12 June 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Nepal today announced the planned start this week of the second phase of monitoring Maoist army personnel in the country to ensure that no minors are serving. “This is a crucial stage of the implementation of the Agreement on the Monitoring of Arms and Armies,” said Ian Martin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, announcing that the process will begin Thursday in Ilam, in Nepal’s east. Teams led by the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) will individually verify the details of each registered Maoist army member to ensure that they were over the age of 18 before 25 May 2006 and that they joined the Maoist army before this cut-off date. Child protection officers from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and registration personnel from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will participate in the effort.UNMIN teams completed the first phase of registering weapons and personnel in mid-February, when more than 30,850 Maoist personnel were registered and 2,855 weapons were stored under 24-hour UN monitoring. An equivalent number of weapons of the Nepal Army was also stored under UN-monitoring as part of this process.The verification process will be undertaken through individual interviews of each person registered as a Maoist combatant, and will be done in each of the seven main cantonment sites one after the other, the mission said.“As soon as the findings of verification at the first site are complete, they will be discussed with Maoist representatives so that the orderly discharge and reintegration of those who are to leave the cantonments can be carried out as soon as possible,” said Mr. Martin. “UNICEF and its partners will be making arrangements for the reintegration of those found to be minors.”In his first public statement since the eight parties agreed that the Constituent Assembly election should be held before mid-December, the envoy stated that “UNMIN’s presence in Nepal and all aspects of its work are for the purpose of assisting in creating a free and fair atmosphere for this election.”He emphasized that “the challenges involved in creating satisfactory conditions for a late November election are very considerable,” noting that “they require not just the fixing of a date, but a realistic plan and timetable to which all parties commit themselves, and which will ensure rapid progress on simultaneous fronts…encompassing not only the technical and logistical preparations but also political and security issues.”The major electoral issue currently before the Interim Legislature-Parliament is to determine the electoral system. Mr. Martin called for dialogue with traditionally marginalized groups – Madhesis, Janajatis, Dalits, women and others – so that they are able to gain a reasonable degree of assurance that their legitimate demands for representation are being met by the electoral system.“To ensure a successful election there is no substitute for a process which commands broad confidence,” he said.Mr. Martin also pressed for talks and cooperation between the Home Ministry, the police, the Maoists and others on how to achieve public security, especially in districts and villages, in order to allow all parties to conduct their activities without facing intimidation and violence.On the Young Communist League, the youth wing of the Maoist party, the envoy said he had had recent meetings with Maoist chairman Prachanda and that he has “urged that he make public the instructions under which the YCL operates, making clear that these are fully in accordance with the law and with human rights standards – in particular, that they must no use violence of any kind and must assist law enforcement only by acting as citizens cooperating with the police within the law.”Mr. Martin also referred to the first visit of the UN Electoral Expert Monitoring Team, which arrived in Nepal this week. The five-member team, led by Spanish expert Dr Rafael Lopez-Pintor, will make a series of visits to Nepal during electoral process in order to determine whether it is proceeding in a manner which will lead to a result that accurately reflects the will of the Nepalese people.The team reports to the Secretary-General who will make its findings available to the Government and the Election Commission.Separate to the Electoral Expert Monitoring Team, UNMIN provides technical assistance to Nepal’s Election Commission for the planning, preparation and conduct of the Constituent Assembly election.UNMIN is a special political mission established by the Security Council in January to support the peace process in Nepal, especially by assisting in the conduct of the Constituent Assembly election in a free and fair atmosphere.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protesters end occupation of Manitoba hydro dam after agreeing to negotiations CROSS LAKE, Man. – A six-week occupation of a northern Manitoba hydro dam is over after First Nation protesters reached a deal for negotiations.Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation have agreed to leave the site of the Jenpeg generating station after agreeing to talks that will address some key concerns including revenue-sharing, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills that hover around $600 a month in the winter.Cross Lake Chief Catherine Merrick said they also have a signed letter from Premier Greg Selinger agreeing to come to the community “as soon as practicable” to deliver a letter of apology for the harms caused by the dam.“The agreement is a starting point for the work and talks to come rather than a conclusion,” Merrick said in a statement. “The agreement is based on the acknowledgment that the northern hydropower system ‘resulted in, and continues to result in, adverse effects on the lands, pursuits, activities and lifestyles of citizens of Pimicikamak’.”Hundreds of protesters from the First Nation north of Lake Winnipeg marched to the hydro dam on Oct. 16. The generating station continued to operate during the occupation, but protesters wouldn’t let anyone in or out.The band signed an agreement in 1977 after the Jenpeg dam was built, but Merrick said Manitoba Hydro and the provincial government didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Traditional lands are regularly flooded and none of the promised economic development and employment programs materialized, she said.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, who is also responsible for Manitoba Hydro, said the negotiations will explore the implementation of the 1977 agreement. It will also look at ways to lower hydro bills on the First Nation, he said.While the community lives in the shadow of the dam, the First Nation says many people have their electricity cut off because they can’t afford to pay their bills.“Many homes in the north are not energy-efficient and need upgrading to reduce their electricity consumption and lower their energy bills,” Robinson told the legislature Friday. “Existing power-smart programs at Cross Lake will be extended to help address these challenges.”Jon Gerrard, Manitoba’s lone Liberal MLA, said he visited Cross Lake a few weeks ago and the community was promised in the 1970s it would reap economic benefits from the dam.“It’s important to be vigilant and make sure that the commitments are actually met and we’re able to increase the employment opportunities for the people of Cross Lake,” he said.Jenpeg, which cost $310 million to build, is about 525 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is key in Manitoba Hydro’s northern electricity generation. The dam helps regulate the level of Lake Winnipeg, which has become swollen in recent years due to flooding. It also acts as a reservoir for other northern generating stations.— By Chinta Puxley in Winnipeg by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2014 12:21 pm MDT
“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received information from local officials from Walgak in west Akobo that an attack took place on Friday, 8 February, in the Manitor area,” Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told journalists today at a briefing in New York.According to media reports, the people of Walgok were migrating north to the wetlands with cattle when they came under attack by an armed force. That information has not been confirmed by the UN Mission.The investigative team, which includes UN personnel and officials from the Government of South Sudan, will “investigate, obtain accurate information, assess the needs of the affected population and determine what is required by the South Sudanese authorities to address the situation,” the spokesperson added.As part of its mandated role in the country, UNMISS investigates allegations of human rights abuses and supports efforts to protect civilians.The Mission has been active in consolidating peace and security, and helping to establish conditions for development in the world’s newest country since South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011.
The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré, noted the resurgence of violence and killings perpetrated in Cité Soleil, as well as violent incidents around schools in Cap Haitian. “Such crimes are particularly disturbing as they endanger the safety of all, and the social peace that Haiti needs to move forward on the path of strengthening rule of law and socio-economic development,” she stated in a news release.The Mission urged all Haitians, civil society and other actors, including political, religious and community leaders, to continue working for peace. MINUSTAH also reiterated its commitment to support Haitian authorities, especially the Haitian National Police, to prevent violence and to strengthen the rule of law institutions in line with its mandate. Last month the UN Security Council extended MINUSTAH’s mandate until mid-October 2014. In doing so, it reiterated that building the capacity of the Haitian National Police remains “a most critical task” for the Mission.
ChamberycreteilFrance handballIvryligue francais handballLNHMontpellierparistremblay ← Previous Story ASOBAL Round 2: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona both win Next Story → Bundesliga Round 5: Fuchse stops THW Kiel, end winning series The “big four” of the French handball this season, have all won their respective games. Montpellier trashed Billere Handball in the opening game of the French Championship with 50:24. Dunkerque, the surprising winner of the French Super Cup had some hard time against St Raphael, but in the end won the game with 31:28. Paris Handball beat Cesson Rennes at home with 34:23, while Chambery snatched a victory at Tremblay with 23:20.In the other games, HBC Nantes beat Selestat Alsace with 29:24, and the first draw occured in Toulouse where the hosts played only 34:34 against Pays Aix UC. In the last game today at 16:45, Creteil hosts Ivry.The big derby comes on the 30th this month, in the 3rd round, Paris HC vs Montpellier.
PETA is a well-known foundation setup to protect the rights of all animals. However, some of their tactics for doing so are questionable (which other animal rights organization is launching its own porn site?), even if they do end up getting the group a lot of coverage in the press.Video games seem to be a favorite target for PETA, and you may remember Cooking Mama coming under fire for promoting cooking and eating meat. PETA went so far as to recreate the game online, renaming it Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals.This week, the group has a new target due to the release of Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS. Apparently, through releasing that game both Nintendo and Mario are promoting animal cruelty due to the use of the Tanooki Tail Power-Suit.PETA points out the fact that tanuki are raccoon dogs that are skinned alive for their fur. By using fur as a Tanooki suit, Mario is “sending the message” that buying and wearing the real fur is acceptable.To help get the point across, PETA has drawn Mario in his Tanooki suit holding a racoon’s head with blood dripping all over the floor. You can also play Super Tanooki Skin 2D the game, which puts you in the role of a skinned raccoon performing jumps as you try to catch a flying Mario who is wearing your blood-drenched skin.At best this is a leap by PETA to associate the game with the cruelty. I bet most players don’t even notice a link between a suit Mario wears in the game and the fur trade. I have never played a Mario game and wanted to go out and kill me some raccoons, either.While this is sure to get PETA some healthy coverage, as this article demonstrates, I think their efforts would do more good targeting those who actually purchase the raccoon fur in the first place and then the stores that stock it.You can play the game on the Mario Kills Tanooki web page, via IGN
Brazil great Ronaldo has admitted that he is a big fan of Mohamed Salah’s and even compared him to Lionel MessiThe Egyptian has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in what has been a stunning maiden campaign for the Premier League side.Salah’s 10 goals in the Champions League has helped fire Liverpool to their first appearance in the final since 2007 and he is expected to be the main threat in their attempt to deny Real Madrid a third successive crown.Ronaldo, who only won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, has become a fan of Salah’s himself and believes that he shares similarities with Messi.“Salah, I love him. He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality,” said the Brazilian, according to beINSPORTS.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He looks like Messi. I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited.”However, the 41-year-old is expecting his former club Real to overcome Liverpool in the final.“My result is 3-2 for Madrid,” said Ronaldo.“If they win the final it will be an unprecedented event in their history. I am very optimistic.“There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and have achieved something historic.”
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CDFG has more than 200 stores across China – the most number of duty free outlets in any single country, the company said.Grand Lisboa Palace will boast a total of 53,000 square meters of retail space, covering the first and second floors of the development. SJM said the mall is designed to delight visitors with an innovative Fantasy Garden theme, invoking “feelings of splendor and luxury with the use of delicate topiary, ornamental birdcages and elegantly formed garden walkways.”“The introduction of CDFG’s Macau flagship store into Grand Lisboa Palace will greatly expand and enhance the retail offerings of our resort, appealing to any type of visitors especially those with sophisticated lifestyles,” said SJM Vice-Chairman, Executive Director and CEO Ambrose So.“Leveraging the strong brand recognition and commitment to quality and service at both SJM and CDFG, our collaboration with CDFG will elevate visitors’ shopping experience in Macau and strengthen the positioning of Grand Lisboa Palace as Macau’s capital of style.”Mr. Charles Chen, President of CDFG, added, “The opening of our Macau off-airport duty free store in Grand Lisboa Palace serves as a new step in CDFG’s business development. The Hong Kong and Macau market is a retail hotspot in Asia Pacific and through the successful tenders for expanded footprint in Hong Kong and Macau airports, as well as the upcoming store in Macau downtown, CDFG has steadily actualized its strategic plan for the region.”CDFG’s Macau flagship store at Grand Lisboa Palace will carry a mix of perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewelry, apparel, shoes and accessories, travel-related products and more.Dr So revealed earlier this week that he expects operations at Grand Lisboa Palace to launch before the end of 2019. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Macau concessionaire Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (SJM) has entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding with China Duty Free Group Co., Ltd. (CDFG) that will CDFG open its flagship Macau store at Grand Lisboa Palace when the Cotai integrated resort opens in late 2019.Set to span around 7,500 square meters of prime first floor retail space, CDFG will be the first off-airport outlet of CDFG in Macau. Established in 1984, CDFG is China’s leading operator of duty free shops and is a subsidiary of travel giant China National Travel Service Group Corporation Limited. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts
This change is coming amid a shift in the demographics in the cybersecurity field and a corresponding rise in interest. A 2019 survey from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium found that women make up 24% of the workforce in cybersecurity, a jump from 11% reported in 2017.”We hope that a program like this makes it easier for more mothers and parents in general to attend Black Hat,” Wylie said.Black Hat isn’t the only security conference that offers day care services. LocoMocoSec, a security conference in Hawaii started offering complimentary childcare in 2018. Moss said that Defcon wanted to introduce day care for the first time this year, but was not able to work out the logistics. The conference’s organizers intend on making it available in the future, Moss added.But it’s taking steps to address that issue. With Defcon spread across four different hotels this year, it will be the first time that the hacking conference is offering Mother’s Rooms.”This year we had extra hotel space, so we added extra villages. We started thinking, what other groups can use extra space?” Moss said. “We’re looking to see how those childcare rooms are being used.”Day care challengesWhile Black Hat’s day care program is just in its third year, the program has grown each time, Wylie said.The security conference has thousands of attendees each year, but only a handful of parents have taken advantage of the day care program. In its first year, KiddieCorp, a company that provides day care services to conventions, watched over eight children for two days, the organization said.The following year, the day care service had nine children. Black Hat is doubling day care services to four days as the demand grows, Wylie said.”We want to make sure this is an inclusive and welcoming event to everybody,” the organizer said.This year, KiddieCorp is expecting to watch over 13 children in its day care, said Amber Standley, Kiddie Corp’s operations manager.The program is offered for children from 6 months to 12 years old, and costs $10 per hour for each child. That is on top of the registration costs for Black Hat, which starts at $2,295 to attend.Having a day care program in Las Vegas isn’t a simple task, Moss learned. Defcon’s organizers spent six months trying to implement the service for the first time this year, but found several roadblocks pulling it together.To have childcare services in Las Vegas, the program needs to be compliant with Nevada’s childcare licensing, health department and fire codes, said KiddieCorp sales associate Patsy Guerrero. Caretakers need to have local childcare licenses, the food served needs to be inspected, and the room needs to be fire marshal compliant.In Las Vegas, the ratio of adults to children for day cares in one to seven, but KiddieCorp said it has one adult for every two children.”It’s a lot of steps, but with enough time, it’s doable,” Guerrero said.Hackers, parentsDefcon has come a long way since Moss first started the conference.”In the early days, you wouldn’t bring your kid to Defcon, that would be crazy,” Moss said. “As the older ones in our community started having kids, they wanted to keep coming back and seeing their friends.”As a joke, Moss said they created Defcon onesies for babies, and he was surprised to learn it sold out.Nico Sell co-founded the r00tz Asylum in 2010 as a way to give kids something to do at the conference. The r00tz Asylum is not exactly a day care, as the hacking challenges are geared for kids aged 8 to 16, but it does provide families a way to be together at Defcon.Parents have told Sell that they wouldn’t have been able to attend Defcon if it weren’t for r00tz, she said.”As a mother, my daughters have been to Defcon every year of their lives,” Sell said. “I think it’s fantastic to get more kids at these events and involved.” Hackers take on new voting machines at Defcon 0 Black Hat Defcon 1:41 Tags reading • Black Hat and Defcon look to boost diversity through day care Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon Culture Security Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacy The r00tz asylum isn’t a day care at Defcon, but does offer resources for families at the hacking conference. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images When Jeff Moss started Defcon in 1993, it was unheard of to bring kids to the hacker conference in Las Vegas. Now, as the conference and its attendees grow up, and more security researchers and hackers are becoming parents, services like day cares and childcare rooms at Black Hat and Defcon are in high demand.As the largest hacking conferences, Black Hat and Defcon present an opportunity for security researchers to take training workshops and network with professionals in cybersecurity. But for many years, some parents who didn’t make arrangements for their children couldn’t attend.That changed two years ago, when Black Hat started offering day care services — two decades after it all began. The conference, which is considered a more formal and corporate equivalent of Defcon, started the services after attendees noted a lack of women in cybersecurity.Black Hat and Defcon mark just the latest conferences in the tech world which have reexamined how inclusive they’ve been and whether they’ve put in enough of an effort to attract different attendees. Similar criticism has been lobbed at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES conference, which has likewise made an effort to support more women and people of color.Many conferences outside cybersecurity started offering day care services for the same reason, but help is still lacking. Female researches from the University of California, known as a Working Group of Mothers in Science, published an opinion piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March 2018 saying that conferences create barriers for women when they don’t offer childcare resources.”Parent–researchers face a conundrum as they struggle to attend key conferences and further their careers while finding care for the children,” the group wrote in the article.For Black Hat, more than half of the respondents on a survey conducted by the organizers in 2018 said that they were concerned about a shortage of minorities and women at the conference, according to Black Hat General Manager Steve Wylie. Share your voice Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Now playing: Watch this: • Post a comment See All Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers Black Hat Defcon
Ongole: The Department of Municipal Administration and Urban Development in Government of Andhra Pradesh appointed P Niranjan Reddy, the additional deputy commissioner of Kadapa Municipal Corporation as the new commissioner of Ongole Municipal Commissioner, transferring the present commissioner K Sakunthala as the additional deputy commissioner to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The MAUD also transferred P Krishnamurthy as assistant commissioner of Ongole Municipal Corporation, P Veeranjaneyulu as commissioner of Addanki, D Ravikumar as commissioner of Chimakurthy, CMA Nayeem Ahmed as commissioner of Markapuram, Shaik Fazulullah as commissioner of Kanigiri, S Manohar as commissioner of Kandukur and K Ramachandra Reddy as commissioner of Chirala municipality.
‘Abducted’ poet and columnist Farhad Mazhar was brought to Adabar police station in Dhaka on Tuesday morning, 18 hours after he was rescued in Noapara of Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore.Meanwhile, Farhad’s wife Farida Akhtar and relatives went to the police station to meet him.Adabar police inspector (operation) Sujit Kumar Saha said a team of senior police officers brought Farhad Mazhar to Dhaka.He is now at Adabar police station, the inspector added.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-6) director Khandker Rafiqul Islam on Monday said Farhad Mazhar was rescued around 11:30pm when he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna in a Hanif Paribahan bus.Earlier in the day, Farhad Mazhar was reportedly abducted by unknown miscreants from his Adabar residence in the capital.Having failed to know the whereabouts of Farhad Mazhar till 10:00am, his family members then went to Adabar police station and informed the police.Read more:Farhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in Jessore
Hasina, mamata and modi. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet at Shantiniketan in West Bengal on Friday.They will meet at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan at the inaugural ceremony of Bangladesh Bhaban.There is no official confirmation that there will be formal talks between prime minister Hasina and Mamata on Teesta water sharing, though there are speculations.As per her tentative programme schedule, prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Kolkata at 8am on 25 May.After her arrival at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport by a VVIP flight, Hasina and Modi will leave Kolkata for Bolpur subdivision in Birbhum by a helicopter to join the convocation of Visva Bharati University at 9am.Visva Bharati Vice Chancellor Prof Sabuj Koli Sen will receive Sheikh Hasina and Modi, said an official.Hasina and Modi will inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhaban.Earlier, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said Bangladesh Bhaban will be a symbol of Bangladesh-India friendship.He said it will turn into a centre point of practicing literature, art and culture of Bangladesh and India and for relevant research.Hasina and Modi will hold a meeting at the Bangladesh Bhaban, according to her draft tour itinerary.After attending the programme, Modi will depart for New Delhi while return to Kolkata by a helicopter.From 4:45pm to 5:30pm, she will visit Jorashanko Thakur Bari in Kolkata, Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home, which been turned into a museum dedicated to the life and works of the Nobel laureate.On 26 May, prime minister Hasina will leave Kolkata for Asansole to receive an honorary D Litt degree to be conferred upon her by Kazi Nazrul University at its third convocation.Hasina will also visit Netaji Museum.She will leave Kolkata for Dhaka on Saturday evening. Bangladesh high commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali will see her off.
Share Carolyn Kaster/APThe Latest on the Trump administration and the Russia investigation (all times local):3 p.m.Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has turned over about 600 pages of documents to a Senate committee investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.That’s according to a congressional aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the committee’s work. The aide said the Senate intelligence committee’s investigators received the documents Tuesday afternoon and are reviewing the information.Flynn had previously invoked his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination in rebuffing an earlier subpoena from the committee. After the panel narrowed the scope of that subpoena and issued additional ones for records from two of his businesses, Flynn agreed last week to turn over some documents.___2:25 p.m.At least one Republican senator is dismissing the notion of President Donald Trump colluding with the Russians with a criticism of the president’s dealings with his administration.Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has assailed Trump in the past and ran against him for the GOP presidential nomination. Graham was asked on Tuesday whether he was concerned about the testimony from ousted FBI Director James Comey in Thursday’s congressional hearing.Graham said: “I don’t believe Trump colluded with the Russians because I don’t think he colludes with his own staff. So I’m not worried about that.”___2 p.m.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly indicated on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner and his communications with Russia are part of a wide-ranging probe by the Justice Department’s special counsel.Kelly defended Kushner at a Senate hearing amid reports that he attempted to establish a “back-channel” communication between Russia and Trump’s presidential transition team. Under Democratic questioning, Kelly said such back-channels are common and one must assume that Kushner is “a great American.”But he also indicated that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the matter.Under questioning from Democrats, Kelly said: “I think there are numerous investigations that are looking into this. I think it’s part of the Bob Mueller investigation, and I think there’s a number of congressional committees looking into it.”___11:15 a.m.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending top White House adviser Jared Kushner amid reports that Kushner attempted to establish a “back-channel” communication between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential transition team.Under Democratic questioning, Kelly said “we have to make the assumption — and I will — that Jared Kushner is a great American.” He said back-channel talks have been common in U.S. diplomacy.Still, Kelly noted the matter is under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.Kelly told Montana Sen. Jon Tester that “It’s part of the Bob Mueller investigation,” and the subject of congressional probes.Tester said he believes the conduct of the president’s son-in-law is “unacceptable” and asked Kelly “to find out what the hell is going on.”___7:00 a.m.The Kremlin has denied claims from a U.S. government intelligence report that Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier before last year’s presidential election.The classified National Security Agency report, which was published online on Monday by The Intercept, said Russian military intelligence agency GRU attacked the software company and sent spear-phishing emails to local election officials around October and November.The report did not say whether the hacking had any effect on election results.Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, denied the allegations Tuesday, saying that the Kremlin did not see “any evidence to prove this information is true.” He said Moscow categorically denies “the possibility” of the Russian government being behind it.___3:15 a.m.Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year’s presidential election, according to a government intelligence report leaked Monday that suggests election-related hacking penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than previously known..The classified National Security Agency report, which was published online by The Intercept, does not say whether the hacking had any effect on election results. But it says Russian military intelligence attacked a U.S. voting software company and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials at the end of October or beginning of November.U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment.However, the Justice Department announced Monday it had charged a government contractor in Georgia with leaking a classified report containing “Top Secret level” information to an online news organization. The report the contractor allegedly leaked is dated May 5, the same date as the document The Intercept posted online.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. To quote Hayao Miyazaki, the artist behind some of the greatest anime of all time, “Anime is a mistake. It’s nothing but trash.” If you’re a thrall to the likes of Crunchyroll, Funimation, or any other anime streaming TV services, it’s never too late to turn back, repent, and watch some Avatar: The Last Airbender instead.However, some people will never abandon the anime lifestyle. They’re in too deep. And because they both have such strong Japanese roots, anime and video games will always be tied at the hip. Before the iPhone, Japanese cell phones used to be way more advanced than their western counterparts. So Japan has had a very robust mobile gaming scene for a long time, and it still does. Naturally, many of those mobile games are anime-themed, and some of them are pretty good, at least as far as anime goes.These are the best, mostly safe for work, mobile games for anime fans. We tried to warn you.AdChoices广告VoezVoez isn’t based on any one anime in particular, but the eclectic collection of dance and J-Pop songs that make up this rhythm game’s library could easily be the soundtrack to dozens of anime opening credits. The game is also available on Nintendo Switch, but the mobile version doesn’t cost anything upfront.The World Ends With YouEverything wrong with Square Enix’s current aesthetic and design sensibilities can all be traced back to Final Fantasy VII artist/Kingdom Hearts enabler/belt-and-zipper enthusiast Tetsuya Nomura. However, his original, very anime, fresh urban nightmare RPG The World Ends With You is a genuine cult classic filled to the brim with punk style and fascinating gameplay concepts in both its Nintendo DS incarnation and mobile resurrection.Dragon Ball Z Dokkan BattleTo many, anime begins and ends with Dragon Ball. The series never really went away, but it’s now more prominent than ever thanks to the new Dragon Ball Super series. Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle is a strange fighting card board game starring the franchise’s large stable of characters all somehow named Goku, regardless of how dead they are in current continuity.One Piece Treasure CruiseIf you thought Johnny Depp’s pirate antics had been going on for too long, consider that beloved pirate anime One Piece celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Yes, famous rubber boy Luffy and his endless number of criminal friends still haven’t found that one piece. In the mobile RPG One Piece: Treasure Cruise, maybe you can.Hatoful BoyfriendHatoful Boyfriend is a dating sim about romancing cute folks who happen to be pigeons. This is a real game you can really play on your phone. This is what all anime, games, and media should aspire to be.Terra BattleAfter leaving Square Enix, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and his team at Mistwalker basically made a bunch of new Final Fantasy games under different names. However, the puzzling, position-focused, tactile, tile-based combat of Terra Battle on mobile makes it very unique among its creator’s work. But if that sounds too alien, let the familiar, beautiful anime artwork of legendary Final Fantasy illustrator Yoshitaka Amano draw you back in.JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust ShootersI couldn’t begin to tell you what JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is about. It’s the series that comes to mind whenever I picture incomprehensible the anime that people in this office insist I should watch. Oh, and they made a decent fighting game out of it on consoles. Hopefully the mobile game Stardust Shooters is pretty good, too.Gundam Cross WarGiant robots are practically mascots for the concept of anime. A tiny mobile phone screen may not be the ideal way to take in the majesty of a massive mecha, but we have to take what we can get. Gundam Cross War is a mobile trading card game starring the iconic anime androids not dreamed up by Hideaki Anno.Senran Kagura: New WaveIn theory, Senran Kagura is about the exciting adventures of school-aged lady ninjas. But in practice, it’s an interactive excuse to be a big old pervert. It’s like Naruto but somehow even hornier. With mobile game Senran Kagura: New Wave you’ll never be without your wonderful waifus. It’s only available in Japan, but anyone interested will probably find overcoming that challenge to be part of the appeal.View as: One Page Slides1/91. Gundam Cross War has giant robots, so it’s anime.2. Hatoful Boyfriend has pigeon dating, so of course it’s anime.3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters is called that, so of course it’s anime.4. One Piece: Treasure Cruise might as well have “anime” right in the name.5. Senran Kagura’s ninja perversions are peak anime.6. Terra Battle comes from the anime-affected mind of the Final Fantasy creators.7. 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© 2019 Science X Network Credit: Poshakinskiy & Poddubny. “Even though the light scattering has been understood for more than a century after the works of Rayleigh, Raman, Landsberg and Mandelstam, it remains both a fundamental and applied challenge to route light scattered at the nanoscale in the direction at will,” Alexander Poshakinskiy, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “The ability to control the direction, frequency and polarization of the scattered light is essential for operation of optical circuits.”Devices that can control the direction of scattered light could have numerous useful applications, particularly for the operation of antennas and routing of light. In the 1980s, researchers theorized that a directional scattering of light can be achieved via the so-called Kerker effect. This effect essentially exploits the interference of electric and magnetic dipole emission patterns, which have different spatial parity, yielding the suppression of forward or backward scattering when they are superposed. “Realization of the conventional Kerker effect requires the particles to have electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the same strength,” Poshakinskiy said. “However, this is challenging because magnetic response at optical frequencies is extremely weak. A possible workaround is to use large submicron-size nanoparticles hosting both electric and magnetic Mie resonances. However, optical Kerker effect for the particles smaller than the wavelength in the medium is still unfeasible. In our work, we show that even small particles, that lack magnetic response when at rest, do acquire it when they start trembling in space, enabling realization of what we call optomechanical Kerker effect.”In the optomechanical Kerker effect, proposed by Poshakinskiy and his colleague Alexander Poddubny, the tunable directional scattering of light is attained for a particle that lacks magnetic resonances as it trembles in space. The trembling motion of the electric dipole in space leads to the appearance of a magnetic dipole, as one could expect from the Lorentz transformation. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A. V. Poshakinskiy et al. Optomechanical Kerker Effect, Physical Review X (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.011008 Journal information: Physical Review X Explore further Citation: The optomechanical Kerker effect: Controlling light with vibrating nanoparticles (2019, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-optomechanical-kerker-effect-vibrating-nanoparticles.html For the Kerker effect to occur, particles need to have electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the same strength. This, however, is very challenging to achieve, as magnetic optical resonances in small particles are relatively weak. Researchers at Ioffe Institute, in St. Petersburg, have recently shown that a similar effect can be attained when small particles are trembling in space. Tiny particles with varied shapes scatter light in useful and unusual ways “We show that magnetic and electric dipole induced in the trembling particle by incident light counterintuitively are of the same order when inelastic scattering is considered,” Poshakinskiy explained. “The phase difference between the electric and magnetic dipoles is governed by the frequency dependence of the particle permittivity. For a resonant particle, this enables control of the scattering direction via the detuning of light frequency from the resonance: The light is scattered preferably forward at resonance and backward away from it. ” The researchers show that in the optomechanical Kerker effect, the figure of merit that quantifies how much of the light is scattered in a particular direction compared to all other directions (i.e. directivity), can be as high as 5.25. This exceeds the directivity of 3 attained in the classical Kerker effect, due to the additional electric quadrupole momentum induced by the mechanical motion. In their study, Poshakinskiy and Poddubny also introduced a second effect, which they refer to as ‘the optomechanical spin-Hall effect.’ In this effect, a directional inelastic scattering of light, depending on its circular polarization, is realized for a small trembling particle.”The optomechanical spin-Hall effect can be achieved when a particle vibrates around a circular trajectory rather that a straight line,” Poshakinskiy said. “We show that the angular mechanical momentum of the particle can be transferred to the spin of light. Then the electromagnetic waves scattered by the trembling particle to the left and to the right attain opposite circular polarization.” The findings gathered by Poshakinskiy and Poddubny suggest that the interaction between light and mechanical motion has an intrinsically multipolar nature. This quality could be exploited in a variety of systems, ranging from cold atoms to two-dimensional materials and superconducting qubits. “We believe that the proposed optomechanical Kerker opens a new multidisciplinary field by uncovering, for the first time, to our knowledge, a highly untrivial link between optomechanics and nanophotonics,” Poshakinskiy said. “From a practical point of view, the proposed effects can be used to design non-reciprocal nanoscale optical devices.”Optical non-reciprocity, meaning that light is transmitted forward and backward through an optical circuit differently, is crucial for optical signal processing. Most existing non-reciprocal optomechanical devices are based on optical resonators, which limit their minimal size to sub-microns. The results collected by Poshakinskiy and Poddubny show that tunable optomechanical non-reciprocity can also occur at nanoscale when using small trembling particles with resonant polarizability. “Optical non-reciprocity is also a key ingredient for the design of photonic topological circuits,” Poshakinskiy added. “In an array of trembling particles, one can expect a disorder-robust propagation of light and sound, ensured by the time modulation of optical and mechanical properties.”The study carried out by Poshakinskiy and Poddubny shows how the tunable directional scattering of light can be achieved at nanoscale, introducing the optomechanical Kerker and spin-Hall effects. In the future, their findings could have several interesting applications, for instance, informing the design of non-reciprocal topological circuits. The researchers are now planning to demonstrate the optomechanical Kerker effect in lab experiments. “The proof of concept would be observation of the directional backscattering by trembling objects, which can be realized even away from material resonances,” Poshakinskiy said “We believe that this can be done in a variety of systems e.g., semiconductor quantum dots, transitional metal dichalcogenides or graphene. However, the key feature of the optomechanical Kerker effect is the possibility to switch the direction of scattering between forward and backward. This requires particles with extremely sharp resonances in their electromagnetic response. Our estimations show that such switching can be realized for cold atoms in optical traps or superconducting qubits in radio-frequency circuits.”
One of the best known theatre directors of India Bhanu Bharti, is bringing for the people of Delhi a story of Bapu’s last days, performed in a one actor play by actor Sunit Tandon. The play is all set to hit the proscenium this monthBapu – A Saga of Truth, compassion and non-violence is being presented by the Aaj Theatre Company. The play depicts Bapu’s indomitable courage and will power to surmount all adversities but even he who baffled a mighty empire through his dedication to non-violence, was a helpless man in his last days. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play which has earlier been performed in Hindi, is being played out in English for the first time. Audience will get to reflect and contemplate on the history of partition as the director tries to re-explore what went on inside the great mind at that point of time.’If we talk about humanity, violence has been our constant companion. Even today it is, and this is the reason why Bapu will always remain relevant. Our play unfolds against the backdrop of the tragedy of 1947, the partition of the subcontinent and the violence that accompanied it. It is in this backdrop that we observe the helpless personality of the man who worked so hard to ensure that the Indian independence was a bloodless revolution,’said Bhanu Bharti.Bharti ,revered by Delhi for his path-breaking presentations of Andha Yug and Tughlaq, is set to present the story of the inner turmoil of Mahatma Gandhi with his intrinsic directorial finesse.
Kolkata: In a major step to streamline the process of giving permission to the puja committees, Bidhannagar Police has decided to give it online.A high-level meeting to discuss the matter was held on Wednesday. Sabyasachi Dutta, mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Krishna Chakraborty, chairperson of BMC and Sujit Basu, MLA Bidhannagar attended the meeting along with Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe representatives of Salt Lake, Lake Town and Sribhumi attended the meeting. Earlier, the puja organisers had to obtain permission from the Fire and Emergency department and local civic body and then apply for police permission. The process was elaborate and the organizers often complained of harassment. To put an end to the harassment of the organizers, they can now apply for police permission online after getting the required clearance. It is a major development and will reduce the time of giving permission. The authorities of HIDCO will sit with the puja committees at New Town on Thursday. HIDCO has decided to select the best Puja through Blockchain to ensure fair competition.
How to change the WhatsApp Wallpaper by Martin Brinkmann on July 26, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: July 26, 2018 – No commentsThe following guide walks you through the process of changing the wallpaper of the popular messaging software WhatsApp.While many users of the messaging application know about the possibility of changing the wallpaper of the interface already, there are still many who don’t know about it.You could change the default interface color to a photo of your loved ones, any other photo, a solid color that you prefer over the default, or one of WhatsApp’s official wallpapers.WhatsApp comes with capabilities to change the default background of the chat interface to any image that is on the phone, a solid color, a selection of official wallpapers by WhatsApp, or no wallpaper at all.WhatsApp: change wallpaperHere is how that is doneOpen WhatsApp Messenger on your device.Select Menu > Settings if you are on the home screen.Go to Chats > Wallpaper.WhatsApp displays all available options to pick a new wallpaper or a solid colorSelect gallery to set any photo that is on the device as the wallpaper. Other options include selecting a solid color, or no wallpaper.Wallpaper Library is special as it is an add-on that you need to install before the designs become available. These designs are optimized for WhatsApp and can be applied as backgrounds just like any other image.WhatsApp displays a preview so that you know how the chat looks like when you apply the new wallpaper. Some images are not well suited as background images as they may add too much noise to the interface or make it difficult to concentrate on the text in the chat interface.Note that you can also set the wallpaper when a chat is open. Just tap on the menu icon and select wallpaper to get to the same dialog. The wallpaper is set for the entire interface, there is no option to use different wallpapers for individual contacts.The wallpaper is only visible on your device, it is not visible to contacts unless you happen to share a screenshot of the interface.SummaryArticle NameHow to change the WhatsApp WallpaperDescriptionThe following guide walks you through the process of changing the wallpaper of the popular messaging software WhatsApp.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Feature | October 14, 2014 ACR, LCA: JAMA Editorial Against CT Lung Cancer Screening Inaccurate and Misleading Evidence supports Medicare coverage of first and only test proven to reduce lung cancer deaths October 14, 2014 — An editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Woolf et al) this week suggesting against Medicare coverage of computed tomography (CT) screening in seniors at high risk for lung cancer ignores available evidence, relies on unsubstantiated or ambiguous claims, and fails to accurately portray the current state of CT lung cancer screening, according to the American College of Radiology and the Lung Cancer Alliance.Ample evidence certainly exists to support Medicare coverage of these exams. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) showed that CT screening significantly reduced lung cancer deaths. Nearly a third of the participants in this largest lung cancer screening trial in history were ages 65 and older. A subsequent published analysis shows that these exams work as well in people age 65 and over as in those 50-64. Given that lung cancer kills 160,000 people each year – more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined – CT lung cancer screening can save more people than any single cancer test developed to date.Time-tested breast cancer screening framework has been readily adapted to enable safe, effective, and appropriate lung cancer screening. An unprecedented coalition of medical, professional, and public health leaders have outlined to Medicare the infrastructure and quality assurance programs in place to help facilities carry out lung cancer screening and produce similar results to that accomplished in the NLST. Two published studies have shown that CT lung cancer screening is cost effective in the Medicare population and the privately insured. Not only is the test at least as cost effective as other major cancer screening programs, it is also more cost effective than automobile seatbelts and airbags.“Questions regarding CT lung cancer screening effectiveness, cost, and patient acceptance are answered. Obfuscation of current screening capabilities and the lifesaving benefit of these exams is not helpful and may ultimately cost lives. It is time for Medicare to move forward with full coverage for low-dose CT lung cancer screening,” said Ella Kazerooni, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Committee and American College of Radiology Thoracic Imaging Panel.The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended CT lung cancer screening of high-risk patients — mandating private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act effective Jan. 1, 2015. However, Medicare is not required to follow USPSTF recommendations. As it stands, while the privately insured would have ready access to this lifesaving test, seniors would be left with lesser access and therefore an increased risk of dying from lung cancer.“Published evidence shows that claims of undue or lasting patient anxiety or harm from the CT lung cancer screening process are unfounded. Relevant patient advocates and cancer groups are overwhelmingly satisfied that the scientific evidence supports screening those at high risk for the disease. We are fully capable of balancing the benefits and risks and strongly urge Medicare to provide full coverage of these lifesaving exams,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and chief executive officer of the Lung Cancer Alliance.For more information: www.acr.org; www.lungcanceralliance.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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