System to be ready in 3 months to offer Aadhaar to NRIs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said its systems will be ready within three months to offer the facility of issuing Aadhaar cards to NRIs with Indian passports without the mandatory 180 days waiting period, as announced in the Budget.UIDAI systems are being readied for the facility and necessary legal measures are to be notified soon, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI. UIDAI systems will be tuned to offer the facility within three month’s time, he said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are working to make the appropriate technological changes and we will provide an appointment facility where people outside the country also can apply for a time slot and specify the place they would like to go to get their Aadhaar made…as soon as they come to India they can, very conveniently, go and get their Aadhaar made,” Pandey said.In her Budget speech on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said: “I propose to consider issuing Aadhaar card for Non-Resident Indians with Indian Passports after their arrival in India, without waiting for 180 days.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSources privy to the development said that a notification in this regard has to be issued by the IT ministry, which is currently awaited.Meanwhile, the UIDAI — which has made operational two more Aadhaar Seva Kendras (ASKs) in Bhopal and Chennai after the fourth centre in Hisar was launched recently — is confident of meeting its target of opening 114 such centres across the country in the coming months. The UIDAI is setting up Aadhaar Seva Kendras — similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras — covering 53 cities across the country at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore. These Aadhaar centres, meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities, are UIDAI’s own and operate in addition to thousands of centres currently being run by banks and post offices, as well as in government premises (offering similar Aadhaar services).As ASKs have more capacity, more requests for enrolment and updation can be processed on a daily basis compared to other centres. Besides, the new ASK model entails an online appointment management system to allow people to book a slot as per their convenience. The online appointment booking facility is already available at UIDAI’s website.last_img read more

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Women in the workforce

first_imgEasily half the workforce that contributes to India’s economy is the women and most often, their contribution in a smaller context is taken less than seriously. With respect to the larger picture, a major chunk of work performed regularly by women is unpaid. The empowerment of women in terms of job acquisition and performance has brought significant changes in how women have come to operate in manners different from how the normalised situation had been marked by oppression and social and gender inequality. Certainly, there is a much longer way to go but thus far, the economic importance of women has been brought to highlight in a more quantifiable way. The government-sponsored Mudra scheme was introduced with the objective to provide loans upto Rs 10 lakh to non-corporate, non-farm small or micro enterprises. This essentially meant monetarily empowering the lowers rungs of the contributing society. Non–corporate small business segment of comprising numerous partnership firms operating as small manufacturing units, service sector units, shopkeepers, fruits or vegetable vendors, food-service units, repair shops, machine operators, small industries, artisans, etc. in rural and urban areas, are eligible for the scheme. What very interestingly turns out is that women get more Mudra jobs than men, albeit only in smallest loan group. Women have comprehensively edged out men by cornering 68.92 lakh extra jobs, i.e., 56.3 per cent of the total 1.12 crore additional employment generated with Mudra loans disbursed during 33 months between April 2015 and December 2017 over 90 per cent of these jobs come on account of Shishu loans which has the smallest ticket size of up to Rs 50,000, according to an Indian Express analysis. It is widely observed that this trend could be an indicator to the fact that while female workers tip the scales in terms of overall numbers, their employment is largely restricted to smaller units funded by loans under the Mudra scheme. There is also the socio-economic dynamics at play here as women are willing to work but are met with restricted options in nearly every stratum. Different from the traditional childcare occupations, Mudra Yojana, provided substantial impetus to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME sector). The MSME sector is critical for India’s transformation. Undertaking necessary steps to facilitate further growth will better harness the tremendous potential of women in the workforce.last_img read more

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Balaclava rapist Larry Takahashis day parole continued no overnight leave

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Parole Board of Canada has continued day parole in British Columbia for the man known as the balaclava rapist for another six months while ruling out overnight leave privileges for now.Larry Takahashi is serving three concurrent life sentences for multiple counts of rape, aggravated sexual assault and other attacks on 23 women in the Edmonton area in the 1970s and ’80s, which he committed while wearing a balaclava.The 66-year-old was granted day parole in 2016 and the board has extended it several times, saying in its latest decision on Aug. 3 that he is seeing a psychiatrist, is following his release plan and continues his “slow and steady reintegration.”However, it did not authorize overnight leave, saying Takahashi has limited community supports in his release area and caution must be exercised given the gravity of his offences.Takahashi must obey conditions including avoiding alcohol or drugs, not contacting his victims or their families, not accessing pornography and not using a computer or any device with the internet.The parole board decision says Takahashi has reported feeling lonely, but that he has attended occasional community events on his own and his daily routine includes exercising, going for walks and having coffee alone.“You do not appear to be experiencing sexual preoccupation at this time and you do not currently articulate an interest in a romantic relationship,” says the decision.“You have been encouraged to expand your community supports but you appear reluctant to reach beyond the supports of family and two couples who are your friends.”Takahashi has not been employed while in the community but has volunteered for the work experience program at the halfway house where he is staying, it adds.last_img read more

