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UN urges limiting environmental damage in times of war

“While environmental damage is a common consequence of war, it should never be a deliberate aim,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message marking the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.Although international conventions govern nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, new technologies – such as depleted uranium ammunition – threaten the environment, Mr. Annan added. Meanwhile damage to the environment in war also becomes an impediment to restoring peace and rebuilding of society.For his part, the President of the General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, called for the protection of resources such as timber, minerals, water, fish and ivory, which are vulnerable to illegal exploitation in conflict situations.Mr. Kavan also called attention to long-term damage that could be caused by weapons of mass destruction. “Their interaction with living forms threatens to alter the very basis of life as we know it today through mutations or destruction of the genome code,” he said.Describing the environment as the “unpublicized victim of war,” the Executive Director of UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, said that although mankind had always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, the environment was a bigger casualty, due to damage done to air, water and land, unregulated plunder of natural resources.Since 1999, he noted, UNEP had participated in a number of monitoring and assessment missions, including feasibility studies at four sites in Serbia, assessment of the damage caused by the Kosovo conflict and the impact of 600,000 refugees fleeing Sierra Leone and Liberia into Guinea.UNEP has also dispatched a mission to Afghanistan to pinpoint areas where degradation occurred and is preparing a desk study on the Palestinian Territories, which will identify the priorities for short- and long-term environmental rehabilitation. read more

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Five questions with WPSC keynote Jasiri X

Jasiri X is a rap artist, mentor, educator and founder of One Hood Media. He will be presenting a keynote address and workshop at the upcoming White Privilege Symposium at Brock University Sept. 30-Oct.1. The following is a Q&A with Jasiri X.Q: Why is a conversation about white privilege important?A: White privilege has permeated every vestige of society. It is imperative that we acknowledge the fact that white privilege exists and its implications in employment practices, loans approvals, housing and education. The importance lies not only in acknowledging its existence, but in working collectively to dismantle it. If we really want equity, we must accept that the way things in our society being white gives you added privileges that manifest in overall cultural relevancy and other life experiences.Q: How does your experience as a hip-hop artist inform your understanding of white privilege?A: Being immersed in the Hip Hop culture has exposed me to socially conscious artists such as KRS 1, Public Enemy, XClan, Nas, Wutang Class and Lauryn Hill, to name a few. Their work pointed me towards different books and alternative sources of education. When they would name different artists, books, and concepts in their rhymes, it would encourage me to seek knowledge outside of a standard classroom setting. Hip Hop artists introduced me to a variety of concepts and gave me the encouragement to pursue an education beyond what I learned in school. Hip Hop sparked my interest in history and the intersection between past and present. Hip Hop has always been intelligent and encouraging, pointing you towards knowledge of self. I would say that Hip Hop has helped shape my perspective and made me a more informed human being.Q: Who should be taking part in discussions about white privilege?A: Everybody. White people who have privilege and those of us negatively affected by it. The discussion of dismantling external and internalized white privilege is both necessary and timely. The existence of white privilege or white supremacy not only does harm to the black and brown people it impacts, but it does harm to white people. It is easy to see how it affects people of colour, we see the results of it on a regular basis. But the impact on white people is subtler, indicated in culture and handed down generation to generation, in a way that secures your privilege.Q: In what ways can society start moving towards greater equality for all people?A: One way is to begin to look at the reality of white supremacy and its effect on the entire world. In 2016, we have people saying racism doesn’t exist. Just this week, Kathy Miller, Donald Trump’s Ohio campaign chair, stated “racism didn’t exist until Obama came into office.” A number of adults, despite the facts, share her sentiment. Until we acknowledge race matters in our navigation of a white supremacist society, we can never reach greater equality.Q: What is socially conscious rap and what is its power in today’s world?A: Socially conscious rap is Hip Hop music that wants to inform the listener by presenting ideas, information and facts to raise awareness. In our fast moving society where most of our news is consumed online, someone may not read a book/article or watch a documentary. Music allows me to put together a short three-minute synopsis with a dope beat and hook that allows a person access to new ideas and concepts that may spur them towards seeking greater information. It’s a tool to introduce people to ideas they might not have listened to if not put into a rhyme and beat form. read more

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The Latest NHL meets on Seattle expansion for 2122 season

SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The Latest from the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors meeting, where expansion to Seattle was on the agenda. (all times Eastern):10:30 a.m.The NHL Board of Governors is meeting to give final approval to Seattle’s bid to add the league’s 32nd team. Play would be expected to begin in the 2021-22 season.Representatives of Seattle Hockey Partners, including majority owner David Bonderman, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and president and CEO Tod Leiweke are at the seaside Georgia resort of Sea Island.A three-quarters vote of the current 31 owners is needed to confirm Seattle as the league’s newest franchise. The nine-member executive committee that heard Seattle’s presentation in October voted unanimously to move the matter to the full board.If Seattle is approved as expected, a realignment plan would likely move the Arizona Coyotes from the Pacific into the Central Division in the new 16-team Western Conference.___6 a.m.The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve expansion to Seattle, with the league’s 32nd team beginning play in the 2021-22 season.A three-quarters vote of the current 31 owners is needed to confirm Seattle as the league’s newest franchise. The nine-member executive committee that heard Seattle’s presentation in October voted unanimously to move the matter to the full board, which is meeting in Georgia. The vote is expected on Tuesday.Seattle Hockey Partners will pay NHL owners $650 million to join. The group led by majority owner David Bonderman, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and president and CEO Tod Leiweke had been hoping for play to begin in 2020, but uncertainty over completing arena renovations in time means Seattle will have to wait another year for the return of a major winter sports team.A team in Seattle balances the Eastern and Western Conferences at 16 teams apiece, but also requires realignment to even out the Central and Pacific Divisions. Many expect the Arizona Coyotes to be moved to the Central Division in 2021 when Seattle enters the league.___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at AP NHL: and Associated Press read more

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Cuban pharmaceutical company interested in Guyana market

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Cummings hoping to restore West Dem hospital to former glorySeptember 8, 2017In “latest news”86 new doctors graduate from Guyana-Cuba Medical Scholarship ProgrammeAugust 29, 2016In “Health”Buxton Health Center to offer more servicesJuly 18, 2015In “Business” Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and Director of the International Relations Department of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Dr Celia Labora Rodriguez, peruse a FarmaCuba pamphlet, looking on is Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo PersaudFarmaCuba, a pharmaceutical company based in Cuba has expressed interest in introducing their line of pharmaceutical products here.This is according to FarmaCuba’s Commercial Specialist, Laura Vives Castillos, who paid a courtesy call on Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings on Friday.According to release from the Department of Public Information (DPI), Castillos is part of a Cuban delegation visiting for the Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GuyTIE).Castillos noted that the firm is aware of Guyana’s regulations and registration processes, and are “preparing some dossiers to introduce our products here with our local partners.”She disclosed that the company has already engaged New GPC and Nand Persaud Group of Companies.Castillos said with New GPC, FarmaCuba is “seeking to begin the cooperation” explaining that the production of some items will be finished here.She added that the company has to sign a contract with WTG Healthcare Solutions Inc. “to begin the registration process here.”Minister Cummings and FarmaCuba’s Commercial Specialist Laura Vives CastillosMinister Cummings expressed her appreciation for the visit stating that she welcomes any effort which will foster development in the nation’s public health sector.The delegation comprised of Castillos along with Dr Celia Labora Rodriguez, Director, International Relations Department, Cuban Chamber of Commerce who headed the team and Mayte Perdomo Maldonado, Secretary to the Guyana Ambassador to Cuba.They met with Minister Cummings, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud and other ministry representatives. read more

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CamelBak All Clear bottle purifies water in 60 seconds

first_imgFor those of you who are avid fans of the outdoors, or are just really concerned about having clean drinking water on the go, the hydration experts at CamelBak have got you covered. The company has recently announced the release of its “All Clear” bottle that has a UV-C light built into its cap capable of purifying water in 60 seconds. Good news if you are planning to travel to a region of the world that may not have potable water sources. UV (ultraviolet) light technology has been in use since 1903 when Niels Finsen developed a method of using it against tuberculosis. Since that time, it has been put into practice for medical sanitation and work areas that require a sterile environment, such as the self-sanitizing keyboard. With recent advancements that have allowed manufacturers to build smaller, more powerful bulbs, companies like CamelBak have begun to leverage them for small-scale water purification. Technically known as ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), the process makes use of UV light that has a short enough wavelength to be a mutagen to the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and other micro-organisms that can cause health issues. UVGI employs a specific type of UV light called UV-C, which is the type installed in the All Clear.When you switch on the All Clear and agitate the water, the UV-C light contained in the bottle goes to work destroying the reproductive capability of parasites and the aforementioned contaminants. This prevents a person from getting sick since the main cause of any water-borne illness is the rapid reproduction of the germs and bacteria overwhelming your body’s ability to fight off infection. UVGI is a highly effective method of sanitation, but there are some drawbacks.First, UV-C cannot disinfect sediment or particles from drinking water, nor can it desalinate salt water from the sea. The process doesn’t actually remove anything from the water, it just makes it safe to drink. By now you may have put two and two together and realized that you are probably going to still consume the micro-organisms that cause illness, with the difference being that they have been rendered inert by the UV-C light. The CamelBak All Clear retails at $99, which is a high-price for a water bottle. However, it’s a lot cheaper than a trip to the emergency room. Read more at CamelBak via Geekologie.last_img read more

