Chidambaram mocks Modi govt outside Delhi court says 5…GDP is 5

first_imgNew Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram Tuesday mocked the Narendra Modi-led government over the economic slowdown, saying “5 per cent…GDP is 5 per cent” after he stepped out of the Delhi court which is hearing the INX Media case. Chidambaram made the remarks when he was questioned by the media over his prolonged CBI custody outside the court premises.The Delhi court on Tuesday extended his CBI custody till September 5 in the case related to corruption charges in the INX Media case. Chidambaram has been in CBI custody after he was dramatically arrested on August 22 in the INX media case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsChidambaram, 73, was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on Tuesday. The judge was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Chidambaram’s counsel that the apex court has passed an order today that the former minister be kept in CBI custody till September 5. Last week, data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that weak manufacturing and consumption numbers dragged the country’s GDP growth to a 25-quarter low of 5 per cent in the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal. The GDP growth rate has now slowed for the fifth consecutive quarter with the previous low recorded at 4.3 per cent in March 2013. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Tories accuse Liberals of ruining military officers careers

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is accusing the Liberal government of having created an unprecedented crisis inside the Canadian military following news it is losing another second-in-command.Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk tendered his resignation as the vice-chief of the defence staff on Tuesday, which he linked to an aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the position.Wynnyk made the connection in a surprisingly frank resignation letter he sent to defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance that was subsequently leaked to several media outlets.Wynnyk’s departure, effective Aug. 9, is the latest blow to the Canadian military, whose top ranks have been in a perpetual state of disarray since Norman was suspended as second-in-command in January 2017.In a statement, Scheer lays the blame squarely at the government’s feet, alleging its interference in Norman’s breach-of-trust case has now ruined the careers of two military officers and caused chaos in the Forces.The Liberals have denied allegations they interfered in Norman’s case, in which he was accused of leaking government secrets to a Quebec shipyard before the charge was stayed in May.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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REPORT HEDLEYS JACOB HOGGARD GETS MARRIED ON NEW YEARS EVE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jacob Hoggard (Getty)center_img Jacob Hoggard is looking to spend every single day of 2019 as a married man.The Hedley frontman tied the knot with Canadian actress Rebekah Asselstine in Vancouver on New Year’s Eve, according to reports online. The wedding was reportedly a private affair and seems to have taken place inside or around the Vancouver Art Gallery. Facebook Twitterlast_img

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Cypriot leaders meet again in UNsponsored talks on reunification

Today’s meeting was the 100th encounter between the two communities’ leaders since the first such meeting in September 2008, Alexander Downer, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, told reporters in Nicosia after the gathering.“There were, it has to be said, differences of opinion expressed,” said Mr. Downer. “Both leaders agreed that what they would do is they would refer the issue to the Representatives who will discuss this on Tuesday, when they meet at the UN offices,” he said.The Greek Cypriot leader, Dimitris Christofias, and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, will themselves meet again Wednesday to continue the discussion on citizenship after their representatives have had the opportunity to tackle some of the differences that arose today, Mr. Downer said.The talks are aimed at setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states of equal status.In a report in December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warned that the talks could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months.“A critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he said, stressing that Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive talks in the second quarter of this year.The Secretary-General met with both leaders in Geneva at the end of January, and the two agreed to intensify the reunification talks for an island that has been split since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.One of the major sources of contention concerns property. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all property owners were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for Turkish Cypriots to secure bi-zonality. They want a ceiling on those who can have properties reinstated instead of compensation.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island – known as UNFICYP – since 1964, with a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff. 18 March 2011The Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders met today and continued their discussion on the issue of citizenship, one of the topics on the agenda under the United Nations-sponsored talks seeking the reunification of the Mediterranean island. read more

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auto1 and InterTyre bow to industry pressure

