The Bharatiya Janata Party government’s flagship medical insurance scheme for the poor, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), and the State government’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY), have received a major boost with a proposed allocation of ₹1,021 crore for 2019-2020.As compared to last year when PMJAY alone was allocated ₹576 crore, the proposed budget this year has seen a nearly 77% jump. The budget allocation for the National Health Mission also saw more than 100% jump with an outlay of ₹2,098 crore proposed this year.Health activists say that with the general election round the corner, the attractive budget figures were expected. However, the utilisation of the money and outcome remain questionable.“The government never comes up with a comprehensive and explanatory outcome document to show us where and how the money has been spent and what are the changes that have been achieved. They should be able to give us details about changes in various health indicators and achievement. It is possible that all indicators cannot be achieved 100% but we should know,” said Milind Mhaske, Director, Praja Foundation. He said the focus of the government should be on primary health care, taking tertiary care to remote areas, and utilisation of existing infrastructure. “Take the example of the HBT Trauma Care Hospital in Jogeshwari which cost crores to build. The hospital lacks doctors and specialists,” he said.The NHM, which merged the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), looks at the strengthening of public health systems. Dr. Abhijit More of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan said budget utilisation has been a major question with NHM. “They can propose very attractive amounts but what is the point if merely 55% to 60% of the amount is being actually spent?” asked Dr. More.It has been observed that a majority of the funds in the NHM are spent in the last quarter, which leads to forceful and unreasonable purchases and opens avenues for corruption.On the insurance scheme for the poor, Dr. More said there is an urgent need to audit the treatments under the scheme. “A large chunk of the money is going to the private sector. But no one knows the quality of care and other ground realities,” he said.Wednesday’s interim Budget announcement also focused on maternal and child care, with an allocation of ₹1,097 crore proposed for providing nutritious food for children between six months and three years of age, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view the satdium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Hope springs eternal around the country as college football season is about to open. Fans can dream about big things for their favorite programs.Well, most fans can at least. Like every other year, there are going to be some really bad college football teams in 2019.In a piece for Sporting News, longtime handicapper and college football analyst Danny Sheridan tried his hand at naming the 16 worst Power 5 college football programs heading into the 2019 season.Every conference is well-represented on the list, which can be seen here. As for Sheridan’s “top” five, they are as follows. Oregon StateRutgersKansasLouisvilleColoradoHere’s what he had to say about Oregon State, which is coming off a 2-10 season and hasn’t had a winning record since 2013.“Will the woman who left her kids at Reser Stadium please come to the field to pick them up? They’re beating Oregon State 14-0 at halftime! When former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith returned to coach the team, it left alumni and students with a warm fuzzy feeling. After all, it was Smith that led the school to its greatest season in 2000, finishing fourth in the nation. Smith was confident he could turn the program around. And like going to Taco Bell at midnight, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Smith will keep Jake Luton at quarterback, who has somehow managed to finagle a sixth year of eligibility out of the NCAA.”If there is some consolation to be had for any of the programs on this list, it’s that teams sometimes surprise the experts and overachieve.At least a couple of these schools will prove the naysayers wrong by finagling six wins and bowl eligibility in 2019.
Over 900 board members representing 489 public educational institutions participated in training sessions conducted by the National Council on Education (NCE). Executive Director of the NCE, Merris Murray, told JIS News that the training sessions, which were held during the period January to March, are legal requirements under the Education Act and Regulations and the NCE Act of 1993. Over 900 board members representing 489 public educational institutions participated in training sessions conducted by the National Council on Education (NCE).The NCE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) responsible for the training of school board members, in collaboration with the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).Executive Director of the NCE, Merris Murray, told JIS News that the training sessions, which were held during the period January to March, are legal requirements under the Education Act and Regulations and the NCE Act of 1993.“The school board members occupy the highest level of authority within schools, and are responsible for the governance machinery,” she noted, adding that it is critical that these persons are aware of what the thrust of the Ministry is and what their responsibilities are in ensuring that schools are effectively governed.The participants were exposed to various aspects of school management and governance, which include Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing School Operations; Administrative/Human Resources Management; Fiduciary Responsibilities with special emphasis on Financial Management; Promoting Positive School Ethos, and Conflict Management and Resolution.Ms. Murray explained that the purpose of the workshops was to increase board members’ knowledge and understanding of educational issues and governance procedures, as well as to equip them with the necessary skills and expertise in order that they may carry out their work more effectively.“We hope that the information shared will not only deepen school board members’ understanding of their role and responsibilities, but that it will also impact student outcomes in a positive way,” she said.According to Ms Murray, the training was well received, and some of the participants indicated that they are now better equipped to go back to their schools to impact the education process.“Some felt that the information shared in terms of promoting positive ethos was very critical, because it is important that they know what their roles and functions are, so that they can carry them out in keeping with the law, and impact student outcomes positively,” she said.Research has shown that where schools are effectively managed and governed, they are better able to meet the needs of students in a holistic way. School boards are made up of representatives from student councils, academia, administrative and clerical staff, principals, church and Trust schools as well as council nominees.The training covered the Ministry’s Regions Three, Four, Five and Six. Come September 2018, school Board members in Regions One and Two will begin training. “The school board members occupy the highest level of authority within schools, and are responsible for the governance machinery,” she noted, adding that it is critical that these persons are aware of what the thrust of the Ministry is and what their responsibilities are in ensuring that schools are effectively governed. Story Highlights
Nova Scotians and visitors are invited to the annual Sherbrooke Sawmill Frolic on Sunday, July 30, at the MacDonald Brothers’ Sawmill, on Sonora Road. The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a friendly woodsman’s competition. Activities will include a hatchet throw, kettle boil, double buck saw race, and a spike drive. The free competition is open to everyone, and all tools and materials will be supplied. Non-cash prizes will be awarded for men, women, mixed and youth events. Visitors will get the chance to sample homemade baked beans and famous brown bread at the Royal Oak Stamp Mill, across the road from the sawmill. Chainsaw carver Arthur Turner will carve a salmon out of a log at the Stamp Mill, and the completed sculpture will be awarded to one lucky visitor. The draw for the carving will take place at 4 p.m. and the winner must be on hand to claim the prize. For more information call 1-888-743-7845 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
