After Amul Mother Dairy hikes milk prices by up to Rs 2

first_imgNEW DELHI: Mother Dairy on Friday hiked milk prices by up to Rs 2 per litre effective from Saturday as it is paying more to farmers for procurement of milk due to the rising cost of fodder. The leading milk supplier in the national capital region has increased the prices for the first time in more than two years. It also came days after Amul hiked milk prices by Rs 2 per litre. Mother Dairy has increased the prices of only poly pack milk. “The 1-litre pack has been increased by Re 1 only and the 500 ml pack by Rs 2 a litre, effectively impacting the consumer by Re 1 per pack,” it said in a statement. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe company, which supplies over 30 lakh litres of milk per day in Delhi-NCR, had increased the price last in March 2017. “The milk procurement prices have been continuously on the rise for the last 3-4 months due to increase in feed and fodder cost by 15-20 per cent and labour cost etc. However, while paying higher prices to producers by 7-8 per cent compared to the last year, the consumer prices were kept intact,” it said. Mother Dairy would continue to support the dairy farmers with remunerative prices, which is also the main reason for the price hike. According to the new rate, full cream milk would cost Rs 53 per litre from Rs 52 now, while half a litre would have an MRP of Rs 27 from Rs 26 earlier. Full cream (Premium) milk would be sold at Rs 55 per litre and half a litre at Rs 28. The rate of toned milk has been increased to Rs 42 from Rs 41 per litre. Half litre pouch would cost Rs 22 from Rs 21 earlier.last_img read more

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International Film Submissions Now Open – Vaughan International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Submissions for the early bird deadline is December 31, 2017. High school student submissions are also open. Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.comAbout VFF: The Vaughan Film Festival is an exciting four-day festival showcasing Canadian and international multigenre short film. As a not-for-profit organization, the Festival is committed to promoting and furthering arts education. It also supports the arts community by granting various scholarships and bursaries to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in the city of Vaughan Facebook Vaughan, Ontario – It’s that time of year again! International film submissions are now open! Now in its 6th edition, the Vaughan International Film Festival’s exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent. Filmmakers from around the world can submit their short film and get a chance to take home a Golden Reel Award!Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awardsincluding Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy.Student submissions are also open! Ontario high school students can have their short films on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2000.00 towards the department that assisted them in creating the film. Twitterlast_img read more

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Canada seeking extradition of Akwesasne man from US

first_img(Watch APTN’s 2012 interview with Seth Lazore)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanadian authorities want to extradite an Akwesasne man from the U.S. who recently completed a 41-month sentence there for human smuggling, according to court documents.Canadian federal justice officials submitted a request for the extradition of Seth Lazore through the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa on Oct. 15. The extradition request was made at the behest of Quebec which wants Lazore sentenced following his three year-old conviction on three counts of armed robbery and one count of assault, according to documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern New York District.The extradition request from Canada is primarily based on a Quebec bench warrant issued for Lazore after he failed to show up for his June 6, 2013, sentencing hearing following his guilty pleas on the four charges.Lazore is fighting the extradition request and his hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Albany, NY.He remains in custody after failing to obtain bail.Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal straddles the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders, has been used by human smuggling networks to move people across both sides of the international boundary.Lazore was sitting in U.S. custody by the time the date of his Quebec sentencing hearing rolled by, according to U.S. federal court records. He had been detained for his involvement in a July 2012 smuggling operation to bring three Canadians of Indian origin from Canada into the U.S., court records show.Lazore eventually pleaded guilty to smuggling the men into the U.S. and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. That sentence has now been completed. He was living with his wife and three children on the U.S. side of Akwesasne when he was again detained pending the conclusion of his extradition hearing, according to court records.Quebec wants Lazore, who has U.S. and Canadian citizenship, so he can be sentenced following his guilty pleas in relation to a Feb. 1, 2009, incident that left three men beaten on a winter ice road crossing the St. Lawrence River.Lazore “ambushed” a car driven by Christopher Fritz and carrying two male passengers at about 6 a.m., according to court records. Fritz was driving on the ice road when he was blocked by red pick-up truck driven by Lazore. Lazore jumped out of his truck with a handgun and began yelling at Fritz to get out of the car, according to records. Fritz tried to make a run for it, but then heard bullets hit the rear of his car.  Another bullet shattered the driver’s side window.By this time a second, grey pickup truck had blocked the vehicle. Fritz and his two passengers then got out of the car and they were beaten by Lazore and a second man. Lazore searched their pockets and took money, bank cards and cell phones, according to court records.Lazore was arrested the same day and made his first court appearance on Feb. 2, 2009. He pleaded guilty to the four charges on Feb. 15, 2012.Seth Lazore during 2012 interview with APTN.Lazore is also wanted in Ontario on a province-wide arrest warrant for his involvement in a human smuggling operation to bring a Nigerian family into Canada, according to RCMP Const. Jean Juneau with the Cornwall Regional Task Force. The task force is based out of Cornwall, Ont., and also includes Canada Borders Services Agency and the OPP.The RCMP charged Lazore and several other individuals in relation to the smuggling of the Nigerian nationals on Sept. 6, 2012. Lazore was initially detained on the charges. He was released after his long-term girlfriend’s mother put up a $1,500 surety and a $5,000 bond and put under house arrest.APTN interviewed Lazore about his charges in a location on Cornwall Island.Lazore was then detained the following month by U.S. authorities on the July 2012 human smuggling indictment and remained in custody.He struck a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern New York District pleading guilty to one count of human smuggling.He was sentenced on Nov. 25, 2013. He spent six months in a halfway house.During his Nov. 12 bail hearing on the extradition request, Lazore’s federal public defender submitted arguments for his release based on the support he currently has in the community and the needs of his family which has suffered from his incarceration.“His family need him now more than ever. His absence for that period of time has made it very difficult for them to get by with even necessities,” said the submission filed with the court.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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China UN team on potential presence of SARS virus in animals issues

