Mumbai: Accepting the recommendation of a panel headed by its former Governor Bimal Jalan, Governor Shaktikanta Das-led Reserve Bank of India central board on Monday decided to transfer a sum of whopping Rs 1,76,051 crore to the government. “The board of central bank decided to transfer a sum of Rs 1,76,051 crore to the Government of India comprising Rs 1,23,414 crore of surplus for the year 2018-19 and Rs 52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF),” the RBI said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe committee had recommended the bank equity to be within a band of 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent of the balance sheet. However, the RBI board has decided to maintain it at a lower end of 5.5 per cent band to hand over Rs 52,637 crore excess to the government. The receipts from the RBI will give a fillip to the government’s efforts to boost the economy from a five-year low. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last week announced a slew of measures to prop up growth even as the government tried to stick to the target of keeping fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of the GDP. The additional cash will now give the Centre more headroom for stimulating the economy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Modi government and the RBI under its previous governor Urjit Patel had been at loggerheads over the optimum level of surplus capital with the central bank. As a result, the RBI in its crucial November 2018 board meeting decided to form a committee to review the Economic Capital Framework (ECF) for the Reserve Bank. However, Patel quit before the committee could be formed. Subsequently, the panel was constituted in consultation with new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on December 26. Since 2013-14, the RBI has been paying 99 per cent of its disposable income to the government, which is battling to rein in deficits. As far as the dividend is concerned, the statement said “as financial resilience was within the desired range, the entire net income of Rs 1,23,414 crore for the year 2018-19, of which an amount of Rs 28,000 crore has already been paid as interim dividend, will be transferred to the Government of India (in March 2019)”. The government will get a higher dividend Rs 95,414 crore during the current fiscal as against the estimate of Rs 90,000 crore. The Union Budget 2019-20 had pegged dividend or surplus of the RBI, nationalised banks and financial institutions at Rs 1.06 lakh crore up from Rs 74,140.37 crore realised in the previous fiscal. In 2017-18, Rs 40,659 crore was transferred in dividend to the government.
New Delhi: A Delhi court Friday adjourned sine die the Aircel-Maxis case, involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, noting that the CBI and the ED were seeking “adjournment after adjournment”.Special Judge O P Saini adjourned the matter without giving any date for further hearing, saying it would save the time of the court as well as the probe agencies. The court granted liberty to the probe agencies to approach the court and get the case revived as and when they complete the investigation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to the Chidambarams in the corruption case filed by the CBI as well as in the money laundering matter lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the Aircel-Maxis deal. The matter was listed for arguments on the cognisance of charge sheet in the case. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Sonia Mathur, appearing for the CBI and the ED respectively, sought deferment of the proceedings till the time investigating agencies gather further material. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe agencies also told the court that Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to different countries and response to them is still awaited. “Since further investigation is pending since long and the prosecution has been seeking adjournment after adjournment, it would be in the interest of justice, if the instant cases are adjourned sine die, with liberty to the prosecution to get it revived as soon as they are able to complete the investigation on collection of further evidence and/or receipt of response to LRs,” the court said in its order. “Adjourning the matter sine die would save the time of the court and that of the prosecutors and investigators… Applications stands disposed of. Files be consigned to Record Room sine die,” the court said. The agencies requested the court to adjourn the matter for six weeks. They were also represented by Special Public Prosecutors Nitesh Rana and NK Matta and advocate Noor Rampal.
TOKYO — Nissan Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz, who took a leave of absence a week ago, is leaving, the first high-profile departure at the Japanese automaker publicly acknowledged as related to the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.Munoz said in a statement on LinkedIn Saturday he made the decision because the company was “involved in matters that have and will continue to divert its focus,” referring to Ghosn’s case.Munoz is among several executives media speculated might succeed Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades.Nissan confirmed the resignation, effective immediately.Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial reports and remains detained in Tokyo. He rebutted each allegation and asserted his innocence in a Tokyo court earlier this week.The Associated Press
New Delhi: In a bid to improve the Congress’ position in south India, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.Veteran Congress leader from Kerala and former Defence Minister A K Antony made this announcement at a press conference here Sunday, saying Gandhi had consented to fight from Wayanad following requests from the party’s state unit. The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28. “This is a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he will represent Amethi but will also represent southern states as they are an important part of India’s way of life”, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He said Gandhi has said Amethi is his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he will never leave it. The announcement evoked sharp reactions from both the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Reacting to the development, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat said that the decision of the Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows that the party wants to take on the Left in Kerala. BJP chief Amit Shah also took a sharp dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “Congress’ vote bank politics has worked on playing with the security of the country. It is the result of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala because he knows that voters will seek account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah said. Senior Congress leader Antony said Wayanad is situated in Kerala but also surrounded by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “In a way, it’ll satisfy the requests of three southern states,” he said. There were many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the former defence minister said, adding that one of the major reasons for consideration was that it is a trijunction of the three southern states. “Amethi and Rahul do not have a political relationship. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. It is a family relationship and cannot be broken by BJP’s politics,” Surjewala said. Congress had won eight Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, besides two by its ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one by Kerala Congress (Mani) and one by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). Wayanad district is in the northeastern part of Kerala and houses various tribal groups of the state. The area was badly affected due to last year’s floods.
30 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the support of African leaders to give new impetus to his campaign to end the violence suffered by women on the continent, which he called the “unsung heroines” of development in the region. “We know African women are often a linchpin keeping families, communities, and nations together,” Mr. Ban said at the African launch of his “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” campaign in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.African women are the “driving force to overcome poverty, reduce hunger, fight illiteracy, heal the sick, prevent the spread of disease and promote stability,” he said in a message read on his behalf by Cheick Sidi Diarra, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.“But far from being empowered, women are all too often subjected to horrific abuse and violence,” stressed Mr. Ban, urging leaders to address the violence through the eradication of discrimination. The Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, launched in 2008, calls for all countries to put in place strong laws, action plans, preventive measures, data collection, and systematic efforts to address sexual violence by 2015. He noted that more than 5 million people have signed the “Say No to Violence Against Women” initiative, which spotlights the physical and sexual abuse experienced by up to 70 per cent of all women from men in their lifetime – the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone they know. “They are now looking for answers from us, from you, to uphold their right to live lives free of this threat,” said Mr. Ban.
During his visit, Dr. Ernst met with Government agencies, such as the National Building Research Organization and the Meteorological Department, and United Nations humanitarian response experts to discuss improvements to disaster management systems and information sharing, including early detection and warning of deadly landslides.Currently, USAID/OFDA assistance strengthens the Sri Lankan Government’s capacity to coordinate among government agencies and aid organizations, improves flash flood monitoring and warning, and trains hospitals to be prepared during emergencies. Efforts also include a regional South Asia global flash flood guidance system, collaboration on landslide research and technology, and rainwater-harvesting systems as a practical, disaster-resilient water supply option. USAID has provided assistance during natural crises to Sri Lanka since 2001 through OFDA. To date, USAID/OFDA has provided more than 13 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($85 million) in response to natural disasters in the country. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s preparedness ahead of the monsoon season. Topics also included past and ongoing US financial and technical assistance for disaster preparedness, management, and recovery. “I am proud that in 2017 USAID/OFDA provided shelter and other emergency items to more than 40,000 Sri Lankans and helped construct 240 rainwater tanks that benefited more than 8,000 people,” said Ambassador Keshap. “The United States also donated critical equipment to public hospitals to diagnose and monitor dengue patients after the floods, helping save many lives.”
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2017 12:07 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – WestJet is taking on Air Canada on its home turf in Quebec by pursuing one of the largest expansions in the airline’s history after beefing up its service in French.The Calgary-based airline (TSX:WJA) said it’s in a position to grow its reach in Canada’s second-largest province by population after requiring that all flight attendants hired since 2014 be bilingual. About 94 per cent of flight attendants on the regional WestJet Encore service now speak both official languages.WestJet has announced 105 more flights per week in the province on top of the 140 it has now.The airline, which has operated in Quebec since 2003, is making its biggest push in the province by adding daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City, Halifax and Boston using 70-seat Bombardier Q-400s. The regional airline will have 45 aircraft by mid next year.Twice-daily flights to Halifax start March 15, four-times daily service to Quebec City begins June 15, and Boston will get twice-daily flights on Oct. 15.WestJet is also increasing the frequency of flights between the Quebec and Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto using Boeing 737 planes.Bob Cummings, executive vice-president of commercial for WestJet, said there’s room in the province for two large airlines, which compete fiercely in each other’s territory.“There’s 8.2 million people here and for there to be one so dominant player, I think there’s room for two players and this certainly increases our relevance and provides choice to Quebecers,” he said in an interview Monday.He said WestJet’s expansion will also allow more people to connect to its network in order to fly across Canada, to Europe and elsewhere through airline partner Air France-KLM.WestJet said its introduction of low fares and competition to markets serviced primarily by Air Canada has historically caused fares to substantially decrease and prompt more people to fly.Offering lower fares and increased flights will stimulate the Quebec market, which is under-developed for WestJet, by appealing to business and leisure travellers, added Cummings.Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it welcomes the competition.“We are very well-positioned to compete successfully with any carrier worldwide as we offer everyday low fares in every market we serve on a year-round basis, in addition to introductory special fares and promotions,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.She said the country’s largest carrier, its low-cost Rouge subsidiary and regional partners operate about 2,400 flights per week between Montreal and 85 destinations, including 24 in Canada and nine in Quebec.Michel Archambault, professor emeritus specializing in airline transportation at the University of Quebec in Montreal, expects Air Canada will fight back, as it has done in the past.Ultimately, he said prices and schedules will influence passenger choice, along with loyalty programs such as Air Canada partner Aeroplan.While the new Quebec service will have very low introductory fares, rising fuel prices will prompt airlines to increase overall fares, Cummings added.Faced with higher costs, WestJet twice increased fares over the last five months, by an average of two to three per cent.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. WestJet takes on Air Canada on its home turf by increasing service in Quebec
On its global alert and response webpage, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) stated yesterday that it had deployed a team of epidemiologists and logisticians to support Uganda’s Ministry of Health after blood samples from three cases tested positive for the potentially fatal disease. Uganda’s district of Kabale, sometimes spelled Kibaale, experienced a fatal outbreak of another disease, the Ebola virus, as recently as July, killing 17 people. However, there are no indications that the two outbreaks are in anyway related, according to WHO. Marburg is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or by handling ill or dead infected wild animals, such as monkeys and fruit bats. The virus’ onset is usually abrupt and patients tend to suffer severe headaches and malaise, as well as severe haemorrhagic manifestations. In fatal cases, sufferers usually exhibit some form of bleeding. Although the disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment, case fatality rates vary greatly. The UN health agency noted that an investigation into the outbreak was ongoing, adding that it does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Uganda.
Applied Health Sciences student Kelly Pilato (BA ’00, MSc ’04) is one of eight recipients of the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge.A Brock University doctoral student is among a group of graduates to win an Ontario-wide student research award.Applied Health Sciences student Kelly Pilato (BA ’00, MSc ’04) is one of eight recipients of the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge (OGPRC), a pilot initiative that the Ontario government introduced near the beginning of this year.“It was a big surprise to me,” says Pilato. “I applied for it. I thought, ‘I want to get myself out there,’ and was so thrilled to be one of the recipients.”Pilato, who is in her second year of her PhD, submitted a policy brief on the “Fall Break” policy that Brock University and other institutions implemented last year. At Brock, it is a one-week holiday for students over Thanksgiving week, similar to the Spring Break, usually held in February.Pilato’s submission to OGPRC’s Review Panel was about “how this policy (Fall Break) was implemented without evidence to suggest whether it was effective or not.”Pilato, along with Applied Health Sciences professors John Hay, associate professor Madelyn Law and associate professor Kelli-an Lawrance, were awarded a grant through Brock Student Services to study the impact of the Fall Break on students’ stress and retention rates over three years.So far, she has conducted student surveys and focus groups along with pursuing “proxy measures” such as studying student health and counselling service records and examining trends in dropout rates before and after the Fall Break to establish a baseline.“Our initial analyses are showing that the Fall Break is effective in reducing school-related student stress, that students overwhelmingly are in favour of the break,” she says, adding that it’s too early in the study to tell whether the time off helps students to retain more of what they’ve been learning.Common stressors for students include multiple deadlines, heavy workloads, performance anxiety, financial pressures, balancing school with extra-curricular activities, says Pilato.Pilato says her Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge – which includes a one-time research grant of $2,000 – will help her in her research.“This helps me to be recognized, to build my CV, get my name out there in terms of being a researcher, and to show how important this research is,” she says. “It feels wonderful to be recognized and to know that this research will make a difference and have an impact on peoples’ lives in a positive way.”The Fall Break research is just one part of Pilato’s doctoral work, which focuses on student’s mental health. This award recognizes that aspect.“Kelly is a young researcher with a bright future in health-related fields,” says Nota Klentrou, associate dean, Research and Graduate Studies in Applied Health Sciences.“Our faculty focuses on high quality health research. Kelly Pilato’s achievements demonstrate that our graduate students are gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to be recognized as top researchers in the province.”The Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge (OGPRC) is a pilot initiative that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities launched in February 2014 to reward high-quality graduate student research relevant to postsecondary education, training and labour market policies in Ontario.Applicants submitted research briefs to a panel of well-known policy and research experts from the academic community and the Ontario Public Service. In addition to Brock University, the other seven winners came from the University of Toronto, Western University, and York University.Recipients represent various graduate programs and departments (education, geography, engineering, public policy and health sciences) across universities.Pilato and her colleagues will be honoured at the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge’s Award Ceremony, scheduled to take place at the University of Toronto Dec. 8. For tickets, click here.
For the second year in a row, Brock University has handed out dozens of scholarships to Niagara high school students.The Principal’s Scholarships program, which was launched by Brock last year, saw entrance scholarships of $2,500 presented to one or two students from nearly every public, Catholic and private secondary school in the Niagara region. In all, 58 scholarships worth a total of $145,000 were awarded as a way to give back to the Niagara community and open the doors to post-secondary education for youths.To read more about the scholarships program, see this earlier Brock News Story.Below is an interactive map showing photos of the 2016 Principal’s Scholarship recipients:编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多此交互式图像使用ThingLink创建。在thinglink.com上查看此图像。接触图片分享图像…全屏
← Previous Story Ahlm suffers knee injury – Dragicevic will get a chance Next Story → Dutch youngstar, Angela Malestein: “I want to reach everything” The derby between the best teams so far in the SEHA league, RK Zagreb and RK Metalurg which was played in Skopje, gave us no winner, and therefore Metalurg and RK Zagreb remain on top of the league with same amount of points. As for the game, RK Zagreb had the led only during the first half – 4:3 the most, which was low-scoring one, and then Metalurg takes over the game lead and has 6:4 and 8:6, but both teams go to half break with 8:8, Balic scoring in the last second of the game. In the 2nd half, Metalurg began strong, making 5 goals lead for a 15:10 lead. Then Metalurg had to do with a player less for 8 minutes, and this gave Zagreb the chance and they took it and got to 17:17 in the 57th minute. The goal-for-goal game continued until the end of the game, and the game ended 19:19. Topscorer for the hosts was Mojsovski with 7 goals, while Stanic had 11 saves. For the visitors, Vukic and Kopljar had 4 goals each. In addition, the hosts had numerous complaints about the refereeing of the Bosnia and Herzegovina referees.photo: rkmetalurg.mk
Products don’t get to be 50 years old unless they are truly special. Sure, luck is a factor and not all products could go through such a length of time without changing, regardless of their quality, but sometimes something amazing happens. Just last month HP’s famous 12c calculator turned 30, and now McIntosh’s MC275 amplifier has hit its gold anniversary.The typical Geek.com reader is not going to spend $6500 on a McIntosh 50th Anniversary Limited Edition MC275 tube power amplifier, no matter how much they care about audio or how much money they’ve saved away over the years. Even so, it’s impossible not to appreciate the beauty of the limited edition MC275 amp.At the risk of turning an already stunning product into something garish McIntosh added more gold to the device, but they didn’t go over the top. The limited edition model is still classy and elegant, complete with its wonderfully old-school vacuum tubes. The extra gold just completes the looks and ensures that the amp outshines anything else in your cabinet (or home for that matter).The amp has been around since 1961 but newer versions have some features that older ones did not. These include a Sentry Monitor circuit that shuts down the amp if a tube happens to wear out, and Power Control input and output which allows for the device to be powered on or off using a cable connection to another McIntosh product, such as a preamp. There is even a multi-color LED that displays levels… not something you would have expect to see in 1961.The anniversary edition McIntosh MC275 will be available in December.Oh, the standard MC275 amp? It’s not exactly an eyesore…mc275_poweramps-lmc275_poweramps-lmc275_close_3mc275_close_2mc275_close_1MC275angletubesMC275-tubesmc275 amp goldMC275 ampMC275
Somewhere a former Palm exec is scratching his head in confusion right now. LG has officially unveiled the Optimus Vu, and like the Samsung Galaxy Note it sports a hideaway stylus for annotations, sketching, and jotting down important reminders.At 5-inches, the Optimus Vu is similarly sized, too, though its 1024×768 display and 4:3 setup is closer to the traditional paper journals and notebooks people are used to writing on than the 16:9 Galaxy Note. Yes, it does look a little uncomfortable to hold the way you would a smartphone, but LG’s probably not intending for this to be used as a large phone so much as a small tablet.LG’s official specs line up with what had been reported before. Along with the 5-inch IPS display, the Optimus Vu offers a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, and an HDMI port. Again like so many other recently revealed Android smartphones, the Optimus Vu will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. LG does say an update to ICS is already in the works, but no specific release date is mentioned.The Optimus Vu’s 2,080mAh power pack isn’t going to provide as much runtime as the beastly battery in the Droid Razr Maxx. In fact, it’s probably not going to keep up with its direct competition: the Galaxy Note’s battery offers about 25% more juice. The Vu is, however, 1.2mm thinner than the Galaxy Note, though that 4:3 wideness will still make it slightly harder to stuff in the average pocket.As predicted, LG will be showing off the Optimus Vu at MWC 2012 this month, where they may reveal a few additional tidbits about the device. Right now, it’s slated for a March launch in Korea — with no plans announced for a Western rollout at the moment.More at LG (translated)
In that same way that people don’t want to spend their money on a “blood” diamond — a gem mined in a conflict area — companies are supposed to be doing the same with the minerals they need to build their gadgets. Certain key materials are mined in areas that are militia-controlled though, and once companies have their international infrastructure and procurement systems setup it can be difficult for them to change providers, at least not without taking a hit to the bottom line. Over the past years awareness about the use of conflict materials has grown and companies have started to be called to task for not doing what they can to curb strife in certain locations.The Enough Project, an organization built around the goal of ending crimes against humanity, has put out its 2012 report on the use of conflict materials by major consumer electronics brands. The report ranks companies on their progress towards becoming completely conflict-free, based on their progress from the Enough Project’s December 2010 rankings.Among the top ranking companies in the report are Intel, HP, Sandisk, and Philips, all of whom have made major gains. The report puts Intel, for example, at 60% on the way towards being conflict-free. This is in keeping with the company’s own initiative to have conflict-free CPUs but 2014. Intel, AMD, Panasonic, and others made significant leaps since the last report was released.On bottom of the chart, in red, are the “laggards”. These companies have made little or (in the case of Nintendo) no apparent effort to avoid the use of conflict-free tantalum, tin, tungsten (the so-called three Ts), and gold. Also at the bottom are Canon and Nikon, who have started to make progress but are far behind their peers.The report notes that the numerical rankings are based on “company submissions in conjunction with publicly available information,” so it seems conceivable that companies could be making progress and just not reporting it to a third party. Nintendo provided no feedback to the Enough Project and their score suffered because of it, but it also suffered because the company’s lack of transparency and seeming refusal to join proactive organizations like the Solutions for Hope Project.Read the full report (PDF), via I-R[image credit Sasha Lezhnev/Enough Project]
Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has heaped praises on Pablo Hernandez following the team’s victory over Queens Park Rangers.Marcelo Bielsa’s men picked up a 2-1 win over QPR in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday courtesy of a brace from Kemar Roofe, earning three more points in the quest for promotion as the win takes Leeds up to second in the table.Jansson took to his official Twitter account to lavish praise on his Hernandez for his performance.My man, best player i ever played with and it’s a true honour to have you in my team! On to the next one now! See you Saturday! 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/idHsPxYFN0— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) December 8, 2018Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.The former Valencia winger was in impressive form and played an important role in Leeds’ win yesterday.Jansson mentioned in his tweet that Hernandez is the best player he has ever played with and it was a privilege for him to be on the same team as the Spaniard.His tweet read: “My man, best player I ever played with and it’s a true honour to have you in my team! On to the next one now! See you on Saturday!”Hernandez has enjoyed a good time with Leeds United ever since signing for the club and he will be delighted with the praises from his teammates.The winger will be important to Leed’s promotion bid this season and manager Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping that he can continue in this rich vein of form in the coming weeks as well.
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) held its board meeting in Washington, D.C. this week. In attendance was, ASA board member Mike Cunningham (Illinois), ASA Washington representatives and many other soybean growers and state association staff.The meeting focused on the recently released RFS proposal and included remarks from Chris Grundler, the director of EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality, in addition to visits with congressional offices. Also during the meeting, NBB conducted elections for eight governing board positions. Re-elected or newly elected governing board members include:Todd Ellis, Imperium RenewablesKent Engelbrecht, ADMGary Haer, Renewable Energy GroupEd Hegland, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion CouncilRon Marr, Minnesota Soybean ProcessorsBob Metz, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion CoucilRobert Stobaugh, Arkansas Soybean Promotion BoardEd Ulch, Iowa Soybean AssociationASA board member Mike Cunningham, already on the NBB Governing Board, was elected to serve as treasurer, while Steven J. Levy of Sprague Energy was elected to serve as the new NBB chairman.
WORCESTER, MA — Sarah J. Berube, of Wilmington, has been named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection mark outstanding academic achievement during the fall2018 semester.To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (All A+s).About Clark UniversityFounded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing natural, social and human imperatives from local to global scales. Nationally renowned as a college that change lives, Clark is a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change.The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Clark University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Berube & Mills Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mills & Berube Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”
Tech This Out: Samsung Galaxy Note 10, GamesCon and Disney+More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 8-Series Lighting Test01:10OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:2403:24 (Image credit: LetsGoDigital)The illustrations also show that there’s no notch or punch-hole depicted on the screen of the phone, and no markings on the top edge to indicate a pop-up module.This might be purely a shortcut so the illustrator could focus on the more interesting part of the phone, or could hint at Xiaomi’s under-display camera tech, and that it intends for it to be used on many of its future devices. You can also spot what looks like a USB-C port on the bottom edge of the phone. Smartphone patents should be considered carefully. While these are definitely real documents, just because a company has reserved an idea that doesn’t mean it plans to use it.iPhone 11 Will Support Apple Pencil, Says AnalystGalaxy Note 10 Spec Leak Is a Big Surprise (Update)Move Over, Samsung: Oppo’s Gorgeous Waterfall Display Beats Galaxy Phones Xiaomi is gaining a reputation for making some fantastically innovative smartphone concepts and patents. From its three-part folding phone to its front camera bump to its under-display selfie camera, it’s clear there’s plenty of imagination to go around its Beijing HQ.What’s next? How about a solar-powered phone? As discovered by LetsGoDigital (via TechRadar), Xiaomi patented a smartphone with a photovoltaic cell on the back in July 2018. The panel covers most of the of the phone’s back surface, excluding the very bottom, and the top section where the camera (a two lens array) is located according to the illustrations you can see below. The panel would be fairly thin, or be at least flush with the rest of the phone’s back, since it doesn’t add any additional height according to the illustrations. It also looks like it will be slightly curved based on the shape of the rest of the back.These are the smartphones with the best battery lifeThis wouldn’t be the first phone with a solar panel. Samsung released the Crest Solar/Solar Guru in 2009 in a few markets, a budget feature phone with a solar cell on the back. At the other end of the price spectrum, the Russian smartphone customizer Caviar also sells a solar powered iPhone X, although this costs over four times as much as the already costly original handset.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.
The tech industry is being plagued by moral and ethical issues as top players are increasingly becoming explicit about prioritizing profits over people or planet. Recent times are rift with cases of tech companies actively selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, helping ICE separate immigrant families, taking large contracts with the Department of Defense, accelerating the extraction of fossil fuels, deployment of surveillance technology. As the US gets alarmingly dangerous for minority groups, asylum seekers and other vulnerable communities, it has awakened the tech worker community to organize for keeping their employers in check. They have been grouping together to push back against ethically questionable decisions made by their employers using the hashtag #TechWontBuildIt since 2018. Most recently, several open source communities, activists and developers have strongly demonstrated against Palantir for their involvement with ICE. Palantir, a data analytics company, founded by Peter Thiel, one of President Trump’s most vocal supporters in Silicon Valley, has been called out for its association with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to emails obtained by WNYC, Palantir’s mobile app FALCON is being used by ICE to carry out raids on immigrant communities as well as enable workplace raids. According to the emails, an ICE supervisor sent an email to his officers before a planned spate of raids in New York City in 2017. The emails ordered them to use a Palantir program, called FALCON mobile, for the operation. The email was sent in preparation for a worksite enforcement briefing on January 8, 2018. Two days later, ICE raided nearly a hundred 7-Elevens across U.S. According to WNYC, ICE workplace raids led to 1,525 arrests over immigration status from October 2017 to October 2018. The email reads, “[REDACTION] we want all the team leaders to utilize the FALCON mobile app on your GOV iPhones, We will be using the FALCON mobile app to share info with the command center about the subjects encountered in the stores as well as team locations.” Other emails obtained by WYNC detail a Palantir staffer notifying an ICE agent to test out their FALCON mobile application because of his or her “possible involvement in an upcoming operation.” Another message, in April 2017, shows a Palantir support representative instructing an agent on how to classify a datapoint, so that Palantir’s Investigative Case Management [ICM] platform could properly ingest records of a cell phone seizure. In December 2018, Palantir told the New York Times‘ Dealbook that Palantir technology is not used by the division of ICE responsible for carrying out the deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants. Palantir declined WNYC’s requests for comment. Citing law enforcement “sensitivities,” ICE also declined to comment on how it uses Palantir during worksite enforcement operations. In May this year, new documents released by Mijente, an advocacy organization, revealed that Palantir was responsible for 2017 operation that targeted and arrested family members of children crossing the border alone. The documents show a huge contrast to what Palantir said its software was doing. As part of the operation, ICE arrested 443 people solely for being undocumented. Mijente has then urged Palantir to drop its contract with ICE and stop providing software to agencies that aid in tracking, detaining, and deporting migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Open source communities, activists and developers strongly oppose Palantir Post the revelation of Palantir’s involvement with ICE, several open-source developers are strongly opposing Palantir. The Entropic project, a JS package registry, is debating the idea of banning Palantir employees from participating in the project. Kat Marchán, Entropic maintainer posted on the forum, “I find it unconscionable for tech folks to be building the technological foundations for this deeply unethical and immoral (and fascist) practice, and I would like it if we, in our limited power as a community to actually affect the situation, officially banned any Palantir employees from participating in or receiving any sort of direct support from the Entropic community.” She has further proposed explicitly banning Palantir employees from the Discourse, the Discord, as well as the GitHub communities and any other forums, Entropic may use for coordinating the project. Amazon is also facing renewed calls from employees and external immigration advocates to stop working with Palantir. According to an internal email obtained by Forbes, Amazon employees are recirculating a June 2018 letter to executives calling for Palantir to be kicked off Amazon Web Services. More than 500 Amazon employees have signed the letter addressed to CEO Jeff Bezos and AWS head Andy Jassy. Not just that, pro-immigration organizations such as Mijente and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, interrupted the keynote speech at Amazon’s annual AWS Summit, last Thursday. More than a dozen groups of activists also protested on July 12 against Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto for the company’s provision of software facilitating ICE raids, detentions, and deportations. City residents also joined the protests expanding the total to hundreds. Back in August 2018, the Lerna team had taken a strong stand against ICE by modifying their MIT license to ban companies who have collaborated with ICE from using Lerna. The updated license banned companies that are known collaborators with ICE such as Microsoft, Palantir, and Amazon, among the others from using Lerna. To quote Meredith Whittaker, Google walkout organizer who recently left the company, from her farewell letter, “Tech workers have emerged as a force capable of making real change, pushing for public accountability, oversight, and meaningful equity. And this right when the world needs it most” She further adds, “The stakes are extremely high. The use of AI for social control and oppression is already emerging, even in the face of developers’ best of intentions. We have a short window in which to act, to build in real guardrails for these systems before AI is built into our infrastructure and it’s too late.” Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. As the tech industry grapples with the consequences of its hypergrowth technosolutionist mindset, where do tech workers draw the line? Can tech workers afford to be apolitical or separate their values from the work they do? There are no simple answers, but one thing is for sure – the questions must be asked and faced. Open source, as part of the commons, has a key role to play and how it evolves in the next couple of years is likely to define the direction the world would take. Read Next Lerna relicenses to ban major tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Palantir from using its software as a protest against ICE Palantir’s software was used to separate families in a 2017 operation reveals Mijente ACLU files lawsuit against 11 federal criminal and immigration enforcement agencies for disclosure of information on government hacking.
The ESPY’s, an event full of touching moments. laughs, and great story lines, aired last night and certainly didn’t disappoint.One of the more lighthearted moments of the event, hosted by Pro Wrestling icon John Cena, was this video of members of the Manning family, Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers reading letters from Peyton.It starts off looking like a heartfelt promo, right along the lines of Gatorade’s ad with Peyton that went viral, but then things quickly turn entertaining once Eli gets on screen.This is a great way to start your day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix