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Sex-sorted semen to control stray bulls

first_imgIn Uttar Pradesh, where the ban on cow slaughter is taken very seriously, what’s illegal for humans may well prove a godsend to tackle the growing menace of stray bulls: sex selection. The State government plans to reduce the numbers of stray bulls by making sure that they are never born.The government on Monday approved a ‘Sex Sorted Semen’ scheme, under which chances of cows delivering a female calf are as high as 90-95%. After successfully testing the scheme as a pilot project in three districts (Etawah, Lakhimpur Kheri and Barabanki), the government has decided to launch it in all the 75 districts of U.P. The State Cabinet has approved the project.Shrikant Sharma, U.P. government spokesperson and Cabinet Minister, said that in the pilot project, of the 581 calves born, 522 were female. “A success rate of around 90%,” he said. A senior government official said the scheme would be implemented on indigenous breeds, such as Sahiwal, Gir, Haryanvi, Tharparkar and Gangatiri. To avail of the scheme, cattle-breeders would have to pay ₹300 per conception, while in the drought-prone region of Bundelkhand, this levy would only be ₹100. Common practiceThe practice of ‘Amnapratha’, or the letting loose of unproductive cattle, is a common practice in Bundelkhand.The official said the aim of the project was two-fold: to increase the productivity of cows and to decrease the number of unproductive male cattle. “It will provide a permanent solution to the stray cattle menace in the next 2-4 years,” he said. With a 90% fall in the number of male calves, “there will be lesser number of unproductive animals, which will bring down the number of stray and destitute cattle,” said a government note. The government added that the fall in the number of male cattle will bring down the damage to crops and the number of road accidents caused by the animals. A production unit for the project will come up at Babugarh in Hapur district. Production is expected to start by March, said the official. A firm has been selected through global e-tendering to execute the project.Earlier this year, State Animal Husbandry Minister S.P. Singh Baghel had claimed that the number of stray cattle heads had increased only because the government had, since March 2017, strictly implemented anti-cow slaughter laws and shut illegal slaughterhouses.last_img read more

Ateneo still undefeated

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Far from its sharpest form, Ateneo still figured out how to sustain its winning ways last Wednesday, while sending University of Santo Tomas reeling to one of its worst starts in recent memory.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda targets Final 4 bonus Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Earlier, Arvin Tolentino dished out his best performance of the season so far as Far Eastern U picked up a second straight win after turning back National U, 90-83.The transferee from Ateneo scattered 23 points, including a bank shot with 1:24 remaining that extended the Tamaraws’ lead, 86-81, on their way to a third win in five games.“I like the way the boys continued to put in the effort in practice despite our bad start in the first three games,” head coach Olsen Racela said.UST’s fifth loss of the season was aided by a spate of turnovers and missed free throws in the final period, where the Tigers were held to just 13 points.For a change, the Eagles encountered stiffer resistance as the Tigers clawed their way back from a 22-point deficit with a strong third quarter performance that allowed them to pull within 81-80.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Blue Eagles came away with a 94-84 victory over the Tigers Wednesday night for their fifth straight win that solidified their hold of the top spot in UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Matt Nieto fired a season- high 22 points, Isaac Go finished with 13 points, and Thirdy Ravena added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, who weathered a third quarter barrage from the Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the Eagles were fortunate to come away with a win.“I don’t know if anyone noticed with our mood, but we weren’t happy with the game, we weren’t happy with the way that we went up and down in our energy, we weren’t happy with the consistency of the calls,” said Arespacochaga. “We’re happy that we won the game, but at the same time we’re not happy with our performance.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Remembering Captain Vikram Batra: The Sher Shah of Indian Army

