BJPs campaign reaches fever pitch

first_imgNew Delhi: With BJP’s campaign reaching fever pitch, all seven candidates have gone all out. There is now just a week before the campaign period in Delhi will end and the Election Commission will enforce the silence period. Delhiites will elect their parliamentarians on May 12.Gautam Gambhir (E Delhi), Parvesh Verma (W Delhi), Meenakshi Lekhi (New Delhi), and Manoj Tiwari (NE Delhi) all held back-to-back roadshows and campaign events on Thursday in their respective constituencies, with none of them deviating from the party line one bit. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesGambhir at roadshows in Okhla and Shahdara brought out his nationalist rhetoric in full swing. He said he has always only ever had two dreams: “One to spread nationalist fervour and the other to serve every last man in my country”. Gambhir went on to say that he will always be available for the poorest of poor and the brave soldiers serving the nation by guarding its borders. He said he never feared to face Pakistan even as a cricketer and will continue to stand up for Indians against “political parties with negative mindsets”. “Nobody can deter me from my positive and nationalist agenda,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile, sitting MP Tiwari visited voters in Mustafabad, where he spoke of more specific issues such as providing solid housing facilities for families living in “jhuggi jhopdis”. He said that despite over 70 years of independence, Congress and AAP governments have consistently failed to provide basic amenities to a large population of Delhi. Tiwari said that under Narendra Modi’s leadership, the BJP government has approved schemes that will provide “pucca homes” for the poor by 2022. Moreover, Tiwari said that people should vote for BJP because of Modi’s strong stance against terrorism, Maoism, and poverty. In other constituencies, Lekhi, Verma, and Hansraj Hans appealed to voters to elect the BJP government if they wanted Modi’s strong leadrship at the Centre.last_img read more

UNbacked peace brokers in GeorgiaAbkhaz conflict urge talks to enhance security

At a two-day meeting in Geneva, the so-called Group of Friends of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – highlighted the need to refrain from any action that could impede progress or undermine confidence, and urged both sides to take into account one another’s sensitivities and cooperate to deescalate tensions. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Georgia Jean Arnault and representatives of both sides attended the talks, which wrapped up on Tuesday. The Group of Friends referred to the zone of conflict and also to the upper Kodori valley, which has in the past been the scene of clashes. Last October, a rocket attack occurred in the valley. Last December, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) resumed patrols in the sector after a break of three years. UNOMIG was set up in 1993 and expanded following the signing by the parties of the 1994 Agreement on a Ceasefire and Separation of Forces to verify compliance, with patrols of the Kodori valley a specific part of its mandate, but it stopped patrolling the upper part of the valley in 2003 when four mission members were held hostage for a few days by unknown armed elements.Just last month the UN Security Council cited the resumption of patrols as a positive development but expressed unease at the continuing tension between the two sides. In a report to the 15-member body, Mr. Ban warned that recent violence could escalate and he called on all sides to engage in dialogue. He highlighted the killing of three members of the Abkhaz militia in and also an attack on a Georgian checkpoint in early January that killed one policeman and wounded another. UNOMIG currently has some 140 uniformed personnel, including 127 military observers and 12 police, supported by 100 international civilian personnel and 178 local civilian staff. 14 February 2007A United Nations-backed group of countries involved in the peace process between the Georgian Government and Abkhaz separatists have called on both sides to immediately tackle security issues in north-west Georgia, where they fought a war 13 years ago that forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee. read more

Ban Kimoon calls on new generation to take better care of Planet

1 March 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world’s younger generation to take better care of Planet Earth in the face of global warming than his own. “We are all complicit in the process of global warming. Unsustainable practices are deeply entrenched in our everyday lives. But in the absence of decisive measures, the true cost of our actions will be borne by succeeding generations, starting with yours,” Mr. Ban told a UN International School conference in the General Assembly Hall in New York. “That would be an unconscionable legacy; one which we must all join hands to avert. As it stands, the damage already inflicted on our ecosystem will take decades, perhaps centuries, to reverse – if we act now. “Unfortunately, my generation has been somewhat careless in looking after our one and only planet. But I am hopeful that is finally changing. And I am also hopeful that your generation will prove far better stewards of our environment; in fact, looking around this hall today, I have a strong sense that you already are,” he added. Mr. Ban cited his own childhood in war-ravaged Korea as the starting point of his identification with the UN which ended hostilities on the peninsula. “I grew up viewing the United Nations as a saviour; an organization which helped my country, the Republic of Korea, recover and rebuild from a devastating conflict,” he declared. “Yet if there is one crucial difference between the era I grew up in, and the world you inherit, it is of the relative dangers we face. For my generation, coming of age at the height of the cold war, fear of a nuclear winter seemed the leading existential threat on the horizon. “Today, war continues to threaten countless men, women and children across the globe. It is the source of untold suffering and loss. And the majority of the UN’s work still focuses on preventing and ending conflict. But the danger posed by war to all of humanity – and to our planet – is at least matched by the climate crisis and global warming,” he added. As he has frequently stressed since he took office on 1 January, Mr. Ban said action on climate change would be one of his top priorities as Secretary-General, noting that global warming has profound implications for jobs, growth and poverty, affecting agriculture, the spread of disease and migration patterns, determining the ferocity and frequency of natural disasters, and prompting droughts, land degradation and other changes that “are likely to become a major driver of war and conflict.” He added that he would discuss climate change with global leaders at this June’s summit meeting of the G-8 major industrialized nations. “These issues transcend borders,” he declared. “That is why protecting the world’s environment is largely beyond the capacity of individual countries. Only concerted and coordinated international action, supported and sustained by individual initiative, will be sufficient. “The natural arena for such action is the United Nations. I am strongly committed to ensuring that the United Nations helps the international community make the transition to sustainable practices.” read more

UN treaty on access to environment information enters into force

The ECE said today in a statement that the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters – known as the Aarhus Convention after the Danish city where it was adopted in June 1998 – sought to strengthen the role of members of the public and environmental organizations in protecting the environment.Through its recognition of citizens’ rights to information, participation and justice, the treaty aims specifically to allow members of the public greater access to data held by public authorities, provide an opportunity for people to express their opinions and concerns on environmental matters and ensure that decision makers take due account of these, provide the public with access to review procedures when their rights to information and participation have been breached, and in some cases to challenge more general violations of environmental law.”In practical terms, this means, for instance, that local residents must be given a say in new road schemes or in the siting of household-waste incinerators,” the ECE said. “Members of the public also have a right to know what state their environment is in and, in some circumstances, to sue governments or polluters that attempt to cover up environmental disasters.”Welcoming the high level of support shown for the Convention by eastern European and Central Asian countries, the Director of the UNECE Environment Division, Kaj Bärlund, said he hoped several western countries would ratify the Convention before the first meeting of the Parties, provisionally scheduled for autumn 2002. “Despite the fact that western countries have generally been slower to ratify the Convention than their eastern counterparts, it is clear from their warm messages of support that they are working hard on their national legislation to be able to ratify the Convention,” he said. Mr. Bärlund said the delay was an indication that the Convention was sufficiently progressive to prompt important improvements even in some of the most well-established western democracies. “The eastern countries may have a different legal tradition, but the early ratification by many of these countries is a sign of change,” he said. “It shows that they have opened the door to a new culture of democracy and transparency.” read more

US construction spending up solid 09 per cent in December with first

US construction spending up solid 0.9 per cent in December with first annual gain since 2006 WASHINGTON – Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in December, ending a year in which construction activity increased for the first time in six years.Construction spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $885 billion in December, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was up 0.9 per cent from November, when spending increased a revised 0.1 per cent.For all of 2012, construction spending totalled $850.2 billion, a gain of 9.2 per cent from 2011, when construction spending had fallen 3.3 per cent. Even with the increase, construction activity is 27.2 per cent below the all-time high of $1.17 trillion set in 2006 at the peak of the housing boom.Construction has been posting a slow recovery, led by housing gains. In December, housing and nonresidential construction posted gains but spending on government projects fell.The construction gains are helping boost the overall economy which has added nearly 100,000 jobs over the past four months.In December, spending on residential projects rose 2.2 per cent compared to November, the ninth straight monthly gain. Spending on nonresidential projects rose 1.8 per cent in December after a 0.3 per cent drop in November.Spending on government projects fell 1.4 per cent to $270.1 billion, the lowest level since November 2006. Government activity has been constrained by tight budgets. In December, spending on state and local government projects fell 1.7 per cent while spending on federal projects was down 1.3 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 10:29 am MDT read more

UN outraged by suicide attacks in Afghanistan

According to reports, at least 14 civilians were killed and over 30 injured in two attacks that took place on Monday morning (local time) in a heavily populated neighbourhood in central Kabul. The second attack was timed 30 minutes later to target journalists arriving on the scene and emergency services personnel seeking to provide aid to victims of the first attack.“The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.“Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to justice,” he added.The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work – UN chief GuterresIn a third attack, at least 11 children were killed in a suicide bombing that reportedly targeted a military convoy in Kandahar province.“These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), said in a separate news release.He also condemned the attacks in Kabul, coming just ahead of World Press Freedom Day, as a “direct assault on freedom of expression.”Mr. Yamamoto also reiterated the protections accorded to civilians under international humanitarian law and called on all parties to uphold their obligations, “at all times”.The UN officials also extended their condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball sweeps Lipscomb in first round of NCAA tournament

