• Home dept.: nothing new in Naxals issuing death threats

    first_imgMumbai: There is nothing new in Naxals issuing death threats to prominent personalities, sources in the State Home Department have said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had received two threatening letters this week following anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli district. Earlier this week, Pune police claimed they had intercepted an internal Naxal communication about a plan to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type incident’.A senior home department official said, “Left-wing extremists adopted a similar strategy in 2009-2010 in Bastar after they were cornered by police action. This [the recent threats] is nothing new and appears to be blown out of proportion.” The official said 37 VIPs, police officers and informers had featured on a Naxal ‘elimination’ list issued in 2016. He said the threats heightened in 2009 and 2016 after police action had led to heavy casualties and surrender of several Naxals.In 2014, Maharashtra police executed 173 anti-Naxal operations and 237 in 2015. The State also went on to unveil a lucrative surrender policy. The operations forced the Naxals to shift base from the north to the south of Gadchiroli district.Intelligence inputs then said that Naxals brought in several units of Company-10 from Chhattisgarh, comprising 30 trained assassins, to implement the hit list. An intelligence note from 2016 reads: “This [the latest hit list] is a matter of serious concern for the State even as inputs show new strategies are being adopted to attract youth with fresh vigour.” Senior officials said by the end of 2015, the government was convinced that Naxals had a ‘substantial’ retreat. The drop in Naxal activity was attributed to internal factors such as health problems, love affairs, internal rifts, sexual exploitation, because of which ‘guns were dropped’.Officials said Naxals started a recruitment drive in 2016 after the top cadre was neutralised by the police, especially the C-60 teams. He said, “DKSZC [Dandakaranya South Zonal Committee] distributed pamphlets asking surrendered cadres and urban youth to join them. They challenged the C-60 and vowed to take root in urban areas.”last_img read more

