Gurugram: Tackling city’s growing pollution and cleaning the rainwater drains to ensure that the city does not get flooded during rains will be the topmost priorities for the new Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) Commissioner Vinay Singh. The 2003 IAS officer on his second day in office on Monday held key meetings where he discussed the steps taken by the MCG to tackle the waste problems and also the progress in the cleaning of the rainwater drains.The foremost challenge for the new commissioner will be to deal with the monsoon rains which in the past has resulted in huge waterlogging. To deal with the problem the widening of the Badshahpur drain is expected to get over by the end of June. The new MCG commissioner also stated his objectives of increasing the coffers of the richest municipal body by increasing the collection of property taxes. Singh who was earlier the commissioner of Hissar division has now been entrusted with the responsibility of being the of new Municipal Corporation of Gurugram ( MCG) commissioner. Singh is the officer from IAS (2003) Haryana cadre. Besides being the MCG commissioner, Singh is also holding the responsibility of being the secretary of Haryana government’s forest department. He has earlier served as the deputy commissioner of Sonepat. Co-incidentally he was transferred to the senior post of commissioner in Hissar only. The MCG that was formed in 2008 quickly emerged as the richest municipal body of the state. Despite huge budget allocation, the civic body has not been able to tackle major challenges like bad quality of internal roads, poor waste segregation system and water woes that continue to irk the citizens.
TORONTO — A British Columbia man accused of swimming naked in a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium is expected to plead guilty to mischief in that incident next month.David Weaver, of Nelson, B.C., was arrested and charged in October of last year, four days after the alleged incident.Police allege he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto on Oct. 12, bought a ticket, then stripped naked and jumped into the facility’s shark tank.A large crowd was at the aquarium that night for a “jazz night” event and some in attendance took videos of the alleged incident.The videos, which surfaced on social media and attracted international attention, show a naked man swimming in the tank with sand tiger sharks, sawfish and moray eels.The man then starts to climb out of the tank before performing a back dive into the water. Officials have said the man then got out and got dressed but left behind a T-shirt and his jacket.The aquarium, meanwhile, has said security footage shows a man accompanied by a woman walking directly to the “dangerous lagoon” tank and, about half an hour later, taking his clothes off, hopping a barrier and going into the water.Police have said by the time they arrived at the aquarium, the man had fled. Weaver was arrested near Thunder Bay, Ont., during a vehicle stop. During a brief hearing Wednesday, court heard that Weaver would appear on Sept. 19 for a guilty plea in the Ripley’s incident.Police have also alleged that earlier on Oct. 12, Weaver assaulted a man outside Medieval Times, a show where actors playing knights joust and compete in a mock tournament. A window was also allegedly broken.Weaver was charged with assault and mischief in that earlier incident, which is now being dealt with separately by the court, and will face trial on those charges in late October.He returned to B.C. this spring after his bail conditions were relaxed, allowing him to resume his work as a fishing guide, his lawyer has said.Before then, Weaver had been required by the court to live with his mother in Burlington, Ont., and seek counselling for alcohol abuse and anger management. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
The California Science Center, the GRAMMY Museum, and Global Wildlife Conservation have partnered to create the one-of-a-kind exhibit Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music.Featuring multimedia and interactive experiences, Earth in Concert examines the status of biodiversity in our oceans, grasslands and forests, while exploring how several artists and musicians have helped to raise awareness of the global issues that present threats to our planet. Artists featured in the exhibit include Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson, Sting, and Pharrell Williams. Earth in Concert opens at the California Science Center on November 12, 2015.“This exhibit demonstrates a remarkable blend of art and science,” said California Science Center President, Jeffrey Rudolph. “The work of these notable musicians illustrates the need to protect the biodiversity in our natural world.”Earth in Concert fuses the emotional power of music with the new discoveries of science to inform, inspire, and reveal how leading musicians are supporting the efforts scientists are taking to preserve our natural world. Exhibit highlights include: • Original writings, unique footage, and personal artifacts from the featured artists and other well-known musicians, informing visitors how they are working to protect the Earth’s biodiversity, the wider ecosystem, and the indigenous people who are key guardians of our natural resources • An examination of the diversity of species that settle on tropical coral reefs • Visitors will also get to help Jack Johnson complete a new composition about reducing plastic pollution in the ocean in order to inspire others to action • The opportunity to listen to isolated animal calls and match the sound to the species that made them, similar to the methods ecologists use to explore biodiversity • Exhibit visitors will also use their sense of sight and touch to investigate animal adaptations and guess whether an animal is a carnivore or herbivore.“Our partnership with the California Science Center and Global Wildlife Conservation on this new exhibit will mark the first time the GRAMMY Museum has explored how artists have used music as a platform for shedding light on the many threats to our Earth’s biodiversity,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “We hope what visitors see and learn through Earth in Concert will inspire them to take steps to reduce their own ecological footprint.”Guests at the California Science Center may enhance their experience by visiting the “Ecosystems” exhibition, where concepts of biodiversity and conservation are introduced through an unprecedented blend of live plants and animals, and hands-on science exhibits in 11 immersive environments. From walking through a living kelp forest to experimenting on a polar ice wall, explorers will investigate some of the Earth’s most fascinating ecosystems. Highlights include a 188,000-gallon kelp tank populated with more than 1,500 live fish, kelp and other marine life; a desert flash flood; and a special gallery dedicated to the urban ecology of Los Angeles. Ecosystems hosts 250 species of plants and animals.Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music is made possible by the Sangreal Foundation and Brian & Adria Sheth in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, Global Wildlife Conservation and California Science Center.This traveling exhibit was produced using environmentally sustainable materials, including PVC-free and biodegradable plastics, no-added-formaldehyde wood, and recycled materials.