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle during a game against Lipscomb on Dec. 5 in Lexington, Ky., during the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern photographerLEXINGTON, Ky. — Heading into a match against Lipscomb, Ohio State women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston had faced the Bisons once in his tenure at OSU, and won. Now he can say he’s 2-0.The Buckeyes (22-11) swept Lipscomb (25-20, 25-14, 25-18) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night, and now have less than a day to prepare for their next opponent.“I thought we played great defense, which we knew we needed to do because they’re such a great defensive team,” Carlston said. “So it was a really good match. Obviously I’m really happy and excited we’re moving on.”In the first two sets alone, the Buckeyes had 16 blocks total, while the Bisons (21-9) had zero.  Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe totaled for six in those two sets before finishing the night with 10, which is a career-high. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied six total blocks, which was the second highest between the two teams.Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer led all players in kills with 12 and added eight digs.  With this being her first NCAA tournament action, she said she was glad her teammates were behind her all the way.“I (felt) full confidence with my team behind me,” Schirmer said. “And I think that’s a great attitude going into our next match.”Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger tallied 10 kills, which was tied for the second-most kills in the match.Since the Buckeyes played at 5 p.m. on Friday in Lexington, Ky., they have a chance to scout their next potential opponent live.“As a team we’re going to go and watch both teams, see what they do and how they play,” Sekinger said.In addition to her six blocks, Sherwin had a game-high 32 assists on the night and added nine digs, while sophomore libero Valeria León had a game-high 17 digs and had the Buckeyes two lone service aces.With a game-high 25 blocks, the Buckeyes are looking to carry over their defense into Saturday’s game.“I think if we take our style of play that we played tonight into our next match, tomorrow night, I think that will help us and we can build from that,” Sekinger said.Bison senior outside hitter Lauren Ford was the lone Bison to score double-digit kills with 10.  Freshman setter Kayla Ostrom assisted on 28 of her teams 31 kills.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of No. 13 Kentucky and the Horizon League champions Oakland. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. read more

EYEWITNESS Giving the unidigital salute…

…to CabinetA couple of days ago, your Eyewitness referred to the Communities Minister’s recommendation to the City Council to suspend the Parking Meter Contract for three months. He pointed out this had to be a directive from the very top of the power pyramid of the PNC – forget about the AFC and those half-men outfits in APNU! And he predicted the decision by City Council would show “who had more seed than baigan”!!Well…now we know!! And it ain’t Bulkan – but that we already knew, didn’t we? If central casting ever wanted a faceless, seedless apparatchiki, this former lumber salesman is their guy!! Now that the Councillors of City Hall – played like a violin by maestro Royston King – have given the middle finger to the suggestion, it’s clear they believe they’re more well-endowed, seedwise, than any big kahuna over in Congress Place. During the special meeting convened by the Deputy Mayor to discuss Cabinet’s recommendation, he took pains to say the well-endowed Mayor was away, and matters will have to await her return.As to who’s the PNC leader City Hall is willing to buck…we won’t speculate save to say if the point’s even up for discussion, things aren’t what they seem! So the question is…who’s gonna blink first? That’ll give us an inkling of the of the PNC’s power topography.In the meantime, their lawyer – from the same chambers handling Smart City’s interest!!! – advised them as to their options in a six-page memo, which the dissenters claim they need time “to study”. One “option” of course was to face the “terror clause” which the Gang of Four signed. That, of course, basically pledged the first-born of this and the next generation be handed over to Smart City as bonded labour to pay off the debt we would’ve accrued!Evidently the question of “conflict of interest” doesn’t arise with City Hall and Smart City using the same law firm. As we know, all lawyers have “split personalities” and each personality REALLY doesn’t know of the existence of the others! Anyhow back to the matter at hand – which had to do with the testicular attributes of the City Hall Gang of Four, versus that of the PNC top honchos.In the estimation of your bemused Eyewitness, these PNC folks are sooo deep in the mire of corruption that birthed this contract from hell…there’s no way, it will be cancelled – as the protesters are demanding. What’s most likely is there will be some further “compromises” that really won’t amount to squat in the long-term.We’ll still be getting it in the end!…to sugar workersIf there was any doubt where this Government stands vis a vis sugar workers, two news items on the industry in yesterday’s newspapers should’ve cleared them up. Just as happened at Wales, the workers at East Demerara Estates have to read between the lines of anonymous decisions by GuySuCo operatives to get a glimmer of their fate. Why talk directly to them? What’d they know? They’re only cane cutters!! So we now can figure East Demerara sugar will be shuttered in three to four years? How’d we know that? Well… they’ve ordered no new canes be planted there – so when the standing stock are ratooned out in three to four years, it’s “sayonara time”, baby!!The other item was the CEO – who presided over the demise of the industry as a big honcho of Booker Tate – excruciatingly parsing the labour laws to claim GuySuCo doesn’t owe severance pay to workers transferred out of their 10-mile zone!!But not to worry…Nagamootoo says, it’s gonna be aw’right!…the criminal lawPublic Security Minister – and a (criminal!) lawyer to boot – Khemraj Ramjattan, says pharma contracts to NEW GPC under the PPP were like “kick down the door banditry”.So, are the present rental of the Pharma warehouse and the sole sourced contracts to ANSA and others drug-induced aggravated rape?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The beat goes on…September 9, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Smart fliesMarch 18, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Holding the line…March 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

