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  • EC completely biased against Oppn Rahul

    first_imgNew Delhi: In a scathing criticism of the Election Commission (EC), Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said when it comes to matters related to the opposition, the poll watchdog is “completely biased”.His remarks come in the wake of clean chits given by the EC to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on various complaints of Model Code of Conduct violations. Asked about questions being raised over the EC’s impartiality, Gandhi, at a press conference here, said, “When it comes to issues of the BJP, the EC is absolutely on the straight line, when it comes to the opposition’s issues, it is completely biased.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe working style of Modi, the ruling BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is to put pressure on institutions, he alleged. “This is evident everywhere — SC, EC, Planning Commission, RBI. That is their approach. We do not expect that the EC will not be affected by that pressure,” Gandhi said. However, he asserted that the EC has to commit to its responsibility and carry it out. “All this institutional capture that is taking place and all the negative effects of it will have consequences in the future. We are not going to allow Indian institutions to be disturbed, controlled, crushed and anybody who colludes, anybody who falls to this pressure, is committing a crime,” the Congress chief said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe EC concluded on Friday that Modi did not violate the model code or its advisory on the armed forces in his campaign speech in Varanasi. The poll panel also found nothing wrong in the prime minister’s comments made in Maharashtra’s Nanded, where he reportedly dubbed the Congress as a “sinking Titanic”. With this, the EC has decided on five complaints against Modi and gave him a clean chit in all the matters. The poll watchdog has also given a clean chit to Shah over his speeches at Maharashtra’s Nagpur and West Bengal’s Nadia. Citing his speech at Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on April 23, the commission had, on May 1, issued a show-cause notice to Gandhi highlighting a provision of the Model Code of Conduct that barred “unverified” allegations against political opponents. Earlier, the EC had held that Gandhi had not violated the Model Code of Conduct during another campaign speech in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

  • CEB told to submit plans to generate electricity for 20 years

    3) To build a scenario applying the average cost of the year 2016 for new coal and supercritical plants and Oil but use the price of USD 8.3/MMBtu for Natural Gas recommended by the Petroleum Research Development Secretariat without externalities cost that will generate a power plant combination for 20 years. “We carried out an in-depth study on the proposed Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2018-2037 prepared by CEB and analysed the comments and proposals that key stakeholders made during our public consultation process,”Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said. Clarifications were also requested from CEB on the references of the studies that are mentioned in the submitted 20-year generation expansion plan, implementation of the first 10 years of the base case plan, specification of the coal proposed for new coal and super critical coal plants, cost details for pump storage hydro power plant etc. This information was asked to be produced on or before 7th July 2017 while another set of clarification that includes varying topics that generated through public consultation asked to be produced to PUCSL on or before the 14th of July 2017.The LCLTGEP has been compiled based on the results of the latest electricity expansion planning studies conducted by the CEB for the planning period of 2018-2037 and aims to cater the forecasted demand growth by identifying the least cost plant addition sequence based on the most sustainable technology to avoid electricity shortfalls in the country.The plan has been submitted to PUCSL for the approval and PUCSL held a written and oral public consultation to receive key stakeholder comments , proposals and views on the 20 year electricity generation plan.PUCSL will announce the decision on the LCLTGEP on 20th July 2017. (Colombo Gazette) “Taking all that into the accounts, PUCSL requested 12 new scenarios to be submitted apart from the plant combination recommended in the plan, so that the nation can be ensured that every option is studied and best 20 year power plant plan is given approval.” Considering all the requirements CEB is directed,1) To build a scenarioapplying the last 03 months average price of the year 2016  for new coal and supercritical plants, the average price of the last quarter 2016 for natural gas and the same for oil without externalities cost that will generate a power plant combination for 20 years.2) To build a scenarioapplying the average price of the year 2016 of new coal and supercritical plants, natural gas and oil without externalities cost that will generate a power plant combination for 20 years. 4) To build all the above-mentioned three scenarios, including the externalities cost by taking environmental costs and social damage cost in to accounts which will generate  three different power plant combinations for 20 years.5) To build aforesaid six scenarios under additional constraint of no future coal power plant additions that will generate  six different power plant combinations for 20 years.The 3-month average prices of the last quarter of year 2016 and 1-year average prices for Coal, Natural Gas and Oiland references to the prices were communicated to CEB in order to expedite the process. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to develop 12 new scenarios which will provide different power plant combinations to generate electricity for next 20 year and submit the plans on or before 07th of July 2017.PUCSL said these scenarios should be developed with updated prices for coal, natural gas and oil and with the cost of externalities (Social and environmental costs) and should be submitted together with input data. PUCSL instructed CEB to use the electricity demand forecast on the recommended power plant combination (Base case) in the proposed Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018-2037 to develop these new scenarios and to do away with the assumption that pump storage plants are mandatory.However, PUCSL stressed not to include the cost of terminal/ floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), and jetty costs in the capital cost of gas fired plants, but to incorporate those costs to the fuel cost component of those plants in developing these new scenarios. read more

