People with more than two children should not be given voting rights, govt benefits: Ramdev

first_imgYoga guru Baba Ramdev on January 23 called to revoke government benefits to those people who bear more than two children, and that such people should not be eligible to even vote. “Those who have more than 2 children, their voting rights should be taken away & they shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Don’t let them use govt schools, hospitals, & don’t give them govt jobs. Population will be controlled automatically,” said Ramdev.last_img

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Copycat papers flag continuing headache in China

first_imgSHANGHAI, CHINA—Two computational biologists searching for trends in journals indexed in the search engine PubMed stumbled across signs that China’s paper-selling companies remain active, 1 year after Science published a detailed undercover investigation describing a highly sophisticated and lucrative industry.Guillaume Filion of the Centre for Genomic Regulation and Lucas Carey from Pompeu Fabra University, both in Barcelona, downloaded all PubMed records for papers published between January 2012 and this past April. Combing over the abstracts for those 2 million papers using a big data technique called natural language processing, they isolated terms that spiked in use in 2014.They hoped to find “new topics about to detonate,” Filion says. Not surprisingly, they found an uptick in papers mentioning cutting-edge topics like CRISPR, a gene-editing technique that was named a runner-up for Science’s 2013 Breakthrough of the Year, and lncRNA, or long non-coding RNA, an unusually long form of RNA that is now a hot topic in genomics. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But alongside those more predictable trends, one term stuck out: a little-known database run by the Research Council for Complementary Medicine in London called CISCOM, or the Centralised Information Service for Complementary Medicine. Until 2013, the scholars note, the term “CISCOM” appeared in only two to three papers per year. In February, the database began cropping up once a week.Looking more closely, Filion and Carey found a group of 32 papers on varying topics that nonetheless shared some curious characteristics. All were meta-analysis or review papers that analyzed already-published data in CISCOM, along with more commonly used databases like Google Scholar, PubMed, and Web of Science. Moreover, all originated in China, from 28 different research groups spread out across several cities.Filion, who described what he calls the “disturbingly similar” papers in a blog post published on 4 October, set out with Carey to determine what was going on. They downloaded complete versions of the 25 papers to which they had access through various institutional subscriptions or other means. (All but two papers are behind a pay wall.) Running the papers through the plagiarism detection program iThenticate turned up no red flags.But the discussion sections of all the papers contain similar statements, with only minor changes. For example, one paper reads, “Importantly, the inclusion criteria of cases and controls were not well defined in all included studies and thus might have influenced our results.” Another states, “Importantly, the inclusion criteria of cases and controls were not well defined in all included studies, which might also have influenced our results.”Four of the papers include the same grammatical error—the extraneous “had” in “our results had lacked sufficient statistical power.” But in mapping out the relationships among the papers, the duo noticed that the writers seemed to be drawing from multiple templates. That suggests, Filion says, “that the writers actively shuffle the texts”—a method of evading plagiarism detection software known as text laundering.Most of the papers were submitted in late 2013, making it impossible that some authors plagiarized others after publication. Filion and Carey thus hypothesized that the papers might all be the work of a single company. With help from Yao Yu, a geneticist at Fudan University in Shanghai, the scholars identified an outfit whose website advertises tailored meta-analysis papers and contacted the company to inquire about its services. The company reportedly offers meta-analysis papers for journals with an impact factor of 2 or 3 for about $10,000.A 5-month investigation published in Science last year found dozens of similar companies offering an array of services aimed at securing publication in journals indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Science Citation Index, Thomson Reuters’ Social Sciences Citation Index, or Elsevier’s Engineering Index—which at many Chinese institutions are critical to securing promotions. In addition to preparing original papers from scratch with data provided by their clients, China’s paper-selling companies fabricate data, arrange to add scientists’ names to already accepted papers, and sell finished manuscripts.Among the most popular options for finished manuscripts are meta-analyses, perhaps because they require no original data. One legitimate analysis published in PLOS ONE in June 2013 found that from 2003 to 2011, meta-analysis papers from China rose more than 16 times faster than did such papers from the United States. Combing PubMed for other trends might turn up more evidence of malfeasance. But Filion says he and Carey now plan to turn their attention to other topics: “We are not witch-hunters, we are big data analysts.”last_img read more

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CWG 2014: Sukhen Dey gets India’s second gold, Ganesh Mali bags bronze

first_imgIndia’s Sukhen Dey has won the gold medal with a splendid lift in the clean and jerk. His compatriot Ganesh Mali took the bronze.Dey comfortably lifted 139 kg in his second attempt even as the other weightlifters made heavy weather of it.Dey, who won a silver behind Hamizan Aminul Ibrahim in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago with a total of 252 kg, ended up here with a total weight of 248 kg, leaving Malaysia’s ZMD Pisol with the silver and teammate Mali with the bronze with a total weight of 244.Incidentally, Srinivasa Rao, who won the bronze in Delhi, lifted 248 kg.last_img

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La Liga Real Madrid vs Granada Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img footballGranadala ligala liga 2019-20 First Published: October 5, 2019, 7:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. After two years of domestic disappointment, Zinedine Zidane said in April that La Liga would be Real Madrid’s priority this season and they remain unbeaten, as they get ready to face Granada and have three consecutive clean sheets in the league.Yet aside from an excellent win away at Sevilla last month, Zidane’s team have looked laboured, particularly at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the tension and frustration in the stands has regularly taken hold on the pitch. Eden Hazard has been sluggish and the midfield stodgy. On the other hand, Thibaut Courtois was unavailable after he did not play the second half of Madrid’s 2-2 draw vs Club Brugge in the Champions League. It was reported that Courtois had been diagnosed with anxiety, even though Madrid denied it and said he was suffering from acute gastroenteritis. Marcelo also misses due to a leg injury.Promoted after finishing second in Segunda last term, Diego Martinez’s Granada have made a remarkable start, even if their coach feigns ignorance about their heady place in the table.”We are not interested,” he said last month. “I don’t look at the table. In May, I will.”La Liga 2019 Real Madrid Line-up vs Granada: Alphonse Areola; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Odriozola; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.La Liga 2019 Granada Line-up vs Real Madrid: Rui Silva; Carlos Neva, German Sanchez, Domingos Duarte, Victor Diaz; Angel Montoro, Ramon Azeez, Yangel Herrera; Darwin Machis, Roberto Soldado, Antonio Puertas.Where to watch La Liga Real Madrid vs Granada live in India?Real Madrid vs Granada will commence at 7.30PM on Saturday, October 5. The La Liga 2019 Real Madrid vs Granada match will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. The La Liga Real Madrid vs Granada match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Real Madrid vs Granada live streaming?The Real Madrid vs Granada live stream will be available on Facebook app and facebook.com website in India. last_img read more

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ESPN Analyst Is Predicting A Major Upset On Saturday

first_imgA pass being broken up by an Oklahoma State player.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: A.J. Green #4 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys defends a pass intended for Lorenzo Joe #14 of the Texas Longhorns in overtime at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Week 8 of the 2018 college football season featured the biggest upset of the year, with then-No. 2 Ohio State falling on the road in a blowout to Purdue.What upsets do we have in store for Week 9?ESPN has released its analysts’ predictions for the biggest games of the weekend. A couple of them are predicting a major upset.Texas, the No. 6 team in the country, is set to play at Oklahoma State on Saturday night. Can the Longhorns avoid an upset?Three ESPN analysts don’t think so.ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, Joel Anderson and David M. Hale are all picking Oklahoma State to upset Texas.This would shake up the College Football Playoff picture once again, as the Longhorns are currently the favorite in the Big 12.You can view the full picks here.last_img read more

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Seven Workers Die at PEMEX Offshore Platform in Mexico

first_imgzoom Seven workers died on Wednesday, June 11 at the construction site of a PEMEX offshore drilling platform in Veracruz, Mexico, Empresas ICA, a Mexico-based holding company confirmed on Friday.Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in the Gulf of MexicoThe ill-fated workers were dismantling a scaffolding from the Ayatsil – C Platform, which is under construction for Mexico’s Pemex, when their “man basket”, supported by a Manitowoc 600 ton crane, fell from a height of 40 meters. An eighth person sustained severe injuries when the basket struck down the workers below.The probe into the accident’s cause is underway.Pemex awarded the platform construction contract, worth $95 million, to ICA Fluor, a joint venture between ICA and Texas-based Fluor Corporation, in 2012.The platform is intended to mobilize for the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in the Gulf of Mexico.The accident comes only three months after a Pemex worker, hurt in a platform fire at the Cantarell oilfield, died having sustained fatal injuries.World Maritime News Staff, June 16, 2014; Image: Pemexlast_img read more

