first_imgNew Delhi: The government Friday reduced interest rate on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, by 0.1 per cent for the July-September quarter. The move is aimed at matching the softening of interest rates in the banking sector since the RBI cut its benchmark policy rate thrice during the year. Barring interest on savings deposits, which has been retained at 4 per cent annually, rate on all other schemes has been slashed by 0.1 per cent. “On the basis of the decision of the government, interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on a quarterly basis,” the Finance Ministry said while notifying the rates for the second quarter of financial year 2019-20. Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will fetch annual interest rate of 7.9 per cent from the existing rate of 8 per cent, while Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will yield 7.6 per cent with maturity of 113 months.last_img read more

first_imgAgra: Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a Lucknow-Delhi state-run bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell into a large drain in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Monday, officials said. The accident occurred around 4:30 am in Etmadpur, around 200 km from the national capital, they said.The operation to pull out the mangled remains of the bus from the bottom of the 20-foot-high bridge took several hours, with two excavators and a crane being deployed for the salvage exercise. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe injured have been admitted to different hospitals, including a private health facility, in the district, the officials said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has formed a committee to probe the reasons behind the accident and directed it to submit a report, Additional Chief Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi, said. “As per the district magistrate (of Agra) 29 persons have died. The bus fell into a ‘nallah’ (drain),” he said. The Uttar Pradesh Roadways will pay ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, the officials said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat'”One sleeper coach passenger bus travelling from Lucknow to Delhi met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway (sic),” the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Twitter. The Janrath bus of the Uttar Pradesh Roadways’ Awadh Depot was going from Lucknow to the national capital’s Anand Vihar ISBT, the officials said. The 165-km six-lane expressway connects Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister expressed his condolences and has directed the Agra district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to ensure the injured get proper medical treatment, the officials said.last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec is ready to collect provincial and federal taxes, which would permit citizens to file a single tax return instead of two, Premier Philippe Couillard said Monday.Couillard was responding to a resolution favourable to the change that was passed over the weekend at a Conservative party meeting in Quebec.“To simplify the lives of citizens, we would agree with that,” Couillard said. “There is no reason we wouldn’t be able to do it.”The Quebec premier, however, maintained his revenue service would collect federal taxes on two conditions: the entire process would be run by the province and Quebec would maintain its current fiscal privileges.“We don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where Quebec would be tied to choices made by the federal government or dependent on (Ottawa) to decide its fiscal issues,” he said.Last weekend’s party meeting in Quebec was part of the Tories’ drive to pick up more seats in the province and to seduce Quebecers disaffected with the federal Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois.The resolution to combine federal and provincial tax returns into a single form collected and administered by Quebec was supported by 89 per cent of delegates and could become part of the Tory platform for the 2019 election.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the midwives and stars of Channel 4’s ‘One Born Every Minute’ series visited Liberia with Save the Children they were shocked to discover that young mums in Liberia face a 1 in 24 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth when a simple trip to a clinic could save their lives. Yet many mums-to-be have to walk for up to 8 hours to get to their nearest clinic, and the journey can be treacherous.So when Gemma Raby, Louise Holt, and Maud Hardy stepped into their first Save the Children supported health clinic in Liberia recently, they were amazed at the difference your donations make.As Gemma explains, “At Leeds General where I work, we have between 9 and 11 midwives per shift on the labour ward. We also, crucially, have dedicated medical staff on hand.“In the Liberian clinic it was impressive to see that with basic facilities and staffing, and no doctor presence they were able to provide safe care to a large community, preventing hundreds of women from delivering in poor health at home with no help. This was really uplifting!”What Gemma and her fellow UK midwives saw was the direct result of your donations to Save the Children.And now with your help, they’re building and equipping six new mother and baby clinics in Liberia’s poorest regions as part of our Build It for Babies appeal.The ‘One Born Every Minute’ stars saw at firsthand how even the smallest donations to buy essential items like thermometers, stethoscopes, and scissors make such a difference.“It means being able to monitor patients more carefully which for a young mother with a suspected infection…can literally be life-saving,” explained Gemma.Small items of comfort like pillows also help to make giving birth a more positive experience.“Childbirth shouldn’t just be about survival. Save the Children’s impact cannot be underestimated.”Gemma continued: “Establishing and improving the presence of maternal waiting homes run by qualified midwives is such a precious gift to Liberia’s babies and to mums like Mamie”.“It would be wonderful,” adds Gemma, “if childbirth in Liberia could be a fulfilling experience to be treasured rather than a frightening experience to be survived.”Please help raise the £500,000 needed to build six new clinics in Liberia: Donate now to the Build it for Babies Appeal.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

first_imgBhopal: Hailing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s decision to almost double the OBC quota to 27 per cent, the state Congress has said it was a major step in the fight for social justice.The party has decided to felicitate Kamal Nath for the move.”The chief minister had indicated that he is going to take a decisive step in the interest of backward classes by inducting 27 per cent MLAs from this category into his cabinet,” state Congress media department chairperson Shobha Ojha said at a press conference here on Friday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”He proved this on March 8, when his government passed an ordinance to raise the OBC reservation in the state from 14 per cent to 27 per cent,” she added.Minister Jeetu Patwari and Rajya Sabha MP Rajmani Patel, both belonging to OBC category, were also present at the press conference.Ojha said, the state saw three BJP chief ministers belonging to the OBC category- Uma Bharti, Babulal Gaur and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “But none of them and other backward class leaders of the BJP have praised the government’s decision,” she added.She said the party, along with prominent OBC leaders and ministers, will felicitate Nath for this major decision taken in the interest of the community.Kamal Nath had last week announced that the state government has decided to raise the reservation limit for OBCs from 14 per cent to 27 per cent and also implement quota for the poor among the general category.last_img read more

The year 2007 has already seen a high number of extreme events, such as droughts in parts of southern Africa leading to a reduction in maize production of about 40 to 60 per cent in Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told a conference of member countries of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), closing in Madrid today. He noted that WMO contributed to the understanding of interactions between climate and land degradation through dedicated observations of the climate system, proper assessment and management of water resources, advances in climate science and prediction, and promotion of capacity-building in the application of meteorological and hydrological data to drought preparedness and management. The Conference welcomed the WMO International Workshop on Climate and Land Degradation held in Arusha last year, which recommended various steps including use of historical climate data and change scenarios for strategic planning, targeted weather forecasts at all levels and at very local scales to help make appropriate decisions, and improved gathering of detailed rainfall intensity data to assess surface erosion. In a message to the Conference earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the linked scourges of desertification and climate change are impeding the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash world poverty and hunger, infant andf maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015. 14 September 2007With more intense, longer droughts searing ever-larger areas since the 1970s, particularly in the tropics, one of the most important issues facing the world today is the need to ensure food security through the sustainable management of water and soil resources, according to the top United Nations meteorological official. read more

“There must not be a constitutional void at the level of the presidency, nor two rival governments,” Mr. Ban warns in his latest report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, adding that political dialogue must enable the election of a new president before the constitutional deadline of 24 November.He notes that, for the first time since the end of the country’s brutal civil war, the Lebanese people have the opportunity to conduct free and fair presidential elections, “according to Lebanese constitutional rules and without any foreign interference.”“Such an election would signify a major milestone on the road towards the full re-assertion by Lebanon of its sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence, as is the goal of resolution 1559” which was adopted by the Security Council in 2004.Mr. Ban also expresses his concern at signs that most political parties in Lebanon are apparently preparing for the possible further deterioration of the situation by rearming in contravention to resolution 1559, which calls for their disbandment and disarmament. Repeating his call on all Lebanese parties to immediately halt all efforts to re-arm and engage in weapons training, he stresses that a return to political dialogue is “absolutely imperative” and the only way to resolve pressing issues.The Secretary-General states that security conditions have combined with the political stalemate to create “a climate of enduring crisis,” hindering the State’s ability to extend control over all of its territory and to ensure there are no weapons outside the Government’s control.He notes the recent challenge posed by the Fatah al-Islam group, calling it “a hostile militia that had engaged in terrorist acts in the country,” and commends the Lebanese Government and Armed Forces for successfully weathering “a critical test on the road to a truly free and sovereign Lebanon.”Mr. Ban says that foreign involvement in Lebanon has only worsened the crisis. In that context, he reiterates his expectation “vis-à-vis the Syrian Arab Republic, in particular,” adding that he expects to see that country’s commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Lebanon reflected in “further tangible steps.” 31 October 2007Security conditions and political stalemate are combining to create a “climate of ongoing crisis” in Lebanon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report, emphasizing the need to hold free and fair presidential elections next month without any foreign interference. read more

first_imgThe two big price fixing scandals we’ve reported about in the last few years were to do with LCD panels and DRAM chips. LG, Sharp, and Chunghwa were fined for LCD price fixing, while nine chip makers were issued heavy fines for keeping DRAM prices high. But it turns out there was a much bigger, longer running price fixing cartel back in the days of the CRT display.The European Commission has discovered 8 manufacturers who were involved in price fixing cartels for either CRT monitors or CRT TVs between the years of 1996 and 2006. All of them are now facing huge fines totaling $1.92 billion dollars, with the exception of Chunghwa who brought the existence of the cartels to the EC’s attention and therefore is exempt.As for the others, they include Philips, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, MTPD, Samsung, and Technicolor. The cartels were apparently very well organized and managed to keep profits high as the cost of a CRT formed as much as 70% of the total cost of a TV or monitor.The price fixing seems to have been achieved mainly by tightly controlling production of CRTs so as not to flood the market and therefore endanger existing price levels. Apparently the manufacturers had regular meetings about pricing, which they referred to as “green meetings,” after which they went and played golf. In the meantime, everyone across Europe was paying more than they should have been for their CRT displays.The actual fine breakdown per company isn’t straightforward as some fines are shared and some reductions issued for cooperation with the EC investigation. And in the case of MTPD, it is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Here’s how the fines work out, though:Individual Fine BreakdownLG – $234.12mPhilips – $314mPanasonic – $205.8mSamsung – $106.4mTechnicolor – $50.46mToshiba – $36.6mJoint Fines BreakdownPhilips and LG – $422.1mPanasonic, Toshiba, and MTPD – $113.3mPanasonic and MTPD – $10.3mMore at Gigaomlast_img read more

first_imgThe defensive duo has become the highlights of Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League and they talked about their friendship.Brighton and Hove Albion defensive duo Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have become the highlights of the club in the English Premier League.And they talked to the team’s official website about their special relationship.“We probably spend more time with one another than anyone else, we bond all the time and always sit around together after training. It’s good and when it comes to a match it helps a lot more,” Shane says.Webster knows there’s a lot of competition before he debuts Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Adam Webster, hasn’t debuted in the English Premier League because he knows the competition is fierce.“We’re the same sort of age and have the same sort of backgrounds and upbringings, it probably also helped that we both played in the Premier League for the first time last season.”“We’re close away from the field and it obviously helps when you’re playing matches, we play alongside each other and our position on the field means we’ll always need to talk and communicate, I imagine if you didn’t have that sort of relationship with one another then it would make things quite difficult,” Dunk added.“I’d consider him my friend if I have to! But we don’t share a room on away trips, we all have our separate rooms, I don’t think he could handle my snoring and I probably couldn’t handle his either!”last_img read more

first_img Tags Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA says the reviews included discussions of the flight plan, procedures and redundancies built into the spacecraft systems.”This is a big milestone for us today,” ISS program manager Kirk Shireman said. “We think this vehicle is in excellent shape and we’re ready to have it on board the International Space Station.”Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days docked at the ISS and then return to Earth carrying research samples. If everything works out, it will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.If SpaceX’s crew capsule passes all of its tests, it will be used to take actual astronauts into orbit as soon as mid-2019. This would signal the start of a new era of spaceflight for the US. 16 Photos Share your voice A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft attached, rolls out of the hangar at NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX NASA and SpaceX got together on Friday and scrutinized the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission to determine if it’s truly ready to launch to the International Space Station in March. So far, so good.The result of the flight readiness reviews is that NASA is confirming the targeted launch time of 11:48 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 (2:48 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Mar. 2) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will ride to space on a Falcon 9 rocket.Crew Dragon won’t have any humans on board for this initial test flight, but it will carry supplies and equipment to the ISS. The mission was previously delayed several times.The Crew Dragon is part of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit from US soil. NASA has been paying for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.center_img 0 SpaceX readies Crew Dragon Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

first_imgThe attacker who shot dead 39 people on New Year’s night at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish press reports said.There had been confusion over the identity of the attacker—who remains on the run—with reports initially suggesting a Kyrgyz national and then a Uighur from China.But intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul have now identified the man as a 34-year-old Uzbek who is part of a Central Asian IS cell, the Hurriyet daily and other Turkish newspapers reported.It said he has the code name of Ebu Muhammed Horasani within the IS extremist group. There was no official confirmation of the report.The killer slipped into the night after killing 27 foreigners and 12 Turkish nationals at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul just 75 minutes into 2017.Despite an intense manhunt, he remains on the run, with some reports saying that he is still believed to be in Istanbul.Turkish police had last week released images of the alleged killer, including a chilling silent video he purportedly took in central Istanbul with a selfie stick.Uzbekistan clamped down on militant Islam after the fall of the Soviet Union under the secular rule of its long-standing leader Islam Karimov who died in 2016.IS militants from Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as from Russia’s Muslim regions of Dagestan and Chechnya are believed to have played a key role in the triple suicide bombings and gun attack at Istanbul’s main airport in June.The IS extremist group claimed the Istanbul nightclub attack, the first time it has ever clearly claimed a major attack in the country despite being blamed for several strikes including the airport bombings.last_img read more

first_img.A young man drowned and two others went missing after a trawler carrying them capsized in the Rangamati river at Goma in Barishal’s Bakerganj upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Anwar Hossain, 42, from Khodabashkathi village of the same upazila while the identities of disappeared could not be known immediately.Witnesses said the trawler sank around 6:30pm, leaving one dead on the spot.On information, firefighters rushed in and recovered the body from the river, said Md Habibur Rahman, station leader of Barisal Fire Service and Civil Defense.last_img read more

first_imgGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury. File PhotoGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury on Tuesday told the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that the people of the country were expecting the party to act, reports UNB.”Bangladesh’s democracy and the country itself have been snatched away. The people are expecting steps from your party (BNP),” he said, addressing the party’s vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu.Zafrullah was speaking at a programme marking the homecoming day of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, organised by Bhasani Anusari Parishad, at National Press Club in the capital.”Come out on the streets,” he said.Jatiya Party’s former minister and secretary general Mostafa Jamal Haider said democracy was “destroyed” through the “farcical 30 December elections.”Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Jahangirnagar University former vice chancellor Jasim Uddin Ahmed, JU teacher professor Dilara Chowdhury also spoke, among others, at the programme.last_img read more

first_imgAre you one of those who frequent the bylanes of Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin to gorge on Delhi’s signature cuisine? Snack on chaats at every possible opportunity? Pounce on the kulfis whenever you get the chance? Well, take heart. Now you don’t have to explore and go all over the town in search of your favourite Delhi cuisine. Get ready for the second edition of Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival which starts next month. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival will bring together the culinary delights of the age-old shops of Purani Dilli. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The week-long festival is all about celebrating Delhi and its cuisine and will bring together various food items. The entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhicharm as celebrations in Purani Dilli with features such as a wishing tree, auto and cycle rickshaw, potter etc. dig into the famous chaat, kulfi, biryani and kebabs from the labyrinths of old Delhi under one roof. Apart from food items, there will also be various cultural activities, handicrafts, puppet show, talk show and much more. Also, there will be free candies for kids.DETAILAt: Baba Kharak Singh Marg When: 8-14 Februarylast_img read more

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 02, 2018 RSNA Launches Artificial Intelligence Initiatives for 2018 and Beyond Research and education opportunities include the Pneumonia Detection Challenge, workshops and hands-on opportunities at RSNA 2018 annual meeting August 2, 2018 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) recently announced that it will offer its members expanded opportunities in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and education over the coming months and into the future.“In the years to come, RSNA’s support for education, research and innovation in this field will grow as AI becomes an integral part of radiology practice,” said Curtis P. Langlotz, M.D., Ph.D., RSNA board liaison for information technology and annual meeting. “RSNA will continue to educate not only radiologists, but also researchers and industry scientists about AI and ML.”In August 2018, RSNA will launch the first in a series of live, 60-minute webinars on AI and its applications for radiology, featuring internationally renowned experts. The first webinar, “Intro to AI and Machine Learning: Why All the Buzz?” will be held on Aug. 29. RSNA will offer additional AI webinars on Oct. 25, Dec. 11, and Feb.21, 2019.Also in August, RSNA will co-sponsor the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering workshop, “Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging,” to foster collaboration in applications for diagnostic medical imaging. RSNA’s co-sponsors for the workshop are the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research (ARBIR).Following the successful debut of the ML Challenge in 2017, the RSNA Pneumonia Detection Challenge kicks off in August. The challenge invites teams to develop algorithms to identify and localize pneumonia on chest X-rays, using images from a publicly available National Institutes of Health (NIH) data set. The evaluation phase will be held in October, and the most accurate submissions will be recognized in the Machine Learning Showcase at the RSNA 2018 annual meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago.The 2018 challenge will be conducted using a software platform from data science competition firm Kaggle. Kaggle will donate $30,000 to be shared among the top entries.“This year’s competition is a lot more image-heavy than in 2017,” said Safwan Halabi, M.D., clinical assistant professor of radiology and pediatric radiology at Stanford and chair of the ML Data and Standards Subcommittee of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee (RIC). “It represents one of the largest uses of patient imaging to date for this type of competition.”The RSNA Spotlight Course, “Practical Applications in Artificial Intelligence,” being held Sept. 23-24 in Paris, France, will focus on integrating AI with current medical imaging and examine how AI will impact the future of radiology. Additional AI Spotlight courses will be held in 2019 in San Francisco and Paris, with more courses being developed in other regions of the world.RSNA 2018 will offer a growing roster of programming focusing on the power and potential of AI in radiology and issues associated with implementation. Along with AI-focused refresher courses and scientific sessions, the meeting offers a variety of other educational experiences focusing on AI research.Attendees can visit the National Cancer Institute’s Crowds Cure Cancer exhibit, returning for its second year. Presented in the Learning Center, the project invites radiologists to annotate clinical images for ML research.Returning to the RSNA annual meeting in 2018 is the RSNA Deep Learning Classroom, presented by NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI). Certified instructors from NVIDIA’s DLI will be on hand to help attendees learn to write algorithms and improve their understanding of AI technology.More than 1,000 people attended the 2017 classroom, which provided a general overview of ML. The 2018 classroom will increase the focus on radiology imaging with advanced topics like data augmentation, segmentation and multiparametric classification.“The RSNA Deep Learning Classroom offers an opportunity for anyone with a laptop to construct and train an actual computer-vision system based on a neural network in just 90 minutes,” Langlotz said.Also at RSNA 2018, the Machine Learning Showcase gives attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest ML technology and network with companies on the forefront of ML advances. The showcase will feature a Machine Learning Theater, offering presentations daily between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.In early 2019, RSNA will debut its new online journal, Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, highlighting the emerging applications of AI and ML in the field of imaging across multiple disciplines. The journal’s editor, Charles E. Kahn, Jr., M.D., M.S., invites submissions to the bi-monthly online journal.For more information: www.rsna.orgRelated AI ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017Charles E. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressMAREA, Syria (AP) – Lt. Col. Maan al-Mansour’s mission is to capture the Syrian air base where he once served.The 22-year air force veteran, who defected in June to the rebellion, led an attack by hundreds of fighters on the Kuwiras military airport last week. In a fierce battle, they hammered the base with mortar fire and rocket-propelled grenades for four hours, nearly overrunning it until they were driven back by sustained strafing and bombing by jet fighters. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories “We woke to the sound of planes last night at 4 a.m. and everyone was terrified and fled into the fields,” said Ahmed al-Hajji, who lives with his five children and hundreds of others in a massive customs shed near the border in Azaz. “Who will stop the planes? They are almost in Turkey.”So far, every rebel assault on the air bases, which are guarded by tanks, rockets as well as the aircraft themselves, has ended in failure and often with a heavy loss of life. On Aug. 31, the same day al-Mansour’s fighters attacked Kuwiras, rebels hit two air bases in neighboring Idlib province, but all ultimately foundered. He did not give any casualty figures.Capt. Ahmed Ghazali, the head of rebel forces in Azaz, said his forces have repeatedly tried to take the Menagh helicopter field, which squats on the key road between the border and the rebel stronghold of Tel Rifaat. From there, its aircraft have hit rebels across the region.“There is no cover around these areas and it is very exposed. We can’t get close, and they use artillery and jets on us,” complained Ghazali, wearing Gulf War-era U.S. surplus camouflage. “With our current means, we can’t attack these places.” “The Syrian military is becoming increasingly concerned that its superiority in terms of numbers and firepower belies significant weaknesses such as troop fatigue, growing defections, and a lack of experience in irregular warfare,” it said in a recent briefing.Rebels claim to have shot down a few aircraft, but they admit there is little to do about the threat from above _ so they are moving against the source.The leader of the rebel brigade doing most of the fighting in Aleppo announced Tuesday that air bases would be the new target for their forces.“We control the ground in Aleppo but the regime has the air force and controls the air,” Abdul Qadir Saleh, the field commander of the Tawhid Brigade, told journalists in Istanbul. “We will solve this by destroying airports and air bases.”Driving through the green fields of corn and olive orchards of Aleppo province, life almost seems to have returned to normal with farmers riding tractors and children playing soldier in the dusty streets of the small towns under the scorching summer sun. But every town has piles of rubble where buildings were pulverized from the air.The airstrikes have sent hundreds of thousands fleeing for the dubious safety of the Turkish border. Al-Mansour says he’s determined to try again. Syria’s rebels have turned to a new tactic of attacking bases, trying to stop the jets and attack helicopters that have wreaked devastation on their fighters and civilians in the battleground city of Aleppo and the nearby countryside.“We are going to destroy the place that causes all this destruction,” al-Mansour said. “The pilots inside are my friends and I like them, but they are on the wrong side, they destroy buildings with the innocent and children inside, so when I attack the airport, I think of them.”Rebels drove the Syrian army out of the countryside north of Aleppo long ago and claim to control more than two-thirds of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, where they have battled to a standstill the regime forces trying for more than a month to uproot them.But the military is turning increasingly to its largely unchallenged air power, using its aircraft to strike in Aleppo and throughout the small towns that dot the rebel-held areas to the north. The growing reliance suggests the regime is trying to spare its elite troops of the Republican Guard and the Fourth Armored Division, which have borne the brunt of past year and a half of fighting, according to Maplecroft, a British-based risk analysis company. Sponsored Stories “You can take out the old tanks, the (1960s era) T-55s with just one shot of the RPG between the turret and the main body,” he said with a laugh, while admitting that the newer tanks took a few more rockets. They have yet to find a similar simple solution to helicopter gunships and fighter jets soaring high out of reach.Another perennial problem for the rebels is the lack of unity among the hundreds of small battalions that make up its ranks, each anywhere from a few hundred to a few dozen men.For his assault on the airport, al-Mansour had to weld together the 12 different battalions that agreed to participate into a single fighting force.“We asked everyone who would like to take part in the operation and support it with ammunition. Some accepted and some didn’t,” he said. “The cooperation is all on a personal level. If they agree, it’s a personal thing. I come to you, I have an operation, if you want, we do it. If you don’t, that’s it.”He said some insisted on financial compensation as well.The problem is replicated with the outside leaders, al-Mansour added, listing three who refused to defer to one another. Recently, however, several top leaders are working on fusing the different groups into a more cohesive rebel army under the control of defected Gen. Mohammed al-Haj Ali, residing in Jordan. Instead, he said, his forces have been harrying the base with pinpoint strikes to keep it occupied, but that has done little to stem the daily attacks on Azaz and other towns. On Wednesday, two rockets fired from a jet slammed into the road near the city hall and the main communications tower. One left a huge crater, the other disappeared under the pavement after not exploding.The lack of heavy weapons, especially anti-aircraft missiles, has been a common lament among the rebels. More than a month ago, they did succeed in shelling Menagh with one of their captured tanks, but the move has never been repeated due to a lack of ammunition.Mustafa Saleh, a 20-year-old religion student-turned-rebel who spent the last month fighting in Aleppo, also said that regime aircraft picked off opposition tanks easily, curtailing their regular use in combat.Tanks, once the common infantry man’s nightmare, seem to be increasingly superseded in this conflict. Their burnt out husks litter the countryside in testimony to rebel successes in stopping them.Abu Muslim, a portly, bearded rebel in the town of Marea, became a specialist in rocket-propelled grenades during his military service a decade ago. He said in the tight confines of urban warfare, taking out the regime’s older tanks wasn’t a problem.center_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Even with a more cohesive military structure, Western countries would likely be loath to hand out sophisticated hand-held anti-aircraft missiles for fear they could fall into the wrong hands, as happened with the Stinger missiles meant to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and then in Libya when Moammar Gadhafi’s lavish arsenals were opened to all comers.Resolving these leadership issues and opening the door to more coordinated assaults, and perhaps even better weapons, is what fighters like Mustafa Saleh _ the former religion student _ want to see. He said it was a rare moment in Aleppo when there wasn’t a dreaded jet or helicopter buzzing in the sky.“Many times we were forced to withdraw by the aircraft. … If there were no aircraft, Aleppo would fall in days,” he said, back in his home village of Marea, where his unit is gearing up for an assault on a nearby infantry academy. “Aleppo needs antiaircraft rockets.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

first_imgSlow Wage Growth Holds Back Incomes in July in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing, Technology Consumers kept their cash–and credit cards–in their wallets in July as personal spending rose just 0.1 percent, while income increased 0.2 percent, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://bea.gov/newsreleases/national/pi/2013/pdf/pi0713.pdf (BEA) reported Friday. Economists had expected income to grow 0.2 percent but thought spending would increase 0.3 percent.[IMAGE]Income growth was held back largely due to wages and salaries, which were down almost $22 billion in July from June, after increasing $34.0 billion in June. Farm income, which had fallen for three straight months reflecting struggles with weather, improved a modest $6.2 billion in July, about 8 percent of the aggregate $73.8 billion drop in April, May, and June.The weak increase in total personal spending followed a 0.56 percent gain in June.Personal savings remained at 4.4 percent of disposable (after-tax) income. By the numbers, income grew $14.1 billion, while spending was up $16.3 billion. In June, income grew $38.2 billion, while spending spiked $64.0 billion, the largest month-over-month increase since February, when spending rose $75.7 billion.The personal income report measures all sources of income except capital gains. Wages and salaries generally account for just over 50 percent of total personal income. Government transfer payments–Social Security, Medicare, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and veterans benefits–account for about 17 percent of personal income. In the aggregate, the payments rose about $4.3 billion, or 0.18 percent, in July from June.Most of the spending increase in July was for goods, up $19.9 billion, while spending for services fell $3.2 billion. Spending on durable goods–typically big ticket items paid with borrowed funds–fell $2.5 billion, while spending on non-durable goods rose $22.4 billion. Spending on durable goods often serve as an indicator of consumer confidence.Consumer spending is about 70 percent of the nation’s economy, so this report for the first month of the quarter offers the first glimpse into third quarter gross domestic product. BEA Thursday reported GDP for the second quarter improved at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.5 percent.BEA also reported the personal consumption price index–which tracks spending not price as the consumer price index does–increased less than 0.1 percent in July, compared with an increase of 0.2 percent in June. Year-over-year, the index is up 1.4 percent. Excluding food and energy, the index rose 0.1 percent in July, compared with 0.2 percent in June, and is up 1.2 percent in the last year.The PCE price index is often considered the Federal Open Market Committee’s favored inflation measure since it reflects prices paid and not just posted.Then Fed has set a target of 2.0 percent for inflation as a trigger–along with a 6.5 percent unemployment rate–for phasing out its monetary policy designed to stimulate the economy._Hear Mark Lieberman next Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ August 30, 2013 415 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Consumer spending Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Personal income Processing Service Providers Stocks 2013-08-30 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

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