Pipe dream Pilot project shows Delhis ambitious 24×7 water supply scheme a

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government harbours a dream of providing 24×7 water supply to city residents and has been long exploring possibilities in this regard, but if a pilot project is anything to go by, it may take decades for the scheme to become a reality, owing to the massive size of the distribution network and monumental challenges. On an average, each household in Delhi gets around four hours of water supply per day. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) supplies around 935 million gallons of water per day (MGD) against the demand of 1,140 MGD. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark To cover the deficit, the utility has a number of plans in the pipeline, including setting up new water treatment plants and storing water in floodplains of the Yamuna, river but that too will take time. In a city where lakhs of people rely on illegal borewell and private tankers, and 42 per cent of water gets stolen or leaked, providing continuous water supply is a long shot. The DJB first discussed the ambitious idea of continuous water supply in 2009 and started a pilot project, in a partnership with Suez Group, in January 2013, aiming at providing 24×7 water to every consumer in Malviya Nagar and Vasant Vihar. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items According to officials, the deadline for completing the work was December 2014. Around six and a half years later, the pilot project has covered only around 800 houses in two small pockets — Navjeevan Vihar and Geetanjali Enclave — in Malviya Nagar and 450 houses in West End Colony of Vasant Vihar, according to senior engineer Virender Kumar, who heads the project. The entire work relates to covering 50,000 connections in Malviya Nagar and 8,000 in Vasant Vihar, he said. The pilot project got delayed due to lack of permission from land-owning agencies, including the municipal corporations, the Delhi Development Authority and the Forest Department, Virender Kumar claimed. The pilot project is stuck because the utility does not have enough water to ensure 24×7 supply in the entire project area. “In the project area, we are getting around 65 million gallons of water per day (MLD) against 80 MLD required to ensure continuous supply. Currently, 24×7 water supply is available only in these three small pockets,” Virender Kumar said. “We cannot draw water from the quota of neighbouring areas as that would be unfair. People start asking questions — why they are getting three hours of supply while others get water 24×7,” he said. On Saturday, Chief Minister and DJB chairman Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting of senior officials of the board and discussed issues related to the pilot project. The officials told him that the aim of round-the-clock water supply in Malviya Nagar “was never achieved”. The chief minister directed them to take corrective measures in this regard and to report back to him. DJB member Shalabh Kumar said the round-the-clock supply project requires more water in initial phases because people generally don’t believe it and start storing water. In the areas covered by the pilot project, people started storing water in underground and overhead tanks. These tanks have leakages, and a lot of water flows out through them, he said. “When the 24×7 supply started, people kept their taps open all the time. But when the hefty bills pinched them, they minimized the use of water,” Shalabh Kumar said. The pilot project has succeeded in bringing down non-revenue water (NRW) from 62 per cent initially to 36 per cent and the consumption from 600 litres per capita per day (LPCD) to around 200 in two pockets. In the third pocket, it is still around 350 LPCD. The reason — a lot of big houses and gardens and thus, the consumption is more. As per the Bureau of Indian Standards, a minimum water supply of 200 LPCD is needed for domestic consumption in cities with full flushing systems. NRW means water lost due to leakages or theft before it reaches the consumer. “One of the major challenges is creating awareness about the judicious use of water. People use drinking water in their gardens and to wash their cars. You can educate them, but you cannot force them. Those who have the paying capacity need to know money cannot create water,” another DJB official said. “People need to learn resource management. Water is a natural resource. The DJB, which currently provides around 900 MGD, cannot suddenly supply 10,000 in two years,” the official said. Experts said to ensure 24×7 supply, a leakage-proof pipeline network, constant water pressure, sensors and metred connections are musts to prevent leakages and theft. In the existing infrastructure, the DJB supplies water at high pressure. So, whenever the supply exceeds the demand, say on rainy days, the pipelines burst at weak points, an expert said. Virender Kumar said before starting the pilot project, the DJB surveyed its existing infrastructure and carried out replacement works to improve the water supply network. “We replaced 30-35 years old pipelines. Around 60 per cent of the network in Malviya Nagar and 80 per cent in Vasant Vihar had to be changed,” he said. Most of the leakages are found in house-service connections. These pipes have a lifeline of 8 to 15 years. So, all the household connections have been changed, the DJB engineer said. “Over the next two months, we will hire a consultant, who will study the entire DJB network and tell us about the improvements required. We are in the process of awarding the tender,” he said, adding the feasibility report will be submitted by year-end.last_img read more

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NCLAT drops plea to auction goods of a firm under moratorium period

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has dismissed a petition of customs authority seeking auction of confined goods of a company, which is under the corporate insolvency proceedings, saying the assets cannot be alienated during a moratorium period. Upholding the orders of the Kolkata bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), the appellate tribunal said that after order of ‘moratorium’ is passed by the adjudicating authority (NCLT), the customs department cannot issue auction notice despite the fact that the goods in question are lying in their possession for years. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepA two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said that Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code mandates “during the period of moratorium, the assets of the ‘corporate debtor’ cannot be alienated, transferred or sold to a third party”. The NCLAT’s order came over an appeal filed by the customs department against an order passed by the NCLT’s Kolkata bench, which had directed Commissioner of Customs, (Preventive) West Bengal, to handover the machinery imported by Ram Sarup Industries Ltd and submit their claims before the resolution professional of the company. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsRam Sarup Industries – maker of wires, TMT bars and steel – had imported two consignments of machineries from Italy in April 2009. The assessment of goods were confirmed by the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, ICD Durgapur, and the Kolkata-based firm was asked to pay duty of Rs 1.39 crore with applicable interest. In 2012, Ram Sarup Industries paid Rs 11 lakh to the customs department and then moved to the high court of Calcutta against the departmental action initiated for disposal of uncleared imported cargo, which was dismissed. In 2016, the customs department attempted thrice to auction the imported goods in question but it could not be fructified as it failed to find any buyer. Later, it granted three months time on February 16, 2017 to Ram Sarup Industries asking to clear the cargo from the custody of the customs authorities after paying the duties. Commissioner of Customs in August 2017 reinitiated the process for disposal of the uncleared cargo by way of auction for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the NCLT on January 8, 2018, allowed the insolvency plea filed by Ram Sarup Industries moved under section 10 of the IBC and declared ‘moratorium’. On the other side, this time the customs department has found a winning bid of the consignment in the auction conducted on January 19, 2018. However, a day after that on January 20, 2018, the department received the copy of the letter dated January 16, 2018, sent by Ram Sarup Industries and another letter dated January 17, 2018, by the RP of the company conveying the NCLT order. Later, the RP approached the NCLT to stay the auction process, which allowed the application. This was challenged by the customs department before the NCLAT contending that corporate debtor’s ownership rights in the imported goods have been relinquished by Section 48 of the Customs Act, 1962. It is also submitted that Section 48 of the ‘Customs Act’ allows customs authorities to dispose unclaimed, uncleared, non-duty paid imported goods after providing the importer with thirty-day notice.last_img read more

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Federal government will intervene if needed on Trans Mountain Carr

first_imgCALGARY – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the federal government will step in when necessary to ensure the Trans Mountain expansion project gets built, but is giving few details on how it plans to do so.Carr, speaking in Calgary at the announcement of a new project assessment process, says Ottawa continues to talk with both the B.C. and Alberta governments as it looks to ensure the federally approved project gets built.Last week, the B.C. government created more uncertainty for the future of the $7.4-billion pipeline project to the West Coast by announcing plans for more consultations on oil spill readiness and a limit on increased diluted bitumen shipments until it’s confident in response measures.The Alberta government has taken a strong stance against B.C.’s proposal, suspending electricity talks and halting B.C. wine imports in protest.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, as well as Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. CEO Ian Anderson, have called on the federal government to ensure the project gets built.Carr says the federal government is alert to attempts to delay the project, but that so far B.C. has yet to take any action that requires a direct response.last_img read more

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If we have to… were going to kick them in the teeth

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe spokesperson for the 150 member Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sand Expansion says his group will do everything in its power to stop the Trans Mountain expansion project.“I’ll tell you, If we can kick them in the teeth, then we’re going to kick them in the teeth,” says Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon.Canada’s plan to buy the Trans Mountain expansion project for $4.5 billion has a number of First Nations upset – include Quebec.Simon says chiefs in the province will do everything they can to stop it.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

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Moroccan Scientist Rachid Yazami Decorated by King Mohammed VI

Rabat – Moroccan scientist, Rachid Yazami, was decorated on Wednesday by King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Throne Day.Rachid Yazami was among a large group of Moroccans, as well as foreigners who were decorated by the Moroccan monarch.The distinction of Yazami, a scientist based in Singapore, came after he was awarded earlier this year the Charles Stark Draper award from the Washington-based National Academy of Engineering in recognition for his work in developing reloadable lithium batteries 30 years ago. The lithium-ion battery is used by millions of people around the world through the commonplace use of cell phones, laptops, hearing aids, cameras, tablets, power tools, and many other compact, lightweight mobile devices.Rachid Yazami began exploring graphite compounds in which lithium could be reversibly inserted between graphite layers. This provided an alternative to the lithium metal negative electrode. Yazami’s lithium-graphite is the most commonly used anode in commercial lithium-ion batteries today.Yazami began his career and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CRNS) in France, where he later became the research director in 1998.He also served as a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology between 2000 and 2010, before being appointed as a visiting professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, where he later became the Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor in Energy at the School of Materials Science and Engineering.The Moroccan engineer owns over 70 patents related to battery technology. read more

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No screen time: Tonga faces weeks of internet disruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — People in Tonga could face several weeks without Facebook, YouTube and even some basic services like credit card transactions due to a fault in the undersea cable that connects the Pacific nation to the rest of the world.Something went wrong with the cable on Sunday night. Initially it wiped out access to the internet almost entirely, and meant people couldn’t even make international phone calls.A small internet company that uses satellites has stepped in and helped restore international calls and some other services the government considers vital. But people still typically can’t access social media sites such as Facebook and some businesses remain unable to process credit or debit card transactions.Pesi Fonua, publisher of news website Matangi Tonga, says it’s difficult for everybody and a “damn nuisance.”The Associated Press read more

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Top dog: Shares of online pet store Chewy soar in debut

NEW YORK — It’s raining cats and dogs on Wall Street.Chewy, the online seller of pet food and squeaky toys, went public Friday and its shares soared 71%.The stock’s rise values the 8-year-old company at $15 billion.Demand for the initial public offering has been high. Chewy raised just over $1 billion, with 46.5 million shares sold at $22 each. That’s above what the company had expected.At midday Friday, its shares were trading at $37.71.Chewy may bring to mind the failed online pet stores of the 1990s, but a lot has changed since the days of Pets.com. People are accustomed to buying nearly anything online. And pets are more pampered: Americans spent $72.6 billion on their furry pals last year, more than triple the amount spent two decades ago.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

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Antipiracy firm ramps up efforts to sue Canadians for illegal downloads

Our collective goal is … to change the sense of entitlement that people have, regarding Internet-based theft of propertyMONTREAL — Massive lawsuits targeting people who illegally download copyrighted content are common in the U.S., where people have been stuck with hefty fines and out-of-court settlements.Now there’s an attempt to bring that to Canada.At the center of the effort is Canipre, the only anti-piracy enforcement firm that provides forensic services to copyright-holders in Canada.The Montreal-based firm has been monitoring Canadian users’ downloading of pirated content for several months. It has now gathered more than one million different evidence files, according to its managing director Barry Logan.One of its clients is now before Federal Court in Toronto, requesting customer information for over 1,000 IP addresses — a user’s unique Internet signature — collected by Canipre.That client is the American studio Voltage Pictures, maker of hundreds of films including the Academy Award-winning “Hurt Locker.”On the other side of the case is Teksavvy, an Ontario-based Internet provider. The IP addresses flagged by Canipre link back to its users.The case is set to resume next month.If the court orders Teksavvy to hand over customer info, it could be the beginning of a new chapter in the anti-piracy battle in Canada.“We have a long list of clients waiting to go to court,” said Canipre’s Logan, who estimates that about 100 different companies are paying close attention to the case.These lawsuits have been common in the U.S. Between 200,000 and 250,000 people have been sued in the last two years, according to one Internet civil-liberties group.“They send off threatening letters telling them, ’If you don’t pay up we’re going to name you in this lawsuit and you could be on the hook for up to $150,000 in damages,”’ said Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director of that group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.Canadians don’t risk such severe damages, because of a bill passed last year that modified the federal Copyright Act.Bill C-11 imposed a limit of $5,000 on damages awarded for non-commercial copyright infringement, which applies to the average consumer who downloads films.“The reason Parliament did that (is) they didn’t want the courts to be used in this way,” said David Fewer, director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.The advocacy group is an intervenor in the Toronto case.“Copyright is supposed to be a framework legislation. It’s not supposed to be used for building a compensation model.” He says the phenomenon of file-sharing suits is relatively new in Canada.He said there has only been a single file-sharing lawsuit in Canada, launched by the music industry. The case, BMG Canada Inc. vs. John Doe, was launched in 2004, and it failed.Fewer said no similar attempts have been made — until now.“I’m a little bit surprised to see this (new) litigation popping up in Canada. We typically don’t have a culture in Canada for this kind of use of courts,” Fewer said.For now, Canipre is the only Canadian firm providing this type of service. And it’s proud of the work it does.“We understand the culture of piracy,” Logan said, adding that he has been involved in numerous IP-related litigation cases across Canada.“We’re bringing that model up here as a means to change social attitudes toward downloading,” said the Canipre executive. “Many people know it is illegal but they continue to do it.”The company advertises its ability to conduct “aggressive takedown campaigns” for clients.It monitors websites where pirated content is known to be available, and it searches for its clients’ content. When it finds violations, Canipre asks the hosting website to remove the content — a process known as a takedown request.“By aggressive, what we’re saying is, ’We don’t do one or two takedown (requests), we do 1,000-2,000 at a time,”’ said Logan, who lives in Ontario.“We’ve managed to put a business process in place with a lot of the top-tier platforms that provide pirated content.”But his company services don’t just include suing people. He says there’s an educational message, too.“Our collective goal is not to sue everybody… but to change the sense of entitlement that people have, regarding Internet-based theft of property.”“File Saturation” is one example of an educational message.The firm uploads a harmless file to sharing websites which closely resembles the content users are seeking. There is one key difference: This particular file is completely useless.The goal of that effort? Make it harder and more time-consuming to download illegally.Logan expects Federal Court to order the Internet provider, Teksavvy, to hand over customer information.Regardless of the outcome of the case, Logan will keep fighting against piracy.“Litigation is not the only tool that will change piracy — it’s simply a tool.”Logan wants piracy to become a taboo, much like drinking-and-driving is now.“That’s (not) the attitude here in Canada: It’s a pervasive sense of entitlement,” he said. “(Illegally) downloading content should also be socially unacceptable.”Bit Torrent is a tool for sharing large amounts of data on the internet.There were more than 370,000 Bit Torrent transactions over a month — a transaction being each time a user opens a session to download a film — according to statistics gathered by Canipre for its clients.Many file transfers using Bit Torrent are perfectly legal. But the peer-to-peer protocol is a particularly popular means of duplicating copyrighted material.Those statistics only include Canipre’s clients, so the actual Canadian number is far higher. read more

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Khashoggi case highlights very worrying practice of overseas abductions says UN expert

In its annual report, presented to the UN Human Rights Council at the end of September, the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances highlighted the practice which Chair, Bernard Duhaime, said “occurs with or without the acquiescence of the host state, and while in most cases the victims reappear in detention after a short period, in other cases they remain disappeared – as in the recent shocking case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”Mr. Duhaime reiterated a statement released on 9 October, which called for an independent international investigation into what happened, and the identification and prosecution of the perpetratorsHe added that the Working Group had previously expressed its concerns over ‘short-term disappearances’, increasingly used in recent years especially in the context of anti-terrorism operations. Mr. Duhaime said it was often done “to extract evidence and finalise the investigation outside the protection of the law and often resorting to coercion, if not torture”.This year’s report expresses serious concern that the number of enforced disappearances continues to be unacceptably high worldwide, with 820 new cases reported between May 2017 and May this year, and called for more assistance to be made available to family members and members of civil society to enable them to report cases to the Working Group and, more importantly, to keep working on enforced disappearance issues.“Whether it is used to repress political dissent, combat organised crime, or allegedly fight terrorism, when resorting to enforced disappearance, States are actually perpetrating a crime and an offence to human dignity”, Mr. Duhaime told the Assembly, urging all Member States to ratify, without delay, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.The Working Group was set up in 1980, to help families find out what happened to their relatives. It serves as a channel of communication between family members of victims of enforced disappearance and other sources reporting cases of disappearances, and the Governments concerned. read more

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The Tom Brady Ruling Means Nearly Half An Extra Win For The

That’s a big spike, but the Patriots were already expected to be the best team in the AFC East before Brady’s return. The nullification of Brady’s suspension will really matter when the playoffs start — the Patriots are now expected to have the second-best record in the AFC (New England passed the Broncos, though they still rank behind the Colts). So Goodell’s inept handling of Brady’s suspension didn’t just gift the Patriots nearly half a win; it might also have gifted them a higher playoff seed.UPDATE (Sept. 3, 3:42 p.m.): This post has been updated throughout with new data from an updated Football Power Index model. Somebody ought to teach Roger Goodell how to suspend a guy properly. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Teflon Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection with the Deflategate scandal. You can read all sorts of legal analysis elsewhere, but here’s the basic gist: Goodell, the NFL commissioner, didn’t justly suspend Brady, nor did he properly notify Brady during the process that a four-game suspension was a possible punishment. (Berman did not rule on whether Brady was involved in Deflategate in the first place.)The Patriots rejoiced, which they’ve gotten good at in the past decade and a half. And they should: Now that Brady is eligible to play the first four games of the season, the Patriots are even more likely to make the playoffs than they already were. ESPN Stats and Info projected1The projection is derived from Stats and Info’s Football Power Index, a nifty model that assigns every NFL team a strength rating for its offense, defense and special teams and then simulates the schedule 10,000 times, tracking how often each team wins its division, conference and even the Super Bowl. that without Brady for four games, the Patriots would make the playoffs 68 percent of the time. Now it’s 74 percent. read more

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Prince Harry drives Meghan Markle to reception of Pippa Middletons wedding

first_imgWhen she first arrived with proud father Michael in an open-topped vintage Jaguar, big sister Kate played a vital role and ensured her younger sibling looked her best for her big day. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews leave St Mark’s church in Englefield, Berkshire, following their weddingCredit:PA Wire/PA Images Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews leave St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, following their wedding Pippa Middleton sealed her society wedding to James Matthews with a kiss – as Prince Harry reportedly made a 100-mile round trip to bring girlfriend Meghan Markle to the reception.The royal was pictured on the front page of The Sun driving his actress partner to the Middletons’ Berkshire estate after picking her up from London on Saturday evening.The pair were seen smiling as they drove to the reception for the new bride and groom who tied the knot at the picturesque St Mark’s church in the Berkshire village of Englefield. As they drove away, future king George gave a wave to the small group of photographers and cameramen capturing the social event.The best man was the groom’s brother, former Made In Chelsea regular and reality television personality Spencer Matthews.He also played a traditional role welcoming guests at the lych gate and being a point of contact for St Mark’s clergy. After the ceremony, the bride and groom led the way for their wedding guests to the nearby Englefield House, where a champagne reception was staged in its long gallery. She rearranged her train and other parts of her dress before she made her procession into St Mark’s, a reversal of Kate’s 2011 wedding to William, when Pippa was pictured fussing over her sister’s gown. After the ceremony, Pippa and James walked hand-in-hand from the church and posed for the waiting press before sharing a lingering kiss at the lych gate as their married life began.Ahead of them the tiny pageboys, dressed in gold-coloured britches and shirts, and bridesmaids in cream sash dresses had scattered confetti petals from baskets. The society nuptials of the year was witnessed by family, close friends and famous faces including tennis star Roger Federer and wife Mirka, celebrity Donna Air, Princess Eugenie, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Also among the congregation of the 12th century church in Englefield, was Pippa’s controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith and Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Micheal of Kent. Kate, who wore a peach dress by Alexander McQueen and matching hat by Jane Taylor, acted as a much-needed chaperone for the bridesmaids and page boys, although her nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, wearing her distinctive brown Norland uniform, was also at the service.The duchess arrived with the young group, who wore outfits by exclusive children’s clothing company Pepa & Co, and marshalled them back into the two luxury limousines that ferried them to the church. The bride, who looked tanned and toned, had managed to keep her wedding gown a secret until she arrived – a bespoke Giles Deacon wedding gown, crafted to create the impression of being seamless. Mother of the bride Carole, who wore a peach outfit by Catherine Walker, beamed as she left and Harry was spotted chatting to a female guest.The wedding party included around 200 people who made their way up the slight hill to the house to enjoy champagne.The reception lasted two hours and the happy bride and groom were later spotted driving away in an E-type Jaguar convertible to cheers from well-wishers.The wedding attracted around 100 royal fans who stood near a public road and cheered at key moments, including arrival of the bride.Security was also tight with a large number of security personnel on duty. The road approaching the church was blocked off to those not involved with events and there were reports of a sniper in the church’s bell tower.The wedding is rumoured to have cost Pippa’s parents Carole and Michael hundreds of thousands of pounds, with an expensive glass marquee and posh portable toilets hired for the evening reception at their Bucklebury home.last_img read more

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China Bans Time news

first_imgThe Chinese government is tired of all that nonsensical time traveling that takes place in science fiction stories and video games, and has decided they need to step in and put a stop to it. Seriously. The Chinese State Administration for Radio Film, and Television issued a statement that traveling back in time lacks “positive thoughts and meaning,” and should be discouraged. They also noted that time travel in television and movies “casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism, and reincarnation.”  Ouch. That’s a pretty hard line to take: are you listening, Hollywood? The agency went on to say “The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.” Most observers point to that last statement as a clue to the actual reason the Chinese government is making this move. That is, that the real likely reason is to discourage anything but the official interpretation of historical figures or events in television or movies. At the same time, I think we can all admit that maybe all of the crazy temporal mechanics in TV and movies are a little absurd. I mean, did you see the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager?[via Huffington Post]AdChoices广告last_img read more

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11yearold Greek Australian hero still honoured a century after his death

first_imgOn 9 June 1918, a young boy by the name of Hector Vasyli was killed in a shocking accident.The 11-year-old Greek Australian often took part in parades hosted in Brisbane to welcome home the return of the soldiers who fought in the First World War, where he would wait with chocolates and cigarettes in hand that he had purchased with his own pocket money as welcome gifts.But that day would turn fatal for the boy. While awaiting in anticipation, an oncoming vehicle swerving to avoid a car in the procession, hit Hector, fracturing his skull and killing him.Hector Vasyli. Photo: Grave TalesDespite such a short life, Hector, a newspaper boy, was well known amongst the community, particularly for his patriotism.This year marked 100 years since his death, but the Greek community of Brisbane has ensured his spirit continues to live on.Every year on Anzac Day, members lay wreaths at a stone tablet, located at the southern end of Victoria Bridge, which commemorates Hector with the following inscription:“During his brief sojourn on earth he devoted much of his time to patriotic work for Australian Soldiers during the Great European War.“In his veins ran the heroic blood of Greece, and in the breast of a child he carried the heart of a man.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Wii U launches on November 18 in the US

first_img$299.99Wii U ConsoleWii U GamePadAC adapterHDMI cableWii U sensor bar8GB memoryWii U Deluxe Set Nintendo has already revealed the details of the Wii U price and release date for Japan early this morning. It will be available to buy from December 8 and cost $300 and $400 depending on whether you select the standard (white) or premium (black) edition. But now the details of the US launch have been revealed, and we can confirm the date and pricing for North America.Gamers in the US are getting the Wii U weeks ahead of Japan with the confirmed launch date being November 18. Just like Japan, there will be two versions of the console. The cheaper version will be called Basic Set while the more expensive is Deluxe Set.The difference between the two consoles is as follows:Wii U Basic Set $349.99Wii U ConsoleWii U GamePadAC adapterHDMI cableWii U sensor bar32GB memoryGamePad Charging CradleGamePad and Wii U standsNintendo also took time to give some quick demos of games Nintendoland, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Lego City Undercover. They were just quick previews with promises of more details closer to launch.last_img read more

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Its Microsofts fault cheap Windows laptops dont use better hardware

first_imgIf you look at the low-end ($200-$300) Windows laptop market in 2016 you’ll notice that the hardware spec is mostly the same regardless of which brand name is on the casing. We get the same low-end processors, RAM limited to no more than 4GB (but usually 2GB), and those infuriating 32GB SSD/eMMC drives that are quite slow and way too small to be useful.You may think the spec is so limited because manufacturers have to hit a target price to retain a profit margin while still being able to sell in the $200 range. While that’s true, it’s actually Microsoft who is imposing a strict upper limit on the hardware available in this category of laptop.It all comes down to Windows 10 licensing rules and restrictions. Microsoft offers large discounts to manufacturers on volume licensing depending on what type of device they want to install Windows on. In the case of laptops, a Windows 10 license can be had for between $15-$30, but only if the hardware spec comes in below a Microsoft-imposed limit.What that translates to is laptops with displays no larger than 14.1-inches, a low-end CPU (Bay Trail, Cherry Trail, Braswell, or Apollo Lake), no more than 4GB RAM, mandatory use of an SSD/eMMC with no more than 32GB of storage space, and no option of a hard drive or optical drive. Hence, we get lots of cheap laptops costing roughly the same and all bumping up against this Microsoft-imposed hardware limit in order to ensure a cheap Windows license.Increasing the spec beyond this limit means paying full price for a Windows license, which will increase the price considerably and make a laptop look expensive compared to the competition. It may include a faster processor, more RAM, and a usable amount of storage, but then it’s going to be at least $100 more expensive I imagine. Geeks will notice the spec bump and know the extra $100 is worth it, but the general public? They’ll opt for the $200 machine they’ve seen also runs Windows and without knowing the severe limitations such configurations have.The only way this will change is if Microsoft relaxes the restrictions. Then we’d see a more variations in hardware spec and more competition, which is great for consumers and the market in general. Microsoft would likely sell a lot more $30 Windows licenses, more than making up for previous volume license sales at the higher price/spec tier.last_img read more

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Dont pay anything extra for admission Education dept

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department has put up billboards in front of colleges, asking the students not to pay anything extra to get admission.The matter came to light, after a student seeking admission in St. Paul’s College, alleged that he had paid Rs 90,000 to the leader of a student union to get a seat. The union leader had taken his marksheet, which he said would be returned to him after he takes admission in the college. The union leader not only failed to give him a seat but refused to return the money. The student has lodged a complaint with Amherst Street police station in this regard. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPartha Chatterjee, state Education minister, said the only criterion to get admission in colleges is the required marks. “Don’t pay any money to anyone. If you have the requisite marks, rest assured that you will get admission,” said Chatterjee to the students.In the past few years, there have been allegations against some college unions of taking money from students to give admission. Chatterjee assured that stern action will be taken against those involved in collecting money. He said the state government has pledged to improve the quality of higher education and any attempt to thwart it will be dealt with seriously.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly asked to set up non-political unions in colleges.last_img read more

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Pediatric Ependymoma Patients Have Favorable Outcomes With Immediate Postsurgical Radiation Therapy

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | October 22, 2015 Pediatric Ependymoma Patients Have Favorable Outcomes With Immediate Post-surgical Radiation Therapy Large Children’s Oncology Group trial reports five-year event free survival News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD October 22, 2015 — Outcomes for pediatric patients as young as 12 months with ependymoma who are treated with immediate post-operative radiation therapy are favorable and consistent based upon the patients’ tumor surgical resection and tumor grade, according to new research. Findings from the study were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 57th annual meeting.  The Children’s Oncology Group ACNS0121 trial was a prospective study for childhood ependymoma (EP)— a rare type of brain and spinal cord tumor that arises from the ependyma, a tissue of the central nervous system. This was the largest prospective trial for childhood ependymoma ever conducted, and the first cooperative group trial for ependymoma to target the post-operative tumor bed and to use three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In addition, this study is significant in that it was the first to systematically use immediate post-operative radiation therapy in children under the age of three with this type of brain tumor. Many children diagnosed with ependymoma are younger than three years old. Prior studies did not include the use of radiation therapy in frontline management for very young children with ependymoma.The study was conducted from 2003 to 2007 to determine the rate of tumor control in children with ependymoma who were treated with conformal radiation therapy using a 1cm clinical target volume margin surrounding the post-operative tumor bed. The underlying goals were to reduce the volume of radiation therapy and decrease the risk of side effects without affecting the rate of tumor control.The trial included 378 patients from 115 institutions. The average patient age was 5.3 years (range 1.01-21.01 years), and each patient had been newly diagnosed. There were 216 patients with World Health Organization (WHO) grade II tumors and 140 with WHO grade III tumors. Patients were enrolled in the study within 56 days of initial surgical resection (removal of part or all of the tumor).Researchers categorized the patients into non-overlapping subgroups or stratums. The study was designed to: observe patients with WHO grade II supratentorial ependymoma (tumors in the upper part of the brain) after microscopically complete (GTR1) surgical resection (stratum 1); administer chemotherapy with optional second surgery prior to CRT for patients with subtotal (STR) resection at the time of protocol enrollment (stratum 2); and administer immediate post-operative CRT for patients with either near-total (NTR defined as < 5mm residual thickness) or macroscopic gross-total (GTR2) resection (stratum 3) or with WHO grade III, supratentorial or any infratentorial ependymoma (tumors in or around the fourth ventricle) after GTR1 (stratum 4).Stratum 2 patients were treated with pre-CRT chemotherapy consisting of two three-week cycles of vincristine, carboplatin and cyclophosphamide (cycle 1) and etoposide (cycle 2); and some of the stratum 2 patients had a second surgery prior to CRT. Stratum 3 and stratum 4 patients received post-operative CRT. Radiation was administered using a 1 cm clinical target volume margin. The cumulative total dose was 59.4 Gy, except for patients younger than 18 months after GTR.One endpoint the study measured to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment was the rate of patients’ five-year event free survival (EFS). In cancer, EFS refers to a length of time after primary treatment that the patient remains free of certain complications or events (such as the return of the cancer or onset of symptoms) that the treatment was intended to prevent or delay.Data indicated that progression (meaning the cancer was spreading or getting worse) was observed in five of the 11 eligible stratum 1 patients, and the five-year EFS rate for patients in stratum 1 was 61.4 percent + 14.4 percent. In stratum 2, a second surgery was performed in 25 of the 64 patients, and GTR was achieved in 14 patients. There was no difference in EFS comparing the 25 patients that underwent a second surgery to the 39 patients that did not (log-rank test: P=0.0790). The EFS rate for stratum 2 patients was 39.2 percent + 7 percent. The EFS rate for patients in stratum 3 was 67.3 percent + 4.5 percent; and 69.5 percent + 3.8 percent for patients in stratum 4. Among the 281 patients treated on stratum 3 and 4, EFS was 74.6 + 3.6 percent for those with WHO grade II tumors and 60.7 percent + 4.7 percent for those with WHO grade III tumors, according to central pathology review (log-rank test: P=0.0047).“These results indicate that radiation therapy may be safely administered to children of all ages with ependymoma and high rate of tumor control may be achieved for the majority of children,” said Thomas E. Merchant, DO, Ph.D., lead author of the study and Baddia J. Rashid Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. “All children with ependymoma should receive expert care and treatment teams should follow protocol guidelines similar to those used in this study with consideration given to the importance of gross total tumor resection and advances in radiation therapy methods. Other treatments, in addition to surgery and radiation therapy, should be investigated to further increase the rate of tumor control.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton... read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a... read more center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Brodosplit, one of the biggest shipyards in Europe and the largest in Croatia, confirms their willingness to enter the superyacht market with their second new build which was lunched during the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. The 60 metre cruise-superyacht Katina, custom built for her owner, is a four-deck displacing cruise-yacht vessel built in steel and aluminium.Everything has been conceived and designed to offer owners and guests a long run cruise surrounded by the most comprehensive entertainment and luxury. Main features on board include an expansive main salon with cocktail bar and flat screen TV;a gymnasium with sauna and shower; a whisky bar and cigar room with fireplace; six suites on upper deck with private balcony and en suite bathroom; and a sun deck hosting several water toys including a jet ski and a Jacuzzi.BuilderBRODOSPLIT -BRODOGRADILISTE SPECIJALNIH OBJEKATA – CROATIAYear of Construction2015Construction MaterialSteel/AluminiumLength Overall  (LOA)60 m 197 ftBeam, max10,68 m 35 ftDraft, max3,10 m 10 ft @ Amidship at full loadDepth, moulded4,50 m 14,8 ftFull load displacement1019tLight load displacement902tDesalinator 2Main Engines2 x 1000 kW Cummins diesel engineGenerators3 x 250 kWStabilizer at anchor4 fin stabilizersStabilizer underway4 fin stabilizersMax Speed 14,5 knotsCruising Speed at 85% 12 knotsRange at economic speed4000 nmExterior Styling & ConceptBoris Zanko (Croatia)Interior DesignAli Gez (Turkey)Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Defence lawyer in BoC case calls for state to find real culprits

first_imgWhen the state puts the real suspects for the collapse of the economy on the stand due decisions will be taken, the defence lawyer for two suspects acquitted of market manipulation said on Friday.Chris Triantafyllides was the defence lawyer for former chairman of the Bank of Cyprus board Andreas Artemi and former head of the lender’s Greek operations Yiannis Pehlivanides, who were acquitted on Thursday by the criminal court along with two of the bank’s other former top brass, Yiannis Kypri and Theodoros Aristodemou. The men had been charged with failing to give investors enough information about the bank’s capital position in 2012.The bank and its former CEO Andreas Eliades were found guilty in the same case of market manipulation through misleading statements to investors about the lender’s capital shortfall in June 2012. On December 20 the court will hear mitigating arguments in favour of Eliades and the bank prior to sentencing.Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC radio, Triantafyllides said that the state legal services could not prove the four acquitted were guilty.“They were innocent, the legal services had to prove they were guilty,” Triantafyllides said.On criticism by media and members of the public on the acquittals, Triantafyllides said that this case should not be linked with the collapse of the Cypriot economy and that the state should look elsewhere for suspects.“The people are right, it was a huge financial disaster, many were ruined financially, and it is the responsibility of the state to put to the stand the right suspects for this case. When this happens, when the right suspects are brought to justice, the due decisions will be taken,” Triantafyllides said.He added that authorities should question those who were supervising the banks, namely the central bank.“The banks were supervised by the central bank […] nobody went to ask them for any explanations,” Triantafyllides said.The criminal court ruling made headlines in the major local daily newspapers on Friday, with many expressing their disappointment at the outcome.Politis said that the ruling was ‘a new failure of the legal services’ as the first case against the BoC was ‘lost’.“So much for prosecuting the guilty parties for the financial disaster,” Politis said.Phileleftheros’ main headline was ‘Lost opportunities’. The results of the first major trial concerning the collapse of the economy, the daily said, do not respond to the excessive expectations that have been created.Alithia said that the BoC and Eliades had it easy as they were found guilty of only one of the five charges against them.Haravgi said that the first trial of the bankers was lost.The only two parties to protest the court decision were the Greens and Edek.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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