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Weeklong Van Mahotsav celebrations kick off

first_imgKolkata: The week-long celebration of Van Mahotsav was kicked off on Sunday, with the state level programme being held at Jharkhali in Sunderbans.State Forest minister Bratya Basu, along with senior officials of the department attended the event that witnessed the presence of a good number of school students in the area, among whom saplings were distributed. The state Forest department has handed over 1,000 saplings to each of the 294 MLAs across the state, for distribution and plantation in their respective areas. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanners and hoardings have been set up in the city and at strategic locations in the districts, to create awareness against destruction of greenery and encourage plantation. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has time and again reiterated the need for conservation of greenery, tweeted: “Go Green, Save Green, Let Consciousness emerge from green.” It has been learnt that Basu has urged the Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) across the districts to take a more proactive role in conservation of forest and wildlife. He handed over Rupasi Bangla Awards to the three best JFMCs. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLocal party MP Pratima Mondal, who attended the programme, urged the Gram Panchayat to encourage schools in their respective jurisdictions to take steps for saving greenery and assured of funds from her MPLAD. Basu also handed over saplings as token under the Sabujshree project, to five mothers who came with their newborn children. The Sabujshree scheme launched in 2016 is a brainchild of the Chief Minister, in which saplings are given to the family of a newborn girl child during their release from the hospitals. It may be mentioned that the state Forest department has already started digitisation of the forest boundaries across the state. “The land records are being tallied for preparation of the boundary. The effort is aimed at preventing depletion of forest land,” a senior official of the Forest department said. He added that the digitisation work in the South Bengal forests will be more challenging, with the nature of forest cover being entirely different from that of North Bengal. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has also distributed saplings as per demand of the respective councilors, for massive plantation in the city to mark Van Mahotsav. A total of 1,000 saplings have been given out, among which councillors of ward 124, 129 and 65 have taken 100 each. A programme to commemorate the occasion will be held at Mohor Kunja in presence of Mayor Firhad Hakim on Monday.last_img read more

