SecretaryGeneral welcomes Guatemalan approval of body to probe armed groups

1 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded today’s decision by the Guatemalan legislature to approve an independent body to investigate the presence and activities of illegal armed groups in the Central American country. The Guatemalan Congress voted to establish the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (known by its Spanish acronym, CICIG) as a matter of urgency.Mr. Ban “believes Guatemala has sent a clear message, both to its people and to the international community, that it is committed to fight crime and impunity, and to provide security for its citizens,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Under the terms of an agreement between the Guatemalan Government and the United Nations, the world body and the country will now work closely together with judicial authorities in Guatemala to set up CICIG.The Commission will be able to conduct its own investigations and also help local institutions, particularly the Office of the Public Prosecutor. While it will be an independent, non-UN body, its commissioner will be appointed by the Secretary-General and report periodically to him.One of its tasks is to recommend public policies and any legal or institutional measures for eradicating the illegal armed groups and preventing their re-emergence. The costs are expected to be borne by voluntary contributions from the international community. read more

Senior UN aid official to visit Central African Republic

Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, is scheduled to arrive in the CAR capital, Bangui, on Sunday, and also travel to the towns of Birao, Kabo and Paoua.Ms. Bragg will meet Central African Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera and other senior Government officials, as well as the UN Country Team, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), diplomats, members of civil society groups and vulnerable people affected by displacement.The CAR is one of the most impoverished countries in the world and remains beset by violence and widespread displacement in the north. A multidimensional UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINURCAT, has been deployed in northern CAR and eastern Chad. 24 July 2009A senior United Nations aid official heads to the Central African Republic (CAR) this weekend for a five-day visit to assess the humanitarian situation and spotlight the perilous situation faced by the impoverished country’s civilians. read more

US home market Sales and prices up but not enough supply

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. home sales are climbing. Prices are rising, too. So the outlook for the housing market is golden, right?Not entirely.A series of reports released Tuesday pointed to potential cracks in the foundations of America’s residential real estate market.On the one hand, job growth and low mortgage rates have fueled demand and boosted sales to levels that were last glimpsed in the waning months of the housing bubble nine years ago. Those gains could spur more construction and additional spending on furniture and renovations that could help lift the economy.Yet the number of homes for sale has fallen. With demand for homes up and supply down, prices have risen faster than incomes. Because many homes have become unaffordable for would-be buyers, further gains may be unsustainable.“The real takeaway from the numbers is that despite demand being high, the future is looking somewhat muted for homebuyers,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at the real estate firm Trulia.This mismatch between supply and demand arrives at a delicate moment. Global pressures have roiled the stock market and hurt exports. That’s meant that the economy must lean more heavily on consumers — including home buying — to extend its 6 1/2-year-old recovery from the Great Recession.A snapshot of the housing market points to some concerns:___— Sales of existing homes rose 0.4 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. Those gains build on a strong 2015. Sales last year reached a nine-year peak, evidence of healthy demand that has led some economists to predict that the real estate sector will keep improving.But the report also shows a shortage of available homes. The number of home listings in January fell 2.2 per cent from a year ago. The result is that those shopping for homes have fewer options and must pay elevated prices. The median home sales price was $213,800 in January, an 8.2 per cent annual increase from a year ago.— Price increases are concentrated in some of the hottest job markets, according to Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index. Home values are up 11.4 per cent in Portland, 10.3 per cent in San Francisco and 10.2 per cent in Denver. Yet even Detroit, which has been emerging from municipal bankruptcy, notched a year-over-year gain of 7.1 per cent in December.— Strong demand showed some hints of weakening ahead of the spring sales season. The share of Americans looking to buy a home within six months reached a six-month low, according to the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index. That percentage sank to 5.3 per cent for February from 7.4 per cent in January.Solid demand for housing has failed to coax more homeowners to list their properties. Many are reluctant to sell. They’re enjoying savings from low mortgage rates, and many lack enough equity to comfortably upgrade to another house. The consequence is that would-be buyers now face both rising prices and more competition from others looking to buy.“So far, sales have been bulletproof to price increases, but this is unsustainable in a slowly growing economy unless inventory improves,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at the real estate brokerage Redfin.Sales have been buttressed so far by a stable job market. Employers have added a healthy 2.67 million jobs over the past year, and the unemployment rate has fallen to a low 4.9 per cent. Pay growth has been less robust, though it has accelerated somewhat, with a 2.5 per cent increase from a year ago.But it remains unclear whether the pace of job gains will endure amid signs that U.S. economic growth has dwindled. China’s slowdown and troubles in such other emerging economies as Brazil and Russia have triggered a sharp decline in commodity prices such as oil. Those price drops, in turn, have driven a downturn in U.S. stock prices and a rise in the dollar’s value to levels that have hurt exports.Still, for now, the global chaos may have helped boost home sales. As many investors have shifted money into the safety of 10-year U.S. Treasury notes, the cost of borrowing has dropped for both the government and homebuyers. Mortgage rates tend to track the yields on long-term Treasurys.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained near record lows last week — 3.65 per cent, significantly less than the historic average of roughly 6 per cent. US home market: Sales and prices up but not enough supply read more

UN urges fasttrack approach to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

By June 2014, some 13.6 million people had access to antiretroviral therapy, which UNAIDS says is a huge step towards ensuring that 15 million people have access by 2015, but still a long way from the fast-track targets. Efforts are particularly needed to close the treatment gap for children.The report also underscores that investment is critical to achieving the targets. As such, low-income countries will require a peak of $9.7 billion in funding in 2020, and lower-middle-income countries will need $8.7 billion. Furthermore, international funding support will be needed to supplement domestic investments, particularly in low-income countries, which are currently only funding about 10 per cent of their responses to HIV through domestic sources, UNAIDS said. Upper-middle-income countries will require $17.2 billion in 2020. In 2013, 80 per cent of upper-middle-income countries were financing their responses to HIV through domestic sources.“If we invest just $3 dollars a day for each person living with HIV for the next five years we would break the epidemic for good,” Mr. Sidibé stressed. “And we know that each dollar invested will produce a $15 return,” he added.If sufficient investments are achieved, global resource needs will start to reduce from 2020. By 2030, the annual resources required in all low- and middle-income countries will decline to $32.8 billion, down 8 per cent from the $35.6 billion needed in 2020. These resources will provide antiretroviral treatment to twice as many people in 2020 than in 2015, according to the report.In 2013, UNAIDS estimates that 35 million people globally were living with HIV, while 2.1 million people became newly infected with the virus and 1.5 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses.The report was launched earlier today at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Sidibé was joined by actress Charlize Theron, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. The Fast-Track The report, Fast-Track: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, outlines a set of targets that would need to be reached by 2020, including 90-90-90: 90 per cent of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status; 90 per cent of people who know their HIV-positive status on treatment; and 90 per cent of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.“We have bent the trajectory of the epidemic,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS in a press release. “Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control.”The fast-track approach emphasizes the need to focus on the counties, cities and communities most affected by HIV, and recommends that resources be concentrated on the areas with the greatest impact.In particular, the approach highlights that efforts are needed in the 30 countries that together account for 89 per cent of new HIV infections worldwide. To fast-track national responses in these 30 priority countries will require extensive mobilization of human, institutional and strategic international partners, as well as significant commitments from both national and international sources, UNAIDS said. Other targets include reducing the annual number of new HIV infections by more than 75 per cent, to 500,000 in 2020, and achieving zero discrimination.Adhering to the targets would mean that nearly 28 million new HIV infections would be averted by 2030, UNAIDS said. read more