In the face of declining industry profits and reduced marketing budgets, which have had an adverse effect on space bookings in many exhibition sectors, the auto1 and InterTyre management committee today decided to postpone next year’s event. This course of action was preferred by the committee, rather than producing a show which neither lived up to previous years’ exhibitions nor fully represented the scale of the industry.Said Gavin Masterton, Chairman of the organising committee, ‘Previous shows have been successful events at which substantial business was done but, without the full support of the industry, those forward thinking exhibitors, including many members of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), who had committed to auto1 and InterTyre, will now be denied a great sales and marketing opportunity next year.’Commenting on the decision, SMMT Chief Executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘Unfortunately, in the current tough business climate many companies, particularly in the components sector, have been unable to commit the resources necessary to ensure that the shows would be of sufficient benefit to both visitors and exhibitors . This is extremely disappointing for all involved. However, we now have to look constructively at a number of possible futures for auto1 and InterTyre.’ SMMT will, of course, continue to work with members in other activities to ensure all sectors remain viable in the UK, as well as organising the British International Motor Show and CV Show, two of Britain’s leading events.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Russias GRU spy network targeted UK power networks before Salisbury attack

Last year, Ciaran Martin, boss of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), revealed that since his organisation was set up in October 2016 it had seen Russia repeatedly target vital British infrastructure as part of its attempts to “undermine the international system”. The Russian military intelligence service which despatched two agents to launch a chemical attack in Salisbury has already targeted vital infrastructure in the UK, Government sources have revealed. Moscow’s GRU spy network has carried out a series of attacks on the UK’s energy networks, telecommunication systems and media organisations as part of the Kremlin’s secret cyber war. Staff at NCSC, part of GCHQ, had responded to more…

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Damien Kiberd So what if Kenny and Bruton didnt lecture Middle East

first_imgSHOULD ENDA KENNY and Richard Bruton have spent the last seven days lecturing their Saudi and Qatari hosts concerning human rights in the Middle East?For once, Kenny might have spoken up with absolute moral force and good authority.The state he leads is neutral and has always been neutral.Furthermore, on each and every day since the foundation of the United Nations soldiers of that state have served on foreign fields working as peacekeepers.Yet Kenny, true to form, remained silent. Bruton, the wimp at his right hand, muttered that there was a time and a place for everything.Have they blown a big opportunity?Or were they correct? As a matter of common courtesy why should you insult a host in his own house? Were Kenny and Bruton not putting the business interests of Ireland first?And are the people who clamour most loudly for human rights not in many cases simply hypocrites who deploy their human rights ‘concerns’ merely to press home other political objectives?Lee Kwan Yew, the dominant figure in Singapore’s politics since 1965, always ran a tight ship. Democratically elected and Cambridge educated, Lee has only survived by being as tough as his enemies. That means very tough indeed.Singapore restricts press freedom and uses caning as a punishment for 84 offences, a practice it learned from the British.Human rights imperialismIn one memorable speech Lee accused the West of imposing its own political principles on others, even when those principles were inappropriate and slowed down economic development. He referred to this imposition of ideas as ‘Human Rights Imperialism.’A number of Marxist scholars concur, but for different reasons. They use precisely the same term – ‘Human Rights Imperialism’ – to describe the process whereby the US, NATO and the West arrogate to themselves the right to intervene, sometimes militarily, in the politics of others.The US imprisons a greater proportion of its people than any other country. It eavesdrops on the conversations of business leaders in ‘friendly’ countries in order to secure commercial gain. Along with only Somalia and South Sudan it will not ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet it often uses ‘Human Rights’ ideology to justify its interventionist foreign and military policies.Henry Kissinger put it most explicitly. He said that during the Nixon and Reagan presidencies human rights ideology was a vital part of America’s arsenal in defeating it enemies.The problem is how to define ‘Human Rights.’  Maybe it is impossible to formulate a universally accepted definition.Not the men for the jobKenny and Bruton are not the men for the job when it comes to promoting Western-version human rights ideology in the Middle East. Yet parts of the Dublin media and even Fianna Fail were last week suggesting that both should take time out from their trade talks to convince the Saudis to allow driving licences be issued to women and force the Qatari royals to pay union rates to tradesmen working on stadia for the 2022 World Cup.Eamon Gilmore, a former Workers Party functionary who would know more than most about human rights in Eastern Europe, insisted (in his capacity as foreign minister) that we never miss an opportunity to promote human rights. But it’s not very likely that he was burning down the phone lines to Saudi Arabia and the UAE last week to add to the pressure on his bewildered FG allies in government to start pushing for improved standards.There is no satisfactory answer to demands for action on rights in other peoples’ countries. Not just in Saudi Arabia and Qatar but in North Korea and China as well.Take a look at the smartphone in your pocketIf you don’t see the consequences of all this then take a look at the smartphone in your pocket and ask yourself where it came from.The New York Times published a series of articles in 2012 describing how migrant workers living in cramped dormitories in Shenzen in China were routinely woken at 4am when ‘urgent’ orders arrived from Cupertino in California for more top of the range Apple iPhones.Wiping sleep from their eyes the workers were led to their workstations and began working 12-hour shifts, six days a week ‘fitting glass to bevelled frames’, quickly lifting production to 10,000 iphones per day.Apple is not alone in sub-contracting work to suppliers in southern Chinese cities. Others such as Dell, HP, Sony, Samsung and Motorola have joined the rush. The financial news service Bloomberg claimed in 2010 that terrible conditions had driven large numbers of workers to black despair. One of China’s biggest sub-supply companies Foxconn had asked 450,000 of its workers to sign ‘no suicide’ pledges. Nets were being erected below factory roofs to catch falling bodies.In his recent book ‘Chinese Whispers’ the British business writer Ben Chu quotes Jin Liqun, a spokesman for the China Investment Corporation (CIC), boasting that China lacks Europe’s ‘sloth inducing labour laws’. The CIC is now the biggest source of global investment capital.Chu notes drily that China is providing precisely what big multinationals want. The actual workers in many of these plants have also entered into a sort of Faustian pact with the factory owners. They are tired and overworked, says Chu, but they often want longer hours and better pay so that they can meet their family goals on education and housing. Human rights are not top of their ‘to do’ lists.Tackling China’s princelings on their visits here?Ireland has rolled out the red carpet for various princelings from the People’s Republic in recent times including the now most powerful comrade Xi Jinping. Our ruling wimps never mentioned human rights in their presence either. Last week a major report on Irish food processing merely stressed the urgent need for Irish beef to re-enter the Chinese market.Dig a little and you’ll find that almost all the multinationals that feature on the IDA’s list of prestige investors in Ireland are also deeply involved in outsourcing production to southern China. Whether we like it or not we are part of the same sub-supply chains.Chu’s well-researched book says that until very recently students at China’s top universities were obliged to spend 15% of their time learning Marxist dialectics. They now study Marxist economic history. One of the central tenets of Marxism is that the lower you drive down real wages, the higher the rate of profit. Marxists hold that profit maximisation must inevitably drive hourly wages towards subsistence.What this means is that China’s decision to ignore western norms on human rights is part of a deliberate, mechanistic policy. Some 200m rural Chinese have been asked to make the transition from feudalism to capitalism in three decades. The Chinese economic miracle is built largely on cheap labour and a parallel application of surplus capital in fairly crude programmes of state investment.Yet Ireland views China as one its key business partners of the future.We are aligning ourselves with a command economy in which there are no trade unions and in which the degree to which workers are abused and exploited is calibrated in advance as part of a national economic plan.Will Ireland ever speak up on this and other issues? It seems unlikely.In recent weeks we have remained more or less silent on other important issues.Latvia, 34% of whose people are ethnic Russians, has just become a member of the eurozone. Lithuania is waiting in the wings. Neither country has much in common with Ireland or with western Europe.None of our political leaders has explained how the decision to expand the currency zone again was taken, despite recent monetary chaos. It seems as important as expanding the Eurovision song contest.Was the decision to admit Latvia taken by the former Finnish county councillor Olli Rehn? Or by the ex-Portugese Maoist Jose Manuel Barrosso? Or by the Italian banker Mario Draghi who has strong historic links to Goldman Sachs? Will we ever be told? The human rights issues which aren’t being discussed on Taoiseach’s Gulf visit>Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men invest in Netflix…last_img read more

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Irelands proximity to European and US markets lands 70 new jobs in

first_imgMAFIC HAS ANNOUNCED the creation of 70 new jobs over the next three years in their new production facility in Kells, Co. Meath.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton welcomed the announcement and said: “A manufacturing facility, which otherwise would have gone elsewhere in the world, is coming to employ people off the live register in a regional town which would ordinarily struggle to attract multinational investment”.The jobs created will be in general management, shop floor managers, general operatives and administrative staff.The Mafic Group has secured exclusive technology rights for the production of basalt fibre at Kells Business Park. It will be the sole production site of basalt fibre for Mafic SA and Mafic Canada will use the fibres produced in Kells in the manufacture for the North American markets.Brian Dougan, director and secretary of Mafic SA and managing director of Mafic Ireland believes Kells is the perfect location for the new facility: That coupled with the availability of workers and Ireland’s proximity to the European and North American markets was a huge draw for us. We are confident that Ireland, and specifically the historical town of Kells, offers us all the necessary components to help make our business a success.The jobs announcement is part of the Succeed-in-Ireland initiative which forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.Read: 5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA>More: Good news for Dublin: Telecoms company announces 70 new jobs>last_img read more

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Sovereign crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Having asked readers to tell me what’s really confusing them about the current economy, the answer seems to be the sovereign debt crisis and what it means for Australians. Sovereign debt means government debt, and governments – just like businesses and households – spend more than they earn, and borrow more than they can pay back. In Europe, this has been happening in a drastic way since the worst of the GFC. Greece, in particular, is in very bad shape. With a debt to GDP ratio that’s forecast to be 166 per cent by 2012 (that’s $1.66 owed for every dollar earned) and a $145 billion bailout package that didn’t work, the Greek government is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. The ‘problem’ becomes a ‘crisis’ because as it tries to raise more money by selling bonds to pension funds and foreign governments, the Greek government is considered such bad risk that the markets want a 26.5 per cent interest rate for Greek two-year bonds, where they were 4.5 per cent just a couple of years ago. Even if they could sell their bonds at 26.5 per cent, they couldn’t service the repayments. The markets now wait to see who or what will bail-out the Greek government (China or Germany, most likely), but in the meantime, what they call ‘contagion’ spreads to other countries. In the past few months, the markets have re-priced the bonds (debt) of Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy. The global markets are steering clear of European sovereign debt. How does this hurt Australia? There are several scenarios. In one, Greece, Ireland and Portugal are bailed-out by a syndicate of countries and banks, and operate under strict new budget guidelines for many years. Another scenario is that Greece can’t politically accept budgetary conditions of a bail-out package and it defaults on the massive debt it owes. That is, it stops paying the interest on the bonds it has issued. Investors would not only pull out of investing in Greek government bonds, but would probably pull back from European bonds in general, considering the Euro Zone a risk not worth taking. This pessimism would infect a third-tier country like Australia and the result for us would be a reduction in liquidity in our credit markets. We’d feel it in mortgage and business credit squeezes as the flow of funds available for lending is reduced. It shows you how important confidence is, not only in the high street, but in the capital markets. It also demonstrates how global the financial system has become – something the Reserve Bank has to think about before it sets official interest rates each month.last_img read more

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Greece presses charges over alleged 2008 Karamanlis plot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek prosecutor pressed charges of treason and trying to destabilise the country against unknown suspects this week over an alleged 2008 plot to overthrow the then-conservative prime minister, Costas Karamanlis. Court officials said the plan was hatched to thwart efforts by Karamanlis efforts to improve energy relations with Russia and included overthrowing and even killing the prime minister. It was not clear who was behind it. “An investigative prosecutor will now try to locate the persons who devised and organised the plan,” said a court official who requested anonymity. The official said the charges were prompted by press reports about a Russian document revealing the plot, coming after a testimony from Greek secret service agents, police and Karamanlis’ security guards. Karamanlis, who lost elections to the socialists in 2009 in the wake of a series of financial and political scandals, had improved ties with Moscow and advanced plans for a major pipeline to bring Russian gas to western Europe. There was no immediate reaction from the former prime minister’s office. The conservative New Democracy party would not comment on the charges. Karamanlis has been on the sidelines of conservative politics since his crushing defeat, refusing to comment on his government’s failings. Under the leadership of Antonis Samaras, New Democracy has recovered some ground and is leading opinion polls ahead of elections expected in late April or May. The nephew of the late Greek statesman Constantine Karamanlis, the ex-premier has not made public how he intends to participate in the upcoming election. His 2004-2009 government has been largely blamed for failing to avert the debt crisis now shaking Greece and the eurozone. Court officials said the prosecutor also concluded that some of the violence that erupted after the police shooting of a teenager in December 2008 was part of the plot aimed at destabilising Greece. The boy’s killing and the weeks of violence that gripped the country shook Karamanlis’ government and led to snap elections the following year. The criminal investigation by prosecutor Nikos Ornerakis was spurred by press reports last year, led by the Epikaira news magazine, that an assassination plot code-named “Pythia” was organised by a unnamed country allied to Greece to prevent it from clinching pipeline deals with Russia. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

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Marée noire les différentes transformations subies par le pétrole dans le golfe

first_imgMarée noire : les différentes transformations subies par le pétrole dans le golfe du MexiqueÉtats-Unis – Des millions de litres de pétrole ont déjà été déversés dans le golfe du Mexique, suite à l’explosion de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. Malgré le dispositif de pompage mis en place par BP récemment, de grosses quantités de brut continuent à polluer les eaux marines quotidiennement. Comment le pétrole se comporte-t-il une fois répandu dans l’océan ? Explications. Le pétrole qui continue à se déverser dans le golfe du Mexique est de densité légère, mais il n’en est pas moins dangereux pour autant. Une grande partie de ses composés est volatile et se décompose à la surface, selon BP qui depuis jeudi est capable de retenir quotidiennement 800.000 litres (l’équivalent de 5.000 barils de pétrole) grâce à un dispositif de pompage.Les hydrocarbures aromatiques les plus solubles se dissolvent dans l’eau, tandis que les hydrocarbures légers se volatilisent et s’éparpillent dans l’atmosphère, laissant dans la mer un résidu visqueux moins toxique que lors de sa sortie du puits. Une partie du pétrole restée dans l’océan est dégradée par les bactéries, mais en attendant, elle est hautement toxique pour les organismes vivants. Les hydrocarbures volatilisés dans l’air produisent une importante quantité de CO2 ainsi que des gaz toxiques. Cependant, le plus dangereux reste ce que l’on appelle la nappe de “mousse au chocolat”, qui n’est ni volatilisée ni dégradée. Elle est nocive pour les espèces vivantes et est très difficile à éliminer, même à  l’aide de produits chimiques dispersants. Les autorités américaines viennent d’ailleurs de demander à BP d’utiliser des produits dispersants moins toxiques que ceux utilisés initialement, au vu des quantités employées. Le 23 mai 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools Nutrition Guidelines

first_imgThe Ketchikan School Board adopted new administrative regulations last week governing student nutrition and physical activity, in order to meet new federal standards.The standards essentially require that only healthy food be served in schools. There are some exceptions built into the rules and the Ketchikan school board added a few more, including the “cupcake clause.”Download AudioThose last two areas raised some concerns, and led to a couple of language changes in order to relax the rules a little.One of the issues was selling food at athletic competitions that take place during the school day, such as the recent regional basketball tournament. Many non-students attend those activities, and, as Board Member Stephen Bradford pointed out, want their snacks during a game.“And I think that we can do that by amending line 263, after ‘sold or served’ add the words, ‘Directly to KGBSD students,’” He said “In other words, they can still operate the concession stand, old guys like me can still go in and enjoy my popcorn and coke while I watch the basketball game. We just have to put up a note up for our own students that says you can’t buy anything until 30 minutes after the instructional period is over.”That amendment passed unanimously, as did Bradford’s second suggestion, which provides an exception to the healthy food standards for special occasions.“So the amendment would be, ‘Traditional or cultural foods may be exempted from the food standards described above for educational or special school or classroom events when offered free of charge,’” Board President Michelle O’Brien summed up.Board Member Dave Timmerman then asked, “Does that cover cupcakes?”Bradford answered, “Well, I believe that a cupcake, in our culture, is a standard item to be offered at a birthday.”Student board member Evan Wick suggested a third amendment to the guidelines. He noted that the rules prohibit any kind of educational material or school display that includes a name-brand of an unhealthy food.“I’ve brought with me some educational materials. This is my AP world history book. It has a picture of McDonald’s in it. That would fall under the brands or illustrations of unhealthful foods,” he said.Wick then handed around a detail from a mural that covers a wall in the high school’s commons area. “It features a Burger King soda, fries and what appears to be a cheeseburger, which I do believe probably falls under unhealthful foods,” he said.As the student representative, Wick isn’t allowed to make motions, but he asked the School Board to consider amending the regulation, adding the words “within reason.” Board Member Trevor Shaw complied, and the amendment passed unanimously.The main motion also passed without dissent.Approving it means that the district’s policies now are aligned with the 2010 federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.last_img read more

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Mike Pompeo meets PM Modi to kickstart India visit discusses

first_imgNEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership. Pompeo, who arrived here last night, will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us “Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. PM will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with pictures of the meeting. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us Ahead of the strategically-important India-US talks, diplomatic sources on Tuesday said India meets the US waiver criteria for procuring the S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia, and asserted that New Delhi cannot “wish away” its defence ties with Moscow. Besides India’s missile defence system deal with Russia, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, are likely to be discussed on Wednesday during the talks between Jaishankar and Pompeo.Pompeo’s talks here will be the first high-level interaction between the two countries after return of the Modi government to power last month. Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan later this week.last_img read more

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Businessmen told to show generosity

first_imgWarangal-U: Without impetus on health and education, all- round development of Telangana is not possible, Minister for Panchayat Raj Errabelli Dayakar Rao said. He was speaking at the inauguration of a school building by Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swami at Gatla Narsingapur village under Bheemadeverapally mandal on Sunday. It may be mentioned here that the school building was donated by Kaveri Bhaskar Rao Charitable Foundation, owned by Kaveri Seeds chairman G V Bhaskar Rao and Vanaja. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Healthcare and education are two key issues that the TRS government had been giving a lot of priority, he said. “The government had established a large number of Gurukul Schools to impart quality education to the poor and downtrodden students. In addition to this, the government also introduced several healthcare measures such as KCR Kits, Kanti Velugu, hygiene kits etc.,” Errabelli said. He appealed to people to allocate a portion of their income to good causes. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us “The businessmen can do a world of good to the societal good even if they can allocate just 5 per cent of their earnings,” Rao said. Errabelli and Minister for Health E Rajender heaped praise on Kaveri Bhaskar Rao for his gesture and said that it’s heartening to see people generously working for the cause of society. Earlier, Chinna Jeeyar Swami inaugurated the school building. He also launched a health camp for women. Warangal Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil and Husnabad MLA V Sathish Kumar were among others present.last_img read more

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Stupid Sexy Nightwing Kotobukiyas Ikemen Nightwing

first_img DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCC’Krypton’ Series Season 2 Sneak Peek: Superman’s Home Planet Is at Stake Yesterday we talked about the word “bishoujo” (pretty girl), and Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Statue line of just-a-bit-sexier-than-usual PVC statues of popular DC and Street Fighter characters. There is a flip side to it. It’s something to appeal to those who prefer to enjoy male aesthetics. And it’s a great way to learn another Japanese word.Ikemen means “hot dude.” Or sexy guy. Attractive man. And Kotobukiya’s Ikemen series is the guy character version of its Bishoujo Statue line. Fully painted PVC statues of DC Comics characters, designed to look particularly tasty to the heterosexual female gaze (or gay male gaze, or bisexual gaze of either, of course). And, along with the Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue, Kotobukiya sent me a Nightwing Ikemen Series statue.Look at him. Look at the pretty. Look at Dick Grayson at his most make-you-question-myself. Yourself. Moving on.This Nightwing doesn’t have much of a costume change compared with Supergirl’s midriff-baring Bishoujo Statue outfit. It’s the classic black-and-blue Nightwing costume he’s been rocking since the 90s. It’s just… tighter. Might tighter. Form-fitting in ways just a bit beyond the usual pecs-and-abs-highlighting snugness of superhero costumes.Okay, I’ll be real. Nightwing has an amazing ass, and you can see basically all of it on this statue. There is tautness going on, and Dick isn’t trying to hide any of it with a cape. He’s even posed in an almost tiptoe stance, coyly holding up one finger as if to say, “You better not tell anybody.”In fact, according to the promotional text on Kotobukiya’s product page, that’s exactly what he’s doing:Nightwing stands in a striking pose, sauntering forward while twisting around his upper body to look at you.  Dick makes eye contact and holds one finger up to his lips as if asking you to keep his identity a secret… just between the two of you. I have to level with you, I had to get up from my desk and spend a few minutes giggling at “Dick makes eye contact.”Ikemen Series Nightwing is more than an impeccably sculpted butt tastefully pronounced front region, though. His face sculpt is gorgeous in that classic anime bishie sense. This Dick Grayson would show up at the Japanese high school just to make the main character of the anime jealous over how everyone in his unrealistic harem group is swooning over him. Smooth, angular facial features and very well-sculpted hair. Though, to be honest, I think he looks more like Terry McGuinness from Batman Beyond than Dick Grayson from any comic or cartoon appearance.This is a PVC statue like the Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue, but it’s a bit more versatile thanks to three interchangeable faces. You can’t pose Nightwing in any way other than his sculpt, but you can remove his hair to switch out his playful kissy face with a more pouty face, or with a masked face. He also comes with a separate Nightwing mask, but not for wearing. It’s for holding in his hand while he’s looking coyly at you and telling you not to reveal his secret identity.He also isn’t attached to the base, but he doesn’t have pegged feet, either. Instead, the circular Nightwing logo base is made of steel, and strong magnets on his feet let you position him at any angle that lets you best admire him. It’s a pretty great design that holds him up without any danger of falling over, and still lets you adjust him.This is one pretty Nightwing. Maybe it isn’t your cup of tea, but right now Kotobukiya has two Ikemen Series statues (including a Jason Todd Red Hood, with more modest jeans that still highlight a remarkable ass) and dozens of Bishoujo Statues. It’s nice to see them catering to lots of different peoples’ tastes with variety. And it’s a pretty great sculpt, comparable with the Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue. If you’re a Nightwing fan and you like sexy comic boys, this is a strong get. It’s similarly priced to Bishoujo Statues, and you can pick one up for around $80 online. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Killjoys is Firefly meets Dark Angel so why arent you watching it

first_imgThe first time I had to describe Killjoys to someone, I described it as Firefly meets Dark Angel. Actually, I still describe it that way, which makes sense because I’m a diehard Browncoat and I loved Dark Angel (well, season 1, anyway).It’s also one of my favorite shows of all time. I’ve done what I can to get other people to watch both because it means better ratings (which means it’ll keep getting renewed) and because I think it’s really good.So what makes it so good?It’s a Space Western with a smart and kickass female lead, two kickass and smart guys, fights, explosions, smart dialogue, cool gadgets, and incredibly well-done world building. Like Firefly and Dark Angel (and hell, even Star Wars), the show doesn’t bother with too much preamble. There’s no long set up, there’s no real explanation. It puts you right in the middle of the action from the beginning and it expects you to keep up.It also takes some pretty overused tropes and flips them on their head before you even know it happened, as the first four minutes of series one were happy to show you.As I mentioned, the world building is top notch, and creator Michelle Lovretta went to great lengths to make sure you had a feel for the worlds the Killjoys inhabit and the people and politics therein.Still, the first season of a show can feel a little tentative, especially when you’re looking at a sci-fi series that isn’t connected to a larger franchise. Having watched shows I loved end after one season, it’s easy to be worried, but Killjoys made it through its freshman year and now it’s back for more. A little older, a little wiser, and a lot more sure of itself.If I’ve piqued your interest, watch the first four minutes of the season two premiere episode.If I’ve really piqued your interest (and I hope I have) you can watch all 10 episodes of season one online and be ready to start season two on July 1st.So far, I only know of one person who watched the show on my suggestion and didn’t like it. Considering how many people watched and loved it, I’d say I’m looking at a 99% success rate. Do I think those stats will hold? Well, if you like fun, smart, sexy, kickass sci-fi, I think they will.Give it a shot. What’s the worst that could happen?last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | October 27, 2009 Risk of Cancer too Small to Forgo Radiation-Based Imaging Procedure Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. October 28, 2009 – There’s no reason to forgo a needed radiation-based medical procedure because of concerns about cancer risk, according to the October issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. While the volume of radiation-based tests and procedures has increased in the past three decades, scientists haven’t proven that the low doses of radiation used in medical settings actually increase cancer risk. On average, annual exposure from natural radiation is estimated to be about 3 millisieverts (mSv).Until the early 1980s, patients were exposed to minuscule amounts of radiation from basic X-rays, for example, mammograms (0.4 mSv), chest X-rays (two views, 0.1 mSv) and dental X-rays (0.005 mSv)Since then, it’s estimated that the total amount of radiation from medical exams and procedures in the United States has increased almost six times. Consider that a CT scan of the heart (CT angiogram) is 5 to 15 mSv. Angioplasty, a procedure to open clogged arteries, uses 7 to 57 mSv, depending on the complexity of the procedure. A virtual colonoscopy uses 5 mSv.Scientists haven’t determined exactly at what level radiation begins to significantly increase cancer risk. Some evidence shows that below about 100 mSv, there’s no increase in risk — or that the increased risk is so small that it’s not possible to accurately estimate risk.Radiation safety organizations contend that the risk increases whenever radiation dose increases. If that’s true, even the smallest doses of radiation could cause cancer, although the risk would be very low.Consider that a CT scan of the abdomen or pelvis exposes a patient to an estimated 10 mSv of radiation, increasing the lifetime risk of dying of cancer by 0.05 percent. That increase would be added to the 21 percent lifetime chance of dying from a cancer of natural causes, changing the risk of dying of cancer from 21 percent to 21.05 percent.To put the 0.05 percent risk increase in perspective, compare it to other lifetime risk statistics: dying from drowning (0.09 percent), from a pedestrian accident (0.16 percent) or from a bicycling accident (0.02 percent). If, in fact, the cancer risk is slightly increased by radiation-based medical tests and procedures, that risk needs to be considered against the benefit resulting from those tests and procedures.For more information: healthletter.mayoclinic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read morelast_img read more

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EU approves state aid to Air Berlin

first_imgEU approves state aid to Air Berlin The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> BRUSSELS — European Union anti-trust regulators have approved Germany’s plan to provide troubled low-cost carrier Air Berlin with a 150-million-euro loan.The European Commission, which polices EU state aid rules, said Monday that the loan “will allow for the orderly wind-down of the insolvent airline Air Berlin without unduly distorting competition.”The Commission also said the move would help protect the interests of air travellers.Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest carrier, said last month that it was filing for bankruptcy after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, decided to cut its financing.To allay travellers’ fears they might be stranded on summer holiday, the government announced that it would provide a loan so the airline could continue flights for the time being. Tags: Air Berlincenter_img Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Share Posted bylast_img read more

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TA takes Australia to China

first_imgThe next phase of Tourism Australia’s global advertising campaign will be unveiled in Australia’s key visitor market, China.Starting with a new broadcast ad showing in Shanghai, the campaign will roll out to 25 countries in 17 languages continuing the globally successful pitch, There’s nothing like Australia. Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said China is a logical place to start, being a big part of efforts to double overnight visitor expenditure to $140 billion by 2020.“Tourism Australia is focused on marketing Australia’s unique tourism attributes where the greatest tourism growth opportunities exist,” Mr McEvoy commented.Last year 542,000 Chinese visited Australia, representing almost 20 per cent growth compared to 2010.  In 2012 the number is expected to exceed 600,000 visitors.”The real test and true success of any campaign is how it performs with consumers in key international markets,” Mr McEvoy continued.China has responded well to Tourism Australia’s There’s nothing like Australia campaign so far, better than anywhere else.  According to Tourism Australia, over 90 per cent of Chinese who viewed the campaign said they considered a trip to Australia. While the campaign, that uses rich digital applications and modern, relevant images of Australia, was launched in China it doesn’t mean that Australian’s will miss out on the campaign.“We will of course undertake significant domestic campaign activity and Australians will get to see the new broadcast ad on TV, in the cinema and online and in new media platforms at the same time we do the big reveal in Shanghai,” Mr McEvoy said.Building on an already successful and established platform, this new phase of the campaign takes it a step further by specifically focusing on the quality and highlights of the very best Australia has to offer. Sydney city – Source: Tourism Australia Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wcenter_img Australian wildlife, Kangaroo – Source: Tourism Australialast_img read more

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