Bengaluru/Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister for State for External Affairs V. Murlaeedharan on Sunday dismissed media reports which claimed that former Kerala track-and-field star Anju Bobby George had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a meeting in Bengaluru. Speaking to the media, Muraleedharan said there was nothing political about the meeting which took place on Saturday. “I have had a long association with Anju and her husband Robert Bobby George. Yesterday, I had a party programme in Bengaluru. She called me and asked if we could meet to which I agreed. When she came to the programme in which I was taking part, the event was about to begin. So I invited her to the dais, as she is an internationally acclaimed athlete,” said Muraleedharan, the only leader from Kerala in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “As the meeting was going on, we talked and not a word of politics was spoken. She was talking about her institute,” he added. Former long jumper George (42) hails from Kottayam in Kerala and is presently employed with the Customs in Bengaluru. In 2003, She made history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Championships when she won the bronze in Paris with a leap of 6.70m. She achieved her personal best of 6.83m, which is still a national record, at the 2004 Athens Olympics which fetched her the fifth position. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed An Arjuna awardee, George has represented the country at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships from 2002 onwards. During the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala in 2015, George was appointed the chairperson of the Kerala State Sports Council. However, a month after the present Left Democratic Front (LDF) government assumed office in May 2016, she quit from her post.
In addition to Laura Prioul and another woman from Saint-Tropez in southern France, several other women declared to the “Sept A Huit” program on French television channel TF1 that Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred had raped them. The Sept A Huit program dedicated a report, called “Saad Lamjarred, star and rapist?” to the singer’s rape scandals on Sunday.The report provided testimonials from Lamjarred’s first French plaintiff, Laura Prioul, who had agreed to speak up in an interview with the Sept A Huit. Prioul, who had already released online her version of the story in a video in 2016, told Sept A Huit that after she posted the video, other women contacted her, saying that they were also victims of Lamjarred, including “a Moroccan woman and an Algerian woman.”.Prioul said that she still continues to receive harsh and insulting messages ever since she posted the video.Read Also: To Boycott or Not to Boycott: How Saad Lamjarred Is Dividing MoroccansSept A Huit reported that its journalists received emails from women who said they were raped by the Moroccan star.Lamjarred’s Saint Tropez accuser, a young French seasonal worker, has declined to speak out about the rape to the media.The report stated that Lamjarred “has been shielded” by Moroccan authorities but still “lost many of his fans.” French news channel LCI described his rape cases as an instance of “omerta” in which there was a conspiracy to protect Lamjarred from facing justice, a circumstance his accusers have denounced.The 33-year-old singer, who has been in and out of jail several times since his first arrest for the sexual assault of Prioul, spent more than two months in southern France’s Draguignan prison, following his second arrest on rape charges last August 26.On December 5, the French judicial system released Lamjarred on probation after he paid a €150,000 bail bond.Following his release, many Moroccan celebrities congratulated Lamjarred through social media posts, welcoming him back. Lamjarred’s first rape accusation came in 2010 in New York. US prosecutors dropped the case when the plaintiff withdrew her testimony.
National Police Commission Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray has been removed from his post.Cooray says he was informed today that he had been removed from his post on the basis that he had past his retirement age. However he says he has the right to continue till September this year.The commission says a new Secretary will be appointed this month. (Colombo Gazette)
OTTAWA — The federal food safety watchdog says it is recalling a certain brand of baby food due to the possibility of insects being in the product.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is recalling Kraft Heinz Canada’s turkey stew product for babies over eight months.The agency says the baby food was sold in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.There have been no reported illnesses.The agency says the product should not be consumed and it should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.
