Two militants killed in Kashmir’s Kulgam

first_imgSecurity forces killed two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in a pre-dawn operation in Kulgam on Wednesday. The police said Irfan Manzoor Bhat from Poniwah in Kulgam and Zahid Ahmad Mantoo from Ferripora in Shopian were surrounded by a joint team of the Army, the police and the CRPF in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam. “The operation was launched on credible inputs. Both the militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site,” the police said.Mantoo, they said, was involved in planning and executing a series of attacks in the area. “He was involved in a case pertaining to the killing of three policemen at Batgund Shopian last year,” the police said.Bhat, who joined militancy recently, was “part of a militant group behind the killing of Abdul Majeed Dar from Shalipora in Kulgam”.In Poonch district in the Pir Panjal Valley, one solider was killed died and two others were injured in an “accidental” blast.An Army spokesman said the blast took place around 9.15 a.m. “during a training activity on a military post in the Mendhar sector”.“One soldier was critically injured in the incident and later succumbed to his injuries,” the Jammu-based Army spokesman said.last_img read more

Google Appeals Against ‘Search Bias’ Verdict by India’s Competition Commission

first_imgGoogle has filed an appeal against the judgement by Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the search engine guilty of “search bias.”“We disagree with aspects of the CCI’s decision, so we have filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.The commission’s verdict was “robust” and it plans on defending its judgement at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), a CCI official said, according to Reuters. CCI imposed a fine of Rs 1.36 billion ($20.95 million) on Google in February, saying that the internet firm was ill-treating its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets.“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI stated in its judgment, Reuters reported.After the verdict came out, Google had said that the issues brought up by the CCI were “narrow concerns.” It added that the order showed that on most issues examined by the CCI, Google’s conduct was in compliance with the competition laws of India.The investigation was started by the CCI in 2012 after complaints were filed by Bharat Matrimony (Matrimony.com) and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), a not-for-profit organization. The ruling in February brought an end to the probe.Matrimony.com is, however, not satisfied with the verdict. It filed an appeal against the size of the fine, saying it is too small. It has also filed an appeal against CCI’s verdict that neither of the two — Google’s specialized search design and its advertising service, AdWords — were breaching the competition rules.Murugavel Janakiraman, the founder-CEO of Matrimony.com, said that the company has filed an appeal against CCI’s order, although the judgement is in their  company’s favor, according to the Business Standard. Earlier, however, Janakiraman was full of praises about CCI’s verdict and had said, “This order is significant as the CCI recognizes that Google is the gatekeeper to the internet and has a special responsibility to ensure a level playing field.”The duties of the CCI, established by the Indian government in October 2003, involve eliminating practices that have an adverse effect on competition, protecting the interests of consumers, and ensuring freedom of trade in Indian markets.In 2017, the European Commission imposed a fine of 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) on Google for backing its shopping service and demoting offerings from rival companies. Google has filed an appeal against the judgement. Related ItemsGooglelast_img read more

Leicester City crowned Premier League champions as Spurs held to draw at Chelsea

first_imgLeicester secured an incredible first Premier League title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea in one of the biggest-ever triumphs by an underdog in sports. (Also read: Here’s how Leicester City pulled off the seemingly impossible)Leicester was playing in the second tier only two years ago, came close to be relegated again last year and started this season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title. (Also read: Leicester won’t be on top for too long, says Man City coach Pellegrini) Now for the first time in their 132-year history Leicester is champion of England after establishing an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining.Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016Congratulations Leicester City!The dream has become a reality… pic.twitter.com/8UTbpbzpYL Premier League (@premierleague) May 2, 2016The Foxes missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held by Manchester United but deposed champion Chelsea ensured the party wasn’t delayed any longer. Some Leicester players were gathered at the house of 22-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy as Tottenham was playing Chelsea, and defender Christian Fuchs tweeted a video of players celebrating.CHAMPIONS!!!! pic.twitter.com/pFtvo5XUNx Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) May 2, 2016 Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep its bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.advertisementCenter half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half, and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalizing goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Hazard’s goal was almost a year to the day since his strike won the title for Chelsea, which is 29 points behind Leicester. Chelsea’s collapse has been as astonishing as Leicester’s surge to the top of the standings it was bottom of last April.Leicester will collect the trophy on Saturday when it hosts Everton at the King Power Stadium.English soccer has not had a maiden champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy between them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester has achieved its success without lavish spending on its squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner at Stamford Bridge where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.last_img read more

Johanna Konta to break into top 10 after reaching China final

first_imgBritain’s Johanna Konta will become the first British woman to reach the top 10 of the WTA rankings for 32 years on Monday after reaching the China Open final on Saturday.Konta beat American world number nine Madison Keys 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 and will face Poland’s third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Sunday’s final.Irrespective of the result Konta is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released – the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984. “I know I’ve achieved something good whenever I’m mentioned in the same sentence as her,” Konta told reporters. (Johanna Konta collapses on court but reaches US Open third round)The 25-year-old’s rise has been meteoric.Seventeen months ago she was ranked 146th in the world and not on anyone’s radar as a potential top-10 player.She moved to train with coach Esteban Carril in northern Spain and her form surged. (China Open: Andy Murray sets up quarterfinal vs British teammate Kyle Edmund)A run to the fourth round of the US Open meant she ended last year inside the top 50 and her progress has continued apace, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and earning her first WTA title at Stanford.Consistency has been the key and her win over Keys was her seventh over a top-10 player this year.Her progress has impressed compatriot Andy Murray, who is in the men’s singles final. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”She’s obviously made huge improvements from the beginning of last year,” he said. “Because everything is still new to her, she’s going to be learning at quite a fast pace, too.advertisement”It’s exciting to see how far she’s going to be able to go.”Konta is on course to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore so Sunday’s showdown with Radwanska would be the perfect test of her credentials.Radwanska, the 2011 China champion, secured a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Elina Svitolina, who upset world number one Angelique Kerber earlier in the tournament. (Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis)The Pole, poised to qualify for the season-ender for a sixth year in a row, was 3-5 down in the opener before recovering.”I was just very glad I could come back in that first set. I think it was very important. I just played a great tiebreaker, so that helped me a lot for sure in that match,” she said.last_img read more

Royals Take Opener, Mets-Cubs Next

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez and three relievers combined to shut out the potent Toronto batting order and give the Royals a 5-0 win against the Blue Jays in Friday’s opening game of the American League Championship SeriesVolquez ramped up his fastball to 155 kph (97 mph) to slice through the Blue Jays offense, never allowing a runner past second base over six innings. His only trouble occurred when he walked the first two batters in the sixth, but he wiggled out of it without any damage.“Tonight was the Volquez show. He was tremendous,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He shut down a good-hitting team, I know that. His ball was ducking and darting everywhere.”The Royals’ bullpen finished off the club’s eighth consecutive ALCS victory.Salvador Perez — with a towering homer — Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain drove in runs off Toronto starter Marco Estrada, while Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales tacked on two more off LaTroy Hawkins to put the game away.The Blue Jays’ three hits were their fewest ever in a playoff game.As if the outcome wasn’t bad enough for them, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion left in the eighth inning to get X-rays on the middle finger of his left hand. The initial report was a strain of the ligament and Encarnacion was listed as day-to-day.The Royals will try to take a 2-0 series lead when they send Yordano Ventura to the mound on Saturday. Toronto will counter with former Cy Young Award winner David Price.The teams entered the best-of-seven series with plenty of history.To start with, the defending AL champion Royals beat Toronto in the 1985 league championship series. But far more recently was the tense, benches-clearing game that the teams played at Rogers Centre in August.Volquez was right in the thick of things then.The veteran starter kept pitching the Blue Jays inside, finally hitting Josh Donaldson with a fastball in the first inning. Tensions escalated as the game went on, with Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez returning the favor by hitting Escobar to trigger a benches-clearing scuffle.Afterward, Volquez said Donaldson was “crying like a baby” over his inside approach.Volquez had initially planned to pitch inside again on Friday before having his mind changed by a conversation with catcher Perez.“We know they got a lot of pull hitters over there, and power hitters, and he told me, ‘How you feel pitching down and away?’ And I said, ‘I feel sexy tonight,’” Volquez said.“And he was like, ‘All right, we’re changing the plan right now. We’re pitching those guys away.’”After squandering a scoring chance in the first inning, the Royals jumped ahead in the third. Alex Gordon led off with a double, Escobar sent an RBI double down the right-field line, and Cain’s two-out single helped Kansas City — so accustomed to playing from behind — to a 2-0 lead.Perez added his third homer of the postseason on the first pitch he saw in the fourth.Volquez did not allow a hit until his 56th pitch, when Chris Colabello chopped a single up the middle with two outs in the fourth. It snapped a postseason hitless streak of 10 2-3 innings for the Royals, one out shy of matching the record set by the New York Yankees in 1939.The biggest of the Blue Jays’ big bats made the quietest outs, too.Jose Bautista went down looking in the fourth inning, while Encarnacion struck out looking in the sixth. Donaldson managed a walk off Volquez but little else, while Troy Tulowitzki — one of the Blue Jays’ big mid-season acquisitions — went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.“It is extremely important to win the opener,” Hosmer said. “There’s only so many crazy comebacks you can pull off in a postseason. It was nice to get out to a lead tonight.”DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PAOK Beats Panionios 3-1 to Lead Greek League

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — The absence of a crowd did not deter PAOK, which beat Panionios 3-1 to retake the lead in the Greek league on Saturday.PAOK was a point ahead of AEK Athens, which plays at already-relegated Platanias on Sunday.Yevhen Shakhov and Omar El Kaddouri scored for host PAOK in the first half. Aleksandar Prijovic added a third and Panionios scored a consolation through Fiorin Darnushaj.Also, Levadiakos beat Asteras 1-0 and Apollon drew at Lamia 0-0.Defending champion Olympiakos, four points off the pace, hosts second-to-last Kerkyra on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

RICKETTS DOESN’T FORESEE SPECIAL SESSION ON BUDGET

first_imgNEBRASKA GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS SAYS HE DOUBTS A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UNICAMERAL WILL BE CALLED BECAUSE OF LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED STATE TAX REVENUES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SPEC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….THINK IS NECESSARY. ;18THE NET TAX COLLECTIONS FOR JULY, THE FIRST MONTH OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, WERE 19 MILLION DOLLARS LESS THAN EXPECTED.RICKETTS SAYS DESPITE THE LOW REVENUES, NEBRASKA IS NOT IN FINANCIAL CRISIS MODE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SPEC2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………TO CALL SPECIAL SESSIONS. ;14HE SAYS THE STATE WILL MONITOR EXPENSES AND MAKE SURE DEPARTMENTS SPEND WITHIN THEIR APPROVED BUDGETS.RICKETTS ADDED HE IS ALSO NOT ANTICIPATING CALLING A SPECIAL SESSION TO DEAL WITH STATE SENATOR BILL KINTNER’S SITUATION USING A STATE COMPUTER INVOLVING A CYBERSEX AFFAIR.last_img read more

The Texas Football Team Sent Rooster Teeth A Signed Ball To Pay Tribute To The Late Monty Oum

first_imgTexas sends signed ball to Rooster Teeth.Two weeks ago, world-famous web animator Monty Oum, who worked for an Austin-based production company called Rooster Teeth, passed away unexpectedly after suffering an allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure that left him in a coma. In response, his employer asked that anyone who was looking to pay tribute did so creatively – instead of simply sending flowers or gifts.Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns, who are also based in Austin, have obliged. The program put together a tribute ball signed by every player. Alan Abdine, director of business development at Rooster Teeth, thanked the Longhorns on Twitter.Huge thanks to Matt Sims and the @Longhorn_FB team from all of us at @RoosterTeeth for the #MontyOum tribute ball. pic.twitter.com/yXpwi8ngms— Alan Abdine (@abdine) February 17, 2015Very cool. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Oum’s family, friends and coworkers.last_img read more

ACP: Training Prior to Opening

first_imgMay 30, 2014 zoom Before the offical opening of the Third Set of Locks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will charter a Post-Panamax vessel to be used for training purposes in the Locks.The Executive Vice President of Operations Esteban Saenz reported that the Panama Canal will charter a Post-Panamax ship to train pilots and tugboat captains that will assist in transits through the new lane.Saenz said the vessel will be used several months before the opening of the expanded Canal to test the new locks.“This is one of the best ways to train our pilots and tug captains in the joint effort required to transit through the two new lock complexes of the expanded Canal,” said Saenz. He added that since 2011 the Panama Canal has promoted workforce training for the operation of the expanded waterway.Since 2012, a total of 186 of the approximately 280 Canal pilots have been trained at the Panama Canal’s Center for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR) using Post-Panamax model ships.“SIDMAR’s mathematical modelling and simulations have been updated and parts of the expanded Panama Canal such as the locks, navigational channels and Culebra Cut have been added to train our pilots and captains in such maneuvers,” added Saenz.The Executive Vice President of Operations said that 77% of the Panama Canal pilots have participated in maneuvers with Post-Panamax ships and more than 2,000 operations have been registered with these types of vessels at the ports located on both entrances of the waterway.In addition, Canal pilots have participated in theoretical and practical training programs in Berendrecht Locks in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, which are of similar size and operation.last_img read more

Wärtsilä Wins Cargo Handling Systems Order

first_imgzoom Six new type very large gas carriers (VLGCs), as well as two conventional VLGCs, and three medium gas carriers (MGCs), will be equipped with complete Wärtsilä gas cargo handling systems. Wärtsilä said that the systems minimise the time the carriers need to be docked at the gas terminals, thereby reducing the operational costs.The contracts for a total of 11 systems with Wärtsilä were signed in November, and the deliveries are scheduled for the period between late 2016 and early 2018.Wärtsilä’s gas reliquefaction plants have a higher refrigeration capacity and better efficiency than earlier versions delivered to VLGC’s. According to the company, the plants will be capable of handling propane with a high ethane content, i.e. 8,5% mol.“During recent years we have delivered numerous systems for different sizes and types of these ships, and these latest contracts provide further evidence of our leading technologies in this field,” says Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow and Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä.The ships are all being built at the South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) facilities for Greek, Korean, Norwegian and Singaporean owners.Scheduled for delivery during 2017 and 2018, the new type VLGCs have a cargo capacity of 78,700 m3 and have been designed to meet the size requirements for the current Panama Canal.The complete scope of the Wärtsilä cargo handling systems includes the cargo pumps, inert gas plants, and an equipment package comprising compressors, heat exchangers and control systems. Wärtsilä will also provide the necessary engineering, arrangement drawings, site commissioning at the yards, and crew training.last_img read more

Amélioration des services en ligne pour les propriétaires de véhicule

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais qui renouvellent leur permis de véhicule en ligne pourront maintenant utiliser une copie imprimée de leur reçu comme preuve d’immatriculation pendant 10 jours. « Grâce au permis provisoire de 10 jours, les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser leur véhicule jusqu’à ce qu’ils reçoivent leur nouveau permis et leur vignette, même si leur permis est échu, a dit John MacDonell, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Nous continuons de trouver des façons d’améliorer les services et, par conséquent, d’améliorer la vie des Néo-Écossais. » En janvier, le service de renouvellement des permis de véhicule en ligne de la province a été intégré à la base de données du Bureau des véhicules automobiles afin de valider les données en ligne. La date d’expiration des plaques d’immatriculation et des permis de véhicule des transactions en ligne est automatiquement mise à jour dans le système du Bureau des véhicules automobiles. Le reçu imprimé est valide comme permis provisoire de 10 jours à partir de la date de la transaction, sauf indication contraire. Pour obtenir plus d’information ou pour faire votre renouvellement en ligne, consultez le www.accessns.ca/immatriculation.last_img read more

Manmohan warned over Sri Lanka

“Whether he is going to side with Sri Lankan government, which they consider as their enemy country,” he asked. Maitreyan said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has in the letters “conveyed outrage” over the “continuing human rights violation” of Tamilians in Sri Lanka.Quoting from the letter, Maitreyan said holding an important summit like CHOGM is equal to endorsing human rights violation by Sri Lanka against the Tamilians, he said, “any high-level participation from Indian side will not only embolden Sri Lanka but also incense public sentiments in Tamil Nadu. The two main political parties in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK and the DMK today joined hands in the Rajya Sabha to demand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not attend the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka in November, the Press Trust of India reported.Raising the issue during Zero Hour, V Maitreyan (AIADMK) said his party chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha also wrote two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard but no reply was given by the PMO. “I urge the Prime Minister not to attend at very least. India should stay away from CHOGM.”Associating with the issue, Kanimozhi (DMK) said her party has time and again insisted that the Prime Minister should not attend the meeting in Sri Lanka.She said DMK chief Karunanidhi has also asked leaders from other countries not to attend the summit or least change the venue of the CHOGM meet. Maintaining that any high level delegation from India attending the summit in Sri Lanka “which the AIADMK considers an enemy country”, will be “endorsing” the acts of human rights violation by that country, Maitreyan said people of Tamil Nadu are waiting with eagerness to see how the Prime Minister is going to respond. “At least India should not attend the meeting,” she said. Kanimozhi also raised the issue of Tamilian fishermen and human rights violation. read more

Du 9 au 11 août cest la 23e édition de la Nuit

first_imgDu 9 au 11 août, c’est la 23e édition de la Nuit des EtoilesLes 9, 10 et 11 août, a lieu la 23ème édition de la Nuit des Etoiles. Pour cette édition 2013, les organisateurs ont choisi un nouveau thème : “les distances dans l’Univers”.Amoureux du ciel, des étoiles et du monde spatial qui nous entoure, réservez vos trois prochains jours car vous pourriez être très occupés ! Aujourd’hui, 9 août, démarre en effet la 23e édition de la Nuit des Etoiles, l’évènement incontournable de l’année pour tous les astronomes amateurs et professionnels qui se prolongera jusqu’à dimanche 11 août. Au total, ce sont 380 manifestations qui sont prévues pour les trois prochains jours dans tout l’Hexagone, en Belgique, en Suisse et même au Maroc.Elles seront comme chaque année animées par des spécialistes bénévoles et des astronomes amateurs. Le but : faire découvrir à tous les curieux la voûte céleste et ses merveilles avec cette année une question pas si simple “à quelles distances sont-elles ?”. En effet, les organisateurs ont décidé de consacrer cette 23e édition aux distances existant dans l’Univers. Car à observer ces petits points lumineux dans le ciel, pas toujours facile de savoir réellement de combien de kilomètres ceux-ci sont éloignés de la planète Terre. Une édition en honneur du satellite Gaia “L’Association Française d’Astronomie (AFA) a, cette année, décidé de ce thème pour la nuit des étoiles pour tenter de faire comprendre au public l’importance de réaliser une carte tridimensionnelle de notre environnement galactique”, explique le communiqué de l’évènement. Et ceci n’a pas été choisi par hasard car ce sera justement la mission du satellite européen Gaia qui décollera l’automne prochain (octobre 2013) et qui, pendant 5 ans, étudiera environ 70 fois un maximum d’étoiles (soit 40 millions d’observations par jour).Pour le public qui rejoindra les passionnés bénévoles pour une nuit de veillée aux étoiles, il sera possible d’observer notamment : un fin croissant de lune, un coucher de Vénus et de Saturne, les larmes de St Laurent, les fameuses étoiles filantes des Perséides ainsi que le non moins spectaculaire Triangle de l’Été (constitué par Altaïr, Véga et Deneb). “En montagne, au bord de la mer ou dans la garrigue, sur plus de 380 manifestations réparties dans toute la France, le public est invité à rejoindre les astronomes amateurs équipés de lunettes et de télescopes pour une nuit entière de veillée aux étoiles”. Pleins d’animations partout en France En région parisienne, des manifestations seront notamment organisées au 59e étage de la Tour Montparnasse qui offre l’une des plus belles vues de Paris, à la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie dans le XIXe arrondissement avec au programme des ateliers et une construction de carte du ciel ou encore au Musée de l’air et de l’espace du Bourget. Mais bien d’autres manifestations sont prévues partout en France. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEt pour ceux qui préfèrent observer par eux-même les étoiles, seuls ou en famille, il suffit juste d’emporter son matériel et d’aller se poser dans un parc au ciel dégagé. “Un transat et vos yeux suffisent. Seul l’oeil offre une vision grand angle qui restituera l’ampleur du phénomène”, souligne l’AFA. Les trois prochains jours promettent donc un grand spectacle, à condition que la météo se montre clémente toutefois.Pour trouver des sites d’observations près de chez vous, rendez vous sur : www.afanet.fr/nuits.Et si vous hésitez à réserver votre week-end pour l’évènement, (re)découvrez les merveilleuses photos du concours photos d’astronomie que nous avions organisé l’an dernier.Le 9 août 2013 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Parliament paused due to technical problems

first_img Related Items:HOA had to be shut down due to technical problems, hoa in poor state, house of assembly may have to be shut down for as long as three months for needed repairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – The House of Assembly had to be shut down for about an hour on Monday as the microphones were not working; this meant another halt to country business due to the faulty system.Deputy House Speaker, Hon Josephine Connolly who is chairing the sessions in the absence of House Speaker, Hon Robert Hall explained that due to leaks at the NJS Francis Building where the House is situated, there was damage to the audio system.  It rained over the weekend in the Capital.The shabby condition of the House of Assembly is not new and a report to Magnetic Media is that the HOA will actually have to be relocated for as much as three months in order for the desperate technical upgrades to happen.last_img read more

New Book Highlights Difficulty of Being Black in Medicine

first_imgIt is well documented that Blacks are disadvantaged when it comes to healthcare outcomes. In fact, African Americans are more likely to suffer from serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer, HIV, stroke and other deadly diseases. Even the life expectancy for Black men and Black women is less than their White counterparts, according to The New York Times.In addition to the health disadvantages that Blacks face, there are disproportionately fewer Blacks in the health profession. CBS News reports that Blacks make up 13 percent of the population, but account for only 4 percent of doctors nationwide. All of these topics are explored by Dr. Damon Tweedy in his new book Black Man In A White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine. Tweedy is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University and explains in detail about how race disparity in the healthcare system negatively affects Black people. Tweedy appeared on the Sept. 8 episode of “CBS This Morning,” where he explained how his book takes a personal look at how being a minority can be bad for your health. In the interview he recalled a time when he did rotations at a voluntary clinic 90 minutes from where he went to medical school at Duke University. He quickly noted that all the patients were Black and none had health insurance. “It was pretty clear from the very beginning that we couldn’t provide the adequate care for them. They couldn’t afford the medications, the lab tests or any other treatments they needed,” Tweedy said. In a Sept. 6 interview with NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, Tweedy recalls experiencing humiliation when as a fledgling medical school student, a professor mistook him for a maintenance worker and was surprised that he was a student in the class. “And when I told him, you know, that I’m actually a student in his class, he looked at me very baffled, like someone was playing a joke on him, and just walked away. And so at the time, it was very hurtful and created a lot of self-doubt,” Tweedy said. However, Tweedy continued, he used that experience as fuel to show everyone that he belonged in medical school. According to the Charlotte Observer, Tweedy attended Duke University in 1996 on a full scholarship and said he experienced prejudice from patients and professors. He even was mistaken for being a Duke basketball player.  Tweedy’s story is also one of overcoming obstacles. Tweedy’s parents were blue-collar workers who didn’t have a high school education. Tweedy said he is in favor of increasing the number of Black doctors, and of physicians being involved in the political process, referring to retired Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Ben Carson. jhunter@afro.comTwitter: @hunter_jonathanlast_img read more

Nano this Nano that what the

first_imgMany of the processes we depend on, indeed, life itself, occur on the nanoscale. With the advent of nanotechnology, medical science has the potential ability to manipulate cells at the lowest level. Where they now use sledgehammer treatments – chemotherapy, for example, one day they may have a pair of needle-nosed pliers that could repair cells instead of just killing off the defective ones. As this article is being written, doctors are already using nanotech if the form of contrast agents for MRI scans. Gadolinium in DNA-sized carbon tubes boosts performance and reduces the metal’s high toxicity by containing the contrast agent and keeping it from affecting surrounding tissues.Not all nanotech is based on carbon atoms and molecules. A new inorganic fullerene-like nanostructure – IF for short – is a material produced by the Weizmann Group. Instead of carbon, it’s made of tungsten disulfide. Unlike carbon based organic Fullerenes, IF is easier and less expensive to produce, is chemically stable, less reactive and less flammable. Organic Fullerenes are highly toxic while IF materials have been fully tested and deemed safe. One of the most interesting new IF properties discovered is its extremely high degree of shock absorbing ability. The new Tungsten-based IF material has up to twice the strength of the best impact resistant materials currently used in protective armor such as boron carbide and silicon carbide. It’s over 5 times stronger than steel. Mixing IF with elastic materials could lead to new compounds which are both shock absorbing and flexible – perfect for ballistic armor.Another important area for nanotechnology is coatings. New nanocoated metals have high wear resistance and resilience, better thermal shock resistance, resist fatigue, and have enhanced anti-microbial activity.The list of potential uses is almost endless: In sports to make stiffer tennis racquets and sharper, more resistant snowboard edges, in lightweight nanometal foam helmets that provide up to 7 times the protection of conventional models. In medicine: nanocrystaline metals of silver and cobalt are effective antibacterial agents and can be used in air-conditioning systems to stop formation of bacterial slime. Nanocrystalline zinc oxide is used in sunscreens – zinc oxide and titanium oxide effectively absorb ultraviolet radiation. Industrial applications include: better lead acid batteries, a replacement for chrome, super lightweight parts and wear resistant coatings.Fabricators produce nanocrystalline metals – alloys and composites – using a patented electrosynthesis process. They are able to make crystal sizes 1000-times smaller than those found in normal materials. Nano has officially become the most misused word in the English language. Everything from the Ipod Nano to anything smaller than a Mac truck gets “nanoed” by clueless – or savvy, take your pick – marketing experts. It’s crept into everyday use as well: “I’ll be there in a nano.” Sure you will. For the scientists who work with nanotech this must be frustrating indeed. A definition of nano is definitely in order. Nano is 10 to the power of -9. How small is that? A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Small, indeed – in fact, so small it’s difficult to compare it to anything, only adding frustration to the roll of scientists trying to explain nanotechnology in laymen’s terms.Let’s try anyway. A nanometer is 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. There are as many nanometers in an inch as there are inches in 400 miles (25,344,000). About 3 to 6 atoms can fit inside a nanometer – depending on the atom size. Even when you see the comparisons, they mean nothing – it’s just too small – hence the attempt to make sense of it by tagging everything smaller than normal as “nano”.Nanotechnology is more than just a hot theoretical topic now. Computer chips are now made using a 15 nanometer lithography process. But how can something so small be useful? After all, you can’t even see it under most microscopes. The answer lies in large numbers. A Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, for example, has 178 million transistors, all on the nanoscale – defined as smaller than 100 nanometers in length. This minuscule size allows processors to be faster, generate less heat and run using less energy. At this scale, a material’s properties change—things like electrical conductivity and mechanical strength are not the same as they are at micro size. With the recently developed atomic force microscope, nanoscientists have begun to manipulate matter on an atomic level to take advantage of these exciting new properties.Their first attempts were childish – IBM made its name out of individual atoms, for example. But now nanotechnology is getting serious.Consider the carbon at the nanoscale. Arrange carbon atoms one way you get a diamond – arranged another way, you get graphite. Nanoscientists have learned to arrange carbon atoms in a new way: tiny tubes about two nanometers in width that can look like chicken wire and can grow to a length many times their diameter. It’s still the element carbon, but the carbon nanotube is a completely different material from either diamond or graphite – unlike any found in nature. These tubes may some day be the ultimate carbon fibers – theoretically, they are immensely strong. Explore further For scientists and engineers interested in exploring the properties of nanometals, they can be purchased on the Internet – get the research funding first because a 0.008” x 3” x 3” sample plate can set you back $2,000. Depending on the plate’s size and materials used, samples can cost as little as $115, however.Nanomachines are not just on the drawing board anymore, a few working models– like the gears above – are regularly produced. Integrating them into useful systems is still a ways off, but the potential benefits are staggering.Imagine submicroscopic machines that rove about the body and scrape plaque deposits from your artery walls, repair damage caused by trauma and attack cancer cells. Now that biotech is taking off as well, it should be interesting to see which approach – biotech or nanotech – offers the most benefit to medical science. In the end it may be a combination. Already a new field – Synthetic Biology – is exploring ways of duplicating biological processes with nanostructures. Some futurists predict the advent of self-replicating nanomachines. These nanobots will be able to build copies of themselves and perform some useful service to humanity – or not. No discussion of nanotechnology can leave out the famous “grey goo” that represents trillions of self-replicating nanobots that literally eat the Earth to make more copies of themselves. While this science fiction plot is not probable, it should be studied carefully before unleashing a horde of hungry nanocreatures into the wild.Closer to the truth are potential toxicity problems with fine nanomaterials. It’s not like you can filter them from the air – they are too small. Once escaped from the laboratory, they could become the Lilliputian Frankenstein of the future – forever blowing about in the wind forever changing anything they touch – like CFCs of steroids. All technologies have their problems and experts agree nanotechnology will be no exception.But with all the money flowing into nanotech research, safety concerns will like as not be pushed aside to advancement science – much as they have in the past. At what price progress? With all the potential benefits nanotechnology has to offer, it’s sure to be a bargain.by Philip Dunn, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Nanotechnology is not new. In fact, for over a century, chemists have developed the ability to arrange small numbers of atoms inside molecules – at a scale of less than 1.5 nanometers – leading to revolutions in drug design, plastics, and other areas. Producing graphene from carbon dioxidecenter_img 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. 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first_imgAs for the Dolphins, the offense these days, more or less, runs through their 1,000 yard rusher from a year ago, Reggie Bush.The former star from USC did injure his knee in last week’s loss against the Jets, and was limited all week. He is currently being listed as a ‘true’ game-time decision.With or without Bush, the Dolphins are still in the process of developing their pass game with Tannehill. The problem, as illustrated on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, Miami never really found him a No. 1 receiver. The Dolphins main two weapons are Brian Hartline and Devone Bess this season. Not exactly an awe-inspiring receiving corps.Defense:From ESPN to NBC’s ProFootballTalk to even this very site, the Cardinals’ defense has been getting plenty of publicity this week, and for good reason.Ray Horton’s group made Vick and Brady look pedestrian the past two weeks, and impressively never took their foot off the gas. Over the past 12 games, the defense has been as good as any in all of football statistically, but also when applying the eye test.The Cardinals are ninth in passing yards/game, sixth in takeaways and second in points/game through the first three weeks. Quarterbacks:Kevin Kolb put to rest any talk about a quarterback controversy, at least for the near future, with his play against the Eagles last week. The second-year Cardinals’ quarterback looked composed in the pocket against his former team, threw two touchdown passes and most importantly, didn’t try to force anything that wasn’t there.The big number for Kolb thus far isn’t the number of touchdowns or completion percentage or passing yards, it’s wins. And since John Skelton went down in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ Week 1 win over the Seahawks, Kolb has been flawless in that department.It’s been a busy week for Kolb, as his wife Whitney gave birth to their third daughter, Saylor, on Thursday night. While sleep may have been an issue for the six-year veteran all week, something tells me adrenaline will kick in when he hits the field at University of Phoenix Stadium.On the flip side, Dolphins’ rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill hasn’t had an easy go of it through the first three games of his career.While Miami’s offensive line has protected him better than any rookie quarterback this season — only four sacks — Tannehill’s accuracy and ability to put points together in the red zone has been a major issue. Comments   Share   Prediction: Cardinals 20, Dolphins 9 To his credit, the Dolphins have faced tough defenses in the Texans and Jets. But for a man who doesn’t even know who plays in his own conference, don’t expect him to have a career day on Sunday against the Cardinals’ stingy unit. Offense:The Cardinals are coming off their highest scoring output of the season (27), although some of that was aided by James Sanders’ 93-yard fumble return for a touchdown.But what didn’t show up in the box score, was a level of comfort Kevin Kolb — 17 of 24 for 222 yards — illustrated in the pocket. While he was sacked three times, the Cardinals’ quarterback looked like he believed he belonged on the field. Because of it, Pro Bowl wideout Larry Fitzgerald was able to flourish with man-to-man coverage, torching Nnamdi Asomugha for nine catches, 114 receiving yards and a 37-yard touchdown.The Cardinals will be without the services of veteran running back Beanie Wells for the foreseeable future, after he was diagnosed this week with a turf toe injury. But second-year back Ryan Williams is coming off a career-day — 83 yards rushing — against the Eagles, so look for he and William Powell to be an integral part of the offense. Even without Adrian Wilson last week, and in all likelihood defensive end Darnell Dockett Sunday, the Cardinals have embraced the next man up philosophy. From Daryl Washington to Sam Acho to Kerry Rhodes and everyone in between, the Cardinals have made defense exciting again in the Valley of the Sun.The Dolphins aren’t too shabby either, especially against the run. Miami is second in the league in yards/run and third in yards/game. Their big issue is against the pass, especially after trading cornerback Vontae Davis to the Colts during training camp. While they try to employ an effective pass rush led by former Pro Bowler Cameron Wake, if opposing quarterbacks have time against the Fins, they are usually very successful. Miami is currently allowing over 300 yards passing per game. Outlook:If you’re looking for offense, this game probably won’t be for you. You’re better off watching a re-run of last night’s UA-Oregon State game. 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