Vigorous chemistry

first_imgIt is heartening to see that while India is vigorously addressing issues in the aftermath of the revocation of Article 370 and Bangladesh battling to overcome the prevailing Dengue menace and Rohingya crisis, both neighbours are engaging each other in a meaningful manner. This is evident from the Bangladesh Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan’s recent visit to India discussing a wide range of vital issues of bilateral concerns with his Indian counterpart, Amit Shah. The meeting was on the occasion of the 7th Home Ministers level conference held in New Delhi on August 7. Also Read – A special kind of bondHighlights of the issues discussed were on working out measures to counter spiralling cases of terrorism, narcotics trade, smuggling, human trafficking, sharing of hard time intelligence, steps to stem the flow of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) and other related matters. Both, Indian and Bangladesh sides comprising senior Home Ministry officials had meaningful deliberations. The Bangladesh delegation brought to the notice of the Indian Home Ministry officials of the cases of alleged killings of unarmed and innocent Bangladeshis by the BSF. This has always been a sore point with Bangladesh. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnion Home Minister, Amit Shah in his maiden outreach talking to a visiting foreign dignitary, called upon his Bangladesh counterpart, Asaduzzaman Khan to stop illegal migration from Bangladesh through the porous borders as this was imperative as the NRC is likely to be finalised shortly. Both sides agreed to secure the borders to prevent illegal migration and movements of terrorists/smugglers. Also, India and Bangladesh decided to address all the outstanding issues pending between them. Amit Shah assured Asaduzzaman Khan that India would stand by Bangladesh in helping the early return of Rohingya refugees, now sheltered in Bangladesh. The Indian Home Minister also reminded his guest that India has been rendering humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh for the Rohingyas ever since they came to Bangladesh soil in 2017. Further, the Indian Home Minister called for an intensified people-to-people contact in areas of travel, tourism, health, etc. Importantly, Amit Shah thanked the Bangladesh Home Minister for keeping Bangladesh free from extremists and insurgents belonging to India. Equally, he reaffirmed India’s support to Prime Minister Hasina in all her developmental programmes. On the whole, Amit Shah handled the visit and discussions with deftness and finesse, given the fact that this was his first exposure of such an assignment. He went on to tweet which says, “I had extensive discussion on the bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh”. Coincidentally, a day earlier, another Bangladesh dignitary, the visiting Bangladesh Minister for Railways, Nurul Islam Sujon, held talks with Indian Railways Minister, Piyush Goyal at Rail Bhavan on August 6. Both decided to enhance the frequency of Kolkata-Khulna-Kolkata Bandhan express due to growing demands of frequent rail connectivity. Similarly, both the sides touched upon prospects of activating train service from Chittagong accessing Indian North-Eastern states as they have the promise of an increase in volumes of trade. There is also a likelihood of taking major initiatives in the not so distant future. Meanwhile, active preparations are already afoot for the Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar’s upcoming visit to Dhaka in the third week of this month. While the specific agenda for the EAM’s visit is being finalised, it is likely to further boost the existing warm relations between the two countries. The EAM will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discuss crucial issues not only of bilateral concern but on regional security as well. EAM is known to be focussing on ‘neighbourhood first’ policy as seen from his earlier visits to Nepal and Bhutan. More importantly, however, the EAM will discuss the modalities of Prime Minister Hasina’s forthcoming India visit scheduled in October this year. That will also set the tone of Bangladesh PM’s visit as it is likely to assume huge significance due to the fast-changing international scenario. With India’s most recent bold move in abrogating Article 370 and bifurcating J&K and Ladakh into two Union Territories, Hasina’s emerging India visit is seen important especially in the aftermath of Pakistan and Chinese reactions. In the past, Prime Minister Modi has publicly eulogised Hasina for her leadership qualities and under them, both the countries have cemented their ties taking them at an all-time high. A new streak of better understanding and chemistry seem to be working in Indo-Bangladesh relations. Today, the ties are also laced with maturity and mutual respect. And this precious acquisition needs to be preserved for posterity. Both countries need each other not only for sharing a common culture, rich heritage and similar history, but also to reinforce the dynamics of mutual strategic requirements as both are afflicted with threats of terror. In light of this, the frequent visits and talks at the ministers’ level and the EAM visit are sufficient signals that both the countries accord importance to each other, sharing mutual concerns. On part of India, Bangladesh remains a staunch ally having proven its friendship time and again by refusing to entertain anti-India hostile forces on its soil. Also, by often reaffirming friendship by recalling Indian military’s sacrifices and standing by the side of Bangladeshi freedom fighters in the liberation war of 1971. Both neighbours also have immense respect for each other’s sovereignty without interfering into their internal matters. Hasina’s high profile China visit last month did not cause many ripples in India perhaps due to their growing understanding of each other. Hasina’s October visit to India must be seized by the latter for more focussed bilateral ties. Jointly, both countries can lead this South Asian region for lasting peace, free of terror. Hasina, with her vision, already outlined specifically up to 2021, for lifting her country into a new horizon, coincides with Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s centenary celebrations falling in 2022. That said, Hasina needs to ensure her personal security with a ‘zero error’ margin due to her surging popularity possibly incurring the wrath of many inimical quarters meriting their timely neutralisation. It is hoped that EAM’s forthcoming visit will get this critical point duly highlighted in the Bangladesh camp. (The author is a retired IPS officer and a security analyst who remained posted in Bangladesh. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:No mortgage for youAs of Jan. 1, shopping for a mortgage will become more difficult thanks to new rules from Canada’s federal financial regulator. Put in place to help cool real estate markets in Vancouver and Toronto, potential borrowers will have to undergo a “stress test” to prove that they can withstand interest rates substantially higher than their contract rate. A Bank of Canada analysis suggests roughly 10 per cent of Canadians who secured an uninsured mortgage between mid-2016 and mid-2017 would not have qualified under the new standards.Small business tax changesThe policy proposal that has likely caused Finance Minister Bill Morneau to question his entry into politics is about to go into effect. Effective Jan. 1, the 10.5 per cent federal small business tax rate will be reduced to 10 per cent. More controversially, Morneau is also moving forward on restricting “income sprinkling” by private corporations, a proposal that raised the ire of small business owners, doctors, lawyers and farmers — ultimately prompting Morneau to amend the proposal.What’s next for Bitcoin?Speculation on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency took a volatile turn recently when regulators in South Korea announced more measures to curb bitcoin trading, including a potential shutdown of exchanges. South Korea has become the third-largest market for Bitcoin and other digital currencies, prompting the government to warn that it “can’t leave the abnormal situation of speculation any longer.”When Bay St. goes to potCanada’s nascent cannabis industry experienced a volatile 2017, but the trend shifted decidedly upward for most pot stocks as the year came to a close. With names such as Canopy Growth Corp. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. establishing themselves as billion-dollar “unicorns” without the help of institutional investors, it can’t be long before Bay Street decides to get in on the action and push valuations even higher.A record year for auto sales?We’ll find out next week whether or not 2017 was a record year for Canadian auto sales. As of Dec. 1, light vehicle sales for the year-to-date totalled 1.91 million in November compared with 1.82 million in the first 11 months of 2016. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants believes Canada is on track to top two million vehicles sold for the full year for the first time.last_img read more

Ready to return if Supreme Court assures I will not be arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: Islamic preacher Zaik Naik has said he is ready to return to India if the Supreme Court gives an assurance that he would not be arrested till his conviction.Naik is living in Malaysia after fleeing from India in 2016. He has been given permanent resident status by the Malaysian government. In an interview to ‘The Week’ magazine, the preacher said he has faith in the judicial system, but it was better before than it is now, he added. “Before the BJP government came, you could speak against the government, and at least 80 per cent of the times you would get justice. Today, the chances are 10-20 per cent. “Moreover, if we see the history, more than 90 per cent Muslims who faced terror charges have been let free after 10-15 years. So if I look at an average, I will be behind bars for about 10 years, and my entire mission would get disrupted. Why should I be a fool,” he said. The preacher said the NIA can question him in Malaysia, if they want. When asked whether he will return to India if he has an assurance of justice, Naik said,”If there is an assurance from the Supreme Court of India, that if Dr Zakir Naik comes, they will not arrest me till I am convicted, I will come.” The preacher was booked by the NIA after his name cropped up during the probe of a terror attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery (cafe) in Dhaka’s posh diplomatic area, claimed by the IS terror group.last_img read more

Moroccan National Stabbed to Death in Fight in Bosnia

Rabat – A Moroccan national was stabbed to death with a knife during a fight between migrants in northwestern Bosnia.Police in Bosnia reported that the 24-year old Moroccan man was killed when violence between migrants broke out in Velika Kladusa, a town located in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday.Police spokeswoman Sneza Galik told N1 television that the Moroccan national died due to the stab wound. Before his death, the man was transferred to the local hospital of Velika Kladusa on Friday at 11:00 p.m.The police spokeswoman did not give details about the perpetrators of the attack.Police opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident.Official figures cited by Al-Shark Al notes that Velika Kladusa is home to nearly 350 migrants. The same source added that Bosnia experiences a high influx of migrants, who cross Bosnia to reach Western Europe. Since the start of 2018, more than 5,500 undocumented migrants entered the country. read more

First global guidelines for certification of fish production finalized – UN

More than 50 countries attended the Phuket, Thailand, meeting of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the Committee on Fisheries, part of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Sub-Committee is the only global intergovernmental forum discussing aquaculture development.The non-binding guidelines – finalized after four years of debate among governments, producers, processors and traders – are the first to subject animal health, food safety, the environment and socio-economic issues relating to aquaculture workers to compliance or certification.They will go before the Committee on Fisheries for approval when the body meets next January in Rome.If the guidelines are followed in full by countries, consumers at the fish counter will know whether the shrimp they are considering purchasing were raised without damaging a coastal mangrove swamp, whether the fish farm worker was paid a fair wage and whether the shrimp are contamination-free.“These guidelines have been developed to bring some harmony to what is the fastest-growing food sector in the world,” said FAO aquaculture expert Rohana Subasinghe.“Certification of aquaculture products has proliferated over the years claiming all kinds of things,” he continued. “There was no criteria, no benchmarks or agreed principles. Aquaculture products are global-traded and it is important that we ensure responsible production and consumer satisfaction.”Among the world’s fish farmers, 80 per cent are small-scale, often with a backyard pond for fish or a shrimp pond along the coast.One thorny issue that had to be resolved was how a costly certification process could be engineered so that small-scale producers were not shut out of the market.The new guidelines call on governments to support fish producers develop and comply with aquaculture certification systems.“There are ways for small producers to operate within a modern certification system,” said Mr. Subasinghe, who pointed to clusters of fish farmers in India and Thailand who share the costs of compliance. 1 October 2010Consumers will now benefit from standardized seafood labels, thanks to the first-ever global guidelines for aquaculture certification having been adopted at a United Nations-backed meeting, it was announced today. read more

Security Council urges leaders in Guinea to end poll differences peacefully

18 November 2010Members of the Security Council today deplored the violence that erupted in Guinea following the announcement of the results of the second round of presidential elections and urged political leaders in the West African country to refrain from actions likely to incite tensions. Guinea’s Independent Electoral Commission on Monday declared Alpha Condé the winner of the run-off poll, which was held on 7 November. The other candidate was Cellou Dalein Diallo.Council members were briefed in a closed-door meeting on the latest developments in Guinea by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit.Members “took note” of the provisional results and appealed to all parties to follow the existing legal procedure to “resolve their differences peacefully,” Philip John Parham, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, told reporters after the meeting. They also stressed the responsibility of Guinea’s security forces and government officials to maintain public order and to protect civilians, he added.In addition, they welcomed the determination of Guinea’s interim leader, General Sékouba Konaté, to pursue peaceful elections, and encouraged him to continue the process until it is concluded in an inclusive manner.The run-off poll followed the first round of the election in June. It was the final stage of the interim Government’s efforts to restore democracy after Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté. read more