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsInuit in a small community on the Labrador Coast are sounding the alarm over losing crucial services like healthcare.They’re calling the government cutbacks the same as forced relocation.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier has invited Donald Trump to the hit Broadway musical “Come from Away,” saying he hopes “to discuss the virtues of a positive relationship” with the U.S. president.Dwight Ball’s letter to Trump, dated Tuesday, evokes the province’s historic relationship with the United States, on both trade and military bases.“I just wanted to refresh and take the president back in time, and just remind his administration on how important this reliable friendship and this business relationship is,” Ball said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s just not a transaction, this is about long-standing relationships with our world’s largest trading partner.”Ball tweeted a copy of the letter Wednesday morning.The invitation is at the president’s leisure, at whichever city’s version of the musical he prefers. It notes the tickets “hopefully are tariff-free.”“Please advise of your acceptance of this invitation and I will forward you tickets,” he writes.Ball told The Canadian Press he took issue with the president’s language treating Canada as a security risk. He sees “Come from Away” as an example of the long-standing friendship between Canada and the U.S., in more than just trade.The musical tells the true story of how Gander, N.L., welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.“The relationships that were formed at that time still last to this day, and it’s really just symbolic of the relationship that we’ve had for many, many years,” said Ball.His letter describes Trump’s recent policies on tariffs as “extremely troubling,” and says he hoped to discuss “a positive and mutually beneficial trade relationship.”After this month’s G7 summit in Quebec, Trump called Justin Trudeau “weak and dishonest.” The president was apparently angered over the prime minister’s comments at a press conference objecting to American tariffs on steel and aluminum.Ball said his province has been affected by new U.S. tariffs, but the companies haven’t had a chance to share their stories. He was among eight Canadian premiers who visited Washington in June 2017 to discuss NAFTA negotiations.Ball’s letter says Newfoundland and Labrador believes in the idea that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”Arts impresario David Mirvish first staged “Come from Away” in Toronto from December 2016 to January 2017 before it headed to Broadway.Mirvish has said the musical’s success has “befuddled all expectations” both in Toronto and on Broadway, where its feel-good charm managed to win the hearts of jaded New York theatre-goers as well as a Tony Award for best direction.Its soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy, and Canadian creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein are hard at work on a script for a film adaptation.Ball said Wednesday he has not yet received a response, but he hopes Trump takes up his offer.“I would love to be able to sit down and watch ‘Come From Away’,” said Ball.— With Michael Tutton in Halifax.
GREECE, N.Y. — The arrest of three young men and a teen on charges of plotting to attack a Muslim settlement in upstate New York has raised a number of questions. Here’s what we know about suspects Vincent Vetromile, Andrew Crysel, Andrew Colaneri and a 16-year-old The Associated Press is not naming because of his age. All have pleaded not guilty. Their families declined comment, and defence lawyers did not return calls for comment.___VETROMILE:Until he was arrested in January, Vetromile, 19, lived with his parents and sister in a small house on a quiet street in Greece, a suburb of Rochester, New York. He studied heating and air conditioning repair at Monroe Community College through the summer of 2017. Vetromile, Crysel and the 16-year-old knew each other from their membership in Boy Scout Troop 240, where the older two earned the rank of Eagle.___CRYSEL:Crysel, 18, lived with his grandparents in East Rochester and was a student at Monroe Community College in early 2018. He and Colaneri have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a milder form of autism, their families have said previously. Crysel was freed soon after the arrests when his grandparents posted bail. But he was jailed again, along with the other three, after prosecutors lodged additional charges against them and a judge raised his bail.___COLANERI:Colaneri, 20, attended Monroe Community College in 2016 and 2017 but struggled with a student loan and dropped out. He lived with his mother and had a job stocking shelves at a Dollar General store. “Honestly, he’s the smartest person I’ve met,” said Chris Torres, a Missouri teen who became friends with Colaneri through an online game and recalled Colaneri helping him with his homework. Until last year, they talked almost every day by Skype, with Colaneri confiding about dealing with Asperger’s and depression.Rebecca Lee, the mother of Colaneri’s girlfriend, described him as gentle and socially awkward. Colaneri hated if you killed insects, Lee said. She recalled his rescue of a lost kitten. He wasn’t much interested in politics, but sometimes seemed confounded by partisan divisions.___THE YOUNGEST SUSPECT:The 16-year-old was a student at Greece Odyssey Academy, a public school serving middle and high school students. He lived with his mother in Greece. In court papers, his attorney describes him as a “science-oriented kid.” Neighbors recalled the teen and two taller youths shooting targets with air rifles last year in his backyard. Most often, though, they’d see him inside, pecking away at a computer.The Associated Press
19 November 2010A group of independent United Nations experts today urged South Africa to strengthen oversight and control over private military and security companies exporting their services abroad, saying regulations currently in place face implementation challenges. A group of independent United Nations experts today urged South Africa to strengthen oversight and control over private military and security companies exporting their services abroad, saying regulations currently in place face implementation challenges. At the end of a 10-day visit to the country, the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries noted that South Africans have, since the end of apartheid in 1994, been widely employed by private military and security companies operating around the world. As a result, South Africa was one of the first countries to adopt legislation on the provision of foreign military assistance in 1998. “Nonetheless, there is no doubt that the regulatory regime established in South Africa for private military and security companies and individuals operating in different countries has faced challenges in terms of implementation,” the Working Group, which visited South Africa at the invitation of the Government, said in a statement. There was broad agreement during discussions between the Working Group and the South African authorities that the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea in 2004 provided added momentum to revise the legislation to address the whole spectrum of activities to be regulated. The Working Group noted that some of the South Africans involved in the attempted coup had been or were employed by private military and security companies. “The Working Group recommends that the Government undertake the necessary steps to ensure that the regulatory regime envisaged in the legislation be strengthened and include a monitoring mechanism,” said Alexander Nikitin, the chairperson of the Working Group. It stressed the important role South Africa’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee can play in the effective implementation of the legislation on private military and security companies. The Group also expressed appreciation for the Government’s significant role at the UN to establish an international regulatory framework, including a legally binding instrument, to ensure the accountability of private military and security companies for human rights violations.
