Sacred Games Season 2…that’s all anyone wants to talk about this week, isn’t it? I’ll admit that the second season is more deftly executed than the first. More clarity and maturity in the direction skills as the story moves in and out of two narratives that run parallel. The scene that stayed with me (*spoiler alert*) is a scene where a Muslim youth is mercilessly and cruelly lynched by a mob that included a few minors. The inhuman behaviour of the mob fuelled by deep hatred is unwatchable. I salute the writer and filmmakers for making the audience sit uncomfortably through those painful couple of minutes. Lest you forget, lynching is an ugly occurrence in the Indian reality today. Also Read – A special kind of bondRemember that dairy farmer who was lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar in April 2017? The video of the victim dressed in white salwar kurta being beaten to a pulp went viral. We squirmed while watching it, some made excuses for the governments (state and central) but the reality was that suchdastardly acts were taking place in India. Pehlu Khan, the dairy farmer’s only crime was to travel from his village, Nuh, in Haryana, to purchase cattle in order to increase milk production in time for Ramzan. He had the purchase receipts that he showed his perpetrators on the Delhi-Alwar highway but rage and hatred don’t listen to reason and rationale. Pehlu Khan succumbed to his injuries in hospital; a case was filed against nine people, including three minors. This week a lower court in Rajasthan acquitted all six accused adults on grounds of reasonable doubt. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe eyewitness video shot on a mobile phone was not enough, the court said, and the news channel sting where one of the accused is admitting to his role in the act was also not admissible. The man who recorded the viral video did not testify while another who had also made a video had turned hostile. Shockingly, the video was not sent for forensic analysis and therefore, could not be considered as evidence. The Rajasthan police and the prosecution both just did not seem to have their heart in the investigation. Two years was not long enough for the prosecution to get its act together and present a strong case. Shame! The Rajasthan government passed an anti-lynching law just last week but a new law alone can’t change the attitude of the administrators. Pehlu Khan’s case was ideal for both the state and central government to drive home a point – there would be no tolerance for perpetrators of lynching. Instead, quite the opposite has been communicated to prospective ‘lynchers’ – go ahead and take the law into your own hands, make videos of the brutality, make daring confessions also on video…but you will walk away scot-free. The wrath of the law will not strike, primarily because the authorities aren’t looking to set an example in the first place! While lynching can quite easily extend to non-religious matters, today where we stand, they can be viewed only as crimes of religious hate. Two months ago, the Indian government rubbished a US department report on religious freedom that stated “mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities” continued in the country. The government said that India is proud of its “secular credentials” and remains “committed to tolerance”. The onus is on the government to walk the talk and instruct states to do the same. Only the fear of the law can curb the evil within. But a law is effective only if its implementation can stop incidents of lynching. Otherwise, these laws remain only the written word unfollowed in spirit. And we continue to fail the likes of Pehlu Khan and others who have added their names to the ever-lengthening list of lynching victims. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: State correctional administration department is concerned over a few recent incidents in which undertrial prisoners were found to have entered the correctional homes with China-made small mobile phones being inserted in their rectums.The correctional administration department has become more cautious while allowing the undertrial prisoners into various jails, after the incidents came to light. The department is examining if such incidents occurred due to the negligence of the wardens in the correctional homes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe department came to know the matter after two undertrial prisoners in separate incidents entered presidency central correctional home with a China-made small mobile phone inside their rectum. The department suspects that the prisoners got the mobile phones during the process of being produced in court. Earlier, it was often alleged that the undertrial prisoners or the convicts got access to mobile phones inside the correctional homes. It was also alleged that in some cases the convicts established contacts with their associates outside giving them instructions. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to sources in the state correctional administration department, the checking processes will be made more stringent to stop such incidents. The department will also fix the responsibility on the staff members of the correctional homes if they are found guilty. “We are trying to identify how the undertrial prisoners entered into the correctional home with small size Chinese mobile phone inside their rectum. Steps would be taken if negligence is found on the part of any staff members of the correctional home,” a senior official of the department said. It may be mentioned that the department had recently shifted the Alipore Central Correctional Home to Baruipur for the security reasons for safety reasons. The 109-year-old Alipore Central correctional home closed down in February this year and all of its inmates were shifted to other correctional homes. The department has intensified the security system in all the correctional homes and checked the entry of various narcotic substances into the jails. The inmates often used to indulge in the consumption of these substances inside the jails evading the eyes of correctional home officials. But through the adoption of various stringent measures such incidents have been checked. The department has taken up a comprehensive programme to involve the inmates in various activities so that they can return to the mainstream of life. Various vocational trainings are being imparted among the jail inmates. In many correctional homes the inmates are already producing various handicrafts. Efforts have been taken by the department conduct computer literacy and many other programmes in the correctional homes.
BRUSSELS – The European Commission has given its OK to China National Offshore Oil Co.’s $15.1-billion bid for Calgary’s Nexen Inc.Both companies are active in oil and gas plays around the world.Nexen (TSX:NXY), for example, has operations in the North Sea so the proposed deal required approval under the European Union’s merger regulation.The major hurdle for the deal is a review under the Investment Canada Act, which will determine if it is of net benefit to Canada.The review deadline is this coming Monday, but that could be extended.Ottawa has also promised new guidelines on foreign investment amid criticism that the net benefit test lacks clarity and consistency.Canada’s spy agency raised a red flag on foreign investment by state-owned firms in its annual report earlier this year.Though CSIS didn’t name specific countries or companies, it said certain state-owned enterprises have pursued what it called opaque agendas or received clandestine intelligence support for their pursuits in Canada.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the Nexen-CNOOC deal “raises a range of difficult policy questions.”CNOOC and Nexen have a pre-existing relationship. Last year, CNOOC scooped up Opti Canada, Nexen’s beleaguered minority partner in its troubled Long Lake oilsands project. The two firms also worked together in the Gulf of Mexico.While Nexen’s headquarters are in Calgary, its strategic importance to Canada is questionable.Only about 30 per cent of its forecasted daily production in 2012 is from its Canadian operations, with the vast majority coming from offshore platforms in the North Sea and elsewhere around the globe. EU gives OK to CNOOC-Nexen deal, but big hurdle in Ottawa remains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2012 12:26 pm MDT
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage and take all possible measures to avoid further destruction.“UNESCO is determined to use its expertise and its networks to help the Syrian people preserve their exceptional cultural heritage,” said the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, after a meeting of experts held at the UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris seeking action to prevent further losses and repair damage where and when it will be possible.“Protecting heritage is inseparable from protecting populations, because heritage enshrines a people’s values and identities,” Ms. Bokova said. “We have heard today of the serious damage that has already been inflicted on Syria’s heritage. The destruction of sites such as the historic souk in Aleppo has made headlines around the world, clearly reflecting the concern and distress of people everywhere.”The meeting was chaired by Ms. Bokova and among its participants was the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. “Syria’s past is threatened, just as much as its present and its future,” Mr. Brahimi said. “I can bear witness and get your message across to the leaders I meet.” The experts endorsed UNESCO’s continuing action to raise awareness and share information about the status of Syria’s heritage, notably the country’s six World Heritage sites, important archaeological sites, and moveable heritage, including museums and other collections.UNESCO has had experience in coordinating actions to preserve heritage in times of conflict, most recently in Mali, Libya, and Iraq. In Syria, it has been training national and regional heritage professionals in an effort to preserve properties and collections from destruction, looting and illegal trafficking. The agency has also been sharing information available on damage to all types of heritage to alert customs services and art dealers about stolen heritage and help them respect the international ban on trading in looted properties.“There is no culture without people; and no society without culture,” Ms. Bokova said. “I urge all parties to take all necessary precautions to stop the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage, which includes some of the most precious in the world.”
A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo(Reuters) President Donald Trump’s proposal to sell half of the U.S. strategic oil reserve highlights a decline in the biggest oil user’s reliance on imports – and a weaning off OPEC crude – as its domestic production soars.The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) SPR-STK-T-EIA, the world’s largest, holds about 688 million barrels of crude in heavily guarded underground caverns in Louisiana and Texas.Congress created it in 1975 after the Arab oil embargo caused fears of long-term spikes in motor fuel prices that would harm the U.S. economy.The White House budget, which will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, proposes to start selling SPR oil in fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1. The sales would generate $500 million in the first year, documents released by the administration showed.Sales from the reserve would gradually rise over the following years, peaking at nearly $3.9 billion in 2027, and totaling nearly $16.6 billion from 2018 to 2027.A release of half over 10 years averages about 95,000 barrels per day (bpd), or 1 percent of current U.S. output.Although the figure is equivalent only to the output of a mid-sized field, it sends a powerful signal about the United States’ decreasing need for imports as its own production reaches new highs.Since the U.S. shale oil boom began at the start of this decade, imports have fallen sharply – sometimes to as low as 7 million bpd, from as high as 10 million bpd in the middle of the last decade. C-IMP-T-EIAEnbridge Inc.’s crude oil storage tanks are seen during a tour of their tank farm in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016. Picture taken March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Nick Oxford“The United States definitely don’t need as much SPR as they have now lower imports,” said Amrita Sen of the consultancy Energy Aspects, noting that the drive to reduce the SPR had started under former President Barack Obama.“While the headlines may be bearish, not only is this just a proposal that is unlikely to make it past Congress, it is also phased over 10 years … So we do not see this as bearish for fundamentals even though the headlines won’t help,” she added.PVM brokerage also agreed the plan, if implemented, would not add dramatically to global oversupply.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which the United States is not a member, meets this week, and is widely expected to extend production cuts by nine months to March 2018 to help the market rebalance.Benchmark Brent LCOc1 and U.S. light crude CLc1 prices were broadly flat at 1230 GMT, having recouped earlier losses of around 1 percent.Olivier Jakob from Swiss-based Petromatrix consultancy agreed the sales would result only in a small amount of additional supply in coming years.“To maximize budget revenues we would suggest to the White House to copy for once what Mexico does, and to use any price support provided by OPEC cuts to hedge the forward release of SPR barrels,” he said.The West’s energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency (IEA), has said oil market rebalancing was on the way and foresaw a significant drop in stock from current record levels of 3 billion barrels in the next few months.The IEA, which counts the United States as a member, requires member countries to keep strategic stocks equal to 90 days of the previous year’s net oil imports.PVM said if U.S. imports in coming years matched those of 2016, the country would need to keep 489 million barrels of oil in the SPR, some 140-150 million barrels above the proposed new level.The United States has more leeway to release SPR crude as its own production C-OUT-T-EIA has surged 49 percent over the past five years.The United States released supplies from the SPR amid supply concerns at the start of the Gulf War in 1991 and after Hurricane Katrina disrupted Gulf of Mexico output in 2005, and again in 2011 amid concerns about lost Libyan supply.In December, Congress approved the sale of $2 billion of crude from the SPR to pay for maintenance and repairs. The U.S. Department of Energy sold 6.4 million barrels in January and another 10 million in February.The White House proposal would also open areas of Alaska’s arctic region to exploration, potentially helping the United States further boost production to rival top competitors Saudi Arabia and Russia.(Reporting by Henning Gloystein; Additional reporting by Florence Tan; Editing by Dale Hudson and Christian Schmollinger) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil rises as Saudi Arabia seeks to tackle oversupplyNovember 12, 2018In “World”U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials to pressure Maduro -sourcesJuly 26, 2017In “latest news”Retail U.S. gasoline prices surge as refineries warn of shortages after HarveySeptember 2, 2017In “World” By Henning Gloystein and Dmitry Zhdannikov | SINGAPORE/VIENNA
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRashid, Bumrah joint No.1 in ODI rankingsFebruary 20, 2018In “latest news”Kohli reclaims top spot; Hazlewood tops ODI bowling rankingsJune 13, 2017In “latest news”England cement white-ball rise with No.1 ODI rankingMay 2, 2018In “latest news” After winning their first bilateral series in South Africa, India have climbed to the top of the ODI rankings for the third time in six months. India overtook South Africa – who will finish the ongoing series ranked second – after beating them by 73 runs in the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth. India are also the top-ranked Test team.India had become the No. 1 ODI side after taking a 2-0 lead in the series, but had to win four of six matches to retain that ranking after the series. If India win the final ODI, they will finish with 123 rankings points, and South Africa with 117. South Africa had to either tie or win the ODI series against India to stay at the top of the rankings.India’s series win means England could move past South Africa, to No. 2, if they beat New Zealand 5-0 in the upcoming ODI series. Afghanistan, meanwhile, have also climbed past Zimbabwe to No. 10 on the ODI rankings after winning the third ODI in Sharjah on Tuesday, but will have to win the series to retain that position. (ESPNCricinfo)
Washington made national headlines this week when state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee announced that they would fight President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for a travel ban from seven countries. Ferguson called Trump’s order unconstitutional and said he would seek to invalidate it in a lawsuit. On Friday, a federal judge ruled in Ferguson’s favor and ordered a halt to the ban.Inslee called it a “tremendous victory.”“There is still more to do. The fight isn’t yet won. But we should feel heartened by today’s victory and more resolute than ever that we are fighting on the right side of history,” the governor said.Earlier in the week, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, assured reporters he could serve as both a lawmaker and a member of President Trump’s transition team. Ericksen is overseeing the communication of Trump’s transition effort at the Environmental Protection Agency and working with Vancouver’s former Sen. Don Benton, now a senior White House adviser.With the 2017 Washington legislative session in full swing, there was also plenty of state news. Ericksen flew back to Olympia from Washington, D.C., in time for Republican senators to pass a sweeping education plan that they say will fix the state’s largest problem: how to adequately fund the state’s public schools. Democrats largely criticized their proposal, but it could help negotiations gain some traction. Legislators also tackled a wide range of other issues from how to charge law-enforcement officials who use deadly force to whether employers should be prohibited from asking about an applicant’s criminal history.Southwest Washington lawmakers continue to meet weekly to discuss local priorities.There are two more weeks until the first bill cutoff, so expect a flurry of activity in Olympia.Here’s a snapshot of some bills discussed this week with Southwest Washington significance:Oil transportation safetyWhen a train carrying crude oil derailed in Mosier, Ore., last summer, the entire region got a glimpse of what a catastrophic spill could look like. Senate Bill 5462 is one of a couple of bills trying to strengthen regulations on trains carrying crude oil. The measure, which received a hearing in the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on Thursday, has several provisions, including requiring railroads to complete oil contingency plans.
Maurizio Sarri intends to reinforce his attacking department in January as Chelsea aim to challenge Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool for the Premier League titleThe Blues have aggregated 28 points after the opening 13 EPL fixtures, as they currently trail the Citizens by seven points.However, it is evident Eden Hazard, Willian, and Pedro lack a prolific goalscorer in the final third because both Morata and Giroud failed to live up to expectations this campaign.The Spaniard and the Frenchman have scored six goals altogether, while Hazard notched seven goals on his own. Therefore, Sarri became aware he needs to land a striker who can guarantee at least ten goals in the second half of the season.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.According to the Daily Mail, the Pensioners have identified the Serie A duo, Mauro Icardi and Krzysztof Piatek, the top targets for the January transfer window.Considering the Nerazzurri price their captain at staggering £97.5m, Genoa’s wonder seems to be a more feasible solution.Although it is still uncertain how much would the Liguria-based outfit ask for their headline performer, Piatek’s market value is currently set at £30m.The 23-year-old striker has bagged 13 goals in ten top-flight outings for the Griffin, which has earned him his first Poland national team call-up.
TACOMA — Just when it seems that surely the Union Titans have used up their allotment of Tacoma Dome magic, they manage to conjure up something new.Jordan Chatman made a 3-point shot with 1:01 to play Thursday, providing the final points in Union’s thrilling 66-65 overtime victory against Jackson High School of Mill Creek.“I’m pretty confident,” said the BYU-bound Chatman, who finished with 20 points. “With the game on the line, I’m usually pretty clutch.”The victory in the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament puts Union into the semifinals, where it will play Central Valley of Veradale at 9 p.m. Friday.It also shows that the Titans still feel right at home in the Tacoma Dome, where the program won the Class 3A title two years ago.That championship run featured victories in which Union survived last-second misses by their opponents in both the semifinal and the championship game. Thursday’s win was no different.
On the agenda for the council meeting on Wednesday, June 13, the council is expected to vote on whether or not to begin the draft petition for annexation. The City Council postponed the vote on the ordinance to begin the draft process for the potential annexation areas until their meeting on June 13. During the work session on May 23, the council reviewed all nine areas of study and discussed severalpotential modifications to each of the areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council is expected to vote on whether or not the city will be taking the next step in the annexation process. The council shuffled through maps of each of the proposed annexation zones. They broke down possible residential areas in each of the study zones that would be open up for public comment, or essentially a vote, in those areas in order decide whether or not to annex them. If the council votes to move forward with submitting the petition to the Local Boundary Commission, additional public hearings and action from the council will be required.
5:51 How quickly Facebook can rope in Libra users is an open question. Using existing cryptocurrencies to pay for everyday purchases is far from common, despite efforts to make those transactions mainstream. Many cryptocurrencies, most notably bitcoin, swing wildly in value and exist in a confusing regulatory environment. They’ve been used for speculation or in criminal activities.Facebook and the Libra Association say they’re working to address these concerns. Libra will be backed by a reserve of assets consisting of “bank deposits and government securities in currencies from stable and reputable central banks.” That suggests major global currencies, like the dollar and the euro, which don’t fluctuate violently day to day.Facebook isn’t the first tech company to integrate payments into a service. Line, a Japanese messaging app, launched a digital token called Link last year. Chinese messaging app WeChat lets users link credit cards to make payments and money transfers, but banned cryptocurrency transactions. With Libra, Facebook is getting into the cryptocurrency business. Getty Images Facebook changed the way we communicate. Now the social media giant wants to change how its roughly 2.4 billion users think about using a cryptocurrency to make everyday purchases.Earlier this week, the social network and its partners unveiled a global digital coin called Libra, confirming details of a project that had been leaking out in dribs and drabs for months. Libra, which will be managed by a governing body and backed by stable financial assets, is expected to debut in the first half of 2020.Facebook and the Libra Association, the body that will govern the coin, hope to create a stable digital money that will give users confidence in its value and won’t be subject to the wild gyrations of more recognized cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. The group is also trying to alleviate concerns that Libra could be used for money laundering or black market transactions, saying it would work with authorities around the world to ensure Libra conforms to regulations in multiple countries and jurisdictions. The efforts to woo politicians and regulators, however, seemed to fall flat. Almost immediately after the announcement, US and European politicians expressed concern about Libra, saying Facebook’s history of privacy problems raised questions about whether it was a fit steward of people’s financial data.Rep. Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, said Facebook “has repeatedly shown a disregard for the protection and careful use of this data.” The social media company faces a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Facebook for allegedly failing to protect user privacy. A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on July 17 to discuss Libra.In Europe, the reaction was similar. Bruno Le Maire, France’s finance minister, told Europe 1 radio that Libra was fine if its use was limited to transactions, according to AFP. But the social network shouldn’t be allowed to create a “sovereign currency” that could be used to issue debt or serve other functions associated with government-issued money. Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney referenced Libra at a meeting of Portugal, saying, “Anything that works in this world will become instantly systemic and will have to be subject to the highest standards of regulation,” according to Bloomberg.Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions are the latest example of the social network’s efforts to cement itself in the daily lives of its users. If Facebook and its partners can persuade people to use Libra, the social network could attract new users, keep them online longer and generate more revenue outside of advertising, which made up 99% of its $15 billion in sales in the first three months of 2019.The Libra project underscores Facebook’s efforts to encourage its users to spend more time on the site or with its services by allowing them to send money, purchase products and sell their used possessions on its platform. If they do so, Facebook could create revenue streams beyond its dominant advertising business, which made up 99% of its $15 billion in sales in the first three months of 2019.”Payments is foundational to doing commerce,” said Lisa Ellis, an analyst at MoffettNathanson Research. “This would be a significant step toward enabling that.”The move in cryptocurrency comes as Facebook doubles down on its private spaces. The company plans to make it possible for users to send messages without switching between it’s Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram services. Calibra, the digital wallet Facebook created to store Libra, will be built into Messenger and WhatsApp, though not Instagram at first. There’s a lot of overlap between the way you use a wallet and the way you would use a messaging app. Kevin Weil, vice president of product for blockchain at Facebook Facebook Cryptocurrency Tags 22 Comments Mobile Tech Industry Originally published June 18. Update, June 20: Adds reaction from politicians and regulators. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family Would you use Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency? (The… 18 Photos Facebook’s size and international reach, however, give it an advantage, according to analysts. Roughly 2.7 billion people use Facebook or Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram. By contrast, Line has less than a quarter of the number of users and WeChat has about 1 billion users.Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace, a cryptocurrency security company, says Libra could convince other social media platforms to enter financial services. “This starts to begin the conversation around social media platforms, which have been big political platforms over the last three or four years, becoming financial platforms to enable a global society,” Jevans said.Creating a digital walletFacebook’s digital wallet, Calibra, is expected to launch in 2020. Facebook Users will download the Calibra app onto their iPhone or Android devices, or add the wallet into Messenger or WhatsApp.To prevent fraud, Facebook will also ask users to verify their identity by uploading an ID such as a driver’s license. The company will encrypt this information and may retain it, depending on local regulations. Users can then link their bank accounts to the app to exchange, for example, US dollars for Libra. The wallet will automatically convert the dollar figure into the Libra amount.Over time, people could use Libra coins to purchase an item on Marketplace, make a donation or buy a product from retailers, said Kevin Weil, vice president of product for blockchain at Facebook. The wallet, which is still being built, may also be integrated into Instagram direct message at some point, he said.”There’s a lot of overlap between the way you use a wallet and the way you would use a messaging app that makes them great first steps for us,” Weil said.Facebook plans to offer incentives to get consumers and businesses to use Libra. A business could get cash back in Libra coins if it processes a transaction using the virtual currency. Early users may get some Libra coins when they set up an account and for referring friends to the app.Sending money across borders could be cheaper using Libra than conventional banks, Weil says, adding that the fees for transfers will be less than a penny. By comparison, the average cost of sending $200 was 7% in 2018, according to the World Bank. It’s unclear whether there will be a limit to the amount of money that people will be able to send using Calibra.The Calibra wallet will also work with other wallets that accept Libra, similar to the way email can be sent across services, such as between Google and Yahoo.”It’s that same kind of interoperability that you have between wallets in the Libra ecosystem,” Weil said.Managing a new cryptocurrencyFacebook won’t have direct control over Libra. Instead, it will be part of a nonprofit headquartered in Switzerland called the Libra Association that will oversee the cryptocurrency. The association has 28 founding members, including PayPal, Visa, Uber, Coinbase, Andreessen Horowitz and Mercy Corps, but aims to have 100 by 2020.The founding partners of the Libra Association include Mastercard and Visa. Facebook Businesses and venture capital firms that are part of the association will invest at least $10 million, which will be used to fund the group’s operations and Libra incentives. Each member will maintain a node, the servers that process transfers and power the Libra blockchain. All members will be represented on the Libra Association Council and have one vote, limiting Facebook’s influence over the cryptocurrency.Facebook and its partners won’t get a cut of cryptocurrency transactions or use the financial data from users for ad targeting. But making it easier for people to spend or send money could attract users or increase engagement, which would be attractive to advertisers. Businesses that use Libra might also have more money to spend on Facebook ads. In the future, the Libra Association could offer a range of financial services.David Marcus, who leads Facebook’s cryptocurrency efforts, said Libra might be more popular among people who don’t have access to financial services in the early days. About 1.7 billion adults worldwide still don’t have access to a bank account, according to data from the World Bank.”The effect of having a more competitive, vibrant financial system with, you know, more players, more services and the diversity of offerings I think will bring in many more people,” he said. “But it will take time.”
Asteroid formation through planetary collisionDon Davis via University of FloridaAsteroid 2006 QQ23, a rogue space body much bigger than the Eiffel tower, narrowly missed its collision with the earth on Sunday. The asteroid, which was speeding at 10,400 miles per hour, passed within 4.6 million miles of earth and even a small change in its trajectory could have brought devastating effects on the planet.In the wake of the incident, Danica Remy, president of the California based B612 non-profit foundation, revealed that Earth will be one day hit by a rogue space body that will result in severe catastrophic effects.In a recent talk with the NBC News, Remy revealed that it is only a matter of time before earth gets hit by a mega asteroid. He added that the impact of such an asteroid hit will be several times stronger than a nuclear explosion.However, Remy made it clear that such an impact from rogue space bodies will only create regional impact and not planetary level devastation. Even though the asteroid will cause casualties in the affected area, the entire stability of global transportation, networking and weather will be negatively impacted due to the hit.This is not the first time that a top expert is giving a chilling warning about future asteroid hits. A few months back, Dr Iain McDonald, a scientist at the Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences had predicted that Earth will be inevitably hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other. McDonald believes that catastrophic events like doomsday asteroid hits are not confined to the past and it may happen in the future too.Popular physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, during a podcast titled ‘Cosmic Queries: Asteroids and Comets’, also shared similar views. Tyson revealed that the end of the world will most probably happen due to a gigantic asteroid hit.”It is an intriguing and under-appreciated fact that asteroids and comets may have been the bringers of life, if not the ingredients of life, but perhaps even life itself. And yet, they can also serve as harbingers of doom for the very life that they brought to the planet,” said Tyson.In order to combat these future threats, NASA is now busy developing a planetary defence weapon to protect the Earth from deep space threats. NASA’s planetary defence weapon aims to hit the approaching space body using a large craft so that the collision trajectory of the object can be changed.
Children are being given vaccine at Bagerhat Sadar Hospital. Photo: UNBResidents of two villages in Bagerhat are passing days in fear of being infected by Rabies virus, reports UNB.At least 25 individuals including women and children of the two villages, Mirzapur and Karapara, were feared infected as a dog reportedly infected by Rabies bit them in the last two days (Wednesday and Thursday).Later, the dog was beaten to death by the villagers on Thursday while 12 of the injured were taken to the Sadar Hospital for treatment.Meanwhile, around hundred villagers, who took the milk of a cow bitten by the infected dog, went to the Sadar Hospital for treatment fearing they were infected.However, physicians of the hospital assured them that there is nothing to worry about as they gave them the Rabies vaccine.Villagers, who came to the hospital for treatment, said that they have been having milk from the cow for the last 2-3 months.According to locals, Billal Hossain of Chakuli village has been providing cow milk to the villagers since long. Suddenly, a few days ago, one of his cows fell sick.After examining the cow, a veterinary physician declared it has been infected by Rabies virus as it might have been bitten by an infected dog.Md Mashiur Rahman who is working at the emergency department of the hospital said a total of 86 people, most of them women and children, were given the Rabies vaccine.Bagerhat civil surgeon Arun Chandra Mandal warned that there are chances of getting infected by the disease if one doesn’t take the vaccine.
