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After U.P., NGT lens on Bihar hospitals

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed the Bihar government to submit within two weeks the total number of hospitals and medical health care centres which generate biomedical waste. A Bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore also directed the principal secretary of health to remain present before it on February 25. The green panel passed the order after noting that despite its January 10 order to submit the total number of government and private hospitals, the State government only filed an incomplete affidavit which is “abstract” in nature. “The order clearly speaks that the details which are being sought from State of Bihar, since the year 2017, should be complete and authentic in all respect to be submitted through an affidavit. But the needful has not been done as per the direction. “Therefore, last opportunity is granted to Principal Secretary (Health), State of Bihar, to comply with the order dated January 10, 2019 in letter and spirit, within two weeks from today,” the Bench said. NGO petition The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by NGO Veterans Forum for Transparency in Public Life seeking execution of October 24, 2017 order of the NGT which had directed the State government to prepare a complete inventory of the units generating biomedical waste. “The Central Pollution Control Board shall ensure execution of this order. The State of Bihar and the Bihar Pollution Control Board shall file compliance report within three months,” the NGT had said in its order.last_img read more

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Embattled Psychologist Addresses New Challenge

first_imgAMSTERDAM—Facing accusations of misconduct, social psychologist Jens Förster has written another long open letter to defend himself, this time against fresh questions raised last week in a story in Science. In the statement, posted on his own website today, Förster says Science has misunderstood an e-mail conversation with a research assistant and suggests some people may be trumping up accusations against him for monetary gain.At issue are three papers published in 2009, 2011, and 2012. In a previous response to questions that an anonymous critic has raised about the studies, Förster asserted that these studies took place in Germany between 1999 and 2008, most of them at Jacobs University Bremen. But e-mails exchanged in 2009 between him and Pieter Verhoeven, a former University of Amsterdam (UvA) research assistant, cast doubt on that timeline. In the e-mails, obtained by Science, Verhoeven and Förster appear to be discussing how to set up some of the studies.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In one exchange, Förster initially proposed telling subjects that a fake poem used as a stimulus in one experiment was “Malaysian.” Verhoeven responded that this would not be credible and added: “I think it’ll work when we use a Eastern European language, like telling that it’s a Moldovian poem.” The 2011 paper, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, indeed describes the use of “an alleged Moldavian poem.”Förster, who recently resigned from UvA, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the Science story. But in his new defense, he says that his accusers err in concluding from the e-mails that he had not previously done the experiments. He says he had already called the nonsense poem “Moldavian” when he did the work in Germany, well before the e-mail exchange. After he came to Amsterdam in 2007, he wanted to do “similar studies at UvA that included both replications and extensions.” But he felt that Moldavian might be associated with negative stereotypes in the Netherlands and that Malaysian might be “both more neutral and more believable.” However, “after discussions with the research assistant I decided to take again Moldavian, among others because the poem sounded also to Dutch students more East European than Malaysian, and students considered Moldavians a rather neutral group.””I wonder why people publish doubts about my studies that are so obviously unwarranted and that do certainly harm my reputation,” Förster continues. Some of the allegations may stem from a lack of expertise, he concludes, but “please also note that for some people my case could be profitable.”Based on a statistical analysis of Förster’s data, the Dutch National Board for Research Integrity has concluded that the 2012 paper, which was published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, can only be the result of data manipulation and constitutes a violation of academic integrity. It has not publicly addressed the other two papers, and UvA says it doesn’t intend to investigate them further. Förster was supposed to start a new professorship at Ruhr University Bochum this month with a €5 million grant from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; that position has been shelved while the university and the foundation look into the allegations.last_img read more

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Midfielder Granit Xhaka becomes Arsenal’s first offseason signing

first_imgArsenal have signed midfielder Granit Xhaka, the team’s first addition to the squad in the transfer window. The 23-year-old Xhaka is joining Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach after captaining the German team to fourth place in the Bundesliga.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says “we have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad.”Xhaka will join up with his new Arsenal team-mates after playing at the European Championship with Switzerland.Arsenal, who finished second in the Premier League, have not won the title since 2004.last_img read more

