Indian Economy to Grow at 7.3% in 2018-19, Says Asian Development Bank

first_imgIndia will bounce back from two years of declining growth, and the economy is set to rise to 7.3 per cent in financial year 2018-19, and to 7.6 per cent in 2019-20, a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on April 11.“India would remain the fastest growing country across Asia,” ADB India country director Kenichi Yokoyama said, the Economic Times reported. He pointed out the growing non-performing assets and prices of crude prices rising to over $70 a barrel as risks.Among other countries in Asia, China’s economy is expected to grow at 6.6 percent this year, down from 6.9 per cent in 2017, and is projected to slow down further to 6.4 per cent in 2019, ADB projected. Malaysia is expected to grow at 5.3 per cent in 2018 and 5 per cent in 2019, while Singapore’s economy will grow at 3.1 per cent in 2018 and 2.9 per cent in 2019.According to the ADB, the dip in economic growth of India to 6.6 per cent in 2017-18 was partly driven by the lingering effects of demonetization. It impacted the informal sector in the first half of the year. The report,  Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018, pointed out that teething issues related to implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which hampered operations of small and medium-sized enterprises and exporters, also contributed to growth moderation.“Despite the short-term costs, the benefits of reform — such as the recently implemented GST — will propel India’s future growth,” Yasuyuki Sawada, ADB’s chief economist, said in a statement. Sawada added that robust foreign direct investment flows attracted by liberalized regulations, and the government’s steps to improve the ease of doing business will further boost growth.The report added that going forward, the ADO expects growth to pick up, supported by various measures aimed to bolster farmers’ purchasing power, including higher procurement prices, agriculture market reforms, and investments in irrigation and logistics.It also highlighted that investment revival is expected to continue, but the revival will take place at a modest rate since firms and banks strive to improve their balance sheets, and capacity utilization levels pick up.The report specified that India’s growth in the 2017-18 was driven mainly by services, which grew by 8.3 per cent. This was because of the improved growth in finance and real estate, and in trade, transportation, and communication services. “Industrial activity slowed down largely due to manufacturing growth’s weakening to 5.1 per cent in 2017, compared to 7.9 per cent a year earlier,” added the report.Agricultural performance was also modest since food grain production marginally exceeded the good harvest a year earlier. Although consumption growth dropped to its lowest level in five years in 2017, investment picked up during the year.India became the world’s fastest growing economy in the October-December quarter, an analysis of the government data released on Feb. 28 showed. A pick-up in manufacturing and service sectors pushed the growth of gross domestic product to 7.2 per cent in the quarter from a year earlier when the economy lagged behind China.The World Bank said in January this year that as compared to other emerging economies, India has “enormous growth potential.” Related ItemsAsian Development BankEconomylast_img read more

Davis Cup, India vs Pakistan: Captain Mahesh Bhupathi, players seek assurance on security

first_imgThe Indian tennis players are “excited and available” to travel to Pakistan for the upcoming Davis Cup tie but want to be assured that all the security measures are in place before they reach Islamabad.All the players, save an “injured” Sumit Nagal are available for the tie, scheduled for September 14-15 in the capital city of Pakistan.The squad, likely to be led by number one singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran under non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi, will be first from the country to travel to the neighbouring nation in 55 years.”We are not concerned. We are available and excited but we just want to make sure that all the clearances from MEA, Home Ministry are there,” said a source close to the players.It has been learnt that Bhupathi has also written a letter to the All India Tennis Association (AITA), asking about travelling squad’s safety and security during its stay.The AITA General Secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI that he has answered all the queries raised by the captain.”Yes he had some questions and we have replied to him,” he said.Asked if the federation sought approval from Home Ministry or the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Chatterjee said it was not required.”We fall under Sports Ministry and they have not raised any objection to us travelling to Pakistan. We need not go to the other ministries. Also, the ITF has laid down stringent norms regarding the security and the host nation is bound to follow them.advertisement”An ITF inspection team has already visited Pakistan, so there should not be any concern. The Pakistan Tennis Federation has also sent us the invitation and soon the process to procure visas will begin. We will go,” he assured.The AITA selection committee will meet in the next few days to pick the team.Initially, the AITA had sought permission from the Sports Ministry to send the team to Pakistan but they were informed that they do not require any permission and it was up to the Federation to send its players.The AITA recently said that the team definitely travel to Islamabad and they have already begun the process to complete the travel formalities.No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964 and in that tie, held in Lahore, India had won 4-0.The last tie between the two nations was played in Mumbai in 2006, which India had won 3-2. The Indian team’s current captain Bhupathi was part of that team, which also featured the likes of Leander Paes, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna.Prior to this tie, India had played Pakistan at a neutral venue in Malaysia in 1973.Read more | Indian team set to tour Pakistan for Davis Cup in SeptemberAlso see:last_img read more

