Modi govts first 50 days exemplary many steps taken to improve lives

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP working president JP Nadda on Friday presented a report card of Modi 2.0 government and said its first 50 days have been exemplary and it has taken several steps to improve the lives of people. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, he said it was a precedent to present a report card on completion of first 100 days but “now we have started it at the halfway mark”. Citing various decisions of the Narendra Modi-led government such as tap water to every household by 2024 and further expansion of rural roads network under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to improve rural road connectivity, Nadda said the many exemplary steps have been taken which has touched the lives of millions of people. He also talked about the government’s decision to give pension to small traders and scholarships to kids of martyrs who were from paramilitary forces.last_img read more

Lampard trusts young guns for Chelsea Champions League bid

first_imgLondon: Frank Lampard said he “believed and trusted” in striker Tammy Abraham as he prepared to unleash his young players against Valencia in Chelsea’s Champions League opener on Tuesday. Abraham, 21, scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves on Saturday but his form has come as no surprise to Lampard. “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” he said at a press conference on Monday at Chelsea’s training base. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.” As for the possibility of England missing out on Abraham should he opt to play for Nigeria, Lampard said: “That’s not a question for me. “He has put himself in a bracket by being a top-scorer in England. It is one for (England boss) Gareth (Southgate) but it is clear Tammy will be wanted.” Abraham who is the Premier League’s joint leading scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero with seven goals, has two senior England caps won in friendlies. Nigeria Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterhave been hoping Abraham can be persuaded to switch allegiance to them. And when asked about the Nigeria interest, he was quoted by the Telegraph newspaper as saying: “I have heard the talks and I’ve not really been focused on that yet. I think when the time comes, the time comes. We never know.” Lampard has put his faith in youth during a transfer embargo for the club and has been rewarded with some impressive performances. As well as Abraham’s three goals, Fikayo Tomori, 21, also struck his first goal for the club at Molineux, while 20-year-old Mason Mount continued the form that earned him an England call-up with his third goal in four Premier League games. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who won the Champions League with the club as a player, will be making his debut in the competition as a manager. “I will be proud to do it,” he said. “I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League — and some bad ones — but it is the ultimate for me.” The Chelsea boss was cautious in his expectations for last season’s Europa League winners. “Our target is to qualify from a tough group,” he said. “I have belief in the players. I’m confident but very aware of the dangers.”last_img read more

Laos UNICEF moves to combat extreme child malnutrition in floodaffected provinces

15 September 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its aid partners are joining forces with health officials in Laos to tackle what they describe as alarming levels of malnutrition among children in nine provinces affected by floods and typhoons in the past two years. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its aid partners are joining forces with health officials in Laos to tackle what they describe as alarming levels of malnutrition among children in nine provinces affected by floods and typhoons in the past two years.A Government assessment conducted earlier this year in collaboration with UNICEF found “extremely high levels” of malnutrition, the agency reported yesterday.In Attapeu, one of three southern provinces covered by the survey, 18.9 per cent of children aged six to 59 months were found to suffer from acute malnutrition. That figure is nearly 4 per cent above the international definition for an emergency situation.In response to the assessment, the Government and its international partners have devised a 12-month strategy of urgent interventions targeting around 200,000 children. This includes the dispatch of therapeutic feeding kits to severely affected areas and the training of health staff and volunteer community workers, who will carry out a screening and assessment of the most severely malnourished children.For its part, UNICEF will accelerate the distribution of micronutrient powder for children aged six to 23 months and promote zinc supplements for children with diarrhoea. A campaign to promote exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life is using education and community participation to tackle inappropriate feeding practices.The floods from 2008 and Typhoon Ketsana last year destroyed rice crops and other agricultural production in some of the poorest areas of the country, leaving communities struggling to feed themselves.The survey uncovered a number of worrying facts, including significantly high levels of stunting among young children in the southern province of Sekong. More than a third of young children in the nine affected provinces suffered from anaemia. Communities also reported inadequate access to safe drinking water and outbreaks of waterborne diseases. The report also highlighted the prevalence of poor infant feeding practices – critical in determining a child’s health and future development. The team found many mothers fail to exclusively breastfeed their children in the early months of life. Many infants, some as young as two months old, are instead given sticky rice, water and soup.Experts say the early introduction to solid food puts babies at risk of infection, particularly by diarrhoeal disease and acute respiratory disorders.“This is a really worrying situation, but it’s good to see a response taking shape,” said Timothy Schaffter, UNICEF Representative in Laos.“Through working closely with our different partners in the government and other organizations, we aim to bring about a rapid improvement in the nutritional status of these children.” read more

