Sanskrit College University to increase intake in Linguistics

first_imgKolkata: The Sanskrit College and University (SCU) is taking steps to increase its intake in Linguistics at the undergraduate level considering the opportunities in the job market.A little more than 30 percent of the total seats in Linguistics were filled up last year. “Linguistics has a lot of demand in foreign countries and is lucrative for the job market too. We have excellent faculty strength here. But, there is a tendency among the guardians to push their wards towards pursuing stereotyped subjects. It is an interdisciplinary language and computer has a close link with Linguistics,” said Dr Arundhati Mukhopadhyay, registrar of SCU. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe online admission process will be followed as per directions of the state Higher Education department. However, SCU will have its own help desk constituted by university officials to counsel students and guardians during undergraduate admission. “Our university is completely different from some other old universities in the state. We have been witnessing that the guardians visit the varsity at least once and find out on their own the infrastructure and the environment of the institution before admitting their students,” a senior official of the university said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe university is all set to introduce Linguistics in the post-graduate (PG) level so that students can pursue higher studies in the subject in SCU itself. After graduation they had to go to Jadavpur University or Calcutta University for studying the subject at the PG level. Assistant professor of Linguistics in SCU Rimi Ghosh Dastidar said if a student wants to specialise in a particular language be it Indian or Foreign he/ she will be able to grasp the language in a better way than someone who has not studied this subject at all. “A career as a translator or an interpreter can be pursued after studying Linguistics. An expert in Linguistics is desired very much during the exercise of census survey,” Ghosh added. SCU offers BA (Hons) under Choice Based Credit System in subjects like Sanskrit, Bengali, English, Philosophy, Pali, Ancient Indian and World History, Linguistics and Traditional Oriental Learning . Online admission process for the 2019-20 academic session begins from May 29 and will end on June 10. The transformation of Sanskrit College as The Sanskrit College and University was done by the Mamata Banerjee government through a legislative act of 2015. On June 2016, when the college started its journey as a university.last_img read more


The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Sept. 12———NEARLY 700 CANADIANS BROUGHT HOME FROM CARIBBEAN: International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says 691 Canadians have now been flown out of the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean as the Liberal government fends off criticism of how it handled the disaster. And Bibeau acknowledged that the federal government could have been more efficient at communicating with those affected and their families. Bibeau said as far as she knows, all Canadians who wanted off the islands of Turks and Caicos and St. Maarten “have had the possibility” to get home as of Monday night. She urged any other Canadians who still need help, or their families, to reach federal officials.———N.L. PREMIER HEARS FEARS ABOUT TAX CHANGES: Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball is worried there’ll be “unintended consequences” from the federal government’s plan to end what it calls an unfair tax advantage for some wealthy small business owners. And Ball says he’s not alone — he says he’s heard this from all provinces, from small businesses and doctors. Critics say drawing higher taxes from doctors could raise medical fees or make it tougher to attract physicians to rural areas.———POLICE WANT MORE TIME BEFORE POT LEGALIZATION: Canada’s police services say there is zero chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for legalized pot by next summer. Representatives from different police forces are appearing before the House of Commons health committee, which is studying the government’s bill to make marijuana legal. Representatives from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Saskatoon Police Service also say they want the government to reconsider allowing people to grow pot at home, because it will be difficult to police and could make it easier for young people to obtain marijuana.———JURORS SELECTED FOR TERROR-RELATED TRIAL: Fourteen jurors were selected Tuesday at the Montreal terrorism-related trial of two people, with particular attention in the vetting process paid to race and religion. El Mahdi Jamali, 20, and Sabrine Djermane, 21, each face four charges: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization. Both pleaded not guilty through their lawyers.———FINANCIAL WATCHDOG WARNS ONT. MINIMUM WAGE WILL COST JOBS: Ontario’s financial watchdog says more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs if the provincial government goes ahead with its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019. In a report that assessed the economic impact of the proposed increase, the Financial Accountability Office said the job losses would be concentrated among teens and young adults, while the number of minimum wage workers in Ontario would increase from just over 500,000 to 1.6 million in 2019. FAO chief economist David West said the province is entering “uncharted waters” with the increase.———QUEBEC ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES FOR FLOOD VICTIMS: Quebec’s public security minister says new measures to assist flood victims who feel they’ve been abandoned by the province will help them cut through the bureaucracy. Martin Coiteux was in Montreal on Tuesday to announce personalized meeting days will be held with affected residents, allowing them to meet directly with municipal and provincial representatives to deal with their cases. Several dozen people attended a rally on Montreal’s West Island on Sunday to protest the government’s response to the floods this past spring.———NORMANDEAU TRIAL EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY 2018: The Crown says the fraud-related trial of ex-deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused will likely be held in early 2018 and last at least four months. Prosecutor Claude Dussault said Tuesday he has 139 potential witnesses, although not all will necessarily testify. Normandeau, 49, is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012.———EVACUATIONS MOUNT AS ALBERTA WILDFIRE SPREADS: A wildfire that Parks Canada says has spread to various spots in Waterton Lakes National Park has prompted evacuation orders in some surrounding areas. The Blood Tribe, a First Nations community southwest of Lethbridge, ordered everyone out early Tuesday from homes and apartments in the extreme southwest corner of the reserve. Residents of about 150 homes in another area of the reserve, further away from the fire, were told to be prepared to leave on short notice. Cotton said the blaze was moving rapidly.———JUDGE SUSPENDED FOR WEARING TRUMP HAT IN COURT: An Ontario judge who wore a hat in court bearing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan has been suspended without pay after an oversight body ruled his behaviour constituted a “single aberrant and inexplicable act of judicial misconduct.” In a decision released Tuesday, the Ontario Judicial Council said it struggled to reconcile Justice Bernd Zabel’s actions with his stellar record as a judge. It found his conduct warranted the most serious reprimand possible short of removing him from the bench. The council received 81 complaints about the incident.———BURNED RACCOON DIES; POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS: A baby raccoon that was allegedly lit on fire and left in an Ontario park last month has died. Linda Moores of the Procyon Wildlife Centre in Beeton, Ont., said Tuesday the months-old animal, dubbed Phoenix Rose, died unexpectedly last Thursday after a near-miraculous recovery. In early August, a woman came across the raccoon in a park in Barrie, Ont., and took it to Procyon, a registered charity that rehabilitates wild animals.———last_img read more


