New Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Indias lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra has requested the Sports Ministry to set up a helpline for athletes travelling abroad to avoid the kind of hardships that para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande faced recently due to lack of timely help. Pande was forced to borrow money from fellow swimmers during the Para Swimming Championships in Berlin after the funds sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India did not reach her on time. Bindra helped Pande get a scholarship after the incident through a Foundation, he is part of. “The recent incident of our paralympic athlete in Berlin raised a larger question of athlete management. Things like these continue to happen in Indian sport and leaves everyone in a bad taste and overshadows a lot of good work that is done,” Bindra said in his letter to Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “In this regard I have a suggestion: The creation of a helpline for all athletes especially when in a foreign country to solve matters of extreme concern and having a contingency fund for unforseen situations to provide just in time support to athletes would be a fantastic initiative to be taken up by the sports ministry,” he added. PTI PM AT AT
KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:24 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCity Councilmember Chris Cate took a strong lead Tuesday night in the race for District 6.Preliminary numbers in San Diego County showed him taking a 61% lead over Tommy Hough at 15%.KUSI caught up with Councilmember Cate at Golden Hall. Posted: June 5, 2018 June 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, City Councilmember Chris Cate takes a strong lead in District 6 race Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter
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Apple forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years on 27 January and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of cooling down. Despite this, the company reported revenue of $18.37bn (Â£12.83) from Greater China, accounting for 24.2% of total revenue. Revenue from the region nearly doubled in the fourth quarter. Avneesh Saxena, vice president of DCI Asia/Pacific, said Apple had performed well in the current economic state, but that the company will have to continue to be innovative if it wants to keep its edge.I feel that given the times and environment we are in, Apple has done really well. But the other point Id like to make is that too much is still dependent on iPhone â€“ more than 65% of their revenue still comes from there â€“ and that is a concern. They have to start looking at a more holistic contribution from some of their other products and streams, Saxena said.Saxena added that Apple faces tough competition from Chinese technology giants whose phones have become increasingly popular. Chinese vendors have come up in the last few years with formidable designs and price points that are almost 30-40% cheaper.f you look at Huawei, its not a poor mans phone anymore â€“ its actually a solid contender to Samsung and the iPhone. To keep that margin and distance between them and the others, theyll [Apple will] have to come up with some innovative designs in the future, Saxena said.Apples China sales grew by 84% in the year to September 2015. And despite the slowdown, the company remains the most profitable in the S and P 500 and the most valuable publicly traded US tech company.
An Afghan man walks along a path under snow-laden trees in Kabul on 5 February, 2017. Photo: AFPMore than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.“Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village,” said the spokesman.Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.In Badakhshan province also in the northeast of the country, at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches struck their houses overnight, said provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.“Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, said provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.“The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them,” he said.Freezing weather killed at least two people and over 100 animals in the western province of Badghis.In Parwan province just north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi said 16 people died.The government declared Sunday, a normal working day in Afghanistan, to be a public holiday to deter non-essential travel and ensure schools were closed.Heavy snowfall -Unusually, snow even fell in the southern province of Kandahar.Neighbouring Pakistan was also hit by severe weather, with at least 13 people killed in the northwest by avalanches or heavy rain.An avalanche smashed into eight homes in the village of Shershal in Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.The region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 metres) deep in some places.Six people who had been trapped beneath the snow were rescued.A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more soldiers were injured.Chitral district mayor Maghfriat Shah said the city’s airport was closed because of the weather.The region’s electricity supply was also disrupted after the main power line was damaged.In the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border in the northwest, three infant girls were killed and two women injured when the roof of their house collapsed in heavy rain.Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.Despite billions of dollars in international aid after the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world’s poorest nations.Last month heavy snowfall and freezing weather killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.
Share Carolyn Kaster/APCIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ National Security Summit in Washington on Thursday.The CIA on Thursday was forced to walk back an assertion by Director Mike Pompeo, who incorrectly said U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election were unsuccessful.Asked at a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday whether he could say with absolute certainty that the November vote was not skewed by Russia, Pompeo replied: “Yes. Intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.”In a later clarification, the head of the CIA’s office of public affairs, Dean Boyd, said: “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the Director did not intend to suggest that it had.”U.S. intelligence concluded in a January assessment that “the senior-most officials” in Russia had authorized hacks into the Democratic National Committee and officials connected with the Clinton campaign. And then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing that the hacking was one part of a coordinated effort that “also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.”But the agencies have yet to make an assessment about the impact of Russian interference, something Democrats were quick to point out.“In fact, the intelligence community made no such finding, nor could it,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.“This is not the first time the Director has made statements minimizing the significance of what the Russians did, but it needs to be the last,” he said.At odds with U.S. intelligence assessments, President Trump has repeatedly sought to deny or minimize Russia’s role in influencing the 2016 election.
One unfortunate downside to using the new format, is that in order for a user to receive the benefits of it, they have to download and install a 150MB installer, which then takes up some 500MB of drive space. There’s also the tricky problem of going to all the trouble of programming a document (which the company says is as easy as recording a spreadsheet macro) only to find there aren’t any users out there who can see your results, because they haven’t downloaded the program, much less heard of it.On a positive note, now that Wolfram has shown what is possible, it’s likely Adobe will either license and incorporate the new standard into PDF (CPDF anyone?), or come up with its own way of doing the same thing. Either way, users will certainly benefit in the end, especially if this new technology winds up on cell phones, or especially tablets; being able to manipulate data in a report with our fingertips, sounds like something we should already be able to do. Citation: Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-wolfram-programmable-document.html (PhysOrg.com) — Wolfram Research, the same folks who brought us both Mathematica, and Wolfram Alpha (see here, here, and here), the search computation site, is now announcing via Conrad Wolfram’s blog, that it has designed a new document format that allows for simple programming on the creator end, and interactivity on the user end. Called, appropriately enough, the Computable Document Format (CDF), it takes PDF documents one step further by allowing data embedded in a document to be manipulated in real time. Explore further More information: blog.wolfram.com/2011/07/21/la … a-expand-the-medium/ 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. Nitro PDF Reader out to blow away Adobe © 2010 PhysOrg.com While it doesn’t appear, at least for now, that Wolfram intends to compete with Adobe with its new format, it does appear to be sort of a knock on the static nature of the current PDF format.As it stands now, if you download and look at a PDF document, it’s like looking at an image, in that that’s all you can do with it, look and read. With the CDF format however, the person or group who creates the document can embed code in the document t so that when a user downloads it, he or she has the option of manipulating data in that document to taste. As an example, per Wolfram’s blog, say you wrote a paper on the Doppler affect. With a PDF document, you’d lay down your words and then try to come up with a graph/chart/picture that hopefully conveys the sound of a siren changing in pitch, for example, such as an ambulance passing by. With CDF, you could embed code that would allow a user to actually listen to that ambulance, and then by adding changeable parameters, allow them to adjust such things as the speed of the vehicle, to hear the differences that would result; in other words, you’d have a much more dynamic document.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global “It remains Day 1.” That’s how Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, signed off in his 2018 letter to shareholders. He’s been propagating the “day 1” mantra for decades, and it’s meant as a reminder that Amazon should never stop acting like a startup — even though the company now boasts more than 560,000 employees and more than 100 million members of Amazon Prime, the company’s paid service for free shipping on select items.Here are some of the most useful nuggets of wisdom Bezos shared in his letter and during a recent onstage interview.1. Standards are contagious.Bezos says he believes high standards are teachable rather than intrinsic. “Bring a new person onto a high standards team, and they’ll quickly adapt,” he writes. “The opposite is also true.”If a company or team operates with low standards, a new employee will often — perhaps even unwittingly — adjust their work ethic accordingly. He also says that high standards in one area don’t automatically translate to high standards in another — it’s important for people to discover their “blind spots.” Try making a list of your duties, then ask trusted colleagues to tell you which responsibilities are your greatest strengths. If certain things from the list don’t come up during the conversation, it might be useful to think about how you can up your personal standards in those areas.Related: 22 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Jeff Bezos2. Set clear, realistic expectations.If you’re looking to raise your standards in a particular area, the first course of action is to outline what quality looks like in that area. The second is to set realistic expectations for yourself — or for your team — regarding how much work it will take to achieve that level of quality.Exhibit A: You won’t find a single PowerPoint presentation at an Amazon company meeting. Instead, teams write six-page narrative memos to prepare everyone else for the meeting. Bezos says the quality of the memos vary greatly because writers don’t always recognize the scope of the work required to reach high standards.“They mistakenly believe a high-standards, six-page memo can be written in one or two days or even a few hours, when really it might take a week or more!” Bezos writes. 3. Stay involved with the people you’re serving.Whether you’re selling a product or service, it’s a good idea to make sure you never lose touch when it comes to the people you’re serving — no matter how high up the ladder you climb.Bezos says he still reads emails from his public inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a way to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s happening with Amazon customers. He says he believes focusing on what customers are saying is much more important for success than focusing on what competitors are doing, and he often compares customer feedback to company data to see where they misalign.“When the anecdotes and the data disagree,” Bezos said at a recent leadership forum at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, “the anecdotes are usually right.”Related: 16 Incredible Amazon Prime Facts and Stats April 23, 2018
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA passenger has been arrested on the M6 this evening after a vehicle was pulled over on suspicion of fuel theft. The Cheshire Police Taskforce pulled over a van on the M6 near junction 16, Crewe, believing it had been involved in fuel theft. Officers found the vehicle had false plates and the driver had no insurance or licence. The passenger was wanted in the Merseyside area for four burglaries. Read MorePolice officers catch more than 20 speeding on the A500 tonight A Cheshire Police Taskforce spokesman said: “Vehicle stop on M6, junction 16 on a vehicle involved in theft of fuel. Vehicle on false plates, no insurance and no licence. Passenger arrested as wanted x 4 for burglary in Merseyside. “The vehicle was seized by the North West Motorway Police. Driver was reported at roadside for driving offences.” Details of the passenger have not yet been released. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here.
AddThis About admin ShareCONTACT: B.J.AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770EMAIL: email@example.com International tradepolicy, including the U.S. position on the European Union energy charter; NAFTA; Foreign aid andcredits. In describing thenation’s policy choices in creating a national energy policy, the task forcereport emphasizes a tough bottom line: When it comes to energy, the Americanpeople cannot achieve both a painless present and a secure future. The reportstates that if the current administration tells it like it is to the Americanpeople, the U.S. would be taking the first step in years toward achieving amuch-needed national energy policy. RECURRINGENERGY-SUPPLY SHORTAGES COULD RESULT IN A NATIONWIDE CRISIS IF AN ENERGY POLICYISN’T DEVELOPED SOON, WARNS AN INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE REPORT OF RICEUNIVERSITY’S BAKER INSTITUTE AND THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONSThere could be moreCalifornias in America’s future unless the U.S. government adopts a long-term,comprehensive energy policy now, according to an independent task force report co-sponsored by the James A. Baker IIIInstitute for Public Policy of Rice University in Houston and the Council onForeign Relations. Given thecapital-intensive nature of the energy industry, such energy woes could worsenbefore they get better, the study notes. Americans should therefore bracethemselves for more California-style electricity problems and seasonalshortfalls of natural gas and heating fuels, as well as occasional spikes inregional gasoline prices. The experts note, however, that the situation is not asign that the world is running out of energy resources. Rather, the situationfinds its roots in chronic under-investment and soaring energy use. The report, signed by 51experts with widely different backgrounds and perspectives on the problem,believes that President Bush has an opportunity to begin educating the publicabout this reality and to start building a broad base of popular support for thehard policy choices ahead. The report warns thatthe United States now faces the consequences of not having had an energy policyover the last several decades. The task force concludes that “there are noovernight solutions to the energy supply and infrastructure bottlenecks facingthe nation and the world.” The task force, chairedby Edward L. Morse, a widely recognized authority on energy at Hess Energy, andassisted by Amy Myers Jaffe of the Baker Institute, noted that both Democraticand Republican administrations have allowed energy policy to drift despite itscentral importance to the domestic economy and to the nation’s security. Inparticular, energy policy has underplayed energy efficiency and demandmanagement measures for two decades. The report also notesthat a spike in oil prices preceded every American recession since the late1940s and that despite the obvious pattern, successive governments did nothingto craft a coherent and visionary national energy policy. The task force warnsthat what lies ahead now are agonizing policy tradeoffs between legitimate andcompeting interests. Among those tradeoffs, the task force states, is whetherAmericans are willing to compromise their hunger for cheap energy to achievetheir increasing demand for cleaner energy and a cleaner environment.The economic boom ofrecent years has only exacerbated the energy crisis. Strong growth in mostcountries and new demands for energy have led to the end of previously sustainedsurplus in hydrocarbon fuels. As a result, the worldis now precariously close to using all its available global oil productioncapacity. If an accident or other disruption in production occurred — whetheron the Alaskan oil pipeline, in the Mideast or elsewhere — the world might beon the brink of the worst international oil crisis in three decades. Thesituation in oil markets is compounded by shortages of other forms of readilyavailable, clean energy in the U.S., including natural gas and electricity incertain localities. “The situation is, byanalogy, like traveling in a car with broken shock absorbers at very highspeeds, such as 90 miles per hour,” the report says. “As long as the pavement onthe highway is perfectly smooth, no injury to the driver will result from thepoor decision of not spending the money to fix the car. But if the car confrontsa large bump or pothole, the injury to the driver could be quite severe…”Oil field production capacity limitations today in the Middle East mean thatthe U.S. can no longer assume that the oil-producing states will provide moreoil at will. Moreover, it is not politically desirable for the U.S. to increaseits dependence on a few foreign sources. The task force statesthat the Bush administration, while not responsible for the current problems,needs to make some hard policy choices to secure the energy future of the UnitedStates. A comprehensive energy policy that combines supply, demand restraint andenvironmental objectives is required, the report concludes. The Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations task force reportis being offered on the eve of the final deliberations of the administration’senergy task force headed by Vice President Cheney. Any viable energy policywill need to cope with the following important and often conflicting foreignpolicy issues: U.S. policy in theMiddle East; U.S. policy toward theformer Soviet Union and China; The fight againstinternational terrorism; Environmental policy;