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Stakeholders Say Filming of Bond Movie Will be Major Boost for Tourism

first_img Buoyed by the positive feedback emanating from news that the latest in the James Bond iconic franchise will be filmed in Jamaica, local officials and stakeholders are calling it “a massive publicity boost for the island”.“It’s not a stretch to say we get filmed all the time,” said Chief Strategist and Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright.He told JIS News that just last year international hitmaker, Beyonce, was “here at least five times” doing videos, while fellow artist, Cardi B, was a fixture at the Trident Castle in Port Antonio, Portland.“We have had calibre movies filmed here, such as The Mighty Quinn, Cocktail, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Dr. No, Live and Let Die, and Papillon, just to name a few” he added.For his part, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, whose Ministry had been working hard behind the scenes in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), said “this latest development” can only further reaffirm Jamaica’s position as a favourite getaway spot for the “rich and famous”.The Minister further noted that “the country’s allure and rich history,” notably in tourism, culture, sports and entertainment, “put it head and shoulders above its island competitors”.“Not too long ago, we had Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, at Round Hill, Hanover, where they were here to attend a wedding,” Mr. Bartlett noted.“Also not too long ago, Khloe Kardashian from the reality hit show, ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’, was here with her family on vacation. There have also been sightings of countless others, including the great Stevie Wonder,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said he is very happy with how things are panning out in the industry, noting that Jamaica is now the envy of many other destinations.“I have been saying, at every opportunity, that we do have an edge as it relates to making inroads in the high-end market,” he noted.“There is no way we could have paid for the kind of publicity that we have been receiving from this new James Bond movie – a real shot in the arm for our tourism sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that there are a host of other celebrities who have been coming to Jamaica unannounced for their vacations, with Port Antonio, Hanover and Negril being the favourite destinations.He said Jamaica is also benefiting from the celebrity-pull factor, where persons are flocking to destinations where they see “their favourite stars going”.“What you find is that the tabloids and gossip seekers tend to follow these people wherever they go, writing about their whereabouts, so their fans can keep up with them. Jamaica has been the direct beneficiary of a lot of free and positive publicity as a result,” the Minister said. Buoyed by the positive feedback emanating from news that the latest in the James Bond iconic franchise will be filmed in Jamaica, local officials and stakeholders are calling it “a massive publicity boost for the island”. “It’s not a stretch to say we get filmed all the time,” said Chief Strategist and Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright. Story Highlights He told JIS News that just last year international hitmaker, Beyonce, was “here at least five times” doing videos, while fellow artist, Cardi B, was a fixture at the Trident Castle in Port Antonio, Portland.last_img read more

Graham Nash Wild Tales Of Rock And Charity

first_imgThe names of Crosby, Stills and Nash are synonymous with harmony, political activism and the excesses of rock n’ roll stardom. And in Graham Nash’s new book, Wild Tales – A Rock & Roll Life we get an inside view on how these three elements intertwined to form one of the most compelling stories of survival ever to come out of the music industry.Graham Nash Wild TalesFrom humble beginnings in Manchester to the dizzying heights of the California rock scene, Nash takes us on a journey that encompasses fame, jealousy, good times, bad times, drugs – oh so many drugs – and everything in between. Wild tales indeed.But more than that, the book allows us to see how this acclaimed singer/songwriter – awarded an OBE and twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – slowly became aware of the issues facing his generation in the 1960s and went on to become one of the leaders in celebrity activism.It was while a member of The Hollies – which he formed with his friend Allan Clarke – that Graham Nash first tuned in and turned on to the causes affecting the world. 1965 saw the release of his first song addressing social change – Too Many People was in answer to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya and a far cry from The Hollies’ bubbly pop. But it opened his eyes to the possibilities of using music as a tool for change.And it is a tool he has wielded for the last few decades, using his voice to make sure the people are heard. Whether it is with his bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young or solo, Graham Nash ensures he makes the world a better place for those without voices.In 1979 – following the nuclear meltdown on Three Mile Island – Nash joined with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall to form Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE). After organizing a series of No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden that featured Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Carly Simon and more, the MUSE musicians went on to join The Guacamole Fund, a charity that helps coordinate events for organizations that work in the public interest. They have been behind over 1,200 cultural, educational, environmental, social change and service events since 1973.We may all be aware of environmental issues today, but it was the groundbreaking work of these musicians in the 1970s who brought the cause to the public arena. What was hushed up and swept under the mat was suddenly lit up in bright lights. And they didn’t stop there. Crosby, Stills and Nash never shied away from playing benefit concerts to shine a light on the issues affecting their fans. Homelessness, drug education, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Greenpeace, Farm Aid, the Bridge School, the California Environmental Protection Initiative, UNICEF – the list is never-ending. Graham Nash and David Crosby even joined the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2012.Wild Tales is more than just a book about music. It is about how music can change a generation. This is Graham Nash stripped bare and unplugged. It is no-holds-barred and not for the faint-hearted. More than anything else, it makes you wish you were there.Wild Tales by Graham Nash is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Shares in Cenovus Canadian Natural soar on Alberta crude production cuts