first_imgToday is the 18th death anniversary of Captain Vikram Batra, a Param Vir Chakra winner who led a troop and lost his life in the Kargil War.Here are a few things to know about the valiant soldier.WHO IS VIKRAM BATRA?Vikram Batra was an officer of Indian Army born on September 9, 1974, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.He got his primary education from his mother, and then went to DAV public school. He was known for his sport skills in school and also played table tennis at national level.At college, he joined the National cadet corps (NCC), and then began his journey to serve the nation.After Batra joined the India Military Academy, he was commissioned as a lieutenant.At the young age of 24, Batra lost his life in a battle of the Kargil War against Pakistan. He was posthumously awarded the prestigious Param Vir Chakra. KARGIL WAR, 1999Batra’s first posting was in the town of Sapore in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. He was in line to be shifted to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.But then, came the 1999 war, and Batra was deployed in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir.On June 19, Captain Batra’s troop snatched point 5140 from right under Pakistan’s nose during heavy shelling. This point was very important for Indian Army’s victory in the war.In the early hours of July 7, he was commanding a mission to rescue an injured officer during which he pushed aside his Subedar, asking him to step aside because he has children.Moments after taking the Suberdar’s place, Batra was killed.advertisementIn his honour, the Indian Army uses his name in constructions and cantonments.THE FEARLESS HERO After capturing point 5140, Captain Vikram volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875, which was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degree steep.He used the slogan “Ye dil maange more” to communicate mission successes. Batra was known in his regiment for his courage and valour. He was often referred to as “Sher Shah” in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army.In the 2003 movie, LOC Kargil, which was made as a tribute to the soldiers of the Kargil War, Abhishek Bachchan’s character is said to have been based on Captain Batra He once said to a friend, “I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure.”last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal, Valencia in contact with unsettled Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Valencia in contact with unsettled Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereiraby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching the situation of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.The Mirror says he could walk away from Manchester United on a free transfer this summer with Arsenal and Valencia both linked.The Brazilian’s current deal concludes at the end of the season and the Red Devils are stalling over offering the 23-year-old a new deal. Two major clubs linked with midfielder are Arsenal and Valencia.Pereira spent last season on loan at the Mestalla and featured in a reasonable 29 appearances for La Liga giants.However, with just two Premier League starts to his name this season and only 17 minutes of action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there are fears his progression could plateu.Valencia president Jose Carlos Peres recently revealed: “He is a player that interests us a lot. He is a santista and wants to play for Santos. The family is trying. His father wants to see him at Santos for at least a year.”The problem is that Manchester are playing hard. We know the end of the contract is in the middle of the year, but we want the player now. With his father, I’ve been speaking, but we have not yet entered into the details of values.”Esporte UOL says three Premier League clubs have already made official approaches for Pereira.Among those teams are Arsenal, with Everton and West Ham also keen to recruit the player’s services. last_img read more

Province Reminds Nova Scotians to Practice Safer Sex

first_imgConcerns about sexually transmitted infections in the Maritime provinces serve as a reminder to Nova Scotians of the importance of safer sex. “We know some people use the Internet and social media sites to arrange sexual encounters,” said Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Adopting safer sexual practices, including the consistent and correct use of condoms in these circumstances to prevent disease transmission, is an important way to stay healthy.” Recently, public health officials in New Brunswick notified residents about a case where a person contracted a sexually transmitted infection through unprotected sex. “This unfortunate news highlights the importance of practicing safer sex and getting tested regularly for STIs, including HIV, if you may be at risk,” said Dr. Atherton. Nova Scotians who are sexually active, or plan to become sexually active, are encouraged to talk to health care providers to make sure they have the information needed to help prevent the spread of infections. Sexually transmitted infections are transmitted by sexual contact (oral, anal or vaginal) particularly contact with blood, semen or vaginal fluids. It is also possible to contract and transmit some infections by sharing contaminated needles and syringes, or other equipment for drug use. For more information on sexually transmitted infections, and how people can protect themselves, visit read more

ECONOMICRURAL DEVELOPMENTTOURISMNova Scotia Celebrates Small Business Week

first_imgBusinesses across the province are celebrating Small Business Week until Oct. 26 as an opportunity to network, learn and share successes with their peers. It offers Nova Scotians the opportunity to celebrate the contribution of small and medium-sized businesses in communities across the province. This year’s theme is Success Ahead — Map Your Future Growth. Nova Scotia’s small businesses are encouraged to consider how they can help create and grow economic prosperity. The province supports small businesses through dozens of programs aimed at helping them grow their products, markets and workforce. More information on these programs can be found at or by calling 1-855-324-4668. The province will host its annual Reverse Trade Show on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Dartmouth at the Best Western Plus, 15 Spectacle Lake Dr., where businesses can meet buyers from the provincial, municipal and federal governments, health authorities, school boards and post-secondary institutions.last_img read more