MechCaL expands its vent fan footprint into Zambia

first_imgSouth African based fan and ventilation firm, MechCaL, has announced that its fans will be rolled out to the Zambian mining market. This marks a key point in the company’s on-going geographic expansion strategy which is aimed at increasing its presence in key growth markets. “MechCaL has for quite some time had a policy of diversifying products and markets. The product diversification has progressed well but penetrating the smaller auxiliary fan market space outside of South Africa has been a challenge,” says MechCaL spokesperson and Managing Director, Professor Jan du Plessis. “We have started supplying products to mines in the Zambian market and we are positive that, in future, the quality and energy efficiency of our products will be valued as the premium fan product in the rest of Africa.”This move builds upon the preliminary research into the Zambian market that MechCaL has been conducting over the past year or so which includes a fan demonstration that was held in Kitwe in April 2015. A demonstration of MechCaL’s energy efficient 45 kW fan using an ISO test column to analyse the velocity, flow and pressure of the fan was carried out to showcase the remarkable power saving capabilities of MechCaLs’ products. Gavin Ratner, Head of Marketing at MechCaL, led the demonstration and said that the results of the demonstration made an impression on the Zambian delegates.“We conducted the test in the presence of mining representatives from the surrounding areas and I believe that their reaction to our products was very positive. This definitely opened the door for MechCaL to begin exporting products to service the Zambian market,” said Ratner.In order to ensure smooth delivery and availability of fans to Zambia’s mining market, MechCaL has appointed Best Line Mining Supplies as its agent. According to Tom Hight at Best Line their move to join up with MechCaL will help alleviate demand for energy efficient products in the region. “We decided to become MechCal’s partner in both Zambia and the DRC due to the level of innovation in their products. Energy is becoming a concern in our region, with more demand than supply of power, coupled by a 30% energy increase in the 2014-2015 year. This has encouraged Best Line to assist with client assisted solutions to optimise the current mining operations,” says Hight.“We appointed Best Line as they are extensively involved in ventilation in the sub-Saharan region. They are currently supplying the range of 15, 37, 45 and 75 kW MechCaL fans,” says du Plessis. To date, MechCaL fans have been installed for Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines. The preliminary order included 17 fans from across the MechCaL product range, including five of MechCaL’s new Jet Fans.Hight believes that the outlook for MechCaL’s products in Zambia’s mining industry is positive as new innovative equipment for mines could play an important support role to the mines overcoming recent challenges in the region. “We have been hit hard in the copper industry along with all commodity prices that have crashed since June 2015. This has placed a lot of strain on the mining economy, coupled with increases in mineral royalties and energy tariff increases. However, we remain positive and are working closely with the mines to provide solutions to improve efficiency.”According to du Plessis, one of the main challenges that they are faced with affecting exporting and installing fans for Zambian clients would be ensuring that they receive MechCaL’s latest innovative products. “We would definitely want to see more of our newer products from the Jet Fan range being supplied. We have developed an extensive range of products for the Jet Fan line from fans as small as 5 kW all the way up to 45 kW.”last_img read more

Samsung announces 15GHz Exynos 4212 dualcore mobile chip

first_imgSamsung is looking to set the pace in terms of performance on its mobile handsets with the announcement of a new dual-core processor based on the ARM Cortex A9.The latest Exynos chip is called the 4212, and will be manufactured using a 32nm process, meaning it’s faster while drawing less power. Samsung is actually boasting a 30% gain in efficiency for this processor, which runs in a dual-core configuration at 1.5GHz. 3D performance also gets a major boost and is set to be 50% better than the existing 4210 chip that relied on ARM’s Mali-400 GPU. It’s not yet known what GPU the 4212 takes advantage of.If you need some comparison for how fast this chip could potentially be, look no further than the Galaxy S2. That uses Samsun’g previous Exynos 4210 processor which runs at 1.2GHz. If you replaced it with the 4212 chip you’d not only get a big performance gain and power saving, but it too could potentially be overclocked (as could the previous chip) while retaining the same battery life as the existing S2.We won’t have to wait long to see the Exynos 4212 being used in smartphones and tablet devices. Samsung will have samples ready before the end of the year, so we could see devices on sale using it by the middle of next year.Samsung promised earlier this year that at some point in 2012 it would have a 2GHz mobile chip. With this 1.5GHz Exynos processor appearing this year, the company looks right on track to deliver on that promise. We may even see them surpass it before 2012 is over.Read more at Samsung and V3last_img read more

