New Delhi: Queries related to the newly introduced EWS category, cut-offs, deduction of marks on changing streams were some of the queries of aspirants that dominated the first open day at the Delhi University, which started the online registration on its admission portal on Thursday.The university organises Open Days for parents and students every year to resolve their queries about filling up the online forms, the admission process and the criterion for admission in the varsity. Moreover, within the 24 hours 1,01,811 registration were done on the portal. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarMany parents had queries about the newly introduced EWS category. Some aspirants also complained that their respective SDMs were not even aware about any EWS certificate they were required to issue. In January, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared 10 per cent quota in education and government jobs to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), a key demand of upper castes. Saurabh Sinha, who had come from west Delhi’s Janakpuri, said, “We know that this category has been introduced in DU and we had gone to SDM of our district to find out about the EWS certificate. “They said they had not received any notification about any such certificate that they were supposed to issue,” he said. Sinha said the officials here were asking aspirants to upload an acknowledgement receipt. Another student, Gunjan Makhijani, who had come from Naraina Vihar, had a similar issue. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The district authorities are saying that they are not aware about the EWS certificate. DU is saying it’s not their prerogative. It is disheartening to know this. I had a subject engineering graphics in Class 12 and I wanted to know whether the marks I secured in that subject can be added to the best of four,” she said. An admission official said some 24-25 students who have registered themselves on the admission portal have uploaded EWS certificates and if any government official is saying they do not know about it, the varsity is helpless. Many other students and their parents had queries about the OBC certificate, which they said had been issued last year, while the Delhi University mandates that it should be dated March 31, 2019 or later. Some students also said that the district authorities were refusing to reissue certificates as they queried if they could upload income certificate along with a copy of the OBC certificate of last year. However, officials maintained that they are following guidelines and accepting acknowledgment receipts and the students have time till that last date of admission to get their certificates made. This year, the varsity will be effecting a 10 per cent increase in seats for economically weaker sections and due to this there will be a rise of close to 6,000 seats, taking the total number of seats for undergraduate courses to 62,000. There will be separate cut-offs for students belonging to the EWS category.
New Delhi: The number of wilful defaulters in nationalised banks has increased by over 60 per cent to 8,582 in five years to March 2019, the government said Monday.By the end of 2014-15 fiscal, the figure stood at 5,349, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. Rising consistently since 2014-15, the number of such borrowers increased to 6,575 in 2015-16; 7,079 in 2016-17 and further to 7,535 in 2017-18. “Wilful defaulters are acted against comprehensively. Moreover…as per RBI’s instructions, wilful defaulters are not sanctioned any additional facilities by banks or financial institutions, and their unit is debarred from floating new ventures for five years,” Sitharaman said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceRecovery of Rs 7,654 crore has been done from wilful defaulters’ accounts during the last five financial years, she said. As per data reported by nationalised banks, till March 31, 2019, suits for recovery have been filed in 8,121 cases. In cases involving secured assets, action under the provisions of the SARFAESI Act has been initiated in 6,251 cases. “Further, in accordance with RBI instructions of initiation of criminal proceedings wherever necessary, FIRs have been registered in 2,915 cases,” Sitharaman said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeBesides, vide Sebi regulations, wilful defaulters and companies with wilful defaulters as promoters/directors have been debarred from accessing capital markets to raise funds, she said. In addition, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 has debarred wilful defaulters from participating in the insolvency resolution process. For effective action against wilful defaulters fleeing Indian jurisdiction, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 has been enacted to provide for attachment and confiscation of property of fugitive offenders and has disentitled them from defending any civil claim. The government has also advised public sector banks to decide on publishing photographs of wilful defaulters as well as to obtain a certified copy of the passport of promoters/directors and other authorised signatories of companies availing loans of more than Rs 50 crore, the minister said. Heads of PSBs have also been empowered to request for issuance of lookout circulars against wilful defaulters, she said. With PTI inputs
The “job-weak growth” is “not politically sustainable over the long run because underlying it all are different forms of social tensions already expressing themselves in different ways,” he said in an address to delegates at an ILO Asian Forum on Growth, Employment and Decent Work.The Forum is the first major gathering of senior government, labour and employer representatives from nearly two dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific since the launch of the Decent Work Decade at the ILO’s Asian regional meeting last year.Participants – including representatives of finance and planning ministries, academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – discussed how create policies aimed to integrate sustainable development and decent work.Mr. Somavia stressed that Asian countries share commonalities, and that the “time has come to strive for a social floor in every country according to its means, pursued as a systematic national and international development objective to expand the security of its people.”For example, he cited as a strategy “a basic income, health care and education package – together with organization, rights at work and empowerment to voice and defend their interests.”When combined, “these measures can no doubt enhance growth and productivity,” Mr. Somavia noted. “But they are also justified by the enormous growth in wealth creation that has been taking place.”During the conference, participants also conferred on a new ILO report entitled “Visions for Asia’s Decent Work Decade: Sustainable Growth and Jobs to 2015” said that the continent’s vast labour force, already estimated at some 1.8 billion workers, is expected to grow by more than 200 million by the year 2015, posing a series of environmental, economic and social challenges to the region’s rapidly growing economies.The report calls for an effective balance between flexibility, stability and security through improved labour market governance, including the adoption and adherence to international labour standards, improving accountability and transparency, and building the capacity of employers and workers to engage more effectively in serious dialogue. It also warns that growth and sustainable development could be seriously undermined by environmental degradation, depletion of natural resources and climate change, and stresses the need for governments, employers and workers to develop policy tools aimed at achieving environmentally sustainable development and job creation. 15 August 2007A sustainable approach to development is crucial to keep pace with Asia’s unprecedented economic growth, Director-General Juan Somavia of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said at a three-day conference wrapping up today in Beijing, calling for national measures across the continent to ensure social welfare.
