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WALK OFF THE EARTH DEDICATE NEW SONG MIKES SONG TO LATE BANDMATE

first_imgMembers of Walk Off the Earth released the acoustic song on Friday, saying on Twitter its creation was “a therapeutic process” for the band. The song explores themes of moving forward while dealing with the pain of losing someone.In January, the Burlington, Ont.-based group held a memorial for Taylor in their hometown where hundreds of people gathered in deep cold weather to celebrate the musician.The all-star concert featured members of the Barenaked Ladies, Arkells and Scott Helman.THE CANADIAN PRESS Walk Off the Earth’s Mike Taylor, known as “Beard Guy” attends the announcement of the nominees for the Juno Awards at an event in Toronto on Tuesday February 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Canadian pop act Walk off the Earth are paying tribute to their late bandmate Mike Taylor with a new track named in his memory.“Mike’s Song” is an ode to their former keyboardist, who was affectionately known as “Beard Guy” by his fans.Taylor died last December from what the band said were “natural causes.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Kareena joins Irrfan in Hindi Medium 2

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan has joined actor Irrfan Khan in the sequel to Hindi Medium. A source close to the actor said: “She is playing the lead role in the film and might turn into cop mode for it.” It is also reported that the film’s sequel’s shoot will take place in London. Saket Chaudhary directorial Hindi Medium which released in 2017, starred Irrfan and Pakistani actor Saba Qamar in pivotal roles. The first part was based on India’s education system. On a happy note, the sequel will be Irrfan’s first project after he was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumour in March last year. Apart from Hindi Medium 2, Kareena will next be seen in Takht in an elaborated cast and Good News alongside Akshay Kumar.last_img

Information technology plays critical role in achieving UN objectives says Ban

Addressing a meeting at UN Headquarters on public-private partnership for ICT, Mr. Ban stressed that the world body must make the fullest possible use of ICTs in achieving its development goals and other important objectives.“We already do a great deal, but we know we can do more… much more,” he said. The Secretary-General noted that ICTs can help strengthen disaster risk reduction as well as the UN’s response when disasters do happen. Other important activities – from reporting on repression and human rights abuses and monitoring ecosystems to delivering public services, especially in health and education – can all be made more effective through ICTs.The UN itself can benefit from development in this area, thereby heightening performance while increasing accountability, he added. Mr. Ban said that the UN has made significant progress in using ICTs to improve the delivery of its services since the establishment of the UN ICT strategy in 2009, and it was done largely within existing resources. The ICT strategy is comprised of a vision, a management framework and three strategic programmes.“Yet the time has now come when we need additional financial and other support if we are to achieve truly high-impact and better results,” he stated, adding that this is where the public-private partnership on ICT can play a critical role. “It can provide sound strategic guidance as well as resources for leveraging ICT to build a better world,” said Mr. Ban.“At the same time, I am convinced that your involvement will have a significant positive impact for your own organizations. Contributing to global well-being will further reinforce your position as socially responsible citizens of the world, doing their part to advance the human condition.” 19 September 2011The United Nations must leverage the power of information and communications technology (ICT) to the fullest in its response to political, economic and environmental challenges and to improve the delivery of its services, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Canada says Lanka fostering pluralistic government