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. –  Shares in oilsands companies most likely to benefit from Alberta’s move to curtail crude production starting Jan. 1 are soaring in the wake of Sunday’s announcement by Premier Rachel Notley.In early trading Monday morning, Cenovus Energy Inc. rose as much as 13 per cent over its Friday close to $11.11, while Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. rose as much as 16 per cent to $38.74.Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix was the first oilsands CEO to call for the province to curtail production and on Sunday issued a statement commending the government for its “difficult but necessary” decision to try to repair Alberta’s “temporarily broken” oil market. The discount between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was about US$21 per barrel on Monday morning, an improvement of about US$7 per barrel from Friday, according to Net Energy. WTI was up almost US$2 per barrel.Canada’s largest oil and gas company, Suncor Energy Inc., opposed the curtailments as an unnecessary market intervention, noting it is insulated from most price discounting due to its Canadian refining assets and firm pipeline contracts.Its shares were up slightly Monday as it issued a statement saying its estimate of the impact of the provincial cuts will be provided when it issues its 2019 capital and production guidance.The Alberta government announced a plan Sunday to impose oil production cuts starting in January to reduce output by 8.7 per cent or 325,000 barrels per day until the province’s glut of oil is cleared, with the curtailments continuing at a lower pace for the rest of 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Worlds highest polling station records 132 pc voting till 3 pm all

first_imgShimla: It may be strange but true! The world’s highest polling station at 15,256 feet in Tashiganag village of Himachal Pradesh Sunday recorded an unbelievable, 132 per cent voter turn out — all valid votes.Against merely 49 registered voters figuring in the village electoral roll, a total of 65 voters have cast their votes till 3 pm at the Tashigang polling booth, said a district election official. The unbelievable spike in the poll percentage was attributed to the desire of many poll officials, deployed at polling booths in the Tashiganag village and other nearby areas to cast their votes at the world’s highest polling station, located at a dizzying height of 12,256 ft. Poll officials said the poll percentage is likely to rise further as out of 49 voters, registered in the village electoral roll, merely 33 have cast their votes till 3 pm. With the remaining 16 village voters and many other poll officials deployed in nearby polling stations likely to exercise their franchise at the world’s highest polling booth by the end of voting process at 6 pm, the poll percentage is likely to go up further, they added. The poll officials cast their votes at Tashigang polling booth after showing their election duty certificate (EDCs) issued to them by concerned assistant returning officers, he added. Tashigang is a village near an ancient monastery in Himachal Pradesh. It is the highest settlement in Spiti Valley near the India-Tibet border with villages Nako and Khab located nearby and is connected to Shimla by National Highway 22. Tashigang acquired the unique distinction of becoming the highest polling station during Himachal Pradesh assembly elections in 2017, when the erstwhile polling station at the highest altitude of 14,400 ft was replaced by Tashigang due to some technical reasons, said HP’s Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman. Hikkim is located 160 km from Tashigang. The polling at Tashigang began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather. Besides Tashigang, Himachal has another unique polling station, Ka, with lowest number of voters. Located in Sipti valley itself, Ka has only 17 registered voters. The poll officials were yet to release the voter turnout at Ka. Both Tashigang and Ka polling stations fall under the Mandi parliamentary seat where the highest number of 17 candidates among the four Lok Sabha seats in the state are in the fray. Mandi is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress.last_img read more

