Archive acquires 162 new films

first_imgPune: The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired 162 films in one of its largest acquisitions in recent times.As many as 125 of these films are original ‘dupe’ negatives as opposed to release positives, NFAI director Prakash Magdum said. The collection includes 44 black-and-white films. It includes a number of Hindi films from different eras, and 34 Gujarati, 15 Marathi and some Nepali and Bhojpuri films. The haul also includes 15 unreleased films. A highlight is the original negative of Mahatma, nearly six hours of documentary footage of Mahatma Gandhi shot by Vitthalbhai Jhaveri, a photographer, filmmaker, and an associate of Gandhi.Hindi films like Faslah (1976) and Amarsingh Rathod (1957); Nepali film Maiti Ghar (1966) by B.S.Thapa; and original negatives of Sitara (1939) by Ezra Mir, Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti (1969) and K.A. Abbas’s Saat Hindustani (1969), Amitabh Bachchan’s debut film, are also a part of the acquisition.The collection also includes Kon Ichikawa’s renowned film Tokyo Olympiad (1965) and Dilip Kumar-starrer Kohinoor (1960). “The entire collection is the courtesy of the Famous Cine Laboratory in Mumbai and we thank them for depositing these films with the NFAI. This is one of the most important acquisitions owing to the fact that a large number of films have come in the original/dupe negative format,” Mr. Magdum said.last_img read more

Should research animals be named?

first_imgDo you know science’s most famous animals? Take our quiz and find out!Tell us: Do you think research animals should be named? Vote now!Scientists once shied away from naming research animals, and many of the millions of mice and rats used in U.S. research today go nameless, except for special individuals. But a look at many facilities suggests that most of the other 891,161 U.S. research animals—including nonhuman primates, dogs, pigs, rabbits, cats, and sheep—have proper names. Mice are Harold, Copernicus, or Dudley. Monkeys are Nyah or Nadira. One octopus is called Nixon. Animals in research are named after shampoos, candy bars, whiskeys, family members, movie stars, and superheroes. These unofficial names rarely appear in publications, except sometimes in field studies of primates. But they’re used daily. Is this practice good or bad for research? Some scientists worry that names lead to anthropomorphizing and carry associations that could trigger bias. But others argue that animals that are named, and therefore seen as individuals, may be tended more carefully, making them less stressed. That’s better for the animals’ welfare as well as for study, these scientists say.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Ateneo comes out ‘stronger’ after offcourt issues

first_imgLATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But a shakeup in the team’s internal staff eventually resolved the issue, with Bundit set to resume his head coaching duties for another year.“After everything that happened, it made the team stronger,” said Madayag. “We got through that phase. Every team has its problems and it just differs on how people respond to them. We faced our problems and that was made us stronger.”“We just have to trust the process, trust everyone on the team, and trust the coaches,” added Madayag.De Leon, who has been a vocal leader of Ateneo since Season 79, echoed her captain’s statements.“The measure of a good team is how you deal with things when they don’t go your way,” said De Leon. “The one thing that I’m really proud of about is when you look at these individuals they’re very good-hearted people.”ADVERTISEMENT Head coach: Tai BunditLast season: 12-2 (no.1 seed, runner-up finish)Key holdovers: Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, Jho MaraguinotKey losses: Jia Morado, Michelle Morente, Kim GequillanaADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Rivero brothers out of Green Archers Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC When Alyssa Valdez left Ateneo, captain Jia Morado was able to steady the ship amid uncertainties that comes with the departure of the team’s long time star.But now that Morado is gone as well, it’s time for the younger start to step up to the plate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the leadership of captain Maddie Madayag and veteran middle blocker Bea De Leon was immediately put to test a few months before 2017 ended.Back in October, then-Ateneo team manager Tony Boy Liao, who has been replaced by Lorenzo Veracruz, revealed that Bundit was not asked to report anymore to the Katipunan campus. “With that comes very good character that allowed us to overcome everything that passed and that tried to bring us down. I think we handled the situation very well and I think we’re a lot stronger in terms of our morals and character,” added De Leon.And with their offcourt troubles resolved, the Lady Eagles will now look to overcome the departures of Morado, Michelle Morente, and Kim Gequillana who helped lead Ateneo to a 12-2 finish in Season 79.It now falls on the guidance of Madayag and De Leon to help propel a young team to a championship, the hardware Ateneo has searched for the past two years and avenge their two straight Finals losses to La Salle.“The team is so young, and a lot of us don’t have as much experience as the others. It’s going to take a lot of work,” said De Leon whose team lost six players after Season 79.“The team’s going to play its game, the usual happy, heart strong,” said Madayag. “We’ll just give our best in every game and no matter what happens we know that we did our best.”last_img read more