  • The Top 10 ScienceNOWs of 2013

    first_imgiStockphoto/ThinkstockHitching a ride. Hurricanes lift many kinds of microbes into the atmosphere, where they can survive for days or even weeks.4) Microbes Survive, and Maybe Thrive, High in the AtmosphereAs if we didn’t have enough to worry about with all the pollutants and greenhouse gases floating in our atmosphere, now scientists say there are bacteria up there as well. Billions of microbes fill the skies, potentially affecting the weather and forming an active ecosystem high above the surface of Earth. Juan Darien/iStockphoto/Thinkstock9) English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language“Mother,” “hand,” “pull.” Speak these words and you may be talking the way humans did 15,000 years ago. A handful of common words have hardly changed since the last Ice Age, researchers discovered this year. The finding supports the existence of an ancient Eurasiatic language passed down to peoples in North America and Europe. Juan Darien/iStockphoto/Thinkstock AAAS/Science Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2013); Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović /University of BelgradeShape up. Solutions to the three-body problem, such as the “figure eight” and “yarn,” can be viewed on an abstract shape-sphere (top) or in real space (bottom).8) Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to Three-Body ProblemIt’s the sort of abstract puzzle that keeps scientists awake at night: Can you predict how three objects will orbit each other in a repeating pattern? In the 300 years since this “three-body problem” was first recognized, just three types of solutions have been found. Now, two physicists have discovered 13 more. It’s quite a feat in mathematical physics, and it could conceivably help astrophysicists understand new planetary systems. Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2013); Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović /University of Belgrade Hands off our baby! A study suggests that monogamy evolved because it protects babies from being killed by male rivals. Need some conversation-starters for all those holiday parties? Look no further. This year has seen its share of scientific breakthroughs, such as human cloning and cosmic particle accelerators. But we here at ScienceNOW like to celebrate the quirkier side of research. To wit, our top 10 stories of the year. Some of these are our most popular of the past 12 months. Others are editors’ favorites. But all are exciting—and sometimes shocking—reads. Enjoy!10) Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)Hiding in foxholes and other highly stressful situations can turn even the most adamant atheist into a believer. The same may be true for a belief in science. People forced to confront their own mortality or who were about to compete in a high-anxiety race were significantly more likely to turn to the comforts of science than their less-stressed counterparts, according to the results of this study. Timeless. In standard entanglement swapping (top), entanglement (blue shading) is transferred to photons 1 and 4 by making a measurement on photons 2 and 3. The new experiment (bottom) shows that the scheme sti Andrew Winning/REUTERS Courtesy of Garry Nolan Otherworldly? X-rays show that Ata is no hoax, but its DNA will disappoint UFO buffs. Eye of Science/Science Source center_img Sizing up the competition. Male figures representing average (center) and extremes (left and right) in height, shoulder-to-hip ratio, and penis size. Shape up. Solutions to the three-body problem, such as the “figure eight” and “yarn,” can be viewed on an abstract shape-sphere (top) or in real space (bottom). Brian Mautz Courtesy of Garry NolanOtherworldly? X-rays show that Ata is no hoax, but its DNA will disappoint UFO buffs.6) Bizarre 6-Inch Skeleton Shown to Be HumanCertainly our strangest story of the year, this item concerns a curious find in Chile’s Atacama Desert: an alien-looking 15-centimeter-long skeleton reportedly discovered inside a pouch in a ghost town. Is it a space invader? A deformed fetus? A hoax? Science to the rescue! 5) Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics DebateJust in time for Christmas: a real cockroach you can control with your iPhone. RoboRoach #12 caused a sensation when it appeared at a TEDx conference in Detroit earlier this year—and not just because a lot of people wanted to play with it. Some say the tiny cyborg could turn kids into psychopaths. Eye of Science/Science SourceFoot fetish. The sand flea Tunga penetrans, here in a scanning electron microscope several days after penetrating the skin. The abdominal opening protrudes on the right.3) Sex and the Single Sand Flea / Invasion of the Nostril TicksA tie for third place. Sometimes scientists get a little too close to their work. Take these two somewhat icky tales we covered this year. A researcher trying to understand where the sand flea has sex let one grow inside her foot. Another scientist may have identified a new species of tick—after discovering one nestled in his nostril. Museum Syndicate Andrew Winning/REUTERSHands off our baby! A study suggests that monogamy evolved because it protects babies from being killed by male rivals.7) Monogamy May Have Evolved to Prevent InfanticideThough we’ve been known to stray, humans are a surprisingly monogamous species. Why have we evolved to honor our vows? This study comes to a surprising conclusion: Humans and other primates may stay together to keep their babies from being killed by rival males. The sand flea Tunga penetrans, here in a scanning electron microscope several days after penetrating the skin. AAAS/ScienceTimeless. In standard entanglement swapping (top), entanglement (blue shading) is transferred to photons 1 and 4 by making a measurement on photons 2 and 3. The new experiment (bottom) shows that the scheme still works even if photon 1 is destroyed before photon 4 is created.2) Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don’t Exist at the Same TimeThe bizarre world of quantum physics just got a bit stranger. Physicists have long known that quantum mechanics allows for a subtle connection, called entanglement, between quantum particles. The tangle happens when measuring one particle can instantly set the condition, or “state,” of another particle, even if it’s light years away. This year, experimenters in Israel showed that they can entangle two photons that don’t even exist at the same time. Brian MautzSizing up the competition. Male figures representing average (center) and extremes (left and right) in height, shoulder-to-hip ratio, and penis size.1) The Final Word on Penis Size?Why are we here? Where did the universe come from? Does size really matter? The jury is still out on those first two questions, but scientists finally have a handle on the third. Our most popular story of the year has the long and short of it.last_img read more

  • Expensive Bite

    first_imgTermites at an Indian bank gobbled up nearly Rs 10 million ($225,000) in paper currency held in a strongroom. “The branch management has been found guilty of laxity due to which the notes were damaged by termites in the Fatehpur branch of Barabanki district,” State Bank of India Chief General Manager Abhay Singh told the press.The bank is assuming the loss and plans to relocate the branch.  Related Itemslast_img

  • AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated

    first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Korea had a 24-19 lead when Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño combined for four straight points to cut the lead to 24-23.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerKim then ended the first set with a booming kill for Korea and she did the same in the second set with another power hit to end the penultimate period.“If I were a player and KYK came in, I’d be stunned,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente in Filipino. “KYK is one of the world’s best and for me it was an honor that she played that early in the game.”“Still, even though we lost, I’m still proud of them because we put up a fight against one of the best teams in the world and you can see that we can win it’s just that we would falter at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Hwang Minkyoung assured the Koreans of the victory with an off-the-block kill the Philippine defense had no chance of receiving.READ: AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd though it was Hwang who dealt the final blow, it was Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung who threw the early haymakers.Kim, who sat out Korea’s first two games and played sparingly in the third, surprised those in attendance when she stepped to the floor when her team squandered a five-point lead late in the first set. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took another loss in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship as Korea handed the host a three-set beating, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12 in the classification stage Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Korea, FIVB’s 10th-ranked team in the world, are 2-0 in the classification stage and has a shot to take a top-four seeding for the quarterfinals while the Philippines dropped to 0-2.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul READ: Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Yang Hyojin had a game-high 13 points to lead Korea while Kim put up 12 points, going 9-of-12 on her spike attempts.Kim Heejin also had double-digit scoring numbers when she put up 11 points for Korea.Jaja Santiago paced the Philippines with 10 points while Alysa Valdez and Gonzaga combined for 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

  • Back at PH team, Gonzaga raring to perform at home in SEA Games

    first_imgDespite being hobbled by knee injuries the past two years, Gonzaga remained among the top-tier opposite hitters in the country.In fact, Gonzaga even earned a spot on the national team, which was something that she did not expect but will always be grateful for.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“After that two-year break I never even thought that I would be back in the national team and I accepted my fate after the injury,” said Gonzaga. “Now that I’m back, I’ll give it my best because I’ve been given a chance once again.”“I’ll give it my all to contribute to help the team and also for my family because they’ll be watching me here.” Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Mauricio Pochettino fired by Tottenham after magic wears off Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Jovelyn Gonzaga. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no doubt that Jovelyn Gonzaga is one of the best volleyball talents in the Philippines.Gonzaga is out to prove it once more heading into the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img MOST READ View comments Gonzaga, who was the captain of the 2015 SEA Games team, played for Philippine Army and Cignal in the Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Super Liga, respectively, helping her squads make deep playoff runs.Gonzaga earned a bronze medal with the Lady Troopers in the PVL Reinforced Conference and a silver with the HD Spikers in the PSL All-Filipino Conference.With the Philippines hosting the regional games, Gonzaga said that will be extra special since her family will be able to be in attendance unlike the two editions which were staged in Singapore and Malaysia.“It’s a very nice feeling because my family and friends will be able to watch the gams live. Our fellow Filipinos, our loved ones, will be here,” said Gonzaga. “Of course there’s pressure but the excitement always prevails”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

  • Sepp Blatter loses appeal at CAS against 6-year FIFA ban

    first_imgSepp Blatter says he has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA.Blatter says in a statement it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected.”The former FIFA president, who was banned for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011, says he will accept the decision.Blatter could have appealed to Switzerland’s supreme court. It can annul verdicts if legal process was abused.The Court of Arbitration for Sport was judging whether Blatter was guilty of unethically offering a cash gift and conflict of interest.last_img read more

  • Book on Wind Energy Launched

    first_img Wigton Windfarm Limited on Wednesday (August 16) launched its first endorsed book, ‘Understanding Wind Energy: Youth Repowering the Future’, at a function held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Trafalgar Road, in Kingston. Story Highlights Wigton Windfarm Limited on Wednesday (August 16) launched its first endorsed book, ‘Understanding Wind Energy: Youth Repowering the Future’, at a function held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Trafalgar Road, in Kingston.The book, written by one of its employees, Senior Engineer, Oswald O. King, provides a summary of the fundamentals of wind energy and how this renewable resource can be exploited for harnessing electricity.Speaking at the launch, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the publication will assist in building a knowledge-based society.“A knowledge-based society is one where we ensure that we develop that mindset and that approach to be more innovative,” he said.The Minister congratulated Mr. King for writing the book, noting that the transfer of knowledge is critical for any nation to advance.“You have taken a bold step of ensuring that you transfer the knowledge that you have, and you have taken a decision to start with those at a very tender age, developing that appetite or that appreciation for the subject area,” Dr. Wheatley said.He added that this will ensure that the country is putting in place the foundation for its own energy security “and for us to truly build out a knowledge-based society”.The Minister noted that the publication is an “easy read” and is hoping that the target audience will develop a greater appreciation and appetite for the subject area.Giving a rationale for writing his book, Mr. King explained that while undertaking school tours at the Wigton facility, he noticed that students would ask the same set of questions.“I didn’t want to be answering the same questions every day, so (I said) why not put it in a book. I spoke to the General Manager and he said go ahead,” he said.He informed that the book has six main sections covering topics such as ‘What is a Wind Turbine’; ‘What is a Windfarm’; ‘Components of the Wind Turbine and Wind Farm’; How Do Wind Turbines Make Energy’; Windfarms in the Caribbean and Globally’; and a final quiz.“It is a very good book. Most of the information that you want for your child is there. Even if you are not familiar with the wind turbine industry, it is a good book for you to have,” Mr. King said.Meanwhile, General Manager for Wigton Windfarm Limited, Earl Barrett, said it is hoped that in reading the book, “students will become excited into action to continue to drive the transformation of this world to one that is fuelled mainly by renewables”.The book has been approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and will be used as teaching material to educate secondary-school students in grades seven to nine about wind energy and how it can be harnessed for the generation of electricity.It is anticipated that the book will be published and made available in stores by the end of September 2017. Speaking at the launch, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the publication will assist in building a knowledge-based society. It is anticipated that the book will be published and made available in stores by the end of September 2017.last_img read more

  • UASC Exercises Options for Six 14,000 TEU Vessels

    first_img My location Print  Close zoom United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) revealed that options for six additional 14,000 TEU vessels have been exercised bringing the total order to 16 ships.The order has been placed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea and is the largest in UASC’s history, worth over US$ 2 billion including all options. The order features vessels that will be amongst the largest, most technologically advanced, and most environmentally friendly container vessels ever built.UASC hosted a signing ceremony in Dubai where the newbuilding contract was signed by His Excellency Salem Ali Al Zaabi, Chairman of the UASC Board of Directors, and by Mr. Y. J. Ji of HHI. The ceremony was also attended by UASC President & CEO, Mr. Jorn Hinge, and other members of the senior management teams of UASC and HHI.His Excellency Mr. Salem Ali Al Zaabi remarked, “The exercising of these vessel purchase options is an integral part of the newbuilding contract that UASC signed in August 2013. This vessel order positions UASC to deliver on its long-term growth objectives and the unique design features of the vessels ensure that UASC will set new industry benchmarks for fuel economy and environmental performance.”The 14,000 TEU and 18,000 TEU newbuildings included in the overall order are scheduled for delivery from late 2014 and from the first half of 2015, respectively. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 UASC, February 3, 2014last_img read more

  • Crew Evacuated from FireStricken Yantian Express

    first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hapag-Lloyd has evacuated the crew of the containership Yantian Express after the fire aboard the vessel increased in intensity.Namely, the shipping firm said that the ship’s crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers “is unharmed and was safely transferred” to the salvage tug Smit Nicobar on January 5 and 6.“Due to bad weather conditions, the fire has not been successfully contained yet and has significantly increased in intensity at times,” Hapag-Lloyd said, adding that firefighting support at the site is ongoing.The fire broke out on January 3 in one container on Yantian Express’ deck and spread to additional containers.“At this time, it is not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to Yantian Express or its cargo,” the company continued.The 7,510 TEU Yantian Express was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal when the fire started. The ship is currently around 800 nautical miles off the coast of Canada, Nova Scotia.last_img read more

  • Idris Elba to replace Smith in Suicide Squad 2

    first_imgLos Angeles: Idris Elba is reportedly in negotiations to replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel. The follow-up of the film, which is being branded as a relaunch, will be directed by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn. Gunn has also written the script. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter, Elba met Gunn recently, and since things went well the talks began with Warner Bros studio. The ‘Luther’ star was the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio, the inside sources said. The move comes a week after Smith left the project due to scheduling issues, who, along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, led the ensemble of the 2016 movie and played assassin anti-hero Deadshot. The film would mark Gunn’s return to the director’s chair after Disney sacked him from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3 in July last year, when his old offensive tweets resurfaced on social media. The sequel to Suicide Squad is slated to be released on August 6, 2021.last_img read more

  • Wynn Resorts removes security head after he admits to spying

    BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has removed its security chief after he acknowledged spying on employees following allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn came to light.CEO Matthew Maddox disclosed Saturday’s firing of executive vice-president of corporate security James Stern in a legal brief to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released Tuesday.Stern told the commission last week he’d surveilled company co-founder Elaine Wynn and four employees, including one named in The Wall Street Journal’s 2018 report about the misconduct allegations. Maddox maintains he had only “minimal” and “partial” knowledge of the spying.Steve Wynn has denied the sexual misconduct allegations but resigned as CEO last year.The commission is deliberating whether Wynn Resorts is still suitable to hold a casino license as it plans to open Encore Boston Harbor in June.The Associated Press read more

