Sitharamans Budget a blueprint for creating USD 5trillion economy by 2025 India

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Budget is “mega investment-oriented” with a blueprint to transform India’s economy to reach USD 5 trillion by 2025, India Inc said Friday. While Vedanta Resources Chairman Anil Agarwal termed it a progressive Budget, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka said it was a blueprint to achieve exponential growth. Presenting the first Budget of the Modi government in its second term, she said the Indian economy, which stood at USD 1.85 trillion five years ago, has reached USD 2.7 trillion now, and is within capacity to reach USD 5 trillion in the next few years. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Agarwal said it was a progressive budget which focuses on core issues of health, sanitation, water, welfare of the people as well strengthens the foundation of New India that is prepared to ride the wave of mega technological changes. “FM Sitharaman walked in with a red cloth bag carrying the budget vs the traditional briefcase. What came out was a new era in Indian history a union budget that didn’t talk granular numbers rather laid a blueprint for exponential growth!” Goenka tweeted. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Lauding Sitharaman, Biocon Chairman Kiran Majumdar-Shaw tweeted, “As a business woman I can’t help but burst with pride to see a woman FM deliver such a confidence boosting budget 2019.” CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said the budget is a popular budget without being populist. “It has announced initiatives which touch all segments of the society women, youth, farmers, entrepreneurs, students and industry. It benefits both rural and urban India all within the limited fiscal space available to it,” he said. Assocham President BK Goenka said Sitharaman’s maiden budget is a mega investment-oriented initiative with a strong focus on scaling up rural infrastructure and demand along with a slew of tax simplification measures aimed at boosting growth and maintaining high level of fiscal discipline. “This is a transformational budget, aimed at taking the Indian economy to USD 5 trillion by 2025,” he added. Goenka said the increase in the threshold for lower corporate tax of 25 per cent to Rs 400 crore annual turnover would encourage higher investment, which would also get a boost from proposals like further liberalisation of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in sectors like insurance intermediaries and aviation. Ficci President Sandip Somany said there are several positives in the budget, and it provides a set of benefits for most segments of the society. We see a clear action plan for realising the vision of making India a USD 5-trillion economy over the next few years with a focus on ease of living. Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap Reddy said the budget presented a long term vision to achieve a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024. “The government’s focus on infrastructure continues, which is the need of the hour. We have set a laudable target of becoming USD-5 trillion economy in the next few years. This calls for a sustained real GDP growth rate of 8 per cent with stringent commitment to fiscal discipline,” Wipro Enterprises CFO Raghav Swaminathan said. Dalmia Bharat Group Managing Director Puneet Dalmia said the budget this year has its heart in the right place, specifically in context of balancing the rural and the urban developmental priorities, boosting investment to spur growth and the eco-friendly development thrust as is evident in the government’s emphasis on green and sustainable practices.last_img read more

UN launches 700 million appeal to help over 7 million Yemenis meet

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the 2013 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan urgently requires $702 million in order to provide emergency and early recovery assistance to 7.7 million of the country’s most needy. “Conflict and instability elsewhere in the region and the ongoing political transition in Yemen have overshadowed the humanitarian crisis,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ould Cheikh Ahmed, adding that there can be no long-term stability without addressing the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people. Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, who came to power in a February 2012 election. A major milestone was achieved in March of this year with the opening of the national dialogue conference that will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. However, more than 13 million people – over half the population – are still in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Food insecurity and malnutrition persist in the country, as well as outbreaks of fatal diseases including measles. Maternal mortality also remains high at 365 for every 100,000 live births. The appeal has been revised from January, slightly decreasing from $716 million to $702 million as a result of “improved prioritization and focus for the remaining part of 2013,” OCHA said. Within the revised plan, humanitarian partners have also identified the most critical activities that will help people in greatest and most urgent need. The Plan is currently only 38 per cent funded, and this shortfall has already led to a reduction in the provision of life-saving assistance. “The almost complete lack of support for early recovery, livelihoods and capacity-building activities is limiting the ability of humanitarian partners to build the resilience of Yemeni communities,” OCHA said in a news release. “I urge international and regional donors to provide funding for these critical activities that will have immediate impact, saving the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable Yemenis,” Mr. Cheikh Ahmed said. read more

Former fire chief found hanged after birthday card row

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A top fire service boss hanged himself after arguing with his stepson over a birthday card, an inquest heard.Mark Smitherman, 55, was found dead in his home on Oct 16, hours after a visit from his stepson on the day of his daughter Isla’s birthday.The inquest heard that on October 15, Mr Smitherman’s stepson, Jamie – the son of his wife, Christian – visited the family home in Nottinghamshire on the evening of his half-sister’s birthday.An argument reportedly ensued between Mr Smitherman, who was chief fire officer at South Yorkshire Fire Service until retiring in 2011, and his stepson because Jamie had not brought a card.Assistant coroner Amanda Cranny told Nottingham Coroner’s Court: “There was something of a family history around the brother not bringing gifts.”Even though Isla had not been present and was out celebrating with friends in Sheffield, Mr Smitherman, who had over three decades’ experience working with the fire service, became “upset”.Shortly after going to bed, Mrs Smitherman returned downstairs and found her husband.A toxicology report revealed Mr Smitherman, who had retired from his management position at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2011, had consumed a “modest” amount of alcohol shortly before he died, which may have affected his thought process.Recording a narrative verdict, Ms Cranny said: “Mr Mark William Smitherman took his own life by hanging on October 16, 2016 at a time when his cognitive abilities may have been affected by the consumption of alcohol.”CORRECTION: This article originally stated that it was said at the inquest that Mrs Smitherman “attempted to justify her son’s actions”. This was incorrect. In fact, the Assistant Coroner expressed her view that it was Mr Smitherman – not his wife – who tried to justify his own actions and express his regret for the events of the evening. We apologise for this mistake, which has been corrected. last_img read more

Conker players forced to import from Germany for World Championships as heatwave

Conkers have been significantly smaller this year Conker players have been forced to bring conkers over from Germany for the World Championships after the heatwave coupled with strong winds caused horse chestnut trees to be bare.The conkers which have survived the unusual weather conditions are too small to play with, organisers have said, worrying they will have to start importing the nuts en masse.The Scottish championships, due to be held in Peebles next month,  have already been cancelled because the harvest was too poor and they were unable to locate enough in time for the event.The trust looked at importing chestnuts from Germany but has been unable to find a supply ahead of the contest.Similar fears have hit the World Conker Championships, which will be held on the 14th October in Northamptonshire.St.John Burkett, one of the organisers, told The Telegraph: “We are asking people to collect conkers for the World Championships now. Whilst we’re hoping that some will still be on the trees nearer the time, and will have time to grow a little larger, we can’t be sure. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We imported conkers from Germany following the drought in 1977 and may need to do the same again this year – we are not yet quite sure. Conkers have been significantly smaller this yearCredit:Geoff Pugh “We have checked the restrictions on importing plant materials into the country, and conkers are unrestricted from the European Union, providing they are from healthy trees.”We already have one offer of conkers from Germany, where apparently there are many healthy and fruitful trees. George Embleton, from the North West, has just returned from Germany and has brought some conkers back with him, as he found them large and dropping from the trees in the area he stayed.”The committee said that trees are already empty after last week’s storms stripped the young horse chestnuts from branches.Playing conkers is usually an activity which takes place in the middle of autumn, and there are worries many will not think to collect them until it is too late.Mr Burkett said: “The impact is that by the time children remember to collect and play with conkers, many will be gone, fallen from the trees and sunk into the soil or covered with falling leaves.”The great joy of collecting the beautiful objects will be missed, and the impact of playing with smaller conkers will not be nearly as satisfying.” read more