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NB Liberals promise to modernize liquor laws expand where alcohol can be

first_imgDIEPPE, N.B. – New Brunswick’s Liberal Party says it’ll modernize the province’s liquor laws and expand the sale of beer, wine and alcohol to retail outlets like convenience stores if re-elected later this month.“To create more opportunities here in New Brunswick, we will give consumers more choice and flexibility,” leader Brian Gallant said in a news release Saturday.He said the Liberals would expand the practice of letting patrons bring their own bottles of wine to more restaurants and allow them to purchase products to go.The party would work with local producers and entrepreneurs from the province’s beer, wine and distillery industries to update their liquor laws, according to Gallant.“A major component of our multi-year Economic Growth Plan has been the development and promotion of local food and beverages,” he said. “We will give local entrepreneurs more opportunities to grow their businesses here in our province, so they can create more jobs for New Brunswickers.”In August, the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association commissioned MQO research to poll nearly 400 New Brunswickers to see what they would think of expanded sales of packaged beer and wine in convenience stores across the province.Nearly 75 per cent of those polled responded favourably, and association president Mike Hammoud said this points to an appetite for increased convenience when it comes to buying alcohol.“Those people are already coming into our stores, so it just makes sense, from a convenience point of view,” he said in an interview.“We’re in every community. Most people won’t even have to drive to get the products.”He added that he would like to hear more about how exactly the government intends to roll out this plan.The province’s opposition leader, meanwhile, said an elected Progressive Conservative government would introduce a tax credit for children’s sports, arts and culture programs.In a release, Blaine Higgs said Saturday that such a credit would allow families to claim eligible fees paid to register their kids in these types of programs.Families would be able to claim up to $500 in expenses per child for a program involving physical activity, and up to $250 per child for programs involving arts, culture and recreational activities.He said the party would also work to reverse Policy 711, which limits foods sold in schools with a low nutritional value and are higher in saturated fats, sugar or salt.“Certainly we should educate our children about the importance of good nutrition and regular physical activity on good health outcomes,” said Higgs.“But we think helping them participate in activities with their peers is the goal — not legislating what’s on the menu.”Also on Saturday, the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick said they would work to ban herbicide spraying on Crown lands if the party is elected Sept. 24.Party leader Kris Austin said he would like to replace spraying with more environmentally friendly methods like mechanical thinning.“It is long past time for us to stop poisoning ourselves and our wildlife,” said Austin in a release.“We have to think about our own health, we have to think about protecting the wildlife which we share our region with.”— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Seneca Fashion alumni debut at Toronto Womens Fashion Week

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The show will take place on October 3 at 5 p.m. at 1 Yonge Street, where a lineup of young designers will deliver a wide range of couture and ready-to-wear styles.Organized by Seneca professor and renowned designer Zoran Dobric, the emerging designers will have an opportunity to feature their original pieces in a runway show to an industry audience, launching their careers in the world of fashion. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2017 /CNW/ – Seneca’s School of Fashion will take over the runway as ten recent graduates showcase their collections at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW).center_img “Some of our designers are inspired by their cultural backgrounds, some by art, architecture and other unique personal interests. The influences are as diverse as the designers themselves,” says Dobric, who is also showing during TW. “This opportunity is so important to the talented young designers because it showcases their work to the national and international media and industry, as well as potential buyers. TW gives them a prestigious platform to promote their brands.”Seneca alumni participated in Toronto Fashion week in 2015 and the show was regarded as one of the highlights of the week according to The Globe and Mail. This year’s RED: Emerging Designers Showcase will present Seneca’s Canadian and internationally born alumni, helping to foster a global perspective at TW.Under the mentorship of Dobric, as well as other Canadian fashion veterans including Jennifer Dares, David Dixon and Philip Sparks, Seneca’s students benefit from learning from industry leaders.“Maintaining a strong relationship with our students beyond the classroom experience has always been important to Seneca’s School of Fashion,” says Gitte Hansen, Chair, Seneca’s School of Fashion. “Our design faculty, who are fashion professionals themselves, are able to impart to students the importance of presenting and promoting their work to industry while finding the best avenue to join the creative economy.”Students and alumni from Seneca’s School of Fashion have also showcased in other runway shows including the Télio National Design Competition in Montreal, Fashion Art Toronto, Vancouver Fashion Week and the Hempel competition for young designers in Beijing.Seneca alumni participating in this year’s showcase are: Kinoo Arcentales, Rhonique Ballantyne, Sepideh Ghahremani, Ivan Liang, Lulu Lin, Ruiyan Luo, So Young Park, Caron Rondilla, Siyu Xia and Alice Zhu.ABOUT SENECAWith campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas, certificates and graduate programs renowned for their quality and respected by employers. It is one of the largest comprehensive colleges in Canada, offering nearly 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Combining the highest academic standards with work-integrated and applied learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensure Seneca graduates are career-ready.Find out more at senecacollege.caFollow us on TwitterAbout TW:Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW) is a modern, relevant high tech fashion week devoted solely to women’s wear. TW is home to Canada’s most iconic designers and the next generation of emerging talent. Toronto Women’s Fashion Week creates a national and international platform for Canadian designers including impactful runway presentations, showrooms, pop-up shops, emerging designer programs and industry panel discussions. TW is proudly made by and for Canadians to support Canadian talent and the Canadian fashion industry.Website: www.tw-fw.comInstagram: @tw_fwFacebook: /torontowomensfashionweekTwitter: @TW_FW#iloveTW #iamTW #torontowomensfashionweek #TWSS18#canadafashiongroup #LoveCanadianFashionAbout CFG:Canada Fashion Group (CFG) is committed to nurturing and promoting the Canadian fashion industry by providing a national and international platform for Canada fashion designers and brands to showcase their talent and innovation through impactful fashion initiatives such as TOM* Toronto Men’s Fashion Week and TW Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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UK police begin probe on antiSri Lanka MP