Bombproof nuclear bunker goes up for sale in Scotland

first_imgBefore the world started going digital there wasn’t much use for old military bunkers buried under the ground. But as digital data stores have grown, and some of that data is critical to the operation of certain organizations, so has the need to store it securely. All of a sudden those abandoned bunkers were hot property.This week a new one has come up for sale, and we bet a few ISPs will be in a bidding war to secure it.The bunker is located south of Comrie in Scotland, about 50 miles from Edinburgh. It’s part of a site called the Cultybraggan Camp which was originally a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. The bunker itself wasn’t completed until 1990 and was built as a response to the Cold War threat.The bunker has room for 150 staff as well as sleeping and eating quarters. Even better news for the new owner is the bunker has never been used, but is fully functional with water, power, a BBC studio, and a telephone exchange all available to take advantage of.The original build cost was $47 million, but a quick sale is clearly wanted as the asking price today is only $637,000. Over the past 3 years regeneration work has been done to update the drainage, sewage, electricity, telecoms, and water there at a cost of $700,000 making this an even bigger bargain for the lucky new owner.There’s a number of images available of the site at the Scottish Places information website.Read more at Country Life, via ThinqMatthew’s OpinionAs the site has had so much work done on it I doubt it will go for just $600,000. There’s going to be a few companies interested in getting their hands on it, so a bidding war is sure to happen.Ultimately I think an ISP or one of the big tech companies like Google or Microsoft may jump in the sale and outbid everyone. These locations don’t come up on the market very often, and with regeneration work just finished a company could just move right in and start using the facility. The advertising potential alone (“we’ll store your data in a bomb-proof nuclear bunker”) is worth the cost of ownership to the right security company I bet.last_img read more

3 clubs set to target Ronaldo

first_imgThree clubs are set to face off with each other in a bid to win the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo after he dropped a hint over his future after Real Madrid’s latest Champions League title, reports Don BalonThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner reflected on his time at Madrid in past tense after their 3-1 win against Liverpool in the Champions League final, by saying: “It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid.”Since then, Ronaldo has revealed that his future will be announced in the “next few days”.The Spanish media have reported that the 33-year-old has three attractive offers on the table, which are from:Manchester UnitedThe Red Devils are keen to reunite with their former star at Old Trafford and have spent a lot of time pursuing a dream reunion.Despite Jose Mourinho having earlier stated that any such deal for Ronaldo would be impossible, the board are now hopeful that they are close to reaching a deal and will now continue with their efforts with fresh motivation.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Paris Saint-GermainThe Ligue 1 champions are a real possibility with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi expected to be willing to trade Neymar for the Portuguese forward.Despite having only arrived last summer for a world record €222m, Neymar has been strongly linked with a move to Real over the course of this season with Florentino Pérez very keen on seeing the Brazilian in the famous white shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu.Major League Soccer (MLS)While unlikely at this stage of his career, Ronaldo is believed to have an offer from an unnamed club in America.He has always acknowledged that he would like to finish his career in the MLS and will undoubtedly attract a lot of lucrative offers from clubs.However, due to his outstanding form, any move to the MLS appears to be very unlikely right now.last_img read more

Loan defaults in tractor construction equipment space remain high India Ratings

first_imgLoan defaults in tractor and construction equipment space remained high as the industrial recovery continued to be patchy and impact of a good monsoon was yet to kick in.Rating agency India Ratings and Research in a report, however, noted that bad loans in commercial vehicle space continued to fall. “Commercial vehicle (CV) delinquencies continued to fall while the stress in the construction equipment industry and tractor loans remained elevated,” the rating agency said.In the construction equipment category, the report highlighted that with a decline in mining index (a benchmark for gauging growth in the mining sector) to 0.56 percent in August this year from 1.36 percent a year earlier, delinquencies remained high.”Improvement observed in the core infrastructure index has not been consistent enough to support the recovery,” the report said.On tractor loans of 2014 and 2015, it said default rates were high but added transactions would not be affected. Similarly, loans disbursed by microfinance institutions (MFIs) to borrowers from April-June period of this year faced increasing default risks.”Ind-Ra observes a continual rise in the portfolio at risk (PAR) for loans from microfinance institutions since the first quarter of FY17 for its rated MFI securitizations,” the report added.Meantime, commercial vehicle space continues to see a good recovery of loans. “Commercial vehicle (CV) delinquencies continued to fall. A continuous performance improvement was seen across all commercial vehicle (CV) asset-backed portfolio,” it said.Commercial vehicle sales have picked up in recent months with a rise in economic activity. Light commercial vehicle (LCVs) sales rose 11.69 percent to 195,767 during April-September period of this year against a year earlier.last_img read more

Binelas Garners Freshman AllAmerica Laurels

first_imgThe Cardinals are back on the diamond on Friday for game one of the best-of-three Super Regional against East Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for noon ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville third baseman Alex Binelas was named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday. After starting his collegiate career just 2-for-19, Binelas first broke through with a 2-for-4 showing against Ole Miss on March 13, launching his first career homer and driving in four. The freshman was still hitting just .194 on March 24 however, before going on a month-long tear. The Oak Creek, Wisconsin, native has been a driving force in the middle of the Louisville lineup, hitting .308 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. His 14 home runs lead the Cardinals and he is the first UofL freshman to reach double digits in home runs since Chris Dominguez did so as a redshirt freshman in 2007. Binelas had another shining moment in Monday’s NCAA Regional final, singling with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning in a tie game to send the Cardinals into this week’s Super Regional. He finished with six hits in the regional round and was named to the All-Louisville Regional team.center_img From March 26-April 30, Binelas hit .453 (34-for-75) with 10 doubles, four triples and six home runs, while driving in 28 and scoring 32 times in just 20 games. The stretch saw his average peak at .369 and helped him earn a pair of ACC Player of the Week honors, as well as Perfect Game National Player of the Week recognition for April 22-28. Story Links Binelas is the 17th player in program history to pick up freshman All-America honors and the 14th under head coach Dan McDonnell.last_img read more

Cards Host Morehead State in Home Opener Sunday Night

first_imgOn the offensive end, junior midfielder Katie Quinn and sophomore defender Nicole Palmer are the only returning goal scorers. Quinn finished with two on eight shot attempts while Palmer knocked in one on 17 shots. Overall, Quinn and senior defender Morgan Treser top the team’s career-goal count with three.  Defensively, Nicole Palmer will anchor the Eagles along with freshmen goalkeepers Kayla Landman and Grace Gaffney. 2019 SOCCER SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOWSeason tickets for the 2019 University of Louisville soccer season are on sale now. Reserved chairback tickets are priced at $106 for adults, $85 for faculty/staff, and $85 per ticket for families of four or more. General admission/berm seating is priced at $53 for adults and families of four or more $40 per ticket. Season tickets packages include all UofL men’s and women’s soccer regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, visit, call 502-GO-CARDS, or email Print Friendly Version Live Stats Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville women’s soccer team will host Morehead State in the home opener on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Lynn Stadium.  The Cardinals opened the 2019 season with a 2-1 win over Ohio State on Thursday night. The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 early in the first half.  Senior Brooklynn Rivers scored the equalizer in the 29th minute of the first half.  In the second half, sophomore Maisie Whitsett scored the game-winner in the 85th minute to help the Cards move to 1-0 to start the season.     The Cardinals return 10 starters and 20 letterwinners from last season.  All five leading scorers return for the Cards – Brooklynn Rivers, Maisie Whitsett, Emina Ekic, Allison Whitfield, and Delaney Snyder. center_img Louisville also returns starting keeper Gabby Kouzelos and defenders Niamh Nelson, Arianna Ferraro, and Sarah Hernandez.  The Cardinal defense held opponents to 1.05 goals and 6.6 shots per game during the 2018 season.  Louisville finished the year with seven shutouts, including five ACC opponents.  Kouzelos registered 38 saves for the Cardinals and holds a goals against average of 1.06.SCOUTING Morehead STATEMorehead State is looking to build on a 2018 season that saw the program return to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 2016.  ACCNX Broadcast SERIES HISTORY Louisville leads the series 12-1 against the Eagles.  The Cardinals own a 7-0 home record against MSU, including the last meeting on Oct. 1, 2015 with a 1-0 win.  For the latest on Louisville women’s soccer, visit, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @ULWomensSoccer, Facebook /ULwomenssoccer and Instagram @ULWomensSoccer.last_img read more

Facebook ProSiebenSat1 Sign First Content Pact for Watch Platform in Europe

first_img“Our cooperation with Facebook is unique in Europe and the starting point for further collaborative opportunities,” said Eun-Kyung Park, chief digital officer, entertainment, ProSiebenSat.1.Jens-Uwe Bornemann, Facebook’s director of media partnerships for Central and Eastern Europe, added: “We look forward to working even more closely with ProSiebenSat.1 and to introducing some of the best-known German TV successes, which people are already sharing with friends and other fans on our platform daily, to Facebook Watch with all the new interactive possibilities.” Facebook and ProSiebenSat.1 have inked a content pact that will see the German broadcast and media giant place short episodes and clips of its content on the tech company’s Watch platform. The German version of Fox hit “The Masked Singer” will be one of the first properties covered by the deal. It gets its free-TV bow on ProSieben on June 27.Content from ProSiebenSat.1 shows, including “Germany’s Next Top Model – by Heidi Klum,” “Galileo,” and “Late Night Berlin” will also feature on the Watch video platform, which rolled out internationally last year. Facebook said Wednesday that there are 140 million daily users of Watch, who spend an average of 26 minutes a day on the platform.The ProSiebenSat.1 content on Facebook will be curated by its digital arm, Studio71, which is already working with Facebook Watch in the U.S. on shows including “Fetch Me A Date.” As well as clips from its big-ticket shows, there will be archive content and exclusive new clips, including behind-the-scenes footage and backstage talent interviews. Studio71 will post the content to Facebook and Instagram simultaneously. A Suite Reward: Experience the suite life at The Plaza, New York A Suite Reward: Experience the suite life at The Plaza and save 30% on your quintessential New York City vacation. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Fingertips found to respond differently to different surfaces

first_imgSmall junctions between the fingerprint ridges and a smooth surface that grow and interconnect with increasing contact time. Credit: Brygida Dzidek. © 2017 More information: Why pens have rubbery grips Brygida Dzidek, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706233114 , process by which human fingers gives rise to stable contacts with smooth, hard objects is surprisingly slow. Using high-resolution imaging, we found that, when pressed against glass, the actual contact made by finger pad ridges evolved over time following a first-order kinetics relationship. This evolution was the result of a two-stage coalescence process of microscopic junctions made between the keratin of the stratum corneum of the skin and the glass surface. This process was driven by the secretion of moisture from the sweat glands, since increased hydration in stratum corneum causes it to become softer. Saturation was typically reached within 20 s of loading the contact, regardless of the initial moisture state of the finger and of the normal force applied. Hence, the gross contact area, frequently used as a benchmark quantity in grip and perceptual studies, is a poor reflection of the actual contact mechanics that take place between human fingers and smooth, impermeable surfaces. In contrast, the formation of a steady-state contact area is almost instantaneous if the counter surface is soft relative to keratin in a dry state. It is for this reason that elastomers are commonly used to coat grip surfaces. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Fingertips found to respond differently to different surfaces (2017, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Using our hands or just our fingers comes mostly naturally to most people. We tend to focus more on what we are trying to achieve rather than how it comes about. This is because nature has provided us with equipment that has some degree of autonomy. Our fingertips, as the researchers found, react automatically when we touch something, which offers the most possible benefit.To learn more about how our fingertips work, the researchers asked two volunteers to touch and press different objects while the researchers filmed the action with a high-speed camera. They discovered that our fingertips secrete a very small amount of sweat when we touch something hard and smooth, like a pane of glass. The skin on the fingertips, they found, is rather hard in its natural state, but when we touch something, like a touch screen, the nerves in the fingers sense that hardness and sweat is produced. That sweat is then absorbed into the skin, softening it. This allows the hills of our fingerprints to yield to pressure, flattening a little, allowing more surface area contact. The whole process helps to handle hard surfaces in desirable ways—like holding onto a glass of water that would otherwise slip from our grasp. But, the team also found that it does not happen instantaneously—it took up to 20 seconds for the skin to soften, depending on factors such as the hardness of material and differences between people.In contrast, the researchers found that when a fingertip comes into contact with something like a rubber surface, the flexibility of that surface conformed to the fingertips, reaching down into the valleys of our prints, and thus no softening of the skin was needed. 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. (—A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham, Sorbonne Universités and Unilever Research & Development Port Sunlight, has found that human fingertips behave differently when touching something depending on the type of surface they touch. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they conducted with volunteers and high-speed cameras and what they found. New polymer can be used to map sweat droplets in fingertips for identification purposeslast_img read more

CMS ONC Announce New Medicaid Connectivity Initiative

first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more 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 Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more March 14, 2016 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC HIT) announced a new initiative to improve interoperability between Medicaid providers. The initiative, announced by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and ONC Karen DeSalvo, is designed to improve patient care by distributing information and best practices to provide a better experience of care for individuals in the health system. The program will include long-term care, behavioral health providers, substance abuse treatment centers and other providers that have been slower to adopt technology. This announcement will help to bridge an information sharing gap in Medicaid by permitting states to request the 90 percent enhanced matching funds from CMS to connect a broader variety of Medicaid providers to a health information exchange than those providers who are eligible for such connections today. This additional funding will enhance the sustainability of health information exchanges and lead to increased connectivity among Medicaid providers.   Doctors and other clinicians need access to the right information at the right time in a manner they can use to make decisions that impact their patient’s health. The free flow of information is hampered when not all doctors, facilities or other practice areas are able to make a complete circuit. Adding long-term care providers, behavioral health providers and substance abuse treatment providers, for example, to statewide health information exchange systems will enable seamless sharing of a patients’ health information between doctors or other clinicians when it’s needed. This sharing helps create a more complete care team to collaborate on the best treatment plans and goals for Medicaid patients.The benefits are tangible – from care coordination to medication reconciliation to public health reporting. Exchanging care information can support patients with multiple chronic conditions as they navigate specialists, hospitals, primary care, home healthcare and pharmacies. Medication reconciliation for children in the foster care system avoids duplicative or missed treatments. And, public health reporting sounds the warning bell on potential public health disasters and improves the use of preventive measures, such as immunizations. This investment should also speed the adoption of alternative payment models that focus on the quality rather than the quantity of care provided. As the Medicaid program moves towards paying for quality, technology infrastructure and information exchange is needed for better care coordination.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … 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. 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Protests erupt at memorial for slain Honduran activist

first_imgMore than 1,000 people gathered as Cáceres’ coffin was turned over to her family at a labor union headquarters, erupting into shouts of “Justice!”The latest protest came less than a day after demonstrators clashed with riot police in the capital Tegucigalpa following news that Cáceres had been shot dead in the early hours of Thursday at her home in the western town of La Esperanza.Cáceres, a 43-year-old mother of four, rose to prominence for leading the indigenous Lenca people in a struggle against a hydroelectric dam project that would flood large areas of native lands and cut off water supplies to hundreds.She persevered in her activism despite receiving numerous death threats, winning the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the world’s top award for grassroots environmental activism. TEGUCIGALPA — Mourners broke into protest Friday at a memorial service for slain Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, a renowned environmentalist whose family has labeled her killing an assassination. Incredibly sad news out of Honduras this morning. We should all honor the brave contributions of Cáceres:— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 3, 2016 Her killing has drawn international condemnation, including from the United Nations, the United States and many environmental activists.Even Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio joined in: “Incredibly sad news out ofHonduras,” he wrote on Twitter. “We should all honor the brave contributions of Cáceres.”The activist’s family has accused authorities of trying to mask her death as a random murder, insisting that she was assassinated because of her activism against environmental destruction by large mining and hydroelectric companies.The organization Cáceres co-founded, the Civic Council of Indigenous and People’s Organizations (COPINH), meanwhile said other members had received death threats from self-described hitmen allegedly hired by energy company DESA, whose hydroelectric project the group is fighting.“In the past six months Berta had been the target of constant, intensifying threats, shots fired on her car, and verbal and written threats from the army, the police, the mayor [in the project site] and DESA,” the organization added.Cáceres body was being transported Friday from the capital back to La Esperanza, where she was to be buried Saturday.Activist groups from seven different indigenous ethnicities said their members would march at the burial to demand justice.center_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres murdered, family says Four arrested over murder of Honduras activist Berta Cáceres Environmental leader killed in Honduras Another activist killed in Honduraslast_img read more

Ticket price hike expected ITB Report

first_imgAccording to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, a short to mid-term increase in airfares is to be expected worldwide. The report reveals that airlines will have to significantly adjust thier ticket prices in order to return to profits. Travellers will have to bear the cost of anticipated increases in taxes and charges by paying extra for airfares. The findings are based on the assessments of 60 tourism experts from 30 countries, on a special IPK International trend analysis undertaken in leading source markets, and on core data supplied by the World Travel Monitor®. Despite the GFC, the ITB World Travel Trends Report expects commercial aviation to grow dynamically over the next twenty years. The Chinese market is forecasted to grow by around 8.4 per cent per annum, followed by the Asian-Pacific region (6.9 per cent) and South America (estimated at 6.4 per cent). The European market is predicted to increase by 3.4 per cent, lagging significantly behind the expected global average growth rate of 4.9 per cent. Dr. Martin Buck, Vice President CompetenceCenter Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin: “The currently unanswered question facing the world’s airline industries is whether price-conscious consumers will continue to drive the downgrading trend we are seeing in bookings, or whether we will witness a return to the situation we had before the worldwide economic and financial crisis began. “It also remains to be seen whether companies will limit their business travel to a minimum and how video conferences and other new forms of communication technology will influence travel behaviour.” Dr. Buck said, “The over-capacity of the world’s airline industries has been reduced and older planes which consume large amounts of kerosene have been taken out of service. “In the short term a full recovery of demand is unlikely. Describing the situation he added that “flat is the new growth”.From 15 December 2009 the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2009/2010 can be downloaded free of charge from centre/publications. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 22 TEMPE, Ariz. — Andre Ellington is the Arizona Cardinals’ starting running back.The second-year pro out of Clemson emerged last season, gaining 652 yards and three touchdowns on just 118 carries while catching 39 passes for 371 yards and a score.While Rashard Mendenhall led the team in carries and rushing yards, by the end of the season there was really no debating who the team’s featured back was. And as the Cardinals continue with OTAs here in late May, there are no mind games being played, misinformation being spread or battles brewing. Ellington will be the starter in 2014, and not part of a committee with Stepfan Taylor, Jonathan Dwyer or any other running back on the roster. “It gives me a lot more responsibilities, that’s why I’m in my playbook constantly trying to learn and trying to pick up on things that I did wrong last year to try and get better as a player,” Ellington said of his status as the lead back.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has noticed a change in Ellington’s mindset now that he’s the guy.“He’s always had a lot of confidence, that’s what I like about him. He’s got that great smile and he can run real fast. That’s a good combination,” he said with a smile. “He’s got a little more swagger. He had success in the National Football League, and that gives you some. It’s better to earn it than to talk about it.”In today’s NFL, being the “number one back” means different things for different teams. For some, the title means no one else on the roster will get more than a handful of snaps per game. For others, like last season’s Cardinals, it is really more of a title than an indication of a player’s role with the team. The plan is for Ellington to be part of the first group, helping to elevate a rushing attack that has finished 23rd, 32nd, 24th, 32nd and 28th in rushing yards over the last five seasons. “I would love to get him 25 to 30 every game,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday when asked how many touches he’s envisioning for the former sixth-round pick.For some context, the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy led all running backs in 2013 with 366 touches, or just under 23 per game.Last season, the most times Ellington touched the ball in a single game was 17, which he did twice. Besides the time it took for the coaching staff to get comfortable enough with Ellington and, in turn, Ellington comfortable with facing NFL defenses, the team often talked about it being best to limit the 5-foot-9, 199-pound back’s touches in order to keep him fresh and healthy. But with little in the way of a proven option after him (Taylor and Dwyer have combined for 1,086 rushing yards and two touchdowns while the fourth running back spot is still up for grabs), it’s clear the team’s tune has changed a bit. Now it’s going to be all Ellington, all the time.“Of course,” Ellington said when asked if he thinks he will be able to handle the pounding that comes with the role he’s expected to have. “My goal is just to go out there and not take those big hits and just kind of get down when I’m supposed to. And not get hit at all, but it’s football, you’re going to get tackled, but I do my best to avoid those.”center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRelaxing massages, decadent caviar facials, high tea delights, sumptuous dinners and a chance to win a Bensimon diamond cluster pendant; Crown Melbourne offers an array of indulgent gifts for Mum this Mothers’ Day. With signature experiences and pampering options, Crown’s gift experts have put together their Top Mothers’ Day experiences, to ensure all mothers receive a little piece of luxury on Sunday 8 May.Crown Melbourne’s top Mothers’ Day gifts and experiences include:Mother’s Day dining at Crown restaurantsCrown restaurants are pulling out all stops to spoil Melbourne mums this Mothers’ Day with a tempting range of dining offers available for lunch and dinner.Renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu Melbourne will be offering a five-course set menu with a glass of Veuve Clicquot for $150 per person for lunch or dinner while Koko will treat mums to five courses perfectly matched with a glass of Moet & Chandon NV also for $150 per person for lunch or dinner.Silks will serve six courses of its award-winning Cantonese cuisine along with a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut NV while No. 8 will have the Moet on ice for a ‘free-flowing’ Mothers Day which includes a three-course menu with unlimited Moet for just $130 per person. No. 8 has also planned a four-course set menu (excluding beverages) for $85 per person.Mesh restaurant, a place for relaxed, family dining in beautifully designed surrounds, is cooking up a Mothers’ Day seafood buffet with free-flowing Fleur de Lys sparkling for $120 per adult and $50 per child along with its regular and hugely popular buffet menu for just $65 per person including a glass of Australian sparkling wine or a soft drink.High Tea in the Sky at Level 28Mums will be in high tea heaven with Level 28’s Mothers’ Day High Tea in the Sky; an afternoon tea with a heavenly selection of morsels including poached chicken, apple, walnut and prosciutto wraps and king prawns in kataifi, chermoula aioli and Zaatar to salted caramel choux bun and mini lemon meringue tarts.High Tea in the Sky at Level 28 is available from 2pm – 4.30pm on Mothers Day and costs $75 per person including bottomless tea and coffee, $85 per person including a glass of Moet & Chandon or $150 per person including free-flowing Moet & Chandon.Give the gift of pampering with exclusive Mothers’ Day spa packagesISIKA Spa is offering the ultimate discount offer, perfect for a mother/daughter day out, to celebrate Mothers Day. From 2 – 31 May 2016, spa goers will pay just $120 per person when booking two 60-minute spa treatments together at ISIKA Spa. The ISIKA Spa ‘less for two’ offer is available from Monday to Thursday from 2 – 31 May 2016.Crown Spa is offering ‘A Luxurious Escape’ – the perfect gift of indulgence and relaxation which includes a La Prairie Caviar Lift Facial followed by a La Prairie Caviar Luxury body treatment for just $399 per person (normal cost $545). Available Monday to Thursday from 2 to 31 May 2016.Special Mothers’ Day offers from Crown GiftsCrown Gifts’ retail store, both online and located within Crown Metropol and opposite Café Baci, allow guests to bring Crown’s world class luxury home, with aromatic candles, exclusive pajamas and signature Crown Hotels bathrobes and slippers. As a special treat for Mothers Day, guests will receive a complimentary pastel cement candle valued at $40 when purchasing a $300 Crown Gift card (available from 15 April – 10 May 2016) or any purchase of a $400 Crown Gift card will receive a complimentary Crown Metropol robe valued at $120 (available from 2 – 31 May 2016).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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