Wrestling Joey McKenna comes through for Ohio State in NCAA tournament despite

Ohio State junior Joey McKenna faces off with Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the NCAA wrestling championships. McKenna fell to Meredith by a 1-0 decision in the 141-pound semifinals. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Senior Lantern ReporterCLEVELAND — With two sessions remaining in the NCAA wrestling championships and a slim chance at a team title for Ohio State, 141-pound junior Joey McKenna still did all that was asked and more than what was expected of him.McKenna was brought in via transfer in the offseason to win matches at the lower weights in the postseason and close the gap with perennial powerhouse Penn State.He has done just that. McKenna went undefeated in the Big Ten and NCAA championships until his loss to Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith in the semifinals Friday and surrendered just five points in that span of three matches.He then found it tough to get the taste of winning — as a team — out of his mouth.“My performance has direct implications on the team race, which actually makes me more excited to compete,” McKenna said. “Because not only am I contending for a national title myself but, what I do out on the mat pertains directly to how we’re going to do as a team.”McKenna picked up two early-round technical-fall decisions by a combined total of 31-1 in the first two round of the tournament and an 8-3 decision win in the quarterfinals before his slim 1-0 semifinals loss.Stanford, McKenna’s former school, was never in a team race near the level of the NCAA championships during the lightweight’s time there. Any match he wrestled had more individual than team implications. McKenna expressed to his team during a meeting this week that his level of enthusiasm had increased since joining Ohio State. It’s no longer just about him.Ohio State was left reeling last season after scoring one of the highest second-place point totals at the NCAA championships in history, yet still losing to Penn State. The program turned to a 141-pound transfer from Stanford who was homesick for New Jersey and looking for a change. That weight class was a weakness for both the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions.McKenna’s transfer process was not a one-horse race. Among the competition for Ohio State was Penn State and Lehigh. But McKenna said the close-knit culture of the Buckeyes won out in the end. If McKenna had become a Nittany Lion, the national championship could have already been decided.“I was looking more at top programs, national contending programs,” McKenna said. “But really it was about having the best fit. If I would have went to Penn State it would have been a lock, but here I am and we’re contending right now. It’s a different outlook.”McKenna had been mostly foreign to raucous environments in dual meets and tournaments before arriving in Columbus. He said he experienced a dual meet in the Schottenstein Center that outclassed any meet he had at Stanford. That environment traveled to the nearby national tournament in Cleveland.“We were practicing all week in Columbus and I was just like, ‘This feels like a home outing.’ And it really is,” McKenna said. “Fifty percent of the fans it seems like are rooting for the Buckeyes every time we’re out on the mat. It’s just really fun.”On top of his undefeated performance at the Big Ten tournament and a semifinals run in the national tournament, McKenna also won a close match in a dual meet between Ohio State and Penn State on Feb. 3. Ranked 11th at the time, he upset No. 6 Nick Lee by a 7-6 decision and gave the Buckeyes an early lead they later relinquished.“[McKenna’s] been a blessing to the team,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “He’s a great leader. It was hard to see him lose. He was wrestling extremely well. He ran into someone that was wrestling well, also. Just a great leader for us, and he’s blended into the team extremely well.”Despite a 19-1 regular-season record, McKenna feels he’s been an underdog for most of the season in a loaded Big Ten conference. He’s also found himself in a star-studded locker room full of accomplished veterans. But it won’t be that way for long.McKenna will soon take the place of many seniors departing the team, and become the veteran leader.“Obviously on the team you’ve got big heads like [senior] Kyle [Snyder] and [junior] Myles [Martin] and [redshirt sophomore] Kollin [Moore].  A lot of big shoes to live up to,” McKenna said. “That’s what I’m trying to do right now, just make a place for my name. I’m going to be a senior next year. Only being here one year so far, my second year I want to go ahead and lead the team next year.”Another reason McKenna said he chose Ohio State was Snyder, whom he knew beforehand through the northeast and international wrestling scene. The bond of the two has grown stronger since his transfer, much like McKenna’s resume.Snyder was impressed with his teammates both new and old, despite a losing streak that came early in the semifinals.“We had two close matches that we dropped and then a couple other close,” Snyder said. “Joey was close, Nate and Lee, they go back and forth, and then [Micah Jordan]. So I’m happy with all my teammates. I love them. They’re doing everything they can do, you know. But just stinks that we’re losing right now.”Ohio State had a championship-caliber team on paper thanks to the addition of McKenna.On Day Two of the NCAA championships, the Buckeyes entered loud and left quiet. The opposite is true of McKenna’s first season with Ohio State.“He didn’t say much for a while,” Ryan said. “He just worked really hard. And he earned the respect of his team with his work rather than his words. He’s been a pleasure to have.” read more

Do Athletes Really Run Hot And Cold

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 15, 2017), we discuss how the NFL responds to players’ behavior off the field in light of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Next, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur joins the gang to discuss his recent article on baseball’s hot hand. Using a new calculation on fastball velocity, Rob worked out a way to determine when a pitcher is really getting hot — and when he’s going cold, too. We discuss the implications that his findings could have on our understanding of momentum in other sports. Plus, a significant digit on baseball’s long (and getting longer) games.Here are links to what we discuss during the show:Rob Arthur’s latest, which found that baseball’s hot hand is real.This 2012 MIT study on big plays and psychological momentum in the NFL.Significant Digit: 5, the average number of minutes that MLB games have increased since last year. The average game this season has been three hours and five minutes long, the longest in the history of baseball. This is happening despite Commissioner Rob Manfred’s efforts to cut game length. read more

