Lotus blooms again in Arunachal

first_imgItanagar: The BJP has won 41 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly after results of all the constituencies were announced, an election official said Saturday.Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh were held for 57 seats as three BJP candidates were earlier declared elected unopposed. The Janata Dal (United) won seven seats, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, the Congress four, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) one and Independents two. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCCounting of votes on Friday for Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga constituencies in Upper Subansiri district was delayed, the official said. In the Daporijo seat, the result of which was announced early this morning, BJP candidate Taniky Soki won the seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Togam Tamim. BJP candidate Rode Bui bagged the Dumporijo seat defeating his nearest NPP rival Paknga Bage while NPP’s Tarin Dakpe won the Raga seat, the official said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsCounting of votes on Friday for Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga constituencies in Upper Subansiri district was delayed as the counting officials went away from the counting centre without handing over the results for which counting could not be continued as per the guidelines. However, it started after the polling officials returned and handed over the results, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang said. Among the prominent BJP winners are Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who won from the Mukto seat, bordering China, for third time in a row. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein won from the Chowkham constituency. In Miao constituency, state Geology and Mining Minister and BJP nominee Kamlung Mossang beat Chatu Longai of the Congress by 3,856 votes to retain the seat. The Namsang seat, which witnessed a multi-cornered contest, voted in favour of PHE minister and BJP nominee Wangki Lowang for the third time in a row. In the prestigious Tawang seat, BJP candidate Tsering Tashi trounced veteran Congress leader Thupten Tempa by a margin of 3,592 votes.last_img read more

Amazons 15 an hour a win Not so some veteran workers say

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s announcement that it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $15 has been seen as a win for workers. But some longtime employees say they are losing out.Those who already made $15 will get an extra dollar an hour when the change is made next month, but they will also lose two benefits they relied on: monthly bonuses that could top hundreds of dollars and a chance to own Amazon’s sky-rocketing stock, currently worth nearly $2,000 a share.At least four longtime workers, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity for fear they would be fired, said the $1 an hour raise would not make up for the lost benefits. The employees, all of whom work in different warehouses around the country, said the $15 minimum wage was great for new workers, but the math didn’t work out for those who have worked at Amazon’s warehouses for a few years.“I feel hugely disrespected,” said a worker at a warehouse in North East, Maryland. “The ones who are loyal should be rewarded for loyalty, not smacked in the face.”According to Amazon, the wage increase will benefit more than 350,000 workers, including full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions, as well as those at its grocery chain Whole Foods. Economists said the move could put pressure on other large employers to raise wages.Amazon said in a statement that the changes mean “compensation will be more immediate and predictable.” The Seattle company, which has more than 100 warehouses around the country, said “the significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates” the benefits that will be phased out.But others dispute that.“They must have a different kind of calculator than us,” said an employee at a Pennsylvania warehouse, who estimated she’ll lose out on about $3,000 a year.From January to September, she made about $150 a month in bonuses, which were tied to her attendance and productivity goals for the entire warehouse. But she earned an extra $400 a month in October, November and December, during the busy holiday shopping season when Amazon doubles the bonuses to motivate workers to show up on time and churn out packages quicker.“They took away all the incentives to work super hard,” she said, estimating that the $1 raise will give her about $160 extra a month.Amazon said its stock program, which typically gave workers one or two Amazon shares when they first started and then one a year, will be replaced with a method for workers to buy stock next year, but the company didn’t provide details. Workers said managers at the warehouse also didn’t know how it would work.“Who that’s making $16.25 an hour is going to have $2,000 to buy a stock?” said the person who works at the North East, Maryland, facility.Thomas Kochan, a professor at MIT’s Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, said taking away benefits from longtime workers can lead to higher turnover. He said Amazon needs to communicate to workers better if overall compensation is higher “or you’re going to have morale problems.”Workers said warehouse managers who were tasked with telling them about the changes didn’t seem to know the answer to some questions. Those that called an employee hotline seeking answers heard a prerecorded message: the employee resource centre “does not have any additional information we can share with you at this time.”Instead, many workers called Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ office, who had been critical of Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos for paying what he described as low wages but praised the company when it raised the hourly minimum wage.In a statement, the independent senator said, “Our understanding is that the vast majority of Amazon workers are going to see wage increases. I would hope that as a result of Amazon’s new policy, no worker, especially long-time employees, sees a reduction in total compensation. Amazon can afford to make all workers whole and should do that.”One person, who has worked at a warehouse in Phoenix for several years, said the lost benefits means working at Amazon is now “like any other warehouse” job.“I’m updating my resume,” he said.last_img read more

IMA to organise public awareness programme for eliminating TB

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Medical Association will organise an awareness programme on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day to highlight the steps required to end the disease.The programme aims to increase awareness about the disease among the public and ways to curb its instances and related mortality and morbidity by 2025, a statement by the IMA said. The World TB day is commemorated on March 24 every year. IMA’s slogan for this event will be ‘IMA Ka Naara, TB se Chutkara’. Its inauguration will be begin with lighting of a lamp by Santanu Sen, IMA’s national president, followed by the release of 137 balloons to mark the 137th anniversary of the day. The awareness programme will be carried out in all the 1750 branches of the IMA across India. Sensitizing the public through such events will be a step closer towards eliminating TB from the country, it said. Among the highlights of the event is a street play. Training sessions will also be imparted to many NGOs present on the occasion. Over 500 students, NGO workers and healthcare workers are expected to participate in the event. Finance secretary Ramesh Datta said the disease is under-reported in women. “Over 3.2 million women are not only suffering from TB but mortality rate is also on the higher side. We need to come forward as a unit to develop strategies that effectively address the impediments in management of the disease,” Datta said. Besides the involvement of private doctors, awareness among the public for putting an effort to increase notification of cases is an important tool in the fight against tuberculosis, the statement said. Even the ratio of patients with latent tuberculosis is higher (over 40 per cent) in India. In such a scenario, the government aims to treat the actively sick at priority, it said.last_img read more

UN tsunami appeal well funded but worlds other emergencies face huge shortfall

In presenting a mid-term review of what was originally a six-month $977 million flash appeal, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland extended its duration to 12 months and increased the total to $1.087 billion, noting that in overall aid 92 governments had pledged $5.8 billion, with several billion more raised by private individuals and corporations.But despite this positive assessment of the immediate relief phase for the December tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million more in need of basic services in a dozen countries, Mr. Egeland noted a growing frustration in the reconstruction phase, where houses have not been rebuilt and livelihoods restored.”We are not making as fast progress in recovery and reconstruction of livelihoods as the people would like to see,” he said. “What we have to avoid is a loss of momentum…We have to redouble our efforts in this period.”While most of the money pledged for the flash appeal is already in hand or firmly committed, this is not the case for the world’s other emergencies, excluding the appeal for Sudan, with the UN receiving only about nine per cent of what it has sought – $168 million out of $1.7 billion.”The money we ask for all of these other forgotten and neglected emergencies is one-fifth of what Europe spends on ice cream per year. It is two-and-a-half fighter jets,” Mr. Egeland said.”And it is a shame really that we are making so little progress on fundraising for forgotten and neglected emergencies, in Africa especially,” he added, referring to humanitarian crises in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Guinea, the Republic of Congo, Somalia and West Africa. read more

Authorities in AppleFBI case risk unlocking Pandoras Box – UN human rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement that the ongoing legal process involving the Apple computer company and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “is not just about one case and one IT company in one country. It will have tremendous ramifications for the future of individuals’ security in a digital world which is increasingly inextricably meshed with the actual world we live in.” According to reports, on December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in an attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, which consisted of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing. Subsequently, the FBI has requested Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters to access encrypted data. Mr. Zeid notes that the FBI deserves “everyone’s full support” in the probe, but that this case is “about where a key red line necessary to safeguard all of us from criminals and repression should be set,” said the UN human rights chief. A successful case against Apple will set a precedent that may make it impossible for any other major international IT company to safeguard their clients’ privacy anywhere in the world, he warned. This could potentially be a “gift” to authoritarian regimes and criminal hackers. “In order to address a security-related issue related to encryption in one case, the authorities risk unlocking a Pandora’s Box that could have extremely damaging implications for the human rights of many millions of people,” Mr. Zeid said.Need for encryption tools Referring to State attempts to expose people to mass surveillance, Mr. Zeid noted that encryption tools are used world-wide by human rights defenders, civil society, journalists, whistle-blowers and political dissidents facing persecution and harassment. “Without encryption tools, lives may be endangered,” he said. “In the worst cases, a Government’s ability to break into its citizens’ phones may lead to the persecution of individuals who are simply exercising their fundamental human rights.” Mr. Zeid also warned that weakening encryption protection opens the door for criminals intent on committing economic crimes. “In an age when we store so much of our personal and professional lives on our smart phones and other devices, how is it going to be possible to protect that information without fail-safe encryption systems,” Mr. Zeid asked.Potential greater dangers He said the debate around encryption is too focused on security, and overlooks that weakening encryption protections may bring even bigger dangers to national and international security. He urged US authorities to use the Apple-FBI case as a starting point for a “much-needed profound examination of the highly complex and constantly evolving issues relating to privacy and security in the digital age.” Mr. Zeid also called on the Human Rights Council, now underway in Geneva, to continue to examine the impact that digital and new technologies have on human rights across the globe. read more

That Weird Jon Lester Trade Wasnt That Weird

This year’s Major League Baseball trade-deadline fire sale mostly went to script, headlined by the Jon Lester/Yoenis Cespedes mega deal where the Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox helped each other out in the usual fashion: One got to clear millions in salaries off the books while gaining a few parts, and the other obtained a high-impact starter for its championship run. The wrinkle in this case is that the team doing the dumping is big-market, big-payroll Boston, and the one gearing up for the post-season is small market, small-payroll Oakland.For a good breakdown of this trade, see Jonah Keri’s piece in Grantland. Here’s a quote that had me laughing at my desk:It’s hard to blame GM Ben Cherington for embracing the fire-sale approach. … Even if Lester leads the A’s to World Series glory, it still looks like the Sox made out like bandits in this deal.So one team may substantially increase its chances of winning the World Series, while the other makes out like bandits! Keri is absolutely right though: The reason these fire-sale deals are so common is because they benefit both sides. When a team’s competing for the playoffs, winning now is much more valuable, and when a team’s out of contention, money is more valuable.You know who understands this? Oakland General Manager Billy Beane. In competitive years under Beane’s tenure (when the A’s finished first or second in their division), the A’s have made July deals gaining them a net total of 9.61 wins above replacement (relative to the players they had to give away), while taking on an extra $16 million worth of salary for those years (of which, the A’s would pay a remainder, depending on the terms of the trade). Note: Yes, that is an pretty good money-to-WAR ratio, but it’s what would you expect. Conversely, in years when the A’s have not been in contention, Oakland has sold a net of 12.25 WAR, while shedding the remainder of $46 million worth of salary.For the small-payroll team to be the fire-sale buyer is rare, especially with as large a pay gap as exists between the Red Sox and Athletics (more than $79 million). Since 1996, just $21 million worth of salary obligations (or remainder thereof) have gone to the small side of a payroll gap that big (about 1.2 percent of contract value for all trades conducted in the period), and those were offset by those teams shedding $109 million. In other words, poor teams typically trade big contracts for little ones.Overall, since 1996, bigger payroll teams have sent $736 million in present-year salary to smaller payroll teams. The bigger payroll teams have taken on $1.02 billion, meaning the poorer teams netted close to $300 million.That said, the Oakland/Red Sox deal isn’t unusual if we ignore payroll and just look at the standings. Oakland currently holds the top spot in the AL, the Red Sox are in 13th. For trades between teams with at least a 12-spot gap between them in the standings, $161 million in salary shifted to the better teams in exchange for just $7 million going the other way. Overall, the team with the better position in the standings has taken on about $1.35 billion dollars in salary while shedding just $413 million. Meaning, the lower ranked teams have netted nearly $900 million in fire-sale trades (almost triple what poorer teams have done).Let’s look at this in chart form. I’ve plotted all the contracts traded in July from 1996 through 2013 (plus Lester’s) below, with the size of the players salary for the given season represented by area of the bubble:There are four quadrants representing the four basic types of trades. Quadrants kitty-corner from each other are essentially trade partners — e.g. when poor teams find themselves in the better competitive spot, they seem to be pretty willing to spend money to go after wins (435 million) and are even less willing to give away assets (112 million).For fun, I ran a regression from pay gap and standings gap to the size of contract changing hands and found that pay gap is actually borderline insignificant after you account for standings (for fellow nerds: t-Stat of 6.5 for standings gap, just 1.6 for payroll gap).In other words, while the A’s-Red Sox trade appears to be extremely unusual (a fairly large outlier on the chart above), it’s not because small payroll teams just don’t usually make trades like this. It’s because small payroll teams aren’t usually in position to make trades like this. read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from 3124 Buckeye win in Minneapolis

OSU redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) chases Minnesota senior running back David Cobb (27) during a Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team braved the elements, turnovers and a powerful Minnesota running attack to come away with its second straight win on the road over a ranked opponent Saturday in Minneapolis.The Buckeyes, who moved up one spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 7, will now return to Columbus to take on an Indiana team that boasts the third-best rushing offense in the Big Ten.But before the Buckeyes take on the Hoosiers, The Lantern sports editors have come up with a list of five takeaways from the 31-24 win in Minneapolis.1. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is having unprecedented successThere’s little chance anyone expected Barrett to be even close to as successful as he’s been this season, and even less of a chance anyone expected him to break rushing records set by injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller.Against Minnesota, Barrett broke two Miller rushing records and stormed past his single-season total touchdown mark set in 11 full games played last year. Barrett’s 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter broke Miller’s previous OSU quarterback long of 81 and his 189 total rushing yards set another school mark for a signal caller.When Miller went down with a torn labrum during fall camp, many expected the Buckeyes to fall off on offense. But with the success Barrett has had, not only has OSU continued to produce, but its offense has been even better than in years past.If he continues on the same pace, Barrett will probably finish with by far the best statistical season in OSU history.2. The Buckeyes have been lucky, but must cut down on mistakesThe Golden Gophers scored three touchdowns. Each touchdown came directly after an OSU turnover.Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall fumbled twice — once on a sure touchdown — and Barrett threw an interception. Without those three plays not only would OSU have won by a wider margin, but it’s possible the Buckeyes would have pitched a shutout.The only three real breakdowns for the OSU defense came after those three turnovers as the unit was strong from start to finish. If the team cuts down on mistakes — especially turnovers — it could compete with any other program in the nation.3. OSU’s pass defense has turned a cornerMinnesota redshirt-sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner isn’t a great player, but he’s no slouch either. The Buckeyes still made him look like one.Leidner finished the day just seven of 19 on pass attempts for 85 yards while he tossed two interceptions. The number could have been even higher as the Buckeyes had multiple clear shots at picks.Part of the credit has to go to the OSU pass rush, which sacked Leidner three times, but senior cornerback Doran Grant, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and the rest of the Buckeyes’ secondary have proved themselves capable of shutting down opposing aerial attacks. 4. But the Buckeyes’ run defense will need to improveOf Minnesota’s 303 total yards of offense, 218 came on the ground. The Buckeye defense let senior running back David Cobb rush for 145 yards and all three of the Golden Gopher touchdowns Saturday afternoon. This does not bode well for the future, as the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers next week in a game that features Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman, who rushed for 307 yards in a loss to Rutgers. In addition, Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon broke the NCAA FBS record for rushing yards against Nebraska on Saturday, as he rushed for 408 yards in just three quarters of play.Assuming both the Buckeyes and Badgers win out, Gordon could be running against the OSU defense in the Big Ten title game Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. 5. The Big Ten title game is (almost) a lockUrban Meyer’s goal for his team to be playing for championships in November is almost a reality for the Buckeyes. With a Buckeye win, and/or a Michigan State loss, OSU will appear in its second straight Big Ten title game. Last season, the Buckeyes lost, 34-24, to the Spartans, ending their hopes at a national championship.This year, it appears the Buckeyes will be heading back to Indianapolis with just Indiana and Michigan remaining on the regular season schedule.Both games will be in Columbus, and neither opponent currently has a winning record.The goal is in sight for OSU — now it just needs to finish, something it could not do last season.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Saturday at noon against the Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. read more

De laspirine pour abaisser le risque de cancer colorectal

first_imgDe l’aspirine pour abaisser le risque de cancer colorectal Selon une récente étude britannique, la prise d’aspirine à long terme réduirait le risque de cancer colorectal chez les sujets à très haut risque héréditaire.Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un tel effet est mis en évidence, mais ces résultats confirment les découvertes précédemment établies. En janvier dernier, des chercheurs britanniques et japonais ont révélé dans une étude publiée par la revue The Lancet que l’aspirine, pris quotidiennement et à faible dose, était capable de réduire jusqu’à 20% le risque de mourir d’un cancer et ce, pour plusieurs types de cancer. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est une étude encore plus précise que des scientifiques britanniques de l’université de Newcastle ont publié dans la même revue.À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Selon ces travaux, la prise d’aspirine à long terme préviendrait le cancer colorectal chez des personnes détectées comme à haut risque héréditaire. Ces patients sont atteints d’une maladie génétique appelée syndrome de Lynch qui engendre un risque élevé de développer ce cancer intestinal ainsi que d’autres cancers (ovaires, estomac…). Or, si ce syndrome héréditaire ne cause que 3% de tous les cancers colorectaux, les personnes atteintes doivent faire l’objet d’une surveillance médicale dès l’âge de 20 ans avec des examens par endoscopie colorectale tous les deux ans. D’où l’importance de trouver un moyen de réduire le risque. Pour conduire leurs travaux, les chercheurs ont suivi 861 patients qu’ils ont divisé en deux groupes : l’un a reçu pendant au maximum quatre ans 600 milligrammes d’aspirine par jour quand l’autre ne s’est vu administré qu’un placebo. En 2007, les résultats ont été examinés une première fois et n’ont pas montré de différences entre les deux groupe. En revanche, en 2010,  34 cas de cancer colorectal dans le groupe placebo ont été enregistrés contre 19 dans le groupe aspirine, soit une réduction de 44% de l’incidence de ce cancer. Une dose et une durée à déterminer Mieux encore : lorsque les chercheurs ont centré les données sur les participants qui avaient pris l’aspirine pendant plus de deux ans, les résultats se sont révélés encore plus parlant :  une réduction de 63% de l’incidence du cancer colorectal a été constaté avec 23 cas dans le groupe placebo contre seulement 10 dans celui qui a pris l’aspirine. Toutefois, bien que cette découverte confirme les effets de l’aspirine dans la prévention de ce type de cancer, le professeur John Burnes et ses collègues ont souligné la nécessité d’études complémentaires pour déterminer la dose optimale à prendre et la durée du traitement potentiel. Le 31 octobre 2011 à 14:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Huawei et ZTE visés par une procédure européenne

first_imgHuawei et ZTE visés par une procédure européenne ?Huawei et ZTE seraient dans le collimateur de Bruxelles. L’Europe serait en effet sur le point de lancer une procédure à l’encontre des deux équipementiers chinois pour dumping. Ils sont en effet soupçonnés d’avoir obtenu des aides leur permettant de casser leurs prix sur le marché européen.Huawei et ZTE pourraient faire l’objet de sanctions de la part de Bruxelles, qui les suspecte d’avoir profité de subventions illégales. Des aides financières qui leur auraient permis de faire chuter leurs prix en Europe et dépasser leurs concurrents. Le Financial Time affirme que l’Europe est sur le point de lancer une procédure à l’encontre des deux groupes chinois. À lire aussiApple jugé coupable de la violation de trois nouveaux brevetsUne enquête sur les deux groupes avait déjà été menée par la Commission européenne, suite à une plainte concernant les clés 3G déposée par le belge Option en 2010. Mais un accord ayant été conclu entre le plaignant et les deux sociétés, qui contrôlent 90% du marché, elle n’avait pas été menée jusqu’à son terme.La nouvelle procédure de Bruxelles, cette fois sans lien avec une société plaignante, pourrait être lancée dès le mois de juin. Le quotidien indique que des preuves confirmant l’existence d’aides financières illégales ont été réunies. Des sanctions à l’encontre d’Huawei et ZTE pourraient donc rapidement tomber.Le 30 mai 2012 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Edible Origami Is Made by Talented Japanese Cooks With Wonton Wrappers

first_imgStay on target Wonton skins and egg roll skins are some of the most delicious things in the known universe, so much so that I eat egg roll wrappers off the outside of an egg roll and just leave the insides. That’s because I’m a garbage person and like to eat crispy, fried things. But what if the whole snack was a crispy fried thing that looked like something beautiful? I don’t know if I could eat it, especially if it were amazing origami like the ones Japanese cook @key_daisuki creates.This particular Twitter user likes to cook with his dad, and he showed off one very particular amazing piece of dinner delight when his father took wonton skin and made Chinese-style dumplings for dinner. He took the leftover pastry and made his own gorgeous edible origami cranes out of the skin. If it sounds like magic, that’s probably because this man is ridiculously talented.僕は料理が趣味なのですが家に帰ったら父親が、シュウマイの皮が余ったからと鶴を折ってました。完全敗北 pic.twitter.com/dru2f51Kud— きーくん(21) (@key_daisuki) September 2, 2017Using his dad’s idea as inspiration, @key_daisuki went and tried his hand at creating edible origami with boxes and samurai helmets that look just as awesome as what his dad put together, as well as some cranes of his own, which you can see below.すぐ調子に乗って自分も作って見ましたが父親の方がうまかったです…手裏剣は崩壊しました pic.twitter.com/jzXdXsbtnQ— きーくん(21) (@key_daisuki) September 3, 2017And if you’re wondering if these great-looking shapes were ever filled with tantalizing treats in the middle? They absolutely were, with things like imitation crab, onion, and other bits of tasty morsels. It probably beats the heck out of wherever you get your shumai or egg rolls, that’s for sure.While it sounds easy enough and wonton skin is just like paper with how thin it can be, I don’t think this would be something I’d be able to accomplish. It does, however, look like something I want to gobble up all at once.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

Do you have multiple generations living under one roof

first_imgIn a growing number of Washington homes, multiple generations are living under one roof. For an upcoming story, reporter Patty Hastings is looking to interview multigenerational households in Clark County. That could be parents living with their adult children, young adults living with their parents, or perhaps, a household containing three generations: grandparents, adult children and grandchildren, for instance. Hastings is interested in asking questions such as what prompted your family members to all live together? Are there financial or cultural factors driving your living situation? How do you create separate living spaces? Hastings can be reached at patty.hastings@columbian.com or 360-735-4513.last_img read more

New Villa for Leeward Managed by Grace Bay Resorts

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 1, 2017 – A new villa community is coming for Providenciales and in January, Grace Bay Resorts announced that it has been given the opportunity to manage the 20 luxury homes in Leeward.  Blue Cay Estate will feature four beach front and 12 canal front villas said Nikheel Advani, COO and Principal of Grace Bay Resorts.  ,Advani also said “Through this partnership, guests of Blue Cay Estate will have access to Grace Bay Resorts’ unparalleled level of quality service and personalized attention to detail.”The villas will be ready by mid-year and boast architecture by Blee Halligan of London & the TCI and Blue Cay Estates developer, who was also on hand for that announcement explained it was sensible to have Grace Bay Resorts on board and it is just the beginning.Ivor Stanbrook of Windward Development Company said, “Blue Cay Estate provides its owners a unique combination of a stunning location and architectural excellence. It only seemed fitting for us to add an unparalleled service portfolio to that winning formula.  Grace Bay Resorts has established itself on an international basis, far beyond the reaches of our shores.  We are very pleased to be able to extend that benefit on to our villa owners and we expect this to be only the first joint project within this partnership.”The gated development is the third micro resort in the Grace Bay Resorts private villa portfolio and is touted to create jobs not only during construction, but at the completion of the 20 Caribbean luxury escapes. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

State cuts could close one Sitka harbor

first_imgSitka will have to close one of its five boat harbors if a state matching-grant program is eliminated.Download AudioA summer sunset colors the waters of Sitka’s Crescent Harbor in 2014. Municipal officials want to improve three harbors using a state grant program that may be at risk. (Shaleece Haas/KCAW)The 10-year-old program funds half the cost of local harbor replacement or repair.Sitka Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman says it’s among state programs that could be reduced or eliminated as the Legislature looks for ways to balance the budget.“If that goes away, we’re going to have some very serious challenges maintaining our current infrastructure,” Gorman says. “In fact, we may have to drop one of our harbors in the next decade if we don’t have support from the state.”He says the issue came up at a recent staff meeting. No one harbor is being targeted for closure.The municipality hopes to receive up to $28 million in harbor matching funds during the next 10 or so years. Work would be done on Crescent, Eliason and Sealing Cove facilities.Gorman says harbor rates are already rising and further hikes would not cover the loss of state grants.The harbor issue came up during discussion of Sitka’s municipal priorities for the Legislature, which resumes meeting in January.They include airport upgrades, education funding, and water- and sewer-system improvements.One $6.3 million project would build a backup drinking-water source in Starrigavin Valley. Municipal Administrator Gorman says the state requires a secondary water source.“We know that we could activate a temporary filtration system for Indian River, but that’s prohibitively expensive,” he says.Sitka used that approach during construction of the Blue Lake Dam, which affected the water supply. He says that cost about $3 million over two months.“So if we can get a secondary water source for $6 million that we can use makes a lot of sense,” Gorman says.The legislative priority list was discussed Tuesday evening during a work session with school board and assembly members. It’s not finalized.Sitka officials also hope to win about $4.3 million in state funding for smaller projects, including waterline replacement, sewage lift stations and heating improvements.“We’re more optimistic about those programs being maintained because they’re tied to a lot of federal funding. And I think Gov. Walker recognizes that that’s money well-invested by the state to get the federal matching grants,” he saysMarine Service Center repairs, energy improvements and restored state-park funding are also on the list. So is funding for the ferry system, which faces deep cuts, especially in Sitka.last_img read more

Watch Crowd ransacks Delhi hospital over rape of minor day after Kolkata

first_imgA screengrab of the incident shows locals clashing with hospital authorities.A major scuffle broke out between the relatives of a minor who was allegedly raped and the doctors at Maharishi Valmiki hospital in Delhi on Tuesday, June 18. The hospital guards sustained injuries and the facility was ransacked in an altercation.The incident comes a day after junior doctors in West Bengal called off their strike against an assault on doctors and medical staff by angry relatives.A video, purportedly of the hospital, is now making rounds on the internet, which shows a group of people engaging in an altercation with the security staff and later ransacking the facility, causing damage to furniture and other objects inside the hospital premises.#WATCH Delhi: Locals create ruckus at Maharishi Valmiki Hospital.Police says,”Some ppl gathered&created ruckus over rape of a girl.Situation peaceful now.” 4-yr-old girl was admitted in the hospital for medical treatment after she was allegedly raped in Bawana area earlier today. pic.twitter.com/fru63aVeN7— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2019The 4-year-old was brought to the hospital after she was allegedly raped by a 45-year-old man in Bawana, earlier on Tuesday. She was then taken to the hospital by her relatives and the incident was also reported to the Bawana police.The altercation between the victim’s relatives and the medical staff broke out at around 6 pm.”A man was first brought to our hospital with multiple injuries, and he was being attended to. After some time, a six-year-old girl, a victim of sexual assault, was then brought to our facility. We did everything as per protocol to get her examined, and she was sent to the labour room,” said Rajiv Sagar, the medical superintendent of Maharshi Valmiki Hospital.”However, some more detailed tests were needed to conduct her medical examination. But, after 4 pm our emergency services are closed, we referred the patient to a Dr BSA Hospital, about 8-10 km from here, after which the crowd went berserk and ransacked the furniture and other properties. Our staff also ran to escape the angry mob of villagers,” Sagar claimed.Sagar also claimed that some people in the mob tried to beat the man and a call to police was made. A senior official was also informed about the incident. “We will file a formal complaint tomorrow,” he said.A case has been registered against the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer reportedly said.The medical examination of the victim has been conducted. Police said the medical report would confirm whether she was raped.This incident comes after the junior doctors ended their week-long strike in West Bengal on Monday night after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured them that the government will take necessary action to ensure the safety of the doctors in government hospitals.last_img read more

Threat of nuclear weapons use on the rise UN

first_imgUnited NationsA top UN official on Monday denounced growing rhetoric claiming that nuclear arms are necessary and warned that the risk of such weapons being used was on the rise.“The threat of the use, intentional or otherwise, of nuclear weapons is growing,” the UN’s representative for disarmament affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, told a preliminary review meeting of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The United States, which holds one of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals, also warned the conference that the prospects for progress on disarmament was currently “bleak”.The NPT, introduced at the height of the Cold War a half century ago, seeks to prevent the spread of atomic weapons while putting the onus on nuclear states to reduce their stockpiles.Speaking at the opening of the Geneva meeting, Nakamitsu warned that “the world today faces similar challenges to the context that gave birth to the NPT.”The NPT treaty, which counts 191 state parties, faces a comprehensive review every five years, with preparatory committees each year in between.The next full review of the treaty is scheduled for 2020.The year’s meeting comes after North Korea, which pulled out of the treaty 15 years ago, declared a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests and said it would dismantle its nuclear test site.Nakamitsu hailed the announcement, voicing hope that the move “will contribute to building trust and to sustaining an atmosphere for sincere dialogue and negotiations.”‘Keep pressure’ on Pyongyang -Other speakers at the opening of the Geneva meeting, including the European Union representative, stressed the need to “keep pressure” on North Korea.And Christopher Ford, US Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, insisted that Pyongyang had “yet to return to compliance” of the NPT.North Korea’s nuclear programme was one reason why “the nonproliferation regime today faces great threats,” he said, also pointing to Iran’s nuclear programme.Ford said the NPT treaty had made great strides over the past half century to avoid proliferation and ward off the use of nuclear weapons, but warned that “deteriorating security conditions have made near-term prospects for further progress on disarmament bleak.”Nakamitsu also cautioned that the overall “geopolitical environment is deteriorating.”“Some of the most important instruments and agreements that comprise our collective security framework are being eroded,” she said.“Rhetoric about the necessity and utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise,” she said, stressing that “modernisation programmes by nuclear-weapons states are leading to what many see as a new, qualitative arms race.”Nakamitsu noted that until recently all the major powers have been engaged in “continuous and successive negotiations on arms control and disarmament.”“Yet not only have we seen an unfortunate hiatus in these efforts, there are real concerns that unless we reverse this trend we will soon be back in a situation for the first time in which there are no verified constraints on nuclear arsenals,” she said.Five of the world’s nine nuclear-armed states-Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States-are parties to the NPT.India and Pakistan, as well as Israel, which has never acknowledged it has nuclear weapons, have never signed the treaty.But despite their treaty obligations, observers say that all nuclear-armed NPT members are engaged in modernising their arsenals and making nuclear weapons a more central part of their defence strategies.President Donald Trump’s administration has for instance recently decided to upgrade the US nuclear weapons arsenal and to complement massive “strategic” bombs with smaller “tactical” weapons, in a move critics say would make them easier to use.last_img read more

FORECAST UPDATE Another Freeze Warning Tonight Followed By Warmer Weekend

first_imgAfter nearly three days of inclement freezing temperatures, Houston is in store for a warmer weekend.Much warmer this weekend with highs in the 70s! What a difference a few days can make. pic.twitter.com/pqnDXIdPjl— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018Another freeze warning will be in effect from 9 pm tonight until 9 am Thursday morning.Another hard freeze warning is in effect from 9 PM tonight through 9 AM Thursday. Remember the 4 P’s: People, pets, pipes, and plants! #bcswx #houwx #glswx #txwx pic.twitter.com/X5yn8JY6fw— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018 Back in the freezer tonight! Clouds will help keep it warmer in the southwest areas. Hard freeze likely in the northeast. #bcswx #houwx #glswx pic.twitter.com/wBhtW38JmR— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018A Hard Freeze Warning, a Winter Weather Advisory, and a Wind Chill Advisory are in effect until 10 AM. Another Hard Freeze Warning might be needed again tonight for parts of the area.Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing across much of Houston until early this afternoon.Icy conditions from any residual moisture on area roads overpasses and bridges will continue this morning resulting in road closures. Really cold out there this morning. Hobby has broken a record low, but other locations might not get there. Here’s the record lows: College Station 0°/1930, City of Houston 15°/1930, Hobby Airport 23°/1965, Galveston 23°/1885 pic.twitter.com/qmGKYTGFUL— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018 Sharecenter_img Hard Freeze Warning, Wind Chill Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory are all in effect across SE TX until 10 AM. Numerous area roads remain icy, and traveling is highly discouraged until conditions improve later this morning or this afternoon. #txwx #houwx #bcswx #glswx pic.twitter.com/cxVA4m2yDj— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018last_img read more

Tallurs Terracotta JKK

first_imgTensile terracotta greets your gaze at Jaipur’s Jawahar Kala Kendra which houses India’s first Ceramic Triennale Breaking Ground. Internationally renown L N Tallur’s Man Exhibiting Holes has been assembled using hollowed-out terracotta and cement. Tallur marries space and terracotta pieces to create a distinct sculpture placed on a pedestal.Tallur’s work reaffirms the place of man in the path of progress. The reason he stands apart in conception and ingenuity is his ability to challenge the infinite quantum of materiality and his felicity with the design. The head of a man with its evocative expression tells us that as an artist and a sculptor, Tallur reaches deep into dichotomies between what is tangible and what is tactile. He measures and balances the figurative and the abstract, to create new corollaries in the conceptual to bring forth new meanings on contemporary existence. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTallur often quotes Albert Einstein to illustrate his aesthetics. “Matter and energy are really different forms of the same thing. Matter can be turned into energy, and energy into matter. This process involves the complete destruction of matter and occurs only when that matter meets an equal amount of antimatter … a substance composed of matter with a negative charge.” Man Exhibiting Holes is about multiple possibilities -it fuses history, concrete manifestations of the real and ephemeral, and expressions of the human predicament. The terracotta plates neatly arranged and cemented speak to us about the transformation of thought, as well as the inevitable decay of organic substances, and Tallur’s ability speak the language of metaphors a Tellurian trait. Throughout his production run the durable threads of well-considered content but also an astonishing discernment in regards to formal attributes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe ingenuity in Tallur’s work is the way he uses materials to bridge the past, present, and future and point toward thematic interconnectedness through time through lucid design elements. Tallur’s art speaks the language of installation like a natural lyric. Over the years he has built his creative instincts on the foundation of ‘ an eclectic approach which includes the traditional techniques of modelling, carving, and casting but also the more radical gestures of assemblage and appropriation.’ Curator Peter Nagy has noted that it is Tallur ‘s polyvalent facility which enables him to explore both ancient and contemporary dilemmas simultaneously, an astonishing feat in actuality. At the JKK Tallur’s work tells us that an artist has to keep reinventing his language so that he maintains his place in the map of contemporary practices. And this reaffirms the importance of thought and imagination in the mind of the artist.last_img read more

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic review

first_imgParagon Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic review by Martin Brinkmann on October 30, 2017 in Software – 13 commentsParagon Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic is a free program for Windows by the German software company Paragon Software that combines several of the company’s single-purpose tools in a single interface.Paragon discontinued the free editions of Partition Manager, Backup & Recovery, and Rescue Kit Free, but instead of just shutting down the products, the company created Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic which includes the functionality.The software program has a size of about 150 Megabytes, and can be downloaded as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for Microsoft Windows systems.The basic edition of the program is free, but you are required to activate it in the first five days after installation. Activation requires that you create a Paragon account. The process is not as straightforward as entering account data in the application though. While you can start the sign up process in Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic, you are required to verify the email address you enter, and set a password on the Paragon website to complete it.Tip: It is recommended that you create Recovery Media before you start using other tools of the program. Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic displays a prompt to create recovery media on first start, and you may do so under Home > Recovery Media Builder as well.Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 BasicThe free edition of Hard Disk Manager 16 supports the following core operations: basic partitioning, backup and restore, and recovery media builder.The commercial version of the application adds advanced partitioning, disk cleanup and migration, and backup automation to the feature set.The program displays its functionality in tabs in its interface. It loads the backup & recovery tab by default, and you may switch to the disk partitioning, disk wiping or copying tab instead if you need to use those tools. The last two, disk wiper and disk copy, are not available in the basic version however.Paragon indicates this with a red lock symbol. A click on a locked icon opens a “enter serial or buy” prompt.Backup & Recovery Free comes with options to create single backups or backup jobs, to restore backups, and to transfer files (from one location to another).The application walks users through the steps of creating backups with a wizard. It supports creating backups of the system partition, select disks or partitions, file types, or files and folders. Backups can be stored on external devices, local volumes, network shares, or burned to optical media.The backup tool supports a handful of additional features; you need to enable advanced settings for that, and may change the compression level, backup file size limits, and password protection then.PartitioningThe partitioning module of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 supports basic partitioning operations only. While you can use it to create, format, or convert partitions, or set the status of partitions to hide, active or other statuses, you cannot make use of advanced functionality such as merging partitions, changing the cluster size or converting partition tables.A click on a drive displays the available options for it. Some may be locked — indicated with the red lock symbol. You can run all basic operations right from that menu however.Volumes can be deleted and formatted, you may resize partitions, change volume labels, and run some other operations as well using that menu.The operations are sufficient for basic tasks; for instance when you get a new hard drive and want to format or partition it.Expert ViewYou can switch the interface to Expert View instead which lists all available tools on a single page. You may run any of the available wizard when expert view is open, or click on a drive or partition to run tools from there directly.Closing WordsParagon Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic is a backup and partitioning tool for Windows. You may use it to create backups of drives or partitions, restore those backups, and to run basic partition operations. Some advanced features are reserved to the paid version of the application. Specialized programs that are free as well, Veeam Endpoint Backup for instance when it comes to backup tasks, offer better functionality usually.Now You: Which program do you use for backup and partitioning tasks?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Hard Disk Manager 16 BasicOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://backstage.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-windows/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Massachusetts Georgia Lead in April Price Gains

first_img June 23, 2014 504 Views Share Massachusetts, Georgia Lead in April Price Gains Just ahead of Tuesday’s S&P/Case-Shiller Indices report, Black Knight Financial Services released its own Home Price Index (HPI) for April, recording a slight dip in price increases compared to March.According to Black Knight, the company’s latest HPI—based on April transactions—registered $236,000 for the entire United States, a monthly increase of 0.9 percent compared to March’s 1.0 percent gain.Compared to last year, Black Knight’s HPI was up 6.4 percent, representing a slowdown from 7.0 percent in March.Home price increases have come down from their highs of the last few years, owning in part to rising inventory and greater stability at the local level in many markets.Among all states, the biggest HPI gains were recorded in Georgia and Massachusetts, each of which posted monthly increases of 1.6 percent. They were followed by Maryland at 1.4 percent and then a handful of states all at 1.3 percent, including Delaware, Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.While no states reported depreciation in April, Arizona saw prices steady at an index of $192,000, making it the only state in Black Knight’s report not to see a monthly increase in prices.At the metro level, seven markets posted new price peaks, including newcomer Nashville at $200,000.Out of the remaining six markets hitting new peaks in April, four were in Texas: San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Austin. The final two were San Jose and Denver, with the California market leading all others at an HPI reading of $743,000, thanks to the state’s low inventory levels.center_img Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices 2014-06-23 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more