Rabat – Morocco’s army continues mobilizing high-level military reinforcements, including military trucks and other equipment, to deter any future provocations by the Polisario after months of its escalation in buffer zones of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco. A new video, showing convoys of military vehicles allegedly heading south, was widely shared this Sunday on social networks. The Moroccan daily Al Massae reported on April 9, that General Abdelfattah Louarrak, Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Army (FAR), gave his instructions for the delivery of military equipment and reinforcements to the combat units settled in the southern provinces of the country. Meanwhile, news sources close to the Polisario expressed the front’s “readiness to respond to any Moroccan move that would undermine the liberated territory or change the status quo.”Read Also: Morocco Warns Algeria of Possible Military Intervention Against PolisarioThe newspaper also reported last week that Morocco will use its high-resolution surveillance satellite, launched in November 2017, to monitor Polisario’s movements in restricted zones, including Mahbes, Tifariti, Guerguerat, and Bir Lahlou. The newspaper added that images taken by the satellite dubbed Mohammed VI-1, are forwarded to General Abdelfattah Louarrak, Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Army (FAR), and Nasser Bourita, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as other security and military authorities. Since December 2017, Morocco has informed the United Nations of the “provocations” of the separatist group in buffer zones of Western Sahara. In addition to defying the United Nations and its 1991 ceasefire agreement through its continuous presence in the restricted buffer zones, the separatists have reportedly established tents in the restricted zones and announced the relocation of their military facilities to Bir Lahlou, another area of the buffer zone, located 230 kilometers from the Es-Semara provinces in Moroccan territory.Read Also: Morocco Shares With UN Proof of Polisario’s Ceasefire Violations in Buffer Zone
26 July 2010United Nations humanitarian agencies are providing aid to residents of eastern Afghanistan, where floods this week have killed at least one person and caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local authorities to distribute the relief items among the towns and villages, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.Tents, bed nets, blankets, jerry cans and kitchen equipment are among the items that aid agencies are providing, while WFP has pledged to deliver enough food for the next three months for those affected by the floods.At least four provinces – Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan – have been affected by the floods, but Nangarhar is the worst affected and the relief effort is concentrated in the province’s capital of Jalalabad.Kenneth Baato Rogers, the head of the regional office for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the office is helping with the monitoring of relief efforts to ensure that all major needs are being met.
The invited speaker of this year, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ms.Christiana Figueres, addressing the Assembly, highlighted the links between climate change and health, and warned that “if the world does not fundamentally change its approach to energy within the next 5 years, there is a risk that damage to the atmosphere will be irrevocable and continue to impact health for decades”. Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne drew the attention of the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva to the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka that affected nearly half a million people and appreciated the expression of solidarity and support by countries, partners and the World Health Organization (WHO), to strengthen the timely health response to the affected people, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to Geneva said today.Addressing the Assembly under this years’ theme, “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “, Minister Senaratne stated that “the Government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to the Sustainable Development Agenda and has already set up a multi sectoral Sustainable Development Secretariat to achieve this goal”. The meeting was also addressed by the President of the Assembly – Hon. Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed al –Saidi, Minister of Health of Oman, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General /WHO and a large number of Health Ministers from Member countries.On the side – lines of the WHA, the Minister also met with his counterparts from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Spain, and withDr Poonam Singh, the Regional Director of South East Asian Region (SEAR) of WHO. Drawing attention to the increasing influx of migration, Minister highlighted the need to pay attention to the health of migrants, irrespective of their status of migration. In this context, he recalled the offer made by the President of Sri Lanka to host the second Global Consultation on Health of Migrants in Sri Lanka October this year, and stated that Sri Lanka is envisaging a political declaration as the outcome of the Global Consultation to demonstrate the commitment to this important issue. Minister Senaratne, participating as a panellist at a side – event jointly organised by the WHO and several Member States, including Sri Lanka on Prevention and Control of Noncommunciable diseases (NCDs), shared the best practices of Sri Lanka in achieving its multisectoral NCD targets.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Director General of Health Services Dr. P.G. Mahipala, and other senior officials of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine were associated with the Minister during his meetings. (Colombo Gazette)
Buster, a beauty of a lamb right out of the pages of a children’s book, took first prize at the 4-H livestock show on the opening weekend of the Fair at the PNE this year, an achievement that earned him a second prestigious honour Monday at auction.The five-month-old lamb was born March 21 and cared for ever since by Brianna Morrison, 11, of Kamloops. The member of the 4 Corners 4-H club in Kamloops helped at Buster’s birth and has made it her mission since to prepare and groom the lamb to compete at the PNE’s agriculture show, the largest one for the Fraser Valley.Buster, with his shorn coat and black legs and head, impressed the judges and earned Brianna the top prize in the market lamb category. She said he was the perfect weight, between 118 and 120 pounds, but her secret was “the way I fed him. He got three pounds of grain every day and a little bit of hay.”The judges can tell by looking at the animal whether it will provide good chops and roasts. In Buster’s case, he had the right amount of fat cover and a long and wide loin, and “he’s got a pretty big leg,” said Brianna.The Grade 7 student confidently led Buster around a ring set up between two sets of bleachers at the Coliseum on Monday, a day when the fair is closed to the public. An auctioneer led the bidding and the PNE’s agriculture manager did what the PNE’s been doing for as long as she can remember, she bid on the champion lamb.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“She’s a beautiful lamb and she (Brianna) showed it really well, she’s obviously very knowledgeable,” said agriculture manager Christie Kerr, after her winning $12-per-pound bid for Buster, which is higher than retail. The PNE bids for the top lamb (or pig in alternating years) as a way to show support for the 4-H kids and to support agriculture, said Kerr. She said 4-H kids, who are between nine and 19 years old, use their winnings to save for their education, add to their savings or buy themselves something.“You’re investing in the children. And you’re getting a perfect animal,” she said.The PNE will have the lamb butchered before delivering it to a charity, such as food bank, said Kerr.Kerr said the 4-H festival is a chance to champion agriculture, when “it’s become a sensitive topic, especially in the current climate” of a trend toward plant-based foods. Earlier this month, for instance, a UN report on land use and climate change said the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming and said more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on meat.Kerr said 4-H is about more than livestock competitions and more about preparing young people to be engaged leaders. The B.C. and Yukon has more than 2,200 members in more than 100 4-H (head, heart, hands, health) clubs. About two-thirds are girls and 80 per cent are from farms or rural areas. The clubs prepare young people for community leadership roles through various activities, not exclusively livestock-related.But it remains the most visible part. The PNE’s barns were still busy Monday, the last day for 4-H activity at the PNE.Kelty Brady, 10, and her brother, Jackson, were showing their family farm’s sheep and beef at the PNE. Kelty picked up prizes for “supreme champion” for a female in the lamb division and an award for best-in-show for Georgia, in the breeding cattle division.Morgan Jeffries, 14, who won a prize for Emmett, a 15-month-old market steer, said some of the 4-H members, herself included, will choose livestock as a career, starting their own herds or taking over the family ranch.But Brianna said she’s going to be a lawyer, and for now, will continue to raise lambs and sell them to market. Each one that she raises gets easier to let go.“I’m not that attached (to Buster),” she said. “But still, it’s sad. And I’m not eating him.”
MILWAUKEE — Jamal Crawford made a jumper with 0.8 seconds left to give the Phoenix Suns a 116-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.Devin Booker had 29 points, and T.J. Warren 19 for Phoenix. The Suns won for just the second time in their last nine games and ended a six-game losing streak to the Bucks.After Crawford’s jumper with Malcolm Brogdon draped on him, the Bucks called a timeout. Khris Middleton, after a quick head fake, made a corner 3 after the buzzer. The call was confirmed after a brief review.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points to lead Milwaukee, and Brogdon added 22 points. The Bucks were coming off a 143-100 home victory over Portland on Wednesday night.Middleton tied it at 108 on a free throw for Suns coach Igor Kokoskov’s technical foul. Antetokounmpo’s layup put the Bucks up 110-108. Booker was whistled for a technical foul, and Middleton again converted to put Milwaukee up by three. Brogdon was fouled as he made a driving layup, and his free throw put the Bucks up by six and capped a frantic 14-0 run.A three by Trevor Ariza pulled the Suns within three with about a minute left. Warren’s traditional three-point play tied it at 114. After Antetokounmpo’s turnover, Phoenix got possession of the ball with 12.2 seconds left, setting up Crawford’s winner.TIP-INSSuns: Made 14 of 23 shots (61 per cent) in the first quarter.Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo missed his fourth consecutive game with a left quadriceps strain. “I think he’s close to what we had hoped but I don’t have an update other than I know he’s making progress in the right direction,” coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTSuns: At Detroit on Sunday.Bucks: Host San Antonio on Saturday night to wrap up a six-game homestand.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRich Rovito, The Associated Press
Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Tomkins (31) fields the puck during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 10-6.Credit: Kelly Roderick / Lantern photographerFor the Ohio State men’s hockey team, competition is encouraged and constructive, not detrimental.Especially when it comes to the man between the pipes.After having six goalies on the roster last season, Logan Davis, Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey have returned for their sophomore years with the Buckeyes. Going into this season, coach Steve Rohlik stated that all three would play, with Tomkins and Frey receiving most of the playing time.A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Tomkins said the goalies don’t have much advanced notice when they’re going to start.“We actually don’t know (who will start) until Thursday, sometimes Friday morning,” he said.But the battle for the starting spot starts Monday at 8 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than the team’s practice.“It’s called goalie session,” Davis said. “All three of us do goalie-specific stuff, it helps us to improve the fundamental elements of our game that we can’t focus on in team practice.”With the Buckeyes suffering from several injuries this season, having consistent goalies to rely on has helped the team stay motivated, Frey said.“It’s kind of a confidence boost for us (the goalies). We have now become the rocks of the team, holding the them together. We just have to be there for them every single game,” he said.Tomkins said the competition between goalies keeps each of them sharp and focused throughout the season.“As a goalie, you obviously want to play as much as you can,” Tomkins said. “But in the same token, it’s a great development tool. The competition makes each of us better, the three of us push each other to be better.”Even though the Buckeyes have struggled to maintain a consistent season, with only two wins in the Big Ten placing the team second-to-last in the conference, the goalies have prospered.“As a team, we haven’t been able to get rolling and put together back-to-back wins,” Tomkins said. “But in the same token, the other goalies and I have had to try to consistently improve our game and compete to not only start but to earn the win with the team.”Frey said even though the wins haven’t been there for the Buckeyes, the three goaltenders still maintain a positive attitude.“For goalies, the whole game is mental. It’s really easy to fall into a rut,” he said. “We three just have to always be there for each other.”Tomkins said his relationship with Frey and Davis has become stronger with the competition.“A lot of people probably think that with us competing for the same job that we wouldn’t get along, but it’s actually the opposite.” Tomkins said. “We just embrace the competition, in the end we are all striving for the same goals, which ultimately just helps our overall relationship.”Tomkins added that even with the tough games — like the Buckeyes’ 10-6 loss to Michigan on Jan. 16 — Frey, Davis and he have come together to discuss.“After the Michigan game, we all got together and just talked hockey in general and goaltending,” Tomkins said. “We all give advice, we point out the mistakes and the positives. That just brings us closer together.”OSU is scheduled to return to its Big Ten season this weekend, traveling to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday and Saturday.
Data shows that there has been a 28 per cent increase in the number of Orthodox schools open over the past decade. Strictly Orthodox membership has risen by 139 per cent, from 4,489 in 1990 to 10,712 in 2016, which is equivalent to 240 new households each year. The increase in the overall number of places of worship is likely to be down to growth in small synagogues, many of which are in Orthodox areas, the report said. Dr Jonathan Boyd, executive director of JPR, said the findings showed that strict Orthodox communities were the only ones showing growth. He said: “The trends point to a future in which stricter forms of Orthodoxy will hold an increasingly prominent position, not only in synagogue membership, but in how Judaism is practised and how Judaism is seen and understood by others.” The trends point to a future in which stricter forms of Orthodoxy will hold an increasingly prominent position Membership of synagogues has fallen below 80,000 for the first time in 30 years as “mainstream” Jews marry out of the community, a report has found. Despite a growing number of synagogues membership numbers have fallen by 20 per cent in a generation as more Jews become secular after marrying non-Jewish partners. The report, by The Institute for Jewish Policy Research and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, found that declining birth rates and increasing intermarriage mean the Jewish community is shrinking. It said: “For certain sections of the community, the age at which people are choosing to have children is increasing and the number of children being born is declining. “The overall effect of such trends may reduce the tendency of Jewish people to join synagogues.Intermarriage also impacts on decisions about joining a synagogue, raising the question as to whether non-Jewish partners are welcomed by communities. “Other factors also play their part: for example, the rise of more individualistic approaches to life and sceptical attitudes about the role of organised religion in society.”Such shifts have led to Jewishness increasingly becoming a matter of choice rather than of birth, and making Jewish identity far more ‘fluid’.”While less observant communities are getting smaller, the report also found that strict Orthodox communities, also known as haredi, are growing, in part due to high birth rates. 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.
GROTON, Conn. — It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows.The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force. It was taken out of service in 2008 and disassembled. Now the Navy has collected pieces of it for an exhibit at a submarine museum in Groton, where it was based for the duration of its service life.It was known primarily as a research vessel, but it also carried out a range of military missions that remain under wraps even today. Veterans who served aboard the tiny sub during the Cold War say that it was one of the most fascinating assignments of their careers — but that not even their wives know all the details.Toby Warson, who served as commander from 1970-73, said he once led the sub on a hazardous military operation in the Mediterranean. The mission, code-named “Raccoon Hook,” earned him a distinguished service medal, he said, but he has had to keep the details to himself.“I finally had to quit wearing the ribbon because when I walked into the officers’ club, everyone asked how I got it, and I couldn’t tell them,” said Warson, who lives in Camas. “They thought I was being cute. I wasn’t being cute. I just didn’t want to go to jail.”
Something for the weekend: An attractive remuneration package is always a draw when looking for a new job, however, candidates who apply for marketing and PR organisation Radio Relation’s new business media sales executive position could be at an advantage financially if they display psychopathic tendencies.The unique job posting lists top qualities that psychopaths display that would be transferable to the sales position, including a sense of self-worth, an ambitious attitude, and a do-whatever-it-takes mentality.Applicants who showcase these characteristics to bag the job could reap a compensation and benefits package that includes uncapped commission, and a £5,000 bonus for breaking the organisation’s new business record within six months of starting. Base salary begins at £20,000-£30,000, although the advert states that exceptional candidates could earn an income of more then £100,000.The job advert, listed on Guardian Jobs, reads: “We’re not looking for a psycho but for someone with some of the positive qualities that psychopaths have. One in five [chief executive officers] are psychopaths and about 25% of the highest performing sales professionals also have psychopathic tendencies.”The advert ends with the caveat: “Criminal psychopaths need not apply.”Here at Employee Benefits, psychotic tendencies only emerge during press week, however these can swiftly be dispelled by a coffee and cake session!
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pilot has died after a plane crashed into a condominium near Fort Lauderdale Beach.Just before 12 p.m. Friday, a Piper PA-25 banner plane went down in the area of Oakland Park Boulevard and A1A.Officials said the pilot was the only person on board of the crashed plane, and no injuries were reported on the ground because of the crash. The plane, which could be seen resting on the pool deck of the building, could remain there for several days as the investigation proceeds.The pilot’s name has not been released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. One witness said, “I said, ‘Oh, my God. Oh, my God.’ When I looked across, I saw the tail of the plane.”Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Steven Gollan said the building was under construction but was occupied at the time of the crash.He confirmed that the structural damage seen as a large hole on the side of the building was from the plane crash and not from the renovations.“It’s a recipe for disaster,” Gollan said, “especially when you have 20 individuals there that are just doing their job, working. There’s no telling what could have happened.” 7News spoke to Bob Benyo, the owner of the business, over the phone for comment, and he said the business trains the pilots to stay away from populated areas.“We’re sitting here with the NTSB as I’m speaking to you, and we’re all shaking our heads,” Benyo said. “It just doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand why he turned westbound, or inland, from the beach at such a low altitude. We can’t figure it out.”Benyo said the pilot was a new hire and had only worked for him for six weeks before the crash. He also said the pilot was commercially trained.“He’s an experienced pilot, you know, but as far as the banner tow experienced pilot, he’s still new,” Benyo said. “That’s what he was doing today, was actually getting more comfortable. He wasn’t flying a customer’s banner, even. It was just getting more comfortable with flying up and down the beaches.”The company has seen many crashes in South Florida in the past.In June 2006, a banner plane crashed at Opa-locka Airport and burst into flames. The pilot was transported in critical condition with serious injuries. The FAA ruled the crash was caused because of pilot error.In November 2007, another banner plane crash happened at North Perry Airport. The plane nose-dived into the ground after stalling. The pilot was critically injured. The NTSB determined pilot error was to blame for the crash. NTSB investigating today’s accident in Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL involving a Piper PA-25.— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 1, 2019The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane took off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines and was seen flying over Fort Lauderdale Beach pulling a banner before the collision.Surveillance video captured the plane moments before it crashed into the Berkley South Condominium building near the beach. “It got caught on the bushes over there on the next street,” Walker said. “He was trying to come this way, but the banner was hanging too low. When it got caught, it just hit that building.”Roger Miller, a resident of the high-rise building that the plane hit, shared a photo to 7News of what looked like a possible part of the plane inside his kitchen.“‘Boom! It wasn’t really a ‘Bang!’ It was a low-pitched boom when the plane hit,” Miller recalled. “It went through the wall and threw the dishwasher across the room, and I would’ve been under that had I gone to the kitchen just seconds earlier. I guess tonight, I’ll probably go to bed thanking God that I’m still alive and still six feet over.”Eugenia Fregoso lives on the sixth floor of the condominium building.“I thought that it was normal because there was construction going on all the time, and you hear noises all the time,” Fregoso said. “The noise was very, very loud, and the building shook a little bit.”One resident said the plane’s impact with the building felt like an earthquake.FirstService Residential, the property manager for the condominium building, said in a statement: “We are very thankful for the first responders who arrived on scene so quickly. Everyone on the property at the time was evacuated from the building, and the residents have since been given the all-clear to return to their homes.”“Well, it’s a good thing that we’re doing construction ’cause the pool is closed,” one resident said. “Otherwise, people would’ve been there, and that’s where the plane hit.”The National Transportation Safety Board said the banner’s release mechanism was open and the banner was no longer attached.The yellow banner the plane had in tow was found across the street from the crash scene.7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where the wings of the plane could be seen separated from the aircraft and a yellow tarp next to it, covering the body of the pilot.The aircraft is said to be from the company Aerial Banners Inc., which have their planes flying over Fort Lauderdale Beach and South Beach advertising festivals and events taking place across South Florida.7News has learned that the FAA has investigated the business before the Friday crash. This afternoon FLFR units responded to a single engine aircraft into the 16th floor of a high rise on the beach. Great job by both FLFR and @FLPD411! It is the close working relationship between these 2 agencies that is helping save lives on a daily basis. #planecrash #rescue pic.twitter.com/Pt3mfYWcPR— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) March 1, 2019Jeff Walker, who was working nearby, said he saw the yellow banner get snagged on something before it went down. The FAA then got involved and revoked Aerial Banners’ waiver to operate. The FAA stated that, from 2005 until 2007, there were two plane crashes with pilot injuries, two hard landings that damaged planes, one pilot ran out of fuel, which forced an emergency landing outside of the airport and found four paperwork violations and safety risks because the planes were modified without proper certification.However, the company went back into business a short time later.In March 2014, a banner plane crashed into a Northeast Miami-Dade lake south of North Perry Airport.In March 2015, a banner plane crashed in West Broward in the Everglades. A rescue helicopter retrieved the pilot, who could be seen walking on the crashed plane’s fuselage, to safety. The pilot was not injured.“The FAA pulled the waiver from Aerial Banners, Inc. This was operating under Aerial Banners North,” Benyo said. “Granted, they’re both my companies, but two separate entities. Twenty-five years we’re doing this. This is, this is just something that is horrific.”The NTSB said Friday they will be investigating the crash.“We’re in the very beginning stage of the investigation,” NTSB investigator Tim Monville. “[The plane] then was observed either by witness accounts making an abrupt right turn flying in a westerly direction towards the building.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will be eager to learn whether test firings of a rocket system for three days next week disturb surrounding communities.After receiving input from the public, the Army will decide whether to conduct an environmental impact study to split training needed by two battalions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System between the Yakima Training Center in central Washington and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.“It’s really to establish what amount of noise we’re creating,” Lt. Col. Jeffrey Schmidt, deputy commander of the rocket system battalions in the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, told the News Tribune.The rockets can create a sonic boom and likely will be louder than the howitzer cannons currently used in training at the installation. The Nisqually Reservation is the closest community to the installation firing range and likely would experience the loudest noises.Traveling to Yakima to test the weapons costs about $227,000 per trip for moving the required Army vehicles.“For us, the benefit is truly not having to make that trip over the mountains,” Schmidt said.Beyond the noise, several local residents said they were concerned about how regular use of the rocket system would impact animals at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. The Army will set up 20 stations on post, and at the reservation and wildlife refuge to monitor noise during the test.
Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system, which can predict whether you’ll die soon. [Representational Image]PixabayIndia’s biggest online retailer Flipkart seeks to pump in a lot of money to build Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions which will help the firm to improve shopper experience, minimize product delivery time and come up with faster solutions for customer complaints.The aggressive push to build AI platform will also require the firm to hire more people having experience in data science and critical skills to handle high-end technology.”We are ending 2017 on a high after having gained market share. Using AI and ML will lead to us offering much better solutions. AI is the future and the best tool available in the tech space,” Sachin Bansal told the Times of India.AI will be the key focus area of Flipkart in 2018 and the Bengaluru-based firm is already working with Microsoft as a partner for more related projects. Earlier this year, Microsoft had invested in Flipkart after which the e-tailer moved to Microsoft Azure for its cloud infrastructure.”For external projects, we are partnering with some of the Indian universities. You will also see acquisitions which we will make in this field,” added Bansal.Flipkart funding has been very strong this year. The company closed a mammoth funding round of $1.4 billion from Tencent Holdings Ltd, eBay Inc and Microsoft Corp, in the biggest-ever funding round which boosted the firm’s ability to compete with its biggest rival Amazon India. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Binny Bansal attend a news conference in Bengaluru, India, February 20, 2017.ReutersAmazon, however, might be a step ahead of Flipkart in using AI for services. It has already started focusing on using more AI in the Indian markets.The director of machine learning at Amazon, Rajeev Rastogi said that both MI and AI are being used in several ways to improve customer experience.For instance, Rastogi said that apart from guiding sellers on categorisation, Amazon with the help of AI also tracks products that have high sales during the festival season in India and based on such factors, it also suggests the best products and deals that can woo customers at that time.”Advertising is another area where we use machine learning. It helps in showing relevant advertisements and promotions to users based on search queries,” said Rastogi.
FILE PHOTO: A driver walks past parked trucks inside a depot during a nationwide strike in Ahmedabad, India, July 20, 2018.REUTERS/Amit Dave/File photoA truckers’ strike across India has affected deliveries for e-commerce firms such as Amazon and Snapdeal, hurt cotton trade in the world’s biggest producer of the fibre and disrupted the movement of grains and vegetables.”The delivery of products in a few cities has been impacted and we are working closely with these customers to get their orders to them quickly,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.India’s Snapdeal, which counts Japan’s SoftBank Group among its investors, said the slowdown of long-haul transportation had hit some of its deliveries in northern and western India. “We have partially mitigated delays by re-allocating shipments as per operational capacities of our logistics partners,” a spokesman for Snapdeal said, adding that it had informed buyers and sellers about the delays.Commodities trade in India has also been hit. Cotton ginning factories are on the verge of closure because of the lack of raw material, said Atul Ganatra, president of Cotton Association of India. “The shipment of cotton has stopped, leading to non-fulfilment of obligations by the exporters resulting in the problems of cancellation and delayed shipment,” Ganatra said.China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan are the main buyers of Indian cotton.Supply of vegetables like onions and potatoes has also fallen in big cities including financial capital Mumbai and national capital Delhi. Some vegetables such as potatoes have become costlier, but the rise is modest for now as traders have leftover stock, said a Mumbai-based trader. “That inventory is now depleting. If the strike continues for a few more days, then prices will rise sharply,” the trader said.Potato prices in Delhi have risen 29 percent in a week, according to data compiled by the National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation.The strike began on July 20 just days after Amazon and home-grown Flipkart, which is being acquired by U.S. retail giant Walmart, concluded their annual sale. The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), the body which has organized the strike, is demanding a cut in federal and state levies on diesel by bringing the fuel under the scope of the nationwide Goods and Service Tax.
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe chairman of the legal redress committee of the Prince George’s County NAACP has been given the green light to consider suing the University of Maryland, College Park for its alleged racist practices and culture that harm African American students, faculty and staff.Talib Karim, a well-known attorney who is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland, told NAACP members at its July 19 meeting that the University of Maryland is not hospitable to Blacks.Talib Karim says the Prince George’s County NAACP may sue the University of Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)“I was at Bowie State University teaching a course last year when a student, Richard Collins III walked in,” Karim said to a group of 20 people. “This student was on his way to a promising military career when he was killed on the campus of the University of Maryland. He was murdered by a young man who professed White supremacist views.“It is my understanding now that the murderer is trying to have his supremacist views not aired before a jury so he won’t get hate crime charges.”Karim said he supports the landmark lawsuit that demands that African-American universities in Maryland get equitable funding from the state that the White universities get. He said as he made his views known, Maryland Del. Angela Angel (D-District 25) told him about the complaints she has heard from Black students and faculty at the University of Maryland.The University of Maryland was founded on March 6, 1856 in College Park, Md., as the flagship public higher education institution in the state. It is a land grant university with an extensive academic program and offers 100 undergraduate and 120 graduate majors for a student body of 39,000.The university operates on a $2.1 billion budget and has an endowment of $542.1 million. Known nationally as a “Public Ivy” institution, Maryland has always been predominantly White and only 10. 8 percent of its students are Black.Karim notes that Prince George’s County is 62.70 percent Black while the state of Maryland is 31 percent Black and is set to be majority-minority by 2020, according to Will Frey, the demographer for the Brookings Institution. He said the disparity in the Black student-Black state resident ratio is unfair.“The university has a small number of Black students and is located in predominantly Black Prince George’s County,” Karim said. “Black Marylanders make up a small segment of the Black students on that university.”Karim noted that Black Marylanders pay taxes to support the university and therefore more Black students, particularly from Prince George’s County, should be admitted there. He said the process of the lawsuit won’t be easy.“This is a long, arduous process and it will be a multi-year process but I have the backing of the national legal counsel,” Karim said.
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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. August 9, 2017 — HeartFlow Inc. announced that four Blue Cross Blue Shield companies have each issued a positive medical policy for the HeartFlow FFRct (fractional flow reserve-computed tomography) Analysis.Each of the four health plans — Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBCNJ), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Blue Cross of Idaho and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City — assessed the technical performance, diagnostic accuracy, clinical utility and clinical benefits of the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis for patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). They determined that the use of noninvasive FFRct following a positive coronary computed tomography (CT) angiogram is considered medically necessary to guide decisions about the use of invasive coronary angiography for its members with stable chest pain (i.e., those with suspected or presumed stable ischemic heart disease).CAD, which today affects 16.8 million Americans, develops when the coronary arteries narrow, reducing blood flow to the heart and causing angina, myocardial infarction and death. The HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is the first and only non-invasive technology to provide insight into both the extent of CAD and the impact of the disease on blood flow to the heart. It is designed to help enable clinicians design a definitive, personalized treatment plan for each patient and reduce the need for additional invasive or noninvasive testing.HeartFlow CEO John H. Stevens, M.D., said the decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield, along with the American Medical Association’s decision to issue a set of Category III CPT codes for HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, indicates increasing acceptance and adoption of the technology.Several other payers have also issued positive coverage decisions, including Aetna, which covers more than 23 million lives. In June, Evidence Street, which provides healthcare technology evaluations for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a national federation of 36 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for 105 million Americans, issued a review supporting the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis and indicating an expected improvement in net health outcomes. Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) of the U.K.’s National Health Service, which covers 59 million lives, issued positive guidance, recommending the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis to help determine the cause of stable chest pain.Additionally, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) recently released updated Appropriate Use Criteria for Coronary Revascularization in Patients with Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, which include the use of HeartFlow FFRct Analysis in determining the appropriateness of revascularization in many clinical scenarios.For more information: www.heartflow.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments Share The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MONTREAL (AP) – An earthquake has rattled the Montreal region early Wednesday, waking up some people but causing no injuries or damage.Natural Resources Canada reported on its website that the magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck shortly after midnight with the epicenter in the Longueuil area just south of Montreal.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake caused some buildings to rumble for a few seconds, sending people scurrying briefly from their houses. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Dominique Anglade, a member of Montreal’s large Haitian community, says on Twitter that she felt the quake and it evoked “very bad memories” of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake that killed her parents.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29204/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> An investigation has begun into how the entire manual of security measures at United States airports was accidentally posted online on a federal procurement website.Labelled “Sensitive Security Information” and dated May 28, 2008, the document contained US government secrets relating to airport passenger screening practices, and detailed technical settings of X-ray machines as well as other luggage screening details.Homeland Security has since launched an investigation into how the sensitive Transportation Security Administration (TSA) document could have been leaked.TSA has moved quickly to diffuse the situation saying while sensitive, the information found in the manual was already widely available in the aviation industry, and that the incident was more of a public relations blunder.The 93-page document revealed a list of 12 countries whose nationals were singled out for additional screening. They were Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.“TSA has many layers of security to keep the travelling public safe and to constantly adapt to evolving threats. TSA is confident that screening procedures currently in place remain strong,” said the TSA in a statement.Already disciplinary actions have been taken against a contractor and several TSA supervisors in relation to the incident. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X
solomon islandsSolomon Islands records solid visitor arrival increase for 2015Rounding out a positive year for the Solomon Islands tourism fortunes, officially released figures this week show international visitation for the period January – December 2015 increased from 20,061 in 2014 to 21,623 – a growth of 7.8 per cent.Australian visitor arrivals again led the way, the 9509 total recorded for the 12 month period representing a 4.10 per cent increase over 2014 and accounting for 43.9 per cent of the 2015 total.New Zealand has for the first time jumped into the number two spot, the 1451 figure recorded for 2015 marking a 3.2 per cent increase over the 1243 total recorded in 2014.The US, Papua New Guinea and Fiji arrivals also showed positive growth, figures increasing by 24.2 per cent, 7.8 per cent and 10.8 per cent, respectively.Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto again attributed the positive result to the efforts the national tourist office has gone to in all key source markets across 2015.“This is particularly the case in Australia and New Zealand where we have been extremely hard at work creating a profile for the Solomon Islands, working hand in hand with our industry colleagues and Solomon Airlines to perpetuate awareness for the destination,” he said.“Our efforts in the US, which was heavily affected by the Fiji Airways-Solomon Airlines impasse in 2014, and PNG have also borne fruit.“But key to everything we do in order to attract more visitation is to continue to continue to broaden the Solomon Islands’ overseas appeal to attract a more diverse range of visitors.“We are renowned as a mecca for SCUBA divers, surfers, backpackers and more latterly, families looking to reconnect while on holiday and the romance/wedding markets.“Leading into 2017 we also see huge potential with the 75th anniversary of the Guadalcanal campaign and the corresponding 100th anniversary of the birth of John F.Kennedy which we know will hold huge potential for us, particularly in the US market.“Key to everything we do is to continue to take long hard looks look and examine how we do are doing things in order for us to take that step change and propel our country’s tourism fortunes into the future.“Having visited Papua New Guinea and New Zealand earlier this year and with a major east coast Australia roadshow planned in May, we are hopeful of an even stronger result in 2016.” Visit SolomonsSource = Mike Parker-Brown, SIVB PR
The Commercial Office of Peru in India, recently organised a seminar in Mumbai called Peru: Empire of Hidden Treasure. Showcasing the landscape of Peru and its tourist attractions, the event stressed on India as an important tourist base. Concluding similar events in Bengaluru, Kolkata and a few cities in Gujarat, Luis M Cabello, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Peru, disclosed plans to target tier-II and tier-III cities, although gradually, given the vastness of the Indian market.Cabello went on to explain the hassle-free visa procurement procedure that would require a passport, travel itinerary, bank documents, a year’s income tax certificate and photograph with white background, on the submission of which the process will require four working days for completion.“From majority of cities in Europe, you will find many flights to Peru. One can fly to Peru via Istanbul, Dubai or Qatar. Air connectivity is not a problem at all,” commented Cabello while speaking about connectivity.“India is soon going to start first free-trade agreement with one of the Latin American countries. And the country is going to be Peru. Once it is done, will further facilitate to promote our country,” said the Counsellor.With markets chiefly based in Chile, U.S. and parts of Europe, India did not feature in the Peruvian map until two-three years back. Marketing strategies are already being executed in terms of connecting companies of the two destinations besides training Indian tour operators. Since we started our business in India, we subsequently realised that India holds tremendous potential for us. Today India has emerged as one of the most important markets for us. In the first year, we took seven companies and a few journalists in our country. Next year it would be better,” he informed.
Los Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Beverly Hills Hotel will debut two ultra-luxe, residential-style “Presidential Bungalows,” offering the ultimate accommodations at Dorchester Collection’s “Pink Palace.” Carefully nestled within 12 lush, landscaped acres of banana leaves, palm trees and perfectly manicured gardens, the new Presidential Bungalows will be the largest, most prestigious suites in Los Angeles with more than 5,500 square feet of living space indoors and out. Reservations can be booked now for arrival beginning on February 15, 2011 for the first new Bungalow. The second Bungalow will be available as of March 2011. Rates range from $9,000 to $12,000 per night. Leading the first additions to the landmark hotel grounds since renowned architect Paul Williams added the Crescent Wing over half a decade ago, Rottet Studio of Los Angeles drew inspiration from the sought-after original Bungalows, casting a modern eye on traditional design to create a “new Beverly Hills” experience that updates the historic Mediterranean character of the hotel and grounds. The Presidential Bungalows resemble individual homes set in the most prestigious residential neighborhood of Beverly Hills, with indoor living opening to the outdoors while assuring absolute privacy.Wrapped in the seclusion of The Beverly Hills Hotel, each Presidential Bungalow is a home away from home in classic pink stucco with its own private entrance; a Great Room with dining room and chicly furnished living room; a professional kitchen; custom-designed furnishings and beautifully collected pieces from the 1920s to modern day; three bedrooms with luxurious baths featuring free-standing tubs, steam showers and vanities; and, in the timeless Hollywood tradition, a limestone fireplace in every room. Beautiful gardens surround each bungalow with outdoor spaces with private lap pool, fireplace, dining area with nighttime illumination, entertainment systems, exercise areas, courtyards, and the only private outdoor showers in Los Angeles.Notable interior design highlights include: • Fireplace in every room – five in total, including circular outdoor fireplace • Great Room with classic cottage raised-beam ceiling, custom walnut wood planked floors, and a dining room with seating for 10 overlooking a waterfall-edge plunge pool • Professional chef’s kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, stove, microwave, undermount sink with stainless steel apron, stone counter tops, glassware display shelving and mirror backsplash as well as a butler’s pantry and private entrance for staff • Bright interior color palette inspired by the beauty of California outside • Wood-clad Art Deco-style Study overlooking gardens and the pool, with custom-designed rolled-edge peninsular desk with innovative swivel lamp and every technology • Master Bedroom with unique furnishings and a fireplace facing inside and out before French doors that open onto an individual private garden • Sizable walk-in closet with vast luggage space and adjacent makeup room to appease the legendary Hollywood pastime of getting Red Carpet-ready in style • Master Bathroom with garden views and a freestanding bathtub for two, stone Deco-inspired vanity, nine-foot counter, separate W.C., and rain shower/steam shower with two showerheads • Two spacious Junior Bedrooms with individual private gardens and courtyard access • Gallery/Sun Porch with fireplace, sectional sofa, custom tables and high-tech entertainment components. Can be joined to each of three bedrooms to create a privately keyed suite • Home-theatre components in virtually every room with Bang & Olufsen flat-screen monitors (65-inch in the Great Room) with BluRay/DVD players and input for game controllers. MP3 player docks with built-in speakers in all rooms and outdoor spaces, including underwater in the swimming pool • High-touch technology with a single, easy-to-use remote control for lights, drapes, fireplaces and all media optionsNotable exterior design highlights include: • Over-sized private gardens landscaped with inspiration from The Beverly Hills Hotel’s legendary tropical paradise • Lap pool with waterfall features and underwater speakers • Custom-designed lounge furniture for relaxing beneath the stars or in the sunny California climate, with dining area lit by elegant wrought-iron gas lanterns • Outdoor fireplace and outdoor design elements unique to each bungalow including circular outdoor banquette seating at Bungalow 23 and a greenwall garden backdrop behind the pool at Bungalow 24 • Outdoor garden shower for two off the Master Bathroom, with absolute privacywww.beverlyhillshotel.com