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Parts of WB celebrate August 18 as India Inclusion Day

first_imgMalda (West Bengal): Like in the past, parts of West Bengal bordering Bangladesh celebrated August 18 as “Bharat Bhukti Dibas” or “India Inclusion Day”, to hail rectification of the “Radcliffe Line” that had awarded parts of undivided Bengal to India three days after they were added in East Bengal province of Pakistan on August 15, 1947. Sir Cyril Radcliffe had awarded large parts of Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, 24 Parganas and Dinajpur districts to East Bengal. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to documented history of the partition, Pakistan flags were unfurled by Muslim League supporters in English Bazar, Murshidabad, Ranaghat and other areas of the new frontier. However, three days later, the Radcliffe Line was modified following protests at several Hindu-majority areas that fell in Pakistan. While Malda, Nadia and Dinajpur districts were bifurcated and awarded to both the countries, Murshidabad was returned in entirety to India. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Bongaon subdivision of Pakistan’s Jessore district was merged with 24 Parganas. While Radcliffe had awarded all the 16 police station areas of the Malda district to East Pakistan on August 15, 1947, three days later, 11 of them were returned to India. The then District Magistrate of Malda, Ashok Sen had hoisted the Indian national flag in Malda district administrative building on August 18, 1947, marking inclusion of the western part of the district into India. Continuing with the tradition, English Bazar municipal councillor Amlan Bhaduri unfurled the national flag on Sunday (August 18) in Fulbari area of the Malda district headquarters to celebrate the occasion. “We celebrate the ‘Bharat Bhukti Dibas’ every year in Fulbari’s Babupara locality. We make it a point to include the elderly, who witnessed partition, into the programme besides encouraging youngsters to be part of it so that they are aware of their past,” organiser Devdeep Dutta said Monday.last_img read more

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Trump trolls Greta Thunberg after her UN climate speech She seems like

U.S. President Donald Trump seemingly trolled climate activist Greta Thunberg following her impassioned speech at the UN Climate Action Summit Monday.Trump retweeted a four-minute long video of Thunberg, where the 16-year-old lambasted older generations and world leaders for betraying the youth in accelerating the growing threat of climate change.“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” the president said on Twitter.She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019In the scalding speech, Thunberg — who sailed across the Atlantic from Britain to New York in a zero-carbon emissions boat — said: “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Cameras caught Thunberg giving Trump an icy stare as he arrived at the U.N. gathering earlier in the day.Trump, who in the past has called climate change a “hoax,” gave scant attention to the issue that dominated the day on Monday.After scheduling one of his administration’s marquee events – a forum on religious freedom – during the U.N. climate summit on Monday, he dropped by the climate event for 14 minutes in a surprise visit. He did not speak and left after listening to remarks from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Angela Merkel, the outgoing German chancellor. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg watches as U.S. President Donald Trump enters the United Nations . Andrew Hofstetter / REUTERS Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron offered far different reactions on Monday to Thunberg, who began skipping school in her native Sweden a year ago to protest inaction on climate change.Merkel met with Thunberg and posted a photo of her impromptu summit with the young activist.Macron appeared to respond to Thunberg less than an hour later when he addressed the gathering in French and called on his fellow leaders to take more ambitious action given the urgency of the climate threat“We’ve seen the emotion this morning,” Macron said. “We cannot let our youth spend every Friday demonstrating for the climate and simply answer, ‘Everything is fine, we are doing everything right.’ We are still far from the account.”California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a former Democratic presidential candidate, reacted to Trump‘s tweet about Thunberg with one of his own early Tuesday morning.“By rallying the world to save itself, she’d already make a better @POTUS than you,” he wrote, adding: “(Also, she’s not a liar, a crook, or a whiny toddler.)” read more

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SEHA Janc MVP Gonzales best coach

← Previous Story Peter Kukucka to lead Kadetten Schaffhausen until 2019 Next Story → Raul Gonzales close to promotion in Macedonian NT head-coach It is always good to work on preserving tradition and with that thought on our minds we’ve decided to once again give 10 SEHA – Gazprom League coaches a chance to pick their own ‘Best 7′, defensive specialist and coach after the regular part of the season. Voting system was 3-2-1 points on each position with an addition of choosing MVP giving him 5 points instaed of 3. Blaz Janc, Celje PL young star, is regular season MVP, best coach is Vardar’ own Raul Gonzales and best defensive player is Ilija Abutovic – also Vardar.Best 7 of the season looks like this: Stevanovic (PPD Zagreb) – Dibirov (Vardar), Janc (Celje PL) – Stojkovic (Meshkov Brest) – Ilic (Telekom Veszprem), Cindric (Vardar), Kristopans (Meshkov Brest).  Here You can find TOP 3 players on each position and for more details as well as picks from every SEHA Gazprom coach You will have to check out our official Magazine which will also be online available on our website. Goalkeeper1. Ivan Stevanovic (PPD Zagreb) 13 points2. Arpad Sterbik (Vardar) 12 points / 43. Roland Mikler (Telekom Veszprem) 12 points / 1Left winger1. Timur Dibirov (Vardar) 24 points2. Luka Zvizej (Celje PL) 7 points3. Dobrivoje Markovic (PPD Zagreb) 4 points Right winger1. Blaz Janc (Celje PL) 31 points2. Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb) 11 points3. Gasper Marguc (Telekom Veszprem) 8 pointsPivot1. Rastko Stojkovic (Meshkov Brest) 21 points2. Renato Sulic (Telekom Veszprem) 9 points3. Andreas Nilsson (Telekom Veszprem) 7 points Left back1. Momir Ilic (Telekom Veszprem) 27 points2. Vuko Borozan (Vardar) 5 points3. Iman Jamali (Meshkov Brest) 5 pointsMiddle back1. Luka Cindric (Vardar) 27 points2. Miha Zarabec (Celje PL) 15 points3. Mate Lekai (Telekom Veszprem) 6 points Right back1. Dainis Kristopans (Meshkov Brest) 20 points2. Alex Dujshebaev (Vardar) 19 points3. Laszlo Nagy (Telekom Veszprem) 11 pointsDefensive specialist1. Ilija Abutovic (Vardar) 15 points2. Mirsad Terzic (Telekom Veszprem) 8 points3. Tonci Valcic (PPD Zagreb) 7 points Coach1. Raul Gonzalez (Vardar) 22 points2. Branko Tamse (Celje PL) 11 points3. Javier Sabate (Telekom Veszprem) 7 points read more