Paraguay Reiterates Full Support for Morocco’s Territorial Integrity

Rabat – Paraguay fully supports Morocco’s territorial integrity, said, on Thursday at UN headquarters in New York, Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni.“Paraguay supports Morocco and will always support it”, said Castiglioni in a statement to the press following his meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on the sidelines of the 73rd UNGA.“We are very pleased that relations between Paraguay and Morocco are at their best and we are working to make them even better,” said the Paraguayan official.He also said that he has accepted Bourita’s invitation to pay an official visit to Morocco and that he intends to visit the Kingdom shortly.“We will strive to further strengthen our political relations and give concrete substance to our economic and trade ties,” he said. read more


Afghanistan Pakistan and Iran to launch landmark development partnership UN

In an effort to bolster long-term prospects for Afghanistan, the Governments of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to pursue a groundbreaking joint partnership for development, economic cooperation and trade, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.”A regional approach is essential to the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan,” said Francesco Bastagli, UNDP’s representative in Iran. “Cooperation between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan is crucial if the humanitarian and economic challenges are to be met.”With technical support from UNDP, the agency said in a statement, the three countries are expected to establish a joint commission for sub-regional cooperation and development. Chambers of Commerce and private and public sector enterprises will play a key role in the commission.UNDP will act as facilitator for the initiative, which will be launched in Tehran at a ministerial-level meeting on 18-19 May. Participants will include representatives from the UN, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.Ways to expand private sector collaboration, facilitate trade and commerce and define strategies for regional economic cooperation will be considered at the meeting, UNDP said, adding that participants will also discuss specific development challenges and opportunities and examine Afghanistan’s development vision and national development plan. read more


The Panthers FirstHalf Blowouts Are Unprecedented

1976Minnesota2+0.28+0.14-0.05+0.14 1996New England2+0.30+0.110.00+0.08 1999St. Louis2+0.21-0.23+0.33+0.19 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1984San Francisco2+0.24+0.06+0.16+0.04 YEARTEAMGAMESQ1Q2Q3Q4/OT 2015Carolina2+0.41+0.08+0.020.00 1987Denver2+0.38+0.09-0.05+0.08 1986N.Y. Giants2+0.22+0.26+0.020.00 1981Cincinnati2+0.34-0.03+0.10+0.09 WPA/GAME BY QTR 1973Miami2+0.28+0.04+0.10+0.08 1985Chicago2+0.26+0.05+0.190.00 Along their path to Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers have been absolutely laying waste to opponents early in games. After a quarter against the Seattle Seahawks, they were up 14-0; at halftime they led 31-0. (Seattle would rally to bring the final score within a touchdown.) After a quarter against the Arizona Cardinals, they led 17-0; at halftime they were up 24-7. (Arizona did not rally at all, losing by 34.) Those average playoff leads — 15.5 points after one quarter, and 24 points after two — are both post-merger records1The latter is tied with the 1990 Buffalo Bills and 2000 New York Giants. for Super Bowl-bound teams.Another way to quantify Carolina’s dominance is win probability. Ignoring point spreads — i.e,. assuming each team starts a game with a 50-50 shot at winning, instead of accounting for pregame differences in perceived strength between the teams — the Panthers have added an average of 41 WP points in the first quarters of their pre-Super Bowl playoff games, another record: 1994San Francisco2+0.26+0.22+0.020.00 1978Pittsburgh2+0.24+0.17+0.04+0.05 1990Buffalo2+0.37+0.06+0.04+0.03 1983Washington2+0.21+0.17+0.120.00 1977Dallas2+0.21+0.20+0.06+0.03 In plain English, this means they’ve ended the first quarters of their playoff games with an average win probability of 91 percent. These games have been all but over after just 15 minutes of play! Tack on another 8 points of WP in the second quarter, as Carolina has done, and it’s averaging a 99 percent chance of victory at halftime during these playoffs. Among post-merger Super Bowl teams, that mark trails only the 1989 San Francisco 49ers by a hundredth of a percentage point.So the Panthers have had insanely dominant starts in their playoff games. Does that actually say something extra about their chances in the Super Bowl? Historically speaking, not really. Since 1970, there’s basically zero relationship between how dominant a team has been in the first quarter of its pre-Super Bowl playoff games and its point differential in the Super Bowl itself. (In fact, the top six teams according to average first-quarter WPA all lost the Super Bowl.)The same is essentially true when you look at the relationship between average first-half pre-Super Bowl WPA and Super Bowl point differential. Entire playoff games are a small sample,2There’s also no correlation between a team’s victory margin in the conference championship game as a whole and its point differential in the Super Bowl. let alone fractions of those games, so a team’s early-game dominance doesn’t tell us a whole lot about how they should be expected to play in the future.Let’s be clear: The Panthers are solidly favored to beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl, whether you look at Vegas lines, Elo ratings or other power-ranking metrics. But that should owe far more to their performance over the larger sample of the season (perhaps with a little extra emphasis on recent play) than the impressive way they’ve started their playoff games, even if those hot starts are incredibly fresh in our minds. 1982Washington3+0.27+0.16-0.03+0.10 2004Philadelphia2+0.23+0.07+0.16+0.04 2000N.Y. Giants2+0.30+0.16+0.03+0.01 2011New England2+0.24+0.07-0.17+0.36 Fastest starts on the road to the Super Bowl 1988Cincinnati2+0.23+0.10+0.04+0.14 read more


