Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has banned the use of mobile phones during his official meetings, including at cabinet meetings. “The Chief Minister wants all ministers should focus on issues that are discussed in the cabinet meetings. They should not get distracted by their mobile phones. Some ministers have been busy reading messages on WhatsApp during the meetings,” said a senior official in the chief minister’s secretariat. The decision has also been taken keeping in view hacking and electronic espionage threats. The ministers were, earlier, allowed to bring mobile phones but had to keep them on silent mode. Now, they would be required to deposit their phones at a designated counter and a token would be issued which could later be exchanged for their mobile phone.
New Delhi: The government will soon consider relaxing foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in several sectors, including single-brand retail trading and digital media, to attract overseas players, sources said. Other sectors where FDI rules would be eased are coal and contract manufacturing. According to sources, the Union Cabinet would soon consider these issues for approval. The government may allow 100 per cent FDI in contract manufacturing, according to the proposal.
In October 2015, Alberta kept the sliding scale for provinces in the New West Partnership at that time — Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia — but made all other brewers pay the maximum $1.25 regardless of how much or how little they sold.Opponents argued this was a violation of free trade and Alberta ultimately acquiesced. A year ago, it changed the beer rules again.This time, it made all beer producers in Alberta and elsewhere pay the same $1.25 a litre. But it also introduced grants to help Alberta producers expand their businesses.Artisan Ales filed a complaint with the internal trade panel. The brewer argued the incentive program and the one-price markup were effectively retaining the previous approach through the back door.Alberta argued that the $1.25 across-the-board markup and the grants are two different things and are both allowed under interprovincial free-trade rules.In a 2-1 decision, the panel agreed with Artisan.Ceci declined to elaborate on the legal arguments the government will use to try to overturn the decision when the appeal goes before another panel.Alberta has the most open liquor market in Canada — vendors simply have to fill out a form to sell. Access to shelves in other provinces is controlled by liquor boards.Ceci said he is watching ongoing talks among provinces on revising liquor trade rules under the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement.“I’m certainly hopeful that will bring some better co-operation amongst all provinces.” EDMONTON — Alberta’s beer war is opening on a new front.The government says it will appeal a trade panel ruling that found the province’s incentive for Alberta brewers violates interprovincial free-trade obligations.“We stand firmly with Alberta small brewers. We will not abandon them now,” Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Tuesday at the legislature.“There have been 18 small breweries opened up in the year since the program started. It’s doing what it’s intended to do. Jobs are happening.”Three weeks ago, a three-member dispute resolution panel of the Agreement on Internal Trade determined that the incentive violates trade rules agreed upon by all provinces and the federal government.The challenge was filed by Artisan Ales, a Calgary-based importer of beer from places such as Quebec and Europe.Artisan Ales co-owner Mike Tessier said he was not surprised Ceci has chosen to appeal. He said the province can’t give ground when it is also facing court challenges from two out-of province brewers over the program.“They more or less have to do this,” Tessier said in an interview.The price changes have damaged his business and hurt other distributors, he said.“They’ve had the rug ripped out from them overnight.”Ceci should have pursued options to help small brewers in a trade-compliant way without inflicting collateral damage on others in the industry, Tessier suggested.Ric McIver, finance critic for the United Conservative Party, said Ceci needs to accept the trade ruling and fix the incentive program.McIver said the party wants businesses, including small brewers, to thrive but “we do not, however, agree that violating trade agreements with protectionist measures does anything to help these businesses thrive.”The dispute began almost two years ago when Ceci announced changes to government markups on beer sales. Until then, beer producers had been charged a markup on a sliding scale. Large producers paid the maximum of $1.25 a litre.They’ve had the rug ripped out from them overnight
A head-on collision south of Woodstock that closed a stretch of Highway 59 for several hours and sent five people to hospital had provincial police “surprised” there weren’t any casualties.An SUV travelling south on Highway 59 between Gunns Hill Road and Old School Line crossed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a northbound pickup truck pulling a boat just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oxford OPP said.A 63-year-old Norwich Township woman and her two daughters, both aged 36, in the car were taken to hospital, with one daughter being flown by air ambulance to London for treatment of serious injuries. She was in critical condition, police said Sunday.Devastating head-on crash on #Hwy59 at a Norwich Township address sends 5 people to hospital. #Hwy59 is closed between Gunns Hill Rd and Old School Line. #OPP continuing to investigate. Charges pending. @OxfordCounty #OxfordOPP ^es https://t.co/ZXocsgXvLe— OPP West (@OPP_WR) August 10, 2019The two men in the pickup, both aged 33 and from Kitchener, suffered minor injuries, police said.“We’re surprised we’re not dealing with a triple fatality here,” OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a video from the crash scene posted to Twitter. The video showed significant damage to the SUV and the front end of the pickup.“This is why it’s important to make sure you wear your seatbelt and reduce your speed. We’re very fortunate that we’re not looking at a multiple fatality collision,” Sanchuk said.Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone who saw the crash and did not talk to police is asked to call email@example.comTwitter.com/@sebatLFPress Five people were injured in a head-on crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 59 south of Woodstock between a car and a pickup hauling a boat, Oxford OPP said. (OPP Twitter)
