Ranchi: Jharkhand on Sunday recorded 44.72 per cent polling till 1 p.m. for four of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Giridih recorded 45.55 per cent voter turnout, Dhanbad 40.92, Jamshedpur 47.34 and Singhbhum or Chaibasa 46.35 per cent. Voting began at 7 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Nearly 67 lakh voters are eligible to vote during the day. More than 200 companies of security forces have been deployed at 8,300 polling booths. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkJharkahnd Mukti Morcha (JMM) President Shibu Soren voted in Bokaro. Chief Minister Raghubar Das voted along with his family members at Jamshedpur. In this third phase of polling in Jharkhand, there are 67 candidates. The battle in Giridih is between All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) nominee and state Water Resources Minister Chandraprakash Chowdhary and Jagannath Mahto of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). In Dhanbad, P.N. Singh of the BJP is taking on Kirti Azad, the BJP-rebel nominated by the Congress. In the steel city of Jamshedpur, the contest is between Vidyut Baran Mahto of the BJP and Champai Soren of the JMM. In Singhbhum, Laxman Giluwa of the BJP is pitted against Geeta Koda of the Congress.
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UNESCO ready to boost assistance as Myanmar moves ahead with reforms
10 February 2012The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is already assisting with a number of initiatives in Myanmar, voiced its readiness to work even more closely with the South-East Asian nation as it moves forward with planned reforms. “UNESCO welcomes the Government of Myanmar’s comprehensive programme of democratization and reform and we are determined to accompany this process in our fields of competence,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.Ms. Bokova’s comments came as Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), received the 2002 UNESCO-Mandanjeet Singh Prize for Tolerance and Non-Violence today. The award was presented to her by Ryuhei Hosoya, head of the Office of the Director-General of UNESCO, who is on an official visit to Myanmar. Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was unable to receive the award in 2002 because of her detention under house arrest. “I look forward to the day when Burma and UNESCO can work together more closely than they have done until now,” she said as she accepted the prize. Last year Myanmar’s President Thein Sein decided to grant amnesty and to set free a significant number of prisoners of conscience as part of a series of reform measures that also included dialogue between the Government and Ms. Suu Kyi.Ms. Bokova welcomed the country’s “ambitious” reform programme, the agency stated in a news release. She noted that the agency is already working on projects in education, culture and media development, sectors which are essential for dialogue, reconciliation and development.Among other projects, UNESCO, in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is helping Myanmar’s new civilian government deliver educational reforms as well as supporting projects to strengthen HIV prevention among youth and drafting new media laws that promote freedom of expression and a free and independent media. Cooperation in culture is being revived with a UNESCO project to mobilize international expertise for the protection of Myanmar’s heritage sites. The country has also expressed interest in proposing properties for inscription on the World Heritage List.
AIADMK to target DMK for its complicity in the war in Sri
Contending that former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had, through his recent observations, made public the “secrets” regarding the “assistance” provided by the Indian government to his country during the final stages of the conflict, K.P. Munusamy, joint coordinator, said DMK president M.K. Stalin, who was a Minister then, had no right to criticise the AIADMK government or speak on the welfare of Tamils. Deputy Chief Minister and party coordinator O. Panneerselvam blamed former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for the killings, contending that Karunanidhi’s statement, after his “two-hour-long fast” for the cessation of hostilities, had made “thousands” of Tamils in Sri Lanka believe that the war had indeed ended. But they all died in shelling when they emerged from the bunkers. R. Vaithilingam, another joint coordinator, said the party would “definitely” take up the issue with the Centre. India’s AIADMK on Wednesday decided to take on its principal rival DMK, which had been targeting the ruling party with allegations of corruption, by reviving the issue of the DMK’s “complicity” in the alleged massacre of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam War in Sri Lanka in May 2009, The Hindu reported.The ruling party would hold State-wide public meetings on September 25, highlighting how the DMK had “betrayed” the Tamils, Chief Minister and party co-coordinator Edappadi K. Palaniswami told reporters after a two-hour meeting of district secretaries and Ministers at the party headquarters here. When asked why various office-bearers of the party, including organising secretaries, had not been invited to the meeting, a senior leader replied that the event was essentially meant for district secretaries and Ministers. It was the prerogative of the leadership to invite whomever it wanted. When it was pointed out that when Jayalalithaa was general secretary, it was the norm to invite office-bearers to such events, the leader gave a curt reply: “Not on every occasion.”