SPORT-HOCK-TEGH 2 L(SPB3)

first_img(Reopens SPB2) (Reopens SPB2)In a Pool B match, Western Railway rode on Vinod Singhs double strikes to overcome Punjab National Bank by a 3-1 margin and record a deserving win.Vinod scored in the 16th and 53rd minutes and Ayappa got the third in the 61st minute.The Punjab outfit managed to reduce the deficit through Gagandeep Singhs goal on the stroke of the half-time hooter. Pool A: RCF, Kapurthala 8 (Poonacha M G 14th, 18th, 52nd minutes, Gurjinder Singh 25th, Sanjay Bir 29th, Gavravjeet Singh 45th, Ajmer Singh 54th, Sandeep Singh 65th) beat FCI 1 (Aniket Muthaiya 6th). Air India 7 (Sameer Dad 12th, Janma Majhi 15th, Shivendra Singh 53rd, 56th, 70th, Birendra Lakra 58th, Arjun Halappa 69th) beat Mumbai Customs 2 (Dhananjay Singh 11th, Jayesh Jadhav 32nd). Pool B: Western Railway 3 (Vinod Singh 16th, 53rd, Ayappa 61st) beat Punjab National Bank 1 (Gagandeep Singh 35th). PTI SSR RSY AH AH RDSlast_img read more

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif named in second Pakistan Super League’s players draft

first_imgTainted Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif have been given a reprieve by PCB which has included their names in the players draft for the 2nd Pakistan Super League.Both the former Pakistan players were ignored for the first PSL draft as they had just completed their five-year bans for spot-fixing.Former Test captain Butt has been included in the Gold category of the players draft while Asif has been named in the lower Silver category for the players draft that will take place in Dubai around the 18th and 19th of this month. (PSL gets overwhelming response in cricket-starved Pakistan)”It is a big step forward after the ban to be called up for the PSL. But I am nervous whether any franchise will pick me,” Salman Butt told PTI on Friday.The left-handed opener said he was comfortable playing in the T20 format and while being included in the PSL players draft was a big boost for him he still yearned playing for Pakistan again. “I feel remorse and guilt for the past but my faith is stronger now and I can just hope and pray for better things to happen now,” Butt said. (Can PSL do for Pakistan what IPL did for India?)Although his ban ended in September, 2015, the national selectors still have doubts over whether to recall Butt.Insiders in the board have told PTI that the main reason for this indecision is because Butt was the ring leader in the spot-fixing scandal and they were worried what would be the reaction if he was recalled and secondly it was likely the board will face problems securing visas for him for tours.advertisementBut the former captain said he had already been too China, Norway and other countries and he was ready to face any situation. Butt is presently playing in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy first class competition for WAPDA but has failed to get going in two innings. (Pakistan Super League a huge success thanks to top global stars)The success of the first PSL in Dubai has also seen an increase in the number of foreign players now available in the players draft with former New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum, England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Sunil Narine, Kieran Pollard, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Steve Finn, Wayne Parnell, Albie Morkel, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Carlos Braithwaithe, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, Stuart Broad, etc added to the overseas players list in different categories.The highest number of overseas players belong to Sri Lanka, West Indies and England for the PSL. The 2nd PSL is due to be held in February, 2016 also in the UAE but with the PCB confident it can stage the final in Lahore.last_img read more

ELITE INDIGENOUS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

first_imgThe Australian Government and the Australian Sports Commission provide travel and accomodation assistance for elite indigenous athletes. This program is for Indigenous sportspeople who have been selected for a state team to compete at national championships or an Australian team to compete at an international event. It is for travel and accommodation expenses only. Information and an application form is attached for anyone who is interested in the program. Elite Indigenous Assistance Formlast_img read more

