August 14, 1990: When Sachin Tendulkar hit the 1st of his 100 hundreds

first_img Next Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 00:19 IST Sachin Tendulkar scored his first hundred on August 14, 1990, against England. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer with 100 international hundredsTendulkar hit the 1st of his 100 international hundreds on Aug 14, 1990Tendulkar retired with 51 hundreds in Test cricket and 49 in ODIsExactly 29 years ago on August 14, a 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar hit the first of his 100 international hundreds to begin a journey that would break records, make memories and make a legend.On August 14, 1990 Sachin Tendulkar led a massive rescue act for India with an unbeaten 119 against England in Manchester to help India save the 2nd of a 3-Test series. Chasing 408, India had slipped to 109 for 4 when Dilp Vengsarkar fell to Chris Lewis.Soon after Mohammad Azharuddin, the then India captain, departed before Kapil Dev exited to leave India tottering at 183 for 6.England were sensing victory but Sachin Tendulkar had other plans.With Manoj Prabhakar for company, Tendulkar forged an unbroken 160-run stand for the 7th wicket and led India to safety.The world watched in awe as a 17-year-old took on the might of Devon Malcolm, Angus Fraser, Eddie Hemmings and Chris Lewis.It wan an innings for the ages. Since Tendulkar’s debut in 1989, whispers had grown into murmurs. After that knock in Manchester, loud roars would accompany the young boy who would one day grow up to become a run-scoring machine.Sachin Tendulkar’s 119 not out was preceded by a fine 68 in the first innings. Cricket’s new rockstar had arrived and an entire generation would now want to bat like him, look like him and get his famous curls.Over the next 23 years, Sachin Tendulkar would go on to score another 99 international hundreds.It was a phenomenal phase.Sachin Tendulkar would score hundreds all around the world and against all kinds of bowling attacks. He took on the best of his generation – Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose, Allan Donald and more often than not came up on top.advertisementAfter 51 hundreds in 200 Tests and 49 hundreds in 463 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar retired from the game he made richer and more loveable on November 16, 2013.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso Read | Out or not out? Sachin Tendulkar posts viral video. Internet does not know how to reactFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Sachin Tendulkar 100 hundreds August 14, 1990: When Sachin Tendulkar hit the 1st of his 100 hundredsThis Day That Year: 29 years ago on August 14, Sachin Tendulkar hit his maiden international hundred in a Test againt England. Over the next 2 decades, Tendulkar would go on to hit another 99 hundreds.advertisementlast_img read more

A Look at 100 Years of Chevy Trucks and the New Special Edition Anniversary Models

first_img Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman 1. 1918 One-Ton 2. 1929 International Series LD 3. 1938 Half-Ton 4. 1947 3100 Series 5. 1955 3124 Series Cameo Carrier 6. 1967 C10 Fleetside 7. 1973 C30 One-Ton Dually 8. 1988 C/K1500 9. 1999 Silverado 1500 LT Z71 10. 2007 Silverado 1500 What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey But Chevy wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for a century’s worth of innovative design and auto tech. Above are the 10 most iconic Chevy trucks, according to Scheer. They are (in chronological order):1918 One-Ton1929 International Series LD1938 Half-Ton1947 3100 Series1955 3124 Series Cameo Carrier1967 C10 Fleetside1973 C30 One-Ton Dually1988 C/K15001999 Silverado 1500 LT Z712007 Silverado 1500 Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy center_img What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) What do Girl Scout Cookies, Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars, and Chevy trucks have in common? They are all centenarians.Yes, 100 years ago, Chevrolet produced its first pickup: the 1918 model Series D. While Girl Scout Cookies and Chuck Taylors haven’t changed much since inception, the Chevy pickup shares only a badge and vehicle segment with its now-distant ancestor.Just how different is a 2018 model year Chevy from a 1918 predecessor?“Today, the Chevrolet truck design studio is focused on purposeful design that creates personality and customization options for a wide breadth of truck customers,” says Rich Scheer, director of exterior design, in a release. “Looking back on the past century of truck design, I realized that Chevrolet designers have been focused on the same goals since the very beginning.” Editors’ Recommendations One hundred years of truck-volution brings us to today, and Chevy’s latest models: the 2018 Silverado and Colorado Centennial Editions, which will hit  dealerships in November 2017. Both trucks feature design elements inspired by Chevy history, including a Centennial Blue paint color, 100-year badges, various chrome touches, and new bowtie emblems.These updated emblems still incorporate the iconic Chevy cross shape, but are black (instead of gold) and have the word Chevrolet emblazoned across the middle. The new logo will be featured on a wide range of merchandise, including Chevy-inspired recreational vehicles from TechTrailers and Phoenix Boats.These new autos and emblems were revealed Thursday, September 28 at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, where the brand also announced the expansion of the free Chevy Truck Legends program — a community of owners who have purchased/leased more than one new Chevy or currently boast a truck with over 100,000 miles — and an invitation-only Centennial Celebration on December 16 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (complete with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.). Hint: Members of the Legends program are sure to get an invite.last_img read more

Province seeks service providers to deliver skills training and employment supports

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training is seeking service providers to deliver skills training and employment supports for people facing multiple barriers to employment.According to the Government, up to $10 million a year in funding will support about 1,230 people in B.C. who face multiple barriers to employment, including immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities and those whose circumstances include housing instability, addiction recovery, prior criminal justice experience and chronic unemployment.The Government says skills training and supports will empower participants to overcome obstacles to employment that can include a lack of relevant skills, social and employment networks, or recent or Canadian work experience. They also say skills training could provide job skills, certificates to meet job or industry requirements, or essential workplace skills, including adult basic education and academic upgrading.Details about the call for a response can be found on B.C. Bid.last_img read more

First women lawyers association opens in Somalia with UN help

23 July 2008The first women lawyers association in Somalia has been established in the Somaliland region with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “It will take time for the male-dominated legal profession to understand and accept the importance of women lawyers in society,” Antonia Lulvey, UNDP’s judiciary project manager, said.UNDP said in a statement yesterday that the association, which was created earlier this year, currently has five members, with a further 17 women set to graduate from the University of Hargeisa in September. The UN agency has provided grants to enable women to attend the law faculty, as well as supplying equipment, training and financial support to the association.The sole practising female lawyer in Somaliland until last year was Ifra Aden Omar, who currently heads the association. With UNDP help, Ms. Omar provides free legal aid services to women and juvenile cases – most commonly rape, domestic violence, divorce, child custody, child maintenance and inheritance.Currently there are no female prosecutors or judges in Somaliland, according to UNDP, which says it is in discussions with local officials on how to support new female law graduates to practise either as prosecutors or trainee judges. read more

Mahindas two Seychelles visits cost over Rs 100 million

Two official visits undertaken to the Seychelles by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa cost the Government over Rs. 100 million, it was reported today.A report on the two overseas visits was handed over to the Government last week by the Sri Lankan High Commission in the Seychelles, The Sunday Leader newspaper reported. In 2013 Rajapaksa led a delegation to the Seychelles which included his son, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. The cost for that tour is estimated at Rs. 50 million, according to information communicated to the government, sources told The Sunday Leader. The Government had said recently it was investigating the expenses for foreign trips by the former regime, including that of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) In the Seychelles the delegation had rented 68 vehicles and 68 mobile phones. Sources said that the mobile phones were not returned but were brought to Sri Lanka. The entire entourage had used three chartered flights to travel to the Seychelles and also hired three luxury boats to travel between the islands.According to the report submitted to the Government, the 2104 visit to the Seychelles had also cost approximately Rs. 50 million.The report is said to have been given to the Foreign Ministry. However when contacted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said she was unaware of such a report. Sources also said that Rajapaksa had in 2014 visited the Seychelles for a second time with a 97-member delegation. Rajapaksa had travelled to the Seychelles in 2014 to declare open the Sri Lankan High Commission, Sri Lanka Insurance and a Bank of Ceylon Branch. However the Sri Lanka Insurance branch closed while the Bank of Ceylon Branch is facing issues in the Seychelles, sources added.The delegation, which accompanied Rajapaksa, included six Ministers, security officers and others, including the then Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife and a few guests. read more