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Investing in Community Transportation for Cape Breton

first_img “Strengthening community transportation is truly a strategic investment in the economic and social development of the community and this pilot is very encouraging,” said Eric Leviten-Reid, chair, of the CBRM community transportation working group. “Over the last three years, we have consulted widely with residents and come to appreciate how access to transportation affects all aspects of people’s lives – getting to work, accessing basic needs like groceries and health services, obtaining education, participating in the social and recreational life of the community.” The municipality has identified community geography, demographics and economic conditions as major factors impacting the transit service and limiting growth. As part of the Culture Action Plan’s mandate to strengthen communities, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is developing a plan to improve access to community transportation across the province with a focus on rural communities and older Nova Scotians. Government is investing in Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s (CBRM)community transit system to help ensure more people have access to affordable, accessible and reliable community transportation. Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, March 5, an investment of $500,000 for a Transit Cape Breton pilot project. It is part of government’s $20 million commitment towards poverty reduction. Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population. “We are working with our partners to help reduce barriers to ensure more people have accessible, affordable and reliable transportation. This is critical to ensure our communities remain strong, connected and vibrant,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Whether it is older adults, our most vulnerable citizens, or international students, we need to provide a community transportation system that helps them remain in their homes, stay connected to their jobs or university and provides better access to important services such as health.” The pilot is designed to create transit opportunities that do not exist and improve growth and development of community transportation. The investment is for two years and will include: a pilot study for Sunday service in certain areas new scheduling and increased frequency of service improvement to routes, including additional service to Cape Breton University bus tracking technology and improved signslast_img read more

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Atlantic Canadas Auditors General Followup Report Finds Risks to Atlantic Lottery Corporation

first_img New Brunswick: http://www.agnb-vgnb.ca Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.ag.gov.nl.ca Nova Scotia: http://www.oag-ns.ca Prince Edward Island: http://www.assembly.pe.ca/auditorgeneral Today, the auditors general of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island released the results of their joint follow-up report on the status of implementing recommendations from their joint audit of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). Released in 2016, the joint audit focused on the corporate governance and operations of ALC. In total, the auditors general made 25 recommendations: nine to the four shareholder governments and 16 to the board and management of the corporation. All recommendations were accepted with the exception of two addressed to the four shareholder governments. After two years, the auditors general are pleased to report all 16 recommendations specific to the ALC and management were implemented. While shareholder governments have made progress towards implementing recommendations, the auditors general found they only fully implemented two of nine (22 per cent) recommendations. Further, the shareholder governments still do not intend to implement two recommendations relating to the role of government officials and public servants on the ALC Board. Failure to implement these recommendations risks impeding the Board’s fiduciary duty to the corporation and its overall effectiveness in providing sound governance. The auditors general reiterate the importance to shareholder governments of implementing all recommendations in a timely manner to improve governance and business agility of ALC and enhance its public accountability and transparency. The follow-up report is available at each auditor general’s website:last_img read more