  • Sri Lanka decides to release 113 Indian fishermen

    The Sri Lankan Government today recommended the release of 113 Indian fishermen arrested in recent months by its Navy on charges of fishing in its territorial waters, a fishermen association leader said in Tamil Nadu.A communication in this regard had been sent to the court in Jaffna, Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja said quoting information received from the Fisheries officials in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported. The fishermen from Tamil Nadu had been detained over a period of time and lodged in prisons in the neighbouring country. Their mechanised boats had been impounded. The other 109 fishermen were likely to be released in the next few days after completion of judicial process, he added. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka had requested for the release of Jayaseelan and three of his relatives on parole following the death of his son.The Sri Lankan Government, however, recommended the release of the 113 fishermen who were detained till last month. Another 27 fishermen, detained later, would still be under Sri Lankan custody. (Colombo Gazette) The state Government had taken up the issue with the Centre last month and sought release of the fishermen and the boats. This is the second instance of release of Indian fishermen in large numbers since December last year. The Sri Lankan Government had released 89 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the last week of December.Sesuraja said the court in Jaffna today set free four of the fishermen, whose release had been requested on an urgent basis following the death of the son of one of them here. read more

  • Central Asias nucleararmsfree zone can spur stability elsewhere officials tell UN

    The recently signed Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia can spur progress on other issues related to those arms, the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan told the United Nations General Assembly today.“The signing of that milestone instrument could become a catalyst for the process of enhancing the Treaty on Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT),” Kassymzhomart Tokaev said of the new pact signed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.He said Kazakhstan’s strong stance on nuclear weapons stemmed from its experience. “This position is rooted in the sufferings of our people, who are still reeling from negative effects of nuclear explosions at the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing ground shut down exactly 15 years ago.”States should strictly comply with their commitment to a moratorium on nuclear test explosions and work to ensure the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Mr. Tokaev said.Alikbek D. Djekshenkulov, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, said the principle of disarmament was also important to his country. He said the Central Asian nuclear-weapon-free zone was a joint contribution of the States of the region to free humankind from nuclear weapons and to promote counter-terrorism. He also appealed to Member States to support a draft resolution in the Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security Committee on that nuclear-weapons-free zone and praised the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Collective Security Treaty Organization as a regional complement to UN efforts to deal with such threats and challenges as crime, illicit trade in drugs and weapons, epidemic disease, degradation of the environment, and in his particular region, the situation in Afghanistan. read more

  • Donors pledge 38 billion in aid to people affected by Syria crisis

    “Today, the international community has come together in solidarity with the people of Syria and neighbouring countries bearing the heavy burden of hosting millions of Syrian refugees,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who chaired the gathering, at a press briefing after the pledges were announced. “We have sought to send a message of relief to the millions of Syrians who have been affected by this terrible crisis.”The Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference, mobilized donor support to meet the needs set out in the 2015 Syria Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-2016. The pledges come as the situation in Syria continues its downwards spiral. Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance. By conservative estimates, more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, but that number is likely much higher. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and the country has lost nearly four decades of human development, with unemployment at over 50 per cent. Life expectancy has been cut by 20 years. “People have experienced breathtaking levels of violence and savagery in Syria,” said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), as she addressed the press. “While we cannot bring peace, this funding will help humanitarian organizations deliver life-saving food, water, shelter, health services and other relief to millions of people in urgent need.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with with other participants of the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, taking place in Kuwait City. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ ›Many of the 3.9 million refugees now hosted in countries neighbouring Syria face a daily struggle for survival, their savings long depleted. More than a third live in sub-standard shelter, hunkering down in garages, crowded rooms, or makeshift settlements. Some 600,000 refugees are out of school, 2.4 million are in need of food aid, and 1.4 million very vulnerable people need cash assistance to meet their most basic needs. Meanwhile, the economies, societies and infrastructure of the host countries are buckling under the strain of hosting so many refugees.“The hopes of Syrian refugees to return home anytime soon are waning as their country’s crisis worsens. It is vital that we massively increase our support to them – not only so they can survive, but live with dignity and some hope for the future,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “This also means we must not abandon the host countries to bear the brunt of this crisis alone. Supporting them in proportion to the scale of this gravest crisis of our time is our collective responsibility, and history will judge us on how we respond.”Over the past four years, Syria has plummeted from a middle-income country to one where four out of five people live in poverty, and two out of three in extreme poverty. Countries and communities hosting refugees are also under severe strain as health and education services are stretched thin, public infrastructure such as sewage systems are overburdened, and competition for jobs and resources shows signs of tearing at social fabric. “Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey are hosting unprecedented numbers of Syrian refugees,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The international community must accelerate its support for a development response which supports the solidarity shown by host countries and communities.”In January 2014, the second pledging conference in Kuwait raised $2.4 billion. Ninety per cent of those funds have since been disbursed to provide life-saving support for millions of families in Syria and the region. Last year, some 8.9 million people received basic relief items and more than five million people received monthly food aid.Before the pledges were made, Mr. Ban addressed the conference saying: “I have only shame and deep anger and frustration at the international community’s impotence to stop the war.”The consequences of underfunding are catastrophic, leaving neighbouring countries on their own as they struggle to provide for refugees while meeting their own development needs. Nearly half of the country has been forced to flee their homes. Governments throughout the region have opened “their doors, their hearts and their wallets” to Syrian families running for their lives but are now stretched to the limit, he added. Meanwhile, despite threats and attacks on aid workers, UN agencies continue to provide life-saving assistance through cross-border assistance. But all this is not nearly enough, he added. There are no simple answers to this merciless conflict, Mr Ban said. The best humanitarian solution to end the suffering is a political solution to end the war. Absent a political agreement based on the Geneva Communique, the scale and regional impact of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster will only grow. Addressing the conference earlier in the day, Ms. Amos recalled a trip to the country: “When I first visited Syria in 2011, we estimated that one million people were in need of humanitarian aid. Today, that figure stands at 12 million people.” We must remember, she said, that behind each figure, each statistic, is a child, a woman, a man, a family – terrorized, abused and abandoned. Ms. Amos called the crisis a “rapid destruction of Syria’s future through the trauma of its children.”“What kind of Government besieges its own people, drops barrel bombs and at the same time speaks of its responsibility to protect its own people? Armed and terrorist organizations think that they can operate outside the framework of international humanitarian and human rights law. We must make them accountable,” she urged. After four years, people are exhausted and their resources depleted, she said. Key Documents The 3RP read more

  • Warning against cherrypicking among Global Goals UN experts say human rights cannot

    “Rather than treating all 17 Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda on equal footing to protect the most marginalized and vulnerable and enhance their situation, we are already witnessing some goals getting more support than others,” the experts said today in a joint statement issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The strong and urgent commitment to ensure that no one is left behind can only be realized if equally no human right is left behind,” the experts said, stressing that effective implementation of the new 2030 Agenda depends on its consistency with the overarching commitment to human rights, including the principles of accountability, non-discrimination and equality, in particular gender equality, and clear consideration of the primacy of States’ human rights obligations.Their call comes as the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) began yesterday its first meeting since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda last year. The Forum’s session will run in New York through 20 July.“The 2030 Agenda addresses many pressing issues worldwide: poverty, rapid urbanization, hunger and malnutrition, unemployment, and inadequate access water and sanitation or ending HIV/AIDS to name only a few. But it is, after all, a set of goals and targets not intended to replace international human rights obligations,” the UN experts said.In the statement, they also warned that some Member States of the UN and sponsoring private actors are already “cherry-picking” goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda, and overlooking basic rights. “For example, it would be inconsistent with human rights to interpret the call for clean energy, or the upgrading of slums, without due and consistent protection against displacement of indigenous peoples and forced evictions of millions of urban dwellers, that can occur if policies are divorced from a human rights standards,” they noted. The experts also said that the private sector’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda must take place with due regard to its responsibility to do no harm and respect human rights. “The 2030 Agenda’s explicit promise is to reach the most excluded groups first, hence we urge all participants in the HLPF to make this their compass in their deliberations,” they concluded.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.The human rights experts whose concerns are reflected in this statement and their respective mandates, are listed here. read more

  • Women Get Equal Pay But Not Equal Billing At Wimbledon

    WOMEN’S SHARE OF MATCHESTIME Wimbledon’s scheduling isn’t just a matter of gender equality. It’s also about logistics. The scheduling can backfire on men. They don’t want to have to change courts mid-match or, worse, finish a match on what should be their day off. That’s more likely when they’re playing the second men’s match in a day on a court without lights, since as we’ve seen, men’s matches, on average, are longer than women’s. On three successive days of play this year, the second men’s match on No. 1 Court went five sets and had to be suspended or moved because of darkness.No. 1 Serena Williams and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki criticized the scheduling in media conferences here. “The women really haven’t gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts,” Wozniacki said. She pointed out that on most days this year when men and women were both playing, No. 1 Court and Centre Court each had only one women’s match. (Men were less critical: Roger Federer said of the schedulers, “of course, they would try to be fair,” and Gilles Simon said, “I don’t see any big problems about the scheduling.”)Williams and Wozniacki have less to complain about than some of their peers, though: On days when she was competing with men for court time, Williams was on Centre for three of her four matches and on No. 1 for the other one. Wozniacki got one match on each of the two big courts.Yet former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who has two major titles to Wozniacki’s none, didn’t get on the two biggest courts in any of her first four matches. Neither did Lucie Safarova, the sixth-ranked woman and French Open finalist, in her four singles matches. Serena Williams’s sister Venus Williams, a five-time champ here, played three matches off the big two courts before finally getting to Centre — against Serena.A spokesman for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which hosts and runs Wimbledon, declined to comment beyond providing the club’s general position on order of play. “The major marquee players will normally be scheduled on the stadium courts with Centre Court and then No.1 Court seeing the leading names,” the club said in the statement. “This is expected by both the paying public and TV audiences alike.”Without further comment, it’s hard to know how the club determines who the major marquee players are.One factor I thought might have driven the unbalanced scheduling is the high-profile upsets in the women’s tournament, which might have left fewer marquee women available to feature.I checked, and that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least using several possible definitions of “marquee players.” Nine women who’d won Grand Slam titles (with a combined 41 major titles, 13 of them at Wimbledon) competed in singles at Wimbledon, compared with seven men with Grand Slam victories (46 majors, 13 of them at Wimbledon). The women major winners had 27 matches through this Monday. Their male counterparts had just 23 matches. Just 44 percent of these marquee women’s matches made it onto Centre or No. 1 — barely half the proportion of the men’s matches, with 87 percent. Add in former No. 1s and top 10 seeds, and the picture is even worse: The top women made it onto the top two courts 35 percent of the time, while the top men did 74 percent of the time.Simon and other male players have argued that women should get less prize money than men because, according to them, the men’s game is more popular than the women’s. With Wimbledon’s scheduling this year, the women have had half the opportunity to gain an audience and a fan base. Australian Open54%42% French Open4939 Wimbledon3828 U.S. Open5242 LONDON — It wasn’t until 2007 that Wimbledon became the last of the four tennis Grand Slams to award equal prize money to women and men. Women are still waiting on equal playing time in the tournament’s biggest stadiums.At Wimbledon this year, women got just 38 percent of the assignments to Centre Court and No. 1 Court (which is, confusingly, the second-biggest court) through Monday, including just 39 percent on Centre Court. That rate is different from the other Grand Slams. At the most recent editions of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open, schedulers maintained balance between men’s and women’s singles on prime courts, at least by number of matches. At each event, when they were competing with men for prime court assignments, the women got between 49 percent and 54 percent of matches on the top two courts — including at least half the matches on the biggest court.1The gory details for this analysis: Along with Centre Court and No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, I used Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena for the Australian Open, Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne-Lenglen at the French Open, and Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium at the U.S. Open. I only included days in the tournament when both men’s and women’s singles matches were scheduled on more than one court — generally through the fourth round or quarterfinals, until the early or middle part of the second week of the tournament. I didn’t count walkovers. And I counted matches based on which court and day they started on. The websites of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open don’t list total minutes of the match, so I added the minutes for each set. Any slight differences with official stats shouldn’t affect comparisons between men and women. For one French Open match that had no times listed, I estimated time based on the average time each point took in the other women’s singles matches that day.Who gets on which court is up to tournament schedulers. The top players want to play on a Grand Slam’s two main courts, which each have more than 10,000 seats. That’s where the most fans get to watch them and where journalists and broadcasters focus their attention. For the first week and a half or so of each two-week event, organizers must decide how to allocate that valuable real estate to matches from the men’s and women’s singles competitions.Counting matches understates the extent to which men’s tennis has hogged the spotlight at Wimbledon this year. Men’s matches, on average, take longer because men play best-of-five-sets while women play best-of-three at Slams. As a result, women got just 28 percent of match time on the top two courts at Wimbledon, compared with 39 percent to 42 percent at the other three majors. read more

  • Update Officer injured in accident dies

    Corporal Jackman succumbed to his injuriesAn officer who was injured during in an early morning accident yesterday on the Vigilance Public road, East Coast Demerara, has succumbed to his injuries. Dead is Special Lance Corporal, 25, attached to the Brickdam Police Station, Ashwell Jackman of “B” Field Sophia, Georgetown. He was single and was living with his parents.Inews previously reported that  a police mini-bus, PTT8504 was travelling on the East Coast Public Road when the driver- Ashwell Jackman- lost control and collided into a lamp pole, then a fence, opposite the Vigilance Police Station. Traffic Chief, Dion Moore told this online publication that despite speculations that other officers were in the mini-bus, Jackman was the only occupant.He was rushed to the G.P.H.C in an unconscious state and subsequently died while receiving  treatment in the Intensive Care Unit. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFoulis teen succumbs to injuries following motorcycle accidentJune 12, 2017In “latest news”Several officers hospitalized following accident in VigilanceFebruary 24, 2017In “latest news”Police Corporal succumbs to injuries following car crashDecember 8, 2016In “latest news” read more

  • BBE Groups new automation division

    first_imgThe BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, recently established a new automation division to extend its services. BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and electrical services to mining and process plants in all commodities.Launched in November 2016, BBE Automation comprises a team of experts skilled in medium and low voltage electrical systems, field instrumentation and equipment automation in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy engineering.  Other markets include mining process plants, water and waste water systems and the manufacturing industry.“Automation has always been part of the BBE competency, particularly under our Projects umbrella. BBE Automation division was a natural extension of our business and part of a growth strategy to develop an electrical and automation division, giving us focused expertise and greater capacity,” says Deon Nolan, Business Development Manager for the BBE Group. “Energy savings, smart control systems, cost-effective solutions that are the best available in the market, and automating plants in the Big Data and IoT (Internet of Things) era we live in are key services to our customers,” says Nolan.“The new division is a good fit with what we already offer in mine ventilation and refrigeration.  Clients can expect the same excellent service from BBE but also extended to new areas of their mines or plants,” adds Christo Visagie, GM of the new division.BBE Automation is able to undertake a full range of projects from greenfield sites to plant extensions and upgrades. Project detail levels vary from concept through all design stages to implementation and commissioning. Post implementation services include on-going support and training. As a business unit of the BBE Group, BBE Automation is able to offer the optimal solution using the best combination of available equipment, tailor-made to each client’s specific requirements. The division is a registered Systems Integrator for the majority of the internationally recognised control systems, and the team is fully up to date with the ever-changing technologies and programming protocols.The BBE Group is a professional team of specialist engineers who are leaders in mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling, measurement and control of underground pollutants, energy optimisation and ventilation network simulation software. BBE has built an excellent international reputation since its inception in 1989 through dedicated and professional specialist engineers.last_img read more

  • PMS like having man flu every month according to survey of women

    first_imgMOST WOMEN believe men would display man flu-like symptoms and exaggerate their condition if they were capable of suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome.A survey of over 500 women from across Ireland found that 88 per cent of women believed their partner would treat PMS similarly to getting ‘man flu’ on a monthly basis.Nearly half of the respondents said their husband or boyfriend did not understand the extent to which the condition affected them.The study also found that women aged between 25 and 34 were the most likely to feel the symptoms of PMS – though almost 90 per cent believed PMS was a normal party of the monthly menstrual cycle.59 per cent of respondents said it affected their daily lives, while 16 per cent said they sometimes didn’t recognise their own behaviour when falling victim to their symptoms. Despite this, however, 43 per cent of women said they did not do anything to manage their symptoms.The most common symptoms were cramps (23 per cent), mood swings (17 per cent), feeling sensitive or depressed (16 per cent), and sensitivity in their chest (8 per cent).The survey was commissioned by health products company Cleanmarine to help promote a new Omega 3 product, Krill Oil for Women, which its makers claim can tackle the symptoms of PMS.VIDEO: Walt Disney’s animated guide to the menstrual cyclelast_img read more

  • 11 of the most annoying things women say to men

    first_imgAnother match?Yes.  Yes, another match.God no, I look terrible……or other negative response to a compliment.  Why can’t women just take a compliment?YouTube/comedycentralWhatever makes you happy…But often you can’t do whatever makes you happy, can you?  You have to figure out what the right thing to do is.Well…what do you think? (In relation to new hair/top/wallpaper)WHAT IS THE RIGHT ANSWER?!?Do I look OK?Yes!  Yes, you always look ok!  Why do you always have to ask? DURING THE WEEK we took a look at some of the most annoying things men say to women.We promised that we would examine the situation from the other perspective, and today we are here to fulfil that promise!Here are eleven of the most annoying things women say to men. (Clearly, we’re generalising.)I’m fineThe thing is, she’s really not.How long will this interminable misery go on for?!?Is that what you’re wearing?Well, yes.  Clearly it is, because the clothes are on my body.We need to talkOh s*#t.What are you thinking?Em…n-nothing?If that’s how you feel…that’s fine.It’s not though, is it? I had this really interesting dream last night…Now you have to feign interest in what will undoubtedly be long, drawn out and interesting only to her.center_img 9 pieces of proof that your TV is out to destroy your relationship>Love-hungry giraffe gets it horribly, horribly wrong>last_img read more

  • Beautiful Water in the Anthropocene video illustrates Earths next epoch

    first_imgIt’s not easy to visualize the global impact of modern man on our Earth. Fortunately, there’s this great video to fill in whatever gaps you may have.It’s impossible to argue with the fact that modern man has impacted the world, but seeing, explaining, and understanding remains difficult. One way to do so would be to focus on the changes we have made that affect one of our most important natural resources, our water supplyWhen you think about everything in our world that needs water, and then think about how mankind has affected that resource on a global scale, the chances are high that you lack the whole picture. Fortunately, this short video on how we as humanity has affected water in the world today is here to help paint the global picture.It is currently being debated whether we are currently living in or on the verge of the next epoch, the Anthropocene. Before now, the Earth was affected by natural forces and organic structures. It still is of course, but in our lifetime we have created structures and organized ourselves as civilizations that are now changing many of those natural forces and organic structures. It’s interesting to be able to see that kind of thing on a global scale, and wonder how the next generation of humanity will interact and change the planet.The geological epoch we are currently in is formally known as the Holocene. Anthropocene is an informal term coined by Dr. Eugene F. Stoermer, who found Holocene to seem incorrect given the impact of man on the Earth. The Holocene is widely accepted to have started about 12,000 years ago, so it’s quite understandable that the developments humans have made over the past few hundred years alone would be sufficient to be considered the dawn of a new era, even a geological one.last_img read more

  • Spalleti wants to maintain Inters winning run

    first_imgLuciano Spalletti aims to maintain Inter Milan’s winning run when they square up against SPAL with his rotation policy.Inter are currently fourth on the log thanks to their last three wins in Italy’s top-flight, a form they have replicated in the Champions League by beating Tottenham and PSV.Spalletti has confirmed he will ring the changes against SPAL like he has done all season long and further revealed he would not tolerate any form of complacency.“Rotation? I have starters for one game and starters for another game, but it’s always Inter that takes to the pitch,” Spalletti told a news conference.“Every match is a test, and every situation we face will be an opportunity to show that we’re worthy of Inter.“We need to maintain the quality that we’ve shown in this run of wins. I’m certain that the team will be ready, especially mentally.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We’ve still not shown our best, and we can’t feel comfortable because of these wins, even if they were in the Champions League.”One player who has been limited for game time this term is Borja Valero, who has made just four appearances in all competitions, and just one start.But Spalletti is confident the former Fiorentina midfielder can still have an impact in a supporting role.“A player with the career that Valero has had can be out of the team and still make a difference in a few minutes,” Spalletti said.“We have more players like him and more will be able to go on an important journey themselves.”last_img read more

  • South Korean politicians indicted over Kangwon Land hiring scandal

    first_imgThe offences allegedly took place between November 2012 and April 2013 with the duo believed to have influenced the hiring of 50 trainees between them.Kangwon Land issued a statement last September in which it admitted that from 2012 to 2013 it had hired 518 people of which 493 of them – around 95% – were appointed due to connections with various “influential people.”“We apologize for committing a crime which would have been possible only in the 1960s or ’70s,” the company said at the time, pointing the finger at former CEO Choi Heung-jip as the man responsible.The corruption was originally uncovered in 2015 but the case was quickly closed that same year with only Choi and one other employee indicted.While Kweon and Yeom have now joined them, neither has been arrested due to a quirk in Korean law that prevents serving lawmakers from being detained without the consent of parliament. Both parliament and the court dismissed the prosecution’s request for an arrest warrant. Korea’s Kangwon Land enjoys first positive revenue, profit growth in 10 quarters RelatedPosts Load More One Night in Kangwon Two leading members of South Korea’s opposition Liberty Korea Party have been indicted for their part in a major corruption scandal at Kangwon Land – the only casino in the country where locals are allowed to play – that saw hundreds of staff illegally hired via political and company connections.Representatives Kweon Seong-dong and Yeom Dong-yeol were charged with abuse of power and business interference on Monday, according to KBS WORLD Radio, accused of exerting undue pressure in requesting friends and acquaintances be hired as trainees at the casino. Easing regulatory pressure offers positive signs for Korea’s Kangwon Landlast_img read more

  • Town Invites Residents To Participate In Memorial Day Ceremonies  Parade

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services would like to invite residents to participate in Memorial Day ceremonies beginning at 8:00am on Saturday, May 25, 2019 with the decoration of Veterans’ graves at the Wildwood Cemetery, followed by the decorating of all the Veterans’ squares and memorials starting at 10:15am.There will be a rededication ceremony at the Veterans’ Monument on Town Common on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 1:30pm.Wilmington’s world famous parade will step off from the Market Basket parking lot at 10:00am sharp on Monday, May 27, 2019. The youth groups will form at Wilmington House of Pizza and will be placed in the parade by a parade official. The bands, Honor Guards, and all the adult groups will meet at the Market Basket parking lot. The parade will head down Main Street, turn left on Route 62 (Church Street) and proceed to Wildwood Cemetery. The ceremony at the cemetery will start at 11:00am sharp.If you have an organization that would like to participate in the parade, please contact the Department of Veterans’ Services at 978-694-2040 for an application and guidelines. Please come out and enjoy Memorial Day weekend and remember all those who have served and those who have given their life to defend our freedom.Calling all WWII and Korean Veterans: You are invited to ride in the Memorial Day parade in the limousine, graciously provided by Dello Russo Family Funeral Home. Please meet at the Wilmington Market Basket at 9:30am on Monday, May 27, 2019 at we will place you in the parade. Please call the Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Invites Residents To Participate In Memorial Day Observances (FULL SCHEDULE)In “Government”2019 Wilmington Memorial Day Full Schedule Of ActivitiesIn “Community”2017 Wilmington Memorial Day Full Schedule Of ActivitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

  • Roll the Dice Why Im Doubling Down on Virtual Reality As an

    first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now By 2018, estimates say, there will be over 171 million active virtual reality users. With giants like Google, Samsung, HTC and Sony competing for the consumer virtual-reality console market, and many more throwing their lot in through crowdfunding and niche campaigns, the future looks bright for the new, 3D medium.Related: 10 Amazing Uses of Virtual RealityThere are games, movies and even art programs being developed to ensure that virtual reality is a success — but there’s just one thing missing: advertising. How much longer do we have to wait for virtual reality to become the best ad platform the world has ever seen?I don’t think we’ll have to wait much longer, but I’m not concerned by the slow growth of virtual reality; in fact, I think it’s a good sign. It seems like things that catch on quickly also are more prone to fizzling out unexpectedly, because they’re solving a problem users already know they have, instead of really innovating.Virtual reality, on the other hand, is a fundamental shift in how we consume media, so it only makes sense that it takes time to become popular. Think of it as a slow burn.Some may think I’m overly optimistic, but consider:Facebook Is investing.When did social media really take off, and I mean really? Sure, MySpace and Friendster were fun for a bit, but when did posting updates about your day become a normal thing for adults to do? If you’re thinking of Facebook, you’re right — the company is not only one of the most respected names in tech, it’s also what I would consider the father and mother of a societal shift.Facebook’s history of innovating consumer media and entertainment, including how we even define media and entertainment, means that its investment in virtual reality packs a big punch when it comes to votes of confidence.First, there was the company’s purchase of Oculus, arguably the first virtual reality headset that was actually appealing and showed potential for profit. Next, Facebook is also exploring new ways of using VR for fun, aside from games ,for such purposes as socializing and art.Additionally, Facebook recently released a toolkit to make it easier to capture and share virtual-reality video. It’s no surprise that Facebook recognized user-generated content as the catalyst for great new online-entertainment mediums, and from an observer’s point of view, it’s very promising to see the company trying to spark that flame.China loves VR.Americans tend to be in the majority in terms of early adopters of new technology. That means that while we often catch on to tech trends, we aren’t the first. To see the innovators, we turn to Asia, which is why it’s so incredibly promising that China loves virtual reality.China’s VR market is zooming-in on $9 billion, with over 200 startups working on bringing the industry forward even faster. Chinese companies have made low-cost models readily available, as well, which means that anyone who wants to try out virtual reality can do that.Related: 7 New Opportunities Virtual Reality May CreateAs our economy becomes increasingly global, and the world’s cultures continue to blur and sample from one other, I can’t see a world in which, once China, Japan and South Korea love a technology, it doesn’t spread around the world. Once those affordable but fully functional headsets make it across the pond, it’s time for the next big thing . . .VR is practically made for shopping.I’m going to be honest here: I don’t think that advertisements that are anything like internet pop-ups will fly in virtual reality, if for no other reason than they’d either scare or seriously annoy users. I do, however, think that product placement and immersive brand experiences will be the new wave of consumerism.First off, think of the last time you wanted to buy something for your home, such as furniture. How sure were you that it would look good? How long did you take measuring the spot in which you planned to put it? With a VR headset, the entire experience becomes intuitive.As another example, think about the last time you picked a vacation spot; would it have been nice to look around it first? With virtual reality, any “experience” brand will be able to give you a “teaser tour” of your vacation, which will go a long way toward making sure that guests are not only excited to arrive, but happy with the experience once they do.Finally, but possibly most importantly, VR looks like it will change our more traditional shopping habits forever. I don’t think that we’ll ever stop going to stores and looking at all of the goods on display, whether we can afford them or not. However, I do think stores could make themselves even more irresistible by investing in more high-end virtual reality gear, including free-roam treadmills (which sync up with VR games) and the like, to give us expanded tours of what they offer.Related: Someday Virtual Reality Will Be Entertaining But It’s Useful Right NowIn sum, virtual reality is the new frontier, and we’re cautiously approaching it. But before we know it, it will simply be the way we shop, entertain ourselves, socialize and work. I’m doubling down on virtual reality because its growth and appeal are so similar to the birth of the internet: a disorienting, sometimes intimidating piece of new technology with essentially unlimited utility, both for productivity and for happiness. June 1, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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    first_imgTechnology | June 25, 2012 Fovia, CurveBeam Deliver Advanced Visualization Software for Orthopedic and Podiatric Markets CurveBeam introduces CBCT weight bearing scanner with HDVR Connect Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Related Content Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 11, 2019 Aidoc Earns FDA Approval for AI for C-spine Fractures Radiology artificial intelligence (AI) provider Aidoc announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 12, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Announces Autologous Biologics Workshop in Partnership With EmCyte Corp. Konica Minolta Healthcare announced a new autologous biologics workshop in partnership with EmCyte Corp. The workshop… read more June 25, 2012 — Fovia Medical Inc. and CurveBeam announced that CurveBeam will enhance its product offerings by incorporating Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering (HDVR) into its Cone Beam CT (CBCT) product line, providing local and remote access to advanced visualization for orthopedic and podiatry specialists.CurveBeam designs and manufactures specialty imaging equipment for the orthopedic and podiatric markets and recently announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its foot and ankle CBCT scanner, pedCAT. Employing true weight bearing imaging technology, pedCAT utilizes Fovia’s HDVR advanced visualization software to cost-effectively bring point-of-care advanced imaging into the private office.Fovia’s CPU-based, HDVR Connect software delivers 3-D image quality and performance, giving specialists the tools needed to radically improve diagnosis, evaluation and treatment planning. The combination of Fovia’s advanced visualization capabilities and CurveBeam’s expertise in diagnostic imaging gives specialists an unprecedented ability to view and manipulate data “on-the-fly,” thereby obviating delays in patient care. Fovia’s completely customizable SDK enables CurveBeam to offer the gold standard in medical imaging while staying true to pedCAT’s groundbreaking design and compact footprint.“Advanced 3-D visualization has become a critical component of medical care, clinical diagnosis and surgical planning,” said Arun Singh, president and CEO of CurveBeam. “We are proud to offer the precision of Fovia’s HDVR Connect software combined with our CBCT technology to produce undistorted images of the foot and ankle region under weight bearing conditions.  Our foot and ankle specialty clients using HDVR, with its clarity, flexibility and ease-of-use, will be able to deliver enhanced quality care and improved surgical outcomes to their patients.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read morelast_img read more

  • NEW YORK — So whats all that Greenprint stuff on

    first_img NEW YORK — So, what’s all that Greenprint stuff on Beyonce’s Instagram feed?Bey stirred up the beehive Thursday when she advocated plant-based living in a rare social media endorsement. It helped that she also announced to her 123 million followers a sweepstakes for lifetime concert tickets to her shows or those of hubby Jay-Z after she asked the question: “What is your Greenprint?”Well, “The Greenprint” is the title of a new book by the superstar couple’s personal trainer, Marco Borges, a plant-based guru who has also worked with Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Pharrell, Diddy and Ryan Seacrest. The title refers to the impact on the planet that one can make by going plant-based.Borges, a Miami-based exercise physiologist and father of four, first got Bey going with “The 22-Day Revolution” on the same subject. She wrote the foreword for that book in 2015. She and Jay-Z penned the introduction for the new book, out in time for the New Year’s resolution season from the imprint Harmony Books.We went to Borges himself to explain his approach to health, life and saving the planet after 25 years in the business:AP: That’s some pretty good buzz Beyonce just gave you for your book.Borges: Yeah, it’s really an amazing time right now. I have to pinch myself, honestly. I’m living a dream. It’s absolutely magical. She’s only done a link-in-bio once before. The first time was when she told people she was going to go vegan 44 days for Coachella. People there are going insane there. We’re getting emails, DMs, text messages saying, ‘Oh my god, I never thought I could do this. I need some help.’AdChoices广告AP: What got you started on plant-based life?Borges: I wasn’t born and raised on a plant-based diet. Growing up I wanted to be a doctor but I found myself in pre-med realizing that medicine was far too reactive, that we needed a more proactive approach to wellness. I decided to practice wellness through exercise and nutrition. As I immersed myself in all the science, the data and the clinical trials, I realized that if you were looking for optimum wellness, improved performance and your best chance of survival, you had to move toward a plant-based diet. I’ve been living plant-based ever since and it’s been 14, 15 years now.AP: How does your approach stand out in the cacophony over veganism and plant-based nutrition?Borges: We have to meet people where they are. You can’t expect for every single person to want to adopt a plant-based lifestyle day one. The truth is it doesn’t have to be all in from the start. The Greenprint is plant-based living defined by you, whether it’s one plant-based meal a day, two or three. Or just simply meatless Mondays.AP: How do you help people ensure that they won’t fail?Borges. We’ve designed a step-by-step approach. It’s not a one size fits all. It’s customizable. We have three tiers. We guide you, provide you recipes, give you tips. We’re trying to help people rewire their behaviour a step at a time.What’s happening is that Joe Meat Eater is coming through the door of this part and vegans are saying, ‘You can’t come in because you’re not 100 per cent vegan.’ For me it’s about getting people to start looking at it from whatever angle interests them, whether it’s the environment or better health. We can’t have a conversation if I turn you away at the door because you’re not vegan.AP: You write about kaizen, or the Japanese approach to small, incremental improvements. Can you explain that?Borges: I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I was a kid. It’s continuous self-improvement. We can all be better versions of ourselves every single day. Whatever it is, you’ve got to work toward it. That includes me.AP: Some perceive the costs of a truly plant-based diet as restrictive. Do you agree?Borges: I’d love to meet the person who made that up. It doesn’t make any sense. When we go to the supermarket, we know that the foods that cost most are typically the steaks, the fish, the animal protein. That’s 10 times more expensive than avocados and broccoli. That’s preposterous. We live in a society where people love to hear good things about their bad habits.The reality is it’s less expensive to live a plant-based lifestyle.AP: To what do you attribute the popularity of the Keto approach to eating?Borges: Phenomenal marketing and the fact that we live in a world where people want to hear great things about their bad habits. I mean, don’t eat carbs! Carbs are bad for you! I mean brown rice, broccoli, carrots, all fruits. Don’t eat that. Well guess what? We’re eating twice as much protein as we should be eating and we’re taking in half the amount of fiber we should be taking in on a daily basis. And what about leaving the planet a better place? It’s why I wrote the book.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 11:05 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img What’s the Greenprint? Ask Beyoncelast_img read more