Delivering the keynote address at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the Secretary-General pointed out that when the UN was founded in 1945, it was assumed that any threat to world order would come from war by one State against another. “What keeps people awake at night now,” he said, “is the fear of what might be done by a handful of fanatics – perhaps armed only with box-cutters, like those who attacked the United States last September.”Even the best-organized countries were not finding globalization easy to manage, he observed. Security challenges, which encompassed economic, physical, environmental and psychological components, could make even a strong State look weak. For example, population movements bring people from different cultural backgrounds into formerly stable communities, prompting questions about how inclusive a nation should be, and what its identity should be based on.In the age of globalization, many challenges required a global response, Mr. Annan stressed. “What is needed is a kind of ladder of institutions, rising through many steps from the village or district council to the United Nations itself,” he said. “Through these institutions, individuals must be able to express their many different identities, and link up with each other in an emerging world community.””Just as States remain relevant and necessary at the national level, so the United Nations and its Charter are more relevant than ever at the global level,” he emphasized. “Fundamental principles enshrined in the Charter – sovereign equality, good faith, and the peaceful settlement of disputes – must form the core of any viable international community.”Mr. Annan, who studied at the Institute in the early 1960s, today received an honorary doctorate from the school.Also today, the Secretary-General met with his Special Envoy for Myanmar, Ismail Razali, as well as his Special Adviser on Sports for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi. In addition, he held a private meeting with Switzerland’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Deiss.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier has ended a five-month sales drought for its CSeries passenger jet with two deals in as many days for the new aircraft.The company announced Thursday a firm order for 10 CS300 aircraft from airBaltic, plus an option to buy an additional 10 planes,The Latvian airline’s firm order, which is a conversion from a letter of intent announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July, has a list value of US$764 million, but could be worth up to US$1.57 billion if all the options are exercised.On Wednesday, Bombardier said an unidentified airline based in the Americas signed a letter of intent to up 30 CS100 CSeries planes, worth up to US$2.08 billion.AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said Thursday it firmed up its interest in the CSeries following an analysis of the plane and its rivals.“A modern and efficient fleet is one of the fundamentals of the airline business, and this order is a progressive and exciting move forward for us,” he said in a news release.The airline is moving to an all-Bombardier fleet as it replaces older aircraft with more environmentally friendly planes. It also plans to add more Q400s to its fleet of eight turboprops.AirBaltic serves 60 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East from its base in the Latvian capital of Riga.“Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative airlines, airBaltic demonstrates the growing demand and need for unmatched technologies, operational flexibility and efficiencies,” stated Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.As of Sept. 30, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 352 CSeries aircraft from 14 customers, including firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners from 10 customers.The firm order and letter of intent this week marked the first announced commitment for the Cseries since July, when airBaltic signed a letter of intent and an unnamed buyer placed a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 of the larger CS300 aircraft, valued at about US$1 billion.Bombardier recently delayed the launch of the smaller CSeries aircraft to June 2014, followed by the larger 110- to 149-seat CS300 by December 2014.The company said the wings for the first CSeries flight test aircraft are being joined to the fuselage at the company’s final assembly plant in Mirabel, Que, after having arrived from Bombardier Aerospace Belfast.It said assembly was progressing smoothly ahead of the first flight scheduled for the end of June.Evan Mann, an analyst with corporate bond research company Gimme Credit, said the announcements were positive given Bombardier’s goal of obtaining 300 orders by the time the CSeries enters into service.He had previously raised concerns about the CSeries delay.“Although this schedule change won’t increase project costs, it will extend the company’s negative free cash flow generation and we were concerned it would make it more difficult to secure new CSeries orders over the near term,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained eight cents, or 2.24 per cent, at C$3.65 in midday trading. Bombardier ends CSeries order drought with upgraded interest from airBaltic by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 12:28 pm MDT
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the treaty, comprised of four Conventions and three Additional Protocols, established the modern, international legal standards for humanitarian treatment during times of war. They were agreed on 12 August 1949, and with some exceptions, ratified by 196 countries around the world.“As they are ratified and acceded by almost every State of the world, the principles and legal norms enshrined in these Conventions are also recognized as customary international humanitarian law [IHL] and are universally applicable”, said Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, speaking for his nation which holds the Presidency of the Council for August. “This is a rare quality for any multilateral treaty”. Among other things, the Conventions established protections for vulnerable groups in armed conflict, namely the wounded and sick; prisoners of war; and civilians, including civilians living under occupation. Because Poland has been “painfully affected by consequences of other States’ failures to comply with international agreements” and in conjunction with its “sense of responsibility” to maintain international peace and security, Mr. Czaputowicz said that strengthening international law has always been important to his country. “The greatest challenge to protecting human life in modem conflict is observance of and respect for the existing rules by the armed forces and non-State armed groups”, he asserted. “If existing rules were followed, much of the human suffering in contemporary armed conflicts would not occur”.Poland’s top diplomat also pointed to new threats that demand practices and policy consistent with international humanitarian law. “Artificial intelligence and autonomous weapon systems, such as military robots and cyber-weapons, reduce the role and control of human factors during wartime”, he continued. Moreover, the general rules of IHL prohibiting indiscriminate and inhumane weapons, “are being violated”.Two IHL principles under the Geneva Conventions that deserve particular attention, according to Mr. Czaputowicz, are “the obligation to protect civilians, prisoners of war, the wounded and shipwrecked” as well as “limitations to the rights of parties to an armed conflict on how they conduct operations and on their choice of weapons”. “The Conventions show us what is possible when States take collective and individual action to uphold the law and humanitarian principles”, he said.Noting that “every single day” international humanitarian law is at work saving lives and protecting women, men and children in conflicts, he highlighted that while “we rightly hear about the violations because the consequences are tragic and visible”, we must also “recognize the protective power and positive impacts when IHL is respected”.The ICRC chief painted a picture of IHL in action, when the wounded and sick are evacuated to safety; the detained are treated with dignity; the fate of missing people is clarified; and humanitarian assistance is delivered across lines.“The impacts of IHL are also shown through acts of restraint, when horrors are not inflicted – civilian areas are spared from direct shelling, medical workers are able to freely operate without threat or targeting”, he added.Continued violations do not mean the law is inadequate, but rather that efforts to ensure respect are inadequate, he flagged, urging “we can – and must – do more”.The world must not forget that “the Geneva Conventions represent a line of our common humanity, and they shield us from our own barbarity”, underscored Mr. Maurer.Full coverage of the commemorationsFor full coverage of the day inside the Security Council, including statements from numerous national representatives, including Foreign Ministers and UN Ambassadors, you can go here, to the UN Meetings Coverage section report on the proceedings. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, addresses the Security Council meeting on the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security. (August 2019) The increasing role of non-State actors and IHL legal loopholes are “the new reality of modem conflict”, he spelled out, bemoaning that they hinder international humanitarian law “in many ways”.“International humanitarian principles are under pressure” and “the complexity of new challenges impedes the process of classification of conflict situations and makes it difficult to determine the exact rules that may be applied”, he elaborated.‘Historic moment for humanity’According to UN Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares, the four Conventions are “at the core” of IHL.Noting that the first three conventions “were by no means completely novel at the time”, he singled out the Fourth Convention as being “the first treaty that was specifically dedicated to the protection of civilian persons in time of war”.Mr. Soares also drew attention to Article 3, the provision on basic rules governing the humane treatment of people not involved in hostilities, including soldiers who have laid down their arms, those wounded or in detention, as well as civilians.Calling the inclusion of Article 3 “a historic moment for humanity”, he said it was the first instance in which non-international armed conflicts were regulated by a multilateral treaty. The significance is augmented by the fact that the Geneva Conventions are now universally adhered to.,Conventions show ‘what is possible’For his part, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), maintained that the Geneva Conventions represent “one of the greatest achievements of inter-State cooperation” and “symbolize our enduring and common humanity”.The Geneva Conventions are for all of us – they represent a line of our common humanity, and they shield us from our own barbarity.#GC70My full remarks to the #UNSC on the 70th anniversaryhttps://t.co/6nK3b7j5Hu— Peter Maurer (@PMaurerICRC) August 13, 2019
ARLINGTON, Texas — Charlie Brewer threw for 308 yards with three touchdowns and ran for a score as Baylor beat Texas Tech 35-24 in the regular season finale Saturday to get bowl eligible a year after winning only one game.Brewer, who was 22-of-30 passing, put Baylor (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) ahead to stay with a 1-yard keeper less than two minutes into the second half.The Red Raiders (5-7, 3-6) ended their third consecutive losing season with lingering questions about the future of coach Kliff Kingsbury, their former quarterback who is 35-40 in six seasons as head coach — 19-35 in Big 12 games. They lost their last five games.After Tech had three consecutive incompletions on its first possession after halftime, the Bears drove for John Lovett’s 3-yard TD run that made it 28-17. Lovett ran 28 times for 125 yards.Still-gimpy McLane Carter, making his first start at quarterback for Texas Tech since an ankle injury in the first half of the season opener, was 21-of-37 passing for 247 yards with two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the fourth quarter.Carter was grimacing and walking gingerly after getting sacked on the opening drive on the game right before hitting Ja’Deion High for a 54-yard TD pass.Soon after that, Carter left the field with a trainer but never missed a play after Baylor used more than 9 minutes on its opening 19-play drive that ended with the first of two TD catches by Denzel Mims.True freshman Alan Bowman was the nation’s top passer early in the season after replacing Carter but is sidelined for the second time because of a partially deflated lung. Dual-threat Jett Duffey, who had 524 total yards in a near-upset of Texas two weeks ago, also missed the finale because of knee and foot issues.THE TAKEAWAYBaylor: The Bears entered this season with 17 losses their previous 19 games. One of those wins in the Cactus Bowl two seasons ago to end a six-game losing streak. They bounced back from a disappointing 16-9 loss to TCU a week ago, when they were trying to get bowl eligible in the home finale for 10 fifth-year seniors who remained through a sexual assault scandal that rocked the school more than two years ago. Baylor was 1-11 in coach Matt Rhule’s debut last season.Texas Tech: The last winning season for the Red Raiders was 7-6 in 2015, and their only other winning season under Kingsbury was 8-5 in his 2013 debut season that started with seven consecutive wins.UP NEXTBaylor: Wait to find out what bowl game the Bears will play in.Texas Tech: Season over, 2019 opener is Aug. 31 at home against Montana State.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press
Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) goes up for a shot against UConn’s Steven Enoch (13) on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCollege basketball is a sport where any given team can beat any other team on any given day. Ohio State is no stranger to this phenomena. One of the most illogical instances would be when four-loss OSU beat then-No. 4 Kentucky last season in the CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn. On Saturday, the Buckeyes will attempt to upset No. 2 UCLA in Las Vegas in the third season of the event.The victory over the Wildcats last year was one reason OSU stayed around the NCAA tournament talk until the Big Ten tournament in March. An inexperienced Buckeye team that had underachieved all year was suddenly making any open shot, locking down on interior defense and rebounding the basketball. A win against the second-ranked Bruins (11-0) for the Buckeyes (8-2) might not be as surprising as the Kentucky win, but it would be a shock nonetheless.“It’s a completely different team that we have this year from last year. But one of the key points facing UCLA is we’re going to have to have that same mentality,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “Everybody is going to have to be on the same page and we’re going to have to play our hardest for 40 minutes.”UCLA has six scorers averaging 10-plus points per game and coach Steve Alford’s team ranks first in the country averaging 97.9 points per game, 100.3 in the last three games. The Bruins are led by do-it-all guard Lonzo Ball, who reminds OSU coach Thad Matta of a point guard he had a few years ago.“Someone asked me about him in comparison to D’Angelo (Russell) and there are some similarities there,” Matta said. “He can beat you by scoring, he can beat you by passing. As we did with D’Angelo, they move him around to a lot of different spots. He does a great job of making that team go.”Listed at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds, Ball is averaging 14.8 points, 8.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the country in assists.In the Bruins’ win over Kentucky earlier this year, Ball was one of five players who had at least 14 points. Ball is without question the straw that stirs the drink, but the bread and butter of UCLA’s high-powered offense is its ability to score in transition and get open looks from 3-point territory.The Bruins attempt nearly 25 3s per game compared to OSU’s 19.4. UCLA also ranks first in 3-point percentage, shooting over 45 percent from distance, and first in the country in offensive efficiency. KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency, which measures offensive efficiency per 100 possessions, ranks UCLA third.OSU has had trouble with turnovers in several games this year. In its two-point loss to then-No. 6 Virginia, the Buckeyes had 20 turnovers. In its last game against Connecticut, OSU had only six turnovers compared to its average of more than 13 per game. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said that maximizing possessions versus the Bruins is one of several factors needed to pull an upset.“Basketball is a mistake game,” he said. “You’re going to have turnovers. It’s going to happen. It’s just focusing on the bad ones like throwing them into traffic. We try not to have a lot of them.”Since injuring his ankle in the Providence game in mid-November, Bates-Diop has played in just the last two games, averaging 18 minutes. Matta said that he doesn’t think the junior from Normal, Illinois is 100 percent not just because of his ankle injury, but because of how much time he has missed which hasn’t allowed him to get into the shape other players are in.Bates-Diop had a stress fracture in his left shin before the season, which sidelined him for a few weeks. For now, he will likely continue playing around half the game and coming off the bench while redshirt junior guard Kam Williams starts in his place.Prediction: OSU is in a bit of a funk shooting the ball lately. The Buckeyes shoot only 34 percent from the perimeter, but in its last three games, OSU is shooting at a clip of just over 19 percent. Only eight other teams, currently, have shot a worse percentage over that span.That being said, UCLA is not one of the most stellar defensive teams. Its opponents are shooting over 36 percent from 3 and allow 74.6 points per game. Expect OSU to get out of its shooting slump with Williams leading the charge and finding his stroke from deep again.However, UCLA is going to continue its strategy of relying on its offense to outscore the opposition without locking down on the defensive end. Don’t be surprised if OSU can lock down UCLA on a few possession, but the Buckeyes might struggle turning the ball over which allows UCLA to execute in transition.Final score: UCLA 94, OSU 80
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman robbed by gunman after withdrawing money from BankFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime”Man shot, woman robbed $1M as trailing bandits strikeJanuary 19, 2017In “Crime”Suspect in armed robbery of businesswoman confesses, implicates othersMay 10, 2018In “Crime” A woman was reportedly relieved of a bag containing $100,000 and other items while at the intersection at Main and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown earlier today.Based on information reaching Inews, the woman had finished a transaction at a commercial bank in the area and was going about her business when the car in which she was travelling was intercepted by a new model Premio Motorcar.One of the occupants of the motorcar reportedly exited the vehicle and brandished a handgun at the woman during which he ordered her to hand over the bag containing the money.He subsequently reached into the car and grabbed the bag containing the money, phone and important documents before rejoining the getaway car which sped off the scene. The police are investigating the robbery.
A 36-year-old Bucks County, Pennsylvania resident was sentenced to eight to 20 years in jail for a beating. The judge reportedly gasped upon seeing images of the victim. The man was high on prescription drugs. When the police arrived, he told them that he was Obi-Wan Kenobi.The man, Milan Marinkovic, apparently doesn’t remember the incident. He told the press, “I woke up in a holding cell at the police station,” his mind a blank. When police arrived at the scene, the faux-Jedi master was standing above Sean Delp, his 30-year-old victim. AdChoices广告Delp says that Marinkovic approached him in a parking lot, seemingly unprovoked. Marinkovic choked him, punched him, elbowed his face, and finally stopped on his head, rendering him unconscious.“I hope one day that he can function in society without waking up with blood on his hands, but I don’t know when that will be,” Delp told the press.Upon viewing the images, the judge told Marinkovic, “”This is, without a doubt, the worst case I’ve ever seen involving a beating that did not result in death. This was absolutely an attempt on your part to kill this man.”So much for the Jedi mind trick.
Woot has some pretty odd talk about the whole Julian Assange / WikiLeaks/ DDoS / MasterCard thing. A preemptive strike (or plea, rather) against the folks in Operation Payback who might attempt to take down the deal site once it’s down with Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Amazon, et. al. Don’t worry Woot, you’re probably fine.The site also has a super-good deal on a shiny new HD camcorder. You can pick up the Sylvania HD1Z for $39, if you direct your browser on over there. The camcorder shoots video in 720p at 30 frames a second. It has HDMI out, 4x digital zoom, an SD card slot (which is nice, seeing as how the thing only has 46MB of memory built-in0, and a built-in speaker and mic.AdChoices广告You can also shoot still with the thing and upload it instantly to YouTube and Facebook. No official word yet from the White House regarding the deal.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s privatisation agency said it signed a €400 million ($434.3 million) deal with Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund to sell Astir Palace, a luxury seaside resort outside Athens.Greece’s top administrative court had blocked the sale of the Astir Palace hotel complex in March, saying the town planning scheme that Greece submitted violated Greek law, as the construction of a large number of residential buildings would harm the natural and urban environment.“Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund has signed the new agreement to submit the amended special zoning and spatial plan for the development of Astir Palace,” the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) said.The fund represents investors from Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait and other emirates.The agency said the agreement ensured that the fund’s development plan for the resort was adjusted to the court’s opinion.“The whole process is expected to be completed within the first half of 2016,” HRADF said.The agency is expected to cash in about €100 million from the deal. The rest of the proceeds will go to National Bank, Greece’s largest lender, which owns about 85 per cent of the resort.Privatisations have been a key condition of Greece’s international bailouts since 2010, but its state asset sales scheme has produced poor revenues due to bureaucratic delays and lack of political will.So far, Athens has raised only about €3.5 billion from state asset sales versus an original target of €50 billion.
Darty Mobile : les nouvelles offresLes nouvelles offres de Darty Mobile ont tardé à arriver après l’entrée de Free sur le marché, mais elles viennent enfin d’être dévoilées. L’opérateur de réseau mobile virtuel (MVNO) lancera dès demain, mercredi 29 février, ses tarifs revus à la baisse.Un peu moins de deux mois après l’arrivée de Free sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile, le MVNO Darty Mobile lancera demain ses nouvelles offres, des forfaits avec ou sans engagement et téléphone, dont les tarifs ont été revus à la baisse. À lire aussiTéléphonie mobile : les ados appellent moins, mais envoient plus de SMSLe public se verra proposer des offres sans engagement à 14,90 euros pour 2h d’appel et SMS illimités, et à 29,90 euros par mois pour les appels et SMS illimités, plus un accès Web avec un fair use de 1 Go. Quant aux abonnés Darty Box, ils bénéficieront d’offres spéciales. Ils se verront offrir 1h d’appel à 0 euros, ou 2h d’appel avec SMS illimités pour 9,99 euros. Enfin, le forfait avec appels et SMS illimités plus un accès à Internet, là aussi limité à 1Go, est fixé à 24,90 euros.Les consommateurs pourront acheter des portables en souscrivant à ces offres. Le prix restera inchangé. En revanche, ils s’engageront sur 12 ou 24 mois. A noter également que les nouveaux clients qui s’abonneront à Darty Box recevront un bon d’achat de 100 euros. Une offre qui ne sera valable que jusqu’au 15 avril.Free Mobile et son tout illimité à 19,99 euros restent alors imbattables. Et l’offre de Darty s’avère moins intéressante que celle de Bouygues Télécom, B&You, qui propose pour 19,99 euros un accès Web 3 Go. Sosh, l’offre low-cost d’Orange, donne pour 24,99 euros un accès à Internet avec un Fair Use de 2 Go.Le 28 février 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambert
Dekker also posted a photo of a typical humpback whale “lung feeding” session without the sea lion on Instagram.No one knows what caused the humpback whale to “swallow” the sea lion, however, Dekker dubbed the incident as the “Jonah Experience.”“As soon as I saw this photograph, I knew it may be one of the rarest shots I’ve ever taken,” Dekker told National Geographic. “Not the most beautiful, not the most artistic, but probably something I would never see again.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Georgia Beachgoers Rescue Dozens of Stranded Pilot Whales Watch: Massive Whale Breaches Near Boat in Massachusetts 2 Beluga Whales Flown on Boeing 747 From China to Iceland “While the humpbacks were ‘lung feeding’ on a school of anchovies, a sea lion apparently didn’t jump out of the way fast enough and got trapped inside the whales mouth,” Dekker wrote in an Instagram post. “At some point the sea lion escaped and the whale seemed fine too as it continued to feed, but it must have been a strange experience for both parties!”According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), humpback whales make “bubble nets” with the air that they release form their blow holes. These “bubble nets” enable the humpback whales to catch their prey, and once they get their meal, they filter their food through baleen plates. Humpback whales typically eat anchovies, cod, capelin, mackerel, sardines, and other types of schooling fish.Even though it’s common for sea lions to be in close proximity to hungry whales, feeding mistakes, such as the situation above, are extremely rare.“I have never seen this happen with a sea lion,” Christie McMillan, a biologist with the Marine Education and Research Society in British Columbia, told National Geographic. “Nor have I ever heard of it.” A recent whale-watching trip took an unexpected turn when a wildlife photographer captured the moment a humpback whale emerged from the water and “trapped” a sea lion in its mouth.Chase Dekker, who works at Sanctuary Cruises, was in Monterey Bay when he noticed a group of humpback whales “lung feeding” on a school of anchovies, Fox News reported. Unfortunately, an unsuspecting sea lion was in the way of a humpback whale’s feeding frenzy and was accidentally swept up inside the massive animal’s mouth. Watch: Humpback Whale, Sailboat Almost Collide in CaliforniaWatch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale Carcass Stay on target
Clark County lifeguards will begin their watch over Klineline Pond in Salmon Creek Regional Park on Wednesday morning.The lifeguards, which have been absent from the popular swimming hole since 2010, will be in place every day through Sept. 2. Additional weekend lifeguard coverage will continue through Sept. 15.The lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.In May, Clark County commissioners decided to pay for a lifeguard program after a discussion prompted by Commissioner David Madore.Madore lobbied his fellow commissioners to use the metropolitan park district fund to pay up to $120,000 per year for guards.“It’s the most proactive thing we can do to protect life,” Madore said at the time of the discussion.A week later, commissioners Tom Mielke and Steve Stuart said they had been thinking about it and were on board with the addition.The original plan was for lifeguards to begin in July, but the county needed additional time to find properly certified individuals for an open water location.After the county announced the start date Monday, Madore said he was happy lifeguards would be watching over Klineline.“It is rewarding to see our county government serving citizens better while saving costs,” Madore said. “Step by step, we are improving our parks. Your tax dollars at work now includes free entrance and lifeguards at Klineline.”The swimming hole has four lifeguard stations and float lines to mark designated swimming areas.Klineline is the only county park to have lifeguards on staff.The county also offers free life jackets for individuals to borrow while swimming in the pond.Erik Hidle: 360-735-4547; http://twitter.com/col_clarkgov; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email News Vampire Weekend Drop New Music, Album Details vampire-weekend-release-new-music-announce-forthcoming-album-details Facebook Vampire Weekend Release New Music, Announce Forthcoming Album Details Twitter After teasing the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City,’ the band unleashes two new songsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 24, 2019 – 12:10 pm GRAMMY-winning indie rock band Vampire Weekend are done merely teasing new music after their mini hiatus; They’ve not only dropped two new songs, but have also revealed their forthcoming album, Father Of The Bride, will be out in the spring.Days ago the band teased the follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires Of The City with 120 minutes of the guitar riffs of one song, “Harmony Hall.” Now fans can hear the full-length version of the song and another titled “2021.”The songs are two of the 18-tracks on the upcoming album, whose title was chosen by singer Ezra Koenig years ago, the band said in a statement.While on break from releasing music with Vampire Weekend, Koenig co-wrote and produced “Hold Up” on Beyoncé’s GRAMMY-winning Lemonade album and released a Netflix anime series Neo Yokio, while continuing to host his Beats1 show Time Crisis.Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R. & Red Hot Chili Peppers Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer LineupRead more
Malkajgiri: The roads in Malkajgiri area colonies leading to marker are the busiest. The patch work left after pipeline replacement has been causing a big trouble to the commuters and the residents alike for over a year. Numerous minor accidents have occurred on this road due to unfinished roadworks. Two-wheeler riders are the worst affected. Adding to the bad condition of the roads, poor illumination on this stretch at nights is another problem that people need to face, the stretch is nothing but a heap of sand, broken bricks and broken debris. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Motorcyclists can be seen applying brakes suddenly due to potholes on these troublesome roads. “This stretch is completely filled with potholes and water stagnation after a little rain, which truly makes it difficult for pedestrians to walk on it and two-wheeler riders face immense hardships while commuting on this road,” said Sanjeev, a resident. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us “Due to bad conditions of the road, traffic congestion has also worsened and those commuting from this road are facing a harrowing experience,” said Saini, resident of market area, Malkajgiri. Babu rao, Guava vendor said “We had complained about this issue to the officials concerned, but in vain. The locals of this area are facing a lot of problems to travel from this lane for more than a year.”
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at the party’s member collection programme at Raipur union in Sadar upazila. Photo: CollectedBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government is ‘deceiving’ people by carrying out a false propaganda saying that Unesco has lifted its objection to Rampal power station near the Sundarbans.“We don’t want any coal-fired power station to be set up near the Sundarbans. We’ve clearly said the power plant must be relocated from there. But the government is deceiving people by spreading lies over it,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The government is telling people whether UNESCO has withdrawn its objection to the Rampal power plan project. It’s totally false and it has been spread by Awami League. I visited their (UNESCO’S) site yesterday (Friday) and found it only assured the government of withdrawing the objection after further assessment of the project.”Fakhrul came up with the comments while speaking at the party’s member collection programme at Raipur union in Sadar upazila.Earlier on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO withdrew its earlier objection to the construction of Rampal power plant project. It has also spared the Sundarbans from being relegated to the List of World Heritage in Danger.The ministry said the decision was made at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland.Turning down the governments’ version, Fakhrul said UNESCO only said it will proceed with the project only after more assessment and evaluation. “Why is the government betraying people giving a false reference of UNESCO?”He alleged that the government is adamant to set up the power plant at Rampal as it has taken a big amount of money as bribe from the company implementing the project. “We can’t allow the government to construct the power plant that will harm people and environment.”Fakhrul urged the government to take steps for holding a fair and acceptable election under a non-party administration through talks and understanding.He, however, said it is Awami League’s old character to try to hang onto power by force. “Only a path is open for us to defeat this evil force by a democratic movement and fair election under a neutral administration.”Read more:’UNESCO gave certain conditions for Rampal plant’UNESCO endorses Rampal with ‘necessary mitigation measures’: Foreign ministry
Credit: Public Domain Citation: New limit to the Church-Turing thesis accounts for noisy systems (2015, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-limit-church-turing-thesis-accounts-noisy.html Alan Turing’s legacy is even bigger than we realise © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—The question of what a computer is capable of, and what it is not, has intrigued computer scientists since the 1930s, when Alonzo Church and Alan Turing began investigating the capabilities and limits of computers. In a new study, researchers have explored the computing abilities of noisy physical systems, which are those that are disturbed by random fluctuations. Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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. While previously it has seemed that physical systems may violate the Church-Turing thesis—a conjecture that in a sense defines a computer—here the researchers show that this is not the case for noisy systems due to a new computing limit. The results could have implications for designing super-Turing computers, or “hypercomputers,” which are hypothetical devices that outperform all existing computers.The researchers, Professor Mark Braverman and graduate student Jonathan Schneider at Princeton University, along with Assistant Professor Cristóbal Rojas at the Andrés Bello National University in Santiago, Chile, have published a paper on noise in computing in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”The greatest significance of the study is introducing a new quantitative way of thinking about noise as it affects a dynamical system when the dynamical system is being viewed or used as a computer,” Braverman told Phys.org.As the researchers explain, the presence of noise in a physical system can lead to unpredictable behavior that seems to be incomputable. If this is the case, it would violate the Church-Turing thesis.”The physical interpretation of the 1930s Church-Turing thesis asserts that a physical system cannot be harnessed to perform computations that cannot be performed (in principle) by a standard computer,” the scientists explained. “Yet, it is well-known that even basic physical laws can give rise to chaotic and unpredictable behavior. In some cases, the long-term or steady-state features of such systems can be mathematically proven to not be computable. This seemingly defies the Church-Turing thesis, which implies that all physically realizable systems can be simulated by a computer.”In the new study, however, the researchers show that computing the behavior of noisy systems is actually relatively straightforward, and therefore noisy systems are not capable of performing very complex computations. “In this paper, we show that the introduction of a small amount of noise into physical systems allows their equilibrium behavior not only to be computed, but even computed relatively efficiently,” the scientists wrote. To explain why this works, the researchers presented a new limitation on the ability of physical systems to perform computation: their memory. To formulate this so-called “space-bounded Church-Turing thesis” (SBCT), the researchers presented a new definition of memory for physical systems as “the maximum amount of information the evolving system can preserve per time step.” Using this definition, they showed that a noisy physical system with a given amount of memory can be simulated by a computer that is limited to roughly the same amount of working memory as that of the physical system.The researchers also showed that the SBCT holds even if a computer has an infinite amount of time to try to solve a problem. The new limitation is not the first variation of the original Church-Turing thesis, but it is different from most other variations in that time is not a limiting factor. The memory-based limit is of course not the only limit on computing ability—for instance, the complexity of a system is another limit, and often a more stringent one than memory. One advantage of the memory-based limit, however, is that it is generally much easier to estimate a system’s amount of memory than other properties, such as complexity.”The main usefulness of the results is in giving us a relatively simple estimate on the computational power of systems,” Braverman said. “Such an estimate is useful when thinking about proposals for super-Turing computation devices.”Super-Turing computation devices, also called “hypercomputers,” are hypothetical devices that compute functions that a Turing machine—or any computer available today—cannot. Since these functions are considered incomputable in the Church-Turing sense, super-Turing devices would either need to have an unbounded memory or otherwise circumvent the thesis. Along with exploring super-Turing computers, the researchers also plan to further investigate the SBCT at a deeper level.”The most interesting direction is further refining and understanding the notion of ‘memory’ of a general dynamical system,” Braverman said. “Another obvious direction is finding further evidence for or against the SBCT. Evidence against would be particularly exciting, since it would point at devices that can overcome their apparent information-theoretic limitations.” Explore further More information: Mark Braverman, Jonathan Schneider, and Cristóbal Rojas. “Space-Bounded Church-Turing Thesis and Computational Tractability of Closed Systems.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.098701
Throngs of delicate, birdlike creatures swarm across a pink-blue sky. Audible gasps abound.Austin, Texas comes alive at nightfall. The same, of course, can be said of its resident urban bat colony. GAYSTARNEWS- Instagram/thedriskillAfter hitting 616’s epic dessert platter hard the night before, I eschewed the elaborate pastries on offer at 1886 the next morning, opting instead for lighter fare: fried chicken. This dish was a succulent and spicy choice, marinaded in serrano-buttermilk, served with eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy. A charming eatery, 1886 is one of several dining options at the opulent Driskill Hotel, Austin’s oldest (built, you guessed it, in 1886) and apparently America’s third most-haunted.Instagram/lambertsbbqTexas is synonymous with bombastic barbecue; Lambert’s delivers exactly that, but in chic surroundings and through a refined, hipster filter. The crispy wild boar ribs and baked mac and three cheese went down a storm. My only issue: the restaurant was so darkly-lit, I could hardly see what I was eating.Instagram/jamietabbererAn as pioneering a dining concept as any I’ve tried can be found at Revue, located within the newly-opened Fairmont hotel (more on which later). Here, four completely different restaurants coexist in one space. Thus, a bit of a nightmare for the indecisive, but heaven for those who like a bit of everything.Marry sumptuous Italian delicacies (lobster ravioli!) with Asian intricacies (crispy Chinese chicken packed with cabbage and cucumber!). Then, choose between Texas oak-smoked meat or the ultimate in seafood satisfaction: the ‘Indulgence’ platter. Consisting of 12 oysters, 12 shrimp, crab cocktail, salmon sashimi, tuna poke and a whole lobster, I want it as my wedding cake. Utterly amazing.Instagram/rocketelectricsGiven it enjoys 228 sun-drenched days of dry heat a year, a ramble around this immensely-walkable city is essential. But for the days when it’s too hot – or for those who want or need to take it easy – exploring the city’s geography on an battery-powered bike such Rocket Electrics’ (pictured above outside the stunning Texas State Capitol Building, opened 1885) is a godsend.Instagram/gaystartravelAlternatively, explore the city’s sights (such as the fascinating Graffiti Park at Castle Hill, pictured above) on four wheels, with an informative tour guide to fill in the blanks. I’ll raise my hand and admit I had no idea Texas was its own country from 1836-46. Humiliated.Instagram/bartonspringspoolThe fourth largest natural spring in Texas is nestled near the edge of the sprawling Zilker Park. A three-acre aqua wonderland, the magnificent blue-green tones are so irresistible, I almost jumped in fully-clothed.Instagram/cota_officialA 20-minute drive from Downtown is this state of the art racing track, regularly playing host to Christmas grinch Lewis Hamilton and other such Formula One stars. After a quick tour, my group belted up for a thrilling COTA go-karting race; I almost gave myself a heart attack but managed to come second.Instagram/thefairmontatxBox-fresh: that’s how I’d describe The Fairmont, a 37-floor, 1,048-room luxury hotel in the business district.Open only a matter of days when we stayed, it was positively sparkling. And despite its newness, there were no teething problems with the staff, who were uniformly excellent.Instagram/fairmontatxAt 590 feet, the Fairmont is now the second tallest building in Austin. (First is the Austonian at 683 feet; my favorite, the Frost Bank Tower, or the ‘owl building’, is fourth at 515 feet.)With its high ceilings, fabulous chandeliers and full-size imitation oak trees, the reception area is probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Meanwhile, the absurdly glamorous outdoor pool on the seventh floor is sure to be Austin’s hottest ticket this summer.We traveled to Austin from Gatwick bright and early on a Tuesday morning. It made sense to stay the night before at the Hilton London Gatwick, almost a stone’s throw from the South Terminal. The Park & Fly package clocks in at £117 ($164, €134).For more information about Austin, head to visitaustin.org.Norwegian is continuing the expansion of its trailblazing long-haul network with the launch of a new direct route to Austin – the only non-stop service from London Gatwick. Norwegian operates three weekly flights year round non-stop from London Gatwick to Austin International Airport. All flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins – Premium and economy. Fares start from £159 ($222, €182) one-way and £309 ($432, €353) return in LowFare economy and £585 ($818, €669) one-way and £1,075 ($1,504, €1,230) return in Premium including all taxes and charges and subject to availability.To book visit Norwegian.com/uk or call 0330 828 0854.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . VisitBritain: UK Government to take part in LGBT Pride activities across AmericasPuerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!LGBTI advocates don’t want Amazon’s new HQ in these 9 citiesRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-austin-texas-weirdest-queerest-city/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In spring and summer, it’s North Americas largest. On an almost daily basis, 1.5 million Mexican free-tailers soar from under Congress Avenue Bridge into the twilight sky. And you know what they say about nature putting on a show…Instagram/jamietabbererAcross Lady Bird Lake, another nocturnal animal catches my eye. The Frost Bank Tower – which looks uncannily like a sitting owl – is catching fractions of dying light.Between the sunset and Downtown Austin’s ultramodern cityscape, not to mention those bizarre winged creatures, I can’t help but think of the famous ‘keep Austin weird’ tagline; of how I never imagined ‘weird’ could mean, well, wonderful.But that’s Austin for you: full of wonderful surprises, from the sheer ubiquity of its live music to its world-class dining.Photo: Courtesy Geoff Duncan of Visit Austin.Then there’s the fact it’s so progressive (read: LGBTI-friendly). This, of course, contrasts with how the Lone Star State is often perceived as a whole.‘Individuality and pride are Texan values’‘“Keep Austin Weird” speaks to the culture here,’ openly gay Council Member Jimmy Flannigan tells me, when I drop by City Hall to meet him. ‘It’s about honoring and supporting people in whatever form they want to take.’‘It’s Texan in its way, about individuality and pride,’ he adds. ‘Those are Texan as much as they’re LGBT values. There are parts of the state that have twisted those around. But when you come to Austin, you feel it. It’s a city that celebrates people making their own space.’Instagram/sxswAustin, or course, is known for being a liberal oasis. ‘There is something special about it,’ explains Flannigan. ‘The Mayor often calls it “The Magical Place.” I would agree. It speaks to the LGBT community about being laid-back, open and welcoming.‘I’m the first openly gay man to be on the city council here, and I represent the most conservative district . I’m the far edge, suburban area. When I was running for office in ’14 and ’16, it was harder to be openly Democrat than it was to be gay! It really was never an issue.’‘This is where people like me come’The Texan capital’s reputation as an LGBTI magnet cannot be understated. It’s reflected by the size of its August Pride festival: 400,000 attended last year. Then there’s the abundance of queer spaces, from the sticky floor charm of Oilcan Harry’s (catch RPDR’s Mayhem Miller here on 22 April) to the equally dragtastic Rain on 4th and the hipstery Cheer Up Charlie’s.Instagram/barbarellaaustinFor me, Austin’s queer credentials were best summed up via Tuezgayz at Barbarella video bar. A cool, cavernous clubnight populated by local LGBTIs (many from the University of Texas at Austin, home to 950,000 students). I’ve never seen so many effortlessly cool, quirky queer people in the same place on a Tuesday before. Most looked under 25, but knew all the songs to the Mariah marathon, while also living for Barb’s trademark Selena tribute.‘I’m from New Orleans [in Louisiana],’ one handsome partygoer told me, as I admired his oversized overalls and bleached afro.‘Why did you leave?’ I asked, given NOLA has a reputation for being pretty cool and gay-friendly itself.‘This is just where people like me come,’ he replied with a shrug and a smile.To celebrate Norwegian’s new route from London Gatwick direct to Austin (we were lucky enough to be on last month’s inaugural flight, where we enjoyed ample legroom in Premium; complimentary cocktails meant we were buzzed before we even touched down), here’s our brief overview of the best of Austin…Instagram/garagetxThe hippest bar in Austin is tucked away in an underground parking lot. Because of course it is. Try the Indian Paintbrush (2015 Official Drink of Austin), made of vodka, grapefruit, lime and rosemary.An earthier alternative is this three storey behemoth, where the irresistible combo of beer, bowling and fussball is my type of mixology. Typically soundtracked to live music.Instagram/nativehostelsIf, like me, you haven’t heard the shrill creek of a hostel bed frame in over 10 years, prepare yourself for a shock. Discount digs like Native Hostel have evolved to offer comfort and style plus a buzzing bar experience. Definitely try the Grapefruit Negroni and/or the Lone Star Tall Boy, but do not leave Austin without trying my favorite beverage: the curiously addictive Topo Chico sparkling mineral water, which I became as obsessed with saying as drinking.Instagram/ranch616Barnstorming bands, a million mezcals and carb coma-inducing Tex Mex are what this local institution’s famous for. The service is charmingly salty. The extensive margarita menu is even saltier. (And infused with chili.) Be sure to try the crispy Gulf oysters and the Texas Gulf Coast crab and fish cake. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
October 17, 2017 — Philips announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the new eL18-4 transducer with full solution for ‘small parts’ assessment. These ultrasound exams detect abnormalities in the small organs that are close to the skin. The Philips Ultimate Small Parts Solution features four key innovations that work together to help improve patient care: the eL18-4 PureWave linear array transducer, Philips MicroFlow Imaging, Philips Elastography and Philips Precision Biopsy. The new eL18-4 transducer can also be used to assess musculoskeletal injuries.Philips will debut this latest solution, which is available on Philips Epiq 7 and 5 and Affiniti 70 ultrasound systems, at the 16th World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) Congress, Oct. 13-17 in Taipei, Taiwan.Small parts imaging is a rapidly growing segment of ultrasound examinations for clinicians around the world. Its broad set of applications include assessment of diseases and disorders of small organs such as breasts, testicles and thyroid, as well as musculoskeletal injuries like sprains and tears. High-resolution ultrasound, such as that available on Philips Epiq and Affiniti solutions, allows clinicians to visualize and characterize abnormalities and evaluate organ blood flow, guide treatment and perform biopsies of suspicious lesions.”My clinical experience with the new Philips eL18-4 small parts transducer has enabled excellent versatility and penetration that could easily replace my current transducers,” said Lynwood Hammers, DO, Hammers Healthcare Imaging, New Haven, Conn. “I am able to see subtle lesions with great detail and excellent sensitivity for small vessel details. In my opinion, this new small parts transducer definitely elevates my clinical confidence and decreases indeterminate diagnosis.”The Philips Epiq Ultimate Small Parts Solution is comprised of a suite of features for small parts assessment. These include:The Philips eL18-4 transducer allows fine-elevation focusing to deliver exceptional detail resolution and tissue uniformity for clinical solutions, including: thyroid, breast, testicular, musculoskeletal, vascular, bowel, pediatrics and obstetrics;Philips MicroFlow Imaging provides remarkable sensitivity and detail for small vessel blood flow assessment;Complete Elastography solution with both strain and ElastQ Imaging shear wave capability reveals definitive information on tissue stiffness; andNew precision biopsy capabilities help minimize needle blind zones and support the ability to enhance the display of needle reflections – all to elevate confidence during interventional procedures.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | October 17, 2017 Philips Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance to Market Small Parts Ultrasound Solution One-transducer solution and tailored clinical tools for ‘small parts’ ultrasound imaging assess diseases and disorders in one of the fastest growing segments of ultrasound exams Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more 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 | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… 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 PreviousNext Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more