The steamy scenes from ALT Balaji’s Gandi Baat 2 made Anveshi Jain an internet sensation overnight. Her bold and sensuous performance in the web series won her the tag of ‘Most Googled Woman’, which in turn gave a major lift to her career.But all good things come with a price. Though Anveshi looks happy with the popularity and love coming her way, the insensitive trolling and harsh criticism can become a stumbling block for her. In an exclusive interview, the actress talks about her reaction to such trolls and to what extent it affects her: Also Read – An income drop can harm brainYour performance In Gandi Baat 2 was appreciated as much as it was criticised by a section of people, who in fact created controversies. Does that bother you? No, it doesn’t bother me at all. I have always believed that ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ and I am only getting better at it. I am appreciating all the positive things happening in my life…there is so much to be grateful for. Such things are way too small to sweat about as I know what I did and where I am headed. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Do you believe that Indian society has become more accepting of sexual fluidity? Absolutely they have. With the constant exposure to international content, with easy accessibility to the net, and technology making the sharing of information and content easy, it was something that was bound to happen. Plus, the millennials as a generation are also maturing a lot faster and early. Social media connectivity helps in the collective consciousness, which questions social mores a lot more vociferously. We don’t seem to have a myopic moribund approach to sex and it’s expression on celluloid anymore. It doesn’t shock us or make us curious, we are fairly casual about it. Having said that, portrayal of sex to shock and awe won’t work anymore either, it has to be a part of a coherent narrative for it to work. Was Gandi Baat 2 the turning point in your career? How did things change after the success of that web show? Yes, No matter how much I would want to deflect the reality but it surely became a turning point in my life. Before ‘Gandi Baat’, I was video blogging about human behaviours and dating advice but none of that gave such boost to my career. After the success of ‘Gandi Baat’, life has become easier in terms of work projects. I am getting the kind of work that I always wanted to do. I am busy doing travelling and hospitality shows, movies and web projects. You have signed a Gujarati and Kannada movie. Do you think it would be a good decision to step into films when you are doing extremely good on web platform? Why not? As an actor I feel so privileged and lucky to have the opportunity to express myself through all mediums. For me, what eventually matters is the content and storytelling, and the fact that I am straddling two totally different cinematic diaspora just excites me further. In fact, I wait for the day when I can do multi lingual projects so that I reach out to newer audiences every time. I want to do good work, whatever be the medium. What are the other projects in the line? You are going to see me next in ALT Balaji’s ‘Boss- Baap of Special Services’. Post that I will be doing four more projects including a Gujarati movie, a Zee 5 show, and a web series with Rajpal Yadav and Vijay Raj, but I can’t reveal much details about it.
4 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya.“His role has brought not only peace and stability in Kenya but also the whole region,” said Mr. Ban, adding that the United Nations will continue its engagement in the process.The two men held talks in Geneva, and during a photo opportunity afterwards, Mr. Ban appealed to President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, the rivals in last December’s disputed elections, to faithfully implement the agreement reached last week.That ‘Acting together for Kenya’ deal contains principles for a coalition Government and was announced in Nairobi on 28 February.The Secretary-General is on his way back to New York from Geneva, where he met this morning with High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and her deputy Kyung-Wha Kang; Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO); and Sahana Pradham, Nepal’s Foreign Minister.Yesterday, Mr. Ban addressed the seventh session of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on its members to ensure that all nations are held equally accountable for the protection of rights as the new body begins its first-ever universal review of their performance.“No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights,” Mr. Ban said, hailing the start of the Universal Periodic Review, under which all UN Member States – at the rate of 48 a year – will be reviewed to assess whether they have fulfilled their human rights obligations.
OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is encouraged by a broadening of economic strength, which includes gains across 70 per cent of industries, a top official said Monday, in what was widely seen as a “hawkish” speech from the country’s central bank.Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said the gains are something Canada hasn’t seen since before the oil-price collapse nearly three years ago. Analysts said these and other comments suggest the central bank is beginning to assess when, not if, the bank might introduce its first rate increase in nearly seven years.Wilkins: More than 70% of Canadian industries are expanding. Diversity helps support strong and sustained growth pic.twitter.com/LGlWunDKJd— Bank of Canada (@bankofcanada) June 12, 2017For nearly two years, the rate has been locked at the very low level of 0.5 per cent as a way to help lift the economy.“As growth continues and, ideally, broadens further, (the bank’s) governing council will be assessing whether all the considerable monetary policy stimulus presently in place is still required,” Wilkins said in a speech delivered at the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg.“Just think about it, if you saw a stop light ahead, you would start letting up on the gas so that you could slow down smoothly. You don’t want to have to slam on the brakes at the last second. Monetary policy must also anticipate the road ahead.” But despite the bank’s brightening outlook, Wilkins underscored several lingering uncertainties that suggest it won’t be ready to raise its benchmark as early as its next scheduled announcement July 12.Top takeaways from what Canada’s blockbuster job numbers tell usCanada becoming more vulnerable as rising debt and hot housing get worse, bank warnsTop takeaways from what the Bank of Canada said about risks to our financial securityShe pointed to unknowns surrounding U.S. economic policy and Canada’s recent below-target inflation readings, as well as employment weaknesses in wage growth and the number of hours worked.Experts noted Monday how the speech was filled with optimism about the economy’s trajectory.“The hawkish nature of the speech is the first acknowledgment from the bank that the next move is likely to be a hike,” CIBC’s Royce Mendes wrote in a research note to clients.TD senior economist Brian DePratto wrote: “Rather than signalling imminent action, today’s remarks are more likely to be aimed at preparing markets for eventual monetary tightening.”He added that TD is predicting the next rate hike in early 2018.Looking at the positives, Wilkins credited strength in consumer spending, the services sector and the housing markets for helping carry Canada over the last few years.She said Canada is now seeing an expansion of business investment, particularly in the energy sector, and “broadening” economic activity across the provinces as reasons for optimism.The economy’s sources of strength also come from a number of sources, she added. “What’s encouraging is that this growth is not being driven by just a few key industries,” Wilkins said.“More than 70 per cent of industries have been expanding – and that’s a rate we haven’t seen since the oil-price shock. It’s the kind of diversity that helps support strong and sustained overall growth.”Following months of improving economic indicators, a growing number of analysts have been saying it’s increasingly difficult for the bank to find reasons to hold back from raising its trend-setting rate.
Mano Tittawella, the Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms told the BBC, Sri Lanka is confident it will get the two years it is seeking from the UNHRC. The new Resolution is expected to be cosponsored by Sri Lanka, the UK and the US. “We must give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution and post-conflict measures required to embed stability, reconciliation and justice,” he said.Sharma later had talks with Samaraweera on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UNHRC underway in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has confirmed it will seek two more years from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to fully implement Resolution 30/1.A new Resolution is to be submitted to the UNHRC during the ongoing 34th session in Geneva. The British Government told the UNHRC yesterday to give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution.British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma, told the Council during the high-level segment he welcomes Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s constructive engagement at the UNHRC.
Mi’kmaq chief in Nova Scotia sign royalties deal with proposed coal mine by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2016 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEMBERTOU, N.S. – A potentially “groundbreaking” royalty deal between 11 Mi’kmaq chiefs in Nova Scotia and a coal mining giant for a proposed undersea coal mine may signal companies are more willing to share resource wealth with First Nations, says an expert on aboriginal economic development.Harold Calla, executive chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, says the accord between the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and Kameron Coal Management Ltd. is rare because it applies to bands in Nova Scotia located hundreds of kilometres from the mine site itself.The Squamish band member and aboriginal accountant says the expanding law around the duty of companies to consult has encouraged companies to cut these kinds of deals — and First Nations are likely to continue pursuing them vigorously.“This could very well be a groundbreaking kind of event that could be drawn upon by others,” he said in a telephone interview from Vancouver.“What’s important in this is developing own source revenues … and creating revenue streams that you can leverage for economic development in your communities.”Few details were available about the deal, but Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou First Nation said it will provide a significant flow of money from the subsidiary of the U.S.-based Cline Group to bands around the province who were party to the deal.“It’s a lot of money per tonne and we have a reserve of over a billion tonnes here,” said the Cape Breton chief. “It’s significant for all the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.”He said a separate financial entity would be set up to receive the monies and distribute it to the bands who are part of the assembly.Paul calls the deal historic, and adds he’s expecting the assembly will cut more such agreements with resource firms in the years to come.The proposed Donkin mine has two shafts about eight metres wide that extends about three kilometres under the Atlantic Ocean, starting from a location about 30 kilometres east of Sydney.While local politicians have welcomed the addition of jobs to the struggling Cape Breton economy, the proposal has been criticized by environmental groups as potentially adding to Canada’s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.Stephen Thomas, the energy issues co-ordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, said Canada is in an era of coal being phased out and being replaced by renewable sources that don’t add carbon to the atmosphere.He said the environmental group supports First Nations receiving a fair share of resource developments but firmly opposes the project.“We applaud Mi’kmaq being recognized and their unceded territoriy being recognized, but … the Donkin coal mine is not the right choice for Nova Scotians. We’ll have to disagree on this point today,” he said, adding that several large Mi’kmaq communities are not party to the deal.Paul says the coal produced would meet regulatory standards and could replace coal that is being imported and burned in the province.“The coal they’ll be burning will meet the standards … Close to half our energy comes from coal. Here we are standing on it and we’re buying it from overseas,” he said.— By Michael Tutton in HalifaxFollow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