Pogba dismisses Juventus return

first_imgTransfers ‘I don’t want to talk about the future’ – Pogba dismisses Juventus return Harry Sherlock 22:47 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pogba Getty Transfers Manchester United France v Australia France Australia Juventus World Cup Paul Pogba The Manchester United midfielder insists he is not thinking about a transfer, and is solely focusing on the World Cup with France Paul Pogba has dismissed reports linking him with a return to Juventus from Manchester United .Pogba scored a deflected winning goal in France’s opening game of the 2018 World Cup against Australia, as Les Bleus were forced to grind out a 2-1 win.The 25-year-old flattered to deceive at times for United throughout this season, sparkling only intermittently, and reports have suggested that Juve could attempt to buy him back, after selling him for a then world-record fee of £89 million (€101m/$118m) in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Pogba has brushed aside those suggestions, insisting he is solely focused on the World Cup.”I am with the France squad, I don’t want to speak about the future of the club and all this,” he told reporters. Having previously played for Juve, Pogba concedes that he does speak with Paolo Dybala, the club’s mercurial striker, but he maintains it means little.”Yes, I speak with Dybala, but whether I speak to Dybala or speak with (Samuel) Umtiti, who plays at Barcelona, it’s not there I will go and play there!” France were aided by technology against Australia, with VAR awarding them a penalty, and goal-line tech ruling that Pogba’s shot crossed the line.And the midfielder says he and his team-mates were always aware that Bert van Marwijk’s team would provide a stern test, though he accepts that Les Bleus will have to improve if they want to go deep into the competition.”We knew it would be hard as it’s a World Cup game,” he said.”We stay positive and only think about the three points we’ve gathered. We have young and very talented players. Some have already featured in a World Cup, others not. So they need to learn.”I think that after this game, the ones who didn’t know have a pretty good idea of what it’s about. It’s a very high level. Pressing with pace. We expect a better game from the team next time around, but if we can win all the games by playing like this, we’ll take it.”last_img read more

“Rumors” Name Frontrunner For Ohio State Job If Urban Meyer Is Fired

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer might have coached his final game at Ohio State, as the Buckeyes placed the national title-winning head coach on paid administrative leave Wednesday night, hours after college football insider Brett McMurphy reported that Meyer knew more than he led on about the domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith.Ohio State has named an interim head coach. The Buckeyes will be led at the moment by offensive assistant coach Ryan Day.Day, a former Chip Kelly assistant, is in his second year with Ohio State. He’s been widely praised by the coaching community and reportedly turned down head coaching jobs to stay at Ohio State.If Urban Meyer is indeed done at Ohio State, it’s possible that the Buckeyes could end up moving forward with Day, depending on how the 2018 season goes.Ohio State could also have a major coaching search.A current Big 12 coach is believed by some to be the frontrunner if that happens.Multiple rumors hitting us that Iowa State coach Matt Campbell would be frontrunner for Ohio State job if it became open.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 2, 2018Campbell is an Ohio native and is one of the hottest young names in coaching. The Iowa State head coach had some major interest this past offseason but got a big raise to stay put at ISU.Of course, it’s early to be discussing an Ohio State coaching search, but it is possible that the Buckeyes will have to go through one.Ohio State, meanwhile, is set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

On Your Feet: Hit the road with Ventoso’s Classic Driving Mocs

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?To be totally honest, the idea of having driving shoes hadn’t even crossed my mind until I saw these moccasins from Ventoso, but now I don’t step on the gas without them. It seems like sort of a niche product, but take a minute to think about how much time you spend in your car every day, especially if you have to drive during rush hour to and from work. Driving shoes provide extra comfort when you have to sit with your foot on the brake for 30 minutes at a time, extra grip when you need to let the clutch out at just the right speed, and they’re lightweight and comfortable when you’re cruising down the freeway on a road trip.Ventoso is a relatively young company, starting in 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia, when founder Harry Cassin’s love for classic driving mocs began to conflict with the exorbitant prices European fashion houses were charging. Unsatisfied with their offerings, he spent the better part of a year sourcing suppliers and materials. He wore each sample for at least two months to determine strengths and weaknesses, as well as make sure they would hold up with wear. Bringing the Ventoso driving moccasins to US markets is a labor of love and passion for Cassin, and the quality and style reflects that.They’re also a joy to wear around the house on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or out running casual errands. They’re so light they barely feel like you’re wearing them, and the rubber nubs on the bottom and heel have great traction, although they can’t be resoled if you beat them up too much. A big part of why they’re so comfortable is the use of choice materials selected carefully for these shoes.The quality is immediately evident when you first pick up the shoe, from the lightly napped velvet to the exposed stitching; it’s not hard to see that these were carefully selected materials. Because they can be worn without socks, the leather interior is soft on the skin, and bends and moves with your foot easily, they feel like a sock or a slipper after only a few minutes. Frequently the issue with shoes isn’t the material used though, it’s the combination of materials, and how well they work together. In that regard, Ventoso’s classic driving moccasins are an absolute win, with a consistent suede outer and leather where it’s needed.Driving shoes may be great for wearing around the house, but to really experience them in their natural environment, you’ve gotta take them out on the road. You don’t realize how much a hard outsole limits your flexibility and pedal control until you aren’t inhibited by it anymore. Some people prefer driving barefoot in order to feel the car’s vibrations and carefully control the throttle, and the same effect can be felt when you get the little rubber nubs against the gas and your heel locks against the floor in just the right spot.Ventoso’s classic driving moccasins are available directly from their website in a number of colors and sizes.last_img read more

Canadian killed in Mexico consular officials assisting family Global Affairs

first_imgOTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian citizen has been killed in Mexico, and consular officials are providing assistance to the victim’s family.A spokeswoman for the department says their thoughts are with the victim’s family, but no further details can be disclosed.Local media report that Canadian Bruce Ivan Allen, 70, was found dead in an apartment in the city of Progreso, in Yucatan state, on Friday morning.Citing police officials, The Yucatan Times reports that the man got into a “heated argument with another man known as ‘el pelón’ of Mexican nationality, who had spent the night with the deceased.”The victim was found with at least five stab wounds to his chest and neck.“Residents of the area mentioned that in the house where the deceased was found, constant parties took place,” reads the article in the Yucatan Times. “Authorities believe this to be a ‘crime of passion’ since nothing was stolen.”The Canadian Press, with files from the Yucatan Timeslast_img read more

UN finds more rockets aimed at Israel from southern Lebanon

29 October 2009A day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged maximum restraint by all sides, United Nations peacekeepers today found four more rockets, three of them set to be fired, in an area of southern Lebanon from which a missile zoomed into Israel on Monday. “Such attacks are evidently aimed at provoking renewed hostilities to undermine the security and stability in south Lebanon,” the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said in a news release, in which it also voiced concern at Israel’s return fire of artillery shells on Monday.It noted that rocket fire from Lebanon is a serious violation of Security Council resolution 1701 of 2006, which calls for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah militants, respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.“In recent months, a number of serious incidents took place in UNIFIL’s area of operations,” it said. “Such incidents constitute a significant challenge for the parties as well as for UNIFIL and have particularly strained the security and liaison arrangements that are in place to maintain the cessation of hostilities.”The mission said UNIFIL, in cooperation with the Lebanese army, had been able to contain the incidents, working in close coordination with the parties to prevent any further escalation, and it strongly urged the sides to continue to resort to the existing liaison and coordination mechanism. “On its part, UNIFIL will do its utmost to ensure full respect of the relevant provisions of resolution 1701 that include taking all necessary action, in close cooperation with the LAF [Lebanese armed forces], to ensure that its area of operations is not utilized for hostile activities of any kind,” the statement concluded. read more

Parliament erupts over prefabricated houses for IDPs

TNA and opposition leader R. Sampanthan said that the people in the North need permanent houses and not prefabricated houses. Sumanthiran said that he had submitted proposals to construct permanent houses for the war displaced people at a lower cost but the Minister had disregarded the proposal. The joint opposition also joined in the debate resulting in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offering to hold a meeting between the TNA and Swaminathan to resolve the issue.The TNA said it was willing to discuss the matter further with the Prime Minister but not Minister Swaminathan. (Colombo Gazette) Parliament erupted over prefabricated houses being constructed for the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the North.Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran demanded the resignation of the Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan for going ahead with the prefabricated houses despite several concerns raised. read more

UN rights expert calls on Belarus to impose death penalty moratorium halt

The appeal by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, comes after the reported execution of Pavel Sialiun and a Supreme Court ruling last week upholding the death sentence against Eduard Lykau, both convicted for murder. Mr. Haraszti expressed concern about the way death sentences are carried out in Belarus, and particularly the circumstances of Mr. Sialiun’s execution, including that the date of his execution is not known, and that his mother was not notified and only learned from his lawyer that the sentence had been carried out. “Information on death sentences remains limited for relatives and the general public and there is a lack of transparency about persons held on death row, and an inadequate procedure for appeals,” the expert stated in a news release. “Annual statistics on the use of the death penalty are not available, nor are the names of most of those who have been already executed.” He added that those facing the death penalty, and their relatives, are not informed of the scheduled date of execution, and that following the execution, the relatives are not informed of where the body is buried. “No reports of executions for a considerable time, despite the imposition of several new death sentences, had filled the international community with the hope that Belarus had started a practical moratorium, which would then lead to a legal moratorium, and finally to the abolition of capital punishment,” Mr. Haraszti said. An estimated 160 countries have either abolished the death penalty or no longer practice it since the General Assembly’s landmark vote in 2007 calling for a worldwide moratorium on the practice. Most recently, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and the state of Washington in the United States decided to either establish a moratorium or to suspend executions.While welcoming these developments, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the fact that many States still execute people with little regard to due process. During a panel held yesterday in New York, he also voiced deep concern that some States with long-standing de facto moratoriums have suddenly resumed executions, or are considering reintroduction of the death penalty in their legislation.“The right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights. The taking of life is too irreversible for one human being to inflict it on another,” he told the event, calling for greater efforts to put a final stop to this “cruel and inhumane practice” once and for all.In the case of Belarus, Mr. Haraszti noted that the establishment in December 2012 of a parliamentary working group on the death penalty was a “promising development,” and called on legislators to begin effective work towards reform. In an October 2013 statement, he had urged the Government to start an immediate moratorium on executions before the relevant legislation and court system could be reformed and capital punishment removed from the country’s Criminal Code. He had also voiced disappointment that Belarusian courts continued to hand down death sentences. Independent experts or special rapporteurs 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

UN agency calls on global clothing brands to help Cambodian manufacturers absorb

The new minimum wage of $128 per month, which came into effect on 1 January 2015, is projected by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to increase overall average wages in the garment industry – which include bonuses and overtime – from $183 to $217 per month, increasing factories’ wage bills by approximately 18.7 per cent.“It is important that all sides work together to ensure Cambodia’s garment industry remains economically viable,” said Maurizio Bussi, the ILO’s Country Director for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. “We call on the global brands to play their part. We have received encouraging signals that key buyers will honour the pledge they gave the Cambodian Government in September.”The rise comes in the wake of other adjustments since 2012 that have seen the minimum wage increase from $61 per month. At the same time, the prices that Cambodian factories receive in their main markets have been stagnating or declining, with the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics calculating a 4.5 per cent drop in prices paid for apparel imports from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries since June 2012.“Caught between these two forces, factories have seen a substantial fall in their operating margins over the past three years,” said Malte Luebker, the ILO’s Senior Regional Wage Specialist. “In principle, factories can respond by increasing efficiency, using measures that range from better work organization to energy conservation. However, our research shows that these gains are gradual and will only enable factories to cover a small share of the expected wage increase.”For example, optimistic projections of labour productivity growth in the garment sector see room for roughly four per cent growth in 2015, which would enable factories to raise wages by $7, to $190 per month, without eroding their margins. The expected wage increase to $217 per month is far higher than what can be generated through efficiency gains. To cover the shortfall, and assuming other costs remained the same, the ILO estimates that global brands would need to pay Cambodian factories between 2.4 and three per cent more, adding about two cents to the production costs of t-shirts that can currently be made for 80 cents and that might retail for about $10. On annual garment and footwear exports worth $6 billion, the small increase could generate additional revenue of $160 million to support the new wage levels. read more

Send killer who tied wife to kitchen sink and dropped her in

first_imgA murderer who killed his wife, tied her body to a kitchen sink and dropped her in a reservoir should be sent back to jail, campaigners have said. Michael Bowen, 61, murdered his wife Sandie following a row in 1997. He never revealed where he had hidden her body but was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1998. Last year her body was found at the bottom of a reservoir which had been drained, tied to a heavy ceramic sink.  Helen McCourt who was murdered by pub landlord Ian Simms 25 years ago, She said: “I just think it’s horrendous. This is why we need this law.”This man should be brought in and questioned about it and given the opportunity to admit what he did,” she said. Mr McGinn will introduce the measures as a proposed amendment to the Government’s Prisons and Courts bill, which is at the Committee stage, this week. He said: “I fail to see how someone who committed a murder and who won’t give any information to police could be released.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Helen McCourt was murdered by pub landlord Ian Simms 25 years ago. Her mother Marie McCourt is campaigning for a change in the law. Credit:PA Wentwood reservoir, where her body was foundCredit:Haakon Dewing Michael Bowen center_img Mr Bowen had already been released after serving 15 years of a life sentence. At an inquest on Monday Gwent coroner David Bowen recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.Gwent Police said that after consulting with the Crown Prosecution Service no further action would be taken against Mr Bowen. Marie McCourt, 73, who has been campaigning for a law which would prevent killers like Mr Bowen from being released, condemned the decision.  Mrs McCourt’s daughter Helen, 22, an insurance clerk, went missing in 1988 after getting off a bus in Billinge, Merseyside. Pub landlord Ian Simms was convicted of the murder in 1989, but has never revealed where he hid her body. Helen’s Law, introduced by Mrs McCourt’s MP Conor McGinn as a private member’s bill in October last year, would prevent a killer from being released on parole unless they reveal the location of the body of their victim.  Mrs McCourt’s online petition calling for the law change has more than 390,000 signatures.  Wentwood reservoir, where her body was found Michael Bowen served 15 yearsCredit:Wales News Service last_img read more

David Davis says UK legally locked into general election on June 8

first_imgAmong others supporting a suspension were the actress and activist Anna Friel, who said the election should be delayed.However, political leaders will be reluctant to cancel voting on June 8 for two main reasons.The first is that, while there is a government, there are currently no MPs and no Parliament and the prospect of there not being a parliament for a sustained period of time will be resisted by many.Secondly, many will want the election to go ahead in defiance of the attacks and to show that the democratic process cannot be derailed by terrorism.In 2001, Tony Blair had to postpone an entire election by a month because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.Mr Blair had let it be known that he had pencilled in the election for May 3 to coincide with local council polls. But he delayed the vote until June 7 because of the difficulty of campaigning while the animal disease was being contained. His views were shared by many on Twitter.One user, called Matt, said he genuinely felt it was no longer safe to press ahead with voting. David Davis said the UK is legally “locked into” holding a general election on June 8 amid calls to postpone the vote in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.The Brexit Secretary suggested that, to change the date of the election, the current laws would have to be changed and that was likely to be impossible because there are currently no MPs and no parliament.Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said the election “will go ahead as planned” as she delivered a statement in Downing Street later on Sunday morning.  Within hours of the attack on London Bridge, which cost the lives of seven people and injured dozens more, there were calls on social media for Thursday’s vote to be postponed. “We don’t know, at least I don’t know, I am not briefed this morning on this, but I don’t know whether or not they are deliberately trying to disrupt the general election or whether this is a coincidence of timing.”Mr Davis said he thought suspension of national campaigning would be “relatively brief” which Mrs May confirmed as she said that the election fight would resume in full on Monday. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said: “The Labour Party will be suspending national campaigning until this evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury.” He said: “For those of us seeking to serve the people of this country, it is our duty to drive the dialogue on how best to confront and defeat this brand of terrorism. That is what Ukip will be doing today and beyond. Therefore, I refuse to suspend campaigning because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do.”Mr Farron said: “The election must go ahead as planned. It is right that we suspend our national campaigning for a short while out of respect for those affected by these tragic events, but local campaigning can and must continue.”The remainder of this campaign must be a collective showing of defiance and pride in our democratic values.” But Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, said his party will continue to campaign.  Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 3, 2017center_img It is the second time that national campaigning has been suspended during the current election campaign. It was suspended for three days after the Manchester bomb attack on May 22.The call for political activity to be put on hold was made on social media by Mark Oxley in a petition he posted on the Change.org website.”I and I’m quite sure a high percentage of the UK population agree that now is not the time to have a general election, after a second devastating attack I believe it is time to prioritise the safety of our country and its people, that’s why I ask you to call off the general election for the foreseeable future,” he wrote. He said: “Well, let me do it the other way round. I’m not sure it can be legally done. In order to do this, you would have to have some change in the law I think and who is going to do that? Parliament no longer exists, I am not a member of parliament for the duration, as are none of the other people who were Members of Parliament. The Conservatives, Labour, the Green Party and the SNP have all suspended national campaigning with the rest of the major political parties expected to follow suit.However, Ukip has refused to suspend campaigning.Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said the election “must go ahead as planned”. Mr Davis was asked by Andrew Marr on BBC One whether the election should be extended and if there is a legal process to do so. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I think we are locked into June 8. I think actually the public would want us to be locked into June 8.“There is a balance of things here. On the one hand, clearly we want to respect people who have been injured and killed. We will want to pay proper respect and, therefore, we don’t want to carry on across it. But, on the other hand, the people doing this are doing this because they despise the freedoms we have and those freedoms can be the freedom to go out on a Saturday night or the freedom to cast a vote.last_img read more

8020 Rule For Breweries In Alaska Removed From Senate Bill

first_imgAccording to Micciche it became apparent that the 80/20 portion of the bill would be potentially problematic for the brewery and distillery industry. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A portion of a bill being introduced by the State Legislature was removed during a committee hearing in the state Senate on April 3. Senate Bill 76,“An Act relating to alcoholic beverages; relating to the regulation of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and common carriers of alcoholic beverages.”  Written within the bill introduced by Sen. Micciche (R-K-Pen) would have instituted an 80/20 rule for breweries in Alaska. Sen. Micciche (R-AK): “Being supporters of small business, and with a goal of getting the government out of the way of Alaskans making a living, we garnered support of removing the 80/20 rule. After unanimous support from the committee we had public testimony, and it became clear that we only support with the 80/20 removed from the bill.”  Doug Hogue, the owner of Kenai River Brewery: “80% of everything that is manufactured has to go out into wholesale, and you can only sell 20% in your taproom.”center_img Hogue said he and other brewery owners felt that the 80/20 rule will hinder the ability for new breweries to be able to operate in the state. According to Hogue all of the production breweries in the state would not support the bill if the 80/20 rule remained written in. Hogue: “We are 100% behind SB 76, the way it reads now, with the new amendment removing the 80/20 rules. We will provide as much support as we can to see the bill go through.” The bill now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to Micciche, he expects the bill to move forward smoothly with no further opposition.last_img read more

EU to suspend invitations to Myanmar army chief review defence coop

first_imgEuropean UnionThe European Union (EU) and its member states will suspend invitations to the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces and other senior military officers due to the disproportionate use of force carried out by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State, the Council of the European Union has said.The union has also decided to review all practical defence cooperation with the country, said a press release issued by the Council on Monday.In light of the violence against Rohingyas in Rakhine state, Council of the European Union adopted eight conclusions on Myanmar during an EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday.The EU council called upon the authorities to end immediately the continuing arson and violence against people and serious human rights violations, including indiscriminate firing of weapons, the presence of landmines and sexual and gender based violence.The first conclusion said more than 500,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, have fled their homes and sought refuge in Bangladesh, as a result of violence and fear, which indicates a deliberate action to expel a minority.The EU has also called on all sides to bring an immediate end to all violence. It urged the Myanmar military to end its operations and to ensure the protection of all civilians without discrimination and to fully observe international human rights law.The EU also reiterates its call on the Myanmar government to take all measures to defuse tensions between communities; grant full, safe and unconditional humanitarian access without delay, including for UN, ICRC, and international NGOs; and establish a credible and practical process to enable the safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return of all those who fled their homes to their places of origin.The EU has stepped up its humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and stands ready to extend its activities in Rakhine State in favour of all people in need once access is granted, the release added.Reconfirming their strong engagement underlined in the Strategy on Myanmar to support the country’s democratic transition, peace, national reconciliation, and socio-economic development, the EU said it is ready to support the government of Myanmar to ensure swift and full implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, including the crucial issue of citizenship for the stateless Rohingya population.The EU also welcomed the Inter-Ministerial Committee set-up by Myanmar government for the implementation of Anan Commission recommendations.The EU further welcomed the State Counsellor’s commitment to bringing all the perpetrators of human rights violations and other criminal acts to justice, in accordance with the rule of law to avoid all impunity.Welcoming the mandate extended by the UN Human Rights Council recently of the Fact-Finding Mission, the EU urged Myanmar to cooperate fully with council’s independent international Fact-Finding Mission and to allow it full, safe and unhindered access to the country without delay.It also encouraged Myanmar to enter into a dialogue with its neighbouring countries, in particular Bangladesh, on finding solutions to common concerns, notably the repatriation of refugees to their place of origin.The EU appreciated the constructive role played by Bangladesh under difficult circumstances.The council also expressed concern about 100,000 internally displaced people due to conflict in Kachin and Shan States and called on the government to restore humanitarian access to all communities affected in these areas.It vowed to continue to address those vital issues and all challenges linked to the process of democratic transition in the framework of its continuing engagement with the government of Myanmar and in all relevant international fora, notably the UN.The EU also intends to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming ASEM Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on 20-21 November to engage in the margins thereof, in a constructive dialogue with the government and will also continue to liaise with all Asian partners in this regard.The EU also encourages its partners in ASEAN and the region to engage in this process.last_img read more

Texas Sues Obama Administration To Block Handover Of Internet Oversight

first_img 00:00 /01:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X Texas and three other states are suing the Obama Administration, in an attempt to block the U.S. Government from ceding oversight of some of the Internet’s core systems.Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterparts from Arizona, Nevada, and Oklahoma filed the suit in a federal court in Galveston. They asked the court to prevent the U.S. Commerce Department from relinquishing control of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.ICANN oversees the “domain name” system, which regulates the names and addresses of any site connected to the Internet. The Commerce Department is set to hand over control of ICANN to an international non-profit group on Saturday, October 1.Sen, John Cornyn expressed his concerns in a conference call with reporters. “The uncertainty is who actually will make up the board of directors of this private entity and whether countries like Russia or China will have a disproportionate influence on controlling the Internet,” Cornyn said.Sen. Ted Cruz has long expressed similar objections. He attempted, unsuccessfully, to attach language blocking the transfer to a must-pass bill to fund the federal government.The multistate lawsuit argues that ceding control of ICANN violates the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which restricts the giving away of government property.Trade groups representing much of the U.S. information technology sector support the transfer. They argue the shift has been worked out over nearly 20 years, with the help of industry, and that to disrupt it now would hurt both national security and the U.S. economy.last_img read more

Stanford researchers demonstrate carbon nanotube based computer chip

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.stanford.edu/~hspwong/via TechnologyReview Scientists ‘clone’ carbon nanotubes to unlock their potential Explore further © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Stanford researchers demonstrate carbon nanotube based computer chip (2013, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-stanford-carbon-nanotube-based-chip.html Transistors have of course, been getting smaller over the past few decades as engineers attempt to pack more computing power onto chips small enough to fit onto smartphones and other electronic devices. There is a limit, though, to how small such circuits can be made using silicon—the material upon which modern computers are built. For that reason, researchers have been looking for alternative materials that can be used instead—materials that can do the same thing as silicon but at a much smaller size. Transistors of today fall roughly in the 20nm range—engineers want to reduce that by half, or better, but trying to do so using silicon won’t be possible because of the limited number of atoms in silicon molecules.To create transistors of the future, researchers have been looking at semiconducting carbon nanotubes—they’re highly conductive, can be fashioned at a much smaller size than silicon, and can switch at very high speeds. Currently the hold-up is in figuring out how to grow them without a high error rate. The best methods currently produce nanotubes in bunches where up to 30 percent of them are metallic instead of semiconducting—which is of course unacceptable for use in making computer chips. Or at least that’s been the conventional thinking. By demonstrating a functional computer chip based on carbon nanotubes, the team from Stanford has shown that it might be possible to work around such error rates.The reason error rates for nanotubes are so high is because of the way they come about—they’re grown, like crystals, rather than fabricated, and like everything else that grows, there are imperfections—thus at this time there doesn’t seem to be a way around the problem. Even worse, they don’t grow in nice smooth lines—instead they have curves and bend around which tend to present problems in connecting them together and add to switching irregularities. Because of these problems the researchers took another approach—instead of trying to get the nanotubes to grow in more predictable ways, they put them together in such a way as to correct for the errors that result when grouped as a transistor.The team didn’t give specific details on how they corrected the errors produced by the nanotubes but they demonstrated it had been done by building a chip that was able to convert an analog signal to a digital one—it’s a very common computer function, such as converting finger swipes on a smartphone to signals the processor can understand. At the conference, the team connected their chip to a hand made out of wood, that when touched, responded by simulating shaking hands.By creating a nanotube based computer chip the team has demonstrated it can be done—what still remains to be seen however, is whether research in the future will lead to scaling that will allow for their use in actual computers. (Phys.org)—A research team from Stanford University led by associate professor Subhasish Mitra and headed by Professor Philip Wong, has demonstrated a computer chip based on transistors made out of carbon nanotubes. The demonstration took place at this year’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference held in San Francisco.last_img read more

A helping hand

first_imgIncreasingly school students, are using their spare time to go beyond academics into areas like social work, to lend a helping hand to those less privileged.‘Don’t do good work to see results in your lifetime. Do it so that others get motivated. It may be just a drop in the ocean but even that makes a difference’, says Anushka Mandal, a class 11 student, from Kolkata who played Secret Santa to the underprivileged during one Christmas.Anushka, student of a Kolkata school, says she helped 500 people who were living on the streets by distributing blankets to them during winters in 2012. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She claims to have raised a total of Rs 55,000 from friends and family to buy blankets. Organising volunteers into five teams Mandal says she went around the city on one cold, winter night and laid blankets on people sleeping on the pavements.‘During winters, there were stories of people dying. I really wanted to do something for them. My mother, who has been in social work since her school days, told me to go to some key companies and some friends and ask them to donate. On December 27, I asked some people to come with me. We went in different directions of the city and laid blankets on the poor, sleeping on streets. It felt good,’ says Anushka. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnushka says she moved by what she saw at a Chennai hospital when she was a ten years old and has continued to be motivated by that incident ever since.‘I was diagnosed a diabetic when I was eight years old. I was really young and no specialised doctors were available in Kolkata then. We then decided to go to a hospital in Chennai.There I saw the doctors giving medicines and injections to diabetic children, who could not afford it. That motivated me to help the needy,’ says Anushka. Anushka was among other school children who went to Washington recently to represent the country at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.Maneka, a class 12 student from Gurgaon aspires to become a social entrepreneur and deal with social issues.‘I taught English in slum areas near my house. There I met a girl named Pooja, who told me how her family received only three litres of water a day. I thought of writing about her story and about the benefits of conserving water,’ says Maneka.The school girl, who says she aims to become a social entrepreneur says she self-published her book titled Rohan On A Water Saving Spree. Written in a narrative style the illustrated book targets children aged 5 to 11 and shares important and practical tips to save water within their homes.While Maneka works towards conserving water, city-based boy Aakash Pawar strives hard to combat social evils like child marriage and child labour. A class eleven student Aakash Pawar has been teaching underprivileged children and conducting development programs for them for the past seven years.‘In class four, I used to play with some underprivileged children near my house. Gradually I started noticing that out of them three girls were not sent to school and assigned household chores, while the boys went to school. When I was in class 6, I started persuading people to send their daughters to school,’ says Aakash.Today with 20 members, his organisation, which receives funding from other NGOs and individuals uses simple, yet innovative methods to teach the children.‘I make them play puzzles. Spell out different words together and use simple games like Name, Place, Animal and Thing to teach the children,’ says Aakash ‘We have two hands. One is for us, while the other is to help the needy. Today, people are using their hand for their own prosperity but we should use both and make a difference to the society,” says Aakash.PTIlast_img read more

Workplace anxiety can lead to poor job performance

first_imgHigh levels of emotional exhaustion that come from workplace anxiety can directly lead to lower job performance, says a study.The effect of workplace anxiety on job performance is closely connected to the quality of relationships between employees, their bosses and their co-workers, said researchers from the University of Toronto-Scarborough.They found that anxiety can lead to lower job performance. “Workplace anxiety is a serious concern not only for employee health and well being, but also for an organisation’s bottom-line,” said Trougakos, an expert on organisational behaviour. Police officers, like all of us, have a finite amount of resources they can draw on to cope with the demands of their job. “If these resources are depleted then high levels of workplace anxiety will lead to emotional exhaustion,” added McCarthy, an expert on work-life integration and stress management. The study that surveyed 267 RCMP officers from across Canada also found that the quality of relationships officers have with their peers and supervisors can help reduce the potentially harmful effects of workplace anxiety.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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In radiology, the threat of commoditization has increased in part due to teleradiology, increased information exchange and the development of new technology, according to Bruce I. Reiner, M.D., and Eliot L. Seigel, M.D., authors of Decommoditizing Radiology, an article appearing in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). In order for radiology to avoid the commoditization trend, imaging services must be differentiated on the basis of qualitative measures — those that are reproducible and objective. Existing initiatives are in place; however, the authors offer several recommendations for expansion, as well as opportunities to tie them to economic incentives, such as pay for performance. The time spent interpreting CT pulmonary angiographic studies is critical; death from an acute pulmonary embolism can occur in as little as one to two hours. The Effect of Teleradiology on Time to Interpretation for CT Pulmonary Angiographic Studies, by Scott Kennedy, M.D., et al., evaluates the results and implications of surveys completed by radiology administrators and emergency medicine physicians at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read morelast_img read more