  • Early creation of AIDS fund backed at UN sessions roundtable

    Summing up the discussions during the roundtable on “International Funding and Cooperation,” the Chairman, Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, said the Fund – originally proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this year – could increase overall resources for HIV/AIDS by attracting more contributions from public and private donors alike.”It could also achieve important economies of scale through bulk purchasing and cross-country actions,” he said. “It could reduce the time donors spend searching for worthy activities, and affected countries spend looking for interested donors.”On financing in general, he said that roundtable participants had agreed on the need for developing countries to make sure that they were contributing as much as they could from their own sources. At the same time, traditional development partners should be forthcoming, not only with official direct assistance but also in the form of debt relief that would strengthen the hand of severely affected countries. “We also recognized that there was a need for expanding the alliances that encompasses new partners, particularly the companies, foundations and the philanthropies,” added President Mkapa. Participants also recognized that developing countries must lead their own efforts against HIV/AIDS, and partners must respect their lead. “I have to stress the second part, that the partners need to respect their lead, and that the wars in these nations must really must be country-led and internationally supported,” he said.Meanwhile, a separate roundtable held yesterday on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic emphasized the paramount need to reduce poverty and increase the availability of resources for prevention, care and treatment, according to the talking points released by Pakistan’s Health Minister, Abdul Malik Kasi, who chaired the event.It was stressed at the roundtable that there was a need for every country to chalk out its own preventive and impact mitigation strategy best suited to its circumstances. International involvement should be limited to advancement and making available, affordable and sustainable treatment and medicine. The participants emphasized that since this was a common challenge, it must be fought with a unified approach. In this regard, views were expressed that any common approach must show full respect for each other’s culture, faith and values, and that there should be no attempts to impose norms of one society over the other. read more

  • Ukraine UNbacked survey finds crisis in standards of living

    The People’s Security Survey, conducted by the ILO and Ukraine’s State Committee of Statistics, involved over 9,000 adults and found that average income is less than the estimated amount needed to maintain a subsistence standard of living.The percentage of workers not receiving their contractual wages was higher in 2003 than the year before, with agricultural workers being hardest hit.Commenting on the findings, Guy Standing, Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme, said “the worst aspect shown in this year’s survey was the sense of apathy and pessimism among almost all groups in society.”According to the survey, some 85 per cent of adults felt that their household income was insufficient to cover for their healthcare needs, while four out of every five adults expected their financial situation in old age to be bad or very bad.Workers reported staying in their jobs largely because they saw no chance of obtaining another, and only one in five workers was confident about retaining their employment over the next year, the ILO said. Only a small minority can use, or have access to, a computer; “In spite of all these adverse developments, Ukrainians appear to have retained a sense of social solidarity,” Mr. Standing observed. Nearly nine out of ten workers supported equal wages for men and women, and over three-quarters expressed support for equal pay for citizens and legal immigrants. “In short, social and other values are persisting in economically insecure circumstances,” he noted. read more