The High Commissioner of Canada, Shelley Whiting, commented that “through this agreement, TFO Canada will work with the EDB to strengthen and build capacity of SME’s in Sri Lanka, a key, if not essential, driver of economic growth” The High Commissioner added that “it will support Sri Lankan efforts to harness Sri Lanka’s economic potential well into the future.” Canada and Sri Lanka have a long-standing, broad-based relationship, in a multitude of spheres including trade, development programming and engagements with the Sri Lankan government on areas of importance such as gender human rights. Canada has stepped-up its efforts to do more business globally, as laid out in the Canadian government’s Global Markets Action Plan. Through its economic diplomacy in Sri Lanka, and in all its programs, the High Commission of Canada is renewing its interest to build stronger connections between people and businesses and look at areas for shared opportunities, expertise and benefit to further economic growth, stability and prosperity.The Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada), a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to facilitate access to the Canadian marketplace and share Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. The Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka is the premier state organization mandated to promote and develop Sri Lankan exports.The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is the Canadian government’s network of Trade professionals that promote Canadian goods and services, facilitate innovation and R&D, as well as build networks between the two countries. Through the partnership of TFO Canada and the EDB, supported by the Trade Commissioner Service in Sri Lanka, Canada anticipates a marked increase of trade between the two countries and will continue to support Sri Lanka to achieve sustained economic growth. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian Government says Sri Lanka has an opportunity to reap the economic benefits of a peace dividend by fostering a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government.The Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka said thag Sri Lanka is actively seeking to strengthen exports, and the Government of Canada has called for increased efforts to conduct bilateral trade between the two countries. The High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka today said it was pleased to announce the partnership between Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) and the Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka aimed at enhancing EDB’s capacity to assist small and medium sized Sri Lankan exporters to make further inroads into the lucrative Canadian market. TFO Canada’s activities under this agreement are financed by the government of Canada through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and falls within TFO Canada’s 2014 – 18 Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services Program. The partnership between the TFO Canada and EDB offers various benefits for Sri Lankan exporters, including increased access to information about the Canadian market. It will also increase connectivity between Canadian importers and associations with Sri Lankan exporters; capacity building of the EDB including Canadian market familiarization tours, market entry study and training programs. It is envisaged that the two institutions will harmonize their efforts to increase bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Canada. Merchandise trade volume between Sri Lanka and Canada in 2014 was USD 481 million. Total exports from Canada are valued at USD 310 million, with nearly 92% constituting wheat and lentils. Sri Lankan exports to Canada are primarily apparels and rubber products totalling USD 171 million in 2014.“In Sri Lanka, this agreement comes at a time when the Government of Sri Lanka has an opportunity to reap the economic benefits of a peace dividend by fostering a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. Sri Lanka is actively seeking to strengthen exports, and the Government of Canada has called for increased efforts to conduct bilateral trade between the two countries. There is great potential to boost our economic, trade and relationship through expanded trade and investment, including in agriculture, education and infrastructure sectors,” the High Commission said. read more

Rwanda former finance minister transferred to UN criminal tribunal for trial

In a statement issued today, the Tribunal said 51-year-old Emmanuel Ndindabahizi was arrested in Verviers, Belgium, on 12 July. He was indicted on counts of genocide, or in the alternative complicity in genocide, as well as direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity for extermination and murder. Mr. Ndindabahizi is alleged to have led a campaign against Tutsis in Kibuye prefecture, the region where he grew up and rose through the local and regional political administration to become a government minister. It is alleged that under his orders bands of police and civil militia attacked and pillaged homes, physically assaulted, raped and killed Tutsis in a systematic campaign of violence.The accused will make his initial appearance shortly before a Trial Chamber or a Judge of the Tribunal. Duty counsel has been appointed to assist him. In other news, the UN tribunal reported that Emmanuel Rukundo, former Military Chaplain in Ruhengeri prefecture, today pleaded not guilty to three counts of genocide and crimes against humanity for murder and extermination. Mr. Rukundo, 42, is alleged to have ordered, instigated, encouraged, aided and abetted the preparation and execution of Tutsis in Gitarama prefecture in 1994. In particular, the accused, who also served as Military Chaplain in Kigali in 1994 after being transferred from Ruhengeri, is said to have organized and participated in hunts for Tutsi priests and nuns in various seminaries and convents in the prefecture. He is alleged to have identified them to soldiers and Interahamwe militiamen so that they would be killed.The accused is also alleged to have been involved in mobilizing Hutus against Tutsis and to have said, “Tutsi are people to destroy. We must fight against them by all means.”Arrested in Geneva on 12 July, Mr. Rukundo was transferred to the UN detention facility in Arusha on 20 September. read more