French officials hold talks with military chiefs in Colombo

Commander Loic Bizot, Deputy Defense and Naval Attaché for India and Defense Attaché (non resident) for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives with Mrs Isabelle Miscot, Deputy Head of Mission of the French Embassy in Colombo had talks with Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters today.The army media unit said that the French officials and the army chief exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest and importance between both Sri Lanka and France. The Ambassador was awarded with a Guard of Honour on his arrival. He was accompanied by Commander Loic Bizot.They held cordial discussions on matters of mutual interests and bilateral importance. Mementos were also exchanged to mark the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Earlier in the day the French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Jean-Marin Schub called on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo. The brief meeting culminated with exchange of symbolic mementos. read more

Markets Right Now Resumption of trade talks sends stocks up

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Word that the U.S. and China will restart trade talks next month and some encouraging data on hiring sent stocks solidly higher in early trading on Wall Street.Early winners among U.S. stocks Thursday included major technology companies, which do a lot of business with China and stand to gain if the trade conflict abates. Chipmaker Intel jumped 3.6%.Markets have been jittery in recent weeks as trade tensions between the two countries have escalated, and new tariffs kicked in last weekend.The S&P 500 rose 28 points, or 1%, to 2,966.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 312, or 1.2%, to 26,668. The Nasdaq rose 97, or 1.2%, to 8,072.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.53%.The Associated Press read more

After being grounded by lack of rules US agricultural drones set to

After being grounded by lack of rules, U.S. agricultural drones set to take off In this June 11, 2015, photo, a DJI Phantom 3 drone is flown by Matthew Creger, marketing director for Intelligent UAS, during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers in Cordova, Md. The small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms, transmitting detailed information about crops, directing farmers to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals used. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) CORDOVA, Md. – Mike Geske wants a drone.Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do.“The savings on labour and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske says, watching as a small white drone hovers over a nearby corn field and transmits detailed pictures of the growing stalks to an iPad.Nearby, farmer Chip Bowling tries his hand at flying one of the drones. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him scout out which individual fields need extra spraying.Another farmer, Bobby Hutchison, says he is hoping the man he hires weekly to walk his fields and observe his crops gets a drone, to make the process more efficient and accurate.“I see it very similar to how I saw the computer when it first started,” says Hutchison, 64. “It was a no-brainer.”Farmers are eager for the technology.The small, relatively inexpensive vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms: transmitting detailed information about crops to combines and sprayers, directing them very precisely to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals that a farmer needs to use in those areas.The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group, says agriculture could account for 80 per cent of all commercial drone use.Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January.Companies with those exemptions say business has grown, helped by quick advances in the technology.Bret Chilcott of Kansas-based AgEagle, which sells unmanned aerial vehicles and the software to help operate them, says his company took its first orders last year. Now it has a backlog of several hundred orders. He says the technology has transformed the market during that short period.“Last year users had to land their aircraft and then take the data to the computer,” he says. “Now the data appears on your iPad or hand-held device a few minutes after flight.”That data could be pictures, 3-D images of plants, thermal readings of crops or animals or other observations that a drone could make while in the air. Information that in the past took days to collect — or could not have been collected at all — can be gathered now in minutes or hours and, in some cases, integrated with separate data collected from other high-tech farm machinery.Chilcott is optimistic that the technology to scout out problem spots so precisely will be transformative because farmers can limit spraying just to those places.“In five years we won’t have to blanket a field with chemicals,” he says.Still, most farmers cannot legally fly the vehicles yet.The FAA is working on rules that would allow the drones to be used regularly for business while maintaining certain safety and privacy standards. An FAA proposal this year would allow flight of the vehicles as long as they weigh less than 55 pounds, stay within the operator’s sight and fly during the daytime, among other restrictions. Operators would have to pass an FAA test of aeronautical knowledge and a Transportation Security Administration background check.Thomas Haun of North Carolina-based PrecisionHawk, another company with an exemption, says it is unclear what the business will look like eventually. Farmers may hire services that have unmanned aerial vehicles or every farm may get its own drone. Most likely, it will be a combination.Haun says the proposed rules are appropriate. “It’s pretty spot on for where the technology is right now,” he says.Some people have concerns about the guidelines. Pilots of crop dusters and other planes that operate around farms are concerned the rules do not go far enough to ensure safety.“We can’t see them,” says Andrew Moore of the National Agricultural Aviation Association. His group advocated for the unmanned vehicles to include tracking systems or lights to help airplanes figure out where they are, but that was not included in the proposal.The rules could pose some challenges for the eager farmers, too.Geske may not be able to use drones efficiently to monitor all the irrigation pipes on his 2,100 acre Missouri farm if he has to keep them within sight. He’s still interested, though. The men he hires now use a lot of fuel and their trucks tear up his land and roads.“You can wait forever on advancing technology,” Geske says.___Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2015 4:07 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

David Camerons resignation to set off leadership scramble

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by his wife, Samantha, speaks to the media in front of 10 Downing street, London, Friday, June, 24, 2016, as he announces he will resign by the time of the Conservative Party conference in the autumn, following the result of the EU referendum, in which the Britain voted to leave the EU. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) David Cameron’s resignation to set off leadership scramble by Gregory Katz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 2:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – An intense leadership battle is expected to unfold within Britain’s Conservative Party after its long-standing, passionate split over the country’s role in Europe reached a pinnacle Friday with a vote to exit the bloc and the resignation of the prime minister.The still youthful-looking David Cameron announced he would step down after Brits rejected his plea to vote to keep Britain inside the European Union, setting in motion complex divorce proceedings expected to take two years or more to work out.Speaking in a stoic tone, with his wife Samantha standing nearby, Cameron said Britain needs a new “captain” to manage torturous negotiations with EU officials about how to separate Britain from the 28-nation bloc.Strong disagreements over Britain’s place in Europe helped undercut the party support for the last Conservative prime minister, John Major, and before him Margaret Thatcher. She was removed by internal foes, as was Cameron, in effect, while Major lost a 1997 general election in part because party unity had become illusory because of a split over Europe.There was an element of Shakespearean tragedy over the resignation of Cameron, 49.The often cheerful prime minister, who had seemed to live a charmed political life, was laid low not by his enemies — and certainly not the often ignored Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faces a nascent leadership challenge of his own.Instead, his fate was sealed by two former close friends within the Conservative Party who helped lead the campaign to leave the EU: Oxford University mate Boris Johnson and close family friend Michael Gove.The Cameron and Gove families used to vacation together and Gove’s wife is the godmother to one of Cameron’s daughters, but their friendship dissolved in the clash over the referendum.On Friday, Johnson and Gove had only praise for Cameron when they made a joint appearance lamenting his decision to step down— but by then, they had already, politically speaking, buried him.Cameron said Friday a new prime minister should be in place by a party conference in October. That means the party must choose a leader, who would become prime minister.Among the possible contenders are Johnson and Gove, as well as Home Secretary Theresa May.Johnson didn’t utter a word Friday about whether he would become a candidate for the party’s top spot. He called his old university classmate “one of the most extraordinary politicians of our age” and commended Cameron’s “bravery” for calling the referendum.Political analysts and commentators have consistently said Johnson hoped to use a vote in favour of a British exit from the EU, or Brexit, as a launching pad for national leadership.The result of the referendum caused some resentment from Britons who wanted to stay in the EU about the way a dispute between the elite-educated Cameron and Johnson ended with a British decision to withdraw from the bloc. It was Cameron who called the referendum, to quell party conflict, and Johnson whose charisma helped lure voters away from the EU.“I am very unhappy about it,” said Richard Aczel, who teaches English literature in Germany. “I was born and bred in Britain but I am also a European. I am sick that two upper class twits from Eton have torn our country apart and I feel ashamed.”Other Cabinet members are likely to contend for the leadership as well. However, Treasury chief George Osborne’s chances seem damaged by the Brexit vote as he had argued strongly in favour of remaining in the EU.He had been considered to be in a strong position before the campaign to stay inside the EU faltered in the last two weeks.Conservative Party rules call for the party’s members of Parliament to choose two candidates through a series of ballots, and then the entire party’s membership will choose between those two.If only one candidate surfaces by the close of nominations, he or she is declared the leader and the choice then must be ratified by the party membership as a whole.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it is too soon to speculate about who will replace Cameron, who became party leader in 2005 and led the party to two general election victories.“I think it is a bit too early to start speculating about that,” he said. “There is plenty to do now to help make this decision work, to stabilize our economy, to reassure our allies and to continue the program we were all elected on last year.”He said Cameron has done the honourable thing by resigning.Cameron had been expected to serve several more years but the referendum result made his position untenable. He was re-elected last year with a majority vote but lost control of the debate on the EU. read more

