School bags burden on Valley students: study

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgSchool-going students of Kashmir valley are an overburdened lot. An official study claims that 75% to 85% students carry bags that weigh above the recommended limit, which is 10 % of a student’s bodyweight.The department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) in Srinagar, in its study, observed 2,000 school-going children over four districts of Kashmir in March this year.“The SPM’s community medicine conducted a study about the burden of school bags among 2,000 school-going children and found that 75% to 85% of the school bags weigh above the recommended 10% of the bodyweight of the child,” said Dr. Muhammad Salim Khan, head of the SPM department.The results of the study show that 10 to 25% of the bags weighed more than 20% of the bodyweight. “It’s much higher than the recommended weight of bags and could prove hazardous,” said Dr. Khan.The department of Social and Preventive Medicine is planning to submit a report to the government along with recommendations to reduce the weight of school bags. “We are collecting details of teaching methodology in schools in other cities. We will look also into the means and ways to reduce weight of school bags,” said Dr. Khan.Health issues Dr. Gazanfer Mushtaq, a physiotherapist, warns of long-term health issues due to heavy bags. “The constant additional weight on children’s shoulders impacts their gait, which can look very droopy and humpy. Prolonged exposure to heavy weight can in fact induce orthopaedic issues besides stress,” warns Dr. Mushtaq.According to the State education department, Kashmir zone, there are around 16 lakh students enrolled from Class I to XII, who are exposed to heavy school bags.last_img read more


BMC agrees to give BEST ₹600 cr., with riders

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking to expand its fleet size to 7,000 buses within three months as a condition to receive grants from the corporation.According to a proposal, the BMC is willing to initially provide ₹600 crore to the ailing bus transport undertaking but has laid certain conditions. It has asked the bus undertaking to reduce the minimum fare of mini buses to ₹5 from the current ₹8. BEST will be asked to submit a report to the BMC after it complies with the conditions. The proposal will be discussed in Wednesday’s Standing Committee meetingSoon after taking charge, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had taken a decision in May to give a grant of ₹100 crore to BEST. In a meeting with the BEST administration, the BMC had recommended wet leasing of buses to increase its fleet, giving real-time updates of a bus’s current location at bus stops, commercial exploitation of BEST assets, among other meausres.The BMC had said the BEST administration needed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the BEST Workers’ Union to settle the long-standing dispute over the wet leasing of buses. The crucial MoU was signed last week, where the administration agreed to retain 3,337 buses of its fleet while the union allowed for further fleet expansion through the wet lease model. BMC will be giving the BEST ₹600 crore as subsidy, out of which ₹400 crore will be given from its contingency fund and the rest from another fund available with BMC.Once the proposal is passed in the Standing Committee and agreed upon by all parties, the BMC will disburse ₹100 crore to the BEST. However, further disbursals will happen only once the administration starts implementing the conditions. The BMC will have to create a new budget head, for which it requires permission from the Standing Committee and corporation.Activists have said the reduction of fare was a welcome step but only if executed across all routes, and not in a piecemeal manner. “We feel grants should be made unilaterally and not with conditions to wet lease. BEST is, after all, a public service,” transport expert Hussain Indorewala said.A senior BEST official said the condition to procure 7,000 buses was difficult and the issue of fare reduction will need to be analysed better. “Our main focus was to ensure the execution of the contract given for 450 buses. We want to ensure that the buses arrive in the next few months and their operations begin,” the official said.last_img read more


Trupti Desai offers prayers inside sanctum at Trimbakeshwar

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgNashik, Apr 22 (PTI) Gender rights activist Trupti Desai today visited the Trimbakeshwar temple and offered prayers inside the sanctum sanctorum of the popular Lord Shiva shrine here which houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas.Desai, along with three of her colleagues took darshan of the shivlinga in the garbha gruha around 6 AM and left after nearly 15 minutes, said H P Kolhe, in charge of Trimbakeshwar police station.The Bhumata Ranragini Brigade chief along with her aides followed the dress code, wet cotton or silk sarees, as decided by Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust and stood in the queue with other devotees before entering the core worship area, he said.Later, they left the temple town in a vehicle.Interacting with newspersons outside the temple after the darshan, Desai said their struggle for gaining entry into Shani Shingnapur in Ahmednagar and now at Trimbakeshwar temple has succeeded.Desai vowed to take forward the struggle for entry of women into worship places across the country.Yesterday, four activists, led by Vanita Gutte of Pune-based Swarajya Mahila Sanghatana, offered prayers inside the sacred sanctum amid police protection.Recently, the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust decided to allow women into the temples garbha griha for an hour everyday with a rider that they must wear wet cotton or silk clothes while offering prayers in the core area.The development is significant as it came days after women were permitted entry to the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.The issue of gender bias hogged national limelight in January when hundreds of women activists attempted to storm into the Shani Shingnapur temple. After months of protests, and the Bombay High Court observing that entering a temple was a fundamental right of every person, the Shingnapur temple trust finally decided to allow womens entry on to the sacred platform (chauthara)–on which rock idol of Lord Shani is placed– on April 8.advertisementThe decision opened doors for women to contest similar bans at other temples. PTI HVJ DK KIS SRElast_img read more


