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CANADIANS ESI EDUGYAN AND MICHAEL ONDAATJE MAKE BARACK OBAMAS BESTOF 2018 LIST

first_imgCanadian novelist Esi Edugyan is photographed at home in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, August 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito Ondaatje’s “Warlight” made Obama’s year-end list after first being named on Obama’s summer reading list.The novel follows two siblings separated from their parents in 1945 London.In July, Ondaatje’s 1992 book “The English Patient” was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Canadian authors Esi Edugyan and Michael Ondaatje have made former U.S. president Barack Obama’s best-of 2018 list.Edugyan made the list for her novel “Washington Black,” which follows the saga of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s kinder brother.The book won her the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Michigan pipeline replacement setback raises fears for existing conduit

Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ENB)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A move by the governor of Michigan to halt work on a project to replace Enbridge Inc.’s 65-year-old Line 5 pipeline is raising fears that the recently elected Democratic administration could also try to shut down the existing pipeline.Analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says that could result in crude supply disruptions for refineries in southern Ontario and Quebec and could also reduce oil pipeline takeaway capacity from Western Canada.On Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ruled unconstitutional a law enacted by the previous Republican governor late last year authorizing construction of a 6.4-kilometre oil pipeline tunnel beneath the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer then ordered state agencies to halt work, a move that Taylor says implies that she may move forward with other election promises, including one to re-examine the existing pipeline’s long-held underwater easements.He says the loss of the 540,000-barrel-per-day capacity pipeline carrying oil and natural gas liquids between Superior, Wis., and Sarnia, Ont., could affect several refineries and would force Canadian shippers to find new routes to get crude oil to markets.Calgary-based Enbridge said Thursday it was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision given that the concrete-lined tunnel would enhance the safety and reliability of the pipeline by putting it 30 metres underground, instead of resting on the lakebed.“It’s no surprise that they found a way to pump the brakes on this tunnel proposal,” Taylor said.“It’s a bit of a step or leap to then say definitively that they will try to challenge the easements … but it is certainly a consideration investors have to look at.”Enbridge recently won state approval in Minnesota for its Line 3 oil export pipeline replacement project but said permitting timelines meant it wouldn’t be in service until 2020, almost a year later than expected. read more

Asia markets mostly closed Sydney up after new SP 500 high

BANGKOK — Financial markets were mostly closed in Asia on Wednesday for holidays after Wall Street ended a wobbly trading session with meagre gains.Australia’s S&P ASX 200 rose 0.8% on Wednesday to 6,377.10 after ANZ reported a 2% increase in its profit, kicking off the earnings season for the country’s Big Four banks. New Zealand’s benchmark fell 0.6%.There was no word of specific progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China that were underway in Beijing. With most global markets closed, investors are focusing on a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday.On Wall Street, a late spurt of buying helped the S&P 500 claim an all-time high for the third straight trading session after hovering below its previous high for most of the day.Household goods makers, health care stocks, utilities and other sectors helped lift the market, narrowly offsetting a steep decline in communications companies.Google’s parent company, Alphabet, led the slide after the search giant reported a slowdown in revenue growth. Retailers and hospitality industry companies also fell.The market’s latest gyrations came as investors weighed the latest batch of corporate earnings reports.“This is a market that’s trying to find its way after advancing nearly 18% through last night on a year-to-date basis,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA. “While the numbers have been good, there still remains a cautious tone in the market.”The S&P 500 rose 0.1%, to 2,945.83, while Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.1% to 26,592.91.The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology companies, fell 0.8% to 8,095.39. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 0.4% to 1,591.21.Major indexes in Europe finished mostly higher.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.50% from 2.53% late Monday.The U.S. stock market has been riding high this year after mounting a big comeback from a steep slump at the end of 2018. Investors have been feeling more optimistic this year as fears of a global economic recession eased and negotiations between the U.S. and China over their costly trade war appear to be making progress.The Federal Reserve has done the most to allay the market’s jitters this year by signalling that it may not raise interest rates at all in 2019 after seven increases the previous two years.Traders will get to hear from the Fed again on Wednesday, when the central bank’s policymakers issue another update on interest rate policy and their view on the U.S. economy.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gave up 63 cents to $63.28 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 0.6% to settle at $63.91 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 48 cents to $71.58 per barrel. It added 1.1% to close at $72.80 per barrel in the previous session.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 111.48 Japanese yen from 111.42 yen late Tuesday. The euro strengthened to $1.1217 from $1.1215.___AP Business writers Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise contributed to this report.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

UN gardening scheme provides fresh start for Afghan women excombatants

28 April 2008A United Nations gardening and literacy project for Afghan women and ex-combatants seeks to pave the way to peace and prosperity in the war-torn nation. A United Nations gardening and literacy project for Afghan women and ex-combatants seeks to pave the way to peace and prosperity in the war-torn nation. Aimed at reversing environmental damage wrought by decades of conflict, uncontrolled grazing and illegal logging, the Green Afghanistan Initiative (GAIN) – run by six UN agencies, led by the World Food Programme (WFP) – will give participants the chance to make a fresh start through literacy classes and setting up their own nurseries to generate an income.“These nurseries are making a huge difference to the lives of ordinary Afghan people and also to our environment,” said Obaidulla Ghafouri, the programme’s coordinator, at the GAIN’s Heart centre, noting that rural communities and farmers’ livelihoods have been impacted by deforestation.He noted that the nurseries provide regular jobs for ex-combatants and also for women, who can support their families with income earned while attending literacy classes.More than 500 GAIN nurseries have been set up throughout Afghanistan since 2005, and by the end of this year, more than 5 million plant saplings will have been grown and over 1 million trees planted.The country is prone to desertification, and this has been exacerbated by limited rainfall, mismanagement, abuse of natural resources, droughts, floods and population growth.GAIN-backed provincial re-forestation centres – seeking to boost public awareness on the issue – will be established, serving as both agricultural knowledge centres and high-yield nurseries. read more

Gauge of the US economys health posted solid 08 per cent gain

WASHINGTON – A measure of the U.S. economy’s health posted a solid gain in November, suggesting momentum was building at the end of the year.The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 per cent in November compared with October, when the index had posted a much smaller 0.1 per cent gain. The index rose 1 per cent in September, the month before the 16-day partial government shutdown.The index is designed to signal economic conditions over the next three to six months.Conference Board economist Ataman Ozyildirim said that the November index increase suggested “gradually strengthening economic conditions through early 2014.”The November gain was driven by improvements in labour markets, manufacturing orders and strong financial market indicators reflecting in part stock market gains. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2013 8:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gauge of the US economy’s health posted solid 0.8 per cent gain in November read more

Daily fantasy sports sites agree to stop taking bets in NY

by Jake Pearson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 10:25 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Daily fantasy sports sites agree to stop taking bets in NY New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a new conference in New York, Monday, March 21, 2016. The nation’s two largest daily fantasy sports websites have agreed to stop taking paid bets in New York through the end of baseball season, in September, as lawmakers consider legalizing the popular online contests, the state’s attorney general announced Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The nation’s two largest daily fantasy sports websites have agreed to stop taking bets in New York, potentially through most of the professional baseball season, as lawmakers consider legalizing the popular online contests, the state attorney general announced Monday.The deal struck between Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, essentially takes the dispute out of the courts and into the capitol, at least temporarily, where key lawmakers indicate legislation regulating the industry could pass by mid-May.Schneiderman’s claims against the companies for false advertising and consumer fraud will not be affected by the agreement, according to the stipulation.“As I’ve said from the start, my job is to enforce the law, and starting today, DraftKings and FanDuel will abide by it,” Schneiderman said in a statement.In statements, spokespeople for both companies said they would seek to clarify state law to allow their New York customers to play without ambiguity.Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers play fantasy sports, in which users pay entry fees to manage rosters of teams like a general manager and then earn points depending on how well those players do. The companies have depicted their contests as games of skill, not chance.But Schneiderman disagreed and in November sent the companies cease-and-desist letters, arguing the businesses were essentially illegal gambling operations based on chance. The games, he argued, are dependent on many factors — such as player injuries or bad weather — that could affect the outcome despite a player’s skill level.Under the agreement, if Albany lawmakers fail to pass legislation, a state appeals court will take up the case during its September term. In the meantime, the companies cannot take bets from users with New York IP addresses and must withdraw their New York clients’ balances within seven days of being asked to do so.J. Gary Pretlow, a Democratic state assemblyman who chairs a committee on racing and wagering, said lawmakers will draft legislation to legalize daily fantasy sports, likely after the state budget passes but before the session ends in June.“The top concern is ensuring the underage, or minors, aren’t participating,” he said, adding the legislation will also likely involve licensing and taxes.The sites’ business models, which have come under scrutiny in other states such as Illinois and Nevada, drew the eye of regulators after they flooded TV, radio and the Internet with ads ahead of the 2015 NFL football season, pitching their games as easy ways for average sports fans to win big money.But critics and consumer advocates noted that only a top cadre of players using algorithms and other tools win most contests, and regulators warned that gamblers and young players in particular were at risk of losing more than they could possibly win.___Associated Press reporter Michael Virtanen contributed to this report. read more

One mans challenge

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In training for Bali’s International Triathlon, Bill Kosmopoulos has set himself the ultimate challenge.“Never in my life have I done anything like this,” he said. “I purposely put myself out there to be really challenged and with that in mind I started training. Prior to this I struggled to run even one kilometre, I was unable to swim, so I’ve learnt to swim, I’ve lost 14 kilograms,” he said. Kosmopoulos began his gruelling training of fourteen hours per week in February and will complete his challenge in Bali later this month, to raise money for the organisation Dads in Distress. “The objective is to raise funds and bring awareness to dads that are in distress,” Kosmopoulos said.“Approximately 70,000 couples break up every year, and the most emerging trend from that is that five men commit suicide every day in Australia due to despair they face from not seeing their children”. Kosmopoulos, who went through a divorce six years ago, has shared custody of his children, but he said the frightening statistics kept him awake at night. “I couldn’t sleep well knowing five dads are committing suicide a day. It’s something that has to be addressed,” he said. Dads in distress, which Kosmopoulos describes as an “amazing group” believe that children should have equal access to both their mother and father. “Fundamentally it comes down to the best interest of the child,” Kosmopoulos said. “When you go through a divorce you go through emotional turmoil and you try and take as much as you can, whether that’s assets or the children, and you don’t think logically. Once you surpass that emotional rollercoaster you really are having a look at what’s important to the child.” Kosmopoulos has been overwhelmed with support for his upcoming challenge.“I’m a mad Collingwood supporter and the club’s captain Nick Maxwell donated to my cause without me asking. He’s been writing to me, encouraging me, and it’s just things like that which make it such a symbolic experience for me,” he said. The training and the triathlon itself can be a lonely endeavour, Kosmopoulos said. “It’s extremely hard and lonely waking up at 4:30am, jumping in the pool, but it does push you. When people are going through difficult times they’re being pushed so I wanted to put myself into that zone,” he said. Kosmopoulos also wants to break down the stigma attached to divorce and separation in the Greek Australian community. “It’s not spoken about at all, it’s a very taboo subject and that’s another objective for me,” Kosmopoulos said. “I want to break down that barrier…It’s about saying ‘hey, it does happen, that’s life but you need to stand up and be accountable for what’s happened and you need to get on with your life’,” he said. Kosmopoulos will leave for Bali on June 21, to compete in the Bali International Triathlon. For more details or to sponsor visit: billkosmopouloschallenge.com.aulast_img read more

Aberdeen Proving Ground Support Group Gains New Chief

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Harford County, Md., has hired Daniel Whipp, a Marine Corps veteran, to lead the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC), a regional consortium dedicated to sustaining Aberdeen Proving Ground.CSSC has led growth planning efforts in northeastern Maryland since the 2005 BRAC round and has received more than $10 million in funding from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. The consortium is an arm of the Harford County Office of Economic Development; its 52 government, industry and academia members strive to improve the region’s economic vitality.The group has conducted more than 25 studies, covering topics such as curriculum needs, research park feasibility and commuter services. A joint land use study is currently under way with Harford, Cecil and Kent counties, the cities of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, and Aberdeen Proving Ground.“CSSC is a critical entity in terms of communication and collaboration across our region for our defense community,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in a press release. “Although we strive for a diversified economy, we recognize the vital role DOD and the related contracting community contributes as an economic engine.”While serving in the Marine Corps, Whipp completed Marine officer leadership and artillery officers’ courses, and completed an operational deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He is a 2014 Loyola University MBA graduate and worked as a problem solver area manager at Amazon.last_img read more

Luke Bryan Announces Sunset Repeat Tour

Luke Bryan Announces Sunset Repeat Tour

first_imgMore than two dozen dates from May through Oct. have been announced, interspersed with Bryan’s festival appearancesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 18, 2019 – 2:22 pm On Jan. 17 country star Luke Bryan announced more than two dozen dates for his Sunset Repeat Tour, beginning on May 31 in Philadelphia and continuing through summer and fall until its final Oct. 12 date in Raleigh, North Carolina. His supporting acts are Jon Langston, DJ Rock and Cole Swindell.The tour’s title is drawn from the tale told by Bryan’s hit “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” which reached No. 35 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in Sept. 2018. “Repeat” is the fourth word following the song title’s formula for how the days of a summer romance were spent. The song appeared on his 2017 No. 1 album What Makes You Country. Twitter News Facebook Luke Bryan Announces Sunset Repeat Tour https://twitter.com/LukeBryanOnline/status/1086087812716257280 Luke Bryan Announces Sunset Repeat Tour luke-bryan-announces-sunset-repeat-tour Email Of his seven full-length albums, starting with 2007’s I’ll Stay Me through 2017’s What Makes You Country, Luke Bryan charted high on the Billboard 200, with four albums reaching No. 1.Tickets and tour dates are available on Bryan’s website, which also lists his upcoming festival schedule and Bryan’s own Jan. 23–26 Crash My Playa fest at Riviera Mayo, Mexico.Luke Bryan’s ‘What Makes You Country’ Reaches No. 1Read morelast_img read more