Sony recalls Nasne media hub a day before launch

first_imgBack in April Sony announced it was to release a new media hub called Nasne. The device looks like a squashed PS3 and allows for both digital terrestrial and satellite programming to be piped to your PS3, PS Vita, Sony laptops, tablets, or even smartphones via your home network. The included 500GB hard drive meant recording your favorite shows was an option, too. And if you want simultaneous channel recording, you can hook up to 4 Nasne to your PS3, all while controlling it via an easy to use and free app.Nasne was expected to launch in Japan tomorrow for around $200, but that is no longer going to happen.Sony has apparently found a problem with the device serious enough to delay the launch. Japanese retailers already had stock of the device ready to sell, but Sony is now having them all ship their Nasne units back. This suggests the issue may be hardware rather than software, otherwise Sony could just push out a day one software patch and resolve the problem.According to Engadget’s source, the stock has been damaged somehow while being transported. To me that suggests there might be a quality control issue if, for example, the connection to the internal hard drive has become dislodged, or the casing has cracked/opened.Sony will want to fix the problem as soon as possible and I doubt we will see more than a couple of weeks of delay before Nasne finally appears for sale. Whether it will sell or not is another question, with $200 being a rather high price to pay for what is effectively a media streamer with a hard drive.Read more at Andriasang and Engadgetlast_img read more

Strikes roll into second day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many schools are shut for a second day, as teachers continue with their five days of rolling strikes against the government’s so-called mobility scheme, that will see thousands of teachers transferred to other jobs in the public service or sacked. Unions say that participation of teachers in Monday’s strike was 90%, a figure disputed by the education ministry, which said that 70% took part. Staff at the social insurance funds, the state employment agency OAED and labour ministry also also continuing a 5-day rolling strike that began on Monday. Lawyers commenced a two-day strike on Tuesday and Wednesday in protest at the new lawyer’s code. Doctors in public hospitals started a three-day strike on Tuesday, in protest at hospital downgrading and the mobility scheme. Primary schools will also be affected on Wednesday and Thursday, when primary teachers will strike. Strikes are also under way at universities and technical colleges across the country, where administrative staff are protesting. Furthermore, the main umbrella public sector labour union Adedy has called a 48-hour strike from Wednesday. Other hospital staff have said they will participate in Adedy’s two-day strike on Wednesday and Thursday and may extend their protest. The private sector union federation GSEE has called on its members to stop work from 11am to 3pm in support. Motorists are advised that numerous protests are planned for the city centre. Adedy will hold a rally at 11.30am at Klafthmonos Square on Wednesday, while the communist-backed Pame union will assemble at 10.30am on Omonia square. Source: EnetEnglishlast_img read more

Canadian Greek festival revived thanks to 15000 boost

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek festival in London, Canada is set to return to the city thanks to a $15,000 boost from the provincial government. A Taste of Greece is a three-day event held in May over the Victoria Day long weekend, and will feature traditional Greek cuisine, music and dance performed by various groups. The festival is one of 45 art and cultural events across the province to benefit from a $2.8 million fund, reports Blackburn News.“Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, our government is supporting a variety of exciting events across the province that showcases our art, culture and heritage,” said Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon.“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, events like these remind us of how incredible this province is, how much we have to be proud of, and what we can accomplish when we come together.”The funding is being made in a bid to help strengthen cultural tourism, boosting local economies by creating jobs and drawing visitors to communities across Ontario.last_img read more

Drame familial chez des orangoutans

first_imgDrame familial chez des orang-outansSelon les responsables du zoo de Zurich, un bébé orang-outan né vendredi 6 avril au sein de l’établissement a connu des premiers jours difficiles, entre une mère qui l’a délaissé et une grand-mère possessive. Heureusement, la situation revient peu à peu à la normale…Né vendredi 6 avril au zoo de Zurich en Suisse, Malou, un orang-outan de Sumatra mâle, a immédiatement été accaparé par Timor, une femelle d’âge mûr qui est la mère de Cahaya, la génitrice du petit. Explication : la grand-mère si possessive, ayant accouché d’un bébé mort-né 6 mois plus tôt, était en mal de tendresse maternelle…À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour restaurer un lien maternel normal entre Malou et Cahaya, et réfréner l’enthousiasme excessif de Timor, le vétérinaire du zoo, après avoir anesthésié ces deux dernières, a placé le nourrisson sur le ventre de sa mère, tous deux ayant été isolés du reste du groupe. D’abord indifférente aux pleurs de son rejeton, Cahaya a fini par le tenir auprès d’elle, puis a commencé à l’allaiter.Dimanche, le personnel du zoo se disait tout à fait rassuré. Mercredi, toujours hors du l’enceinte où vivent les autres orang-outans mais placée dans un local contigu, Cahaya reprenait contact avec eux. Une fois le lien maternel jugé suffisamment fort, la jeune femelle et son fils reprendront leur place dans le groupe, que la grand-mère, Timor, ne réintégrera que plus tard.Le 15 avril 2012 à 10:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

US China Set Meeting to Discuss Transparency Biotech Approvals

first_imgIn conjunction with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington D.C this week, the U.S. and Chinese governments are holding a Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue (SAID) meeting on Thursday.The SAID meeting will hopefully set the stage for discussions regarding increased transparency and timeliness of Chinese biotech trait approvals. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other groups are invited to participate in Thursday’s meeting.China is a key export market for U.S. soybeans, but the trade is at risk due to China’s restrictive regulatory approval procedures for biotech products.ASA and other industry partners sent several letters to President Barack Obama throughout the past month, reiterating the importance of ensuring swift, positive action on pending biotechnology issues.Goals include seeing China establish a transparent, predictable and practical approach to both biotechnology approvals and imports of grains and oilseeds that may contain crop biotechnology, in addition to obtaining a commitment from President Xi to advance the full queue of biotechnology products, including the seven currently awaiting final import approvals, and other products in or awaiting field trials.ASA will have more information on the SAID meeting in next week’s eBean News.last_img read more

OBITUARY Janice L Kadlec Ferrone 78

first_imgARLINGTON, MA — Janice L. Ferrone (Kadlec), age 78 passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019. She was born June 11, 1940 in Wilmington, Massachusetts to Charles and Edna Kadlec. Janice spent her earlier years as a caregiver to elders and later in life worked at Arlington High School in the cafeteria. She devoted many years to helping others. Janice was a devoted Red Sox fan and enjoyed cheering on the world series teams and her favorite player Big Papi. She was an avid walker and spent many days walking around Arlington and Harvard Square. Janice enjoyed time in the kitchen and cooking for her family and friends.She loved spending time with her family especially her children John Ferrone and his wife Kathleen Ferrone of Woburn, MA, Bryan Ferrone and his wife Karen Ferrone of Auburn NH, Denise Hess and her husband Zackary Hess of Leominster MA, and Paul Ferrone of Leominster MA. She is survived by her brother Robert Kadlec and his wife Connie Kadlec who reside in Florida. Janice is also survived by her grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nana”, Dannielle Ferrone, Ryan and his wife Aileen Ferrone, Ashley Ferrone, Andrea Ferrone, Michael Ferrone, Rebecca Hess, Renee Hess, Christopher Ferrone, and her great grandson Cameron Ferrone. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.The family will greet friends and relatives from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday January 24th followed by a ceremony at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street in Arlington MA.Janice L. (Kadlec) Ferrone(NOTE: The above obituary is from Keefe Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Managers seek to open Nush caribou to nonlocals sameday airborne

