17 killed in J&K bus accident

first_imgAt least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on September 14, officials said. The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on September 14 morning, they said.“A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident,” District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. He said the dead included three women and the driver of the ill-fated vehicle Ashraf Hussain.Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police the day before for overloading, officials said.Mr. Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers. They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be “stable”. This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.last_img read more

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Revised FIRST Bill Would Give Science Agencies 1 Year to Make Papers Free

first_imgResponding to concerns from advocates for public access to government-funded research, the House of Representatives science committee has agreed to shorten the deadline within a draft bill requiring federal agencies to provide free access to scientific papers that they supported.The amendment was one of just a few passed yesterday evening as the House science committee deliberated over the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act, a controversial bill that would reauthorize the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several other science agencies. Section 303 of FIRST required that NSF and other science agencies make papers accepted by a peer-reviewed journal freely available within 24 months with the possibility of extending that to 3 years. The lengthy delay drew complaints from some advocates of public access, who noted it was longer than the 12-month embargo embraced by White House officials and many U.S. scientific societies and publishers. 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It could be extended to 18 months if stakeholders can show that “the public interest will be substantially and uniquely harmed” by the 1-year embargo. The changes put the FIRST bill in line with a White House directive issued in February 2013 that requires all science agencies to develop plans for making papers freely available, generally within 1 year. The Sensenbrenner-Lofgren amendment also says that agencies must report to Congress on their plans within 90 days and implement a policy within 1 year.Open-access advocates welcomed the changes. “The new language fixes a major problem,” the 24-month embargo, said Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition in Washington, D.C., in a statement today. Other countries with public-access policies have embargoes of 12 months or less, Joseph notes.last_img read more

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Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines ice hockey team celebrates a goal during their Ice Hockey round robin game against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines swept its way to the Southeast Asian Games’ inaugural ice hockey gold medal Thursday night.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of IndonesiaADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Majority of the team are homegrown talents who learned to skate at SM mall rinks, which has existed in the Philippines for two decadesThat worked to the Filipinos’ advantage in the SEA Games ice hockey tournament, which was also played inside a mall in construction in Kuala Lumpur.Members of the team are Benjamin Jorge
 Imperial, Carl Michael Montano, Daniel 
Pastrana, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Javier Alfonso 
Cadiz, Gianpietro
 
Iseppi, Jan Aro
 Regencia, John Steven
 Fuglister, Georgino
 Orda, Jorell Crisostomo, Jose Inigo Anton 
Cadiz, Joshua 
Carino, 
Julius Frederick Santiago, Lenard Rigel II

Lancero, Miguel Alfonso Relampagos, 
Miguel Serrano, Paolo
 
Spafford, Patrick Russell
 Syquiatco, Paul Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Martin Sison 
Tenedoro. Head coach is Daniel Brodan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The PH ice hockey team nipped Thailand, 5-4, in a tense final to seal the country’s 15th gold medal in a historic undefeated run.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Filipinos beat Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia before frustrating the Thais, who managed to close in at the end of the second period despite an early deficit, in the last match.READ: SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey The Philippines got an early 4-1 lead but Thailand refused to go away and cut it down to one in the second.After a scoreless third period, Niko Cadiz struck goal no. 5 with eight minutes left to play as the Filipinos held on to the win.Ice hockey was played for the first time in the regional sporting meet.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesIt was quiet a debut for the nation’s hockey team, which was only assembled a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Padres Whitewash Mets, 5-0