Iraq human rights lawyer Phil Shiner faces being struck off after admitting recklessness

first_imgA top human rights lawyer whose firm brought hundreds of claims against British troops for war crimes has admitted he acted without integrity and paid a tout thousands to find him cases.Phil Shiner, from Public Interest Lawyers, wrote a letter confessing some of his actions to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over his firm’s alleged involvement in false claims being made against British troops by Iraqis.He wrote that “he accepts” he will now face being struck off. Shiner admits he paid a tout more than £25,000 in referral fees to find clients and admits covering his tracks by doctoring evidence.Public Interest Lawyers had brought forward nearly 200 compensation claims from Iraqis and more than 1,100 cases of alleged wrongdoing and killings by British military personnel.He brought thousands of allegations of historic abuse against British troops in Iraq that forced the Government to set up the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) that has pursued criminal investigations against war veterans. Almost all of those claims are now known to be unfounded. Show more Conservative MP Jonny Mercer, who is holding a Parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of British troops accused of historic abuse, said: “This man’s lack of integrity has been allowed to almost completely redefine how this country conducts military operations. “I welcome the end of his career but I regret it has taken so long. The lives of innocent soldiers have been ruined by the claims he has brought.”That he should have been allowed to get away with this speaks volumes for the lack of grip and awareness by successive ministers.” This man’s lack of integrity has been allowed to almost completely redefine how this country conducts military operations.MP Jonny Mercer 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. The SRA has charged Mr Shiner with 24 counts along with another lawyer in his firm called John Dickinson, who faces one count.Shiner denies six charges including dishonesty but fully admits nine other charges and partly accepts his conduct in nine further charges.He will face a three week hearing from January 30. Mr Shiner had been attempting to keep proceedings private but this was successfully challenged by the media.Shiner, who made his career suing the Ministry of Defence in the wake of the Iraq war, was handed £3m by the Legal Aid Agency over the course of a decade.Cases brought by PIL and other law firms who have sued British troops for alleged abuses in Iraq have cost the Ministry of Defence more than £20m in compensation​ in 324 cases concluded so far.But following the Al Sweady inquiry – which found that ​some ​Iraqi witnesses had lied about murder and torture allegedly committed by British troops – the methods of the law firms have been thrown into doubt. Who is Phil Shiner?Perhaps no British lawyer has suffered such a spectacular fall from grace.Phil Shiner was the toast of the legal profession, officially recognised as the most “tenacious and courageous” lawyer of his generation. The father-of-five represented almost 2,500 Iraqi civilians who alleged they had been brutalised at the hands of British troops during the war. In 2004, the 59-year-old was named human rights lawyer of the year and three years later was winner of the Solicitor of the Year Award, hosted by the Law Society in the magnificent settings of London’s Honourable Artillery Company, where host, BBC’s Jeremy Vine lauded him as one of the “most famous lawyers” in the country.But almost a decade later his reputation now lies in tatters after he admitted misconduct.Despite having a property portfolio in the Midlands worth over £1m, he faces financial ruin as his legal team told the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal his savings are near “depletion” due to the costs of the case.Born in Coventry in 1956 and educated at Bishop Ullathorne Roman Catholic Comprehensive School, Shiner studied law at the University of Birmingham.From his early years in the legal profession, he built up a formidable reputation for fighting for the underdog.It saw him successfully battle Birmingham council to reverse its policy on rehousing tenants in arrears and ultimately led to him creating a project to help tenants fight for their rights.Deeply religious, Shiner has often spoken of how his Christian faith has motivated him to help others.It led to him working for Barnardo’s as a community development worker before returning to his role of helping the poverty-stricken in their dealings with the authorities in the mid-1990s.In 1995 he became a partner at Birmingham law firm Tyndallwoods, before setting up his own company Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) three years later.It was through PIL, of which Shiner remains the sole director, that the misconduct took place.One source said part of his downfall was due to him being a single solicitor without any checks or balances.The firm, which ceased practising in August, had net assets of of £958,296 when its latest accounts were filed last year.Married twice, two of his children from his first marriage had followed him into the family business.Aside from his legal career, Shiner also has a passion for stand-up comedy, and performs under the stage name of George Stitt.He describes his alter ego as “a pompous and foolish solicitor” who sits in the Supreme Court. Shiner admits he paid a witness to change their evidence in relation to how clients in the Al-Sweady inquiry, which looked into the claims that Britons mistreated Iraqis in May 2004, were identified.The £31million inquiry, which approached more than 600 military personnel as well as hundreds of Iraqi witnesses, later cleared soldiers of wrongdoing and found the allegations were a product of “deliberate and calculated lies”, which were made up by Iraqis out of malice.Public Interest Lawyers, which is based in Birmingham, was initially investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after the Ministry of Defence compiled a dossier on alleged misconduct and lodged a complaint.It is one of the most expensive cases ever bought by the SRA and has so far cost almost £500,000. MP Johnny MercerCredit:Paul Grover MP Johnny Mercer Lord Dannatt said Phil Shiner’s claims had “significantly tarnished” the reputation of the Army.The former Chief of the General Staff said: “I am delighted that it is now proven beyond any reasonable doubt that a large number of the allegations made against the Army were vexatious and I’m delighted that Phil Shiner will struck off as a practising lawyer.”Through his misdeeds, he has significantly tarnished the reputation of the British Army and put a lot of soldiers who were only doing their duty under incredible pressure.”Frankly it’s an outrage that this should have gone on so long and one’s only consolation is that justice has been done at this late stage.”last_img read more


