J&K schools asked to use IT tools to cover curriculum

first_imgWith schools in Jammu and Kashmir being shut for extended periods, the Centre wants to put information and communication technology to wide use to ensure the completion of the school curriculum.A road map for school education in the State — a collaborative effort of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir — has pushed for the increased use of ICT.“Schools remaining shut for extended periods and not finishing school curriculum is one of the key problems in the State; 41.53% (5,465 schools) of government primary schools did not complete even 200 working days in 2015-16. It is critical to ensure the completion of curriculum in schools for the State,” says the text of the road map for transforming school education in the State.Distance education“Provide ICT-supported education at doorstep to support teaching-learning process. Use National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to introduce distance education and facilities for two-way interaction with teachers in the NIOS studios,” it says.It suggests the use of either SWAYAM – an IT platform that facilitates hosting of all the courses taught in classrooms from 9th class till post-graduation to be accessed anywhere and at any time – or SWAYAM Prabha – a group of 32 DTH channels to telecast educational programmes round the clock – for the purpose in Jammu and Kashmir.“MHRD has SWAYAM Platform where Interactive content of Secondary and Sr. Secondary, designed and developed by NIOS is placed and this can be assessed by the learners from the valley – requirement internet connectivity, i.e., open internet access,” it says.last_img read more

Begum Hamida, pioneer in women empowerment, dies at 101

first_imgBegum Hamida Habibullah, a former Rajya Sabha member and a pioneer in women empowerment, died here on Tuesday.She was the daughter of Nawab Nazir Yar Jung Bahadur, Chief Justice Of Hyderabad High Court and wife of Major General Enaith Habibullah, who went on to become the first Commandant of the National Defence Academy.Her grandson Saif Habibullah announced the news of her demise through his Facebook account.Born on November 20, 1916, Hamida was 30 when India achieved independence and was a witness to modern India’s political history, stretching from the British rule to the bloody partition. She witnessed the building of new nation, glory days of the Congress Party and its subsequent decline to the present domination by the BJP.Her son, Wajahat Habibullah, was India’s first Chief Information Commissioner of India and former Chairman, National Minority Commission.Ms. Habibullah was known for working on women issues. She worked with SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association), which promoted self employment for women and the art of Lucknow’s famous chikankari ( thread embroidery).She joined politics with the Congress after her husband returned from the army in 1965 and went on to become an MLA from UP’s Haidergarh seat in Barabanki from 1969 to 1974. From 1971 to 1973, she was a Minister of State in the U.P. government and a Rajya Sabha member from 1976 to 1982.She held the Social and Harijan Welfare, National Integration & Civil Defence, and Tourism ministries.Hamida passed senior Cambridge with Distinction in 5-Subjects before going on to get a gold medal in B.A. from Osmania University.last_img read more

Haryana Assemblys monsoon session begins tomorrow

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 25 (PTI) The monsoon session of the Haryana Assembly begins here tomorrow as the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP Government would try to get the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill passed in the session which is likely to be brief.Apart from the GST Bill, Haryana Legislative Assembly Facilities to members Amendment Bill, Salaray Allowance and Pension of members amendment Bill, Court Fees amendment bill, Haryana Private University Amendment Bill, Haryana Sports Council Bill, 2016 and Vishwa Karma Skill University Bill are likely to be introduced in the assembly, official sources said.The assembly session will begin here in the afternoon tomorrow. However, the official schedule of business is yet to be announced.The assembly session which was to begin on August 19 had been deferred by a week after Khattar announced that many legislators had requested that they wanted to see the states athletes take part in the Rio Olympics.Among others, Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who is Leader of Opposition, had travelled to Rio.Ruling BJP is expected to bring in a resolution praising the feat of Sakshi Malik, who belongs to Haryana and won an Olympic bronze in a wrestling event at Rio.Opposition Congress and INLD are gearing up to target the Khattar government on a host of issues including crop insurance, law and order situation, employees and power issues.Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the party MLAs here, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda hit out at the Khattar government over its alleged failure on various fronts.advertisementChoudhary alleged that Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was being thrust on farmers and money was being deducted from their Kisan credit cards even when they were unwilling to take up the scheme.”We will bring an adjournment motion on this,” she said.Hooda claimed that the crop insurance scheme was “Kisan Loot Yojna”. (MORE) PTI SUN AKA MRJ RG MRJlast_img read more

Game Time: Everything You Need to Know to Follow Oklahoma State-Tulsa

first_img FS1SuddenlinkCoxDirecTVDish We did this a few times last year, but I think it will become more a part of our fabric in 2017. We will put everything you need to know about this week’s game into one post like this. From TV times and channels to Vegas lines and our preview pieces, this is your weekly one-stop shop to get initiated with the OSU game of the week.First up, the first game of 2017 against Tulsa in Stillwater.Teams• Oklahoma State: 0-0 (0-0)• Tulsa: 0-0 (0-0)• All-time series: OSU leads 39-27-5• In Stillwater: OSU leads 24-6-3• Last meeting: OSU won 59-33 (2011)Time | Location• 6:30 p.m. CST• Stillwater, Oklahoma• Boone Pickens StadiumTelevision• Channel: FS1• Online: FOX Sports Go• Announcers: Joe Davis | Brady Quinn | Bruce Feldman Tulsa––219150 Stillwater37 | 237–219150 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Radio• Cowboy Radio Network• TuneIn• Sirius (83)• XM (83)Preview Pieces• Are fans happy with non-conference scheduling?• Tulsa coach calls 2017 OSU Gundy’s most talented team• Why Glenn Spencer is winning the Big 12• Film study on Tulsa• PFB Podcast previewing the game (and the uniforms)• From the other side: Talking Tulsa with Kelly Hines• Our predictions for Oklahoma State in 2017• Three things to know about Tulsa• King of the game: OSU vs. TulsaPFB Coverage Tonight• Kyle Boone will be at the game with notes and videos• Jackson Lavarnway will be photographing the game• We will have postgame coverage into the night with our postgame show tentatively scheduled for 10 p.m.Time to rock!It’s finally game day!! pic.twitter.com/XKZ5epU552— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 31, 2017 OKC–67219150last_img read more

Gov’t Providing $100M for High School Tourism Certification Programme

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for employment in the sector, while emphasising that “training is a key part of the human capital development programme for the Ministry”. Story Highlights The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry. Mr. Bartlett also highlighted the human resource development programme being undertaken at the recently established Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which graduated 150 students three weeks ago. The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for employment in the sector, while emphasising that “training is a key part of the human capital development programme for the Ministry”.He was speaking during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8).Mr. Bartlett also highlighted the human resource development programme being undertaken at the recently established Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which graduated 150 students three weeks ago.The institute trains and certifies persons with the requisite qualifications that will enable them to secure employment anywhere in the world.Mr. Bartlett said this is a significant turning point in engendering professionalism in the industry and augmenting labour market reform.The JCTI is an assessment institution that provides specialist education tailored to improve competitiveness and employment opportunities in the tourism sector. Target areas include hospitality, culinary arts, and management.Its programmes, which include a partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), are expected to certify more than 8,000 people over the next five years.Mr. Bartlett also informed that the labour market is being reviewed in a bid to create better workers and enhance the work environment, thereby facilitating fair and decent work for all that results in improved productivity, among other positive outcomes.last_img read more

Growing disconnect between Canadians and nature poll

first_imgOTTAWA – There appears to be a growing disconnect between Canadians and nature.A poll from the Nature Conservancy of Canada has found three-quarters of us say it’s easier to spend time indoors. Dan Kraus with the conservancy believes it’s our responsibility as parents to teach our kids about the importance of being outside.“Sometimes we do need to plan to get out into larger places. We can’t get out into wilderness areas every day, but but it is something we can at least try to expose out kids to that a few times a year,” said Kraus, adding the poll indicates 94 per cent of us recognize the benefits of spending time in nature for our physical and mental health.Kraus also said it’s important to get outside — not just for health reasons — but for conservation reasons as well.“Nature not only provides us with incredible health benefits, but it also provides us with important what scientists sometimes call ‘ecological services’, or the free stuff that nature provides us like cleaning and storing out water or helping to purify our air.”Kraus adds introducing youth to the beauty of nature can inspire them to help protect it in the future.last_img read more

Former New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant steps down early as Liberal leader

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONCTON, N.B. — Former New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant says he’s stepping down as leader of the provincial Liberals earlier than planned.Gallant made the announcement at a news conference today in Moncton, saying he will resign at the party’s next caucus meeting.He says he will stay on as the MLA for Shediac Bay-Dieppe for the immediate future, but won’t be running in the next provincial election.Gallant had announced his intention to resign after his government failed to form a minority government in the weeks following the Sept. 24 provincial election.He was elected Liberal leader in 2012 and won a majority government in 2014.last_img

Who is Mario Dion the ethics watchdog who found Trudeau broke conflictofinterest

OTTAWA — Ethics commissioner Mario Dion pulled no punches in a damning report released Wednesday following an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair, by far his highest-profile undertaking since his appointment in January 2018.Dion’s nomination by the Liberal government received a mixed response from opposition parties, and the longtime public servant made headlines when he wouldn’t immediately commit to pursuing ongoing investigations into the prime minister and the finance minister. He later surprised opposition parties when he cleared Finance Minister Bill Morneau last June of conflict-of-interest allegations regarding pension legislation he introduced while holding shares in Morneau Shepell, a pension management firm.But if critics of the government had any concerns that Dion would go too easy on the Liberals in his role as ethics watchdog, his report on the SNC-Lavalin scandal must surely have put them to bed. In the report, Dion concluded that Trudeau used his authority to “circumvent, undermine and ultimately discredit” the decision of the director of public prosecutions not to offer a remediation agreement to SNC-Lavalin, which would have allowed the Montreal engineering giant to avoid criminal prosecution. He confirmed former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s allegations that she was inappropriately pressured by the prime minister and other senior officials to overrule the public prosecutor’s decision, and that she was improperly asked to consider partisan political interests.“I find all of these tactics troubling,” he wrote. “The evidence abundantly shows that Mr. Trudeau knowingly sought to influence Ms. Wilson-Raybould both directly and through the actions of his agents.”I find all of these tactics troublingDion, a Montreal native and a retired lawyer, was named federal ethics commissioner on Jan. 9, 2018, following a nearly 40-year career with the federal government. He has worked for Corrections Canada, the justice department and the Privy Council Office, and in 2003 was appointed deputy minister of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada, which worked to resolve abuse claims filed by former students.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Dion came out of retirement to serve as the commissioner of public sector integrity from 2011 to 2014, a position intended to investigate wrongdoing in the federal government and to protect whistleblowers. But he came under fire when the auditor general accused his office of “gross mismanagement” of two separate case files in 2014.He was appointed chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2015, before replacing Mary Dawson as ethics commissioner three years later.Dion’s nomination by the Liberal government in December 2017 riled the opposition parties, who claimed the process had been secretive and took place at the last minute. “It’s just ragingly incompetent and frustrating and cynical,” former NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen said at the time. Cullen also raised concerns about Dion’s performance as public service integrity commissioner. “Are you tough, are you fair, are you a dog with a bone?” he asked. “Would you describe yourself as somebody who pursues it to the end to make sure that it happens? Because that’s the confidence that we need.”At the time, Dion would not commit to pursuing ongoing ethics investigations into the prime minister’s visit to the Aga Khan’s private island and into Morneau’s involvement in a pension reform bill, which also raised some concerns. Ultimately, Dawson completed the Aga Khan investigation before leaving the office — she found, for the first time, that Trudeau had broken conflict-of-interest rules — and Dion did pursue the Morneau investigation, but eventually cleared him. From surf clams to limousines, a not-so-comprehensive list of Liberal ethics complaints under Trudeau Six things we learned about the SNC-Lavalin affair from the ethics report Andrew Coyne: The real scandal in the Lavalin affair is Trudeau’s attempts to pretend it’s not a scandal Last fall, in a separate investigation, Dion found that former fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc was in a conflict of interest when he awarded a lucrative fishing licence to a company with links to a family member. The licence was eventually cancelled.Despite the Liberals’ confidence that the ethics commissioner would clear them of wrongdoing in the SNC-Lavalin affair, Dion has now firmly concluded that Trudeau has violated Canada’s conflict-of-interest law for a second time.Though there are no sanctions attached to his finding, Dion has previously expressed interest in considering penalties for ethics violations, which would require a change to the federal legislation. “It’s not a futile question in my view,” Dion told the Globe and Mail in January 2018, shortly after his appointment. “It needs to be considered.”He also told the newspaper that his new role would require him to be “fearless.”• Email: mforrest@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

US housing permits rise at fastest pace in 5 years on apartments

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 6:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US housing permits rise at fastest pace in 5 years on apartments; houses remain mostly flat WASHINGTON – U.S. developers received approval in October to build apartments at the fastest pace in five years, a trend that could boost economic growth in the final three months of the year.Permits to build houses and apartments were approved at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.034 million, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That’s 6.2 per cent higher than the September rate of 974,000 and the fastest since June 2008, just before the peak of the financial crisis.Nearly all of the increase was for multi-family homes, a part of residential construction that can be volatile from month to month. Those permits rose 15.3 per cent to a rate of 414,000, also the fastest since June 2008. Plans for construction in the U.S. south drove much of the increase.Permits for single-family houses, which make up roughly two-thirds of the market, rose 0.8 per cent to a rate of 620,000. That’s still slightly below the August pace of 627,000, which was the best since May 2008.Data on homes started in October and September were not included in Tuesday’s report. Those figures have been delayed because of the government shutdown and will be released on Dec. 18 with the November home construction report.The increase in permits suggests those figures will rise. And it indicates that “housing construction will make a much bigger contribution” to economic growth in the final quarter of the year, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Construction of apartments has increased in the aftermath of the Great Recession, as the rate of homeownership has fallen from its 2006 peak of 69 per cent to 64 per cent. Lingering unemployment and stagnant incomes for millions of Americans have increased demand for rentals, which are at their lowest vacancy rates since early 2001.Builders are also benefiting from a low supply of homes for sale, which has increased prices for sellers.The rise in permits also suggests builders mostly shrugged off the partial government shutdown, which lasted from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16. The shutdown was blamed for delaying the release of the October and September housing data. And it continued to effect the government’s reporting on homes started for those months.Most economists expect the housing recovery will withstand an increase in borrowing costs that has slowed home sales in recent months.Fixed mortgage rates have risen almost a full percentage point since late May, when borrowing costs were near record lows. Last week, the average on the 30-year loan was 4.22 per cent, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.Mortgage rates are still low by historical standards. And steady job gains have made it possible for more Americans to buy homes.Homebuilder confidence tailed off slightly after the government closed in October, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. Their optimism flagged slightly out of concern that the shutdown and possibility another fiscal crisis at the start of next year will keep potential homebuyers on the sideline.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics. read more

NBC to launch allOlympic channel in deal with IOC USOC

NBC to launch all-Olympic channel in deal with IOC, USOC by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2016 7:53 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 10:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC is bringing year-round Olympic programming to the United States.After years of trying, the U.S and International Olympic Committees have agreed with NBC on a package that will offer year-round Olympic programming, focused on U.S. athletes, the parties announced Thursday. NBC will launch a new U.S. television network branded “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” in the second half of 2017.Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC, calls the partnership “a wonderful way to turbocharge one of fastest-growing fan bases that’s out there.”That channel will complement the IOC’s Olympic Channel, which launched on a worldwide digital platform after the Rio Games.The programming will include archival footage and documentaries, along with original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel, said the IOC is planning on producing 250 hours of original programming per year. That programming will be available to the NBC network, and the USOC will also produce U.S.-focused content.About 10 years ago, the USOC proposed launching its own version of an Olympic channel but got a tepid response from both NBC and the IOC, which didn’t want outside competition to their own programing. NBC owns U.S. rights to televise the games through 2032. read more

Switch CEO unveils key details about LED bulb liquid cooling system

first_imgThis week at the LED Show in Las Vegas the CEO of Switch Lighting, Tracy Bilbrough, explained the company’s secret sauce. Interestingly enough, “sauce” isn’t too far from the truth — Switch’s LED bulbs are filled with a liquid that is used to cool the components inside. Now we know a little bit more about the highly-awaited bulbs, though the product line has yet to be made available for purchase by consumers.Until this point the company has been quiet about the liquid they used though they were always sure to note that the material was non-hazardous. It turns out that Switch’s patented “LQD Cooling System” uses a liquid silicone that is non-conductive, non-toxic, and won’t even stain your rug if you break a bulb. The liquid is also a “completely safe, food-grade product” so breaking one won’t require you to call in a haz-mat team (but does it make a great salad dressing?).The second part of the Switch LQD system is the driver. This is the part of the lamp that converts the electricity and powers the LED array. Drivers need to stay reasonably cool for bulbs to operate properly, even though Switch’s does not come into direct contact with the liquid coolant (the driver is hidden away in the base). The release did not specifically mention anything that would set Switch’s driver apart from the competition’s offerings and the transcript of Bilbrough’s talk is not yet available.The combination of the two makes for what Switch calls the “best in-class thermal management” and a cooling solution that is 40% more efficient than air-cooling. Presumably that means 40% better performance than passive air cooling, as opposed to an active solution like that by Nuventix, but either way the company is quietly confident in its abilities to cool the LEDs and driver. Better cooling means longer-lasting LEDs, but it also opens the door for pushing fewer LEDs harder, which is an ideal way to drive down bulb posts if Switch wanted to pursue that route. With an expected price of $40 for the 40W-equivalent Switch40 this might be worth exploring (though, to be fair, that was the expected price I was told late last year).Switch’s LED bulbs have been delayed multiple times, but they are said to be available commercially right now and in use in certain hotels. When Geek.com covered Switch in November 2011 the company said to expect availability for consumers in January 2012, but the bulbs have yet to be released.More at Switchlast_img read more

Lidl recalls batches of chocolate eggs Ikea recalls marshmallows

first_img Friday 23 Feb 2018, 9:47 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: FSAILIDL IRELAND IS recalling a batch of chocolate eggs due to health and safety concerns.The discount supermarket is recalling batches of its Favorina Dip Eggs, as the labels and ingredient lists are not in English.The product contains milk as an ingredient and may also contain cereals containing gluten, egg, peanut, soya and nuts.The batch being recalled has a best before date of 30.07.2018; the batch code is L1506A7LP; and the pack size is 144g (4 x 36g).Ikea Ireland are also recalling its GODIS PÅSKKYCKLING marshmallows because mice were found at its production unit.Customers who bought the 100g bags with best-before dates between 23 October 2018 and 26 January 2019 are urged to return it for a full refund.The best before date is stamped at the back of the packaging, and no receipt is required to return the product, the company said. Share34 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/3869296 21,770 Views Short URLcenter_img Feb 23rd 2018, 9:47 PM 21 Comments Lidl recalls batches of chocolate eggs, Ikea recalls marshmallows Ikea are recalling packets of marshmallows because mice were found at the product’s production site. By Gráinne Ní Aodha We see this recall as a necessary step to live up to our high-quality food safety standards and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.For more information, people are advised to contact Ikea’s exchange and returns department on (01) 541 3302.Read: Aldi has recalled two batches of its white bloomer bread because there may be ‘wire pieces’ in themRead: Quorn tikka masala recalled due to presence of rubber pieceslast_img read more

University Regents advance Chilkat Valley timber sale in 91 vote

first_imgThe 13,426 acres is scattered throughout the Haines Borough. (Map Courtesy of the University of Alaska)The University of Alaska is moving forward with a controversial Haines-area timber sale. Amid concerns, the University’s Board of Regents delayed advancing the sale at its last regular meeting.Listen nowBut with more information in front of them this week, regents were nearly unanimous in their decision to approve a development and disposal plan.At a special meeting this week, regents voted 9-1 to approve a development and disposal plan for the sale of timber on 13,400 acres of its land in the Chilkat Valley.The vote authorizes the university to move forward with contract negotiations for the 10-year negotiated sale, announced in March, estimated to generate 150 million board feet.Regents heard from UA President Jim Johnsen.“In the case of our land development, we can not only look at our regulations, we can look at our history,” Johnsen said. “We can look at actual cases of how we have done land management sustainably and timber harvests sustainably and responsibly.”Johnsen presented information on the history of the University’s land grants and how those lands have been developed. He also discussed where that money goes, and recent examples of successful harvests.The University has about 150,000 total acres in land grants, which fall into different categories.“It’s frankly, again, not much land,” Johnsen said. “And certainly not much of large commercial value. What little of that we have we seek to monetize.”Johnsen said UA wants to diversify its revenues, by increasing those coming in from timber. The Haines project is estimated to bring in $10 million.Johnsen said revenue from land development funds things like the Alaska Scholars Program, University of Alaska Press, and Cooperative Extension.After hearing from Johnsen, Regent Andy Teuber was the only one to vote against the approval.“I’m generally very supportive of all the recommendations that come from management and from President Johnson as well,” Teuber said. “I’m just not particularly fond of the approach that we’re taking on this for the return that’s deemed to be forthcoming over the course of time. I think it’s somewhat dismissive to the substantial number of comments and concerns that were delivered respectfully to the board of regents.”Others, like Regent Dale Anderson, spoke in favor of moving forward, particularly because of the economic opportunities for the university and local residents.“Our fiduciary responsibility as board members is to the University of Alaska and the wellbeing of that school,” Anderson said. “Of that university. So I encourage all of us to take a very very close look at our intent in our votes, to know that, that’s where our loyalty lies.”The University estimates the sale would create 55 to 60 new local jobs in its 10-year span.Regent Karen Perdue, who lived in Southeast for many years, voted in favor of the approval, but said success will come in finding a balance.“My interest is sort of balanced between understanding that these communities need jobs, we as regents have a fiduciary responsibility,” Perdue said. “But we also are butting up against a pretty significant treasure, which is that [preserve]. And also that Haines has extensively worked to promote a tourism economy.”A portion of the land included in the timber sale falls within the bounds of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. However, this harvest would be permitted because University lands are excluded from restrictions imposed on the preserve.Johnsen said the University is working to address concerns about eagle habitat, to minimize or eliminate impact. According to his presentation, the timber harvest area could end up being much smaller, depending on environmental requirements.Regent Lisa Parker said she feels confident in the University’s work on the project.“We are a university and I think in this case and in anything that we do it’s important for us to lead by example and to set a high standard,” Parker said. “And based on what I’ve seen both previously and in conversations today, I believe that the president and the land department are doing that.”In the Chilkat Valley, the proposed sale has drawn excitement from residents who see a big economic opportunity for locals. Many others fear it could alter the land in a way that has real consequences for the environment, including fisheries and other wildlife.The Haines Assembly continues to have disagreements on the sale. At a meeting Tuesday, some assembly members and the borough manager expressed concerns that the interactions with and positions of the local government were misrepresented to the regents.Tom Morphet suggested asking the University to press pause until an advisory vote can be held to gauge local support. Still, others expressed concerns about the assembly being too adversarial.Based on feedback from the public and regents, the university has developed a set of guiding principles for moving forward. It also plans to work with a local advisory group.Once negotiations are completed, the contract will go back to the Board of Regents for approval. That is expected to happen later this summer.The University is working with the Division of Forestry and Mental Health Land Trust on the project. A multi-agency review will be conducted through the permitting process, and there will be future opportunities for public comment.last_img read more

Toshiba Corp to cut 7000 jobs to restructure company

first_imgToshiba Corp is mulling cutting 7,000 jobs as part of its plan to restructure the scandal-hit company.Major jobs cuts are expected in the lifestyle segment like television, personal computer (PC) and white goods businesses, which are not profit-making, reported the Nikkei Daily newspaper.The company is also expected to impose early retirement and transfers on employees, sources told Japan Times.Earlier this year, the company had been hit by a scandal after revelations about its inflated profits for the last seven years had been reported.The Ome factory in west Tokyo, which makes televisions and PCs, is up for major downsizing in operations. The company is considering stopping the manufacturing of televisions completely, Nikkei reported.The lifestyle segment employed 24,000 foreign and domestic employees on 31 March, 2015. The company has lost Â¥109.7 billion in operations, Nikkei reported.Toshiba will also scale back its image sensor and white light-emitting diode business, which would lead to job loss and transfers of up to 2,300 employees.The parent company will be selling its major stakes in Toshiba TEC Corp, the office equipment subsidiary, to streamline its focus towards core operations like nuclear power and semiconductors, sources told Japan Times. Toshiba TEC suffered a net loss of Â¥7.4 billion during the first half of 2015.Ernst and Young’s Japanese subsidiary, which audited Toshiba, will also be facing punishment from Japanese regulator Certified Public Accountants and Auditing Oversight Board, a regulatory panel within Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), reported Reuters.Toshiba had shown inflated earnings up to $1.3 billion since 2008.Hisao Tanaka, the chief executive of Toshiba, and other senior officials had resigned in July.Toshiba President Masashi Muromachi said the restructuring would go on “without limits” as the firm has to downscale its profits by Â¥224.8 billion to level out the inflated earnings posted from 2008 to 2014 on pretax basis, reported Japan Times.last_img read more

Time Inc considers taking on private equity partner for Yahoo bid Reuters

first_imgTime Inc. is considering partnering with a private equity firm on a bid for Yahoo Inc’s core Internet assets, according to people familiar with the matter, as the U.S. publishing company seeks to boost its digital presence.The deliberations on finding a partner to help fund the potential deal underscore Time Inc’s limited resources. Yahoo’s web business is estimated to be worth several billion of dollars more than Time Inc’s market capitalisation of just $1.6 billion.Time Inc held conversations with buyout firms before signing a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo recently that forbids bidders in the sale process from communicating with each other, the people said this week.However, Time Inc is hoping that Yahoo will allow bidders to form consortia after they submit first-round bids that are due on April 11, the people added. Time Inc has not yet selected any private equity firm as a potential partner, the people said.Several private equity firms are weighing bids for Yahoo’s internet assets including Blackstone Group LP, KKR & Co LP, TPG Capital LP, Apax Partners LLP, Warburg Pincus LLC, Bain Capital LLC and Hellman & Friedman LLC, the people said.A potential deal structure that Time Inc and its investment bankers have been considering is a Reverse Morris Trust, the people said. This could potentially allow Yahoo to divest assets in a tax-efficient manner, the people added.Spokespeople for Yahoo, Time Inc and the private equity firms declined to comment.Since Time Inc spun out from parent company Time Warner Inc in 2014, its chief executive, Joe Ripp, has been vocal about putting more cash into the business and expanding the company beyond its print roots.The New York-based company, whose titles include People, Sports Illustrated and its namesake Time magazine, has been on a digital shopping spree in recent months.In February, it acquired Viant Technology, a New York-based marketing firm that owns Myspace, an early social media company. Last fall, it bought HelloGiggles, a lifestyle website owned by actress Zooey Deschanel, and xoJane, an online magazine geared to women.Yahoo faces increasing pressure from shareholders and investors to sell its core business instead of going through a spinoff that would separate the company from its stakes in Yahoo Japan (4689.T) and Alibaba Group (BABA.N).Analysts see Verizon (VZ.N), the large telecommunications company that bought AOL last year for $4.4 billion, as being a more likely candidate to prevail in the auction for Yahoo’s web business.Time Inc’s revenue annual revenue fell 5 percent to $3.1 billion last year, with print and advertising revenue falling 10 percent to $1.32 billion. However, its digital advertising revenues have been on the upswing and rose 11 percent to $221 million last year.last_img read more

I would have died Ananya Panday recalls horrifying incident on sets of

first_imgAnanya PandayInstagramAnanya Panday, who recently made her debut with Student of the Year 2 (SOTY 2), revealed a horrifying incident in which she could have lost her life.Ananya said that while shooting for a scene for SOTY 2, she suffered a car accident that was so major that she thought she would die. Fortunately she escaped the mishap, but the scene did not make it to the film.”I would have died. The airbags of the car opened up, Tiger Shroff came to save me, but when he realised that the car is going to blow up he ran in the other direction and left me. Everyone had left me in the car and gone. I had heard all these horror stories that once the airbags open up your nose breaks — so my first reaction was — Is my nose broken? Later I realised much more could have happened. Then I saw the movie and the scene is not there and I was like I have risked my life for this,” the star kid told Zoom TV.Earlier, Ananya in an exclusive interview with International Business Times India, had said that she considers Alia Bhatt as her role model as she feels the latter is a power-house of talent.She had also said that she has a bucket list of actors and directors that she would want to work with in future. Among actors, she wishes to work with Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh. And among directors, she looks forward to work with Zoya Akhtar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali.last_img read more

Sanctuary Cities Bill Gets Initial Approval In Texas House

first_img Share The Texas House of Representatives has given tentative approval of a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities. The chamber passed Senate Bill 4 early Thursday morning after about 16 hours of debate on a 93-54 vote. The bill  would penalize jurisdictions that limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. During the 16-hour debate, lawmakers passed an amendment to the bill that would allow local law enforcement officials to enquire about an individual’s immigration status upon detainment, rather than strictly after an individual has been arrested. The bill would also allow for the removal of police chiefs or sheriffs for not honoring detainer requests. “The bill carries stiff civil penalties for local entities who enact sanctuary city policies and allows the removal from office sheriffs, police chiefs who refuse to comply with immigration detainer requests,” the bill’s sponsor, Fort Worth Republican Charlie Geren, explained early on in the House debate.Republican Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas recounted in explicit details the racism he encountered as a Latino, but said he still supports the measure. “This is a common-sense bill,” he said. “It just says this, ‘If you are here and you are undocumented and you have violated some law and been detained or been arrested, we’re going to send you back to your community.’”However, both Geren and Villalba voted against the controversial amendment from Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), which skews closer to the bill’s original Senate language. That amendment, which drew impassioned testimony from Democratic lawmakers over the course of five hours, allows law enforcement to request the immigration status of any individual during detainment, rather than after a suspect is arrested.  “It just ensures that once a person is now being detained, or they have been arrested lawfully…and they learn that this person, for instance, has a federal detainer, that they can honor that,” Schaefer said of his amendment.  San Antonio Rep. Diego Bernal questioned Schaefer about how his amendment could make simple interactions with law enforcement lead to an immigration check, asking if someone could be detained for speeding. Schaefer said that was a possibility under his amendment.Clint Rep. Mary Gonzalez of Clint spoke about being a victim of sexual assault and how she felt this amendment would silence future victims.“We aren’t trying to exaggerate when we say the people in the shadows will be in the shadows more,” Gonzalez said. Geren, Villalba and seven other Republican representatives voted against Schaefer’s amendment in the 81-64 vote.Earlier in the day, Democrats spent the day arguing the bill is not needed because there is no municipality in Texas that is considered a sanctuary city.Brownsville Rep. Rene Oliveira specifically asked that of Geren.“Can you name one sanctuary city in Texas?” he asked on the House floor.“At this time I cannot,” Geren said.   JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTDemonstrators gather at the Capitol to protest Senate Bill 4.Demonstrators also gathered outside the Capitol before debate began for a “Day of Action” to urge representatives to reject the bill. Signs called the legislation “racist.”Opponents say local law enforcement should not be acting as federal immigration agents and warn that if they do, it will result in undocumented immigrants being less likely to cooperate with police, serve as witnesses or report crimes. The debate comes on the heels of a federal judge’s ruling that blocked President Trump’s executive order that aimed to withhold federal money from cities and counties deemed sanctuary jurisdictions by the federal government. At the state level, much of lawmakers’ discussions have centered around Travis County Sheriff Sally Gonzalez’s policy, which does not honor ICE requests unless someone has been charged with murder, human trafficking or aggravated sexual assault. Gov. Greg Abbott listed legislation banning sanctuary cities as one of his emergency items this legislative session. The bill sailed through the Senate in February, and if earlier procedural votes are any indication, the votes are there for it to pass the House as well.Austin Mayor Steve Adler met yesterday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and officials from the Department of Justice. After the meeting Adler told KUT’s Nathan Bernier that Austin and Travis County did not seem to meet the definition of a “sanctuary” jurisdiction in the eyes of the federal government.Adler said it appeared the state legislation went even further than President Trump’s executive order.last_img read more

Beyonces Homecoming Premiere on Netflix Drew 11 Million US Viewers Nielsen Says

first_imgIt’s worth pointing out that Nielsen’s estimates do not provide a complete picture of Netflix viewing. Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings cover only the U.S. and track viewing only on internet-connected TVs (excluding mobile devices and computers). Given the youth-skewing makeup of the “Homecoming” viewership, the exclusion of mobile may have resulted in a sizable undercount of the total actual audience.What’s notable is the predominantly young, female and African-American composition of the viewers who watched the Beyoncé special.On premiere day, the film’s audience was 63% African-American, Nielsen found. Within the first seven days of release, the “Homecoming” viewership was 55% African-American within its first seven days — higher than any other original streaming series or film tracked by Nielsen to date. “Bird Box”’s audience was the closest, with an audience that was 24% African-American. Hispanics were 15% of “Homecoming”’s audience and Asians accounted for 5% in the first seven days.Beyoncé’s Netflix special also skewed heavily female. Within the first seven days of its premiere, the film’s audience was 70% female, more than Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” season 6 (66%), “House of Cards” season 6 (54%) and “Bird Box” (57%). In addition, 43% of “Homecoming”’s audience 18-34, 12% were 2-17 and 27% adults ages 35-49, according to Nielsen.On the social front, “Homecoming” had 757,000 interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over its first week, most of which were driven by organic content. By comparison, that’s more than three times Netflix’s “Springsteen on Broadway” special (225,000 interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over its first 7 days following its Dec. 15, 2018).Among the most-engaging pieces of social content for “Homecoming” came from Michelle Obama on Instagram, in a video congratulating Beyoncé for raising the bar as well as her celebration and promotion of diversity in the movie. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Queen Bey pulled in a big crowd on Netflix with the premiere of “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” last month — with an audience that was overwhelmingly young, black and female, according to Nielsen.On its premiere date (April 17), the concert film on Netflix reached 1.1 million U.S. viewers and garnered an average minute audience of 828,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. The film — following Beyoncé and her performance at 2018 Coachella, which paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities — received a similar average minute viewing audience over the course of the next few days heading into the April 20-21 weekend.“Homecoming” didn’t register as big an audience as other recent, high-profile Netflix originals, including “Bird Box” (3.5 million viewers on its premiere day) and Will Smith’s “Bright” (5.4 million), as measured by Nielsen. The research firm was unable to provide estimates for other Netflix concert specials, like Bruce Springsteen’s “Springsteen on Broadway” or Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” stadium tour. Relatedcenter_img ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety Of the 757,000 total interactions measured around “Homecoming” in the first week, 65% occurred on Twitter, 33% occurred on Instagram, and just 2% occurred on Facebook, according to Nielsen.“Homecoming” came to Netflix under a three-project deal with Beyoncé worth $60 million, Variety reported last month. The price tag for the “Homecoming” special was around $20 million. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is credited as executive producer, writer and director of the film.last_img read more

Twitter consistently prefers the PS4 to the Xbox One

first_imgWhich next-gen console is the best? The jury is still out on that one, but one thing we can see for sure is that Sony is consistently more popular on one of the world’s biggest social networks.Microsoft and Sony are going to spend the next year battling for the hearts, minds, and living rooms of gamers all over the world. From early adopters to those of us who are waiting for something other than an unimpressive list of launch games, the decision to lay down cash and buy a console is going to depend largely on forces outside of Microsoft’s and Sony’s control. Major purchases are almost always influenced by friends and family talking about the product, and if you take a look at the data it’s clear that Sony has the upper hand in one key place right now.The creative team at eBay Deals built a fun visual that helps show off which of the two consoles is the most popular based on chatter heard on Twitter. The visual is a pair of boxing robots in a ring, one themed like the Xbox One and the other like the PS4. Each time someone mentions the Xbox One on Twitter, that robot scores a punch in the face of the PS4 boxing bot, and the reverse happens when someone mentions the PS4.The animation happens in real time, so you could watch this fight play out all day long, with a counter keeping score of which bot is doing better. Each day the winner is prominently displayed on the top of the animation, which is used to determine which console should be the prize in a giveaway.It’s a cute attempt to visualize the daily conversations for each of these consoles, but ultimately all it really shows is which gets mentioned more in a single day. To be particularly useful, you’d have to take a look at the data collected over an extended period of time.The creative team at eBay Deals was kind enough to show us that information, and the results were fairly definitive. Every day but one the PS4 was the most talked about of the two consoles, measuring from 1/20 to 2/4. The one day where the Xbox One saw more chatter than the PS4 was the day Microsoft announced they would take $100 off the cost of the console if you traded in a PS3 at a Microsoft Store. With exception to that one day, the PS4 is the more talked about console on Twitter.Even on days where the PS4 “wins” in this visual, it’s usually not by much. There’s also no way to measure if the tweet was positive or negative, just that it mentioned one of the two consoles. The percentage seems to hover close enough to a 50/50 split that one will clearly win over the other if there’s news about the console, like the recent chatter around the PS4 1.6 update that should be here any time now.It’s a relatively thin margin otherwise, but one that is consistently in Sony’s favor. This isn’t entirely surprising since there are currently more PS4 consoles being sold than Xbox One consoles, but it’s just enough hard data added to the pile to show that Microsoft is a little bit behind right now.last_img read more

Android 22 launch imminent

first_img Citation: Android 2.2 launch imminent (2010, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-android-imminent.html Sprint to release HTC Hero Android phone in October (Update) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The next version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 2.2, codenamed ‘Froyo’ after frozen yoghurt, is expected to be officially launched next week. A giant statue of a cup of frozen yoghurt has been photographed alongside other oversized statues of desserts, such as the Éclair, the donut and the cupcake, in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. This is a clear indication the launch of the latest version of its mobile phone operating system is imminent.The operating system will have fully integrated Adobe Flash support, and there will be a massive improvement in speed, with unverified benchmark tests reported by the AndroidPolice website showing a 450% increase in speed over Android 2.1 (Éclair). According to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, the new version will enable Android phone owners to use their phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, and it will also have USB tethering built-in, which will allow the phone to be used as a modem to share its Internet connection with laptops and other portable devices such as gaming consoles. It is unclear at present if the Wi-Fi hotspot and USB tethering features could be disabled by carriers or allowed only for an extra charge. (AT&T still has not enabled iPhone tethering.) It is also unclear which phones will run the new version.Google has not yet confirmed any details about Froyo except Flash integration, but industry analysts are confident features such as FM radio, enhancements of OpenGL ES 2.0, color trackball notifications and additional free RAM will be included. Froyo is also expected to allow Android phone users to automatically upgrade applications and to install applications on an SD card, which would allow them to install more applications than they could using only the phone’s small built-in memory.Froyo is expected to be launched officially at next week’s Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Explore furtherlast_img read more