Indian envoy briefs MS RW and MR on crisis with Pakistan

The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has briefed Sri Lanka on the crisis between India and Pakistan.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that the envoy met President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa this week and briefed about the terrorist attack in Pulawama and subsequent developments. (Colombo Gazette)

UNESCO head visits Afghanistan

Mr. Matsuura, who arrived yesterday, was today attending the opening ceremony for a new educational centre at Radio and TV Afghanistan in Kabul. UNESCO has rebuilt the centre with funding from the Government of Italy.He was also attending a ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education for $3.5 million worth of education projects.

Ban welcomes election of chief of UNbacked climate panel ahead of Paris

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Lee Hoesung of the Republic of Korea as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Hoesung will guide the Panel’s work of assessing the science related to climate change.“He looks forward to the IPCC’s new leadership at this critical moment when governments are preparing for the global climate change conference in Paris later this year, and extends his congratulations to Mr. Lee,” said a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson in New York.Mr. Ban also reaffirmed his support for the crucial role played by the IPCC in supplying decision-makers and the public with the world’s most authoritative scientific understanding of climate change, including its impacts as well as solutions. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, released last November, provides the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken.“It adds to the overwhelming evidence that human activity is disrupting the climate, and warns that we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts, should present emission trends continue. The IPCC’s report also shows us that we have a variety of options to limit climate change and help build a safer, more sustainable world now and into the future,” said the statement. read more

Ban reiterates strong condemnation of heinous crimes committed by ISIL in Sinjar

“The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of the heinous crimes that continue to be committed by ISIL against the diverse ethnic and religious communities of Iraq,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The UN chief in his statement went on to express deep concern about the safety of the people who remain in ISIL’s captivity, in particular the thousands of Yezidi women and children, and he called on all those engaged in the fight against ISIL [also known as Da’esh] to make their release a “prime objective” in their military operations.“The Secretary-General stresses that the crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq may constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and even genocide,” the statement continued, underscoring Mr. Ban’s call on the Iraqi Government and the international community to continue to support the survivors.Mr. Ban also called on the Government of Iraq to continue identifying ways to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice without delay, based on fair trial and due process, which could include the option of a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Meanwhile, earlier in the day, a United Nations-mandated inquiry on human rights in Syria today called for an end to the genocide and other crimes committed by ISIL/Da’esh against the Yazidis, recommending that the UN Security Council refer the situation to the ICC or an ad hoc tribunal.In the early hours of 3 August 2014, fighters of ISIL, also known as ISIS, left their bases and brutally attacked the Yazidis of Sinjar, a distinct religious group whose beliefs and practice span thousands of years, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a statement.The Commission’s report, titled They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis, released on 16 June 2016, determined that ISIS has committed the crime of genocide, as well as multiple crimes against humanity and war crimes, against the Yazidis. Two years on, crimes committed by ISIS against the Yazidis, including genocide, are “ongoing,” with more than 3,200 women and children still held by the group and being subjected to almost-unimaginable violence, the Commission said.Most are in Syria where Yazidi women and girls continue to be sexually enslaved and Yazidi boys, indoctrinated, trained and used in hostilities. Thousands of Yazidi men and boys remain missing.The Commission called for renewed attention to its findings and its wide-ranging recommendations to the UN, the Syrian Government and the wider international community, including the one encouraging the Security Council to urgently refer the situation to ICC or an ad hoc tribunal with relevant geographic and temporal jurisdiction, in line with each State’s individual obligations under the Genocide Convention.“It is the responsibility of the United Nations, and the international community to take action to stop the on-going genocide, to care for its victims, and to bring those responsible to justice,” the statement said. read more

Decline in bees could wipe out British apple industry say scientists

first_imgFurther decline in bee populations could cost British farmers hundreds of millions of pounds and completely wipe out the apple industry, according to scientists.The authors of a major UN report warn that urgent action is needed to halt the decrease of pollinators, as many types of crop production would be commercially unviable without them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Doing nothing is a big risk that could endanger the global supply of nutritious foods and the livelihoods of millions of peopleProfessor Simon Potts, University of Reading The report calls for “bee highways” to allow the insects to move more freely between foraging locations and reducing “green deserts” – landscapes dominated by a single crop species.Dr Tom Breeze, also from Reading, said the lion’s share of pollinating in the UK was performed by a small handful of species, which could be vulnerable to rapid population decline.“If things went wrong then people would certainly notice because we would have to import a lot more food and it would become more expensive,” he said.Published in the journal Nature, the report also found that £1.4 billion jobs worldwide depend on pollinating insects. Other produce such as rape, they argue, could not be nearly as efficiently grown without the help of bees, and an absence of the insects would load extra costs onto both shoppers and farmers.Pollinators are estimated to save British farms nearly £700 million a year, and the new report found that three-quarters of the world’s crops, worth £403 billion, rely on them.Professor Simon Potts from the University of Reading, who led the new research, said: “Doing nothing is a big risk that could endanger the global supply of nutritious foods and the livelihoods of millions of people.”last_img read more

