New Delhi: The National Commission For Scheduled Tribes (NCST) will convene a meeting to discuss the issue of alleged displacement of tribals from Chhattisgarh due to Maoist violence with the Union ministries of home and tribal affairs.Besides the Union ministries, representatives from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtara will be invited for the meeting that is likely to take place in June end or early next month, NCST Joint Secretary S K Rathore said. “We discussed the matter at the 115th meeting of the commission held on June 4. The claim is that a lot of people from Chhattisgarh have gone to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra due to violence,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaSome members of the commission opined that like Kashmiri Pandits fled Jammu and Kashmir due to violence, something like that happened in Chhattisgarh also because of Maoist violence and they wanted to seek ground reports from the four states, Rathore said. “We have called for feedback from these states. We have to ascertain if it is true. If yes, how many such people have settled there and thereafter, we will take it up with the ministries of home and tribal affairs,” he said. According to tribal rights activists claim around 30,000 people, who fled Chhattisgarh due to Maoist violence, are living in 248 settlements in the forests of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. These tribals are living in deplorable conditions without any access to drinking water and electricity. They get lower wages. Most of them don’t have ration cards or voter IDs and cannot prove their citizenship, the activists claim, adding these states don’t recognise them as tribals.
New Delhi: Innovations come naturally to this Maharashtra boy who has barely turned 12 but has already applied for four patents for the apps designed to curb road accidents and vehicle theft.Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari saw a presentation by this young talent master, B S Revant Namburi, and assured him support to bring the technologies into reality, subject to technical clearances from his department. A Class VII student of Mount Litera Zee School in Nagpur, the apps developed by Revant relate to monitoring traffic violations in real time and includes tools like a seatbelt sensor, breathalyser, heart rate analyser, and CPU, designed to store information and alert the authorities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The second app developed by Revant uses quick response (QR) codes to enable printing of data and document anywhere without the requirement of network connectivity. The other patents relate to a system for preventing or detecting theft of vehicles through a smart key, a pre-installed SIM card, and an authorisation process ensuring the security of the vehicle besides detecting theft of vehicles using a licence verification. Revant says that idea behind the patents is that his technology could be transferred and utilised by the government or any private company for the larger welfare of the society. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGadkari said his department always encouraged innovators, and innovative technologies could be absorbed to minimise accidents if found right on technical parameters. Such innovations assume significance in the wake of India accounting for as high as 5 lakh road accidents per annum in which 1.5 lakh people die and another 3 lakh are rendered crippled. Revant’s mother Shilpa Shekhar Namburi, an MD in Ayurveda, said initially she could not notice the potential of his curiosity over issues but soon she realised that his concepts sounded mature and worthy of thorough attention. She shared an experience as to how a road accident became a driving force behind Revant’s curiosity and finding out solutions. She said her car had met an accident after a cargo vehicle rammed into her car despite red traffic light signal and fled the spot and how Revant who was sitting with her in the car was impacted and said why they could not take action against the culprit. Shilpa said Revant sought two days’ time from her and came out with an app to detect real-time traffic violators when he was only in class VII. She said that after the incident, she also met Vivek Dahiya, director of Boudhik Ventures Pvt Ltd in Nagpur, which proved to be turning point not in Revant’s life rather few more school students. “It was concluded in the meeting that Team Boudhik will shape Revant’s raw thoughts into logical solutions and file patent application/s for each of them after checking patentability threshold of the concept/s. Thereafter, joined efforts of team Boudhik and Revant resulted into filing of three patent applications,” she said. She said Revant happens to be one of the youngest innovators in India to apply for four patents at the age of 12 years. The Lok Sabha earlier this month passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that seeks to remove corruption, improve road safety and use technology to regulate traffic.
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For many of us, keeping up with a regular exercise routine comes down to time and never having enough of it.But what if researchers said you only had go all out for 10 minutes, 3 times a week for the benefits of a traditional 30 minute workout, 5 days a week. Well it seems scientists at McMaster think interval training isn’t just for elite athletes. Maria Hayes reports. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
Just as a house needs a blueprint to be built properly, a new business needs to demonstrate the robustness of its plan in order to be successful.Five finalists had to prove just that last week at Brock University’s Blueprint competition, while vying for up to $17,500 in start-up funds, mentoring and resources.Brock graduate Daniel Bordenave (BKin ’11, MSc ’15) proved that his new business has a sound plan, taking home three of the four awards. His business idea is called B.I.S.E.P. which is an innovative assistive technology to improve seniors’ mobility.Bordenave was the recipient of the Nitsopoulos Award ($5,000), an in-kind legal package contributed by Fogler Rubinoff, LLP (valued at $5,000) as well as the Fan Favourite Award ($2,500).Bordenave worked closely with BioLinc throughout the development of his idea, an integral part of his success so far.“I was more on the engineer side coming up with the ideas and they have been so supportive and they deserve kudos because they’re just fantastic. They’ve given me all the resources I needed, all the extra help,” he said in an interview with TV Cogeco Niagara.Brock students Harrison Olajos and Madi Fuller, competing with their business Campus Brainiac, a peer-to-peer tutoring mobile application, won the Blueprint award, worth $5,000 contributed by Brock University Students’ Union. The duo won the Brock Innovation Group’s Monster Pitch competition the day before and are set to launch their business at Brock and a handful of other post-secondary institutions on an aggressive timeline.Now in its fifth year, Blueprint is hosted by BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, in conjunction with several on-campus departments and local community partners.Finalists pitched their businesses which ranged from a variety of products and services to a judging panel consisting of Sam Baio, founder of West49; Tom Nitsopoulos, general manager, Heart of Niagara Hotels; Martin Croteau, director of academic entrepreneurship, Ontario Centres of Excellence; Jack Lightstone, president, Brock University; and Dave Shaw, principal, No Huddle Group Inc.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was on the losing side of an $100,000 appeal that he filed challenging the charge he received for blocking below the belt.Roosevelt Barnes, one of Suh’s agents, told the Associated Press he was notified Friday of the arbitrator’s decision.The Washington Post reported:“Suh was fined for a sixth time in his four-year career on Sept. 10, two days after making an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan. He apologized to Sullivan, and to teammates for negating an interception return for a touchdown in Detroit’s season-opening win.”Barnes played video of the tackle, frame by frame, in order to prove his client’s defense.“We’re disappointed that Ndamukong was fined at all and that it wasn’t reduced,” Barnes told The AP in a telephone interview Friday. “It is clear from the film, when you slow it down frame by frame, that Ndamukong was clearly in front of the player and that his head and shoulder, when he started off blocking him, were above the player’s waist. But because Ndamukong left his feet, he was going to hit the ground and was going to get tangled on the lower part of the player’s body.”Suh has officially become the first football player in history to receive a fine of $100,000 and has been fined six times, suspended for two games for a total of $342,794.
As someone who is reasonable proficient at Photoshop (and similar image editing programs) it never fails to amazing me just how much the photos we see in glossy mags are edited. We expect photos to be touched up a bit–no one can get through their entire life without a scar on their knee or an imperfection on their face–but images tend to be edited a lot more than most people realize. So much so that every time an original is leaked, it causes all sorts of outrage/gossip/watercooler talk.Above you can see the latest leaked original shot as well as the final product, the cover of Rolling Stone’s August 2010 issue. The image wasn’t “photochopped”–Perry is anatomically correct and doesn’t have any of the tell-tale broken joints, stretched legs, or head-neck misalignment of bad photo editing–but note all the changes that were done to make this cover acceptable.AdChoices广告Most noticeably her bust was enhanced and her skin tone was warmed, but then look deeper. Her skin is more taut, the creases of her underarms were removed and the lines on her face were polished out. Also, what looks like a mole on her upper chest was taken away, her right leg was trimmed, and a vein on her right arm was removed. Heck, the editor even removed her socks. Interestingly her hair was unchanged (aside from a bit to her hairline) but keep in mind that this is the easiest thing for stylists to get right before the shot is taken.I’m not taking a stance on our concept of beauty or the unattainable level that an already pretty girl was taken to, I just wanted to point out the craft involved in a magazine shot like this one. A flawless diet and thousands of hours in the gym are important, but they will only get you so far before the Clone Stamp takes over.via BI