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Apacer showcases solutions for transportation applications at InnoTrans 2018

first_img Continue Reading Previous Establishing a root of trust to secure the IoTNext SINTRONES: fanless box computer for deep learning AI operations Apacer is participating at InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin, showcasing its latest industrial products and technologies for transportation applications, including industrial 3D TLC NAND SSD solutions, CoreVolt technology, TCG Opal 2.0 solutions, and extremely rugged XR-DIMM solutions.In response to the rapid growth in need of higher capacity with enhanced performance for transport industrial flash storage solutions, Apacer is launching brand new industrial 3D TLC NAND solutions that adopt 64-Layer BiCS3 structure and are equipped with Over-Provisioning technology to help optimize SSD performance, alleviate memory wear and prolong SSD lifespan. The ability to operate within a wide range of temperatures means that even under severe conditions, Apacer 3D TLC NAND SSD products will still maintain outstanding performance.Apacer’s proprietary CoreVolt technology is composed with special hardware circuit design and is specifically to stabilize SSD’s data read/write operation for enhancing data protection in real time. It is ideal for the transportation applications hence there is no interruption in data transmission when system voltage instability occurs.Amidst the continuous advancement in the storage technologies of SSDs, choosing products that can store an immense amount of data securely has become the priority of many companies. Apacer offers a variety of products with the TCG Opal 2.0 technology. TCG Opal 2.0 SSDs handle the encryption of information within the device without the need for a host, enabling fast encryption and minimizing the risk of data leakage without affecting system performance. Apacer’s TCG Opal 2.0 products come in a variety of form factors, including 2.5″, M.2, mSATA, and MO-297. Apacer’s XR-DIMM uses the innovative board-to-board connector design to fit tightly and securely onto the motherboard. In addition, it adopts the highly durable 300-pin connector and mounting holes to effectively prevent memory modules from dislocating or coming away due to vibration or shock. This greatly improves the reliability of memory signal transmissions, serving as the strongest support for transportation applications. Its connector design meets the anti-vibration and anti-shock standards of MIL-STD-810 and ANSI/VITA 47-2005. Furthermore, it supports underfill, anti-sulfuration, conformal coating, and wide temperature technologies which ensure stable operation of the product under severely cruel environments. Apacer’s XR-DIMM is compatible with DDR4 2133/2400 specification, supports ECC function and comes in two capacity choices of 8 GB and 16 GB.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Serena Williams gets wild card entry into Rogers Cup

first_imgFormer world number one Serena Williams has been given a wild card to compete in next month’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, tournament organisers said on Tuesday.The three-times champion, who gave birth last September and lost in the Wimbledon final 10 days ago, has not competed in Montreal since her run to the semi-finals in 2014 and last played the Rogers Cup in Toronto the following year.”After announcing our player list a few weeks ago, we were only missing Serena to complete our dream tournament,” Rogers Cup tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement.”Serena has impressed everyone with the speed at which she was able to return to a high level of play. She has always been a fighter and she is proving it once again.”Williams returned to competition at Indian Wells in March, where she lost in the third round, but has since looked close to her best and is ranked 27th in the world.The wild card given to Williams, who won the tournament in 2001, 2011 and 2013, is reserved for players who meet specific requirements, including previously having been ranked number one in the world.Serena made a comeback into the world’s top 30 in the latest WTA rankings released last week after her inspiring and stellar show at Wimbledon last week.Serena played her second major just 10 months after undergoing a complicated surgery post the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian and even then, she reached the final at the All England Club.Serena, who had earlier each the last 16 at French Open before pulling out due to injury, looked much better on grass and got better with each other.advertisementHowever, Angelique Kerber proved to be too strong in the final for the error-strewn 23-time Grand Slam champion.The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing in the Wimbledon final.Meanwhile, Swiss ace Roger Federer pulled out of tournament due to scheduling issues.Announcing his withdrawal, the 36-year-old said that he enjoyed playing in the tournament last year, but he would not be able to participate this year keeping in mind the longevity of his career.”I’m so disappointed not to play at the Rogers Cup this summer. I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year,” Federer said.”I wish the tournament every success and am sorry to miss it,” Federer said.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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Tankers Idle off Ceyhan amid Closure of Kirkuk Pipeline

first_imgzoom Several tankers are waiting offshore port of Ceyhan in Southern Turkey amid closure of Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Reuters reported sources as saying.Pumping of oil along Iraqi Kurdistan’s pipeline has been suspended since Monday as repairs were required at one section of the pipeline, which was damaged in a theft incident.Turkey’s state pipeline operator Botas told Reuters that there has been a growing number of thefts in Turkey resulting in ever more frequent shutdowns of the pipeline and subsequent delivery delays.It is expected that the pipeline would open tomorrow, according to Botas.Crude flow to Ceyhan has recently averaged around 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) and at times rose as high as 500,000 bpd, according to data cited by Reuters.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Botaslast_img read more

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Province Donates Christmas Trees

first_imgThe province is making the holiday season brighter and greener, and promoting Nova Scotia Christmas trees at the same time. As part of an annual tradition, the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers’ Association presented trees to Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil, Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill and Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell today, Dec. 4. At a ceremony at Province House, Lt.-Gov. Grant donated his tree to Camp Hill Veterans Hospital, and Premier McNeil donated his to the Home of the Guardian Angel–Chebucto Family Centre. Mr. Churchill donated his tree to Metro Turning Point Centre, a shelter for homeless men, and Mr. Colwell donated his to Margaret’s House, Dartmouth, which provides meals to underprivileged adults. “Nova Scotia Christmas trees are enjoyed around the world so it’s only natural that we want to share that experience with people here at home,” said Mr. Churchill. Tree growers Murray Crouse of Fauxburg, Jeff Reeves of Forties, Anzil Blackadar of New Canada and Jack Wentzell of Parkdale donated the trees this year. “Our families are so excited for the arrival of the tree this year,” said Tammy Turple, executive director, Home of the Guardian Angel-Chebucto Family Centre. “It will certainly brighten our centre and add to the holiday cheer in our community.” While some may think artificial trees are convenient, real trees have many benefits. Real trees are biodegradable, nearly carbon neutral and recyclable. After the holidays, they can be composted or used as bird feeders, potpourri ingredients, or winter garden cover. There are 2,500 Christmas tree growers in Nova Scotia and another 3,000 people employed indirectly. The industry generates about $30 million for the economy, annually and exports close to two million trees annually, making the province the second largest exporter of Christmas trees in Canada. More than 75 per cent of Nova Scotia’s Christmas trees are exported to the United States and about 10 per cent are shipped overseas. The Balsam Fir is Nova Scotia’s most popular Christmas tree, at 98 per cent of the provincial harvest. White pine, Scots pine, red pine, Fraser fir, Korean fir, and spruces are also harvested. Tips about real tree selection and care, and where to buy a Nova Scotia Christmas tree are at http://novascotia.ca/natr/christmastrees/.last_img read more

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Womans Day To Celebrate 15th Annual Red Dress Awards

first_imgWoman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means will host the 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards.Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Blondie will headline with a special musical performance.Other expected guests include: Jennifer Ashton, Natalie Azar, Laura Benanti, Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Carla Hall, Tamron Hall, Dorinda Medley, Sofia Resing, Elisabeth Rohm, Sif Saga, Alicia Quarles, and more.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness. This year’s honorees include: Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief medical correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America and American Heart Association volunteer; Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Top Chef head judge, food policy activist; filmmaker, social justice activist; Karen Springer, President of health care operations for Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.; Fitbit, the leading wearables brand helps Americans get moving and Icilma V. Fergus, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular disparities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.The Awards will feature additional performances from Broadway Inspirational Voices and Gentri. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with lead sponsor CocoaVia and sponsors For Your Sweetheart, The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Lands’ End and Lenox Tableware & Gifts for this year’s event.Participants of the fifth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge will attend alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 213 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call will provide dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.Follow the event with #RedDressAwardsWHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2018WHERE: 10 Columbus Circle (corner of 60th and Broadway) Appel Roomlast_img read more

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Sanders Says He Will Vote for Clinton, Will Not Drop out…

By Bryn MillerRabat – Senator Bernie Sanders told MSNBC early Friday morning that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the November general election. “I think the issue right here,” he stressed, “is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.”However, Sanders reiterated that he will not withdraw from the Democratic race. The Senator has stated in the past that he would fight for superdelegates and the nomination until the convention, but his tone in the MSNBC interview shifted away from winning at the convention and more towards his ideological contributions. “Why would I want to [drop out] when I want to fight to make sure that we have the best platform that we possibly can, that we win the most delegates that we can?” he told the network. He holds that his continued presence in the race is fostering the participation of the American people in the political process, not Democratic disunity.Since the beginning, Sanders has promised to see his campaign through the Democratic Convention this July in Philadelphia. However, his voiced support for Clinton to MSNBC and statements to supporters have focused less on winning the race and more on including the voice of the American people at the convention. In his latest email to supporters, Sanders wrote: “We need to hear from you about what you think the most important issues are that should be included in the platform… We’re taking our campaign, our values, and our movement to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. We’re excited to bring your thoughts on the party platform too. Thanks for being a part of it.” read more

