Nokia Teases New Lumia 928 Flagship Windows Phone

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The spring line of smartphones is almost complete. We have entries from HTC, Samsung, LG and a variety of other smartphone makers for consumers wishing to upgrade to the best new thing. The only company that has been missing from the spring device season is Nokia. It looks like that is about to change. Nokia has teased its new flagship Windows Phone smartphone, the Lumia 928, with a billboard and magazine ad in Vanity Fair. We know next to nothing about the Lumia 928 except that it is apparently coming to Verizon in the United States. There are various rumors about an all-metal body and camera components that will be a distinct upgrade over Nokia’s previous Windows Phone flagship Lumia 920. The Lumia 928 will feature Carl Zeiss optics for the camera and focus on Nokia’s PureView camera features found in its other signature devices. The magazine advertisement tells us to “stay tuned.”Are you excited for the next flagship Windows Phone from Nokia? What features do you wish Nokia would include? Let us know in the comments. Image source: Nokiacenter_img readwrite Tags:#Nokia#now#Windows Phone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad takes train to Mumbai after airlines’ ban

first_imgDelhi Police register FIR against Shiv Sena MP  The non-FIA member airlines —AirAsia India and Vistara — also came out in support of the ban, which left Mr. Gaikwad “grounded” in the national capital.Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against him on the basis of the complaint lodged by Air India for repeatedly hitting Sukumar with sandals. Speaker ducks action on Sena MP’s assault of AI staff  Taking retributive action, the national carrier cancelled Mr. Gaikwad’s return ticket to Pune after he boastfully asserted he would board the afternoon flight.Private airline IndiGo followed suit as, in an unprecedented show of unity, several air operators imposed a “ban” on him.The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, issued a statement declaring it has decided to “ban” the MP from flying on its aircraft.Also Read Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had to travel by train on Friday after domestic airlines unitedly “banned” him from flying on their aircraft for assaulting an Air India officer.He boarded August Kranti Express for Mumbai from the Hazrat Nizamuddin station, said a senior Railway Ministry official.The Sena MP has booked three berths — 21, 22 and 23 — in coach number A-1 of AC II tier of Mumbai Rajdhani. He is accompanied by a person, said the official.Also Read He said the MP’s companion was unwell and attended by a doctor at the Mathura station. The train is expected to reach Mumbai around 10 a.m..Mr. Gaikwad on Thursday assaulted 62-year-old duty manager of Air India R. Sukumar with slippers over not being able to fly business class despite having boarded an all economy flight.Also Read Shiv Sena MP hits Air India employee with slippers on plane at New Delhi airportlast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt storms to 200m glory, makes history

first_imgJamaican Usain Bolt scorched to Olympic gold in the men’s 200-metres on Thursday, blazing into the history books as the first sprinter to retain both sprint titles.The 25-year-old Jamaican raced home in 19.32 to beat out teammate Yohan Blake, who ran 19.44, into silver.Warren Weir took the bronze in 19.84 to make it a Jamaican clean sweep.Bolt won both the 100m and 200m sprints in Beijing.Bolt recorded the second-fastest 100 metres ever of 9.63 seconds Sunday to beat Blake to that gold medal too.Result1 Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 19.322 Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 19.443 Warren Weir (Jamaica) 19.844 Wallace Spearmon  (USA) 19.905 Churandy Martina (Netherlands) 20.00  6 Christophe Lemaitre (France) 20.19  7 Alex Quinonez (Ecuador) 20.57  8 Anaso Jobodwana (South Africa) 20.69last_img

Celebrate in style

first_imgWorship WalkBONEDI BARI PUJO WALKTo many, Durga puja in Kolkata has come to mean wading through traffic to get to the pandals teeming with people. But in another part of Kolkata, pujas are all about traditions that are nearly centuries old. Puja festivities in family homes have an intimacy that,Worship WalkBONEDI BARI PUJO WALKTo many, Durga puja in Kolkata has come to mean wading through traffic to get to the pandals teeming with people. But in another part of Kolkata, pujas are all about traditions that are nearly centuries old. Puja festivities in family homes have an intimacy that is missing in the Baraowari Pujo (public funded pujas).Calcutta Walks, one of the first companies to host city walks in Kolkata hosts a Bonedi Bari Pujo walk every year. They take tourists to a select few of these iconic home pujas where one can watch the festivities up close while being regaled with stories of their origin and vignettes of their past. There is a saying about how goddess Durga comes to wear her jewellery in Jorasanko Dawn house. The family was known to have bought not just a lot of gold but also diamonds and emeralds from Europe in their heydays, says Anirban Dutta, an explorer from Calcutta Walks. Photo by: Anirban DuttaThe walk begins early in the morning on a chosen day with explorers meeting outside Girish Park Metro Station. Walkers are then taken to the famous pujas nearby, including two, at the Dawn household, the two Deb family pujas, Pathurighata’s Khelat Ghosh’s pujo and Shobhabazar Raj Bari. Each family celebrates in a different style, with different rituals and one gets a taste of the real thing up close. At the end of the walk, explorers are served a typical vegetarian bhog or meal.advertisementWhile monuments and history books remain, intangibles like these that are part of the city’s heritage are slowly losing currency. We had more than 100 members participating in the puja festivities before. Now with nuclear families and people moving out of the city our numbers have dwindled to 25, says Pashupati Roy, the 79-year- old head of the Roy household in Colootola near Burrabazar. The family will be celebrating its 161st Durga Puja this year. Calcutta Walks explorer Anirban Dutta (third from left) with tourists at a Pujo bariON OCTOBER 15 -19 PRICE Rs 3500 per person WEB calcuttawalks.com AT Roy Bari, Kabiraj Row Lane, (opposite school of tropical medicine)Check MatesGARIHAT CHESS CLUBIf you want a quintessential Kolkata experience, explore the Gariahat Chess Club. Started as a motley group of chess enthusiasts playing under the Gariahat flyover, was registered as the Gariahat Chess Club in 2006. Their makeshift premises have been given a facelift with an initiative from Kolkata Police, PC Chandra and the architects from Anjan Ukil Square Consortium.Beautification of a city is never complete without its people. We need urban spaces to sit, chat, loiter and play, says Shubhrajit G Mitra of Square, one of the architects who designed the space. From 2007, when the club had just three chess boards balanced on railings, to now where there are sleek, curved lamp posts, 13 tables and 26 stools for players, it has been a long journey for the club and its members. A chess game in progress as enthusiasts watch on. (Photo by: Nilanjan Karmakar)The surroundings are still the same and deliberately so. It is still one of busiest crossings in the city with the pre-puja shopping crowd adding to the din. It is still an outdoor event and the only breeze is the exhaust fumes of cars passing by. But the chess club with its chess players spanning all age groups and backgrounds, continues to attract chess lovers. It is open to all and one can just hang out there after a shopping spree and sip on some tea.Dumplings by The DozenMASTER DIMSUMShoppers in Bangkok are spoilt for choice, in between their shopping spree, they can fill their stomachs by shopping for some delicious, inexpensive, street food. This is the experience that restaurateurs Siladitya and Debaditya Chaudhuri of Oudh 1590 and Chowman wanted to replicate in Kolkata. Shiladitya Chaudhuri, Chef Peter Chin and Debaditya Chaudhuri. (Photo by : Subir Halder)The quick service restaurant is the only one serving a variety of dimsums that are generally not found outside fine dining Chinese restaurants. Chef Peter Chin traces its origins to Kolkata’s old Chinatown in Tiretti Bazaar before he moved out and spent his professional years in the Middle East. The menu thus pays homage to all those dumplings, including meatball soup, wontons and soft fluffy baos that were once found there.Gyozas, sui mai, Thai dumplings and of course the now ubiquitous momo are to be found on the menu as well. Fillings are available in vegetarian, chicken, fish and pork though pork is not available in all their outlets. Come here to grab a bite between pandal hopping.advertisement PRICE Rs 140 onwards CALL 7604033355 AT P – 562, Hemanta Mukhopadhayay Sarani, off Southern AvenueChild’s PlayNEE & OINKSisters Neelakshi and Oiendrila Ray, 39, turned to children’s fashion when they realised there was a dearth of trendy ethnic wear for children that appealed to both the mother and child. In 2011, the sisters, both design graduates from Parsons School of Design (NYC/Paris) and Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication (London), started their own label Nee & Oink with the thought that it would retain an element of whimsy besides being comfortable for children.Their newest festive range plays around with colourful motifs inspired by nature. Big vibrant peonies on lehengas and kurtas, animals and birds from Gond art motifs like herons, cockatoos and woodpeckers are embroidered on the festive range of clothing. India has such a rich heritage of art. Designer Oiendrila Ray Kapur with her son Arish. (Photo by : Subir Halder)For all our collections we try to take inspiration from at least one art form from the country, says Oiendrila whose background is in graphic design. The sisters are particular about the fabrics they use. Their line is all about lightweight silks and breathable cottons. The colour story is festive with jewel tones, reds and pinks and rich navy blues dominating.And if the clothes make you wish you were a child again, Nee & Oink also do custom made clothing for adults.PRICE Rs 2,600 onwards TEL 8334936663 AT Nee & Oink, 219 Jodhpur ParkIndie Vibes OnlySTUDIO KSRDesigner Karishma Siddique Roy’s, freewheeling music-loving indie soul finds expression through her designs in Studio KSR. Roy, 36, a stylist and manager to folk and bluegrass band No Strings Attached, and an RJ, takes inspiration from music for her creations. Take a cue from the Ella dress (inspired by Ella Fitzgerald) or Baezed (Joan Baez) or the Norah dress (Norah Jones) which have all been a hit with Kolkata’s young and famous. Karishma is in a khesh sari with Pushpo tunicThe fabric of her choice is nearly always khesh. I have grown up with a love for all things handloom but it was in my third year of design when I worked with weaving cluster in Shantiniketan, when I fell in love with khesh, says the NIFT Kolkata graduate. Because the fabric is woven with new yarn as warp and strips of old saris as weft, there is a certain unpredictability to the look.I love the surprise element. You can never tell what colour the stripes will be before it is woven, says Roy. For the festive season, pick up some of her khesh blouses that you can also wear as crop tops or layer with saris and jackets for a traditional yet stylish look.PRICE Rs 2,500 onwards TEL 9836915050 AT Studio KSR, 10, Sourin Roy Road, BehalaShining BrightPRETIOSDespite being just a year old in the city but brand Pretios has made its name amongst Kolkata’s fashionistas. Stylists, designers and Tollywood actors have been sporting Pretios’s high street, silver jewellery.advertisementConceptualised by jewellery designer Dwiti Bhuwalka, 33, the line was born out of the young woman’s passion for all that glitters. I love jewellery and I think one should be able to change it as often as possible, says Bhuwalka. Hence the name Pretios meaning precious. Dwiti in Pretios’ Pearl Bijoux collectionsComing from a family of jewellers, Bhuwalka figured that playing around with designs was better suited to more affordable forms like sterling silver and semi precious gems and pearls. Her diamond look-alikes are all Swarovski’s cubic zirconia.Her most popular collection so far has been the Pearl Bijoux collection that has beautifully cut Swarovski stones and pearls in gleaming white silver to conjure sleek modern designs. For the festive season though, Bhuwalka’s Euphoria collection has ventured into colourful Polki styles with traditional chokers, jhumkas, chand balis et al.PRICE Rs 3,000 onwards for small stud earrings to Rs 24,000 upwards for necklaces. TEL 30089209 AT Pretios By Dwiti Bhuwalka, Rosekandy Office, 5th floor, Aspirations Vintage, 12 Pretoria Streetlast_img read more

Navigator Nabs USD 290 Million Loan to Finance Six Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of handysize liquefied gas carriers Navigator Holdings Ltd. entered into a loan agreement with a group of lenders securing USD 290 million to finance purchase of six newbuild gas carriers.The seven-year term loan will be used to finance the purchase of four 35,000 cubic meter ethylene/ethane capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers under construction at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd and two 22,000 cubic meter semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd., together.The facility was carried out through lenders made available through Navigator Gas L.L.C, the borrower.The borrower’s obligations under the facility agreement shall be used to finance the purchase price of the vessels and for the borrowers’ general corporate and working capital purposes, Navigator Holdings said.Navigator’s fleet consists of 38 semi-or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, including nine newbuildings scheduled for delivery by August 2017.last_img read more

Government didnt care about reducing emissions Inside Quebecs green fund

first_imgMONTREAL — When Ljiljana Latkovic was named to the council governing Quebec’s multibillion-dollar green fund in 2017, she thought she was going to use her science background to help choose projects aimed at fighting climate change.Instead, Latkovic said she and the eight other council members were asked to sign off on proposals whose financing had already been approved by various government departments.Moreover, she said, in the case of many projects they were approving, councillors had no idea how the projects were actually going to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to rise.“My opinion is that the (environment) ministry didn’t care about the reductions,” Latkovic said in a recent interview.Quebec’s green fund was created in 2006 as a way of collecting billions in revenues — in large part from the province’s version of a carbon tax — and redistributing the money towards initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.But the so-called green fund has been widely criticized as a boondoggle.Quebec’s new environment minister, Benoit Charette, is promising reform, but he has a colossal task ahead of him. The province’s past mistakes highlight the difficulties of managing a multibillion-dollar fund to which various government departments have access.Instead of promoting projects with strict greenhouse gas emission targets, the fund became a buffet for the pet projects of various ministers, Charette said.“Unfortunately, yes,” Charette said in an interview when asked whether the fund was being misused. “Certain departments helped themselves to the fund, so to speak, without a guarantee of results on investments. And the previous government let this phenomenon go on like that, which made things even more deplorable.”Charette said despite the billions of dollars collected since 2006, the reduction in greenhouse gases “was very small across the projects that were financed.”Quebec collects hundreds of millions of dollars every year from a carbon credit cap-and-trade system. Companies that emit high amounts of greenhouse gases are legally forced to purchase the right to release those gases into the atmosphere. Quebec sells emissions credits four times a year at auction.Since its inception, almost $5.5 billion has been poured into the fund. And from the beginning, the program has been mismanaged, according to several reports from the province’s auditor general.Various government departments used money in the fund to finance projects without calls for proposals or without specific criteria to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the auditor general concluded.In its 2019 report, the auditor general’s office said “nearly five years after the publication of our initial audit report on the green fund, we can only be disappointed with this situation.”News reports over the years have indicated millions have been given to major oil companies and airlines for projects with dubious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Maple syrup producers received hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace evaporation equipment. Millions more dollars were given to taxi companies to help them adapt their vehicles for disabled people.A spokesperson for the Liberals, the party that created the fund and managed it until they lost power last year, did not make anyone available to respond to the criticism.Following harshly worded reports on the fund’s governance by the auditor general, then-premier Philippe Couillard in 2016 created the council to oversee the distribution of money. But Latkovic said that most of the time, her job consisted of rubber-stamping projects chosen by other departments.The council chose about 10 to 15 per cent of the projects that received financing, she said, while the rest were pre-approved elsewhere in the government. “We wanted to know what we were signing for,” Latkovic said. “And some of the members wanted to resign because they didn’t know what was going on.”Charette backed up Latkovic’s comments.“It’s unfortunately true,” he said. “It’s really what was happening. We had a situation where the fund wasn’t being used to its potential. There was confusion regarding responsibilities. It’s what we want to correct.”In June, Charette announced reforms he said would ensure the fund fulfills its mandate. First, the green fund is getting a new name. It will now be called the “electrification and climate change fund.”Instead of the governing council on which Latkovic sits, Charette says the new fund will have a “committee of experts” who will oversee how money is distributed. Their reports will be public, he promised.The fund will now be fully under the Environment Department, Charette said, and its minister will be accountable. “In the future if there is a management problem we won’t need multiple searches to find out who is responsible,” he said.Finally, Charette said, the auditor general’s office will be tasked with producing an annual report on the fund’s governance. “We consider this public money so it’s important that it’s properly managed,” he said.But Latkovic, who has a master’s degree in geological and earth sciences, said the fund has been a lost opportunity.“It’s sad (the council) didn’t work as it should have,” Latkovic said. “Because it was a good thing, and I thought they were really going to care and do something about climate change.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Harkatul Mujahideen militant killed in encounter in JK

first_imgSrinagar: A militant belonging to the Harkatul Mujahideen (HuM) was killed Friday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.Acting on a credible input about the presence of militants, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Ramnagri in Herpora area of the district, a police spokesman said. “During the operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. It was retaliated leading to a brief exchange of fire,” the spokesman said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said one militant was killed who was identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi alias Umar, a resident of Model Town-B in Sopore area of Baramulla district. “According to police records, Ishfaq had a long history of terror crime records and was initially affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HuM. He and other terrorist associates were involved in a series of terror crimes, including grenade attacks on CRPF bunker at Safa Kadal, Soura and Police Station Khanyar,” the spokesman said. Ishfaq, who was arrested earlier and released on bail, had joined the terror ranks again in 2018, he said, adding that incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was seized from the scene of encounter.last_img read more

