Army operations in Kashmir are heading to a point where other processes, especially political ones, can take over so that soldiers can return to the borders, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of strategic 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt, told The Hindu in an exclusive interview in Srinagar. “The results of operations are never seen in the short term but we are making headway. The Army can always create conditions of peace and tranquillity for other processes. Presently, we are reaching there. In the long-term strategy, any Army would prefer to do its primary role of protecting the borders,” said Lt. Gen. Bhatt. He said the launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) saw a dip during elections in Pakistan. “It has increased since then, as 250 to 300 terrorists are waiting to infiltrate. What they (Pakistan) speak publicly has not changed anything on the ground,” he said. On the killing of 37 militants in November, the most for any month in the ongoing offensive, the Army officer said the change in tactics was yielding results. “One, there is cooperation from people. Two, we shortened operations and finished them in the night. The idea is not to get involved in crowd control. We have slowly learnt our lessons. It’s equally important for us to avoid civilian casualties.” He said the swelling of militant ranks with local boys joining them, even two years after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing, was an area of concern. “There is a bench strength terrorists maintain and fill it with people who are on the sidelines waiting to get recruited. The social media has been a challenge to us on this. Youths are radicalised by online propaganda. Photos of youth posing with guns posted online is done as part of a strategy, so that the door for return is shut.” He said Pakistan succeeded in exploiting the “situation of alienation in south Kashmir” to fill militant ranks with emotionally vulnerable youths. “The trend has waned considerably in the past two months. It had reached 24 recruits a month in June-July,” said the Army commander. “What is also turning the tide against the terrorists is that a lot of people have been at the receiving end of the terrorist atrocities of the worst kind and are refusing to provide shelter to them,” he added. He said targeting policemen or security forces personnel at home or during leave “was a new low on the part of terror groups.” “There is an attempt by the terrorists to compensate their loss of capabilities by targeting innocents and unarmed personnel, and adopt the methods of ISIS and Al-Qaeda for infusing fear,” said Lt. Gen. Bhatt. However, the Army will abide by its rule not to go after “terrorists’ families or unarmed civilians”, he said. Approximately 300 terrorists are still operating in the Valley, he said, with 175-180 in South Kashmir, while 57 surrendered or were apprehended this year. The IS, the officer said, has attraction to the extent of its glamour. “It is a matter of great concern for the separatists’ Joint Resistance Leadership. Its strength remains in single digit,” he said. Lt. Gen. Bhatt said there was no case where the soldiers violated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during operations this year, even in the incidents of Kulgam and Shopian, which left seven civilians dead. “There was no crossing of line. The casualties have been a result of cross-firing or where the crowd posed a danger to the life of soldiers or in cases of grave provocations. Houses are destroyed as a last measure. During the operations in November, only in 30% cases houses were damaged,” he said.
Liverpool are yet to hit top form this season according to club legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme SounessThe Reds left it late in the 96th-minute to seal all three points in the Merseyside derby, thanks to Divock Origi who capitalised on a Jordan Pickford error.However, Souness cast a more critical eye over his former side and says they are a contrast of the team last season.“It’s very hard to be critical of Liverpool’s form in the Premier League, but they’re not firing on all cylinders,” Souness said on Renault Super Sunday on Sky.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“I think a lot of the problems come from midfield. I think if you go back to the summer, he [Jurgen Klopp] signed two midfield players and wanted a third one – Nabil Fekir from Lyon – and I’m not sure if Fabinho and Naby Keita are an upgrade on what he’s already got.“Last year, the midfield of James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were winning it early and getting forward early and the three strikers were off raiding and causing havoc. Now, it is a little bit more pedestrian, they’re winning it but there’s an extra touch or pass.“I think they’ve got to get back to that front three as quick as they possibly can and if they can do that, then they’ll be firing on all cylinders. But right now, for me, they’re not where they were last year.”
All Chinook salmon stocked into Crooked Creek will be marked with an adipose fin clip, thermal otolith mark and coded wire tag. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released a plan for a program to enhance the chinook salmon run for the Kasilof River, and Crooked Creek. According to the DF&G, the overall goal of this research program is to reconstruct naturally- and hatchery-produced returns of chinook salmon so that a biological escapement goal can eventually be formulated. According to the notice released by the DF&G, many Northern Cook Inlet (NCI) streams have populations of wild Chinook salmon that are too small to sustain a recreational fishery, while others have been impacted by urbanization and only produce small numbers of fish. The Department of Fish and Game will be taking public comment on the plan until June 30th. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Chinook-for-Kasilof.mp3VmJennifer-on-Chinook-for-Kasilof.mp300:00RPd Approximately 140,500 Chinook salmon smolt will be released at the Crooked Creek Facility in June, 2018. The enhancement project includes collecting eggs from adult chinook salmon returning to the Crooked Creek Facility and transferred to William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery where they are reared to the smolt stage. The objective of the program is to provide additional early-run chinook salmon fishing opportunities on an annual basis in the Kasilof River via hatchery supplementation.
Rep. Guttenberg: “The U.S. Attorney General, working under the authority of President Trump, seems to think he knows better than the people of Alaska, the Alaska Legislature, and the Alaska Governor about what is best for our state. Passage of this resolution sends a strong statement that we will not tolerate this new form of federal overreach.” Other schedule one controlled substances include heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Representative Don Young have all expressed opposition to this shift in federal policy. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to respect states’ rights and the will of the Alaskan people regarding marijuana policy. Under President Obama, a document called the “Cole Memo” advised federal prosecutors not to prosecute marijuana offenses in states where it was legalized by the voters, including Alaska. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-house-pot-vote.mp3VmJennifer-on-house-pot-vote.mp300:00RPd Earlier this year, the U.S. Attorney General rescinded a previous federal policy that allowed the voters in states that legalized medical or recreational marijuana use. House Joint Resolution 21, sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), also urges the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule one controlled substance. House Joint Resolution 21 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 38-0. The resolution will now be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration. In 2014 the people of Alaska voted to fully legalize marijuana, allowing it to be grown and sold recreationally.
File photoThe High Court (HC) on Sunday banned producing, marketing, selling and consumption of pasteurised milk produced by 14 companies approved by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) as traces of harmful substances were found in those.A High Court division bench comprising justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after scrutinising reports on testing milk samples in four different laboratories.The High Court on 14 July had ordered authorities concerned to test pasteurised milk samples in laboratories of National Food Safety Laboratory, laboratories of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), and Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute within a week to detect contamination including presence of antibiotics.“The High Court has ordered to stop producing, selling, marketing, buying and consumption of pasteurized milk produced by 14 BSTI-approved companies for five weeks. After this order, there is no scope of selling pasteurized milk in the country for five weeks. The court also issued a rule on suo moto in this regard,” said lawyer Anik R Haque, who moved a writ in this regard, told newspersons.
Share Douglas County School DistrictElizabeth Fagen is the lone finalist for Humble ISD’s superintendent opening.When Humble school leaders picked Elizabeth Fagen as the lone finalist for superintendent in May, parents in her current district in Colorado celebrated her departure by posting confetti and smiley faced emojis online.Her tenure at the Douglas County School District was controversial, including a new voucher system that’s being fought over in the courts and the end of collective bargaining between teachers and the school board there.Soon parents in Humble started to protest her arrival to their district in northeast Harris County. More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition against Fagen as lone finalist, citing her track record in Colorado. More parents have organized a protest in person near the district’s headquarters this week.A spokeswoman for the Humble Independent school district said that it welcomes parents’ involvement in education. The board will hold a meeting next week on June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Humble ISD Administration Building to give more details about the search and gather public comment.The board has also issued a letter in response to parents’ outrage, saying “we are excited to have Dr. Fagen use her skills and talents as a former high school science teacher, high school principal, and superintendent to continue to lead the work in our district; the work we have set forth.”The Humble school board is expected to vote on Fagen at its meeting June 14. She would replace longtime Humble Superintendent Guy Sconzo who is retiring, but plans to stay on as a consultant until December.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew SchneiderSteve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017The trial of former Congressman Steve Stockman is now underway at Houston’s federal courthouse. Stockman is charged with running a $1.2-million fraud scheme against two leading conservative megadonors. Government and defense attorneys presented their opening arguments Tuesday.Robert Heberle of the Justice Department said Stockman approached the donors – Richard Uihlein and the late Stanford Rothschild – supposedly to raise money for charities that supported conservative causes. According to Heberle, Stockman set up the charities for his own benefit, then raided them to pay campaign and personal expenses.Defense counsel Sean Buckley said Stockman had raised the money. But he said the former congressman used the funds exactly as the donors intended. Buckley told jurors the case would show the ugly side of Washington, the role money plays in politics. But he said the one thing it won’t show is that Stockman lied.The government then called its first witness. FBI Special Agent Leanna Saler explained how donations intended for Stockman’s charities ended up in the private accounts of Stockman and his staffers.Stockman represented Houston-area congressional districts from 1995 to 1997 and from 2013 to 2015. The charges against Stockman stem from fundraising tied to his 2012 congressional campaign and to his unsuccessful 2014 Republican primary challenge to Senator John Cornyn. He faces 24 criminal counts, including multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and tax evasion. 00:00 /00:45 Listen X Share
Slightly Mad Studios is the group behind “Project CARS 2” and “Need for Speed: Shift.” The London based studio, founded by Bell in 2009, is known for working on racing and driving simulators, as well, using its cross-platform Madness engine.“What is the Mad Box?” Bell wrote. “It’s the most powerful console ever built… It’s literally ‘Mad’… You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS? You want a full engine for free to develop your games on it? You have it.”A Twitter user, @LogiForce, responded to this tweet questioning the 60 frames per second claim, asking if it should be 90FPS for VR, to which Bell replied that it’s 60FPS “per eye.” The studio is looking at shipping the console beyond the UK, and Bell hinted at some intriguing possibilities.“It will be a worldwide console,” Bell wrote. “And we’re already in early talks with areas that are, let’s say, not particularly open to other vendors at this moment.”When asked if the console will be crowdfunded or offered in partnership with another company or investor, Bell’s explanation revealed that Slightly Mad Studios already has several interested parties.“We have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion, but it’s still early days and we’re looking at the best offers right now,” Bell explained. “All that we have approached are discussing standard partial ownership investment deals.” “Prices will drop with ship quantity but we’re not planning on taking as large a cut as other console owners to enable us to cut prices massively,” he stated. “We fully expect to be matching the best of the rest early in the lifecycle though.” When asked about what games will be available on the console, Bell stated that “We plan to allow games from all developers, old and new.”“The ’new’ possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine,” Bell said. “It will be a stand alone console.”As for exclusive titles, the CEO says it will be up to the developers.“We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice,” Bell wrote. “As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors.”Exclusionary practices aren’t really in line with the thinking of Slightly Mad Studios, based on what Bell told us. Popular on Variety “We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly,” Bell explained. “We think competition is healthy and we have the required hardware contacts to be able to bring something epic to fruition based on our designs.” As for how much the new console will cost, Bell said it will be “competitive with upcoming console prices.” In addition to games and driving simulations, Slightly Mad Studios creates “simulation adaptions” using its Madness engine. These adaptions have various uses “from automotive to mining, autonomous vehicle AI to tailor-made VR showrooms, from off-the-shelf solutions to full bespoke simulation,” according to its website.“Project CARS” was even used to help test Almotive’s autonomous vehicle software and its ability to detect obstacles, according to VentureBeat.“Project CARS 2,” a racing simulation game released in 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and had “generally favorable reviews” and a score of 84 on Metacritic. It was nominated for Best Sports/Racing Game for The Game Awards in 2017. While we don’t have any images yet for the console, Bell told Variety that images of early design builds will be coming in four to six weeks time. Variety reached out to Bell, who clarified via email that the Mad Box will be 120 FPS after the confusing “per eye” FPS claim. Slightly Mad Studios is developing a “stand alone console,” that will support VR, CEO Ian Bell revealed Wednesday.The Twitter account of Ian Bell, CEO of Slightly Mad Studios cryptically tweeted “The Mad Box is coming” on Wednesday.When reached for more details, Bell told Variety that the console will ship in “around three years time” and that “it will be a console as is the Xbox or Playstation.”“It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’,” Bell wrote in an email. “We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”The reveal originally appeared via Bell’s Twitter account, which appeared to be newly created as of Wednesday. The official Slightly Mad Studios Twitter account also retweeted Bell’s tweets, lending validity to the new account, which is not Twitter verified, yet. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Here’s another treat for dance lovers. Indian Council for Cultural Relations in association with Sadhya brings for you The Mystical Forest – a contemporary dance production based on Mayurbhanj Chhau. The performance will witness Indian and International artistes like Carolina Prada from Columbia and Gaura Prema from USA collaborating to create some magic on stage. The act is scripted by Nalini Sharma, choreographed by Santosh Nair, music composed by Upmanyu Bhanot, light design by Gyandev Singh, costume design: Alpana and Neeraj.The performance explores soul within the forest as its inhabitant. This act attempts to avail the vocabulary of dance of Mayurbhanj Chhau with strong tribal influences and grounded movements with contemporary interpretation. Through this act the artists portray varied experiences, emotions, rituals and celebrations of the inhabitants and their life within the forest. Mark in your calenders!
How far would you go to avoid the summer heat? With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin, that stays for a few hours outdoors. By exfoliating, radiating and going minimal can have some positive results in warm weather.Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head, Medical Services and R&D, Kaya Limited talks about how to keep your skin looking fresh, while TONI&GUY Global Hair Ambassador, Indira Schauwecker gives you tips and tricks on how to ace the minimalistic trend, debunks some common hair myths and recommends products so you can care for your mane better. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Prepare your skin: The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. * Exfoliate, circulate and radiate: Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves blood circulation to your face. Use a mild exfoliating cleanser once or twice a week based on your skin type. Your mantra this summers should be ‘Exfoliate. Circulate. Radiate.’ to get that natural glow. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Go minimal: It is very important to moisturize your skin even in the summer, so instead of heavy duty creams that often leave your skin looking oily and slick, find a one-stop solution. Using a CC cream that gives you the perfect makeup finish but also provides sun protection and hydration, is the way to go. With a smooth and radiant finish aided by the CC Cream, your face becomes the perfect canvas for a minimalistic look. Light kohl around the eyes and a nude lipstick is all you need to get going. * Myth: Heat styling damages your hair: It is true that curling and flat irons can sometimes damage your hair because of the high temperature, but the real problem is the lack of protection for your hair against heat styling. Go for heat protection mist, before heat styling. Spray the product evenly over towel-dried hair and comb through. Top up in-between blow-drying and using straightening irons by spritzing over dry hair. Whether its super bouncy hair or beachy waves, you can have it all, without damage or breakage. * Myth: 100 strokes a day makes hair shinier: On the contrary, you’ll end up doing more damage to your hair. Instead of an overzealous exercise such as this, you can gently brush your hair with a few strokes a couple of times during the day. This will help stimulate the follicles, and distribute the natural oils across your hair.
Paul Sprawl returned to Arcosanti to provide musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Other entertainment highlights were music by David Whitley and a Fire performance by Flam Chen. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] The event took place in the lovely setting of the Colly Soleri Music Center. A report on the Arco Team follows on 6/3. [Photo & text: sa] June 2, 2005 The 5th Annual POETRY SLAM was organized by Jewel Blackfeather and Ira Murfin, and once again with Grandmaster Dan Seaman in charge of the microphone. The competition was fast and furious, with some of the most intense poetry. Team X-Hosts from Mesa, team Mesa National, team Hang-over Express from Phoenix, team Loose Nuts from Phoenix, team Justice League from Phoenix, team Tucson, Prescott, team Flag Slam from Flagstaff, team NORAZ and the Arcosanti team competed for bragging rights and a trophy poured in bronze during a night pour in the Arcosanti Foundry on this same day. [Photo & text: sa] The audience was treated to a very funny Comedy Improv Feature by the Worlds Greatest Shakespeare Company. [Photo & text: sa]
European countries in the top 10 average internet speed countries globally recorded significant improvements in 2013, according to CDN provider Akamai’s annual state of the internet report.South Korean continued to lead globally on average connection speeds, with a connection speed of 21.9Mbps. Among European countries in the top 10, number three-ranked the Netherlands achieved a 38% increase in average speeds to reach 12.4Mbps in 2013, while sixth-ranked the Czech Republic and seventh-ranked Sweden saw average speeds rise by 30% to 11.4Mbps and 10.5Mbps respectively.Eighth-ranked Latvia saw average speeds rise by 11%, while Ireland at number nine saw an impressive 59% rise in average speeds to 10.4Mbps.Global average peak connection speeds recovered from a small decline in the third quarter of 2013 with an impressive improvement of 30% to 23.2Mbps in the fourth quarter, according to Akamai.In Europe, Romania led the way on average peak connection speeds, with an 11% rise in the fourth quarter taking it to 50.6Mbps. In Europe, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and Sweden exceeded 40Mbps average peak connection speed.In terms of adoption of high-speed services, defined as services with a speed of above 10Mbps, the Netherlands saw adoption rise to 45% by the end of the year, while Switzerland recorded adoption of 42%.The Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, the UK and Sweden saw adoption of 10Mbps and above by over 30% of connected households.
The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis.The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43 billion (€38 billion) by the end of 2018 – more than the combined spend of the next 10 largest content spenders in the US, including OTT providers Netflix and Amazon.Disney-Fox is tipped to spend some US$22 billion on originated and acquired content in 2018, while Ampere estimates that Comcast-Sky will spend slightly less at US$21 billion. By comparison, Netflix is expected to spend more than US$8 billion on a profit and loss basis by the end of the year.“Prior to the recent mergers, Netflix was on course to catch – and overtake – the top Hollywood studios by content spend. However, in light of the two new combined entities, Netflix would now need to triple spend to achieve this this feat,” said Ampere analyst, Daniel Gadher.Ampere noted that the ‘mega-mergers’ of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox will strengthen each entity’s position in the global market while also protecting against “the rising strength of online video,” with Disney set to launch its own Netflix-rivalling SVOD service next year.However, Ampere also sounded a note of caution over the implications of such consolidations on independent producers. “With a shrinking number of content acquirers in the market, the competition for rights will diminish,” said Gadher. “This will inevitably impact the indie sector’s ability to negotiate favourable deals.”
U.S. Blue Sky Airlines chairman Neeleman, the company’s own staff to the fourteen principles of success, Xiao Bian hope to share with you, hoping to give you some help in your entrepreneurial path:
1 continue to try out a framework for thinking things: do not accept the traditional concept, should try the new perspective.
2 do your own favorite things: so, you will refuse to be cowed or submit to what.
3 must have sufficient funds with sufficient cash backing, encountered an unexpected condition and is not afraid of.