Police report vehicle vandal and ask for help in case of severely

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – Lots of likes and kudos from the general public for the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police as it moves to be more forthcoming with crime information… among the reports issued, is a disturbing series of attacks in Grand Turk from Thursday. At least two off duty police officers and two civilians reported their cars vandalized by who investigators believe may be the same culprit or culprits. Around 3am Thursday was when the vandal struck; using bricks and rocks the four separate incidents roused vehicle owners from their sleep with a loud noise and upon inspection outside they found their windshields busted. No one was injured and all of the incidents took place in Breezy Brae and information is needed to solve this one. More seriously, a young man – 27 was beaten near fatally and had to be airlifted out of the country on the weekend. The man was found on Aviation Drive around 12:30am Friday, when emergency services were called. There were head, chest and leg injuries according to the police report. Police say they have already begun investigations even as they ask the public for help in determining who is responsible for this violent assault. Kevino Smith protests to continue Thursday at Parliament Recommended for you Vehicle Break Ins escalating; fiends hot wire cars Related Items:breezy brae, cars, vandalized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Car break ins still happening, residents not taking heedlast_img read more

For the Chinese connect

first_imgShe started liking the poetry of India’s poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China’s noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore’s songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week. ‘Tagore’s poetry is like music, it is melodic, sweet and lovely,’ Liu said in an interview here on her way back from Kolkata where she attended the opening of a China gallery at Rabindra Bharati University in Jorasanko, Tagore’s ancestral estate, earlier this week. The gallery has several photographs of Tagore and his family members’ visit to China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ At a concert in Kolkata to mark the 150th anniversary Tagore’s birth in 2011, Liu on the dulcimer had presented a combination of Chinese and Indian music accompanied by Indian musicians and instruments like the tabla. Beyond her childhood love for Tagore’s poetry, it is her musical instrument – yangqin or the Chinese-hammered dulcimer – that has made Liu the leading exponent of the India-China music dialogue and a key ambassador of culture. The yangqin is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix ‘The first world-wide dialogue between Indian yangqin or santoor and Chinese yangqin was held in Calcutta in 2011 at the concert themed ‘Night of the Orient, When East Meets East’, said Liu, who has studied in India with noted santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma. ‘More than 20 countries around the world have this instrument that originated in the Iran-Iraq region,’ Liu said of the Chinese dulcimer that is quite similar to the santoor.Liu undertook a seven-month research at the University of Delhi on a Ford Foundation fellowship in 2009 to explore the grammar of the two musical instruments of the same family. Liu, who is a professor at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and the youngest professor of yangqin in the country’s history, aims to create an enduring basis of dialogue ‘between our two oriental cultures’.  ‘With my Indian gurus, I am trying to make a new style of India-China music… Chinese melody, put in the Indian raga structure to create a new sentence and style,’ Liu said.Liu directs a yangqin ensemble called Jasmine and plans to bring it to India on a music tour of the Buddhist heritage sites. In May 2009, Liu held a trio concert with an Indian band called the Kedia Brothers in Jharkhand, where the yangqin, the sitar and the sarod were played together. ‘The basic tones in Chinese music are also found in India music,’ said Liu. Chinese Premier arrived in the Capital to have the first summit-level formal talks.last_img read more

India Inc preferred debt to equity to raise funds this year

first_imgIndian firms raised a staggering amount of funds totalling Rs 4 lakh crore from the markets in 2014, with debt market emerging as the most preferred route to garner capital for their corporate needs despite a sustained rally in the stock market.The trends remained sluggish in the primary stock market — where the companies raise funds through the sale of shares via instruments like IPOs and FPOs — despite a bullish equity market. It has been private placement of corporate bonds and non-convertible debentures that were used the most to meet funding requirements of businesses in 2014. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHowever, IPO market is expected to see some activities in 2015, as a large number of companies have filed their draft papers with Sebi for their public offers since a new government took over in May. Besides, debt market may also witness sustained rally in the new year, market analysts said.”In 2015, we will see spurt in IPO activities as more than a dozen companies have filed their draft documents in 2014 ,” Geojit BNP Paribas Research Head Alex Mathew said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsEchoing a similar view, Prime Database Managing Director Pranav Haldea said :”A flurry of IPOs are expected in the Q4 (January-March period of 2015).”Market participants believe that probable interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as trigger for fund raising through debt instruments.In 2014, companies together have raised fresh capital worth nearly Rs 4 lakh crore from equity and debt markets.These funds have been raised mainly for expansion of business plans and to support working capital requirements. A large chunk of this amount or more than Rs 3.3 lakh crore has been mopped-up from debt market. Fresh capital raked in from equity market stood at about Rs 67,000 crore, which mostly include those garnered by Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP) route and by way of preferential share allotments to promoters and other investors.Within the debt market, the companies raised Rs 2.95 lakh crore through debt placement route, while Rs 32,000 crore has been mopped up through non-convertible debentures.The year 2014 saw companies flocking towards debt route instead of equities because equity was not available for those firms.”Many firms opted for the debt route instead of equity as fund raising through equity segment was not available as very few companies came out with public offers,” CNI Research Head Kishor Ostwal said.In the equity segment, most of the funds were raised through QIP (Rs 30,000 crore) followed by preferential route (Rs 25,500 crore), rights issue (Rs 5,200 crore) sale of shares via OFS route (Rs 4,300 crore) and IPOs and FPOs (Rs 1,619 crore). “Retail investors have not fully participated in the IPOs during the year, because of that we have seen less number of public offers hitting the capital markets in 2014,” Mathew said.”On the other hand, we witnessed hectic activities in fund raising via QIP route during the year as institutional investors were bullish on this segment due to change in new government,” he added.Despite a rally of around 30 per cent in the equity market in 2014, there was only five main-board initial public offers (IPO) and one Follow-on Public Offers (FPOs) witnessed during the year.However, a large number (34) firms got listed on the stock exchanges from the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.A meagre Rs 1,619 crore were raked in through these public offers in 2014, even less than Rs 1,627 crore were garnered last year.The entire year saw just one follow-on offer, by state-run Engineers India Ltd (EIL), which also happens to be the biggest public offer with an issue size of Rs 505 crore.Those five firms that hit the capital markets were —Monte Carlo Fashions, Shemaroo Entertainment Sharda Cropchem, Snowman Logistics and Wonderla Holidays.last_img read more