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LEurope rappelle à la France ses devoirs visàvis des ours

first_imgL’Europe rappelle à la France ses devoirs vis-à-vis des oursBruxelles a rappelé à la France qu’elle avait pour obligation d’assurer la survie de l’ours brun des Pyrénées, une espèce en voie d’extinction.La Commission européenne est intervenue pour rappeler à la France son obligation d’assurer la survie de l’ours brun des Pyrénées, en voie d’extinction. Cette intervention a lieu alors que le ministère de l’Ecologie de Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a renoncé à lâcher une ourse dans le Béarn, comme initialement programmé dans une logique de maintien de la biodiversité. La raison évoquée par les services ministériels est qu’il ne faut pas accabler les éleveurs, qui s’opposent à cette réintroduction, alors qu’ils sont déjà touchés par la sécheresse.”La France a l’obligation de prendre toutes les mesures pour permettre un état de conservation de l’ours dans les Pyrénées”, a rappelé le commissaire chargé de l’Environnement Janez Potocnik. “Les lâchers effectués par la France dans la partie centrale des Pyrénées ont permis de reconstituer progressivement une population”, souligne-t-il, et “la décision probable de la France de lâcher une femelle dans le noyau occidental qui ne comporte que des mâles est donc une mesure positive”, a-t-il estimé. Toutefois, “c’est à chaque Etat de décider des mesures à prendre pour atteindre l’état de conservation favorable”, sachant que l’ours brun est protégé par la législation européenne sur l’habitat. En résumé, la Commission européenne peut traduire un Etat devant la Cour européenne de Justice (à Luxembourg) si elle juge que les mesures mises en œuvre pour assurer cette protection sont “insuffisantes”. La France a déjà été condamnée par la Cour européenne pour ne pas avoir pris les dispositions nécessaires pour protéger suffisamment le grand hamster d’Alsace, par exemple.À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueLes défenseurs de l’ours brun, à l’image de l’association Pays de l’Ours-Adet, sont satisfaits de la prise de position de Bruxelles qui a “rappelé à la France son obligation de restaurer une population viable dans les Pyrénées, ce qui passe par le lâcher d’au moins 17 ours (estimation des services de l’Etat)”. Pour les opposants, la déclaration du commissaire à l’Environnement n’est pas inquiétante. “Les amis des ours ne savent plus à quel saint se vouer”, ironise Philippe Lacube, président de l’Association pour le développement durable de l’identité des Pyrénées (Addip), cité par l’AFP. “En France, ils vont d’échec en échec, alors ils se tournent vers madame Europe”.”En l’état actuel de la législation, la Commission européenne ne peut pas contraindre la France à procéder à des réintroductions d’ours”, souligne Bruno Besche, vice-président de l’Addip. Pour les détracteurs, la présence de l’animal est incompatible avec le pastoralisme et avec le développement de l’économie locale, rapporte TV5monde. A l’heure actuelle, il ne reste qu’une vingtaine d’ours dans les Pyrénées.Le 14 juillet 2011 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Andalousie une centrale solaire qui fonctionne de jour comme de nuit