first_imgNEW YORK — The way Jesse Hahn pitched, his dad expected a winning effort. The RBI single? Well, that was something new.“I’m surprised he didn’t run to third base,” Fred Hahn said outside the clubhouse. “He’s not much of a hitter.”His son earned his first big league victory June 14, throwing one-hit ball for six innings and contributing a soft single as the San Diego Padres stopped a five-game losing streak, beating the New York Mets 5-0.“It’s awesome,” the rookie said. “I was very relaxed. I stayed focused and stayed calm.”Hahn combined with the San Diego bullpen on a two-hitter. The Mets Managed Ruben Tejada’s infield hit leading off the first and Lucas Duda’s bloop single down the left field line in the ninth.Promoted from Double-A to make his second appearance in the majors, Hahn (1-1) struck out seven and walked three in the longest outing of his professional career. The 24-year-old righty escaped his biggest jam by fanning Matt den Dekker with the bases loaded to end the fourth.At 6-foot-5 with socks pulled up nearly to his knees, Hahn won in front of his father, sister and about 20 family members and friends. They came from Groton, Connecticut, where his high school teammate was injured Mets ace Matt Harvey.“I wanted all of those people to be here. They’ve supported me my whole life,” Hahn said.Hahn missed the 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery, and Harvey watched from the dugout while he rehabs from the same procedure. Hahn said Harvey sent him a text message before the game wishing him good luck. After Hahn was done, Harvey texted congratulations.“I know he had a lot of people here from Connecticut,” Padres Manager Bud Black said, “and he responded.”Hahn made his major league debut June 3 against Pittsburgh, and was chased after giving up two home runs in 3 2-3 innings. This time, Hahn was effective with his arm and bat.Hahn blooped an opposite-field single to right with two outs in the fourth for his first hit since high school. Cameron Maybin easily scored, and was trotting back to the dugout when plate umpire Dan Bellino flipped him Hahn’s souvenir.“Not your prototypical line drive, bullet, missile you like for your first hit,” Black kidded.Maybin later showed off some alert baserunning, winding up all the way at third on an infield grounder. Yonder Alonso broke from third on the bouncer and eventually was tagged out, but he prolonged the rundown long enough to allow Maybin to keep running.Chase Headley hit a solo homer, an RBI single and scored twice. Alonso hit two doubles.Padres relievers Dale Thayer, Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street each pitched an inning, sending the Mets to their ninth loss in 11 games. “The way they threw the ball, mixed in with some poor at-bats, and they were able to throw up a lot of zeros,” Mets star David Wright said.Zack Wheeler (2-7) remained winless in eight home starts since last August. He’s averaging an NL-high 18 pitches per inning, and threw 100 in five busy innings.San Diego began the day last in the majors in batting average and runs, and just three starters were hitting over .215. The Padres totaled seven runs during their recent skid. This was the first time in 14 games they scored more than four runs in a game.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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4,000th Vessel Registered under Liberian Flag

first_imgzoom The Liberian Registry has reached a 4,000 vessel registration milestone with the registration of the 50,000 dwt chemical/product tanker newbuilding High Trust, owned by d’Amico Tankers Limited, Dublin (d’Amico International Shipping S.A. group).“The Liberian-registered fleet continues to grow at a rapid pace with the planned addition of quality tonnage under quality ownership and management. The High Trust is an appropriate name for our 4,000th vessel, since it symbolises the ongoing faith shown in the Liberian flag by the international shipping community,” says Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry.“Size may not be everything. But ship registries which continue to build on their market share in a tightly regulated and safety-conscious sector by adding quality tonnage are clearly providing the service and expertise which today’s shipping industry demands.”The Liberian Registry is one of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers.last_img read more

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MOLs Tugboat Marks 1st Bunkering of LNG in Kansai

first_imgJapanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) said that its LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin bunkered LNG fuel in Sakai Senboku Port for the first time, in preparation for test operation.As informed, this is the first bunkering of LNG as a vessel fuel at any port in the Kansai region.The LNG fuel was supplied by Osaka Gas, using a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering procedure. After test sailing with LNG fuel, the Ishin is slated for delivery in late February and will start operation in April as the first LNG-fueled tugboat serving Osaka Bay.Ordered from Kanagawa Dockyard in 2018, Ishin will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat. The LNG-fueled tugboat will escort large-scale freighters in Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea.Image Courtesy: MOLThe 250-ton vessel features a length of 43.6 meters and a width of 9.2 meters and can reach a speed of 16 knots or higher.It is equipped with dual fuel engines allowing high-speed operation and superior environmental performance.Working closely with the Osaka Prefecture Port and Harbor Bureau and Osaka Gas, MOL has worked to develop an LNG fuel supply system for ships in Sakai Senboku Port, which will be the first in Osaka Bay, by developing Ishin.MOL established a bunker business office to accelerate its initiatives on LNG and other alternative vessel fuels and is entering the business of supplying LNG and other fuels.last_img read more

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Yang Ming Posts Loss Despite Growing Revenues

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Yang Ming Driven by market challenges in container shipping, Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation closed the first half of this year with a net loss.The company suffered a net loss of TWD 1.95 billion (USD 62.94 million), compared to a net loss of TWD 5.76 billion seen in the corresponding period last year.Net loss for the second quarter of 2019 stood at TWD 1.27 billion, against a net loss of TWD 3.81 billion posted in Q2 2018.On the other hand, Yang Ming’s consolidated revenues rose by 16.77% year on year to TWD 75.48 billion in H1 2019 and by 20.24% to TWD 40.4 billion in Q2 2019.What is more, the company’s container volumes increased by 5% year on year to 2.64 million TEUs in the first half of this year and also by 5% to 1.35 million TEUs in the second quarter.As explained, the results were affected by the current market oversupply and the weaker-than-expected market demand due to the ongoing China-US trade tensions.In addition, the slight rise in bunker fuel prices affected Yang Ming’s operating costs.Furthermore, the exercise of the new IFRS 16 accounting standard had a negatively impact on Yang Ming’s half-year profitability by around TWD 0.6 billion (USD 19.37 million). Consequently, the company’s operating performance was insufficient to yield profits in the first half of 2019, Yang Ming noted.Nevertheless, Yang Ming said has reduced its financial losses significantly by 66.22% as compared to the previous year, largely due to the result of its strategies implementation and cost control.The company has begun since the last year the deployment of its new eco-type containerships while returning some of its higher cost chartered vessels.Established in 1972, Yang Ming currently operates a fleet of 101 vessels with an operating capacity of 7.74 million dwt or 673,000 TEUs.Read more:Yang Ming Adds New Service amid Rising Trade TensionsYang Ming Forms Subsidiary in Indonesialast_img read more

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YoPro founders meet with Loblaws Galen Weston after video plea goes viral

“He listened, and he’s going to investigate it further,” said House. “That’s all he can do at this time.”In March 2010, the couple launched a lawsuit against Loblaw for $20 million, alleging that the grocer breached its contract when it launched its own similar product. House claims they and their families have lost $1-million in their dealings with Loblaw and have been left in financial ruin.None of the allegations have been proven in court.In a statement Friday, the company acknowledged that “mistakes were made” and that it retracted its original offer to the small business owners.“However in the overall context, these were outweighed by the significant effort made by colleagues to support the sale of YoPro in hundreds of the (Loblaw)’s stores in Ontario and Quebec for more than a year,” said the company.“Unfortunately for both parties, the product simply didn’t sell well.”It also refuted claims that their PC brand Greek yogurt bar products are similar to YoPro.Loblaw says it has been using the manufacturing process to make the bars since the 1990s and that the recipe was inspired by a House and Home magazine article from 2010.“Loblaw Companies remains committed to operating at the highest ethical standards and believes it has acted appropriately in this circumstance,” said the company.“Having said all of that we remain hopeful that this matter can be resolved without going to court.”House says the legal saga has also impacted her fiance’s health.In the video, she says she was on her way to a scheduled legal meeting when Delaney, who is blind, collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital.She never would’ve thought that the video would’ve gained so much publicity. After all, it was the first time she had ever posted anything on YouTube.“It was a very big decision (to do the video),” she said. “I couldn’t have imagined it would’ve ended up like that, with people sharing it as much as they have. I couldn’t have imagined that it would’ve gotten that big.”The Canadian Press TORONTO — The owners of an Ontario frozen yogurt company embroiled in a $20-million lawsuit with Loblaw Companies Ltd., met with the head of the grocery giant Friday, just days after an impassioned video about their business dealings went viral.Amanda House says although no settlement offers came out of the hour-long meeting with Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston Jr., she was hopeful that communication lines are now open between her company YoPRO Treats Inc. and the supermarket chain.It was a step in the right direction“It was a step in the right direction,” said 35-year-old House, who attended the meeting at Loblaw headquarters in Brampton, Ont. with her company co-founder and fiance Chris Delaney and their lawyer.“It was just basically open communication and explaining to Galen what had happened. It was good to be able to express our side of it.”The meeting was arranged after Loblaw became aware of a video the Burlington, Ont., kinesiologist and personal trainer uploaded earlier this week to YouTube. In the nearly four-minute video, House makes an impassioned plea to Weston for help.She alleges that Loblaw, on two occasions, promised to sell the couple’s low-fat, high-protein frozen yogurt product at their stores in Ontario and Quebec but then unexpectedly reneged on their offers.House says their products were not placed in freezers at hundreds of stores as promised, but a small order was made for a handful of stores with little marketing and signage.The couple says at the end of Friday’s meeting, Weston said he would try to get back to them next week.Darren Calabrese/National Post read more