Outotec launches new CO2 removal pilot plant for iron ore and coal

first_imgOutotec has commissioned a new CO2 removal pilot plant at its R&D center in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It complements Outotec’s circulating fluidised bed (CFB) pilot plant allowing for the cleaning of process gas from iron ore direct reduction as well as from coal and biomass gasification. “Not only is the new plant a big step in our mission to provide sustainable solutions to the various industries we serve, but it also allows our customers to improve their usage of raw materials and lower their emissions,” notes Peter Weber, President of Outotec’s Energy, Light Metals and Environmental Solutions business area.The new pilot plant plays an important role in the development of Outotec’s new offerings for the energy industry providing the testing facilities to reduce the carbon footprint of coal and biomass-based energy production well as the oil winning from oil shale. The pilot installation also allows Outotec to fully demonstrate its proprietary Circofer® process for the direct reduction of fine iron ores based on coal.The pilot plant applies BASF’s licensed aMDEATM technology for acid gas removal to remove primarily CO2 and H2S from metallurgical process gases. The facility also features integrated gas cleaning steps allowing for the treatment of gases rich in dust and tars. This makes it a unique facility for testing CO2 absorption under real process conditions similar to an industrial plant. The gases which have been removed can be used in other processes or for underground storage as envisaged in carbon capture and storage (CCS) approaches.“Our goal is to be an innovative provider of sustainable solutions in the growing energy industry and the sooner we can develop them in our research centers, the quicker the benefits to our customers and the industry at large,” stated Weber.last_img read more

Readers Digest Source Interlink Among Companies with High Risk of Defaulting on

first_imgFor the financially morbid types (and the rest of us) who’ve been tracking U.S. companies on the brink of bankruptcy, credit rating agency Moody’s has created a list to satiate our appetites. The “Bottom Rung” lists roughly 300 companies the agency says are at the highest risk for defaulting on their debt. And, unsurprisingly, magazine publishers are no exception. Making the list is the Reader’s Digest Association, with $2.21 billion in outstanding debt. The publisher recently retained law firm Kirkland & Ellis and financial adviser Miller Buckfire to help “explore strategic initiatives.” Also on there is embattled publisher/wholesaler Source Interlink, with $1.63 billion in outstanding debt. (It can’t help that the company’s stock is trading at less than 11 cents per share.)Click here to see a list of the top 30 companies based on rated debt.last_img read more

SECARMY Will Cut Programs to Fund Modernization

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Army will cut existing programs if necessary to fund its modernization efforts, Army Secretary Mark Esper told CQ in an exclusive interview.“I’ll just have to start peeling programs off the bottom until I get to my number,” he said.DOD budget priorities will be clear when the administration’s federal budget request goes to Capitol Hill in the middle of March.“This Army budget that’s coming out will mark the beginning of a significant shift in our resources to ensure we can fight and win in accordance with the National Defense Strategy,” Esper told CQ. “It’s that big.”U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mykal Zimmermanlast_img read more

Senators grounded while Sec Carter visits state without them

first_imgA disappointed Sen. Murkowski in an image from her video.Alaska’s two U.S. senators were supposed to be at Fort Wainwright today with Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Instead, due to mechanical troubles, they were reduced to making videos describing what they would have said, if they’d had the opportunity to talk to him about keeping troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.Download AudioSen. Lisa Murkowski filmed hers from an unadorned office cubicle.“I was looking forward to joining  Secretary of Defense Carter, along with Sen. Sullivan, in Fairbanks this afternoon,” she said, fatigue in her voice and a quilted vest on the shoulders.Sen. Dan Sullivan, in jacket and tie,  filmed his in a recording studio in the basement of the Senate, in front of an office set. He said he was greatly disappointed, too.“So what I wanted to do was just show Alaskans and the media … the advocacy document right here,” he said, holding up a sheaf of papers, “that we will be briefing Sec. Carter on very soon.”Sullivan and Murkowski saw Carter’s fortuitous stopover in Fairbanks as an opportunity to sell Carter on Alaska’s advantages to the military. Their hope is to reverse an Army decision to shrink a brigade combat team at JBER. The troop reduction would cost the state several thousand jobs.Alaska’s strategic location is No. 1 on Sullivan’s list of advantages. But “strategic” does not mean “convenient.” Not today.Senate business kept both senators up late the night before, with the last vote not until 3 a.m. Then, says Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson, they went to Andrews Air Force Base, in nearby Maryland, for what was supposed to be a direct flight to Fairbanks on a military cargo plane. They waited for hours. Alas, the C-17 that was supposed to take them had mechanical difficulties.  Sec. Carter, on a separate plane, flew north ahead of them. He departed Fairbanks before they could get there on commercial flights.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday April 6 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLegislature picks up pace, with little time to spareAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAfter a slow session, the Alaska Legislature advanced budget proposals this week. Both the House and Senate would draw money from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government for the first time.After pushback, public comment period on Pebble Mine extendedRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take public comment on its initial scoping for an environmental permit through June.Killing of 10 Denali wolves sparks debate over increasing protections for the animalDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe killing of 10 wolves by a single hunter north of the Denali Highway, has raised new calls for protection of the animals in the Denali National Park region.Logan concedes Anchorage mayoral race to Berkowitz as returns come inZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSince returns first came in for Anchorage’s local elections Tuesday night, more than 20,000 additional ballots have been counted, and the preliminary results appear to be holding.Moose stomps on Alaska man’s foot after he kicked herAssociated PressState officials say a man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return.New map shows the potential future of permafrost on the North SlopeRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“We hope that this tool will be useful for engineers who [are] doing some projects in this area, for government thinking about what they should expect, and also for any people who live in Alaska,” Vladimir Romanovsky said.U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau police test response capabilities with nuclear scenarioAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauJuneau emergency responders trained for a simulated a terrorist threat with a nuclear device aboard a ferry. About 30 Juneau residents got to ride along for the exercise.AK: The sweet traditions of Russian Orthodox EasterVictoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageRussian Orthodox Easter comes April 8, and families across Alaska are preparing for the event with Easter Bread. The symbolic bread came to the state with Russian colonists, but has taken on new life with Alaskans who have added their own traditions to it.49 Voices: Harold Goode of KotzebueAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Harold Goode in Kotzebue. Goode is a chef at Maniilaq long-term care facility. When he moved to the region a year ago he had to learn to cook in a very different way.last_img read more