8 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over the outbreak of fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebel groups in northern Mali, stressing that he was particularly troubled by the large-scale humanitarian consequences of the conflict. Casualties include civilians, with thousands of people internally displaced and others seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation throughout the drought-prone Sahel region of West Africa, according to a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.“The Secretary-General condemns the use of violence as a means to achieve political objectives,” said the statement, in which the United Nations chief urged the rebel groups to immediately stop fighting and engage in dialogue with the Government to resolve their grievances.Mr. Ban reiterated UN support of efforts to find a peaceful and durable solution to the conflict.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported yesterday that it had sent staff to assist some 20,000 people forced by the fighting to flee their homes.Most of those uprooted by the violence in the Azawad region of northern Mali since mid-January have fled to Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.The agency said clashes between the Tuareg liberation movement (MNLA – Mouvement National de Liberation de l’Azawad) and Government forces erupted on 17 January, violating the terms of a 2009 agreement that had officially ended the Tuareg rebellion in Mali.
The operation should have begun on September 10 but was delayed for want of clearance, the sources said. The State government had also sanctioned about Rs. 20 lakh for salvage operation – towards fuel and repair costs and ration for the salvage team members.A sum of Rs. 15,000 had been offered for each mechanised boat and Rs. 10,000 for each country boat for repair work, they said. Based on the report submitted by the team, the State government prepared a list of salvage team members to bring back 36 boats – 11 belonging to Rameswaram fishermen, 24 to Nagapattinam fishermen and one owned by Pudukottai fishermen. The Tamil Nadu Government is awaiting clearance from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to salvage 36 trawlers impounded by the Sri Lankan Navy in March 2015 and ordered to be released by the Government of the island nation last month, The Hindu newspaper reported.After the Sri Lankan Government ordered the release of 42 boats – 36 belonging to Tamil Nadu fishermen and six to Karaikal fishermen – a seven-member team, led by G. S. Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, inspected the condition of the trawlers from August 17 to 20 and decided to salvage them. Immediately, the Fisheries department prepared a list of 36 boats, 242 fishermen and technical persons to tow the boats back to shore and sent the proposal to the MEA, official sources said. The first batch of 15 boats, 93 fishermen and technical persons would leave immediately after getting clearance from the MEA.The second batch of 21 boats, 149 fishermen and technicians would leave after three days, they said.A three-member official team, led by the Deputy Director of Fisheries, would accompany them. The ICG had been asked to be in a state of readiness, they said. The Puducherry government would send a separate team to salvage the six boats from the Union Territory, the sources added. The boats have been berthed in Kankesanthurai, Karainagar, Mannar and Trincomallee in northern Sri Lanka and Puthalam in the west. (Colombo Gazette) Indian Coast Guard (ICG) would escort the teams up to International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and hand them over to the Sri Lankan Navy to be escorted to the ports.
However today the singer had deleted the announcement from his social media accounts. The singer took to social media to announce that he will be on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Further details were not given. Controversial singer R. Kelly, who is facing multiple abuse allegations, has removed a post published on social media that he will be in Sri Lanka soon.The post was published two days ago on his official social media accounts. The announcement came weeks after Surviving R. Kelly aired featuring Kelly’s accusers and industry insiders detailing allegations against the singer that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse against women and underage girls.In response to the show, which gave rise to the #MuteRKelly campaign, a number of artists and former collaborators spoke out against Kelly, with Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and more either pulling their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services or expressing their regret for working with him. The following year, Kelly would court notoriety offstage by producing Aaliyah’s debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” amid a flurry of speculation that the pair had wed despite Aaliyah apparently being underage – the first of many controversial incidents in Kelly’s career. In 1996, he had arguably his biggest success to date with the anthemic “I Believe I Can Fly” from the movie “Space Jam”; it scooped him three Grammy Awards and remains his signature song. (Colombo Gazette)By Easwaran Rutnam He’s demonstrated an impressive penchant for being able to reinvent himself over the years; his early successes in the first part of the nineties saw him make a name for himself with his debut solo record, “12 Play”, and especially the smash hit single “Bump ‘N Grind”, which spent twelve weeks at the top of the charts in his native U.S in 1993. Additionally, Sony BMG — the parent company of Kelly’s record label, RCA Records — parted ways with the Grammy winner in the wake of the docuseries. Kelly’s music had also reportedly been banned from two Dallas-area radio stations, while some community organizers had begun to call on iHeartRadio and Radio One to ban his music from their playlists. The singer has also been banned from Philadelphia by its city council.Kelly was first arrested in 2002 for his alleged involvement in a child pornography tape. Surviving R. Kelly — which averaged 2.1 million viewers, a significant number for Lifetime — explored that scandal in particular, along with the stories and allegations from a number of women, including Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Lee, former underage partner Lizzette Martinez and former backup singer Jovante Cunningham.Over the course of a twenty-five year career that’s been marked by controversy off stage, Kelly has amassed a slew of hit records, awards and accolades – not to mention huge personal worth.
