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Some fear Siksika First Nation a total loss after flood


first_imgAPTN National NewsSome are fearing total loss of their homes on the flood ravaged Siksika First Nation in Alberta.Alberta’s premier visited the area 12 days after the flood hit.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has the story.last_img


Nortel Networks Canadian monitor files appeal over US101billion court settlement


TORONTO — The Canadian monitor for insolvent Nortel Networks is appealing last month’s US$1.01-billion court-approved interest settlement that puts most of the company’s remaining money into the hands of creditors.The appeal document was filed Wednesday with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware by the court-appointed monitor for Nortel Networks Corp., the international firm’s Canadian parent company.Reasons for the appeal were not outlined in the filings, but the Canadian monitor has complained that it had been excluded from the settlement discussions.Last month, U.S. judge Kevin Gross approved the settlement deal reached in July as a resolution to a dispute over whether bondholders holding some $4 billion of debt were entitled to post-bankruptcy interest.OSC withdraws allegations against former Nortel trio‘We gave it everything we had’: Former Nortel chief moves on, promoting Macedonia economyThe amount agreed to in the settlement was less than the US$1.6 billion that would have been owed under the bondholders’ contract rate, but well above the US$90 million suggested by the Canadian monitor.In his decision, Gross said it was a compromise that might be the “only way to efficiently bring these cases to their end.”Don Sproule, a spokesman for a group representing Canadian retirees and former employees at Nortel, said Friday that he fully supports the appeal.“We do not believe the ruling advances settlement as it proposes a totally unrealistic amount of interest,” said Sproule, president of Nortel Retirees and former employees Protection Canada.“(It) is an agreement between friendly parties in the U.S. that excludes all other major players and therefore cannot constitute a compromise.”Courts in the U.S., Europe and Canada still have yet to decide how $7.3 billion in remaining Nortel cash will be allocated among the Canadian, U.S. and European units. The money was raised primarily through the sale of patents and its former operations.Nortel’s Canadian monitor has argued that it had the legal title to patents and ownership of the subsidiaries, and has argued the U.S. court decision puts a lower priority on former Nortel retirees and pension plan members in Canada. read more


Alaska extends nobid contract to grandson of governor donor


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska has extended a no-bid contract awarded to a relative of a major financial supporter of the governor.The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that the one-year contract extension was given July 1 to Clark Penney for economic development consulting services for the administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.The 34-year-old owns Penney Capital Inc., which the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority pays $8,000 monthly, with a monthly travel allowance.Clark Penney’s grandfather, Bob Penney, contributed more than $350,000 to a political group that supported Dunleavy’s 2018 election.Officials say the contract with Penney Capital can be extended through mid-2022 with additional one-year extension options and an overall cost cap of $441,000.Dunleavy, Clark Penney and authority Executive Director Tom Boutin declined to be interviewed, the newspaper reported.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more


Ban underscores UN support for secure inclusive peaceful Iraq during visit


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Fouad Massoum, President elect of the Republic of Iraq. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Iraq is facing an existential threat but it can be overcome through the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government – a government that can address the concerns of all communities, including security, political, social and economic matters,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the press following a meeting with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.“It must be a government in which all Iraqis, regardless of background, feel represented,” he stressed. During their meeting, Mr. Ban and the Prime Minister reviewed the ongoing security crisis, the government formation process, relations between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and relations between Iraq and Kuwait. Mr. Ban’s visit today, his sixth as United Nations Secretary-General, comes at a “difficult, challenging” time, he noted. The armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken control of more than a third of the country’s territory after unleashing a wave of attacks that has taken thousands of lives and displaced more than 1.2 million people.He strongly condemned the “systematic and despicable” persecution of minority populations by the Islamic State and associated armed groups, adding that any systematic attack that targets the civilian population because of their ethnic background or religious beliefs may well constitute a crime against humanity.Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), has said that ISIL aimed to establish a permanent foothold beyond the control of authorities through terror and violence. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by his Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, on arrival in Baghdad. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the press following his meeting. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with with Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹› The Islamist forces seek to radicalize people and undermine the Government by exploiting legitimate grievances and manipulating divisions within society, Mr. Mladenov told the Security Council yesterday via video-teleconference from Baghdad.Mr. Ban called on all sides to respect human rights standards and uphold international humanitarian law. “All parties to the conflict must do their utmost to ensure the protection of civilians. Humanitarian corridors should be established and honoured by all parties,” he said.The UN and its partners are working to provide humanitarian support to those displaced by the fighting, wherever they may be, he noted, adding that the world body will use the resources provided by its generous partners to benefit all Iraqis affected by the conflict.“In this difficult time, it is important for all leaders to fully engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue with one another to successfully counter terrorism, strengthen democratic political processes and institutions, respect the rule of law and human rights, and promote inclusive development,” he stated.“Iraq’s leaders bear a clear responsibility to protect the security and welfare of all Iraqi people. They must find common ground to advance the future of this great country. I count on all the leaders to show courage, wisdom, persistence and vision for the future.”Speaking later in the day in Najaf, after meeting with Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani, Mr. Ban said he strongly welcomed the religious leader’s “crucially important” appeal for all citizens to exercise the highest degree of restraint, to work on strengthening the bonds between each other and avoid any kind of behaviour that may affect the unity of Iraq.Mr. Ban also congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as the country’s new President, and said he hoped a new government will be formed without delay and within constitutionally mandated timelines.“A new government that is truly inclusive will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division,” said the Secretary-General, who met with Mr. Massoum prior to arriving in Najaf.Mr. Ban also travelled to Erbil, where he met with President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He thanked the Government and people of the Kurdistan Region for receiving so many of the newly-displaced, in addition to many Syrian refugees. “I highly appreciate the special role of the host families and communities who, despite their hardships, have opened their homes,” said the Secretary-General, who encouraged continued humanitarian access to those fleeing conflict. “Limited access to Iraqis stranded in areas of heavy fighting could have a disastrous impact on those who need our protection most,” he warned. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with with Grand Ayattolah Ali al-Sistani. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more


Bulldog mine conveyor belt alignment and rip detection


first_img4B Australia has introduced the new 4B Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches designed to detect dangerous misalignment of conveyors and belt tear damage. The switches are built to withstand harsh industrial environments. Designed as an electro-mechanical system, the belt alignment and rip detection switches can detect horizontal misalignment of belts when contact is made with the roller. The roller arm will be forced to pivot by the belt activating a switch at 15º to trigger an alarm, and initiate a shutdown procedure of the conveyor at 30º. The sensors are usually installed in pairs on opposite sides of the belt.A steel flexible wire is set below the running conveyor belt and attached by a rare earth magnet at each end. If the belt is ripped or damaged, the wire is pulled away releasing the magnet connection, which in turn will activate a switch. Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches feature a robust design for use in heavy duty applications such as quarrying and mining.Easy to install with no requirement for calibration, Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches are compatible with 4B’s CBS2 belt alignment monitors as well as Watchdog Elite monitoring systems.The belt alignment and rip detection switches have been approved for use in hazardous areas according to ATEX.last_img read more


Cardiff City sack manager Malky Mackay


first_imgCARDIFF CITY HAVE sacked manager Malky Mackay, following a 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton in the Premier League yesterday.The news comes as little surprise, given the public disintegration of the relationship between himself and owner Vincent Tan in recent weeks. Just last week, the Malaysian businessman emailed Mackay informing him to resign or face the sack, while also criticising numerous aspects of the manager’s performance.That ultimatum was briefly lifted when chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Mackay would be in charge for the “forseeable future”, but the reprieve did not last long. Tan is likely to face a backlash from the Welsh club’s supporters, who had previously expressed their continuing support for Mackay. A brief statement from the club this afternoon read:The Board of Directors at Cardiff City Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed and announced in due course.”Cardiff are 16th in the Premier League at the midway point, having won promotion as clear winners of the Championship last season. Mackay had inspired the team to just one victory in their last eight league fixtures, although many critics argued that the Scottish boss could turn that run of form around.A win over Man City on the second weekend of the season allowed Cardiff fans to dream of a promising campaign, but victories over Fulham, Swansea and West Brom were the only three-pointers to follow. Tan was also understood to be angry over a reported £15 million overspend in the club’s transfer budget during the summer.Wenger praises returning Gunner PodolskiSherwood ‘insulted’ by stop-gap suggestionslast_img read more


Netflix ranks top American ISPs according to Watch Instantly streaming


first_imgNetflix is one of the biggest hogs of bandwidth in America right now, sucking up as much as 25% of all peak internet bandwidth thanks to its Watch Instantly streaming video service.Here’s a question, though? How does your ISP stack up when it comes to serving you up Netflix content quickly? Curious about the same thing, Netflix has just released their own findings on how fast they can deliver HD streams to customers of each US and Canadian ISP.AdChoices广告First, here’s how Netflix’s streaming video works. When you start streaming movies, Netflix starts by trying to send you the video at 4800 kilobits per second by the time the movie is actually up and running. Of course, because your computer or STB doesn’t always have the same speedy connection, the chart above is an average, as Netflix explains:As we use a number of CDNs, and our clients can adapt to changing network conditions by selecting the network path that’s currently giving them the best throughput, Netflix streaming performance ends up being an interesting way to measure sustained throughput available from a given ISP over time, and therefore the quality of Netflix streaming that ISP is providing to our subscribers. Obviously, this can vary by network technology (e.g. DSL, Cable), region, etc., but it’s a great high-level view of Netflix performance across a large number of individual streaming sessions. So who is the best American ISP? Charter, at least for Netflix. AT&T and Verizon are squarely in the middle. Dead last? Cablewire. If you use a lot of Netflix and are looking to change your providers, make your decision accordingly!Read more at Netflixlast_img read more


Deforming metal sheet brought to life with an Arduino


first_imgEvery few months we get to see a new generation or increment of the technology we use, be that a new smartphone, tablet, e-reader, watch, or pretty much anything else that needs a battery to run. But they all have one thing in common that continues not to change: they are all rigid objects.Bending, folding, and deforming tech is something we expect to happen eventually, and have seen glimpses of it in the form of flexible displays and printed electronics. But for the moment, it seems flexibility remains a form of future tech we have yet to figure out.That’s not going to stop design students experimenting with it, though. And the video you see above is the perfect example of how technology, user interaction, and flexible materials can be used to create something interesting.The project is called TalkToMe, and it has been created by Vera Hausmann, Till Maria Jürgens, and Vitus Schuhwerk at the Köln International School of Design as part of a two week project. As you can see, a person placing their hand near the sheet of metal foil sees it begin to crumple up and deform. The movement is dynamically generated, producing new patterns all the time, which are influenced by the type of interaction the user displays with their hand movement and touch.How that movement is achieved without obviously being attached to anything is hidden below the surface the foil sheet is resting on. The three design students used an Arduino board in order to sense the interactions above. The deformation of the flat foil surface is achieved using invisible string embedded in a grid formation within the sheet and controlled using servo-motors.As a design project it’s certainly going to draw and keep your attention for a few minutes. But it also offers up a few ideas about the potential of future devices. For example, one day we will replace our rigid tablets with flexible displays you can fold away. Whose to say they won’t be able to react to hand gestures above them? Manually folding your device may be replaced with a specific gesture that sees it fold up automatically. You could even used auto-folding or crumpling as a form of privacy if your flexible device detects someone other than yourself is trying to read what’s on its display.last_img read more


Support special Olympic athletes


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Next month, 130 Australian athletes will travel to Athens, Greece to compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The athletes have been training hard and all their work is about to pay off as they embark on an athletic venture that will see them compete right in the heart and home of the Olympic Games. The Special Olympics are for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The organisation, Special Olympics Australia, has been running for over 33 years. A volunteer based and not-for-profit organisation, they need help to send over the talented athletes to compete internationally. Alex McNeilly, general manager – marketing, communications and relations, Special Olympics Australia, told Neos Kosmos without the help and support of volunteers and the families of the athletes, going over to Athens just wouldn’t be possible. “We have thousands of volunteers across every state and territory in Australia that provide weekly sports, health and education programs for children and adults with an intellectual disability.” The support offered by volunteers is invaluable and the end result worth it. Greek Australian athlete Peter Zapantis, told Neos Kosmos he was “over the moon about and really looking forward to representing Australia in the Special Olympics in Athens”. Being in Greece, Zapantis will not only represent Australia in the birthplace of the games but also visit family and get in touch with his roots. Zapantis, who will be representing his country in football, plans to stay with relatives in Kefalonia after the games have finished. Zapantis said that he “thinks Australia has a really good chance of bringing home the medals”. “I’ve just shown Peter his playing uniform,” said Kevin O’Byrne, state manager Victoria, Special Olympics, “that has just arrived by courier and the look on his face says it all. They are official Australian colours, the green and gold with the Australian emblem on the front of the shirt and his surname plastered on the back of the playing shirt, so it’s fantastic. “Everyone is really excited, it’s not that far away now. We have our uniform try on day next week, a reception at government house, so it’s all really building up. All the hard work, the training, the fundraising is paying off.” McNeilly said the Greek community have been supportive of the athletes in Australia and the opportunity that the athletes receive is not only benefiting them but also boosting morale for their families. “Last week a mother, the grandmother, the sister, the auntie and the cousins of one of the gymnasts came to see me and brought in lots of lovely Greek food, sweets and yummy cakes,” said McNeilly. “The whole family broke down in tears of joy because their son, who was diagnosed with down syndrome at birth, told me the doctors had said to them, prepare yourself as he won’t accomplish much in life. And now look at him representing Australia wearing the green and gold and doing his best on the world stage and they can’t believe he has been given this opportunity.” Special Olympics Australia provide weekly sports and training programs every week of the year, in local communities offering 13 sports from tennis to sailing to gymnastics. “This is to improve health, develop social awareness and social development and independent skills, improve vision, hearing, teeth and feet – we do clinical screenings every year so we can monitor the health of Australians with an intellectual disability,” explained McNeilly. “We are trying to drive awareness with people with intellectual disabilities to show with support they can achieve remarkable things.” With intellectual disability on the rise in Australia, the role the Special Olympics organisation plays is critical. “Most people with an intellectual disability are often ignored and they don’t get the opportunity to achieve their personal best in life. And we find through sport they can excel and build self-esteem and confidence, improve communication skills and social development. “The problem we have is that people think we are the Paralympics,” explained McNeilly. “The Paralympics get $27 million worth of funding a year and we get nowhere close to that. We have to raise most of our money ourselves through our families and our members across Australia every year to make it happen. “We’re working very hard with lobbying government in every state and federal to say it’s time for change; it’s time for inclusion. We cant’ continue discriminating against people with an intellectual disability who aren’t given the same opportunities as many other Australians.” If you want to support or volunteer with Special Olympics Australia, visit www.specialolympics.com.aulast_img read more


Foursquare travaillera désormais avec la startup OpenStreetMap


first_imgFoursquare travaillera désormais avec la start-up OpenStreetMapLe réseau social Foursquare va travailler à présent avec MapBox et non plus avec Google Maps. Le service sera moins coûteux, plus ouvert et offrira plus d’indépendance au service de géolocalisation.Le réseau social Foursquare a décidé de s’attacher les services de la start-up MapBox plutôt que de continuer à travailler en collaboration avec Google Maps. Ainsi, Foursquare s’appuiera désormais sur le système de cartographie OpenStreetMap. Une décision motivée par des tarifs plus avantageux.Du changement est donc annoncé par Foursquare, service communautaire mobile spécialisé dans la géolocalisation. Mais en travaillant avec OpenStreetMap, le réseau social, qui compte 10 millions de membres, a sans doute fait un pas vers une plus grande indépendance. Car les affichages utilisant Google Maps étaient grassement facturés par Google : 4 dollars supplémentaire toutes les 1.000 visites au delà de 25.000 affichages mensuels.Selon ITespresso, MapBox coûterait seulement 49 dollars par mois pour 50.000 vues, 149 dollars pour 150.000 vues et 499 dollars pour 800.000 vues et plus. Foursquare a de plus choisi une technologie Open Source Leaflet qui offre plus d’options en termes de présentation des cartes. Le 3 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Pochettino declines comparison between Mourinho and Solskjaer


first_imgMauricio Pochettino refused to give an answer over why Manchester United have improved since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager.The Tottenham Hotspur boss is the bookies favourite to be named the next permanent manager at Old Trafford but insists he’s not focused on what’s going on at United ahead of their Premier League clash this Sunday.“I think from the distance it’s so difficult,’ Pochettino said, according to Daily Mail.“Of course I cannot be unfair with both managers. After Mourinho, the reality is that they’ve won five games in a row.”“Always you know that when a new person arrives, or manager, it’s like refreshing the atmosphere at the club, and for many players that maybe didn’t play with another manager, it’s an option to play more.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s a new voice that motivates you. But of course I’m not going to judge. It’s so unfair to judge Ole because he’s won five games or lost five games.”“It’s not fair to judge in both ways and it’s not fair to judge Mourinho’s job. Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world. For different reasons that I don’t know, cannot perceive, his relationship stopped with the club.”“Of course for me only I am focused on trying to win the game on Sunday. Because we know that we need the three points to be in that race for the Premier League, to be in the top four, for the end of the season to be there.”“I have huge respect for Mourinho and of course for Solksjaer. I cannot talk about what happened and what is happening.”last_img read more


Former Bahamian Senator charged with Extortion 13 counts


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #FrankSmithextortioncharges#ExPLPchargedwithextortion#BahamasPLP#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#BahamasPLP, #ExPLPchargedwithextortion, #FrankSmithextortioncharges, #magneticmedianewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – July 21, 2017 – Fifteen counts of crime for former PLP Member of Parliament and former PLP Senator, Frank Smith.Today, Smith was charged with one count of bribery, one count of attempted extortion and 13 counts of extortion; all of it allegedly happened as he was chairing the Public Hospitals Authority.One strong allegation of evidence against Frank Smith is that he was extorting a $5,000 per month payment from Barbara Hanna, allegedly for getting her a contract with the Hospitals Authority.  The payments were between April 2016 to April 2017.  The bribery charge is also related to that contract.Frank Smith, as expected, entered a not guilty plea but was denied bail by Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt but appealed at the Supreme Court.  Smith made a successful bail application; bail was set at $50k.Accompanied by his family and even more PLP supporters in court today, including former PLP Chairman, Raynard Rigby, Frank Smith is due to reappear in court on August 18.Damian Gomez, QC is representing Smith.last_img read more


Renaming of Mt McKinley to Denali recognized by tribal officials


first_imgRenaming of North America’s highest peak from Mt. McKinley to Denali was recognized Wednesday by federal and tribal officials at the Tanana Chief’s Conference annual meeting in Fairbanks. Three other lesser publicized name changes were also highlighted.Download AudioDenali, formerly Mt. McKinley (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewel took action last summer to formally re-name Mt. McKinley to its traditional Athabascan name Denali. The executive action announced by President Obama during an Alaska visit followed decades of congressional wrangling over the issue. Secretary Jewel’s senior advisor for Alaska affairs Michael Johnson pointed to the significance the name change in an address to Tanana Chiefs Conference delegates.“This is a symbol, but it’s an important one ‘cause it’s about respect,” said Johnson. “And that’s, I think, first and foremost why the secretary was happy to do it.”Denali isn’t the only federally approved change to a traditional Alaska Native name. TCC President Victor Joseph noted 3 other recent interior region name changes made by Secretary Jewell.“Black River, the traditional name was Draanjik, and that came through,” Joseph said. “And then when we’re looking at the Chandalar, it has two names that came and that’s T’eedriinjik and Ch’idriinjik, the east and west of the Chandalar river. And that means so much to us to have the original names come back to the areas that we have lived in forever.”Joseph says Secretary Jewel made the river name changes at the request of Yukon Flats region residents. Celebration of the name changes was part of a potlatch that concluded the TCC annual convention.last_img read more


AlQaeda remains resilient continues to cooperate closely with


first_imgUNITED NATIONS: Al-Qaeda “remains resilient” and continues to cooperate closely with Pakistan-based terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network, but the health of its leader Aiman Muhammed al-Zawahiri and how the succession will work are in doubt, according to a UN report. This was revealed in the 24th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team that was submitted to the UN Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee here this month. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The sanctions monitoring team submits independent reports every six months to the Security Council on the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities. “Al-Qaeda remains resilient, although the health and longevity of its leader, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, and how the succession will work are in doubt,” it said. Also Read – Bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force central for global disarmament push: UN chief Advertise With Us Al-Qaeda considers Afghanistan a continuing safe haven for its leadership, relying on its long-standing and strong relationship with the Taliban, it said. Under Taliban patronage, Al-Qaeda is keen to strengthen its presence in Badakhshan Province, in particular in the Shighnan area bordering Tajikistan, as well as in Barmal, in Paktika Province, it added. “Al-Qaeda continues to cooperate closely with Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani Network. Al-Qaida members continue to function routinely as military and religious instructors for the Taliban,” the report said. Advertise With Us It further noted that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is reported to be moving towards a hub-and-spoke network in its remote provinces, a logical extension of the dispersed, delegated leadership approach. “Better established affiliates are taking on elements of responsibility for lesser ones, channelling funds and assisting with propaganda. Over time, this may have the effect of regionalising the agendas of these networks,” the report said. This has already happened in the case of Al-Qaida, which has long embedded itself in local issues and politics, bringing the group some successes but also some problems, as in Idlib, it stated. Further, groups aligned with Al-Qaeda are stronger than their ISIL counterparts in Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Somalia and much of West Africa. The largest concentrations of active foreign terrorist fighters are in Idlib and Afghanistan, the majority of whom are aligned with Al-Qaeda. The report, however, noted that ISIL remains much stronger than Al-Qaeda in terms of finances, media profile, current combat experience and terrorist expertise and remains the more immediate threat to global security. It also stressed that the ability of local authorities to cope with terrorist challenges in Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia remains limited. Referring to the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 258 people, the report said that despite the claim of responsibility by ISIL, member state investigations revealed that the “ISIL core did not direct or facilitate the attacks, nor did it know about them in advance.” “It was a locally instigated and led attack inspired by ISIL ideology. The bombings aimed to boost the global image of ISIL after its military defeat in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic,” it said. “Regional Member States expressed concern about dynamics in the region, in particular in Sri Lanka, southern India and the Maldives, that could contribute to internal threats. Since 2013, approximately 170 Maldivians have travelled to Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, and more than 70 have unsuccessfully attempted to travel,” it said. The report noted that as ISIL continues its evolution from a ‘pseudo-state to a global network’ inspiring and directing terrorism, it may aim to build platforms for operations in areas in which it has not been active before. “The Easter Sunday attacks may serve as a blueprint for future ISIL terrorism in other unexpected locations. The return of foreign terrorist fighters to their home countries from Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic may combine with indigenous radicalization in South Asia or elsewhere,” it said. The report also mentioned that the Lanka attacks show the continuing appeal of ISIL propaganda and the risk that indigenous cells may incubate in unexpected locations and generate a significant terrorist capability. “These and other ISIL attacks on places of worship, alongside the attacks in Christchurch in New Zealand in March offer a troubling narrative of escalating interfaith conflict,” it said. The report also noted that outside the core conflict zone, ISIL and Al-Qaeda are both contending for dominance and international relevance. “Some Member States describe the existence of a number of local conflict zones, each of which has its own gravitational pull, drawing foreign terrorist fighters who either come from the region or have ethnic or linguistic ties to it,” it said. Afghanistan remains the most established of these, and concerns remain about the short and long-term threats posed by ISIL and Al-Qaeda-aligned groups and foreign terrorist fighters who have established themselves on Afghan territory, the report said. There are also growing concerns about West Africa and the Sahel, where ISIL and Al-Qaeda are both active and deconflict with each other in favour of destabilizing the more fragile regional States.last_img read more


GMR Infra shares soar 9 over Goa project win


first_imgShares of GMR Infrastructure skyrocketed by around nine percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday in response to an arm of the Bengaluru-based Group winning a project to build a new airport in North Goa.The GMR Infrastructure stock hit an intra-day high of Rs. 14.30, an increase of 9.24 percent over its Friday closing of Rs. 13.09. However, the stock pared gains later in the day to close at Rs. 13.30, a gain of 1.60 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange.On Saturday, the company announced that its subsidiary, GMR Airports had bagged a project to construct a Greenfield airport in North Goa. The airport will be built on the build, operate and transfer (BOT) model for a period of 40 years, extendable by 20 years.The project reinforces the firm’s credentials in the airport construction space, according to Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman Airports, GMR Group. The Group operates two airports in India, at Delhi and Hyderabad, in addition to the Mactan Cebu International Airport, Philippines.The agreement gives GMR Airports 232 acres of land for commercial city side development for 60 years.In other news, the GMR-held Delhi International Airport is planning to raise as much as $500 million via offshore bonds. The Bangalore-based firm intends to take advantage of low-interest rates and is in talks with investment bankers, according to a report in the Economic Times.”We are aiming to complete the issue within this quarter before September 30,” one of the people with knowledge of the matter was quoted as saying by the daily.last_img read more


Google To Block Certain Online Ad Techniques


first_img X Photo via GoogleGoogle Chrome said it will block ads with features that are turned on by default — pop-ups, videos that play as soon as you land on the page, and ads that force you to sit through a count down before the content. Chris Bronk is a professor at the College of Technology at the University of Houston.“The laws regarding advertising content on the internet are pretty few and far between. Large players can dictate a lot of how things will work.”Basically, internet advertisers are trying to get your attention.“If you can get that through a pop-up ad, through a video playing, we are permitting some pretty nefarious behavior as far as getting our attention, and we really don’t have any rules about it.”Photo via Pocket-lintGoogle and Facebook control the bulk of online advertising. Professor Bronk said there are bigger things to worry about than annoying ads or automatic videos.“Pop-ups are pretty easy to defeat. What is kind of unsettling is when you know you’re being profiled. I’ll do a search on something one of my kids wants for Christmas. And then I’ll see that items about that are now showing up in my Facebook feed all the time. That’s the stuff I worry about.”Google’s new ad policy starts on February 15th. 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listenlast_img read more


Rescuing trafficked children a priority Rlys


first_imgKolkata: In recent times, Indian Railways has given special attention towards rescue of runaway and trafficked children. RPF/Eastern Railway has also taken this issue very seriously, putting all sincere efforts in this direction.On-duty RPF staff are keeping constant surveillance in stations as well as trains to detect runaway or trafficked children. In 2018, a total of 922 children (540 girls and 382 boys) have been rescued. Out of them, 471 children have been handed over to their respective parents, 427 have been handed over to concerned NGOs and 24 have been handed over to the police for rehabilitation under proper documentation.last_img


Prosenjit takes the lead in Kaushik Gangulys next


first_imgacclaimed filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly has come up with yet another interesting project for the audiences. Titled Kishore Kumar Junior, the film will see Prosenjit Chaterjee playing the lead role. This will be the second time that Kaushik Ganguly and Prosenjit are teaming up for a film.The official announcement was made by Rupa Datta on behalf of Camellia Productions Pvt. Ltd. at a recent event in Kolkata.Famous singer and Kishore Kumar fan Gautam Ghosh delivered a phenomenal performance during the event. Producer Rupa Datta of Camellia Productions said, “We have all been eagerly waiting for this day, and it is indeed a prestigious collaboration for us. We are targeting Durga Puja 2018 for the release of the film and really hope the audiences will like and appreciate all the hard work.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe story revolves around an individual who sings songs of Kishore Kumar. The director mentioned that it is these artists who have maintained the legacy of the bigger artists. However these artists who sing like some other big singer have no individual recognition.Camellia Group started operations in the year 1990 with the development of Real Estate. Today, it has grown into one of the largest business conglomerates in Eastern India with diversified presence in the field of education, hospitality, real estate, health, aviation, and industry. Camellia group ventured in the field of entertainment industry with Camellia Production Pvt. Ltd and have produced six Telefilms ‘Kabipaksha ‘(based on short stories of Rabindranath Tagore) and series of short Telefilms in ETV Bangla in the year 2003-2004.This is the saga of Camellia Group, which continues to spread its petals in development of the nation, leveraging trust, honesty and innovation.last_img read more


Burst sewer pipe angers community


first_imgA burst sewer pipe in Main Road has left motorists upset about the seemingly endless sewage problems in the area.An anonymous caller told the Ladysmith Gazette that the pipe has been leaking for two weeks now and still hasn’t been fixed, with raw sewage flowing down the side of the road.Drivers and passersby are complaining about the disgusting sight and smell of human waste, and enquiring as to why this is not a priority of uThukela’s to repair.Construction workers who are busy in Main Road urge the district municipality to come and fix the pipe immediately. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more


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first_img July 8, 2013 — Philips Healthcare has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its AlluraClarity live image guidance system in the United States.Philips’ AlluraClarity system with its powerful ClarityIQ technology provides high-quality imaging for a comprehensive range of clinical procedures, achieving excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. ClarityIQ technology will also be available as an upgrade for the majority of Philips’ installed base of monoplane and biplane interventional X-ray systems.“All patients treated via X-ray guided interventions benefit from the advantage of low radiation exposure, but it is especially important when you are treating patients who have to undergo lengthy and complex procedures,” said Marco van Strijen, M.D., interventional radiologist at the St. Antonius Hospital Utrecht/Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. “We have been using Philips’ AlluraClarity system for more than a year now and have really grown to appreciate the low dose settings. This technology is making a difference where it really matters.”Philips’ AlluraClarity was commercially introduced outside the United States in mid-2012, and since then more than 200 systems have been ordered.For more information: philips.us/alluraclarity FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more PreviousNext Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | July 08, 2013 FDA Clears Philips’ AlluraClarity Interventional X-Ray System Low X-ray dose settings help clinicians to manage radiation exposure News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more last_img read more