Outotec process equipment set for Houndé gold operation

first_imgOutotec has been awarded a contract by Houndé Gold Operation SA, a subsidiary of Endeavour Mining Corporation, for the delivery of process equipment to the greenfield Houndé gold project in Burkina Faso. Outotec’s contract value is approximately €13 million and the order has been booked in the second quarter 2016 order intake.Outotec’s scope of work includes the design and delivery of a 6 MW SAG grinding mill, a 6 MW ball mill, a pre-leach thickener, and services including spare parts. The new plant will process annually 3 Mt of ore. The equipment will be delivered during the second quarter of 2017 to ensure the first pour of gold for by the end of 2017. “Outotec has a large portfolio of offerings for treating various gold ores. We are pleased have been the opportunity to deliver our energy efficient grinding mills and advanced thickener technology to Endeavour’s Houndé gold project”, says Kalle Härkki, head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business Unit.last_img read more


LEurope va passer au peigne fin la gestion des données personnelles par

first_imgL’Europe va passer au peigne fin la gestion des données personnelles par FacebookA la demande de l’eurodéputée française Françoise Castex, la Commission européenne a décidé d’examiner de près la façon dont le réseau social gère les données personnelles de ses utilisateurs afin de déterminer si celle-ci est en conformité avec la législation européenne.Les ennuis de Facebook n’en finissent plus. Alors que le géant des réseaux sociaux est régulièrement attaqué sur sa gestion des données personnelles de ses utilisateurs, il s’apprête à faire l’objet d’une nouvelle enquête, cette fois-ci par la Commission européenne elle-même. En effet, il y a peu un étudiant autrichien a décidé d’intenter un procès après avoir découvert que Facebook conservait toutes les données de son réseau, même celles que les utilisateurs suppriment et que la société créait des comptes fantômes afin de faciliter l’inscription des futurs membres. À lire aussiFacebook “manipule” les émotions de milliers d’utilisateurs pour une expérience psychologiqueC’est probablement cette nouvelle accusation qui a poussé Françoise Castex, rapporteur pour la Commission des affaires juridiques du Parlement européen sur la révision de la directive sur la protection des données personnelles, a interpellé la Commission européenne sur la conformité des pratiques de Facebook avec la législation en vigueur. “Facebook conserve sur le long terme les données de ses utilisateurs sans que ces derniers ne puissent donner leur consentement explicite à cette utilisation, contrairement à ce que prévoit la directive européenne sur la protection de la vie privée. La Commission estime-t-elle que Facebook est en conformité avec la législation européenne ?”, a t-elle demandé.Il est vrai que depuis quelques mois, le réseau social enchaîne les maladresses avec notamment un système de reconnaissance faciale qui a été activé sans l’accord préalable des utilisateurs et a provoqué la colère des autorités allemandes. Toutefois, Françoise Castex a expliqué au Nouvel Observateur : “Ce n’est pas un reproche à Facebook, je ne veux pas interdire le réseau social, mais simplement je m’interroge.Facebook soulève de nombreuses questions sur le traçage, le profilage des utilisateurs, la reconnaissance faciale, etc. J’espère que la Commission [européenne] s’interrogera sur les craintes exprimées par les internautes et certains Etats membres – l’Allemagne et l’Autriche”.Un rappel à l’ordre en cas de non-respect Désormais, la Commission européenne a donc trois semaine pour se prononcer sur la conformité des pratiques Facebook. Si elle estime que la législation n’est pas respectée, elle pourrait alors adresser un rappel à la firme de Mark Zuckerberg, l’appelant à se soumettre au droit européen et ce, bien que Facebook soit un site étranger. Par ailleurs, les autorités européennes ont annoncé un projet de révision du cadre sur la protection des données personnelles pour fin janvier 2012.Le 12 novembre 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