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UN food agency battles bad weather and landslides to reach hungry in

As part of a major operation to feed tens of thousands of flood survivors in Nepal, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has battled bad weather and landslides to help an estimated 8,150 people in the western Banke District. The agency – along with the Nepal Red Cross – has given survivors 30 days’ rations which include rice, lentils and oil. Landslides have blocked some roads but food deliveries are continuing in several harder to reach areas such as Bardiya, Achham and Mugu districts.WFP announced in a news release that it has distributed 291 tons of food so far in western Nepal. Some 1,300 tons will be given to flood victims over the next few days. Operations will continue throughout the week, with all districts receiving food over the next several weeks, the Rome-based agency said. read more

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21st Century Fox investigating OReilly harassment claims

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As advertisers flee Bill O’Reilly’s nightly talk show amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News parent 21st Century Fox is investigating one of those claims against its popular TV host.The investigation is in response to a complaint lodged last week by Wendy Walsh, formerly a regular guest on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” show.“21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters,” the company said in a statement.As part of the probe, Walsh and her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, had a two-hour phone interview with four Fox News lawyers Monday afternoon, Bloom said.At a news conference last week, Bloom had detailed allegations against O’Reilly by Walsh, a psychologist and radio host.Bloom said O’Reilly had told Walsh he would recommend her for a paid contributor role on the network. Walsh and O’Reilly had dinner in Los Angeles in 2013, but when Walsh refused his invitation to go back to his hotel room, his attitude changed and she was soon dropped from the show, according to Walsh.Bloom’s pronouncements came on the heels of a report by The New York Times that five women had been paid $13 million to settle allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate conduct by the top-rated host.O’Reilly has denied all the allegations, saying that, as a prominent public figure, he is vulnerable to lawsuits from people who threaten to cause him bad publicity unless they get paid.Walsh said she came forward because she was told by a Times reporter that many of the women who have accused O’Reilly of harassment are bound by gag orders. She said she is not bound by any such agreement, and the statute of limitations for suing has run out.“Nobody can silence me, because my voice is not for sale,” she said.Long Fox News’ top-rated star, O’Reilly has seen his ratings rise even higher during the past year with the public’s heightened interest in politics. Independent studies show he generates more than $100 million in advertising revenue per year for TV’s top-rated cable news network.But in the past week, dozens of brands have said they’re pulling ads from “The O’Reilly Factor” because of the allegations.The O’Reilly uproar has reignited a problem Fox had hoped to contain after forcing out Fox News’ founding boss Roger Ailes last summer in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him.Even so, The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Fox renewed O’Reilly’s contract, which was due to expire at the end of the year, while fully aware of the accusations, which stretch back more than a decade. 21st Century Fox investigating O’Reilly harassment claims by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 1:33 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ohio State marching band to perform in 2018 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

A cymbal player in the Ohio State University Marching Band performs the song “Hang on Sloopy” during the OSU vs. Oklahoma game. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State marching band will travel to New York City next year to perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the school announced Saturday. It will be the band’s first appearance in the parade.The Macy’s Parade has an annual viewership of 50 million and Ohio State was selected by the Macy’s Band Committee from more than 100 applicants, according to a press release. Ten bands total will perform. “For decades, The Ohio State University Marching Band has entertained stadiums of football lovers and most recently millions of fans on YouTube with their spectacular showmanship, ingenious field show designs and impressive big sound and even bigger school spirit,” said Wesley Whatley, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade creative director in the release. “Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’ to the streets of New York City in 2018 for their inaugural appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”The band performed a New York-themed halftime show Saturday, playing songs “New York State of Mind” and “On Broadway.”University President Michael Drake said Ohio State is thrilled for the nation to experience the hard work, focus and creativity of the band. “The Ohio State University Marching Band is near and dear to the hearts of Buckeyes across the nation and around the world,” he said in the release. read more

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Tragic Russian bombing being blamed on Modern Warfare 2

first_imgOn Monday morning, 35 people lost their lives and over 180 people were injured after a suitcase bomb packed with shrapnel and chopped wire exploded in the international arrivals area of Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport. It was a horrible tragedy, and after all such tragedies, those touched struggle to make sense of what appears to be such a senseless and despicable act. Unfortunately, all too often, those affected by such ordeals tend to chase after bogeymen to blame, and the Domodedovo Airport bombing is no different, as some are already trying to blame video games for the blast.According to Walid Phares, the Director of Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the terrorists who pulled off the Domodedovo bombing may have used the controversial “No Russian” mission from Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 to “train.”“I think those who have been radicalized already – that is supposed in this case jihadists, Al-Qaeda or other kind – they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train.” It’s nonsense, of course. For one thing, as you can see below, “No Russian” does not actually involve setting off a bomb.How, exactly, did the terrorists of a suitcase bombing use this mission to “train?” None the less, media critic Danny Schechter believes that, if they didn’t use “No Russian” to train, the level at least directly inspired the bombing:“This is the way entertainment mirrors reality and reality mirrors entertainment, and there are people influenced by all this, even though the manufacturers always deny having any influence on anyone,” Schechter says.Sorry, no. Game publishers and developers never argue they don’t have any influence on anyone: they argue that they have the same influence on people as any other form of art, and that the price of free artistic expression is the possibility that you will send someone who is already unhinged off the psychopathic deep end.Ironically given the number of commenters who are convinced that Modern Warfare 2 was responsible for this tragedy, the “No Russian” mission was never included in the Russian version of the game, making the whole argument moot.Read more at RTlast_img read more

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Theophanous lobbies for National Broadband Network

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Victorian Labor minister Theo Theophanous has met his long-time friend and factional ally, federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, to lobby on behalf of a Chinese firm, according to The Age. All NBN contracts go to tender and are decided by NBN Co without reference to the minister.Katharine Murphy reports Theophanous is advising Huawei Technologies, a Chinese communications firm with links to the military. Senator Conroy, who is responsible for the rollout of the $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN), told The Age he met Mr Theophanous once, but said he wasn’t responsible for contractual decisions. ”All NBN contracts go to tender and are decided by NBN Co without reference to the minister,” he said. Murphy reports Huawei is the second-largest telecommunications network provider in the world and employs about 300 Australian staff. A Huawei spokesman told The Age Mr Theophanous’s role ”as part of our ongoing localisation strategy” reflected the firm’s commitment to business in Victoria. In 2009, Senator Conroy publicly backed Mr Theophanous when a rape charge against him was dismissed.last_img read more

