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first_imgBeijing, Sep 18 (PTI) A group of seven Chinese students has bagged a top international prize for inventing a machine that uses air for cleaning hands and saves water. The device works by stepping on a peddle which mixes compressed air with a small amount of water vapour, allowing the user to efficiently blow the bacteria and dirt from their hands, said Shi Yukun, one of the inventors from Zhejiang University. “The equipment will save 90 per cent of the water, while achieving the same result as washing hands with water,” he said. The seven students spent a year creating the device, which took home top prize at the two-day Global Grand Challenge Summit (GGCS) in Beijing. The summit is co-organised by Chinese Academy of Engineering, the US National Academy of Engineering and British Royal Academy of Engineering, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. “We studied the function of water in the hand-washing process. Very few of the stains on our hands can be dissolved with liquid,but most of the dirt and bacteria have to be washed away by flowing water. We decided to use high-speed air to blow it away, rather than wash it away,” Yukun said. The group beat 13 other contestant groups from some of the worlds top universities, including Cambridge University and Hong Kong University. They shared a thousand-dollar start-up fund provided by the summit organisers. “We will use the money as start-up for our efforts to invent and produce water-saving equipment,” Yukun said. The first GGCS summit was held in London in 2013. PTI KJV MRJlast_img read more

first_imgSan Diego Marine honored for rescuing UPS driver in freeway accident January 26, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Posted: January 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA San Diego Marine from MCAS Miramar is being hailed as a hero. Staff Sergeant Hai Vuong was honored for his actions last November when he saved the life of a UPS driver who was trapped and injured in a freeway collision.KUSI’s Sasha Foo tells about the Marine and why he’s being commended for his courage. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgBilled as the largest health magazine launch of all time, Publishers Group of America’s newspaper magazine Spry hit newsstands last week with a 9.2 million circulation—up 200,000 from 9 million projected pre-launch.The PGA says it hopes to increase Spry’s circ again, and will “decide in next month or so” on an increase, if any, for 2009 through 2010, president Dick Porter told FOLIO:. “We’ll look at the budget and rate base, and which markets are interested in Spry,” he said. “It will most likely depend on whether our ad sales can keep up with rate base growth.” Earlier this summer, the PGA—which publishes its flagship American Profile magazine—said it plans to raise circulation at sister newspaper insert magazine Relish from 12 million to 15 million, effective with its January 2009 issue. Relish launched in February 2006 as the largest ad-supported food magazine and has increased circ by three million each year. PGA media contact Fred Pfaff says he expects to see a 20 to 30 percent overlap in the newspapers that carry both Spry and Relish. Right now, Spry is distributed in The Washington Times, The Florida Times Union, the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Los Angeles Daily News.last_img read more

first_imgKhaleda Zia.File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday appeared before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka aounrd 11:00am, following two arrest warrants in two separate graft cases.On 30 November, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman court issued the arrest warrants against the former prime minister cancelling her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.Dhaka Special Court-5 passed the order as the BNP chief failed to appear before it in  Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on security grounds due to the eight-hour general strike.On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.On 8 August 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

first_imgEvan Vucci/APPresident Trump gives a thumbs up at the Republican National Convention, as then-Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort stands behind him and next to Ivanka Trump.Washington used to operate one scandal at a time.Not anymore. Here are just some of the scandals currently brewing:The indictment of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.A guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy adviser on the campaign. He admitted that he lied to Mueller’s investigators about his efforts to connect with Russian government officials.Fatal damage to the Podesta Group, one of Washington’s top lobby firms, which appears, unnamed, in the Manafort-Gates indictment. Democratic lobbyist and fundraiser Tony Podesta — who co-founded the firm 29 years ago with his brother, Democratic strategist John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman — announced he was leaving hours after the indictment became public.The first criminal corruption trial in nearly a decade against a U.S. senator, Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who is now awaiting a jury’s verdict.Amid Capitol Hill’s frenetic pursuit of campaign money, a moment of candor by Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who said of the tax overhaul bill, “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’ “It’s all a far cry from Trump’s days on the campaign trail, when he regularly vowed to clean things up.“If I am elected president, we are going to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.,” Trump said at a campaign event in Chesapeake, Va., last October.Actually, the swamp is still pretty swampy.And some denizens say it’s getting worse.People seem to think that “anything goes, and that it’s dumb to follow the rules,” longtime lobbyist Nick Allard told NPR.Allard, now the dean of Brooklyn Law School, called the D.C. ethical climate “worse than any I’ve experienced in my three, almost four decades working in this field. People who are complying by the rules are competing for results against those that are cutting corners.”The indictment of Manafort and Gates spotlights one small slice of modern Washington. Among the charges, they are accused of failing to disclose lobbying activities for foreign clients, a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.The indictment says Manafort and Gates did political consulting work, and then Washington lobbying, for Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych, his political party and, ultimately, the Ukrainian government when Yanukovych became president.The indictment says they expanded the effort by hiring the Podesta Group and another lobby firm to work for the Ukrainian clients through a nonprofit in Belgium.It was “a multi-million-dollar lobbying campaign,” according to the indictment.But none of the lobbyists – not Manafort, Gates, Podesta or employees of the other lobby firm – registered under FARA. Instead, there was a spate of retroactive registrations earlier this year.The law requires substantial disclosures, even detailed lists of lawmakers and staffers contacted by the lobbyists, and violating FARA is a felony. But enforcement is rare. Before Manafort and Gates were indicted, the Justice Department had brought felony charges just seven times in the past half-century.“The question that arises out of the Manafort situation is, is the period of complacency coming to an end?” said law professor Steve Vladeck, co-author of the Just Security blog. “Or is this just a special case brought by a special counsel.”The day after Manafort and Gates were indicted, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced a bill to make FARA more stringent, more far-reaching and easier to enforce.The Mueller investigation “just kind of puts a gray cloud around the whole lobbying-special interest community in D.C.,” said David Rehr, a lobbyist-turned-professor at George Mason University law school. “It doesn’t drain the swamp. But I think now people are just more nervous, and they’re actually seeing a prosecutor going after someone.”Still, law enforcement would be just one step in a swamp-draining effort. Meredith McGehee, a veteran lobbyist on political reform issues, said Washington isn’t working right.“We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community,” she told NPR. “But that’s because the system, as we currently have it structured, rewards dysfunction.”She said the way Americans can change that rewards system is to get engaged with politics.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, an 8-year-old girl from Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas died while enacting a scene that she had recently watched in a television serial.A pall of gloom descended over the family members of the victim and the neighbours as the news of the little girl reached the neighbourhood. Her parents are still to recover the shock they had gone through. The victim, Puja Majumdar (8) was a class II student, who had picked up the habit of watching serials as she used to see her family members involved in a similar activity. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut her parents could never expect that this habit of watching television would be this fatal for the child.It is suspected that she was trying to enact a scene of strangulation when a piece of cloth got stuck around her throat resulting in choking. Police are yet to confirm the exact reason that led to her death. They said the victim girl, a resident of Natunpally area of Bhatpara under Barrackpore sub-division, was alone inside a room when the incident took place. Some of the family members found that he was hanging against a window on Monday evening. She was immediately rushed to Bhatpara state general hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. After being informed, police reached the house and started a detailed probe into the incident. The body was later sent for post-mortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the child was rebuked by her mother on Sunday.On Monday morning, she went to the house of one of her neighbours to watch television.Since her return, she was inside a room and did not talk to the family members. People thought she might have been playing with her toys as she often does.Her mother was away from home on Monday evening while her elder sister was studying in another room when the incident occurred.Police are yet to investigate if the child committed suicide after being rebuked by her mother or it was the result of the enactment of a TV serial scene.Police are also probing whether it is an accident that happened while playing with a piece of cloth. The family members of the victim told the police that she used to watch various crime related serials and often enacted them.last_img read more

first_img TORONTO — Insight Vacations’ brand new 2020 USA & Canada Premium Escorted Journeys collection showcases the very best of North America, from its historic landmarks and breathtaking landscapes to the many vibrant cultures that make this region unique.Travellers have their choice of 16 easy adventures, including one brand new itinerary to California and Arizona, as well as over 35 Insight Experiences that range from meeting a Naturalist Guide in New Hampshire, to a Blue River Safari in Grizzly Bear Valley.Also new for 2020 is ‘Insight Choice’, which allows clients to choose between two included Insight Experiences on days when they are given an Insight Choice. For example, in Seattle, clients can choose between an excursion of the Space Needle or the famous Chihuly garden and glass exhibit.In celebration of the collection’s launch, Insight is offering clients who book and pay in full before Dec 18, 2019 a 10% Early Payment Discount. Furthermore, valued and loyal past guests of Insight Vacations and sister companies are offered a 5% discount off all trips until Aug. 3, 2019 in addition to the Early Payment Discount.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“With the launch of our new 2020 USA & Canada collection, guests will enjoy our Insightfully Stylish experiences as they explore the natural splendors of North America while staying in great comfort and style at our highly rated hotels and resorts located in the most desirable addresses including Zion National Park Lodge and the landmark Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.,” said Brad Ford, president of Insight Vacations in Canada.Highlights of the collection include:Desert Escapes of California & Arizona – New Premium JourneyThis eight-day journey explores America’s scenic desert land where clients will discover the region’s terrains and national parks from the Golden State to Arizona. Guests will also be able to choose from a small group excursion of the Old Town on golf cars or join a gathering with local artisans at the Cattle Truck artists compound in Scottsdale.Insight Experiences include:Crazy Horse Memorial – Black Hills, South DakotaClients will discover the world’s largest mountain carving, which is found at an elevation of 6,532 feet above sea level. The memorial is dedicated to all Native Americans and was created to preserve the living heritage, traditions and cultures of the North American Indigenous people. This access for guests is not available to independent travellers. Yosemite National Park – Mariposa County, CaliforniaGuests will join a park ranger and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site where they will learn about the local fauna, flora and history. Highlights of the park include the Giant Sequoias, glaciers and thousands of waterfalls.Anchorage, AlaskaAlaska’s First People introduces Insight clients to Agutak (Inuit Ice Cream) in an exclusive demonstration at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Centre and museum.Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandGuests will learn about the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation, which allow clients to develop a deeper understanding of indigenous communities.Ottawa, OntarioClients will enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration in C’est Bon’s state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and learn about local Canadian cuisine with ingredients such as maple sugar, haskaps, Labrador tea and wild flowers. This exclusive experience also includes a delectable three-course dinner with wine.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyFor more information visit insightvacations.com/ca/vacation-finder/usa-and-canada-2020. Travelweek Group Clients save 10% on Insight Vacations’ 2020 USA & Canada collection Thursday, June 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Tags: 2020, Insight Vacations Sharelast_img read more