Delhi govt asks DMs to review court tribunal cases on fortnightly basis

first_imgNew Delhi: To streamline processing of court and tribunal cases, the Delhi government’s revenue department has issued guidelines, asking all district magistrates to review cases on a fortnightly basis and send a report.The department warned of disciplinary action against erring officers for any lapse in compliance of guidelines.The additional district magistrates will be the reviewing officer and an officer not below the rank of the tehsildar will be the nodal officer-legal-cum-parivi officer for all cases involving revenue districts, according to the the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe nodal officer-legal will maintain the complete record of all court and tribunal cases in electronic module with fortnightly printout of same to be kept on record.”The district magistrates shall also review the court/tribunal cases on a fortnightly basis and send a report to the Legal Branch HQ (headquarters) in the prescribed format…,” the guidelines stated.The district magistrates may also bring to the notice of divisional commissioner (headquarters-II) the matters for escalating to appropriate level if any lapse on the part of government counsel is observed.last_img read more

Violinist Andrew Forde brings Glenn Gould to contemporary audience

first_img Facebook Violinist Andrew Forde and his band the Ghost Tapes will be performing a re-interpretation of Glenn Gould’s work as part of Black History Month in Toronto Feb. 9. (CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Forde is calling his piece Ideas of North as an ode to the late musician, but also to represent the pluralism of voices which wouldn’t have been heard 50 years ago. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Toronto-based violinist Andrew Forde has performed with Justin Bieber, Sting, Pitbull and Mary J. Blige, but there’s another star he’s connecting with: Glenn Gould.Forde has remixed the iconic Canadian pianist to explore the country’s rich identity in Ideas of North and will perform it live Feb. 9th in Toronto as part of Black History Month.The title is a play on Gould’s landmark documentary, The Idea of North, which first aired on CBC Radio in 1967. Gould layered speaking voices on top of each other to create a unique sonic landscape in his program about the Canadian North.last_img read more

Energy regulator orders Hydro One to cut administrative budget by 30 million

TORONTO — Ontario’s electricity customers shouldn’t foot the bill for “unreasonably high” compensation for Hydro One’s senior staff, the province’s energy regulator said as it ordered the company to cut its administrative budget by $30 million over two years.In a recent ruling, the Ontario Energy Board rejected a Hydro One request to increase its administrative costs and spend more on capital projects. The OEB decision comes as part of a review of a 2016 rate hike request from Hydro One which, if approved, would see rates jump by 0.5 per cent in 2017 and 4.8 per cent in 2018. The regulator will set the rates later this fall.Hydro One said in a statement that it will review the OEB orders and “determine appropriate next steps”.Natalie Poole-Moffatt, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs, defended the utility’s management team.“Hydro One recruited a leadership team with the necessary experience to deliver on the promises we made to our customers: improve customer service and increase productivity while maintaining reliability,” she said in a statement.In 2015, the government announced it would sell 60 per cent of Hydro One to raise billions it would put towards infrastructure projects.In the decision, the OEB said hydro customers gain little from the jump in executive salaries that were largely generated by the IPO. The total corporate management costs for Hydro One in 2014 of about $5.5 million are set to increase to $22.1 million in 2018, the regulator said.“The OEB shares the concerns of … (those) who question whether Hydro One has adequately demonstrated that the significant increases in compensation costs associated with the parent company’s transformation will produce outcomes that utility customers value,” the OEB decision said.It also expressed concern that Hydro One has stopped making progress toward bringing executive compensation levels down to the market median and those efforts have “now reversed.” The regulator also said the company’s total compensation amounts are likely understated because not all items of Hydro One compensation were included in its rate hike request.“After considering all of the evidence related to the amounts for compensation that Hydro One seeks to recover from transmission services ratepayers, the OEB finds that compensation amounts in the total (administrative budget) for 2017 and 2018 of $412.7 million and $409.3 million are unreasonably high by an amount of approximately $15 million in each year,” the decision said.The OEB also rejected a proposal to give all of the tax savings generated by the 2015 IPO of the partially privatized company to shareholders. The regulator instead mandated shareholders receive 71 per cent of the savings while ratepayers receive the remaining 29 per cent.That would drop Hydro One’s shareholders portion of tax savings from $81.9 million to $58.1 in 2017 and from $89.6 million to $63.6 million in 2018.The OEB also ordered Hydro One to reduce its budget for capital expenditures by $126.1 million in 2017 and $122.2 million in 2018.A spokesman for Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said Tuesday that the government’s plan to cut hydro bills by 25 per cent will not be impacted by any rate application approved by the OEB. Colin Nekolaichuk said the OEB rate application process has resulted in $278 million in reduced administrative and capital costs.“This is yet another example of the OEB’s strong record of denying hydro companies all that they ask for, and reviewing rate applications with the consumer in mind first,” he said in a statement.But NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns said the OEB didn’t go far enough to limit executive compensation or give ratepayers a bigger piece of future tax savings.“Legally, they could have assigned 100 per cent of (the tax savings) to customers,” Tabuns said. “There are billions of dollars that are now going to shareholders that could have kept bills down.”Progressive Conservative energy critic Todd Smith said the OEB decision shows that Hydro One’s executive compensation is out of line with other jurisdictions. Smith noted that the OEB report also provides an increasingly rare look into the financial status of Hydro One, which was removed from the purview of several legislative watchdogs after the IPO.“It takes an OEB report to actually see now what executive compensation has grown to at Hydro One,” he said. “No longer are the executives and the total cost to ratepayers known because only the top five executives are required … to declare what their compensation is.” read more

