Troop deployment in JK based on internal security situation MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: The Home Ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain. Sources in the ministry said 100 companies (10,000 personnel) of central forces were ordered for deployment in the state about a week ago and they are in the process of reaching their destinations. This has apparently led to speculation of induction of additional forces, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Based on the assessment of the internal security situation, training requirements, the need for paramilitary troops to be rotated for rest and recuperation, induction and de-induction of central forces is a continuous and dynamic process,” a source said. It has never been the practice to discuss in the public domain the details of deployment and movement of paramilitary forces deployed in a particular theatre, they said. The home ministry’s response came after reports on Thursday suggested that 28,000 additional troops are in the process of deployment in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under President’s Rule. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speculation is also rife that the Centre may have plans to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. These speculation have dominated the discourse in Kashmir over the past few days. Mainstream political parties such as the National Conference and the PDP, have, however, vowed to resist any such move to tinker with the special status to the state. On Thursday, a delegation comprising National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and a party MP met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to take any step which may lead to deterioration in the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They also urged Modi to facilitate holding of assembly election in the state by year-end.last_img read more

Were not there yet Freeland pushes for NAFTA deal that is good

first_imgWASHINGTON (NEWS 1130) – NAFTA negotiations have concluded for the long weekend without a deal, but Canada’s minister of foreign affairs believes a good one is still possible.Chrystia Freeland sidestepped most questions about the talks between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, and would only reveal the parties were inching closer towards reaching some kind of deal.“But, as certainly the Canadians here have heard me say before, I’m paid in Canadian dollars,” Freeland told reporters. “My job is to ensure that this agreement works for Canadian workers, Canadian families, and Canadian business. The government of Canada will not sign an agreement unless it’s good for Canada and good for Canadians.”.@cafreeland says the Government of Canada will not sign an agreement if it’s not good for Canada and good for Canadians. “We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach,” Freeland says. #NAFTA #trade— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) August 31, 2018While she said progress is being made, Freeland admits “we’re not there yet.”“Our objective in these talks is to update and modernize NAFTA in a way that is good for Canadians, good for Americans, and good for Mexicans. We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach.”She says with good will and flexibility, that goal can be reached.Freeland would not offer any details on talks regarding Chapter 19 or dairy — after U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands to give American dairy producers more access to Canada — only saying that both she and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer would not negotiate in public, “given the absolute intensity of the negotiations” at this time.When asked how she could negotiate with “a guy like Donald Trump,” Freeland said “My negotiating counter party is Ambassador Lighthizer, and as I said he’s brought good faith and good will to the table.”When asked how she can ‘possibly’ negotiate with a bully like @realDonaldTrump, Foreign Affairs Minister @cafreeland says he’s not at the table with her and she maintains a deal is still possible, but they are not going to talk specifics in public. #NAFTAwatch #cdnpoli— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 31, 2018Negotiations on Friday were coloured by Trump’s statements to Bloomberg News that any deal would only be on his terms. However, Freeland stood by the claim that the U.S. has been flexible, and has negotiated in good faith.Trump’s remarks were leaked to the Toronto Star. He confirmed them on Twitter and again at a rally in North Carolina.Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it. At least Canada knows where I stand!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018According to U.S. officials, Trump has notified Congress that his administration intends to sign a trade agreement in 90 days with Mexico and Canada — if Ottawa decides to join in.The message was sent after NAFTA talks failed to produce a deal before Trump’s Friday deadline.Throughout the day, it became increasingly clear that Canada and the U.S. would be unable to reach an agreement. Dispute settlement, Canada’s cultural exemption and access to Canada’s dairy market remain obstacles to a deal.Lighthizer’s office accused Canada of making no compromises on dairy-market access.Similarly, Canadian officials told The Canadian Press early on Friday, before Freeland addressed the press, that expectations a NAFTA deal is imminent were exaggerated and premature.Negotiators are set to return to the bargaining table next Wednesday.last_img read more

The Latest Buffett doesnt buy in initial stock offerings

OMAHA, Neb. — The Latest on investor Warren Buffett’s comments on a variety of topics (all times local):6:25 a.m.Billionaire Warren Buffett isn’t a fan of initial stock offerings.Buffett said on CNBC Monday that he hasn’t ever bought shares in an IPO for Berkshire Hathaway over the past 54 years.Buffett says that in an IPO, like Uber’s expected offering this week, everyone involved has an incentive to sell the stock. Buffett says he prefers to buy when no one is getting a special commission.___5:15 a.m.Warren Buffett says it’s hard to know how a trade war between China and the United States would affect the economy if President Donald Trump follows through on his latest tariff threat because so many other countries are affected.Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after holding his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting over the weekend.Trump said over the weekend that he may impose 25 per cent tariffs on more Chinese imports, and financial markets began to plunge. The Dow is down 500 points.Buffett says Trump is making a “nuclear threat” that may bring the Chinese to the table. But it’s impossible to predict the outcome because both countries’ leaders are used to getting their way.The Associated Press read more

Humanitarian perfect storm brewing in southern Sudan warns UN official

A “humanitarian perfect storm” is how Lise Grande, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the region, described it during a news conference in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. “Southern Sudan is facing an almost unmanageable set of problems,” she said. “A lot of good work is being done… despite this, we just can’t keep up.” Southern Sudan was the scene of one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars, in which at least 2 million people were killed, until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the recent flare-up of inter-tribal fighting is jeopardizing the stability of the entire country and putting at risk key milestones of the CPA. According to Ms. Grande, inter-tribal conflicts are increasing in number and intensity. Since January, over 2,000 people have died in inter-tribal violence and more than 250,000 people have been displaced across southern Sudan, she noted. The region also faces an acute food shortage brought about by a combination of delayed seasonal rains, widespread insecurity and high food prices. In addition, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) is tackling a “massive” budget gap owing to the global financial crisis and the drop in oil prices. “Probably no other Government in the region has suffered as much from the global meltdown as southern Sudan, which has lost a staggering 40 per cent of the revenues it expected,” said Ms. Grande. “As a result many of the plans that the GoSS had made with the international partners, the UN agencies and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] have had to be shelved.” The situation has left 1.2 million people dependent on food assistance from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and is made worse by a lack of funding for humanitarian work, she added. Ms. Grande stated that $85 million is the bare minimum needed just to keep people alive in southern Sudan, where more than 90 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 per day, 97 per cent has no access to sanitation, and one out of seven women who become pregnant will probably die of pregnancy-related complications. While there are many constraints in southern Sudan, she said two of the most difficult are access and capacity. Presently, there is less than 200 kilometres of paved road in the whole region. “At the best of times, we have access to only 40 per cent of the areas we need to get to. During the rainy season, we lose even this,” she stated. “In terms of capacity, the point is that there isn’t enough,” she said, whether it is on the part of the Government, UN agencies or NGOs. “The GoSS is making Herculean efforts, the NGOs are doing fantastic work, the UN agencies are operating around the clock, but all of us are stretched to the limit – we don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough staff and because of these constraints we are not moving out of the emergency fast enough.” 12 August 2009Spiralling inter-tribal conflict, a massive food shortage and a budget crisis have converged to create a humanitarian emergency in southern Sudan, putting at least 40 per cent of the local population at risk, a senior United Nations official warned today. read more

CPPIB enters US industrial real estate sector with US890million joint venture

TORONTO — The CPP Investment Board is taking part in a US$890-million partnership to develop industrial real estate in the United States.It’s the fund’s first direct investment in the sector, that it expects to benefit from a recent lack of new supply and growth in global trade.Global property developer and manager Goodman Group will invest US$490-million a 55% stake in the joint venture, called the Goodman North America Partnership.CPPIB is investing US$400-million for a 45% interest.CPPIB and Goodman have already invested together in Australia, Hong Kong and China.CPPIB managed about $161.6-billion in funds at the end of March.

Rugged multiaxis joystick controller

first_imgPenny + Giles has launched its new robust, hand operated JC8000 joystick for multi-axis operator control of off-highway vehicles that require a high strength controller able to operate in the most arduous, physically demanding working conditions. The compact joystick – with an under panel depth of just 70 mm – has a smaller footprint than equivalent heavy duty joysticks and uses Hall-effect sensing technology to provide analogue voltage or digital (PWM and CAN bus J1939) outputs, with a range of handles and grips. Key features:Rugged design with superior lever strengthSingle or Dual axis controlRange of ergonomic handle designsHall Effect sensingAnalog or Digital (PWM or CAN bus J1939) outputsSealed above panel to IP66 (depending on handle selection)Superb proportional controlEasily installed and interchangeable with models JC600 & JC6000.last_img read more

Did Alan Shatter really cheat death at Dublin Airport yesterday

first_imgIT’S BEEN AN eventful few weeks for former justice minister Alan Shatter and according to today’s Irish Sun he had a “lucky escape” when his flight came “within seconds of disaster” at Dublin Airport.The front page story – headlined ‘I Nearly Shatter Myself’ – says that Shatter was on board the Aer Lingus flight EI152 to Heathrow yesterday that had “to slam on the brakes as it hurtled down” the runway at Dublin Airport.This was because of a delayed aircraft which was coming into land and forced the Aer Lingus flight to abort its take off just before 7am.The flight returned to stand before subsequently taking off just before 8am when the runway had been cleared.The story by Eavan Murray includes a picture of what Shatter might look like on an airplane and quotes an “informed source” who said it was “the stuff of nightmares” with Shatter and passengers on board said to have “cheated death”. Source: Irish Sun/Twitter Today’s Irish Sun… pic.twitter.com/oXKdTs5AOu— Irish Sun (@IrishSunOnline) August 6, 2014center_img However, two sources in the aviation industry played down the incident when contacted by TheJournal.ie today.One said the story in The Irish Sun is “exaggerated” and described the incident as “a normal navigational issue”. Another insisted “there is no story in this”.We also contacted the Irish Aviation Authority and Aer Lingus to see what they had to say.Here’s what the IAA said in a statement:Yesterday, Dublin Air Traffic Control instructed an Aer Lingus aircraft to abort its take off, when an incoming aircraft advised that it would perform a go around for technical reasons. This was done to ensure that the departing aircraft would not conflict with the flight path of the aircraft going around. The risk of a possible near miss was therefore eliminated.Meanwhile, Aer Lingus said:Aer Lingus flight EI 152, Dublin to London Heathrow, pushed-back for departure at 6:38 yesterday morning. Shortly thereafter Air Traffic Control instructed the crew to abort take-off. This was due to the delayed landing of another aircraft. EI 152 returned safely to stand and subsequently took off at 7:56. The length of the delay was exacerbated by the fact that the incident occurred during the peak morning period.Neither were able to confirm if Shatter was in fact on the flight, but we have contacted the Fine Gael backbencher this morning and judging by the dial tone he appears to be out of the country.He hasn’t responded to our request to talk about how he “cheated death” at the time of publication.Read: How has Alan Shatter gone from Department of Justice to High Court?Alan Shatter: “I’m going nowhere”last_img read more

Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom’ Movie

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 After establishing himself as a big time prestige TV player with his acclaimed adaptation of Fargo, Noah Hawley first dabbled in the Marvel universe with Legion. Based on the psychedelic X-Men character, Hawley turned the tale of Professor Xavier’s estranged son into a real head trip through the mutant’s powerful but unstable mind. The show’s third and final season just wrapped up.Given Legion’s success, it’s no wonder Fox had plans to unleash Hawley on the movie side of their Marvel universe. The creator has apparently already finished a script for a film based on Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four nemesis and one of the greatest Marvel villains period. However, now that the Disney/Fox merger has gone through, don’t hold your breath for Hawley’s Doctor Doom movie.“Where it stands is now that the movie is done,” Hawley said in an interview with Deadline. “I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible. Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them.”Given that Disney seemed open to continuing some of Fox’s Marvel projects, like the super successful Deadpool series, we thought Hawley’s Doctor Doom might have stood a chance. It’s just such an exciting idea. However, after Kevin Feige specifically mentioned the Fantastic Four joining the MCU at SDCC a few weeks ago, we’re guessing they have their own plans for the Latverian dictator.Doctor Doom is an incredible character, so whenever he does show up again on movie screens we just hope it’s from creative talent that can really do him justice. Please let him team up with Doctor Strange to free his mom from Hell. For more on Marvel here’s a rumor that suggests The Rock might be joining the MCU and learn more about Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man TV shows. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Will state’s minimum wage hike have major impact on Clark County employers?

first_imgWashington’s minimum wage is scheduled to jump to $12 per hour in January, the third in series of four annual wage hikes prescribed by Initiative 1433.The increase is certain to have an impact on the businesses that employ an estimated 6,800 minimum wage workers in Clark County, but a local economist expects the impact of the latest wage hike to be relatively minimal compared to the larger increase scheduled for 2020. Still, the pay bump will be a welcome New Year’s gift for the people receiving the increase.In 2016, state voters approved I-1433, which increased the minimum wage to $11 at the start of 2017 and $11.50 in 2018. It will rise to $13.50 in 2020, and starting in 2021 the state’s Department of Labor and Industries will be required to make annual minimum wage adjustments based on the consumer price index. In 2016, the state-mandated minimum wage was $9.47.January also marks the start of implementation for Washington’s Family Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year for qualifying employees. The program is funded by an insurance program under the state’s Employment Security Department.Employees will not be able to claim the paid-leave benefits until 2020, but employers and employees are required to begin paying insurance premiums in January.last_img read more

Hudson issues rallying call ahead of City clash

first_imgHuddersfield Town Caretaker Head Coach Mark Hudson has urged his side rise to the challenge when Manchester City visit the Amex Stadium on Sunday.Hudson was appointed caretaker coach after David Wagner left the club on Monday by mutual consent.He faces a tough task of preparing the Terriers for a Premier League game against a Manchester City side that is currently seven points behind league leaders Liverpool.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Man City is a world-class team with a world-class manager, Happy Birthday by the way Pep, but we’ve just got to look forward to it,” he told the club’s website.“We have to show intent, it’s all about us, what we can do this week on the training field and go into the game with real intent to try and pose them as many problems as we can.“That’s not to underestimate them in any means, but we have to focus on us; that’s what we’ve been good on over the past three years.”last_img read more

Newsletter Sales Strategies

first_imgThe biggest problem in selling newsletter ads is the low open rate, which is on average, about 25 percent. For first-time newsletter media buyers, the open rate often comes as a shock. I have seen new customers balk at open rates when they first hear them, saying, “How can I buy advertising in a media where 3/4ths of the audience don’t even open it?” A fair question and one we need to be prepared to respond to.I have seen some media salespeople plead ignorance on open rates, saying their publisher just doesn’t know what the numbers are. This is ridiculous, and every experienced media buyer knows it. E-mail newsletter service companies always tell their clients what their open rates are. A media buyer who hears “no one knows what our open rate is” will and should assume the worst and act accordingly.It is much better to deal with the open rate head on. First consider that because of the CAN-SPAM laws all newsletters must contain an easy “opt out” function. Knowing this, you need to shift the question from “How come only 25 percent of our newsletter readers opened the last newsletter” to “Why don’t the 75 percent who did not open the newsletter simply opt out?”Think about it. These readers did originally opt in, did not open the newsletter’s last issue, but did not opt out either. Why?People stay subscribed, but do not open newsletters, when other things are more important to them at the time the newsletter arrives. There may also be some undercounting because subscribers who read newsletters in the reader pane of Outlook or other newsletter readers but do not overtly open the newsletter, will not be counted as readers.From Unopened to Latent ReadersBut these are smaller arguments. Here is the big one: The “unopen” subscribers may not be engaged in the subject area of your newsletter but will return again. In essence, sell the “unopened newsletter circulation” as being “latent readers” and “latent buyers.” Here is how: First, ask your client about the buying cycle of their products. B-to-b products may be on annual fiscal cycles. Consumer products go through cycles as well. Right after a product is bought the customer who purchased might be out of the market for a period of time. Any advertiser who expects all of their potential buyers to make purchases every week a newsletter goes out is unrealistic.Now ask your client if they would be interested in buying exposure to a mailing list of people who have a proven interest in their product category, are not actively buying at this moment, but could return to buying mode at any moment. This describes the latent readers and buyers who did not open the last issue.To get full credit for the media buy you need to sell the importance of your newsletter including the value of the 75 percent or so of readers who did not open the last issue. Newsletters provide an ongoing way for advertisers to stay in touch, inexpensively, with targeted groups of readers/customers. If you can encourage a long term view of the media buy it can be a tremendously beneficial purchase for your client. Josh Gordon is president of SmarterMediaSales.com, a training and consulting company that helps publishers grow their online business. Gordon also publishes a blog at AdSalesBlog.com. One of the great services traditional print ad salespeople did for the marketing world was to encourage year-long media buys that fostered ongoing communication. There were legendary moments when the best of us refused “one shot” ads while advocating comprehensive ad schedules.Sadly, a lot of the online media we now sell takes more of a “direct response” mentality. Campaigns are created to generate an immediate response, not long-term dialogue. The core benefit of a newsletter ad campaign is to create ongoing communication with a targeted audience.Supporting this, many publishers price newsletter ads more like “annuities” than ad space by charging premium pricing for advertisers who sign up for three months or less while granting big discounts for advertisers who commit to six months or a full year. Like life insurance annuities, an annual newsletter media buy doesn’t have to cost a lot every month, but with a long term commitment, a publisher or insurance company can run a profitable business over time.Overcoming Low Open Rateslast_img read more

Eminem publisher sues Spotify for copyright violations

first_imgEminem’s music publisher is seeking billions of dollars in a lawsuit against Spotify. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV Eminem’s music publisher is suing Spotify, claiming the streaming service infringed on the copyrights of hundreds of songs. The lawsuit also challenges the constitutionality of a landmark music licensing law.Music publisher Eight Mile Style, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tennessee federal court, alleges that Spotify willfully committed an infringement by reproducing Eminem hits like Lose Yourself and “pretending” to have licenses. The complaint also claims Spotify violated the Music Modernization Act, a federal law passed in October that is designed to streamline the process for artists and songwriters compensated for streaming music.Despite not having proper licensing agreements, Spotify has streamed the music publisher’s compositions “billions of times” but “has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams,” the lawsuit says.Central to the lawsuit is how Spotify allegedly categorized the music. The streaming service labeled Lose Yourself as “copyright control,” a designation for songs whose copyright owner is unknown. Eight Mile Style called Spotify’s assertion that it couldn’t locate the copyright holders of Lose Yourself — an Oscar-winning song from the 2002 hit movie 8 Mile — “absurd.””Spotify has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams,” the complaint says.The lawsuit seeks statutory damages of $150,000 for each of the 243 compositions Spotify allegedly infringed — an award that could cost the streaming service more than $3 billion. It also seeks to disqualify Spotify from MMA limitation of damages and declare the federal law unconstitutional as it applies to Eight Mile Style’s allegations.This isn’t the first time Spotify has been accused of copyright infringement. In 2018, music publisher Wixen filed a $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit against Spotify, alleging the digital music platform had played music by Wixen artists such as Tom Petty, Neil Young and The Doors, without first obtaining proper licenses or compensating the publisher. That lawsuit was reportedly settled in December for an undisclosed sum. Spotify didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The lawsuit:Eight Mile Style v. Spotify by jonathan_skillings on Scribd Tags Spotify Eminem Share your voice Post a comment Digital Media Music 0last_img read more

Rail link with Sylhet resumes after 3hr

first_imgThe rail communications between Sylhet and rest of the country resumed on Monday afternoon after being suspended for at least three hours due to a hill slide triggered by heavy rainfalls in Lauachhara forest of Kamalganj in Moulvibazar of Sylhet, reports news agency UNB.The communication resumed after cleaning all the mud from the rail track at around 12:00pm, witnesses said.Earlier, a large chunk of mud fell on the rail track at Lauachhara hilly area halting the communication since 8:15am this morning, Sreemangal Station master Faizur Rahman said.last_img

DUCSU VP Nurul among 20 injured in BCL attack

first_imgAt least 20 people, including VP of Dhaka University Central Students` Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque, were injured in an attack reportedly by BCL men in the Bogura town on Sunday afternoon.At least 20 people, including vice president (VP) of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque Nur, were injured in an attack allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Bogura on Sunday, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Awami League.Witnesses said Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council organised an iftar party at Woodburn Public Library auditorium where Nurul was supposed to speak as the chief guest.In their apparent bid to foil the iftar party, around 40-50 BCL men, led by Govt Azizul Haque College unit general secretary Abdur Rauf, reportedly took position at the venue and asked for shutting down the programme, alleged convener of the district unit of the council Rakibul Hasan Rakib.DUCSU VP Nurul and his companions reached the venue in a microbus around 5:00pm, he said, adding that as soon as they got down from the vehicle, the BCL activists swooped on them.The attackers punched them and beat them with sticks, Rakib said.They also beat the cameraperson of Jamuna Television Shahnewaz as he was taking footage of the attack, he added.Of the injured, Nurul and several others were sent to Dhaka after providing primary treatment.Rakib said they arranged the iftar party after taking permission from the local administration.Meanwhile, in-charge of Stadium police outpost inspector Mostafiz Hasan said a group of miscreants suddenly launched the attack.Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council joint convener Faruque Hasan said their several leaders and activists were injured in the attack. “Of them, Nurul’s injuries are severe,” he said, adding that they took primary treatment in Bogura but started for the capital in an ambulance fearing more attacks.No version of local BCL was available immediately in this regard.Nurul, who came under BCL attack several times previously, is a student of English department of Dhaka University and a joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, which led the protests for reforms in the quota system in government jobs in 2018.He was elected DUCSU VP on 11 March last.last_img

New study refutes claims of early humans in India prior to Mount

first_img More information: Genetic and archaeological perspectives on the initial modern human colonization of southern Asia, PNAS, Published online before print June 10, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306043110 AbstractIt has been argued recently that the initial dispersal of anatomically modern humans from Africa to southern Asia occurred before the volcanic “supereruption” of the Mount Toba volcano (Sumatra) at ∼74,000 y before present (B.P.)—possibly as early as 120,000 y B.P. We show here that this “pre-Toba” dispersal model is in serious conflict with both the most recent genetic evidence from both Africa and Asia and the archaeological evidence from South Asian sites. We present an alternative model based on a combination of genetic analyses and recent archaeological evidence from South Asia and Africa. These data support a coastally oriented dispersal of modern humans from eastern Africa to southern Asia ∼60–50 thousand years ago (ka). This was associated with distinctively African microlithic and “backed-segment” technologies analogous to the African “Howiesons Poort” and related technologies, together with a range of distinctively “modern” cultural and symbolic features (highly shaped bone tools, personal ornaments, abstract artistic motifs, microblade technology, etc.), similar to those that accompanied the replacement of “archaic” Neanderthal by anatomically modern human populations in other regions of western Eurasia at a broadly similar date.Press release (Phys.org) —A team of British researchers has published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences refuting claims made by a research team in 2007 suggesting that humans migrated to India as early as 75,000 years ago. In their paper, they say mtDNA and new archeological evidence indicates that modern humans arrived in India approximately 50 to 55 thousand years ago. © 2013 Phys.org Invisible volcanic ash gives clues to Neanderthal demise For many years scientists believed modern humans had migrated from Africa to India approximately 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. Then in 2007, a team of archeologists discovered some stone tools that had apparently been made by modern human ancestors in a site in southeastern India, which appeared to have been from a much earlier time. The team reported finding such tools both above and below the ash line caused by the massive eruption of Mount Toba approximately 74,000 years ago. The explosion from the volcano is believed to have sent so much ash into the air that the planet was cooled for several years thereafter.In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle the arguments about the Indian migration timeline once and for all. To do so, they collected mitochondrial DNA samples from 817 volunteers all across the Eurasian subcontinent, while also reexamining the stone tools that had originally set off the debate. In studying the mtDNA, the researchers concluded that modern humans had settled in the area no earlier than 55,000 to 60,000 years ago. The evidence indicated that early humans had settled along the coast first, then traveled inland following rivers. Such a timeline indicates that modern humans didn’t migrate to India till well after the eruption of Mount Toba.Meanwhile, others on the team investigating the stone tools discovered by the earlier team found that they were very likely the work of Neanderthals, not early modern humans. They note that the author of the original study claiming the stones had been made by early humans had withdrawn the paper with the suggestion that the tools were likely made by an unidentified group of archaic people living in the area at the time.Taken together, the team says their findings should once and for all end the debate regarding the migration timeline for modern humans moving into India. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Citation: New study refutes claims of early humans in India prior to Mount Toba eruption (2013, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-refutes-early-humans-india-prior.html Explore further Graphic by Dora Kemp. (c)2013 PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306043110 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

VIDEO Tennessee State player expelled after punching strength coach on the sidelines

first_imgTennessee State defensive end Latrelle Lee has been kicked off the football team and expelled from school after a video of him laying out his strength coach, T.J. Greenstone, on the sidelines during Saturday’s game against Southeast Missouri, surfaced online.After watching the assault, it’s hard to argue with the schools’s decision. Greene is lucky he’s not facing criminal charges.Much better video (quality). Even more disturbing. Added additional info re this in article https://t.co/5dMt1odEAa pic.twitter.com/Tw9pJMRUHW— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 13, 2017last_img

Wccftech Deals Learn Game Coding with FREE iOS Game Hacking Course

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD October 28, 2011 — Accuray Inc. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company 510(k) clearance to market the Dose Control System (DCS), a new performance-improving feature for its TomoTherapy system.The TomoTherapy system introduced helical delivery to radiation therapy, providing precise application of dose to target structures while sparing healthy tissue. With the advent of the DCS, the system becomes the first dose servo-controlled helical delivery system (patent pending).This approach provides even higher precision and dose stability throughout complex rotational treatments. Static delivery provided by the TomoDirect option also benefits from a more stable and consistent dose rate at every gantry angle.The new DCS feature provides these gains by automatically adjusting controls previously handled through a manual process. This means small variations in dose rate are immediately corrected by the system, resulting in fewer interruptions. The DCS application also ensures a more stable output over longer duration treatments, such as total marrow and total body irradiation.With the FDA 510(k) clearance, the DCS application is now available for purchase in the United States.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Technology | October 28, 2011 FDA Clears Rotational Dose Control for Accuray’s TomoTherapy System News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

UPDATE El Salvador exguerrilla in presidential vote runoff narrowly misses victory

first_imgRelated posts:Leftist parties gaining ground as Costa Rica and El Salvador elections near Tired of gangs and poverty, Salvadorans head to the polls Sunday to choose between the left and right Ex-rebel commander favored in El Salvador runoff Conservative in Salvadoran vote demands fresh polls as political divisions intensify SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – A former leftist guerrilla narrowly missed victory in El Salvador’s presidency race Sunday, and will now face a runoff vote with a conservative rival, according to official results.With 81 percent of the vote counted, ruling leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén had nearly 49 percent of the vote, just missing the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.He will now face former San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano, 67, of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in a second round of voting on March 9, the Supreme Elections Tribunal said.“They gave us a triumph in the first round and we’re sure that in the second round the difference will not be 10 points, it will be more than 10 points, it will be a great victory,” Sánchez Cerén told reporters.Quijano, who obtained nearly 39 percent of the vote, is hoping to eke out a victory with support from smaller conservative parties that did poorly in Sunday’s election.Having made it to a runoff vote “is proof that we can win,” Quijano told a group of supporters, adding that he was ready for the “great battle” on March 9.Sánchez Cerén, 69, is the country’s vice president and is hoping to succeed President Mauricio Funes, also of the FMLN.Voting took place without major violence in the poverty-stricken country, and election authorities said the turnout was lower than in previous elections.The small but densely populated Central American country of six million is plagued by brazen gang violence and still burdened by the legacy of its bitter 1979-1992 civil war.Tackling rampant violence and povertyAfter ending the conservatives’ 20-year hold on the country with Funes’s 2009 election, the FMLN nominated Sánchez Cerén, a civil war-era guerrilla commander, in a bid to shore up a country crippled by rampant crime and high poverty.“Whoever wins needs to be aware that in this country the cost of living is high, there’s no work and the maras are harassing us – an overwhelming task awaits,” said voter Argentina Campos, 41.Sánchez Cerén has promised an inclusive government and speaks of a “grand national accord.”Quijano’s candidacy was overshadowed by corruption allegations against an ARENA campaign adviser, ex-President Francisco Flores (1999-2009).The next president’s challenges include handling gang violence. Known in the region as “maras,” the criminal groups control whole neighborhoods and run drug distribution and extortion rackets.Homicides were running at 14 per day until a gang truce in March 2012, which helped bring the rate down to seven per day.Still, the maras are believed to have about 60,000 members, 10,000 of whom are behind bars.Sánchez Cerén is proposing a program that would allow ex-gang members to rejoin society, while Quijano is calling for a tough law-and-order crackdown on crime.With more than 40 percent of the population living in poverty, voters are also interested in jobs and economic stability.“What we want from the next president is peace and work,” as well as more security, 73-year-old retiree Noe González said on the streets of the capital’s rough Mejicanos suburb.If elected, Sánchez Cerén would be Latin America’s third ex-guerrilla president, following in the footsteps of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and Uruguay’s José Mujica.The new president is due to take office on June 1. Facebook Commentslast_img read more