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UNbacked talks on reunification of Cyprus to resume next month

18 September 2008The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today continued their United Nations-backed negotiations aimed at reunifying the island of Cyprus and announced plans to resume the talks next month. Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat – who began their full-fledged negotiations last week – discussed the issues of governance and power sharing today, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said.The two leaders agreed to resume talks, which are being held in the UN Protected Area in Nicosia, on both questions on 8 October as part of their efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement on the Mediterranean island.In May, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed to a partnership that will comprise a Federal Government with a single international identity, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place on the island since 1964 after the outbreak of inter-communal violence. It is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

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TNPF will not contest poll

Ponnambalam said that most Tamil political parties had, from the start, felt that the 13th Amendment is not the solution to the Tamil issue.However he claimed that pressure from the government had led to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) accepting the 13th Amendment as a solution to the issue. (Colombo Gazette) He noted that  under the 13th Amendment the provincial powers are under either the governor appointed by the President or the government. The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) says it will not be contesting the provincial council elections in the north in September.Meanwhile TNPF President Gejndrakumar Ponnambalam said his party does not feel the 13th Amendment or the provincial councils system can be the basis for the final solution to the Tamil national issue. He said that at a time when there is a call for devolution of powers to the provinces as a solution to the Tamil issue, the 13th Amendment does not give room for real devolution. read more

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Brock puts support behind In the Soil Arts Festival

Brock University is deeply woven into the roots of In the Soil Arts Festival — and the partnership between the two entities continues to grow.The celebration of creativity, organized by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, takes over a portion of downtown St. Catharines, as well as Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 with a mixture of music, theatre and performance art.The University has come on board as a Premium Harvester sponsor of the festival, and has also put support behind Gnaw, a creative retelling of Hansel and Gretel being put on by students of A.N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara Falls.“As a community leader in Niagara, it’s important for Brock University to be engaged and involved with major events happening in our region,” said Gord Hunchak, Brock’s Associate Vice-President, External Relations. “In The Soil has demonstrated its importance to the local arts scene, and we want to ensure we play a role in building the festival’s presence and ongoing growth.”  Gnaw is being touted as a highlight of the festival’s opening night, taking the stage Friday at Robertson Theatre in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre beginning at 6 p.m.“We thought this was an excellent opportunity to welcome these new, young theatre-makers to Brock and to St. Catharines,” said David Vivian, Director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.“We hope we will see some of them in the halls with us when they make a choice to pursue undergrad studies.”For the second consecutive year, the Marliyn I. Walker school will play host to the festival’s Rhizomes project, a series of curated artistic experiences set-up for crowds throughout the property.“It joins together artists in the community and artists from MIW, faculty and students, allowing them to be involved in this village of creative cultural production,” Vivian said. “It’s also a chance for us to invite people into the building to see what we’re about, what we’re doing.”In addition to the many students and faculty who are volunteering their time and showcasing their work at the festival, Suitcase in Point — with many Brock alumni members — has created a new opportunity this year called the AMP (Arts Mosh Pit) It Up technical internship program. Through the program, three Brock students earned paid internship positions with the festival.Rodman Hall Art Centre, in partnership with artist and MIW faculty member Donna Akrey, will be participating in this year’s festival with an interactive workshop.Assemble, Assembly takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Mahtay Café Community Room, 241 St. Paul St. The free drop-in event, open to all ages and abilities, will see participants transforming common and discarded materials into assembled sculptures.The workshop concludes a month-long series of artist-led events that take their inspiration from Akrey’s exhibition, Also Also, which is on display at Rodman Hall until April 30.Festivalgoers are also encouraged to take in ‘BBBLURRR,’ an evening of contemporary poetry featuring readings by Christopher Dewdney, Phoebe Wang, Sarah Pinder and Moez Surani.The event, co-hosted by Brock Interdisciplinary PhD students Julia Polyck-O’Neill and Andrew McEwan, takes place Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Niagara Artists’ Centre, 354 St. Paul St.For more information on In the Soil and a full festival lineup, visit www.inthesoil.on.ca. read more