Compact drill for coring RC and RAB drilling

first_imgDando attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention again this year and reported “that there was some renewed confidence this year. “This optimism was reflected in the number of visitors to the Dando stand and strong enquiries for the Terrier on display and other models in Dando’s mineral exploration range. The interest of many prospectors at the show reconfirmed that miners currently require smaller, more compact mineral drilling rigs for exploration work.” Dando has sought to address this need with the rotary and angle-drilling Terrier models and the mid-sized Multitec 4000 (seen here in Panama). Based on requests at PDAC and from existing customers the Dando design department “will now set their sights on a new, compact model specifically geared toward coring, RC and RAB drilling in the 100-150 m range,” the company states.last_img read more

EHF Cup Winners Cup Podravka Thuringer and Hypo NO set to advance

In the CWC round today, Thuringer had what seemed the easiest game and beat Metalurg WHC with huge 29:11. Austrian champion Hypo Niederosterreich won with 31:27 against Bayer Leverkusen, but the return leg (played tomorrow) is also in Sudstadt, which means that the Austrians are most likely to get another victory. Podravka conceded only 15 goals at home against Vaci, and won 23:15, which means it should be enough to see them through. The undecided matchup seems to be Rostov-on-Don against Esbjerg. The Russians were huge favorites but only won narrowly with 29:28, and the second leg will decide it all. bayeresbjerghypometalurgPodravkaRostovvaci ← Previous Story EHF Champions League (W): Gyori ETO easily past Buducnost Next Story → Julija Nikolic set to join ZRK Vardar next season read more

Les utilisateurs écossais mal compris par Siri

first_imgLes utilisateurs écossais mal compris par Siri !Les utilisateurs écossais de l’iPhone 4S auraient un peu de mal à se faire comprendre du système de reconnaissance vocale d’Apple, Siri.Selon le Daily Mail, les utilisateurs de Siri en Ecosse auraient du mal à se faire comprendre du système à reconnaissance vocale de l’iPhone 4S…Comme on peut se l’imaginer dès l’introduction de cet article, l’accent des écossais serait directement en cause dans cette légère incompréhension entre l’homme et la machine !À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Des centaines d’utilisateurs écossais se plaignent de ne pas pouvoir pleinement utiliser le gadget présent sur le dernier iPhone d’Apple. Les propriétaires du 4S sont donc logiquement moins satisfaits en Ecosse qu’aux Etats-Unis où Siri est parfaitement opérationnel.Ainsi, lorsqu’un écossais clame “voulez-vous danser avec moi ?” (Can you dance with me ?) Siri comprend “Voulez-vous femmes néerlandaises ?” (Can you dutch women ?). Cela change tout évidemment… Mark Chubb, spécialiste nouvelles technologies pour le site Phones Review relevait : “nous avons testé Siri fois avec beaucoup d’accents différents, écossais, gallois et irlandais, et allons tenter d’avoir plus d’informations, mais n’avons pas trop d’aide pour l’instant.” Ne reste plus qu’une chose à leur dire : Good luck !Le 28 octobre 2011 à 11:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House NDAA Would Kill Quadrennial Review

first_imgThe House Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2017 defense policy bill would end the mandatory quadrennial defense review (QDR) process, according to a report in CQ.Critics of the QDR have said it’s a labor-intensive exercise that rarely changes the status quo. The last QDR was issued in 2014.“Instead, the authorization bill will set up a defense strategy commission that would be appointed by the Armed Services committees on a bipartisan basis,” the article said, citing a House aide. “The new commission would issue one report and would only be continued if Congress and the president decided to do so.”The House Armed Services Committee will begin marking up the National Defense Authorization Act this week.The House version of the bill also seeks to increase efficiency at installation health care facilities by handing their management over to the Defense Health Agency, a congressional aide told CQ. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Louisville Football Names Ledford Offensive Coordinator Offensive Line Coach