British police have begun an investigation on an anti-Sri Lanka Parliamentarian over drug offences.The BBC reported that the police are investigating possible drug offences following a Sunday Mirror story about the Labour MP Keith Vaz. Drugs, including cocaine, were mentioned during a secretly-recorded conversation. The recording also included a discussion about using the party drug known as Poppers.Vaz had opposed government attempts to criminalise the drug. Ministers later announced they would remain within the law.Following the allegations, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said he would be writing to Scotland Yard calling for Vaz to be investigated for misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply controlled substances. Vaz quit as chairman of the Home Affairs Select committee in September after the paper claimed he paid for the services of two male escorts. Vaz, 59, told the Guardian he welcomed the police’s investigation. The police said they would not confirm or comment on the identity of anyone involved.The Sunday Mirror story in September included photographs and secret recordings it said were of Vaz with the sex workers in a north London flat he owns. A spokesman said: “Following that assessment, which included obtaining early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police Service is now investigating offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.“The investigation started on Thursday 10 November.” Vaz, the Leicester East MP and a married father-of-two, resigned as chairman of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee two days after the Sunday Mirror’s report.He told the Guardian on Friday: “I welcome a full investigation as a means of establishing the true facts and I am confident the police will pursue all lines of enquiry. “I will cooperate with the investigation in any way I can.” According to the newspaper, the MP also indicated to one of the men that he would pay for cocaine, although he said he would not use the drug himself. Scotland Yard said police had received a letter on 7 September asking them to look into the matter.The force said one of its specialist teams then began an assessment process to see “what criminal offences – if any – may have been committed”. Last month Vaz joined the Commons justice committee after Bridgen tried to block the appointment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Appointment of Annans special adviser on Africa extended another year

In an exchange of letters with last month’s Council President, Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, but released today, the Secretary-General asked for Mr. Sahnoun’s term to be extended until 31 December 2004.He said Mr. Sahnoun had been following developments in the Horn of Africa region, particularly in Somalia and the Sudan, and had represented him at regional meetings.Mr. Annan added that Mr. Sahnoun had provided advice “on what useful role the UN could play to promote negotiated settlements of conflicts.”

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TSX closes higher as oil retreats from recent gains amid uncertainty over

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday as violence in Iraq pushed up most commodities even though the price of oil retreated slightly from recent gains.The S&P/TSX composite index added 38.82 points to 15,040.43 after having earlier reached a level about two points above its all-time closing high of 15,073. The record was set on June 18, 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks downward.The Canadian dollar was up 0.13 of a cent to 92.24 cents US ahead of a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.On Wednesday, the U.S. central bank will deliver its economic outlook and decide whether it will continue to dial back massive bond purchases. The stimulus program, which involves the central bank buying Treasury and mortgage bonds to try to keep long-term loan rates low, has long propped up equity markets.However, the Fed is still expected to announce a further $10-billion reduction is its buyback program to $35 billion a month on signs of an improving economy.Chris King of Morgan Meighen and Associates said Fed chair Janet Yellen is unlikely to make any surprise announcements following the meeting.“(The Fed) doesn’t want to disrupt the steady progress that is being made,” said King, a vice-president and portfolio manager.“The concern is that investors and the Main Street psyche is still quite weak and the economy runs on confidence. The biggest risk would be the economy, so they have got to keep confidence in the markets sustainable.”Meanwhile, Wall Street was flat in advance of the Fed gathering despite a new forecast from the International Monetary Fund predicting the U.S. economy will grow at a modest two per cent this year, down from its earlier prediction of 2.7 per cent.The adjusted forecast comes amid similar data by the World Bank, which cut its 2014 global growth forecast to 2.8 per cent from 3.2 per cent, citing the long winter and the political crisis in Ukraine.The Dow Jones industrials gained 5.27 points to 16,781.01, the Nasdaq added 10.46 points to 4,321.11 and the S&P 500 climbed 1.62 points to 1,937.78.Meanwhile, in Canada, data showed the real estate market is still going strong. The Canadian Real Estate Association said home sales in May were up 5.9 per cent compared with April and were 4.8 per cent higher than a year ago.In commodities, benchmark U.S. crude for July delivery dipped a penny to US$106.90 a barrel after having run up last week amid the instability in Iraq, where the situation deteriorated over the weekend as militants on Sunday posted graphic photos of truckloads of Iraqi soldiers that they apparently captured and killed.So far oil exports from Iraq, the second-largest producer among the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries, have not been affected, but concern for global supplies has been growing.The unfolding conflict has sent traders to other commodities such as gold, due to the future potential volatility of stocks. August bullion was up $1.20 to US$1,275.30 an ounce and July copper advanced two cents to US$3.05 a pound.Also adding to the uncertainty was Russia’s decision to halt supplies of natural gas to Ukraine after the two sides were unable to agree on prices.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 6:38 am MDT TSX closes higher as oil retreats from recent gains amid uncertainty over Iraq read more