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Des téléphones Sony Ericsson sous Windows Phone

first_imgDes téléphones Sony Ericsson sous Windows Phone ?L’union ferait-elle la Force dans un marché où les références sont bien établies ? Les deux mastodontes de l’industrie high-tech que sont Sony et Microsoft pourraient associer leur savoir-faire afin de s’implanter durablement sur le domaine de la téléphonie mobile.C’est une nouvelle surprenante tant leur rivalité sur certains marchés peut être forte mais le constructeur Sony Ericsson pourrait à l’avenir adopter sur ses prochains smartphones le système d’exploitation Windows Phone, du géant Microsoft. Le fabricant de téléphones développerait une nouvelle gamme, à côté de ses modèles équipés quant à eux du concurrent Android.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Un rapprochement qui pourrait déstabiliser le partenariat entre le nippon et le finlandais Ericsson. En effet, Sony mène une vraie guerre avec Microsoft sur le marché de la console de jeux. De plus, sa Playstation 3, prévue au départ comme le leader naturel de cette génération de consoles, se fait dépasser dans les classements de ventes par la X-Box 360, ce qui constitue pour Sony un vrai camouflet.L’adoption de Windows Phone impliquerait également l’intégration de la plateforme communautaire X-Box Live dans des appareils labellisés Sony. De quoi faire de l’ombre à l’Xperia Play, le dernier né de la marque qui lui embarque l’expérience de jeu Playstation avec une mini-manette sous le téléphone.Une solution envisagée également par les analystes serait le rachat par Sony de la société Ericsson, qui lui assurerait le total contrôle des décisions stratégiques. Le PDG de Sony-Ericsson, Bert Nordberg, a tenu en quelque sorte a calmer le jeu suite à cette fuite: “Pour le moment Android nous semble être un meilleur choix mais nous restons ouverts à Windows Phone.” Le 18 octobre 2011 à 20:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Doreen Champoux Endorses Mark Maselli For Selectman

first_imgFellow residents,I am honored to offer my letter of endorsement for my friend, Mark Maselli for Selectman!In life, you meet people and sometimes get that instant feeling of “he’s a good guy” or “they’re good people.” That is exactly how I felt when I met Mark and his wife, Lilia Maselli and their family. Mark and his wife are kind, hardworking people. While running a business and raising their three boys, they continue to be active, not only in the lives of their children, but within the Community.Mark is a man of tremendous character possessing high morals and strong family values. These are qualities that I am passionate about and respect in people and look for when deciding on whom to cast my votes for.One thing I know for sure, is that while Mark may have his opinions on municipal issues, I know he will offer and state these opinions in a non-confrontational manner. Professionalism and respect is what we should expect and deserve from our elected officials. I know I can count on Mark to conduct himself in this manner when he is on our Board of Selectmen.I encourage all Wilmington residents to join me this April in electing Mark Maselli to the office of Selectman.Thank you.Doreen ChampouxLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mark Maselli Is Such A Great Guy Who Would Make A Great SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Joe Maselli Explains Why You Should Vote For His Father – Mark Maselli – For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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NASAs Curiosity rover makes surprising methane discovery on Mars

