No language should be imposed let students choose Congress on mandatory Hindi

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision to drop the provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states in the revised draft education policy. “No doubt that the three language policy has been enunciated long back. But, it was almost given up. Recalling the long anti-Hindi agitation that was witnessed particularly in Tamil Nadu, now, for that to find a place in 2019 in draft education policy, was something which was not necessary,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe knowledge of English gave a headstart to Indians in the IT sector, while the Chinese struggled to learn English, he said. If a student feels that a certain language would help him, he would choose it but no language should be imposed, he said. Organisations like the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, which actively spread Hindi in the southern states, should be strengthened, Reddy, a former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said. The Centre on Monday dropped the contentious provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states, as it issued a revised draft education policy amid outrage over its earlier suggestion. The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy.last_img read more

Rajapaksas brother ready for Sri Lanka presidential race

first_imgColombo: Former Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is ready to contest the presidential elections after renouncing his American citizenship, his brother Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Basil said former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will take over the leadership of the newly formed Sri Lanka People’s Party on August 11. “He (Mahinda) will then announce our candidate,” Basil said. On Gotabhaya, Basil said, “He has given up his US citizenship.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSeventy-year-old Gotabhaya, who held dual US-Sri Lankan citizenship, had spearheaded a successful military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term as president. Following the LTTE’s military defeat, the Rajapaksa brothers gained cult status among the Sinhalese people. Under the nineteenth amendment to the Lankan Constitution (19-A), Gotabhaya could not become an elector due to his US citizenship.Two weeks ago, Gotabhaya claimed he had successfully renounced his US citizenship. Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest a third time due to a time bar for the presidency which was introduced through 19A of the Constitution. In Mahinda’s absence, Gotabhaya is seen as the most suitable candidate to carry forward the Rajapaksa legacy.last_img read more

Nepal UN rights office condemns killing of journalist amid growing attacks on

12 January 2009The United Nations human rights office in Nepal deplored the brutal murder of a female journalist who was hacked to death in her own home yesterday and called on local authorities to conduct an immediate investigation. Uma Singh, a reporter at Radio Today FM and member of the Women’s Human Rights Defenders in the southern district of Dhanusha, was attacked by unidentified men armed with “khukhuris” – curved knives traditional to Nepal. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) urged Nepal Police to identify those responsible for Ms. Singh’s death and bring them to justice.OHCHR-Nepal also pressed Government authorities to investigate and prosecute death threats and an apparent attempt to attack another woman journalist in the same region, Janakpur, last night.“Doing so will send a strong message that there will be no impunity for attacks against the media, nor for any serious crimes,” OHCHR-Nepal said in a press release, while calling on all sectors of Nepali society to respect freedom of opinion and the rights of journalists. Yesterday’s assaults are the latest in a troubling trend of attacks targeting media professionals in the South Asian country over recent months. “Occurring amid a growing number of reports of incidents targeting journalists throughout Nepal, this tragedy should galvanise those responsible for protection of media freedom to take the necessary action to ensure the security of journalists,” said OHCHR-Nepal Representative Richard Bennett.On 20 October, several people reportedly raided the office of the local Terai Times newspaper in Janakpur, where they assaulted staff and damaged and stole equipment after the publication of a news article suggesting that the Young Communist League (YCL) was providing protection for prostitution. In another incident, a journalist from a daily newspaper in Nepalgunj informed OHCHR that he had been verbally abused and threatened on 21 October by a local government official of Banke district, following publication of an article that alleged financial irregularities linked to a local construction project. read more

Director of MITs Media Lab steps down over Epstein ties

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The director of a prestigious research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has resigned following uproar over his financial ties with Jeffrey Epstein.The New York Times reports Saturday that Joi Ito sent an email to the Cambridge university’s provost saying he’s stepping down. Ito shared the email with the newspaper.Ito’s resignation comes after The New Yorker reported Friday that Media Lab had a more extensive fundraising relationship with Epstein than it previously acknowledged and tried to conceal the extent of the relationship.MIT’s president said the university took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years. The New Yorker reports Epstein arranged $7.5 million in donations.Epstein killed himself in jail Aug. 10 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Emails seeking comment were sent to MIT, Media Lab and Ito.The Associated Press read more

Senior UN official appeals to Burundi conflict parties to respect civilian rights

Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on Burundi, made the appeal after an upsurge in the fighting and the deterioration of the security situation, especially new confrontations which started two days ago in the rural province of Bujumbura and in the capital.The scale of the violations of human rights as a result of the conflict was so grave that it was imperative and urgent for the fighting to halt, Ms. Keita Bocoum said.She also called on the international community to continue all efforts to get the armed groups and the government to start negotiations.

Magic Johnson Is The Lakers Only Star

This part of the NBA calendar typically sees players changing addresses more often than team executives. So it’s an abrupt change of pace to see the Los Angeles Lakers name Magic Johnson their new president of basketball operations, thus pushing out general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss just two days before the trade deadline. The move has instant ramifications for how the Lakers will run their business, and may have even more drastic implications for the future of the franchise’s young players.It’s unclear exactly what sort of team president Johnson will make. But he’s laid out a few thoughts explaining his shortcomings, and how he may ultimately handle the job.Johnson, who once played for, coached and held ownership stake in the Lakers, acknowledged this month that he doesn’t have a firm grasp of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement or the salary cap. He added he’s been spending time getting up to speed. (Brushing up on tampering rules — which he violated last year— might be a good idea, too.)Johnson has also been clear in saying he’d like to recruit friend and fellow Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to join him in the front office. (There are reports circulating that Bryant’s player agent, Rob Pelinka, is the frontrunner to replace Mitch Kupchak as the team’s general manager.) He and the Lakers will need to walk a fine line if they make an untraditional hire like Pelinka, or someone else who’s never served in such a capacity. The struggling Knicks, currently led by ex-Lakers coach Phil Jackson, have learned the hard way that things can get bumpy when a pair of people at the top of the organization take jobs they’ve never had to do before.Whoever helps him run the team, they’ll be working with a team that finally stepped outside center ring of the NBA’s media circus. It wasn’t that long ago that former head coach Byron Scott was telling reporters he didn’t believe 3-pointers win championships, and Buss was elbowing his way into doomed free agent meetings. Over the last two seasons, though, and especially this season under Walton, the Lakers have fashioned themselves into a modern NBA team.In 2014-15, the Lakers attempted just 18.9 threes per game, which ranked 25th in the league. Last season, the number of attempts per game climbed considerably to 24.6, but largely because of the disintegrating husk of Kobe Bryant, which flung 7.1 threes per night (making just 28.5 percent). This season, they’re attempting 26.4 threes per game (13th in the league) and making 35.4 percent (19th). And after having the league’s second-worst offense on a points per possession basis last season, this season L.A. is… well, still not great, but improving. They’ve successfully worked themselves up into being an average team.But while the team has been moving toward basic competence, there’s some worry that “average” may be this group’s ceiling. And that may explain the move to bring in Johnson. These are the Lakers after all, and the Lakers run on stars.L.A. is stocked with young prospects, but haven’t yet unearthed a drop-dead star. Former No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell is a hugely fun player, but he hasn’t progressed as quickly as many hoped he would after a tumultuous rookie season. Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, has been even worse. Ingram is averaging 8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game on 36.3 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent from three and 65.5 percent from the line. (That’s a 45.1 true shooting percentage, if you were wondering.) Ingram is still valued by the franchise enough that L.A. reportedly would not consider trading him for DeMarcus Cousins, but his play so far this season has been a very bad sign. For instance, an updated CARMELO projection using his stats from this season now predicts he will produce about $34 million over the next five seasons. Coming into the season, those same five years were expected to be equivalent to about $121.3 million in value.Of L.A.’s young prospects, Julius Randle, the third-year power forward taken seventh overall in 2014, has fared the best. Randle’s per-game numbers haven’t budged too much, but Walton has run the offense through Randle for long stretches. Walton was a known Draymond-whisperer during his time as an assistant in Golden State, and it’s not hard to see Green’s imprint when Randle is running the break, hitting runners for easy baskets. Randle’s percent of possessions that end with an assist has nearly doubled, going from 11 last season to 20.2 this season, and the added touches have made him more patient with his own offense as well — his true shooting has crept up to a respectable 53.8, after posting a dismal 48.2 in his first full season. That’s good progress, but likely not at the level Johnson is thinking when he says his goal is to “return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”In a lot of ways, the Los Angeles Lakers’ prolonged absence from the national spotlight has been a positive indicator. Troubled franchises tend to make headlines only when something is going cosmically wrong, like the Sacramento Kings trading their best player for a crate of oranges, or the President of the New York Knicks engaging in a Twitter war with a star player who won’t allow himself to be traded. The Lakers’ return to the circus comes at a time when tactical decisions for the franchise’s immediate future are looming, but the basic culture and basketball sensibilities being built around the team are just as important.Johnson used to be part of that culture, and used to define those sensibilities. But shaping a team as a rookie executive is a very different proposition than doing so as a Hall of Fame player. Johnson has a lot of things working in his favor in Los Angeles, but what he won’t have is a player as good as Magic Johnson suiting up every night. It’s up to him to set that right.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Mining industry remains committed to cooperation on safety in Queensland

first_imgA report confirming Queensland’s strong safety performance has been welcomed by the peak industry body for the minerals and energy sector. Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche says the annual report by Queensland’s Commissioner for Mine Safety Stewart Bells shows that the severity and duration of injuries occurring on mine sites has reduced. “The severity rate and duration rate of lost time injuries fell by 23% and 25%, respectively,” said Roche. “However we can’t afford to be complacent. A death was recorded in a Queensland quarry in 2011-12, a stark reminder of the tragic consequences for friends, families and colleagues when things go wrong.“‘It is also worrying to see that for the first time in many years the rate of lost time injuries per million hours worked (lost time injury frequency rate) has risen from 3.4 in 2010/11 to 3.9 in 2011/12.“It’s also troubling that in our underground coal mines, the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) has increased from 4.2 to 6.8 over the same period.“While it’s acknowledged that Queensland is recognised as having one of the safest mining industries in the world, we will continue to work with the independent government mine safety regulator and the mining workforce to ensure that it stays that way.“The commissioner has flagged a possible cause of the increase in LTIFR being due to an influx of inexperienced workers, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with the Mines Inspectorate to determine whether this is an issue and if more needs to be done in the training of new recruits.”last_img read more

Pantech Vega No 6 launches with 59inch 1080p display

first_imgNot to be confused with Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5, Pantech has just announced its all-new Vega No. 6. As you’ve probably already guessed from the name, it’s yet another entry in the growing list of pocket-busting phones. The newest Vega features a 5.9-inch 1080p display, landing it right next to the Huawei Ascend Mate in the battle for enormousness.And while Pantech isn’t necessarily known for churning out high-end devices, the Vega No. 6 certainly looks good on paper — and the company feels it’s one of the best phones on the market. It’s powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports lightning-fast LTE networks. Pantech has also tossed in a 13-megapixel rear facing camera and a substantial 3140mAh battery. The additional power will certainly come in handy, and it should let the Vega keep pace with the Galaxy Note 2 (which packs 3100mAh) in terms of run time.The Vega No. 6 will sell for a converted price of about $780 when it hits store shelves in Korea. That’s quite a bit cheaper than competing hero devices like the Galaxy S3 and LG Optimus G. Those Korean flagships both sell for closer to $1,000.Pantech hasn’t yet said whether the Vega No. 6 will ship to other markets, but here’s hoping it does. It’s a much more powerful device than the budget-priced Kogan Agora, and if it still sells for less than the S3 and Optimus G stateside that could mean a street price of less than $500. For an unlocked quad-core device with a screen this large, that’s quite a bargain. Although you could spend even less and pick up a Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon with HSPA and use that as a phone. It’s not much bigger, really.More at Far East Gizmos and Engadgetlast_img read more

MCU News Infinity War Additions an XMen Rumor and John Boyega

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News #ThanosDemandsYourSilence pic.twitter.com/dvyc26ju04— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 3, 2018“Everyone involved with the film has worked incredibly hard for the past two years maintaining the highest level of secrecy. Only a handful of people know the film’s true plot,” the note reads.” We’re asking that when you see Infinity War, in the coming months, that you maintain that same level of secrecy so that all fans can have an equal experience when they watch it for the first time.” That seems reasonable enough. Basically, don’t be an ass. Let everyone experience the movie how they want to. We can all agree to that, right? If not, well, I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that Infinity Gauntlet.Mister Sinister (Art via Marvel)Finally, over in the other Marvel universe, a rumor about X-Men: Dark Phoenix popped up that almost sounds too cool to be true. The movie, as you probably already know was pushed back from November of 2018 to February of 2019. Whatever that means for the movie itself, it definitely means we’ll have to wait longer to find out who Jessica Chastain is playing. Fans became very interested when she was cast in the movie, but Fox has refused to divulge which character she’ll play. On Meet the Movie Press, reporter Jeff Sneider talked about a rumor he’d heard. He’s very careful to call it a rumor and a possibility, so take this with a grain of salt. But…Chastain, he says, could be playing a gender-flipped version of Mister Sinister. “That’s the rumor. I don’t know what that means. I don’t know who Mr. Sinister really is. But yeah, I think that’s a possibility. It’s a possibility,” Sneider says.In the comics, Mister Sinister is a telekinetic villain who can manipulate people’s minds. That sounds a lot like the character Chastain described in an Entertainment Weekly interview back in December. If the new X-Men movie is going to tackle the Dark Phoenix storyline, Sinister would make sense as an addition. Plus, Chastain playing the role would be a fun new take on the character. The recent X-Men movies are all about changing up the superhero genre, and a gender-flipped version of a known supervillain wouldn’t be out of place. Besides, I bet Chastain would be terrifying in that role.We’ll find out for sure when X-Men: Dark Phoenix releases in February 2019. April is here, and you know what that means. We have less than a month until Avengers: Infinity War. By the time this month ends, we will all know who lives, who dies and who punched Thanos the hardest. Until next year’s Avengers 4, that is. As the hype grows ever larger for Marvels biggest crossover yet, it gets hard to look beyond the next movie. Infinity War feels like an end because, in many ways, it is. It and the still-untitled sequel will be the last time we see many of our favorite characters of the last decade. But we all know Marvel is going to keep making these. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will keep on expanding as long as the actual universe does. Maybe longer. As Phase Three is beginning to end, Marvel is looking for new heroes to introduce in the next one. They might not even have to look outside the Disney empire for their next superhero.John Boyega made an appearance at AwesomeCon in Washington D.C., last weekend, and he revealed he’s already met with Marvel about a superhero role. Nothing is final yet. Boyega hasn’t signed anything, and there’s no word on which Marvel superhero he’d possibly play, according to Bounding Into Comics. Boyega was reportedly “adamant” that if he is cast in an MCU movie, it’s not going to happen in the near future. So definitely not next year, and probably not in 2020 either. He’ll be long done with Star Wars by then, and it’s understandable that Disney would want to keep him in the fold. He’s that good.Now, of course, comes the inevitable speculation about which hero Boyega would play. The obvious answer, and everyone’s first choice, is Blade. It’s been too long since we last saw a Blade movie, and the vampire hunter is long overdue for an MCU appearance. And yes, Boyega would be amazing in the role. He just doesn’t want it. If he took the role, he said, it would be a “spit in the face” to Wesley Snipes. If Blade is to come to the MCU, Boyega wants Snipes to be the one to play him. That’s understandable. Snipes was very good in the first two Blade movies, and they are still some of the best Marvel movies anyone’s made. The third one… Look, mistakes were made. The point is, introducing Wesley Snipes’ Blade to the MCU would be awesome, and Boyega wants to leave that option open.So who would it be? Bounding Into Comics speculates it could be Brother Voodoo, a partner to Doctor Strange who eventually takes Strange’s place as Sorcerer Supreme. That would make a ton of sense since a Doctor Strange sequel is in the works, and it’s rumored to introduce Brother Voodoo. If that’s true, now would be the time for Disney to start meeting with potential actors for that movie. He could also be Ant-Man’s friend-turned-solo-superhero Black Goliath. There’s going to be a third Ant-Man movie at some point, and there’d be no better time to introduce another character who could spin off into their own franchise. But we could speculate forever. We’ll just have to watch the news very closely to figure out where Boyega’s entry point to the MCU could be.James Gunn speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)Now that we’re in the same month as Avengers: Infinity War, news about the movie isn’t coming out at the clip it once did. It hasn’t completely dried up though. Little details still leak out ahead of the movie. Like how much collaboration it actually took to make it. When you’re dealing with this many characters in a single movie, it’s needed. Even directors as talented as Anthony and Joe Russo can’t write and direct all these characters by themselves. For some characters, especially ones they were less familiar with, they needed some outside help.In an appearance at AwesomeCon last weekend, Dave Bautista revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn helped out with the movie’s portrayal of those characters.  SuperBroMovies reports that while Bautista didn’t get too deep into specifics, he said that Gunn wrote lines for the Guardians to make sure they feel like the same characters we’ve watched for two movies now. The Russos’ collaborative nature is a good sign. For crossovers like this to work, it has to feel like we’re watching the same character in every movie their in. Directors leave their personal stamp on the movie, but the characters can’t suddenly veer too wildly from their original portrayal. So keep an ear out whenever one of the Guardians talks. Gunn has a very distinct voice. I’m guessing we’ll be able to pick out one of his lines instantly.Michael Rooker in Guardians of the Galaxy (Photo via Marvel)Also making an appearance at AwesomeCon was Michael Rooker. Sadly, he won’t be in Avengers: Infinity War, but now we can all imagine what that would look like. Rooker laid out exactly how Yondu would take on Thanos, Comic Book reports. Let’s say the Avengers are going to wish he was still around.“I’d shoot him with my arrow or something. When he’s not looking! Preferably by surprise ’cause I wouldn’t want to go head-to-head with him. He has the thing with the things on it!” Rooker said. Yeah, you need to watch out for that thing. Rooker went on to imply it might not be quite that easy. “Yeah, Yondu’s arrow is pretty formidable, but you know, with those stones that’s power. That’s raw, awesome power he’s got, and he’s gonna wield it very soon. I hope you all go to the movies and see.”You might think an “arrow or something” a laughably small weapon with which to go up against Thanos, but it could be more effective than you’d think. Don’t underestimate anything in Marvel, especially not those that seem the silliest. Remember, the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl once defeated Thanos with… squirrels or something.As hyped as we all are for Infinity War, it’s a guarantee not everyone was able to score tickets for opening night. That, plus the fact that early screenings of select footage are about to begin, means there might be a few spoilers floating around soon. The Russo brothers want to avoid that. Tuesday morning, they posted this polite demand on Twitter. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Cellphone found where SUV plunged off California cliff

first_imgMENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — Searchers looking for three missing children whose family’s SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff have found a cellphone that could have belonged to a member of the large brood.There was no sign of the siblings who were missing but presumed dead in the crash that killed Sarah and Jennifer Hart and three of their other adopted children.Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect.Dozens of people combed miles of coastline Wednesday.The Mendocino County sheriff’s office told Portland TV station KOIN that a searcher found a cellphone that was being analyzed.Authorities have said that data from the vehicle’s software suggested the crash was deliberate. They said the SUV had stopped at a coastal highway overlook before speeding straight off the cliff and plummeting 100 feet into the rocky Pacific Ocean below.last_img read more

After 20 Years Devens Approaches Workforce of 5000

first_imgEmployment at Devens, the 4,400-acre, mixed-use community in north-central Massachusetts that has taken shape since Fort Devens closed, has jumped 24 percent over the past two years due to growth in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and professional services.After two decades of redevelopment, total employment among businesses, government agencies and nonprofits at the reuse project managed by MassDevelopment now stands at 4,977, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.Private sector and nonprofit organizations had estimated combined sales of more than $1.4 billion in fiscal 2016. Devens’ total contribution to the Massachusetts economy nearly reached $2.5 billion after counting additional spending of $1 billion in local supply chains supported by the community’s tenants.“The increasing number of Devens employees has resulted from significant commercial growth and has led to a demand for a mix of housing types in new Devens neighborhoods like Emerson Green,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We’re pleased to work with the business community, residents and surrounding towns to continue to advance the redevelopment of Devens as a major driver of the regional economy and make even more sustainable growth possible.”On Tuesday, WGL Energy Systems announced it had finished installing a 3.2-megawatt solar facility at Devens. The fully installed photovoltaic solar system is designed to provide power to the residential, commercial and industrial customers of the Devens Utilities Department.The system consists of 10,488 rooftop solar panels installed on top of two buildings in Devens. WGL Energy owns and operates the facility and will sell power to the Devens community under a 24-year power purchase agreement, according to a release. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

In Pics Aarti Chabria–Visharads loveydovey honeymoon in Maldives

first_imgWe wish Aarti Chabria and Visharad Beedassy a very happy married life ahead. InstagramWhile Bollywood might not have been able to give a platform to Aarti Chabria, the diva doesn’t seem to be holding any grudge. Currently enjoying her honeymoon in Maldives, Aarti was considered one of the most popular faces back in the days.The actress, who will be best remembered for her role in Awara Pagal Deewana and Tumse Achha Kaun Hai, tied the knot with Mauritius-based charted accountant Visharad Beedassy on June 24. Aarti took to Instagram to share the news of her marriage and wrote: “Guess who just got married! Please give us your blessings.”On her wedding, Aarti, who went on to win the adventure reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 4, looked every bit of royal in a red and maroon lehenga with floral motifs, while the groom Visharad donned an off-white and golden sherwani with maroon pagdi.Currently enjoying her honeymoon in Maldives, Aarti seems to be having the time of her life. Talking about her husband, Visharad, Aarti had told The Times of India: “I had many times given up on the idea that I would find my Mr Right, but my family members always felt that one day, I would find my soulmate. I feel it is because of my family’s blessings that I found Visharad, because he is everything that I had ever dreamt of. I am extremely lucky to have found him after a long wait. He is a chartered accountant and an international tax consultant. I am happy that we will be staying in India after marriage because I can continue my work here, and also be closer to family and friends.”last_img read more

New camouflage technology from BAE hides war machines

first_img BAE Systems Selected to Develop Humvee on-Board Vehicle Power System More information: Press release (PhysOrg.com) — BAE Systems says it has a camouflage system that can render battle machines like tanks invisible or even seen as other objects in the immediate environment to protect against attack. The ‘cloak’ applied to a tank, which is BAE’s illustrated object to showcase its Adaptiv technology, can enable the tank to blend into the environment undetected or to look like another object entirely, avoiding night vision surveillance equipment and infrared targeting by aircraft. In so doing, the Adaptiv technology can mask the vehicle’s infrared signature. Explore further The Adaptiv cloak consists of a sheet of hexagonal hand-sized patches, or as BAE calls them, pixels. Their thermo electric material can switch temperatures quickly. On-board thermal cameras are what drive the panels, picking up whatever scenery is around and then showing that image on the vehicle. Around 1,000 of these panels can cover a small tank.BAE field-tested its technology on a Swedish CV90 tank made to blend into the scenery without detection. Alternatively, the pixels can protect gear by manipulating their appearance. Tanks can be made to look like cars, large rocks, trucks,or cows, for example.The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), helped fund BAE’s project; use of the infra-red spectrum in warfare has been an important focus for them.BAE estimates that the technology could be ready for production in two years. Later this month BAE will demonstrate the technology on a CV90 tank at the UK Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition from September 13 to 16. According to reports, research about the Adaptiv approach has been submitted to Britain’s Ministry of Defence.Since the days when infantry men marched in confidence wearing helmets with hanging leaves, technology has come a long way and has a way to go in the use of camouflage in the face of modern weapons. BAE sees its Adaptiv technology as a breakthrough, however. Past attempts have entailed excessive power requirements and that’s where Adaptiv stands out. Adaptiv project manager Pader Sjolund in a statement said Adaptiv panels in contrast consume relatively little power. “Our panels can be made so strong that they provide useful armor protection and consume relatively low levels of electricity,” he said.No doubt developments and ideas to address camouflage for warfare will continue in and outside BAE Systems. “Invisibility cloaks” is a topic of research that has been explored for some time. In 2006, Sir John Pendry at Imperial College London, led a group that focused on a “transformation optics” technique that involves the design of materials that steer light around objects, making them disappear from view.center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: New camouflage technology from BAE hides war machines (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-camouflage-technology-bae-war-machines.html 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.last_img read more

Mayor looks to overhaul solid waste management in city

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday proposed to allocate Rs 657.16 crore for completely revamping solid waste management in the city. Hakim announced the allocation while delivering the KMC Budget statement and at the same time, touched upon a slew of measures aimed at the overhaul.”There was a time when people would say that Kolkata is a dead city. But now, with KMC undertaking commendable work to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, people say that Kolkata is a living city. Scientific solid waste management is a challenge and we are up to it,” Hakim said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe maintained that the civic body has already started segregation of waste at the source at 7 wards in the city and is all set to start the same in 20 more wards. “We will gradually bring more and more wards under the purview as separation of dry and wet waste is of utmost importance. Dry waste can be recycled while the wet portion can be used for making fertiliser. Uttarpara Municipality in Hooghly district is now successfully doing segregation of waste at source,” the Mayor said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKMC is also introducing a dress code for the employees who are associated with the collection of garbage at the ground level. “Gone are the days when a cleaner would work in a tattered dress and slippers, making them susceptible to diseases. The garbage disposal system has been modernised and so the cleaners should also have a proper dress code,” Hakim added. KMC has placed 11,500 bins of 240 litre capacity each, for the use of pedestrians and shop owners to stop littering streets and footpaths. The civic body has progressed towards replacing open vats in the city by introducing compactor and movable compactor stations. 120 battery operated environment and user-friendly hydraulic dumpers have been engaged. “I have made it clear to our officials that cleaning of garbage at any place in the city, irrespective of jurisdiction, will be taken up by the Conservancy department. The charge for cleaning may be collected from the concerned agency at a later stage,” Hakim said.last_img read more

Guide to survive the sweaty summer

first_imgWith summer comes melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky hair hence it is important to give proper hydration and relaxation to your skin and hair to be easy breezy as the temperature soars up.Sushma Khan, National Creative Director-Makeup, Lakmé Salon and TIGI Educator Audrey D’Souza have listed the summer switch that must be made your regime to make your makeup last long and hair stay strong.For make-up Go light: Through the summer ‘less is more’ should be your mantra. The lesser the products you use, the lighter your skin will feel and make-up will not feel heavy. The summer is known to make your skin sweaty and layering more make-up on the face will add to it. Hence, it is highly recommended to use products with anti-bacterial properties. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReplace your foundation with a concealer to hide imperfections and feel light. Products with SPF of 30++ at least are a must. BB Creams are also a great option as it is an emulation of moisturizer and tinted foundation. Use more of light water-based products to make it feel light during summer, heat and sweating. Cut down your make up products to less than half and use the bare minimum.Multitask with your makeup : Invest in a product that does it all – for the lips, lids, and cheeks. It would cut down your routine to half and help keep your bag light. Simply choose from a range of summery bright or light lip and cheek tints as it will add a healthy glow with minimalistic colour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSwitch to waterproof: Invest in waterproof eyelines, mascaras and eye pencils. With the temperatures rising high, one tends to rub and wipe of the face regularly. This might, at times, end up in either smudging or fading. Choose between a highly or lightly pigmented waterproof eye products so that the look is as fresh as it was in the morning.For hair:Cocktail of products: Prepare your hair using a cocktail of smoothening and anti-frizz serums to smoothen your hair and get rid of any frizz at the same time. 4Shortcut to volume: Wash and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to combat the limp and sticky hair. Prep your hair with volumizing lotion before the blow dry to give your hair volume for days. Brush backwards and say hello to 3x more volume!Beach waves for days: Boho-inspired beachy waves are the ultimate summer hair-do. Apply curling mousse on wet hair and scrunch it up in a bun. Use tongs to achieve the wavy look.last_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rep: EDM star Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman at age 28. . by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 10:30 am PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rep: EDM star Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman at age 28.last_img

CY staff protest as state talks to bidders

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouCYPRUS Airways (CY) employees took to the streets yesterday in fear for their future, just as the technical committee for the state-owned airline met with representatives from the two airlines – Aegean Airlines and Ryanair – interested in acquiring the flailing national carrier.The protesters gathered outside the offices of KPMG, consultants to CY and members of the technical committee, early in the morning, before moving to the Finance ministry, where the committee met with Ryanair reps.Holding banners that read “no more workers in unemployment”, “shutting down Cyprus Airways=1,000 new unemployed” and “we demand to have our Provident Fund secured”, the employees requested an audience with Finance minister Harris Georgiades but were turned down, igniting tensions among the crowd.CY’s future remains in limbo ahead of a European Commission decision on whether amounts in excess of €100m given to the airline by the government in recent years constitutes state aid – forbidden by EU competition law – and must be paid back, a decision that would instantly trigger the company’s insolvency.For fear of such a decision, the government has liquidated most of the company’s assets.A consistently loss-making entity even before Cyprus’ 2004 accession to the EU, when protectionism was no longer an option, the company managed to stay afloat via a series of cash injections from taxpayer money.But that is no longer an option, and the government is seeking to sell the airline to anyone who would buy it.Aegean and Ryanair, the only two to have expressed serious interest, have reportedly tabled offers deemed very low.Protesting employees are trying to prevent the sale for fear that the new owner might not recognise their employment status and rights under the current regime.Various union reps have expressed employees’ explicit intent to try and block efforts to sell the airline.According to the Cyprus News Agency, employees stressed the need for Cyprus to keep its national carrier, instead of selling it to a foreign company.They also claimed that the €100m in losses that the company has accumulated over the years were the result of mismanagement by governments and politicians, and were not the fault of the employees who are being victimised.In an interview given to the state broadcaster, President Nicos Anastasiades said he would be all for having a national carrier if its existence would not infringe on taxpayers’ best interest.“Who wouldn’t want his country to have a national carrier,” Anastasiades said. “But at the same time, we must factor in the cost to the taxpayer of keeping a loss-making entity operational.The president was less than diplomatic when asked to remark on comments made by Christos Petrou, his own aviation consultant, on Thursday. Petrou had publicly criticised the government for relying solely on non-aviation experts for the handling of the Cyprus Airways issue.“Consultant on aviation – not airlines,” Anastasiades pointed out with regard to Petrou’s duties. “He overstepped the terms of his mandate, because Mr Petrou is an excellent expert in matters of civil aviation, but I do not consider him my consultant on Cyprus Airways – as he is fully aware.”Pilots’ union PASYPI issued a statement yesterday, following the other unions in blaming politicians for driving CY to the ground, while also claiming that the state stands to lose €302m if the airline shuts down.The pilots claim that the state will lose the €100m granted as state aid, €20m in redundancy payments to staff, €3.5m in unemployment benefits and €2.5m from income tax paid by the staff.PASYPI also claims that the state stands to lose from CY’s rent and fees paid to Hermes Airports, the international consortium that manages Larnaca and Paphos airports. Specifically, CY pays Hermes €12m in rent for office buildings annually and €10m in parking and landing fees.The pilots union also included in their list a further €20m in airport taxes paid by passengers to Hermes.They also claimed that one of the companies interested in CY asked for a clause stipulating that they should receive a €40 subsidy for each passenger.“The company stated that they would bring 3 million passengers each year. So that’s an added €120m.”The pilots estimate a further €9m paid to travel agencies employees who would be out of a job, and €4m more stemming from a deal they said the state made with Hermes regarding the Ercan airport in the north. The pilots claimed that, to offset loss of income, the state agreed to pay Hermes €40 for every passenger that travels through Ercan.A representative from Hermes was not available for comment.“If the minister can pay all this out of his own pocket then he is free to shut down CY if he so wishes,” concluded the statement.You May LikeLocksmith of HeartsPhil Collins’s Daughter Is Probably The Most Pretty Woman Ever Existed.Locksmith of HeartsUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndoEditorChoice.comIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water ImmediatelyEditorChoice.comUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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