Minority department to sponsor coaching for Civils exam

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana State Minority Welfare Department is implementing a unique scheme – “Sponsoring 100 minority candidates to get coaching from private reputed institutions for All India Services examinations”. Under this scheme, 100 candidates have been selected through screening test conducted throughout the State. The selected candidates can choose coaching centre of their choice from empaneled Institutions, for which the entire fees would be paid by the government and the scheme entails a stipend to the candidates. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us In this connection, a counselling session was held at TMREIS Head Office, in which 5 empaneled institutions like Analog, Brain Tree, RC Reddy, Vision IAS Institute and Hyderabad Study Circle participated and gave their presentation. Addressing the counselling session, AK Khan, president TMREIS, described this as a unique scheme, considering that the government was making efforts to overcome the under-representation of Muslims and other minorities in IAS and IPS. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Minorities Welfare Director and Telangana State Minorities Study Circle Director Shahnawaz Qasim cautioned the candidates to put in sincere efforts for realising their dream of becoming an IAS and IPS. TMREIS Secretary B Shafiullah said that the Chief Minister of Telangana wants the minorities to get these positions through competitive examinations. If minority students get selected in IPS and IAS, they could ensure proper implementation of welfare schemes for their community.last_img read more

Polls under present govt insists Tofail

first_imgTofail AhmedRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) advisory council member and commerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Friday insisted that the next general election will be held under the current government, reports UNB.”This government will act as the interim government during the polls. We’ll only assist the election commission,” he said while addressing a commemorative meeting on slain AL leader Obaidul Haque Badal held at Bangla School ground in Bhola sadar upazila.Badal, also a freedom fighter, was gunned down in front of his business establishment on 11 October 1996.The minister also said Bangladesh’s electoral laws are very much time-befitting.Taking part in another programme at Borhanuddin Government High School, Tofail said no other governments took any initiative for extracting gas from Bhola.”I’ve taken the initiative following a suggestion of our prime minister Sheikh Hasina. For lifting gas, Bapex [Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited] is performing their duty very carefully,” he said.Around 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas have been found recently in Bhola, he said, adding that work is undergoing for discovering another gas field in Bheduria.last_img read more

