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DMK stages walk out in Lok Sabha over NEET

first_imgNew Delhi: The DMK on Monday slammed the Centre for rejecting two resolutions passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking exemption to state students from writing the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). DMK members walked out of the Lok Sabha when the government did not respond. DMK’s T.R. Balu raised the issue during Zero Hour, saying the Bills were adopted by the state Assembly but were rejected by the central government after 27 months. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Are we ruled by the Centre? The Centre did not consider the value of the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly,” Balu said amid uproar in the House over the political crisis in Karnataka. Amid the din, Balu demanded a response from the government. When the government did not respond, the DMK members trooped out of the House. The Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed the resolutions in 2017.last_img read more


Cong approaches EC over BJPs misuse of DDK pvt TV channel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission against the BJP’s alleged “misuse” of Doordarshan in broadcasting certain speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for using “Namo channel” as a tool for political campaigning.The opposition party’s delegation, comprising senior leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, also made a representation to the Election Commission (EC) seeking necessary directions to Jharkhand’s chief electoral officer and relevant authorities for immediate suspension or transfer of election officers and agents with pending criminal cases and complaints of serious nature. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have made three representations to the EC. First representation is that there are some officials (in Jharkhand) that have charges of bribery and undue influence against them,” Sibal said. “The other two representations are related to the misuse of Doordarshan by the BJP in broadcasting certain speeches made by the prime minister and the use of a particular channel which has come up in which the logo is ‘Namo’, and under the Representation of People Act and the guidelines of the EC there cannot be campaigning in this fashion,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Congress has called for a level playing field, he said, adding that the EC has stated that it will look into the matter. A channel named ‘Content TV’ has been launched on various DTH platforms and it has been found that it is dedicated solely to Modi and the BJP for promoting and advertising the achievements of the government, personal achievements of the PM, his political rallies, and broadcasting interviews of prominent BJP leaders, the memorandum submitted by the Congress to the EC said. It sought passing of strictures or censures against the prime minister and the BJP for “using the channel as a political tool, while the model code of conduct is in place”. The Congress also requested the EC for urgent and necessary directions to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharti (DD news).last_img read more


Royal Air Maroc Launches New Freight Transport from North America to

Rabat – Royal Air Maroc Cargo (RAM) launched a new cargo service for the shipment of luggage and personal items from the US and Canada to Morocco and other African countries.RAM’s new service is currently available with promotional fares until November 15 of this year. The service aims to make it easier for Moroccan and other African communities to relocate in North America.On October 7, RAM Cargo sponsored a football game between New York’s Red Bulls and Vancouver’s White Caps in New Jersey, which was followed by a charity game between a team of US authorities (police, port authorities, and firefighters) for the benefit of members of foreign communities. During this event, the Moroccan air company invited companies specialized in the sale to African communities in New York and New Jersey. The games were marked by the attendance of 25,000 spectators. The events allowed RAM Cargo to promote its new offer to African Diasporas residing in the US.Amine El Farissi, Vice-President of the RAM told Maghreb Arab press (MAP) that “RAM tried to capture the tension of all those communities residing in the US to present this new offer, which will allow these communities to carry their personal effects without having to travel with them.”He added that the new services, which will be provided by RAM’s aircraft, will facilitate the shipping of personal belongings and baggage from New York to Morocco and other Africancountries.“We started with the American territory, given the importance of the Moroccan and African community residing there. It is an offer that will be extended to the entire RAM network,” said El Farissi.The offer will be launched in Montréal sometime next week, he added. read more


Ban lauds fifth anniversary of UNbacked biosafety treaty

11 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commemorated the fifth anniversary of the United Nations-supported Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international treaty aimed at curbing possible harm from biotechnology to humans and biological diversity. “It seeks to ensure that modern biotechnology is developed and applied in an environmentally sound manner, thus enabling humankind to derive maximum benefits while minimizing the potential risks to the environment and human health,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking the occasion.The pact, which he characterized as one of the world’s key environmental agreements, also seeks to make the transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms safer.The Secretary-General offered his congratulations to the 147 Parties to the instrument, calling on those nations who have yet to ratify or accede to the treaty to do so quickly.“The Protocol was a major step forward in international efforts towards sustainable development,” he said, adding that it will also play a crucial role in implementing Agenda 21, adopted in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.The Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity.In May, over 2,000 people from nearly 150 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany, agreeing to work towards legally binding rules for liability and redress for potential damage caused by the movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). read more


Remembering the victims of the Florida school shooting

VIDEO: The names and stories of the victims killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. CNN reports.


