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Montreals port eyes another record year in 2018 for cargo and cruise

first_imgMONTREAL – The Port of Montreal started 2018 with hopes of another record year for cargo traffic as the Canadian free trade agreement with Europe begins to bear fruit.Canada’s second-largest port anticipates cargo traffic increasing about four per cent after ending 2017 up almost seven per cent at a record 38 million tonnes.A strong economy, growing business with Asia and reversal of Enbridge’s 9B pipeline contributed to last year’s strong results, port CEO Sylvie Vachon said Wednesday.“The fact that the economy will be stronger will be very positive for that kind of cargo,” she said in an interview.Last year marked the first full year of operations for a new container terminal that will eventually handle 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year. The port is pushing for approval of another terminal that would accommodate 1.15 million TEU containers per year starting in 2021 or 2022.Vachon said U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to end the North American Free Trade Agreement is prompting transporters to look at developing other markets, notably Europe because of the new trade deal.“It will be gradual but positive for us,” she said of the European trade agreement.The Port of Montreal is also coming off a record year for cruises with the anticipation of growing that business by another 14 per cent to 130,000 passengers in 2018. More than 50 ship arrivals brought more than 114,000 passengers to Montreal last year, up 33 per cent over 2016 and up 140 per cent compared with 2011.The growth resulted from more cruises stopping to mark Canada’s 150th birthday and the 375th birthday celebrations of Montreal’s founding and the cruise industry’s interest in adding new destinations.The preliminary traffic results were released at an event awarding a gold-headed cane to Capt. Rakesh Kumar of the container ship Ottawa Express. The cane has been given annually for 179 years to the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover.Kumar said he’s docked in Montreal about 60 times, but never experienced the extreme cold weather that has gripped much of the continent in recent days.However, the frigid conditions haven’t hurt the port operations.“For sure for the people who work outside it’s difficult, but with the Coast Guard who do a very good job to break the ice, for the moment everything is OK for the Port of Montreal,” Vachon said.The same can’t be said for the St. Lawrence Seaway where ice on the U.S. side has caused five ocean vessels to remain in the Cornwall-to-Kingston area and will force the waterway to close a few days later than normal for the winter season.“Once we see those ships complete that portion of their transit they should be clear to finish the Canadian section and exit the St. Lawrence Seaway,” said Seaway spokesman Andrew Bogora.Although the final tally for St. Lawrence Seaway traffic is expected to be released next week, Bogora expects the momentum of the year was maintained in December. As of November, cargo traffic in the first 11 months of the year was up around 8.5 per cent.The growth was largely attributable to a 35 per cent increase in iron ore tonnes destined for Asia. General cargo was up 28 per cent and dry bulk 12 per cent. Grain was down 10.5 per cent.last_img read more

Debate in Morocco on Whether Police Should Shoot Criminals

Rabat – Moroccans are in a dilemma.  Should they support the decision of the police to shoot criminals who threaten the safety of citizens in public places with bladed weapons? Or, should they instead call for  officials to apply rigid sentences against the criminals as a deterrent?Moroccans took to social media to express their opinions on the issue after police in Beni Mellal’s outskirts fatally shot a 20-year-old young man last week.The death of the 20-year-old man caused heated debate among social media users. Some of them view that “to stop criminality in Morocco; the police have to use their firearms in the line of duty against criminals in order to be a lesson to other delinquents.” Other users supported the officers right “to open fire on the aggressors on condition of paralyzing them, thereby supporting the view that they should be arrested and not killed.” Still other social media users categorically disagreed with allowing the police officers to shoot the criminals, saying that “the criminal should be legitimately sentenced and has the right to hire a lawyer to defend him,” adding that “the legal judiciary is under the control of the judge, not in the hand of the police officers.”All seemed to agree that unemployment and the failure of the Moroccan educational system are among the main reasons behind criminal behaviour in Moroccan society.Following an unprecedented increase in crime in many Moroccan cities, social media users launched a campaign with the slogan “Zero Grissage,” or in English, “Zero Assault,”  last July. The campaign acknowledged King Mohammed VI as the supreme authority in Morocco, imploring him to intervene to find resolutions to the phenomenon of criminal attacks and call for the security department to be more effective.Seeking to contextualize Moroccans’ plea to eradicate criminality, the Moroccan daily Al Massae, reported last August that the Directorate of National Security (DGSN) announced plans to re-train the officers’ in the use of their weapons, since they have not used them for a long time.Edited by Constance Connie read more