The Ouya was a smash hit on Kickstarter, and it’s due to arrive late next month and usher in a new, cheap era in console gaming. Now the crew behind BlueStacks is getting in on the action, too, with a new Android console called GamePop.The hardware is free if pre-ordered before the end of May, and the company hasn’t stated what it will sell for after that. There’s also the required subscription, which does an end run around the whole free thing.GamePop runs $6.99 a month, but it’s not payable monthly. The company is looking for a yearly payment of $83.88. You’ll also need to pony up $9.95 for shipping — or $19.90 if you live anywhere other than The States.Still, it’s not a bad deal for what you get. A paid subscription snags GamePop users access to a catalog of more than 500 popular Android titles. You do also get a controller, but GamePop is running Android 4.2 and will support any other game controller that works with the OS. You’ll also be able to use your phone, if you happen to prefer touchscreens to physical controls.GamePop scores some obvious points for looking an awful lot like Futurama’s Madison Cube Garden. But styling and “free” hardware won’t be enough to win the battle for Android set-top gaming supremacy.Specs for the system haven’t been revealed yet, so there’s no telling whether or not GamePop offers performance that’s comparable to Ouya. There’s also the content issue to consider. Access to a massive game library is crucial to the success of a platform like this, and BlueStacks has a clever plan to get devs interested.For developers, the lure is a consistent revenue stream without needing customers to actually buy their games. A 50% cut of all subscription revenues will be set aside for devs. They’ll then split the kitty based on how many plays their games have received on GamePop.There’s a potential downside, of course — one that some artists have already experienced with streaming services like Spotify and Rdio. Pay-per-play doesn’t always translate to a lot of money… but for game developers, those cents (or fractions of cents) will still add up. If it’s down to missing out on revenue from an Android user altogether or scraping up loose change, the latter isn’t necessarily such a bad option.Which would you opt for, Geek readers? Ouya or GamePop?
Google lance “Map your Valentine” en ce 14 févrierLe moteur de recherche vous aide à impressionner votre moitié en ce jour de fête des amoureux…Toujours pas d’idée de cadeaux en ce 14 février, jour de la Saint-Valentin ? Alors précipitez-vous sur le site Map Your Valentine (lien non disponible), un service proposé par Google. Le principe est simple.Basé sur la technologie de Google Map, Map Your Valentine vous permet de pointer un ou plusieurs lieux qui ont fait l’histoire de votre couple (premier rendez-vous, premier baiser…). Entrez ensuite vos coordonnées mail ainsi que celle de votre moitié, prenez votre plus belle plume pour lui écrire votre amour et il ou elle recevra un joli message électronique. Ce service qui vous fera “partager un endroit spécial avec une personne spéciale”, dixit Google, devrait sans nul doute avoir un certain succès auprès de la gente masculine, souvent en manque d’inspiration au moment de ce genre d’événement…Le 14 février 2011 à 12:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target NASA Wins 2 Emmys for Mars Mission, SpaceX Dragon Flight ProgrammingWatch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting Surfer If you’re one of the millions of Twitter users clamoring for 2016 to “stop it” and “end already,” even though a year couldn’t possibly actually do any harm on its own and 2017 isn’t a magical cure-all, you won’t like this news. The final minute of 2016 is going to have an extra second. So gird your loins and hold your loved ones close during that extra second if you’re superstitious.Why is there an extra second, anyway? It all comes down to the Earth’s rotation. It seems that its rotation speed didn’t line up perfectly with atomic clocks that official timekeepers use, and thus a “leap second” has been formed. Essentially, these leap seconds are just added at the stroke of midnight on June 30 or December 31 whenever an adjustment is necessary. The last leap second we ended up having occurred in June 2015, and you probably didn’t even know about it. Even further back still was the leap second added in June 2012.These seconds are sometimes necessary because things can get a bit out of whack sometimes. The length of a regular day is governed by how the Earth rotates, but that isn’t always the same, consistent rate. With the Earth rotating slower and slower over the years, the seconds are required to keep things neat and tidy. This year it’s needed, so that extra second is just being slapped on the end there to keep balance with clocks and timekeepers across the globe. It’s really not a big deal, and you won’t notice it, but it’s a cool fact to keep in mind.Just be careful if you’re superstitious and thinking 2016 might still have some tricks up its sleeve. You never know what nefarious evils that could still occur in that extra second. On the real, this is some great trivia you can tell your family.
Dennis Dole sat on the curb, clutching a bronze-colored torch and wiping his rain-soaked brown hair out of his eyes.Surrounded by athletes and officers, celebrating with hugs and high-fives, one thing wouldn’t be wiped away: Dole’s smile.The 13-year-old Camas resident was one of about 25 Special Olympians who joined with police officers and deputy prosecutors Wednesday on an 11-mile jaunt that wound through downtown Vancouver and ended at the Public Safety Complex at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield.The annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run is both a public awareness campaign and fundraiser, signaling the arrival of this weekend’s statewide Special Olympics at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.Special Olympics is a more than 40-year-old organization that provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.“We were switching off,” Dole said of the torch. “I ended up with it.”The torch run, which started in Kansas in 1981, has raised $500,000 in Washington for the Special Olympics in recent years. In Washington, the run is supported by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. More than 2,000 people from 80 agencies are involved in the torch run each year.Officers with the Vancouver, Camas, Washougal and Ridgefield police departments, Clark County sheriff’s deputies and deputy prosecutors participate every year. Dole, who said he “ran all the way, but stopped once,” described running with the officers as an uplifting experience. “We share laughs,” he said.John Ringo, a member of the Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, said it’s those laughs that bring him back each year.
Load More Australia’s VIP market is on track to complete a full recovery when 1H earnings results are released next month, with numbers tipped to return to the same peak levels seen in the months before 19 Crown Resorts employees were arrested in mainland China in October 2016 for promoting gambling.The recovery, coming just 12 months after the last of Crown’s staff were released from a Shanghai jail last July, will likely see Australia-wide VIP revenue surpass the AU$60 million it reached in 1H16, having plummeted to just AU$33 billion at the height of Crown’s China crisis early last year.However, the tables have very much turned for Australia’s leading operators with rival Star Entertainment Group having taken over Crown’s long-held position as the country’s dominant VIP player.Speaking to Inside Asian Gaming for the August 2018 cover story titled “Oz VIP: A new dawn” – released today – JP Morgan’s Vice President Equity Research, Gaming and Leisure, Donald Carducci said that the landscape for Australian VIP has quickly changed since the Crown arrests.“Star has definitely benefited,” he said. “VIP hasn’t completely rebounded yet but in the recent half it looks like it mostly will.“When you look at where the two companies were in 2016 compared with 2018, they’ve basically flipped, and in this half you’ll continue to see VIP growth so we’ll most likely be back to the historic level of turnover.”Carducci noted that Crown’s flagship property, Crown Melbourne, has always raked in more VIP revenue than Star Entertainment Group’s The Star Sydney, “but now Star Sydney does more than Crown Melbourne.“In fact, Star Gold Coast does more than Crown Perth. Historically Crown always did better than Star so I think there is no doubt that Star benefitted from the October 2016 arrests.”Carducci also pointed to Star’s partnership with Hong Kong conglomerates Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium, both of which recently became equity partners in Star with the purchase of identical 4.9% stakes, as providing huge upside to the company in the coming years“Star absolutely has an opportunity now and Crown has to get back on the horse, but I think Star will continue to see strong VIP numbers, especially with their relationship with Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium,” he said.“That loyalty program has about six million people and the fact that two of the three wealthiest Chinese families are now equity partners suggests that they are absolutely going to pump their members through Star. I think it’s really, really positive for Star in terms of their outlook for VIP turnover in comparison to Crown who are down on one knee.“Whether or not Star maintains the pressure, time will tell.”The full cover story from the August edition of IAG can be found here. RelatedPosts Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange
0 Post a comment Animals behaving badly amuse the internet Enlarge ImageSnakes alive, this python is a big ‘un. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission “Problem pythons” sounds like a great band name, but it’s a real issue for some areas of Florida. Burmese pythons are breeding and spreading across wildlife areas, including the fragile Everglades. The state now pays trappers to round up the large snakes, and one particular hunter just caught a doozy. Trapper John Hammond grabbed an 18-foot-long (5.5-meter) python this past weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shared a startling photo of his trophy on Facebook earlier this week. “During cooler months, people are more likely to see pythons during the day,” the commission wrote. Hammond, officially known as a Python Removal Contractor, snagged the snake in the Everglades Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area near Miami. Burmese pythons can reach 20 feet (6 meters) in size. More nope-ropes The story didn’t end happily for the snake. FWC says pythons caught for the program are humanely euthanized. Hammond told Fox 35 he would use the snake’s hide after skinning it. The news station also reports the snake just set a new record for largest python caught as part of Florida’s removal program. The 150-pounder beat out a 17-foot, 120-pound snake snagged in November. It’s sad to see what happens to these majestic animals, but Florida is trying to control the invasive species, which is taking a serious toll on native wildlife. The state even offers Python Patrol, a training program for private citizens that teaches them how to identify, capture and humanely kill the predators. Hundreds of the snakes have been removed since Florida started its python-control efforts. Tags CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice Nest doorbell camera catches slithery snake on video Rare two-headed venomous snake offers double the nope 11 Photos Random
Google Maps for Android Gander at the Googie goodness of Seattle’s Space Needle Related on CNET 0 Share your voice The view from the Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures on Earth 148 floors in the sky: The view from the Burj Khalifa A tour of the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur Cold War destroyer: Inside the USS Turner Joy Sleeper to Seattle: 39 hours on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Culture That design, though. Like many once-modern designs, Googie became dated before it became retro, so precious few of these buildings still exist. Los Angeles still has a bunch, an important part of the city’s relatively short architectural history. The New York’s World’s Fair from two years later had most of its buildings removed, and some still exist. Of those still in Queens several are rotting away. The Tomorrowlands at the American Disney parks still have some Googie-inspired buildings, but the newer parks generally don’t. Here in Seattle, the Needle is in a sort of Googie oasis. The towering glass-and-steel skyscrapers are farther south, at a respectable distance, allowing the Space Needle to still have incredible views and not seem tiny compared to modern engineering. I buy my ticket and head up. Clouds on the horizon mean we’ll miss the moment of sunset, but the view is fantastic regardless. There’s not much to explore on the observation deck, it’s not that big. The original idea was for a floating restaurant, and in terms of size that’s basically what this feels like, a big restaurant. Outside there are high glass walls, with tilted glass benches that let you lean back if your vertigo allows. 40 Photos “Googie.” It’s not a misprint, it’s an architectural style.You might not know the name, but you’ll probably recognize it. A subset of Mid-century modern architecture, you’ve seen it in such movies as The Incredibles and TV shows like The Jetsons. Googie is rocket-inspired geometric designs featuring atoms, UFOs, boomerangs and anything with an intrinsic sense of motion. Perhaps the most recognizable example is the unofficial symbol of the city of Seattle: The Space Needle.Built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, the 605-foot (184-meter) tower was built to withstand earthquakes greater than 9.0 and category-5 hurricane winds. It has been visited by over 63 million people, including me. Here’s a look inside, and the excellent views from the observation deck. Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Seattle stunner For some reason, I decided to walk. I’d just arrived via ferry after photographing the USS Turner Joy on the other side of Puget Sound. It didn’t seem that far on Google Maps, but of course, Google Maps doesn’t (yet) tell you that there are hills. When I finally arrived at the tower its size dominated the views. Briefly the tallest building west of the Mississippi, it is far shorter than more modern towers, like the Tokyo Skytree. Post a comment If you head down the wood- and glass-lined “Oculus” staircase, you get to the lower level. Here, in addition to the restaurant, is a heavily reinforced glass floor that will also rotate. I leave as the tower closes for the night. The next day I head back, taking the monorail that was also built for the World’s Fair. It, too, is an anachronism of another age. The cars are original, but are in good shape. The daytime view is perhaps not quite as epic as the night, but still impressive. Three Tiny Planets from the observation deck of the Space Needle. From my Instagram. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET I check my map, and extrapolate from a few Instagram photos, where on the nearby hill I’d have to head to get a good view of the Needle and the city behind. Kerry Park seems easiest, and closest to a bus line. No way I’m walking up there. The view doesn’t disappoint. I return a few hours later, after dinner with a high school friend I haven’t seen in 20 years. This trip was a pretty good idea. The Space Needle lit at night is simply gorgeous. Spacebound Geoffrey Morrison/CNET As one of the most visited attractions on the West Coast, you don’t need me to tell you it’s a great spot. You can buy your tickets ahead of time, which is a bit of a gamble. Seattle is notorious for its cloud cover and regular drizzle, but on the other hand in the summer I can imagine the best times sell out. I’ll leave that decision up to you. If you can, arrive about an hour before sunset, then stay to see the lights of the city at night. The Space Needle’s height may no longer be impressive, but the whole point of a tower like this is for a good view, and you can still get that, not to mention the great view looking at it on the ground. To see how it looks up close, and the excellent views from the observation deck, check out the gallery above.As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel. Tags