Keppel Confirms Receiving Summons in New EIG Lawsuit

first_imgzoom Singapore-based shipbuilder Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited (KOM) has been served with a summons within a civil action lawsuit filed by the eight funds managed by EIG Management Company (EIG) before the New York District Court for alleged racketeering.“This new lawsuit comes after an earlier civil action commenced by EIG and eight of its managed funds in the United States District Court, District of Columbia against, among others, the company and KOM was dismissed on March 30, 2017,” Keppel Corporation said on Wednesday.EIG launched the first legal case in 2016 on the grounds of an alleged conspiracy that led to EIG’s investment of USD 221 million in Sete Brasil Participacoes SA, a drillship contractor from Brazil which was involved in a bribery scheme with Petrobras and Keppel.The new lawsuit was filed pursuant to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and is said to be targeting USD 660 million in compensation claims.The case is linked to the bribery scheme KOM was embroiled in related to the Brazilian failed drillship venture.In order to settle the bribery charges in the United States, Brazil and Singapore, Keppel Offshore & Marine agreed to pay a penalty of over USD 422 million in December 2017.The settlement brought closure to the investigations into one decade-long corrupt payments made by a former Brazil-based agent of KOM.As disclosed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in December, KOM and its US subsidiary KOM USA paid over USD 50 million in bribes to Brazilian officials, which secured the companies USD 350 million of profit.Specifically, payments were made to officials of Brazilian state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), and other parties, in order to win contracts with Petrobras and/or its related companies, the DOJ investigation found.Keppel Corporation said that the new lawsuit was without merit and that KOM would “vigorously defend itself”.Further updates on the matter would be provided when available, the company added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Cool morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a cool Saturday morning, unusual for this time of the year, with the minimum temperature settling at 24.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the average. Relative humidity was 53 per cent at 8.30 AM, a MeT department official said. The day will be marked by mainly clear sky with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius, he said. On Thursday, the maximum temperature settled at 33.4 degrees while the minimum was 26.4 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

Amazon says it received 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon said today that it received 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico hoping to be the home of the company’s second headquarters.The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second home base in September, promising to bring 50,000 new jobs and spend more than $5 billion on construction.Proposals were due last week, and Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big deciding factor on where it chooses to land.Amazon.com Inc. did not list which cities or metro areas applied, but said the proposals came from 43 U.S. states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, three Mexican states and six Canadian provinces.Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Halifax and Calgary are some of the Canadian cities that submitted proposals.Besides looking for financial incentives, Amazon had stipulated that it was seeking to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Generous tax breaks and other incentives can erode a city’s tax base. For the winner, it could be worth it, since an Amazon headquarters could draw other tech businesses and their well-educated, highly paid employees.In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has endorsed Newark’s bid, saying the state and the city are planning nearly $7 billion in tax breaks. Detroit bid organizers have said its proposal offers Amazon the unique chance to set up shop in both the U.S. and Canada. Missouri officials proposed an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single location.The seven U.S. states that Amazon said did not apply were: Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.Ahead of the deadline, some cities turned to stunts to try and stand out: Representatives from Tucson, Arizona, sent a 21-foot tall cactus to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters; New York lit the Empire State Building orange to match Amazon’s smile logo.The company plans to remain in its sprawling Seattle headquarters, and the second one will be “a full equal” to it, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in September. Amazon has said that it will announce a decision sometime next year.last_img read more