Infrastructure loan from UN agricultural fund to Republic of Congo will benefit

About 15,000 households will benefit by taking part directly in project activities in the Rural Development Project in the Congolese departments of Niari, Bouenza and Lékoumou, while another 160,000 people will benefit from improvements in the physical and economic infrastructure, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said.The project will be funded partly by an IFAD loan of $8.4 million and partly by $7.5 million in co-financing from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ Fund for International Development (OPEC Fund).The new funds will be used to rehabilitate roads, improve access to markets and allow for the distribution of better quality seeds and planting materials, especially disease-resistant cassava cuttings. The project will also train farmers groups to boost their management and negotiating skills, IFAD said.Although small farmers produce more than 90 per cent of the country’s food by traditional methods, less than 2 per cent of arable land is being cultivated and agricultural development has been neglected since the 1990s civil conflict, the Fund noted. read more


Aside from football prestige what will Nebraska add to the Big Ten

When Big Ten presidents approved the addition of Nebraska on June 12, thoughts immediately turned to what it meant for Big Ten football. However, the Cornhuskers’ effect on the Big Ten extends beyond the gridiron. Besides football, Nebraska will join the Big Ten in 20 other sports when the move takes effect July 1. Women’s basketball is one sport that might benefit. Nebraska’s women’s team recorded a perfect regular season in the 2009-10 campaign before losing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finishing 32-2. Coach Connie Yori took home National Coach of the Year honors for her team’s success. “There has been a lot of balance from top to bottom” in the Big Ten, Yori said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “We hope that we can come into the league … (and) be competitive.” The coach said doing so will not be easy in one of the nation’s toughest conferences for women’s basketball. “There are so many good programs in the Big Ten,” Yori said. “Consistently, there are three to five teams ranked every year.” Ohio State (No. 6), Iowa (No. 18) and Michigan State (No. 25) are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Nebraska is ranked No. 24. Though the Cornhuskers’ men’s basketball program has not made the NCAA Tournament this decade, another winter sport might also improve the Big Ten. “The Big Ten is a premier conference in the sport of wrestling in the country and has been for a long time, and to add Nebraska only makes the conference that much better,” OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a phone interview with The Lantern. Nebraska is No. 14 in wrestling in the Coaches’ Poll. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, OSU, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue are the Big Ten schools in the Top 25. “You have to go through more teams to win a Big Ten conference,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “It’s not getting easier, I’ll say that.” Adding the Cornhuskers will increase the number of competitive wrestling matchups in the conference, Ryan said. “It’s great competition. It’s great for the fans. It’s a well-known institution, so people come to the event. You can market the event,” he said. “On a number of different levels, having Nebraska is a positive.” Nearly 1,500 visitors attended the dual meet between OSU and Nebraska on Nov. 21 at St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes fell 24-11. Nebraska is also historically strong in baseball and by parting with the Big 12, leaves behind last season’s top RPI conference in the country. “Baseball is a big deal to Nebraska, and they will be a very strong addition to the Big Ten,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said. “The thing that I like is that it broadens and spreads our wings a little bit as a conference.” The Cornhuskers will be one of the most southern locations in the conference, and they’ll use that to their advantage, coach Mike Anderson said. The South is typically the strongest region for baseball because athletes can play outdoor year-round. “We bring an undying commitment to make (the Big Ten) a strong RPI” conference, Anderson said. “There won’t be a time when we don’t try to have the hardest schedule in the conference.” Regardless of what each program brings to the Big Ten, Yori thinks the move was the right decision for Nebraska. “I think it’s going to be a great move for the University of Nebraska, and frankly the entire state of Nebraska, to make the jump to the Big Ten,” she said. “I am very comfortable with the move and I think it was the right thing to do.” read more