The following is a bonus article to the articles running in the AFRO’s 5th Annual Career and Education Fair supplement. The AFRO’s Career and Education Fair will be held on September 25 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at The Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.By Carl Thomas, Special to the AFRO368.That’s the number of job applications I completed in 45 days during one drought in employment opportunity. I called friends, family, associates, former co-workers, mentors –still- I found myself reading yet another “Thank you for your interest…” (TYFYI) email.If you are reading this article, you likely know precisely the correspondence being referenced. You have read it, deleted it, forwarded it to friends who claim they have clout, and (depending on how long you’ve been looking) printed out a few copies to use as targets for your dart game.While it can be difficult to look for a job, don’t give up. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The first thing to remember is volume does not matter. ‘Landing a gig’ is really a function of timing and preparation. With the perfect timing, one could apply to one job and find success was merely a resume upload away. Less than perfect timing, and you may reel in 500 TYFYI emails before someone invites you in to interview.You complete the number required to arrive where you need to be. The moment you concentrate on the number of applications, you launch an offense against your own self actualization. You begin to say things like “I’ve sent several emails and nothing.” If you have not found a position, it is definitely going to take -at least- one more application.Likewise, if you read the title of this article and continued to this point, you may feel yourself approaching the end of your rope and wondering what to do next. The answer is simple: hold to that rope. What that really means is not quite as simple, but still a very achievable option: keep pushing forward.The urge to quit is strong, especially as your running counter of resumes sent out continues to move expeditiously toward the infinite. We’ve concluded that volume doesn’t matter, instead, we turn our attention to the accuracy and aesthetics of our resume and cover letters.The Department of Employment Services has employment counselors who can assist with resume revisions. Based on the number of people who need assistance, definitely don’t expect them to start one from scratch, have one already done or find someone to help you prepare one.Once you have checked the resume and cover letter off the list, it’s time to turn your sights to your presentation. By now, you have procured lots of interview attire and are fairly comfortable with what you will be asked. “No” has become such a common response, it is necessary to protect against depression.Meditation and visualization can be powerful tools in your fight against allowing weeks of negative responses to pile up. An internet search will reveal many free resources to learn and practice both meditation and visualization.If you can relate thus far, then it probably is not much of a stretch to assume you now encounter loved ones who simply cannot understand what the delay in finding employment is all about. People now begin to outwardly question the validity of your search itself.Resist the urge to share the number of applications, instead, focus the conversation around the quality of your attempts. Solicit assistance in reviewing or revising documents. Most times you will find your family and friends completely open to helping in this way. Take full advantage.Once you’ve addressed the resume and cover letter, decided to push forward, began to meditate and visualize yourself in a new position and solicit help from family and friends, you’re on the path to success… Except this time, you may actually get there.
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | March 20, 2019 Book Chapter Reports on Fonar Upright MRI for Hydrocephalus Imaging Upright MRI scanning is part of Image Guided Atlas Treatment for correcting misalignments at the craniocervical junction Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. 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Image courtesy of Scott Rosa, DC, BCAO.March 20, 2019 — Fonar Corp. reported publication of a chapter where the physician-author-researchers utilized the Fonar Upright Multi-Position MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system. The title of their chapter is: Craniocervical Junction Syndrome: Anatomy of the Craniocervical and Atlantoaxial Junctions and the Effect of Misalignment on Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow.The chapter is in a book titled ‘Hydrocephalus – Water on the Brain’ and was published by IntechOpen. The chapter can be found here. The authors are Scott Rosa, DC, BCAO, John W. Baird, M.D., David Harshfield, M.D., and Mahan Chehrenama, M.D.Rosa said, “The chapter describes how malformations and misalignments of the craniocervical junction (CCJ) can cause a constellation of cerebral and other neurological signs and symptoms collectively called the craniocervical syndrome (CCS). The signs and symptoms of the craniocervical junction syndrome, may be due to mechanical strain causing deformation of dura mater, vasculature and other structures of the cranial vault resulting in irritation of and dysfunction of affected tissues. Deformation of the CCJ may also obstruct blood and CSF flow. Chronic ischemia, edema and hydrocephalus can cause degenerative cascades that can in turn lead to neurodegenerative diseases.”Rosa has developed a patented method to restore cerebrospinal integrity by correcting misalignments at the craniocervical junction (CCJ). The method is called Image Guided Atlas Treatment (IGAT). He says that the Fonar Upright MRI and its imaging sequences are a critical part of the IGAT methodology in correcting the misalignments found at the CCJ. This is because only the Fonar Upright MRI can visualize the CCJ in the upright, fully weight-loaded position, necessary for detecting fully distended cerebellar tonsillar ectopia and CSF flow impeding vertebral malalignments.In the future, continued understanding of the CCS may plausibly have a significant impact on the genesis and treatments of the many neurodegenerative diseases that plague mankind. These include multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and additionally the non neuro-degenerative diseases childhood autism, birth injury and cerebral palsy.For more information: www.fonar.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more
Out of the Ordinary OutbackBecome a jolly swagman and stay by a billabong in WarrawongNew outback touring company Out of the Ordinary Outback is offering modern-day swagmen – and women – a free night’s stay at the new-look Warrawong on the Darling camp, nestled by a billabong at Wilcannia in outback NSW.The ‘stay three nights and get the fourth free’ offer is available for caravan and camping accommodation at the sprawling , 688-hectare outback camp which hugs the legendary, gum-lined Darling River for 12km at Wilcannia, 965km west of Sydney and 700km north-east of Adelaide.Under the stay for four – pay for three offer, outback explorers can stay for four nights on a powered site for $111 (nightly rate is $37 per night) on an unpowered site for four nights for $81 ($27 a night). Prices based on two people per site. There is no expiry date for the open-ended offer.Become a jolly swagman and stay by a billabong in WarrawongOffering a taste of the ruggedly beautiful ‘big sky’ country of far west NSW and fast gaining a reputation as one of the best stopover points for outback tourers, Warrawong on the Darling boasts new cabins, secluded caravan and camping sites by the river and billabong, a new amenities block, laundry, camp kitchen and BBQ area, a small shop and art gallery, bushwalking tracks and friendly hosts.From late March to late October, Warrawong on the Darling also offers an authentic camp diner around the fire for $15.While staying at the park, guests can fish and canoe on the river and billabong, spot local fauna and birdlife, enjoy spectacular sunsets and sunrises gaze at the star-filled night sky and explore historic Wilcannia – once the third largest inland port in Australia during the great river boat era of the mid-19th century. Guests can also use Warrawong as a base for day trips to the opal mining township of White Cliffs, the Aboriginal drawings and rugged ranges of Mutawintji National Park and Menindee Lakes – now filled with water after recent rains.Fresh from its revamp this year, Warrawong on the Darling is owned by new outback touring company, Out of the Ordinary Outback, launched last month by passionate bush lover and tourism businessman, Scott Smith. Out of the Ordinary Outback also includes well-known, outback touring company, Tri State Safaris, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel and the Ivanhoe Hotel. Out of the Ordinary Outbackdiscover more here Warrawong on the Darlingdiscover more here Source = Out of the Ordinary Outback
Go back to the e-newsletter >Luxury river cruise operator APT is celebrating news that its US partner AmaWaterways has been awarded two accolades as part of the 8th Annual Cruise Critic US Editors’ Picks Awards. This year for the first time ever, Cruise Critic designated specific awards for its new River Cruise Line category, with AmaWaterways receiving the following:Best River Line for DiningBest River Line for Active CruisersCommenting on the awards APT’s Executive General Manager Global Sales and Marketing, Debra Fox said, “We are thrilled for AmaWaterways. These awards are reflective of the hard work and dedication of the teams in Europe who work tirelessly to deliver exceptional itineraries and menus onboard our ships. Our Australian guests who travel on APT and AmaWaterways itineraries share the same experience and exemplary service from our onboard teams and so we are delighted that their efforts have been recognised by Cruise Critic’s panel of experts.”AmaWaterways’ success in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards follow APT’s receipt of three AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in July 2015, where APT won the newly introduced Best River Cruise Category, ‘Best Tour Operator Domestic’ (fourth year running), and ‘Best Tour Operator, International’ (second year running).Go back to the e-newsletter >
Limassol municipality will start two new projects to encourage recycling and composting, the city’s mayor announced on Monday.One of them is a ‘Benefit as you save’ (BAS) pilot programme which aims to address the very low recycling rates in Limassol.As part of the European project ‘Enhancing citizen participation in recycling processes’ 215 households in the Ekali area of the town were selected, who will receive free 240-litre mixed waste bines, 220-litre household composting bins and recycling bags.Each time the garbage is collected, the contents of each bin will be analysed and the filled bins are going to be weighed.The participating residents will be given incentives in the form of reductions in annual taxes, free access to public parking spaces at certain times, and free entrance to the Limassol zoo and events such as the annual wine festival. The three residences with the best results will be awarded honorary plaques.Based on the data gathered from the pilot project the municipality will progressively implement the scheme throughout Limassol, through subsidy schemes for the purchase of waste bins and composting.The second project the municipality is working on is the installation of autonomous composting machines (ACM), for which it has signed a contract for €164,500, which is co-funded by the EU.Three points were selected for the placement of the machines, where people pass by every day and within walking distance of the city’s public garden.To determine the most appropriate locations for their installation a series of on-site visits were carried out with the cooperation of the Cyprus University of Technology.The areas will be fenced in and there will be a special access system, only accessible for those entitled to their use, including disabled people.Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said the measures were necessary as the average Limassolian produces 600 kilos of garbage each year, of which only 10 per cent is recycled.By 2030, the share of recycled waste should rise to 70 per cent, according to European legislation, he added. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola