SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 18: Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts as they take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first half during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)TCU nearly landed a massive win in Morgantown against the No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers, a game that would have given some legitimacy to TCU’s impressive early season record. Instead, the Horned Frogs will travel back to Fort Worth with a brutal loss. With under a second left in overtime, and his team up 85-84, TCU’s Kyan Anderson fouled West Virginia reserve guard Jevon Carter. Carter hit two clutch free throws to give West Virginia the late go-ahead lead. West Virginia goes to 16-3 with the win. The Mountaineers are definitely a factor in a very tough Big 12 this season.
By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 20 2018Malaria is a deadly mosquito borne parasitic disease that kills thousands worldwide. Over the past few decades the war against malaria has managed to stop deaths globally. However the latest WHO malaria report 2018 says that the efforts against malaria need to be renewed to reduce the number of deaths due to this disease. WHO has joined hands with other organizations to raise the public awareness, increase funding, and strengthen prevention and treatment of malaria. The report in 2017 also stated that around 219 million cases of malaria were detected. The year before, the number of cases were 217 million. The reduction in the number of cases was noted between 2010 (239 million) and 2015 (214 million cases). Since 2016 the numbers seem to have stagnated and the efforts need to be renewed to further reduce the numbers says the WHO.Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General in a statement says, “Nobody should die from malaria. But the world faces a new reality: as progress stagnates, we are at risk of squandering years of toil, investment and success in reducing the number of people suffering from the disease. We recognise we have to do something different – now. So today we are launching a country-focused and -led plan to take comprehensive action against malaria by making our work more effective where it counts most – at local level.” Dr Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership with WHO says, “There is no standing still with malaria. The latest World malaria report shows that further progress is not inevitable and that business as usual is no longer an option. The new country-led response will jumpstart aggressive new malaria control efforts in the highest burden countries and will be crucial to get back on track with fighting one of the most pressing health challenges we face.”Freedom from malaria was achieved in Paraguay says the 2018 report. Paraguay thus becomes the first American nation in 45 years to achieve this status. Malaria free certification is pending at three other countries – Algeria, Argentina and Uzbekistan. At present the funds required to meet the malaria freedom goals is to the tune of US$6.6 billion annually by 2020. The present amounts available are half of this say the experts.Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa has said in a statement, “When countries prioritize action on malaria, we see the results in lives saved and cases reduced. WHO and global malaria control partners will continue striving to help governments, especially those with the highest burden, scale up the response to malaria.” Amalgamating efforts from nations and worldwide political attention to reduce deaths due to malaria Strategic use of the information that could have a greater impact Malaria endemic countries to be provided with special global guidance, aid and policies for fighting malaria Coordination between countries in terms of response against malaria. 3d illustration of blood cells, plasmodium causing malaria illness. Image Credit: Christoph Burgstedt / Shutterstock What is Malaria? Malaria Causes Malaria Mechanism Malaria Diagnosis Malaria Prevention Malaria Treatment Malaria History Malaria Society And Culture Malaria Symptoms The report adds that in 2017 70 percent of all malaria cases (151 million cases) as well as around 274000 deaths were seen in 11 countries of which 10 were from Africa. The countries worst affected were Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania in Africa and India from Asia. The numbers had risen by 3.5 million in these African countries from 2016 and had reduced only in India by 24 percent.There has been a notable increase in use of insecticide treated bed nets to prevent mosquito bites says the report. The situation is worse in many parts of Africa where insecticide spraying is also absent. To change the efforts and strengthen them the WHO has launched the “High burden to high impact” response plan that would target countries that are worst hit.According to the WHO call at the World Health Assembly in May 2018, the new efforts against malaria would have a four pronged approach –
Citation: Swiss vote to block foreign-based gambling sites (2018, June 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-swiss-vote-block-foreign-basedgambling-sites.html © 2018 AFP A full 72.9 percent of voters came out in favour of the new gambling law, final results showed, also indicating that only about a third of eligible voters cast their ballot.The vote spells a crushing defeat for the opponents who gathered the 50,000 signatures needed to put a law change to a referendum, warning the law’s internet restrictions pose a serious threat to liberties online.The Swiss government says the Gambling Act, which has already been passed by both houses of parliament, updates legislation for the digital age, while raising protections against addiction.The law, which is set to take effect next year, will be among the strictest in Europe, allowing only casinos and gaming companies certified in Switzerland to operate in the country, including on the internet.It will enable Swiss companies for the first time to offer online gambling, but will basically block foreign-based companies from the market.This aspect of the law in particular spurred a coalition made up primarily of the youth wings of various political parties to launch the referendum.’Dangerous precedent’Opponents have slammed Bern for employing “methods worthy of an authoritarian state”, with a measure that they claim is “censorship of the internet.””This sets a very dangerous precedent,” Luzian Franzini, co-president of The Greens’ youth wing and head of the campaign against the new law, told AFP before the vote.Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga, however, insists that allowing only Swiss-based companies to sell gambling services is “indispensable” to ensure that everyone adheres to strict rules, like blocking known addicts.According to Addiction Switzerland, some 75,000 people in the small Alpine nation of 8.3 million inhabitants suffer from gaming addiction, costing society more than half a billion Swiss francs (half a billion dollars) annually.Bern also wants all of the companies’ proceeds to be taxed in Switzerland, with revenues helping fund anti-addiction measures, as well as social security and sports and culture programmes.According to the government, Swiss gamblers spend around 250 million Swiss francs annually on unregulated betting sites abroad that pay nothing into public coffers.Sommaruga has said that the new gambling law was needed “to stop this hemorrhaging.” According to GREA, an association that studies addiction, Swiss gambling and betting companies pulled in nearly 1.7 billion Swiss francs in 2016, of which more than half went to “the public good”. ‘Jackpot’ for Swiss casinosBut opponents claimed Switzerland could make more money by issuing concessions to foreign companies that agree to be regulated and taxed, and charge the law is basically a windfall for Swiss casinos.”Swiss casinos have won the jackpot” with the new law, Isabelle Chevalley of the Liberal Green Party, told public broadcaster RTS after the vote.Switzerland’s new gambling law was only one of several issues facing popular votes Sunday at the national, regional and local levels as part of the country’s famous direct democratic system.Voters across the country resoundingly rejected an initiative on so-called “sovereign money”, with 75.7 percent of voters opposing it, according to near final results.That initiative would have legally barred any institution besides the central bank from creating new money, in a bid to rein in financial institutions and avert crises like the one the world suffered in 2008.But opponents warned the measure would threaten Switzerland’s financial stability.On Sunday, the Swiss Bankers Association hailed that voters had so clearly rejected “a radical alteration of the monetary system.”In southern Valais canton, nearly 54 percent of voters meanwhile snubbed a bid for the town of Sion to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.Switzerland, home to the International Olympic Committee, has not hosted the Games since 1948. Swiss to place bets on gambling law in high stakes referendum Explore further Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved Sunday blocking foreign-based betting sites in a high-stakes referendum on a new gambling law designed to prevent addiction, but which opponents said amounted to internet censorship. Around three-quarters of those who voted backed the new gambling law but voted down a “sovereign money” initiative, which would legally bar any institution besides the central bank from creating new money This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
First company to $1 trillion: Apple zeroes in on historic market cap for ultimate ‘icing on the cake’ For a long time, Apple appeared to be flying solo to a $1 trillion market value, but Amazon is right at its heels—and experts have no fears of a tech bubble. Explore further Apple, at $939 billion, remains the highest-valued private company on the global markets—and could well cross the $1 trillion finish line after it releases its quarterly results Tuesday.But Amazon is right behind: on Friday, its market cap reached $917 billion, before finishing at $882 billion, thanks to quarterly figures well received by investors.Google’s parent company Alphabet ($886 billion) and Microsoft ($827 billion) are also on track, while Facebook ($505 billion) is out of the race, having shed $119 billion in value after results released Thursday.The biggest traditional economic players—billionaire Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire-Hathaway ($492 billion) and bank JPMorgan Chase ($395 billion)—have been relegated to mere spectators.State oil company PetroChina briefly broke the $1 trillion barrier in 2007 during its initial public offering, but has since dropped back down.Safe havenAccording to TDAmeritrade’s mid-year review, online commerce giant Amazon’s stock was the most popular buy in the first half of 2018, with Apple the second most popular sell.”The retail trader who is buying that stock is also the same person who is probably an Amazon client,” said JJ Kinahan, a chief market strategist for TDAmeritrade.”They see a stock that has plenty of upside and benefitting from the money people have to spend with the economy and the job market improving,” he added.But Apple, which unveils record high after record high when it comes to quarterly results, holds its lead.Ken Berman, Gorilla Trades strategist, is convinced that Apple will reach the $1 trillion mark after its Tuesday results, thanks to its range of iPhones, growing interest in the iPad and strength in its services. “The tech sector is the safe haven of the equity market right now.”Analysts insist the situation is a far cry from that in the late 1990s, when several start-ups exploded on Wall Street—only for the “dot.com” bubble to burst.New business model”The big problem with the internet bubble was that the majority of businesses did not have revenues, did not have profits, many just responded to a fashion phenomenon,” said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert Financial Services.”That’s not the case with all these companies that today have an essential place in people’s lives,” Volokhine said.”Most of the leading tech companies in the late 1990s were trading at 100 times earnings,” added Edward Jones investment strategist Kate Warne. “Very different than today.”Apple’s price/earnings ratio stands at 18.62, underperforming the S&P 500 (20.86), the index representing the 500 biggest businesses on Wall Street.But even in case of economic crisis, the technology sector is in a good place, according to Maris Ogg, founding principal of Tower Bridge Advisors.”If you start to see the economy slowing, if companies have to cut cost, to fire people, they will invest in technologies towards more automation,” she said.For Nicholas Colas of DataTrek Research, it is also hard for investors to evaluate the business strategies with a fairly new business model.”Equity valuations for FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) stocks and other internet-enabled business models is a fundamentally new challenge for investors,” he said.”At their core, they are ideas created by a handful of people, developed/maintained by perhaps 10,000 coders (and sometimes much less), but then used by billions around the world. This is a new phenomenon, and we suspect equity markets do not yet understand what ‘correct/normalized’ valuations should be.” “I don’t think Apple stock is that expensive,” said Nate Thooft of Manulife Asset Management. © 2018 AFP Amazon is right on Apple’s heels Citation: Apple and Amazon lead the pack to $1 trillion market value (2018, July 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-apple-amazon-trillion.html Apple is the highest-valued private company on the global markets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Greenland’s ice sheet is sliding way more than previously thought, according to a new study. This means that the ice sheet can change faster in a warming climate, a group of researchers reported July 10 in the journal Science Advances. “Understanding ice flow is quite important to predicting future melt from Greenland,” said study lead author Nathan Maier, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wyoming. Ice flows bring ice from the cold interior regions of the Greenland ice sheet to its warmer edges, where the ice melts. [Images of Melt: Earth’s Vanishing Ice]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65930-greenland-ice-sheet-sliding.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 Ice flow happens through two different processes: the sliding of ice across the bed and deformation, which turns the ice into a kind of “flowing molasses,” Maier said. Understanding the relative scale of these two different types of movement helps scientists determine how much ice will move to high-melt areas along edges of the ice sheet. Maier and his team drilled boreholes into the ice using a large drill. They also installed 212 tilt sensors, which measure the amount of deformation and sliding. The researchers took measurements of ice movement from 2014 to 2016, finding that the Greenland Ice Sheet is sliding really, really fast over the underlying bedrock. “This is quite surprising as these regions are thought to have much slower sliding velocities than regions that are resting on slippery mud,” Maier told Live Science. “Even more surprising is that we recorded this behavior during winter, when there is no surface melt, which can further lubricate the bed and increase the rate of sliding.” What this means is that “even over these relatively boring, slow-moving regions of the ice sheet resting on rock, ice can be rapidly brought down to the high-melt zones,” he added. The researchers even found that Greenland’s main continental ice sheet slides more than parts of the incredibly fast-moving glaciers on the periphery, such as Jakobshavn in west Greenland. Past work showed that global warming has changed ice motion along the ice sheet’s edges, resulting in more thickening or thinning, which in turn causes changes in surface melt. “Now that we have essentially found high rates of sliding everywhere we have looked on the ice sheet, even in the least-likely locations, like ours, we know that ice can be moved around very efficiently,” he said. “Thus, the rates of thickening and thinning are likely to occur more rapidly than previously thought.” That means the ice might change faster in a warming climate than currently thought, he said. In Photos: A Conveyor Belt for Arctic Sea Ice Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoairdogusa.comThe World’s Best Washable Air Purifierairdogusa.comUndoFinance101What Are The Best States To Retire In?Finance101UndoAnti-Snoring SolutionA Simple Fix for Snoring And Sleep ApneaAnti-Snoring SolutionUndo In Photos: The Vanishing Ice of Baffin Island Historic Photos Paint Picture of Greenland Ice Loss | Climate Central
land resources The Tamil Nadu government is creating land banks for MSMEs in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, said P Benjamin, Minister for Rural Indusries, here on Wednesday. Addressing the second edition of annual Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) CEO Summit 2018, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Benjamin said the government is continuously resorting to various policy interventions and support schemes such as Business Facilitation Act and single-window clearance to support the MSME sector and to facilitate ease of doing business in the State. Online portalUrging the business community to benefit from the government’s online single-window MSME portal, Benjamin said the website enables entrepreneurs to apply and obtain approvals, licences and renewals in a time-bound and transparent manner.“Through this portal, we have already approved 80 out of 125 applications filed worth ₹240.35 crore of investment,” Benjamin added. The Minister also highlighted the latest initiatives of increasing the maximum eligibility of the project cost under the New Entrepreneur-cum-Enterprise Development Scheme (NEEDS), to ₹5 crore from ₹1 crore. The upper limit of subsidy under NEEDS, a flagship scheme aimed at encouraging educated youth to become first generation entrepreneurs, has also been enhanced from ₹25 lakh to ₹30 lakh, he added. Policy incentives Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, Secretary, MSME department of the Tamil Nadu government, listed out various business-friendly policies introduced by the State government which includes 25 per cent mandatory government procurement from MSMEs, bills discounting facilities, innovation voucher scheme for start-ups, plot price rationalisation under SIDCO area besides frequent representations to RBI to increase the Non-Performing Assets (NPA) recognition time from 180 days for MSMEs. “We want to support a minimum of 400 vouchers under the innovation voucher scheme every year,” Yadav added. ‘Positive climate’ Ponnuswami, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu chapter, said the investment climate in the State looked very positive, thanks to the single-window clearance and a host of other supportive measures taken by the State government. “During the roadshow conducted by CII, we have witnessed an overwhelming response from the investors across the country who wanted to invest in the State,” he said. The day-long summit saw the participation of CEOs from the MSME sector discuss wide range of topics such as Industry 4.0, business growth story, branding, product and communication design, digital marketing and export opportunities for the sector. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTS September 19, 2018 COMMENT small scale industry SHARE Tamil Nadu
Air India pilot fails alcohol test twice, DGCA wants strict action including terminationOn Saturday, a pilot was not on duty but was scheduled to travel in the cockpit of flight AI-502 from Delhi to Bengaluru as an Additional Crew Member (ACM). However, the DGCA stated in an order that he “was tested positive in pre-flight breath-analyzer (BA) test.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 04:17 IST Previously, Captain Ajit Singh failed a pre-flight alcohol test on October 21, 2015, when he was scheduled to operate AI-660 from the Goa airport. (Photo: PTI)Aviation regulator DGCA on Monday asked Air India to take strict action, which may include termination from service, against a pilot who failed pre-flight alcohol test twice, the latest being on Saturday when he was off duty but was scheduled to travel in the cockpit of a plane as an additional crew member.Previously, Captain Ajit Singh failed a pre-flight alcohol test on October 21, 2015, when he was scheduled to operate AI-660 from the Goa airport. The DGCA had then suspended his licence for three months, as per the rule.On Saturday, Singh was not on duty but was scheduled to travel in the cockpit of flight AI-502 from Delhi to Bengaluru as an Additional Crew Member (ACM). However, the DGCA stated in an order on Monday that he “was tested positive in pre-flight breath-analyzer (BA) test.”According to sources, the national carrier has already suspended Singh for three months over Saturday’s incident.”Though in an instant manner, he was neither designated as Crew nor as Other Crew Member but being ACM (Additional Crew Member), he should have maintained the highest standards, which are required to be maintained as per the Operations Manual of the company,” the DGCA said Monday in its order.It added that such misconduct “reflects that he (the pilot) has not learnt anything from his previous violation and has not reformed himself” even though his licence was suspended for three months for the first violation.”Such casual approach is unbecoming of an aviation professional and thus is a threat to safety in aviation,” said the regulator.”In view of his unsafe conduct, Air India shall initiate appropriate administrative action against him including that of termination from service for violation of provisions of Company Operation Manual,” the DGCA stated in its order.In another order, the DGCA barred off-duty airline officials – which includes pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs)- from travelling in the cockpit “even when they are on leave or have not been assigned any duty whatsoever”.It stated that this practice is in violation of Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) of 1997 and also “provides cover to officials who are authorised to travel in cockpit while on leave or off-duty and detected BA (breath-analyzer) positive”.Also Read | Post Air India incident, DGCA bars off-duty crew members from travelling in cockpitAlso Watch | Plane with Justice for Kashmir banner flies over Headingley stadium during India-Sri Lanka matchFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow Air India Next