No guaranteed prison time for Wilmington Trust defendants

first_imgDOVER, Del. — There’s no guarantee that four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program will be sentenced to prison for fraud.But even if a judge orders prison time for the former Wilmington Trust officials later this month, they won’t be led away in handcuffs.In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors say they won’t oppose the defendants’ requests to be allowed at least two months, possibly more, to “self-surrender” to prison.The defendants also are asking that any prison sentences be put on hold until their appeals are resolved, a process that could take a year or more.The defendants were convicted in May of misleading regulators and investors about the bank’s massive amount of past-due commercial real estate loans.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Walking is top choice of fitness enthusiasts in India

first_imgWalking, jogging and running surpass yoga and gym training as the the top choices of most fitness enthusiasts in India, according to a new survey on April 7, 2019. Zumba is also gaining prominence as a fitness form especially among women, with 18 per cent respondents enjoying it in 2019, up from 11 per cent in 2017, showed the survey launched on the occasion of World Health Day. Over half the respondents (53 per cent) confirmed that they have at least five activities included in their fitness regime, with walking (84 per cent), jogging (64 per cent), running (63 per cent), yoga (56 per cent) and gym training (53 per cent) emerging as the top choices. The results showed that millennials in the country are increasingly opting towards a healthier lifestyle, with 95 per cent respondents indulging in at least one fitness activity – running, jogging or walking. For the study, over 2,200 men and women, between the age group of 18-35 years, were surveyed across nine cities in the country. Among all, Kolkata scored the highest score in fitness. While Kolkata is closely followed by Delhi-NCR, Pune dropped from number 1 position in 2017 to the eighth on this year’s list. This year’s survey revealed an increase in women undertaking self-defence activities, with 45 per cent respondents including it as part of their fitness regime. Strength workouts have also gained popularity among women in the last couple of years.last_img read more

A Congressional Divide  Moroccos Western Sahara Issue Continues to Be Misunderstood

Washington – While Morocco has a history going back more than a thousand years, a congressional hearing I attended on March 23 on the controversial issue of the Western Sahara’s disputed sovereignty addressed the question as if the history surrounding the territory had begun only in 1975.Congressmen Joseph Pitts and James McGovern, the co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, convened a hearing to take the testimony of four supposed experts on the status of human rights in the Sahara region. Unfortunately, the deck was stacked against Morocco from the get-go. From the Co-Chairmen’s introductory remarks all the way through to the remarks adjourning the hearing, an unbalanced view of the situation emerged, unbalanced both as to history and as to who is responsible for the conflict and accountable for the current situation of the Saharawi people.Having attended and prepared witnesses for Congressional hearings over the course of my legal career, it seems impossible from a legal perspective, to have orchestrated a more imbalanced hearing. Out of four witnesses, four evidenced a pro-Algeria/pro-Polisario view, couched in concern for the human rights of the Saharawi people. The first witness, Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, spent her entire remarks narrating a litany of human rights abuses, at times emotionally, even raising her voice to a level of a rant, reciting decades old information and facts and blaming one side of the dispute for perpetuation of inhumane conditions for residents of the Tindouf camps.Although the camps are controlled by the Algeria-backed Polisario, she laid the blame entirely at Morocco’s door. Three other witnesses were called to testify: Eric Goldstein, Deputy Director MENA Division of Human Rights Watch; Erik Hagen, Board Member of Western Sahara Resource Watch; and Francesco Bastagli, a Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara at the United Nations.While at least two of the speakers acknowledged that the U.S. government has stated that the Moroccan proposed autonomy plan for the region is “serious, realistic, and credible,” nevertheless they dismissed it entirely. Each of the four witnesses had an anti-Morocco agenda. There was, in fact, no witness for the Moroccan side who could have provided balance at the hearing.Only Representative John Conyers, Jr., the only other Congressman present at the hearing, indicated that better ”understanding” is needed for “a more peaceful resolution of the process.”Indeed, an understanding of Morocco’s significant history — a history much older than the 41 years since the 1975 International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion — is needed.Historically, Morocco became a kingdom as the result of a dramatic consolidation of indigenous Amazigh (or Berber) tribes that began in the 11th century in the Western Sahara itself and continued geographically all the way to Spain under a charismatic Berber ruler name Abdullah ibn Yassin.  This unmentioned and apparently forgotten history is vibrantly narrated and depicted in a BBC documentary entitled, “The Lost Berber Kingdom of Morocco.”In 1054, ibn Yassin, a highly educated and well-travelled nomad, named himself spiritual leader of the Amazigh and embarked on a holy war with an alliance of Amazigh tribes from the Sahara to unite the Amazigh Muslims of Northwest Africa.  He and his followers were known as the Almoravids (meaning “those bound together in the cause of God”).  Ibn Yassin’s success marked the first time in history that the entire corner of Northwest Africa bordering the Atlantic and the Mediterranean was brought together under one Muslim spiritual leader.After Ibn Yassin’s death, his successor, Youssef ibn Tashfin, turned the then fledgling kingdom into an empire. Only 20 years after ibn Yassin had left the desert and taken the city of Sijilmasa, an important trading hub for Africa located at the edge of the desert, the Amazigh Almoravids had taken Marrakech as their capital, and gone further north to Fez and Tangier, and even east all the way to Algiers, well beyond what we know today as Morocco. Soon thereafter, the Almoravids were moving up through Spain and Portugal.The origins of Morocco, as the kingdom we know today, are Amazigh-Saharawi. The Amazigh ascent to power occurred long before the Arabs arrived in Morocco from the east, resulting in the present line of the throne, through King Mohammed VI, who has direct descent from the prophet Mohamed.So why did a congressional commission hearing take such a myopic view of history and the issue of sovereignty?  Was the hearing simply grandstanding in an election year anniversary of Spain’s withdrawal as a colonial power from the territory and the original proposal for a people’s referendum, or does the hearing suggest that Congress really would like to resolve the issue?In fact, Congress appears to have a split personality on this issue. While the TLCHR hearing had the deck stacked against Morocco, in stark contrast this past week the “Congressional Morocco Caucus,” a bi-partisan group of 40 Representatives of Congress, wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.N. Chief’s actions during his visit to the region when he called it an “occupation” by Morocco were “unprecedented.”  Moreover, the Congressional Caucus Representatives acknowledged that the Western Sahara is “fundamental for Morocco and for its national security.”It is telling that the State Department declined to participate in the March 23 hearing despite several invitations to do so. The Executive branch is well aware of Morocco’s contribution to safety and security in the region, through sharing of intelligence and dismantling terrorist cells, and undoubtedly did not want to jeopardize the present good diplomatic relations with the Kingdom by appearing at a Congressional hearing so stacked against Morocco. This observation highlights the difference between the executive and legislative branches. The Executive has to deal in the real world with diplomacy and consequences.Francesco Bastagli summed it up quite correctly when he said that the “Western Sahara is a decolonization process gone awry.”  However, Morocco is not the colonial power.  Morocco’s claim to the territory goes back far beyond the Spanish colonial power to Morocco’s beginnings as a kingdom in the 11th century.  If history is not forgotten, and the dispute is put into historical perspective, perhaps better progress can be made in finding a resolution.  In any event, congressional hearings should at least have the appearance of procedural fairness in reviewing all the facts and not merely considering only one side of the issue.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Drug company founder convicted in opioid bribery scheme

BOSTON — The wealthy founder of a drug company has been convicted of scheming to bribe doctors across the country to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray.A jury found Insys Therapeutics Founder and former CEO John Kapoor guilty of racketeering conspiracy on Thursday after 15 days of deliberations.Four other former employees of the Chandler, Arizona-based company were also convicted.Prosecutors said Kapoor and the others conspired to bribe doctors to boost sales for the opioid meant for cancer patients with severe pain.An attorney for Kapoor sought to shift blame onto the company’s former vice-president of sales, who pleaded guilty in November.The others charged in the case have also denied wrongdoing.Two other high-level executives, who pleaded guilty in the case, testified against Kapoor.The Associated Press read more

Security Council hears briefing from committee monitoring sanctions on Iran

11 September 2008The head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures. The head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures.Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, who is chairman of the committee, said the panel was most recently focused on ensuring greater vigilance from Member States over the activities of financial institutions that deal with banks domiciled in Iran.The committee also probed reports that some States may have contravened an export ban on arms and related materiel from Iran and received assurances from one of the countries involved that it would continue to fully implement the sanctions.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Resolution 1737 of December 2006 banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems.In March 2007 the Council adopted resolution 1747, further tightening the sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets. The Council imposed further sanctions against Iran in resolution 1803, adopted this March. These included the inspection of cargo suspected of carrying prohibited goods, the tighter monitoring of financial institutions and the extension of travel bans and asset freezes, over its nuclear programme. read more

St Catharines assault

On Monday, a 22 year old woman told police she was sexually assaulted at a home in St. Catharines.Police say the suspect, 56-year old Jeffrey Hebert and the victim were not known to each other at the time of the assault.Hebert is scheduled to attend a bail hearing on June 20th. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Civil society key to ensuring Internet free speech says UN independent expert

“Civil society participation is essential to ensure legitimacy of global discussions on the future of (the) Internet,” the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, said in comments on a recent global telecommunications conference that aimed to update a world treaty containing general principles for assuring the free flow of information worldwide.“The only consensus reached so far on this matter is that the future of the Internet has to be determined in a multi-stakeholder dialogue, where no positions can be imposed unilaterally,” he added, according to a news release from the Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convened the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in early December, as part of a wider mandate that sees it allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to international telecommunications technologies to underserved communities worldwide.Attended by more than 160 countries, the conference aimed to update ITU’s International Telecommunication Regulations, which serve as a binding global treaty designed to make global interconnection easier, more efficient and more available to the public in a way that is useful.In his comments, the Special Rapporteur noted that the Internet “vastly expands the capacity of individuals to enjoy their right to freedom of expression, as well as other rights.”As such, he said, any future focus on Internet governance by the Conference “must ensure the meaningful participation of multiple stakeholders, including representatives of other international organizations, human rights entities, private sector representatives, including Internet providers and non-governmental organizations,” the OHCHR release said.“Global attention is required to ensure that no international or national regulations on the Internet pave the way for hampering freedom of opinion and expression through the Internet,” said Mr. La Rue.“Unfortunately, legitimate expression on the Internet is already criminalized in various countries today,” he added, saying he had documented this in his 2011 report for the UN General Assembly on Internet-linked freedom-of-expression rights, and also in a 2011 report on Internet trends and challenges related to free-speech.“International efforts must reverse this trend, not reinforce it,” he added of the information clampdowns.According to the Special Rapporteur, ensuring freedom of expression and access to information on the Internet is central for the promotion and protection of human rights, and the strengthening of democracy across the globe today.“Over the last two decades, the Internet has greatly contributed to expanding access to information on serious human rights violations, giving voice to millions who would be silent and invisible without the access to this powerful tool,” he said, adding that “discussion on any form of regulation or governance of this crucial tool must be firmly grounded in human rights standards.”Independent experts, or special rapporteurs such as Mr. La Rue, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Some 32 billion people now online but number still falls short of

While the proportion of households projected to have Internet access in 2020 will reach 56 per cent, exceeding the ‘Connect 2020’ target of 55 per cent, only 53 per cent of the global population will be online in 2020, the report found, ranking the Republic of Korea first in the information and communication technology (ICT) 2015 Development Index (IDI).Africa ranks worst, with 29 of 37 countries in the IDI’s bottom quarter, and 11 figuring last out of 167, illustrating the importance of addressing the digital divide between the continent and other regions, according to the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report.Although the 2020 goal is not on track to be achieved, the report, widely recognized as the repository of the world’s most reliable and impartial global data and analysis on ICT development, notes that all 167 countries improved their IDI values between 2010 and 2015 – meaning that levels of ICT access, use and skills continue to improve worldwide.It also showed that almost 7.1 billion people, over 95 per cent of the global population, are now covered by a mobile-cellular signal.“ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 newly-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this report plays an important role in the SDG process,” ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said, referring to the ambitious economic, social and environmental targets that the UN has set for the year 2030.“Without measurement and reporting, we cannot track the progress being made, and this is why ITU gathers data and publishes this important report each year.”ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Brahima Sanou called progress encouraging in many areas. “But more needs to be done – especially in the world’s poorest and remotest regions, where ICTs can arguably make the biggest difference, and help bring people everywhere out of extreme poverty,” he added.By the end of this year, 46 per cent of households globally will have Internet access at home, up from 44 per cent last year and just 30 per cent in 2010. In the developed world, 81.3 per cent of households now have home Internet access, compared to 34.1 per cent in the developing world, and just 6.7 per cent in the 48 UN-designated least developed countries (LDCs).Latest data show that growth in Internet use has slowed down, however, posting 6.9 per cent growth in 2015, after 7.4 per cent in 2014. Nonetheless, the number of Internet users in developing countries has almost doubled in the past five years, with two thirds of all people online now living in the developing world.Fastest growth continues to be seen in mobile broadband, with the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions worldwide having grown more than four-fold in five years, from 800 million in 2010 to an estimated 3.5 billion now. The number of fixed-broadband subscriptions has risen much more slowly, to an estimated 800 million today.“More action will also be needed to ensure that targets for growth and inclusiveness are not missed in developing countries, and in particular in LDCs,” ITU stressed in a news release. “The Connect 2020 Agenda aims to ensure that at least 50 per cent of households in developing countries and 15 per cent of households in LDCs have access by 2020, but ITU estimates that only 45 per cent of households in developing countries and 11 per cent of LDC households will have Internet access by that date.”In 2015, Republic of Korea ranked at the top of the IDI, which measures countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills, closely followed by Denmark and Iceland.The IDI top 30 ranking includes countries from Europe and other high-income nations, including Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Macao (China), New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. read more

DunnesvKaren Millen goes to Europe the result isnt good for the Irish

first_imgDunnes had argued that Karen Millen hasn’t shown that they own an “unregistered community design” on the clothing items.The ECJ were asked by the Irish Courts to examine a number of different issues about unregistered community designs. In each of the issues they were asked to look at, their findings were favourable to Karen Millen.Dunnes appeals the earlier High Court decision which was being held pending today’s judgement.Read the ECoJ judgement in full here >Read: High Court asks Europe whether Facebook should be investigated over NSA >Read: Europe struck wrong balance on ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, says Google boss > #ECJ rules on Karren Millen v Dunnes case on unregistered designs in the world of high-street fashion— EU Court of Justice (@EUCourtPress) June 19, 2014 Source: EU Court of Justice/Twittercenter_img DUNNES STORES HAS been dealt a significant legal blow as the European Court of Justice has sided with fashion designer Karen Millen in a dispute over a shirt and top.In a complicated judgment delivered this morning, the ECJ in essence ruled that designs don’t need to be specifically registered to benefit from legal protection.The seven-year-long dispute will now return to the Irish Supreme Court which had been awaiting today’s judgement.In 2005, Karen Millen designed blue and brown versions of a striped shirt and a black knitted top. Today’s judgement states that Dunnes Stores representatives purchased examples of those garments from a Karen Millen store.Dunnes subsequently had copies of the items manufactured outside Ireland and put them on sale in its Irish stores in late 2006.Karen Millen commenced legal proceedings in 2007 with the most recent judgement coming from Irish High Court in April which also sided with Karen Millen.last_img read more

Netflix now available for Chrome OS

first_imgBack in May, it was believed that Chrome OS would be launching with one very important streaming video partner in tow: Netflix. But June came and went, and the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook debuted without Netflix access. July passed, and Acer’s AC700 — the second Chromebook introduced at Google IO 2011 — began shipping, but Netflix was still nowhere to be seen.Now, roughly three months since the original publicly-visible Netflix support code appeared in the Chromium OS source, the add-on is finally ready for download. If you happen to own a Chromebook or have cobbled together your own Chromium OS device, head on over to the Chrome Web Store and install the Netflix app. Once installed, you’ll be able to Watch Instantly on your Chrome OS device — provided you live in the United States.Support for services like Netflix which require support for its DRM as well, is crucial for Chrome OS if it’s going to truly compete with other operating systems. Such services that still use Adobe Flash for streaming are already supported, of course, since Google and Adobe teamed up on an internal Flash plug-in for Chrome OS ages ago. Support for rival service Hulu actually made it to Chrome OS back in June — when Netflix was supposed to land.It’s also worth noting that the release of Netflix for Chrome OS has not led to Netflix for Linux, at least not yet. That has been promised at some point in the future and the Chrome plug-in will certainly help speed things along.More at Engadget and Netflix on Twitterlast_img read more

A 5 mois les bébés ont autant conscience de leur environnement que

first_imgA 5 mois, les bébés ont autant conscience de leur environnement que les adultesSelon une étude européenne récemment publiée, les nourrissons âgés de 5 mois ont autant conscience de leur environnement que les adultes.”Comment déterminer si les bébés sont conscients de leur environnement alors même qu’ils ne savent pas encore parler et sont incapables de communiquer leurs propres pensées ?” Pour répondre à cette question complexe, une équipe de chercheurs européenne a mené une vaste expérience qui a consisté à déterminer si les marqueurs neuronaux de la conscience observés chez des adultes pouvaient être également présents chez le bébé. Et si l’on en croit les résultats publiés cette semaine dans la revue Science, ce serait bien le cas : les nourrissons âgés de 5 mois ont autant conscience de leur environnement que les adultes. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont observé l’activité neuronale de 80 bébés âgés respectivement de cinq, douze et quinze mois à l’aide d’un électro-encéphalogramme. Ils ont ainsi pu relever le temps des réponses électriques de leur cerveau lorsqu’on leur montrait des images de visages plus ou moins longuement. Dans leur étude, les auteurs rappellent que des récents travaux ont montré que le cerveau adulte réagit en deux temps à la perception d’un évènement extérieur. Pendant 200 à 300 millisecondes, la réaction est totalement non-consciente et s’accompagne d’une activité neuronale qui va progressivement s’accroître en fonction de la durée de présentation des objets perçus. Dans un second temps, au-delà de 300 millisecondes, la réponse consciente apparaît donnant une réponse électrique spécifique du cerveau.Une réponse consciente plus tardive mais bien présente À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Au cours de la recherche, les scientifiques ont ainsi constaté que quel que soit le groupe d’âge des nourrissons, la réponse était la même que chez les adultes, confirmant “la signature neuronale de l’état de conscience”. La réponse est simplement beaucoup plus tardive puisqu’elle ne se manifeste qu’après au moins une seconde. Pour les chercheurs, ces résultats prouvent que les mécanismes cérébraux de la conscience de perception sont présents très tôt chez les nourrissons. Bien que lente au début, leur réaction consciente va progressivement s’accélérer au cours du développement.Cette découverte permet d’en apprendre sur le cerveau et son développement au cours des premiers mois et années de vie. Mais ces travaux pourraient aussi trouver une application médicale en permettant d’évaluer la capacité de perception de personnes malades ou accidentées incapables de communiquer verbalement. Par ailleurs, cette recherche pourrait aider les médecins à mieux comprendre la perception de la douleur et les effets de l’anesthésie chez les bébés.Le 19 avril 2013 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NoodleFingered Robot Helps Study Marine Animals

first_imgStay on target Jellyfish may harbor potentially life-changing secrets. But they’re too bloody difficult to collect and study.Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, however, have a plan.Together with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Baruch College at CUNY, they developed an ultra-soft underwater gripper that uses hydraulic pressure to gently — but firmly — wrap noodly fingers around a single jellyfish, then release it without causing harm.Six thin, flat strips of hollow silicone are attached to a 3D-printed plastic “palm”; when the channels fill with water, they curl in the direction of the inner nanofiber-coated side.The fingers each exert an extremely low amount of pressure: less than one-tenth of a human’s eyelid on their eye.“Our ultra-gentle gripper is a clear improvement over existing deep-sea sampling devices for jellies and other soft-bodied creatures that are otherwise nearly impossible to collect intact,” first author Nina Sinatra, a former graduate student at the Wyss Institute, said in a statement.Last year, Harvard scientists built an origami-inspired device to gently trap and release sea creatures.The machine, dubbed Rotary Actuated Dodecahedron (RAD), acts like an underwater Venus flytrap, drawing an animal in and automatically closing around it.This time, researchers adhered their gripper to a hand-held device—reminiscent of those reaching litter pick-up tools. They tested it first in the lab on an artificial silicone jellyfish, before moving on the real thing at the New England Aquarium.The umbrella-shaped critters reportedly showed no signs of stress or adverse effects upon release from the claw.“Marine biologists have been waiting a long time for a tool that replicates the gentleness of human hands in interacting with delicate animals like jellyfish from inaccessible environments,” according to co-author David Gruber, a professor at Baruch College and a National Geographic Explorer.“This gripper is part of an ever-growing soft robotic toolbox that promises to make underwater species collection easier and safer,” he continued. “Which would greatly improve the pace and quality of research on animals that have been under-studied for hundreds of years, giving us a more complete picture of the complex ecosystems that make up our oceans.”The device is detailed in a paper published this week by the journal Science Robotics.Watch This Next: This Helpful Micro-Robot May Be the Cutest RobotMore on Robot to Monitor Delicate Ocean CreaturesDivers Spot Giant Jellyfish the Size of a Human Off British CoastJellyfish Chips and Seaweed Dip, Anyone? Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

British couple has mini Windsor Castle built for dog

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (WSVN) — One dog in England has gotten the real royal treatment from his owners in anticipation of the big royal wedding.Dog owner Susan Crossland pampered her pooch Archie by having a replica of the Windsor Castle built just for him.It’s a castle that would make any canine jump for joy.“He loves it, he always likes to go and lay inside. It’s his little chill out zone,” Crossland said. “But I think he is a bit of a ‘king of a castle’ at the minute because he is a bit weary of who he’ll let go in.”Archie is a 10-year-old Lhasa apso who is living the high life.It had cost nearly $7,000 to build the mini-castle.Britain’s Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle will tie the knot on May 19. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the April 11th Wilmington School Committee Meeting:#1) DONATION FROM WILMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT & BOSTON BRUINS. The School Committee unanimously approved the donation by the Boston Bruins and the Wilmington Fire Department of street hockey equipment with a value of $1,000, as part of their community fitness initiative BFIt, which focuses on providing fitness and dietary education to promote healthier living throughout the community.The donation is being given to the Shawsheen Elementary School on behalf of Firefighter Charles Taylor and the entire Wilmington Fire Department.  For the second consecutive year, the Wilmington Fire Department raised the most money ($16,000) of any fire department participating in the BFit First Responder Challenger, while Charles Taylor was the highest individual fundraiser ($7,500+).#2) DONATION FROM WILMINGTON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION. The School Committee unanimously approved the donation of $2,383.46 – in the form of three curriculum grants – from the Wilmington Educational Foundation. Funded projects include: Unique Learning for Life Skills Curriculum (WMS); Learning in a Whole New Light (North & West); and Yoga & Mindfulness Education & Programming (Shawsheen).#3) NEARLY CLEAN AUDIT. The School Committee received the audit results from its FY17 End-of-Year Financial Report. The audit was conducted by Roselli, Clark & Associates. It showed only two corrective actions:Civic activities and community services expenditures should be reclassified from Line 3030 to Line 3042. This item has already been corrected.A written agreement between the School Committee and Municipal Officials must be formalized documenting agreed upon methodologies to be used when allocating municipal expenditures to the district. Agreed upon methodologies currently exist, but are not formalized in a written agreement. This item will be corrected in time for the next End of Year Fiscal Report.#4) STUDENT PRESENTATION. The School Committee heard from three WHS physics students who, in lieu of taking their midterms, each developed and taught a science lesson to a third grade class at the West Intermediate. The Committee also heard from  three third graders about what they learned from the lessons.  The high school students, elementary school students, the involved teachers, and Principal Dennis Shaw found this initiative to be highly successful.#5) GOOD BYE TO MANNY. School Committee member Manny Mulas opted not to seek re-election when his term expires later this month. Mulas, who has served on the Committee for six years, will be unable to attend the Committee’s April 25 meeting. Mulas was presented with a plaque.“It’s been an honor. It’s been fun. It’s been interesting,” said Mulas.  “I’ll still be around and will still volunteer for different things. I wish you all the best. Good luck with the next superintendent. Feel free to reach out if you need me for anything.”NOTE: Wilmington Apple will cover Athletic Director Tim Albert’s report in a separate article.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Fire Department Donates $1,000 In Street Hockey Equipment To Woburn St. SchoolIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more