Brad and Angelina have found a new gaff in Dublin

first_imgTHINGS HAVE BEEN woof for Brad and Angelina lately.There has been speculation about their weight, rumours that Brad didn’t look as groomed as he used to, and ‘friends’ reporting that Angelina hadn’t been seen looking happy in a long time.But things are on the pup – sorry, up – for the attractive couple.Brangelina were among two of the nine dogs rescued by the DSPCA from a puppy farm in Dublin 15 yesterday.Pic: DSPCANine dogs were taken into care by the animal welfare charity after a month-long investigation into the puppy farm. The DSPCA said most of the dogs were in generally good condition but some were underweight due to lack of food.The two are now on their way to a new home and are looking forward to spending some quality time together.No animals were harmed in the making of this post but several puns were tortured. Read: Dublin puppy farm closed by DSPCA > Read: Donkey suffers hypothermia after spending night stuck in Dublin canal >last_img read more

Heres whats on the way tonight… And no end in sight says

first_imgThe predicted swell at 3am tomorrow [Magic Seaweed]There’ll be further widespread rain tomorrow, “with some thundery downpours likely and the ongoing danger of flooding”.Speaking on Morning Ireland, the weather service’s Gerald Fleming said that while the rain band and the showers were exceptionally unusual, the conditions posed a risk because rivers were already at such a high level.“Cork, Kerry, Clare and Limerick will get the heaviest rain tonight,” Fleming said.He warned that further weather systems were on the way next week, and that pattern would continue “as far ahead as we can see”.More stormy weather and heavy rain is expected on Tuesday, Thursday and “possibly Friday,” according to Fleming.(Note: Live near a river? You can keep an eye on water levels here)Watch: Timelapse captures the rise of last night’s severe floodingRead: Just what is the emergency ‘National Coordination Group’ anyway? Related “We have to do some serious thinking about long-term flood defences” — Howlin [Image: Earth Wind Map]MUCH OF THE country enjoyed a break in the weather yesterday — but it’s not set to last, as another system of stormy weather sweeps in from the Atlantic.And Met Éireann says it’s unable to predict at this stage when the weather pattern will change.Anyone living near a river is being urged to keep an eye on the local forecast, and to check for updates from their local authority, as the flood risk moves inland.The risk posed by tidal flooding is now abating, in the wake of the high tides of last weekend and the early part of this week.Here’s Met Éireann’s forecast for tonight:Very wet and very windy at first tonight, but the rain will give way to showers. Some of the showers will be very heavy or possibly thundery overnight and winds will continue strong and blustery, with some severe winds on southwestern and southern coasts.last_img read more