UNICEF staffer released after being abducted in southern Somalia

A staff member of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was released today after being abducted by armed men in the Lower Juba region of southern Somalia on Wednesday.UNICEF said that Robert McCarthy, aged 47, had been released unharmed into the custody of UN security staff and members of the Somali Transitional Federal Government.“We are very relieved that Mr. McCarthy has been released unharmed and thank the Transitional Federal Government for demonstrating leadership in this critical time,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, who was in Kenya and greeted Mr. McCarthy’s wife and two of their children.Armed men abducted Mr. McCarthy on 1 March on the outskirts of Afmadow, which is 110 kilometres northwest of Kismayo in the Lower Juba region of this strife-torn Horn of Africa country.UNICEF has around 200 staff working for its Somalia operation and of these, about 75 are based at the agency’s Somalia Support Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya and the rest inside Somalia. About 30 international staff work for UNICEF Somalia.UNICEF has been operating in Somalia since 1972 and, following the collapse of the Government in 1991, it has continued to render services to children and women, working with local administrations where they exist, Somali communities, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other UN agencies to help deliver services. read more

The Dragons are coming back to Calgary

by News Staff Posted Mar 12, 2015 7:14 am MDT If you’ve got the next big business plan or invention, this weekend may be for you.CBC’s Dragons’ Den is holding open auditions for its 10th season.Associate Producer Priscilla Sreedharan said when it comes to that initial presentation pitchers need to bring their enthusiasm.“There will be two producers at auditions and that’s all you have to get past in order to see the dragons,” she said. “All that passion is really important to making a great presentation, because if you’re not enthusiastic about your pitch, how are you going to get the dragons enthusiastic about your business?”Sreedharan added one of the biggest mistakes people make is not having something visual for their pitch.Auditions this weekend are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Faculty of Arts building at Mount Royal University on Saturday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Dragons are coming back to Calgary read more

New partnership brings additional mental health resources to Brock

Brock University is taking action to address the rapidly growing demand for student mental health services.The need for mental health counselling traditionally spikes after the University’s February Reading Week, when schoolwork tends to intensify in preparation for end of term. Through new funding from the Niagara Community Foundation’s David S. Howes Fund, counsellors from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will soon be available on campus to assist students with their academic, personal and professional mental health concerns during this busy time.Operating in addition to the existing mental health options in Student Health Services, Personal Counselling Services and the 24-hour Good 2 Talk hotline, the new service will be offered Monday to Thursday in the James A. Gibson Library from Feb. 25 until April 18, with drop-in sessions running from 4 to 7 p.m.Sarah Pennisi, Director of Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, said the additional services in the Library serve two purposes.“Having the CMHA counsellors on site will offer more hours of service during peak demand times and make mental health services highly visible in a central location,” she said. “By making the services visible, we are hoping to increase the likelihood of students seeking help when they need it.”The partnership with the University will provide more comprehensive counselling services to students both on campus and in the community, said Tara McKendrick, Executive Director of CMHA Niagara.“Working with Brock has been an excellent opportunity to ensure that mental health supports are timely and accessible to maximize options for student support,” she said. “During these times, it can be extremely helpful to speak with a professional who can help explore tools and options for increased support. CMHA Niagara being on campus also provides an opportunity for students to become aware of resources available off campus if needed.”The central location of the available services was key in the decision to locate counsellors within the Library’s Matheson Learning Commons, said University Librarian Mark Robertson.“It’s a very visible space that will help students to easily discover the available counselling options,” he said. “We are about supporting learning, and we see the connection between curricular learning and determinants like mental health that can positively affect it.”For Pennisi, the new service further demonstrates the University’s commitment to its students through internal and external partnerships.“Brock is known for being a caring community, and we show our caring and commitment to student success by responding to their needs,” she said. “We recognize there are stakeholders, such as the CMHA and the Library, who bring skills and resources that help us to continue to demonstrate our commitment to student success and well-being.”To learn more about the many mental health resources available at Brock, visit or read more