first_imgLedford’s group was one of the best, allowing only 13 sacks, which led the ACC and ranked second in the Power 5. The Wolfpack offensive line paved the way for back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers in 2016 and 2017, the first time in two straight seasons since 1977-78. Ledford played defensive line at ECU from 1995-97, starting all 11 games as a junior and finishing with 26 career tackles. He moved to offensive line prior to his senior campaign and made nine starts at left tackle in 1998 and was named a 1998-99 National Strength and Conditioning All-American.    His offense ranked fourth in the FBS in sacks allowed in 2015 with just 0.85 per game, and paved the way for a 271.5 yard rushing average, ranking sixth nationally.  The Mountaineers were explosive on offense, scoring 44 points or more nine times in its last 20 games and three of his players were named to the All-Sun Belt first or second team. A recipient of ECU football’s Jerry T. Brooks Award for outstanding academic achievement in 1998, Ledford graduated from East Carolina with a degree in exercise and sports science in 1999. Story Links Ledford came to NC State after four seasons coaching the offensive line at Appalachian State, and three years as co-offensive coordinator for the run game.  The Mountaineers set a Sun Belt single season record with 11 wins in 2015, the team’s first full year of FBS eligibility, and have averaged 257.2 rushing yards per game over the past two seasons. “Adding a coach with the experience of Dwayne Ledford is a key addition to our offensive staff,” Satterfield said. “Dwayne’s one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation and has produced some of the best offensive lines in the country during his career. His units are technically sound and his players play with great passion. This is an excellent hire in the development of our program.” A two-time Broyles Award (2014, 2017) nominee, Ledford saw four of his five starters on the offensive linemen line earn All-ACC honors in 2017: Tony Adams, Bradbury, Tyler Jones and Will Richardson (2nd), who was drafted in the fourth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alma Mater: East Carolina, 1999Hometown: Marion, N.C.Birthdate: Nov. 2, 1976 Wife: MeredithSons: Hudson, Jordan Print Friendly Version Ledford joins the Louisville staff after three seasons as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at NC State, where he helped construct the Wolfpack’s offensive lines into one of the best units in the ACC.  Senior Garrett Bradbury was a consensus All-American earned Associated Press All-America honors and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. Bradbury and left tackle Tyler Jones both made the All-ACC team this season. It was the first time since 1974 the Pack had two from the offensive linemen on the first-team.Guard Terronne Prescod, who was an all-ACC honorable mention, was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He has also been named a first-team All-American by both ESPN and the Sporting News and second-team selection by Sports Illustrated A seven-year NFL veteran, Ledford played for the San Francisco 49ers (1999-2000, 2003-04), Jacksonville Jaguars (2000), Carolina Panthers (2001), Cleveland Browns (2005) and New Orleans Saints (2006). He saw action in eight games, including one start, for the 49ers in 2003. Before joining the Appalachian State staff in 2012, Ledford spent one season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs ranked second in the Big South in rushing (165.6 yards per game) and third in fewest sacks allowed (17), finishing among the top 50 teams nationally in both categories.    Ledford’s first coaching job came while he was still playing in the NFL, as he served as a football strength and conditioning coach at North Carolina in 2005 and as an offensive line intern with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in the spring of 2006.    The Wolfpack had a 1,000-yard rusher in each season of Ledford’s tenure. NC State went from 2002 to 2015 without a 1,000-yard rusher, which was the longest drought in the country. In three seasons directing the offensive line, the Wolfpack saw their sack total decrease, ranking among the top 20 in the country. NC State ranked third nationally this season in sacks allowed, giving up just 0.75 per game, while they finished tied for fifth in 2017 and 20th in 2016. State also saw its sacks allowed dramatically reduced under Ledford. The Wolfpack allowed 39 sacks in 2015 and then 17, 13 and nine in the subsequent seasons. A native of Marion, N.C., Ledford and his wife, Meredith, have two sons, Hudson and Jordan.LEDFORD AT A GLANCECoaching Experience2005: Charlotte (strength and conditioning)2006: Frankfurt Galaxy (offensive line intern)2007: Frankfurt Galaxy (tight ends/tackles)2007: Sanderson (N.C.) H.S. (offensive line)2008-09: East Carolina (graduate assistant)2010: Tennessee State (offensive line)2011: Gardner-Webb (offensive line/run game coordinator)2012-15: Appalachian State (offensive line/co-offensive coordinator for run game)2016-17: North Carolina State (offensive line/run game coordinator)2018: North Carolina State (associate head coach/offensive line/run game coordinator) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Considered one of the top offensive line tacticians in the country, Dwayne Ledford was named the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Louisville, head coach Scott Satterfield announced. The 2010 season saw Ledford serve as the offensive line coach at Tennessee State, helping lead the Tigers to top-25 national rankings in both rushing (190.0 ypg) and fewest sacks allowed (13) and coaching two all-Ohio Valley Conference selections.    In 2016, an inexperienced offensive line (all but one of the starters was not available during spring practice) ended up ranking third in the ACC and 19th in the FBS in sacks allowed with 17 – the sixth-lowest tally in school history. Playing Experience1995-98: East Carolina (DL/OL)1999-2000: San Francisco 49ers2000: Jacksonville Jaguars2001: Carolina Panthers2003-04: San Francisco 49ers2005: Cleveland Browns2006: New Orleans Saints Following his playing career, he was named the Galaxy’s tight ends and tackles coach in the spring of 2007 before returning to the U.S. to serve as the offensive line coach at Sanderson High in Raleigh that fall. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, East Carolina (2008-09), working with the offensive line and guiding the Pirates to back-to-back Conference USA titles.last_img read more

Cops gear up to put cork on betting menace ahead of IPL

first_imgKolkata: With a high demand of tickets for Friday’s IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the police have taken necessary steps to check black marketing of tickets.At the same time, major steps have been taken to avoid betting at certain parts of the city and its adjoining areas.It may be mentioned that a few youths were arrested a few days ago, when they were found selling tickets of a match at a premium in Maidan area and the police had seized 20 tickets from them. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe police have intensified vigil in different parts of the city and steps have been taken so that the black marketers cannot take advantage of the increase in demand for tickets for Friday’s match.Policemen in plain clothes will be posted at different parts around the stadium. The policemen will be keeping a watch to ensure that no one can sell tickets at a premium to make fast money.Sources said that officers of the Anti-Rowdy Squad (ARS) are also maintaining vigil at different parts of the city to ensure that people involved in betting rackets cannot function. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt present, the police also need to maintain vigil to avoid online betting as well. The police had earlier arrested a few who used to run rackets involved in online betting and are taking all necessary steps to ensure that online betting does not take place.According to a police officer from Kolkata Police, different sections of the city police will work together to ensure that the IPL match passes peacefully without any untoward incident.While ARS and other departments of Kolkata Police will maintain vigil to check black marketing and cricket betting, a large contingent of police will get posted to ensure that safety and security of people coming to the stadium to watch the match. Policemen of all ranks will remain posted in and around the stadium so that people do not face trouble while watching the match and while leaving the place as well. People have to walk up to the entry of the stadium through proper channels and there are separate arenas for parking of vehicles as well.Traffic police will also be playing a vital role on Friday, as thousands of people will be approaching the stadium at a time. Traffic sergeants will ensure that no traffic congestion takes place in the city and moreover, there will be movement of many VVIPs in the city.last_img read more

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This finding is a major discovery for visual cognition and will guide future research into visual and attention deficit disorders.The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, used various brain imaging techniques to show exactly how the visual cortex and parietal cortex send direct information to each other through white matter connections in order to specifically pick out the information that you want to see.The researchers used a technique called diffusion spectrum imaging, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure pioneered at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh to generate the fiber tracts of the white matter connectivity. This method was combined with high-resolution tractography and provides scientists with better estimates of the hard-wired connections between brain regions and increased accuracy over conventional tractography methods, such as those typically used with diffusion tensor imaging.”We have demonstrated that attention is a process in which there is one-to-one mapping between the first place visual information comes from the eyes into the brain and beyond to other parts of the brain,” said Adam S. Greenberg, postdoctoral fellow in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Department of Psychology and lead author of the study.”With so much information in the visual world, it’s dramatic to think that you have an entire system behind knowing what to pay attention to,” said Marlene Behrmann, professor of psychology at CMU and a renowned expert in using brain imaging to study the visual perception system. “The mechanisms show that you can actually drive the visual system — you are guiding your own sensory system in an intelligent and smart fashion that helps facilitate your actions in the world.”For the study, the research team conducted two sets of experiments with five adults. They first used several different functional brain scans to identify regions in the brain responsible for visual processing and attention. One task had the participants look at a dot in the center of the screen while six stimuli danced around the dot. The second task asked the participants to respond to the stimuli one at a time. Thesescans determined the regions in both the visual and parietal cortices. The researchers could then look for connectivity between these regions.The second part of the experiment collected anatomical data of the brain’s white matter connectivity while the participants had their brains scanned without performing any tasks. Then, the researchers combined the results with those from the functional experiments to show how white matter fibers tracked from the regions determined previously, the visual cortex and the parietal cortex. The results demonstrated that the white matter connections are mapped systematically, meaning that direct connections exist betweencorresponding visual field locations in visual cortex and parietal cortex.”The work done in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh researchers exploits a very new, precise and cutting edge methodology,” Behrmann said.”Because we know that training can alter white matter, it might be possible, through training, that the ability to filter out irrelevant or unwanted information could be improved,” Greenberg said.Additional researchers on this study included Timothy Verstynen, a research associate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center, Yu-Chin Chiu, a post-doc in University of California, San Diego’s Department of Psychology, Steven Yantis, professor of psychological and brain sciences at the Johns Hopkins University and Walter Schneider, professor of psychology at theUniversity of Pittsburgh. Greenberg, Behrmann, Verstynen and Schneider are also members of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a joint project between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh devoted to investigating neural mechanisms and their impact on human cognitive abilities.The National Institutes of Health funded this research.For more information: http://www.jneurosci.org. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 13, 2012 Diffusion Spectrum Imaging Identifies How the Brain Selects What We Want To See News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

