Petrol bomb thrown in U.P. theatre screening ‘Padmaavat’

first_imgTwo unidentified youths threw petrol bombs inside a cinema hall screening Padmaavat in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday night, the police said. However, no major damage was reported by the theatre’s owners, they added.“Last night Padmaavat was being screened in Chandra Talkies when two people came on a motorbike and tried to set the building on fire by throwing petrol bombs. The cinema hall security personnel tried to chase the culprits but they escaped,” circle officer Hareesh Bhadauria said. He added that the police have enhanced security around the three halls playing the movie in the town.last_img read more

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot auctions mementos to help families of CRPF men

first_imgThe mementos and souvenirs presented to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot went under the hammer here on Sunday for raising money, which will be given as assistance to the families of five CRPF personnel from the State who were among the 40 killed in the Pulwama terror attack.In the auction organised by Jaipur-based Bharat Seva Sansthan at the Veeranjali programme at Mahaveer Digambar Jain School here, more than 350 mementos presented to Mr. Gehlot on different occasions were sold at prices ranging between ₹5,000 and ₹1 lakh.Sansthan vice-president Rajiv Arora said a sum of ₹1.36 crore was generated on the occasion. Mr. Gehlot had earlier given his mementos for auction for providing relief to the next of kin of soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil war and the victims of Indian Ocean’s tsunami in the southern States in 2004.Representatives of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) handed over the keys of five residential flats for the families of Pulwama victims. The mementos displayed on tables for auction evinced a keen interest among the participants in the programme.Mr. Gehlot said his government would make all possible efforts for helping out the families of soldiers who had laid down their lives while defending the country’s borders. “In this difficult hour, all of us are wholeheartedly in support of the families of martyrs,” he said.The Chief Minister pointed out that the then Congress government had offered the “country’s best package” to the families of 56 soldiers from the State killed during the Kargil war in 1999. “This time, we have increased the package and given ₹50 lakh each to the families of the CRPF jawans,” he said.last_img read more

Guardiola hints at more Man City business

first_imgPep Guardiola has hinted that Manchester City could dip back into the transfer market, but is not expecting much movement before the summer deadline.As things stand, the reigning Premier League champions have taken in a relatively quiet window.They have been linked with a number of big-money deals, but have only pushed through a club-record one for Spain international midfielder Rodri and a return to England for Angelino. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As domestic treble winners in 2018-19, the Blues have no need to oversee a squad refresh and, with that in mind, Guardiola has suggested that only minor tweaks will be made from this point, if any are made at all.Asked for an update on his recruitment plans and whether he expects to get more bodies in, the Catalan coach told reporters: “No, not many. I like the faces that we have.“Maybe but the transfer market is so difficult and the team is good enough. Maybe zero, maybe one, maybe one and a half.”One of those to have been linked with a switch to City is veteran full-back Dani Alves.Guardiola has previously worked with the Brazilian at Barcelona and came close to luring him to England in the summer of 2017, before the 36-year-old headed to Paris Saint-Germain.Alves is now a free agent again after leaving the French champions, but City have no plans to make an approach as they already have “two incredible full-backs”.Pep Guardiola Vincent Kompany Manchester CityWith Guardiola seeing no need to bolster his ranks on the edges of his defensive unit, it could be that efforts are made to strengthen the heart of the back four.Vincent Kompany has departed the Etihad Stadium, with City bidding farewell to a talismanic skipper.They were expected to bring in cover, but Guardiola is in no rush despite having been heavily linked with Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire.He added: “If we believe we can, if not we will survive without a new central defender.”It could be that there is more movement out of City over the coming days than there is coming in.Bayern Munich remain keen on taking Germany international winger Leroy Sane back to his homeland.They have made no secret of that fact, but Guardiola does not have an issue with his former club talking up interest in a player on his books.He said: “I love Bayern Munich. I appreciate them a lot, they gave me an incredible opportunity to work in Germany. “Football is what it is. Sometimes I say things the opposite side don’t like.”last_img read more

Boushie family confident concrete change to come following Ottawa meetings

first_imgAPTN NewsThe family of Colten Boushie says they’ve gotten exactly what they had hoped from their trip to Ottawa where they met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers.And that is a commitment from the Trudeau government to change the justice system.“There was a general consensus that there are systemic issues regarding Indigenous people in the judicial system,” said Jade Tootoosis, Boushie’s cousin Tuesday afternoon. “Each person has promised to work with us to make concrete changes within the justice system.“That’s exactly what we came here for.”More from the press conference that took place in Ottawa After meeting ministers Jane Philpott and Carolyn Bennett on Monday, Boushie’s spoke with Trudeau, as well as Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale Tuesday.“I thanked them for their thoughtful sharing of the story and the difficulties they faced with both the justice system and with the police,” Trudeau said following the meeting. “They are very much focused on making sure that we have improvements to our system so that no family has to go through the kinds of things they went through.”Raybould said it was a “very honest, very emotional” meeting.“I don’t know if the right word is hopeful but they reflected broadly on the criminal justice system and how we need to build relationships and work together to make improvements to the criminal justice system from speaking about all actors, whether it be in the courts, in corrections,” said Wilson-Raybould.An all-white jury found Gerald Stanley, a white farmer in Battleford, Sask., not-guilty in Boushie’s death on Friday. The verdict sparked cross-country rallies and calls for an overhaul of the criminal justice system.Wilson-Raybould said the government will have more details about a justice review in “the near future.”Meanwhile, Goodale echoed condemnations for the racist comments that have flooded social media in the days following the verdict.“There is absolutely no place for that in a province like Saskatchewan or anywhere else,” Goodale, who represents the Regina-Wascana riding, told reporters. “We all have to recognize our common interest in peaceful, secure safe communities and all of the forces and factors that go into creating those kinds of communities. We’re all in this together and we need to work very carefully together.”Boushie’s relatives have said RCMP officers were insensitive and initially treated family members like suspects on the day of his death Aug. 9, 2016. Goodale said the independent Civilian Review for Complaints and Commission is looking into it.last_img read more

Stoney Creek men facing drug charges

Two men from Stoney Creek face multiple drug charges after Canadian Border Services seized more than 120 kilograms of cocaine found in a pick-up truck at Blue Water Bridge.Authorities say the truck arrived at the border on May 6 and was sent to a second examination. A detector dog found the narcotics. After an investigation, 105 packages of cocaine were found.The investigation was turned over to the RCMP, and the two stoney creek men were arrested. The men are in custody and will attend their bail hearing at the Sarnia Courthouse on May 16. read more

UN launches Literacy Decade stresses importance of link to global development

In a bid to extend literacy to the 861 million adults worldwide who cannot read or write and the 113 million children out of school, the United Nations today launched the Literacy Decade.”Literacy remains part of the unfinished business of the 20th century. One of the success stories of the 21st century must be the extension of literacy to include all humankind,” Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said at the ceremony to kick-off the Decade at UN Headquarters in New York.Emphasizing that literacy is a prerequisite for a “health, just and prosperous world,” Ms. Fréchette noted that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and women and that is why the first two years of the decade will focus on “Literacy and gender.””When women are educated and empowered the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and reinvestment go up,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. “And what is true of families is true of communities – ultimately, indeed, of whole countries.”Joining Ms. Fréchette at the ceremony was the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, under whose direction the Decade, which has the theme, “Literacy as Freedom,” will be coordinated.In his remarks, Mr. Matsuura said through literacy, the downtrodden could find their voice, the poor could learn how to learn and the powerless could empower themselves. In that light, the drive for universal literacy was integrally linked to the human rights agenda. Literacy was not a universal panacea for all development problems, but, as a tool of development, it was both versatile and proven.For his part, President Natsagiyn Bagabandi of Mongolia, the driving force behind the initiative, warned that the international community would fail to guarantee equal human rights for all as long as it accepted illiteracy. Literacy was not only the primary requirement for economic well-being, but also a solid base for a lifelong investment in a better and happy life.Notwithstanding the progress and development made in the new information-based century, he added, the virtual elimination of illiteracy called for an effective partnership based on redoubled efforts, resource mobilization and coordination of relevant policies and strategies at the global level.The implementation of the Decade’s plan of action, prepared by UNESCO, will be organized around themes with biennial focuses such as gender, poverty, health, peace and freedom. read more

Darfur UN receives reports of significant civilian displacement

The displacement may be due to an escalation of operations by Government forces against armed opposition groups in and around Jebel Marra. The Office had also received “unverified” reports of direct attacks on civilian villages in that area, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at Headquarters this afternoon. “An inter-agency mission to Tawila in North Darfur is planned later this week to verify displacement figures and assess needs,” he added. Requests for access to affected areas in Central Darfur have so far been denied due to the protracted violence.In the meantime, the UN reiterates its call on all parties to the conflict in Darfur to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, and to ensure safe and unhindered access for humanitarian organizations. read more

Ohio State mens golf readies for first tournament

Then-redshirt-junior Logan Jones holds his follow-through after a tee shot at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on April 12 in Columbus. OSU placed 6th on the first day of play and 5th after the second round.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsAfter a summer that saw four golfers place in the top 20 at the Ohio Amateur Championships, the Ohio State golf team is set to tee off its new season.OSU is scheduled to begin its 2014-15 season at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill., this weekend.The tournament is set to begin Friday before the final two rounds take place on Saturday and Sunday. The Buckeyes are one of 13 teams scheduled to play in the tournament, which includes two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.Redshirt-senior Logan Jones aid the other schools in the field won’t be OSU’s focus heading into the weekend.“We’re not so much worried about the other teams. Our competition, so to speak, is the golf course,” Jones said.The Buckeyes are set to play at Rich Harvest Links, which was ranked No. 73 in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 list of America’s 100 greatest golf courses. OSU coach Donnie Darr said he thinks highly of the course as well.“It’s a great golf course. It’s a championship golf course so you have to have control of your golf ball out here,” Darr said. “If you get wayward off the tee, it’s going to be hard to score. Typically the greens are really firm and fast.”Senior Boo Timko has some experience at Rich Harvest Links as he played the course last year, and he said he’s expecting it to be a tough test.“It’s a difficult course,” Timko said. “You have to play smart and play well to shoot well.”Last season the Buckeyes placed sixth at the Big Ten championship and placed 12th at the NCAA Columbia Regional Tournament. However, Darr said he sees an improvement in his team from last season.“Our overall depth (has improved), I mean in this last qualifier we had four shots separate our second-best player from our ninth-best player,” Darr said.Stepping onto the course with confidence and a competitive spirit is something Jones said he wants to see from himself and his teammates in their first of the year tournament and throughout the season.“As a whole, we all want to be more competitive and more aggressive, not playing defensive, scared or timid,” he said. “I want to make aggressive swings to smart targets, (overall) having a more bold attitude towards the season than years past.”Although Timko said his season goal is to work toward a Big Ten championship, his coach said he is simply focused on the present and taking it one tournament at a time.“The biggest thing for us this week is how we handle our emotions and how we handle the adversity as it comes to us,” Darr said. “Ultimately, I just want to watch these guys and see them compete for 54 holes when they’re only concerned about the shot they are hitting at the present time.”    The tournament is set to tee off Friday at 8:51 a.m. read more

Kentucky sex offenders contact with student athletes prompts response from Ohio State

A day after the news about the contact between a convicted sex offender Charles Eric Waugh and Ohio State student-athletes, the OSU athletic department released an official statement addressing the matter. “The issue surrounding the individual from Kentucky is being treated by the Department of Athletics as a student-athlete welfare issue,” the OSU athletic department said in a press release late Friday. “When the University became aware that this individual had been seen in pictures-taken in public places-with student-athletes, proactive precautions were taken and the Department of Athletics alerted more than 1,000 OSU student-athletes about this person.” On Thursday, The Lantern obtained an email sent from OSU athletic director for compliance Doug Archie informing Buckeye student-athletes that the university was aware of the contact made between OSU players and Waugh. Listed on Kentucky’s sex offender registry, Waugh, 31, made contact with OSU student-athletes and coaches through social media, using the Twitter handle, @BdubsTriviaGuru. One of the players Waugh made contact with was four-star linebacker recruit Alex Anzalone from OSU’s 2013 class. In a photo circulating around the web, Anzalone is seen with Waugh, fellow 2013 OSU recruit Joey Bosa and Notre Dame verbal-commit Mike Heuerman. On Friday, Anzalone announced his de-commitment from the OSU 2013 class. At this time, it is not clear whether the de-commitment is related to his contact with Waugh. Other OSU student-athletes in contact with Waugh on Twitter include Buckeyes football wide receiver Verlon Reed and former OSU offensive lineman and Cleveland Browns signee, J.B. Shugarts on May 3 and April 28, respectively, In the email sent to OSU student-athletes, Archie warned student athletes of the potential problems that could arise when making contact with a registered sex offender. “The individuals who you associate with on social networking sites (i.e., Twitter, Facebook) can have negative implications on your reputation and the university,” Archie said in the email. “Please remember to choose your ‘social media friends’ carefully!” Archie’s email also included a mugshot of Waugh, as well as links to informational sites about how to block Twitter and Facebook users. Waugh was not made available after The Lantern requested comments from him on Thursday. However, Charlene Waugh, Charles’ Waugh’s mother, told The Lantern she was not aware that the email had been sent to OSU student-athletes, but said that plans were in the works “to clear her son’s name on Tuesday.” In its official statement, the OSU athletic department said Waugh is not associated with OSU in any manner. “He is not a booster. He has not engaged in any activities on behalf of the University,” the athletic department said. “The Department of Athletics will continue to monitor this issue and it will remain proactive in its efforts with regard to precautions for its student-athletes.” read more

Families asked to take over daunting care duties so hospital patients can

first_imgHowever, NHS England has since confirmed that it is looking to expand on the Lincolnshire scheme and push on with plans to recruit 500 doctors from Europe, as part of plans to recruit 5,000 more GPs by 2020.The area has one of the biggest shortfalls in GPs anywhere in England.Earlier this week a report by the NAO  suggested the plans could still leave a shortfall of almost 2,000 doctors.And the Royal College of GPs estimates a shortfall of almost 10,000 doctors, based on recent retirement rates.Last month the head of the RCGP warned that patients were being placed at increasing risk by waits of up to one month to see a GP amid winter pressures.The NAO report  said short opening hours among practices were associated with higher rates of A&E attendances, and higher death rates. In other areas, GPs are being drafted in to help send patients home and free up beds. Doctors said the moves were driven by “panic” and took no account of desperate shortages of GPs.In NHS North Lincolnshire, family doctors are being called in to review patients at Scunthorpe General Hospital amid “unprecedented demand” on services with patients experiencing “extremely long A&E waits.”The area is struggling with a major shortfall of GPs, and is currently recruiting doctors from Lithuania, Poland and Greece in a bid to plug gaps. Dr Andrew Green, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee clinical and prescribing subcommittee, said the request was “incredible”.NHS North Lincolnshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) officials have been trying to relieve pressure on Scunthorpe General Hospital, which they said is “facing unprecedented demand” on services, with patients “experiencing extremely long A&E waits”.One GP, speaking anonymously, said they had “never seen a request like it in over 20 years of practice”.An NHS North Lincolnshire CCG spokesman said: “As is the case with hospitals in many parts of the UK this week, our local acute hospital is currently experiencing significant bed pressures”.The plans come as health officials attempt to  recruit hundreds of GPs  from countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Greece with promises of £90,000 salaries and “generous relocation packages” in a bid to tackle a spiralling NHS crisis.The new scheme run by NHS England will see doctors from across the EU undergoing 12 weeks training in Poland before they start work in Britain.Health officials are trawling EU countries for medical staff in a  bid to plug shortages of family doctors, amid warnings that long waits to see GPs are fuelling the Accident & Emergency (A&E) crisis.Medics from Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Spain and Poland have now been recruited, as part of plans which aim to bring 500 doctors in from the EU ahead of Brexit.Patients groups said the measures were “desperate” and said the NHS had “taken a wrong turn” in failing to attract enough home-grown doctors.On Wednesday a report by the National Audit Office warned that poor access to GPs during the working day could be fuelling Britain’s A&E crisis.The watchdog said almost half of practices had closures during office hours,  with one fifth regularly closing their doors by 3pm.It followed warnings that rising numbers of patients are being forced to wait a month to see a family doctor, with estimates of a shortage of up to 10,000 GPs by 2020.The new scheme, being piloted in Lincolnshire by local medical committees and NHS England,  is being used as a blueprint for national plans to hire 500 GPs from overseas.Doctors will be promised a guaranteed annual salary of £90,000 and a “generous relocation package” to move to England.Health officials are currently advertising 25 posts, around half of which have been filled, Pulse magazine disclosed.NHS England plans to roll out the Lincolnshire scheme more widely to meet the Government’s target of 500 GPs from overseas.Under the scheme, doctors from countries all over Europe will be able to come to Britain after undergoing 12 weeks of paid training at a campus in Poland.The induction programme will provide medics with English language lessons and teach doctors about the culture of the NHS.The first round of recruits are due to start training next week, in order to start work in England from April, with the next wave due to start training within three months.The average family doctor in England earns around £100,000 annually, but the majority of those receiving six-figure earnings are GP partners, with several years’ experience.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “These really do sound like desperate measures. It is horrifying to think of all the money we have spent training doctors who have left to work in New Zealand and Australia, only for us to have to trawl abroad to find GPs.” NHS England has promised to recruit 500 GPs from overseas by 2020Credit:PA  ambulance 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. A five year forward view by NHS England, which is led by Simon Stevens, promises 5000 more GPs by 2020 Credit:PA  Simon Stevens The idea of supporting recovery may seem daunting at first, but learning these basic techniques, such as administering injections or supporting someone to move from their chair to their bed in the correct way means that your loved one can be discharged earlierDr Nick Wilmott, NHS West Leicestershire CCG clinical lead “Patients need a GP who can chat to them about their concerns, not someone who has just finished an English language course,” she added.“I fid it terrifying that we have reached this crisis point, with so many people flooding into A&E because they can’t see a GP. I do feel the NHS has taken a wrong turn in letting things get so bad.”The plan is an attempt to attract doctors ahead of restrictions that could arise from Brexit.The overseas recruitment drive appears at odds with the Government’s plan for the NHS to become less reliant on foreign doctors and in the long-term “self-sufficient” in producing medical staff. Demand on emergency services is risingCredit:Andrew Fox doctor  Families are being asked to take over “daunting” caring and treatment duties, so hospital patients can be sent home sooner, in a bid to stem overcrowding in Accident & Emergency departments. Health officials have urged relatives to take on tasks such as administering injections and helping move patients amid extreme pressures on hospitals.They said they needed help from families to ensure patients could be discharged from wards more quickly, so beds could be found for A&E patients. Dr Nick Wilmott, NHS West Leicestershire clinical commissioning group clinical lead said: ‘We’re asking people to be prepared to support their loved ones to recover at home wherever possible.”The idea of supporting recovery may seem daunting at first, but learning these basic techniques, such as administering injections or supporting someone to move from their chair to their bed in the correct way means that your loved one can be discharged earlier, and ultimately recover more quickly at home.”Officials said the measures were necessary because the A&E department at Leicester Royal Infirmary was “extremely busy.”last_img read more

Save the oceans by selling experiences to young people to make the

Harrison, 41, warned that “autocratic” efforts to ban over fishing are not working and are unfairly impacting the livelihoods of local people. Selling experiences to young people that involve interacting with live animals will help save the oceans, a Countryfile presenter has said, as she warns that their “bounty must be higher alive than dead”. Instead, the bounty for living marine wildlife should be higher in order to incentivise fishermen to protect ocean wildlife because to outlaw fishing altogether… Ellie Harrison, who has co-presented the show since 2009, said that the reward for protecting wildlife should be increased as tourists want to observe and play with animals in their natural habitats. 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. read more

Atletico Madrid sign Christian Dissinger on threeyear deal

The 22-year old German talent from Kadetten Schaffhausen will move to Spain’s capital. Christian Dissinger signed a three-year deal with Atletico Madrid, making him the 7th signing of the season for Atletico Madrid, among others – Alex Dujshebaev and Inaki Malumbres. Even after important departures it seems that Atletico Madrid will have a very competitive team for next seasons’ Champions League challenge. atletico madridChristian Dissingerdujshebaev ← Previous Story World Championship 2013 (W) groups drawn! Next Story → Alain Portes takes over French (W) national team read more

Wild winds rock Melbournes Greek festival

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of Greek Australians braved extreme rain and wind conditions on Saturday night in Melbourne to hear Greek popstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis perform. The singer took to the stage just after 8:15 pm, despite the rain that was threatening to cancel his performance. Prior to his performance, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott officially launched the 2013 Lonsdale St Greek Festival, with the new Victorian Premier Denis Napthine. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria Bill Papastergiadis made mention in his speech that despite the weather the festival will still go on.Early Sunday morning strong winds destroyed a major section of the Antipodes Festival precinct. The Qatar Airways Marquee collapsed, along with more than 15 stalls. The Fix pop-up was also destroyed when 35 km/h winds hit the CBD.Stalls lost valuable items relating to their involvement at the Festival, while others lost irreplaceable items of cultural importance, which of course impacted on them being able to continue their involvement at the festival. For more on the 2013 Lonsdale St Greek Festival, read this Saturday’s English Edition.last_img read more

Les phoques sauvés par la douceur de lhiver

first_imgLes phoques sauvés par la douceur de l’hiverCanada – C’est dimanche que la chasse au phoque a été ouverte sur la côte atlantique canadienne. Mais alors que les quotas de captures ont été revus à la hausse (voir article), les bateaux sont presque tous restés à quai en raison de la mauvaise qualité des glaces due à un hiver particulièrement doux.Selon Denis Longuépée, président de l’Association locale des chasseurs de phoques, un seul bateau serait parti chasser le phoque, quittant dimanche à 4h du matin les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Une dizaine de chasseurs à bord du navire, le Jean Matthieu, espèrent retrouver un groupe de quelques milliers de phoques repéré samedi dernier par un avion de Pêches et Océans Canada au large de Saint-Augustin, près de Blanc-Sablon.À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleur”Les autres années, il y avait entre 10 et 40 bateaux qui partaient” souligne Denis Longuépée. Mais cette année, l’hiver a été extrêmement doux et la chasse est compromise au Groenland puisqu’il n’y a pas de banquise dans le Golfe du Saint-Laurent où 300.000 phoques étaient attendus. C’est sur les côtes de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador où la glace s’est formée qu’ils ont trouvé refuge.Alors que les méthodes souvent cruelles de la chasse au phoque sont très controversées, notamment dans l’Union européenne où la vente des produits dérivés des phocidés est interdite depuis cette année, les captures de phoques représentent 20 à 30% des revenus annuels de 500 pêcheurs environ, sur les îles de la Madeleine.Le 31 mars 2010 à 09:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

FiveYear Pentagon Initiative to Cut Staff Costs by 25 Percent

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Defense Department “delayering” initiative will trim headquarters staff costs by 25 percent in an effort to save $1.9 billion, according to David Tillotson III, DOD’s assistant deputy chief management officer.About 300 positions from the office of the secretary of Defense are being eliminated, including 243 that are filled. In defense agencies and field activities, 1,260 positions are slated for reduction. The streamlining is part of a broader reform, in which the department is restructuring its business processes and practices, particularly in support areas, Tillotson told DOD News.The restructuring will be carried out over several years, with many of the cuts being implemented through attrition. So far, officials are not making involuntary cuts, he said. The vast majority of affected workers will be placed in other positions or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments.Last August, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work directed a 25 percent reduction of all appropriations funding for major DOD headquarters activities of military departments, the office of the secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, defense agencies and field activities, and combatant commands. The restructuring covers the period from fiscal 2016 to 2020.Tillotson said the savings generated by the initiative would be shifted into modernization and improving readiness and training.last_img read more

PUBG takes page from Apex Legends in new update

first_img I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Now playing: Watch this: $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 2:42 See at Turo See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $60 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 $59 at eBay Computers Gaming,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best Buycenter_img Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Read the AirPods review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice $6 at Tidal Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review Comments PUBG is getting a new feature Apex Legends players will recognize.  Bluehole/Krafton In the realm of battle royale games, PUBG and Apex Legends are still a ways from catching up to Fortnite. However, one game is adding a popular feature from the other. PUBG’s update #30 has a new feature called Radio Messages that will let players send short messages to their teammates without using voice chat, according to the patch notes on Wednesday. This addition is similar to Apex Legends’ Ping system. Players can use eight different types of messages via a wheel interface. The messages can ask for ammo or backup if an enemy has been spotted, or simply thank a teammate for helping. Where this new feature resembles Apex Legends’ system is that it allows for pinging. PUBG Radio MessagesThe new wheel UI to send messages for PUBG.  Bluehole/Krafton If a PUBG player is near an item or sees an enemy, selecting “ping” from the wheel interface will relay the position of said item or enemy to their teammates. This allows for players who chose not to, or are unable to, use voice chat to still communicate and strategize with their team. When Apex Legends came out back in February, many players cited its Ping system as one of the most innovative features of the game for allowing players to talk to each other without needing a mic. Others changes in update #30 are the ability to ledge grab so players can climb onto roofs or over fences, the addition of Desert Eagle handgun and gas cans will now blow up if shot. The new patch is currently available on the PUBG PC test servers and will make its way to the live game soon.  Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 See at Amazon See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 7 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazon 2 $999 Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate Share your voicelast_img read more

CBI arrests Suman Chattopadhyay in chit fund case

first_imgNEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The CBI has arrested senior journalist and Director of M/s Disha Productions and Media Private Limited Suman Chattopadhyay, in an ongoing investigation of a case registered against I-Core Group, a Ponzi scheme company, said officials on Thursday.It has been alleged that Chattopadhyay, who is also the editor of leading Bengali daily Ei Samay, has taken money from some of the chit fund owners, they said. He was called to the probe agency’s Kolkata office for questioning, from where he was taken into custody, they said. A lookout circular was also issued against him, they said. Investigation has revealed that funds collected illegally by the I-Core Group were allegedly diverted in the accounts of M/s DPMPL, as well as the personal account of Chattopadhyay. He will be produced before the court of Special CJM, Bhubaneswar, on Friday. Further investigation is underway in this regard.last_img read more

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first_img 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Feature | February 04, 2010 | Ian Gardiner, M.D., is breast imaging director of Canada Diagnostic Centres in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada CAD Improves Breast MRI Workflow Increasing throughput while maintaining accuracy in breast MRI reads requires powerful workflow tools. In the past decade, MRI has joined mammography and ultrasound as one of the leading tools to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most successfully treated. Used together, these modalities offered tremendous hope to women who either have breast cancer or who are afraid they might develop it.But the addition of breast MRI has not been without difficulties. Whereas a typical mammogram might consist of six images and a standard breast ultrasound study might have two dozen images, breast MRI frequently generates more than 2,000 images for the radiologist to review. In addition, there is a demographic shift in which a greater proportion of the population is entering their high-risk years for breast cancer. Making matters worse, breast imaging is consistently rated by radiologists as their most difficult work, and it has a reputation for being the most litigious. Young radiologists are reluctant to enter into the field, and the number of radiologists interpreting breast images remains static. The result is a dramatically increased workload for each radiologist.Managing Image WorkloadOne of the most important tools for assisting radiologists with large-volume workloads is computer-aided detection (CAD) software. However, CAD differs in purpose and function for each technology to which it is applied. With mammography, the purpose of CAD is to highlight areas that might be abnormal. By doing so, it is designed to improve on the moderate sensitivity of mammography.In the case of breast MRI, CAD software is very different from CAD used in other areas of medical imaging. Breast MRI is an extremely sensitive tool, therefore, CAD software is not needed to improve its sensitivity. Breast MRI CAD is primarily a workflow tool, designed to help the radiologist manage the large data files, describe any abnormalities on the images, and convey that information to the referring physicians and patients. At the same time, it can correct artifacts associated with motion. That is why many physicians refer to breast MRI CAD as “computer-aided description.”Organizing WorkflowAfter a breast MRI scan is completed, the radiologist must then review all the images and issue a report. How does breast MRI CAD assist with this process? The MRI camera does not obtain the images in the order in which the radiologist wishes to review them. CAD software will rearrange those images into the radiologist’s preferred format, or hanging protocol. These hanging protocols can be saved and customized for each radiologist, site and type of exam.A Quick MeasureRadiologists using breast MRI CAD say that they can report cases much faster and with greater confidence. Whereas a typical case might take 45 minutes to report without CAD, the same case can be finished within 10 minutes with the aid of CAD software. These time savings are possible because the CAD software is able to automate many of the routine measurements the radiologist must make.It is not sufficient for the radiologist simply to identify an abnormality. The lesion must be measured in three dimensions. First, where is it located. Second, how far is it from the skin, chest wall and nipple. Third, where is it in relation to other lesions. The radiologist could answer many of these questions by clicking and dragging, but it is far easier to automatically identify the region of interest in the computer generated data.Unlike mammography and breast ultrasound, breast MR imaging assesses the blood flow to a tumor. The blood flow to cancers is different from the blood flow to normal tissue, and the radiologist uses this information to determine which lesions need to be biopsied, and which can be left alone. This is valuable information, but it presents a slew of data to the radiologist that must be interpreted. In particular, the radiologist must