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NBCC reports 1514 rise in profit for FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: NBCC (India) Ltd., the State-owned Navratna CPSE under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has announced its Audited Finance Results for the quarter and financial year ended March 31, 2019. For the financial year ended March 31, 2019, the company has reported standalone net profit of Rs. 384.11 crore as against net profit of Rs. 333.60 crore during the previous financial year, representing a healthy growth of 15.14 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe standalone total income for the financial year 2018-19 stood at Rs. 7432.22 crore as compared to Rs. 6011.14 crore in the previous year, seeing a growth of 23.64 per cent. The consolidated total income for FY2018-19 stood at Rs 10151.37 crore as compared to Rs 8609.62 crore in the previous financial year. For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, the Company’s standalone total income stood at Rs. 2424.09 crore as against Rs. 2223.32 crore of Q4 of the previous year. The net profit for the period stood at Rs. 152.75 crore as compared to Rs. 141.65 crore in the corresponding quarter in the previous year. Commenting on the results, Rajendra Chaudhari, Director (Commercial), NBCC said, “The financial performace of the company is very encouraging going forward. In the FY19-20, we shall be extra determined and fast track our steps to successfully accomplish a strong market share growth as well as enhance our topline & bottomline numbers while fulfilling the expectations riding on NBCC by the government, our stakeholders and the citizens.” Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefCommenting on the results, Neelesh Shah, Director (Projects), NBCC said, “It is heartening that we have sustained the performance trajectory of the company and achieved commendable results in the past year.” A preferred partner of the Government for infrastructure projects, NBCC’s 93 per cent of business revenue comes under PMC segment which has grown by leaps and bounds, touching an order book of more than Rs. 85,000 crore. During FY19, NBCC bagged various projects like AIIMS- Bilaspur & Jharkhand, IIM-Ranchi &Vishakhapatnam, IIT Bhubhneshwar, redevelopment of WHO Office, projects under Central govt schemes of PMGSY & Namami Gange and other projects in different Indian states.last_img read more

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Now file GST annual returns till Nov 30

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance ministry on Monday said the last date for filing annual GST returns has been extended by three months to November 30 as taxpayers were facing technical problems in furnishing returns. Earlier, GST taxpayers were to file required returns by August 31. “It is hereby informed that the last date for furnishing of annual return in the Form GSTR-9/Form GSTR-9A and reconciliation statement in the Form GSTR-9C for the financial year 2017-18 is extended from August 31, 2019 to November 30, 2019,” the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsGSTR 9 is an annual return to be filed yearly by taxpayers registered under the Goods and Services Tax. It consists of details regarding the outward and inward supplies made or received under different tax heads. While extending the date, the CBIC said “certain technical problems are being faced” by the taxpayers as a result annual return for the period July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 could not be furnished by persons registered under GST.last_img read more

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In the news today Jan 11

first_imgEight stories in the news for Thursday, Jan. 11———PM TRUDEAU HECKLED ABOUT KHADR SETTLEMENTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau turned angry heckling into enthusiastic applause as he fielded a question about the $10.5 million settlement for Omar Khadr during a town hall meeting in Hamilton. In reply to a woman who said she was enraged by the deal, Trudeau said he is also angry, but noted that had the government not settled as it did, a lawsuit could have cost between 30-and-40 million dollars. Trudeau will hold another town hall tonight in London, Ont.———CANADA FILES TRADE COMPLAINT AGAINST U.S.Canada has attacked U.S. trade practices in an international complaint about the use of punitive duties. The latest duties were announced Wednesday against Canadian newsprint, following similar moves against softwood lumber and Bombardier. U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called the complaint an “ill-advised attack.” The back-and-forth comes two weeks before the next round of NAFTA talks.———CHINA CRITICAL OF VANCOUVER MEETING ON NORTH KOREAChina is criticizing an international summit on North Korea in Vancouver next week, saying the event co-hosted by Canada and the U.S. is likely to do more harm than good. Ottawa hasn’t said which countries are invited to Tuesday’s meeting, but a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry says his country will not be at the table.———CANADIANS ASKED TO COMMENT ON JUSTICE REFORMSThe Justice Department is asking Canadians for their views ahead of long-promised reforms to the criminal justice system. The interactive online consultation includes a survey asking participants to weigh in on a number of scenarios and an open online discussion. The online consultation will end on Jan. 31.———JURORS TO BEGIN DELIBERATIONS IN LAC-MEGANTIC TRIALThe 12 jurors in the Lac-Megantic railway trial are set to begin their first day of deliberations in a Sherbrooke, Que., courthouse. Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre are charged with criminal negligence in the tragedy that killed 47 people in July 2013 when a runaway train carrying crude derailed and exploded. All three have pleaded not guilty.———FAMILY: WINNIPEG COUPLE KILLED IN JAMAICA BURGLARYGlobal Affairs Canada says it is seeking more information about the death of a Canadian couple in Jamaica. Police there identify the victims as 81-year-old Melbourne Flake and 70-year-old Etta Flake of Winnipeg. Global Affairs has not released any names, but says consular services are being provided to the family. Family members say the couple were killed in a burglary.———HOSPITALS URGED TO KEEP BABIES SUFFERING OPIOID WITHDRAWAL WITH MOMSThe Canadian Paediatric Society has released a recommendation to doctors and hospitals that babies suffering withdrawal symptoms from exposure to opioids while in the womb. The CPS advises that babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their mothers should room together in hospital when possible, rather than the baby being to a neonatal intensive care unit.———E. COLI OUTBREAK LINKED TO ROMAINE LETTUCE APPEARS OVERPublic health officials say a bacterial outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over. The Public Health Agency of Canada says there have been no reports on the onset of illness since Dec. 12. As of Wednesday, officials say there have been 42 cases of E. coli illness reported in five provinces. Seventeen people were sent to hospital and one person died.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will releases job vacancies for the third quarter and November’s new housing price index.— Companies reporting results today include Postmedia, The Jean Coutu Group, theScore Inc., and Shaw Communications.— Hockey Canada will unveil the men’s team roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics.— Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Justin Cox will appear in a Regina court on a charge of assault.last_img read more