Setting up Apache Druid in Hadoop for Data visualizations Tutorial

first_imgApache Druid is a distributed, high-performance columnar store. Druid allows us to store both real-time and historical data that is time series in nature. It also provides fast data aggregation and flexible data exploration. The architecture supports storing trillions of data points on petabyte sizes. In this tutorial, we will explore Apache Druid components and how it can be used to visualize data in order to build the analytics that drives the business decisions. In this article we will understand how to set up Apache Druid in Hadoop to visualize data. In order to understand more about the Druid architecture, you may refer to this white paper. This article is an excerpt from a book written by Naresh Kumar and Prashant Shindgikar titled Modern Big Data Processing with Hadoop. Apache Druid components Let’s take a quick look at the different components of the Druid cluster: ComponentDescriptionDruid BrokerThese are the nodes that are aware of where the data lies in the cluster. These nodes are contacted by the applications/clients to get the data within Druid.Druid CoordinatorThese nodes manage the data (they load, drop, and load-balance it) on the historical nodes.Druid OverlordThis component is responsible for accepting tasks and returning the statuses of the tasks.Druid RouterThese nodes are needed when the data volume is in terabytes or higher range. These nodes route the requests to the brokers.Druid HistoricalThese nodes store immutable segments and are the backbone of the Druid cluster. They serve load segments, drop segments, and serve queries on segments’ requests. Other required components The following table presents a couple of other required components: ComponentDescriptionZookeeperApache Zookeeper is a highly reliable distributed coordination serviceMetadata StorageMySQL and PostgreSQL are the popular RDBMSes used to keep track of all segments, supervisors, tasks, and configurations Apache Druid installation Apache Druid can be installed either in standalone mode or as part of a Hadoop cluster. In this section, we will see how to install Druid via Apache Ambari. Add service First, we invoke the Actions drop-down below the list of services in the Hadoop cluster. The screen looks like this: Select Druid and Superset In this setup, we will install both Druid and Superset at the same time. Superset is the visualization application that we will learn about in the next step. The selection screen looks like this: Click on Next when both the services are selected. Service placement on servers In this step, we will be given a choice to select the servers on which the application has to be installed. I have selected node 3 for this purpose. You can select any node you wish. The screen looks something like this: Click on Next when when the changes are done. Choose Slaves and Clients Here, we are given a choice to select the nodes on which we need the Slaves and Clients for the installed components. I have left the options that are already selected for me: Service configurations In this step, we need to select the databases, usernames, and passwords for the metadata store used by the Druid and Superset applications. Feel free to choose the default ones. I have given MySQL as the backend store for both of them. The screen looks like this: Once the changes look good, click on the Next button at the bottom of the screen. Service installation In this step, the applications will be installed automatically and the status will be shown at the end of the plan. Click on Next once the installation is complete. Changes to the current screen look like this: Installation summary Once everything is successfully completed, we are shown a summary of what has been done. Click on Complete when done: Sample data ingestion into Druid Once we have all the Druid-related applications running in our Hadoop cluster, we need a sample dataset that we must load in order to run some analytics tasks. Let’s see how to load sample data. Download the Druid archive from the internet: [druid@node-3 ~$ curl -O http://static.druid.io/artifacts/releases/druid-0.12.0-bin.tar.gz% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed100 222M 100 222M 0 0 1500k 0 0:02:32 0:02:32 –:–:– 594k Extract the archive: [druid@node-3 ~$ tar -xzf druid-0.12.0-bin.tar.gz Copy the sample Wikipedia data to Hadoop: [druid@node-3 ~]$ cd druid-0.12.0[druid@node-3 ~/druid-0.12.0]$ hadoop fs -mkdir /user/druid/quickstart[druid@node-3 ~/druid-0.12.0]$ hadoop fs -put quickstart/wikiticker-2015-09-12-sampled.json.gz /user/druid/quickstart/ Submit the import request: [druid@node-3 druid-0.12.0]$ curl -X ‘POST’ -H ‘Content-Type:application/json’ -d @quickstart/wikiticker-index.json localhost:8090/druid/indexer/v1/task;echo{“task”:”index_hadoop_wikiticker_2018-03-16T04:54:38.979Z”} After this step, Druid will automatically import the data into the Druid cluster and the progress can be seen in the overlord console. The interface is accessible via http://:8090/console.html. The screen looks like this: Once the ingestion is complete, we will see the status of the job as SUCCESS. In case of FAILED imports, please make sure that the backend that is configured to store the Metadata for the Druid cluster is up and running.Even though Druid works well with the OpenJDK installation, I have faced a problem with a few classes not being available at runtime. In order to overcome this, I have had to use Oracle Java version 1.8 to run all Druid applications. Now we are ready to start using Druid for our visualization tasks. MySQL database with Apache Druid We will use a MySQL database to store the data. Apache Druid allows us to read the data present in an RDBMS system such as MySQL. Sample database The employees database is a standard dataset that has a sample organization and their employee, salary, and department data. We will see how to set it up for our tasks. This section assumes that the MySQL database is already configured and running. Download the sample dataset Download the sample dataset from GitHub with the following command on any server that has access to the MySQL database: [user@master ~]$ sudo yum install git -y [user@master ~]$ git clone https://github.com/datacharmer/test_dbCloning into ‘test_db’…remote: Counting objects: 98, done.remote: Total 98 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 98Unpacking objects: 100% (98/98), done. Copy the data to MySQL In this step, we will import the contents of the data in the files to the MySQL database: [user@master test_db]$ mysql -u root Verify integrity of the tablesThis is an important step, just to make sure that all of the data we have imported is correctly stored in the database. The summary of the integrity check is shown as the verification happens:[user@master test_db]$ mysql -u root -t +————–+—————+———–+| table_name | records_match | crc_match |+————–+—————+———–+| employees | OK | ok || departments | OK | ok || dept_manager | OK | ok || dept_emp | OK | ok || titles | OK | ok || salaries | OK | ok |+————–+—————+———–++——————+| computation_time |+——————+| 00:00:11 |+——————++———+——–+| summary | result |+———+——–+| CRC | OK || count | OK |+———+——–+ Now the data is correctly loaded in the MySQL database called employees. Single Normalized Table In data warehouses, its a standard practice to have normalized tables when compared to many small related tables. Lets create a single normalized table that contains details of employees, salaries, departments MariaDB [employees]> create table employee_norm as select e.emp_no, e.birth_date, CONCAT_WS(‘ ‘, e.first_name, e.last_name) full_name , e.gender, e.hire_date, s.salary, s.from_date, s.to_date, d.dept_name, t.title from employees e, salaries s, departments d, dept_emp de, titles t where e.emp_no = t.emp_no and e.emp_no = s.emp_no and d.dept_no = de.dept_no and e.emp_no = de.emp_no and s.to_date select * from employee_norm limit 1G*************************** 1. row *************************** emp_no: 10001birth_date: 1953-09-02 full_name: Georgi Facello gender: M hire_date: 1986-06-26 salary: 60117 from_date: 1986-06-26 to_date: 1987-06-26 dept_name: Development title: Senior Engineer1 row in set (0.00 sec)MariaDB [employees]> Once we have normalized data, we will see how to use the data from this table to generate rich visualisations. To summarize, we walked through Hadoop application such as Apache Druid that is used to visualize data and learned how to use them with RDBMses such as MySQL. We also saw a sample database to help us understand the application better. To know more about how to visualize data using Apache Superset and learn how to use them with data in RDBMSes such as MySQL, do checkout this book Modern Big Data Processing with Hadoop. Read Next: What makes Hadoop so revolutionary? Top 8 ways to improve your data visualizations What is Seaborn and why should you use it for data visualization?last_img read more