GFMS has launched Gold Survey 2010, the 43rd edition of its authoritative and comprehensive annual survey of the world gold market. It forecasts, “the end is now in sight for the rally with net jewellery demand still weak”. The report leads with a simple statement – investment demand in 2009 exploded to surpass jewellery fabrication for the first time since 1980. Philip Klapwijk, GFMS Chairman commented, “the more than doubling of investment in value terms to almost $60 billion was partly due to familiar forces such as the dollar falling. However, it was powerful new drivers – we could cite here fears over quantitative easing, perhaps even more so counter-party risk as long standing financial institutions collapsed – that got interest really moving”.The report feels it was very much this surge in investment that rallied the gold price to an all time high over $1,200 in early December. The survey highlights the complexity of overall investment, with certain areas such as physical retail investment or the ETFs booming early in the year, while the more speculator focused Comex futures market saw most of its gains in the closing months of 2009. And not all areas saw buoyancy as GFMS estimate that non-western bar hoarding more than halved last year.The consultancy is quick to stress that there was more to gold in 2009 than investment. The market for instance had to cope with the collapse in jewellery consumption to a 21-year low or almost half the volumes achieved at their peak in 1997 due to the combination of the onset of a global recession in conjunction with still elevated prices. At the same time, scrap supply continued to surge on the back of profit taking at elevated prices and distress selling in the face of economic trauma. According to GFMS’ figures, this left scrap at record volumes last year, making up almost 40% of total supply.GFMS feel the interplay of all these forces was at the most dramatic in the first quarter of the year as it was then that investment was at its strongest yet it was in the fourth that prices achieved record levels. Klapwijk added, “you really do need to look at the physical market to get the complete picture. Then when in the first quarter you see scrap rocketing past not only jewellery demand but also mine production, you can understand why the rally failed in the run-up to $1,000. Fast forward to the fourth quarter, when the fundamentals aren’t looking so shaky, and investment has an easier job of getting prices over $1,200”.Other areas that the report highlights as integral to prices’ move higher include the official sector, where net sales fell by over 80% – a development attributed in the main to far lower sales by the European central banks. The report also attaches importance to India’s purchase of 200 t of IMF gold, with Klapwijk noting, “the buying may have been off-market but it gave a big boost to the market as investors interpreted it as a sign that there had been a sea change in central banks’ attitudes to gold”. Investors also responded bullishly to news in September that meant a faster than expected unwinding of the producer hedgebook.GFMS, however, feel that 2009 marked the ‘last hurrah’ for de-hedging as the still fairly high level achieved of over 250 t cannot be remotely replicated with the outstanding book at end-2009 down to less than 240 t. Mine production cannot explain price strength in 2009 as GFMS estimate this rose notably to the second highest figure ever and that further growth is likely in 2010.With mine output growing and de-hedging likely to be negligible, this might begin to imply that GFMS was becoming somewhat bearish as regards the gold price but Klapwijk commented, “we’ve actually raised our short term downside for the price as we can’t see a good reason for investors to dump gold, and the fundamentals, if still pretty weak, are improving”. Looking ahead, further price gains were thought likely as the investment case was still perceived as strong, with for example all the major currencies now being questioned by investors, in large measure due to high and rising levels of government indebtedness, and longer-term inflation threats still a growing issue for some. However, GFMS cautions that, with no immediate reason for fresh investment to flood in, the rally might take a while to materialise and their upside target had been lowered as the likelihood recedes that we shall see the financial conditions necessary to produce dramatically higher prices. Importantly, Klapwijk added, “we’re certainly in the end-game now, although that could still take a year or more to play out. But after that, it’s difficult to see how we can avoid a hefty drop in prices if we want to boost jewellery and trim scrap to bring the overall market back into equilibrium”.
