first_imgAbout 60 kms from the national Capital, a bunch of workers at a makeshift asbestos-roofed hall are busy giving shape to top class athletics equipment, some of which have found its way to the London Olympics.They are diligently and tirelessly working in the dimly-lit hall, putting together finer aspects of equipment that has to pass a stringent international specification before being used at the world level.So when Li Yangfeng or Stephanie Brown, for instance, will hurl the discus at the Olympic Stadium in London, chances are that it has gone through the unknown Indian hands.Three companies from this western Uttar Pradesh town, widely known for manufacturing sports goods, albeit chiefly cricket equipment, will be making their presence felt in London.They are among the few selected companies globally that send their equipment to the Olympic organising committees.Nelco India, Anand Track and Field Equipment, and Bhalla International have dispatched their consignment, comprising discus, shot put and hammer, to the United Kingdom in April.”The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) norms are very stringent. It has to go through a series of tests before it is cleared for the competition. So we had to send the orders by April,” Amber Anand of Nelco India, one of the vendors registered with IAAF, told Mail Today.It is not the first time that Indian sports manufacturers will be involved in the biggest sports extravaganza. They have been exporting the equipment to Olympic organising committee since the 1992 Barcelona Games.However, they note with disappointment that when the Commonwealth Games were staged in Delhi in 2010, most of the athletics equipment was supplied by foreign companies.advertisement”We have been able to establish our brand in international market because our products are cheaper,” says Himanshu Anand, Director of Anand Track and Field Equipment.He, however, admits it is very difficult to compete with the European and US manufacturers.”Most of the track and field events happen there. So the companies there get to supply most of the equipment. That makes it difficult for us to maintain a steady relationship with buyers and athletes from there. But quality wise we can compete with the best,” Himanshu says confidently. “Famous US coach Mac Wilkins uses our equipment in his training centre. Stephanie Brown, who won gold in Beijing, has also used our equipment.”The sports good industry is relatively small and it is growing at a slow pace. The government can take some steps, like cutting down the excise duty to encourage the industry.”The story of India’s sports goods industry is rooted in the tragic tale of partition. When the country was divided, the craftsmen from Sialkot and some from Lahore migrated to Meerut and Jalandhar.With the government providing them small plots of land, they began work in their backyards. Over the years, their business grew to take shape of an industry.”When my family came from Lahore in 1950, we had virtually nothing. We slowly started to make some wooden equipment in a small unit and then it has taken all these years to stand where we are,” says 67-year-old Ashok, father of Amber.”It all changed with the 1982 Asian Games. That was the turning point. All the products used in the Games were Indian and it gave a big fillip to the industry. We gradually started supplying our products to global events such as the Olympics.”But the market of athletics equipment is not big. The owners had to venture to manufacturing other products, especially cricket gear, to keep themselves afloat.”Things were really looking bad three years ago and our survival itself was being questioned. We then decided to start manufacturing customised bats. The move paid off. The cricket market is huge in India, but there were not many catering to the need of customised hand- made bats as per the requirement of top players,” said Amber.”As the word spread, players, mostly at the domestic level, started calling us and our brand got an identity. In this way, many buyers came to know that we also deal in athletics equipment.” The small, clamorous town is slowly carving its identity. London Olympics may just add to its journey to the international scene.avishek.roy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 today completed its third official visit to the Japanese capital acknowledging the organisers’ significant progress in Games preparations, as well as their commitment to quickly finalise the venue master plan and integrate the five new sports approved during the IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro into their plans. (Latest Sports stories)Building on the success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and an internationally acclaimed handover ceremony, Tokyo 2020 showcased over the last two days how its state of the art facilities will offer a unique Olympic and Paralympic experience to the world’s best athletes in 2020. The Coordination Commission also heard about the proposed venues for the sports of baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing, which were included on the Tokyo 2020 programme following a proposal by the Tokyo organisers in response to the new opportunity provided by Olympic Agenda 2020.”We are very pleased with the significant progress that has been achieved since the last visit of the Coordination Commission to Tokyo,” said the Chair of the Coordination Commission, John Coates. “We have seen that President Mori, Governor Koike, Minister Marukawa and Minister Matsuno all share a common