National Seismological Network to monitor Poás Volcano with four new cameras

first_imgRelated posts:Poás Volcano spews material 300 meters high after explosion inside crater Poás volcano’s crater lagoon is losing water Tourist access to Poás Volcano closed after eruptions Monday Tourist access reopened at Poás Volcano following recent phreatic eruptions Volcanologists from the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network (RSN) are installing two video cameras and two thermal cameras at Poás Volcano, one of themost active volcanoes in the country.Last week RSN experts began transporting materials to the Poás Volcano National Park in the province of Alajuela and building the foundations for the cameras, which will broadcast real-time video and thermal video feeds to monitor frequent emissions of steam and other materials. Scientists also will be able to track of temperature changes inside the crater.Video feeds broadcast by the four cameras will be available to the public at the RSN website. Currently the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) has cameras at Poás, but they only take and broadcast snapshots in intervals.RSN crews last Thursday were able to observe activity in the crater’s lagoon. Volcanologist Raúl Mora said they witnessed five phreatic eruptions – which are composed of water, gas and mud – in a span of some five hours.“The highest reached some 60 meters, and falling material into the lagoon generated a series of waves, known as seiches, of up to 2 feet,” he said.Mora and RSN volcanologist Gino González also discovered several small white stones, which means “the lagoon’s acidic conditions harm the rock’s original composition until they become white and very fragile,” González said.After each eruption scientists also were able to observe sulphur deposits on the lagoon’s surface. This phenomenon has been occuring more frequently in recent months due to the lagoon’s low water levels.“Considering the region has seen several showers this month, characteristic of the rainy season, the lagoon is still very low. The water level rose only two inches compared to last month. That is an insignificant amount and leads us to believe the level is decreasing due to intense heat from the crater,” Mora said.Last February, Poás registered an explosion that expelled material 300 meters into the air, although María Martínez Cruz, a volcanology and geochemistry expert with OVSICORI, said the event is considered “normal for the volcano’s activity.”Despite the volcano’s intense activity tourist visits have not been affected. Access to the crater at Poás Volcano National Park is open Tuesday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.RSN experts also said that once they finish installing cameras at Poás, they will place four more at the Turrialba Volcano, another active volcano located east of the province of Cartago. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Home Price Indices S&P/Case Shiller Stong July Gains 2015-09-29 Staff Writer U.S. Home Prices Post Strong Gains in July, Case-Shiller Shows September 29, 2015 481 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Home prices across the country increased again in July 2015, according to S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.The index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, showed July 2015 home prices rose 4.7 percent year-over-year compared to a 4.5 percent increase recorded the prior month.The 10-City Composite was mostly unchanged from last month, experiencing a 4.5 percent increase year-over-year, while the 20-City Composite gained 5.0 percent.The cities with the highest year-over-year gains were San Francisco (10.4 percent), Denver (10.3 percent), and Dallas (8.7 percent), the report said. Meanwhile, 14 cities reported greater price increases in the year ending July 2015 over the previous year.On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased 0.7 percent in July before seasonal adjustment, the index determined. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composite posted 0.6 percent gains.“Prices of existing homes and housing overall are seeing strong growth and contributing to recent solid growth for the economy,” said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.Much of the strength in home prices was seen in Western states, Blitzer noted. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego all have the largest cumulative price increases since January 2000 at 138 percent, 116 percent, and 115 percent, respectively. On the other hand, Detroit (3 percent) and Cleveland (10 percent) posted the smallest gains since 2o00.Blitzer also explained that the index has risen 4 percent annually for the last three years, well ahead of inflation. In addition, residential investment and spending on furniture and household equipment have also surpassed economic growth.”An interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve, now expected in December by many analysts, is not likely to derail the strong housing performance,” Blitzer concluded.Click here to view the full report. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgTemple inside linebacker Haason Reddick (57) gets ready for a play during practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl college football game, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: James Bettcher, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator “I love Karlos on this defense,” he said. “He’s an outstanding leader. He can still play the game at a high level. I’ve gone out and said I think Deone is going to have an outstanding year for us, so we’re going to have some fun — and not get too cute — but finding some ways to incorporate Haason in our game plans from week to week.“At the end of the day it’ll come down to what he’s ready for and what he’s able to handle. I anticipate that he’ll be very involved for us.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher shed some light on how the dynamic rookie will be used initially in his defensive scheme.“We’ll get Haason here and where we’ll start him as at inside linebacker,” Bettcher told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “One of the reasons I want to do that is so that he can learn his sight lines and learn how to work his eyes from playing off the ball, keep continuing to grow and build his instincts as an off-the-ball player.“We all know, at the end of the day, he can step down on the edge and that’s something he does extremely well is rush off the edge and get on top of offensive tackles.”Bettcher wouldn’t commit to whether Reddick’s initial role takes more snaps away from Dansby or incumbent Deone Bucannon at the inside linebacker spot. He did say most of it is up to the rookie.“How he picks it up, how he takes it from the meeting room to the field, how he grows and once we get to training camp and we’re flying around and playing, how he plays determines who’s getting snaps and who’s not,” Bettcher said.Bucannon played nearly every defensive snap last season before he suffered a high-ankle sprain in a Week 14 loss at Miami. He would miss the rest of the season. Dansby, who spent last season in Cincinnati, saw action on 72 percent of the Bengals’ defensive plays despite only starting seven games. Bettcher knows he’s got a lot of talent to utilize. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Following free agency and the NFL Draft, one of the common talking points about the Arizona Cardinals’ defense is that it has the makings of a devastating linebacking corps.General manager Steve Keim went out and signed free agent Karlos Dansby and drafted the versatile Haason Reddick out of Temple with the 13th overall pick last month.With his ability to play different positions — as he displayed during an incredible week at the Senior Bowl — Reddick is a sort of wild card in the middle of the Arizona defense. There is plenty of learning to be done, however. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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enhances political security economic cultural and humanitarian cooperation and acts as one of the most influential participants in the modern system of international relations Relying on neighbouurly relations friendship and cooperation mutual respect for the cultural and civilisational diversity and social values of its Member States on trustful dialogue and constructive partnership the SCO sets an example of close and fruitful cooperation in building a more equitable and balanced world order based on an equal cooperative indivisible comprehensive and sustainable security ensuring the interests of each and every state in accordance with the norms and principles of international law The Member States reaffirm their commitment to the goals and objectives stipulated in the SCO Charter and the SCO Development Strategy Towards 2025 by consistently developing the political security trade and economic financial investment transport energy agricultural and humanitarian cooperation promoting the construction of international relations of a new type based on mutual respect justice equality mutually beneficial cooperation and the formation of a common vision of building a community for the shared future of humankind I The Member States will continue to deepen multifaceted cooperation for peace stability development and prosperity in the SCO space In this regard they supporting the efforts of the countries of the Central Asian region to intensify cooperation in the political economic cultural humanitarian and other spheres welcome the results of the first consultative meeting of the heads of state of Central Asia (Astana 15 March 15 2018) The Member States note the new quality and dynamics that have emerged in various fields of cooperation since the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s accession to the SCO They intend based on strict observance of international treaties and SCO documents to jointly promote the further expansion of the Organisation’s potential in all areas of its activities The Member States reaffirm their readiness to increase cooperation with observer states and partners in the SCO dialogue on a mutually beneficial and equitable basis to enhance the contacts and interaction of the SCO with the UN and its specialised bodies and with other international and regional organisations II The Member States are committed to strict compliance with the goals and principles of the UN Charter primarily the equality and sovereignty of states non-interference in their internal affairs mutual respect of territorial integrity the inviolability of borders non-aggression a peaceful settlement of disputes the non-use of force or threat of force and other universally recognised norms of international law aimed at the maintenance of peace and security the development of cooperation among states the strengthening of independence the right of nations to determine their future and to choose their political socioeconomic and cultural path The Member States reaffirm their resolve to strictly comply with the provisions of the Treaty on Good-Neighbourly Relations Friendship and Cooperation between the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (Bishkek 16 August 2007) aimed at the further development of neighbourly and friendly relations in areas of mutual interest including to turn mutual borders into borders of lasting peace and friendship The Member States reaffirm their resolve to support the efforts of the UN as a universal multilateral organisation to maintain international peace and security stimulate global development and promote and protect human rights They are committed to strengthening the key role of the UN Security Council as the main body responsible under the UN Charter for maintaining international peace and security The Member States have taken note of the intention of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Tajikistan to seek the position of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council The Member States will continue to work together in the area of disarmament and arms control peaceful use of nuclear energy and political and diplomatic settlement of challenges to nonproliferation regimes The Member States that are signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty are committed to strict compliance with NPT provisions a comprehensive and balanced encouragement of NPT goals and principles the promotion of the global non-proliferation regime and nuclear disarmament with due regard for the entirety of international stability factors as well as stimulating equal and mutually beneficial cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy The Member States believe that an early enforcement of the Protocol on Security Assurances to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia by all signatory states will be a major contribution to regional security and the global non-proliferation regime The Member States reaffirm that unilateral unrestricted build-up of missile defence systems by individual countries or groups of countries will damage international security and destabilise the global situation They consider it unacceptable to strengthen one’s security to the detriment of other’s security The Member States point out the importance of keeping space free of weapons and support the practical measures to prevent an arms race in space They welcome the resolution of the UN General Assembly Disarmament and International Security Committee on further practical measures for the prevention of an arms race in outer space and the creation of a group of governmental experts to prepare and submit proposals for an international legally binding instrument on the prevention of an arms race in outer space which would prohibit the placement of weapons in outer space The Member States support the efforts and initiatives designed to stimulate strict compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention enhance the prestige of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and strengthen the regime stipulated in the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction The Member States strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and consider it necessary to make efforts to promote the creation of a unified global counterterrorism front with the central coordinating role of the UN on the basis of international law without politicisation or double standards They confirm the key role of the state and its competent agencies in counteracting terrorism separatism and extremism on its territory as well as in relevant cooperation within the SCO and in international formats The Member States stand for reaching consensus on the issue of adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism based on the UN Charter and other documents They emphasise the importance of comprehensive measures to reach a peaceful settlement of international and regional conflicts enhance efforts against terrorism and its ideology the detection and elimination of factors and conditions that facilitate terrorism and extremism acknowledging that there can be no justification of any act of terrorism or extremism They praise the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to launch the Code of Conduct in International Anti-Terrorist Operations in the UN format The Member States note that the interference in the domestic affairs of other states under the pretence of combatting terrorism and extremism is unacceptable as well as the use of terrorist extremist and radical groups for one’s own purposes The Member States call for effectively fulfilling the requirements of specialised UN Security Council resolutions as regards efforts to counter any forms of financing terrorism and providing material and technical support to it; the measures include finding individuals and legal entities involved in economic relations with terrorists In relation to the developments in the Middle East the Member States note the growing threat from foreign terrorists who return to their countries or find shelter in third countries to continue their terrorist and extremist activity within the SCO The Member States will work to improve the information exchange mechanisms regarding these people and their movements and speed up procedures to extradite foreign terrorists in accordance with the national legislation of the SCO Member States and boost international cooperation both on the political level and between the security services The Member States praise the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the adoption of a special General Assembly resolution Education and Religious Tolerance which it proposed at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017 in New York The Member States confirm the special role of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure in the joint fight against “the three evils” – terrorism extremism and separatism – in order to ensure regional security and will boost the potential of cooperation between competent agencies in this area Considering the growing scale and mutual interconnectedness of threats to security they noted the importance of the further improvement of the RATS SCO including considering the organisation of a monitoring system of possible threats in the global information space and counteracting them The implementation of the cooperation programme to fight terrorism separatism and extremism for 2019-2021 will be prioritised It is considered important to speed up the coming into effect of the SCO Convention on Countering Extremism signed on 9 June 2017 in Astana The Member States praise the results of the international conference on countering terrorism and extremism (Dushanbe 3-4 May 2018) which became an important venue for multilateral cooperation in these areas The Member States will continue to conduct regular joint anti-terrorist exercises including the Peace Mission antiterrorism military exercise They will continue to expand their cooperation in defence and security on security issues for major events and the training of personnel to enhance the capabilities of their respective armed forces and competent services The Member States reaffirm their concern about the risk of weapons of mass destruction ending up at the disposal of terrorist groups; they advocate the strengthening of the international legal framework to counter this threat and support the initiative to draft an international convention against chemical and biological terrorist attacks at the Conference on Disarmament The Member States will strengthen their cooperation in combating the spread and propagation of terrorist ideology through the internet including publicly justifying terrorism recruiting members to terrorist groups inciting and financing terrorist attacks and online tutorials on methods of committing terrorist acts They very much appreciate the Xiamen-2017 anti-cyber terrorism exercise held in China in 2017 aimed at curbing the use of the internet for terrorist separatist and extremist purposes The Member States have noted the importance of combining the efforts of the international community in countering attempts to involve young people in the activities of terrorist separatist and extremist groups In this regard they have adopted the Joint Appeal to Youth in which they put forth the intention to organise comprehensive educational work as well as the spiritual and moral education of the younger generation in the SCO The Member States express concern about the growing threat from increased production trade and abuse of drugs and the use of proceeds from drug trafficking as a source of financing terrorism They emphasise the need to develop a joint and balanced approach to countering illegal trafficking in drugs and their precursors including through the internet