Congress lodges complaints against Goa BJP-led goverment for violation of model code of conduct

first_imgCongress in Goa on March 31 lodged a series of complaints against the State BJP-led government of violating model code of conduct.Goa Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello on March 31 said that the party has lodged a complaint with Goa Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) with a copy to Election Commission in New Delhi pointing out that Ministers in the ruling BJP government in Goa have been calling the PWD engineers and issuing work orders.This conduct of the Ministers in the ruling BJP government is against the model code of conduct. Necessary directions must be issued by the Election Commission of India to the ruling BJP government that no new works are to be started, said the complaint.The complaint also said that it has been brought to notice of the Congress party that at the time of filing of nominations of the South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar and the North Goa MP and AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, the official cars of the Ministers have been used for the purpose of ferrying the Ministers to the Collectors Office.Official cars issued to the Ministers can be only used for the purpose of taking the Ministers to their residence or to the Legislative Assembly/Chambers and the said official cars cannot be used for the private purpose including electioneering, when the model code of conduct is in force, the Congress party complaint stated.Compensation regarding land acquisitionRaising its third issue, the Congress complaint said that it has also been brought to their notice by the senior bureaucrats in the Goa government that the ruling BJP government is seeking to release compensation regarding land acquisition to the former Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar who is now contesting from the Shiroda constituency.“Your attention is invited to the fact that the said amount if released during the election code of conduct by the BJP government to Mr. Shirodkar it will violate the model code of conduct.”The Congress also invited the attention of the election authorities that a complaint is also filed before the Goa Lokayukta P.K. Mishra dated 21/3/2019 who has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary seeking a report from him whilst also directing the entire record of the land acquisition to be placed before the Lokayukta.The Congress demanded that the Election Commission issue an urgent and immediate direction to Mr. Shirodkar to stop payment of any compensation, when the model code of conduct is in force, as the same will violate the poll code.last_img read more

Narain, Karun in Force India’s simulator test

first_imgForce India have not yet decided who their two race drivers will be in the 2011 Formula One season, but what’s more intriguing is how they called India’s top two drivers for simulator tests on the outskirts of London at the same time last month.While it is public knowledge that Narain Karthikeyan did the simulator test and had spoken about it in public, news of Karun Chandhok also being part of that simulator test came to light only on Thursday.Informed sources told MAIL TODAY that the two Indian drivers were in for a shock when they realised they were not going to be alone during the exercise undertaken by Force India.Apparently, the simulator has been designed by McLaren Applied Technology and a few F1 teams use it to evaluate drivers.” It’s almost like the simulator for jet planes where conditions and parameters can be changed to test a pilot’s skills. In the F1 simulator, be it free practice, qualifying or race conditions, everything was changed to test the two Indians drivers’ skills,” said a top source.While Narain and Karun, the biggest faces of Indian racing, have avoided talking on this subject, those involved closely with Indian motorsports say that the two drivers were surprised that they had been kept in the dark about having company during the tests.The F1 simulator session included everything from changing track conditions to fuel load and then evaluating the speeds of the drivers. The exercise was watched by Force India boss Vijay Mallya and the race engineers of the team with over 100 sensors recording a plethora of information thrown out by the computers.advertisementIt is learnt that in all these sessions, Karun was faster than Narain by close to one second.This did baffle the Force India people, as they had been hoping for a different result.But what is more surprising is that all this was for the third driver’s slot, with no guarantee if they would actually get to race in the Indian Grand Prix next year.As MAIL TODAY has reported, Narain has huge financial backing from his sponsors Tatas and they have been in touch with a few other F1 teams as well. However, nothing has been finalised till now. Market sources say the Tatas are ready to spend in the region of $ 10 million for Narain’s Formula One seat.It is also learnt that the entire simulator programme was put out by the Force India team. As regards who could be the main drivers for Force India in 2011, there is a lot of guessing going on.One name doing the rounds is that of Paul di Resta, who is backed by Mercedes and managed by Anthony Hamilton, father of Lewis Hamilton. The other possible drivers are Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg.Sources have confirmed to MAIL TODAY that Force India is keen on an Indian driver in the 2011 season. The intrigue continues.last_img read more

Media Release – Cavendish Road SHS

first_imgStudents at the school study touch football as a subject and the results are outstanding. The girls are especially successful and they are the current World All Schools Champions having first won the title in Singapore in 2006 and then successfully defending their title again in 2008. Last year the under 15 girls won the prestigious Qld All Schools title from almost three hundred competing schools.The school contributed no less than three girls to the successful Australian under18 team, which won the Trans Tasman series in Auckland last year.In July of this year the under15 girls team have accepted an invitation to travel to Bristol, UK to compete in the European Championships where they will play in the Open Women’s division against teams including England, Scotland, Wales and France. This in itself will provide a very real test for the young Cavendish Road students.The school team has a number of talented indigenous students including Qld representative and team captain Tracy Hill, who it is hoped, will one day emulate Bo Dela Cruz the Australian Women’s indigenous superstar.The girls are coached by former Australian Women’s team, triple World Cup winning coach, Peter Bell. Mr Bell, a PE teacher at the school and coordinator of the touch excellence program says, “The girls have been training and fundraising for some time. They are really focussed and looking forward to the experience. While we are reasonably confident of doing well, this is more about contributing to the development of the sport of touch in Europe and importantly in schools in the UK.” The team will tour around Britain and France in a lead up to the Euros and will conduct clinics as well as play games in British schools. The cost of the tour is around $60000 and the team would be extremely appreciative of anyone who wishes to help the team financially with their fundraising efforts or otherwise. The school phone number is 07 3394 0773.Related Filesmedia_release_cav_road_cobras__2_-doclast_img read more

a month ago​Henderson denies Liverpool favourites for UCL

first_img​Henderson denies Liverpool favourites for UCLby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson does not see his side as being the favourites to win the Champions League.The Reds are defending their European crown, which only Real Madrid has managed in recent memory.While they are still blessed with an incredibly talented squad, Henderson does not see them as being the de facto favourites.Henderson said the following to the club’s official website: “I think it’s too early to be saying stuff like that. “For us, we’ve started the season really well and we just want to continue that on. “We still feel we can improve and still get better, so that’s what we try to do tomorrow night, try to give everything and start the campaign off really well. On Tuesday’s first Champions League clash of the season against Napoli, the Englishman added: “Maybe [we are favourites], but I feel as though being at Liverpool, everybody wants to beat you anyway. It’s the same for us – we want to beat everybody we play, they want to beat us.”For us, it’s the same as it always has been – to give everything in every single game we play. “We know that it’ll be a tough game tomorrow, they’re a great side but we’ve got to concentrate on what we can do. If we can perform to the level I know we can then we have a good opportunity to win the game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Small Scale LNG Carriers Growing in Popularity

first_imgzoom Traditionally, the transportation of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) has been done in LNG carriers that move the product in the most economical way from the producers to their final destination.LNG is then re-distributed via pipelines to the final users. But the same that other energy sources have been changing the way they are transported over the years, there are changes in the LNG distribution and transportation that make it feasible and even economical to move it in smaller parcels with the use of Small LNG carriers, able to get closer to the final customer.But there is also an expanding fleet of small LNG carriers in the market today designed with sizes between 1,000 to 30,000 cbms and able to transport LNG, and other petrochemicals.The size of what is considered a small LNG carrier comes given by the technology used: the smaller ships normally use IMO type C tanks, which are best suitable and economical for ships of those sizes. This makes more logical the use of ship owners with previous experience in the ethylene transportation segment, since they are more familiar with the technology and the requirements of smaller ships.To address these developments and changes in the market, has worked on identifying and analyzing the players in this market, looking at the ship owners building ships for the transportation of LNG in small scale.“ maintains a list of Small LNG carriers, covering all the ships available in the world or in firm order. We are looking carefully at the players and the changes in this subsegment of the market, because we see a huge growth potential in the near future for the transportation of LNG in small scale,” states Eduardo Perez, principal consultant at updated world fleet list of small LNG carriers is available here.Press Release, May 29, 2014; Image: Small-LNG.comlast_img read more

Damen Takes the Helm at Curaçao Yard

first_imgzoom Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has taken over the management of the Curaçao Droogdok Maatschappij (CDM) as of February 1st, 2017, some five months after Damen Shipyards Group and the government of Curaçao agreed on the transaction.The company said that the yard, located on the route to the Panama Canal, will continue its activities under the name of Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu).The yard features two graven docks and almost 2 kilometres of quay side. In the coming years Damen is set to invest around USD 40 million in a third floating dock and the yard’s infrastructure and equipment.“The cooperation between Damen, the Curaçao government, local trade unions and the personnel of the yard has been very pleasant during the period of negotiations and transfer of ownership. We are very much looking forward to continuing this collaboration in the future. It is excellent to see the enthusiasm of all parties to make this yard such a success,” Durk-Jan Nederlof, Group Director Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said.Furthermore, the company said that it will, together with the Curaçao government, invest in training and schooling of local technical personnel.Damen Shiprepair Curaçao is part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion group, which currently operates 42 dry docks in 16 shipyards worldwide.last_img read more

Probes of Trump taxes carry potential for millions in fines

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Though President Donald Trump insists he did nothing wrong on his taxes, experts say he could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in civil fines if state and federal authorities substantiate a New York Times report that found he and his family cheated the IRS for decades.The statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges has long run out, but civil cases have no such limits, and the financial penalties could be staggering. Civil fraud charges for intentionally underpaying taxes, as the Times alleged the Trump family did, could include a penalty of up to 75 per cent of the unpaid federal taxes and double the unpaid state amount, experts said.The penalties “could be substantial, and if the allegations are proven in court, they should be levied,” said Norman Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and former chief ethics counsel in the Obama administration.The New York tax department said it is studying the Times’ 15,000-word report and “vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation.” New York City also said it would investigate. A spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service declined to comment.Trump tweeted that the newspaper did “a very old, boring and often told hit piece on me.”The White House dismissed the report as a “misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times,” but spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the newspaper got one thing right: Trump’s father not only did deals with his son but heaped praise on him by saying “everything he touched turned to gold.”A lawyer for Trump, Charles J. Harder, told the Times that there was no “fraud or tax evasion” and that parts of the report were “extremely inaccurate.”The Times said Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax manoeuvrs, including outright fraud. The report contradicts Trump’s portrayal of himself as a self-made billionaire who started with just a $1 million loan from his father.Taxe law experts expressed skepticism that the IRS would mount any civil investigation. The main reason, they said, is that the Times account says IRS officials have already conducted extensive audits of the estate left by Trump’s parents.“That ship has sailed,” said Mark W. Everson, who was IRS commissioner during President George W. Bush’s second term and is now vice chairman of AlliantGroup, a Houston-based corporate tax advisory firm. He added: “I would be concerned were the service to reach back that far in time, given that it could only be doing so because of the person’s current position.”In addition to manoeuvrs aimed at avoiding estate taxes, the Times reported that the president’s father, Fred Trump, paid no federal gift taxes on seven buildings that were transferred to Donald Trump and his siblings.That opens another possible avenue of investigation, said Beth Shapiro Kaufman, a Caplin & Drysdale tax lawyer and a former Treasury official.There is typically a three-year statute of limitations on federal gift inquiries, but that doesn’t apply when a gift is made without being reported to the government. And if the donor is dead, the IRS would have the ability to go after the beneficiary of the gift for unpaid taxes, Kaufman said.In New York, tax officials had already been looking into whether Trump or his charitable foundation misrepresented their tax liability. State law would allow them to seek civil penalties if they can show someone intentionally sought to evade taxes, even decades ago. Those who lose such cases are often required to pay their back taxes along with penalties.In August, the state subpoenaed former Trump attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen as part of the probe.The state investigation follows Democratic state Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s lawsuit alleging Trump illegally tapped his Trump Foundation to settle legal disputes, help his campaign for president and cover personal and business expenses, including the purchase of a 6-foot portrait of himself for $10,000.Eisen said that if Democrats win the House in November, they will have the investigative muscle and subpoena power to scour Trump’s latter-day tax records and see whether the tax schemes alleged by the Times have continued.Former IRS Deputy Commissioner Mark E. Matthews cautioned that the IRS would not be obligated to conduct an investigation if Congress turned up new evidence of continuing tax manoeuvrs, but added: “The agency knows where its bread is buttered. If it gets to the point of a full committee report with new evidence, somebody at the IRS will take a hard look. But there’s no guarantee they’d go beyond a look.”The federal tax code’s statute of limitations for criminal cases is typically no more than six years, legal experts said. To bring criminal charges, investigators would have to find a continuing tax fraud conspiracy that stretched into recent years, they said.Building such a case — similar to the charges that former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to last month — would require overwhelming recent evidence, buttressed by new documents and strong testimony from Trump insiders, the experts said.___AP writers David Klepper in Albany, N.Y., Michael Sisak in New York and Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Group promises reforms to protect buyers in BCs scorching real estate market

VANCOUVER — An advisory group looking at allegations made against British Columbia’s real estate industry says it expects to make recommendations that include bigger penalties for those who breach the law and a simpler complaint process for consumers.In a progress report submitted to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, the group says it also expects to suggest limiting the ability of real estate agents to represent both buyers and sellers in the same transactions.The advisory group chaired by real estate superintendent Carolyn Rogers was appointed by the council in February to improve consumer protection and strengthen public confidence in the industry.Foreign money is flowing into Canadian condominiums, raising concerns about market vulnerabilityOttawa’s new rules showing ‘no impact’ on hot Vancouver, Toronto housing marketsChinese are buying third of Vancouver homes, analyst’s rough tally estimatesThe progress report released Tuesday says it expects to suggest giving the council more enforcement tools, such as requiring all contract assignments to be reported directly to the council.The practice by some Metro Vancouver agents allows a contract to be resold multiple times before a property deal closes, driving up prices and commissions.The report highlighted 10 areas where the advisory group expects to make recommendations.Council chairwoman Marylou Leslie says it is looking forward to strengthening consumer protection based on the advisory group’s work.“We are pleased by the breadth and scope of the topics that are under consideration in the progress report, and by the indications of the strong enhancements to the regulatory framework that the independent advisory group is looking at making,” she said in a statement.The group says it expects to meet an early June deadline to deliver its final report and recommendations.“While we have not included recommendations in this report, we are very clear on what needs to be done, and I’m confident the final report will meet public expectations of a stronger and more effective regulatory system,” Rogers said. read more

In Brussels Ban urges joint efforts against terrorism and in addressing displacement

In Brussels, Belgium, today, ahead of the start of a forum by the European Commission, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with several European officials, discussing such issues as the need for stronger international cooperation in the face of emerging challenges related to terrorism, and also visited with refugees and volunteers working at a soup kitchen. In a press conference following a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, and a number of European Union (EU) commissioners, the Secretary-General recalled that on 22 March, the world grieved with Brussels as the vibrant and diverse city experienced horrific violence. “At the time, I expressed hope that Europe’s commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence would be the ‘true and lasting response to the hatred and violence,’” Mr. Ban said. “I urge the people of Belgium and all of Europe to remain committed to these ideals. Leaders and communities have to be steadfast in opposing xenophobia, discrimination and violence,” he added. Commending Mr. Juncker’s leadership in efforts to forge a common European and global response to the large movements of refugees and migrants, the Secretary-General said he appreciated all efforts to ensure greater responsibility sharing among European States. Mr. Ban also emphasized the need to support communities to be able to host the large number of arrivals, as well as to develop ways to work together to address the root causes of displacement and ensure better protection. In that vein, he said he remained “deeply distressed” at the high number of deaths in the Mediterranean.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with refugees at Le Point Soupe de Vivre Ensemble, a local soup kitchen in Brussels. Credit: UN News Centre (Screenshot picture, UN Photo/Rick Bajornas) Mr. Ban also noted that he had discussed with Mr. Juncker the support of the EU to the efforts of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to bring about a peaceful settlement in Cyprus, under the auspices of the UN’s Good Offices. The two officials also exchanged views on disaster reduction, humanitarian action and sustainable development. “The EU was instrumental in supporting the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change,” the Secretary-General said. “As we embark on implementing these landmark accords, I count on the EU to continue leading by example.” Mr. Ban commended EU Member States for taking steps to align their national development plan with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and thanked the EU for signing the Paris Agreement. In addition, he urged the EU to work to accelerate the process for the Agreement’s early entry into force. “In addressing the pressing issues of our time, the norms and values of the UN Charter remain our guide,” the Secretary-General said. “At the core of the Charter is the belief that cooperation between the UN and regional bodies is essential for preventing and resolving conflict, protecting human rights and achieving a better world for all,” he added, noting that the UN-EU partnership is an “inspiring example of what is possible when we work together.” Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General, along with Mrs. Ban, met with refugees, migrants and staff at Le Point Soupe de Vivre Ensemble, a local soup kitchen in Brussels. Upon his arrival, Mr. Ban met with Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council. He later met with Martin Shultz, the President of the European Parliament, with whom he also discussed large movements of refugees and migrants, development cooperation and the prevention of violent extremism. read more

Can Katie Ledecky Break The 8Minute Barrier

Ledecky tends to pace herself about a half-second faster (per 50 meters) in the 400. She swam the middle lengths of her pre-Olympics 400 record in an average of 30.2 seconds, compared with 30.7 in her 800-meter record. If she follows a similar pattern this time, she’ll need to approximately match that 30.2 — which she can do by essentially swimming exactly her 400-meter race, plus an extra 400 meters in the middle at around 30.4 seconds — barely slower than her worst split in that event of 30.3.This is a tall order, indeed. But there are reasons to think it’s not impossible. Ledecky improved her best time in the 200 meters by 0.68 seconds, and in the 400 meters by 1.91 seconds. Let’s compare those improvements to what she needs for eight minutes: First, a note on how fast eight minutes would be: Since the ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits in 2009, no woman other than Ledecky has managed to swim under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. So eight minutes would literally mean swimming 800 meters faster than anyone else can swim half the distance. But while that sounds crazy, it’s not out of character: Ledecky already swims the 1,500 meters at a faster pace than any other woman swims the 800 meters, and her present 800-meter time would already put her in the 10 fastest women in the 400 meters in the textile era.So can she do it? Perhaps even now?It would definitely take an incredible effort, great even among her great efforts. Using her splits from these Olympics and from her previous best times at each distance, I’ve constructed what this hypothetical 7:59.99 swim would look like, and it doesn’t look easy: We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics.So far in these Olympics, the 19-year-old freestyle swimming sensation Katie Ledecky has won four medals for the U.S., three of them gold, and shattered the 400-meter world record in stunning fashion. She has just one event left in these games, and it’s the one that rocketed her to prominence in 2012: the 800-meter freestyle. She swam a leisurely 8:12.86 in her qualifying heat on Thursday, which is both an Olympic record and faster than any other woman has ever swum this distance. A repeat swim in the final would assure her a gold medal.Ledecky’s world record in this event — set somewhat unexpectedly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in January in Austin — is 8:06.68. Even before these Olympics began, people have started to wonder whether she might — someday — be able to achieve the unthinkable: A per-lap improvement over 800 similar to what she has done in the 200 and 400 would put her within a few seconds of eight minutes.Does her preliminary time tell us anything? A time of 8:12.86 is a far cry from 8:00, and many of the best world records set in these games have been preceded by near-misses in the earlier rounds. But as a distance event, and as close to guaranteed of advancing as is possible, Ledecky’s time doesn’t tell us much. She was in a comparable situation in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when she put up 8:19.42 in her preliminary heat, a full 8.42 slower than her then-world record of 8:11. And here’s how that turned out: She went on to break her record by 3.61 seconds (shattering what was then an 8:10 barrier in the process).A similar 12.08-second improvement on her leisure heat this year would be 5.9 seconds faster than her record, and would put her at 8:00.78. While a jump that large isn’t necessarily implied by the fact that she has done it before, it at least suggests that such an improvement — which would only be slightly larger than what her times and trends already suggest — is credible. And when you’re that close to such a milestone, who knows. A slightly faster reaction time here, a slightly longer sprint at the end there — plus it will be her last race of the games so she should hold nothing back — and the impossible looks a lot more plausible. read more

Man arrested following search of two Dublin halting sites

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man after the search of two halting sites in the Ronanstown area of west Dublin this morning.Cannabis resin and cannabis herb were discovered during the raid with an estimated street value of €20,000. Six vehicles and a number of items of property were also seized by investigating gardaí.Gardaí were carrying out the inquiry as part of a multi-agency operation involving gardaí from Ronanstown, divisional search teams, the Divisional Task Force, local and national detective units, CAB, the Stolen Car Unit, the Air Support Unit, along with Revenue, Social Welfare and South County Dublin officials.Read: On the roads: Gardaí to get 170 new vehicles >last_img read more

National security cited in blocking Huawei from building US LTE network

first_imgEver heard of Huawei? Maybe not, but you’re going to be hearing about the smartphone, tablet, and networking company a lot more thanks to a very public (and xenophobic) miscue by the U.S. government. Huawei has been officially whacked with the banhammer and won’t be allowed to participate in the construction of a cross-country LTE network for public safety.Back in January, the FCC announced that it had chosen LTE as the standard that will power a nationwide network connecting police, fire, and EMS crews. The goal is to boost interoperability among organizations, so LTE — which had already seen support from a number of wireless carriers in the U.S. certainly seemed like the obvious choice.Here’s where Huawei enters the picture. Huawei might not be a household name in the U.S., but the company has plenty of experience building LTE networks — they worked with Teliasonera to deploy LTE in Oslo way back in 2009 and rolled out the first trial network in China in February of this year. By June, Huawei had racked up a half dozen more contracts to deploy LTE in different locations around the globe.But in the U.S., there are lingering security concerns that have gotten Huawei blackballed. In 2008, the Feds blocked Huawei from purchasing 3Com on national security grounds. The problem? Huawei reportedly has strong ties to the People’s Liberation Army — though the company vehemently denies those accusations. Beyond that, rampant fears that Huawei-built equipment could be bugged by the Chinese government continue to influence decisions in Washington.That’s despite the fact that no one from the U.S. government has ever bothered to audit Huawei’s equipment, accodring to VP William Plummer — even though Huawei specifically requested they do so. What’s even more curious is that Huawei was invited to an LTE test session in April by the NIST. Why bother inviting them to the test knowing that they’re going to have the door slammed in their collective faces when it’s time to build? To make it appear publicly like they were being given a fair shake.More at Fierce Broadbandlast_img read more

Several new matches announced for the 124 WWE TLC PPV from Dallas

first_img Pinterest What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Drew Mcintyre yes that is sucking feud wwe sd live have no intention giving ziggler title as they maked ladder match than why they also didnt add maryse banned from rinside. Videos Articles Nikki Bella Videos Articles Santanu WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands 5 COMMENTS saurabh Coming out of last night’s 11/22 WWE Smackdown Live in Ottawa, the following matches were announced for the WWE TLC PPV on December 4 in Dallas.WWE World Title, TLC Match:AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean AmbroseWWE Intercontinental Title, Ladder Match:The Miz (c) w/Maryse vs. Dolph ZigglerSmackdown Women’s Title:Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa BlissChairs Match:Baron Corbin vs. KalistoNo DQ Match:Nikki Bella vs. CarmellaA WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship match is also scheduled as champions Heath Slater and Rhyno will defend against the winners of a match between American Alpha and The Wyatt Family of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton that is set for next week’s 11/29 WWE Smackdown Live.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child November 25, 2016 at 12:56 am November 25, 2016 at 1:08 am Facebook Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Intercontinental Title, Ladder Match:The Miz (c) w/Maryse vs. Dolph Ziggler…This is the feud that never ends. Santanu Fenix provides injury update, appears to be ready for Ladder Match at AEW All Out Twitter November 24, 2016 at 11:17 am Jeffery Adam Phillips saurabh Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch November 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm Ronda Rousey November 25, 2016 at 12:54 am Comments are closed. Even spirit squad A ladder match so now maryse can interfere all the time! WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two matches advertised for Monday Night RAW, the night after WWE SummerSlam Videos Articles WhatsApplast_img read more

Week In Review 618622

first_imgWednesday 6/20Audio PlayerWednesday-0620.mp3VmWednesday-0620.mp300:00RPdWest LNG Alternative Selected For Kenai Spur Highway Reroute, Borough Assembly Votes Against Utilizing The Land Trust Fund, Bed Tax Fails Once Again Thursday 6/21Audio Player06-22-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm06-22-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdGovernor Signs Oil Tax Bond Despite Impending Lawsuit, Updates On Construction Projects On The Kenai Peninsula, DF&G Closes Set Gillnet Fishery In Northern District For Monday, Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 6/19Audio Player06-22-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm06-22-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdRussian River Sanctuary Opens Early For Sport Fishing, Borough Mayor Proposes Funding Cuts To Schools And Tourism Industry, Kenai Looks At Banning Certain Marijuana Cultivation Facilities In Residential Zones, Nikiski Man Arrested For Assault And Threatening A Woman With An Axecenter_img Friday 6/22Audio PlayerFriday-0622.mp3VmFriday-0622.mp300:00RPdKasilof Man Stabbed To Death During Altercation, Tustumena Struck By Whale Near Kodiak, Kenai River Sport Fishery Starting July Off With No Bait, Rod And Reel Fishery For Early-Run Kenai River Chinook Salmon is Closed Monday 6/18Audio PlayerMonday-0618.mp3VmMonday-0618.mp300:00RPdDF&G Banned All Angling For King Salmon On The Kenai River, SB91 Expands Discretionary Parole Eligibility For Current Inmates, Taxes, It’s What’s On The Agendalast_img read more

Battle begins over Trumps SC pick

first_imgDonald TrumpLawmakers fired the opening shots Tuesday in a bitter political battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative judge tapped by president Donald Trump to fill a vacancy on the US Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America’s top court, potentially shaping many aspects of US society for decades to come, including women’s access to abortions.Trump on Monday nominated Kavanaugh, 53, as his pick to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying the federal judge has “impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”The job-for-life appointment would lock down a conservative majority on the court following the departure of Kennedy, who acted as swing vote on a number of major issues including the legalization of gay marriage across America.Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.In selecting Kavanaugh, Trump “has put women’s reproductive rights and vital health care protections… at grave, grave risk,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.“Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other.”Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a “rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires.”But the Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a “superb choice” in Kavanaugh and urged senators to “put partisanship aside.”The conservative action group Judicial Crisis Network immediately launched a website called featuring an advertisement for the nominee who “applies the Constitution just as it was written.”Little wiggle roomCalls to put party politics aside are likely to go unheard in Washington.The appointment of Supreme Court justices was once a fairly civil and bipartisan affair: when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated in 1993, Senators voted 96-3 to confirm her.Not anymore.Kavanaugh’s nomination sets the stage for a brutal confirmation battle, a blueprint for which Republicans established in 2016 when they denied a hearing to Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s choice to fill the seat left vacant following the death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia.When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold.But Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities in the Senate: 51 Republicans, against 49 Democrats and Independents. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.During the Gorsuch vote, three Democrats from conservative states ended up siding with Republicans, and a question now is whether they will support Kavanaugh.The newly-nominated justice on Tuesday went to the US Capitol to begin meeting with senators ahead of any confirmation hearings to explain his positions.“If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case, and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American Rule of Law,” he said earlier.McConnell told reporters that Kavanaugh’s confirmation should be complete by the time the Supreme Court’s new session begins in October.Bush eraKavanaugh worked for president George W. Bush, who appointed him in 2003 to the US Court of Appeals in Washington-where he was finally confirmed in 2006 after years of Democratic obstruction.Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher. He has the reputation of a staunch conservative, one who many Republicans hope could help overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision guaranteeing women the right to an abortion.He has ruled on hundreds of cases, and contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s report into president Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined grounds for Clinton’s impeachment.Later he was part of Bush’s legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush’s winning the presidency.While Democrats tried to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist, Republicans said he was the type of moderate Bush might have appointed.Kavanaugh is also a robust supporter of the executive power of the presidency-so much so that Democrats warn that Trump wants Kavanaugh on the bench as a check against possible legal action against him, including potential subpoenas related to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe.Mueller is looking into any links between Russia and Trump’s 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.Trump “chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation,” Schumer said, adding that Kavanaugh has written that a president should not be investigated and could choose not to follow the law if he deemed it unconstitutional.last_img read more

Shopping For A Hurricane Emergency Kit With Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

first_img Listen 00:00 /11:44 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Michael Hagerty interviews Harris County Judge Ed Emmett while assembling a hurricane kit at Houston’s Southland Hardware. (Harris County OEM) As each new storm season approaches, we often hear about the importance of putting together an emergency kit for you and your family. But this year, in the wake of Harvey’s destruction, Houstonians might have even more motivation than ever. Last year, on the cusp of hurricane season, Michael Hagerty got some help putting together his emergency kit from someone who really knows how: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.As the chief administrator for Harris County, Judge Emmett is often the face of emergency management and preparedness for Greater Houston. During Hurricane Ike in 2008, he made the term “hunker down” a Houston catchphrase.Michael met up with Emmett at Southland Hardware, located on Westheimer in Montrose, to do some shopping for some of the items needed to hunker down or evacuate in the event of a storm.Judge Emmett says Houstonians should prepare the same way, no matter what the projected forecast is for the hurricane season.“If we have 25 hurricanes in the world and none of them hit us, then that’s a good year,” he said. “But if there’s only one hurricane in the entire world and it happens to his us — that’s a bad year. So people have got to prepare now so that they’re not scrambling around at the last minute.”MORE: Emergency Kit Checklist (Harris County Office of Emergency Management)– / 11 last_img read more

Orb web spiders found to be better guards after sex

first_img More information: Emasculation: gloves-off strategy enhances eunuch spider endurance, Biology Letters, Published online before print June 13, 2012, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0285AbstractMales of sexually cannibalistic spiders commonly mutilate parts of their paired genitals (palps) during copulation, which may result in complete emasculation or the ‘eunuch phenomenon’. In an orb-web nephilid spider, Nephilengys malabarensis, about 75 per cent of males fall victim to sexual cannibalism, and the surviving males become half-eunuchs (one palp emasculated) or full-eunuchs (both palps emasculated). While it has been shown that surviving eunuchs are better fighters compared with intact males when guarding the females with which they have mated, mechanisms behind eunuchs’ superior fighting abilities are unknown. The previously proposed ‘gloves-off’ hypothesis, attributing eunuchs’ enhanced locomotor endurance to the reduction in total body weight caused by genital mutilation, is plausible but has remained untested. Here, we tested the gloves-off hypothesis in N. malabarensis by comparing the time until exhaustion (i.e. endurance) of intact males with half- and full-eunuchs created experimentally. We found that by reducing body weight up to 4 per cent in half-eunuchs and 9 per cent in full-eunuchs through emasculation, endurance increases significantly in half-eunuchs (32%) and particularly strongly in full-eunuchs (80%). Our results corroborate the gloves-off hypothesis and further point towards the adaptive significance of male emasculation. Previously, Daiqin Li and colleagues at the National University of Singapore found that the male orb web spider loses its sex organ, called a palp, due to it breaking off during sex because it allowed the male to continue pumping in sperm even as the male was either eaten by the female or fled the scene. Now new research by the same team has found that for those males that escape the female after mating, the loss of the heavy palp affords the survivors more stamina in warding off other would be suitors, thus helping to ensure that the original male produces offspring. The team has published a paper on their findings in the journal Biology Letters. Sex for male orb web spiders is truly a risky business. The researchers found that only about twenty five percent of them survive the encounter as the females are bigger and stronger and eat the males whenever they get the chance. Because of this, the researchers say, the male has evolved to where it allows its palp to break off during the tryst so that he might better escape being eaten, while still finishing the job he set out to do, namely, copulate to produce progeny. After he’s dead or gone, his palp continues to push his sperm into the female, thus increasing his chances of producing offspring. But the researchers have now found that those that do survive make much better guards than they would were their palps still attached due to increased stamina. This is because the palps are pretty big and heavy compared to the rest of the spider’s anatomy.To find out just how much more stamina the spiders have without their palps, the researchers removed them manually from several volunteers and then subjected them to endurance testing. In so doing, they found that spiders with one palp removed (which reduced its body weight by four percent) had 32% more endurance than did spiders that retained both. Even more remarkably, when both palps were removed, reducing its body weight by nine percent, the spiders showed an increase in endurance of up to 80%.This is important for the spiders because once they’ve mated, their sole reason for living is warding off other suitors seeking to replace the original mater’s sperm with some of their own. With their lowered weight, those spiders that have already mated not only have more endurance but are lighter on their feet so to speak, giving them a huge advantage over other males still carrying around their cumbersome palps. 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. Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: Orb web spiders found to be better guards after sex (2012, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 Phys.Org Nephilengys malabarensis. Image (c) Daiqin Li/University of Singapore Explore further Male spiders of one species lose their genitals after sex to increase sperm count in femaleslast_img read more

3 Things Business Owners Need to Know About BI

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Business intelligence, or BI, is changing the way small to mid-size companies are making decisions, and it is creating significant advantages for those that do it well. If you are an entrepreneur, you know how important information is when it pertains to decisions that involve the future of your business. Data-driven decision-making helps improve potential outcomes by reducing speculation in favor of analysis.Industry experts are all talking about the ways in which data and BI are becoming essential tools for all business owners. Peter Sondergaard of Gartner Research summarized the importance of BI when he said, “Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” Research firms like Gartner are not only predicting the importance of BI for decision-making purposes; they also think it can be monetized. A recent report projects that as many as 10 percent of companies will have profitable departments focused on “productizing and commercializing” the data they collect by 2020.Forrester, another research firm, found that enterprise data is an untapped resource for most organizations. It reported that a mere 40 percent of enterprise data is ever used to enhance operations. Organizations that can use that information to improve existing processes will likely see significant improvements in their strategies, and those that learn how to market and sell that data will achieve higher revenues. The following are three major trends business owners need to know to better leverage BI for their organizations.1. Self-service BI for small business.Until recently, big data was inaccessible for smaller organizations. But the rise of platforms that provide self-service BI solutions is allowing access to anyone who wants to evaluate the data that drives their business. Many organizations that leverage internal data collect it from multiple processes or departments, which makes it difficult to aggregate in a way that makes sense for everyone. This is especially challenging for large organizations that have much more data to process. The result is often data-centric blind spots that open the company up to significant risks.Related: Aggregate Data to Grasp the Whole Customer JourneyUday Hegde, CEO of USEReady, a company that works to help business leaders leverage data and analytics, explains how companies are consolidating these functions. “Businesses are shifting toward using application program interfaces (APO) to transfer their data to user-friendly applications. As a result, they can trade clunky dashboards for more useful apps. Converting to an app-centric approach empowers companies to make their data more interactive across multiple connected devices. Self-reliant solutions help businesses make data more actionable.”2. Data for visualization.The good news is data is becoming more and more useful, as there are more companies working to provide quality data visualization that is geared toward being accessible to even the less technical members of the team.Organizations like Tableau, Domo and IBM are all innovating at a rapid pace, aiming to gain market share by helping their customers improve the usefulness of their data. Tableau released its own predictions about where data analytics are headed in the coming year, highlighting visualization as the second most important development in big data.Why is visualization such a compelling method for presenting data? Hans Rosling, a scientist known for his videos depicting interesting data, explains in a TED Talk, “The idea is to go from numbers to information to understanding.” Data presented in compelling visuals helps guide the viewer toward comprehension.3. Security for data.As self-service applications begin to democratize data for organizations, and visualization helps more members of the organization access and comprehend crucial information, the need for securing that information increases. More people accessing and sharing data means more opportunities for proprietary data to leak, and more potential points for external attacks.Related: 4 Strategies Small Businesses Can Use To Avoid a Data BreachGartner estimates that by 2018 20 percent of organizations will be looking to develop sound data security governance plans to protect themselves from data breaches on the cloud. Those that fail to do so will likely encounter damaging security breaches and subsequent fallout.Firms like USEReady take an integrated approach, helping companies use business intelligence tools while creating plans for securing their data. Hegde explains, “BI systems in large organizations often create security challenges when not managed correctly. It is important for these businesses to evaluate their data infrastructure and create governance strategies to keep it secure.” Businesses that successfully integrate security into all data applications will help prevent the hardships that come from breaches.BI and big data have enormous potential for improving the quality of decisions and strategies. Companies that leverage self-service tools to collect and present their data to all members of the team will increase the number of informed decision makers and will likely see an increase in operational efficiency and business performance.Related: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Boosts Workforce ProductivityHegde reminds us that effective business intelligence, “empowers leaders to ask crucial questions, the answers to which will help them make better decisions about allocating limited resources, how to refine processes, and where to place people.” In doing so, business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders can identify opportunities for growth, while limiting the potential for risk. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 29, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | June 18, 2012 Toshiba’s Ultrasound Systems Offer Breakthrough Image Quality and Advanced Ergonomics Aplio 500, Aplio 300 and Viamo showcased at SVU annual conference  News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more June 18, 2012 — Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. will showcase the Aplio 500, Aplio 300 and Viamo ultrasound systems at the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) annual conference, June 7 to June 9, 2012, in National Harbor, Md. All systems combine advanced visualization capabilities with ergonomics and flexibility to improve departmental efficiency.Toshiba’s Aplio 500 offers picture-perfect imaging with advanced visualization features, including Fly Thru. An industry-first technology, Fly Thru gives a new perspective to 4-D ultrasound, allowing clinicians to “fly through” interiors of ducts and vessels for better exploration of lesions and masses. The Aplio 300 offers exceptional image quality in a smaller, versatile platform designed to be a clinical workhorse for all routine ultrasound exams. Aplio 300 comes standard with the same advanced workflow tools and ergonomics as the Aplio 500 system, including the iStyle + Productivity Suite.The Viamo is the industry’s only no-compromise laptop ultrasound system, with advanced imaging capabilities previously unavailable on systems of its size. The Viamo, equipped with the performance of Toshiba’s larger, cart-based systems, delivers best-in-class image quality and penetration (up to 40 cm) from the patient’s bedside to an operating room. With its unique flexibility to be used in either laptop or tablet mode, the Viamo is ready to use in any situation, and its dynamic touch screen allows for seamless, comfortable operation of the system.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more read more Related Contentlast_img read more