desire to deliver outstanding Olympic Games in 2020 for the athletes and for the people of Tokyo and Japan. The IOC and all of the Japanese partners are rowing in the same direction. Our continued close collaboration will ensure that the venue masterplan is finalised quickly; that the significant savings in the Games budget are delivered; and that the local population is left with an important positive legacy from these Games.”advertisementStrong engagement and high interest in the Games are also being displayed by the Japanese business community, with Tokyo 2020’s success in signing 42 domestic partners (15 Tier 1 and 27 Tier 2) so far underlining the Japanese economy’s strong support for the 2020 Games.The coming year will be another important sporting one for Tokyo 2020. The Tokyo organisers will be in Lausanne next week to present for IOC approval the venues of the five new sports that were presented to the Coordination Commission this week. These new venues, which are a mix of temporary and existing venues, have been selected with a view to the experience of the athletes; efficiency of planning and delivery; and their legacy. The final list of events on the Olympic sports programme of the 2020 Games is then due to be agreed upon by the IOC in summer 2017.The two-day visit by the Commission covered a number of topics, including Tokyo 2020’s experience and observation of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, sport, NOC Services, Olympic Village, people management, engagement, sustainability, spectator experience, venues and the Paralympics. The Commission’s fourth visit to Tokyo is scheduled for June 2017.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes sidelined as Real Madrid president Florentino opens Mourinho talksby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is already in talks with Jose Mourinho.Sacked this week by Manchester United, Mourinho is wanted back at Real by Florentino for a second spell in charge.Mundo Deportivo says key to the reviving of negotiations is the absence of super agent Jorge Mendes. While Mendes is still representing Mourinho, he is taking a back seat in talks with Florentino. The pair have fallen out over the manner of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus.Mourinho is dealing directly with Florentino and his No2 Jose Angel Sanchez. The Portuguese has a good relationship with both Real powerbrokers. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp must cull two or three playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp to replace two or three players this summer.The Reds boss fielded his second string XI in Monday night’s FA Cup loss to Wolves.Without naming names, Aldridge believes a few of those fringe senior players blew their chance.”The goals we conceded against Wolves were really poor,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.”James Milner has been almost faultless this season but he made a bad mistake and got punished with their opening goal.”Then after we got ourselves back into the game at 1-1 we were so slow to close Ruben Neves down and he hammered one into the bottom corner. It was a great hit but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get the shot away.”Two or three of that line up won’t be at the club come the start of pre-season.”I don’t want to name names but we all know who they are. Monday night underlined that they need to be replaced.”Klopp gave an opportunity to some senior pros who have been waiting for their chance but they wasted it.”I didn’t see players showing they were willing to run through a brick wall for the club. They played within themselves and that’s not good enough.”Hoever and fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho needed help but they got very little.”You certainly couldn’t attach any blame to the young lads. They tried their hardest but they were let down by senior players who didn’t give their all.” last_img read more

first_img​Ex-Watford boss Gracia rejects Espanyolby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford manager Javi Gracia has turned down the chance to manage Espanyol.A report from Grada 3 in Spain suggests that Gracia was offered the chance to return to management in La Liga.But he rejected the chance to join Espnayol after his representatives turned down the club’s advances.Gracia was sacked by Watford after four games into the Premier League season, due to a poor run of form that included the tail end of last season.He was replaced by another Spaniard, Quique Sanchez Flores. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCincinnati band member's 35-1 sign is thrown in trash.Twitter/@BennettESPNGive some credit to Cincinnati—the Bearcats couldn’t quite close, and Kentucky dominated today’s game down the stretch, but they never gave the impression that they were intimidated by the Wildcats. One UC band member was similarly confident, and had a very simple ’35-1′ sign at the KFC Yum! Center, which got some traction on social media before the game. Even Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd commented on it.op·ti·mism ˈäptəˌmizəm/ 1. hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. #BBN pic.twitter.com/9Z5ApOrSFX— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) March 21, 2015My favorite Cincinnati is “35-1.” Clever. Aspirational. And it ain’t gonna happen. @KentuckyMBB #marchmadness— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 21, 2015After the game, however, that Bearcat fan was clearly dejected. ESPN’s Brian Bennett came across the sign in the trash after the game.Says it all pic.twitter.com/hPn0oeyYxT— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) March 21, 2015Despite Cincinnati’s best effort, Kentucky became the first team in college basketball history to reach 36-0 with the win.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government will be investing in the training and education of animators, to ensure that the country has the requisite skills, in sufficient numbers, to meet the demand for the expertise both locally and internationally.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, during an interview with JIS News at the closing of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival on June 22, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI).He said that already, discussions have been held towards introducing animation education in the school system. The intention is to train students to become animation artists for film, television, video games, and the internet.“We have met with the Ministry of Education and they have actually started putting together a curriculum for animation. We are going to ensure that the curriculum is consistent with what the industry actually wants…,” he told JIS News.Mr. Robinson said the staging of the conference and film festival, which sought to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaican artists, will provide the catalyst for the development of animation as a major industry in Jamaica.He informed that follow-up discussions have already commenced with the World Bank and Montreal-based Toon Boom, which is a major software development company, “about linking us with companies that are looking for opportunities to outsource to Jamaica, so we have already started the follow-up kind of actions.”The State Minister expressed pleasure at the huge turnout and participation in the two-day event. “It has really been heartwarming to see the kind of turnout and enthusiasm that has been displayed here,” he told JIS News.He praised the animators for the stellar work they produced in the various categories of the competition held, noting that the pieces were judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed adjudicators.“I think it affirms to us that there is an abundance of talent and creativity out there in animation in Jamaica and we just need to put in place the systems and mechanisms to translate what is raw talent into an industry that can earn for Jamaica, foreign exchange, and provide employment for a lot of people, so it has really energised us,” he stated.Over 135 entries were received in the categories of Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Best Experimental Animation; Best Storyboard/Script; and Best Character.“Down to Earth” by Kira Clayton, was adjudged the Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Tanya Batson-Savage’s “Endeavour” won forBest Storyboard/Script; “Red Locks – The Village Ram”by George Hay, was the Best Character; while “HelloKingstOOn”by Kemar McInnis was the Best Experimental Animation.The winners were presented with an array of prizes including scholarships, internships, and free internet service.The two-day KingstOOn conference and film festival was organisedby the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 20 2019Next-generation sequencing of tumor DNA from patients with colorectal cancer revealed genetic alterations that were linked to different survival and treatment outcomes in an analysis led by a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher.The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, could help define strategies to more effectively treat colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.”This is an example of precision oncology, where using genetics, we are able to stratify tumor types that we once believed were homogeneous, and to identify new patient subgroups that might benefit from tailored therapies,” said UNC Lineberger’s Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics.For the study, researchers analyzed mutations in tumors of 843 patients who participated in a phase III clinical trial. The trial compared treatment with chemotherapy plus either bevacizumab or cetuximab – regimens which are now the standard of care for this disease in the advanced stage. The researchers used tumor samples to analyze genetic mutations in the DNA. Then, they examined associations between the mutations and data on patients’ responses to the treatments and survival.One key finding from the analysis was that patients who had a lot of genetic repeats in their tumor DNA – known as microsatellite instability – had longer survival when treated with bevacizumab compared to patients treated with cetuximab.”This finding has important potential implications for treatment of patients with microsatellite instability – a subgroup that represented about 7 percent of patients in our study,” Innocenti said.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAnother key finding was that patients with tumors that had more genetic variation, which they called high tumor mutational burden, lived longer than patients who had tumors with less variation. The level of tumor mutational burden defines a new subgroup of patients with better prognosis, Innocenti reported.Studies are ongoing in Innocenti’s lab to try to understand the role of the body’s immune system in contributing to the finding. Researchers want to know if these patients with higher tumor mutational burden will be more responsive to treatments that work by unlocking the immune system against cancer.”It is crucial to define which patients could be responsive to immunotherapy in this setting, and this study shows the first promising evidence to do so,” Innocenti said.The study also confirmed findings previously made for patients who had mutations in the BRAF gene in their tumors. They found these patients had worse survival compared to patients who didn’t. Median survival for patients with the mutation was 13.5 months, compared to 30.6 months in patients without mutations.”This mutation was a very strong negative prognostic factor,” Innocenti said. “There was a clear difference in survival.”There was no difference in the study between the different treatment strategies studied in the trial for patients with or without the BRAF mutation. However, Innocenti said the finding confirms these tumors have a different biology and should be treated differently.Additional studies are needed to evaluate and confirm findings with therapeutic implications in patients, Innocenti said. Further research is planned to study additional ways of stratifying patients based on their genetic features to improve outcomes. Source:https://unclineberger.org/news/precision-oncology-insights-revealed-for-colorectal-cancer/last_img read more

first_img Explore further Britain called for a first-of-its-kind watchdog for social media that could fine executives and even ban companies. And a European Union parliamentary committee approved a bill giving internet companies an hour to remove terror-related material or face fines that could reach into the billions.”We are forcing these firms to clean up their act once and for all,” said British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, whose department collaborated on Britain’s proposal.Opponents warned the British and EU measures could stifle innovation and strengthen the dominance of technology giants because smaller companies won’t have the money to comply. That, in turn, could turn Google and Facebook into the web’s censors, they said.The push to make the big companies responsible for the torrent of material they carry has largely been driven by Europeans. But it picked up momentum after the March 15 mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 50 people and were livestreamed for 17 minutes. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the attacks in the 24 hours afterward.The U.S., where government action is constrained by the First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of the press, has taken a more hands-off approach, though on Tuesday, a House committee will press Google and Facebook executives on whether they are doing enough to curb the spread of hate crimes and white nationalism.Australia last week made it a crime for social media platforms not to quickly remove “abhorrent violent material.” The offense would be punishable by three years in prison and a fine of 10.5 million Australian dollars ($7.5 million), or 10% of the platform’s annual revenue, whichever is larger. New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner wants his country to so the same.The British plan would require social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to protect people who use their sites from “harmful content.” The plan, which includes the creation of an independent regulator funded by a tax on internet companies, will be subject to public comment for three months before the government publishes draft legislation. Citation: Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content (2019, April 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-facebook-google-widening-crackdown-online.html Tech giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child porn. In this April 18, 2017 file photo, conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. The U.K. for the first time on Monday April 8, 2019, proposed direct regulation of social media companies, with senior executives potentially facing fines if they fail to block damaging content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) “No one in the world has done this before, and it’s important that we get it right,” Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright told the BBC.Facebook’s head of public policy in Britain, Rebecca Stimson, said the goal of the new rules should be to protect society while also supporting innovation and freedom of speech.”These are complex issues to get right, and we look forward to working with the government and Parliament to ensure new regulations are effective,” she said.Britain will consider imposing financial penalties similar to those under the EU’s online data privacy law, which permits fines of up to 4% of a company’s annual worldwide revenue, Wright said. In extreme cases, the government may also seek to fine individual company directors and prevent companies from operating in Britain.Under the EU legislation that cleared an initial hurdle in Brussels, any internet companies that fail to remove terrorist content within an hour of being notified by authorities would face similar 4% penalties. EU authorities came up with the idea last year after attacks highlighted the growing trend of online radicalization.The bill would apply to companies providing services to EU citizens, whether or not those businesses are based in the EU’s 28 member countries. It still needs further approval, including from the full European Parliament.It faces heavy opposition from digital rights organizations, tech industry groups and some lawmakers, who said the 60-minute deadline is impractical and would lead companies to go too far and remove even lawful material.”Instead, we call for a more pragmatic approach with removals happening ‘as soon as possible,’ to protect citizens’ rights and competitiveness,” said EDIMA, a European trade group for new media and internet companies.Opponents said the measure also places a bigger burden on smaller internet companies than on giants like Facebook and Google, which already have automated content filters. To help smaller web companies, the bill was modified to give them an extra 12 hours for their first offense, a measure opponents said didn’t go far enough.Mark Skilton, a professor at England’s Warwick Business School, urged regulators to pursue new methods such as artificial intelligence that could do a better job of tackling the problem.”Issuing large fines and hitting companies with bigger legal threats is taking a 20th-century bullwhip approach to a problem that requires a nuanced solution,” he said. “It needs machine learning tools to manage the 21st-century problems of the internet.”Wright said Britain’s proposed social-media regulator would be expected to take freedom of speech into account while trying to prevent harm.”What we’re talking about here is user-generated content, what people put online, and companies that facilitate access to that kind of material,” he said. “So this is not about journalism. This is about an unregulated space that we need to control better to keep people safer.” UK takes aim at social networks that fail to quash ‘hateful’ content 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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Image Gallery: How Technology Reveals Hidden Art Treasures 7 Amazing Places to Visit with Google Street View Satellite images of the buried ancient Egyptian city Tanis revealed city walls that were invisible to archaeologists on the ground. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Parcak An eye inlay from a tomb dating to 4,000 years ago, in Lisht, Egypt. The expedition, co-led by Dr. Parcak, was conducted in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Parcak Satellites analyze landscapes and use different parts of the light spectrum to uncover buried remnants of ancient civilizations. But studying archaeological sites from above had very humble (and low-tech) beginnings, Parcak told Live Science. Researchers first experimented with peering down from a great height at a historic location more than a century ago, when a member of the Corps of Royal Engineers photographed the 5,000-year-old monument Stonehenge from a hot-air balloon. “You could even see — from this very early and somewhat blurry photograph — staining in the landscape around the site, showing that there were buried features there,” Parcak said. Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, aerial photography continued to play an important role in archaeology. But when NASA launched its first satellites it opened up “a completely new world,” for archaeologists in the 1980s and 1990s, Parcak said. In fact, declassified images from the U.S. government’s Corona spy satellite program, which operated from 1959 to 1972, helped archaeologists in the 1990s to reconstruct the positions of important sites in the Middle East that had since disappeared, eradicated by urban expansion. In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Tombs Decorated with Creaturescenter_img If these stories of space archaeology in Parcak’s book leave readers wanting more, they’re in luck. An online platform called GlobalXplorer, launched and run by Parcak, offers users access to a library of satellite images for browsing and annotation. Aspiring “citizen-scientists” can join “campaigns” to assist in the ongoing search for lost cities and ancient structures, and to help experts identify signs of looting in vulnerable sites, according to the platform website. Since 2017, approximately 80,000 users have evaluated 14 million satellite images, mapping 700 major archaeological sites that were previously unknown, Parcak said. “Archaeology From Space” is available to buy on Amazon. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo What does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don’t need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites. Welcome to Sarah Parcak’s world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. From these lofty heights, sensitive instruments can reveal details that are invisible to scientists on the ground, marking the positions of walls or even entire cities that have been buried for millennia. Parcak unpacks how views from space are transforming the field of archaeology, in her new book “Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019). [Read an excerpt from “Archaeology From Space”] AdvertisementArchaeology Gets a Sci-Fi Makeover, In ‘Archaeology From Space’Live Science sits down with archaeologist and author Sarah Parcak to talk about her new book, “”Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019).Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65924-space-archaeology-highlights.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0020:0420:04Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  Today, aerial or satellite images captured by optical lenses, thermal cameras, infrared and lidar — light detection and ranging, a type of laser system — are well-established as part of an archaeologist’s tool kit. And archaeologists need as many tools as they can get; there are thought to be millions of sites around the world that are yet to be discovered, Parcak added. But remote sensing isn’t one-size-fits-all; different terrains require different space archaeology techniques. For example, in Egypt, layers of sand blanket lost pyramids and cities. In that type of landscape, high-resolution optical satellites reveal subtle differences on the surface that may hint at structures underground. And in regions with dense vegetation, such as in Southeast Asia or Central America, lidar emits millions of pulses of light to penetrate beneath the trees and detect hidden buildings, Parcak explained. In her own work, Parcak’s analysis of satellite views led to the creation of a new map for the legendary city of Tanis in Egypt, famously featured in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Satellite images of Tanis revealed a vast network of the city’s buildings, which had previously gone undetected even as the site was under excavation, she wrote.last_img read more

first_img Business News 15 May 2019 Digi eyes postpaid growth through prepaid conversion Corporate News 26 Apr 2019 Maxis Q1 net profit up 53.7% at RM409m from preceding quarter KUALA LUMPUR: Digi.com Bhd started the second quarter corporate results season by registering a slightly higher net profit of RM392.47mil and declared an interim dividend of five sen a share.It said on Friday the net profit was an improvement from the RM384.34mil a year ago. Its revenue, however, fell by 4.3% to RM1.548bil from RM1.618bil. Earnings per share were 5.50 sen compared with 4.94 sen.Commenting on the results, Digi said it  remained committed in delivering a resilient performance in Q2 with solid double digit postpaid revenue growth to RM697mil and actively grew internet revenue to 62.7% of service revenue or RM879mil. “Service revenue strengthened 0.7% quarter-on-quarter while year-on-year decline narrowed to 2.2%,” it said. Digi said overall internet subscriber base strengthened to 9.3 million or 81.7% of subscriber base, an increase of 539,000 from a year ago while data traffic volumes surged 49% year-on-year and monthly data usage amongst its subscribers increased to 11.4GB. “Our 4G LTE and LTE-A network coverage reached 90% and 70% of population fuelling higher 4G subscriber base to 8.5 million or 90.6% of our smartphone users. “Meanwhile, MyDigi monthly active users climbed to 3.3 million with encouraging upsell transactions on MyDigi and digital distribution channels for the quarter. Our B2B segment has also made good progress with positive growth from business solutions and connectivity,” it said. Digi said it stepped up its postpaid growth activities via the revamped Phone Freedom 365 programme, Digi Postpaid Family plans along with solid demand for entry level postpaid plans from prepaid conversions. “We registered another 71,000 postpaid net adds to 2.9 million postpaid subscribers,” it said. Digi said in Q2, it delivered stronger sequential performance across service revenue, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and profit after tax (PAT) along with narrowed year-on-year decline, relatively resilient compared to the Malaysian mobile market. “With a solid focus on driving sustainable business and investing in what matters most, we registered robust organic postpaid revenue growth of 12.6% year-on-year and internet revenue growth of 9.2% along with robust Ebitda and earnings although challenged by prolonged aggressive data offerings in the market, channel transformation and device strategy shift during the year,” it said.In the first half, it reported a 4.7% decline in net profit to RM733.98mil compared with RM770.45mil in the previous corresponding period. Its revenue was down 6% to RM3.057bil from RM3.252bil. Telcos 14 May 2019 Digi expects flattish service revenue growth in 2019 Related News Corporate News , Telcos Tags / Keywords: Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Related News Television channels showed police evacuating residents from flooded homes in rubber boats in some parts of Kathmandu where roads were flooded. Families carrying their belongings on their heads waded through waist-deep water.”We have evacuated more than 150 people and are on the standby for rescue in different areas,” army spokesman Bigyan Dev Pandey said.Officials said the Kosi River in eastern Nepal, which flows into the eastern Indian state of Bihar, had risen above the danger mark.The weather office asked residents to remain alert saying heavy rains were expected to continue through the weekend.The annual monsoon rains, which normally start in June and continue through September often result in casualties in Nepal, a country of 30 million people. (Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Kevin Liffey) KATHMANDU (Reuters) – More than 20 people have been killed or are missing due to landslides and floods as monsoon rains lashed Nepal, the government said on Friday.Heavy rains since Thursday have hit 20 of Nepal’s 77 districts, in the hills as well as in southern plains.A Home Ministry statement said 15 people had been killed, while six others were missing and 13 were injured as incessant rains caused landslides and triggered flash floods in rivers originating in the Himalayas.In the capital, Kathmandu, three members of a family were killed when the wall of their house collapsed. Nation 11h ago German tourist and tour guide missing in Mulu cave flash floods World 07 Jul 2019 Nepal denies Tibetans’ request to hold Dalai Lama birthday celebrationcenter_img China 9h ago Floods affect 19.91 million people Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more