Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu fails to turn up to face floor test

first_imgNagaland’s political turmoil explained Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Wednesday failed to turn up to face floor test in Assembly. The House was adjourned sine die.A special session of the State Assembly had to be convened on Wednesday after the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday dismissed Mr. Liezietsu plea to stay the Governor’s directive to him to seek a trust vote.Former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, leader of the rebel NPF MLAs, was present in the House along with his followers.The motion to prove the majority of the chief minister could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Imtiwapang said.The Speaker said, he will report the proceedings of the House to the Governor.Efforts to contact legislators of the Liezietsu camp turned futile as they did not take calls.Governor P.B. Acharya on July 18 directed Speaker Imtiwapang to summon an emergent special session of the State Assembly at 9.30 a.m. for the Chief Minister, who is facing a rebellion from his party MLAs, to seek the confidence vote.  Mr. Acharya on July 11 and July 13 directed Mr. Liezietsu, who is facing rebellion by 43 ruling Naga Peoples Front MLAs led by former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang demanding change of leadership in the present house of 59, to seek vote of confidence on or before July 15.Mr. Zeliang, who was forced out of office in February following large scale protests over holding of urban local bodies election with 33% reservation for women, had staked claim to form the government saying he had majority support in the House.Four BJP legislators and Nagaland BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu on Tuesday called on the Governor and submitted a letter supporting Mr. Zeliang.BJP is an alliance partner of the NPF and a constituent of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government in the State. The Liezietsu faction, however, has severed ties with BJP. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Maharashtra to set up cyber varsity

first_imgThe Maharashtra Government has taken the first step towards setting up a varsity dedicated to mitigating cyber threats. It has set aside ₹80 crore for the first round of its funding and the proposal for the project will be tabled in the State cabinet’s consideration in the first week of October, sources said.The new Cyber University will train 3,000 professionals to fight online space cyber attacks, internet crimes, and conduct cyber forensics. It will also impart training in 15 other Internet of Things (IoT) areas such as Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). A team of senior government officials recently visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), which monitors cyber attacks in real time, to acquire technical knowhow. CSAIL’s latest system correctly predicts about 85% of the world’s cyber attacks using machine learning and AI. “At the lab we saw in real time that the majority of the world’s cyber attacks are directed towards Russia, Japan and India,” an official said.Cost of coursesThe varsity, officials said, will provide for and prepare internet professionals on the lines of the Microsoft Certified Professional Program. The courses will cost less than ₹5 lakh for courses in data analytics, cloud computing, blockchain, AI, cyber forensics and cyber investigations.Skill gap“The current supply of cyber professionals in the country is about a lakh while the demand hovers around 30 lakh. A cyber attack is taking place every 10 minutes as opposed to 12 minutes previously. The varsity will remedy this,” an official said. The government will provide different levels of training and enable affiliated colleges to impart certification for the 15 courses. The State will also supply infrastructure for training and education. A 2015 skill gap analysis for Maharashtra by the consultancy firm KPMG had pointed to a gap of 1.5 crore professionals in 10 sectors. “Of these, there was a greater shortfall in the IoT and Cyber Forensics sectors. The new varsity will bridge this skill gap,” the official said. Maharashtra is already in the process of setting up its version of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team to ward off external cyber threats. In 2016, the State had even appointed a consortium of M/s C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) and Railtel Corporation of India for the ₹838-crore project. The consortium in its analysis used the same technology as GARUDA, India’s national grid computing initiative, and the Graphics and Intelligence Based Script Technology, officials said.last_img read more

RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final

first_imgTOKYO—RIKEN has decided against reopening an investigation into two stem cell papers that concluded that the lead author, Haruko Obokata of RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, engaged in research misconduct. The institute has yet to decide whether Obokata will be punished.RIKEN launched an investigation after claims of image manipulation and plagiarism surfaced regarding a research article and a letter published online in Nature on 29 January that described a new, simple way of creating stem cells called STAP, for stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency.An investigating committee found numerous problems with the papers and concluded in a 31 March report that two of those, both in the article, constituted research misconduct. Obokata maintains that her main finding of a new way to create stem cells is valid but admits making innocent mistakes in handling images and text in the papers. She filed a formal appeal on 8 April, asking that the investigation be reopened and the misconduct judgment reconsidered. 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Obokata’s lawyer, Hideo Miki, told The Japan Times that he was “extremely displeased” with the decision.Noyori’s statement also mentions that several of the committee members are themselves facing allegations of research misconduct in relation to previous publications. “[W]e believe the committee has nevertheless carried out its investigation appropriately and have concluded that the allegations do not affect the committee’s findings concerning the STAP cell papers,” Noyori said, adding that the allegations would be investigated separately.The next step will be for a separate committee, established today, to decide on disciplinary measures against Obokata, RIKEN Executive Director Minoru Yonekura said this afternoon at a press conference. He said the committee could reach a decision within about a month. Separately, Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, an embryologist and stem cell researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who live-blogged about his futile attempts to reproduce STAP cells, today published all the details of his efforts online at F1000Research. So far no one has reported reproducing Obokata’s results.last_img read more