Pakistan in electoral chaos despite cheers from Imran supporters

first_imgAn elderly man stands under a billboard featuring an image of Pakistan`s cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, a day after the general election in Islamabad on 26 July 2018. Pakistan woke to electoral chaos on 26 July with the outgoing ruling party denouncing `blatant rigging` in the pivotal general election and rejecting unofficial, partial results suggesting victory for former cricket champion Imran Khan. — AFPPakistan was gripped by electoral chaos on Thursday with the outgoing ruling party denouncing “blatant rigging” in the pivotal general election and rejecting unofficial, partial results suggesting victory for former cricket champion Imran Khan.Results were still being tallied Thursday, hours after Khan’s supporters took to the streets to celebrate victory in an election opponents have said the powerful military rigged in his favour.Local media said roughly half the votes had been counted more than 17 hours after polls closed, an unprecedented delay that has fuelled widespread fears over the legitimacy of the exercise.But newspapers and television channels were predicting victory for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with the partial results giving him at least 100 seats so far in the National Assembly, the lower house.A majority of 137 seats is needed to form a government.The English-language Dawn newspaper declared Khan had delivered a “knockout punch”. The outgoing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, meanwhile, “was faced with its toughest hour and … on the verge of collapse,” the paper said in a front-page analysis.The Election Commission of Pakistan dismissed allegations of manipulation, blaming the delay on glitches in new, untested counting software.”These elections were 100 per cent fair and transparent,” said chief election commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza early Thursday as the outcry grew.Raza did not say when election authorities would be in a position to announce the results, but some media reports suggested it would not be until Thursday evening.- ‘Outright rigging’ -Late Wednesday, the PML-N, which had been in power since 2013, rejected the results because of “outright rigging”, and vowed it would use “all political and legal options for redressal of these glaring excesses”.”What they have done has pushed Pakistan back 30 years… People will not bear it,” the party’s leader Shahbaz Sharif, brother of jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif, said.Other major parties also alleged fraud, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), whose chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari echoed the PML-N’s claim that party representatives were barred from monitoring the count.The size of Khan’s lead against the once-mighty PML-N, when many analysts had predicted a coalition would be likely, was also increasing concern over the process, analysts said.”The surprisingly high seat total for PTI, even as the votes continue to be counted, will be enough to trigger the suspicions of the PPP and PMLN,” said Michael Kugelman, an analyst at the Wilson Center in Washington.Neither Khan nor the military, which had been accused of seeking to manipulate the vote in his favour in the months leading up to the polls, have yet commented on the situation. Both have previously denied allegations of intervention.The controversy follows a campaign already considered by some observers to be one of the “dirtiest” in Pakistan’s history because of the allegations against the military, and marked by the increased visibility of extremist religious parties.- ‘Turmoil’ -“This is complete chaos,” said political analyst Azeema Cheema, who said she was “very concerned” about what comes next.”It depends on how the civilian disobedience is being organised. You may have spontaneous riots among political party workers. Then maybe political parties will organise sit-ins and demonstrations,” she told AFP.Kugelman shared the concern. “I don’t see any way to prevent a period of turmoil,” he told AFP.But PTI supporters were ecstatic at the projected results.First time voter Fahad Hussain, 21, said the party had successfully lured the country’s massive youth population.”He motivated the youth,” Hussain told AFP in the capital Islamabad as he hit the streets to celebrate with friends.Wednesday’s elections were meant to be a rare democratic transition from one civilian government to another in the young, nuclear-armed country which has been ruled by the military for roughly half its history.Khan, who captained Pakistan to their World Cup cricket victory in 1992, campaigned on ambitious promises to tackle widespread graft while building an “Islamic welfare state”.But he was dogged by widespread accusations he was benefiting from a “silent coup” by the generals.Khan has also increasingly catered to hardline religious groups, particularly over the inflammatory issue of blasphemy, sparking fears a win for PTI could embolden Islamist extremists.The PML-N says it is the target of the alleged military machinations. Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power last year and jailed over a corruption conviction days before the vote, removing Khan’s most dangerous rival.Some 800,000 military and police had been deployed to provide security on election day.But it was still marred by violent attacks. The largest, a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, left at least 31 dead and 70 wounded near a polling station in Quetta, in southwestern Balochistan province.last_img

5th edition of Women of India Organic Festival comes to Delhi

first_imgOrganised on an annual basis by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development since 2015, the 5th edition of the ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ will be held from October 26 – November 4 at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). The timing for the 10 days festival (WOI Festival) will be from 10 am till 8 pmThe festival which is going to celebrate and promote women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic field from across India – will have producers and manufacturers of organic products from 28 Indian states. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver 500 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, will come together with their organic products including 1200 varieties of rice, several varieties of millets, organic ice creams, ready-to-eat meals and snacks, oils, honey, tea, coffee, skin care, aromatherapy products, solar products, kitchen composers, organic seeds, organic cotton fabrics, among other bioproducts. All the participants from the remotest parts of the country will travel and stay in the Capital free of cost for the entire duration of the festival while having the opportunity of selling their healthy and wholesome goods to the people of Delhi and surrounding areas. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the festival, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said, “Organic options encourage consumers to adopt a healthier lifestyle while helping to protect the planet and its eroding natural resources. The Women of India Organic Festival highlights the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provides a platform for women engaged in this field and encourages the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for women producers from the remotest corners of India. The WOI festival has given a successful platform to empower women farmers and entrepreneurs in a festive and fruitful manner for the past four years. It is a matter of great satisfaction for me that the Ministry’s efforts ultimately boost these illustrious rural women’s local communities and economies by creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products.” India has been a part of the organic farming revolution with over 160 million hectares of cultivable land. Better quality of produce fetches enhanced prices and adds approximately 20% to the incomes of related farmers. Overall, the income and savings of a farmer using exclusively organic methods in agriculture increases by over 50% since there is no investment in costly chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and preservatives.last_img read more

Top 18 Technologies Fueling Growth Opportunities in Global Healthcare

first_img Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Information Technology | January 16, 2017 Top 18 Technologies Fueling Growth Opportunities in Global Healthcare Stakeholders that are not invested in any of these by 2025 will fall behind the curve, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Transformational Health team Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more January 16, 2017 — Frost & Sullivan, released a new report, “Vision 2025 – Future of Healthcare,” part of the company’s Advanced Medical Technologies, that identifies 18 technologies that will impact healthcare paradigms by 2025.Technology-driven transformation in global healthcare demands that stakeholders identify influential technologies and re-strategize to ride the strongest growth currents. As healthcare moves to the anytime, anyplace, continuous and personalized care model, technological advances are unlocking values and previously inaccessible segments.“Although these technologies are making waves within research, two aspects must be weighed to assess potential market impact,” noted Frost & Sullivan Transformational Health Research Analyst Siddharth Shah. “The first is the commercialization and maturity timelines for these technologies. The second is aligning the technologies with Healthcare 2025 trends and themes in order to successfully leverage growth opportunities.”Some technologies set to create billion-dollar opportunities, according to the report, include: wearables, enhanced prosthetics, nanorobotics, electroceuticals, advanced materials, population health analytics, quantum computing, wellness gamification, regenerative medicine and precision medicine.To be profitable, companies must identify the technologies that will impact their business and invest accordingly, according to Frost & Sullivan. For instance:Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to speed up the analysis of large volumes of data to efficiency levels that exceed human capability;Brain-computer interfaces can connect a “wired” brain directly with an external device for “neural bypass,” which will help paralyzed patients move or blind patients see;Digital avatars offer holographic projections of doctors to answer health queries, similar to voice assistants like Cortana and Siri; andMedical tricorders can record health vitals and parameters to diagnose a range of health conditions without a physician.Frost & Sullivan’s analysis offers timeframes for commercialization and indicates when significant on-the-ground healthcare impact will be seen for each technology. Some of the frontrunners in the race for enabling healthcare technologies include IBM Watson Health with its AI for healthcare, Organovo for 3-D bioprinting, DeepStream VR for its virtual reality applications, and QualComm with its $10 million tricorderX inducement prize contest to develop medical tricorders.For more information: www.frost.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Npm Inc cofounder and Chief data officer quits leaving the community to

first_imgOn Thursday, The Register reported that Laurie Voss, the co-founder and chief data officer of JavaScript package registry, NPM Inc left the company. Voss’s last day in office was 1st July while he officially announced the news on Thursday. Voss joined NPM in January 2014 and decided to leave the company in early May this year. NPM has faced its share of unrest in the company in the past few months. In the month of March  5 NPM employees were fired from the company in an unprofessional and unethical way. Later 3 of those employees were revealed to have been involved in unionization and filed complaints against NPM Inc with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Earlier this month NPM Inc at the third trial settled the labor claims brought by these three former staffers through the NLRB. Voss’ s resignation will be third in line after Rebecca Turner, former core contributor who resigned in March and Kat Marchan, former CLI and community architect who resigned from NPM early this month. Voss writes on his blog, “I joined npm in January of 2014 as co-founder, when it was just some ideals and a handful of servers that were down as often as they were up. In the following five and a half years Registry traffic has grown over 26,000%, and worldwide users from about 1 million back then to more than 11 million today. One of our goals when founding npm Inc. was to make it possible for the Registry to run forever, and I believe we have achieved that goal. While I am parting ways with npm, I look forward to seeing my friends and colleagues continue to grow and change the JavaScript ecosystem for the better.” Voss also told The Register that he supported unions, “As far as the labor dispute goes, I will say that I have always supported unions, I think they’re great, and at no point in my time at NPM did anybody come to me proposing a union,” he said. “If they had, I would have been in favor of it. The whole thing was a total surprise to me.” The Register team spoke to one of the former staffers of NPM and they said employees tend not to talk to management in the fear of retaliation and Voss seemed uncomfortable to defend the company’s recent actions and felt powerless to affect change. In his post Voss is optimistic about NPM’s business areas, he says, “Our paid products, npm Orgs and npm Enterprise, have tens of thousands of happy users and the revenue from those sustains our core operations.” However, Business Insider reports that a recent NPM Inc funding round of the company raised only enough to continue operating until early 2020. A big question on everyone’s mind currently is the stability of the public Node JS Registry. Most users in the JavaScript community do not have a fallback in place. While the community see Voss’s resignation with appreciation for his accomplishments, some are disappointed that he could not raise his voice against these odds and had to quit. “Nobody outside of the company, and not everyone within it, fully understands how much Laurie was the brains and the conscience of NPM,” Jonathan Cowperthwait, former VP of marketing at NPM Inc, told The Register. CJ Silverio, a principal engineer at Eaze who served as NPM Inc’s CTO said that it’s good that Voss is out but she wasn’t sure whether his absence would matter much to the day-to-day operations of NPM Inc. Silverio was fired from NPM Inc late last year shortly after CEO Bryan Bogensberger’s arrival. “Bogensberger marginalized him almost immediately to get him out of the way, so the company itself probably won’t notice the departure,” she said. “What should affect fundraising is the massive brain drain the company has experienced, with the entire CLI team now gone, and the registry team steadily departing. At some point they’ll have lost enough institutional knowledge quickly enough that even good new hires will struggle to figure out how to cope.” Silverio also mentions that she had heard rumors of eliminating the public registry while only continuing with their paid enterprise service, which will be like killing their own competitive advantage. She says if the public registry disappears there are alternative projects like the one spearheaded by Silverio and a fellow developer Chris Dickinson, Entropic. Entropic is available under an open source Apache 2.0 license, Silverio says “You can depend on packages from any other Entropic instance, and your home instance will mirror all your dependencies for you so you remain self-sufficient.” She added that the software will mirror any packages installed by a legacy package manager, which is to say npm. As a result, the more developers use Entropic, the less they’ll need NPM Inc’s platform to provide a list of available packages. Voss feels the scale of npm is 3x bigger than any other registry and boasts of an extremely fast growth rate i.e approx 8% month on month. “Creating a company to manage an open source commons creates some tensions and challenges is not a perfect solution, but it is better than any other solution I can think of, and none of the alternatives proposed have struck me as better or even close to equally good.” he said. With  NPM Inc. sustainability at stake, the JavaScript community on Hacker News discussed alternatives in case the public registry comes to an end. One of the comments read, “If it’s true that they want to kill the public registry, that means I may need to seriously investigate Entropic as an alternative. I almost feel like migrating away from the normal registry is an ethical issue now. What percentage of popular packages are available in Entropic? If someone else’s repo is not in there, can I add it for them?” Another user responds, “The github registry may be another reasonable alternative… not to mention linking git hashes directly, but that has other issues.” Other than Entropic another alternative discussed is nixfromnpm, it is a tool in which you can translate NPM packages to Nix expression. nixfromnpm is developed by Allen Nelson and two other contributors from Chicago. Read Next Surprise NPM layoffs raise questions about the company culture Is the Npm 6.9.1 bug a symptom of the organization’s cultural problems? Npm Inc, after a third try, settles former employee claims, who were fired for being pro-union, The Register reportslast_img read more

Morpheus Network Growing with Communication Collaboration Community

first_imgI am joined by Morpheus Network CEO: Dan Wienberg and Advisor Simon Cocking. (Also editor of Irishtechnews.ie)  We discuss Morpheus Network’s communication strategy, plus news of a new pilot with a Chinese manufacturer.LINKShttps://morpheus.networkhttps://morpheus.network/team/https://medium.com/morpheus-networkhttps://t.me/themorpheusnetworkhttps://irishtechnews.ie/Follow me on twitter  – https://twitter.com/CryptoRichYTMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking Morpheus Network: Growing with Communication, Collaboration & Communitylast_img read more

Fat disposal woes in King Street

first_imguThukela Water Services spent a portion of Friday morning attempting to rid sewer pipes of fat in King Street. The fat, which is disposed of by several fast food franchises in the area, is problematic for the sewerage system in the area. The accumulation of fat has caused a blocked sewer system, this being a recurring problem since 2009. uThukela’s Mr Dennis Combrinck says the removal of fat is an expensive undertaking that wouldn’t be necessary if businesses invested in grease traps.“To get rid of the fat, we need to pour buckets of acid down the drains and each bucket costs over R1000. Businesses need to start playing their part to ensure that this expensive solution doesn’t need to be implemented,” he said.The acid takes up to four or five days to dissolve the fat.“The solution is simple – installing grease traps will solve this problem easily,” stressed Mr Combrinck. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Power outage strikes town

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A power failure throughout the CBD and many residential areas earlier this morning left residents baffled. The cause of outage was evidently a power overload.Being a cold morning, most people switched on heaters and air-conditioners,which resulted in the town being overloaded. Technicians solved the problem by balancing the load.To avoid future power cuts of this nature, residents are warned not to put on too many appliances at the same time.last_img read more