“It’s going to be an interesting night”All five of the North’s major parties are being represented at the talks, which have focused on some of the most sensitive and contentious issues in the country.The flying of flags, which led to riots and protests last year, is one such issue. Haass had suggested a new flag for the country, but that idea has been shelved. It’s understood a commission will be proposed to look at the flags issue at a later date.The diplomat has been posting regular updates on Twitter, as his staff move back and forth between the parties in an attempt to find common ground.First Minister Martin McGuinness is also postponing his Christmas plans in a bid to reach an agreement:DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson told the BBC that Haass had indicated that if agreement could not be reached before Christmas, the discussions would recommence on 27 or 28 December.Read: Baggott: Resources needed for historical enquiries “hindering our ability to deal with the present”Read: Parades, protests and flags on the agenda as US diplomat arrives in Belfast CROSS-PARTY TALKS aimed at reaching a compromise on issues relating to flags, parades and the past are under way tonight, as Northern Ireland’s politicians bid to reach agreement before Christmas.Today’s round-table talks, chaired by US diplomat Richard Haass, had been due to get under way this morning. They finally began after 9pm, and were expected to continue into the early hours.“We continue to have the goal we’ve always had, to press ahead for an agreement,” Haass told reporters he arrived for the discussions at the Stormont Hotel in east Belfast, adding:
If you’ve got 90 seconds to spare the video above will explain what fire is. It’s an excellent watch, and one that might get you hooked on the Minute Physics YouTube channel.It might seem like the sort of question a child would ask, but “what is fire?” probably isn’t something you could answer so easily. Sure, there is the text book explanation, involving plasma and something about a chemical process with oxygen, but that’s probably not the explanation most people (definitely not a child) are looking for. The video is quite good at explaining fire in practical terms, or at least more practical than CH4 + 2 O2 → CO2 + 2 H2O + energy (an example of a chemical process for combustion).Much of the video is spent talking about the fact that fire glows. This happens because the heat excites molecules, causing light to be released, but did you know that normal candles and lighters (etc.) have a blue glow, but it’s too faint for you to see it? Or that all hot objects glow in some form or another? This isn’t exactly life-changing knowledge but it’s the sort of cool science stuff we (and probably you too) can’t get enough of.At the end of the video one of the most interesting fast is revealed. We all know that fire move upwards because of gravity, but what would happen in the absence of gravity? Check out the images below of flames burning in microgravity–they lack the teardrop shape we expect to see in a burning flame and simply radiate outward from the center point.Here is another amazing image of a flame burning in microgravity:And yes, I noticed that “Minute” Physics is sneaking in 1.5 minute videos. Try to look past that because these guys are doing really good work. Plus they can draw quite well.[Image via wikipedia]
Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 6:18 PM By Aodhan O Faolain The Silk Road website. Image: File The Silk Road website. Updated Jun 27th 2018, 6:18 PM THE SUPREME COURT has cleared the way for the extradition to the United States of a Wicklow man, alleged to be an administrator of the Silk Road website which dealt with illegal drugs and hacking software.Gary Davis of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow will now face trial in the US on charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.He had opposed his extradition on grounds including that he suffers from a form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome. If convicted in the US, Davis could receive a life sentence.This morning, in what was a unanimous decision, the five-judge court comprised of Justice Donal O’Donnell, Justice William McKechnie, Justice John MacMenamin, Justice Elizabeth Dunne and Justice Iseult O’Malley dismissed his appeal aimed at preventing his extradition to the US.Giving the court’s decision Justice McKechnie said the court was satisfied that Davis had not established that there was a real risk that his fundamental rights would be infringed if extradited to the US.The court had been asked to consider several points of general public importance including in the context of an extradition hearing if the state is constitutionally obliged to protect vulnerable persons suffering from mental illness, and in what circumstances under that duty should an extradition request be refused.It was also asked that if Davis’s condition was so severe that he should not be extradited to the US.State obligationsThe judge said there is a constitutional obligation on the State to protect all persons in the context of an extradition application, and not just those suffering from mental illnesses.It was for the person whose extradition is sought to establish that there are substantive grounds for believing that if extradited there is a real risk of being subjected to degrading behaviour.Having reviewed all the evidence Davis had not demonstrated such a risk.The judge said Davis’ case differed from a UK decision where a British Court