Buddhadeb on fasttrack to recovery

first_imgKolkata: Former Chief Minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has shown signs of fast improvement, with his blood pressure remaining normal on Tuesday.On Tuesday morning, Bhattacharjee had biscuit and tea without sugar. Later in the day, he also listened to Rabindra Sangeet. He has already overcome the respiratory distress with which he had been admitted to a private hospital in the city on September 6. It may be mentioned that the ailing Bhattacharjee was released from the hospital on Monday, after he insisted on going back home. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was also learnt that he had stopped talking to the doctors as they were unwilling to discharge him from the hospital so early. Bhattacharjee has since been under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy are being applied on him. BIPAP was conducted on the patient on Tuesday so that the oxygen level in his body gets increased. He had low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in his blood initially when taken to the hospital, but the situation has improved gradually. He also had an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure. Bhattacharjee has been a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and often complained of multiple cardiac ailments. The doctors are visiting him at his residence and his health condition is being monitored from time to time.last_img read more

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RCMP say three boys dead in Manitoba after being struck by vehicle

first_imgThe Canadian PressNELSON HOUSE, Man. — A northern Manitoba community is grieving after three young boys were struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver who fled the scene Saturday night.A 13-year-old and two 11-year-olds were on Provincial Road 620, two kilometres north of Nelson House when they were hit by a vehicle with five people in it around 10:30 p.m., RCMP said.Investigators said two of the children were walking and one was riding a bike on the road at the time.The children died at the scene and when officers arrived, they found the vehicle empty.“There was no driver or occupants at the time, as they had fled the scene. Within a short period of time, the four occupants returned back to the scene and provided information back to police about who the driver was, as he had fled on foot,” said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Paul Menaigre. “I guess they went after him, but he took off.”Information spread quickly through the community and by midnight, the driver walked into the Nelson House RCMP detachment and turned himself over to two officers, who were on their way to continue looking for him.The alleged driver, who is a 27-year-old member of the Nelson House community, was arrested without incident and remains in police custody.“He’ll be facing numerous charges, including fleeing the scene of an accident and numerous impaired driving-related charges,” Menaigre said.“We’ve conducted tests and determined he was impaired by alcohol.”Menaigre expected charges would be laid by Monday.He said in situations like this, the community is likely to feel shock, anger and grief.“Alcohol is involved, it could have easily been prevented. So there could be anger in the community, because we’re at the stage of not understanding ‘why’ _ that’s the anger part _ and then eventually there’s the grieving process. We want to get as much information as we can figured out quickly, so they can begin that process,” he said.Grand Chief Sheila North of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a political advocacy organization, said several staff members from Nelson House are grieving.“Everyone knows each other and it’s a growing, prospering community,” North said of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, which is based in Nelson House.“They’re very heartbroken and shocked. I talked to the [Nisichawayasihk] Chief Marcel Moody as well. He says the whole community is deeply saddened and in complete shock that the boys have succumbed to this kind of tragedy. His own grandsons are friends with those kids so it’s very close to home for the chief,” she said.North said the leadership is very progressive and in tune with the community’s needs, but it can only do the best it can without more funding for infrastructure projects like street lighting.Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, sent condolences to members of the community on Sunday.“My heart goes out to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the families of three young boys tragically killed last night while out for a bike ride. Extending love and support to all who knew them,” Bellegarde wrote on Twitter.Others also tweeted their support for the community.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister posted his thoughts: “Our hearts go out to the families of three young boys who left us far too soon. To the entire community of Nelson House and NCN, we mourn this heartbreaking loss with you.”The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs tweeted condolences on behalf of Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and assembly members.Nelson House is about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 80 kilometres west of Thompson, Man. It is made up of four reserves, according to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation’s website.The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation has around 4,600 members.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,494.23, up 10.02 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down eight cents, or 3.64 per cent, to $2.12 on 9.5 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 63 cents, or 2.89 per cent, to $22.46 on 8.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 14 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $5.70 on 6.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 63 cents, or 6.51 per cent, to $9.05 on 5.9 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Materials. Down 11 cents, or 5.64 per cent, to $1.84 on 5.6 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Up 10 cents, or 2.67 per cent, to $3.84 on 5.5 million shares.Companies in the news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Up seven cents to $3.84. Grupo Aeromexico is reviewing its partnership with Aimia Inc., the latest problem for the loyalty analytics company which is facing a fight with a group of its shareholders. The Mexican airline says it is “re-evaluating all aspects of its customer loyalty strategy.” Aeromexico holds a 51.9 per cent stake in PLM Premier which runs Club Premier, the airline’s frequent flyer program. Aimia holds the remaining stake.Canadian Natural Resources. (TSX:CNQ). Down 87 cents, or 2.5 per cent to $33.88. The Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project says the province’s largest oil and gas companies are underestimating how much it will cost to clean up thousands of oil and gas wells drilled over past decades. The coalition of landowners, environmentalists and others is unveiling a list of companies and its estimate of how much it would cost each to remediate its properties if it had to be done today. It says those costs are much higher than the companies estimate because they are assuming they will have decades of cleanup time. The coalition says Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is facing the largest bill at $11.9 billion to clean up 73,000 oil, gas and bitumen wells in Alberta.The Canadian Press read more

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With economy weak low rates needed until at least late 2013 IMF

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 9:59 am MDT OTTAWA – The International Monetary Fund is telling the Bank of Canada to hold off on monetary tightening until the economy performs better.The IMF says in a new report on Canada that the economy slowed in 2012 and will underperform again in 2013 with sub-two-per-cent growth.The Washington-based international financial institution says the best case scenario suggests growth should perk up in late 2013, at which time higher interest rates might be warranted.But it cautions that as modest as its appraisal is of Canadian economic prospects, all the risks are still tilted toward a worse — not better — result.It says if the worst does happen, there is still some space for monetary easing to occur — that is for the Bank of Canada to lower interest rates even further.Similarly, while the IMF says Canadian governments are taking the correct actions in seeking to rein in deficits, they should also be prepared to reverse course to new spending stimulus if an adverse shock were to occur.Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the IMF says Canada’s economy should advance by just under two per cent in 2013 and at about 2.25 per cent in 2014. With economy weak, low rates needed until at least late 2013, IMF tells Canada read more

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ExxonMobils 31B bid for Celtic Exploration approved by industry minister

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 7:59 pm MDT ExxonMobil’s $3.1B bid for Celtic Exploration approved by industry minister CALGARY – Celtic Exploration Ltd. (TSX:CLT) said Wednesday it has Ottawa’s approval to be taken over by Houston-based energy heavyweight ExxonMobil Corp. for $3.1 billion.The approval under the Investment Canada Act means that no further regulatory approvals are required. The deal is expected to be completed Feb. 26.The Investment Canada Act is the same legislation under which the Conservative government approved Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd.’s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc. in December.When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that decision, along with an approval of a $6-billion takeover of Progress Energy Resources by Malaysia’s Petronas, he signalled a change in Ottawa’s foreign investment rules.From now on, control of oilsands companies by foreign state-owned enterprises will only be allowed under “exceptional circumstances.”Critics charge that the rules are still too vague.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), a Calgary-based company about 70 per cent owned by ExxonMobil, has said it will exercise its option to invest $1.55 billion for a 50 per cent stake in Celtic.Imperial’s involvement takes effect right after the transaction closes.The deal, announced last October, will see Exxon add lucrative natural gas liquids to its portfolio through the control of about 221,000 hectares in the Montney formation in B.C. and Alberta and 42,000 hectares in the emerging Duvernay shale in Alberta.Current production on that land is 72 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and 4,000 barrels per day of condensate and natural gas liquids.The assets were estimated by Celtic as of Dec. 31, 2011, to include 128 million oil equivalent barrels of proved plus probable reserves, of which 24 per cent are condensate and natural gas liquids and 76 per cent natural gas.Separately, Imperial and ExxonMobil have discussed building a liquefied natural gas export facility on Canada’s West Coast to enable the fuel to reach more lucrative Asian markets.ExxonMobil made a big move into natural gas in late 2009 when it announced an eye-popping US$41-billion acquisition of U.S. natural gas giant XTO. read more

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ANSYS 170 Coming Soon

first_imgVery soon, ANSYS will unveil what the company describes as “the most feature-rich release in our 45-year history. How to advance your product development process by an order of magnitude by leveraging the leading engineering simulation software on the planet.”ANSYS offers a comprehensive software suite that spans the entire range of physics, providing access to virtually any field of engineering simulation that a design process requires.“Simulation-Driven Product Development takes engineering simulation to another level ― the unequalled depth and breadth of our software coupled with its unmatched engineered scalability, comprehensive multiphysics foundation and adaptive architecture set our technology apart from other CAE tools. These ANSYS Advantages add value to the engineering design process by delivering efficiency, driving innovation and reducing physical constraints, enabling simulated tests that might not be possible otherwise.last_img read more

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Pots are ready for Womens WCh 2017 draw

← Previous Story Spain and Norway are EURO Beach handball champions! Next Story → Paraguay gets bronze and a ticket for Germany 2017 From 1 to 17 December 2017, Germany will host the 23rd edition of the IHF Women’s World Championship. Overall 24 teams from Africa, Asia, Europe and Pan America will take part in the event which is set to take place in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Trier, Oldenburg, Leipzig, Magdeburg and Hamburg.With Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, the last three teams joined the field of participants on 25 June, when the 2017 Women’s Pan American Championship came to an end. The pots for the draw on 27 June are thus completed.The pots for the event are as follows:Pot 1: Norway, Netherlands, France, DenmarkPot 2: Romania, Germany, Russia, SwedenPot 3: Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain, BrazilPot 4: Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, South KoreaPot 5: Angola, Japan, Argentina, ChinaPot 6: Paraguay, Tunisia, Cameroon, PolandIn accordance with the IHF regulations, the German Handball Federation has decided to assign the teams of FRA (Group A/Trier), NOR (Group B/Bietigheim-Bissingen), DEN (Group C/Oldenburg) and GER (Group D/Leipzig).Therefore the draw procedure will be as follows: Teams in pot 6 are drawn to groups A – D in row 6. Teams in pot 5 are drawn to groups A – D in row 5. Teams in pot 4 are drawn to groups A – D in row 4. Teams in pot 3 are drawn to groups A – D in row 3. Team of Germany is seeded to Group D.Remaining Teams in pot 2 are drawn to groups A/B/C in row 2. Team of France is seeded to group A. Team of Norway is seeded to group B. Team of Denmark is seeded to group C. Team of Netherland is consequently allocated to group D.The draw will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 27 June 2017 at 14:00 CEST and will be streamed live on the IHF website. read more

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‘Meteoric Smoke’ Could Be Forming Cotton Candy Clouds on Mars

first_img NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Mars is known for its hazy clouds, however, astronomers have had trouble determining what causes them to rise miles above the planet’s surface. Now, a new study suggests that a phenomenon called “meteoric smoke” might be to blame for the dreamy accumulations.According to the study, which was published in the journal Nature Geoscience on June 17, the clouds in the Red Planets’ middle atmosphere could be caused by “meteoric smoke,” which is the icy dust generated by space debris crashing into Mars’ atmosphere, said a University of Colorado Boulder press release. The study’s findings show that planets, such as Mars, and their weather patterns, aren’t too isolated from the solar system that surrounds them.#CUBoulder researchers find clouds on Mars may be the product of meteoric smoke—the icy dust created by space debris slamming into the planet’s atmosphere. @CUArtsSciences @LASPatCU https://t.co/JMfnqkCGSF— CU Boulder News (@CUBoulderNews) June 17, 2019“We’re used to thinking of Earth, Mars, and other bodies as these really self-contained planets that determine their own climates,” Victoria Hartwick, a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences (ATOC) and lead author of the new study, said in the press release. “But, climate isn’t independent of the surrounding solar system.”Hartwick and her team wanted to demonstrate that clouds don’t come out of nowhere. According to Hartwick, clouds need something they can condense onto. But, unlike Earth’s low-lying clouds, Mars’ middle atmosphere is a different case, which was why Hartwick was drawn to another potential cloud-creator: meteors.Every day on average, roughly two or three tons of space debris slam into Mars and as meteors break apart in the Red Planet’s atmosphere, they add a large volume of dust into the air. To explore if this kind of smoke would be a potential cause for Mars’ strange clouds, Hartwick’s team used giant computer simulations that tried to replicate the flows and turbulence of Mars’ atmosphere. When they included these meteors in their calculations, some clouds started to appear.“Our model couldn’t form clouds at these altitudes before,” Hartwick added. “But now, they’re all there, and they seem to be in all the right places.”NASA’s InSight Mars Lander captured clouds hovering above the Red Planet. (Photo Credit: NASA)Hartwick said we won’t expect to see any giant thunder clouds forming above Mars’ surface, since the clouds she and her team studied resembled cotton candy more than puffy marshmallows. Even though they’re not thunderheads, the computer simulations show that these “cotton candy” clouds, also known as middle atmosphere clouds, could affect Mars’ climate. These weird clouds caused temperatures at high altitudes to increase or decrease as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit during the team’s computer simulations.“More and more climate models are finding that the ancient climate of Mars, when rivers were flowing across its surface and life might have originated, was warmed by high altitude clouds,” Brian Toon, a professor in ATOC, said in the press release. “It is likely that this discovery will become a major part of that idea for warming Mars.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s MRO Discovers ‘Black-And-Blue’ Impact Crater on Mars Watch: NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPLNASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Mars Stay on targetlast_img read more

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San Diego Police leaders defend use of controversial neck restraint

first_img Updated: 11:46 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some community members asked the San Diego Police Department to take a closer look at the use of a tactic called a “carotid restraint.” While critics say the practice isn’t safe, the department says the neck hold can be an effective policing tool, as an intermediate force tactic and a non-lethal use of force.A recent review by the police department found that the carotid restraint was used more than 400 times over a five year period between 2013 and 2017.Lieutenant Jim Jordon from the San Diego Police Department says a choke hold that pushes against the windpipe isn’t legal, but the vascular neck hold which obstructs blood flow, not air flow can be effectively used in cases involving assaultive or combative subjects. The technique applies pressure to the blood vessels on the side of the neck, until the person loses consciousness.The police department’s review last September revealed that the carotid restraint was used 58 percent of the time on subjects who were actively resisting and 28 percent in situations that also involved alcohol or narcotics. The carotid restraint was applied on African America subjects in 25 percent of the incidents. African Americans are 6 and a half percent of the city’s population.Community members have expressed reservations about the safety of the hold and whether the restraint could lead to death.  The department said it did not know of any incidents that resulted in death or significant injury.The police department said based on its review, it will continue to use the carotid restraint, although it will make some policy changes to sure the practice is safe. Those revisions include an annual review of the use of force, more frequent police training on the neck hold, taking subjects to whom the restraint was applied to a hospital for a medical evaluation and banning the use of the tactic on high risk individuals such as the elderly, those who are st obviously juveniles and pregnant women.The carotid restraint puts pressure on each side of the suspect’s neck, as shown in the photo below. FacebookTwitter May 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News Sasha Foo Posted: May 20, 2019 San Diego Police leaders defend use of controversial neck restraint Sasha Foo, last_img read more