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Court awards miner 5M for 54M diamonds vanished in Police custody

The case involving the $54 million worth of diamonds – that vanished while in Police custody several years ago – finally concluded with High Court Judge Fidela Corbin-Lincoln awarding the applicant, Ronald Khan, $5 million.The State, through the Attorney General’s Chambers, will have to pay out another $200,000 in court costs to the now elderly retired businessman, who never saw his missing merchandise after it disappeared from the Mahdia Police Station in the Potaro-Siparuni district following a 1994 robbery.The 430 carats of diamonds were taken as evidence by Police after it was recovered during an investigation after Khan’s Ewang Creek, mining camp was invaded.During that attack, his brother and another miner were shot and killed, while Khan’s life was nearly taken as he too was shot.In the judgment handed down by Justice Corbin-Lincoln he said regarding the assessment and value of the 430 carats of diamonds, Khan led no evidence regarding the current value of the 430 carats.In the absence of this, Justice Corbin-Lincoln said it was then open to the court to make no award of damages. She further said that there was a problem of proof but not of absence of evidence of the amount.The Judge opined that since Khan failed to produce the evidence of its quality or value, the court has to arrive at a nominal figure in favour of the defendant, the Attorney General, as opposed to Khan.She therefore awarded the sum of $5 million and observed that the defendants have to pay costs of $200,000.This case was before the court for just over eight years and Khan had alleged that late Commissioner Greene promised that the matter would be investigated but this never gained traction. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh Court set to rule on $54M missing diamonds caseOctober 24, 2018In “Court”$54M missing diamonds trial rescheduled as both sides unpreparedAugust 23, 2018In “Court”Judge orders trial for $54M in diamonds missing while in police possessionMay 22, 2018In “Court” read more

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Street Crane installations part of continued expansion at MMD

first_imgContinued global growth has prompted the MMD Group to undertake a multi-million pound factory expansion at its facility in Alfreton, Derbyshire, featuring new cranes from Street Crane Company which will the help streamline the manufacture and assembly of MMD’s heavy duty mineral sizing equipment. “A mix of overhead travelling and jib cranes provides a flexible system for efficient and reliable lifting, handling and production flow that can be easily adapted to meet future expansion”, stated Street Crane.Two new bays have been added to MMD’s factory for the manufacture of heavy fabrications.  Three 20 t overhead cranes in each bay run on full-length, freestanding 60 m gantries.  The cranes will be used for offloading vehicles and advancing product through the various stages of production.  Having adequate cranage in the production area ensures optimum levels of productivity as the highly skilled workforce do not have to wait for cranes to become available. The cranes are double girder box beam design and feature infra-red anti-collision systems so they can safely operate on the same track.  For heavier lifts of up to 40 t, they may be used in tandem and weight distributed by a spreader beam.  The new bays are also equipped with ten 1 t jib cranes, with seven units in one bay and three in the adjoining bay. Each one supports a workstation manned by two welders or platers. The slewing jib cranes are attached to the gantry legs with fittings that can be dismantled, enabling the jibs to be readily re-located as production needs change. Within the original factory buildings, where the sizing machines are assembled, Street has installed two double girder cranes of 50 t and one of 25 t. One of the larger units has an auxiliary 15 t hoist to give greater materials handling flexibility.  The 20 t overhead cranes feature hoists from Street’s ZX series. An advanced specification hoist designed for reliability and ease of maintenance, the ZX offers true vertical lift and placement. The 50 t cranes feature custom built hoists from Street’s VX series. These heavy duty hoists also offer vertical lift to safeguard product from lateral movement and assure greater safety. The 1 t jib cranes all use chain hoists from the company’s LX series. For maximum freedom, each overhead crane is operated via a radio-controlled push button hand held remote. This allows the operator to choose a working location that maximises personal safety and with best visibility. A standby push-button pendant is also provided for back up.last_img read more