In this regard the Member States welcome the adoption of the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy for 2018-2023 and the Programme of Action for its implementation as well as the Concept for the Prevention of the Abuse of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances at the summit The Member States reaffirm their commitment to the existing international system to combat illegal drug trafficking on the basis of the norms and principles of international law the relevant UN conventions and SCO documents In this context they gave a positive assessment of the joint SCO and UN Office on Drugs and Crime event the UN and the SCO in the Fight Against Narcotic Drugs: New Threats and Joint Actions on 12 March 2018 in Vienna The Member States have reaffirmed their readiness to continue improving the mechanism of cooperation within the SCO to combat illegal drug trafficking at the level of the heads of the competent authorities senior officials and expert working groups to conduct joint operations on a regular basis to curb illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs psychotropic substances and their precursors to take effective measures to prevent the spread of synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances They approved the outcome of the Meeting of the Heads of the SCO Counter-Narcotics Agencies (Tianjin 17 May 2018) The Member States intend to continue exchanging information on individuals involved in terrorist activities and joint investigation of terrorist crimes of a transnational nature through effective border control under the Agreement on Cooperation and Interaction of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Border Issues (Ufa 10 July 2015) to prevent the activity and cross-border movement of foreign terrorists and terrorist groups The Member States call on the international community to put more effort into creating a peaceful secure open and structured information space based on cooperation They emphasise the central role of the UN in developing universal international rules and principles as well as norms for countries’ responsible behaviour in the information space and advocate the establishment of a working mechanism within the framework of the UN based on a just geographical distribution in order to develop standards rules or principles for countries’ responsible behaviour in the information space and to formalise them by adopting the corresponding UN General Assembly resolution The Member States are convinced that all states should participate equally in internet development and governance A governing organisation established to manage key internet resources must be international more representative and democratic The Member States will continue to promote practical cooperation in countering threats and challenges in the information space based on the Agreement among the Governments of the SCO Member States on Cooperation in the Field of Ensuring International Information Security (Yekaterinburg 16 June 2009) such as international cooperation in IT abuse including for terrorist and criminal purposes and call for developing an international legal document on countering IT use for criminal purposes under the auspices of the UN The Member States note that corruption as a threat to national and regional security in all its forms and manifestations leads to less effective public administration adversely affects investment appeal and hampers socioeconomic progress They express their intention to develop comprehensive international cooperation in anti-corruption activities including through the sharing of experience and information The Member States affirm their intention to develop practical cooperation in the legal and judicial areas by developing and approving approaches to exchanging expertise methods to carry out forensic investigations and improving the skills of forensic experts They advocate the establishment of a contractual legal framework on legal assistance to individuals and legal entities in civil cases including trade and criminal cases in the framework of the SCO by adopting a corresponding SCO convention that will also envisage the participation of observer states if they comply with all the obligations under the convention The Member States consider it important to give impetus to contact and cooperation between legislative agencies and political parties as well as to exchange expertise in the area of state governance and development The Member States praised the SCO missions to observe presidential and parliamentary elections and referendums III The Member States advocate political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict situations in various regions of the world within the fundamental norms and principles of international law in the interests of global security and stability The Member States support the efforts of the government and people of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan to provide security ensure economic development to counteract terrorism extremism and drug crimes The Member States believe that establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan and an economic restoration will promote the security and sustainable development of the region as a whole The member states emphasise that there is no alternative to settling the situation in Afghanistan beyond political dialogue and an inclusive peace process by the Afghan people themselves and under their guidance and call for boosting cooperation under a central coordinating role of the UN for ensuring stability and development of the country The Member States noted the results of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group meetings that took place on 11 October 2017 in Moscow and on 28 May 2018 in Beijing and spoke in favour of activating the mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation on an Afghanistan settlement including consultations in the Moscow format The Member States welcomed the outcome of the International High-Level Conference on Afghanistan Peace Process Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity that took place in Tashkent on 27 March 2018 as an important and positive contribution to the process of restoring peace and stability in the country The Member States confirm that the implementation of an inclusive political process under the direction of the Syrian people and by the Syrian people themselves which must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of UNSC Resolution 2254 and proceed from the need for Syrian sovereignty independence and territorial integrity is the only alternative to settling the Syrian crisis The Member States support the peace talks in Geneva under the auspices of the UN note the efficiency of the Astana process and call for all the parties to the conflict to take practical steps to implement the Memorandum on establishing the de-escalation areas to create favourable conditions for a political settlement of the situation in Syria In this connection the Member States welcomed the results of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress that took place on 30 January 2018 in Sochi as an important contribution to the promotion of the political process in Syria The Member States oppose the use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone under any circumstances and for any goals and support holding under the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention a comprehensive unbiased and objective investigation into chemical attacks and drawing conclusions based on reliable and trustworthy evidence that can stand up to scrutiny The Member States deem it important to consistently implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme and call for participants to strictly observe their obligations with a view to ensuring its full and efficient implementation and promoting peace and stability in the region and globally The Member States advocate the settlement of the situation on the Korean Peninsula solely through a political and diplomatic approach based on dialogue and consultations They support the peace initiatives of the international community including those of Russia and China aimed at the normalisation of the situation including the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and securing long-term peace in Northeast Asia In this context the Member States note the resumption of the intra-Korean dialogue as well as the contact between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States and urge all involved parties to support the negotiating process The Member States confirm the need for a political settlement of the Ukraine crisis based on the prompt and full implementation of the Minsk Agreements of 12 February 2015 IV The Member States stand for the improvement of the architecture of global economic governance and the development of trade economic and investment cooperation They proceed from the belief that the World Trade Organisation is the key platform for discussing the agenda for international trade and adopting the rules of a multilateral trade system In order to maintain the reputation and efficiency of the WTO rules the Member States stand for the joint forming of an open world economy the consecutive strengthening of an open inclusive transparent nondiscriminative and multilateral trade system based on rules as well for the prevention of fragmentation of international trade relations and rejection of any forms of trade protectionism The Member States stand for creating favourable conditions for trade and investment in order to gradually introduce free movement of goods capitals services and technologies as stipulated by the SCO Charter In this relation a Joint Statement of SCO Member States for Streamlining Trade Procedures has been adopted The Member States believe that the development of the services industry and trade the support of microbusiness as well