Religious rights vs contraception rule Supreme Court says some employers can avoid
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Religious rights vs. contraception rule: Supreme Court says some employers can avoid coverage WASHINGTON – A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.The justices’ 5-4 decision, splitting conservatives and liberals, means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under the health insurance plans of objecting companies.Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion, over a dissent from the four liberal justices, that forcing companies to pay for methods of women’s contraception to which they object violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He said the ruling is limited and there are ways for the administration to ensure women get the birth control they want.But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the decision creates health risks for women, and he said Congress should take action to make sure they get coverage.“President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them,” Earnest said. “Today’s decision jeopardizes the health of the women who are employed by these companies.”Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that Obama signed in 2010. Nearly 30 million women receive birth control as a result of the health law, the government has said.Benefits experts say they expect little impact from the ruling because employers use health benefits to recruit and retain workers. But one constitutional law scholar, Marci Hamilton of Yeshiva University, cautioned that more than 80 per cent of U.S. corporations are closely held and she said they could “now be able to discriminate against their employees.”Two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal Supreme Court vote that saved the law in the midst of Obama’s campaign for re-election. On Monday, Roberts sided with the four justices who would have struck down the law in its entirety, holding in favour of the religious rights of closely held corporations, like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-craft stores that challenged the contraceptives provision.Hobby Lobby is among roughly 50 businesses that have sued over covering contraceptives. Some, like the two involved in the Supreme Court case, are willing to cover most methods of contraception, as long as they can exclude drugs or devices that the government says may work after an egg has been fertilized.But Monday’s ruling would apply more broadly to other companies that do not want to pay for any of the 20 birth control methods and devices that have been approved by federal regulators.Alito said the decision is limited to contraceptives. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” he said.He suggested two ways the administration could deal with the birth control issue. The government could simply pay for pregnancy prevention, he said. Or it could provide the same kind of accommodation it has made available to religious-oriented, not-for-profit corporations.Those groups can tell the government that providing the coverage violates their religious beliefs. At that point, creating a buffer, their insurer or a third-party administrator takes on the responsibility of paying for the birth control. The employer does not have to arrange the coverage or pay for it. Insurers get reimbursed by the government through credits against fees owed under other provisions of the health care law.That accommodation is the subject of separate legal challenges, and the court said Monday that profit-seeking companies could not assert religious claims in such a situation.Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was part of the majority, also wrote separately to say the administration can solve its problem easily. “The accommodation works by requiring insurance companies to cover, without cost sharing, contraception coverage for female employees who wish it,” Kennedy said. He said that arrangement “does not impinge on the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs.”Houses of worship and other religious institutions whose primary purpose is to spread the faith are exempt from the requirement to offer birth control.In a dissent she read aloud from the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision “potentially sweeping” because it minimizes the government’s interest in uniform compliance with laws affecting the workplace. “And it discounts the disadvantages religion-based opt-outs impose on others, in particular, employees who do not share their employer’s religious beliefs,” Ginsburg said.Leaders of women’s rights groups blasted the decision by “five male justices,” in the words of Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.The administration said a victory for the companies would prevent women who work for them from making decisions about birth control based on what’s best for their health, not whether they can afford it. The government’s supporters pointed to research showing that nearly one-third of women would change their contraceptive if cost were not an issue; a very effective means of birth control, the intrauterine device, can cost up to $1,000.The contraceptives at issue before the court were the emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, and two IUDs.A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 85 per cent of large American employers already had offered such coverage before the health care law required it.Most working women will probably see no impact from the ruling, corporate health benefits consultants expect. Publicly traded companies are unlikely to inject religion into their employee benefit plans, said Mark Holloway, director of compliance services at the Lockton Companies, an insurance broker that serves medium-sized and growing employers.“Most employers view health insurance as a tool to attract and retain employees,” said Holloway. “Women employees want access to contraceptive coverage, and most employers don’t have a problem providing that coverage. It is typically not a high-cost item.”It is unclear how many women potentially are affected by the high court ruling. Hobby Lobby is by far the largest employer of any company that has gone to court to fight the birth control provision.The company has more than 15,000 full-time employees in more than 600 crafts stores in 41 states. Hobby Lobby is owned by the family of David Green, evangelical Christians who also own Mardel, a Christian bookstore chain.The other company is Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl, Pennsylvania, owned by a Mennonite family and employing 950 people in making wood cabinets.___Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Jessica Gresko and Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report. by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2014 8:27 am MDT
Regal Entertainment Group starts checking bags after spate of theatre shootings
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 6:27 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Regal Entertainment Group starts checking bags after spate of theatre shootings. LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Movie theatre chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check bags in response to shootings at theatres around the country, a procedure it acknowledged on its website was “not without flaws” and would inconvenience guests but provide better security.It’s unclear when the policy began, but several local TV stations reported online that customers noticed the change in Texas, Virginia, Florida and Ohio beginning earlier this month.Regal spokesman Richard Grover did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday. The Knoxville, Tennessee, company operates some 570 theatres around the country.On its website, the company says “security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America” and says that bags and backpacks are subject to inspection before entering.National Amusements Inc.’s Showcase chain, which runs about 30 theatres in the northeastern U.S., says on its website that it has banned backpacks and packages and reserves the right to search purses and bags. It says the policy, which began Aug. 7, will be in place “for the time being.”AMC Theatres spokesman Ryan Noonan said, “we don’t comment on security measures publicly.” Other chains, including Cinemark and Carmike, did not respond to requests for comment.Earlier this month, a man with a history of mental illness and armed with a pellet gun, hatchet and pepper spray attacked guests at a mostly empty movie theatre in Antioch, Tennessee, before being shot dead by police.Two weeks before that, a man shot and killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself during a screening of the movie “Trainwreck” at a theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana.The latest attacks came the same month that Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison by a jury for killing 12 and injuring 70 theatregoers three years ago at a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.”Last week, security was tight at the Los Angeles premiere of “Straight Outta Compton,” with invited guests made to navigate various barricades and pass through metal detectors before picking up their tickets.