first_img(USGS photo)The Federal Subsistence Board is considering two more changes to increase take of the Nushagak Peninsula caribou herd, which managers say is large, overpopulated, and possibly heading for a sharp downfall.Togiak Refuge Manager Susanna Henry says the two new special action requests would be for the current season that’s open until March 31st.“The two changes would be, one, to allow same-day airborne, providing that someone were to harvest a caribou that they would shoot from [at least] 300 feet away from the airplane once the airplane has landed,” says Henry. “The other is to open the hunt up to all residents of Alaska.”Right now, the hunt is limited to residents from six Bristol Bay villages — Togiak, Twin Hills, Manokotak, Dillingham, Aleknagik and Clark’s Point.Managers hope that opening the harvest to other Alaskans will help cut down the population – currently over 1400 animals – closer to an ideal size of 700-900.“If those two changes were implemented, the most we could probably see from it would be people who have an airplane and could come over here easily from the eastside of Bristol Bay, like Naknek and King Salmon,” says Henry. “They’re probably the most like to take advantage of this and benefit from it.”These special actions, if implemented by the Federal Subsistence Board, would only affect the current season through March 31st.The public can provide comment on the special action requests at a meeting Tuesday, February 16th, 6-8 p.m. at the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.last_img read more

Ferdousi Priyabhashini no more

first_imgFerdousi PriyabhashiniFreedom fighter and noted sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini passed away at a hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday.She was 71.Priyabhashini was undergoing treatment at the coronary care unit (CCU) of Labaid Hospital following a cardiac arrest.She had been suffering from multiple complications, including kidney and heart diseases.Officials at the hospital said Priyabhashini was admitted to the hospital on 23 February. She was then suffering from kidney complications.Ferdousi Priyabhashini was born in Khulna on 19 February 1947. During Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971, she was tortured by the Pakistani military.For her sacrifice during the freedom fight, the government awarded her the Independence Award, the highest civilian award of the country in 2016.last_img

BNP interviews city polls candidates

first_imgFlag of BNP. File PhotoThe nomination board of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday interviewed nine nomination seekers, but could not finalise its mayoral candidates for the upcoming Khulna and Gazipur city polls.The party may announce the names of its candidates for the two city polls by a day or two, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told newsmen after the meeting, reports UNB.The party’s nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, started the interview around 5:30pm with Khulna city BNP general secretary Shafiqul Islam Mona, one of three mayoral nomination aspirants for Khulna city polls.They also interviewed current mayor Moniruzzaman Moni and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Manju.Later, they interviewed six nomination aspirants for Gazipur city—current mayor and party vice chairman professor MA Mannan, executive committee member Hasanuddin Sarkar, Sramik Dal executive president Salauddin Sarkar, Gazipur district unit JCD president Sharfat Hossain and local BNP leaders Shawkat Hossain Sarkar and Abdus Salam.Though Mannan’s son M Manzurul Karim Rony collected a nomination paper, he could not appear before the interview board since he is staying abroad.Party insiders said the BNP standing committee members could not finalise the two candidates as there are differences of opinion among them.A BNP senior leader said the party had a plan to pick Hasanuddin Sarkar as its mayoral candidate for Gazipur. But physical conditions of both MA Mannan and Sarkar are not in a good shape, and it will be difficult for the party to win in Gazipur elections with such elderly candidate as Awami League is likely to field a young contender like its Gazipur city unit general secretary Jahangir Alam.“So, the standing committee members are in a fix to finalise the mayoral candidate for Gazipur polls. They’ll take the decision after an elaborate discussion,” the BNP leader told UNB.He said their party also had a decision to select Nazrul Islam Manju as party candidate for Khulna city mayoral polls, but he declined to contest the election, and urged the nomination board to pick current mayor Moni as the party candidate again.Last week, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on 15 May.According to the polls schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is 12 April, while the dates for scrutinising those are 15 and 16 April, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 23 April.BNP candidates Moni and professor Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur polls respectively in the 2013 polls.last_img read more

India EU ask Myanmar to implement Annan report

first_imgIndia and the European Union (EU) have urged Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and work with Bangladesh to return displaced persons to Northern Rakhine state, reports UNB.India and the EU also recognised the role being played by Bangladesh in extending humanitarian assistance to the people in need, according to India-EU joint statement issued during 14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi on Friday.The joint statement was issued after talks among Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, president of the European Council Donald Tusk and president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker.India and the EU expressed deep concern at the recent spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Both sides took note that this violence was triggered off by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives among the security forces as well as the civilian population.Both sides recognised the need for ending the violence and restoring normalcy in the Rakhine state without any delay.More than 5,15,000 Rohingyas have so far taken refuge in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar carried out by its military forces since 25 August.last_img read more

Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels

first_img More information: John L. Hoogland et al. Prairie dogs increase fitness by killing interspecific competitors, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0144AbstractInterspecific competition commonly selects for divergence in ecology, morphology or physiology, but direct observation of interspecific competition under natural conditions is difficult. Herbivorous white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) employ an unusual strategy to reduce interspecific competition: they kill, but do not consume, herbivorous Wyoming ground squirrels (Urocitellus elegans) encountered in the prairie dog territories. Results from a 6-year study in Colorado, USA, revealed that interspecific killing of ground squirrels by prairie dogs was common, involving 47 different killers; 19 prairie dogs were serial killers in the same or consecutive years, and 30% of female prairie dogs killed at least one ground squirrel over their lifetimes. Females that killed ground squirrels had significantly higher annual and lifetime fitness than non-killers, probably because of decreased interspecific competition for vegetation. Our results document the first case of interspecific killing of competing individuals unrelated to predation (IK) among herbivorous mammals in the wild, and show that IK enhances fitness for animals living under natural conditions. (—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Maryland, the other the University of Tulsa, has found that white-tailed prairie dogs living on the North American prairie, sometimes kill ground squirrels that live in the same area. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, John Hoogland and Charles Brown describe their multi-year study of the prairie dogs, their observations of squirrel killing, and why they believe it occurs. Prior to this new effort, there had never been an observation of a mammalian herbivore killing another herbivore without eating it—and it was not a one-off situation. The researcher pair recorded multiple instances of squirrel killing over the course of their study covering the years 2003 to 2012 which consisted of sitting in tree-stands watching the activities of the creatures below. They report that they were astounded to witness a prairie dog killing a squirrel four years into their study and thereafter made it a priority to look out for another such instance.They did not have to wait long, squirrel killing, it appeared was a natural part of the lives of prairie dogs. Over the course of the remainder of their study, they witnessed 101 instances of prairie dogs intentionally killing ground squirrels, and noted the carcasses of another 62 squirrels they believe were the victims of prairie dog attacks. They also identified 47 individual prairie dogs that killed squirrels—11 male and 36 female, and 19 of the animals that killed squirrels multiple times.The researchers suggest that the prairie dogs kill the squirrels because they see them as a competitor for the same resources, not as a threat. Prairie dogs and squirrels eat the same foods, and in many cases squirrels take over abandoned prairie dog tunnels. Taking their study further, they found evidence that showed that mother prairie dogs who killed squirrels tended to have more offspring than did those that did not and that their overall ‘fitness’ levels were much higher than non-killing females.The researchers also note that it is surprising that the killing of squirrels by prairie dogs has gone unnoticed for so long, which suggests that it is a possibility with other mammalian herbivores as well. Multiple mates worth the risk for female prairie dogs © 2016 Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servicecenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels (2016, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more August 13, 2008 – Virginia Hospital Center will launch a $14 million new Hospital Information System (HIS) in 2009 from Siemens. Siemens’ health information solution, Soarian, will reportedly create efficiencies and orchestrate clinical best practices. Virginia Hospital Center will deploy Soarian’s clinical, financial, physician order management, scheduling, Internet portal and health information management (HIM) applications, as well as a number of ancillary applications that support the hospital’s efforts to ensure patient safety and a positive patient experience. Drawing on a vast database of medical best practices, Soarain will be fully integrated with electronic patient medical records, giving personalized care the backing of a powerful checks and balances system, said the hospital.Medication orders are just one aspect of care that will benefit from automation. Prescriptions managed through a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system (as opposed to being written on a pad and then transcribed) will generate pop-up alerts for possible drug and food interactions, counter-indications with a patient’s existing medications, and other potential red flags. In some cases, the system may suggest an alternate medication in light of the patient’s medical history. In the pharmacy, robotic packaging of individual doses for each patient’s medications will be bar coded and sealed. Prior to administration, the bar code is matched with the patient’s, as well as to the original order, further reducing the potential for mistakes.Virginia Hospital Center will also implement Siemens Pharmacy, Enterprise Document Management, Siemens OPENLink, as well as clinical specialty modules that include Soarian Cardiology, Soarian Emergency Department and Soarian Critical Care.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

Google releases new political ads library as part of its transparency report

first_imgGoogle, yesterday, released an archive of political ads purchased on its platforms. The new library of political ads reveals how much money is spent on these ads across different states and congressional districts, along with a list of top advertisers. Political ads feature federal candidates or currently elected federal officeholders. Google has been modifying its transparency report by adding different sections over the years due to European privacy laws, encryption adoption on websites i.e. HTTPS, among other evolving policy and user expectations. Read also: EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine for the Android antitrust case The latest archive is another newly added section in the company’s regular transparency report This report shares data revealing “how the policies and actions of governments and corporations affect privacy, security, and access to information. This is Google’s efforts to make things more transparent when it comes to online political advertisements. Now, for any advertiser purchasing election ads on Google in the U.S., they have to “provide a government-issued ID and other key information that confirms they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law. We also required that election ads incorporate a clear “paid for by” disclosure”, says Google. The new election ad library is searchable, downloadable and provides information about the ads with the highest views, the latest election ads running on our platform, and specific advertisers’ campaigns. The data from the Ad Library is publicly available on Google Cloud’s BigQuery. This data is particularly helpful for researchers, political watchdog groups and private citizens as they can leverage this data to develop charts, graphs, tables or other visualizations of political ads on Google Ads services. Apart from Google, Facebook and Twitter are other tech giants, who launched ad archives in recent months. Twitter ad archives are a part of the company’s increased transparency efforts. “We clearly label and show disclaimer information for federal political campaigning ads,” says Twitter. Facebook has been under a lot of controversy regarding advertisements, especially after an outcry over Russians’ alleged purchase of political ads during the 2016 elections. Also, A.G., Bob Ferguson, last month, proved Facebook guilty of providing discriminatory advertisements on its platform. Facebook, now has its own political ad archive that shows information about who paid for these ads along with other details. Google seems to be following Twitter and Facebook’s footsteps when it comes to political and issue-based advertising on its platform. Whether this comes at a right time, with the election season coming up soon, is another matter to be debated. The new database is updated every week and anyone can see the newly uploaded ads and the advertisers uploading these ads. Google mentioned in their blog that despite the Ad Library providing many new insights, it’s still “working with experts in the U.S. and around the world to explore tools that capture a wider range of political ads—including ads about political issues (beyond just candidate ads), state and local election ads, and political ads in other countries”. Google’s aim with this is to protect these campaigns from digital attacks. “We hope this provides unprecedented, data-driven insights into election ads on our platform,” says Google. For more information regarding Google’s new political ad archive, check out the official Google blog post. Read Next Facebook must stop discriminatory advertising in the US, declares Washington AG, Ferguson Google’s new facial recognition patent uses your social network to identify you! Google is missing out $50 million because of Fortnite’s decision to bypass Play Storelast_img read more