Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_imgKINGS COUNTY: Route 358 There will be one-lane closures from today, May 21 to Friday, Oct. 31 to repave Route 358 — from Route 341 (Canard Street) north three kilometres to Route 221 in Canning — and Route 358 — from Route 221 (at the town monument) north three kilometres to Woodside Road. Traffic-control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 -30-last_img

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Priyanka Gandhi detained on way to meet kin of firing victims in

first_imgMirzapur/Lucknow/New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week, escalating the political slugfest over the killings there in a land dispute.Gandhi was taken to a guesthouse in Chunar in Mirzapur district after she squatted on the road with her supporters at Narainpur, insisting that she be allowed to proceed and meet the families of those killed on Wednesday. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe district magistrate and the superintendent of police were talking with her at the Chunar guesthouse to persuade her from travelling ahead, Deputy Inspector General Piyush Kumar Srivastava said. But the standoff showed no sign of ending till late evening. Uttar Pradesh Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu, who was with her at the guesthouse, told PTI, “We have clearly said, either let us meet the victims or send us to jail.” Rahul Gandhi, who has resigned as the Congress president, called the police action illegal arrest, but officials said she had been taken under preventive detention. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliAction has been taken against 151 CrPC and Priyanka Gandhi and other members of the Congress have been stopped from proceeding to Sonbhadra, where prohibitory orders have been promulgated,” Mirzapur District Magistrate Anurag Patel told PTI. She will not be allowed to proceed for apprehension of breach of peace. If she decides to stay back here we will extend security to her,” the DM said. As Congress leaders came out in Gandhi’s support and party workers held protests against the UP government, Trinamool Congress announced in New Delhi that it too planned to send a delegation to Sonbhadra on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath blamed the previous Congress governments for the land dispute, citing how the piece of land tilled by the villagers was bought and sold over the decades. Promising justice, he announced in the state assembly that a sub-divisional magistrate and four policemen have been suspended. Twenty-nine people were arrested, he said. Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati issued a statement, asking the state’s BJP government to ensure justice for the Sonbhadra victims. But she blamed both the BJP and the Congress for atrocities on tribals in the past. The party general secretary, who is in charge of eastern UP, had landed in Varanasi and met the injured at the BHU Trauma Centre before beginning the road trip to Sonbhadra, about 80 km away. Gandhi was stopped at Narainpur on the Varanasi-Mirzapur road. She demanded to be shown the orders under which she was stopped. “A boy of my son’s age was shot at and is lying in hospital. Tell me on what legal basis have I been stopped here,” she said. When told about the prohibitory orders preventing the assembly of five or more people in the area, she said she will go to Sonbhadra with a lesser number of supporters. I want to meet the victims… I only want to meet the affected families whose members were mercilessly shot dead,” she said. Meeting party workers at the Chunar guesthouse, she said, “I was told that there are orders from higher-ups but the order stopping me was not shown. “I will not leave without meeting the victims and their families,” she said. “I have come here to tell the country what is happening in this state,” she added. On Twitter, she said, “It is the duty of the UP government to arrest the criminals. My duty is to stand with the oppressed. BJP has failed to control crime but is stopping me from discharging my duty. No one can stop me from standing in support of the victims. Please stop crime. Ten people were killed and 28 injured in the clash between supporters of a village headman, Yagya Dutt, and the Gond tribals in Sonbhadra’s Ghorawal area on Wednesday. Dutt’s supporters allegedly opened fire on the tribals. A committee under the additional chief secretary (revenue) has also been constituted and will give its report within 10 days, Adityanath said in a statement in the assembly. with inputs from ptilast_img read more

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Program helps Indigenous women be the change they want to see

first_imgAPTN National NewsValerie Moses is beaming.The 24 year-old from Six Nations has worked hard for this day.It’s her graduation from the three-month Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady Institute.For Moses, and the other graduates, it was a team effort.“It was really helpful to look to each other and see that our struggles weren’t based on our failures, but were more so something we could look at as a collective and find a solution together,” said Moses.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has more.last_img read more

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Trumps Immigration Intentions Revealed

Rabat – Officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have revealed details regarding US President, Donald Trump’s, intentions for his immigration policies, according to a report from CNN.Officials from the DHS revealed detailson Tuesday, from so-called “guidance memos” regarding changes Trump intends to make to existing American immigration policies. The memos being referred to were signed by Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.Two executive orders are in the offing. One will pertain to border security and purportedly involve the construction of a border fence along the US border with Mexico. The second order will refer to interior enforcement policy and procedural changes. The guidance memos released by the DHS predict a massive increase in resources being allocated to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, building that wall, now downgraded to a fence, at the Mexican border and a hard-line approach to undocumented immigrants.The memos give a strong indication that the number of people at risk of being deported will be vastly increased. To achieve this, the Trump administration will authorize a broader use of the existing “expedited removal” procedures, greatly reducing the need for court proceedings.According to the same source, under the changes about to be imposed, if someone cannot prove they have lived in the US for two continuous years, they could be eligible for “expedited removal.” This provision has historically been reserved only for people apprehended within 100 miles of the border, or those who had arrived only 1-2 weeks previous to their apprehension.Changes are also being predicted to the “catch and release” program, with the intent of eventually bringing an end to it altogether. Currently, undocumented immigrants can be caught, then released pending their court appearance. These appearances sometimes don’t take place until years after the immigrant’s apprehension. The guidance memos released by the DHS clearly point to this policy as a Trump target. read more

