One more inmate of the Aasra shelter home in Patna has died. Anamika, 27, died at a government hospital on Friday night, police said.Police have also rescued one of two inmates who had gone missing from the shelter home. She was found at Saguna Mor in Patna.Anamika had been taken to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) after her condition deteriorated on Thursday night. “She was complaining of breathlessness and was severely anaemic. She died around 8 p.m. on Friday,” said Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, superintendent of PMCH. It was the third case of death of an inmate of the Aasra shelter home in the last three weeks.The government-funded home is run by the NGO Anumaya Human Resources Foundation. The secretary and treasurer of the shelter home, Chirantan Kumar and Manisha Dayal, were arrested after two of the inmates were brought dead to PMCH on August 10.Two missing inmates — Meera, 35, and Anita, 30 — were said to have run away from the home on Thursday. “We have found Anita and she is with the local police now,” said Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj. There are 68 women and girls, most of them physically challenged, living in the shelter home. After the arrest of the secretary and treasurer, the State Social Welfare Department deputed its own personnel for the home’s upkeep as an interim measure. “Several measures have been taken to improve the living conditions at Aasra shelter home,” said department director Raj Kumar. The department is also planning to shift this shelter home from the Rajiv Nagar area, said department officials.“Gradually, the government is taking over all the shelter homes run by NGOs in the state…such incidents are not acceptable and those found guilty will face action”, Krishnandan Verma, social welfare department minister said on Friday. Earlier, after the Muzaffarpur sexual abuse case involving 34 minor girls was exposed in a social audit report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), the Nitish Kumar government had decided to phase out awarding contracts for running shelter homes. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had announced that “the government will run all the shelter and short stay homes in the state”. There are 110 shelter and short stay homes in the state and the conditions in most of them, as the TISS report had said, are “deplorable”.
In a turnabout, key congressional critic backs NSF peer reviewA political dispute involving the National Science Foundation (NSF) that has taken on near-biblical importance within the scientific community may be inching closer to resolution. A new statement from Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), the chair of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that oversees NSF, appears to be a significant softening of his long-standing criticism of NSF’s grantsmaking process. And although a different congressional panel is expected to register the same complaint against the agency at a hearing next week, the shift in the political landscape is good news for U.S. scientists.Warming Arctic may be causing heat waves elsewhere in worldSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Global warming is increasing temperatures twice as fast in the Arctic as elsewhere on the planet. Some scientists have suggested that this so-called Arctic amplification can alter circulation patterns that affect weather in the United States, Europe, and Asia, potentially helping cause the powerful winter storms and deep freezes that have blasted the midlatitudes over the past decade. A new study suggests Arctic warming could ultimately pack a summertime punch, too, possibly contributing to extreme events such as the deadly 2010 Russian heat wave.Humans may harbor more than 100 genes from other organismsYou’re not completely human, at least when it comes to the genetic material inside your cells. You—and everyone else—may harbor as many as 145 genes that have jumped from bacteria, other single-celled organisms, and viruses and made themselves at home in the human genome. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which provides some of the broadest evidence yet that, throughout evolutionary history, genes from other branches of life have become part of animal cells.Newly discovered sea creature was once the largest animal on EarthAlmost half a billion years ago, the largest animal on Earth was a 2-meter-long, helmet-headed sea creature that fed on some of the ocean’s tiniest prey. The newly described species is one of the largest arthropods yet discovered, a class of animals that includes spiders and crabs. The well-preserved remains of the multisegmented creature are providing clues about how subsequent arthropods’ legs may have evolved from the dozens of stubby flaps used to propel this beast through the water.Researchers nearly double the size of worker antsResearchers have changed the size of a handful of Florida ants by chemically modifying their DNA, rather than by changing its encoded information. The work is the latest advance from a field known as epigenetics and may help explain how the insects—despite their high degree of genetic similarity—grow into the different varieties of workers needed in a colony.Sugar industry shaped NIH agenda on dental researchThe sugar industry convinced the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that studies that might persuade people to cut back on sugary foods should not be part of a national plan to fight childhood tooth decay, a new study of historical documents argues. The authors say the industry’s activities, which occurred more than 40 years ago, are reminiscent of the tobacco companies’ efforts to minimize the risks of smoking.Martian canyons may have been carved by windAncient canyons scar the surface of Mars, a relic from a time billions of years ago when rivers flowed on its surface. But water may not be the only factor that shaped these canyons—the wind whipping through them could be just as important, according to a new study of river canyons on Earth. Scientists studying chasms in the Andes mountains in northeast Chile have found that wind carves some canyons 10 times faster than water. The discovery may be significant for understanding how much water flowed on the surface of ancient Mars.
