University of San Diego ranked as best business school in California by

first_img October 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – University of San Diego has the best university in the state for business, management and marketing degrees according to rankings released Thursday by college decision-making website College Factual.USD’s business, management and marketing department topped UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, University of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo among California schools. College Factual deemed USD’s School of Business the eighth-best in the country as well.“These rankings highlight the outstanding learning environment including small classes, cutting-edge curriculum and opportunities for international study that position our undergraduates for success in the business world,” said Stephen Conroy, the School of Business’ associate dean for undergraduate business programs.College Factual ranked the schools based on students’ post-graduation earnings, the schools’ accreditation and the number of students at each school majoring in a program related to business, management or marketing. USD is the highest-ranked school west of Texas on the list.Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., as the top undergraduate business program in the country. University of San Diego ranked as best business school in California by College Factual KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Texas Wages Campaign to Preserve Its Installations

first_imgTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is counting on a pool of $30 million approved by the Legislature earlier this year to prevent the loss of any of the state’s 15 installations in a future BRAC round as well as strengthen some by attracting new missions.The governor’s Texas Military Preparedness Commission meets next month to review grant applications from communities, which can collect up to $5 million each over the state’s 2016-17 fiscal biennium. Grants are capped at $2.5 million yearly.“We have so much to offer as a state in the context of national security that you can’t duplicate,” Commission Chairman Paul Paine told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The installations in Texas all have very high national security value,” said Paine, a former commander at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fort Worth.The host communities for NAS Fort Worth, a joint reserve base that grew out of the closure of Carswell Air Force Base, hope to secure $4.5 million to improve access into the facility’s east gate.“We want to be prepared if there is” another BRAC round, said Fort Worth Councilman Jungus Jordan, president of the Texas Mayors of Military Communities, the main group that persuaded state lawmakers to allocate the grant money.“We don’t have Fort in front of our name by accident. We’re a military town. We will always be a military town,” Jordan said.Leaders in the state’s other defense communities also are positioning neighboring installations for a new round of base closures. “It’s not a matter of if another BRAC will happen; it is when,” said Bob Murdock, director of San Antonio’s Office of Military Affairs.Nevertheless, the state’s installations should fare well in a future round, according to defense analyst Loren Thompson, CEO at the nonprofit Lexington Institute.“Texas doesn’t have a lot to fear from base closures,” Thompson told the Star-Telegram. “Nobody is going to close a place like Fort Hood or the Army depot in Corpus Christi.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Scientists suggest Mars still has an active underground water system

first_imgNASA/JPL/University of Arizona First we learned that Mars may be hiding a lake under its southern ice cap. Now a new study points to an active groundwater system that may be lurking deep below the planet’s equatorial regions, feeding a mysterious phenomenon on the Martian surface.  If the study holds water, it would be a huge paradigm shift for the dusty, barren planet. And it could open up new avenues of exploration.  Two researchers at the University of Southern California, Abotalib Z. Abotalib and Essam Heggy, posit that “recurring slope lineae” (RSL), dark streaks that periodically appear on the side of Martian craters, are being created by an active, deep reservoir of salty water.    The study, published Thursday in Nature Geoscience, used images provided by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard the NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the red planet, to analyze distinct surface features.  The duo examined images of Palikir crater, which has previously been shown to harbor RSL and is a prime location for present-day water flows, to come up with their new hypothesis. They discovered that RSL most commonly emanate from fractures and cracks in Palikir’s surface.  “Mars is not hydrologically dead,” says Heggy. “There is an active groundwater system on Mars that is causing the recurring slope lineae.” 4:38 In the past scientists, have hypothesized a number of reasons the RSL appear on the side of Martian craters, including the idea that they may just be sand flows rather than a phenomenon caused by water. Other groups have suggested they’re caused by seeping salt water that originates from just below the surface. However, radar experiments imaging the Martian surface have not been able to identify any shallow pools of groundwater. Heggy and Abotalib’s background, studying aquifers and groundwater flow in Earth’s desert environments, prompted them to look at the Mars RSL hypothesis from another angle — and they began to see similarities with our planet’s deserts. Their proposal suggests that the water originates from about half a mile below the surface (approximately 750 meters) and that high pressure forces the liquid up through the soil and eventually through cracks and fractures on the surface — resulting in the RSL. “We have seen the same mechanisms in the North African Sahara and in the Arabian Peninsula, and it helped us explore the same mechanism on Mars,” says Abotalib. An important feature of the Mars’ RSL is seasonality. Typically, they appear during the Mars summer and disappear in the fall. Heggy suggests that in the fall, when it’s cooler, the water freezes over the fractures, preventing the RSL from forming. In summer, warm weather allows the pressurized water to flow up and out through the cracks, seeping down the slopes. But with all this high-resolution imaging, why haven’t we spotted the liquid flows before? Tags Stunning images of Mars from the European Space Agency 17 Photos Originally published 9 a.m. PTUpdated 2:10 p.m. PT: Adds Nature Geoscience paper Post a comment “They last for a very short amount of time due to the condition of the surface and pressure on Mars,” explains Heggy. “We don’t have sufficient temporal coverage on Mars to witness that happen in real time.” The tantalizing prospect of water on Mars has long been discussed and researched because of the opportunities it presents to discover life or provide a means for colonization. But for Heggy, this study is less about proving Mars is somewhere humans may one day set up shop and more about our own planet.  “Water on Mars is very important, not to colonize Mars, but to understand how our own planet is evolving,” he says. “The importance of groundwater is never about using it as a sustainable resource for humans on Mars.” The mystery of the Mars’ RSL now has another viable theoretical candidate, but there’s still work to be done. NASA Mars rover Curiosity has been exploring regions close to where the RSL form but has not studied them, and direct evidence of an active groundwater system still eludes areologists. Heggy and Abotalib will focus on rectifying that. “We’re going to be trying to see what are the best ways to find direct evidence or map these groundwater systems, potentially using future probing experiments,” he says.    It’s been a bumper year for Mars water discoveries. In February, researchers at the University of Utrecht suggested they’d discovered evidence that a deep groundwater system had once existed on Mars, given the features they’d observed in craters. On Wednesday, scientists from the University of Chicago suggested that rivers still raged less than 1 billion years ago.  With NASA and the European Space Agency sending rovers to Mars in 2020 — and researchers scouring the planet for signs of groundwater — it might not be long before we have definitive evidence that Mars isn’t as dry as we once thought.  center_img RIP Mars Rover Opportunity Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 0 NASA’s history-making Mars rover Opportunity declared dead Opportunity leaves us with one final, glorious panorama The Red Planet won’t stop killing our rovers NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Sci-Techlast_img read more

All Marvel franchises ranked from Avengers to Daredevil

first_img 26 Photos 6 Sphero Spider-Man Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order 10. ThorThree movies in, Thor has managed to produce one of the most fun Marvel movies we’ve seen (Ragnarok, helmed by Taika Waititi) and one of the most ponderous, dull ones (The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor). Ragnarok was everything The Dark World wasn’t — like good. Who knew giving the god of thunder a sense of humor would make for a more enjoyable viewing experience?11. BladeWhile reviewers gave 1998’s Blade props for its visual style, the trilogy was inconsistent. Of Blade 2, Slate said “There’s no script to speak of,” and Blade Trinity earned this sick burn: “If ever there was a case for quitting while you’re behind, this Blade is it,” from The Washington Post. However, as The Ringer pointed out in 2018, the original Blade accomplished two important things: essentially launching the superhero movie industry, and placing a person of color in the lead role.12. The Amazing Spider-ManIn short, there was no solid reason to make this iteration of Spider-Man. Granted, Andrew Garfield does a good job capturing teenage boy nervous energy. But it’s not enough to save what feels like long, un-noteworthy deviations from Sam Raimi’s earlier movies. The Amazing Spider-Man flirts with the hour mark before Peter Parker gets into something resembling a suit. Also, who is prepared to watch Jed Bartlett die on screen? Not us. 13. Fantastic FourIt’s almost hard to believe our beloved Cap originally came from the critically panned Fantastic Four franchise. The original? Oft referred to as “juvenile.” And when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer came out in 2007 (two years after its predecessor), it smacked of trying to milk this whole superhero movie thing for maximum dollar before leaving the genre a desiccated husk. As Entertainment Weekly put it, “If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you’d have the Fantastic Four franchise.”14. Ghost RiderIf you’re like me, you might have forgotten that Ghost Rider and its sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance even happened. It did, though. Nicholas Cage portrayed Johnny Blaze and the The New York Times asked the important question, “Is the world ready for a flaming Nicholas Cage?” Meanwhile the New York Daily News called it a “vast an array of spiritual gibberish, literary poppycock and pure flummery.” We cringed hard at the CGI effects, which probably should have been a lot better for 2007. The real question remains, though: How did Sam Elliott get dragged into this? 15. DaredevilBy the early 2000s, superhero movies smelled like money. Unfortunately, we ended up with Daredevil and the Jennifer Garner-led follow-up Elektra, two films that still take casual beatings for how bad they were. If you need a refresher on just how bad, consider that the Daredevil trailer alone contains the lines “time to give the devil his due” and “I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night searching for justice —  blind justice.” Elektra, meanwhile, claims a whole 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 42 on CNET sister site Metacritic and might have put Marvel off female superhero movies until, well, this year. A February Times piece on Marvel’s “woman problem” referenced an email exchange that surfaced out of the 2014 Sony hack where then-Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter listed Elektra and other disastrous female-led superhero movies. CNET’s Andrew Gebhart and Chris Monroe contributed to this report.  More Marvel Share your voice Originally published April 6, 2019.  How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Since 2012, we’ve been all about waiting for that next team-up, curious how the various relationships will play out, inching our way toward the highest stakes we’ve seen yet with Endgame, out April 26. From the original, to Age of Ultron, to Infinity War, it would be an understatement to say audiences were excited. Just consider that seven years after Joss Whedon’s original entry, tickets for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame broke Fandango’s presale record in just six hours. 2. Captain AmericaCaptain America. He’s quite a guy — self-sacrificing with a ram-rod-straight sense of ethical duty. Maybe most importantly, Cap is reliable. That evenness translates to the franchise, which has been one of the most consistent of the lot. While franchises don’t always produce a second movie that’s as good as the first, Captain America came back even stronger with The Winter Soldier. Plus, this franchise has also done a lot of heavy-lifting in terms of setting up Infinity War and, ultimately, Endgame. 3. Spider-ManLet’s get something out of the way: Spider-Man 3 was terrible. In fact, it was almost awful enough to tarnish the legacy of the Sam Raimi trilogy, because now when you think of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, you think of ill-advised guyliner… and that cringe-worthy dance number.Why, Peter, why?However, we’re focused on the impact of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 — evidence that you can make fun, satisfying, heartfelt comic book movies capable of burrowing into our pop culture psyche (hello, upside-down Spidey kiss). Those two entries from 2002 and 2004 helped create the kind of interest in terms of both box office and critical acclaim (domestically, the first did $114.84 million in its opening weekend, and the second did $88.16 million and is a Metacritic Must See) in superhero movies that’s made it sustainable for Marvel to make a 20-something-part story arc in the years since. Also consider the strength of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2. What’s scarier than a good man corrupted? Turns out making a villain relatable and even a bit sympathetic makes for a more compelling battle. 4. Iron ManBack in 2008, Iron Man was first in a long line of MCU movies. This franchise helped establish a strong foundation for all MCU offerings that followed. It also gave us Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, who is narcissistic, vexing, funny and kind of an ass, but a character you can’t help but like. Iron Man also helped clue the MCU in on how to balance tone and stakes, pushing Stark’s humor even while chaos is unfolding. 5. DeadpoolThe Merc with a Mouth garnered attention when it came out in 2016, R-rating and all. Dripping in smart-assery and digs at the other inhabitants of its genre, Deadpool was just the counter-programming we needed to balance out the glossy and at times over-earnest MCU. Deadpool also gets a tip of the hat for consistency — Deadpool 2 was just about as joke-packed and irreverent as the first. 3:13 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel X-Men Iron Man Tags 6. X-menIn assembling this ranking, we made a call to keep all the X-Men movies together given Days of Future Past essentially fixed and linked back to X3.  Both sets of films have had inconsistencies, starting strong but battling weakness in the third iterations. Rolling Stone said of X-Men: Last Stand that “the third and weakest chapter in the X-Men series is a blatant attempt to prove there is still life in the franchise.” Meanwhile, X-Men Apocalypse’s villain was… blue with a propensity for chewing up scenery. Even X3’s writer Simon Kinberg told ScreenCrush in 2014 that “there are a lot of things about ‘X3’ that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret.” In any case, the later movies tried to clean up some of the messiness the earlier ones left behind. And yes, we did also make allowances here for the size of the franchise. guardians-of-the-galaxyGuardians of the Galaxy brought the jokes.  Marvel 7. Guardians of the GalaxyWhen Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014 with its ’70s rock soundtrack, it brought an important insight — superhero movies don’t have to be stifling and take themselves too seriously. They can be funny. While the 2017 installment wasn’t quite a strong as the original, we’re giving it serious points for paving the way for the likes of the surprisingly funny Thor: Ragnarok. 8. Ant-ManWhen we put Ant-Man right smack in the middle of this ranking, we do it with love. Why? Because Ant-Man is fine. The world isn’t about to end. Half the population is about to disappear. There are stakes, yes, but they’re a break from the destruction and catastrophe the MCU wreaks. Also, at this point we’ve seen so many action sequences it’s easy to get numb to them. Ant-Man gets props for re-energizing fights by, you know, getting Thomas the Tank Engine in the mix. 9. WolverineOne word: Logan. My race to see every MCU film before Avengers: Endgame Endgame a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Women of Marvel: Straight talk from real-life superheroes The Avengers are a tough team to battle for the top spot.  Marvel Marvel movies have been part of our popular culture for the better part of the last 20 years, but you might forget that given the dominance of Marvel Cinematic Universe films these days. You know, that whole kit and kaboodle encompassing Iron Man on through Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, which busts into theaters next week. The MCU isn’t where Marvel begins or ends on screen, though. With this in mind, I decided to take a look back at all of Marvel’s movie franchises (defined as having more than one movie in the series) and rank them from the best to the most regrettable. In an effort to share the power bestowed on me to compile such an Earth-shaking list, I turned to my colleagues here in Louisville, Kentucky, where we busted out a white board on wheels and undertook the serious task of deciding just how bad Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was and what exactly to do with Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider. Here’s our ranking, from best to worst: 1. AvengersEnsembles movies can easily sprawl into unwieldy, disjointed disasters. Somehow, the Avengers have avoided all that. And after four years of movies leading up to the first Avengers installment of the MCU, there was a lot riding on this first point of culmination for the franchise that brought together the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the high-powered crew. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Comments TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 2:09last_img read more

ADB to sanction 250 mn loan for Keralas postflood reconstruction

first_imgAFP/Getty ImagesThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reportedly promised to provide a loan of $250 million to help Kerala get back into shape after the 2018 floods. It comes a month after the World Bank sanctioned a $250 million loan for the state.According to reports, the money provided by ADB will be used to provide 24×7 drinking water in cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.”While the financial assistance from the World Bank and KFW have been completed, the discussions with the ADB are in the final stages,” a government official was quoted as saying by The Times of India.Kerala is expected to make its first withdrawal from the fund by September 28. The loan from World Bank, ADB and KFW, a German agency, is Rs 9,700 crore while the estimated cost of damage incurred by the state during the 2018 floods was Rs 39,000 crore.The water resources department is batting for the funds provided by ADB. They have submitted a proposal for projects worth Rs 700 crore. “The water resources department has submitted a proposal for projects worth Rs 700 crore that include post-flood repair and maintenance of dams, regulators, canals and irrigation structures, replacing energy inefficient pumps and electrical systems in KWA with solar energy-based systems and completion of ongoing KWA schemes,” B Ashok, the Secretary (Water Resources) told TOI.On the other hand, the public works department will fully avail the funds loaned by KFW. The PWD will put the Rs 1,750 crore to widen roads and build bridges.”As many as 55 roads have been selected from Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Wayanad and Thrissur. These roads will be climate-resilient roads. The DPRs for these have been prepared,” G Kamala Vardhana Rao, the Principal Secretary (PWD) had said.The forest and wildlife department is set to receive Rs 400 crore from the funds. The forests also saw a massive amount of devastation in the floods. With the money, the forest department will build the north-south elephant corridor as well as implement relocation of private estates in forests.last_img read more

WB provides Bangladesh 570m for 2 health projects

first_imgWBThe World Bank on Friday endorsed a total of $570 million for two projects in Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition, and population services as well as to strengthen the country’s public procurement.Announcing the approval of the financing, a WB news release said the two projects will help further progress towards better health outcomes and optimal use of public resources through an effective public procurement and monitoring system.“The World Bank and the government have been working together for years to improve the health sector and public procurement performance,” said WB country director Qimiao Fan.“This will benefit the entire nation and support Bangladesh’s journey to becoming an upper middle-income country.”The $515 million ‘Health Sector Support Project’ is designed to strengthen the country’s health system and improve quality and coverage of essential service delivery, with a focus on Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, where key health indicators are below national average.It aims to increase the number of mothers receiving quality delivery care in public health facilities to at least 146,000 mothers annually in Sylhet and Chittagong divisions.  It will also provide basic immunization to nearly 5 million children, the news release said.In Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, it will support school-based adolescent health and nutrition services.It is expected to enable over 7000 community clinics to provide complete essential data on service delivery, and ensure at least 150 health facilities to each have two accredited midwives on staff.“Since 1975, the World Bank has been working with Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition and population outcomes, helping reduce maternal mortality by 40 per cent as of 2010 and under-5 child mortality by 29 per cent as of 2014,” said Patrick Mullen, WB task team leader.Co-task team leader Kari Hurt added, “The project will support Bangladesh to address emerging health challenges; complete the Millennium Development Goal agenda; and set the foundation to achieve progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”The financing will contribute to the government’s $14.7 billion health sector programme between 2017 and 2022.The other financing approved, the $55 million ‘Digitising Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project’, will help Bangladesh improve public procurement performance, including its capacity to monitor implementation of development projects and programmes using digital technology.Bangladesh spends over $7 billion yearly on public procurement, which constitutes about 70 per cent of the annual development programme.The WB helped Bangladesh roll out electronic procurement (e-GP) in four key public procuring entities in 2011, and establish a high capacity data center in 2016 to accommodate increasing demand for electronic procurement. The new project will expand e-GP to all 1300 government procuring organisations.The project will help the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division effectively monitor the execution of annual development programs by establishing a single online platform connecting all public sector organisations.The project will also engage citizens to monitor quality and progress of development work.“Since 2002, the World Bank has been supporting Bangladesh to make systemic changes in public procurement to improve the efficiency and transparency of public spending,” said Zafrul Islam, WB task team leader. “By institutionalising electronic procurement and digitising project implementation monitoring, the project will improve effective utilisation of public resources. It will also help enhance accountability of public officials through citizen engagement.”last_img read more

Quota confusion not yet over

first_imgProthom alo file PhotoA week has passed since the prime minister announced that there would no longer be any quota in public service jobs, following which the protesting students postponed their agitation.However, no gazette regarding the quota has been issued as yet.The cabinet division and the public administration ministry are in a quandary as to what to do and many questions remain unanswered.In the meantime, different organisations of freedom fighters and their children took to the streets in Dhaka and outside Dhaka. They have called for a grand rally at Shahbagh in the capital on 28 April.Many women organisations are also demanding that quota for women quota in public service to be retained. There is debate over district quotas.No committee has been formed as yet to decide about quotas for disabled and ethnic minorities and no one has a clear idea about how the current recruitment process will proceed.All this has created confusion among the protesters about the fate of the prime minister’s announcement.There is much discussion about the implementation of the announcement on this sensitive issue in the election year. Administrative officials think that it is important to make the quota issue clear. They, however, think that it will take time to make clarify whether the quota system will be fully scraped or not. They said that this issue is complex as no decision will please everyone. The government has to analyse the issue before taking a final decision.The protesters are also confused. Several of their leaders told Prothom Alo that they think that the government’s target was simply to stop the movement. They are disappointed and angry with the activities of the police and some ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders after they postponed their movement. The recent picking up of three of their leaders by law enforcers and, subsequent release, has also given them cause to worry. A leader said that they do not believe that prime minister will back away from her announcement but confusion was created among students because of the behaviour by the police, BCL and other quarters.However, public administration ministry officials said that as the head of the government made the announcement in parliament, so there is no room for confusion. However, a gazette is needed to make this official. They are waiting for directives from the prime minister’s office.When asked, senior secretary of public administration ministry Mozammel Haque Khan told Prothom Alo that there is no need to be worried over the quota system in public service.So far, the government’s formal decision over the quota system is an announcement made by prime minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament, he said, adding that it is, however, clear that members of ethnic communities and the differently-abled will be recruited through a special system.Asked why the government is taking time to issue the gazette, Mozammel Haque Khan said that it would not take long.Whether the gazette is issued or not, the quota system has been abolished and this is final, he also said.Several officials of the cabinet division told Prothom Alo that they are considering quota system abolished after PM’s announcement. Now if prime minister wants to keep a special arrangement for members of ethnic communities and the differently-abled, it would be fixed by a committee, headed by the cabinet secretary, they added.But, these officials have not yet received any written directives in this regard.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam on Tuesday told Prothom Alo that there has been no further progress on the cancelation of the quota system.Students and job-seekers have long been waging demonstrations for reform of the existing quota system in public service, terming it complicated and discriminatory.They say they are not anti-quota protesters; rather they want reformation in the system.According to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistic (BBS) survey, as many as 2.6 million people are unemployed. And only 359,261 public service posts are vacant as of January 2018, says a report provided by the public administration ministry to Jatiya Sangsad.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced on 11 April, amid countrywide demonstrations demanding a reform in quota system, that the quota system would be abolished altogether.The PM, now abroad, will return on 23 April and fly abroad in the last week of April. And so quota related complications will need some more time to be resolved, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam.However, amid the confusion over the quota system’s existence, the process of public service recruitment is going on.Asked about this, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder told Prothom Alo that the government should issue a circular over the quota system, resolving all complexities as early as possible.”I personally support quotas in some cases. However, open-competition (merit) jobs should be at least of 80 per cent in BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service),” he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadud and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

India smashes Bangladesh anthemsinging record

first_imgHalf a million Indians have set a new world record by performing a mass rendition of their national anthem, as patriotic sentiment rises under a nationalist government.It smashes the previous record of roughly 254,500 set in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka in 2014.The “Jana Gana Mana” anthem was sung by 509,261 people in Gujarat, the home state of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the opening of a Hindu temple, said Guinness World Records.”The event attracted close to 1 million people according to the auditors, but only the above number could be accommodated in the record attempt area,” the world record-keeper said on its website.The feat was accomplished in late January but only validated recently by Guinness World Records.”We feel very proud to have achieved this record, which is nearly double that of the previous record,” Paresh Gajera, chairman of the organising committee overseeing the stunt in the western state, told AFP.The patriotic effort comes amid a fiery debate in India over exploitation of the anthem, and concerns about overt displays of nationalism under Modi’s right-wing administration.The Supreme Court ruled in November that cinemas must play the national anthem before screening movies and audiences should stand for it, drawing angry accusations of an assault on civil liberties.There have been reports of cinemagoers being assaulted for refusing to stand, while others were arrested for failing to obey the ruling.Some liberals say freedom of speech is being stifled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, which came to power in 2014.last_img read more

Trump terms meeting with Putin better than with NATO

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Russia`s president Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” Trump tweeted.Trump’s meeting with NATO allies last week — at which he sharply criticised them over defence spending — was seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties, in sharp contrast to the amity on display when the US president met Putin on Monday.At a joint news conference, Trump appeared to take the Russian leader’s word over that of US intelligence that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election — drawing widespread criticism at home.Standing alongside the Kremlin boss, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russia hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton.But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the Republican said: “I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”last_img

Isis bride Shamima could be hanged in Bangladesh Foreign minister

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 22 February 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. AFP File PhotoIsis bride Shamima Begum could be hanged for terrorism offences if she comes to Bangladesh, reports British daily The Independent quoting Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen.Nineteen-year-old Shamima, who left the UK to join Isis in Syria in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship by the British home secretary Sajid Javid in February last.It is believed he felt legally able to do so because, although international law prevents someone being made stateless, Shamima has heritage rights of citizenship in Bangladesh where her father is from, reports news agency UNB quoting the The Independent report.Momen has said the teenager who is currently living in al-Hol desert refugee camp in Syria would face the death penalty if she ends up in Bangladesh.”We have nothing to do with Shamima Begum,” he told ITV News.”She is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She never applied for Bangladesh citizenship. She was born in England and her mother is British,” he said.”If anyone is found to be involved with terrorism, we have a simple rule. There will be capital punishment. And nothing else,” says foreign minister Momen.last_img read more

Florida Governor Wont Say Whether He Will Sign Gun Bill

first_imgAPFlorida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he speaks during a news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student is suspected of killing at least 17 people Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The shooting at a South Florida high school sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Police were warning that the shooter was still at large even as ambulances converged on the scene and emergency workers appeared to be treating those possibly wounded. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.Now he must decide whether to sign it. Scott has not said what he will do, and he plans to take up the issue Friday with relatives of 17 people slain in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.“I’m going to take the time and I’m going to read the bill and I’m going to talk to families,” he said.State lawmakers delivered the reform package Thursday. The governor has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns. It would also create a so-called guardian program enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.Other provisions would create new mental health programs for schools and establish an anonymous tip line where students and others could report threats to schools. The bill would also ban bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and seek to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.Scott has received top marks from the NRA in the past for supporting gun-rights measures, but he broke with the lobbying group after last month’s slayings, which reinvigorated the gun-control movement.The governor, who is expected to seek a U.S. Senate seat later this year, has called for raising the minimum age to purchase any type of gun, but he does not support arming teachers. Instead, he wanted lawmakers to adopt his own $500 million proposal to put at least one law enforcement officer in every school.The NRA opposes raising age limits to buy weapons or imposing new waiting periods. In a statement Thursday, NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer called the bill “a display of bullying and coercion” that would violate Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding citizens.President Donald Trump congratulated Florida on the legislation, saying state lawmakers “passed a lot of very good legislation last night.”During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said the White House was working on a plan to ban bump stocks and that efforts to enhance background checks were “moving along well” in Congress.The Florida bill’s narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. Survivors were split as well.Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed, said more needed to be done, but there was enough good in the bill that it should pass.“My precious daughter Meadow’s life was taken, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. But make no mistake: I’m a father, and I’m on a mission. I’m on a mission to make sure I’m the last dad to ever read a statement of this kind.”The Tampa Bay Times reported that officials in the state’s largest school districts, including Miami-Dade and Broward counties, have balked at the idea of arming employees and instead called for funding to support putting more police officers in schools.Florida’s teachers union asked Scott to veto $67 million set aside for the guardian program. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the funding.“If guns are the appropriate answer, then we owe it to our children to provide appropriate numbers of professional, trained law enforcement personnel … whose work assignment is to protect students and staff,” Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall said in a statement.Teachers in some states, including Texas, can carry concealed weapons if they have required training. At least eight states allow, or do not specifically prohibit, concealed weapons in K-12 schools, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.Meanwhile, one student injured in the shooting was transferred to intensive care after his condition worsened. A hospital spokeswoman said 15-year-old Anthony Borges’ condition became critical overnight.A family attorney did not immediately respond to a request for information. The student has filed notice that he will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.The suspect in the attack, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the massacre.His public defender has said he will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table and sentence him to life in prison instead. Prosecutors have 45 days to decide. Sharelast_img read more

Federal Highway Administration Approves CSX Tunnel Expansion in DC

first_imgThe Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) had given its stamp of approval to CSX Transportation’s proposed reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Southeast Washington, D.C., ending a three-year-long environmental review process.The tunnel project is privately-funded by CSX, but because construction will impact federal and District property, approval from FHWA and the D.C. Department of Transportation are necessary.In August, the FHWA delayed issuing a record of decision (ROD) on the project, at the behest of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to give the DC Council a chance to review the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and other aspects of the plan. But, on Nov. 4, the federal agency greenlighted use of the roadways, including Interstate 695 ramps, needed to complete the project.“After a consideration of the effects of the FHWA approval action on the natural, human and built environments and reasonable alternatives to those actions based on information presented in the FEIS…the FHWA decision is to approve the short-term closure of I-695 ramps located at 6th and 8th Streets SE [and] the occupancy of a portion of the 11th Street Bridge right-of-way located on I-695,” the decision read.“The basis for this ROD is supported by the information presented in the FEIS, supporting technical documents, the associated project record, and input received from the public and interested District of Columbia and federal agencies,” the ROD continued. “The FHWA considered the impacts of the Project and alternative courses of action under NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) while balancing the needs of CSX, the project sponsor, to reconstruct its tunnel facility located under Virginia Avenue SE with public and agency concerns regarding the Project.”FHWA supported CSX’s preferred alternative, which involves replacing the 3,800-foot, 110-year-old tunnel with two new permanent tunnels constructed sequentially. The tunnels will be rebuilt to accommodate double-stacked intermodal freight trains and to alleviate a chokepoint along CSX’s eastern seaboard freight rail corridor, which connects Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states.“The Virginia Avenue Tunnel is a critical piece of our national and regional transportation infrastructure,” said Louis E. Renjel, Jr., vice president of strategic infrastructure initiatives for CSX, which is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. “Reconstructing the aging tunnel will eliminate a long-standing rail bottleneck that impacts freight and commuter rail, and it will increase the network’s capacity ahead of anticipated growth in freight-rail traffic.”Some residents who live near the VAT reject FHWA’s decision, however, and say the project should be halted until the DC Council completes its comprehensive Rail Plan study that is currently underway.“This decision shows that the public has never been treated fairly.  Our concerns – namely the grave public health and safety risks posed by the project and how passenger and commuter rail in the District can expand – have consistently been ignored. And we know now that DDOT had pre-approved CSX’s preferred plan from the very beginning before any environmental review had been conducted,” said Helen Douglas of DCSafeRail, the group against the expanded tunnels. “This project should NOT be granted any permits until the appropriate answers are provided, including waiting for completion of the Council’s Rail Plan so that its analyses and conclusions are part of a new or modified environmental review.”CSX said community input has helped shape the project and they will continue to work with residents to address their concerns.“While this decision is the end of the Federal environmental review process, it is just the beginning of a new phase of CSX’s relationship with the community,” Renjel said in his statement. “We are committed to doing this project the right way; safely, respecting our neighbors and working closely with residents and businesses to minimize impacts and to ensure that they are informed about construction plans.”last_img read more

Mj Rodriguez Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

first_img ×MJ Rodriguez on LeBron James ‘Representing’ for Trans, African-American WomenVolume 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 Up’Joker’ Trailer02:24 twitter facebook reddit linkedin Linkhttps://variety.com/2019/digital/news/mj-rodriguez-nico-santos-to-announce-glaad-media-award-nominations-1203111244/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:1001:10More Videos02:24’Joker’ Trailer02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses01:39Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ Trailer09:50’It: Chapter Two’ Director Andy Muschietti Explains the Meaning Behind Pennywise01:40Variety’s Power Of Pride Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes02:27Kirsten Dunst Talks ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’Close GLAAD Media Award galas will be held in Los Angeles on Mar. 28 and in New York on May 4.Rodriguez stars as Blanca on “Pose,” Ryan Murphy’s FX series that features the largest cast of transgender actors in television history. Not only does Santos star as undocumented gay Filipino employee on NBC’s “Superstore,” but he also appeared in the Warner Bros. hit “Crazy Rich Asians.”Also at Sundance, GLAAD will be making a special announcement at Outfest’s Queer Brunch on Jan. 27. and sponsoring the “Beyond the Transition Narrative: Transgender Storytelling in the 21st Century” panel at the Filmmaker Lodge on Jan. 29. Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream hosted by AT&T and from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25.“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for LGBTQ inclusion in the media industry and furthered acceptance among countless audience members,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will celebrate outstanding new LGBTQ talent like Mj and Nico who break through industry glass ceilings while celebrating the lengths we have come in LGBTQ representation across media.”last_img read more

The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide

first_imgAsus Eee Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS The Asus Eee 4GB 701 series PC has made a huge hit in the USA since its launch in early November. The item literally sold off the shelves within a minute of its introductory 10,000 unit distribution. The Asus Eee 4GB with a built in web cam has a seven inch display and weighs around two pounds. It has an Intel mobile CPU and chipset. It is preloaded Linux and Microsoft XP compatible. The XP drivers are included. It has an internal WiFi 802.11 b/g enabling users to access the Internet via available Hot Spots. There is 512 MB of memory with the ability to upgrade to 1 GB. It should be noted that upgrades will void the warranty. The Asus Eee has 4 GB flash embedded storage and an additional 100GB is available with the Asus exclusive E-HD external drive. Other options for storage include USB devices, and a memory stick card slot. There are three USB ports and a SDHC card reader. The Asus Eee has a 300 pixel video camera is built in and high definition audio. The system has built in stereo speakers with audio in/out jacks and VGA out capabilities. The 4 cell battery has a qualified 3.5 hour battery life. Asus qualifies the battery life as dependent on the user´s habits. The dimensions of the Asus Eee 4GB 701 is 8.86 inches wide by 6.30 inches in diameter and weighs around 2 pounds. It is comparable to a ladies clutch bag in terms of portability. It comes with a cover sleeve case to protect the outer surface and currently comes in the colors black and white. The box contains an AC adapter charger, the Eee 701, instruction book and back up CD Rom. The current price is $399.AsusTek Company is based in Taiwan with a presence in virtually all parts of the world. The company is focused on serving the international community by opening financial and technical offices world-wide. It currently employs one hundred thousand employees with a substantial portion of its budget devoted to research and design. A recent 1300 units purchase by Fresno Unified School District in California was made due to its shock resistant design and ease in portability. An initial survey indicated that the students and faculty find the Asus Eee a great asset in education and affordability.In the weeks before Christmas 2007 and the holiday season, AsusTek will release two more Eee laptops. The Asus Eee 4GB 700 and the Asus 2GB 700. These models are primarily for surfing the web and directed research projects for students or on- the- go professionals. The two models do not have a built in video camera, but the internal system is substantially the same. These models will sell for $299 and $349 respectively. The popular Eee is not without its critics. IT Wire reports that Asus Eee may have misrepresented the Linux loaded capabilities. According to IT Wire, some Linux advocates say the Eee uses Xandros a Debian-based distribution that charges a license fee and has an agreement with Microsoft similar to the one signed by Novell. Additionally, some commentators knowledgeable of Linux believe there may be some copyright issues involved that may present problems. Another concern is expressed by Cliff Biffle, a Java developer who invented the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface for Linux. He states that Asus did not follow the rules required by GPL when it modified a particular module of the Linux kernel. Asus is required to publish the source code for the modified module and the name of the author or provide a new name for the modification. Notwithstanding the critics, the very popular Asus Eee is projecting sales to reach three to five million for year 2008. Its short term goals are expected to be met by selling 350 thousand by years end. External Link: Asus eeePC violates GPL say Linux stalwarts — www.itwire.com/content/view/15490/ The sturdy and light weight Asus Eee has captured the hearts and minds of US consumers, students and educators. The Eee series has all the features of its competitors, but its affordable price is turning heads. The Eee units are literally selling off the shelves world-wide. Citation: The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide (2007, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-asus-eee-laptop-series-shelves.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mamata takes a dig at BJP through poem on the eve of

first_imgKolkata: On the eve of the announcement of the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to constitute the 17th Parliament, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a poem titled ‘Jaruri’ on Wednesday. In the poem, Banerjee has mentioned the recent incidents involving the Centre.Through the verses, she has repeatedly hinted at the emergency-like situation that has prevailed in the country throughout the tenure of the Modi government. In the poem, she has mentioned about note ban through the line-“Madhyo rate siddhanto- otao jaruri…” while also taking a dig at the meditation of Narendra Modi in a cave at Kedarnath through the line- “Ganatantra Guhae- otao jaruri.”last_img

Some 63 of people experience problems with their

first_imgSome 63% of people experience problems with their broadband, while 45% claim they suffer slow download speeds, according to a new report by UK consumer body, Which?. The study highlights poor speeds and bad customer service, and comes as Which? campaigns for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ‘Give us Broadband Speed Guaranteed’ so that customers get the speed and service they pay for.Which? claims that 58% of people who report slow download speeds experience this “frequently or all the time”.Meanwhile, 27% of people who reported a loss of service that was later resolved had to wait two days for this to happen, with 11% having to wait a week or more.“We also found three in 10 (31%) who contacted their provider with a problem said they did not get a resolution at all, a quarter of those who did get a resolution (25%) were dissatisfied with how long it took, and one in five (20%) said they contacted their ISP three times or more to resolve a problem,” said Which?The consumer organisation is now calling on broadband providers to issue customers with written speed estimates at the start of a contract, allow people to exit contracts without penalty if speeds aren’t met, and to refund people for a loss of service.“The internet is an essential part of modern life, yet millions of us are getting frustratingly slow speeds and having to wait days to get reconnected when things go wrong. It’s less superfast broadband, more super slow service from companies who are expecting people to pay for speeds they may never get,” said Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd.last_img read more

Research Awards Hackathons Leadership and More – New York City News

first_img Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Four Executives Share the Essence of Leadership – Rutgers Business BlogCitrin Cooperman partner Michael Napolitano moderated a discussion at this year’s Rutgers Business School CEO Evolution event between the following four executives:CEO and Angel Investor Braun KiessMZM Construction and Management Owner and CEO Marjorie PerryVilla Restaurant Group President Biagio ScottoYesterday’s Business Computers Cwner and CEO Tom TsivgasCEO Evolution is an annual platform for leaders to “inspire others in the business community.” This year’s guest speakers offered insights into their “challenges, mistakes, ambitions, individual strategies, and leadership styles.Kiess talked about “what the next wave of college graduates will be looking for in their careers.” “They don’t want to be just a cog in the wheel. They expect more from an employer than just a paycheck.”You can read more from Rutgers Business News here.Eyes on the Prize: Business, A.I. Skills Help Stevens Team’s Eye Health Entry Win Hackathon – Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business BlogStevens Institute of Technology School of Business’ Niraj Chaurasia, Medhavi Uniyal, and Vidya Sagar Polaki took home first prize at a one-day iCIMS hackathon last month, as well as prizes in Best Hack for Good and Best Use of A.I./Machine Learning, for a model that accurately “taught itself whether it was looking at a healthy or sick eye 90 percent of the time.”The team used machine-learning techniques to build a “data set of healthy eyes, as well as eyes with various health problems, such as cataracts and glaucoma.”Polaki explains that he hopes the team’s model might significantly reduce ophthalmology expenses and assist eye doctors in identifying eye problems.“It costs, on average, $180 for an eye checkup in the U.S. So this would be a major cost savings. And when you visit the doctor, you have the data in hand, so you can be confident, have the right questions to ask and understand what remedy is available.”You can learn more about the event here.Economics Professor Receives Bright Ideas Research Award – Stillman School of Business NewsSeton Hall University Stillman School of Business Professor of Economics Kurt Rotthoff received the Bright Ideas Award, which acknowledges faculty members “whose research significantly advances knowledge in their discipline area and delivers relevant findings to business practitioners.”Rotthoff’s Journal of Sports Economics publication Structural Breaks in the Game: The Case of Major League Baseball, “analyzed nearly 150 years’ worth of Major League Baseball data [to] identify two significant eras: the free-swinging era, initiated by Babe Ruth, and the recent steroid era, marked by the increase of consistency in offensive power plays.”Rotthoff explains:“The research was exciting because it’s a method of measuring the performance of baseball players over time. Using batting statistics and some time-series statistical techniques, we determined certain points in the history of the sport that changed the entire game.”You can learn more about Rotthoff’s research and award here. regions: New York City Last Updated Nov 27, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedNJ Senator Booker to Host Summit at RutgersIn a special partnership with the Rutgers Business School, US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will host the New Models to Improve Access to Capital Summit on Friday, June 13 in Newark. The summit will bring together CEOs and executives from market leaders in peer-to-peer lending and microfinance industries for a roundtable…June 9, 2014In “Featured Home”Alumni Spotlight: Dan Schulman (NYU Stern)One of the most accomplished alumni to set foot into the NYU Stern School of Business is Dan Schulman. Schulman has worked as a prominent business leader for around 20 years, most recently being named as CEO of PayPal in 2014. Dan Schulman: Early Life and Education Schulman grew up…August 25, 2016In “Alumni Spotlight”Former CEO of Citigroup to Speak at Davis CommencementSandy Weill, former Chairman and CEO of Citigroup will speak to the audience at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management commencement ceremony on June 14, 2014. Mr. Weill is Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup and was recently appointed Chairman of Hamilton Insurance Group.  He retired as CEO of Citigroup in…June 13, 2014In “Featured Home”center_img Research Awards, Hackathons, Leadership, and More – New York City News About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more