Check on smoking at Swasthya Bhavan

first_imgKolkata: The State Health department has decided to take prompt action against those who will be found smoking on the Swasthya Bhavan premises.The department has also imposed some restrictions on the use of tobacco products. The norms will be implemented from August 15 and the offenders will have to pay a fine if they are caught smoking at any portion of Swasthya Bhavan building and also in the compound. There will be no smoking zone in any corner of the building. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe entire Swasthya Bhavan building has been declared as smoking-free zone. Those, who will be carrying cigarette or any other tobacco products, will have to deposit in the drop box while entering the building. Earlier, many employees and officials alike used to smoke inside the toilet and canteen. The state health department on August 13 issued a notification saying that use of tobacco products will be banned from the Independence Day. The Health department officials considered the harmful effects of smoking on people do not smoke. If anyone is found to smoking in any place inside the Swasthya Bhavan compound in Salt Lake, he will be fined. It was learnt that a glow sign board will be put at the main gate of the Swasthya Bhavan which reads ‘Tobacco free zone’.last_img read more

Genius Not crazy Trump allies line up to declare president mentally sound

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Allies of Donald Trump have lined up to defend his mental stability in the face of a tell-all-style book that says his entire entourage views the U.S. president as unwell, compares him to a child, and discusses whether he might be removed from office.One after another, they appeared on weekly political talk shows Sunday to endorse the president’s assessment of his own abilities, conveyed in a surreal front-page headline in The New York Times — “A ‘Stable Genius’: Trump Declares He’s Mentally Fit.’”What catapulted this conversation from the realm of Washington bar-room whispers to the top of the national news was the release of a new book, “Fire and Fury,” by Michael Wolff, that describes wall-to-wall concern within the White House about the president’s cranial capacity.Trump made clear Sunday that he was watching, and keeping tabs, on how his troops defended him on TV. The president praised one aide who engaged in a bitter back-and-forth on CNN and insisted the president is not only sane, but brilliant.Stephen Miller described travelling with Trump during the campaign and seeing Trump adapt to breaking news: “I saw a man who was a political genius,” Miller said. As for Wolff’s work, Miller sneered: “A garbage author of a garbage book.”The interview went off the rails when the CNN host tried interrupting Miller’s soliloquies with new questions, and finally kicked him off the air. Host Jake Tapper motioned toward the camera, saying it was clear Miller was simply sucking up to one viewer.That one viewer was pleased: Trump tweeted that Miller had destroyed Tapper.The political relevance of this conversation, aside from the benefits of mental competence from a U.S. president, was revealed in another interview with the book’s author. Wolff noted that an unfit president can be removed from office under the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.He said people in the White House talk about it constantly.Wolff said staff frequently comment on whether zany events do, or do not, warrant the 25th Amendment. The author said he had an open mind about Trump when he started conducting interviews inside the White House, but no more.He said the president’s faculties are a subject of universal scorn — not just among staff, but among family members: “This is alarming in every way … The 25th Amendment is a concept that is alive every day at the White House,” Wolff said.“This is a breakdown.”Trump allies pushed back:—On CBS’s “Face The Nation,” CIA director Mike Pompeo praised the president’s mental state. Pompeo said he briefs Trump every day on complex issues: “He engages in a way that shows his understanding of the complexity. He asks really hard questions.” Pompeo cited deliberations over Syria airstrikes as one example, among many. He said Trump asked three smart questions about Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons to help him make a decision.—On ABC’s, “This Week,” UN Ambassador Nikki Haley concurred: “I … speak with him multiple times a week… He didn’t become the president by accident… Was he unstable when he passed the tax reform? Was he unstable when we finally hit back at Syria and said, ‘No more chemical weapons?’”—The head of leading conservative group CPAC said it’s not true the president absent-mindedly repeats the same story and can’t grasp policy. Matt Schlapp also pointed out mistakes in the book — Wolff messed up job titles for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and aide John Kelly, and mixed up the names of a reporter and lobbyist. Schlapp told ABC: “Look, there might be some truth in (the book). But it’s riddled and surrounded by the fact that this is a journalist who doesn’t believe in calling anyone to correct sources.”—Senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham also defended the president. Graham used to be a virulent Trump critic. Asked to explain his recent about-face, Graham said it’s not a total reversal. He still supports Robert Mueller’s investigation, but believes there should be a second investigation to monitor the probe.But he acknowledged his shift from being a critic of Trump to being a golf partner and ally: “I’ve enjoyed his company. He beat me like a dog (in the presidential election),” Graham told NBC’s, “Meet The Press.” “I used every adjective on the planet. I lost, he won … I’ve enjoyed working with him…“I don’t think he’s crazy. I think he’s had a very successful 2017.”One conservative critic of Trump, writing in The New York Times, once suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, but now says it’s probably fantasy. The 25th Amendment requires overwhelming backing from the cabinet and Congress — and it won’t happen, probably not even if there’s a major crisis, Ross Douthat wrote in Sunday’s New York Times.A likelier scenario, he said, resembles the past examples of Richard Nixon cracking under the stress of Watergate; Woodrow Wilson after a debilitating stroike; and James Garfield slowly dying from an assassin’s bullet.In these cases, he wrote, allies run the government, and try limiting the damage.“Can the people who surround Donald Trump work around his incapacity successfully enough to keep his unfitness from producing a historic calamity?” Douthat wrote.“They have done so for a year, with some debacles (Puerto Rico) but also some genuine successes (the defeat of the Islamic State).”last_img read more

