Sushila Goenka Research and Development Centre inaugurated

first_imgKolkata: Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of Phillips Carbon Black Limited, unveiled the company’s state of the art Sushila Goenka Research and Development Centre located at Paleji Gujarat on Thursday.After digitally unveiling the Research and Development Centre, Goenka told the media that research and innovation are amongst the most crucial factors in strengthening a carbon black manufacturer’s technical and qualitative superiority. “Our research and innovation are more than just a business strategy, it defines our DNA and highlights our roadmap for future growth,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe new Sushila Goenka Research and Development Centre includes several laboratories like carbon and Carbon nano structure laboratory, carbon functionalization laboratory, carbon feedstock research laboratory among others. The new centre will serve as a seeding ground for new products and process development, as well as for partnering with customers and vendors for customizing products and processes. The new research and development centre with 27,000 built up area has come up on a sprawling land area covering 8 lakh square feet. The initial investment amounts to Rs 20 crore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe research centre focuses on the development of new carbon black grades, primarily in specialty business including ink, coatings and plastics, masterbatch segments as well as customized rubber grade products through developing all new carbon black grades and improving the performance of existing grades. Other focus areas include modifications and improvement in process design and carbon black feedback research among others. With a legacy of nearly 60 years, Philips Carbon Black Limited is the largest carbon black producer in India and the 7th largest in the world with its products being used in more than thirty countries.last_img read more

10 patients complain of blurred vision after cataract surgery

first_imgIndore: Ten persons complained of blurred vision following a cataract surgery conducted on them at a private hospital here last week, prompting the government to order a probe into it. The operation theatre of the Indore Eye Hospital, where the surgery was conducted on August 8, has been sealed following the complaints, officials said on Saturday. They said the patients suffered from blurred vision possibly a result of some infection after the surgery. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Total 13 patients underwent cataract surgery on August 8 under the National Programme for Control of Blindness at Indore Eye Hospital. Of them, 10 people complained of blurred vision, while three others were discharged,” Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadiya told PTI. “It appears that an infection has harmed the eyesight of these 10 people. The reason behind this infection is being probed and we are mulling to revoke the licence of the hospital,” Jadiya said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The victims are in the age group of 45 and 85, the officer said. Rami Bai (50), one of the patients who suffered blurred vision, said in a choked voice, “I can’t see anything.” District Collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav said the operation theatre of the private hospital has been sealed following the complaints. He said the victims have been sent to another private hospital for further treatment and the Red Cross Society was helping them. Calling the incident as “unfortunate”, Health Minister Tulsiram Silawat said a seven-member committee headed by Indore Divisional Commissioner will probe it. Those found guilty will be punished as per the law, he added.last_img read more

A timeline of key events in the British Columbia election campaign

first_imgVANCOUVER – A timeline of some of the key events in British Columbia’s election campaign:April 10: On the eve of the election, the Liberals release an campaign platform containing $157 million in new spending over three years and promising a personal income tax freeze, as well as new tax credits for seniors and family members who care for them. The Liberals projected a surplus of $295 million in the 2017-18 budget released before the election.April 11: The election begins. Linda Kayfish, the sister of a health researcher who was fired by the province in 2012 and later killed himself, accused Liberal Leader Christy Clark of being “callous and cynical” in her government’s response to a recent report by British Columbia’s Office of the Ombudsperson about the firings. Clark offers to repeat government apologies if it would give Kayfish some closure.April 13: The NDP releases its platform, which includes $717 million in new spending for this fiscal year but forecasts a $108 million surplus for 2017-18 by generating new revenue and finding savings in government spending. The party’s promises include increasing the corporate tax rate by one point to 12 per cent, a speculation tax on out-of-province property owners, $10-a-day childcare and an annual $400 rebate for renters.April 17: The Green party promises to overhaul the tax system to pay for spending on childcare, education, public health and the environment in its platform. Green Leader Andrew Weaver forecasts operating deficits in the second and third years of a four-year mandate with a $216-million surplus in the final fiscal year.April 19: Michael de Jong, the finance minister in Clark’s government, says a Liberal analysis of the NDP platform reveals $6.5 billion in costs that have not been accounted for. Carole James, the NDP’s finance critic, calls the Liberal accusations “fearmongering.”April 20: Clark touches NDP Leader John Horgan on the arm during a radio debate and tells him to calm down. “Don’t touch me again, please,” Horgan replies.April 24: Facing questions about donations to her party from forestry company Weyerhaeuser, Clark says she isn’t compromised because she doesn’t defend American demands for tariffs on Canadian softwood. She accuses Horgan of “cozying up” to the United Steelworkers Union because it’s paying the salaries of some NDP campaign staff.April 25: If he’s elected premier, Horgan says he would travel to Washington, D.C., within 30 days to meet U.S. representatives on a new softwood deal after the Americans announce duties on Canadian exports.April 26: The moderator in the TV debate asks Horgan if he has anger-management issues, which he denies, adding he gets angry when he sees government inaction on a range of issues from underfunding of schools to a lack of support for children in care that has resulted in suicide. Clark is asked about a stipend she once collected from the Liberal party on top of her salary as premier and political donations that have led to a police investigation of B.C.’s political parties. She deflects the question on trust, partly by discussing her economic record.April 26: Clark reacts to the softwood duties by calling on Ottawa to ban the shipment of thermal coal through British Columbia, a move that would hurt producers south of the border.April 28: Clark ratchets up the pressure in the trade dispute over softwood, saying if Ottawa doesn’t ban thermal coal she will act on her own. Horgan says Clark has not addressed thermal coal as premier, but now there’s an election campaign she’s making “provocative” statements.May 2: Clark promises a hefty $70-per-tonne carbon tax on U.S. thermal coal to make it uncompetitive in the global market.May 3: The Liberals say they “stand corrected” on claims the NDP planted a woman at a campaign event to confront Clark. The encounter days earlier generates a buzz on social media as the hashtag #IamLinda became a rallying point on Twitter for those opposed the Liberal government.last_img read more

Trudeau Liberals face pushback on Indigenous child welfare legislation

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals have delayed a law meant to help Indigenous children due to concerns from some Indigenous leaders.The bill on Indigenous child-welfare services was expected to be tabled by the end of January but wasn’t.Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan has given no indication when the legislation will be brought forward, and the clock is ticking because of the federal election due this fall.In a statement, O’Regan says the department is working diligently to introduce the bill on Indigenous child and family services in short order but he stressed the importance of getting the legislation right.O’Regan says the government has heard clearly through its engagement with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis that “essential elements” must be addressed.The chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations published an open letter this week addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to uphold the human rights of First Nations children.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How the rise of Beyond Meat could revitalize the prairies

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, it’s become the brand synonymous with imitation meat. It seems to arrive in a new chain every day. And the process by which it is made offers Canada a huge opportunity.Why has Beyond Meat stomped on the competition? What makes it different from other meat substitutes? How does the substance come together? And why is the key to what could be a multi-billion-dollar industry a simple yellow pea that’s grown on the prairies?GUEST: Jake Edmiston, Financial PostAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07152019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Delhi HC issues notice to Jet Airways on consumer plea

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to Jet Airways on a plea seeking prompt redressal of consumer complaints in the wake of the ongoing crisis. A Division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani also asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation to file a reply on the plea and listed the matter for further hearing on July 16. The application was filed by consumer rights activist Bejon K. Misra, whose earlier plea seeking capping of air fares charged by various airlines in the country, is still pending before the court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In the interim application, the petitioner claimed that passengers had been severely affected owing to the sudden suspension of Jet Airways services and sought directions to the government to allow them a full refund on their tickets with a reasonable compensation, or to arrange for alternative travel for them to reach their destinations. The petitioner’s counsel Advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi said that with more than 100 flights cancelled without prior notice, passengers were constrained to run from pillar to post to manage their urgent official and personal commitments. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The need to seek alternative modes of travel, or seats, on other airlines urgently was resulting in chaos as other airlines were profiteering out of the crisis, he said. “It is common knowledge that all the competitor airlines have exorbitantly increased their fares and the vulnerable consumers are constrained to suffer not only in terms of money but also in terms of mental harassment of an unprecedented scale,” read the application. Misra had earlier told the court that the authorities were behaving like “silent spectators” to the “arbitrary” air fares. He said that in the absence of any effective aviation sector regulator, there is a looming crisis in the country.last_img read more

Annan outlines key priorities at General Assemblys highlevel debate

The Secretary-General said no words could adequately convey his “revulsion and sorrow” at the 11 September attacks, adding that, like the United States, the UN was determined to “overcome the forces that inflicted this ordeal upon us.””One is tempted to say that we must now focus all our energies on the struggle against terrorism, and on directly related issues, yet if we did so we should give the terrorists a kind of victory,” he said. “Let us remember that none of the issues that faced us on September 10th has become less urgent.”At the current juncture, he said, the world clearly understood the need to resist the looming danger of division within the human family. “We face two possible futures: a mutually destructive clash between so-called ‘civilizations’ based on the exaggeration of religious and cultural differences; or a global community, respecting diversity and rooted in universal values,” he said. “The latter must be our choice – but we can achieve it only if we bring real hope to the billions now trapped in poverty, conflict and disease.”Outlining fundamental guiding principles for the UN, the Secretary-General pointed out that the Organization must always stand for the rule of law, “in international and domestic affairs.” In addition, it must make full use of its multilateral institutions and procedures while placing people at the centre of everything it did, enabling them to meet their needs and realize their full potential. “That can only be achieved in a world of effective, accountable States, which use sovereignty as a means to ensure the security of their peoples, and to uphold – not violate – their rights,” he said.Mr. Annan also called for the UN to reach out to the widest possible range of partners. In addition, he emphasized that the UN must continue to excel at its tasks. “What the United Nations does do, it must do well,” he said. The Secretary-General said priority would be given to eradicating extreme poverty, and pledged to address the fundamental needs of developing countries. He also promised to intensify his commitment to the struggle against HIV/AIDS and to strengthen the UN’s focus on preventing deadly conflict. “We must not wait passively for crises to erupt, but tackle the root causes of political violence.” At the same time, he called for placing environmentally sustainable development at the centre of the policy-making process.”The common thread connecting all these issues is the need to respect fundamental human rights; and Africa is the region where all of them present the greatest challenge,” he said. “I am determined to integrate human rights even more fully into every aspect of our work,” he added, pledging to ensure that the UN fully supports the priorities established by African leaders themselves, in the New Partnership for African Development. Underscoring the importance of two upcoming international meetings – the Conference on Financing for Development in March 2002, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September of that year – the Secretary-General said those events “can mark a real turning point in our struggle to eradicate poverty and achieve genuinely sustainable development.””The world’s peoples will judge us by our ability to perform specific tasks – not by the resounding speeches we make, or the number of decisions we reach, but by the quality of those decisions, and of the service we provide,” he said. “For the sake of all those whom we hope to save – whether from terrorism, from war, from poverty, from disease, or from environmental degradation – let us resolve that only the best is good enough, and let us equip ourselves so that, in future, the best is what we give.” read more

UN expert heads to Brazil to examine vulnerable populations access to food

Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, will use his three-week fact-finding mission to investigate issues related to access to food, land and drinking water by vulnerable groups – “children, women, indigenous peoples, Black Brazilians and the handicapped and the elderly,” according to a statement released in Geneva. Mr. Ziegler will meet in Brasilia with the country’s President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, as well as with members of the Federal Government and representatives of the Judiciary and Parliament. He will also meet representatives of UN agencies based in Brazil, along with members of civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in human rights. In addition, the Special Rapporteur, who is in Brazil at the invitation of the country’s Government, is scheduled to meet state authorities and civil society representatives in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Maranhão and Bahia, including during visits to asentamentos (settlements), acampamentos (camps), favelas (slums) and detention centres. read more

Delegates to review progress in the 10 years since UN womens conference

The review that will take place during the 49th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will focus on what still needed to be done to turn the Beijing pledges into practice, Commission Chairperson Kyung-wha Kang told a news conference on “Beijing+10″at UN Headquarters in New York.Secretary-General Kofi Annan is slated to launch the event on Monday and a three-day high-level plenary session featuring about 80 government ministers and other senior government officials will follow, with a commemoration next Friday of International Women’s Day, she said.With the meeting marking not only the 10th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference, but also the 30 years since the first summit in Mexico City, the official delegations promised to be large and, in addition, some 6,000 NGO representatives had registered to attend, Ms. Kang said.As part of its agenda, the Commission will discuss forward-looking strategies for the advancement of women and girls and prepare for the review in September of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000, she said. The MDGs include promoting gender equality and universalizing basic education.Asked what she identified as the biggest obstacle to women’s advancement, Ms. Kang said, “I don’t think we can ever have gender equality if women continue to suffer the many manifestations of violence, domestic or otherwise.”The framework for the meeting is the Secretary-General’s report, based on Government responses to questions about the implementation of Beijing’s Platform for Action. It covers female poverty, education, health care, violence against women, armed conflicts, economic opportunities, decision-making positions, human rights, media, the environment, the girl child, and governmental action to achieve gender equality.The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on women’s issues, Rachel Mayanja, told the briefing an analysis of the material received from Governments had shown overall progress towards the advancement of women in most regions, but “in some critical areas, that progress had been uneven, or often, much too slow.”Persistent stereotypes of women and long-time discrimination against them were among the gaps and challenges facing them in all countries, she said.The Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Carolyn Hannan, said the questionnaires sent to Governments had elicited 143 responses, eight of them after the report had been written.A second report to the CSW summarized UN agency efforts to promote gender equality, she said.At the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Division, A. Waafas Ofosu-Amaah said earlier this week that in addition to the problem areas already spotlighted, the Bank had been involved in many legal and judicial reform projects, including the question of women’s right to own land in many countries “because women’s lack of access to land is one of the significant barriers to economic advancement.””Land is one of the most productive resources in the world, because it opens up opportunities for women to engage in other activities,” she said. read more

Meek Lakers Get Run Over By Determined Nuggets

Denver’s Ty LawsonWith a chance to show it is of championship mettle Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers, instead, stunk up Denver’s Pepsi Center.The Nuggets played with far more energy and much more effectively, opening a 24-point lead en route to blasting the Lakers 99-84. The win cuts L.A.’s series lead to 2-1 with Game 4 on Sunday in Denver.Telling for the Lakers was that their bench was outscored 39-9, an indictment about Los Angeles’ lack of depth. Denver’s JaVale McGee had 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks and rookie starter Kenneth Faried had 12 points and 15 boards to help fend off a Lakers run that moved them within four points in the third quarter.But Kobe Bryant (23 points on 7 of 23 shooting) scored but one basket in the fourth quarter and the Lakers just did not match Denver’s energy or effort. It also hurt that L.A. shot just 37 per cent for the game.Ty Lawson was brilliant with 25 points, seven assists and no turnovers for the Nuggets. read more

Google confirme avoir enregistré des données privées

first_imgGoogle confirme avoir enregistré des données privéesÉtats-Unis – Google fait son mea culpa. La firme américaine confirme avoir “accidentellement” recueilli des informations privées via des réseaux Wi-Fi non protégés par mot de passe.C’est par le biais de ses “Google cars”, voitures utilisées pour photographier et filmer les rues dans le cadre du développement du logiciel Street View, que Google aurait collecté des informations à caractère privé. Après avoir fait ses excuses, le géant du net indique que c’est par l’intermédiaire de réseaux Wi-Fi non protégés que des informations se seraient accidentellement intégrées dans ses réseaux. L’entreprise américaine assure ne pas avoir utilisé ces informations collectées illégalement et, peut-être désireuse de se faire pardonner, a annoncé qu’elle proposera prochainement une version de Google search sécurisée.Le 17 mai 2010 à 12:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NXT UK Highlights Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm advance in Womens Tournament

first_img Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next WWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Cosplay Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ CosplayVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE posted NXT UK highlights from this week’s episode on the WWE Network. WWE Reveals New Championship Belt Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Energy Adviser Energy counselors ready to help

first_imgA home is typically the largest and most complicated purchase a person will ever make, but, unlike most everything else we buy, a house doesn’t come with a user’s manual.For the average homeowner it can be difficult to know when a home’s outdated features are keeping energy bills higher than they could be. Yet as technology marches on it can leave a home’s construction and appliances in the dust — no matter how well they’re maintained.Clark Public Utilities understands that its customers aren’t energy-efficiency experts, but the utility doesn’t want them to miss out on money-saving opportunities. That’s why it has an entire department of energy counselors devoted to helping customers find the energy savings solutions that are right for them.“Being an energy counselor is a unique profession,” said Clark Public Utilities Energy Services Supervisor DuWayne Dunham. “There aren’t many companies who hire people to show their customers how they can use less of their product, but this utility makes its customers’ needs its top priority.”Every customer who contacts the energy counselor team wants to lower their electric bill, but each brings their own unique set of circumstances.Whether a customer has a few simple questions or needs to schedule an in-person appointment, they can expect a quick response. An energy counselor is in the office and ready to assist customers in person, through email or on the phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Even if someone doesn’t pick up the phone immediately, customers won’t have to wait long to be contacted.last_img read more

Halloween 2019 The coolest decorations you can get on Amazon

first_img See at Amazon Want to create the eerie look of fog with the simple touch of a button? This fog machine, with a shooting range of about 26 feet, has both wireless and wired remotes so you can easily flood your yard (or anywhere you choose) with nontoxic fog. The Halloween must-have features three LED light colors to make your spooky scene your favorite creepy color, and it has a liquid tank that holds up to 1.5 liters of fog juice (not included).  Haunted Halloween radio: $59.99 Top Race/Amazon See at Amazon Ghoul-Tone/Amazon Halloween-friendly fog machine: $47.99 The sounds of yesteryear will fill your home once someone walks past this spooky antique radio. This vintage-style sound- and motion-activated radio will play haunting music, static-y sounds and humorous, Halloween-appropriate fake commercials. Plus, the machine emits a soft glow from its many lights.Or maybe you want to play real Halloween music or tell spooky jokes? Those are just some of the Halloween tricks you can try with Alexa. Haunt anyone you want with this flying ghost drone. Its creepy blood-stained fabric body can soar over the neighborhood, illuminated by its spooky colored lights, grabbing attention (or maybe… your soooouuuuul). The battery-operated drone can fly for around eight minutes — just enough for you to get your scares in and then make a run for it. Or maybe you’re looking for a really, really good drone to hang your own ghost on? These are the best drones for 2019. Maoyue/Amazon See at Amazon 0 See at Amazon These witch hat lights will add some Halloween delight to your yard decorations. For $29.99, you get a string of eight multicolored witch hats. Worried about rain? These lights have an IP65 waterproof rating, which means they can stand up to soggy outdoor conditions. Plus, the lights include eight different modes to keep your trick-or-treaters entertained: flash, twinkle, waves, sequential, slow-glow, chasing, slow fade and steady on. Looking for more cool lights your neighbors definitely won’t have? Check out these spooky flame light bulbs that give off a fiery effect without having to use any actual fire.   Seasonal Visions/Amazon Culture Terrifying, life-sized, laughing clown: $169.99 Sure, this may seem like a lot to spend on a life-size clown you can never unsee, but consider that this prop can be motion activated, step-pad activated or just set to be twitching 24/7. It can detect movement from up to 10 feet away. Once the prop is assembled and plugged in, its eyes light up and its mouth moves, letting out a haunting cackle over a background of hair-raising circus music while it jerks like a clown possessed.  Drone-ghost combo: $28.99 See at Amazon Post a comment Hanging light-up witch hats: $29.99 Amazon These lights are way witchier than anything else you’ll see on your block. Maoyue/Amazon Getting a head start on your haunted house? You’re going to need the coolest Halloween decorations you can buy online. All of these options have at least a four-star Amazon review… and at least one human soul trapped within. Just kidding about that last part. (Or are we?)Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Get Out!/Amazon Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Young defends right to arms for people on nofly list

first_imgPhoto: Liz RuskinAlaska Congressman Don Young doesn’t think much of the proposal to bar people on the no-fly list from buying guns.Download Audio“Those that are talking about – what they’re doing is against the Constitution,” he said on the House floor Thursday. “And I will fight until my dying breath to make sure that we have the ability to retain the Second Amendment.”President Obama pitched the idea last week from the Oval Office as a matter of common sense.“Right now people on the no-fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That’s insane,” Obama said. “If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous by definition to buy a gun.”But Young says the no-fly list includes people who aren’t dangerous.“I, personally, myself, have been on the (no) fly list,” he said. “It took me six months to get off of it. They didn’t tell me who put me on it, why I was put on it and what was the result from. Six months!”The incident dates back to 2004, when Young said he was questioned before boarding a flight because his name was similar to a suspected bad guy.The no-fly list is classified, but by some accounts more than 40,000 people are on it, and a few hundred are U.S. citizens. Young says the FBI is already notified when someone on the list tries to buy a gun.“Yes, I am an NRA board member. But to have people say that terrorists are running around buying guns is an out-right lie,” he said.The director of the FBI said this week that the background checks required for guns sold at stores do give the agency a chance to stop a sale, but he said a buyer’s name on the no-fly list isn’t a sufficient reason.In 2010, the Government Accountability Office found that most terrorist-watchlist suspects who undergo the background check are cleared to buy their firearms.last_img read more

Homer DOT negotiate natural gas assessments

first_imgThe City of Homer and the Alaska Department of Transportation are negotiating how much DOT owes the city in natural gas assessments.Last year DOT refused to pay for eight of their properties in the city’s Natural Gas Assessment District. Jill Reese with DOT told KBBI in November those properties can’t be taxed.“It’s not subject to the assessment since there’s no opportunity to develop the property and take advantage of the gas line,” Reese said.The city disagreed at first, but City Manager Katie Koester says DOT recently provided documentation justifying its position on some of those properties.“DOT has provided sufficient documentation that justifies exemption per standards adopted by city council and others we’re still in negotiations with DOT on,” Koester said.Koester couldn’t immediately say how many properties DOT proved should be exempt from the assessment.She says only the Homer City Council can exempt a property. She expects the council to consider the DOT exemptions within the next couple of months.last_img read more

50000 Bangladeshis may return home from KSA

first_imgMore than 50,000 expatriate Bangladeshi workers are likely to return home from Saudi Arabia soon, to benefit from an amnesty, said a newspaper there.Saudi Gazette wrote on Tuesday that at least 20,000 of them have already returned to Bangladesh.Saudi Arabia will recruit nearly 3,000 Bangladeshi workers in different professions by this year, state-run BSS said on Thursday.Bangladesh ambassador in Riyadh Golam Moshi urged all ‘irregular’ Bangladeshis living in Saudi Arabia to return home and reenter the country through legal channels, UNB reported on Friday.The envoy made the call while addressing an opinion-exchange meeting in Dammam, a Saudi city.The ambassador said the Bangladesh embassy will remain beside the Bangladeshi expatriates in their any need.”The door of the embassy remains open for all Bangladeshi expatriates for any help,” ambassador Moshi was quoted as saying.The Saudi Gazette report mentioned that some 45,000 Bangladeshis, out of 50,000 willing to return, were able to complete their exit procedures across the kingdom.Thousands of undocumented expatriate workers reportedly intensified their efforts to benefit from an amnesty which is coming to an end on Monday.last_img read more

Dengue outbreak overwhelms Dhaka

first_imgThis photograph taken on 4 August 2019, a Bangladeshi child suffering from dengue fever rests at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka. Photo: AFPFive-year-old Mohammad Ahnaf lies in a makeshift bed in the balcony of a major hospital in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, fighting for his life as dengue fever ravages his little body.But his mother Shimul Akhter knows he is one of the lucky ones as Bangladesh grapples with its worst-ever outbreak of the viral fever — 23 have died and many cannot get access to medical help at all.Since January, almost 30,000 people have been hospitalised with the disease nationwide, and in the past week some 2,000 patients a day have been admitted to hospitals.”The situation is like an epidemic. But no-one is admitting it,” one expert, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP adding the real number of those with dengue was likely to be several times higher than official figures, which are based on limited data.Panic is setting in. Such is the terror of those with symptoms that medical staff have been attacked as they try to stretch the meagre resources around and in some cases armed guards have been called in for protection.Facilities are struggling to cope with the influx — mattresses line every inch of spare floor extending beyond wards into corridors and balconies.Dengue, which causes flu-like symptoms, can be deadly if it develops into a hemorrhagic fever. There is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue, according to the World Health Organisation.’People panic’Authorities are worried the situation is set to worsen.With the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holidays, the fever could spread to remote villages as tens of millions of people head back to rural areas to celebrate the Muslim festival.At Suhrawardi Medical College Hospital in central Dhaka where Ahnaf has been admitted, all the wards are full of dengue patients.New arrivals are given whatever open space is available in the hospital.”There is no bed available inside the wards. Too many patients are getting admitted and too many patients have been sent back,” Akhter said.”But Allah was kind, we got a bed in the balcony after waiting for hours,” the 30-year-old added.At the hospital’s diagnosis centre, hundreds of people — many clutching sick babies in their laps — queued up to take dengue tests.”Doctors decide which dengue patient should be admitted to hospital and who would take treatment at home.”But people’s attitude towards dengue has changed. They are panicked and everyone wants to get admitted in the hospital,” explained Suhrawardi’s director Uttam Kumar Barua, adding that exhausted medical teams had been working round the clock for weeks.Outside, people crowd pharmacies to buy mosquito repellents, with some stores running out of supplies in recent days. Other residents say the ointments and sprays are now being sold at exorbitant prices.’National disaster’The head of Bangladesh’s National Health Rights Society, renowned doctor Rashid-e-Mahbub, said the “national disaster” was in part caused by the lack of anti-mosquito measures before the annual monsoon season.Leading virologist Saifullah Munshi added that a construction boom in Dhaka, unplanned urbanisation and climate change — which has caused a spike in humidity and intermittent rains — had created ideal breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito, which spreads the disease.The country’s health department said some 23 people have died so far, although it has cautioned the official fatality figures are low due to a slow validation process.But mass circulation Bengali daily Prothom Alo said the death toll was nearly 100.Meanwhile, Akhter fears for her family’s health. The hospital doesn’t have a dedicated paediatric intensive care unit to handle severe cases such as Mohammad.Her other son, who is just three years old, is also starting to feel feverish.She says: “We are very much scared. My elder boy is still not out of danger. Now he (younger son) felt warm this morning. I hope he has not caught dengue.”last_img read more

Aeolus Robot Delivers Cold Drinks While You Watch it Clean

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target Rosie the Robot ain’t got nothing on Aeolus.Unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the in-home android can pick up the toys, vacuum the floors, and deliver a cold beverage while you sit back and watch.Aeolus Robot (pronounced “ay-oh-lus”)—and its multifunctional arms—is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning; the bot can “recognize and adapt to changing environments,” according to the manufacturer.It also learns, navigates, and completes tasks, “fundamentally changing the way housework is done and freeing up valuable time in the busy lives of today’s families,” San Francisco-based Aeolus Robotics said.Plus, integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home make it easy to communicate with your electronic servant maid, which recognizes “thousands” of terms and, using built-in cameras, can identify faces, remember where it last saw items, and adapt to home layouts and routines.“The demo I saw [was] very limited and far from dynamic,” The Verge reported from CES 2018. “More choreography than AI.”There is plenty of time, though, for engineering tweaks and additional features. Still in development, Aeolus—described as “approximately the height and weight of a 12-year-old”—is expected to hit the ground running (er, rolling) by the end of 2018.Its creator, still mum on the final cost, tipped a price tag equivalent to sending a family of four on holiday. (When pushed for an answer, the company assured Verge reporter Paul Miller that it will come out to “less than $20,000.”)“It’s our mission to bring together the latest in robotics, AI, and machine learning in an affordable in-home robot,” CEO Alexander Huang said in a statement. “The Aeolus Robot makes the dream of having a home robot a reality and free up valuable time for you to do the things you want to do.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

first_imgRescuers search for victims at the site where an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The Hercules C-130 plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city on June 30. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Dozens of family members gathered at Adam Malik Hospital on Wednesday. Outside its mortuary, more than 100 wood coffins were arranged in rows and women cried and screamed the names of loved ones killed in the disaster.A group of students from a Catholic high school in the city screamed hysterically as a body bag was opened, revealing the badly bruised corpse of classmate Esther Lina Josephine, 17, clasping her 14-year-old sister.“She looks like she wanted to protect her younger sister,” said the school’s principal, Tarcisia Hermas. “We’ve lost kind and smart students who had so many creative ideas.”Hermas said the sisters were traveling during school vacation to see their parents in Natuna, where the father of the teenagers is stationed with the army.Adam Malik Hospital spokeswoman Sairi M. Saragih said more than 60 bodies have been identified.Indonesia has a patchy civil aviation safety record and its cash-strapped air force has suffered a series of accidents. Between 2007 and 2009, the European Union barred Indonesian airlines from flying to Europe because of safety worries.The country’s most recent civilian airline disaster was in December, when an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board crashed into the Java Sea en route from Surabaya to Singapore. There have been five fatal crashes involving air force planes since 2008, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which tracks aviation disasters. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station. Interviewed at Adam Malik Hospital, Indra Bakara said his cousin was one of the civilians on the flight and paid about 1 million rupiah ($75) to go to Natuna. As he spoke, the dead woman’s mother, Nacita Batubara, wept and shouted her daughter’s name, wailing that she had driven her to catch the plane.“Lack of transportation to Natuna has forced us to go there by military flight, no choice,” Bakara said. “But now we realize we cannot expect any compensation or insurance or even an apology from the military over this accident.” He said he was unaware of regulations prohibiting most civilians on military flights.Riski Ananda, a 20-year-old university student, said his friend Musyawir paid a small administrative fee to board the flight at Pekanbaru in Sumatra along with other university students heading to Natuna. Students in Pekanbaru often use military flights to visit families who may be military or civil servants on the islands.Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told reporters the C-130 was only authorized to carry military personnel and their families. He said he would investigate allegations of paying passengers.A copy of the manifest seen by The Associated Press shows 32 passengers with no designation. The rest are described as either military or military family members. In some circumstances, civilians such as government officials or researchers can get authorization to fly on military planes, according to Supriatna. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writers Stephen Wright and Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said has ordered a “fundamental overhaul” of military weaponry.“We have to be involved from the beginning in design, production, operations, training, maintenance and elimination of aged weapons,” he told reporters in Depok, West Java.Indonesia’s military has a longstanding reputation for corruption and has never totally accepted its reduced status after the fall of dictator Suharto in 1998 forced soldiers out of politics. It is engaged in a recurrent turf war with police over internal security roles and illicit money-making opportunities. Low wages also foster corruption among officers and the rank and file.At the crash site, a backhoe has been digging at the pile of smoldering concrete where the plane hit. The impact shattered a large building that local media said contained shops and homes, and set vehicles alight.The crash of the aircraft occurred only two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base.Witnesses said the plane was flying low and flames and smoke streamed from it before crashing. Supriatna, the air force chief, has said the pilot told the control tower that he needed to turn back because of engine trouble and the plane crashed while turning right to return to the airport. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona The final death toll may not be determined for some time. Body parts were also retrieved from the rubble and transported to a hospital in two body bags.The cause of the accident is not yet known but the pilot was trying to return to the airport because of an engine problem. At Adam Malik Hospital where bodies were taken, regional military commander Edy Rahmayadai told reporters that the rescue operation involving hundreds of soldiers and police had finished.The C-130 was carrying many more passengers than the military first reported. Initially, the air force said there were 12 crew members on the 51-year-old plane and did not mention passengers. It then repeatedly raised the number of people on board, indicating confusion about how many people had boarded and alighted during a journey covering several cities.Relatives and friends of some victims said they had paid for their flights. Hitching rides on military planes to reach remote destinations is common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago that spans three time zones. The military has previously promised to crack down on the practice.The plane had traveled from the capital, Jakarta, and landed at two locations before stopping over at Medan on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands. On the doomed leg of the journey, its final destination was the remote Natuna island chain. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more