20 million lazy Britons at risk of fatal heart disease according to

first_imgThe Government recommends that adults undertake at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a week, such as cycling or fast walking, as well as exercises to strengthen the legs, torso and arms on at least two days a week.But the BHF’s Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behavior Report 2017 finds that in some parts of the country nearly half of adults are not meeting the official guidelines.Levels were worst in the North West of England, where 47 per cent of adults, around 2,640,000 people, were failing to do the bare minimum, while in Northern Ireland the proportion was 46, Wales and the North East 42, and London 40 per cent.Physical inactivity in Scotland was found to be relatively good at 37 per cent, just ahead of South West England and South East England at 35 and 34 per cent respectively.Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, described reluctance to exercise as “one of the most significant global health crises of the moment”.“Levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in the UK remain stubbornly high, and combined these two risk factors present a substantial threat to our cardiovascular health and risk of early death,” he said. The new report also sets out evidence showing that, regardless of how much exercise they take, people who spend a large amount of their time sitting down put themselves at greater risk of cardiovascular disease.The BHF estimates that the average man in the UK spends a fifth of their lifetimes sitting, the equivalent of 78 days each year, while women were found to be sedentary for the equivalent of 74 days a year.As well as increasing numbers of people working in sedentary office-based jobs, the average UK adult spends almost 30 hours television, equivalent to 64 days a year, according to Ofcom. Jogging on the beach Levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in the UK remain stubbornly highDr Mike Knapton, BHF Associate Medical Director The Government recommends 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise a weekCredit:Alamycenter_img A third of Britons are putting themselves at risk of an early grave because they do hardly any exercise, a new report reveals.The British Heart Foundation (BHF) today warns that swathes of the population are needlessly heightening their chances of developing potentially fatal cardiovascular diseases by as much as 35 per cent.The research also finds that there is a significant risk of illness even among those who do exercise sufficiently, due to the length of time many of them spend sitting down at work. However, the charity’s warning contradicts other recent research which suggests that people who exercise only at the weekend can lower their risk of early death from heart disease, as well as cancer.The new report also found that women are 36 per cent more likely to be classed as physically inactive compared to men, and that in some parts of the country 97 per cent of patients referred for cardiac rehabilitation after suffering a heart attack or undergoing heart surgery took barely any exercise.“Making physical activity easier and more accessible for all is of paramount importance if we are to reduce the burden of inactivity-related ill health,” said Dr Knapton.”As part of an effort to prompt better exercise levels, the BHF is today launching its MyMarathon challenge, whereby people of all fitness levels are encouraged to run 26.2 miles in whatever chunks they choose.” 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.last_img read more


Still on the run …Cops issue reminder for public to assist

All information will be treated with the strictest confidence, according to a police statement. Uree Varswyck a.k.a. Malcolm Gordon, Mark Royden Durant a.k.a. Royden Williams and Smallie, Cobena Stephens a.k.a. OJ and Paul Goriah are wanted by the police for Escaping from Lawful Custody (Georgetown and Lusignan Prisons). The Guyana Police Force (GPF) in its efforts to recapture the inmates, is appealing to members of the public, relatives and friends to give any relevant information as to the whereabouts of these escapees so that they can be captured and returned to the prison. Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Uree Varswyck a.k.a. Malcolm Gordon, Mark Royden Durant a.k.a. Royden Williams and Smallie, Cobena Stephens a.k.a. OJ and Paul Goriah is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-8196, 225-2227, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station. Also an appeal is being made to the escapees to surrender to the police or relevant authority, to avoid any serious confrontation that is likely to result in the use of force. All information will be treated with a high degree of confidence and also the rights of those escapees will be respected and upheld. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrison officer killed in Camp Street unrest, conflagration laid to restJuly 25, 2017In “Crime”Notorious prison escapee ‘Smallie’ recapturedOctober 9, 2017In “Crime”Wanted bulletins issued for 3 other identified prison escapeesJuly 12, 2017In “Crime” read more


SA governor praises business philanthropy

first_imgThe Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Mr Hieu Van Le AO and Mrs Van Le, hosted a reception at Government House this week for the Living Without Limits Foundation – a charity co-founded by two of SA’s most dynamic Greek Australian businesses – Maras Group and BDO Adelaide.Living Without Limits (LWL) was established in 2012 by SA business identities Steve Maras (Mars Group), BDO Adelaide partner George Yatzis, and Phillip de Pinto (Universal Motor Auctions), and has been active in raising funds for projects aimed at helping children with autism and cerebral palsy. The reception at Government House was designed to formally thank family, friends, and supporters of the Foundation and raise awareness of its work.The governor presented certificates of appreciation to a select number of individuals who had given significant financial support in the last two years, including Daniel Amadio of Amadio Wines, football legends Russell Ebert and Barrie Robran, Brent Felice of Coopers, David Holst of AP Eagers, Daniel Milky of Argo on The Parade, Mark Morelli of Konica Minolta, Stuart Murray of BankSA, Julie Wrobel of Algo Mas Marketing, Darren McCormack of Cornes Toyota, Warren Tudor of Peter Kittle Toyota, Pino Silvestri, Paul Crawford and Steve Thomson of CMI Toyota.Steve Maras CEO of Maras Group told Neos Kosmos: “It was tremendous to have the governor of South Australia open the doors of Government House and welcome our foundation into their magnificent home and to honour its work, but moreover, to pay tribute to the many remarkable supporters, both individuals and businesses, who are assisting and supporting the foundation’s work”. Foundation chairman Phillip de Pinto said that LWL has grown faster than expected and is close to achieving its goal to establish a House of Respite. “The purpose of this facility will be to provide holiday accommodation to families whose children are affected by autism and cerebral palsy, those who never get the chance to have a break, who have little money left after paying for therapies. It is our strong objective to develop a facility of this kind for many years to come to provide respite for hundreds of South Australian families.”Mr de Pinto also took the opportunity to announce this year’s major fundraising event for the foundation – a black-tie gala dinner spectacular at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 18 July. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


NASA Picks 4 Potential Spots for Asteroid Bennu Sample Return

first_img Since December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped asteroid Bennu’s entire surface to identify the most accessible and safest spots for collecting a sample. Now, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team has selected four potential sites for the federal agency’s first asteroid sample return mission and they are named after birds native to Egypt.The four candidate sample sites, which are called Kingfisher, Nightingale, Osprey, and Sandpiper, will be studied in further detail in order to select the final two sites, a primary and a backup, in December, said a NASA press release.Even though the amount of samplebale material hasn’t been determined in each site yet, all of them were evaluated to ensure that the  OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will stay safe when it lands and gathers a sample from asteroid Bennu’s surface.Nightingale is the northernmost site. There are multiple possible sampling regions. Nightingale contains mostly fine-grain, dark material and has the lowest albedo (reflection) and surface temperature of the four sites. pic.twitter.com/Q7qGCgAqNv— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2019As the northern-most site, Nightingale is situated at 56 degrees north latitude on asteroid Bennu. There are many possible sampling regions in this site, which is located in a small crater surrounded by a larger crater that is 459 feet in diameter. Nightingale has mostly fine-grain, dark material and it has the lowest reflection (albedo) and surface temperature out of the four sites.Kingfisher is located in a small crater near Bennu’s equator. It is surrounded by boulders, but the site itself is free of large rocks. Of the four sites, Kingfisher has the strongest signs for hydrated minerals. pic.twitter.com/USqBrlA83j— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2019Located in a tiny crater near asteroid Bennu’s equator at 11 degrees north latitude, Kingfisher has the strongest spectral signature for hydrated minerals among the four sites. The crater, which has a diameter of 26 feet, is surrounded by boulders, even though the site itself doesn’t contain any large rocks.Osprey is set in a small crater in Bennu’s equatorial region. There are several possible sampling regions. The diversity of rock types hints that the regolith within the site may be diverse. Osprey has the strongest spectral (visible light) signature of carbon-rich material. pic.twitter.com/1XGbbkuRWP— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2019Osprey is set in a small crater that is also located in asteroid Bennu’s equatorial region. Many potential sampling regions are present in this site, which has the strongest spectral signature of carbon-rich material out of the four sites. Different rock types in the surrounding area also suggest that the regolith (layer of unconsolidated rocky material covering bedrock) within Osprey could be diverse.Sandpiper is in Bennu’s southern hemisphere. The site is in a relatively flat area on the wall of a large crater. Hydrated minerals are present, which indicates that Sandpiper may contain water-rich material. pic.twitter.com/BvKfcHmuyA— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2019Asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere is home to Sandpiper. Located at 47 degrees south latitude, this site is a relatively flat area on the wall of a large crater that is 207 feet in diameter. Sandpiper may also contain unmodified water-rich material, since hydrated minerals are also present at the site.Stay tuned! These four sites will be studied in more detail by @OSIRISREx in order to select the final two sites – a primary and backup – for sample collection. Read more: https://t.co/ljXoEP4aHD pic.twitter.com/9a4riUaE28— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2019Starting this fall, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will start analyzing the potential sites during the mission’s reconnaissance phase. The first stage of this phase will involve the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executing high passes over each of the sites from a distance of 0.8 miles to confirm they contain sample-friendly material. Close-up images will also take note of the features required for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s autonomous navigation to asteroid Bennu’s surface. Once data is collected from these passes, the team will choose the final primary and backup sample collection sites at the end of the year.The second and third stages of reconnaissance are expected to start in early 2020, when the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will conduct passes over the final two sites at lower altitudes and obtain higher resolution observations of asteroid Bennu’s surface, which will help it identify key features that will be used to navigate to the space rock’s surface for sample collection. OSIRIS-REx sample collection is scheduled to take place in late 2020 and the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will return the asteroid samples to our planet on Sept. 24, 2023.More on Geek.com:NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Gets Cozy With Asteroid Bennu in Close-Up ImageYou Can Help NASA Find Landing Spots on Asteroid BennuAsteroid Bennu Is a Technicolor Wonder in Trippy 3D View NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Gets Cozy With Asteroid Bennu in Close-Up ImageYou Can Help NASA Find Landing Spots on Asteroid Bennu Stay on targetlast_img read more


