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Dispatches from Charleville

first_imgThe highlight of the week-long 26th Joint Civil-Military Program (JCM) at the Academy was the keynote address by Union Minister for Petroleum and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan on India’s energy policy in the context of National Security and global geopolitics. The Academy which trains the ‘Steel Frame of India’ was indeed privileged to have the Steel Minister address the distinguished cohort of 45 officers drawn from all the defence and civil services of the country, many of whom were the alumni of this institution. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn a comprehensive commentary on global geopolitics and its impact on India’s economic development, more so in the context of energy security, Dharmendra Pradhan pointed out that if India had to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024 and continue with this trajectory, India would be the world’s largest energy consumer by 2035, and this certainly could not be based on imported fossil fuels–both from the point of ecological sustainability as well as the economic parameters. In fact, the current mix of India’s energy–coal contributing 55 per cent, oil and gas 35 per cent and renewables at 10 per cent–had to be reversed. Renewables and fuels derived from biomass had to play a major role not just from the point of ecology but also equity. Livelihoods for farmers had to be transformed from annadatas–providers of food–to urjadatas–providers of energy–not just through the setting up of solar panels on every available strip of land but also on account of bioethanol, jatropha, conversion of paddy straw into energy units, and other ‘state-of-the-art’ innovations. Moreover, the next spurt of energy demand is likely to come from the rural and semi-urban sectors as young people move from cycles to motorcycles, which is why for the first time in several decades, the growth in consumption of petrol is rising faster than that of diesel. Over time, both will give way to EVMs but the point to note is that we have to take a look at ‘energy’ and not examine petroleum, coal, hydro, thermal and renewables in separate silos, which indeed has been the dominant practice in the current discourse. In fact, while India was not as well endowed with conventional fuels, it had abundant sunshine and a very large coastline–both of which should be factored in our strategic dialogues. Thus, India could become the global leader in solar energy and spread the shine and cheer across Asia and Africa which were endowed with good sun. Our coastline gave us a natural advantage on the High Seas–our navy can certainly provide the logistical support for our trade and commerce with the Middle East and Africa. India could not lose out in the next Industrial Revolution and the minister explained quite succinctly how in the first, our contribution was that of our plantation labour and as supplier of raw materials; in the second, we provided supervisory level support; in the third we were content to pride ourselves in import substitution and later in capturing exports in which we had a competitive advantage on account of our raw materials, cheap labour and geographical location. However, as we’re on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, we had to look at technologies in which we were in the forefront, and our energy policy had to play a critical role in this. In fact, wars were also becoming very energy-intensive and the quest for energy itself was a causative factor in war. Also Read – Insider threat managementPrior to this, we had sessions on India’s neighbourhood in which both Pakistan and China were discussed threadbare. The Pakistan sessions were by Tilak Deveshar and TCA Raghavan, who has just brought out his third book on Pakistan in which he covers the history, the despair and the disaffection in energy-rich Balochistan, which is the terminal part of the CPEC. However, the Baloch, which constitutes 6 per cent of the population occupying 44 per cent of the country with a tenuous border is in a state of continuing insurgency for the same reason that affects all of Pakistan: the domination of the Army, and within it the Punjabi elite. TCA Raghavan explained that almost all engagements with neighbours were problematic, and though there was cynicism on both sides, there was also a sense of realism, even in Pakistan that they were in an asymmetrical position vis a vis India, just as in many ways, India understood that this was their position with respect to China. One must also make a mention of a brilliant engagement which Gen PJS Pannu, Deputy Chief of Staff had with the JCM participants on Fighting War: A National Effort. He explained quite candidly that wars were not just fought on the frontiers but they were fought in the mind, and that the economic, diplomatic, academic and soft power of a nation also played a crucial role. He also explained the subtle but certain differences between Doctrine, Strategy and Tactical Operations, and his frank engagement with the participants on an entire range of issues made it a very interesting session. Before closing, its important to share with readers the fact that the JCM had been conceptualised on recommendations of the Kargil review committee which suggested that the Academy should organise a program of the key stakeholders in the government system on national security; not just to understand the myriad dimensions of national security but more importantly to foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual appreciation of the myriad roles that each one–from field commanders on the LAC to captains on the high seas, diplomats projecting India’s soft power and the bureaucrats manning mysteries ranging from home to finance to energy–has to perform to perfection to ensure that India is secure from all possible threats–both internal and external.(Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Founder of Canada Jetlines takes helm as CEO of rival Flair Airlines

