Indias services sector activity eases in Aug amid softer rise in new

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s services sector activity growth eased in August as new business inflows rose at a slower pace; following which job creation and output expansion moderated, a monthly survey showed on Wednesday. The IHS Markit India Services Business Activity Index declined from 53.8 in July to 52.4 in August, pointing to a slower rate of increase in output. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “The weaker PMI readings for India’s service sector match the trend noted in the manufacturing industry, bringing unwelcome news of a cooling economy halfway through the second quarter of fiscal year 2019-20,” said Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit. The IHS Markit India Composite PMI Output Index, that maps both the manufacturing and services industry, fell from 53.9 in July to 52.6 in August. Notwithstanding the decline, the composite PMI Output Index was in expansion territory for the 18th month in a row. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Growth of aggregate new orders moderated from July and was modest. Private sector jobs rose further in August, but the pace of expansion was slower. “Although the two surveys combined point to another round of job gains, a retreat in the rate of employment expansion highlight a wait-and-see approach among businesses who are longing for a meaningful and sustained pick-up in demand growth,” Lima said. Despite the decline, service providers remained confident of a rise in business activity in the coming 12 months, with optimism strengthening to a one-year high. Forecasts of better demand conditions, marketing initiatives and accommodative public policies all boosted sentiment in August, the survey noted. “An important development, however, is evident in a rebound in business sentiment. Both manufacturers and service providers believe that supportive public policies can help shift growth momentum into a higher gear in the coming 12 months,” Lima said. On the inflation front, the survey noted that services companies lifted their selling prices again in August. Meanwhile, India’s GDP growth fell to an over six-year low of 5 per cent in the June quarter. Besides, the growth of eight core industries dropped to 2.1 per cent in July, mainly due to contraction in coal, crude oil and natural gas production. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), released earlier this week, fell to 51.4 in August, its lowest mark since May 2018, from 52.5 in July, as most survey indicators fell since July to signal a widespread loss of momentum.last_img read more

Cannabis paraphernalia to take a modern twist after legalization say experts

first_imgTORONTO _ Francois Ricard’s run of poking fun at the prime minister about Canada’s impending legalization of recreational cannabis may soon come to an end in Quebec even if it thrives in the rest of the country.His Just-in Canada line of products depicting Justin Trudeau riding a giant joint or flying high above Parliament Hill will be outlawed on Oct. 17 according to a new provincial law that prevents retailers from selling any items that include the cannabis leaf.“At this point my only option in Quebec is to hide the joint or the leaf image and put ‘censored’ over it,” he said in an interview.The head of the 75-year-old gift and souvenir supplier linked up with a local artist in an attempt to cash in on what Ricard expects will be growing demand for cannabis-related paraphernalia as legalization makes marijuana use more mainstream.The Quebec law will almost certainly face a constitutional challenge over freedom of expression protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, says Mylany David, a lawyer who heads a working committee on cannabis at the Langlois law firm.The new Quebec government has promised to raise the age for using cannabis to 21 from 18 and prevent public consumption, but has not indicated if it will make changes to a law prohibiting sales of T-shirts and other items depicting the marijuana leaf.David said she doesn’t see how selling T-shirts with a marijuana leaf could become illegal even though consuming the drug itself will be legalized.“It’s a leaf that’s existed for thousands of years and it does not belong to the government of Quebec,” she said. “It’s not property rights of the government of Quebec to prohibit the use of it so it will be challenged because it may limit the freedom of expression, a fundamental charter right.”In the rest of Canada, sales of cannabis-monikered T-shirts, mugs and jewelry will continue and likely increase, industry observers say.Cannabis symbolism isn’t just restricted to goods sold in souvenir or head shops, says Rebecca Brown, founder of Crowns Creative, a Toronto-based advertising agency focused on the cannabis industry.It is being embraced in fashion circles, with an array of pricey clothing and jewelry that show off the cannabis leaf.“It’s this elevation of cannabis symbolism which I think is super cool and I guess it’ll be interesting to see in Canada how will that play out.”Brown believes cannabis symbolism will grow as has been the case during other big cultural shifts that captured people’s imaginations, such as the space race many decades ago.“There will be more depicted and different kinds of depiction of cannabis in many different ways as it becomes more mainstream,” she said. “Some of it will be parody and some of it will be more elevated like fashion.”The industry has been spending heavily on non-cannabis products that don’t face the same restrictions as cannabis and accessories.Producers are all ordering swag to promote their brands, said Mitch Freed, executive vice-president of sales and strategy for promotional merchandise firm Genumark.“They’re marketing like crazy,” he said in an interview.“These are billion-dollar companies that are marketing themselves very similarly to other billion-dollar companies in our country.”Freed expects branding will increase following legalization but he declined to estimate how much spending could be added to the $2-billion Canadian promotional product sector.Merchandise has always been an important part of Canopy Growth Ltd. dating back to its origins as a supplier of medical marijuana, said David Bigioni, chief commercial officer, recreational cannabis.But instead of T-shirt giveaways, the company is focusing efforts on raising awareness of its Tweed brands, he said.“You’re trying to enhance and complete what consumers need to fully realize their cannabis experience,” Bigioni says of grinders, vaporizers and other accessories.The company will also sell unique products along with shirts, vests, socks and other materials outside of Quebec that customers would want to wear, but with a modern twist.Branding is an important way to attract adult consumers to the new legal marketplace from the illicit trade, says Allan Rewak, executive director of the industry association Cannabis Canada Council.But Rewak adds that his members won’t engage in general branding that appeals to youth, is lifestyle branding or uses celebrity endorsements, all of which are illegal under the federal rules.“You’ll see some T-shirts at visitors centres and stuff like that but this will not be beer.”last_img read more

