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LG Q6+ India launch set for September 5, will be available offlineLG Q6+ India launch set for September 5, will be available offline

first_imgLG  recently launched the Q6+ in Italy and the phone could soon come to India. The specs and highlights of the phone are already known but there is a new information now, coming from Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom.While the Q6 is an online-only device, the retailer has posted an image of the Q6+ that shows that the phone will also be available for offline sale which means potential buyers can now walk up to the physical stores and buy the LG Q6+ smartphone. Now what remains to be known is the price only which could be announced at the India launch of the phone.About the availability, the photo posted by Mahesh Telecom hints that the phone could launch sometime around Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival  that ends on September 5. So there are chances that the phone could debut in the Indian market on September 5 or sometime around. Rumours have it that the phone could launch by August-end or September first week.Specs of LG Q6+LG was rumoured to launch only the Q6 first but the company unveiled a whole new Q6 family of phones including the Q6, Q6+ and Q6a. “Q series offers some of the most sought premium features at a competitive price,”  LG spoke at the launch.coming soon #Offline Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) August 26, 2017Design-wise, all the three Q6 devices sport similar design to that of LG G6. The new Q6+ can be called as a Q6 with some upgrades in the memory of the phone.advertisementThe smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full Vision 18:9 display with 1080 x 2160 pixel of resolution. The handset runs on the Android 7.1.1. Nougat and powered by Snapdragon 635 processor. Infact all the three phones are powered by the same processor and sport a similar design similar to the G6. Again on the optics front, all the three phones come with 3MP rear camera and a  5MP  selfie snapper. All the three smartphones are backed by a 3000mAh battery.Also Read: LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a launched: Full specs, availability and everything else to knowThe only difference is the storage size of the three phones. The LG Q6+ comes with 4GB of RAM. LG Q6 has  3GB of RAM. While the LG Q6a houses 2GB of RAM. Similarly, in terms of the internal storage, the LG Q6+ comes with 64GB of internal storage, while the LG Q6 packs 32GB storage, and LG Q6a comes with 16GB of storage.last_img read more

Czech diplomat calls on Sonowal, lauds govtCzech diplomat calls on Sonowal, lauds govt

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 30 (PTI) Czech Republic Ambassador, Milan Hovorka today called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and lauded the states initiatives in creating a conducive ambience for business, art and culture.The diplomat, who is in the city as part of the Czech delegation at the ongoing Guwahati International Film Festival, also praised the governments initiatives in organising events for facilitating cultural and sporting exchanges with different countries, an official release here said.Sonowal emphasised on frequent people to people interactions between Assam and Czech Republic.They pledged to take the mutual relations further through cinema, business, research and technology.Sonowal extended his invitation to the ambassador to the first Global Investors Summit to be held here on February three and four, next year along with a business delegation, which he assured to consider positively, the release said. Sonowal highlighted the investment landscape of Assam, particularly in the oil and natural gas, tourism, natural resources and connectivity sectors and other potential sectors where both Assam and Czech can work together for their mutual interests, it added. PTI DG KK KKlast_img read more

Greek Soccer Faces World BanGreek Soccer Faces World Ban

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s national soccer team will be barred from European and world play beginning April 15 unless the champions tourney suspended because of violence restarts.The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) has received a final letter of warning from FIFA which doesn’t care about violence and ordered the government and soccer federation to relent.Sports Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis stopped the tourney after fan clashed with riot police during the PAOK vs. Olympiacos semi-final game that had to be stopped, another in a long line of violent events at games were fans are allowed to bring in flares and other incendiary objects and routinely battle with cops.Kathimerini said that he letter also states that any decision by the Council of State will not be taken into account as this does not concern FIFA and its requirements. The country’s highest administrative court won’t take the case up until April 19, four days after the ban would go into effect.FIFA demanded Greece change its sports laws so that the Sports Minister would lose some of his authority over games.  FIFA also opposes clauses of the law on doping, which provides for an independent body to rule on doping cases instead of the EPO disciplinary committee.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

JPs Encouraged to Get Involved in Restorative JusticeJPs Encouraged to Get Involved in Restorative Justice

first_imgJustices of the Peace (JPs) are being encouraged to get involved in the Restorative Justice process being undertaken by the Ministry of Justice, to help create a more peaceful society.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carol Palmer, made the call as she addressed the recent installation ceremony for 35 new JPs for St. James held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.Her plea came against the background of recent violent incidents involving students, including the stabbing death of a student of the Anchovy High School in the parish last week.According to Mrs. Palmer, the Restorative Justice programme seeks to pass on positive values and attitudes and create a more respectful and forgiving environment, which will reduce such unfortunate incidents.She lamented that too many Jamaicans do not know how to settle differences and disputes peacefully, and instead, seek to attack each other physically.She informed that the programme is being piloted in some 10 communities, including Granville in St. James, and urged the JPs to get involved in the initiative.“I encourage you to learn more about this programme and to get yourselves certified as facilitators as we roll the programme out, and try to work at installing the positive attitudes and values,” she stated.Turning to plans by the Justice Ministry to expand the role of JPs in the justice system, Mrs. Palmer said “the work is underway as we have a consultant in place and we expect the report by the end of next month.”“We are going to be expanding the role of the Justices of the Peace in the court of petty session, increasing the number and the types of cases that you will do and of course, training will be part of that agenda,” she noted.She stated that even as the responsibilities of the JPs are increased, “it is equally positive to have an increasing number of Justices of the Peace, because it is important that the services of JPs are readily accessible to citizens within their communities.”The installation of the new JPs in St. James brings the number of justices serving the parish to 576. There are a total of 5, 969 JPs serving communities across the island.By Glenis Rose, JIS Regional Office (Montego Bay)last_img read more

Ministry of Justice to Reduce Backlog in Courts with Restorative JusticeMinistry of Justice to Reduce Backlog in Courts with Restorative Justice

first_imgPress Release – As part of its efforts to reduce the backlog in courts, the Ministry of Justice has sensitized 2,620 persons from April to June 2017 on its Restorative Justice Programme.The Programme focuses on involving members of the community in the resolving of minor disputes before they escalate into the court system.To date, one justice center and nine Restorative Justice Centers have been opened island wide since the passing of the Restorative Justice Act in 2016 with the most recent Restorative Justice centers being opened in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town in July 2017.The process of Restorative Justice involves the use of justice conferences.The conference will bring together the offender and the victim in minor disputes as well as members of the community with trained facilitators in order to repair the harm caused by the offence and to reintegrate the offender into the community.This community based approach to the administration of justice, places a focus on rehabilitation in order to reduce the rate of recidivism. The justice conferences are led by Justices of the Peace with the help of trained volunteers. Anyone seeking to resolve a dispute can request a conference by calling the Ministry of Justice.“Restorative Justice is a different way of doing justice. At the heart of the programme, is grace and forgiveness. My hope is that Jamaica realizes that there is a free service available for those seeking to resolve a dispute with either their neighbours, coworkers or other members of their community,” stated Mrs. Kahilah Whyte, coordinator for the Restorative Justice Unit at the Ministry of Justice.“It is a pathway for transformation to a more just, secure and peaceful Jamaica.”last_img read more

Wisons 300MW FSRP Gets AiP from Lloyds RegisterWisons 300MW FSRP Gets AiP from Lloyds Register

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Lloyd’s Register UK-based maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) to Wison Offshore & Marine (Wison) with respect to its 300MW floating storage, regasification, and power generation barge (FSRP) concept design.The AiP was announced on September 19 during a presentation at Gastech – an exhibition and conference for the global gas, LNG and energy industries held on September 17-20 in Barcelona, Spain.FSRPs are a relatively new design concept and the market is expected to expand in coming years. Essentially, a floating LNG power plant, the FSRP receives LNG from ships and stores it within its own tanks below deck, before regasifying the LNG and using it to fuel an onboard power plant. In this new design, the power plant has a capacity of 300MW.LR, Wison and Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) are working together in developing this 300MW FSRP unit. It will be designed, constructed and built to supply 300MW electrical power, using LNG as fuel. The FSRP will be barge-type moored at a jetty or near-shore.According to Wison, the FSRP has been developed to produce power starting as low as 7 cents per kWh. With a total storage capacity of 170,000 cbm in GTT membrane cargo tanks, it can receive full cargoes, keeping the cost of LNG supply low. It features a high-efficiency CCGT power plant, available with an output of 150 – 450MW.The facility is designed for near-shore deployment with a minimal water depth of 12m. LNG will be loaded through a ship-to-ship transfer and regasified, feeding the gas turbines. Waste heat from the turbines is recovered to generate steam, which in turn feeds the steam turbine generator. Electric power is stepped up to high voltage before transmission to shore.A joint development project (JDP) agreement between LR, Wison and GTT was also signed on September 19. This includes the undertaking of further work for example, more detailed design reviews, support for the preparation of Wison to build GTT membrane type LNG tanks as well as possible additional items like risk assessments.“Our integrated LNG-to-power solution is a response to market demand for affordable power sources with a short development schedule (…) Together with Lloyd’s Register, GTT and other key technology suppliers we will continue to mature and refine our product. High efficiency LNG-fuelled floating power plants offer a unique set of advantages over other power solutions,” Maarten Spilker, Wison Solutions Director, said.last_img read more

Government workers should get apology compensation for Phoenix mess NDPGovernment workers should get apology compensation for Phoenix mess NDP

first_imgOTTAWA – Two years into the Phoenix pay system “fiasco,” the federal government needs to apologize to the tens of thousands of civil servants who have been living a paycheque nightmare and compensate them for what they’ve lost, the opposition New Democrats demanded Monday.The demands coincided with the second anniversary this week of the launch of the troubled electronic compensation system, and come in advance of Canada-wide protests planned for Wednesday.It’s outrageous that, after 24 months in which civil servants have been underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all, the government still doesn’t have a solution, said NDP finance critic Peter Julian.“We’ve had public servants, who are working for the people of Canada, who have lost their home,” Julian told a news conference in Ottawa. “We’ve had public servants who have been unable to put food on the table for their families.”An apology won’t bring back the cars and homes that some public servants have lost after not being paid, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of formally declaring that government employees endured something that should never have happened, he added.Julian introduced a motion Monday calling for an apology and compensation. A vote on the motion was expected Wednesday.“The only way, as part of our motion, we think the government can truly atone for what they’ve done is by a formal apology in the House of Commons.”The Phoenix pay system was meant to centralize and streamline pay systems across several dozen government departments and agencies since being brought online in February 2016.Instead, it has resulted in endless headaches for civil servants, both working and retired.While the former Conservative government contracted the Phoenix system, the current Liberal government launched it, and both parties have blamed each other for creating the mess.Public Services and Procurement Canada Minister Carla Qualtrough did issue an apology of sorts Monday on behalf of the government, much as she has done before. But she defended the decision to launch Phoenix, assigning much of the blame to her Conservative predecessors.“Of course we sincerely apologize to public servants for everything we’ve put them through as a government,” she said during question period. The government had to choose “between a new system and no system” after coming to power, she continued, because the “previous Conservative government had fired compensation advisers, had decommissioned the former system.”Two years ago, senior officials advised the government that Phoenix was ready to go live, she added.As of late January this year, the backlog of problem files created by Phoenix had reached 633,000 cases; cost estimates for dealing with the errors now range from $1 billion to as high as $5 billion.The tally reached nearly $788 million earlier this month after the government asked Parliament to approve $76.3 million in new anticipated spending before the end of the current fiscal year. That was on top of the initial $309 million used to set up the troubled system and $402 million the government announced last May to bring the Phoenix system to a so-called “steady state.”Unions representing more than 300,000 civil servants have organized protest rallies across the country for Feb. 28 — the anniversary date of the launch of Phoenix — under the banner “Burnt by Phoenix” that are expected to include “triage tents” where civil servants facing pay issues can turn for help.While some government employees have called for work stoppages as part of Wednesday’s demonstrations, union leaders have pointed out workers must, under the terms of their collective contracts, report to their jobs as scheduled.last_img read more

Toronto stock market edges lower despite energy sector gains US stocks downToronto stock market edges lower despite energy sector gains US stocks down

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower as gains in the energy sector were offset by losses in the technology and consumer sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 0.36 of a point at 16,494.73.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 74.12 points at 26,761.39. The S&P 500 index was down 17.45 points at 2,960.98, while the Nasdaq composite was down 58.43 points at 8,029.01.The Canadian dollar traded for 76.07 cents US, up compared with an average of 76.02 cents US on Monday.The October crude contract was up 62 cents at US$58.47 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 1.1 cents at US$2.596 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.70 at US$1,503.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.10 cents at US$2.6165 a pound. read more

Company wants to move gold search from Keystone to RochfordCompany wants to move gold search from Keystone to Rochford

ROCHFORD, S.D. – A Canadian company wants to move its search for gold almost 40 miles northwest from its current location in Keystone.Mineral Mountain Resources wants to drill up to 120 exploratory near Rochford, which was a gold-mining hub in the late 1800s, the Rapid City Journal ( reported.“The Rochford Project is vastly under-explored and has the potential to host several district-scale gold discoveries,” the company said in a February news release.According to the plan, no drill hole will go deeper than 4,000 feet and the company doesn’t anticipate any contact with aquifers. Water for drilling would be pumped from Rapid Creek and stored in a tank, where cuttings would settle out so the water can be reused. After drilling, the water may then be disposed at a sewage treatment plant. After samples are removed, holes must be filled with bentonite, or concrete if an aquifer is found.The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing the plan. The company may receive a permit by mid-June, said agency engineer Roberta Hudson.Mineral Mountain paid $250 for an exploratory permit and will have a $20,000 bond with the state.Mineral Mountain Resources may return to Keystone if market conditions improve, CEO Nelson Baker told the newspaper in an email.Drilling water and bentonite from the Keystone drilling site leaked into Battle Creek in 2012. Drilling shut down for a week. Department of Environment and Natural Resources officials said the spill didn’t pose a hazard to people or fish.___Information from: Rapid City Journal, by The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2017 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Company wants to move gold search from Keystone to Rochford read more

Another zinc mine takes a bulletAnother zinc mine takes a bullet

first_imgHudBay Minerals plans to close its Balmat, New York State, zinc mine and concentrator. As a result of lower prices for zinc metal, continued high operating costs associated with the geology of the Balmat mine and general inflationary pressures, HudBay has determined that this operation is not economically viable given current market conditions. The Balmat mine was reopened in 2005 based on a feasibility plan that assumed lower costs and higher levels of production than were achieved to date.“HudBay would like to recognise the hard work and contributions of this team over these past three years and thank them for their service and dedication,” said Brad Lantz, Vice-President Mining, HudBay. “We also extend our sincere appreciation to the entire Balmat community.” The announcement will affect approximately 200 workers employed at the Balmat mine and concentrator. Operations are expected to cease on August 22, 2008. A small group of employees will be retained to keep the facility on care and maintenance. HudBay will continue to test geophysical anomalies within its exploration territories in the region as part of its overall 2008 exploration program announced earlier in the year. HudBay indicated that affected employees will receive transition support and the company will work with employees closely during this difficult time.The company does not expect to incur significant costs associated with closure. HudBay’s total zinc production for 2008, including Balmat’s contribution through the first eight months of the year, is now expected to be at the lower end of the Company’s previously disclosed production guidance range of 120,000 to 150,000 t of zinc, including Balmat payable metal in concentrate shipped.last_img read more

Oreillons symptômes vaccin traitement de quoi sagitilOreillons symptômes vaccin traitement de quoi sagitil

first_imgOreillons : symptômes, vaccin, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les oreillons sont une maladie virale contagieuse. Ils touchent principalement les enfants à partir de trois ans mais peuvent également concerner les adultes.Définition : qu’est ce que les oreillons ?Les oreillons sont une maladie virale contagieuse caractérisée par une inflammation des glandes salivaires situées sous les oreilles. Ils touchent principalement les enfants à partir de trois ans.  Transmission des oreillons Les oreillons sont dus à un paramyxovirus ou virus ourlien qui se transmet par la salive. La contamination se fait par contact direct avec une personne infectée ou lorsque des gouttelettes sont expulsées dans l’air par la toux ou un éternuement.La maladie est la plus contagieuseune semaine avant et une semaine après l’apparition des symptômes. Une personne ne peut être affectée par les oreillons qu’une seule fois dans sa vie. Symptômes des oreillonsLa période d’incubation des oreillons est d’environ trois semaines. La maladie apparaît alors de façon soudaine. On constate généralement les symptômes suivants : – gonflement douloureux des glandes parotides situées sous les oreilles (le plus souvent des deux côtés du visage)- douleurs au niveau des oreilles- douleurs lors de la mastication- fièvre plus ou moins élevée (entre 38°C et 39,5°C) – maux de tête (céphalées) – perte d’appétit – grande fatigue Oreillons chez l’adulteSi les oreillons sont une maladie généralement bénigne chez l’enfant, elle peut entraîner de sérieuses complications à l’âge adulte. Celles-ci peuvent atteindre d’autres glandes ou le système nerveux. L’orchite apparaît dans un cas sur deux chez les adolescents ou les jeunes adultes. Il s’agit de l’inflammation d’un testicule. Cela se traduit par un gonflement douloureux sept à dix jours après l’apparition des premiers symptômes et dans le pire des cas, une stérilité. Plus rarement, on peut constater une pancréatite, soit une inflammation du pancréas. Du point de vue neurologique, les oreillons peuvent atteindre les nerfs auditifs et provoquer une perte de l’audition. Une méningite peut également apparaître dans certains cas. Chez la femme enceinte, les oreillons augmentent les risques d’une fausse-couche lors du premier trimestre de grossesse. En revanche, le fœtus ne risque pas de malformation. Traitement des oreillonsLes oreillons ne nécessitent pas de traitement. En effet, la maladie étant d’origine virale, les antibiotiques sont inefficaces et donc inutiles. Du paracétamol peut néanmoins être prescrit pour lutter contre la fièvre et les céphalées. À lire aussiLes enfants de CM2 ne sont pas assez vaccinés contre l’hépatite BPour une guérison rapide, il est conseillé de se reposer et de boire régulièrement. Les aliments mous (soupe, purée, yaourt) sont recommandés afin de ne pas trop souffrir lors de la mastication. Prévention et vaccination des oreillons La seule prévention véritablement efficace des oreillons est le vaccin ROR (rubéole – oreillons – rougeole). Deux doses sont nécessaires, la première à l’âge d’un an et la seconde entre 16 et 18 mois. Si vous n’avez pas été vacciné durant votre enfance, il est conseillé d’en parler à votre médecin.Le 8 février 2016 à 14:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Apples 29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program Ends December 31Apples 29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program Ends December 31

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Stay on target Own an iPhone 6 or later and having battery issues? Here’s a reminder that you just have a few weeks to score a replacement battery from Apple for $29. After December 31, the price for a battery replacement will more than double to $79.Apple’s $29 battery replacement program for out-of-warranty iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X devices, ends December 31, 2018.Last year, Apple acknowledged that it had been quietly “throttling”  or reducing the function of iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and SE models when the battery is old, cold, or low on power. To “address customer concerns,” Apple reduced the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and later battery replacements by $50 — from $79 to $29.So if you own an iPhone 6 or later model with battery issues, make sure to head to an Apple Store near you before December 31. Note, however, that the deal also only applies once per iPhone, so if you had your battery replaced already, you can’t avail of a second replacement.If you’re not experiencing severe battery issues with your iPhone, it could still be good to get your battery replaced before the program ends so you can avoid potential problems after December 31.More on Geek.comApple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps of 2018Suspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X as It Sits in Police EvidenceOops: Apple’s Squid Emoji Is Upside-Downlast_img read more

Indian proboxer Neeraj Goyat ruled out of clash with Amir Khan dueIndian proboxer Neeraj Goyat ruled out of clash with Amir Khan due

first_imgNeeraj Goyat and Amir Khan.ReutersIndian professional boxer Neeraj Goyat was ruled out of his much-anticipated clash with Pakistani-origin British boxer Amir Khan on Wednesday after the former met with a car accident Boxer Neeraj Goyat, who has met with a car accident. Both of them were supposed to fight it out against each other at next month’s WBC Pearl World Championship on July 12 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.”We are very sad to inform that our star Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat, who was preparing for his mega-fight against Amir Khan, met with a car accident last night that has caused him severe injuries on his head, face and left arm. He is currently in hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery,” said Bill Dosanjh, Promoter of the Super BoxingLeague, said in a statement as reported by Business Standard.He further added, “We are in the process of looking for Neeraj’s replacement.”The 27-year-old boxer met with the accident while returning home after training. The WBC Asia welterweight titleholder was going to fight the biggest bout of his career as he was supposed to take on two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan at the King Abdullah Sports City.The Indian pro-boxer has a record of 11 wins which includes two knockouts. On the other hand, Amir was the holder of the WBC silver welterweight title from the year 2014 to 2016 but he lost in his last outing against Terence Crawford in New York for the WBO welterweight title failing in his quest to become a two-weight champion.India’s luck in professional boxing has not been quite favourable in the past as Vijender Singh’s much-awaited professional debut in the USA was also delayed due to an injury he suffered during a sparring session in Los Angeles. Vijender Singh has been unbeaten till now in his professional career of 10 bouts and has clinched the WBO Asia Pacific super welterweight title.last_img read more

US wants reflection of peoples will in Bangladesh pollsUS wants reflection of peoples will in Bangladesh polls

first_imgVisiting US principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells addressing a press conference in Dhaka on MondayThe US administration called upon the government to fulfill its commitment to holding a free fair, credible and participatory election that reflects the will of the Bangladeshi people.A senior US state department official also asked Dhaka to protect civil liberties, especially freedom of speech and press.“Bangladesh’s future success depends upon strengthening of its democratic institutions and governing structures,” visiting US principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells said at a press briefing at a city hotel on Monday.Highlighting the importance that the US government placed on Bangladesh’s role in its Indo-Pacific Strategy, she said the governments of the two countries were very much aligned in their visions for a ‘free, open, rules-based and interconnected region’Ambassador Alice Wells mentioned that in recognition of Bangladesh’s role in supporting the Indo-Pacific strategy, the US recently announced $40 million in foreign military financing for Bangladesh.Its aim is to enhance its coastal radar system, modernise and enhance its patrol boat fleet and provide training in support of expanded maritime interdiction, all part of the Bay of Bengal initiative, she added.Asked if the US Indo-Pacific Strategy was aimed at countering China, she rejected the view and said it was a ‘very comprehensive strategy’ for a free and open Indian Ocean, involving military ties, trade and investment.Pointing out that $26 trillion would be required for development in the region, she added, “This could not be done by one country alone.”The US official insisted that Washington would like to see all countries involved in the exercise, but ensuing proper labour standards and avoiding predatory debt which had been faced by certain countries in the region.In reply to a query about the elections in Bangladesh, the US official said during her discussions with the Bangladesh government officials, she had underscored the US support for free, transparent and contested elections. “The choice of the Bangladesh people should be reflected in the election,” she said, “and so our efforts are to ensure that the conditions exist for this to happen.”Ambassador Alice Wells expressed concern at the recently enacted Digital Security Act, saying there was need for the civil society and the government to discuss the law and to make any necessary changes.“It was important to have a law in this regard, but not at the cost of democracy and development,” she said.About the independence of the election commission in Bangladesh, she said it was important for the government and the commission to take all steps for a transparent, fair and contested election. “It is deeply in Bangladesh’s interests to have a free and far election.”Referring to her visit to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, the US official commended the generosity of the government and the people of Bangladesh in responding to the humanitarian crisis. She said the US was committed to assisting Bangladesh in responding to the crisis and has provided over $345 million in humanitarian assistance specifically in Bangladesh since August 2017.“We continue to call upon the government of Burma (Myanmar) to create conditions for the Rohingya to return voluntarily to their former places of residence in Burma in safety and with dignity,” she said, adding, “We also continue to call for accountability for those responsible for the violence in the Burmese security forces.”Prior to her current assignment, Alice Wells also served as US ambassador to Jordan, the US minister-counselor for political affairs in Moscow, the political officer at the US embassy in New Dehli, in Islamabad and in Riyadh.last_img read more

UT System Oil Money Is A Gusher For Its Administration — AndUT System Oil Money Is A Gusher For Its Administration — And

first_img Share  In written comments to the Texas Tribune, McRaven rejected the idea that the UT System has grown too big. Much of its increased budget, he said, has been the result of efforts to lower costs at the university level.For instance, he said the system has spent tens of millions on software licenses, property insurance and digital library services that otherwise would have been paid for by each campus. He also said many of the new staff were hired to ease burdens for individual campuses.Many of those initiatives were implemented before McRaven took over. Cigarroa, who signed off on many of them, said they were attempts to keep tuition down at campuses other than UT-Austin, since state law prohibited those schools from receiving cash from the oil fund.“To actually save money on [those] campuses, you have got to start thinking a little creatively,” Cigarroa said. Not all of those moves were successful, however. In 2014, the system committed $31 million per year to centralize audit and IT services in hopes that the savings would allow campuses to keep tuition flat. But the budget for those projects grew by millions because of problems with the IT transition, and the auditing consolidation proved to be a failure. The system decided in May to return the auditors to the campuses.  Overall, McRaven said the system has an “excellent track record” at saving money for the campuses through consolidation. But regents are pushing for more of the oil fund to go directly to UT-Austin. Last month, they instructed McRaven to redirect $26 million from the system to the university. That means UT-Austin can expect $338 million in oil money for the upcoming school year.It’s unclear if any of that new money will go to financial aid. UT-Austin officials say they prefer to use their oil funds to raise the school’s stature by hiring new faculty and promoting research. The oil money only makes up 10 percent of the school’s revenue, and administrators say they use other sources of money to provide financial aid to students.In a brief chat with reporters recently, McRaven tried not to make too much of the fact that change may be coming. The regents are in a “constant review process” when it comes to spending, he said, “always looking at how we manage access and affordability, and an exceptional faculty.”Asked if he would like to stay on as chancellor after his contract expires, McRaven simply said, “I’m really enjoying working with this board … the new board members are great to work with. We have not had a discussion.”Pressed further, he again said, “I can tell you I very much enjoy working with the board.” Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneOil and gas extracted from state land in West Texas has helped create unprecedented wealth for the University of Texas System.On a square of dirt surrounded by sun-scorched grassland, hundreds of miles from Austin, a huge iron pumpjack creaks up and down. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, generating as much as $7,000 worth of oil per day.It’s surrounded by thousands of others, drawing from billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas under this ground, which is all controlled by the University of Texas System. And thanks to the fracking boom, workers are pulling out far more oil from each square of West Texas dirt — millions of gallons a day.Each barrel pulled from the ground adds a few more dollars to the Permanent University Fund, a $19.5 billion pot that supports an endowment for the UT and Texas A&M University systems. In recent years, the annual cash payout from this oil fund has exploded: In 2011, the UT System — which oversees UT-Austin and 13 other campuses — received $352 million from the fund. This year, it will receive $603 million, and about half will flow directly to its flagship campus in Austin (the Texas A&M System will receive about $300 million).That has helped UT System become one of the richest educational institutions in the world, part of a rarefied club that includes Harvard, Yale and Stanford.But unlike the other members of the club, the UT System is a public institution and must disclose how it spends the money.Those disclosures show that the wealth hasn’t created a windfall for students. The money that filters down to them in the form of financial aid amounts to a trickle of roughly $40 million. That includes about $3 million for UT-Austin’s 40,000 undergraduates, and approximately $35 million for its graduate students. Meanwhile, the amount the UT System has spent on its general administration quadrupled since 2011 to a peak of $143 million in the last academic year. And it has committed huge sums to some controversial initiatives proposed by the past two UT chancellors, including:$215 million to buy 300 acres of empty land in Houston, with no concrete plans for how to use it. After a political backlash, the system now says it plans to sell the land.$100 million devoted to an in-house educational technology startup that has struggled to meet its goals.$141 million on a new 17-story office tower in expensive downtown Austin to house hundreds of system employees.All those dollars could have otherwise gone directly to UT-Austin, which has seen its financial support from the state decline and has raised its annual tuition by $1,500 since 2010.  UT System leaders say they are being smart with the oil money. State law imposes some spending limits, and they say their administrative expansion has meant big savings for UT campuses by consolidating expensive services. But many state leaders, and some members of the system’s own governing board, have begun questioning how all those millions are being spent. “It looks to me like an entity that has a lot more money than they know what to do with,” Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, told UT’s chancellor during a tense committee hearing in January.The nine-member UT Board of Regents, which approved all those big-ticket expenditures in recent years, will meet this week. Since a group of more skeptical regents joined the board this spring, many members have signaled that they’re ready to rein in the system’s spending.“There’s a very significant and growing top-down, expensive architecture that … provides, I believe, very little, if any, return on investment,” Regent Janiece Longoria said during a meeting this May.The complaints have created a tense situation for UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven, who has defended many of the big-ticket projects and whose contract expires in January. This week he will tell regents that he wants to cut $15 million from the system administration’s budget. Even then, the budget will be three times what it was in 2011. “The UT System Administration’s first and foremost responsibility is to the institutions — period!” McRaven wrote in response to questions for this story. “However, running a 21st century university system requires leveraging the size, scale and diversity of the 14 institutions to better serve the broader educational and health care needs of the people of Texas.”Endowment nearly doubled during fracking boomUT gained access to its oil riches more than 140 years ago, though no one knew at the time. In 1876, when Texas ratified the sixth and current version of its Constitution, the authors ordered the state to create a “university of the first class.” Over the next few years, the state set aside 2.1 million acres in West Texas to help fund an endowment for the new school.At the time, the land — which covers an area larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined — seemed like little more than useless brushland that could barely support cattle grazing.But after oil was discovered in Texas in 1901, UT System leaders began to suspect there was oil under their West Texas ground. In 1923, a wildcatter named Frank Pickrell was the first to strike at a well called Santa Rita No. 1, kicking off a rush that hasn’t stopped since.These days, the university land is just as hot and dry, but not nearly as sparse. Hundreds of oil wells dot the horizon, surrounded by networks of dirt roads, pipelines and big man-made pools of water. Now that the fracking boom has caused a new oil rush in West Texas, more than 7,000 roughnecks, drillers and truck drivers trudge out of hotels and portable buildings each morning to work on the land.As the oil and gas flows into pipelines, the money flows into the Permanent University Fund, which has grown from $10.7 billion in 2010 to $19.5 billion today.The system preserves the fund for the long-term by spending only a small fraction of it every year. Still, that amounts to $603 million for the UT System alone in 2017 — more than the Legislature spends on its main financial aid program for low-income students across the state.The Texas Constitution says the UT System can only spend the oil money on capital projects and administration. Whatever the system doesn’t use goes to UT-Austin, which is free to spend it on whatever it wants. But the university spends only a small fraction of the money on student financial aid.Emily Albracht/The Texas TribuneHow the oil money flows through the UT SystemExperts who’ve looked at the scant information available on private universities say they probably use their endowment funds the same way.But politicians from both parties are calling for change. Last year, even Donald Trump jumped into the debate, when the then-presidential candidate accused colleges of spending their “massive endowments” on “things that don’t matter.”“Too many of these universities don’t use the money to help with the tuition and student debt,” he said at a Pennsylvania campaign rally. “Instead, these universities use the money to pay their administrators, or put donors’ names on buildings, or just store the money, keep it and invest it.”$100 million for a startupUniversities faced grim financial news in 2011 as state lawmakers passed historic budget cuts — including more than a half billion dollars from higher education. But thanks to the oil boom and some good investments, the UT System learned the oil fund would deliver a record cash payout of $400 million in the coming year. Flush with that new cash, administrators found new ways to spend it.Hoping to unite system leaders behind a new vision for the future of higher education in Texas, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa locked himself in his official residence with a group of advisors for nearly two days. He emerged with what he called a “Framework for Excellence” for the system — one that would largely be financed by the oil fund.The framework had nine “planks,” including improving science education, building new research centers, hiring new faculty and developing online learning tools. All nine regents approved the plan without asking a single question, and they gave Cigarroa an initial investment of $244 million to implement it.The plan was seen as so visionary that Cigarroa was invited to the White House to talk about it — twice. Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneFormer University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in 2013.l instead go back to its old online platform from an outside vendor. As a result, the memo says, “students will likely incur additional costs.” It’s not clear how much.Costs had already been going up for students. In 2016, the regents approved tuition increases at all the system’s campuses. At UT-Austin, that increase was projected to raise $30 million.Richard Vedder, a professor and expert on college endowments from Ohio University, said that many universities have spent their wealth on initiatives like the Institute for Transformational Learning.“There’s justification for wanting to innovate and all, but … that’s a lot of money,” he said. “I would throw a million, or two million, into a pilot study, maybe. But $100 million — that’s tuition for 10,000 students.”“We have more money than sense”Today, after six years and about $50 million of UT System money spent, enthusiasm for the institute among many of the regents is waning fast.“It appears that we spend a goodly sum on initiatives like this,” new regent Longoria said at an April meeting, two months after she began her second stint on the board. She added that to the outside observer, it appears “we have more money than sense.”“Let me assure you, we take the stewardship of these resources very seriously,” McRaven countered, adding that the institute would eventually generate revenue and was a “worthwhile endeavor.”“I don’t disagree with that,” Longoria responded. “But why has it taken over five years, and we still don’t have a product?”Soon after that meeting, the institute’s top two executives resigned.In retrospect, system leaders say that the initial vision might have been too ambitious.“There was not the foundation of a business plan at the time [the institute was launched],” said Steve Leslie, a UT System vice chancellor who began overseeing the institute in 2015.The institute is still working on a plan to achieve financial sustainability, Leslie said. Preliminary budget documents suggest that the institute will face cuts, but don’t specify how much. Meanwhile, its next big play — a redesigned cybersecurity program at the University of Texas at San Antonio — is set to launch this fall.Leslie said the best is yet to come for the institute.“It was expensive,” he said. “But it led to where we are now, which has also been expensive.“But … what this platform is going to provide is worth it, if we get to the finish line in ways that we think we will.”“A risk and a gamble”Cigarroa stepped down in early 2015. The regents tapped McRaven, a UT-Austin graduate and retired Navy admiral, to take his place.He had no higher education experience, but his hiring generated a lot of buzz. He’d orchestrated the famous Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. And McRaven was passionate about cutting bureaucracy and red tape.But McRaven wanted to make his mark, too. Almost a year into the job, in November 2015, he presented his own ambitious vision for the UT System called the “Quantum Leaps.” The leaps, he said, were “about improving the human condition in every town, every city, for every man, woman and child.”And they would make heavy use of the UT System’s cut of the oil fund, which by then had grown to $544 million.Some of the Quantum Leaps aligned with the goals of most public universities — increasing student success, hiring talented faculty and growing diversity. Others address specific interests of McRaven’s, such as the creation of a UT Network for National Security and “an effort akin to the Manhattan Project to understand, prevent, treat and cure diseases of the brain.”None raised more eyebrows than the last Quantum Leap, which was also among the most expensive — a plan to expand into Houston by buying hundreds of acres there.As McRaven spoke, artist’s renderings flashed on a screen, showing dozens of buildings, along with sports fields and tree-lined boulevards. McRaven said he didn’t know exactly how the land would be used, but that it would create an “intellectual hub” for the UT System and be a “game changer.”  Michael Stravato for the Texas TribuneThe University of Texas System bought more than 300 acres of land in southwest Houston for $215 million. It now plans to sell the land.McRaven wrapped up his hour-long presentation to the regents by declaring that the system would “act with unparalleled boldness.”“I hope your bold gamble in allowing this old sailor to lead this great institution will be a winning hand,” he said.The boardroom burst into applause, and McRaven got a standing ovation. Regents were just as thrilled, if not more, than they had been by Cigarroa’s own nine-part vision four years earlier. And just as before, they gave their new chancellor tens of millions of dollars from the oil fund.But outside the room, the Houston plan was a surprise. Many state legislators learned about it from the news, or from an e-mail sent right before McRaven’s speech. Houston lawmakers were furious, fearing the new campus would bring unwanted competition to the nearby University of Houston.In the following weeks, McRaven received a cascade of requests from legislators urging him to slow down the process. But he didn’t. In January 2016, just three months after McRaven announced the Quantum Leaps, the UT System closed on the first 100 acres. It would eventually secure more than 300 acres at a cost of $215 million, all of which would come from the oil fund.The criticism mounted. During public hearings, legislators pressed for more details about McRaven’s plans for the land. McRaven repeatedly insisted he didn’t have any yet. Meanwhile, lawmakers were pondering another round of major cuts to higher education funding — and they wanted to know more about how the UT System was spending its oil money.Tensions peaked this January, when McRaven told members of the Senate Finance Committee that the hundreds of millions’ worth of cuts they were considering would have a “potentially devastating” effect on the UT System.Lawmakers eventually backed off on the cuts, but that day the senators weren’t sympathetic.“I don’t think you give a damn what the Legislature thinks,” said Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, practically yelling. He said he couldn’t believe McRaven was complaining about state funding cuts while spending hundreds of millions of dollars on empty land.McRaven responded testily: “If you don’t do something big, bold, you don’t become a great University of Texas System. This could very well be a risk and a gamble.”Senators had other examples of what they called unwise spending from the oil fund. They questioned the $1.5 million McRaven wanted to spend on studying how to brand the UT System. And they complained about the $141 million office tower in downtown Austin, which had been approved before McRaven was hired.McRaven pushed back again. He pointed out that the new office tower would save money by consolidating the system’s staff from five buildings into one. He added that the state Constitution places limits on how the oil money can be spent.But the tide was turning against him. The same day as the tense committee hearing, lawmakers appointed three new UT regents, who promised they would tell system leaders “no” when administrators pursued projects that weren’t in the best interests of the state.Within weeks, McRaven changed his mind on the Houston land. In a hastily called press conference on March 1, he announced that the tract would be put up for sale.“I was unable to build a shared vision for moving this project forward,” he recalled recently.‘This is all about the students’Since then, the pressure on McRaven has only increased, even from people who had previously been supportive of his goals. At a board meeting in May, Regent Steve Hicks apologized to his colleagues for losing focus on cost-cutting in recent years. Now, he said, he’s ready dig into “how and where we spend our system resources.”Several other regents agreed that the system administration needs to trim its budget and cut staff.The board’s chairman, Paul Foster, promised to comb through system spending for possible savings. The first changes could come as soon as this week when the regents approve the system’s 2018 budget.“This is all about the students, and we’ve got to make sure that we never lose sight of that,” Foster said. Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneUT System Chancellor Bill McRaven chats with Board of Regents chairman Paul Foster during a July meeting.last_img read more

Dahlia Comerford Set World Records at Short Course World ChampionshipsDahlia Comerford Set World Records at Short Course World Championships

first_imgThe Cardinals also put together impressive performances in the preliminary session as Marcelo Acosta registered a strong swim in 200 meter free, cutting over three seconds from his seed time to finish 29th in a time of 1:47.00. Dahlia and Comerford opened up the meet in world record fashion, combining with Olivia Smoliga and Katie Meili to take down the previous mark in the 4×50 meter medley relay by nearly a full second in a time of 1:42.38. Dahlia’s 50 fly split (24.02) and Comerford’s 50 free split (23.02) were the fastest among the entire field. HANGZHOU, China – Kelsi Dahlia and Mallory Comerford set a pair of relay world records to highlight the Cardinals’ second day at the FINA Short Course World Championships at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center on Wednesday evening. Just minutes later, Dahlia returned to the pool for the finals of the 200 meter butterfly, shattering her own American record en route to a silver medal with a time of 2:01.73. She eclipsed her previous mark of 2:02.89 from the 2016 Short Course World Championships by over a full second. Story Linkscenter_img Dahlia and Comerford closed out their evening with their second straight world record relay performance in the 4×50 meter mixed freestyle relay alongside Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held. The quartet posted a time of 1:27.89, breaking the previous record set by the Netherlands by a half second. The Cards return to the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST for the third day’s preliminaries.   Print Friendly Version In the semifinals of the 100 meter free, Comerford finished fifth in a time of 52.36 to earn a spot in tomorrow evening’s final.last_img read more

Apple Hires Former Valve VR Engineer Xbox CoCreator Nat BrownApple Hires Former Valve VR Engineer Xbox CoCreator Nat Brown

first_img Popular on Variety It’s unclear whether Brown will continue to work on VR at Apple; the company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.However, Apple has been working on a mixed reality headset for some time, and is reportedly looking to launch the device as early as next year. Some of Apple’s other notable recent hires with VR expertise include Jaunt co-founder Arthur van Hoff and Sterling Crispin, the developer of the Cyber Paint VR app. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img A few months after leaving Valve, Xbox co-creator Nat Brown has started a new position at Apple. Brown announced his new gig on Twitter Monday, writing: “I’m looking forward to continuing to work on my obsessions by focusing on all applications of graphics, and working with any of you using graphics on Apple platforms.”Brown was part of Valve’s VR team until the company laid off more than a dozen staffers earlier this year. At the time, the company called those job cuts “an unfortunate part of business,” but insisted that they didn’t represent “any major changes at the company.”Before starting at Valve in 2015, Brown had worked for a number of social media companies, including as CTO of and vice president of technology for Myspace. In the 90s, he worked for 7 years for Microsoft, where he was part of a small group of engineers that created the original Xbox, at the time called “Project Midway.”last_img read more

Kodaks Worlds Largest Puzzle Has 51300 Pieces and Costs 600Kodaks Worlds Largest Puzzle Has 51300 Pieces and Costs 600

first_img Need to find a special gift for the photography lover in your life? Feast your eyes on Kodak’s “World’s Largest Puzzle,” a massive beast of a puzzle that boasts 51,300 pieces and features some of the most amazing wonders of the world, captured by professional photographers.But prepare for the price tag: a whopping $599.95.The mammoth puzzle is actually 27 separately packaged puzzles – 1,900 pieces each. They all interlock to create one giant puzzle – 51,300 total pieces – approximately 28.5 feet x 6.25 feet.“The World’s Largest Puzzle” features images of some of the most amazing wonders of the world, captured by professional photographers. (Photo Credit: Kodak)Created in partnership with toy and art supply manufacturer, CRA-Z-ART, the World’s Largest Puzzle aims to “celebrate the heritage of Kodak and beautiful photography.” Each photo was initially taken by a professional photographer, then digitally enhanced and printed in high quality, according to Kodak.“The colors and pictures are the most crisp, realistic images ever created in a puzzle,” Kodak said.Some of the world wonders featured in the puzzle include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and the New York City skyline.Last year, CRA-Z-ART said in a press release that the company plans to have the Guinness World Records officially designate the puzzle as a record breaker.Get Kodak’s “The World’s Largest Puzzle” at Amazon.More on ‘Tetris’ Is a Game to Play Before You DieMIT Robot Learned to Play Jenga Through Vision and TouchDeepMind’s AI Can Now Beat Humans at Board Games PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&…‘Metal Gear Solid’ Board Game Is Tactical Tabletop Action Stay on targetlast_img read more

Nat Geo to showcase engineering marvel of EastWest MetroNat Geo to showcase engineering marvel of EastWest Metro

first_imgKolkata: The sheer expertise and professionalism with which the tunnelling work for the East-West (E-W) Metro project in Kolkata has been executed forms a major part of the project that will be aired on the National Geographical Channel on Sunday.”The execution of the project has followed extreme engineering expertise and technology. The model that has been followed is being practised as a standard in similar kinds of projects all over India. National Geographic Channel will showcase the work that we have done on behalf of the executing agency of the E-W Metro — the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) in an hour-long show on Sunday,” said Satya Narayan Kunwar, project manager Afcons Infrastructures Limited, the construction company that has dug the twin tunnels from Howrah Maidan till Mahakaran. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Afcons have done tunnelling for three of the six underground stations in the alignment of the E-W Metro project that includes Howrah Maidan, Howrah and Mahakaran. Four ventilation shafts in each of these stations have also been done by Afcons. “We have been working for Metro projects in Chennai and Ahmedabad. But the evacuation plan was not required in both of these places. It was only in Kolkata where we have had to execute an evacuation plan. It was really challenging but we did a commendable job,” Kunwar said. The lighting arrangements in the stations are energy efficient and the intensity will be controlled as per requirement. The faucets of water in the Metro stations have been designed in such a manner that the volume of water ejection from the taps will be less but the coverage will be maximum. Underground tunnelling work in close proximity of dangerous and dilapidated buildings was another major challenge with 165 buildings being located in the influence zone. 20 of these buildings were vulnerable and 18 were highly vulnerable, three were heritage structures while two were ASI monuments. “We adopted several measures to minimize the impact of the tunnelling work in these structures,” a senior Afcons official added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe 520-metre twin tunnel, one east-bound and the other west-bound, is built 30 metre below the riverbed. Commuters between Howrah and Mahakaran Metro stations will be under the river for only about a minute when the train will pass through the tunnel at a speed of 80 km per hour. Of the 16.6-km route of the E-W Metro project stretching from Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, the tunnelling covers 10.6 km of which 520 metre is under the river. Such under-the-river tunnelling is the first of its kind in India. “The tunnelling under the river was scheduled to be finished in 120 days’ time. But the work was completed in half the time,” Kunwar added.last_img read more