Prime Minister and Lankan delegation pray in Tirupati

The couple was accorded a warm reception on arrival by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Trust Board Chairman Ch. Krishnamurthy, Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao and other officials. The couple was blessed by the priests at Ranganayakula mandap.The priests presented the Sri Lankan premier the silk ‘vastram’ of the deity while the authorities gave him ‘laddu prasadam’ and a memento. Wickremesinghe described his visit as personal.“The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is getting stronger day by day and I prayed to the Lord for the welfare of the people,” the statement quoted him him as saying.The Wickremesinghes arrived in the temple town on Wednesday evening and had a night halt at the Sri Krishna rest house. The Prime Minister and his wife were later escorted into the sanctum sanctorum where they offered prayers and performed rituals conducted by the priests. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe prayed at the Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati today, the IANS news service reported.Accompanied by his wife Maithree Wickremesinghe, he paid obeisance to the revered Lord at the hill shrine in the morning. Sri Lanka’s Minister for Prison Reforms and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan and Minister for Infrastructure and Community Development Palany Thigambaram also accompanied the premier. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UC 20 The Future of Unified Communications

How to Choose? Best of Breed vs. Single Solution Elizabeth (Beth) English August 28, 2019 Whether best of breed or single source, an enterprise should consider its needs, regulatory requirements, and other factors before deciding on a UC solution. Unified communications has been gaining traction, with more and more enterprises looking for the ultimate solution to enhance and streamline office communications, as well as help employees gain a bigger and better picture of their workday. The Growing Importance of AIBesides being a hot topic for some time, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a way to provide personalization, automation, and intelligent capabilities within UC solutions to help both contact centers and employees. Changing Focus: From Products to ServicesLogically, the shift in focus from products to services makes a lot of sense. While we may have a growing list of increasingly innovative technology, stronger devices, and more capabilities, if the end user isn’t utilizing the extras given or realizing benefits then the product is not necessarily better (nor does it grant the proposed value). Making UC Accessible for All Dave Mailer July 03, 2019 Look for solutions from companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and Zoom to serve the needs of all types of users. A Unifying UC PlatformIt’s no doubt there are a variety of UC solutions available (with more to be released), yet the experience itself isn’t unified across different services, devices, or products. Currently, it feels more like an aggregation of channels than true unification. We’re seeing this direction in real life with Avaya expanding its A.I.Connect ecosystem with more partners — such as Knowmail, Verint, and Salesforce — to grant greater possibilities for their users. These include effortless prioritization, smart communications, streamlined interactions, and optimized decision making. RIP: Skype for Business Kevin Kieller July 30, 2019 Microsoft sets retirement plan for Skype for Business Online, foreshadowing death of Server edition, too. So what should we expect from the future of UC? Enhanced ProductivityWhether you’re a business or an individual, it seems improving our productivity is always on our minds. UC holds the potential to help us become more productive, utilizing the areas mentioned above. Simply put, UC provides a better way to handle things. unifiedcommunications_774.png Thanks to the more organized workflows, bigger picture, and collaborative solutions that UC offers, we will be able to get more done with less stress and effort, helping the business and the user in more ways than just hitting targets. As UC analyst Dave Michels covered in a No Jitter post earlier this year, Avaya is one UC provider that’s already making such a transition, and we’re sure to see others putting services in the front row. Thanks to AI, services provided can be much more personalized for each user, as well as the results and directions provided to clients, making automation more effective, processes more flowing, and overall results much better (for users, organizations, and their own end-users). Furthermore, this direction stresses the importance of having a customer-centric strategy, which allows companies to enhance capabilities on their end in order to provide better services to their clients. But we still have a way to go until UC is available in a truly unified form, complementing enterprise employees in and out of the office across products, services, devices, locations, and even state-of-mind. How to Get Rid of Your Fax Machines… Finally Dan Aylward September 11, 2019 Many organizations still rely on faxing to secure and authenticate transmitted documents, but it’s time to move on. This can also provide much more freedom, without having to necessarily choose between Avaya and Cisco, for example, but rather, only the solutions we truly need from each. We can only wait to see further innovations and how they will help us in and out of the office. At the pace and growth of this field, it looks as if UC will grant us a truly unified experience to help us service our customers better, utilize AI better, and increase productivity and results for organizations and their employees.Tags:News & Viewsservicesoffice communicationsUC solutionscollaborative solutionsUnified CommunicationsAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsFuture of WorkUnified Communications & Collaboration Articles You Might Like Open Source’s Role in UC & Networking on the Rise Sorell Slaymaker July 12, 2019 Exploring the impact of the software revolution that’s quietly empowering more open source networking and communications solutions Let’s look at email for example, which is accessible across Web, desktop, mobile, and even by voice through various digital assistants. Imagine such availability with UC tools; instead of providing an aggregation of channels and services, UC will have one language united across all — and users can simply pick which services (i.e apps/solutions) are needed and useful. See All in Unified Communications » Log in or register to post comments read more

UN peacekeepers pursue militias in eastern DR of Congo

Guatemalan special forces, Pakistani commandos and units of the DRC Army (FARDC), with Indian air support, were taking part in a series of raids called Operation Falcon Sweep from 4 to 11 July to establish control over the Walungu Territory, south of Bukavu, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said. Among its aims was to “carry out effective search missions to flush out armed groups from the area,” it said.When the Pakistani Quick Reaction Forces were dropped in the Kahuzi Bega National Park area, “a large number of FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), estimated at 150-plus personnel, immediately came out of the bush” and encircled the Pakistanis, but they retreated as the MONUC forces took a defensive stance and attack helicopters arrived, the mission said. “All MONUC forces returned to Kavumu Airbase safe and sound,” it said.Rwandan Hutu rebels have been active in the jungles of the eastern DRC since Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in which they killed en estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.Earlier this year, after secret negotiations in Rome, the FDLR leadership pledged that the group would lay down its weapons and return to Rwanda. MONUC chief William Lacy Swing designated six assembly and registration points for the estimated 13,000 to 15,000 Rwandan militiamen expected to want to take part in Rwanda’s programme of disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, re-settlement and re-integration (DDRRR). MONUC had blamed some members of the FDLR for assaulting civilians in the eastern DRC and causing thousands to become internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

Corporate Canada investments in top tax havens up 17 per cent in

OTTAWA – Corporate Canada increased spending in its ten favourite tax havens by 17 per cent in 2015, according to new figures on direct foreign investment released Tuesday by Statistics Canada.Canadians for Tax Fairness crunched the numbers and found that Canadian corporations invested almost $40 billion last year in the top 10 tax haven destinations for Canadian capital — taking investment totals since 1990 to $270.2 billion.Barbados has been the top destination, attracting $79.9 billion in total while seeing its numbers climb 14 per cent in 2015.Four other countries in Canada’s top 10 — Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Switzerland and Hong Kong — all saw year-over-year increases of at least 34 per cent last year.“The money doesn’t just stay there, it goes on to somewhere else,” Dennis Howlett, the CEO of the Tax Fairness advocacy group, said in an interview.“But (corporations) route it through tax havens usually because there are tax advantages for doing so. The returns on the investments get booked in the tax havens so then companies don’t have to report it as profits in Canada.”The direct foreign investment figures released Tuesday don’t include the billions of dollars that individual Canadians appear to have socked away offshore.The parliamentary budget office is currently in a battle with the Liberal government over access to tax information that would help it measure the “tax gap” — the amount of revenue lost to Ottawa through a variety of tax dodges, including offshore accounts.The long-standing issue has been thrust into the international limelight again by the release of the Panama Papers, more than 11 million leaked documents that detail offshore accounts in the Central American country — including, reportedly, hundreds held by Canadians.Direct foreign investment routed through tax havens “may not be illegal tax evasion but it is most definitely related to tax avoidance, or minimizing taxes paid here in Canada,” said Howlett.“So it does translate to much lower revenues for both federal and provincial governments.”Canadians for Tax Fairness would like to see corporate tax rules tightened up, including requiring that any offshore subsidiaries be more than shell companies by proving they have staff and capital investments such as plants and equipment.Canada should also follow the lead of some other countries and cap how much corporations can pay in interest to subsidiaries. Corporations with high capital needs frequently borrow from their own subsidiaries at above market rates in order to shift profits offshore, said Howlett.Since 2000, the federal corporate tax rate in Canada has been cut from 28 per cent to the current rate of 15 per cent.In 2015-16, corporate income taxes were budgeted at $38.8 billion — or 20 per cent of total federal tax revenues — according to the most recent federal budget. In 2000-01, corporate taxes brought in $28.2 billion, or 24.5 per cent of total federal tax revenues.— Follow @BCheadle on Twitter Corporate Canada investments in top tax havens up 17 per cent in 2015: new data by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 2:54 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse putting undefeated mark to the test against Penn

Coming off a dominating 18-8 win against first-year program Marquette, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team takes its unbeaten streak into Happy Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions. At 3-0, the Buckeyes hope to keep up the success that they have found early in the year. Freshman attacker Carter Brown and sophomore midfielder Jesse King recorded a combined 13 points against the Golden Eagles and sparked OSU’s offense which had been stagnant the week before against Jacksonville in a 9-6 win. For his four goals and three assists, Brown was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman, though, saw the improvement of the team as a whole, not just his individual statistics. “Our offense was clicking in the second quarter especially,” Brown said. “We were just making the easy play and I just got some easy goals.” King, too, said he felt the team improved on offense after a tough week of practice. “Honestly, this week we worked out a lot on working the ball on the outside,” King said. “Our chemistry is coming together, and this week it just clicked.” But the Buckeyes will likely have a tougher challenge this week against Penn State in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions have already defeated No. 10 Denver on the year and took No. 2 Notre Dame to overtime in their only loss of the season. Last year, Penn State handed OSU its second loss of the season in a 5-2 victory March 3 at Ohio Stadium. In spite of a schedule featuring five games against top-11 opponents in March, some members of the team are staying positive. OSU coach Nick Myers sees how far his players have come so far this year, but understands there are improvements to be made. “We’ve got a lot of work to continue to do,” Myers said. “It’s February … We’re not the team that we wanted to be yet, but we’re taking steps in the right direction.” The game could also be a potential precursor for what is to come, with reports swirling that a Big Ten conference for lacrosse could be on the horizon. “There’s been some positive conversation,” Myers said about the potential new conference. “This Penn State-Ohio State rivalry has been special for years now. I think that will only get more traction if the Big Ten conference continues to move in the right direction.” King, who was a part of the team that lost to Penn State in Columbus last year, is excited to get another shot at the Nittany Lions. “I’m excited, they’re going to be a great game,” King said. “It’s always fun playing against Penn State.” read more

Fixed and variable

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This week has seen some incredible fluctuations in the markets and a real divergence of opinion among economists, analysts and commentators. Essentially, the sovereign debt problems of Greece, Italy and the United States grew so huge that the markets held their breath. And when Standard & Poors downgraded the US credit rating last week I believe it started a stampede, not necessarily on the fundamentals, but as a reaction to a lot of pent-up apprehension. For most people, the situation now comes down to two questions: what is going to happen? And, what does it mean for me? The answer to the first question lies in what the markets are already predicting for the price of money in ten months time. The current chart for the Sydney Futures Exchange Interbank Futures Contract shows a steeply descending line, implying a Reserve Bank cash rate of around 4 per cent in May-June of next year. The markets aren’t always right, but when they’re wrong it’s not by much. In step with this, Commonwealth, Westpac, St. George and ING Direct all cut their fixed rate mortgages last week. And on Thursday, the unemployment rate for July showed 5.1 per cent, up from 4.9 per cent in June. So Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has plenty of ammunition for a rate cut. I think the Reserve should reduce rates, and my company Yellow Brick Road has been arguing for several weeks that the current 4.75 per cent official rate has been too high. The second question is how does this affect me? If you have a mortgage, do you switch to a low-rate fixed loan? Or do you assume that the markets have got it right, and that Australia’s economic strength is going to wane for the better part of a year and interest rates will fall anyway? Fixed gives you certainty, but it doesn’t give you the best market rate in any given month, as the variable rate does. Variable puts you with the market; fixed makes you bet against it. One way forward is to split your loan: half fixed – half variable. My overall comment is that people should meet uncertain times with good advice. If you are nervous about what to do with a home loan, see a mortgage broker, a financial planner or your accountant. This is no time to be swayed by pub chatter and barbecue gurus – see someone with a professional affiliation who is duty-bound to tailor a solution to your needs. We’re facing troubled times, but there’s not much you can do about it except protect yourself by getting good advice. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch.last_img read more

Trump rolling out big trade tariffs sparing Mexico Canada

first_imgWASHINGTON — After a week of hints and uncertainty, President Donald Trump said Thursday he would announce tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but with temporary exemptions for Canada and Mexico as he seeks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. He suggested Australia and “other countries” might also be spared, a shift that could soften the international blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners.The White House said Trump would sign the orders on Thursday afternoon as opponents of the tariffs engaged in last-minute lobbying to blunt the impact.“We’re going to be very fair, we’re going to be very flexible but we’re going to protect the American worker as I said I would do in my campaign,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting.The president reiterated that he would levy tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum but would “have a right to go up or down depending on the country and I’ll have a right to drop out countries or add countries. I just want fairness.”The president indicated Canada and Mexico’s treatment would be connected to the ongoing NAFTA talks, which are expected to resume in early April.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Office of DPP to Serve as a Deterrent to Official Corruption

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – The creation of an Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will be one of the most important advances in the modern Bahamas in combating official corruption as it puts public officials, both elected and non-elected, on “notice” that if they engage in corrupt practices, they will face legal consequences, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told Parliament Thursday.The Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is to be staffed by independent professionals.“This is a new day for The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “The creation of this Office is one of the most important advances in the modern Bahamas in combating official corruption which became rampant in our country.“For too long, we have turned a blind eye to official corruption which has drained our country of many hundreds of millions, if not more, of public funds.  Official corruption retards and hinders national development and our progress as a country.“The massive corruption of the last five years was a shameful, national disgrace which should never be allowed to happen again in our country.   This critical legislation is designed to serve as a deterrent.   It is designed to limit and to prosecute such corruption,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis said that, in his welcome remarks at a recent Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials Meeting held in New Providence, he told delegates that corruption is a crime and a violation of public trust.“Moreover, the net effect of corruption is to siphon off valuable state resources that could be used to assist in development and improve the lives of citizens.   I stated that we are amending our Constitution to enshrine the Office of an Independent Director of Public Prosecutions – which was one of the recommendations of our Constitutional Commission and one of the commitments made by this Government.“I also stated that I was proud to announce that one of the pillars of my Administration’s governing mandate was ‘no tolerance’ for official corruption.   We are demonstrating that such activities will be vigorously investigated, prosecuted and punished,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

ASA Applauds Framework Agreement for Trade Negotiations

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Zoellick, Agricultural Trade Negotiator Allen Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and their negotiating team on the framework agreement for the Doha trade negotiations worked out over the past week in Geneva.The framework provides an opportunity to achieve significant improvement in market access for soybean and livestock products, which is ASA’s most important objective in the Doha negotiations. ASA supports the stated position of the U.S. negotiating team that the extent to which trade-distorting domestic farm supports are reduced must be matched by meaningful gains in market access through tariff reduction and higher Tariff Rate Quotas on import-sensitive products. ASA believes that meeting this goal will be the key to achieving a successful outcome in the next phase of negotiations.“This is as balanced a framework as could be expected, and we look forward to working closely with our negotiators as this process enters the next critical phase,” said ASA President Neal Bredehoeft, a soybean grower from Alma, Mo. “ASA is particularly pleased that language in the previous draft framework that could have restricted U.S. food aid donations as ‘surplus disposal’ has been deleted from this final text. That provision could have severely reduced non-emergency humanitarian food assistance programs that are vital in feeding millions of hungry people around the world.“ASA has asked that negotiations address the need to require advanced developing countries, particularly world class exporters like Brazil, to comply with the same disciplines on domestic support and export competition that developed countries must observe,” Bredehoeft said. “We will continue to press our negotiators to address this issue as the talks move forward.”ASA is concerned with how the product-specific spending caps to be imposed on trade-distorting programs included in the so-called Amber Box will be administered. Depending on the historical period chosen for establishing these ceilings, some commodities could be treated significantly better than others, which would skew production incentives under the Farm Bill.“Global demand for high protein soybean meal and vegetable oil is rising rapidly, and U.S. soybean producers don’t want the farm program to provide disincentives for increasing soybean production as we seek to maximize our share of this growing market,” Bredehoeft said.last_img read more

Huawei OS may be called Hongmeng but its reportedly far from ready

first_img What is going on between Huawei and the US? Share your voice Review • Huawei Matebook review: This Surface wannabe falls flat — literally Comments CNET’s understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers.More than a year ago, CNET sister site TechRepublic reported that Huawei had been working on its own OS since 2012, in case it got banned from Android.Last week, the US government blacklisted networking gear from Huawei and President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the company. Microsoft has also reportedly removed Huawei’s MateBook laptops from its online store.Read: Huawei’s ‘plan B’ smartphone OS: What it needs to succeedFirst published May 21.Updated May 24: Adds report about Hongmeng. Huawei Matebook 13 4:59 Android Pie Google Huawei Microsoft Samsung Tags Mobile Tech Industry Laptops Phones Politics Preview • Huawei’s Windows 10 tablet packs a stylus with a frickin’ laser pointer built in Huawei smartphones could someday get their own Huawei OS. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Huawei is still “far from ready” to launch its own operating system, but it may have a name at least, according to reports.The phone maker received the trademark “Hongmeng” for the system from the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration, after working on it under the internal code name “Project Z,” The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.Separately, sources told The Information on Tuesday that the internal project “has had its ups and downs and remains far from ready.”Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week. On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department granted the Chinese tech giant a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on Huawei’s access to American components and software that go into its phones. Google agreed to continue working with Huawei for that time.Despite the Google ban, Huawei said Tuesday that its latest smartphone, the Honor Pro 20, will use Android.Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on ice Now playing: Watch this: News • What the Huawei Matebook X Pro tells us about Nvidia MX250 graphicslast_img read more

CMCH gets stateoftheart labour room

first_imgKolkata: In a major infrastructure revamp the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has got a renovated labour room, which will help the hospital authorities provide best quality treatment to the patients.The CMCH authorities have claimed that the labour room has been given a new shape along the lines of what is generally found in some top private hospitals in the country. There has been an infrastructure overhauling at the labour room in the Eden building only to ensure quality treatment. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned here that after coming to power in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has laid great emphasis on quality treatment for infants and expecting mothers, besides others. A series of new schemes have been introduced and several projects have been executed in various state-run medical colleges and hospitals across the state. Banerjee has also instructed the Health department officials to focus on healthcare of newborn babies and their mothers by enhancing infrastructure at the gynecological units of all the hospitals. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDr Nirmal Maji, who is the Rogi Kalyan Samiti chairman of CMCH, inaugurated the renovated labour room in presence of senior officials of the hospital on Thursday. As many as 14 tables have been put inside the labour room and a 12-bed observation ward has also been thrown open. A 7-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) has also been installed, which will be extremely handy for the gynecology department. Three stepdown beds have also been put in place. Many new machines have been installed at the department as well. Dr Partha Mukherjee, the head of the department of gynecology, said the newly renovated labour room will enable the hospital authorities cater to the patients in a better way and the patients will be able to avail the best quality treatment here in the hospital. With the innovations, it has turned into a state-of-the-art labour room.last_img read more

Chinese Automaker Plans SelfDriving Electric Car by 2020

first_imgJuly 12, 2016 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencent aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc. as green energy car sales boom in China.Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.”Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said, defining mass production as 250,000 to 400,000 cars annually.The company was in the midst of closing its Series A round of funding, which also included dealership chain China Harmony New Energy Auto, Breitfeld said.He declined to give financial terms of the first round or name other potential investors that the company was in talks with, although he said the leadership team would also have partial ownership.While Future Mobility intended to jump directly to fully self-driving cars, drivers would only be able to turn on full autonomy in a pilot city at first, later expanding to other geographies.The company would draw from the same battery technology made by a short list of suppliers that most automakers use but aimed to better rivals with more efficient battery management software.Breaking outFuture Mobility is not the first upstart automaker to make bold pronouncements. Chinese-invested Atieva aims to launch an electric car by 2018.LeEco says its proposed smart electric cars will eventually be free, making money on in-car content and other services.Even Tesla now aims to produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018.But Future Mobility stands out from its competitors for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.Breitfeld formerly led the BMW i series electric car division and brought the core team with him to the new venture, with others joining from Tesla, Alphabet’s Google and Daimler’s Mercedes.(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Stephen Coates) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Leaky BloodBrain Barrier Linked to Alzheimers Disease

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The multi-year… read more May 31, 2016 — Researchers using contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have identified leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of people with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The results suggest that increased BBB permeability may represent a key mechanism in the early stages of the disease.The BBB, a collection of cells and subcellular structures in the cerebrovascular wall that separates the circulating blood from the brain, is essential to keep brain tissue in healthy condition. It regulates the delivery of important nutrients and blocks neurotoxins, while removing surplus substances from the brain.For the study, researchers used contrast-enhanced MRI to compare 16 early AD patients with 17 healthy age-matched controls. They measured BBB leakage rates and generated a map called a histogram to help determine the amount of the leaking brain tissue.The BBB leakage rate was significantly higher in AD patients compared with controls and the leakage was distributed throughout the cerebrum — the largest part of the brain. AD patients had a significantly higher percentage of leaking brain tissue in the gray matter, including the cortex, the brain’s outer layer. The researchers also found that measurements derived from the histogram showed very subtle BBB impairment in the brain’s white matter.“Blood-brain barrier leakage means that the brain has lost its protective means, the stability of brain cells is disrupted and the environment in which nerve cells interact becomes ill-conditioned,” said study author Walter H. Backes, Ph.D., from the Maastricht University Medical Center in Maastricht, the Netherlands. “These mechanisms could eventually lead to dysfunction in the brain.”Indeed, the researchers found a relationship between the extent of BBB impairment and decline in cognitive performance, suggesting that a compromised BBB is part of the early pathology of AD and might be part of a cascade of events eventually leading to cognitive decline and dementia.The connection between BBB impairment and AD pathology was strengthened by the fact that the addition of diabetes and other non-cerebral vascular diseases to the analysis model did not change the results.According to Backes, the key advantage of detecting BBB leakage with contrast MRI is that it can detect early microvascular changes in AD even in cases where no directly visible cerebrovascular abnormalities can be observed.“For Alzheimer’s research, this means that a novel tool has become available to study the contribution of blood-brain barrier impairment in the brain to disease onset and progression in early stages or pre-stages of dementia,” he said.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | May 31, 2016 Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease MRI study reveals weakened protective barrier in Alzheimer’s patients Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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