Bravo pasta sauce seekers create can shortage at Giant Tiger stores

first_imgVANCOUVER – Bravo pasta sauce fans are stocking up on the product that’s reappeared in some Giant Tiger stores after Kraft Canada announced it would bring the recently discontinued sauce back for a limited time following social media outcry.While stores say they’re quickly running out of the pantry staple, die-hard fans hoping to buy a lifetime supply shouldn’t fret because more shipments will arrive soon.“My phone has not stopped ringing for the last two days,” said Richard McKay, owner of a Giant Tiger store in Sudbury, Ont.The store received about 4,000 cans on Nov. 27, which McKay said he put out on the floor that morning. By the evening, there wasn’t any left.It’s a similar scene in many of the other Giant Tiger stores reached by The Canadian Press. Employees said some customers would leave with one or two, while others bought in bulk.A Toronto-area store worker said their location received 144 cans on Tuesday and had less than two dozen left by Thursday morning.A Brampton, Ont., store employee said the initial 128 cans their location received and promptly sold out of was a test and they’re awaiting a “by far” bigger shipment for January.On Kraft Canada’s Facebook page, one Facebook user posted a photo showing a tower of more than a dozen flats of the sauce stacked that she said was in her home.“I’ll fill up my whole room with it,” she said in the accompanying post, asking the company to bring it back permanently.About 180,000 cans were shipped to Giant Tiger stores in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., said Alison Scarlett, a Giant Tiger spokeswoman, in an email. Certain stores in western provinces also received shipments, she said.Some home cooks expressed frustration at how quickly the product sold out at nearby locations, especially when the company first announced the sauce would arrive in stores Dec. 10 rather than late November.Kraft Canada did not respond to a request for comment, but the company answered consumer gripes on its Facebook account.The sauce’s return is a limited time offer and individual stores determine whether to stock it, the company said, encouraging sauce seekers to scour their local Giant Tiger’s flyers to find out when it’ll be available again if it’s currently sold out.Scarlett said some stores have sold out, but the company is doing its best to replenish supplies quickly.McKay said he expects to receive another shipment by Dec. 10. He initially ordered 6,000 cans, but is now trying to get even more.Though, McKay added, he’ll continue to limit customers to 12 cans per person.The discontinued sauce returned after a Welland, Ont., man started an online petition, saying Kraft Canada’s decision left him with beloved family recipes he’ll no longer be able to make.Nearly 11,000 people signed the petition urging the company to bring back the sauce and Kraft Canada announced in mid-November that it would make the product available for a limited time at Giant Tiger stores.It has yet to make a commitment to permanently reinstate the sauce, despite continuing consumer pressure.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Why kids have math anxiety?

first_imgIs your daughter more anxious over maths than your son? Blame gendered stereotypes about mathematics as well as anxiety of both teachers and parents, finds a study. While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted with a maths problem. The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, showed that maths anxiety is seen more in girls than boys. The gender gap stems from the gendered stereotypes about the ability to crack maths. Primary-aged children noted that they had been confused by different teaching methods, while secondary students commented on poor interpersonal relations with their math teachers. Secondary students indicated that the transition from primary to secondary school had been a cause of maths anxiety, as the work seemed harder and they could not cope.last_img read more