had refused to extradite Lauri Love who was wanted in the US to stand trial for a series of alleged cyber attacks.The court said that in the case of Love, who also suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, the evidence was much stronger in regards to the effect on his mental health and the risk of suicide if extradited.This contrasted to Davis’ case where there had been an absence of evidence that Davis had undergone treatment or counselling in regards to his depression or anxiety nor attending at specialists for therapy for his Asperger’s Syndrome.The judge added that Davis had failed to show any error in law made by the High Court in this case.Davis was present in court for the decision.ReferralThe court granted his lawyers a 48-hour stay on his surrender to allow his lawyers to advise him on the judgement and to consider a possible referral of the case to the European Court of Human Rights.Members of his family were visibly upset after the court delivered its judgment.Davis’ extradition was ordered by the High Court 2016 and in March 2017 his appeal against that order was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.Davis claimed that if extradited he will be detained in an inhumane and degrading manner in a US detention centre and in breach of his rights under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights to bodily integrity and his right to life.It was also claimed there was evidence that Davis’ mental condition would deteriorate, including that he may become suicidal if held at a US facility where he would have no assurances about what treatment would be available to him.Mental healthIf detained in the US for a lengthy period Davis, who has a high dependency on his family, would very limited access to his family members.Given his condition, this would also have a detrimental effect on Davis’ mental health it was also argued.The Attorney General opposed the appeal and argued there is nothing to prevent Davis’ extradition to the US, which was sought in 2014.The US authorities claim Davis was an administrator of the Silk Road website using the pseudonym Libertas between June 2013 and October 2013. Davis had an “explicit knowledge of the items for sale on the website” they also allege.The website is said to have facilitated the sale of illicit drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and hacking software.Launched in 2011 it was run by American Ross William Ulbricht under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR).It offered anonymity to its users and trades were conducted in bitcoins. Ulbricht was arrested and charged following an investigation by the US authorities and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.Davis’ alleged involvement was identified from information extracted from Ulbricht’s computers following his arrest by the FBI. 25,835 Views No Comments Share8 Tweet Email Image: File Supreme Court clears the way for extradition of Wicklow man accused of helping run Silk Road website Gary Davis will now face trial in the US on charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics. 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Larriba’s prototype is fitted with counterweights, so you’re only working against the weight of your own body. She left the bicycle’s gearing intact, too, so you can customize your ride. You can work up a sweat and climb quickly or take it easy and glide up and down at a nice, leisurely pace.Those of you who work or live in a multi-storey building, what do you think? Would you like to be able to pedal your way from floor to floor on a Vycle?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Want to move from floor to floor in a building under your own power? You can take the stairs or maybe climb a ladder in some cases. Some day soon, you may even be able to pedal yourself up and down.This is Vycle, a human-powered elevator shown off recently by Elena Larriba at the Royal College of Art’s exhibition. It’s a sort of missing link in the urban movement chain. When you move horizontally, you can walk, you can power a vehicle (like a bike or skateboard) or use a vehicle with its own power source.Vertically, your options are a bit more limited. You can take the stairs or maybe climb a ladder, or an elevator or escalator will do the moving for you. That’s where Vycle fits in.Take a bicycle. Lose the wheels, weld the stem tube in place so the handlebars don’t turn, and rig the rear sprocket up to a good long length of chain. Mount tracks on the wall you need to ascend, pop the frankenbike onto the rails, and you’ve got Vycle. This one’s a one-seater, but surely a tandem model is possible.
Manchester United will have to secure the services of more players who are as great as Arturo Vidal’s if the club wants to compete for trophies this season, says Chilean Alexis Sanchez.Even though United have signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto, Sanchez believes more big signings are still needed.In the same, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hopes to bolster his defensive ranks before summer transfer Deadline Day on Thursday as Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng could be on their way to Old Trafford.“At United we have to sign big players, with experience,” Sanchez told Sky Sports.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile.“He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.“From what I’ve seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we’ll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game.”