After extended negotiations over the weekend, the 194 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on a package of decisions, known as the Durban Platform, which include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the existing Kyoto Protocol and the launch of the Green Climate Fund.In a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Ban said the new accord is “essential for stimulating greater action and for raising the level of ambition and the mobilization of resources to respond to the challenges of climate change.”Mr. Ban also welcomed the agreement to establish a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, stating it will “increase certainty for the carbon market and provide additional incentives for new investments in technology and the infrastructure necessary to fight climate change.”In addition, Mr. Ban said he was gratified that countries reached decisions to implement the Cancun Agreements, which were created at last year”s conference in Mexico. The new measures include setting up a Technology Mechanism that will promote access by developing countries to clean, low-carbon technologies, and establishing an Adaptation Committee that will coordinate adaptation activities on a global scale.Mr. Ban also welcomed the launch of the Green Climate Fund and said he was gratified that a number of countries signalled their intent to contribute to it. The Fund was created last year to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures, but had not been launched yet, and Mr. Ban had urged developed countries throughout the two-week conference to inject the necessary capital to kick-start it.“Taken together, these agreements represent an important advance in our work on climate change,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to “quickly implement these decisions and to continue working together in the constructive spirit evident in Durban.”The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) also welcomed the agreements at the conference, noting that key steps were taken such as negotiating “a new and more inclusive treaty and the establishment of the Green Climate Fund.”“The outcomes of Durban provide a welcome boost for global climate action. They reflect the growing, and in some quarters unexpected, determination of countries to act collectively,” said UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.However, UNEP also said the conference still left the world with serious and urgent challenges if a global temperature rise is to be kept under two degrees Celsius in the 21st century.“The big question many will ask is how this will translate into actual emission reductions and by when? Whatever answer will emerge in the coming months, Durban has kept the door open for the world to respond to climate change based on science and common sense rather than political expediency,” said Mr. Steiner. 11 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2013 8:21 am MDT TORONTO – Mining and energy stocks led the way to a sharply lower session on the Toronto stock market Friday as demand concerns dented commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 96.14 points to 12,650.42.Falling commodity prices punished the Canadian dollar even as economic growth data came in better than expected.The loonie was down 0.64 of a cent to 96.45 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent during the first quarter, which was higher than the 2.3 per cent reading that had been expected.Statistics Canada also said that GDP growth for March came in at 0.2 per cent, higher than the 0.1 per cent increase that economists had expected.U.S. indexes were lacklustre as traders balanced a disappointing report on personal spending data with a stronger than expected showing from the manufacturing sector and encouraging consumer confidence numbers.The Dow Jones industrials plunged 208.96 points to 15,115.57, the Nasdaq dropped 35.38 points to 3,455.91 while the S&P 500 index was down 23.67 points to 1,630.74.The Toronto market dipped a slight 23 points for the week while the Dow industrials gave back 188 points or 1.22 per cent as cracks started to show up in a rally that has gone on practically non-stop since late last year.Americans cut back on spending in April after their income failed to grow.The U.S. Commerce Department says American consumer spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.2 per cent in April, the most since last May. That follows a 0.1 per cent increase in March.Income was unchanged last month, after a 0.3 per cent rise in March.But a key reading on manufacturing in the U.S. Midwest came in much better than expected. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for May came in at 58.7, higher than the 49.9 reading that had been expected and a big improvement from the 3.5-year low of 49 posted in April. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.“The Chicago PMI is normally more stable and less prone to violent swings than other regional surveys, and so the increase is encouraging sign particularly with many other surveys showing continued weakness,” said CIBC World Markets senior economist Andrew Grantham.“The detail showed all components improving, with a particularly strong increase in the production index.”Other data showed the final reading of the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey for May edged up to 83.8, the best level in more than six years.Commodity prices were weak with July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.64 to US$91.97 a barrel. The energy sector was down almost one per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) stepped back $1.04 to C$30.90.The base metals sector dropped 2.7 per cent while July copper edged two cents lower to US$3.29 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 90 cents to C$27.69 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) dropped 47 cents to $8.25.Financials were also a weight, down one per cent as CIBC (TSX:CM) shed 87 cents to $78.35 after investment banking firm KBW cut its price target to $76. It cited a potential for lower earnings and risk from the company’s Aeroplan agreement with Aimia. The agreement is set to expire at the end of the year.June gold fell $19 to US$1,393 an ounce, taking the gold sector down about 0.5 per cent. Iamgold Inc. (TSX:IMG) faded 38 cents to C$5.43.There was also acquisition activity in the mining sector.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD) has reached a friendly deal to acquire Rainy River Resources Ltd. (TSX:RR), which has an advanced gold project in Ontario. The offer values Rainy River at about $310 million, net of its cash balance.New Gold is offering $3.83 per share to Rainy River shareholders. New Gold shares declined 61 cents to $7.05 while Rainy River surged 94 cents to $3.64.Centerra shares were 33 cents lower to $3.82 as hundreds of protesters attempted to storm the company’s office in eastern Kyrgyzstan Friday, near the village of Barskoon. The incident came after a protest that began earlier this week to demand that Centerra’s Kumtor mine be nationalized. The mine is the largest foreign-owned gold mine in the former Soviet Union.Trading has been volatile this week amid doubts about how long the U.S. Federal Reserve will carry on with its program of quantitative easing. The so-called QE3 involves the Fed buying up US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep long term rates low and encourage lending.But U.S. indexes have charged ahead strongly during May. For this month alone, the Dow industrial average has gained almost two per cent, leaving the blue chip barometer up about 15 per cent year to date.The Toronto market hasn’t fared nearly as well, gaining about 1.8 per cent for this month and the year to date, with some of the greatest declines coming from the base metals sector amid weak demand for commodities and a stubbornly slow global economic recovery.In other corporate news, Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) was 75 cents lower to $105.21 after JPMorgan Chase upgraded its stock to neutral from underweight with a target price of $110.CVTech Group Inc. shares surged 20 per cent to $1.48 before trading was halted Friday morning after a leading investor disclosed a takeover bid that was twice rebuffed by the company. Gestion G. Aubert Ltd. disclosed that a leading NYSE-listed electrical contractor offered $1.95 per share, representing a 70 per cent premium. 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“It is essential that the authorities of the Philippines do all they can to identify and bring to trial those responsible for this cowardly crime,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Murderers cannot be allowed to set limits to journalists’ freedom of expression or on citizens’ rights to information,” she added in a news release.Ms. Garcia, 52, was a reporter for the Remate newspaper in Bacoor City and host of a talk show on dwAD radio. She was shot dead by two gunmen in her home on 6 April.Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet every day around the world, journalists and media workers are under attack, facing intimidation, threats and violence from governments, corporations, criminals or other forces that wish to silence or censor.On 3 May, the international community will mark World Press Freedom Day, an annual observance that aims to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
PARIS — Amelie Mauresmo won’t be captaining France’s Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille.The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.A statement from the federation said Mauresmo gave up the role to focus on her new job with French player Pouille, ranked 32.The winner of the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, who retired from playing in 2009, previously coached Andy Murray.The former top-ranked Mauresmo was announced in June as the successor to Yannick Noah, who is stepping down after France’s 3-1 loss to Croatia in the final last month, having previously guided the team to three Davis Cup titles.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
The smartphones we carry in our pockets are quite versatile devices. They used to be the size of a brick, required a separate battery pack, and only made calls. Now they fit in the palm of your hand, do HD video, surf the web, play games, hold gigabytes of data, and run for days on a single battery charge. Manufacturers continue to add functionality too, with NFC being the latest new tech to slowly be introduced to make them payment devices, and who knows what’s next.One potential future edition is the inclusion of a projector module. That would allow video to be projected on a wall as a 60-inch HD output, for example, maybe even larger. The problem with adding such functionality is one of size, power, and heat. At the moment the projector components are too big, they require a lot of power, and generate a lot of heat. That makes them unsuitable for inclusion in the tiny, cramped enclosure of an iPhone or Droid.Alps Electric is trying to solve that problem though, and has just announced the world’s smallest aspherical glass lens. It measures just 1mm x 1mm.Such lenses are used in high-capacity communication networks. The glass lens is used in optical communications for transmitting light signals to optical fibres, but those same lenses are also ideal for use in projectors.Alps’ latest aspherical lens is called the FLGS3. Not only is it incredibly small, but it has a high coupling efficiency (measure of light transmission efficiency) of 73% over the previous 68%. What that means is you need less light to gain the same level of brightness. Less light means less power and less heat.The gains from the new lens mean that palm-sized projectors may no longer require the Peltier device–metal component used to help dissipate heat–therefore making them smaller and cheaper. The savings in power will also mean you can use the projector for longer on a single battery charge.Even if the savings don’t turn out to be enough for use in smartphones, it should see a reduction in size of new, dedicated palm-sized projectors in future.Alps has already started production of the new glass lens, and definitely sees them being used in consumer devices as it ramps up production to 100,000 per month by the end of 2011.Read more at Alps, via Tech-On!