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Report Alaska prisons justice system need overhaul

first_imgA commission set up by the Alaska Legislature in 2014 has issued a report on Alaska’s corrections and judicial systems. They say the judicial and corrections systems cost the state a lot, but they don’t do enough to improve public safety.Download Audio(Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Commission members presented the findings and recommendations to the House Finance Committee on Monday.Alaska Criminal Justice Commission chair Greg Razo told legislators Alaska is expected to run short of prison beds next year.“Alaska’s prison population has grown 27 percent in the last decade. That’s very significant growth,” said Razo. “Our prison population grew roughly three times faster than our resident population. The state spends over $300 million on corrections each year, and hundreds of millions more every time we build a new prison.”Razo said some of the high costs have to do with the type of people who get put into prison — half of them have not been convicted of a crime. They’re waiting to go to trial.He said that’s not money well spent.“Alaskans are not getting a good public safety return on this spending. We are not seeing return on investment,” said Razo. “Why? Because nearly two out of three inmates who leave Alaska’s prisons return to prison or jail within three years.Razo said one reason for that high rate of recidivism is that not enough is done to help inmates re-enter society, find jobs, and live a crime-free life. For example, Razo said, when he visited the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, which can hold 150 inmates, he asked inmates:“‘If you’re in prison for an alcohol-related offense, would you raise your hand?’ And I would say that all but six raised their hands. ‘If you’re in for a drug-related offense, raise your hands,’ and the other six people raised their hands,” said Razo. “So we’ve got all these people in there with significant substance abuse problems, y’know, committing crimes. And there’s absolutely nothing that happens to them [in prison] in terms of that treatment.”Razo said vocational training would also better prepare inmates for their release. He said the Anvil Mountain employees were dedicated, but “completely under-resourced.”“We saw their library, which had about half a dozen paperback books in it,” said Razo. “We saw where they had their computers. They had three computers that, I asked ‘how many of these actually work?’ None of them worked. They just sat there.”And a significant number of inmates are mentally ill. That’s according to commission member Jeff Jesse, director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust.“Corrections doesn’t like being the largest mental health provider in the state any more than we like them being in that role,” Jesse said.Also, Razo said, research has shown long prison sentences are no more effective at preventing crime than shorter stays. Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, had a question about that.“Is there any truth to what you hear, that if you throw a low-level non-violent, especially young offender in jail for a longer period of time, what you do is not really make society safer in some cases but they learn how to be better criminals in jail. And that makes society less safe,” said Gara. “Is there any truth to that?”“Yes, the evidence supports that,” Razo replied. “We reviewed that, and it became part of the basis for our recommendations.”Susan Di Pietro is an attorney for the Judicial Council. She told legislators the Commission’s recommendations are based on extensive research on what works.“Four other states that have engaged in an exercise like this — where they’ve adopted evidence-based ways to reduce the prison population and reinvest in treatment and other types of  recidivism reduction services — have seen reductions in their prison populations that disproportionately positively impact minorities,” Di Pietro told legislators.Some of the Commission’s recommended changes would cut costs, such as revised pre-trial practices and a stronger focus on using prison beds for serious and violent offenders. The commission recommends some of those savings go to programs to reduce recidivism, including victims’ services, violence prevention, reentry support, and substance abuse treatment in both rural and urban areas.For more on successful prisoner re-entry, see a five-part story produced by Alaska Public Media Urban Affairs reporter Anne Hillman. It’s called “Hitting Reset: Life After Prison.”last_img read more

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Two wheeler sales How Royal Enfield performed in September

first_imgEicher Motors sold 56,958 units of Royal Enfield motorcycles in September 2016 in the domestic market, 29.7 percent more than the 43,741 units sold in September 2015. Exports rose 18 percent to 884 units from 750 motorcycles last September, the company said in a statement on Saturday.Cumulatively, Eicher Motors has sold 3.14 lakh Royal Enfield motorcycles in the first five months of the current fiscal (April-August 2016), 34 percent more than 2.34 lakh units sold in the corresponding period last year. Exports increased 55 percent to 7,274 units in comparison to 4,686 units sold in the first five months last fiscal, according to the statement.The company had sold 54,735 units in August 2016 in the domestic market, up 31.5 percent from 41,600 units in the corresponding month last year, while exports registered a growth of 30 percent at 986 units. Eicher Motors shares closed at Rs. 24,917.40 apiece on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.23 percent higher than their Thursday close.TVS Motor Co., Bajaj Auto, Hero Motocorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), Yamaha and Suzuki are yet to declare their September volume sales.last_img read more

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Netflix Stock Closes at AllTime High Nudging Market Cap Ahead of Disneys

first_imgNetflix has regained the title as world’s most valuable media stock, at least for now, after the streamer’s shares closed at a new record high to push its market capitalization just slightly ahead of Disney’s.Netflix’s stock closed Friday at $351.29 per share, up 0.6%, to give it a market cap of $152.7 billion. Disney closed up 0.08%, recovering somewhat after a decline Thursday, with a market cap of $152.3 billion.On Thursday, Netflix for a few hours had topped Disney’s market cap, before shares of Disney pared some of their losses to put the Mouse House back ahead at the close of trading.The market-cap horse race between Netflix and Disney matters because it shows that investors believe Netflix — even though its business is much smaller today — has as much upside going forward as the 94-year-old Walt Disney Co. 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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Netflix’s appeal to investors is its global reach and fast-growing streaming-subscriber base, which hit 125 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018. So far, the company’s bullish fans are comfortable with Netflix’s heavy content spending and cash burn, pinning their hopes on the prospect of future returns.Netflix remains much smaller than Disney in terms of its financials, and operates at a lower net margin. For 2017, Netflix generated revenue of $11.7 billion and reported net income of $559 million. Disney posted sales of $55.1 billion and net income of $8.9 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2017.The Netflix-vs.-Disney “whose market cap is bigger” storyline also is intriguing given the history between the two companies. Disney is ending its TV-window movie output deal with Netflix effective with 2019 theatrical releases — and instead, Disney will copy Netflix’s model with a planned Disney-branded subscription service next year.Meanwhile, there was speculation before Disney’s direct-to-consumer move (which included acquiring majority control of streaming-infrastructure company BAMTech) that the conglomerate might make an M&A play for Netflix.Netflix rose past Comcast’s market cap earlier this week. Last year, Netflix surpassed the market capitalization of Time Warner — target of AT&T’s still-pending takeover. Wags recalled Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ dis of Netflix in a 2010 interview, when he said about the company, “It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world? I don’t think so.”Reed Hastings, CEO and chairman of Netflix, has seen his personal net worth rise dramatically with the company’s stock run-up. The exec’s net worth currently estimated to be about $3.7 billion, per Forbes.last_img read more

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How to keep nutrients intact in food

first_imgRaw foods are said to be the healthiest for the body as cooking through traditional methods such as frying or baking causes a significant nutrient loss. However, there are a few other methods through which you can enjoy your favourite foods while deriving considerable health benefits from them. Experts list some tips on how one can keep the nutrition of food intact. – Poaching is a great way of preparing fish, meat, eggs and fruit. Simmer food in a small amount of water in such a way that it retains its moisture and essential nutrients. As water does not add any fat to food, poaching is considered an extremely healthy cooking method. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Blend instead of juicing: While juicing fruits and vegetables, you essentially remove all the fibrous material from the final product and are left with a rather sugary juice. Blending whole fruits and veggies keeps the pulp and fibre intact so you consume a thicker, more wholesome juice or smoothie. -Don’t peel: Most fruit and vegetable peels are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To keep maximum nutrients intact while cooking, it is, best to boil, grill or poach without peeling. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Grill to ensure the least amount of nutrient loss while making the fat drip off. The high heat from grills seals in the moisture within food, so there is no additional butter or oil required to cook. -While boiling food, retain the cooking liquid for future use (like soups and stocks) as most of the nutrients leach out into the water during the boiling process. Use pots with lids while cooking (Pressure cooker is a better option). -Do not store fruits and vegetableS for a longer period of time, eat them as fresh as possible. -Eat freshly cooked food and avoid re-heating it as it destroys the chemical structure of nutrients and makes them impotent. -Wash vegetables and fruits before cutting and chopping them (never wash them after it is cut as the nutrients will drain into the water). -Harmful enzymes are activated by high temperature, so it is best to cook food in a preheated pan or oven or in water that is already boiling.last_img read more

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The Creepy Icelandic Pants Made of Human Skin

first_imgIf someone wanted wealth in 17th century Iceland there was a surefire method of achieving it… strike a deal with a buddy to make a pair of necropants. Also known as “nábrók,” or “nábrækur,” the macabre garment comes from ancient folklore and resembles something from Harry Potter by way of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The process behind the pants requires dedication and a strong stomach.According to the website of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the “stave” (meaning magical symbol) for these powerful trousers represents a morbid yet mighty tradition. It states the wearer must get a friend to agree a donation of skin from the lower half of his frame.The exterior of Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík, Iceland. Photo by Bensisto CC BY-SA 4.0Post-death, “you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin.” There’s no try before you buy here. Once the recipient dons the necropants, they’re his for life.Of course like any item of clothing, maintenance is required. Though instead of sewing up a burst seam the task in hand is a bit more elaborate. The owner is seeking untold riches after all. It’s a simple matter of pilfering a coin from a cash-strapped widow before tucking it into the scrotum for safe keeping.A replica of necropants at The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik Iceland. Photo by Bernard McManus CC BY 2As long as the coin stays in this unorthodox wallet, alongside a handwritten “nábrókarstafur,” or sign, the money will roll in. Actually it will “draw money into the scrotum,” which sounds like a potentially hazardous mix. Male genitalia and flying currency don’t make good bedfellows.From there ensues a continuous winning streak, though there’s the awkward matter of the wearer’s life coming to an end. The solution to this is somewhat easier and doesn’t involve grave robbing. If a lucky individual wants to take on the necropants they can have them, as long as they “overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it.”9 Strange Ancient Places Around the worldLocated in the village of Hólmavík, the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft knows more about these astonishing zombie trousers than most. It has among its exhibits the only known example of necropants, albeit a recreation to give people a visual aid they perhaps didn’t ask for. To date no actual “skin tight” pants have been unearthed.The village of Hólmavík. Photo by Notandi:Akigka CC BY 2.5The wider area of Strandir is a remote part of the country which needed a tourism boost, hence the opening of the museum. It is run by local expert Sigurður Atlason and has a cat called Hippó for an administrator.In a 2014 interview for Iceland Magazine, Atlason revealed that “Hippó is a unique character… he’s become famous… it has turned him into something of a diva. Nowadays he won’t pose for pictures unless he’s in the mood for it.”Close up of the replica of Nábrók. Photo by Bensisto CC BY-SA 4.0Behind the fake scrotum is a terrible history involving witchcraft in Strandir. No less then 21 people were cruelly killed to stop the spread of magic. For some, reaching out to forces beyond their comprehension was a route out of poverty.Icelandic magical staves.As reported by the Daily Mail in 2013, “17th century Iceland was a tough place as it suffered harsh trade restrictions from Denmark as well as natural disasters including a huge volcanic eruption that killed half of the country’s livestock… a giant smallpox epidemic in the 18th century wiped out a third of the struggling population.”Read another story from us: The Bizarre Journey of Napoleon Bonaparte’s PenisThe place needed a miracle but alas it didn’t get it. Now the work of Sigurður Atlason celebrates the country’s rich heritage while reminding tourists of the price paid by the unfortunate. As for the necropants, they may not officially exist but their story certainly has legs, in addition to a few other things.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

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Apple Flexes its Artificial Intelligence Muscle

first_imgDecember 28, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple researchers have come up with an improved way to train artificial intelligence algorithms, an achievement that’s less significant for its scientific value than for the fact that it may be a sign of more Apple AI research to come.While tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have amassed considerable brainpower from AI academics and engineers and regularly advertise their findings, Apple has remained largely silent. The new algorithm training technique, detailed in a paper published last week, is Apple’s first major public contribution to artificial intelligence research. It comes two months after Carnegie Mellon professor Russ Salakhutdinov joined the company as its director of AI research, signalling a shakeup in Apple’s AI priorities.The paper itself doesn’t exactly turn heads outside of research circles: it proposes a new method of using machine learning to more efficiently train neural networks, the building blocks of artificial intelligence that are present in everything from chatbots to self-driving cars. But it is sponsored by a company that until now has kept private virtually all of its research, AI or otherwise.The shift is due in part to Salakhutdinov’s hiring. He is no stranger to the tech industry, having previously served as a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and picked up awards from Google and Nvidia. His background in academia, meanwhile, which prides itself on collaboration, means that he’s less likely to subscribe to traditional Apple-style secrecy.Immediately after Salakhutdinov was hired, he remarked that he was “excited” about the new position and indicated that he would be looking to hire even more AI engineers. Beefing up its AI team would put Apple in a league with some of its traditional rivals like Microsoft, as well as Facebook, which is reserving large amounts of computing power from its data centers to power its AI research. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now »last_img read more

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