RCB vs KKR: This has been our worst season, feels RCB’s Travis Head

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s Travis Head admitted that it has been the worst Indian Premier League (IPL) season for the southern outfit after they suffered their 10th loss in 13 matches with a six-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday.RCB, who have reached the final three times since IPL’s inception in 2008, are rock-bottom in the points table with just two wins from 13 games and having mamaged five points.”Result-wise, this is probably the worst season. It is disappointing result,” he said.Head, who top-scored for the hosts with an unbeaten 75 made it clear that the side had a great bonding.”Nothing has changed off the field since last season. We still enjoy as an unit. But it hasn’t gelled well on the field. It happens in T20 cricket. You can’t get back the momentum back once things go bad,” he said.KKR’s Chris Lynn, Head said, has been the most powerful hitter this season. “He has a reputation of being a big hitter in Big Bash League too. In IPL, he’s done the same. He is an unbelievable hitter of the ball,” he said, adding that Lynn and Sunil Narine put the pressure back on RCB in six overs. “They took advantage of the new ball,” he said.Head said KKR took advantage of the new hard ball and took the game away from them in the first six overs.”They just took advantage of the new hard ball. They had it in the first six. They put pressure back on us,” he pointed out.advertisementKKR made the play-offs with the win and will play Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday before ending league engagements at the Eden Gardens on May 13 against Mumbai Indians who are top of the table and have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more


Heena Sidhu strikes gold at Commonwealth Shooting Championships

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgHeena Sindhu continued her rich vein of form this year as she bagged gold in women’s 10m Air Pistol event at Commonwealth Shooting Championships on Tuesday.Heena shot a score of 240.8 in the finals to beat Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch, who has to settle for silver after posting 238.2. Kristy Gillman of Australia picked up the bronze medal with a score of 213.7.Meanwhile, India picked up their second medal through Deepak Kumar as he won bronze in men’s 10m Air Rifle event.??Commonwealth Championships 10m Air Pistol:@HeenaSidhu10 wins Gold.PC:Aus Shooting.Full results will be updated at:https://t.co/oAEHr1RHbZ pic.twitter.com/OOE4CkXg9B- Olympic Press (@OlympicPressOrg) October 31, 2017Earlier, Heena and Jitu Rai joined forces to give India their first gold medal of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Finals as the duo clinched the top honours in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event on the opening day of competitions at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.last_img read more


Vyborg Lays Keel for Gazprom Neft’s First Icebreaker

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom Russian shipbuilder Vyborg Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid the keel for the first of two icebreakers for Gazprom Neft on December 14, 2015.The icebreaking support vessel will boast maximum icebreaking capability and considerable manoeuvrability with comparatively shallow draught, the shipyard said.The vessels should be capable of operating continuously under the temperature as low as -50С.It will feature three azimuth thrusters, located by a pair in the aft and a single unit in the fore part, enabling it to operate at maximum effect under harsh conditions.The two icebreaking vessels are designed to operate at the Arctic terminal of the Novoportovskoye field on the western bank of the Ob Bay, Yamal peninsula.The primary purpose of ships is escorting of tankers, assistance during mooring, loading, rescue operations, providing tugging assistance, firefighting, participation in oil spill response activities.Under the contract, the vessels are scheduled for delivery to Gazprom Neft by 2018.last_img read more