Handson BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

first_imgAfter hearing so much about it over the past few months, I finally got my hands on RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. Not being a BlackBerry user it’s not the tablet I’m most excited for, but the OS looks slick and I’m expecting this, the iPad 2, and a few choice Android devices to be the to-have tablets of 2011.I’ll put this out right from the start–nothing new was revealed at RIM’s event. We got to test out the PlayBook, but there were no new details on the pricing or release date (still confident about late March/April timing). Also the devices were said to be running the same build of QNX that the demo devices were running back at CES in January, so I wasn’t surprised to see some minor issues (but wait, isn’t this OS supposed to be designed to run tanks?).Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the PlayBook. All signs were pointing in the right direction (even the pricing, with the PlayBook rumored to start at $399 for an 8GB model), but my hands-on time confirmed most of the good stuff I had read.The operating system reminded me a lot of webOS, which isn’t surprising given how just yesterday an HP rep called the QNX interface an imitation of webOS. There are of course a lot of differences when you consider how BlackBerry handsets will fit into the mix, but when you are just using the OS there is no question that it’s reminiscent of webOS and its cards. The multitasking controls are certainly alike but it’s not surprising that companies would use similar paradigms for their first gen products. Everyone is still trying to figure out tablets and gestures so sticking with what people understand is generally a good way to go.From what I saw the OS is quick and quite smooth. Apps didn’t open instantly but they weren’t slow and, more importantly, the OS’ movements were all really fluid. I don’t mind if the calendar app takes more than an instant to open up, but it seems that RIM and I agree that delayed swipes and slow launchers just aren’t OK. Video looks impressive, especially the HD video played through the included app, though web-based Flash video works too. Flash/Air apps worked well enough and the PlayBook had a game of Samorost on it, if anyone was looking to do some point-and-click adventuring.The PlayBook is all about the swipes. You swipe up from the bottom at any time to get to what passes for the home screen and down from the top to get a context menu. Side-to-side swipes have the predictable left-right action of course, but there is a surprise–go diagonally up from the bottom-left corner and you’ll be greeted with a keyboard.The hardware is what you’d expect from a premium tablet–the PlayBook is slim, button-free on the front, solidly built, and nice to the touch. The 7-inch size is, not surprisingly, reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the soft touch rubber back is a better option than a glossy plastic. Speaking of gloss, the display has it full on, so dealing with glare will be a fact of life. It’s not so bad if the backlighting is high enough and the PlayBook is not at all alone in this, but it’s not ideal. RIM kept the physical controls to a bare minimum so there are some buttons on the side, but that’s about it.My personal preference for a larger tablet aside, the PlayBook is nicely built and comfortable to hold. There are definite advantages to a smaller tablet when it comes to single-handed use and transportation, but the trade-off is the smaller screen. For most people they should consider this: will their tablet be something used primarily on the road or something for the home/office/coffeeshop? I’m very much the latter, so a larger screen makes sense.The app experience was probably the least impressive part of my PlayBook demo. Some apps are going to be very slick (like those from TAT) but the selection is clearly lacking. When looking for apps to demo I ended up playing with a fantasy football app and then an old Flash game. There were others, a few games and so on, but most of what the PlayBook was packing were RIM’s core apps. It turns out that those apps (camera, calculator, calender, etc.) were nicely done, but they weren’t enough to wow me. There was a bit of instability which could be explained by the early version of the OS, but some people pointed out that Adobe Flash/AIR isn’t exactly the best starting point if stability is your goal (as you might have guessed, those people weren’t from RIM).It’s too early to form a definitive opinion about the PlayBook–the OS build we used is far from final and I didn’t have too much time with the device–but I’m more interested in it now that I’ve used it. As much as I like aspects of the PlayBook I don’t see it as being a major threat to the iPad or the bigger Android tablets, but it clearly could be great for business types and BlackBerry lovers. The tight connection with a BlackBerry smartphone (for things like calendar, address book, tasks, email, and BBM) will be the tablet’s biggest strength and weakness, depending on your choice of mobile phone. I’d like to gain access to BBM without having to go to a BlackBerry phone (and it looks like I will), but it looks like that’s not going to happen here.So far I can say that the PlayBook multitasks well, has great looking video playback, and it has the potential to enhance your BlackBerry experience (read: CrackBerry addiction). It doesn’t look like it will be the mass market tablet that the iPad 2 or the next Galaxy Tab will be, but that probably won’t be a surprise for RIM. The company had the choice to either try to go mainstream or to further entrench dedicated BB users and it seems like they are going with the latter, as opposed to trying to compete head-on with the iPad 2, TouchPad, and a legion of Android tablets. I’m betting this will end up being a good first effort from RIM and a great start for their QNX platform.playbook_37playbook_37playbook_34playbook_32playbook_31playbook_30playbook_29playbook_28playbook_27playbook_25playbook_24playbook_23playbook_22playbook_20playbook_18playbook_17playbook_16playbook_15playbook_13playbook_12playbook_11playbook_10playbook_09playbook_08playbook_07playbook_06playbook_05playbook_04playbook_03playbook_02playbook_01last_img read more

Tesla demos its 90 second Model S battery swap

first_imgElectric cars have a long way to go before they can be considered a proper replacement for our gas guzzling vehicles. Two of the major roadblocks to their mainstream acceptance is the limited range such cars have on a single charge and the time it takes to recharge their batteries.The company leading the pack on electric car innovation is Tesla, and in a roundabout way they have already solved the whole charging issue. In fact, you can “refuel” a Tesla car quicker than it takes to pump a full tank of gas into a regular car. You can see how in the video below:Tesla has demonstrated the battery swapping system on a Model S to an audience that were obviously impressed. The whole process takes just 90 seconds, you don’t have to leave your car, and there’s no work involved for the driver. Of course, it relies on the battery changing system being installed along your route, but lets face it, when electric cars get popular these will probably be a standard feature at every gas station.There is a transport charge involved in using the battery swapping system, which as of yet hasn’t been specified. But the first such battery swapping pads are planned for installation at supercharger stations along California’s I-5, so the pricing should become public knowledge pretty soon.We still have a long way to go, but innovation like this certainly makes owning and driving an electric car a little bit more desirable. That first 90 second refuel in the pouring rain with you sat warm and dry inside the car is going to feel pretty awesome, isn’t it?last_img read more