India needs educated leaders says AAP mocking Modis climate change remark

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP on Friday slammed PM Narendra Modi over the issue of climate change. AAP used PM Modi’s video clip to make people understand his grasp over a serious issue like climate change. AAP, in its Twitter handle, titled the old video of Modi’s interaction as “This is why India needs educated leaders”.AAP tweeted, “Actually Climate change nahi hua hain, hum change hogaye hain”: @narendramodi #BestQuotesOfModi.” In the video, a girl child can be heard saying, “We in Assam feel very concerned about the climate change. Sir, how can you help and guide us to protect our pristine environment?” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderReplying to the child’s question, the Prime Minister says, “Even small children these days are discussing climate change and environmental change.” At the end of the video, Prime Minister is heard saying, “Similarly, it is not the climate but we have changed.” Meanwhile, the AAP also mocked BJP after former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined BJP on Friday and also likely to fight from Delhi. AAP MP Sanjay Singh reminded BJP that in 2015 BJP brought Kiran Bedi against the AAP party but the citizens rejected her leadership and at the same way the people of Delhi will reject Gambhir. Earlier, Gambhir also slammed the AAP for spending money in the advertisement before the election. After receiving a warm welcome from the ministers on Friday, Gambhir addressed the media saying, “I would like to thank Ravi Shankar Prasad ji and Arun Jaitley ji for giving me this opportunity, to do something special for the country. I have been impressed with PM Modi’s leadership and that is why I decided to join the party.”last_img read more

44yearold bus driver shot dead in front of 5yrold son

first_imgNew Delhi: A 44-year-old bus driver was shot dead in front of his five-year-old son by multiple assailants on Sunday night around 11 pm near New Usmanpur in Delhi. The deceased, identified by police as one Akemuddin was returning home with his son and sister after visiting a relative in Seelampur when he was shot dead not 100 m from his home. The victim’s family did not know about the incident until Akemuddin’s son walked home and recounted what he had witnessed. Police sources said that a PCR call regarding the incident was received around 11 pm and the victim was immediately rushed to the nearby Jag Pravesh Chandra hospital, where he was declared dead. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a senior police official, multiple gunshot wounds were inflicted on the victim by around two-three assailants, based on preliminary investigations. However, the victim’s family has reportedly alleged that there were five assailants along with their mother waiting for Akemuddin at the spot. The grieving family added that the culprits were known to them. Speaking to Millennium Post, a senior police officer confirmed that they are probing personal rivalry as the prime motive behind the crime. He added that they have ruled out a robbery in the case as there are no signs pointing in that direction. Police said they have more than three suspects lined up, who they are investigating thoroughly in the case. The victim’s body is currently being held at the government hospital near Shastri Park, where post mortem procedures are to be undertaken. Sources familiar with developments said that a complete report on the nature of wounds inflicted and cause of death will not be available for at least a week. A case against the accused has been registered under section 302 of the IPC at the Usmanpur police station. Police said further investigations in the case are proceeding with full force.last_img read more

Donald Trump Speaks on Islam Urges Unity in Fight on Terror

Toronto – In what could possibly go down as the most anticipated speech of his presidential career, US President Donald Trump has delivered a speech on Islam during an appearance before attending members of the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday.Identifying Saudi Arabia as the custodian and heart of Islam and the home of the two holiest sites in the Islamic faith, Trump declared the Kingdom the ideal place from which to launch a decisive and multi-tiered war against the “craven ideology” of terrorism.Trump began his speech by praising the “enduring partnership” between the United States and Saudi Arabia. His function with the speech, he said, was to deliver a message from the American people of “friendship, hope and love.” He spoke of the American vision being one of “peace, prosperity and security” for the world. The President clarified for doubters that he was “not here to lecture” or “to tell other people how to live.” Instead, he said, he was there to “offer partnership.”Trump acknowledged that Muslims represent the greatest victims of terrorism, saying that some reports cite that 95 percent of the total number of victims of terrorist-driven violence are Muslim. He called it a “tragedy of epic proportions.” What he did not mention, however, was that the majority of the world’s Muslims do not live in the Middle East but rather in countries such as India and Pakistan, where the terrorist threat is growing most rapidly.He compared the victims of Islamist terror to “generations of vanished dreams” in a speech that will perhaps be remembered as much for its metaphoric imagery as it’s substance. Trump paid tribute to the Arab world as the seat of humanity, praising ancient and modern wonders. He lamented that Arab youth are being “held at bay by bloodshed and terror.” He offered no solutions, however, in getting youth engaged in the battle that, presumably, their futures depend upon winning.Trump urged Arab leaders in attendance and around the world to unite to drive out the terrorist spectre. “Drive them out of your places of worship, out of your communities, out of your Holy Land and out of this earth.”He acknowledged the contributions of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar and Afghanistan for their commitments in the battle against terror. He reminded other leaders of their duty in ensuring that no terrorist finds sanctuary of Arab soil.Saying “we will be judged by God,” Trump described the war on terror as a “battle between good and evil” and urged Arab leaders to do their share in pinching off all terrorist sources of financing. The most effective way to curtail terrorist activity, according to Trump’s speech, is to cut off all financial channels. To that end, he announced the creation of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre, newly signed during his visit to the Kingdom.Trump was quick, however, to remind attendees that there is “still much work to be done.” He called upon religious leaders from all major faiths to preach that “barbarism will deliver you no glory.” Religious leaders, Trump said, must make it clear to worshippers that following the ideology of terror will result in a soul “fully condemned.”“Heroes don’t kill innocents,” he said, “they save them.” Trump drew a direct line between combatting terror and solving the world’s refugee crisis by creating safe and prosperous places for people to live.When it came to Iran, Trump did not mince his words. Florid imagery gave way to plain speech, as he charged Iran with “spreading destruction and chaos” across the region through the funding and training of terrorists.With the unabashed assistance of Iran, Trump asserted, Syria’s Bashar al Assad has reached new heights of depraved barbarity against his own people, all in the name of protecting his own interests. He cited the Iranian people as Iran’s greatest victims and insisted that, until Iran begins to cooperate with the rest of the world, it will continue to be an international pariah. Trump urged the Arab world to “Isolate Iran, deny it.”Trump closed his speech by praising Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for his leadership in the region. He reminded all those present that the birthplace of civilization is on the verge of a great “new Renaissance.” The key to unlocking the Arab world’s future potential, he said, is in the eradication of terror and its companion bloodshed.Asking for unity, Trump vowed that “united we will not fail.” read more

Marriott to Build St Regis Luxury Hotel in Northern Morocco

Rabat- Marriott and Emirati Eagle Hills real estate launched the St Regis Tamuda Bay Hotel in northern Morocco near Tetouan.The American St. Regis luxury hotel chain, part of the Marriott International group, and the leading Emirati real estate company will build a hotel on the Tamuda Bay between Martil and Fnideq.The St. Regis Tamuda Bay Hotel will be part of the waterfront Bahia Blanca resort on Morocco’s northern Mediterranean coast. Read Also: Morocco Considers Selling 51% of La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech“The rich heritage and cultural and historic legacy of Morocco has long been alluring to the luxury traveller. The St. Regis Tamuda Bay represents an exciting moment for St. Regis as the brand continues to grow globally in destinations welcoming a new generation of luxury travellers,” said Alex Kyriakidis, the president and managing director of Marriott’s Middle East and Africa section. “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Eagle Hills, and look forward to offering guests an unparalleled experience both befitting of the destination and true to the St. Regis legacy,” he added.The hotel is set to open in mid-2020 with a specialty 24-hour restaurant and St. Regis bar. The renowned Emirati Eagle Hills will design 100 luxurious guest rooms reflecting elegance, style, comfort, and sea-view suites.The St. Regis Tamuda Bay Hotel will also have a spa, wellness center, pool, fitness center, and spaces for meetings and other events.The Bahia Blanca resort includes villas, tennis courts, a natural park, a jogging track, bike paths, and a beach leisure area. read more

Two vehicle collision sends drivers to hospital

A two-vehicle collision near Hagersville resulted in both drivers being sent to a local hospital.At about 10:30 a.m. Monday, Haldimand police, fire services, and paramedics were called to the intersection of Cheapside Road and Concession 11 Walpole near Hagersville regarding a two-vehicle collision.Police say that a vehicle, being driven by a 37-year-old male, was travelling north bound on Cheapside Road when it entered into the intersection and struck a vehicle that was travelling west bound on Concession 11 Walpole, being driven by a 50-year-old female.The west bound vehicle then struck a utility pole.Both drivers were transported to a local hospital by paramedics for treatment of their injuries.The intersection was closed for several hours while the utility company repaired the damaged pole.The investigation continues and charges are pending. read more

Man faces sexual assault charge

A Norfolk man has been charged following an alleged sexual assault last week.A complaint was made to police around 10:30 p.m. Friday.Following an investigation, Norfolk OPP charged Johnathan Butler, 31, of Norfolk County, with sexual assault.Butler will answer the charge in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe at a later date.

Syria Security Council demands immediate humanitarian access across battle lines

In a unanimous resolution voicing grave concern at the lack of compliance with several previous Council demands for such access, the 15-member body expressed “outrage” at the escalating violence and killing of over 250,000 people, including tens of thousands of children, and renewed for a further 12 months its authorization of the demand for humanitarian access.It requested “the Syrian authorities to expeditiously respond to all requests for cross-line deliveries submitted by the United Nations and their implementing partners, and to give such requests positive consideration,” and voiced grave concern that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Nusra Front (ANF) and groups linked to Al-Qaida are also hindering access.It cited a decline in convoy approvals by the Syrian authorities, noting that as of 31 October, only 27 out of 91 UN inter-agency requests in 2015 had been approved in principle, and that between 2013 and 2015, the percentage of convoys approved in principle declined from 65 per cent to 29 per cent.Today’s resolution follows the Council’s authorization on Friday for the UN to play an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition, endorsing a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections, all under UN auspices.The Council said it was “gravely distressed” by the devastating humanitarian situation in Syria, with urgent humanitarian aid, including medical assistance, now required by over 13.5 million people inside the country, 6.5 million of them internally displaced, 4.5 million living in hard-to-reach areas, including Palestinian refugees, and 393,700 trapped in besieged areas.It voiced grave concern at the failure to implement its previous calls to cease all attacks against civilians and civilian objects, including schools, medical facilities and water supply, the indiscriminate use of weapons, including artillery, barrel bombs and airstrikes, indiscriminate shelling by mortars, car bombs, suicide attacks and tunnel bombs, and the use of starvation as a means of combat.It condemned “the widespread use of torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary executions, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual and gender-based violence, as well as all grave violations and abuses committed against children.”In the areas of Syria under ISIL and ANF control it denounced the “violent extremist ideology and actions” for the “devastating humanitarian impact” on civilians, leading to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, and it called on all States to prevent the flow of foreign terrorists into the country.Despite all the challenges, the Council noted that over the past year, the UN and its implementing partners continue to deliver lifesaving aid to millions of people in need across borders, including food for over 2.4 million people, non-food items for 1.6 million, medical supplies for 4.1 million treatments, and water and sanitation supplies for over 1.3 million people. But it stressed that the number of people aided in hard-to-reach and besieged areas declining, voicing “grave alarm at the dire situation of the 393,700” trapped civilians, with the UN this year only able to reach 3.5 per cent them with health care, and only 0.7 per cent with food per month.It also expressed “grave concern” for the more than 4.2 million refugees, including more than 3.2 million women and children, who have fled Syria, noting that the worsening crisis is further contributing to the movement of refugees and endangering regional stability.It reiterated “its deep appreciation for the significant and admirable efforts” by Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, to accommodate Syrian refugees.But noted “with concern” that the international response continues to fall short of meeting the needs as assessed by host governments and the UN, “urging once again all Member States, based on burden-sharing principles” to adopt medium and long-term responses to alleviate the impact on communities, provide increased and predictable funding and increase resettlement efforts. read more

June 2014 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for June and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 10,255 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Spike in Jersey Sales Prompts Kaepernick to Donate All

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Image courtesy of Yahoo.comWith the country still reeling from Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem, supporters of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback are opening their wallets to buy up every last one of his jerseys.Kaepernick’s famous number 7 jerseys have flown off the shelves since his protest of the Star-Spangled Banner — so much so that it has since skyrocketed to number one on the NFL’s official website. Earlier this week, Good Morning America reported that the star footballer ranked 20th among 49ers players jersey sales before his stance against police brutality gained national attention.Kaepernick took to Instagram Wednesday to thank his fans for all their love and support while promising to donate the money he received from his spike in jersey sales.“I wasn’t expecting my jersey sales to jump to number one because of this, but it shows the people’s belief that we can achieve justice and equality for all,” he wrote. “The only way I can repay you for the support is to return the favor by donating all the proceeds I received from my jersey sales back into the communities.”According to the Atlanta Black Star, Kaepernick had previously announced that he would donate his first $1 million dollars earned this seasons to organizations working to tackle issues near and dear to his heart. The star quarterback said he wanted to ensure that he was actively involved in helping communities.Kaepernick’s plans to give back have since silenced the nay-sayers who argued that he wasn’t doing enough to actually make a difference. Others are still outraged over his “disrespectful” behavior and critical comments on the nation’s law enforcement personnel.Kaepernick has repeatedly asserted that he is not anti-American or anti-cop, but simply wants to bring light to the injustices faced by African-Americans and other minorities in this country.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” the quarterback told NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” read more

Lorde Ed Sheeran The Weeknd Tapped For 2017 VMAs

first_img Email Twitter News Who’s Performing At The 2017 VMAs? lorde-ed-sheeran-weeknd-tapped-2017-vmas Additional performers announced include GRAMMY nominees Perry and Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes. The awards show will be broadcast live on MTV on Aug. 27.Miley Cyrus Announces New Album ‘Younger Now’ — Here’s What We Know Lorde, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd Tapped For 2017 VMAs The lineup has officially been announced for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards — did your favorite artists make the cut?Brian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2017 – 5:06 pm GRAMMY.comWith none other than Katy Perry recently announced as the incoming host, the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were already shaping up to be a can’t-miss event. Now that the headlining performers have likewise been announced, it’s finally time to start up the hype train in earnest.The VMA stage at the historic Forum in Los Angeles will be graced by several GRAMMY winners this year, including Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Lorde. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 11, 2015 – 4:18 pm Lorde Wins Best Pop Solo Performance Facebook last_img read more

Industry leaders say salmon initiative would hinder development

first_imgA panel of industry leaders took up timber, mining and other topics Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, during the Southeast Conference Mid Session Summit in Juneau. Josh Kindred of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, right, spoke against the Stand for Salmon initiative. (Photo by Heather Holt)Industry representatives are telling Southeast leaders they need to oppose the Stand for Salmon initiative and related legislation.The measure, which is being challenged in the courts, would create stronger protections for Alaska’s salmon streams and rivers.During the Southeast Conference Mid Session Summit in Juneau, power company and oil industry officials told about 100 regional officials Tuesday that the initiative would hinder development.“What’s implied is that currently in Alaska, salmon or anadromous fish habitat isn’t protected,” Josh Kindred, environmental counsel for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said. “And nothing could be further from the truth,”Kindred said the initiative and somewhat similar legislation would require unnecessary environmental reviews and its new regulations would be unenforceable.“One of the fundamental problems here is that if this passes, you are basically giving the state five years of litigation,” Kindred said. “Given all the ambiguity in the proposal, all the gaps, all the contradictions, the state is going to be sued on this time and time again, because there is no clear path for the state to implement this without getting sued.”That’s not the case, backers said. They said the Stand for Salmon initiative would update a 60-year-old law that does not give enough priority to Alaska’s fisheries.The Alaska Power Association told the conference it also opposes the proposals.Spokesman Michael Rovito said the legislation, House Bill 199, could hold up new and updated hydropower projects.“It contains a grandfather clause to where if you already have an existing project, as long as you don’t make any significant changes, you fall under your past permitting regime,” Rovito said. “But as soon as you make a significant change, you can fall under this new major permit.”Sealaska Corporation also is concerned about the additional limits on development.CEO Anthony Mallott said it requires too much regulation. The regional Native corporation is Southeast’s largest private landowner.Initiative opponents have organized a well-funded campaign through the group Stand for Alaska.The business leaders urged the Southeast Conference to adopt a resolution opposing the Stand for Salmon initiative.It’s already considering such a resolution, which will likely be approved.last_img read more

Ready for historic trade deal with China at G20 Summit says

first_imgOsaka: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he was ready for a “historic” deal with China as he kicked off a hotly awaited meeting with China’s Xi Jinping, with the world watching to see if they can strike a deal over their long-running trade war. After a first day dominated by public shows of bonhomie, all eyes at the G-20 turned to a pivotal showdown between the two rivals that has a huge implication for the global economy. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The meeting kicked off in a positive tone, with Trump saying: “It would be historic if we could do a fair trade deal… We are totally open to it.” For his part, Xi said that “dialogue” was better than confrontation after both sides had slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on each other’s goods. Even before Donald Trump sat down with his Chinese counterpart, the US President grabbed the headlines with a surprise tweet inviting Kim Jong Un to meet for a handshake at the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Trump has said he expects a “productive” meeting but has also warned he is prepared to slap tariffs on all Chinese imports if no deal can be struck on the sidelines of the G-20. Trump had earlier confirmed that the leaders would discuss Chinese telecoms firm Huawei, which Washington has banned over security concerns. Beijing reportedly wants the restrictions lifted as part of any trade truce. Advertise With Us Experts believe the most that will be agreed is a truce and a pledge to keep talking, although markets are not ruling out a complete collapse or a surprise breakthrough given the US President’s mercurial nature. The first tete-a-tete between the leaders of the world’s top two economies since the last G-20 in December has cast a long shadow over this year’s gathering in Osaka, where differences over climate change have also been laid bare. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the meeting was a “unique opportunity for the two sides to find new common ground in easing trade tensions and bring the troubled ties back onto the right track”. However, the commentary also warned the US “needs to place itself on an equal footing with China” and “accommodate China’s legitimate concerns”. Economists say that a lengthy trade war could be crippling for the global economy at a time when headwinds including increased geopolitical tensions and Brexit are blowing hard. On Friday, the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur sealed a blockbuster trade deal after 20 years of talks, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hailing it as a “strong message” in support of “rules-based trade.” Heatwave Trade is far from the only contentious issue on the table, with climate change proving another major sticking point. Japan is seeking consensus between EU leaders who want strong action and an American administration committed to withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. But diplomatic sources said Washington was trying to win countries over to its side and Japanese officials acknowledged they faced a diplomatic uphill battle. By Saturday morning, almost no language on climate change had been agreed and doubts lingered over whether a final statement would even see the light of day. A diplomatic source said it had been a “difficult” night, with the American negotiator pushing a “very tough position” and a group including France standing united against watering down the climate language in the final statement. Trump has dominated the headlines from the summit, and once again caught observers by surprise by tweeting early Saturday that he was open to meeting Kim while in South Korea this weekend. “If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!,” he wrote. Several experts, however, said the focus on Trump and the talks with China struck at the heart of the G-20 format, created to craft a united global response to the Lehman Brothers crisis. “With much of the fate of the global economy and the likely direction of markets hanging on the outcome of this pivotal Trump-Xi meeting, we think things will get worse before they get better,” said ING Economics. And the focus on bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit once again sparked doubts about the future of the gathering, experts said. “The G-20 was created as a forum for cooperation and the question may well be ‘have we reached the point where it can no longer serve that purpose’,” Thomas Bernes from the Centre for International Governance Innovation told AFP.last_img read more

20 killed in Malis jihadist attack

first_imgMap of MaliAround 20 people including civilians were killed in a suspected jihadist attack in northeastern Mali near the border with Niger, sources said.The deaths came after more than 100 people including many civilians, particularly from the Fulani and Tuareg communities, died in recent months as a result of attacks by rival armed groups in the region.A local official in the town of Talataye-where Saturday’s attack took place-said late Sunday that the assailants arrived in three vehicles and on a motorcycle.Khalil Toure, a teacher, added: “They opened fire on a group of people resting under a tree, killing five people on the spot and wounding two.”Jihadists have also ramped up their activities in central Mali in recent months, targeting domestic and foreign forces in violence once confined to the country’s north.France intervened militarily in Mali in 2013 to help government forces drive Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists out of the north.But large tracts of the country remain lawless despite a peace accord signed with ethnic Tuareg leaders in mid-2015 aimed at isolating the jihadists.The violence has also spilled over into both Burkina Faso and Niger.The French military has said the jihadist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is using the border region as a haven.last_img read more

Texas Education Board Says No to MexicanAmerican Studies Textbook

first_img 00:00 /00:45 HPM ArchiveA review by scholars called the proposed book on Mexican-American studies as “flatly incorrect and offensive on many occasions.”A committee of the Texas Board of Education voted to reject the book called Mexican American Heritage.The vote was unanimous among the board members present – 14 to 0. Republican David Bradley from Beaumont was absent.It comes after months of intense pressure from academics, teachers and advocates against the book. They found hundreds of errors in the text from Momentum Instruction as well as culturally biased and offensive passages.The move sends a strong signal that the Texas Board of Education will reject the book in its final vote on Friday.The board has already issued a new call for ethnic studies books for statewide use. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listenlast_img read more

Logitechs G602 gaming mouse has 1440 hour battery life

first_imgIf you are in the market for a new gaming mouse, chances are there’s a few prerequisite features you are looking for. Top of the list will be a very fast optical sensor for precision, then there’s the ability to program the buttons as well as having more buttons available to use. And then there’s battery life. If the mouse is wireless you don’t want the batteries failing midway through your regular multi-hour gaming sessions.Logitech has taken all that into consideration with its latest gaming mouse and believes the G602 covers all bases. It costs $79.99, includes a 2500dpi optical sensor, and 11 programmable buttons. It is wireless, but you really don’t need to worry about battery life.The G602 can run using either one or two AA batteries. Fit just one battery and you’re going to get 125 hours use before it needs replacing. Fit two and that battery life increases to 250 hours. But Logitech didn’t stop there. The company also included something called “Endurance mode,” which sees battery life spike to an incredible 1,440 hours.Endurance mode is there for when you aren’t gaming and Logitech can lower the mouse’s performance. Load up your game of choice, though, and you can flick over to Performance mode to take full advantage of that super fast sensor using Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor technology.The G602 won’t just last a long time between battery changes. Logitech claims it is built to be durable and has decided to employ mechanical switches for all the buttons that have a 20 million click life span. They are also supporting the release of the G602 with two new mouse surfaces: the G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad ($29.99 and 340 x 280 x 3mm) and G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad ($19.99 and 340 x 280 x 1mm).If you’re interested in picking up the G602 mouse or either of the new surfaces, Logitech expects them to become available across the US and Europe during September.last_img read more

MITs Media Lab develops InfinityByNine immersive video projection system w Video

first_img(Phys.org) — Daniel Novy and V. Michael Bove of MIT’s Media Lab have developed a new way to create a more immersive viewing experience for movie watching or even game playing. Called “Infinity-By-Nine” the system consists of a computer, wall and ceiling panels and a ceiling projector. Together they enrich the viewing experience by adding an enhanced form of ambient lighting, using sampled content, to the viewer’s peripheral vision, causing the viewer to feel more drawn into whatever is happening onscreen. More information: labcast.media.mit.edu/?p=262 The system takes advantage of the fact that peripheral vision in people is blurry; it’s only when the eyes move to focus to the sides that the things that exist there come into focus. Thus, any video displayed to the left or right of a television or computer screen need not be clear or sharp and in fact, as the two have shown, it doesn’t even have to contain any new information. What they have done is sample pixels hovering at the edges of the actual straight ahead video, and stretch it to the sides using a ceiling mounted projector, creating a wall of blurred images that mimic what the viewer interprets as more information going on at the edges of their vision. The sampling is done in real time, which means the blurred colored images on the left and right panes are constantly changing, always synchronized with whatever is going on with the real video on the screen the user is watching. The overall effect, the researchers report is a far more immersive experience than when watching the same content on just a simple screen. What’s more the entire system has been put together using consumer accessible hardware and open source software toolkits suggesting that others, if they so wish, could build a similar system on their own.So immersive is the experience, that some of those enlisted as volunteers to test the system have reported synesthetic effects, which is where other senses become involved in the viewing experience, e.g. feeling the heat from the fire after an explosion on screen.Unfortunately the researchers have no plans at this time to market their project, which means it will likely take someone else with more financial ambitions to replicate their efforts and turn it into something people at home can buy and enjoy. Explore further The Ultimate Home Cinematic 21:9 Viewing Experiencecenter_img Citation: MIT’s Media Lab develops ‘Infinity-By-Nine’ immersive video projection system (w/ Video) (2012, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-mit-media-lab-infinity-by-nine-immersive.html © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Treasures of Bengal

first_imgWith an objective to promote and publicise the legendary crafts and handloom heritage of Bengal in the national capital, the West Bengal Government Emporium Manjusha  has been renovated and refurbished to create a synergy of modern interiors, enhanced facilities for visitors and improved service delivery.The state-of-the-art emporium at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, was reopened today by Archana Datta, Director General, All India Radio, News Services Division and Alka Arora, Managing Director, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. in the gracious presence of senior officials of the West Bengal Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd., Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal and other top dignitaries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The unit is expected to play a major part in sale and promotion in Delhi of the unique handloom and handicrafts creations of the master artisans of the State that blends rare imagery, imagination, colour and motifs of rural Bengal. It will also help in projection of the State as an attractive tourism destination and provide the connoisseurs of the national capital an opportunity to savour the delicious sweetmeats of Bengal and taste the world-famous Darjeeling Tea.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content October 1, 2012 — Carestream Health and Bruker have entered into an agreement for Bruker to purchase the preclinical in vivo imaging equipment product portfolio and related assets from Carestream’s Molecular Imaging business. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.As part of the transaction, the majority of Carestream employees involved in the preclinical in vivo imaging business will be offered the opportunity to join Bruker. It is anticipated that the transaction will close in the next several weeks.Carestream will retain the remaining assets of its Molecular Imaging business, including its life science X-ray film product lines and its Gel Logic and Image Station in vitro imaging equipment product portfolio. Carestream will continue operating its life science X-ray film business, and will continue to support its in vitro product customers with service and parts. New production of its Gel Logic and Image Station in vitro products will be discontinued.Werner Maas, president of Bruker BioSpin Corp., said, “We are excited about adding Carestream’s in vivo imaging systems to our preclinical imaging product portfolio. We believe that Carestream’s optical molecular imaging product line will complement our other preclinical solutions, presently consisting of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic particle imaging (MPI) and X-ray micro computed tomography (microCT). We also welcome the talented Carestream in vivo employees to Bruker, and look forward to their contributions.”For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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