Markets Right Now: Broad rally takes stocks to new record by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 7:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:05 p.m.Stock indexes closed at record highs for a second day running, in a broad-based rally led by miners and other raw materials companies.Gold and copper miner Freeport McMoRan rose 2.7 per cent, lifted by soaring copper prices.Oil companies also rose with crude prices. Newfield Exploration rose 2.1 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained nearly 1 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,316.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 97 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 20,269. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,734.Small-company stocks did better than larger ones. The Russell 200 index jumped 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,388, also a record high.____11:45 a.m.Stock indexes are trading at record highs as investors weighed earnings news and the sale of infant formula maker Mead Johnson.Oil companies led the gainers as the price of crude oil headed higher. Newfield Exploration rose 2.8 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained 1 per cent.Enfamil maker Mead Johnson rose 5.1 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 20 per cent after the shoe company’s sales beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,314.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 68 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,240. The Nasdaq composite rose 15 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,730.____9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors found bright spots in the latest company earnings. Major indexes hit record highs a day ago.Energy companies rose with the price of oil Friday morning.Infant formula maker Mead Johnson rose 4.7 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 18 per cent and Activision Blizzard climbed 14 per cent after they reported results that beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,312.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,223. The Nasdaq composite rose 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,728.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeVice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, has given the assurance that Guyana will continue to assist the people of Venezuela. He was responding to a statement made by that country’s Ambassador to Guyana, H. E. Reina Diaz, during a recent press conference in Georgetown.Minister Greenidge pointed out that, “Guyana, as a matter of routine, stands ready to assist or support all CARICOM [Caribbean Community] States and immediate neighbours, where appropriate, when asked.”The Foreign Minister noted that, so far, the Venezuelan Government had not approached Guyana for help with its current internal crisis. Further, in spite of the difficulties that the two countries had experienced with regards to the border controversy due to Venezuela’s continuous claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory, the two Governments routinely utilize direct diplomatic channels to communicate through Ambassadorial exchanges or the use of Notes Verbale to send messages and requests. In 2016, Guyana convened a meeting of non-governmental organizations and the private sector in the country to consider the deteriorating conditions in Venezuela. However, at the time, the Venezuelan Government was not open to receiving any material assistance that was being offered at the time. In this regard, in a bid to determine the seriousness of the Venezuelan request for assistance, on Thursday 25 May, Ambassador Diaz was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she stated that her country could benefit from Guyana’s support at international fora. Foreign Minister Greenidge said he would communicate Venezuela’s request and that he was certain it would be given the level of attention it deserved by the Guyana Government. He observed that Guyana’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Dr. Riyad Insanally, was the current Chair of the CARICOM group. Guyana was of the view that it was both desirable and appropriate to discuss the crisis at the OAS. Moreover, Minister Greenidge urged dialogue among all stakeholders in Venezuela, including the Government and Opposition.Also, the Foreign Minister revealed that, already, Guyana was one of the Members of the Community of Caribbean and Latin American States (CELAC) that met to try to resolve Venezuela’s deteriorating situation as well as the one between its Government and Opposition. Guyana had done the same with another regional body, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). The Guyanese Foreign Minister further stressed that any support from his Government for the people of Venezuela did not indicate automatic agreement with the Venezuelan Government’s policies and its mode of implementing those. Rather, Guyana could provide more effective assistance if it dealt fairly with all sides. “The Government of Guyana has no desire to compound the problems of Venezuela by joining one or other of the protagonists,” he stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’One hand can’t clap’ to resolve border controversy – GreenidgeDecember 20, 2016In “latest news”Judicial settlement on border controversy is best recourse for Guyana – GreenidgeOctober 27, 2015In “Politics”Commonwealth set to ratify declaration in support of Guyana in controversy with VenezuelaNovember 17, 2015In “Politics”
There are a lot of people doing really exciting things with Microsoft Kinect – there was a video a few weeks back where some enterprising researchers used Kinect to give you full-body control of your character in World of Warcraft. Nathan Viniconis, however, decided to see if he could use Kinect to play his favorite game: Minecraft. It’s not immediately a game you would think could take to motion control: after all, Minecraft is all about mining for blocks and diamonds, punching trees to get wood, and building massive structures to keep yourself safe from the zombies that come out when the sun goes down. Viniconis took the idea a step further though, and used Kinect to control objects in the game, and to make massive animated statues like the ones in the video above. Viniconis says on the project’s Web site that he’s still working on it, but he’s not talking about what the next phase of development entails. He’s managed to import data from Kinect and make that data useful to Minecraft, he’s managed to animate the data Kinect sends in the game, and he’s managed to mercilessly tease his cat with a laser pointer. Where could he possibly go from here?