BT Sports presenter Mark Pougatch announced the cancellation of the results of Friday night’s sports score after Glenn Hoddle collapsed.The former England footballer was one of the contestants but suffered a shock heart attack which led to him being rushed to the hospital.“Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to bring you a programme this afternoon,” Pougatch said, according to the Daily Mail.“Earlier today, I’m sad to say, Glenn Hoddle was taken ill. He’s gone to hospital where he’s receiving the best possible care and attention. It goes without saying all of our thoughts, and I know all the best wishes of football fans around the world, are with Glenn and his family.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Before suffering the heart attack, one of the other contestants, Steve Sidwell posted a video of the match on Instagram on which he can be heard saying: “Look at this fella [Hoddle] here. You never lose it. You never lose it, Glenn.”Former Tottenham shot-stopper Ray Clemence urged Hoddle to ‘stay strong’ and Chris Waddle, another of Hoddle’s former teammate with England, said: “Get well soon, Glenn. Our thoughts are with you.”Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton also wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for Glenn Hoddle and his family after he was taken ill today.”
March 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- KUSI has learned that a downtown shelter for asylum-seeking immigrant families has officially opened its doors but not without imposing constrictions on media coverage.KUSI’s John Soderman joins us live from downtown with the story. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:52 PM Related story: https://bit.ly/2NtFmqt Posted: March 6, 2019 Downtown shelter for asylum-seeking families opens Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
Meredith Corp. has tapped Karla Partilla as the new publisher of Allrecipes. Partilla arrives from marketing platform LiveIntent, where she was VP of strategic sales. She’ll report to Carey Witmer, who heads up the recently expanded Meredith Food Group. Partilla succeeds Mark Josephson, who was promoted last month to group publisher of The Magnolia Journal, Midwest Living, and Parents, among others.Kiplinger named Sarah Stevens its new VP of content, heading up editorial operations across the company’s various brands. She’ll report to editor-in-chief and president, Knight Kiplinger, serving as a successor to chief content officer Kevin McCormally, who retired last month. Stevens arrives from Wolters Kluwer, where she spent the last five years as a director in the company’s federal tax division. Prior to that, Stevens spent two decades at Bloomberg BNA.Esquire deputy editor John Hendrickson is joining Rolling Stone as political news editor.Sarah Olin has joined Glamour as art director. Olin returns to Condé Nast from Hearst Magazines, where she spent spent the last two years as deputy art director for Cosmopolitan. Before that, Olin had been senior designer for Details.Megan Swiatkowski, formerly senior communications specialist at Politico, is joining Axios as associate director of communications. Michael BruntThe Economist Group revealed a new business-side structure today, combining its sales and circulation teams under chief marketing officer Michael Brunt, who has been promoted to COO and publisher of the London-based weekly.In the new role, Brunt will continue to lead the circulation division—which the company adds is now its most profitable business—while taking on oversight of sales, marketing solutions, events, and analytics. Brunt, who has been with the company since 2006, rose to CMO and managing director of circulation in 2013. Since then, he’s reshaped the company’s circulation strategy, focusing on low-cost introductory print and digital subscriptions aimed at nurturing new readers to become paying customers.“The publisher team combines the strongest part of our business to ensure that we are creating the best products and services for our readers as well as our clients,” said CEO Chris Stibbs. “Michael’s success in transforming The Economist‘s circulation division makes him perfectly suited to lead the new publisher team.”Read our April, 2017 story for more on Brunt’s circulation strategy.Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
KATHMANDU: Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the vast amounts of the waste left by trekkers and mountaineers, Nepali authorities said Thursday. In addition to seeing a record number of climbers this year, a government-led cleaning initiative on Everest, the world’s highest mountain, also collected over 10 tonnes of trash. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The new ban in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, home to Mount Everest and several other snow-capped mountains, covers all plastic of less than 30 microns in thickness as well as drinks in plastic bottles and will be effective from January. “If we start now, it will help keep our region, the Everest and the mountains clean long term,” local official Ganesh Ghimire told AFP. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The region receives over 50,000 tourists every year, including climbers and trekkers. The local body will work with trekking companies, airlines and the Nepal Mountaineering Association to enforce the ban, though no penalty has yet been decided for violation. Environmentalists are also concerned that the pollution on Everest is affecting water sources down in the valley. Advertise With Us Six years ago, Nepal introduced a USD 4,000 deposit per team of climbers on Everest that would be refunded if each climber brought down at least eight kilos (18 pounds) of waste, but only half of the climbers return with the required amount. Melting glaciers caused by global warming are now exposing bodies and litter that have accumulated on the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful summit 66 years ago. This year’s climbing season saw a record 885 people summit Everest, 644 of them from the south and 241 from the northern flank in Tibet. This, combined with poor weather and the inexperience of some of the climbers, contributed to a deadly season in which 11 people died. Last week a government committee recommended that climbers scale another Nepal mountain of at least 6,500 metres (21,325 feet) before being given permission to attempt Everest. It also proposed a fee of at least USD 35,000 for Everest and USD 20,000 for other mountains over 8,000 metres. Currently, permits for Everest cost USD 11,000.