  • Amid turbulent times upcoming UN highlevel session will be among busiest ever

    “This year’s general debate will be among our busiest ever,” Mr. Ban told a press conference at UN Headquarters, referring to the gathering of heads of State and government that kicks off the new session of the Assembly every year. “This reflects the tumultuous times in which we live – a time of turmoil and transition.” Over 120 world leaders are expected to take part in this year’s general debate, which takes place from 25 September to 1 October. In addition, Mr. Ban will host a number of meetings on the margins of the debate, including on the rule of law, polio eradication, disarmament, sustainable energy and nutrition. He will also launch a new initiative, entitled ‘Education First.’The ongoing crisis in Syria, where over 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011, will be high on the agenda. “The deteriorating situation in Syria will be foremost in our minds,” said Mr. Ban. In addition, a series of mini-summits and special meetings will focus on the emergency in Africa’s Sahel region, progress in Somalia, the encouraging transitions in Myanmar and Yemen, instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and relations between Sudan and South Sudan.Mr. Ban noted that the opening of the Assembly’s sixty-seventh session takes place against a backdrop of widespread violence linked to intolerance. “I once again condemn those who deliberately provoke others with hatred and bigotry. I also join with others in speaking out against those who, in response to such provocations, fan those flames further still,” he said. “It is time for calm, restraint and responsible political and community leadership.”Earlier this year, the Secretary-General set out an action agenda that identified five generational imperatives: sustainable development, prevention, a more secure world, helping countries in transition and empowering women and youth. “Next week I will outline where we are and where I believe we need to go,” he stated. That effort, he said, must include modernizing the UN through a series of reform initiatives. “But most of all, it will require greater ambition on the part of the world’s leaders. I intend to be frank with them about where we are falling short, why people around the world have a right to be impatient, and how we can do better,” said Mr. Ban. “At a time of rising inequality and unemployment, a time of rising temperatures and intolerance, the UN itself must rise to the moment,” he added. read more

  • 3 notes from Urban Meyer and Brian Kellys preFiesta Bowl press conference

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly (left) and OSU coach Urban Meyer (right) address the media Thursday morning. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the last public media appearance before Notre Dame and Ohio State square off Friday in the Fiesta Bowl, coaches Brian Kelly and Urban Meyer held a brief joint press conference Thursday morning. Here are three notes from the morning session. Sunday talent For prestigious college football programs, there is the expectation that many who suit up for them will play at the next level. For both this year’s Notre Dame and OSU teams, that is absolutely true. Both rosters are littered with players who can continue playing football in the NFL. And for many of those same guys, Friday will likely be the last time they step on a collegiate gridiron. Kelly acknowledged that both programs boast next-level talent, but he said that doesn’t occur overnight. “I think the important thing is both players have developed these players,” he said. “They weren’t ready-made players. They’re players that developed through the program. We know a lot of them because we recruit against each other for a lot of these guys. “We’ve seen them develop.” For Notre Dame, at least two offensive linemen, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and center Nick Martin, have first-round potential written all over them. Junior wide receiver Will Fuller will likely declare for the draft and make plays on Sundays right away. Defensively, linebacker Jaylon Smith, who won the Butkus Award in 2015, is a guy scouts love because of his versatility. NFL teams will be racing to get their hands on him. Meyer was later asked about how he deals with keeping his players focused on the task at hand, not potential endeavors once the game concludes. The coach acknowledged three juniors — Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott — have already told him they will not be back in Columbus for another year. “We have agreed and we all have agreed to be pros,” Meyer said. “What do pros do? Pros attack the task at hand. The task at hand is to represent the Ohio State against Notre Dame in one of the best bowl games in the country.”Meyer continued, questioning the timing of the bowl games and when underclassmen have to declare for the draft, but even so, the coach said it is something he just has to deal with.“I’d rather be in that situation,” he said,”than have a bunch of not very good players.”Happy at homeDuring Wednesday’s media session, Meyer inadvertently created a lot of buzz when he responded to a question about rumors that the Cleveland Browns reached out to him about a coaching job by saying, “The Browns? I’m not going there.”While OSU’s coach meant to say he wasn’t interested in discussing the rumor, many people took the quote out of context to mean he had no desire to inherit one of the NFL’s worst teams.On Thursday, Kelly and Meyer offered further comments about the possibility of them jumping ship to the NFL at some point, which should please fans of the two programs.“I don’t think it’s tempting at all,” Kelly said. “We get these questions all the time. … It’s really not tempting at all. We’re so focused on what we do on a day-to-day basis that we don’t kind of sit around going, ‘Boy, I’d like to coach in the NFL.’”Meyer agreed with his fellow ex-University of Cincinnati coach, saying that there is simply too much going on in the life of the head coach of a major college program to think about future career prospects.“I spend very little time, especially this time of year, man, where there’s so much going on, bowl season, recruiting, staff adjustments, those type of things going on, that I’ve never really spent much time thinking about it,” Meyer said.Kelly also offered — as evidenced by the former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who was let go by the Eagles on Tuesday — the less-than-stellar track record of college coaches making the leap to the professional ranks. One such example is OSU’s new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano, who was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years after leaving his position at Rutgers.With the adamant declaration of the two coaches, it became all the more clear on Thursday that they plan to be at their respective schools for the long haul.Status updatesIn the days and weeks leading up to the 1 p.m. New Year’s Day game, OSU has had a number of starters whose status became a question mark.Earlier in the month, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was cited for solicitation, ending his collegiate career with a suspension for the game.Then, just before the team left for Arizona, Elliott was also cited. In his case, it was for driving with a suspended license. However, Meyer opted not to discipline the junior with a suspension, causing some to wonder why he seemingly gave unequal treatment.“It was to me a traffic violation issue and one was something more serious,” Meyer said. “I’m not going to get into much more detail than that. Just completely a different set of circumstances.”Meyer also addressed the statuses of redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley, who were each absent at Wednesday’s media day.The coach said the two starters were each under the weather with colds, but are “fine.”Correction Dec. 31: An earlier version of this article improperly stated that Brian Kelly’s brother is Chip Kelly, formerly the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. It has since been updated. read more