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – The founder of Canada Jetlines is taking over as chief executive of Canadian discount carrier Flair Airlines Ltd.Jim Scott replaces Flair founder and former president Jim Rogers, who will remain an adviser until 2019 after selling his shares in the Kelowna-based company.Scott is a former airline pilot who led Canada Jetlines between 2012 and last year.He will be joined by Jerry Presley, who represents the majority owners, as executive chairman. He was previously an adviser to Canada Jetlines.The changes come more than six months after Flair’s purchase of NewLeaf Travel Company’s assets.Flair Airlines currently flies from seven Canadian cities: Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Abbotsford, Kelowna and Vancouver. It has plans to soon announce an expansion of its fleet and route network.The airline faces the prospect of competition with the launch next summer of WestJet’s discount Swoop airline and Canada Jetlines.Flair operates seven aircraft and plans to add two Boeing 737-800 aircraft later in 2018. Four more planes are slated to be added to the fleet in 2019 to accommodate nearly 1.5 million passengers.last_img read more

Sudan UN strengthens helicopter fleet for logistical work in referendum

19 October 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan now has 24 helicopters, an increase of eight, to help move 120 tons of material for the January referendum that will decide whether southern Sudan declares independence from Africa’s largest country, a senior official said today. “We have a large mission support capability here in the south as well as other parts of Sudan to carry out the referendum,” the Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan in the UN mission known as UNMIS, David Gressly, told a news briefing in Juba, the southern capital.“Our aviation assets will undergo a substantial expansion to meet the challenge of reaching some of the more remote polling and registration centres that will be established between now and next January,” he said.Two referenda will be held on 9 January, with the first, on self-determination in Southern Sudan being the final stage in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended two decades of warfare between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The second in the oil-rich Abyei region will decide whether it is to be part of northern or southern Sudan.Yesterday, citing critical issues still outstanding and reported troop build-ups by both sides, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Haile Menkerios told a news conference in Khartoum, the capital, that the UN would increase its capacity as needed to prevent confrontations that could derail the entire peace process.“The main challenge is what everybody in southern Sudan faces, the logistical challenge,” Mr. Gressley said today. “It’s very difficult still to move around, even with some of the road construction and de-mining that have gone on, so logistics will be a major challenge and that’s one of the major support elements that we will provide.” The other challenge is the very tight deadline with less than three months to go. UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division (UNIRED) Officer-in-charge Meaghan Fitzgerald told the briefing that the 120 tons to be distributed include multiple types of materials, ranging from office equipment and furniture for state- and county-level offices to training materials for the registration, to vehicles and motorbikes to the actual registration materials themselves in terms of the books and the kits.“When we get closer to the referendum, they will also include the actual referendum polling materials as well,” she said. “So it’s a lot of materials.”The north-south civil war killed at least 2 million people, uprooted 4.5 million more, and forced some 600,000 to flee to neighbouring countries. read more

Son charged with attempted murder of mother in Burlington

A 20-year-old Burlington man has been arrested after his mother was found outside lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds.Halton police were called to Bunkerhill Place in Burlington around 3 p.m. last Friday after receiving reports that a man armed with a knife was chasing and stabbing a woman. Police found a 51-year-old woman lying on the ground across the street from her home with multiple stab wounds all over her body.Officers immediately arrested the man and seized a knife.Investigators say the woman had lost a significant amount of blood and was transported to Hamilton General Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. She remains in hospital but is expected to be okay. Dorian Nicolaou has been charged with attempted murder.

WFP to start emergency operation for thousands of malnourished in Guatemala

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today approved an emergency operation in Guatemala to help 155,000 people, including nearly 60,000 children under the age of five, who are suffering from acute malnutrition.“Working jointly with the Guatemalan government and the international community, we can help these malnourished children avoid further suffering – particularly the 6,000 children who are at risk of dying if we do not help them immediately,” Francisco Roque Castro, WFP Latin American and Caribbean Regional Director, said of the $4.8 million emergency operation, which will require 8,553 tons of food to help 154,985 people for six months.Guatemala – like other Central American countries – was hard-hit last year by a severe drought that affected 31,000 families who lost their harvest. The families’ livelihoods depended exclusively on their subsistence crops and occasional day labour in neighbouring farms.According to WFP, Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America, affecting 47 per cent of children under five years of age. Already, 126 children have died from malnutrition since the drought.In this emergency operation, WFP said it will focus its assistance on 88 of the 102 municipalities most affected by the drought, chosen via an evaluation and nutritional census carried out by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and the agency’s Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping unit. The remaining 14 municipalities will be covered by international non-governmental organizations. read more

Kenya UN official stresses need for peaceful and transparent elections

“Kenya’s elections will be watched closely around the world,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said during a visit to Nairobi, the capital.“Let me take this opportunity to appeal to all Kenyans to exercise their democratic right and participate actively – but peacefully – in the elections,” he said. “Let me also underscore the responsibility shared by leaders at all levels to abide by legal mechanisms and to send a clear message to supporters that violence of any kind would be unacceptable.”Mr. Feltman, who oversees UN support to elections globally in his capacity as Focal Point for UN Electoral Assistance, commended the electoral authorities for their preparations and underscored the readiness of the UN to continue providing financial and technical assistance to the electoral process.During his visit, Mr. Feltman met the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya and praised the Commission’s successful conduct of the registration of voters in record time, as well as efforts to avoid any violence.The previous general elections were held in December 2007, and were followed by post-election violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced. read more

Parris Campbell among young players to catch Urban Meyers eye at Ohio

Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) caught the eye of coach Urban Meyer during OSU’s annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern PhotographerIn a scrimmage that featured 75 passing attempts and just 12 rushing attempts by running backs, a 17-14 final score might seem underwhelming.But Ohio State’s Spring Game on Saturday at Ohio Stadium wasn’t about showing how much the team has improved. In fact, after the quasi-game, coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes were worse than they were in January when they won the College Football Playoff National Championship.Regardless of that regression, Meyer said he was looking for certain young players to stand out. Some didn’t make the grade, but others — like redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell — put on displays that could earn them playing time going forward.Meyer said he called on Campbell to score from four yards out with Campbell’s Scarlet team trailing Gray, 10-7.“He looked at me, like, ‘Heck with this, man.’ He took the ball, put his left foot in the ground and drove in, made a great cut and scored,” Meyer said of the play. “And I saw his celebration in the end zone. That’s one I remember from the Spring Game. That’s going to help him get into the rotation.”Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) caught 5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown during OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern PhotographerBut the fourth-year OSU coach added that not every player he called on to step up succeeded in the same fashion as Campbell.“I asked a couple guys to make a play and they didn’t do it,” Meyer said. “Now I have to find out why when I meet with them next week and just get into the psychological impact of playing in the stadium has on a player.”While players like Campbell used the Spring Game to make their final strides toward the rotation, others simply cemented their spot after a strong spring overall.Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard had the coaching staff raving throughout the 15-practice slate, and built on that with two sacks and a fumble recovery in the scrimmage. Meyer said Hubbard has locked up a spot in the rotation, but the former safety and tight end said he still has more room to improve.“I have a long way to go before I’m one of the guys that’s routinely in the rotation,” Hubbard said after the Spring Game. “It’s only been a few months at defensive end and to be in the position I am, I’m very thankful.”Regardless of how far he feels he has to go, Meyer confirmed that Hubbard will rotate along with redshirt-sophomore defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis, as the duo helped replace Steve Miller opposite junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa.As for Campbell, receiver might be the position where OSU took the biggest hit, with Devin Smith and Evan Spencer turning their focus to an NFL future. Like Hubbard, Campbell has a chance to find his way on to the field next season after catching his coach’s eye on Saturday.But for now, the Buckeyes have some time off before returning to fall camp, and ultimately opening the 2015 regular season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Israeli Prime Minister calls for early elections

first_imgISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu began his re-election bid today after calling snap polls that he is tipped to win, presenting himself as the only hope of facing Iran and the global economic crisis.Following his announcement late yesterday that the election was to be brought forward, Netanyahu fired the unofficial starting gun to a campaign expected to see Israelis go to the polls in January or February.The move ended weeks of speculation about whether he would call an early vote in order to capitalise on his popularity, with newspapers unanimous that Netanyahu was in the enviable position of being the only realistic contender.“The election campaign begins with Netanyahu being perceived as the only one who fills the prime minister’s seat naturally,” wrote Nahum Barnea in the top-selling Yediot Aharonot daily in a piece headlined: “The Usual Candidate.”Although Netanyahu gave no date for the election, which had been due in October 2013, most commentators suggested the vote was likely to take place on either January 22 or 29.The date is likely to be set next week when the Knesset, or parliament, reconvenes for its winter session.National interest“My duty as prime minister is to put the national interest before everything, and so I’ve decided that for the good of Israel we must go to an election now as quickly as possible,” Netanyahu said yesterday.Barnea said with no realistic opponent in the field, and the outcome largely known to both politicians and voters alike, parties would focus attention on the only variable — the make-up of the next coalition government.“In terms of Israeli democracy, this is an unfortunate reality. Many voters feel that not only is there no one to vote for, there is no one to vote against: Everyone (except for the Meretz) dreams of serving in the next Netanyahu government,” he said, referring to a leftwing party.Writing in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, commentator Ari Shavit said Netanyahu’s policy of doing little had served him well.Stability“All he offered Israelis was stability: security stability, economic stability and political stability. But since Israel is surrounded by the stormy world economy and stormy Arab world, Netanyahu’s make-no-progress stability turned into a political gold mine,” he wrote.“It allowed its leader to take no real steps and score no real achievement, and turned him into what seems today to be virtually the sole candidate to head the government of Israel.”Netanyahu said the move to bring forward the election was sparked by a coalition deadlock over the 2013 budget, which includes a fresh series of harsh austerity measures.In his address, Netanyahu was quick to burnish his government’s security and economic credentials, presenting himself as the only guarantee in the face of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme, regional insecurity sparked by the Arab Spring, and the economic crisis.AusterityOpinion polls indicate Netanyahu, who heads the rightwing Likud party, is well placed to stay in power, although his ratings hit a low point earlier this year after he pushed through an initial series of austerity measures.The measures, which came on the back of mass protests over the rising cost of living, sparked public anger and saw Netanyahu’s popularity slump to its lowest level since he came to power in March 2009, with 60 percent saying they were unhappy with his performance.But according to a poll published in Haaretz at the end of September, Netanyhau’s popularity has recovered from its summer low.Likud, along with the other rightwing and ultra-Orthodox parties, would take 66 of the 120 seats in parliament if the election were held immediately, the poll found.By comparison, the centre-left bloc would take only 54 votes in any general election.Netanyahu’s existing coalition, which groups rightwing, nationalist and ultra-Orthodox parties along with the centre-right Independence party led by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, currently holds 66 seats.Read: Israeli embassy security incident in Dublin confirmed as false alarm>last_img read more

Germany not accepting more refugees and migrants from Italy and Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the most recent announcement coming from the German government, the country will put a halt to accepting more refugees and migrants under the EU’s relocation scheme. Germany is currently resettling the last groups of populations it has received from Greece and Italy, a process that will continue in the coming weeks, however, Germany has only taken one third of the initial number it agreed to receive.As the European Union’s migrant relocation program draws to a close Germany’s Interior Ministry said on Monday that “far fewer people had fulfilled the necessary criteria for relocation than first expected”.“The relocation scheme ended in September 2017, meaning all applicants arriving after that date will no longer be eligible for resettlement,” Annegret Korff, a speaker for the Interior Ministry added, clarifying that in order to qualify, “applicants had to be from a country where the chances of asylum are at least 75 percent”.Germany’s Interior Ministry claims that they largely completed all outstanding relocation cases by the end of 2017 and therefore Germany will only carry out the odd resettlement case that was left outstanding from last year.Meanwhile, Greece and Italy insist that the program to relocate migrants landing on their coasts was launched by the European Union in the wake of the 2015 migrant crisis.EU member states had reportedly agreed to relocate some 160,000 refugees between them, a number that last year had been revised to just under 100,000 after officials found most applicants to be ineligible under the EU relocation scheme. Moreover, Germany was expected to take in 27,000 refugees and migrants yet it has only accepted 10,000 migrants.At the moment, and based on the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) statistics, more than 170,317 people made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in 2017 of whom over 60,000 are trapped within Greek borders as the rest of Europe refuses to take them in.last_img read more

Windows 7 devance Vista en un temps record

first_imgWindows 7 devance Vista en un temps recordAlors que Windows 7 n’est effectif que depuis neuf mois, et que Vista est sur le marché depuis 2 ans, StatCounter révèle que le dernier système d’exploitation de Microsoft a d’ores et déjà dépassé le précédent.Ainsi, Microsoft aurait vendu 175 millions de licences Windows 7 depuis octobre 2009 : de quoi prouver le succès du dernier système d’exploitation de la firme de Redmond. Un succès confirmé par StatCounter qui mesure régulièrement la “part de visite” des OS face à plusieurs milliers de sites et qui révèle qu’au mois de juillet 2010, Windows 7 était déjà à 19,56% de parts, un niveau que Vista n’est parvenu à atteindre qu’après deux ans d’existence, ce qui confirme le non succès commercial de cet OS. Et ZDNet de préciser que ce bon résultat est également dû à la reprise du marché des PC depuis fin 2009, la marge semblant encore très importante lorsque l’on sait que 75% des ordinateurs d’entreprises tournent encore sous Windows XP, le prédécesseur de Vista. En comparaison, Linux ne représente aujourd’hui que 0,74% de parts de visite. Le 4 août 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

GTA Onlines Deadline Update Turns the Game Into Tron

first_img Grand Theft Auto Online is constantly getting new updates, and this latest one is a huge love letter to a certain 80’s sci-fi movie. The Deadline update introduces the Nagasaki Shotaro: a motorcycle that looks like it comes straight out of Tron.The Shotaro is the centerpiece of the Deadline Adversary Mode. In this 4-player arena deathmatch, players must use the light trail left behind by their bikes to destroy their opponents. The arena is littered with power-ups that will either help or hinder players.The bike as well as the Deadline Outfit is unlocked for purchase after playing Deadline for the first time. For a limited time only, purchasing the Shotaro will get you an in-game Nagasaki logo T-shirt. Players who participate in this mode from now until November 21 will receive double the money and RP.I would be remiss in my duties as a full-time nerd if I didn’t point out that these bike races aren’t exactly like the ones in Tron. Unlike that movie where riders could only make sharp 90 degree turns, players are allowed a full range of movement here. While not one hundred percent faithful to the movie, this does bump up the challenge. The power-ups are certainly a nice addition and should make what is already a chaotic deathmatch even crazier.On top of the double money and RP in Deadline, players will get a boost to their Biker Business with 25% off Business supplies and resupply and an extra 50% GTA money and 2X RP from Biker Business Sales. Players can also take advantage of discounted weapons and tactical vehicles from now to November 21. The weapons and vehicles are listed below.PropertiesBiker Businesses – 25% VehiclesKarin Technical – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived)Savage – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived)MTL Brickade – 50% WeaponryBullet Ammo – 25%Throwables and Explosives – 25%Body Armor – 25%Drum & Box Magazines – 25% GTAV Short Film Stars the Real TrevorRockstar ends GTA Online content updates for PS3 and Xbox 360 Stay on targetlast_img read more

San Diego gun owners take action to save Del Mar Gun Show

first_imgSan Diego gun owners take action to save Del Mar Gun Show Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 1:51 PM Posted: May 22, 2018 Carlos Amezcua May 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTuesday, Carlos Amezcua interviewed Michael Schwartz, Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners, about the Crossroads of the West Gun Show and what they are doing to make sure it continues.Schwartz showed his stack of 3,000 letters that were collected at the gun show this past weekend, all voicing support for continuing the show.Schwartz says the key points made in the letters are:— Please renew the gun show contract with Crossroads of the West with no new restrictions or limitations.— The gun show is a safe and legal place for enthusiasts to attend and learn more about firearms, firearms safety and firearms training.— The gun show event is a great place for couples and families to spend time together learning more about an American sport and tradition. The educational and entertainment value is immeasurable.— Do not ban this resource for the public, which helps keep San Diegans law-abiding and safe.— Do not villainize my family and discriminate against us, it is nothing short of bigotry.— To blame me for crimes involving guns is insulting to hundreds of thousands of gun owners in Southern California. We resent the uninformed opponents to the gun show painting gun owners as dangerous. Carlos Amezcua, last_img read more

Solar power tariff at all time low Power Minister

first_imgIn what has emerged as an all-time low tariff for solar energy, US-based Sun Edison has won a bid to sell power at the rate of Rs.4.63 per kilowatt-hour (kW.h).The renewable energy made the bid for its 500 megawatt plant in Andhra Pradesh under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.”Delighted that an all time low solar tariff of Rs 4.63 (a has been achieved during reverse e-auction conducted by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC),” Power Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Wednesday.”Delighted that solar tariff in India has broken Rs 5/kW.h level. NTPC has received bids of Rs 4.8/ kW.h through ongoing reverse e-bidding,” he added.Goyal made the announcement on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in New Delhi on Tuesday, following the bidding earlier in the day.The previous lowest solar tariff was about Rs.5.05 per unit offered by Canadian company SkyPower’s for a 150 MW project in Madhya Pradesh.Of the 28 companies that qualified for the second round of bidding, nine including Italy’s Enel Green Power SpA, Reliance Power Ltd, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd, Solar Arise, Acme Solar and Orange Renewable Power offered bids under Rs.5 per unit.Other bidders included Welspun Renewables, Trina Solar and First Solar.last_img read more

ACC hotline recieves 75000 calls in first week

first_imgBangladesh’s new anti-graft hotline has been overwhelmed with tens of thousands of calls about acts of corruption in its first week, an official said Thursday.Hotline number 106 was launched last Thursday by state authorities in an effort to crack down on graft in Bangladesh, which has been listed by a global watchdog as one of the world’s most corrupt nations.“Since 27 July around 75,000 people called our hotline,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told AFP.The hotline is manned by just five government employees, with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system.Bhattacharya said most callers who got through had complaints that were beyond the agency’s jurisdiction, including personal family disputes and dowry demands.The commission is empowered to investigate bribes in government offices and agencies, misappropriation of state assets or money, embezzlement of state funds, amassing of wealth through illegal means, money laundering and bank fraud.More than 200 relevant complaints were forwarded to the ACC to investigate. “Most complaints are related to land,” Rajib Ahsan, an official at the ACC’s hotline cell, told AFP.Some women had complained of dowry demands from their husbands, he said.Last year Bangladesh was ranked as the 13th most corrupt nation in the world, according to the graft perception index prepared annually by Berlin-based Transparency International.Last week Bangladesh’s finance minister AMA Muhith, while inaugurating the hotline, acknowledged the depth of the problem and said in the past corruption was an act of shame but it had now taken root in the country of 160 million people.“We are all overwhelmed by corruption. Those in power spread corruption,” he said. “It could not continue if everyone were not involved. We are all indirectly involved.”last_img read more

Full Show NonCitizen Voter List Political Roundup And DNA Testing For Cancer

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listencenter_img X On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County officials say thousands of residents who showed up on a state-circulated list of potential non-citizen voters should not have been on the list. The Texas Secretary of State initially flagged 95,000 Texas voters as potential non-citizens. Now, that office is telling counties that some of those voters don’t belong on the list it sent out. We delve into the latest developments.Also this hour: From the government shutdown ending (for now), to the results of the Texas House District 145 race, to controversy over a Tweet from the Harris Co. Republican Party on Holocaust Remembrance Day, our experts weigh in on the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, last week, DNA testing company 23andMe announced FDA approval of a test for consumers to find out if they have the genetic predisposition for a particular kind of colorectal cancer. A local gastrointestinal oncologist discusses the pros of cons of such tests.And we talk with pianist Sarah Rothenberg about her 25 years as the artistic director of the local music organization Da Camera.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Disable Online Tips and Videos in the Windows 10 Settings app

first_imgDisable Online Tips and Videos in the Windows 10 Settings app by Martin Brinkmann on January 22, 2018 in Google Chrome – Last Update: January 22, 2018 – 7 commentsThe Settings application is one of the central locations in Windows 10 to manage and customize the operating system.It is still largely a work in progress, as Microsoft announced back in 2015 that it wanted to migrate all Control Panel applets to the Settings application eventually.Windows 10 users still juggle between the Control Panel and Settings app more than two years after the official release.The Settings application changes with every feature update of Windows 10. Microsoft moves some Control Panel applets to the Settings application usually and may also make modifications to the layout or functionality in new releases.Online Tips in SettingsThe Settings application displays links, tips, and suggestions on each page that you open. Windows 10 may display text and video content for specific Settings pages. These tips may be useful to novice users who are just getting started but they don’t offer anything to experience users who know their way around.What many Windows 10 users don’t know is that these tips are retrieved from Microsoft content services.The description of the “Allow Online Tips” policy reveals as much:Enables or disables the retrieval of online tips and help for the Settings app.If disabled, Settings will not contact Microsoft content services to retrieve tips and help content.Disable Settings tips using the Group PolicyThe Group Policy editor is included in professional versions of Windows 10. You can run it on Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or Education, but not on Windows 10 Home.Tip: If you use Windows 10 Home, try Policy Plus which brings policies to Home editions of Windows. You may also skip ahead to the Registry instructions below which do work on Home editions as well.To disable online tips in Settings using the Group Policy Editor, do the following:Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc, and select the result to launch the Group Policy Editor on the Windows PC.Use the sidebar to go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel.Double-click on “Allow Online Tips” to open the policy.Set the policy to disabled to turn the feature off.The Settings application won’t retrieve tips and video content anymore from Microsoft content services.You can restore the default value by setting the policy to not configured.The change takes effect immediately. Note that you need to close the Settings application if it is open before you notice the change.How to disable Online Tips in Settings using the Registry EditorThe Registry change works in all editions of Windows 10 including Windows 10 Home. Here is what you need to do to disable online tips in the Settings app on Windows 10:Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and select the program from the list of results.Confirm the UAC prompt that Windows loads.Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerCheck if the Registry value AllowOnlineTips exists already.If it does, skip to 7.If it does not, right-click on Explorer and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value from the context menu. Name the value AllowOnlineTips.Double-click on the value and set its value data to 0.Restart the PCThe change has the same effect as the policy. Windows 10’s Settings application won’t display online tips anymore.Tip: You may use the following Registry file to apply the change with a double-click. Download it with a click on the following link: Disable Online TipsSummaryArticle NameDisable Online Tips and Videos in the Windows 10 Settings appDescriptionThe guide offers instructions on disabling online tips that the Settings application of the Windows 10 operating system downloads and displays by default.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Whats new in Australia travel and tourism

first_imgVirgin Australia and Air Canada codeshare From 1 June 2017, Virgin Australia and Air Canada began a new codeshare agreement on flights between Los Angeles and Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, providing improved regional access to Australian destinations.  As part of the strategic cooperation between the airlines, Virgin Australia plans to place its code on Air […] eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Click to read the full article What’s new in Australia travel and tourism?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img What’s new in Australia travel and tourism?LGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Hawaii Tourism follows LGBT Hawaii suggestion, releases study on Taiwan and JapanMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img

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News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more August 18, 2010 – Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time developed a way to visualize coronary artery plaques vulnerable to rupture using multicolor computed tomography (CT), an innovation that may lead to better and earlier diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. The data are published in the September issue of Radiology.Ruptures of atherosclerotic plaques are the cause of nearly 70 percent of heart attacks. High-density lipoproteins (HDL), the “good” cholesterol, are drawn to plaques vulnerable to rupture and remove them from the arterial wall. The Mount Sinai team harnessed HDL by encapsulating tiny gold particles within it and injected them into mice. By using a sophisticated multicolor CT scanner, the researchers were able to see the gold particles as the HDL was targeting macrophages, or the cells that cause inflammation in the arterial wall, therefore illuminating the location of the vulnerable plaques. “The use of multicolor CT and gold nanoparticles to visualize plaque will revolutionize cardiac imaging,” said the research team leader, Zahi A. Fayad, Ph.D., professor of radiology and medicine and the director of the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “The acquisition of this technology and development of this method will help us improve cardiovascular disease diagnosis in our patients, furthering our commitment to translational research. We look forward to continuing our study of this technology in the clinical setting.”In addition to showing the impact of the gold particles, spectral CT can simultaneously distinguish calcium deposits and contrast agents used such as iodine, which is often used to identify stenoses, or the narrowing of arteries, informing the severity of atherosclerosis and heart attack risk. “There is a significant unmet need for imaging technology that visualizes plaque vulnerable to rupture,” said the lead author of the work, David Cormode, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “The fact that the multicolor CT technique shows the gold particles, iodine and calcifications, provides us with a more complete picture of the nature of the atherosclerotic arteries.”Multicolor CT technology may also be beneficial in imaging other biological process and diseases, including cancer, kidney disease, and bowel diseases. 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Costa Rica ranks fifth in gender gap in Latin America