New Delhi: The Centre has asked banks, PSUs and all its departments to review service records of employees working under them to weed out corrupt and non-performing ones. The Personnel Ministry has written to secretaries of all central government departments asking them to carry out the review of all categories of employees in “letter and spirit” and to ensure that decision to retire a public servant is not “arbitrary”. “All ministries/departments are requested to undertake the periodic reviews in letter and spirit, including in public sector undertakings (PSUs)/banks and autonomous institutions, under their administrative control,” it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The ministries or departments should ensure that the prescribed procedure like forming of opinion to retire a government employee prematurely in public interest is strictly adhered to, and that the decision is not an arbitrary one, and is not based on collateral grounds, the Personnel Ministry said. All government organisations have been asked to furnish a report to the Ministry in a prescribed format by 15th day of each month starting from July 15, 2019, the directive said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The service records of employees working under banks, PSUs and central government departments will be reviewed as per the Personnel Ministry guidelines under Fundamental Rule 56 (J), (I) and Rule 48 of Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1972, a senior official said. These rules allows government to retire a public servant in public interest “whose integrity is doubtful” and those “found to be ineffective” in working, he said. The central government had recently retired 15 officers of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) in public interest under these rules. Earlier this month, 12 officers of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) were also dismissed from service. The mission to eliminate corruption from public life and government services will be implemented with greater zeal, President Ram Nath Kovind had said on Thursday, suggesting harsher steps may be on anvil to check graft. Addressing both the Houses of P0arliament, he had said the government will make zero tolerance policy against corruption more comprehensive and effective.
OTTAWA – The federal government is facing calls, including warnings from BlackBerry’s co-founder, to be particularly vigilant when the upcoming NAFTA talks shift to intellectual property.Intellectual property, or IP, is about owning, protecting and making money from an idea in any sector via tools like patents or copyrights, viewed by many as a crucial component of the expanding, and increasingly important, knowledge-based economy.And it’s going to have a role in NAFTA talks, so with the start of the trade pact’s renegotiation only a few weeks away, experts like Jim Balsillie are urging the feds to arm themselves with economic models detailing the importance of IP to Canada’s future prosperity.Balsillie, who’s provided pre-NAFTA advice to Ottawa, said in an interview that the models could serve as key bargaining chips, especially if they show any IP provisions sought by the U.S. could result in big costs for Canadian economy.“Trade agreements are supposed to be mutually beneficial,” said Balsillie, who is chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators lobby group.“Do the math and if it’s not a mutually beneficial agreement don’t sign it. There has to be something for Canada’s economy — it cannot be winner take all.”Balsillie’s comments could revive a debate that surfaced a couple of years ago, following talks around the Trans-Pacific Partnership, over how Canada should negotiate IP provisions in modern trade agreements.When it comes to what’s best for Canada, there’s disagreement whether the country’s interests should align with those in the U.S.Earlier this week, the United States released its NAFTA objectives, as is required under American law. The months-long talks are scheduled to begin Aug. 16.Among the priorities, the U.S. document said NAFTA talks must break down barriers such as the “burdensome restrictions of intellectual property.” It listed about 10 goals under the IP section.The U.S. has also signalled its negotiators would likely use agreements from the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a starting point in some areas for NAFTA’s renegotiation.Balsillie fears the IP provisions in NAFTA 2.0 could end up looking a lot like those Canada agreed to during TPP negotiations. The measures in that deal sought the same IP laws for all 12 countries.The Trump administration essentially killed the original TPP by pulling out of it earlier this year, but the remaining 11 countries, including Canada, have resumed talks.Balsillie warned TPP’s IP rules would favour the more-dominant U.S. and its firms, which have already amassed a far bigger portfolio of patents, copyrights and trademarks.Canada’s innovative entrepreneurs would be locked out under the rule changes, he argued.“We dodged a bullet of a lifetime,” Balsillie said, referring to the IP elements in TPP.Other experts strongly disagree that Canada’s priorities on IP should differ in any significant way from those of the U.S.Barry Sookman, a senior partner with McCarthy Tetrault, said Canada, like the U.S., should be seeking a general, robust framework for IP. There should also be consistency with laws in the U.S., where many Canadians do business, he added.Unlike other areas, Sookman expects there’s very little for Canada and the U.S. to disagree on when it comes to IP.He added that the IP provisions in TPP would’ve only created “incremental” changes because Canadian laws are already largely consistent with them.“Balderdash,” Sookman said when asked whether TPP’s IP rules would have disadvantaged Canadian innovators.“There was quite a lot of confusion and, frankly, inaccurate information about what the TPP would have required for Canada.”But other experts like Dan Ciuriak say Canadian negotiators should be prepared to show the Americans just how much more they would stand to benefit if Canada agrees to a TPP-style deal.He also believes Canada should model the costs and benefits.“If that has got a significant dollar value, then that should be weighed against what we are also being asked to give up in terms of softwood lumber and in terms of dairy and other traditional areas,” said Ciuriak, a consultant and former deputy chief economist for what is now known as Global Affairs Canada.“We haven’t been thinking in terms of how the knowledge-based economy actually works.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
The provincial state of emergency was an extraordinary measure taken to ensure public safety and the coordinated response to this summer’s wildfire season, which has seen more than 1.3 million hectares burned to dateThe Province added that while the powers of the state of emergency are no longer required, the wildfire situation is not over.As of this morning, 485 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 19 evacuation orders affecting approximately 1,994 individuals. An additional 4,848 residents are currently on evacuation alert in 39 areas. VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that thanks to cooler weather and progress in containing the record number of wildfires the province has experienced this summer, it has decided to cancel the provincial state of emergency that was in effect for the entire province.The state of emergency was declared on August 15th and extended last week. Since then, the government said that there was a significant reduction in the number of properties under an evacuation order, and many residents are now returning home.As such, the Province has decided that the powers granted under a provincial state of emergency are no longer required.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court was Tuesday set to hear an appeal by country’s jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking bail on medical grounds. Sharif, 69, is serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 2018. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo has suffered four angina attacks last week, according to his daughter Maryam Nawaz . The Sharif family is complaining that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan is not providing health facilities to the former premier who has serious health complications. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Sharif filed an appeal on March 6 against a judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which on February 25 rejected his bail application on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia steel mills case. Several senior leaders of PML-N were also expected to be in the court on the occasion. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi will take up the petition. The former premier had twice submitted requests to the apex court for an early hearing of his application. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In January, he filed application in the IHC for bail on medical reasons as he developed heart-related medical complications in jail but it was dismissed. Three corruption cases – Avenfield properties, Flagship investment and Al-Azizia steel mills – were registered against the Sharif family by the anti-graft body in 2017 following a judgment by the Supreme Court that disqualified Sharif in the Panama Papers case in 2017. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfiled corruption case in July 2018 which was related to his properties in London. Later he was given bail in September. In December, the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia graft case but acquitted him in the Flagship corruption case.