Abandoned gas wells a looming threat

SILVER HILL – A research team has concluded that Silver Hill’s problem with toxic gas began four years ago when the province capped an artesian well that was spewing contaminated water into Big Creek.Dr. Richard Jackson of the University of Waterloo likened the repair on North Walsingham Road 10 to plugging the downspout of an eavestrough. The water behind the stoppage has since backed up. This has raised the surrounding water table and created a number of unintended consequences.On Tuesday, Jackson said the higher water table in Silver Hill has allowed naturally-occurring methane gas to combine with sulphur deposits to create hydrogen sulphide fumes in dangerous concentrations.“This is not an abandoned gas well problem,” Jackson told Norfolk council. “It’s a water problem.”The diagnosis points toward a solution – albeit an expensive one – for the abandoned gas well on Forestry Farm Road north of McDowell Road East. The well in question is spewing dangerous amounts of hydrogen sulphide gas in a wetland area.Jackson and his team have concluded that drilling a relief well will lower the water table beneath the layer of sulphur in the ground that is producing the poisonous fumes.County staff estimates the solution could cost $1.5 million. Norfolk council believes the province should bear the expense.Jackson has shared his findings with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests – the agency that capped the Big Creek well in 2015 – but says the province is reluctant to acknowledge his conclusions.“As you have heard, MNRF doesn’t share that conviction,” Jackson said. “Why exactly we don’t know. We don’t believe this is anecdotal. It is much worse than that.”MNRF plugged the artesian discharge because it contained elements that are toxic to aquatic plants, fish and other wildlife in high concentrations. Examples include chloride, sulphite and iron.Jackson said capping the discharge had an immediate impact on several abandoned gas wells, some as far away as three kilometres.Emissions from a nearby gas well on North Walsingham Road 10 were so high that the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit ordered homes in the neighbourhood evacuated in the summer of 2017. MNRF capped that well at a cost of about $500,000.In recent months, Norfolk County has monitored emissions at homes in the area of the problem well on Forestry Farm Road.With game plan in hand, Norfolk has directed staff to prepare the groundwork for de-watering the wetland. If successful, this will stop the emissions that make the surrounding neighbourhood smell like rotten eggs.“Because of the overwhelming public health concerns caused by this leaking well, council has supported moving forward with this plan immediately,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said Thursday in a news release.“However, we demand the province make things right and fully fund these remediation efforts, which are only necessary because of their previous plugging of abandoned wells.”The work will begin in earnest once Norfolk secures a funding commitment from the Ford government.Jackson is a hydrogeologist. He warned that Norfolk’s problem with toxic emissions promises to get worse. Jackson suspects the problem will become general across North America in the years to come.Norfolk County has opened a long-term file on the issue because the county is home to 1,600 abandoned gas wells.Haldimand’s position is even more precarious. The number of potentially problematic wells there is in the range of 6,000 arising from the thriving natural gas industry the county had more than 100 years ago.Trouble is looming, Jackson said, because of the ad-hoc methods used to cap exhausted wells in the 1950s and 1960s. Jackson said contractors would jam rubble, tree trunks and other scrap items into shafts before capping them with concrete.Problem is, hydrogen sulphide gas is corrosive and is slowly breaking down these materials. The gas is also eating away at metal liners left behind in the bore holes.Before long, Jackson says the capping efforts of the past will be undone and hydrogen sulphide will rise to the surface unimpeded in areas where it is currently not a problem.“It’s happening all across southwestern Ontario,” Jackson said. “Those were the standards of the day. There is nothing illegal about it. It’s just totally wrong as a method for capping these wells.”Among its other qualities, hydrogen sulphide gas is also flammable. It is a frequent byproduct of natural gas production and is produced in the presence of rotting organic material.In low concentrations, fumes will irritate eyes and breathing passages and can induce headaches. Reliable, systematic studies on the long-term effects of hydrogen sulphide exposure have not been performed. read more

Sedgman extends Red Mountain Joint Venture operating contract

first_imgSedgman has secured an extension of its operating contract at the Red Mountain Joint Venture (RMJV) in the Bowen Basin, Queensland. Sedgman has operated the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) there since 2007. Under the three year contract Sedgman will continue to operate and maintain the CHPP, which is designed to process 1,000 t/h. The contract value is approximately A$90 million over the life of the agreement. The Red Mountain JV is an operation between Peabody’s Millennium coal mine and BHP Mitsui’s Poitrel coal mine to share coal infrastructure.Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Nick Jukes said the renewal recognised the strength of Sedgman’s operations capability and its long standing relationship with RMJV. “Our operations division focuses on optimising plant throughput while maintaining high standards of safety and reliability for our clients. The Red Mountain site is an excellent example of an efficiently run operation. We’ve developed a strong, mutually rewarding relationship.”last_img read more

MIT researchers are printing solar cells on sheets of paper

first_imgSolar power is a great alternative energy source, but it’s unfortunately a rather expensive one. However, researchers at MIT are working on a new and less-expensive way to make solar cells which involves printing them directly on to fabric or paper.We’re not talking about any fancy paper or fabrics. The MIT researchers discovered the printing process works on just about any paper, from regular printer paper, to tissue paper, and even to already-printed newspaper. However, printing the cells is not as simple. It must be done in a vacuum-tight room where the special “ink” is deposited on the paper. According to an article by MIT’s David L. Chandler, the process is almost as cheap and as easy as printing a photo on your inkjet.It’s a much easier method than the current one, which needs super high-temperature liquids at several hundred degrees Celsius to create the cells. The new method uses vapors and lower temperatures at less than 120 degrees Celsius. According to Chandler, these “gentle conditions” are what makes it possible to use untreated paper as the substrate.The substrate of the current method is usually glass and requires a number of other components that are expensive and result in a heavy, rigid object – and that’s not even taking into account the installation costs. With paper or fabric being used as the new substrate, creating the solar cells is much less expensive. To create the cells, five layers of material have to be deposited on the paper in consecutive passes. Though it might sound complicated, Chandler said the basic process is pretty much the same as the one used to make the shiny silver lining in a bag of potato chips. So, if potato chips bag producers can do it on a large commercial scale for cheap, so can solar-cell printing.The paper can be folded up, slipped into your pocket, unfolded, and will work as well as it did in the first place. The MIT researchers tested this by folding the printed material into a paper airplane. Professor of Electrical Engineering Vladimir Bulovic said the team has thoroughly tested the robustness of the technology. He said that the low weight of the paper substrate will let them create “scalable solar cells that can reach record-high watts-per-kilogram performance.” This could open up a number of applications. For example, they could be used in remote developing countries where weight is a large factor in how many cells can be delivered. The paper can also easily be applied to a wall or to window shades to make it super easy to install your own solar panels.The team tested it under the extreme heat of a laser printer and the cells still worked. Also, they tested cells they created last year, which means they have a long shelf life. There’s no word on how long of a shelf life they actually have, since the experiment has only been going for so long. Even so, a year is fine if replacing them just involves printing some more sheets out. The paper can also be coated with lamination materials, so you can place them outside and not worry about water damaging the cells.The one drawback is that, currently, the paper-printed solar cells have about a 1 percent efficiency. However, the team feels it can drastically increase that with more fine-tuning. Bulovic said that the cells are currently good enough to power a “small electric gizmo.”Could this be a new way to give our battery-hungry smartphones a little boost as they start to fade when we’re on the go? Or eventually will we all be rolling out laminated paper sheets on our roofs for years of free energy?Read more at MIT, via BostInnovationlast_img read more

County library system touts more than 55000 EBooks and Audiobooks

first_img Posted: December 27, 2018 December 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Communications Office reminded residents Thursday that they have access to nearly 55,000 e-books and audiobooks for free via the county library system.County residents can download digital titles to their tablet or e- reader by downloading the Libby app and linking it with their library account. Residents can also use the library’s Overdrive program to download digital titles and collections.E-books and audiobooks can be checked out for seven, 14 or 21 days. At the end of the check-out period, the title will return to the library’s collection, eliminating late fees and the possibility of physical damage to the title.According to the county library, digital checkouts in 2018 have increased by roughly 50 percent to more than 1.5 million compared to 2017. The county library system is one of 30 in the world to surpass 1.5 million digital checkouts.“The Library encourages reading in every way — to develop skills, create opportunities and motivate a love of reading,” said Migell Acosta, the county’s library director. “To meet the community’s steadily increasing interest in audiobooks and e-books, we have made significant investments into our digital collections, and we look forward to adding many new titles in 2019.”The library’s digital collection also includes more than 150 magazines along with its collection of e-books, according to the county. Residents can access the library’s magazine catalogue by downloading the RBdigital app.Libby and RBdigital are both available on the Google Play and iOS app stores. Residents can visit the library’s website, sdcl.org, for more information about its digital collection and how to access it. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom County library system touts more than 55,000 E-Books and Audiobooks Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

49 believe their employer makes provision for their health and wellbeing

first_imgUnder half (49%) of respondents believe their employer makes provision to look after their health and wellbeing, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 1,123 full and part-time employees in Great Britain aged between 18 and 64, also found that 58% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 feel that organisations are being asked to shoulder more of the health cost burden, compared to 42% of respondents over the age of 35 who think this.The research also found:48% of respondents believe their employers are increasingly expected to provide for the health of their staff in order to top up NHS services.57% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 think that their employer offers sufficient health provision, compared to 59% of respondents aged between 25 and 34.39% of respondents who are between 45 and 54 years old think that their employer provides sufficient healthcare options, compared to 31% of respondents aged between 55 and 64.Mike Blake (pictured), director at Willis Towers Watson Health and Benefits, said: “These results suggest a large number of [employees] are increasingly turning to their employer to fund health services that they feel may not be available to them within the public health system.“Employers may view this as an opportunity to boost employee satisfaction and retention by attempting to plug any gaps in the provision of treatment. Official figures recently showed waiting lists for routine operations such as hip and knee surgery are at their highest for a decade, so businesses can position themselves as responsible employers by offering benefits that can accelerate access to care and support healthier lifestyles.“An effective strategy may see healthcare benefits and wellbeing initiatives working alongside one another to improve overall health, helping to ease any uncertainty around public health services. Healthcare benefits top up provision to help ensure any current health issues are covered, while wellness schemes help forge a more proactive approach that could reduce the need for treatment altogether in the future.”last_img read more

7 bodies found inside Mirpur militant den

first_imgThe suspected militant hideout is seen at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the capital, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday recovered the seven charred bodies, including two women and two children, from the suspected militant hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the city on Wednesday, reports UNB.“We found the corpses of militant Abdullah, his two wives, two children and two associates,” RAB director general Benazir Ahmed said while talking to reporters at the spot. Mentioning that the RAB men also recovered several bones from the spot, he said the identities of the deceased can be confirmed after DNA test. The RAB chief also said the explosives, which went off on Tuesday night, had been made of acid, petrol and chemicals and these completely destroyed the third and fourth floors of the building. The law enforcers left the spot quickly as the temperature there was still 55-60 degree Celsius, he said.“We tried to rescue the innocent women and children alive but failed as Abdullah himself detonated the explosives killing his family members and accomplices.” Benazir said Abdullah joined Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in 2005 and later joined Neo JMB’s Sarwar-Tamim group in 2012. He provided shelter and financial help to the top leaders of Neo JMB, Benazir added. Read more: 3 charred bodies found at Mirpur ‘militant hideout’Earlier in the morning, the law enforcers resumed their operation around 9:30am at the militant den after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB director (legal and media). A fire broke out in the hideout after the militants commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers on Tuesday night.The militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four RAB men injured with splinters. Earlier, law enforcers claimed that the suspected militant, Abdullah, son of late Mir Yusuf Ali of Chuadanga district, agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates. His mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house. Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot in the morning. Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard at 12:00am on Tuesday.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals on Monitors 27inch FreeSync Panel for 11499

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UN official pushes compensation for Haiti victims

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Asked about Pillay’s comments, U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq, said it is not the “United Nations’ practice to discuss in public claims filed against the organization.”Nicole Phillips, lawyer for the Boston-based IJDH, said that Pillay’s “public support for the cholera victims’ claims could be a game changer in their claims against the U.N.”___Associated Press writer Edith Lederer in New York contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A United Nations official on Tuesday made a rare case for compensation for the thousands of Haitians who have died of a cholera outbreak in the Caribbean nation.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay didn’t say who she thought should pay, but activists have demanded the world body provide compensation to the victims of a disease believed brought in by U.N. peacekeepers. “I have used my voice both inside the United Nations and outside to call for the right _ for an investigation by the United Nations, by the country concerned, and I still stand by the call that victims of _ of those who suffered as a result of that cholera be provided with compensation,” Pillay said at an awards ceremony for human rights activists in Geneva.The U.N. maintains it has legal immunity from such compensation claims.Pillay’s remarks, streamed live on the Internet, were a rare admission by a U.N. official about the need to provide compensation following a complaint filed by the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and the Haiti-based law firm run by Haitian attorney Mario Joseph, one of the finalists at the Geneva ceremony.The complaint came in the aftermath of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that surfaced in 2010 and health officials say has killed more than 8,000 people. Scientific studies have shown that cholera was likely introduced to the country by U.N. troops from Nepal, where the disease is endemic.Pillay said she raised the compensation issue almost a year ago when she was asked a question at a lecture at Oxford University Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Hensarling Shelby to HUD and FHFA Dont Change a Thing

first_img Two prominent lawmakers are urging housing regulators to reject any proposed changes to their non-performing loan (NPL) sales programs that could potentially be harmful to taxpayers.Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, have written a letter to HUD Secretary Julián Castro and FHFA Director Mel Watt to voice concerns over potential changes that would “negatively impact the purpose of those programs and taxpayers alike.” The lawmakers said they believe such changes should be “swiftly and categorically rejected.”The Agency NPL sales programs have come under fire in recent months for selling the majority of the loans to private investors and equity firms. Critics believe that these buyers are more concerned with turning a profit than producing the best outcomes for the deeply delinquent mortgage loans. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Massachusetts) led a protest in Washington, D.C., in September, at which time they met with Acting FHA Chief Ed Golding and other federal housing regulators. In early February, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the Center for Popular Democracy organized a nationwide protest over the sales of Agency NPLs to investors and speculators.Richard ShelbyJeb HensarlingProtestors believe that the loans should be sold to non-profits and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) which they believe will focus more on preventing foreclosure, stabilizing neighborhoods, and developing the communities.“Such calls are particularly inappropriate at a time when our country faces enormous fiscal challenges,” Hensarling and Shelby wrote, citing an annual budget deficit expected to exceed $500 billion for the sixth time in eight years and a total public debt of more than $19.5 trillion. “Advocates of amending your NPL sales programs to establish beneficial classes of bidders—based on subjective special interests and not those of U.S. taxpayers—would violate the solemn responsibility that HUD and FHFA have as public stewards to minimize taxpayer losses on government-backed mortgages by maximizing their recoveries.”“Such calls are particularly inappropriate at a time when our country faces enormous fiscal challenges.”Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Richard ShelbyHensarling and Shelby said campaigns that criticize the open and competitive NPL sales process are “based on a false notion that doing so is somehow contrary to the goal of ‘neighborhood stabilization.’” The lawmakers contend that maintaining private market participation is essential to that goal because “the best outcome for taxpayers is always the best outcome for communities.”The lawmakers cited a study released by the Urban Institute in January which stated that “The borrower outcomes are far better under the nonperforming loan sales than they would be without these programs.” They further pointed out a New York Times report from September 2015 which stated that private investors were more “creative and nimble” with banks with terms for delinquent borrowers. They also noted that in the FHFA’s recently released 2015 Scorecard Progress Report, the Agency said that “Sales of (NPLs) can improve outcomes for delinquent borrowers because the purchaser’s financial interest is having borrowers re-perform on their loans and in avoiding foreclosure where possible (and) achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.”Hensarling and Shelby encouraged both HUD and FHFA to continue to focus on private market participation “so that taxpayers and homeowners have the best chance at a successful future,” adding that “a government guarantee on a mortgage is not and cannot be a license to inflict losses on NPLs on taxpayers.”Click here to read the full text of Hensarling and Shelby’s letter. Share Delinquent Mortgage Loans FHFA HUD Jeb Hensarling Non-Performing Loan Sales Richard Shelby 2016-03-23 Seth Welborn Hensarling, Shelby to HUD and FHFA: Don’t Change a Thingcenter_img in Government, Headlines, News March 23, 2016 474 Views last_img read more

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nothing unusual in Indian hockey As someone said “at least they (Hockey India) are reacting” India’s hockey team players sit dejected on the pitch after losing the bronze medal playoff at Gold Coast 2018 AFP Call it knee-jerk or whatever only the placings at the 2018 FIH World Cup or the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games will tell the tale But gold at Jakarta could assuage doubts heal wounds paper over the cracks and bring some respite to the offices of the Sports Ministry Sports Authority of India and of course the recipients of the state fund Hockey India Window dressing is an art And nobody does it better than Hockey India There was ample mind space when Roelant Oltmans was asked to leave a coach many felt had stagnated in his thinking and tactical reasoning Two defeats in the Hockey World League Semi-Final and Oltmans had written his epitaph in Indian hockey And then the churn began Countless meetings took place as players and officials weighed in with their comments That was the period to cool down Take stock and move forward There was only the Asia Cup where India anyway would have made it to the final — there was enough talent in the team to win with an interim coach be it Harendra Singh or Jude Felix or even the polite but powerless Chairman of Selectors Harbinder Singh a 1964 Olympic gold winner Meanwhile the back door opened and Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne entered the scene It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to assume (and rightly so) that India’s High Performance Director David John opened those doors Hindsight is a luxury but nobody in Hockey India stopped him and asked “Why Marijne Why not Harendra or why not wait and weigh our options” Instead the Marijne file sped through the corridors of the Sports Authority of India A man having never coached a national men’s side was now the India coach Marijne’s fault not at all Yet the early signs were encouraging He didn’t touch anything at the Asia Cup and won It wasn’t easy South Korea fought well and Malaysia gave India a tough time in the final In the euphoria the coaching aspect was forgotten And then the script changed Suddenly every player was to be tested checked and the thought of the 2020 Olympics dangled in the background David pointed towards a galactic future expanding In October 2017 in an interview with Livemint David said: “The target for the men’s team is to win every tournament and be ranked No 1 by 2020” Ambitions work well in an environment where consistency is a key factor Suddenly ‘young legs’ was the central theme There is always a thin line between changes and ‘too many changes’ India won the bronze at the Hockey World League Final But nobody read between the lines — India played six matches won two drew one and lost three; the back line was creaking and the midfield cracking under pressure Then an obscure 4-Nation tournament saw another ‘changed’ Indian side travel to New Zealand but with India captain Manpreet Singh and some senior players who rightfully should have been rested The reasoning for not resting Manpreet was that the coach Marijne had a good relationship with him and he was communicating his ideas to the team Fair enough India did well in a competition that had New Zealand Belgium and Japan —playing eight matches winning five drawing one and losing two (both losses coming against Belgium) But at the Azlan Shah a tournament where the team was to be tested against quality competition a make-shift team was sent under the captaincy of Sardar Singh who was already under pressure to keep his place in the side under the new philosophy of ‘young legs’ India played six matches won two lost three and drew one World champions Australia Olympic champions Argentina reigning Azlan Shah champions England were the teams India needed to face before going to the CWG Beating Argentina England and Australia would have given the Indian side an aura with sky high confidence before the team landed at the Gold Coast But the main players sat in the camp drawing circles on sheets of paper and playing mock matches against each other while Australia and England played the Azlan final Interestingly the failure of the Azlan Shah side wasn’t Marijne’s or David John’s Well they had taken a mixed side and they were experimenting The team’s fifth place standing at the Azlan Shah was pinned on tournament captain Sardar After coming back David launched a broad side attack saying Sardar sometimes lacked leg speed which remained a big problem “He (Sardar) still holds good skills and commands the ball well but in the last 12-18 months the game has become more faster Sardar wasn’t matching up to it” he said in an interview to The Hindustan Times And then he went on to say: “It would be Sardar’s call to take a decision about his retirement He is very sensible and very competitive He has played hockey up to a very high level and still wants to play at the top which is quite difficult for him now” It was like Sardar was to play midfield defend and also score the goals It was highly unusual for a High Performance Director to make such a direct comment about a player but revealed the mindset and a possible tussle between Sardar on one side and John and Marijne on the other Sardar was strangely quiet But since his debut against Pakistan in 2006 Sardar has never commented against any coach or Hockey India Not even when he was given a half-baked side to lead at the Azlan Shah or even when he was asked to play as an inside forward at the 2016 Rio Olympics The change in captaincy will have its effect If it was cosmetic it wasn’t needed The brain trust of John and Marijne should have realised this when giving the captainship to Manpreet or when the young captain was built up as the man to lead India at the 2020 Olympics Admittedly captaincy in hockey is not like cricket But the post has relevance and does lift a key player to do better Commonsense says that the captainship should have gone back to PR Sreejesh after he returned from his injury or at the Commonwealth Games But the shift now subtly puts the blame of the debacle on Manpreet To give Manpreet his due he was a powerhouse during the CWG And there were moments in matches where he lifted his play to ensure India walk away with a win; especially in the 4-3 win against England Psychologically it will have an effect But Manpreet will take it in his stride and move on The questions need to be directed to David As former India captain and coach V Bhaskaran says “Can Hockey India explain how they made a fitness expert an exercise physiologist the high performance director Look at Oltmans’ background and CV and compare it with David John” Bhaskaran is of the view that the coach and high performance director need to be changed “The high performance director should not be commenting on the national team or be seen anywhere near it It’s the job of the national coach and he seems to have handed it to David Everyone knows the team selection is done by David” he adds In a PTI report right after Oltmans was asked to leave John had admitted that he had “differences over selection process” with the ousted Oltmans Clearly upset with the Commonwealth Games debacle Ashok Kumar the man who scored the match-winner in the 1975 World Cup final says the team should have made it to the final and believes changes should be made in the selection of the team “Younger players could not take the pressure” he says “We need to bring Sardar back It’s not about young legs or old legs It’s about mentorship during moments of stress in the match Players feel confident when they see someone with that kind of skill in the team” But on the question of Marijne’s position as coach Ashok says Hockey India should not change him “Yes he made mistakes but he has to learn that without experience in the team in key positions you cannot compete in the top six And it is too late to change now The World Cup is only six months away” It’s the beginning of summer as temperatures rise to over 40 degrees in India’s capital New Delhi But mist still swirls around the office of Hockey India on Mathura Road Seven players have been interviewed by Hockey India Confirmed reports say FIH President Dr Narinder Batra met them on a one-to-one basis Dr Batra the former Hockey India President knows which way the water is flowing at the moment The ambiguity needs to be cleared Course correction needs to be done Order must be restored Nobody not even Hockey India would want a flop at the 2018 World Cup he stated."Some changes to the program include updates to the senior thesis.

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manufacturer explain why its products have attracted so many minorsSchool administrators say the items are insidious because they are easy to hide and virtually smokeless With nicotine pods that come in flavors including "fruit medley" "cool cucumber" and "creme brulee" the smell that briefly lingers from burning pods can be mistaken for candy or gum"The size of these things make it possible for students who are adept at using them to conceal them easily" said Bob Mosier a spokesman for Anne Arundel County Schools in Maryland The district includes Broadneck High School whose principal ordered the doors removed from bathroom stalls that couldn’t be seen from hallways"We have anecdotally heard stories of students doing it in class" Mosier said "You can put your hand to your mouth inhale and blow into your sweatshirt" Though parents and adults worry the sleek design and fruit flavors are intended to attract minors company officials said they created the product for adults looking to transition from cigarettes"We know adult smokers who want to switch do not want to be reminded of combustible cigarettes" a Juul Labs spokeswoman said in a statement "JUUL’s rectangular shape is a prime example of our intention to develop something different than a cigarette to help current adult smokers switch"The statement also said that flavors are important for adult smokers looking to quit cigarettes because they don’t want to be reminded of tobacco"We cannot be more emphatic on this point however: No young person or non-nicotine user should ever try JUUL" the company statement saidSales have skyrocketed since the company launched in 2015 The San Francisco-based firm represents nearly 55 percent of the e-cigarette market according to data from Wells FargoSchool administrators law enforcement officials and health workers said the increase in underage use became particularly marked this year with students openly posting and sharing photos about Juuling on social media"Hate when I see people using the toilets in the JUUL room at school" one person posted on Twitter along side a facepalm emoji"you guys need to stop using the big stall in the bathroom to juul because i need to poop" said another studentThe devices cost about $50 each and can be charged through a USB port Users insert a flavored pod into the unit and simply take a draw to start smoking Each pod – roughly $20 for a box of four – contains about the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettesJenny Sexton a substance-abuse counselor for Arlington County schools in Virginia worries students may mistake the fruity flavors of the Juul pods for a benign product when they’re actually filled with nicotine and can be reloaded with THC oil (an extract of marijuana) or unregulated substances"The youth will share them and they use this and we’re concerned that they’re consuming something with high levels of nicotine and may not be aware of it" Sexton saidIn a survey that the tobacco-free Truth Initiative conducted of 15-to-24-year-olds a quarter of respondents recognized a Juul e-cigarette when shown a photo of the product But 63 percent of users didn’t know the product always contains nicotineSexton tells parents to monitor their online shopping accounts and credit cards in case children have been buying the products without their knowledge including at the many online shops that simply ask customers to check a box saying that they’re over 18Mark Lamagna a manager at Vape Ink in Rockville Maryland said about 100 teens try to come into the store each week mostly to buy Juuls The store in a strip mall near Richard Montgomery High School trained employees to check for IDs spot underage customers and be on the lookout for fake driver’s licenses Lamagna said often times the students who tend to show up at the store in big groups end up leaving after employees ask them to present identification"The kids that have school hoodies on or anything like that we definitely have to check ID" Lamagna saidBut when it comes to adults Juul is "appealing mainly because a lot of people are trying to quit cigarettes and it’s hard to imitate the way it feels" in products meant to wean them off Lamagna said "For the most part Juul has taken a step up and made it so it would be pretty similar to an exact hit of a cigarette but without the carcinogens and without the harmful chemicals"There is little solid research covering the long-term effects of e-cigarette or Juul use but health officials are concerned because the products still contain nicotine and could eventually get underage users hooked on traditional cigarettes according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsSgt Brett Choyce who supervises school resource officers with Fairfax County police in Virginia said officers work with the school district to talk to students about the consequences of nicotine addiction"It’s one of the most addictive drugs there is" Choyce said he tells students "Once you’re hooked . about crimes 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