first_imgRelated posts:Consumer optimism remains low in Costa Rica Dollar exchange rate maintains slight upward trend this year Dollar exchange rate reaches highest price in seven years Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcement The gender gap in Costa Rica persists, but the country moved up six positions in the World Economic Forum’sGlobal
 Gender Gap Report 2016, disclosed here last week by experts from the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).Costa Rica ranks 32 out of 144 countries in the WEF report, which measures the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time. The agency bases its evaluation on a series of indicators in four areas: economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment, and health and survival.Scores for each country range from 0.00, representing no parity, to 1.00, representing an egalitarian relationship between genders.The evaluation for Costa Rica resulted in a 0.73, thanks mostly to the country’s benchmarks in political empowerment, where it ranked 20th, and in education, where it ranked 30th.A growing number of women in the Legislative Assembly and the Executive branch allowed the country its position in the political ranking, INCAE‘s analysis noted.Improvement neededCosta Rica’s gender gap got its worst results in economic participation, where it ranked 105th, and in health and survival, where it placed 62nd.The report noted an important gap in the estimated earned income, as the country scored a 0.5 that placed it at 82.According to INCAE’s analysis those results mean, for example, that for every ₡100 a man earns here, a woman will receive ₡70.In terms of participation it means that in a board of directors formed by ten members at a Costa Rican company, seven likely will be men.Results are consistent with a National University (UNA) study, also released last week, stating that the country’s labor market does not create enough job opportunities for women, especially in rural areas.UNA economist Roxana Morales noted that unemployment in the past quarter, according to the National Statistics and Census Institute, was 11.2 percent for women and 8.3 percent for men.The university’s report also noted that in general, finding a job is harder for women and that 10.3 of women who find one have to struggle with low-skilled posts, insufficient working hours, low salaries and low access to health insurance.RecommendationsGaudy Solórzano, manager of INCAE’s Center for Women’s Leadership, said that in order to improve gender parity figures Costa Rica requires legal reforms.Among others, she said laws should aim at removing prejudice against women related to maternity leave and child care issues. This prejudice hurts women’s opportunities mostly in the private sector, INCAE’s report says.The country also needs to pass legislation to grant parental leave for men in order to allow a better balance between genders, Solórzano said.The center’s director, Camelia Ilie-Cardoza, said partnerships between the public and private sectors are key to draft and implement better policies and measures to improve gender parity.Fifth in regionThe country’s position in the WEF’s report places it fifth in Latin America, behind Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba and Barbados. The lowest performing countries in the region are the Dominican Republic, Belize and Guatemala.Overall, Latin America and the Caribbean countries scored an average gender gap that places the region on the same level as Eastern Europe and above Central Asia. Western Europe tops the overall index, followed by North America. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Despite leading war in Yemen Saudi Arabia mostly untouched

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Sometimes I make a profit, sometimes I don’t,” says the Saudi villager, who does not know how old she is.Saudi Arabia, an oil-rich nation with about 20 million citizens, is now leading an offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, who are supported by its arch-rival Iran. Yet if not for the huge propaganda posters and the state media, you would never know this was a country at war, in much the same way that life in the United States sometimes seemed distant from the conflict in Iraq.From the ancient city of Najran to the gleaming, SUV-ridden capital of Riyadh, much of the kingdom continues on its prosperous way, as reflected in AP interviews with more than two dozen people. One reason is that many citizens are already living comfortably with government help, and the new monarch, King Salman, ordered an extra month’s salary for civil servants. And for those in the pockets of poverty overshadowed by Riyadh’s gated wealth, the war is largely the royal family’s business.In Riyadh itself, there is a vague sense of pride, of a nation finally coming into its own. The war comes at a pivotal time for Saudi Arabia: King Salman ascended to the throne in January, and he has all but appointed his son as his successor. As this generational change takes root, the country wants to project a strong image of itself as the backbone of Arab solidarity by leading Arab countries against the Houthis. It also wants to be in the line of defense of Sunnis against Iran, which has supported Shiite militias in Iraq and the government of Bashar Assad in Syria. NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Khatim Umm Salem’s quiet, secure life betrays no signs of the war taking place just a few miles away.In the mornings, the elderly woman sits in front of a fan outside her tiny shop in the old market of Najran. In the evenings, she listens to the Quran on the radio. She sleeps with the door unlocked, since all her neighbors know her.When asked about the war, she shrugs and says a prayer. As a widow, she receives free health care and the little she needs, 1,000 Saudi riyals or $267, from the government each month. FILE – In this April 8, 2015 file photo, smoke billows from a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. Saudi Arabia is now leading an offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are supported by its arch-rival Iran. Much of the kingdom, however, continues on its prosperous way, as reflected in interviews by The Associated Press with more than two dozen people. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) Aware of the Internet’s ability to surpass the reach of traditional state-owned press, the Saudi government has swung open its doors to journalists on the Yemen border. The government took both local and foreign press to see Saudi troops, and the military held a rare nightly briefing, broadcast live, where journalists could ask questions.However, the apparent openness masks another reason for support of the war: Fear. Even in the Eastern Province, a Shiite stronghold, few have called for protests against the war in Yemen. During similar protests in 2011, the government arrested dozens of people and sentenced a top Shiite cleric to death.“There are people who are afraid to give their opinion because of the fear that anyone whose opinion is not like that of the government’s can be seen as being against the nation,” said human rights activist and writer Ali al-Hattab. “There is no independent body to research and say whether people are behind the war or not.”In a country where regional differences lurk under the surface, support for the war is perhaps most passionate in the southern border region of Jizan. This is where some 10,000 tribesmen have volunteered to stand along the border with their own weapons, according to the armed forces. These Sunni tribesmen still remember with bitterness the takeover of their land in 2009 by the Houthis, which forced thousands of Saudi farmers to relocate. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In a country with strong ties between business and politics, the support is useful for both. The governor of Riyadh issued a written notice, seen by The Associated Press, urging businesses to erect billboards praising the royal family and offering contacts of a local engineer to help with the “celebration” of the new monarch.For King Salman, the war offers political opportunity. He promoted his son — the nearly 30-year-old defense minister who led the offensive — to the position of deputy crown prince, putting a renewed focus on security. He has also put his nephew, the country’s interior minister and counterterrorism czar, first in line to the throne.The fighting in the background has not stopped the celebrations, but has if anything been woven into the image of Saudi Arabia in a new era under a new ruler. The day after the announcements, companies and public figures ran 22 full pages of congratulatory ads in the daily Al-Riyadh newspaper, and similarly in other government publications. And in a lavish ceremony this week, the city’s main buildings and palm trees were lit up green, the color of the flag.The government is also using the war in Yemen as a way to reach out to its young, Internet-savvy population. The majority of Saudi Arabia is under 30 years old, and can easily turn from state TV programming to a privately-owned Saudi station that beams out U.S. shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “There’s support for the war because it came after much indignity from Iran,” according to writer and analyst Abdulmajeed al-Buluwi. He said the Yemen offensive was seen as “revenge for dignity and honor.”The offensive shows how far this country has come since the first Gulf War of 1990, when the U.S. military defended its borders. Saudi Arabia has now acquired tens of billions of dollars in military equipment. It has also emerged from the Arab Spring unscathed, unlike former powerhouse Egypt, and is now propping up Cairo’s ailing economy with aid. In return, Egypt is a key partner against the Houthis.“Saudi Arabia is in a new stage where it is more outspoken and more aggressive,” al-Buluwi said.The tacit acceptance of the war also has to do with how it is portrayed. In a capital that is deeply religious, the country’s top ultraconservative clerics have passed a fatwa, or edict, declaring the Yemen offensive a religious duty.The kingdom’s powerful business class has rushed to express support, at least on paper. The Saudi Binladin Group, for example, took out a full-page newspaper ad that included images of F-16 fighter jets and the flag alongside King Salman saluting the armed forces. Solb Steel’s ad spelled the name of King Salman with rockets and a fighter jet, and Saudi Steel pledged “to protect each and every inch of our country, even with the last drop of our blood.” The vital role family plays in society Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here, the scars of that last war are everywhere. Sounds of sniper fire can be heard in the distance. Homes stand pockmarked and shelled. With the nearest Yemeni village less than a half-mile (kilometer) away, the border along this mountain range zigzags back and forth so much that mobile phones switch to a Yemeni service provider in some areas.In Najran, a border town not far away with a sizable Shiite population, reactions are markedly different. This is where most of Saudi soldiers were killed in recent clashes with the Houthis. Yet residents say they have little reason to support or oppose the Yemen offensive so long as their tribal affiliations and land are unharmed.One resident of Najran, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said tribesmen here simply do not believe the government’s portrayal of the Houthis as a dangerous force that could destabilize the entire Gulf region. He said he feels safe because he knows his tribe will protect him.“We’re not afraid of the Houthis, and don’t believe this empty talk that they’ll attack us,” he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more