India had drawn the three-match T20I series against Australia last year during their tour Down Under with rain playing a crucial part in saving Australia. Having dominated Australia over the years in T20Is – India have won 11 out 18 matches in T20Is against Australia – the Virat Kohli-led side would want to continue the domination in the shortest format of cricket.Even though these are T20Is, Virat Kohli has said that this will be the platform for India to prepare for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, for which the captain and team has been preparing for four years.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Live scoreIndia will take on Australia in the first T20I on Sunday in Vizag with eyes firmly on winning. The return of skipper Kohli will make India formidable along with the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Ahead of the World Cup, India’s middle order looks fairly settled with Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar filling some loopholes.India’s bowling has been phenomenal in recent outings all over the world and the return of Jasprit Bumrah only makes the attack more dangerous.What time does the 1st T20I between India vs Australia start?The 1st T20I between India and Australia starts at 7.00 PM IST on February 24, Sunday at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st T20I between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.advertisementWhere will the 1st T20I between India and Australia be played?The 1st T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam from 7.00 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 1st T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 1st T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.Australia: Aaron Finch (Captain), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | Couple of more ODIs before World Cup would have been more ideal and logical: Virat KohliAlso Read | Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul in focus as India play Australia in final series before World CupAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s advice to World Cup-bound Indian team: Don’t pick up bad habits in IPL
Founded in 2000, Tivoli Audio is no stranger to making audio gear that looks just as good as it sounds. In 2016, the company introduced its Art by Tivoli speakers, and this month the company introduced the Model One Digital, a wireless speaker that aims to recreate the aesthetic of the tabletop radios of old, but with the features that modern listeners are used to.“Tivoli Audio introduced the original Model One Radio in 2000, to fill a gap in the market for a high-quality and affordable AM/FM radio,” Tivoli chief designer Paul De Pasquale said in a statement. “Seventeen years later, we are introducing a product that will keep Tivoli Audio on the cutting edge of audio technology for years to come. The Model One Digital will carry Tivoli’s legacy of high quality and high design into the age of streaming content and home wireless audio.”The Model One Digital is built with furniture-grade wood that certainly evokes classic radios, though the high-resolution display on the front of the speaker won’t leave anyone wondering if they’re looking at a vintage radio. The speaker grill is made from high-quality Gabriel fabric, the same used in the Art by Tivoli speakers, so if you’ve already got one or more of those, the Model One Digital will match.The speaker packs in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity alongside a built-in FM radio and even supports Digital Audio Broadcasting, though depending on where you’re located, this may not be in use. Spotify Connect is supported, making playing your favorite artist or playlist from your phone a simple process.While the Model One Digital can be used alone, and this will likely be the most common use case, it’s not the only one. Using the free Tivoli Wireless app, you can pair it with other Art by Tivoli speakers for stereo or even wireless multiroom audio setups.The Tivoli Audio Model One Digital comes in walnut, black, or white finishes and is available for $300 via select retailers as well as the company’s website.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends. Editors’ Recommendations The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
APTN National NewsWhen you live in a fly-in community, the airport means more to you.Iqaluit’s new airport is under construction and caught fire over the weekend.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports the fire shouldn’t delay its opening.
TORONTO – Canada’s five biggest banks earned more than $10 billion in collective profits in the latest quarter to cap off a better-than-expected year on the surprising strength of the domestic economy.Despite worries about Canada’s overheated housing markets and the impact of measures to cool them down, credit trends and loan growth were solid in the fiscal fourth-quarter, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities in Toronto.“It’s tied to the strength of the Canadian labour market. The Canadian economy is doing relatively well and it’s benefiting the banks… Overall, I think it’s a good time to be a Canadian bank,” Grauman said in an interview.The Bank of Montreal wrapped the big banks’ earnings season on Tuesday with a drop in profits, which were hit by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey during the quarter ended Oct. 31. The Canadian lender’s net income slipped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.35 billion during the same period a year earlier.The quarter included reinsurance claims of $112 million largely related to the hurricanes, which cost the bank 17 per cents in earnings per share, as well as the impact of a weaker U.S. dollar and a $41-million after-tax restructuring charge.On an adjusted basis, BMO said it earned $1.31 billion or $1.94 per share, down from nearly $1.4 billion or $2.10 per share a year ago. That fell short of the $1.99 in earnings per share expected on average by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.“We had a very strong year in both traditional wealth and insurance with earnings up 18 per cent, even with the impact of elevated claims in our reinsurance business this quarter,” chief executive Darryl White told analysts in his first earnings call since taking the top job on Nov. 1 after CEO Bill Downe’s retirement.Meanwhile, the other four banks each posted a rise in quarterly earnings led by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which blew past expectations on a 25 per cent bump in quarterly profit to hit $1.16 billion. The Toronto-based lender was helped by better-than-expected performance south of the border reflecting the first full-quarter after CIBC acquired Chicago-based bank PrivateBancorp for roughly US$5 billion in June.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) reported a $2.71 billion profit, up 17.8 per cent from a year earlier but still fell short of analyst expectations after the high bar it set in the two previous quarters. Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) saw quarterly profits rise 12 per cent, year on year, to $2.84 billion while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) saw a more modest hike in net income of 2.9 per cent to $2.01 billion.Scotiabank also announced it was forging ahead in a major way on its strategy fast growing Pacific Alliance markets, with a $2.9-billion offer to acquire a sizable stake in a Chilean bank. On Tuesday, it said its offer to buy Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA)’s stake in BBVA Chile has been accepted, marking a deal that will double its market share in the country to 14 per cent.Overall, each of the five biggest Canadian lenders reported record annual profits for a total of $40.3 billion in net income for fiscal 2017, up nearly 13 per cent from a year earlier.The Big Five are poised to benefit from rosy economic outlook as well for fiscal 2018, if the latest job numbers are any indication. The economy churned out another 79,500 new jobs in November to drive down the jobless rate down to 5.9 per cent, its lowest level in nearly a decade.However, the lenders also signalled during their conference calls that tougher mortgage underwriting rules set to take effect in the new year will present a headwind to its loan originations, ranging between five to 10 per cent.RBC told analysts last week that it has already seen an uptick in demand this fall as borrowers looked to lock in loans now. The revised mortgage guidelines will include a stress test which will require would-be homebuyers to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage if interest rates rise, a caveat which is expected to reduce the maximum amount they will be able to borrow.Still, the banks were guiding towards roughly four or five per cent mortgage growth in the next fiscal year, lower than in recent years, said Shannon Stemm, analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It’s our view that mortgage growth is likely to slow, consumer lending is likely to slow as consumers have taken on a lot of debt in recent years,” she said. “And you’re going to see a moderation in the results in Canada.”
Annually around the world, Hib, or Haemophilus influenzae type b, is responsible for millions of serious illnesses and 400,000 deaths, mostly children under the age of five.Even with treatment, thousands of children die of Hib disease annually, with survivors often left permanently disabled – paralyzed, deaf or brain-damaged.The new vaccine can prevent approximately one-third of life-threatening cases of bacterial pneumonia, the leading infectious cause of death among children around the world. In Bangladesh, nearly 25 per cent of under-five deaths are attributed to pneumonia.Almost 4 million children in Bangladesh will receive the vaccine, which includes protection against Hib for the first time, as part of the routine immunization programme.Experts said that since its introduction 18 years ago, the Hib vaccine has virtually eliminated the disease where it has been used.The new immunization, which went into use in Bangladesh yesterday, also protects children against four other deadly diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis B.The programme is being financed largely by the public-private alliance known as GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), which includes the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank. 16 January 2009With the support of the United Nations, Bangladesh has unveiled a new vaccine to protect its children against five lethal diseases – including Hib, a deadly bacterium that causes severe forms of pneumonia and meningitis – in a single injection, in a bid to save the lives of some 20,000 children every year in the South Asian nation.
Hervè Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, met with senior local officials, members of civil society and UNAMID staff as he travelled around the north of the vast and arid region on Sudan”s western flank.Mr. Ladsous and Ibrahim Gambari, the AU-UN Joint Special Representative to Darfur and the head of UNAMID, visited the North Darfur town of Shangil Tobaya to meet with community leaders, with whom they discussed development issues, particularly education and access to water.The Under-Secretary-General also met North Darfur’ wali or governor, Osman Mohamed Yousuf Kibir, and representatives of civil society in El Fasher, the state capital and the headquarters of UNAMID.He stressed that the peace process must be a Darfurian-led process and emphasized that the UN”s efforts were aimed at making the process as inclusive as possible.Darfur has been wracked by violence and suffering since 2003, when rebel groups began fighting with Government forces and allied militiamen. As many as 300,000 people have been killed since then and 2.7 million others forced from their homes, while efforts to bring peace have been complicated by the splintering of some of the rebel groups.Mr. Ladsous told UNAMID personnel today that the mission had nevertheless made “remarkable achievements” to both reduce overall violence in Darfur and boost support for humanitarian assistance.”When we remember the horrors and violence of seven years ago and look at the situation now, I think you can be proud — of your compassion, your energy and your sacrifices,” he said. 30 October 2011The new head of United Nations peacekeeping today paid his first visit to one of the 16 field operations worldwide, choosing the largest — the joint African Union-UN mission (UNAMID) in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur.