Rwanda UN war crimes tribunal convicts two former government ministers

Justin Mugenzi, who served as commerce minister, and Prosper Mugiraneza, a former minister of civil service, were found guilty on Friday by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of conspiracy to commit genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.But the ICTR, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, acquitted two other former government ministers – Casimir Bizimungu and Jérôme-Clément Bicamumpaka – of similar charges and ordered their immediate release from jail.The four ministers were part of an interim government that ran Rwanda in the wake of the death of then president Juvenal Habyarimana on 6 April 1994, an event which led to the start of the genocide. Over the next three months as many as 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed, often by machete and club.During the trial, prosecutors said the ministers had made incendiary speeches calling for the killing of Tutsis and participated in key government decisions involving the genocide. 3 October 2011Two former government ministers in Rwanda have been convicted by a United Nations war crimes tribunal and each sentenced to 30 years in prison for their roles in the genocide that engulfed the small African nation in 1994. read more

Anunayake of Sri Lanka Ramanya Sect has passed away

The Most Venerale Panditha Na Uyane Ariyadhamma Thero, the Anu Nayake of the Ramanya Sect has passed away. He was 79 years old.The Most Venerale Panditha Na Uyane Ariyadhamma Thero was appointed as the Anu Nayake of the Ramanya Sect in September, 2014. (Colombo Gazette)

In General Assembly States urge stronger legal arsenal to fight antiterror war

Jagdish Koonjul, the Ambassador of Mauritius, said the numerous international conventions on terrorism were either “not comprehensive enough or more importantly we have failed in implementing them.” He noted that many countries might not have the expertise needed to incorporate the provisions of international conventions on terrorism into their domestic laws. “We call on the Secretary-General and those countries which have such expertise to provide the necessary technical assistance to countries in need,” he said.Speaking for the Republic of the Congo, Ambassador Ileka Atoki agreed that each country must adhere to the international anti-terrorism treaties and must be capable of taking the necessary measures to assure their full application at the national level.Brazilian Ambassador Gelson Fonseca Jr. said the international community must work to ensure the universal adoption and full implementation of the existing counterterrorism conventions, while redoubling its efforts to conclude negotiations on the draft comprehensive terrorism convention. He also stressed the importance of attention to weapons of mass destruction, urging ratification of treaties dealing with chemical and biological arms.Eladio Loizaga, Paraguay’s Ambassador, was one of numerous participants emphasizing the importance of finalizing the draft comprehensive convention against terrorism now under consideration in the Assembly’s Legal Committee. “The time that we lose in strengthening our legal framework will be an opportunity for the terrorists to increase their potential,” he warned. Jamaican Ambassador Patricia Durrant joined this call. A comprehensive convention on terrorism, she said, “will provide for the level of cooperation and coordination recognized as essential for effective action by Member States to combat terrorism.” Peruvian Ambassador Oswaldo De Rivero said the draft treaty “must be soon materialized to clearly indicate the union of wills that seek to defeat this scourge,” warning that a delay “might send a mistaken message of weakness or lack of unity of the international community.” The Ambassador of Syria, Mikhail Wehbe, stressed that Arab countries had made tireless efforts to combat the scourge at the regional level, noting that his country had been among the first to adopt domestic legislation to fight terrorism. While affirming the right of the United States, within the framework of the United Nations, to pursue the perpetrators, he cautioned that any action must be accompanied by irrefutable proof and not be aimed at entire peoples.Speaking for Kazakhstan, the country’s Ambassador, Madina B. Jarbussynova, highlighted the need to protect civilians. “As actions are taken against terrorists and their sponsors, we must make sure that the lives of thousands of women and girls in Afghanistan, who have suffered so terribly under the rule of Taliban, are saved and their plight not forgotten,” she said, adding that Afghan women and girls “finally gain their freedom and full rights and get the access to education and health care.” read more

Top 2 CSX execs retiring in spring as CEO discussions with Hunter

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 10:50 am MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Top 2 CSX execs retiring in spring as CEO discussions with Hunter Harrison continue OMAHA, Neb. – The top two CSX executives plan to retire this spring as the railroad is in discussions with a hedge fund that wants to install Hunter Harrison, the executive who led Canadian Pacific’s turnaround.CSX said Tuesday that its Chairman and CEO Michael Ward and President Clarence Gooden will both retire at the end of May. Previously, Ward had planned to work through 2019 before retiring.CSX said it has promoted Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Fredrik Eliasson to president.The railroad said Eliasson’s appointment isn’t meant to pre-empt discussions with Paul Hilal’s Mantle Ridge hedge fund about Harrison becoming CSX’s next CEO.But CSX has called for a special shareholder meeting this spring, so investors can weigh in on the demands the hedge fund is making. read more

UN envoy commends South Sudanese opposition commanders plan to prevent rape

“This is an encouraging step towards the protection of women, children and men of South Sudan from such crimes,” said Zainab Hawa Bangura.The Special Representative is also engaging in a similar process with the Government of South Sudan, on the basis of a Joint Communique on conflict-related sexual violence between the Government and the United Nations, signed by President Salva Kiir on 11 October 2014. Ms. Bangura said 54 commanders made the commitment in Pagak, South Sudan, on 31 October, including Lt. Gen. John Buth Teny, one of the highest ranking SPLA-IO Commanders, as well as three major generals, six brigadier generals, 13 colonels, 10 lieutenant colonels and 20 majors.The undertakings, which are a central element of an action plan of SPLA-IO to combat sexual violence, focus on accountability, timely and rigorous investigations, cooperation with military justice authorities, and protection of victims and witnesses, judicial actors, humanitarians and service providers, her office said in a press release.“These undertakings mean that each senior officer takes individual responsibility as well as command responsibility for his troops, and publicly declares that he will hold each soldier accountable for sexual violence crimes,” Ms. Bangura said.The signing took place following a workshop related to prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence organized by the Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, together with the senior women protection adviser from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The engagement is undertaken in the framework of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013) on sexual violence in conflict. The commanders’ undertakings reinforce the commitment expressed by Riek Machar, Chairman of SPLA/SPLM (In Opposition), in a communique on preventing conflict-related sexual violence in South Sudan in December 2014. read more

RungePincockMinarco introduces Open Pit Metals XPAC solution

first_imgRungePincockMinarco (RPM) has released Open Pit Metals XPAC Solution (OPMS), which it says represents “an evolution in mine planning software focused on scheduling open pit metal mines.” Following on from the release earlier this year of mine planning solutions for open cut and underground coal, OPMS is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) product based on configuration not customisation. Commenting on the release, Alun Philips, Product Manager – Mine Planning said: “OPMS delivers a streamlined process driven user interface that guides users through the scheduling process, from end to end. This approach of standardisation and simplification has been built on top of the underlying power of the industry leading XPAC scheduling engine. Users can now master the application quickly while at the same time having the scheduling confidence that comes with using XPAC.”“In the past, scheduling solutions have relied on inputs from a number of different data sources, meaning more time preparing the underlying data than reviewing the outputs.” Philips stated. “With OPMS, this paradigm changes forever. The entire process is managed by the one solution from start to finish. Data is entered into its relevant entry point once and only once, including automatically updating adjustment changes to the underlying geological model. All through the one, end to end standardised process.”RPM’s CEO and Managing Director, Richard Mathews said “This is all about speed of execution. With OPMS, a full schedule can be scoped and implemented in days rather than weeks meaning users can be generating, evaluating and delivering results up to 75% faster than they have been able to previously. In terms of maintaining the schedule we are now talking hours rather than days.” OPMS includes RPM’s new Material Flow Interface – a simple, easy to use graphical representation of the material flow modelled through a mine, from the pit through processing to the final product. Philips commented: “This isn’t just a screen representation, the interface automatically creates the underlying dependencies, constraints, targets and underlying mining rules that are used right across the solution. This is then coupled with our upgraded and extended Advanced Scheduling Optimisation capabilities that significantly improve the mine planning process”.Philips concluded by saying that: “Communication of the schedule has also been upgraded with advanced reporting capabilities and configurable graphical dashboards standard in the solution thereby allowing engineers to quickly analyse and communicate the scheduling results, straight from the source. RPM have been delivering mine solutions for over 45 years, and it’s this experience that has been built into our solution intelligence.  With OPMS, we have taken yet another step forward.” OPMS is RPM’s third commodity specific solution, following on from Underground Coal Solution and Open Cut Coal both of which launched earlier this year.last_img read more

FHA organizes coaching seminar

← Previous Story VIDEO: Dibirov’s awesome empty-net goal fail Next Story → FC Barcelona Lassa win IHF Super Globe 2017 The Finnish Handball Association organizes a seminar for handball coaches at the Kisakallio Sports Institute, Finland on Saturday, 16th of September 2017.The lecturer for this seminar is experienced Croatian top coach Nenad Sostaric (EHF Master Coach), who won EHF Challenge Cup 2017.With HC Lokomotiva, Nenad won Swedish team H65 Höörs in both final matches.The main topics of the seminar are:Methodology of training the defense in accordance with the trends of modern handballMethods of counter attack and the opening of a counter attack from different defensive formationsMore information and registration link can be found here: read more

Man charged with the murder of his 74yearold neighbour in Kerry

first_img By Aisling O’Brien/Radio Kerry Man charged with the murder of his 74-year-old neighbour in Kerry Michael Ferris of Ballyduff appeared before Tralee District Court this morning. Michael Ferris A 62-YEAR-OLD MAN has been charged with the murder of a man in Kerry.Michael Ferris of Rattoo, Ballyduff appeared before Tralee District Court this morning.Just before 9 o’clock yesterday morning emergency services attended the scene of a crash between a car and a teleporter in the Rattoo area of Ballyduff.The driver of the car, 74-year-old Anthony O’Mahony of Ardoughter, was pronounced dead at the scene.Shortly after 11 o’clock this morning Michael Ferris was brought by detectives to the courthouse on Ashe Street in Tralee.The farmer, who was dressed in a dark grey suit and blue shirt, was in custody since yesterday.Detective Sergeant John Heaslip of Listowel Garda Station told the court he arrested Ferris shortly before midnight last night and around a half hour later charged him, under caution, with the murder of Mr O’Mahony in Ballyduff yesterday, contrary to common law.Ferris made no reply when charged.Judge James O’Connor remanded the accused in custody and ordered him to reappear before Tralee District Court on Wednesday 12 April.Ferris’ solicitor Risteard Pierse said his client understood he would be remanded in custody and said it is likely he will apply for bail at the High Court next week.Pierse expressed concern about his client’s mental state, adding he had spoken with his doctor.Judge O’Connor made an order that all appropriate medical care be made available to Michael Ferris.Comments are closed on this article as it is before the courts.  Michael Ferris Image: Aisling O’Brien/Radio Kerry Apr 5th 2017, 6:15 PM 31,893 Views center_img Short URL Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 6:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 No Comments Image: Aisling O’Brien/Radio Kerrylast_img read more

Brady is happy for his return to Ireland

first_imgThe Burnley midfielder has been called up again to the national team after he suffered serious knee damage last DecemberIn a Burnley-Leicester City match last December, defender Robbie Brady suffered serious knee damaged that made him stay away from the pitch for many months.Now, he’s back to action and he also received a call to the Republic of Ireland national team.“I had a couple of minor setbacks throughout pre-season and then over the last couple of months, but I’ve got all that out of the way now and I’ve felt stronger as the weeks have gone on and I’m feeling in a good place now,” Brady was quoted by The 42.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“It was mentally tough more than physically. It’s a lot of time on your own and a lot of time to look and pick apart things.”“But it’s just one of those things. It’s done with now, I’m back and touch wood, I won’t have another one like it,” he added.“It’s always tough when you’re not playing. It’s tougher when you know you can’t affect it in any way I’m not able to play and it’s not by choice.”“But I feel as if we’re getting there now. Everyone is getting to know each other that bit better and each trip is getting that bit better, so please God, a couple of good results this week,” he commented.last_img read more

Malcom I want to play more at Barcelona

first_imgAn emotional Malcom hopes to be given more opportunities at Barcelona after scoring his first goal for the club in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Inter MilanThe 21-year-old winger arrived at the Camp Nou in the summer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in a reported €40m deal.However, Malcom has managed just one start in his four appearances across all competitions for Barcelona.But the Brazilian made the most of his nine-minute cameo on Tuesday by scoring just two minutes after replacing Ousmane Dembele at the San Siro.While Mauro Icardi scored an equaliser for Inter four minutes later to settle the Group B Champions League game at 1-1, Malcom was pleased anyway.The young star hopes that his maiden goal will help force him into manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans at Barcelona.“My dream is beginning,” said Malcom, according to Marca. “My dream is to make history and to do great things.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I have to thank the group for their confidence in me.”He added: “I want to play more.“Every day I train in order to demonstrate that I have enough quality to be with this group.“Nothing has been easy in my life.”Despite the draw, Barcelona have qualified for the last-16 stage of the Champions League with two matches to spare.Meanwhile, Valverde may be inclined to hand Malcom another game in Sunday’s La Liga fixture with 14th-place Real Betis.last_img read more

Koulibaly thanks Pogbas support

first_imgThe Napoli footballer has been supported by many after he was racially abused during the match against Inter Milan on Boxing DayAfter Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by Internazionale Milan fans, many people have come out to support him.And one of these is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.Pogba knows that is to be racially abused, as he played for Italian Lega Serie A side Juventus before.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….And he showed his solidarity by wearing a wristband adorned with the word “honor.”“Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year,” Pogba started the post according to The Manchester Evening News“Honour hand band for @kkoulibaly26. 2019 say NO to racism. @manchesterunited #mufc.”“Thank you my bro for the supporting! Congratulations for the goals and the victory! See you soon bro,” Koulibaly wrote on his social media.last_img read more

Gov Walker hits pause on commercial fisheries commission move

first_imgThe Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission will keep most of its functions for now, after commission supporters fought to protect it from losing certain duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Listen nowGovernor Bill Walker put a hold on an administrative order he issued in February, saying he needed more stakeholder feedback.The commission controls the number of licenses in commercial fisheries to ensure their economic health and stability. An audit last year found the state could save up to one point two million dollars by consolidating the commission’s administrative functions in Fish and Game.Walker said he unfortunately bypassed public engagement in an effort to find cost savings through administrative order 279.Kodiak salmon fisherman Bruce Schactler said he’s pleased Walker issued a moratorium on the order.“Well, I think it’s a great thing,” Schactler said. “It’s a very governor-like thing to do – to want to involve everybody and to acknowledge that, you know, maybe something got missed.”An earlier Department report found a backlog of applications to the commission for permits, with some cases taking more than 15 years to complete. The audit suggested that the state make the three full-time commissioners part-time positions, and hire a full-time executive director to manage daily operations.Many commercial fishermen have praised the agency for the speed with which it handles annual permit renewals.And Petersburg gillnetter Max Worhatch said the commissioners continue to do worthwhile work.“I do feel strongly that CFEC is something that should be protected,” Worhatch said.Fisherman Robert Thorstenson sued to block the administrative order. While a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the state government in July, Walker decided he wanted more public input before moving forward.Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said the state will engage stakeholders this fall on how to find cost savings at the CFEC.“Some things are probably going to be pretty easy to agree on,” Cotten said. “For example, I think, even the commissioners last year agreed that they should – could go to part-time. And so that would be a big cost saving. And then the second issue is what kind of administrative functions could we combine with the department so that we could save money and avoid duplication.”He said the state will begin the engagement process soon.last_img read more

TDP MLAs walkout of Assembly over investment support scheme

first_imgAmaravati: The TDP MLAs and MLCs have staged dharna outside the Assembly on Wednesday, where they raised slogans against the government.During Question Hour, a debate on investment support scheme for the farmers has taken place in the Assembly. In the context, the TDP members demanded to give them a chance to speak on the issue, but they have not given the opportunity. As a protest on this, the TDP leaders have walked out of the House. Earlier in the morning, the suspended TDP MLAs, K Atchannaidu, N Ramanaidu, and Gorantla Buchaih Chowdary, have also protested at entrance of Assembly.last_img

Music Broadcast IPO All you need to know about Radio Citys public

first_imgActivists sit in a studio at the Radio Fresh station in Kafranbel town in the Idlib governorate May 18, 2014 (representational image).Reuters fileMusic Broadcast Ltd. (MBL), which operates FM channel Radio City 91.1 FM, raised Rs 146 crore from anchor investors by issuing 44 lakh shares at Rs 333 per share, as part of its initial public offering (IPO). The public issue in the price band of Rs 324-333 per share opens on Monday (March 6) and closes on Wednesday.The Rs 500-crore IPO seems to have received good ratings from brokerages, most of whom have recommended ‘subscribe.’ The IPO comprises offer for sale (OFS) of 26.59 lakh shares by the promoters and fresh issue of shares worth about Rs 400 crore.Highlights of the IPO (with inputs from Angel Broking, Motilal Oswal Securities):Industry at a glanceThe radio industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.9 percent between CY 2015-20 to Rs 4,360 crore (Ficci-KPMG report) driven by commencement of new radio stations, increase in listenership in tier-II & tier-III cities and an overall increase in ad rates.About Radio City/MBLMBL is part of Jagran Prakashan Ltd., which has interests across various segments in media business including print, out of home, digital and radio. One of the first private FM radio broadcasters in India, it has 39 frequencies currently (37 operational) including eight stations acquired from Radio Mantra and 11 acquired via Phase III auctions.Geographical presence, reach, market shareRadio City is present in 12 out of the top 15 cities in India by population. It has about 49.6 million listeners spread across 23 cities (according to a survey conducted by AZ Research), making it the No. 1 FM Radio station. It nearest competitor is Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) with 40.5 million listeners.Business USPRadio City occupies an advantageous position from advertisement standpoint. Its wide listenership enables to charge ~30 percent more advertising rates than its peers and 12-15 percent higher charges than its closest peer. This reflects in its operating margin at a high 34 percent.Financials For the financial year 2015-16, MBL earned net profit of Rs 43 crore on total revenues of Rs 232 crore. The net profit was higher in FY2015 at Rs 47 crore on total sales of Rs 201 crore. The corresponding figures for the first half of the current fiscal were Rs 30 crore and Rs 137 crore, respectively. Angel Brokinglast_img read more

No new initiative to bring all parties to polls CEC

first_imgChief election commission (CEC) KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday said the election commission would not take any new initiative to bring all parties to the 11th general election which is due later this year.“The election commission will not take any new initiative to bring all parties to the next election. We have urged all political parties to take part in the next election during our dialogues with them,” the CEC said.Nurul Huda made the comment in response to a query to newsmen at Brahmanbaria district administration office on Thursday.The CEC was speaking at a meeting on law and order situation marking the upcoming by-election at Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria.The CEC, however, expressed hope that all parties would participate in the next general election.The chief election commissioner also said that all elections the present election commission has conducted so far have been free, fair and credible since they took over the responsibility.“You (newsmen) have never raised question about the credibility of the polls conducted during our time. No scope to raise questions about these polls,” Nurul Huda said.He also said that the upcoming by-election in Nasirnagar would be free, fair and credible, too.When asked about his reaction over Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad’s remark that he has no confidence in the election commission, the CEC said that they have been discharging their responsibilities neutrally and sincerely.“We have been doing our duties very neutrally. He (Ershad) knows it well why he has made the comment,” he said.The EC chief said that the commission has been working to get confidence of voters and all political parties.last_img read more

It Was The First Day of School for HISDs New Superintendent Too

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen – / 3Monday wasn’t just the first day of school for thousands of students in the Houston Independent School District.It also marked the first day for their new superintendent, Richard Carranza, who signed a three-year contract last week to lead the state’s largest school district.He spent his first day on a whirlwind tour, crisscrossing the district with stops at six campuses and traveling some 60 miles.At every stop along the way, Carranza stopped to meet people, including principals, teachers, custodians and young kids, like third grader Karhlyn Jackson in South Houston.“Are you excited about your first day?” Carranza asked him. “You want to hear a secret? It’s my first day, too!”First Carranza visited dual language classes for kindergartners and first graders at Law Elementary in South Houston. Then he checked out a new reading initiative at Stevenson Middle School near Hobby Airport. He ate lunch with high schoolers at Carnegie Vanguard High School, a magnet near downtown, and met newcomer students at Wisdom High School in Gulfton. He wrapped up the tour by meeting pre-kindergartners at Fonwood Early Childhood Center near Bush Airport.Carranza said that it’s all part of learning what different communities need and want in HISD.“I think that’s where the communication is the biggest opportunity. But in a big system, it’s also the biggest challenge. That’s part of what I’m looking forward to doing in the first 90 days is really listening, and learning and really asking lots of questions and getting lots of feedback from the community,” he said.So far, the feedback about the new superintendent seems positive. Cenita Nickerson met Carranza when she dropped off her young cousin at pre-K. She called him “real.”“Such as, he’s not like the other ones,” she said. “He’s more down to earth.”Carranza said that he still needs to wrap up business at his former district in San Francisco. He plans to be full time in Houston in about two weeks. He will earn $345,000 a year. He said that he was impressed by how organized and clean the schools were and how well teachers knew their students, even on the first day of the year.“That’s really, really indicative for me of a healthy system that’s really trying to look at every child rather than treat kids in a warehouse fashion,” he said. X 00:00 /01:43 Sharelast_img read more

Scientists Measure Differences Between Normal and Cancer Cell Surfaces

first_img Molecular Imaging of Cells Likely with New Take on Atomic Force Microscopy Scanning electron microscope images of a cancerous (left) and normal cell, showing the differences in cell “brush.” Image courtesy Igor Sokolov. ( — Scientists know that cancerous cells and normal cells have different physical features, but the details of these differences, and why they occur, are not well understood. In a recent edition of Nature Nanotechnology, researchers report measurements of certain physical differences between the surfaces of normal and cancerous cells, suggesting a new way to characterize cancer cells and a possible route for detection. Explore further The group, composed of researchers from the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Laboratories Center at Clarkson University, was studying human cervical cells. Led by Igor Sokolov, they focused on the cells’ surface features, including microridges and hair-like microvilii, which, perhaps acting like sensors, are one key way that the cells interact with their environment. Together, these features form a cell’s “brush.”They found that normal cervical cells tend to have a brush layer consisting of a single average length – 2.4 micrometers (millionths of a meter) – while the cancerous cells have mostly two typical lengths – 2.6 and 0.45 micrometers. Additionally, their analysis showed that the long cancer-cell brush is about half as dense as that of the normal-cell brush while the short cancer-cell brush is more than twice as dense.The group made these findings using an atomic force microscope (AFM), a high-resolution device that can resolve details down to a fraction of a nanometer. The AFM works by scanning a surface with a tiny cantilever, a beam supported on one end so that it can move up and down. In an AFM, the beam is tipped with a nanometer-scale curved needle often made of silicon or silicon nitride. When brought near a sample, forces between the needle tip and the surface cause the cantilever to deflect. When the entire surface is scanned, the result is a set of force data that represents a surface map of the sample. By analyzing the forces, researchers can recover the nature and type of surface interactions. In previous studies, scientists treated the surface of a cell as flat. In their work, the Clarkson researchers used various supporting techniques, including electron microscopy and confocal scanning laser microscopy, to show that the cell surface is sufficiently “brushy” to be visible in the AFM data. The researchers processed the forces using a “brush on soft surface” model, the type of model used to study polymer brushes (polymer chains tethered to a surface). Prior to this work, scientists had not looked at cell brush in this way.The AFM method has an edge over other microscopy techniques, such as electron microscopy, because it can work with viable cells, avoiding misrepresentations of the cell structure and saving time on sample preparation.More information: Nature Nanotechnology advance online publication 12 April 2009, DOI:10.1038/nnano.2009.77© 2009 Citation: Scientists Measure Differences Between Normal and Cancer Cell Surfaces (2009, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

DxWnd improves classic PC game compatibility

first_imgDxWnd improves classic PC game compatibility by Martin Brinkmann on November 09, 2016 in Software – 5 commentsDxWnd is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating systems designed to run fullscreen processes in windowed environments, and to manipulate those environments for better compatibility among other things.If you have ever tried to run a classic PC game that runs fullscreen on a modern computer running Windows, you may have experienced several issues doing so provided that the game ran at all.From running too fast over low resolutions that look awful fullscreen to input or other compatibility issues. There is a lot that can go wrong. While there is Gog, a site dedicated to making classic PC games work on newer versions of Windows, the games it supports are limited and while compatibility is ensured, room for improvement is still there.DxWndThe program is fully portable which means that you can run it from any location once you have downloaded the archive and extracted it to the local system.It ships with profiles for a couple of games, e.g. Warcraft 2 Battlenet Edition, but the chance is high that the games that you want to control are not listed yet.A right-click in the interface and the selection of add from the context menu opens a massive configuration window that is used to add games to the program.You need to add a name and path at the very least to get things going and this may be enough sometimes to play the game. The real strength however comes from millions of options and switches the application ships with.Here is a short list of options that it provides:Set screen resolution, color management and color settings.Configure input related settings, e.g. cursor visibility, slow down mouse polling or enable virtual joystick.Limits frames per second or system speed.Enable a huge list of compatibility features that include faking the Windows version, enabling Gog support, tweaking I/O settings, fixing colors, suppressing IME and a lot more.Select the DirectX version hook, emulation, and Direct3D tweaks on three tabs.Once you have added the game, you may run it by right-clicking it and selecting run from the context menu. The context menu offers other options beside that such as modifying the preferences, duplicating the settings, or exporting the configuration file.You may want to take a look at the global settings first before you run games. They let you set various hot keys for handy functions.Want to slow down time or speed it up, toggle fps or limit textures? This can be done in the global settings menu.Closing WordsDxWnd has been designed with games in mind, but it should work with any fullscreen application. The program offers a wide variety of compatibility options to improve classic game support on new machines running Windows.While it may take some tinkering to get it right considering that the configuration options are huge, it may be one of the best options to play classic games without compatibility issues.Now You: Do you play classic PC games on modern machines?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name DxWndOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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