Monsoon hits Kerala after a weeks delay

first_imgNew Delhi: After a delay of a week, the Monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Saturday, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. “Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala today (June 8),” said India Meteorological Department’s Director General-designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall. The news will augur well for the country as large parts have been witnessing agriculture distress and water levels in reservoirs in west and south India have dipped to low levels. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistMost of rural India depends on the four-month monsoon season, which accounts for 75 per cent of the annual rainfall, due to a lack of adequate alternative source of irrigation. A good monsoon has a direct impact on the economy as agriculture remains the major contributor to India’s GDP. The north Indian plains, central India and parts of south India have been recording temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. Mercury has soared to over 50 degrees in parts of Rajasthan. On Thursday, IMD said the arrival of monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two-three days from its usual onset on June 29. However, Skymet said it may take at least a week longer. The city is likely to receive normal monsoon. Northwest India too is likely to have normal monsoon. The IMD has made a forecast of 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) which falls on the border of normal and below normal rainfall.last_img read more

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Now regularise your unauthorised water connections till Mar 31

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday approved the extension of the scheme to regularise unauthorized water connections till March 31, 2020. Under the scheme, domestic consumers will have to pay Rs 500 per connection, while the commercial connections can be regularized by payment of Rs 1500. Earlier in July, the DJB had approved the scheme to regularise unauthorised water connections for a period of three months.The Board also allowed the proposal of extension of scheme of levy/Recovery of Development charges of Water and Sewer at reduced rates for domestic connection in case of colonies falling in D, E, F, G & H Category of Unauthorized Colonies up to 31 March ,2020. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe decision was taken in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Delhi Chief Minister and DJB Chairman Arvind Kejriwal. The board also approved the procurement of 4000 safety kits for DJB Sewer Gang Beldars and private labours engaged in desilting/ cleaning of sewers/drains/ septic tanks. Similarly rejuvenation of 12 water bodies using Phytorid Treatment Technology of capacity 400 KLD & 150 KLD were approved by the Board. The six water bodies of treatment capacity 400 KLD are Mungeshpur, Nangal Thakran, Punjab Khore, Dera Mandi, Dhichaunkalan, Burari and Kamalpur Majra Burari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe other six water bodies of treatment capacity 150 KLD includes Ibrahimpur, Karala, Daulatpur, Dhool Siras, Neelwaal and Tikrikalan. The work includes construction of Phytorid beds along with screen chamber, collection tank, sedimentation tank, installation of Hypo-dosing system and excavation of lake in case of dry water bodies. The work also has a provision of operations and maintenance for 12 months including watch and ward. The Jal Board approved providing and laying of internal and peripheral( P/L) sewer line of 1000 mm dia in Shalimar Bagh and Batla House (Phase-II) under Okhla WWTP catchment area in Delhi, as per sewage Master Plan 2031.last_img read more

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Conakrys Palais Des Nations Renamed After Late King Mohammed V President

first_imgConakry  –  The Palais des Nations of Conakry was renamed after late King Mohammed V, Guinean President Pr. Alpha Condé announced on Monday. In a speech after the signing ceremony of 21 agreements between Morocco and Guinea, chaired by him and King Mohammed VI, Condé affirmed that this decision is a recognition for the huge role by the late sovereign in African liberation and unity. We agreed to name the palace after an eminent figure of Africa who is late HM Mohammed V, said Condé before the King and personalities taking part in the ceremony. King Mohammed VI arrived on Monday in Conakry for an official visit in the Republic of Guinea, third leg of an African tour that took the sovereign to Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and will take him to Gabon.last_img

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UN counterterrorism measures must adapt to evolving threat Security Council told

13 November 2009The threat posed by terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida and the Taliban is evolving and United Nations efforts to combat the scourge must keep up to date through effective counter-measures such as sanctions and reinforced regional cooperation to prevent the smuggling of materials for weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council was told today. The threat posed by terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida and the Taliban is evolving and United Nations efforts to combat the scourge must keep up to date through effective counter-measures such as sanctions and reinforced regional cooperation to prevent the smuggling of materials for weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council was told today.The 15-member body was briefed in a day-long open session by the heads of the three counter-terrorism committees it has set up over the past 10 years, with all three officials calling for regional cooperation and professional workshops that reinforce international collaboration.“Ten years after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1267, the threat posed by Al-Qaida and the Taliban persists, both worldwide and especially in South Asia,” said Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, chairman of the 1267 (1999) Committee on sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the two groups.“At the same time, over the years this threat has evolved considerably and we must ensure that the existing sanctions regime against Al-Qaida and the Taliban remains a relevant and effective tool in countering terrorism,” he added, noting that his committee is reviewing all entries to ensure that the sanctions list “remains dynamic and accurately reflects the current threat.” At present there are 504 entries.At a separate news conference, the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Mike Smith, highlighted the work being done in South Asia, a region hit by frequent terrorist attacks, citing a recent three-day professional UN workshop for police and prosecutors from the region.“It is a region that has suffered a lot from terrorism,” he said. “One of the things we’ve noted as we’ve travelled around the world is the importance of regional cooperation to deal with terrorism because it’s kind of axiomatic when you think about it that most terrorists operate across borders, they seek refuge in other places, neighbouring countries, they very often prepare themselves there, materials are brought across borders, recruits are brought across borders,” he said.“And we were very aware that actually South Asia is an area where the amount of regional cooperation has been rather limited and we thought that we needed to do something to start building habits of cooperation between the countries…“So we thought that if at a political level we couldn’t get more cooperation and interaction, we might try to start at a more working level,” he added of the workshop that brought together professionals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. “After three days were pretty gratified to see the way these professionals were interacting with each other in a pretty positive way and a very professional way and they all thought they got something out of it,” he said.“We’re not saying this is an enormous breakthrough, I’m not saying it’s that, but it’s a small but significant first step at a working level in building cooperation, and it’s something that the UN can do….The truth is I don’t think there’s anybody else who could have done it,” he added, noting that most counter-terrorism is done on a bilateral basis.Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica, Chairman of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) on combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors, highlighted his group’s “outreach activities,” including regional workshops worldwide.“The focus of the meetings ranged from broad issues of proliferation threats to more specific threats of nuclear, chemical or biological terrorism, from challenges of proliferation financing to export controls and prevention of illicit trafficking, from the implementation of relevant international instruments by domestic legislation to the facilitation of assistance for capacity building,” he told the Council.Ambassador Ranko Vilovic of Croatia, Chairman of the 1373 (2001) Committee, set up to monitor implementation of the wide-ranging counter-terrorism resolution adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, also told the Council his Committee has been intensifying its work with international, regional and sub-regional organizations to enhance cooperation, information-sharing and exchanges of expertise.The Committee has finalized the analysis and adoption of the preliminary implementation assessments of all but one of the 192 UN Member States, with the last remaining one expected to be adopted in the near future.“Terrorism remains one of the major threats to international peace and security, and the Committee is a crucial instrument of the international community in its efforts to address this scourge,” he said.Over 30 participants were scheduled to speak during the debate. read more