Cypriot Community of Australia commemorates 44 years since the Turkish invasion

first_imgIt is now 44 years since the Turkish army invaded Cyprus, and during all this time, Cypriots all over the world have never lost their spirit and faith that the issue will be resolved.The annual commemoration of the tragedy of Cyprus has always been an opportunity for Cypriot Australians to gather and express this resilience.This year the Cypriot Community of Australia, along with the Justice for Cyprus Coordination Committee (SEKA) will be holding a number of events in Australia.Starting on Sunday, the SEKA will begin the events in Sydney with a memorial service at the Cathedral of The Annunciation of Our Lady in Redfern at 10.30 am, followed by a peaceful march that will begin at 2.15 pm and will lead outside the Town Hall.After the march is over, there will be a gathering at the Cypriot Community building at 3.30 pm, in attendance of the High Commissioner of the Cypriot Republic in Australia, Martha Mavromati, the Greek Ambassador in Sydney Christos Karras, the leadership of the SEKA and the Cypriot Community. Representing the Cypriot Republic will be the President of the Democratic Rally party, Averof Neofytou.Commemorative events are also being held in Victoria; last Sunday a service was held in honour of the fallen men and women at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Kings Domain.Commemorations will continue on Friday 20 July at 5.00 pm, with a vigil at the steps of Melbourne Town Hall, where a human chain will be formed as a sign of support toward the people of Cyprus. That will be followed by a light supper at the Cyprus Community building in Victoria (495 Lygon St, East Brunswick) in memory of the thousands of people that were torn away from their country after the invasion.Following these events, on Sunday 22 July starting at 1.00 pm, there will be a peaceful march that will begin from Lonsdale Street and will lead to the steps of city hall, as the people of Cyprus show their support in the efforts of solving the Cypriot matter. This march will be in the presence of Mr Neofytou and Cypriot Navy Secretary of State, Natasa Pilidou. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

How World Cup flop boosted Sergio Agueros game level

first_imgThere is a very good reason why Sergio Aguero came back from the summer break in what appears to be his best form, it has a lot to do with the World Cup.The last World Cup was a huge disappointment for Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who was eliminated by France in the round of 16 and now appears to have come back to Manchester City in his best form. The five goals during the first three matches of the season between the Premier League and the Community Shield are more than enough reasons to believe that ‘Kun’ Aguero is coming for everything this season, at least Pep Guardiola seems to think so. The Argentine striker suffered a knee injury before the end of the season that needed him to get through the operating table, Pep Guardiola always sends his players to professional specialist Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona and the results from that whole recovery process are truly amazing. Aguero seems to have returned in an even better form than he was before, the best form of his life according to Guardiola who was very surprised after the striker’s hat-trick against Huddersfield this past Sunday as he expects even more from his top player.It was widely reported by the media that Sergio Aguero never really clicked with Pep Guardiola, the Catalan manager has been known to ax players who he doesn’t believe can follow his instructions and go off script with his tactics. But judging on his latest press conference after that Manchester City match, Pep Guardiola looks really happy with everything that ‘Kun’ is doing at the club and he even stated that he wants the player to retire with the Citizens if he remains on this level for the upcoming years: “Since he came back, I saw him from the first second, from the first minute — wow!” He came back perfect. I think the [knee] surgery from Doctor Cugat [at the end of last season] helped a lot. He feels free now. He suffered the last years with some problems. But it’s not just scoring goals – it’s the space, creating chances, moving, assists, chances, fouls. He never stops. When this happens, he’s one of the best strikers in the world, without a doubt. So what can you say? Chapeau,” said Pep at the press conference after last Sunday’s match.La pelota del hat trick es para Benjamín #FelizDíaDelNiño Te amo hijo! ❤️— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 19, 2018Sergio Aguero’s World Cup heartache.But apart from the obvious level boost he got after that surgery, we are convinced that the most obvious reason why ‘Kun’ looks like he is at the best of his abilities has to do with the poor performance Argentina had in the last World Cup and the fact that he wasn’t able to play as many minutes as he would’ve wanted during the tournament. It almost looks like he counted for the manager in the first match against Iceland, and then the player didn’t deliver as expected for the remains of the tournament. This lack of participation and involvement wasn’t really Aguero’s fault who was in very good form during the competition, it had more to do with Jorge Sampaoli’s lack of understanding of the best system for Argentina. This problem with the national team has been a constant during the last decade, they haven’t been able to play offensive football for many years even when they have one of the most deadly attacking rosters in the world.Blue Carpet #AllOrNothing #mancity Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer 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.— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 16, 2018Aguero will take it all out against the Premier League rivals.This frustration that Aguero is suffering after that huge heartbreak for Argentina, is something that is already starting to influence his performances for Manchester City in a positive way, Pep Guardiola is expecting the best version of the striker for the rest of the season and this will only translate into many goals for the Citizens in all competitions. Suddenly that goal-scoring record that Alan Shearer has doesn’t seem as distant as it did before the start of the season, that 146 goal-toll that he has at the start of the tournament seems like it may increase dramatically when May and June come during the final stages of the Premier League season. But what matters the most for both ‘Kun’ and Pep Guardiola, is how much the striker can help out his club in the search for the targeted competition this year: which is the Champions League and will start during mid-September.HIGHLIGHTS… we won’t be forgetting this day anytime soon! #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 22, 2018How many goals do you think Sergio Aguero will be able to score this season for Manchester City? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Britney Spears Announces Indefinite Work Hiatus Including Upcoming Vegas Residency

first_imgThe GRAMMY-winning pop star shared that she will be taking time off in order to help care for her father after an unexpected surgeryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 4, 2019 – 5:58 pm Today Britney Spears announced that she is taking an “an indefinite work hiatus” in order to spend more time with her family as they care for her father, who was recently hospitalized. She shared that Britney: Domination, her new Las Vegas residency slated to start on Feb. 13, would be “on hold until further notice.” News Britney Spears Announces “Indefinite Work Hiatus,” Including Upcoming Vegas Residency Email Twitter center_img The GRAMMY-winning pop star shared the message on her website and social channels, including several posts on Twitter, writing how difficult the decision was for her.”I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart,” Spears wrote.Many admirers responded to the tweet with positive messages, to which she followed up with three more posts today, one of which acknowledged the love from her fans. She said: “I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all…always.”Britney: Domination was set to take over the new Park Theater in Las Vegas starting this February, with dates set until August. The announcement on Spears’ website shares that ticket refunds are now available from the original point of service.The new residency was announced in October 2018, following the huge success of her first Vegas residency. Spears took over Sin City with Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood, which began in 2013 and was originally set as a 50-show, two-year venture. The pop legend ended up doing 248 performances in Vegas with Piece of Me, wrapping up on Dec. 31, 2017, and raking in an impressive $137.7 million total ticket sales over the four-year takeover.Coachella 2019 Lineup Revealed With Extended YouTube Live-Stream PartnershipRead more Britney Spears Hits Pause On Las Vegas Residency britney-spears-announces-indefinite-work-hiatus-including-upcoming-vegas-residency Facebook last_img read more

Dystopian attraction of Stalin era

first_imgSome of the most memorable, enduring literature has been inspired by history’s bloodiest eras – the French Revolution, trench warfare in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, the Nazi killings, the partition of India and its dangerous dislocations, the Cambodian, the Rwandan genocides and so on. But these are not only intended as harrowing records of those turbulent times but a warning against their recurrence. So is it about the Stalin era with its pervasive paranoia and fear, violent purges, mass repression, ‘justice’ dealt on torture-achieved confessions and denunciations, historical manipulation – and an over-arching personality cult. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Stalin succeeded Lenin in 1924 but it was only a decade later that the terror began. The Great Purge, targeting all institutions and supplanting any rival, would continue till 1940, when perforce halted by World War II, resume afterwards – though in smaller scale – and end only with his death in 1953. Though it was first officially acknowledged in Khrushchev’s Secret Speech at the 20th Party Congress in 1956, some authors had brought some aspects to public attention much earlier. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere are some indications in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita but the first published record is Hungarian-born British writer Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon (1940), the account of an old Bolshevik’s arrest for ‘treason’, torture for ‘confession’ and eventual execution. Though the character is called Rubashov, he may well be named Bukharin, Zinoviev, Kamenev or any other of Lenin’s old associates eliminated in the purges.George Orwell’s allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) is a sharp attack on Stalin’s rise and reign, while the more terrifying, dystopian 1984 (1949) has, as the state’s figurehead, the dark-eyed, heavy moustachioed Big Brother (an unmistakable description).Then there is Ilya Ehrenburg’s The Thaw (1954) – the first Russian work to allude to Stalinist terror, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) influencing other books on gulag existence.Even well into the new century and far from Russia, the period still attracts authors and has led to some engrossing works which recapture the tense, perilous atmosphere. The pride of place must go to Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s Sashenka (2008) and One Night in Winter (2013), both loosely linked with some common characters, both real and fictional.Sashenka begins in Tsarist St Petersburg in 1916 when the eponymous heroine – a willful teenager – spurns her privileged background to join the Bolsheviks and ends up as a secretary to Lenin. In 1939, she is long married to a leading figure of the regime, who survived the purge and is so trusted that one night Stalin and his entourage drop in for dinner.But one moment of indiscretion is all needed to unravel her and her family’s life. In the third part set in the 1990s, some dedicated researchers, funded by an Russian oligarch, uncover her shocking fate and that of her two children.One Night in Winter, set in World War II’s aftermath, is no less stomach-wrenching as the escapades of a bunch of a privileged teenagers go tragically wrong and enmesh their parents – all members of the ruling elite – in a relentless witch-hunt, powered by a power struggle between rival intelligence chiefs – Beria and Abakumov. The teenagers have to inform on each other and their parents while their siblings as young as six and 10 years are also picked up and threatened. Meanwhile, the parents have to go on as nothing has happened.Another view of the claustrophobic times and the innumerable pitfalls – especially for a honest man – is offered in William Ryan’s series about a mid-1930s Moscow police captain, probing a range of criminal cases – all with sinister political ramifications and perils galore for the investigator. Debuting in The Holy Thief (2010) where a murder case grows complicated once it is found the woman victim is American, Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev is next sent to a film location in Ukraine (The Bloody Meadow, 2011) to probe the ‘suicide’ of a woman – reportedly in a relationship with then NKVD chief Yezhov. Then he has to investigate a killing of scientists right in view of the Kremlin in The Twelfth Department (2012), while trying to ensure the safety of his family from the state.Stalin prominently features in the Inspector Pekkala series by American author Paul Watkins (pen name Sam Eastland) but these deserve separate treatment for a most innovative treatment of the era and his depiction – ranging from almost reasonable to painfully paranoid and untrustworthy. On the other hand, readers interested in historical treatment could pick up Sebag-Montefiore’s Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2005) and Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia (2007).last_img read more