first_img NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Scientists have detected hints of methane on the surface of Mars in the past, including as far back as the Viking missions in the 1970s. Thus, the discovery of more methane doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve stumbled upon life. Moreover, spikes in Mars’ methane levels aren’t unusual, with a study reporting last June on seasonal variations in the molecule’s atmospheric concentration. So where has this particular methane come from? The simple answer is: We just don’t know yet. “There are a few different ideas that have been put forward to explain things which include both biological and non-biological mechanisms,” said Jonti Horner, astrophysics professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.  “It isn’t quite a smoking gun for life just yet.”     Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s science mission directorate, has cautioned on Twitter against jumping straight to the ET solution, noting methane can be created by geological processes. And sadly, as far as we know, rocks are not living beings. Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 6:31 1 Curiosity now has some extra work to do, with a follow-up experiment being conducted over the weekend “to gather more information on what might be a transient plume,” said NASA. The agency notes these unusual methane spikes have been picked up before, but we’re not really sure how long they last or what might be causing them. Results from the additional experiment could reach us as early as Monday, according to the Times. However, the agency notes Curiosity does not contain instruments that can definitively say where the methane may have come from. “With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern,” said Paul Mahaffy, SAM principal investigator, in a statement. Good science relies on follow-up and repeat findings before confirmation, so while it’s easy to get excited by the potential for signs of life, a lot more work needs to be done before we can truly confirm the presence of any tiny, underground martian friends. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice NASA Tags .@MarsCuriosity rover found the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission. Although this is an exciting discovery, it doesn’t necessarily mean life exists because methane can be created through interactions between rocks & water. Details: https://t.co/XYUfpHIqcs pic.twitter.com/I14q6niDET— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 23, 2019 Comment The Curiosity rover collected the images for this selfie on May 13, 2019, which corresponds to Sol 2405 on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has detected the largest amount of methane yet measured during its seven years on the Red Planet. It’s a particularly riveting discovery because the methane levels discovered by the rover are about three times higher than previous detections, leading to some speculation the gas may be biological in origin. A report by The New York Times on Saturday first revealed the curious finding after obtaining an internal email from Ashwin Vasavada, a project scientist on the mission. On Sunday, NASA released a statement confirming the discovery, explaining how Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments had detected methane at 21 parts per billion units by volume — much higher than ever before. Methane is an important molecule for microbes on Earth, and its detection on another planet has led to speculation that tiny microbes are (or were) puffing gas out at such a rate that NASA’s intrepid rover can spot them. Sci-Tech 17 Photoslast_img read more

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Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

first_imgSharon Svenson works on the “Taking Flight” mosaic.Alaska’s Percent for Art in Public Places statute mandates that one percent of construction costs for public buildings are set aside to pay for art installations.Download AudioAn artist couple in Haines has found success with the program by creating mosaic murals for schools. Sharon and John Svenson created their first Percent for Art mural back in 2008 for Haines School. Since then, they’ve built mosaics for a pool in Juneau and schools in Juneau and Valdez.Now, they’re working on their sixth Percent for Art project – a mosaic for the Valley Pathways School in Palmer.“The sound of it is important,” Sharon Svenson said as she cut strips of bright green glass for a 14-by-4-foot mural she and her husband John are making. They started in January and they’re partway done.“We’re calling it Taking Flight,” John said. “It’s a bunch of ravens on this big panel, and behind the ravens are circular shapes, which could be suns. And in the middle we’ve taken a bunch of strips of colors, and then twisted it and given it this radical swirl.”Black shards of glass form ravens against bright yellow, pink and green patterned background. The glass is shipped up in sheets from Oregon. The Svensons cut and smooth it into the shapes they need.Sharon demonstrates how she grinds a square of glass into a circle. She holds up the little green circle that took about two minutes to make. So many tiny pieces go into such a large mosaic. It takes a long time.The Svensons work about five hours each day for about four months on each project. They meticulously cut, smooth and glue colored glass onto a huge piece of plywood. This kind of work has been their main job for the past few years.“We take the ideas back and forth, back and forth,” Sharon said. “And then he can actually put it on paper better than I can.”“I’ll go out and drop the wall size on a sheet of paper and just start drawing on it,” John said. “And you get the cartoon all drawn, then we prepare the plywood. Then you start cutting glass up. Basically you transfer it from the cartoon to the plywood piece by piece.”Sharon has been a mosaic artist, or mosaicist, for about 15 years.“It’s colorful. It’s the depth of the color and the sparkle. It’s shiny. It’s beautiful,” she said.These Percent for Art projects are some of the largest mosaics she’s ever made. She says it is slow work. But when the project is finished, she says it’s “thrilling.”“It’s awesome, it’s totally awesome,” Sharon said. “I still go into Haines School and go ‘Wow did I do that?’”Before these projects, John worked primarily as a painter. John and Sharon started working together because the mosaics are too huge for just one artist. They say they’re a pretty good team, they don’t conflict much over creative visions.The Svensons run a gallery called Extreme Dreams where they sell their artwork. John says usually you just hope your pieces will sell. But with these, there’s more certainty and stability, which is why they keep applying for the projects.“They pay well,” Sharon said.“When you’re bound by contract, it’s pretty serious stuff,” John said. “But you know in the end you’re gonna get paid for it.”The Svensons charge $500 per square foot for their mosaics. The projects usually total between $30,000-$60,000.“I would say if we could pocket a third of what we’re charging that’s pretty good,” John said. “We’re working in a really expensive medium.”Once the mosaic is done, the Svensons transport it to the school and install it.“We never breathe a sigh of relief until it’s on the wall,” John said. “And that’s the high moment of the whole thing. Like, ‘yes we’re absolutely done.’ It’s darn tense.”Sharon says after all the hours of cutting glass and laying out tiles, they’re glad to see the project done. And they get to watch the excitement of the students when they see the murals for the first time.“In Valdez they sort of did a double take,” John said. “Little hands would go up, they’re pointing at things in it. The principal later said the reaction has been ‘way cool.’”Sharon and John plan to keep working on one percent program commissions. They have two more in Juneau already booked, which will keep them busy for the rest of the year.One day, Sharon hopes she’ll have the time to make a mural like this for their own home.last_img read more

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Several new species of snailfish discovered on Bering seafloor

first_imgWhile trawling the floor of the Bering Sea and the Aleutian region, scientists have discovered several new species of fish — snailfish. Some were only named last year. Researchers were not looking for them, the trawl was a part of a yearly stock assessment by the federal government that helps set quotas for fisheries.Listen nowSnailfish can be hard to distinguish. The combed snailfish (top) is found in the Aleutian Islands and the comet snailfish (bottom) lives in the Bering Sea. (Photo courtesy of Jay Orr/NOAA)Snailfish look like overweight tadpoles. They don’t have scales, making them easy to damage. Biologist Jay Orr, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, says that partly explains why there are so many unnamed species.But really, the different species are just hard to distinguish. Orr thinks scientists might have avoided identifying them and called all snailfish, snailfish. Now with a special bag attached to the trawl, it’s easier to collect the fish undamaged.“I was able to see them alive, in good shape and full color.” Orr said. “And began to realize we were seeing different species. And I began to realize we hadn’t seen these species before.”From the Arctic to Antarctica, there are more than 350 different types of snailfish that live in a variety of environments — from shallow tide pools to the depths of the Marianas Trench. That’s more than four miles below the ocean’s surface, making snailfish the deepest known swimmers in the vertebrate world.Orr says a lot is still unknown. But it’s important to study snailfish to improve our inventory of the ocean environment.“To understand biodiversity of the system is to understand how many species are actually out there,” he said. “We can’t really begin to manage the ecosystem until we understand what pieces are there.”With 86 species of snailfish known to live in Alaska so far, it’s a complex picture for scientists to piece together. But Orr is up to the task. Over his career, he’s discovered 26 different species of snailfish. About a dozen of those still need names.And now, he’s starting work on a new project — identifying the evolutionary relationships of North Pacific snailfish and piecing together their place in the global snailfish family.last_img read more

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Why wasnt Yasin Maliks JKLF banned for 30 years

first_imgYasin Malik, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) delivers a speech to activists during a protest in Srinagar on January 21, 2015. The JKLF organised a protest rally to mark the 25th martyrdom anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre during which more than 52 people were killed and 250 sustained bullet injuries when Indian troops opened fire on January 21, 1990. Kashmir has been hit by an insurgency since 1989 that has left more than 47,000 people dead by official count. AFP PHOTO / Rouf BHATROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Narendra Modi government has banned the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by separatist leader Yasin Malik under the anti-terror law. The Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Guha said on Friday that the Centre has declared the JKLF as an unlawful association under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. “This is in accordance with a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism followed by govt,” he stated.The ban comes nearly a month after the central government banned Jamaat-e-Islami, a socio-political organisation alleging it of spreading unrest in the Kashmir valley.The official statement by the Indian government stated that there are 37 FIRs registered against JKLF by the J&K Police. The Central Bureau of Investigation has also registered two separate cases against JKLF including the killing of four unarmed Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel. The National Investigation Agency has also filed a separate case against Yasin Malik’s organisation.The JKLF is also said to be involved in the kidnapping of the daughter of the former Union Home Minister, Mufti Sayeed, Rubaiyya Sayeed, triggering the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990s, which is said to be masterminded by Yasin Malik.The central government has also accused JKLF of fomenting trouble in Kashmir by actively raising funds to support stone pelting activities in the valley. It further said that the Yasin Malik led group is also engaged in promoting anti-India feelings among the people of Kashmir, which is detrimental to the country’s territorial integrity. The Indian government’s official statement on the ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation FrontTwitter The Indian government’s official statement on the ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation FrontTwitterAfter the 1987 State Assembly elections in the state, which were believed to be rigged, a group of youth including Yasin Malik crossed over to Pakistan to get arms training for initiating a rebellion against the Indian state. On their return, Yasin Malik along with several top militants was involved in several incidents of kidnappings, attacks on security forces and Pandit kidnappings in the early 1990s.Yasin was soon arrested and later released in 1994. By then, a majority of his co-militants were either killed or behind the wars. Yasin led JKLF propounded a pro-independence ideology among the Kashmiris during the peak of insurgency which did not go down well with Pakistan and the militant outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen.In fact, an internal tussle between Hizbul Mujahideen and JKLF led to the killings of Yasin Malik’s workers. Soon, Yasin announced that he would give up the path of violence and said that he would follow the “footpath of Mahatma Gandhi” and adopt a peaceful method of resistance.When confronted on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, Yasin said that he believes in the peaceful return of all Kashmiri migrant Hindu families. The fact remains that none of the successive governments in J&K took any step to ban the controversial JKLF. During various peace-resolutions/dialogues, Yasin Malik was one of the representatives who had met the former Prime MInisters Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.Yasin’s relations with Pakistan also improved and in 2005 he was allowed to visit there by the Indian government.  J&K politicians condemn the JKLF banFormerJ&K Minister, Chief Minister,  Omar Abdullah even questioned the timings of the ban on JKLF, Jammat-e-Islami by the Narendra Modi led government, calling it a vote-ban appeasement policy by the BJP.For 4 1/2 years Yasin Malik isn’t a threat, Jamaat Islami isn’t a threat, Pakistan National Day is a function that must be attended. Now suddenly once an election is announced an immediate u-turn is executed.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 22, 2019Former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti alleged that Modi led government is hell bent on creating trouble in Kashmir by attacking leaders like Yasin Malik who have shunned violence.Yasin Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving J&K issue a long time ago. He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by then PM Vajpayee ji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kash into an open air prison. — Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 22, 2019last_img read more

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5 IndoAmericans rank among Americas richest 400 Forbes

first_imgFive Indian-Americans feature in America’s 400 richest people list. In a survey conducted by Forbes magazine, Bill Gates (having a net worth of $81 billion) tops the list for the 23rd time in a row.The five Indo-Americans who made it to ‘The Richest People in America 2016’ list are: Romesh Wadhwani, founder of Symphony Technology, Neerja and Bharat Desai, co-founders of Syntel (an outsourcing firm), Rakesh Gangwal, an airline veteran, John Kapoor, an entrepreneur and Silicon Valley angel investor Kavitark Ram Sriram, Forbes said.According to the Forbes list, the top 10 Americans who made it to the list include Bill Gates (1), Jeff Bezos (2), Warren Buffett (3), Mark Zuckerberg (4), Larry Ellison (5), Michael Bloomberg (6), Charles Koch (7), David Koch (8), Larry Page (9) and Sergey Brin (10).Romesh WadhwaniRanked 222 on the list, Romesh T. Wadhwani has a net worth of $3 billion. He was educated in IIT-Bombay. At present, he is the chairman of Symphony Technology Group, an empire of 17 data, technology, healthcare and analytics companies that together earn more than $2.8 billion in annual revenue, Forbes said.Neerja & Bharat DesaiThe couple rank 274 on the Forbes list. Their net worth is $2.5 billion. The Desai’s founded IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel in 1980. Thirty-six years later, Syntel now generates over $950 million in revenue and has nearly 24,000 employees across the globe, Forbes said. Bharat Desai holds an MBA degree from Michigan University.Rakesh GangwalRanked 321 on the list with a net worth of $2.2 billion, Gangwal is an aviation entrepreneur, who co-founded InterGlobe Aviation, which operates budget carrier IndiGo (India’s largest airline by market share). He holds a MBA degree from Wharton University, when he started his airline carrier with United Airlines in 1984.John KapoorRanked 335 on the list with a net worth of $2.1 billion, Kapoor is the chairman of two drug companies, namely- Akorn, which specialises in “difficult-to-manufacture” prescription drugs and Insys Therapeutics, which produces an opioid for cancer patients. He also owns the Roka Akor Japanese eateries in Chicago, Scottsdale and San Francisco, Forbes said.Kavitark Ram SriramRanked 361 on the list, Sriram has a net worth of $1.93 billion. The managing partner of Sherpalo Ventures, Sriram, who was one of Google’s early backers, has sold of most of his stock but remains on the board of its parent company, Alphabet. Since 2000, he has been investing in young technology startups through his firm.last_img read more

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Theres a Reason Why Link Doesnt Wear His Iconic Green Hat in

first_imgStay on target For decades, one of Link’s most distinguishing features has been his green hat. However, it appears that Link forgot to don his signature head wear in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He can wear a number of other items on his head, but is lacking his famous hat. Though it is odd that Link isn’t wearing his iconic hair protector, there is a very specific reason why. Namely, it didn’t look “cool.”This is according to Satoru Takizawa, who is the art director for Breath of the Wild. During an interview at the Game Developers Conference (as posted by Polygon), he said: “As the graphic fidelity has increased it becomes more difficult to make that hat look cool. As the game becomes more realistic it’s difficult to present it in a way that’s appealing.”This reasoning explains why Link’s hat has undergone severe changes with the last two Zelda releases: Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.AdChoices广告“If you look at Twilight Princess, I really made the hat long, so it would flap in the wind and move around,” Takizawa said. “But because of that people were like ‘What’s he got? What’s in that hat?’”In Skyward Sword, Link’s hat is small. Takizawa wasn’t exactly happy with how that turned out either. He said: “we’re reaching our limits as to how we can make it look cool.”Personally speaking, I’m not bothered by Link not having his green hat. When he was first created, Link needed to have something on his head to help make him standout since he was only composed of a few pixels. These days, the hat isn’t necessary to fulfill that need. And to be honest, that hat always made Link look like an silly elf instead of the great warrior he’s supposed to be. He certainly looks more heroic in Breath of the Wild because he doesn’t have that goofy hat on his head.We should point out that Link can actually wear his old-school hat (and tunic) in Breath of the Wild. They’ll just have to finish the game’s 120 shrines first. Good luck with that!Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild last_img read more

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Two Retinal Imaging Display Devices at Prototype Stage

first_imgNEC’s Tele Scouter is not yet capable of translating well enough for business users or travelers, but a version is expected to be released in 2010. This device will be for factory workers and shop employees and will display of information such as operating instructions and diagrams. It may find future application in video games and car navigation systems. Brother also expects to release its device next year. More information: • NEC “Tele Scouter” page (in Japanese)• Brother’s press release and technical information© 2009 PhysOrg.com NEC’s prototype, the “Tele Scouter” consists of an eyeglass frame with a tiny projector and a microphone mounted on it. The microphone picks up the speech and transmits it to a small computer worn on the waist. The computer then converts the speech to text and translates it into the wearer’s own language. A retinal display on the frame then projects the text directly into the wearer’s peripheral vision. This allows the user to maintain eye contact with the other person even while reading the translation.NEC says the device can be used for many hours without causing eye strain because the wearer does not need to focus on the text. Brother’s gadget is so far unnamed and consists of an eyepiece and optical scanner, and a power box that includes a light source comprising blue, red and green laser diodes. The device produces an image at 800 x 600 resolution, which appears to the viewer as an object about 10 cm square and one meter away. Explore further How it works. (PhysOrg.com) — NEC and Brother are both developing wearable prototype devices that use Retinal Imaging Display (RID) technology to project images directly on the wearer’s retina. NEC’s gadget is designed to interpret foreign languages and project a translation onto the retina, making it possible to have a conversation without an interpreter. Brother’s device will project images of documents, allowing the wearer to read them in complete privacy. Brother’s retinal imaging display Conceptual image of the visual field seen through the RID. Citation: Two Retinal Imaging Display Devices at Prototype Stage (2009, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-retinal-imaging-devices-prototype-stage.html NEC Develops Speech-to-Speech Translation Software for Mobile Phones NEC’s “Tele Scouter” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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China ups market access for foreign banks

first_imgChina has eased the rules which will provide market access for foreign banks, in a move to further open up the domestic banking sector. The Chinese Cabinet published the amended rules on Saturday, which will no longer require a specific amount of operating funds to be transferred from the parent foreign bank to its newly established Chinese branch.Previously, a foreign bank would have to unconditionally allocate at least 100 million yuan ($16.4 million) or the same value in other freely-convertible currencies. The requirement has had a restrictive impact on capital replenishing at foreign banks’ China branches.Meanwhile, direct capital injection from parent firms to their branches too would be treated as FDI, which often involved a complicated approval process from multiple government agencies, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.last_img read more

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Delhi Tourism hosts threeday winter carnival in the Capital

first_imgDelhi Tourism adds to the Christmas cheer with Winter Carnival at Dilli Haat Janakpuri, Dilli Haat Pitampura and Garden of Five Senses from December 23-25. Christmas themed ambience, shopping street and special performances are organised as a part of the event, at the three venues, offering a unique Delhi winter experience. Keeping in mind that winters are best to head out with family and friends, exploring the city, Delhi Tourism is offering an experience of the Christmas festivities as one indulges in variety of authentic and mouth watering food at the three venues.Dilli Haat Pitampura will offer unique handicrafts stalls for Christmas gifting along with various other items. On the other hand, Dilli Haat Janakpuri will host Christmas Carols and other cultural performances in the evening. Some special performances are being organised at Garden of Five Senses with artists like Kamal Gill and Maninder Mahi performing on December 25 from 3 pm to 6 pm.last_img read more

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Small Business Takes On IM

first_img 2 min read Is e-mail the new snail mail? Some tech-savvy entrepreneurs think so. IM is growing up as an effective business tool. A variety of business-strength IM tools have reached the market, including AIM Pro from AOL and open source solutions like Wildfire from Jive Software. “We see IM adoption in younger, more technically savvy companies. People have realized it is a legitimate business tool,” says Matt Tucker, CTO and co-founder of Jive.There are benefits to moving from a consumer-oriented public IM service like Yahoo! Messenger or MSN Messenger to an industrial-strength version. “You get the ability to control [it] and have security around it, better features and a better experience,” says Tucker. It’s also a great way to make remote workers feel more connected to the main office. It’s no surprise, then, that this technology is working its way into more creative business applications.Pizza.net, a pizza-ordering search engine with more than 62,000 restaurants listed, has 13 employees who rely on IM to communicate with each other. The company maintains its own IM server that handles thousands of customers, who receive an IM notification when their orders are confirmed. Pizza.net is also testing IM as a way to reach customers during the ordering process. If a customer seems to be having trouble, the company contacts him or her through IM to offer assistance. “Customers now almost always complete the order process,” says Pizza.net’s co-founder Adam Reiser, 44. It’s a concept that other growing businesses can consider as a way to reach out to clients and increase customer satisfaction without waiting for e-mail or clogging up phone lines. This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » December 1, 2006 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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Slack on an SNES Engineer beams Slack messages to decades old

first_imgThe Super Nintendo really was far ahead of its time.Bertrand Fan, a senior engineer for the messaging and chat application Slack, recently came across an interesting find. During the mid-’90s in Japan, Nintendo released a satellite modem peripheral for its SNES game console (called the Super Famicom over there).Known as the Satellaview, Nintendo would beam daily broadcasts to gamers’ consoles. According to Fan, Nintendo actually did this for years, broadcasting content over Satellaview every day from April 1995 to June 2000. This gave Fan an idea. “If you can beam satellite signals to a SNES, you can probably run Slack on it,” the engineer said in a post. So, that’s what Fan set out to do.Here’s a video Fan uploaded showcasing his Slack on SNES achievement:[embedded content]When Satellaview was released in Japan, it came bundled with a video game called BS-X: The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen. When Nintendo would beam over content through its satellite in the ’90s, much like what would happen in today’s video games, the data would pop up directly in the game.Using an SNES emulator called bsnes-plus, a BS-X rom (basically, the file containing the full game), and an old SNES controller modded with the 8BitDo Mod Kit, Fan was able to load up the game and create a character. Next, the engineer booted up a tool called SatellaWave, which allows users to create their very own Satellaview broadcast files. Using that tool, Fan was able to write some custom code that could be “beamed” into the BS-X game. He then utilized a bot and Slack’s API to automatically retrieve the last 10 messages from his Slack channel, for broadcast in the game.Slack first launched in 2013. The Super Famicom hit shelves in Japan 23 years later, back in 1990. In fact, the World Wide Web wouldn’t go public until almost a year after the SNES release in Japan. Fan may end the post detailing his adventure by saying “follow your dreams, even if your dreams are stupid,” but with all that in mind this is really quite the impressive feat. By Matt Binder2018-10-21 21:58:19 UTClast_img read more

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Introducing krispNet DNN a deep learning model for realtime noise suppression

first_imgLast month, 2Hz introduced an app called krisp which was featured on the Nvidia website. It uses deep learning for noise suppression and is powered by krispNet Deep Neural Network. krispNet is trained to recognize and reduce background noise from real-time audio and yields clear human speech. 2Hz is a company which builds AI-powered voice processing technologies to improve voice quality in communications. What are the limitations in the current ways of noise suppression? Many edge devices from phones, laptops, to conferencing systems come with noise suppression technologies. Latest mobile phones come equipped with multiple microphones which helps suppress environmental noise when we talk. Generally, the first mic is placed on the front bottom of the phone to directly capture the user’s voice. The second mic is placed as far as possible from the first mic. After the surrounding sounds are captured by both these mics, the software effectively subtracts them from each other and yields an almost clean voice. The limitations of multiple mics design: Since multiple mics design requires a certain form factor, their application is only limited to certain use cases such as phones or headsets with sticky mics. These designs make the audio path complicated, requiring more hardware and code. Audio processing can only be done on the edge or device side, thus the underlying algorithm is not very sophisticated due to the low power and compute requirement. The traditional Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms also work well only in certain use cases. Their main drawback is that they are not scalable to variety and variability of noises that exist in our everyday environment. This is why 2Hz has come up with a deep learning solution that uses a single microphone design and all the post processing is handled by a software. This allows hardware designs to be simpler and more efficient. How deep learning can be used in noise suppression? There are three steps involved in applying deep learning to noise suppression: Source: Nvidia Data collection: The first step is to build a dataset to train the network by combining distinct noises and clean voices to produce synthetic noisy speech. Training: Next, feed the synthetic noisy speech dataset to the DNN on input and the clean speech on the output. Inference: Finally, produce a mask which will filter out the noise giving you a clear human voice. What are the advantages of krispNet DNN? krispNet is trained with a very large amount of distinct background noises and clean human voices. It is able to optimize itself to recognize what’s background noise and separate it from a human speech by leaving only the latter. While inferencing, krispNet acts on real-time audio and removes background noise. krispNet DNN can also perform Packet Loss Concealment for audio and fill out missing voice chunks in voice calls by eliminating “chopping”. krispNet DNN can predict higher frequencies of a human voice and produce much richer voice audio than the original lower bitrate audio. Read more in detail about how we can use deep learning in noise suppression on the Nvidia blog. Read Next Samsung opens its AI based Bixby voice assistant to third-party developers Voice, natural language, and conversations: Are they the next web UI? How Deep Neural Networks can improve Speech Recognition and generationlast_img read more

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WestJets three new international Dreamliner routes ex YYC include Dublin

first_img Wednesday, October 10, 2018 WestJet’s three new international Dreamliner routes ex YYC include Dublin Tags: Calgary, Dreamliner, WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img CALGARY — WestJet has announced its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary – London-Gatwick, Paris and Dublin – along with new branding, a new ‘Love Where You’re Going’ tagline and a new Platinum tier.The new routes make WestJet the first Canadian airline to base Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC. Nonstop service onboard the Dreamliners from Calgary to London-Gatwick, Paris and Dublin will launch on April 28, May 17 and June 1, 2019, respectively. Fares to all three cities go on sale today.“Alberta’s connectivity to the rest of the world is vital for our economy,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “WestJet is investing in Alberta to bring further economic growth, boost tourism to the province, and to further position our city as an international aviation hub. We are excited to bring Albertans to the world and the world to Alberta.”The first of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners ordered by WestJet will arrive in Calgary in early 2019, with two more arriving by April. The airline also has options for an additional 10 aircraft to arrive between 2020 and 2024. Hub locations and routes for the remaining seven aircraft have not yet been announced.The Dreamliners will carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration, including WestJet’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin. The Dreamliner route from Calgary to London-Gatwick will replace the Boeing 767 service that currently operates the route from Calgary.Sims adds that the brand refresh and new ad campaign comes at a pivotal time for the airline. “Love where you’re going embodies both the thrill of travel and the sheer ambition we at WestJet have for our airline. Our 13,000 WestJetters are unique assets, and what we deliver for our 24 million guests is something that cannot be replicated.”The updated brand image and positioning will roll out in phases to many of WestJet’s assets including westjet.com, WestJet’s airport presence over time across Canada and gradually across the fleet.Meanwhile the new Platinum tier for WestJet Rewards will launch later this year, says Sims. Posted by Sharelast_img read more

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A study abroad student reflects on being robbed in Costa Rica

first_imgAs I turned to walk the five blocks to my host family’s house, the door to the small hostel in Santo Domingo of Heredia shut, and I knew that my friend Maya was safe and secure for the night. Thoughts raced through my head; the week of traveling ahead of us, our friend Daniel whom we would meet in Panama, and the classes I would miss at the National University in Heredia.I took a deep breath, happy to have my friend from home visiting, enjoying the cool night air.Down the block, a man and woman walked by me and I heard the man suggest turning around. His tone seemed odd. It was 11:30 p.m., and despite having passed a few other people, the street was almost empty.The woman began to protest, and as I turned to check out the situation, the man rapidly advanced in my direction, yelled something at me and pulled up his shirt to reveal a gun.Before I knew what had happened, the man had me up against a wall and the woman, no longer protesting, was going through my pockets. I gave them my phone, trying to persuade them to leave, but the man demanded my wallet, and I knew I was not going to get off easy.I explained that I needed my driver’s license as I pulled the wallet out of my pocket, reaching in to grab the license. The man punched me in the face, knocking off my glasses.He then snatched the wallet and told me to run. I ran, cursing the night sky, and cursing myself for having brought my wallet, full of money for my upcoming travels, on the walk.My experience is not unique, and in fact I met a tourist later that week on a ferry ride who had been shot from behind, point-blank through the shoulder, in Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula. All he had with him was an old iPod, but the thieves didn’t think to ask him what he had before they shot him.This experience is not unique to Costa Rica, either. I was robbed at gunpoint in my hometown of Olympia, Washington, when I was 15, and in that case as well, the thief only made off with an old iPod. Every day, all over the world, for many different reasons, in many different ways, people decide to rob other people.My initial reaction, as a sociology student, was to frame the experience in context of the societal pressures that may have led to this. Perhaps the couple who robbed me has a child to feed and they were doing what they had to to put food on the table; perhaps one of their family members is sick and needs a special type of treatment; perhaps they are unable to secure employment that provides a living wage.Behind every robbery, whether a tourist or a resident is the victim, the constant factor is that there is an unmet need that the robber is trying to fill, be it a financial need, an emotional need for power and control, or a combination of the two.Looking at the differences in the average income between the U.S. and Costa Rica, it is not hard to imagine why a robber would target tourists. In the U.S., the average income is around $51,000, while in Costa Rica, it is just below $9,000. To my assailant, the $80 in my wallet may have been a fortune, and while it was by no means a trifling sum to me, I will be able to tighten my belt and survive the rest of this semester without it.Additionally, while Costa Rica has a population of just under 5 million – with 20.3 percent of them in poverty in 2012 – there are over 2 million tourists streaming through the country every year.To an unemployed young Costa Rican with a rocky past and a bleak future, a tourist walking down the street alone at night might be seen as a wonderful opportunity to “redistribute the wealth.”  While it is unlikely that my assailants rationalized their actions in such a way, robbing me must have seemed like something to bring them closer to immediate goals. I hope that my money brought them the happiness that they anticipated.Judging by the look in the man’s eyes right before he punched me in the face though, something tells me that it did not. When the money they took from me runs out, they will be back to square one, and if they still don’t have enough money to satisfy their needs, chances are they will rob again.Numerous sociological studies have demonstrated that areas with higher rates of inequality tend to have higher rates of crime. In line with this theory, statistics in most areas show that lower-class people, and people living in lower-class areas, have higher official crime rates than other groups. People in poverty who turn to crime to survive usually do not target the wealthy – they take what they can, when they can, from whom they can, without discretion.When I returned from traveling, I was confronted by the police’s request to identify the assailants, and it made me stop to think about the possible effects on these individuals. If apprehended, the two would likely face jail time, which would likely make them more pessimistic and angry than they already seemed. Upon their release, they would face reduced job prospects, and would likely return to a life of crime.Incarceration by itself does not teach criminals the lessons they need to learn to prevent them from reoffending. What needs to happen is a restructuring of the society and economy to reduce inequality. My hope does not lie in getting revenge on the people who robbed me, but in the vision of people like President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, who has recently identified reducing inequality and poverty as one of the three main goals of his upcoming presidency.With this in mind, I can’t help but be thankful after my experience. I may have lost a bit of money, my glasses, and a cellphone, but I was lucky to get away without having lost any blood. More than anything though, I am thankful that I am not in a position where I am forced to consider robbing people to accomplish my goals. I may have to keep my guard up in order to not get robbed again, but I have the privilege of waking up in the morning with my needs met. This is something not everyone can say. 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Sri Lanka urged to halt harassment of media

first_img Sponsored Stories COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – An international human rights group has urged the Sri Lankan government to immediately end harassment of media outlets and journalists.Human Rights Watch says the government’s efforts to silence critical views have expanded since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended three years ago.The group’s statement comes after police raided and sealed an office that ran a news website and pro-opposition website on Friday. The editor and eight other people who were arrested were released on bail the next day. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director, said the raids were part of a broader effort to intimidate and harass all critical journalists.”Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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