Juventus F.C. clinches record 6th straight Serie A title

first_imgJuventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday.Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which last Sunday handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles.??????????????????WE ARE #LE6END!!!!!! JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 21, 2017Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled due to World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-35.”We’ve written one of the greatest pages in the book of football history,” said Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who also won the 2002 and 2003 Serie A titles with Juventus.”Winning is never easy,” Buffon added. “Beyond what people say, staying at the top is synonymous with sacrifice on everyone’s part. … If you want to always win matches, you’ve got to always have your head in focus and your legs prepared.”It’s the second title in five days for Juventus after a 2-0 win over Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.The Bianconeri has a chance to complete the treble with a victory over Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final on June 3.advertisementJuventus also added to its record number of Serie A titles, with its 33rd.Players dumped shaving cream over the head of manager Massimiliano Allegri at the final whistle, then put on celebratory T-shirts with a ‘6’ on them.The last SIX wins: 2012-Juventus2013-Juventus2014-Juventus2015-Juventus2016-Juventus2017-JuventusRELEGATION BATTLECrotone remained third from the bottom, one point behind Empoli in the battle to avoid being the final club relegated.Empoli was beaten 1-0 at home by Atalanta, which got an early goal from Alejandro “Papu” Gomez.Genoa removed itself from the relegation chances with a 2-1 win over Torino, getting goals from Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone – the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone – before Adem Ljajic pulled one back for Torino.In the final round, Crotone hosts fourth-placed Lazio and Empoli visits already relegated Palermo.Last-placed Pescara, which has also already been relegated, hosts Palermo on Monday to conclude the penultimate round.AC MILAN RETURNS TO EUROPEAC Milan ended a run of three seasons without European play by beating Bologna 3-0 to secure sixth place and a spot in the Europa League playoffs.Gerard Deulofeu scored with a volley in the 69th, Keisuke Honda added a free kick four minutes later and Gianluca Lapadula redirected a cross from Mati Fernandez in added time.last_img read more

India’s medal tally at Youth Olympic Games 2018: Manu Bhaker clinches second gold for the country

first_imgHaving won three silver medals, India won its first-ever gold in the history of Youth Olympics when weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga claimed the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category in Buenos Aires. But Manu Bhaker notched up the game when she became the first Indian to win a shooting gold at the games.The 15-year-old from Aizawl, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night.The 16-year-old Manu became the first shooter from India and the first female athlete from India to grab a gold medal at the Youth Olympics games.In the 2014 Youth Olympics at Nanjing, China, India’s best performance was only two medals. And in this season, India has already won a total of four medals.Jeremy LalrinnungaThe Mizo sensation, who will turn 16 on 26 October, is being touted as the next big name in Indian weightlifting. In the trials, Lalrinnunga lifted a total of 273 kg and created two youth and junior national records in snatch (126kg), while equalling the snatch record in the senior section.Earlier this year, in April, Lalrinnunga broke two national records to win a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship at Urgench, Uzbekistan.Manu BhakerManu Bhaker shot 236.5 to stand at the top of the points table in the women’s 10m air pistol event. The Indian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics is also the World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medalist.advertisementIndia’s medal tally at Youth Olympics Games 2018India is represented by 46 athletes at the third Youth Olympic Games across 13 disciplines. By October 10, the country has won three silver medals and two gold, the account of which is following:Tushar Mane — silver — 10m Air RifleTababi Devi — silver — 44kg JudoMehuli Ghosh — silver — 10m Air RifleWhat is the Youth Olympic Games?Youth Olympic Games is an elite sporting event based on the Olympic Games. As the name suggests, it is for young people and aims to develop athletes and the community through the Olympic values, promoting sports as an educational tool.It takes place every four years and this year around it is happening in Argentinian capital Buenos AiresThe opening ceremony held on October 6 and the event will finish by October 18241 events are happening in 32 sports3,997 athletes are competing in the games206 nations are participatingRead | Special Olympics is turning children with intellectual disabilities into top sportstars!Read | This 17-year-old national level cycling record holder with cerebral palsy just got selected to the Special Olympics!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Qatar Shipping Secures Ship Financing Facility

first_imgzoom Qatar Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of Milaha, has secured a 12 year US $425 million (equivalent to QAR 1.55 billion) fixed-term ship financing facility.The company secured it with a consortium of the following banks: The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, Shinsei Bank, Limited, Development Bank of Japan Inc. and Standard Chartered Bank.Proceeds from the facility will be utilized by all four JV partners to refinance existing debt facilities on four LNG vessels – S/S “Fuwairit”, SS “Lusail”, S/S “Al Thakhira” and S/S “Al-Deebel. The four vessels are owned by JV companies, wholly-owned by vessel sponsors: Qatar Shipping Company (the largest shareholder), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha – all chartered to Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company in Qatar on a long-time charter basis. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Qatar Shipping, January 27, 2014 My locationlast_img read more

