfare Department, was approved by the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” it said. The programme includes one-time cash assistance of Rs 40,000 to identified manual scavengers, loans of Rs 15 lakh at concessional rates of interest for projects and credit linked back-end capital subsidy up to Rs 3,25,000. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The number of identified manual scavengers in Delhi was found to be 45 during a state monitoring committee meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, in September 2018. They were confined mostly to Shahdara, North East and East Delhi districts of the national capital, said the statement. The district magistrates were directed to frame proposal for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers under Section 13 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013, during the meeting.last_img read more

Who are Indias Top Ten highest paid executives SLIDESHOW

first_imgAditya PuriMD, HDFC Bank32.8 Navin AgarwalChairman, Vedanta15.1 D.B. GuptaChairman, Lupin37.6 Sunil MittalChairman, Bharti Airtel27.2 Pawan MunjalCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp43.9 Rajiv BajajMD, Bajaj Auto20.5 With Infosys filing its annual report for 2015-2016, its executive pay package information is out in the open. Vishal Sikka, the CEO and MD of the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter, took home a salary package of Rs. 48.73 crore in 2015-16. His basic salary was Rs. 5.96 crore, while variable pay, inclusive of bonus, retirals and others, amounted to Rs. 42.77 crore, according to the disclosures in the annual report. The variable pay component included Rs. 14 crore for the financial year 2014-15.Sikka will get about a 50 percent hike in remuneration for 2016-2017. The company approved a compensation of $11 million (about Rs. 74 crore) in February this year.Yet, his compensation will be less when compared to that of Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, who took home $12 million in 2015, the Economic Times reported. It would be interesting here to know India’s top 10 highest paid CEOs in 2014-15 as reported by the Business Standard. (Their earnings for 2015-16 will be available when the companies file their annual reports for the year).   NameNameCompanyCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)Salary (Rs. Crore)NameC.P. GurnaniCompanyMD & CEO, Tech MahindraSalary (Rs. Crore)165.6NamePawan MunjalCompanyCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpSalary (Rs. Crore)43.9NameD.B. GuptaCompanyChairman, LupinSalary (Rs. Crore)37.6NameAditya PuriCompanyMD, HDFC BankSalary (Rs. Crore)32.8NameSunil MittalCompanyChairman, Bharti AirtelSalary (Rs. Crore)27.2NameN. ChandrasekeranCompanyCEO & MD, TCSSalary (Rs. Crore)21.3NameRajiv BajajCompanyMD, Bajaj AutoSalary (Rs. Crore)20.5NameK.M. BirlaCompanyChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTechSalary (Rs. Crore)19NameY.C. DeveshwarCompanyChairman & Wholetime Director, ITCSalary (Rs. Crore)15.3NameNavin AgarwalCompanyChairman, VedantaSalary (Rs. Crore)15.1center_img K.M. BirlaChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTech19 Y.C. DeveshwarChairman & Wholetime Director, ITC15.3 C.P. GurnaniMD & CEO, Tech Mahindra165.6 N. ChandrasekeranCEO & MD, TCS21.3 NameCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)last_img read more

CEC says EVM to be used on limited scale

first_imgChief election commission (CEC) KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said Election Voting Machine (EVM) will be used on a limited scale in the next national election to check vote rigging as well as protect the interest and dignity of voters.The CEC came up with the remark while inaugurating the EVM Fair at Public Hall in Khulna city.Although EVM will not be imposed by force, the Election Commission has a plan to use this machine on a smaller scale in the next general election considering the law and opinion of others, he said.The EVM system has been launched to ensure transparency and a rigging-free voting to secure the interest of voters, he said.In the current system, irregularities can occur in handling the ballot papers but EVM can eliminate such irregularities, Nurul Huda said.Chaired by deputy commissioner Md Helal Hossain, the programme, was attended, among others, by divisional commissioner Lokman Hossain Mia, deputy inspector general of police Md Didar Ahmad, KMP commissioner Humayun Kabir and police super SM Shafiullah.last_img read more

New invisibility cloak allows object to see out through the cloak

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — “Many groups have been working devices that make objects invisible,” Che Ting Chan tells PhysOrg.com. “Most of these devices, however, encompass the object to be cloaked.” Chan, a scientist at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, believes that it is possible to create a cloaking device that would be able to render an object invisible without encompassing it. “With the devices that encompass the object,” Chan continues, “the cloaked subject is ‘blind’. It can’t ‘see’ out through the cloak. We can’t see the object, but the object can’t see us, either. We wanted to create a conceptual design that would let the object ‘see’ out through the cloak while hiding it from sight.” Along with Yun Lai, Huanyang Chen and Zhao-Qing Zhang, Chan believes that this could be accomplished. Their ideas are published in Physical Review Letters: “Complementary Media Invisibility Cloak that Cloaks Objects at a Distance Outside the Cloaking Shell.”Right now, such a device exists only theory. “We haven’t built the device,” Chan says, “but we have shown mathematically how it could work. It is a very specific description of the materials needed. If you have the time and resources, we think it could be done.” He points out that it might have interesting possibilities in a number of fields where invisibility might be desirable. Theoretically, a device such as Chan suggests, would work through complementary media. “Our strategy is to put the cloaking device and the object to be cloak next to each other. The cloaking device is a kind of anti-object. The way the light is gathered and scattered by the two objects – the cloaking device and the object it is making invisible – would cancel each other out.” Chan continues by explaining that the cloaking device would become invisible as well. “Both must be invisible in order for this to be effective, and I think we have shown in theory how this could work.”Chan admits that 100 percent invisibility is only available for one wavelength, however. “Right now, the usefulness, especially for military applications, is limited,” he says. “You can only make the object invisible in one wavelength, so if I made it invisible for the visible spectrum, all someone would have to do is use radar to detect the object. A lot of work would need to be done to make a cloaking device that worked for more wavelengths.” He pauses, before adding, “It might be possible to make the object almost invisible for broader wavelengths, but that would also take a lot of work. And you still wouldn’t have 100 percent visibility.”The Hong Kong team, although interested in rendering objects invisible, is working on another ambitious project. “We have shown that we can cause invisibility in objects, and allow them to ‘see’ out of the cloak,” he says. “We are now working on how to transform how an object looks. Invisibility was just the first step in this. By understanding how complementary media invisibility might work, we can also look at how it might be possible to transform the look of an object into something else. Perhaps make an apple look like a banana.”Science is beginning to sound more like magic by the day.More information: Yun Lai, Huanyang Chen, Zhao-Qing Zhang, and C. T. Chan, “Complementary Media Invisibility Cloak that Cloaks Objects at a Distance Outside the Cloaking Shell.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.093901 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Invisibility undone: Chinese scientists demonstrate how to uncloak an invisible object Explore furthercenter_img Citation: New invisibility cloak allows object to ‘see’ out through the cloak (2009, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-invisibility-cloak.html 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

How to configure the DNS in iOS

first_imgHow to configure the DNS in iOS  by Ashwin on June 28, 2019 in Apple, Tutorials – No commentsWe taught you how to configure Safari in iOS to take control of how the browser works. Continuing with our internet tweaks, we are going to tell you how to configure the DNS in iOS. You should know that there is one huge drawback in iOS concerning DNS. You can only set a custom DNS if you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection. You cannot change the DNS on mobile networks, it’s just bizarre. One option around this would be to use a VPN instead that uses its own DNS service.When Android Pie was launched, many praised the addition of a native DNS option. Many iOS users aren’t aware that this option has been in their iPhone/iPad for a long time. The reason why they may not have known about it, is because it isn’t kind of visible in the settings. You’ll understand why we say this in a moment. How to configure the DNS in iOS  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad2. Navigate to the Wi-Fi options on the side-bar.3. Now, on the right pane, you will see the name of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to. It will have a blue checkmark next to it, to indicate it is working fine. 4. Tap anywhere on the line with the Wi-Fi network’s name or the icons on the edge. This open’s the settings which are specific to the selected network.5. Scroll down till you say the Configure DNS option. If it says “Automatic”, it means no custom DNS has been enabled, and the network is connecting to your ISP’s DNS servers.6. Tap on Configure DNS, and then on the “Manual” option. Now you will see an Add server option.7. Use this to set any DNS that you want to. Don’t forget to hit the save button on the top right corner, to finish adding the DNS server.Okay, you probably guessed this. Yeah, if you have more than one Wi-Fi networks, you’re going to need to setup a DNS for each of those. Here are a few popular public DNS services which are reliable: CloudFlare DNS: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 (Cloudflare has DNS apps for Android and iOS as well= AdGuard DNS:  176.103.130.130 and 176.103.130.131 OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 Quad9 DNS: 9.9.9.9 and  149.112.112.112Google DNS: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 AdGuard DNS is very useful, because it acts as a system-wide ad blocker. You can check out our Adguard DNS review here. Closing WordsPersonally, I don’t like Apple’s Settings app and the way it presents the options for changing the DNS. In comparison, on Android Pie, the DNS option is straightforward. You go to Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > Private DNS. Bam, there it is, it’s a one-time setting and it works across all networks (Wi-Fi and Mobile). Even if you don’t remember the option’s location, you can just open Settings on your Android device and type DNS and it will display the option for you. Do the same thing on iOS, and you get nothing, it’s not a searchable option.SummaryArticle NameHow to configure the DNS in iOS DescriptionHow to configure the DNS in iOS. It’s easy and very useful and can help you stay safe online.Author AshwinPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Five leading cancer institutions are taking part in the first multi-institutional Phase II study of hypofractionated stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using continuous real-time evaluation of prostate motion. Principal investigator Daniel A. Hamstra, Ph.D., M.D., assistant professor, department of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich., along with 10 co-investigators, is evaluating the safety of SBRT with Calypso Medical’s GPS for the Body technology (used for real-time tracking of cancerous tumors during prostate radiotherapy), and comparing it to conventional radiation treatment. Participating institutions include Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; The Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles and Radiation Oncology Centers, Sacramento, Calif.A number of randomized trials have indicated higher doses of radiation result in improvements in prostate cancer outcomes, but at the cost of an increased rate of toxicity. 1,2,3,4  Recent evidence suggests that larger daily radiation fractions may provide an improvement in biochemical control of prostate cancer and that delivering a lower total dose of radiation therapy may also result in a decrease in expected toxicities of radiation therapy. 5-10  Using a smaller number of larger fractions of RT requires accurate targeting of the prostate gland. To date, targeting of the prostate gland has been done prior to the start of radiation; therefore, motion of the prostate during the course of radiation may not be accounted for.The 39-month Phase II study is enrolling 66 patients who will receive five 30-minute fractions of 7.4 Gy, with at least two days in between fractions for a total of 37 Gy. The shortened five-fraction treatment will range from 15-19 calendar days in comparison to conventional treatment protocol of 40-45 daily treatments. This is the first multi-institutional study to incorporate use of the Calypso real-time tumor tracking technology and investigators are optimistic that use of the technology in concert with a small number of dose-intensified treatment sessions may optimize SBRT.The Calypso system uses GPS for the Body technology to safely guide radiation delivery during prostate cancer treatment. Beacon electromagnetic transponders, smaller than a grain of rice, are permanently placed in a patient’s prostate or prostatic bed. Each transponder emits a unique radiofrequency signal to the system, which then determines the exact location and motion information about the tumor target. Because the tumor can be accurately tracked and monitored, precise targeted radiation can be delivered to the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs.The primary goals of this study are to assess the safety of patient treatment utilizing more sophisticated tools for planning, setup and monitoring using a hypofractionated radiation regimen for prostate cancer, and to assess the practical ability to deliver a hypofractionated treatment with small treatment margins and a limited degree of movement before interruption of treatment. Another goal is to generate sufficient preliminary evidence about the relationships between the technologies and patient toxicity, both clinically evaluated and self-reported on quality-of-life (QOL) scales, and biochemical response to inform design of a potential subsequent confirmatory study.The protocol requires treatments to be performed with a stereotactic technique using a 3-D coordinate system defined by implanted transponders. Only electromagnetic localization and tracking with the Calypso system will be permitted. According to investigators, the Calypso technology enables physicians to localize the prostate in real-time, providing necessary information regarding motion that occurs due to normal bladder and bowel filling. With this information, physicians are able to use tighter treatment margins, which should lessen the risk for both acute and late toxicities. The use of the Calypso system in performance with a small number of dose-intensified fractions may be a way to augment hypofractionated radiation therapy. Combining Calypso with SBRT also may create a treatment approach allowing patients to maintain their quality of life while spending much less time away from family and work.Currently, single-institution studies have reported on the ability of utilizing hypofractionated RT, yet the ability to translate this technique to a more broad-based setting has not yet been reported. In addition, prostate localization and the corresponding treatment margins are critical in obtaining optimal results. Investigators of this study suggest that data from this multi-institutional Phase II trial should provide sufficient basis for evaluation in a subsequent Phase III trial if the data are supportive of the previous single-institutional studies.For more information: www.calypso.comReferences:1. Kuban DA, Tucker SL, Dong L, et al. “Long-term results of the M.D. Anderson randomized dose-escalation trial for prostate cancer.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2008; 70:67-74.2. Al-Mamgani A, van Putten WL, Heemsbergen WD, et al. “Update of Dutch multicenter dose-escalation trial of radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2008; 72:980-988.3. Zietman AL, DeSilvio ML, Slater JD, et al. “Comparison of conventional-dose vs. high-dose conformal radiation therapy in clinically localized adenocarcinoma of the prostate: a randomized controlled trial.” JAMA, 2005; 294:1233-1239.4. Dearnaley DP, Sydes MR, Graham JD, et al. “Escalated-dose versus standard-dose conformal radiotherapy in prostate cancer: first results from the MRC RT01 randomised controlled trial.” Lancet Oncol,  2007; 8:475-487.5. Fowler JF. “The radiobiology of prostate cancer including new aspects of fractionated radiotherapy.” Acta Oncol, 2005; 44:265-276.6. Miles EF, Lee WR. “Hypofractionation for prostate cancer: a critical review.” Semin Radiat Oncol, 2008; 18:41-47.7. Tang C, Loblaw DA, Cheung P, et al. “Condensing external beam radiotherapy to five fractions for low risk localized prostate cancer: Early results of pHART3. 2008 Genitourinary Cancers Symposia.” San Francisco, Calif.; 2008.8. Ritter M. “Rationale, conduct and outcome using hypofractionated radiotherapy in prostate cancer.” Semin Radiat Oncol, 2008;18: 249-256.9. King CR, Brooks JD, Gill H, et al. “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer: Interim Results of a Prospective Phase II Clinical Trial.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2008.10. Madsen BL, His RA, Pham HT, et al. “Stereotactic hypofractionated accurate radiotherapy of the prostate (SHARP), 33.5 Gy in five fractions for localized disease: first clinical trial results.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2007; 67:1099-1105. 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UK soldiers body parts kept without family accord

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements It said there could be 60 “forensic items” involved.The ministry blamed the mix-up on a change in the way military investigators liaised with families and said it is working to identify affected families as quickly as possible.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Ministry of Defense has admitted it kept body parts and tissue samples from dead soldiers without notifying their families.The Military Police’s Special Investigations Branch routinely keeps slides of forensic material _ with families’ consent _ from British troops killed in operations in places such as Afghanistan to aid in investigations.The defense ministry said Thursday it is urgently investigating how in a “small number of cases” body parts and forensic material such as microscope tissue slides were retained without following procedures to inform families.center_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) In fact, all three quarterbacks were drafted by teams that traded up to get them: Trubisky at No. 2 to Chicago, Mahomes at No. 10 to Kansas City and Watson to Houston with the 12th overall pick. Arizona ended up taking linebacker Haason Reddick in the first round.That left Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer on the board at the start of day two, who, like Mahomes, was also linked to the Cardinals heavily in the pre-draft process. Like those three teams, the Cardinals traded up, but not to take Kizer. Instead, they selected safety Budda Baker, giving up multiple selections later in the draft.The Cardinals made seven picks over the the three-day draft, though none were spent on a passer. Top Stories All eyes were on the Arizona Cardinals to add a quarterback in the NFL Draft, but it turns out, instead of drafting one, they are reportedly looking into a different avenue.Multiple reports indicate the Cardinals are interested in free agent Blaine Gabbert, and a source told AZCentral’s Kent Somers the team plans to work him out this week. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals looking into acquiring QB Blaine Gabbert. Cardinals in talks with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 2, 2017 — Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) May 2, 2017Gabbert, 27, was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Missouri. After spending three seasons in Florida, Gabbert played for three years with the San Francisco 49ers.For his career, Gabbert has completed 56 percent of his passes for 7,351 yards, 38 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. In 2016, 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Gabbert, who went on to start the first five games of the season and throw for 925 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions on the season.Gabbert made one of those starts against the Cardinals in Week 5, with Arizona coming out on top 33-21. Gabbert was 18-of-31 for 162 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.In Arizona, Gabbert would figure to occupy the third spot on the depth chart behind starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton. Arizona also has Zac Dysert on the roster, as well as undrafted rookie free agent Trevor Knight.There was ample discussion surrounding the Cardinals and several of the highest rated quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft, such as Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson. With the No. 13 selection, however, the Cardinals saw all three taken before their pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Amanresorts known for its luxury resorts througho

first_imgAmanresorts, known for its luxury resorts throughout the world, has launched a new Wine and Spirits Program that makes available some of the world’s most coveted wines and spirits. Partnerships have been forged with handpicked family and boutique producers from every corner of the globe and Amanresorts’ own import company ensures that every bottle of wine and spirits maintains its integrity when it reaches its final destination, whether Bhutan, Bali or Beijing.
From California’s Napa and Anderson Valleys to Italy’s Abruzzo to France’s Champagne region, Amanresorts’ more than 250 partners include artisanal wine and spirits producers such as Champagne Salon, Domaine Leroy, Fisher Vineyards, Martin Miller’s Gin and Duncan Taylor Single Cask Rare Scotch Whiskeys–names that regularly appear on the world’s ‘Best Of’ lists. A partnership has also been forged with Riedel Glassworks of Austria. Such weighty names do not translate into daunting wine lists or over-the-top prices. According to head cellar master, Alejandro Ortiz, “Amanresorts will introduce wine menus designed, not to intimidate, but to reveal flavors and varietals that tell the stories of the families behind the wines. We encourage guests to explore new producers that embody the spirit of their stay at Amanresorts.”
Several Aman properties plan a full-scale rollout throughout the year. Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the first Aman to receive a Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, has introduced an innovative cocktail program and a selection of specialty spirits. Amanpuri in Thailand offers a ‘Master’ wine list of approximately 150 wines and a reserve list of rare vintages with a special focus on Italy. Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia focuses on French wines and serves a superb selection from the Domaine Leroy in Burgundy. Amandari in Bali will feature an all-new wine – the Ubud Rosé – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah and Zinfandel created exclusively for Amanresorts.
Beijing’s Aman at Summer Palace features signature wines from the Hall family at Long Meadow Ranch and several vintages and library selections from Chateau Palmer in Bordeaux’s Margaux district to complement its Chinese, French and international cuisine. And in an unprecedented partnership with Moët-Hennessy, Aman at Summer Palace offers Martin Miller’s Gin as well as cognacs and scotches never before available in China.
At Aman New Delhi, house wines include Mas La Plana Estate, considered among the best in Spain; dry Scalabrone Rosé from the Antinori family of Guado Al Tasso in Bolgheri, Italy and champagne from the House of Champagne Jaquesson, a small family estate producing fewer than 300,000 bottles a year and one of Napoleon’s favorite wines. Single malt scotches from Scotland’s most celebrated distilleries, such as Bowmore, Dallas Dhu and Highland Park, are available. Each room features a special 30-year-old single malt scotch and a bottle of L’Inde – a wine made in collaboration with the world-famous Chateau Cos d’Estournel of Bordeaux whose founder had a penchant for all things Indian. A premium selection of cigars from around the world, to be paired with sherry, vintage port or a 1945 Madeira, will also be available. 
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