Stage set for phase I of LS polls voting in 91 seats

first_imgNew Delhi: Ninety-one Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two UTs, including all in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, will go to polls on Thursday in the first phase, with Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh among several Union ministers in the fray.In Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha, assembly polls to 175, 32 and 28 seats, respectively, will be held simultaneously in the first phase. Voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting will be done on May 23. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn Uttar Pradesh on eight seats, the ruling BJP will clash with the newly-formed SP-BSP-RLD alliance. Seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra will go to polls. In Bihar, four Lok Sabha seats will see polling on Thursday. In the North East, of the two seats in Arunachal Pradesh Union Minister Kiren Rijiju is seeking re-election from Arunachal West. Four seats in Assam will go to polls on Thursday. Sixty lakh voters in Odisha will exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls for four Lok Sabha and 28 assembly seats on Thursday. Two seats each in West Bengal, J&K and Meghalaya will see polling in the first phase. Lone Lok Sabha seats going to polls on April 11 include Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep.last_img read more

Three cities win UNbacked award for innovation in disaster risk reduction

San Francisco in the Philippines, Santa Fe in Argentina and Canada’s District of North Vancouver were declared winners of the UN-Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction at a ceremony held last night on the sidelines of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.San Francisco, a small coastal city in the Philippines prone to typhoons, won $25,000, earning the accolade for its innovative use of the “Purok system,” a traditional method of self-organization within villages where members voluntarily contribute money to bank account for to help those in need of emergency funds after a disaster. Mobile telephones and radios are used to disseminate information and risk assessments, with Purok coordinators acting as couriers of information to residents.One of two cities receiving $12,500 was Santa Fe, an Argentine city frequently hit by floods and recognized for effectively communicating disaster risks to the public. In areas of the city where many people live in informal settlements, authorities have been able to formalize their settlement by giving them land occupancy permits, debt cancellation certificates and sale contracts for their homes. Scores of families in zones not protected by flood embankments have been relocated.The District of North Vancouver, which experienced a landslide in 2005, also received $12,500. Mayor Richard Walton impressed delegates at the Global Platform with his presentation on the city’s GIS (Geographic Information System) website, where the public can access mapping, census, land, environmental, zoning, buildings and other valuable information that is stored in the district’s GIS. The city’s stated goal is to provide “as much information where possible to our community.”Mr. Walton told the UN News Centre that the information gathered through the use of the GIS on the land and buildings in the area had enabled engineers to identify 30 properties that needed remedial measures to make them less vulnerable in the event of another landslide or similar disaster.“We have been able to determine levels of risk, risk tolerance levels, and take mitigation action,” he said.Other innovations cited were the city of Bhubaneswar in India and Pakistan’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), a Government initiative supported by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which both received a letter of recommendation. The Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America, CEPREDENAC, based in Guatemala, received a letter of merit.“Each of the finalists have had a history of engaging in disaster risk reduction regardless of whether it was fashionable at the time or not,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). “Remarkably, they continued to engage in it even if funding was scarce, demonstrating their durability and a sense of innovation and commitment about how to make disaster risk reduction work even with limited resources,” she added.The UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is one of three prizes established in 1986 by the founding chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Ryoichi Sasakawa, a Japanese businessman and philanthropist. The others are the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Sasakawa Health Prize and the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sasakawa Environment Prize. 12 May 2011Cities in the Philippines, Argentina and Canada have won United Nations-backed awards for their efforts to strengthen disaster preparedness, the UN office tasked with assisting countries strengthen disaster risk reduction has announced. read more

DR Congo UN concerned over new displacement of thousands of civilians

In North Kivu, an estimated 35,000 people have been displaced as a result of raids on villages and clashes between rival militia groups in Walikale and Masisi territories, according to Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). At least 22 people have reportedly been killed and an unknown number of women raped, Mr. Edwards told reporters in Geneva. In the district of Shabunda in South Kivu, some 70,000 people have been displaced. According to local sources, 4,400 civilians are thought to have fled attacks over the past two weeks alone. Many of those fleeing are reported to be moving towards the neighbouring provinces of Maniema and Katanga. “UNHCR is very concerned about the consequences of this violence,” said Stefano Severe, the agency’s regional representative. “For now the people in the east are displaced within the country, but there is a risk that people might cross borders if the situation gets worse.” Peacekeepers with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), staff from UNHCR and their colleagues from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) met some of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) during an assessment mission to affected areas last week. They found several deserted and burned-down villages, as well as looted health centres. In Walowa Yungu, for example, 14 of the 18 villages were deserted. Most of the IDPs are either living with host families in crowded makeshift settlements or occupying schools. Some of them told the assessment team that they have lost access to their farmlands and that they are victims of forced labour, harassment and violence. “We are working with our partners to address the needs of the displaced as we gain access to them. This includes providing shelter, clean water, food and health care,” said Mr. Edwards. “In addition to the material assistance, our colleagues on the ground are also providing psycho-social support to survivors of rape and other traumas caused by the violence.” Before the latest outbreak of violence, there were more than 1.1 million people uprooted by years of armed conflict in North Kivu and South Kivu. In a separate development further south, UNHCR has received reports of more than 12,000 displaced people in the central areas of Katanga province. An inter-agency mission was expected to travel to the areas this week, but the trip was postponed for security reasons. According to initial information obtained by UNHCR, 65 per cent of those displaced in Katanga are young boys and girls who have sought refuge in 17 villages in Mitwaba territory. They reportedly fled from fresh militia activity in the relatively stable province. 20 January 2012The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern over fresh violence in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that has forced more than 100,000 civilians to flee their homes in the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu since November. read more

Scotch whisky group drops suit against Virginia distillery

WILMINGTON, Del. — Lawyers for a trade association are dropping a federal lawsuit alleging that a Virginia distillery has improperly tried to pass off whiskey as Scotch.Attorneys for Scotch Whisky Association filed a voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Delaware on Thursday.The association’s lawsuit claimed that the Virginia Distillery Co. has engaged in “false, misleading and deceptive” labelling of whiskey sold under the brand name “Virginia-Highland Whisky.”The lawsuit claims the use of the term “Highland” and its spelling of “Whisky” falsely imply that the product is Scotch whisky wholly produced in Scotland.Whiskey made in the U.S. is spelled with an ‘e.’Virginia Distillery CEO Gareth Moore issued a statement saying his company was working toward an amicable resolution of the dispute with the Scotch Whisky Association.The Associated Press read more

9 questions were asking ahead of the new political year

first_imgTHEY PROBABLY NEVER got Harold Wilson to write political previews after he famously noted that “a week is a long time in politics”.Fortunately for the former British prime minister it is left to others to try and predict what might happen in the year ahead with the words (though they are disputed) of his predecessor Harold Macmillan about “events, dear boy, events” no doubt ringing in their years.Our point – and we’ll stop referencing Britain’s former premiers now – is that it’s near impossible to say what’s going to happen politically over the next 12 months.To give just one example, who would have thought that the Savita Halappanavar case in late 2012 would prompt a national debate on abortion that dominated the first seven months of 2013 and lead to abortion legislation, 20 years after it was first called for.So with that in mind, instead of predictions we’ve posed a few questions, some of which will be answered for sure, some of which we hope will be answered, and some which will probably lead to more questions…1. Will our ‘clean’ bailout exit work out?The government has taken a gamble – albeit a calculated one – on Ireland being okay on its own with the EU/IMF programme ended and no precautionary credit line in place.It’s all about bond yields staying low, the economy continuing to grow and the eurozone remaining relatively calm in the year ahead. If all that happens then it’s all good, but those three things are big ‘ifs’.2. Will Labour maintain its recovery and avoid electoral disaster?Labour spent much of 2013 in meltdown, but in the last few weeks there has been a recovery of sorts. While nearly ten per cent of the party’s councillors have jumped ship, those who have remained loyal will hope the upturn in the polls will translate into less of an electoral bloodbath than had been feared.Labour does stand to lose seats and could realistically return no MEPs in May, but if overall economic recovery continues and the polls stabilise in their rating in the low teens then things could go better than many would have expected midway through last year.3. Will Fianna Fáil recover at the ballot box?Having hit historic lows in 2011, 2014 provides the first test of whether or not the public has forgiven, or is at least not as angry at Fianna Fáil as it was. The party will hope to boost its proportionate number of councillors and regain some ground in Dublin where it has no TDs.A real test of the party’s recovery will be in the capital. If it takes one of three European Parliament seats then it’s a sure bet that it has recovered substantially from its meltdown three years ago.4. Will there be a new party?Opinion polls show a large number of undecided voters, which some falsely interpret as meaning there is a need for a new party that all of these undecideds will coalesce around. In reality, that’s simply not the case.But it is fair to say that a new party would attract significant interest – that’s ‘interest’ as opposed to actual ‘voters’. The question is whether or not it’s going to happen and will it be on the right – involving the Reform Alliance – or the left – with Roisin Shortall, John Halligan, Thomas Pringle and the like?The belief is that if it is to happen then it will be after the local and European elections. No one wants to do a Libertas and win nothing as happened with Declan Ganley in 2009, so it will be all about building a movement that looks towards 2016. Watch out for this in late 2014 and keep a close eye on Lucinda Creighton.5. Will James Reilly hold on at health?A Cabinet reshuffle or “movement” as Enda Kenny referred to it will happen in late 2014, and the big question in all of that will be what happens to the Health Minister. The bigger question is what happens to the health service, but that will ultimately impact on Reilly’s future.If health plunders from one mess to another, as seems to be happening right now with its budget and the medical card issues, then it will be a huge surprise if Reilly remains in place.6. Who will Ireland’s next European Commissioner be?Reilly, Phil Hogan and Ruairí Quinn are the names most often mentioned when it comes to succeeding Marie Geoghegan-Quinn as Ireland’s European Commissioner. The decision is at the discretion of Enda Kenny but Eamon Gilmore can push for it if he wants to give it to one of his lot (or indeed himself as some have wildly speculated).In the past, the Commissioner role has been used either to send some undesirable out of the country (see Charlie McCreevy) or, in select circumstances and more so in other countries, for the best candidate. If it’s Reilly or Hogan then it’s probably going to be for the first reason, if it’s Quinn it’s probably a bit more for the second reason. Of course it may well be none of these three.7. Will Gerry Adams survive as Sinn Féin leader? (And what about Micheál Martin?)The past continues to cause problems for Adams and as a result Sinn Féin. Though he is firmly committed to leading his party into the 2016 general election, a question mark now hangs over whether that will be the case.Truth is, an opposition leader’s position is never safe. There was talk about Micheál Martin’s future in 2013, while it’s less than four years since Enda Kenny survived an attempted heave.But there could well be a perfect storm of more allegations about the past and a worse than expected result in the local and European elections which may lead to Adams’s departure. The same could apply to Martin in the form of the banking inquiry (i.e. the past) and the local and European elections.8. Will there be a banking inquiry, and what will we find out?The Anglo Tapes last summer reminded us of the need to find out just what went on in the run-up to the bank guarantee and with the relevant legislation passed, the government is expected to launch an Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crisis this year.With pending criminal trials, the scope of any inquiry will not be as vast as one would hope and it is difficult to determine what, if any, new and substantive information we will learn. But the idea of Brian Cowen and other former ministers being quizzed by TDs in full public view is intriguing and will be box office if it happens.9. Will our banks need more money, and will we get a bank debt deal?Banking stress tests will take place in the latter half of 2014 and will be a crucial indicator of whether Irish banks are appropriately capitalised. Some commentators maintain that they aren’t and their huge mortgage books are going to cause problems, but the government says it’s all rosy in the garden.Perhaps crucial to the overall capitalisation of our banks is whether the historic 29 June 2012 agreement to break the link between banks and the sovereign is actually applied retroactively to Ireland’s banking sector and we get some form of relief on our huge bank debt. The government, we are told, is pushing for this but there was zero progress in 2013 and discouraging words from the likes of Jose Manuel Barroso.Flashback: Mahon, Reilly, Savita: Game-changing political moments of 2012Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?last_img read more

6 things we remember about learning Irish in school

first_imgImages: Boards.ie Lámh, lámh eile,A h-aon, a dó;Cos, cos eile,A h-aon, a dó…What else can you remember about learning Irish in school? Were you as terrified of the tuiseal ginideach as us? Let us know in the comments section below…Look familiar? Irish school books through the years15 things that everyone did in primary school> SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE has been launched in Stormont for the first time ever today, with the Irish language festival set to run until 17 March.Some of you might use Irish everyday, some of you might not have used it since school, and some of you might not speak or remember a word.However, you might remember a few of these standout milestones from the 14 or so years spent learning Gaeilge in school.WARNING: There is mention of the tuiseal ginideach, just so you can prepare yourself.1. The projectorIn an efffort to get a comhrá going the blinds were shut, and projector was cranked up and slides were displayed on one good clean bit of wall.The projector stories often revolved around housework, taking a trip somewhere or a holiday (inevitably to the seaside). Images: Seomra Ranga2. The books Images: Audrey Cunningham 3. Fear of the tuiseal ginideachAn tuiseal ginideach is the genetive case in the Irish language, used to explain possession.Please don’t make us talk about it any more.4. The terror of the the modh coinníollachIf we were to think too much about the modh cionníollach, we would break out in a sweat…5. Peig6. These rhymesRolai polai, rolai polaiSuas, suas, suas.Rolai polai, rolai polai,Sios, sios, sios,Rolai polai. Rolai polaiAmach, amach, amach.Rolai polai, rolai polai,Isteach, isteach, isteachlast_img read more

Judge dismisses Microsoft cofounders patent troll case against Apple Facebook Google Ne

first_imgMicrosoft ounfounder Paul Allen surprised everyone in August by suddenly turning into a huge patent troll, throwing lawsuits at nearly every tech company under the sun including Apple, Google, Netflix, Facebook, YouTube and scores others.Preliminary good news, though: the judge has thrown out the case… for now.AdChoices广告Dismissing the lawsuit on Friday, US DIstrict Judge Marsha Pechman said that Allen’s company, Interval Licensing LLC, had failed to specify the infringing products of any of the eleven companies that he cited, although he did cite patents based around three specific areas: using a browser to navigate through information, aletering users to items of current interest and attracting a user’s peripheral attention.Not overly broad at all, huh? Also overly broad, though, was Allen’s lawsuit itself, and in her order to dismiss, Judge Pechman pointed out that Allen didn’t even bother to name the specific products of each company that violated his patents.“Plaintiff only indicates that Defendants have websites, hardware, and software that infringe on the patents or that they are encouraging third parties to use products that infringe on the patents,” she wrote. “This fails to indicate to Defendants which of their myriad products or devices may be at issue.”This will delay the trial, but not end it: Judge Pechman gave Allen until December 28th to amend his lawsuit. Then we’re all back to square one.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Le rarissime rossignol à gorge noire repéré en Chine

first_imgLe rarissime rossignol à gorge noire repéré en ChineDes ornithologues chinois et suédois ont récemment repéré dans le centre de la Chine plusieurs mâles de rossignol à gorge noire, un oiseau si rare qu’on en a observé moins d’une trentaine depuis la découverte de l’espèce, il y a 125 ans.Si rare qu’aucune femelle n’a jamais été observée, le rossignol à gorge noire (Luscinia obscura) a été découvert en 1886. Mais, guidés par les appels distinctifs des mâles, qu’ils ont appris à reconnaître, des chercheurs chinois et suédois viennent de localiser deux aires de reproduction de cet… oiseau rare, dans les réserves de Foping (7 mâles recensés) et de Changqing (idem), dans les montagnes de Qinling, au centre-nord de la Chine. À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauLes scientifiques ont pris un certain nombre d’enregistrements des chants de ces spécimens, dans l’espoir de faciliter leur identification future et pour une meilleure compréhension de l’énigmatique volatile. “L’espèce est extrêmement secrète et difficile à voir dans le bambou dense où elle vit. Il est probable qu’il y ait autant de femelles à l’état sauvage que de mâles, mais ces derniers sont plus faciles à trouver : ils chantent”, a expliqué le Pr Per Alstrom, de l’Université suédoise des sciences agricoles d’Uppsala. “Compte tenu du nombre d’oiseaux que nous avons trouvés, cette espèce n’est apparemment pas aussi rare que ce que l’on pensait, bien qu’elle semble très localisée. (…) Les aires de reproduction que nous avons découvertes sont bien protégées, car elles abritent quelques mammifères rares, comme le panda géant”, a poursuivi le chercheur cité par BBC Nature.Le 18 décembre 2011 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Pleased Sustainable US Soy Approved By European Feed Manufacturers Federation

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is proud that the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) was positively benchmarked against the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation’s (FEFAC) Soy Sourcing Guidelines through the independent International Trade Centre (ITC) customized benchmark tool in early March.ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., congratulated the U.S. soy family on the accomplishment this week.“This is another step forward for U.S. soy and sustainability,” Wilkins said. “The strong conservation practices of U.S. farmers allow us to produce large quantities and continue providing the EU with sustainable soy.  The soy family should be proud of the work we’ve done to maintain and strengthen trade and the value of U.S. soy.”ASA worked with the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and members of the U.S. soy family to develop SSAP in 2013. The protocol helps to ensure that U.S. soy is produced following a strong set of conservation regulations combined with wide adoption of best management practices by a majority of U.S. farmers. The SSAP verifies that U.S. Soy is sustainably produced and aims to meet growing consumer demand for environmentally, socially and economically produced commodities. The protocol covers four key components including sound environmental objectives, social responsibility, conservation focused management practices and continuous improvement.This crop year, over 3 million metric tons, equivalent to 110.22 million bushels, of U.S. Soy have been exported and certified under the SSAP program.To learn more about SSAP, visit ussec.org.last_img read more

Germany will back Greece for now

first_imgGermany will back Greece for now1.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Germany will back Greece for now1.3K viewsBusinessBehind the smiles the Greek Finance Minister is worried. He fears Athens will struggle to repay its debts to the EU and IMF this year. The Central Bank governor is nervous too. Yannis StournarasVentuno Web Player 4.50Behind the smiles the Greek Finance Minister is worried. He fears Athens will struggle to repay its debts to the EU and IMF this year. The Central Bank governor is nervous too. Yannis Stournaraslast_img read more

ED files affidavit regarding Chidambarams offshore assets in SC

first_imgChidambaram was sent to CBI custody till August 26 by a special court.IANSThe Enforcement Directorate filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday, August 26, with “specific inputs” regarding former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s offshore assets.The affidavit, with inputs by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), revealed that Chidambaram and his co-conspirators “had accounts/valuable properties in Argentina, Austria, British Virgin Island, France, Greece, Malaysia, Monaco, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Sri Lanka”.The agency claimed the former FM and his close confidants had created a network of shell companies in India and abroad and added that it has “enough evidence” to substantiate the claim. The ED mentioned 17 anonymous foreign bank accounts and 10 expensive assets that Chidambaram purchased in India and abroad.”Two individuals… acted as agents of” Chidambaram “and interacted/liasoned with the parties applying for FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval including INX-Media as well as collected the proceeds of crime on behalf of/ at the behest of the petitioner-accused,” the affidavit said. Considering Chidambaram’s petition will be a mockery of justice, said the investigative agency, adding that he has not cooperated with officers in charge of the case. The ED is likely to emphasize on custodial interrogation of the former finance minister.Chidambaram has denied the agency’s claims. A statement issued by his advocate Arshdeep Singh Khurana read, “I am instructed by my client to state that he does not own any property or has any bank account abroad. All his assets are duly reflected in all statutory filings.””We have been instructed to file a detailed rejoinder in the event the affidavit is filed,” said Khurana.Kapil Sibal, representing Chidambaram, said during in the court that the affidavit was leaked to the media before it was filed.”Notes, documents, diaries were passed on to Delhi HC judge as evidence. These documents were not shown to P Chidambaram during questioning. It cannot be that they give or show any document to the court and I am not entitled to look into it. They leak it to media. They leaked the ED affidavit to the media,” he said.Sibal further called it a media trial and questioned the ED officials over not presenting the documents to his client. He said that no documents were presented to Chidambaram during 26 hours of examination.Appearing for ED, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta responded, “We have not leaked it. In fact, they should answer how the entire case was being discussed by their legal team across TV channels.” He added that the affidavit was leaked after it was served to Chidambaram’s lawyers.The case is an offshoot of the INX-Media case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:47Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?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 … A look at the INX Media case and P Chidambaram’s role in itcenter_img Closelast_img read more

Cop killed in Bagerhat road crash

first_imgA police constable was killed and another injured in a road accident at Maghia on Kachua-Gazalia road in Kachua upazila on Saturday night.The deceased is Miraj Shikdar, 30, son of Ashraf Ali Shikdar, a resident of Gimtekathi village in Kachua upazila.He was returning home from another village in a motorcycle along with one of his relatives.When the duo reached Maghia, the motorcycle hit a roadside tree around 8:30 pm, leaving the constable dead on the spot and his relative injured, said officer-in-charge of Kachua police station M Kabirul Islam.The injured was admitted to Kachua upazila health complex, the OC added.last_img read more

Palestinian leader Abbas to shun Pence

first_imgPro-Palestine protesters chant slogans against US and Israel as they wave Turkish and Palestinian flags on 9 December 2017 during a demonstration in front of Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul. Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched after prayers on Satuday. Photo: AFPPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence later this month following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an aide said on Saturday, as protests gripped the Palestinian territories for a third straight day.Retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas militants as unrest simmered over President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.Four people have been killed and dozens wounded since Trump announced the move, which drew criticism from every other UN Security Council member at an emergency meeting on Friday.“There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,” Abbas’s diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi told AFP.“The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision.”Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II also cancelled a meeting with Pence, with the church saying it “declines to receive” him in protest at Trump’s announcement which failed to take into account the “feelings of millions” of Arabs.On Friday, Ahmed al-Tayeb who heads Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top Sunni Muslim institution, also scrapped plans to meet Pence over the “unjust and unfair American decision on Jerusalem”.There were fresh clashes Saturday as Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank hurled stones at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds.In Gaza, mourners vented their anger at the funerals of two people killed during clashes at the border fence on Friday and the two Hamas militants killed early on Saturday.Later Saturday unrest spread into Israel when a bus was stoned near Arab towns in the northern Wadi Ara district, injuring the driver.Police said they arrested two young men from the Israeli Arab town of Arara.‘Violent riots’An Israeli army statement said “violent riots have erupted at approximately 20 locations” in the West Bank and Gaza.It said soldiers responded to protesters with unspecified “riot dispersal means”, lightly wounding three Palestinians.The Palestinian Red Crescent said 171 people were hurt in the West Bank and 60 in Gaza Saturday, with injuries ranging from gunshot wounds to tear gas inhalation and beating by security forces.In Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian demonstrators on the main Salahedin Street, an AFP cameraman said.A police statement said four policemen were slightly injured and 13 protesters arrested.The Red Crescent said 12 Palestinians were injured by shrapnel from grenades or by blows from police.Intifada callsThere have been fears of a much larger escalation of violence after Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group both renewed that call on Saturday.Abbas’s Fatah organisation urged Palestinians to “keep up confrontation and broaden it to all points where the Israeli army is present” in the West Bank.Dozens of protesters were wounded by rubber bullets or live fire in clashes in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem that followed Friday’s main weekly Muslim prayers.Tens of thousands also protested in Muslim and Arab countries, including Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia.Saturday’s pre-dawn air strike on a base of Hamas’s military wing in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip was one of several, the Israeli military said.It said aircraft “targeted four facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organisation” a day after three rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave into southern Israel.One rocket hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, although public radio said it did not explode and did not cause any casualties.Israel had already responded on Friday to rocket fire with air strikes which the Gaza health ministry said wounded 14 people, including women and children.In an Arabic-language Facebook post Saturday, a senior Israeli military officer warned the people of Gaza.“Continued fire will result in a harsh and painful response from the Israel Defence Forces, so do not test our strength,” wrote Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of the defence ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories.The Hamas health ministry in Gaza said the two men killed on Saturday were in the movement’s armed wing, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.US isolatedTrump’s decision drew lavish praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but sparked a global diplomatic backlash.Five European countries on the Security Council insisted the new US policy was inconsistent with past resolutions, including one declaring east Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.The UN meeting was largely symbolic as no vote on a resolution was planned because the US wields veto power.Trump said his defiant move-making good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge-marked the start of a “new approach” to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The decision is likely to impact domestic Palestinian politics, particularly between Abbas’s Fatah and the Islamist Hamas, now at a key stage in a fragile reconciliation process after a decade of bitter enmity.Abbas “will soon take a harder line toward the peace process and a softer line toward Hamas than he otherwise would have,” wrote Ghaith al-Omari of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.Hamas, which violently seized Gaza from Fatah in 2017, is due to formally hand back power on Sunday.Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said Saturday the group “reiterated its commitment to all that has been signed and agreed upon and the completion of the handover”.last_img read more

PS Vita specs list arrives makes hardware fanboys happy

first_imgSony has announced the hardware specs for the PS Vita, the upcoming successor to the company’s handheld PSP, and the details (see below) have confirmed most fans’ hopes instead of their fears.The heart of the system is an ARM-developed Cortex A9 chip with four cores and a PowerVR SGX GPU. The screen, as was seen at E3, is a 5-inch OLED capacitive touch-screen capable of multi-touch and a resolution of 960 x 544.The system will include 512MB of RAM and an additional 128MB of discrete VRAM. There will be front and rear cameras capable of 60fps at VGA resolution (640 x 480).On the wireless side, the system ships with 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (which supports headsets and Bluetooth stereo), and an optional 3G radio, which will be sold as part of a separate model. There will also be ports for game cards, memory cards, SIM cards (on the 3G-equipped models), and a “multi-use” port supporting DC power input, USB, audio input and serial data.The hardware will allow for some compelling features that will be available to all PS Vita users. Four of them were described at the Develop Conference back in late July. Phil Rogers, Sony Europe’s manager of R&D, explained at the conference (which was attended by Eurogamer) that the Near system will work just like the Nintendo 3DS Streetpass, allowing users to anonymously exchange content even while systems are sleeping.The Party mode is analogous to the same feature in Xbox Live and allows for users to maintain voice chat across games. LiveArea is a dynamic content box on the home menus that allow developers to send advertising material to players, such as announcements for new DLC. Lastly, the Activity feed shows friends’ recent achievements and Trophies, allowing players to leave feedback “similar to Facebook-style.”What’s more, the system will ship with four social media apps integrated: Facebook, foursquare, Skype and Twitter.via Sony’s official PlayStation BlogBlake’s OpinionIt’s little surprise that the Vita’s final specs are making the hardware nerds happy. Sony proved with the PS3 and PSP that it can make hardware that ages elegantly. When the Vita was unveiled at E3, the graphical capabilities and network connectivity wowed the audience. The competitive price point, $250, put gamers over the top.In the meantime, the investment community believes the fat lady has sung on the Nintendo 3DS and, by association, the Vita. While $250 is a steep price to pay for a separate gaming device, especially compared to a subsidized $200 iPhone that also plays games, Sony may have made a device that can outlive several generations of iOS devices.Full specs list for the PS Vita:CPU – ARM Cortex A9 core (4 core)GPU – SGX543MP4+Screen – 5 inches, 960 x 544 (16:9), Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen, capacitiveMemory – 512MBVRAM – 512MBCameras – Front 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)Rear –  Up to 640×480(VGA)Communications:3G (On 3G model only)802.11b/g/nBluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)Ports – Vita slot, memory card, SIM (3G model only), multi-use port, audio, serial data, headset jack, accessory portDimensions – 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm WHDSupported formats –Music – MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)Videos – MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)Photos – JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNGlast_img read more

An IndoRussian double portrait

first_imgDuring a panel discussion, in answer to the question whether or not one could make a collaborative film among the BRICS nations, Galina proposed a story idea on ‘Mahatma’ Haffkine – the doctor who invented the vaccine for cholera and the plague that helped a lot of Indians. He gained the respect of many and was given the title of ‘Mahatma’. Anton Chekov called him the ‘most unknown person in the world’ as he never gained worldwide popularity.What inspired you to be a film director? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGalina: Look around and you’ll find many scenes suitable for filming. It is interesting to tell stories to people. My love and urge to be a storyteller, to some extent, drove me towards films. Some influences have been derived from theatre also, as I was basically a theatregoer, not a cinema goer.How did you bring in Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi in your movie?If you ask anybody in the streets of Moscow about Leo Tolstoy they’ll all say that Tolstoy was a great Russian writer, and if you ask them who Gandhi was, they’d say that he was a great Indian ‘writer’. But if you had asked this question 20 years ago, everybody would say he was a great Indian philosopher. Time shows the change in generation and their knowledge. The new generation is not much aware of Gandhi. But there is a monument, and a street named after him in Moscow which shows that Gandhi as an Indian philosopher and political person is very famous in our country.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe last year of Tolstoy’s life brought about some exchange of mails between him and Mahatma Gandhi where they discussed the ideas of non-violence. The movie is based on these mails. These mails are now preserved in Tolstoy Estate, in Yasnaya Polyana.An Indian Ambassador in Russia often used to visit that place. Once, we met at Yasnaya Polyana and he reminded me of the interesting story of the mails shared between the two great men. There is abundant literary material available on this topic. Many scientists and historians have been interested in this theme as well. He asked me if I was going to make a film on this topic, and I said ‘yes’ as that was a very interesting subject to express through cinema and so I made Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi: a Double Portrait in the Interior of the Age. The Indian Embassy and Russian museums have helped us. The museums provided us with the archive footages which had never been seen by anybody before. Please tell us about the making of the film.Tolstoy had actually helped me. He had described some very unusual stories and events in the mails to Mahatma Gandhi. The film is based on the documentary material but according to the laws of the filming it would be a fiction film. The dramatism and conflict in the film have been achieved though only one voice running throughout the film rather actors enacting, yet the dramatism is very strong. This is the secret of my film making. I am an awarded director in Russia as I know how to grab the audience’s attention (laughs). I have tried to portray the thoughts of these great minds.Among all the movies you have made till date, which is your favourite?Cinema and theatre are my fields of work. But to answer your question, all I could say is that my ‘last film’ is my favourite since it is still fresh in the memory.During a discussion revolving a film on Zimbabwe, I got reminded of the conflicts in both, Zimbabwe and Russia. In 1917, Russia, due to the post world war situation, saw a divide between the rich and the poor and in Zimbabwe, it was the white and black people against each other. Today it is Russian and Ukrainians against each other. Therefore, Leo and Gandhi are the thinkers who gave some answers to questions like how one could survive in this cruel world.Did you get inspiration of filmmaking from your mother?Anna: We have worked together in several films, I have been helping her with many films in the studio until I made my first film, which was also based on archive material and is called The Hall. It is based on a building in Moscow which had witnessed many crucial events in the country’s history. The whole story is told from the point of view of the building.last_img read more

State extends tenure of VI Pay panel for 6th time

first_imgKolkata: The state government has extended the tenure of the Sixth Pay Commission till December 31, 2019. This is for the sixth time that the commission’s tenure has been extended. The state Finance department issued a notification in this regard on Monday undersigned by Additional Chief Secretary Finance H.K. Dwivedi.The state government had set up the Sixth Pay Commission on November 28, 2015 headed by professor of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Abhirup Sarkar. Its initial term was for six months but the state government kept on extending its tenure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe last extension was ordered on November 27 2018. According to sources in the Finance department, an additional Rs 30,000 crore will be needed to implement a new pay structure. The demand for a revised pay structure has been gaining momentum since the Centre implemented the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for its staff in January 2016. The resentment among state government employees for the delay in implementing the VII pay commission reflected in the postal ballot results where the BJP won in 39 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. The Opposition led employees’ unions have strongly protested against Monday’s extension. CPI-M backed State Coordination Committee condemned the state government’s decision to extend the Commission’s tenure for another seven months. Bijoy Shankar Singha, general secretary of State Coordination Committee said: “A protest against the move will be organised across all government offices during tiffin break on Tuesday.”last_img read more

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first_imgAugust, 26, 2009 – The Department of Health in the United Kingdom adopted a revolutionary approach to radiotherapy training using Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training, or VERT, a tool to draw on virtual reality (VR) technology developed by Vertual Ltd.Now used at 10 universities and dozens of cancer centers all over England, Birmingham City University was a development partner on VERT and one of the first to have the system installed. VERT allows students to train and experiment in a risk-free, life-like environment, without using actual radiation therapy, even thoughstudents still spend 50 percent of their time shadowing real radiotherapy procedures, workload and capacity pressures in the clinical environment often limit their learning opportunities. According to Birmingham City University, the VR theater is more useful than originally thought, providing a stereoscopic 3D experience.Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training, or VERT, is award winning,specialist software designed to offer training for radiotherapy students,nurses and existing staff. It was developed by Prof. Roger Phillips andJames Ward from the University of Hull and Prof. Andy Beavis of the Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Now VERT is being developed and supplied by a spin out company, Vertual Limited. However, for the software to give the level of realism it was designed to provide, it needs a VR stereoscopic 3D visualisation system. Virtalis, Europe’s leading VR company, is Vertual’s supplier of the visualization equipment for VERT. Virtalis installed and provided training for its StereoWorks ActiveWall tracked system at Birmingham City University.The VERT system can even do things that real life radiotherapy machines can’t. For example, it can visualize how beams of radiation travel within the body and how this affects the distribution of the dose. Our course has now altered to take advantage of VERT, so that we do one week of lectures followed by a week applying what the students have learnt in our VR theatre. Students on clinical placements also attend dedicated simulation weeks here at the University. In fact, students can effectively walk inside their virtual patient.For more information: www.virtalis.com and www.vertual.co.uk FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Birmingham City University uses VERT to train students in radiotherapy. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationscenter_img News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Technology | August 26, 2009 3D Simulates Radiation Therapy at Birmingham City University News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | December 29, 2009 “Manufacturer of the Year” Award Presented to Radiation Therapy Company News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content December 29, 2009 – The award for World Class Manufacturer of the Year 2009 recognizes the quality work produced each year by a manufacturing staff.This year, The Manufacturer magazine honored a manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders, Elekta Inc. The company sought to improve manufacturing by developing an environment in which employees felt empowered to bring new ideas to the table and try new ways of doing things to help improve the manufacturing process.After implementing Lean processes for manufacturing and product development in 2007, Elekta’s U.K. office focused on increasing efficiency, decreasing waste and adopting a culture of continuous improvement. Since then, it has achieved productivity gains and reduced quality concerns. The company improved its delivery and lead times and quality efficiencies as well.”Showing key performance indicators (KPI) to staff through the whole company at Elekta U.K. was really working,” said Will Stirling, editor, The Manufacturer. “The charts around the factory showing productivity and lost days showed big efficiency gains, which the staff wanted to improve further. I met 15 people in one visit, from the factory floor to board level. It was clear they all understood the KPIs and the corporate targets so there was a unity of purpose. There was full buy-in to the Lean program at board level, and a healthy order book is further evidence that the Crawley site is getting plenty of things right. Elekta U.K. fully deserves this award.”Professor Peter Hines, chairman and professor of supply chain management at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, Cardiff University, Wales, U.K., said, “I think the greatest strength was the culture of change, enthusiasm and improvement, and Elekta is taking that out into the wider business, not just the shop floor.”For further information: www. elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

If youre wondering why Ray Horton is considered a

first_imgIf you’re wondering why Ray Horton is considered a hot coaching commodity while he’s working for a team that is a disappointing 5-9 through 14 games, the answer is simple.His defense is hell on opposing quarterbacks.ESPN.com’s Mike Sando and ESPN Stats & Information crunched the numbers and the results are startling.Of the 12 starting quarterbacks the Cardinals have faced this season, nine of the them have performed substantially lower than their season standard based on ESPN’s Total QBR statistic. Only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, San Francisco’s Alex Smith and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill have performed better against Arizona than their respective season marks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The 12 primary quarterbacks Arizona has faced to this point in the season have combined to complete 54.5 percent of their passes with 16 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and a 33.3 Total QBR score against the Cardinals. Those same quarterbacks have completed 62.8 percent of their passes with 212 touchdowns, 112 picks and a 61.2 QBR score against everyone else. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on what Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler can do against a recharged Cardinals defense Sunday. In case you’re wondering, Cutler’s Total QBR for the year is 49.5 with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more