first_imgAndalousie : une centrale solaire qui fonctionne de jour comme de nuitMise en service au mois de mai dernier en Andalousie, la centrale solaire Gemasolar est unique au monde. Que le soleil brille, qu’il pleuve ou qu’il fasse nuit, le site doté de quelque 2.650 panneaux solaires ne cesse jamais de fonctionner.Voilà près d’un an que la centrale Gemasolar est en service dans la plaine andalouse, au sud de l’Espagne. Ce site de 195 hectares, sur lequel sont installés 2.650 panneaux solaires grands chacun de 120 mètres carrés, est exceptionnel. Grâce à une technologie pour l’heure unique au monde, il ne cesse jamais de fonctionner, même les jours de pluie, et pendant la nuit.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’est la première centrale au monde qui travaille 24 heures sur 24, une centrale solaire qui fonctionne de jour comme de nuit !”, s’exclame auprès de l’AFP Santiago Arias, le directeur technique de Torresol Energy, firme qui gère cette centrale solaire. Ce fonctionnement indépendant des conditions climatiques, le site le doit à sa capacité de stocker l’énergie. Ses panneaux lui offrent “une concentration d’énergie équivalente à 1.000 fois celle que nous avons au sol” en se reflétant sur la tour, explique-t-il. Cette énergie est ensuite stockée dans une cuve remplie de sels fondus et maintenue à une température supérieure à 500 degrés. Ces sels émettent de la vapeur et permettent de faire tourner une turbine pour produire l’électricité.Ainsi, “pendant la nuit, nous continuions à produire de l’électricité avec l’énergie accumulée la journée (…) J’utilisecetteénergiecommecelam’intéresseetnoncommelesoleilmeledicte” se réjouit Santiago Arias. Et grâce à cette technologie unique, le site Gemasolar “produit 60% d’énergie en plus par rapport à une centrale qui n’a pas de système de stockage” souligne-t-il. La centrale est capable de fonctionner 6.400 heures par an, quand les installations solaires classiques se limitent à 1.000 à 2.000 heures.”La quantité d’énergie que nous produisons par an est l’équivalent de la consommation moyenne de 30.000 foyers espagnols, donc, s’il s’agissait d’une zone d’habitations, d’environ 90.000 personnes”, affirme Santiago Arias. Une capacité qui permet de réaliser chaque année une économie de quelque 30.000 tonnes de CO2.Le 21 mars 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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117 WWE Results Belfast Northern Ireland 2on1

first_img 11/7 WWE Results: Belfast, Northern Ireland (Handicap Match)* WWE NXT Champion Adrian Neville def. Sami Zayn.* Adam Rose def. Justin Gabriel.* Natayla, Naomi and Emma def. Summer Rae, Layla and Cameron.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Cesaro.* R-Truth def. Fandango.* Ryback def. Fandango.* WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust and Stardust def. The Usos.* Dean Ambrose def. Kane and Bray Wyatt in a handicap main event.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Jon Moxley Joins AEW Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemia Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Facebook Ronda Rouseycenter_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Videos Articles Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWElast_img read more

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Increase in number of Pink EyeConjunctivitis cases in the TCI

first_img Related Items:#pinkeyecasesincreaseinTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to advise the public of an increase number of cases of conjunctivitis in the TCI. Conjunctivitis, also called “pink eye”, is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctiva and can be caused by virus, bacteria or allergy. It can affect children and adults.  Viral conjunctivitis is typically caused by a virus that can also cause the common cold. A person may have symptoms of conjunctivitis alone, or as part of a general cold syndrome like fever, a sore throat, and runny nose.Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Usually, people catch it from touching something that has been in contact with an infected person’s eye (eg, door handle, towel or pillow case) and then that person touches his or her eyes. If you have pink eye, your eye (or eyes) might:●Turn pink or red●Weep or ooze a gooey liquid●Become itchy or burn●Get stuck shut, especially when you first wake upThe symptoms can last for several days.The treatment depends on the cause. When pink eye is caused by a virus, the antibiotics will not help. You can use warm or cool compresses, to relieve the pain and irritation in the eyes. Most cases of pink eye go away on their own without treatment, but it is best to see your primary care physician if you are experiencing these symptoms so that you can be treated properly.  Simple hygiene measures can help minimize transmission to others.●Adults or children with bacterial or viral conjunctivitis should not share handkerchiefs, tissues, towels, cosmetics, or bed sheets/pillows with uninfected family or friends.●Hand washing is an essential and highly effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Hands should be wet with water and plain soap, and rubbed together for 15 to 30 seconds. Teach children to wash their hands before and after eating and after touching the eyes, coughing, or sneezing.●Alcohol-based hand rubs are a good alternative for disinfecting hands if a sink is not available.Persons with viral conjunctivitis must remain home from school and work to avoid spreading the virus to others.For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772.Press Release: TCIG#pinkeyecasesincreaseinTCIlast_img read more