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I want to go to the press conferences – Dunphy on Keanes

first_imgEAMON DUNPHY HAS voiced his support for Martin O’Neill as Ireland manager as it appears the Derry native is set for a Monday unveiling by the FAI.It has been widely reported that O’Neill will be confirmed as Ireland manager, with Newstalk’s Off the Ball show revealing that an official announcement is imminent. The FAI should also name former Manchester United and Ireland midfielder Roy Keane as O’Neill’s assistant.Speaking this evening on RTÉ’s Saturday Sport show, Dunphy gave a positive reaction when asked if O’Neill was the right man to lead the Irish footballers.Dunphy said, “From what I understand [O’Neill] is committed now. He was holding out for Newcastle United or a bigger job.” He added, “I hope it is settled. I hope he is committed to the job and I hope he is.”Dunphy, who was capped 23 times for Ireland, was less sure about appointing Keane. The pair have enjoyed a tempestuous relationship that has veered from on-screen criticisms to Dunphy ghosting Keane’s autobiography and back again. “It’ll be fun,” Dunphy remarked when asked what to expect if Keane is confirmed as O’Neill’s number two.“I want to go to the press conferences,” he added. The FAI, he declared, would have to clearly set out the roles and responsibilities both men would have. “Who will take the training sessions out at Malahide?” he mused.Like football? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @football_ie >Keane and O’Neill scheduled for ITV duty in San Sebastian this weeklast_img read more

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Trump is selling goldtrimmed Make America Great Again Christmas ornaments for 149

first_img Image: Donald Trump 19,027 Views The email sent to his subscribers. Source: Donald Trump Source: Jae C. HongThe email tells readers how Trump loves Christmas and that he “makes a point of proudly saying ‘Merry Christmas’ every chance he gets”.It concludes: “This collectible ornament commemorates Trump’s commitment to the Christmas spirit and will be a great addition to your family’s tree this year.”Trump had funded his own campaign and in October alone, he had spent $238 million.To get that money back, he’d have to sell 1,597,315 ornamental hats.Read: Cyclist escapes with her life after truck crushes her bike >Read: First time buyers no longer need 20% deposit on properties > 71 Comments Trump is selling gold-trimmed Make America Great Again Christmas ornaments for $149 He’ll need to sell 1,597,315 ornamental hats to claw back what his campaign spent in October. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 3:54 PM http://jrnl.ie/3097980 By Garreth MacNameecenter_img Nov 23rd 2016, 3:54 PM Share425 Tweet Email2 PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD Trump is selling a Christmas ornament of his infamous red hat for $149 (€141).An email sent out from his official website to his tens of millions of subscribers urged Trump fans to buy the expensive ornament from his online shop.The decoration is in the shape of Trump’s infamous Make America Great Again hat and has been “finished with 14 carat gold”. Image: Donald Trump Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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UK defiant as IS claims responsibility for London attack

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s prime minister defiantly declared Thursday that “we are not afraid” even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain’s Parliament.In a sweeping speech before the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the man who killed three people Wednesday before being shot to death by police was born in Britain and once came under investigation for links to religious extremism.British officials named the attacker as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old with criminal convictions who was living in the West Midlands, which includes the central city of Birmingham.Police arrested seven people in Birmingham and one in London — five men and three women — on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts in connection to the Westminster Bridge attack. Among the homes raided in Birmingham was one Masood lived in until just after Christmas, according to a neighbor.Iwona Romek, who said she lived for about five months two doors down from Masood, said he had a wife and a young child and appeared like a “normal family man who liked to take care of his garden.”last_img read more

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Varane Madrid must learn how to grind out results

first_imgDefender Raphael Varane admits Real Madrid must learn how to grind out wins if they want to have a good campaign.The Frenchman was speaking following a week experienced a week of mixed results after edging narrow victories over Huesca and Rayo Vallecano but suffered a massive home loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.“To make this a good season we have to know how to suffer,” Varane told Football Espana via BeIn Sports after his side edged to a 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We had the opportunity to kill the game in the first half and we did not, but we worked well to win three important points.“We are going to the Club World Cup with a lot of enthusiasm, we are going to give our best.”Solari’s men will continue their quest for a fourth Champions League crown in a row when they confront Ajax in the last 16 next year.last_img read more

