20 November 2014The number of rhinos killed for their horns continues to rise in South Africa, fuelled by a multi-billion dollar illicit global trade in wildlife.The South African department of environmental affairs says 1 020 have been killed so far since January 2014, 16 more than the number of rhinos killed during the same period last year.Kruger National Park seems to be the prime spot for rhino poaching. The park recorded highest number of rhinos killed with 672 poached so far this year. By province, a total of 110 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 84 in KwaZulu-Natal, 70 in Mpumalanga, 58 in North West and 15 in the Eastern Cape.In a statement released on Thursday, 20 November, the department said curbing rhino poaching is exacerbated by the lure of big money for the poachers who are raking in huge amounts of money from their illicit deeds.However, South Africa will continue to strengthen existing measures to curtail the killing of rhinos in the country, and is working on new ways to ensure the long-term survival of the species.“Government is implementing integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa to address the ongoing scourge. This includes interventions aimed at disrupting crime syndicates,’ the department said.Some of the perpetrators have not gone scot free, though. South Africa’s efforts to arrest and bring them to book have seen some success. A total of 344 alleged rhino poachers, couriers and poaching syndicate members have been arrested in South Africa since the start of 2014.The record number of arrests this year follows an intensification of anti-poaching actions by the South African National Parks (SANParks), the police, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and provincial conservation and security officials.“South Africa’s multi-disciplinary response further includes the creation of an intensive protection zone within the Kruger National Park, the introduction and implementation of new technology, pro-active intelligence, improving national, regional and international collaboration, and translocating rhino to safe areas within South Africa, and in rhino range states,’ says the department.Speaking at a Rhino Conservation side event at the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, this week, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, said it is unfortunate that the threat of poaching has continued to escalate while various multi-faceted interventions are being implemented by South Africa.“We are concerned that poaching is part of a multi-billion dollar worldwide illicit wildlife trade. Addressing the scourge is not simple.’The public can report incidents of poaching and tip-offs using the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.SAnews.gov
Ekal Sansthan, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-inspired organisation that sets up one-teacher schools across the country with a focus on rural and tribal areas, will open 60 schools in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh as part of its initiative to expand the network of such schools to all border areas. The district abuts China, and there have been reports of heightened Chinese activities across the international border close to it during the Doklam crisis in August.Thirty such schools have already come up, and the organisation will soon scale up the number to 60.“We are aiming at spreading these schools in vulnerable, border areas. We have also sought to spread our network in Punjab, Kashmir and near the Bangladesh border in Assam,” Manju Srivastava of Ekal Sansthan told The Hindu.She said the organisation is autonomous, but draws ideological inspiration from the RSS. The attempt to expand to border areas has three objectives. One, the idea is to connect border areas with the national “mainstream” through education. Second, the Ekal believes such an initiative will better organise border villages that are vulnerable. She added that imparting education and skills to children in border areas would better prepare them for a good life with opportunities for livelihood.Ms. Srivastava made a presentation on the initiatives of the Ekal Sansthan at a national workshop on school education organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development earlier this week. There are 58,227 Ekal Vidyalayas in the country now, imparting education to 15,35,965 children. They are spread over 58,000 villages in 22 States.
In a major reshuffle in the IPS cadre in West Bengal, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma was on Tuesday appointed as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner. Rajeev Kumar, who held the post of the city police chief, was transferred as Additional Director General, Criminal Investigation Department. The West Bengal government had earlier described it as a “routine reshuffle” as Mr. Kumar had served as the Kolkata Police Commissioner for more than three years. The change of the guard in Kolkata Police also came at the suggestions of the Election Commission of India. The EC had indicated at an earlier press conference in the city that senior officers working in one position for three years ought to be shifted out.Siddhi Nath Gupta has replaced Mr. Sharma as the new ADG (Law and Order).Speaking to journalists after assuming charge, Mr. Sharma assured them that all Kashmiris residing in Kolkata are safe and their security has been stepped up.“Kashmiris are safe in the city. We have already identified the pockets where they are staying. We have interacted with them and assured them of their safety and security,” he told media persons at the Lalbazar Police Headquarters. Mr. Sharma said the Kolkata police are already doing a very good job in serving the people of the city and there is a need for some “fine-tuning”.“Our focus area will be on bringing communities closer to the police and protecting women,” he said.
InformationA cochlear implant is a small electronic device that helps people hear. It can be used for people who are deaf or very hard of hearing. A cochlear implant is not the same thing as a hearing aid. The device is surgically implanted and works in a different way.There are many different types of cochlear implants. However, they made up of several similar parts. One part is implanted into the bone around the ear (temporal bone) using surgery. It is made up of a receiver-stimulator. This part of the device accepts, decodes, and then sends an electrical signal to the brain.The second part of the cochlear implant is outside the ear. It is made up of a microphone/receiver, a speech processor, and an antenna. This part of the device receives the sound, changes the sound into an electrical signal, and sends it to the inside part of the implant.WHO USES A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?Cochlear implants allow deaf people to receive and process sounds and speech. To some degree, these devices allow deaf people to “hear.” It is important to note that these devices do not restore normal hearing. They are tools that allow sound and speech to be processed and sent to the brain.Both children and adults can be candidates for cochlear implants. They may have been born deaf or became deaf after learning to speak. Children as young as 1 year old are now candidates for this surgery. The basis for selection may vary slightly from adults to children. The basic guidelines are:advertisementThe person should be completely or almost completely deaf in both ears, and get very little help from hearing aids. Anyone who can hear well enough with hearing aids is not a good candidate for cochlear implants.The patient needs to be highly motivated. After the cochlear implant is placed, the person must learn how to use the device.The patient needs to know what kind of hearing improvement should be expected after surgery. The device does not restore or create “normal” hearing.Children need to be enrolled in programs that help them learn how to process sound.Before being considered for the implant, the patient must have an exam by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor (otolaryngologist). Patients will also need specific types of hearing tests that are done with their hearing aids on. This may include a CT scan or MRI scan of the brain and the middle and inner ear.Patients (especially children) may need psychological evaluation to determine if they are good candidates.HOW IT WORKSIn a normal ear, sounds are transmitted through the air, causing the eardrum and then the middle ear bones to vibrate. This sends a wave of vibrations into the inner ear (cochlea). These waves are then converted by the cochlea into electrical signals, which are sent along the auditory nerve to the brain.A deaf person does not have a functioning inner ear. A cochlear implant attempts to replace the function of the inner ear by turning sound into electrical energy. This energy can then be used to stimulate the cochlear nerve (the nerve for hearing), sending “sound” signals to the brain.Most cochlear implantshave similar parts.Sound is picked up by a microphone worn near the ear. This sound is sent to a speech processor usually connected to the microphone and worn behind the ear.The sound is analyzed and converted into electrical signals, which are sent to a surgically implanted receiver behind the ear.The receiver sends the signal through a wire into the inner ear. From there, the electrical impulses are sent to the brain.HOW IT IS IMPLANTEDDuring the surgery:You will be asleep and pain free during this surgery.A surgical cut is made behind the ear. You may need some of your hair shaved behind your ear. A microscope and bone drill are used to open the bone behind the ear (mastoid bone) to allow the inside part of the implant to be inserted.The electrode array is passed into the inner ear (cochlea).The receiver is placed into a pocket created behind the ear. The pocket helps keep it in place, and makes sure it is close enough to the skin to allow electrical information to be sent from the device. A “well” may be drilled into the bone behind the ear so the implant is less likely to move under the skin.After surgery:There will be stitches behind the ear.You may be able to feel the receiver as a bump behind the ear.Any shaved hair should grow back.The outside part of the device will be placed 1to 4 weeks after surgery to give the opening time to heal.RISKS OF SURGERYadvertisementMost of the time, a cochlear implant is a safe surgery. However, all surgeries pose some risks. Common risks include:Wound healing problemsSkin breakdown over the implanted deviceInfection near implant siteThese are problems are rare now that the surgery can be done through only a small cut.Less common complications include:Damage to the nerve that moves the face on the side of the operationLeakage of the fluid around the brain (cerebrospinal fluid)Infection of the fluid around the brain (meningitis)Temporary dizziness (vertigo)Failure of the device to workAbnormal tasteRECOVERY AFTER SURGERYFollowing your operation:You may be admitted to the hospital to be watched overnight. (Many hospitals now let patientsgo home the day of surgery.)Your health care provider will give you pain medicines. You may also get antibiotics to prevent infection.Many surgeons place a large dressing over the operated ear. The dressing is removed the day after surgery.A week or more after surgery, the outside part of the cochlear implant is secured to the receiver-stimulator that was implanted behind the ear. It is only at this point that you will be able to use the device.The implantwill beattached to the outside processor when the surgeryis healed. You will begin to work with specialists to learn to “hear” and process sound using the cochlear implant. These specialists may include:AudiologistsSpeech therapistsEar, nose, and throat doctors (otolaryngologists)Working with the specialists after surgery is a key part of the process. You will need to make a joint effort with your health care team to get the most benefit from the implant.OUTLOOKResults with cochlear implants vary widely. How well you do depends on:The condition of the hearing nerve before surgeryYour mental abilitiesThe device being usedThe length of time you were deafThe surgerySome patients can learn to communicate on the telephone. Others can only recognize sound. Getting themost results can take up to several years. You need to be motivated. Patients are often enrolled in hearing and speech rehabilitation programs.LIVING WITH AN IMPLANTOnce you have healed, you may need to make some changes.Most activities are OK. However, some health care providers recommend avoiding full-contact sports. This isto lessen the chance of trauma to the implanted device.Most patients with cochlear implants cannot get MRI scans, because the implant is made of metal.ReferencesBalkany TJ, Brown KD, Gantz BJ. Cochlear implantation: Medical and surgical considerations. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund LJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 159.Brown KD, Balkany TJ. Benefits of bilateral cochlear implantation: a review. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;15:315-318.Papsin BC, Gordon KA. Cochlear implants for children with severe-to-profound hearing loss. N Engl J Med. 2007;357:2380-2387.advertisementSparreboom M, van Schoonhoven J, van Zanten BG, et al. The effectiveness of bilateral cochlear implants for severe-to-profound deafness in children: a systematic review. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Sep;31(7):1062-71.Review Date:5/21/2013Reviewed By:Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
3.1464 3.1415926535 3.141592657 3.141592610 3.14133 3.141526 3.173 LEVEL OF PRECISIONPERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS Today is Pi Day — the day each year, March 14, that follows the first three digits of pi (3.14). And this year’s Pi Day is a special one: Since — in the U.S. — the date is represented as 3/14/15, we have the first five digits of pi on the calendar.That’s news for some people. When it comes to how many digits of pi people know by heart, the majority only know 3.14. Which is fine! Unless you’re building a bridge, that’s the most you will really need to know.I asked SurveyMonkey Audience to put out a poll to see how far people could get reciting the infinite digits of pi. Of 941 respondents, 836 attempted to name the digits after the decimal point. This is how far they got: 3.14159212 3.1415919 If you can get to the first 3 after the decimal point, you’re in the top 5 percent of pi memorizers. I asked the people who got that far to keep going, and most tapped out shortly after.The biggest drop came after “3.14,” as respondents who got that far made it to “3.141” only about 52 percent of the time.And that’s fine!NASA employees can probably get away with knowing only the first six digits after the decimal point. Also, we have calculators for when we need a few more digits, TI-89s for when those calculators are insufficient and Wolfram Alpha for when we reduce those calculators to a smoking, melted mess.Maybe after the highly anticipated apocalypse, the guys at the Large Hadron Collider will be happy to have that dude who memorized tens of thousands of pi digits around, but for now, he’s just got a weird hobby. Knowing pi is strictly a performative act, like people who readily volunteer their SAT score or high school completion percentage.But, uh, happy holidays.
The effectiveness of mobile advertising is still being debated, but media buyers are already going all-in while also increasing their presence on the Web.Mobile ad spending grew 180 percent to top $4 billion in 2012, according to the latest estimates from digital marketing research firm eMarketer. At the same time, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC US report Internet ad revenues totaled $9.3 billion for the third quarter.See Also: AAM Data: Mobile and Digital Monetization Expected to Rise On the mobile side, eMarketer highlights this year’s exponential growth as an outlier–the expected growth rate for 2013 is a comparatively meager 77 percent, and it slows from there–but predicts the market will surpass $20 billion by 2016.Google is still the mobile-ad king with more than $2.1 billion in revenue and 57 percent market share, but others are closing the gap.Facebook–who only began offering mobile-specific advertising via “Sponsored Stories” mid-way through this year–was the second-largest seller with an expected haul of $339 million for 2012. Mobile earnings estimates for the social giant were as low as $45 million earlier this year. Facebook had no reported mobile ad earnings in 2011.Twitter, also showing no mobile ad revenue in 2011, was this year’s fourth-largest earner with $135 million.Internet Ad Revenues Grow 18 Percent in Q3While mobile was exploding, Internet ad spending continued its steady climb through the third quarter.The sector grew 18 percent year-over-year and 6 percent from the second quarter to reach $9.3 billion.”Sustained growth in internet ad revenue despite economic head winds is a testament to the value marketers get from using digital media,” says Sherrill Mane, SVP of research, analytics and measurement for IAB, in a statement. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
Apple hasn’t acknowledged the issue. iFixit noted that a repair would require a full screen replacement — costing $700 — because the cable is soldered to the display controller board.However, the site reported on Monday that the 2018 MacBook Pro has a display cable that’s 2mm longer, potentially solving the problem because it’s under less strain as the laptop opens. iFixit engineer Taylor Dixon noted that he hadn’t experienced the issue for himself, so he couldn’t confirm the cause or whether it’s solved.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published March 5, 5:28 a.m. PT.Updated March 6, 2:42 a.m. PT: Adds iFixit photo. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1 Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update See All $1,399 Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) Apple’s new 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro See it Apple Best Buy Tips for improving battery life on your MacBook Teardown site iFixit reports that 2018 MacBook Pros have a longer display flex cable than older models. iFixit Apple apparently altered a part its 2018 MacBook Pro to address the “flexgate” problem, a teardown site reported.Thousands of people complained about the issue in a petition started last year, saying it caused problems with the backlight — from a “stage light” effect at the bottom to a completely dead backlight — in MacBook Pros from 2016 onward.The underlying cause was suspected to be the deterioration of a thin display flex cable that runs through the hinge due to repeated opening and closing of the laptop over several years, iFixit reported back in January. • 2:35 Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 34 Photos Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pros try to fix ‘flexgate’ problem, report says Comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice See It $1,184 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Laptops Apple
Vikram in Kadaram Kondan.PR HandoutRajesh M Selva desired to make Kadaram Kondan with Kamal Haasan, but the Ulaganayagan, in spite of being impressed with the script, could not take up the project due to his busy schedule. His liking towards the story became evident after the actor came forward to produce the flick, while roping in Vikram to play the lead role.Kadaram Kondan is an action thriller, which has Kamal’s daughter Akshara Haasan playing an important role. Abi Hassan, Lena, Vikas, Jasmine, Cherry and a host of actors are part of the supporting cast. The film has Ghibran’s music, Srinivas R Gutha’s cinematography and Praveen KL’s editing.Story: Chiyaan Vikram enacts the character named KK, who is on the run in Malaysia. He will be seen as a dangerous man with a murky past. There are complications in his appearance which makes him menacing and unpredictable person. Abhi and Akshara appear as husband and wife in Kadaram Kondan. How their lives and interlinked is the interesting part of the story.Analysis and Reviews:Kadaram Kondan is fast-paced action thriller which impresses the viewers with top notch technicalites. The brilliant action sequences are well-backed by pulsating background score. Vikram looks as stylish as ever in the crisp thriller in which Chiyaan has minimal dialogues. Akshara makes a good debut and Abi Haasan is equally impressive. On the flip side, there are lags in the screeplay here and there. Check out the viewers’ response to the film below:Kaushik LM: #KadaramKondan -Has a Thoongavanam vibe, with the Malaysian milieu setting it apart. Macho #ChiyaanVikram doesn’t have any romantic side to his character, and means ‘action’ all through with a hugely deep bass voice dubbing. He just eases through, sharing space with many actors #KadaramKondan 2nd half – High on stunts – bike chase, car chase, hand to hand combats etc. The ending is decent, with an emotional touch.. Overall, a lightweight action flick with a crisp runtime of 2 hrs. @GhibranOfficial’s work Competent debut for @AbiHassan_#KadaramKondan 1st half – So far, #ChiyaanVikram is akin to a caged, wounded tiger waiting to pounce.. Needless to add, he looks grt on screen with yet another new style trend to impress us. He is brooding and serious throughout – an easy cakewalk for the ‘actor’ in him.. #KadaramKondan 1st half – Takes all its time to set up the core characters. The mysterious KK & a young married couple drive the plot. ‘Thaarame Thaarame’ is a nice melody, sung by @sidsriram .. Debutant @AbiHassan_ ‘s screen presence is pleasing. Hoping for an action packed 2nd! #KadaramKondan 1st half – So far, #ChiyaanVikram is akin to a caged, wounded tiger waiting to pounce.. Needless to add, he looks grt on screen with yet another new style trend to impress us. He is brooding and serious throughout – an easy cakewalk for the ‘actor’ in him..Sathish Kumar M: #KadaramKondan Excellent Debut got @AbiHassan_ He comes throughout the movie and has done complete justice to the role. Didn’t feel that it was his debut film. Proud moment for #Nasser @nasser_kameela #KadaramKondan Director has tried to give ‘A’ Class Action Thriller. Cinematography & BGM by @GhibranOfficial adds more value to the film. Slow paced screenplay. #ChiyanVikram Looks Vera Level. His action scenes in the second half has come out well. Good debut for @AbiHassan_Review Ram: The stunt sequences in #KadaramKondan are well shot, but surely not well choreographed. They are in fact tedious. Action is nothing but chases here in different forms like bike, car, walking and running. Doesn’t build any tension while watching…ZaZuOke: #KadaramKondan I thoroughly enjoyed that and with that being said as a non-tamil as an African Canadian #ChiyaanVikram is hands that with that performance the best Tamil industry has to offer such talent .. blown away just wow… Thank you so muchSidhu: #KadaramKondan: Crisp and progressive thriller that qualifies as a fair watch. #ChiyaanVikram is in his element and handles the film well along with @AbiHassan_ who is equally impressive. Some good action upholds the second half!Dumeel Dravidian: #KadaramKondan 1st half is like roller coaster ride.. Stunts & bgm were amazing.. Chiyan is the pulsating.. If 2nd half carries the moment like this.. Then it will be massive comeback for Vikram..@RajeshMSelva nails in direction department @GhibranOfficial oh man u r a rockstar #KadaramKondan #KadaramKondan Theatre erupted for this scene.. Stunts & visuals on par with Hollywood standards.. Much awaited moment for chiyaan fans.. It will biggest blockbuster of this year next to #Viswasam & #Kanchana3 #KadaramKondan Done with the 2nd half.. Without thinking just book the tickets buddies. Perfect entertainer from chiyan this time.. Pre climax twist will stun you like hell.. WINNER.. 4/5sridevi sreedhar: #KadaramKondan : interval report : Fast paved & Slick …u cannot take ur eyes off #ChiyaanVikram who has least dialogues, looks Superstylish and riveting new boy #Abhi is apt .. So happy for @AbiHassan_ one of the most promising debutant in recent time. He has done a fabulous job You have all the reasons to smile and be proud @nasser_kameela and #Naseer sir #KadaramKondanRamesh Bala: #KadaramKondan [3.25/5] : A racy action thriller.. Jus 2 hrs flat.. #ChiyaanVikram ‘s stylish action sequences are the major highlights.. @AbiHassan_makes a fine debut.. @aksharahaasan1 @GhibranOfficial’s BGM Dir @RajeshMSelva has made a neat action entertainer.. #KadaramKondan 1st Half: Racy.. Riveting.. #ChiyaanVikram subtle Mass.. The story happens in a day.. Nicely setup for an explosive 2nd half.. @GhibranOfficial BGM Thaaru Maaru.. Going good so far..Kaazhingan: #KadaramKondan 1st half is like roller coaster ride.. Stunts & bgm were amazing.. Chiyan is the pulsating.. If 2nd half carries the moment like this.. Then it will be massive comeback for Vikram.. @RajeshMSelva nails in direction departmentKrishna Krish: #KadaramKondan 1st Half: Racy.. Riveting.. #ChiyaanVikram subtle Mass.. The story happens in a day.. Nicely setup for an explosive 2nd half.. @GhibranOfficial BGM Thaaru Maaru..Going good so far..DJ: #KadaramKondan what an movie unimaginable performance by chiyaan Anna ,stunt sequence Vera level Especially opening entry Vera level ,Pukka mass really enjoyed the movie , waiting for 2nd timePrashanth Rangaswamy: #KadaramKondan Interval – Slow paced screenplay , Ok va poguthu so far. Stunts – Just exceptional. Easily the career best performance for @aksharahaasan1 so far. And Mr. Chiyaan – Truly hollywood standards. Second half fightellam mass panni irukaapdi. Classy is the word ! #KadaramKondanHisham: #KadaramKondan – So well made action thriller which will engage you through out. Super good looking Chiyaan supported by some good supporting actors. Perfect casting, good direction and brilliant music score. Easily the best Chiyaan movie after ages. Sure shot HIT. Go watch..!!
Egyptian president Mohamed MorsiDeposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is being detained in conditions that fail to meet international standards and could lead to his premature death, according to a report released Wednesday by three British lawmakers.Morsi, who has a history of ill-health including diabetes, liver and kidney disease, is not receiving the adequate medical care required, the members of parliament found.The parliamentarians — who formed an Independent Detention Review Panel — also highlighted that 66-year-old Morsi is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, with just one hour for him to exercise alone.That could be classified as torture by the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the panel noted.”Our conclusions are stark,” said panel chair Crispin Blunt MP, presenting the findings in London. “On his health, the denial of basic medical treatment to which he is entitled could lead to his premature death.”The whole overseeing chain of command up to the current president would have responsibility for this.”The panel requested to visit Morsi in prison to review detention and health conditions, but said it received no response from Egyptian authorities.The report was compiled using “all available testimonies”, including witness statements, reports by NGOs and evidence submitted independently, it added.Abdullah Morsi, Morsi’s son, who told the panel he has been denied access to the deposed president along with other relatives and his legal team, was quoted as saying in the statement that their “fears and concerns have been confirmed by the findings”.He called on the international community to condemn his father’s treatment and “push the Egyptian government to allow his family to visit, and for him to receive medical care”.”We do not want him to die in prison,” he added.Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected civilian president following the 2011 overthrow of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring uprisings.But his year in power proved deeply divisive and he was ousted by current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, then the army chief, amid mass protests in 2013.