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Lanka still poor on women in politics

The first such forum for women in Ampara brings together 11 Divisional Women’s Forums in the District of Ampara under one umbrella, with the facilitation of the UNDP. Against this background, UNDP TRP’s WLDP worked with 30 women from the formerly conflict-affected district of Ampara to provide them with capacity-development, exposure and networking opportunities, and seed-funds to initiate community development activities.Over the course of the two years, the project saw the women leaders implement their own community projects raising awareness of urgent issues within their communities and uplifting the lives of women.In early 2011, Ms. K. Lalith Kulanayake, one of the women leaders, empowered by the training and exposure received through her participation in the WLDP, decided to run for local government, and having successfully contested local elections, became the first female representative to serve in her area. (Colombo Gazette) The event will be held at the District Secretariat premises and presided over by the District Secretary of Ampara. The event will also be attended by Government officials, civil society groups, media personnel, representatives from the Divisional Women’s Forums and UNDP.The Ampara District Women’s Forum will present their Action Plan for 2012, and the day’s activities will conclude with an award ceremony that will recognize 20 women who have made extraordinary contributions to their Divisions and District.According to the UNDP, in Sri Lanka women’s representation in national parliament stands at 5.6% which is amongst the lowest in South Asia and in the Provincial Councils (PCs) and Local Authorities (LAs) at under 3%. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says Sri Lanka still performs poorly on women’s political participation despite relative gains against MDG indicators on gender parity in education and wage employment.A UNDP statement said that in Ampara female participation in local governance structures is amongst the lowest in the country. The District Women’s Forum will play a lead role in conducting and initiating activities to develop the skills, capacity and confidence of the women of Ampara.It builds on the successes of the Women’s Leadership Development Project (WLDP), implemented by UNDP’s Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) with funding support provided by UNDP, which sought to increase women’s participation in decision-making in Ampara through training, networking and seed-support. The UNDP said that the newly established Ampara District Women’s Forum will hold their inaugural event on April 5, 2012. Women from the country’s formerly conflict-affected districts face additional challenges, having to bear additional economic and social burdens especially if they have lost male family members, and living in areas where decision-making structures are themselves just being resuscitated following the end of the war. read more

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CPL 2017 Shadab shines in nervy Knight Riders win

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Shadab guides Knight Riders home in thrillerAugust 9, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Shadab, McCullum crush St Lucia StarsAugust 5, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Shadab, Munro keep Amazon Warriors winlessAugust 12, 2017In “latest news” Briefly, it looked like Brendon McCullum had already caused enough damage in a low-scoring game, as he biffed three sixes in a nine-ball 19. But that was until Shillingford entered the fray and had him caught at midwicket. Four balls later, Colin Munro was out lbw playing the switch hit. Darren Bravo was out looking to cut one that skid through and Denesh Ramdin saw one dart through between bat and pad to crash into the stumps. When Dwayne Bravo was bowled by a searing yorker from Mitchell McClenaghan, Knight Riders were in trouble at 75 for 5 in the 10th over.Shadab’s composure stands outHaving bowled four overs, Shadab was his best judge on how to approach a small chase. His confidence shone through as he made 30 not out to help convert a tricky chase into a cruise in the end. Shadab’s composure and game awareness – not one stroke was played in desperation – spoke of his maturity as he continued to enhance his reputation on the same shores where he first broke through at the international arena not too long ago. By Shashank KishoreShadab Khan finished with figures of 1 for 16 off four overs (CPL photo)(ESPNcricinfo) This game was a repeat of the tournament opener, just in terms of the result. Everything else about the contest was a hard scrap on a treacherous Port-of-Spain surface where spin dominated. Trinbago Knight Riders’ spin trio of Kharry Pierre, Shadab Khan and Sunil Narine picked 3 for 48 between them off 12 overs, restricting St Lucia Stars to 118 for 9. Shadab then had to shepherd a tense chase as Shane Shillingford ripped through the top order to leave Knight Riders tottering at 52 for 5. A 45-run stand for the seventh wicket between Shadab and Javon Searles, the highest in the match, took Knight Riders to their second win in as many matches.Spin is kingFive Powerplay overs were bowled by the spinners. That this was a sluggish surface became evident at the outset when Pierre, the left-arm spinner, got the ball to turn and stop on the batsmen in the first over. Pierre, who was guilty of firing them in two nights ago, slowed his pace down nicely and struck in the second over when he had Johnson Charles lbw.Kamran Akmal couldn’t cope either, often bordering on the thin line between being aggressive and careless, eventually falling to an ill-advised cut to an offcutter that kicked at him. Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels added 30 for the third wicket to lead a brief recovery, but at 75 for 3 in the 13th over, Knight Riders wrested control.Fletcher rides luckAndre Fletcher has a career strike rate of 106.66 in T20Is. Here, however, he had to bat through. Against pace, he was happy to hit through the line. Against the turning ball, he was a nervous wreck. He should’ve been out on 16, but for a huge slice of luck as the ball beat his slog sweep to hit the stumps only for the bails to briefly dislodge before slotting back into the groove.Then, he was reprieved on 24 when Javon Searles palmed a catch over the long-on boundary. In between, however, he gritted his way through. His dismissal in the 16th over, attempting to hit out against Shadab, resulted in a wobble again. Having assessed the surface well, Kevon Cooper mixed up cross-seam deliveries with cutters to walk away with three wickets.Shillingford gives Stars hope read more

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Cigarettes peace the Docklands and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgThis being Thursday, it’s Eamon Gilmore‘s turn today at Leader’s Questions. The Tánaiste will be on his feet in the Dáil at midday. The week’s news has been dominated by the flood crisis in Limerick and Cork and what’s being done to help those affected — so we can probably expect at least a few well-composed questions on that issue.Topical Issues happens at 4.42pm this afternoon (set your alarms). As usual, a selection of TDs will be airing their views and posing questions on issues of concern to their constituents and the wider electorate. What’s coming up today? Later on, the details will be posted here.The issue of plain pack cigarettes will be the main focus of the Joint Committee on Health and Children when it meets at 9.30am. The panel of TDs and senators will hear from groups like the Royal College of Physicians and doctors’ union the IMO this morning. At 11.45am, newsagents and other retail groups will have their say on the planned changes.Everything else happening in the Dáil: [gifbin.com] Nothing happening in the upper chamber today.Why not? Here’s why.Everything else happening in the committees:The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement meets at 10.15am. Amongst the issues today: “the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare”. [Committee Room 4]The business of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority will be the focus of the Public Accounts Committee at 10am. [Room 1]And at 2pm, the sub-committee on communications, energy and natural resources discusses the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013. [Room 4]Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Everything happening in the Seanad: WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…Three things we’ll be keeping an eye on: center_img Minister Alan Shatter kicks off the action once again from 9.30am. He was up yesterday too with his ‘Justice’ hat on (not an actual hat, mind) — this morning, it’s all about ‘Defence‘, so expect plenty of questions on the Defence Forces’ current activities and other related matters.Next item on the agenda at 10.45am is the County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill, which (you guessed it) provides for the dissolution of the county enterprise boards. Their functions are being transferred to Enterprise Ireland.From 12.21pm, afternoon business includes more work on the above bill, a motion on European Small Claims Procedure and the Roads Bill 2014 (which provides for the dissolution of the Railway Procurement Aganency and the transfer of its functions to the National Roads Authority).The Dáil adjourns at 5.30pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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Google Chrome 15 finally gets a bookmarks menu

first_imgAges ago, Google Chrome had a command line flag that allowed users to enable a drop-down bookmarks menu. It’s a feature that power users loved, since it provided quick access to favorite sites without having to display the bookmarks bar and eat up extra vertical pixels.But Google later backtracked and removed the toggle — not necessarily a huge problem since several extensions are available that provide similar functionality, but all of those chew up a little bit of RAM. The menu was, for all intents and purposes, footprint-free.Now the bookmarks menu appears to be on its way back to Google Chrome. This time it’s not even hidden behind a flag. Rather, it’s integrated into the wrench menu just below the new tab and window options. Hover over bookmarks and your toolbar’s contents slide into view. You can then pause on subfolders to drill down and click a link to open it in the current tab.It’s a subtle change, but one that will be very handy on smaller screen devices like the first round of Chromebooks. Like another feature that surfaced recently, tab sync, it’s one more tweak that brings Chrome functionality in line with other browsers like Opera and Firefox. That’s not to say Chrome isn’t advanced and modern, because it most certainly is both those things. It’s just that there are still plenty of little tweaks like these that Google will be making so that detractors can’t say “My browser can do this, but Chrome can’t.”via Google OSlast_img read more

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Island of Dreams

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As soon as summer started, businessman Lambros Apostolopoulos left Buffalo, New York, and headed back to Greece. Together with his children and grandchildren he plans to spend the entire season at his two-story villa on the outskirts of Eretria, on the western coast of Evia. The 54-year-old businessman is someone who likes to get things done, and fast. He left Greece for the United States at the age of 18 to study civil engineering. He got married the following year and had his first child before he was out of college. He dropped out and opened his own business as a contractor at 21, later designing and patenting scaffolding. In 1996, he founded the Buffalo-based company Safespan Platform Systems Inc., which specialises in bridges. And four years ago he attempted to lease from the Municipality of Eretria an abandoned hotel on the islet of Pezonisi, also known as the Island of Dreams, in the southern part of the Bay of Evia.“The whole thing became tangled in a mountain of red tape,” Apostolopoulos told Kathimerini recently. “In the US everything functions according to a system. You put forward an idea, you get a yes or a no, and you proceed accordingly. In Greece you never know what lies ahead.”The Island of Dreams is connected to Eretria by a thin strip of land and in the 1960s hosted accommodation, a nightclub and a small beach. Ownership of the assets on the island became ensnared in complex legal procedures. Under the 1967-74 dictatorship, the island was conceded to the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), which was granted the right to utilise it for 75 years, with the aim of it being leased to businessman Ioannis Maniatopoulos. After the fall of the junta and rulings from the Council of State and the Supreme Court, the island was ceded from the GNTO to the Municipality of Eretria under a concession that runs through to 2043. The last operator of the hotel, which was leased by the municipality, left in 2008 and since then the 52-room hotel and its 46 bungalows have fallen into a state of disrepair.In October 2012, the issue of what to do with the Island of Dreams transcended the sphere of political debate and went global as Greece scrambled to raise funds by exploiting state assets. Former Eretria mayor Vassilis Velentzas announced his intention to conduct an international tender for the lease of the island, making the international media.The municipal authority before Velentzas took over had issued two tenders for the island but both went unanswered as no investors came forward. Later, Apostolopoulos expressed an interest. Even though he had been born in Zacharo in the Peloponnese, he grew up in Eretria and remembered the Island of Dreams in its heyday.“It was the place to go for fun,” he said. “We went almost every day.”The idea of leasing the island came to him in 2010 while he was walking through the grounds of the old hotel.“I saw the mess it was in. It was like seeing my childhood dreams being destroyed,” Apostolopoulos said.The scenes of complete abandonment are still there today. The hotel’s windows have been smashed, the plaster is falling, the rooms have been looted – in some cases even the doors are gone while in others there are blankets and pillows strewn on the floor.“It was a jewel once. The trees there were planted by our parents,” said Artemis Kouri, the head of the Medussa volunteer group that clears the brush from the island every year to prevent fires.Apostolopoulos had a plan to bring the island back to life and he presented his proposal to the mayor at the time, Amfitriti Alibate, and her rival.“Both were encouraging,” he said. “The issue was not political and they seemed willing to help.”His business back in the States had revenues of $20.38 million in 2012, according to Dopkins & Company accounting firm.“I wanted to fix the beach and the beach bar, to renovate the restaurant and the hotel, and to build a theme park on ancient Greece,” said Apostolopoulos.According to Nikos Kollias, Apostolopoulos’s attorney, he should have been granted the concession directly since the two previous competitions had proved fruitless.Alibate also agreed that the concession could have been made directly but suggested that the municipal council lacked the willpower to push it.Her successor, Velentzas, said that although Apostolopoulos “had good intentions and a solid plan”, as mayor he could not allow a direct concession “as a matter of principle”, and so started procedures for a new tender. He added that another reason for his reluctance was the confusion surrounding the exact terms of ownership concerning the island and its facilities as well as the zoning restrictions, which could later be challenged legally.Velentzas argued that the reason why the tender he launched was never issued was indifference at the Public Properties Company (ETAD) and delays from the zoning board, which is based in Halkida and has stopped responding to the former mayor’s queries since October. Zoning authorities in Halkida said that the Municipality of Eretria’s first query has been answered and that three more are pending.Meanwhile, the board of ETAD, which is responsible for handling the assets of the GNTO, had decided in July 2009 to abolish the municipal authority’s right to issue a concession. The reason, according to ETAD, is that the hotel was not being operated as tourism accommodation, as the municipality had a duty to ensure. ETAD has twice asked for a decision on a ministerial level banning the concession, in 2009 and 2012, but is still awaiting a response.The Municipality of Eretria planned to proceed with the tender nevertheless but was strictly rebuffed by ETAD in a letter demanding that it cease all activity in regard to the utilisation of the island. Following a series of meeting with Velentzas, ETAD expressed its intention to launch a tender of its own, though this has yet to happen.Somewhere along this convoluted line of red tape and snarls, Apostolopoulos simply lost interest.“When you’re making an investment you want to work under certain conditions,” he said. “You need to know what steps lead where. This is something that is not clear in Greece and that scares me.”Following the last local elections in May, the debate over what will happen with the Island of Dreams has not abated.Alibate was re-elected and is expected to assume her post at the municipality in September, but she is not ready to discuss her plans in regard to the island yet.“We have learned from the mistakes of the past,” said Marili Karaferia, who worked at the island’s bar in 1997-99. “I want to believe that it will not be allowed to be leased. We don’t want a hotel that we can only look at through binoculars. I would like to see it turned into a cultural park.”A number of locals agree with her and argue that the municipality failed at its task.“It is a prime slice of real estate, but it needs to be torn down and rebuilt,” said Nikos Smyrnis, one of the shareholders of Rest Club SA, the last company to lease the hotel on the Island of Dreams. “When we took over it was a ruin. The telephones and electricity weren’t working. We invested 750,000 euros.”A new investor would need to carry out extensive repairs and renovations, as well as building a waste treatment unit.Rest Club was evicted by the Municipality of Eretria six years ago. According to a court decision, the eviction was merited because the concession was made without a competition being held first, at a rate of 200,000 euros per year.“When the Municipality of Eretria publicised its intention to lease the island, I received a call from a company in Larissa asking whether I had any intention to make any claims,” said Smyrnis. “I wanted to let it go, though, because I had nothing to gain.”Apostolopoulos, who made it further in the procedure than the Larissa company, added that he had not discussed how much rent he would have had to pay to the municipality had the concession gone through.“A lot of work needs to go into the island as it is today and the longer they leave it, the more it will need. I don’t know if its water or power supply are adequate nor if the telephone lines work,” he said.Would he be interested in investing now if a tender were announced?“I would like to get involved but I would have to examine the terms to determine whether it would be worth my while. The more time that passes, the more I lose interest.”*This is an edited version of an article first published in the Greek daily Kathimerini.last_img read more

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Russia bans Soros Foundation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has recognized George Soros’s Open Society Institute and another affiliated organisation as undesirable groups, banning Russian citizens and organisations from participation in any of their projects.In a statement released on Monday, prosecutors said the activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation were a threat to the foundations of Russia’s Constitutional order and national security. They added that “The Justice Ministry would be duly informed about these conclusions and would add the two groups to Russia’s list of undesirable foreign organisations.”Following Russia’s example, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Mihály Orbán has publicly blasted Soros for the funding and promotion of the Muslim invasion in Europe. Prosecutors launched a probe into the activities of the two organisations – both sponsored by the well-known US financier George Soros – in July this year, after Russian senators approved the so-called “patriotic stop-list” of 12 groups that required immediate attention over their supposed anti-Russian activities. Other groups on the list included the National Endowment for Democracy; the International Republican Institute; the National Democratic Institute; the MacArthur Foundation and Freedom House.Earlier this year, the Russian Justice Ministry recognised the US National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable group after prosecutors discovered the US NGO had spent millions on attempts to question the legitimacy of Russian elections and tarnish the prestige of national military service.The Law on Undesirable Foreign Organisations came into force in early June this year. It requires the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Foreign Ministry to draw up an official list of undesirable foreign organizations and outlaw their activities. Once a group is recognized as undesirable, its assets in Russia must be frozen, its offices closed and the distribution of any of its materials must be banned.If the ban is violated, the personnel of the outlawed group and any Russian citizens who cooperate with them could face heavy fines, or even prison terms in the case of repeated or aggravated offences.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