LoP asks LG to inquire advocate appointments by AAP govt

first_imgThe only thing that went in favour of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the judgment of Delhi high court on Friday was the appointment of advocates but BJP has now demanded the LG to order inquiry into these appointments.“The precious public exchequer is being squandered by the CM for his upmanship. As a Leader of Opposition, I am being denied the information regarding engagement of advocates and case-wise payments made to the lawyers,” said Vijender Gupta alleging crores are being paid to the senior advocates by the Delhi government.“I urge the LG to constitute a High Level Inquiry Committee to probe into the engagement of large number of advocates and payment of crores of rupees as fees to them,” he added. He claimed that he wrote several letters to the Chief Secretary for providing information on the fee paid to the advocates but he did not provide the information so far. “The AAP government is deliberately hiding information on payments made to lawyers,” alleged Gupta. He also alleged that payment to contractual lawyers and salary to prosecutors were hiked to around 600 per cent to benefit lawyers associated with AAP.last_img read more

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first_imgMay 26, 2009 – Metaltronica, S.r.l. and Three Palm Software today announced that they have signed a partnership agreement, in which Metaltronica will distribute Three Palm Software’s WorkstationOne and CadOne products as part of its digital mammography product suite. Under this agreement, Metaltronica will have an exclusive right to distribute Three Palm Software’s products to Metaltronica customers and Metaltronica distributors worldwide. As part of this collaboration, Three Palm Software is developing a number of specific features to optimize use with Metaltronica’s digital mammography system. “We are looking forward to a long and prosperous cooperation with Three Palm Software,” said Stefano Gioia, technical manager at Metaltronica. “This partnership will allow us to offer a suite of exclusive options for our new digital mammography system. Three Palm Software’s extensive experience and expertise in this domain, allows us to compete with our larger competitors.”Metaltronica is now introducing a digital mammography product that competes with much larger companies. HELIANTHUS is a complete mammography solution optimized for digital imaging in breast cancer screening and diagnostic procedures. HELIANTHUS can be purchased with an optional professional workstation – which is WorkstationOne from Three Palm Software. Mammography computer-aided detection is another option with the purchase of HELIANTHUS, and this software option is the CadOne system from Three Palm Software. A tomosynthesis option will be available in a later release.WorkstationOne is a full-featured breast imaging workstation, with an emphasis on efficient reviewing workflow and expert viewing methodologies such as Tabar’s systematic viewing masks. WorkstationOne supports IHE mammography image profile and the display of CAD markers as well as GSPS graphic annotation. WorkstationOne is a software product that can be installed on an off-the-shelf general purpose computer with one or two gray-scale high resolution monitors and one color monitor.For more information: and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 HELIANTHUS Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | May 25, 2009 Metaltronica, Three Palm Software Partner on Mammography Workstation PreviousNext IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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 HELIANTHUS Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content WorkstationOne 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 last_img read more

Russians laud Venezuelas asylum offer to Snowden

first_imgMOSCOW — Venezuela’s offer of asylum for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got a thumbs up from key members of the Russian parliament Saturday, even as the Kremlin and Foreign Ministry kept a studious silence.“Sanctuary for Snowden in Venezuela would be the best decision,” Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament, wrote in a tweet Saturday.Pushkov, who reliably reflects the government’s position on international issues, voiced what appears to be a growing official desire to see Snowden leave after 13 days holed up in transit limbo at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. He wrote of Snowden, “He can’t live at Sheremetyevo.”Another parliamentary deputy and member of Pushkov’s committee, Alexander Babakov, told the Russian News Service on Saturday that he thinks the offer of asylum Friday from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was Snowden’s best recourse.“Given that Snowden’s U.S. passport was revoked and that he has no particular alternative, the proposal, especially coming from the mouth of the head of state, is sure to be accepted,” he said.Pushkov also argued that asylum would not cost Venezuela, because the country is already in an acute conflict with the United States. “It can’t get worse,” he wrote.The central question, though, is how Snowden might get to Venezuela. Until now, Russia has been saying he cannot fly out without proper documents, following the revocation of his U.S. passport. On Saturday, a lieutenant colonel in the FSB reserve, Anatoly Yermolin, told the radio station Ekho Moskvy that Russia could grant Snowden status as a “stateless person,” and that would allow him to leave without further complications.But a more difficult question is: by what route? Direct commercial flights from Moscow to Havana cross European airspace, and after the refusal of France, Italy and Spain to allow an overflight Tuesday by Bolivian President Evo Morales, that route would seem to be problematic for Snowden. He might have to rely on a private plane, following a roundabout course, if he were to reach Caracas.Maduro said he was offering asylum so that the former National Security Agency contractor could live “free of imperial North American persecution.”Venezuela is the first country to offer sanctuary to Snowden. On Saturday, Morales said that Bolivia is also willing to give him asylum.The 30-year-old computer whiz has reportedly requested asylum from more than 20 countries.Forero reported from Bogota, Colombia. Washington Post correspondent Emilia Diaz in Caracas, Venezuela, contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:European Parliament wants Snowden, NSA chief to testify on spying ¡Bienvenido, Señor Snowden! Bolivia threatens U.S. Embassy closing after Snowden search Putin says Snowden in Moscow as Russia rejects U.S. demandslast_img read more

Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin rem

first_img Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin remained non-committal Thursday when asked if second-year right tackle D.J. Humphries could make an appearance at left tackle this week against the Atlanta Falcons.Three days later, Arizona went with Humphries at left tackle and Ulrick John making his first career start at the right edge of the offensive line. John Wetzel, who had replaced starting left tackle Jared Veldheer when the latter when down with a season-ending injury, moved inside to right guard in place of Earl Watford. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (74) waits to take the field with teammates during the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Wetzel, who Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had praised, earned the worst grade among NFL left tackles for Week 11, according to Pro Football Focus. He was credited with allowing three quarterback hits on Palmer and five hurries, plus other plays where he was beaten which didn’t register as pressures.Between that analysis of the offensive line at hand and the possibility Watford and Iupati were banged up, Wetzel sliding to guard could be the best move for Arizona — even if it puts the inconsistent Humphries in a position requiring more responsibility.Goodwin’s “maybe, maybe not” response to starting Humphries three days before gameday was dependent on internal conversations and the injury situation. It ultimately made sense that such a drastic change would be under consideration as the Cardinals cling to their playoff hopes.“Kind of afraid to shake things up, but sometimes desperate measures, from the standpoint of depth and injuries, you’ve got to do desperate things,” Goodwin said on Thanksgiving. “Not necessarily desperate, but to make sure we’ve got the right five guys out there.“I don’t know what we’re going to do. D.J.’s been doing a decent job at right (tackle), so maybe he’ll just stay there. But at the end of the day, I don’t care who’s out there, we’ve got to do a better job of protecting Carson.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I thought the young offensive line played well until it was put in the position where it was pass, pass, pass,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told media in Atlanta after the 38-19 loss.Palmer ended up throwing for 274 yards by completing 25-of-45 passes. He was sacked two times and threw one interception in the second half as Arizona attempt the comeback.The running game produced 4.1 yards per rush on just 14 carries.For the first time this season, the Cardinals scored on their first offensive possession, driving 75 yards in more than five minutes.“I thought they played really, really well for three quarters,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi. “Up until that point, I think we played extremely well. First time we’ve scored on the first possession this year.”Guards Mike Iupati (ankle) and Watford (shoulder) were listed on the injury report this week, but neither were listed on the inactive list Sunday. While Watford came off the bench, Iupati was in the starting lineup.Beyond injuries, the Cardinals’ offensive line put together what was by far its worst performance of the year last week in Minnesota. The Vikings pressured Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer more than any team had pressure any signal-caller so far this year — 63 percent of Palmer’s dropbacks came against pressure, per Pro Football Focus. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 22 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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