Why having a cold nose means you may be working too hard

first_imgDr Alastair Ritchie of the Bioengineering… The next time you suspect you are overdoing things mentally, a quick check of your nose temperature could prove illuminating. Scientists have discovered that a cold hooter is a sign of thinking too hard.center_img In a new study, in which researchers used thermal imaging cameras on the faces of 14 volunteers while they carried out mental tasks, they found that the nose temperature of those feeling overwhelmed dropped by around one degree centigrade. The scientists say it as a sign that the brain is overworking, and has ordered that blood should be diverted to help neurons. Extremities, like the nose, suffer first because it take more energy to pump blood to them.last_img

Column Alzheimers has taken over Dads life

first_imgTo mark World Alzheimer’s Week 2013, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has launched a new Public Awareness Campaign which aims to inform people on how they can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia in later life. Research has shown that keeping your brain, body and heart as healthy and active as possible are seen as important steps which could lessen the chance of being diagnosed with dementia in the future. For more information on how you can look after yourself now and take positive steps in order to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, log onto or call the National Helpline on 1800 341 341, the Helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. MY NAME IS Denise, I am 50 years of age and the eldest of seven children; I have six younger brothers, three adult sons, and I became a grandmother last November. I am involved in Early Childhood Care and Education. My dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is 74 years of age. This is my experience of my dad’s journey living with Alzheimer’s.When I began noticing some changes in Dad it was not just about his memory – reasoning and logic became a problem, too. Dad would get confused with simple everyday tasks, he would also get confused with directions to places he knew, appointments were forgotten, and he could not recall stories the family had told him. People said, ‘Oh sure doesn’t everyone experience problems with their memory’, but this was different. Although friends meant well, this gave Dad a reason to dismiss the diagnosis when it came.Dad forgot things we told him and when we would remind him that we told him, he found it very difficult to accept he had forgotten. It was always someone else’s fault or else he was adamant he hadn’t been told. This would lead to arguments and we have since realised that this is a typical reaction, it’s everyone else who is wrong, not Dad! This was his way of dealing with the changes he was experiencing.Doing things that made no senseDad would do things that made no sense, one day I found him one day putting the used tea bags into the recycle bin. When I asked him why he was doing that, he said it was to give the bin ‘a bit of weight’. He also went to zip up his jacket one day and couldn’t find the small piece to insert the zipper in to. He blamed Mam for ruining his jacket in the wash until we showed him that the piece was at the top of the zip instead of the bottom. There have been a few more incidents and these still surprise me about Dad. It is sometimes difficult to follow his reasoning for things.We decided to try get Dad to see a GP but he had hardly ever been to the GP in his life so this wasn’t easy. My brother eventually got Dad to the GP and the Universal Alzheimer’s Test was carried out. After a number of weeks the results showed that Dad did indeed have early signs of Alzheimer’s. He didn’t take this well. He claimed the tests were ridiculous; the questions were not suited to him, why wasn’t he asked easier questions, questions he would have known the answers to!It took him a long time to accept the diagnosis and this was the worst time for us as a family. We now had a direction to take Dad in, yet he absolutely refused to believe he needed to go there. He thought we were trying to put him into a nursing home; following a particularly upsetting argument I had with him, I had to hold him by the shoulders and promise him we were in fact trying to do the opposite –keep him at home with us. Only then did we finally begin to get somewhere with him.Without support, I don’t know how we would copeAlthough Dad was not happy, I was pleased with the diagnosis as now we could get him the supports he needed. Little did I know how much support we would need as a family. It was difficult as one of us would call to Dad and find him in great form, thus making liars of the other siblings. Now we realise he has good days and not so good days.Mam has been amazing but it is difficult to keep it all balanced. Supporting Mam while keeping an eye on Dad has been another unexpected challenge. His mood swings are upsetting for her and she needs a lot of support when it happens, very understandably. It also upsets her when she sees how his condition is taking its toll on us. I suppose the Mother Hen is always on duty.I sometimes feel torn. Alzheimer’s has taken over Dad’s life, he seems to talk about little else. His Alzheimer’s Social Club is very important to him and the days he goes there is a welcome break for Mam. Watching my grandson making cognitive connections while Dad struggles to maintain his cognitive function is quite a dichotomy. I see my grandsons’ memory and reasoning expand and develop and I am so proud of him. He can remember the names for objects and recalls them rapidly… then I see Dad, who also knows the names for everything, and yet he cannot recall them.During Dad’s illness we have received great support of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and Dr Michelle Kelly in Trinity Research Unit as well as Professor Swannick and Roisin in Sheaf House. Without these supports I do not know how we would have coped as a family.16th – 21st September marks World Alzheimer Week. To mark this The Alzheimer Society of Ireland are holding a free Information Evening in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2 on Thursday 19th September at 7pm. All are welcome. For more information call Grace on 01 207 3818. last_img read more

This is what Ubuntu Touchs core apps look like so far

first_imgThough Canonical released its Ubuntu Touch preview over one month ago, not all of us have either been brave enough, or had the proper combination of devices and software to give it a test run. For those that fall into this category, but still want to give Ubuntu Touch a look-see, some previews of the core apps have trickled out into the wild.The core apps are what you’d expect a mobile device’s core apps to be: A calculator, a weather app, a clock, a file manager, Twitter and Facebook clients, an email app, and so on. Interestingly, and because it’s Linux, a Terminal app is being developed as a core app as well. So now you can simultaneously be frustrated with having to pop into the Terminal on your phone, but also feel like a cool hacker since you’re dumping dense text commands into a terminal.You won’t really be blown away by the artistic direction of the core apps at the moment, but they’re getting the job done. They don’t look bad; they just look a little plain, but unfortunately not plain in the sense that a pleasing minimalistic aesthetic style would be “plain.” The apps do look very Ubuntu, but they could benefit from Ubuntu’s greatest strength: the wonderful, iconic aubergine color.Granted, the apps are currently in a development stage, and have until October (if Canonical’s aim of having Ubuntu Touch devices available to consumers by then comes to fruition) to spruce up the look. Again, though, they don’t look bad — you just wouldn’t sneak a second glance if they walked by you on the street.Aside from the core apps, some third party developers are working on apps of their own as well. An alternative weather app makes an appearance, as does Google Reader and microblogging client Gwibber, as well as some staple mobile games like Sudoku and Chess.Check out the progress on the core apps here, and if you’re messing around with Ubuntu Touch, you can grab daily builds of the core apps here.last_img read more

Is the issue with me being white Row breaks out over BBC

first_img Friday 1 Mar 2019, 10:09 AM Short URL Image: Instagram/SJDooley 92,333 Views Share118 Tweet Email1 Mar 1st 2019, 10:09 AM “The world does not need any more white saviours,” he said in a tweet, referring to a term used for western people who attempt to ‘fix’ the problems of struggling nations without understanding their history, needs, or the state of affairs in the region.Those accused of being white saviours are seen to put their personal development at the centre of their efforts, rather than a genuine effort to help.Commenters also tagged the Instagram page NoWhiteSaviors in Dooley’s posts, whose profile reads: “We never said ‘no white people’. We just know you shouldn’t be the hero of the story.”But Dooley defended the work of Comic Relief and asked Lammy whether the controversy had come about because of the colour of her skin.“David, is the issue with me being white?” she said. “Because if that’s the case, you could always go over there and try raise awareness?” Source: Twitter/@StaceyDooleyIn response, Lammy said that while his comment wasn’t personal and that he recognised the work of Comic Relief, he felt that it was a problematic way to create awareness.“My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era,” he said.It isn’t the first time that Comic Relief has attracted controversy for its celebrity endorsements.In 2017, a video featuring Ed Sheeran was given a “Rusty Radiator” award, which are given for fundraising campaigns which focus on stereotypes “considered offensive”.The head of the charity, Liz Warner, appeared to accept the award, telling The Guardian that the video “rightly challenged” organisations like Comic Relief to be responsible, fresh and relevant when conveying their issues.center_img By Stephen McDermott Image: Instagram/SJDooley ‘Is the issue with me being white?’: Row breaks out over BBC presenter’s social media posts from Africa A Labour MP has accused Comic Relief of sending a “distorted image” of Africa. 67 Comments A ROW HAS broken out in the United Kingdom after a politician accused a BBC documentary-maker of sending a “distorted image” of Africa in her social media posts.Labour MP David Lammy’s comments came after journalist Stacey Dooley attracted criticism for her Instagram posts in Uganda, where she posed with local children whom she met while filming a Comic Relief documentary.One post showed Doooley holding a toddler, with a caption claiming she was “obsessed” with the child.Commenters argued that the 31 year-old was using children as “props”, that her posts came across as “self-righteous” and that they deflected praise from local workers and NGOs in developing countries.The outlook was echoed by Lammy yesterday, when he called for the promotion of more African voices and a debate on how to create awareness about issues affecting the continent. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un système découtes téléphoniques se fait plus accessible

first_imgUn système d’écoutes téléphoniques se fait plus accessibleÉtats-Unis – Les systèmes d’écoutes téléphoniques, généralement très coûteux, pourraient bientôt ne plus être réservés aux grandes institutions étatiques. En effet, un informaticien a expliqué avoir mis au point un système de ce type pour un coût maximal de 1.500 dollars (environ 1.140 euros).Chris Paget est un informaticien spécialisé dans les mécanismes de sécurité informatique explique l’AFP. Ce week-end, lors d’une conférence sur la sécurité informatique, il a présenté un tout nouveau dispositif d’écoutes téléphoniques, et cela pour 1.500 dollars soit 1.147 euros. L’homme a ainsi demandé à l’assistance d’éteindre leurs téléphones avant d’expliquer : “Je peux intercepter des conversations sur téléphones portables avec un système ,ne coûtant pas plus de 1.500 dollars, composé de matériel radio et d’un ordinateur portable. Votre combiné pense que je suis l’antenne-relais de votre téléphone, et je parviens à contrôler vos appels. Ces opérations coûtaient jusque-là des millions de dollars, il est désormais possible de le faire pour beaucoup moins cher”.Plus osé, l’homme continue en expliquant : “Je peux cibler des personnes spécifiques que je veux espionner et je peux sélectionner les types de téléphones qui se connectent”. Chris Paget assure pour autant ne pas vouloir mettre son système dans les mains de personnes malveillantes. Et l’Agence France Presse d’expliquer que cette invention fonctionne avec le réseau GSM et que M. Paget a été contacté par la Commission fédérale américaine des communications avant sa présentation, commission qui a fait part de ses craintes vis-à-vis de ce système.  Le 2 août 2010 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Samsung reveals new Galaxy A phones at MWC

first_img Mobile World Congress 2019 • Snap serious selfies with Samsung’s Galaxy A30 and A50 See All Samsung’s Galaxy A30 was revealed Monday. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Samsung announced a pair of fresh phones in its midrange Galaxy A series during Mobile World Congress on Monday.The Galaxy A50 and A30 are the initial models for 2019, and both feature 6.4-inch 1,080×2,340-pixel Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays, with dimensions of 158.5 by 74.7 by 7.7mm.The differences start with the cameras — the A50 has a 25-megapixel camera on the front, with 25-, 5- and 8-megapixel options on the back (continuing the triple-rear camera trend). The A30 has a 16-megapixel one on the front, and 16- and 5-megapixel cameras at the rear. Memory-wise, you can get the A50 with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. The A30 comes with either 3 or 4GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal A30 has 16- and 5-megapixel cameras on the back. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET The A50 is available in four colors: black, white, blue and coral (which is apparently “inspired by scattered light”). It also comes equipped with on-screen fingerprint unlocking.The A series may not be Samsung’s flagship Galaxy line (the S series still holds that crown), but still offers full access to its ecosystem — so you can use Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, Bixby and other features. Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone “People are changing the way they connect, and their smartphones need to keep up,” said DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile business, in a release. “Our new Galaxy A Series offers improvements to the essential features that will support these live interactions, with diverse options to meet their ever-changing needs.”We’ve reached out to Samsung for details on pricing and a release date.Last week, Samsung unveiled its much-hyped flexible Galaxy Fold and a quartet of Galaxy S10 models.First published at 2:35 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:55 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Now playing: Watch this: reading • Samsung reveals new Galaxy A phones at MWC Samsung’s Galaxy A30 and A50 tiptoe into MWC 2019 Share your voice May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 16 Photos 1 Comment Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 1:37 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Phones Mobile Samsunglast_img read more

Plant more to increase green cover MLA Lingaiah

first_imgNarketpally (Nalgonda): Nakrekal MLA Chirumarthi Lingaiah called upon people to plant at least 2,000 saplings in every village to increase the green cover which would in turn help in increasing the rains and drive away the prevailing drought conditions.On Wednesday, he participated as guest to Haritha Haram programme held at Gopulaipally village of Narketpally mandal in the district. He advised the local body representatives to restore the greenery of villages in the constituency by planting more saplings. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He suggested youth to take active participation in creating awareness among people about the importance of planting saplings and its association with human life and ecological balance. He urged the farmers to extend their cooperation to government flagship programme Haritha Haram by planting saplings near the boundaries of their fields. Meanwhile, vice-Sarpanch of Gopulaipally Saidulu along with ward members and his supporters joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the presence of Lingaiah. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said attracted towards development and welfare activities implemented by the State government, leaders of other parties were also joining the TRS voluntarily. He assured the villagers that he would extend his cooperation for the development of Gopulaipally village in all aspects. In this programme, local representatives, villagers and party workers participated.last_img read more