Six Moroccan Law Enforcement Officers in Court For Torturing Suspect to…

Rabat – Six members of the Royal Gendarmerie were put into custody following the death of a person during a total sanitation campaign in Oued Amlil in Taza, about 110 kilometers from Fez.The head of the Royal Gendarmerie in Oued Amlil, Taza, along with five other members under his command, allegedly caused the death of an arrested person.“The act was committed during a sanitation campaign on September 1, 2015,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement relayed by the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The same source said that the victim was tortured to death.“The deceased, who was brutally mistreated by gendarmes, died on the way to the hospital of Taza after hemorrhagic shock,” the source added.The same source added that the six members of Royal Gendarmerie will be brought before the court at a later date. read more

Grad students prominent in Brock research appearing on chemistry journal cover

A Brock University research team started off the year with a bang, snagging the cover illustration and featured article in the Journal of Organic Chemistry’s first issue of 2016.The victory is particularly sweet given the first two authors listed are graduate students and they designed the cover illustration.“Getting a feature article and a cover was so unexpected and remarkable,” says first author Lee Belding, who is in his fourth year of a PhD program in chemistry. “It just makes me feel really good about my work, that people appreciate it.”“This is monumental for me,” says Peter Stoyanov, who is in his second year of a Master’s of Science program and the second author listed on the paper. “It’s a gem in my CV. As a team, the paper promotes our lab group and the work that we’re doing.”Belding and Stoyanov worked under chemistry professor Travis Dudding to produce a new type of molecule that glows and also strengthens a property commonly used in chemical processes.Dubbed ‘Janus,’ the molecule builds on a class of molecules called the proton sponge, first discovered by UK researcher Roger Alder in 1968.Proton sponges typically only pick up a single proton, but the molecule developed by the Brock research team is so strong that it can pick up two protons at the same time. Dudding says this new molecule is “truly a superbase,” which is fundamental to physical organic chemistry and is valuable in organic synthesis.But the researchers made an even more interesting discovery: the new molecule is highly fluorescent.Belding says the team’s paper was groundbreaking in that what emerged from the research was never created before.“One of the molecular units that we’re focusing on is very fresh; it’s a hot topic. We’re doing very unique things with it,” he says.“Featured articles are selected by the editors for their quality, interest, and importance, and have also received especially strong positive comments/ratings from the reviewers,” says Katie Turner, coordinating editor with the Utah-based Journal of Organic Chemistry.“When I’m in need of cover art, I will do a search within our database for any featured articles that have recently been accepted for publication,” explains Turner. “From there, I will take a look at the reviews, and based off of their ratings, will determine whether they could be selected for cover art.”“It’s wonderful for Lee and Peter to earn the honour of being ‘research headliners’ in a prestigious journal within their field,” says Dean of Graduate studies Mike Plyley.“The journal’s editorial team employed an extensive review process to carefully select its cover stories, and in so doing, determined that their article deserved to be placed on the journal’s ‘prime real estate’ – the cover. The nature of the research — the concept through to lab execution and techniques used — is innovative, and the quality of writing is excellent.”Plyley calls the students’ publishing success “a product of a model graduate student experience at Brock, a relationship built on strong mentorship and the value of students working alongside faculty as partners in research excellence.”A key to student researchers’ success is having consistent and frequent access to their supervisors, says Stoyanov, something made possible “because we have a small and tight knit group.”“When a supervisor has a large number of students, he or she does not have the time to take care for students’ development, to really help them progress and learn; the supervisor is just demanding results,” says Stoyanov. If you are a student at a large university, says Belding, “if you’re just starting out, you will talk to a PhD student almost exclusively.”As supervisor, Dudding stresses the importance of creating a positive, open environment where team members are valued.“I want my students to be excited about chemistry,” says Dudding. “They see my enthusiasm, my excitement for chemistry, and that wears off on them. They suddenly can see, wow!”“One policy is that everyone has to get along,” Dudding explains. “We’ll communicate – even when we’re not in the office – about what’s going on in the rest of the world in chemistry, what we’re doing, and just how fun the stuff we’re doing is.“I try to teach people to be responsible and also be a good human being. If you have knowledge, and self reflection, and you feel good about what you’re doing, you’re more prone to be a good person.” read more

Nane Annan addresses model UN conference

In her address, Ms. Anna talked about meeting children and visiting UN projects in many countries when travelling with the Secretary-General. She also thanked the children for their participation in the Model UN and encouraged them to learn more about the world and to reach out to those in need.The Conference was organized by the UN Association of the United States, and was held at New York’s Jacob Javits Center.