  • FLSmidth and GE team up on Industrial Internet for mining

    first_imgFLSmidth, the global supplier of equipment and services to the global cement- and minerals industries and GE, a leader in the Industrial Internet, have joined forces to create digital solutions for increasing productivity in the cement and minerals industries. The new solutions developed on GE’s cloud-based Predix platform “will leverage FLSmidth’s expertise in cement and minerals processing and GE’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to maximise the potential of connected equipment units, helping the cement and mining industry to increase productivity.”FLSmidth will build their solutions on top of GE’s Predix platform with applications for managing process flows thereby allowing customers to leverage process data and analytics for monitoring, benchmarking their performance and predicting maintenance of their equipment. Operating costs account for around 80% of the total cost of ownership for a cement plant or running a mining operation, and energy is the single largest component. An ongoing monitoring of processes makes it possible to increase productivity significantly.“Cement and mining companies already collect significant volumes of data, but currently, only a fraction of it is used. This will be the first available solution for a full coherent process monitoring to leverage optimisation solutions offered by a full service provider like FLSmidth,” explains Head of Global R&D in FLSmidth Jens Almdal. “By connecting our control applications with GE’s platform, we can bring FLSmidth’s proven expertise in resource optimisation and productivity together with GE’s monitoring and data analytics solution to create an unrivaled combination that will dramatically improve the productivity in the cement and minerals industries.”“FLSmidth and GE are bringing together the best from two worlds, GE’s digital industrial expertise to help customers to be more productive and FLSmidth’s deep insight into processes and maintenance of cement and minerals plants. Our collaboration will form a strong foundation for the development of a greater digital ecosystem,” says John Manison, General Manager of GE’s Mining Solutions business. The FLSmidth control applications integrated on GE’s Predix platform will be launched in Q3 2016.last_img read more

  • Google search data could predict which movies flop

    first_imgThe summer movie season is just getting up and running, so Google is taking the opportunity to remind everyone how much data it has on everything — including movies. In a newly released whitepaper, Google crunches the numbers on search volume and how it relates to how well a movie is received, and the results are impressive.There are a lot of numbers to crunch out in Mountain View — movie-related searches are up 56% year-over-year, according to the report. Instead of going to a specific site, users interested in a movie simply Google the title and see what comes up. If you’re heading out to a film, you might Google it to see where it’s showing, or to look up reviews. Repeat millions of times, and that’s a juicy data set. Google has charted these title searches against the box office outcomes on a given weekend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the data is a close match. Things get interesting when Google starts predicting the future.In the seven days prior to a movie being released, Google’s research has found the number of search queries is highly predictive of how much money it will make. Forget all that Hollywood talk about buzz and timing — raw Google searches predict 70% of the variation in box office performance (the R2 value). That’s short of 100%, but this is a big data problem with a lot of moving parts, and this is just one metric.Perhaps the most accurate predictor of a movie’s performance comes in the form of trailer searches. Google’s whitepaper points out that trailer searches on YouTube and Google four weeks prior to opening gives us a cumulative R2 value of 94%. That means 94% of the variation between how much two films make can be described by trailer searches. Google’s paid clicks are also useful sources of data, showing that a film’s ongoing performance can be predicted with 90-92% accuracy by the click rate.The full whitepaper is available for download, but it won’t tell you what movie to see this weekend. You’ll have to Google around for that. I wonder what the search traffic on The Internship is looking like.last_img read more