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

HAVANA – Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications company.The 55-year-old theatre producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet.“It’s really easy to sit and find whatever you need,” Gonzalez said as he sat in his living room updating his Facebook account, listening to Uruguayan radio online and checking an arriving tourist’s landing time for a neighbour who rents rooms in their building in historic Old Havana. “Most Cubans aren’t used to this convenience.”Home internet came to Cuba last month in a limited pilot program that’s part of the most dramatic change in daily life here since the declaration of detente with the United States on Dec. 17, 2014.While Cuba remains one of the world’s least internet-connected societies, ordinary citizens’ access to the internet has exploded over the last two years. Since the summer of 2015, the Cuban government has opened 240 public Wi-Fi spots in parks and on street corners across the country. Cubans were previously restricted to decrepit state internet clubs and hotels that charged $6-$8 for an hour of slow internet.In a country with an average monthly salary of around $25, the price of an hour online has dropped to $1.50, still steep but now well within the range of many Cubans with private income or financial help from relatives abroad.The government estimates that 100,000 Cubans connect to the internet daily. A new feature of urban life in Cuba is the sight of people sitting at all hours on street corners or park benches, their faces illuminated by the screen of smartphones connected by applications such as Facebook Messenger to relatives in Miami, Ecuador or other outposts of the Cuban diaspora. Connections are made mostly through access cards sold by the state monopoly and often resold on street corners for higher prices.The spread of connectivity has remotely reunited families separated for years, even decades. It’s fueled the spread of Airbnb and other booking services that have funneled millions in business to private bed-and-breakfasts owners. And it’s exposed Cubans to a faster flow of news and cultural developments from the outside world — supplementing the widespread availability of media spread on memory drivers.Cuban ingenuity has spread internet far beyond those public places: thousands of people grab the public signals through commercially available repeaters, imported illegally into Cuba and often sold for about $100 — double the original price. Mounted on rooftops, the repeaters grab the public signals and create a form of home internet increasingly available in private rentals for tourists and cafes and restaurants for Cubans and visitors alike.On the official front, Google and Cuba’s state-run telecoms monopoly Etecsa struck a deal last month to store Google content like YouTube video on servers inside Cuba, giving people on the island faster, smoother access.While the explosion of internet in Cuba has taken place alongside the process of normalization started by Obama in 2014, it’s unclear how much better relations have speeded up Cuba’s move online.Obama said in announcing detente that he welcomed “Cuba’s decision to provide more access to the Internet for its citizens,” but neither Obama’s team nor Cuban officials have detailed whether that decision was directly linked to negotiations to restore diplomatic ties and began negotiations.What is clear is that Cuba began to dramatically increase access about six months later when the government began opening Wi-Fi spots around the country. For many Cubans, the start of home internet in December is potentially even more significant, breaking a longstanding barrier against private internet access in a country whose communist government remains deeply wary about information technology undermining its near-total control of media, political life and most of the economy.The pace of change in Cuba often depends on the state of relations with its giant neighbour to the north: both tensions with the United States and leaps forward like Obama’s visit to Havana last year have prompted crackdowns by hardliners worried about the government losing control. While President-elect Donald Trump’s administration has promised to take a harder line on Cuba, both opponents of President Raul Castro’s government and those advocating closer relations favour more access to information for ordinary Cubans.The home internet test program selected some 2,000 residents of Old Havana to receive free connections for two months before a planned expansion and the start of billing for the service. Gonzalez said he would be able to receive 30 hours of his 128 kilobyte-per-second connection for $15, with the price increasing for faster connections, with 30 hours of a 2 megabyte-per-second connection available for $115.That’s far slower and wildly more expensive than internet in most of the rest of the world. In the Dominican Republic, for example, a full month of relatively slow 2 megabyte-per-second internet, a speed most people would consider reasonable for applications such as streaming video, costs a little more than $20.Cuba depended on slow, expensive satellite internet until 2013, when it opened a fiber-optic cable to Venezuela that connected the island to the global online infrastructure.Cuba says that its still-high internet prices are a result of costs imposed by the U.S. trade embargo on the island. Independent observers blame the costs on political decisions to limit access, and on the cash-strapped socialist government’s widespread use of its monopoly power to extract as much money as possible for goods and services considered luxuries. Many young people hope that the spread of access in recent years is the start of Cuba seeing internet more as a necessity and a right, like the free education and health care guaranteed by Cuba’s socialist system.“In my dreams, I’d like for the internet to be seen like arts and culture, and, as such, to be free for the whole population, just like access to education has been for the last 50 years,” said David Vasquez, the 27-year-old director of the online magazine Cachivache Media. “It’s very hard to know what the future will bring.”___Correspondent Michael Weissenstein contributed to this report.___Andrea Rodriguez on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARodriguezAP ; Michael Weissenstein on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mweissenstein . Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow In this Jan. 6, 2017 photo, people use a public wifi hotspot in Havana, Cuba. Cuba depended on slow, expensive satellite internet until 2013, when it opened a fiber-optic cable to Venezuela that connected the island to the global online infrastructure. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) by Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2017 9:54 am MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Scots do not care if they are related to Marilyn Monroe

