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Faithbased groups propel development says head of UN population agency

Faith-based groups play a key role in promoting development, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said, stressing the need for stepped-up cooperation between the world body and religious organizations in boosting the welfare of the most vulnerable.UNFPA is cognizant of “the profound moral authority that religious leaders have” and is aware of “the fact that religious organizations are the older social service providers humankind has known,” Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the agency’s Executive Director, said at a round table discussion yesterday with faith-based organizations.Between 30 and 60 per cent of basic healthcare services in the developing world are provided by such groups, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), while the World Bank has found that in some instances, health and education services offered by the religious organizations are better than those of governments.Given this evidence, “systematic, deliberate and focused” engagement between faith-based groups and the UN is crucial, Ms. Obaid said at the gathering in New York.“Ad-hoc partnerships, and ones where the United Nations is a donor and the faith-based organization is one of many civil society partners, can be lost opportunities,” she cautioned.Therefore, the official said, a studied approach focusing on “culturally sensitive development” is essential to enhance any collaboration between the UN and religious groups to promote human rights.Areas ripe for cooperation include HIV/AIDS, women’s empowerment, maternal health, migration, humanitarian relief, reproductive health and gender-based violence, Ms. Obaid emphasized. 4 August 2009Faith-based groups play a key role in promoting development, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said, stressing the need for stepped-up cooperation between the world body and religious organizations in boosting the welfare of the most vulnerable. read more

North Hamilton neighbourhood shocked by triple shooting

Updated:Hamilton Police detectives are following up on a north end shooting that sent three people to hospital late last night.Police finished at the scene around noon, removing the police tape and opening up the area. Two police cars remained behind to guard a car left behind at the scene.Three men were shot on MacNab St N around 10:30 last night. Residents CHCH News spoke to say they heard multiple gunshots. The men in their late teens and early 20s are in hospital in stable condition.According to witnesses one man was shot twice in the chest and the other men were shot in the legs. Police say the two men were seen firing handguns at the men who were standing near the street. They then took off in a dark vehicle. They are still looking for those suspects.CHCH News spoke to some of the residents. “Three or four shots I heard, and when I came out I saw what looked to be a black SUV or a Ford Edge just go barrelinghere through the intersection. It is a little upsetting, because it’s a nice neighbourhood, so it’s a little shocking to be so close.”“This has never been here before, I’ve been here 55 years. Never seen anything like this.”Cst Steve Welton told CHCH News, “Anything like this in a residential neighbourhood, with children and families, we’re very fortunate that nobody was injured last night as a result of it.”Police believe this was a targeted attack and they say the three men were known to them. The police are still looking to speak to any witnesses in the area who may have seen anything last night read more

Ore production finally begins at Camecos Cigar Lake plant in Saskatchewan

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SASKATOON – Cameco (TSX:CCO) says ore production has begun at Cigar Lake, in northern Saskatchewan, after years of delays in the long-awaited process.The company says the mining system and underground processing circuits are operational and ore is now being transported to the McClean Lake mill, operated by French nuclear giant Areva.McClean Lake is expected to begin processing the ore to uranium concentrate by the end of the second quarter, and producing between two million and three million pounds of uranium concentrate this year. It expects to ramp up to its full production rate of 18 million pounds by 2018.Cameco chief executive Tim Gitzel said Cigar Lake one of the “most technically challenging mining projects in the world,” calling the start of production “a tremendous achievement.”The company had said in September the uranium mine wouldn’t begin producing until early this year because of some glitches it encountered during the startup process, even though it had initially hoped to produce 300,000 pounds of milled uranium in 2013.Cigar Lake was repeatedly beset by flooding beginning in 2006, but crews safely re-entered its main working level 480 metres underground after it was pumped out in early 2010.The McClean Lake joint venture is 70 per cent owned and operated by Areva. The other McClean Lake joint venture partners are Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML), 22.5 per cent and OURD (Canada) Co. Ltd., 7.5 per cent.About three quarters of McClean Lake’s capacity will be used to process Cigar Lake ore.Shares in Cameco were trading up nearly four per cent at $27.88 on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday. Ore production finally begins at Cameco’s Cigar Lake plant in Saskatchewan by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 9:32 am MDT read more

Financial sector to help mobilize 200 billion to fight climate change in

“This will serve as a catalyst in finalizing a universal and meaningful agreement at Paris on climate change in 2015,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he hosted the largest ever summit of world leaders on climate change at UN Headquarters in New York to prepare the ground for a global accord at a summit in the French capital in December next year.Today’s agreement combines public and private financing, including pledges by donor and developing countries to capitalize the Green Climate Fund aimed at helping developing countries shoulder the burden of slashing emissions. “The Summit has created a platform for new coalitions and has brought leaders from both public and private sectors across the globe to not only recognize climate risks, but to agree to work together,” Mr. Ban said of today’s gathering. The private sector announcements were made by an unprecedented coalition of financial institutions, pension funds, insurance companies, development banks and commercial banks which had never previously acted together on climate change at such a large scale. The Summit also marked a major advance in efforts by Governments and businesses to set a price on greenhouse gas emissions, a step that offers investors and consumers an accurate reflection of the true cost of goods and services. More than 50 countries and 500 companies endorsed the need for developing mechanisms that would adequately reflect the true costs relating to pollution and emissions. In a major departure from the climate negotiations and previous climate summits, the business community and civil society are playing a major role. There were 181 representatives from the business and investment community, including 90 chief executive officers. There were 52 business and investors from developing countries. In addition, there were dozens of civil society representatives. read more

No time to lose UN envoy tells Security Council Yemen cannot wait

‘Volatile and unsustainable’ war For her part, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ursula Mueller, updated the Council on five key priorities aimed at reducing the suffering in Yemen.Beginning with international humanitarian law, she listed an array of offences, bemoaning the conduct of hostilities and its “devastating consequences for civilians and civilian infrastructure”.  Secondly, she spoke about humanitarian access, saying that “humanitarian agencies working through the UN response plan are assisting an average of 12 million people every month”, but that may not last.Segueing to funding the UN response plan, she lamented that “there has been no major increase” and that “only 34 per cent of plan requirements have been met”, which is “a tragedy” because with adequate resources, “we can save millions of lives and reduce people’s suffering”.For her fourth point, she bemoaned a worsening economy – “a key driver of humanitarian needs”, saying that food, fuel and other essentials, almost all of which must be imported “will rise even higher for ordinary Yemenis”, many of whom “already cannot afford current prices”.Finally, she underscored “the urgent need for peace” through a political solution to “address the country’s enormous humanitarian crisis”. Flagging that State institutions “almost certainly may break down further”, worsening daily life for many, Mr. Griffiths warned of “a grave risk of further damage to Yemen’s social fabric and the spread of violence to other southern governorates”. He warned about a possible resurgence of violence involving extremist groups that might further fragment the security sector in Aden and other areas, impacting civilians and prospects for future stability. “I am grateful to all those Member States, including members of this Council, who have called for restraint and dialogue”, he said, welcoming the Coalition’s efforts “to restore calm” and those of Government allies Saudi Arabia “to convene a dialogue in Jeddah to discuss the situation”. Peace hangs in the balanceCiting Aden and Abyan, the Special Envoy said, “the fragmentation of Yemen is becoming a stronger and more pressing threat”, that is making peace-process efforts “more urgent than ever”. “Every additional day of the conflict adds to the total of the tragedy and the misery” Mr. Griffiths maintained. “No country can tolerate the stresses of internal conflict indefinitely. Yemen cannot wait”.Every additional day of the conflict adds to the total of the tragedy and the misery– Special Envoy Martin Griffiths Stressing that “there is no time to lose”, he said, “the stakes are becoming too high for the future of Yemen, the Yemeni people and the wider region”. Describing more positive developments, eight months into the Stockholm Agreement which he helped broker, Mr. Griffiths reported “there have been no major military operations in Hudaydah city” involving Houthi rebels and pro-Government forces, violence there has diminished, and aid continues to move through the ports, which “by itself a major achievement” that benefits civilians in “Hudaydah and elsewhere in Yemen”.Calling it “a key milestone in Yemen’s peace process”, he advised the Council not to allow its implementation “to override our broader imperative to bring the conflict to an end. Yemen cannot wait”.Noting that the situation on the ground “is changing with great pace”, Mr. Griffiths urged the Council “to seize opportunities for progress”. “A continuation of this current situation is simply untenable”, Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said via video-link from Amman, Jordan, referring to a series of clashes in the port city this month between formerly-allied separatists and pro-Government forces that have led to dozens of civilian deaths and injuries to hundreds of others.The UN envoy condemned “the unacceptable efforts by the Southern Transitional Council to take control of State institutions by force” and deplored “the harassment of Yemenis of northern origin in Aden, such as through physical violence, forced displacement and denial of freedom of movement, including targeting of Government officials and supporters”.   read more

Intel CEO Windows 8 will run on Intelbased smartphones

first_imgIntel CEO Paul Otellini dropped a bombshell during the chipmaker’s latest financial call: they plan on putting Windows 8 on cell phones.Otellini said:“The plus for Intel is that as they unify their operating systems we now have the ability for the first time: one, to have a designed-from-scratch, touch-enabled operating system for tablets that runs on Intel that we don’t have today. And secondly, we have the ability to put our lowest-power Intel processors running Windows 8, or “next-generation Windows,” into phones, because it’s the same OS stack. And I look at that as an upside opportunity for us. It’s a weird statement, not least of which because Intel simply doesn’t have any chips right now that are suitable for mobile phones.One thing to keep in mind, though, is that Otellini isn’t actually dropping a major bombshell here about Windows running on smartphones: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made it very clear at this last CES that the next version of Windows will run on ARM as well as x86 CPUs.No, what’s interesting here is really that Intel thinks they can push an x86 processor into smartphones when paired with Windows 8. That implies that Otellini believes that Windows 8 can reduce its power management and remove legacy cruft to a truly unbelievable extent. Either that or Intel has something entirely new up their sleeve which they are collaborating with Microsoft on. Time will tell, but my guess is this is the first serious indication that Intel is about to get into the smartphone SoC game.Read more at ZDNetlast_img read more

Plight of teenager left lying in hospital for weeks brought to High

first_imgPlight of teenager left ‘lying in hospital’ for weeks brought to High Court There is no suitable placement for the teenager, who has a history of self harm. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/HearttoHeart By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/HearttoHeart http://jrnl.ie/3445606 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,423 Views A TEENAGER WHO needs a care placement to help prevent them from self-harming has been confined to a hospital because there is nowhere else for them to go.The High Court heard yesterday that the teenager is currently into their third week in hospital despite the fact that it is considered an “emergency” that they be moved to a more suitable environment for recovery.That teen has been in the care of the State for a number of years.On numerous occasions, the teenager has self harmed and one recent incident required hospital treatment.The court-appointed guardian ad litem, who acts as the voice of children in care in court, brought the matter to the High Court because they are extremely concerned about what will happen to this teenager in the immediate future.“This is an emergency matter,” counsel for the guardian told the court.The court heard from counsel for the guardian that the current situation is as follows:The residential care centre in which the teen resided before being admitted to hospital is unsuitable to return to because of the risk of self-harming againThe teen has been in hospital but is now ready to leave, and has been for several weeksTusla has yet to find a suitable placement that caters for the teenager’s needsIn effect, it is the guardian’s concern that this teen will soon have nowhere to go. Given the history of self-harm, the guardian fears for the teen’s welfare, the court heard.A district court had heard details of this case on several occasions since 27 May, but the guardian escalated the matter to the High Court as they felt that this case was so serious as to warrant urgent action.The guardian was asking for a suitable placement to be urgently found for the teenager, given the seriousness of the situation and the complex needs the child has, the court heard.Counsel for Tusla said that a great deal of hard work was being done to try to find a suitable placement for the teenager as soon as possible.Some potential placements were rejected because they were unsuitable, the court heard.“The HSE made it clear that they have no facility available,” counsel for Tusla said adding that the agency was clear it is Tusla’s responsibility to find an appropriate placement for the teenager.Tusla asked for the case to be adjourned until Monday, to give time to try to find an appropriate placement for the teen.While counsel for Tusla said that they did not want to give “false hope”, they said an “enormous amount of work” is being done behind the scenes to try to ensure a suitable placement is found.The judge presiding over the case said Tusla had been aware of the issue for several weeks now, and that this is a case that is better off being resolved quickly. The judge rejected the application for the case to be adjourned until Monday and ordered all parties to appear before her today.Comments have been closed for legal reasons.Read: Girl seeking abortion held in psychiatric unit when she thought she was going for terminationRead: ‘They’re extremely loyal. Even though they’ve grown up with neglect they just want to go home’ Friday 16 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM Jun 16th 2017, 12:05 AM Share11 Tweet Email1 No Comments last_img read more

Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Pinterest Twitter How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Google+ WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Triple H Following last night’s episode of RAW from Madison Square Garden, Baron Corbin will be advancing to the final round of the King of the Ring tournament, which takes place at WWE Clash of Champions on Sunday.Corbin won his opportunity to the finals by defeating both Ricochet and Samoa Joe in a triple threat match. Corbin will take on either Chad Gable or Elias this Sunday at WWE Clash of Champions. That match will take place on tonight’s episode of Smackdown Live.WWE Clash of Champions takes place on Sunday, September 15 from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.Here is the updated card for the event:WWE Universal ChampionshipSeth Rollins (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy OrtonWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipShinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The MizRAW Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha BanksSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Charlotte FlairRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsSeth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c’s) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert RoodeSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe New Day (c’s) vs. The RevivalWWE Women’s Tag Team ChampionshipsAlexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c’s) vs. Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville)Finals of the King of the Ring TournamentBaron Corbin vs. Chad Gable or EliasRoman Reigns vs. Erick RowanWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipDrew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince DoradoRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles The Miz Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Southwestern College holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new Dreamer Center

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southwestern College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its Dreamer Center. The facility will offer resources to students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era program that allows roughly 600,000 immigrants who were brought into the country as children to remain in the U.S.The university received a $125,000 grant from the California Campus Catalyst Fund last year to offer more resources to the students, who are commonly referred to as “dreamers.”The college also received a donation from the Southwestern College Foundation for its programs for DACA students and students living in the country illegally, but did not disclose the amount.“We will give these students the support and resources they need to help them come out of their cocoon and continue their pursuit of an education,” said Guadalupe Corona, director of the college’s Office of Student Equity Programs and Services. “Their dreams are our dreams, and we are here to help dreamers.”In addition to building the Dreamer Center, the college plans to use the grant funding to pay a project specialist to work with students living in the country without permission and develop outreach and scholarship opportunities for them.The Dreamer Center will also assist DACA students with program applications, renewals and information on local legal services.The Dreamer Center is located in room 426 at the college’s Chula Vista campus. More information is available at the Dreamer Center’s website, bit.ly/2IXuBfG. KUSI Newsroom, Southwestern College holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new Dreamer Center Posted: April 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom April 25, 2019last_img read more

Okada Manila continues to shine as GGR climbs 26 in April

first_img RelatedPosts Adjusted Segment EBITDA climbed from Php97 million in April 2018 to Php314 million (US$6 million).Okada Manila reported total visitation for the month of 454,202 compared with just over 380,000 12 months earlier. New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Okada Manila saw its gross gaming revenue climb 26% year-on-year to Php2.48 billion (US$47.6 million) in April, while Adjusted Segment EBITDA soared by 226% as the Philippines integrated resort continues to ramp up operations.The property saw positive momentum across the board, with mass market revenue up 42.6% to Php679 million (US$13 million) on the back of a 32.8% improvement in table drop. VIP GGR also grew by 20.0% to Php1.12 billion (US$21.5 million) thanks to higher volume and hold. Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analystslast_img read more

39 would reveal if mental health issues are behind absence

first_imgJust 39% of respondents would admit to their boss that stress, anxiety or depression were the reasons for sickness absence, according to research by Axa PPP HealthcareIts survey of 1,000 senior management and 1,000 non-executive employees found that 77% would inform their boss of the true reason for staying home from work if it is related to a physical ailment such as flu, injury or back pain, however.The research also found:44% of respondents working for large organisations would reveal that stress, anxiety or depression were the reason for sickness absence. This figure drops to 37% for respondents at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).23% of respondents will not reveal the true reason for sickness absence for fear of being judged.15% will not admit the reason they are off work because they are afraid of not being believed.Less than half (42%) of senior managers think that flu is a valid reason for an employee to call in sick, and 39% agree that back pain is a serious enough reason for sickness absence.Less than a quarter (22%) of senior managers believe that a migraine is a good enough reason for an employee to call in sick, while 35% think that that elective surgery, such as a knee replacement, warrants time off work.Glen Parkinson (pictured), SME director at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “With managers showing so little understanding of or support for employees suffering from illness, it’s not difficult to see why employees worry about phoning in sick.“Employers need to challenge this blinkered attitude, both for their own benefit as well as that of their employees. In many cases, it is more productive for an employee to take a day off to recover from a spell of illness rather than to come into work, with diminished productivity and, for the likes of colds and flu, the potential to spread their illness to workmates.“Employers need to trust employees to take the appropriate time off sick and, where practicable, consider allowing them to work from home. Showing sympathy and flexibility when employees are unwell is crucial to maintaining a healthy and committed workforce, which, in the long term, creates a healthier business.”last_img read more

Tata Group needs to consolidate says Chairman N Chandrasekaran

first_imgTata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran speaks to shareholders during the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) annual general meeting in Mumbai on June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe Rs 6.5 lakh crore ($100 billion) salt-to-software Tata Group needs to consolidate and focus on returns and capital allocation, Tata Sons Ltd chairman N Chandrasekaran has said.The industry veteran, who previously served Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as the CEO, told the conglomerate’s in-house magazine Tata Review that India is the fastest-growing market for group businesses.”We have far too many companies in the Tata Group and some level of consolidation is essential. Our aim should be to achieve the optimal level of consolidation without losing the entrepreneurial spirit we are famous for. We have not worked out all the details. We have our thoughts on this and we will consider them carefully,” Chandrasekaran said.After becoming the conglomerate’s chairman last year, he came up with the “One Tata” approach, which aims to cluster companies to drive growth.The group wants to create five to seven clusters besides the three big firms — Tata Steel, Tata Motors and Tata Consultancy Services. And the chairman has mandated that different entities serving the same function will be merged to create a cluster of companies around infrastructure, defence, consumer goods, finance and travel.Recently, the Tata Group sold its debt ridden consumer mobile business Tata Teleservices to Bharti Airtel for almost no incentive.In September, Tata Steel and German major Thyssenkrupp AG signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build Europe’s second-largest steel enterprises. N Chandrasekaran takes home Rs 30 crore in FY 2017Reuters”One of the initial areas of focus has been on building a team with the requisite skills to get the immediate job done. From a business perspective, we have focused on situations that required priority intervention, such as the Tata Steel-Thyssenkrupp merger and the Tata Tele-Airtel deal. Suffice to say, we are focused on the issues that need our attention,” Chandrasekaran told the magazine.In the last decade, the group bought two large foreign businesses — Corus and Jaguar Land Rover — two of the largest cross-border acquisitions by Indian companies.However, Chandrasekaran emphasised that the group would concentrate on returns and capital allocation and won’t exit businesses indiscriminately.”I have clearly stated the emphasis on returns and capital allocation, but that does not mean we will exit a business that does not meet our targets. We will always work hard together to realize the potential of every Tata business. There will be times, though, when hard decisions are inevitable,” said Chandrasekaran.last_img read more

Huawei thumbs nose at Trump with 100 refund warranty on phones for

first_imgAn image used for an advertisement for HuaweiP30. As the US-China trade wars escalate Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei thinks the company’s sales will plummet as much as 60 per cent. The company has come out with a super warranty if US-origin apps like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp cease to run on Huawei smartphones within two years of purchase.Huawei is thumbing the nose at US President Donald Trump with a super warranty that promises a 100 per cent refund on smartphones if key US-origin apps cease to function within two years of purchase. The warranty that will initially be launched in the Philippines will cover Google services like Gmail and YouTube and Facebook and its associates like Instagram and WhatsApp. The defiant announcement followed Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei’s statement that the company could miss its revenue numbers for 2019 by a wide margin of $30 billion, a media report says.Huawei, which has been the target of a sustained US campaign involving national security, said its smartphone sales would plummet as much as 60 per cent. But the company might be testing a blueprint for Chinese companies hit by the worsening US-China trade wars. “Huawei will give you a full refund if its device can’t run Google and Facebook apps,” reported Huawei Central. The offer is a response to softening sales and an attempt to shore up consumer confidence, the report on the Forbes website says. Local media reported that the dealers are offering the warranty on Huawei devices purchased until August. Huawei confirmed the offer, telling one local outlet that “it’s an initiative of our distributors with our dealers”. An advertisement for HuaweiP30. Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhenfei has said the sales will plummet as much as 60 per cent after a decade of steady growth amid the company’s blacklisting by US President Donald Trump and the escalating US-China trade wars.@HuaweiMobile/twitterBloomberg has reported that the company is expecting up to 60 per cent fall in international smartphone shipments. There was even speculation that Huawei might “pull the latest model of its marquee overseas label, the Honor 20” if sales are poor, although that has been denied by company sources, the report says.Huawei has held on to its number two spot after Samsung for global smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2019 but is now losing ground to Apple in the third position. “We did not expect that the US would attack us with such determination and on such a large scale,” Ren said.Last year, Huawei capped a great decade by breaking into the $100-billion revenue club for the first time. The company does not expect that kind of growth any more and expects a sharp decline.Think you know #wideangle photography? Think again. With the Huawei P30, you can experience a totally new perspective on the world with our incredible 16 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens. #CapturedOnHuawei #TravelWithP30 #RewriteTheRules@alexandengphotography @threegenliu @reubenkrabbe pic.twitter.com/6IrGJM2NLZ— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) June 19, 2019Huawei “will see new life in 2021”, Ren said, after explaining that revenues would fall short this year and next. Smartphone growth was the driver of Huawei’s overall growth last year, and this had seemed relatively secure against US action until the blacklisting hit the supply chain, according to the report. Huawei will be negotiating unchartered territory from now on amid reports that the company is testing its proprietary Hongmeng OS. President Trump has warned that all companies domestic and foreign that sell or supply US-origin technologies or products to Huawei will be blacklisted.last_img read more

Tacoma Groks OldSchool SciFi For a NewSchool Audience

first_img You Can Buy Epic Games Store Exclusives on HumbleStadia Is Google’s New Video Game Streaming Platform Gone Home might well be one of the most famous sleeper hits in gaming history. It centered its narrative on a young, adolescent girl and her exploration of a nascent love life. As far as games go, however, that’s far more alien than an invasion or giant insectoid creatures. Games, for all their pomp, often refuse to tackle the personal or the affecting. But the developers at Fullbright, responsible for Gone Home, an unwitting watershed masterpiece, have aimed their sights a bit higher for their sophomore endeavor.Tacoma is a smooth slide into near-future science fiction. You play as a free agent and likely repair technician working her way through a derelict space station. The Tacoma is a trumped-up, largely abandoned settlement orbiting Earth. As you glide in, a calming voice notes that everything you do will be recorded in Augmented Reality and that your actions will be considered the property of some corporation. While that’s not relevant to you per se, it provides a convenient plot McGuffin that provides AR-based recordings of the station’s former crew for you to sift through.These recordings yield subtle hints to Tacoma’s puzzles, including passcodes for otherwise secure doors, and valuable, albeit fragmented, exposition about the operational state of Tacoma station.Beyond that, though, Tacoma isn’t too far flung from its spiritual prequel. As you probe the station, you can examine basic objects looking for clues or secrets. Collectively, they help you suss out just what happened on the station. As you piece bits together, though, you come to understand the emotive core of Fullbright’s latest project. So, while Gone Home might have focused on adolescent limerence, Tacoma is a voyeuristic look at life before the catastrophe. Much like the impromptu statues at Pompeii, the former inhabitants of Tacoma Station are complex people with nuanced lives and they, more than the foundational mystery of “what happened,” establish the narrative fulcrum upon which Tacoma balances.While it’s still in development, and the date may change, Tacoma is due out by mid-2017, Stay on targetlast_img read more

Second successful humananimal hybrid sheep embryo with human cells

first_imgThis photograph shows injection of human iPS cells into a pig blastocyst. A laser beam (green circle with a red cross inside) was used to perforate an opening to the outer membrane (Zona Pellucida) of the pig blastocyst to allow easy access of an injection needle delivering human iPS cells. Credit: of Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Carrying forward the results of a team that created a pig/human hybrid last year, a team led by researchers at Stanford University has created a sheep/human hybrid. The team has not published a paper on their efforts as yet, but recently gave a presentation outlining their work at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. 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. Using CRISPR to grow a human pancreas in a pig Citation: Second successful human-animal hybrid: sheep embryo with human cells (2018, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-successful-human-animal-hybrid-sheep-embryo.html © 2018 Phys.org More information: Towards Xenogeneic Generation of Human Organs, AAAS 2018 meeting, aaas.confex.com/aaas/2018/meet … gapp.cgi/Paper/20877AbstractInterspecies blastocyst complementation offers the possibility of generating human organs in animals. The approach requires a host embryo for which development of a specific organ is genetically disabled and human cells with interspecific chimera formation potential. I will present results on the use of CRISPR-Cas9-mediated zygote genome editing for creating pig and sheep organogenesis-disabled host embryos. Also, to address whether human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) can contribute to chimera formation in livestock species we systematically evaluated the chimeric competency of several types of hPSCs. The procedures and observations that will be presented regarding the capability of human pluripotent stem cells to integrate and differentiate in an ungulate embryo may constitute a first step towards realizing the potential of interspecies blastocyst complementation for xeno-generating transplantable human tissues and organs towards addressing the worldwide shortage of organ donors. Explore further As with the team last year, the current researchers say the purpose of creating the human-animal hybrid was to find out if it might be possible to grow human organs in animals to replace defective ones in humans. Such patients would not reject the organs, because the cells used to create them would be their own. The researchers used a sheep in their experiments because its organs are roughly the same size as humans and because in vitro fertilization of sheep is easier than pigs.The process of creating a hybrid starts with collecting human stem cells, which can grow into any kind of organ. Next, an embryo is harvested from an animal such as a pig or sheep, and its DNA is modified to deactivate the part that would normally be in charge of developing the desired organ, for instance, a liver. Then the human stem cells are inserted into the embryo, which is implanted back into the uterus of the animal that donated it. In this manner a human organ, such as a liver, could be caused to grow inside of a volunteer animal—the embryo would grow into an adult pig or sheep with a human organ inside of it, instead of its own.The researchers noted that in their work, just 0.01 percent of the cells in the sheep embryo were human, the rest were native sheep cells. Much more than that would be required to actually grow an organ, perhaps as much as 1 percent. The embryos were also not allowed to mature into adults—they were killed after growing for 28 days.Such research tends to be contentious—some are firmly for it, while others believe it is unethical. NIH, for example, currently does not allow such research using money from the government. Many believe that as researchers move closer to allowing hybrid embryos to grow into adults, more voices will be raised against it.last_img read more

Waves of Fantasy

first_imgGhazali an art teacher rarely travels to hill stations. As the artist puts it,  ‘It has been ages since I have been to a hill station. All the 45 paintings have come through my imagination. Even when I am confined to a room surrounded by books and magazines, my mind transports me to a serene hill station where the beauty of Himalayas leaves me in a trans.’His work does not only serve solely as a means of expressing the painter’s admiration of nature but he also feels strongly that painting has a task of its own to accomplish in the service of imaginative life. The artist has developed a style which is in keeping with the thirst of mankind’s inner needs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Here there is a greater and starker simplicity, which is expressive, natural seeming, and free from ornamental impediments of any kind. Instead of relying on the fortuitous, painting is given content by artistic values belonging to all time, and of a significance at the best of times.The traditional realistic manner, based on observation of the changing appearances of nature, is felt to be inadequate. Means are thus sought to enhance the interpretation of the inspirational idea. Distracting and superfluous accretions are mostly eliminated. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe main themes, having thus been isolated and set free from all the accidental circumstances, are given a new environment in which ideal spatial dimensions replace those of the nature. It is how a fresh pictorial convention develops whose chief characteristics are a twin-dimensional scheme of composition, a firm yet spontaneous seeming stylisation of the forms of nature in depth, and a symbolic content.Already in Ghazali’s early experiments, there have been meaningful uses of line and colour. Here the drawing turned objects into visual images which took over the artist’s argument and sustained it. The close-knit compositions and the rhythmical groupings of forms are the pictorial elements of importance in his present works. In some of his showings the painter applies new possibilities directly, without any justification or a literary content. In these paintings he breaks with the descriptive, the anecdotal, and the atmospheric. Pure forms in their elementary capacity, completely visible in their stiff, vertical or horizontal seams and layers are the materials with which the compositions are their rhythmically constructed.When: 18 January, 11 amWhere: M.F Hussain Art Gallerylast_img read more

NKDA mulls panel to boost urban farming

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is considering a proposal to form an empanelled group to assist people, particularly senior citizens, to set up rooftop urban farming.The matter has been discussed in the board of NKDA and a decision in the matter will be soon taken. A notice will be given asking interested groups to respond. It may be mentioned that at Swapno Bhor, the state’s first senior citizens’ park, organic farming of vegetables has recently been started in collaboration with an NGO and senior citizens, who are members of the same, are overseeing it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSenior officials of the NKDA said many people have shown keen interest to start rooftop urban farming but could not start it because of lack of expertise. For many years, people have been growing flowers on their rooftop gardens. It may be mentioned that in the annual flower show organised by Alipore Agri Horticulture Society there is a section where flowers and cactus that are grown on rooftop gardens and displayed. The best flower grower is also awarded. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNow, in addition to flowers, people have shown interest to start rooftop urban farming. But a majority of them lack expertise and knowledge. For example, on rooftop garden pots made of coconut fibres are used instead of earthen pots as they cause heavy damage to the roofs. Again, from where seeds of vegetables can be procured are not known. To address these issues, the empanelled groups will assist those whose are interested to start rooftop urban farming. The group will charge for providing assistance and the rate will be fixed by the NKDA. This will keep the senior citizens socially engaged, the officers felt. To keep the senior citizens engaged and occupied who will be buying accommodation at Snehodiya, an open terrace has been made in the proposed multi-storeyed building whose construction is going on. The senior citizens can utilise the terrace to coach children from economically-challenged families. This will keep them socially busy and also motivate the children to a great extent.last_img read more

They Can Kill Me Any Day Call it an Accident But I

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamta Banerjee on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may kill her any day (for political interest) and after that claim that it was an accident.Addressing a public meeting at Nimtouri in East Midnapore, Banerjee said, “They can kill me any day. After killing me, they will say that it was an accident. But, I would like to tell them that I am not scared. If I am killed, my ‘ma, mati, manush’ (mother, motherland and people) would fight back.” She said, “Modibabu is a grandfather of Muhammad Bin Tughlaq. He is the most dangerous Prime Minister I have seen ever in my political career. I have seen Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narsimha Rao, Manmohan Singh, but I have never seen such ‘bhadralok’ (gentleman) PM before. I am saying ‘bhadralok’ because it is our culture. Please don’t vote for the BJP because in the name of NRC (National Register of Citizens), they will throw us out.”This is not for the first time when Banerjee has talked about a threat to her life.On May 11, 2018, in an interview with a regional television channel, she claimed that a contract killer was hired by a political party against her and accordingly, she had prepared a ‘political will’ about who would take forward the mantle of the Trinamool’s leadership after her.She had said, “I have information that they have given money, which they call in their language ‘supari’ to kill me. They have done a recce of the Kalighat area where I stay. There is a serious threat issue and the police are aware of it. They are working on this lead and have requested me to change my Kalighat house. But I will not do so. There are people who wanted to alienate me from the masses, but I will not bow down to such threats.”The Trinamool supremo added, “Considering the threat factor, today I am sharing this that I have already prepared a ‘political will’ specifying who would do what after me. I have set up a team in my party to look after the Trinamool Congress and work for the development of Bengal. Those who are trying to kill me will never succeed in hampering the state’s development.”When asked to specify who will take the lead after Mamata Banerjee, she said, “It will be a collective work and yes, the leader will be decided by the people of Bengal, not by me. Who am I to decide?” Lok Sabha elections 2019Mamata BanerjeeNarendra Moditrinamool congress First Published: April 28, 2019, 6:18 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswamilast_img read more