New TCI Police sworn in assigned to CID Marine and Tactical

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Thirteen new Police officers are sworn in now and the new squad will join the Criminal Investigations Department, #CID; Tactical Unit and Marine Branch.    The men and women, hailing from Jamaica and the Philippines are trained and ready for active duty.David Barnett, Marlon Dawkins, Christopher Morrison, Robert McClean, Horace Chung, Renaldo Burke, Monique Brandford, Rory Burke, Dexter Anthony, Marlon Morse, Andrea Lewis and Carl Wynters; and from the Philippines Daphney Alcima were officially sworn in by Commissioner James Smith as Constables.A media release from the Police Force explained, the officers are presently undergoing orientation and an introduction session to the Force’s Code of Conduct.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#CID, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

It wouldve been really nice to face Messi – Alvarez

first_imgAhead of Friday’s friendly match between Mexico and Argentina, El Tri defender Edson Alvarez regrets that Argentina star, Lionel Messi won’t feature in the match.Argentina would usually be the top dog against Mexico but for the friendly match on Friday, where Messi will be absent, Mexican defender feels it’s time for Mexican football shine.“It would’ve been really nice to face Messi,” said Alvarez in a press conference Wednesday, before training in Cordoba, according to ESPN.“But his health comes first. Personally, it would’ve great to play against him.”Speaking in comparison of Mexican’s victory against Germany in the 2018 World Cup and their upcoming match against Argentina, Alvarez continued:“We’ve shown that in adversity when we are the underdogs we step up,”“I like these challenges … what better way to show our quality than now, against a great team in front of their fans? We all want to play the game already.”“The quality and potential is there,”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He also encouraged any new coach coming to focus on improving the mentality of the team and gave a little hint about his future.“We’ve missed out more because of mentality. We block ourselves. We showed the world against Germany that we were better than them. Mexican football can move forward.”“Playing in Europe is every player’s dream, at least it is mine,” said Alvarez when asked by ESPN.“There is interest from certain teams and that is the only thing I can say.”On the other hand, the Argentine federation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia believes Messi will soon be back for the national team.“Having the best player in the world gives you a better possibility of doing well and we all want that,” said Tapia on Monday in a news conference.“Now is the time to stop stewing over what happened in the World Cup and I have no doubt that [Messi] will continue [with Argentina]. I haven’t spoken with him because it isn’t time yet but I know his feelings for the shirt.”last_img read more

Postal Service Files for Special Rate Increase in January

first_imgMeanwhile, a joint filing by four industry mail groups including Magazine Publishers of America says no way. “The court left in place the Commission’s findings that the Postal Service had submitted no evidence indicating that its request was causally related to the recession, and that the Postal Service’s financial problems were caused in large part by longstanding structural issues, not the recession.” When it comes to the “Three P’s”–printer, postage and paper–postage costs have exploded in recent years, Cygnus Business Media vice president of operations Tom Martin told FOLIO:. “In 2000, printing was 45 percent to 55 percent of costs, paper was probably 20 to 25 percent of costs, and postage was between 30 to 32 percent. If you look at today’s costs, the printer has probably lost 15 to 20 points because the printer is probably sitting with only 32 percent of overall costs. Paper hasn’t changed that much but the number that has changed tremendously is postage. That’s probably sitting at 46 percent of overall costs depending on the magazine.” Thought the postal battle had achieved temporary détente? Think again.The U.S. Postal Service this week asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to let it implement an exigent rate increase averaging more than 4 percent across most classes of mail in order to make up for volume lost during the recession, reports anonymous blogger Dead Tree Edition. Last year, the PRC denied a similar request to boots rates by as much as 8 percent, saying that USPS cashflow problems were not the result of the recession. However, a federal court has ordered the PRC to review that ruling. “The Postal Service suffered financial harm directly associated with extraordinary and exceptional volume losses that the [inflation-based] price cap mechanism is incapable of addressing,” the USPS brief says. “The Postal Service respectfully requests that the Commission recognize $2.34 billion as a plausible lower-bound estimate of the Postal Service’s financial harm ‘due to’ recession-related volume losses in FY 2008 and FY2009, and approve exigent rate increases (for January 2012 implementation) on that basis.”last_img read more

Spin Magazine Reduces Frequency Rate Base

first_imgMeanwhile, the brand is investing in digital roll-outs, including its SPIN Play iPad app. In June, SPIN shuffled its editorial and publisher ranks in an effort to capitalize on its cross-platform efforts. Editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell were let go and Jeff Rogers was hired into the new position of digital general manager. Reflective of the ongoing shuffle magazines go through to zero in on the right print-digital formula, music magazine SPIN is reportedly reducing its frequency from monthly to bimonthly starting with the March 2012 issue. In addition, it will be adjusting its rate base downward from 450,000 to 350,000.Not all is contracting, however. The magazine is investing in heavier paper stock and a larger trim size—9.5 by 12 inches. The adjustments point to a refinement of the brand’s print and digital strategies into the familiar formula of relegating quick-hit, newsier content to the website and longer form writing for print.Issues will continue to pursue a theme approach. The October issue is the dance issue, September featured style, August was devoted to the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, and so on.last_img read more

Apple Watch comparison Series 3 vs Series 4 which should you buy

first_img $413 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It Apple Watch Series 3 $349 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 38mm: $199 | See it at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 44mm: $499 | See it at Amazon See All The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises 4:28 40mm: $399 | See it at Amazon See It reading • Apple Watch comparison: Series 3 vs. Series 4 which should you buy? Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $399 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 18 Walmart News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Comments Best Buy •center_img To be fair, I don’t go on too many 6-hour hikes — at least not without some kind of break in between — but if you do hit the trails on the weekend, or train for longer distance races, those extra hours of charge definitely come in handy. While the Series 4 is no Garmin or Polar smartwatch which can last you through an Ironman, the Series 3 would barely make it through a full a marathon. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Added health features  One of the most important new features to come to the Apple Watch with the Series 4 is the FDA cleared EKG feature that can help users screen for potentially life threatening medical conditions like Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) which can increase your risk of stroke. The EKG even helped me detect a slight irregularity in my own heart rhythm during a cardiologist visit. Nothing too serious, but still worth me knowing about. It’s the only direct-to-consumer device that can do this at the moment, and for some that could be worth its weight in gold. That said, the Apple Watch Series 3 does share some other great heart health features with the Series 4 that don’t require the EKG. They can both alert users if they detect abnormally high or low heart rates during a period of inactivity, features that have helped multiple users catch some pretty serious medical conditions. With the update to WatchOS 5, even older Apple Watches (Series 1 and later) got the irregular heart rhythm notification. The feature takes a look at the space between heartbeats and can flag if it’s indicative of AFib. But only the Series 4 can provide the additional EKG data for a doctor to get a more detailed look at the electrical activity happening in the heart. Most doctors will still require a traditional 12-lead EKG to diagnose a heart condition, but it provides a much richer picture than what the optical heart rate can show. The EKG on the Series 4 is equivalent to a single lead EKG. vanessa-hand-health-apple-watch-ekg-electrocardiogram-9681Put your finger on the electrode on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 4 to take an EKG. James Martin/CNET The other big health feature unique to the Series 4 is fall detection. It has an improved accelerometer and gyroscope which allow it to detect when the user has taken a bad fall. If the user is unresponsive after a minute, the Apple Watch automatically calls emergency services, plays a message that tells them the user has fallen and shares their current location. The Watch also shares the location with emergency contacts if they’ve been programmed in ahead of time. This feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 been credited for saving a 67-year-old man’s life in Norway after a night-time fall that left him unresponsive on his bathroom floor and other similar stories have continued to surface since it’s release.  Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Most bang for your buck  If you’re purchasing your watch through Apple, the Series 4 with cellular costs $499, while the Wi-Fi only model costs $100 dollars less. Same goes with the Series 3 at $379 with cellular and $279 for Wi-Fi only.  As I said earlier, the Series 4 is your best buy if you don’t mind paying more for the extras, but if you’re trying to save some cash, or you already have the older model, then the Series 3 is still a great choice. Winner: Apple Watch Series 3 Which Apple Watch should you buy? When it comes to watches, and technology in general, there’s no one-size fits all answer. It really comes down to each person’s needs. Your use case may be completely different to mine, but at least now you have a better idea of what you’d be getting from each. The cheapskate in me would probably end up sticking to the Series 3. As a generally healthy 30-something, the Series 3 has just about everything I need from an Apple Watch for less. See Apple Watch Series 3 at AmazonI personally would rather spend the extra money on the LTE connectivity (on the Series 4) to free me from my phone on runs and workouts, or spend it on an extra watch bands to dress it up. But if money weren’t an issue, I would go all in for the LTE version of the Series 4, because of the larger screen, better battery life and added health features. And those added health features on the Series 4 could be even more valuable for certain people, especially if you’re above the age of 65 and want that safety net that comes with the fall detection and EKG features. Either way you can’t go wrong, both are great options if you’re ready to add some tech to your watch and keep tabs on your ticker. See Apple Watch Series 4 at Amazon Garmin Best Buy Apple We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG Apple Now playing: Watch this: Which Apple Watch looks and feels better? At first glance, both the Apple Watch Series 4 and its predecessor seem to share the same basic design: square watch face with rounded edges, swappable bands and a variety of metal finishes to choose from in two sizes. To spot the differences we need to take a closer look. The Series 4 has a slimmer body, but its screen is actually 35 percent larger than the 38-millimeter version of the Series 3 and 32 percent larger than the larger 42mm Series 3. The screen on the Apple Watch 4 has grown to 40mm and extends almost edge to edge with rounded corners, contrasting with the thicker bezels and square corners of the Series 3. This means you’ll have more finger space to type in your passcode on the 4. Plus you have more watch faces to choose from. The Series 4 takes advantage of the extra screen real estate by adding more watch complications on some of the watch faces allowing you to see more information at a glance. It also seems brighter and sharper than the previous model and was easier to read in direct sunlight. 37-apple-watch-series-4-larger-44mmThe Apple Watch Series 3 (left) has thicker bezels with square corners. Sarah Tew/CNET The Series 4 feels more comfortable when pressed tightly around the wrist. The optical heart rate sensor has now been reduced to a single dot outlined by an electrical heart sensor. That’s used to power the EKG feature, along with a second electrode on the digital crown. Despite the slight size difference, both watches still use the same sized bands which you can swap out to get a totally different look. Audio in general sounds better coming from the speakers on the newer Series 4. Its speaker is now larger and 50 percent louder, according to Apple. Apple also switched up the position of the microphone, which is now located opposite the speaker between the digital crown and the home button, making calls sound clearer. And on that digital crown — last year Apple added a red dot on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 3 to differentiate the LTE version from the regular Wi-Fi model. Obviously this is a matter of personal preference, but I was definitely not a fan. This time around Apple made the distinction a lot more subtle by adding just a red outline of the circle around the digital crown for the LTE version. You’ll also notice a slightly different feel when using the digital crown. The Series 4 has added haptic feedback when you use it to scroll, which has a slightly more satisfying feel, though probably not a game changer for most people. Also worth noting that only the Series 4 comes in the stainless steel option (at least on the Apple Store). The Series 3 is only available is Space Gray and Silver aluminum finishes. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch has the faster, smoother experience? The Series 4 has a faster 64-bit S4 processor, which Apple says is twice as fast as the previous version. In theory this means it will probably give you a slightly smoother and faster experience, but to be honest I didn’t notice too much of a difference for most basic tasks like activity tracking and notifications. Other than that, the software and user experience should be exactly the same. Every Apple Watch, with the exception of the first generation Apple Watch, received the update to WatchOS 5. The update added a handful of new features like automatic workout detection, Siri shortcuts, a walkie talkie app and the ability to stream your favorite podcasts. Winner: Both Which Apple Watch has the strongest connectivity? According to Apple, the new black ceramic and sapphire back panel on the Series 4 Watch makes it easier to transmit and receive radio waves. This is supposed to translate into better cell connectivity for you. Don’t expect iPhone level connectivity on either Apple Watch. Both my watches were on different carriers, so I didn’t get a chance to compare them in the wild, but in general I found the Series 4 to be pretty reliable when I taking calls or streaming music phone-free. Summoning Siri on the other hand was a different story and I was constantly met with a “Hold on…” response on both. This only really matters if you’re planning on getting the LTE-enabled versions which cost $100 more than their Wi-Fi counterparts. The Wi-Fi versions should be the same in terms of connectivity. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch is best for fitness? If your main concern is fitness, there are two key reasons to splurge on the Series 4: the larger screen and the — spoiler, see more below — longer battery life. At least those are the key reasons for me. I like to check my pace and heart rate while I run, and having that larger, brighter screen really helped. I didn’t have to take my eyes off the road for long to check my stats. With the Series 3 it’s a bit harder to see and I would have to slow down to check. Same can be said with just about any other outdoor sport like cycling or swimming where quick access and clear visibility is key. That said, they both share a lot of the same great running and fitness features that came with WatchOS 5 like the pace alerts, which give you a gentle nudge when you go above or below your target, and automatic workout detection which lets you start an exercise without having to set your watch. This last feature though only applies to running, walking (indoor or outdoor), swimming (open or pool), elliptical and rowing machine. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Battery life that holds up on those long workouts  After wearing them during my regular work days — which roughly consist of a mile-walk to work, sitting mostly in front of a computer, the walk back, a 30-minute run or pilates class and chasing after a toddler — I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the battery drain. Mileage may vary for you, but both my Series 3 and the Series 4 survived with just about 40 percent juice to spare after I collapsed in bed at the end of each day, with the Series 4 usually ahead by a few percentage points. I was wearing the smaller versions of each with LTE turned on, but no calls or music streaming directly on the watches. But on weekends, when I’d go on longer hikes or runs, the difference was more pronounced. According to Apple, the Series 4 lasts for about six hours of continuous exercise compared to the Series 3 which goes for about four. To be clear, that’s if you’ve started a workout in the exercise app. I even went on a 6-hour hike up Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco with both of them to test the claim (make sure to check out the video for the play-by-play). And sure enough, the Series 3 died a few minutes past the 4-hour mark, while the Series 4 kept going well beyond the 6-hour claim. I ended the hike at about 6 hours and 20 minutes, and still had enough battery to get me through my 30-minute commute back home before finally dying. 42mm: $229 | See it at Amazon Tags 6:29 The Apple Watch Series 4 and 3. Angela Lang/CNET Apple packed a lot of great new features in its latest Apple Watch Series 4: a faster processor, brighter, bigger screen, louder speaker and an FDA cleared electrocardiogram feature (ECG or EKG) that can help screen for potentially life-threatening conditions. But for a lot of people, the best thing about Series 4 is that it’s made the previous generation Apple Watch that much more affordable. The Series 3 has a similar design and shares a lot of the same specs that make us love the Series 4, but for a lot less. So, which one is right for you? Sure you can find deals out there on both models at any given moment, but in general expect to pay about $400 for the cheapest (non LTE ) version of the Apple Watch Series 4, and about $130 less for its Series 3 counterpart. If you’re on a tighter budget, this may be the deciding factor, especially because the Series 3 tends to have better deals than the Series 4 and you can get away with spending less than $200 if you do a little digging (right now it’s on sale for $199 at Walmart). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. However, for those of you who may be willing to spend a little more on the bells and whistles and want to know the differences in detail, keep reading. $349 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Watch Series 4 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Wearable Tech Mobile Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch See it Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated)last_img read more

TCS added more employees than Wipro and Infosys put together in FY16

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software services exporter, added more employees during the recently-concluded financial year than Infosys and Wipro put together. Mumbai-based TCS added 34,187 employees on a net basis when compared to 32,552 by rivals Infosys (17,857) and Wipro (14,695).The companies disclosed their employee addition and attrition rates along with their financial results.”TCS completed its highest ever hiring of over 90,000 new employees globally during the year. We are also delighted that our employee retention continues to increase as we continue to invest in building digital skills of TCSers to help them participate extensively in the new digital economy,” said Ajoy Mukherjee, executive vice president and global head of Human Resources at TCS, said in a statement while declaring results on Monday.The company’s workforce comprised of employees drawn from 129 countries. Also, 33.8 percent of its employees were women professionals as on March 31, 2016. All the three companies declared their fourth quarter and full-year results in the past couple of days, the last being Azim Premji-controlled Wipro that announced its results on Wednesday.Also Read: Wipro Q4 net profit falls 1.6%The net addition during the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 was 9,152, more than double the numbers recruited by Infosys (661) and Wipro (2,248) on a net basis.  The combined headcount of the three software services exporters was 7,20,799 as on March 31, 2016, up 66,739, or 10.20 percent, from 6,54,060 at the end of the previous financial year.Also Read: Wipro announces decision to buy back 40 million sharesAttritionIn Q4, attrition 14.9 percent in Wipro, 17.3 percent in Infosys and 14.7 percent in TCS.Also Read: TCS Q4 net profit rises 64.4%, revenues up 17.5%Share pricesOn the first day of trading after the declaration of results of all the three companies, their stocks witnessed a sharp divergence.On Thursday, at around 3.15 p.m. on the BSE, Infosys was down 1.38 percent to Rs. 1,226.15, TCS was trading 1.14 percent lower at Rs. 2,424 and Wipro had plunged 7.12 percent to Rs. 558.55. All the three are Sensex stocks.Also Read: Infosys ADRs rise 8% on Nasdaq, employees get 6-12% salary hikelast_img read more

Sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

first_imgThis photograph taken on 17 May 2018 shows a Bangladeshi worker sewing flags for world cup football playing nations in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Photo: AFPFlagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation’s colours-the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil.Textile printer Kamal Hossain owns one of scores of small, hot, sweaty workshops in the Merajnagar of capital Dhaka, working flat-out to produce flags and pennants for the local market ahead of the tournament in Russia.“For the last two months I have been working non-stop,” said Hossain.“There are days when I do not even get two hours of sleep,” added the 40-year-old, barely lifting his head from his screen-printing machine.Bangladesh is traditionally cricket territory, but every four years the country of 160 million people-whose national team is ranked 197th out of 202 in the world by FIFA-goes World Cup crazy.Flags in the colours of Argentina and Brazil take over the streets, and printers in Merajnagar are expecting to produce hundreds of thousands before the tournament starts in Moscow on 14 June.Homes have been converted into makeshift printing and sewing plants as orders pour in from across the country.“Every day we’re printing and making thousands of flags. Today we’ve already printed 11,000 Argentina pennants,” said Hossain.This photograph taken on 17 May 2018, shows Salim Hawalader, owner of a factory that produces national flags, hanging Argentine flags in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Photo: AFPMaradona to MessiFans across Bangladesh hold flag-waving processions to honour their favourite team. Last week, a video of supporters marching with a 200 metre-long Argentina flag in the northwestern town of Madarganj went viral on social media.The impoverished country first saw live World Cup matches in 1982.But it was the 1986 tournament, when Diego Maradona single-handedly helped Argentina win the trophy, that cemented football into the Bangladesh psyche-along with a new favourite team.“The craze for Argentina is still going strong, Maradona is gone but Messi is the new superstar,” said Faruq Mia, a flag hawker who came from neighbouring Narayanganj district to stock up.Mia bought 500 flags last week, made a big profit and so needs 500 more. He will be cheering for Argentina.Factory owner Selim Howlader expects to sell several hundred thousand flags as “World Cup fever came early in the country, months before kickoff”.“In 2014, I sold more than 80,000 flags. Most of them were sold during the World Cup or just days before kickoff. Now I am selling 2,000-2,500 big flags and 10,000 pennants a day and the World Cup is still weeks away,” said the happy 33-year-old businessman.Howlader employs 25 workers and said about 2,000 people in all are working in Merajnagar’s flag factories.Long hoursMessi and Neymar’s teams dominate by far Howlader’s order list. “Argentina and Brazil are the two most popular teams in Bangladesh,” he said.This photograph taken on 17 May 2018 shows a Bangladeshi worker using a silk-screen for printing a Brazil flag in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Photo: AFP“I have even got orders to make 50-foot long Argentine flags. These two teams have the most supporters in our country. Germany, Spain and Portugal are the other popular teams.”Some four million people work in Bangladesh’s 4,500 apparel factories, who provide billions of dollars worth of clothes to top retailers around the world.But experts and rights groups say that while there has been progress in improving conditions for garment workers in the country, they still often face long hours, dangerous working environments and dismally low pay.The flag boom means extra income for poor workers like Nargis Akhter, 28, and her husband Mohammad Iqbal who work in Howlader’s factory.“On an average every day we make 3,000 taka ($35),” said Iqbal. An average garment factory pays about $70 for an entire month’s work-among the world’s lowest wages for such a job.“I wish the craze for flags would go on for many more months,” said Akhter, with a smile.last_img read more

7member panel to probe DUCSU polls irregularities

first_imgFile PhotoDhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman has formed a seven-member probe panel to look into the allegations of irregularities in the elections to DU Central Student’s Union (DUCSU) and hall unions, reports UNB.Sajeda Banu, a supernumerary professor of the Mathematics department, has been made chief of the committee while assistant proctor of the university M Maksudur Rahman its member secretary, said a DU press release on Thursday.The other members of the investigation committee are dean of Biological Science faculty Imdadul Hoque, provosts of Sir PJ Hartog International Hall Mohiuddin, chairman of Economics department Shafique uz Zaman, syndicate member Mohammad Humayun Kabir and professor Sharmin Rumi Alim of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.last_img read more

Airports alerted over return of Bangladeshi militants from Syria

first_imgIslamic StateThe Bangladeshi nationals, who went to Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS), may now return home as the militant group is about to be uprooted from the pockets in the civil war-torn Middle East country.In such a context, alerts have been issued at all airports, according to officials at Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the police.”We guess, the Bangladeshis who went to Syria have planned to return home. Airports have been asked to remain alert about any possible situation,” CTTC unit chief Monirul Islam told Prothom Alo.He said airports have been provided with necessary information along with suspected militants’ photos so that they cannot avoid arrest and officials have been asked to ensure that.The CTTC unit chief said the militant suspects will require passports and travel documents to enter Bangladesh.However, he added, it is assumed that they lost passports immediately after joining the IS. In that case, they can contact Bangladesh embassy in Turkey and officials there have also been asked to take necessary steps.The police official could not confirm identity of those who are actually trying to return.The last stronghold of IS in Syria was reportedly lost on Saturday.Around 800 foreign militants were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The US has called for their trial in their respective home countries.The police officials said the government of Bangladesh has no intention to bring such militants back and try them.Sources in the law enforcement said they have confirmed that two Bangladeshi passport holders — Ibrahim Hasan Khan and his brother Zunayed Hasan Khan want to return. Their family lived in Saudi Arabia for long although these two brothers went to Syria via Dhaka. Before leaving Bangladesh, they lived in a house in Bashundhara residential area.It is learnt that physician Rokonuddin, who went to Syria along with his family, has been trying to return, officials said.Dhaka Shisu Hospital physician Rokonuddin along with his wife Naima Akhtar, daughter Ramita Rokon and Rewana Rokon and son-in-law Sad Kayes left the country to join the IS.According to the law enforcement agencies, a total of 40 Bangladeshi passport holders left the country to join the IS. It is believed that half of them died.Efforts are on to find out whereabouts of the rest, likely to be around 20 millitants.An official at the CTTC unit said some people possessing Bangladeshi passports may join the IS from other countries. At least one of such person has been detected. There are four to five Bangladeshis in Baghouz in eastern Syria where IS was defeated on Saturday. However, their fates are yet to be known.Kurdish news agency ANHA published a report on detainees captured by SDF in Syria last month. It quoted Bangladeshi physician Arafat Rahman Tushar who went to Syria from Bangladesh.”The Caliphate movement has come to an end. There is no trace of the caliph for whose call we went to Syria,” ANHA quoted Tushar as saying.Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury, a retired air commodore, said those, who went to Syria, denied identity of their state and showed allegiance to the IS. “They should not be brought back under any circumstance,” he said adding that they would not be allowed to be regrouped.Ilahi said it is true that IS was defeated in Syria, but there are some videos posted on social media where their activists and supporters are threatening to regroup.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Sri Lanka blast victim Zayan buried

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoZayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:40pm. His body was then taken to their Banani residenceThe namaz-e-janaza of Zayan was held at Banani Club Field after Asr prayers.Later, he was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 6:00pm.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to her paternal cousin Sheikh Selim’s Banani residence to console the family members of the victim.Sheikh Hasina stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Zayan.A second grader of an Uttara school, Zayan is a son of Moshiul Haque Chowdhary and Sheikh Sonia.Zayan and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.Moshiul also suffered splinter injuries in his kidney and liver in the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday.last_img read more

New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle

first_imgThe hemisphere with the “preferred” direction on the left, in contrast to the opposite hemisphere on the right. The color of the dots represents the sign and magnitude of the anisotropy level. Image credit: Cai, et al. Statistical modeling could help us understand cosmic acceleration But a few recent studies have found the possible existence of cosmological anisotropy: specifically, that the universe’s expansion is accelerating at a faster rate in one direction than another. In the most recent study, scientists have analyzed data from 557 Type 1a supernovae and found, in agreement with some previous studies, that the universe’s expansion seems to be accelerating faster in the direction of a small part of the northern galactic hemisphere.The researchers, Rong-Gen Cai and Zhong-Liang Tuo from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, have posted their study at arXiv.org. A valuable tool for cosmologists, Type 1a supernovae serve as “standard candles” due to their consistent peak luminosity, allowing researchers to measure their distance with high accuracy. Observations of these supernovae famously revealed in 1998 that the universe is not only expanding, but is doing so at an accelerating rate. And now, some observations of Type 1a supernovae at different locations in the sky hint that the acceleration is not uniform in all directions.In their analysis, Cai and Tuo looked at the deceleration parameter, q0, to quantify the anisotropy level of the northern galactic and southern galactic hemispheres. As the scientists explain in their study, the direction with the smaller value of q0 is expanding faster than the direction with the larger value. The researchers analyzed the data using both a dynamical dark energy model and a standard model without dark energy, and found that both models revealed similar results: an anisotropy deviation of 0.76 and 0.79, respectively, and a preferred direction of (309°, 21°) and (314°, 28°), respectively. As noted by the Physics arXiv Blog, this direction of greatest acceleration is in the faint constellation of Vulpecula in the northern hemisphere.But as Cai and Tuo note in their study, the case is far from closed. In contrast with the current results, some previous analyses of Type 1a supernovae data have not found any statistically significant evidence for anisotropies. And many other data – such as that for the cosmic microwave background radiation, galaxy statistics, and dark matter haloes – strongly support the assumption of homogeneity and isotropy on the cosmic scale. Yet considering that the cosmological principle is one of the pillars of modern cosmology whose fundamental importance is difficult to exaggerate, threats to its credibility won’t be taken lightly. If the cosmological principle turns out to be wrong, it would dramatically change the way we look at the world. (PhysOrg.com) — According to the cosmological principle, there is no special place or direction in the universe when viewed on the cosmic scale. The assumption enabled Copernicus to propose that Earth was not the center of the universe and modern scientists to assume that the laws of physics are the same everywhere. Due to the cosmological principle, scientists also assume that the universe is “homogeneous” – having a uniform structure throughout – and “isotropic” – having uniform properties throughout. More information: Rong-Gen Cai, et al. “Direction dependence of the acceleration in type Ia supernovae.” arXiv:1109.0941v2 [astro-ph.CO]via: Physics arXiv Blog 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-evidence-spacetime-cosmological-principle.htmllast_img read more

A manmade material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet

first_img Play Static self-assembling properties of circular-shaped Janus bilayer demonstrating artificial tropism in response to a microdroplet. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen In addition to providing a roadmap for the development of a new class of self-organizing materials, the team believes their material could be used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from sensors built into clothes (which could self-activate when exposed to sweat) to sensors made for responding to other bodily fluids. It might even prove suitable for harvesting water from fog or for creating micro-robotic devices programmed by shape. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers create tiny pump that provides continuous and spontaneous antigravity water delivery (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from the Australian National University and City University of Hong Kong has created a material that is capable of mimicking the action of a mimosa leaflet when it is touched. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their material and how it reacts when a drop of liquid is deposited onto its surface. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2016 Phys.org Explore furthercenter_img More information: W. S. Y. Wong et al. Mimosa Origami: A nanostructure-enabled directional self-organization regime of materials, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600417AbstractOne of the innate fundamentals of living systems is their ability to respond toward distinct stimuli by various self-organization behaviors. Despite extensive progress, the engineering of spontaneous motion in man-made inorganic materials still lacks the directionality and scale observed in nature. We report the directional self-organization of soft materials into three-dimensional geometries by the rapid propagation of a folding stimulus along a predetermined path. We engineer a unique Janus bilayer architecture with superior chemical and mechanical properties that enables the efficient transformation of surface energy into directional kinetic and elastic energies. This Janus bilayer can respond to pinpoint water stimuli by a rapid, several-centimeters-long self-assembly that is reminiscent of the Mimosa pudica’s leaflet folding. The Janus bilayers also shuttle water at flow rates up to two orders of magnitude higher than traditional wicking-based devices, reaching velocities of 8 cm/s and flow rates of 4.7 μl/s. This self-organization regime enables the ease of fabricating curved, bent, and split flexible channels with lengths greater than 10 cm, demonstrating immense potential for microfluidics, biosensors, and water purification applications.Press release Citation: A man-made material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet (2016, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-man-made-material-mimics-mimosa-leaflet.html Play Mimosa Origami assembly of the Janus bilayer strips performing double right-angle turns on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips with double-ended bulbs on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate showing in-channel droplet mixing. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Journal information: Science Advances As the researchers note, nature is filled with examples of living systems that react to stimuli by engaging in self-organization behaviors. One such example is the fern-like mimosa plant, it has multiple leaflets along individual twigs that are each independently sensitive to touch—such stimuli (such as children over the generations having some fun with their friends) causes the leaflet to curl up into a hollow tube shape resembling a very small straw. Developing materials with similar characteristics is highly desirable because it allows for creating unique products, such as very low power sensors.In this new effort, the researchers created the new material by fashioning stacks of multi-function layers of a Janus nanoparticle based material (offering opposite hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties) to a bottom layer made of polyvinyl chloride microfibers. The result was a thin length of flat white material with a larger round formation at one end. When a liquid was dropped onto the round formation, the liquid was pushed, through self-action, by the material all the way to the other end—as it was pushed, the material curled from one end to the other, resulting in what looked like an ordinary straw. The researchers report that the action was fast, taking just 33 milliseconds to get started. They note also that the self-action was reversible as well—as the material dried, it flattened. Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips at a T-junction, showcasing double-ended split for potential in multichannel capabilities. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 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

Bengal to push for GST exemption up to Rs 50 lakh Mitra

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal would try to prevail upon the GST Council for giving exemption to businesses having an annual turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh, the state’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra said today. At present, the exemption limit for GST is for businesses having an annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh or less. “Let the GST stabilise first. It has not yet stabilised as matching of invoices with vouchers was being done manually,” Mitra said at a meeting of garment manufacturers and traders here. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed He said the implementation of the new tax regime was done in a hurry, and the GST network had not been able to upload the GSTR2 form online yet for matching vouchers with invoices done through the GSTR1 (already uploaded online). “The exemption limit can be raised gradually,” he said. Mitra also announced that requirement of e-way bills for workers within the state was no longer needed. This, he said, would apply to the garment manufacturers in West Bengal. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “The state government will help the industry (garment) to get more organised so that better margins are realised,” the minister said. Mitra said the state had already formed a JV with the National Institute of Design (NID) of Ahmedabad for a design centre in West Bengal, and efforts would be made for designing of textiles as well. He stressed upon the need for upgradation of the quality of garments and refrain from using ‘azo-dyes’, which bar the manufacturers from exporting to European countries.last_img read more

To See or Not to See

first_img Can’t Live With ItVictor Cheng, CEO coach and author in Bainbridge Island, Wash.Victor Cheng spends much of his day on the phone consulting with small-business owners on growth strategies, financial management and marketing.Although he has tried videoconferencing, he says he avoids it because it isn’t reliable enough. As an alternative, Cheng often likes to use web conferencing tools such as GoToMeeting and collaboration technology such as Google Docs to share documents on calls to clients, whose companies see revenue up to $20 million.”I find that it’s just not as reliable as the phone,” Cheng says. “It’s plain and simple: I’ve made literally tens of thousands of phone calls, particularly on the landline, and it works like 10,000 out of 10,000 times. On video it seems like someone somewhere always has a problem.”Whether that’s because of the need for constant repetition due to fuzzy audio quality, the need for the occasional reboot or problematic connectivity, the issues presented by videoconferencing can gum up the works during Cheng’s busy day and diminish his ability to maximize billable hours.”I schedule my interactions with clients very tightly, so it’s literally back-to-back-to-back telephone calls,” he says. “My fees are fairly expensive, and if they can’t hear me for 15 minutes, it sort of screws up the whole day.”Can’t Live Without ItAdrienne Graham, CEO of Hues Consulting and Management and founder of Empower Me! Corp., AtlantaAdrienne Graham runs two businesses: Hues Consulting and Management focuses on diversity recruitment, and Empower Me! Corp., her longest-running venture, offers professional development training classes.She employs four full-time staffers, two part-timers and three interns across her two businesses.Plus, she was able to hire employees across the country partly because of her dependence on videoconferencing, which allows her to affordably and regularly meet face-to-face with them.Graham says she began using videoconferencing in 1999 to widen her recruitment net and service customers outside her region.”I started using videoconferencing to save money on travel, break into the international markets and as a way to compete with bigger recruiting firms with bigger budgets,” she says.At Empower Me!, she is tasking her CTO with embedding videoconferencing technology into a learning platform accessible by a number of different devices.”I swear by videoconferencing,” she says. “My philosophy has always been that phone and e-mail are never enough. Sometimes a client or candidate needs that face-to-face time. When travel is prohibitive, videoconferencing is key.” 3 min read This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 20, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat has agreed a l

first_imgEgyptian satellite operator Nilesat has agreed a long-term lease for multiple transponders on Eutelsat’s forthcoming Eutelsat 8 West B satellite, covering the Middle East and North Africa.The deal strengthens Eutelsat and Nilesat’s long-term cooperation at the 7/8 degrees West video neighbourhood, which broadcasts more than 1,000 TV channels to over 52 million homes located from Morocco in the west to the Gulf in the east.The additional transponders booked by Nilesat on Eutelsat 8 West B add to the resources already leased on the Eutelsat 8 West C satellite, with services on 8 West C satellite due to be transferred to 8 West B once the satellite enters service in 2015.“Eutelsat’s partnership with Nilesat has fostered the creation of an unmatched broadcasting neighbourhood serving channels seeking to optimise their reach and deliver high quality. We are committed to delivering industry-leading service and look forward to pursuing and strengthening even further our strong collaboration with Nilesat,” said Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s chief commercial and development officer.Eutelsat and Nilesat have together built broadcast infrastructure at 7/8 degrees West that comprises three Eutelsat and two Nilesat satellites specifically designed for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite reception.last_img read more

Teracomowned Nordic digitalterrestrial pay TV se

first_imgTeracom-owned Nordic digital-terrestrial pay TV service Boxer has launched its previously announced multiscreen service, providing live TV and VoD across Sweden and Denmark.The new Boxer Play TV streaming service includes a variety of live channels and VOD subscription packs.Teracom has tapped Norway-based technology provider Norigin Media to provide the multiscreen apps to support the service, with custom integrations to the video platform managed by Boxer in Sweden.Boxer is using Norigin Media’s Hybrid Apps product, described as a multiscreen application suite that utilises the benefits of HTML5 within natively coded applications, for common implementation.“We are excited to launch Boxer Play in Scandinavia with Norigin´s Hybrid Apps product to meet the expectations of this mature market” said Hanna Lindqvist, director of product management at Teracom Group.“The user experience and design have been very important for us and we have spent a lot of effort on getting it right. We have taken a lot of consideration to ensure the robust evolution in spite of a very fragmented device market.”last_img read more

Rikard Steiber HTCs senior vicepresident of VR

first_imgRikard SteiberHTC’s senior vice-president of VR, Rikard Steiber, predicted virtual reality will “change the world” as he outlined a number of technological innovations happening in this space.Speaking at IBC over the weekend, Steiber, who is president of Viveport and SVP of virtual reality at HTC Vive, described VR as the portal that will take us between the real and imaginary worlds and said that “anything is possible in VR”.“I believe that virtual reality is going to change the world – not just for us as consumers, but us as an industry,” he said. “For the first time ever we’re going to democratise experiences.”Delivering a keynote presentation about ‘what’s happening in VR, AR and mixed reality’, Steiber said that though we are still in the very early stages of this technology, there are number of innovations coming that will help to achieve “true presence” – tricking your brain into thinking that  “the virtual world is the real world”.These include a next generation of haptic suits that will allow users to feel real physical sensations from their virtual experiences – for instance with the forthcoming full-body Teslasuit. Advanced trackers with motion sensors will also help make the imaginary world seem more realistic in VR.  However, Steiber predicted eye-tracking would be “the real breakthrough”.“Eye tracking is going to be a game changer,” he said. “The reason is that when we interact with computers today you’re probably pointing and clicking at something, but very very soon, within the next year, you’ll be able to just look at something to select it or interact with it.”Steiber said this feature would be very important for users to feel a connection with one another in social VR – one of the many promising areas for VR alongside the likes of education and gaming,  which will benefit from the launch of a number of high profile VR titles later this year such as Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and LA Noire: The VR Case Fiiles.He also predicted that while most VR experiences today are downloaded and played, soon there will streaming VR experiences, allowing users to use VR with the same ease that they can watch Netflix or listen to music on Spotify.In terms of device types, Steiber said that HTC’s new standalone Daydream-powered devices – which were announced early this year but are yet to launch – will provide a third category in between high-end PC-tethered headsets and low-end smartphone-powered cardboard offerings.“Later on this year we’re launching a standalone device, which means that you don’t need a phone or you don’t need a PC, you just put on the device, which is going to be more convenient for many use-cases,” he said.“What’s interesting with virtual reality is that we’re kind of reducing the distance between the real world and the imaginary world and VR becomes this portal that takes us through that.“The technology that makes this possible is using both our visionary senses, our auditory [senses], but also our body. We can move around. What happens then is that our brain gets so much sensory input that it thinks that the virtual world is actually the real world.”last_img read more