first_imgClan Munro USA has been forced to concede that it is rather disappointed with its findings, “surprised” that the less enthusiastic Scots did not get involved.The project began after it was discovered that an ancestor of Monroe was a soldier exiled to America after the English Civil War and launched an appeal to find more ancestors.Organisers might have been forgiven for getting their hopes up when they did eventually find one living descendant of the US actress. Marilyn Monroe in 1954  Foulis is the home of Clan Munro, acquired by a Munro chief in the early 14th century Clan Chief Hector Munro of Foulis Munro was thought to have been one of hundreds of Scottish mercenaries who fought for the Royalist cause during the English Civil War before being exiled after its defeat by Oliver Cromwell. He is thought to have eventually settled in what is now Rhode Island.The YDNA tests look at the Y chromosome which is only carried by men and is passed virtually unchanged from father to son.Colin Munro suggested any potential links with Marilyn may be a little spurious.“We are talking about more than ten generations ago and of course, Marilyn didn’t have this Y chromosome at all,” he added. “We found one Scot who shares DNA with Marilyn Monroe’s relatives. He has a close DNA match,” revealed Margaret Bardin of Clan Munro USA, Texas.“He lived in the north-east of Scotland and has Scottish heritage but moved to Birmingham. That gentleman participated as a favour and we paid for his testing.“He has not continued to correspond with me. We have to respect his privacy.”The Clan Munro Association appears to have washed its hands of the whole affair, pointing anyone interested in the DNA project firmly in the direction of America.“Do not contact the Clan Munro website about DNA matters”, it declares on its website. “The contact is the (US based) Munro DNA Project.”Hector Munro, 67, chief of the Munro clan, acknowledged that there was a vast difference in attitudes between the Americans and their Scottish counterparts when it came to tracing their lineage. Scots, the American genealogists have learned, are not interested in finding out if they are related to an American actress, even if she was one of the most biggest stars of all time.Colin Munro, of the Scottish Clan Munro Association, spoke of a disdain for being lectured about their heritage by the American side of the family.He said: “Scots think they know who they are and don’t want to find out if they’re wrong.“It could also be that many Scots do not believe anything is really free.” Marilyn Monroe in 1954 Credit:AP Clan Munro Clan Munro Research based on DNA from a paternal relative of her grandfather, Otis Elmer Monroe, found a link to a John Munroe, a soldier from Aldie, near the small town of Tain on the coast of the Dornoch Firth, who travelled to America in the 17th century. “The Scots think they know their history so they aren’t as keen to get involved,” he said.“The further people get away from the Highlands, the more interested they are. It’s about capturing that feeling of belonging.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Munro, from Dingwall in the Highlands, said the ultimate aim of the project was to broaden the Munro DNA database and that the Marilyn link had likely been used as something of a hook to capture the imagination.“Obviously, she is rather iconic,” he added. “They tried it with James Monroe, the fifth US president, but didn’t get any takers.“I suppose they thought if they threw in a bit of sex they might get a different result but I don’t think it has.”Mr Munro also noted that Brits were “a bit more reserved” than Americans and rather more reticent about handing over personal information.Clan Munro USA launched its offer of free DNA testing to Munro men of Highland origin last summer, to coincide with what would have been Monroe’s 90th birthday.The Some Like It Hot star, who died aged 36 in 1962 of a drugs overdose, was born Norma Jeane Mortenson but took her screen name from her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe. The search for Scottish relatives of screen icon Marilyn Monroe was launched amid much fanfare and huge optimism.The American descendants of the Scottish Munro clan had excitedly discovered that long lost cousins of the glamorous Hollywood icon hailed from a remote town in the blustery Highlands.Soon after they began testing the DNA of locals, to their joy, Clan Munro USA found a match. However, amid deepening suspicion from the Scottish side of the family, the trail appears to have rather run cold.The one Munro found to be related to Marilyn Monroe failed to respond to any contact from the Americans, suggesting he wants nothing to do with the project, even after volunteering his DNA. Foulis is the home of Clan Munro, acquired by a Munro chief in the early 14th century Clan Chief Hector Munro of Foulislast_img read more

Women who breastfeed are far less likely to suffer a stroke in

Protection against stroke associated with breastfeeding was greater in some ethnic groups than others, the study found. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Women who have breastfed at least one child are less likely to suffer a stroke later in life, new research has shown. Other studies have found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.The latest finding emerged from data on more than 80,000 women with an average age of 63.7 in the US.All were participants in the Women’s Health Initiative, a large on-going study of health and lifestyle in post-menopausal women.Every one of the women had given birth, and six in ten reported ever having breastfed.The study found stroke risk was a 23 per cent lower in women who had breastfed compared with those who had not.More time spent breastfeeding was associated with a greater reduction in risk.Lead researcher Dr Lisette Jacobson, from the University of Kansas, said: “Recent findings point to the benefits of breastfeeding on heart disease and other specific cardiovascular risk factors.”If you are pregnant, please consider breastfeeding as part of your birthing plan and continue to breastfeed for at least six months to receive the optimal benefits for you and your infant.” For white Caucasian women, the risk reduction was 21 per cent, but for black women it was 48 per cent and for Hispanic women 32 per cent.The research had only demonstrated an association between breastfeeding and lower stroke risk and not a cause-and-effect relationship, the scientists pointed out.Dr Jacobson added: “Breastfeeding is only one of many factors that could potentially protect against stroke. Others include getting adequate exercise, choosing healthy foods, not smoking and seeking treatment if needed to keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in the normal range.”The research is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. read more

Ugly confrontation as ICE officers arrest illegal Guyanese man in NY

A Queens, New York woman tried to block federal immigration officers from arresting her Guyanese husband Tuesday morning, prompting a standoff when neighbours started ripping into President Donald Trump, law-enforcement sources said.Hardat Sampat (left) (New York Daily News photo)According to a report in today’s New York Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers went to detain the woman’s illegal-immigrant husband, Hardat Sampat, after he had been released from jail on burglary and other charges, sources said.The officers stopped the couple’s car at about 10 a.m., on a one-way street at the corner of 101st Avenue and 112th Street near his home in Richmond Hill, sources said.They took Sampat into custody, but his wife, the driver, refused to move the vehicle, blocking them from driving away, the New York Post reports.ICE then called the NYPD for assistance. By the time cops arrived, a half-dozen people were gathered and protesting the arrest, an NYPD source said. The group directed its anger at cops and the president.Police eventually convinced the wife to move the car, and ICE drove away with Sampat, a source said.No other arrests were made. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: NY Guyanese edgy on Trump’s immigration round upFebruary 17, 2017In “Letters”Guyanese among Caribbean nationals detained during US immigration sweepNovember 30, 2017In “latest news”2 Guyanese “immigration violators” among 46 arrested in ICE NY operationJanuary 24, 2018In “Regional” read more

Greek MP Terens Quick shocked by the news of Archbishop Stylianos death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quick said that he was “shocked” when he heard the news of Australian Archishop Stylianos’ death while attending the Greek Independence Day function organised by the Greek Consulate on Monday night.A moment of silence was held in the Archibishop’s honour.Mr Quick expressed his condolences following the Nostos meeting with his Egyptian and Cypriot counterparts on Tuesday morning.He said that despite problems over the years, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos was always a “man of his word”.READ MORE: Reactions to the passing of Archbishop Stylianos“He will be with the Virgin Mary. We’ll hold onto the image of a religious leader who had strength but who knew when to stand back to unify rather than cause dissent,” he told Neos Kosmos. He has already expressed his condolences to Archbishop Seraphim. “Tomorrow I’ll be in Sydney to see him sleeping from up close and light a candle near where he will be sleeping,” he said.last_img read more

Des cristaux de quartz pour comprendre les séismes

first_imgDes cristaux de quartz pour comprendre les séismesDes géophysiciens américains ont découvert que les dépôts souterrains de quartz pouvaient être associés à la survenue d’évènements géologiques tels que les séismes ou la formation de montagnes.Publiée hier dans la revue Nature, l’extraordinaire découverte pourrait bien résoudre une énigme vieille de plusieurs siècles. En étudiant la composition des roches au niveau de montagnes et de failles, deux géophysiciens de l’Université d’Utah aux États-Unis et de l’Université de Londres sont parvenus à révéler la présence de cristaux de quartz. Un élément qui pourrait selon eux, expliquer la formation et la localisation des failles de séismes, des montagnes, des vallées et des plaines.À lire aussiUne monstrueuse avalanche filmée dans le Nord de l’IndeEn utilisant des données recueillies par des instruments sismiques, Anthony Lowrey et Marta Perez-Gussinye ont examiné la température et la gravité de la roche dans plusieurs régions des États-Unis de l’Ouest afin de décrire les propriétés géologiques de la croûte terrestre. Ils ont ainsi découvert que quelque soit la localisation des montagnes et des failles, la roche contenait des dépôts de quartz. Grâce à une technologie de télédétection, ils ont alors révélé que l’élément indiquait une faiblesse de la croûte capable d’engendrer des séismes ou des volcans. Mais ce n’est pas tout.Selon les chercheurs, les cristaux de quartz pourraient aussi jouer un rôle dans la dérive des continents, en raison de l’eau qu’ils renferment. En effet, lorsque ceux-ci chauffent sous la pression, ils libèrent l’eau piégée, permettant à la roche de glisser et de flotter. Un processus baptisé “cycle visqueux” qui serait en phase active au Japon et qui expliquerait la glissée de la plaque tectonique asiatique sous la plaque nord-américaine lors du séisme de vendredi dernier. Si cette théorie se confirme, elle pourrait aider les scientifiques à évaluer la probabilité et la force des séismes dans certaines régions, que l’on croyait autrefois géologiquement inactives.Le 18 mars 2011 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

This Drones Main Purpose Is To Spot Sharks From The Sky

first_imgStay on target No one ever wants to accidentally run into a shark while having fun hanging out and swimming in the ocean. But what can you actually do about it? It’s not like you can psychically predict the likelihood of running into a shark while you’re trying to have a good time. Luckily, modern tech has advanced to a point where we can use the tech we have to combat problems like this in intelligent ways.And by intelligent ways, I mean by using drones that use shark-spotting software to find where sharks may be laying in wait, about to attack unsuspecting beachgoers. The drone was developed utilizing special software by Australian scientists to look for sharks near the shore and will, in fact, make sure swimmers are alerted via megaphone.The drone can even tell the difference between sharks, swimmers, and other types of denizens of the sea, with better accuracy than humans can. So you could try to swim around wearing fake shark fins or something silly like this, and the drone would be having none of it. It’s funny to laugh at, but it’s seriously a very helpful piece of tech that could help save a lot of lives, especially in Australia, where shark attack encounters ranked second in the country.This kind of tech is clearly quite useful, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it start springing up in places around the rest of the world. Shark attacks are obviously no joke, and the more we can do to keep people safe from these unprovoked attacks, which can end up in a loss of life and limbs, the better. As drone tech improves and we’re able to do even more with the machines and software going forward, this may even be able to be applied to other threats in nature as well.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more

Seized rice auctioned

first_imgZaheerabad: Auction of seized rice was organized at stock point of civil supplies department under the supervision of Tahsildar on Tuesday. Civil Supplies Deputy Tahsildar Suresh, Basayya, Prabhakar and others participated in the programme.last_img

AirAsia slashes fares on select routes

first_imgBudget airline AirAsia and AirAsia X — the long haul budget airline service from AirAsia — announced Sunday promotional fares across various sectors on both domestic and the international circuits. The company is calling it the Big Sale.The carrier said the promotion will help connect travellers across 22 countries to over 100 destinations. The promotional all inclusive fares start from Rs 1,099 on domestic destinations such as Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Kochi, Imphal, Goa and Delhi. The connectivity on these routes will be provided by AirAsia’s India arm, AirAsia India.Travellers can fly to Kuala Lumpur from Kochi, Chennai or Hyderabad for Rs 2,999 onwards. The connectivity on these sectors will be provided by AirAsia Berhad. Tickets to Bangkok from Chennai and Hyderabad — a sector connected by Thai AirAsia — are priced upward of Rs 3,999. The week-long promotion started March 7. The travel window for the tickets ranges between October 1, 2016 and May 22, 2017.”We have introduced many new and undiscovered routes throughout the region and grabbing a promo Seat in the Big Sale is the best way to discover new destinations,” Siegtraund Teh, chief commercial officer of the AirAsia Group, said in a statement, adding: “Guests from around the region can take advantage of our Fly-Thru service to connect to many exciting AirAsia X destinations such as Auckland, Sapporo, Tokyo, Gold Coast, Sydney and more.”The promotion comes at a time when AirAsia India continues to make losses.last_img read more

No GST on sale of old gold vehicles Report

first_imgAn Indian salesperson calculates the price of gold bracelets at a jeweller in Hyderabad on July 22, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIn what should come as a welcome relief, the Centre said the sale of old gold won’t be subject to 3 percent goods and services tax (GST). Similarly, it also clarified that sale of old vehicles by individuals also won’t attract GST, according to a media report.”Even though the sale of old gold by an individual is for a consideration, it cannot be said to be in the course or furtherance of his business (as selling old gold jewellery is not the business of the said individual), and hence does not qualify to be a supply per se,” the Indian Express reported, quoting a government of India statement.Also read: GST Impact: Auto, banking companies to see muted first quarter performance – Report”Accordingly, the sale of old jewellery by an individual to a jeweller will not attract the provisions of Section 9(4) and jeweller will not be liable to pay tax under reverse charge mechanism (RCM) on such purchases,” the statement further said.But if the transaction in old gold entails sale by an unregistered supplier to a registered one, the provisions of GST will apply.The clarification lays to rest a controversy that started after revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia, during the course of a GST Masterclass, said transactions in old gold will be taxed under the new regime, the Indian Express said.The logic will be applied to old cars and scooters also, the newspaper said, citing revenue officials.Read: Discounts and prices in the two-wheeler segmentThe uncertainty prevailing in various sectors over the implementation of GST would not only reflect in weak Q1 numbers, but also stay for a quarter or two more, according to an analyst.last_img read more

Robert was a bad guy Muhith

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul MuhithFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Monday called former World Bank president Robert Zoellick a ‘bad guy’.He was speaking at a programme at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) office in Dhaka.”There was a president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick. He is a very bad guy, a worthless person. That worthless person, on his last day at office, raised an allegation against Bangladesh – that we were hatching a conspiracy to appoint a consultant of our choice in Padma bridge project,” said the finance minister.He said, “In fact, he was eyeing some money. Too bad he got nothing. But the conspiracy was:  Zoellick cancelled the [World Bank’s] loan for the Padma bridge project. And he did that without any approval of the board. Luckily for us, he left the office that very day,” Muhith told the programme.Economic adviser to the prime minister Masihur Rahman, former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain and NBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan were also present at the programme.”We four were the victims of Zoellick blueprint. But in public it was five people. First, the prime minister, then it was and Syed Abul Hossain. Masihur Rahman was fourth and Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, the then communications secretary, the fifth person to suffer,” the minister said, adding, “We tried our best to satisfy the World Bank.””The PM and me then fought against this decision. And then the new WB president admitted that it was a mistake to cancel the project. They wanted to resume it, but with some added terms and conditions. But we decided that we would do it with our own funds,” Muhith said.”The big news is that the Padma bridge is happening. Next June you will be able to use that bridge. Communications minister Obaidul Quader wanted it in December, but that will not be possible as all the spans have not come yet.During the programme, Syed Abul Hossain was honoured as the highest tax payer in Dhaka City Corporation last year and as member of a Tax Hero (Kar Bahadur) family in Dhaka district.Ten companies that paid the highest amount of VAT at the Dhaka International Trade Fair were also rewarded at the ceremony. Walton High-Tech Industries Limited topped the list, followed by Rangs Electronics, Hatil Complex, CP Bangladesh, RFL, Butterfly Marketing, Durable Plastic, Akhter Mattress, Rangpur Metal Industries and Agricultural Marketing Company Limited.last_img read more

Photo fest on sustainable development kicksoff

first_imgThe second edition of ‘Habitat Photosphere’, a year-long photography festival conceptualised and curated by Dr Alka Pande and initiated by India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, has finally kicked off. The event – which revolves around the theme of sustainable development, commenced with the announcement of this edition’s four awardees of the Photosphere fellowship. Selected through an open call for application process, the four photographers – Juhi Saklani (New Delhi), Thulasi Kakkat (Kochi), Zishaan Akhbar Latif (Mumbai) and Syed Adnan Ahmed (Rajasthan) – have been given a Rs 2 lakh grant to produce a significant body of work that will be exhibited during the grand finale of the festival, slated for February – March, 2019. The awardees will be mentored throughout the year by an eminent panel of photographers including Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Parthiv Shah and Prabir Purkayastha. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHabitat Photosphere will bring together the spheres of photography and sustainability, through fellowship and mentorship, followed by a month-long grand finale of exhibitions, workshops, talks and screenings at India Habitat Centre. In addition, there will also be curated events and exhibitions on the theme of sustainability. The festival is followed up with a photo-book titled ‘Visual Arts Journal 2018 Photography: Art, Archive, Document’ that aims to position itself as a handbook of diverse scholarly works on photography from prominent authors, curators, and art practitioners. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr. Alka Pande, Festival Director, Habitat Photosphere stated: “We are a festival with a green conscience. While the first edition dealt with the subject of Panchtattvas (five elements) under the meta-narrative of sustainable development, this year’s focus will be on cultural sustainability, which is as relevant and pertinent as ecology and environment, and in fact, impact it as well. Also this year, there was a shortlist round where eight candidates were first shortlisted, and from which the final four were then selected.” Delhi-based Juhi Saklani’s photographs will be of trees and roots that grow out of the old walls and buildings, out of unexpected spaces. The idea is to emphasise the synergy and interconnectedness of life. The performative silhouette of the artist placed amongst these surroundings explores this interconnection. Thulasi Kakkat focuses on the eco-cultural significance of Theyyam, a ritualistic form of worship from Kerala. An unmistakable umbilical link existed between Theyyam, with its organic accouterments drawn from nature, and the biodiversity-rich wilderness of the sacred groves (Kaavus) home to Malabar’s pantheistic deities. A government report published in 1956 had identified some 10,000 Kaavus in various parts of Kerala. Fifty years hence, in 2015, just about 1,200 of them survived. Development has ushered most Theyyams out of what remained of the groves to built structures with open spaces engirdled by high compound walls.Speaking about the work, Kakkat said: “My aim is to document the surviving Kaavus with their integral Theyyam deities. I seek to explore the strong underpinning of eco-feminism that remains embedded in Theyyam, with its subaltern ecological identity that is at war with its own opportunistic transformation.”Syed Adnan Ahmed is dealing with the culturally and socially sensitive subject of rooster combat where animals are pitted against each other resulting in fatal injuries and pain.Zishaan Akhbar Latif is developing work around the “withering” away of the river Majuli in Assam, with an aim to speak to about larger consequence of climate change and those who continue to deny its ​existence. The primary sponsor for Habitat Photosphere 2018-19 is Dalmia Bharat.last_img read more

Recap A500 reopens following police incident

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.19:14All lanes open Very slow traffic due to earlier police incident on A500 D Road in both directions from A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) to A500 (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Sideway Roundabout on the Northbound carriageway and towards Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off on the Southbound carriageway. All lanes have been re-opened.The road re-opened around 19:05, following a closure that had been extended down to City Road Interchange as of 17:55. 18:51Latest from InrixA500 D Road in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to police incident from A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) to A500 (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Sideway Roundabout on the Northbound carriageway and towards Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off on the Southbound carriageway.The closure which was only small has been extended down to City Road Interchange as of 17:55. 18:29Traffic queuingTraffic queuing due to the police incident tonight (Image: Reader)18:26Delays of 45 minutesSome motorists are now saying they haven’t moved for more than 45 minutes.18:24What we know so farThe A500 is closed in both directions at Shelton New Road due to a police incidentReports suggest a man is on the bridgeLong queues are reported on the D-road in both directions.Buses are being diverted due to Shelton New Road also being closed18:21Congestion on surrounding roadsCongestion is reported on surrounding roads as a result of the incident.18:14Police at the scenePolice at the scene on the A500 this evening (Image: StokeonTrentLive Reader)18:13Congestion reported down long stretch of A500 Congestion to Sideway Roundabout on the Northbound carriageway and towards Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off on the Southbound carriageway. 18:09Long delays reportedMotorists in the area are reporting long delays.18:06Reports of man on bridgeA number of eyewitnesses report a man is standing on the bridge. 18:01Buses being divertedA First Potteries spokesman said: “Due to a Police incident on Shelton New Road has been closed so service 101 will be diverting through Stoke in both directions. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”17:57Closure extendedThe closure which was only small has been extended down to City Road Interchange as of 5.55pm, according to traffic data company Inrix. Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Police  closed the A500 in both directions due to a ‘police incident’ tonight (Wednesday March 20). The D-road was blocked in both directions due to the ‘police incident’ from A53 Etruria Road ( Basford  Roundabout) to B5045 due to a man on the bridge on Shelton New Road. The dual carriageway was first shut at around 5.40pm and rteopened at around 7.05pm according to traffic data company Inrix. Congestion was also reported on surrounding routes. More as we get it on the live feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

OCC Considers New Innovation in the Banking System

first_img May 11, 2016 464 Views Banks Fintechs National Bank Charters OCC 2016-05-11 Seth Welborn OCC Considers New Innovation in the Banking System Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Technology For a couple of months, the financial industry has been talking about the possibility of a national bank charter for non-bank financial technology companies (fintechs, or companies that use technology to make financial services more efficient) even though such a charter has not been issued since the financial crisis.In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that national banks’ federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), has been gathering information for a white paper on new companies and how they relate to banks—and where there is room for innovation in the federal banking system.The advantage of an entity having a national bank charter is that the entity would be allowed to operate under a uniform federal standard without being held back by state or local regulations. But there are many questions to consider when weighing the possibility of a national bank charter for fintechs.“I think the industry is discussing a national charter for non-bank financial technology companies because they recognize the value of having a uniform set of standards that applies across the country and a single primary regulator,” said Deputy Comptroller Kay Kowitt, head of the OCC’s Innovation Framework Development Team. “While that may make a lot of business sense, determining whether a national bank charter is right for these companies requires answering many important questions. Are these companies providing products and services that banks are authorized to offer? What are the prudential requirements for these types of institutions? Does a more limited-purpose charter make sense? If a national charter makes sense, are existing chartering authorities sufficient or does it require new authority? These are the sorts of questions that the OCC framework for responsible innovation will help answer, at least for the federal banking system.”“The OCC is taking exactly the kind of progressive approach to financial innovation that exemplifies why the United States is the best marketplace in the world.”Fundrise CEO Ben MillerThe OCC’s engagement and research on the possibility of a bank charter for fintechs has the industry buzzing in a positive way. One fintech that welcomes the possibility is Fundrise, a real estate investment company.“The OCC is taking exactly the kind of progressive approach to financial innovation that exemplifies why the United States is the best marketplace in the world,” Fundrise CEO and co-founder Ben Miller said. “An engaged regulator provides companies like Fundrise a thought partner as we use the power of the Internet to revolutionize how investing works.”Many banks are just now beginning to embrace fintechs and consider the possibilities of partnering with them instead of viewing them as competitors. In mid-March, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry said in an address that even though many tech-savvy consumers prefer the conveniences a fintech offers, it would be “wrong to assume” that fintechs would replace banks. In another address at the end of March, Curry stressed the need for banks to be innovative to keep up with fintechs but at the same time he emphasized the differences between “responsible” innovation and just plain innovation.last_img read more

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