On World Radio Day UN officials urge use of radio as lifeline

“In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement on the Day. “For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information,” he added. Noting that radio can help in emergency response operations, assist with rebuilding and give voice to local people and communities, Mr. Ban called on the internationally community to use the time in the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit in May to ensure that radio continues to improve in helping people in emergencies. “On this World Radio Day, let us resolve to prove that radio saves lives,” the UN chief said. “This year, as we start carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals, let us resolve to use radio for human progress.” In another message for the Day, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), emphasized that radio has demonstrated its power in situations of immediate post-disaster, but also in times of preparedness and recovery. “Amidst the ruins and in the face of an emergency, the radio is often the first medium for survival,” Ms. Bokova said. “Its durability is an incomparable advantage, often enabling it to resist shocks and retransmit messages of protection and prevention to as many people as possible, better and faster than other media, saving lives.” Specifically, radio airs tsunami alerts in Japan and Chile, and messages on how to avoid Ebola transmission in Liberia or Zika contagion in Brazil. The medium, which is accessible and offers real-time coverage and reporting, has the capacity to involve the audience and plays a pivotal role in preventing and mitigating disasters and the associated human costs, Ms. Bokova stressed. In 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day, the day UN Radio was established in 1946. Radio is the most prevalent mass medium, with the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population. As a result, World Radio Day, which this year coincides with the 70th anniversary of UN Radio, aims to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves. read more