Snoopyshaped island forms after volcanic eruption

first_imgBut alas, don’t even think about visiting it. The Japanese coast guard has warned against attempts to visit the island as it is essentially the remnants of a volcano and is still dangerous and active. This also means that it could change shape, distorting poor Snoopy beyond all recognition.Snoopy Island, we hardly knew ya. We may add this, along with the willy-shaped church and Trinity’s sex toy sculpture, to the definitive list of ‘things shaped like other things’ in 2013.It’s already won the Global Post’s prestigious End of the Year Award for Best Island of 2013, so the accolades just keep rolling in. Source: euronews (in English)In fairness, it’s a bit more convincing than the Snoopy Island in Fujairah, UAE… Source: Jeremy BriscNew device claims to translate your dog’s thoughts into English>Stop! 2013 has a last-minute winner for ‘weirdest Irish headline’> A VOLCANIC ERUPTION in Japan has caused an island to form in what is undoubtedly the exact shape of beloved Peanuts cartoon canine, Snoopy. Island formed just like Charlie Brown’s dog.The uncanny landmass rose after a series of eruptions occurred 1,000 kilometres south of Toyko in the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire. The new islet Niijima (the head) attached to existing island Nishinoshima to form the replica of Charlie Brown’s dog.Now it really looks like it… doesn’t it? The pup even has a collar, caused by a stretch of red sea presumed to be coloured by molten magma. Source: Asahi.comWhen the mass first rose in November, volcanologists thought that it might erode. However, further eruptions caused it to grow, and NASA observations first speculated the fusion of the two islands last week.Well now it’s a reality, and Twitter users have already nick-named the formation ‘Snoopy Island’.last_img read more

VCE highachievers awarded

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu recently recognised some of the state’s top performers, including a number of Greek Australians. The proud students were awarded in a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Although many of the students present have now gone on to start their tertiary education, the celebration allowed students to enjoy the fruits of their studies in 2010. Baillieu headed the ceremony and was accompanied by Olympic gold medalist Lydia Lassila and fashion designer Peter Alexander, to present a total of 307 awards to 283 students. The top performing schools were Mac Robertson Girls’ High School, with 16 award winners, and Melbourne High School with 14 winners. Top Greek Australian students awarded were:Megan Agganis – Outdoor and Environment Studies – St Leonard’s College Georgia Carapetis – Physical Education – The Mac Robertson Girls’ SchoolPriscilla Savopoulos – (LOTE – Greek) – Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria Sam Dimopoulos – Economics – Balwyn High School Alexander Hasiotis – Mathematics: Mathematical Methods (CAS) – Trinity Grammar Schoollast_img read more

Bactérie tueuse lorigine de la contamination toujours inconnue

first_imgBactérie tueuse : l’origine de la contamination toujours inconnueL’origine de l’épidémie de diarrhées hémorragiques due à la bactérie E. coli entéro hémorragique (Eceh) est toujours un mystère aujourd’hui. La piste des concombres espagnols puis celle des graines germées d’une exploitation bio agricole allemande ont été abandonnées. Au total 23 personnes sont déjà mortes en Europe, dont 22 outre-Rhin et une en Suède, et un premier cas suspect a été détecté au Canada.Qu’est-ce qui a bien pu véhiculer, en Allemagne, la bactérie E. coli entéro hémorragique (Eceh) ? Personne n’a la réponse aujourd’hui. Les chercheurs admettent être en difficultés après avoir exploré la piste des concombres espagnols et des graines germées d’une exploitation bio allemande. Ni l’un ni l’autre ne semble finalement à l’origine des contaminations. Concernant les graines germées, incriminées ce week-end, le ministère de l’Agriculture du Land de Basse Saxe confie que sur 40 échantillons testés, 23 se sont révélés négatifs. Les autres échantillons sont toujours en cours d’examen. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?A ce jour, 23 personnes sont décédées à cause de l’Eceh et plus de 2.200 ont été contaminées par la bactérie meurtrière d’un type très rare en Europe, principalement en Allemagne mais aussi en France, en Autriche, au Danemark, en Espagne, en Finlande, au Luxembourg, en Norvège, aux Pays-Bas, en Pologne, en République tchèque, au Royaume-Uni, et en Suède. Des compensations financières pour les agriculteurs européensFace à la crise de confiance des consommateurs, qui ont cessé d’acheter des concombres, des salades, des graines germées et des tomates, les agriculteurs sont frappés de plein fouet et très en colère.C’est le cas notamment des producteurs près de Nantes. Plusieurs maraîchers ont détruit hier dix tonnes de concombres invendus dans une exploitation à Carquefou en Loire-Atlantique, rapporte le Telegramme. Au total, les producteurs de fruits et légumes français auraient déjà perdu 7 millions d’euros, selon France Soir. Des pertes qui sont encore loin de celles de l’Espagne qui les évalue à 225 millions d’euros par semaine.Bruxelles a donc accepté d’indemniser les agriculteurs européens. Les détails doivent être discutés aujourd’hui lors de la réunion extraordinaire des ministres de l’Agriculture de l’Union européenne à Luxembourg. Un fonds européen d’urgence pourrait être débloqué.Le 7 juin 2011 à 09:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Grocery Store Introduces Paybyvein

first_imgStay on target In 2017, your wallet is no longer an essential piece of equipment when you go on a shopping excursion. You can pay with your phone. You can pay with a smartwatch. Some places even let you pay with your veins.Yep, your veins. Just to be clear, the system that does this doesn’t draw blood from your body to verify your identity. It’s actually similar to the fingerprint sensor on your smartphone, except that it doesn’t look at the surface of your finger.It looks inside at the unique pattern of veins that run inside it, which gives it a big advantage over fingerprint sensors: it can’t be fooled by a facsimile. The device is made by a company called Fingopay, and they’ve just launched a  real-world trial of their pay-by-vein system at Costcutter grocery stores in the U.K.The process is straightforward. You’ll need a payment card with you on your initial visit so that you can create a profile on Fingopay’s system. Once you’re registered all you need to bring along is your finger. Place it on the sensor, wait for authorization, grab your groceries and go!But wait… couldn’t some psycho snatch your finger and go rack up a huge grocery bill?! Nope. Fingopay is quick to note that its sensor can tell whether or not blood is actually moving through the veins. No circulation, no authentication! You’d still be down a finger — which would obviously suck — but at least you wouldn’t also be a fraud victim.Fingopay told the BBC their system is “the safest form of biometrics with no known breaches.” Security researchers will remind you that biometrics systems have a history of being tricked, and it will certainly be interesting to see groups like the Chaos Computer Club have a go. Hackers do love a good challenge.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Report: Amazon Testing Hand-Scanning Payment MethodThe Whole Front of This Smartphone Is a Fingerprint Reader last_img read more

WWE United States Championship match added to Money in the Bank on May 19

first_imgFacebook Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE made it official on tonight’s episode of RAW that WWE United States Champion Samoa Joe will be taking on Rey Mysterio in a WrestleMania rematch.This match was set up last week on RAW when Rey Mysterio avenged his one minute WrestleMania loss to Samoa Joe by defeating him in a non-title match. This week on RAW, Samoa Joe confronted Mysterio’s son, Dominick, and told him that he’s looking forward to embarrassing his father again at Money in the Bank.Here is the updated Money in the Bank card as Monday night:WWE Universal ChampionshipSeth Rollins (c) vs. AJ StylesWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin OwensRAW Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey EvansSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte FlairUnited States ChampionshipSamoa Joe (c) vs. Rey MysterioMen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchBraun Strowman vs. Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton vs. Finn Balor vs. Andrade vs. AliWomen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchNatalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon vs. CarmellaSteel Cage MatchThe Miz vs. Shane McMahonRoman Reigns vs. EliasRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Drew Mcintyre WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Nikki Bella Pinterest WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Google+ Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Twitterlast_img read more

All KPBSD Schools On Two Hour Delay For Monday

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: Additional two hour delay- the Kenai Peninsula College, Cook Inlet Academy, and Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Early Childhood Center preschool, after school and Early Head Start home visiting are cancelled for Monday.Grace Lutheran School is on a two hour delay start and all Pre-K and K classes have been cancelled. A two hour delay means that morning buses run two hours later than normal, school begins two hours later than normal, and staff arrives at school two hours later than normal, and all Pre-K morning session classes are cancelled. The school day ends at the normal time. All morning Pre-K class sessions are cancelled during a two-hour delay start. Original Post: All Kenai Peninsula Borough schools will open with a two hour delay start on Monday, February 18, due to weather conditions throughout the Peninsula.center_img If weather and road conditions warrant a full closure for any schools that announcement will be made about 7:00am. Parents and guardians, if you decide, based on conditions near you to keep your child at home, absences will be excused.last_img read more

Andrew Sullivan

first_imgBACK TO INDUSTRY INFLUENCERS • Representative of a growing number of journalists leveraging their professional brand on an independent, subscription-based digital content platform.• Left Newsweek/The Daily Beast in early 2013 to start The Dish as a member-driven website.• The Dish grossed $715,00 by July, with just over 27,000 paid subscribers, well within reach of its $900,000 year-end goal.last_img

The Days of Editors Saying I Want To Write About This Are

first_imgSocial media? So 2009. This year the publishing catchphrase is “marketing services” (with of course, a strong social media component). Depending on your definition, magazine publishers have always offered “marketing services,” but today that increasingly has come to mean going beyond custom publishing and targeting below-the line-budgets ranging from direct marketing and lead gen to consumer or trade promotion, events, even market intelligence. Increasingly, publishers are bypassing the agencies to work directly with the brand on the marketing message. But if the publisher now has direct access (or even input) on the marketing message, what does that mean for traditional publishing roles, such as editors and salespeople? While salespeople focus on the consultative sale rather than just slinging inventory, editors are walking that fine line between editorial independence and client obligation. Business-to-business publisher Watt is offering to develop social media strategies for clients, which includes editors doing “ghost blogs” by interviewing project managers, then writing up a blog post under the client’s brand based on that conversation. Watt is charging $100 to $200 per blog posting. McGraw-Hill considers the topic of marketing services to be a nomenclature issue, since they’ve offered similar services for generations. However, editors are becoming more targeted in both their traditional outlets as well as more client-oriented work. “Many of these services we’ve never viewed as publishing solutions,” Glenn Goldberg, president of McGraw-Hill’s Information & Media segment, tells me. “But increasingly there is a need for edit and there’s a question of how you define that. We will never mess with the independence and integrity of the edit process. There are some immutable truths to doing editorial properly. People are making big ticket decisions based in large part on edit, and you want the best people offering an independent view.”Having said that, Goldberg, continues “We need to deliver value in a lineup of other products and services. With AviationWeek, for example, we have wonderful journalists who know the business but we also know there are certain needs those customer segments have. We won’t tell them what to write but based on that knowledge there are needs that customers want written about. The days of editors saying ‘I want to write about this’ are numbered.” To some extent, that’s always been the case. Editors have always been bound to the editorial calendar and if you’re not writing about topics that at least appeal to advertisers, there’s no advertising. But editors increasingly will be expected to not just write about that category but provide content or at least market expertise for specific clients. On the bright side, maybe it means more job security. And as management sees edit shift from cost center to revenue producer, who knows–maybe it means a bump in pay too.last_img read more

BSE closes points 6154 down on September 11

first_imgBSE closes points 61.54 down on September 1117K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 61.54 down on September 1117K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 61.54 points down to stand at 26,995.87. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 8.40 points down to stand at 8,085.70. MOTHERSON SUMI SYSTEMS LTD. and EICHER MOTORS LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.20% and 6.27% along with BHARAT FORGE LTD. and GUJARAT MINERAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD. with an increase of 6.24% and 5.90% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RANBAXY and NHPC with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.69% along with SUNPHARMA and J&KBANK with a decrease of 4.47% and 3.96% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 112.30 points at 17,811.19 while the banking sector is up 49.67 points at 18,549.36 and the reality sector is down 5.95 points at 1,764.07. The Indian currency is up 0.30% at Rs 60.76 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 61.54 points down to stand at 26,995.87. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 8.40 points down to stand at 8,085.70. MOTHERSON SUMI SYSTEMS LTD. and EICHER MOTORS LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.20% and 6.27% along with BHARAT FORGE LTD. and GUJARAT MINERAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD. with an increase of 6.24% and 5.90% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RANBAXY and NHPC with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.69% along with SUNPHARMA and J&KBANK with a decrease of 4.47% and 3.96% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 112.30 points at 17,811.19 while the banking sector is up 49.67 points at 18,549.36 and the reality sector is down 5.95 points at 1,764.07. The Indian currency is up 0.30% at Rs 60.76 per dollar.last_img read more

Cards Season Included NCAA Tournament Appearance Big Wins

first_imgLouisville is one of four Division I schools in the nation which has won 20 or more games in each of the past 17 seasons. Reaching over 20 victories this season and extending their streaks are Kansas (30), Duke (23), Gonzaga (21) and Louisville (17). (On if he’s learned anything about his job in the last year that he didn’t know when he signed on) “Not really. I think being a head coach for a long time prepares you rather well. I knew that the fan base would be bigger, opinions would be more varied because there are more opinions. There’s a lot of pride in our program, a lot of people that love our program. I don’t think anything came up that surprised me.” Mack guided the Cardinals to a 20-14 record while facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule.  Picked to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL achieved a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.  The Cardinals beat four Associated Press Top 25 teams and were No. 22 in the nation in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Louisville ranked among the nation’s top 30 teams in both offensive (27th) and defensive efficiency (25th).  Entering the season, the Cardinals returned one starter and about a third of its scoring and rebounding from last year’s team. (On if he’s been to the Kentucky Derby before) “I don’t think I can say I officially went to one because it was a downpour all year last year. It’s maybe the most miserable experience I’ve ever had. Thankfully, (athletic director) Vince (Tyra) got us some tickets that were indoors, so I’ll make it there a second year in hopes that it doesn’t rain harder than it did last year.” (On who he think will win the national title) “I’d love to see a team in our conference, Virginia, win it all. I think what Coach (Tony) Bennett and his program went through, I think the heartache of losing in such a visible manner, and for those guys to have the wherewithal to swallow that for everybody to see, to let them use that as fuel to be in a situation where they’re down three points with five-and-a-half seconds to go at the free throw line, it says a lot about that team’s character and their coach’s character. So, you want to see a conference member do well, and there’s not a person in the country that wouldn’t say Tony Bennett does it the wrong way. He does it the right way, so you root for those type of guys. I’m hoping that our program and our guys can take a page out of their book in going from one year to the next.” Print Friendly Version Louisville defeated the champion of four conferences this season in Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun/tie), Michigan State (Big Ten/tie), North Carolina (ACC/tie), and Vermont (America East).  Louisville also faced four non-conference opponents who finished in the top three of their respective leagues in Tennessee (tied for second in the SEC), Kentucky (tied for second in the SEC), Marquette (second in the Big East) and Kent State (third in the Mid-American Conference East Division). (On the improvements sophomore forward Malik Williams has made over the past year and if he has made a step in the right direction of where he wants him to be as a player) “I thought Malik had as big of an improvement as anyone on our team. When you watch tape of him as a freshman, he just got thrown around and he was effective when he could make a pick-and-pop three. I thought this year, he was a really good defender virtually every game. He affected things at the rim, he’s extremely intelligent, he sees things happening and gets on the floor. Not many guys that play the four or five are willing to put their chest on the floor and dive for a loose ball and come up with things. What he maybe lacks in strength—hopefully he’s going to make up a lot of that ground over the summer—he makes up for in his hustle. I think offensively, he has a long way to go. I asked him the other day, ‘What are you great at? What on offense do you really hang your hat on, or can you hang your hat on?’ He looked at me for a few seconds and said, “I’m not sure.’ I thought that was a great answer because he’s right. He’s got to figure out what his game is on offense. His game is not just floating around shooting threes, and if it was, he’d shoot 45 percent from three and he’d have a green light every time he touched the ball, but he was closer to 30 percent, so he’s got to get a whole lot of reps in there. I referenced Channing Frye with him, who’s about to retire from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Channing Frye is 98th all-time in the history of the NBA in made threes, 98th, and that includes Detlef Schrempf, Larry Bird, Steph Curry, he’s 98th. Do you know how many threes he’s shot in his career at Arizona—which I don’t know how many years he played, two or three, I don’t think he was a one-and-done—he shot 24 threes in his career. So, he’s got to be more than a guy who just makes pick-and-pop threes. I think he took a step forward. He’s still not completely comfortable with his back to the basket, but the improvement he made from last year to this year hopefully lights a fire under him to improve more and more because we’re going to need him to to get better.” (On the workout regimen for incoming players) “I think (strength and conditioning) Coach (Andy) Kettler has an expectation that they’re doing something in the weight room. So much of that is a function of what they have access to, including what they can eat. So often, one of the big differences from high school to college is just the physical difference. It can overwhelm a freshman. If you all of the sudden had to hold your ground in the post versus (junior center) Steven Enoch, that’s different than the 6-4 kid that they called up from the JV right before tournament play that was trying to push you around. I think that’s a big part of it. Until you’re in the gym with the guys, it’s hard to convey the footwork, this is what’s important. I think you really have to be hands-on, at least that’s how I feel. I really want to be hands-on, you just have to be in the gym. I know these guys are workers. I know they’re trying to improve, but we’ll worry about getting our hands on them when they get here and giving them specific information on where they need to get better.” (On if he pays attention to horse racing or if he bets on it) “I don’t pay attention to horse racing, and absolutely, I bet on things that I’m allowed to—blackjack, horses.” Chris Mack Press Conference Louisville and Duke played more NCAA Sweet 16 teams (eight) than any other school in the nation and the Cardinals’ 11 games against those teams was the third-most in the nation prior to the NCAA Tournament.  The Cardinals beat Michigan State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech during the 2018-19 season, and those three victories against the Sweet 16 field were tied for the seventh-most in the nation. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team produced a successful season, participating in the Cardinals’ 39th NCAA Tournament in its first year under head coach Chris Mack. (On how the new NCAA recruiting rules will impact Louisville’s recruiting strategy moving forward) “It’s just harder with the limited AAU days to get your eyes on as many kids as you have in years past. We’re still working through that, still trying to figure out who is going to be where, what state associations are going to be doing things, what does the NBA players camp look like in terms of who do we miss, who do we not see? It’s going to be very, very different. For us, we don’t feel like it’s going to be as big of a class as 2019 was, but it’s still going to be every bit as important. What you want to be able to do is continue to stack really good classes together, so it’s huge. You’re at Louisville, we need to get good players.”(On the impact of the KHSAA’s plans for the offseason) “I think it hurts the high school players. I think the Louisville’s of the world will be fine. We’ve got great high school coaches in this state, in this region that will email us, word of mouth. We’ll get to see those kids at some point, but their opportunities get really limited.”(On holding team camps in the summer) “We elected this summer not to have team camps. A year ago, it just wasn’t feasible. Most of the teams that you’d really want to come to your team camps were already committed elsewhere. Then, with the whole commission putting team camps, state associations, really weren’t sure how that was going to look. The last thing we wanted to do was start a team camp and figure that 80 percent of the teams we wanted to get here, we couldn’t. I’ve never been a real big believer in the elite camps.”(On his grade for the season) “Pins and needles. Probably a B, probably a B. Man, it was tough the last 10 games, let’s put it that way. Our effort level was good. The guys came to practice with the right attitude, we just weren’t as effective. We have to get better this offseason.” Mack has built for the future as well, with Louisville’s 2019 signing class ranked second in the nation by and fifth by both and met with media representatives following the season, with the following a transcript of that news conference.Chris Mack Postseason Press ConferenceApril 3, 2019(On what he has done since the end of the season) “Just end-of-season meetings and laying out our offseason program, both on the court and the weight room, conditioning-wise, putting our calendar together for recruiting, which never really ends. But, with the calendar being changed by the NCAA, and all the opportunities we have, and how much high schools are getting back involved, state associations in June, it changes what we do in the summer months preparing for that.”(On sophomore guard Jo Griffin and freshman guard Wyatt Battaile entering the transfer portal) “Well, all three of the walk-ons put their names in the portal, so I don’t know what those decisions were made personally. Obviously, they were in the computer when they were.” (Follow-up: On discussing their decision with Mack) “Oh yeah, they discussed it. They discussed it.”(On the overall first year at Louisville) “It’s been great. It’s a year of trying to figure out what to expect. You sort of go into this path with eyes wide open. You try to learn new people, get established what you want to get established, establish the environment you want for your players. It’s been great. Really excited about our future and where we go from here. I didn’t know a whole lot a year ago at this time. It was a whirlwind.”(On the importance of staff continuity) “I’m very, very fortunate to have a staff that I really trust and believe in that those guys are, first and foremost, really good people, excellent coaches. They hold the respect of all of our players, and they established relationships with our guys over the last 12 months or so. I’m not naïve enough to think that change doesn’t happen. Change happens with your coaching staff, on your roster. There’s always going to be change, and being able to adjust is important, but I feel like everyone on our staff is going to be back. They have the same mindset as I do. We want to be better. We’re going to be better. We’re going to continue to establish the environment that we have our players in and what’s important in the standards that we hold. And those guys know me, they know what we’re all about. That was a big reason why I hired (assistant coach) Dino (Gaudio) in the beginning because I didn’t want to take several weeks to coach the coach, and I think that really helps with what we do in the offseason when we’re focused on the right thing and that’s our players.”(On what he will remember most about the 2018-19 team) “That we were able to get to the NCAA Tournament in a year that I don’t think many people thought we would, and selfishly, for (graduate forward) Akoy (Agau), (graduate guard) Khwan (Fore), and (graduate guard) CC (Christen Cunningham). Khwan and CC had never been to the tournament, so I really wanted them to experience what it’s like to hear your named called — to be better that people expect, to hold true, not to a promise I gave them, but a belief that I held, that is our team could certainly be a NCAA Tournament team and I would hate to come up short in their one and only chance to go somewhere else and be a part of that. So, that’s probably what I’ll remember most is when they come back, and they’re 30 years old, I’ll see them down the line or they’ll come back in the summer and play pick-up, I don’t think that they’ll ever feel like they were let down by what they were told and what actually transpired.”(On if he anticipates remaining scholarship players to return next season) “It’s 2019. Rosters are fluid, so my job, as I see it, is to be very, very honest with our players and I expect to see the same in return. I want them to be honest with me in terms of what their expectations are, what I thought they did well this past year, what I think they need to work on, and I have to be as honest as a heart attack with them. At times, you are on the complete same page with where we go forward, and sometimes, there’s got to be a lot of thought, both by the coach, by the player. So, to say we sit here and we’re ready to go for 2019-20 in terms of what our roster is going to look like, that would probably be inaccurate because I don’t know. I do know that we’re never settled…we’re always looking to see how we can improve on our team.”(On if the transfer portal bring difficulties as a coach) “It’s part of the job. I don’t know how to answer the question. Everybody has difficulties in their job, and where that ranks, it’s just part of the job. Nobody cares when I played, it’s just sort of you did what the coach told you. Now, it’s a little different, and it’s OK. It’s just who we’re dealing with. It doesn’t make kids any different at heart, but I think you have to have really good relationships with your guys and be honest with them. If this isn’t the place for somebody, you probably want to know sooner or later. Job is always difficult, but it just is what it is.”(On how players will respond to second year under him) “I think, for one, our players have so much better of a feel for expectation standards, the environment that we’ve tried to establish for them, what the expectations are from a work ethic standpoint. You’re trying to establish that from day one. Now, I expect our upperclassmen to have a regenerative leadership type of approach, where the freshmen are learning from guys that have been through it. We didn’t have that luxury this past year because the seniors, who were first-time guys here at Louisville, were looking at me like they had never heard me introduce anything, so I’d like to think that our older guys will be our best leaders—they better be our best leaders. I’m looking forward to having 13 guys on scholarship, as opposed to nine and a 10th one can’t practice every day. Sort of hard to go five-on-five when you have nine guys at times.”(On considering graduate transfers for next season) “We’re always recruiting. We don’t ever stand still. That doesn’t mean, nor should it be taken as I would ever force anybody out or tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not welcome here.’ That’s not how we do things. I’ve never done it that way. Again, rosters are a lot more fluid in this day and age than they were even 10 years ago. Kids want to have immediate impacts. I will tell you, Kent, that I don’t think we’ll add another freshman. I just feel like this isn’t a football team. We have to have balance among the classes, so that limits our options a little bit in the sense that we’re good on incoming freshmen. But, we’ll always to continue to look, whether that’s adding a fifth-year guy, whether that’s adding a sit-out transfer, we’re always to going continue establishing what our roster looks like and how we want it shaped.”(On sophomore forward Jordan Nwora’s improvement during the season) “I think it’s evident that he’s a very talented scorer. I think part of that is that he had a lot more opportunity this year, but that opportunity wasn’t just handed to him—he earned it. He was our best offensive player from day one. He got a lot better defensively. I’ll tell you that he has a long way to go and I think he knows that. Whether you talk offense or you talk defense about Jordan, the great thing about him is he has a lot of room for improvement, a lot of room, and whether that happens here at Louisville or in the NBA, it will be his decision and we’ll get the information over the next month-and-a-half to two months to help him make the best decision that he can. But, he’s got a long way to go in terms of becoming the player that I think he can be.” (On the challenges of not knowing which players will be back yet) “You can’t really fill a spot until one makes that decision, so that’s part of the challenge. It’ll certainly change our look offensively because Steven and Jordan provide some offense, and they do it in different ways than our other guys do. We have a long time in the offseason. That decision needs to be made by May 29, so as long as we don’t start practicing on June 1, that will give us enough time to adjust how we need to play on both ends of the floor. The good thing about Louisville’s academic schedule is, our guys are basically gone the entire month of May, whether you put your name in or you’re just going home for four or five weeks in the summer. So, when guys come back for summer school, like they did a year ago, you’ll know who’s on your team. And, at that point, you won’t have the freshman because they won’t have graduated from their respective high schools. We’ll know a lot more when we’re all reconvened here at the first available time in the summer.”(On strategy in recruitment) “We won’t take the ‘best available player’ approach and then try to fit him into a roster. We’ll certainly hone in on some positions, and again, right now, there are no positions open. We’re always looking.”(On a potential summer trip) “That won’t be for this summer. I think next summer that might be a strong possibility. But, just getting our feet on the ground after the first year, I don’t think that would be in our team’s best interest.”(On when he thought the team fully established itself) “I thought our team, at the beginning of the year, I think, after we played Pitt at Pitt, we were maybe 90th in the country defensively. We had set a goal to be a top-25 defensive team, but we were falling woefully short. I think our players, to a man, even from day one, knew that we weren’t the most talented team in the league. And, if we were going to meet some of our goals, some of which we did and some of which we fell short, some were lofty, some were very specific, then we were going to have to be better on all parts. We were going to have to be a team that could get stops, that believed in our defense. And from that point on, I think today we’re 25th in the country on KenPom. Maybe that shakes out and we’re a spot or two away, who knows. But, in one year to become a top-25 defensive team, with a collection of guys that had never heard of pack-line or understood how it was played, without really any rim protectors and without really great size on the perimeter, I’m really proud of our team to be able to compete the way we did defensively. We came up short in some games. It was a tough last month because we wanted to be better. We felt like we could’ve been better. But, when I look back at this team, I just feel like defensively, we came a long, long way. And it was that belief that we could better than one of the parts that I’ll always remember about this group.”(On opening next season with a conference game) “A big part of the schedule was done before we got here. A lot of the exempt events, they’re planned years in advance. You don’t just say ‘Hey, we want to play in Maui’ or ‘We want to play in the Bahamas,’ it just doesn’t happen. They’ll pencil you in for 2030 and get back to you. From that standpoint, we have a lot of games that were already on the schedule. Moving to 20 conference games makes our schedule even tougher. You’re not going to lose the ACC-Big Ten challenge. You’re always going to play Kentucky. We obviously have a new series starting up with Western Kentucky. Eighty percent, 90 percent of your schedule is already hammered out before you sit down in your chair. We’re always going to have one of the best schedules in the country. I don’t know if it’ll be as challenging as this past year’s, but we’re always going to have one of the best. When you see our partners and who we play, we didn’t have chopped liver either. To answer the first part of the question, ACC game to start the year, I’m not a huge fan, but it is what it is.”(On getting draft information for the players) “Well, it’s the NBA’s job and we sort of pass it along.”(On if he offers an opinion to a player considering the draft) “I absolutely offer my opinion, but that’s what it is. It’s an opinion. I think it’s a valid one, I think it’s an honest one, because I’m with these guys every single day. I know where their strengths lie, I know where their deficiencies lie. Watching guys go through the process year after year after year, you see the guys that have made it. You see the guys that made it for a little bit, see the guys that have lasted, see the guys who never got a shot, the guys who return to school, see the whole gamut. You feel like you have a really good rolodex of information to go back on and say, ‘These are my thoughts.’ Having said that, when a player and their family make the decision, I’m always going to be supportive. It’s not going to be combative. I always want them to feel like they can trust that I’m going to give them my honest opinion.”(On the incoming freshmen class) “That remains to be seen. It’s a huge jump from high school to college. It is a huge jump, and I think because of a variety of reasons, it  seems to look easier because of the Zion’s and the RJ’s. Not necessarily to fans, but to the players themselves. It’s a lot harder than it looks. So much has been made about the teams that are left right now are veteran teams, teams with not a lot of one-and-dones, and I think there’s some truth to that. It’s hard when you’ve never been in situations before. When you haven’t been in tight games. When the guys you’re lining up against have been. When they’ve lost in the NCAA tournament. When they’ve worked an entire offseason with that in their minds. It’s tough. And I think there’s something to be said for experience. Having said that, I think our freshman are extremely talented. I think they all bring different things to the table. There’s going to be an adjustment period, and this summer is going to be huge for them. That’s why we’re going to be counting on our veterans to really help them understand what expectations and standards are in our program. But, each one of them can help our program and are going to help our program next year.”(On the importance of the freshmen coming to the program as soon as possible) “I think it’s important, but what they’re about to experience is the longest commitment to basketball they’ve ever faced. As excited as I am to get them here, I want to make equally sure that we have their attention in February and March down the stretch and not make the season any longer than it needs to be for them, if that makes sense. In terms of getting them bigger and stronger, getting to know their teammates, getting to know their coaching staff, us getting to know how best they respond to coaching, that’s huge. We’ve got enough time to figure that out before we start playing games.”(On the increased expectations for the 2019-20 season) “Absolutely. People ask me all the time, ‘How do you think the first season went?’ and ‘What were your expectations,’ and ‘Did they get mad?’ I just look at is as this is a process. We’re moving our program in a direction to compete for conference titles, tournament titles, and it’s a hard process. That’s a narrow eye-of-the-needle to get through, if you will. But, we are on the right track. I love the guys we have coming in. I think they’re going to add a whole lot. The more expectations, the better. I was disappointed with the last 10 games of the season, not in our players, but that we couldn’t get over the hump in certain games. We’re moving in the right direction. To think of where we were a year ago, when some fifth-year grad transfers wouldn’t answer my phone calls, didn’t want to visit, recruits didn’t really feel Louisville, to be sitting here off an NCAA Tournament appearance with some of the best, high-character guys I’ve ever been around before. Knowing that we have a top-10 class in the country coming in. We’re going to be at 13 scholarships versus 10. We’re really excited about next season.”(On if there was a specific moment that caused recruits to begin committing to Louisville) “I don’t think I could point to one moment and say it changed. I think Christen Cunningham saying, ‘I’m coming to Louisville’ helped. I think (incoming freshman) Josh Nickelberry saying, ‘I’m coming to Louisville’ really helped. Unbeknownst to our coaching staff, every kid always says, ‘Coach, I’m going to recruit these other guys you’re recruiting.’ You always sort of shake your head, ‘Yeah, I appreciate it.’ They generally text a kid, ‘Hey, why don’t you come to Louisville with me’ and that’s it, but I guess Josh really worked those guys and that’s great. I can’t point to one particular moment and say it changed right here. We were always a coaching staff that felt like it was going to change, we just have to keep believing and keep making Louisville cool, and keep doing what we had to do.”last_img read more

GPS Jamming Devices Pose Many Threats w Video

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 First Modernized GPS Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Launched Civilian and Military GPS vulnerabilities In Germany, it’s believed that some drivers are using GPS jamming devices to evade GPS-based road charging; a concept that was introduced for trucks in 2005. In Germany, as well as the UK, it’s illegal to sell or use such jammers, however it appears to be legal to import or own them.Emergency networks, power stations, airports and other things that rely on accurate timing of GPS signals would have very serious consequences if a powerful GPS jamming signal was used on these locations. In the UK a detection system is now in its prototype stages that would be deployed at airports, harbors and other locations that rely on accurate timing of GPS signals. GPS jammers send out a radio signal that’s the same frequency as the satellite signal. Since GPS satellite signals are weak, a GPS jamming device that puts out approximately 2 watts is sufficient to disrupt a GPS signal in a vehicle that’s approximately within 10 feet of the device. This leaves the in-vehicle system unable to establish its position and report back to a GPS tracking center, where the vehicle is registered.There are also fears that terrorists can use these devices to disrupt air traffic and cause severe safety and economic damage to the US. More powerful jammers could disrupt GPS signals in close proximity of airports, causing safety concerns.Our military overseas use GPS extensively to record their position as well as the position of the enemy. With GPS jamming devices in the hands of our enemy, U.S. and allied forces can be severely impacted when launching ground and air-strikes. Citation: GPS Jamming Devices Pose Many Threats (w/ Video) (2010, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — The latest GPS jamming devices are now being used by car thieves in the UK to render stolen cars and trucks undetectable by law enforcement. These devices also pose a threat to airlines and US military overseas. GPS is a navigation system of more than 30 satellites circling the earth. These satellites transmit signals to receivers on land, sea and air. The GPS receiver uses these signals to triangulate their exact position anywhere on the planet. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Researchers devise simple and cheap method to detect TB in patients

first_img © 2012 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Active-site details of the BlaC-CDC-OMe (top) and BlaC–CDC-1 (bottom) acyl intermediate complexes. Image (c) Nature Chemistry (2012) doi:10.1038/nchem.1435 Explore further New and Simple Test for Active Tuberculosis Now Possible More information: Rapid point-of-care detection of the tuberculosis pathogen using a BlaC-specific fluorogenic probe, Nature Chemistry (2012) doi:10.1038/nchem.1435AbstractEarly diagnosis of tuberculosis can dramatically reduce both its transmission and the associated death rate. The extremely slow growth rate of the causative pathogen, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), however, makes this challenging at the point of care, particularly in resource-limited settings. Here we report the use of BlaC (an enzyme naturally expressed/secreted by tubercle bacilli) as a marker and the design of BlaC-specific fluorogenic substrates as probes for Mtb detection. These probes showed an enhancement by 100–200 times in fluorescence emission on BlaC activation and a greater than 1,000-fold selectivity for BlaC over TEM-1 β-lactamase, an important factor in reducing false-positive diagnoses. Insight into the BlaC specificity was revealed by successful co-crystallization of the probe/enzyme mutant complex. A refined green fluorescent probe (CDG-OMe) enabled the successful detection of live pathogen in less than ten minutes, even in unprocessed human sputum. This system offers the opportunity for the rapid, accurate detection of very low numbers of Mtb for the clinical diagnosis of tuberculosis in sputum and other specimens.center_img Citation: Researchers devise simple and cheap method to detect TB in patients (2012, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Chemistry The probe is based on BlaC, a protein that TB produces and its impact on β-lactams, which are a certain class of chemicals. Normally, BlaC simply breaks them down. With this new probe however the team created a modified version of a β-lactam that is cut or cleaved by BlaC, rather than being broken down by it haphazardly. But that’s only the beginning, they’ve also inserted a fluorescent molecule into the probe, allowing it to be seen when cleaved by TB. The test is very simple, if the fluorescent molecule can be seen (using the LED box and filters) in a sample of sputum, then TB must be present to make it so. The faint light produced is enough to be seen in images taken by a simple camera in a phone and shown to clinicians.Up till now, the only way to test for TB in remote patients was to collect a sputum sample and send it to a location that had a microscope, where trained clinicians looked for the TB bacteria. Sadly, this method is not only slow, it’s also relatively inaccurate when there are few bacteria to be seen, such as is the case with infected children. With the new probe, test times can be reduced to mere minutes and accuracy is improved dramatically.Reducing the amount of time it takes to test for TB not only helps the patient, it helps those around them too because TB is of course, communicable, with some estimating that one infected, untreated person may account for as many as ten or fifteen new infections in others in just one year. (—Tuberculosis or TB as it’s become more commonly known, is a horrible disease by all accounts, it slowly kills many of its victims, particularly those living in the developing world. In 2010, it killed an estimated four thousand people every single day, which is particularly horrendous when noting that many of those who succumb to its effects could be have been saved were they to be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Unfortunately, in many areas of the world neither is available, thus the news that a team of researchers working together from several universities in the US has developed a new kind of test that reveals the presence of TB in patients, both quickly and cheaply, is truly exciting. The new probe, as the team describes in their paper published in Nature Chemistry, can allow for TB detection using nothing more than a simple box housing light emitting diodes and some filters.last_img read more

Calcutta Walks strikes the right chord with foreign domestic tourists alike

first_imgKolkata: At a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has chalked out elaborate plans to boost tourism of Bengal and Kolkata, a move taken by Calcutta Walks has become immensely popular among foreign and domestic tourists.Calcutta Walks organised by Iftekhar Ahsan over a decade ago has become quite popular among the tourists. The walks are conducted everyday by Ahsan and his associates. The groups are taken to visit north and south Kolkata. In north Kolkata, the walks start from Sovabazar- Sutanutui metro station then Bagbazar and ends at Sovabazar Rajbari. Belonging to the well known Bose family of North Kolkata, Dr Pasupati Bose and his brother Nandalal, Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe famous painter and artist, it was in this house Swami Vivekanada was treated over breakfast after his return from the West in January, 1897. Sri Ramakrishna had visited the house to see the oil paintings of gods and goddesses. It was a custom to keep the photograph or oil painting of Queen Victoria in the houses of rich people in those days but no photograph of Queen was there in the house. The house played an important role during the movement to protest against the proposal to partition Bengal by Lord Curzon in 1905. The building is in shambles now. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe group members are taken down the lanes and by lanes of north Kolkata. There are such narrow lanes in north Kolkata where just one person can pass. The groups are taken to the bank of river Hooghly in Baghbazar. It was here in North Kolkata that Job Charnock, a representative of the east India Company started trade.In south Kolkata, the walk is organised in areas surrounding Park Street. “There is great enthusiasm among the tourists. The history of Kolkata is not only about buildings, mansions and monuments. It is something beyond the monuments. Every street has a history and every locality has a story to tale.”It may be mentioned that the state tourism department is planning to introduce religions tourism where people will be taken to different religious places in north Kolkata and finally to Dakshineshwar temple and Belur Math as these places are in high demand.last_img read more

Cuba waits anxiously for oil dreams to materialize

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Venezuela’s PDVSA and Sonangol of Angola have options to drill next, but are under no obligation if they don’t like their odds. While both countries are strong allies of Cuba, at $100 million a well, the decision to drill will likely be based solely on economics.Even if oil is found, the Scarabeo-9 is under contract to power up its eight enormous thrusters and sail to Brazil after that, with no date set for its return to Cuba. The bottleneck highlights the difficulties Cuba faces, and why it could be well into the 2020s before the island sees any oil windfall.“Assuming they’re successful in finding oil, to bring the oil to market will take years of development efforts,” said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with consulting firm Purvin & Gertz in Singapore.Once an exploratory well finds oil, companies generally drill between 10 and 20 additional wells nearby to get a sense of the reservoir’s size. The process can take several years even under normal circumstances, and circumstances are not normal in Cuba.The Scarabeo-9 was built in Asia with less than 10 percent U.S.-made parts to avoid violating Washington’s embargo, making it the only rig in the world that meets the requirement. That means no other rig could be used in Cuba without risking U.S. sanction, and the additional wells would have to be drilled by the rig one at a time, with each taking about 100 days to complete. At about three wells a year, it could take up to six years for this second phase – assuming the rig is available. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates But Cuba has more at stake, and only a few more spins left of the roulette wheel. The enormous Scarabeo-9 platform being used in the hunt is the only one in the world that can drill in Cuban waters without incurring sanctions under the U.S. economic embargo, and it is under contract for only one to four more exploratory wells before it heads off to Brazil.“If oil is not found now I think it would be another five to 10 years before somebody else comes back and drills again,” said Jorge Pinon, the former president of Amoco Oil Latin America and a leading expert on Cuba’s energy prospects. “Not because there is no oil, but because the pain and tribulations that people have to go through to drill in Cuba are not worth it when there are better and easier options in places like Angola, Brazil or the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.”A delay would be catastrophic for Cuba, where 80-year-old President Raul Castro is desperately trying to pull the economy out of the doldrums through limited free-market reforms, and has been forced to cut many of the subsidies islanders have come to expect in return for salaries of just $20 a month.It could also leave the Communist-governed island more dependent on Venezuela, where President Hugo Chavez is ailing with cancer. Chavez provides Cuba with $3 billion worth of heavily subsidized oil every year, a deal that might evaporate if he dies or fails to win re-election in October. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements After gauging a reservoir’s size, an oil company then must assess whether the economics of a field make it a prime spot for exploitation, or whether to concentrate resources elsewhere.If exploitation does go forward, complicated equipment is required to pull oil from such depths. Several industry experts said the only country that produces the necessary apparatus is the United States, although Brazil and other countries are working to catch up. Unless they do, the oil could not be removed unless the U.S. embargo was lifted or altered.“A lot of folks are looking at the energy sector in Cuba because they are looking at a Cuba of five years from now, or 10 years from now,” said Pinon. “So a lot of people are betting that either the embargo is going to be lifted, or the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba is going to improve in some way.”Still, the benefits of hitting a gusher would be enormous for Cuba, and the impact could be felt long before any oil was pumped.Because of the embargo, Cuba is shut off from borrowing from international lending institutions, and the island’s own poor record of repayment has left most other creditors leery. Cuba, for instance, owes the Paris Club of creditor nations nearly $30 billion. Comments   Share   Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – It was supposed to be Cuba’s economic savior: vast untapped reserves of black gold buried deep under the rocky ocean floor.But the first attempt in nearly a decade to find Cuba’s hoped-for undersea oil bonanza has come up dry, and the island’s leaders and their partners must regroup and hope they have better luck – quickly.Experts say it is not unusual that a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) deep exploratory well drilled at a cost of more than $100 million by Spanish oil giant Repsol was a bust. Four out of five such wells find nothing in the high-stakes oil game, and petroleum companies are built to handle the losses. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths An oil find could change the game, with Cuba using future oil riches as collateral to secure new financing, economists say. They point to China and Brazil as potential sources of new funding, but say neither is likely to put money into the island without reasonable confidence they will get their investment back.Lee Hunt, the recently retired president of the Houston-based International Association of Drilling Contractors, said the stakes are enormous for Cuba that one of the wells hits oil before the Scarabeo-9 leaves. Hunt has worked to bring U.S. and Cuban industry and environmental groups together.“If the only rig you can work with is gone, it’s like somebody took your shovel away,” Hunt said. “You are not going to dig any holes without a shovel, even if you know the treasure is down there.”___Associated Press writer Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.___Follow Paul Haven on Twitter at An oil find, on the other hand, would potentially improve Cuba’s long-bitter relations with the United States, some analysts suggest. They say the U.S. oil industry could lobby Congress to loosen the embargo so it could get in on Cuba’s oil game. At the very least, coordination between the Cold War enemies would be necessary to prepare for any spill that could coat beaches in the U.S. and Cuba with black goo.The Cuban government has not commented on Repsol’s announcement May 18 that the first well came up dry, and declined to make any oil officials or experts available to be interviewed for this article.Next in line for using the drilling rig in Cuban waters is Malaysia’s Petronas, which holds the rights to explore an area in the Florida Straits known as the Northbelt Thrust, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) southwest of Repsol’s drill site. Wee Yiaw Hin, Petronas’ executive vice president of exploration and production, told The Associated Press that drilling has begun and he expects results by the end of July.After that, two industry experts said, Repsol is under contract to drill a second well, though it could get out of the deal by paying a penalty to Saipem, the Italian company that owns the rig. Kristian Rix, a spokesman for Repsol in Madrid, said a decision on whether to sink another well was still being evaluated. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact However, Arizona is on the verge of missing the postseason for the third consecutive year, and has already found itself on the wrong side of history in 2012 by becoming the first NFL team to start a season 4-0 only to go on a subsequent seven-game losing streak.For the Jets, the on-field performance has been only part of the problem for Rex Ryan. Ryan took New York to consecutive AFC Championship games during his first two years in the Big Apple, but has since watched his team go a combined 12-15 over the past two seasons.In addition to his team’s recent mediocre record, Ryan has had to deal with several locker room incidents over the past few seasons, including a New York Daily News’ article earlier this year which quoted unnamed players bashing backup quarterback Tim Tebow.Needless to say a loss Sunday inevitably makes the hot seat that much hotter for Whisenhunt or Ryan.While ESPN NFL insider John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Thursday that he hopes both will be back in 2013 with their respective teams based on prior merit, he’s not so sure wishful thinking will make it so for Sunday’s losing coach.“I know that both coaches could put themselves in a position where they wouldn’t be there next season,” Clayton said. “I know Rex’s position is that he’s telling his coaches that basically ‘we better pick it up or we aren’t going to be here.’” Although Clayton suggested that New York may lean towards making changes in the management department rather than at the head coach position, the same may not be true in Arizona.“You look at Ken Whisenhunt and you know how good of a coach he is,” said Clayton. “He’s a fantastic coach, but somebody might have to take the fall for this season. And if somebody does it’ll probably end up being him. Which would be a shame.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   Sitting with identical 4-7 records, odds are the winner of Sunday’s game at the Meadowlands between the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals still won’t be headed for a late-season playoff run.The news, however, might be gloomier for the losing team.Since coming to the Valley in 2007, Ken Whisenhunt has led the Cardinals to four seasons with a .500 record or better, two NFC West Division titles and a Super Bowl Appearance back in February 2009. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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