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SC seeks credible evidence against Ex-Kolkata top cop

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to produce evidence to its satisfaction to revoke an earlier order barring custodial interrogation of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam. The court said the Central Bureau of Investigation has to prove before the court that Kumar has a role to play in either suppression or disappearance of the evidence in the case. It also sought direct evidence from the CBI on Kumar’s involvement, especially the data on laptop, mobile phones, or diaries which allegedly contained information on payments made to influential people in ensuring destruction of evidence. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi saying affidavit was not enough, said: “Give us, show us from records that this person is involved.. On what basis? You can give us evidence tomorrow. “We want you to satisfy us that he had a role to play in disappearance and suppression of evidence.” The court directed the CBI to submit an affidavit with all the details in the court by Wednesday.last_img read more

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Venezuela wants to suspend Security Council veto rights

“The Bolivarian [Venezuelan] Revolution plans to contribute to the rebuilding of the structure and agenda of the United Nations, which reflects the existing and unjust power relationships in the world,” Permanent Representative Jorge Valero told the Assembly.“This forum – as it is today – helps to reproduce those unjust relations inherited from the Second World War, becoming more exclusive and authoritarian as neo-liberal globalization advances.He cited what he called the United States’ flouting of the overwhelming demand to end its economic blockade of Cuba and Israel’s refusal to comply with dozens of Council and Assembly resolutions as “two poignant examples that show this unfair and irrational world power architecture.”A strategy to weaken the Assembly and exclude it from the most relevant world decisions, is being implemented while the Security Council progressively increases its power and influence on the UN agenda, and takes over subjects beyond the purview conferred to it by the UN Charter, he said.“The rebuilding of the United Nations involves strengthening the General Assembly in the field of international peace and security,” he added, noting that for almost 20 years discussions have been going on about Council reform and strengthening the Assembly, but almost nothing has been achieved.“Venezuela proposes to suspend the right of veto enjoyed by only five members of the United Nations [China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and US]. This remnant of the Second World War is incompatible with the principle of sovereign equality of States. Venezuela also proposes an increase of the membership of the Security Council in its permanent and non-permanent categories. Why are developing countries deprived of the right to partake in this forum?”He also called for all States to propose candidates for the UN Secretariat to democratize the election. “In line with democratic principles and transparency, Member States must participate in both the nomination and in the appointment of this senior official. Thus, States would be free to choose among several alternatives,” he said.“The rebuilding of the United Nations also demands that the responsibilities in matters of international peace and security be fully exercised by the General Assembly as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.” 29 September 2010Venezuela today called for wholesale reform of the United Nations – suspending veto rights of the five permanent Security Council members, enlarging the 15-member body, strengthening the General Assembly and opening up the election of Secretary-General. read more

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Closing Bell TSX advances traders hope Fed meeting will shed light on

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as traders hoped that a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve will yield some guidance on the future of the central bank’s stimulus measures.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,367.46 +78.56 0.64%S&P 500 — 1,651.81 +12.77 0.78%Dow — 15,318.23 +138.38 0.91%Nasdaq — 3,482.18 +30.05 0.87%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 78.56 points to 12,367.46 but the market was held back by declines in mining stocks amid falling prices for gold and copper.The Canadian dollar was lower amid a stronger greenback, down 0.32 of a cent at 97.94 cents US.U.S. indexes were also higher as traders looked to data showing that U.S. builders began construction on more single-family homes and apartments in May.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 138.38 points to 15,318.23, the Nasdaq composite index gained 30.05 points to 3,482.18 and the S&P 500 index added 12.77 points to 1,651.81.The U.S. Commerce Department says builders increased housing starts by 6.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000, below expectations of 950,000. That followed a 14.8% decline in April from March, which had the highest seasonally adjusted rate in five years.Applications for building permits fell 3.1% in May to a seasonally adjusted 974,000. That’s still close to the five-year high hit in April.Other data showed that the consumer price index ticked up a seasonally adjusted 0.1% last month, only the second increase in seven months.Market players are wondering if the Fed feels that the U.S. economy could be at a point where the central bank can start to slowly let up on its program of bond purchases, which has been aimed at keeping interest rates and yields low. The program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion of bonds every month, has also helped fuel a strong rally on stock markets that has seen the Dow industrials surge about 15% year to date.Markets have been volatile since late May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mooted the possibility of the central bank tapering its bond purchases. Triple-digit moves have become almost commonplace as traders grapple with whether the Fed will cut back and if so, when and by how much.“It’s nervousness, fear of the unknown,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.“People don’t know if the economy is strong enough to withdraw some of the stimulus. If there was a good sense that we don’t need any more of this stimulus I don’t think we would be as nervous. But obviously there are investors out there that are questioning that.”Investors were also spooked by an opinion piece in the Financial Times on Monday that said Bernanke will use a news conference Wednesday to signal the bank will start to cut back on its bond purchases each month.The tech component was ahead 1.6% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 53 cents to $15.13 after RBC Dominion Securities boosted its outlook for the company, predicting a profit this fiscal year instead of a loss thanks to stronger-than-expected shipments of its new BlackBerry 10 devices. RBC analysts Mark Sue and Paul Treiber raised their BlackBerry 10 shipment forecasts to 3.5 million units for the fiscal first quarter, from their previous forecast of 2.75 million.The consumer discretionary sector was also up 1.6% and Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) rose $2.17 or four% to $56.05 after New York-based hedge fund Scout Capital Management upped its ownership stake in the Canadian restaurant chain to 5.5% with a view to putting pressure on management to make changes to boost profitability.The telecom sector was up 1.2% with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 51 cents to $35.44.Commodity prices were mixed with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 67 cents to US$98.44 a barrel.The energy sector was also ahead 1.2% as Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 51 cents to C$31.75.The financial sector climbed 0.7% and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) improved by 36 cents to $16.39.The industrials sector also provided lift as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) advanced $1.56 to $101.24.Transport giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) announced that it has received an order worth up to US$1.035 billion from VistaJet, which operates a fleet of private business aircraft. VistaJet placed firm orders for 20 Challenger 350s and acquired options for 20 more of Bombardier’s long-range business jets during the second day of the Paris Air Show, a major event for the aviation industry. Its shares slipped 14 cents to $4.56.The gold sector led decliners, down about three% as August bullion gave back $16.20 to US$1,366.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 51 cents to C$19.24.The metals and mines sector dropped 1.1% while July copper fell four cents to US$3.15 a pound. Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) shed 16 cents to C$4.20.In other corporate news, Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) says its current president, Bonnie Brooks, has been named to the position of vice-chairman and Liz Rodbell, its executive vice-president and chief merchant, has been promoted to president. Its shares were off 52 cents to $16.23. Here’s what investors were reading todayTalk of Fed tapering reveals emerging market bubbleLive from the Paris Air Show: Bombardier books over $1.4-billion in orders, but CSeries sales still on the tarmacSun Life signs ‘game-changing’ deal to take on Wheat Board’s pension riskAnother U.S. hedge fund is turning up the heat on Tim HortonsON DECK WEDNESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect 0.3% rise 12:25 p.m.Bank of Canada’s new Governor Stephen Poloz speaks in Oakville UNITED STATES2 p.m.U.S. Federal Open Market Committee announces rate decision 2:30 p.m.Fed chairman Ben Bernanke holds quarterly press briefing CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESFedEx Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.97 a share Red Hat Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ a share read more

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Farmers turn to specialized forecasting in face of rising extreme weather threat

CALGARY — In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming.“We use every tool in the toolbox we can get our hands on to try and figure out what’s going on,” said Foster, co-owner of North Gower Grains south of Ottawa.With about 25 farms to manage, he has signed up with a service that plants weather stations throughout his properties that tell him whether the wind is calm enough to spray his fields or if it’s dry enough to till the earth.“It’s more high-tech than ever. We have weather stations on our farms, they’re telling us wind speed, wind direction, temperatures high and low, rainfall amounts on almost every one of our farms.”Farmers like Foster are on a never-ending quest for more detailed weather forecasts as they try to increase yields on larger plots while contending with more extreme weather, such as the record rains that have drenched parts of southern Ontario this year, or the droughts that have left vast fields bone dry in Saskatchewan.Foster said he installed the weather station system upon the encouragement of seed companies, since knowing exactly how much rain has fallen allows him to buy specific seeds, depending on the conditions.That kind of data could prove especially useful this year, with some of Foster’s farms soaked with triple the rainfall compared with last year. Environment Canada says the Ottawa area is on track for its wettest year.In Saskatchewan, Todd Lewis is dealing with the opposite problem. The area south of Regina where he farms has been struggling with some of the driest months on record.Lewis uses a service that sets up personalized weather stations to better manage the grains and pulses on his family farm. At roughly 4,500 hectares, the operation is part of an overall trend that saw the average farm size increase almost 13 per cent between 2006 and 2016.He said field-level information helps him make decisions around harvest time, like whether to keep working a few extra hours before an oncoming rainfall or assessing if weaker crops were caused by parched soil.He said he has noticed improvements in both the short- and long-term forecasts — even if he doesn’t like what they predict.“The long-range forecasting, unfortunately this year they’ve been kind of correct,” he said.“They predicted dry and it’s been dry. So sometimes you wish they were wrong.”Despite the better data, Lewis said there is still a degree of uncertainty when it comes to knowing what Mother Nature will bring.“Anything outside of a week, you’re going to be pretty skeptical about it.”Precision agriculture companies are, however, hoping to reduce that gap with the reams of information they’re collecting.“I think every farmer, at the top of their wish list, would be better seasonal forecasts so they can know what to expect,” said Andy Nadler, product manager at Farmers Edge.The company, along with Canadian competitors like Weather Innovations Consulting and a growing field of international rivals, are trying to use new ways to crunch data to help guide farmers.Nadler said Farmers Edge is learning from the more than 3,000 weather stations it has installed since starting to offer them about three years ago. It charges about $2 an acre (0.4 hectares) for its data management service.Farmers shouldn’t expect any breakthrough, however, on long-term weather forecasting, said Drew Lerner, president of Kansas-based World Weather Inc. and a practising meteorologist for 38 years.“Long-range forecasting is an art, and it is a very risky thing to do,” said Lerner. “It really does come down to a great deal of prayer.“There’s too much going on, too much chaos in the atmosphere … it is not a solvable equation. All we can do is get better at estimating.” read more

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The Latest France says Brexit deal must guard peace trade

LUXEMBOURG — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):11:35The French minister for Europe says EU countries are ready to discuss new proposals from Britain for a new Brexit deal if they protect Northern Ireland’s peace deal and the bloc’s common market.Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels, Amelie de Montchalin said it is essential that any amendment to the current proposed divorce deal should uphold the Good Friday Agreement, the treaty that ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.Montchalin said “if some people have proposals to make — as the United Kingdom has hinted — we are ready to listen to them.”The main sticking point over a deal is the so-called backstop, a mechanism which would require Britain to retain some EU rules in order to avoid a hard border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland.Montchalin said “the backstop is an insurance policy. If we can’t find anything better, it’s a way to organize ourselves in order to protect peace in Ireland and the common market.”___10:10 a.m.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding his first meeting with European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker in search of a longshot Brexit deal.European Commission President Juncker and Johnson are holding talks Monday over a lunch of snails and salmon in Luxembourg.Johnson says the U.K. will leave the EU on the scheduled Oct. 31 date, with or without a withdrawal agreement. But he insists he can strike a revised divorce deal with the bloc in time for an orderly departure. The agreement made by his predecessor, Theresa May, was rejected three times by Britain’s Parliament.Johnson said in a newspaper column Monday that he believes “passionately” that a deal can be achieved. But the EU says it is still waiting for firm proposals from the U.K.The Associated Press read more

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Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet face to face tomorrow

“The idea is to really find ways of moving forward so that we can begin to start some of these processes, perhaps at a technical level, but also (to) address some of the substantive issues,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari said in announcing that the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, H.E Tassos Papadopoulos and H.E Mehmet Ali Talat, had accepted his invitation to the meeting. “The status quo is not sustainable and is not desirable,” Mr. Gambari told reporters. “The Secretary-General remains committed to do the best he can in the remaining time that is available to him as Secretary-General of the United Nations to try to make this process move forward.” Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who leaves office on 31 December, had led earlier talks seeking a comprehensive settlement but these failed in April 2004 when 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan but 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against it. Mr. Gambari conferred with the two leaders separately yesterday. Tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to take place at the residence of Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Michael Moller. On his return to New York, Mr. Gambari will give Mr. Annan a set of recommendations on how best to move forward in re-launching talks on a comprehensive settlement. The UN has been involved in the island since March 1964 when the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established with a mandate to prevent a recurrence of fighting, contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order, and contribute to a return to normal conditions. Currently the fourth-oldest UN peacekeeping operation in the world, it seeks to maintain stability in the 180-kilometre-long Buffer Zone and ensure that there is no alteration of the status quo along the two ceasefire lines drawn in 1974 after renewed fighting. read more

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Rainwater harvesting could end much of Africas water shortage UN reports

African countries suffering or facing water shortages as a result of climate change have a massive potential in rainwater harvesting, with nations like Ethiopia and Kenya capable of meeting the needs of six to seven times their current populations, according to a United Nations report released today. “The figures are astonishing and will surprise many,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said of the study, compiled by his agency and the World Agroforestry Centre, which urges governments and donors to invest more widely in a technology that is low cost, simple to deploy and maintain, and able to transform the lives of households, communities and countries Africa-wide. Overall the quantity of rain falling across the continent is equivalent to the needs of 9 billion people, one and half times the current global population. About a third of Africa is deemed suitable for rainwater harvesting if a threshold of 200 millimetres of arrival rainfall, considered to be at the lower end of the scale, is used.Although not all rainfall can or should be harvested for drinking and agricultural uses, with over a third needed to sustain the wider environment including forests, grasslands and healthy river flows, the harvesting potential is still much more than adequate to meet a significant slice of human needs, the report notes.“Africa is not water scarce,” it concludes. “The rainfall contribution is more than adequate to meet the needs of the current population several times over. For example Kenya would not be categorized as a ‘water stressed country’ if rainwater harvesting is considered. The water crisis in Africa is more of an economic problem from lack of investment, and not a matter of physical scarcity.”Until recently the importance of such harvesting as a buffer against climate-linked extreme weather has been almost invisible in water planning with countries relying almost exclusively on rivers and underground supplies, the report notes.Unlike big dams, which collect and store water over large areas, small-scale rainwater harvesting projects lose less water to evaporation because the rain or run-off is collected locally and can be stored in a variety of ways.“Over the coming years we are going to need a range of measures and technologies to capture water and bolster supplies,” Mr. Steiner said. “Conserving and rehabilitating lakes, wetlands and other freshwater ecosystems will be vital and big dams, if sensibly and sustainably designed and constructed, may be part of the equation too.“However, large-scale infrastructure can often by-pass the needs of poor and dispersed populations. Widely deployed, rainwater harvesting can act as a buffer against drought events for these people while also significantly supplementing supplies in cities and areas connected to the water grid,” he added.The report mapped the rainwater harvesting potential of nine countries in Africa –Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Kenya, with a population of somewhere under 40 million people, has enough rainfall to supply the needs of six to seven times its current population, according to the study. Ethiopia, where just over a fifth of the population is covered by domestic water supply and an estimated 46 per cent of the population suffer hunger, has a potential rainwater harvest equivalent to the needs of over 520 million people. read more

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Bank of Montreal cuts its fiveyear fixed mortgage rate to 479 per

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 3:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Montreal cuts its five-year fixed mortgage rate to 4.79 per cent TORONTO – The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) has cut its five-year fixed mortgage rate by 20 basis points to 4.79 per cent.The bank has also changed a number of its other fixed mortgage rates, including its low- rate five-year mortgage, which also went down 20 basis points to 3.09 per cent.The rate for a 10-year fixed mortgage went down 65 basis points to 6.10 per cent, while the 10-year low rate declined 85 basis points to 3.84 per cent.The changes take effect Saturday.On Jan. 27, Canada’s biggest lenders reduced their prime lending rates, which influence variable rate mortgages and other products, to 2.85 per cent from three per cent.That was in response to the Bank of Canada’s surprise move to cut its overnight lending rate to 0.75 per cent from one per cent. However, the commercial banks passed along only some of the savings from the central bank’s policy move to their customers, shaving their prime rates by 15 basis points instead of the full 25. read more

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Saudi Arabia expresses regret and pain over Khashoggi killing during UN rights

Confirming that an investigation is still on-going into the death of Mr Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban told Member States in Geneva that King Abdel-Aziz had personally initiated the probe.“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already expressed its regret and pain for the death of Jamil Khashoggi,” Dr. Al-Aiban said. “King Abdel-Aziz has already instructed the prosecution to proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws and preparation to reaching all facts and bringing all the perpetrators to justice in order to bear the facts to the public.”Following Dr Al-Aiban’s comments, 40 Member States appealed to Saudi Arabia to find out what had happened to Mr Khashoggi, many also calling for reform to the Kingdom’s freedom of expression laws.Around 10 countries also expressed concern about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has faced criticism for coordinating air strikes which have killed civilians.On the issue of Yemen, Dr. Al-Aiban insisted that Saudi Arabia “affirms its continuous support for the Yemeni people and their legitimate government”, which had requested assistance against Houthi attackers in 2015.“The Coalition forces are doing their best to spare civilians, particularly women and children, civilian sites, and infrastructure as a side-effect of the armed conflict,” Dr Al-Aiban said, adding that Saudi communities near the border with Yemen continue to come under attack from the rebel Houthi movement’s militia.Saudi Arabia ‘intensifying’ coordination over aid to YemenUnderscoring his country’s “intensifying” coordination with the international community to deliver aid to desperate people in Yemen – more than 14 million of whom face imminent famine, the UN has warned – Dr. Al-Aiban said that the Kingdom’s relief contribution amounted to more than $11 billion since 2015.Amid concerns over freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi representative insisted that it was a “guaranteed right”, before noting the launch of “many multilingual television and radio channels” as evidence of people’s right to express their opinions.The issue was picked up by many Member States, including Denmark, France, Germany and the United States, which although it is not a current member of the Human Rights Council, is permitted as a UN Member State to attend UPR discussions.Specifically, it urged Saudi Arabia to more clearly define what constituted terrorism in law, so as not to criminalize expression, association or peaceful assembly.Another non-Council member, the Russian Federation, meanwhile, echoed other countries’ comments that welcomed Saudi efforts to increase women’s participation in social and political life, before expressing concern about possible violations of religious minorities, prisoners and detainees, amid reports of alleged torture in detention centres – and of migrant workers, who make up one-third of Saudi’s population.In addition to many calls for the abolition of the death penalty amid concerns that its use is increasing in Saudi Arabia, Member States present also urged the kingdom to banish the practice of male guardianship of adult women.Reforms of the practice had only been put in place “partially”, Switzerland’s delegation said, and in most cases the discrimination against women “persists”.“Recent news tells us of the oppressive atmosphere creating lethal consequences,” the Swiss delegation explained. “We call for freedom of expression to be reinforced, freedom of association and expression for all, ensuring security for all journalists and releasing from prison all those who have been imprisoned for freely expressing their opinions.”A total of 97 countries spoke at the Universal Period Review of Saudi Arabia in Geneva. Read our UN News piece here, on how the UPR system works. Dr. Al-Aiban noted that Saudi Arabia had accepted more than 150 recommendations made at its last UPR appearance in addition to another 37 recommendations, which it had accepted partially.According to UPR rules, all 193 UN Member States are reviewed by their peers, at a rate of 42 a year.The body meets three times a year and reports to the UN Human Rights Council.States that have been reviewed also receive recommendations which they are expected to implement before their next review. read more

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Mirror images Wildcats Buckeyes have much in common

Both have talented freshmen competing in their first NCAA Tournament. Both have grizzled veterans with March Madness experience. Both have coaches who have coached for a national championship. Ohio State’s and Kentucky’s jersey colors might be one of the few differences between the two teams when they square off in the Sweet 16 on Friday. “They’ve got great pieces … especially how they are playing (with) their size, their length, their athleticism,” OSU coach Thad Matta said of the Wildcats. “They’re a little bit like us — they can move the pieces around and play, in essence, a point guard and three wings and a big guy.” Kentucky coach John Calipari had similar things to say about the Buckeyes. “I’ve watched a ton of Ohio State tape. There are times I watch the tape and I go, ‘Oh my goodness,’” he told reporters Thursday, after his team’s open practice. “And, they are really talented. They play to their strengths. … They have got great strength; they have got size.” Both teams start three guards and two forwards and have a sixth man who averages at or near starter’s minutes. OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft averages 29.4 minutes per game off the bench, while Kentucky freshman guard Doron Lamb averages 28.4 minutes from his seat on the pine. The Buckeyes and Wildcats also find offense from a number of players. Three Kentucky players have led the team in scoring over its past five games, while four OSU players have done so over the same stretch. Three Wildcats — Lamb, freshman forward Terrence Jones and freshman point guard Brandon Knight — have scored 30 or more points in a game this season. Knight, who scored his career-high 30 points in Kentucky’s third-round matchup against West Virginia, might be the most dangerous. “I think obviously Brandon Knight is a tremendous talent,” Matta said. “It looks like he has really grown into a tremendous basketball player. He can do a lot of different things out there.” Knight leads the Wildcats in per-game points, assists and turnovers, with 17.4, 4.2 and 3.1, respectively. The freshman has been inconsistent so far in the tournament, scoring just two points in Kentucky’s first game, against Princeton. Besides Knight, the Wildcats have senior forward Josh Harrellson to contend with OSU forward Jared Sullinger, Big Ten Freshman of the Year winner and Naismith Award finalist. The 6-foot-10, 275-pound Harrellson has averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game in the tournament so far, slightly above Sullinger’s respective 14.5 and 8.5 averages. “Obviously he is a huge body,” Matta said. “I know he led the SEC in rebounds.” Rebounding has been a determining factor for the Wildcats, as they have been outrebounded in five of their eight losses this season. Kentucky averages 38 rebounds a game, four more than the Buckeyes. Because of the Wildcats’ fast-break style — they average 76 points per game — they often use their rebounding edge to run the floor. Matta said he thinks Kentucky’s offensive prowess might overshadow its defensive abilities. “I think that when you’ve got a high-powered offensive team, your defense always gets overlooked,” he said. “I really like their defense — their numbers are great, and they are playing really, really hard.” OSU guard David Lighty said he realizes there is not just one particular area of the Wildcats’ game that the Buckeyes can focus on. “To stop them, we have to try to take them out of their rhythm,” he said. “They like to get up and down and fast-break, and they have got the players to do it. With that athleticism and size, they probably like to disrupt things in the passing lane, so (we need to be) smart on the offensive end executing our game plan and just doing what the coaches tell us to do.” Friday’s coaching matchup might be the most intriguing of all. Though Matta has never coached against Kentucky in his career, he has matched up against Calipari. Matta’s Buckeyes defeated Calipari’s Memphis squad, 92-76, in the regional finals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Having known Calipari for many years, Matta said he has great respect for his Kentucky counterpart. “I admire the job that he’s done,” Matta said. “X’s and O’s-wise, obviously, he is one of the best, in my mind.” Despite not having played Kentucky, the Buckeyes have played teams this season that resemble the Wildcats. “As I’ve looked at it, it’s a combination of teams,” Matta said. “I think Florida, with their size and athleticism, is one team; and Florida State, with their athleticism, I think would be another.” OSU beat Florida and Florida State by an average of 16 points during the regular season. Kentucky went 2-1 against the Gators this year and did not play the Seminoles. Despite his team’s success against teams that mirror the Wildcats, Sullinger said the Buckeyes are looking forward, not back. “Basically,” he said, “we’ve just got to play hard and play smart and let our veterans run the show on Friday.” The Buckeyes and Wildcats are scheduled to tip off at 9:45 p.m. Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. read more

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Cervical cancer screening letter blunder saw nearly 50000 women miss results and

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chairman said: “This is an incredibly serious situation, and it is frankly appalling that patients may now be at risk because of this gross error on the part of Capita.”Some women will now be left extremely anxious because they have not received important correspondence, particularly letters about abnormal smear test results that need urgent follow up. This has been caused solely by Capita’s incompetence.”We know that, because of the nature of this procedure, many patients are already reluctant to attend these appointments, and therefore reminder letters are crucial to provide encouragement and reinforce the importance of having a cervical smear test done.”Incidents like this, therefore, will hardly inspire confidence in the system and risk even fewer women getting checked.”He said the outsourcing of the responsibilities had risked lives.  “Since it took responsibility for GP back room functions three years ago, Capita‘s running of these services has been nothing short of shambolic and after repeated warnings from the BMA and government, this is now clear evidence that its failings have put patient safety – and possibly lives – at risk. “It is ultimately NHS England that bears overall responsibility and it must now take this service back in-house.  In a statement, the company said: “We have investigated the precise circumstances around this incident, and it is clear that the correct process for uploading, organising and checking datafiles was not properly followed. When the problem was discovered, it was not immediately escalated to senior leadership, or NHS England, by the individuals responsible. Capita is investigating the managerial handling of the matter and taking appropriate disciplinary action. Additionally, a senior executive responsible for this contract has already left Capita.”An independent audit of the operational systems and processes has now been ordered.  Almost 50,000 women have not been sent NHS letters about cervical cancer screening – including those containing their results, an investigation has found. The British Medical Association (BMA) said “appalling” failures by the company to which the task was outsourced have risked lives. The BMA has written to the chief executive of NHS England expressing “extreme concern”after being made aware that more than 47,000 women were not sent information regarding cervical cancer screening after a system error. The majority of the correspondence is understood to relate to appointment invitations or reminder letters, but they included more than 4,500 test results. These included around 180 letters warning women that their results were abnormal.Health officials said around half of these patients have so far been contacted, and found not to have come to harm. The errors were made between January and June of this year. This incident is the latest in a series of failings by Capita, the organisation contracted to provide GP back office services.In a letter to Simon Stevens, the BMA has urged NHS England to strip Capita of the contract and take support services for GPs back in-house. Health officials have now written to all women affected and informed their GP practices.  “As the body which commissioned Capita to take on this work, despite clear warning signs that it was not up to the job, NHS England must shoulder the blame for this dreadful situation; you cannot outsource responsibility,” he said.   Around 4.5 million invitations for breast screening are sent out every year to women aged 25 to 64.Those aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years, with the older age groups invited every five years.The news comes just months after it emerged 450,000 women had not been invited for breast cancer screening after mistakes went undetected for years. It is thought up to 75 women may have died as a result.An NHS England spokesman said: “Capita has alerted NHS England to an administrative failure in its processing of cervical screening, which means some women have not received invitation, reminder and result letters when they should have.“Every woman’s case is being reviewed, but there is no current evidence that this incident has led to harm to the women involved, and our priority now is to ensure that anyone affected by this incident is contacted, and knows how to get checked if they are due a cervical screen.” Capita said the risk to women from the incident is low, with no current evidence of harm, but apologised to the NHS and the patients involved.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Minera Panama upgrades Metso grinding circuit order

first_imgMinera Panama SA has upgraded its original 2008 purchase of Metso grinding mills for the Cobre Panama project and has confirmed the resizing of the mills. The original grinding mill supply has been revised to now include two SAG mills of 40 ft (12.2 m) in diameter and four ball mills of 26 ft (7.9 m) in diameter.According to Metso, the change is a consequence of more detailed throughput modelling conducted as part of the Basic Engineering phase and will provide a reasonable design margin over the nominal throughput of 150,000 t/d (dry). Delivery will be completed by the end of 2013. The Cobre Panama project is located approximately 100 km west of the Panama Canal. It is estimated that start-up will commence by the end of 2015. Once the new Cobre Panama mine is in full operation, the concentrator will be capable of processing ore at the 150,000 t/d rate over the first 10 years of operation.According to figures included in the FEED report (March 2010) the average annual metal production rate over the first 16 years has been estimated at 289,000 t of copper, 108,000 oz of gold, 1.544 Moz of silver and 3,600 t of molybdenum. Minera Panama is owned by Inmet Mining, the Canada-based global mining company that mainly produces copper and zinc.last_img read more

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Taoiseach calls on Galway TD to withdraw remarks made at direct provision

first_img File photo. Noel Grealish. File photo. Noel Grealish. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie 27,380 Views https://jrnl.ie/4807399 THE TAOISEACH HAS called on TD who frequently supports the government to make a statement on remarks he made at a public meeting about whether a direct provision centre should be built in Oughterard in Galway.Footage shared on social media shows independent TD Noel Grealish – in reference to commitments the government has made on accepting refugees into the country – saying “these are economic migrants” from Africa who would come to Ireland to “sponge off the system”. At Wednesday’s event, which was attended by around 700 people, there were a number of locals venting their frustration over a lack of consultation regarding ongoing refurbishment works at the Connemara Gateway Hotel which has been closed for a number of years. Locals have expressed concerns – covering a spectrum of issues – about what it means for the town if the building becomes accommodation for asylum seekers. Grealish said at the meeting that there were Christian Syrian families who’d been persecuted and “hounded out of their own country by Isis”. “It’s the economic refugees that’s coming in from Africa,” he said. “A major city can absorb 300 refugees but not a small town like Oughterard.”Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Varadkar said he thought it’d be “helpful” if Grealish “clarified his remarks”, while adding he hadn’t heard any audio of what Grealish was reported to have said. “I think he should make a statement on it,” Varadkar continued, saying that there was no formal agreement with Grealish but the Galway West TD usually voted with the government anyway. Grealish is a member of the Rural Independent Group, a collection of TDs who decide on a case-by-case basis whether to support the government. Later, the Taoiseach told RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland: “If that’s what he said, he should withdraw those remarks and make a statement on it and clarify them.”Galway TD Catherine Connolly had already described the meeting as “one of the most difficult meetings” she had attended.Connolly has now called for clarity from the Department of Justice regarding the situation in Oughterard. “The Department of Justice are not covering themselves in glory, they’re not learning from debacle to debacle,” the TD told TheJournal.ie.“I think the absence of information and the absence of openness is allowing a vacuum to develop which is not helpful and it’s inciteful.”Connolly added that continued secrecy from the department helps neither local communities nor asylum seekers. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan also said yesterday that he was “very disappointed at some of the commentary coming from Oughterard”. He confirmed that a number of possible premises were being looked at for the centre, when asked about Oughterard.“And I want to again, underline that this is the most complex issue,” he said. “We don’t as a government have too many choices, in terms of fulfilling and living up to our international obligations. We are obliged.“So I would hope that as we go through the tender process, that we will be in a position to make announcements on new centres over the next few weeks,” the minister added. Local councillors have also said nobody in Oughterard knows if the search for locations for asylum centres is related to the work that is underway at the hotel.The Department also recently issued a €65 million tender for new direct provision centres for Co Kildare, Co Wicklow, Co Meath and Co Louth to provide accommodation and services to international protection applicants.Since 2018, the Department has struggled to open new centres due to arson attacks at hotels in Moville, Co Donegal and Rooskey on the Roscommon-Leitrim border.Locals have consistently raised concerns that communities are not properly consulted by the Department ahead of contracts being signed with private business owners. With reporting from Cónal Thomas, Christina Finn Share68 Tweet Email1 center_img Fri 10:58 AM Friday 13 Sep 2019, 10:58 AM By Sean Murray No Comments Taoiseach calls on Galway TD to withdraw remarks made at direct provision centre public meeting Footage shared on social media shows Noel Grealish referencing “economic migrants” from Africa coming to “sponge off us”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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EMedia Reality Check

first_imgMost See Profit Margins of 10 PercentDespite favorable comparisons to the profitability of print, the majority of respondents—40 percent—said their e-media business has a profit margin of 10 percent or less [Chart 6]. Thirty-four percent say they have a profit margin of 20 percent or more, while 16 percent see profitability of 10 percent to 15 percent. Eleven percent see profitability of 16 percent to 20 percent. Digital Investment: Most Under $100KWhile publishers often cite the lower costs and higher margins associated with digital media versus print, building a digital business requires significant investment in hardware, services and personnel. According to FOLIO:’s 2009 B-to-B CEO survey, e-media accounted for the largest operating expense increase among b-to-b publishers in 2008, up 6 percent.Still, 51 percent of respondents to FOLIO:’s E-media Survey say they invested less than $100,000 in e-media products, services or personnel in 2008 [Chart 5]. Twenty-four percent say they invested between $100,000 and $300,000, while 12 percent say they invested $300,000 to $500,000.Five percent invested $500,000 to $1 million and another 5 percent invested $1 million to $3 million. One percent invested $1 million to $5 million, while 2 percent invested more than $5 million.Between open source solutions and existing staff taking on new responsibilities, many publishers are finding they don’t have to break the bank. In August 2006, the Web site for Reni Publishing’s Florida Real Estate Journal averaged 750 monthly unique visitors but after some basic tweaks and a $1,000 software investment, Reni had 50,000 unique visitors by the end of 2007.Online startup Knitters Review, which sees an average of 2.8 million page views and revenue in the low six figures, says its biggest expense is hosting a forum of 70,000 members, which requires a lot of bandwidth and storage—and costs about 10 percent of Knitters Review’s total revenue.On average, the majority of respondents (20 percent) spent between $10,000 and $24,999 on new technology last year (14 percent spent $100,000-$249,000, while just 2 percent spent $1 million or more).“We were in a unique position in that our company wanted to do it right and as a startup told me not to worry about revenue the first year; worry about building the product,” says Jeff Higley, editorial director of digital media for HotelNewsNow.com. “For the actual costs of building the site itself, plus the back-end stuff, I would say the startup alone was about 70 percent of what it would have been for a print product from a start-up perspective.”Staffing: As Silos Break Down, Everyone Works On DigitalIn recent years, publishers have found that online staffers could command higher salaries than their equivalent counterparts in print. That’s starting to level out as digital skills become more commonplace (and as the separation between “print” and “digital” staffs crumble and one staff is responsible for everything).According to the FOLIO: survey, 57 percent of respondents spent less than $100,000 on staff dedicated to e-media (indicating that while many publishers may have a dedicated e-media or newsletter editor, the entire staff is generating content for the Web). Twenty-two percent say they spent between $100,000 to $300,000 on a digital media staff, while 9 percent spent $300,000 to $500,000.Many publishers have struggled with getting existing staffers to sell digital, since the commissions are typically smaller than print. However, 74 percent of respondents say their staff sells both print and digital, compared to 16 percent that have a dedicated e-media sales staff and 10 percent that outsource their digital sales. ROI Dominates Reasons for Digital; Interaction with Clients LagsAccording to the FOLIO: survey, 75 percent of e-media advertisers are existing accounts, while 25 percent are new business. Many have worried that online pricing started so low that publishers would have a hard time raising rates. However, 59 percent of respondents say that they have been able to raise the rates on e-media products.When it comes to why they’re buying online media, the majority—52 percent—of publishers say their clients cite ROI/measurability and deeper business intelligence as the top reasons. Twenty-five percent of publishers say their clients are turning to e-media for lead generation, while 23 percent say it’s because of an accessible price point. Interestingly, just 5 percent of respondents say their advertisers cite the ability to interact with their audience via digital media. Digital is the priority for most publishers, yet many executives have had to re-adjust their e-media forecasts just as they did with more traditional revenue streams such as print and events. Online ad spending in the U.S. dropped 5 percent to $5.5 billion in the first quarter of 2009 and 7 percent to $6.2 billion in the second quarter, according to market analyst IDC. Digital revenue remains relatively small, despite massive percentage growth in recent years (and massive slumps in traditional revenue streams). “Those who have been aggressively pursuing digital will likely see it between 8 percent and 15 percent of the overall revenue mix,” Deborah Esayian, co-president of Emmis Interactive told FOLIO: recently. Big Growth in Last Five YearsWhile the industry may still be falling short of where it should be when it comes to digital media, the revenue ratio has shifted dramatically in the last five years. Eighty-seven percent of respondents say they generated less than 10 percent of their overall revenue from e-media in 2004. In 2009, just 50 percent of those same respondents say they see 10 percent or less of overall revenue from e-media [Chart 4]. Meanwhile, 6 percent say they see between 20 percent and 30 percent from digital revenue, up from 1 percent in 2004, and a surprising 11 percent say they see more than 30 percent in digital revenue in 2009, compared to 4 percent in 2004.Earlier this year, Advertising Age estimated 2008 e-media advertising revenue for 11 of the leading consumer magazine publishers. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia came out on top, with digital estimated at $14 million, or 12 percent of total advertising revenue. Time Inc. and Hachette tied for second with e-media estimated at 10 percent of total revenue. And while many publishers vow they will “never be dependent on print advertising again,” just how well are they following through on that promise? FOLIO:’s 2009 E-Media Survey asks publishers where their biggest e-media successes (and set-backs) are coming from. Eighteen percent of respondents say they generate 10 percent  to 15 percent of total revenue from e-media (compared to 6 percent in 2004), while 16 percent say they generate 15 percent to 20 percent of total revenue from e-media, compared to just 2 percent in 2004. However, digital revenue for giants such as American Express Publishing and Condé Nast was estimated at 4 percent and 3 percent of total revenue, respectively, while Bauer was estimated to have zero digital revenue in 2008.“Saying we’re going to migrate consumers one-to-one, print to online, is naive,” Hearst digital manager Chuck Cordray told FOLIO:. “Customers will choose what they want to do. As publishers, we have to decide if we are going to compete in that media and succeed. Whatever happens in the traditional magazine business, we have to compete in digital as a business.”Reader’s Digest is attempting to change its perception as a legacy print brand by making SEO, social media and newsletter initiatives a priority. “That’s empowering our growth rather than spending $100 million on a big ad campaign,” says acting general manager Jonathon Hills.Next up is transforming the Reader’s Digest brand into a multi-platform experience. “We’re focusing on video,” says Hills. “Much of our content is perfectly suited for it, and it’s highly monetizeable. We’ll see action with mobile this year on the iPhone.” Smaller Publishers See Big GainsWhile smaller publishers (those generating $5 million or less per year in total revenue) have historically lagged behind larger publishers when it comes to e-media as an overall percentage, they’re catching up and in many cases surpassing larger publishers (of course, when you’re smaller overall, it’s easier to change the revenue ratio).As a publisher of five titles tied closely to the new home market in Orange County, California, Churm Media saw 20 percent of its revenue disappear over an 18-month period. As part of its response, Churm devoted $350,000 to Web development, including revamping Web sites and developing an aggressive newsletter strategy. In 2009, Churm expects 10 percent of its total revenue to come from digital. CEO Steve Churm says the company could be at 22 percent in 2010. “A year ago we were at 1 percent,” he says.Meanwhile, Phoenix Media Network says its online revenue grew by 25 percent last year. Atlantic Media says digital revenue is growing 55 percent in 2009. And while Incisive Media says print makes up 70 percent of its business with events around 15 percent to 20 percent and online at 10 percent to 15 percent, the potential for digital growth is greater, particularly for data and paid content. “We’ve seen the end-user part of the business (data) and even subscriptions grow faster than the advertiser portion,” says CEO William Pollak.As part of its Chapter 11 filing in August, Cygnus Business Media revealed that it expects interactive revenue to drop 14 percent to $8.6 million in 2009. By 2013, Cygnus forecasts overall revenue will be $75.5 million, with print accounting for 49.6 percent of total revenue, or $37.4 million. Events will account for 26 percent (compared to 15.4 percent of revenue in 2009), while interactive is forecast at $18.4 million or 24.4 percent of total revenue (up from 12.5 percent in 2009). In five years, print will remain the largest revenue stream accounting for nearly half of Cygnus’ total revenue.Banners Reign in Revenue, Not ProfitWhile the buzz around mobile and social media dominates much of the digital conversation, banner advertising and e-newsletters remain the most prominent e-media revenue streams with 90 percent and 78 percent of survey respondents saying they derive revenue from these two sources [Chart 1]. Custom Webinars and online directories tied as the third most prominent products, offered by 36 percent of respondents.However, several highly touted up-and-coming revenue streams remain fairly rare for magazine publishers. Only a quarter of survey respondents say they are currently seeing revenue from lead generation, while slightly more (28 percent) say they are seeing revenue from paid content (however, among those respondents who are offering paid content, 50 percent are seeing profit margins of 30 percent or more). Ten percent of respondents say they are seeing revenue from virtual events while just 6 percent are managing to drive revenue through social network sponsorships.When it comes to the largest and smallest revenue streams [Chart 2], banner advertising remains on top, with 37 percent of respondents saying that’s their largest revenue stream. However, banner advertising was also cited as the least profitable e-media revenue stream, with 32 percent of respondents saying they see profit margins of less than 10 percent from banners.E-newsletters (34 percent), Webinars (22 percent) and custom Webinars (19 percent) were also top earners.That seems to mirror what online-only publishers are doing as well. Eighty-one percent of traditional publishers say the primary revenue model for their online-only competition is advertising, followed by lead generation and subscriptions. According to a FOLIO: survey earlier this year, 74 percent of publishers said they launched at least one online-only product within the last two years.Meanwhile, companies such as GlobalSpec represent what publishers could be facing (and how they may want to structure themselves online). Originally positioned as a vertical search engine for the engineering market, GlobalSpec has evolved into a multi-format, multi-product model that includes databases and e-mail newsletters with more than $50 million in estimated revenue. “Our typical customer will spend between $10,000 and upwards of $1 million,” GlobalSpec CEO Jeff Killeen told FOLIO: recently. “We have many hundred thousand dollar-plus relationships.”VIN (Veterinary Information Network) is another online-only publisher that is neither sponsorship nor advertising-based; it’s membership based, with 42,000 members paying $55 per month.Hard Revenue NumbersIn 2008, FOLIO: surveyed readers on how much money they made from online media. At the time, 65 percent of publishers said they generated less than $500,000 in e-media revenue. In 2009, that number improved slightly, with 58 percent of respondents saying they generate less than $500,000 from e-media [Chart 3]. Still, in an industry used to individual magazines and events generating more than that, e-media is still a very small part of the overall plan. Thirteen percent of respondents say they expect to generate between $500,000 and $1 million in 2009, up from 10 percent in 2008. Sixteen percent say they generate between $1 million and $3 million (up from 9 percent last year) and 13 percent say they do $3 million and up. (No respondents say they are generating more than $50 million per year in digital revenue, although 1 percent says they generate between $20 million and $50 million).When compared to the last five years, the outlook indicates steady improvement. Seventy-eight percent of respondents report they generated less than $500,000 in e-media revenue in 2004. Nine percent generated $500,000 to $1 million, while the percentage of respondents generating $1 million to $3 million in revenue doubled over the last five years, from 8 percent to 16 percent.last_img read more

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Titanfall for Xbox 360 delayed possible Mac version in the works

first_imgThe most anticipated title of the spring is just over a month away for Xbox One owners, but Xbox 360 gamers will be waiting just a bit longer.Eager Xbox One and PC players will be able to hear “Standby for Titanfall” for themselves on March 11, but if you have an Xbox 360 you’re going to have to wait an extra two weeks. The EA blog lit up today with an update to the project, explaining that in order to make sure the Titanfall launch for the PC and Xbox One are as smooth as possible, there’s going to be a delay on the 360 version.As Titanfall requires a great deal of cloud computing, and the two Xbox versions will be on separate server clusters, the initial focus is important for a successful launch.After the launch of the game, we may wind up seeing Titanfall in one other place. Vince Zampella of Respawn has suggested that a Mac version of the game may happen at some point after the initial launch. Since the game is exclusive to the Xbox One on consoles and the PC version will require Origin instead of Steam, you won’t be able to stream the game through Valve’s new gaming service.A Mac version would be a great direction to head after launch, and will open the door to users who aren’t directly invested in any of Microsoft’s properties.last_img read more

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Direct detection of nuclear transition in thorium229 hints at possibility of nuclear

first_img © 2016 Phys.org More information: Lars von der Wense et al. Direct detection of the 229Th nuclear clock transition, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17669AbstractToday’s most precise time and frequency measurements are performed with optical atomic clocks. However, it has been proposed that they could potentially be outperformed by a nuclear clock, which employs a nuclear transition instead of an atomic shell transition. There is only one known nuclear state that could serve as a nuclear clock using currently available technology, namely, the isomeric first excited state of 229Th (denoted 229mTh). Here we report the direct detection of this nuclear state, which is further confirmation of the existence of the isomer and lays the foundation for precise studies of its decay parameters. On the basis of this direct detection, the isomeric energy is constrained to between 6.3 and 18.3 electronvolts, and the half-life is found to be longer than 60 seconds for 229mTh2+. More precise determinations appear to be within reach, and would pave the way to the development of a nuclear frequency standard.Press release Journal information: Nature As Safronova notes, humans have always looked for new and better ways to keep track of time, which has led us from using the transition between night and day to the electronic transition in caesium atoms that today form the basis of atomic clocks which are capable of keeping time so precisely that they lose or gain a second only every 15 billion years. But still, scientists are not satisfied, many have suggested that creating clocks based on a nuclear transition from an excited state to a ground state, would be an order of magnitude more precise. The problem has been in figuring out how to measure such a transition—the only means possible today is to use a laser, but today’s laser are only capable of measuring the very slowest of transitions, which occurs with thorium-229—but even that has proven problematic, until now. In this new effort, the researchers report using a low-energy microchannel plate detection technique that ultimately led to electrons colliding with a phosphor screen, resulting in the generation of visible light which was captured by a camera. After extensive testing to ensure that the signals came from the decay of the thorium-229 instead of some other source, they team was ready to announce that they had found a way to detect a nuclear transition that could conceivably be used as a means for the basis of a nuclear based clock which could be as much as ten times more accurate than current atomic clocks.Such a clock Safronova, notes, could be used to test fundamental physics constants and even perhaps even dark matter, or as 3D gravity sensors or perhaps as part of an earthquake detection system. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Schematic of the experimental setup. Credit: (c) Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17669 Nuclear-atomic overlap for the isotope thorium-229 Citation: Direct detection of nuclear transition in thorium-229 hints at possibility of nuclear based clock (2016, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-nuclear-transition-thorium-hints-possibility.html (Phys.org)—A group of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany has developed a means for the direct detection of the nuclear transition in thorium-229 which opens the door to the development of a clock even more accurate than an atomic clock—a nuclear based clock. In a paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers outline how they came up with their technique and the testing they carried out to ensure that the results they were getting were accurate. In a related News & Views piece in the same journal edition, Marianna Safronova, with the University of Delaware discuses the work done by the team, the likelihood that their work will lead to a nuclear based clock and the possible uses for such a clock if one could be developed.last_img read more

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Sobhandeb points finger at Centre for failing to make Katwa power project

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said during his Budget speech in the Assembly on Monday that the Centre has failed to make the Katwa power project operational despite the state government providing land for the same.Chattopadhyay said it could not be made operational due to failure of the Centre’s policy. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken initiative to arrange land for the 1,320 MW Katwa power project, but the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is yet to take any major step in this regard. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataEven the officers who were posted there have been withdrawn, the minister added, who visited the spot last month to take a stock of the overall situation. During his budget speech, the minister also complained about the Centre’s apathy to provide clearance for various power projects. He said that the state government had written to the Centre to issue clearance for the various coalmines including those in Barjora I & II, but no steps have been taken in this regard yet. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state government has also been awaiting clearance for mining in the Deocha Pachami coal block in Birbhum, which is one of the biggest reserves in Asia. While responding to a query of an opposition MLA on the price of electricity, the minister said that since March 2017, there has been no price hike despite recommendation by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to raise the price. The state government has been giving a subsidy of Rs 1,000 crore to compensate the loss. The minister also said that under the ‘Aloshree’ project, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the department has set a target of setting up 1,000 solar plants on the rooftops of school buildings. Giving a detailed account of the power scenario in the state, the minister said demand has gone up by 16 percent in the state. “In the last seven and half years, the number of industrial consumers has gone up by 39 percent. New electricity connections will be given to 1.83 lakh new domestic consumers, 16,663 new commercial consumers, 427 industries and 6,969 agricultural connections. There had been around 85 lakh consumers when the present government came to power. Now the number of consumers in the state has gone up to 1.91 crore,” he said. The Chief Minister instructed the Power department to ensure that all the interior villages have been brought under electricity coverage and rural electrification works have been completed. The department has also ensured quality power to various districts.last_img read more

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Vision RT Sharing New Clinical Data at ASTRO 2016

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more September 23, 2016 — Vision RT announced it will be exhibiting at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2016 Annual Meeting Sept. 25-28 in Boston. New data will be released at this meeting from a trial at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited Lineberger Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina showing zero radiation-induced abnormalities in blood flow to the heart in all patients where Vision RT’s product was used in left breast radiotherapy. This contrasts with a previous study, using a different technique for similar patients, where 27 percent of patients exhibited heart damage.  This data will be presented at an Industry Expert Theater session by Tim Zagar, M.D. At the same session, David Gierga, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, will also present on the use of different techniques, including AlignRT, for reproducible breast cancer radiotherapy.Throughout the meeting there will be live demonstrations on AlignRT for frameless stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and for Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) breast treatments. Alongside the demonstrations there will be live presentations from clinical experts on the booth, covering breast cancer, stereotactic treatments including frameless SRS, and a variety of other clinical applications.For more information: www.visionrt.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | September 23, 2016 Vision RT Sharing New Clinical Data at ASTRO 2016 University of North Carolina showed no radiation-induced blood flow abnormalities when Align RT used in left breast radiotherapy The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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ExFannie Mae Chief Mudd Settles with SEC

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have reached a settlement for $100,000 over a lawsuit the SEC filed against Mudd nearly five years ago alleging subprime mortgage fraud, according to media reports.Mudd, who was the CEO at Fannie Mae from 2005 to 2008, is one of six former GSE executives (three each from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) the SEC sued in December 2011, claiming they misrepresented to investors the amount of exposure to subprime loans the GSEs had incurred. The Commission’s lawsuit alleges that during the years 2007 and 2008 immediately before the crisis, Fannie Mae executives said their exposure to subprime and riskier mortgage loans was about $4.8 billion when it was about 10 times greater.Reuters reported that Mudd said of the settlement, “I appreciate Fannie Mae and the current leadership of the SEC stepping in to end a case that should have never been brought.” As part of the settlement, Mudd admitted no wrongdoing.While the settlement was relatively small compared to the billions in loans that were in question, Mudd’s attorneys still felt like it was too much. John Keker, Mudd’s attorney, told MReport, “Fannie Mae agreed to pay $100,000 to end a case which never should have been brought in the first place.”Mudd’s attorneys tried unsuccessfully to have the SEC’s case against him dismissed in January 2016. “He didn’t do anything wrong, and the SEC’s case is unworthy,” Keker said in an email to MReport back in January.A spokesperson from Fannie Mae said the GSE had no comment on the settlement.The other five former GSE executives sued by the SEC previously reached settlements; Mudd was the last one to resolve his case.Enrico Dallavecchia, Fannie Mae’s former chief risk officer, and Thomas Lund, former EVP of Fannie Mae’s single-family lending unit, settled in September 2015 for a combined total of $35,000. The relatively small amount of the settlement was surprising to many, especially considering that the U.S. Department of Justice made an announcement earlier that month stating that it plans to pursue the prosecution of individual employees, and not just their companies, for their role in precipitating the financial crisis in 2008.The three Freddie Mac executives sued by the SEC, former CEO Richard Syron, former chief business officer Patricia Cook, and former VP of credit policy, Donald Bisenius, settled for a combined $310,000 in April 2015 with no admission of wrongdoing.  Syron agreed to pay $250,000, Cook agreed to pay $50,000, and Bisenius agreed to pay $10,000.Both Syron and Mudd were ousted from their respective positions with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in September 2008 when the Enterprises were taken into conservatorship by the federal government. Ex-Fannie Mae Chief Mudd Settles with SECcenter_img Daniel Mudd Securities and Exchange Commission Settlements Subprime Loans 2016-08-22 Seth Welborn August 22, 2016 474 Views last_img read more

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Builder Confidence Rallies

first_img Builder Confidence HMI NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index National Association of Home Builders 2017-11-16 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, News, Origination November 16, 2017 559 Views Builder confidence hit an eight-month high in November according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped two points in November, hitting an HMI total of 70, the highest level, since March 2017.The HMI is calculated based on a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for over three decades. It assigns a rating based on three component factors: builder perception of current single-family home sales, their expectations for sales over the next six months, and traffic of prospective buyers. Any rating over 50 indicates that more of the surveyed builders consider conditions to be “good” than “poor.”For the month of November, builder perception of current sales increased two points to a rating of 77. Also on the rise was the rating for buyer traffic, which rose to 50. However, expectations for the next six months dipped slightly, dropping from 78 to 77.Breaking things down to a more local level, the three-month moving average for the Northeast hit 54, up five points, and the South gained a point to settle in at 69. The West and Midwest held fast at their previous ratings of 77 and 63, respectively.Builder confidence slid during the summer, with all three HMI components seeing losses in July 2017 and the overall HMI rating dropping to 64, which at the time was the lowest rating since November 2016. The HMI entered the year with a rating of 67 in January 2017.While the new HMI report pinpoints several challenges currently facing builders, including labor shortages and the price increase of building materials, their outlook is still positive. According to the report:…demand for single-family housing is increasing at a consistent pace, driven by job and economic growth, rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory. With these economic fundamentals in place, we should see continued upward movement of the single-family housing market as we close out 2017.For more information on the HMI, click here.center_img Builder Confidence Rallies Sharelast_img read more

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