China factory activity softens despite stimulus

first_imgBeijing: China’s factory activity softened in April, official data showed Tuesday, in the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy remains on uneven footing despite a raft of government stimulus measures. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a key gauge of factory conditions, came in at 50.1 for the month, down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The reading is below analyst forecasts but remains above the 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The latest survey data disappoint hopes for a further recovery,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. “The official PMIs suggest that (the second quarter) got off to a weaker start and reinforce our view that there are still some downside risks to near-term activity,” he said in a note. Growth in factory activity from last month and new orders softened, while raw material inventories declined. Tepid global demand and a trade war with Washington that has seen tariffs slapped on more than $360 billion in goods has weighed on China’s manufacturing sector. The new export and import orders sub-index rose from March, but remained in contraction territory. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysBeijing has announced a raft of stimulus to cushion the impact from its cooling economy, with spending on roads, railways and other big-ticket infrastructure projects picking up early this year, and tax cuts worth 2 trillion yuan ($297 billion) kicking in this month. Economic growth in the first quarter stabilised at 6.4 percent. NBS analyst Zhao Qinghe credited government policy for improving small business conditions. “It shows that a series of precise and effective tax and fee reduction policies and measures have gradually appeared to support the healthy development of small and micro enterprises,” Zhao said in a statement.last_img read more

UN blue helmets investigate shots fired into Lebanon from Israeli side of

3 March 2009Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports. Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports.A team of UNIFIL blue helmets investigating the circumstances of the incident said that at least two of the 15 shots hit a wall 50 metres over the line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces in the area of El Adeisse.The UNIFIL Force Commander, Major General Claudio Graziano, has been in contact with the Senior Commanders of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) on the matter, the Mission said.There were no reported injuries, but a UN spokesperson told correspondents in New York that “This is a serious incident and a violation of Security Council resolution 1701,” adding that UNIFIL has protested to the IDF. read more

Modified text for Durban antiracism conference welcomed by UN rights chief

17 April 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today congratulated nations for agreeing on the text of a draft outcome to be adopted at next week’s anti-racism gathering in Geneva, stressing that the process under way will help millions of people suffering from intolerance worldwide. Navi Pillay said that the 16-page document, agreed on by the Preparatory Committee this afternoon, will have an “easy passage” through the Durban Review Conference because it was so “well-deliberated” by States.“It has not been an easy process, but it is excellent that delegates have agreed on the key issues,” she said. “This process is very important for the sake of all the millions of people who suffer from racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance every day, of every week, in every part of the world.”The High Commissioner hailed the spirit of consensus that lead to agreement on the document, commending States’ commitment to “move forward together to tackle the scourge of racism.”The five-day Review Conference, opening on 20 April, seeks to assess progress and implementation thus far of the landmark Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) agreed on by States eight years ago.As of this morning, nearly 4,000 people had registered to participate in the gathering, including more than 100 heads of delegation from Member States and over 2,500 representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“The commitments made by governments in 2001 were forceful and ground-breaking, but there is still much to be done in implementing them,” Ms. Pillay said. “The aim of next week’s conference is to reinvigorate implementation of those wide-ranging commitments so that we can eliminate discriminatory practices and intolerance.”Acknowledging that it is only normal that opinions differ in a diverse world, she voiced hope that by the end of the gathering, which will also be attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a clear message will be sent out that “we are, indeed, united against racism.” read more

Draghi calls for more government spending to support growth

FRANKFURT — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that stimulus measures including negative interest rates will have to stay in place longer if governments do not step up spending to help growth.Draghi was quoted Monday by the Financial Times as saying: “Our policies will continue to work, albeit at a slower pace than if governments were spending more.”Draghi said that “we have countries that have fiscal space and don’t use it.” He added that the 19 countries that use the euro need to set up a central spending capacity since individual governments tend to follow their own priorities and not those of the currency union.Some governments including that of Germany, the biggest eurozone member, have resisted setting up a central fiscal fund and increasing deficit spending.The Associated Press read more

Crossborder aid reaches civilians displaced by ongoing violence in Libya – UN

A first convoy carrying urgently needed medical supplies and relief items from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was organized by the International Medical Corps (IMC) on Saturday. The two trucks set off from Medinine and crossed the border at Ras Ajdir before heading to the town of Zawiya, where some 12,000 people have sought shelter from the fighting in Libya’s capital. The IMC also sent a second convoy later Saturday of essential medicines and medical supplies to the displaced, who are living in very difficult conditions, UNHCR said. Members of the Taher Al Zawia Organization have been distributing the aid.“This weekend’s operation is crucial and, we hope, paves the way for other humanitarian aid to reach affected populations who are stranded and in dire need of assistance,” said Saado Quol, UNHCR’s acting chief of mission in Libya.UNHCR has a warehouse in Tripoli with stockpiles of critical relief items, but the agency cannot access these supplies because of the unstable security situation, which has hampered all its operations in the country since early July, including the provision of assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers.Tripoli is facing severe fuel and power shortages and this has disrupted services and the distribution of basic goods and supplies, including water, food, cooking oil, baby milk, supplies, and access to banking, said UNHCR.According to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, at least 2 million people may be at risk of food shortages if the fighting continues in Libya.The North African nation has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and set the country on a transition to democracy. Yesterday, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the “grave escalation” in the fighting in Tripoli and its suburbs and urged all parties to work towards an immediate cessation of hostilities. read more

EUs Tusk cautious rather than optimistic on Turkey migration deal

first_imgLate last night European Union leaders were discussing the plan for Greece to return refugees to Turkey, which will require the government in Athens to conduct a huge amount of work in the coming days if the scheme is approved.European Council President Donald Tusk said he was “more cautious than optimistic” that an agreement could be reached on the plan, which is based around the EU resettling one refugee directly from Turkey for every refugee that crosses the Aegean and arrives in Greece.If approved, the deal will entail a huge amount of legal and technical work for Greek authorities in the next few days.Firstly, the country’s asylum service will have to be overhauled immediately, starting with the recognition of Turkey as a “safe third country,” which would allow asylum seekers to be returned there from Greece.Legislation would also have to change so that asylum applications are processed within days rather than months, as is the case now.At the same time, Greece will have to remove all the refugees and migrants currently on its islands and take them to camps on the mainland. This has to happen before the agreement with Turkey for the return of anyone arriving on the islands can begin. This means some 8,000 people will have to be transferred.Having done this, the Greek government will have to set up a system to register and process any new arrivals on the islands and examine their asylum applications. Each person applying for asylum will have to be interviewed as part of the process and each application examined separately. The arrivals will have the right to appeal if their asylum claim is rejected.This would require hundreds of public servants and other personnel to be stationed on the islands. This includes judges, employees of Greece’s asylum service, translators, security staff and officials from the EU’s border agency, Frontex. Also, there will be Turkish observers on the islands to ensure the refugees sent back have traveled from Turkey in the first place.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

US to reclassify some nuke waste as less dangerous to quicken cleanup

first_imgSPOKANE — The U.S. government on Wednesday will reclassify some of the nation’s most dangerous radioactive waste to lower its threat level, outraging critics who say the move would make it cheaper and easier to walk away from cleaning up nuclear weapons production sites in Washington state, Idaho and South Carolina.The U.S. Department of Energy said labeling some high-level waste as low level will save $40 billion in cleanup costs across the nation’s entire nuclear weapons complex. The material that has languished for decades in the three states would be taken to low-level disposal facilities in Utah or Texas, the agency said.“This administration is proposing a responsible, results-driven solution that will finally open potential avenues for the safe treatment and removal of the lower level waste,” Energy Undersecretary Paul Dabber said. “This will accelerate cleanup and reduce risk.”The agency will maintain standards set by the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “with the goal of getting the lower-level waste out of these states without sacrificing public safety,” Dabber said.Critics said it’s a way for federal officials to walk away from their obligation to properly clean up a massive quantity of radioactive waste left from nuclear weapons production dating to World War II and the Cold War.last_img read more

Caribbean Tales Flow Into Production

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, flow Flow in TCI says many areas up and running, encourages reports to 611 FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL, February 23, 2017– Three of the Caribbean’s leading film producers will now develop pilots for their original TV series projects, via funding from Flow and CaribbeanTales Media Group.With $40,000 funding for each project, production work will begin on Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard, which is based on his groundbreaking multi-award winning feature film; Heat, a sweltering crime/drama series filmed in Barbados from iconic filmmaker Menelik Shabazz  (Burning an Illusion, The Story of Lover’s Rock and more); and Caribbean Girl NYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning film Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award.Support for these pilots is part of CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers to assist in the creation of strong, compelling and sustainable regional content for the global market.“We recognise the significant hurdles that Caribbean Producers face in financing and producing their content, and getting it out to audiences,” said John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless, operator of Flow and lead sponsor of CTI. “We are honoured to help support this programme that is enabling the production and monetisation of this exciting emerging cultural industry.”Production on the pilots will begin in April 2017.   They will premier later this year at the twelfth annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF). Flow is also the lead sponsor of CTFF, a mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse, shared stories and cultures, and celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage.   The festival will be held in Toronto, Canada between September 6 and September 20, 2017.As an added bonus, an eight-part documentary series has been filmed and is currently in post-production.   The series follows the ten teams of filmmakers who competed for this prestigious award, and will be shown on Flow1 later this year.Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales, states, “We are delighted that, together with Flow, we are able to provide the Caribbean’s top filmmakers with funding and a platform to produce top quality, local, content with the capacity to reach audiences across the region and the world.”Visit the CTI website for more information and to apply for the 2017 CTI programme.  And follow Flow and CaribbeanTales on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.CTI is now accepting applications for its 2017 programme: http://caribbeantales.ca/cti.#FLOW #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Thousands left jobless in Tamil Nadu as small medium industries close

first_imgMSME in Tamil Nadu decline [Representational image]Creative CommonsNumber of Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has sharply fallen in the Tamil Nadu, leaving thousands jobless.The government said that 49,329 MSME units have closed, while employment in the sector is down by 5,19,075 people during the 2017-18 year. Many cite the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a key factor.According to the Policy Note 2018-19, tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, the number of registered MSME units in the state came down to 2,17,981 units last fiscal from 2,67,310 units in 2016-17.The number of persons employed in the MSME sector came down to 13,78,544 in 2017-18 from 18,97,619 persons in 2016-17. The investment in the MSME sector too, fell down to Rs 25,373.12 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 36,221.78 crore. Never before has there been such a fall in the MSME sector in Tamil Nadu.The Policy Note further goes on to show that out of the 10,073 MSME’s that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state, only 5,358 have started production with a total investment of Rs. 6,182.03 crore as of March 31. The government signed the MoU at the Global Investors Meet in 2015.As per industry officials, there is a huge list of reasons including delayed payments by corporates, lack of orders, shunning by banks and other financial institutions and GST related issues.To worsen problems, industrial investment in Tamil Nadu has fallen sharply since many big projects have shifted to Andhra Pradesh, where the government offers more favourable terms. As a result, the state has seen investments to the tune of Rs. 25,000 crore from industries like Kia Motors, Bharat Forge, Ashok Leyland, Apollo Tyres and others.”Delayed payment by big corporates for the goods supplied is a major issue faced by the MSME sector. Further, the drying up of orders, procedures connected with the GST are some of the major hurdles faced by the MSME units,” K. Gopalakrishnan, Managing Partner, Trans Gears and a past President of Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (Tanstia) told IANS.”One of the major problems is the attitude of the bankers. Laden by non-performing assets (NPA), the bankers are avoiding lending to MSME units. In addition, they also demand collateral for loans even though the schemes do not insist on that,” Gopalakrishnan added. He also went on to mention the rise in land prices, making it hard for industries to make a decent profit.According to him, there are several units that keep their shutters open without activity. Edappadi Palaniswami, a loyalist of interim general secretary of AIADMK party V. K. Sasikala, leaves the Raj Bhavan after swearing in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, February 16, 2017.ReutersS Ramadoss, founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi political party, criticised the government for lack of involvement in the issue, saying it was too serious to be brushed aside. He alleged that corruption in the state government was causing investors to shun the state and locate elsewhere. “During the last 12 years the sector has not seen such a large scale closure of MSME units,” Ramadoss said. According to Ramadoss, Tamil Nadu received investments worth just Rs. 1,574 crore. This fall severely impacted MSME units as there were no fresh orders or clients to cater to.The Tamil Nadu government has responded by saying that investment proposals worth about Rs. 45,000 crore have nearly been finalised, and the MoU’s for the projects would be signed soon. The investments include- petroleum refinery projects (Rs. 28,800 crores), automobile manufacturing (Rs. 2,500 crores), glass and glass fibre manufacturing (Rs. 2,000 crores), two-wheeler R&D and manufacturing (Rs. 1,000 crores), four auto-component projects (Rs. 1,800 crores) and others.[With inputs from IANS]last_img read more

VPelect Nurul demands fresh DUCSU polls by 31 March

first_imgDUCSU VP Nurul HuqDUCSU vice president-elect Nurul Haq has sought fresh election to all 25 posts within 31 March alleging widespread vote rigging by the ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Monday’s DUCSU polls.“They (BCL men) couldn’t defeat me and Akhter Hossain (social welfare affairs secretary-elect) despite resorting to all kinds of irregularities,” Nurul told newsmen at Haji Mohammad Mohsin Hall.He alleged that they managed to defeat other members of his panel through conspiracy.“Now all other panels except Chhatra League are demonstrating for a fresh election, and I agree with them as their elected representative,” Nurul added.On Tuesday he demanded the authorities hold fresh election in 23 posts, won by BCL leaders.Candidates of five contesting panels on Wednesday issued a three-day ultimatum for announcing fresh polls schedule for Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU). In male residential halls, students of first and second years were compelled by the BCL men to stay in the queue for hours to slow the voting process, Nurul alleged.He pointed out they asked the students to spend 10-15 minutes in the queue so that others cannot cast their votes.The DUCSU polls, the first in 28 years, were marred by reported irregularities including ballot stuffing, intimidation and manipulation.All panels, except those of the pro-Awami League BCL, boycotted the election alleging vote fraud before completion of the voting on Monday.last_img read more

DC to Suspend Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards.Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the decision, saying officials are concerned it wouldn’t be fair to use the new tests until a baseline is established and any complications are worked out.The District has fired hundreds of teachers under the system, which was put in place by Henderson’s predecessor, Michelle Rhee. Test scores make up 35 percent of evaluations for those who teach students in the tested grades and subjects.Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the two largest teachers’ unions in calling for a temporary halt to evaluating teachers based on Common Core tests. The foundation has spent more than $200 million implementing the Common Core standards nationwide.The U.S. Education Department has not backed the idea of a moratorium, which is also being considered in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a bill on Thursday that would remove test scores from teacher evaluations for two years, and a handful of states have delayed using test scores to make personnel decisions. But no state that already includes test scores in evaluations has committed to pausing the practice.“Although we applaud District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for their continued commitment to rigorous evaluation and support for their teachers, we know there are many who looked to DCPS as a pacesetter who will be disappointed with their desire to slow down,” Raymonde Charles, an Education Department spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.President Barack Obama’s administration has offered incentives to states to develop more meaningful teacher evaluation systems and to adopt college- and career-ready standards such as Common Core. That’s meant that both have rolled out around the same time, creating conflict. Teachers have expressed concern about being judged on their students’ performance as they are learning to teach under the new standards and the new assessments are rolled out.Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, praised Henderson’s move and said she was troubled by the Education Department’s response, particularly given that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has lauded District schools for their reform policies.“The federal Department of Education should be applauding this, not thwarting it,” Weingarten said. “When they’re thwarting it, you wonder, ‘What is that about? Is that about learning or is it about measurement for measurement’s sake, or testing for testing’s sake?’”A study published last month in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis raised questions about whether evaluating teachers and making personnel decisions based on test scores had any effect on teacher quality. Some critics also believe that such high-stakes testing incentivizes cheating, and the District is one of several jurisdictions that have weathered cheating scandals.Henderson said she remains committed in the long term to assessing teacher performance based in part on test scores, as the District has done since 2009. More than half of the states have incorporated test scores into evaluations, although the nation’s capital has been more aggressive in firing poorly rated teachers — as well as rewarding the top performers with pay raises and bonuses.“I don’t think there’s a problem with our evaluation system. I believe it does what we want it to do,” Henderson said. “Our teachers have increasingly more and more faith in it. I want them to continue to have faith in it.”___AP Education Writer Kimberly Hefling contributed to this report.Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols.last_img read more

Celebrate Blacks in WWI at the Library of Congress

first_imgAs the country remembers the centennial celebration of the United States’ involvement in World War I, and honors African American participation in Times of War, Ryan Reft, co-curator of the Echoes of the Great War exhibition, will take guests on a tour of the activism and aspirations of African American service personnel during World War I and how it influenced their fight for civil rights during the 20th century after returning home.  The tour will take place at the Library of Congress on Friday, February 9th.Soldiers of the 369th (15th N.Y.), 1919. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. National Archives via www.neh.gov)last_img read more

Researchers observe the competitive doublegamma nuclear decay

first_img Double gamma rays, denoted as γγ-gama rays, occur when two γ-rays are emitted as the excited quantum state of atomic nuclei decays, simultaneously, rather than the normal one at a time. The idea was first put forth by Maria Göppert-Mayer back in the late 1930’s. A decade later famed physicists Edward Teller and colleague Gregory Breit suggested that double-gamma nuclear decay was likely the mode at play during certain states of hydrogen, when single photon emission was not possible due to angular-momentum rules. It took forty more years for the rare process to be verified in the lab. In this new work, the researchers have succeeded in actually observing the process as it occurred with a barium nucleus.To make the observation, the team used an established means for detecting single γ-rays, but added five scintillation detectors and lead lining in the chamber to reduce scattering of the rays from one of the detectors to any of the others. Then, they ran the experiment for 50 days, taking measurements along the way. It was at that point that they finally received a verifiable (by being observed by more than one of the detectors at the same time) signal at the predicted energy levels, the first ever, though other teams have been trying for several years.In addition to serving as what Gade describes as an experimental tour de-force, the work likely will be used in the future to further study the nature of atomic nuclei. Next up is to find a way to measure the energy distribution of the γγ-gama rays. © 2015 Phys.org 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: Nature Citation: Researchers observe the competitive double-gamma nuclear decay (2015, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-competitive-double-gamma-nuclear.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Technische Universität Darmstadt, in Germany and an associate with the University of Saskatchewan in Canada has detected, for the first time, the double gamma decay of a nuclear quantum transition that vies with the allowed single γ-decay. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they managed to capture the one in 487,805 chances phenomenon. Alexandra Gade with Michigan State University offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, along with a brief history of the study and application of double-gamma nuclear decay. More information: Observation of the competitive double-gamma nuclear decay, Nature 526, 406–409 (15 October 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15543AbstractThe double-gamma (γγ)-decay of a quantum system in an excited state is a fundamental second-order process of quantum electrodynamics. In contrast to the well-known single-gamma (γ)-decay, the γγ-decay is characterized by the simultaneous emission of two γ quanta, each with a continuous energy spectrum. In nuclear physics, this exotic decay mode has only been observed for transitions between states with spin-parity quantum numbers Jπ = 0+. Single-gamma decays—the main experimental obstacle to observing the γγ-decay—are strictly forbidden for these 0+ 0+ transitions. Here we report the observation of the γγ-decay of an excited nuclear state (Jπ = 11/2−) that is directly competing with an allowed γ-decay (to ground state Jπ = 3/2+). The branching ratio of the competitive γγ-decay of the 11/2− isomer of 137Ba to the ground state relative to its single γ-decay was determined to be (2.05 ± 0.37) × 10−6. From the measured angular correlation and the shape of the energy spectra of the individual γ-rays, the contributing combinations of multipolarities of the γ radiation were determined. Transition matrix elements calculated using the quasiparticle–phonon model reproduce our measurements well. The γγ-decay rate gives access to so far unexplored important nuclear structure information, such as the generalized (off-diagonal) nuclear electric polarizabilities and magnetic susceptibilities. Researchers observe a new kind of disbandment in the atomic nuclei rich in protons Explore furtherlast_img read more

Musical tribute to the stalwart

first_imgA musical evening titled Tere Mere Darmiyaan, dedicated to Narayan das Jaju, was a treat for the city’s Ghazal lovers. The event was held at India Habitat Centre on Saturday. Several writers, bureaucrats and artistes attended the show that brought alive the works of Jaju.The programme featured a ghazal rendition by Shashank Shekhar, an accomplished singer and composer who was recently awarded the title of Aftaab-e-Ghazal, by the government of Telangana. Shekhar perfomed  Jaju’s popular ghazals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The highlight of the concert was the use of classical raga by Shekhar in his rendition. There was a synergy between the words of Jaju and Shekhar’s voice which was heartily appreciated by the audience. Among the ghazals which impressed connoisseurs were — Arsa Hua Ke Mar Gaya, Andar Ka Aadmi,  Bheegi Raat, Bhari Barsaaten and Lautegi Ab Barsaat Liye, Teri Jhalak Bhi. Jaju, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 70, was a multi-faceted man. He was an avid traveller and voracious reader. However, he was a poet by heart and left behind an impressive body of work. He specialised in ghazals as well as Hindi poetry. His knowledge and understanding of Indian culture and ethos was remarkable which is well reflected in his writing. Jaju wanted peace and brotherhood in the country and wrote extensively about his vision of a just and fair society. Several collections of his poetry have been published in recent times.last_img read more

Microsoft Kill Switch for Windows 10 Insider versions

first_imgMicrosoft Kill Switch for Windows 10 Insider versions by Martin Brinkmann on September 15, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 13 commentsMicrosoft revealed yesterday that it will kill old Windows 10 Insider versions that are expired so that devices won’t boot killed builds anymore.The company’s Insider program is designed to give users and companies a chance to test new builds of the Windows 10 operating system before they become available on the stable channel, and to provide Microsoft with data that it can use to fix or modify features.Insiders can upgrade to the next build whenever it becomes available. All Insider Builds have an expiration date associated with them after which the copy expires.The concept is not entirely new though. Last year, Microsoft announced that it would block old Windows Insider versions from booting.Microsoft handles the expiration of licenses differently on retail versions of Windows. This involves usually a black desktop background, a notification, and reboots every hour.This does not mean that the operating system cannot be used anymore though. Microsoft plans to change that however.Microsoft’s Windows 10 Kill SwitchMicrosoft won’t kill Windows 10 Insider Builds the moment they expire. The company will use a tiered approach for that to give users and administrators ample time to upgrade to a new version of Windows 10.The process has the following steps:September 15, 2016: Build expiration notifications are displayed on “really old Insider Preview builds”.October 1, 2016: PCs running these old builds will reboot every three hours automatically.October 15, 2016: The kill switch is activated. PCs will stop booting to the Insider build version of Windows 10.You can check the expiration date of your version of Windows in the following way:Tap on the Windows-key, type winver, and hit the Enter-key.If you are running an Insider build, the window that opens should list an expiration date.If you run the operation on the most recent Insider Build, released on September 14, 2016 at the time of writing, you should get an expiration date of May 2, 2017.Microsoft notes that the new way of handling build expiration does not apply to Slow ring and Release Preview ring devices.If your PC is running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) in the Slow and Release Preview rings today – this does not apply to you and you will not be notified of your build expiring.You may update the Insider Build version at any time by selecting Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.If that does not work, or if you prefer to install using ISO images, head over to the Advanced download page for Windows Insiders. There you find listed editions that you can download instead to update to recent versions. Please note that the page may not list the most recent version, but will do so eventually.Closing WordsThe kill switch renders the Insider build version useless on the computer. Microsoft failed to reveal options to restore functionality to that build in the blog post.The most likely scenario is that you need to download an ISO image and install newer builds using it.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Kill Switch for Windows 10 Insider versionsDescriptionMicrosoft revealed yesterday that it will kill old Windows 10 Insider versions that are expired so that devices won’t boot killed builds anymore.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Wccftech Exclusive Discount Codes Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX

first_imgDirectX:Open-GL12.14.5 Value Gaming: Colorful iGame GTX 1070 U TOP 8 GB with a Massive Cooler and Overbuilt Power Design For $659.99Use discount code: GBC70UColorful is an emerging Chinese brand that has quickly established itself as one of the AIB with an incredible eye for design and specifications. In fact, we regularly cover their KUDAN series and they have even ventured into super-beefy watercooled design. The first deal we have is their 1070 U variant. Now there are 3 primary things you need to consider while comparing AIB designs. 1. Cooling, 2. Turbo and 3. Built quality. Output:PCI-ExpressDVI-D,3xDP1.4,HDMI2.016x 3.0 DirectX / Shader Model:OpenGL:124.5 Budget Gaming: Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1050 Ti With Dual Fan And Beefy Power Designfor $249.99Use discount code: C1050TIThe other card that I saw going for a good discount is the iGame 1050 Ti. Now you will be able to find 1050 Ti variants close to this on Amazon, but like before I am fairly confident you will not be able to find this exact mix of design/build quality/cooling for the mere price of $249.The card features a similar overbuilt approach that has become the hallmark of all iGame cards and utilizes a 3+1 power design. Which is pretty decent for a 1050 Ti. The dual fan cooler will ensure that your card stays cool enough for dynamic overclocking to take it significantly above the stated boost clocks. Remember – the cooler maintains the temperatures which dictate dynamic boosting – so it is a very important consideration when purchasing a Pascal series graphics card.All in all, you will likely not find a better deal than this for budget gaming for quite some time. Alternatively you can try waiting and hoping the cryptocurrency boom dies down – which might shave another $20-30 off the list price. GPU:GPU Code Name:Manufacturing Process:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070GP10416nm FinFet Memory Size:Memory Bus Width:Memory Type:8GB256 bitGDDR 5 Share Tweet Submit GPU:Manufacturing Process:CUDA CORES:Core Clock Default:Core Clock Boost:Dynamic boosting:NVIDIA GP10714 nm7681290-1392 MHz1379-1493 MHzUnknown So I saw some interesting discount codes in the last batch Gearbest sent over and thought they would be worth sharing in case some of you are on the market for graphics cards. They are not mind-blowing discount coupons but they offer enough of a slash in the MSRP to offer probably the highest value around (where value is the turbo speed/cooling capacity/build quality divided by price). Ambient temperature:Dimensions0 ~ 45°C172mm * 114mm * 40mm Memory Size:Memory Bus Width:Memory Type:Memory clock:4GB128 bitGDDR 57000 MHz CUDA CORES:Core Clock Base:Core Clock Boost:Dynamic boosting:Memory Clock:19201506-1684 MHz1607-1757 MHzUp to 1900 MHz8008 MHz – Relevant: Xiaomi’s Robot Vacuum Cleaner Goes Down to $299 for Limited Time! FormfactorCoolingFan Power ConnectorPower connector:SLI3U Dual Slot2 x Fan (9cm)4-Pin PWM6 PinNO With a stated turbo clock of 1757 MHz (in real life most samples exceed 1900MHz thanks to dynamic overclocking) and a triple cooler, you will not find better value for $659 even on Amazon right now.  The thing that comes the closest is EVGA’s dual cooler which is roughly $30 more expensive. Colorful’s build quality is pretty great as well and they feature a more than adequate power supply. The triple cooler design will allow ample room for dynamic overclocking to keep the card powered up with low temps. Some users have managed to overclock their 1070 U TOPs to 2020MHz! Display Ports:TDP:Power Port:Cooling Kit:1 x HDMI2.0b, 3 x DP 1.4 1 x DVI150W2 x 8pin3 x 8cm fans + 4 x 7mm Pure Nickel-lated Brass Heat Tubelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | April 26, 2019 Hologic Launches Trident HD Specimen Radiography System Hologic Inc. announced global commercial availability of the Trident HD specimen radiography system. The next-… read more Feature | Breast Imaging | November 05, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis Breast MRI in Cancer Diagnosis The incidence of breast cancer is rising globally, with an estimated 1 in 8 women diagnosed in their lifetime and 40,… read more Related Content Feature | Breast Imaging | April 24, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Productivity and Patient Benefits May Come From Wire-free Lumpectomy Wires have traditionally been placed prior to lumpectomy to mark cancerous tissues in the breast. read more News | Mammography | May 15, 2019 Managing Architectural Distortion on Mammography Based on MR Enhancement High negative predictive values (NPV) in mammography architectural distortion (AD) without ultrasonographic (US)… read more The  Endomagnetics’ Magtrace and Sentimag Magnetic Localization System uses magnetic detection during sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures to identify specific lymph nodes, known as sentinel lymph nodes, for surgical removal. News | Breast Biopsy Systems | January 17, 2019 Novel Technique May Significantly Reduce Breast Biopsies A novel technique that uses mammography to determine the biological tissue composition of a tumor could help reduce… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | October 03, 2018 Leica Biosystems Launches MammoPort Specimen Containment and Transport System Leica Biosystems announced the U.S. launch of MammoPort, the first integrated specimen containment and transport system… read more Technology | October 13, 2009 SenoRx Extends EnCor Breast Biopsy to MRI center_img The Cianna Medical Savi Scout Radar Localization system, showing the console, detector and the marker, with a size comparison and X-ray images inside breast tissue. For more information on the learning curve of its use http://sabcs16.posterview.com/nosl/p/P1-11-06. News | MRI Breast | May 09, 2019 Screening MRI Detects BI-RADS 3 Breast Cancer in High-risk Patients When appropriate, short-interval follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify early-stage breast… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Philips’ Compressed SENSE technology helps shorten MRI exams by eliminating redundant radiofrequency signals from the acquisition phase. The software reconstructs any missing information to maintain high image quality. (Images courtesy of Philips/University Hospital Cologne) October 13, 2009 – SenoRx extends the EnCor breast biopsy product line into the MRI arena by offering grid and pillar/post compatibility in the same EnCor MRI product.SenoRx will show at RSNA 2009, in the North building, booth 7317, the low-profile of the EnCor MRI handpiece, which allows access to even the top most area of the MRI grid. The most significant feature of the MRI product line is the MRI visible obturator, VisiLoc. The VisiLoc obturator provides high visibility through a safe, positive-contrast mechanism that reinforces physician confidence in targeting with each procedure.Also on display is the StarchMark Biopsy Site Marker, the only breast biopsy marker to use polysaccharide (starch) pellets to help manage and control bleeding. Pellets are essentially resorbed in approximately 2 weeks, which includes a stainless steel wireform in the center pellet for long-term radiographic marking of the biopsy site.For more information: www.senorx.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography Reporting Software | April 04, 2019 Ikonopedia Introduces Automated Combined Reporting Package at SBI Ikonopedia will introduce its new Automated Combined Reporting package at the 2019 Society of Breast Imaging/American… read more Technology | Women’s Health | July 24, 2018 FDA Clears Magnetic Sentinel Node Detection System To Eliminate Radioactive Injections July 24, 2018 — The U.S. read morelast_img read more

Underwater Loans Down by Half in First Quarter

first_img The number of underwater borrowers dropped by nearly half from Q1 2012 to Q1 2013, “”Lender Processing Services””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx (LPS) reported in its May Mortgage Monitor.According to the monthly report, the number of loans in negative equity was an estimated 7.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, down 47 percent from the approximately 15.5 million underwater loans recorded in the first quarter of last year. [COLUMN_BREAK]As of the end of Q1, the total share of mortgages with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios of greater than 100 percent was down to 14.7 percent of all currently active loans.Even in the Western “”sand states,”” where borrowers have struggled in recent years, LPS reported underwater loans were down as much as 53 percent year-over-year.””As we’ve noted before, negative equity appears to still be one of the strongest drivers of new problem loans, and–primarily buoyed by home price increases nationwide–that situation also continues to improve,”” said Herb Blecher, SVP of LPS Applied Analytics.Adding to the good news is LPS’ finding that the percentage of problem loans among borrowers with equity is only 0.5 percent–better than the pre-bubble data.LPS also reported strong origination activity in April, with new loans rising 1.8 percent from March and 34.1 percent from April 2012 to an estimated 835,000. While that data doesn’t reflect the recent volatility in mortgage rates, the company saw another increase in prepayment rates in May, indicating that refinance activity (and associated originations) likely remained healthy. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Equity Home Prices Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Prepayments Service Providers 2013-07-08 Tory Barringer July 8, 2013 462 Views Underwater,Underwater Loans Down by Half in First Quartercenter_img in Data, Origination Sharelast_img read more

Teenager in intensive care after accident

first_imgA 19-year-old man from Nicosia is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Nicosia general hospital following a road accident on Wednesday afternoon, police said.According to the police statement, the accident took place shortly before 3pm in Nicosia when a car driven by a 60-year-old woman in under as-yet unidentified circumstances crashed into the 19-year-old’s motorbike.The collision caused the motorcyclist injuries to his liver, kidney and spleen, as well as fractures in his arms and legs.He underwent surgery and transferred to the intensive care unit.Nicosia traffic police continue to investigate the causes of the accident.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more