UN chief urges diplomatic and negotiated solution to Iranian nuclear issue
Taking note of the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear programme, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the need for diplomacy in resolving the country’s nuclear issue, a United Nations spokesperson said today. “It is regrettable that Iran has yet to reach agreement with the IAEA on a plan to resolve all outstanding issues,” the spokesperson told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “The Secretary-General emphasizes that there can only be a diplomatic and negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue which should be pursued through a reciprocal, step-by-step process,” the spokesperson added. “This must include measures by Iran aimed at building international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.” According to media reports, a leaked quarterly report from the IAEA notes that Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges it has in an underground bunker. The Iranian nuclear issue was a topic of discussion in the UN chief’s various meetings in Tehran, where he attended the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The Summit, under the chairmanship of the Government of Iran, began in the Iranian capital on Sunday and ends on Friday, and drew representatives from its 120 members, as well as from various associated observer countries. “The Secretary-General used the opportunity of his participation in the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement to convey the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on this matter,” the spokesperson told the news briefing. Iran’s nuclear activities have been of international concern since the discovery, in 2003, that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years, in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but many countries contend it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. In a meeting on Thursday, with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Aliakbar Salehi, Mr. Ban had shared his concern about Iran’s nuclear programme and underscored the importance of transparency in this matter, as well as the need for Iran to fully comply with the IAEA. Regarding Iran’s talks with the P5+1 grouping, which is made up of the five Security Council permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – along with Germany, Mr. Ban and Mr. Salehi agreed on the need for positive momentum that would advance the talks, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. “I conclude this visit strengthened in my conviction in dialogue and diplomacy,” Mr. Ban told reporters during a press conference at Mehrabad Airport in Teheran before his departure. “Through dialogue and diplomacy, I expect Iran to contribute meaningfully to our global agenda and to regional and international peace and security.” He added that he has condemned threats by any Member State to destroy or delegitimize another. “And I have reminded leaders here – and indeed throughout the region – to lower the volume and stop the provocation that can lead this area down a slippery slope of conflict. It is time for more reason and responsibility,” Mr. Ban said. “I leave here mindful of the challenges, but also satisfied that we have conveyed the messages that simply must be aired at this critical time.”
Dalgaranga well set for gold production early next year
Construction work at Gascoyne Resources’ 100% Dalgaranga gold project is advancing well on all fronts, with first gold production scheduled for Q2 2018, currently on budget and on time. Harmonised term sheet and mandate letter received from two tier one Australian banks. Final negotiations on the terms are underway and expected to be finalised very soon with a mandate to be awarded shortly thereafter.The project is located approximately 65 km by road northwest of Mt Magnet in the Murchison gold mining region of Western Australia and covers the majority of the Dalgaranga greenstone belt. After discovery in the early 1990s, the project was developed and from 1996 to 2000 produced 229,000 oz of gold with reported cash costs of less than $350/oz. It contains a Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resource of 31.1 Mt @ 1.3 g/t Au, which is inclusive of Proved and Probable Ore Reserves of 14.3 Mt @ 1.27 g/t Au.Engineering and design of the 2.5 Mt/y process plant well advanced – 75% completeBulk earthworks completedGR Engineering has mobilised to site, and concrete work has commenced including SAG mill foundations, CIL tank foundations and bunding, and workshop and warehouse foundationsInstallation of the CIL tanks has commencedAdministration and maintenance office complex installation underwayTailings storage facility (TSF) lift and water evaporation pond construction well advancedWater bore construction well advanced and dewatering pipeline construction underwayAccess road construction and clearing for the airstrip nearing completion.
Samsungs lawyers demand to see Apple iPad 3 and iPhone 5 prototypes
The tit-for-tat battle between Samsung and Apple over patent infringement rages on. Apple got permission to see prototypes for upcoming Samsung phones and tablets last week. Samsung wasn’t about to take the ruling lying down, so they submitted their own motion, demanding that Apple turn over prototypes for its future products, including the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, for inspection by Samsung’s legal team.When Apple initially filed suit against Samsung in April, they pointed to similarities between the iPhone and iPad and the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones and the Galaxy Tab tablets as indicators that the design and trade dress of Apple products had been violated, and that Samsung had tried specifically to make the Galaxy products look like Apple products in order to sell more of them. Samsung promptly countersued, claiming that Apple violated over 10 of Samsung’s patents in its devices.Apple’s motion for Samsung to disclose its prototypes is a little different from Samsung’s motion. First of all – as Apple pointed out in court – Samsung can’t claim that their intellectual property or marketing would be damaged by Apple getting their hands on new Samsung devices. Samsung has been actively discussing, marketing, and even giving away its upcoming products, with over 5,000 of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets gifted to Google I/O attendees. That lack of secrecy was one reason the San Diego judge ruled in Apple’s favor.Apple, on the other hand, maintains an atmosphere of secrecy around its products that’s nearly impenetrable – any leaks or documentation about upcoming Apple products that ever made it into the wild would be huge news and a serious problem for Apple. Samsung’s lawyers say that they need to see Apple’s prototypes in order to prepare for additional legal action by or against the company: Samsung doesn’t want to be caught blind with Apple having detected new patents violated in products that they haven’t even seen yet.Samsung isn’t even saying that they know Apple even has an iPhone 5 or an iPad 3: they cite “internet reports” and “past practice” as examples of why they think Apple has new products up their sleeve. They’ve even asked Apple for the “final, commercial versions” of the products, and if those aren’t available they want whatever’s most recent.It’s all a pretty gutsy move by Samsung, one that it’s not even clear the judge will rule in favor of. Samsung has promised to stand by the same rules that Apple committed to when it was awarded rights to see Samsung’s prototypes: only the legal team would be able to see them, and no engineers from Apple would be able to examine the devices under any circumstances. We wouldn’t be surprised if the judges in the case turn down the ruling, but if they don’t, things could get very interesting in this case.Read more at This Is My Next
Tax evaders beware
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The head of a new ministry created by the government to crack down on corruption is preparing a barrage of inspections on wealthy Greeks who are unable to justify the source of their income, Kathimerini understands.Panayiotis Nikoloudis, the former head of Greece’s anti-money laundering agency, has been scouring several lists of wealthy savers, including the so-called Lagarde list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, but is said to be focusing on a list of 100 account-holders suspected of tax evasion and money laundering. The 100 names include several entrepreneurs with one saver said to have deposits of 200 million euros while hardly declaring any income, Kathimerini understands.In a bid to simplify the process, officials are unifying the Lagarde list, the list of 100 and several other lists into one.In his new role as Minister of State for Combating Corruption, Nikoloudis is expected to use his insights into the use of tax havens and offshore firms to swoop in on large-scale evaders. The minister’s team has sought information from authorities in other countries, including Germany and Luxembourg, in a bid to collar Greeks who spirited their money abroad without paying taxes in Greece. Inspections are in the cards with officials ready to seize assets and freeze bank accounts, according to sources.Source: Kathimerini
Alpine man honors submariners with submarine replica
John Soderman Alpine man honors submariners with submarine replica September 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsAn Alpine made honored submariners by making his very own replica submarine.KUSI’s John Soderman has the story. John Soderman, Posted: September 15, 2018
Man pleads guilty to sharing child porn
A former Vancouver man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to distributing child pornography. Federal investigators found more than 3,100 pornographic images and 500 movie files on 36-year-old Joseph Schesso’s computers at his old house in Vancouver, according to the state U.S. Attorney’s Office. The case first came to the attention of authorities in 2010, when investigators in Germany found that someone from the U.S. was distributing child pornography through a file-sharing program. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement traced the computer’s IP address to Schesso’s residence. In June 2010, agents served a search warrant at Schesso’s Vancouver home, seizing computers and a media card for a digital camera. The card contained sexually explicit photos of a child who had previously visited Schesso’s house, where the photos had apparently been taken, according to court documents. Schesso’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11. According to a plea deal, he must be sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. He’s currently finishing a 40-month sentence in state prison for attempted child molestation. The sentences will run concurrently, and Schesso will have to register as a sex offender.
Ikea to increase pay for 7300 employees
Ikea UK is to increase the rates of pay for 7,300 employees through the introduction of the living wage and proportionate pay rises for team leaders.The retailer is to implement the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary living wage rate of £8.25 an hour and £9.40 in London. The pay increase will come into force on 1 April and benefit 6,100 staff members.Ikea UK will also introduce a proportionate pay increase for 1,200 team leaders.The changes form part of the organisation’s wider efforts to ensure that employees receive the right level of pay, and are on the right contract and schedule. This includes a new policy to give all customer-facing staff one weekend off in four.Pernille Hagild, country HR manager at Ikea UK, said: “Implementing the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended rates of pay is not only the right thing to do by our co-workers and our values but it also makes good business sense.“As we look to grow in the UK, motivating and retaining our co-workers, as well as attracting new co-workers, becomes increasingly important.“We also believe that a team with good compensation and working conditions is in a better position to provide a great experience to our customers.”
18 killed in highestever rainfall in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, Aug 18 (IANS) Eighteen people, including three children, were killed on Sunday due to heavy rainfall-related incidents across Himachal Pradesh, officials said. The India Meteorological Department in Shimla said Sunday’s showers were the highest rainfall recorded by the state in 24 hours, over the past 70 years. Hundreds remained stranded after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, led to shutting down of hydropower projects and release of excess water from a dam, an official said. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali Highway was blocked between Mandi and Kullu towns following massive landslides along the swollen Beas river. The Mandi-Jogindernagar Highway was also closed for traffic. Traffic was hampered on 68 roads across the state and the maximum 47 blockades were in Chamba district, a government spokesperson told IANS here. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us A Balley bridge near Kullu town was washed away due to flashflood. As a precaution, excess water was released from Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd’s (SJVNL) 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant — India’s largest hydro project in Kinnaur district — which led to flooding in the Satluj river, he said. In Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district, eight families and their livestock were evacuated from their houses owing to flooding in the area. Advertise With Us In Chamba district, two people, including a 70-year-old man, were reported missing in landslide in Lona gram panchayat in Chamba district. Boulders smashed their house, police said. Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure. The outflow from the dam was one lakh cusecs. The Pandoh diversion dam is located on Beas river in Mandi district. It diverts excess monsoon water towards Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards Satluj river, which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam. Though the inflow of water into state’s Pong and Bhakra dam increased dramatically due to heavy rainfall, authorities said there was no need for worry as the reservoirs have surplus capacity. The entire Kangra district has been experiencing heavy rain for the past two days. Precipitation occurred at most places in the state with very heavy rainfall in Kangra, Kullu and Chamba districts in the past 24 hours, an official of the Meteorological office here said. The state as a whole received 102.5 mm and this was 1,065 per cent more than normal for a day, the IMD said. All districts received excesses rainfall. The highest rainfall 252 mm was recorded in Bilaspur district, which is 2,586 per cent more than normal, it added. There were reports of link road closure in the interiors of Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts, hampering movement of traffic. The spokesperson said Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been again in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts. According to the Met office, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at some places in the state till Monday.
Top Private Banks ICICI Axis Reduce Employee Count
Top private sector banks ICICI Bank and Axis Bank have trimmed their employee counts in the last fiscal year after doubling their headcount in the past.ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bank, had reduced its employee count to 67,857 in the fiscal year ending March 2015 against 72,226 a year ago. The bank saw its employee base getting doubled from 35,256 to 72,226 during 2010-2014.Similar is the case regarding Axis Bank, where the headcount dropped by 190 to 42,230 in FY15 compared to 42,420 in the previous financial year.A surprising change in hiring plans of the country’s leading private sector banks is mainly because of banks’ efforts to reduce operating costs, improve the cost-to-income ratio and consumers switching to digital medium.”Given the addition of 14,000 employees in FY13 and FY14 and the bank’s focus on efficiency, the employee base fell about 4,400 during FY15. Primarily, this has been achieved by not replacing attrition,” NS Kannan, executive director, ICICI Bank, told Business Standard.ICICI Bank saw its business per employee rise between 2009-10 and 2013-14, but still far below the pre-crisis levels of 2008-09. However, the bank did not see any growth in profit per employee during 2012-13 and 2013-14.In September last year, the ICICI Bank had signalled at rationalising its workforce.”We believe given our scale of operations, employee additions through the past two years and our aspiration in terms of growth and productivity, we can do with a lesser number of employees,” Kannan had told analysts in September.Bankers say subdued credit growth is putting a cap on aggressive hiring in the banking sector. In FY15, credit growth went up by 9.52% against 13.83% increase in the previous year.Axis Bank also doubled its headcount to 42,420 from 21,640 at the end of March 2010. However, despite an increase in number of branches 2,402 to 2,589, Axis Bank’s employee base witnessed a drop in 2014-15.”There is a huge focus on cost-to-income in the bank in general, particularly in the retail segment. So, we have actually seen the number of employees within the retail bank come down on a year-on-year basis. We are seeing more and more transactions going through on digital channels and that is contributing to an improvement in the cost-to-income ratios,” Rajiv Anand, group executive (retail banking), Axis Bank, said in an analyst conference call.As more number of customers takes digital route to carry out transactions, the size of branches got reduced employing fewer people, Rajiv added.
Yahoo results edge past estimates in good sign for sale of business
Yahoo Inc’s first-quarter results beat Wall Street estimates by a hair on Tuesday in what was taken as a good sign for the web pioneer’s plan to auction its core business.Under pressure from activist shareholder Starboard Value LP and others, Yahoo has ramped up a sale of its media, email and other web businesses. Yahoo’s overall fortunes have failed to revive under Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, although she points to good results in key areas including social media.Mayer in a call with analysts drilled the message that she was focused on the sale and was meeting with investors and potential bidders, a contrast with the previous quarter, when she also discussed plans to spin off the company’s core business from Yahoo Japan and its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Inc.The first round of bids closed on Monday. Verizon Communications Inc has put in an offer and is set to make a short list, according to sources. Private equity firms Apax Partners LLP, TPG Capital LP, Bain Capital LLC, Apollo Global Management LLC and Warburg Pincus LLC have also submitted first- round bids.Yahoo aims to close the sale in June, sources said. That would be before the annual meeting where Starboard wants shareholders to replace the board.Yahoo shares rose nearly 1 percent to $36.66 in light volume in extended trading on Tuesday.”The numbers are providing some comfort things aren’t falling off a cliff,” said Ronald Josey of JMP Securities. “If you’re bidding for this company it’s nice to see them doing what they said they would do.”Revenue fell 11.3 percent to $1.09 billion in the first quarter, the first decline after four straight quarters of growth. The result squeaked by analyst estimates of $1.08 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Yahoo reported a net loss of $99 million, or 10 cents per share, compared with a profit of $21 million, or 2 cents per share, a year ago. On an adjusted basis, Yahoo earned 8 cents per share, topping Wall Street’s target of 7 cents.”The results should build a little bit of confidence for investors that the sale is going to be completed,” said Murali Sankar, an analyst at Boenning & Scattergood Inc.Mayer told analysts a spin-off was still possible, but she said that only in response to a direct question on the call. That showed she was focused on the sale, said Axiom Capital analyst Victor Anthony.Yahoo said it sees second-quarter GAAP revenue of $1.05 billion to $1.09 billion — below analysts’ view of $1.10 billion.
Assange denies any states link with hacked emails
In this 19 May, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Photo: APAt the beginning of 2017, one of Julian Assange’s biggest media boosters travelled to the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and asked him where he got the leaks that shook up the US presidential election only months earlier.Fox News host Sean Hannity pointed straight to the purloined emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.”Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?””Yes,” Assange said. “We can say – we have said repeatedly – over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.”The Justice Department’s indictment Friday of 12 Russian military intelligence officers undermines those denials. And if the criminal charges are proved, it would show that WikiLeaks (referred to as “Organization 1″ in the indictment) received the material from Guccifer 2.0, a persona directly controlled by Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, also known as GRU, and even gave the Russian hackers advice on how to disseminate it.Whether Assange knew that those behind Guccifer 2.0 were Russian agents is not addressed in the indictment. But it seems unlikely that Assange, a former hacker who once boasted of having compromised US military networks himself, could have missed the extensive coverage blaming the Kremlin for the DNC hack.Assange told Hannity he exercised exclusive control over WikiLeaks’ releases.”There is one person in the world, and I think it’s actually only one, who knows exactly what’s going on with our publications and that’s me,” Assange said.On 22 June, 2016, by which point the online publication Motherboard had already debunked Guccifer 2.0’s claim to be a lone Romanian hacker, WikiLeaks sent a typo-ridden message to the persona, saying that releasing the material through WikiLeaks would have “a much higher impact than what you are doing,” the indictment states.”If you have anything Hillary related we want it in the next (two) days pref(er)able because the DNC is approaching and she will solidify Bernie supporters behind her after,” says a message from 6 July, 2016, referring to the upcoming Democratic National Convention and Clinton’s chief party rival, Bernie Sanders.The exchange appears to point to a desire to undercut Clinton by playing up divisions within the Democratic camp.”We think trump has only a 25% chance of winning against Hillary … so conflict between Bernie and Hillary is interesting,” the message says.At that time in the campaign, there were simmering tensions between the supporters of Clinton and Sanders that would come to a head during the convention because of the hacked emails.WikiLeaks and a lawyer for Assange, Melinda Taylor, did not return messages seeking comment on the indictment or the exchanges with Guccifer 2.0.Assange’s eagerness to get his hands on the alleged material from GRU reflected in the indictment – and prevent anyone else from beating WikiLeaks to the punch – is also revealed in leaked messages to journalist Emma Best. She, like several other reporters, also was in communication with Guccifer 2.0.In copies of Twitter messages obtained by The Associated Press and first reported by BuzzFeed, WikiLeaks demands that Best butt out.”Please ‘leave’ their conversation with them and us,” WikiLeaks said on 13 August, 2016, arguing that the impact of material would be “very substantially reduced” if Best handled the leak.Best told BuzzFeed she dropped the matter. About an hour after the conversation ended, Guccifer 2.0 announced on Twitter that it was sending a “major trove” of data and emails to WikiLeaks.The indictment also puts to rest a conspiracy theory, carefully nurtured by Assange and his supporters, that slain DNC staffer Seth Rich was at the origin of the leaks.Rich died in July 2016 in what police in the District of Columbia say was a botched robbery. But the tragedy became fodder for conspiracy theorists who pushed the unfounded allegation that Rich, 27, had been providing information to the hackers and was killed for it.It was Assange who first floated the idea into the mainstream, bringing up Rich’s case in an interview with Dutch television the following month.”What are you suggesting?” the startled anchor asked him.”I’m suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that,” Assange answered.The anchor pressed Assange repeatedly, eventually saying: “It’s quite something to suggest a murder. That’s basically what you’re doing.”Over the next few months, WikiLeaks would continue to amplify the conspiracy theory — all while stopping short of endorsing it outright. During all this time, the indictment alleges, WikiLeaks knew full well that Guccifer 2.0 was its source, cajoling the account’s operators to hand it more data and ordering rival journalists to steer clear.The conspiracy theory has been a source of deep pain for Rich’s family, who declined to comment on the indictment.Lisa Lynch, an associate professor of media and communications at Drew University who has written about WikiLeaks, said the indictment highlighted the cynicism of WikiLeaks’ wink-wink support for conspiracy theories.”We can see very well-intentioned people arguing about whether those documents should be published,” Lynch said of the DNC documents. “But the whole Seth Rich thing is incredibly venal.”
Rutgers team has ring prototype for touch authentication
The prototype ring and its usage for transmitting short messages from the ring to a touchpad. Image credit: Tam Vu Touchscreens are already designed to detect voltage changes from fingers touching and moving across the screen. They pick up those spikes, and software on the phone would read them as password-like data. Full details of their proposed approach can be seen in their research paper, “Distinguishing Users with Capacitive Touch Communication,” by Tam Vu, Akash Baid, Simon Gao, Marco Gruteser, Richard Howard, Janne Lindqvist, Predrag Spasojevic, and Jeffrey Walling. “We explore a novel form of wireless communication in which a touch panel acts as a receiver and a small ring-like device worn by the user serves as the transmitter.”Project leader Marco Gruteser said the team hopes to commercialize the device in two years. Their homework ahead includes coming up with a miniaturized version of the device, as the one they have now is too “clunky.” Also, the ring can transmit only a few bits of data per second quickly and accurately. “Our experiments show that this is feasible even with an off-the-shelf touchscreen system, albeit at very low bitrates,” the authors wrote. The equivalent of a pin code takes around two seconds for the ring to transmit, but Gruteser said that could be speeded up by modifying touchscreen firmware in phones. “We believe that signiﬁcantly higher data rates could be achieved by designing receiver capabilities into touch screens,” the authors wrote.When the device is ready for prime time, their ring approach can be counted among the numerous attempts researchers are now making to provide easy but reliable authentication for mobile users. In expanding on that approach, as one computer scientist has suggested, research could lead to a time where numerous electronic devices are developed that “know” their users via touch and can adapt to preferences and offer personalized information.As the authors point out, examples of “who you are” today include iris recognition, face recognition and voice recognition, all of which are being prototyped and tested on mobile devices. With the advent of well known spooﬁng mechanisms, though, there is more work ahead. The authors point out that even novel approaches such as air gesture based authentication which uses accelerometer sensors of a mobile device are easily visible to an adversary and can be socially awkward.A finger-swipe is something people are already doing, said Gruteser. The appeal of the approach is that so many devices use swiping already, whereas few commercial devices have retina-readers or finger-scanners. WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Laboratory) at Rutgers, described as a cooperative industry-university research center, focuses on new ideas for the mobile Internet. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~grutes … /papers/tammob12.pdfvia Technology Review ShakeID tracks touch action in multi-user display (Phys.org)—What about using the same mobile device touchscreens used every day for direct authentication? What if your touch alone identifies you by code from the ring on your finger? A team from the WINLAB at Rutgers University has turned the what-ifs into a device that makes use of capacitive touchscreens on phones and tablets to confirm the user’s identity. The device can provide an additional layer of protection alongside passwords. The device can send a few bits of data representing a password from a special battery powered ring (with flash memory) on the finger. The data is sent as tiny voltage bursts through the wearer’s skin for phone-screen capture. Citation: Rutgers team has ring prototype for touch authentication (2012, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-rutgers-team-prototype-authentication.html
Jeff Bezos Rocket Company TestFlies Suborbital Spaceship
This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 30, 2015 Blue Origin, a startup space company owned by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, launched an experimental suborbital spaceship from Texas, the first in a series of test flights to develop commercial unmanned and passenger spaceflight services, the company said on Thursday.The New Shepard vehicle blasted off on Wednesday from Blue Origin’s test facility near Van Horn, Texas, and rose to an altitude of 58 miles (93 km) before the capsule separated and parachuted back to Earth.“Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return,” Bezos said in a statement.The descent of the liquid hydrogen- and liquid oxygen-fueled rocket, however, was not successful.“We lost pressure in our hydraulic system on descent,” Bezos noted. “Fortunately, we’ve already been in work for some time on an improved hydraulic system … We’ll be ready to fly again soon.”Blue Origin is among a handful of companies developing privately owned spaceships to fly experiments, satellites and passengers into space. Like Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of Richard Branson’s London-based Virgin Group, and privately owned XCOR Aerospace, Blue Origin is eyeing suborbital spaceflights, which reach altitudes of about 62 miles (100 km), as a stepping stone to orbital flight.Virgin Galactic plans to resume test flights of its six-passenger, two-pilot SpaceShipTwo vehicle later this year, following a fatal accident in October. Mojave, Calif.-based XCOR plans to begin test flights of its two-person Lynx space plane in late 2015 as well.Boeing and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, both of which have financial support from NASA, are skipping suborbital flight and building space taxis to ferry crews to and from the International Space Station, which flies about 250 miles (418 km) above Earth.Blue Origin also is working on a more powerful, methane-burning rocket engine that has attracted the backing of United Launch Alliance, the Lockheed-Martin/Boeing partnership that currently flies nearly all of the U.S. military’s satellites.Blue Origin, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance are all developing reusable launch systems in an effort to cut costs.Blue Origin expects to fly New Shepard dozens of times unmanned before test pilots are aboard, company President Rob Meyerson told reporters during an April 7 conference call. The capsule is designed to fly three people and/or a mix of passengers and payloads to suborbital space. Blue Origin has not yet released pricing information.(Editing by Ted Bothaf)
March 31, 2014 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) strongly supports several provisions in the bipartisan “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” introduced in the House of Representatives to ward off drastic Medicare provider reimbursement cuts mandated by the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment formula. The college particularly applauds inclusion of several ACR-backed provisions that raise medical imaging quality, enable more efficient care and increase transparency in physician payment policy. Foremost, the bill would require ordering providers to consult physician-developed appropriateness criteria when prescribing advanced medical imaging procedures for Medicare patients. The legislation would direct the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify mechanisms, such as clinical decision support tools, by which ordering professionals could consult these criteria. Such ordering systems are shown to reduce duplicate and/or unnecessary scanning and associated costs.“The imaging appropriateness criteria provisions in this SGR bill will help ensure that patients get the right exam for the right condition and avoid care they may not need. This would raise quality of care and preserve resources without intruding in the doctor-patient relationship or affecting access to care,” said Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors.The ACR also supports provisions in the bill that would:Maintain current overall provider reimbursement for the next 12 months (avoiding a 24 percent across the board cut to provider payments statutorily mandated by the SGR formula).Mandate that cuts to medical services greater than 20 percent (in comparison to the previous year) are phased in over a two-year period.Require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to produce data used to justify a 25 percent multiple procedure payment reduction, instituted in 2012, to certain imaging procedures provided to the same patient, on the same day, in the same session.Delay implementation of controversial ICD-10 provider payment codes as ACR works to prepare radiology providers for the transition to this new system.“The ACR-backed quality, safety and efficiency measures included in this legislation represent a significant step forward for federal medical imaging policy and medicine in general. This approach represents the state of the art in evidence-based health care. These steps can help restore and maintain the public’s faith that they are getting the best care available for their particular condition in the most effective and efficient manner possible,” said EllenbogenHowever, the ACR has concerns regarding the broad statutory expansion of the authority of the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to revalue Medicare physician payments based on a large number of criteria to be used at the secretary’s discretion. The college will continue to work with Congress and HHS to address these concerns. 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Ottawa unveils worlds first air travel research facility
Tags: Ottawa, Transportation Friday, November 16, 2018 Ottawa unveils world’s first air travel research facility OTTAWA — Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, has announced the launch of the new Centre for Air Travel Research, the world’s first and only facility to study the air travel experience from start to finish.Located next to the Ottawa International Airport and managed by the National Research Council of Canada,, the facility was designed to provide the aerospace industry with a flexible, collaborative space to develop, integrate and evaluate aerospace technologies, systems and materials. In addition to offering a realistic recreation of an airport terminal, the Centre also boasts the Flexible Cabin Laboratory, complete with an A320 aircraft cabin that allows for the study of passenger flight experience, human vibration and more.“Canadians want safe, efficient, affordable, and comfortable air travel services. The National Research Council of Canada’s Centre for Air Travel Research – a research and development facility – will benefit travellers, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers from around the world,” said Garneau.In 2017, over 140 million passengers travelled through Canadian airports. According to Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada must invest in leading-edge technologies in order to remain a leader in the aerospace industry.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“Our government is working to make sure that the Canadian aerospace industry is in the best possible position to meet customers’ needs and remain competitive,” said Bains. “By launching the world’s first and only centre dedicated to improving customers’ air travel experience, Canada is demonstrating that it’s at the leading edge of innovation.” Share Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>