See the funky double asteroid that zipped by Earth

first_img 0 Space 3:17 null Enlarge ImageThe left-hand image shows SPHERE observations of Asteroid 1999 KW4. An artist’s impression of the asteroid pair is shown on the right. ESO A lot of asteroids pass by Earth, but 1999 KW4 moseyed by with a little something extra: its own moon. The double asteroid reached its closest approach on May 25 and the European Southern Observatory managed to snag some snapshots.ESO released an image of the asteroid on Monday alongside an artist’s impression of what it might look like. The real image looks like a couple of fuzzy blobs, but it shows the distinctly double nature of the asteroid. The exoplanet-spotting SPHERE instrument on the ESO’S Very Large Telescope in Chile is extremely sensitive. ESO says it’s “one of the very few instruments in the world capable of obtaining images sharp enough to distinguish the two components of the asteroid.” The larger body and the smaller one are separated by a mere 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers). SPHERE stands for Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch. Asteroids! Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Sci-Tech The private rocket company trying to send Australia to… Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Asteroid 1994 KW4 is classified as “potentially hazardous,” though it didn’t pose a threat to Earth. It passed at a very safe distance away. ESO used the asteroid as a test of the International Asteroid Warning Network. Multiple organizations coordinated on an observation campaign. Researchers aim to learn more about passing asteroids so us earthlings can better figure out how to deflect dangerous rocks or mitigate damage from impacts. Asteroid 1994 KW4 is particularly intriguing because it resembles another binary asteroid named Didymos that could threaten Earth in the distant future. NASA is working on sending its Double Asteroid Redirection Test to Didymos where it will crash into the asteroid’s moonlet in 2022 and try to knock it a little off course. It sounds like a sci-fi movie, but NASA hopes it will show that asteroids could potentially be nudged away from Earth.Studying harmless 1994 KW4 is one more key step in preparing for battle with asteroids.  Tags A big asteroid with its own moon is passing by. Here’s how to spot it SpaceX will help NASA go crash an asteroid 27 Photoslast_img read more


Sweeney nomination wins committee approval

first_imgTara Sweeney has been nominated for assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs. Photo: ASRCAlaskan Tara Sweeney’s nomination to be Assistant Interior Secretary for Indian Affairs cleared a U.S. Senate Committee today with no opposition – though there may still be one hang-up.Listen nowSen. Lisa Murkowski said the committee should listen to the many Alaska Native and Native American groups that wrote letters endorsing Sweeney.“We’ve got supportive groups including NCAI (National Congress of American Indians), the United South and Eastern Tribes. Many many more,” Murkowski said. “There’s virtually no opposition from Indian Country and I think that is important.”Sweeney was in limbo for months while the administration tried to figure out how to treat her status as a shareholder in an Alaska Native corporation. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he’s satisfied.“I was glad to hear Ms. Sweeney commit to recuse herself from any matters, and I quote now, ‘directly affecting or with respect to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation,’ including oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” Udall said.But Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she wants more clarification about the possibility of an exception to Sweeney’s conflict-of-interest recusal.“I will be seeking (an answer) in writing, before a Senate vote, whether she does plan to seek a waiver in the future,” Cantwell said. “I’d like her to just answer yes or no in writing.”The Indian Affairs Committee took a voice vote to advance Sweeney’s nomination to the Senate floor. No word yet on when it will come before the full Senate.last_img read more


Former BET CEO Debra Lee Joins ATT Board of Directors and Exits

first_img AT&T TV: An Unskinny Streaming Bundle That Looks a Lot Like Traditional Pay TV AT&T, Nexstar End Blackout, Strike New Carriage Deal Popular on Variety Lee had joined Twitter’s board in May 2016 and will be exiting the position at the end of August. “Twitter is a terrific company with a clear mission and strong leadership team,” she said in a statement. “I believe Twitter has a bright future, and I wish [CEO] Jack [Dorsey] and the entire company continued success.” Related UPDATED: AT&T has named Debra Lee, former chairman and CEO of BET Networks, to its board of directors, while she will be leaving Twitter’s board.Lee joined Viacom’s BET Networks in 1986 and stepped down from her role in May 2018. At BET, she served in several leadership roles, including COO and general counsel, before she served as chairman and CEO at BET from 2006 until her retirement.“Debra’s outstanding leadership, deep expertise and strong track record in the entertainment and media industry will be terrific additions to our board of directors,” Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Her unique perspective as a media industry leader and operations executive, and her lifetime commitment to community service give her valuable insights I look forward to having on our board.” Lee also is the founder of Leading Women Defined, an annual gathering of prominent African-American women that launched in 2009, and serves on the board of Marriott International as well as several professional and civic organizations, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is a past chair of the Advertising Council and trustee emeritus at Brown University. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.Lee is the fourth woman to join AT&T’s board, which will expand to 13 members with her addition. Other women on the board are Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp; Cynthia Taylor, president and CEO of Oil States International; and Laura D’Andrea Tyson, distinguished professor of the graduate school at the Haas School of Business and chair of the Blum Center for Developing Economies board of trustees at the University of California, Berkeley.The other members of the telco’s board are Stephenson; Matthew Rose; retired chairman and CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe; Samuel Di Piazza Jr., retired global CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Richard Fisher, former president and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Scott Ford, CEO of Westrock Group; Glenn Hutchins, chairman of North Island and co-founder of Silver Lake; William Kennard, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and former chairman of the FCC; Michael McCallister, retired chairman of and CEO of Humana; and Geoffrey Yang, founding partner and managing director, Redpoint Ventures. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