Austin bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

first_img PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard.Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed college dropout who bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot, was tracked down using store surveillance video, cellphone signals and witness accounts of a customer shipping packages in a disguise that included a blonde wig and gloves. His motive remained a mystery.Police finally found the 23-year-old early Wednesday at a hotel in a suburb north of Austin known as the scene for filming portions of “Friday Night Lights.” Officers prepared to move in for an arrest. When the suspect’s sport utility vehicle began to drive away, they followed.Conditt ran into a ditch on the side of the road, and SWAT officers approached. That’s when he detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.Police discovered a 25-minute video recording on a cellphone found with Conditt, which Manley said he considers a “confession” to the bombings, It described in great detail the differences among the bombs, he said. Authorities believe the suspect who died with SWAT officers closing in on him was behind all of the bombings in Austin this month.last_img read more


Speed up capping of dump yard Dana Kishore

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner M Dana Kishore has instructed the officials to speed up the Jawaharnagar dump yard capping works and finish them in the stipulated time. The Commissioner held a review meeting over the Jawaharnagar dump yard capping works and waste recycling plant and other works on Thursday evening. Additional Commissioner Shruti Ojha, S E Koteshwar Rao and other officials were present at the meeting. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Speaking in the meeting, Dana Kishore said that biggest dump yard capping works have been taken up at Jawaharnagar dump yard and he instructed the officials to complete the work soon. Officials informed commissioner that work has been running in slow pace due to the rain, so we have assigned around 300 workers for the capping work, they said. Officials said that the plant, which is set up to treat waste water emanating from the dump yard, will start working in two days.Commissioner said that waste recycling plant which has constructed in Jedimetla is ready now and instructed the officials to open it on August 15 onward.last_img read more


TMC BJP war escalates as 3 party workers killed in clash in

first_img Mamata Banerjee slams Amit Shah, asks if he’s god that none can protest against him IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/1:53Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img A huge police force, including personnel from Rapid Action Force, rushed to the area to maintain calm.A party worker of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and two other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were killed in a clash that broke out over removing party flags in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, on Saturday, June 8.The incident happened in Nyazat area of Sandeshkhali area, about 70 km from Kolkata at around 7 pm after TMC workers allegedly removed BJP’s flags in Hatgacha. The TMC leaders, on the other hand, blamed BJP workers of defacing their flags.A huge police force including personnel from Rapid Action Force were rushed to the area to maintain peace. The area is part of the Bashirhat Lok Sabha seat where the TMC won in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. But at Hatgacha, BJP had a 144-vote lead over the Trinamool.Although only three bodies were brought to a hospital in Basirhat until Saturday night, the BJP is claiming that five of its workers were killed, while TMC leaders claimed that three of their workers were murdered.The state BJP General Secretary, Sayantan Basu, reportedly claimed that three of the party’s workers – Pradip Mondal, Tapan Mondal and Sukanta Mondal – were killed and five other functionaries injured. TMC said that while the party’ 26-year-old worker, Qayum Mollah, was stabbed to death, two others were thrown into the water.The violence erupted when TMC workers were holding a booth-level meet at a marketplace at Hatgacha, where several BJP workers were also in the vicinity. While the BJP claims that the TMC workers opened fire on them after a verbal scuffle between the party workers, TMC claimed that the BJP workers pulled out a pistol.”During a booth level meeting of our workers in Hatgachhi, some miscreants, backed by the BJP, attacked them. Mollah, a 26-year-old Trinamool worker, was taken out of the party office and stabbed to death,” Trinamool’s district President, Jyotipriya Mallick, reportedly claimed.BJP leader Mukul Roy took to Twitter to blame TMC president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence.3 BJP workers shot dead by TMC goons in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal. @mamataofficial is directly responsible for unleashing violence against BJP workers. We will be reaching Union Home Minister Sh @amitshah ji to apprise him of Sandeshkhali killings.— Mukul Roy (@MukulR_Official) June 8, 2019Roy also said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been informed about the incident. “A team of BJP MPs will visit the area on Sunday and submit a report to Shah,” he said.Two TMC workers were also killed in two separate incidents in West Bengal earlier this month. The TMC supporters had blamed BJP for both the killings, but BJP refuted the claims. “A personal issue was the cause of the incident, TMC is trying to politicise the issue,” Nitish Pramanaik, BJP MP from Cooch Behar, had reportedly said.last_img read more


UH Launches 1 Billion Capital Campaign

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /01:11 Laura IsenseeUH plans to invest the proceeds of its $1 billion capital campaign into core areas, like student scholarships, endowed professorships and athletics.The University of Houston launched its most ambitious fundraising target ever: $1 billion by 2020.Chancellor and President Renu Khator said in an interview that the campaign builds on recent accomplishments at UH, like becoming a top tier research university and getting a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.“I felt that we have the infrastructure now, as well as we have the credibility with the community, that their money given to the University of Houston will go to the right cause and that it would indeed make a difference,” she said.Khator explained that the campaign started quietly in 2012 and has already generated 130,000 donations, including 94,000 first-time donors.She said that the money will go to key priorities, like student scholarships, endowed professorships and athletics, but donors will get to decide which area or program they want to support.It’s already collected more than half of the goal: $680 million. It also includes a major $20 million gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation. In honor of that gift, UH will rename one of its colleges the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, marking the first college at UH to be named after a woman and also the first one to be named after a former student.“My background is in art, and I took my first formal art training at the University of Houston in the late 1950s and 1960s,” McGovern said in a statement. “UH is where I first developed an interest in arts. It is a passion that continues to provide me joy to this day … My wish is for this gift to allow the next generation of artists at UH to flourish.”With the formal launch, UH joins other public colleges that have sought billion dollar campaigns. While private universities have routinely asked for major donations, public schools have increasingly joined the serious fundraising game. The University of Texas at Austin finished raising more than $3 billion in 2014 while Texas A&M is more than halfway to its goal of $4 billion.Khator said that she’s grateful for all the state’s funding, but added that it’s not enough for UH to reach their goals.“We just want to make sure we don’t negotiate with our goals because of a lack of resources,” Khator said. “Instead we look for how it is we’re going to build the resources,”The UH effort, dubbed “Here, We Go: The Campaign for the University of Houston,” marks the first time in 25 years that Houston’s largest university has launched a capital campaign.“Philanthropy is helping UH reach new milestones, and this campaign is already having a transformational impact on all aspects of the university,” said Eloise Dunn Brice, UH System vice chancellor for university advancement, in a statement.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed from an earlier version which incorrectly reported the year the $1 billion goal is expected to be achieved. The goal is to raise the funds by 2020. We regret the error. Sharelast_img read more


10 Times Gary Fisher Ruled All Geek Pets

first_img Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetMan Saves Dog Left Tied to Electrical Cord on Side of Interstate Overpass Stay on target As we continue to honor the High Geektress herself, Miss Carrie Fisher, one of the biggest loves of her life can’t be overlooked. Gary Fisher is the geekiest dog of them all. Not only does he lay on the most wonderful lap of Leia but he has become his own celebrity. On Carrie’s birthday, we tip our hat to the popular pooch who has stolen her heart and ours. Thank you, for sharing this wonderful creature with the world!Here are 10 times Gary ruled all other geek pets.Becoming your own action figure that still has the original packaging. Does it come with a death star chew toy?AdChoices广告Sitting like a good boy at all panels and helping your mom answer questions harder than a stormtrooper’s helmet. Your cred obviously skyrockets when Poe Dameron takes you under his wing….just stay on target Gary. Being a better communicator with Chewbacca than Solo brings you to Jedi levels of radness.When you’re as quippy as your mom on social media. You’re great Gary. Don’t get cocky. Garnering as much fan-art as Leia puts you in legit competition for the nerdiest pet ever. Getting vetted for public office and not heartworms, a plus. I think it’s safe to say Gary would be a fair and just ruler of all planets. Milkbones, belly rubs and the force is strong with this one. Getting ‘Guest’ status at every Comic Convention known to man is pretty high on the list for ultimate geekdom. We love him, and he knows. Napping in a galaxy far, far away is the only way to achieve true solitude and slumber. But best of all, Gary has the love of a good princess. *Follow Gary on Instagram and Twitter for more fur-filled and geektastic adventures.last_img read more


Study of fossil remains on Sumba island reveals unique creature history

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.K., Indonesia and Australia has found fossil evidence of several unique creatures that once lived on the Indonesian island of Sumba. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their expeditions to the remote island, the fossils they found and their theories regarding the evolutionary history of the Wallacean archipelago. More information: Samuel T. Turvey et al. Quaternary vertebrate faunas from Sumba, Indonesia: implications for Wallacean biogeography and evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1278AbstractHistorical patterns of diversity, biogeography and faunal turnover remain poorly understood for Wallacea, the biologically and geologically complex island region between the Asian and Australian continental shelves. A distinctive Quaternary vertebrate fauna containing the small-bodied hominin Homo floresiensis, pygmy Stegodon proboscideans, varanids and giant murids has been described from Flores, but Quaternary faunas are poorly known from most other Lesser Sunda Islands. We report the discovery of extensive new fossil vertebrate collections from Pleistocene and Holocene deposits on Sumba, a large Wallacean island situated less than 50 km south of Flores. A fossil assemblage recovered from a Pleistocene deposit at Lewapaku in the interior highlands of Sumba, which may be close to 1 million years old, contains a series of skeletal elements of a very small Stegodon referable to S. sumbaensis, a tooth attributable to Varanus komodoensis, and fragmentary remains of unidentified giant murids. Holocene cave deposits at Mahaniwa dated to approximately 2000–3500 BP yielded extensive material of two new genera of endemic large-bodied murids, as well as fossils of an extinct frugivorous varanid. This new baseline for reconstructing Wallacean faunal histories reveals that Sumba’s Quaternary vertebrate fauna, although phylogenetically distinctive, was comparable in diversity and composition to the Quaternary fauna of Flores, suggesting that similar assemblages may have characterized Quaternary terrestrial ecosystems on many or all of the larger Lesser Sunda Islands. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Pleistocene fossils from Lewapaku. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1278 Citation: Study of fossil remains on Sumba island reveals unique creature history (2017, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-fossil-sumba-island-reveals-unique.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.center_img © 2017 Phys.org Wallacea is an archipelago that lies between Australia and Asia—one of its most famous islands is Flores due to the discovery there in 2004 of fossil remains of Homo floresiensis, subsequently dubbed “the Hobbit” due to its diminutive stature. That discovery caused archeologists to wonder if other islands in the archipelago might harbor other fossil remains of interest. Little research has been conducted in the region, which makes the area attractive for new research endeavors. In this new effort, the researchers chose to focus on the island of Sumba, which lies directly south of Flores.As part of their expeditions (conducted in 2011 and 2014), the researchers report that they found the fossilized remains of several interesting and unique extinct creatures. The list includes small creatures that resembled elephants (Stegodon), two species of giant rats, some large varanid reptiles and even evidence that the Komodo dragon once lived on the island. They note that some of the species were dated to a time as recent as just 12,000 years ago. It is still not known, of course, why the creatures disappeared from the island, though the team suggests it might have been due to the arrival of humans.Evidence of the Komodo dragon on the island, the group points outs, offers the first evidence of their existence on an island other than Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar. And that suggests they likely lived on some of the other unexplored island in the area, as well. The group’s findings also indicate that the archipelago overall likely holds evidence of a wide range of undiscovered extinct creatures and possibly the remains of other human relatives. They suggest much more research needs to be done. Explore further Komodo dragon attacks tourist in Indonesialast_img read more