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Le tarif social de lInternet fixe en place avant fin 2011

first_imgLe tarif social de l’Internet fixe en place avant fin 2011 ?En fin de semaine dernière, l’autorité de la concurrence a validé la création d’un label gouvernemental visant à créer un tarif social de l’Internet fixe. Les opérateurs seront convoqués en septembre pour en discuter et sa mise en place pourrait se faire avant la fin de l’année.Après le tarif social pour la téléphonie mobile, entériné en mars dernier, le gouvernement veut créer un tarif social pour l’Internet haut débit. Eric Besson et Frédéric Lefebvre, respectivement ministre de l’Economie numérique et secrétaire d’Etat au Commerce, l’ont justifié ainsi dans un communiqué commun : “21 millions de Français sont abonnés à Internet haut débit. 91 % des chercheurs d’emploi ont aujourd’hui recours à Internet pour leurs démarches. L’exclusion numérique est désormais source d’exclusion tout court. C’est pourquoi le gouvernement va mettre en place dès cet automne un tarif social de l’Internet”.Pour ce faire, ils ont donné rendez-vous aux opérateurs à Bercy le 13 septembre prochain. Ceux-ci devront à ce moment-là présenter leurs projets dans ce sens, pour une mise en oeuvre d’ici à la fin de l’année, précise le journal économique Les Echos.Deux obstacles majeurs À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour le moment, ce projet, à l’intention de deux millions de Français (les bénéficiaires du RSA socle) se heurte à plusieurs obstacles, dont le “paquet télécom”. Ce dernier ne prévoit pas de service universel pour Internet, à part les offres couplées à de la téléphonie fixe. Puis, il y a le problème France Télécom, qui exerce un monopole sur la téléphonie fixe, car il loue son cuivre aux autres. L’Autorité de la concurrence a donc demandé la réalisation de tests, qui seront faits par l’Arcep, le gendarme des télécommunications.Par ailleurs, le site ZDNet précise qu’aucun détail sur le contenu et le prix de cette offre n’est connu pour l’instant, même si le prix évoqué en janvier lors des premières discussions se situait autour de 20 euros.La fracture numérique pas toujours liée au portefeuille Mais ce n’est pas tout. L’autorité de la concurrence veut également aller plus loin, car la fracture numérique n’est pas toujours liée au portefeuille. Les personnes âgées, celles qui vivent à la campagne, dans les DOM-TOM, ou encore les non-diplômés, n’ont pas toujours accès à l’Internet haut débit. Les Echos rapportent que l’Autorité de la concurrence veut alors favoriser le développement d’espaces publics numériques pour réduire ces inégalités. D’autres pistes comme les offres globales destinées aux locataires de HLM sont également à l’étude, selon le journal économique.Le 11 juillet 2011 à 16:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Humanity Has a New Star Courtesy Space Startup Rocket Lab

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. US startup Rocket lab launched a trio of satellites last weekend. That’s pretty normal these days, as spaceflight goes, but it was what CEO Peter Beck announced afterwards that turned heads. Beck said that the company also released an object that should become the “brightest thing in the night sky.” The probe, if you can call it that, is shaped like a disco ball. Rocket Lab calls it the “Humanity Star,” and it should reflect sunlight with its array of 65 mirrored panels. It’s spinning, too, like it’s 70s aesthetic inspiration. It is already so bright that people can see it with the naked eye. The path of the satellite allows it to cover all of Earth, and to help stargazers track the object, the company made a website where you can track it. Ostensibly, the goal of the humanity star was to help provide a symbol of hope and unity for everyone on Earth.“No matter where you are in the world, or what is happening in your life, everyone will be able to see the Humanity Star in the night sky,” Beck said in a statement. “Our hope is that everyone looking at the Humanity Star will look past it to the vast expanse of the Universe and think a little differently about their lives, actions, and what is important for humanity.”While the sentiment is noble, astronomers are, understandably, a little miffed. But the object won’t stay in the sky forever. Over the next few months, its orbit will decay and the “star” will fall back to Earth. Plus, there’s plenty of human-man objects that can be seen from Earth, like, say,  the International Space Station. The big difference here, though, is that Humanity Star blinks and flickers, thanks to its spin. Because it has no scientific purpose and because the launch was kept secret, there’a good case to be made that this is some sort of mischief. Even so, the heart seems there, and the temporary nature of the thing does defang it a bit.If anything, it’s certainly a fascinating (albeit somewhat intrusive) art piece, and anything that aims to engender empathy has to be moving in the right direction, eh?last_img read more

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ASA Inks Soybean Cooperation Agreement with China

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today signed a cooperation agreement with representatives of the China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products (CFNA) in support of continued U.S. soybean exports to China. The ceremony was held at the Chicago Board of Trade.”We have just signed an agreement on cooperation between CFNA and ASA, in which we agreed to begin a wide range of mutually beneficial exchanges and activities, including the exchange of delegations between our two organizations,” said ASA Chairman Dwain Ford, a producer from Kinmundy, Ill. “As a representative of U.S. soybean farmers, I can tell you that we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”Among the distinguished delegates from China were Mr. Liao Xiaoqi, Vice Minister of Commerce; Mr. Cao Xu Min, President of the CFNA; Mr. Xia Hongmin, Deputy Administrator of the State Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine; and Mr. Deng Qinghai, Deputy Director General of Development and Planning, from the Ministry of Agriculture.ASA’s mission in China has always been one of working closely with Chinese aquaculture, livestock, feed milling, and soybean processing industries to increase the demand and preference for U.S. soybeans within these industries. This work not only increased demand for U.S. soybeans, but also resulted in the production of better and more food for the Chinese people.Long before China imported soybeans, ASA producer-leaders decided to open an office in China to begin building demand for U.S. soybeans. That was 21 years ago. More recently, ASA’s 25,000 farmer-members were politically active in supporting China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and successfully urged the U.S. Congress to grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status.China is now the United States’ largest customer for soybeans and it is a growing market. In the marketing year that ended August 31, China purchased nearly 7.7 million metric tons (283 million bushels) of U.S. soybeans with an estimated farm-gate value of $1.6 billion. In the current marketing year that began on September 1, 2003, China already has purchased over 7.35 million metric tons with a farm-gate value of $2 billion, and ASA anticipates more business will be completed over the coming days and months.”To the soybean farmer, these are very exciting trade figures,” Ford said. “China is and will continue to be a critical market to the American soybean farmer. It is ASA’s commitment to continue to work with China to further build demand and preference for U.S. soybeans.”Since opening the first office in 1982, the scope of ASA’s work in China has grown from technical services to livestock and feed production to the current important work with China’s livestock producers, feed millers, aquaculture industry, soybean processors, and the traders and distributors who supply their protein needs. Today, ASA has a staff of highly respected livestock, aquaculture, feed milling and marketing experts located in offices in Beijing and Shanghai. ASA’s activities to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and products are made possible by producer checkoff dollars invested by the United Soybean Board and various State Soybean Councils, as well as by cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.While U.S. soybean farmers have greatly benefited from ASA’s work in China, so have Chinese consumers. Today, imports of soybeans from the United States allow China to keep meat and vegetable oil supplied and prices under control for Chinese consumers.”ASA’s work in China has created additional demand in China from the livestock and aquaculture industries, and Chinese soybean producers also have benefited from this additional demand building,” Ford said. “ASA is proud of the role it has played in helping make China the number one export market for U.S. soybeans.”Ford said that the road to this point has been both rewarding and challenging. At times, U.S. soybean exports have faced issues such as trade restrictions, import permit delays, confusion over biotechnology regulations and problems with transparency. These issues have hurt both China and the United States. Ford said that future prosperity lies in ensuring that the major buyers of U.S. soybeans in China can operate knowing that they have a free and unencumbered flow of soybeans from the United States.”As soybean producers, we need to know that the markets that we produce for will be there when we harvest,” Ford said. “If we can work under those circumstances, we will all be prosperous. It is my hope that this delegation, and the joint agreement we just signed, will help ensure that soybean trade between our two great nations continues unencumbered and we can operate our businesses efficiently without having to focus on trade policy issues.”last_img read more

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HomesteadMiami Speedway hosts fundraiser for youth programs

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Drivers from all walks of life went for a spin at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, and it was all for a good cause.The annual Give Back at the Track was held over the weekend at the iconic racetrack.For a $20 donation, participants ran two laps around the track in their own cars.Some guests said the experience gave them quite a thrill.“I’d never done this before,” said Michael Baron. “My heart was rushing the whole way down here, and once you got out of the track, it was an amazing experience, just amazing.”Donations from the event benefit several local youth and education programs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Budget Squeeze Forces JBLM to Consider Training Closer to Base

first_imgFunding constraints are prompting Army leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to consider opportunities for conducting training on post or closer to the western Washington installation as a way of cutting costs.“We have to be efficient. We have to do at JBLM locally everything that we can,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas James, commander of the 7th Infantry Division.One cost-saving proposal would give Army helicopter pilots new routes and training zones over public land in southwest Washington and in the North Cascades as an alternative to a site in Colorado, reported the News Tribune. A second proposal would allow two battalions to fire rocket training rounds in JBLM’s artillery impact area instead of limiting their exercises to the Yakima Training Center.JBLM has considered carrying out training for the rocket system in the past, but did not go ahead due to community concerns about noise. The change would save money, as two battalions now travel to the Yakima Training Center in central Washington to test the weapons, incurring about $227,000 in travel expenses for moving Army vehicles to Yakima.Army officials believe both proposals are cost-effective ways to improve training.“These are things we can do at JBLM to maximize our nation’s resources,” James said. “We have to make sure it’s safe and the community around JBLM embraces it.”Budget concerns this summer already forced a Stryker battalion’s scheduled training rotation at Yakima to be postponed, according to the story. The funds weren’t available initially due to unexpected maintenance and training costs for other units at the post. Forces Command ultimately furnished several million dollars to the division, allowing the battalion to travel to Yakima at a later date. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Russian gamer sues Fallout 4s Bethesda complaining that game is addictive after

first_imgFallout 4 was released on 10 November.FacebookWhen the Bethesda released Fallout 4, it shattered several records for the company and even led to a dip in traffic for websites like PornHub. The game is no doubt popular and involves players completely.But that has not deterred a Russian gamer from filing a lawsuit against Bethesda after the 28-year old played the game for three weeks and ended up losing both his job and his wife.The Russian gamer wants Bethesda to compensate him 500,000 roubles ($7,000) for not warning that the game could “become so addictive”, reported RT. He has sued the company for emotional distress.After seeing an advertisement of the game, the gamer wanted to play it for couple of evenings, but due to its addiction, played it for the next three weeks. The gamer started skipping work and stopped meeting friends, and in between, his wife also left him.He also started to lose his health after he started to skip food and sleep. He said in a statement if he had known this game would be so addictive, he would have bought the game later and played it when he left for “holiday or until the New Year holidays”.This is the first such case in Russia and is being considered a test case. There is no precedent in the country of someone suing a company for similar reasons.Previously, in the US, one such gamer was compensated for getting hooked to Lineage 2, after the court asked NCsoft to pay his legal fee.last_img read more

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US Dhaka embassy to stay closed 16 Dec

first_imgThe US embassy in Dhaka including its consular section will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Victory Day, a national holiday in Bangladesh.The American Center, Archer K Blood American Center Library and the Education USA Student Advising Centre will also remain closed on the occasion.However, the emergency services for American citizens will be available, said a press releaseFor any emergency, anyone can call to 5566-2000 and ask for the duty officer, it added.last_img

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