The hack that enables Siri dictation on jailbroken iOS devices has been pulled from Cydia. The app’s developer withdrew his app, Siri0us, in order to find a voice recognition service that he can use legally.Siri0us connects to Naunce’s voice recognition servers, also believed to be Siri’s source. The hack was using the service illegally, and Nuance has told the developer that it won’t let him buy the rights to use it lawfully.This is a dagger through the heart of the Siri0us hack. Users who have already downloaded the app report that it still works, but its days are numbered. The app’s developer is going to be hard pressed to find a legal voice recognition alternative that remotely compares to Nuance. There are rival services, but Nuance’s technology is far superior.Though the developer says he pulled the app because of outages, this was probably the result of threats from Nuance. The company has a lucrative contract with Apple, and it isn’t going to risk losing that by allowing a free jailbreak hack to buy or steal its services. The iPhone 4S’s sales depend largely on Siri’s exclusivity; anyone who repackages it for other iOS devices will be swiftly taken down by Apple, Nuance, or both.Siri0us contains advertisements, so the developer may have tried to make enough money from his Nuance theft that he could soon pay to use it legally (the “Grooveshark method?”). Unfortunately for him, Nuance has slammed the door in his face. Whatever happens next with Siri0us, it will be a step (or a hundred) back.via iDownloadBlog
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says Wayne Rooney deserves to have an international send-off next Thursday when they play the USA.Rooney is slated to make an appearance in a friendly match against the USA and Pickford thinks it’s the right thing to do for England’s all-time record goalscorer.Speaking after Everton’s goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Pickford told Sky Sports: “It’s great for him, a lot of other nations do it and give players a send-off.“He’s England’s all-time record goalscorer and I think it’s the right thing to do.“And it’s against the US which is where he’s currently playing so it’s a nice touch.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Pickford believes the team spirit in the England dressing room will be key to their success under Gareth Southgate.“The mood is really good in the camp which helps us put in top performances,” Pickford said.“We all know what to do and how to work for each other and that team spirit is England’s quality.”
Facebook Dissecting the Chambers: Wu-Tang Clan’s Debut Opus Turns 25 News Email Twitter Dissecting the Chambers: Wu-Tang’s Debut At 25 dissecting-chambers-wu-tang-clan%E2%80%99s-debut-opus-turns-25 Throw it back to 1993 as we examine how Kung-Fu, street philosophy, Pro Tools, and creative competition shaped a pivotal piece of hip-hop history on ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’Kathy IandoliGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2018 – 6:26 pm “From the slums of Shaolin, Wu-Tang Clan strikes again. The RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, and the Method Man…”Depending on which hip-hop purist you consult, the year 1989 is often regarded by most as the year that the Golden Age of hip-hop truly kicked off. By 1993, every corner of the culture was occupied by new talent experimenting in the hopes of reinventing a constantly evolving wheel. It was the year that Snoop Dogg (then Doggy Dogg), Onyx, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Digable Planets, The Roots, and many other burgeoning legends would drop their debut albums, along with classic collectives like Black Moon and Souls of Mischief.Artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, Cypress Hill, Run-D.M.C., and Naughty By Nature were seasoned by this point—on their second and third albums—toying with the idea of penetrating the impenetrable mainstream. Think “Electric Relaxation,” “U.N.I.T.Y.,” “I Get Around,” “Insane In the Brain,” “Down With the King,” and “Hip Hop Hooray,” respectively. We wouldn’t meet Nas until the following year, Jay Z until two years after that, right before we would lose Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. in fatal shootings within six months of each other in 1996 and 1997. We could call 1993 the calm before the storm, though the year was far from timid.Right before the year closed out, a super posse from Staten Island hit the scene with a vengeance. In one breath they were masked, referencing Kung Fu flicks and nods to textbook academics turned street philosophies. In the next, they were dressed for New York City’s frigid elements, detailing hardships with poise, yet punctuating their pain with pure threatening bars. They were the mighty Wu-Tang Clan, and they were “nuthing ta F’ wit.”Their collective debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers was far from a novice introduction. Members like the GZA already had some entry level success back in ’91 under the name Prince Rakeem with his cheeky single “Ooh I Love You Rakeem.” RZA was perfecting the first layer of his production aesthetic, while other members had already been toying with lyricism for years and street life that would later birth the album’s intimately epochal bars.Recording the album was like the Hunger Games. Years back, I spoke with Masta Killa—who only appears on the track “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”—and explained it was a matter of who jumped in the box and brought the best bars. The winners showed up on the track. His cleanup verse is arguably the stuff of legend, but his other more experienced counterparts at the time ended up with the stronger presence.Sonically, the album was purposefully cinematic. In my interview with RZA for Playboy, he explains that intention, thanks to new technology:One thing about the album that a lot of people don’t know is that Pro Tools was new. We were able to take that album after all the songs was recorded, and I was able to stitch it together like a movie. And it was only because I was able to go to a Pro Tools studio—I think it was called Magic Studio or something like that down in SoHo/Chinatown border. Because I was able to do that, I was able to take any sound, stitch any Kung-Fu sample to the song, and put the sword slices over the words. I was able to do that in a poignant time where maybe a lot of producers wasn’t thinking like a movie editor would think. Pro Tools gave me that ability.Track-by-track, the project rewrites hip-hop history in its own unique way.The deepest album cuts are arguably the first four tracks “Bring Da Ruckus,” “Shame On a N***a,” “Clan In Da Front,” and “Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber”: all rooted in boom-bap, volleying between knockin’ beats, menacing horns, and precise record scratches. The result is a collection of tracks that all demanded head nods. The album closes in a similar way as it begins, with “Wu-Tang 7th Chamber, Pt. 2/Conclusion.”But the in-between is the heart of the project. “Can It Be All So Simple,” “C.R.E.A.M.,” and “Tearz” all utilize soul samples in a way that had previously never been done before, creating a trifecta of tracks that detail everything from the harsh realities of coming up poor to losing loved ones to violence and AIDS. The soul in the production is used for an added layer of emotional emphasis.“That was the first attempt to show, like, the emotional flow of an emcee,” RZA told me of “Tearz,” as the Wendy Rene (“After Laughter (Comes Tears)”) sample assists in what RZA calls a “gut-gripping sound.”Other songs like the aforementioned “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit,” and “Protect Ya Neck” are all threatening in their own rights, challenging opponents either lyrically or physically with flecks of Kung Fu. The intro to the album’s biggest single “Method Man,” makes light of those threats, despite being titled “Torture.”All of these pieces formed the perfect puzzle, set to the backdrop of 1993. Harnessing the power of the street life that Mobb Deep was first learning to perfect, coupled with the aggression of Onyx, the soulfulness of A Tribe Called Quest, the humor of Snoop Doggy Dogg, mixed with unintentional commercial appeal, Wu-Tang Clan created the album that embodied that era. By the next year (and the ones thereafter), everything would change. The Clan would begin their solo runs, only to reunite for Wu-Tang Forever in 1997, which earned a nomination for Best Rap Album for the 40th GRAMMY Awards. And as for the rest of hip-hop, well, those “same damn ‘Lo sweaters” would be traded for shiny suits before the turn of the century.Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers was a period piece that played out like a movie, plotlines, action scenes, and all. And it’s one that true fans would still pay admission to witness, even 25 years later.New Documentary To Celebrate 25 Years Of Wu-Tang ClanRead more
Hyderabad: A social activist has approached National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over Telangana Aarogyasri Network Hospitals Association’s (TANHA) non-compliance with Aarogyasri norms, citing non-payment of dues by the State government.Dr Lubna Sarwath, a social activist and spokesperson, Socialist Party (India), sought intervention from the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, over the issue. She alleged that poor patients with health ailments were being turned back by corporate hospitals in the city, in spite of being eligible for treatment under the Aarogyasri Health Scheme. “Owing to the dispute over dues of around 800-1500 crores to be paid to TANHA by Government of Telangana, the TANHA stopped giving Aarogyasri health services to eligible poor patients in spite of the MoU that they signed,” she noted.
LightningThree people including two women were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike in Debidwar and Daudkandi upazilas of Cumilla district on Tuesday.Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi police station, said Rufia Begum, 60, wife of Siddique Mia of Gouripur union in Daudkandi upazila was killed after being hit by a thunderbolt while working at her filed in the evening, reports UNB.Besides, Azmeri Begum, 42, wife of Shamsul Haq Bhuiya of Goalmari union, was killed by lightning strike while serving water to her cattle.In Debidwar upazila, Majibur Rahman Maju, 55 of Madhumura area was killed after being hit a thunderbolt while working at his field, said Hakim Khan, chairman of Dakkhin Gunaighar union.
A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, Egyptian authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting the country’s embattled Christian minority.The gunman was also killed, along with at least one police officer, officials said.The attack began when the gunman tried to break through the security cordon outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina. It was not clear how many assailants were involved. Egypt’s Interior Ministry referred to only one, but the Coptic Orthodox church mentioned “gunmen.”Five people were wounded, including another police officer, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said.The attack came amid tightened security around churches and Christian facilities ahead of the Coptic Orthodox Christian celebrations of Christmas on Jan. 7. Police have been stationed outside churches and in nearby streets across Cairo. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has personally chaired meetings with his top security chiefs in recent days to discuss security during New Year’s Eve and the Orthodox Christmas.A video circulating on social media after Friday’s attack apparently showed the gunman lying on the ground with his face covered in blood. Authorities closed off the area around the church.The Interior Ministry identified the assailant as Ibrahim Ismail Mostafa, who, the agency said, was involved in several previous militant attacks. The Interior Ministry said he was wounded and arrested but made no mention of his death, which was reported by the Health Ministry.The assailant had earlier opened fire at the nearby store owned by a Christian, the Interior Ministry said.No group took immediate responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants, who have for years battled security forces in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency now led by a local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group. It is centered in the turbulent northern part of Sinai but has also carried out attacks in the mainland.The militants are targeting mainly security personnel and Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.The latest attack, in the southern Cairo suburb of Helwan, showcases the difficulties faced by security forces in containing an insurgency that is growing in sophistication and brutality. The assault came a little more than a month after militants killed 311 worshippers inside a mosque in Sinai, the deadliest attack by militants on civilians in Egypt’s modern history.Last week, they fired a guided rocket that destroyed an army helicopter at the airport of the city of el-Arish in northern Sinai during an unannounced visit there by the defense and interior ministers. At least one senior officer was killed and two wounded in that attack, which pointed to an unusually high level of intelligence available to the militants.Samir Gerges, a witness to Friday’s church attack, said people inside the church closed the gates when the shooting began but that some bullets penetrated the building. Gerges said he was walking along a nearby street when the gunfire broke out. He saw people running and some taking cover in a nearby restaurant.Another witness, 40-year-old Raouth Atta, was praying inside the church when the violence broke out.“People were terrified and wanted to check on their families in other buildings of the church,” she told The Associated Press by phone. “We stayed inside for 30 minutes before we were able to get out.”Once she was able to leave, Atta said, she saw blood everywhere.“We kept praying,” said Father Boules, who was teaching a class in the church complex. On hearing gunfire, he went to check on his students, who were panicking and terrified.Since December 2016, Egypt’s Copts have been targeted by the militants, who waged a series of attacks that left more than 100 dead and scores wounded. The country has been under a state of emergency since April after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.The IS affiliate has claimed responsibility for all the bombings targeting Christians.Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population. They have long complained of discrimination in the Muslim-majority nation and claim that authorities have often failed to protect them from sectarian attacks.Just last week, hundreds of Muslim demonstrators stormed an unlicensed church south of Cairo, wounding three people. The demonstrators shouted anti-Christian slogans and called for the church’s demolition, according to the local diocese. The demonstrators destroyed the church’s fittings and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel arrived and dispersed them. Share Photo via Twitter @BrucePorterThe attack outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina left at least one policeman dead and five others wounded, including two critically.
Kolkata: Civic body officials of South Dum Dum Municipality led by chairman Panchu Gopal Roy on Friday raided a prawn processing unit at ward 21.”We had received a source information about some irregularities in the prawns that are stored at the unit. Accordingly, we conducted a raid and have found that some sort of reddish colour was added to the prawns. We are not ruling out the fact that it may be some sort of preservative that was mixed with it. We have sent it for examination at our government laboratory for examination,” chairman said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe team from the municipality also conducted a drive at a multi shopping complex which has a food court. Sources in the health department of the municipality said samples were collected from as many as 12 restaurants that have been sent for tests. “Apparently our officers have stumbled upon irregularities in the way they deal with food. French fries have been found stored in refrigerators. The meat at some of the restaurants was also emitting a foul smell. We have also found that leftover food was stored in refrigerator,” Debasish Banerjee, chairman in council (public health ) said.Customers in some of the restaurants also c omplained about bad quality food and welcomed the civic body’s drive to ensure quality of food. “We are waiting for the reports and if we found any irregularity we will take strong action against the offenders as per law,” Roy said.
Delhi is gearing up for a feast of Qawwali with singers from across the world set to arrive here for an event that claims to be the first International Qawwali Festival.Qawwali singers from India and Pakistan presented soulful renditions of sufi music at India Islamic Centre here recently providing a glimpse of the festival titled Taali Ho, which aims to reinforce a notion that music is not restricted to any borders. The festival is scheduled to be held from February 12-14 here next year. “The world of music is completely different. For us, being a Hindu or a Muslim, Jain or Christian is immaterial. When we get together, we meet like we are brothers, like we are family,” says Ghulam Sabir Nizami of Delhi’s Nizami brothers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hailing from the Sikandrabad Gharana, the Nizami Brothers are among the most popular Qawwali singers in Astana Gayki as well as the modern Qawwali tradition. While throwing light on Qawwali as a genre of music with its distinct character for worship and spiritual advancement, the event is also set to showcase the evolution that Qawwali has undergone with artistes performing a fusion of old genre of music with a modern touch.For Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers, India is a land where love surpasses hatred by multiple times. “Despite what (‘growing intolerance’) has been happening in India for the last 10-15 days, Fareed Ayaz is present in Delhi. I know that in Delhi and in India there are many who love me. When I have hundreds who love me, why should I be scared of a few violent elements. In fact I will try to teach those few the language of love too. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Music is the language of love and it is not even remotely associated with any form of hatred or violence and it is through Qawwali that we are trying to spread love and peace,” says Ayaz. Honed in the prestigious Delhi School of Music, these artistes from across the border have been weaving magic with their words and music for over 30 years now. Besides Qawwali and sufi music they also excel in classical genres like Tarana, Thumri and Khayal.Referring to the depiction of Qawwali in cinema, Ghulam Sabir Nizami says, “Qawwali in its true essence is a love affair with the divine. People have been misled about Qawwali in films and the form that is potrayed is shameful. Real Qawwali is the one that was heard by the sufi saints. Apart from that everything else is merely enjoyment. However, some songs like A R Rehman’s Khwaja Mere Khwaja (Jodhaa Akbar) and Kun Faya Kun (Rockstar) do depict the true essence of Qawwali.” Among other Qawwali singers who will be a part of the event are Warsi brothers from Hyderabad, Hamza Akram and Taimoor Akram from Pakistan, Tahir Hussain Faridi Qawwal from US and Ahmed Sham Sufi Qawwal from Afghanistan.
Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. How are you able to keep track of projects? Let us know how your current system is working in the comments section. Today’s high-end management tools, like Basecamp and LiquidPlanner, give organizations a veritable subatomic view of their inner workings. But, the project ‘forest’ can easily get lost amid the task ‘trees.’ Many firms find the oh-so-critical big picture is overwhelmed by an endlessly growing thicket of task lists and work flows.Today, San Francisco-based software firm Mindjet is hoping to solve that pain point with a unique approach to task visualization. Mindjet last week announced a new Web-based collaboration tool called Mindjet Connect, which helps teams both organize and visualize their projects by creating a literal map of tasks to complete.Teams and project managers should be able to create visual outlines for what needs to get done and then work from those diagrams to complete projects, says Chief Products Officer Blaine Mathieu. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global min read September 19, 2011 What it is: Mindjet has been making mind-mapping software for businesses since it was founded. The company’s MindManager program is basically a digital brainstorming tool that lets users create and collaborate on “mind maps.” That is, visual diagrams that can define problems, plan projects and outline solutions. Mindjet Connect, which will debut in part on Thursday, aims to turn the MindManager system into a full online work management system. The intent is to let managers and employees implement their visualized projects and follow the progress on them to completion.The basic Mindjet Connect Web tool will be free, with a more fully featured business version starting at $15 per month, per user. Mindjet will also begin making its iPhone and iPad MindManager apps free as well starting Thursday and both will be compatible with Mindjet Connect.Why you might like it: Mindjet Connect’s great strength is that complex business ideas are easily broken down into executable project plans. The brainstorming phase — that is, figuring out what needs to be done — is married directly to the execution phase, which calls for making a hard list of tasks. The two-in-one approach cuts out the need for exporting those original plans and ideas to another tool. And overall, we were impressed with how Mindjet created an easy-to-act-on task list.Why you might not like it: Though the company believes its visualization strategy is actually closer to the way people think, the fact is working from a Mindjet map takes some real getting used to. And the service’s document storage and sharing functions are not up to the standard of say, a Google Apps or Zoho. For true team document collaboration, you will need to go elsewhere.Bottom line: By all means, if your business is like ours and it is drowning in a sea of Web-based tasks, Mindjet Connect can be a refreshing change. And it offers a compelling way to solve problems.Just keep in mind, someone in your shop will almost certainly mind learning Mindjet. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Not every AI-loving company operates in logistics, marketing or healthcare. Artificial intelligence isn’t picky about which industries it revolutionizes, and many niches have already embraced automation.Given the global value of AI, it’s no surprise the tech is spreading. Statista estimates that worldwide AI revenue will hit $90 billion by 2025. With so much wealth to go around, no industry is safe from disruption.Sooner or later, artificial intelligence will be table stakes in every industry. A few sectors you might not expect are leading the way:Related: What Every Entrepreneur Must Know About Artificial Intelligence1. Beauty and skincare.Consumers can’t seem to get enough of sustainability and personalization. In the beauty space, AI is helping firms deliver both. By aligning cosmetic shades and styles with specific shoppers’ skin features, AI is ending the beauty product guessing game.On the sustainability front, beauty brands are trusting machine learning to manage their supply chains. AI is the centerpiece of Nu Skin’s sustainability strategy, for instance, which includes a partnership with an agriculture startup that uses technology to automate its growing environment. “This process provides consumers safe, effective and traceable product ingredients while drastically reducing the land and water resources required,” noted Nu Skin president Ryan Napierski.Related: These Entrepreneurs are Using Their Engineering Minds to Disrupt the Beauty Market2. MiningDespite its old-school reputation, the mining industry is taking full advantage of modern tools. More than just pickaxes and dark caves, mining relies on a combination of energy, workers, capital and mineral prices to maintain profitability. Using AI, mine operators can reduce worker risk, predict pricing changes and improve their operational efficiency.AI can also show mining companies new opportunities for exploration. GoldSpot Discoveries, a mining-specific AI vendor, agreed in April to help Gran Colombia accelerate its exploration programs in Segovia while reducing the exploration risks of the project. Not only can AI make mining more profitable, but it can also show skeptics that the industry cares about its environmental impacts.3. Customer serviceEven in the age of AI, people like to talk to other people. However, they also hate long hold times, which is pushing more customer service companies to replace contracted call center workers with automated systems.“If you really look at the work in a contact center that’s outsourced, it’s generally very low-value work,” said Abinash Tripath, co-founder of Helpshift. “It’s something that lends itself easily to automation. And companies will start shedding their outsourced agents.”Firms like Helpshift are already using automated systems to process payments and handle run-of-the-mill information requests. When customers can use automated assistants to serve themselves, companies can afford to allocate their human capital to more complicated tasks, such as house calls and customer retention.Related: How AI Can Make Customer Service More EfficientNormalization Is NearAI is a competitive-advantage chameleon. For any company in any industry, it can eliminate inefficient business practices, identify unseen opportunities and explore new markets. Best of all, AI algorithms create positive feedback cycles. The more widespread the tools become, the more quickly they can improve. As more and more companies dip their toes in, all users will gain more insights in ever-shrinking fragments of time.Sooner rather than later, the AI discussion will shift from disruption to standardization. Companies that fail to leverage automated tools will cease to exist. Don’t get caught off guard: The edge of possibility will soon become the baseline customer expectation. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 15, 2019
News | November 03, 2008 McKesson Agrees to Distribute Swissray’s DR News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more November 5, 2008 – McKesson said today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Swissray International Inc. to sell Swissray’s DR technology in addition to the Horizon Medical Imaging PACS. Together the systems provide imaging departments and centers with enhanced workflow and performance capabilities to speed the patient care process, according to McKesson. “McKesson is pleased to count Swissray as one of our valued imaging partners,’” said Rod O’Reilly, vice president and general manager of McKesson’s Medical Imaging Group. “With the Swissray DR, we can provide an end-to-end digital solution for the most common modality and procedure types, while taking full advantage of the inherent workflow features in Horizon Medical Imaging. This is particularly valuable in imaging areas where speed and performance are key, such as emergency rooms and pediatric-focused facilities.”For more information: www.mckesson.com, www.swissray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.
News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | October 29, 2012 Brainlab Introduces Multi-Touch Surgical Image, Information Hub Digital OR system helps integrate imaging and video management Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more October 29, 2012 — Brainlab released Buzz Digital OR, which is designed to aid information integration for the surgical suite. Buzz encompasses a spectrum, from pure DICOM viewing to complete digital operating room (OR) functionality, including video management and documentation at the touch of a finger, or two.IP-centric, software-centric, workflow-centric and patient-centric, Buzz Digital OR bundles robust hardware and sophisticated software together in a sleek, modern design. At its core is a 42-inch display with an ultra-slim multi-touch interface that displays images in full HD. This computer- and IP-based system allows users to connect with a multitude of video signals and route content to multiple, full-HD displays.“Buzz Digital OR is a highly advanced surgical device, tailored to meet the specific needs of the surgical environment,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, president and CEO of Brainlab. “We understand and embrace the trend of fusing medical devices and IT systems inside healthcare facilities, as this allows for intelligent, scalable and flexible OR integration solutions. We expect that hospitals and surgeons are going to reap untold benefits by installing Buzz systems, and will offer new possibilities in data flow and patient care.”Buzz Digital OR effectively manages advanced OR workflow — facilitating planning, navigation and intraoperative imaging connectivity. The newly designed control concept for Buzz enables intuitive management of data sources and displays with drag-and-drop functionality. Fast and easy access to medical image data is provided through the integrated interactive DICOM viewer. Procedures can be conveniently documented with screenshots or dual channel recording.“Buzz Digital OR has been designed from the ground up and incorporates key customer feedback based on the success of the Digital Lightbox,” said Stephan Holl, chief operating officer of Brainlab. “We can now offer intelligent software algorithms to create a system that can run any and all data across the hospital IP network. In addition, user experience is heightened with features like the practical touch interface, convenient home button, integrated sound system, webcam, microphone and industrial grade components built to last.”The Buzz Digital OR is available in either “on-wall” or “in-wall” configurations.For more information: www.brainlabbuzz.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 more