NXT UK Womens Title Tournament Gran Metalik vs TJP Nikki Cross vs

first_imgFacebook NXT UK Results – 9/11/19 (NXT UK Tag Team Championships rematch, Tegan Nox in action) Google+ NXT UK, 205 Live and WWE NXT will all air today and tonight on the WWE Network.Kicking things off on Wednesday is a new episode of NXT UK at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 CT featuring the semifinals of the NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament continuing with Toni Storm, Dakota Kai and more in action.205 Live returns at 7:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 CT featuring TJP vs. Gran Metalik, Tony Nese vs. Noam Dar and the team of Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick in action. Plus, an appearance by WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy.WWE NXT closes out the night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT featuring Nikki Cross vs. Candice LeRae, Lars Sullivan and Keith Lee in action and the fallout from Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II special from Los Angeles. Pinterest WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events center_img WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) WhatsApp Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Central officers to visit waterstressed pockets in the country

first_imgNew Delhi: Alarmed over water crisis in various regions and pockets of the country, the Centre has started sending senior officers in batches to the districts and pockets facing sharp fall in water table. Official sources said the team would comprise joint secretaries and directors from across ministries and departments. It will also have technical personnel from Central Water Commission or other such agencies. The move is part of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA). Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The team will assess the overall situation in the water-stressed districts. Additional secretaries and joint secretaries would be the officer in-charge. Directors would be the nodal officer. The team will see what kind of interventions would be required to improve the situation,” an officer, assigned to visit a water-stressed district, told IANS. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us They are expected to suggest as to whether there is a need to dig a pond or revive old well so that water level could be raised over a period of time. The government had in 2018 dispatched Central officers to various districts in the state to assess the effectiveness of various schemes. The action plan under Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan helped the government understand the actual impact of various flagship programmes. In the wake of the water scarcity in various parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated plans to conserve water. Last month, he wrote to all sarpanchs exhorting them to adopt measures to make water conservation a mass movement. Advertise With Us The government has created the new Ministry of Jal Shakti for dealing with all matters related to water in an integrated manner. A high-level committee has been set up to take forward the subject of ‘Push on Water Conservation Related Activities for Optimum Utilization of Monsoon Rainfall.’ The Central Ground Water Board had earlier prepared a conceptual paper — Master Plan for Artificial Recharge on Ground Water in India. It envisaged construction of 1.11 crore rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge structures in the country at an estimated cost of Rs 79,178 crore to harness 85 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water in an area of 9,41,541 square kilometres by harnessing surplus monsoon runoff.last_img read more

Medicines in stock for 1520 days in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced that all 376 notified as well as 62 essential or life saving medicines are available in stock in the Union Territory for 15-20 days. The administration, however, accepted there was a shortage of baby food in the Kashmir Valley for nearly two days but said the issue has been resolved and fresh stocks had been received. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The baby food stock is now sufficient for next three weeks minimum,” the administration said in a statement. The statement came in the wake of news about insufficient stock of medicine in the Union Territory. The administration said that most distributors of medicines were based in Jammu and average time taken for delivery medicines once an order was placed was 14-18 hours. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us According to the administration, three persons each were stationed at Jammu and Chandigarh for quick despatch of medicines and baby food. A Sub-Divisional Magistrate level officer was coordinating the supplies in the Valley. “All 376 notified drugs are available at government shops and also private retailers. At least 62 essential or life saving drugs available. Both categories (are available) for 15-20 days stock.” Advertise With Us The administration said that in Srinagar all but one of the 1,666 chemist shops had remained open while over 65 per cent medical shops were open in the Kashmir Valley, which has 7,630 retail and 4,331 wholesale chemist shops. The administration said that medicines worth Rs 23.81 crore had reached retail shops in the last 20 days — slightly higher than the monthly average. Jammu and Kashmir has been under restrictions since August 5 when the Central government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special powers to the erstwhile state. The state was then split into two.last_img read more

Late Pleistocene evidence that crocodiles preyed on giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll

first_imgSize comparison of crocodylian and gianttortoiseremains. Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171800 Citation: Late Pleistocene evidence that crocodiles preyed on giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll (2018, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests the giant tortoises living on the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles may have once had to watch out for crocodile attacks. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes fossil evidence they found on the atoll that suggests crocodiles large enough to cause harm may have once feasted on the giant tortoises. 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. New study suggests some ancient bite marks from crocs not stone tools Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Torsten M. Scheyer et al. Trophic interactions between larger crocodylians and giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean, during the Late Pleistocene, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171800AbstractToday, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll is home to about 100 000 giant tortoises, Aldabrachelys gigantea, whose fossil record goes back to the Late Pleistocene. New Late Pleistocene fossils (age ca. 90–125 000 years) from the atoll revealed some appendicular bones and numerous shell fragments of giant tortoises and cranial and postcranial elements of crocodylians. Several tortoise bones show circular holes, pits and scratch marks that are interpreted as bite marks of crocodylians. The presence of a Late Pleistocene crocodylian species, Aldabrachampsus dilophus, has been known for some time, but the recently found crocodylian remains presented herein are distinctly larger than those previously described. This indicates the presence of at least some larger crocodylians, either of the same or of a different species, on the atoll. These larger crocodylians, likely the apex predators in the Aldabra ecosystem at the time, were well capable of inflicting damage on even very large giant tortoises. We thus propose an extinct predator–prey interaction between crocodylians and giant tortoises during the Late Pleistocene, when both groups were living sympatrically on Aldabra, and we discuss scenarios for the crocodylians directly attacking the tortoises or scavenging on recently deceased animals. © 2018 Today, the giant tortoises that live on Aldabra Atoll pass their days relatively stress-free due to an absence of predators. Their thick, dome-shaped shells offer them a very secure defense against creatures that might seek to harm them. But their peaceful existence is also thanks to laws that ban humans from harming them, and perhaps events that led to the demise of crocodiles that were big enough to attack them.The researchers report that during a visit to the atoll, they found parts of giant fossilized tortoise shells with large tooth bite marks on them. More importantly, they also found a jawbone that had once belonged to a large ancient crocodilian—one that was bigger than those represented by previously found fossils. Testing showed that both fossils were from a time period approximately 90,000 to 125,000 years ago—putting them in the late Pleistocene. The size of the fossilized jawbone, the team concluded, suggested that the crocodile would have been larger than the others that had lived on the atoll, but smaller than modern Nile or saltwater crocodiles. They further estimated by examining the jawbone that the crocodile would have been approximately 11.5 feet long—big enough to tear limbs or a head from an exposed tortoise. The tortoise would have weighed approximately 550 pounds.The researchers suggest that the bite marks on the tortoise shell indicate one of two possible scenarios. In the first, the croc had hidden itself beneath the water and then pounced when it saw the tortoise stretch its neck out to get a drink of water. The other possibility was that the tortoise died from another cause and the crocodile left marks as it attempted to get at the remains inside the shell.last_img read more

Very soul full this

first_imgThis could have turned out to be a column full of raves and rants, but that was thankfully averted by more than a mile. So one super cold evening, I undertook the journey from Delhi to Gurgaon, to check out this new place which is very intriguingly called Spoonful of Soul. The twists and turns of roads took me through sleeping neighbourhoods and I finally arrived at what looked like a traveller’s inn of yore. As I walked into the cobbled courtyard, I could see restaurants and designer boutiques around me. What made it even more interesting was was that the only way to reach the restaurant was a glass lift — nothing extraordinary but nice nevertheless. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Spoonful of Soul has been designed more like a cafe and as I walked in, warm hues of blue and purple and pink greeted me. The furniture is cane and wood, with rattan sofas filling up the cosy corners. A lot of soul has indeed gone into the décor. The walls have scooped shelves which house crockery — adding a nice touch.The menu is a mix of Continental and Mediterranean and a board lists the Thai dishes of the day (you can also order Chinese). Though it has not opened very long back, the liquor license is already in place.But the alcohol list is not exhaustive and they would do well to add more brands. The restaurant has mostly the regular cocktails and some of the mocktails are quite good (though why the Peanut butter shake is listed as a mocktail is beyond comprehension). But among the mocktails, you can try the Virgin Cosmopolitan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe food is mostly good. I was quite impressed with the way the Awesome foursome — which comprises kebabs made from chicken, fish and prawns — was served on skewers. Though it was served overcooked and slightly burnt. I also liked the idea behind the Prawn and apple salad — chunks of apple served with bits of prawns. If you don’t have any problem eating bacon, the Saltimbocca (see recipe) is a must eat.   Those with a sweet tooth, do not leave without gorging on the Sweet Zebra — a vanilla ice cream and Oreo biscuit sandwich. It is served slightly hard so that the ice cream doesn’t melt, but it is worth it.DETAILAt: Spoonful of Soul, 27 Nathupur Road, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon Timings: Noon to 3.30 pm (lunch); 7 pm to 11.30 pm (dinner) Phone: 0124 30146022Meal for two: Rs 1,000 (without alcohol)last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | January 30, 2015 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Top 10 Articles of 2014 ITN relies on its readers for input as to what trends and topics you are interested in and are affecting your business. We continuously monitor what the audience is viewing online at, and also through social media channels. This year, topics on women’s health and dose monitoring dominated the list.  ITN’s mission is to serve as a time-saving, go-to source for information on the latest in imaging technology and help readers keep up-to-date on trends in the market. This year’s list is a reflection of that goal, and what readers considered important this past year.1. Breast Density: Are You Informed?A primer for questions your patients may ask.2. Joint Commission Releases Imaging Standards With new radiation management spreading throughout the industry, the expectation and demand for optimized radiation safety practices will drive healthcare organizations to implement new methodologies and programs to keep up with highly competitive, industry-wide initiatives.3. Managing Dose: Radiation Exposure on the RisePhysicians, hospital leadership and vendors come together to manage dose.4. Joint Commission Calls for Use of Radiation Dose MonitoringThere is a general feeling in radiology that it is only a matter of time before more states legislate the use of radiation dose monitoring software.5. The Great IntegrationAdvances in IGRT and advanced imaging coincide at the Elsie and Robert Pierson Radiation Oncology Center.6. Is Breast Brachytherapy Still Relevant?Overwhelming evidence supports brachytherapy as a standard of care for early-stage breast cancer.7. CMS Issues Ruling on 2015 Mammography Screening Reimbursement RateSeparate codes have been created for screening mammography versus diagnostic mammography.8. The Business Case for VNAMedical image-object management provides an incredible business opportunity, but healthcare executives need to define the requirements, benefits and costs in a manner that justifies the investment.9. The Evolution of Digital RadiographyFrom smaller and lighter detectors for specific applications, to the development of features for dose monitoring and recording, DR is evolving to become more efficient for radiologists. 10. Trends in Mobile C-armsAs manufacturers address image quality and efficiency issues, mobile C-arms will continue to become more standard in the OR, especially as healthcare organizations seek more versatile, economical options.Comparison charts continue to top the list, as well. The topics most important to you in 2014 included:CT SystemsUltrasound SystemsDigital Radiography SystemsMRI SystemsPET/CTMobile C-armsPACSDigital Mammography SystemsCT Dose ManagementRadiation Dose Management FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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White House names Democratic donor as nominee for ambassador to Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Talk of ‘Yankee imperialism’ rankles US Embassy in San José Dueling Anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ vs. ‘Hermosa Bandera’ Costa Rica not alone as it waits for a new US ambassador US ambassador to Costa Rica talks marijuana legalization, trade S. Fitzgerald Haney, President Obama’s pick for the next U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. Courtesy U.S. Embassy in San JoséAfter more than a year without an ambassador in Costa Rica, the White House on Tuesday finally announced its choice to head the United States’ diplomatic mission here.The Obama administration named S. Fitzgerald Haney, an international businessman with experience in marketing, financial services and manufacturing in Latin America, as its pick for the next ambassador to Costa Rica. Most recently, Haney has been a principal and director of business development and client services for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Pzena Investment Management in New York City. He has held the position since 2007.Haney and his wife, Rabbi Andrea Haney, are prominent donors to U.S. President Barack Obama and other Democrats. Since 2008, Fitzgerald Haney has donated $84,303. Andrea Haney donated $192,252 to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and other Democratic candidates, according to Federal Election Commission records. Andrea Haney was the only one of the couple who gave directly to Obama, donating $4,506. She also contributed $62,00 to Obama political action committees (PACs).Fitzgerald Haney earned a Bachelor of Science in international economics and a Master of Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in international business and diplomacy. Haney has worked in Mexico, Brazil, Israel and Puerto Rico during his career, among other places. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and is conversant in French, according to a biography provided by the U.S. Embassy in San José.The nominee was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up outside Chicago in Naperville, Illinois. Fitzgerald and Andrea Haney live in Englewood, New Jersey, with their four children.Fitzgerald Haney must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee before he can assume the ambassadorship. The U.S. mission in Costa Rica has been headed by Chargé d’Affaires Gonzalo Gallegos since Ambassador Anne S. Andrew left the post more than a year ago. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Haiti on the outside looking in at Star Wars delirium