“In announcing a probe into conditions of detention, the Government has acknowledged the problem. But in light of the apparently systemic nature and magnitude of that problem, and the importance of public confidence in any inquiry, I urge the authorities to consider calling for an international inquiry,” she added in a statement.An international element would help the authorities address the situation in an impartial and objective way, which is crucial to fostering an environment of respect for human rights and, ultimately, to achieving national reconciliation,” Ms. Arbour said.She noted that in addition to their treatment, the large number of detainees in Iraq was “a matter of worry,” adding that while progress in reviewing cases had led to the release of hundreds of detainees, the overall number continued to increase due to mass arrests carried out during security and military operations.“There is an urgent need to provide remedy to lengthy internment for security reasons without adequate judicial oversight,” she said, adding that she was also concerned over reports from Mosul and other places that Interior Ministry officials continue to detain hundreds of individuals despite judicial orders for their release.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2013 11:07 am MDT Review: Microsoft’s new Surface Pro neither the best tablet nor the best laptop TORONTO – Microsoft’s new Surface Pro isn’t the top tablet on the market and it’s not the best laptop either.Although the company boasted its dual-mode device would offer a “no compromise” experience as both a tablet and a laptop, that’s simply not the case.While corporate road warriors and consumers alike would welcome the concept of having to buy just one device that could double as a tablet or a full-featured laptop, the Surface Pro doesn’t fully fit the bill. And it’s pricey enough that you could buy a budget-priced laptop and a tablet instead of the Surface Pro.As a tablet, the Surface Pro packs more power than its competitors and runs the same Windows 8 operating system that drives some PCs. Anyone familiar with Windows 8 will be instantly at home using the Surface Pro, which can run PC applications and multi-task. Even memory- and processor-hungry programs like Adobe Photoshop run well on the Surface Pro, which is equipped with four gigabytes of RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor that’s commonly used in laptops. On the other hand, the device is also noticeably heavy for a tablet, weighing in at two pounds versus the iPad’s nearly one and a half pounds. It sounds like a small difference but given some users already find the iPad a bit onerous to hold for long periods of time, the extra half pound of heft is significant.As a laptop, the Surface Pro also performs well but its 10.6-inch screen feels undersized unless you’re used to working on a netbook or ultra-portable laptop. And typing on the plug-in keyboard (which is sold separately) can require a major adjustment to use effectively.There are two keyboard types to choose from. The Touch Cover, which is nearly flat and has imprinted keys that don’t click, sells for $120. The Type Cover, with real mechanical keys, goes for $130.It takes some practice to blindly navigate both of the keyboards but the Touch Cover in particular requires a much longer investment of time to master. It takes a while to get used to the feel of working on an unresponsive keyboard — a slight tap may not register a keystroke but slamming the keys isn’t required either. If you choose the cheaper Type Cover be prepared for a very frustrating first few hours of typing until muscle memory kicks in.Both keyboards also have a trackpad to control the on-screen cursor, which is similarly frustrating to use. Manoeuvring the cursor and clicking doesn’t feel quite as smooth as you’d like. Luckily, the touchscreen can still be tapped and swiped when the keyboard is plugged in, which is sometimes an easier way of interaction rather than using the trackpad.Microsoft also sells a wireless mouse to use with the Surface for $70, which performs well when you have a desk to work on.Another drawback with using the Surface Pro in laptop mode is it doesn’t work well when sitting on a couch or away from a desk. The device doesn’t sit well on your lap and the keyboard flexes and shifts slightly when typing on it without a firm surface underneath.There is plenty to like about the powerful Surface Pro but add up all the cons and it’s tough to recommend the device, especially considering its price tag. A 64-gigabyte model sells for $900 or it’s $1,000 for 128 gigabytes of storage. And then you’ll have to add a keyboard (which doubles as a protective screen cover) if you want to use it as a laptop.The Surface Pro is a decent amalgam of tablet and laptop technology and despite its flaws, might be useful for users who want just one device to carry around. Other tablets, including the iPad, can be partnered with external keyboards but they don’t offer the full PC experience like the Surface Pro can. As its name implies, the Surface Pro makes more sense for business users who value portability but don’t want to sacrifice on power and functionality. There are compromises in the design, despite what Microsoft has insisted, and it is somewhat expensive, but the Surface Pro can perform well as both a tablet and laptop, albeit not perfectly.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s former health minister was convicted on Thursday of pressuring the country’s pension fund to support a controversial Samsung merger, in one of the first rulings on key players in the corruption scandals that ensnared the country’s ousted president and Samsung’s heir.The merger of Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries in 2015 was crucial in Samsung’s father-to-son leadership succession, but U.S. hedge fund Elliott Associates and other minority shareholders opposed the plan arguing that it would unfairly benefit Samsung founding family members.Support from the National Pension Service, a key investor in Samsung, was crucial to ensure shareholder approval. Thanks to the pension service’s vote, Samsung narrowly won the approval, helping Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong consolidate his control over South Korea’s largest business conglomerate.The Seoul Central District Court said Moon Hyung-pyo, then head of the Health Ministry that oversaw the National Pension Service, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. He was found guilty of abusing power to sway the pension fund’s vote on the merger. He was also guilty of perjury during a parliamentary hearing, lying about his role in the merger.Moon has violated the pension fund’s independence, the court said in a statement.A former executive at the pension fund was also found guilty of causing damages to the fund by swaying its investment committee to support the Samsung merger. Hong Wan-sun, a former head of the fund’s operation division, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.The court said Hong swayed the vote even though he knew that the merger ratio was unfair to Samsung C&T shareholders and hence it would cause damages to the pension fund’s stake in the construction company.The 2015 Samsung merger and the allegations that the pension service was pressured to support Samsung’s succession plan were among the triggers of the massive corruption scandals that led to the impeachment of Park Geun-hye in March and the arrest of Lee, Samsung’s de facto leader.Prosecutors have accused Lee, who is on trials for bribing Park Geun-hye and her long-time friend, of offering bribes in exchange of seeking the government’s support of the smooth leadership transition at Samsung, including the merger.The allegations that the pension fund, which manages $508 billion for South Koreans’ post-retirement, supported the controversial Samsung merger despite financial damages angered public and it was one of the reasons that prompted South Koreans to stage massive demonstrations for months last fall.___This story has been corrected to show name of hedge fund was Elliott Associates, not Elliott Management. by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2017 12:38 am MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Moon Hyung-pyo, center, a former South Korean health minister who oversaw National Pension Service, arrives at Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 8, 2017. A court has convicted Moon of pressuring the country’s pension fund to support a merger of two Samsung companies. (Kim Sun-ung/Newsis via AP) S. Korea’s ex-health minister guilty of swaying Samsung vote
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Buckeye Tune-up Friday at OSU’s French Field House, their final meet prior to the Big Ten Indoor Championship meet.OSU athletes won seven of the 17 individual events contested for each gender. The men’s and women’s teams each had a two-event winner. Redshirt senior distance runner Adam Green took first place in the men’s mile run with a time of 4:11.25, and followed that with a winning time of 8:28.33 in the 3,000-meter run. On the women’s side, senior sprinter Christina Manning finished first in the 60-meter dash in 7.28 seconds, then won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11 seconds.In addition to the event winners, two OSU athletes met automatic qualifying standards for the NCAA Division I Championship in the weight throw. Redshirt senior Matt DeChant met the mark with a throw of 70 feet, 9 1/4 inches, while fellow senior Max Mays also qualified with a throw of 70 feet, 7 inches. Ashland University’s senior Ryan Loughney won the men’s weight throw with a throw of 71 feet, 4 inches.While the Buckeye Tune-up served as a venue for some of the OSU athletes to perform, others rested this week in preparation for the Big Ten Indoor Championships.“Some people needed rest and some people need work,” said Karen Dennis, coach of the women’s team. “(Some athletes were) really getting geared up emotionally for Big Tens next weekend.”Although he won two events, Green said the meet “was more of a training day.”Heading into the conference championship meet, there is certainly pressure on the women’s track and field team, as they are the defending champions of the Big Ten Indoor Championship. Two women’s athletes also have individual conference titles to defend — Manning was last year’s Big Ten champion in the 60-meter hurdles, while senior sprinter Madison McNary took first place in the 60-meter dash.“As defending champions, we want to go defend our title, but we are also realistic in knowing that we have to expect people to want to bump us off,” Dennis said. “Sprinters and hurdlers all have to make it back to the finals.”The men’s track and field team finished fifth at last year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships, but their sights are set on greater accomplishments in 2012.Redshirt junior Heath Nickles, who cleared a height of 16 feet, 11 1/2 inches and won the Buckeye Tune-up pole vault, said the team is in it to win it.“We won’t accept anything else,” he said.Nickles said his individual goals for this weekend are to win the heptathlon and pole vault, stressing the importance of scoring 10 points for the team in each event.Coach Robert Gary said Nebraska is the team to beat in the Big Ten. He said he believes in his team’s chances to win, because the team “doesn’t bring anybody to the Big Ten meet just to get the experience of getting their butts kicked.”Senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh and redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie did not compete in Friday’s meet, but will be crucial to the team’s success this weekend. Murdaugh will be attempting to defend his conference title from last year in the 400-meter dash. Leslie finished fourth in the mile run at last year’s meet, but he has been running faster times this season, including a mile time of 3:56.85 at the Penn State National Invitational which not only set a school record, but also met the mark to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division I Championship meet.The quest to bring the Big Ten Indoor Championships title back to OSU begins Feb. 24, in Lincoln, Neb. The meet concludes Saturday.
Mining3 and Ava Group have revealed a little more about the plans to launch an innovative predictive asset monitoring solution for conveyors.Under the development and commercialisation agreement signed last month, Ava’s Future Fibre Technologies (FFT) subsidiary will use its Aura advanced fibre optic sensing platform, combined with Mining3’s signal processing algorithms, to bring to market a brand new FFT solution – Aura IQ.“This automated system will provide the global mining industry with the world’s most advanced solution in wear detection of conveyor rollers with the ability to pre-empt failure, generating significant time and cost savings,” Mining3 said.Prof Paul Lever, CEO of Mining3, said: “Our focus remains on accelerating the research and development process to deliver breakthrough technology for our members and the global mining industry. The new development and commercialisation partnership with the Ava Group facilitates this outcome and ensures the industry benefit from much-needed advancements in technology.”Ava Group’s Head of Extractives and Energy, Andrew Hames, said: “Mining companies are striving to realise the full benefits of evolving digital capabilities to enhance improvements in productivity; including looking at ways of using data more effectively to improve asset management, reliability and introduce predictive capability.“This partnership is a result of our focus towards providing innovative solutions to clients in key strategic sectors. The opportunity for Ava Group and FFT is transformational for the industry and adjacent markets as we further leverage the technologies’ applications.”Aura IQ is expected to launch in Q2 FY2019 and provide a first mover advantage for Ava Group, in a potential total addressable market of up to A$300 million ($213 million), Mining3 said.
A MAN IN his late 20s was found with a firearm in a car in Kildare yesterday evening.He was arrested after the discovery was made and he’s now in custody at Clondalkin Garda Station.The firearm was recovered when Gardaí from the Organised Crime Unit stopped the car on the Naas Road close to Kill during a planned operation.Local Gardaí supported the search in which a handgun and ammunition was found.The 29-year-old driver of the car is being held under Section 30 of The Offences against the State Act, 1939.
Midnight“Security is increased at night.“By day, it’s more relaxed. You can see what’s going on and you can see what people are up to.“We’ve got viewing towers manned by security, and there’ll be teams monitoring around the arena, the campsite and the perimeter. You’ve different teams responsible for different areas.“The security is there and people are aware of it.“It’s to ensure we don’t have we don’t have fence jumpers. It’s to ensure people feel safe. It’s to ensure there aren’t people doing anything that will cause aggravation. THE BODY AND Soul Festival celebrated its fifth year at the weekend, with 8,500 music fans turning out at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath to witness live sets from the likes of Gary Numan, Caribou, Goldfrapp, John Grant and Of Montreal.Of course, this being a ’boutique’ festival (for want of a better word) the main stage acts represented only a small portion of the attractions on offer.There was also a summer solstice party, a masquerade ball, a Decadent Dining tent, a rave in the woods, a ‘Soul Kids’ area, food stands galore, carousels, acrobats…. the list goes on…All of this in a country estate 8km from the nearest small town of Athboy, and around 30km from Mullingar.Not exactly the epicentre of the national grid, in other words. But still, thousands of people were fed, watered, entertained and generally kept happy for 72 hours in the relative wilderness of Westmeath, as the country enjoyed something of a mini heatwave.As festival organiser Avril Stanley points out:You have people queueing for all sorts of cuisine at all sorts of hours. Behind the scenes it takes a lot of effort to get that samosa into your hand.Indeed, ‘first world problems’ was probably a favourite phrase in Ballinlough at the weekend, as festival-goers found themselves absent-mindedly complaining about 30 minute queues to use the hot tubs, only to quickly catch themselves on.So what’s going on behind the scenes as gig-goers pack out the main stage mosh pit as darkness falls, queue for pulled pork sandwiches at 2 o’clock in the morning, and wander off in search of those mythical raves in the forest at 4?… 6pmHeading into the evening on a Saturday night, the festival is already in full swing.“Friday can be crazy,” Stanley says. “Like dropping chemicals into water and watching them fizz up.”“You find by Sunday, sometimes even Saturday the festival has found its rhythm. People have found their friends or found new friends. They’ve tracked down that guy they fancy.“Six on a Saturday is a nice time at the festival. It’s a time when people might be wandering from stage to stage, checking things out, because the place is a wonderland.“So… Behind the scenes on the main stages you’ll have crews prepping for the next band, doing changeover of kits and backlines.“You’ll also have artist liaison teams checking with bands to make sure they have food and water… That their dressing room has a mirror, whether they have everything on their rider if they’ve asked for something in particular.“Then there’s the transportation manager who’ll be doing things like overseeing logistics, airport pick-ups and drop-backs, making sure all equipment goes to the relevant stages — because we’ve seven stages in all. You have to make sure everything gets to where its supposed to. Source: Allen Kiely… John Grant & Conor O’Brien on stage9pm“People will be wandering back and forth. They might be getting hungry and heading along to check out the food options.“The public see us serving all sorts of great food, and we always make sure the experience is culinary.“But behind the scenes, we’re essentially in a field preparing food for eight and a half thousand people. We have to bring in everything of course — essentially, everything that a human being needs.“We have a team dedicated to power. They’re working with traders to make sure people have what they need, see that people aren’t knocking out generators or whatever.“You’ll have refrigeration vans on site keeping everything cold. You’ll have stall-holders running around getting extra supplies … deliveries arriving.“Behind the scenes, it takes a lot of effort to to get that samosa into your hand. Source: Allen Kiely… Gary Numan on stage Source: Allen Kiely… Saturday headliners Goldfrapp Source: Allen Kiely “Our main stage and our second stage both close at 2am on a Saturday.“By this time a real vibrating, pulsating energy has built up. “People start to wander. We put a huge amount of effort into our ancilary entertainment though, and there’s still lots going on.“I feel I have to have extra sensory vision around then.“I pound the grounds until the arena is closed, keeping an eye, identifying issues…“There’s lots of security around at this time. And stage managers have to be on the ball so people aren’t climbing up next to some DJ or whatever, and pulling things apart.“It’s almost like steering a ship. You have to be prepared for the worst, and sometimes you have choppy waters. But we have a duty of care to people who come to our festival.“We’re ready to respond to just about anything that will come our way.The morning after“5am is an interesting time. That’s when all the ancillary entertainment is finished.“People are going to bed, and wandering off to their campsites.“But behind the scenes though there’s a whole new set of staff coming on.“Generators are getting refilled, tankers are coming in with fresh water. Hot tubs are getting refilled…“On the music side of it the decks are being taken down, the stages are being stripped… Photographers are going through their photos and deciding which ones to keep.“You know how it is… You know when you go to someone’s house for a house party – your favourite friends are the ones who have actually stayed up and cleaned the kitchen…“The festival’s not just for the party animals who are up all night… It’s for people who want to get up early and do yoga. It’s for kids who want to come down and do balloon animals.“We need to constantly keep maintaining the site, so there’s always something going on…It is a cycle…. There’s death and rebirth, and on it goes. All images: Allen KielyRead: Ponydance: Sexy, fun, irreverent… here’s why you need to see these dancersRead: The men dressed up as Vikings in Dublin at the weekend REALLY got into character “The staff ups everywhere in the evening.“In the daytime, you see, people are eating and then people are find their niche and finding their friends and finding where they need to be.“It’s later that the line-ups get more interesting, as the festival shifts into another gear.“11 at night is time to put your kids to bed if you have kids, and cuddle up with them if you don’t have a babysitter.“There’s medics on site too to look after people. We have three medic posts dealing with everything from sprained ankles to births.Wait… What?“Yes, we have had a woman who went into labour. It was an evening-time birth. Two weeks early.“The medical team responded… She was brought to Mullingar Hospital and had a beautiful baby.”2am
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The sense of expectation in the small room was palpable. It was a mid-May morning, and a group of 30 young Greeks, selected on the basis of academic achievement and an interview process, had gathered in the offices of Upstream Systems. They were there to learn what opportunities the company has to offer and what skills it is looking for.Upstream embodies the virtues Greece needs in its companies if the country is to transcend its bankrupt economic model. Begun as a mobile-marketing company 15 years ago before the fertile union of mobile telephony and the internet, over time Upstream evolved into a mobile-commerce company. These days, it sells goods and services via mobile phone – anything from gaming apps to microloans. Its revenue has shot up to €200 million ($222.6 million) from €35 million in six years. As much as 90 per cent of that is earned in emerging markets, yet more than 75 per cent of Upstream’s workforce is based in Greece.Most Greek firms take little interest in employee satisfaction, fostering teamwork or giving their top people a sense of ownership. Youth tends to be kept down until it turns into age, and competitors are usually viewed as personal enemies whose downfall is more desirable than one’s own good performance. Upstream strives to be different: Marco Veremis, Upstream’s 40-something co-founder and chief executive, tells his young listeners that his company’s two main principles are excellence and meritocracy. He mentions that the company employs people from 25 different nationalities, that the average employee age is about 30, that talent rises fast at Upstream – and can be rewarded with shares in the company.Mr Veremis has also shown himself to be a keen supporter of new projects. Nikos Moraitakis, co-founder and CEO of Workable, a new recruitment-software company, was Upstream’s vice president for business development before he started his own firm. When he told his then-boss about his plans, Mr Veremis became one of his first investors and gave him free office space to help him through his first few months.The Greek startup sector, though still small, is showing signs of promise. With the help of four venture-capital vehicles, funded in large part by the European Investment Fund and offering up to €80 million in seed money, the number of tech startups jumped to 144 in 2013 from 16 in 2010, according to Endeavor Greece. Some have used that seed money to grow fast and attract major investors from the US and Europe.There is no shortage of talented, well-educated Greek graduates to recruit. Tech startups offer well-paid jobs that give engineers and other scientists the opportunity to use their knowledge instead of wasting away at low-paying work unrelated to their studies or languishing unemployed.Yet universities have done little to bring startups and students together. Left-wing student politics and the outdated anticommercial mentality of many in academia mean that the country’s best academic institutions remain hostile places for businesses. One startup executive who tried to enlist a university department to set up recruitment meetings with students told me he was warned the sessions were likely to be violently broken up by leftist students. So the private sector has taken on the task of matching talent to entrepreneurial opportunity. Consider Iordanis Ladopoulos, the organiser of this visit to Upstream. Mr Ladopoulos was a professor of business administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business until his retirement in 2004. Throughout his tenure, he organised company visits for his students, as well as annual trips to a multidisciplinary conference he established in Delphi.This past March, for the third year running, Mr Ladopoulos and his associates organised a three-day event in Athens, with presentations by speakers from Greece’s top companies. About 4,000 young people attended and were given a chance to sign up for visits, called Business Days, to 23 firms, including Upstream.Bearded but always in a suit and tie, Mr Ladopoulos is a romantic who extols the values of discipline and hard work. He never tires of telling people that his life’s mission has been to bring together students and businesses. To judge from the affection his students feel for him, the effort has not been a waste.But one septuagenarian’s lifelong campaign is not enough. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens, has repeatedly set it as a central goal to repatriate many of the excellent minds that left Greece as a consequence of its long crisis. But achieving that would take a commitment to specific principles – meritocracy, free markets, competition as the search for excellence – which seem to be in short supply in his government.There has been no attention paid by the new government, in rhetoric or in bills promulgated, to promoting entrepreneurship and export-led businesses. Instead, there has been a lot of talk about reining in the excesses of the private sector, and an education law which views academic competition and evaluation of professors as equivalent to Social Darwinism. It is an approach that all but guarantees that the brain drain will continue, and that a new, high-value-added economy will remain a distant dream.* Mr Palaiologos, a journalist at Kathimerini newspaper in Athens, is the author of The Thirteenth Labour of Hercules (Portobello Books, 2014).
Around 1,600 Australians are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, with a further 12,000 people on dialysis waiting for a new kidney.At the same time, patients from African, Asian and minority ethnic communities such as those of Greek, Italian, andSpanish background are more likely to need an organ transplant than the rest of the population as they are more susceptible to illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension, which may result in organ failure and the need for a transplant.On average, patients from these ethnic communities will wait at least a year longer for a kidney transplant than patients of Anglo descent due to the lack of suitable organs. Blood and tissue types need to match for a successful transplant, and organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match.The Australian Government is therefore urging Australian citizens of all ages from multicultural backgrounds to put their good intentions about organ donation into effect by registering and sharing their decision online. According to Assistant Minister for Health, Ken Wyatt, 69 per cent of Australians said they were willing to donate their organs and tissue after death and yet only 33 per cent of adults had joined the national register. Meanwhile, all major religions in Australia support organ and tissue donation as the ultimate act of generosity, however some Australians remain unsure about whether their faith permits donation. “Faith and cultural leaders have been working with the Organ and Tissue Authority to develop rulings in support of organ and tissue donation, together with faith-based and in-language resources, to support their communities in reaching an informed decision,” said Mr Wyatt. “Registering is very simple and has no downside – and it just might mean the world to someone who needs help to stay alive or live a normal life.”Mr Wyatt visited the Liver Transplant Unit at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne this week to speak with liver transplant specialists and patients waiting in hope for a life-saving transplant. “Nine in ten families agreed to organ donation where their loved one was a registered donor,” Mr Whyatt added explaining that this number drops to just five in ten where the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge.Increasing rates of organ donation enabled a record 707 Australians to receive life-saving transplants in the first six months of this year while a new annual record of 1,241 organ recipients was also set in 2015.Michelle Gribilas. Photo: AAP /Dean LewinsNot so long ago, two members of the same Greek Australian family received heart transplants after languishing on Greece’s transplant lists. Kostas Gribilas received the heart of Australian teenager Doujon Zammit who died in Greece while on holiday in 2008.Kosta’s mother, Michelle Gribilas was faced with the same dire predicament in 2011 when she moved to Australia from Laconia, Greece. Her heart was operating at 25 per cent capacity.Mrs Gribilas was keeping up-to-date with her tests, being as cautious as she could to ensure she would be around for her children and grandchildren.At the age of 55 thanks to the doctors at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital she was able to receive a heart transplant.Going through such an ordeal, and seeing how it has affected her family, Mrs Gribilas has become an advocate for organ donation urging members of migrant communities, to sign up.“It’s one of the marvellous things you can do, because you give someone another chance at life,” she told Neos Kosmos in a previous interview with journalist Helen Velissaris. “Because I come to St Vincent’s every week for a check-up, I see [sick] kids that are 17 or 18 years old and it’s a shame,” she said.The Greek Orthodox Church, has clarified their stance on the issue.“Organ and tissue donation transforms the lives of people in need of a transplant. It respects the sanctity of life and enables people to give the ultimate gift of life to others,” Archbishop Stylianos said.The DonateLife registration brochure and form are available in 18 languages at www.donatelife.gov.auPeople who previously registered via a driver’s licence are encouraged to check that their details on the register are current by contacting Medicare on 1800 777 203 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Sir Jony Ive Leaves Apple to Start His Own Design FirmEnter BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ Fan Art Competition Rainwater harvesting usually conjures images of farms or developing countries. But the process of collecting and storing runoff is becoming a popular practice among home and business owners.Now, anyone can hoard free water with Raindrop—the IKEA equivalent of a water barrel.Created by Dutch designer Bas van der Veer in 2009, and produced by local pottery company Elho in 2011, a revamped version was unveiled during this month’s Spoga Gafa garden trade fair in Germany.Redesigned “from the ground up” with major technical updates, as well as new colors and finishes, the Raindrop goes on sale at garden centers, DIY shops, and online starting early next year.Choose from different colors and finishes (via Bas van der Veer)Simply fit the rotund device onto any drainpipe (between 50mm and 80mm thick), then watch as the built-in watering can gather H2O automatically when it rains.“This way, the user doesn’t have to fill the can with our precious tap water, but uses ‘free’ rainwater instead,” the product page said. “With the small tap at the bottom of the barrel, the watering can be refilled after using it.”Complementary and relatively clean, rainwater is ideal for washing your car or pet, filling a backyard pool, and hand-watering the lawn.Tap into your personal rainwater supply (via Bas van der Veer)Not everyone has the luxury of an expansive garden, though. For those folks with a green thumb and a balcony, Bas van der Veer also offers the Pure Raindrop Mini—a smaller version of the Raindrop.The same concept applies: rain collects in the can, user waters plants, the planet gets to live another day.Looking for something more heavy duty? The firm’s Pure Rain barrel boasts a capacity of 125 liters and—get this!—a bird-bath lid. Because what’s better than communing with nature as you fill up a watering can?The sleek receptacle is specifically designed to coordinate with Elho’s Pure range of handmade gardening products.Anyone can go green by harvesting rainwater. But, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes: Remember that pollutants may be picked up in the flowing liquid; consider filtering your water before drinking it or using it to irrigate edible plants.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target You don’t need the biggest, baddest blaster to have fun with Nerf. Sometimes you just want a really satisfying pistol. For years the Nerf Maverick has been my go-to sidearm, a mechanically near-perfect revolver that still stands as one of the best you can get for under $20, in the form of it successor, the Strongarm. I might have a new favorite, though, and it comes from the surprising world of Nerf Rival.Nerf Rival is Hasbro’s not-quite-paintball answer to Nerf, offering a more “mature” experience with more powerful blasters the fire little foam balls instead of darts. They fly faster and sting more if you get hit with them, and Hasbro even offers masks to wear when playing with them. They’ve also largely been fairly clunky rifles of different sizes, with even single-action guns being long and slightly awkward weapons with tube magazines.The Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500 fixes all of those problems by offering Rival performance in a compact, reliable pistol form. It’s simple, it’s inexpensive, and it’s very satisfying.Hasbro kicked off the Nerf Rival line with red and blue guns that let players pick teams based on color. Limiting teams to the color of weapons is pretty silly, so they started putting out more neutral (and plenty of licensed) Rival blasters. That’s what Phantom Corps is. Instead of red or blue, you get a plain black-and-white gun you can clip a red or blue flag too.The pistol itself is a single-action Nerf Rival blaster with an internal five-shot magazine. Pull the slide back and open the orange door to reveal the ammo feed, pop five balls in, close the door, and reset the slide. You’re ready to shoot. At least, you’re ready to shoot if the safety’s disengaged.See this little orange lever? That’s the manual safety. It prevents the Kronos from being fired by locking the trigger in place. It’s also shaped and positioned similarly to the safeties on many actual pistols. That’s kind of weirdly interesting. When the lever is down, the safety is on. When the lever is up, you can fire.The Kronos fires Nerf Rival balls at 90 feet per second (according to Hasbro). It has a range of 50 to 60 feet based on my tests, which is pretty impressive for an inexpensive mechanical Nerf gun. Also, it just feels fun. The slide is big and square like a Glock, the grip is comfortable, and the ball flies faster than most darts.If you want to get started with Nerf and don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500 is a fantastic sidearm. It’s simple, reliable, and powerful, and you can pick it up for $20 direct from Hasbro or $15 on Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Devlin White, 6, of Vancouver has his face painted by Charlene Adrian at a National Adoption Day event at the First United Methodist Church in Vancouver. Devlin was adopted in May, along with his sister, Giovanna, 5, by Vancouver resident Leann White. When Leann White of Vancouver welcomed foster children Giovanna, 5, and Devlin, 6, into her home with eventuality of adoption, she thought the adjustment process was too good to be true.“They were wonderful,” White said. “They were well-behaved. They got along with all the house rules, pets, other kids.”In the foster care/adoption world, that’s referred to as the “honeymoon period,” said Rachael Scott, the family’s adoption social worker through the state Department of Social and Health Services.The White children were among nearly 30 former foster children and their families from Southwest Washington who celebrated being adopted in the past year at a National Adoption Dayevent at Vancouver First United Methodist Church.All of the families have been through the ups and downs of foster care and adoption, from children’s behavioral issues resulting from trauma in early childhood to foster parents’ anxiety about whether they would be able to keep and adopt their foster infant.About six months into their new home, the White children’s emotional challenges began to surface.Devlin was clingy and obsessed with being perfect to win his new mother’s approval; Giovanna had trouble attaching and didn’t want to be touched, White said.
reading • Super Bowl 2019: ‘No Drone Zone’ set up at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Hey @NFL @SuperBowl fans! Get your chips and dip ready. Get your jersey on. Fire up the grill. BUT leave your #drone at home, because the @MBStadium is a #NoDroneZone. Get more information at https://t.co/dDMxNt9vnp . #FlySafe #GoPats #LARams #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/Z2RBeglnED— The FAA (@FAANews) January 28, 2019 The temporary flight-restriction zone on game day bars drones from flying within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 17,999 feet in altitude, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST. The FAA is also restricting drone flights within a 1-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 1,000 feet in altitude during the three days before the game. Violators of the No Drone Zone rule will face civil penalties that exceed $20,000, and possibly criminal charges, according to the FAA’s release. Drone operators probably shouldn’t be surprised by the No Drone Zone. The FAA has set up similar flight-restriction zones for previous Super Bowl games. Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is a “No Drone Zone” during the Super Bowl. Federal Aviation Administration If you’re headed to the Super Bowl, leave your drone at home. On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced temporary flight restrictions for drone owners attending Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The stadium’s airspace will be a “No Drone Zone” on Feb. 3 when the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams, as well as for three days leading up to the game. The agency tweeted “get your chips and dip ready. Get your jersey on. Fire up the grill. BUT leave your drone at home.” May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Tags Super Bowl 2019 Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Sports Drones • Share your voice Post a comment Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer See All Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar 0 Drones Super Bowl 2019
Matt Hall attends to his team at the Central checkpoint. (Photo: Molly Rettig / KUAC)2015 Yukon Quest winner Brent Sass scratched on Sunday afternoon — just 16 miles from the Central checkpoint — because of concerns over the health of two of his dogs.Listen nowMeanwhile, extreme cold and fatigue took their toll on the remaining teams. The 75-mile run from Circle to Central, which typically takes lead teams ten hours, stretched to 16 or more into Sunday.“It’s just made for a really slow trek, Quest leader Matt Hall said.”Hall, of Two Rivers, traveled about five miles an hour up Birch Creek toward Central Sunday (Feb. 12). Hall said the slow pace was largely because of drag created by the abrasive snow, but also other factors.“Part of it’s we’re gonna be slowing down at this point in time of the race anyway,” Hall said. “We ran kinda hard it makes double sense we’d be slowing down. Even though it’s very, very faint this entire 80 miles here is uphill, it’s going up a drainage.”Hall had a big lead over 2nd place musher Hugh Neff at Central last night. Hall made the run over Eagle Summit early this morning as the temperature began warming. Allen Moore, now running 3rd, has been picking up speed after struggling with sick dogs.“They haven’t been feeling so perky up until now,” Moore said. “But they’re coming around, I hope right now.”Moore said his dogs have remained hungry through the illness.“One feeding I figured it out,” Moore said. “It was almost 30 pounds of dog food, 12 dogs.”Moore, Ed Hopkins and Paige Droby camped in Central Monday morning, resting for the big climb over Eagle Summit.
738 am Tue – #GOES16 ?️ infrared channel 7 capturing the heat from the #NorthBayFires, including the #TubbsFire, #NunsFire, & #AtlasFire. #CAfires pic.twitter.com/dxDaGe46Sj— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 10, 2017 #santarosafires pic.twitter.com/BRiLTW9QK7— ?John Sepulvado? (@JohnLGC) October 9, 2017 #santarosafire pic.twitter.com/WKWpndrbAD— ?John Sepulvado? (@JohnLGC) October 9, 2017 Nick Giblin/APAn aerial image from Tuesday shows a neighborhood that was destroyed by an intense and fast-moving wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., this week. Newly homeless residents of California wine country are beginning to get details about the damages.The 17 large wildfires that have burned more than 115,000 acres in California since Sunday have now been blamed for at least 17 deaths. The fast-moving blazes have destroyed at least 2,000 buildings, many of them in the wine country region of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.At least two of the fires have each burned more than 25,000 acres, propelled by strong winds Sunday night. Conditions eased somewhat Tuesday — but the National Weather Service says high winds could return to the area beginning late Wednesday night, with gusts over 50 mph. The North Bay is under a critical fire alert, the agency says.The fires produced shocking scenes of destruction in the tourist-friendly stretch north of San Francisco, where many green landscapes have now been replaced by charred trees, cinders and thick smoke. The ferocity of the flames was captured in a video released by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, showing a deputy driving through Franz Valley Road, near where a raging fire entered from Napa County. In the brief footage, glowing cinders litter the road as flames consume trees and structures lining the street.In posting the video, the sheriff’s department told residents, “This is but one moment in a series of moments that will end up defining the strength of our community through what will be a pinnacle moment in Sonoma County history.”With heavy smoke posing a health risk, people have been rushing to buy face masks. As member station KQED’s Mina Kim reports, “North Napa Target sold out of face masks” on Monday. Federal officials also warn that dust masks aren’t sufficient to protect against fine particles from wildfire smoke.The intense fires are being described as unlike anything fire officials recall seeing in the area.“One of the fires moved more than 16 miles in less than than six hours,” says Jonathan Cox, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, “all the way from the Napa Valley over to Santa Rosa. Jumped a six-lane highway and was indiscriminate in its destruction of residential and commercial structures.”Speaking to NPR’s David Greene, Cox said, “Late season fires are always difficult, because you’re contending with very dry fuel moistures. And along with that, you have the wind event that came through on Sunday through Northern California. For some perspective, it was 50- to 70-mile an hour winds that were in the fire area.”Describing the fight against a multidimensional event, Cox laid out firefighters’ priorities: “To protect people’s lives and get them out of harm’s way, to protect the structures and also to build containment lines where we do have the opportunities of engagement.”The McClellan Reload Base, an airstrip that is used to support aerial firefighting efforts, “pumped over 266,000 gallons of fire retardant Monday. Shattering the previous record,” says Cal Fire — the shortened name for the state of Forestry and Fire Protection agency.Here’s a rundown of some of the largest fires, as of Wednesday morning: In Sonoma and Napa counties, the Tubbs Fire was at 28,000 acres with no containment level cited. In Napa and Solano counties, the Atlas Fire was at 26,000 acres and was only 3 percent contained. In Mendocino County, the Redwood Complex Fire was at 21,000 acres with no containment level. In Yuba County, the Cascade Fire was at 11,685 acres and was 20 percent contained.#GOES16 CH7 short-wave IR imagery of #northbayfires. High clouds obscure view at end of loop, not a decrease in fire activity. GOES16 imgry is preliminary, non-operational. #cawx pic.twitter.com/IEZ0sQyKiU— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 11, 2017As of Tuesday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric Company said that some 75,000 customers were without power, including 50,000 in Santa Rosa and 15,000 in the Napa area. In some cases, the utility has purposefully cut power to prevent lines from endangering first responders. It also cut gas service to more than 44,000 customers, because of the quick-spreading fires.Officials are telling residents who are under mandatory evacuation orders to stay away until an all-clear order is given. In Santa Rosa, which saw neighborhoods and swaths of land overrun by fire, a curfew remains in effect from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an emergency in eight counties: Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange. President Trump has issued a major disaster declaration; the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing federal disaster assistance to California to bolster state, tribal and local recovery efforts.The fires have affected thousands of people, forcing evacuation orders for more than 20,000 residents and obliterating homes — in some cases leaving structures on one side of the street intact, while reducing those on the other side to heaps of ash and rubble.Among those who lost their homes in Santa Rosa: Paula McCallister, who had moved to the area along with her husband less than a year ago. They’re safe — but as seen in photos McCallister shared on Facebook, fire destroyed their house. Her husband snapped the pictures after walking 2 miles to check on their house, beyond security barricades.McCallister tells NPR’s Morning Edition that she posted the images in part because it has been hard to find details about damage in specific neighborhoods.“They’re not reporting anything. They’re not telling us, your street from here to here is gone,” she said. “And so I wanted all my neighbors that know me on Facebook to see what happened, and what was gone and what wasn’t gone so that they have some kind of idea what to do next.”McCallister said that some of those neighbors are the reason she and her husband were able to grab necessities and get out. She says they fled their new house after neighbors walked the streets and knocked on doors, telling people the fire was coming. Share
Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall We all have lottery fantasies. Whether it’s buying a medieval castle or splurging on a retro sports car, the sky’s the limit with a million (or billion) bucks in your name. Well, tomorrow might be your chance to win big.At $1.6 billion, Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing is major, because it’s the set to become the largest lottery jackpot of all time. According to Mega Millions, there wasn’t a winner on Friday night’s drawing, which means it’s completely up for grabs. If you haven’t bought a lottery ticket yet, you might want to purchase one ASAP before 11:00 p.m. tomorrow. Check here for where you can play the Mega Millions in your state.To get you excited, we’ve rounded up the craziest things you can buy if you won the Mega Millions jackpot. From an abandoned island to a spaceship ticket, these are the most bonkers purchases yet.Drake’s IslandDrake’s Island (Photo Credit: Blom UK/Getty Images)It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an uninhibited island for sale? Yes, we’re talking about Drake’s Island, which is located 600m off the coast of Plymouth, U.K. According to BBC, Drake’s Island, which was named after English explorer Sir Francis Drake, is available to purchase for $7, 780, 182. For the price, you’ll own a 16th century barracks, an underground network of tunnels, and a pier. Aidan McCauley, the son of Dan McCauley, the island’s owner, hopes that Drake’s Island will be used again in the near future.Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two TicketVirgin Galactic (Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic)Space travel is upon us, and Virgin Galactic wants you for its SpaceShip Two voyage. The company, which is aiming to bring people beyond Earth’s borders in the future, is currently selling SpaceShip Two voyage tickets for $250,000 each. It’s said that 650 tickets were already bought, but it’s unknown who some of those lucky ticket holders are. If you’re interested, you’ll have to fill out an application on Virgin Galactic’s site first. The price might be steep, but Virgin Galactic aims to make space travel more affordable ($40,000 to $50,000) within the next decade.1984 Jaguar XJR5 Sports Car1984 Jaguar XJR5 (Photo Credit: Hemmings)Sports cars are some of the most popular collectibles worldwide, yet some vintage models are hard to find. If you’re dying to get your hands on a hot ride, this 1984 Jaguar XJR5 Sports Car is for sale on Hemmings, a major collector car marketplace. At $1,125,000 this old-school baby comes with all the speed fixings and it’s still in tip-top shape.James Bond Movie PosterJames Bond movie poster (Photo Credit: Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)James Bond enthusiast? You’re in luck. Prop Store, a global entertainment memorabilia company, is holding a large vintage movie poster auction on Nov. 20. Rare finds include this James Bond: From Russia With Love Movie Poster (1963), which combined with other classic cinema posters, could generate more than $330,000, according to Forbes. You’ll want to hang this collectible in your foyer, living room, or office.Marie Antionette’s JewelryMarie Antionette’s jewelry (Photo by Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)If you’re obsessed with royals, Sotheby’s is auctioning baubles that were part of Queen Marie Antionette’s personal accessory collection next month. The auction, Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family, which will start on Nov. 12 in Geneva, Switzerland, includes beautiful royal jewels from European monarchs. You’ll have to drop approximately $2,000,000 on each piece, but well worth it for an exclusive part of history.More on Geek.com:8 Eco-Brands Reimagining How We Get Dressed You Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis WheelchairPhotos: Eerie Ghost Towns to Visit (If You Dare)