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Investment in developing nations agriculture vital to slash hunger poverty – UN

Greater investment in agriculture and rural development is essential to spur economic growth in developing countries and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to slash hunger and poverty in half by 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Investment Centre, established in partnership with the World Bank to increase support to agriculture, the FAO is holding a two-day seminar at its Rome headquarters on the future role of investment.“We already play a central role in helping governments coordinate assistance from a range of donors in a common programme,” Tesfai Tecle, Director of the Investment Centre, said in noting the shift away from individual projects towards more comprehensive sector-wide approaches. “Now, we will be working even more closely with governments than in the past, helping the ministries of agriculture to develop strategies that make sense and formulate their own investment proposals,” he added, referring to the increasing preference among donors for direct budget support where funds are managed by the Ministry of Finance. For the past four decades, the Investment Centre has assisted developing countries in identifying and formulating effective and sustainable investment policies, programmes and projects. It does this with funding from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, regional development banks and international funds as well as FAO resources. To date, FAO and its financing partners have approved more than 1,400 projects prepared by the Centre for over 140 developing countries at a total value of around $76 billion. The Centre gives special attention to Africa, where the most intractable development challenges are to be found and where the majority of people survive on agriculture. As well as formulating investment projects in Africa with its partner institutions, it has recently provided support, with FAO funds, to the formulation of national medium-term investment programmes in 49 African countries, under the auspices of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). read more

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Internal report flags challenges responding to Arctic deep water oil spills

Internal report flags challenges responding to Arctic, deep water oil spills by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The semi-submersible oil rig Eirik Raude sits anchored in Halifax harbour on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003. An internal report warns the federal government isn’t fully prepared to respond in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic or in deep water offshore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An internal report warns the federal government isn’t fully prepared to respond in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic or in deep water offshore.The document “An Emergency Response Biomonitoring Plan for Accidental Spills” dated May 23, 2014, was prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It was written by the consulting firm SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd. of Ottawa, and released under Access to Information laws.“To date, there have not been any major spills related to offshore oil exploration in Canada’s Arctic, but should they occur they could pose some challenges for monitoring,” it says.Knowledge of key marine species found in the region’s unique habitat, such as Arctic cod, is limited, says the report.Marine research in the area is ongoing and should be regularly gathered and assessed to offer a baseline against which any potential oil exposure could be measured, it recommends.The report also raises concerns about the oil industry’s increasing tendency to drill in 1,000 metres of water or more. Major spills at such depths create unpredictable plumes that can take days to surface.“From a monitoring perspective, subsea dispersant injection into these deep, subsea blowouts poses a significant challenge as evidenced by the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010,” it says.“The behaviour of these subsea plumes is still poorly understood and will require extensive monitoring.”The Deepwater Horizon explosion April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 rig workers. An estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil spewed into the water before engineers could cap the blown-out well 87 days later.Newfoundland and Labrador relies on offshore oil for about one-third of government revenues. Deepwater prospects in the Flemish Pass more than 1,200 metres down and 500 kilometres offshore are touted as the next frontier for the province, along with a role in possible Arctic exploration.Carole Saindon, a spokeswoman for the federal Fisheries department, said government is working to address some of the gaps in response readiness identified in the report.She said funding at Universite du Quebec is helping researchers study the effects of crude oil on blue mussels under ice cover. Federal scientists are also identifying ecologically and biologically significant areas in the Arctic, “an important step in assessing the state of Arctic marine ecosystems,” she said in an emailed statement.The Canadian Coast Guard has trained oil spill managers across Canada, Saindon said. There are more than 80 equipment depots in total, including 22 in the Arctic with oil spill recovery containment and storage capacity, she added.“Equipment can be cascaded from any depot across the country to respond to an incident.”Farrah Khan, Arctic campaigner for Greenpeace Canada, said such assurances ring hollow.“Not a single oil company or government in the world has the expertise to drill in the Arctic safely,” she said from Toronto.“We just have no proven track record that it can be done, and we have every indication that drilling in the Arctic is extremely risky, it’s extremely dangerous, not least because of the unpredictability of ice floes but also because you’re dealing with months of perpetual darkness in the winter.”Potential production in the Arctic has been making regular headlines since the Obama administration in the U.S. gave a Shell subsidiary conditional approval in May to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska.Royal Dutch Shell’s exploration rig, Kulluk, ran aground as it was being towed during a Gulf of Alaska storm in December 2012. A U.S. Coast Guard report on the accident blamed the company’s “inadequate assessment and management of risks” in icy, harsh conditions.Khan said limited oil reserves in the pristine Arctic should be left intact.“Is it really worth the risk? Why aren’t we instead putting our investment into renewable technologies rather than into an antiquated technology that we’re going to have to wean ourselves off of as a society?”Follow @suebailey on Twitter. read more

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Lazio seeded for Europa League draw

first_imgLazio have been seeded into Pot 1 for the upcoming UEFA Europa League draw, according to Football Italia.After Atalanta’a shock elimination which came at the hands of Danish side Copenhagen, Lazio and AC Milan are the only representatives of the Serie A, and the Biancocelesti have been seeded into Pot 1 with the likes of Sevilla, Arsenal and Chelsea.Other results in the play-offs mean that Lazio are top seeds in the draw for the group stage, which is in Monte Carlo on Friday at 12.00 UK time.Their position was boosted by the elimination in the preliminary stage of Steaua Bucharest and FC Basel.As Milan have barely featured on the continent in recent years, they are in Pot 2 with a weakened co-efficient ranking.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.It means they could be placed in the same group as Andre Silva’s Sevilla, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, Arsenal, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen or Dynamo Kiev.Pot 1: Sevilla, Arsenal, Chelsea, Zenit, Bayer Leverkusen, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas, Red Bull Salzburg, Olympiacos, Villarreal, Anderlecht, Lazio.Pot 2: Sporting, Ludogorets, Copenhagen, Olympique Marseille, Celtic, PAOK, Milan, Racing Genk, Fenerbahce,Krasnodar, Astana, Rapid Vienna.Pot 3: Betis, Qarabag, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt, Malmo, Spartak Moscow, Standard Liege, Zurich, Bordeaux, Rennes.Pot 4: Apollon Limassol, Rosenborg, Vorskla Poltava, Slavia Prague, Akhisarspor, Jablonec,AEK Larnaca, Vidi, Rangers, Dudelange,Spartak Trnava, Sarpsborg.last_img read more

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Crime Stoppers search for suspects responsible for unsolved murder of San Diego

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) who murdered Diego Armando Villa.On Sunday, December 31, 2017, at about 1:00 a.m., 23-year-old Diego Armando Villa was approached by an unknown suspect(s) at 3800 Teak Street.  Diego Villa was shot by the suspect(s) for unknown reasons.  Diego Villa sustained serious injuries as a result of being shot and was pronounced deceased the following day at a local hospital. Anyone with information about these murders is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2331 or (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.  Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. Crime Stoppers search for suspect(s) responsible for unsolved murder of San Diego man KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Crime, San Diego Crime Stoppers FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 8, 2018 January 8, 2018last_img read more

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Sweets are given the green light on National Chocolate Day

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Do not feel guilty about digging into that Halloween candy a little early on Friday because today is National Chocolate Day.Cultivated by the Incas and Mayans some 3,000 years ago, the global delicacy is not only delicious but can be good for you, too.Dark chocolate, according to research studies, can raise good cholesterol levels, while bringing down the bad cholesterol. It also has fiber and antioxidants.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Gender discrimination against girls in Bengaluru PU colleges Fairer sex have higher

first_imgIt looks like girls who have just passed their class 10 exams will have a tougher time gaining admission in Pre-University colleges than boys since they have a higher cut-off percentage. For example, Christ College’s PU admits girls with marks higher than 93.2 per cent for the science stream while boys’ cut-off marks are 91.04 per cent.Explaining the ‘discrimination’ between the two, Father Abraham, the vice-chancellor of the university, told The Times of India, “Girls are smart, and this is not a new trend. If there is no higher cut-off, the college will have only girls. The higher cut-off is to bring in gender balance.”However, this puts girls in a disadvantage since it will be easier for boys to get admission in colleges and there is no declaration on the assigned seats for boys and girls. Hence, by giving boys an advantage, there might still be a gender imbalance between the two genders, with more boys than girls.To make sure that their daughters secure a seat, parents are scrambling to buy a seat through various quotas. Nalini, whose daughter applied to MES in Bengaluru, told TOI, “We’ve applied under the ex-servicemen quota. Besides, my father was an alumnus of the college.” Nalini’s daughter Meghna applied for the science stream in the college. She has also applied to Mount Carmel.While Mount Carmel is an all-girls college, they still have a quota system in place. For the PCMB course (physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology) 88 per cent cut-off for the general category, 85 per cent cut-off for the Scheduled Caste community and other minority communities and 83 per cent for other categories.Giving a breather for many students and parents alike, St Joseph’s, which is one of the leading colleges in the city, does not have separate cut-offs for boys and girls.In addition to this, leading colleges have categorically raised the bar for both boys and girls. Those who have scored less than 90 per cent will find it more difficult to find admission than those with 90 per cent and above.Christ College has an average of 95 per cent cut-off across all streams and course while MES PU College of Art, Commerce and Science has a cut-off at 93 per cent.last_img read more

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Qualcomm joins hands with 18 manufacturers for 5G modem in 2019

first_imgQualcomm in legal trouble again.REUTERSChipset maker Qualcomm has announced that it has secured 18 OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partners to equip their upcoming smartphones with Qualcomm’s latest X50 5G NR modems in 2019.Qualcomm will start shipping the Snapdragon X50 5G modem in 2019. Qualcomm claims that the handsets with the 5G modem will deliver a high-speed download, faster browsing and high-quality video calling experience. It will also have instant cloud access and 360-degree video streaming. Qualcomm Snapdragon”Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem,” says Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies.”As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem,” he added.According to Qualcomm, the company successfully tested the modem chip with download speed greater than 1Gbps in October 2017.On the other hand, network carriers like AT&T said that it will release the first 5G NR network in the United States in late 2018, whereas Sprint will launch the 5G network in the first half of 2019. Verizon is not ready to make any comment on its 5G offering, instead, it is planning to continue the residential 5G trials throughout the year.Here is the list of 18 manufacturers for Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem for 2019:AsusAsusFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedHMD Global (Nokia phones)HMD Global (Nokia phones)AsusHTCFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedInseego/Novatel WirelessHMD Global (Nokia phones)LGAsusNetComm WirelessFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedNetgearHMD Global (Nokia phones)OppoAsusSharp CorporationFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedSierra WirelessHMD Global (Nokia phones)Sony MobileAsusTelitFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedVivoHMD Global (Nokia phones)WingtechAsusWNCFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedXiaomiHMD Global (Nokia phones)ZTE NetComm WirelessNetgearOppo Sharp CorporationSierra WirelessSony Mobile TelitVivoWingtech HTCInseego/Novatel WirelessLG AsusFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedHMD Global (Nokia phones) WNCXiaomiZTElast_img read more

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State eyes tech innovation for elderly care

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT &E) department is encouraging innovative technology in the area of senior citizen support for the third edition of Bengalathon 2019, which will be launched on August 15.Bengalathon organised by the state IT department is aimed at showcasing the innovative skills of technology enthusiasts at the national and international arena. “The problem statement for Bengalathon this year will highlight the aspect of elderly care. But the department will also welcome innovations in face recognition, solid waste management, safe roads, health, citizen feedback, water quality monitoring, smart water metering, soil productivity, quick accident response and open data platform. The details will be soon uploaded in the website of the department,” a senior official of IT and E department said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that the trend for the past few years has been to declare the names of the winners of Bengalathon at the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) every year. However, this year the finals are expected to be done before November 15. TiE Global, a nonprofit organization devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries will try to provide a linkage of the winners for further interaction with large enterprises globally. Senior officials of IT department led by Additional Chief Secretary IT &E Debashis Sen held a meeting with Abhisekh Rungta, President TiE Kolkata, Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Vice Chairman TiE Global and Rajesh Swain of PwC on Saturday . Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that the state government in a recent meeting with a start up has decided to install app based digital visitor control system at Snehodiya, the senior citizen’s home at New Town. This will enable security guards at the gate of Snehodiya to monitor entry-exit of all visitors electronically and notify facility manager or resident by SMS. “Our government is taking all possible measures to position Bengal as the best in embracing emerging technologies and its use in real life challenges. We are trying to extend assistance to those who have come out with such solutions so that they can commercialise their ventures. The next generation needs encouragement which will give them the impetus to produce their best,” the official added.last_img read more

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Operating Room Equipment Market Anticipated to Grasp 33307 Million by 2023

first_imgGovernment investment, subsidies, and increased funding are driving the development and adoption of operating room equipment in various healthcare settings around the world. In addition, operating room equipment is expected to grow at a moderate pace throughout the forecast period, due to increased patient preferences for minimally invasive surgery and the global aging population.Operating Room Equipment Market was valued at $24,192 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $33,308 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2017 to 2023. North America is anticipated to be the highest revenue contributor throughout the forecast period.Operating Room (OR) or Operating Room is designed for surgeons and surgical staff to perform surgery requiring time, patience, concentration and safety. Equipment used in the operating room include surgical imaging devices, anesthesia machines, electrosurgical devices, operating room lights, operating room tables, etc. High quality operating room equipment plays a vital role in operating room to streamline the workflow in the operating room.Download PDF Report Sample with statistical info @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/4237 Increase in global elderly population & rise in number of hospitals boost the market growth. In addition, rise in preference for minimally invasive surgeries and growth in regulatory approvals with respect to OR equipment is expected to drive the operating room equipment market. However, high cost associated with OR equipment and unfavorable healthcare reforms, especially in the U.S., are projected to impede the market growth.Electrosurgical devices is anticipated to be the fastest growing segment throughout the analysis period owing to increase in the number of surgical procedures. Furthermore, the ambulatory surgical centers segment is projected to be the fastest growing end user segment with a CAGR of 6.2% from 2017 to 2023, owing to cost effective yet critically appropriate settings offered by these centers.By geography, the market was dominated by North America in 2016, and is expected to maintain its lead throughout the forecast period. North America and Asia-Pacific collectively accounted for ~63% of the overall operating room equipment market in 2016. The growth of these regions is attributed to the availability of affordable medical treatments for several disease conditions, in countries such as Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Singapore. However, Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region followed by LAMEA, owing to the increase in treatment success rates and the affordable price range with respect to surgical procedures.Key Findings of the Operating Room Equipment Market:In 2016, surgical imaging devices generated the highest revenue, accounting about two-fifths of the overall market revenue and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.4% during the forecast period.Electrosurgical devices is expected to grow at an above-average CAGR of 7.8%, owing to increased number of skilled medical personnel in the field.North America accounted for more than 40% of the market share in 2016.Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest growing market during the analysis period, followed by LAMEA.Make an Enquiry for Promocode Of Discounted Price: @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/4237 The major companies profiled in the report include Steris Corporation, Stryker Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Getinge Group, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Drgerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, General Electric Company, Medtronic, plc, Mizuho SOI, and Karl Storz GmbH & Co. Kg.  About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.com operating-room-equipment-marketlast_img read more

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