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Commissioner Mahbub leaves EC meeting opposing EVMs

first_imgMahbub TalukdarElection commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday raised objection to the move to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) for using in the December general polls, according to EC officials.Amid criticism and controversy, the election commission on Thursday organised a meeting at the Nirbachan Bhaban to finalise a proposal for amending the People Representative Order (RPO) for giving legal coverage to use of EVMs in the parliamentary elections.Mahbub left the meeting giving a note of decent within half an hour of the beginning at 11:00am, sources there said.The sudden move, less than two months before the announcement of the election schedule in October, has been questioned by the political parties.The opposition parties wonder if 150,000 EVMs will be procured just to serve vested quarters, especially when they do not have the capacity to make the best use of them.Some of the election commissioners also pointed out it is not the right time to plan the use of EVMs in the national elections. This would create controversy, they added.Last year, the EC held dialogues with 39 political parties. Some 23 parties gave their opinion on the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections. A total of 12 parties including the BNP opposed the use of EVMs.Seven parties including Awami League were in favour of EVMs while three parties suggested using it on trial basis and a party favoured EVMs on certain conditions.The EC has already started a five-year Tk 38 billion project on procurement of 150,000 EVMs with Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) being tasked to supply the machines. The EC was to hold a meeting of the project evaluation committee on 19 August, but it was not eventually held.Despite the impasse, the Trust Bank got a special permission from the Bangladesh Bank to open a letter of credit (L/C) for procurement of the EVMs.Official documents say the BMTF would buy the machines and other machinaries from China, Hong Kong and other countries. Till date, L/Cs worth over Tk 7 billion have been opened. Around Tk 26.96 billion would be spent to buy the machines.last_img read more

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Sean Combs Delivers Commencement Speech at Howard

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Rapper and music mogul Sean Combs has received an honorary degree at one of the nation’s most prestigious historically Black universities.Combs delivered the commencement address Saturday at Howard University in Washington.He was among five people receiving honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields.The university also honored CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.Combs attended Howard in the late 1980s, although he did not graduate. University President Wayne Frederick says Combs’ entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard, where he studied business.last_img

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Microsoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit

first_imgMicrosoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit by Martin Brinkmann on April 25, 2016 in Windows – No commentsMicrosoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit is included in Surface Tools for IT, a package of tools designed for IT professionals to deploy, manage and secure Surface devices in organizations.The toolkit is compatible with devices running Windows 10 and 8.1, and compatible with all Surface Pro devices, Surface 3, and Surface Book.The download page on Microsoft’s website reveals little information about each of the utilities included in the tools collection.You can download each tool individually, some or even all of them.Cisco EAP Supplicant InstallerSurface Data Eraser InstallerSurface Deployment AcceleratorSurface Diagnostic ToolkitSurface Dock UpdaterMicrosoft Surface Diagnostic ToolkitThe Surface Diagnostic Toolkit has a size of less than one Megabyte. You run it from any location on your Surface device after you have downloaded and extracted it to.The first thing it will do is check for updates, and if it finds some, suggests that those are installed before the tests are run.Once that is out of the way, you may select to run all 30 tests or run a selection of tests only. The latter is useful if you want to diagnose specific areas only such as the device’s battery, the screen, or touch capabilities.Some tests run without user interaction while others require you to do something to test a specific feature.The pinch test requires you to test the pinch functionality for instance, the microphone test that you speak into the microphone, and the AC adapter test that you connect the Surface device to it.This is different from most Fix It solutions that Microsoft released in the past which require no user interaction during tests.You need the following items to run a full testA Bluetooth deviceA MicroSD or SD cardA Surface PenExternal speakers or headphonesExternal displayWhat’s being testedType CoverBatteryPixel DetectionDigitizer Edge, Pinch, Touch, Multi Touch and Pen.Volume RockerMicro SD CardMicrophoneVideo OutBluetoothCameraSpeakerNetworkPowerMobile BroadbandAccelerometerGyrometer SensorDigital CompassAmbient Light SensorDevice OrientationBrightnessSystem AssessmentPerformanceCrash DumpModern StandbyMicrosoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit resultsThe Microsoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit recognizes if tests are passed for some tests automatically but not for all. For others it is you who has to select passed or failed to mark the test.You may skip some tests on top of that but those are shown as inconclusive on the test results page then.Tests show as passed, failed or inconclusive, and a short description may provide you with information on why a test failed.The Battery test fails for instance if you decide not to connect the AC adapter, and that is what is highlighted in the results.You may add a comment to the test run, and save it to a file or the clipboard. Additionally, you may re-run the test right away.Run from the command lineYou may start diagnostic tests from the command line.The base command is Surface_Diagnostic_Toolkit_1.0.60.0.exe which will open the interface directly as if you have double-clicked on the diagnostic toolkit.The parameter exclude enables you to start a series of tests without tests you specify, e.g.last_img read more

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The Unseen Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

first_imgMore Great WIRED StoriesGame of Thrones’ biggest losers were the fansBluetooth’s complexity has become a security riskBuilding a bus map when there are no set routes or stopsClimate adaptation isn’t surrender. It’s survivalSunscreen chemicals soak into your bloodstream💻 Upgrade your work game with our Gear team’s favorite laptops, keyboards, typing alternatives, and noise-canceling headphones📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Sean Mackey, chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University, was initially reluctant to enter the fray over opioids. “I prefer to avoid this space because there is so much emotional rhetoric and anger and attacks flying both ways,” he says. “I just want to focus on pain, the research and clinical care of people in pain.” But he felt compelled to speak out against what he calls “a social experiment on a large part of the most vulnerable population.”Mackey wrote a letter warning that forced tapering poses significant harm without any evidence of safety or effectiveness. It was co-signed by more than 100 pain and addiction experts and patient advocates. “People of good conscience need to step up and say ‘No, this is wrong,’” he says.On May 16, after an independent review found little evidence to support the alternative treatments or the tapering, HERC backed off of the proposal. It stopped requiring people with back and neck pain to taper off opioids and decided to revisit that coverage issue next winter.This other opioid crisis of pain remains overshadowed by the still-rising number of overdose deaths, most of them involving illegal opioids. Johnna Magers of Indianapolis, organizer of the June protest outside CDC, wants people to think about the lives that are threatened by the loss of access to opioids. “The rest of America better wake up,” she says. “Because you are one accident away from being a chronic pain patient.” Twenty years ago, easing pain was the mission and opioids were the method. Pain became known as “the fifth vital sign,” as important as blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate, and hospitals and clinics routinely asked patients to rate their pain. In 1999 the Oregon Board of Medicine even declared that “clearly documented undertreatment of pain” was “a violation equal to overtreatment.”At pain clinics, the best results came from offering a range of treatments, including physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. But insurance was more likely to pay for the simpler pharmaceutical path. In 2017 doctors in the US wrote 199 million prescriptions for opioids, or 58.7 scripts for every 100 persons. That is actually a decline from the peak of 255 million opioid prescriptions, in 2012.The drop in opioid prescriptions might be a sign that the crackdown on abusive use is working. It also might reflect the plight of chronic pain patients who suddenly find it hard to get the prescriptions they’ve been using to help them get through the day.One in four cancer patients have had trouble getting their pain medication because a pharmacist refused to fill the prescription, even though the drug was in stock, according to a survey by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Thirty percent said they couldn’t get the pain meds their doctor prescribed because their insurance wouldn’t cover the costs.Suicides are rising among people with chronic pain, according to a 2018 analysis of National Violent Death Reporting System data. Halting opioids suddenly also can lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, according to Michael Schatman, director of research and network development at Boston Pain Care and editor in chief of the Journal of Pain Research.“Pain patients have been abused,” says Schatman, who advocates for a middle ground on the use of opioids. “I believe that it’s genocide of people with chronic pain.” The campaign to keep opioids away from people who abuse them has ended up punishing the people who use them legitimately—even torturing them to the point of suicide. Now they are pushing back, mobilizing as best they can into a burgeoning movement. “Don’t Punish Pain” rallies are taking place in cities nationwide on May 22, and pain patients are organizing a protest at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on June 21.Doyle posted her video to her Facebook page, The C Life, and by the time she got back to her office after her lunch break, her phone began to bing with notifications. The video has since been viewed about 330,000 times; many of the 1,400 comments came from people with similar experiences. After her post went viral, Rite Aid filled her prescription—and apologized.“This is not right,” Doyle says. “These medications were created for the very problems we’re having, and yet we’re not being allowed access to them.” April Grove Doyle, a 40-year-old single mom with metastatic breast cancer, pulled her car to the side of the road. Her face was flushed and her eyes puffy from crying, but she looked into the phone mounted on her dashboard and pressed the record button.“So, I’m just leaving my pharmacy,” she said, taking a breath to steady herself. “I’m not, I’m not—I’m frustrated, and that’s why I’m crying. I get pain pills, maybe every two, three months, OK? I can make one monthly prescription of pain pills last two or three months because I don’t really take it unless I absolutely need it. And when you have metastatic cancer in your bones, you need it. Because sometimes the pain is so much you can’t even function. And I just want to function.”After another deep breath, Doyle explained: The pharmacist at her local Rite Aid pharmacy in Visalia, California, had berated her for her history of opioid prescriptions, then told her to come back later. She left without the refill, feeling that she was being treated like a criminal.Like millions of other chronic pain patients around the country, Doyle is the collateral damage of the opioid abuse epidemic. About 17,000 people die each year in the US from a prescription opioid overdose. Fifty million Americans suffer from chronic pain—one-fifth of the adult population—including 20 million who have what’s called high-impact chronic pain, or pain that frequently limits their daily life. On April 9, the Food and Drug Administration warned that suddenly decreasing dosage or halting opioids in patients who are dependent on them could lead to “serious withdrawal symptoms, uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide.” The next day, the CDC director clarified that the agency’s guideline, which recommends against high doses of opioids, applies to the initiation of opioid treatment and not to patients who have been stable in long-term treatment.Yet chronic pain patients say many doctors have already stopped prescribing opioids. They fear scrutiny from the Drug Enforcement Administration, state medical boards, or even their own health institutions. Authorities want to shut down “pill mills” that fuel the overdose crisis by providing opioids inappropriately, but those same enforcement efforts can affect doctors who prescribe high doses to chronic pain patients. Oregon, for example, wanted to shift patients from opioids to alternative pain treatment, such as acupuncture, massage, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In 2016, the state required Medicaid patients with back and spine conditions to taper off of opioids.Then this spring, the Health Evidence Review Commission, which guides reimbursement decisions, considered new limits: Patients with certain chronic pain conditions would gain coverage for alternative treatments under Medicaid, but would have to taper off opioids, even if they have been stable on their doses for many years. Wendy Sinclair, who has chronic pain from a 2014 car accident, is organizing the “Don’t Punish Pain” rally in Salem, Oregon. It isn’t easy for people with chronic pain to stand on a sidewalk holding signs and waving at motorists. Instead, many of them will sit in chairs or wheelchairs, sharing their stories with people walking by. “We don’t have a lot of healthy people advocating for us, so we have to do it ourselves,” she says.Claudia Merandi, a retired court reporter with severe Crohn’s disease who lives in East Providence, Rhode Island, started the rallies in 2017 with some Facebook posts among friends. Today, her Don’t Punish Pain Rally Facebook page has 10,000 followers, and she has rally coordinators for 44 cities. If someone can’t get to the rally site, she encourages them to sit outside their local pharmacy with a sign instead.It is a new civil-rights issue, she says: “When you take away a person’s right to live a humane life, what else would it be?”Perhaps the most powerful support comes from pain experts. In March, a group called Health Professionals for Patients in Pain wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urging the agency to respond to the “widespread misapplication” of its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Patients were being forced to taper off opioids and were subjected to unnecessary suffering, they said. The letter was signed by more than 300 health professionals, including three former US drug czars.last_img read more

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Ring Video Doorbell with FREE Echo Dot 3rd Gen for Just 6999

first_img Share Tweet Submit This is a deal extremely similar to what we saw on Black Friday and is something which everyone should take advantage of right now.Having a video doorbell at home makes a world of difference as it allows you to see who’s coming in and leaving while having a chat with visitors from anywhere in the world. But these things can be pricey. In fact, if you buy a Ring Video Doorbell on its own, it will cost you $99. Throw in an Echo Dot 3rd generation and the price touches the $150 mark.Not today, as Prime Day 2019 is bundling the two together and bringing a discount to the masses that is so good, you simply cannot resist.This bundle contains Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell and Echo Dot (3rd Generation).Works with Alexa to illuminate and send announcements to Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed or motion is detected. You can also see, hear, and talk to visitors through Echo Show or Echo Spot.Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC.Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell.From a security point of view, the Ring Video Doorbell is a must-have. You will have a great point of view on everyone coming to, or leaving, your property. The subscription service makes sure that everything is recorded and stored in the cloud too.So, what are you waiting for? Become an owner of the Ring Video Doorbell today!Buy Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel with Echo Dot 3rd Gen (Charcoal Gray) – Was $150, now just $69.99last_img read more

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FFmpeg 42 releases with AV1 decoding support through libdav1d decoding of HEVC

first_imgTwo days ago, the team behind FFmpeg released their latest version of FFmpeg 4.2, nicknamed “Ada”. This release comes with many new filters, decoders, and demuxers. FFmpeg is an open-source project composing software suite of libraries and programs to handle multimedia files. It has cross-platform multimedia framework which is used by various games and applications to record, convert and stream audios and videos. The previous version FFmpeg 4.1 was released last year in November. The FFmpeg team has announced on Twitter that the follow-up point release (4.2.1) will be released in a few weeks. FFmpeg 4.2 has a AV1 decoding support through libdav1d. It also supports decoding of HEVC 4:4:4 content in nvdec, cuviddec and vdpau. It has many new filters like tpad, dedot, freezedetect, truehd_core bitstream, anlmdn, maskfun, and more. Read More: Presenting dav1d, a new lightweight AV1 decoder, by VideoLAN and FFmpeg PCM-DVD has been included as an encoder in FFmpeg 4.2. It also introduces numerous demuxers such as dhav, vividas, hcom, KUX, and IFV. This version also removes libndi-newtek. The new version allows the mov muxer to write tracks in any unspecified language. Earlier, a mov mixer could write in only English, by default. The latest version also supports clang to compile CUDA kernels. Users are happy with the FFmpeg 4.2 release and seem to be excited to get hands on with the new features in their applications. A user on Hacker News comments, “Massive “thank you” to FFmpeg for being an amazing tool. My app pivotally depends on FFmpeg extracting screenshots of videos for users to browse through.” Another comment on Hacker News reads, “Nice to see improved HEVC 4:4:4 support in Linux” Additionally users have appreciated the growth of FFmpeg project in general. A Redditor comments, “Man ffmpeg is so awesome. It’s still mind blowing that something so powerful is FOSS. Outside of programming languages, operating systems, and essential tools like the GNU suite, I think an argument can be made that ffmpeg is one of the most important pieces of software ever created. We live in a digital world and virtually everything from security cameras to social media sites to news stations use ffmpeg on some level” Check out the FFmpeg page to read about the updates in detail. Read Next Firefox 67 enables AV1 video decoder ‘dav1d’, by default on all desktop platforms Fabrice Bellard, the creator of FFmpeg and QEMU, introduces a lossless data compressor which uses neural networks Introducing QuickJS, a small and easily embeddable JavaScript enginelast_img read more

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5 UpandComing Artists Whose Work You Wont Want to Miss This August

first_imgAnd just like that we’re in August. As summer heads into its crescendo, you might be wondering what became to all those plans to check out the emerging talent on view in gallery shows over the past few months. Well, don’t toss out the summer goals just yet. We’ve rounded up five up-and-coming artists whose work you can still see through Labor Day, in shows from Seoul to Vienna. Now, get out there!  AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsBerta Fischer at James Fuentes Berta Fischer, Ubix (2017). Courtesy of James Fuentes.Berta Fischer’s delicate, bright-hued sculptures have an effortless, almost dance-like, grace. Working with synthetic materials like plastic and acrylic glass, Fischer sculpts her materials into organic and complex shapes that shift in color when viewed at different angles or as the light changes throughout the day. These sculptures can seem otherworldly in their radiance, calling to mind phosphorescent sea creatures, beautiful and serene, and yet just slightly menacing.“Berta Fischer” is on view through September 15, 2019, at James Fuentes, 55 Delancey Street #D, New York. Adrian Buschmann in “Weekend im office” at Gabriele Senn GalerieAdrian Buschmann, Selbst als Grunge Girl (1995-2019). Courtesy of Gabriele Senn Galerie.In an attempt to stop repeating tropes in his own work, the German painter Adrian Buschmann spent a period of years primarily focusing his attention on understanding other artists, including Francis Picabia and Wassily Kandinsky, among others. Buschmann considered this a kind of vacation from himself, which alleviated the anxiety of falling into conventions or comfortable traps in his own work. Now he returns to his own creations, a mix of colorful, energetic abstractions with swirls of color here and there, or puzzle-like patterns, and a group of portraits that have a pleasant Margot Tenenbaum meets Elizabeth Peyton vibe.Adrian Buschmann in “Weekend im office” through September 7, 2019, at Gabriele Senn Galerie, Schleifmühlgasse 1A, Vienna.Follow artnet News on Facebook: April Bey in “Dear Lucy” at Upfor GalleryApril Bey, Speak Truth to Power (2019). Courtesy of Upfor Gallery.This lively exhibition takes a look at artists exploring traditionally women’s crafts as a conduit for radical inquiry, and includes the work of such pioneering artists as Wendy Red Star and Faith Wilding. Such is good company for April Bey, a Los Angeles-based, Bahamian-born artist whose interdisciplinary practice critiques pop culture feminism, social media, constructs of race, and the like. Bey often overlays provocative and consciousness-raising texts atop images of famous black women (Nina Simone, seen above, is a recurring figure). Bey’s works, which include elements of painting and collage, are rich in texture incorporating, painting, glitter, fabrics and papers the artist has accrued on her extensive travels.“Dear Lucy” is on view through August 31, 2019, at Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders Street, Portland, Oregon. Gabriel Rico in “The Stone, The Branch, and The Golden Geometry” at PerrotinGabriel Rico, installation view of “The Stone, The Branch, and The Golden Geometry,” 2019. Courtesy of Perrotin.In his recent work, Gabriel Rico mines the so-called Age of Reason, a period of time in the 18th century when European philosophy espoused mankind’s mastery over nature. The era inspired a tide of mathematical equations that attempted to quantify, and thereby conquer, the natural world, and these ideas serve as a jumping off point for Rico’s contemporary artistic considerations. He arranges taxidermy animals, neon sculptures, and found objects, creating tensions between nature and architecture, with a sense of portended, but comical, ruin. “The Stone, The Branch, and The Golden Geometry” is on view through September 7, 2019, at Perrotin, 1F 5 Palpan-Gil, Jongno-Gu, Seoul.center_img Tenzing Rigdol in “Dialogue” at Rossi & RossiTenzing Rigdol, The Storm in the Fragrant Land (2019). Courtesy of Rossi & Rossi.In traditional Buddhist paintings gridlines are used to ensure accurate depictions of sacred figures and diagrams, though, typically, these are not visible in the complete work. For this new exhibition of works, Tibetan-born artist Tenzing Rigdol uses these lines as a means deconstruct the deities he creates, weaving the lines in and out of their shapes.Ridgol’s mother worked as a carpet weaver in the Nepalese tradition, and the artist himself began designing carpets before the age of 10. There is an effortlessness to his ability to create these shapes that seem to fluctuate between coming together and falling apart, and a playfulness as he depicts imaginary deities and scenes that blend ancient and contemporary, Eastern and Western, indiscriminately.“Dialogue” is on view through September 21, 2019, at Rossi & Rossi, Unit 3C, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more

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