first_imgRelated posts:‘The Salt of the Earth’ focuses on photographer Sebastião Salgado Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented France The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed – and disappoint PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Without a single functioning movie theatre in their country, Haitians have been feeling left out in recent days, whilemuch of the rest of the world swoons over the latest “Star Wars” movie.The debut past this weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was a worldwide event — except in remote and impoverished corners of the globe like Haiti, where fans of the epic film franchise are out in the cold.“This is a situation which really brings me down,” said Vladimir Desir, 30, a long time Star Wars fan.“I may have to wait five or six months until they show it on television, since I don’t want to watch a poorly made pirated version,” he said.The seventh episode of this hit series has attained blockbuster status in its first weekend, with an estimated $238 million tickets sold in the U.S. and Canadian — a box office record — and more than a half-billion dollars worldwide.Haiti’s last cinema closed its doors in 2009, after failing to make a profit, in large part because of rampant film piracy.“This is a real problem that I regret on a personal level, but also for all the movie fans in this country, said Emelie Prophete, director of the Haitian Copyright Office, known under the French acronym BHDA.“The piracy problem is not specific to Haiti but pirate DVDs are even sold outside the presidential palace and other state institutions,” Prophete said. Haitian children play ball in the neighborhood of Nanboule, in Cite Soleil 17, Port-au-Prince, on May 30, 2015. Héctor Retamal/AFPThere was hope for a newly renovated theater, the Triumph, which reopened this past summer after being repaired to fix damage sustained in the 2010 earthquake. The theater so far has screen movies only sporadically, all of which have been domestic films.“Screenings of Star Wars at the Triomphe? I doubt it,” Prophete said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Obama gets taste of Thailand at Buddhist temple

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 “Yes! I saw him! And he was waving at us!” said 72-year-old American tourist Elizabeth Simon visiting Thailand with her 74-year-old sister. They were at the beach in Pattaya two hours away but rushed to Bangkok just to see him. “I’m so thrilled that he won the election. When we heard he was coming, we decided to get here.”Parts of the temple date to Thai King Rama I in the 1700s. The king’s ashes are kept beneath the pedestal of one of the huge seated Buddha statues in the complex, which is located along the banks of the Chao Phraya river near the Grand Palace. It is in the quiet, historic old quarter of Bangkok, outside the skyscraper-and-traffic clogged downtown.“It’s meaningful that Obama came straight to Wat Pho,” said Pradab Supradit, a 67-year-old Thai grandmother who took a bus, a river ferry and then walked up roads closed for security hoping to glimpse the man or just see his convoy. “It will bring him blessings because temples are at the center of Thai people’s hearts.”“I want to see him with my own eyes,” she said. “I like Obama because of his charisma and personality. He’s a smart guy. I love the way he talks.” ___Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker and Todd Pitman contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Observing traditional custom, Obama took off his shoes as a saffron-robed monk led him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through the 18th century temple’s stoned paved compound of multi-colored spires and chapels with hundreds of gilded Buddha images.But the main attraction is the reclining Buddha statue that at 46 meters (150 feet) long, and 15 meters (50 feet) high, stretches half the length of a football field. The statue is made of bricks and plaster and covered in gold leaf with mother-of-pearl inlay decorating the feet.The visit was meant to give Obama a taste of Bangkok. But one thing Obama did not get to see as he sped through Bangkok was the city’s infamous traffic jams. All roads leading to Wat Pho and his other destinations were blocked and cleared of cars as part of security measures that included bomb squads and shutting the temple to the public hours in advance.Camera-clad tourists who came to visit the temple or glimpse the American leader were initially dismayed. They were kept hundreds of meters (yards) away as his armored Cadillac pulled to a stop inside a white tent erected at the temple’s entrance, which obscured him from sight.But those who waited an hour for his temple tour to end were elated. A smiling Obama waved from the backseat of his car, which drove slowly alongside cheering crowds as he headed to a royal audience with Thailand’s revered, ailing monarch, 84-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – Leaving behind chants of “Obama, Obama” by adoring crowds on the streets, the president of the United States stepped into the serenity of Thailand’s most famous temple compound to marvel at its centerpiece _ a gigantic, golden statue of a reclining Buddha propped up on one elbow before passing into nirvana.The Temple of Reclining Buddha, formally known as Wat Pho, was the first stop on President Barack Obama’s Asian tour that will also take him to Myanmar and Cambodia. Obama arrived at the temple, one of Bangkok’s most famous tourist sites, straight from the airport after landing in Bangkok on Sunday. Visits to see the king and the Thai prime minister were saved for later.last_img read more

Crapos Plan A Permanent Sustainable Housing Finance System

first_imgCrapo’s Plan: A “Permanent, Sustainable Housing Finance System” Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News March 26, 2019 1,428 Views center_img Georgetown University HOUSING Housing Finance Reform Housing Policy Council Mike Crapo Moody’s Analytics NAACP National Association of Home Builders Senate Banking Committee Sherrod Brown 2019-03-26 Radhika Ojha The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee met on Tuesday to discuss the committee’s Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo’s housing finance reform outline. The first part of this two-part hearing saw testimonies from experts giving their insights on the housing finance reform outline and how best to proceed. During his opening statement, Crapo said that his outline set out a “blueprint for a permanent, sustainable new housing finance system.” Under the outline, he said that the proposed housing finance reforms would protect taxpayers by reducing the systemic, too-big-to-fail risk posed by the current duopoly of mortgage guarantors; preserve existing infrastructure in the housing finance system that works well, while significantly increasing the role of private risk-bearing capital; establish several new layers of protection between mortgage credit risk and taxpayers; ensure a level playing field for originators of all sizes and types, while also locking in uniform, responsible underwriting standards; and promote broad accessibility to mortgage credit, including in underserved markets. “As we begin these discussions we must ask what housing options do families have today and what housing opportunities will we make available for families,” ranking member Sen. Sherrod Brown said. “Failure to put working families first in the process will make it harder to for families to afford rent, but above all put the viability of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at risk and hit communities with lower income, communities of color and rural America.”During his testimony, Edward DeMarco, President of the Housing Policy Council (HPC), said that the need for housing finance reform remained as critical as ever. “Only Congress can replace the GSE duopoly with a more competitive market that reduces risk to taxpayers while ensuring a steady flow of mortgage finance for homebuyers,” DeMarco said. “We seek a more competitive market that puts private capital in front of a government guarantee.”Additionally, DeMarco said that HPC members recognized that government reform would not happen absent meaningful progress on questions of affordability and availability of credit. “Here too there has been progress, though some work remains.”Speaking specifically about the outline, DeMarco said that it reflected the “progression in our collective thinking” and that it was a practical, workable proposal that built on all previous proposals.DeMarco addressed the components of the outline, the elements that HPC supports, the open-ended questions that the outline identifies, and some areas where additional specificity is needed. Additionally, he highlighted actions that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the administration could take to ensure a smooth transition for new guarantors to enter the housing finance system with no competitive disadvantage relative to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. During his testimony, Greg Ugalde, Chairman of the Board, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called on Congress to make housing affordability a national priority through housing finance reform. “Advancing comprehensive housing finance reform will ensure the capital and liquidity necessary for consumers and home builders to access stable financing,” Ugalde said. “We believe that an accessible housing finance system must address liquidity as well as affordability regardless of domestic and economic financial conditions.”Giving NAHB’s views on Crapo’s housing finance reform outline, Ugalde said that the NAHB appreciated and supported the Committee Chair’s effort to put forth a “thoughtful outline for housing finance reform,” that included what NAHB believed were key elements for a comprehensive reform bill along with a bipartisan agreement.Ugalde particularly expressed appreciation of Crapo’s support of the explicit government backstop for a key portion of the conventional mortgage market that was critical to the ongoing availability of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and financing of affordable multifamily properties. Additionally, he said that the outline allowed the mortgage market to benefit from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s well-tested infrastructure. “The outline will designate Ginnie Mae as an operator of the securitization platform and provide the explicit government guarantee for mortgage-backed securities,” Ugalde said. “Employing a known and successful government entity provides an advantage but substantial operates will be needed for Ginnie Mae to perform this expanded role.”Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics said that while the outline left much to be resolved, it offered a promising framework to begin this work. “I would implore policymakers to use your outline to finish this job of housing finance reform,” Zandi said.However, he told Crapo that the framework still had critical design issues that needed to be resolved for the reform to be a success. According to Zandi, the first structural issue was to ensure how enough guarantors enter the system that there are “none that are too big to be allowed to fail.” “Fannie and Freddie’s complete domination of the current market will frankly make it impossible for new entrants absent significant steps to reduce barriers to entry,” Zandi said. “A more fulsome securitization platform, increased transparency, and multi-issuer single security will at very least be required to support sufficient entry.”The second key issue, Zandi said was to ensure that lender-issuers were not on the hook for the failure of the guarantors from which they purchase insurance. “If they are, then they won’t get true sail accounting for the loans that they make which will make this channel entirely unworkable,” he said.The final issue was to ensure broad, consistent access to affordable mortgage credit particularly in areas where the market could be less inclined to serve as well when left on its own. “Your outline states that the current affordability goals and duty to serve will be replaced by 10-basis point market access to lower housing costs for low- and moderate-income borrowers,” Zandi told the committee. “While this fee will generate much more funds than the current system to promote access, more needs to be done. Critically it’s important that all guarantors have a national footprint so that they don’t only serve the markets that happen to be most profitable.”According to Hilary O. Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau and SVP for Policy and Advocacy at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), today the homeownership rates between African-Americans was where it was “when discrimination was legal, prior to the enactment of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.”“Any changes to the current system must continue to protect and incorporate the important market segments, namely people of color and low- to moderate-income families on which a well functioning future system depends and a just society demands,” Shelton said.Moreover, he said that any housing finance reform must remedy “the discriminatory practices within the mortgage market, the societal constraints, and too many cases to federal policies.”Specifically, Shelton called on Congress to retain and strengthen “any or all duty to serve provisions by GSEs or any governmental program. “Without an enforceable, robust history to serve any program the market has proven that communities of color will find it extremely difficult to access the mortgage market.”“Congress must preserve FHA-insured lending to ensure low down payment mortgage loans and access to low down payment assistance programs as well as promote low and cost-effective loan modifications for existing homeowners,” Shelton said. He reiterated that any housing finance reform must provide broad access to capital for all borrowers as well as institutions of every size.Giving a directly opposite view, Adam Levitin, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University said that today’s housing market was functioning well and did not need a complete overhaul as outlined in Crapo’s housing finance reform proposal. “Most creditworthy Americans are today able to obtain mortgage financing, no matter where they live—metropolitan areas or rural communities. They can readily obtain a long-term fixed rate mortgage, the product that has built the American middle class,” Levitin said. “The multi-guarantor system proposed in the Chairman’s outline would place all of this in jeopardy.”He said that the system should make one essential change to make lending more secure and accessible, which was to ensure that guarantors took on market-wide credit risk, rather than the credit risk on a segment of the market. “If guarantors assume market-wide credit risk, the market will not segment and guarantors will not price pro-cyclically,” he said.  The second part of this discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. EST.Click here to view the testimonies and discussion of the first part of this hearing.last_img read more

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