Oppn raises concerns over amendments to UAPA Act

first_imgNew Delhi: Members of the opposition in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday raised concern over amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, saying the provisions were against the federal structure of the country.The proposed law allows the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to go to any state without taking permission from state police concerned for checking anti-terror activities. This is against the federal structure of the country, Mahua Moitra (TMC) said during a debate on the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Opposing the Bill, she said when the NIA itself is under a cloud, there is also apprehension of the agency being misused for political vendetta. “Features of the Bill are anti-people and anti- Constitution…it is a very dangerous act,” she added. During the debate, Moitra said, “One runs a risk of being branded as anti-national if you oppose the government”. “Every time the opposition disagrees with national security, we are called anti-national by the propaganda machinery and troll army of the government,” she said amid uproar from treasury benches. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KS S Ahulwalia (BJP) raised point of order that members cannot make allegation against the government without substantiating it. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said it is derogatory and the government has not called any one anti-national. However, after intervention from the chair she was allowed to speak. The provision to declare an individual as terrorist is without due process and against principle of natural justice, she said. Supriya Sule (NCP) said when amendments to the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) were made, the then Chief Minister (Narendra Modi) of Gujarat had “opposed” the Bills. “It was the Centre’s duty to consult states…federal structure are being snatched,” she said quoting the then Chief Minister of Gujarat. She said there should not be misuse of the law. Innocent people should not be unnecessary harassed, she said, adding, the federal structure should be maintained. Danish Ali (BSP) raised apprehensions about the misuse of the proposed law and of innocent being harassed. Citing example of POTA and TADA, he said these laws were repealed by this House itself because of rampant misuse. V N Borlakunta (TRS) said the provision of the Bill is taking away rights of states and it is against the federal spirit of the Constitution. Pointing out that the proposed amendment gives absolute power to the central government, Md Jawed (Cong) said arresting an individual as a terrorist on the basis of suspicion alone is “dangerous”. Will government provide compensation to those who are victim of misuse of such a law, if applied, he asked. Participating in the debate, Vinayak Raut (Shiv Sena) said the bill would help in controlling terrorist activities in the country. He alleged that the previous government was not able to control this menace because they used laws for political purposes. “They were not successful in controlling terrorism,” he said. He demanded the government further strengthen the judicial system for timely implementation of rulings in terrorism-related cases to create fear in minds of terrorists “Within three years, it should be implemented,” Raut said. Pinaki Misra (BJD) said there should be a better coordination among different agencies and NIA. The coordination should be done through an institutionalised set up and not on case-to-case basis, he said. He also suggested that crimes including bio-terrorism and narco-terrorism should be covered under the purview of this law.last_img read more

Russia Plane crash caused by pilots error on speed data

first_imgMOSCOW – Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.The Interstate Aviation Committee said Tuesday, after studying the plane’s flight data recorder, that Sunday’s crash occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane’s two air speed indicators.The flawed indication came because the pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for the plane’s pressure measurement equipment prior to takeoff.The pilots put the An-148 on autopilot after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport but took manual controls back when they saw clashing speed data.The plane plummeted into a snowy field six minutes after takeoff, killing all 65 passengers and six crew.last_img read more

Feds names five superclusters that will share 950M in government cash

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government named the five winning bids Thursday of its high-tech “superclusters” sweepstakes that will divvy up $950 million of public funding in hope of stoking economic growth and job creation in return.Ottawa’s big bet on government-designated superclusters was designed to encourage academia, not-for-profit organizations and companies of all sizes to work together on strategies to boost high-growth sectors.The winners, announced by Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, closed out a nine-month competition that represents the centrepiece of the Liberals’ so-called innovation agenda.“What is a supercluster? It is a made-in-Canada Silicon Valley that will create tens of thousands of jobs — that’s what a supercluster is,” Bains said Thursday as he unveiled the winners in Ottawa.“It’s about collaboration as well. Look at this room — we have academia, business, you have small business and large business, and we have government — working together, promoting collaboration, supporting our supply chains and also developing and nurturing skills and knowledge and making sure that we pass that knowledge from one generation to another.“Superclusters — it’s a job magnet.”The winning bids, chosen from nine finalists, were spread evenly across the country. Bains insisted their selection was the result of a rigorous process that involved third-party experts.The superclusters are:— The Ocean supercluster based in Atlantic Canada will use innovation to improve competitiveness in ocean-based industries, including fisheries, oil and gas and clean energy;— The Scale AI supercluster in Quebec will work on building intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics;— The Advanced Manufacturing supercluster in Ontario will connect technology strengths to the manufacturing industry to prepare for the economy of tomorrow;— The Protein Industries supercluster in the Prairies will work on making the country a leading source of plant proteins;— The Digital Technology supercluster in British Columbia will use big data and digital technologies to unlock new potential in important sectors like health care, forestry, and manufacturing.The winners will receive between $150 million and $250 million each. The money will be distributed over five years to the superclusters, which are required to match the federal funding they receive, dollar for dollar.Bains said the chosen consortia exceeded that goal by raising a total of $1.5 billion, which brings the overall investment, when combined with the government’s $950-million commitment, close to $2.4 billion.He insisted the superclusters will generate at least 50,000 jobs and will include efforts to help upgrade the skills of workers.After his announcement, Bains was asked if the superclusters could help address concerns over competitiveness risks related to recent U.S. tax reforms and the uncertain future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“This will unlock hundreds of millions of dollars off of balance sheets of companies to invest in research and development,” Bains said in an interview.“We think that improves our ability to compete, that improves our ability to attract investments and that really allows us, not only to develop great Canadian talent but also attract global talent as well.”The Liberals have faced criticism over the superclusters plan, including concerns over the government picking winners and losers.In a tweet that followed the announcement, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier called the superclusters “just another big government scheme!”“The superclusters are corporate welfare on steroids,” Bernier wrote.“A big-government scheme that will enrich well-connected and Liberal-friendly businesses at the expense of all Canadian taxpayers.”Bains has defended it by saying the superclusters will be led by industry.Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of automotive parts maker Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR), is participating in the advanced manufacturing supercluster.“I think manufacturing is just such an important part of our economy,” Hasenfratz said Thursday.“It supports so many other areas of the economy, so it’s really critical that we have a thriving and growing manufacturing sector.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

A French Woman Buried Alive in Morocco

Fez – A 25-year old French woman died after she was buried alive by her virtual boyfriend, according to Spanish news agency EFE.When she left her family on May 19 and decided to go to Morocco to meet her virtual boyfriend for the first time, Mina El Houari could not suspect that this first date would cause her death.The 25 year-old had been talking to her virtual lover for quite some time before she decided that it was time to travel to Fez, Morocco’s third largest city, to meet him. But unluckily for the would-be couple, something unexpected happened and led to a tragedy. On their first date, Mina, who was diabetic according to the Moroccan daily Al Akhbar, fainted.Taken by panic and thinking that she died, her virtual boyfriend decided to get rid of her body instead of calling the police. The only idea that apparently occurred to him is to bury her in the back garden of his house.Alerted by her absence, the direction of the 5-star hotel where she was staying in Fez called the police, who located the house where the tragedy happened.Once in the suspect’s house, the police found muddy trousers and a shovel. It did not take the police a long time before the suspect confessed his macabre crime.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Microsoft to Hire People with Autism

Fez – Microsoft is launching a program to hire autistic people in positions available at the registered office of the American company.The software company will launch an ad hoc pilot program as a social responsibility program with a strategic interest in integrating employees with autism into the job market.The announcement was revealed on the occasion of the World Day of Autism Awareness on April 3, on the company’s blog, by the Vice President Mary Ellen Smith who is herself a mother of an autistic child. Mary Ellen Smith said, “First, as a parent. I am the proud mom of Shawn, now 19, diagnosed with autism when he was four years old. Secondly, as a proud executive at Microsoft. A company that believes strongly in diversity.”“People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code. It’s a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!” Mary Ellen added.According to The Huffington Post, ten full time jobs are vacant in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The pilot program will be in in collaboration with Specialisterne, a Danish company specializing in the professional integration of autistic people and whose employees work for companies in the computer field to successfully launch the program.In 2013, German software company SAP, has launched a similar pilot program in India and Ireland. SAP hired “an initial group of people on the autism spectrum, with plans to expand to other countries.” SAP aims to hire 650 people with autism by 2020.“Autism at Work” read more

UN food agency reopens office destroyed at height of Sri Lankan civil

18 June 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially reopened an office in the key northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi, two years after it was destroyed during heavy fighting in the country’s protracted civil war. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially reopened an office in the key northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi, two years after it was destroyed during heavy fighting in the country’s protracted civil war.“Much of the 7.5-acre office site had been destroyed following heavy aerial and ground bombardment,” WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told journalists in Geneva, referring to the September 2008 closure because of clashes between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).In May last year the Government declared victory over the LTTE after defeating their forces and recapturing rebel-held territory in the far north of the island nation.The new WFP offices, which consist of portable containers, will be expanded to include staff from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).With four WFP staff now on the ground and more to arrive soon, the UN agency said it will be able to re-establish the monitoring of food dispatches to the targeted population in the area and support the ongoing resettlement and early-recovery process of the region.Even without an office, WFP has been providing food to the displaced population which includes some 62,000 people in camps and 228,000 others who had returned to their home districts.In addition, the agency provides 300,000 school lunches, and take-home rations to 27,000 pregnant and lactating women and small children. read more

TNA rift over CM deepens

The rift in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) further deepened with the northern members of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) threatening to contest the Northern Provincial council polls independently if former Supreme Court Judge C.V.Vigneswaran is nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate by the TNA for the polls.ITAK is a coalition member of the TNA and they want TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah to be nominated for the post while TNA leader R. Sampanthan is backing Vigneswaran. According to reports, ITAK members in Jaffna, Vavuniya and also Trincomalee in the East have sent a letter to the TNA leader strongly opposing moves to nominate Vigneswaran. At least two rounds of discussions have been held among the alliance members on the issue but a consensus has not been reached.While most TNA members feel Mavai Senathirajah is the best candidate since he has been in the North most of his life, others feel Vigneswaran may be best with his legal background. (Colombo Gazette) If the TNA appoints Vigneswaran then ITAK members in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Kilionochchi and Mannar have said they will contest the Northern polls independently and not under the TNA ticket. read more

US homebuilder sentiment slips but overall outlook positive

US homebuilder sentiment slips, but overall outlook positive U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favourable.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped to 68 this month. That’s down three points from 71 in March, when it jumped to the highest level since June 2005.Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor. The index has been above 60 since September.The April reading fell short of analyst predictions. They expected the index to dip to 70, according to FactSet.Readings gauging builders’ view of sales now and over the next six months also edged lower, as did a measure of traffic by prospective buyers.Despite the decline in the latest builder sentiment survey, sales of new U.S. homes have been robust this year and are expected to continue climbing.Low mortgage rates and a solid job market have helped drive home sales steadily higher. Sales of new U.S. homes increased in February at the fastest pace since July, reaching a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 592,000. That sales pace was nearly 13 per cent higher than in the same month last year.A pickup in mortgage rates last fall helped spur sales early this year. In recent weeks, mortgage rates have been edging lower, making the cost of home loans less expensive.The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has fallen the past four weeks, declining to 4.08 per cent last week. That’s up from an average of 3.65 per cent all last year, but still low by historical standards.This month’s builder index was based on 307 respondents.A measure of current sales conditions for single-family homes fell three points to 74, while a gauge of traffic by prospective buyers declined one point to 52. Builders’ view of sales over the next six months slid three points to 75. by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Grand opening set for new cycling path near Brock

Travelling to Brock by bike or on foot just got a bit easier — and a lot safer.Work on the new Decew and Merrittville multi-use pathway has been completed, providing a safe route to get to the University from one of the most popular off-campus residential neighbourhoods.Last year, the Government of Ontario, City of Thorold, Niagara Region and Brock University announced a partnership to build a network of bike lanes and paths that would stretch from the Confederation Heights neighbourhood to the Brock campus. The announcement followed lobbying efforts by the Brock University Students’ Union for improved cycling infrastructure near campus.The first phase of the project began in 2016 with Decew Road reconstructed from Richmond Street to Merrittville Highway. Work continued this past April with a multi-use path and improved lighting installed on the highway between Decew Road and Sir Isaac Brock Way.An officially opening for the new pathway will be held Wednesday, July 19 at 3 p.m. outside of Niagara Region headquarters — on the southeast corner of Sir Isaac Brock Way and Merrittville Highway. The ceremony will be followed by a bike ride for cyclists of all ages. All are welcome to attend.Active transportation, such as walking or cycling, is a healthy way for the large population of Brock students and employees living in Thorold to commute to campus, said Elizabeth Yates, a liaison librarian at Brock, who is also a member of the Thorold Active Transportation Advisory Committee that advocated for the path project.“Before this pathway was built, walking or riding along Decew and Merrittville felt unsafe due to large volumes of traffic, with vehicles sometimes travelling over the speed limits,” she said. “Poor nighttime lighting was another concern.”As a cyclist and advocate for active transportation in the community, Yates was impressed to see so many partners come together to show their support for an initiative that “promotes healthy commuting and makes our area safer for everyone.” read more

400 child abuse cases reported for 2019

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related20-30% of children sexually abused in Guyana – UNICEFJuly 30, 2019In “Crime”Sexual Offences Court launched in BerbiceMay 8, 2019In “latest news”Children’s Court to be established after passage of new Juvenile Offences Bill – Acting ChancellorFebruary 21, 2018In “latest news” Even though the year is only three months in, there have been roughly 400 reports of child abuse.This was revealed on Tuesday when the University of Guyana teamed with the Judiciary and UNICEF Guyana to launch a Forensic Psychology and Sexual Offences special training series.Country Representative of UNICEF Guyana, Sylvie Fouet said the statistics are alarming and noted that a link between law and science will go a long way in changing the way Guyana deals with child abuse cases particularly as it relates to sexual violence.The Forensic Psychology and Sexual Offences Special Training Series, which was launched on Tuesday, is an 8-module course being offered by UG.Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Emanuel Cummings, emphasised the importance that DNA plays in sexual offences cases as they look to improve the local criminal justice system.“Evidence can make or break the outcome of a sexual offence case,” he explained.Meanwhile, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, recognised the impact insensitive treatment has on the victims especially within the criminal justice system.“Victims not only require support services but they also need to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy,” she stated.A United Nations study states that Guyana has the second highest rate of sexual violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. read more

Greece at a glance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The most significant change in Greece in 2009 was the electoral defeat of the conservative government of New Democracy (ND) at the October 4 elections. The loss marked the end of an era for the conservative party. Outgoing Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis was the longest serving president of ND, having led the party for 12 years. He was also the youngest politician to ever lead the conservatives in Greece. Karamanlis became Prime Minister in March 2004 on a wave of high expectations from the Greek electorate and with a clear mandate to face the problems of corruption in political life head on and to pursue structural changes in Greek economy, polity and society. Five years and two terms later, however, the mandate had all but evaporated, leaving ND with it’s worst poll showing since its founding in 1974. Rocked by the sharp decline in the Greek economy, the loss at the Euroelection elections and numerous scandals – namely the alleged bribery case of ND’s former Minister Aristotelis Pavlidis, the land swap deal with the Vatopedi monastery and the Siemens bribery scandal – Karamanlis looked shellshocked and ready to capitulate in his last few months of government. The main opposition party until then, the socialist PASOK, under the leadership of George Papandreou posted an easier victory than expected, thrashing ND and securing a substantial majority in Parliament. From the beginning of the year the then Opposition Leader called for early elections to be held to test the confidence of the Greek electorate in the Karamanlis Government, a call he maintained throughout the first half of the year.The loss in the early elections of October 2009 saw the 53-year-old Costas Karamanlis, nephew of the legendary conservative politician and founder of ND Konstantinos Karamanlis, step down from the party’s presidency. As ND cadres were licking their wounds, four contenders emerged in the leadership race. With Dora Bakoyannis being the early favourite the other three hopefuls – Dimitris Avramopoulos, Antonis Samaras and Panayiotis Psomiadis – appeared to be faced with an uphill battle. But the decision by Avramopoulos to withdraw from the race and endorse Samaras saw the expected landslide for Bakoyannis become a shocking defeat on November 29 by Antonis Samaras, who secured the leadership “ring” from the first round of the leadership vote. While PASOK was enjoying the political hole left by ND’s leadership void, the news for the Greek economy were going from bad to worse. Official figures for the public sector debt and deficit had to be significantly revised, drawing an angry response from leading figures and bureaucrats in the European Union accusing Greece of complete lack of credibility. Coupled with a barrage of negative press in the world media and the downgrading of its credit rating by Fitch and Standard & Poors, Greece was chastised as the economic pariah of the Eurozone. With political pressure from Brussels mounting for Greece to adopt stringent monetary remedies, the Greek PM George Papandreou chose a different economic path focusing on structural changes rather than immediate cutbacks on salaries and pensions. Pundits agree that the approach adopted by Papandreou is a huge gamble for both the country and the Prime Minister. Only time will tell whether he will be vindicated. However 2009 was not just a year of negative attention for Greece. The official inauguration of the new Acropolis Museum on June 20 enjoyed international acclaim and major coverage in the world press and provided a significant boost to Greece’s campaign for the return of the Parthenon marbles. On the downside the launch happened five years after the Museum was originally due to be launched as a result of a string of hiccups and delays in fine tuning the exhibition space in the Museum.Later that summer bushfires dominated Greek news, without reaching the catastrophic proportions of the 2007 fires. The same could be said for the one year anniversary two weeks ago of the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a police officer. Because his death had sparked angry riots across Greece in December 2008, Greek authorities braced themselves for a repeat of the violent clashes in 2009. However the worse fears of the authorities proved to be unfounded as Greek police forces proved to be well prepared and handled the weekend of protests swiftly and effectively.last_img read more

New tough tax regulations

first_imgTax authorities will be able to withhold salaries and pensions and confiscate the properties of taxpayers who do not pay their special property tax, the Finance Ministry has said. Deputy Finance Minister Pantelis Economou decreed that within 60 days of the issue of the bills, the Public Power Corporation and alternative electricity suppliers will have to send to the General Secretariat of Information Systems (GSIS) a detailed list of the taxpayers who have not paid their property tax, so that tax authorities can proceed to the compulsory collection measures. Taxpayers will only have 40 days from the issue of the electricity bill containing the special property tax to pay it, or have their power supply cut. Unless they ask to be reconnected within 20 days, suppliers will delete the customer’s request and send his or her name to the GSIS. They will only get their electricity supply back if they produce a receipt for the payment of their property tax to their power provider. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nokia un terminal sous MeeGo avant 2011

first_imgNokia : un terminal sous MeeGo avant 2011Finlande – Même si Nokia concentre particulièrement sa communication autour de Symbian, le constructeur finlandais devrait commercialiser un terminal animé par l’OS MeeGo, à mi chemin entre tablette internet et notebook.Nokia ne veut pas en dire plus pour le moment, préférant s’attarder sur son OS Symbian 3 et les mobiles qui en sont équipés (Nokia N8, C6, C7 et E7). Mais la rumeur a vite faite le tour des professionnels et il se confirme qu’un appareil tournant sous MeeGo sera en rayon avant la fin de l’année. Ce terminal, “à mi-chemin entre le Notebook et la tablette” à en croire les Echos, serait doté d’un grand écran tactile avec un clavier coulissant. Une autre version affirme que l’affichage pourrait être de 7 à 9 pouces. L’appareil pourrait ressembler au Nokia E7, sans certitude. il faudra donc être patient pour en savoir plus concernant ce futur produit fonctionnant sous MeeGo. Le 15 septembre 2010 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les 10 produits qui vous feront aimer la technologie en 2012

first_imgLes 10 produits qui vous feront aimer la technologie en 20122011 aura été une année importante pour le monde de la technologie. En effet, le grand public a affiché un désir croissant d’une innovation permanente dans sa vie quotidienne. 2012 s’annonce donc sous un signe plutôt favorable. D’ailleurs, Maxisciences vous propose de retrouver les 10 outils ou appareils auxquels vous pourriez succomber cette année.Voici quelques nouveautés technologiques qui pourraient vous séduire en 2012… Motorola Google NexusMotorola a été racheté par Google l’année dernière. Dès lors, le fruit de leur collaboration a, semble-t-il, bien fonctionné, avec le lancement de plusieurs smartphones ultra-fin l’année dernière et lors du CES 2012. Cette année, le duo devrait avoir encore plus de succès, notamment avec la nouvelle ligne de smartphones Nexus, qui devraient fonctionner sous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.EEE 802.1 ladCe dernier est le standard sans fil pour le transfert de données. Bien qu’il soit connu depuis plusieurs années maintenant, aucun changement réel n’avait été apporté. Mais, en réalité, c’est le moyen le plus rapide pour transférer des données, sans fil. En 2012, la vitesse de transfert devrait atteindre au moins 6Go par seconde avec une largeur de bande de 60Ghz.Les écrans de télévision OLEDLors du CES, Samsung et LG ont dévoilé leurs écrans OLED. Les deux entreprises espèrent chacune connaître un franc succès avec cette technologie d’ici la fin de l’année. En effet, la technologie OLED devrait désormais équiper la plupart des écrans de télévision, permettant ainsi d’obtenir une image plus brillante (sans utilisation de rétro-éclairage) avec un meilleur angle de profondeur.Les ultrabooksFini les ordinateurs portables classiques ! Les tablettes grignotent doucement la place de ces terminaux mais aussi les ultrabooks. Alliant finesse, légèreté et productivité, c’est Apple qui a lancé cette mode avec le MacBook Air. Mais d’autres firmes, comme Lenovo ou Acer, n’ont pas hésité à se lancer sur le marché. Le CES 2012 a donc fait le plein d’ultrabook.  PlayStation Vita de SonyLa PS Vita a été dévoilée et saluée lors du CES 2012. Elle intègre les mêmes boutons de contrôle que la PSP et un écran 5 pouces multipoints. Selon Sony, cette PS Vita devrait révolutionner le monde du jeu.Le réseau 4G LTELe réseau 4G ou Long Term Evolution est une des nouveautés les plus attendues pour 2012. L’année dernière, cette technologie avait commencé à pointer son nez, notamment aux États-Unis avec le géant des communications AT&T. Avec la 4G, les débits devraient 75Mb par seconde entrants et 40Mb par seconde sortants.Les éléments quadri-coreAlors que les processeurs duo-core ne datent pas de si longtemps, la nouvelle génération quatre cœurs devraient voir le jour cette année. Le premier processeur de ce genre à débarquer sur la marché à été la Nvidia Tegra 3, arrivée fin 2011. Ultra-rapide, les puces quadri-core devraient équiper la plupart des smartphones et des tablettes. La plupart des constructeurs commencent déjà à intégrer ces puces, notamment le SnapDragon de Qualcomm, aux terminaux qui devraient voir le jour d’ici le printemps.  Windows 8 de MicrosoftWindows 8 devrait être présenté lors du Mobile World Congress 2012 à Barcelone. Cette nouvelle version du système d’exploitation de Microsoft pourrait bien équiper une grande partie de ses terminaux, de la tablette au PC en passant par les smartphones. Avec le lancement d’une version bêta, renommée Preview Developer, Windows 8 devrait faire une entrée remarquée sur le marché des écosystèmes. Elle devrait être accompagnée de la plateforme Metro qui équipe déjà les smartphones Windows Phone.Samsung Galaxy SIIILes rumeurs ne cessent de courir à son sujet, en faisant le smartphone le plus attendu de l’année avec l’iPhone 5, dont il est le principal concurrent. Que se soit au niveau des tablettes, avec la Galaxy Tab, ou des smartphones avec le Galaxy SIII ou le Galaxy Note, Samsung met tout en œuvre pour concurrencer Apple. Le très attendu Galaxy SIII devrait notamment intégrer un écran AMOLED de 4,5 pouces, la norme LTE (4G) et un processeur ATM dual-core.iPad 3À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La tablette la plus attendue de ce début d’année. Même après avoir battu des records de chiffres en 2011, Apple ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin. L’iPad devrait fonctionner sous la dernière version d’iOS. Son écran HD devrait avoir une résolution quatre fois supérieure à celle de l’iPad 2. Il devrait pourtant garder un design similaire à celui de son grand frère. De nombreuses rumeurs sont sorties à propos de ce qu’Apple pourrait avoir en réserve après l’iPad 3. Une chose est sûre, la firme à la pomme nous réserve de bonnes surprises et n’est pas prête à se laisser marcher sur les pieds par Samsung.2012 s’annonce donc bien comme une année de grand cru technologique. Retrouvez ces innovations technologiques en images sur MaxisciencesLe 20 février 2012 à 17:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

North Carolina Preacher holds services in Turks Caicos

first_img Related Items:Community fellowship center, kathy basconi Assemblies of God Conference promotes Discipleship over Membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jan 2015 – Today the Turks and Caicos will welcome a Gospel Ministry couple from North Carolina for four nights of services to be held at Community Fellowship Center. Kevin and Kathy Basconi of King of Glory Ministries are guests of Mrs. Jiljane Brace who is thrilled to host the couple who has travelled to some 30 countries worldwide for ministry work. The duo will hold services from this Thursday January 14 to Sunday January 17 at CFC, just across from Nell’s on Leeward Highway. Community Fellowship is also currently hosting Prophet KK Chin, who is based in Miami, Florida but here for prophetic services which started last night and continue until Wednesday, also at CFC. Youth in focus for Natl Leadership conference Recommended for you Healing Services begin tonight in Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

WWE Magazine Shuts Down

first_imgWWE Magazine is ceasing publication after 30 years in print.The news follows a poor second quarter earnings report for ownership group, WWE, that resulted about 55 job cuts across the company. Approximately 14 of those cuts were magazine staff, according to a source familiar with the situation.”Out internal operations for WWE Magazine have ceased,” the company says in a statement. “We will look at both domestic and international licensing opportunities moving forward.”As a whole, the pro wrestling producer reported a net loss of $22.5 million through the first half of 2014, down from an $8.2 million profit last year. Revenue increased slightly to $281 million. Slowing subscriber adoption to the group’s newly-launched streaming network contributed to the down quarter. WWE Magazine’s closing sits at the crossroads of two major trends. While the shut down of a print product doesn’t come as a surprise anymore, the move comes as brand journalism continues to grow.Its final issue will be released Sept. 16. WWE Kids and WWE Specials will also shut down.last_img read more

Boeing 737 from Gitmo skids off runway ends up in Floridas St

first_imgBoeing 737 skids from runway and falls into St johns river in FloridatwitterOver 140 passengers and crew had a narrow escape after a Boeing 737 charter plane, travelling from Cuba to Florida, skidded off the runway and ended up in the St Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday.The injured people were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. No reports of fatal injuries have been reported, said the Jacksonville Police. The Boeing aircraft bore the logo of Miami Air International.Cheryl Bormann, a passenger, told CNN that the flight had made a “really hard landing” amid thunder and lightning. “We came down, the plane literally hit the ground and bounced, it was clear the pilot did not have total control of the plane, it bounced again,” she said.The incident took place approximately at 9.40 pm (local time) on Saturday when the Boeing aircraft, carrying 136 passengers and seven crew members, was arriving from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Jacksonville Naval Complex. The Jacksonville Police tweeted that the aircraft was not submerged and that the Marine unit was called for help to assist in the rescue operations. The Navy security and emergency response teams are at the scene and monitoring the situation.last_img read more

Throwback When Shah Rukh Khan called Deepika Padukone Yuvraj Singhs sister

first_imgGetty Images2007 was a very different time in India-Pakistan relations. The two countries were not only on talking terms but were also engaged in sporting contests. From 2004 till 2007, there was a full cricket tour by one of the countries to the other every year.In 2007, Pakistan visited India to play a 5-match ODI series and 3-match Test series. India were able to win both the contests. In the course of this tour, Pakistani cricketers made a lot of appearances on Indian television. Shoaib Akhtar even gave a demonstration of his singing skills on a reality show.One of the special events organised during the tour for both teams was a show called ‘Chak de Yaara!’ hosted by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and attended by players of both the teams. The show was full of funny moments as King Khan was in full form, entertaining the cricketers as well as pulling their legs.This was also around the time when Khan’s movie Om Shanti Om had succeeded at the box office and the debutante actress who played the lead opposite him – Deepika Padukone – was riding high on success. Another interesting angle that had emerged around that time was the rumour that Deepika is in a relationship with either Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Yuvraj Singh.Video of the funny conversationYouTubeAt his cheeky best, Shah Rukh wasn’t going to let go of this opportunity to tease the two players. During the course of the show, many of the cricketers had been called on to the stage by the Bollywood star and light-hearted conversations had ensued.When MS Dhoni came on to the stage, Khan brought up Padukone and said to the wicketkeeper-batsman, in a funny tone, “What I want to tell you is, I have a heroine working with me, Deepika. Maybe, you don’t know her.”To this, Mahi replied: “Yuvi knows her!” Pat came the reply from Shah Rukh: “Yes, Yuvi knows her, after all, she is his sister.” This brought a smile on lots of people’s faces, including Yuvraj’s.The reply of Dhoni was an indication that it was Yuvraj and not he who was dating Deepika. As we later found out, Dhoni was already in a relationship with his future wife Sakshi. The rumours of Yuvraj and Deepika being in a relationship eventually became confirmed. However, the two stars broke up later and went their separate ways. While Deepika ended up marrying Ranveer Singh, Yuvraj finally found the right girl in the form of another actress, Hazel Keech.last_img read more

41pc health education institutions in Dhaka

first_imgMap of health education institutions. A Prothom Alo IllustrationThere are glaring discrepancies in the establishment of health education institutions in the country, with most of these being set up in Dhaka division. For example, there is no government or private dental college in Khulna division, not even a dental unit.These facts emerged in a report, ‘Mapping of Health Professional Educational Institutions in Bangladesh’, prepared by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Mymensingh division has no health technology education institute.The report, published in April this year, recommended that no more new health education institutions be set up in Dhaka.In 1971, according to the WHO report, there were only 22 educational institutions for health professionals in the country. There included 6 medical colleges, 2 medical assistance training schools (MATS), 5 nursing colleges and 8 nursing institutes. The number of such institutes expanded significantly after independence of the country, going up by 31 times over a span of 45 years till 2016.But this expansion has been disparate. Of the existing 674 institutes, 289, that is 41 per cent, are in Dhaka division. Barishal has the lowest number of health education institutes, only 24, comprising 4 per cent of the total.It is the same in the case of private medical colleges. There are presently 69 private medical colleges in the country, of which 30 are within Dhaka city. Though 12 medical colleges received approval after 2010, that is, after Awami League came to power, there is not a single private medical college in Barishal.Many students do not come to Dhaka to study despite having the merit and qualifications. Some cannot afford it and others are not comfortable with staying in Dhaka. Concerned persons say that if institutions were set up outside of Dhaka, many meritorious but poor students of remote areas could avail the opportunity to study. Such institutions would also render healthcare easily accessible in those areas.Secretary of the health minister (health services) Md Asadul Islam termed the WHO report as important. He told Prothom Alo, the establishment of health institutions has been somewhat imbalanced as these were set up in the conventional and routine manner. However, the government’s policy is for the decentralisation of healthcare and health education. The prime minister has announced that medical universities are to be set up in every division and medical colleges in every district. Implementation of these decisions taken by the government will bring about a balance.No dental institute in KhulnaAccording to the WHO report, there are 35 dental colleges and dental units in the country. There is one government dental college and 8 dental units. There are 13 private dental colleges and 13 dental units in 13 private medical colleges.Having attained a BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) from the dental unit of Rajshahi Medical College, Atiqur Rahman is now assistant professor pf Sir Salimullah Medical College’s dental unit in Dhaka. Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said, MSSB and BDS students have some common courses that is why dental units are opened in medical colleges. Setting up a dental college is cost intensive.There are 55 health education institutions in Khulna division, including 9 government and private medical colleges. But none of the medical colleges have dental units. There are no medical colleges in this division either.Principal of Khulna Medical College, Abdul Ahad, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “It is unfortunate that there is no dental education facilities in Khulna. We have long been demanding a dental unit on Khulna Medical College or a separate dental college. That has not materialised so far.”Former secretary general of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Rashid-e-Mahbub told Prothom Alo that though they are eager and competent, financial constraints prevent many students of Barishal and Khulna cannot come to Dhaka to study at the medical assistance training school or the institute of health technology. Yet many of the institutions in Dhaka do not have an adequate number of students.He said that WHO has clearly indicated the disparities in the health sector. The weaknesses in the health directorate and planning division of the health ministry have been revealed. Rashid-e-Mahbub recommended that the health ministry pay attention to the WHO report and work with the planning ministry to remove the regional disparities in the system.Economist and former advisor to the caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman, speaking to Prothom Alo, said that Dhaka is the political and bureaucratic centre of the country and the rest of Bangladesh was separate. This is the same in the case of health education institutes. Added to that is a lack of coordination. Had there been coordination in the development activities, he said, it would have not been possible to have regions with no dental colleges or units whatsoever. This extreme centalisation has to be addressed and coordination ensured for balanced development. This will have a positive impact on health and education.last_img read more

New ultraluminous Xray pulsar discovered

first_imgUsing ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s NuSTAR space telescopes, a team of astronomers from Germany has detected a new ultra-luminous pulsar in the galaxy NGC 300. The finding of this pulsar, which received designation NGC 300 ULX1, is detailed in a paper published November 9 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Explore further More information: Chandreyee Maitra et al. NGC 300 ULX1: A new ULX pulsar in NGC 300. arXiv:1811.04807 [astro-ph.HE], arxiv.org/abs/1811.04807 XMM-Newton EPIC-pn images of NGC 300 ULX1 at different epochs marked in thefigure. The red circles denote the source extraction region used for the analysis. Credit: Maitra et al., 2018. Ultra-luminous X-ray sources (ULXs) are point sources in the sky that are so bright in X-rays that each emits more radiation than 1 million suns emit at all wavelengths. Although they are less luminous than active galactic nuclei, they are more consistently luminous than any known stellar process. Astronomers generally believe that due to their brightness, most ULXs are black holes. However, recent observations have found that some ULXs showcase coherent pulsations. These sources, known as ultra-luminous X-ray pulsars (ULXPs), are neutron stars typically less massive than black holes. The list of known ULPs is still relatively short, hence detecting new objects of this class is essential for researchers studying the universe in X-rays.Now, a group of astronomers from Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, led by Chandreyee Maitra, reports the detection of pulsations from the source NGC 300 ULX1, located in the spiral galaxy NGC 300, some six million light years away from the Earth. Discovered in 2010, NGC 300 ULX1 was initially classified as a supernova, but later re-classified as a possible high mass X-ray binary.By analyzing data from simultaneous observations of NGC 300 ULX1, performed in December 2016 using X-ray Multi-Mirror Newton (XMM-Newton) and Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft, Maitra’s team identified pulsations from this source.”Pulsations from NGC 300 ULX1 were discovered during simultaneous XMM-Newton/NuSTAR observations in Dec. 2016,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, NGC 300 ULX1 had a spin period of about 31.71 seconds at the start of NuSTAR observations, which decreased linearly within a few days to approximately 31.54 seconds at the end of the XMM-Newton/NuSTAR observing campaign. The observations also found that the pulsar has a spin-up rate of 556 ns/s and a broadband unabsorbed luminosity of 4.7 duodecillion erg/s.Furthermore, the astronomers checked archival data from observations of NGC 300 ULX1 using NASA’s Swift space telescope and Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) on the International Space Station. These data show that the spin period of this pulsar decreased exponentially from about 45 to 17.5 seconds during a timespan of 2.3 years.The researchers noted that NGC 300 ULX1 is the fourth ULXP known to date, and exhibits an extreme spin-up rate, as well as a relatively constant luminosity over a long span of time. They added that its spin-up rate is one of the highest ever observed from an accreting neutron star.In concluding remarks, the authors of the paper underlined that due to its properties, NGC 300 ULX1 could provide a rare opportunity for astronomers to study spin evolution of accreting neutron stars at extreme accretion rates. The pulsar could also help us better understand the similarities between ULXPs and supergiant high mass X-ray binaries. New accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar discovered © 2018 Science X Network Citation: New ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar discovered (2018, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ultra-luminous-x-ray-pulsar.html 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.last_img read more