Main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are yet to decide on how to better contest the next general elections or wage a movement for creating conducive atmosphere for fair ballot, said party insiders.The rank and file of the party as well as its senior leaders are in a fix about determining their political course largely because of the absence of the two key leaders of the party—BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, now in jail, and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, staying in London, said party insiders.Influential segments of the party grassroots commonly believe there is no alternative to launching tough agitation to force the authorities to free Khaleda.And, they insist, the party should in no way join the general elections without having the former prime minister by their side as a free person.Such recommendations came from some of the grassroots leaders the BNP policymakers had meeting with in recent times. Some critical observations and suggestions were also made in such meetings.Some sources in the party say the grassroots leaders signalled a note of caution about the leaders who prefer social media-based movement and suddenly go abroad at critical moments.They strongly recommended that a national unity should be forged by uniting left-leaning and rightist parties to compel the government to hold a free, unbiased and fair election.However, the BNP high command will be trying to know further the grassroots’ views and suggestions in the coming days.The BNP standing committee had arranged a meeting at the BNP chairperson’s office in Gulshan last week, with the district-level leaders where the latter shared their views and proposals.Party insiders made a broad hint that the BNP policymakers might convene an extended meeting of 501-member central executive committee after Eid-ul-Azha, seeking their feedbacks and suggestions.The ultimate course of action for the principal opposition before the next parliamentary polls would be finalised once all the leaders including the grassroots’, come up with their views and recommendations.The next 11th parliamentary polls is scheduled to be held by the third week of January 2019 under Sheikh Hasina-led government, but the ruling Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, said the next polls would be held in December next.The grassroots leaders in general are in favour of taking up quick action programmes to free Khaleda and contest an election where the party can see its popularity reflected properly.“We made a summary of the views and proposals forwarded by the district-level leaders in the meeting. We will discuss about it in the standing committee’s meeting within a few days,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told Prothom Alo.Asked about grassroots recommendations for waging a movement for Khaleda Zia’s release, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We’ve had important discussions with the district-level leaders about overall political situation. We’re trying to arrange a meeting of the executive committee after Eid.”The Eid-ul Azha might be celebrated on 22 August.Party insiders said the current BNP leadership in Dhaka wants to take any decision following proper consultation with leaders of different levels since the party chief is in jail and the second topmost leader, Tarique Rahman, is in exile.Political scientist Emajuddin Ahamed said, “The BNP’s standing committee will decide on whether the party will participate in the elections or go ahead with a movement. It seems that the committee will come to a decision after discussing the views and proposals coming from grassroots leaders with Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman. We will see them in October.”*This article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /02:02 Listen Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaOne of the goals of the project is that the park becomes the point of access to a large waterway connecting the San Jacinto River, Spring Creek and Lake Houston.Harris County officials will use money from the settlement over a serious environmental hazard to develop a park near Humble.The county will purchase a 38 acre property located on the north bank of the San Jacinto River to develop a park that will be named Edgewater, which is the name it has had for decades for residents of the area.“The property will be right on the edge of the Spring Creek greenway, or connecting the Spring Creek greenway, which will be a trail that will connect all the way from Kingwood to The Woodlands,” explains Darlene Conley, director of the Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, which is close to where Edgewater will be.The project is being funded with monies from the settlement Harris County reached in November of 2014 with two of the companies responsible for the pollution in the San Jacinto River waste pits.– / 5Both the county and the state received a monetary compensation.The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department awarded Harris County Precinct 4 a $4.5 million grant –coming from the state’s part of the settlement— for the first phase of the project, which entails purchasing the property where the county will develop the park.Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle says the park will aim to compensate the people affected by the waste pits, which are near Channelview.“They can’t participate and interact with the water because of what is in that water now. This is a place that they can be proud of, and go to and enjoy,” he says.“It’ll be some 42 miles of contiguous forested greenway, ecotourism will be available there,” adds Cagle.In addition to the connectivity through the trails, the park will have a boat launch.That will be an essential component because one of the main goals of the project is to be the point of access to a large waterway connecting the river, Spring Creek and Lake Houston.Jacqueline Young, executive director of the San Jacinto River Coalition, the most active and vocal group when it comes to demanding a total clean-up of the waste pits, says that since Edgewater Park will not be close to where the people directly affected by the pollution live, at first some of them were upset.“But they quickly understood that if a park was going to be developed or enhanced we accept the fact that it needs to be in a safe environment and we just don’t believe that any areas near the San Jacinto River waste pits are safe,” notes Young. X Share
Share Sidelwalk Labs via NPRSidewalk Labs’ proposal includes a series of underground channels where trash is hauled away, packages might be delivered, and utilities are easier to reach and repair.Torontonians seem to have mixed views on the project.At a town hall meeting Sidewalk Labs held for Torontonians to talk about the upcoming plan, a small group of housing activists with ACORN Canada protested outside, saying that the company’s vision for affordable housing had not been adequately laid out.Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, a local ACORN spokesperson, said she wants homes for low-income people included in Sidewalk Lab’s plan. “This is a concern,” she said. “Because we’re in … a housing crisis.”Sidewalk Labs says it’s hoping to increase affordability with modular construction technologies that make buildings easier to erect, and easier to change depending on the needs of the neighborhood.Others at the event were excited about the new project. Asma Khan, a 35-year-old project manager at a tech startup in Toronto, lives near the waterfront. She said that for years she and her friends have “talked and pondered about how abandoned it feels.”Other local residents had questions about what a data-driven development could mean for people’s privacy.“We’re worried that Google might be using this as a lab to test the people that live there — and we just want to make sure that people’s privacy is protected,” said Donna Patterson, a neighborhood activist who says she lives near the site.In Sidewalk Labs’ response to Waterfront Toronto’s request for proposals, the company also details how it will use sensors and data collection to measure how different urban designs are working.Sidewalk Labs’ Doctoroff says data collection has one goal: to “improve quality of life.” Because the neighborhood is starting from scratch on an empty lot, he says, privacy can be baked into the design of the plan.“We all know that privacy in public space today is sort of a mess,” he says. “Everybody has cameras; we don’t know where they are; people are collecting data in all sorts of different ways; there are no standards for it.”In Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, Doctoroff was quoted describing the plan as a “real estate play,” but in an interview, he seems to have a broader outlook on what could come next.“If you can provide really dramatic benefits to people there are always ways of making money,” he says. “Now, what will those ways be? They might be associated with development. They might be the licensing of technology. We have plenty of time to figure that out.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sidewalk Labs via NPRSidewalk Labs, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, is partnering with Toronto to redesign part of the city’s eastern waterfront as a high-tech urban neighborhood.Years ago, Google’s founders wondered what would happen if they could take their pieces of technical knowledge and apply them to cities.“We started talking about all of these things that we could do if someone would just give us a city and put us in charge,” Eric Schmidt, CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, joked recently.Last month, after a public competition, an Alphabet subsidiary called Sidewalk Labs was chosen as an “innovation and funding partner” to help Toronto come up with an ambitious, tech-heavy plan for a small part of the city’s waterfront.When Waterfront Toronto, the government-created entity tasked with revitalizing the area, asked for proposals for the future neighborhood, Sidewalk Labs responded with a vision of a futuristic, sci-fi-ready smart city.The company suggested heated pedestrian lanes to melt the snow; a self-driving bus; and a series of underground channels where trash is hauled away, packages might be delivered, and utilities are easier to reach and repair.Sidewalk Labs has promised to spend $50 million planning the project over the next year. The proposal has raised concerns related to affordability and privacy — it does involve the thinkers behind Google after all.But, for now, looking at the nearly vacant lot facing Lake Ontario, it’s hard to imagine some kind of futuristic utopia. While condos are being rapidly built on nearby lots, the future community remains a dirt-filled patch of land, home to some film-industry trucks with a few historic grain silos on a nearby property.Nonetheless, Dan Doctoroff, the CEO of Sidewalk Labs and New York City’s former deputy mayor, hopes to craft “a place where the streets literally come alive with activity.”It’s early days for all these plans. Sidewalk Labs will be making a master plan for the site with Waterfront Toronto, which is expected to take at least a year. Doctoroff hopes that if that goes well Sidewalk may become a “co-master-developer” with Waterfront Toronto for the larger site on which this 12-acre plot is situated.Doctoroff says he envisions a community where polite taxi-bots and van-bots someday shuttle people around, avoiding pedestrians or cyclists, and transit or bike shares are chosen over car ownership. Thanks to these conscientious self-driving vehicles and the plethora of non-car options, streets will be able to be narrower, he says. And that will mean more room for parks and public spaces.Along with Sidewalk and Google, Alphabet owns Waymo, a self-driving car company, and Nest, which focuses on technology for the home. (Google is an NPR sponsor.)At a news conference in early October, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the development would also bring well-paying jobs to the city by creating an urban “innovation hub.”
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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 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 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 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 Image courtesy of CurveBeamMay 14, 2018 — CurveBeam announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its LineUp Multi-extremity weight bearing computed tomography (CT) system.The compact system enables radiologists and orthopedic specialists to visualize three-dimensional bone detail of the lower extremities while the patient is standing, so anatomy can be assessed while in the “weight bearing” or “load bearing” position. The LineUp can perform bilateral scans of entire legs, from below the heel to above the knee. Accessories permit scanning of the hand, wrist and elbow as well.The LineUp system can be plugged into a standard wall outlet and has minimal shielding requirements. Radiation dose to the patient is also significantly less than a conventional CT scan.Weight bearing CT imaging for body extremities became commercially available in 2012. Since then, lower extremity specialists and musculoskeletal radiologists have published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on the value of three-dimensional weight bearing views for conditions ranging from complex hindfoot misalignment to a routine bunion deformity. Published research also suggests three-dimensional weight bearing views of the knees could be instrumental in early detection of osteoarthritis.Traditional CT and magnetic resonance (MR) images are acquired in a non-weight bearing position, leading to “missed diagnoses of meniscal damage,” according to Neil Segal, M.D., MS, who has been overseeing research efforts using a LineUp prototype, first at the University of Iowa and currently at the University of Kansas.Although plain radiographs can be acquired while the patient is in a full weight-bearing position, the optimal degree of knee flexion and X-ray beam angulation to best visualize the joint surface is person-specific.”Difficulty in reproducing the same view of the joint over time impairs ability to detect joint disease, and the 2-D nature of radiographs makes these images of overlapping bony anatomy very insensitive for detecting abnormalities until there is advanced joint damage,” Segal said.CurveBeam introduced the pedCAT system, which permits bilateral weight bearing scans of the feet and ankles, in 2012. Since then, the device has been added to the imaging services of numerous hospital foot & ankle sections, orthopedic clinics and podiatry offices worldwide.CurveBeam’s InReach system for hand, wrist and elbow received FDA clearance in 2017. The system gives specialists the ability to confirm a scaphoid fracture diagnosis or distal radius fracture diagnosis at the point of care.For more information: www.curvebeam.com Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more 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. Technology | Orthopedic Imaging | May 14, 2018 FDA Clears CurveBeam LineUp Weight-Bearing Multi-Extremity CT System System provides 3-D bone detail of lower extremities while the patient is standing