Even as the Congress government in Punjab is preparing to roll out its much touted farm debt waiver scheme on January 7, several farmer groups are alleging that the State is resorting to “favouritism” in preparing the “eligibility list”.The politics surrounding this issue has also started gaining momentum ahead of the launch of the scheme with the Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday accusing the Congress of betraying the beleaguered farmers of the State.As many as seven farmer unions, including Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakunda), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Punjab Kisan Sangrash Committee (Azad) and Kirti Kisan Union, have threatened to launch protests if the government plays “politics of favouritism” while implementing the farm debt waiver scheme.List scrutiny“They (Congress) promised complete loan waiver to farmers during the Assembly election campaign but after coming to power they took a U-turn and announced to give partial waiver. Now, even while giving this partial waiver if they deliberately ignore genuine beneficiaries (farmers) it is most unfortunate and shameful,” said Surjit Singh, State president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari).Mr. Singh alleged there have been several instances where farmers, who are eligible for the waiver, have been left out of the list being prepared under the debt waiver scheme. “We have decided to collect and scrutinise the eligibility list of beneficiaries from villages across the State to ensure that only genuine farmers get the benefit. We would launch State-wide protest if the government tries to give benefit to the ineligible,” he added.SAD demands inquiry The Punjab government’s scheme in its first phase envisages to waive off debts of marginal farmers, having land up to 2.5 acres and with a loan up to ₹2 lakh. Loans given by cooperative banks would be waived under the scheme.Former Akali Minister Bikram Singh Majithia has accused the Congress legislators of hijacking the crop loan waiver scheme by “leaving out small and marginal farmers from it”.“The farmers themselves have exposed this fraud by revealing how the Congress favourites have been included in the scheme, even as eligible indebted farmers with less than five acres of land have been kept out,” he said. “There should be an independent inquiry into what seems like a scam and the perpetrators, who are making money out of the misery of indebted farmers, should be brought to book,” said Mr. Majithia.
A Dalit women from a village in Gujarat’s Botad district have alleged they were denied entry inside a Lord Shiva temple by villagers, the police said on Sunday. However, the police said that women in general are not allowed entry into the newly constructed temple in the district.The incident occurred yesterday when some Dalit women had gone to the temple to offer prayers to the deity on the occasion of the Hindu month of Shravan, considered auspicious by devotees of Lord Shiva, a police official said.
A van carrying pilgrims to a temple skidded off the road and fell into the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Tuesday, killing all the 13 occupants of the vehicle, including a five-year-old girl, the police said. The incident took place at 7:30 a.m. when they were going to the Mata Machail temple, SSP Rajinder Kumar Gupta said. He said 13 people, including 11 pilgrims, were killed. The deceased included the driver and conductor of the van, he said. The girl died due to injuries while she was being taken to a hospital, he said. Mr. Gupta, who supervised the rescue operations, said police and locals launched the operation as soon as information was received, and all the bodies have been recovered.
India coach Luis Norton de Matos said that India showed that they can compete against big teams as they went down fighting 1-2 to Colombia in a Group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday.Colombian right winger Juan Penaloza had put Colombia ahead in the 49th minute. But the hosts fought back and equalized in the 82nd minute, through Jeakson Thounaojam, who marked India’s first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.But Penaloza, who played as a right-back in their 0-1 loss to Ghana, scored his second goal of the night to quash India’s dreams.Following the defeat, their second in a row, India are virtually out of the qualifying race for Round of 16.”I am very proud of the team today. It was a fantastic game. I used to say that you always get a chance to win the game and today I felt that we could do that today. But they scored again and we lost the match in the end,” Matos said.”But we showed that we can play at the same level of Colombia, one of the top South American teams. We gave a tough fight.”The Portuguese tactician also conceded that his wards were euphoric after the goal and it resulted in a lapse of concentration after which Colombia scored.”We had some moments where we lost our concentration. And (when Colombia scored the winner) that was one of those moments. Our boys’ euphoria probably led to that,” he said.advertisementMatos also said that his side also needs improvement in the offensive transitions. “We need to improve our consistency in our process of offensive transitions. That is one of the difficult things that need time.””Our strongest point is our organization. And individually, there are a lot of room of improvements.”India next play Ghana in their next Group A match.
Celebrated Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar’s much-anticipated return to the mat after one year ended with a crushing defeat as he was pinned by world number five Bekzod Abdurakhmonov in the 74kg quarterfinals at the Medved tournament in Minsk, Belarus.The Uzbek grappler, a reigning Asian Games champion, got hold of Sushil’s right leg and earned four points. He then pushed the Indian out of the mat to add two more.Another leg attack by the reigning World Championship bronze medallist had Sushil flummoxed and soon the Uzbek pinned Sushil to end the bout in just 90 seconds.It was Sushil Kumar’s first tournament after a failed campaign at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, where he made a first-round exit.The two-time Olympic medallist is to compete in the World Championship trials upon his return to the country.Injured Praveen Kumar and Jitender had sought time from the Wrestling Federation of India to challenge Sushil in 74kg trials, prompting the WFI to delay the trials in this category.Sushil does not figure even in the world’s top-20 in his category while Amit Kumar Dhankar, who is from the same ‘Akhara’ where Sushil trains, is ranked number nine in the 74kg.Also Read | Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia in 12-member selection panel for national sports awardsAlso See:
zoom Carnival Corporation & plc will sail as planned from the U.S. to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, the company said, having received approval from Cuba to allow its cruise ships to operate in a similar manner as current air charter operations.Carnival’s brand Fathom is scheduled to embark on its first voyage to the island on May 1, 2016.Last week, Carnival Corporation announced Fathom was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba.The decision was announced after filing of a class-action lawsuit for allowing “discriminatory practices” regarding the cruises to Cuba.Namely, two Cuban-Americans filed a lawsuit against the company with the Miami federal court claiming their civil rights were violated as they were banned from purchasing tickets for a cruise from Miami to Cuba based solely on their place of birth, as the Cuban government prohibited Cuban-born Americans to visit the island by sea in accordance with provisions of a law dating back to the Cold War Era.Now that the ban has been lifted, Fathom’s 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship is set to begin sailing to Cuba every other week, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has been able to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, as well as the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals will be able to sail to and from Cuba.“We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen.”According to Tara Russell, president of Fathom, the company has already seen “tremendous interest in the incredible Cuba journey”.During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.
Prince Harry joined Coldplay on stage earlier this week at Kensington Palace to close the Sentebale charity concert and called for more to be done to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.The first ever pop concert on the East Lawn was organised to help raise funds and awareness of the challenges faced by young people affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The fitting finale saw Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, who founded Sentebale together in 2006, and a 12-strong choir from Lesotho, accompany Coldplay for their uplifting hit ‘Up&Up’.Prince Harry introduced the British band for their 10-song set after a heartfelt speech to the crowd of 3,000 people. The Prince founded Sentebale – meaning ‘forget me not’ – in 2006 with Prince Seeiso after his 2004 gap year visit to Lesotho, where one in three children have lost a parent to AIDS related illness.Earlier in the day Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry will begin a new series of engagements and meetings designed to shine a spotlight on the ongoing need for action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Building on his decade of experience in supporting young people with HIV in Lesotho through his charity Sentebale, The Prince is now determined to help his generation understand that the battle against the disease has not yet been won and still needs fighting. In July, Prince Harry will travel as Sentebale Patron to Durban, South Africa for the 2016 International AIDS Conference to meet leaders in the field and to speak to the assembled delegates.Progress has been made in the last 20 years to reduce the number of new HIV infections globally and ensure people living with HIV access the treatment they deserve. But stigma, discrimination and a lack of education means HIV is still the number one cause of death in 10-19 year olds in Africa. Prince Seeiso had earlier explained how important the work of Sentebale is in his own country.Prince Seeiso said: “Lesotho’s rolling mountains and plains foster within them the rich culture of the Basotho people – and an unbreakable spirit that inspires all those who encounter it. But Lesotho also faces profound challenges – and its children, one in three of whom are orphaned, suffer deeply as a result. Since my own childhood, our small nation has been ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Now 21,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 19 are living with HIV. Only 30 per cent of those have access to any treatment.”British journalist and novelist Tom Bradby, as MC, welcomed the crowd to the Sentebale concert which started at 8pm tonight. African-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, who have worked with UNAIDS on the ProTESTHIV initiative encouraging people in southern Africa to know their HIV status, then performed a trio of up-tempo tracks: ‘Our Love’, ‘I Wanna Know’ and 2014 chart-topper ‘Am I Wrong’.Next on stage was Grammy and BRIT Award singer Joss Stone. The Sentebale ambassador was accompanied by the Basotho Youth Choir, supported by Avios travel rewards. Prince Harry had invited the six boys and six girls aged 7-19 to London to be a part of the event and yesterday surprised them during their rehearsals at The BRIT School in Croydon. Among them was 16-year-old Relebohile ‘Mutsu’ Potsane who was four when he first met Prince Harry. Footage of Stone’s own visit to Lesotho played on the screen during two Lesotho songs ‘Basotho ba batle’ and ‘Sentebale ke palesa entle’ and Stone’s ‘The Answer’.British soul singer songwriter Laura Mvula, who is an ambassador for MTV’s The Staying Alive Foundation and works with young girls to raise awareness as part of the HIV prevention initiative, then wowed the audience with ‘Let Me Fall’, ‘Bread’, ‘Kiss My Feet’ and ‘Phenomenal Woman’. BRIT Award-nominated spoken word artist and Sentebale ambassador George Mpanga – aka George the Poet – later told Tom Bradby why he backed the charity before performing ‘Search Party’ and ‘We Can Fight’, written for the November 2015 opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre where some of the money raised will fund Sentebale’s monthly Saturday Clubs and residential weeklong camps.Sentebale delivers psychosocial support to adolescents living with HIV in Lesotho as well as providing care and education to orphans, children living with disabilities and young shepherds known as ‘herd boys’ whose cultural obligation of tending livestock prevents them accessing education. Just £5 could send a child living with HIV to a local club to learn how to live positively. Argentine high-goal polo player Nacho Figueras, Sentebale’s first ever ambassador, appeared on the balcony overlooking the crowd to encourage everyone to text 70800 to donate.Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale, thanked the audience for showing their support, saying: “The world has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 but ignorance and misunderstanding continues to undermine those efforts. Together we have an opportunity to end an epidemic that has defined public health for a generation but it won’t go away unless we act now.”The Sentebale concert was sponsored and supported by The Handa Foundation, Quintessentially Foundation, Huntswood, Avios, Getty Images, The&Partnership and The BRIT School. For more information visit www.sentebale.org.Source:Sentebale.org
by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2017 2:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Appointments, NAFTA and tax avoidance: how federal politics touched us this week OTTAWA – The week in politics was supposed to be all about kids and playing in the park.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau popped up in disparate corners of the country to highlight Canada 150 free passes to national parks and to celebrate — with cake and all the trimmings — the first anniversary of the Canada Child Benefit, his government’s multi-billion-dollar attempt to deal with income inequality.But the questions that followed him were more about the prime minister’s accountability and appointments than motherhood and apple pie.The U.S. list of objectives for the upcoming NAFTA negotiations and the finance minister’s new proposals to crack down on tax avoidance also loomed large over the past few days.Here’s how politics touched the public this week:ACCOUNTABILITY AND APPOINTMENTSOpposition critics are ratcheting up their questions about the Liberals’ methods in choosing who lands the big, powerful jobs in Ottawa.Three recent appointments have attracted attention because of transparency concerns.Last month, it was Madeleine Meilleur for official languages commissioner. This week, it was Julie Payette for Governor General and then Ian Scott for chairman of the CRTC, which regulates broadcast and telecommunications.With Meilleur, the former provincial cabinet minister withdrew her nomination after relentless pestering about her Liberal connections and donations to the party. With Payette, no one is opposing her appointment in the wake of revelations about a quickly dropped charge of second-degree assault, but the opposition is concerned that the prime minister’s appointment process was opaque. And with Scott, there are concerns his close ties with the telecommunications industry will make him biased.The questions about appointments will undoubtedly persist, partly because the list of vacancies in the top echelons of government is alarmingly long and partly because Trudeau has promised more transparency in governance.NEEDLING ON NAFTAThe U.S. Trade Representative has released its list of objectives to revamp NAFTA, and it’s clear negotiators in all three NAFTA countries have their work cut out for them when they start their talks next month.Many of the American objectives have been aired before, making them no surprise to insiders. But when mapped out over 18 pages and surrounded by vague text that may or may not mean major changes afoot, the list is eye-catching.Canada should expect to have to play defence on dairy production, wine sales, investment in telecommunications, government procurement contracts and rules for cross-border shopping over the Internet. But the biggest fight will probably be over how to settle fights of the future. The United States wants to get rid of that chapter altogether, and in the past, dispute settlement mechanisms have been a deal-breaker for Canada.What does Canada want from the talks? So far, the federal government won’t say much for fear of giving away its negotiating position.TAX AVOIDANCEBorrowing a phrase from his Conservative predecessor Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister Bill Morneau rolled out a “tax fairness” plan this week. It aims to eliminate the ways some high-income earners spread out and record their income so that the government applies a lower tax rate to their earnings.The goal is to prevent rich people from setting up private corporations just to lower their tax bill.Finance Canada says the number of self-employed individuals who have incorporated has almost doubled in the past 16 years.By closing just one of the three loopholes under consideration (income “sprinkling” by putting family members on the payroll), the government figures it will affect about 50,000 families and bring in an extra $250 million a year.Small business owners, doctors, accountants and lawyers are already showing their displeasure. They have 75 days of consultation to change the government’s mind.
ALROSA’s management has decided to revise output plan at its International underground mine as the company toughens its approach to health and safety management, though 2018 production plan remains unchanged. Results of the audit conducted following the Mir mine accident back in 2017 led to revision of the construction project for the International mine. The company decided to suspend the construction of deep mine levels below the level -800 m where it is necessary to carry out works to prevent gas-dynamic phenomena recorded here. Mining at lower levels is expected to resume in the end of 2018 when studies will be carried out and expert recommendations will be received. At the same time, the intensity of mine footage is expected to be reduced for safety reasons. According to preliminary estimates, mining operations below the level -800 m will be fully restored in 2023, after which the underground mine will return to its designed capacity of 500,000 t.ALROSA’s production plan for 2018 remains unchanged at 36.6 million carats. According to the company’s estimates, from 2019 to 2022, the decline in production at International will be between 0.5 and 0.8 million carats per year. “This decision means changes in sequence of mining and preparing the orebody. Now we are starting planning for the next years, during which we will consider the existing options to intensify production at other fields and balance the production plan. We will also work to reduce the time required for the implementation of the necessary activities at the International mine,” said ALROSA First Deputy CEO – Executive Director Igor Sobolev. “In our decision to reduce pace and output we were guided by new stricter rules governing health and safety system.Our employees’ health and safety are an absolute priority for us,” said CEO Sergey Ivanov.International underground mine is located 16 km south-west of the town of Mirny, it was commissioned in 1999. As of the beginning of 2018, International pipe diamond reserves under the National Reserves Committee standards were 51.3 million carats.In 2017, the underground mine produced 3.7 million carats of rough diamonds.The approved reserves of International pipe are characterised by a high diamond content in ore, about 7-8 carats per tonne on average.
How many portable gadgets do you own that need charging on a regular basis? A typical user may have a smartphone, a tablet, an e-reader, and a digital media player. Most will have fewer than those four core types of device. I doubt anyone has 16 devices to charge, but if you do, there’s now a solution for charging them all over USB at the same time. It’s called the PowerPad 16, which has been created by Datamation Systems Inc.Of course, the PowerPad 16 isn’t a charging solution aimed at the home user, but it could make your life easier when out in public. We take our devices with us to school, college, conferences, and on holiday. They need charging on a regular basis, which means searching out a power point, and hoping someone else hasn’t got there first.With the PowerPad 16, the stress of finding a place to charge should disappear. I’m hoping airports and conference centers (CES, E3?) at the very least decide to invest in a few and setup charging points offering 16, 32, or 48 ports. As the unit is quite small (6.75 x 3.75 x 2.2-inches) it should be easy to mount them next to existing power points, plus the four screw holes as standard on the casing make wall-mounting simple.If you can’t spot the PowerPad 16 by sight, you may be able to hear it whirring away. That bulky section at one end of the charger is actually a large fan helping to keep the Cambrionix USB charging board inside cool. You can imagine this thing is going to get quite hot with 16 devices drawing power.One detail we don’t yet know is how much the PowerPad 16 costs. As it’s a commercial device, I suspect it won’t be cheap.Read more at Datamation Systems Inc, via Engadget
A joint delegation of the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia), the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) and the Assyrian Universal Alliance Australia (AUA Australia) visited the Federal Parliament last week to draw attention to the plight of Armenian, Greek and Assyrian church properties in Turkey, and again advocate for parliamentary recognition of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides. The delegates visited the offices of a number of parliamentarians where they discussed the recent resolution adopted by the American Congress calling upon the Republic of Turkey to return those churches and monasteries confiscated during and after the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides from 1915 to 1923. At the meetings, representatives of ANC Australia, the AHC and AUA Australia presented a multimedia pack containing information regarding the condition of churches in Turkey, demonstrating how many had been converted to mosques, barns, storage houses or completely destroyed.ANC Australia Executive Director Varant Meguerditchian said: “By bringing to light the current derelict condition of the thousands of Armenian, Greek and Assyrian church properties which were confiscated during the genocide, we emphasised that the consequences of this crime against humanity are contemporary. “The lack of an appropriate acknowledgement of the three genocides within Turkey has led to the continued destruction of cultural monuments belonging to the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian ecclesiastical authorities.”Assyrian and Greek community leaders agreed with their Armenian community counterpart. “Recognition of the Ottoman genocide of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians by the government of Australia would be a welcome step in bringing an end to the ongoing destruction of religious monuments in Turkey,” said AUA Australia Representative Ninos Aaron.“Just as the Turkish government demands the protection of Ottoman monuments in south-eastern Europe, so our communities demand the protection of our cultural heritage in Anatolia”, added AHC (NSW) Coordinator, George Vellis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Philippines : le site du gouvernement attaqué Philippines – Des pirates informatiques ont infiltré le site du gouvernement. Suite à cette intervention, le principal site d’information du pays a été bloqué une partie du week-end.Depuis dimanche, les autorités philippines sont en alerte rouge après une attaque informatique lancée par des pirates sur le principal site d’information du pays. “Nous alertons tous les services du gouvernement pour qu’ils contrôlent et améliorent la sécurité de leurs sites informatiques”, clame un porte-parole du pouvoir en place. Le site de l’Agence philippine d’informations a été bloqué dimanche pendant plusieurs heures. Dans le même temps, la page Facebook du président Benigno Aquino a été submergée de messages critiquant la police de son pays. La semaine dernière, une prise d’otages mal négociée par les autorités s’était terminée par la mort de huit touristes de Hong-Kong.Le 30 août 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Prix Nobel de Physique 2013 : les découvreurs du boson de Higgs “très heureux” et “bouleversé”Le prix Nobel de Physique 2013 a été décerné au Belge François Englert et au Britannique Peter Higgs pour leurs travaux sur le ” boson de Higgs”. Des lauréats qui se sont dits très heureux de recevoir cette récompense.La récompense s’est fait attendre mais elle est bien arrivée. Le prix Nobel de Physique 2013 a été attribué mardi au Belge François Englert et au Britannique Peter Higgs pour leurs travaux sur le “boson de Higgs”. Le comité Nobel a décidé d’attribuer ce prix aux deux hommes âgés de 80 et 84 ans pour leurs travaux sur “la découverte théorique d’un mécanisme qui contribue à notre compréhension de l’origine de la masse des particules subatomiques, et qui a récemment été confirmée” (quoi que pas tout à fait à 100 %).C’est en 1964 que Peter Higgs a donné son nom au boson qui constitue une particule élémentaire, clef de voûte de la structure fondamentale de la matière. Selon la théorie dite du “Modèle standard”, cette particule explique comment de nombreuses autres ont ou pas une masse, et par conséquent pourquoi l’Univers existe tel que nous le connaissons. Pour le vice-président de la Royal Society britannique, John Pethica, le travail de François Englert et de Peter Higgs “a contribué à formuler la compréhension fondamentale du monde qui nous entoure”.Quoi que “très heureux d’avoir reçu le prix”, M. Englert a regretté l’absence de son complice belgo-américain Robert Brout. Il a ainsi déclaré avec émotion : “Il se glisse un certain regret : que mon collaborateur et ami de toute la vie ne soit pas ici pour partager ce prix pour un travail que nous avons fait ensemble”. De son côté, M. Higgs a déclaré dans un communiqué : “Je suis bouleversé de recevoir cette récompense”. L’an passé, certains avaient déjà pensé que le scientifique allait être récompensé mais le comité Nobel en avait décidé autrement.Le CERN ravi d’avoir participé à cette récompenseÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?M. Higgs fut le premier à évoquer l’existence du boson, de façon purement théorique tout d’abord. A la même période, les Belges François Englert et Robert Brout (décédé il y a deux ans) lançaient les premiers travaux sur le sujet. Depuis, le boson a parfois été surnommé “particule de Dieu” parce qu’il est dans tout, tout en étant particulièrement insaisissable. Il aura en effet fallu attendre plus de 50 ans pour que le CERN (l’Organisation européenne de recherche nucléaire, installée près de Genève) annonce avoir pu observer le boson.Ainsi, le CERN a contribué à ce que ce Nobel soit décerné aux deux physiciens. Pour Rolf Heuer, le chef du laboratoire qui a mené la recherche sur le boson de Higgs, “c’est notre travail qui a permis à l’Académie Nobel de donner ce prix. Vous devez vous applaudir entre vous”, a-t-il lancé à ses collègues réunis dans la cafétéria du CERN. De son côté, le professeur Gerald Guralnik, physicien au Cern, s’est dit “ravi pour ces messieurs et pour la cause de la physique”.Le 9 octobre 2013 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambert
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Cool and cloudy weather will be with us today and Friday, so if you didn’t like the excessive heat of recent days then you may enjoy this. I doubt our highs today and Friday get much above 75 or so — maybe closer to 70 degrees. And, morning drizzle is probable both days.The weekend shows morning clouds thinning and highs much closer to normal at 80 to 85 degrees. Some would call that perfect. Next week’s forecast models indicated cooler weather and highs in the 75- to 85-degree range and even a chance of a shower or two. Well, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, I threw that out the door, as they have done a 180.It appears now (with humor, subject to change) the hot high pressure will return and we jump back into the 90s for a good share of next week. Bad news for firefighters and wildfire dangers. I like 80 degrees or under, but of course there were some that really enjoy the heat, and that’s OK.One local weather observer sent me these comments along with his weather report for July. Jim Knoll of Orchards really enjoys the sun and hot temperatures. Here is his rendering of the recent heat wave.“You hear talk about getting a break from the heat. Well, we get a break from the heat every day late in the evening through the morning hours. Even when the high gets to the mid-90s or higher, there are only eight to nine hours where it is 80 or above. That’s only a small part of the day. It’s nice to go out in the evening after the sun goes down and enjoy the outdoors, walking around or looking at the stars without having to grab a coat to stay warm. And most people work and drive around with air conditioning. The very few minutes experienced in the heat of the day are hardly anything to complain about. Even air-conditioned houses are getting to be the norm around here.”
The financial irregularities in Infosys’ BPO unit that led to the sacking of the CFO is reportedly linked to the overbilling of services for Apple Inc. Six more people may also face the axe over the matter.Infosys fired its BPO unit’s CFO Abraham Mathews for violation of the company’s code of conduct, as he failed to throw light on the irregularities made by his employees.The BPO unit’s CEO Gautam Thakkar had also put down his papers, citing responsibility on “moral grounds”.The irregularities in Infosys BPO’s dealings with Apple came out during an internal audit, Reuters reported. Six more employees are in the line of fire for allegedly producing inflated invoices and overbilling Apple for many months.Till Wednesday, it was reported that Mathews had failed to disclose financial irregularities by an employee, who had overbilled a client at one of the BPO’s centres, but it was not known who the client was.While the financial fraud’s impact was said to be minimal, the company took the firm step of sacking the CFO to underline its “zero-tolerance policy for any improper conduct”.”The financial irregularities are not material in nature and the company has already made required disclosures. The company has taken disciplinary action on employees,” Infosys spokeswoman Sarah Gideon told Reuters in an email.The company has named senior members Anup Uppadhayay and Deepak Bhalla as the unit’s chief executive and chief financial officer respectively to take charge of the BPO unit, which contributes up to 7% to the company’s revenue.
Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. These days Nintendo has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hardware folks can’t get enough of. They’re selling Switches faster than they can make them. Another revision of the mega-popular 3DS, the New 2DS XL, is coming next month, and we all remember the mad dash to buy the limited quantities of the NES Classic Edition last holiday. Well get ready to add one more Nintendo box to your wishlist. The Super NES Classic Edition officially drops this September.Rumors suggested that Nintendo would follow-up the red-hot NES Classic with a SNES version this year, and it’s a pretty obvious move. While the SNES arguably has less mainstream nostalgia appeal compared to the NES, it arguably has more, better, and more-beloved games. The SNES Classic Edition packs 21 of those games in one adorable $80 gadget you hook up to your TV via HDMI. While the NES Classic had more games, SNES games are much larger and more complex. Just look at how many more buttons are on the two included controllers.Here are the retro games you can expect to (legally) play on your SNES Classic Edition.Contra III: The Alien WarsDonkey Kong CountryEarthBoundFinal Fantasy IIIF-ZEROKirby Super StarKirby’s Dream CourseThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastMega Man XSecret of ManaStar FoxStar Fox 2Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper FightingSuper Castlevania IVSuper Ghouls ’n GhostsSuper Mario KartSuper Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven StarsSuper Mario WorldSuper MetroidSuper Punch-Out!!Yoshi’s IslandThat’s a fantastic list of first- and third-party games, better than the NES, full of straight-up masterpieces. The Super Nintendo is arguably the greatest video game console of all time. It’s my personal favorite. Even more exciting, one of the games, Star Fox 2, was never released despite being finished. Some of its ideas wound up in later Star Fox games but this is the first chance for anyone to play the original sequel. It’s a victory for games preservation. But you have to unlock it by beating the first level of Star Fox. It’s only fair.The biggest dark cloud hovering over this announcement is quantity. Nintendo purposefully made a limited number of NES Classics, a number far below demand. So it’s not too crazy to think they’ll do it again with the SNES Classic and millions of people who want the device will be out of luck if they’re too slow. It only discourages me from trying to buy this thing I otherwise really want.But rumors also said Nintendo stopped NES Classic production to ramp up early for the SNES Classic, so hopefully there will be more supply this time. Hopefully. Nintendo has promised “significantly” more stock (as well as longer controller cables) but only throughout 2017. Or Nintendo can solve all of our problems and just put all these games on a Virtual Console for Nintendo Switch, a device they plan to keep selling for years.The Super NES Classic Edition launches September 29. If it’s anything like its predecessor, don’t expect to be able to pre-order. So here’s hoping we can all find one. Look forward to the Nintendo 64 Classic in 2018. I can’t wait to play Glover again! The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past1/25A Link to the Past brought the Zelda series back to its roots while building upon the original title to create the template for all other games in the series (and action-adventure games) to follow. The two massive over-world maps were expertly crafted and contained some of the best level designs of all time. The highlights were the dungeons, which featured just the right amount of challenge without being too annoying. This game is every bit the classic many claim it to be.<><>
The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | January 23, 2018 NTT DATA Partners With Pieces Technologies on Artificial Intelligence New partnership with Pieces Technology helps clients improve the quality and decrease the cost of patient care with artificial intelligence News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 January 23, 2018 – NTT DATA Services announced it has partnered with Pieces Technologies for clinical artificial intelligence (AI), to help clients improve the quality and decrease the cost of patient care with natural language and AI-based solutions.NTT DATA Services will integrate the Pieces Decision Sciences (DS) software into its comprehensive portfolio that includes data integration services, analytics capabilities, cloud services and transformation consulting. The expanded services will enhance clients’ ability to meet the triple aim of healthcare: improving the quality of patient care and overall population health while lowering costs.The cloud-based Pieces DS platform applies advanced technologies, including natural language processing (NLP), to power key algorithms throughout the patient’s journey in real time. Fully integrated with electronic medical records, the software leverages predictive modeling, clinical NLP, machine learning and AI directly at the point of care to aid real-time decision making. This enables hospitals and health systems to lower readmissions and avoidable hospitalizations, reduce excess length of stay, minimize the risk of healthcare-associated infections, and decrease complications from sepsis and inpatient deterioration.Since 2016, the Pieces DS software has proven to identify at-risk patients and prevent healthcare-associated infections for Pieces clients, according to the company, resulting in:Up to 20 percent reduction in length of stay;Up to 26 percent reduction in readmissions; andUp to 15 percent reduction in sepsis mortality For more information: www.nttdataservices.com News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more
October 10, 2016 564 Views Clayton Holdings 2016-10-10 Seth Welborn Andy PollockClayton Holdings LLC has announced the promotion of Andy Pollock to the position of chief revenue officer, where he will lead Clayton’s efforts to drive revenue streams in identify new growth opportunities.Pollock’s responsibilities as Clayton’s chief revenue officer also include leading enterprise sales and consulting strategy across Clayton and its subsidiaries, according to the announcement.“As we continue to develop exciting plans to pursue growth in 2017 and beyond, it is important to have a fully integrated and efficient enterprise sales and consulting strategy,” said Jeff Tennyson, president of Clayton Holdings. “Since Andy joined Clayton almost a year ago, he has consistently demonstrated his broad industry network, his deep mortgage experience and his boundless energy to lead and grow Clayton Consulting. I know he will bring that same passion and vision to his new role.”Pollock has been with Clayton since October 2015, when he joined the company as senior managing director, head of Consulting Services. His more than 25 years of operational experience in all phases of lending and servicing include several senior positions with First Franklin, where he has spent more than half his career. His positions with First Franklin include president and CEO. Pollock has also served as president and CEO at WDB Funding, an alternative commercial lending company, and he founded and served as managing partner of financial services consulting firm Global Logic Advisors.Clayton Holdings LLC is a national provider of loan due diligence, surveillance, REO management, consulting, valuation, title and settlement services, headquartered in Tampa, Florida. in Headlines, News Clayton Holdings Appoints New Chief Revenue Officer Share
April 03 , 2019 The United Fresh Produce Association has praised the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for holding a hearing on “Securing the Future of American Agriculture” in Washington D.C.United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzen called the Wednesday hearing, which tackled labor challenges facing the produce industry, “the first…in many years where we truly heard a bipartisan commitment to finding real solutions.”At the hearing, United Fresh provided testimony outlining the industry’s needs as well as potential solutions.In the association’s eyes, the hearing could not be any more timely or important. “Chairwoman Lofgren understands that our industry is facing an uncertain future without a reliable, legal workforce,” said Tom Stenzel.“For too long, the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has struggled to ensure that we have an adequate, legal workforce to harvest and produce the fruits and vegetables that consumers want and need. “This hearing is an important first step in the journey to pass legislation that will ensure we have the workforce needed to harvest America’s abundant fruit and vegetables.”United Fresh says it remains committed to pushing for legislation that addresses the legal status of the industry’s current workforce, a challenge being that many workers remain improperly documented. Another of the association’s aims is to help pass legislation that addresses the industry’s future needs.With that view, the United Fresh board of directors approved a policy focused on modernizing a number of immigration reform issues earlier this year.A few concerns the policy covers are year-round visas for workers rather than temporary or seasonal ones, a “fair and predictable” wage rate, and housing and transportation allowances for foreign workers.Others include flexibility for workers and employers in portability with up to three-year visas, and calling for the USDA to take a stronger administrative role in supporting U.S. agriculture needs. You might also be interested in Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … Chinese cherry grower kicks off domestic season … LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … Chilean kiwifruit production to drop this season …
‘Harry & Meghan’ star says the world needed their ‘story at this point in time’ by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2018 7:13 am PDT Last Updated May 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – For Murray Fraser, nailing the role of Prince Harry for a Canadian-shot TV movie about him and Meghan Markle came down to one thing.“Dyeing my hair ginger,” the brunette Scottish star said in a recent phone interview.“Looking in the mirror every day at my ginger hair was enough. The hair was not too bad (to maintain) but it was the beard that kept having to get dyed … every few days, pretty much.”Tedious tasks aside, Fraser and co-star Parisa Fitz-Henley were excited to delve into the serious side of the engaged duo for Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” which makes its Canadian debut Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on W Network — the same day as the actual wedding.A trailer for the movie shows the two discussing the “trolls and death threats” that Markle faced over the fact that she’s American, divorced and biracial.“It was a hopeful script and it dealt with reality — and that meant a lot to me,” said Fitz-Henley, a native of Jamaica who plays Reva Connors on Netflix’s “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones.”“The producers and writers and director have all spoken about feeling like the world needed Harry and Meghan’s real-life story at this point in time, and that also people could really potentially benefit from this portrayal of their lives as well.“They really wanted to focus on the warmth, the togetherness and the resilience through the challenges they had to face.”Laura Mitchell of Vancouver plays Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the movie. Shooting mostly took place in Vancouver, which stood in for England and Toronto. Simi Valley, Calif., was the backdrop for Botswana, where their romance blossomed.Fraser said the story looks at the background of Harry and Markle and features their families — including their parents and the Queen.Fitz-Henley said co-writer Scarlett Lacey was determined to get the details right, given her father is a historical adviser on the series “The Crown.”“Everybody did their best to be as close to real events as possible,” Fitz-Henley said.“Of course, no one knows what private moments are like, so any of that was people connecting dots or trusting their artistic voice to fill that in.”Fraser and Fitz-Henley watched videos of the duo and read interviews with them as part of their research.Fraser, who has a thick Scottish accent, affected Harry’s English pronunciation both on and off-screen for the duration of filming in order to nail it.But he also wanted to put his own spin on him.“From Day 1 when I auditioned, I made it clear that I didn’t want to have that pressure of trying to be a mimic or trying to be a copycat of Harry,” Fraser said.Fitz-Henley said she’s never met Markle but has some friends in common with her.Asked if Markle knows about the movie, she said: “I think she’s aware of it.“But I’ve asked myself, ‘Weeks out from my wedding, would I be paying attention to stuff like this?’ We know from their own words that they had to learn to really shut out so many things, good and bad, in order to focus on their lives.“So I think they’re aware of it but I don’t think they’re paying close attention.”Fitz-Henley feels the couple could be a “really effective team.”“Both of them are really outside-the-box thinkers, it seems, and both of them seem to be quite brave and willing to take risks — and the world that we live in right now needs those qualities to address the issues that are at hand,” she said.“I think bringing in someone who comes from a completely different culture, and by that I mean American culture who has a biracial experience, who has experience as an artist, I think it’s a great addition to this family.“Anywhere where you can increase diversity you increase strength and perspective, and the fact that they’re (getting married) I think bodes well for the future of everything that the family does.”?????