Analysis China pulling out all stops in Canada tensions

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government is sparing no expense to its international reputation in its determination to force Canada to back down over the case of a Chinese telecommunications executive it detained last month.While Beijing formally denies any connection, the arrest of two Canadians on vague national security charges and the re-sentencing of a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death on Monday point to a determined campaign of intimidation and retribution.And while global perceptions of China’s adherence to free trade and rule of law may take a beating, for Xi and other highly nationalistic Communist leaders, the stakes are simply too high.“The Chinese will stop at nothing because it’s a huge loss of face, for both the Chinese government and Xi Jinping in particular,” said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.China responded nine days later by arresting former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. On Monday, a Chinese court sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death, overturning a 15-year prison term handed down earlier.The actions fit a pattern of retaliation against nations that offend China, which sometimes extends to their citizens inside the country. Past instances have shown China willing to endure long freezes in relations and subsequent damage to its national image.China suspended its bilateral trade deal with Norway and restricted imports of Norwegian salmon when the Nobel peace prize was awarded to political prisoner Liu Xiaobo in 2010. Britain and other countries were retaliated against over meetings with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing, and in 2014, a Canadian couple was detained in northeastern China and charged with espionage following Canada’s arrest of a man accused of stealing U.S. aviation secrets for China.Analysts say they have little doubt Kovrig and Spavor’s cases are related to Meng’s, and the handing down of tougher sentences on appeal is rare enough to arouse suspicion.“This really hurts China” and its efforts to promote its influence around the world, said David Zweig, a Canadian who directs the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.“Xi Jinping has been talking so much about promoting soft power … I certainly think that it hurts China’s soft power and its argument that it supports the rule of law,” Zweig said.Retaliating against Canada, widely seen as a benign influence on the global order, also offers fewer dividends for China than confronting the U.S., which is regarded by many in the international community as at least as much of a bully as China, Zweig said.“China doesn’t win any points by pushing around Canada,” he said.However, Beijing’s dismissive attitude toward Canada seems very much in line with its binary view of the world as divided into “big” or powerful nations that need to be deferred to, and “small” ones which China can afford to push around, said Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.China is picking on Canada “because they can,” said Tsang. “It will have lots of negative effects on China’s standing in the world and international perceptions of China.”He said Beijing’s handling of the case shows its refusal to recognize the concept of an independent judiciary, something unknown in China, where the ruling Communist Party controls the courts. As the daughter of the founder of Huawei — closely connected to China’s powerful military and considered something of a national treasure — Meng is afforded special status, Tsang said.While he predicts further steps by Beijing to pressure Canada, Tsang said he doubts they will have any bearing on the result.“It will have no impact in terms of how the Canadian government deals with the Meng case,” he said.International observers also point to the strikingly different ways in which the cases are being handled by the two countries. While Meng has been afforded a lawyer and released on bail to her Vancouver mansion, Kovrig and Spavor are being held in cells with only minimal consular access. Canada has also complained that as a former diplomat, Kovrig should be accorded a degree of immunity.The timing and circumstances of Schellenberg’s resentencing are also being called into question. While his case was on appeal, the speed with which the new hearing was held, with only four days’ notice, drew criticism from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — and a subsequent sharp rebuke of him by Beijing.Underlying China’s behaviour is the apparent conviction that Meng’s detention was a political act that must be responded to in kind. Given the limited information about the cases allowed by government censors, Chinese have “no sense that Ms. Meng was grabbed for anything other than political reasons,” Zweig said.“And if it’s completely political, then I guess in their viewpoint, kidnapping people is just tit-for-tat,” he said.On Beijing’s frigid streets Tuesday, public opinion seemed to be running strongly in the government’s favour.“It shows China is standing up” to Canada, said teacher Liang Reufen, adding that she hopes the matter will not be “elevated to a political level.”Finance worker Huo Yong said politics were already inextricably tied up in the case.“We should pressure them since they use politics to contain our economic growth,” said Huo. “My attitude is, ‘whoever bullies us, we should bully them back.’”___Christopher Bodeen has covered politics in China and Taiwan for The Associated Press for more than two decades.Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

AAP slams Ramesh Bidhuri for his abusive behaviour

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP Delhi State Convenor Gopal Rai along with party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha presented Report Card of BJP’s sitting South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri where the AAP slammed him for his “abusive” behaviour. “While no one, starting from Parliamentarians, party workers, constituents of South Delhi, etc has been spared his abrasive speech, his lips are sealed when it comes to development of Delhi,” said Rai.”Many residents of South Delhi take the Delhi Metro for their daily commute. But because of the increase in the metro rates, locals have faced inconvenience and transport has become unbearably expensive. Despite that, Ramesh Bidhuri failed to represent their interest and did not raise his voice against Metro fare hike either in the parliament or on the streets of Delhi. Similarly, even on the matter of sealing, Ramesh Bidhuri held his silence while merchants continued to suffer,” he said. Leaders said that in Ramesh Bidhuri’s adopted village, apart from one Mohalla Clinic constructed by the Delhi Government, he failed to provide any health or educational infrastructure in the village.last_img read more

Department of Kinesiology submits statement of intent for new program

The Department of Kinesiology has submitted a statement of intent that it wishes to introduce a new program: MA in Applied Kinesiology.As part of the approval process, the statement is being made available for the information of the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.Please review the statement of intent online and provide comments before 4:30 p.m. March 27 to, Nota Klentrou or Philip Sullivan.

Amazon says Prime signups in Canada grew 80 per cent in 2016

TORONTO – Amazon says sign-ups for its Amazon Prime membership program grew 80 per cent in Canada in 2016.The world’s largest online retailer wouldn’t disclose the total number of Canadian Prime members, but it says the year-over-year gain makes Canada one of the countries with the fastest growth rates.The success of the program, designed to increase its market share and strengthen customer loyalty, is being closely watched by Canadian competitors.The program, which charges an annual membership fee of $79 plus taxes, was launched in Canada in 2013. It offers members free delivery – including same-day service in some markets – as well as access to Amazon’s video streaming service, digital video games, unlimited photo storage and other benefits.The company says it has tens of millions of Prime members worldwide.“We’ve been very pleased with the way (Canadian) customers have been responding,” Greg Greeley, vice-president of Amazon Prime Worldwide, said in an interview from Seattle.Amazon said Thursday that it will be holding its third annual Prime Day — its biggest sales day of the year — on July 11 in more than a dozen countries including Canada.The promotions will begin earlier than usual this year, at 9 p.m. ET on July 10. Greeley says prices for sales items will be the lowest they’ve been all year and include more selection and quantities than previous years.Earlier this week, an analysis by BMO Capital Markets said that Amazon is by far Canada’s largest e-commerce retailer.It estimated that the company had just over $3.5 billion in Canadian e-commerce sales in 2016, compared to $2 billion in 2014. The company declined to confirm the sales figures.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:19 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Amazon says Prime signups in Canada grew 80 per cent in 2016 read more

On Friendship Day UN chief urges solidarity among human family

Marking the International Day of Friendship, Mr. Ban noted that whatever the cause or however powerful the animosity, the human spirit must prevail.“Let us remember the ties that bind us together, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or borders,” he said in his message for the Day. “Let us cultivate solidarity as a single human family on our one and only planet. “ In May 2011, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution designating 30 July as International Day of Friendship, in recognition of friendship’s potential to contribute to the efforts of the world community to promote dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.The resolution invites all Member States, bodies of the UN system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the Day in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.The concept of friendship is one of the founding principles of the UN family. The UN Charter proclaims that one of the purposes of the Organization is “to develop friendly relations among nations,” words that also appear in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The constitution of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also stresses the need for peace based not only on the political and economic arrangements of Governments, but on the “intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind.”This year’s message includes a nod to Mr. Ban’s environmental priority, ahead of a climate summit he is due to host in September. He is inviting Heads of State and Government along with private sector and civil society leaders to showcase initiatives and forge alliances that can help launch a sustainable future. The summit aims to generate ambitious action on the ground and raise momentum for a new climate treaty in 2015, which is expected to be adopted at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting next year in Paris. read more

Powerscreen reveals extensive Hillhead lineup

first_imgPowerscreen will be unveiling the latest in a series of new mining and quarrying products at the Hillhead Exhibition on June 19-21 at its L10 stand. Visitors to the demonstration area will see five machines working. The Powerscreen XA750S jaw crusher will be feeding the Powerscreen Warrior 2400 screen, while the Powerscreen XA400S jaw crusher will be working separately to showcase its new pre-screen feature. Finally, the enhanced Powerscreen XH320X impact crusher will be working with the Powerscreen Warrior 1400X screen.“Powerscreen is eagerly awaiting the 2012 Hillhead exhibition as we have a number of enhanced products to showcase to our customers,” said Damian Power, Powerscreen Global Product Line Director. “Traditionally, Hillhead has been one of the most anticipated exhibitions on the Powerscreen calendar for team members, distributors and customers, and we fully expect the 2012 exhibition to be one of the best. With the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of our enhanced equipment and the volume of international visitors already registered, we’re looking forward to a successful Hillhead.”Additional new product developments will be on display at the Powerscreen stand, including a Powerscreen XA400S jaw crusher, the Powerscreen XH320X and Powerscreen XH500 impact crushers, and a Powerscreen Warrior 1400X screen. Established models – the Powerscreen 1000 Maxtrak cone crusher, a Dual Power Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X screen and the Powerscreen Warrior 800 screen will also give visitors a good overview of the full Powerscreen product portfolio.last_img read more

Audio proof Del Toros new movie Pacific Rim stars the voice of

first_imgThe director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, Guillermo del Toro has revealed he is a big fan of Valve as he’s hired the voice of GLaDOS to play a robot AI in his new movie.Ellen McLain plays the evil AI, GLaDOS in the Portal games, she also lends her voice to many other Valve games including Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2. The trailer for Pacific Rim, del Toro’s new movie, shows that McLain is using the same voice filter she uses for GLaDOS so the robot AI she plays in the movie, sounds exactly like GLaDOS. It all seems a bit confusing…It’s likely del Toro purposely did this as a tribute to the Portal games. In fact he personally called Gabe Newell, the boss at Valve to make sure he could get GLaDOS’ voice in the movie. He’s been quoted before as being a big Valve fan and he said “Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house”.Pacific Rim is about an alien attack threatening Earth’s existence. The humans decide to pilot giant robots to fight off the alien attack, as one would when attacked by aliens. Basically, it’s your typical monster movie, though it does star Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and GLaDOS so what more could you ask for?Although I think Portal fans will be expecting McLain’s robot AI to go rogue and turn on the humans at some point, if she doesn’t then a lot of people are going to be disappointed. Pacific Rim hits cinemas on July 12, 2013.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Govt aims for 65 billion in taxes

first_imgThe Finance Ministry is hoping to squeeze an unprecedented 6.5 billion euros out of taxpayers this year, according to data already collected from processed income tax statements, up from an original target of 5.1 billion euros.So far some 3.3 million tax statements have been processed and the tax revenues for the state add up to 4 billion euros, although it is by no means certain that taxpayers will be able to foot the 6.5-billion-euro bill, given their shrinking incomes.The processed data reveal that the average tax Greeks will need to pay this year amounts to a staggering 1,700 euros. In 2011 tax refunds added up to more than 1.5 billion euros, while this year they are not expected to exceed 500 million.Last year the additional taxes paid by taxpayers had amounted to 2.7 billion euros, which is much smaller than the increase expected this year. The rise in tax demands is due to the drop in the tax-free threshold, the new factoring in of assets held to help determine incomes — affecting even those with an annual income of below 5,000 euros — as well as a drastic cut in tax exemptions.The statement processing has shown that two in every three taxpayers are being asked to pay more taxes than last year, while last year it was just one in five. Some 4 million taxpayers out of 5.7 million who submit a statement will face an increase in their tax payments, while many will be paying for the first time ever despite the decline in the level of salaries and pensions.Ministry officials say that the only way for that huge amount to be cashed in is to allow taxpayers to pay their income tax, solidarity levy and annual fee to practice a profession in installments. According to the ministry’s latest plan, this could be done in as many as 10 monthly installments, provided that taxpayers have submitted their statement in time, that is by July 31 as far as electronic submissions are concerned.The ministry has already advised Greece’s creditors of its intentions to collect taxes in installments, and the relevant legal clause is expected to go through Parliament after the tax submission deadline.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Builders left short changed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram No holidays, sick leave and superannuation is the plight facing up to 50,000 Australian builders who are improperly employed as contractors instead of permanent staff.Research conducted by the Federal Governement’s Fair Work Building and Construction inspectorate has found up to 13 per cent of the nation’s building workers employed on ”sham contracts”. This means they are working in conditions identical to being a permanent employee – but are being paid as if they are an independent contractor providing a service for a fee. Hiring a worker who should be a permanent staff member on a sham contract is illegal, because it allows the employer to avoid paying superannuation and leave, and to avoid the risk of hiring permanent staff.Construction industry employer groups say this type of illegal contracting is not widespread. But unions believe illegal contracting is rife in Australia, particularly in construction. Leigh Johns, chief executive of the Fair Work Building and Construction authority that commissioned the research, estimated that 50,000 workers in construction could be on sham contracts. ”This means they are missing out on entitlements like annual and sick leave and their employer making superannuation contributions,” he said. The research finds that 9 per cent of all contractors in construction are working for one employer only. And the practice of illegally contracting instead of hiring permanent staff has become particularly prevalent among non-English speaking workers.last_img read more

Andrianakos strikes 95 million deal with Caltex

first_imgNikos Andrianakos has a very good reason to be smiling, having finalised a major deal with Caltex for the large sum of $95 million, though he admits there were mixed feelings.“Without doubt, from a commercial point of view, it is a very good deal,” Mr Andrianakos said. “But these stations were more like children to me. They began with hard struggles; I developed them, admired them, and it has not been easy for me to part with them.”So it’s not surprising that the negotiations took close to two years to complete, resulting in the sale of 46 of his petrol stations. But he’s not out of the business entirely.“I only sold the businesses,” Mr Andrianakos told Neos Kosmos editor-in-chief Sotiris Hazimanolis. “The premises themselves are still mine, and will be let out to Caltex. It is a very good deal.” And there’s no denying that, given the impressive sale price and significant revenue, the businessman will continue to generate from rents.Meanwhile, two petrol stations remain in his name and he plans to open a third. For the future, he revealed that together with his family, he will be turning the focus to real estate given that the family already have a farm and winery to their name.“We have real estate and some land that we are planning to develop,” Mr Andrianakos said.“I am pleased that my hard work, and that of my family, is being acknowledged. I say this because I came to Australia penniless from Greece. My estate was built through endless hours of work, toil and agony, but also through honesty. “I really believe that God gives to those who are just.”On top of his material success, Mr Andrianakos has also managed to give back to the Greek Australian community, having contributed to the development of Alphington Grammar’s Andrianakos Centre, the Greek Cultural Centre and Fronditha Care, among other initiatives within the diaspora. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Maladie dAujeszky des porcs français contaminés

first_imgMaladie d’Aujeszky : des porcs français contaminésFrance – La maladie d’Aujeszky, une maladie contagieuse qui touche les porcs et les sangliers, avait disparu de notre pays depuis une dizaine d’années. Aujourd’hui, la préfecture des Pyrénées-Atlantiques a officialisé la découverte de cinq foyers de maladie dans le département.Seul le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques est aujourd’hui impliqué. Cette maladie n’est pas transmissible à l’Homme et la viande des animaux touchés peut être consommée. Elle entraîne cependant, chez les bêtes contaminées, “avortements, mortalité [accrue] des porcelets, amaigrissement et symptômes nerveux” indique la préfecture.À lire aussiLa harpie féroce, l’un des plus grands et plus puissants rapaces au monde La maladie d’Aujeszky étant susceptible de faire des ravages chez les cochons, 300 bêtes ont été abattues pour circonscrire les foyers de contamination. Les éleveurs seront indemnisés par l’État. On suppose que les porcs, élevés en plein air, ont été infectés par des sangliers puisque 5% d’entre eux sont porteurs de la maladie.Afin d’éviter toute contagion, les mouvements porcins hors du département seront limités jusqu’au 10 octobre. “Concrètement, cela veut dire que les éleveurs sont obligés de garder leurs porcelets qui devraient être normalement mis en vente, avec toutes les charges supplémentaires que cela implique”, explique Jean-Michel Anxolabehere, président de la Chambre d’agriculture des Pyrénées-Atlantiques.Notons que d’autres espèces sont également sensibles à la maladie, développant des symptômes nerveux entraînant la mort : bovins, chevaux, ainsi que chiens et chats. Cependant, ces espèces ne propagent pas la maladie.Le 24 septembre 2010 à 09:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gündogan denied that Germany think about the 71 win

first_imgIlkay Gündogan doesn’t think that the 7-1 win from the World Cup 2014 will affect Germany’s approach to the upcoming friendly match against Brazil and he is certain that this will be a completely different game.The Manchester City midfielder knows that the things have changed a lot since then and the most of the Brazil squad are completely different players – and it will be a tough game for Joachim Low’s side.The former BVB player spoke about the upcoming game as he said, according to Sports Keeda:Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We were all sitting in disbelief in front of the TV. Such a result is not commonplace for a World Cup semi-final.”“The current Brazilian team is not comparable to that of 2014. The 7-1 is no longer an issue for us – just having the two sides play against each other is special.”“Brazil are definitely one of the favourites for the World Cup. The Brazilians are very emotional, and they hold football in such a high regard, it gives them such a zest for life and has an almost spiritual meaning for them.”last_img read more

DHFL approves allotment of Rs 10000 crore debentures Can Fin Homes eyes

first_imgClose on the heels of home loan company DHFL successfully raising Rs. 10,000 crore via debt, Canara Bank subsidiary Can Fin Homes has decided to shore up its finances through a Rs. 3,000-crore private placement of non-convertible debentures (NCDs). Shares of the two companies have rallied sharply in the past three months.DHFL, at its board of directors meeting on Friday, approved allotment of 10 lakh NCDs for Rs. 10,000 crore. The effective yield on the NCDs ranges from 9.05 to 9.25 percent per annum, with multiple tenure options of three, five and seven years.Can Fin Homes decided on Wednesday to take the NCD route to raise Rs. 3,000 crore by issuing debt on private placement basis at its board of directors meeting.DHFL posted 16.2 percent growth in net profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 2016 to Rs. 201.40 crore on 18.5 percent rise in income from operations to Rs. 1,958 crore, on a year-on-year basis. Gross non-performing assets stood at Rs. 623.80 crore, or 0.98 percent, of total advances.Loan disbursements and sanctions were Rs. 6,214 crore and Rs. 8,800 crore, respectively for Q1, up 25.54 percent and 12 percent, respectively, over the year-ago period. DHFL shares hit a 52-week high of Rs. 304.70 on Friday before closing at Rs. 299.85, marking an appreciation of 43 percent over a three-month period, based on the closing price of Rs. 208.75 of June 10, 2016.  Can Fin Homes shares have also rallied 40.6 percent during the same period to close at Rs. 1,653.80 on Friday; the stock had ended at Rs. 1,175.65 on June 10, 2016.The Bengaluru-based home loan company earned net profit of Rs. 49.73 crore in Q1, an increase of 55 percent from Rs. 32.10 crore in the June 2015 quarter. Income rose 28 percent to Rs. 309.62 crore in Q1.PNB Housing Finance, a subsidiary of state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), is coming up with an initial public offering, signalling a bullish trend in home loan business.The BSE Financials index closed 1.09 percent down on Friday, reflecting the downward trend on the Sensex that ended 248 points lower at 28,797.last_img read more

The Flash Wrestles With Love and the Internet of Things

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target The second episode of The Flash is another villain-of-the-week, and I’m OK with that. Last season was so dreary there wasn’t any room for episodes like this. Even one-off villains that should have been fun were ruined because they had to be tied so directly to Savitar. While this season’s villains are all somehow tied to The Thinker, the show isn’t telling us how yet. Last week, The Thinker built a robot Samurai to draw The Flash out of the Speed Force. This week’s villain gets captured and put into Iron Heights, which is right where The Thinker wants him. He’s planning something, and it involves getting certain metahumans in specific places. Even if the season starts out with a bunch of villain-of-the-week episodes in a row, they’re all contributing to the larger season arc. We just don’t know how yet.If they’re all as fun as this one, that’s completely OK. We all love serialized television now, but sometimes you just want to watch a superhero fight a bad guy. The overarching story is important, but it’s nice to have episodes you can turn on and enjoy for 40 minutes without having to keep three seasons worth of lore in mind. This week’s bad guy was basically everyone’s Internet of Things nightmare personified. Great, perfect. While the Kilg%re of the comics is an extraterrestrial, malevolent A.I., it makes sense for this version of The Flash to turn him into a tech-controlling metahuman. While aliens show up all the time in comics (and on Earth-38, where Supergirl takes place), this show has established that aliens showing up on Earth-1 is a big deal. That’s four-show crossover material, not a one-off villain.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)The Flash takes the view that hey, maybe making everything into an internet connected computer is a really bad idea. Sure, it lets us turn off our lights from our phones, makes us never have to get up or move, and accelerates our transformation into the humans from Wall-e, but it also opens up another potential security vulnerability in your home. Or car. Or work the elevator. Of course, this meta-human doesn’t need a Hackers-style laptop (with a 28.8 bps modem!) to ruin your day. The virus is in his DNA. All he has to do is be near the piece of tech to control it. He first kills someone with an elevator, moving it up and down quickly to shake them to death.The really cool thing about this villain is that it gave Flash things to do with his powers beyond “outrun the bad guy.” That’s going to be important this season. We need to see what the show can do to keep things interesting with a main villain who isn’t another evil speedster. The tension this episode didn’t come from whether or not The Flash was fast enough. It came from how he would use his speed to save people from everyday objects. That led to some really cool, different action scenes that made the whole episode more enjoyable. It was fun to watch Barry take apart a car. It was fun to watch him gather up shrapnel from an exploding grenade. The fight at the end was even better when Kilg%re started taking over all the tech in Barry’s suit. That alone let the scene heighten the stakes and the comedy at the same time, as Barry kept discovering more ridiculous devices Cisco had come up with. It was also great how it forced him to use older non-internet-based technology to contact Team Flash. How many parents do you think had to explain to their kids what a collect call was last night?Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The only disappointing part of last night’s episode was that Wally didn’t have much to do. When Barry went into the Speed Force at the end of last season, I was hoping we’d get a little more time with Wally as the hero. Now, Barry’s back and Wally is a sidekick yet again. The most heroic thing he does is grab a syringe of glucose after Kilg%re hacked an insulin device. Not to belittle that, he saved someone’s life. He just doesn’t get to do the cool stuff anymore and that sucks. I hope he gets more to do as the episodes go on, because Wally is the best. What’s the point of having two Flashes if you’re only going to use one?The rest of the episode dealt with relationship drama, and actually pulled it off pretty well. I got nervous when Iris and Barry entered the dreaded “can I talk to you” hallway, but the conversation was short. It only served to set up a few scenes where they go to couples therapy. The first therapy scene was funny with both Barry and Iris getting nervous every time the therapist wrote something down. The second got real in a way I didn’t expect. They never really dealt with the fact that Barry left Iris for six months. Throughout the episode, he’s clearly overcompensating, trying to make up for lost time. As a result, he’s not listening to what Iris wants. I wasn’t expecting the show to deal with that in such a genuine, emotional way. By the end of the episode, they’re more in sync again, but I hope the show doesn’t drop this arc. There’s a lot of dramatic potential in Barry and Iris going to therapy in the months/weeks before their wedding. Also if everything is suddenly better after two sessions, that’s  super lame.Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Jessica Camacho as Gypsy (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Cisco’s relationship drama was well-done too, exploring the perils of inter-universe dating. His relationship with Gypsy was one of the cooler things to come out of season three, and it’s nice to see it moving forward. Cisco remains a lovable idiot as he keeps blowing off his date to work on the Kilg%re problem. It’s funny that he keeps needing Caitlin to explain to him how annoyed Gypsy is. In the end, their story is sweet. She wanted to spend time with him on 1-1-1 day, which is essentially her universe’s version of Valentine’s Day. It’s a fun, light subplot in another fun, light episode. It still feels like the season hasn’t really got itself going yet. The Thinker needs to become a bigger presence to really drive the season forward, but it looks like it’s going to take a few episodes to get there. If the next few villain-of-the-week episodes are as fun as this one, I won’t complain.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Recordsetting electric airplane exceeds 200mph w Video

first_img 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. Test pilot Yates is now the first person to ever fly an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour, in his test flight last week at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mojave Desert. The plane that he flew is called the Long-ESA, (for Electric Speed and Altitude). The aircraft is a modified Long-EZ, serving as a development platform for a new electric aircraft system which will be utilized for a flight across the Atlantic later on. The transatlantic flight is scheduled for 2014. Explore further ( — Last week’s record of the fastest ever manned electric aircraft was set by electric-vehicle record-setter Chip Yates. He already had credentials as holding the world record for fastest electric motorcycle going over 196 mph last year. As a test pilot this time around, Yates flew an electric airplane and achieved 202.6 mph in level flight. This topped the previous record of 175 mph last year by the electric aircraft Cri-Cri. The latter, flown by French pilot Hugues Duval, broke the record during the Paris Air Show. The aircraft was powered by a pair of 35-horsepower electric motors and a pair of lithium polymer batteries. World’s first aircraft with serial hybrid electric drive The electric Long-ESA, powered by a 258 horsepower electric motor, is being worked on by electric aerospace company Flight of the Century (FOTC), where Yates is CEO, as an R&D plane for development of the company’s “mid-air recharging technology.” The company team converted Burt Rutan’s Long-EZ airplane (Rutan is an aerospace engineer) for the trial flight. In a two-month workup at the FOTC site, the plane’s gasoline power was converted over to electric power. Just how much can an electric plane achieve? So far, engineers looking at the electric plane’s future in practical terms are concerned the most with range rather than speed, and news of speed records command less attention than longevity of flight. In recognition, Yates hopes his speed runs will help develop the technology needed for longer-endurance flights and more practical electric aircraft. Yesterday’s flight of the electric Long-ESA lasted only 16 minutes. There was a hitch when Yates realized that a battery had been run too low and he had to land sooner than expected. Long-ESA will be given a more capable battery pack as part of subsequent work. The company expects a top speed of 230 to 250 mph with the full-size battery pack in place in September.Yates, meanwhile, is bringing the Long-ESA to the 2012 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event, which runs July 23 to July 29, where the craft will go on display and where he will present his flight data. FOTC engineers worked on the test program to generate data, video and knowledge in time to share with attendees. After Oshkosh, the company intends to equip the Long-ESA with a custom designed lithium-ion series of battery packs and a front-mounted recharging probe to test mid-air tethering and battery jettison along with “rebalance” technologies. Beyond this test flight, the core mission behind FOTC is to extend the range and endurance of an electric-powered aircraft by replacing battery packs in flight using its mid-air refueling technique of “flying battery packs,” drones full of batteries, for various ground or ocean stations. A UAV would detach from the “mothership” once the batteries are depleted and fly down to a recharging station as a freshly charged battery pack is launched to dock with the aircraft. © 2012 Citation: Record-setting electric airplane exceeds 200-mph (w/ Video) (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: read more

Teacher found in compromising position video goes viral

first_imgKolkata: A mob vandalised a school in New Town area of North 24 Parganas district on Thursday after a video purportedly showing a school teacher in a compromising position with a class 10 girl student went viral on social media, police said.The parents and students of the school in Patharghata area went on a rampage at around 4 pm after the alleged video purportedly showing the teacher and a class 10 girl student in a compromising position went viral on social media network and news of the video spread like wildfire, the police said. “We have not arrested the teacher as we are trying to find out the genuineness of the video. It has been sent for forensic test,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate said, adding that a probe has been initiated into the matter. As the mob, joined by outsiders, vandalised school property demanding the accused be immediately arrested, the school authorities called the police and handed over the accused teacher to the police, a school spokesman told reporters. The headmaster of the school said: “We condemn any such act by a teacher who should set example by his conduct before the students and not get involved in any conduct which can be questioned by others. A teacher should boast off good moral character.”He said after the teacher was handed over to police, the situation at school became normal and the school authorities will cooperate with the police. The police said they were also looking for those who were involved in vandalism at the school premises.last_img read more

Optical Splitter Market Overview with Demographic Data and Industry Growth Trends

first_imgOptical Splitter The recent research report on the global Optical Splitter market presents the latest industry data and future trends, allowing you to recognize the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability of the market.The report offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, leading market players, key segments, and regions. Besides this, the experts have deeply studied different geographical areas and presented a competitive scenario to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors determine emerging economies. These insights offered in the report would benefit market players to formulate strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: Enablence, LEONI, PPI, Sindi, Kitanihon, Gigalight, Wooriro, Broadex, FOCI, Fiber Home, Senko, Browave, Rosenberger, Tianyisc, Yilut, Aofiber, NTT Electronics, Sunseagroup, Korea Optron Corp, Honghui, NEXANSThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview of the Optical Splitter industry followed by its market scope and size. Next, the report provides an overview of market segmentation such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities for the market are also listed, along with current trends and policies in the industry.The report provides a detailed study of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. Furthermore, various regions related to the growth of the market are analyzed in the report. These regions include North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Besides this, the research demonstrates the growth trends and upcoming opportunities in every region.Analysts have revealed that the Optical Splitter market has shown several significant developments over the past few years. The report offers sound predictions on market value and volume that can be beneficial for the market players, investors, stakeholders, and new entrants to gain detailed insights and obtain a leading position in the market.Additionally, the report offers an in-depth analysis of key market players functioning in the global Optical Splitter industry.The research presents the performance of each player active in the global Optical Splitter market. It also offers a summary and highlights the current advancements of each player in the market. This piece of data is a great source of study material for the investors and stakeholders interested in the market. In addition, the report offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market. Along with this, a comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period.The report clearly shows that the Optical Splitter industry has achieved remarkable progress since 2019 with numerous significant developments boosting the growth of the market. This report is prepared based on a detailed assessment of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other experts in search of factual data on supply, demand, and future predictions would find the report valuable.Avail Discount on Report @ of ContentsChapter 1 provides an overview of Optical Splitter market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Optical Splitter market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Optical Splitter industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Optical Splitter market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Optical Splitter, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Optical Splitter in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Optical Splitter in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Optical Splitter. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole Optical Splitter market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Optical Splitter market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. 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New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_imgDoctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.”last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Related Content April 15, 2011 – Two new ultrasound systems have been launched and are available for sale in the United States. The Voluson S-Series, from GE Healthcare, helps bring imaging technology to a broad group of OB/GYN offices and departments.The Voluson S8 and Voluson S6 help deliver exceptional image quality, innovative assessment tools supporting more detailed patient evaluations and ergonomic achievements that make the system easy to use and transport. These features can help OB/GYN offices provide enhanced patient care, promote overall efficiency and grow their practice. Both systems also offer additional capabilities for advanced assessment to support complex patient cases such as those associated with reproductive medicine. As validated Healthymagination products, both Voluson S-Series systems help clinicians improve quality and reduce costs through the opportunity to achieve significant time savings and increased accuracy of results.The systems offer a new group of OB/GYN offices and departments a mix of advanced imaging capabilities and workflow efficiencies in a budget-friendly system. Hardware, software and innovative probes work together to provide exceptional 2-D image quality as well as 3-D/4-D capabilities. System intelligence combined with high-end probe technology enables easy probe placement, facilitating high-quality images that engender diagnostic confidence among clinicians. A variety of easy-to-learn workflow features such as automation and auto optimization tools can help busy offices work more efficiently while maintaining high quality.The systems offer a variety of semi-automated tools and features that help clinicians expand their capabilities and services to patients.• SonoNT (Sonography-based Nuchal Translucency) is the first semi-automated tool to provide quantitative NT measurements as early as 11 weeks of gestation.• SonoAVC follicle (Sonography-based Automated Volume Count) automatically calculates the number and volume of hypoechoic structures from a user-defined region of interest to help speed follicular assessments and enhance exam quality. Since this tool enables less user-to-user variability, clinicians can be confident that subsequent exams will provide consistent results.• SonoVCADlabor automatically documents second-stage labor progression, helping clinicians evaluate patients during this critical stage of labor. Clinicians can measure fetal head progression, rotation and direction and have more information in case intervention is necessary.The Voluson S8 offers additional clinical capabilities that enable detailed fetal cardiac assessment through a suite of advanced fetal echo imaging technologies. Using the system, clinicians can view 3-D images of the heart in motion as well as an entire fetal heart cycle, vital information that can facilitate detection of heart abnormalities in utero. Utilizing SonoVCADheart (Sonography-based Volume Computer Aided Display heart), the touch of a single button provides an immediate view of the six recommended volumetric images of the fetal heart, helping clinicians conduct comprehensive exams. Anatomical M-Mode helps improve the accuracy of arrhythmia assessments and other cardiac measurements.Designed with the operator in mind, the series follows the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers’ (SDMS) ergonomic guidelines. Highlights include a reduced number of keystrokes and manipulations per exam, user adjustable monitor and console height and angle, and compact size which helps make the unit easy to transport and small enough to slide under a bed.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | April 18, 2011 New Women’s Health Ultrasound System Launched 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more center_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more October 16, 2012 — The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) will host an Ultrasound First Forum on Nov. 12, 2012, in New York City. The forum will address the expanding role of ultrasound imaging as a “first” imaging examination and will be devoted to encouraging the use of ultrasound as a safe, effective and affordable alternative to other diagnostic imaging modalities where scientific evidence supports its appropriateness. The forum will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, including healthcare experts, representatives from medical societies, insurers, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the military, patient advocacy groups, government agencies and others.For a growing number of clinical conditions, ultrasound has been shown to be equally effective, if not superior, in its diagnostic capability, with a distinct advantage in safety and cost over computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Despite this advantage, evidence suggests that ultrasound is vastly underused in the United States compared to the rest of the industrialized world. Medical experts will inform the forum participants about the medical benefits and cost-effectiveness of using ultrasound in situations involving women’s health, the musculoskeletal system and sports medicine, abdominal and renal imaging, pediatrics, echocardiography and critical care. Clinical examples will include pelvic pain, appendicitis, renal colic, the rotator cuff, vascular access and other common patient conditions.Patient safety is a key issue when it comes to ionizing radiation exposure. Both governmental and scientific perspectives on this critical aspect will be addressed by physicians and researchers. A dynamic lunch-and-learn session will offer a live scanning demonstration to illustrate some of the concepts introduced throughout the morning. Additional highlights of the forum’s agenda include presentations by representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.A key component of the forum will be a panel session in which discussion will focus on incorporation of the “ultrasound first” concept into practice. The expected outcome of the forum will be to determine the action that needs to be taken to expand the use of “ultrasound first” where appropriate.Ultrasound First is an initiative organized by the AIUM that focuses on educating healthcare providers, medical educators, insurers and patients of the benefits of ultrasound in medical care.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | October 16, 2012 Forum to Reveal How Ultrasound is Part of the Healthcare Solution last_img read more