NAPS set to strike as contract talks breakdown with federal government

first_imgAPTN National NewsNegotiations between Nishnawbe-Aski police and the federal government for a new contract have failed and the largest Indigenous police force is threatening to strike.Talks broke down Wednesday and NAPS has filed notice with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to allow for strike or lock-out within the next couple of weeks.NAPS said officer safety is one of the key issues remaining as officers typically work in remote First Nations in northern Ontario with no backup.“Low staffing levels and outdated equipment put officers in danger, along with the communities they service,” said Jason Storkson, a police officer in the community and the union local president in a statement.Pay is another issue, as the union said NAPS’ officers may  be trained like other police officers in the country but fail to have the same type of pay.NAPS polices 35 First Nations from Thunder Bay to Hudson’s Bay.last_img read more

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UNassisted refugee repatriation in South Sudan tops 100000

28 March 2008More than 100,000 people who fled the decades-long civil war in southern Sudan have returned home to restart their lives in a repatriation programme that began after the signing of a 2005 peace agreement, the United Nations refugee agency said today. “The 100,000 milestone was passed this week as the pace of return convoys picked up from countries neighbouring South Sudan to get refugees home ahead of the rainy season in May, and for those who want to return for the national census on 5 to 30 April,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees announced in Geneva. Mr. Redmond said that the agency is now helping some 4,500 refugees return each week to southern Sudan – an increase from 3,000 a fortnight ago. By mid-April that figure is expected to jump to 6,000 returnees a week as transport for returnees from Uganda and Ethiopia are increased. The largest number of refugees is returning from Uganda, with some 2,700 returnees a week and more than 5,000 refugees have returned from Kakuma camp in Kenya this year, with another 2,000 expected to go home in April, according to UNHCR. Returns from Ethiopia, now running at the rate of 1,200 returnees a week, are expected to result in the closure of two camps there. A total of 251,000 refugees have returned to Sudan – 100,000 in organized programmes and the rest on their own – since the signing in January 2005 of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the north-south civil war that killed as many as two million people and displaced 4.5 million others. The return movements are being organized in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the German agency GTZ, refugee host governments and the Government of Southern Sudan. In February, UNHCR launched an appeal for $63 million to fund its 2008 southern Sudan operations. read more

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Applications for weekly US unemployment benefits fall to 323K near lowest level

Applications for weekly US unemployment benefits fall to 323K, near lowest level in 5 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 8:37 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, near the lowest level since June 2008. The figure shows employers are laying off fewer and fewer workers, an encouraging sign one day before the government will issue its August jobs report.Weekly applications are just 1,000 above a five-year low reached last month, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four week average, a less volatile measure, declined 3,000 to 328,500. That’s the lowest point since October 2007.“Firms continue to be less concerned about cutting labour costs and may be more comfortable with raising them,” said Jonathan Basile, an economist at Credit Suisse.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen 5 per cent in the past two months, raising hopes that hiring could pick up.Economists forecast that the August jobs report will show employers added 177,000 jobs, up from 162,000 in July. The unemployment rate is expected to remain 7.4 per cent.Still, the unemployment rate is well above the 5 per cent to 6 per cent range associated with a normal economy. In addition, most of the net job growth this year is due to fewer layoffs rather than strong hiring.Net job growth is the number of people hired minus the number who lose or quit jobs. When companies are laying off few workers, it doesn’t take many hires to create a solid net job gain.Nearly 4.4 million Americans received unemployment benefits in the week that ended Aug. 17, the latest period for which figures are available. That’s about 70,000 fewer than the previous week. A year ago, 5.5 million Americans were receiving benefits.Many of the jobs created in recent months have been lower-paying, part-time positions in industries such as hotels, restaurants and retail. Higher-paying industries such as manufacturing and construction have mostly shed jobs since spring.But some signs indicate that hiring in both industries could pick up. A private survey released Tuesday showed that factory activity grew last month at the fastest pace in more than two years. And manufacturers added jobs, though at a slower pace than in the previous month.Spending on U.S. construction projects, meanwhile, rose to its highest level in more than four years in July. It was spurred by strength in both housing and commercial building.The economy expanded at a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, a modest pace but much faster than the 1.1 per cent annual rate in the first three months of the year. Home construction and business investment spending were two key drivers of growth.Many economists think growth is slowing to about a 2 per cent annual rate in the current July-September quarter. read more

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Alumnus now working with Buffalo Sabres will speak at Brock

Brent RossiA 2001 graduate of Brock’s Bachelor of Sport Management program has earned a senior position with the Buffalo Sabres.Brent Rossi was recently named Vice-President of Brand Strategy and Marketing. He’ll be visiting Brock on Monday, March 5 for a talk in Academic South 204.Rossi is a hockey enthusiast whose career goal has been to work for the Buffalo Sabres.“The best marketers are the people that believe in their product,” he said. “If you don’t believe in the particular brand, then you’re not 100 per cent passionate about it. The fact that I am a fan lends itself very well to this job.”Rossi was a member of the second honours-graduating class in Sport Management.“I knew I wanted to work in sport, which is what really propelled me to apply to Brock in the first place,” Rossi said. “When I went into a class, I would determine my interest level and mold my expectations for my future based on this.”The Sport management program prepared him for the business of sport, and the small classes helped him develop an objective thought process, he said.“These concepts are things I still go back to now.”After graduation, Rossi continued his education at Old Dominion, where he attained his first job working at a new venue on campus. The venue was built for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, but needed a targeted marketing strategy for family and community events.Recently, Rossi was vice-president of marketing for the Harlem Globetrotters. His background also includes World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the Philadelphia 76ers and the Comcast-Spectator.Rossi advised students to get involved with internships, which are “the gateway to connections,” he said. Networking is important at every level.The event is free and everyone is welcome. Rossi will speak from 5 to 6:30 p.m. read more

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Websites banned from holding fake countdown sales by ASA amid fears they

She told The Telegraph: “It’s the way a brand drives a sense of urgency. Often they are dealing with young consumers who don’t realise that it’s a prompt for a spend. “Consumers have enormous power to step away from that false promotion and engage with brands that are at the price point that suits you and are completely ethical.”Rather than having a false experience with an algorithm with a clock, take your £10 you were going to spend on value fashion to a charity shop and spend that and help people in severe poverty to have clean water.”Mary Creagh, who is investigating fast fashion as chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “These sites are using sophisticated psychological methods online to encourage consumers to buy more than they need, spend more time on the sites and create a false feeling of urgency and fear of missing out.“I think Boohoo has questions to answer about the sustainability of their business model which is predicated on getting young women to buy more than they need.”Zac Goldsmith MP, who is also on the committee, added: “Fast fashion is bad for consumers and bad for the environment. With half a million tonnes of microfibres entering the ocean every year, and more than half of clothing items ending in landfill or incineration within a year, retailers have a moral responsibility to up their game. The use of fake countdowns is not only dishonest, it fuels significant environmental damage.” Websites have been banned from holding ‘fake countdown sales’ by the Advertising Standards Authority amid fears the ‘psychological tool’ is fueling fast fashion.Budget fashion website Boohoo was found by the ASA to have been using misleading “countdown” sales, where the consumer was promised a large discount if they shopped before a large digital countdown clock at the top of the page ran out. The page urged the customer to “hurry” before the sale “runs out.”However, in many cases, the clock was found to reset after it ran out, and the sale was not time-limited as the website claimed.A spokesperson from the ASA said: “Boohoo is breaking rules around sales promotions that we have investigated and ruled against previously which is why this has been passed straight to our Compliance team. Our team will work with the advertiser to ensure they bring their ad into line. “In this specific instance, the use of a countdown clock is problematic if it misleadingly implies the offer is time-limited when that is not the case.”A Boohoo spokesperson said that a small number of sales were extended due to “customer demand”, adding: “It is never our intention to mislead customers.“We are looking into our processes to ensure that further diligence is exercised in relation to future promotions of this nature”. The use of countdown clocks on shopping websites is controversial even when the sale ends as advertised.Dr Patsy Perry, a senior lecturer in fashion marketing at the University of Manchester, said “countdown clocks” are a commonly used psychological tool on budget websites.She told The Telegraph: “Psychological research has shown that scarcity (or perceived scarcity) makes an item more attractive.“Scarcity marketing is a powerful conversion trigger to encourage consumers to go through with their purchase, not just leave it in their shopping basket, for fear of missing out.“Scarcity marketing is used by other online companies e.g. Amazon, Booking.com and there is nothing wrong with the practice in itself, as it provides useful info to consumers for their purchase decision-making…it’s useful to know how many items are in stock. “But, as it is a psychological trigger that plays on our fear of missing out then it causes pressure and anxiety, which would lead to people buying without really thinking through do they really need/want that item?”Campaigners and MPs have criticised the fashion industry for using these “countdown clocks,” arguing that they pressure consumers into buying clothes they don’t need, which fuels fast fashion.Caryn Franklin MBE, host of Clothes Show Live, is working with Oxfam in a campaign against fast fashion. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Elephant cries when freed after 50 years in captivity

first_imgTHIS IS RAJU. Source: Wildlife SOSHe recently took his first steps as a free elephant after living in captivity for 50 years, thanks to the UK charity Wildlife SOS.The charity believe Raju was poached from the wilds at an early age and has been working as a ‘begging elephant’ in Allahabad, India for half a century – during which time he was beaten, starved and chained with spikes that made it painful for him to move. Source: Wildlife SOS Source: Wildlife SOSThe charity obtained permission from the authorities to free Raju and take him to an animal shelter to recover and rest at last.According to the Wildlife SOS website, the rescue operation began on 2 July and was not without its difficulties – Raju’s owners were uncooperative and pulled the chains and spikes on his legs tighter to prevent the team from freeing him.When the team finally attempted to remove his chains, the elephant appeared to cry with relief. Source: Wildlife SOS Source: New York Daily News/YouTubeNow, the charity say, the process of healing will have to begin. He is being treated for the wounds caused by years in spiked chains, and chowing down on all types of delicious fruit. Source: Wildlife SOS“More than anything, now is the time for Raju to rest,” the charity says on their website. “After 50 years, he deserves it.”We’re not crying. There’s something in our eye.Goat tries to make sense of an inflatable chair, fails>Bo the dog is terrified to pass the cat on the stairs, and we don’t blame him>last_img read more

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Labor Day Sale Get Extra 15 Off Gaming Accessories

first_imgAzio Aventa MouseYes, the mouse you use can make a huge difference in your gameplay, and this one from Azio is among the best you can get. The Aventa boasts a top-grade PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor and reliable Huano button switches for an improved response time plus an ergonomic design for superior comfort. And it looks like a winner, too, thanks to its striking features and finish.Score extra savings and get it for only $55.25 when you use the code SAVE15TODAY. Stay on target Azio MK MAC USB KeyboardMac owners are usually hesitant to upgrade using components from third-party manufacturers. But this mechanical keyboard from Azio is different. On top of functioning better than a standard Mac keyboard, it maintains your machine’s sleek and clean aesthetic. It features an elegant bead-blasted aluminum finish and function keys that offers easy access to apps.Enter code SAVE15TODAY to save an extra 15 percent and get it for just $67.15. Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. Azio MK MAC USB Keyboard – $79See Deal Azio Retro Classic Bluetooth Keyboard – $185See Dealcenter_img Azio Aventa Mouse – $65See Deal Azio Retro Classic Bluetooth KeyboardWho says a keyboard has to look dull? The Retro Classic from Azio is a mechanical keyboard that looks like it’s from the 1950’s but is designed to meet the needs of today’s discerning computer user. It features both USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a huge internal battery, and it’s backlit so you can see it even in low-light conditions.The Retro Classic is normally $220 but you’ll get it this Labor Day weekend for just $186.99 when you enter the code SAVE15TODAY. Whether you’re into sports games, shooters, or RPGs, skill alone isn’t enough to be competitive. If you want to dominate online, you need to make sure you’re playing with the right gear. Is your setup up to the task? If not, upgrade your keyboard and mouse with these functional and stylish options from Azio. They’re all on sale today, and you can even take an extra 15% off the sale price when you use the SAVE15TODAY coupon code at checkout. Read on for details: This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves last_img read more

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Sheriffs office asking for help in child molestation case

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information related to an ongoing child molestation case in which the suspect is involved with multiple local church youth and civic groups, and other youth activities. Robert Wilson Rector, 28, of Vancouver was formally charged in June in Clark County Superior Court with three counts of third-degree child molestation, one count of attempted third-degree child molestation and one count of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.The sheriff’s office said Rector has been involved with multiple youth activity groups since 2009, and his participation included out-of-state travel with the organizations.Investigators say they believe there may be additional victims or witnesses with information relevant to the case.According to an affidavit of probable cause, three males described incidents where Rector touched them sexually. All three said the abuse occurred when they were about 15 or younger.Court records say Rector, a leader in a church youth group, would sometimes host gatherings at his home. The three victims recalled instances where group members would stay overnight at Rector’s house — which wasn’t an uncommon occurrence, they said — then wake to find Rector sexually abusing them. One of the victims said Rector also snapped photos of him while he slept.last_img read more

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Wilmingtons Jack Buckley Appointed Police Chief In Medford

first_imgMEDFORD, MA — Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke recently announced the appointment of Detective Lieutenant John D. “Jack” Buckley as the City of Medford’s new Chief of Police.Buckley’s role as Chief follows 20 years of committed service to public safety and an uncompromised devotion to the citizens of Medford. Having been sworn in as a Patrol Officer in 1998, Lieutenant Buckley served as a Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and most recently a Detective Lieutenant.“I am pleased to appoint and welcome Lieutenant Buckley to his new role as Chief of Police,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “At the completion of a selection process that included, for the first time, an assessment center, I am impressed with the quality of candidates for the position of Police Chief. That is why I am proud to appoint Lieutenant Buckley as Chief. From this pool of outstanding candidates, he proved himself to be exceptionally qualified to serve and lead the police department. I admire his commitment to ethics, discipline and hard work, which has been demonstrated in every rank he has served. He is well respected in the community and the department.”“I am deeply honored to be named as the next Chief of Police and to follow in the footsteps of Chief Sacco. I want to thank Mayor Burke for her trust and commitment to public safety,” said Lieutenant Jack Buckley. “Under my leadership, the focus of the Medford Police Department will continue to be to strengthen trust, confidence and maintain a partnership with all members of the community. I will uphold the commitment the City has made toward diversity and inclusivity. I hold the men and women of the Department in high esteem and look forward to working alongside them to serve all.”Buckley shared several goals he hopes to bring to the department such as, establishing a new mission statement, appointing a Hate Crime Officer and augmenting diversity within the department by developing a formal recruiting effort to teach potential candidates the Civil Service process.“I am confident that Lieutenant Buckley is prepared and committed to carry forward the work of retired Chief Sacco and forge relations with our growing diverse population as Chief of Police,” said Neil Osborne, Director of Diversity & Inclusion. “The City’s Chief of Police plays a critical role in fulfilling a promise that Medford is a welcoming City to all.”Lieutenant Buckley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College. He is the devoted husband to Dawn Buckley and the proud dad of Allyson and Sara.“We are thoroughly appreciative of all candidates who participated in the assessment center as well as the interviews that took place last week. We thank them for their commitment to public safety and their continued service in the City of Medford,” added Burke.A formal swearing in ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 6 p.m. in the Howard Alden Memorial Chambers.Jack Buckley(NOTE: The above press release is from the Medford Mayor’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMedford Police Officer Jason Montalbano, of Wilmington, Lauded For Saving Man’s LifeIn “Police Log”Lt. Brian Pupa Named Wilmington Deputy Police ChiefIn “Police Log”Joe Desmond Appointed Permanent Wilmington Police ChiefIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly June 25 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioCity of Bethel Investigation Reveals Improper Contracts and Perks Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe Bethel City Council has released a redacted version of its investigation into city contracts, nepotism, and personnel issues.  The investigation led to the firing of Bethel’s city manager in May.NOAA Considers State’s Petition To Delist HumpbackLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will look into whether to take the Central North Pacific humpback whale off the Endangered Species list.The State of Alaska submitted a petition to remove the whale from the list at the end of February. NOAA announced today it has enough information to warrant further research. This is the second petition NOAA has received to take endangered protections away from the humpback whale.Pavlof Volcano Downgraded To Lowest Alert Level Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded Pavlof to the lowest alert level. Volcanologist Tina Neal says the volcano isn’t producing new lava flows. And it hasn’t released much ash since early this month.Questions Remain Despite Successful Missile Defense TestDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists is calling the Ground Based Midcourse Missile Defense System, less than proven, despite Sunday’s successful test over the Pacific Ocean.National Parks Prohibiting UAVsAaron Berner, KUAC – FairbanksA new National Park Service policy prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft. It’s intended to give the agency time to assess the risks and benefits of allowing UAV’s in Parks.Alaska’s STD Rates IncreaseAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe state’s Department of Health is reporting an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Alaska. In 2013, Gonorrhea and syphilis infections were up more than 50 percent from 2012. Alaska was ranked first in the nation for Chlamydia infections in 2013. And in just the first five months of this year, 23 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed and reported. That’s one less than last year’s total.State Scores Well On Long-Term Care Report CardJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageAlaska ranked 5th in the nation in a recent state scorecard on long-term services for older adults, the disabled, and family caregivers. However, local experts say gaps in the system can cause big problems.Salmon Signs Appear And Disappear In BethelDaysha Eaton, KSKA – AnchorageBrightly colored wooden fish signs have been posted along Bethel roads this summer. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing.last_img read more

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Centre readies list of Jammu and Kashmir leaders to be released

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government is in the process of preparing a list of Jammu and Kashmir politicians to be released as they are under “preventive detention” in the erstwhile state since the abrogation of Article 370, said sources. The move will be implemented in a phased manner and around 200 politicians, as well as activists, are likely to be released in the first phase in September, said a source. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The names are under consideration and a decision will be taken soon,” the source said requesting anonymity. The Ministry of Home Affairs has engaged its officials under close coordination with Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Additional Secretary (J&k Division) Gyanesh Kumar. The process started after a Central team comprising intelligence officials, including Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvind Kumar, returned from the state last week after meeting former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in the state. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Both Abdullah and Mehbooba are under detention since Centre’s August 5 announcement of the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state. Sources said the team comprising senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officials have sent a report to the Home Ministry after their meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders in the Valley. Advertise With Us The Central team had camped in Srinagar for two days and returned on August 23. As the special team largely focused on discussion over easing the leaders back into the Valley, the Ministry is planning how many leaders should be released in the first phase and whom to be released first, said the source. While Omar Abdullah is in Hari Niwas Palace, Mehbooba Mufti has been put up in Chashme Shahi. It is learnt that the leaders after their release from preventive detention might not be allowed to organize any public rally. The leaders are learnt to be allowed only to meet their relatives, political leaders and people in their areas, said the source. Since the abrogation of Article 370, thousands of people, including Jammu and Kashmir politicians and activists, were kept under preventive detention to maintain law and order and to avoid breach of peace in the region. When the decision was announced, the regional leaders had said that Jammu and Kashmir will face adverse consequences as a result of the abrogation. However, the state, according to the Home Ministry, has largely remained peaceful since the announcement. While the Centre has not allowed mainstream leaders to visit Kashmir, citing law and order situation and prohibitory orders, the decision to finally ease-out regional leaders has been taken keeping in view important international developments. Over a thousand people, including political leaders, separatists, activists and stone pelters, have been detained in Kashmir over fears of outbreaks of unrest after the BJP government removed the special status to the state. They were arrested and held under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.last_img read more

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Indias GST among highest rate most complex tax regimes worldwide World Bank

first_imgRepresentational imageTwitterIndia’s novel goods and services tax (GST) system is one of the most complex and second highest tax rate among a sample of 115 countries, according to the World Bank.The GST, implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1 last year, replaced a jumble of tariffs and levies imposed by the centre and states.While the government assured that GST will help curb black or untaxed money and steadily expand the base of taxpayers, complicated tax slabs and lack of proper IT infrastructure proved a major hurdle for businesses.GST currently have four slabs, a low rate of 5 percent, two standard rates of 12 percent and 18 percent, and a high rate of 28 percent. Separately, gold is taxed at 3 percent, precious stones at 0.25 percent, while alcohol, petroleum products, stamp duties on real estate and electricity duties are excluded from the GST.Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said there’s scope to merge 12 percent and 18 percent slabs in order to make it more transparent, efficient and tax payer-friendly.The World Bank, in its bi-annual India Development Update released on Wednesday, said there were disruptions surrounding the initial implementation of GST at state administrations.But there is “positive impulse” expected from GST system as its likely to improve the domestic flow of goods and services, contribute to the formalization of the economy and sustainably enhance growth, bank notes.Despite the recent momentum, India will have to address several structural challenges to attain a growth rate of 8 percent and higher on a sustained basis, the World Bank said.The development lender reckons India needs to recover its two lagging engines of growth – private investments and exports – while maintaining its hard-won macroeconomic stability to boost growth.”This will require continued impetus for structural reforms. Resorting to countercyclical policies will not help spur sustained growth and India should not compromise its hard-earned fiscal discipline in order to accelerate growth,” said Poonam Gupta, lead economist and the main author of the report.last_img read more

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Pakistan forced Bangalis to be separated Nawaz Sharif

first_imgNawaz SharifOusted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif said Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel, but was made into one, reports Pakistani daily Dawn on Tuesday.Sharif remarked, referring to the tragic consequences that followed the state’s refusal to allow a popularly elected leader to hold the prime minister’s office.Returning to the secession of Bangladesh from Pakistan, the thrice-ousted prime minister said: “The Bengalis had a central role in the effort to create Pakistan, but we did not treat them well and separated them from us.””No court that can try a dictator has ever come into existence in Pakistan,” ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, himself sent packing by the Supreme Court, complained to a group of lawyers gathered at Punjab House, Islamabad on Tuesday.Claiming that that he had been “persecuted” over the years and “pushed towards revolt”, Sharif drew parallels between what he considers to be his own ‘cornering’ by the state and the events that led to the secession of Bangladesh from Pakistan.This is not the first time Sharif has invoked the spectre of 1971 ever since he was unceremoniously ousted from power by the Supreme Court’s Panamagate decision.But “I want to forget all these wounds,” he remarked. “I don’t want to take them to a point where my emotions get out of my control.””What has been done to me, and to all the elected prime ministers in this country’s history, is not correct,” he continued. “What kind of return for service to the nation is this?”Demanding an end to the usurpation of democratically-elected governments, he asked that those involved in behind-the-scenes manipulation of the political order “repent for their sins and ask for forgiveness from the nation.””The Justice Hamoodur Rehman Commission had published a very truthful and clear report on the creation of Bangladesh after a detailed analysis, but we did not even read it,” Sharif lamented.”Had we acted on it, today’s Pakistan would have been different and the kinds of games that are being played would not have been played.”Sweeping past and incumbent judges together, Sharif accused the judiciary of complicity in weakening the democratic process, saying they had “legitimised dictatorships” and “invented the doctrine of necessity.””They [the dictators] were told that had you not arrived, the country would have been destroyed. They were told that ‘This is Pakistan’s Constitution, and it is your property’. They were given authority to amend the Constitution – an authority that the judges themselves did not have.””They [dictators] were told ‘We will never ask you, no one will ask you’, and the nation kept quiet,” Sharif said, conceding that the nation had collectively been at fault.Regarding the current chief justice of Pakistan’s suo moto notices of conditions at public hospitals, Sharif said: “Feel free to go to these hospitals, but also look at what is happening in your own courts. Hundreds of thousands of cases are pending in court and people are awaiting their decision.””Justice is so expensive that even I am tired of paying my lawyers’ fees,” Sharif said.Recalling that the Orange Line train project in Lahore had been threatened with closure, Sharif said: “It has already remained closed for a very long time, for which the people hold the judges responsible.”Stressing again on the need to introspect, Sharif said United States president Donald Trump’s statement should have been an eye-opener for the nation, but nothing happened.”Should the humiliating language used by Trump be acceptable to any country,” Sharif asked, adding that the nation needs to hold itself accountable for why it was in such dire straits.”We are the only country in the whole world which are being made to listen to these kinds of statements but are not ready to introspect,” he said.”The nations which do not hold themselves accountable face such attacks time and again.”Once again criticising the July 28 Panamagate verdict, Sharif claimed that he and daughter Maryam Safdar had been appearing before an accountability court, but had still not been told of the charges against them.He also took on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, saying while he [Nawaz] had been disqualified over an “imaginary salary”, “those with ‘different standards’ have been declared Sadiq and Ameen.””You are now hearing all their stories,” he said, referring to rumours of Khan’s third marriage.Criticising the judgement in Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen’s disqualification case, Sharif complained that, unlike him, they were not tried by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) “despite so much being there against them.”Sharif also said his ascension to the PML-N presidency was made possible because of “a divine intervention”: pointing to the passage of the Elections Act 2017 by the Senate, he said his party does not even possess a majority there.”I am here to tell you that I am not going to be scared or worried,” he affirmed, before asking for support from the lawyers present.last_img read more

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Study shows songbird prefers singing in harmonic series similar to humans

first_img Citation: Study shows songbird prefers singing in harmonic series similar to humans (2014, November 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-songbird-harmonic-series-similar-humans.html More information: Emily L. Doolittle, Bruno Gingras, Dominik M. Endres, W. Tecumseh Fitch. Overtone-based pitch selection in hermit thrush song: Unexpected convergence with scale construction in human music.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). November 2014. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1406023111 AbstractMany human musical scales, including the diatonic major scale prevalent in Western music, are built partially or entirely from intervals (ratios between adjacent frequencies) corresponding to small-integer proportions drawn from the harmonic series. Scientists have long debated the extent to which principles of scale generation in human music are biologically or culturally determined. Data from animal “song” may provide new insights into this discussion. Here, by examining pitch relationships using both a simple linear regression model and a Bayesian generative model, we show that most songs of the hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) favor simple frequency ratios derived from the harmonic (or overtone) series. Furthermore, we show that this frequency selection results not from physical constraints governing peripheral production mechanisms but from active selection at a central level. These data provide the most rigorous empirical evidence to date of a bird song that makes use of the same mathematical principles that underlie Western and many non-Western musical scales, demonstrating surprising convergence between human and animal “song cultures.” Although there is no evidence that the songs of most bird species follow the overtone series, our findings add to a small but growing body of research showing that a preference for small-integer frequency ratios is not unique to humans. These findings thus have important implications for current debates about the origins of human musical systems and may call for a reevaluation of existing theories of musical consonance based on specific human vocal characteristics.Press release (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Germany, the U.S. and Austria has found that male hermit thrush appear to sing following a harmonic series similar to the way humans produce music. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they studied bird songs recorded by various people over the past half century and then compared the way the birds sang to the way people create music. Hermit Trush. Credit: Daniel Berganza/Wikimedia 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. Male songbirds don’t have to be studs to find a matecenter_img When human beings create music, whether it’s singing, or using instruments, we tend to follow a harmonic series, which is where notes that follow a base note are multiples of that base note—doubles, triples, etc. Generally an entire piece of music is made from the notes that belong to scales based on a particular note—the C Major scale, for example, starts with the note C, and the music for such a scale would generally be in the key of C. In this new effort, the researchers have found that at least one species of songbird adheres to roughly the same set of rules when creating and performing its songs—which would make it the first time any other animal besides humans have been found to do so.The researchers discovered this unique attribute of the male hermit thrush by analyzing song samples found in Ohio State’s Borror Laboratory—researchers there have been collecting audio samples for the past fifty years. All told, they looked at 71 different songs made by 14 individual males. They found that 57 of those songs, when analyzed mathematically, followed a harmonic series—a much higher percentage than can be attributable to chance. They also noted that only 5 percent of the songs consisted of what appeared to be random noise making.The researchers noted that the anatomy of the songbirds’ throat clearly allows for playing a far wider range of notes, thus, the birds appear to be choosing notes from a particular scale when singing their songs, allowing them, like us humans to remain on key. This suggests, they add, that song-making in humans is likely more biological than due to custom. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Sofia 3D Breast Ultrasound Receives Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient

first_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. January 13, 2017 — Hitachi Aloka Medical America Inc. announced in November that the Sofia 3-D Breast Ultrasound system received an Innovative Technology designation from Vizient Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on reviews of Sofia by hospital experts who attended Vizient’s Innovative Technology Exchange in September 2016. The event provided medical technology suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their product and gain direct feedback from 1,300 onsite clinical experts and healthcare providers on the impact their products may have on improving clinical care and safety, or benefits to an organization’s care and business model.Designed for women whose breast density may result in an inconclusive mammogram, Sofia uses ultrasound to create a 3-D volume of the whole breast. Patients are imaged in the prone position, placing their breast onto Sofia’s radial scanning array.  With the breast compressed simply by laying prone, the patient rests comfortably during the system’s rapid automated 30-second scan. The acquired high-resolution ultrasound images are then sent to the Sofia workstation and reconstructed into a 3-D volume of the entire breast that can be quickly interpreted by the radiologist.“Due to the number of products and services being released and marketed as ‘innovative’, member hospitals truly value the peer-review system in place at Vizient to help them identify products worth further evaluation at their own facilities,” said Debbie Archer, director of procurement and leader of Vizient’s Innovative Technology program for suppliers.  “After a review of Sofia 3-D Breast Ultrasound system, Vizient’s members agreed this solution offers unique and incremental benefit over other products available on the market today, and recommended it for an Innovative Technology designation.”For more information: www.hitachi-aloka.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… 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 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | January 13, 2017 Sofia 3-D Breast Ultrasound Receives Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient Designation recognizes products that bring improvements to the healthcare industry Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read morelast_img read more

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IndiGo takes delivery of its first ATR 72600 aircraft in Toulouse

first_imgIndiGo recently announced the induction of its first ATR aircraft. The airline took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft (VT-IYA) to join its ever-growing fleet during the ceremony held at ATR headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was received on behalf of IndiGo by Captain Ashim Mittra, Vice President- Flight Operations IndiGo.While addressing a media gathering at Toulouse, Captain Mittra, read out a message from Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director of IndiGo saying, “We are now one step closer to the launch of our Turboprop operations by the end of this year.”IndiGo in October 2017 had announced its plan to further strengthen its regional operations with over 90 new flight connections that include routes to and from Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Madurai and Nagpur. The induction of ATR is in sync with IndiGo’s plans for regional aviation and in response to the growing demand on its existing routes.With the introduction of ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet, IndiGo is poised to take on-time and hassle-free experience to passengers in Tier II and Tier III cities. By the end of 2017, IndiGo will operate over 1000 daily flights connecting 46 destinations.Commenting on the announcement, Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer, ATR said, “IndiGo is a highly-respected airline which pays particular attention to every single detail relating to quality. Today’s delivery to such a renowned airline underlines once again the quality and the suitability of the ATR -600 and shows why it is unrivalled in the regional market.”last_img read more

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