FILE – In this Thursday, May 25, 2017, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on FY’18 budget. Kelly said he’s considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he’s considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks.The ban prevents travellers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their carry-on bags. All electronics bigger than a smartphone must be checked in.Kelly was asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether he would expand the ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the U.S.His answer: “I might.”The current U.S. ban applies to nonstop U.S.-bound flights from 10 international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. About 50 flights a day, all on foreign airlines, are affected.Earlier this month, there were reports that the Trump administration would broaden the ban to include planes from the European Union, affecting trans-Atlantic routes that carry as many as 65 million people a year.U.S. officials have said that initial ban was not based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about extremists targeting jetliners.“There’s a real threat,” Kelly said, adding that terrorists are “obsessed” with the idea of downing a plane in flight, “particularly if it’s a U.S. carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly U.S. folks. It’s real.”Kelly said that the U.S. is going “to raise the bar for, generally speaking, aviation security much higher than it is now, and there’s new technologies down the road, not too far down the road, that we’ll rely on. But it is a real sophisticated threat, and I’ll reserve making that decision until we see where it’s going.”While Kelly referred to “a real sophisticated threat,” the Trump administration’s spending plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 would make significant cuts to airport security programs. by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2017 1:02 pm MDT Last Updated May 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Catastrophes naturelles : l’Italie mal préparée aux risques à venir ?Malgré le meurtrier séisme de l’Aquila qui, en avril 2009, faisait 308 morts, l’Italie ne serait aujourd’hui toujours pas préparée aux risques de catastrophes naturelles à venir. Tel est l’inquiétant constat récemment dressé par des géologues italiens.C’est lors d’une conférence de presse organisée à Rome le 17 novembre dernier que Francesco Russe, directeur adjoint de l’Association des géologues de Naples, a fait part de ses inquiétudes. Accompagné de deux autres géologues, il dénonce en effet “un grave manque d’infrastructures en Italie pour faire face à des catastrophes naturelles”. Et de déplorer : “Le mot ‘prévention’ n’apparaît que lorsque que la catastrophe a déjà frappé, mais elle est oubliée tout de suite après, comme par magie”.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la natureFrancesco Russe fait référence au séisme qui, en avril 2009, avait dévasté l’Aquila, faisant plus de 300 morts. Selon lui, le gouvernement et les administrations locales continuent malgré cette dramatique catastrophe à ignorer les dangers, accordant des permis de construire dans des zones où le risque de séisme ou d’inondation est important. Des permis bien souvent échangés contre des votes. “L’Italie est saturée de jungles urbaines. Le problème est en grande partie politique : la gestion du territoire est négligée au profit d’un système de faveur en échange de votes”, s’insurge Paolo Stagna, directeur de l’Association des géologues de Vénétie.L’Italie est l’un des pays méditerranéens les plus menacés par les tremblements de terre. Au XXe siècle, sept séismes de plus de 6,5 sur l’échelle de Richter ont été enregistrés, le plus meurtrier remontant à 1980. Ce séisme avait touché la zone montagneuse d’Irpinia, au sud de l’Italie, faisant plus de 3.000 morts et laissant quelque 300.000 personnes sans abri. Depuis cette catastrophe, très peu d’efforts ont été réalisés pour préparer le pays aux prochains séismes, déplore Francesco Russe.Le 22 novembre 2010 à 18:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
By Saikou Suwareh JabaiOn Monday 17th October, 2016, the Forum on the Participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and the 33rd African Human Rights Book Fair kicked-off at Paradise Suites Hotel in Gambia.The 3 day-long crucial convergence which will wrap-up on Wednesday, brought together prominent human rights advocates and organizations from across the African continent.Delivering the opening statement on behalf of the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Commissioner Jamesina Essie L. King, said since its establishment, the Origination of African Unity (OAU) was preoccupied with human rights as evidenced by the struggle for the decolonisation of Africa and the right to self-determination. Those agitating and fighting for independence, she said, used human rights standards to justify their struggle, as colonialism had no regard for human rights of the colonised people.She said African culture has been criticised for not respecting the rights of women, mostly because of the harmful practices that negate gender equality, adding that many campaigns have been launched against these practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced child marriages, gender-based violence, neglecting to educate girls, discrimination of women and girls during inheritance, inequality in marriage and divorce and maternal deaths due to lack of access to adequate and affordable health facilities, among others.The commissioner said African leaders have committed themselves to respect human rights by ratifying international and continental human rights instruments, and enacting laws and policies aimed at protecting the rights of its people. She however added that legal and policy commitments always need to be accompanied by concrete measures to combat societal discrimination, to address gender inequalities and women’s unequal access to education, health and other social services.She said NGOs play a critical role of educating, promoting, challenging and defending in the name of citizens or public interest. Without such engagements, she added, governments would lack accountability and democracy at best would be fragile.Commissioner Jamesina Essie L. King finally recognised the important roles that NGOs play in cooperating with AU Organs with Human Rights mandates and thanked them for their continued collaboration and support.The Chairperson of CSOs Forum, Mr. Sidikou Moussa, said Africa has witnessed a number of violence and crimes over the past years and that women and children are affected mostly in such circumstances. He said their rights are being grossly violated by those who should protect them. While highlighting the significance of the forum, he urged the participants to deliver strong resolutions for further actions.Mrs. Clement Voule, a member of Steering Committee of NGOs Forum, and Mr. Mabassa Fall expressed similar remarks. They cited the significance of NGO participation in defending and promoting human rights and called for concerted efforts in the struggle.
(Photo by Rob Pongsajapan)Members of ASA’s Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C. this week to spearhead ASA’s strategic plan on a wide range of issues affecting soybean farmers nationwide. ASA leaders and staff discussed critical policy matters including the farm bill, crop insurance, transportation infrastructure and trade.The Executive Committee met Sunday, while ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations, Public Affairs, and Trade Policy & International Affairs Committees met Monday morning to establish strategic plans and next steps forward within their respective areas.The general session convened that afternoon with committee reports, as well as an update from ASA CEO Steve Censky and United Soybean Board past-President Marc Curtis.Iowa soybean farmer-leaders meet with Rep. Steve King. (Photo by Dennis Bogaards)On Tuesday, ASA’s members took to Capitol Hill, meeting with legislators and staff in both the House and Senate to discuss the policy priorities of the soybean industry.The general session reconvened on Wednesday, when farmer-leaders reported on their Hill visits, followed by meetings of ASA’s Finance, SoyPAC, Communications, Investment and World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Committees. ASA Action Partnership members also met Wednesday afternoon.
Food vendors can apply for contracts to serve at Esther Short Park in downtown. The city needs daily vendors in addition to vendors for two summer concert series.The Terry Lee, Attorney concert series is held at noon on Wednesdays from July 10 through Aug. 14. The Riverview Six to Sunset concerts will be Thursday evenings from July 11 through Aug. 15 and Aug. 29.Vendors will be selected “based on experience, quality of service, presentation, variety, cleanliness, availability and the ability to work well with the public,” according to a city press release.The deadline to apply is May 1.Application packets can be downloaded at Summer Concerts or mailed by request. Call Stacey Donovan, special events manager, at 360-487-8630.
Time Inc. and Source Interlink announced today that they have reached a multi-year distribution agreement, effectively settling Source’s antitrust lawsuit with Time Inc. and Time Warner Retail. It remains to be seen if the other companies named in the suit—American Media, Bauer, Curtis, Hachette, Hudson News, Kable Distribution and News Group—will follow suit, and settle, too.Here are the statements from Time Inc. and Source.Time Inc.:February 19, 2009 Time Inc. has reached an agreement with Source Interlink to distribute Time Inc. magazines. The multi-year agreement provides benefits to both parties. Time Inc. is pleased with the new terms, which include no per-copy fee, and believes the agreement provides the foundation for a strong ongoing business relationship with Source.Source Interlink:Source Interlink Companies, Time Inc. and Time/Warner Retail Announce SettlementLawsuit Settled in Favor of Multi-Year AgreementBonita Springs, FL – February 19, 2009 – Source Interlink Companies (NASDAQ:SORC) today announced the settlement of its antitrust lawsuit against Time Inc. and Time/Warner Retail Sales & Marketing Inc. Using the strength of their long-standing association, the parties reached a multi-year agreement securing Source’s access to Time Inc. magazine products. “I am happy to make this announcement because it means the continuation of what has been a mutually beneficial relationship. We have enjoyed working with our partners at Time and plan to keep working with them for many years to come”, declared Greg Mays, Chairman and CEO of Source. “This agreement is effective immediately and assures that we can continue to supply all our mainstream, specialty and international customers with the popular Time titles.” “As we move ahead, the prospect of growth is clear. It is fully our intention to create a bond with our publishers and national distributors that is as strong as the relationship we have with our retail partners,” Mays added. New Retail Business for Source Interlink DistributionIn a separate story, Source Interlink Companies today reported that its magazine distribution unit, Source Interlink Distribution (SID), has been awarded important new business from Wal-Mart Stores, Kroger / Fry’s Companies and Basha’s Supermarkets. This additional business increases SID’s store count by 662 stores in 9 states.“We are extremely pleased to announce this expression of confidence from our retailer partners,” said Greg Mays, Chairman and CEO of Source. “The action of these leading retailers is particularly gratifying in light of the recent market disruptions. As the flow of product to our distribution network resumes, nearly all of our major retailers have reaffirmed their selection of SID as their exclusive supplier of magazine products. We feel this customer loyalty reflects their recognition of the great service we have provided them over the years. Our goals and those of our retail partners and publisher clients remain aligned. Finally, I want to acknowledge our employees for both their core commitment and their energy in building new business.”In addition to SID, which is one of the largest mainstream magazine wholesalers in the US, Source also operates the largest distributor of CDs and DVDs, the largest publisher of enthusiast magazines, the largest distributor of magazines to bookstores and other specialty retailers, and the largest importer of foreign magazine titles to US newsstands.
On the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami, Vibgyor, an Arts and Entertainment company is organising an event KrishnUtsav at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on August 25. The event will feature some prominent and praiseworthy names from the classical music and dance fraternity. The artists performing for this grand event include Pt Sri Jayateerth Mevundi, whose achievements are legendary in the field of Hindustani music. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us S Akash, has won numerous hearts from a very tender age, a flutist with gifted sense of melody, celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer, Sri Pramod Kumar Reddy also makes a valuable addition to the evening. Additional artists that will grace the occasion are Aditi Garade, an exceptional Harmonium player; Pandurang Pawar, the brilliant tabla master, Rajendra Baghe on the Pakhwaas and Avadhoot Gandhi with the percussions and additional rhythm. These experts will set the theme and mood for the entire show, making the ambience harmonious and a truly musical spectacle to remember.
The Andhra Pradesh government has rolled out a range of incentives for Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn, including exemption from payment of value added tax (VAT) and Central sales tax for 10 years.Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic items, has a manufacturing unit at a leased facility in Sri City in the state, set up in May last year. The company had announced investment of Rs 100 crore in the facility to take its capacity to make 20 lakh handsets annually.In June last year, Foxconn had said it would shift its manufacturing operations to India due to a rising labour costs in China.Foxconn produces handsets for various brands, including Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi, at its Sri City facility. The Andhra Pradesh government has also assured Foxconn reimbursement of “the cost of training and skill upgradation of the workers at Rs 10,000 an employee”.”Already, we see 2,500 people working at the facility. The company has sought for an additional space three times bigger, in the form of a ready built factory, from the Sri City management. That work is also going on in full swing,” sources told Business Standard.Foxconn has set up the facility in the name of Rising Star Mobiles India (P) Ltd.Recently, the state government also directed its officials to scout for land near the facility to construct colonies for the workers, amid aggressive hiring by Foxconn.”As these young boys and girls come from different villages, some close by and some far away from the factory, it has become a problem to maintain strict time schedules for the workers. Considering this issue, the government has decided to build multi-storied apartments for workers, especially to create a necessary ecosystem for the electronic manufacturing industries here,” sources said.In October, the Maharashtra government, led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, had announced a range of sops for the company after it announced an investment $5 billion (roughly Rs 32,000 crore) in the state over the next five years.In August, the Maharashtra government had agreed to allot 1,500 acre land to Foxconn to set up a plant, which is expected to generate 50,000 jobs.The state government had said it would assist Foxconn in getting loans at preferred rates of interest, including a payment moratorium period of 10 years.Foxconn was also entitled for 100% exemption in paying stamp duty during the investment period and exempted from paying local taxes such as property tax, land tax and entry tax, according to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Foxconn and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).
J. Scott Applewhite/APSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by (from left) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, discussed health care overhaul with reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that would roll back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But health policy analysts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success.Senators are reportedly considering a narrow bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate,” which assesses a tax on Americans who don’t have insurance. The bill would also eliminate the ACA’s penalties for some businesses – those that have 50 or more workers and fail to offer their employees health coverage.Details aren’t clear, but it appears that — at least initially — much of the rest of the 2010 health law would remain, under this strategy, including the rule that says insurers must cover people who have pre-existing medical problems.In remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that “we just heard from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that under such a plan … 16 million Americans would lose their health insurance, and millions more would pay a 20 percent increase in their premiums.” The CBO posted its evaluation of the GOP’s proposed plan Wednesday evening.Earlier in the day, some Republicans seemed determined to find some way to keep the health care debate alive.“We need an outcome, and if a so-called skinny repeal is the first step, that’s a good first step,” said Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.Several Republican senators, including Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, appear to back this approach, according to published reports. It is, at least for now, being viewed as a step along the way to Republican health reform.“I think that most people would understand that what you’re really voting on is trying to keep the conversation alive,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. “It’s not the policy itself … it’s about trying to create a bigger discussion about repeal between the House and Senate.”But what if, during these strange legislative times, the skinny repeal were to be passed by the Senate and then go on to become law? States’ experiences with insurance market reforms and rollbacks highlight the possible trouble spots.Considering the parallelsBy the late 1990s, states such as Washington, Kentucky and Massachusetts felt a backlash when some of the coverage requirement rules they’d previously put on the individual market were lifted. “Things went badly,” said Mark Hall, director of the health law and policy program at Wake Forest University.Premiums rose and insurers fled these states, leaving consumers who buy their own coverage (usually because they don’t get it through their jobs) with fewer choices and higher prices.That’s because — like the Senate plan — the states generally kept popular parts of their laws, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions. At the same time, they didn’t include mandates that consumers carry coverage.That goes to a basic concept about any kind insurance: People who don’t file claims in any given year subsidize those who do. Also, those healthy people are less likely to sign up, insurers said, and that leaves insurance companies with only the more costly policyholders.Bottom line: Insurers end up “less willing to participate in the market,” said Hall.It’s not an exact comparison, though, he added, because the current federal health law offers something most states did not: significant subsidies to help some people buy coverage. Those subsidies could blunt the effect of not having a mandate.During the debate that led to passage of the federal ACA, insurers flat-out said the plan would fail without an individual mandate. On Wednesday, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association weighed in again, saying that if there is no longer a coverage requirement, there should be “strong incentives for people to obtain health insurance and keep it year-round.”Individual mandate is still unpopular in voter pollsAbout 6.5 million Americans reported owing penalties for not having coverage in 2015.Polls consistently show, though, that the individual mandate is unpopular with the public. Indeed, when asked about nine provisions in the ACA, registered voters in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll said they want the Senate to keep eight, rejecting only the individual mandate.Even though the mandate’s penalty is often criticized as not strong enough, removing it would still affect the individual market.“Insurers would react conservatively and increase rates substantially to cover their risk,” said insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski.That’s what happened after Washington state lawmakers rolled back rules in 1995 legislation. Insurers requested significant rate increases, which were then rejected by the state’s insurance commissioner. By 1998, the state’s largest insurer — Premera Blue Cross — said it was losing so much money that it would stop selling new individual policies, “precipitating a sense of crisis,” according to a study published in 2000 in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.“When one pulled out, the others followed,” said current Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who was then a regional director in the federal department of Health and Human Services.The state’s individual market was volatile and difficult for years after. Insurers did come back, but won a concession: For a time, the insurance commissioner lost the power to reject rate increases. Kreidler, first elected in 2000, reclaimed that authority.Predicting the effect of removing the individual mandate is difficult, although Kreidler said he expects the impact would be modest, at least initially. Subsidies that help people purchase insurance coverage — if they remain as they are under current law — could help blunt the impact. But if those subsidies are reduced — or other changes are made that further drive healthy people out of the market — the impact could be greater.“Few markets can go bad on you as fast as a health insurance market,” said Kreidler.As for employers, dropping the requirement that those with 50 or more workers must offer health insurance or face a financial penalty could mean some workers would lose coverage. But their jobs might be more secure, said Joseph Antos, a health care economist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.That’s because the requirement under the ACA meant that some smaller firms didn’t hire people or give workers more than 30 hours a week — the minimum needed under the ACA to be considered a full-time worker who qualified for health insurance.The individual mandate, he added, may not be as much of a factor in getting people to enroll in coverage as some think, because the Trump administration has indicated it might not enforce it anyway — and the penalty amount is far less than most people would have to pay for health insurance.However, the individual market could be roiled by other factors, Antos said.“The real impact would come if feds stopped promoting enrollment and did other things to make the exchanges [— the state and federal markets through which insurance is offered —] work more poorly.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit health newsroom, an editorially independent part of the Kaiser Family Foundation. You can follow KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby on Twitter @Julie_Appleby Congressional reporter Rachel Bluth also contributed to this report. Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News. Share
AP Photo/Susan WalshTexas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California’s so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally.California’s laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement but the state does not have that authority, the other states said in a court filing in the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against California. The filing in federal court in Sacramento supports the Justice Department’s attempt to block the laws.An email to the California Attorney General’s office was not immediately returned.The Justice Department sued California in March over three state laws, including one that requires the state to review detention facilities where immigrants are held and another that limits the ability of state and local law enforcement officials to turn people over to immigration authorities.Federal officials have said California officials have prevented them from removing dangerous people who are in the U.S. illegally. California officials have responded that their sanctuary policies increase public safety by promoting trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.The filing by Texas and the other states argues that California’s laws should be blocked on the same grounds that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2010 Arizona immigration law.The Arizona law required police, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally, made it a crime to harbor immigrants here illegally, and banned them from seeking work in public places.The U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy said Arizona may have “understandable frustrations” with immigrants who are in the country illegally, but added that it can’t pursue policies that “undermine federal law.”If Arizona’s laws are overridden by federal law, then so are California’s, the court filing for Texas and the other states said. They cited a legal document signed by California in the fight over Arizona’s law that said the removal of people in the country illegally was up to the federal government.“With a new presidential administration, however, California has changed its tune,” the states said.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and legal experts have argued that California’s laws are different from Arizona’s.The states also said California’s laws could harm them by making it easier for immigrants who have committed crimes to go to other states.The states joining Texas are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia. Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, is a Democrat.The Republican governors of Mississippi and Maine also joined the filing, though their states, which have Democrats as attorneys general, did not.” Share
One of the nice things about the midseason TV break is that it lets you go back and catch up on a series you may have missed when it first came out. That’s especially good for Netflix’s original series. They seem to come out so frequently; you might miss one if you don’t launch the app at the right time. That’s what happened with Project White Rabbit, a show I was genuinely excited about when it was announced. When Netflix released the first season on December 9, it got lost in the noise of other shows’ midseason finales and Rogue One hype.I’m so happy I found it again. White Rabbit Project is a whole lot of fun. It retains the goofy, geeky, experimental spirit of Mythbusters, but isn’t as constrained by its premise. Mythbusters, regular viewers will remember, stretched the definition of “myth” pretty thin in some episodes. It also had a very rigid structure each episode had to follow, thanks to it being on a basic cable channel. White Rabbit Project isn’t bound by any of that, which works for and against it.Each episode focuses on a single topic, such as superhero tech, scams or crazy World War II weapons. The hosts find six examples and rank them. The goal in the first episode is to find real-life tech that most resembles a superpower. Another episode has the team trying to find the craziest weapon the Allies dreamed up during World War II. Each example is presented through verbal storytelling, corny re-enactments and of course, audacious builds and experiments. The looser premise allows the hosts to tell all kinds of stories from all throughout history, but it can make the show feel unfocused at times.The show is at its funniest when the hosts torture each other. (Photo: Screenshot via Netflix)If your favorite parts of Mythbusters were the build team segments, this is the show for you. Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara have the same easy chemistry they always did. They seem genuinely interested in each other’s stories, and it’s fun to watch them mess with each other. Kari controlling Tory’s limbs in the superpower episode is one of the funnier TV moments of 2016.They don’t get to build the giant exploding contraptions that they used to, but there’s still plenty of cool tech on display. Some episodes are heavier on the experiments, particularly the first one. We get to see what it would actually take to build a freeze ray (water, liquid nitrogen and your opponent holding still), and how to shoot lightning at your enemies (it involves a Tesla coil and chain mail.) In other episodes, like the scam artists one, they don’t build anything at all. The stories are interesting enough to carry the episode, but it does feel like something is missing.It’s still fun to watch these three interact with each other. (Photo: Screenshot via Netflix)The ranking aspect of the show also feels superfluous. Sure, it gives each episode structure, but it doesn’t feel like there’s any real point to it. I just want to hear about crazy World War II weapons and see the hosts play around with some of them. It doesn’t really matter which one is the craziest. Their methods for scoring each entry seem arbitrary and subjective, which would be fine if they weren’t presented as scientific fact. Also, the way the ranking is dealt with quickly at the end of each episode makes it feel like even more of an afterthought.White Rabbit Project is a fine successor to Mythbusters, combining history and science to tell engrossing stories and perform flashy experiments. The reenactments are super corny, but that’s what makes them so charming. Kari, Tory and Grant are great storytellers, and the show is at its most fun when they’re sharing their findings with (or inflicting them upon) each other. It’s at its best when the build team is using their skills to reenact insane moments from history, torture each other, or both. When it’s not doing that… well, you’ll still learn some pretty cool stuff.
Stay on target Book Your Botanicals Free Room, Board at London Plant HotelChina Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s Surface Score one for Mother Nature: The American fern has inspired a new electrode prototype that brings us one step closer to self-powering devices.Created by researchers at Australia’s RMIT University, the electrode is designed to work with supercapacitors, which charge and discharge power much faster than conventional batteries.The design, according to RMIT professor Min Gu, draws on nature’s “genius solution” for efficiently filling space—through self-repeating patterns known as “fractals” (*cue the Frozen singalong*).“The leaves of the western swordfern [Polystichum munitum, native to western North America] are densely crammed with veins, making them extremely efficient for storing energy and transporting water around the planet,” Gu, leader of the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence Nanophotonics at RMIT, said in a statement.“Our electrode is based on these fractal shapes—which are self-replicating, like the mini structures within snowflakes—and we’ve used this naturally efficient design to improve solar energy storage at a nano level,” he added.An “ideal alternative for solar power storage,” the prototype can be paired with supercapacitors to increase storage 30-fold. The fractal-enabled laser-reduced graphene electrodes hold the stored charge for longer, promising lasting reliability and quick-burst energy release—” for when someone wants to use solar energy cloudy day,” Gu suggested.But PhD researcher Litty Thekkekara believes the prototype—based on flexible thin film technology—is destined for even greater things.“Flexible thin film solar could be used almost anywhere you can imagine, from building windows to car panels, smartphones to smartwatches,” she said, tipping a future free of mobile batteries and charging stations.“With this flexible electrode prototype we’ve solved the storage part of the challenge, as well as shown how they can work with solar cells without affecting performance,” Thekkekara continued. “Now the focus needs to be on flexible solar energy, so we can work towards achieving our vision of fully solar-reliant, self-powering electronics.”
min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Business owners can take advantage of these platforms in a variety of ways. For example, before arriving at a networking event a user can gain a critical advantage by “remembering” critical details about other attendees, such as where they work, what they do, and friends or clients they might have in common.Brick-and-mortar merchants or trade-show exhibitors can take advantage of having contacts nearby by sending messages and push notifications related to promotions, discounts, and special offers, including some that will open up just to them for a specific amount of time since they’re already in the area.Does downloading a proximity-based app for yourself, creating a profile and then inviting customers to download and use the same app make sense for your small business? If your customers fit the following profile, they’re likely to adopt these apps and platforms into their daily lives:Users of Facebook, Foursquare or other apps that allow them to check-in at locations using their smartphones.People interested in receiving an offer or deals via their mobile devices.Those who adopt everything early so they don’t miss out.The genuinely curious who are open to randomly meeting new or old acquaintances.People with extra time on their hands.People who aren’t over concerned about privacy.Ambient social networking might feel stalker-ish to some, but keep in mind that proximity-based apps are entirely opt-in. They also feature privacy controls (e.g., “only show my profile to friends of friends”), and they’re based on identification and mutual connections.How would you use proximity-based apps to promote your small business? Let us know in the comments below. “Ambient” social networks were all the buzz at Austin’s annual South by Southwest tech festival. So what are ambient networks? They include social discovery platforms and “proximity”-based apps on a smartphone or mobile device that locate other app users within the same geographical area.Unlike Foursquare, which connects people to places, ambient social networks aim to connect people to people. Startups playing in the ambient social networking sandbox include:HighlightSonarGlanceeGrindrBanjoCircleDepending on the app, users can search for and connect with Facebook contacts and Twitter followers, or locate nearby app users who have friends in common or share their interests, hobbies, or even dating preferences. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free March 27, 2012
News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more March 15, 2019 — Artificial intelligence (AI) company Bay Labs announced the presentation of two studies assessing performance of the company’s deep learning software for cardiovascular imaging. The first evaluated the software when used by medical professionals with no prior ultrasound experience to acquire diagnostic-quality echocardiograms, and the second evaluated the fully automated calculation of ejection fraction (EF) with accuracy and increased reproducibility. Results from these studies will be presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 68th Annual Scientific Session, March 16-18 in New Orleans.Innovative Ultrasound Technologies EchoGPS and AutoEF Help Novices Perform Efficient and Accurate Echocardiographic Monitoring in Cancer PatientsAn ongoing prospective study conducted at Stanford University is assessing the use of deep learning software to aid in cardiac function monitoring in cancer patients undergoing treatment with potentially cardiotoxic therapies. Bay Labs’ EchoGPS and AutoEF software are being used in the study to aid in the acquisition of limited views of a standard echocardiogram by providing users with no prior ultrasound experience real-time guidance to obtain cardiac views, and to automatically calculate a left ventricular EF. Cardiac function monitoring for cardiotoxicity caused by cancer treatments is recommended for at-risk patients, however such screening remains underutilized. While these tools are not yet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared or approved for these purposes, the preliminary data assess these products for this potential future use.Alberta Yen, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, will present preliminary study results demonstrating a strong potential use of EchoGPS and AutoEF in a busy cancer clinic for cardiac function monitoring. To date, 37 patients have undergone echocardiograms performed by novices, including oncologists and nurse practitioners in the oncology clinic, with EchoGPS and minimal supervision, with 100 patients planned in this prospective study. The AutoEF software deemed 76 percent of the studies of sufficient quality to generate an EF measurement, and the root mean square deviation in EF was 4.8 percent between AutoEF and echocardiographers. This suggests that the AutoEF measurements may be accurate when calculated from studies gathered using EchoGPS. “Results from our study suggest that future use of these technologies could enable clinicians to provide expanded access to cardiac monitoring in cancer patients,” said Yen. “Machine learning-based technology shows promise to expand access to screening echocardiography without overburdening echocardiography labs.”Accuracy and Reproducibility of a Novel Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning-Based Algorithm For Automated Calculation of Ejection Fraction in EchocardiographyThis study aimed to test the accuracy and reproducibility of an investigational update to Bay Labs’ AutoEF software for automated calculation of EF based on deep learning technology. Although EF is the single most clinically relevant parameter reported in echocardiography, high variability between readers limits its reliability.Three expert cardiologists assessed EF of 99 patients that had imaging done as part of their routine evaluation, and their assessments were compared to the output of Bay Labs’ deep learning algorithm for automated calculation of EF (AutoEF). Cardiologists analyzed biplane tracings performed by three sonographers and AutoEF made its prediction from the clips selected by the sonographers. Accuracy between the investigational software and the average cardiologist prediction was 5.97 percent measured as mean absolute deviation (MAD). Reproducibility of EF calculations was best for AutoEF (2.94 percent MAD), compared to that of the cardiologists (4.74 percent MAD) and sonographers (6.96 percent MAD), which was calculated by comparing the mean absolute deviation of the three EF measurements from the sonographers, cardiologists and AutoEF. Federico Asch, M.D., FACC, FASE, director of the Echocardiography Core Lab at MedStar Health, concluded that automated calculation of EF using the investigational deep learning algorithm is accurate compared to expert cardiologists and that future use of these algorithms may improve accuracy and reproducibility. Asch will present the study at ACC.19.For more information: www.baylabs.io FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | March 15, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Data on EchoGPS, AutoEF AI Software at ACC.19 Data from two studies evaluate accuracy, efficiency and reproducibility of cardiovascular ultrasound acquisition and calculation via artificial intelligence News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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