AdvertisementFormer four-weight, six-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. has partnered with MTK Global. This marks another major deal for Jones following the establishment of his Las Vegas-based RJJ Boxing Promotions and the signing of a multi-card deal with TV giant beIN Sports merely two years ago.Jones brings a creditable name from inside the boxing community to MTK Global. He understands the business side of boxing and could help MTK broaden their audience base.Lately, boxing has witnessed an influx of deals and globalization contract signings. Moves like this can only help promote the sport and generate excitement for for the future. Fans of boxing would do well to appreciate efforts such as this because they improve the sport and increase its worldwide visibility.MTK Global CEO Sandra Vaughan said: “Having a boxing legend like Roy Jones Jr as a partner is a huge moment for this company and we’re so proud to be working with one of the greatest fighters of all-time.”MTK Global Head of Business Development Dr. Mirko Wolf said: “Roy Jones Jr is a name that everyone in boxing knows for his achievements in the ring and he’s already achieving great things out of the ring so we’re in no doubt the alliance will yield big things – not just Stateside but globally.”Jones Jr said: “I’m delighted to have MTK Global as a partner. With the way things are going with boxing, globalisation is key and everyone needs to be equipped to operate everywhere – not in isolated places.“Joining forces with MTK Global means two forces are joining together to make one even stronger force. The boxing world better look out.”Advertisement
Dale Steyn grabbed five wickets to lead South Africa to a convincing 204 run-victory over New Zealand in the second test at Centurion on Tuesday that sealed a 1-0 win in the series.Set an unlikely target of 400 to win the match, New Zealand were bowled out for 195 with a day to spare as South Africa kept in tact their record of never losing a series against the Kiwis.Steyn, who missed most of South Africa’s series against England with a shoulder injury, put South Africa on the path to victory with three wickets in 10 balls at the start of the visitors’ innings as their top four batsmen were dismissed for a paltry 18 runs in the hour before lunch.But New Zealand dug in during the second session with the loss of just one more wicket before tea.Henry Nicholls made a test-best score of 76 before becoming the last wicket to fall and Steyn’s fifth victim. (SCORECARD)Steyn, who finished with figures of 5-33, removed both openers in his first over. Tom Latham was bowled by the first ball of the visitors’ second innings, leaving a delivery too close to his stumps, and Martin Guptill fell to the sixth, edging to Hashim Amla at slip.The fast bowler trapped Ross Taylor lbw with a wicked delivery in his second over which stayed alarmingly low and hit the batsman on the ankle.Captain Kane Williamson, who top-scored for New Zealand in their first innings of 214, was caught by a superb dive from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off Vernon Philander in the fourth over.advertisementNicholls and BJ Watling shared a 68-run partnership before spinner Dane Piedt had Watling trapped leg before for 32.After tea, Steyn clean bowled Mitchell Santner (16) and Philander trapped Doug Bracewell lbw for 30. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner were dismissed by Kagiso Rabada before Steyn wrapped up victory for the hosts.South Africa declared their second innings after the first hour’s play on Tuesday on 132 for seven, setting New Zealand a record-breaking target on a pitch with uneven bounce and widening cracks that was proving increasingly treacherous for batsmen.The first test in Durban ended in a waterlogged draw.
Gionee India today the launch of A1 Plus smartphone. The device is a successor of the flagship model A1 and will be available across India in retail stores at an attractive price of Rs 26,999.The USP of the A1 Plus is the dual camera set up at the rear- 13MP+5MP rear dual camera and 20 MP front camera. The smartphone is fuelled by a 4550mAh battery and is powered by a Helio P25 Octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, 64 GB ROM and 256 GB expandable memory. The dual rear camera allows one to capture the details and collect the depth of field information, wide-angle shots and images with bokeh effects.Commenting on the launch, Alok Shrivastava, director, business Intelligence and Planning, Gionee India said, “The A Series is rooted to the growing demand of high quality smartphone photography experience. Keeping up with the rising trend the A1 Plus exhibits excellent camera quality with flawless dual rear camera and exquisite design tradition that will earn accolades for Gionee flagship series. We are confident that our attention to detail with impressive specs, powerful battery and advanced features will deliver the best user experience possible.” Kuldeep Malik (Country Head, Corporate Sales International), MediaTek while talking about the collaboration said, ” The A1 Plus is driven by Helio P25 processor combined with the power of 16nm Octa-core processing having a superior ISP built with special focus on dual camera devices. The aim is to differentiate the product through its exceptional camera features providing premium image quality.”Also Read: Gionee A1 review: Great selfies, good battery life make it worth the priceadvertisement The A1 Plus comes with Gionee’s facial recognition system and bokeh-selfie mode, which allows users to blur backgrounds with bokeh while still allowing their faces to stand out. The smartphone is powered by a 4550 mAh battery which as per the company claims offers uninterrupted usage for up to two days regardless of web browsing, reading or even consuming video content.In addition to longer battery life, GioneeA1 Plus also features Ultrafast charging capability which gives users 2-hour talk time in just 300 seconds charging.Like the A1, the A1 Plus is also equipped with the fastest fingerprint sensor, unlocking the phone in just 0.2 seconds, for top-notch safety. The finger print sensor also activates ‘Edgebar’ allowing users a hub for quicker access to their favorite apps.A1 Plus sports a 6-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and features such as Split Screen, Maxx Audio VOLTE and Virus detection enabled amongst other key features.
Continue Reading Previous Mouser: prize draw DevKit give-away and AR experience at Electronica 2018Next Avnet Abacus to demonstrate technology expertise at electronica 2018 Moxa announced the availability of its Industrial Internet of Things Edge Gateway that pre-installs Microsoft Azure IoT Edge to provide Microsoft Azure customers with an easy-to-use solution to extend their IT infrastructure and enable OT data connectivity within their industrial applications. To enable further OT/IT convergence, the industrial-grade edge gateway is also optimized for IIoT applications in the factory automation, intelligent transport system, energy, and oil and gas sectors.Moxa’s IIoT Edge Gateway also integrates Moxa’s industrial protocol expertise, offers 10-year long-term Linux support, and facilitates optimized device management for large-scale deployments. Moxa will demonstrate the Azure enabled IIoT Edge Gateway at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. The demonstration will focus on solutions that provide cloud integration as well as multiple protocol conversions to IIoT applications while preserving their investments in existing industrial infrastructure.Integrating Azure IoT Edge with Moxa’s IIoT gateways, built on Moxa Industrial Linux, benefits customers through long product longevity, secure file system writing, and enables improved security through continuous security patches within a 10-year long-term supporting period. Combining this with Moxa’s industrial protocol expertise provides cloud connectivity for existing brownfield applications.The compact edge gateway is based on a low-power Arm Cortex-A8 1 GHz processor and is built for industrial IoT environments. Moxa’s edge gateway is Linux based on Debian open platform with 10-year long-term support. The platform features industrial-grade fanless design, DIN-rail mounting, -40 to 70°C wide operating temperature range with LTE module installed and dual auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
4-H members from across Atlantic Canada will enhance their leadership skills with learning and hands-on activities at their annual conference in Debert. The 2016 Atlantic Intermediate 4-H Conference will take place March 18 – 20 at the Debert Hospitality Centre with the theme, Out of this World Ag…citing. The Atlantic 4-H Committee will host 95 4-H members at this year’s conference for youth from the ages of 13 to 15. Guest speakers, workshops and site tours are designed to energize the 4-H members and introduce them to local food and innovations in agriculture. “Exceptional life skills development workshops are offered to youth as part of the 4-H program every year,” said Agricultural Minister Keith Colwell. “This year’s conference focus on agriculture and local food ensures delegates will be able to use their skills and leadership to contribute productively at the club, community and national level.” Conference participants will take part in team building exercises, try out the uFit-B fitness program, attend sessions on entrepreneurship and robotics, tour the Perennia Innovation Centre, view a woodsman competition and participate in activities on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill. Jade MacEachern, a 4-H member from the County Line 4-H Club in Richmond County will be attending the conference for a second time and is looking forward to the experience. “4-H has taught me many things from project work, to being a better person and a community member. These conferences provide a great opportunity to learn even more and you get to meet and share new experiences with other 4-H members from Atlantic Canada,” said Ms. MacEachern. For more information about 4-H in Nova Scotia visit http://novascotia4h.ca/.
NEW YORK — The Trump administration is appointing a long-time student loan industry executive to be the government’s top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market.Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new student loan ombudsman, a job designed to protect student loan borrowers from poor industry practices in the student loan industry.Cameron most recently worked at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, better known as Fed Loan Servicing, as their head of compliance. PHEAA has been cited for poor industry practices, most notably for how it has handled the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.The student loan ombudsman position has been vacant for over a year. The previous occupant, Seth Frotman, quit in protest of the Trump administration’s handling the issue of student loans.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.”
AMD announced last month that it was set to reduce its workforce by 15%, which amounts to around 1,700 jobs. At the time we didn’t know where those job cuts would come from, but now it is becoming both clear and surprising who AMD is deciding to let go.AMD is in the business of making chips, which it relies on selling to generate revenue. But in order for those chips and associated hardware to sell there needs to be support in place across multiple operating systems. With that in mind, AMD created the Operating System Research Center (OSRC) in Dresden, Germany back in 2006.OSRC’s goal was to be a center of excellence for operating systems, provide support for CPU designs within the company, implement new CPU designs, carry out research and development for operating systems, and be the engineers on hand to help partners using AMD chips. In other words, a key part of the company and also the place where developers worked to support the use of AMD on the Linux platform.With that in mind it was surprising to find out AMD has apparently decided to close the Dresden OSRC facility. That means a number of staff working on supporting the Linux kernel have also been dismissed, some of whom have confirmed this via the Gmane mailing list.AMD is making staff cuts due to the tough economy it is working within, but it doesn’t make much sense to cut internal support for operating systems. There are still thought to be OSRC staff located in Austin, Texas, but the majority of Linux support was handled by roughly 25 staff out of the Dresden office.Those staff will easily find new jobs elsewhere due to their experience and skill sets, but they likely won’t be working on supporting AMD chips anymore. So this really doesn’t seem like an intelligent decision by AMD, does it?More at ExtremeTech and The H Open
https://jrnl.ie/3184579 7,133 Views By Christina Finn Irish political parties spent over €416k on election posters last year Fianna Fáil spent over €145,891 on election posters in the last general election. Source: Mark StedmanTHE TEN BIGGEST political parties spent a total of €416,544.50 nationally on election posters last year.According to the Standards in Public Office 2016 General Election report, Fianna Fáil spent over €145,891.02 on election posters.Some of the party’s largest spends were on posters for Roscommon’s Eugene Murphy and Dublin West’s Jack Chambers, which cost €5,000 and €6,088 respectively.Over €5,000 was spent on posters for Dublin Fingal candidate Lorraine Clifford Lee and Cork South-West’s Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony. Source: Mark StedmanMeanwhile, Fine Gael spent less on posters, at €136,556.Posters for Dublin South-Central Catherine Byrne cost the most for Fine Gael, costing close to €6,000. The party spent over €8,000 on cable ties used to attach the posters to poles.The Labour Party was the next big poster spender – forking out over €112,136.91.Arthur Spring had the biggest election poster spend with €4,649, followed by Ann Phelan with €2,025.Sinn Féin spent €15,885.50 on posters, while AAA/PBP spent €3,376.35.(Can’t see chart, click here)Overall spend in general elections has fallen, down 9.5% from 2011 to €8,394,832.89.Fine Gael was the biggest election spender €2,768,881. The party spent a quarter of a million on market research which can spawned the “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” tagline.It was defended by Director of Elections MEP Brian Hayes, but it received a lot of criticism for refusing to acknowledge that a lot of people were not feeling any sort of recovery. Source: RollingNews.ieThe party spent more than €30,000 on polling.Fine Gael spent 39% more than the next highest party, Fianna Fáil with €1,687,916.Fine Gael’s Donegal candidate Paddy Harte’s total expenditure was over €20,000, while Kildare’s Fiona McLoughlin-Healy spent €16,114.Fianna Fáil headquarters spent over €10, 000 on Louth candidate Emma Coffey, Waterford’s Mary Butler and Wicklow candidate Jennifer Cuffe.It spent €5,193 on Dun Laoghaire candidate Mary Hanafin and zero on her running mate Cormac Devlin despite Hanafin narrowly losing out at the selection convention to Devlin. She was later added to the ticket.Sinn Féin spent just over €650,190, while Labour €1,083,718 – quite the spend for only managing to win seven seats.(Can’t see the chart. click here)The total expenditure nationally broken down is as follows: Jan 13th 2017, 5:27 PM Short URL Advertising €702,227.50Election Posters €416,544.50Publicity €365,031.20Market Research €269,060.20Other Election Material €150.117.90Campaign Workers €111,854.20 Transport and Travel €99,493.83 Office and Stationery €91,050.35Sipo notified three groups – North East Pylon Pressure Campaign, the Pro Life Campaign, and the Independent Alliance in advance of them incurring election expenses.The report finds the Pro Life Campaign spent €40,311.03, including €6,274.14 on Facebook adverts and €1,926 on YouTube. The Independent Alliance spend was €552.30.Read: Irish Water: ‘We did not waste €70m on consultants’>Read: Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned> Share20 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 44 Comments Friday 13 Jan 2017, 5:27 PM
Dossier médical personnel : la Poste et Atos pressentis pour l’hébergement des données en ligneFrance – La mise en œuvre du Dossier médical personnel (DMP) a franchi une nouvelle étape : la commission de l’Agence des systèmes d’information partagés de santé (Asip santé) a en effet retenu les candidatures d’Atos et de la Poste, pour l’hébergement des données médicales personnelles en ligne. La commission des marchés de l’Asip santé est composée de représentants de l’Etat et de la Caisse nationale de l’assurance-maladie des travailleurs salariés. Suite à l’appel d’offres lancé par l’Asip le 7 septembre 2009, quatre sociétés et/ou groupements avaient déposé une offre dans les délais impartis. C’est finalement le consortium industriel mené par les groupes Atos Origin et La Poste que cette commission a retenus, à l’unanimité.Le marché, d’une durée de quatre ans, est destiné à assurer l’hébergement du DMP dans sa première phase de développement c’est-à-dire de 2010 à 2013. Dès la fin de l’année 2010, il devrait ainsi permettre aux premiers patients volontaires d’accéder à leur dossier médical électronique et aux professionnels de santé d’intégrer celui-ci à leurs pratiques pour une meilleure coordination des soins.Le 23 février 2010 à 13:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
Baleine : les Etats-Unis interdisent aux écologistes d’approcher les navires japonaisUn tribunal américain a interdit hier à l’ONG Sea Shepherd de s’approcher à moins de 500 mètres des baleiniers japonais qui ont démarré leur campagne annuelle de chasse.Alors que l’ONG Sea Shepherd (Berger de la Mer) et ses bateaux font route vers l’Antarctique pour attendre les chasseurs de baleines japonais, un tribunal américain a interdit aux écologistes de s’en approcher à moins de 500 mètres. Paul Watson, le président de l’ONG, était déjà recherché par Interpol (le Costa Rica, l’accuse d’avoir mis en danger un équipage lors d’une opération contre la chasse aux requins en 2002), le voilà maintenant contraint de ne pas pouvoir attaquer physiquement ses cibles.En effet, l’Institut japonais de recherche sur les cétacés et plusieurs entreprises ont attaqué Sea Shepherd en justice. L’injonction indique ainsi qu’en aucune circonstance les accusés ne doivent s’approcher à moins de 500 mètres des plaignants quand ils naviguent en pleine mer. De plus, la cour américaine a interdit à l’ONG de naviguer d’une manière qui puisse mettre en danger la navigation en toute sécurité d’un tel navire. Il est néanmoins peu probable que Paul Watson prenne cette interdiction en compte puisque, arrêté à l’aéroport de Francfort le 13 mai, il s’était déjà enfui en dépit d’une assignation à résidence. L’avocat de Sea Shepherd, Charles Moure, a par ailleurs indiqué dès mardi soir qu’il avait la ferme intention de combattre cette décision. Reste qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une décision finale sur l’appel en cours mais d’un ordre temporaire intervenant à la demande récente des plaignants, à la suite de menaces proférées récemment par Paul Watson. “Je foule à nouveau le pont du Steve Irwin”, un des navires de la flotte de Sea Shepherd engagée dans le Pacifique Sud, indiquait il y a 15 jours le pirate écolo de 61 ans sur le site de son ONG. La plus ambitieuse campagne jamais menéeÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le Steve Irwin avait quitté Melbourne un mois plus tôt pour prendre la tête de la 9e campagne de l’association, la plus ambitieuse de son histoire, avec quatre navires (dont le Brigitte Bardot), un hélicoptère, trois drones et une centaine de personnes engagées. Watson a expliqué avoir mis quatre mois pour rejoindre l’Australie en traversant deux océans et un nombre incalculable de rivières, franchissant trois chaînes de montagne, un désert, des lacs et des dizaines de villes, indique l’AFP. Les opérations censées empêchées la chasse à la baleine menée par les Japonais pourrait donc bien ne pas être si faciles à arrêter. Le 19 décembre 2012 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambert
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(I’ve never lasted more than five seconds on the bucking bronco, despite trying every time I visit Brighton.)Fish and chips on the seafront, preferably in deckchairs, is another essential, age-old Brighton tradition. I’ve endured done exactly this in icy January winds and even snow before.Now to one of Brighton’s more newfangled attractions. The shiny British Airways i360 is by far the town’s tallest structure, featuring a spaceship-shaped glass pod that ascends and descends 162m, offering stellar views of the city and Sussex’s rolling hills beyond. It opened in 2016.It’s a spiritual sister of the London Eye, and perhaps the ill-fated Brighton Wheel, which operated from 2011 to 2016 and stood at 52m tall.What to seeBrighton is filled with fun, frivolous photo ops, but the eerie beauty of West Pier offers the most compelling backdrop of all – particularly at sunset.It was opened to great fanfare in 1866, but eventually closed in 1975 after years of decreased popularity. It quickly fell into a state of disrepair, with two fires in 2003 leaving nothing but the bare bones of its grand structure remaining. Take a pinch of Lisbon and generous helpings of San Francisco, Key West and Fort Lauderdale. Add the colorful, progressive essence of destinations like Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and Barcelona. What do you get? Why, England’s most iconically LGBTI-friendly city, of course. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Brighton’s pebble beaches are recognized worldwide | Photo: Pixabay GAYSTARNEWS- Gay Brazil: Why LGBTI tourism in this vibrant country is up 11%World Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaWorld’s 100 best LGBTI cities: 200,000 polled as Beijing, Belgrade scrape into listRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/how-to-do-brighton-perfectly-in-a-single-weekend/ Thankfully, Brighton’s most iconic structure remains not only intact, but perfectly preserved and polished. The Royal Pavilion, Grade I listed, is the former royal holiday home of one George, Prince of Wales, later the Prince Regent. Construction dates back to 1787 and took 35 years to complete; the Indian and Chinese-informed stylings of its exterior and interior are in keeping with the tastes of its famous former owner.You can admire the ornate, exotic facade up close and at your leisure in the perfectly-manicured Royal Pavilion Garden, but it’s even more stunning inside. Combine your ticket with entry to the next door Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (which is full of LGBTI artefacts) for a history-and-culture double whammy.Where to stayA beautiful boutique Georgian townhouse a minute or two from the seafront, Blanch House is gay-owned and found in the heart of Brighton’s gay quarter, Kemptown.Like the Pavilion, the whitewashed exterior of this Grade II listed building is lovely, and it’s even more attractive inside. Essentially, Blanch House is a three star that punches above its weight: think gorgeous fabrics, fresh flowers, killer cocktails and knowledgeable staff.The 12 rooms boast a decor that is gentle and muted without being boring, while the breakfasts are hearty and excellent. Meanwhile the small, plush bar is popular with well-informed locals looking for a quiet pre-drink in chic surroundings.For more information, visit BlanchHouse.co.uk.When to goThis year, Brighton and Hove Pride takes place from Friday 3 until Sunday 5 August. This is the tail-end of summer in the UK, so a sensible time explore Brighton. But there are no guarantees. Knowing England, you can expect either glorious sunshine or tepid drizzle… Our advice: take a waterproof.Womanizer singer Britney will take to the stage at the LGBTI extravaganza on Saturday 4 August. The US star will be joined by the likes of Ella Eyre and Pixie Lott; British starlets Britney no doubt inspired. Also, don’t miss Tongue singer MNEK. Having written for the likes of Beyonce and Madonna, he’s been stepping into his own spotlight in recent years.For more information, head to VisitBrighton.com.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
___Associated Press religion writer Rachel Zoll contributed from New York.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated Press (AP) – An overview about the Prophet Muhammad:Who is the Prophet Muhammad?Muslims believe that God revealed the Quran to Muhammad starting in the early 6th century through the Angel Gabriel. Muhammad is not only considered part of a long line of major prophets, including Moses and Jesus, but Muhammad is also considered the last prophet.Muhammad was married to Khadija, a wealthy woman who inherited her family business and was 15 years older than him. She is considered the first follower of Islam after the prophet. The prophet did not marry again until after her death. Among the women he married after are Aisha, who is revered for transmitting to his followers after his death his way of life and habits, and Maria, a Coptic Christian who converted. The revelation of the Quran began in what is celebrated by Muslims around the world as the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe the Quran is a continuation of the core values of the Torah and Bible. What is the Prophet Muhammad’s role in Islam?Muslims consider Muhammad both a spiritual and very human figure who is a model of how they should behave in all aspects of life. The Muslim declaration of faith, or shahada, is: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” This declaration is recited often during the five daily prayers as a way of glorifying God and sending blessings to Muhammad, as well as cementing one’s faith in the declaration. Muslims do not worship Muhammad but honor him by trying to emulate his ideals.Why are depictions of the prophet seen as heretical by most Muslims?Among Sunni Muslims in particular, depictions of any prophets, whether it be Muhammad or Jesus or Moses, are shunned to avoid worship of a person or figure rather than God. God is the absolute in Islam and shares no partner and has no associates. Throughout history, there have been some depictions of the prophet in Islamic art, and it is common to find his name in the form of calligraphy. His name as God’s messenger and as part of the Islamic declaration, shahada, is drawn in Arabic and hung in homes and mosques. Shia Muslims are less opposed to depictions and images of Islamic leaders, but drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, positive or not, continue to draw ire by Muslims around the world. In what ways does the prophet’s life impact Muslims today?In mosque sermons, Muslim homes, Islamic studies and literature on the religion, the prophet’s way of life and his words are studied and repeated as examples to live by. While Muslims do not believe the prophet to be perfect, as perfection is believed to be reserved only for God, they revere his relationship with his companions, followers, enemies, wives and neighbors as the ideal that humans should aspire to emulate.The verbal sayings and actions of Muhammad are key elements of Islam that Muslims often refer to when interpreting Islamic law or answering questions that may not be fully addressed in the Quran. A saying or action by the prophet, known as a “hadith,” has been studied in great detail by scholars for centuries to establish its validity. This means the reliability of its transmitters and the accuracy of its lineage back to the prophet must be authenticated.What is an example of a hadith?Muhammad and his followers were often subjected to mockery, abuse and torture in Mecca, the holy city in present-day Saudi Arabia, by those opposed to Islam and its message during its early years. It is said he remained patient and did not return insult for insult. This is further exemplified by one his teachings or hadith, in which he states; “Should I inform you about the best characteristics of the dwellers of this world and the hereafter? They are: keeping a relationship with one who cuts it off with you, giving to the one who deprives you, and pardoning the one who oppresses or wrongs you.” Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
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