Finally, China nods

first_imgChina’s retreat from providing international protection for Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and its patron Islamabad, marks a milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror with potential reverberations beyond the subcontinent. For a decade, Azhar was cast as the touchstone of Pakistan-China friendship and flag-bearer in a proxy war on India. That finally ended on Wednesday when Beijing wilted under growing international pressure and revulsion towards terrorism and agreed to the Security Council sanctions committee branding him the terrorist he is. Also Read – A special kind of bondTotally isolating them, none of the other 191 other members of the UN – including some who advocate “your-terrorist-is-my-freedom-fighter” policy in other cases – had joined Pakistan and China in backing Azhar. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said that India’s persistent “subterranean” diplomacy helped achieve this. Now the next milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror – it is still only that and not an all-out war – will be a global one if that consensus against terrorism can be extended to the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that was proposed by India in 1996. Also Read – Insider threat managementWork on it has been stuck on the most basic issue – defining terrorism, with some making a false distinction between “freedom-fighters” and terrorists. It escapes them that the mark of terrorism is the method – the wanton killing of civilians including children – and not the ideology. Arriving on a consensus on the convention is the challenge before Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative Rohan Perera who heads the UN’s working group on eliminating international terrorism. China’s turnabout, despite its words of sympathy for Islamabad, may force Pakistan to take a long-overdue inward look at its policy of classifying terrorists as bad and good – those creating mayhem within the country and those in India. That schizophrenic policy has taken a toll on Pakistan, whose diplomats like to point out that their country has suffered the most from Islamist terror. Yet Islamabad – or specifically its military overlord – was willing to pay the price to keep its army of proxies. For the world, that was too high a price. Pakistan’s strategic doctrine that its nuclear weapons provided immunity against Indian retaliation against its war by terror was tested in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in February that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel. While that attack itself stung the world, the Indian air retaliation against terror camps and Pakistan’s counter-attack in which an Indian plane was downed showed the international community how fragile the situation is. China had reluctantly gone along with a Security Council press statement condemning the Pulwama attack, which was short of a formal resolution, and it was expected that it might relent on Azhar. But it vetoed in March for the fourth time his listing as a terrorist by the sanctions committee that deals with Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and their affiliates. That re-energised the US, Britain and France to pursue the option of having the Security Council itself declare him a terrorist under sanctions of financial freeze and travel ban. They circulated a US draft resolution and lobbied hard, with Washington declaring it will utilise all available resources. If that resolution were to come up, China would have had to publicly veto it and defend Azhar, which probably gave it pause. China had claimed that it was not convinced by the evidence that Azhar was connected to terrorism, but suddenly it said the evidence it rejected was now convincing. Besides its ties with India, the Afghanistan developments were another incentive for Washington. With negotiations taking place with the Taliban for a settlement, the US would want a complete wind-down of terrorism in the region to protect Afghanistan, and also to ensure that Pakistan does not turn its other proxies fighting Afghanistan towards India. As for China, it was time to recognise its own risks. It has an Islamist terror problem in the Uighar region and beyond, and its support to JeM and Azhar was not buying it goodwill with them. As its One Road, One Belt initiative advances, Beijing will have to ensure the safety of its multi-billion-dollar investments along with it, while ensuring that pan-Islamist terror does not ply the road. Already, China has faced terror attacks in Pakistan, where its workers and resources have been targeted and even its consulate in Karachi attacked last year. Under these circumstances, it had to come out openly against all forms of terrorism if it were to credibly protect its investments elsewhere and even itself. This was the moment for it. Even afar in Sri Lanka, where it has billions invested and loaned, China saw Islamist terrorism’s potential to disrupt the island’s stability with consequences for it. And no doubt, the Sri Lanka suicide bomb massacres on Easter sunday added to the international community’s pressure on China. Sanctions committee chair Dian Triansyah Djani, a soft-spoken Indonesian diplomat with a self-deprecating sense of humour, was able to deftly coalesce these developments into a consensus against Azhar. In the subcontinent, Pakistan now faces the stark choice of complying with the sanctions against Azhar – and those imposed earlier on JeM and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba – or continuing to defy international opinion, perhaps by even spawning new proxies. Perhaps if China has had a true change of heart, it could move Islamabad away from the proxy war. Then in a post-election India, there may be an opportunity for a fresh start having met New Delhi’s prime condition of abandoning terrorism. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Australia could lose over 23000 mineral industry jobs by 2020 under emissions

first_imgA modelling scheme carried out by Concept Economics, an economic analysis group, shows that 23,510 direct jobs will be lost across Australia’s minerals industry by 2020 and 66,480 by 2030 as a result of the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). The 2020 figure represents an 11% drop in overall employment in the minerals sector, while the 2030 result is a 24% decrease. The report, The employment effects in the Australian Mineral Industry from the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in Australia, was conducted by Dr Brian Fisher, the former Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. It is the first detailed analysis of the impact of the emissions scheme on employment in the Australian minerals sector.  “The proposed CPRS is out of step with global efforts to reduce emissions, other international trading schemes and the development of the low emissions technologies needed to reduce emissions.  It will impose the highest carbon costs in the world on Australia’s minerals exporters,” Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Hooke said.“We share the Government’s commitment to reducing emissions, but this modelling shows the CPRS is fundamentally flawed. By imposing the highest carbon costs in the world on Australia’s minerals exporters, it will eliminate jobs while failing to materially reduce global greenhouse gas levels. One simple change to the CPRS would deliver a cap-and-trade emissions reductions scheme without the job destroying impact of the current design. It should include a phased approach to emissions trading – with the number of carbon permits auctioned increasing over time,” Hooke continued.“Such a simple change would deliver a scheme with good outcomes for the environment and save thousands of jobs. Other schemes around the world have adopted a phased approach – it is hard to understand why it has been ruled out in Australia.”The modelling has calculated the following job losses by state:Queensland – 11,440 (2020), 34,090 (2030)New South Wales – 4,260 (2020), 14,600 (2030)Western Australia – 3,410 (2020), 5,750 (2030)South Australia – 1,990 (2020), 3,150 (2030)Tasmania – 1,050 (2020), 2,520 (2030)Victoria – 1,210 (2020), 5,830 (2030)Northern Territory – 150 (2020), 540 (2030).Job losses by commodity and sector:Coal – 9,040 (2020), 15,610 (2030)Gas – 870 (2020), 1,730 (2030)Bauxite – 40 (2020), 600 (2030)Other non-ferrous metal ore mining (including gold/copper/lead/zinc) – 1,720 (2020), 5,290 (2030)Iron ore – 560 (2020), 1,740 (2030)Other mining -1,130 (2020), 3,240 (2030)Mining services – 1,580 (2020), 4,600 (2030)Smelting and refining sector – 8,570 (2020), 33,670 (2030).The MCA states that the recent changes to the CPRS have not fixed the fundamental flaws in the scheme.“The one year delay represents a stay of execution for the jobs that will be shed under the proposed scheme.  The simple message of this report is that the CPRS as it is currently designed will result in a transfer of exports from Australia to our international competitors. That will not produce any appreciable reduction in global emissions,” Hooke said.last_img read more

Officials hope new sketch helps ID woman killed in 1991 crash

first_imgInvestigators released a new sketch Tuesday that they hope will help identify a woman exhumed from a Longview cemetery who was killed in a crash on Interstate 5 in 1991.The Washington State Patrol said the remains were exhumed from an unmarked grave at Longview Park and Cemetery in January 2014.The woman was buried there following her death in a fiery crash on the highway north of Kalama on May 14, 1991.Forensic artist Natalie Murry used the woman’s skull and bone structures, along information from witness who saw her before the crash, to make the sketch, according to the state patrol.Such sketches are routine for law enforcement investigations, the agency said, but are rarely used to identify people involved in a crash.The state patrol said investigators hope the sketch can help them find leads or name the woman. The state patrol asked anyone with information on the crash or the woman in the sketch to call Detective Sgt. Stacy Moate at 425-401-7745.last_img read more

Ministry of Government Support Services takes part in Renewable Energy and Regulatory

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands Government Press Release, 01 Oct 2014 – Deputy Secretary, Russell Cox and Energy and Utilities Commissioner, Malike Cummings attended the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) forums in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, 22-23 of September 2014. The annual renewable energy forum considered how to work towards achieving greater acceptance and increased integration of renewable energy generation into the energy mix. Both also attended the Regulatory Forum, co- sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the World Bank, on the 24 September, 2014. Malike Cummings, presented a paper at the Renewable Energy Forum titled; Energy Policy and Strategy Solution-The Case of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). This outlined the core policy principles and actions to address the barriers to sustainable energy in the TCI. The paper acknowledges the need to take advantage of integrative and comprehensive approaches, targeting legislative and regulatory framework reforms, operational efficiency improvement as well as energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy integration with consideration and assessment given also to the integration of future viable alternative fuels into the energy mix. The Regulatory Forum session which targeted an audience comprising, ministers, regulators, government representatives and management from several electric utilities across the region. The various stakeholder perspectives were brought to the fore, culminating in the documenting of regulatory solutions for further evaluation and implementation, in an effort to address the regulatory challenges facing the Caribbean energy sector, as well as the identification of opportunities to enable efficient renewable energy integration. Russell Cox said: “I was very impressed with the content of these strategic talks. It was very helpful to have taken part and to share the latest thinking on how to improve the energy sector, especially renewable energy integration and energy efficiency implementation. Clearly, we need concerted, collaborative efforts and greater commitment by everyone to ensure sustained success and accomplishment of our objectives.”ENDS Related Items:Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation, malike cummings cox, renewable energy, russel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you $20 Billion Invested In Renewable Energy Sectorlast_img read more

Missing gold trader found dead after 22 days

first_imgPrabir Chandra Ghosh. Photo: UNBPolice recovered the decomposed body of a gold trader, who went missing on 18 June, from a septic tank in Amalpara area of Narayanganj city on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased, Prabir Chandra Ghosh, owner of Bholanath Jewelry, disappeared while returning home from his shop in Kalirbazar Shornopatti area.Later on 19 June, father of the victim Bholanath Ghosh registered a general diary (GD) with Narayanganj sadar police station.The case was handed over to the Detective Branch of police who later detained two suspects — Pintu and Babu — by tracking their mobile phones.After interrogation, one of the detainees Pintu confessed about the murder, said Mafizul Islam, sub-inspector of DB police.Following his information, police recovered the severed and decomposed body from the septic tank of a four-storey building of one Thandu Mia around 11:00pm, said the SI.last_img read more

Planners for hypersonic SpaceLiner craft propose a 50 year timeline

first_img Citation: Planners for hypersonic SpaceLiner craft propose a 50 year timeline (2013, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-planners-hypersonic-spaceliner-craft-year.html NASA to ship fuel tank for the last planned shuttle flight Explore further The SpaceLiner project carries with it many unknowns – foremost among them perhaps, is whether enough people will be willing to pay the expected several hundred thousand dollar cost of a single ride. Other issues such as sonic booms and the safety of not just those aboard, but those on the ground that lie in its path will need to be addressed as well. Engineers and managers working on the project are well aware of the difficult issues of course, but by publicly announcing their goal, they have shown that they are confident that they will succeed. Credit: DLR-SART The SpaceLiner project has been around since 2005, and is supported by the European Space Agency. The goal is to build a vehicle similar to the space shuttle flown previously by the United States – the main differences would be that the vehicles’ purpose would be to transport people from point to point across the globe and that it would not actually ever reach space. It would also be launched using liquid oxygen and hydrogen based propellants – only hydrogen and water vapor would be left behind in the atmosphere, a much cleaner approach than that used by other rockets.As with the space shuttle, a SpaceLiner vehicle would launch vertically, attached to a rocket booster. Passengers (up to 50) would be taken to an altitude of 47 to 50 miles, at which point the booster would fall away. From that point on, the craft would glide down to Earth on a trajectory that would have it arrive at its pre-designated destination. As the craft glides, it would reach speeds of up to 15,000 mph, which would account for the short travel time. But such plans also pose a problem for engineers as the vehicle would experience the same heat buildup as space reentry vehicles. For that reason, the design of the craft itself is still a work in progress. Engineers are analyzing the results of FAST20XX, a joint European project that has been studying the types of high speed craft that might carry people in the not so distant future. They will also no doubt be consulting with NASA on lessons learned from the space shuttle program. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Martin Sippel, project coordinator for the SpaceLiner project has announced that the German Aerospace Center believes it can plan, build and launch a suborbital craft capable of flying from Europe to Australia in just 90 minutes, in as few as 50 years. 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

Do Not Trust That Strangers 5Star Review

first_imgAs Dr. Salganik explained, even if a system is gamed, the worst product probably won’t end up at the top of your screen for long; assuming there’s a considerable difference in quality among the options, it will eventually be knocked down. But if the products are pretty similar, then yes, it’s possible that the very best one will actually not float to the very top — though that’s no tragedy either. As Barry Schwartz, the author of “The Paradox of Choice,” argues, if everything is essentially the same, then there’s nothing wrong with ending up with a product that’s the second- or third-best of the heap. Read the whole story: The New York Times Last Saturday, I was desperate for Mozart sheet music. It had to be for piano, and it had to be easy to play. Out of 84 options on Amazon, a book with 4.7 stars caught my eye — good enough for a 9-year-old’s music-class presentation. Later that afternoon, I needed to book a hotel for our summer vacation and I trusted the 1,310 reviewers on TripAdvisor who gave my pick an average of four stars, along with a good number of “fantastics” and “wonderfuls.” It’s not that I’m afraid of a little research. As a writer at Wirecutter, The New York Times’s product review site, I pore over user ratings professionally, though I don’t rely on them solely. For my review of foam mattresses, I focused my efforts on extensive reporting and slept on the mattresses myself. I analyzed online comments to deduce trends, and I certainly didn’t take stars at face value. Dinner was a 4.5 star meatloaf recipe. And this weekend, with Memorial Day sales in full swing, I will turn to an army of online reviewers who will help me bite the bullet and replace a toilet that has mysteriously begun flushing of its own accord. Someone else will have put the time in at Home Depot so I don’t have to.center_img — But which someone? Who are these reviewers I’m trusting with my purchasing decision, big and small? I don’t know for sure, and yet I feel completely stalled until I’ve scrolled through everything they have to say.last_img read more

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Satyajeet Rajan assumes the role of Tourism Director General

first_imgIn the recent cabinet shuffle by the Modi Government, Satyajeet Rajan has been appointed as the Director General – Tourism, Government of India.The IAS 1987 Kerala cadre official was previously Principal Secretary of Personnel & Administrative Reforms – Government of Kerala; Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) and worked in the portfolio like Ministry of Defence and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in the past.last_img