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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The top image uses a standard dose of 140mA and has not been enhanced. The bottom image uses half the dose (70 mA) and has been post-processed with GOPView CT. The bottom image offers less noise and increased sharpness with 50% of the standard dose. 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October 20, 2009 – ContextVision reported it successfully implemented GOPView CT, its CT image enhancement software, on a Cell microprocessor, enabling ContextVision to offer its OEM customers an improved hardware platform for image enhancement, delivering 40 frames per second (fps). This revolutionary microprocessor, the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture, also known as Cell, was developed through collaboration between Sony Computer Entertainment, Toshiba and IBM. The application’s computational performance delivers the highest speeds realized in CT – 40 fps using common filters. Originally created to increase performance for computer entertainment, wireless downloads, real-time video chat, and other image-intensive modalities, the Cell processor has been used primarily in the gaming industry. The Cell processor serves as the heart of Sony’s Playstation 3.As modern microprocessors continue to improve, the technology offers an opportunity to develop medical image enhancement capabilities beyond those of current technology. The Cell’s ability to efficiently process floating point data makes it extremely suitable to implement complex algorithms that require high accuracy. Every improvement made in medical imaging enables doctors to work more efficiently with their patients, ultimately leading to faster and more accurate diagnoses.GOPView CT uses a proprietary and adaptive algorithm, GOP, which enhances CT output images, leading to greater diagnostic confidence. In some implementations, users may use a lower patient dose while maintaining image quality. This type of dose reduction benefits both patents and hospitals. For patients, the low dose translates to less risk without sacrificing image quality or diagnosis accuracy. 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Syrian Kurds take town base near Islamic State stronghold

first_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall When cornered in the past, the militants have relied on coordinated mass suicide car bomb attacks and other scorched-earth tactics.Those tactics have included mass killings. On Tuesday, a media arm of the Islamic State group in Iraq posted a video online purporting to show it kill over a dozen men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them in a car.___Associated Press writers Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Hamza Hendawi in Beirut contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish fighters and their allies on Tuesday captured a town once held by the Islamic State group, inching closer to the main IS stronghold in Syria and the de facto capital of the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate.The capture of the town of Ein Issa — hours after the Kurdish troops took the nearby Brigade 93 military base — further squeezes the IS extremists, especially after they lost a major supply line when the Kurds captured the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border last week. The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The advance put the Kurdish guerrilla within about 50 kilometers (30 miles) of the Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa. But even with the aid of U.S.-led airstrikes, battling even closer to Raqqa the could prove costly for the Kurds and allied Syrian rebel factions.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali said Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, captured the military base on Monday night.Later Tuesday, the Observatory and YPG spokesman Redur Khalil said Kurdish fighters and their allies took over the nearby town of Ein Issa, the last major residential area north of Raqqa, which the Islamic State group considers the capital of its self-declared “caliphate” or Islamic state that spans across Syria and Iraq.“Ein Issa and dozens of villages around it are under our control,” Khalil said over the telephone. He said the next task is to enforce and protect these areas because they know that the IS will strike back.The Observatory said the YPG and its allies are also trying to gain control of a highway linking the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, with the northeastern city of Hassakeh. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The YPG’s official Facebook page said “dozens of Daesh mercenaries were killed” at the Brigade 93 base, using an Arabic acronym for the extremist group. The Observatory said that Islamic State militants transferred the corpses of 26 of its fighters to Raqqa after they were killed in Ein Issa by airstrikes.“Operations will continue, but it is imperative that we first attempt to secure areas under our control,” said Nawaf Khalil, head of the Germany-based Kurdish Center for Studies. “Raqqa is a vast area and attacking it will need a great deal of coordination with other groups and the international alliance.”The United States has found a reliable partner in the YPG, which has been the main force in the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria. The Kurds are moderate, mostly secular fighters, driven by revolutionary fervor and deep conviction in their cause. They are backed by Arab tribesmen, Assyrian Christian gunmen and members of the rebel faction known as Burkan al-Furat — Arabic for the “Volcano of the Euphrates.”It remained unclear whether the Kurds will try and push farther toward Raqqa. Also, despite the recent Kurdish gains, the Islamic State militants still have another supply line from Turkey, this one running through northwestern Syria to Raqqa. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more


Fintech Summit Discussing the Future of Lending

first_imgFintech Summit: Discussing the Future of Lending in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Technology Share From blockchain to cryptocurrency to artificial intelligence, the landscape of the financial services sector is being rapidly disrupted by a wave of new, exciting technologies. Attend the Five Star Fintech Summit in Nashville, Tennessee on March 21 and 22 for an opportunity to hear the industry’s top subject matter experts and thought leaders discuss how innovations in fintech can be implemented to increase efficiencies, cut costs, and enhance operations in your business. To register, click here.center_img FinTech Five Star Fintech Summit Servicing 2018-03-08 Radhika Ojha March 8, 2018 683 Views last_img