FEATURE WFP in emergency operation to assist 80000 South Sudanese refugees in

A woman being served a hot, fortified maize meal with beans to share with her children. Like all new refugee arrivals, they will depend on the UN WFP for such meals until they can support themselves, a long time from now. Photo: WFP/Henry Bongyereirwe South Sudanese refugees receive their food rations in Bidi Bidi, in northern Uganda. Newly-arrived refugees depend entirely on WFP for food and nutrition. Photo: WFP/Henry Bongyereirwe Humanitarian supportHalima’s neighbours are new to Bidi Bidi, too. They recently arrived from different parts of South Sudan- driven away by another bout of conflict in the beleaguered country. For Halima, although safe, Bidi Bidi is not the same as Yei. Bidi Bidi is a refugee settlement. In Bidi Bidi, she has no crop, or livestock produce. In Bidi Bidi, they may not know where their next meal will come from, or when it will come, but someone else does: the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). For the new arrivals, their needs are particularly urgent. After a long, gruelling journey across the border, they are hungry. The journeys happen daily, as do the border crossings, in different locations. One such border crossing point between Uganda and South Sudan is Oraba. Here, WFP provides new arrivals with high energy biscuits; this comes in handy before they are transferred to refugee transit centres, or to established refugee settlements, like Bidi Bidi. Two children share a fortified maize meal. Such meals, provided by the UN WFP, are crucial for their nutritional needs. Photo: WFP/Henry Bongyereirwe WFP implements emergency operation to aid record refugee numbers in Uganda. Credit: UN News CentreTo do this, and given severe funding shortfalls, WFP announced recently that it would have to reduce rations for all refugees who arrived in Uganda before July 2015. Refugees who arrived after that date, as well as the particularly vulnerable – the elderly, orphans, and those in need of treatment for malnutrition – will continue to receive a full ration. Cuts are expected to affect about half of all refugees who are dependent on food assistance. More fighting, more arrivalsUganda has been hosting large numbers of refugees through the years. However, the country that has been hailed as the best place for one to be a refugee, is hosting the highest number of refugees in its history: more than half a million. Many of these are from South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. A new spate of fighting that shrouded the country’s 5th independence anniversary has ejected tens of thousands of its citizens, who now seek refuge in neighbouring countries. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR), the recent unrest appears to have tipped the scales against an imminent political solution to the South Sudan conflict and exacerbated the refugee crisis. The agency estimates that more than 100,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries, including Uganda and Sudan, since fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, in early July. According to the agency, sporadic violence and worsening food insecurity has been reported in other parts of the country which were previously calm, contributing to the displacement of civilians. “When the crisis started there was shooting everywhere and people began to run. People were killed,” she says, with the youngest of her four children seated on her lap. And then, in a terse enunciation, quickly says, “They killed my husband.” That set her on a journey that would eventually lead her to Uganda, the location of her new home. “When I realised my husband was dead, I took the children and fled across the border into Uganda,” she says, recounting the arduous journey that they were forced to undertake, to seek safety. “We went through the forest and we finally got to Uganda.”In their innocent years, her four children will have to make quick adjustments too, and know Bidi Bidi as their home. They will make new friends here, learn new languages, and learn to play new games. Suddenly, for them – as is for Halima, their mother – Bidi Bidi has replaced Yei. Suddenly, she is alone, without her husband. Suddenly, she is a refugee, in a foreign land. “Uganda is hosting a record number of refugees, half a million,” says Mike Sackett, WFP Uganda Director, as he oversees the distribution of food rations at the Nyumanzi Refugees transit centre. “They come from Burundi, DRC but particularly from South Sudan which has been affected by very serious fighting initially at the end of 2013 but even as recently as last month,” he adds.“Since that time,” he says, “75,000 new people have come into Uganda and the World Food Programme is providing essential food rations to them.”WFP is implementing an emergency operation to assist up to 80,000 South Sudanese refugees who arrived in northern Uganda after renewed conflict in South Sudan. Overall, WFP is assisting close to half a million refugees in Uganda. Ninety per cent of those fleeing are women – like Halima – and children; mostly from Juba and other parts of Central Equatoria. In Uganda, the majority of these refugees rely heavily on WFP for food and nutrition assistance – comprising cereals, pulses, fortified blended foods, vitamin-A fortified vegetable oil and iodized salt – until they are able to provide for themselves using land that the Ugandan Government provides for their resettlement. Once they are resettled, WFP provides them with monthly rations or cash assistance depending on location and eligibility criteria.WFP’s funding appeal As it struggles with severe funding deficits, WFP is appealing to donors to provide more support to its operation, which is expected to cost US$7 million per month. This year, the agency has received contributions from Canada, the European Commission, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and other donors.For Halima and her four children, these donor contributions mean everything, for their food and nutrition needs. Until she is able to supplement that with her own produce from the land allocated to her by the Ugandan government, humanitarian assistance will remain crucial. For the new arrivals, Bidi Bidi will become their new home, at least until they find another home, or until it is safe enough to return home, in South Sudan.@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -696px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5.3em; line-height: 1.1em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 40px; margin-left:9em; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:50%;}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.7em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}li { font-size: 15px; xline-height: 1.7em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 1em; height: 0; margin-bottom:1em;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} read more

Local aid workers in Syria are the backbone of response says top

“Syrian aid workers risk their lives on a daily basis and work tirelessly to provide life-saving assistance to fellow Syrians in need in accordance with humanitarian principles,” said Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis.“All parties to the conflict in Syria are obliged under international humanitarian and human rights law to respect and protect humanitarian workers and other civilians,” he added.As lines of control shift between pro-Government troops and an array of opposition forces, aid workers, who are focused on helping civilians in need, face a greater risk of arrest and detention.According to reports, most humanitarian staff in the country’s south-west, where a Government-led offensive has been going on for weeks now, have stopped working with Syrian aid organizations, significantly impacting the response capacity at a time when they are needed most and “leaving a vacuum in their wake”.“Syrian aid workers, including members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, have paid the ultimate price, losing their lives in their efforts to help those in need,” continued Mr. Moumtzis, pointing out that their highly technical skills and operational knowledge make them “the backbone of the response effort”.It’s critical all steps are taken to increase the protection of aid workers – Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator“It’s critical all steps are taken to increase the protection of aid workers and ensure the continuation of services in support of an effective sustainable humanitarian response to the people in need,” he stressed.Syria is one of the most challenging and dangerous environments for humanitarians to operate in. Since the start of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, hundreds of humanitarian workers and service providers, including health workers, have been killed.In line with the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and the imperative to save lives across Syria, humanitarian actors, are doing everything they can to reach some 13 million people in both government- and non-government-controlled areas — including approximately 6.5 million internally displaced.The Syrian conflict continues to exact a terrible toll on the country’s civilians, having forced more than half of the population from their homes, and having displaced numerous people multiple times. read more

Ballymurphy Massacre deaths were illegitimate use of force by British Army court

Undated Ballymurphy Massacre Committee handout file photos of (left to right top row) Joseph Corr, Danny Taggart, Eddie Doherty, Father Hugh Mullan, Frank Quinn, Paddy McCarthy, (left to right, bottom row) Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Philips, John Laverty and Joseph MurphyCredit:PA He said this was contrary to the belief of Ballymurphy families that the deaths were the result of “illegitimate, unjustified and indiscriminate use of force by the Army on civilians”.Mr Doran said the original investigations into the deaths were “very limited”, revealing that there were multiple failures to get witness accounts and missed forensic opportunities.He said that examination of scenes would not necessarily have been routine given the “legitimate security concerns at the time”.”It’s important not to lose sight that these were turbulent times,” he added.At the time of the deaths, officials from the Royal Military Police interviewed soldiers after mass shootings.Referring to the original inquest, Mr Doran said it did not carry out a rigorous examination of military statements.”The open verdict did not allow for any finding as to whether use of force was justified,” he added. “This inquest will not be so limited in nature or in scope.”The inquests are expected to run until March. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The deaths of 10 people during three days of shootings in west Belfast were the result of “illegitimate, unjustified and indiscriminate use of force by the (British) Army”, a court has heard.Nine men and a woman were killed in the shootings, that came to be known as the “Ballymurphy Massacre,” over three days in August 1971.The killings happened during a British Army operation known as Operation Demetrius, in which paramilitary suspects were detained without trial.In 2011, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin directed that new inquests be heard after a long campaign by family members who claimed the original probes were inadequate.Soldiers have long been held responsible for killing all ten people but the accepted narrative became clouded earlier this year when former members of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force came forward to claim their organisation was also involved.As inquests opened in Belfast on Monday, Sean Doran QC, counsel for the Coroner’s Service, said each individual incident and death will require “careful scrutiny”. Undated Ballymurphy Massacre Committee handout file photos of (left to right top row) Joseph Corr, Danny Taggart, Eddie Doherty, Father Hugh Mullan, Frank Quinn, Paddy McCarthy, (left to right, bottom row) Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Philips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy In what he described as a “very broad observation” on the core issues, he said: “The narrative of the military is legitimate use of force was used at a time of heightened tension and response to specific threats.” read more

Lundin Mining chooses Oniqua for MRO inventory management and optimisation

first_imgLundin Mining has chosen Oniqua Analytics Solution to optimise inventory levels, improve efficiencies and reduce operational costs. Oniqua Intelligent MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) capabilities combine what the company describes as “the world’s most advanced MRO analytics technology with analyst services, consulting, master data cleansing and industry expertise to optimize the performance of materials management and operations/maintenance activities.”With operations in Chile, the USA, Portugal, Sweden and Spain, Lundin Mining Corp is a diversified Canadian base metals mining company that produces copper, nickel, zinc and lead.Lundin also holds a 24% stake in the worldclass Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and in the Freeport Cobalt Oy business, which includes a cobalt refinery in Kokkola, Finland.In November 2014 Lundin acquired the Candelaria and Ojos del Salado mining operations in Chile from Freeport-McMoRan.Oniqua serves many of the world’s largest energy and resources companies, including BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Dow, BP, Newmont Mining, Rio Tinto, American Electric Power, Tennessee Valley Authority, Nebraska Public Power District and many others.last_img read more

Dozens evacuated in Evros amid widespread flooding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dozens of residents were evacuated from villages in northeastern Greece on Friday after the Evros River broke its banks due to the high volume of water flowing from neighbouring Bulgaria.The flow into the border region reached a rate of some 2,850 cubic meters a second after authorities in Bulgaria, where there has been heavy rain, diverted water into the river. The depth of the river in Petalo reached 7.25 meters, when the emergency limit is just 6 meters.The residents who have been evacuated from their homes have been taken to hotels. Numerous homes and businesses have been flooded but no injuries or deaths have been reported. According to Deputy Regional Governor Dimitris Petrovic, the river’s width has grown up to 1.5 kilometres after bursting its banks.Flooding in the border region is not rare but officials said that some parts of Evros have not seen this amount of water since 1963. Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis travelled to the area to oversee the evacuation operation.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Congress demands world class memorial for YSR

first_imgHyderabad: The Congress party on Tuesday demanded that the Telangana government establish a world class memorial for former Chief Minister YS Rajashekhar Reddy. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy, in a media statement, said the State government should initiate the process for setting up YSR Memorial by allocating land at an important location in Hyderabad and provide funds. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us “It is indisputable that the rule of YS Rajashekhar Reddy was a golden era for the then undivided Andhra Pradesh and people from all regions, especially Telangana, benefitted from his schemes. Several revolutionary schemes like Fee Reimbursement, four per cent reservation for Muslims, Aarogyasri, etc., helped crores of poor people and they redefined the concept of public welfare,” he said. Also Read – Kids show eco-friendly ways in Mahabubabad Advertise With Us Since Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao himself has admitted on several occasions that YSR regime was pro-poor, he should take the initiative of setting a memorial to pay tributes to the former Chief Minister, Narayana Reddy said. He said there was a need to compile the achievements and services of YSR to the people in a proper format so that future generations could learn about them. “YSR Memorial should be unique and must not be confined to a statue. State government should constitute a committee to study the proposal in a time bound manner and come up with specific recommendations for setting up YSR Memorial,” he advised.last_img read more

ACC opens money laundering probe against BSEC chairman

first_imgM Khairul HossainThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched an investigation into allegations of embezzlement and money laundering against Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) chairman M Khairul Hossain.A letter signed by ACC director (money laundering) Golam Shahriar Chowdhury appointed assistant director Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury as the investigating officer of the case. He has been asked to submit a report after a ‘quick and secret’ investigation.None of the ACC officials spoke to the reporter about the investigation. The BSEC chairman was also not reachable for comment.ACC sources said the decision of conducting the probe against the BSEC chairman was taken on 7 August.The ACC has never conducted an investigation on allegation of embezzlement and money laundering against any sitting BSEC chairman.Share market experts, however, said it is morally not right for a person to stay on when an investigation is going on.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman said no one is guilty till the allegations are proved.However, Iftekharuzzaman said Khairul Hossain should resign from his post as he lost moral ground to be in the position. It is important that he resigns for the sake of a proper investigation.He can be reinstated if allegations are not proved in the investigation, Iftekharuzzaman added.The allegations against Khairul Hossain are embezzlement and money laundering through the process of low quality initial public offering (IPO) approval.Khairul Hossain joined the BSEC as its chairman after the stock market collapse in 2010. After completion of his first three-year tenure, the government appointed him chairman of the commission for the second tenure for four years as per Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (Amendment) Act, 2012.Later, the government extended his tenure by two more years.Khairul was the chairman of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) before being appointed the BSEC chairman.According to Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) website, a total of 84 companies were listed with the DSE following the appointment of the current chairman.Among the companies, most were of low quality and got closed within a few years of enlistment. The companies are still in trade despite being closed. Prices of shares of nine of the companies even went below their face value.last_img read more

Using metals with high thermoelectric power factor to create efficient allsolidstate active

first_imgA team of researchers from the Ohio State University and the University of Virginia has found a way to use metals with a high thermoelectric power factor to create efficient all-solid-state active coolers. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Applied, the group describes their new approach to cooling electronic devices and how well it worked. © 2019 Science X Network New material to pave the way for more efficient electronic devices Explore further Two ways to cool. A refrigerator transfers heat from a cold object to its warmer surroundings (left). By contrast, an active cooling system helps heat move more efficiently in its natural direction, from a hot object to the cooler surroundings (right). A new active cooling system is optimized for this second purpose and may be useful for cooling hot components. Credit: M. J. Adams/Ohio State University, via Physics Active cooling systems, by definition, are cooling systems that use electricity to cool a hot or warm device down to ambient temperatures. In this new effort, the researchers have found that such systems could benefit from the use of special metals. They also coined a new term to use as a metric—effective thermal conductivity. In active cooling systems, heat-carrying charge carriers flow from the hot side of an object to the cooler side when electricity is applied—effective thermal conductivity is a number that is calculated by adding a system’s active thermal conductivity (when electricity is applied) to its passive conductivity (when the electricity is off).As the researchers note, most commercial cooling systems have been optimized over the years for use in refrigeration applications, and are thus not ideal for active cooling situations such as removing heat from a computer. They note also that engineers typically use a measure called the thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) to describe the efficiency of such systems. But again, they suggest it is not a good metric for active cooling systems.To improve the efficiency of such systems, the researchers looked for materials that had better-than-conventional thermal conductivity. They found two that showed promise: Kondo-effect metals and magnon-drag metals. They built a Peltier cooler using the metals (cobalt and cerium-palladium) and set it between various hot and cold materials, and then tested it to see how efficient it was at removing the heat on the hot side and sending it to the cold side.The researchers report that when they applied five amps to the device, it pulled out approximately 100 more milliwatts of heat than it did when no power was applied. In terms of thermal conductivity, the device was measured at 40 W/mK in passive mode and reached 1000 W/mK with some heat differentials. Citation: Using metals with high thermoelectric power factor to create efficient all-solid-state active cooler (2019, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-metals-high-thermoelectric-power-factor.html More information: M.J. Adams, et al. Active Peltier Coolers Based on Correlated and Magnon-Drag Metals, Physical Review Applied (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.054008 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Google YouTube Sued Over a VideoStreaming Patent

first_imgDecember 12, 2014 2 min read Technology company Max Sound Corp said it filed a lawsuit against Google Inc and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent.Max Sound claimed that all the products that use the H.264 video-encoding format for video compression infringed its asserted patent.Max Sound’s allegations include current versions of Google operating system, Android, installed on mobile phones and tablets. The complaint also addresses Google’s latest products in the market such as Nexus5, Nexus 6, Nexus9 chromebook and chromecast.The company also alleged violation of patent in the video service from YouTube, in which a newer format VP8 is used along with H.264.The lawsuit was filed with the District Court of Mannheim, Germany against Google Commerce Ltd, Dublin, Ireland, Google Germany GmBH, Germany, and YouTube, Google’s subsidiary, the company said.Max Sound holds a worldwide license of the EU 2 026 277 patent for efficient transfer of digital content, which was founded by VSL communications.Max Sound, inventor of Max-D HD Audio, which improves audio quality without increasing file size, said the court ruling is expected in less than 12 months.Arnold Ruess, Dusseldorf and Witt-Mann Hernandez in Germany advised Max Sound Corp.Google was not immediately available for comment outside of regular U.S. business hours.(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier) This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m going to go out there and do the best I can and play as hard as I possibly can.”But don’t get him wrong, he’s excited about the possibility of receiving passes from a proven signal caller.“I like where I’m at right now,” he said. “I’m 29 years old, I have plenty left in the tank. I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in now, and now it’s up to me to go out there and make some plays when I get my opportunities.” – / 36 But Arians’ impact can only go so far, and it might be the team’s other big addition that will pay the biggest dividends for Fitzgerald and the team as a whole.“Now bringing Carson (Palmer) into the mix,” Fitzgerald mused. “A proven veteran. It’s been great to have him, he’s been a wonderful leader and tremendous guy in the locker room.“I’m fortunate to have him and I know all the rest of us are as well.”Fitzgerald likely feels that way because he’s finally able to get off of the QB carousel the team had been riding since Kurt Warner retired in January 2010. Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer all started at least one regular season game for the team, and none were able to have much success.So adding Palmer, who passed for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders last year, is a breath of fresh air and real boost to the receiver’s future.“It does come across my mind over the last couple years since Kurt retired,” Fitz said of how his career has been negatively impacted by the QBs the team has trotted out onto the field. “But that’s out of my hands. Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling You’ll have to forgive Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for being excited heading into the 2013 season.But after what he’s been through the last few years, can you blame the guy?Fitzgerald, who has been mired in an offense that lacked consistency at quarterback as well as the ability to get him the ball, is excited to be working with a head coach of Bruce Arians’ caliber. “What he was able to do last year in Indianapolis with Coach (Chuck) Pagano getting sick and him leading that team to a playoff appearance with seven rookies on that offense, that says a lot about him about his pedigree and what he’s able to do,” Fitzgerald told SiriusXM’s Booger McFarland and Ross Tucker. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

FILE In this Aug 28 2016 file photo Arizona

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Johnson was on his way to his seventh 1,000-yard season in eight years before getting hurt last season. He ran for 814 yards in 11 games. His injury gave David Johnson an opportunity to play more and he was dynamic. The Cardinals are good hands with either Johnson, but expect David to get the ball more than Chris. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “And I just, me on my end, just holding up my end of the bargain and being coachable and listening to everything I’m supposed to do, taking all the good stuff with the bad, keeping everything in motion.”Super Bowl aspirations are not always presentBefore joining the Cardinals last year, Chris Johnson had spent seven seasons playing for the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. He had appeared in just one playoff game, however, a 2008 Divisional Round game which Tennessee lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens.It’s part of why he was so bummed about missing the Cardinals’ run to the NFC Championship Game last season, because he of all people knows how rare the chance to play in the playoffs is.But heading into this season, the Cardinals are not just eyeing a playoff berth. They fancy themselves Super Bowl contenders, and that feeling is one Johnson said does not permeate every locker room. Sometimes, he said, players expect an uphill climb from Week 1.“I’ve had a couple seasons like that when I was with Tennessee, when I was with New York,” he said. “But it just feels different; being here just feels different because you know most teams that go that far, even make it to the Super Bowl or anything like that, you know a lot of people want to get paid and you know the team splits up, every year it’s a different team. TEMPE, Ariz. — As will be the case every day in which the Cardinals practice during the season, we will provide a notebook that features some interesting tidbits that will not necessarily be turned into full-fledged stories during the week. It will be called “Dealing Cards,” because puns are fun and a better name was not thought of.Anyway, Friday was for the most part uneventful at the facility, as it usually is. You have to remember, we’ve had all week to talk to players and coaches to learn whatever we were hoping to, so by now there is not much left to discover. Comments   Share   “I’ve just never been a part of a team where the whole entire offense came back the next year and added more pieces.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arians said he expects Humphries to have a natural hype — some of which they want — but noted it must be controlled.The 22-year-old admitted it is challenging for him to not get too riled up because he is a little high strung as a person.“It’s kind of tough, but I’ve got a good group of guys around me that know me and they know how to reign me in when I get a little too far out there,” he said.As for who is best at keeping him in check? Humphries pointed to veteran right guard Evan Mathis.“Me and Evan have got a deal when I just make a stupid mistake, he’s allowed to smack me upside the helmet,” he said. “It only happened once so far, but that’s our deal.”Humphries, with a laugh, added that if anyone sees Mathis smack him in the helmet, it’s important to know everything is under control.Oh, and as for Goodwin’s comment Thursday that Humphries “is always going to be ‘Knee Deep’” to him, the player did not seem to take much offense.“I’m the youngest guy on the line, so it’s kind of always going to be — for the next couple of years — it’s always going to be that kind of a leash, like don’t get too far out there,” he said. “It’s kind of something that he’s got to do as a coach. Instead, we reporters generally use the last day of the practice week to find out any last injury information, tie up loose ends with stories and learn a couple tidbits that may be useful heading into the game.First, the injury newsHopefully everyone has enjoyed this week’s injury report because this is likely as short and painless as it’s going to be. Coach Bruce Arians said LB Kareem Martin (knee) was the only player who did not practice Friday, with everyone else either being full-go or limited in some capacity.The entire injury report for both the Cardinals and Patriots (for whom there plenty of “questionable” players, including TE Rob Gronkowski) can be found here.No stress hereAll week there has been talk about the excitement of finally getting the regular season underway, and that itself is very understandable. The Cardinals have Super Bowl aspirations, and Sunday marks their first chance to really build toward that goal.Arians, however, said while he has sensed the team’s excitement, the last thing he wants is for the players to be anxious.“You can feel it, but it’s still a long ways away,” he said. “You can burn up a lot of energy with anxiety trying to get ready today when you don’t play until Sunday night.” The coach, who is in his fourth season with Arizona, said it’s not just the young players who have to learn to relax a bit at this time of year.“You have to remind them all — Carson (Palmer), all of them,” he said. “Because there’s a natural reaction to start getting excited, and it’s not time yet.”D.J.’s time has finally arrivedBy now, everyone is well aware of the fact that D.J. Humphries was inactive for every single game last season. The 2015 first-round pick went into this year’s offseason penciled in as the starting right tackle, and though there were some bumps along the way, he held onto the job and will start Sunday evening against the Patriots.Thursday, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin mentioned how the second-year pro will need to keep his emotions in check Sunday. That was an issue at times in the preseason, and it’s something Humphries knows he has to be better with. That said, he feels ready to go.“Trying to keep it all in, trying not to be amped up and all over the place,” he said. “Trying to remember all the stuff, all of the naysayers and all the talk and all the craziness that was going on last year — I haven’t forgotten any of that. So trying to use that as fuel, but not getting too riled up to where I’m all out of whack.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

In 2017 the Cosanti Foundation received two gener

first_imgIn 2017, the Cosanti Foundation received two generous donations from an anonymous source: one for scholarships and one for sustainable technology. Beginning this year, scholarships will be made available for both general Workshops and specific internships. The departments offering internships include: Archives, Public Relations, Planning, Construction, Site Utilities and Cosanti Improvement. Arcosanti Cafe Scholarships are also available.The foundation is currently investigating alternatives for the utilization of the sustainable technology donation. High on the list of priorities is an expansion of our Solar Photovoltaic systems. More information will be available on our website soon.For further information and for persons interested in participating, please contact the Workshop Coordinator at workshop@arcosanti.org. Applications are open for the Charlie Owens Memorial Scholarship!Robert Charles Owens “Charlie” (3/16/92 – 11/30/16) was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.   A multi talented young man excelling in theatre arts, bike mechanics and banjo playing.  His family and friends marveled at his ability to work with his hands, creating or fixing anything he put his mind to, combined with uncanny ability to teach himself new passions and interests- music, drawing, and auto mechanics.   He loved all animals, hiking, camping, traveling and conversing about making changes.Charlie spent most of his adult life in the Seattle area and southwest Colorado where he discovered his love for sustainable farming, self sufficiency, nature and championing for human rights.   He spent part of the summer of 2016 volunteering at the Dakota Pipeline protest bycooking meals for other protesters.  He was also strongly involved and supported the Wild Roots Feral Futures gathering to further advance sustainability, communal living and environmental change.Sadly, Charlie never had the opportunity to visit and experience the Arcosanti Community where he would have thrived with others sharing similar passions.   His family and friends will forever miss his warm, passionate personality and hope that many of his causes can live on.Find out how to apply here: https://arcosanti.org/charlie-owens-memorial/ January 15, 2018last_img read more

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