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Young Moroccan Innovators Awarded at International Africa Development Forum

Rabat – The fifth International Africa Development Forum was held in Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital. The objective of the event was to boost energy across Africa, and to create a true new model of South-South cooperation.As part of the forum, which took place Thursday and Friday, awards were handed out to deserving young entrepreneurs, whose designs showcase the best in future energy innovation. Burkinabé president, Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, handed out the Innovation Prize to Francis Yapobi from the IvoryCoast, for his “AIRSHOP SYSTEMS“ design for a smart platform for planes. The Social Entrepreneurship prize was awarded to Lhssan weryaghli, president of the Houda Rouissi SNI group from Morocco, for her project, GUERMELLO, that distributes the local products to all areas of Morocco.This year, a new  “Sustainable Development” prize was awarded to the product best associated with prominent ecological effect.The inaugural prize was presented by Mr. Salah-Eddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The recipient was Morocco’s Kamal Kaina, who developed AKHDAR Invest which develops the Kinetic energy emerging from weighing cars and transforms it into electrical energy.A total of sixty applications were submitted to the award jury, including 22 for the Innovation Trophy, 17 for the Social Entrepreneurship Award and 21 for the Sustainable Development Trophy.Twelve applications out of 5 countries, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghanaand Rwanda were accepted in the initial selections. Only three winners, however, were eventually chosen by the forum committee.Sponsored by the Attijariwafa Bank group, the young entrepreneur prizes are seen as an excellent occasion to renew its commitment to the International Africa Development Forumby rewarding ambitious and dynamic young entrepreneurs on the African radar. read more

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Moroccan Opticians Protest Against a Proposed Law Limiting Their Work Scope

Rabat – The current draft form of Article 6 of Law 45-13 states that the role of opticians is to “deliver[…] to the public optical products that are designed to correct or protect sight,” and “adapt[…] and adjust[…] optical products.”The Moroccan National Syndicate of Opticians (SPNOM) has rejected the new law, stating in a press release that the new legal provision severely limits the work of opticians, removing “all of [the profession’s] attributes that are recognized on an international scale.”Until now, opticians in Morocco have performed vision tests, also called refraction tests, to test the eyesight of their clients before prescribing glasses. Under the new law, only ophthalmologists will be allowed to perform these types of tests.  This means client wishing to test their vision would first have to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to obtain a referral for appropriate optical products.SPNOM stated that the new law would “open doors to organizations that want to monopolize the sector,” and described the proposal as “a plot against the purchasing power of Moroccan citizens.”Read also: Public Sector Nurses, Health Professionals Organize Week-Long National StrikeHundreds of opticians marched in the streets of Rabat yesterday, the fourth protest in three weeks.Ophthalmologists and opticians have been at war on the matter since February.Ophthalmologists claim opticians should not have the right to perform vision tests. Ophthalmologists argue that refraction is a medical procedure, which therefore falls in their field of expertise, in accordance with law 131-13 on medical practice.Opticians argue that they have been practicing refraction tests under a King’s decree from 1954, and have the appropriate training to do so.The current draft of the law will significantly impact on opticians’ businesses.Another strike and protest are scheduled for July 10. read more

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UN interview of Iraqi scientist falls through when he seeks alternate format

United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq who sought to interview one of the country’s biological scientists did not hold the discussion after he objected to the format, a UN spokesman in Baghdad reported today.The individual “showed up for the appointment alone but did not agree to the mode of interview” proposed by the UN Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC), spokesman Hiro Ueki said.Meanwhile, the probe into Iraq’s prohibited arms programme continued as an UNMOVIC chemical team went to Al Mutanna in order to prepare to destroy 10 155mm artillery shells and four plastic containers filled with mustard gas.The destruction process will begin tomorrow and is expected to last four to five days, according to Mr. Ueki. “These artillery shells were scheduled to be destroyed by the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) in 1998 but the plan was halted when UNSCOM withdrew from Iraq,” he explained. “UNMOVIC ascertained on 4 December 2002 that these shells were still stored at Al Mutanna.”For its part, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is looking into Baghdad’s clandestine nuclear ambitions, today held “no-notice” inspections at Tuwaitha, 15 kilometres south of Baghdad. Two mobile air samplers capable of measuring particulate nuclear matter have been deployed around the Iraqi capital for the last four days. “An IAEA team retrieved the two samplers and samples were taken,” Mr. Ueki said. “The samplers will be relocated in new positions tomorrow.”Another IAEA team conducted a car-borne radiation survey of two military bases and surrounding areas in an area just south of Baghdad. read more

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Security Council ends ban on import of Sierra Leone rough diamonds

Citing the Government of Sierra Leone’s increased efforts to control its diamond mining areas and industry, the United Nations Security Council today dropped its ban on precious stones from the West African country imposed in a bid to prevent illicitly traded rough diamonds being used to finance armed conflict. The Council’s President for June, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, also cited Sierra Leone’s full participation in the Kimberley Process as among the reasons the 15-nation body agreed not to renew the three-year old embargo, which expired at midnight yesterday. The Kimberley Process is a negotiating procedure to establish minimum acceptable international standards for national certification covering the import and export of rough diamonds. It also includes participation by the European Community and countries that produce and trade in the stones, industry representatives and civil society. “Members of the Council commended the Government’s efforts to strengthen and improve their management of the diamond industry,” Ambassador Lavrov said in a press statement, adding that they encouraged Freetown to continue these efforts and to work closely with UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in ensuring the security of the diamond mining areas. He stressed that Council members agreed to continue to pay close attention to the diamond sector of Sierra Leone because of its importance to the future stability and security of the country. read more

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Annan urges donors to bolster expanded African Union efforts in Darfur

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged donors to provide the financing, equipment and political backing to help an expanded African Union (AU) mission bring an end to what he called one of the most pressing and destructive crises on the African continent – the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. Although the violence in Darfur has stabilized over the last few months, the situation remains unacceptable, with civilians still at risk of attack and relief workers increasingly targeted, said Mr. Annan, who is co-hosting a pledging conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré, formerly the President of Mali. The pledging conference aims to rally support for the ongoing AU-mediated political process in Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the AU Mission (AMIS) in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where for the past two years rebels have been waging a war against the Government and its allied militias, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and forcing some 2 million people from their homes. “Where AMIS is deployed, these things do not happen. An expanded AMIS, at full operational capacity, will mean the great majority of vulnerable civilians in Darfur will be protected from violence,” Mr. Annan said, noting that although some impressive pledges have already been made and significant work has already taken place, “We must accelerate this process further today and coordinate closely to track requirements and remove bottlenecks.” Noting that Mr. Konaré had explained that the expanded AU Mission will include a total of more than 6,000 military personnel and 1,500 police, and will cost over $465 million for one year, Mr. Annan said: “We are about to take the next, crucial step – ensuring that the expanded AMIS, and the men and women who make up the Mission, have what they need to do their job and do it well. Stressing that the effort to provide relief to more than 3 million people through next year was still $350 million short, Mr. Annan also emphasized the “race against time,” with Sudan’s rainy season and “hunger gap” fast approaching, which would make relief operations that much more difficult at the very time they needed to be expanded. “If violence and fear prevent the people of Darfur from planting and growing crops next year, millions will have to be sustained by an epic relief effort which will stretch international capacity to the maximum,” he said. At the same time, he urged the conference to remain aware of the political implications of the fighting in Darfur. Referring to the end of more than 20 years of civil war between the North and South in Sudan on 9 January with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, he said: “If stability is not achieved in Darfur, then the promise of Naivasha – the promise of a just and democratic country able to realize its full potential – will be in serious jeopardy.” The Abuja peace process was indispensable to ensuring that a viable and enduring peace is achieved. “But it can succeed only if we focus our collective diplomatic, political and other support on the crucial mediation effort of the African Union,” Mr. Annan said, adding: “The parties must know that the world is united behind the need for a negotiated settlement. They must know and see that the international community is of one mind in responding to the violence in Darfur.” “We should also set high expectations for the role that the future Government of National Unity can play in negotiations. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement was the result of their combined efforts. That agreement should be the basis for a definitive settlement in Darfur,” he declared. read more

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Constantinoples Apoyevmatini to close down

first_imgThe daily Greek language newspaper Apoyevmatini, published in Constantinople-Istanbul, is due to close down as a result of its financial problems. Founded in 1925, the newspaper intended to revive the Greek language and disseminate news about the Greek community residing in Turkey. Owner and publisher Mihail Vasiliadis, who took over the newspaper in 2003 and is the only current employee of the newspaper, decided to shut down his office in Beyoğlu’s ‘Suriye Pasajı’ (Syria Passage), according to the Turkish daily Sabah. Apoyevmatini in its hey day used to employ 35 people, whilst its circulation was over 30,000. The newspaper has survived with the financial contribution of the Greek government and the Greek community residing in Turkey. However, the daily suffered from Greece’s crisis and the decreasing number of Constantinople-Istanbul based Greek residents whose population is almost 1,700 now. The Greek population of Constantinople-Istanbul in the mid 1920s, after the Asia Minor Catastrophe, was in excess of 200,000, but almost all of them were driven out of the city and out of Turkey as a result of the restrictive policies of the Turkish state, as well as outbursts of ultranationalistic violence directed against them. “They say it is necessary to have a high circulation rate to receive advertisements. There are only 605 Greek families in Istanbul. I sell 600 copies daily and reach almost 99 per cent of them. However, that is not enough,” said Mihail Vasiliades. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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MTS changes bus schedules and routes in San Diego

first_img Sasha Foo, June 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System is changing schedules on 26 bus routes, as part of a broader plan to make the bus system more efficient and increase ridership.Like transit systems across the nation, the MTS said the number of riders on its buses and trolleys has dropped in the last two years, prompting the transit agency to take a hard look at new ways to improve service and bring more passengers aboard.Starting Sunday, six of the 26 routes will be enhanced with more frequent service, while the other routes will be streamlined to make them faster, with fewer delays.This is the second phase of service changes for MTS. The first took effect in January and the third and final phase will be adopted in September. As MTS CEO Paul Jablonski explained, the transit system needs to boost revenue and riders.This year, MTS had a $6.5 million deficit. We decided to sample rider reaction to the changes, by boarding one of the busiest MTS routes. Route 7 takes passengers from City Heights to downtown San Diego.We met a young mother of two, who is riding one MTS bus or another about three to four hours a day, taking her children to two different schools in the morning and then returning to pick them up in the afternoon.Isla Ogaz was delighted to learn that the Route 7 bus will run more frequently.“That will be great, I like it, I like it,” Ogaz said.Another regular rider, Brandon Thorne said the system needs some improvement.“This one timewise is not that reliable. Like I take the 7 (bus) all the time and there definitely needs to be more service on this one,” Thorne said.When all three phases of the expanded service are complete, the changes will impact 75 percent of the bus system. The MTS is pouring an additional $2 million into making these scheduling changes.Although many drivers are unhappy about the increase in the state gasoline tax, the MTS is paying for some of its expanded services through SB 1 gas tax funds. The transportation funding package was approved by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor last April.If you would like more information about the changes to the MTS schedule and routes, there’s a link to the MTS website. Sasha Foo MTS changes bus schedules and routes in San Diegocenter_img Posted: June 7, 2018 Updated: 10:49 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Teacher housing teaches life lessons

first_imgNew teacher housing being built by high school students in Nikolai, Alaska in June. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The school in Nikolai, until recently, had a problem. There was nowhere for the high school teacher to live.“And the last two years our high school teacher actually had to live in the school in a teeny-tiny little room that contains a bunk bed and a dresser and a desk,” said Principal Tara Wiggins. “There’s nothing else.”She said the problem made it really hard to recruit a teacher. “I’ve been told that several teachers were interested and then didn’t come because they had families and didn’t want to stay in the school.”Housing in Nikolai, a village of about 100 people on the south fork of the Kuskokwim River, is scarce. It’s expensive and difficult to get building supplies there.But the school district had another problem, too: they needed more classes to help their students develop real-world skills for getting jobs later in life.The solution? Have the kids build the house with professional supervision during a special summer program.Student Thomas Owrey showed off the classes work on the two-bedroom home. “So we layered plastic down here,” he said, pointing to the crawl space. “We’ve got foam boards on the floor.”By late June the exterior walls were up and the roof was on, and the house was connected to the septic system.Owrey said the project wasn’t as straightforward as he hoped, even though they are building it from a kit that theoretically comes with everything they need.“You get the blueprints and all the supplies [with a kit],” he said. “But they sent us one house and they sent us another thing of blueprints.”Boats on the shore of the Kuskokwim River in Nikolai, Alaska in late June. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)And it wasn’t like the students and their instructors could just walk to the store and get the correct plans – everything was shipped in from hundreds of miles away in Anchorage. They didn’t have all of the supplies yet either. The windows had to be brought up river from six hours away because they wouldn’t fit on the small airplane. That delay meant they couldn’t finish the siding or other parts of the house.The students were running out of options for things to do, and the kids couldn’t just go home and come back later. They came from schools across the region and two different school districts and were living near the job site in the main school building.But learning problem-solving and improvising is part of the job, said student Harlan Standish.“You’re constantly using your reasoning skills,” he said. “You’re not just learning how to put a building together. You’re learning how to think ahead or think about different ways of doing things. Like if you make a mistake on a wall or something, you gotta fix it. You gotta kind of think about how to fix it without taking it all apart.”Though Standish said he was enjoying learning new skills, the whole process wasn’t exactly fun when it involved precarious balancing acts.“I hate putting up the blocking between the rafters,” he said, pointing at boards in the roof above the window. “Because you have to stand up on this little ledge right here and try to use a nail gun to put them in without falling over the sides.”Standish was afraid of heights and the drop below the window was pretty long before backfill was added.But he felt he had to do it, “because it’s on a job site so you just gotta buckle up and do the job.”“They’ve matured in a lot of ways,” teacher Troy Tubbs said of his five students.“For most of them, I think they’ve never been away from home, especially not for this long of a period,” Tubbs explained. “And so there was a little bit of an adjustment there where they had to get used to living with roommates. Finding out how to manage their own time. Being responsible for getting up on time, getting their meals squared away, and getting out to the job site when they’re supposed to be.”They’re also getting high school and college credit for the class and getting paid.Iditarod Area School District Superintendent Connie Newman said the district didn’t save any money by building the new teacher housing with students, though the project allowed them to use funds for career and technical classes for two purposes. Because of delays with supplies, the house eventually had to be finished by professionals at the beginning of the school year, more than a month behind schedule.But the project was successful enough that they plan on holding a similar class to build school housing in Grayling next summer. The district may also partner with the tribe in Nikolai to build housing for elders.Want to hear more Solutions Desk stories? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or NPR.Have ideas for future Solutions Desk stories? Join the conversation by texting “solutions” to 907-885-6055.last_img read more

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Sensex Plummets to 5MonthLow by over 700 Points

first_imgThe Indian stock markets plunged to five-month lows on Wednesday as algorithmic trading platforms triggered heavy sell-off besides continued offloading of shares held by overseas investors amid uncertainty over retrospective tax.The S&P BSE Sensex fell 722.77 points or 2.63% to close at 26,717.37, its lowest level so far this year. The CNX Nifty index ended at 8,097, down 227.80 points or 2.74 percent.”In today’s case, a breach of the 200-day average (considered a strong support for Nifty) triggered strong selling on algo platforms,” Nilesh Dedhia, founder of NTD Trading, which specialises in providing algo-based trading platforms, to NDTV Profit.The sell-off was also fuelled by the continued uncertainty over Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on foreign investors. The government has asked them to pay MAT on long-term capital gains from equities earned previously.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the MAT is not applicable on capital gains made by foreign investors as of April 2015, without giving any clarification on tax over previous gains.Foreign investors sold shares worth more than $1.7 billion in the past 13 sessions.Analysts say that other factors such as weak corporate earnings and slow pace of reforms are also driving the markets lower.”Corporate earnings and economic growth remain weak. I don’t see them recovering anytime soon,” Shankar Sharma of First Global, told The Economic Times.Markets are also rattled by growing pessimism among foreign investors over the slow pace of reforms by the Modi government.”I think there was a lot of hope with the election of Narendra Modi that we would essentially have wide ranging reforms. So the stock market rallied very strongly. Now, we have a kind of an awakening that reforms will take a lot of time and many will not be implemented. Some reforms will be accompanied by new regulations. So I think that investors are sobering up a little bit,” Marc Faber, a renowned global investor, told Business Standard.Marc Faber says Sensex could easily drop to 24,000 – 25,000 levels.Markets are expected to remain under pressure in the short-term as concerns grow over below-normal monsoon, rising global crude oil prices and impending US interest rate hike.”The market may see a further downside and a double-digit correction from the current levels won’t be surprising,” Pramod Gubbi, Director-Institutional Sales at Ambit Capital, told CNBC-TV18.last_img read more

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20000 head teacher posts vacant in govt primary schools

first_imgOver 20,000 posts of head teacher are now lying vacant in the country’s government primary schools, according to data placed by primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman in Parliament on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.”A total of 20,516 posts of head teacher remain vacant in government primary schools,” he said replying to a written question from Jatiya Party MP AKM Mayeedul Islam (Kurigram-3).The recruitment to the vacant posts will be completed through Bangladesh Public Service Commission as the post was made second class one, the minister said.PSC has already recommended the appointment of 898 examinees from the 34th BCS to head teacher post and published their names, he added.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid told the House that some 2,000 subject-wise posts of teacher remain vacant in the secondary schools across the country.A process is underway for recruiting teachers against the vacant posts in secondary schools, he said replying to a question from Awami League MP M Abdul Latif (Chittagong-11).The government will appoint teachers against the vacant post for the subjects of Bangla, English, Mathematics, Social Science, religion of Islam, Geography, Physical Science, Zoology, Commerce, Physical Education, Fine Arts and Agriculture Education, he added.In reply to another question from AL MP Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4), the Education Minister informed Parliament that there are 134 universities –39 public and 95 private universities-in the country.The cabinet has approved a draft bill for setting up two public universities in the country. The universities are Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Science and Technology University and Sheikh Hasina University. The bill is now awaiting approval from the President and Chancellor, Nahid said.last_img read more

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Google offers 200k to hack Android phones using email and a phone

first_imgUsually, Google’s Project Zero team is busy discovering and reporting vulnerabilities in other companies’ software and devices. Now they want your help punching holes in Android.The plan to get independent hackers interested is simple enough: they’re offering a big pile of cash. $200,000 to be precise, which is double Google’s previous maximum. To claim the cash, all you have to do is figure out how to remotely execute code on a Nexus 6P or 5X running Android 7.You can chain together any exploits you want to hijack the device, but you have to be able to do it with only two pieces of information to start with — its phone number and the email address it’s registered to (OK, technically that’s four things since you also know it’s a Nexus 6P or 5X with Nougat installed).$200,000 sure sounds like a lot of money, but remember that these are the same kinds of exploits that groups such as the NSA and firms like Isreal’s NSO Group want to get their hands on. NSO charges big money to break into phones — several hundred thousand dollars per device.Google also realizes, regardless of the difficulty, there may be more than one way of achieving a remote exploit using this limited information. So the prizes reflect that. The first person or team to achieve it gets the full $200,000. However, the second proven exploit gets $100,000 and beyond that there’s ongoing $50,000 payouts available. I’m sure Google hopes Android isn’t vulnerable enough to get that far, though.Hopefully the Project Zero Prize is big enough to attract the kinds of submissions they’re after. It’d be nice if these exploits wound up in Google’s hands so that underlying vulnerabilities can be patched and make the Android ecosystem a little bit safer for us all.last_img read more

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Why humans may have more in common with chimps than we thought

first_imgWhat can humans learn about ourselves from studying chimpanzees? Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent almost three decades studying the behavior and intelligence of chimpanzees. Now, he’s focused on their emotional lives–and he’s found primates and people aren’t so different in how they react to circumstances and each other. Jeffrey Brown talks to de Waal about the implications of his findings. Read the whole story: PBSlast_img

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The evolution of lullabies

first_imgLullabies may have evolved as a way to signal to children that their needs for attention are being met, while freeing the parents to perform other tasks, such as foraging for food or caring for another offspring, Harvard scientists suggest.Infant-directed song might later have evolved into the more complex forms of music we hear in our modern world, researchers said.Music is a tricky topic for evolutionary science: it turns up in many cultures around the world in many different contexts, but no one knows why humans are the only musical species. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There has been a lot of attention paid to the question of where music came from, but none of the theories have been very successful in predicting the features of music or musical behaviour,” said Max Krasnow, from Harvard.”What we are trying to do with this paper is develop a theory of music that is grounded in evolutionary biology, human life history and the basic features of mammalian ecology,” said Krasnow.At the core of their theory, Krasnow said, is the notion that parents and infants are engaged in an “arms race” over an invaluable resource – attention. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Particularly in an ancestral world, where there are predators and other people that pose a risk, and infants don’t know which foods are poisonous and what activities are hazardous, an infant can be kept safe by an attentive parent,” he said.While there is some cooperation in the battle for that resource – parents want to satisfy infants appetite for attention because their cries might attract predators, while children need to ensure parents have time for other activities like foraging for food – that mutual interest only goes so far. Researchers predict that children should ‘want’ a greater share of their parents’ attention than their parents ‘want’ to give them.But how does the child know it is has her parent’s attention? The solution is that parents were forced to develop some method of signalling to their offspring that their desire for attention was being met, said Krasnow. “I could simply look at my children, and they might have some assurance that I’m attending to them,” Krasnow said.”But I could be looking at them and thinking of something else, or looking at them and focusing on my cell phone, and not really attending to them at all. They should want a better signal than that,” he said.Signals in form of a song is more honest due to the cost associated with them – meaning that by sending a signal to an infant, a parent cannot be sending it to someone else, sending it but lying about it, researchers said.Max notes that infant-directed song provides lots of opportunities for parents to signal their attention to infants.The research was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.last_img read more

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Dont Try to Be Disruptive To Really Have an Impact You Need

first_imgMarch 13, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read The inventor and author Ray Kurzweil likes to say that the next 100 years will resemble 20,000 years of progress if we continue to innovate at our current rate. I think rather that next 15 years will feel like walking into the future — the way it must have felt at the turn of the 20th century.In 1895, people washed clothing by hand, traveled by horse and chopped trees with axes. By 1910, they could use a washing machine, travel in a Ford Model T and cut down trees with a chainsaw. Planes flew overhead, streets were lit with electricity and telephones were becoming ubiquitous.Related: ‘The Jetsons’ World Is Becoming Reality. Innovators, Start Your Engines.Between now and 2032, American society will experience changes of that magnitude again. The entrepreneurs who thrive over the next 15 years will be those who reverse engineer the future.Too many founders settle for building “features” — incremental novelties that modify mature technology. Reverse engineering is for entrepreneurs who want to build disruptive technology (hint: if your marketers have to say it’s “disruptive,” it’s not).Reverse engineering the future has three steps:What does the future look like?What is the hidden need in that future?When will that future be ready?Related: Human Intuition Is the Future of Innovation and EntrepreneurshipThe hard part is answering those questions, not asking them. Let’s examine how the best reverse engineers do it.Start from the summit.Elon Musk reverse engineered the future. I have proof from his 2006 blog post titled “The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)”:Build sports car.Use that money to build an affordable car.Use that money to build an even more affordable car.While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options.Don’t tell anyone.In the same post, Musk wrote that “… the overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy toward a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.”The 2006 post shows that Musk worked from a future — the solar electric economy — backward to the short-term goal of making an electric roadster faster than a Porsche. It’s as if Musk planned an ascent up Mt. Everest from the summit, not the base.That’s step one in reverse engineering. Start in the future and plan your way back to the present.Related: 5 Traits That Distinguish True InnovatorsFind hidden needs.Entrepreneurs love talking about unmet needs. The press releases all say, “We fulfilled an unmet need in [generic industry].” I prefer entrepreneurs who find hidden needs that people don’t know they have. That’s step two in reverse engineering the future.I credit consultant and polymath Sylvie Leotin for inspiring my thinking. She created a groundbreaking model that combines empathy and multidisciplinary techniques to help companies reverse engineer the hidden needs of customers. She argues that you find hidden needs through empathy.Apple once struggled with empathy. In the late 1980s, it developed Newton, a PDA that sold from 1993 to 1998. I was a consultant on the project. At the first Newton focus group, the facilitator said, “Imagine a computer you can carry around and write on with a stylus.”The participants asked questions like, how fast is it? How big is the hard drive? How much memory does it hold? They were trained to buy computers.At the second focus group, the facilitator said, “Imagine you have magic paper that makes everything you write digital.” That didn’t work either.Meanwhile, Palm figured out the hidden need. People wanted rapid connectivity everywhere, but they couldn’t lug around phone books in their pockets and purses. Its PDA stored names, phones numbers, appointments and other information about relationships. The PalmPilot had empathy. Newton just had features.Related: This Innovation Expert’s Research Shows How Anyone Can Be Like Elon Musk or Steve JobsSet a stage.If you’re struggling with hidden needs, learn from Disney. When I was consulting for Disney in the 1990s, it wanted to create a better TV remote control. These were the days when you clicked channel up, channel down or numbers.Disney built a living room with couches and TVs where it could test remote controls. Rather than thinking like customers, the Disney team acted like them. It produced a grid-based remote control that could visit any channel in three or four clicks. It remains an intuitive and rapid navigator, although Disney’s business interests went elsewhere.Twenty years later, Netflix still can’t get channel navigation right. Browsing shelves at Blockbuster was easier than scrolling through Netflix today. Maybe Netflix needs an imaginary living room.Disney built a stage and played out different scripts until it found the best one. It practiced empathy through imagination and story.Related: What Does It Take to Be a High Performing Company in a Disruptive World?Ready, set, wait.The reverse engineer’s vision is less of a goal and more of an inevitability. That’s why reverse engineers have the confidence for step three: wait until the future is ready. The technology will speak to you when everything comes together. Apple envisioned the iPad in 1987, but had to wait over 20 years for cost, capability and connectivity to come together. They say there are three rules of real estate: location, location, location. I say there are four rules of venture capital: too early, too early, too early, too late!Take virtual reality (VR) as an example. Facebook spent $2 billion on Oculus Rift and now plans to spend another $3 billion over the next decade. Zuckerberg says VR quality won’t be good enough until the end of those 10 years.Related: 4 Tips for Developing a Product Around an Unknown ConceptToo early! VR needs a few flips of Moore’s Law to achieve sufficient computer power and resolution in a compact device. After Facebook has spent a decade and $3 billion, some startup will make a better VR headset for a tiny fraction of the cost.No company can invent every technology it needs for its future. Thus, Tesla sells fancy cars you can drive now, not affordable cars that (maybe) will drive themselves in five years. What is Oculus going to do for a decade?Here’s why reverse engineering matters.As a venture capitalist, I hope you build revolutionary companies. You don’t need to convince anyone that you’re “making the world a better place” or trying to “have an impact” (on what?).The people who created washing machines, cars and chainsaws between 1895 and 1910 weren’t trying to save the world. They weren’t trying to be disruptive. They were trying to make great products (and lots of money). Your better world will be a side effect of reverse engineering the future.Related Video: How Does a New Tech Product Get to Market? Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Londons Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos

first_img Friday, December 21, 2018 LONDON – Flights resumed at London’s Gatwick Airport on Friday morning after drones sparked about 36 hours of travel chaos including the shutdown of the airfield, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded or delayed during the busy holiday season.The airport said in a statement that Gatwick’s runway is “now available” and aircraft are arriving and departing.“We are, however, expecting knock-on delays and cancellations to flights,” it said. “If you are due to travel from Gatwick today, we strongly recommend that you check the status of your flight with your airline before departing for the airport.”The prospect of a deadly collision between what police described as industrial-grade drones and an airliner led authorities to stop all flights in and out of Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport by passenger numbers, on Thursday. The drones were first spotted Wednesday evening.The Gatwick statement suggests authorities are concerned the drones may be seen again, which would likely lead to a fresh closure of the runway. There were repeated sightings Thursday, and authorities decided any flight operations would be unsafe.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe British military has been aiding police and aviation authorities in the search for the culprit or culprits behind the drone intrusion, which police said was designed to cause maximum disruption over the holiday period.The airport, about 30 miles (45 kilometres) south of central London, sees more than 43 million passengers a year. About 110,000 had been scheduled to pass through on Thursday, one of the busiest days of the year.The runway closure has had a spillover impact on the international air travel system, and thousands of passengers remain short of their destinations.Many holiday plans were disrupted and travellers stuck at Gatwick described freezing conditions as hundreds slept on benches and floors. Many passengers and their families complained they weren’t being kept informed about re-routed flights.Authorities haven’t released details about the drones being used except to characterize them as meeting “industrial specifications.”The motive for the drone use isn’t clear. Police say there is no indication it is “terror related.” Share London’s Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos Tags: Gatwick, Technology By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Asked about what it would take to put his body thr

first_imgAsked about what it would take to put his body through the grind for another season after this one, Fitzgerald said a lot has to do with the team around him.“I just want to be on a contender; we’ve got a great group of guys here, we’ve got a wonderful football team that can compete at the highest level right now,” he said. “I’m hoping that we can win the Super Bowl this year and it would be no questions asked.”Wait, no questions asked? So a victory in Super Bowl LI would mean the end of his storied career?“I would still have to think about it and see where I was at,” he said, before linking his fate to his quarterback’s. “A lot of it’s tied to Carson (Palmer) — Carson’s playing at a high level. I don’t want to go through any other quarterback situations. It’s been great to have the stability that we have now with the big fella, he’s been playing light’s out.”The idea that the quarterback situation could be a factor is not at all surprising. Palmer, 36, is signed through the 2017 season, and last year posted career highs in yards (4,671), touchdown passes (35) and QB rating (104.6) while being named to the Pro Bowl. His presence makes the Cardinals contenders and gives Fitzgerald a chance to make plays, which is something he was mostly robbed of in the time between Kurt Warner’s retirement in 2010 and Palmer’s arrival in 2013. While still productive during that stretch, life was not nearly the same for No. 11. Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s no secret that Larry Fitzgerald is closer to the end of his career than the beginning.The 32-year-old is set to enter his 13th NFL season since the Cardinals chose him third overall in the 2004 draft, and after 186 regular season games and another nine postseason contests (plus whatever action he’s received in preseason), no one would blame him if he walked away in the near future.A guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday, Fitzgerald said he has not really thought about the possibility of this being his last season playing in the NFL. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his catch in the red zone to set up a game winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals’ Wide Receiver center_img Top Stories And of course, doing so would offer the chance of a storybook ending for one of the most storied players in franchise history. As Fitzgerald alluded to, it’s possible this could be his final season, and going out a champion with the only organization he’s ever played for would be about as good as it gets.Make no mistake, he has no intentions of ever wearing another team’s uniform.“Maybe if the Diamondbacks let me come out, or the Phoenix Suns or Coyotes let me do something,” he joked. “But football uniform, I can’t see myself anywhere else.”Whether it’s one year from now or a little further down the road, retiring a Cardinal is the way Fitzgerald right now sees his career coming to an end.“That’s definitely a priority,” he said. “When I committed to doing two more years, I’m focused on two, and after the season — hopefully it’s in February — I’ll sit down with my family and think about it, what I want to do moving forward, but it’s been a great run and I really enjoy being in this community and playing for this organization.”Fitzgerald signed a two-year, $22 million contract in Feb. 2015. He then went on to post one of the best seasons of his career, catching a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards with nine touchdowns. His performance in the team’s Divisional Round playoff win over Green Bay, in which he caught eight passes for 176 yards and one touchdown, is the stuff of legends.If this is it for him, however, he has no plans to go out the same way other sports legends have, with so-called retirement tours during their final seasons.“I’m just not like that,” he said. “You won’t hear from me; I’d probably just say thank you and keep it moving.“It’s a sport; it’s about allowing guys to enjoy the ride and everybody’s got to be a part of that.”Should Fitzgerald’s 2016 be as successful as his 2015 was, it’s a little difficult to see him calling it quits. He would not be the first athlete to hang ’em up while still being able to play at a high level, but at the same time, instances of that are rare. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Even as recently as one year ago, many felt like Fitzgerald, while not at all finished, was not quite the same player he was in the Warner era. With Palmer’s help, that theory was proven wrong last season.“In my position you can be open, you can run good routes, but if the ball’s not coming your way you’re not going to make an impact,” he said. “I just think from the very beginning I was a lot more involved in the game-plans and that was the biggest difference.”With John Brown and Michael Floyd lining up with him at receiver and David Johnson, Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson in the backfield, it would not be a surprise to see Fitzgerald’s numbers take a dip in 2016. It would have nothing to do with him, of course, rather instead the sheer volume of talent around him. There is only one football to be thrown around, and it can’t head his way all of the time.Fitzgerald understands that, and at this point in his career is focused on winning more than anything else. The statistics and individual accolades are there. The only thing he’s missing is the Lombardi Trophy, and as of now the Cardinals are one of the early favorites to hoist it in Houston next February.last_img read more

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