US praises German 5G standards as Huawei battle simmers

LONDON — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy has praised Germany’s draft security standards for next generation mobile networks, which he said could effectively shut out China’s Huawei.Rob Strayer said Wednesday the standards published last month were a “positive step.”They call for mobile providers to use “trustworthy” telecom equipment suppliers that comply with national security regulations covering secrecy of communications and data protection.The U.S. has been lobbying European allies to ban Huawei from new 5G networks over concerns China’s communist leaders could force the company to use its equipment for cyberespionage.While no European countries have issued blanket bans, Strayer said a “risk-based” approach to evaluating telecom suppliers, including their relationship with their national government, would “lead inevitably” to banning Huawei.The Associated Press read more

Prime Ministers office denies misusing office

The Prime Minister’s office said that the MOU was signed at the Prime Minister’s official residence and that his residence can be used for his personal work. In the letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office also said that the MOU was based on the work to be carried out by the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The Prime Minister’s office also said that legal opinion had also been sought before the MOU was signed to ensure election laws were not violated. (Colombo Gazette) The office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe has denied allegations that the office has been misused for election propaganda work.Transparency International Sri Lanka had written to the Elections Commissioner stating that the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the United National Party (UNP) and the political parties in the United National Front for Good Governance, was signed at the Prime Minister’s office at Temple Trees and that this was a violation of election laws. However in a letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office said that the allegations were baseless. read more

Lanka will be an example to the world says US

The United States says the success in rebuilding Sri Lanka and reconciling the people will be an example to the rest of the world.Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Designate) Thomas Shannon, speaking in Trincomalee today, said that during his visit it was exciting to witness first-hand the important work that communities, civil society organizations, and local authorities across this island are undertaking to improve the living standards of Sri Lankans. “We will work toward equitable economic growth – especially in less-developed regions – creating more jobs and higher incomes. And we will work toward an enhanced partnership between the state, civil society, and citizens. That means a strong legal system, a robust civil society, and an effective government that is able to deliver services to all Sri Lankans,” he added.He said the US will continue support to communities in the East, currently worth more than 3.2 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($23 million). “We are supporting programs that bring together Tamil, Sinhalese, and Muslim youth on the sports field. And we are providing them with English language and entrepreneurship training, as well as opportunities for exchange programs, and ways to address issues like gender-based violence. We’re also working with partners in the East to help eradicate the risk from those terrible remnants of war – landmines. That means increasing mine-risk awareness and building the capacity of mine detection teams. We’re moving toward a future where a farmer can till a field and a child can play cricket without any fear of losing a limb, or worse, to a hidden land mine,” he added.Shannon said the United States will steadfastly support the Sri Lankan people as they continue on their historic journey towards prosperity, peace, and reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) He says the US is proud to have played a part in the amazing things Sri Lanka has accomplished over nearly 60 years and in the decades ahead, the US will continue to focus on areas critical to long-term progress. “I am impressed by the progress your country has made, both economically and socially. And the United States is so proud to work with you and help support that progress. For nearly 60 years, U.S. development assistance has invested in the people of Sri Lanka, in their communities, and in the relationship between our two nations,” he said. read more

SMMT to hold digital radio seminar

In June 2009, government published the Digital Britain Report, which includes plans that require all new vehicles to be fitted with digital radios from 2013 and every vehicle currently on the road, but not fitted with a digital radio, to be digitally enabled from as early as 2015. The programme for the digital radio seminar on 14 December has been sent to those members who requested it. The seminar is free to attend but places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  To help its members gain a better understanding of digital radio, SMMT will hold a seminar on 14 December. The event will feature speakers from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Highways Agency, BBC, Arqiva, Frontier Silicon and Trafficmaster.  These representatives will cover the political background of the Digital Britain Report, questions of coverage and content and the availability of traffic information, as well as providing an informed insight into other services which the switch to digital will enable. Speakers from Ford and Jaguar Land Rover will present the industry’s perspective on the proposed migration from analogue to digital. Members interested in attending the digital radio seminar should contact Bob Davis ( to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSUs Marder catching on with professional league