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The precious Boschs EV fuel cells will use way less platinum than

first_img 2018 GLC F-Cell: What the future of hydrogen looks like More about 2019 Hyundai Nexo Blue FWD More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Hyundai Nexo: The hydrogen-powered crossover 26 Photos Fuel Cell Cars Electric Cars Future Cars Auto Tech Precious metals are called precious for a reason. Some of these low-supply materials have uses in the automotive industry, which is part of the reason why something like a catalytic converter can be such an expensive piece to replace. But according to Reuters, at least one company is doing something about that.Bosch’s new hydrogen fuel cells use a drastically reduced amount of platinum, Reuters reported Sunday. The major auto supplier, which recently partnered with Sweden’s Powercell, is working on a new fuel cell architecture that, according to Reuters’ report, will “use only as much platinum as a diesel catalytic converter.”The average amount of a platinum in a hydrogen fuel cell, according to Reuters’ conversations with analysts, is between 30 and 60 grams. Diesel catalytic converters, on the other hand, only use between 3 and 7 grams of the shiny stuff. At today’s price of $27.54 per gram, that would reduce the platinum cost in each car from about $830 to about $83. That’s not going to change the cost of most fuel cell cars overnight — they average around $60,000 — but it’s still a step in the right direction.A hydrogen fuel cell is a clever piece of tech. It uses chemical reactions to convert oxygen and compressed hydrogen gas into electricity, and its only byproduct is potable water. It remains an unpopular method of EV propulsion because of its infrastructure; hydrogen cars require dedicated filling stations that can’t just piggyback on current gas station setups, which means the cost of entry is very high in areas with zero hydrogen infrastructure. Most fuel-cell activity is in California, where hydrogen filling stations already exist, with a bit happening on the opposite coast, as well.Bosch and Powercell announced their agreement in late April. Bosch will be in charge of building and distributing the fuel cells, while Powercell will lend its expertise in these kinds of systems. The supplier hopes that by entering this arena, it can use its massive scale to reduce costs and give the industry another method of going electric. Bosch says it believes that up to 20% of global electric vehicles will use fuel cells by 2030. 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth 2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang Bosch 0 Post a comment Tags Share your voice 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better techlast_img read more

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Sharp Selloff in Stock Markets Weighs on Rupee Fall Continues Over the

first_imgHigh volatility in stock markets witnessed during the week that goes by led to a further depreciation of the Indian rupee. Aggressive selling by the foreign investors triggered heavy outflows from the country, a key negative for rupee.The Indian rupee closed at 66.47 against the US dollar on Friday, paring some losses from an intra-day low 66.52. Overall, the rupee depreciated by 16 paise since the beginning of the week.”The rupee followed the downward trajectory of the equities markets. The value was eroded dure to the demand by importers and the Reserve Bank’s attempts at defend the currency,” Hiren Sharma, senior vice-president, currency advisory at Anand Rathi Financial Services, told IANS.The rupee losses were mainly due to a sharp sell-off in domestic equity markets, as a slew of factors dragged the stock indices down.The BSE Sensex plunged by 562 points or 2.2% on Friday to close at 25,201 points, posting a 13-month low. Overall, the Sensex lost more than 1,000 points in the week.Weak gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of the current financial year, concerns on China slowdown, rising crude oil prices and rising expectations over the interest rate hike by the US central bank were the major negatives that hit the markets during the week.On the domestic front, the GDP growth of 7% in the first quarter was well below market expectations. A data on Monday showed that manufacturing activity in China fell to three-year low in August, intensifying worries over the growth in the world’s second largest economy.The sell-off was also triggered by renewed expectations of an interest rate hike by the US central bank in September. Besides, a sharp rebound in global crude oil prices pressurised the stock markets that led to a fall in rupee.”The steep rise of around $10 per barrel in 2-3 day’s time is a cause of worry. Especially given the fact that the rupee is falling,” Anand James, co-head, technical research, Geojit BNP Paribas.last_img read more

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South Korea hopes for talks between North US

first_imgSouth Korean president Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-sook and Ivanka Trump, US president Donald Trump`s daughter and senior White House adviser attend the closing ceremony. Photo: ReutersSouth Korea said on Monday it hopes for “constructive” talks between North Korea and the United States, a day after a delegation from the North told South Korean president Moon Jae-in that Pyongyang was open to talks with Washington.”We hope constructive talks will begin between North Korea and the United States through an appropriate opportunity,” said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman of South Korea’s Ministry of Unification.The North Korean delegation, led by former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol who is accused of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship, is widely expected to meet with other South Korean government officials on Monday before leaving Tuesday.Baik said no events linked to the delegation had been confirmed yet. North Korea has denied all allegations linked to the torpedoed warship, which killed 46 sailors.The delegation met with Moon on Sunday in Pyeongchang, site of the Winter Olympics, and later attended a dinner hosted by Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon where participants from both sides agreed to continue cooperation in boosting ties between the two Koreas, the unification ministry said in a statement.Kim Yong Chol and his delegation will leave on Tuesday, just as North and South Korean officials gather on the North’s side of the Panmunjom truce village to discuss Pyongyang’s attendance at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics.A total of 299 North Koreans who were in South Korea for the Winter Olympics, including a cheering squad, returned to the North on Monday.The White House has said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear programme, and that its sanctions on the North would continue. Washington announced on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programmes.North Korea on Sunday condemned the latest round of sanctions imposed by the United States, accusing it of trying to undermine an improvement in inter-Korean relations during the Winter Olympics, state media said in a statement.North Korea has not fired any missiles since November last year but it defends the weapons programmes as essential to deter US aggression.last_img
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Amazon Scrambles to Improve Coverage of US Open After Flood of Complaints

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Amazon is scrambling to improve its coverage of the U.S. Open in the U.K. after being deluged with complaints.The online giant bought U.K. rights to the tournament in April as part of its new gambit of offering live sports to Amazon Prime Video customers. It already streamed the Queen’s Club tournament, a Wimbledon warm-up event, in June, but its coverage of the far larger and more prestigious U.S. Open, which began Monday, quickly spawned numerous complaints over picture and sound quality, the inability to watch replays of completed matches, and “bizarre” camera angles.More than 80% of customer reviews posted to Amazon in the opening days of the tournament gave the coverage just one star, calling it “woeful” and “very disappointing.” One customer wrote: “If I could rate this zero stars then I would!” Popular on Variety center_img A spokesperson for Amazon said: “We are working with customers to address specific issues – we listen to all customer feedback and are continuously working to improve the service.”On Thursday, Amazon increased the number of completed matches available for catch-up viewing from one to six, out of dozens that have been played since Monday. More are expected to be added.The overwhelmingly negative response to the coverage so far, however, is likely to cause consternation at the tech giant, especially as it looks ahead to providing exclusive coverage in the U.K. of the 37 ATP World Tour events annually from 2019.The cascade of complaints and poor reviews on Amazon’s website ceased for a period when new reviews were no longer being accepted, leading to accusations that the e-commerce giant had deliberately barred access to prevent more harsh criticism. But the company said the suspension was due to a technical glitch that has since been resolved.As of Thursday afternoon, 717 of the 877 reviews received gave the service a one-star rating, with one customer calling it was “the worst Grandslam coverage ever.” Complaints particularly continued to center on the lack of catch-up and pause functions, with customers pointing out that the U.K. is five hours ahead of New York, where the tournament is held, making evening matches in the U.S. watchable in Britain only by those staying up into the wee hours.“If you’re going to bid on this sport coverage at least give people the option to watch retrospectively not ONLY live,” one reviewer wrote.The service did pick up some positive feedback, particularly for its commentary team, including former professional players Jim Courier, Daniela Hantchukova, and Greg Rusedski.Amazon announced in April that it had secured the exclusive live-streaming rights to the U.S. Open in the U.K. and Ireland in a five-year deal worth $40 million. The move was another step forward in the tech giant’s move into TV sports to attract new customers.last_img read more

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TMC looks to connect with people of Bengal through Janasanyog Yatra

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress will start building contacts with people throughout the state through its initiative named Janasanyog Yatra from June 21, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.She presided over a meeting held to analyse poll results in Hooghly at Trinamool Bhavan on Friday afternoon. She will hold similar meetings in Bijpur on June 14 and Nadia on June 21. Senior party leaders including Subrata Bakshi, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee, Firhad Hakim, the observer of Hooghly district Indranil Sen and Ashima Patra were present. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe will be present at the installation of the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College on June 11. The statue was vandalised by BJP supporters taking part in the rally of the party’s national president Amit Shah in May. Following the event, she will take part in the inauguration of a luxury hotel by ITC on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Banerjee said the Yatra will start from June 21 and will be held in Birbhum, Burdwan, Howrah and Hooghly, along with other South Bengal districts. It will also be held in Jangalmahal, Sunderbans and North Bengal. It will be continued till July 18. On July 21 Martyr’s Day will be held and the Yatra will be resumed from July 25. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRabindranath Ghosh, president of the Cooch Behar unit of the party, was replaced by Benoy Krishna Barman. Banerjee said as Barman was a minister without any portfolio, he would be able to devote more time to the party. She met the Panchayat members, MLAs and party functionaries of Hooghly district. Though Trinamool Congress has retained Srirampur and Arambagh out of the three Lok Sabha seats in Hooghly, the margins of both the candidates, Kalyan Banerjee and Aparupa Podder, have drastically fallen. Podder, who was elected from Arambagh by 1,818 votes, had won the seat by 3.46 lakh votes in 2014. Ratna Dey Nag, the party’s two-time MP was defeated by Locket Chatterjee of BJP by over 70,000 votes. Dey Nag had won the seat by 1.89 lakh votes in 2014. There was massive transfer of CPI(M) votes to BJP, which had helped the BJP candidates win in Arambagh and secure second position in Srirampur and Arambagh. There was transfer of votes by a section of Trinamool supporters as well. It was decided on Friday that Mayor Firhad Hakim will hold three block-level meetings. Banerjee had asked all party leaders to go to the people and listen to their grievances. By holding meetings in each district, Banerjee is trying to understand what went wrong with the party as they failed to get votes in areas like Jangalmahal and North Bengal, where massive development has taken place.last_img read more

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Repair Tasks resolves the task image is corrupt issues

first_imgRepair Tasks resolves the task image is corrupt issues by Martin Brinkmann on June 19, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: October 06, 2018 – 26 commentsRepair Tasks is a free program for the Windows operating system to resolve “the task image is corrupt” issues of the Windows Task Scheduler.The Task Scheduler is one of the core components of the Windows operating system. Microsoft and third-party software use tasks to run programs or commands on schedule.Task corruption is a major issue and it may not be visible right away to the user. The Task Manager throws error messages but the operating system does not.The most common error message is “the task image is corrupt or has been tampered with”.You may resolve task corruption or tampering issues manually, but that involves editing the Windows Registry.Repair TasksRepair Tasks automates the repair process. You run a simple program which takes care of the issue, instead of having to edit items of the Registry to resolve corruption of scheduled tasks.Side note: It seems common that task corruption errors occur on devices that run a downgraded copy of Windows. For instance, if you have downgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 7, you may end up with 10 or more corrupt tasks.This is caused by Windows 10 updating both registry keys and task definitions on an upgrade, but only registry keys on a downgrade so that task definitions and registry keys are not in sync anymore.Using the programThe program requires no installation but the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. You may run it right after downloading and unpacking it from the CodePlex website.Please note that you may need to run the program with elevated rights. This is done with a right-click on it and selecting the “run as administrator” option from the context menu.Click on the backup tasks button to create a backup of scheduled tasks for safety purposes.It may also be a good idea to create a system backup or at the very least a Registry backup as Repair Tasks will make modifications to the Registry when you use the program’s repair feature.A click on scan runs a scan of all tasks, and displays those in the interface that are corrupt.You may then hit the repair button to resolve corruption issues.Closing WordsRepair Tasks is a useful program to resolve task corruption automatically. While you may resolve these issues manually as well for greater control over the process, using the program will speed up the process significantly.This is noticeable especially when lots of tasks are corrupt.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 12 votes Software Name Repair TasksOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SystemLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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Facebook bans another quiz app and suspends 400 more due to concerns

first_imgFacebook today revealed that it has banned another quiz app, myPersonality, over concerns of data misuse. This step was taken after they did not allow Facebook to audit their app raising doubts regarding them having shared user information with researchers as well as companies. So far this is the second quiz app that has been banned after Facebook announced a large-scale audit of its platform in March. The first one being, This Is Your Digital Life which Facebook banned after it was found to be linked to Cambridge Analytica. According to Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook, “Since launching our investigation in March, we have investigated thousands of apps. And we have suspended more than 400.” These apps were banned on concerns around the developers who built them or around these apps misusing the information people chose to share. According to Facebook App Review policy, no user information will be shared with apps if the user hasn’t used them in 90 days. myPersonality was created by researchers at the Cambridge Psychometrics Centre to source data from Facebook users via personality quizzes. The quiz app gathered data on some four million users when it was operational from 2007 to 2012 and illegally gave it to researchers and companies. In May, Facebook suspended the app, which hadn’t been active since 2012, but now it has been completely banned. Facebook will notify people who chose to share their Facebook information with myPersonality. Currently, they have no evidence if the quiz app accessed any friends’ information. If they find any such evidence, they will be notifying these people’s Facebook friends as well. Read Facebook’s official statement on the Facebook blog. Read Next Facebook is reportedly rating users on how trustworthy they are at flagging fake news. Four 2018 Facebook patents to battle fake news and improve news feed. Facebook, Apple, Spotify pull Alex Jones content.last_img read more

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Working overtime to upgrade kidney treatment

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneTHE NUMBER of patients in need of life saving dialysis treatment at Paphos renal unit saw a huge increase in the first two months of the year.According to the chairman of the Cyprus Kidney Association-Paphos, there is usually around a twenty per cent increase in patients year on year, but during the first two months of 2015 alone numbers increased by ten per cent.According to Graham Brown 2,500 people in Paphos need dialysis imminently and 5,000 with kidney problems attend the kidney outpatient unit.The prevalence of thalassemia, an inherited genetic disease, passed on from parents to children is one reason why the demand for dialysis is high in Cyprus. This blood disorder is three times more prevalent in Cypriots than elsewhere. It is also due to modern living, he noted.“Our way of life means that our bodies are not able to cope with all of the toxins we are putting in them – from processed foods, shampoos, sun cream and so on. All of these are chemicals,” he said.He went on to explain that there are only three ways in which a body can get rid of toxins, through the kidneys, liver and sweat glands.“There are 82,000 Cypriots affected by kidney disorders and 32, 000 are predicted to need dialysis treatment before they are 70,” he said.Increasing numbers of patients and his own need for regular lifesaving dialysis, is keeping Brown focused on improving facilities available at Paphos Renal Unit,. Since June 2014, the association and its supporters have raised in excess of 60,000 euros. Some of this has been used to replace old and ageing machines, purchase a number of chair beds at a cost of 3,500 each and also to allow for a small extension to the unit.“We have completed a small extension, by knocking through walls, so that three more machines have been put in. This will enable 15 more patients to be treated. The bed chairs are due to arrive from Portugal in two weeks’ time,” he added.Brown, 65, only took over as chairman of the association in April 2014, determined to raise the profile of the charity. He was diagnosed with a hereditary condition of polycystic kidney disease and following the removal of one of his kidneys at a Paphos hospital, he started dialysis treatment at the general in November 2013.He is now one of many patients who need regular dialysis treatment for five hours, three times a week, to keep him alive.Brown pointed out that the association has recently changed its name and logo from Cyprus Kidney Association Expats to The Cyprus Kidney Association Paphos, to reflect the work they undertake.“We changed our name and logo on World Kidney Day – March 12 – as people were asking why is it only for expats. But it’s not, it’s for everyone.”Five new machines have been installed at the unit – two purchased by the association and a further three donated by betting chain OPAPThe main renal unit has 15 dialysis machines – including one which is housed in ICU.“We are now looking to revamp the entire ward and technicians from the manufactures of the dialysis machines have said that we should be able to fit in another two machines,” he said.The association was hoping to build an external extension to the ward which would enable more people to receive lifesaving treatment, but recent studies showed that the terrain is unsuitable.“Unfortunately architects and surveys said that the sub soil is not good enough to do an external extension as I had hoped, and so we are trying to find room elsewhere.”However, Brown said that he would still like to get some sort of external unit up and running. One option is to ship over small units which could be placed close to the hospital.“Self-contained dialysis units are available from the UK. They can be shipped here and include a doctor’s office, two dialysis machines, chair beds and so on. I haven’t discussed this with the hospital yet, but I would love to get a couple of those erected in the car park.”Brown said that the situation is dire and an uphill struggle, but added that Dr LakisYioukkas who runs the Paphos renal unit, is very supportive and the nurses are very appreciative and do a fantastic job.Brown said that the five online hemodiafiltration (HDF) units’ which are now up and running, enable patients to receive the best treatment possible. Each comes with a price tag of €25,000 and have the potential to reduce the mortality rate of patients by 30 per cent.There are more than 200 patients waiting for dialysis treatment in Paphos and it is only offered to patients who are at a critical stage.“We are all on a five day ‘life cycle’. If we don’t get treatment every two days we will be dead within five days,” he said.The treatment cleans the patients’ blood, removes a build-up of toxins and regulates potassium and electrolyte levels. These machines artificially perform the same job as a healthy kidney would.Since 2000, the association has also bought oxygen masks, blood pressure monitors and a crash trolley. 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