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Kashmir to observe 2017 as the ‘Year of Apple’

first_imgChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ in a major bid to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets.The Chief Minister launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar. These high-density plants will be routed through J&K Bank along with the subsidy.“Fifty per cent subsidy would be provided by the government to the farmers under the scheme,” said Ms. Mufti. The high density plants have a yield of 50-70 metric tonnes per hectare against 10-12 tonnes in case of conventional plants. The government is setting up mega mandies and high-tech cold storage to promote apple industry. “These facilities would be be set up at Jablipora in Anantnag and Aglar in Pulwama in first stage, besides establishment of e-markets for the online sale of the produce,” said Ms. Mufti.Direct interface“The government has launched a Market Intervention Scheme to stabilise the rates of apple produce and benefit growers. A network of mandies is being laid to maximise direct interface between growers and buyers,” said Ms. Mufti, while asking the J&K Bank authorities to slash down interest rates on the credit to be given to farmers under the scheme. Jammu and Kashmir is the largest apple producing State in India at 11.2 metric tonnes, which accounts for 71% of national production, according to official figures.“Horticulture could be a game changer. It can generate employment. It can change the socio-economic profile of the State,” said Ms. Mufti.She warned the companies against marketing spurious and sub-standard pesticides. “I have asked the police to impose Public Safety Act against those indulging in malpractices in the pesticide industry,” she added.last_img read more


first_imgIn Uttar Pradesh, all major political parties ensured In Uttar Pradesh, all major political parties ensured victory for all their candidates despite cross voting. The results showed that BSP, which had backed Congress RS nominees in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, chose not to transfer its surplus votes to any other party candidate in UP. Besides Sibal, the others who made it to the Rajya Sabha from the state are two recent returnees to SP-fold Amar Singh, Beni Prasad Verma, Kuwar Rewati Raman Singh, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Sukhram Singh Yadav, Sanjay Seth and Surendra Nagar (all SP), Satish Chandra Mishra and Ashok Sidharth (both BSP) and Shiv Pratap Shukla (BJP). Although Sibal got through, the 29-MLA Congress suffered a jolt with Sibal getting only 25 first preference votes despite 8-member RLD committing four votes each to Congress and SP. There were 12 candidates for 11 Rajya Sabha seats in UP and to secure a seat in Rajya Sabha, a candidate required 34 votes. Cross voting took place in todays polling as Samajwadi Party fielded seven candidates but the seventh candidate was short of nine first-preference votes for victory. Although SP managed to ensure victory of all its seven candidates, only three were through in the first round of counting, reflecting that the contest was close for the ruling party. Bahujan Samaj Party chose not to transfer its 12 surplus votes with it two candidates Mishra getting 39 votes and Sidhharth 42. The last-minute entry of Preeti Mahapatra, wife of a Mumbai-based businessman, in the fray which forced a contest, managed just 18 first preference votes and conceded defeat even when the counting in further rounds was on. (more) PTI AVA SMI VSC PAL 06111937 PALadvertisementlast_img read more

Bursars Urged to Uphold Professional Standards

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Newly installed President of the Caribbean Bursars’ Association, Valerie Facey, has charged her membership to always uphold the highest standards of professional integrity. Delivering her address at Thursday’s (Nov.  22)  closing session of the association’s conference held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in St. James, Mrs. Facey told the school financial officers that issues related to compensation should not allow them to lose focus or compromise their professional responsibilities and ethics. “Our delivery should be of the highest standard. It is our obligation to carry out our duties with the utmost transparency, competence and professionalism… not to bring the profession into disrepute, but strive to raise the bar to another level. Let our stakeholders and by extension, the nation, become aware that the job we have been entrusted to carry out is in safe and capable hands,” Miss Facey stated. She told the members that the association will continue to protect their welfare, and to strengthen their skills through training. President of the Principals and Vice Principals Association, Pauline Reid, encouraged the bursars to continue striving for professional development and to encourage team engagement at schools. “Whatever you do ultimately, you are impacting lives, and team members make schools successful. We must aim to create the level of synergy so that together, all persons within the school will support the school’s mission, and seek to achieve ongoing school improvement,” she stated. She noted further that “to ensure an effective system, you must all seek to work in tandem with your school leaders so that together, we can provide opportunities for our students to reach their fullest potential.” The three-day conference, which ended on Friday (Nov. 23)  was held under the theme: ‘School Business Managers Surviving Today’s Challenges-Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs’.last_img read more

Health Minister Urges Responsible Sexual Practices

first_img He said results from an HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Survey conducted for 2004, 2008 and 2012 indicate that the factors driving the epidemic have not changed over time, with continuing insufficient condom use and high levels of multiple sex partners among the general population. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, through the National HIV/STI Programme, is reporting some successes, including an increase in the reporting of HIV cases and voluntary counselling and testing for the disease at antenatal clinics. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling for Jamaicans to practise responsible sexual behaviour in order to prevent new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling for Jamaicans to practise responsible sexual behaviour in order to prevent new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections.He said results from an HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Survey conducted for 2004, 2008 and 2012 indicate that the factors driving the epidemic have not changed over time, with continuing insufficient condom use and high levels of multiple sex partners among the general population.Dr. Tufton, who was speaking at the media launch of World AIDS Day 2017 on Thursday (November 16) at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, said adolescent deaths resulting from HIV infection continue to rise despite declines among other age groups.This, he attributed to developmental, psychological and social factors, which place this group at increased risk of contracting the virus.“As a society, we must do more to stop new HIV infections and untimely HIV-related deaths through both primary and secondary prevention and better management approaches,” he said.Director of Health Promotion and Prevention at the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), Andrea Campbell, informed that there were 1,222 new HIV diagnoses in 2015.She said studies show that the population is aware of the methods of HIV prevention. However, there seems to be a resistance by persons to change their risky sexual behaviour.Among the safe practices that persons should adopt to safeguard against contracting the virus are reducing the number of sexual partners, using a condom consistently and correctly, and abstinence.For those already infected, they are advised to adhere to medication, which will lead to viral oppression.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, through the National HIV/STI Programme, is reporting some successes, including an increase in the reporting of HIV cases and voluntary counselling and testing for the disease at antenatal clinics.Additionally, a 2014 survey indicates a continued decline in the prevalence among female sex workers. The overall prevalence was 2.9 per cent, a reduction from 4.1 per cent in 2011.Currently, Jamaica has an estimated 29,000 persons living with HIV or 1.6 per cent of adult population. Of this number, 85 per cent have been diagnosed.This year, World AIDS Day will be observed on December 1 under the theme ‘We Have the Right to Health: Keep the Promise, Don’t Turn Your Back on Me’.Activities will target adolescents and youth, who are at an increased risk for contracting HIV, and include a media campaign as well as song and visual arts competitions.Persons are being invited to participate in a march from Mandela Park to Emancipation Park in New Kingston, where there will be a health and wellness expo. The winners of the song and visual arts competitions will be announced at the event.The National HIV/STI Programme is mandated to coordinate and lead the implementation of the national HIV/STI response.last_img read more

DFDS Adds Extra Rotterdam-Felixstowe Weekly Service

first_imgzoom Denmark-based passenger and freight shipping company DFDS Seaways will increase capacity on the Rotterdam – Felixstowe freight shipping route with an extra departure in both directions as of Friday 3 July. The extra departures on Rotterdam – Felixstowe route will be on Fridays. There will be a departure at 09:00 hours from Rotterdam, arrival in Felixstowe at around 15:30 hours and leaving again for Rotterdam at 20:00 hours.In total there will be three round trips on Fridays, as on other days when three ro-ro ships serve the route.”The extra departure on the Felixstowe route follows strong customer demand and volume growth on the route. Today we are pleased to announce that we set another weekly record with 66,285 lane metres, which equates to approximately 4,700 units,” said Mikael Mortensen, Route Director at DFDS Seaways Rotterdam.This growth underlines the improved performance within the DFDS Group’s transport network, with revenue rising by 3% to EUR 393 million for the quarter ended 31 March.The performance of the shipping activities improved in most areas, and considerable volume growth was achieved on the routes between the Netherlands / Denmark and the UK.last_img read more

Ladakh UT status Most Leh people happy many confused uncertain

first_imgLeh: Chewang Dolma, who retired as a matron from a government hospital here, had joined a crowd of jubilant people in the streets of Leh on the day the Centre announced a Union territory status for Ladakh. “People were dancing in the streets, and rejoicing in markets. Ladakhis had been struggling for over 70 years to see this day,” Dolma said. “We were emotionally overwhelmed. I am very happy that now we will finally be a UT.” Dolma, 68, a fourth-generation Ladakhi, earlier worked at the Sonam Nurboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital and now runs Lyon Hotel at Changspa in downtown Leh, a hub of tourists. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Emotions expressed by people like Dolma is ostensibly a dominant feeling in Leh district of Ladakh, evidenced in streets and market places. In Leh’s main market, a beautiful pedestrianised space, huge cloth banners have been displayed, bearing messages like: “Thank you Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making Ladakh a UT” and “Ladakh celebrates its 1st Independence Day”. A prominent roundabout in streets carries a banner put up by activists that reads: “Ladakh freed from Kashmir”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K A separate Union territory has been a long-standing demand of locals, many of who have alleged that the Ladakh region had been neglected by leaders of Jammu and Kashmir. Many local residents feel the region will see growth and prosperity now as Ladakh will take charge of its destiny in its own hands. The Centre had on August 5 scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by abrogating provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated it into Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — that will officially come into effect on October 31. A resident of Chemday village, who did not wish to be identified, said she studied at a university in Jammu, but had had to go to Srinagar for various paperwork. “And, being Ladakhis, we had to face a lot of problem as, not only the long distance for travel, but we were expected to grease palms of many government staff to get our work done,” she said. “I am very happy, we are separate entity now.” However, not everyone is swept by the wave of the initial euphoria and many Ladakhi people — young and old, living in Leh town or villages in the district — are feeling apprehensive about the future that lies ahead. Stanzin Jordan, 28, a Leh-based entrepreneur said he was not very excited by all the buzz about the UT status. “Actually, I feel very confused, as to what will happen to Ladakh after the UT status,” Jordan, who graduated in August from the year-long Naropa Fellowship, said. “Ladakh’s ecology is very fragile and infrastructure and other projects are now expected to be brought in her,” he said. “I can’t tell how much jobs will be created for locals, and a bit concerned about the impact of new set-up on the existing ecology and our own local culture.” Ladakh indeed has a very distinctive culture, and in Leh town, almost all buildings, hotels and houses, display the unique Ladakhi design in wood in their facade. The demand for a UT status has been a long-drawn struggle, and one of the first Ladakhis to raise the issue was Buddhist scholar and politician Bakula Rinpoche, after whom the Leh airport is named. Asked about the future of Ladakh post the UT status, Buddhist leader His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche said: “People are excited, but, we don’t know what will happen after the UT status comes.” “Our worry is about our culture, and our culture should not be destroyed because of the ramifications of this UT status,” Rinpoche told PTI. Hinting at urban issues arising due to increase in population, he said: “Our Ladakh should not become more dirty or polluted after the UT status now. We must preserve our Himalayan region as we grow ahead.” In other areas of Buddhist-dominated Leh district, too, people are largely happy about the UT status, with some confused or muted in their response, but in Muslim-dominated Kargil district of Ladakh, a section of citizens have been protesting the decision. Sonam Chuskit, 23, who is pursuing a master’s degree in political science through a long-distance programme from Jammu, is sceptical about the decision to make Ladakh a Union territory. A resident of Liktsay village, about 90-minute ride from Leh town and situated at an altitude of above 11,000 ft, Chuskit points to the pristine mountains and river streams near her house, which villagers use for household work. “UT status would mean more infrastructure projects, more pressure on ecology, over-population in this fragile region. I am worried,” she said. The woman also pointed out that overtourism in pristine areas like the Pangong Lake has already begun to damage the ecology as many tourists leave plastic and other trash behind. “I hope that after UT status, my region gets good educational institutions and hospitals so that we won’t have to seek higher education and healthcare elsewhere, but care should be taken to not harm the environment,” said Chuskit, who wants to become a teacher. In the same village, Kalzang Chosdin, 29, said: “We are poor people just trying to live our lives without compromising the nature.” “UT or no UT, our lives will be the same,” Chosdin said as she carried a sack of grass on her shoulders and walked towards the horizon.last_img read more

Union calls on prime minister to step into stalled Phoenix compensation talks

first_imgOTTAWA – The country’s largest civil service union called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday to intervene in “stalled” talks aimed at compensating federal government employees affected by the Phoenix pay system fiasco.Those talks are suddenly going nowhere, with government negotiators saying they haven’t been told how to proceed, said the Public Service Alliance of Canada.The leaders of 17 unions issued a letter to Trudeau in February, demanding compensation for civil servants who have suffered as a result of the pay crisis.For more than two years, tens of thousands of federal workers have been affected by problems plaguing the Phoenix system, which was supposed to streamline pay services across government.Some haven’t been paid at all for months at a time while others were paid either too little, or too much.In its 2018 budget, the Liberal government promised to work with the unions to deal with the mental and emotional stress caused by Phoenix.The unions have not disclosed the amount of compensation they are seeking, nor has the government said what it’s prepared to offer.The unions are seeking damages for their members for stress, the time spent dealing with pay issues and the catastrophic financial losses caused by Phoenix pay problems.While there appeared to be movement as talks got underway last month, they have since come to a standstill, PSAC national president Chris Aylward said in a statement.“Government representatives at the table say they are waiting for a mandate,” Aylward said. “Well, it’s time Prime Minister Trudeau gave them one.”Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough has said her department would continue working closely with public sector unions to limit the financial hardships faced by government workers.She has also apologized to employees for the ongoing pay problems.The compensation talks have been spearheaded by the Treasury Board Secretariat, which said Wednesday it would “negotiate in good faith at the bargaining table, not in public or through the media.”The costs associated with Phoenix, including the $309 million spent to set up the system, continue to escalate as the government hires compensation advisers and other staff in efforts to stabilize the problem.The budget also committed $16 million to determine whether a new pay system could be found to replace Phoenix.The auditor general is to release a report next week detailing what went wrong with the system.last_img read more

Death of seven yearold girl needs deeper investigation ombudsman

first_imgAPTN National NewsOntario’s child ombudsman says it’s time the province got to the bottom of the Katelynn Sampson case.She’s the seven year-old girl who was beaten to death by her guardians.Despite several warnings and red flags, no agency stepped in to help her.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Make a home down payment without wrecking your finances

Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly.But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else.Pinpointing the right amount involves balancing the advantages of boosting the down payment against the need to hold back money for urgent upgrades, life’s emergencies, and having some fun with your new home.“There’s really no one-size-fits-all solution,” says Jason Speciner, a certified financial planner in Fort Collins, Colorado.THE EFFECT OF A HIGHER DOWN PAYMENTCalculating how different down payments would affect a monthly mortgage payment is eye-opening. Some lenders require only 3% down for conventional home loans, which makes getting in the door easier but means assuming more debt than with higher down payments.Many borrowers ask if they should scrape together a little more, such as 5% versus 3%, says Rick Bechtel, head of U.S. residential lending at TD Bank. But that probably wouldn’t make enough difference in the monthly mortgage payment to justify doing so if it left you strapped, he says.“The need for post-closing cash is always greater, and sometimes significantly so, than people expect,” he says.But a higher down payment can make a significant difference if it means lowering or avoiding mortgage insurance. The insurance, which can involve upfront and monthly fees, protects the lender if the borrower defaults. Depending on the type of loan, making a higher down payment may eliminate some of that expense, if not all of it.Kristin Phillips, a Tampa, Florida, psychologist and author of The Debt Shrink blog, says she and her husband, Brandon, couldn’t put down the traditional 20%, but they wanted to put down more than the minimum when they bought a home in 2013.“Ten per cent was a good compromise,” she says. That kept the monthly mortgage under 25% of their income so they could live comfortably. Eventually they made extra mortgage payments to build enough equity to eliminate private mortgage insurance.BORROW WITH CAREWhen deciding on down payment size, consider its effect on other aspects of your financial plan.Twenty-nine per cent of homeowners ages 21 to 34 borrowed from retirement accounts to help fund down payments, according to the Bank of the West’s 2018 Millennial Study.But the decision to do so shouldn’t be taken lightly. Borrowing from a 401(k) is particularly risky. After a job loss, the loan must be repaid by the next tax filing deadline or it’s taxed as ordinary income, with a 10% penalty if the withdrawal is taken before age 59 1/2.Using a Roth IRA to boost a down payment is a better option, says Aaron Clarke, a certified financial planner and wealth adviser at Halpern Financial in Ashburn, Virginia. There are no taxes or penalties on withdrawals of contributions. First-time home buyers who have contributed to a Roth for at least five years can withdraw up to $10,000 of earnings on the contributions, tax- and penalty-free.But Linda Rogers, a certified financial planner and owner of Planning Within Reach in Memphis, Tennessee, says she doesn’t recommend borrowing from retirement savings. Many people are behind on saving anyway, she says, and borrowing from an IRA means losing tax-free growth.EXPECT THE UNEXPECTEDThirty-four per cent of recent first-time buyers say they no longer felt financially secure after buying their current home, according to NerdWallet’s 2019 Home Buyer Report, based in part on a survey of 2,029 adults by The Harris Poll for NerdWallet.To maintain security, resist draining your savings for the down payment and closing costs. Leave some for emergencies, such as a car breakdown.“Emergency reserves are for ‘Oh, shoot’ moments,” Speciner says.And homeownership includes plenty of those. To minimize surprises, review the home inspector’s report and negotiate repairs with the seller before purchasing. Budget for immediate upgrades, such as fencing the yard for your dog. Include some cushion.Alexandra Geneser, a neuropsychologist, used a portion of her savings for a 7% down payment and reserved the rest to remodel a fixer-upper in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018. The money for upgrades included a 20% cushion in case the project cost more than expected. The approach left her with enough to create the home she wanted without derailing her financially. “I am so overjoyed with my house,” she says.Finally, leave some cash for fun stuff, like furniture.“You just achieved a dream,” Bechtel says. “You’re going to spend money because you’ll have rooms you didn’t have before.”_____________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Barbara Marquand is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @barbaramarquand.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Down payment strategies for first-time home buyers Marquand Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Farm owner arrested over migrant shooting

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Financial police have conducted checks on eight farming companies operating in the Nea Manolada area, where Bangladeshi strawberry pickers were short earlier this week.The police said late on Saturday that one owner had been arrested for employing undocumented immigrants.Inspectors also recorded three offenses relating to labor laws and one breach of the tax code.The three suspects who injured almost 30 migrants earlier in the week are due to face a prosecutor today.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

25 year celebration of diverse business

first_imgAustralia’s most successful migrant and Aboriginal business minds have been honoured in the nation’s pre-eminent awards for diversity in business, at the 25th Annual Ethnic Business Awards held in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra, Tuesday night. Over 320 distinguished guests, from former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott, to ambassadors, and representatives of diplomatic missions of over 20 countries, members of both Houses of the Federal governments, Senate and lower house, along with many business and media luminaries from all over Australia. The winners in the Champion of Champions included a Chinese migrant who established an empire based on the most common of necessities, tissue paper, a self-made supermarket tycoon, and an Aboriginal Australian who created a major mining business from scratch that now employs many Aboriginal Australians. They were selected from a group of nominees made up of past finalists and winners of Ethnic Business Awards over the last quarter of a century – as part of the Ethnic Business Awards 25th anniversary celebrations. “Our nation’s diversity – from the first Australians to more recent waves of migrants – has changed our business landscape forever, and brought countless opportunities to this great land and its people,” said Awards founder and Chairman, Mr Joseph Assaf. “In celebrating 25 years of the Ethnic Business Awards, we celebrate thousands of stories of Australians from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated our treasured national values of innovation, hard work and enterprise in achieving their dreams.” Winners were judged by an expert panel made up of leading Australian business and community identities including Carla Zampatti, Don Argus, Allan Gyngell and Eve Crestani. For the 25th year of the Ethnic Business Awards, three categories were made up of the winners and finalists of the past 24 years, including the All Finalists Category, All Winners Category and Indigenous in Business Category. Neos Kosmos is a proud media sponsor of the Annual Ethnic Business Awards. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Justin Roiland Has His Szechuan Sauce so Rick and Morty Visit a

first_imgStay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys The third season of Rick and Morty premiered on April 1 this year, and creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland made us wait nearly four months for the second episode. Finally, after months of waiting and McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce jokes, season three began in earnest last night. Despite all the fuss about the sauce being Rick’s series arc, there was no mention of it at all last night. Whether Rick’s quest for the Mulan Szechuan sauce will come back at all this season is yet to be seen. We do know that Roiland’s quest is over, though.center_img Holy shit.— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 30, 2017Yes, a McDonald’s chef (what? They have those.) got the company to make a special batch of the Mulan Szechuan sauce, and sent Roiland a gallon of it. And it sounds like they’re planning a giveaway of the stuff to Rick and Morty fans. So it appears a few more people will get to experience what Rick has been obsessing over since 1998. Mmm. I can taste the high-fructose corn syrup already.So now that the sauce once again exists in our universe, the Smith/Sanchez family can get back to dealing with the parents’ impending divorce. How are they taking it? Not well. Jerry, rather than do anything to fight for his family, is putting all his faith into his wife’s lawyer. For now, he’s just accepting the every-other-weekend thing. Beth’s abandonment issues are worse than ever now that her father has broken up her marriage, and the kids are doing everything they can to avoid dealing with it. And this is one of the funniest shows on TV.To avoid dealing with their emotions, Morty and Summer follow Rick through a portal to a post-apocalyptic Mad Max parody world. Rick is on the hunt for a powerful element called Isotope-22. Exactly what he intends to use it for, we don’t know, but it serves its purpose as a MacGuffin that keeps the family in the wasteland. The episode does a surprisingly good job of portraying a family dealing with divorce. It’s an emotionally fraught subject, and Rick and Morty approaches it with nuance and sensitivity in addition to the malfunctioning robots and post-apocalyptic violence. It’s part of what makes the show so great. Its silliness, gross-out humor and high-concept sci-fi stories all serve an emotional core.(Via Adult Swim)As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that both Summer and Morty are using the wasteland to deal with their feelings about their parents’ divorce. Summer is more overtly acting out, taking every opportunity to kill and maim in the wasteland. When she’s offered a chance to join the tribe of murderers, she happily accepts. It’s clear to Morty that she’s trying to hide from her problems at home, but it doesn’t occur to him that he’s doing the same thing. By pretending everything’s normal, he’s unhealthily suppressing his emotions. It’s not until Rick, to steal a bigger rock of Isotope-22, enters Morty in the Blood Dome (along with muscle memory stolen from a dead warrior’s arm) that his rage can come out. We learn that he’s angry at his father for giving up so easily, and he uses the Blood Dome to take out his feelings on any challengers.Even Rick isn’t handling the divorce well, despite causing it. He admits as much in this episode, which was already full of great character-building. Even though he constantly lets his grandkids know they’re replaceable, he goes out of his way to bring them back. He says it’s because building convincing robots would take too much work, but it’s clear he does care about them at least a little. (He does try to build those robots, though. Twice. Both times, they begin to gain sentience and are murdered. It’s hilarious both times.) He even helps Morty deal with his anger (by helping him drown a man in his bathtub), and cures Summer’s nihilism by turning the apocalyptic wasteland into a boring suburb. In the end, Morty accepts that he has to live his life even if his dad is too spineless to fight to be a part of it. Summer accepts the situation enough to give her dad a housewarming gift. (It’s a skull.)(Via Adult Swim)While it wasn’t quite as insane as April’s premiere, this episode was Rick and Morty at its best. I loved the use of the wasteland to explore how kids deal with divorce. Each character (even Jerry) saw some amount of growth, which is rare for an animated comedy. This show’s use of insane science fiction, dirty jokes and hilarious violence to explore real character drama continues to be astounding. Rick and Morty is back on TV, and it’s the best it’s ever been. Absolutely worth the two-year wait.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

AMHS Service Disrupted By IBU Strike

first_imgYour patience is appreciated as we work through the logistics of getting passengers rerouted. There is a heavy volume of calls right now, we are doing our best to reach everyone as quickly as possible.  In a release from DOT, At this time, we are focused on the safety of passengers, crew and vessels. We are reaching out to ticketed passengers to work with them to reschedule, or offer refunds for tickets. We are working to return ships to safe harbor with adequate shore side support. Service notices may be found at or by contacting your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066. In a release from the Inlandboatman’s Union, said the strike began Wednesday afternoon after a meeting with state personnel officials did not yield an agreement. Areas of disagreement cited by the state include pay increases and health care benefits. The union said service cuts are a key issue.center_img The state budget includes cuts to the system and Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration has said it wants a consultant to identify possible ways to reduce the state’s financial responsibility to the system, which is seen as an important transportation link for many coastal communities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Wednesday afternoon, the Inlandboatman’s Union of the Pacific initiated a strike. Alaska Marine Highway Vessels will not be sailing until further notice.last_img read more

Senior scribe appointed as TS Government Advisor Interstate

first_imgHyderabad: Senior journalist Tankashala Ashok has been appointed as Government Advisor (Interstate relations) to the Telangana government. On a courtesy call, Ashok called on Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and thanked the Chief Minister for appointing him as Advisor.last_img

15 fishermen jailed fined for defying Hilsa ban

first_img.At least 15 fishermen were fined and sentenced for several jail terms on Sunday by Mobile courts of Ramgati upazila of Lakshmipur and Patharghata upazila of Barguna for catching Hilsa defying a government ban.In Lakshmipur, a mobile court awarded nine fishermen one month jails for each at Ramgati upazila for catching Hilsa in Meghna River.Md Kamal Uddin, assistant officer of local Fisheries Department said police, Fisheries Department and Coast Guard conducted a drive at Char Gajaria area of the upazila led by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and executive Magistrate Ajgar Ali and arrested the fishermen at noon.The identities of the convicts could not be known immediately.They also seized 20,000 meters current net (fishing net) and a fishing boat.In Barguna, A mobile court here on Sunday sentenced five fishermen to two years’ imprisonment and fined another TK 5,000 for catching Hilsa defying government ban.The convicted fishermen are Kayum, 13, Mahbub, 18, Afjal, 80, Sohel, 18, Abu Hanif and Salam, 46.A joint team of Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries conducted several drives in Bishkhali river estuary of the Bay of Bengal early in the morning and arrested six fishermen and seized three fishing boats.Later, the mobile court sentenced five of them to two years imprisonment and fined another Tk 5,000, said Shah Md Kamrul Huda, executive magistrate and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Patharghata upazila.The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling, transportation and hoarding of Hilsa from 1 October to 22 October.last_img read more

Sony announces the PS4s first original hourlong TV show Powers

first_imgYesterday at the Game Developers Conference, Sony announced its own virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4, and it could even beat the Oculus Rift — which has been a development kit for about a year-and-a-half now — to market. At CES in January, Sony announced PlayStation Now, a Netflix-style streaming service for video games that doesn’t even need a set-top box to function. Now, Sony has announced its first attempt at original programming for the PS4, and it’s actually a notable property.The superpower police procedural Powers, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming back in 2000, will be hitting the PlayStation 4. Produced by Sony Pictures TV, the hour-long procedural will stream through the PlayStation Network in a similar fashion to Netflix or Hulu streaming. The series has not begun shooting yet, but the budget is said to be in the ballpark of a Showtime or HBO series, which is surprisingly significant for a show that may only ever air through a video game console’s online storefront.The show will be exclusive to the PlayStation Network in the United States, and Sony Pictures TV will sell the rights to international broadcasters. Sony hasn’t announced the pricing as of yet, but it would be a savvy move if Sony included its original programming with the PS Plus monthly subscription, similar to how Amazon Instant Video is included with the price of Amazon Prime.However you feel about Brian Michael Bendis or even hour-long procedurals, Powers is at least a somewhat fresh take on the genre. The officials will be investigating crimes perpetrated by superpowered beings rather than spending 35 minutes bouncing from workplace to workplace grilling innocent employees about a suspect’s relationship with his or her coworkers.Microsoft announced a Halo television series when it originally showed off the Xbox One, but that project has yet to be green lit. So, it would seem Powers — like Sony’s virtual reality helmet — could beat a rival’s competing product to market, a timetable of which Sony is most certainly aware.last_img read more

NTPC to bring down coal import bill to nil in 5 years

first_imgState-run NTPC is looking at bringing its coal import bill to ‘zero’ in the next five years and will rely on the fossil fuel made available by Coal India and the company’s own mines.The power major is one of the country’s largest consumers of coal. “Our aim is to have zero import of coal, and manage with the coal from Coal India sources or our own mines,” NTPC CMD Arup Roy Choudhury told PTI in an interview.When asked about the timeframe in which the PSU plans to have nil coal imports, Choudhury said, “You can say in the next five years.” NTPC ventured into coal mining as part of its backward integration process for fuel security. The company has been allotted 10 coal blocks including Chatti-Bariatu, Chatti-Bariatu (South) and Kerandari in Jharkhand, Dulanga in Odisha and Talaipalli in Chhattisgarh. Its another block — Pakri-Barwadih — in Jharkhand is likely to commence coal production by the end of this calender year and the remaining mines subsequently. “Pakri-Barwadih will come this year (2015) and others later,” Choudhury said. NTPC imported close to 16 million tonnes (MT) of coal in the just-concluded fiscal compared to 10 MT in 2013-14. Meanwhile, the PSU, which is also the country’s largest power producer, is establishing 4,000 MW imported coal-based thermal power plant at Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh at an investment of about Rs 20,000 crore. NTPC’s present installed capacity is 44,398 MW comprising 39 generating stations.last_img read more

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first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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This release… read more News | August 08, 2013 CMS Draft Decision Could Limit Patient Access to Imaging for Diagnosing Dementia News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed decision memorandum regarding the use of beta-amyloid imaging in dementia and neurodegenerative disease. [1]Piramal Imaging is concerned about CMS’ proposal, which appears to take an overly cautious approach to expanding Medicare coverage for positron emission tomography (PET) tracers to include beta-amyloid imaging agents. Limiting Medicare coverage only to patients enrolled in CMS-approved clinical trials imposes restrictions that reduce patient access to long-awaited diagnostic tools.”We are concerned that the CMS draft coverage decision is too restrictive and, if finalized in its current form, will place an undue burden on physicians, patients and caregivers by delaying the definitive diagnosis of certain types of dementia and neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s,” said Ludger Dinkelborg, director of the board, Piramal Imaging SA.In Piramal Imaging’s view, the CMS decision needs to be reviewed for the following reasons:The draft decision does not reference the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) that was developed by the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Alzheimer’s Association. The taskforce was comprised of a cross-section of experts including radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists and neurologists. [2]It lacks clear guidance on clinical trial designs that should be practical and provide CMS with the requested evidence in a reasonable timeframe.There is general disagreement with the relevance of autopsy as an appropriate endpoint to demonstrate clinical utility in the intended population.The use of new beta-amyloid imaging agents should help to reduce uncertainties in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, which is of importance for patients and their caregivers. Piramal Imaging is hopeful that CMS will moderate its position when it renders its final decision by finding less restrictive ways to gather the information it seeks regarding health outcomes.CMS is accepting public comments on its proposed decision from all stakeholder groups and is accepting public comments now through Aug. 2, 2013. Comments can be posted at:….”We urge anyone concerned with Alzheimer’s disease — patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, patient advocacy groups and the general public — to share opinions on the value of beta-amyloid PET imaging during the initial 30-day public comment period,” said Dinkelborg. “Every letter will have an impact on CMS’ final decision in September.”For more information: imaging.piramalenterprises.comReferences1 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Proposed decision memo for beta amyloid positron emission tomography in dementia and neurodegenerative disease (CAG-00431N).…. Published July 3, 2013. Accessed July 3, 2013.2 Johnson KA, Minoshima S, Bohnen NI, et al. Appropriate use criteria for amyloid PET: a report of the Amyloid Imaging Task Force, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and the Alzheimer’s Association [published online ahead of print January 28, 2013]. Alzheimer’s Dement. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2013.01.002. 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Day of the Dead celebrations and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Folkloric show, European film fest and other happenings around Costa Rica San Ramón celebrates, International Guitar Festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Serrat concert, live karaoke, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dance Company performance, La Llorona, and other happenings around Costa Rica Mexican Institute ActivitiesThe Day of the Dead is an important traditional celebration in Mexico, and the Mexican Institute in Costa Rica, located in Los Yoses, is organizing several activities to celebrate:Oct. 30: “Calacas, Traditions and Emotions: the Mexican View of Death” at 7 p.m., and the inauguration of the exhibit “The Travesty of Sight” at 8:30 p.m.Oct. 31 and Nov. 1: Empaxúchitl paper flower-making workshop at 10 a.m., and a workshop on how to prepare an offering for the dead at 2 p.m.Nov. 2: Day of the Dead party, traditional Mexican food and products, and performance of the play “Ofrenda de muertos viva” with live music.For more information on these events, visit the Mexican Institute Facebook page or call 2283-2333.More Day of the Dead CelebrationsCasa Frida will also celebrate the Day of the Dead with Mexican guest artists and the visit of “La Catrina,” the main character of the World of the Dead in Mexican culture. An altar will be available for participants who want to pay respects and remember their deceased family members and friends. Reservation needed.“Día de los muertos” takes place Oct. 30 at Casa Frida, San José. Free. 7 p.m. For more information call 2222-5333.Freak-show Circus + Halloween PartyPace yourself: this event includes a circus featuring the scariest talents, an open-bar pre-party, a party with live music by Los Ajenos, and a post-party with breakfast and prizes. Contests for best overall costume (prize of $300), best woman’s costume ($400), and best group costumes (open bar premium) will cap off the night.“Freakshow Circo + Halloween Party” takes place Oct. 30 at Belle Lounge & Gallery, Paseo Colón, San José. ₡6,000 ($12). 7 p.m. For more information call 8303-7171.HalloweekendFriends Bar will feature two huge Halloween parties. Oct. 30: a haunted house, Halloween pre-party, and open bar. Oct. 31: official Halloween party, open bar, and best costume contest.“Halloweekend” takes place Oct. 30 – 31, 9 p.m., at Friends Bar, El Pueblo, San José. For more information visit the event page.Outdoor Horror FilmThe classic film “Frankenstein” (1931), starring Boris Karloff, will be screened at the Plaza de la Democracia.“Noche de terror” takes place Oct. 31 at the Plaza de la Democracia, San José. Free. 6:30 p.m.Party and BikingA Halloween party at El Lobo Estepario will be preceded and followed by biking around San José.“Bici Blanca + Masa Crítica” takes place Oct. 31 at El Lobo Estepario Bar, San José. Free. 7 p.m. More info at the Event Facebook page.For more suggestions of Halloween parties, concerts and contests, take a look at our 10 can’t-miss Halloween events.Masquerade FestivalNational Masquerade Day will be celebrated in the central park of Heredia, with activities including mask-making workshops, a free yoga workshop, henna tattoos, Costa Rian music concerts, a mini circus, aerial dance, masquerades and cimarrona parades, sports, traditional games, and more.“Festival Ecléctico” takes place Oct. 30 at Heredia’s central park. Free. 3 p.m. More info at the Event Facebook page.Topa Jr ExpressCaptain Topa and his band “Los Rulos” will offer a spectacular show for children. The show will be full of surprises, dance, and games, along with the band’s new songs.“Topa Jr Express” will be performed Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Palacio de lo Deportes, Heredia. 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ₡16,000 – 36,000 ($32 – 72). For more information call 2289-0909 or visit the Publitickets Website.Dance: “Dirge: The passage to the afterlife”An interdisciplinary project that features 45 artists, all co-producers, depicting pre-Columbian and colonial funeral rituals.“Canto fúnebre: el paso al más allá” will be performed Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the Dance School at the Omar Dengo Campus of the Universidad Nacional, in Heredia, at 7 p.m. Free. More info at the RedCultura Website.Theater: Jarte Jarte Commedia dell’ArteA performance fusing the antique theater technique of Commedia dell’Arte and improvisation. The public will choose the topic and the stories that will be developed.“Jarte Jarte Commedian dell’Arte” will be performed Oct. 30-31 at 8 p.m., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m., Nov. 5-6-7 at 8 p.m., Nov.8 at 6 p.m. At the Teatro Universitario, at the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro. ₡4,000 ($8) general public, ₡3,000 ($6) senior citizens and students. For more information call 2511-6722.Theater: “Puzzle”Seven different stories which, at some point, all intertwine, offer a critique of increasing violence in Costa Rican and the country’s “pecking order.”“Rompecabezas” will be performed Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the Óscar Fessler Theatre, inside the National Theater. Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4) for students, ₡4,000 ($8) general public. For more information call 2221-1273. Facebook Commentslast_img read more