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Des GPS pour contrer la déforestation de lAmazonie

first_imgDes GPS pour contrer la déforestation de l’AmazonieLe Brésil va équiper certains arbres de l’Amazonie d’espèces de téléphones portables qui seront détectés s’ils s’approchent d’une antenne téléphonique. Grâce à ce système, les autorités souhaitent lutter contre l’abattage illégal d’arbres.Comme le raconte le journal britannique The Independant, le Brésil a mis au point un système ingénieux pour lutter contre l’abattage illégal d’arbres dans la forêt amazonienne. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Certains arbres vont être équipés de petits appareils géolocalisés qui, un peu comme des téléphones portables, seront détectés par les antennes téléphoniques lorsqu’ils s’en approcheront à moins de 30km. Ainsi, un arbre chargé dans un camion sera rapidement repéré. De plus, il sera possible aux autorités qui en seront avertie de suivre l’arbre à la trace.Cette technologie dite “Invisible track” est développée par la société néerlandaise Gemalto et est assez discrète pour ne pas être visible. Elle ne devrait équiper que les arbres qui n’ont pas le droit d’être coupés. Les appareils ont été prévus pour résister au climat tropical et ils sont dotés d’une batterie d’une durée de vie d’un an. Ils devraient se révéler bien plus efficace que les actuelles observations par satellite. En effet, “la forêt amazonienne du Brésil est environ de la taille des États-Unis, il est donc impossible de contrôle chaque hectare”, explique le responsable de l’entreprise en Amérique latine.Le 20 janvier 2013 à 09:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference

first_img DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT Invest Turks and Caicos launches tonight Related Items:Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference, invest tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 1, 2016 – Members of the Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) team has spent the past three weeks promoting these Islands as an attractive destination for foreign investment at regional conferences, summits and roadshows..The team attended the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami Florida, May 10-11, the Annual Caribbean Investment Summit (CIS), also in Miami on May 12-13th and the 3rd Annual Premier’s Roadshow, May 22nd-27th which saw the team visiting five major US cities over the time period.During their attendance at these events, The Invest TCI team met with numerous investors, developers, government officials, major hotel chains and management groups as well as fellow Investment Promotion Agencies from around the region. The events were a great way to meet investors and network with industry associates. An Investment Opportunities presentation and cocktail hosted by Invest TCI as part of the Premier’s Roadshow in New York City proved to be particularly beneficial for the Agency.  The private event saw the attendance of a dozen high profile investors who learnt more about the investment climate in the Islands and also met the Premier, Honourable Dr. Rufus Ewing who was present at the cocktail reception and opened the event.  Representatives of Grace Bay Resorts were also present and were able to provide first-hand experience of operating a business on the islands.“We are confident that we have accomplished our goal at these events”, said John Rutherford, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos. ‘’We set out to let the investment community know the Turks and Caicos Islands are open for business investment and that Invest TCI is ready to facilitate and streamline new investments into the country.  “There is no doubt that the Turks & Caicos islands are known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, however, there is work to be done in promoting the islands as a destination for investment and we were able to achieve that through networking, one on one meetings and our own investor event.The Invest TCI team will continue to promote the islands at targeted industry events throughout the year with the aim of encouraging international investors and developers to invest in the Turks and Caicos.For more information on Invest Turks and Caicos, visit the website at investturksandcaicos.tc. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Islanders will lead new Invest TCI boardlast_img read more

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Sensex hits new 10month closing high Adani Ports Tata Motors ICICI Bank

first_imgThe Monday rally on Indian stock exchanges saw the Sensex close at a new 10-month high.  The 30-scrip benchmark index ended 499.79 points, or 1.84 percent higher, at 27,626. The NSE Nifty also closed at a new 10-month high of 8,467.90, gaining 144.70 points, or 1.74 percent.Adani Ports was the top gainer and closed at Rs. 216.95, up 4.78 percent, followed by Tata Motors that ended 4.14 percent higher at Rs. 484.50. ICICI Bank closed with a gain of 3.44 percent at Rs. 249.85. Coal India and State Bank of India were the other top gainers.In the BSE500 universe, Amtek Auto shares jumped 15.58 percent to close at Rs. 44.15, followed by OnMobile Global.Indian stock markets consolidated their gains on Monday after opening on a positive note on strong global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 491 points, or 1.81 percent, to 27,618 at about 12.15 p.m. while the NSE Nifty was trading with gains of almost 140 points, or 1.67 percent, at 8,462.Top Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, Adani Ports, ICICI Bank, Coal India, Power Grid Corporation and NTPC.Among sectoral indices, the BSE Bankex was up 1.90 percent, auto index 2.05 percent, energy 1.68 percent and realty 2 percent.The Indian rupee opened 24 paise higher at 67.12 to the US dollar, tracking the upbeat sentiment on the Indian stock exchanges.Asian stock markets opened on a bullish note, with the Japanese Nikkei 225 gaining 3.55 percent after elections to the country’s upper house saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition get a landslide victory. The outcome is being perceived as a boost to Abe’s economic reforms agenda.Last Friday, US stock markets ended with gains after job data for June showed nonfarm payroll employment jumped by 2.87 lakh for the month, far above estimates.”On Friday the US Labor department said nonfarm payroll employment surged up by 2,87,000 jobs in June, which was much higher than economists expectations of 1,80,000 jobs,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Monday. The data also had a positive impact on European markets, the firm said. The L&T Infotech IPO opens on Monday and ends on Wednesday. The company’s parent is offloading 1.75 crore shares enabling the listing of its subsidiary. L&T Infotech has fixed the price band as Rs. 705 to Rs. 710 per share. Story republished at 4.15 p.m. with additional details.last_img read more

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1700 convicts in condemned cells

first_imgProthom alo illustratio.Militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and eight other convicts were sentenced to death 18 years ago in the Ramna bomb blast case. Mufti Hannan was hanged in connection with another case. The death reference and appeal in the Ramna killing case remains pending in the Supreme Court. Similarly, the court sentenced 14 persons to death five years ago in the sensational 10 truck arms case. That too remains pending approval of the High Court.A total of 1,704 convicts wait in the condemned cells for the final court verdict. The death reference hearing of many of their cases is being held in the High Court. The death reference hearing of some of the cases has been completed and the accused have filed appeal with the Appellate Division where the cases remain pending.The home ministry sent a letter to the law ministry on Wednesday, asking that the state counsel to settle these cases pending in the Supreme Court without further delay.The letter stated that till 30 June this year, among the convicts sentenced to death in various jails of the country, there are 1,467 unresolved cases with the High Court and 237 with the Appellate Division. These cases have been under trial for between 6 months to 15 years.According to relevant sources, from May 2015 to May 2019, the appeal of 48 convicts sentenced to death has been settled. The law has no deadline for settling death references. However, the cases pertaining to the murders of Rajib and Rajan, the Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali, the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder, and the Pilkhana killing, were settled once the paper book was prepared.According to prison officials, delay in preparing the paper book keeps the death references pending for years on end. With the cases remaining unsettled for years after years, the accused and those seeking justice are both frustrated. Convicts awaiting final decision in the condemned cells undergo immense mental pressure. And over half the jail guards are deployed to keep watch on this large number of convicts and so cannot pay due attention to the other inmates. Then again, in some cases the Supreme Court may lessen the sentences meted out by the judicial court. That is why it is imperative for the death references to be settled as soon as possible.Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court Khandakar Mahbub Hossain on Thursday told Prothom Alo that the government has no idea of what pitiful lives the convicts condemned to death are living and so do fail to take action. He said, the lower courts almost every day pass death sentences, but there is a shortage of judges with the experience to conduct such cases. Appointing experienced judges on an ad hoc basis could be a solution to the problem.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “We have requested the law ministry to take rapid steps to settle the death references and appeal cases pending with the Supreme Court. We are monitoring the matter. Also, the relevant persons of the law and justice department hold regular meetings in this regard. It has been said that initiative will be taken to conduct special hearing of the cases pending for over 10 years.”The High Court’s approval is needed to carry out the death sentences passed by the judicial court. This is known as the death reference. After the High Court decision, the accused can appeal with the Appellate Division. The accused can also appeal again after the decision of the Appellate Division.In preparation of the death reference hearing, a paper book is prepared comprising the case description, charge sheet, deposition of the witnesses, the verdict of the judicial court, and so on.When asked what the state is doing to speed up the process of these cases, law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo, “We are taking necessary action regarding these condemned convicts. We want the sentences of those condemned to death to be carried out speedily. The death reference hearing and settlement of several such cases are being dealt with on a priority basis after the preparation of the paper book.”Sensational cases in death referenceThe Speedy Trial Tribunal -2 of Dhaka condemned 10 persons to death on 20 August 2017 under the Special Powers Act for the attempting to kill the prime minister Sheikh Hasina with a bomb planted in Kotalipara, Gopalganj. Almost 17 years after the incident, the death reference hearing was taken up in the High Court after the lower court verdict.Ten persons were killed in the militant attack on 14 April 2001 at Ramna during the Bangla New Year celebrations. Around five years ago the judicial court condemned eight persons to death in this case and sentenced another six to life. The murder case is now under trial at the High Court. The death reference and jail appeal is at the hearing stage.On 27 April 2014, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) set up a check post at Lamapara along the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road and halted the vehicle of councillor Nazrul.They picked up Nazrul, three of his associates and the driver. Lawyer Chandan Sarkar, who happened to be passing, witnessed the incident and so he too was picked up along with his driver.All of them were later killed and thrown into the river. Six of their bodies were later discovered on 30 April and one more on the next day.Then on 16 January 2016 the lower court condemned 26 persons to death and nine others to sentences of various terms in this sensational case.The death sentences were placed with the High Court for approval. And also 20 accused persons appealed to the High Court against the sentences.On 22 August 2017 the death reference and appeal hearing were completed and the death sentence of 15 persons was upheld.The High Court lessened the death sentence given by the lower court against 11 of the accused to life imprisonment. The full verdict of the High Court was published on 19 November 2018.The accused then appealed to the Appellate Division and the hearing of this writ remains pending.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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Steam offers up 13 hit indie games in The Potato Sack Reunion

first_imgThe Potato Sack Reunion offer is now avaliable on Steam, and contains 13 popular indie games for only $20. Not only will that save you a whopping $54.88, but there are some fantastic games included in the offer.The sack includes:1…2…3 KICK IT! (Drop that beat like an ugly baby)AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the AwesomeAmnesia: The Dark DecentAudioSurfBIT. TRIP BEATCogsDefence Grid: The AwakeningKilling FloorRUSHSuper Meat BoyThe BallThe Wonderful End of the WorldToki ToriThere’s a good mix of titles in the bundle; sports, action, platforming, adventure and casual games all feature. You can also buy the games individually at half price if you prefer, but grab them quick as the offer ends in two days time. Best of all, if you already own any of the games above, you can gift them to a friend.One of the real stand out games is Super Meat Boy, a platformer where you play a cube of meat who’s on a mission to save his girlfriend, Bandage Girl. Even though it’s been out for awhile now, it’s still funny, messy and bloody good fun although, you should be prepared for a serious challenge.Toki Tori is another reason why the Potato Sack Reunion bundle is great. Originally an award winning game on the Wii, Toki Tori sees you play as a cute chick on its adventure collecting eggs. It may sound simple, but the puzzle-platformer will have you racking your brains.At $20, or around $1.53 per game, you can’t really complain about the value on offer here.Read more about the featured games on Steamlast_img read more

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Snails might be the key to making artificial robot brains

first_imgSnails are not exactly what you would call intelligent, but their brains might prove a good model for designing artificial robot brains. A new study from researchers at the University of Sussex shows how just two neurons in a snail’s brain can drive complex behavioral decisions. Specifically, researchers watched freshwater snails “decide” whether or not to have a snack.Decision-making neurophysiology, especially in more complex animals, is still poorly understood. So, starting with a relatively simple snail brain seems like a good first step. The outcome of this decision-making process is elementary, but the process might not be. The snail has to integrate information from its environment, figure out how it feels about that, and act based on its state. This is, after all, the sort of thing you want a robot to be able to do.The researchers used electrodes to measure electrical activity in the snail’s brain while it was searching for food. They discovered that the snail used controller and motivator neurons to determine whether or not it would eat. The first cell relayed information about the discovery (or not) of food. Meanwhile, the second cell told the first if the animal was actually hungry. You need both of these to eat at the right time. If there was no food present, the circuit would shut down to save energy.This might mean that the sort of decisions that can lead to complex tasks are actually very easy to design. Thus, a robot doesn’t necessarily need a server closet full of CPU cores cranking away on gigabytes of data to make decisions. This could make our future robot overlords much more efficient when they decide which humans to eliminate and which to enslave. Everyone wins.last_img read more

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Organic flash memory developed

first_img Citation: Organic flash memory developed (2009, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-memory.html (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a non-volatile memory that has the same basic structure as a flash memory but is made from cheap, flexible, organic materials. Explore further 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. Flash memory devices store data electrically in silicon transistors. The information can be written and read quickly and is retained in memory even when power is removed. This makes flash memory useful for devices such as cameras, USB drives, and MP3 players. If a flexible flash memory can be developed it could find application in large-area devices such as large area sensors, displays, or actuators with flash memory built-in.The organic flash memory was developed by a team of scientists led by Professor Takeo Someya, of the Department of Engineering and Information Systems at the University of Tokyo. The device uses an array of 26 x 26 memory cells on a plastic polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) resin sheet substrate that is flexible enough to be curved to a radius of only 6 mm without causing electrical or mechanical problems.The device is called an organic flash memory device because it has the same kind of floating-gate transistors as those used for silicon-based flash memories. A floating gate is a component of the transistor that is fully enclosed by a thin insulating material called a gate dielectric, which isolates it electrically and allows it to retain its charge for years (in silicon devices). If a large voltage is applied an electronic charge can be brought on to the floating gate and it remains there until the charge is erased when a voltage of opposite polarity is applied. Professor Someya said the challenge for an organic memory device is finding a suitable insulating material to electrically isolate the floating gate in which the charges are stored. The layer has to be thin enough to allow charge to be transferred to the floating gate but must not melt during assembly. The insulating layer prevents the electrons leaking away and consequent degradation of the data.The insulating film was made using a two nanometer thick self-assembled monolayer (SAM) and a four nanometer layer of aluminum oxide formed by oxidizing the surface of the aluminum floating gate.The erasing voltage of the memory is around 6V, while the reading voltage is only 1 V, and these voltages are considerably lower than those of organic memories developed previously. Data can be written to and erased from the memory over one thousand times, which is much less than the 100,000 times for silicon flash memory.The organic flash memory’s disadvantage is its short memory retention time of just 24 hours, but the researchers think this could be improved by using a SAM with a longer molecular length, and reducing the size of the transistors.The results of the research were published in the December 11 issue of the journal Science. © 2009 PhysOrg.com More information: Organic Nonvolatile Memory Transistors for Flexible Sensor Arrays, Tsuyoshi Sekitani et al., Science 11 December 2009:Vol. 326. no. 5959, pp. 1516 – 1519; DOI: 10.1126/science.1179963 The polyethylene naphthalate resin sheet with a memory array. Carbon Nanotubes with a Memorylast_img read more

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Salt of this earth

first_imgThis is perhaps the most befitting tribute an artiste could pay to the spirit of nationalism and swadharma synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi. After stunning the audience with her last show – held in Delhi in September 2013 – of artworks that married khadi with ajrakh traditions of printing and dyeing, Delhi-based artiste Shelly Jyoti is now presenting a new body of works in tandem with the Gandhian theory of satyagraha. The show titled Salt: The Great March II (Re-Contextualising Ajrakh Textile Traditions on khadi in Contemporary Art and Craft), will be held at The Art Gallery, India International Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show will be inaugurated by Tara Gandhi Bhattacharya (grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Chairperson, Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust). The show includes site-specific textile (khadi fabric) installations, garments with ajrakh printing, paintings that document 21st century textile traditions of India using clothing samplers, twenty four artworks utilizing Ajrakh textile traditions and a spoken poetry video film.Talking about why she has been attracted to the Ajrakh tradition, Jyoti says, ‘Ajrakh is one of the oldest types of block printing on textiles still practiced in parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This is a centuries-old craft practiced by Khatris, characterized by its complex geometrical patterns, its use of natural dyes and its skilled, extensive production process. The patterns share similarities with ancient Indus Valley Civilization patterns, and the patterns of medieval cloths traded along the Indian Ocean route. The partition of India and Pakistan hugely affected the practice and trading of block-printed textiles. Many families were split up over the two countries, and displaced into new surroundings. I personally feel responsible towards the craft as I feel heritage should be preserved and documented through visual art works.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSalt: The Great March II is a sequel project to Salt: The Great March I which was exhibited at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in Sept-Oct 2013. The Salt March series II, like its first edition, explores salt as a symbol of non-violence. The project is inspired by the Gandhian theory of satyagraha – a challenge to one’s own truth with stress on self-purification, self-examination and self-assessment. It stimulates our conscience and soul searching for the uplift of all (sarvodaya). These works further explore the practice of nonviolence, tolerance, peace and harmony through the narratives of swadeshi politics. The ‘Salt’ series draws upon the history of India’s colonial past and Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 Dandi March, which began the Salt Satyagraha and became an important part of the Indian independence movement.last_img read more

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8 Companies Changing How Machine Learning Is Used

first_imgApril 24, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What was once only seen in sci-fi movies is now reality — and it’s gaining acceptance across many industries and audiences. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are two terms seen in the media on a near daily basis. More and more companies are adopting the technology for use in their products and services, understanding the significant value it adds in working with an audience that expects personalization. After all, the only way a company could address every one of its hundreds or thousands of customers is with a machine that can process information in a way that no human is capable of doing.Related: Emerging Ethical Concerns In the Age of Artificial IntelligenceThere are some standout companies that are now making significant strides in how machine learning can be used, setting themselves well above others in their industry. Keep your eye on these eight incredible companies this year to see how they incorporate this technology:1. ChattyPeopleChattyPeople is a customer service bot that you can use seamlessly with your Facebook Messenger and comments on your business page. It also provides a way to send promotions and deals to your customers on demand and integrates with all major payment systems, including PayPal and Stripe. It can help many types of businesses, including restaurants and eretailers, provide great service without having to put a human being on every customer interaction.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. SkycatchSkycatch, an early leader in machine learning, helps companies gather data at scale to rewrite their business models. With autonomous drones, aerial imaging technology and its suite of proprietary analysis tools, Skycatch empowers mining, solar, agriculture and construction companies to cut costs and improve jobsite safety.3. BotworxBotworx is an artificial intelligence-powered platform that delivers authentic conversations that works on all types of instant messaging systems. The goal is for your customers to truly feel like someone is there with them rather than dealing with an automated response system that has no personality or sensitivity to who they are dealing with, which can impact the customer experience. The result is real customer engagement without necessarily having to assign a person to the job of delivering that experience.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without Coding4. POC Medical SystemsPOC Medical delivers a point-of-care solution. Its Pandora CDx offers a way to detect certain biomarkers to screen for breast cancer through the use of a compact microfluidics system with a built-in reading mechanism that incorporates machine learning technology. It has further applications for screening for other types of cancer, infectious diseases and cardiovascular disorders. In creating an efficient, autonomous screening system, the company has been able to deliver a very low-cost solution that will make early detection screenings accessible to more people, potentially saving many lives.5. Descartes LabsDescartes Labs uses machine learning to help organizations better understand and forecast crop yields across the world to better prepare the amount of food needed to avoid shortages. The machine learning is applied to satellite imagery data to provide those insights. It is hoped that this technology can help numerous industries like agribusiness, insurance and finance, as well as government agencies.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots Work6. FlintFlint incorporates machine learning in its invoicing and credit card processing platform to facilitate some of the many time-consuming tasks that go into handling these aspects of your business. It includes automating tasks like payment reminders, acknowledgements, coupon offers, discounts and more. Its payment security features are also adding machine learning functionality to help businesses stay on top of any suspicious activity and uncover any questionable patterns in transactions.7. TrademarkVisionTrademarkVision uses machine learning technology in its image-recognition tools to determine if a new company logo is acceptable or if it violates any existing trademarks. What used to be a cumbersome, time-consuming, and not always accurate process, is now fast, efficient, and so accurate that the European Union’s trademark offices now use this system.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer Service8. FanucFanuc is a Japanese company that makes robots for factories. However, these are not just run-of-the-mill factory robots. These robots can learn new skills on the job. Using machine learning algorithms, these robots have artificial intelligence that enables them to learn as they work and complete new tasks with 90 percent accuracy.These are just some of the many exciting machine learning projects in the works. The future has arrived and is changing how we work, offering new ways to share the world with technology. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 20, 2009 AMI Says Prepare for Changes in PET Coverage Under NOPR News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more Related Content X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers.center_img Image courtesy of MR Solutions. February 20, 2009 – The Academy of Molecular Imaging recommends that PET imaging facilities closely monitor NOPR communications and be prepared for coverage changes on the date the final coverage decision is issued.On January 6, 2009, CMS proposed significant changes to current coverage regarding Medicare’s coverage of PET imaging under NOPR (see http://). Under the proposal, Medicare will provide coverage on a routine basis for many of the indications now reimbursed under NOPR. However, other indications would be covered only under a successor Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) program which likely will be somewhat different than the current NOPR program. Medicare will publish its final coverage statement on or before April 6, 2009. The new policy becomes effective on the day it is published. The NOPR believes it should be possible to have a successor CED program in place when the NCD is published. However, until the day the new NCD is published, we will not know the details of the final coverage policy, whether any new codes or modifiers must be used for claims, nor whether a successor NOPR program has been cleared by CMS. Although the new coverage policy will be effective on the day it is published, Medicare Contractors are allowed at least 30 days to implement required changes in their claims processing software, and in their local coverage policies.Each site should closely monitor NOPR communications, and be prepared for coverage changes on the date the final coverage decision is issued. In the past, when major coverage or fee schedule changes occurred, some providers have held claims until their contractors have implemented the new edits. As soon as additional information becomes available, we will make it available to participating PET facilities via these e-mail announcements and the NOPR website.For more information: www.ami-imaging.org and www3.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdraftdecisionmemo.asp?id=218 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019 New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019 Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) imaging agent in Europe. 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