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Ban calls on new Lebanese cabinet to fulfil terms ending IsraeliHizbollah war

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That resolution called for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah militants, respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling. Hizbollah, which has not disarmed, is part of the new unity government. Mr. Ban said in a report to the Council last month that disbanding militias, especially Hizbollah, was “of vital importance” to Lebanon’s democracy and sovereignty. In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, he voiced satisfaction that, five months after elections, Lebanese political leaders had been able to agree on the new cabinet. “The Secretary-General hopes that Lebanese political leaders will continue to work together in a spirit of unity, dialogue and cooperation,” the statement said. Mr. Ban urged the new Government to quickly take up the challenges that remain to consolidate both the sovereignty of Lebanon and the institutional capacity of the Lebanese state, as called for in several accords and Security Council resolutions. The UN played a role in trying to bridge the gap between the parties to a unity government with Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams meeting with the various factions. On Friday he conferred with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri. 9 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Lebanon’s new national unity government to fully implement the Security Council resolution that ended the war between Israel and Hizbollah three years ago. read more

Evictions of cybersquatters on the rise under UN resolution process

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23 March 2010Some of the teams playing in this year’s World Cup soccer competition in South Africa participated in the thousands of cybersquatting trademark cases resolved quickly under the auspices of the United Nations intellectual property agency, according to figures released today. “The UDRP [Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy] has proven to be a pioneering and globally applicable low-cost alternative to court litigation,” said Francis Gurry, Director General of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).The UDRP is a process established with input from WIPO, designed specifically to discourage and resolve the abusive registration of trademarks as domain names, commonly known as cybersquatting.“It offers a practical solution to the abusive registration of trademarks as domain names, a very real issue where the practical effect, legal status and desired outcome are normally not confined to any particular location,” Mr. Gurry added.Since the UDRP’s launch in December 1999, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre has received more than 17,000 UDRP-based cases from 114 countries.Among them, a consolidated action suit by a group of soccer teams in the English Premier League – Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham – which alleged that a person was selling tickets to the World Cup through websites with domain names that includes their respective club names.The largest UDRP dispute on record involved the Inter-Continental Hotel Group, which filed a complaint in 2009 involving 1,542 domain names. According to WIPO, pharmaceutical manufacturers as an industry raised the most complaints, mostly over the use of protected names on web sites offering or linking to online sales of medications.Geographically, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Spain raised the most complaints, and the alleged culprits were most likely to come from the US, UK, China, Canada, Spain, and the Republic of Korea.Of the 2,107 cases filed last year, nearly a quarter were settled prior to a panel decision. In 87 per cent of the remaining cases, the panel ordered the cancellation of the domain name or its transfer back to the complainant. Squatters won in about 13 per cent of the complaints and were able to keep the names.Mr. Gurry noted that part of UDRP’s popularity is the straightforward enforcement of panel decisions without the need for a formal lawsuit, although that remains an option.The method of lodging complaints is also more straightforward, as WIPO became a paperless operation at the end of last year.In addition to cybersquatting, WIPO has also resolved disputes rising from a range of uses of identity on the Internet, including on social networking sites, auction platforms and in search engines. read more

UN hails Australian court decision against desperate tobacco industry

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In a statement strongly welcoming what she called a “landmark” ruling, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan called on other countries to follow Australia’s example and adopt an equally tough stance on tobacco marketing. Australia is now on track to becoming the first country to prohibit branding on packs of cigarettes, requiring instead drab, olive-green packaging, through a law which will come into effect as soon as December 2012. “With Australia’s victory, public health enters a brave new world of tobacco control,” Ms. Chan said, noting that the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products would be “a highly effective way to counter industry’s ruthless marketing tactics.” As of 2005, the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control requires its 170 member countries to take effective steps in reducing demand and supply for tobacco products, including measures protecting people from exposure to tobacco smoke, counteracting illicit trade, and banning advertising, promotion and sponsorship. “The lawsuits filed by Big Tobacco look like the death throes of a desperate industry,” continued Ms. Chan, who also expressed hope that the decision would set off a global legal “domino effect” on tobacco related issues. “The evidence of the positive health impact of plain packaging compiled by Australia’s High Court will benefit other countries in their efforts to develop and implement strong tobacco control measures to protect the health of their people and to stand resolute against the advances of the tobacco industry,” she added. Tobacco use, which causes up to 6 million annual deaths globally, is considered to be one of the most preventable public health threats faced by world governments. According to WHO estimates, if stronger action to limit tobacco exposure is not taken, the death toll could potentially increase to 8 million people a year. read more

UN rights expert calls for durable solutions for the displaced in Serbia

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Highlighting that durable housing is a key element of sustainable solutions, and it should be linked to livelihood opportunities, the Special Rapporteur noted that a number of other issues, such as rule of law, illegal occupation of properties and effective compensation for properties that cannot be recovered also require attention. The UN expert further emphasised that the concerns of IDPs in Serbia and Kosovo should remain on the agenda of the international community and that this should be addressed as a key component in the context of the European Union accession framework and in the framework of the Brussels dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. “I call upon the international community not to turn a blind eye to IDPs [there], and to continue supporting the Government and authorities in Serbia and Kosovo respectively in their efforts to achieve durable solutions to IDPs, and close the internal displacement chapter once and for all,” said Mr. Beyani. During his visit, to assess progress made on his earlier recommendations, the UN Special Rapporteur recognised that some positive steps have been taken by the Serbian Government and the Kosovo authorities, including in terms of housing, land and property issues as well as in terms of institutional arrangements and legal and policy frameworks to respond to the situation of IDPs. Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Ashkali children at home in the improverished suburb of Fushë Kosovë in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi “All durable solutions for the internally displaced persons should remain as options open to them, and must be delinked from political processes,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “I urge the authorities to carry out profiling and needs assessment exercises, and survey of the wishes or intentions of internally displaced persons,” he added, noting that emphasis should not be on return alone. The release further noted that according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are still some 88,000 vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Serbia and more than 16,000 in Kosovo who remain with displacement related needs and require durable solutions. The UN human rights expert also expressed concern over the living conditions of many IDPs, especially those belonging to the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. “These IDPs have specific protection needs, especially in terms of accessing their rights to housing, employment, health care and education,” Mr. Beyani stressed, adding that these should be addressed as a matter of urgency. read more

Where The US Women Are Likely To Play In The World Cups

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Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Let’s begin with a confession …This article is 100 percent a selfish undertaking to determine if I will get to see the U.S. women’s national team play live at the Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. You see, I blindly bought tickets to “Match No. 49,” a semifinal matchup June 30 in Montreal. As a 27-year-old woman looking to relive her experience as an 11-year-old fanatic during the 1999 Women’s World Cup, I want nothing more than to see the USWNT play in that game.That’s what brings me to this article — a guide to following the USWNT.Below you’ll find the chances of seeing the U.S. in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in each knockout-stage round, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.For example, FiveThirtyEight projects that the U.S. has a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals. Based on the U.S.’s most likely path, there is a 51 percent chance that the Americans will participate in the semifinal game in Montreal (Match No. 49) and a 14 percent chance that they will participate in the game in Edmonton. read more

Tagging Penguins Leads To Shorter Life Fewer Chicks

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first_imgScientists have long used a simple technique to follow the lives of specific penguins: placing a band around their flipper, thus making them easy to spot. But it turns out those simple bands actual harm the birds, reducing their lifespan and even diminishing the number of offspring they produce.A study took place over ten years, and looked at a group of 100 King penguins — half of which had a flipper band, half of which had been outfitted with an implanted transponder. After a decade, 18 of the transponder penguins were still alive, while just 10 of the banded penguins survived. The penguins with the bands also arrived to breeding grounds much later and took longer to find food, thus leading to a reduced number of chicks.AdChoices广告The reason for the issues is most likely that the bands cause drag, reducing the penguins swimming abilities. They also make the birds more visible to predators.“I would say no [it is not ethical],” French researcher Claire Saraux told the BBC. “The exception would be using them only on land, and that probably won’t be a problem so long as you take them off the birds before they go to sea – and that could still be useful, because I can tell you that when you go into a colony of 50,000 penguins to find yours, it’s not easy.”last_img read more

Russia and Greece to strengthen ties

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin have confirmed their commitment to strengthen ties between the two nations.The announcement came following a phone call between the two leaders last Friday, during which they also reiterated their dedication to undertake greater bilateral ties with relation to energy, said Moscow’s Kremlin.To follow, on Tuesday Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Russian Segey Lavrov met to further discuss cooperation and bilateral relations. “The General Assembly is very, very important for both multilateral and bilateral negotiations, and in this context we saw the Foreign Minister of Russia,” said Mr Kotzias. “2016 is the Year of Greek-Russian Friendship and Cooperation, and I invited him to come to Athens this year so that we can move ahead with our cooperation.”The ministers, who met while in New York, also addressed “the Syrian issue” and their “cooperation goals”, with Mr Kotzias referring to earlier meetings with the Iranian foreign minister, American officials and European foreign ministers. “We also talked about the situation in Ukraine,” he added.Source: Reuters, ANA-MPAlast_img read more

Sida une SaintValentin placée sous le signe de la prévention

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first_imgSida : une Saint-Valentin placée sous le signe de la prévention Paris, France – Pour la Saint-Valentin, la mairie de Paris s’associe ce week-end à deux manifestations de prévention du sida. Samedi 13 février, c’est une campagne de promotion et de diffusion du préservatif féminin, lancée par Sida Info Service, le Forum des Halles, les associations étudiantes de la Fage et les pharmacies parisiennes du réseau “Croix Verte & Ruban Rouge” qui permettra la diffusion de 20.000 préservatifs féminins, de 11h à 20h au Forum des Halles et de 10.000 autres dans les pharmacies parisiennes adhérentes et les structures de santé de la ville de Paris. Objectif de la campagne : mieux faire connaître le préservatif féminin et sensibiliser les femmes à la prévention quand, en France, un tiers de la population séropositive est aujourd’hui féminine. Dimanche 14 février, ce sont des préservatifs masculins et féminins qui seront offerts lors du carnaval de Paris. Autour du thème “couples improbables”, un cortège de près de 40.000 personnes devrait défiler en musique entre la place Gambetta (départ à 14h30) et la place de l’Hôtel de Ville (arrivée prévue à 19h). Parce que la Saint-Valentin doit avant tout rester synonyme de fête, et que prévention ne rime pas systématiquement avec contrainte. Le 12 février 2010 à 12:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Opera 1060 disponible en version bêta

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first_imgOpera 10.60 disponible en version bêtaÉtats-Unis – Opera vient de lancer sa version 10.60, bénéficiant déjà de nombreuses améliorations en bêta. Le navigateur espère voir croître sa part de marché avec la version définitive, qui sortira en juillet.Opera aborde l’été sereinement. La première mouture bêta de sa version 10.60 est désormais disponible, avant que la version finale ne soit téléchargeable le mois prochain. Le navigateur a tablé sur la rapidité de l’affichage des pages et confirme sa domination sur Firefox dans ce domaine. Aussi, des résultats plus pertinents sont publiés sur le moteur de recherche et le format HTML 5 est désormais davantage pris en charge. Avec une part de marché estimée à 2 voire 2,5% des navigateurs, Opera espère voir bientôt son chiffre décoller avec ces nouveautés.Le 17 juin 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

VIDEO Watch WHS Winter Track Highlights At Boston University

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first_imgWILMINGTON, Wilmington High School’s Boys & Girls track teams recently competed against at Boston University. Wilmington’s team fell to Wakefield, but it wasn’t all bad news — Emma Garrity qualified for states in the 600m; Kevin Elderd qualified for states in the 1000m; Tyler Thomas qualified for states in the Shot Put; and Gregory Adamek qualified for states in the mile.Watch highlights courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:——(NOTE: Cover photos is from Athletic Director Tim Alberts via Twitter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”VIDEO: Wilmington Library Holds Successful End Of Summer BashIn “Videos”VIDEO: WHS Girls Lacrosse Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”last_img read more

Mark Zuckerbergs personal security chief accused of sexual harassment

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first_img Tags 0 Tech Industry Internet Services Share your voice 5:10 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of making racist comments abut Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American wife. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist statements about Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American wife, Business Insider reported Thursday.One of the accusers is a former employee of Zuckerberg’s household staff, while the other is a former executive assistant to the security chief, Liam Booth, BI reported. Lawyers representing the pair have sent letters regarding the allegations to the law firm representing the companies that provide security and support for the Zuckerberg family, BI reported.The letters accuse Booth, a former Secret Service agent, with “pervasive discriminatory conduct,” “horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery” and fostering an environment in which staff were repeatedly subjected to racist, homophobic and transphobic diatribes, BI reported.The report didn’t identify the accusers because they’re alleged victims of sexual harassment.One of the letters, sent by the law firm The Bloom Firm, alleges Booth made racist remarks about Chan’s driving ability in front of the household staffer, saying, “She’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision,” while using his fingers to pull the skin near his eyes to the side, BI reported.Booth also made racist comments to the security staffer, according to the letter, saying that he “didn’t trust black people” and “white lives matter more than black lives,” BI reported. A spokesman for Zuckerberg’s family office said an investigation is underway and that Booth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters. The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel,” the spokesman said. “As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family office engaged Munger, Tolles & Olson, an outside law firm, to conduct an investigation of all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims have merit.”Also named in the letter is Brian Mosteller, the managing director of Zuckerberg’s private office, who’s accused of failing to take action after being informed of the former staffers’ allegations, BI reported. There’s no allegation in the letters that Zuckerberg was aware of the alleged harassment.A representative for The Bloom Firm confirmed it’s representing the former employees but didn’t immediately have a comment to offer.Neither Booth nor Mosteller could immediately be reached for comment.The Zuckerberg family has properties in Palo Alto and Lake Tahoe, California; San Francisco and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Facebook spent $20 million on personal security for Zuckerberg and his family last year, the social media giant revealed last month in an SEC filing. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

In Response To Obama Actions Senator Goes Seuss

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first_imgSince President Barack Obama announced his plans to designate millions of acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, state legislators have taken to the House and Senate floors to rail against federal overreach. The speeches have ranged from incensed to righteously indignant.Download AudioBut one state senator has decided to voice his displeasure in a more poetic way. On Friday, Fairbanks Republican Click Bishop gave a Seussian speech on the federal government’s attitude toward Alaska, and read from a modified version of Green Eggs and Ham, titled “Click on Uncle Sam”:I do not like your crazy ruleslike those proposed by Sally Jewell.I do not like themhere or there.I do not like themanywhere.I do not want them near or farnot Sally Jewell nor Salazar.Could you, would you.. let us drill?We have the folks, they have the skill.We have the oil, underground..we’ll leave it nicer than we foundI do not like your EPAthey’ve run amuck – they’re in the way.I do not like this Federal Plan, I do not like it Uncle Sam.The inspiration for the speech came from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who once read Green Eggs and Ham as part of a filibuster. The copy of the book Bishop carried with him to the Senate floor was signed by Cruz last year.last_img read more

Dallas Seavey first into McGrath Mitch Seavey first out

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first_imgDallas Seavey, pictured at the Willow restart, was the first musher into McGrath. (Photo by Ben Matheson, Alaska Public Media.)Dallas Seavey was the first musher to reach the McGrath checkpoint Tuesday evening at 6:34. 11 minutes behind him–and with the fastest run time from Nikolai–was his father, two-time champion Mitch Seavey. While Dallas remained in the checkpoint, the elder Seavey left as soon as he could on the trail to Takotna.Five minutes behind was 25-year-old Wade Marrs followed Seavey into McGrath and parked his team. Next was Kuskokwim 300 champion Pete Kaiser, who continued on the trail in the second position behind Mitch Seavey.Sebastion Schnuelle for the Iditarod Insider wrote that watching Kaiser’s team cross the river was a sight of beauty.“Keeping them stopped in the checkpoint was quite difficult with the low snow and because they were screaming to go,” said Schunelle.Aliy Zirkle and Noah Burmeister followed Kaiser out of the checkpoint Tuesday evening.last_img read more

CEO Possible Sitka Community Hospital merger raises complexity of hospitals challenges

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first_imgThe decision to close the OB program, and reduce surgery to half-time, has not received final approval from the hospital board, and Allen himself is not overjoyed about it. “Signing birth certificates is one of the things I like most!” he said, after Wednesday’s Chamber meeting. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka Community Hospital is operating in the black for the first time in several years, but its future is far from certain.Listen nowCEO Rob Allen told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that discussions around a possible merger with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have undermined the morale — if not the stability — of Sitka’s local hospital.When Allen uses the word “chaos,” he doesn’t mean that Sitka Community Hospital is in disarray. Things are actually going pretty well there: The long-term care unit is running at capacity with 14 beds, and Home Health is growing.Chaos is one of four ways that business managers characterize problems in the so-called Cynefin Framework. You’ve got your simple problems, your complicated problems and your complex problems — all of which can lead to relatively clear answers.And then there are chaotic problems.“Cause and effect no longer apply, and the need is to establish stability again,” Allen said. “Opportunities, though, are embedded in the situation. That’s what Sitka Community Hospital felt like when I got here two years ago. It felt very chaotic. There were a lot of unknowns, and issues, and we spent a lot of time in those first few months trying to get back to a stable situation.”Allen reported that Sitka Community Hospital has $3.8 million in cash in the bank — about 50 days’ worth of operational money. It’s paid back half of its $1.5 million line of credit with the city, and revenues for through the month of March are $242,000 ahead of budget projections. And the 2018 budget is in the black.This sounds like stability — so why this talk of chaos?“I have to say at this point that I’m not really sure where we’re going,” Allen said. “The biggest issue that is causing this complexity-bordering-on-the-chaotic is really the SEARHC merger proposal. That’s creating a lot of uncertainty, and making our complex problems kind of chaotic.”Allen said that hiring has been difficult, with recent news about a possible merger, and staff morale is low. The Sitka Assembly in March invited a merger proposal from SEARHC. At the same time, the assembly asked to see a plan from Sitka Community to remain a standalone health care entity in an increasingly competitive environment.Although writing the plan has been outsourced to a consultant (Stroudwater Associates), Allen and his administrative team have already begun to craft a plan for survival, and it involves downsizing in some important areas.“If we’re going to be around, operating as a standalone community hospital, we will have to change,” Allen said. “We did have two big operational changes built into this budget: One was ending labor and delivery at the hospital, and the other — when that happened — going to a half-time surgery schedule.”Allen told the chamber that complex problems like those faced by the hospital are very subjective, have no right answer, and will likely produce no consensus around a solution.Allen has been careful not to come down on either side of the merger. He thinks there is strong potential for collaboration with SEARHC in obstetrics, surgery, and behavioral health. But he’s concerned about the different cultures within the organizations. Sitka Community Hospital is very local, with 200 employees. SEARHC is regional, and many times larger.“Is there a way we can preserve the strengths of both cultures and grow them, or is it just going to be we’re going to be subsumed, and our culture is gone?” Allen asked. “Which often happens in a straight merger. And I think that would be a shame for the community.”And that’s only one reason why the future of Sitka Community Hospital remains a complex — and chaotic — problem.last_img read more

Enumeration of crop loss underway in floodhit areas

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first_imgVijayawada: The recent Krishna river floods caused huge loss to the horticulture farmers in Diviseema region and other mandals of the district. The enumeration teams appointed by the government noticed that banana, vegetables, turmeric and elephantfootyam (kanda), betel vine crops were damaged due to inundation. Eight lakh cusecs of flood water was released from Prakasam barrage last week. The farmers have no scope to save the crops as flood waters inundated. The horticulture department has formed 10 teams for the enumeration in the flood affected mandals. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us These teams, along with the staff of revenue, agriculture and other departments, are visiting the flood affected areas in 12 mandals along the Krishna river. The visiting teams have noticed the crops were totally damaged due to the stagnation of flood water for five days and there is no scope of recovery. Assistant Director of Horticulture, Vijayawada division, B Dayakar has said the government would pay compensation to the flood hit farmers as per the norms. He said the horticulture crops were damaged in nearly in 5000 hectares as per the preliminary estimations. Most of the crops damaged are found in Diviseema, Thotlavallur, Challapalli, Pamidimukkala and other mandals. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us The horticulture farmers had been facing many hardships and suffered loss for the last four years due to deficit rainfall. This year, the farmers were happy with the recent rains and hoped they can get good harvest. Unfortunately, their crops were damaged due to the floods.These crops are cultivated in the black soil and farmers spend over Rs.70,000 per hectare on banana crop, Rs.90,000 on turmeric crop per hectare and not less than Rs.90,000 for cultivation of elephant foot yam. (Kanda) The government would pay compensation to the flood affected farmers, saidCh Srinivasulu, Assistant Director of Horticulture, Nuzvid division. Banana farmers will get compensation of Rs.25,000 per hectare, turmeric farmers to get Rs.15,000 per hectare and betel vine farmers Rs.75,000 per hectare. But, it will take time.last_img read more

Army deployment an imperative in Gazipur Khulna polls BNP

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first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday urged the authorities to deploy troops in the Gazipur and Khulna city corporations’ elections slated to be held on 15 May.“The election commission is saying over the past couple of days that it will not deploy troops in Gazipur and Khulna mayoral polls. On the other hand, it is planning to use electronic voting machine although the people have no interest in it,” Rizvi told a media briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.“So,” he went on to say, “Doubts are cropping up if the commission at all wants these two civic polls to be free and fair.”Read more: Quader says EC doesn’t have authority to deploy armysThe senior leader of the country’s principal opposition political party further alleged that the desire of the Awami League government is often reflected in the remarks and speeches of many senior officials of the election commission.Fearing that the commission “might be planning to hold the mayoral polls as per the government-fixed formula”, Rizvi alleged, “A level-playing field has been ensured in neither of the city corporations as yet.“Ruling Awami League’s terrorists are showing off strength brandishing illegal arms openly whereas the commission has taken no initiative to recover the illegal arms there,” he alleged.“On the other hand,” he continued, “Opposition BNP activists can’t even sleep at their houses, not to speak of holding rallies and mass-campaigns.“Given the circumstance, troops deployment is an imperative in the Gazipur and Khulna mayoral polls as the regular law enforcement agencies are working as a partisan force of the ruling quarter,” he added.last_img read more

Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China

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first_img (A) Structure of the Meirendi bank with wooden planks still standing upright. (B) The Bianjiashan pier, wooden stakes still were preserved, forming a T shape. Credit: PNAS Harbor sediment core samples offer historic evidence of ancient Rome’s plumbing Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Map of the Liangzhu city and hydraulic system, Lower Yangtze River, China Credit: PNAS (A) Well-preserved ‘sand bags’, with the knots still clearly visible, the grass plants used are Triarrhena lutarioriparia. (B) A small proportion of rice remains discovered from the storage pit excavated at eastern Mojiaoshan, depth of the boxes around 10 cm. Credit: PNAS Explore further More information: Bin Liu et al. Earliest hydraulic enterprise in China, 5,100 years ago, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710516114AbstractHere we present one of the world’s oldest examples of large-scale and formalized water management, in the case of the Liangzhu culture of the Yangtze Delta, dated at 5,300–4,300 years cal B.P. The Liangzhu culture represented a peak of early cultural and social development predating the historically recorded Chinese dynasties; hence, this study reveals more about the ancient origins of hydraulic engineering as a core element of social, political, and economic developments. Archaeological surveys and excavations can now portray the impressive extent and structure of dams, levees, ditches, and other landscape-transforming features, supporting the ancient city of Liangzhu, with an estimated size of about 300 ha. The results indicate an enormous collective undertaking, with unprecedented evidence for understanding how the city, economy, and society of Liangzhu functioned and developed at such a large scale. Concurrent with the evidence of technological achievements and economic success, a unique relationship between ritual order and social power is seen in the renowned jade objects in Liangzhu elite burials, thus expanding our view beyond the practicalities of water management and rice farming. Prior research has dated Liangzhu Ancient City to approximately 5,300 to 4,300 years ago, which would make the water engineering effort one of the oldest in the world. The newer research work demonstrates that use of such technology began in China earlier than had been thought. And it occurred in a relatively isolated location—the water system was not part of empire building; it was constructed to service the needs of a single city. Sadly, prior evidence has also revealed that their efforts were not sufficient to prevent the entire area from being massively flooded approximately 4,200 years ago, leaving behind a meter-thick layer of clay—the devastation was so great the city never recovered, and those that survived migrated to other areas. Over 5000 years ago, people living in the Yangtze River Delta apparently grew weary of the flooding that periodically destroyed their crops. They embarked on what became one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world, moving earth and piling it in desired ways to change over 10,000 hectares of landscape to suit their needs. The researchers at the site have been working for four years uncovering the large hydraulic system that was built to support Liangzhu Ancient City.The researchers report that laborers spent years digging up dirt to make canals, piled it to make dams, and even installed a system of gates to control movement of the water. The result was a system able to prevent normal flooding and to irrigate crops during dry times with rainwater saved in large reservoirs. They also dug canals to allow small boats to carry people and materials around the area. The researchers estimate that it took approximately 3000 people working for eight years just to build one of the larger dams, and in the process, they moved approximately 10 million cubic feet of earth. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the eastern coast of modern China. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their finding and compares it to other ancient water management systems. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China (2017, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Retire later and live longer

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first_imgIf you are 65 and still working, it can be an add-on for you to live longer while retiring early may increase your chances of dying early, says new research, suggesting that there is a strong relationship between work and longevity.The findings showed that healthy retirees who worked a year longer of age 65 had an 11 per cent lower risk of death while unhealthy retirees who worked a year longer had a nine per cent lower mortality risk which indicates that factors beyond health may affect post-retirement mortality. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It may not apply to everybody but we think that work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,” said lead study author Chenkai Wu from the Oregon State University in the US.The team analysed 2,956 people who had retired from 1992 to 2010 and looked at effects of retirement on health. Poor health is one reason people retire early and also can lead to earlier death, so researchers wanted to find a way to mitigate a potential bias in that regard. They divided the participants into unhealthy retirees — who indicated that health was a factor in their decision to retire and healthy retirees — who indicated health was not a factor.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results indicated that during the study period, about a 12 per cent of the healthy and a 25.6 per cent of the unhealthy retirees died. Working a year longer had a positive impact on the study participants’ mortality rate regardless of their health status. “Most research in this area has focused on the economic impacts of delaying retirement. I thought it might be good to look at the health impacts,” Wu added in the paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.last_img read more

At WWDC Apple Ripped Off a Bunch of Features From Google and

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first_imgJune 9, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple held its annual WWDC developer conference on Monday, where it discussed plenty of new features coming in its next software updates, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. If you use Apple products, there’s a lot to like in the updates. If you use a lot of products from a lot of tech companies, as we tend to do, then you might have felt that a lot of the features Apple discussed seemed familiar. Awfully familiar.That’s because a lot of the features discussed by Apple yesterday, coming to either iOS 9, El Capitan or both, are pretty much direct rip-offs from features already offered by Google, Microsoft, Samsung and even third-party apps that users can download.One that sticks at the top of my mind include the new Split View and Slide View options for iPad, which will allow iPad owners to run two applications side-by-side and easily slide down a list of apps to multitask. That feature has been in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and will be in Windows 10 (see the image below). It’s also available on Samsung’s Android-powered devices. Another feature in El Capitan lets you snap two windows side-by-side for easy viewing on a desktop computer which, again, is something that has been offered on Windows and in third-party OS X apps for years.Siri is finally smarter, sure, but she also stole a bunch of features from Cortana and Google Now. She’s able to dig through your emails to tell you when to leave for an appointment and avoid traffic, something both Google and Microsoft’s voice assistants are capable of doing already. You can also ask her to remind you to do something depending on your location which is, again, already offered on Android and Windows Phone.The list can keep going on: Apple News is a ripoff of existing third party news applications. Apple Music looks great, but it’s going to compete with plenty of services like Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music, Xbox Music and more and isn’t exactly innovative, though I appreciate human curated playlists. Notes now lets you draw inside of the app and create rich links, which is already available in third party iOS applications.Apple had to add a lot of these features at some point. The iPad, in order to keep up with the progress of Windows and Android, needed better mutlitasking. Siri was getting dumb as dirt, and borrowing features is necessary to make her a bit smarter. I’m excited for all of these features to come to iOS and El Capitan and I think a lot of users are going to find incredible value in what they offer.But they’re by no means original ideas, even if Apple would have you believe that during its keynote. This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min readlast_img read more

Facebook Amazon Netflix and Google Were Among Todays Biggest Losers

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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A morning rally in the stock market gave way to renewed selling in the afternoon as the Entrepreneur Index™ fell 1.66 percent on the day.The Dow Industrials index was up more than 300 points in the morning but ended the day down 245, or 0.99 percent. The S&P 500 index fell 0.66 percent, while the technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 was down 2.02 percent.The bloodbath continued in the technology sector. The so-called FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google or Alphabet) stocks that have underpinned the bull run in technology stocks and the broader market, were among the hardest hit today, with Amazon.com (-6.31 percent), Netflix (-4.96 percent), Alphabet Inc. (-4.75 percent) and Facebook (-2.26 percent) all down sharply. Chip-maker NVIDIA Corp.set a new 52-week low today, falling 6.39 percent — the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur Index™ today. Other tech stocks that traded lower included salesforce.com (-3.34 percent)., Verisign (-2.52 percent) and Adobe Systems Inc. (-2.28 percent).Analog Devices was one of the few stocks to buck the bearish trend in technology. Down almost 20 percent since late August, the chipmaker’s stock gained 1.82 percent today. Cerner Corp., the healthcare information technology firm that lost 11 percent on Friday because of disappointing earnings, rallied 5.09 percent today — the largest gain on the Entrepreneur Index™.Ford Motor Co. also posted a big gain after a Goldman Sachs analyst upgraded the stock to a buy, largely because of its 25 percent drop so far this year. The analyst expects the company’s previously announced restructuring plan to begin yielding benefits next year, and set a $12 target for the stock. Ford shares were up 3.34 percent today.Defensive stocks fared significantly better than growth stocks today. The REIT sector was up sharply, with Essex Property Trust (3.49 percent), Extra Space Storage (3.32 percent) and Equity Residential (2.13 percent) posting good gains. The clothing makers, L Brands (2.99 percent), Ralph Lauren (2.88 percent) and Gap Inc. (2.07 percent) were also up for the day. Food manufacturers J.M. Smucker Company and Tyson Foods rose 2.23 percent and 1.8 percent respectively. Retailer Bed Bath and Beyond was also up 3.25 percent.Economy-sensitive stocks were down on the day. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. fell 2.8 percent. Oil and gas producer Hess Corp.was also down 3.36 percent as the price of oil continued to slide. Casino operator Wynn Resorts, down a crushing 44 percent this year, fell 6.3 percent — the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur index outside the technology sector. Brown-Forman Corp, the maker of Jack Daniels whiskey, was also down 0.9 percent. The Trump Administration reportedly plans to slap more tariffs on Chinese imports if trade talks with China don’t improve, and bourbon is a favorite target for retaliatory tariffs.Alexion Pharmaceuticals was down again today by 3.45 percent. The drug-makers fell as a group on Friday after it was reported that President Trump was considering tying Medicare reimbursement rates for drugs to much lower prices paid in Europe.The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on Entrepreneur.com. October 29, 2018 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more