Washington D.C. – The President of Banque Centrale Populaire Group (BCP) Mohamed Benchaâboun inaugurated on Tuesday in Washington, a new representative office in Washington D.C., making BCP the first ever Moroccan financial institution to open a representative office in the United States.The President and Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States, Rachad Bouhlal, together cut the ribbon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the new office on Connecticut Avenue. The event was, attended by Ambassadors from six other African countries, hi-level officials of BCP, members of the Moroccan community in the greater Washington area, New York, Texas, and other states, as well a number of American business leaders.Speaking during a celebratory dinner held afterward at the Mayflower Hotel, Mr. Benchaâboun said that the Representative Office, which received approval by the U.S. Federal Reserve in March 2014, “will facilitate the business relationship of the Moroccan community with Banque Populaire and put at the disposal of all of its customers the necessary information on financial products and services offered by the bank in Morocco.” Noting that the Moroccan community had clearly expressed its “wish to see a first class Moroccan financial group established” in the U.S., he said, “Well — we listened.”“Through the services offered by our Representative Office in Washington,” he continued, the 450,000 Moroccans in the U.S. “now have access to the banking, financial services, and benefits offered by the entire Banque Centrale Populaire network in Morocco.“Our office serves as an intermediary between you and your bank in Morocco to open checking and savings accounts, apply for loans, use multiple investment instruments that are available in Morocco, and access Banque Populaire’s banking expertise to develop financing solutions for either your personal business or your business projects in Morocco. This is the primary purpose of our Representative Office and its fundamental mission.”He went on to add that BCP will also take the necessary steps to establish agreements with the major U.S. financial institutions to make available to Moroccans “in the very near future” the means to make secure money transfers are faster and at reduced cost. “I know how important this is to you,” he said, highlighting the fact that money transfers received in Morocco from the United States had exceeded $500 million in 2014.Mr. Benchaâboun pointed out that one of the group’s primary goals is to continue to play its role of “link” between Moroccans living abroad and their country of origin.“The opening of the representative office is also part of our strategy to further strengthen our relations with the Moroccan diaspora wherever it resides, and enable its members to be close as possible to their regions of origin,” he noted.Another important function of the Representative Office is to facilitate investment from the U.S., an area in which he said, “Our Representative Office in Washington has an extremely important role to play.” The office will “give potential American investors a better window on opportunities available” under the bank’s programs, and “allow us to bring all of the Group’s expertise to bear on implementing those opportunities,” he said.“But that is not all,” he continued. The representative office in Washington has also been assigned the mission of identifying, promoting, and facilitating the “huge, as yet unexploited” opportunities of the Free Trade Agreement signed by Morocco and the United States in 2004.Noting that establishing the Representative Office had not been easy, Mr. Benchaâboun sincerely thanked Ambassador Bouhlal for his “unfailing and constant support” of the project, especially during the “long and arduous” Federal Reserve approval process.President of Banque Centrale Populaire Group (BCP) Mohamed Benchaâboun inaugurating Banque Populaire’s office in Washington D.CAmbassador Bouhlal, also offered some brief remarks, stressing that the inauguration of the new Moroccan banking platform of BCP is part of the spirit and letter of the “exceptional partnership between Morocco and the United States, particularly after the historic visit by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in Washington in November 2013, and the summit meeting at the White House between the Sovereign and President Barack Obama.”He noted that such a move carries “promising prospects” for the development of economic and business relations, particularly in a tripartite approach that engages U.S., Moroccan, and sub-Saharan Africa business, in line with the ambitious partnership that tops the African strategy implemented by King Mohammed VI.In a surprise move at the end of the dinner, the Moroccan community expressed its appreciation to BCP’s management, and presented engraved plaques to Mr. Benchaâboun, to the General Manager of BCP in charge of the project, Mr. Läidi El Wardi, and to Samira Hadri, the first head of BCP’s Representative Office in the U.S.
In a progress report to the Security Council on its efforts to meet the Council-imposed completion strategy, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) estimates that the trials and judgments in the cases of 65 to 70 people should be finished by December 2008.Under the completion strategy, that is the date by when both the ICTR and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), set up in the mid-1990s, are supposed to complete all of their trials, excluding appeals. All work is scheduled to be completed by 2010.So far the ICTR has issued judgments in the cases of 33 people, ICTR President Erik Møse writes, with judgments expected soon in the cases of five other persons. Trials involving 22 further accused are also in progress and eight detainees await trial.Mr. Møse says the 65-70 trial estimate depends on sufficient funds being made available to the Tribunal; the courtroom capacity at Arusha, Tanzania, where the ICTR is based; and the progress of current and future trials.“The Tribunal is committed to bringing to justice those persons who were most responsible for genocide and violations of international humanitarian law that were committed in Rwanda in 1994,” he states, adding that the ICTR “will also leave a legacy of international jurisprudence that can guide future courts and deter the future commission of these grave crimes.”But he also writes that many cases are extremely time-consuming, in part because of their legal and factual complexity and because of the difficulty of ensuring that witnesses are always available.Eighteen indicted persons remain at large, and the report notes that Tribunal prosecutors plan to request the transfer of most of these persons to national jurisdictions for trial. 14 June 2007The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide says it expects to double the number of completed trials by the end of next year, leaving only a handful of trials remaining involving detainees in its custody.
“A decade on, the message remains that impunity will not be tolerated,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson earlier today, which underscored the Organization’s commitment to supporting the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, with the continued support and cooperation of the Lebanese Government.The statement went on to reiterate the long standing commitment of the UN to the people of Lebanon on this occasion. “As Lebanon faces renewed challenges, the United Nations continues to work with the Government…alongside all Lebanese partners, to support the country in its efforts to strengthen stability and security, in line with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which officially began its work in 2009, is mandated to hold trials for those accused of carrying out the 14 February 2005 bombing near the St. George Hotel in downtown Beirut that killed 23 people, including Mr. Hariri, and injured many others. The blast was so powerful that it left a crater at least 10-metres wide and two metres deep on the street, according to the Tribunal. Following a series of other killings and bombings in Lebanon, the Lebanese Government requested that the UN create a tribunal of “international character.” The UN Security Council acknowledged the request on 15 December 2005 in its resolution 1644.The UN and the Lebanese Government signed an agreement for the Special Tribunal on 23 January 2007 and the court opened on 1 March 2009 in Leidchendam, near The Hague, the Netherlands. The also court has offices in Beirut and operates as an independent judicial organization, not a UN court.
Then-sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterFollowing two consecutive losses against top-15 competition, the Ohio State field hockey team heads to the state of Michigan to do battle with two Big Ten rivals.The Buckeyes (3-5, 0-1) suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of No. 11 Northwestern (6-2, 1-0), followed by a 2-1 defeat at No. 7 Louisville (7-1, 0-1 ACC). Despite the unfavorable outcomes, the weekend’s competitions provided a few Buckeyes with career milestones.Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro had 13 saves between the two matches, giving her 41 saves in the first eight games, which leads the Big Ten. Freshmen midfielders Esther Clotet-Alsina and Adelaide Penzone continue to lead the Buckeye field hockey newcomers in points with seven goals and one assist collectively.Friday’s match between Michigan (6-1, 1-0) and OSU will bring a decades-old rivalry to life. While the Buckeyes have not defeated the Wolverines since 2011, junior midfielder Carolina Vergroesen said the rivalry is sure to drive OSU to showcase the height of its abilities.“I think Michigan is always a game where it doesn’t really matter what either team’s done up to that time,” Vergroesen said. “It’s kind of nice because we bring out the best in each other because we’re all so hyped up for the game. It’ll be interesting to see where it takes us.”The Wolverines enter the weekend on a high note after commanding wins over Michigan State and Central Michigan the previous weekend. Senior Courtney Enge leads the offense with five goals, contributing to a team average of 3.5 goals per game. Junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson is third in the nation with a .818 save percentage, only allowing four goals in the last seven games.Michigan State (4-3, 0-1) began Big Ten play last weekend with a 4-1 loss to Michigan. Still, the Spartans’ offensive line is a force to be reckoned with. The team averages 4.14 goals per game and is ranked second in the Big Ten for points and goals. Redshirt junior Kendal Anderson leads the offensive powerhouse with nine goals and seven assists for a total of 25 points. While Michigan State’s offensive edge differs greatly from Michigan’s defensive approach to the game, junior midfielder Morgan Kile said the Buckeyes’ edge is being able to modify their playing style from game to game.“We’re very adaptive in how we play other teams … which I think helps us in our success,” Kile said. “With Michigan, if we need to play a more vigorous, attacking style, then that’s what we’ll do and … if we take away (Michigan State’s) speed, then I think we should have them.”The Scarlet and Gray take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes then travel to East Lansing, Michigan to face the Spartans on Sunday at 2 p.m.OSU vs. No. 8 Michigan History 6-1, 1-0Michigan holds a 35-26-2 advantage in the series against the Buckeyes, with the first game dating back to 1977. OSU has fallen to the Wolverines in the last five matchups, most recently a 3-0 shutout last October. Previous games include:10/31/15: Michigan 3, OSU 0 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)11/02/14: Michigan 2, OSU 1 (Columbus, Ohio)10/20/13: Michigan 2, OSU 1 OT (Columbus, Ohio)11/01/12: Michigan 1, OSU 0 (Iowa City, Iowa)10/14/12: Michigan 3, OSU 1 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)OSU vs. Michigan State History 4-3, 0-1Sunday’s game will be the 61st time that the Buckeyes and Spartans have faced off. OSU leads the series with a 36-21-3 record, despite having only beaten Michigan State once in the past five years. Previous games include:9/18/15: Michigan State 1, OSU 2 (East Lansing, Michigan)9/18/14: Michigan State 4, OSU 3 OT (Columbus, Ohio)11/08/13: Michigan State 2, OSU 1 2OT (Columbus, Ohio)9/28/13: Michigan State 3, OSU 2 (East Lansing, Michigan)10/05/16: Michigan State 1, OSU 0 (Columbus, Ohio)