50yrold man rapes minor girl

first_imgA minor girl was allegedly raped by a neighbour at Hugulia village in Daudkandi upazila on Sunday, reports UNB.The alleged rapist was identified as Sheikh Farid, 50, son of late Fazar Ali of Hugulia village.Officer-in-charge of Daudkandi police station Md Rafiqul Islam said Farid picked up the victim from their courtyard and took her to an isolated place where he raped her.Locals rescued the victim after hearing her screams and informed police. She was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital for medical test, he said, adding that they were trying to arrest the alleged rapist.last_img

New 4G network could cause widespread GPS dead zones

first_img( — If a plan to build new 4G mobile phone base stations in the US goes ahead, engineers say GPS satellite navigation systems will be seriously jammed and huge areas of the country will become GPS dead zones. Explore further © 2010 Virginia company LightSquared communicates with satellites using low-power signals in the frequency range 1525 to 1559 MHz, which is close to the frequency range GPS uses (1559 to 1610 MHz). So far this has not caused interference problems but if the planned 40,000 new high-power 4G base stations are built they would use stronger signals in the same frequency range.LightSquared hopes to complete the 4G broadband network by 2015 at a cost of up to $8 billion. The network is expected to deliver mobile phone users download speeds of up to 10 megabits per second.Engineers Scott Burgett and Bronson Hokuf with Garmin International, a satellite navigation systems manufacturing company in Olathe, Kansas, say the stronger signals will be disastrous, seriously limiting GPS reception, causing widespread GPS jamming and depriving vast areas of the US of GPS coverage.The engineers carried out laboratory testing on a portable GPS device and a general Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified aviation receiver. A Spirent GSS 6560 simulator representing the current configuration of 31 GPS satellites was used to simulate the GPS signals. The LightSquared transmission signal was simulated by a Rhode and Schwartz signal generator and amplified to produce the required signal strength.The results were that the GPS began to experience interference when 5.8 km or closer to the simulated LightSquared transmitter and lost the fix altogether when 1.1 km away. Interference started at 22.1 km for the aviation receiver, and total loss of fix occurred at 9.0 km from the transmitter.The US air force is also concerned about the interference. General William Shelton, head of the US Air Force Space Command, said at a recent Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando that if LightSquared’s network goes ahead and GPS systems are jammed we should “think about the impact.” He said he was hopeful a solution could be found but LightSquared had to prove they could operate without interfering with GPS.LightSquared spokesman Jeff Carlisle said the base stations are not at fault, but the problem could arise because some GPS receivers may be able to “see into” the neighboring frequency at which LightSquared operates. He said the company has already spent $9 million on a series of filters to prevent its current signals from interfering with the weak GPS signals, and if a problem will exist with the new network only some highly sensitive GPS receivers will be affected.LightSquared was given a provisional permit late last year by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but the permit stipulated that the network should not cause interference with other signals.Burgett and Hokuf forwarded their report to the FCC on January 19. LightSquared is now required to submit an initial plan for working with federal agencies and GPS companies to determine how to deal with interference. The plan is due at the FCC by February 25, and a final report is due on June 15. LightSquared cleared to offer wireless broadband Citation: New 4G network could cause widespread GPS dead zones (2011, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study offers hints on why some bird hosts reject parasitic eggs while

first_img Some birds lay eggs in the nests of other birds so that they will not have to raise them, this practice is known as parasitic egg laying, and works well enough for parasitic species to survive. But not all hosts welcome the parasitic eggs, some ignore them, or push them out of the nest. Also, some of the hatchlings are better guests than others, cuckoos for example, are known to push the other hatchlings out of the nest. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn why it is some hosts are more tolerant than others.To find out, they looked at prior studies of parasitic bird practices—in all they found data on 198 different species, and took note of factors such as the environment in which the birds lived, the location, etc. and then drew up a phylogenetic tree. In studying their tree they were able to spot commonalities, such as that birds in northern latitudes were more likely to reject parasitic eggs. They also found that hosts tended to tolerate chicks that required a different diet than their own—such chicks would likely die anyway. Also, they found that eggs of parasitic chicks, such as cuckoos, that would hatch into birds larger than their own were often rejected—they same fate often befell eggs from birds that were a close relative. The researchers also noted that when some species such as cuckoos experienced high rejection rates from one species, they tended to move to another.In answer to the original question of why some birds tolerate parasitic eggs, the researchers suggest it is because sometimes it is almost impossible for host birds to tell the difference between eggs, and sometimes it is because the danger of harming their own young accidently is too great. They note that many species have constantly evolving egg coloring or design patterns to help prevent deception. Egg colours make cuckoos masters of disguise Explore further © 2015 More information: The costs of avian brood parasitism explain variation in egg rejection behaviour in hosts , Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0296 AbstractMany bird species can reject foreign eggs from their nests. This behaviour is thought to have evolved in response to brood parasites, birds that lay their eggs in the nest of other species. However, not all hosts of brood parasites evict parasitic eggs. In this study, we collate data from egg rejection experiments on 198 species, and perform comparative analyses to understand the conditions under which egg rejection evolves. We found evidence, we believe for the first time in a large-scale comparative analysis, that (i) non-current host species have rejection rates as high as current hosts, (ii) egg rejection is more likely to evolve when the parasite is relatively large compared with its host and (iii) egg rejection is more likely to evolve when the parasite chick evicts all the host eggs from the nest, such as in cuckoos. Our results suggest that the interactions between brood parasites and their hosts have driven the evolution of egg rejection and that variation in the costs inflicted by parasites is fundamental to explaining why only some host species evolve egg rejection. Common cuckoo. Image: Wikipedia.center_img Journal information: Biology Letters (—A pair of researchers with Australia National University has conducted a study of parasitic egg laying with birds and as a result has found some hints on why it is that some hosts reject parasitic eggs while others do not. In their paper published in The Royal Society – Biology Letters, Iliana Medina and Naomi Langmore describe the study they conducted and what they learned as a result. Citation: Study offers hints on why some bird hosts reject parasitic eggs while others do not (2015, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… 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 | November 07, 2011 EUROECHO Meeting Now Includes MRI, CT and Nuclear Imaging News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more 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 November 7, 2011 — This year’s annual meeting of the European Association of Echocardiography (EAE), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), is changing its name to “EUROECHO & other Imaging Modalities.”EAE President Luigi Badano, M.D., FESC, from the University of Padua, Italy, explains, “To manage cardiac patients today we need to acquire information from all the different imaging modalities, not just echo. As an association of the ESC, the EAE’s philosophy is that we want to become more patient-oriented, rather than pure technology-oriented, so that we’re using the most appropriate technology to address individual clinical questions.”In addition to echocardiography (ECG), he adds, the meeting will now include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and nuclear imaging.The meeting expects to attract more than 3,000 delegates from 87 countries including cardiologists, internists, cardiac surgeons and sonographers. Seven parallel sessions will run across four days.“The conference represents a unique opportunity for cardiovascular imagers to come together. There will be teaching sessions for those new to the field, advanced techniques for the more experienced and the latest advances will be presented in over 690 posters and abstracts. You’ll get the opportunity to interact with leading imaging experts from all over the world and try out new technology in the exhibition,” says Prof. Patrizio Lancellotti, FESC, EAE president-elect, from the University of Liège, Belgium.The organizers hope the Eastern European location of the meeting, which is being held for the first time in Budapest, will enable cardiologists from eastern Europe to attend more easily.   The main themes of this year’s meeting are valvular heart disease and left ventricular function. In the sessions on valvular heart disease, delegates will learn how risk stratification using the different imaging modalities is allowing identification of asymptomatic patients who will benefit from earlier surgery. The role of 3-D ECG in assessing the likelihood of mitral valve repair is growing. Evaluation of left ventricular (LV) size and function was one of the earliest applications of clinical ECG. Now, the evaluation of LV systolic function with new techniques, such as 2-D speckle tracking is allowing identification of patients with subclinical LV dysfunction related to a more advanced stage of valve disease; patients with chemotherapy-induced cardiac toxicity can also be more easily identified. The clinical imaging sessions are a new clinical track where cases will be presented and discussed. The clinical pathways sessions, back by popular demand, will provide lectures about various state-of-the-art topics; this includes contrast echocardiography, when to use transoesphageal echocardiography, congenital heart disease, and clinical application of 3-D echo.Challenging cases will follow each session. On the final day, six international leaders in their fields will present meeting highlights.This year a special focus is being placed on young investigators, with the intention of encouraging their attendance. “Young investigators will be the cardiologists of tomorrow so, what we really need is a way to get them hooked on research to further our field,” says Lancellotti.  To give a boost to original research by young researchers, the conference has developed a special mentoring program. Delegates under 35 with high scoring abstracts will be given an opportunity to discuss their work with experts in their specific fields of research.  The scheme is already reaping its rewards, with 45 percent of successful abstract submissions this year coming from investigators under 35 years. Part of the success of the EAE’s youth drive has been the creation of Club 35, an organization set up within the EAE in January 2011 to support young researchers in training. Club 35 will be holding a special session where members will give presentations on valve disease. There will also be dedicated how-to sessions with advice on writing scientific papers, case reports, and abstracts and how to submit oral presentations.On Friday afternoon a new light-hearted aspect of the program will be ECHO at JEOPARDY. Based on the popular American quiz show format, delegates will see short clinical cases and then be able to pit their wits against the president and past presidents.At this year’s meeting there will be a new emphasis on communication with an official congress newspaper that will be handed out free to all delegates. Chairs of selected sessions will be submitting reports that will be accessible online.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

Mortgage Fraud Instances Decline PerCase Value Rises in Third Quarter

first_imgFraud,Mortgage Fraud Instances Decline, Per-Case Value Rises in Third Quarter Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-12-03 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Mortgage fraud cases declined by 15 percent over the third quarter of this year, while the dollar amount involved in mortgage fraud cases declined by just 6 percent, according to the _Third Quarter 2012 Mortgage Fraud Index_ released Monday by “”””: This disparity in declines points to an increase in the amount of money involved in each mortgage fraud case during the quarter, according to _Mortgage Daily._[IMAGE]The index tracked 141 mortgage fraud cases during the third quarter of 2012, down from 165 fraud cases tracked [COLUMN_BREAK]in the second quarter. The year-over-year decline was even greater, having dropped from 175 cases reported in the third quarter of last year. The total dollar amount of loans involved in mortgage fraud cases tracked during the third quarter of this year was $1.7 billion. This is down from $1.8 billion in the previous quarter but up from $1.3 billion tracked in the third quarter of last year. “”Industry feedback indicates mortgage fraud prevention products are uncovering new fraud attempts, but this report and others show the lingering impact of fraud not detected 3-5 years ago,”” said Stephen Schrump, president of index sponsor “”PitchPoint Solutions, Inc.””: California ranked No. 1 for mortgage fraud during the third quarter with an index value of 193 and dollar amounts totaling about $318 million.New York, having claimed the No. 1 spot last quarter, dropped to the No. 2 spot with an index of 67 and dollar amounts totaling $250 million for the quarter. California has been ranked in the top five states in the index since the second quarter of 2009, and New York has placed in the top five since the second quarter of 2011. December 3, 2012 505 Views last_img read more

The Week Ahead Focus on Construction Spending and Jobs

first_imgThe Week Ahead: Focus on Construction Spending and Jobs Buildings Construction Employment Jobs mortgage Residential Construction Specialty trade Contractors 2018-04-01 Radhika Ojha This week the Census Bureau releases its data on construction spending and on the employment situation across the U.S. While the construction spending report, which looks at the dollar amount spent on construction activity during February, will be released on Monday, April 2, at 10 a.m. EST, The employment situation report for March will be released on Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. EST.Construction spending remained flat in January at an estimated annual rate of $1,262.8 billion, on a month over month basis, but increased 3.2 percent above its January 2017 estimate of $1,223.5 billion. The report for January indicated that spending on residential construction was 0.3 percent above its December estimate of $523 billion.In February, employment in the construction sector increased by 61,000, with gains in specialty trade contractors and construction of buildings. According to the report, construction added 185,000 jobs over the past four months.Here’s what else is happening in the Week Ahead:Black Knight Mortgage Monitor, Monday, 7 a.m. ESTCoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, TuesdayEllie Mae Millennial Tracker, WednesdayMBA Mortgage Applications Report, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. ESTConsumer Credit Report, Friday, 3 p.m. EST April 1, 2018 485 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

Lauren Barrett has been appointed to the role of P

first_imgLauren Barrett has been appointed to the role of Publicity and Content Manager for Tourism Whitsundays, effective 23 August 2018. In addition to implementing the PR and digital strategy, Barrett will develop the Whitsundays messaging through the destination accounts, maximise publicity wins, coordinate and oversee media familiarisations, develop engaging editorial and video copy and build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to help drive the overall success of the organisation.She joins the tourism organisation with a strong news background, having previously worked as a business journalist, and as an editor in Southeast Asia. Her experience also includes representing medium-sized corporates in the publicity and media space.Following a thorough selection process, Tourism Whitsundays General Manager Natassia Wheeler said she was thrilled to have Ms Barrett join the team in the newly created Publicity and Content role.“This is a pivotal position in the organisation whereby she will be responsible for leading the promotion of the destination through digital marketing, key messaging and media engagement,” she said.“We have an incredibly dedicated and creative team here and Lauren joins us at a particularly exciting stage, with the organisation embarking on the implementation of new strategies to further bolster the Whitsundays’ reputation as a highly desirable travel destination in a global marketspace.“As the region’s peak industry body, the digital and publicity activation of our campaigns will be critical to enduring success, and I have full confidence in Lauren and the team’s abilities.” appointmentstourismTourism Whitsundayslast_img read more