For the Ohio State softball team, the season is over. But one senior will trade away her Buckeyes uniform to represent a new team.Catcher Sam Marder, Ohio State’s all-time home run and RBI leader, will suit up for the Akron Racers this summer in the National Pro Fastpitch league.Marder was the seventh overall pick and first selection for Akron.“I’ve been watching her play for four years and her work ethic and athleticism is unbelievable,” said Joey Arrietta, president and general manager for the Racers.Though Marder is known for her hitting, Arrietta considered that a bonus when she drafted the two-time All-American.“To make your pitching staff the best it can be, you need a great receiver on the other end,” Arrietta said. “I looked first at the catcher she was. You need to allow the pitcher to throw every type of pitch in her repertoire. I think we have a solid pitching staff and my job was to get the best catcher out there to help.”Marder will face difficult competition as big names like Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Jessica Mendoza all play in the league. In fact, 10 out of the 17 players for the 2010 USA national team will be playing in the NPF.Though Marder is facing tougher competition, Arrietta expects nothing less than a stellar performance this year from her starting catcher.“I expect her to make a great transition from the collegiate game to our level,” she said. “I think she has had a significant amount of experience and I expect her to be part of that starting lineup and make an impact in our lineup.”The league features four teams: the Chicago Bandits, Tennessee Diamonds, USSSA Pride and Akron Racers.With four teams in the league, the five-round draft set-up only allows teams to pick the best seniors in college softball.Marder will play under two-time Olympic Gold medalist Crystl Bustos. Bustos, who retired from the Racers this past summer, has agreed to be the field manager.Marder will also have a chance to reunite with former OSU player Jamee Juarez. The combo played together in the 2006-2007 season.Though Marder could not be reached to comment, she said earlier this season she is excited for the opportunity to play professional softball.The excitement between Marder and the Racers is mutual.“Four years ago I didn’t know if we were going to be able to get her into a Racers uniform,” Arrietta said. “Now that she is, I am extremely thrilled and can’t wait to see what she does for us.” read more

Massive coal ash spill in Tennessee

first_imgThe Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has a coal-burning power plant located near Harriman, Tennessee, along Interstate 40 between Knoxville and Nashville, USA. On December 22 homes near the Kingston coal plant were flooded with over a billion gallons of coal waste. It covered 400 acres of land up to 1.8 m and flooded into tributaries of the Tennessee River – the water supply for Chattanooga and millions of people living downstream in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Preliminary water tests from rivers near the spill show elevated levels of pollutants such as mercury and lead, a environmental group said on Friday. “We’re concerned that the water poses a greater risk to residents in the area than has been revealed so far,” said Matt Wasson, a program director at Appalachian Voices, an environmental group that co-ordinated the testing of the water with scientists from Appalachian State University.The environmental group’s tests, undertaken on December 27, showed higher levels of the pollutants of arsenic, mercury and lead than reported by the TVA and the US Environmental Protection Agency.Arsenic levels from the Kingston power plant canal, for example, tested at nearly 300 times the allowable limits in drinking water. A sample from over 3 km downstream revealed arsenic at about 30 times the limit. “Although these results are preliminary, we want to release them because of the public health concern and because we believe the TVA and EPA aren’t being candid,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a release.The United Mountain Defense ( reports: “This spill is over 40 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. This is a huge environmental disaster of epic proportions.“United Mountain Defense has been at the site of the spill sharing information about the extremely serious threats to human health and the environment. We have been going door to door passing out information about the chemicals that may be present in impacted drinking water. TVA is advising families to boil water however they are not informing anyone about the reasons for needing to boil the water or sharing any chemicals that may be present in their water.“TVA has reported that preliminary water test show that the drinking water at the nearby water treatment facility meets standards, but lots of community members have well water or depend on water being pumped from a spring located in the flooded area. There is also still the potential for more sludge to enter the water supply thorough waste runoff.“TVA says the area is not toxic but you can see coal sludge in the water and dead fish on the banks. The members of this community are without clean water and many without electricity or gas heat.“Residents say that they are not surprised by the flood because TVA has been fixing leaks in the retention wall for years and one person said this wall had been leaking for months before it broke.”last_img read more

Increasing safety and reducing costs with collision warning systems

first_imgBooyco Electronics’ Collision Warning System (CWS) has provided the local and African mining industry with a cost effective and efficient way of increasing employee safety. The system effectively reduces downtime by eliminating collisions between vehicles, as well as collisions between vehicles and pedestrians. Pending legislation from the Department of Mineral Resources on the compulsory implementation of some form of collision warning system technology, coupled with pre-existing OHS legislation compliance requirements from the Department of Labour, will increase the safety onus for mine management.“The biggest contributors to on-site mine accidents are noise and vehicle blind spots,” Anton Lourens, Managing Director of Booyco Electronics says. “Our primary objective has always been to supply dependable collision warning systems that address the specific needs of the industry. As the operator of one of the largest footprints of such technology we have been able to take specific feedback from our customers and, together with our strategic alliance partners, further develop our systems.”A critical element in the design of the Booyco Electronics CWS is its ability to transmit signals through rock in the underground mining environment. The system contains a sensing device that is able to detect the presence of an object (vehicle or person) in real time and relay an audible and/or visual warning alarm to the equipment operator.As we develop closer partnerships with customers, we have been able to leverage our sensor technologies for varying applications including video cameras and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. Very-low frequency (VLF) RFID is proven as the only successful technology for CWS.“The Booyco Electronics CWS works equally well on electrically-driven and diesel-powered vehicles, and this is important as many operators have a mixed fleet,” Lourens points out.Lourens explains that VLF and ultra-high frequency (UHF) is the optimum combination in a solution in terms of enhanced accuracy and reliability. VLF is ideal for warning pedestrians who work or move near machinery and UHF signalling is used to warn equipment operators of the presence of other vehicles. Both frequencies are incorporated in Booyco Electronics’ CWS technology.“VLF is now accepted by the mining industry as the only reliable technology for collision warning underground. This is due to its ability to penetrate rock, so even when a pedestrian is around the corner or on the other side of a rock wall, they will receive ample warning that a vehicle is approaching. Similarly, the equipment operator will be alerted to the presence of pedestrians so that he may proceed with due caution,” Lourens says.VLF technology provides an extremely stable and predictable system which can be set to function within predetermined zones, with a high degree of accuracy. As a bonus, it is not adversely affected by surrounding equipment, so interference is not an issue.“Ultimately mines require a warning system that provides them with the dual benefits of enhanced uptime and compliant safety practice. The collision warning systems supplied by Booyco Electronics provide a single source supply for reliable and accurate warning, locating and monitoring systems capable of operating in uniquely African conditions,” Lourens concludes.last_img read more

Hungary Round 13 Easy victory for SC Pick Szeged with 50 goals

After the very important victory against Croatia Zagreb in the European Champions League, the Hungarian League leader SC Pick Szeged faced Kecskemét on Wednesday. Due to heavy financial problems the guest team only consisted of young players.Apart from defence specialist József Czina and serbian international Rajko Prodanovic, who was injured during last week’s CL match, all other players were available for Szeged coach László Skaliczki. As expected the match ended with an easy victory for the home team (50-18) with mainly their substitute players on the field. Having played to the best of their abilities with some good performance the Kecskemét youngsters need not be ashamed of the result in an arena in which MKB Veszprém KC suffered heavy defeat in October.The best scorers were Márk Hegedűs (11), Marinko Kekezovic (7), Antonio Pribanic (6) and Zsolt Balogh (6) from the home team.Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: Ivanyi Aurel baloghczinahegeduskecskemetPick Szegedpribanicprodanovicskaliczki ← Previous Story Kielce with an impressive win in Polish Cup Next Story → EHF Cup Final Tournament to be played in French Nantes next May read more

Espèce menacée en Australie le koala a de puissants ennemis

first_imgEspèce menacée : “en Australie, le koala a de puissants ennemis”Le 30 avril dernier, le gouvernement d’Australie a annoncé que le koala était désormais reconnu comme espèce vulnérable dans plusieurs régions du pays. Une décision qu’attendait de pied ferme l’Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) qui milite pour protéger l’animal. Deborah Tabart, présidente de la Fondation a accepté de répondre aux questions de Maxisciences pour revenir sur l’évènement.Maxisciences – Comment avez-vous accueilli la décision du gouvernement australien ?Deborah Tabart – Je suis assez partagée sur cette annonce parce que la décision ne concerne pas tous les koalas australiens. Si les koalas de deux régions d’Australie sont désormais listés, ce n’est pas le cas de ceux qui vivent dans le district de Victoria alors qu’ils ont autant besoin de protection que les autres. La situation est donc loin d’être parfaite à mes yeux. Selon vous, pourquoi le gouvernement a t-il exclu les koalas de Victoria de cette décision si ceux-ci montrent le même déclin que les autres ?Depuis des dizaines d’années, le gouvernement de Victoria estime qu’il y a trop de koalas dans la région. Une affirmation avec laquelle je ne suis pas du tout d’accord. Je pense qu’il existe un lobbying considérable à Victoria et que les gens redoutent que le koala soit un jour listé comme espèce menacée. Mais comment le ministère de l’Environnement australien peut-il dire “je vais protéger ces koalas et pas ceux-là” ? Je ne comprends pas. A mon sens, cela démontre que les lobbies continuent encore d’interférer dans les décisions. Les Etats-Unis considèrent le koala comme vulnérable depuis 2000. Comment expliquez-vous que cela ait pris autant de temps en Australie ? Ce sont selon moi exactement les mêmes raisons qui expliquent ce retard. En Australie, le koala a de puissants ennemis. Les gens perçoivent le listing comme une menace pour le développement et l’économie notamment pour l’exploitation forestière. Mais je crois que dans notre monde moderne, ces sociétés ont besoin d’être beaucoup plus réfléchies que cela. Au cours des dernières années, il est évident que les lobbies et leur peur du listing ont beaucoup joué dans les décisions. Et recevoir une telle pression rend la situation bien plus compliquée. Pensez-vous que le ministère peut revenir sur sa décision concernant les koalas de Victoria ? Non, je ne pense pas. Lors de son annonce, le ministre de l’Environnement Tony Burke a clairement fait comprendre la position du gouvernement et la direction vers laquelle il voulait se tourner. Mais j’estime que c’est loin d’être suffisant pour les koalas au vu des menaces qui pèsent sur eux. Imaginez ce qu’il adviendrait du tourisme australien si le koala, cette espèce emblématique, venait à disparaitre. Avec de telles conséquences, je n’explique toujours pas comment le lobbying peut avoir un tel pouvoir dans la lutte pour la protection de l’animal.Lors de son annonce, le ministre a déclaré qu’il restait environ 200.000 koalas en Australie. Êtes-vous d’accord avec cette estimation ?Notre fondation a passé les vingt dernières années a tenté de réévaluer le nombre de koalas vivant encore à l’état sauvage. Aujourd’hui, nous estimons qu’il en reste moins de 100.000 en Australie. Je pense que le ministre n’a absolument aucun document qui confirme les chiffres qu’il a évoqués. Au cours des dix dernières années, j’ai dû argumenter par des chiffres et le gouvernement a ces chiffres aujourd’hui. Mais la question désormais n’est plus de savoir combien il reste de koalas en Australie, c’est de savoir si oui ou non la population décline. J’estime que nous sommes arrivés à un moment où le gouvernement a reconnu que c’était le cas. Pourtant, il n’en fait toujours pas assez pour protéger les koalas.L’Union internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) considère encore aujourd’hui le koala comme une espèce de préoccupation mineure. Comment expliquez-vous cela ?C’est une bonne question. L’UICN suivent des instructions précises qui sont beaucoup trop étroites. Elles sont centrées sur des notions et perspectives européennes et ne comprennent pas à quel point notre pays est grand. Et quand l’UICN vient faire une évaluation, elle s’adresse directement aux autorités et au gouvernement. Au cours de toute ma carrière, soit plus de 25 ans, je n’ai jamais été interrogée par des membres de l’union et je n’ai jamais vu aucun de leurs scientifiques arpenter la végétation australienne pour savoir ce qu’il en était réellement. Si je respecte le travail de l’UICN, je ne crois pas que leur évaluation de la population de koalas soit correcte.Pensez-vous que la décision du gouvernement australien peut pousser l’UICN à revoir son listing du koala ? Je me plais à penser que l’UICN pourrait changer d’avis oui, mais je ne crois pas que cela va se produire. Tout simplement parce que l’étape “espèce vulnérable” est juste une étape en dessous d'”espèce menacée”. Dans la mesure où l’UICN considère toujours les koalas comme une préoccupation mineure, c’est loin d’être suffisant. Et encore une fois d’où l’union tient-elle son évaluation pour faire un tel listing ? Se baser sur quelques chiffres et quelques observations ce n’est pas assez. C’est bien plus complexe que cela. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avant même l’annonce du gouvernement, vous avez déclaré que la décision quelle qu’elle soit ne suffirait pas. Quels sont donc les projets de la fondation pour les mois à venir ?La décision du ministre est un pas en avant mais tout ceci démontre bien que les lois qui existent actuellement ne sont pas capables d’assurer la protection des koalas et de leur habitat. C’est pourquoi je pense que notre organisation doit appuyer encore davantage son action pour s’assurer que ces animaux reçoivent la protection dont ils ont besoin au cours des prochaines années. Dans ce but, je suis allée à Canberra rencontrer les sénateurs Bob Brown et Larissa Waters qui ont rendu publique leur intention de présenter en juin au Parlement un projet de loi pour la protection des koalas. Une démarche qui représenterait un évènement historique pour nous.  Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Australien Koala Foundation : exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Maxisciences.Le 9 juin 2012 à 15:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Flights Grounded at Newark Airport After Two Drones Spotted Flying Nearby

first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Stay on target Flights bound for Newark Liberty International Airport were halted on Tuesday evening, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Two drones were seen about 3,500 feet above Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey, a senior federal aviation source told ABC News. Teterboro Airport is about 17 miles north of Newark Liberty.After the sighting, takeoffs from Newark were halted and inbound planes were held in the air.#BREAKING A ground stop has been established at Newark Liberty International Airport after a drone activity seen on final approach to the airport, according to the FAA.— Jeffrey Cook (@JeffreyCook) January 22, 2019The New York Times reports that by 5:45 p.m., planes had resumed landing at Newark, but planes headed for the airport from other cities were blocked from taking off.The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week proposed new rules and a pilot project to allow drones to fly overnight and over people without waivers under certain conditions.Last month, London’s Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second busiest airport, cancelled 800 flights and shut down for more than a day due to a drone disruption, which led to the arrest of two people.More on UK Invests Millions in Anti-Drone TechWatch: Drone Helps Rescue Deer from Frozen LakeYou May Soon Be Able to Fly a Drone Over a Crowd, at Nightlast_img read more

Pochettino thrilled with Spurs 20 win at Arsenal

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed their “amazing victory” over rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday nightSpurs defeated Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to book a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.And Pochettino, who left out Harry Kane in one of four changes for the game, was delighted to get his first win at Arsenal’s own backyard.“I feel so happy, very pleased. It’s my first victory at the Emirates and the first clean sheet for Tottenham (at the Emirates),” Pochettino told the club website.“The performance was very solid and at the end we got what we wanted, to be in the semi-finals and now we prepare for Chelsea in the semi-finals.“It was a tough game, a derby, you need to play differently because there are a lot of emotions. It was so competitive. Arsenal have a very good team. The game was very exciting.“It was an amazing victory for us, for our fans. They enjoyed it a lot. A few weeks ago when we lost here they suffered a lot and this is a moment to enjoy.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Spurs will now compete in semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.Pochettino’s men will face Chelsea in the next round, who ironically were the ones who beat them in the 2015 final.“It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final,” continued Pochettino.“It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018).“We are close. The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.”The first leg between Spurs and Chelsea will take place on January 7 at Wembley.last_img read more

Two Missing After Explosion Fire In Whittier

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two people are missing after the explosion and fire. According to Norcross the F/V Alganik has sunk and there is a 100-yard safety zone around the area. Around 12:30am, Monday there was a voluntary evacuation order for nearby Whittier Manor. Photo credit: M. Garhart Shortly before 3am, the Girdwood Fire department confirmed the fire had been contained. Limited details are known at this time. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. Coast Guard spokesperson Manda Norcross: “A propane tank that had been leaking exploded aboard the F/V Alganik exploded causing the fire which spread to nearby buildings and vehicles.”last_img read more

Infosys net up 51 yearly down 68 quarterly

first_imgIANSGlobal software major Infosys on Friday reported Rs 3,798-crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2019-20, registering 5.1 per cent annual growth from Rs 3.612 crore in the same period a year ago.Sequentially, however, net profit in Q1 declined 6.8 per cent from Rs 4,078 crore a quarter ago.In a regulatory filing on the BSE, the city-based IT behemoth said consolidated revenue for the quarter under review (Q1) grew 14 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY) to Rs 21,803 crore from Rs 19,128 crore in the like period a year ago.Sequentially, however, revenue for Q1 marginally grew 1.2 per cent from Rs 21,539 crore a quarter ago.Under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS), net income grew YoY 2.2 per cent to $546 million from $534 million in the same period a year ago but declined 6.8 per cent sequentially from $580 million a quarter ago.Similarly, gross income grew 10.6 per cent YoY to $3,131 million in Q1 from $2,811 million in the same period year ago and up 2.3 per cent sequentially from $3,060 million a quarter ago.Operating profit declined 1.5 per cent annually to Rs 4,470 crore for Q1 from Rs 4,537 crore a year ago and 3.2 per cent sequentially from Rs 4,618 crore a quarter ago.”Operating margin declined 3.2 per cent annually to 20.5 per cent for Q1 from 23.7 per cent year ago and was flat (0.9 per cent) from 21.4 per cent a quarter ago,” said the outsourcing firm in a statement here.Under IFRS, operating profit declined 4.2 per cent annually for Q1 to $642 million from $670 million a year ago and 2.3 per cent from 658 million a quarter ago.Operating margin in dollar terms declined 3.2 per cent YoY to 20.5 per cent for Q1 from 23.7 per cent a year ago and 2.3 per cent a quarter ago.Addition of 70 new clients during the quarter has taken their total number to 1,336, against 1,279 a quarter ago and 1,214 a year ago.”We had a strong start to the fiscal, with 12.4 per cent annual growth in constant currency and digital business of $1,119-million contributing 35.7 per cent to the total revenue,” said Chief Executive Salil Parekh on the occasion.The company added 906 techies during the quarter, taking the total headcount to 2,29,029 from 2,28,123 a quarter ago.The addition for the last 12 months however, was 19,124 from 2,09,905 a year ago, with women accounting for 37 per cent in Q1 from 36.7 per cent a quarter ago and 36.5 per cent a year ago.”The digital revenue growth has made us raise the revenue guidance to 8.5-10 per cent from 7.5-9.5 per cent projected in April for the fiscal,” added Parekh.The consolidated attrition rate, however, increased sequentially to 23.4 per cent in Q1 from 20.4 per cent a quarter ago and 23.1 per cent a year ago.”We had a good quarter and continue to leverage our digital navigation framework to help clients build and nurture their live enterprise,” said Chief Operating Officer Pravin Rao.The company won a whopping $2.7-billion large deal in terms of total contract value in the quarter.”Segment growth was robust with all large regions and most verticals growing at double digits YoY in constant currency,” noted Rao.Chief Financial Officer Nilanjan Roy said the company had revised its capital allocation policy upwards to distribute 85 per cent of free cash flows cumulatively over a 5-year period to improve shareholder’s returns.”The first quarter results and focus on operational efficiencies gives us confidence on revenue and margin guidance for the fiscal,” added Roy.The company’s blue-chip scrip of Rs 5 face value gained Rs 6.25 at the end of Friday’s trading on the BSE to close at Rs 727.10 against the Thursday’s closing rate of Rs 720.85 and opening price of Rs 723.30.last_img read more

Govt retains control over lower courts

first_imgThe government has issued a gazette notification on the conduct of lower court judges, keeping provision for various measures to be taken in consultation with the Supreme Court.The president or the ministry or the division concerned has been defined as the proper authority to take such measures, according to the much talked about gazette on ‘Bangladesh Judicial Service (Discipline) Rules 2017’ issued on Monday.Rules of control and discipline for of the lower courts have been defined in the article 116 of the constitution in which the focal point is the president who is supposed to apply such authority in consultation with the Supreme Court.Such constitutional provision has been reiterated in the rules framed for the first time since separation of the judiciary from the executive. The rules came into effect immediately with the issuance of the gazette notification on Monday.Briefing the media about the gazette at a programme, law minister Anisul Huq obliquely blamed former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for the delay.Issuance of the rules became a bone of contention between the government and the then chief justice. Once the government sent the draft of the rules to justice Sinha, he returned it, terming it incompatible. Eventually, the law minister finalised the rules after consultation with the acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah.The president or the ministry or the division concerned will try to determine through primary investigation if certain matters would require thorough investigation when any member of the judicial service would be posted on deputation, said the rules.If the allegations are proved to be true through primary investigation, the authority proper will take steps for thorough investigation following consultation with the Supreme Court.The process to determine authenticity of allegations or prosecution against an official of the judicial service could not be initiated without giving him/her opportunity to defend or without consultation with the Supreme Court, according to the rules.The rules said the authority proper will be able to suspend an official of the judicial service during filing of a departmental case or any stage of the case, following consultation with the Supreme Court. Final order on the departmental case must be issued on completion of the investigation within one year of the suspension, the rules added. If the allegations are proved to be true, punitive measures should be taken in consultation with the Supreme Court.On 2 December 1999, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court handed down its judgement with a 12-point directive while disposing of the Masdar Hossain case on separation of judiciary from the executive. The directives included framing of rules on the lower court judges’ discipline.After the recent tug-of-war between the government and the Supreme Court, the law ministry finally issued the gazette notification of the rules.last_img read more

3 sustain burn injuries in Ctg cylinder blast

first_imgfireAt least three workers on Tuesday sustained burn injuries as a gas cylinder went off in a factory of Sitakunda in the district.The injured workers — Ram Das (28), Razib De (26) and Monir (55) — were admitted to burn unit of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital.Sub-inspector of Chittagong Medical College police out-post Amir said the cylinder exploded while the workers were cooking their food outside S S Rupantor factory.Aniruddha Das, a senior worker of the factory said that the factory authorities will bear all the expenses for treatment of the workers.last_img

US needs answers on Saudi journalist Washington Post

first_imgProtestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demostration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 5 October 2018. Photo: AFPThe United States should “demand answers” from Saudi Arabia about the disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post said late Sunday — and punish the kingdom if cooperation is lacking.Khashoggi, a contributor to the Post who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday at the consulate in Istanbul.A Turkish government source has said that police believe the journalist was murdered — a claim denied by Riyadh.”The United States must now make a concerted effort to determine all the facts about Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance,” the Post said in an editorial, imploring Washington to “demand answers, loud and clear.”Noting that president Donald Trump has treated prince Mohammed as a “favored ally,” the newspaper said the kingdom now should reciprocate with information about Khashoggi’s whereabouts.”If the crown prince does not respond with full cooperation, Congress must, as a first step, suspend all military cooperation with the kingdom,” the Post said.The newspaper called on Turkey to reveal any evidence that it has about Khashoggi’s alleged murder, and to “spare no avenue to investigate.”It also said that Riyadh should explain the presence of about 15 Saudi nationals, some of them officials, who traveled to Istanbul and were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi.”We are hoping against hope that Mr Khashoggi is unharmed and will soon return to his writing desk,” the Post said.”If the reports of his murder prove true, grief must be accompanied by accountability for those who carried out the murder and those who ordered it.”Khashoggi, 59, is a former government advisor who has criticized some of prince Mohammed’s policies and Riyadh’s intervention in the war in Yemen.He has lived in the United States since last year to avoid possible arrest, and has written a series of columns for the Post on Saudi affairs.last_img read more

Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New Dungeons Dragons Show

first_img Daredevil darling Deborah Ann Woll will star in a new Dungeons & Dragons show next year.On Thursday, Geek & Sundry, a multimedia production company, announced that Woll will be the Dungeon Master and storyteller of Relics and Rarities, a new weekly RPG series.As the show’s DM, Woll will lead the plot and take a group of players on a journey to prevent a wicked prophecy from coming to life. The show, which is based on the hit game, Dungeons & Dragons, will debut on Alpha on February 4, 2019.In Relics and Rarities, the sets will be specifically designed for individual adventures. Each participant will have unique props and puzzles to take their gameplay to the next level. Unlike other series, Relics and Rarities doesn’t come with scripted gameplay. Rolling the dice a certain way could change a character’s fate in seconds.Woll will be joined by a core cast that includes Jasmine Bhullar, Julia Dennis, Xander Jeanneret, and Tommy Walker, with celebrity guests popping in for some of the episodes.Ready to boost your Armor class? You’ll need an Alpha subscription to watch Relics and Rarities, however, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.More on for Initiative With This ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Gift GuideThe Most Underrated Monsters of Advanced ‘Dungeons & Dragons’Everything You Need to Make Your ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Game Awesome Stay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Best D&D Deals: Starter Sets, Guides, Rulebooks, and More last_img read more

Cambodia group blasts short penalty for pedophilia

first_imgA spokesman for the group Action Pour Les Enfants, which fights against sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia, called the sentences unacceptable. It said the convicted men would be encouraged to continue their behavior.The two men were arrested in October 2011 at a Battambang hotel and accused of luring two teenage boys from a local park and paying them for sex.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BATTAMBANG, Cambodia (AP) – A Cambodian child protection organization has attacked the short jail sentences given to two Frenchmen convicted of pedophilia.A court in Battambang in northwestern Cambodia convicted 67-year-old Jean Vidon and 63-year-old Denis Page on Tuesday of child sex abuse and gave them jail terms of two years, with one year suspended. They are set to be released in about three weeks because of time already served. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 0 Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ann Levin, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 3:36 am PDT Holocaust scholar surveys rising tide of anti-Semitism This cover image released by Schocken Books shows “Antisemitism: Here and Now,” by Deborah E. Lipstadt. (Schocken Books via AP) “Antisemitism: Here and Now” (Schocken Books), by Deborah E. LipstadtDeborah E. Lipstadt was surprised at how hard it was to write her latest book. A leading authority on the Holocaust, she was used to “skulking in the sewers of antisemitism and genocide.” But that was history.What made her latest work so challenging — documenting the recent resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and America, on the right and the left — was that it was happening now.The end result was well worth it.“Antisemitism: Here and Now” is an indispensable guide to contextualizing activities as diverse as the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign, also known as BDS.And it’s about as even-handed as it could be, given the disturbing subject matter and the fact that Lipstadt’s strong self-identification as a Jew made the topic intensely personal for her.The book is structured as a series of letters between a Jewish student of hers named Abigail and a colleague named Joe at the law school at Emory University, where Lipstadt is on the faculty.They are fictional characters who are composites of many people she’s had discussions with over the past few years.The letter format gives the book an urgency that might otherwise be lacking in a scholarly work, although at times, it can seem a little contrived.Lipstadt is best known for being sued for libel by David Irving after calling him a Holocaust denier. She won the case, which was later made into the 2016 film “Denial” starring Rachel Weisz.At the outset Lipstadt expresses her hope that both sides of the political divide will be discomfited by her analysis and conclusions, and they probably will.For instance, she classifies both Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, the head of Britain’s Labour Party, as “antisemitic enablers” — Trump for failing to call out the white supremacists, racists and anti-Semites who support him and Corbyn for tolerating the anti-Semitism of his political allies.“While Trump is probably not an antisemite,” she says, “enabling antisemites is itself an antisemitic act that causes as much damage as something that comes from an ideological antisemite.”Lipstadt wrapped up the manuscript in August 2018 after noting that pace of anti-Jewish incidents and rhetoric had made it almost impossible to finish. Sadly, she was right.Just weeks after penning her note to readers, a man gunned down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. The suspect had a history of posting anti-Semitic vitriol online.Ann Levin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rendon has 9 bills pass the Legislature

first_img Lawmaker closes 2013-14 session with 6 laws on the books and 3 awaiting the governor’s approvalLate legislative nights to close out Michigan’s 2013-14 House session were productive for state Rep. Bruce Rendon, who saw one bill signed into law and three more awaiting the governor’s signature before the end of the year. “I believe this has been a good term because I was able to successfully work on issues and ideas that our local residents were having, and get them fixed,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “There are always more items to work on, so I’ll get back on them in the new year and also continue to listen to people’s concerns to be their voice in our government.” House Bill 5472 was signed into Public Act 373 of 2014, a law creating an alternative court track docket for individuals chronically behind in child support payments. Those with eligible medical, psychological, substance abuse, illiteracy, homelessness or unemployment conditions could qualify for an alternative compliance plan. Three other bills awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s consideration after the Legislature’s approval include:HB 4485, which addresses insurance licensing requirements and notifications for self-storage owners who only sell policies for stored property;HB 5036, that requires Michigan community colleges to inform applicants that military, National Guard or reserve service transcripts may qualify for class credit; andHB 5743 to allow all adoption hearings to be held in the same county where parental rights were terminated so the same judge can preside over the proceedings.In total, Rendon introduced 16 bills and seven resolutions in the House during his second term in office. Previous Rendon bills signed into law include revising qualified forest property tax rules; using military experience toward building license training qualifications; restructuring the state’s snowmobile advisory council; allowing optional ORV helmet use on private property, similar to snowmobile rules; and creating a college tuition assistance program for Michigan National Guard members. His resolutions, which all passed, indicated Michigan’s support of hunting and fishing rights, gun safety, Stand4Change, Hispanic Senior Citizens Day, America Recycles Week, Sons of the American Revolution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month. Rendon can be contacted by addressing letters to the State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; calling his toll-free Lansing office number at 1-888-DIST-103 (1-888-347-8103); sending e-mail to or visiting his online office website at 22Dec Rendon has 9 bills pass the Legislature Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more