While it is still unknown whether SARS will return, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are continuing to work closely with Beijing to contain any future outbreaks.”The fight against SARS is not over. Finding its origin will most likely take years,” said WHO’s Pierre Formenty, a zoonotic disease specialist and joint leader of the mission. “Right now, the need for information is of such urgency that even limited information will be helpful in taking the right control measures.”The experts visited Guangdong Province – where the disease first occurred late last year – from 13 to 19 August to conduct field visits to markets and farms, research centres, and human health facilities. The team returned to Beijing where it issued the recommendations to senior government officials yesterday.The team also recommended more serological monitoring of the coronavirus in both animals and humans, as well as continued in-depth human studies of SARS index cases. read more

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Dairy price surge pushes world food costs for March slightly higher UN

A sharp surge in the price of dairy products pushed the overall costs of food one percentage point higher in March, the United Nations reported today, while world wheat production remained on track to reach its second highest level ever, barring adverse weather. Releasing its latest monthly Food Price Index (FPI), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the dairy component of the index, which carries a 17 per cent weight in the overall calculations, jumped by 22 points to 225, one of the largest recorded changes, due to hot, dry weather in Oceania that has cut into the production of milk and its various by-products.The dairy prices used in FPI are based on the exports of New Zealand, the world’s largest dairy exporter, accounting for about one third of global trade. Export prices for dairy products have also risen for other important exporters, such as the European Union and the United States, but not to the same degree. “The exceptional increase is in part a reflection of market uncertainty as buyers seek alternative sources of supply,” FPI reported. “In addition, dairy output in Europe has yet to come fully online after a particularly cold winter, which has delayed pasture growth to feed dairy animals.” On cereals, FAO’s latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, reported an overall positive outlook with wheat crops already well advanced and plantings for rice and coarse grains expected to increase in the coming months owing to attractive prices. “World cereal production in 2013 could recover strongly barring unfavourable weather in major producing regions,” it said, maintaining its March outlook that global wheat production this year is expected to increase by 4 per cent to 690 million tonnes, the second highest ever after the 700 million tonnes produced in 2011. The FAO slightly revised the 2012 crop production estimate upward by nearly 3 million tonnes, which now stands 2 per cent lower than the record set in 2011. read more

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Syria UN special envoy arrives in Damascus for talks with Government officials

“Mr. de Mistura looks forward to meeting with senior Syrian officials with the aim of giving them the opportunity to express their own views on the Geneva Consultations, which started in early May and will continue into July,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told the daily briefing at Headquarters in New York.In this regard, he continued, Mr. de Mistura reiterated his intention of submitting a report to the Secretary-General regarding the operationalization of the Geneva Communiqué in all its aspects. “During his visit, Mr. de Mistura intends to raise with the Syrian Government the issue of protection of civilians, underlining once again the unacceptable use of barrel bombs and the incontestable duty of any government, in all circumstances, to protect its civilians, under international humanitarian law,” explained Mr. Dujarric. He said that the Special Envoy also plans to discuss the current humanitarian situation in Syria and ways to increase access to besieged and conflict-affected communities. In his discussions, Mr. de Mistura plans to convey once again to Syrian officials his deep conviction that no solution to the Syrian conflict can be imposed by force and that an inclusive and Syrian-led and owned political settlement is urgently needed.During Syria’s tragic five-year arc of conflict, 220,000 people have been killed, more than one million have been injured, 7.6 million have been displaced and four million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates. In recent weeks, well over 100,000 people have been displaced in a new wave of fighting in Idlib while some 14 million people are now displaced due to the interlinked crises in Syria and Iraq. read more

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Celje PL wins 26 of 26 in Slovenian Championship before PlayOff

← Previous Story PSG Handball save Championship hopes in Montpellier Next Story → All Star Team of the Women’s EHF Champions League announced RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoSlovenia handball Slovenia will get the new champions in the next two weeks. The biggest chances have the old from Celje. RK Celje Pivovarna Laško had 100% score in the regular part of the season, winning the all 26 matches ahead of RK Gorenje and RK Maribor. Celje beat Maribor 37:31 at the end of regular part of the season.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 3 savesB, Skok 10/1 saves; Blagotinšek 3, Ivič 1/1, Žuran 4, Janc 8, Razgor 1, Suholežnik, Marguč, Cvetko, Poteko, Miklavčič  1, Sliškovič, Zarabec 8/3, Kodrin 1, Žvižej 8/2; trener Branko TamšeRK Maribor: Kastelic 2 saves, Čudič 3 saves, Taletovič 4/1 oDB; Cingesar 3, Žmavc, Kaleb 1, Jamnik 1, Poklar 2, Sok 4/2, Fidel 3, Žabič 2, Špende 2, Verdinek 3, Brajovič 1, Miškovič 2, Mlakar 7, trener: Boris DeničIn the Play-Off series (on two wins), Celje will meet Trimo Trebnje, while more interesting will be clashes between RK Gorenje and RK Maribor.Series start on Saturday.STANDINGS:1. Celje Pivovarna Laško 26 – 522. Gorenje Velenje 26 – 483. Maribor Branik 26 – 414. Trimo Trebnje 26 – 355. Riko Ribnica 26 – 336. Urbanscape Loka 26 – 267. Jeruzalem Ormož 26 – 258. Slovenj Gradec 2011 26 – 229. Krka 26 – 2010. Slovan 26 – 1911. Istrabenz Plini Izola 26 – 1812. Sevnica 26 – 13—————————————————–13. Sviš Ivančna Gorica 26 – 1014. Krško 26 – 2 read more

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The fivestar chef feeding the homeless on Christmas day

first_imgTHIS CHRISTMAS DAY, as he has for the past seven years, Trevor Kearns will cook two Christmas dinners.The five-star chef will sit down this afternoon for dinner with his family, but not before he has cooked and served up a Christmas meal to residents at Sophia Housing on Cork Street, Dublin.Kearns, who also works as a private chef, is at the helm of the kitchen at Sophia Housing, which provides housing and supports to homeless people.CommunityThere’s a lovely feeling at Sophia Housing; a warm, inclusive atmosphere that welcomes all those who are there because of hardships in life.Sophia’s CEO, Declan Dunne, told TheJournal.ie that what struck him about having Trevor on board was the boost in quality it gave the café, and how this impacted on the residents. “It’s consistent with the approach of Sophia,” he said.What I’ve learnt is the approach of Sophia is people have dignity and should be treated with dignity. How do you do that? You give them the best of everything. And then people feel differently about themselves.Kearns’ day will begin at 9am, when he arrives at the gated housing community, where people are given the supports to help them live independently.He and his staff spent yesterday preparing for the Christmas dinner spread. Up until 10.30am this morning, when the first residents arrive for steaming cups of tea and coffee, they’ll have the turkey on for roasting and be putting the finishing touches to dessert.On hand will be two Community Education (CE) workers to work with him in the cosy kitchen on the three-course meal.The coffee shop in Sophia is the antithesis of a gloomy institution. It’s welcoming, friendly, and popular with the residents. Working there is a joy for Kearns, who has brought home-baked cakes and breads to the shelves.Changing the kitchenWhen he first joined, Kearns saw that the kitchen used packets and processed food. Under his watch, the kitchen now only serves real food prepared on the premises – there are no stock cubes or packets of junk here.“I don’t feel there’s a need for it,” he said. “Vulnerable people should have the opportunity as much as other people.”The change has paid off: in the first few years, only a handful of people would turn up for the Christmas dinner. These days, he expects up to 20 of the community’s single residents.Two of the staff at the Sophia café.Families are encouraged to have their dinner together in their homes, but they often meet up afterwards in the common areas.Though he frequently cooks for well-off business people at private dinners, it’s his work at Sophia that gets Kearns up in the morning. “It’s very rewarding,” he said. “It’s as rewarding if not more rewarding to be able to do this. I get a great buzz out of it.”He describes the centre as being “like an oasis off Cork St” with “just a lovely atmosphere around the place”. He has seen it change over the years, with its expansion making it “a lovely place to work”.Working on Christmas dayThis Christmas day, Kearns will be one of a number of Sophia staff at work. Another is the facilities manager Jim McKee. He’ll be at the front desk, looking after any visitors and making sure everything is running smoothly.As he showed TheJournal.ie around in mid-December, the staff who usually work at reception chatted about the upcoming holiday, making sure he knew which one was the “comfy chair”. Behind them were the residents’ postboxes, many holding envelopes whose bright red colour hinted that they contained Christmas cards.“I’m quite happy to give a bit back,” said McKee. Sophia is home to single people, older people, and families, and it’s clear they all see themselves as part of a close community.This Christmas Day, thanks to Sophia Housing staff like Kearns and McKee, they will be able to enjoy a safe, warm, welcome Christmas, at home.Read: My Christmas Day: ‘It’s hard for my heart not to break a little bit’>last_img read more

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Two elderly couples terrorised by masked burglary gang

first_imgTWO ELDERLY COUPLES were left badly shaken after their homes were burgled by a gang of masked men.Police in Down are investigating a link between the two incidents which happened within 35 minutes of each other on Monday night and which had a number of similarities.In the first case in Castlewellan, five masked men entered the house at around 7.40pm and threatened the 76-year-old woman and 75-year-old man who lived there. One of the trespassers was armed with a screwdriver.Two of the gang stayed with the occupants while the others searched the house, but the five left empty-handed.Just over half an hour later, five masked men, one of whom was armed with a screwdriver,  entered a house at Loughside Drive around 13 kilometres away and confronted the family living there.The elderly couple – an 80-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man – along with man in his 40s believed to have been their son were kept in a downstairs bedroom by one of the gang while the others searched the property.A second man in his 40s who had been in an upstairs bedroom was brought downstairs and held with the rest of the family when he was discovered by intruders.The gang made off with an undisclosed sum of cash after searching the house.All five intruders had their faces hidden with scarves and wore baseball caps. One of them spoke with an English accent.The PSNI have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.last_img read more

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US homes hangup on landlines in favor of wireless

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released early estimates from the January-June 2010 National Health Interview Survey. While the survey collects information on health status, health-related behaviors and heal care utilization, it also collects information about household telephones and whether or not anyone in the home has a wireless phone. The trend that has developed over the last few years is that people are ditching their landline phones in favor of wireless service only.Statistics collected from the first six months of this year show that more than one in four households (26.6%) did not have a landline phone, but did have at least one wireless phone in the home. That number shows growth of 2.1% when compared to the last six months of 2009. The survey also found that one in six U.S. homes (15.9%)  received all or almost all of their calls on wireless phones even if they had a landline in the home.When you dig into the survey’s numbers even more you discover that this survey marks the first time that the number of adults in wireless-only homes have exceeded those in landline households when looking at any range. More than half of adults (51.3%), ages 25-29 years, live in wireless-only households. Another interesting statistic, and one with the highest prevalence rate for population subgroups examined, showed that two in three adults (69.4%) living only with an unrelated adult roomate, had just a wireless phone in the household. Considering the pain it is to split up a landline bill, let alone take messages for a roomate, I think many of us can understand why.The trend of U.S. homes going wireless-only will no doubt continue in the years to come and helps demonstrate why many telecommunication companies fought hard to add wireless service to their menu of products so that they might retain customers ditching traditional landlines.Read more at the CDClast_img read more

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No more stashed cash for Greeks

first_imgThe tide has turned for one of the most persisting narratives of the Greek crisis. For most of the past eight years, it was largely assumed that Greek people have been stashing their savings in their homes, for fear of Grexit at first and then as a result of the capital controls and it turns out that part of it may be true.This is at least implied by a continuous increase in bank deposits. According to Bank of Greece data, for the 10th straight month, term deposits rose in April, and increased by over three billion euros in the 10-month period. At the same time, there was an increase in deposits in current accounts, albeit to a lesser degree, as they rose by 1.78bn euros.This increase is believed to be due to the influx of new capital; the greatest part of last year’s increase had come to the banks from the liquidation of investments in mutual funds abroad, which were made in the sixth-month period prior to the imposition of capital controls, in June, 2015 and have been brought back to Greece by December 2017.As for the recent new deposits, they are believed to mostly come from cash placed in bank safety deposit boxes or stashed elsewhere. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Salmon Forum Highlights Habitat Protection

first_imgCook Inletkeeper recently recognized the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the passage of the 50-foot setback rule. Berkhahn: “I don’t know how we can actually stop these big projects, and we can’t. But we are moving forward in the right direction.” Another question put before the panel was in regards to the KPB’s 50-foot setback on property near the river bank. Each noted the importance bank habitat provides to a healthy stream. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Over 50 people attended a salmon conservation forum last Thursday, at the Soldotna Public Library, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper. The forum, held a four-person panel: Marcus Mueller, land manager at the Kenai Peninsula Borough; Sue Mauger, science director at Cook Inletkeeper; Patti Berkhahn, who worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and Branden Bornemann, executive director at the Kenai Watershed Forum. The panel answered questions about science, policy, and citizenship and how they intersect in the realm of salmon conservation. When asked about the upcoming Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that will be on the November ballot, each member of the panel said it would “be a great thing.”last_img read more

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GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Native In Need Of Wheelchair Accessible Van

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington native Kristen Curran Gannon recently battled an acute life-threatening heart condition. She had an ascending and descending aortic dissection. During one of her surgeries, Kristen suffered irreversible damage to her lower organs and her intestines ruptured, causing a stroke in her spine.Doctors told Kristen that she would no longer have use of her legs and would live the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  She was subsequently diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disease that has made it extremely difficult for her to heal and recover.Kristen’s parents are hoping to purchase a wheelchair accessible van with a ramp for Kristen. Kristen’s mom Elaine Curran, was a resident of Wilmington for almost 60 years before moving to New Hampshire. She taught school in Wilmington at the Wildwood and the North Intermediate for almost 40 years before retirement.Kristen’s friends has created a GoFundMe page to assist the family with the purchase. The page reads, in part:Our family has never asked for help and it is not something we are completely comfortable with even now. But, so many people have asked how they can help so we thought if we were able to get help funding a new wheelchair accessible van for Kristen, we could ALL share in something that would have unlimited potential to improve the quality of Kristen’s life as well as our parents who continue to sacrifice every day because they love her so much.Make a donation to the GoFundMe page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 14-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”CEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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FAA Hazardous Material Fine Prompts Legislators To Redo Relocation Policy

first_imgNext session, state lawmakers will have to be a little more careful about what they ship down to Juneau. The Legislative Council has amended their moving reimbursement policy in response to the Federal Aviation Administration discovering hazardous materials in a representative’s air freight. Wes Keller, a Wasilla Republican, was found to have shipped multiple items that violate FAA rules on an Alaska Airlines cargo plane as part of his relocation to Juneau last January. Among his belongings were a small amount of ammunition, a cigarette lighter, and a can of StaticGuard aerosol fabric spray. Because the state pays moving costs for lawmakers, Keller’s goods were shipped under the Legislative Affairs Agency account.“It wasn’t intentional,” says Keller. He says a bin that he meant to transport via ferry got mixed in with his air freight.The Legislative Affairs Agency was cited by the FAA for the violation. The initial fine was nearly $20,000, but the FAA agreed to halve it contingent on a change to state policy. At a Wednesday meeting, the Legislative Council voted to end reimbursement for the shipment of any item that qualifies as a hazardous material under state or federal law. The Council also added a new rule that goods shipped via a state account must be inspected by Legislative Affairs Agency staff before being put on a plane to Juneau.last_img read more

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RTC employees to hold Chalo RM Office tomorrow

first_imgMancherial: To put pressure on the government to solve their pending issues, the TSRTC employees will organise Chalo RM Office protest march in Mancherial town on Firday. The union leaders released Chalo-RM Office posters at CPI office on Wednesday. Addressing on the occasion, the union leaders said in erstwhile Adilabad district the RTC employees are facing several problems like lack of regular RM, DM and level officials and many unsolved problems have been pending for a long time and with the passage of time corruption has been increasing in the corporation, they alleged. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Some officials are looting money from the workers to get their works done, they alleged. The union leaders also said that after formation of Telangana state, in RTC there were 56,740 workers, now their number has reduced to 51,300. After getting recognition of TMU, recruitments have also stopped. After getting recognition of TMU union several drivers and conductors have lost job security. The wage amendment which was supposed to be effected in April1, 2017 has not taken place so far, they added. For many years the management has not been giving duty-charts to drivers and conductors. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The concerned officials are giving duties of good road connectivity to their favorable persons, the leaders alleged. The union also demanded the government to merge the RTC into the government. CPI president Kalaveni Shankar, zonal general secretary Mallesham will participate chief guests in the Chalo RM Office programme. The union leaders Bheemeshwar Rao, AITUC general secretary Murali, divisional president M Srinivas, Goli Shankar, Rajesham, Laxmaiah, LP Rao, Srinivasulu, Sridhar, Sahakar, Rajesham, Prabhavathi and Rajeshwari were present on the occasion.last_img read more

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Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders

first_img Citation: Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders (2012, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-automated-meter-life-easy-intruders.html An aerial view of the neighborhood where the researchers performed their eavesdropping experiments. Each blue triangle or red star represents a group of four or five meters mounted in a cluster on an exterior wall. Using an LNA and a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna, they were able to monitor all meters in the neighborhood. Some sniffed meters may be out of the scope of this view. Credit: Ishtiaq Rouf et al. More information: Research paper: www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~grutes … ers/fp023-roufPS.pdfvia Newscientist Explore further 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. (Phys.org)—Intruders of the break-in and snooping variety have their work cut out for them by just picking up wireless signals that are broadcast by utility meters, say researchers from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, IEEE and Rutgers. As with many other technological advances that bring new pathways for criminals, advances in meters have created concerns about intrusions. Millions of analogue meters to measure water, gas and electricity consumption have been replaced by automated meter reading (AMR) in the U.S. The newer method enables devices to broadcast readings by radio every 30 seconds for utility company employees to read as they walk or drive around with a receiver. Intruders can tune into the same information, however, according to Ishtiaq Rouf and his colleagues, authors of a paper that delivers a security analysis of AMR systems. More than 40 million meters in the United States have been equipped with AMR technology over the past years. The smart meters collect energy consumption data which could reveal sensitive personal information from homes, they said. Because energy usage often drops to near zero when a house is empty, the readings could be used to identify which owners are at work or traveling. Their work shows that currently deployed AMR systems are vulnerable to spoofing attacks and privacy breaches. The research was presented earlier this week at the 19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, which ran from October 16 to 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The AMR meters that they studied make data publicly available over unsecured wireless transmissions. “They use a basic frequency hopping wireless communication protocol and show no evidence of attempting to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of the data,” added the research team.They picked up transmissions from AMR meters operated by companies. They said that the communication protocol can be reverse-engineered with only a few days of effort. They made use of radio equipment and information available through online tutorials. They used software radio equipment publicly available for about $1,000 (GNU Radio with the Universal Software Radio Peripheral). “We were able to both eavesdrop on messages as well as spoof messages to falsify the reading captured by a commonly used ‘walk-by’ reader,” they said. Through wireless monitoring, they harvested consumption data from 485 meters within a 300m radius region.As remedies, the authors suggested alternative schemes based on defensive jamming, which they said may be easier to deploy than upgrading meters themselves. Jamming could protect against the leakage of legacy devices and requires no modification of the deployed meters. © 2012 Phys.org Google’s PowerMeter Will Help Reduce Energy Consumption (Video)last_img read more

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Teacher beats up 5yrold in Joka school

first_imgKolkata: A five-year-old student of a primary school in Joka was allegedly beaten up by a teacher after she was found sitting in the classroom of her elder sister who studies in class I in the same school. The victim’s family members have lodged a complaint against the teacher at Haridevpur police station.According to the complaint, the victim, who studies in KG of Kolua Aboitonik Prathamik Vidyalaya in Joka, had gone to the classroom of her elder sister and sat beside her when tiffin break was going on. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen Lipika Bhaduri Das, the accused teacher saw the little girl, she enquired why she had come to a class in which she does not belong. Before the girl could say anything, the teacher started beating her up with a tin ruler.She suffered injuries on her hand, feet and back and black spots were found on her body even on Tuesday.The victim’s father Vicky Ghorai who is a driver, was in Siliguri on Friday when the incident occurred. When he returned on Monday afternoon and heard the matter, he spoke with the headmistress of the school and lodged a police complaint. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGhorai claimed that the headmistress had herself told KG students that if anybody’s guardian comes late to school after classes get over, she may go and wait in the class of her elder brother or sister if the latter studies in the same school.He further said that the teacher had earlier beaten up a physically challenged student of the same school. However, the accused teacher, who did not turn up at the school on Tuesday, denied the allegations.”I was not in school when the incident happened. I have heard the matter and will surely look into it,” headmistress Aparna Bose said.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | October 17, 2014 MD Anderson Study First to Compare Treatments, Survival Benefits for Early-stage Lung Cancer News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more center_img Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more October 17, 2014 — Researchers find removal of entire lobe of lung offers increased survival benefit compared to partial resection; no difference between lobectomy, stereotactic ablative radiotherapyRemoval of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.The research is the largest population-based study to review modern treatment modalities for early-stage lung cancer and is published in JAMA Surgery.According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014, 224,210 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer, and more than 159,260 will die from the disease. Yet with the aging baby-boomer population colliding with spiral computed tomography (CT)-screening’s acceptance as a screening tool for lung cancer, the number of cases diagnosed is expected to rise dramatically, says Shervin M. Shirvani, M.D., attending radiation oncologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona and an adjunct professor at MD Anderson.The disease is typically a cancer of the elderly, and because of its association with smoking, patients often carry other comorbidities, such as COPD, coronary artery disease and renal failure.Three treatment options are widely available for patients with early-stage disease: lobectomy, or removal of the entire lobe of lung; sublobar resection, or removal of the part of the lung that contains the tumor; and SABR, a precise form of radiation therapy delivered over three to five sessions.”Currently, lung cancer is one of the most common and fatal cancers, and for the foreseeable future it will be one of the major health epidemics our country faces. Yet we don’t have strong evidence-based guidelines for how to best treat the disease —especially when it’s discovered early,” says Shirvani, the study’s first author.Several randomized trials to compare the three modalities have been attempted, but each has been set back by low accrual and lack of participation by patients and physicians, he explains.”In the absence of clinical trials, it was important to analyze observational data from a very large database to compare these three modalities. We wanted to compare lobectomy, the treatment generally thought to be the standard of care, to both the smaller surgery and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, which does not carry surgical risk, and understand which may be best for this elderly patient population with extensive concurrent illnesses.”For the retrospective, population-based study, the researchers analyzed the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Medicare database to identify patients treated for non-small cell lung cancer between 2003 and 2009. In total 9,093 patients were identified. All received one of three treatment strategies: lobectomy (7,215 patients, or 79.3 percent); sublobar resection (1,496 patients, or 16.5 percent); and SABR (382 patients, or 4.2 percent). Of note, says Shirvani, is that the study’s time-period reflects the earliest adopters of SABR.Adjusting for characteristics associated with the patient, the tumor, economic factors and other co-variables, the researchers found that the lobectomy was associated with better overall and lung-specific survival, when compared to sublobar resection, a finding that surprised the researchers.”The assumption was that for an elderly patient with a number of co-morbidities, the smaller surgery would be better than a whole lobectomy because there would be fewer surgical complications. Yet, it appears that the ability to eradicate the cancer with the bigger surgery may be more important than minimizing surgical risk,” he explained.When patients with similar baseline characteristics treated with lobectomy and SABR were compared, the two modalities were associated with similar overall survival and lung-cancer specific. This suggests that SABR is a very promising alternative to surgery for patients with very advanced age and multiple medical problems, features commonly observed in the matched populations.While observational, Benjamin Smith, M.D., associate professor, Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson, hopes that the physicians will begin to exercise caution with the belief that a smaller surgery is better-suited for this patient population.”Clearly, the incidence of early-stage lung cancer will increase dramatically in the next few years, and we need to be prepared to treat patients in the right way — balancing the effectiveness versus risk of treatment in an elderly population,” says Smith, the study’s corresponding author.”Observational studies like ours give us insight into what the right treatment strategy should be, and hopefully will encourage both physicians and patients that prospective clinical trials are worth pursuing,” he says.For more information: www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2014/treatments-survival-benef… News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more last_img read more

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Guatemalan president faces judgment day in Congress

first_imgRelated posts:Arrest warrant issued for Guatemala’s president In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals Unanimous: Guatemalan Congress strips President Pérez Molina’s immunity Q&A: Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú hails Guatemala’s ‘great awakening’ Protesta frente al Congreso de #Guatemala. Foto: M. Hernández, enviado especial pic.twitter.com/Jr79KFQooi— elsalvador.com (@elsalvadorcom) September 1, 2015 Facebook Commentscenter_img GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Guatemala’s Congress will debate Tuesday whether to strip embattled President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity and force him to face prosecution over massive corruption at the national customs service.A congressional investigative committee recommended three days ago that lawmakers vote to revoke the conservative leader’s immunity, which would trigger a criminal trial and possibly force him from office.Congress will convene at 2:00 p.m. to consider the motion, which needs 105 votes to pass in the 158-member legislature.If the motion passes, it will be the first time a president has been stripped of his immunity in the Central American country.Pérez Molina survived a similar vote last month — but that was before prosecutors had accused him of masterminding the alleged systematic corruption.Prosecutors and investigators from a special U.N. anti-graft commission say Pérez Molina ran a scheme in which businesses paid bribes to clear their imports through customs at a fraction of the actual tax rate.Read our ongoing coverage of the corruption scandal in GuatemalaPérez Molina, a 64-year-old retired general, has repeatedly denied the allegations and rejected calls from an increasingly virulent protest movement for his resignation.“I have not received a cent from this fraudulent system,” he said Monday.“I reiterate yet again my position on the allegations made by the prosecution, and it is that I am completely calm,” he told a news conference.The scandal, which has already felled his former vice president and a string of top officials, comes as Guatemala prepares for elections Sunday to choose Pérez Molina’s successor.Pérez Molina, who has been in power since 2012, is constitutionally barred from running for reelection. His term ends on January 14.The leading candidate to replace him, Manuel Baldizón, has called for Congress to strip Pérez Molina’s immunity. Baldizón leads right-wing party Renewed Democratic Liberty, the largest in Congress.Pérez Molina’s lawyers, however, have challenged the vote before the Constitutional Court, which is expected to rule by Thursday and could suspend a decision on stripping his immunity.Protests outside CongressGuatemalans have taken to the streets in protest every week since April, when investigators first accused a top aide to then-vice president Roxana Baldetti of involvement in the corruption.On Tuesday dozens of protesters blocked the entrances to Congress ahead of the immunity vote. Indigenous Guatemalans and farmworkers planned to join the protest by blocking roads around the country later in the day.Some of the protesters are calling for Sunday’s elections to be postponed until sweeping political reforms can be implemented in Guatemala, a country of 15.8 million that is troubled by poverty, drug trafficking and violent crime.Investigators say their accusations are based on some 89,000 wire-tapped phone calls that uncovered a scheme called “La Linea” (the line), named for a hotline businesses would call to access corrupt officials and get illegal discounts on their customs duties.Baldetti, who resigned as vice president in May, was arrested on August 21 and is in jail awaiting trial on corruption charges.The probe has also netted the head of Guatemala’s tax administration, his predecessor and several dozen other agency officials.Watch a documentary about the recent protests (in Spanish):last_img read more

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Endless Paphos works killing oldtown shops

first_imgPAPHOS small business owners say they’re in dire straits as the massive renovation of the old town is causing tourists to avoid the area believing information from their holiday reps that the area is closed due to project works.Kathryn Swift, owner of ‘Boo-tea-licious tea rooms’ told the Sunday Mail she has only a matter of weeks left before she has to shut up shop for good, and has just had to make a decision to lay off a valued staff member in a bid to survive.“If people want to have a vibrant old town, they have to come and visit us, or there won’t be anything left to visit except empty shops, when the work is finally finished,” she said.Swift opened her tea room just over two years ago and was beginning to build a solid client base when major upgrading works in the town started to get underway. The businesses owner said long delays and a lack of interest and support from the authorities has left her and other businesses in the area desperate. She warned unless immediate measures are taken to ease the situation, many more premises will close down and remain empty.The tea rooms serve all sort of fresh home-made fayre, and on Monday also started home deliveries in a bid to stay open.Swift, who currently has no income from the shop and has spent her savings on trying to keep it afloat, said that she only needs around 20 customers a day to survive, but currently only a handful, if she’s lucky, visit each day.She and neighbouring arts and crafts shop owner, John Mann, both have shops on Kanari Street, and say it also desperately needs trees to provide some shade.In addition, they say that holiday reps are compounding the dire situation by informing holidaymakers that the old town is ‘closed.’“The reps are still telling people not to come and that’s it’s dangerous as work is still ongoing. This just isn’t true. A couple visited my shop this week and told me what their rep said. They have complained about it, as they loved all of the shops and the area,” said Swift, who has written an email to Thomson holidays to complain.“I asked them if they understand that it’s people livelihoods they are messing with, but I have yet to receive a reply,” she said.A spokeswoman for Thomson said they were focusing on helping stranded holidaymakers following the earthquake in the Aegean Sea on Friday, but added: “We will endeavour to look into the matter and respond as soon as possible.”Mann, who moved his popular Kato Paphos arts and crafts shop ‘Rainbow’s End’ to the old town last December, agrees with Swift.“We feel forgotten by everyone, the tourism board are no help at all and people are actively being told not to come by tourist reps; there is just no support,” he said.Mann was told that upgrading work in the area would be completed before he opened his shop last December, however, it’s now July 2017, and some roads still remain closed, creating an impression of inaccessibility, he said.Both agree that one of the biggest problems is that the main road of Aphroditi and Fellachoglou Street, which provides a way around the market and was previously a busy drop off point for buses, has been closed for months.“We need to get this open and buses running along here again. More information needs to be given to tourists about the old town and people that live here really need to come and support us all; it’s such a struggle,” she said.Granite paving slabs that were laid along the street were only down for a month before workers had to come back and replace them as they had been laid at the wrong depth, she said. Swift had to again close her shop for a week as there was no access to her front door.In 2015, €60 million worth of projects for Paphos, including the regeneration of the traditional shopping centre and Kennedy Square, the restoration of the municipal market, the upgrading of the Markideio theatre, and connecting and enhancing the squares of October 28, Kosti Palama and Dionysios Solomos around the town hall were announced by the president.“The mayor has visited the old town, but he never comes down our street or comes to meet us,” said the duo. Swift also noted that although refuse tax was cut by 50 per cent last year, it is the only consideration that has been offered by the authorities.There is no compensation available for businesses, Swift still pays her social insurance contribution, although she doesn’t take a wage, and for the last six months there hasn’t been a refuse bin available on the street. Businesses have to walk to a nearby car park to place rubbish in a bin, or alternatively, take it home to dispose of it, she said.“The car park close by is full of machinery and people think it’s closed and there’s nowhere to park. There is also a new car park behind the mosque, which is nearby, but no-one knows about it as it’s not even signposted,” said Mann.Swift added that she is passionate about the old town and urged residents to make the effort to visit and show their support of local businesses.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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