Energy bill fails Murkowski blames House

first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinIt was two years in the making, but it seems Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy bill is now dead.Listen NowThe office of House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday there was no time left to pass an energy bill, according to the publication “The Hill.”Murkowski took to the Senate floor today to refute that. She said there was time, but House leaders didn’t want to reach an agreement. Months of negotiations over the sprawling bill were nearly successful, she said, with just two easily resolved issues still in dispute.“We were really on the right track until just a couple of weeks ago when it became pretty apparent that the House was done,” she said. “The House was done. They stopped negotiating in good faith.”Murkowski says House leaders should reconsider, because the package includes the priorities of dozens of House members.But the bill isn’t all House Republicans want it to be, and after the election, it seemed desire for compromise left the building, at least on the House side.Murkowski’s bill was crafted with help from Democrats, particularly from the Senate Energy Committee, which she chairs. It had support for renewable energy as well as research, and faster permitting for LNG exports. The bill passed the Senate in April by a vote of 85-12.The House version of the bill is more partisan and drew veto threats from the Obama White House.Alaska Congressman Don Young, who sat on the bill’s House-Senate negotiating committee, says some House leaders wanted the bill to fail so they can start anew next year.“I happen to agree with Lisa,” Young said.He said he argued to House colleagues they should pass the energy package this year, and then try for a bill next year that includes more Republican priorities, like opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. Young likened it to seeing two peaches on a tree: one low, and a better one out of reach.“So you take the little peach, eat that peach and then go get a ladder and pick the big peach,” Young said. “That’s what I’d like to see done.”House leaders say they’ve taken their last vote for this Congress. The Senate is planning to meet over the weekend to pass a spending bill to keep the government operating.last_img read more

Parched throats in govt school for over a year

Parched throats in govt school for over a year

first_imgRein Bazar: Due to lack of minimal infrastructure with no toilets and drinking water, a State-run school located in Rein Bazar resembles a school of bygone era. Citing pending bills, the HMWSSB officials blocked drinking water pipeline forcing, teachers to purchase water from the market.The Rein Bazar Government School, which runs both primary and higher sections in different shifts, has more than 600 students, but it lacks basic amenities like drinking water. According to the school staff, there are around 300 students in each shift, but for the past one year there has been no provision of drinking water. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us When teachers complained about this, the HMWSSB officials pointed out that the water line was disconnected owing to pending of bills amounting to Rs 40,000 and also claimed that it was an ‘illegal connection’. “The school is running for around 12 years in this building, but this was like a shocker. The waterline has been cut-off citing that no bill has been paid, even though no such bill is received by the school management from the beginning,” said Shehriyaar, a caretaker working since the functioning of the school began. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He said that the students were having tough time and also for teachers who are trying their best to make arrangements for the drinking water each day. “Headmaster and teachers are purchasing the water cans from nearby water plants, which is not enough to cater the needs,” he added. Borewell dug up for other uses this yearThe In-charge of higher section said on condition of anonymity that since the water connection was disconnected, potable water was being procured. But for other purposes the management had to ponder over. “The school management decided to dig a borewell and along with the support of local leaders and by the contribution of staff it materialised in February,” she said. Advertise With Us Apart from lack of water facility in school, the school is running with minimal infrastructure. When other schools are running in digital classrooms, this school runs with no proper benches, lights and fans and even no table for teachers in classrooms. Despite all this, government school maintains good strength and students remain clogged in Office room and staffroom, when classrooms fail to accommodate. Lack of toilets another major concernFor 300 students in each shift there are only 6 toilets in which 3 are for girls and 1 is of boys, as remaining are closed due to bad condition and interestingly there are no toilets for school staff. The mid-day meals is being served in an unhygienic condition, as the students can be seen having their lunch in the open space, near the entrance of the school by spreading out a mat, because of lack of space inside the school. According to staff, this school runs both English and Urdu medium and there are even no sufficient teachers for subjects. Shehriyaar also said that the school doesn’t have any security. Youngsters from outside jump over the walls for picking up cricket balls and some of them can seen playing after the school closes for the day. “There is no security and doors of toilets. Earlier classrooms were damaged,” he added.last_img read more

OPEC News IranSaudi Arabia differences fuel price drop

first_imgIt used to be said of OPEC that it was like a teabag – it only worked in hot water. If that is so, conditions on world oil markets could hardly be more difficult as prices languish at almost seven-year lows near $40 a barrel.Yet, rather than closing ranks, OPEC is finding that an intensifying battle for market share, worsened by deep regional differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran, is driving it further apart.Halfway through last Friday’s six-hour meeting, an unexpected dispute erupted over the defining feature of the cartel. In a move sources say was masterminded by Saudi Arabia, ministers finally agreed for the first time in decades to drop any reference to the 13-member group’s output ceiling.The pivot, which surprised not only markets but also some OPEC officials, appeared to be a direct response to Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran, which has made clear it intends to make a rapid return to global oil markets next year as nuclear-related sanctions are lifted.With Tehran looking to pump as much as 1 million barrels per day (bpd) more crude into a market already saturated with excess supply, an increase of about 1% in world supply, maintaining or legitimizing any pretence of OPEC limits – no matter how notional – was not an option for Riyadh.”The ceiling issue was very controversial and they could not decide on it,” said an OPEC source briefed on the discussion inside the room. “Nobody was happy.”Earlier, another source said there was a “huge disagreement among members, even bigger now, as oversupply is no longer mainly coming from Gulf delegates, but from Iran.”In the near-term, the outcome of Friday’s meeting probably makes little difference in global markets. Ever since last year, most members have been pumping flat-out to defend their market from fast-growing upstart rivals like US shale drillers.And anyway the group’s 30 million bpd ceiling has largely been symbolic and, in practical terms, ignored.Yet abandoning the pretence of production restraint threatens to intensify price wars between OPEC members, leaving them even less likely to agree on any market measures down the road, analysts said, and piling more pressure on prices.In a note following the meeting, Goldman Sachs said it saw a rising probability that the markets may need to adjust through “operational stress” when the world runs out of storage capacity, reiterating its “lower for even longer” thesis.OPEC’S PURPOSESince OPEC, which produces a third of global oil, was set up 55 years ago, the purpose of its existence was to set production targets to try to influence global prices.It has weathered internal strife and conflict before, including wars between its own members — Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the 1990s.But the present Sunni-Shia conflicts setting Saudi Arabia and Iran at each other’s throats, particularly in Syria and Yemen, make the relationship between the two OPEC powers even more fraught.”The fact that Iranian-backed Houthi militants are squaring off against Saudi-led troops in Yemen is not helpful, as increased Iranian oil revenues are likely to find their way to Iranian military interests in Yemen, Iraq and Syria,” said Aberdeen Asset Management’s investment strategist Robert Minter.Hence OPEC is setting up for a showdown at the corral, he added, as Iran wants its pre-sanction market share back, and the Gulf states are not inclined to cede volume when they are already feeling the budgetary pain of reduced prices.CONFUSION EMERGESUnlike OPEC’s previous meeting six months ago, when oil prices showed signs of stabilizing near a tolerable $65 a barrel, last week’s meeting was bound to be more tense as an unexpectedly deep and prolonged slump has sapped their economies.All the same, on Friday morning, most delegates and experts anticipated a relatively straightforward meeting that would bless the free-market policy and rubber-stamp a production ceiling. The only likely change, so it seemed, might be raising the figure to 31.5 million bpd to reflect current output rates, rather than the long-exceeded 30 million bpd last reset four years ago.After all, despite the price pain, there were signs that the dramatic strategy masterminded a year ago by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi was working, albeit more slowly than hoped. Booming US oil production has shifted into reverse, while the world’s demand for oil has revved into a higher gear.The first sign of confusion emerged more than 3 hours into the meeting as ministers broke for lunch.Word leaked that the group had indeed agreed to raise its ceiling to 31.5 million bpd – but it was unclear whether the figure included Indonesia, which was rejoining the group after a hiatus, leaving a 0.9 million bpd margin of error.Although the ceiling increase would have no material effect on actual production, the news sent oil prices tumbling by as much as $1 a barrel, pushing US crude back below $40 a barrel, a response that was unlikely to have heartened ministers.ABOUT FACEWhat fully transpired during that afternoon remains unclear. But several OPEC sources said ultimately a decision was reached that having no ceiling at all would be less negative for oil prices than having a higher ceiling.There appears to have been little if any debate about Iran’s production, although it has been clear for months that it will likely be the biggest challenge they face in 2016.”We spent two minutes on that issue. You can’t stop a sovereign country from coming back to the market. So, debating it is irrelevant,” said Nigerian oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. “As a matter of fact, our position is that Iran would displace somebody who is not an OPEC member.””From Saudi prospective, they have no allies. So staying the course makes sense for the Saudis,” said veteran OPEC watcher Gary Ross, Founder of Pira Energy thinktank.Ministers later sought to play down any conflict. Most said they saw no problem in having no targets for a few months and agree on new ones when Iran returns to the market, hoping by then for a deeper decline in US oil production.Some said they spent far more time discussing the succession of Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri, whose term is expiring.One thing is clear though – Friday’s decision will in no way help persuade non-OPEC rivals to curtail their output.”I find it very strange when proposals are being made to cut output when OPEC itself is increasing production,” the head of the Kremlin oil major Rosneft Igor Sechin told Reuters last week ahead of the OPEC meeting.last_img read more

Karnataka phone tapping scandal CM Yediyurappa orders probe into case

first_imgTwitter [Representational Image]The Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa has ordered an investigation into the illegal phone tapping scandal in the state after receiving several complaints about the issue.The Karnataka phone tapping scandal is getting murkier after several top shot politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and government officials alleged that their private conversations were illegally acquired on the approval of the previous Congress-JD(S) coalition.CM Yediyurappa told the state Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar that an investigation needs to be conducted over the matter to wash out the people responsible for this and hold them accountable for the illegal use of government machinery. Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda has also demanded an investigation over the matter. He said that no one should resort to such means as it is illegal and whoever is responsible for this will be revealed.The probe has been initiated after several leaders of the saffron party including R Ashoka, Tejasvi Surya and former JD(S) leader and disqualified MLA AH Vishwanath requested the state CM to conduct a detailed investigation over the allegations of phone tapping.It is alleged that the former CM HD Kumaraswamy was the man behind the alleged phone tapping. However, he has denied the accusations saying that there was no need for him to tap the phone calls to save the government. He claimed that he would never do such a thing as he has been repeatedly saying that the chief minister’s post is not forever.The phone calls of several politicians from the Congress, JD(S) and the BJP were illegally recorded. Not just politicians, people close to the politicians, journalists covering political stories and senior police officers were also tapped continuously for months until the recent Lok Sabha elections.R Ashoka said that he had complained about the phone tappings about six months ago but then the coalition government headed by HDK had denied it.Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao had commissioned a probe into the illegal phone tapping on August 8 after a leaked conversation allegedly from his phone was made public. The alleged clip contained conversation between Rao and another man named Faraz from Delhi, lobbying for his current post with Congress leaders.last_img read more

Farmers agitation sparks milk crisis in Mumbai

Farmers agitation sparks milk crisis in Mumbai

first_imgThousands of milk farmers across Maharashtra launched an agitation for their various demands early on Monday, hitting supply of fresh milk across big and small cities in the state.Scores of milk tankers bound for major cities including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and others were blocked in different parts of the state, raising the spectre of milk shortage.As the agitation continued, around a dozen milk tankers each from Nashik and Kolhapur were despatched for Mumbai under armed police escorts, while the Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party and others threw their weight behind the agitators.The farmers’ groups, led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) and Maharashtra Kisan Sabha (MKS), are demanding a subsidy of Rs 5 per litre milk, waiver of goods and services tax (GST) on butter and milk powder among others.Tankers laden with lakhs of litres of milk were waylaid and emptied on the roads in Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur, Sangli, Beed, Palghar, Buldana, Washim, Aurangabad and Solapur, while at least one tanker was torched near Amravati en route to the big cities, which are totally dependent on supplies from the rural areas.In other places, activists performed the symbolic ‘dudh-abhishek’ with milk in major temples in Pandharpur, Pune, Beed, Nashik, Ahmednagar and other places to lodge their protest even as the state government warned of strict action.At some places, top leaders like SSS president and MP Raju Shetti and MKS president Ajit Nawale took to the streets to block the milk tankers while several big and small milk cooperatives announced support to the farmers’ agitation.”The state government has fixed the procurement price of Rs 27 per litre but the farmers get barely Rs 17 per litre. We are demanding a direct subsidy of Rs 5 per litre to the farmers, as provided in Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.”With a drop in the rates of skimmed milk powder, even the milk cooperatives are facing a tough time,” Shetti told the media.Nawale said the government’s announcement of Rs 50 per kg subsidy for milk powder may not benefit the farmers since the prices of milk powder have come down in the international market, but would be a boon to private companies which convert milk into powder.As the issue was taken up in the Maharashtra Legislature in Nagpur, animal husbandry and dairy development minister Mahadev Jankar assured that the cities would not suffer any milk shortages.He said that Mumbai, which requires over seven million litres fresh milk daily, has adequate stocks of 15 days. Most urban centres together account for over 10 million litres, with Pune and surroundings needing 1.3 million daily.”We are trying to resolve the issue. If anybody attempts to break the law, they will be dealt with sternly,” Jankar warned the farmers, and later said the government was prepared to give Rs 3 per litre subsidy.Minister of State for Cooperation Subhash Deshmukh accused the protesting leaders of deliberately “misleading” milk producers with the agitation.”Their sole objective seems to be to embarrass the state government and harass the milk producers,” he said.On reports that the government planned to “import” milk from Gujarat and Karnataka to meet the requirements, Shetti shot back that it was a ploy to break the farmers agitation and they would launch a satyagraha against the state’s move.According to official figures, Maharashtra has approximately 15,000 cooperative dairy societies, 85 cooperative dairy unions, 98 milk processing plans, 156 chilling centres and 192 cold storages including 167 in the private sector.last_img read more

French Physicists Calculate Mean First Passage Time

French Physicists Calculate Mean First Passage Time

first_img Physicists at the University of Pierre & Marie Curie Physiques Laboratory in Paris have developed a general theory that allows accurate evaluation of the mean First Passage Time, (FTP) in complex media. The lead scientist, S. Condamin, O. Benichou, V. Trejedor, and R. Voituriez in Paris combined efforts with J. Klafter of Tel Aviv University in Israel to accurately assess FTP in complex situations, heretofore the calculation was based on one dimensional geometries or to higher spatial dimensions in homogeneous media.The importance of calculating FTP can best be understood as pondering the question, “How long does it take a random walker to reach a given target.” The FTP is critical in assessing and predicting spreading of disease, neuron firing dynamics, and transport of disordered media. Over the past decades scientists from various disciplines have studied and researched the predictability of FTP .The title of the Letter report is entitled, First Passage Times in Complex Scale Invariant Media was published in Nature 450, at pages 77-80 on November 1, 2007. The scientists state that they have developed an analytical approach that provides a universal scaling dependence of the mean FTP on both the volume of the confining domain and the source-target distance. The scientists have performed various numerical simulation tests for representative models of disordered media, fractals, anomalous diffusion, and scale-free networks. The results of their research is applicable to a broad range of stochastic processes characterized by length, scale invariant properties. Further information and request for materials may be directed to Dr. O. Benichou at benichou (at)lptmc.jussieu.fr. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. First Passage Time, (FTP) can best be understood by pondering the question, “How long does it take a random walker to reach a given target?” The FTP is key to predicting the spread of disease, neuron firing dyanmics and more. Predicting FTP in Complex Models Citation: French Physicists Calculate Mean First Passage Time (2007, November 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-french-physicists-passage.htmllast_img read more

Engineer receives 12500 bounty from Facebook for discovering picture deletion vulnerability

Engineer receives 12500 bounty from Facebook for discovering picture deletion vulnerability

first_img Facebook is serious about its user community following rules about what is posted on user and group pages. For that reason, they have added a section to the Support Dashboard for users that come across postings or pictures that break the rules so that they can be reported and removed. In looking at how Facebook handled such reports for objectionable photos, Kumar noticed that the code for sending the request could be viewed by the user making the request. He then discovered that the code could be modified as well. Normally, when a report is created it is sent to Facebook, where someone on staff looks at the picture in question and makes a judgment about whether to let it remain or to delete it. If they choose to let it remain, a message is created with a link in it and sent to the owner of the account that holds the photo. That person can then either choose to let the photo remain on their page, or can click the link to have it instantly removed. Kumar found that he could alter the address to which the message would be sent, which meant he could have it sent to himself, rather than the account holder. Once the message was received, he was then free to click the link to delete the photo. That meant he could delete photos from any account, personal or group—even those posted by others on someone’s page, without permission from them or Facebook, and without the knowledge of either. The owner of the page wouldn’t know anything had occurred unless they happened to notice a photo missing on their page.Kumar very carefully followed the rules Facebook has outlined for reporting vulnerabilities (he didn’t remove pictures from real user accounts, for example) and was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. He reports that Facebook has subsequently fixed the vulnerability. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —An electronics and communications engineer in India has been awarded a $12,500 bounty by Facebook for the discovery of a picture deleting vulnerability in the social network’s Support Dashboard. Arul Kumar details on his blog how he found the vulnerability, how it works and his communications with Facebook regarding the find. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Engineer receives $12,500 bounty from Facebook for discovering picture deletion vulnerability (2013, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-bounty-facebook-picture-deletion-vulnerability.html Vulnerability in Facebook’s OAuth allowed hacker full profile accesslast_img read more

KVIC stalls rock IITF despite space crunch

first_imgKhadi has once again proved that despite all odds, its growth would not decelerate in any case.In the recently concluded 37th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, the Khadi and village industries recorded a growth of 19.38 percent in its average sale with respect to its sale in the 36th edition of IITF last year. And, this despite the fact that total space allotted to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) this year was only 1400 sq meters, which was less than half of the 3000 sq meters space allotted last year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe average sale in each stall of Khadi unit was recorded nearly Rs 5.53 lakh this year, which is higher than last year’s figure of around Rs 5 lakh. Similarly, in Village Industries unit, the average sale in each stall this year was nearly Rs 3.27 lakh, which is Rs 86,000 higher than last year’s figure of Rs 2.4 lakh.Due to crunch of adequate space, the KVIC could incorporate only 90 institutions on stalls in the 37th of IITF. Last year, the KVIC had allotted as many as 195 stalls of Khadi and Village Industries units. While the sales percentage in 2016 was 50.95 and 49.05 for Khadi and Village industries products respectively, it was 74.9 and 25.1 percent respectively for Khadi and Village industries products this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena said that the growth in average sale indicates that Khadi and village industries products were hit among the buyers. “The KVIC stalls caught the attention of several representatives of embassies and High Commissions in India. Students of several fashion designing institutes and esteemed universities also visited our stall, to learn how the instrument of self-reliance has become a tool of economic transformation in modern India,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells July 18, 2019 — Low doses of radiation equivalent to three… read more News | Population Health | August 07, 2019 Cerner, Duke Clinical Research Institute Launch New Solution for Population Health Clinical Research August 7, 2019 — Cerner has announced the development of the Cerner Learning Health Network to help clinicians more… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry August 8, 2019 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will… read more The IntelliSpace Cardiovascular CVIS from Philips Healthcare, being used in the cath lab. VIDEO: Example of Photo-realistic CT Imaging of a CoreValve This is a quick video example of a cardiac computed tomography (CT) exam showing a Medtronic CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device implanted. 1234PreviousNext News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment August 6, 2019 — When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of… read more Information Technology This channel includes news and new technology innovations for healthcare information technology (HIT) as it relates to cardiology reporting systems, cardiac PACS, electronic medical records, electronic health records, EMRs, EHRs, radiology PACS integration, clinical decision support, advaned imaging visualization, analytics software and cybersecurity. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment July 31, 2019 — … read more Videos | Advanced Visualization | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Realistic Cinematic Reconstruction of a Heart CT Scan An example of Siemens’ photo-realistic Cinematic image reconstruction. This image is from a CTA exam from a Siemens… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging July 18, 2019 — On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. 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Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 How Machine Learning Is Changing Cardiac Ultrasound Intelligent software solutions (aka… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 13, 2019 New Study Visually Tracks Chronic Venous Insufficiency Wound Healing in EMR August 13, 2019 — A simple change in the way health professionals track their patients’ progress has brought… read more You have likely heard the case for moving to structured reporting, including standardized documentation to drive more… read more VIDEO: Realistic Cinematic Reconstruction of a Heart CT Scan An example of Siemens’ photo-realistic Cinematic image reconstruction. This image is from a CTA exam from a Siemens Force CT scanner.  123456789…next › Webinar | Cardiac PACS | August 09, 2019 WEBINAR: Driving Physician Adoption of Structured Reporting Videos | Heart Valve Technology | July 24, 2019 VIDEO: Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Planning Joao Cavalcante, M.D., FSCCT,… read more An example of AI-assisted automation developed by TomTec, where a deep learning algorithm automatically marks the myocardial borders and performs auto quantification This removes time consuming tasks to free up the operator to spend more time with patients and helps make exams more reproducible. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative… read more last_img read more

Macedonia No progress in talks between political leaders

Macedonia No progress in talks between political leaders

first_imgPeople wave national flags during a protest in front of the Government building in Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Macedonian opposition started massive demonstrations Sunday in Skopje protesting against the conservative government of the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, demanding its resignation. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia’s four main political leaders failed to make any progress in talks Monday aimed at resolving the crisis that has roiled the country for months.Opposition leader Zoran Zaev of the Social Democrats said the impasse will not be solved until the conservative government resigns and a caretaker government is formed to organize a fair, transparent election.The meeting, organized by Western diplomats, was attended by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Zaev and two ethnic Albanian political leaders: Ali Ahmeti, head of a junior governing coalition partner and Menduh Thaci, leader of an opposition party. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Gruevski, who has won successive elections since 2006, rejects the accusations and accuses Zaev of participating in a coup plot backed by foreign spy agencies.Compounding the crisis, a group of armed ethnic Albanians fought a gunbattle with Macedonian police on May 9 in a northern border town, leaving 18 people dead — 10 gunmen and eight police.In Brussels, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, said Macedonia should work to de-escalate the conflict.“The important thing is to avoid more violence, to make sure that the democratic institutions are developed and that a rule of law is implemented,” Stoltenberg said.The European Parliament has invited Gruevski and Zaev to Strasburg for talks Tuesday to resolve the crisis.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Macedonia faces one of its deepest political crises since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, stemming from opposition claims that the government illegally wire-tapped 20,000 people.On Sunday, tens of thousands of people held an anti-government protest outside the government building in Skopje. Hundreds remained there Monday.“We are not leaving this place until the government falls. Because we love this country (the government) has stolen. Because we want the democracy they killed. Because we love our children, whom they corrupted,” said opposition supporter Pande Josevski.A rival pro-government demonstration has been called for Monday evening in front of the parliament building, 1 kilometer (half a mile) away.“The main goal is to give a chance to citizens who are against this destabilization to have a say,” Ilija Dimovski of the prime minister’s conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, told the Telma TV channel.The political crisis stems from Zaev’s release of a cache of wiretapped conversations that appear to reveal corruption at the highest levels of government. He says the tapes were leaked to him by domestic intelligence agents and claims Gruevski was behind the wiretaps. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Ethiopian to link Chengdu with Africa

Ethiopian to link Chengdu with Africa

first_imgEthiopian to link Chengdu with AfricaAfrica’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is delighted to announce that it has concluded preparations to start new flight to Chengdu, China three times weekly as of June 3, 2017.Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province and is the 7th-largest city in China.Chengdu is the country’s western center of logistics, commerce, science and technology, as well as a hub of transportation, manufacturing and communication. Source = Ethiopian Airlines Chengdu is also a major hub for Air China, Ethiopian Airlines’ Star Alliance partner. With this new flight, passengers from Ethiopian vast and growing network in Africa will be able to quickly connect to dozens of cities in China partnership with Air China, including Shenzhen, Kunming, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Wuhan, Changsha, and Urumqi.Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “We are glad to launch services to Chengdu, our fifth gateway to The Republic of China. Since our first flight 43 years ago, China has been a key market and it is now the largest per country market in our system. Using the geocentric location advantage of our hub in Addis Ababa we are connecting China, the world’s second largest economy and Africa’s biggest trade and investment partner, with 52 cities in the continent of Africa. With the addition of Chengdu, we shall offer the best and fastest connectivity options with a total of 34 weekly flights to China, operated with the latest and most comfortable B787 and B777 aircraft. Our Chinese customers will also enjoy seamless connection on Ethiopian vast intra African network and farther to São Paulo in Brazil.”Ethiopian is investing to make Addis Ababa a Chinese friendly hub airport for the continent. We now have Mandarin translators and signage available at the airport transit area and in the Cloud Nine Business Class Lounge. Chinese New Year is also marked every year at Addis Abba Airport.Ethiopian was the first African carrier and the fourth in the world to fly to China back in 1973. In addition to the three weekly flights to Chengdu to be launched in June, Ethiopian currently operates daily nonstop flights to Beijing, 10 weekly nonstop to Guangzhou, and 6 weekly nonstop to Hong Kong.About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787,Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, and Bombardier Q-400 double cabin. Ethiopian was the first airline in Africa to own and operate each of these aircraft.Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers:Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average annual growth of 25% in the past seven years.last_img read more