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Superdry founders to fund longterm incentive scheme for 4500 global staff

first_imgGlobal clothing retail organisation SuperGroup, which owns the Superdry brand, has launched a long-term incentive scheme for its 4,500 global employees, which will be funded by the organisation’s founders.The three-year scheme, which will run between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2020, will see SuperGroup founders Julian Dunkerton and James Holder transfer 20% of their profits from the organisation’s share price increases, that are over a threshold of £18, into a fund. At the conclusion of the scheme, the proceeds from the fund will then be shared across eligible Superdry staff globally.The scheme forms part of SuperGroup’s wider strategy to attract, retain and reward the best people.Each £5 increase in the share price over the £18 threshold would see Dunkerton and Holder contribute £30 million into the fund. This would mean that approximately 2,600 full-time store employees and those in junior head office roles would be awarded up to £2,000 each at the end of the three-year period, while store managers would receive around £28,000. Senior leaders could be awarded up to £75,000 at the conclusion of the scheme, and executive team members would receive awards starting at £300,000.All awards distributed from the fund will be in addition to existing pay and bonus arrangements.Senior staff will be awarded with share options under the plan, which will be exercisable in January 2021 and January 2022. Other employees will receive either cash or share option awards in January 2021 and July 2021.Eligible employees must work for SuperGroup or its subsidiaries on either a full or part-time basis, and they must have at least 18 months of service when the plan matures. No members of the organisation’s board are taking part in the scheme in order to ensure that the fund will be able to cover all employees across SuperGroup’s stores and head office.Julian Dunkerton (pictured), founder and product and brand director at SuperGroup, said: “James and I passionately believe that the success of the Superdry brand is down to the combined work of all our people. As the founders of the business, we remain significant investors and it is important to us that we share our on-going success with all [employees]. This is the right way to ensure that our great team is properly rewarded for all the work they are doing to grow our global lifestyle brand.”last_img read more

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Govt procures paddy but farmers dont benefit

first_imgA dispirited farmer at a rice market in Tentulia, Naogaon. Photo: Prothom AloThe district’s bumper boro crop has dubbed Naogaon as the ‘rice capital’ of the country. As these correspondents proceeded towards Naogaon from the Bogura railway station, the air was filled with the smell of the freshly harvested crops.Rice mills lines both sides of the road. But the young driver of the local vehicle in which we were travelled was least impressed.“There’s no use it staring at all this,” he said. “Normally the entire Naogaon is jubilant during the harvest, but this time it’s in a slumber. When will the price of paddy increase?”With paddy prices at a low, how are the farmers faring? How are the rice mill owners and the traders? Speaking on Wednesday to the relevant government agency, the farmers, and the traders in Naogaon, it was evident that 90 per cent of the farmers were not benefiting from the government drive to procure paddy and rice.Within around 15 minutes of reach Naogaon town, it was evident that it was the import of rice that had hit the farmers’ bumper crop hard.Around 5km down the road from the circuit house, a closed down rice mill caught the eye. In front it, a family was threshing the harvested paddy. The farmer Abdul Jabbar was toiling away with his wife Jamila, son-in-law Delwar, and the grandchildren.They would have to pay a worker a daily wage of 700 taka for job, something Jabbar could hardly afford as he only receives 500 taka for a maund of rice which it took him 700 taka to grow.Jabbar’s wife pulled her husband’s shirt off his back, “Look at the blisters. At this age he is having to cut and carry the crops himself.”Jabbar lamented, “Normally with the new harvest, we invite our son-in-law over and make all sorts of delicious dishes. But this time we have brought them over to thresh the paddy. Eid is almost here but we can’t even imagine buying them new clothes. Managing meagre meals is a struggle.”Further down the road, the hundreds of rice mills were mostly all closed. The boro crop has been harvested and the farmers are going from market to market in a desperate bid to sell their crop, but in vain.The prices are not going above 600 taka a maund. Last year a maund so for 800 to 1000 taka, but this time the rice mill owners and the traders are not buying the paddy.A lone mill among hundreds was open at Hapania in Naogaon sadar. The owner has leased it out to a local rice trader Motahar Hossain. About benefitting from the low prices, Motahar Hossain said, “The prices may be low, but what is the use if it is not sold? I took a 5 million taka loan from the bank and brought paddy during the aman crop, but I still have 70 per cent of that grain unsold. How will I buy the boro crop? In the mean time I have to pay interest on the loan.”Why is the paddy not being sold? At the Tetulia marketplace, around 15 km further, rice trader Hasan Ali was buying paddy from the farmers at 600 to 620 taka per maund for the medium grade jirashail rice and 500 taka per maund of coarse grained rice. He said last year this paddy sold at 800 to 900 taka.He was confronted with the question of profit. He will sell the rice to the government godowns at a high price, so he must be have a good profit margin.This statement agitated him and the other trader standing by his side. “The government won’t buy more than one tonne from one person,” he said, “and do you know how much we have to pay just to get on the government procurement list?”It was clear that corruption and irregularities was involved in the food department’s food grain procurement drive.In the meantime, it had been week since GM Faruk Hossain Patwary had been transferred from Tangail to Naogaon as food controller. He was sitting in his office with the upazila food controllers. Also there was an officer of a state intelligence agency. Food department persons were briefing the district food controller about the rice procurement drive.The district food controller said that this year there was an allocation to procure 72,096 tonnes of rice from the district. So far 5,632 tonnes has been procured and they had signed agreements with 1029 rice mills. They would also procure 5,586 tonnes of paddy. As per government rules, they were to procure 3 tonnes from each farmer, but in order to procure from more farmers, they would be buying one tonne per farmer this time.In order to verify the food controller’s statement, a visit to the government food grain warehouses was made. Paddy was being brought in small vans and other local vehicles by the farmers to be stocked in one of the warehouses.One of the farmers was drying out his paddy under the sun in front of the warehouse. The warehouse people explained that the paddy was still damp and would rot if stored in that condition yet the farmer couldn’t afford to transport the grain back. That was why he was drying it out, in order to sell as much as he could salvage.Another farmer there, Ainul Huq, said he had grown 230 tonnes of rice in his fields yet the government was only buying one tonne from him at the rate of 1,040 taka. He was having to sell the remaining grain for just 400 to 500 taka per maund. He said the government procurement made no difference to them at all.Food minister Sadhan Chandra Das told Prothom Alo, “We want to buy more paddy directly from the farmers, but in accordance to the decision of the national committee for food procurement, 150,000 tonnes will be purchased. I cannot overturn the decision on my own. But we will cancel our agreements with the rice mills which cannot provide the specific volume of rice. We will ask them buy that amount of paddy directly from the farmers. We are constructing warehouses around the country to store 1 million tonnes of rice.”General secretary of the rice mill owners group in Naogaon, Farhad Hossain Chakdar, blamed rice import on the falling paddy prices.He was annoyed that they couldn’t avail bank loans to procure paddy, yet the importers were being given loans easily.He said, “We will have to leave the rice trade and turn to selling fruit instead. How will the government feed the people three square meals a day if they put the famers and the rice mill owners into this predicament?”*The report, appeared in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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HP Labs find memristors can compute w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at HP Labs, the central research arm of HP, have discovered that a resistor with memory, a “memristor” can also perform logic operations. This means chips storing data may also be able to carry out computations without the need for a central processing unit (CPU). The discovery could mean computers will be able to become more compact and efficient than imagined previously. HP Labs first demonstrated the memristor in 2008 (see the PhysOrg article), but its theoretical existence was postulated in 1971 by Professor Leon Chua of the University of California at Berkeley. He named them memristors since they combine the electrical properties of a memory element and a resistor. They are able to retain a memory of the amount of charge that flowed through them after the power is turned off, and the resistance depends on the voltage history. According to HP Labs these tiny devices are the fourth basic building blocks of electronics, the others being resistors, capacitors and inductors. Explore further * Nature paper: www.nature.com/nature/journal/ … ull/nature08940.html* Memristor FAQ An image of a circuit with 17 memristors captured by an atomic force microscope. Each memristor is composed of two layers of titanium dioxide connected by wire. As electrical current is applied to one layer, the small signal resistance of the other layer is changed, which may in turn be used as a method to register data. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Self-Programming Hybrid Memristor/Transistor Circuit Could Continue Moore’s Law Now a team of researchers from the HP Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory at Palo Alto, California, have created architectures for memory chips using memristors, including one in which a stack of memristors are layered in a single chip. The team, led by the director of the laboratory, R. Stanley Williams, believe devices using the element could be developed for commercial use within a few years. These could allow supercomputers to work dramatically faster than today, and because memristors retain their memory, computers based on them could be turned off and on like a light switch. In a news release HP Labs said memristors are faster than current storage devices such as flash memory, and they use less energy and can store more than double the data. They could also be used in handheld devices with ten times more embedded memory than today’s devices. HP Lab predicts memristor-based processors could eventually replace silicon in uses such as e-reader display screens.Memristors are also unaffected by radiation, which can affect transistor-based technologies, and this means they could enable the development of smaller and more powerful devices, since the use of transistors is limited by Moore’s Law, which says the number of transistors that can be packed into a chip for a fixed cost has doubled every two years. Transistors on the most advanced chips have feature sizes as low as 22 nanometers, but there is a limit to how small they can become.Williams said that as “our brains are made of memristors,” the discovery could lead to computers that work more like human brains.The paper was published in Nature last week. Citation: HP Labs find memristors can compute (w/ Video) (2010, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-hp-labs-memristors-video.html More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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How to make ethical robots

first_img Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — In the future according to robotics researchers, robots will likely fight our wars, care for our elderly, babysit our children, and serve and entertain us in a wide variety of situations. But as robotic development continues to grow, one subfield of robotics research is lagging behind other areas: roboethics, or ensuring that robot behavior adheres to certain moral standards. In a new paper that provides a broad overview of ethical behavior in robots, researchers emphasize the importance of being proactive rather than reactive in this area. Citation: How to make ethical robots (2012, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-ethical-robots.html The authors, Ronald Craig Arkin, Regents’ Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, along with researchers Patrick Ulam and Alan R. Wagner, have published their overview of moral decision making in autonomous systems in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE.“Probably at the highest level, the most important message is that people need to start to think and talk about these issues, and some are more pressing than others,” Arkin told PhysOrg.com. “More folks are becoming aware, and the very young machine and robot ethics communities are beginning to grow. They are still in their infancy though, but a new generation of researchers should help provide additional momentum. Hopefully articles such as the one we wrote will help focus attention on that.”The big question, according to the researchers, is how we can ensure that future robotic technology preserves our humanity and our societies’ values. They explain that, while there is no simple answer, a few techniques could be useful for enforcing ethical behavior in robots.One method involves an “ethical governor,” a name inspired by the mechanical governor for the steam engine, which ensured that the powerful engines behaved safely and within predefined bounds of performance. Similarly, an ethical governor would ensure that robot behavior would stay within predefined ethical bounds. For example, for autonomous military robots, these bounds would include principles derived from the Geneva Conventions and other rules of engagement that humans use. Civilian robots would have different sets of bounds specific to their purposes.Since it’s not enough just to know what’s forbidden, the researchers say that autonomous robots must also need emotions to motivate behavior modification. One of the most important emotions for robots to have would be guilt, which a robot would “feel” or produce whenever it violates its ethical constraints imposed by the governor, or when criticized by a human. Philosophers and psychologists consider guilt as a critical motivator of moral behavior, as it leads to behavior modifications based on the consequences of previous actions. The researchers here propose that, when a robot’s guilt value exceeds specified thresholds, the robot’s abilities may be temporarily restricted (for example, military robots might not have access to certain weapons). Explore further Though it may seem surprising at first, the researchers suggest that robots should also have the ability to deceive people – for appropriate reasons and in appropriate ways – in order to be truly ethical. They note that, in the animal world, deception indicates social intelligence and can have benefits under the right circumstances. For instance, search-and-rescue robots may need to deceive in order to calm or gain cooperation from a panicking victim. Robots that care for Alzheimer’s patients may need to deceive in order to administer treatment. In such situations, the use of deception is morally warranted, although teaching robots to act deceitfully and appropriately will be challenging.The final point that the researchers touch on in their overview is ensuring that robots – especially those that care for children and the elderly – respect human dignity, including human autonomy, privacy, identity, and other basic human rights. The researchers note that this issue has been largely overlooked in previous research on robot ethics, which mostly focuses on physical safety. Ensuring that robots respect human dignity will likely require interdisciplinary input.The researchers predict that enforcing ethical behavior in robots will face challenges in many different areas.“In some cases it’s perception, such as discrimination of combatant or non-combatant in the battlespace,” Arkin said. “In other cases, ethical reasoning will require a deeper understanding of human moral reasoning processes, and the difficulty in many domains of defining just what ethical behavior is. There are also cross-cultural differences which need to be accounted for.”An unexpected benefit from developing an ethical advisor for robots is that the advising might assist humans when facing ethically challenging decisions, as well. Computerized ethical advising already exists for law and bioethics, and similar computational machinery might also enhance ethical behavior in human-human relationships.“Perhaps if robots could act as role models in situations where humans have difficulty acting in accord with moral standards, this could positively reinforce ethical behavior in people, but that’s an unproven hypothesis,” Arkin said.center_img Researchers give robots the capability for deceptive behavior RI-MAN, a robot developed by researchers at RIKEN in Japan, was designed for human care. Image credit: RIKEN, Bio-Mimetic Control Research Center More information: Ronald Craig Arkin, et al. “Moral Decision Making in Autonomous Systems: Enforcement, Moral Emotions, Dignity, Trust, and Deception.” Proceedings of the IEEE. Vol. 100, No. 3, March 2012. DOI: 10.1109/JPROC2011.2173265 This document is subject to copyright. 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The Queer Eye men join Betty Who for a fabulous music video

first_imgPop artist Betty Who has taken the Queer Eye theme song All Things and given it a fabulous makeover. Starring, of course, the Fab Five themselves — Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… You came into my lifeAnd the world never looked so brightIt’s true, you bring out the best in meWhen you are aroundThat’s how we all feel about the Fab Five!Between this and MNEK’s new song, music is on fire for Pride month already.And if this makes you miss the Queer Eye men, worry not.Season 2 hits Netflix this month on 15 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Get ready to watch this on repeat | Photo: YouTube/Netflix The video for the song is a colorful runway featuring Karamo serving looks, Jonathan with a hair dryer, and Antoni in a crop top. Because why not?All Things is the original theme song of the series, but this updated version definitely fits the reboot.Just wait for the avocado bit[embedded content]Its beat and lyrics are super catchy — and also ring very true. Here’s how the Queer Eye Fab Five reacted to their Emmy nominationsQueer Eye’s Fab Five take friendships tests and make all our hearts soarSurprise! Netflix releases mini episode of Queer Eye in Yass, AustraliaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-eye-men-betty-who-music-video/last_img read more

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Spains Santander eyes 43 billion in Mexico sale

first_imgBanco Santander, S.A. said in a written statement it hopes to list the shares on the Mexican and New York stock exchanges around Sept. 26.The bank claimed the offering is the largest equity transaction in Latin America this year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MADRID (AP) – Banco Santander says it hopes to raise up to (EURO)3.4 billion ($4.3 billion) from a public offering of shares in its Mexican subsidiary.The Spanish bank announced Tuesday it is selling 24.9 percent of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico’s share capital.It said the sale is part of a strategy of listing the bank’s most important subsidiaries within five years and boosting growth.The sale of almost 1.69 billion shares values Santander Mexico at up to (EURO)13.7 billion.center_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Nationalism may rise under Japans next govt

first_imgJapanese voters, however, may not share nationalist politicians’ aggressive stance. The general population appears more deeply concerned about the stagnant economy, social security and overhauling energy policy in the wake of last year’s nuclear disaster at Fukushima.Aside from the usual small protests outside the Chinese Embassy, by far right-wing demonstrators in black trucks blaring martial music, there have been virtually no public demonstrations in Japan over the East China Sea islands, while thousands gather regularly in front of the prime minister’s residence to demand the end of nuclear power.While some Japanese want a tough leader who can stand up to China, others are worried that if Abe, Ishiba or Ishihara become prime minister, ties with China and other neighbors will worsen.“I’m worried this dispute could lead to war if any of these men become our leader,” said Kaoru Hara, a 22-year-old advertising agency employee. “We need someone who can express Japan’s position but also someone who can listen to China’s side.”Still, China’s rise and North Korea’s attempts to fire a rocket near Japan earlier this year create an opportunity for some politicians to exploit. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of He has also reached out to the brash, young mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, a rising star who wants to slash the number of seats in parliament and has espoused nationalistic views. He recently formed his own national political party that analysts predict could win a chunk of seats in elections and be a part of an LDP-led coalition.Abe blasted China over the anti-Japanese protests Wednesday, saying that if Beijing can’t protect Japanese living in China, it “should not enjoy membership in the international community.”“In Japan,” he said, “there is no flag-burning, there is no harm to Chinese nationals in this country, and we should be proud of that.”__Associated Press Writers Yuri Kageyama and Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “I don’t think the country is moving to the right, but I think there’s more room today to whip up more nationalist fervor because people are feeling a bit more vulnerable,” said Sheila Smith, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.Ishiba, who twice has held the top post in the nation’s military, is the most popular choice among LDP supporters, according to a Kyodo News agency poll. He has a reputation for being sharp and a bit of a military geek. He has also suggested that one reason Japan should maintain its nuclear energy program is to keep open the option of developing a nuclear warhead _ although Japan currently has no such plans.Ishihara, a former TV political reporter, has stressed the importance of dialogue with China. But last week, he said he believed it was important that the emperor be able to visit and pray at Yasukuni Shrine, which would surely upset China.Two other candidates for the LDP’s presidency, former economic and fiscal policy minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and former foreign minister Nobutaka Machimura, are both less nationalistic but seen as having little chance of winning.Abe’s track record as prime minister was that of a nationalist ideologue: He urged a revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution, pressed for patriotic education, upgraded the defense agency to ministry status and pushed for Japan to have a greater international peacekeeping role. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressTOKYO (AP) – One is a former prime minister known for his nationalistic views. A second is a hawkish former defense chief. And a third is the son of Tokyo’s outspoken governor whose proposal to buy and develop a cluster of uninhabited islands claimed by both China and Japan has set off a territorial furor between the two countries.A look at the top candidates to lead Japan’s main opposition party _ and potentially to become Japan’s next prime minister _ suggests that Japan may soon get a more nationalist government. That could ratchet up already tense relations with China and South Korea over territorial disputes that have flared in recent weeks and brought anti-Japanese demonstrations to dozens of Chinese cities. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Losing a piece of our territory eventually means losing the whole country,” declared Ishiba, a security and national defense expert who is considered a hawk, a press conference Wednesday. He has said he would be in favor of developing the islands _ a move that would surely anger China.“Our beautiful countryside and ocean are under threat,” Abe, perhaps the most right-wing of the five, has said from the campaign trail.Abe riled Asian neighbors when he was prime minister in 2006-07 by saying there was no proof Japan’s military had coerced Chinese, Korean and other women into prostitution in military brothels during World War II. He later apologized, but lately he has been suggesting that a landmark 1993 apology for sex slavery may need revising.Abe also has recently said he regrets not visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war dead, including executed war criminals, during his time as prime minister. This issue is important: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s repeated visits to Yasukuni in the early 2000s put relations with China into a deep freeze.Another front-runner in the LDP race is Nobuteru Ishihara, son of the Tokyo’s stridently nationalistic governor Shintaro Ishihara. Patients with chronic pain give advice There is little sign that Japanese have grown more nationalistic, but the ruling Democratic Party of Japan is expected to get clobbered in elections that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he will call soon. Voters are angry over Noda’s push to double the sales tax and his party’s failure to bring promised change to Japan’s stodgy politics.That leaves the opposition Liberal Democratic Party poised to regain the power it lost three years ago after decades of being Japan’s dominant political force. Polls suggest the LDP would win the most seats in the more powerful lower house of parliament, although probably not a majority, so it would need to forge a governing coalition to rule.If the LDP regains power, its new leader, to be chosen in a Sept. 26 party vote, would almost certainly become the next prime minister.The LDP is a conservative, pro-U.S. party with a traditional suspicion of China. The five candidates running for its top job, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, have been taking turns calling on Japan to get tough with Beijing in the escalating dispute over the rocky outcroppings in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The islands, near key shipping lanes and surrounded by rich fishing grounds and untapped natural resources, are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan. The elder Ishihara set off the East China Sea flare-up by proposing in April that Tokyo’s metropolitan government buy the islands from their private Japanese owners and build fishing facilities on them. That compelled the central government to buy the islands themselves to prevent efforts to build on them that could have escalated the dispute.China still responded angrily, sending surveillance ships into waters near the islands and allowing protests that have raged for days. Japanese have been alarmed by footage of Chinese rioters attacking Japanese-owned companies in China.While the younger Ishihara is less outspoken than his father, his blood ties would be a major obstacle for Beijing in particular.“It’s going to be very difficult for him to disassociate himself from his father,” said Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Tokyo. “If you do have a nationalist in charge in Japan, they could make things worse. They certainly could throw oil on the fire.”China is not the only country clashing with Japan over land. Tensions with South Korea spiked after President Lee Myung-bak visited an island cluster called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan that is claimed by both countries but controlled by Seoul. Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Coleman ran for 2036 yards and 15 touchdowns for

first_imgColeman ran for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Hoosiers last season while also catching 25 passes for 141 yards. He finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting.Coleman will participate in Indiana’s pro day April 15. He didn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine last month due to a foot injury. Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals’ apparent search for a running back will reportedly lead them to take a look at another college prospect. They have already been Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, and now they are set to visit with Indiana’s Tevin Coleman.According to Aaron Wilson, Coleman, who has already visited with the Detroit Lions, also has plans to meet with the Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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House approves PscholkaNesbitt bills to make inhome stair lifts more accessible affordable

first_img Michigan residents who rely on stair lifts to help them get around their home will have more affordable access after the state House today approved a package of bills to reduce regulations on installation of the devices.Rep. Pscholka’s House Bill 4163 and Rep. Nesbitt’s House Bill 4162 clarify that residential stair lifts are not subject to the same regulatory standards as elevator installations.  Currently, Michigan law regulates residential stair lifts in the same way that it oversees commercial elevators. This misclassification means that state inspectors and commercially-certified contractors are required to install simple stair lifts, which is more expensive for the homeowner. The legislation approved today requires the installer be a licensed elevator contractor or certified by the manufacturer of the residential lift.“These bills are about keeping our seniors, disabled veterans, and mobility-impaired individuals in their homes,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Making stair lifts accessible to a larger demographic will improve the lives of many Michigan residents, which is why I came to Lansing.”Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said: “The current law requiring stair lifts to be installed by commercial contractors is outdated and a roadblock to Michigan’s competitiveness. I’m happy to see this common-sense reform move forward and will continue looking for ways to reduce regulatory burdens that save money for hard-working taxpayers.”Both bills now head to the Senate for further legislative action. Categories: News 11Mar House approves Pscholka/Nesbitt bills to make in-home stair lifts more accessible, affordable  last_img read more

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Rep Howell Houseapproved bill would send more money to Lapeer County for

first_img Categories: Howell News,News 23Feb Rep. Howell: House-approved bill would send more money to Lapeer County for road repairs Lapeer County drivers are in line for welcome news after Rep. Gary Howell and the Michigan House approved legislation to further boost investments in road repairs.The bill approved by the House on Feb. 21 would provide an estimated additional $769,930 for Lapeer County’s road commission to use this year. In addition, cities and villages in the county would be in line for nearly $160,000 in additional funds.Howell – a former chairman of the Lapeer County Road Commission – noted the money comes in addition to a reform plan passed a couple of years ago that already is increasing the amount of money available for road repairs.“The great news is we can make this additional investment in our roads without raising taxes or fees,” said Howell, of North Branch. “And the money comes on top of changes we already have made to boost road funding across Michigan. Everyone driving around potholes during this recent thaw knows we need to improve our roads. We should notice improvements in Lapeer County and all across the state once the funding kicks in for this road construction season.”The bill includes $175 million overall for state and local roads. The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional revenue is required for the plan.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

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