October 18, 2019

Belgium: Muslim Students Denied School Entry Because of Their Long Skirts

By Illah Soussi TamliOrlando, Florida – Long skirts, particularly those of darker colors, are no longer acceptable in certain institutions in Europe.Sarah a 15-year-old Muslim student in France set precedence to this new phenomenon. In April of 2015, upon her arrival to school, Sarah removed her head covering at the entrance, and yet was redirected home by the headmistress who felt that her long back skirt conspicuously portrayed religious affiliation and defied the rules of secularity in France. A very similar occurrence took place this past Friday in Brussels, Belgium. About thirty female Muslim students were denied entry to their school because their skirts were deemed too long.  The underlying reason was that this piece of garment is largely assimilated with “an ostentatious religious appearance”.The Muslim female students of l’Institut De Mot-Couvreur, resisted such treatment as they stood in protest outside the building until the arrival of the police who dispersed the demonstration.“We arrived around 8 am this morning. Large in number, we were attired in either long skirts or dresses of various colors. We were denied access because of this, and provided with the excuse that it was prohibited according to the institution’s regulations” Sana explains to the Belgian news magazine La Capitale. “Yet they only address religious symbols and long skirts of dark colors in their regulations” she insists. “I do not think my dress is dark. In addition, it is fashionable.”“This is not the first time we are sanctioned. Earlier this month I had points deduced for inappropriate behavior because I was wearing a skirt” states the 22 year old Dhnet Yasmina.In a video posted by Dirk De Block, the school’s director, he explained that this decision derived from the deputy mayor of Brussels, Faouzia Hariche, and not a concept he initiated himself.According to Dhnet, De Block had previously provided a notice of regulations to students, which stated that “the wearing of baggy pants, long skirts or dark dresses, and skirts or dresses over pants is not tolerated.”This past Friday the director of l’Institut De Mot-Couvreur refused to address the press regarding the case. He did however provide this explanation- he had been forbidden to speak by the “organizing authority”. read more

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Antipiracy measures must start with helping Somalia stabilize UN hears

29 September 2009Strengthening the rule of law is the critical factor to effectively tackling piracy in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles told the General Assembly today, saying the world’s countries have a shared responsibility to deal with the problem. Ronald Jumeau, Permanent Representative of Seychelles, told the final day of the Assembly’s annual high-level segment that his country was pleased that many States were becoming increasingly engaged in efforts to deal with piracy in the region. He stressed that the “root cause of the problem lies within Somalia; the long-term solution lies in strengthening the rule of law within Somalia.” Mr. Jumeau said it was important to take steps to ensure that piracy is not an economically viable activity, starting with enhancing coordination and information-sharing among the States of the region. “We must share information to ensure we are always ahead of the pirates by keeping vessels beyond their reach,” he said. “We must ensure there is enough deterrence in terms of military assets in the region. Seychelles alone has an exclusive economic zone of 1.4 million square kilometres to patrol and protect, something we would not be able to do effectively without the help of friendly countries.” In his address to the Assembly today, Grenada’s Foreign Minister Peter David highlighted the need to protect the waters of the Caribbean Sea from the transport of waste materials. He called for the General Assembly to strengthen the resolution on the issue. “The States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other members of the Association of Caribbean States depend on the tremendous benefits from the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea,” Mr. David said. “Yet these ocean-based resources are threatened by the trans-shipment of nuclear and other hazardous waste materials through our waters.” read more

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New UN political mission for TimorLeste approved

The new UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), a one-year follow-on mission to the current UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), will remain in the country until 20 May 2006. In the unanimously adopted resolution, the Council noted that the country’s emerging institutions were still in the process of consolidation and that further assistance was required to ensure sustained development and strengthening of key sectors, mainly rule of law, including justice, human rights, and support for the Timor-Leste police, and other public administration. The new Office will support the development of critical State institutions by providing up to 45 civilian advisers; support further development of the police through the provision of up to 40 police advisers, and bolster the development of the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) by providing up to 35 additional advisers, 10 of whom may be military advisers. It will also provide training in observance of democratic governance and human rights by providing up to 10 rights officers; and review progress on those fronts. The Council’s action came as a two-day international symposium on “UN Peacekeeping Operations in Post Conflict Timor-Leste” got underway in the capital Dili. In his message to the meeting, Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the progress Timor-Leste has made since 1999, and noted that with a new phase of UN involvement in the country about to begin, this was a key moment to reflect on the past and to discuss how the UN could better contribute to peacekeeping and peace-building in post conflict countries. The Council resolution asked that UNOTIL, when implementing its mandate, emphasize proper transfer of skills and knowledge in order to build the capacity of Timorese public institutions to deliver their services in accordance with the principles of the rule of law, justice, human rights, democratic governance, transparency, accountability and professionalism. Underlining that UN assistance to Timor-Leste should be coordinated with the efforts of bilateral and multilateral donors, regional mechanisms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector organizations and others, the Council encouraged the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to establish and chair a consultative group, made up of those stakeholders, that would meet regularly for that purpose. The Council also acknowledged the Secretary-General’s decision to send a Commission of Experts to Timor-Leste and Indonesia to review the serious crimes accountability processes, and reaffirmed the need for credible accountability for the serious human rights violations committed in 1999. It further underlined the need for the UN Secretariat, in agreement with the country’s authorities, to preserve a complete copy of all records compiled by the Serious Crimes Unit and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the work of the Secretary-General’s expert panel. The Council also said it looked forward to the Commission’s upcoming report exploring possible ways to address that issue, including ways to assist the Truth and Friendship Commission, which Indonesia and Timor-Leste had agreed to establish. read more

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Prisoners tops box office with 208 million in final Monday numbers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box-office-leading $20.8 million, a good start to Hollywood’s fall season.Final box office results were released Monday. Despite a lengthy running time and a dark story line, Warner Bros.’ “Prisoners” found a large audience for adult-oriented material.Also in new release, the dance film “Battle of the Year,” which stars R&B singer Chris Brown and was slammed by critics, opened poorly with $4.6 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:1. “Prisoners,” Warner Bros., $20,817,053, 3,260 locations, $6,386 average, $20,817,053, one week.2. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” FilmDistrict, $13,801,818, 3,155 locations, $4,375 average, $60,157,078, two weeks.3. “The Family,” Relativity Media, $7,000,722, 3,091 locations, $2,265 average, $25,641,244, two weeks.4. “Instructions Not Included,” Lionsgate, $5,396,688, 978 locations, $5,518 average, $33,958,413, four weeks.5. “Battle of the Year,” Sony, $4,603,177, 2,008 locations, $2,292 average, $4,603,177, one week.6. “We’re the Millers,” Warner Bros., $4,558,271, 3,003 locations, $1,518 average, $138,064,568, seven weeks.7. “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” Weinstein Co., $4,193,123, 2,931 locations, $1,431 average, $106,341,237, six weeks.8. “Riddick,” Universal, $3,656,620, 3,022 locations, $1,210 average, $37,164,910, three weeks.9. “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros., $3,093,998, 318 locations, $9,730 average, $3,093,998, one week.10. “Planes,” Disney, $2,709,736, 2,446 locations, $1,108 average, $86,392,029, seven weeks.11. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Fox, $1,776,271, 1,473 locations, $1,206 average, $64,248,082, seven weeks.12. “Elysium,” Sony, $1,466,321, 1,392 locations, $1,053 average, $90,790,030, seven weeks.13. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $1,360,420, 1,004 locations, $1,355 average, $360,730,820, 12 weeks.14. “Blue Jasmine,” Spc, $1,212,206, 847 locations, $1,431 average, $29,605,701, nine weeks.15. “One Direction: This Is Us,” Sony, $1,130,536, 1,706 locations, $663 average, $28,450,526, four weeks.16. “The World’s End,” Focus, $716,329, 833 locations, $860 average, $25,223,642, five weeks.17. “2 Guns,” Universal, $650,480, 752 locations, $865 average, $74,468,145, eight weeks.18. “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Sony/screen Gems, $650,370, 1,047 locations, $621 average, $30,654,901, five weeks.19. “Thanks For Sharing,” Roadside, $540,281, 269 locations, $2,008 average, $540,281, one week.20. “The Smurfs 2,” Sony, $533,021, 596 locations, $894 average, $69,583,692, eight weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2013 5:05 pm MDT ‘Prisoners’ tops box office with $20.8 million in final Monday numbers read more

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Addressing UN Assembly India says Pakistan must eschew terrorism before talks can

“We do not need four points, we need just one – give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk. This was precisely what was discussed and decided by the two Prime Ministers at Ufa this July,” she asserted at the annual General Debate, referring to the proposal presented by Pakistan yesterday.She said it is unacceptable for a country to support terrorism as part of statecraft. She also deplored Pakistan’s inaction against terrorists who, she said, masterminded the Mumbai attacks in 2008.“The world shared our outrage at the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which citizens of many nations were helplessly butchered. That the mastermind behind the attack is walking free is an affront to the entire international community. Not only have past assurances in this regard not been honoured but new cross-border terrorist attacks have taken place recently, in which two terrorists from across the border have also been captured alive,” she added. Mrs. Swaraj said that the purpose of these attacks is meant to destabilize India and legitimize Pakistan’s illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir “and its claim on the rest of it.” However, she asserted that ‘India remains open to dialogue’ but insisted that talks and terror cannot go together. “Let us hold talks at the level of National Security Agency (NSAs) on all issues connected to terrorism and an early meeting of our Directors General of Military Operations to address the situation on the border. If the response is serious and credible, India is prepared to address all outstanding issues through a bilateral dialogue,” said Mrs. Swaraj.She also reiterated India’s stance on defeating international terrorism through organized international action. “The world must demonstrate that it has zero tolerance for terrorists who kill and maim innocent civilians with action based on the principle of prosecute or extradite. Countries that provide financing to terrorists and safe havens for their training, arming and operations must be made to pay a heavy price by the international community,” she said. She also urged the pressing need to reform the UN Security Council to preserve the centrality and legitimacy of the UN.“How can we have a Security Council in 2015 which still reflects the geo-political architecture of 1945? How can we have a Security Council which still does not give place as a permanent member to Africa and Latin America?” she asked. She further suggested that more developing nations be included in the decision-making structures of the Security Council. She also pressed for changing what she described as the Council’s outdated and non-transparent working methods.Mrs. Swaraj also applauded UN’s recent adoption of Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), calling them ‘”a blueprint more comprehensive and holistic than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” read more

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New graduate leadership award named in honour of former Dean

Marilyn Rose The Faculty of Graduate Studies will mark the 10th year anniversary of its Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference with the presentation of a new annual award.The Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award will be presented for the first time at the conference on Thursday, April 9. The award recognizes faculty, staff and students for their vision and leadership on behalf of graduate studies at Brock in areas such as academic programming, research and scholarship, student services, and student experience initiatives.This is the second award to be set up by the Faculty in conjunction with its annual conference. In 2011, the Graduate Mentorship Awards were established to recognize excellence in graduate student supervision.Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, says the award is another way in which the conference can celebrate the best of graduate education at Brock.“We have opened the award nomination to the Brock community as a way to hear about the many and far-ranging contributions that individuals in our graduate programs are making to the graduate studies experience,” he says.Plyley adds that he’s thrilled that the award is named as special recognition of the former Dean, Marilyn Rose.Rose will give a keynote address to open the conference on April 9 and will also be part of the awards ceremony later in the day.“Marilyn made innumerable contributions as Dean over her seven-year term and provided leadership during a period of rapid growth in graduate education at Brock,” Plyley says.“In particular, she envisioned Mapping the New Knowledges as a means by which students from diverse disciplines could connect as researchers and scholars. The conference provided a foundation from which we have built a strong and vital graduate studies culture of researchers and scholars at Brock.”About 120 graduate students will give oral and poster research presentations throughout the day. The conference will also feature the finals of Brock’s 2015 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) contest, the winner of which will advance to compete in the Ontario contest on April 23 at Western University.Plyley extends an invitation to the Brock community to join in the celebration.“This is a milestone year for the conference. Jointly organized by the Faculty and the Graduate Students’ Association, the conference is unique for its focus on giving graduate students an opportunity to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with students and faculty across all of our programs,” he says.“Mapping the New Knowledges provides a welcoming and transdisciplinary environment in which Brock’s graduate studies community, students and faculty, can strengthen our alliance as researchers and scholars to discover new ways to work together in making a difference in our world.”MNK schedule8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine8:30 Welcoming/Opening Remarks, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine9:15 Concurrent Session 1, Plaza11 a.m. 3MT® Contest, Plaza 400 Level MezzanineNoon Lunch, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine1 p.m. Presentation of Graduate Mentorship Awards and the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine1:40 Concurrent Session 2, Plaza3 p.m. Coffee Break and Poster Viewing Session, Scotiabank Atrium, Cairns Complex4 p.m. Concurrent Session 3, Plaza5 p.m. Graduate Students’ Association Social, Isaac’sClosing remarks and the announcement of the 3MT® winner and runner-up and draw prizesResearch Matters Curiosity Shop Thursday, April 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Isaac’s:In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Mapping the New Knowledges, Research Services is hosting the Research Matters “Curiosity Shop.” Come to the booth to ask any questions you might have about any subject.Faculty and student researchers from one or more of Ontario’s 21 universities will answer your questions later online. The booth is a great way to engage in research conversations. Faculty, students and staff interested in helping out can sign up at the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) office or contact cmajtenyi@brocku.ca; 905-688-5550, x5789.Special 10th anniversary MNK presentation – Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics, Friday, April 10, 2:30 to 5 p.m., Thistle 325The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students’ Association will welcome Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics, to campus on Friday, April 10.Jorge will be in Thistle 325 to give a lecture, “The Power of Procrastination,” and sign books from 2:30 to 4 p.m., followed by the screening of The PhD Movie from 4 to 5 p.m. Register online. read more

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Revamped SAE to get new look

first_imgThe World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) is to be reformed after a recent meeting by the deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Konstantinos Tsiaras with the governing council of the organisation. SAE was formed in 1995 to consult and advise the Greek state on issues concerning Greeks abroad. Its Oceania branch is comprised of local Australian and New Zealand organisations. The fortunes of SAE, an entity completely funded by the Greek government, have ebbed low of late, due to the financial crisis in Greece. It was therefore decided that: 1. A slim-line committee, chaired by a representative of the Greek Attorney General’s Office and be comprised of members of the governing council of SAE, members of the Foreign Ministry and the Secretariat for Greeks Abroad is to be formed. Within two months, it will submit draft legislation outlining reforms in the organisation’s structure and operation. 2. The draft legislation will be submitted for discussion and review by ‘Greeks abroad’ after which time it will be put before parliament to be enacted in the usual manner. 3. Upon the legislation being passed by Parliament, the election of a new governing council for SAE will take place without delay. The Deputy Foreign Minister and the governing council of SAE are at great pains to point out that the new SAE shall be entirely self-funded, it shall be open to participation by and will represent all Greeks abroad and will act as an umbrella organisation for all existing Greek organisations throughout the world. Deputy Foreign Minister Tsiaras also raised the possibility that the governing council of SAE may be increased by nine members, these being “outstanding Greek personalities who reside abroad”. It remains unclear whether these will be appointed or elected as details of the proposed structure are yet to be determined. The prospect of a restructure of SAE was met with mixed emotions by representatives of its SAE Oceania Branch. While most welcomed the need for reform, delegates opined that the structure of Greek communities around the world in the global age is complex. Issues such as mixed marriages, language loss, the fact that the majority of the community here in Australia is disengaged from the local organisations currently recognised by the Greek government as representing them all need to be taken into account when determining who will be represented on the Council. Some delegates also expressed reservations about SAE’s advisory role to the Greek state on issues concerning Greeks abroad. One prominent delegate stated: “In the past, the mechanisms to provide advice simply did not work. Any new legislation will have to set out exactly how this new body is supposed to advise the Greek government, whether such advice will be binding and what redress is available to SAE should the Greek government not take its advice”. Concern was also expressed with regards to the method in which the proposed new legislation will be provided to the local community for comment, especially considering that SAE local branches exist diverse communities of Greeks throughout the world, all with different concerns and interests. “Who will review this document?” one local delegate asked. “Will it be an open forum or via written submission? If we are not happy with the proposals is there any scope for making change? None of these things are clear.” As the reform of the World Council of Greeks Abroad appear to be in its infancy, the consensus among Oceania SAE delegates is a cautious optimism for change, and the hope that the necessity for the existence of a worldwide network of unity will overcome any teething problems the revamped organisation will experience. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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iPad workshop by Pronia for the elderly and their carers

first_imgPeople aged over 65 years of age have seen rapid technological advances in their lifetime, while technology, and particularly access to computers, internet, and smartphones, has completely changed the aging process. Technology decreases feelings of isolation for seniors as it makes keeping in touch with family and friends easier.Participation in social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the use of Skype reportedly increases mental capabilities and memory, stimulates the brain and slows down dementia. Being able to access online support services or ask for help online has also helped to save lives. Not only the elderly, but also their carers and families can access the whole world by just clicking a button. Pronia has scheduled a free workshop on how to use an iPad for absolute beginners who either do not have an iPad or don’t know how to use one.There is a limited number of seats available. If you have an iPad you are encouraged to bring it along. When: Wednesday 10 May, 10.30 am to 12pmWhere: Monash Library Services at Clayton Community Centre, 9-15 Cooke St, Clayton, VIC. Bookings are necessary for this event. To book your place call Pronia on (03) 9388 9998. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Downtown Camas craves a comeback

first_imgClick to enlarge. Having weathered recent hard times, downtown Camas merchants are trying to position their Norman Rockwell-like business district for a comeback.These days, commerce isn’t exactly thriving on the city’s tree-lined section of Northeast Fourth Avenue. A half-dozen buildings and storefronts remain vacant, and some of the offices that once added to the downtown’s flavor have also disappeared.But Camas leaders and businesses pin their hopes for the sector’s recovery on downtown staples, such as the refurbished 85-year-old Liberty Theater, a few destination restaurants, boutiques and a martial arts studio that draws repeat regulars. Many are now touting recently announced plans for a new downtown brewpub as the city’s newest salvation.Those Camas shopkeepers and city officials confess the task of building on their modest gains won’t be easy, given contracting city budgets and consumers who are holding on tighter than ever to their shrunken disposable incomes.Seasoned business owners say they would advise downtown startups to have a fail-safe business plan and provide selection, service and community support.“In the 10 years since I’ve been here, I’ve seen each year, maybe three businesses open and one doesn’t make it,” said Dawn Stanchfield, owner of Lily Atelier, a downtown women’s clothing boutique.She predicted the brewpub planned at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street will have a successful run if its operators come up with the right mix of product.last_img read more

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire Cray consolidating supercomputer power

first_img Comments 9 Photos Tags 3:00 A Cray 2 supercomputer from 1985 at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. Stephen Shankland/CNET Hewlett Packard Enterprise is concentrating more supercomputing power in its own hands, announcing Friday a plan to acquire Cray just weeks after the high-performance computing specialist announced it’ll make what could become the fastest supercomputer ever.HPE said it’s agreed to acquire Seattle-based Cray in an all-cash deal worth about $1.3 billion expected to close by January 2020. The acquisition of the high-performance computing company will expand HPE’s portfolio and help lower the cost of Cray’s technology such as Slingshot, a high-speed network linking computing nodes into one big supercomputer, the company said.On May 7, the US Department of Energy said it’s working with Cray and AMD to build one of the world’s most powerful computers, called Frontier, due to arrive in 2021. It will have a performance of 1.5 exaflops, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, which is faster than the 1.0 exaflops supercomputer Cray is working on with Intel called the Aurora.  Share your voice Supercomputers Computerscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 10 Summit is the world’s smartest computer SGI ultimately sold the Cray assets to a small supercomputing firm, Tera Computer, in 2000, which renamed itself after the better-known brand. Now it’s HPE’s turn to take over, continuing its consolidation of the supercomputing market. Last year, HPE also acquired SGI. And if you need another illustration of the market’s instability, Rackable Systems acquired SGI and took over its name in 2009.HPE and Cray didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Originally published May 17, 8:23 a.m. PT.Update, 9:54 a.m. PT: Adds more history and background. Seymour Cray’s path to supercomputing Supercomputers are massive machines sometimes occupying as much room as a basketball court usually used to simulate reality in extraordinary detail. That can be used for projects like reconstructing the history of the universe, estimating if decades-old nuclear weapons will still explode, designing engines and aircraft, and forecasting the effects of global climate change.”Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation,” HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri said in a statement. “By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high-performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work.”Cray’s historic supercomputer nameThe Cray name is synonymous with supercomputing. Founded by Seymour Cray in 1972 after years working on scientific computers at his earlier company, Control Data Corp., it produced a series of high-power, high-prestige machines snapped up by customers like national laboratories doing nuclear weapons research.But supercomputing has been a tough business, and Cray’s corporate reality has changed as much as the computer technology it sells.High-performance computing rival Silicon Graphics, later called SGI, acquired Cray in 1996, while then-hot Sun Microsystems expanded its business computing ambitions by buying Cray’s 64-processor UE10000 “Starfire” design, sold as Sun’s Enterprise 10000.last_img read more

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Thorne Bay School District experiments with aquaponics

first_imgDownload AudioAbout five years ago, the Southeast Island School District in Thorne Bay put in a wood-fired boiler. A few years after, they built a greenhouse to take advantage of the excess heat.  This summer, the greenhouse transitioned from hydroponics to aquaponics.last_img

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From Rajinikanths Petta to Ajiths Viswasam here are highest grossing movies in

first_imgA collage of top performing movies at the Chennai box office.PR HandoutRajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam are in the top two positions in the list of highest-grossing profitable movies at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Not just the big-stars’ films, there are a few movies which have made good business in the capital city of Tamil Nadu without any A-list Tamil actor in the cast.Petta Rajinikanth’s Petta is at the numero uno position at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Released on January 9, the Karthik Subbaraj-directorial is estimated to have grossed over Rs 15.25 crore.Viswasam Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara’s Viswasam is a family entertainer packed with action and emotions. The Siruthai Siva-directorial, which is the highest-grosser in Tamil Nadu in the first quarter, has settled at the second place by raking in over Rs 12.50 crore in Chennai.Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Santhanam has returned to form with Dhilluku Dhuddu 2. The comedy entertainer enjoyed good viewership and turned out to be a successful venture for the makers and distributors. It has collected around Rs 4.20 crore in Chennai.Captain Marvel Hollywood’s market in Chennai has been growing at a rapid rate in the last couple of years and the business made by Captain Marvel is a clear indication of it. The movie has earned Rs 4.10 crore in Chennai and has occupied fourth place in the list.Thadam Arun Vijay’s Thadam has emerged as the surprise winner at the box office. The crime thriller has raked in over Rs 3.50 crore in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.LKG RJ Balaji’s LKG too is a surprise hit at the box office. The political satire went on to earn close to Rs 3.5 crore which is a very good number for a debutant as a hero. LKG.PR Handoutlast_img read more

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Will Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 Airlift Mastizaade do a Bajirao Mastani

first_imgAfter the box office success of Eros International Media-distributed film “Bajirao Mastani”, the spotlight will now be on Balaji Telefilms’ “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and Pritish Nandy Communications’ adult comedy “Mastizaade”, along with Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Balaji Telefilms (BTL) and Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) — both listed entities — would like to see a decent success at the box office, after “Bajirao Mastani” grossed over Rs 359 crore till its fifth weekend worldwide.The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, released on 18 December, the day Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” also released.In a regulatory filing with the BSE last month, PNC said the Sunny Leone-Tusshar Kapoor-Vir Das-starrer “Mastizaade” will release on 29 January, 2016, with an estimated 2,000 prints by Kumar Mangat’s Panorama Studios, which acquired the movie’s theatrical rights.Eros International Media, global distributor for “Bajirao Mastani”, grossed much more than the Rs 200-300 crore predicted by brokerage Maybank, as reported by NDTV.”Dilwale”, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, did better than “Bajirao Mastani”, grossing Rs 375 crore worldwide at the box office. The film was distributed by Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3″, produced by Ekta Kapoor’s BTL, has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9″ contestant Mandana Karimi, Gizele Thakral and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead, and will release on 22 January, 2016.BTL, which has interests in movies apart from Hindi and regional soaps, had earlier said in its post-second-quarter earnings presentation that movies would be part of its three-pronged strategy to become a media powerhouse in India, the other two being television content and digital business.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” is scheduled to release the same day Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Shares of Balaji Telefilms closed at Rs 119.40 on the BSE on Tuesday, up 5.11% from the previous close. In the past six months, the stock has appreciated almost 35%.PNC shares edged lower on Tuesday to close with a loss of 4.6% at Rs 20.70. The stock has gone up 55% in the past six months.,After the box office success of Eros International Media-distributed film “Bajirao Mastani”, the spotlight will now be on Balaji Telefilms’ “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and Pritish Nandy Communications’ adult comedy “Mastizaade”, along with Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Balaji Telefilms (BTL) and Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) — both listed entities — would like to see a decent success at the box office, after “Bajirao Mastani” grossed over Rs 359 crore till its fifth weekend worldwide.The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, released on 18 December, the day Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” also released.In a regulatory filing with the BSE last month, PNC said the Sunny Leone-Tusshar Kapoor-Vir Das-starrer “Mastizaade” will release on 29 January, 2016, with an estimated 2,000 prints by Kumar Mangat’s Panorama Studios, which acquired the movie’s theatrical rights.Eros International Media, global distributor for “Bajirao Mastani”, grossed much more than the Rs 200-300 crore predicted by brokerage Maybank, as reported by NDTV.”Dilwale”, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, did better than “Bajirao Mastani”, grossing Rs 375 crore worldwide at the box office. The film was distributed by Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3″, produced by Ekta Kapoor’s BTL, has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9″ contestant Mandana Karimi, Gizele Thakral and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead, and will release on 22 January, 2016.BTL, which has interests in movies apart from Hindi and regional soaps, had earlier said in its post-second-quarter earnings presentation that movies would be part of its three-pronged strategy to become a media powerhouse in India, the other two being television content and digital business.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” is scheduled to release the same day Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Shares of Balaji Telefilms closed at Rs 119.40 on the BSE on Tuesday, up 5.11% from the previous close. In the past six months, the stock has appreciated almost 35%.PNC shares edged lower on Tuesday to close with a loss of 4.6% at Rs 20.70. The stock has gone up 55% in the past six months.,After the box office success of Eros International Media-distributed film “Bajirao Mastani”, the spotlight will now be on Balaji Telefilms’ “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and Pritish Nandy Communications’ adult comedy “Mastizaade”, along with Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Balaji Telefilms (BTL) and Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) — both listed entities — would like to see a decent success at the box office, after “Bajirao Mastani” grossed over Rs 359 crore till its fifth weekend worldwide.The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, released on 18 December, the day Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” also released.In a regulatory filing with the BSE last month, PNC said the Sunny Leone-Tusshar Kapoor-Vir Das-starrer “Mastizaade” will release on 29 January, 2016, with an estimated 2,000 prints by Kumar Mangat’s Panorama Studios, which acquired the movie’s theatrical rights.Eros International Media, global distributor for “Bajirao Mastani”, grossed much more than the Rs 200-300 crore predicted by brokerage Maybank, as reported by NDTV.”Dilwale”, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, did better than “Bajirao Mastani”, grossing Rs 375 crore worldwide at the box office. The film was distributed by Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3″, produced by Ekta Kapoor’s BTL, has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9″ contestant Mandana Karimi, Gizele Thakral and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead, and will release on 22 January, 2016.BTL, which has interests in movies apart from Hindi and regional soaps, had earlier said in its post-second-quarter earnings presentation that movies would be part of its three-pronged strategy to become a media powerhouse in India, the other two being television content and digital business.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” is scheduled to release the same day Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Shares of Balaji Telefilms closed at Rs 119.40 on the BSE on Tuesday, up 5.11% from the previous close. In the past six months, the stock has appreciated almost 35%.PNC shares edged lower on Tuesday to close with a loss of 4.6% at Rs 20.70. The stock has gone up 55% in the past six months.last_img read more

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BNP gets green signal for 7 Nov rally Rizvi

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has again deferred its public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, marking ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’, to 12 November.The opposition political party originally sought permission from the police authorities for holding the rally on 8 November, but later it deferred the date to 11 November due to the ongoing 63rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).When contacted, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the party is yet to get police permission for the public rally where BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to address.“We have, however, received a kind of green signal for holding the rally on 12 November at Suhrawardy Udyan,” Rizvi told Prothom Alo.BNP and like-minded forces observe 7 November 2017 as ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’. On this day in 1975, amid political turmoil, soldiers and civilians jointly freed then chief of army staff Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka cantonment.BNP had chalked out a 10-day programme to observe the day in a befitting manner, including paying homage to the grave of its founder and late president Ziaur Rahman near the national parliamentary complex at capital’s Agargaon.But the party has been denied permission this year to visit its founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave today, Tuesday, on the plea of security of foreign guests attending the CPA conference. The authorities have slapped section 144 in the areas until 11:00pm on Wednesday, which imposes a ban on any sort of gathering.Talking to newsmen, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the party would for sure visit the grave when the Section 144 would be lifted.About its planned public rally, Mirza Fakhrul said the party hopes that the authorities will allow it hold the 7 November rally.last_img read more

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Houston To See Heavy Rainfall Early This Week

first_img Share Twitter via @SpaceCityWXHarris County emergency management officials are monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Gulf that’s slated to bring heavy downpours to the Houston area for the early part of the week.It could also bring the possibility of street flooding.Forecasters say expect a range of about 1-3 inches north of I-10 to 3-6 inches south of I-10.Use extra caution while driving on the roads and plan for extra time during your commute.last_img

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UPDATE Rescuers Recover Remains Of Five People Who Died In Burnt Apartments

first_img Share Image: City of San Marcos via FacebookSan Marcos Mayor John Thomaides (center) provided an update on the recovery efforts during a press conference held on Monday morning.The City of San Marcos said Monday that the remains of five people have been discovered in two apartment buildings destroyed by fire in that city this past weekend.The City noted in a news release that “recovery efforts will continue until all areas are searched and cleared” and added that the bodies have been transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office for identification.Positive identification could take more than a week.Additionally, five residents of the apartments remain missing. They are James Miranda, Haley Frizzell, Belinda Moats, Dru Estes and David Ortiz, who is originally from Pasadena.San Marcos is approximately 30 miles southwest of Austin. The apartment buildings are the Iconic Village Apartments and Vintage Pads Apartments, which served as off-campus residences for students attending Texas State University.City officials announced the bodies were found Sunday and added that five people are still unaccounted for.Local media outlets reported that David Ortiz,  a young man from Pasadena, is among those unaccounted for.Over 200 people displacedOver 200 residents have been displaced.The fire injured at least six other people, including one who is being treated for life-threatening injuries.The Austin-American Statesman reported some survivors say they were alerted by knocks on their doors, rather than fire or smoke alarms.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating, but the cause of the fire has not been determined yet. Officials say the investigation could take months.Many survivors said no fire or smoke alarms alerted them to the fire.San Marcos Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said at a press conference held Monday that there were no sprinkler systems installed because the buildings were built around 1970.“There’s been no remodel that we are aware of that would require them to have brought sprinklers up to date or into the building. The building was in its original condition as it was code compliant when it was built. Sprinklers were not a requirement of construction at that time and they are not a requirement of existing buildings given the current code,” Kistner noted.San Marcos Fire Department Chief Les Stephens said there is no requirement for older buildings to come up to current code unless a major remodel is planned. “As an older town, we have structures, unfortunately, that were built, and they’re period correct, and the safety of the things that had to be in place at the time they were constructed is there.”The fire injured at least six people, including one person treated for injuries at San Antonio Military Medical Center.Resource CenterThe City of San Marcos will host a Resource Center for all residents of the Iconic Village apartments, as well as residents of Buildings L & M at Vintage Pads apartments on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center.Organizations will be on site to answer questions and provide information on assistance programs available to residents affected by the fire.last_img read more

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Silkworms spinning spider webs

first_img Firm uses genetic modification to coax spider silk from silkworms © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A spiders silk is strong and more elastic and has a large range of possible medical applications. However, spiders have a history of being territorial and prone to cannibalism, so the idea of having a large population to produce commercial amounts of silk is not possible. However, silk worms have been producing their silk commercially for some time. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Silkworms spinning spider webs (2012, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-silkworms-spider-webs.html More information: Silkworms transformed with chimeric silkworm/spider silk genes spin composite silk fibers with improved mechanical properties, PNAS, dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1109420109 It was this idea that led Professor Don Jarvis from the University of Wyoming to develop a way to genetically modify the silkworm to spin silk with spider protein. The results of this recent research have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.These new genetically modified silkworms are able to produce composite fibers that contain silk threads from both the spider and the silk worm.On average, these fibers have proven stronger than the fibers produced by either the silkworm or the spider. This could possible open the door for large scale production and the use of these fibers in many different medical applications.Possible applications include artificial ligaments and tendons, tissue scaffolds and new biomaterials for wound dressing. The fibers are also strong enough that they could provide a possible new material to be used in bulletproof jackets and vests.In order to make this happen, the researchers transferred the key spider genes responsible for the thread making into the silkworm. Given that silkworms are capable of creating mile-long threads in their cocoons, they provide a way to greatly increase the stronger threads.This is not the first time that researchers have tried to create genetically modified spider alternatives. Synthetic spider genes have been placed into bacteria, animals and plants. However, none of these were able to produce enough pure silk protein needed for commercial production. The successful use of the silkworm may prove to finally be the solution they have been looking for. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more December 30, 2008 – Widespread adoption of computed tomographic colonography (CTC) will lead to the detection of numerous incidental extracolonic findings (ECFs), which may result in unexpected costs, said Lincoln L. Berland, M.D., author of Incidental Extracolonic Findings on CT Colonography: The Impending Deluge and Its Implications, an article that will appear in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). According to the study, defining, characterizing and making diagnostic and management recommendations for such ECFs are likely to be inconsistent and, averaged over the patient population, may be more costly than CTC itself. Dr. Berland points out that the reports suggesting a modest cost for evaluating ECFs did not include all of the downstream costs of diagnosis and treatment, while studies that more closely tracked costs arrived at figures up to five times as high. The ECF aspect of CTC is analogous to total-body screening, which has been widely criticized, and the cost-effectiveness of evaluating and managing ECFs is unproven and controversial, which also has implications for managing incidental findings from other applications for abdominal and pelvic computed tomography. Dr. Berland suggests establishing national or local criteria for detecting ECFs and providing recommendations for referring clinicians may be an important step toward achieving the most effective patient care for ECFs, which are the inevitable consequence of performing CTC.Source: Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR)For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. News | December 30, 2008 CTC May Lead to Costly Incidental Extracolonic Findings center_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope February 8, 2018 – The U.S. read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

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Thousands of Venezuelans march alongside Chávezs coffin

first_img Facebook Comments Was Hugo Chávez a good leader for Venezuela?  Yes. He brought his Bolivarian Revolution into the 21st century.  No. He was a populist dictator.  He was both. No related posts. CARACAS, Venezuela – A human tide accompanied the funeral procession on Wednesday of President Hugo Chávez on his journey from the military hospital where he died to the chapel at the Military Academy, the cradle of the political project that brought him to power.The coffin with Chávez’s remains, covered with the Venezuelan flag, was carried in a hearse decorated with bouquets of white and yellow flowers that made its way slowly through the crowd.“To victory, commander, we’ll always love you!” thousands of followers shouted tearfully and asked for the president to be buried in the National Cemetery, next to Simón Bolívar, one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas.As the coffin left the military hospital, where Chávez died Tuesday at age 58, his mother, Elena Frías, leaned on it, grieving, crying and covering her face with a handkerchief.Dressed in a sport jacket with the Venezuelan colors Vice President Nicolás Maduro, Chávez’s designated political heir, advanced in front of the car, next to Bolivian President Evo Morales, the President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello and government ministers.Venezuela’s national anthem with the recorded voice of Chávez was sung by the crowd.Thousands of fans, wearing red shirts, the color of Chávez’s party, approached the car, blowing kisses, praying, cheering and appearing still stunned by the dramatic departure of the president.Others, however, highlighted how the president contributed to a divided Venezuelan society with his polarizing speech. “Hatred and division was all he sowed,” said José Mendoza, a computer programmer. “What Chávez did to Venezuela has no name. He ruined this country,” said Giuseppe Leone, a 78-year-old Venezuelan man.Chávez, once a ubiquitous president, died without being able to say goodbye to Venezuelans, after fighting cancer that was diagnosed in June 2011 and for which he was operated on four times in Havana.On early Wednesday regional leaders who will attend the official state funeral scheduled for Friday began arriving. Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner and Uruguay’s José Mujica were the first to arrive, followed by Morales.Nicolás Maduro, 50, will be the official candidate for the presidential elections to be held within 30 days, as the Constitution states, likely against opposition leader Henrique Capriles, 40.Tico Times Poll: Hugo Chávez dies of cancer at 58last_img read more

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Most hated holiday rip offs

first_imgFinding a cheap flight and bargain accommodation can save you money, but travellers’ pet hate is added unwanted holiday expenses, according to Skyscanner.A survey by the flight deal website revealed the price of withdrawing cash from ATMs overseas is the cost travellers dread the most.Travellers who take money out at an ATM can be hit with international withdrawal fees while those using their credit cards to pay for expenses along the way can end up worse off, being charged an international transaction fee for each purchase.‘Over-hyped and overpriced’ organised tours are next on the list, followed by costly hotel Wi-Fi access.Taxi fares ranked next on the most-hated list, followed by having to pay for a sunbed.Rounding out the top 10 most hated holiday rip-offs are duty free “bargains” that are not such a bargain, late checkout fees, having to pay for bottled water and tipping in bars and restaurants.The charge for global roaming on mobile phones interestingly enough did not make the list. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

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