Flu vaccinations protect the elderly too

first_imgContrary to claims that the youth benefit more from flu vaccines, a t10-year study has found that annual influenza vaccinations can also reduce the hospitalisation rate and delay mortality among the elderly.“This study evidences protection for an elderly population for whom vaccine efficacy has been questioned,” said study co-author Stefan Gravenstein, adjunct professor of medicine and health services, policy and practice at Brown University in Rhode Island, US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Annual vaccination is the only way to maximise the benefit of vaccine, no matter what the age,” Gravenstein noted. The researchers found that between 2000 and 2009, the better matched the vaccine was for the influenza strain going around, the fewer residents in US nursing home died or were hospitalised.For the study, the researchers analysed records of millions of nursing home residents. Year-to-year the ability of the vaccine to fight the flu can vary widely. Sometimes vaccine makers produce a great match that is highly protective. In other years the prevailing flu strain does not match the vaccine well. The researchers took advantage of this natural variation over the decade 2000-09 to see whether nursing home residents were better off when the match was good compared to when the match was bad.  If vaccines do not help the elderly, as some critics suggest, then nursing home residents should not fare any better when the vaccine is a good match than when it is a bad match. The results showed that vaccinations help keep some  nursing home residents alive and out of the hospital. The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.last_img read more


Theda Bara – Creator of The Vamp Look and Persona and Early

first_imgTheda Bara can rightfully be called the Godmother of Goth. Starting in the nineteenth century, vampires assailed our imaginations through popular fiction and over the years they became part of our pop culture. Out of the many novels written on the subject, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, published in 1897, is undoubtedly the one that provided the basis for the modern vampire as we all recognize today in films, TV series, and novels. Over the years, Count Dracula has become one of the few fictional characters to appear in over 100 movies. While we all gladly remember legendary actors such as Max Schreck, Bela Lugosi, and of course, Christopher Lee, who masterfully portrayed the famous Count Dracula, the silver-screen “vamp” was created much earlier. To the surprise of many, the epitomé of the “vamp” persona in Hollywood movies was not a caped actor but actually an actress who went by the name of Theda Bara.Cover of “Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories,” a collection of short stories authored by Bram StokerAlthough nowadays Theda Bara is far from a household name, she was actually one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses in the early years of cinema. Her acting career was brief but notable, as she appeared in more than 40 silent movies in a period of just 12 years. Sadly, most of her films were lost, but the 1915 silent film A Fool There Was, in which Theda Bara portrays the Vampire, still exists, and two years ago it was selected for preservation by the United States Library of Congress.Actress Theda Bara in a promotional photoBorn Theodosia Goodman on July 29, 1890, into a family of Jewish immigrants in Cincinnati, Theda Bara dreamed of becoming an actress, and at the age of 18, she went to New York City, hoping to make her dream a reality.Theda Bara, in a scene from “Salomé.”She struggled at the beginning with little success, but her luck changed in 1915, when director Frank Powell cast her for the role of the seductive Vampire in A Fool There Was. The film would turn her world upside-down, making her an overnight sensation and the first Hollywood “vamp,” as it was this nickname for Bara’s character that coined the term.Movie PosterFans loved the new exotic–and erotic–actress; in fact, they loved her so much that she allegedly received over 1,000 marriage proposals. Countless songs have been written about her and many children were named Theda in her honor. As written by the Guardian‘s Kira Cochrane, there was also “a perfume and even a sandwich (minced ham, mayonnaise, sliced pimento and sweet pickles on toast served warm) created in her honor.” Theda Bara in “A Fool There Was”Part of her success story is the incredible marketing strategy created by the Fox studio, which includes her fabricated screen name, Theda Bara, rather mysterious origins, and vampirish personality. According to the studio, she wasn’t born in Cincinnati, Ohio, nor into a family of Jewish immigrants, but to a French actress and an Italian sculptor. The public apparently bought the story and success was inevitable for the then 29-year-old actress.“Cleopatra” (1917)During the next few years, she went on to star in more than 40 movies, adding details to her vamp image. She became far more than just Hollywood’s first “vamp” and is now considered by many to be the first true sex symbol in the history of Hollywood.“The Soul of Buddha” (1918)However, her reign as queen of the vamps was sadly short-lived as her contract was dropped by Fox in 1919, meaning that her acting career was virtually over. Vamps were no longer in vogue, and Hollywood was now hunting innocent faces such as Mary Pickford and Marguerite Clark, which meant that Theda Bara was out of the game.“A Woman There Was” (1919)She made several attempts to resurrect her Hollywood career but ended up parodying the vamp image she worked so hard to create. In 1921, Bara married director-writer Charles Brabin, with whom she spent the rest of her life.Read another story from us: The first Hollywood male sex symbol was Japanese actor Sessue HayakawaAfter 1926, she no longer made attempts to regain her star status, and she never appeared in a sound film. The queen of the vamps left this world on April 7, 1955, dying in Los Angeles at the age of 69.last_img read more