identify that region of the lesion that has the most suspicious type of blood flow.This is a tedious process when done by hand, but is relatively straightforward once the computer has generated an “angiogenesis map.” The map is a color representation of the kind of blood flow in a given tissue, and is superimposed on the anatomical images. Much like a weather map is used to indicate regions with particular temperatures or heavy precipitation, so too can an angiogenesis map identify tissue associated with malignant-type blood flow. The angiogenesis map is an intuitive tool that allows the radiologist to quickly identify the tissue that is most suspicious for a malignancy.Removing MotionOne drawback to the very high-resolution MR images is that they are highly susceptible to any movement by the patient while pictures are being acquired. The patient must lie still for up to 45 minutes. This can be very challenging, and even the most cooperative patient has difficulty remaining motionless for that length of time.Furthermore, as the MR technology has improved and the resolution becomes better, motion artifact is now more likely to degrade the images. Motion is one of the most common artifacts seen on breast MR images. Again, CAD software can help with this problem.After the original images are obtained, the CAD software compares the early images with later images. If movement is detected, the later images are adjusted to correct for this motion. This might sound like a trivial problem, but it isn’t just a matter of shifting the later images so that they line up with the earlier images. For one thing, breasts are soft organs, and when they move they also distort in three dimensions. The CAD software has algorithms similar to those used by special effects teams in Hollywood. The CAD software “morphs” the later images of the breasts back into their original shape. This has dramatically decreased the number of studies that have to be repeated due to blur.Rapid ReportingOnce the images have been interpreted, it is necessary for the radiologist to generate a report. Traditionally, radiologists have dictated into a tape or digital file that is later transcribed. The hard copy report is then returned to the radiologist for proofreading before being issued to the referring physician.Breast MRI CAD software takes this a step further. Rather than dictate a report, the radiologist has the option to describe each lesion by selecting descriptors and adjectives from a drop down menu. This information, along with the various measurements and selected pictures, automatically populates a report, which is issued immediately to the referring physician with no input from a transcriptionist. The distribution is done electronically, and copies are automatically stored in the electronic medical record. This dramatically decreases the time from image interpretation to report distribution.Another key advantage is that reports generated with the help of CAD software conform to the American College of Radiology BI-RADS lexicon. This lexicon is the profession’s preferred terminology for breast imaging reports.Teaching ToolThere is one other advantage to breast MRI CAD software that should not be overlooked, and that is its role in communication and teaching. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is never more true than when a surgeon is planning treatment. Even if the radiologist has scrupulously used the BI-RADS lexicon, most people find it easier to see where the lesion is located using the three-dimensional images reconstructed by the CAD software.Similarly, many newly diagnosed patients believe that their entire breast is contaminated by disease. They are frequently and pleasantly surprised to see the three-dimensional images and discover that their cancer is much smaller than they had imagined.Ian Gardiner, M.D., is breast imaging director of Canada Diagnostic Centres in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as well as a clinical assistant professor at the UBC department of radiology, and a breast-imaging consultant at the Specialist Referral Clinic. He sits on the Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (British Columbia and Yukon Chapter). Dr. Gardiner’s area of expertise is medical breast imaging, including mammography, ultrasound and MRI. He is responsible for the development of professional standards and certification for breast ultrasound technologists. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Ian Gardiner, M.D., is breast imaging director of Canada Diagnostic Centres in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Cancer mortality rates have decreased as new technologies have been introduced into the field of healthcare, but these new technologies can sometimes present new challenges. There is no better example than in the fight against breast cancer. 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The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Ian Gardiner, M.D., is breast imaging director of Canada Diagnostic Centres in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The radiologist can describe each lesion by selecting descriptors and adjectives from a drop down menu. 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