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Donald Trump is using his Twitter account to take on China China woke up this morning to sharp criticism, days after Beijing accused the Taiwanese president of playing a “small trick” on the US president-elect. By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, left, US President-elect Donald Trump, centre, and China’s President Xi Jinping. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCHINESE LEADERS FACE a challenge: how to deal with Donald Trump.Weeks before taking office, the incoming American president is riling Beijing with confrontation and online statements that appear to foreshadow a tougher foreign policy toward China.China woke up this morning to sharp criticism posted by Trump on Twitter, days after Beijing responded to his telephone conversation with Taiwan’s president by accusing the Taiwanese of playing a “small trick” on Trump.Trump wrote:Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?“I don’t think so!” Monday 5 Dec 2016, 11:45 AM He puts out feelers to sound China out and chalk up some petty benefits.China’s response was characteristically coded. But it now faces an incoming president who deals in outspoken tweets, not communiques. Taiwan’s military fire artillery from self-propelled Howitzers last year during annual Han Kuang exercises in Hsinchu. China has strongly criticised US arms sale to Taiwan. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNot trueTrump used a platform banned by censors in mainland China to renew several of his criticisms during the US presidential campaign. Some of his arguments aren’t true.Taiwan’s official Central News Agency, citing anonymous sources on Saturday, said Edwin Feulner, founder of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, was a “crucial figure” in setting up communication channels between the sides.Vice President-elect Mike Pence yesterday said that the phone call shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as a shift in US policy. He shrugged off the attention to the incident as media hype.“It was a courtesy call,” Pence told NBC’s Meet the Press.Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Trump’s conversation does not signal any change to long-standing US policy — although some in Taiwan expressed hopes for strong US support from the incoming administration.In terms of Trump’s criticisms, Chinese imports are taxed at standard US rates, while Washington has recently slapped painful punitive tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels and other goods.And while China once kept a tight grip on the value of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, it now allows it to trade within a bandwidth 2% above or below a daily target set by the People’s Bank of China.The yuan is currently trading at around a six-year low against the dollar. But economists now conclude that the currency is more or less properly valued in relation to the dollar and other foreign currencies. A Taiwan Air Force F-16 fighter jet takes off during annual Han Kuang military exercises in 2014. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesControlsAnd with economic growth slowing considerably and more Chinese trying to move money out of the country, the government is now spending massively to hold up the yuan’s value rather than depressing it as Trump and other critics accuse it of doing.It has also imposed strict controls on Chinese moving money out of the country.China has built up its military and constructed man-made islands in the South China Sea, and made sweeping territorial claims over almost the entire critical waterway. Those claims were broadly rejected in June by an international tribunal in The Hague.Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at People’s University in Beijing, predicted China would not lash out immediately, but calibrate its response over the next several months after Trump enters the White House.“Trump’s remarks will certainly raise the concerns of Chinese leaders,” Shi said. “But at the moment, they will be restrained and watch his moves closely.” Aerial view of a Taiwanese search-and-rescue exercise off Taiping island, part of the Spratly island group in the South China Sea on 29 November, part of efforts to cement its claim to a key island in the strategic sea. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCalmMeanwhile, Taiwan has urged China to stay calm after the Taiwanese leader’s unprecedented phone call to US President-elect Donald Trump angered Beijing, as residents and analysts in Taipei expressed fears at the possible fallout.Ties between Taipei and Beijing have grown increasingly frosty since China-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen took power in Taiwan in May, ending eight years of cross-strait rapprochement.Beijing has since cut off all official communication with the self-ruled island, which it still views as part of its territory.Today Taiwan’s China affairs minister Chang Hsiao-yueh urged Beijing to consider the matter with a “calm attitude”. She told reporters:The government values ties with [China] and the president has reiterated time and again that Taiwan will not go back to the old way of confrontation… I don’t think there is an act of provocation.Tsai herself has made no comment but the presidential office has insisted there is “no conflict” between Taiwan maintaining relations with the US and with China.In Taipei some said they now fear a Beijing backlash.“I doubt that a short phone call will help Taiwan that much in the long-term, but it will infuriate China and they will likely take vengeful moves against Taiwan,” said receptionist Hu Chi-hui, 38.Saleswoman Ho Li-chin, 43, told AFP she fears China will try to isolate Taiwan even more in the international community. Taiwan Coast Guard ship and cargo ship take part in a search-and-rescue exercise off of Taiping island in the South China Sea on 29 November, as part of Taiwan’s efforts to cement its claim to the island. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMore harm than goodPolitical analysts said Tsai was gambling that the call would increase her bargaining power with Beijing.Fan Shih-ping of the National Taiwan Normal University, said Tsai wanted to show Beijing that “giving Taiwan the cold shoulder would drive it further towards the US”.But as she battles falling approval ratings at home over domestic issues, observers agreed the move was unlikely to significantly improve her popularity – and could damage it further.“Beijing will not leave the matter at that and this could do Tsai more harm than good, such as prompting Beijing to get Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to switch recognition,” said Tang Shao-cheng, a political scientist at the National Chengchi University.However, some residents voiced support for Tsai.“Taiwan has the right to maintain relations with other countries and we shouldn’t look to China before taking our moves,” said pensioner Lin Ji-chen in Taipei. ”Taiwan should walk its own path.”With reporting from AFP. – © AFP, 2016Read: Spending a day in Delhi is the equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes. We went to see for ourselvesRead: Boris Johnson shuts down interview when asked name of South Korea’s president The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016 126 Comments Short URL Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 28,331 Views http://jrnl.ie/3120142 Share178 Tweet Email1 Dec 5th 2016, 11:45 AM PunishBut China only said it would make a “solemn representation” in Washington, and Lu declined to expand on that statement today.Instead, China seemed to offer Trump a face-saving way out of an apparent blunder by blaming the Taiwanese.English-language commentaries then appeared in two state-run newspapers known to be used by China’s ruling Communist Party leadership to send messages abroad.“Trump might be looking for some opportunities by making waves,” the Global Times said in an editorial today headlined, “Talk to Trump, punish Tsai administration.”“However, he has zero diplomatic experience and is unaware of the repercussions of shaking up Sino-US relations,” the newspaper said.It is certain that Trump doesn’t want a showdown with China, because it is not his ambition, and neither was it included in his promise to the electorate. PersonalityThat was apparently prompted by China’s response to Trump’s talk Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the first time an American president or president-elect is known to have spoken to a Taiwanese leader since the US broke off formal diplomatic relations in 1979.So far, China has avoided responding with open hostility. Today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China would have “no comment on what motivated the Trump team” to make the tweets, but said he believed both sides would continue to support a “sound and a stable bilateral relationship.”“For us, for China, we do not comment on his personality,” Lu said.We focus on his policies, especially his policies toward China.China’s reaction to Trump’s call with Tsai was relatively low-key given the sensitivity China places on Taiwan.The US and Taiwan retain strong unofficial ties, and the US sells weapons to the self-governing island. But American leaders have for decades avoided any official recognition in deference to China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, to be captured by force if necessary.Trump’s reference in another tweet to Tsai as “the President of Taiwan” was sure to inflame China, which considers any reference to Taiwan having a president as a grave insult. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
Overseas students, who have a basic competency of English are unlikely to graduate with the level that is demanded by employees in Australia, according to new research. In the study, only two of the 40 students managed to receive the IELTS level 7.0 that is needed to gain employment and six of the students fell under the minimum score. This went against the assumption that non-English speaking students would improve and they studied and become “employable as professionals” academic language researcher Elizabeth Craven told The Australian. Ms Craven said that the universities and educational institutions have to do more to help overseas students as they seem unwilling to lift their English standards and that overseas students should be warned about how difficult it was to lift their English to the IELTS 7.0 or high to gain employment, professional registration or a skilled migration visa. “Those who promote study in Australia and other English-speaking countries have a responsibility to raise students’ awareness of this fact,” she said. “English language proficiency is the area in which there is most scope to better prepare graduates for their careers,” IDP says in a submission to the International Education Advisory Council chaired by businessman Michael Chaney. The company says there is “increasing recognition that international students need English language training in order to graduate as job-ready. “Many students need to mix more with English speakers or take part in structured English-language tuition programs.” The study was carried out at the University of Technology, Sydney, where Ms Craven used to work, and funded by IELTS Australia, which is owned by IDP. The aim of the study was to see how many students could reach an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Most students believed their English had improved since they began their studies. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
More than 20 police positions paid for by state and federal grants are set to expire by the middle of next year, and Vancouver’s police chief said Monday that the department must wean itself off that money to prop up its staffing levels.As politicians in Olympia and Washington, D.C., continue to slash budgets, Police Chief Cliff Cook told the city council that Vancouver can’t continue to rely on grant money to support units that include school resource officers, and auto theft and gang-fighting detectives.Vancouver has about $1.8 million in grants and contracts that pay for 23 positions. But the amount of grants is shrinking — and Cook said he thinks it won’t be going up anytime soon.“We can’t rely on grants,” he said. “They’ve been great for us, they’ve helped us bridge some gaps, but we’ve got to find another way.”Cook said the department can reapply for several of the grants, but those dollars are far from guaranteed. Over the next few years, he said council members are going to have to decide just what they expect from the police department.
Pipelines lead to one of BP’s facilities on the North Slope. (Photo courtesy BP)In an annual report released on Thursday, BP’s Alaska subsidiary reported a profit of $85 million in 2016. That’s compared to a $172 million loss in Alaska in 2015.Listen nowAs oil prices plunged, BP cut about 260 jobs in Alaska last year, which was about 13 percent of its workforce. But according to a BP spokesperson, the company is not planning any broad-scale layoffs this year.The company currently employs about 1,700 workers in Alaska.BP also reported a global profit of $115 million for 2016. That’s after a global loss of $6.5 billion for 2015, its worst loss ever.Despite the profit, the British company also announced a significant cut to CEO Bob Dudley’s pay. Multiple national news outlets report this is because BP’s shareholders were unhappy that Dudley was set to receive a raise despite the record loss in 2015.BP also reported it paid the State of Alaska $464 million in taxes in royalties in 2016, compared to $358 million in 2015.
A view of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Reuters file photoThe state of Hawaii said it will ask a federal court on Wednesday for an emergency halt to President Donald Trump’s new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, becoming the first state to challenge the ban in court.In a court filing on Tuesday, Hawaii said it would seek a temporary restraining order against the new travel ban. Hawaii’s suit against the original executive order was put on hold.The Trump administration this week issued the new executive order that supplanted an earlier, more sweeping one which had been challenged in court by several states in addition to Hawaii.The new order is much more narrowly tailored than the first one issued in January. It keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen but excludes Iraq, and applies the restriction only to new visa applicants.“To be sure, the new executive order covers fewer people than the old one,” Neal Katyal, one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii, said in an interview with CNN. He said the new travel ban still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”“We are confident that the president’s actions are lawful to protect the national security of our country,” the Justice Department said in a statement.In a joint filing, Hawaii and the US government asked for oral arguments in the case to be held March 15, a day before the new travel order is set to take effect.Separately, in a case brought by Washington state against the first Trump travel order, the Justice Department on Tuesday said it would voluntarily dismiss its own appeal of a Seattle federal court ruling that had suspended the order.Washington state did not oppose the administration’s request to end its appeal, the filing said.Immigration advocates said the new ban still discriminates against Muslims and fails to address some of their concerns with the previous directive. Legal experts said the new ban would be harder to challenge because it affects fewer people living in the United States and allows more exemptions to protect them.Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday said his office was evaluating whether it would challenge the new order and would likely decide this week.The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals last month had blocked Trump’s first order, saying Washington state would likely be able to prove that it violated constitutional protections.That appeals court ruling has not been withdrawn and its legal reasoning can still be cited as precedent in future cases, Washington attorney general spokesman Peter Lavallee said on Tuesday.
Popular on Variety Upcoming 4K titles Redbox expects to add over the next few weeks include “Red Sparrow” starring Jennifer Lawrence, “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” the 2018 “Tomb Raider” with Alicia Vikander, and 2010’s “Inception.”“We wanted titles that would have high interest going forward — they’re all action-related and incredibly visually stunning,” said Redbox CEO Galen Smith. “As a consumer, I want to pay a slight premium to get the best possible experience.”To be sure, 4K remains a relatively niche technology. As of the first quarter of 2018, around 9 million U.S. households — less than 10% — had a 4K Ultra HD playback device (including UHD Blu-ray players), according to the Digital Entertainment Group. Close to 35 million American homes had a UHD TV set, DEG estimates.Smith conceded that Ultra HD Blu-ray is still a “nascent” format but pointed to recent retailer discounts of UHD Blu-ray players to around $100 — and even lower. “When we launched with Blu-ray a few years ago, it was when the price of players started to drop,” he said.In selecting the six test markets for the 4K rentals, Redbox worked with studio partners to determine which areas overindex on sales of UHD Blu-ray discs, according to Smith. Redbox will use the data it collects to calibrate inventory and distribution of 4K titles; for the initial launch, the kiosks in the test will have “a couple” copies of the four movies, according to Smith.For now, Redbox isn’t offering any 4K content through the Redbox On Demand digital-streaming service, which it launched in December 2017.Disney has sued Redbox over the kiosk operator’s reselling digital-access codes for Disney movies, which Redbox pulls from the DVD/Blu-ray combo packs it purchases on the open market. (Redbox has direct purchasing agreements with the other major studios for discs.)For the 4K disc rentals of “Black Panther,” which was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 15, Redbox is protected by the first-sale doctrine of the U.S. copyright code. Redbox asserts that the first-sale doctrine also allows it to resell Disney digital-access codes; Disney’s lawyers, however, argue that there’s a key difference between reselling a DVD and providing digital access to copies of movies. Meanwhile, Redbox’s launch of 4K Ultra HD rentals comes after it recently rolled out Nintendo Switch video-game rentals in six markets nationwide: San Antonio, Portland, Seattle, Nashville, Denver and Salt Lake City. All Redbox rentals, including the 4K UHD discs, can be returned to any kiosk location in the network.Pictured above: Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther” Redbox is now offering 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc rentals — but it’s starting with only four titles, available in limited quantities in just six U.S. markets.The first Ultra HD Blu-ray movies available at Redbox kiosks are: Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian.” Those are available starting this week at about 2,500 Redbox kiosks in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and Miami. That represents around 6% of Redbox’s total network of 41,500 kiosks across the U.S.Redbox’s rental pricing for the 4K titles is $2.50 per night. That’s a premium over $1.75 for regular DVDs and $2 for Blu-ray discs. Redbox isn’t offering online reservations for the 4K Ultra HD discs during the test period. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: P. Ketterer et al. Nanoscale rotary apparatus formed from tight-fitting 3D DNA components, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501209AbstractWe report a nanoscale rotary mechanism that reproduces some of the dynamic properties of biological rotary motors in the absence of an energy source, such as random walks on a circle with dwells at docking sites. Our mechanism is built modularly from tight-fitting components that were self-assembled using multilayer DNA origami. The apparatus has greater structural complexity than previous mechanically interlocked objects and features a well-defined angular degree of freedom without restricting the range of rotation. We studied the dynamics of our mechanism using single-particle experiments analogous to those performed previously with actin-labeled adenosine triphosphate synthases. In our mechanism, rotor mobility, the number of docking sites, and the dwell times at these sites may be controlled through rational design. Our prototype thus realizes a working platform toward creating synthetic nanoscale rotary motors. Our methods will support creating other complex nanoscale mechanisms based on tightly fitting, sterically constrained, but mobile, DNA components. Play The assembly of the rotary apparatus. Credit: Philip Ketterer The tiny device built by the team represents the first example of a biologically inspired nanomachine capable of demonstrating dynamic motor-like behavior. It also represents a step forward in nanoarchitecture—the device was built molecule-by-molecule and perhaps is the first step towards the development of true nanorobots. They note also, that after watching their device in action, it is not difficult to envision such devices motoring around inside of people, in a way very similar to how bacteria get around. Design of a DNA-based rotary apparatus. Credit: (c) Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501209 Journal information: Science Advances Play A schematic animation of the passive rotary apparatus. The bearing around the rotor also gets slightly kicked around by water molecules but it is rigidly attached to the surface. (The water molecules by which the rotor gets kicked around due to their thermal energy are not explicitly shown in the movie.) Credit: Hendrik Dietz Group develops wearable, stretchable memory device for monitoring heart rate Scientists dream of building ever smaller motorized devices that could putter around inside the human body delivering medicines to ailing parts, toxins to tumors or simply serving as health monitors, but alas, such devices have not yet come to fruition—but they may be getting closer. In this new effort, the team in Germany has built a device based on synthetic DNA parts—it mimics, somewhat, the activities of flagella, the tiny arm-like appendages bacteria use as paddles to move around. It is only 40 nanometers tall but includes three main parts, a crank that spins, an axle bearing and a container to hold the other two parts together.It does not yet have a power source, thus it cannot be called a motorized device just yet, instead, it can move around due to thermal energy which creates colliding water molecules which in turn causes the crank to turn—the team cannot control the direction of the device yet either, but believe they may have a solution sometime in the near future. They plan to test ideas using laser heat, ion flow or even chemical reactions to cause the crank to turn, and hopefully allow for controlling direction. If they succeed such a tiny motorized device would be useful in more than just medical applications—it could also possibly be used to drive chemical syntheses or to pump molecules across barriers. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Technische Universität München has built a nanoscale apparatus that could one day serve as the basis for an extremely tiny motorized device. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they built their device, how it works, and where they plan to take the new technology. Citation: Researchers build nanoscale rotary apparatus using tight-fitting 3D DNA components (w/ Video) (2016, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-nanoscale-rotary-apparatus-tight-fitting-3d.html © 2016 Phys.org Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A schematic representation of freely diffusing rotary apparatus with extended crank lever. Credit: Hendrik Dietz
Imagine, after a hectic mundane day, you return home exhausted, when your dog quickly runs towards you to welcome you with a drooling kiss and a wagging tail. You look at his innocent, kind face that seems to express his gratitude to you for being a great companion. So, what is so unique about the relationship between a man and his four-legged companion? It’s the “unconditional love” that both the parties shower on each other eternally. And it is not just the loyal, unconditional love; being the best playmates of humans, these little pooches are said to combat their owner’s depression or any other physical disorders as well. They affect us in a number of unbelievable ways as they ward off anxiety and dementia. Our canine companions are even proved to be excellent stress busters with their outstanding mood-lifting capabilities. It is an out-of-the-world experience to be blessed with a canine friend in life who is nothing less than our own children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSulakshmi Dasgupta, a resident of Chittaranjan Park in the Capital and a social activist, had set herself as an epitome of animal lover. Her extreme love for animals, especially dogs, has given shape to her plenary passion of feeding stray dogs across the city. Her promise to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in providing utmost nourishment to the strays genuinely makes her a mother of the canines. Sulakshmi’s journey began with feeding around 10 to 12 dogs a day in the vicinity of her locality. “I am extremely compassionate about dogs since childhood. When I was young, my eyes were always and only at the homeless, neglected dogs and I wondered how helpless they were. Other than feeding biscuits, I could hardly do anything to help them. Post my marriage; I received a huge moral and monetary support from my husband, Pinaki Dasgupta, who is also an animal lover. Then I, along with my small team started feeding approximately 70 dogs at places like C R Park, Kalkaji, Okhla and Greater Kailash. And today, the figure has swelled up to feeding 500 plus stray dogs across South Delhi.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe necessity to feed the strays on a regular basis is manifold. Being territorial in nature, dogs become restricted with a limited place to survive in metropolitan cities, which makes it difficult for them to hunt for food. They seldom go to another territory unless extremely hungry or to mate. Even in such situations, they sometimes come back wounded as the other areas are always protected by their respective alfa-males. Hence, the fate of many strays is to rely on poisonously rotten throwaways or waste food from roadside eateries, which is not enough for a healthy survival in a specified territory. Consequently, they end up being malnourished and hungry. Pinaki Dasgupta says, “She believes in never turning away a hungry stray. Her motto has always been helping the needy animals. Her helpers and she prepare 350 kgs of the meal including rice and chicken on a daily basis and distribute it among numerous dogs. Other than feeding, she also gives shelter to the accident victims whenever needed and provide them with veterinary services like neutering, operations, regular vaccination of anti-rabies, and offers post-operative care as well”. Sulakshmi said, “As far as my funding is concerned, there are some people around me who have also contributed to help me pursue my activity. A big or a small contribution is not the factor. It is their immense support that has always motivated me to keep moving ahead. I believe that taking small steps makes a huge difference. There was a time when the inflow of donations was not consistent. So I decided to sell off all my jewellery and heirloom collections as my four-legged babies are the gifts of God who mattered to me the most.” On being asked about the increasing violence towards neglected dogs, she said, “Our society comprises a section of insensitive humans. Pelting stones, hitting them with sharp objects and reckless driving contribute to fatal injuries or accidents. Fracture or amputations of legs are also getting common these days. My heart bleeds when I find these innocent, loyal animals in pain. Fortunately, such disturbances have witnessed a decrease in my locality and in some parts of Okhla.” After years of struggle and fighting all odds, Sulakshmi has brought such an act of daredevilry into public notice. 15 years of independent and benevolent service finally gave birth to an organisation called “Swargasaathi,” which is also useful in raising funds for the homeless. Satisfied with what she is doing in her life, Sulakshmi is living it up with two of her canine children at home. A big salute to the human parent!
News | October 01, 2008 Microsoft to Provide Philips’ SpeechMagic with Amalga Family October 1, 2008 – Microsoft Corp. read more News | August 09, 2007 Orthoview, Biomet Orthopedics Strike Deal August 10, 2007 – OrthoView has signed an agreement with Biomet Orthopedics Inc. read more News | March 20, 2008 McKesson Disease Management, Chronic Care Programs Aid Community, Indigent Health March 21, 2008 – Drawing on its experience in disease management for Medicaid patients and consumer-based technologie read more News | May 21, 2007 200 HeartMate II Patients Enrolled in Thoratec Trial May 23, 2007 —Thoratec Corp. read more News | July 15, 2007 Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics Offers Integrated Solutions for Enhanced Clinical Workflow July 16, 2007 — Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of performance driven read more Related Content News | September 08, 2008 Radiology Leads in Salary, Filled Residency Positions News | October 16, 2008 AMICAS Expands User’s View in PACS October 17, 2008 – AMICAS is unveiling Version 6.0, the next generation of AMICAS PACS, at RSNA 2008. read more News | March 17, 2008 SquareLoop Introduces HIPAA-Compliant, Secure Text Messaging March 18, 2008 – SquareLoop Inc. read more News | July 15, 2007 Improved Gel Pad Stops Bleeding Cold July 16, 2007 – The ColdSPOT with Floral Design from Beekley Corp. read more September 9, 2008 – Radiologists in the U.S. have had an average salary of more than $400,000 and have the highest percentage of filled residency positions among U.S. graduates at 88.7 percent, reported a study on primary care shortage linked with salary disparities.The new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that salary disparities play a major role in the shortage, and that the nation’s shortage of primary care physicians has been linked to a host of poor health outcomes.Mark Ebell, M.D., a professor and assistant to the provost at the University of Georgia, compared 2007 starting salary data for various physician specialties with the percentage of medical school graduates choosing those specialties. He found a strong, direct correlation between salary and the popularity of a specialty.“Countries with the healthiest primary care systems tend to have the best health outcomes,” Dr. Ebell said. “We rank behind many countries in the quality and efficiency of health care, and I think a lot of that is because we have neglected primary care.”Among his findings:- Family medicine had the lowest average salary ($185,740) and the lowest percentage of filled residency positions among U.S. graduates (42 percent).- Radiologists and orthopedic surgeons, who had an average salary of more than $400,000, had the highest percentage of filled residency positions among U.S. graduates (88.7 percent and 93.8 percent, respectively).The link between average salary and the popularity of a specialty is not surprising, particularly to Dr. Ebell. He conducted a similar study nearly 20 years ago and found the same relationship. Since then, however, the salary disparities have grown and the shortage of primary care physicians—which includes those who specialize in family medicine, pediatrics or general internal medicine—has become more pronounced. In the past decade alone, for example, the number of U.S. medical school graduates entering family practice residencies has dropped by 50 percent. Studies have linked a lower percentage of primary care physicians with higher infant mortality rates, higher overall death rates and more deaths from heart disease and cancer.Ebell said he conducted the study to draw renewed attention to the role of salary disparities in the primary care shortage and to encourage policymakers to enact meaningful reforms to increase the percentage of primary care physicians.“The problem of salary disparities is not something that anyone is going to solve locally,” Ebell said. “This is something that will require reform at a national level.”He said one possible reform is expanded debt relief for students who choose primary care practices and in particular those who choose to practice in underserved areas. He notes that the average debt for a medical school graduate has quadrupled—from $35,000 to $140,000—in the nearly 20 years since his original study. When students graduate with the equivalent of a mortgage in debt, he said, they can’t help but be drawn to high-paying specialties rather than primary care.Changes to insurance reimbursements, which currently hurt primary care by rewarding the delivery of diagnostic tests and medical treatments over time spent communicating with patients, are also needed to reduce salary disparities, he said, and have the potential to improve quality of care by reducing unnecessary or duplicative interventions.Dr. Ebell said the broad knowledge base of primary care can be intimidating to students, so creating information technology systems to manage information will be important. Exposing students to primary care physician role models is another way to sustain interest in primary care throughout a student’s training.“A career in primary care can be very rewarding,” Dr. Ebell said, “and mentors can show students the satisfaction that comes from building relationships over time with patients.”For more information: www.uga.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | December 26, 2007 GE Healthcare Expands Nuclear Cardiology Portfolio December 27, 2007 – GE Healthcare announced today that it has entered into an agreement with DRAXIMAGE, a division of read more News | August 09, 2007 FASA Announces New Clinical Benchmarks August 10, 2007 – FASA has announced that their Outcomes Monitoring Project now includes eight new clinical benchmark read more