http://jrnl.ie/3287178 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:53 PM 81,827 Views Mar 14th 2017, 6:53 PM Crane lifts part of the wreckage in Blacksod, Mayo. Image: TheJournal.ie/Paul Hosford Searches continue for missing Coast Guard crew Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered earlier but she died shortly afterwards. 72 Comments By Rónán Duffy Short URL Share Tweet Email Image: TheJournal.ie/Paul Hosford Updated 6.45pmSEARCHES ARE CONTINUING for the three missing Coast Guard crew men who were aboard a rescue helicopter that crashed off the coast of Mayo last night.The three are chief pilot Mark Duffy and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered earlier this morning in a critical condition but she died shortly afterwards.Four crew members were on board the downed Rescue 116 helicopter.Search teams are continuing to search for the three other crew members.Two more buses carrying family members of the missing men arrived at Blacksod, Mayo this evening.Parts of the wreckage from the downed Coast Guard helicopter have also been brought to shore.Coast Guard helicopters were assisting in their search by the Air Corps Casa, RNLI boats, the Naval Services’s LE Róisín, garda divers and local fishing vessels.The helicopters involved in the search and ended their operations for the night at about 7.30pm. They will resume at first light at approximately 7am tomorrow morning.It is hoped that surfaced based searching will continue throughout the night and a second naval vessel the LÉ Eithne is expected to join the search.Garda and naval divers are on board and will continue to assess whether they can enter the waters tonight.At least six trawlers that are also involved in the search have been transporting debris to the harbour in Blacksod.The helicopter’s door is among the debris that’s been recovered.Locals have also been coming with support, including soup and sandwiches for the search team and people on site.Speaking on RTÉ’s Six One News this evening, the Coast Guard’s search and rescue operations director Gerard O’Flynn said that the helicopter’s flight recorder has not yet been found.“That will be a key piece of evidence for the air investigation unit and hopefully that piece of equipment will be found sooner rather than later,” he said.The Rescue 116 helicopter was on its way from Dublin to Blacksod, Co Mayo to refuel before it joined an operation to assist in the medical evacuation of a UK registered fishing vessel.Contact was lost just before 1am this morning and Michael Hurst of Ballyglass Coast Guard said he got the call soon afterwards:At about 1.30am our pagers went off to contact our local coordination centre and the message was that a chopper had come down and to attend the scene in Blacksod.It’s the call nobody wants to get. It’s something you have nightmares about really, four of your colleagues going down like that it’s just very tough.Debris Coast Guard Director Eugene Clonan said earlier that there is a “wide debris field” at the scene and that search and rescue workers are continuing to search the area.The field was at one point estimated to have a radius of two miles but this has expanded due to wind and currents.A Coast Guard spokesperson said that the cause of the crash is a matter for air accident investigators.- With reporting by Paul Hosford in Blacksod. Read: First casualty of Coast Guard helicopter crash named as Captain Dara Fitzpatrick >Read: Search continues for three members of Coast Guard helicopter crew > Crane lifts part of the wreckage in Blacksod, Mayo. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Séisme au Chili : une grande panique mais aucune victimeUn séisme de magnitude 6,9 s’est produit hier dans le centre du Chili, ont annoncé les autorités de ce pays. Il n’a pas fait de victimes, malgré d’importantes scènes de panique.Un tremblement de terre d’une intensité de 6,9 a secoué dimanche soir à 20H20 GMT le centre du Chili, à 900 kilomètres au sud de Santiago, suivi d’une réplique à 22H10 GMT, sans toutefois faire de victimes ou de blessés, ni d’autres dégâts matériels que des coupures de téléphone et d’électricité. Cependant, une vague de panique a parcouru la population de cette région, où un séisme d’une magnitude de 8,8, suivi d’un tsunami, avait fait plus de 500 morts et 56 disparus en février 2010.Le Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine chilienne n’a émis aucun avis de tsunami après le séisme de dimanche, dont l’épicentre se situait à environ 100 kilomètres de la mer. “Le tremblement de terre de dimanche est dû à l’environnement tectonique du Chili et n’a rien à voir avec celui du mois de février dernier”, a assuré le directeur du Bureau national des urgences (Onemi). Selon lui, le récent phénomène était “d’une intensité moyenne”.Le 3 janvier 2011 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Supreme Court building in New Delhi. The top court’s order quashing the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) note on one-day default in stressed sectors removes a framework for banks to act against loan defaulters in some key sectors.ReutersThe Supreme Court order annulling Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) February 12 circular on stressed segment loans gives banks wider discretionary powers to treat each loan individually on merit. However, it removes a safety valve that RBI saw as necessary after several high profile overseas flight of economic offence fugitives like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya, pushing banks to the brink of collapse.The circular had mandated banks to take into account all stressed companies with loan exposure above Rs 2,000 crore even if the period of default was for one day. The circular gave banks six months after the one-day default to devise a time-bound restructuring plan and launch of insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The worst-hit sectors of power, shipping and sugar companies challenged the circular in the Court.The apex court’s action of quashing the RBI circular can drive banks to two extremes in dealing with stressed sectors. Most banks will invariably become overcautious in dealing with stressed sectors. The result of an overcautious approach, in most cases, will be the drying up of funds and eventual stagnation of the sectors. In the absence of a regulator-mandated framework for dealing with stressed sectors, the natural reaction of lenders would be to turn off the fund taps. The change in the situation would hardly affect companies that are already well funded and nor in need of further capital investments. For others, this could be disastrous as banks tend to approach stressed segments with extra caution. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in Mumbai. The top court took umbrage at the RBI’s February 12 circular which was described as an umbrella order to banks.ReutersAt the other end of the spectrum, some individual banks could err on the side of liberal treatment of some entities resulting in a repeat of scams that have tainted the banking system in recent years. Apart from wilful scamming of the system, there could also be individual officials who tend to err on the side of caution thinking of the fallout on the institution’s reputation that adverse press could precipitate.Banks that predominantly lend to stressed segments could turn to higher provisions for stressed accounts. Higher provisioning for non-performing assets (NPA) could affect the bank’s bottom line. The drastic divergence between the NPA data that banks have reported and what RBI has estimated shows the pitfalls of depending solely on banks for reaching a proper assessment.In the aftermath of the court order, banks may turn more to the ‘Project Sashakt’ to deal with stressed assets above Rs 500 crore. Some experts suggest banks may have to work more in association with AMCs (asset management companies) and AIFs (alternate investment funds). On the flip side, this could result in a vibrant AMC-AIF model for the other sectors to follow.
A woman speaks on her mobile phone in front of the logo of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriIt is bad news for the employees at state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as the telecom firm is planning to sack nearly 54,000 of its workforce post the Lok Sabha elections. The measure comes as a result of various cost-cutting measures recommended by a three-member panel appointed by the central government to trim down the losses of the telecom operator.The board of the BSNL has accepted the various recommendations of the panel which also include bringing down the age of retirement from the current 60 years to 58 years, the adoption of the voluntary retirement scheme for employees aged above 50 years as well as expediting the allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL, Deccan Herald reported.These measures alone would reduce the headcount of the BSNL workforce by 31 per cent from 1,74,312 to 54,450 and save nearly Rs 15,000 crore. However, the state-owned telecom operator would still have to pay nearly Rs 13,000 crore to its employees who opt for VRS. At present, the average age of a BSNL employee is estimated to be 55 years.The telecom firm is adopting a wait and watch policy till the Lok Sabha elections are out since the sudden announcement of laying off a huge workforce can have implications on the poll results. After the elections, the new government in place would most likely take a call.However, the worries of BSNL are far from over as its losses continue to pile up since 2015, when the country’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani launched the cheapest telecommunication service provider, Jio which has demolished its competitors in the arena. The company’s revenue slumped by 20 per cent during 2017-18 at Rs 25,071 crore as against the earnings of Rs 31, 533 crore in 2016-17.Furthermore, Jio’s foray into fibre to the home network has diminished the BSNL’s share in the wireline market as the company has seen a continuous decrease in its subscriber base over the last two years. BSNL has struggled to pay the wages of more than 1.5 lakh employees in February. The executive staff strength of the PSU is just 28 per cent while its non-executive employees account for 72 per cent of the total workforce.The wages and other benefits to its employees accounted for nearly 53 per cent of the BSNL’s total revenue in 2018. Over the last decade, the company revenues have fallen by a starking 38 per cent rendering it a sick PSU, according to Business Today.There is also no official confirmation on the allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL as the final comments are being awaited from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series is coming to Netflix this month and a new trailer reveals more details on the Gelflings’ plans to unite and save Thra from power-hungry overlords.Netflix released the new Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance trailer on Tuesday, where fans had a sneak peek of the show’s main characters: Deet, Rian and Brea, and why they’re leading a rebellion against the wicked Skeksis, vulture-like creatures that want to destroy all they know. The 10-episode series is based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s 1982 feature film, and tells a story set many years before the events of this movie with classic puppetry and visual effects.The Crystal of Truth is the source of all life in the world of Thra and unfortunately, the Skeksis have corrupted it. Now, the Gelflings and other inhabitants of Thra could die from the Darkening. It is up to the trio to bring everyone together to protect their universe and reverse the damage from the Skeksis’ evil scheme.The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which stars Alice Dinnean, Taron Egerton, and Nathalie Emmanuel, will premiere on Netflix on Aug. 30.More on Geek.com:‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Netflix Series Teaser Is HereNetflix Reveals First Look, Voice Cast of ‘The Dark Crystal’ SeriesHere’s Everything Coming to Netflix in August 2019
Mumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor is not in favour of regulating streaming platforms as she believes it will only create a bigger need for unregulated content. The Supreme Court has sought the government’s response on a plea to regulate the functioning of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Currently there is no censorship on online content other than age rating. “Prohibition will create a bigger want. This is a sad situation… A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you be so bold?’ but I have always said this that I don’t have any problem with sex.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”If the person who is acting has consensually agreed to have people watch them and the person is watching because he wants to watch it (then there is no issue). It is a two-way street. When anything is a one-way street, even in a marriage, it is a crime. Sex is not an issue, forcing yourself (on someone) is.” Ekta owns the OTT platform AltBalaji. When asked what would be her decision if the apex court takes a stand, the producer said, “Who are we to take a stand? They will take a stand and we will follow. But my beliefs are clear. I feel any prohibition in society will only create a bigger need for it. It is human psychology.” With streaming platforms gaining a strong foothold in the Indian market, Ekta said there is a constant need to come up with good content that appeals a large segment of the audience. “I have to put out lot of content and better content as soon as possible. But I don’t compete with them. They deal with urban niche audience and I deal with mass audience.” Ekta said she enjoyed the web medium more.
This year’s Utah Pride (Photo: Utah Pride | Facebook) Alarming figures of youth suicideThe rate of youth suicide in Utah has been alarming in recent years.A recent study found that Utah’s suicide rate for youths aged 10 to 17 more than doubled between 2011 and 2015. 150 youths died over the five-year period, with LGBTI youths being especially at risk.This is one of the highest youth suicide rates in the US.Some activists and mental health professionals say this is partially because of the homophobia and transphobia of the Mormon Church, which is based in Utah. More than 60% of the state’s residents are Mormons, says the Advocate.LGBTI youths are also at high risk of sexual violence.A study carried out in 2016 found that 45.5% of bisexual people and 33.6% of lesbian/gay respondents living in Utah reported having experienced some form of sexual violence. This compares with just 8.7% for straight people.Utah’s Brigham Young University also featured on Campus Pride’s 2017 ‘shame list‘.The list highlighted US universities and colleges which are ‘the worst for LGBTQ youth,’, and which ‘openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, program, and practices.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Dave Robinson, the Republican Party’s communications director for Salt Lake County, made this claim during an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune.Robinson said that too much sex can cause people to feel ‘self-loathing’. This can, in turn, drive many LGBTI people to suicide, he said.During the interview, he began recounting a conversation he had with his neighbors, telling them the Republican Party is not homophobic.‘I said you can own your own business, you can run for office — I don’t think there’s a better time on this planet in history to be gay than right now,’ he said.When his neighbors then asked about the high suicide rates in the LGBTI community, Robinson replied: ‘So then I walked through and I said, “I actually think it has more to do with the lifestyle that the gays are leading that they refuse to have any scrutiny with”.’He claimed he knows some men who have had over 2,000 sexual partners.‘You talk to some of these people that have had grundles of sex partners and the self-loathing and basically, the unhappiness and the self-hatred level is tremendously high,’ he said.‘The gay community really needs to start having some conversations within their community, saying how is our lifestyle [is] affecting our mental health.’Robinson also said that some LGBTI people use sex as a way to numb the pain of not feeling like they are socially accepted. An openly gay Republican leader in Utah has said that too much casual sex is partially responsible for high LGBTI suicide rates. ‘Traditional marriage’ lawmaker resigns after allegedly hiring prostituteIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-utah-gop-leader-says-too-much-sex-partly-cause-high-lgbti-suicide-rates/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
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. Feature | November 23, 2011 | Dave Fornell Advances in Vascular Imaging Systems This article appeared as the introduction to a chart on vascular imaging systems in the November/December 2011 issue. Related Content Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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As hospitals look to purchase current-generation digital angiography systems, buyers should be aware of several new technologies.Better Navigation AidsA key feature of newer systems is the use of rotational angiography, in which the C-arm makes a quick rotation around the patient to create a computed tomography (CT)-like 3-D image. A CT image has a resolution of about 1 Hounsfield unit (HU), while the resolution of a CT-like angiography image is about 10 HU.1 These dataset images can be used to segment out vessels or anatomy of interest as a navigation aid. Most systems also allow overlays on the images on the fluoroscopic view to help define structures and vessels, aid navigation and reduce the amount of contrast. These roadmap images can be fused with the orientation of the C-arm for better catheter navigation.Today’s angiography systems offer software to take CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets that can be registered with the fluoro view. These hybrid images can then be rotated with the orientation of the C-arm to help with navigation. The opacity of the overlay image can be adjusted for optimal viewing of the live angio.Some systems also offer software to enhance percutaneous devices. These show if stents are fully apposed to the vessel wall or better visualize the results of bifurcation stenting. An example of this is GE Healthcare’s StentVis, which uses elastic registration that takes radiopaque markers and guide wires into account to create more contrast and to better visualize stents.Dose-Lowering TechnologiesManufacturers have developed a variety of new features to help lower and monitor ionizing X-ray radiation dose. Features include image enhancement software to enable the use of lower-dose imaging and easy tableside frame rate adjustment. An example of this is Toshiba’s Infinix-i, where tableside controls can adjust the pulse fluoro frame rate settings. The system also offers virtual collimation, where an electronic outline guides collimator blade placement, avoiding the use of fluoroscopy for positioning.GE’s Dynamic Range Management (DRM) software enhances structures of interest on hard-to-read angiographic images to transform background thickness, vessel contrast, background contrast and background brightness, and reduce problems with image blackout and burnout.Siemens Healthcare’s Artis zee system offers several Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) modules to assist with dose reduction without compromising image quality. CARE Vison uses low pulsing frequencies to meet individual dose-saving targets below 10 p/s, down to 0.5 p/s. CARE Filter uses additional Cu-filters to reduce skin dose by more than 70 percent in some patients based on patient weight. CARE Profile adjusts the collimators and wedge filters without using fluoroscopy.Some vendors offer dose monitoring to warn clinicians when they enter the radiation field (Philips’ DoseAware) or track radiation usage (GE’s Innova Dose Reports). Hybrid OR NeedsMinimally invasive and transcatheter procedures continue to reduce the need for open surgery, which has placed greater demands for vascular imaging systems in the surgical suite. Also, many hospitals are developing hybrid operating rooms (ORs) so both surgical and interventional procedures can be performed in one location. If creating a hybrid OR, key angiography system considerations include installing displays that can easily be sterilized, the ability of the C-arm to be moved out of the way for better patient access and the movement of the patient table.Surgical tables need to be raised and lowered for better patient accessibility. Some tables also can tilt to raise different parts of the body to help with surgical access.Angiography systems come in both floor- and ceiling-mounted configurations, which may be a deciding factor in some installations. ORs require much larger square footage than cath labs to accommodate additional staff, anesthesiology, surgical equipment and space to transfer patients. Some hospitals have found ceiling-mounted systems are useful to swing the C-arm completely out of the way and to eliminate obstacles on the floor, especially in smaller hybrid suites. Interface ConsiderationsAngiography systems are no longer used as a sole imaging or diagnostic modality in the cath lab, so interfaces with other systems help improve workflow. Ultrasound is playing an increasing role, with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to guide vascular interventions and intracardiac echo (ICE) and transesophageal echo (TEE) to help guide structural heart procedures. Conventional ultrasound systems are also seeing increased use to reduce X-ray radiation and guide procedures, especially in peripheral vascular interventions. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) also are becoming key tools in guiding vascular interventions.Electrophysiology (EP) frequently shares the cath lab, so integration with EP mapping and navigation systems also might be an important consideration.References:1. Jacques Kpodonu. “Manual of Thoracic Endoarortic Surgery.” Springer, 2010. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Feature | Cardiac Imaging | July 24, 2019 | Greg Freiherr FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology? One of the big trends in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging has been the introduction of noninvasive… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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World’s leading lemon exporter gains access to Ind … August 06 , 2019 Exporters of Argentine lemons have not been able to build upon their last season in the U.S. market this year, with unusually heavy rains in growing regions reducing the proportion of export-quality fruit.That is according to Mayda Sotomayor, CEO of Florida-based importer Seald Sweet. But Sotomayor commented that the Argentine industry was still able to learn important lessons for future seasons.Argentina is in its second export season to the U.S., after market access was recently restored following a 17-year hiatus.But while the country enjoyed a strong return to the market last season, this year has been much more challenging.”It has been a very tough season for them,” Sotomayor told FreshFruitPortal.com. “They had a lot of rain in May and early June that would not stop. So they struggled at the front end of the season because they could not ship early enough.”She explained that lemons with rain are “never good – no matter where you are in the world”.”So they’ve had a lot less volume than they expected to have, and also we feel that the quality was compromised due to the rain,” she said.Sotomayor said Seald Sweet was working with its exporters to help them “tighten up” to ensure only the highest quality fruit is exported in the future. Lemon exports “much lower than projected”In the 2018 season Argentina shipped around 10,000 metric tons (MT) of lemons to the U.S. Exporters had hoped to build upon that figure this year, but that is now looking unlikely.Sotomayor says the export total to the U.S. will be “much lower than projected”.”They really have to regroup come next year and probably come to some decision where they don’t ship if it rains just before,” she said. “But it’s unfortunate that they had heavier rain than they’ve ever had in the last 25 years. That also has caused difficulties all over the world – not just here in the U.S., but also in other places.”Jose Carbonell of Argentine association Federcitrus recently commented on exports to the U.S. as well. He said that currently, they are down year-on-year.”There is still some of the season left, but it is foreseeable that we will get to that figure [10,000MT] again,” he said. He added that exports to most markets including Europe are lower this year due to low prices.Total Argentine lemon exports reached 280,000MT last year. As of late July they have reached 190,000MT and should continue through August.Argentina lemon exporters build market knowledgeBut Sotomayor said there were positives exporters could take from this export season to the U.S. It will still be another year of experience under their belt, she said.”It isn’t the best year … but it’s another learning year for them,” she said. “It’s another opportunity for them to better understand the U.S. market and the quality they need to pack.” You might also be interested in ‘Frutas de Argentina’: Crisis-ridden fruit sector … Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fru … Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e …
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The country’s poet laureate is going on the road.The Library of Congress announced Thursday that Tracy K. Smith will be visiting Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Louisiana over the next few months. The tour will coincide with the Sept. 4 release of “American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time,” a joint project between the Library and Graywolf Press. The book is an anthology featuring “different outlooks on America.” Contributing poets include former U.S. laureates Natasha Trethewey and Charles Wright and encompass a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and literary styles.Smith is beginning her second 1-year term as poet laureate. Her own books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection “Life On Mars” and the memoir “Ordinary Light.” by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2018 10:45 am PDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith stands in a rotunda of the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Library of Congress announced Thursday, Aug. 9, that Smith will be visiting Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Louisiana over the next few months. The tour will coincide with the Sept. 4 release of “American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time” a joint project between the Library and Graywolf Press. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz, File) Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith will tour this fall
A 22-year-old was remanded in custody on Sunday by Limassol district court in connection with a case of burglary of a shop, theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.He was arrested on Saturday after the shop was broken into on August 20.At around 3.40 in the morning of August 20, police received information that a shop in Limassol was being broken into. When police arrived at the scene they saw a young man in the shop, who took flight as soon as the police arrived, running to a car parked nearby.A 21-year-old was sitting in the driving seat who started the car and tried to get away. Police managed to immobilise the car and arrest the driver. However, the other man managed to get away.An arrest warrant was issued against the 22-year-old, who was apprehended at 9.40 on Saturday night.The court on Sunday issued a four-day remand against him.You May LikeYeah! MotorC-5 Galaxy: 50 Facts & PhotosYeah! MotorUndoHonest To Paws25 Genius Cooking Hacks Everyone Will Wish They Knew About SoonerHonest To PawsUndoStuff Answered5 Laptops That Are Guaranteed To Impress For Any Type Of UserStuff AnsweredUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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