DLF to earn Rs 375 crore rentyear from new commercial project in

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: Real estate major DLF has almost completely leased its commercial project in Gurugram, Haryana comprising 2.5 million sq ft area, and expects to earn a rental of about Rs 375 crore annually, a senior company official said. The 12-acre project ‘Cyber Park’ has been developed by DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), a joint venture between DLF and GIC, at an estimated cost of about Rs 1,500 crore. It has office space with a small retail area. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We have pre-leased nearly 100 per cent area in this Grade-A commercial project,” DLF group MD (Rental Business) Sriram Khattar said. The company expects to get occupancy certificate for this project soon, he said. DCCDL expects a rental income of Rs 365-375 crore per annum from this project, Khattar said. In an investors presentation, DLF had last month said that the rental income from this project would start from October. Khattar said the demand for quality office space is high across major cities from corporates and co-working companies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn 2016, DLF had given a contract to L&T to construct this project, comprising three towers, as per LEED platinum green certification norms. According to market sources, corporates which have taken space in this project include Bank of America, Reckitt Benckiser, Siemens, E&Y, Sterlite, Trilegal, WPP, JLL and WeWork, among others. DCCDL currently earns a rental income of over Rs 2,900 crore from 30 million sq ft of leased commercial properties. With this project becoming operational, the rental income will go up further. In 2017, DLF-GIC JV was formed when the promoters of the realty firm sold their stake in DCCDL to the Singapore sovereign fund GIC.last_img read more


Up to 30 people possibly exposed to a used needle at Toronto

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO – Up to 30 people may have been exposed to a used needle during blood sugar tests conducted at a community event in Toronto last month, the city’s public health authority said Monday as it urged those affected to see a doctor as a precaution.Needles were “not consistently changed between clients” during the free tests at the March 25 health fair organized by the Vision Infinite Foundation, a Bangladeshi-Canadian community group, said Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, an associate medical officer with Toronto Public Health.There is a very low chance of blood-borne viruses, such as hepatitis B and C and HIV, being transmitted by re-using a lancet — a fine needle typically used to prick the skin and take small amounts of blood — but Toronto Public Health has called and written to everyone who had their glucose levels checked at the fair, recommending they get blood tests as a precaution, Sachdeva said.“Toronto Public Health will receive the results of those who present for follow up with this testing … and this will help us understand whether any illness may have been associated with this event although the risk is very low,” she added.A woman who attended the fair held at a community centre in Toronto’s east end told organizers during the event that she had seen testers re-use a lancet, Vision Infinite director Shahid Khandker said.Organizers immediately shut down the testing station, which was run by pharmacy staff from a nearby Shoppers Drug Mart, and called paramedics who in turn notified Toronto Public Health, he added.“For the future, whether the pharmacy is given the opportunity (to participate again) or not, there are going to be more precautionary measures for sure,” Khandker said of including blood tests at other Vision Infinite events.Pharmacist Ahmad Abdullah, who said a member of his staff was administering blood sugar tests at the fair when the complaint was made, said it is “extremely disturbing” to know a lancet may have been re-used.“This kind of thing shouldn’t happen but unfortunately, when there are lots of people there, maybe staff just missed it by chance,” he added.Abdullah said he provided Toronto Public Health with a list of everyone who had their blood tested, so authorities could contact them.Any pharmacy staff member can perform blood tests as long as they have been trained and are supervised by a pharmacist, Abdullah said.Sachdeva said Toronto Public Health is “looking into what training and qualifications are required” to perform blood sugar tests.“We will continue to follow up accordingly with the staff from the health fair,” she said. “Toronto Public Health staff continue to investigate the matter and the event organizers have been co-operative.”last_img read more


Liberals told to build new benefits for ill unemployed workers docs show

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government has been given an ambitious plan for closing several gaps in the social-safety net for ill and unemployed Canadians that includes creating a new program to help those whose employment insurance or sickness benefits are about to run out.The plan is contained in a government-commissioned report and would represent a major step for a government that has previously tweaked parental and caregiver benefits, among other so-called special EI benefits, but has yet to touch the core of employment insurance — which experts say is in desperate need of reform.Specifically, the report recommended the government close gaps in the social safety net by creating a new program to catch those who exhaust sickness benefits but don’t qualify for a public disability pension.The program would also help jobseekers who exhaust regular EI benefits and could be headed for provincial welfare systems.The ideas stood out to federal officials reviewing the report, which provided a road map to modernize and close gaps in the employment insurance system and was obtained by The Canadian Press through the access to information law.Yet while the Liberals appeared to have listen to some of the report’s other recommendations, including changing the scope and value of a benefit for the working poor and pegging the value of the child benefit to inflation, those two big ideas have remained just that — ideas.The November 2017 report to Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos provided an analysis of gaps in income-support programs, which spans 61 programs in eight departments.Those program provide money directly to individuals, excluding wage subsidies to employers, and non-refundable tax credits.Untangling that web of complexity is no easy task because many programs are based on a 1970s’ view of the workforce, said Kate Bezanson, a social policy expert from Brock University.Without any changes, she added, EI may soon become too inflexible “to respond to changing family circumstance, changing labour market circumstances, changing regional circumstances.”One option outlined in the report was to build a program to help unemployed workers who don’t qualify for EI, particularly the growing cohort of “gig economy” workers, or those working-age adults likely to be unemployed for longer periods.The author recommended a new income-tested benefit or a “jobseeker’s loan” accompanied by “intensive employment services.”Another area of need was a program for those who exhaust the 15 weeks of EI sickness benefits, but who don’t qualify for Canada Pension Plan disability payments.The report recommended a medium-term sickness benefit, or a change to CPP rules to recognize “partial disability” and a “move away from the ‘all-or-nothing’ nature” of the disability pension.The author of the report, Sherri Torjman, former vice-president of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, declined an interview request.Building new federal income support programs would be an ambitious undertaking and require detailed discussions with provinces, said Donna Wood, an expert on the social safety net from the University of Victoria.“These are not minor tweaks. These are big issues,” Wood said.“To make any other big choices — these are called trade-offs and that’s why I really do think it’s time to have a broader conversation on what should this program look like and what are the options that we could consider.”Duclos has been meeting stakeholders about the future of EI, which is part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s direction to conduct a review of the system.In an interview late last month, Duclos said stakeholders want any review to be broad and not rushed.But there is little time to get one done with a federal election in one year, and Duclos suggested any further EI changes will have to be ones that could be done quickly.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more


TSX suffers tripledigit plunge as oil collapse continues

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a triple-digit drop Monday, led by another sizable loss in energy stocks amid a report from investment bank Goldman Sachs that forecast further big declines in oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index closed well off the worst levels of the session, falling 119.91 points to 14,265.01 with the energy sector down 4.6%.The February crude contract in New York dropped $2.29 to US$46.07 a barrel — its lowest level since April 2009 — after energy analysts at Goldman Sachs reduced forecasts for global benchmark crude prices, predicting inventories will increase over the first half of this year. It forecast that West Texas Intermediate — the North American benchmark — will trade at US$41 a barrel in three months. It had previously forecast WTI at $70.Oil prices have collapsed since June 2014, falling more than 55 per cent. They have dropped more than 33 per cent just since the end of November, when Saudi Arabia made it clear it would not cut production to support prices.“The speed has been breathtaking,” said David Wolf, portfolio manager, co-manager of Fidelity Canadian Asset Allocation Fund.Goldman Sachs slashes oil forecast to $40 as hopes of OPEC output cut abandoned‘We’re never going to see $100’ a barrel oil again, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says“And I think one of the reasons that equity markets are struggling with this is because it is a bit reminiscent of what happened in late 2008, so the surrounding memories of that are an economy in free fall, a real demand shock and at that stage the oil prices decline was really telling us something very bad.”But Wolf said it is important to remember that this price shock is rooted in a glut of global oversupply and “markets are underestimating how much of a positive this is going to be to company earnings or economic growth.”Meanwhile, another major energy player is responding to the collapse in oil prices with lower capital spending plans. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) is reducing its 2015 capital spending plan by nearly 30% and now plans to spend $6.19 billion in 2015, or $2.4 billion less than expected in November. Canadian Natural dropped $1.36 to $31.81.The Canadian dollar declined to levels not seen since April 2009 as tumbling oil sent the loonie down 0.71 of a cent to 83.56 cents US.New York indexes were also negative as the Dow Jones industrials fell 96.53 points to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq dropped 39.36 points to 4,664.71 and the S&P 500 index lost 16.55 points to 2,028.26.Elsewhere on the TSX, the base metals group was down 3.9% as lower demand prospects sent copper to a five-year low with the March contract down cents lower at US$2.73 a pound.Other market weights included financials, down one per cent while industrials shed 0.7%.In the positive column, the gold sector was ahead five per cent as February bullion gained $16.70 to US$1,232.80 an ounce and telcos gained 0.45%.On the corporate front, Guelph, Ont.-based Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) plans to create 1,200 jobs as the company launches a $500-million expansion, financed in part by the Ontario and federal governments. Linamar shares gained 20 cents to $69.Shares in Tekmira Pharmacheuticals (TSX:TKM) jumped $10.55 or 56% to $29.38 after the Vancouver-based company announced a friendly merger proposal with OnCore Biopharma Inc., a U.S. drug developer working on complementary products for treating Hepatitis B. read more


Battered unidentified body found at Schoonard Public Road

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified male of East Indian descent whose battered body was discovered at Schoonard Public Road, West Bank Demerara on Saturday evening.According to information reaching INews, the body was discovered along the roadway just before 20:00hrs. There are injuries to the forehead, shoulder and knee, all of which are consistent with injuries sustained in an accident.Divisional Commander Leslie James told this publication that the dead man appears to be in his 20’s.The unidentified body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home for a post mortem examination. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother unidentified body foundSeptember 2, 2013In “Crime”Elderly woman killed; found with part of her tongue missingSeptember 5, 2015In “Crime”Unidentified man found dead in DiamondAugust 30, 2013In “Crime” read more


Demem to clean up at South32s Cannington silverlead mine

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgWater and waste water treatment company De.mem has unveiled A$350,000 ($252,364) in new orders from municipal and resource sector customers, including one from South32’s Cannington silver-lead operation in Queensland, Australia.The sale to South32 is for a membrane-based water treatment system supplied by the company’s wholly-owned Akwa-Worx subsidiary.Akwa-Worx designs, builds and delivers a wide range of water and waste water treatment systems that make use of modern membrane technologies. Depending on the contaminants to be removed, and the product water quality desired, these systems may use ultrafiltration, nanofiltration or reverse osmosis membranes, plus there is also a membrane bioreactor option.Cannington has been in production for 20 years and now produces 7% of the world’s lead and 6% of the world’s silver, according to the company.last_img read more


Youth Handball Camp Z23 in beautiful seaside resort – Budva Montenegro

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

← Previous Story Stanic to replace Omeyer in THW Kiel?! Next Story → Buducnost Podgorica believes in Cvijic and Knezevic In beautiful Montenegrian seaside resort, Budva, from 25th of June till 1st July will be organised International youth Handball Camp “Z23”. Main organiser, experienced proffesional player with international background, Zoran Roganovic and his Swedish friends prepared fantastic programm for kids from all over the Europe, which will help them to make unforgetable seven days at Adriatic Sea coast. Camp will mix the best parts of Balkan and Scandinavian schools of Handball.– All the players know how many kids want to learn or get something from them – some signs, T-shirts or want to see some trick or shoot. Day of professional player is full of duties, so we don’t have time to work enough with young players. I decided to organise Camp for Swedish kids during their holidays and with help of experienced coaches give them chances to learn – says Zoran Roganovic, Montenegrin NT player and right back in Swedish Lund:– Camp Z23 in Sweden exceeded expectations. With a help of our sponsors, Stadium and Select, we got equipment worth 120 EUR per kid. That would be the same in Budva. Popularity of Camp in Sweden was so huge that we had to reject younger generation (2000-2002), but they were our guests during the event. That was the reason to organise another Camp next October, just for that generations. I have to mention that all participants got tickets for Swedish Play Off Final in Malmo Arena – add Roganovic and talked about Camp in Montenegro next summer:– Sincerely, I hope that this is just beginning of one successful story. I hope that Swedish people will enjoy in beautiful Budva. There is no reason to be different. Every single participant will get our “package” with Select ball and all necessary equipment. Beside Swedish kids and their parents, we expect children from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Macedonia, etc. We hope that all of them will enjoy in fantastic weather, seaside and quality trainings. We will have some boat excursions across Boka Bay, beach handball, various activities, etc. Our plan is to organise tournament of National Teams also…COACHING SEMINAR – BENGT JOHANSSON, VESELIN VUJOVIC, VEROLJUB KOSOVAC…Guests and friends of the Camp are legendary handball names as Bengt Johansson (also with Tomas Sivertsson, one of the legendary “Benga Boys”), one of the most successful coaches in the history of our sport, then, Veselin Vujovic, former best world’s player, Veroljub Kosovac, one of the most recognized coaches in Sweden, etc.All the information and application you can find on official website – www.z23.se Budva handabllYouth handballYouth handball campZ23 Handball camp read more


iPong Trainer PingPong for the Lonely Video

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgHave you driven all of your friends away with you ping-pong obsession? Good news, Joola has your back. The hourglass-shaped iPong will shoot 100 balls at you, so you can train for that table tennis tournament at work. The black tower features three different kinds of adjustable spins, including underspin, topspin, and heavy topspin. You can also adjust the frequency from easy to advanced. According to the company, this version of the iPong is improved for 2011, though it doesn’t say how. The four pound device will run you about $600. Or you can, pick up an old one for less than $200 over at Amazon…Check out video of the 2011 version in action, after the jump.last_img


Ricoh buys Pentax for 1242 million

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgIt seems this week is a popular one for selling companies. We already saw News Corp. sell MySpace for $35 million, and today Reuters is reporting that Pentax is being sold to Ricoh by Hoya Corporation, a company best known for its optical glass production. Ricoh, on the other hand, produces a variety of electronics but focuses primarily on cameras, as well as office equipment like printers, photocopiers, fax machines, and Software as a Service document management solutions.Hoya had initially acquired Pentax in 2007 specifically for Pentax’s medical technology. Pentax has had some good products within the last four years, but Hoya Corp. just doesn’t want to focus on the digital camera part anymore. Hoya will still hold the rights to manufacture and develop medical-related products, such as endoscopes, synthetic bone, and voice synthesis software, but it will pass the consumer camera part on to Ricoh, a company that already has a line of digital cameras.Though Ricoh has a long list of cameras in its roster, it primarily focuses on compact cameras and has yet to delve into the D-SLR world. The company will surely do so with the Pentax acquisition. Ricoh will start using the Pentax name on its Ricoh-branded products when the deal goes through in October. Hoya Corp. is said to have netted $124.2 million for the sale.Ricoh said in a statement that the “borderlines between office and home will fade.” The company plans to provide more “consumer-oriented offerings,” in areas like video conferencing systems and network appliances in addition to digital cameras.via Reuterslast_img read more


What is ADB and how do I use it

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgLook at any tutorial for rooting an Android device, and one set of initials is sure to come up: ADB. Veterans to Google’s mobile platform will let it roll off their tongues as if it’s everyday language, but those new to Android hacking can get a little tripped up. What the $%#@ is ADB? Let’s take a look.Android Debug BridgeThis is the literal meaning of ADB. Though at first glance it doesn’t appear to tell you anything, it actually does. It’s a “bridge” for developers to work out bugs in their Android applications. This is done by connecting a device that runs the software through a PC, and feeding it terminal commands. ADB lets you modify your device (or device’s software) via a PC command line.If command line syntax confuses or intimidates you, have no fear. For most average users, the only time you’ll need to use ADB is when you have step-by-step instructions in front of you.For example, in our guide to rooting the Kindle Fire, we present the following ADB commands:adb push BurritoRoot2.bin /data/local/adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/BurritoRoot2.binadb shell /data/local/BurritoRoot2.binadb rootadb shell idadb remountadb push su /system/xbin/suadb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/suadb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/suadb remountadb install Superuser.apk Not only do you not need to know what they do, but you don’t even need to type them. Simply copy and paste each individual line into a command prompt or terminal instance. Hardcore Android hackers and developers will insist that it’s good for you to learn what it means. That may be, but not everyone wants to (or has the time to) learn Italian just so he can order from the best restaurant in Venice. A simple set of instructions will do.Installing ADBAside from ADB, the other set of initials that you see with Android hacking is SDK. This stands for Software Development Kit. So yes, in order to root most devices, you’ll need to download the entire platform that developers use to create apps.To get started, pick up the version of Android SDK for your platform:WindowsMac OS XLinux Once downloading, extract the file to an easy-to-remember place on your PC. On Windows, we’d recommend installing it in your root (c:) drive, in order to make it easier to navigate there via command line.Now you’ll want to open the folder that you extracted the SDK into, and launch the SDK Manager (on OS X, you do this by executing the program ‘Android,’ which is located in the ‘Tools’ folder in the SDK).After launching SDK Manager, you’ll see a list of optional packages to download and install. Find the one that says “Android SDK Platform Tools” (you may need to expand the “Tools” entry to find it). Once you locate it, check its box to indicate that you want to install it (choose “accept”). Unless you want to develop apps, it’s safe to uncheck everything else (choose “reject”).After choosing “Install,” Platform Tools will be automatically downloaded, and you’ll be (almost) ready to use ADB.DriversAside from the specific instructions to root your particular device, the next thing you’ll need will be the drivers for your phone or tablet.The easiest way to do this is usually to simply search for your specific device plus ‘drivers.’ So if you have a Droid Razr, you’d search ‘Droid Razr Windows Drivers.’ This will almost always direct you to the best link.Another option, which will only work for stock Android devices, is to download the USB drivers from the SDK. To do this, launch SDK Manager again. Go to the “Available packages” tab on the left, expand the “Third party add-ons” entry, then expand the “Google Inc add-ons” entry. Finally, check the entry for “Google USB Driver” package.Note that the USB Driver package isn’t compatible with OS X.Using ADBThough we aren’t hear to teach you Linux programming, it will help you to know a few basic methods to using ADB.One of the first things to remember is to put your device in USB debugging mode. This can be found by navigating to Menu>Settings>Applications>Development and checking the box for USB debugging. Without doing this, your PC won’t recognize your device.The most important thing to know is simply how to get to your ADB folder via the command line. This is done with the cd (change directory) command. So if (on Windows) your SDK folder is called “android-SDK” and it’s in your root (c:) directory, you would type the following to get there:cd c:/android-SDK Then, to get into the ADB folder, you would add the following:cd platform-tools at that point, you should see a prompt that says:C:\android-SDK\platform-tools> At this point you can connect your device and test your ADB connection. After you’ve located and installed the drivers for your particular device, type the following:adb devices If everything is set up properly, you should see a list of devices attached. Your phone or tablet will have a number assigned to it, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t say “Droid Razr” or “Galaxy Nexus.”For average users, ADB is more of a tool for basic hacking tasks than it is a task in itself. Unless you know what you’re doing, you probably don’t want to go poking around too much without clear instructions. When you do get tutorials for rooting your favorite device, though, knowing these basics can help you to save some time and be prepared in advance.last_img read more


Bob Dylan to play Dublin gig next year

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first_img 45 Comments BOB DYLAN IS set to play a show in Ireland next summer.The music icon is due to perform at the 3Arena in Dublin on 11 May 2017.Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday, 14 December, at 9am.The Like a Rolling Stone songwriter recently made headlines for being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – a decision met with a mixed reaction.A ceremony to mark the honour will be held in Stockholm tomorrow, but Dylan won’t be in attendance due to previous commitments.A speech he wrote will be read at the banquet and rock legend Patti Smith will perform a version of Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.Read: He may be a no-show, but Bob Dylan has written something special for the Nobel banquetRead: Obama holds ceremony for Nobel Prize winners (Bob Dylan doesn’t show up) Bob Dylan to play Dublin gig next year The musician recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. 12,357 Views Dec 9th 2016, 6:08 PM Friday 9 Dec 2016, 6:08 PM Image: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Image: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3131121 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


McGraths experience edges him in as Leinster go for important Bent over

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first_img 25,859 Views https://the42.ie/4628385 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share4 Tweet Email Subscribe Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: May 10th 2019, 1:38 PM By Murray Kinsellacenter_img 33 Comments THE LIKELIHOOD WAS that Leo Cullen would opt for an unchanged team for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup final and so it has proved the case.Confirmation came this afternoon that the Leinster boss had resisted any temptation to bring the fit-again Rhys Ruddock back into his XV for the clash with Saracens in Newcastle, with Scott Fardy retained at blindside flanker after his superb semi-final display versus Toulouse. Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner at St James’ Park. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHORuddock is back in the matchday squad as back-row cover on the bench, where the two most interesting selections have been made.Jack McGrath is reinstated to the reserve loosehead prop slot after Ed Byrne had pushed ahead of him in recent rounds, while Michael Bent sees off the competition of Andrew Porter as the replacement tighthead.“Selection has been tough over the course of the year, in a good way I think,” said Cullen this afternoon after his team’s captain’s run at St James’ Park.“There’s a couple of guys who had to get some bad news this week. Even though the 15 is the same, there were a couple of tweaks along the way and a couple of changes on the bench as well.“Selection decisions certainly weren’t taken lightly. This 15 did a good job in the semi-final. There’s always a temptation as coaches to tweak that but we’re going with the same team.”Speaking about the return of Ireland and Lions loosehead McGrath – who will join Ulster this summer – to the matchday 23, Cullen indicated that his proven ability on previous big occasions edged him ahead of Byrne.“With a team like Saracens, with a very strong set-piece, Jack has a lot of experience playing at the highest level and in terms of the way we think the game will unfold, his strengths suit this challenge,” said Cullen. Friday 10 May 2019, 3:00 PM Short URL Michael Bent [centre] is on the bench for Leinster. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOAs for the absence of Ireland international Porter, Cullen indicated that it was as much about the good form of 33-year-old Bent as it was about Porter having only recently returned from a pectoral injury.“Andrew Porter’s a little bit unlucky, he picked up the injury and hasn’t really featured the last few weeks,” said Cullen. “He has trained fully this week and was available but it was just a little bit too tight with him.“Michael Bent, he’s been so important to us over the course of the season. You think back to some of the games when we’re down 15, 20 players and he’s come up with five scrum penalties. He’s been hugely important to the success of the group over the course of the season.”Leinster have named hooker Sean Cronin to start after his recovery from the calf injury he suffered in the semi-final win over Toulouse, although Cullen indicated that there was an element of risk in selecting him.“We’ll soon find out, yeah,” said Cullen when asked if Cronin is fully fit. “When a guy picks up an injury in the semi-final, his calf, we knew it was going to be a little bit tight with Sean but he’s trained ok this week and hopefully he’s good to go.“You never have 100% certainty but for a final, you take a little bit of a chance. But he’s trained this week so, hopefully, he comes through ok.” Gavan Casey, Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman tee up Saturday’s Champions Cup final and look at the backroom problems in Munster: McGrath’s ‘experience’ edges him in as Leinster go for ‘important’ Bent over Porter Leo Cullen says Leinster are hopeful Sean Cronin will come through after his recent calf injury.last_img read more


10 years of Greek financial crisis in one film

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram BBC2 aired a new documentary on 4 February; in an episode titled ‘Inside Europe — Ten Years of Turmoil’, BBC follows world leaders and European ministers around summits and conferences leading up to the financial disaster.The second episode, ‘Going for Broke’, features Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy as well as former Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou.The film revolves around the EU’s efforts to prevent the near bankruptcy of Greece, an effort that included the implementation of strict austerity measures that brought the Greek people to their knees and nearly sank the European Union.Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble, UK chancellor George Osborne and the controversial former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis also appear in the film, alongside a Donald Tusk, Francois Hollande and Matteo Renzi.The film delves into the disagreements between leaders on the future of Greece as part of the European Union and whether or not it deserved to be saved. Rebuffed by the bank managers the leaders had to come with a decision. All the EU finance ministers were summoned, even the ones not in the Euro. If the Euro fell, the EU would crash with it.Watch the video by BBC below:last_img read more


Source Interlink names John Marriott Head of Business Intelligence Division

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgAs media companies continue to expand, offering customers and advertising clients more options to buy and sell wares, the collection of consumer data grows as well. To harness this data across its portfolio of products, enthusiast publisher Source Interlink Media created an initiative called Business Intelligence. This division, which exists in the Media and Sales & Logistics divisions at SIM, was launched to offer advertisers a holistic view of their target consumers’ interests and buying habits, by better integrating various data sources in-house for more strategic monetization of consumer-based data.John Marriott, senior vice president and general manager of Motor Trend Auto Shows, is now heading up the initiative as Business Intelligence’s senior vice president. His duties with Motor Trend Auto Shows will remain the same as he takes on the role of working with the Business Intelligence teams. Marriott says this is an opportunity borne of Source’s ability to work with consumers over an extended cycle of interest growth and product purchasing, “We’re trying to latch together all that data about those touch points, to track people as they move through the purchase funnel, in order to compare the behaviors between our customers and start to spot emerging trends, rather than seeing things that happened.” For Marriott, the end goal is directly tied to the advertisers currently working with SIM, “We want to begin to be at a position to see things as they happen, and eventually be able to employ some predictive modeling that will enable us to look forward and to spot things, which we can then present to the manufacturers.”Working with chief technology officer Raghu Bala, Marriott will put together a team of data mining staffers, database developers and statisticians. He says his first staffer is set to start next week, and the team will continue to grow over time.“What I’m excited about is getting to the point where we can really start applying statistical analysis on this vast amount of data, so we can start predicting and seeing those predictions come true, both for our internal staff and our advertisers,” Marriott says. “If we can help them better understand what their customers are saying about their products, how they’re viewing them and comparing them to other products, I think that’s going to generate a lot of value.”last_img read more