Bus transporting schoolchildren overturns

first_imgMass casualties were reported after a bus transporting schoolchildren crashed in the Sahlumbe area this morning (Monday).It is believed that the brakes failed, causing the bus to overturn.Sharaj Ambulance Services and EMRS responded and stabilised 10 occupants who were injured.Sharaj transported the injured to hospital – seven were taken to La Verna Hospital. Slight and moderate injuries were sustained.RTI and SAPS were also on scene. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more


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first_img 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 Konica Minolta Medical Imaging’s FlexDR is an upright, flat panel digital radiography system. July 23, 2009 – Konica Minolta Medical Imaging introduced today the FlexDR, an upright, flat panel digital radiography system designed for high-throughput environments. The FDA-cleared FlexDR features an amorphous Silicon (aSi) and Cesium Iodide (CsI) digital receptor for high- quality images with minimum X-ray exposure. The product is available for immediate sale in the United States. The FlexDR enables technologists to boost productivity by utilizing the same imaging Control Station as the company’s Nano and Xpress CR systems. This creates a unified CR/DR platform that combines cassette-less and cassette based digital radiography into one cost effective, efficient workflow solution. The sub-console mounted onto the FlexDR provides the ability for technologists to verify immediately patient information, as well as, control collimation and approve the image right at the patient’s side, creating a more efficient workflow that can also reduce both total exam time and patient call backs. The system is optimized for patient comfort and has a large vertical travel range for lower extremity imaging. According to the manufacturer, each image is available for review approximately five seconds after exposure.For more information: medical.konicaminolta.us. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | July 23, 2009 Konica Minolta Introduces New Upright Flat Panel DR 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 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 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 | 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 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 last_img read more


Football Colombia on brink after Ecuador win

first_imgColombia edged to the brink of their first World Cup since 1998 on Friday, securing a 1-0 win over Ecuador in a rain-delayed game disrupted by a half-time floodlight failure.A first-half goal by AS Monaco striker James Rodríguez secured all three points for the Colombians, who are now guaranteed at least a play-off spot from South America’s nine-team qualifying competition.The victory put Jose Pekerman’s team level with Argentina on 26 points at the top of the standings and both sides could even book their places at next year’s finals in Brazil later Friday if other results go their way.Ecuador however, who were reduced to 10 men early in the game when Gabriel Achilier was dismissed, could have snatched an unlikely draw if captain Walter Ayovi had not missed a second-half penalty.A pre-match deluge at Barranquilla’s Estadio Metropolitano had appeared to leave the game in jeopardy at one point, with parts of the field covered in large pools of water as the rain tumbled down.However, the stadium ground staff worked ferociously to clear the excess water and after a 90-minute delay, Brazilian referee Heber Lopes got proceedings under way.A lacklustre opening period saw neither side manage to gain control of the contest, and it was Ecuador who went closest to scoring when Jefferson Montero’s swerving shot effort was punched away by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina in the 18th minute.But the complexion of the game changed decisively on the half-hour mark when Ecuador were reduced to 10 men, Achilier sent off for bringing down Colombia’s Teofilo Gutierrez as he sprinted clear on goal.The dismissal seemed to energise the Colombians and within a minute they had taken the lead through Monaco youngster Rodríguez.Monaco team-mate Radamel Falcao – named in the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury – unleashed a ferocious long-range effort which Ecuador’s stand-in keeper Maximo Banguera could only parry away.The rebound fell kindly to Rodríguez who rifled home an angled low shot to put Colombia 1-0 up heading into the half-time break.A floodlight blackout then delayed the start of the second half for 15 minutes, and there was a further interruption soon after the restart when Colombia keeper Ospina received medical attention for several minutes after a heavy blow to the head.Ecuador were then presented with a golden chance to get back on level terms when Colombia defender Carlos Sánchez hauled down Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in the box on 61 minutes.But Ayovi miscued his spotkick horribly and Colombia escaped to claim a win which puts them within touching distance of a first World Cup since their appearance at the France finals 15 years ago.In other South American matches later Friday, Paraguay were playing Bolivia in Asuncion, fourth-placed Chile take on Venezuela in Santiago while fifth-placed Uruguay face a crucial trip to Lima to face Peru. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


Sustainable coffee opens markets for small producers in Costa Ricas capital

first_imgA group of 14 families from the canton of Desamparados, south of San José, are producing coffee in a new processing center, orbeneficio, using sustainable procedures that have attracted them buyers from Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Australia and the United States.The group created the Farmers Association of La Violeta de Desamparados (AGRIVID), and their processing involves environmentally friendly practices that allow them, for example, to use only 8 liters of water to process a 46-kilogram coffee sack.“Traditional methods used by larger beneficios could take up to a thousand liters per sack,” AGRIVID member Gilbert Núñez said.The group is growing various coffee varieties at 1,400-1,600 meters above sea level.“Ours is not a large quantity operation, but very selective with lots of quality coffee, which allows us to place our coffee at very good prices both in domestic and international markets” Núñez added.AGRIVID members launched their business in 2002, when two of the biggest beneficios in the area closed due to a severe decrease in international coffee prices.Members then started an even smaller operation that involved taking coffee to beneficios in the area, which meant high production costs for transportation, extra staff, and time spent traveling.The new center was inaugurated last weekend and was built with a ₡10 million ($20,000) donation by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.In addition, members designed a water-disposal method that processes the liquid and makes it apt for irrigating coffee plantations.Coffee pulp also is being used as a natural fertilizer, and the beans’ skin is used as fuel for coffee-drying ovens. Some of the coffee also is sun-dried.Núñez said the new beneficio is a significant improvement for the operation, and in transportation and staff expenses alone, producers are saving some ₡6-7 million ($12,000-$14,000) on each lot. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


Women spend 5 hours thinking about packing

first_imgEver wondered what goes into women’s luggage? Thinking about how much time to allocate to the packing process? Just curious about bags in general?British Airways recently surveyed 600 Australians to answer some of the age old questions of packing and the results were, well, not too surprising, the solutions however are: Two-thirds of Australian women pack their bags more than once before travelling, as well as spend on average five hours contemplating what to pack; memories will after all be created with the holiday snaps so it pays to look good I guess.Men, however, spend just three hours, on average, thinking that far ahead.Combined, three-quarters of Australian travellers struggle to pack their entire wardrobe for their dream holiday, with 64 percent of people finding this experience stressful and frustrating. If the Aussies did manage to fit their life discreetly into their luggage, unfortunately half have been forced to leave some items behind due to baggage size and weight restrictions from strict airlines.Tip: British Airways personal stylist Sophie Hart recommends bringing simple clothes, separates for maximising mix-and-matching and items that require little maintenance throughout the journey. Ever wondered what goes into women’s luggage? Image: Buzzle Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.Nlast_img read more


Introducing Essence Suites Taringa

first_imgIntroducing Essence Suites TaringaIntroducing Essence Suites TaringaEssence Apartments and Suites has today opened its newest development, Essence Suites Taringa in Brisbane’s western suburbs.Located above the new Westside Private Hospital, these 63 luxuriously appointed studios, one and two-bedroom suites make Essence Suites Taringa the ideal accommodation choice for business or leisure stays.The unique building design, modern accommodation and convenient location can be enjoyed for any conventional purpose whilst also allowing unprecedented convenience for medical stays.With the brand-new building now complete, this $65-million development will be managed by Essence Apartments and Suites’ parent company UniLodge Australia.UniLodge CEO, Mr Tomas Johnsson said the opening of the property coincides with the opening of the new world-class Westside Private Hospital and adds to Essence Apartment and Suite’s portfolio.“As a uniquely integrated hotel and hospital building, Essence Suites Taringa is a fantastic new addition to our growing portfolio of healthcare accommodation properties throughout Australia and cements our role in the tourism space,” said Mr Johnsson.“Situated in the leafy suburb of Taringa, with sweeping views out to Brisbane CBD, the property consists of 63 beautifully appointed suites featuring kitchenettes with ultramodern appliances, Smart TV, Foxtel and Wi-Fi with some suites also fitted with beautiful sofa lounges.“Essence Suites Taringa boasts great facilities to make any purpose stay a special one, including state-of-the-art meeting and conferencing facilities, secure car parking, and an exclusive guest lounge looking out to Brisbane city.“Amaretto Restaurant, Café & Bar opposite reception will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week for hotel guests and serve a mouthwateringselection of Australian and Italian dishes.”Westside Private Hospital and Montserrat Day Hospitals CEO Ben Korst said he was looking forward to opening the doors of Queensland’s only hotel and hospital in one.“Westside Private Hospital is Brisbane’s newest short stay private hospital. With direct lift access to Essence Suites Taringa, we know that Queensland’s only Hotel and Hospital is a welcome addition to Brisbane’s west,” said Mr Korst.The new development will be a one stop shop for hospital patients and hotel guests as they can drive in to the one car park, drop their children at the childcare centre and stop for a coffee or a bite to eat at Amaretto Restaurant, Café & Bar before checking into Essence Suites Taringa or the Westside Private Hospital.Essence Suites Taringa is conveniently located minutes away from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Taringa train station, the University of Queensland and the Indooroopilly Golf Club.Essence Suites Taringa is located at 28-32 Morrow Street, Taringa, Brisbane.Opening rates start from $129 for a studio suite. Book before 28 February 2019 to secure this fantastic rate by heading to www.essenceapartments.com.au or by calling (07) 3556 5000 or emailing res.taringa@essenceapartments.com.au. Source = Essence Apartments and Suiteslast_img read more


Central bank responds to criticism by board member

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe Central Bank of Cyprus said its board of directors acknowledged the need for reforms in the supervisory authority’s organisation, structure and operation, as well as the introduction of best governance practices.“For the first time in the history of the Central Bank of Cyprus, the board of directors unanimously and with the support of the governor decided on September 22, the complete restructuring and modernisation of the Central Bank of Cyprus,” the central bank said in an emailed statement today. “With respect to this, after previous proposals were taken into account, it was decided that a thorough and comprehensive report reflecting best practices applied internationally which can however be implemented and live up to the Central Bank of Cyprus’s needs and role today”.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more