“It was boredom therapy,” he added. “I just thought it could make someone laugh if I transcribed it and posted it up, it was just silly really.”I think the fact that the song just repeats itself is enough make people go insane.”Contrary to the view that hold music provides consumers only with a particular kind of hell, research has found it in fact serves an effective purpose.One survey found that 73 per cent of callers to consumer lines preferred hold music to beeps or silence. Another concluded that those hearing hold music will wait an additional 30 seconds before finally giving up on a call. Following his self-imposed assignment, Mr Drever-Smith had only disparaging judgement to pass on HMRC’s taste in music. “It’s quite mundane but it’s jazzy – which is kind of hilarious because it’s so out of place, it’s like they just slammed two completely different songs together,” he said of the piece. Mr Drever-Smith, 26, from Hull, is a classically trained drummer It’s a frustration of modern life. Every time you try and call a major government agency or corporation, it can feel like hours before you finally get through to a human. So when musician Alan Drever-Smith, 26, found himself on hold during a 40-minute call to HMRC, he decided to put his skills to good use and began to transcribe the service’s entire hold jingle.The classically-trained drummer from Hull received over 800 shares after posting the sheet music on Facebook – and admitted there was no love lost for the minute-long ditty once he finally finished the call. “As a musician, I was giggling because it was such rubbish – the tune is jarring and it’s just horrible to listen to, it’s almost comical.”Five minutes had passed, and I had my laptop in front of me, so I just had a spark of mischief after hearing that same tune repeated 20 times.” Mr Drever-Smith’s Facebook post of the transcribed music – complete with the musical instruction to any prospective players to repeat: ‘D.C. Ad Nauseum’ – has received a deluge of comments since he shared it. Despite gaining him this attention, Mr Drever-Smith says HMRC’s is far from the worst piece of hold music he says he has ever been subjected to. “I’ve heard Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ used quite often and that’s a lovely tune, but it’s horrific when it’s converted for hold music where it’s destroyed completely.”I’d definitely volunteer myself to make a new version, but I think any music is horrific if repeated indefinitely. Mr Drever-Smith described the hold music for HMRC as ‘mundane but.. jazzy’Credit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA “You never get the chance to listen to a song in its entirety, it just lasts a minute then starts over. That just makes it much worse.”But it does make you wonder – as a musician you want your music to be heard and this hold music has definitely been heard by millions.”As a self-employed drummer, Mr Drever-Smith is no stranger to the drudgery of phoning HMRC – finding himself on a call to the organisation at least five or six times a year. “It just made it so much worse at the end when it says ‘thank you for your patience’ after making you sit through all of that – it just adds insult to injury,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
DRUG COMPANY PFIZER is to start selling Viagra online in a bid to fight counterfeit drugs which have been eating into its market share.The pharmaceutical giant said on its website that it is launching Viagra home delivery “to meet the needs of consumers who are increasingly going online to purchase prescription medications”. The service is only available to people living in the United States.Viagra is single most counterfeited medicine produced by Pfizer, the company said.There are almost 24 millions searches every year on the internet by people looking for Viagra online. In the 15 years since it was first launched, Viagra has sold millions of tablets to treat erectile disfunction in men – but has also seen a booming black market open up in counterfeit drugs as people try to buy it cheaply or without a prescription.“By offering men with erectile disfunction convenient access and a legitimate alternative to purchase Viagra online, our hope is that Pfizer will help rein in the distribution of fake erectile disfunction products,” said Victor Clavelli of Pfizer.Pfizer said people will only be able to buy Viagra online if they have a valid prescription.“Through our ongoing analyses, we’ve seen how fake pharmacy websites can lure consumers into buying counterfeit medicines with what seems to be an easy purchasing experience, but it may be putting their health at risk,” said Carmen Catizone of the US National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.Read: 12 ways Viagra has changed the world in 15 years > Read: Councillor wants HSE funding for Viagra reviewed >
Un pacemaker miniaturisé et sans pileDes chercheurs grenoblois associés au groupe italien Sorin sont en train de mettre au point un pacemaker miniature et qui fonctionnerait sans pile.Un stimulateur cardiaque, ou pacemaker, d’un nouveau genre est actuellement en phase de conception. Mis au point par des chercheurs grenoblois associés au groupe italien Sorin, celui-ci serait miniaturisé à 1 centimètre cube et serait ainsi huit fois moins encombrant que les pacemakers classiques. Mieux encore : le dispositif baptisé HBS (pour Heart Beat Scavenger) serait dépourvu de pile.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’ont souligné ses créateurs, la petite taille de ce dispositif permettra aux chirurgiens de l’installer directement dans le cœur du patient, contrairement aux modèles actuels qui, placés sous la peau, envoient des impulsions électriques au cœur via des sondes. De plus, son implantation devrait être plus aisée en raison de la disparition des sondes. “Aujourd’hui, le plus petit stimulateur cardiaque au monde mesure 8 centimètres cubes et les deux tiers du volume sont constitués par la pile qu’il faut changer régulièrement”, tous les 6 ou 10 ans, explique Jean-Jacques Chaillot, chercheur au CEA-Leti de Grenoble cité par l’AFP. Mais cette fois, le pacemaker sera alimenté grâce à l’énergie mécanique générée par le “mouvement du cœur ou les mouvements du patient” lui même, a-t-il précisé, réglant ainsi le problème des piles et permettant de réduire considérablement la taille du pacemaker. Un démonstrateur devrait être présenté en septembre 2013 avec pour objectif “de le commercialiser dans 5 ou 10 ans, le temps d’obtenir les autorisations nécessaires”, a indiqué Martin Deterre, ingénieur chez Sorin, un groupe spécialiste des technologies cardiovasculaires. Les pacemakers sont indiqués chez les personnes dont le coeur bat trop lentement et ne parvient donc pas à remplir tous les besoins de l’organisme, pouvant conduire à de la fatigue, des malaises voire de l’insuffisance cardiaque. Néanmoins, la pose d’un tel stimulateur nécessite de prendre de nombreuses précautions notamment en ce qui concerne les interférences électromagnétiques. De plus, ces dispositifs ont un certain coût. Toutefois, les concepteurs du HBS ont annoncé que le coût de l’appareil devrait être assez proche des modèles actuels, soit quelques centaines d’euros. Le 22 juin 2012 à 14:36 • Maxime Lambert
Shopping for a new vehicle? You’re likely more interested in things like fuel economy or all-electric range than whether or not your new ride will come with a toilet and a rack full of recording equipment.But if you’re looking for something truly unique to arrive in when you roll up to the club, you may want to get in on the bidding for this 1989 Dodge Ram 350 conversion van. The conversion, in this particular case, was into a rolling surveillance unit for the FBI.This fine specimen has just over 23,000 miles on the odometer, and it’s been well-maintained. It’s got brand new belts all around, tires with 90% of the tread left, frosty AC in both the front and back, and a spotless interior. Hey, Johnny Law likes to keep his workplace clean. He also apparently really liked fake wood paneling back in the day.The outside has a few dings and dents, but that’s all part of the clever camouflage. You don’t want your surveillance van looking too nice, or it’ll stick out like a sore thumb.Just because this thing was built for surveillance doesn’t mean you have to use it to be a creeper. Why not turn it into the ultimate party van? With a pair of DVD players, two LCD monitors, not one but TWO dual cassette decks, three extra batteries for all-day power, and a toilet. Because you can’t be jumping out to pee in the bushes when you’re on a stakeout, this baby’s ready for whatever you throw at it. If you must be a snitch, be a snitch with style.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
This brilliant man’s work is steaming NOW on @CBSAllAccess !!! #StarTrekDiscovery #episode4 pic.twitter.com/WQ8b7hGhmv— Sonequa Martin-Green (@SonequaMG) February 8, 2019Burnham and Saru figure out that the sphere is an ancient sentient being. It has seen thousands of years of the galaxy’s history. It grabbed onto the Discovery because it needs its knowledge to live on after it dies. It needs to transfer everything its seen and learned to someone else. That’s why the translators were the first things to fail, and why the ships systems began to fail. They were overloaded with all the knowledge this sphere had being poured into it. This leads to a debate over one of the fundamental questions of Star Trek. They can prepare the ship to accept the massive amount of information, but Spock’s ship is rapidly traveling out of their tracking range. They’ll have to abandon their current mission to help this creature. While this raises the question of what Starfleet owes to these new species it discovers, the issue becomes larger than that. What does Starfleet owe to the universe? With everything this creature’s seen, accepting all its knowledge would be a huge benefit to Starfleet and the universe at large. Plus, it aligns with the Discovery’s base mission as a science vessel.Pike decides that the possibility of collecting new knowledge overrides the search for Spock. Even if there’s a chance that collecting that knowledge and allowing the sphere to die could cause an explosion that takes out the ship. Pike takes some precautions before allowing the Discovery to accept everything the sphere tries to communicate. Those precautions turn out to be unnecessary. As they often do on Star Trek, the creature turns out to be entirely non-hostile. It’s final act is to reverse the polarity (of course) of its stasis field, protecting the Discovery from the mesmerizing and beautiful explosion of its death.Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno (Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBS)Meanwhile, Engineering was cut off from the rest of the ship so it could deal with its own separate subplot. We’re still dealing with May, the fungal organism that attached itself to Tilly. The story still doesn’t quite have enough time to get where it’s going this episode, but it at least gets to an interesting place. When the ship’s systems are overloaded, the creature escapes containment and reattaches itself to Tilly. Helping Stamets figure out the problem is Jet Reno, the engineer the Discovery picked up on the asteroid. She’s much more blunt and mechanical than the natural sciences-minded Stamets. The two have an adversarial, begrudging partnership that adds some welcome comic relief to this whole story. Also, Tig Notaro is fantastic in this role, and this episode made me so happy she’s on the show this season.Combining their mechanical and biological knowledge, they figure out a way to talk to May through Tilly. Physically drilling a hole in her head to make the connection felt a little gratuitous for Star Trek, but I won’t deny it was effective. It succeeded in making me legitimately worry about Tilly this whole episode. They learn that the mycelial network contains sentient life like May. And that this life sees the Discovery as an invasive alien species causing environmental damage with every jump. May also refuses to let Tilly go, saying she has plans for her. We don’t get to find out exactly what those are this week, though. The fungus swallows Tilly up, and though Stamets and Jet are initially able to cut her out, it releases hallucinogenic spores. The effects distract Stamets and Jet long enough for the fungus to take Tilly again, transporting her somewhere in the mycelial network. We’re going into these creatures’ world on a rescue mission next week, and I am beyond excited to have a proper introduction. Discovery certainly seems to be finding its Star Trek voice this season.Anthony Rapp as Stamets (Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS)This episode left a lot of exciting possibilities open for the rest of the season, particularly with Saru. I still have my problems with how serialization changes Star Trek storytelling, but it’s being used very well in this instance. After solving the sphere problem, Saru continues to die. He asks Burnham to kill him before the pain drives him mad. It’s a tough, emotionally affecting scene. I actually started to question whether this really was Saru’s last episode. Then, as Burnham prepares to sever Saru’s ganglia, they crystalize and fall off on their own. He immediately gets better. It turns out surviving the death process doesn’t drive you mad after all. Without his ganglia, he feels an absence of fear and more powerful than ever before. That knowledge, he realizes, could change the Kelpiens’ way of life and how they view themselves as prey. I smell a trip to Kaminar in the future. As well as a continuing search for Spock. One of the last things the Sphere saw, it turns out, was Spock’s ship. That knowledge allowed Burnham to track his coordinates even further. A little too convenient maybe, but the story has to move forward somehow.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays at 8:30 on CBS All Access.Previously on Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 3 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 2 Recap ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Star Trek: Discovery appears to be remembering this season that it’s a prequel. Despite the modern special affects and aesthetics, it realizes it’s going to have to start looking, at least a little, like the original series. Nobody is clamoring for a return to wooden sets and obvious TV flats. But fans have been wondering how exactly we get from the seemingly more futuristic tech on Discovery, to the relatively simple devises of TOS. We’re already starting to see why mycelial travel isn’t really a thing going forward. Now, the uniforms are starting to look more classic, and we get a good look at the lifting drawer-style replicators. I have to admit I, and I’d guess most Star Trek fans, are suckers for this kind of thing. Whatever issues the show itself has, it’s exciting to see Discovery’s world start to look like the Starfleet we recognize.Speaking of which, this episode begins with a brief appearance from the Enterprise. Captain Pike’s number one beams aboard with information about Spock. She’s not entirely buying the story that he murdered three of his doctors either. Something’s going on. She tracks the warp signature from Spock’s ship and gives Pike the coordinates. He sets the Discovery on an intercept course, and the Search for Spock continues. (You have no idea how tempting it’s been to call one of these recaps that this season.) The search, as it always seems to, hits a snag almost immediately. They’re pulled out of warp by a strange sphere floating in space. Things go all the way wrong almost immediately.Rebecca Romijn as Number One (Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS)The universal translators malfunction. Everyone starts speaking different languages at random. Saru, being the only one who understands almost every language being spoken, figures out what’s happening. The sphere uploaded a virus to the Discovery. It overloaded the translators and flooded the computers with all kinds of alien and human languages. He and Burnham are able to repair the translator, but that’s the least of the ship’s worries. The sphere has it trapped in a stasis field, and the virus has spread throughout the ship’s system. The ship can’t move, it’s support systems are failing and Engineering has been completely cut off.This week’s episode has all the makings of an exciting hour of Star Trek, and it delivers. This is about as classic Trek as Discovery gets. Something’s affecting the ship that the crew doesn’t quite understand. They react to individual symptoms, which inevitably fails, and thinking they have no other options left, prepare to resort to violence. That allows the show to debate the merits of firing on things they don’t understand while the smart people aboard look for another way. It’s extremely good Trek. This one adds an emotional undercurrent with Saru getting sicker as the episode goes on. The sphere isn’t just affecting the ship, it’s triggering the Kelpien death process, the mechanism by which their bodies prepare to be culled by their predator species. Even if they survive, the pain is said to drive them mad.Oyin Oladejo as Joann Owosekun; Doug Jones as Saru; Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer; Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham (Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS)It’s an interesting addition to a familiar Star Trek story, and also answers a question we’ve had about Kelpiens for a while. How is a species that has achieved interstellar travel still prey? This storyline provides an evolutionary answer that provides the episode with some affecting drama. The relationship between Burnham and Saru is one thing Discovery has done very well. We spent all last season watching them grow close and begin to trust one another. The possibility that Burnham could lose one of her best friends on the ship feels real and heartbreaking, even though we know logically that the show isn’t going to just kill off Saru. Right?Discovery pretty much got everything right with this episode. It’s everyone working together to solve a problem that seems to grow more impossible by the minute. Each character has something meaningful to contribute. It’s just plain fun to watch the entire ship work together to solve this crisis. Even the well-earned emotional beats serve a secondary purpose. Burnham realizes that the sphere is triggering Saru’s death process because Kelpiens are extremely empathetic. That means the sphere must be a living creature that’s dying. That means it’s holding the Discovery in stasis for a reason, and all they need to do is listen to it. Honestly, this is well-worn Trek territory. Each series has done some version of this plot multiple times. There’s a reason though. It’s an extremely good story, and Star Trek series, including this one, keep coming up with fresh, exciting new ways to tell it. Stay on target
“Our brand has evolved, and reaching 100 issues, especially in 2015, is a milestone,” says Cohn. “We wanted to reinforce our survival as a healthy, relevant, music-specific print magazine and expose our digital audience to our backstory in print.” “We want to give back to music fans,” continues Cohn. “Sure, there were ads sold, but this was never positioned [as a commercial venture]. It’s purely editorial.” “BitTorrent fosters a creative culture,” says Cohn. “Based on our existing relationship with them, it’s the right audience for us.” Through the form of a BitTorrent Bundle, The Fader is giving away every issue in its 16-year archive not only as a nod of appreciation to the readers, artists and staff who have supported the music, style and culture guide since its first issue in 1999, but also as a means of exposing its print history to a wider, more digitally-oriented audience, says Andy Cohn, president and publisher. After submitting an e-mail address, readers can access all 5 GB worth of free content. “Over the past three or four months, we’ve seen a big upshot in print, including a steady increase in single copy sales and print subscriptions,” says Cohn. “The growth in web traffic is, in turn, growing our print audience.” While other magazines such as Esquire and Rolling Stone have offered their digital archives as part of a subscription-based service in the recent past, The Fader insists monetization was never a motive. To commemorate the launch of its 100th issue, The Fader is giving back to music fans by releasing its entire archive as a free digital download. “The Fader 100,” including the 256-page 100th issue, is now available for download in PDF format from peer-to-peer file sharing technology company BitTorrent. “They’ve done a lot recently to play by the rules and dismiss any negative connotations,” Cohn adds. The 100th issue contains 109 ad pages (the most in a single issue to date) and 147 pages of editorial content, sandwiched between dual covers featuring artists Rihanna and Drake as well as a newly-redesigned logo, the result of a collaboration with New York-based design studio Everything-Type-Company (ETC). Prior to launching the Fader in 1999, co-founders Jon Cohen and Rob Stone established creative agency Cornerstone, which has worked on projects with BitTorrent in the past. The Fader selected BitTorrent because of the website’s established presence as a creative space in the music world, its ability to transfer large amounts of data with ease, and its active user base of over 170 million. Alongside growth in the The Fader’s web audience—online traffic has increased 316 percent over the past year—print circulation is at 115,000, including 58,500 newsstand copies sold and 39,000 print subscriptions, according to the magazine. Any concerns over BitTorrent’s past reputation as a platform for illegal music sharing were not considered.
Download AudioNew historical evidence is shedding light on the internment of Japanese people in Alaska during World War Two.Camp construction at Fort Richardson, 1942 (Courtesy of Dr. Morgan Blanchard, Northern Land Use Research Alaska)A small ceremony held last Friday at Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson was one of the first of its kind, according to officials present. The ceremony fell on the official Day of Remembrance held nation-wide, and is part of an expanding effort to recognize the experiences of Southeast Alaska’s Japanese community during the war years.Alice Tanaka Hikido was nine years old on the night in 1941 when FBI agents took her father from their home in Juneau.“He turned to us and quietly said, ‘I may not be home for a while,’ And the next moment he was gone, into the December darkness, taken by the men who had put confusion and fear in our hearts,” Hikido recalled during prepared remarks. “Little did we know at that time that he would not be home for a very long while.”Her father was one of 17 men brought to the Army’s Fort Richardson in Anchorage for several months before they were sent to an internment camp in New Mexico. Hikido and the rest of her family stayed in Juneau until April of 1942. Then they were deported to a camp in Idaho. The family was part of the 110,000-120,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast detained for years during World War Two.“And about 200 came from Alaska,” said Hikido. She spoke to a room of a few dozen people as part of the Day of Remembrance held every year on February 19th, the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which was the basis for forcibly removing Japanese-Americans from their communities to government camps.Colonel Timothy Wulff is the deputy installation commander for Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He says this is the first such event of its kind held at the base.“Something like this should never happen again,” Wulff told the audience during opening remarks.The event’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it took place inside a building sitting on the site of the little-known internment camp that was only recently evidenced.Doctor Morgan Blanchard is an archeologist, and uncovered a rare map showing where the camp was built. He pointed out the window of the Army Reserve Building, looking south towards a parking lot.A schematic of the internment camp layout (Courtesy of Dr. Morgan Blanchard, Northern Land Use Research Alaska)“Just five feet from where we’re standing is where the north fence of this camp was. And there were two strands of barbed wire fence that ran through there. The area was cleared so it could be lit with electric lights, and there were guard-towers on each of the corners,” Blanchard explain. “We have no photos of the guard towers, but we assume that they were armed.” Blanchard had made a point of noting that design multiple times during his presentation and in a brief interview. “It’s important because it’s an architecture of containment,” Blanchard said. “There is no other structure like it. It’s a prison. It’s a structure that tells us that people were held here against their will.”Blanchard authored a report after an archeological investigation into the site. They found a lot of material, but none of it conclusively tied to the camp. While there is plenty of evidence corroborating the designs laid out in the 1943 map he discovered, none of the hastily constructed buildings or structures remained. While Japanese men were brought to Fort Richardson in December of 1941, it wasn’t until February of 1942 that construction of the camp started. And even then, it wasn’t much: 16-by-16 arctic tents on top of wooden platforms with latrines and walk-ways. By the time it was done on June of 1942, the 17 men had been moved. The camp has long been known about, but physical evidence substantiating its story have been sparse.Camp construction at Fort Richardson, 1942 (Courtesy of Dr. Morgan Blanchard, Northern Land Use Research Alaska)The ceremony was held the same day as a screening of the documentary ‘The Empty Chair,’ which tells the story of this captivity from perspective of the Japanese community in Southeast Alaska.Before Hikido and her family were deported from Juneau, the high school arranged an early graduation for her brother John.“Later the next month, in May, when the actual graduation took place, an empty chair was placed with the rest of the graduating students to honor John, and to acknowledge his absence, and the absence of the total Japanese community from Juneau,” Hikido said, emotion creeping into her voice. In the last 20 years more people have begun sharing their experiences in the internment camps, according to Hikido. And she sees those stories as deeply relevant to the present.“When people get fearful we tend to lose our sense of what’s right and wrong,” Hikido said during an interview after the even.“We need to always be strong enough to stand up (to) any kind of injustice.” The ceremony was organized by the Alaska Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, which is asking the Army to let them use the area as an “interpretive site,” permanently commemorating all that took place.
Kolkata: The state government on Friday paid money to the injured persons who are receiving treatment at state-run and private hospitals in West Midnapore.The persons received injuries after the pandal collapsed on Monday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his speech.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on Thursday and announced that compensation would be given to the injured. She had also talked to the injured persons and the doctors. Shortly after the incident, she had instructed the hospital authorities to treat the injured persons with topmost priority. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state government paid Rs 1 lakh each to six persons and Rs 50,000 to three persons. An injured police personnel who is receiving treatment at a hospital in Kolkata, also received Rs 1 lakh.Senior state government officials of West Midnapore district, including the district magistrate and the superintendent of police, went to the hospital and handed over cheques worth Rs 1 lakh to two persons who are receiving treatment at the hospital. Another person, who was discharged on Friday, got Rs 1 lakh as well. Six persons receiving treatment at private hospitals received Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000. The money was paid from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.It may be recalled that state police has been conducting a probe into the incident. Senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs visited the spot and held a meeting with their counterparts in the state government.