(Top) Nazrul Islam Khan, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Awal Mintoo and Morshed Khan. (Bottom) Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Mirza Abbas, Habibun-nabi Khan Sohel and Tabith Awal The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has now launched investigation into allegations of money laundering, amassing illegal wealth and suspicious bank transactions against eight BNP leaders.The anti-corruption watchdog has launched the investigation barely two months after a court sent the chief of country’s main opposition political party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), and former prime minister Khaleda Zia to jail in a graft case filed by the ACC.Another case filed by ACC is pending against her. Besides, some 25 BNP leaders are facing graft cases filed by ACC. The BNP leaders against whom the ACC launched the investigation are: standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Mirza Abbas, two vice chairmen Abdul Awal Mintoo and M Morshed Khan, joint secretary general and BNP’s Dhaka city’s south unit president Habibun-nabi Khan Sohel and Mintoo’s son and executive committee member Tabith Awal.ACC has also initiated investigation against Morshed Khan’s son Faisal Morshed Khan.ACC officials said the body entrusted one of its deputy directors, Shamsul Alam, with the investigation against the BNP.They said the ACC would send letters to banks concerned by this week, seeking information about the respective persons and would also ask the BNP leaders to submit their wealth statements.ACC officials said the organisation has launched the investigation after some media outlets, quoting intelligence sources, published news reports that “suspicious transactions” of as much as Tk 1.25 billon was made in 30 days’ time in the bank accounts of these BNP leaders.They said most of those whose bank account records show “unusual money withdrawal” are businessmen and the volume of transactions is not unusual either, but the withdrawal was made in cash which, ACC officials said, has created suspicions.The ACC would check if the money was spent other than on business purposes.ACC officials said allegations have it that Abdul Awal Mintoo withdrew some Tk 320 million on 11, 15 and 22 February and his son Tabith Awal withdrew some Tk 200 million in the same month.Morshed Khan withdrew Tk 180 million on 27 February while his son Faisal withdrew Tk 90 million on 26 February.It is alleged that some Tk 210 million was withdrawn from the bank account of Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain from 3 to 12 March and some of the money was withdrawn from outside Dhaka. ACC is also claiming that some Tk 160 million was withdrawn from the account of Mirza Abbas on 28 February and 4 March.It is also being alleged that Tk 70 million was withdrawn from the bank accounts of Nazrul Islam Khan and Habibun-nabi Khan Sohel at different times.BNP has all along been accusing the Anti-Corruption Commission of serving the interests of the ruling quarters.At a press conference on 21 March, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that ACC is like a one-eyed animal. BNP standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain said, “The ACC has launched this investigation based on the reports published in some baseless online portals. How authentic are those reports? Neither me nor my family members have any account with that bank.”Terming the move purely political, he lamented that the ACC has chosen to turn a blind eye to people who have misappropriated millions, especially when the ministries and the Bangladesh Bank have proofs.Senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan said, “This is just another blueprint of the government to keep the active BNP leaders under pressure. The country knows why the ACC is after us when people who have institutionalised corruption are at large.””Such news was published on online portal Bangla Insider on 17 March. Everyone knows who are behind it. The ACC will now carry out an investigation based on that report. The involvement of constitutional bodies in such politicised acts is tarnishing their image, and that of the country as well,” said BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo.No ACC official was available for a comment to this end. ACC spokesperson and secretary Shamsul Arefin’s phone did not receive a call despite repeated attempts. He did not reply to a text either.Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, “We hope the ACC will carry out their duties within their legal framework. If they prioritise political identity it will be a blow to their accountability.”
A sign advertising the Impossible Burger. (Credit: NTL Photography)This is a guest post from Mark R. O’Brien, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. This piece reflects the views of the author.People eat animals that eat plants. If we just eliminate that middle step and eat plants directly, we would diminish our carbon footprint, decrease agricultural land usage, eliminate health risks associated with red meat and alleviate ethical concerns over animal welfare. For many of us, the major hurdle to executing this plan is that meat tastes good. Really good. By contrast, a veggie burger tastes like, well, a veggie burger. It does not satisfy the craving because it does not look, smell or taste like beef. It does not bleed like beef.Impossible Foods, a California-based company, seeks to change this by adding a plant product to their veggie burger with properties people normally associate with animals and give it the desired qualities of beef. The Impossible Burger has been sold in local restaurants since 2016 and is now expanding its market nationwide by teaming up with Burger King to create the Impossible Whopper. The Impossible Whopper is currently being test marketed in St. Louis, with plans to expand nationally if things go well there.But what exactly is being added to this veggie burger? Does it make the burger less vegan? Is the additive from a GMO? Does it prevent the burger from being labeled organic?I am a molecular biologist and biochemist interested in understanding how plants and bacteria interact with each other and with the environment, and how that relates to human health. This knowledge has been applied in a way that I did not anticipate to develop the Impossible Burger.What On Earth Is Leghemoglobin?The Impossible Burger includes an ingredient from soybeans called leghemoglobin, which is a protein that is chemically bound to a non-protein molecule called heme that gives leghemoglobin its blood-red color. In fact, a heme – an iron-containing molecule – is what gives blood and red meat their color. Leghemoglobin is evolutionarily related to animal myoglobin found in muscle and hemoglobin in blood, and serves to regulate oxygen supply to cells.Heme gives the Impossible Burger the appearance, cooking aroma and taste of beef. I recruited a scientific colleague in St. Louis to try out the Impossible Whopper, and he could not distinguish it from its meaty counterpart. Although he was quick to qualify this by noting all of the other stuff on the Whopper may mask any differences.A cross section of a soybean root nodule. The red color is due to leghemoglobin. (Credit: CSIRO, CC BY)So, why aren’t soybean plants red? Leghemoglobin is found in many legumes, hence its name, and is highly abundant within specialized structures on the roots called nodules. If you cut open a nodule with your thumbnail, you will see that it is very red due to leghemoglobin. The soybean nodule forms as a response to its interaction with the symbiotic bacterium Bradyrhizobium japonicum.I suspect that Impossible Foods depicts a soybean without nodules on their website because people tend to be creeped out by bacteria even though Bradyrhizobium is beneficial.My research group’s interest in the symbiotic relationship between the soybean and its bacterial sidekick Bradyrhizobium japonicum is motivated by the goal of reducing humanity’s carbon footprint, but not by creating palatable veggie burgers.The bacteria within root nodules take nitrogen from the air and convert it to a nutrient form that the plant can use for growth and sustenance – a process called nitrogen fixation. The symbiosis lessens the reliance on chemical nitrogen fertilizers, which consume a lot of fossil fuel energy to manufacture, and which also pollute the water supply.Some research groups are interested in extending the symbiosis by genetically engineering crops such as corn and wheat so that they can reap the benefits of nitrogen fixation, which only some plants, including legumes, can do now.I am pleasantly surprised and a little amused that esoteric terms of my vocation such as heme and leghemoglobin have found their way into the public lexicon and on the wrapper of a fast-food sandwich.Root nodules occur on the roots of legumes associated with symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Within legume nodules, nitrogen gas in the air is converted into ammonia. (Credit: Kelly Marken/Shutterstock)Is Leghemoglobin Vegan? A Non-GMO? Organic?Leghemoglobin is the ingredient that defines the Impossible Burger, but it is also the additive most closely scrutinized by those seeking assurances of it being organic, non-GMO or vegan.The leghemoglobin used in the burgers comes from a genetically engineered yeast that harbors the DNA instructions from the soybean plant to manufacture the protein. Adding the soybean gene into the yeast then makes it a GMO. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration agrees with the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) designation of soybean leghemoglobin. Nevertheless, the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits the “organic” label for foods derived from genetically modified organisms. It is ironic that an innovation that may be eco-friendly and sustainable must be readily dismissed by groups that claim to share those goals.Not all vegans are delighted by this new burger. Some insist that a GMO product cannot be vegan for various reasons, including animal testing of products such as leghemoglobin. In my view, the moral certitude of that position can be challenged because it does not take into account the cattle that are spared. Other vegans view GMOs as a solution to problems that are important to them.Judging from its website, Impossible Foods is keenly aware of the constituencies that weigh in on their product. It includes a link describing how GMOs are saving civilization. But they also make the misleading claim that “Here at Impossible Foods, heme is made directly from plants.” In reality, it comes directly from yeast.The commercialization of leghemoglobin represents an unanticipated consequence of inquiry into an interesting biological phenomenon. The benefits of scientific research are often unforeseen at the time of their discovery. Whether or not the Impossible Burger venture succeeds on a large scale remains to be seen, but surely food technology will continue to evolve to accommodate human needs as it has since the advent of agriculture 10,000 years ago.Mark R. O’Brian, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Mark R. O’Brian receives funding from the National Institutes of Health.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
This year has been marked by some really interesting hacks all around.Whether it is the private email of CIA’s director John Brennan or hacks on private accounts on Ashley Madison, a great number of folks have been the victim of cybersecurity breaches.The cost of damages on average has been a whopping $6.5 million.This has been quite a significant increase from $600,000 in 2014.The trauma that the victims go through upon incidents such as credentials being lost or other personal data such as taxation info and phone numbers being compromised is not even accounted for in this numbers.The nature of cyber security threats is expected to increase even further.The strategy to deal with these threats at the moment is to define them first and subsequently create strong walls to defend systems against deadly viruses.As soon as the hackers penetrate the walls, they have easy access to sensitive information.Sadly, the walls are not designed in a way to sound any alarms until the damage has been done.Any hack attacks that are launched by annoyed employees can not be prevented with the walls set up.Though, a cybersecurity corporation called Darktrace claims that this war is not a lost cause yet.The war between hosts and viruses has been a tale about the insides of human bodies that has been going on for years.We are naturally designed in such a way that the walls inside the body ward off foreign agents that attempt to attack us.The skin functions as an effective hindrance which keeps out any germs that try to get through.Cybersecurity walls attempt the same; however, walls do eventually collapse.According to Darktrace, their system works by picking out suspicious activity, including password compromises, anomalous internal file transfers and infections with ransomware.Their system uses advanced machine learning to adapt to new threats and internally devise a plan to stop existing threats and mitigate future attacks.Source: SingularityHUB
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Vanuatu’s national airline Air Vanuatu will launch a new non-stop service on Tuesday 18 June 2019, flying three times per week between Port Vila and Melbourne.Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said he was pleased to welcome Air Vanuatu to Melbourne, giving travelers easy access to a new holiday destination.“We are delighted to welcome back Air Vanuatu to the Melbourne Airport family. This new direct service adds the exciting destination of Port Vila, Vanuatu, to our schedule allowing Melburnians to explore the capital city’s colorful mix of shops, restaurants, markets and beaches,” said Mr. Gandy.“Port Vila is also a hub for Air Vanuatu, which gives travelers the ability to fly to 28 destinations on the airline’s extensive domestic network.“We know the South Pacific islands are popular with our travelers, so it’s great to introduce this non-stop flight on a full-service carrier, making the journey easier for people in both Melbourne and Port Vila.“The route also creates another entry point into Fiji and Noumea via Vanuatu, another win for holidaymakers.”Derek Nice, Air Vanuatu’s Managing Director and CEO, said he is thrilled to be launching the only direct service between Melbourne and Vanuatu.“The launch of this new route will be particularly exciting for people living in Melbourne who have already discovered the wonders of Vanuatu and can’t wait to go back. They can travel non-stop, on conveniently timed flights, giving them more time in our island paradise,” said Mr. Nice.“Subject to regulatory and government approval, we are also pleased to add code-sharing with Qantas on the new service,” he concluded.The post Air Vanuatu Adds New Service to Melbourne appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog