Onion prices hit Rs 50kg mark in retail market

first_imgNew Delhi: Sattar, a local tea seller in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar has four polybags of onions weighing around 2 kg each piled up in his shop. He says that he bought these just before the prices of onions soared.Onions in the retail market in Delhi is being sold at Rs 50 kg. Consumers are left with no choice but to either use fewer onions into day to day food or do away with the essential ingredient straightaway. “It is impractical to do away with onions. Its a must in almost every Indian food. Now with the prices of onions skyrocketing, it becomes hard for us to manage our daily budget. Reasons whatever may, but the prices should be brought down,” said Anees Fatima, a housewife in Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOnion prices have scaled up due to a reduction in the arrival of onions in the wholesale mandis , following floods in major onion supplying states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. “I used to buy atleast 5 kg of oinions but this price is almost double of what we paid some days back. It becomes difficult for you to buy it at almost double the price when you know that it was sold at 20 to 25 rs/kg a few days back,” said Kamal, a consumer. It is belived that the arrival of onions from Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka is lower this year due to floods. Also the plantation of some varities of onions was also affected by late arival of monsoon.last_img read more

A good solution for cooling in remote underground mining areas

first_imgCooling in remote underground locations need no longer be a challenge. “Whether cooling capacity is either inadequate or inefficient or additional cooling capacity is required, the mobile Enerflow Underground Air Cooling Unit (ACU) can create a comfortable working environment with a temperature of between 26° and 28°C,” Dion Booyens, General Manager of Mine Support Products (MSP), a company within the DCD-Dorbyl Group, which supplies the unit, says. Developed by M-Tech Industrial in conjunction with MSP, the Enerflow ACU has a high positional efficiency, with a construction configuration which facilitates transport and installation, making it ideal for remote underground areas where temperatures hover around the critical 32.5°C wet bulb limit. Its size allows it to fit into a mine cage and it can be moved easily as mining activities expand.“Based on field-tested heat pump technology, the unit accommodates a water inlet temperature of up to 35°C,” Booyens continues. “The compressor, air evaporator and water condenser that make up the vapour compression cycle are housed within a single mobile, modular unit that can be mounted on a tracked unit, have its own undercarriage or can be wheel-mounted. There are currently two layout configurations to fit inside different cages. It weighs less than two tonnes and uses the environmentally-friendly refrigerant, R407c.”Easily connected to all services such as water, electricity and fan, the Enerflow ACU draws hot air in, cycles it through the air evaporator with a standard mine ventilation fan to cool it, and feeds the cooled air back into the environment. Depending on the air volume flow rate through the unit, the temperature drop on the air side through the unit ranges between 5° and 10°C wet bulb. The unit can also be customised to suit specific underground conditions.“Energy extracted from the air is transferred via the compressor to the water in the condenser which is then expelled into the mine’s wastewater reticulation system. This discharge volume is minimal, depending on specific application circumstances and the temperature of the supply water, with a flow of about 1 litre/s. Maximum flow rate is about 2 litres/s,” Booyens says.In the event of additional cooling requirements, the Enerflow ACU can be installed in series or in parallel. Water connection requires one inlet and one outlet using 50 mm flexible hoses. Electricity supply required is 525 V 50 A/phase. The unit uses either a 406 mm mine ventilation fan with a 4 kW capacity or a 572 mm (7.5 kW) fan. It is energy efficient, with a nominal cooling capacity of 100 kW which requires little electrical input, helping reduce cooling costs.last_img read more

Welcome to Uncanny Valley SEER Bot Mimics Human Expressions

first_imgStay on target It’s one thing to build a robot that thinks and speaks like a human. But it’s another to create a bot that emotes like one.Japanese artist Takayuki Todo developed the anthropomorphic SEER (Simulative Emotional Expression Robot)—a silicone head that mimics people’s facial appearance.Born out of research into human gaze and expression, the bot uses a camera sensor to track and imitate nearby profiles; its blue eyes, thin brows, and well-actuated head move with you.SEER, a card-carrying member of the uncanny valley, looks like something cartoon animators use to generate lifelike characters on screen. It rotates its head on three axes, and can independently move its glassy blue eyes to focus on different points.Animatronic eyelids and eyebrows made of soft elastic wire only add to the eerie feeling that this wee head (not much bigger than an adult hand) is silently judging you.“The purpose of my research and development is not to answer the philosophical theme ‘Will a robot (or computer) obtain a mind or emotions like mankind?’” according to creator Todo.Rather, he invented SEER to simply see if it’s possible to portray these feelings in the same way as humans.(The answer, it turns out, is yes.)“If we understand and identify with robots which can learn the functions and usages of emotional expressions from interactions with people … could we distinguish them from the existence of those with real minds and emotions?” Todo asked.(The answer, we can only hope, is also yes.)This isn’t Todo’s first robot rodeo: He previously produced Gazeroid—a humanoid with impressive eye-contact interaction (i.e., she can move her head while holding your gaze in an unsettlingly natural way).Someone introduce this guy to the entire sex-robot industry.Artificial intelligence has made things like Alexa, smart cars, and Westworld possible. Advanced neural networks can create drugs from scratch, find Waldo faster than a five-year-old, and paint pictures to rival Picasso. But not everyone is on board with the future of autonomy. Read more about AI here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain last_img read more

Officials: Vancouver apartment fire caused by arson

first_imgInvestigators think a fire that seriously damaged an apartment complex in Vancouver’s Bagley Downs neighborhood and sent tenants leaping from windows Saturday was arson, and officials are asking for tips to help find a person of interest in the case.The fire, at Fort Vancouver Terrace Apartments, 4710 Plomondon St., started around 7 p.m.Although a couple of people reportedly jumped from windows and firefighters had to rescue others from inside, no serious injuries were reported. The fire did $250,000 in damage to two upstairs and two downstairs units, according to the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office. It was unclear how many tenants were displaced.Investigators initially said the fire started outside of the building.Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said Tuesday that they now believe the fire was arson.She said officials are looking for a white woman in her 20s with dirty blond or light brown hair who might have been in the area. Scarpelli said the woman reportedly was driving a silver, early-2000s BMW X5 hatchback.Officials have offered an award of up to $10,000 — through the Arson Alarm Foundation and Northwest Insurance Council — for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case, Scarpelli said.Officials are asking anyone with information about the fire to call Lead Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Lawry at 360-487-7237.last_img read more

Free Christmas dinner at community center

first_imgWashougal – Nobody should be alone on Christmas, says Michele Gregerson, who’s helping coordinate a free Christmas Day dinner in Washougal. Gregerson and her husband, Mike, lead Calvary Community Church’s outreach ministry, which is collaborating with Refuel Washougal to put on the dinner.It’s happening 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 1681 C St. Attendees will be served restaurant style and given a menu that includes soup, salad, roast, ham, potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert.“We really want to serve them and treat them and make it a really nice experience,” Gregerson said.Santa and his elves will be handing out gifts, as well as posing for photos, and there will be a karaoke machine for singing holiday songs. The is the second year of the Christmas dinner, which served just under 100 people last year.last_img read more

Hockinson will try levies again in April

first_imgHockinson School District had two levies fail in the Feb. 12 election, and the district is going to try again in April.At a special meeting Tuesday night, the school board voted to put a replacement three-year levy and technology levy on the ballot for the next special election.The district is asking for $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for all three years of the replacement levy, which would be used to keep class sizes down, help fund special education programs, extracurricular activities and athletics.The technology levy would start in 2020, and the district is asking for an estimated 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, followed by 40 cents per $1,000 in 2021 and 36 cents per $1,000 in 2022. That money is expected to be used for technology refreshes, safety and security upgrades, heating and cooling improvements and capital improvements.Thanks to the McCleary decision, local levies can only go up to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Michelle Scott, director of business services for the district, said Hockinson was originally scheduled to collect nearly $5 million in local levy dollars until the levy cap. The district is now anticipating collecting about $2.4 million from local levies this year.last_img read more

Caretaker appointed by judge to clean up Pacific Beach hoarder house

first_img March 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach “hoarder house” that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office announced Friday.The office secured a court order on Tuesday ordering the residents of the Crownhill Road home to vacate the property to allow a caretaker to begin supervising cleanup at the home.The problem started after the former owner of the house off Soledad Mountain Road, Shirley Sanders, died in 2012. One of Sanders’ sons and some acquaintances moved in following her death and a growing pile of trash, furniture and other items cascaded out of the four-bedroom house and into the yard, according to the City Attorney’s Office.The problems mounted as the piles of furniture and trash inside the house created safety hazards for the occupants and emergency responders. Bathroom sinks drained into buckets and water leaks created mold throughout the house, the office said.One neighbor reported trapping 14 rats inside his garage and finding three more drowned in his swimming pool, thanks to the junk at the nearby Sanders house. Other concerned people reported the house several times to County Child Protective Services, saying that infants or young children were living in unsafe conditions there, according to the office.“This kind of conduct threatens the health and safety of our communities and destroys our quality of life,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said. “By intervening, we bring relief and peace of mind to affected neighbors, and help for hoarders who often have underlying issues that need to be addressed.”Officials say they tried unsuccessfully to work with the property owner to bring it into compliance with health and safety laws. But after dozens of warning letters from multiple agencies, the City Attorney’s Office on Tuesday obtained an injunction prohibiting Lauren E. Sanders of Lubbock, Texas, who is trustee of the Shirley T. Sanders Trust, from continuing to maintain a public nuisance.San Diego Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp appointed a receiver to bring the property into compliance. The occupants were ordered to vacate the property within 72 hours or face arrest for trespassing.The city will recover costs of the rehabilitation, cleanup, and legal fees from the property owner, officials said. Posted: March 16, 2018 Caretaker appointed by judge to clean up Pacific Beach ‘hoarder house’ KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Marissa Grace Band live on Good Morning San Diego

first_imgThe Marissa Grace Band, live on Good Morning San Diego Updated: 2:48 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – She’s a talented singer who has performed at big-time venues all over San Diego.What a treat it was to have a live performance by The Marissa Grace Band Sunday morning!You can check out their latest album “Will” on Spotify and iTunes.For more information, visit: www.marissagracemusic.com Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom December 16, 2018 Posted: December 16, 2018last_img read more

House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets

first_imgWASHINGTON — United in response to a national uproar, Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans’ long waits for care at VA hospitals.The House unanimously approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring lengthy delays for initial visits to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead. The Senate was poised to vote on a similar bill within 48 hours, said Democratic leader Harry Reid.The legislation comes close on the heels of a Veterans Affairs Department audit showing that more than 57,000 new applicants for care have had to wait at least three months for initial appointments and an additional 64,000 newly enrolled vets who requested appointments never got them.“I cannot state it strongly enough — this is a national disgrace,” said Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chief author of the House legislation. Miller made his comments minutes before the House completed the first of two votes on its measure. Lawmakers approved the bill 421-0, then re-voted a little over an hour later, making sure no one was left out on the politically important vote, with five more in favor and no one against. Miller sheepishly admitted the reason for the second vote: He was in his office and missed the first tally.last_img read more

Who will win an Employee Benefits Award this year

first_imgThe 14th annual Employee Benefits Awards, in association with Aon, takes place on Friday 3 June 2016.BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Hilton Worldwide, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Volkswagen Financial Services are among the employers shortlisted.There are 24 awards in total and the winners will be announced during a lunch time ceremony at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.The annual Employee Benefits Award and Summer Party will feature the much-anticipated fairground games and rides, including dodgems and a carousel.To follow the action and see which employers come out on top, follow @EmployeeBenefits and @EB_Awards on Twitter. Don’t forget to check out #EBAwards for live updates from the event.See the full shortlist.last_img

Elderly couple hospitalized after being struck by car in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – An elderly couple is recovering in the hospital after a car struck them as they tried to cross a street in Miami.Police said it happened along Southwest 26th Street and 36th Avenue, Tuesday morning.The woman was pushing her wheelchair-bound husband across the road when the car hit them.Both were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition to be treated for head injuries.The driver remained at the scene.Police continue to investigate. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Texas Mayors Urge Lawmakers to Include 150M in Budget for Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A coalition of defense communities in Texas is asking the state Legislature to include $150 million in the next two-year budget to support military installations.The money would be allocated to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for grants to help communities enhance installations.  The request, which represents only one-tenth of 1 percent of the nearly $150 billion that the state’s 15 installations bring to the Texas economy is “a very small price to pay to protect the military mission and jobs at Texas military installations,” wrote the Texas Mayors of Military Communities.“If state investment is going to make a difference in a future BRAC outcome, funding for projects is needed during the FY 2016-2017 biennium,” the request says.With the Pentagon eager to conduct a round of base closures, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price considers the funding a top priority.“Everybody’s had it on their radar for two or three years,” Price told the Star-Telegram. “We just don’t want to gamble on anything like that,” she added.Gov. Greg Abbot (R) has proposed providing the commission $30 million but has indicated he might support a larger investment. The House has proposed spending $75 million on community grants if the funds are available, while the Senate favors investing $30 million.A task force created during the last legislative session called for investing up to $150 million on grants.A House-Senate conference committee is slated to hash out the state budget for the next two years by June 1, according to the story.Separate legislation has advanced raising the cap on grants from the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program. Last month the Senate passed Senate Bill 318, which would increase the size of the community grants from $2 million to $5 million. Related legislation has been introduced in the House.last_img read more

UNHCR urges Myanmar Bangladesh to give Rohingya youth a future

first_imgFilippo GrandiUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Monday called upon the international community to continue their support to Bangladesh over Rohingya refugees.He also urged the leadership of Bangladesh and Myanmar — prime minister Sheikh Hasina and state counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi — to give young Rakhine Muslims a future, reports UNB.”I spoke to people, especially young people (in Kutupalang camp). They didn’t tell me I want more food, more blankets and more medicines. They told me — give us a future. That’s the message to both leaders (Hasina and Suu Kyi),” Grandi told a press conference at a city hotel in the evening.The UNHCR chief emphasised on implementation of citizenship verification process ‘efficiently and rapidly’ which will help unblock all the remaining barriers to the solution.He said they have technical expertise in verifying citizenship, and they will further discuss with Myanmar government how they can support in this process.Earlier in the day, he visited refugee camp Kutupalang in Cox’s Bazar district.Responding to a question on relocation plan to an island, the UNHCR chief said this is just a plan and the focus needs to be given on voluntary relocation instead of imposing force.”We always advise governments to verify two things — wherever refugees are relocated there are opportunities,” he said adding that relocating from a bad place to another bad one does not fulfil the purpose.Secondly, the UNHCR chief said, this relocation needs to be voluntary as the refugees cannot be forced at all.On repatriation process, he laid emphasis on creating a conducive and peaceful environment in Rakhine State to make the return sustainable.He said the process will not be sustainable if the refugees do not feel to go back to their homeland.Talking about his meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina, he said he thanked the government and the people of Bangladesh for hosting Myanmar refugees here for decades.Grandi said Bangladesh has many challenges — from development, climate change and economic fronts and they along with other organisations will continue to support Bangladesh and the community who are hosting refugees living in very fragile area.He said he is very “impressed” for being able to meet both Hasina and Suu Kyi, and described them “strong and clear minded visionary women”.Recalling that both of their fathers were killed, the UNCHR chief said the two leaders are very committed to a very good future for their respective countries.”My message to them — give a future to these young people. One more responsibility we all have to give a future to the people I saw in Cox’s Bazar today and in Myanmar last week,” Grandi added.The UNHCR chief will leave Dhaka on Tuesday. He visited Myanmar and Thailand before coming to Bangladesh.Bangladesh on Saturday urged the UNHCR to ask the government of Myanmar to take ‘meaningful measures’ and ensure the return of all Myanmar nationals staying in Bangladesh to their homeland in Rakhine State.Bangladesh also expressed concern over ‘unilateral halt’ of the repatriation process by the government of Myanmar since 2005 even though 10,820 refugees had been cleared by both countries through a verification process.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali conveyed Bangladesh’s position to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi during his meeting.During the meeting, the foreign minister apprised the UN Refugee Agency Chief of the measures taken by the government of Bangladesh to provide humanitarian assistances to Myanmar refugees and the undocumented Myanmar nationals.He also informed the High Commissioner that as many as 236,599 Rakhine Muslims had been repatriated till 2005.The foreign minister thanked the UNHCR for providing valuable support throughout the process of repatriation of this huge number of Myanmar nationals.He stressed that the constant presence of a huge number of Myanmar nationals in Cox’s Bazar has created a number of adverse effects on the overall socio-economic, political, demographic, environmental, and humanitarian and security situation of Cox’s Bazar and adjacent districts.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees commended the government of Bangladesh for being benevolent to host a large number of Myanmar nationals for a long time as well as for providing the humanitarian assistances to them.He underscored that the root cause of the instability in Rakhine State lies in the expropriation of citizenship of the Rakhine Muslims.The foreign minister thanked the high commissioner for undertaking the visit to Bangladesh and assured him of all sorts of cooperation during his mission to Cox’s Bazar.At least 74,000 Rohingya Muslims, out of 92,000, who fled indiscriminate killings, rape, arson and violence by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State, entered Bangladesh since 9 October, 2016.The number of refugees from Myanmar rose to 490,300 by the end of last year, up from 451,800 in the previous year, with Bangladesh hosting the largest number of 276,200, according to the report published by UNHCR ahead of the World Refugee Day.Out of the 276,200 refugees, 243,000 are in a refugee-like situation. The Bangladesh government, however, estimates the population to be between 300,000 and 500,000.Grandi, after concluding his visit to Myanmar, called for inclusive and sustainable solutions to protracted displacement and statelessness.last_img read more

3 killed in capitals militant den RAB

first_imgLaw enforcers are seen near the suspected militant den, Rubi Vila at Nakhalpara of the capital on Friday morning. Photo: Sajid HossainMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Friday found three bodies in a suspected militant hideout, Rubi Villa, located in Nakhalpara area in the capital.The bodies were recovered after the RAB had conducted a raid in the building which is approximately 100 yards away from the prime minister’s office, said RAB officials.Nuruzzaman Montu, a resident near the building, said he heard of gunshots. At one stage the law enforcers announced something through a mike.The elite force officials said they began the operation at the building, suspected as a ‘militant hideout’, around 2:00am.Militants were allegedly throwing grenades at the members of RAB during the raid, the officials claimed.RAB’s media wing said the suspected militants were staying on the 4th floor of a 5th-storey building there.Director of the RAB’s media wing Mufti Mahmud Khan confirmed the deaths of three people at the suspected militant den.”Earlier, Mufti said, “As grenades were thrown, entering into the building is not safe at this moment.When asked whether there is any mastermind inside the house, Mufti said, “We don’t have such information right now.”Read more:RAB raids ‘militant hideout’ in capital’s Nakhalparalast_img read more

Philippines holds referendum for Muslim Mindanao autonomy

first_imgEbrahim Murad, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), gestures after casting his vote during the plebiscite on Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) at a voting precinct in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao province, Philippines, on 21 January 2019. — Photo: ReutersMinority Muslims in the southern Philippines cast votes on Monday in a long-awaited referendum on autonomy, the culmination of a peace process to end decades of separatist conflict in a region plagued by poverty, banditry and Islamist extremism.Some 2.8 million people in the volatile Mindanao region are being asked if they back a plan by separatists and the government to create a self-administered area known as Bangsamoro, or “nation of Moros”, referring to the name Spanish colonialists gave to the area’s Muslim inhabitants.A clear “yes” vote is widely expected, which would grant executive, legislature and fiscal powers to a region where more than 120,000 people died a four-decade conflict that left it one of Asia’s poorest and at risk of infiltration by radical groups.Philippine referendum on Muslim autonomous region: tmsnrt.rs/2Hk3s7LThe central government would continue to oversee defense, security, foreign and monetary policy, and appoint a transition authority run by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the separatist group expected to dominate the new setup after a 2022 election.“We are confident that ‘yes’ will win,” MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim told CNN Philippines on Monday.“If there is no manipulation, no intimidating, there will be overwhelming approval,” he added.That would be a much-needed boost for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who remains a hugely popular personality among Filipinos but has so far struggled to make inroads on his ambitious policy agenda.Though the Bangsamoro plan was negotiated by his predecessors, Duterte, a mayor in Davao City in Mindanao for 22 years, is credited with ensuring it got the support of Congress, which the previous administration was unable to secure.A result is expected by Friday. Duterte last week urged voters to approve the plan and show they wanted peace, development and a local leadership that “truly represents and understand the needs of the Muslim people”.The plan’s advocates say it would address what are the predominantly Catholic country’s lowest levels of employment, income, education and development, which experts say are exploited by pirates, kidnapping gangs and armed groups that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State.The MILF has denounced extremists and said disillusionment over the slow progress towards devolution was a factor behind a 2017 occupation of Marawi City by rebels loyal to Islamic State, which the military took five months of ground offensives and devastating air strikes to defeat.The whole of Mindanao has since been under martial law.The MILF and the government hope autonomy would lead to greater investment in infrastructure and natural resources, and allow for expansion of fruit and nickel exports and development of a palm oil industry.What’s behind autonomy vote?Another Reuters analysis from Manila says: Predominantly Muslim areas of the mainly Catholic Philippines took part in a plebiscite on Monday to decide whether power should be devolved to a locally elected administration in one of Southeast Asia’s most conflict-torn regions.The referendum is the culmination of a tumultuous peace process between the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and successive governments, aimed at ending conflict that has killed at least 120,000 people since the 1970s.Some 2.8 million registered voters in two Muslim-majority areas of Mindanao, the country’s southernmost region, have been asked if they support a law to create a self-governing area called Bangsamoro, essentially an upgrade and expansion of an existing autonomous setup largely seen as ineffective.WHY IS SELF-RULE SO IMPORTANT?The Muslim parts of Mindanao are among Southeast Asia’s most unstable and neglected, lacking in infrastructure, jobs and schools. It is hoped that by managing its own affairs, the region will have more power, budget and political will to address the shortfalls, employ more civil servants, and attract more private investment, especially in agriculture and mining.More than half of the region’s families live in poverty, compared with a national average of 21.6 percent, according to government data. In 2015-2016, the region had the lowest secondary school enrolment and highest dropout rate, with just a third of youth in school compared with 68 percent nationally.Advocacy groups say historical narratives of neglect and oppression, and a lack of schooling and opportunity, make the region a fertile recruitment ground for militants inspired by Islamic State, like Dawla Islamiya, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf, known for bombings, beheading, kidnappings and piracy.WILL THE BANGSAMORO PLAN BE APPROVED AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER?The result is likely by Friday and an overwhelming “yes” is expected. A smaller plebiscite will be held on Feb. 6 asking some other areas if they wish to join the newly endorsed entity, once created.The central government will appoint a Bangsamoro Transition Authority, which will govern until elections in 2022 for an 80-seat legislature, which will choose a chief minister. The MILF enjoys broad support and is expected to dominate the process.Bangsamoro will have its own legislative, executive and fiscal powers, but defense, security and foreign and monetary policy will remain under Manila’s control. A “yes” outcome will see decommissioning of an estimated 40,000 weapons held by MILF guerrillas and civilians.HOW WOULD AUTONOMY IMPACT SECURITY?The hope is that autonomy would eventually address the roots of instability, although it is not expected to be a panacea after years of separatist, Islamist and Maoist rebellion, and lawlessness conflict between clans.Mindanao has been under martial law since an alliance of local and foreign militants inspired by Islamic State attacked Marawi City in a bid to establish a caliphate in May 2017. The military took five months to recapture it, destroying half of it in the process. There are fears survivors of that battle, and possibly fighters fleeing Iraq and Syria, could regroup and strike again.Deadly bombings last year at a Cotabato City mall, a street festival in Sultan Kudarat, and a prematurely detonated van bomb in Basilan, suggest there are elements who might try to sabotage the political process.WHAT IF THE VOTE IS “NO”?The status quo would prevail. Although a “no” vote is highly unlikely, it is possible that some areas invited to join the proposed autonomous area might reject the offer.Among those is Cotabato City, which has a mix of Muslims and Christians and was, according to some polls, not entirely behind the idea of joining. Cotabato would most likely be the new Bangsamoro authority’s seat of government. It might need to seek out another.IS THE REGION A GOVERNMENT PRIORITY?Historically not, but with Rodrigo Duterte, the first Philippine president to come from Mindanao, this could be its best chance for change.With Duterte’s 2016 election promises still largely unmet, a successful transition to a Bangsamoro authority would be a feather in his cap. Although the peace deal was agreed by his predecessor, it can expect Duterte’s strong support.He makes no secret of his determination to help Mindanao and often boasts about having turned Davao City from lawlessness into a thriving commercial center. He has encouraged donors to pour aid into Mindanao and despite security lapses that led to the battle for Marawi, it appears Duterte’s popularity has not been dented.Duterte is on good terms with separatist leaders and though not a Muslim himself, he often talks about his late grandmother being a native of the Bangsamoro area, and even losing distant relatives to militant recruiters.With only three years left to deliver an ambitious policy agenda, Mindanao could be his best legacy as president.last_img read more

Scientists ask peer review on fast track at what price

first_img The publication is Scientific Reports, which charges $1,495 to publish an article. Since March 24, authors of biology papers who pay an additional $750 can enjoy a fast track where the journal decides on the submission within three weeks. London-based NPG owns Scientific Reports and Nature, but the two journals are editorially independent. Why was the fast-track idea started in the first place?Scientific Reports runs on the open access model; it derives no revenue from subscriptions and charges authors to publish their papers. NPG said that a survey taken last year of its authors found that 70 percent were frustrated over the time peer review took and 67 percent thought publishers should experiment with alternative peer-review methods, said Daniel Cressey in Nature News.An article in The Economist in 2013 said, “Ask a researcher what annoys him most about scientific publishing, and slowness will come near the top of the list of gripes. It takes nearly six months, on average, for a manuscript to wend its way from submission to publication. Worse, before a paper is accepted by a journal, it is often rejected by one or more others.” The fast-track service is currently being run on a trial basis. Nandita Quaderi, publishing director, Nature Publishing Group, has described it as “an opt-in small scale pilot for a limited period of time and one which will not “affect the overall service we provide to authors who don’t choose the service.” According to Nature News, NPG said in a statement that “we are continually experimenting with different innovations in the publishing process.” They said the fast-track move was “a small pilot to see if a fast-track peer-review service is something that authors and reviewers would find useful.” Citation: Scientists ask, peer review on fast track at what price? (2015, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-scientists-peer-fast-track-price.html Journal information: Scientific Reports Explore further , Science The word “useful” was not part of Maslin’s reaction to the move. Maslin told Chemistry World, “Instead of the best science being published in a timely fashion it will further shift the balance to well-funded labs and groups.”Maslin similarly told Science Insider, “My objections are that it sets up a two-tiered system and instead of the best science being published in a timely fashion it will further shift the balance to well-funded labs and groups.” Maslin said he recognized that “Academic publishing is going through a revolution and we should expect some bumps along the way. This was just one that I felt I could not accept.”Chemistry World noted that authors paying the $750 fee would get a decision within three weeks of submission, via a service, Rubriq, provided by North Carolina-based Research Square. This is a service specializing in independent peer review. Science contributing correspondent John Bohannon reported in ScienceInsider that Research Square’s editors recruit scientists around the world as reviewers. The reviewers get paid $100 for each completed review. The review process includes an online scorecard. “So far, Research Square’s CEO, Shashi Mudunuri said, the company has about 1400 active reviewers who have scored 920 papers.”In a guest post on Nature’s “Of Schemes and Memes” community blog, Quaderi talked about the Research Square relationship: “The fast-track service is being provided in partnership with a third party, Research Square, using their Rubriq peer-review system, which incentivizes its reviewers with a fee per review. The trial is currently restricted to biology manuscripts, which is an area that Rubriq has a long-established reputation of supporting with its peer review service.” Quaderi also said that, “Needless to say, an author choosing the fast-track option is only benefiting from a quicker decision. The introduction of this service has no bearing on our editorial decision process – whether we accept, reject or request revisions – and we have worked closely with Research Square to be confident that their reviewer reports are as rigorous as we would expect from our own Scientific Reports reviewers.”Quaderi also drove home the point in her guest post that “Experimentation is key if we are to improve scholarly communications and support the researcher community, be they authors, reviewers, editorial board members or readers.” Quaderi said they hoped the trial will provide useful feedback—in whatever form it takes. Meanwhile, in an update, Bohannon reported that a commenter of his story and additional editors of Scientific Reports sent NPG a letter saying the announcement arose concern among them, because of the implications this introduction may have. They asked if the group could help them understand the meaning and implications of this move by considering some questions, which they posed. Credit: Charles Rondeau/public domaincenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Nature © 2015 Phys.org Journal team adds reviewer pay to open-access model A fast-track peer-review trial is in the news. A Nature Publishing Group (NPG) -owned journal’s editorial board member has resigned in protest over a pilot project where researchers pay for faster peer review. Mark Maslin, a professor at University College London, announced on Twitter earlier this month that he had resigned from the editorial advisory panel. He is bothered that the policy could create a divide between researchers who are poorly funded and their richer colleagues, both taking separate publishing routes. He said, “I think it is setting up a two-tier system.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe award ceremony of the First Print Biennale India 2018 (PBI), organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, recently took place in the lawns of Rabindra Bhawan. Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/c) for Culture, Government of India, couldn’t attend the function personally. However, he sent his message which was read out by Dr Paula Sengupta – “I am so glad to know that the Akademi is preserving and encouraging such fine art of printmaking through this grand event. I appreciate all the beautiful prints on display and the outstanding effort of the Academy that contributes and makes us aware of the contemporary trends in art. I also extend my compliments to the Lalit Kala Akademi for supporting and encouraging contemporary artists through this biennale, creating a unique legacy for the future. I congratulate all the winners” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Chief Guest of the programme Sujata Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture, stated, “I must appreciate the tremendous job done by the jury members. Prints exhibited at the biennial are joyous, quirky, protest prints, surreal and realistic. The entire display is quite versatile and interesting. I congratulate award winners and other participants.”Addressing the ceremony, M L Srivastava, Protem Chairman of the LKA, said, “The First Print Biennale India is a major step forward, taken by the LKA, in making the lesser known genre of visual arts popular. The event has elicited higher interest globally in artists as well as art lovers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt was followed by the launch of first PBI catalog and the medallion by the Chief Guest Sujata Prasad. She further honoured the awardees of the Biennale India with two lac rupees as prize money along with the medallion and certificate.Arup Kumar Kuity (Andhra Pradesh), Satya Narayana Gavara (Andhra Pradesh), Preya Bhagat (Uttar Pradesh), Purvi Parmar (Gujrat) and Sonal Varshneya (Uttar Pradesh) are given the award in the first PBI. Apart from the five awardees, 8 printmakers have been chosen for the Honourable Mention by the PBI jury panel. The occasion also witnessed mesmerising performance by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Padma Bhushan), Kathak performance by Manisha Gulyani, and the release of the Print Biennale India 2018 catalogue by Chief Guest Anupam Sud, Commissioner of the first PBI, along with its steering committee members Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Dr. Paula Sengupta and Vijay Bagodi.In the morning, a lecture series was inaugurated by M L Srivastava, Chairman, LKA at the Sahitya Akademi Auditorium as a part of the event. Kavita Shah, Jayati Mukherjee, Lina Vincent Sunish, Arpan Mukherjee and Dr Paula Sengupta were the speakers who elaborated on the historical significance and contemporary scope of print in the field of art. Amit Mukhopadhyay delivered a curatorial talk on ‘Atelier Populaire’.The first tier jury consisting of eminent artists sharply examined the 1126 entries received from 415 artists across the globe – 364 Indian and 51 International printmakers – and unanimously chose 177 exhibits. The second tier jury constituted of distinguished artists Waswo X. Waswo (US), Laxma Goud (India) and Shirish V. Mitbawkar (India), who selected five awardees and eight Honourable Mentions out of 153 printmakers.last_img read more

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said The ship was waiting south of Sicily awaiting further instructions from the authorities (Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Edmund Blair and Ros Russell) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed On Dec 31 2013 a former Uber driver named Syed Muzaffar made a right turn onto Polk Street in San Francisco and hit a family in the crosswalk The mother Ang Liu and her 4-year-old son were hurt but survived; Liu’s 6-year-old daughter Sofia was fatally injured On Monday Muzaffar was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter which carries penalties of up to one year of jail time According to court documents Muzaffar was in between UberX fares when the accident happened Uber is in the midst of a PR firestorm and regulators in cities like New Delhi and Portland are moving to ban Uber over concerns about safety and oversight The case of Sofia Liu has driven conversations about how to balance popular new transportation services with safety in California and a civil case her family filed against Uber remains unresolved Investigators found there was no cause for charging Muzaffar with gross negligence as a felony which carries stiffer penalties and is more typical in cases where for example the driver is intoxicated The Liu family’s lawyer Christopher Dolan says they are disappointed with the prosecutors’ decision and that they greeted the news of the charge with a question: “What about Uber” The girl’s family sued Uber in January claiming that the company is responsible for the daughter’s death and costs associated with the accident According to the complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court Muzaffar was logged into the Uber app and monitoring his smartphone at or near the time he made the fatal turn Christopher Dolan the attorney representing the family says the last thing the mother saw before being hit “was the driver looking down at his cell phone” See Uber Protests From Around the World French Taxi drivers burn tires as they protest in the southern city of Marseille on June 25 2015 as they demonstrate against UberPOP a popular taxi app that is facing fierce opposition from traditional cabs Anne-Christine Poujoulat—AFP/Getty Images Police officers in riot gear attempt to flip a car back onto it’s wheels at Porte Maillot on June 25 2015 in Paris Protesters blocked roads to airports and train stations overturning cars and setting tires on fire Guillaume de Senneville—Demotix/Corbis Hundreds of taxi drivers gather next to the Olympia Stadium to protest ride-sharing apps on June 11 2014 in Berlin Sean GallupGetty Images A demonstrator kicks a car suspected of being a private taxi during a 24 hour taxi strike and protest in Madrid on June 11 2014 Paul WhiteAP A taxi driver listens to speeches by his colleagues during an Europe-wide protest of licensed taxi drivers against taxi hailing apps that are feared to flush unregulated private drivers into the market in front of the Olympic stadium in Berlin on June 11 2014 Thomas Peter—Reuters Taxi drivers hold a banner during a protest in Barcelona on June 11 2014 Josep Lago—AFP/Getty Images London taxi’s line up on The Mall during a protest against a new smart phone app ‘Uber’ on June 11 2014 in London Dan KitwoodGetty Images Taxi drivers park their cars and honk the horn in protest on Pennsylvania Avenue bringing street traffic to a stop as they demand an end to ride sharing services such as Uber X and Lyft on June 25 2014 in Washington PAUL J RICHARDSAFP/Getty Images An Italian taxi driver distributes leaflets reading "Don’t take an illegal taxi take a white regular taxi" during a protest on June 11 2014 in Rome ANDREAS SOLAROAFP/Getty Images Taxis drivers block a highway outside Paris near Roissy on June 11 2014 as they take part in a demonstration to protest the growing number of minicabs known in France as Voitures de Tourisme avec Chauffeurs (VTC) Fred Dufour—AFP/Getty Images 1 of 10 Advertisement Uber whose officials have repeatedly emphasized that drivers are independent contractors and not company employees responded in court documents that Muzaffar was not carrying a fare heading to pick up a fare or responding to a request for a fare at the time and therefore had “no reason” to be interacting with the Uber app on his smartphone The company describes him as “a former licensee of Uber’s software application” and while acknowledging that Muzaffar was logged into the app the company’s lawyer said Uber “did not cause this tragic accident” and therefore the company’s insurance policy should not cover any damages like the family’s medical or burial bills (Uber has not yet responded to a request for comment for this article) Dolan says he’s currently waiting for Uber to produce documents he’s requested in hopes of proving that drivers like Muzaffar actually are more like employees than independent contractors and that Uber should therefore bear more responsibility for them including paying the Liu family’s $200000 in medical bills He helped lobby for a bill signed into law by California Gov Jerry Brown in September which requires companies like Uber to cover their drivers “from the moment” the app is on even if the driver has not yet been matched with a passenger Dolan plans to argue that Uber’s business model is in conflict with California law because it necessitates distracted drivingas drivers monitor the app respond to fare requests and send updates to awaiting passengers He hopes to force the tech company to move to an auditory rather than visual operating system for connecting drivers and riders “What people dont realize is that while Uber provides instant gratification” he says “there are going to be delayed consequences” Contact us at editors@timecom but his first choice Zoe Baird had to withdraw after it was revealed that she had not followed all applicable laws when hiring an undocumented nanny.” TIME wrote of Wood. 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