Walkathon for diabetes awareness from CMCH today

first_imgKolkata: Medical College Ex Students Association (MCESA) will organise a Walkathon from Calcutta Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Wednesday morning to spread awareness on diabetes which is on the rise.On the occasion of the World Diabetes Day on 14 November, a rally would be taken out from the CMCH campus at around 8.30 am, where the senior officials of MCESA, Rogi Kalyan Samiti Chairman of the hospital Dr Nirmal Maji, Principal and superintendent of CMCH would take part. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome senior officials of the state Health department would also take part in the programme. A seminar would also be organised at the hospital later in the afternoon where doctors will discuss on how to check diabetes. On the eve of World Diabetes Day, the doctors in the city say it is essential that children and adolescents must undergo diabetes tests if they continue to gain weight or they have positive family history. Various private hospitals will also observe the day through different programmes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a survey on diagnostic tests done across the state, it has been found that one in three children between the age group of 0 to 15 may be susceptible to diabetes. Even type-2 diabetes which reduces life expectancy has also been detected among children. “Diabetes leads to obesity, nausea, drowsiness, weight loss and frequent urination among children, which is a major cause of concern. As they reach adulthood, they might develop to kidney-related problems. A change in the lifestyle, a rapid urbanisation, change in eating habits, indulging more on indoor activities are contributing towards the disease,” Dr A Mitra, a city-based doctor said. The change in the way of living is leading to chronic condition in children as well. The type-2 diabetes commonly associated with adults is being found among children in large number. The doctors have advised to engage in physical activities on a regular basis to check the disease. If one is diagnosed in pre-diabetes stage, he or she should not take sugar in milk, breakfast and must avoid beverages and control the habit of taking bread and rice. According to the prediction of the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 80% of new cases of diabetes will be found in the developing countries by 2025. By 2030, diabetes will be projected to be the seventh leading cause of death.last_img read more

Elon Musk People Dont Understand How Hard it Is to Manufacture Something

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. After Tesla reported earnings on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a modest $0.02 profit, CEO Elon Musk took questions from analysts.In the wake of a debate about whether Tesla will be able to meet 2014 sales targets, Musk was clearly irritated.Tesla reported on Wednesday that it will sell a total of 33,000 Model S sedans, its only vehicle, versus an earlier expectation of 35,000.Analysts and media outlets have begun to address a possible decline in demand for the Model S.Musk tried to further clarify a point that he made on Tesla’s second quarter earnings call, when he insisted that Tesla doesn’t have a demand problem. “It’s not a question of demand,” he said. “Demand is not our issue, production is our issue. We have more demand than we can address and levers we can pull to increase demand, and we’re not doing it.”Musk’s point was that if Tesla engaged in conventional advertising strategies — the company currently does almost no advertising — it could increase demand, but its more pressing issue now is being able to simply built its cars, and build them well.”It’s worth saying that making one of something is quite easy,” Musk said. “Making lots of something consistently that’s going to last a long time is extremely hard. In fact, it is way harder to make the machine that makes the machine that it is to make the machine in the first place.”Musk is also ticked off that the battery industry doesn’t hold itself to a high standard of truthfulness (Tesla is preparing to construct a massive $5-billion battery factory in Nevada).”The battery industry has to have more B.S. in it than any industry I’ve ever seen,” he said. “We’re not worried about blindsided on a technology.”Musk is usually very forthcoming about Tesla’s business on earnings calls, and Wednesday’s call was no exception, but throughout he seemed annoyed and at times confrontational that the market and the media have fixated on speculation that Tesla is running out of customers.Again and again, he insisted that Tesla could stoke demand if it wanted to — but isn’t. His testiness clearly stemmed from the same group of analysts he told this to last quarter revisiting the issue again.From his perspective, the bottom line is that Tesla has people lining up to buy its existing cars and expects to have people lining up to buy its new cars and is far more worried about being able to build the vehicles and properly support them than it is about seeing demand drop off.He also anticipated production growth rates of 50% from 2014 to 2015 and admitted that Tesla could “do better” on being less perfectionistic with future cars.  Register Now » This story originally appeared on Business Insider November 6, 2014last_img read more

The best backend tools in web development

first_imgIf you’re a backend developer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the range of backend development tools available. It goes without saying that you should use what works for you but sometimes it’s not that easy to even work that out. With this in mind, this year’s Skill Up report offers a useful insight into some of the most popular backend tools being used today. Let’s take a look at what tools came out on top. That should help you make decisions about what you’re going to use or maybe even just learn. Read the Skill Up report in full. Sign up to our weekly newsletter and download the PDF for free. Node.js More than 50% respondents said, they prefer Node.js, the popular server-side Javascript coding framework. Node.js is a Javascript runtime that runs on the V8 JavaScript runtime engine. Node.js adds capabilities to Javascript (front-end language) to let it do more than just creating interactive websites. It uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient. The latest stable release of Node, Node 10, will be the next candidate in line for the Long Term Support (LTS) in October 2018. Node.js 10.0 comes with plenty of new features like OpenSSL 1.1.0 security toolkit, upgraded npm, N-API, and much more. Get started with learning Node.js with the following books: Learning Node.js DevelopmentLearn Node.js by Building 6 ProjectsRESTful Web API Design with Node.js 10 – Third Edition ASP.NET Core The next popular alternative was ASP. NET Core with over 25% developers approving it as their choice of backend framework. ASP.NET Core is the open-source cross-platform framework for building backends, web apps and services, and IoT apps. According to the skill-up survey, it was also one of the most popular framework used by developers. It provides a cloud-ready, environment-based configuration system. It seamlessly integrates with popular client-side frameworks and libraries, including Angular, React, and Bootstrap. Get started with ASP.NET Core by reading: Learning ASP.NET Core 2.0Mastering ASP.NET Core 2.0ASP.NET Core 2 High Performance – Second Edition Express.js Developers and tech pros also like to work with Express JS, and hence it ranked No. 3 on our list. Express JS is the pre-built Node JS framework that can help developers build faster and smarter websites and web apps. Express basically extends Node.js to build complete web apps. It is the perfect framework to learn for developers, who are fluent in Node.js, but want to transition to creating apps from just server-side technologies. Express is lightweight and comes with extra, built-in web application features and the Express API to support the already robust, feature-packed Node.js platform. Express is not just limited to NodeJS. It also works seamlessly with other modules and offers HTTP utilities and middleware for creating APIs. It can help developers master single-page and multiple-page websites, as well as some complex web apps. You can go through Projects in ExpressJS [Video], a complete course to learn professional web development using Express.js. Laravel Next, was Laravel, a prominent member of a new generation of web frameworks. It is one of the most popular PHP frameworks and is also free and and open source. It features: A simple, fast routing engine Powerful dependency injection container Multiple back-ends for session and cache storage Database agnostic schema migrations Robust background job processing Real-time event broadcasting The latest stable release, Laravel 5 is a substantial upgrade with a lot of new toys, at the same time retaining the features that made Laravel wildly successful. It comes with plenty of architectural as well as design-based changes. Start building with Laravel with these videos. Beginning Laravel [Video]Laravel Foundations: Basics to Every App [Video] Java EE The fifth most popular choice of backend tool is the Java EE. The Enterprise Java standard or Java EE is a collection of technologies and APIs for the Java platform designed to support Enterprise. By enterprise, we mean applications classified as large-scale, distributed, transactional and highly-available, designed to support mission-critical business requirements. Applications written to comply with the Java EE specification do not tie developers to a specific vendor; instead, they can be deployed to any Java EE compliant application server. The Java EE server application implements the Java EE platform APIs and provides the standard Java EE services. The latest stable release, Java EE 8 brings with it a load of features, mainly targeting newer architectures such as microservices, modernized security APIs, and cloud deployments. Our best picks for learning Java EE: Java EE 8 Application DevelopmentArchitecting Modern Java EE ApplicationsJava EE 8 High Performance The other backend tools which were among the top picks by developers included: Spring, a programming and configuration model for building modern Java-based enterprise applications, on any kind of deployment platform. Django, a powerful Python web framework for creating RESTful web services. It reduces the amount of trivial code, which simplifies the creation of web applications and results in faster development. Flask, a framework for building web servers in Python. It is a micro framework, meaning it’s not a full stack web application development framework. It just gives the developers very basics to get a web server running. Firebase, Google’s mobile platform to help developers run mobile backend code without managing servers and develop high-quality apps. Ruby on Rails, one of the oldest, backend technology. A certain percentage of people still prefer using ruby on rails for their backend code. Rails is a flexible and IDE friendly framework with easy functions and manipulations and the support of the powerful ruby language. The entire skill up survey report can be read on the Packt website, which details on what developers think about the changing tech landscape and the parameters that are driving that change. This survey report is launched at the start of the Skill Up campaign, where every eBook and video will be available for $10. Go grab your free content now!last_img read more