Polisario Arrests New Sahrawi Activist in Rabouni Algeria

Rabat – The oppression of Sahrawi activists condemning human violations in the Tindouf camps continues. Following the arrest of journalist Moulay Aba Buzid in a demonstration held on Monday, June 17, the Polisario Front kidnapped a second Sahrawi activist in Rabouni on June 18.Pro-polisario news outlets reported that the front arrested Fadel Brika, who was taken to an unknown location after his arrest. A statement from the Saharawi Initiative for Change, quoted by FuturoSahara, described arrests of both activists as “arbitrary detentions,” as there were no arrest orders from the so-called judiciary authority of the Polisario Front.The arrests were carried out in response to comments and posts the opposition activists were sharing on their social media accounts.Read Also: Polisario Continues Kidnapping, Crackdowns on Sahrawi ActivistsThe pro-Polisario news outlets reported that the front intends to carry out further arrest operations in the coming hours to “silence opposition voices.”The arrest of Brika was confirmed by former Polisario member Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, who has been following the violations in Tindouf camps, Algeria.Commenting on the arrest of Abu Buzid, Mustafa Salma said: “Every Moment Buzid spends in detention does not only condemn Polisario, but also the high commission for refugees as he was arrested  immediately after he left their office.”Despite the pressure that the front continue to face in the wake of the disappearances of Polisario members and activists, the Polisario has refused to reveal the fate of several arrested activists. . “I challenge [Polisario] them to keep journalist Buzid hidden now,” concluded Mustafa Salma.The family of Ahmed El Khalil, a  Polisario member who went missing more than 10 years ago, has been calling on the United Nations to intervene as the front remains silent on his fate read more

IMF decides to resume program discussions with Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to resume discussions on a funding programme with Sri Lanka.Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), met with Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy in Washington. Lagarde said they agreed that a strong policy mix, with effective implementation of that agenda, is key to strengthening confidence, while putting Sri Lanka on a sustainable, high-quality growth path that would benefit its people. “The IMF remains ready to support the Sri Lankan authorities in these endeavors and an IMF team is scheduled to visit Colombo in mid-February to resume program discussions.”The IMF had suspended the funding programme with Sri Lanka during the political crisis last year. (Colombo Gazette) “I was pleased to meet with Minister Samaraweera and Governor Coomaraswamy this afternoon. We discussed the challenging economic environment and the policy priorities for the country. The authorities stressed Sri Lanka’s continued commitment to their economic reform agenda under the IMF-supported program,” Lagarde said following the meeting. read more

Annan asks Security Council for greater clarity on UN role in Iraq

Addressing the Security Council today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan outlined plans for reconstituting the world body’s work in Iraq while appealing for clear guidance on what role it is being asked to fulfil.Speaking just three days following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Mr. Annan said this development provides “an opportunity for a new beginning in the vital task of helping Iraqi’s take control of their destiny” by creating a secure and stable country.He stressed the urgency of restoring sovereignty to the Iraqis, and pledged the UN’s active engagement in this endeavour.But he also acknowledged the limits imposed by prevailing insecurity in the country. “Our on-the-ground engagement in important political and human rights work has suffered tremendously as a result of the 19 August bombing, which decimated the Office of the Special Representative, the core part of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq.”Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello was among the 22 victims of that attack. Earlier this month, the Secretary-General named a veteran UN humanitarian aid official, Ross Mountain, as Acting Special Representative.In his address to the Council today, Mr. Annan said the new envoy would head efforts to establish a core of UNAMI based outside the country while planning for the missions “eventual and incremental return to Iraq as soon as circumstances permit.”Until then, the Secretary-General said much can be done from outside the country, and pledged his personal involvement in this effort. “I myself remain in close contact with heads of State and government, foreign ministers and ambassadors trying to help forge international consensus on the way forward.”Mr. Annan called on Council members to provide “much greater clarity on what is expected of the UN by Iraqis and by the coalition in terms of assistance to the political transition.” He stressed that the UN was not standing aloof from the process. “The stakes are too high for the international community to just watch from the sidelines.”In appealing for clarity, the Secretary-General explained the responsibility he must bear in taking decisions on Iraq. “I need to weigh the degree of risk that the UN is being asked to accept against the substance of the role we are being asked to fulfil.” He called for the Council to specifically answer those questions.Above all, Mr. Annan pointed to the need for a credible and inclusive political transition as the best hope for stability and an end to violence in the war-ravaged nation. Towards this end, he appealed for international support to the Iraqi people who have endured so much. “They are now living through a process that will define the future of their country,” he said. “For their sake, and for the memory of those who have given their lives to help the people of Iraq, the process must succeed.”Speaking to reporters afterwards, the Secretary-General stressed again that the global community must come together in support of efforts to help Iraq.”I think it is clear that if we are going to be able to stabilize Iraq, we all need to work together and we need to rebuild international consensus,” he said, responding to press questions.Asked about Washington’s stance, Mr. Annan said it was his sense that the United States would like to see the international community come together to work to stabilize Iraq, help build a normal society, and foster a country which would be at peace with itself and with its neighbours. “I think there is an openness there.”To a question about the implications Saddam Hussein’s capture, Mr. Annan said the answer would hinge on how the world reacts. “There may be a new opportunity here, but it depends on how it is exploited by all concerned – to mend fences, heal wounds and move forward,” he said. Video of Annan’s address to the Council Listen to UN Radio report read more

Mens soccer Michael Prosuks lastminute goal wins Buckeyes opener over Pittsburgh

Ohio State freshman defender Will Hirschman (11) controls the ball during the first half of the Buckeyes’ 1-0 season-opening win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 25. Credit: Joe Dempsey | Lantern Reporter.The Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-0) opened the 2017 season with a thrilling victory on a game-winning goal in the 90th minute by forward Michael Prosuk as the Buckeyes defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers (0-1) Friday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in their opening game of the 12th annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic. This was the first glimpse of what might be to come from Prosuk, who appeared in his first game with the Scarlet and Gray after transferring from St. John’s University. Coach John Bluem was not surprised. “Nothing surprises me about Mike Prosuk,” Bluem said. “He’s a very interesting kid.”Prosuk was visibly excited about the game-winning goal, ripping his jersey off as he ran into the corner as he celebrated with the rest of his teammates. Prosuk received a yellow card after not being able to locate where he had flung his jersey.Prosuk and the coaching staff might have been the only ones at the stadium who anticipated Prosuk’s heroics.“Before I went in, (associate head coach Ian Gordona) told me, ‘Just keep going, don’t put your head down; you’re gonna get your chance,’” Prosuk said.Prosuk subbed in at the 72nd minute mark, and shortly thereafter had a breakaway chance at the goal in the 79th minute that ended with him lying on his face without finding the back of the net.Eleven minutes later, Prosuk found another opportunity on a cross from forward Marcus McCrary, where he scored the game-winning goal that electrified the home crowd. Goalkeeper Parker Siegfried played a large role in keeping the Buckeyes in the game. The goalie picked up five saves on the night, diving to block shots on multiple occasions. It was the kind of start the keeper from Granville, Ohio, was looking for to build off his 2016 campaign when he earned All-Big Ten Rookie Team honors.Siegfried said he felt more confident and comfortable in goal than ever before. “When I started tonight from the warmup on, I just felt like I wasn’t going to get scored on,” Siegfried said.Siegfried’s premonition came to fruition as he notched his fourth career shutout. The players and crowd were ecstatic in the aftermath of the Buckeyes’ opening victory, but Bluem wanted to make sure his team stays grounded. “You got to just take them one game at a time,” Bluem said. “Don’t get too high, don’t get too low.” read more

Fourth Plinth A giant dollop of cream and a syrup can sculpture

first_imgThe date syrup cans represent a once-thriving industry in Iraq decimated by war.Since 2006, US artist Michael Rakowitz and his team have remade 600 of the 7,000 archaeological artefacts looted from Iraq or destroyed, in a project entitled The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist. A whirl of cream topped with parasites, by British artist Heather Phillipson, and a recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Isil in Iraq, by US artist Michael Rakowitz, have been chosen to reside at the landmark spot in London The work represents “exuberance and unease”, Phillipson said, and is “a monument to hubris and impending collapse”.She said: “It’s apparently very celebratory at first glance but when you spend more time with it other elements start to creep in. A giant ice cream sundae and a recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Isil in Iraq will go on display on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.The two artworks have been chosen to reside at the landmark spot in London – currently home to a bronze, thumbs up sign – in 2018 and 2020.The Lamassu, a winged bull which guarded the entrance to the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from 700BC, will be remade out of empty date syrup cans, from Iraq. The deity was destroyed, along with other artefacts in the Mosul Museum, by terror group IS in 2015. Katharina Fritsch's blue rooster in 2013 “The Fourth Plinth is the world’s most loved and talked-about public art platform – it is pioneering, inventive and surprising, and above all, shows that London is open to creativity and ideas from around the world.”Ekow Eshun, chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, said of the winning works: “Their works are wondrous, striking and deeply engaging. The new commissions will proudly continue the legacy of the Fourth Plinth in putting world-class contemporary sculpture at the heart of London.”The Fourth Plinth is funded by the Mayor of London, with support from Arts Council England.Fourth Plinth artwork over the years His grandparents left Iraq in the 1940s and his family now live in New York and London. Iraq is “a country that exists elsewhere in so many ways”. He hopes the installation will become “part of a discussion about immigration”.The sacking of ancient sites by Isil is devastating, Rakowitz said. “The destruction of the past makes the present and the future that much more precarious.” Michael Rakowitz with his winning sculpture, which will occupy the Fourth Plinth from 2018Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Some of the most memorable Fourth Plinth sculptures over the years have included Marc Quinn’s sculpture of Alison Lapper, who was born with no arms, Yinka Shonibare’s scaled-down replica of HMS Victory, contained in a glass bottle, and Katharina Fritsch’s blue fibreglass sculpture of a cockerel.Antony Gormley created One & Other in which people – including a man who posed naked – took it in turns to spend an hour on the plinth.Rakowitz and Phillipson were selected from a five-strong shortlist by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Fourth Plinth Katharina Fritsch’s blue rooster in 2013Credit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph The Really Good  Their works are wondrous, striking and deeply engagingEkow Eshun, chair of Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group fourth plinth The new sculptures will replace the Really Good, which was dubbed phallic by some onlookersCredit:Philip Toscano/PA “The cream is this hyper-luxury product, something we associate with celebration, with the cliche of the cherry on top. But at the same time, the cream is on the verge of collapse and these other life forms are coming to inhabit it – flies are attracted to stuff that is rotting or dying, and the drone connects to surveillance and warfare.”The cherry stalk will reach high into the sky “as something that can speak back to the height of Nelson’s Column”. The plinth is currently home to Really Good, a 23ft (7m) high hand, cast in bronze and giving a thumbs-up sign, which has divided opinion and has been dubbed phallic by some onlookers. Fourth Plinth Justine Simons, deputy mayor for culture and creative industries, said: “It’s clear that these two hugely contrasting artworks stand out for their visual impact as well as their unique ability to make the viewer stop and think. Heather Phillipson’s giant ice cream sundae will be installed on the Fourth Plinth in 2020Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph The deity will go on display in 2018 and will be followed by The End, by British artist Heather Phillipson – a sculpture of a scoop of cream, topped with a cherry, a drone and a fly – in 2020.The camera-equipped drone will remain static but equipped with wi-fi, and passers-by will be able to use their mobile phones to live-stream what the drone can see. Marc Quinn's Sculpture "Alison Lapper Pregnant The unveiling of Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Nelson’s – Ship in a Bottle’ in May 2010Credit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph A bronze scupture of a boy on a rocking horse, by Danish artist Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian artist Ingar Dragset The unveiling of Yinka Shonibare's 'Nelson's - Ship in a Bottle' in May 2010 Marc Quinn’s Sculpture ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ in September 2005Credit:Ian Jones A bronze scupture of a boy on a rocking horse, by Danish artist Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian artist Ingar Dragset, in February 2012Credit:Oli Scarff/Gettylast_img read more

Meet the change agents

first_imgIrene Waters and Poppy George have been friends since school days, with a shared experience of growing up in the Greek communities of Port Melbourne and Willliamstown; not far from Station Pier where their parents arrived more than 50 years ago. Today, Poppy and Irene remain close to that same pier, running their boutique business empowerment company Instyle Training from a light and airy office overlooking the industrial edge of Port Melbourne. The confident look of their company’s accommodation suits them down to the ground; these two ladies are as confident about what they do, and how they do it, as anyone I’ve ever met. Instyle Training opened its doors four years ago and now has a regular client base of 20 major companies. It’s a clever idea: design government funded training to meet the needs of business clients; from major retailers through to finance companies, to large manufacturers, service industries and not-for-profits. “From from Occupational Health and Safety through to sales training, the government wants an upskilled nation in these areas,” says Poppy, who oversees the training workshops. “What we do is find out what the company lacks and hopes for, in their people, and we map it across.” Irene handles the sales side. “We started at home. Coming up with ideas and making it happen. We’re about supporting businesses to achieve whatever their dream is, in terms of coaching, nurturing, developing their people,” says Irene. “If their focus is on servicing customers and they’d like to do that better; if it’s about increasing their sales acumen, that’s when they bring us in.” The energy and enthusiasm Irene and Poppy show for their mission is completely infectious; no wonder their website has so many glowing testimonials from clients. What’s clear is that what underpins their business, and their training, is a deeply felt mission to heighten the self-awareness of their trainees. “We touch the hearts, we get in deeper,” says Poppy, who started out as a teacher, but left schooling to eventually lead Telstra’s national training team. “It’s about awareness and being open. It’s about knowing who you are, and how you’re perceived. You’ve got to push buttons and say ‘ok, you’re not happy with the result’. Instead of laying the results out there and playing the blame-game saying ‘I wish everyone else would change’, you need to take the power to change yourself, because that’s all you can change.” Developing communication skills is the other crucial ingredient for the Instyle recipe – from the written word to the most basic actions of human interaction “An example might be the way you write an email, says Poppy. “What is your intention and what’s your required outcome? The way an email is written will attract a certain result; the first sentence, the subject line, the importance of white space, how you sign off. The same thing applies to how I present myself at a first meeting,” she adds, “how you handshake. Smile? Not smile?” “It doesn’t matter if you’re the MD or CEO; whoever you are,” adds Irene, “if you don’t have those key communication skills it’s not going to happen for any company.”As Irene and Poppy expound on their tried and tested approach to nurturing other businesses, it’s easy to see how their own individual drive is key to their own success. “We don’t just speak it, we live it. We are what we do,” says Poppy. As I hear this, I wonder how much their cultural upbringing influenced their own entrepreneurial growth. “I was so driven by mum and dad to finish university. There was always that push to be successful,” says Irene. For Poppy the experience was similar. “They were really ahead of themselves compared to others of Greek background. They were very open. They would say, turn your life into something that matters. When people would say to mum ‘why isn’t your daughter married?’ when I was 23, mum would say, ‘because she’s at university studying’.” From 101 tips for avoiding procrastination and building customer loyalty, to avoiding ‘quick-fix’ sales mentalities and dealing with difficult colleagues, Irene Waters (nee Stougiannos) and Poppy George, (daughter of Terry and Vicky Georgopoulos), never forget what is at the heart of their business and their success:” These are people we’re talking about,” says Poppy. “Let’s care about them.” For more information visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Niger Greenpeace dénonce la négligence dAreva quant à la santé de la

first_imgNiger : Greenpeace dénonce la négligence d’Areva quant à la santé de la populationNiger – Dans un rapport publié lundi, Greenpeace accuse Areva de mettre en danger la santé de Nigériens en exploitant les mines d’uranium du nord du pays. L’association de défense de l’environnement exige que soit menée une étude indépendante sur la radiation dans deux cités minières, Arlit et Akokan, et réclame leur décontamination.”Les habitants d’Arlit et d’Akokan continuent à vivre entourés d’air empoisonné, de terres contaminées et d’eau polluée. Chaque jour qui passe, les Nigériens sont exposés à la radiation, à la pauvreté et aux maladies”, s’insurge Greenpeace qui a mené une enquête dans les deux cités minières en novembre 2009. Cette enquête a été réalisée en collaboration avec la Commission de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité (Criirad, France) et le Réseau des organisations pour la transparence et l’analyse budgétaire (Rotab, Niger).Les prélèvements et mesures effectués ont révélé des concentrations d’uranium anormales dans l’eau et le sol, mais aussi de radon, un gaz naturel radioactif, dans l’air. Le rapport de trente pages, non exhaustif a tenu à préciser l’ONG, met également en évidence la présence d’objets radioactifs recyclés, provenant des mines, sur les marchés des deux villes où vivent environ 80.000 personnes.”Greenpeace appelle à la réalisation d’une étude indépendante autour des mines et villes d’Arlit et d’Akokan, suivie d’un nettoyage et d’une décontamination en profondeur” annonce l’ONG dans son rapport.De son côté, Areva dénonce un “manque de transparence” de la part de Greenpeace, accusant l’association de tirer “de nombreuses interprétations et affirmations sans fondement”. Et d’assurer que l’exploitation des gisements d’uranium au Niger “est conduite dans le respect des standards internationaux en matière de sécurité, de santé et de protection de l’environnement”.Le 30 mars 2010 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lacidification des océans empêche le poissonclown de déceler ses prédateurs

first_imgL’acidification des océans empêche le poisson-clown de déceler ses prédateursPubliée dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude expérimentale britannique montre que le poisson-clown ne réagit plus aux bruits émis par ses prédateurs lorsqu’il évolue dans une eau trop acide. Les modifications chimiques des océans dues au taux croissant de CO2 atmosphérique pourraient donc compromettre les chances de survie du sympathique petit poisson rendu célèbre par le dessin animé “Le monde de Nemo”.Pour évaluer l’impact possible, sur le poisson-clown, de l’acidification des océans due aux quantités croissantes de CO2 rejetées dans l’atmosphère par les activités humaines, l’équipe de Steve Simpson, de l’École des sciences biologiques de l’Université de Bristol, a conçu une expérience simple. De jeunes poissons-clowns ont été placés dans différents aquariums, équipés chacun d’un haut-parleur diffusant des bruits émis par leurs prédateurs habituels (poissons ou crevettes), ce qui, en temps normal, provoque un réflexe de fuite. Les aquariums étaient remplis d’eau présentant divers degrés d’acidité.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Dans une eau  contenant environ 390 parties par million (ppm) de CO2 – à peu près les conditions océaniques actuelles – les poissons se sont tenus éloignés du haut-parleur lest trois quarts du temps. Mais à des concentrations plus élevées (600, 700 et 900 ppm), ils ne réagissaient plus aux sons – leur principal système d’alarme dans les récifs, pourtant. Il semble cependant n’y avoir aucun dommage physique sur leurs ouïes, constate l’équipe. Effet sur le système nerveux ? Comportement simplement affecté par le stress dû à l’excès d’acidité ? D’autres expériences sont en cours pour répondre à ces questions.”Ce que nous avons fait ici, c’est mettre des poissons d’aujourd’hui dans l’environnement de demain, et les effets sont potentiellement dévastateurs”, commente Steve Simpson.Le 4 juin 2011 à 17:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Russie célèbre lanniversaire du vol de Guerman Titov cosmonaute oublié

first_imgLa Russie célèbre l’anniversaire du vol de Guerman Titov, “cosmonaute oublié”Le 6 août 2011, la Russie a fêté le 50ème anniversaire du vol spatial de Guerman Titov, le deuxième homme à avoir été en orbite autour de la Terre. Une performance historique longtemps éclipsée par le premier vol dans l’espace de son compatriote et rival Youri Gagarine.C’est le 6 août 1961 que Guerman Titov, un jeune Russe de 25 ans, décollait du cosmodrome de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan. Il fit alors 17 fois le tour de la Terre au cours des 25 heures qui suivirent, établissant ainsi le record mondial de l’époque. Il devenait aussi le deuxième homme à avoir été en orbite autour de la Terre après Youri Gagarine qui, quatre mois plus tôt, avait tourné une seule fois autour de la Terre lors d’un vol de 108 minutes.Guerman Titov est ainsi devenu le premier homme à passer une journée entière dans l’espace et à prendre des photos en orbite. De plus, il reste à ce jour le plus jeune homme à être allé dans l’espace, alors que son exploit a stupéfait les Etats-Unis à l’époque de la Guerre froide. Le 5 mai 1961, Alan Shepard était devenu le premier américain et deuxième homme à aller dans l’espace, mais son vol n’avait duré qu’un quart d’heure.Pourtant, comme le précise TV5monde, les célébrations de la performance du jeune cosmonaute russe (mort en 2000 d’une crise cardiaque) restent beaucoup plus modestes que les manifestations en grande pompe qui ont eu lieu en avril dernier pour le cinquantenaire du vol de Gagarine. Le seul évènement reste l’ouverture d’un musée dédié à Guerman Titov dans son village natal de Polkovnikovo, dans la région de l’Altaï, au sud de la Sibérie et l’hommage de la galerie Fotosoyouz à Moscou qui a décidé d’organiser une exposition sur l’histoire de la photographie dans l’espace en l’honneur des clichés pris par le cosmonaute.Titov et Gagarine, rivaux pour le premier vol dans l’espaceÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAAprès que Gagarine a été choisi pour effectuer le premier vol dans l’espace, Guerman Titov savait qu’il finirait par être oublié. Il avait pourtant autant de chance que son rival d’être choisi puisque tous deux avaient été sélectionnés parmi une liste de plusieurs centaines de pilotes de chasse soviétiques et ce, après des années d’épreuves. Les autorités soviétiques de l’époque ont choisi Gagarine la veille du vol seulement. Selon les experts, les seuls critères d’exclusion furent le caractère introverti et le prénom à consonance non russe de Titov.”Il a bien entendu souffert de ne pas avoir été sélectionné. Il était prêt à effectuer cette mission. C’était l’éternelle question pour Guerman : “Pourquoi n’étiez-vous pas le premier ?”. Sa réponse était : “il n’y avait qu’une place dans le vaisseau, donc on ne pouvait pas y aller ensemble”, a raconté sa veuve. Guerman Titov a été bouleversé en apprenant la mort de Gagarine dans un accident d’avion en 1968. Il venait de perdre un ami et les autorités soviétiques l’ont empêché d’assouvir sa passion d’aller dans l’espace pour ne pas prendre le risque de perdre un autre héros.Le 8 août 2011 à 13:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego economic indicators at alltime high heading into 2018

first_img Steve Bosh, February 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Trump Economy continues to show signs of strength but not as strong in comparison to San Diego’s growth rate over the last year and a half.San Diego’s economic indicators were at an all-time high heading into 2018.Despite the high taxes, and the cost of living here, San Diego has diversified its economy and moved away from relying solely on the military and tourism.The industries of the future are driving San Diego’s economy these days: Biotech, telecommunications, the technology sector and the green economy.We know this by tracking building permits and help wanted ads, which are part of January’s list of economic indicators.The index was up 1.4 percentBuilding permits were up 2.5 percentHelp wanted advertising went up 3.31 percent.“All six of the indicators were up and so that forecasts a pretty solid year for San Diego in 2018,” said USD Economist Alan Gin.This index is a monthly report published Gin.“The leading indicators are telling us that the local economy is in really good shape, we had all 6 components up, three were up very strongly so that portends well for the economy in the year ahead,” Gin said.Here are a couple of reasons Gin says San Diego is expanding faster than the Trump economy.“The baby boom generation is retiring. That’s taken people out of the workforce because they’re not producing stuff,” Gin said.The other is our employment rate is lower at 3.3 percent.“Actually, that’s a sign of the strength of the economy. We’re at full employment right now so it’s difficult for companies to find workers,” Gin said.San Diego’s economic index has not fallen in 15 consecutive months and January’s index was at an all-time high. Consumer confidence is also up, 19 months in a row.On the jobs front, we added 23,000 jobs last year, but we’re still below the pre-recession level.“For 2018, I’m anticipating a slight uptick from that about 25 thousand jobs added, again it would be more if you had a lot more people living here,” Gin said.The downside: Construction, although permits are up, it’s still a problem. As are housing and rent prices. The median price for a new home continues to rise because demand is higher than supply.“That’s making it really difficult for people to live in San Diego. Business will have trouble attracting workers to come to San Diego,” Gin said. “My estimate is that we’re almost 70,000 units short of where we need to be in terms of construction activity.”Gin said we’ve been building only about 10,000 units a year in the last few years, so that’s seven years just to get caught up.His report said the downsides could have some adverse impacts, but they’re not likely to derail San Diego’s expanding economy. Posted: February 28, 2018 Updated: 9:13 PMcenter_img Steve Bosh San Diego economic indicators at all-time high heading into 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Point Loma residents fight to save their private piers

first_img August 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some residents in Point Loma are being forced to either tear down their private piers or make them public 24/7.The mandate is part of the Port of San Diego’s new Port Master Plan.  The piers that start near the Talbot Street entrance to the La Playa Trail and end near Kellogg Beach must be made entirely public or torn down, the document states.The Port of San Diego says the piers are not technically docked on their residential land, and because of that, they must come down. According to the California Coastal Commission rules, it cannot allow residential uses on land the agency governs.Residents are frustrated because, not only are many of these docks family-owned, they are also part of San Diego history. The piers in question are believed to have been built between 1935 and 1949, before Shelter Island was Shelter Island.The Port of San Diego will have a Community Discussion about the issue. It will be held on Aug. 28, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at Portuguese Hall. Posted: August 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Point Loma residents fight to save their private piers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Orphaned manatees find new home at Miami Seaquarium

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Two orphaned sibling manatees arrived at the Miami Seaquarium, Tuesday.The male and female were brought from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio after two years of rehabilitation.Millennium and Falcon were rescued after their mother was killed by a boat strike in 2016.The siblings will soon be released in the Florida Keys.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

AP Grama secretariat jobs revised exam schedule released

first_imgAmaravati: The officials have made slight changes in the schedule of exam dates of Grama/Ward secretariat secretaries posts. The Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department Chief Secretary Gopalakrishna Dwivedi said in a statement that the schedule of exams had changed after receiving the feedback from candidates. In a Twitter message, Dwivedi tweeted that Engineering Assistant (Grade 2), Ward Amenities Secretary (Grade 2) examinations which scheduled on September 1st have postponed to September 7. The Ward Sanitation and Environment Secretary examination is changed from the morning to the afternoon of September 8 (same day). In the statement, Dwivedi said there are no changes in the remaining exams schedule. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us Revised VS/WS exam. schedule –— Gopal krishna Dwivedi (@gkd600) August 5, 2019After the changes made by the officials, the examinations will be held on the following dates; Panchayat Secretary (Grade 5), Mahila police and Women and Child welfare Assistant / Ward women and weaker sections protection Secretary (Female), Welfare and Education Assistant, Ward Administrative Secretary – 01-09-2019 (Morning). Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us Village Revenue Officer (Grade 2), Village Surveyor (Grade 3), Village Agriculture Assistant (Grade 2), Village Horticulture Assistant, Village fisheries Assistant, Panchayat Secretary (Grade 6) Digital Assistant, Animal Husbandry Assistant, ANM/Ward Health Secretary (Grade 3) (Female), Village Sericulture Assistant – 01-09-2019 (Afternoon). Engineering Assistant (Grade 2), Ward Amenities Secretary (Grade 2) – 07-09-2019 (Morning). Ward Planning & Regulation Secretary (Grade 2), Ward Welfare & Development Secretary (Grade 2) – 08-09-2019 (Morning). Ward Education & Data Processing Secretary, Ward Sanitation & Environment Secretary (Grade 2) – 08-09-2019 (Afternoon).last_img read more

Full Show Political Roundup And Fighting The KKK In Texas

first_imgIt’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas. On this week’s edition, we discuss everything from Pres. Trump’s statements in response to violence in Charlottesville, Va., to the early conclusion of the special session of the Texas Legislature, to CEOs leaving the president’s American Manufacturing Council.Today, our guests are: Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7; Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; and Jeremi Suri from the University of Texas Department of History.Also this hour: We learn about Dan Moody, the first man in the country to successfully prosecute the KKK. And we learn about a performance of song, dance and comedy starring a cast of actual lawyers and judges.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more