Shivpal Akhilesh unwilling to unite

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s efforts to bring his son Akhilesh Yadav and younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav together do not seem to be bearing fruit. Shivpal Singh Yadav categorically said that he had no plans to merge his Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) into the Samajwadi Party. “My party is building up and we are growing from strength to strength. I have no plan to merge my party with SP. It is too late in the day. However, if there is a proposal for an alliance, we may consider the same,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Akhilesh, on the other hand, is said to be completely against the return of his estranged uncle to the SP fold. “With great effort, Akhilesh has managed to establish himself as the undisputed leader of his party and he naturally does not want his uncle to return and challenge his authority again,” said a supporter of the SP chief. Mulayam, who initiated a patch-up effort between his son and brother after the BSP called off its alliance with the SP, has warned the family that unless it unites, its political survival would be at stake. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Three members of the Yadav family — Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav — have lost the lok Sabha elections and the party’s tally rests at five members in the Lok Sabha. Akhilesh, too, is facing pressure from his cadres. Having failed in the 2014 Lok Sabha, 2017 Assembly and now 2019 Lok Sabha elections, his leadership is now being questioned and if he fails to put his act together, the voices of dissent may grow louder. The relationship between the uncle and nephew has deteriorated so much that recently when both visited the ailing SP patriarch at his Lucknow residence, when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also happened to be there, the two failed to exchange even a word. Shivpal said he was open to alliances in the upcoming bypolls to 12 Assembly seats. Of the vacant seats, 10 belong to the BJP and one each to the SP and BSP. Mulayam, despite his poor health, is said to be in constant touch with Akhilesh and Shivpal and is persuading them to forgo their differences in the larger interest of the family and the party. It was on Mulayam’s insistence that the SP did not moved a petition seeking Shivpal’s disqualification from the membership of the state Assembly even though he has formed his own party. A senior leader close to Mulayam said: “Unless the SP unites, the future seems uncertain for all. Akhilesh has failed on the issue of alliance — 2017 with Congress and 2019 with the BSP. Shivpal, too, has not made much of an impact with his new party. It is Mulayam’s earnest wish to unite the two and he will continue in his efforts.”last_img read more

Arsenault Barton Chang and Hanomansing new hosts of The National

first_imgTORONTO – A revamped edition of “The National” will be more nimble, multiplatform and “truly national” when four new but recognizable hosts who vary in age and background take the helm of CBC’s flagship newscast this fall, the public broadcaster vowed Tuesday.Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing have been tasked with shepherding in the refreshed version of the “The National” as the network attempts to break free of the traditional solo news anchor following the retirement of Peter Mansbridge.All four journalists, who will be stationed at various locations across the country, have a storied history with the CBC and have contributed to “The National” over the years.Arsenault, 50, a senior correspondent, will be based in Toronto; Barton, 41, known for her hard-hitting interviews on “Power & Politics,” will remain in Ottawa; Chang, 34, will stay at the Vancouver studio; and Vancouver-based Hanomansing, 55, long considered a front-runner to replace Mansbridge, will relocate to Toronto.“If there are four of us, we’re not all going to be on the show every night all the same,” Barton said in an interview following Tuesday’s news conference to reveal the changes. “We are all going to be able to pitch things, go after breaking news, travel.”The CBC also plans to change some of the show’s format to make it feel more timely in a digital age when news breaks on social media.The new “National,” which will debut Nov. 6, will have a digital component and air live across all six time zones, allowing the hosts to track developing stories in real time. Traditionally, the newscast tapes at 9 p.m. ET and repeats the same broadcast for the West Coast, unless a major breaking story is unfolding.“I think what it means is the stories don’t get locked into the format. The stories dictate the format,” said Arsenault. “That’s where we’re really going to be able to be flexible, because depending on the nature of the story, we’re going to be able to shift and move just to give it the context that we need, and you can’t do that in a traditional cast.”Being spread out will also allow the hosts to jump in and anchor directly from the scene of breaking news in their respective areas.“To not simply report from there but to own a part of the program, that’s going to completely change the dynamic of what ‘The National’ is, it’s going to change the feel of it, it’s going to change the flavour of it,” said Chang.Arsenault added they’re not “playing with the format” but rather “realizing the culture of what people expect from their journalists now.”“They expect not just the news but they expect the context immediately, as thoroughly as they can get it and as widely as they can.”Mansbridge officially left his longtime post at “The National” on July 1, nearly a year after announcing his retirement.His replacements said they’d heard rumours there would be multiple hosts but didn’t know about each other until Friday.“There’s still a lot about the show we don’t know,” said Hanomansing. “We haven’t been able to publicly talk to our colleagues about this stuff. We need to be briefed and read-in and get active and be involved in the development of the program from here on in. And I need an apartment.”The CBC said it looked inside and outside of the organization to find new talent for “The National.”Editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said going live will cost more than the current delivery of the show, as will the digital pieces being added.But “the net budget is actually neutral in the context of news,” she added.“The National” managing editor Steve Ladurantaye was recently reassigned after what the CBC called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial debate over cultural appropriation. McGuire said they’ll reassess what happens to him in the context of “The National” in September.Manbridge offered his seal of approval in a tweet shortly after the announcement.“A great move into the future with four excellent journalists taking the anchor helm at the National,” he wrote.Members of the public gathered at Tuesday’s press conference seemed to agree.“I think it’s a good selection,” said Ursula Mausberg of St. Catharines, Ont.“I think it’s good because each one can concentrate on their area. I think it’s variety…. I’m looking forward to it. I like that they’ve selected a woman.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated when Peter Mansbridge stepped down at ‘The National.’ He retired in July.last_img read more

Rs 1 crore in cash seized in Asansol two arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two persons, one of whom claimed he was a personal assistant of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, were arrested from Asansol railway station on Monday, following the seizure of unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 1 crore from their possession, railway police sources said. Gautam Chattopadhyaya and Lakshmikant Shaw were intercepted by the railway police at Asansol station, when they were trying to board a train to Kolkata, they said. Chattopadhyay, after his arrest, said he worked as an assistant to Ghosh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “They were carrying a huge bag with them and were moving suspiciously at Asansol station when the officers spotted them. When we searched the bag, we found cash amounting to Rs 1 crore,” they said. During interrogation, both admitted that they were taking the cash to Kolkata, the sources added. A couple of days ago, the state police had seized over Rs 1 lakh from BJP’s Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s vehicle.last_img read more

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

12 October 2009Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom will be working to make the world a better place for young people as he steps into his new role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom will be working to make the world a better place for young people as he steps into his new role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Bloom, who has starred in the highly successful “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, was appointed by UNICEF in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children worldwide. “We are proud to have Orlando Bloom as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman. The Hollywood actor has already seen the work carried out by UNICEF in Nepal, Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On his first visit to Nepal in 2007, he was able to see how UNICEF’s water and sanitation programmes benefit local families, and he spoke about the importance of education. In addition, he agreed to perform a small role in the local school radio production after being asked by the students. He says he looks forward to working with UNICEF – which is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories – as it continues to make the world a better place for children. “UNICEF doesn’t just deliver humanitarian aid, which is what they are known for all over the world. They also educate and provide tools which help women and children face challenges specific to their own lives,” he stated. “I look forward to learning more and to supporting UNICEF any way I can.”Mr. Bloom joins a growing list of luminaries lending their star power to raise awareness of children’s issues, including tennis player Roger Federer, pop singer Shakira, footballer David Beckham and actor Jackie Chan. read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina UN mission condemns murder of Sarajevo police chief

The United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) today condemned the murder of the Chief of Police of Srpsko Sarajevo.Zeljko Makovic was shot dead last night in front of his home, and an intense investigation into the assassination has begun, the Mission said. Local police from Sokolovac deployed to the site of the murder immediately while the investigative judge and public prosecutor from the court in Lukavica went to the crime scene this morning. The UN International Police Task Force, which accompanied local police to the scene, is closely monitoring the investigation. So far there is no information concerning the perpetrators or motives behind the killing.

Drugmaker Pfizers 2nd quarter profit sinks 79 per cent but still beats

by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 5:37 am MDT Drugmaker Pfizer’s 2nd quarter profit sinks 79 per cent but still beats analyst expectations Pfizer’s second-quarter earnings plunged 79 per cent from last year, when the world’s second-largest drugmaker booked a $10 billion-plus gain from a business spinoff.The New York company said Tuesday it earned $2.91 billion, or 45 cents per share, down from $14.1 billion, or $1.98 per share, last year. Adjusted earnings totalled 58 cents per share, a penny more than analysts expected.Revenue slipped 2 per cent to $12.77 billion, $300 million above forecasts.Among Pfizer’s top medicines, sales climbed 16 per cent to $1.32 billion for pain and fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica and 14 per cent to $1.1 billion for its Prevnar vaccines against pneumonia and other infections. Pfizer noted increased generic competition to multiple Pfizer drugs, plus the end of some revenue-producing partnerships, cut revenue $850 million in the quarter.Pfizer Inc. is best known for creating medicines for the masses, including the erectile dysfunction pill Viagra, Prevnar and cholesterol fighter Lipitor, which was the world’s top-selling drug for a decade.CEO Ian Read has been selling noncore assets and reducing costs to free up money for research on diabetes, cancer and other complex disorders needing better treatments.Over the past three years, Pfizer divested its capsule-making and nutrition businesses. In June 2013, it spun off its remaining stake in its animal health business as a new company, Zoetis Inc., receiving an after-tax $10.6 billion gain.Then in May, British drugmaker AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer’s $119 billion buyout proposal, which would have been the largest deal in pharmaceutical history. Besides gaining AstraZeneca’s drugs and pipeline, Pfizer wanted to move its legal headquarters to England to get a lower tax rate than it faces in the U.S., a strategy called “inversion” that is suddenly hot in corporate America.In an interview, Read said Pfizer continues to look at deals of all sizes, with three goals: improving its portfolio of new and experimental drugs, limiting overlap in research and sales forces, and lowering its tax bill, as inversion would do.“There is a limited number of companies” that meet all three aims, Read said.He said the company continues to push the federal government to reform the corporate tax structure, which taxes companies at a high 35 per cent, including profits made overseas and brought back to the U.S. Most other countries tax businesses only on profits made inside their borders, putting U.S.-based companies at a disadvantage, Read said.Pfizer noted it’s awaiting U.S. approval of a meningitis B vaccine and will apply next month for approval of its highest-profile experimental drug, palbociclib for advanced breast cancer.Erik Gordon, an analyst and professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business said the 13 per cent jump in research spending in the quarter “may scare investors who are wary of Pfizer’s spotty record in turning internal R&D into successful products.”The company reaffirmed its 2014 forecast for adjusted earnings of $2.20 to $2.30 per share. Analysts expect $2.24.In afternoon trading, Pfizer shares were down 15 cents at $29.95. ___Business Writer Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this story.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at www.twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iran UN rights experts appeal for urgent medical care for detained political

The experts have made a number of urgent appeals to the Iranian Government about the denial of medical care and mistreatment of blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari and religious cleric Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi. However, a formal response from the Government to the most recent appeals is yet to be received, the experts noted in a news release. “We are gravely concerned about the worsening health condition of Mr. Pourshajari and Mr. Boroujerdi, who require urgent access to specialist medical treatment outside prison,” they stated. “The prison authorities have so far denied this fundamental right, despite prison physicians recommending such urgent care.”Mr. Pourshajari (aka Siamak Mehr) was arrested for blogging in September 2010, and is currently serving a four-year prison term in Ghezal Hesar prison in Karaj. He had a heart attack and has been suffering from prostate disease, and has kidney stones, high sugar level, breathing problems, and high blood pressure.Mr. Boroujerdi, currently held in Evin Prison, was arrested for his religious beliefs on 8 October 2006 and is serving 11 years in prison. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, breathing and walking problems, kidney stones and a heart condition. According to the news release, the two men’s health condition, deemed to require urgent hospital transfer, has deteriorated due to “physical abuse, poor prison conditions, prolonged solitary confinement, and other forms of repeated torture and ill-treatment.”The experts reminded the Iranian Government of its obligations under international standards to respect the prisoners’ right to health and to ensure humane treatment, which requires transferring sick prisoners who need specialist medical care to a specialized institution or civil hospital.“Mr. Pourshajari and Mr. Boroujerdi were imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression. They should not only receive urgent medical treatment but also be released,” said the experts. The Special Rapporteurs on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; on the right to health, Anand Grover; on torture, Juan Méndez; on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue; and on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt are all appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and charged with monitoring, reporting and advising on human rights issues in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more

Ohio Guard Base Local Health Agencies Sign Partnership Agreements

first_imgImmunization backup technicians from the medical component of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing will deliver medical services to surrounding communities in north central Ohio, under training affiliation agreements the wing signed last week with two local health departments.The agreements will allow the 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group to support the Ashland County-City and Richland County health departments while fulfilling training requirements.“Today we sign and formalize the agreement and as our members need training, we will reach out to the partnerships and work out the details,” said Col. Dan Tack, vice commander of the wing.The agreements were reached under the Air Force Community Partnership program. At least week’s meeting hosted by the 179th Airlift Wing and 200th REDHORSE Squadron, based at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, military and community officials also discussed ways to advance collaboration efforts in areas such as blight removal, joint small arms firing ranges and snow removal, reported the 179th Airlift Wing.An initiative allowing the Air National Guard to support neighboring communities with the demolition of deteriorating and unsafe structures would require the Realistic Military Training (RMT) program to be amended. The RMT program would need to approve the use of Air National Guard personnel and equipment to assist in a public-funded blight removal project.“RMT provides realistic military training, critical to force readiness, off federal property. This program applies to any training. However, it currently does not apply to the National Guard in Title 32 status,” said Lt. Col. Troy Cramer, of the 179th Airlift Wing.The Office of Force Training for Readiness is expected to amend its requirements by this summer, Cramer said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BMW Drives in M6 Gran Coupé Price Feature Details

first_imgGerman carmaker BMW launched its M6 Gran Coupé in India with a price tag of ₹1.75 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).The petrol-powered performance oriented four door coupe is based on M5 sedan platform and comes with two twin-scroll turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine, which can churn out a power of 560PS between 6,000 to 7,000rpm and a peak torque of 680Nm at 1,500-5,750rpm.The engine is mated to 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and can accelerate 0-100kmph in 4.2 seconds.The latest BMW coupe comes in four power modes- Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and the Sport+ and packs safety features like airbags for the driver and passenger, side airbags for the driver and passenger, ABS, EBD, CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).Other features of the car include carbon-fiber roof, 20-way power adjustable and heated M Sport seats, rear-parking camera, keyless entry and stop/start system.The cars will directly challenge Audi RS 7 in the domestic market. Audi RS 7, the company’s most powerful offering in India comes with biturbo V8 engine under the hood and the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km in 3.9 seconds and generate a top speed of 305 km. It is priced at ₹1.28 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai).Recently, the company had rolled out its locally manufactured BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in India, with a price tag of ₹42.75 lakh. Carrying sporty and elegant look, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo comes with 2.0-litre BMW Twinpower turbo four cylinder diesel engine, which can churn out a power of 184 bhp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 380 Nm.The car accelerates from 0 to 100kmph in 7.9 seconds and can attain a top speed of 226 kmph. It is being produced at the BMW Plant at Mahindra World City in Singaperumal Koil, near Chennai and comes with features like coupe-style roofline, frameless side windows and a flowing rear end with large load aperture.last_img read more

Domestic global commodity prices not in sync study

first_imgThough international commodity prices have declined and the inflation significantly decreased on a year-on-year basis, there is still sustained price increase in various commodities, said an analysis by a business chamber released on Saturday.PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Impact of decline in global commodity prices on India’s inflation” notes international commodity prices fell continuously from April 2014 to September 2015 but this did not find correspondence nationally.Price decline was the highest for crude at 56 percent followed by steel (33 percent), cotton (27 percent), maize (25 percent), sugar (24 percent), copper (22 percent) and gold (13 percent), said the report drawing data from the office of the economic adviser to the government, but observed that wholesale prices in India have declined at a slower rate of 16.8 percent for fuel and power, 13.6 percent for sugar, 6.3 percent for basic metal alloys and metal product, 4.4 percent for cotton textiles and 0.3 percent for manufactured products.Though steel declined by 33 percent globally, it translated to only a decline of 6.3 percent in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) of basic metal alloys and metal products and with a similar pattern for cotton textiles and manufactured products.”This clearly indicates the presence of numerous factors which are not allowing the prices to come down at par with international commodity prices,” said chamber president Alok B. Shriram in a statement.And in contrast, the WPI for certain commodities surged in recent times.Vegetables recorded the maximum increase at 35.4 percent followed by food articles (10.6 percent), cement and lime (4.8 percent), cereals (1.4 percent) and edible oils (1.2 percent).”Increase in the wholesale prices of these commodities is an indication of growing demand for consumer goods and construction activities,” said the report but highlighted that if the declining international commodity prices are fully factored in the prices of essential commodities, there is room for Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to soften the monetary policy stance as inflation will remain subdued.last_img read more

Alibaba buys control of Lazada in 1 billion bet on SE Asia

first_imgAlibaba Group Holding Ltd has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Southeast Asian on line retailer Lazada Group for about $1 billion, its biggest deal overseas, as the Chinese e-commerce giant seeks fertile new turf while growth slows at home.Lazada, founded by Germany’s Rocket Internet in 2012, is headquartered in Singapore and also operates in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. That affords Alibaba a chance to tap the region’s growth potential, but the market is also competitive and fragmented, with only a tiny fraction of total retail sales currently conducted on line.”Southeast Asia has a lot of overlap with China in terms of consumer habits, intra-regional trade and tastes,” said Duncan Clark, chairman of investment advisory firm BDA China and author of a book on Alibaba.”Rocket in this case has managed to create a successful, multi-market player in a region which needs scale and breadth to be viable. This has obvious appeal to Alibaba.”Lazada saw revenue jump 81 percent to $190.0 million in the first nine months of 2015, while active customers more than tripled to 7.3 million. However, its adjusted loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation more than doubled to $212.9 million. Rocket reports 2015 figures on Thursday.Under the deal announced on Tuesday — Alibaba’s biggest overseas investment so far, according to Thomson Reuters data — the firm will buy about $500 million of newly issued Lazada shares. The rest will be bought from current shareholders.These include Britain’s biggest supermarket operator, Tesco Plc, which said it would sell an 8.6 percent stake for $129 million, valuing Lazada at $1.5 billion. Rocket and Swedish investor Kinnevik will also sell shares.Neither Alibaba nor Lazada specified the size of the stake purchased, but the sales imply a two-thirds holding.Alibaba also has the option, 12-18 months after the deal closes, to buy remaining stakes from Lazada shareholders.TOUGH, HOME AND AWAYChina is getting tougher for Alibaba. In the last three months of 2015, the total value of goods transacted on the company’s e-commerce sites rose by its slowest annual rate in more than three years.The company has been hit by a barrage of issues, including China’s worst economic growth in a quarter of a century, an effort to clean up prevalent fakes on Alibaba’s platforms, and tough competition from smaller rival JD.com Inc, analysts have said.Rocket Internet is known for funding and ultimately selling start-ups that follow the model of successful existing businesses. When Lazada first emerged, it was pegged as a Southeast Asian version of Amazon.com Inc.The sale is welcome news for Rocket, which has seen its stock sag since it listed in October 2014 on investor concern that all its leading start-ups are still making heavy losses. The stock was up 4.9 percent at 1144 GMT.”We had always had concerns that Lazada could fall victim to intense competition from Alibaba, yet here we have an example of an Internet giant buying out the smaller competitor at a substantial valuation,” said Berenberg analyst Sarah Simon.”Fears that Rocket Internet cannot build credible businesses should thus be appeased.”Lazada works with third-party players and develops its own logistics to improve goods delivery to customers’ doors. In December, the company said it planned to double its number of warehouses from 10 to 20 over the next few years to keep up with a surge in e-commerce from customers outside big cities.The deal isn’t Alibaba’s first investment in Southeast Asia. The Chinese company also has a stake in logistics firm Singapore Post Ltd.The e-commerce market for business-to-consumer sales across all of Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand was just $10.5 billion in 2015, or 1.5 percent of retail volume, according to consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan.By comparison, it accounts for 12 percent of retail in China, and 8 percent in the United States.Lazada chief executive Max Bittner said Southeast Asia “is highly fragmented and diverse with significant barriers to entry”.Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited acted as exclusive financial adviser to Alibaba on the transaction, while Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC was exclusive financial adviser to Lazada.last_img read more

Shot on OnePlus OnePlus 7 Pro camera revisited Samples

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro is the best flagship smartphone produced by the company and it is also the first one with a significant camera upgrade. The triple rear camera setup combining 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP f/2.2 lens sounded great on paper, but early impressions didn’t quite meet the expectations. But then, OnePlus decided to do its software magic and perceptions changed.OnePlus 7 Pro recently got updated with OxygenOS 9.5.7, which brought significant camera improvements. From improved contrast and colour performance to white balance consistency and much more. As I read the software changelog while updating the OnePlus 7 Pro with 125MB software on international roaming using mobile data, I didn’t quite care about the data limit on my prepaid plan as I was more excited about testing out the extensive changes.What happened next couldn’t be said better than simply showing the photo samples I shot on OnePlus 7 Pro from my recent trip to Thailand. The beautiful landscapes surely worked in favour, but OnePlus 7 Pro justly worked its wonders in some cases and exceeded my expectations in others. OnePlus 7 Pro camera reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanBelow are the camera samples taken from OnePlus 7 Pro in different modes, including Portrait (in low-light as well), wide-angle, normal and Nightscape. A few selfies are also included in the slideshow gallery. 1/28 OnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Wide-angle modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Nightscape modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Front camera sampleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Front camera sampleIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextFrankly, I wasn’t entirely impressed with what OnePlus had to offer in the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera, but a series of software updates changed my views about the phone. The camera is on par with some big flagships in the market (not the Pixel grade, but greatly close).It’s the overall package of OnePlus 7 Pro paired with the updated camera that makes it a no-brainer flagship choice in 2019. You can also compare shots and read my full review of OnePlus 7 Pro from a month ago. A lot has changed since then, mostly in the camera department. Close OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

Amazon sells sandals imprinted with Mahatma Gandhis face after India flag doormat

first_imgGlobal major online retailer Amazon seems to have not learnt from the flaks it received for selling doormats with Indian flag on them as it has stirred up yet another controversy by offering ‘Gandhi flip flops’ imprinted with Mahatma Gandhi’s face.The ‘Gandhi flip flops’ are currently available for purchase on Amazon US at $16.99 (around Rs 1,200). It has been described as quality foam rubber flip flops with “soft polyester tops and contoured rubber straps for great comfort…great as beach sandals, pool shoes, or party slippers.”[READ: Amazon Canada withdraws Indian flag doormat after Sushma Swaraj intervenes]This move may stir up another controversy as many may not want to see people stamp their feet on Mahatma Gandhi’s face. Gandhi is called “Father of the Nation” in India and thousands of people across the globe revere him for his good work and ideology.The popular e-commerce site had also invited the wrath of Indians a few days ago by selling doormats featuring Indian flag in Canada. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had threatened not to grant India visa to any Amazon official and also rescind the visas issued earlier if the company didn’t withdraw all the products that insult the Indian national flag from its website and tender an unconditional apology for the disrespectful act.”Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level,” Sushma Swaraj had tweeted.The product was immediately pulled down from the website after the stern warning.In a letter to the External Affairs Minister of India, Amazon expressed regrets for hurting the sensibilities of the Indians by selling doormats with the national flag on its Canada website. The letter said that it was not Amazon, but a third-party seller that had listed the controversial products for sale. It added that the company is committed to “respecting Indian laws and customs” and expressed regret for offending Indian sensibilities.last_img read more

Slow traffic on DhakaTangail highway

first_imgSlow traffic on Dhaka-Tangail highwayTraffic was seen moving slowly on Dhaka-Tangail Highway on Saturday due to heavy pressure of vehicles ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, reports news agency UNB.Besides, a road accident in Mirzapur of Tangail in the morning created a long tailback on the highway, inflicting sufferings to the home-bound passengers.Highway police said traffic movement on the highway remained suspended for an hour as a truck driver was killed in a collision between his truck and a bus in Mirzapur around 3am.Traffic was moving slowly at Kaliakoir bypass, Sutrapur, Alenga and Mirzapur parts of the highway in the morning.Many home-bound people were seen waiting for bus in different areas due to the lack of enough vehicles and many people were going to their destinations traveling on the roof of bus, truck and pickup van.Besides, a heavy pressure of vehicles was noticed on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Chandana and Chandra intersection point, keeping several hundred vehicles stranded on the highway.Although there was no tailback vehicles were moving slowly on the highway.Talking to UNB, Gazipur Police super Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid said police, ansar member and community police are working on the highways to reduce sufferings of Eid holidaymakers.UNB Comilla Correspondent reports there are no tailback on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in the morning.last_img read more

Facebook Reportedly Working on New SnapchatLike Messaging App for Instagram

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Facebook has been working on a new private messaging app for Instagram, according to a report by The Verge. The new app, dubbed Threads, is meant to help users share their location and other details with their closest Instagram friends.A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment.Threads allows users to exchange private messages with their closest Instagram friends, according to the report. In addition, it also offers users the option to automatically update their status, and share it with their friends. This could include information about their location, whether they are currently on the move, and more.The app would be largely complementary to Instagram, and even mirror some of the photo sharing app’s messaging features. However, the idea seems to be to give Instagram users a space to more easily communicate with their close contacts, without having to worry about connections their other Instagram followers and not-so-close friends. Popular on Variety center_img In many ways, this seems to be a response to Snapchat emphasizing connections with friends over influencers — something that’s been at the core of the app’s 2018 redesign. Facebook has not been shy about taking inspiration from Snapchat in the past, with the cloning of Snapchat’s Stories format being the most notable example.At the same time, Facebook has also been trying similar forms of private messaging. In 2017, Instagram began working on a private messaging app called Direct, which it ultimately abandoned in May. At the time, executives told the press that users simply didn’t want to switch back and forth between multiple apps for messaging.Some of Facebook’s more recent moves could alleviate at least part of that problem. The company has been making a push to integrate all of its messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp, allowing users to message each other across these apps. This could conceivably also apply to Threads, allowing users to exchange messages with their Instagram friends without forcing them to download yet another app first.last_img read more

Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster

first_img August 5, 2019 — Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) software to assist in identifying urgent life-threatening conditions on patient computed tomography (CT) scans. The commercial solution from medical AI company Aidoc automatically prioritizes critical medical conditions, ensuring patients are diagnosed and treated faster. Montefiore Nyack is the first regional hospital in the New York metropolitan area to use Aidoc, joining more than 160 medical centers worldwide.A member of the academic medical center Montefiore Health System, Montefiore Nyack Hospital has developed a reputation for working with industry to help develop and implement state-of-the-art technology to improve patient care. “Incorporating artificial intelligence into our workflow process enables our physicians to expedite care for our most critical patients,” said Evan Kaminer, M.D., director of radiology and president of the medical staff at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. “The integration of Aidoc was fast and seamless, and the results were witnessed almost immediately. In one month alone, Aidoc flagged 77 patients with acute intracranial hemorrhage.”“We are happy to be able to partner with a technology leader such as Aidoc,” said Mark Geller, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore Nyack Hospital. “We are thrilled to be able to include this revolutionary technology in the care of our community.”Aidoc has integrated Change Healthcare Workflow Intelligence radiology workflow manager, already in use by Montefiore Nyack. With this new integration, Aidoc has built a strong AI collaboration with Change Healthcare, providing radiologists with a unified AI-driven workflow. Aidoc’s always-on solution has three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearances for flagging intracranial hemorrhage, cervical spine fracture and pulmonary embolism — life-threatening conditions that need immediate treatment. Aidoc works alongside radiologists by prioritizing these critical cases, moving them to the top of the worklist to be diagnosed immediately. In the most urgent cases, Aidoc can cut the time from scan to diagnosis to just a few minutes. For more information: www.aidoc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Local Keeps introduces Costa Rican artisans to the world

first_img JohnHowardcoloredtoucan_big https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/JohnHowardcoloredtoucan_big.jpg While visiting farmer’s markets and ferias, Galit Flasterstein realized she could use her passion for locally made goods to showcase the talent of the Costa Rican people. Today, that idea has become a reality through Flasterstein’s new startup, Local Keeps. Co-owned with her husband, Eric Scharf, the online marketplace already features more than 1,000 Costa Rica-made products and is introducing artisanal Tico goods to the world. And it’s doing so in a way that supports Costa Rican artisans and consumers alike. “Local Keeps brings you close to the country and its people by curating and recommending the finest expressions of every product,” Flasterstein says. Local Keeps’ strategy is targeted curation coupled with a global audience, and it all starts from their headquarters near San José. The Local Keeps team explores markets and fairs across Costa Rica to find unique, memorable products. The Local Keeps staff builds relationships with each company — called “Makers” — to test their creations and ensure ethical business practices. If satisfied with the results, the artisanal “Keeps” appear on the Local Keeps catalogue, an e-commerce store that delivers to tourists and travelers in Costa Rica and worldwide. From mango-seed necklaces, to traditional chorreador coffee-makers, to hand-stitched bags, Local Keeps highlights Makers with a passion for Costa Rica. They promote small businesses that are eco-conscious and give back to their Tico communities. 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Flasterstein hopes Local Keeps will contribute to Costa Rica’s economy by helping artisan  companies — some as small as a single person — tap into a global market. Since sales began earlier this year, Local Keeps has already seen signs of a positive impact. During a recent trip to Costa Rica, for example, one woman fell in love with a unique all-natural deodorant. After returning home, she purchased a year’s supply through Local Keeps. The international connection was a significant sale for a Costa Rican Maker who previously didn’t market online or abroad. With Local Keeps, tourists and travelers can receive authentic Costa Rican products wherever they are in the world — from Liberia (Guanacaste) to Liberia (Africa), from San José (Costa Rica) to San Jose (California). Whether you want to remember a Costa Rican adventure or experience a taste of pura vida from afar, Local Keeps connects Tico Makers with a global audience. And every high-quality Keep comes tested and approved, with the personal touch of a small-business artisan.“There’s so much excitement when a product goes abroad,” Flasterstein says. “But even as we grow, we want to keep it personal.” To learn more, or to explore the Local Keeps catalogue, visit LocalKeeps.com. This story was sponsored by Local Keeps. 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Puerto Rico governor says declaring bankruptcy was option

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Garcia said he has since rejected the proposal in favor of the current push to get rules that would allow only Puerto Rico’s public agencies to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9. A U.S. House committee is studying the issue amid growing concerns about the government’s ability to repay its debt.Declaring complete bankruptcy for the whole island government would not have been good for Puerto Rico, Garcia said.“It’s not something that’s being considered right now,” he said. “It would have been less than impossible to obtain approval for such a measure, but we have to be responsible and evaluate everything that’s on the table.”Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, criticized Garcia for pursuing such a proposal in private.“It’s an irresponsible move that greatly damages Puerto Rico’s image before Congress and the financial markets,” Pierluisi said.Garcia returned last weekend from an official trip to Washington, where he met with U.S. legislators to talk about the Chapter 9 bankruptcy proposal and other issues.Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank, which oversees the island’s debt transactions, has warned that the government could have to shut down in the coming months if new measures to generate revenue are not taken. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor confirmed Wednesday that his administration recently pursued a proposal to request that the U.S. Congress allow the island’s heavily indebted government to declare bankruptcy amid an economic crisis.Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s public acknowledgement of the proposal comes as the U.S. territory struggles with $72 billion in public debt amid a nearly decade-long economic slump. Garcia recently signed a bill to increase the island’s sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent and to create a new 4 percent tax on professional services. The sales tax increase goes into effect July 1 and the new services tax on Oct. 1, with a transition to a value-added tax by April 1.Legislators are now debating a proposed $9.8 billion budget that calls for $674 million in cuts and sets aside $1.5 billion to help pay off Puerto Rico’s debt. The budget has to be approved by June 30.___Danica Coto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danicacotoCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

AG speaks out on brothers allegations  updated

first_imgIn two of the three criminal cases adjudged in favour of Bank of Cyprus, a fundamental ingredient of justice was not upheld, namely the absence of the appearance of bias, Attorney-general Costas Clerides said on Tuesday.The AG finally broke his silence amid a maelstrom raging over his brother’s public allegations that the supreme court has been captured by a top law firm, Chrysafinis & Polyviou.In appeals heard before the supreme court, all three cases against Bank of Cyprus – understood to be the top client of the same law firm – were dismissed and the defendants acquitted.In a lengthy statement, AG Clerides stressed that his brother’s views were his own, and that there had been no collusion between them in terms of coordinating their public remarks.He was alluding to his brother’s posts on Facebook in December, where Nicos Clerides wrote:“Our courts are controlled by the Polyviou and Chrysafinis law firm. There is not a single supreme court judge who does not have a child at the law office that promotes the banks’ interests,” the AG’s brother had said of the firm, which represents Bank of Cyprus.Referring to the supreme court’s final judgment in the market manipulation (insider information) case filed against Bank of Cyprus, the AG noted that “three of the five judges on the appeals court have children or a spouse who are employed at the law firm representing the Bank and its officer in the appeals process.”Citing court transcripts, Clerides said that at the beginning of the appeals process, which got underway on January 11, 2018, none of the members of the supreme court volunteered this information regarding their connection to the defendants’ law firm.This was despite the fact that two days prior, on January 9, the European Court of Human Rights, in the case of Nicholas v. Cyprus, had stated:“Given the importance of appearances, however, when such a situation (which can give rise to a suggestion or appearance of bias) arises, that situation should be disclosed at the outset of the proceedings…This is an important procedural safeguard which is necessary in order to provide adequate guarantees in respect of both objective and subjective impartiality.”It was only after the state prosecutor, acting on Clerides’ instructions, raised the matter in court that the judges made a statement disclosing their connections to persons employed in the law firm.In its judgment, the Echr also stated: “An automatic disqualification on the basis of such ties…is not necessarily required. It is, however, a situation or affiliation that could give rise to misgivings as to the judge’s impartiality.”In short, the European Court did not mandate that judges should automatically recuse themselves from a case. However, Clerides added, the Echr ruling does not require court judges to assess the appearance of bias if and only if the litigants raise the matter of recusal – the judges ought to have done this on their own initiative, which they did not.In the second trial against Bank of Cyprus, both the lender and its former CEO Andreas Eliades were eventually cleared of the charge of market manipulation, with the supreme court overturning the prior ruling of the criminal court.In a 2 to 1 decision, the three-bench court found that Bank of Cyprus and Eliades, whereas they had made false representations about the financial status of the bank, did not do so with intent to manipulate the market but rather to ‘reassure’ shareholders.This decision was erroneous, Clerides said. However, more worrying is what transpired shortly later.“It emerged after this judgment that, close relatives of the chair of the appeals court, who happens to be the president of the supreme court, and whose vote decided the outcome of the case in the bank’s favour, that is to say the judge’s daughter and sister, had benefited from an out-of-court settlement in a lawsuit they had filed against the bank, relating to claims they made concerning the conversion of their deposits into bonds.”Thought not naming the judge, Clerides was referring to Myron Nicolatos, the president of the supreme court.He went on: “In the case of the judge’s daughter, who during the material time was a minor, all legal acts relating to the handling of the bonds in question had been handled by the judge himself, in his capacity as the minor’s father.“In my view, this poses a very serious matter of objective impartiality, which ought to have led to the non-participation of the [supreme court] president in the proceedings of a serious criminal case. At the very least, this fact [the judge’s connection] should have been disclosed during the appeals process, in order that the litigants might express their opinions.“Unfortunately, none of this took place.”Given the above, Clerides concluded, “in the two aforementioned appeals it is impossible to state that the fundamental principle of justice was upheld, namely that justice must not only be administered, but first and foremost it must appear to be administered.”Firing back hours later, the supreme court issued a written statement defending its conduct.It cited the transcripts from the court proceedings, where the state prosecutor does raise the Echr ruling, but does not file a motion for recusal.There follow brief statements by each of the judges, two of whom (Stelios Nathaniel and Leonidas Parparinos) state that their daughters work for the Polyviou & Chrysafinis law firm. The third judge, Antonis Liatsos, states that his wife has been working for several years at the law firm of Christos Triantafyllides, which defended former chairman of the Bank of Cyprus board Andreas Artemi.The government is following the issue closely “due to its seriousness”, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said.“Both the President and the government express their concern over what is happening in the Justice sector, and they will not hesitate to act, if it is necessary, as is it outlined by the constitution,” Nicolaou said. You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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