  • NUGAS diplomatic response to AMAC

    first_imgThe National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) have released a statement in response to the VCAT decision against the Australian Macedonian Weekly relating to claims that they incited racial hatred in the article Who in the celestial world gave the Greeks the right to take away the Macedonian language? The response is a rather watered down interpretation of the case in hand, and a diplomatic and soft response by NUGAS. In the release NUGAS stated that responses by the Greek-Australian community are placed in the spotlight and caution must be exercised in addressing sentiments towards the decision. Poppy Christou, media officer, NUGAS says the cautious response was deliberate, and all members of NUGAS were in agreement about the tone and style of the media release. “We tried not to let our emotions take over, we’ve tried not to lash out at anyone,” explains Christou of the response. “In the article the author has lashed out on [Greeks] and we could’ve come out and lashed out too, but we didn’t.” “It’s a very diplomatic response and it was something that we all unanimously agreed on.” In the release, NUGAS also wrote: responses that are borne purely out of emotion run the risk of hindering the influential voice and high regard we have as a community. Likewise in relations to commentary on the validity of VCAT’s decision, as it is something that should be reserved for qualified legal professionals. However, Christou felt, “a lot of the comments … were very defamatory,” in the article even if VCAT’s ruling says otherwise. Christou told Neos Kosmos that it was important for NUGAS to respond to this issue as it concerns Greek identity and history and it shows that NUGAS are aware of current issues affecting Greek Australians. But she says that although NUGAS did not agree with the article, they wanted to put their reasons why in simple terms. The claims of racial hatred were initially brought to VCAT by the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council regarding the above mentioned article, which referred to Greeks, amongst other provocations, as “freaks of nature” and “deranged bastardly monsters.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Dr Laoutides to tackle the Kurdish question in Turkey

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Deakin University’s lecturer in International Relations, Dr Costas Laoutides will present a seminar on the Kurdish question in Turkey. The resumption of armed violence between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after the collapse of the ceasefire in 2015, has put the Kurdish question into a dark period of uncertainty.With the polarisation of the domestic political discourse increasing, political dissent on any contentious issues, including the Kurdish question, is therefore being dealt by Ankara in a heavy-handed fashion. These developments in combination with the recent failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian civil war, create an explosive mix of instability in Turkey and the region.Expected to be an insightful presentation, Dr Laoutides will analyse the domestic and regional challenges in relation to the Kurdish question in Turkey and its neighbouring region, while also considering some possible scenarios that might evolve from the current situation. Author of Self-Determination and Collective Responsibility in the Secessionist Struggle, Dr Laoutides holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, and a Masters in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent.He was granted the EH Carr Scholarship for doctoral studies at Aberystwyth and an Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship for advanced postgraduate studies at Kent.The open seminar will take place on Thursday 28 July at the Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC at 7pm. Attendance is free.last_img read more

  • Fujitsu dévoile une tablette Android

    first_imgFujitsu dévoile une tablette AndroidAvec quelques jours de retard sur le CES de Las Vegas, Fujitsu vient de dévoiler une tablette tactile. Baptisé M532, le terminal, qui devrait embarquer Android 4.0 et un chipset Tegra 3, ne sera pas lancé sur le marché avant le mois de mai.Fujitsu tente à son tour de se faire une place sur le marché des tablettes taciles avec la M532, qui nous est présentée dans un vidéo publiée sur Youtube. Et la tablette 10 pouces de la firme japonaise ne manque pas d’arguments pour nous séduire. À lire aussiArchos 97 Titanium HD : une tablette tactile haute résolution dans la gamme ElementsEquipée d’un chipset Tegra 3 de Nvidia, la M532 tourne pour l’heure sous Honeycomb, mais sa version définitive devrait embarquer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. La tablette offrira en outre un écran de 1280 x 800 pixels, 16 GB de mémoire interne, un capteur photo 3 mégapixels sur la façade avant, et un appareil 8 mégapixels sur la façade arrière. Elle disposera d’un emplacement pour carte mémoire microSD, et sera compatible avec la 3G.Son prix n’a pas encore été annoncé par le constructeur nippon, mais la rumeur parle de 499 euros. D’après le site TechFokus, le marché européen devra attendre jusqu’au mois de mai pour voir débarquer la tablette Fujitsu.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more