as small and medium-sized business and stimulation of e-trade within the SCO are very important for the development of the economy and the growth of employment and prosperity of the population The Member States stand for the further development of a legal and contractual basis in these areas The Member States confirm their adherence to the central role of the UN in promoting the implementation of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development They urge the developed countries in accordance with the obligations assumed earlier to provide financial and technical assistance to the developing countries and help them boost their potential The Member States emphasise the importance of deepening regional economic cooperation in order to ensure their sustainable social and economic development including through the use of the potential of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in the key areas of its activity including transport energy trade and IT They stress the need to implement the relevant SCO documents aimed at developing regional economic cooperation In this connection the Member States note the results of the SCO Business Forum held on 6 June 2018 in Beijing with the participation of the SCO business communities observers and dialogue partners and supported the planned hosting of the International Import Expo in November 2018 in Shanghai The Member States note the importance of cooperation between the scientific research and analytical centres of the SCO Member States on economic issues The Member States are in favour of further strengthening practical cooperation in banking and finance including for the purpose of studying the prospects of expanding the use of national currencies in trade and investment They noted the relevance of boosting exchanges in financial control and management interaction in the balanced macroeconomic governance and control over financial agencies in order to provide easy access and fair conditions for financial structures and service networks In order to finance the implementation of joint SCO projects the Member States are boosting interaction within multilateral banking and financial organisations operating in the region including the SCO Interbank Consortium the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank the New Development Bank the Silk Road Fund the China-Eurasia Economic Development Fund and others The Member States will continue to look for common approaches to creating the SCO Development Bank and the SCO Development Fund The Member States note the importance of promoting multilateral cooperation in transportation and increasing the transit and communications potential of the region including by building new and upgrading existing sections of international transport routes by developing road and rail systems including fast highways by creating multimodal logistics centres by introducing cutting-edge and innovation technology by simplifying and enhancing the standards of automation in border customs sanitary and other systems used to control the movement of goods across the Member States’ borders and also by implementing joint infrastructure projects In this context the Member States note the importance of implementing the Intergovernmental Agreement on International Road Transportation Facilitation (Dushanbe 12 September 2014) and of the continued efforts to draft a programme for road development in the SCO Member States The Member States support the initiative to hold the first meeting of the heads of the SCO Member States’ rail administrations in Uzbekistan aimed at promoting transport accessibility and connectivity The Member States welcome the High-Level Special Event of the SCO and UNESCAP titled Towards Regional Transport Connectivity (Bangkok 23 November 2017) The Member States welcome the creation of the SCO Heads of Region Forum to promote interregional cooperation and take note of the proposal to hold the forum’s first meeting in Chelyabinsk the Russian Federation in 2018 The Member States point out the potential of coordinating international regional and national development projects and strategies for stimulating cooperation in the interests of economic development based on the principles of respect equality and mutual benefit for encouraging investment and transport ties promoting energy cooperation strengthening the agricultural industry introducing innovation and ensuring employment in the SCO space Reaffirming their support for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the People’s Republic of China the Republic of Kazakhstan the Kyrgyz Republic the Islamic Republic of Pakistan the Russian Federation the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan the Member States express appreciation for the joint efforts taken towards its implementation including efforts to coordinate the development of the Eurasian Economic Union and the BRI and call for using the potential of the regional countries international organisations and multilateral associations to create a broad open mutually beneficial and equal partnership in the SCO space The Member States emphasise the importance of promoting and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation and the exchange of knowledge information and best practices in the area of information and communication technology including digital technology to the benefit of economic and social development of the SCO Member States Keeping in mind the importance of preserving an environmental balance in the SCO space and restoring biodiversity in the interests of future generations and creating favourable conditions for people’s lives and sustainable development the Member States have adopted the Concept for SCO Member States’ Cooperation in Environmental Protection The Member States highly assess the initiative of the Republic of Tajikistan which has been declared by UN General Assembly Resolution 71/222 of 21 December 2016 as International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028) They welcome the holding of a High-level International Conference on the Water Action Decade under UN auspices (Dushanbe 20-22 June 2018) They call for supporting the draft resolution of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly on a midterm review of the implementation of the Decade which is aimed at facilitating the attainment of sustainable development goals and tasks in the sphere of water management The Member States express a willingness to stimulate exchanges and cooperation to prevent and combat cross-border epidemic outbreaks of animal diseases provide access to quality agricultural products and use quarantine for purposes of food security They emphasise the need to take practical measures towards this end including the drafting of a programme of cooperation in this area The Member States call for strengthening cooperation in innovation activities They point out the importance of coordinating the SCO Member States’ approaches in innovation politics including the creation of an innovative ecosystem technology platforms innovation clusters and high-tech companies and by implementing joint innovation projects The Member States stress the crucial significance of the further development of cooperation in customs agriculture and telecommunications as well as in micro- small and medium-sized business The Member States will work consistently to tap the potential of the SCO Business Council and SCO Interbank Consortium (SCO IBC) in order to implement joint projects in finance high-technology transport and communication infrastructure energy and investment In this context the Member States welcome the efforts of the SCO IBC to attract new members V The Member States will continue their productive bilateral and multilateral cooperation in culture education science technology healthcare tourism crafts environmental protection youth exchanges the media and sport for the sake of mutual enrichment and closer relations between people Based on the Agreement Between the Governments of the SCO Member States on Cooperation in Culture which was signed in Bishkek on 16 August 2007 the Member States will continue to facilitate the development of cultural ties within the SCO as well as better mutual understanding between people with more respect for the cultural traditions and customs of the Member States; preserve and encourage cultural diversity; hold international festivals and competitions; expand ties between musicians theatres artists film-makers archives museums and libraries; and also develop cooperation in studying and preserving the nature and cultural heritage of the entire region including along the historical Great Silk Road In keeping with the above the Member States praise the decision to hold the 3rd World Nomads’ Games in the Kyrgyz Republic in September 2018 The Member States also noted the importance of holding the events under The SCO: Our Common Home project at the SCO Secretariat as well as open days conferences and roundtable discussions that involve youth The Member States welcome the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Between the SCO Secretariat and UNESCO which reflects the aspiration of these international organisations to develop constructive cooperation in the humanitarian area including with the aim of raising awareness of culture and cultural achievements as well as the historical heritage of the SCO Member States The Member States hail the work of the International Congress of Women from the SCO and BRICS countries that was held in Novosibirsk on 2-4 July 2017 and the Women and the SCO forum held in Beijing on 15-17 May 2018 pointing to good prospects for this area of cooperation The Member States will encourage media cooperation and in connection with this note the SCO Media Forum held in Beijing on 1 June 2018 The Member States while acknowledging the importance of sport as an effective factor in promoting dialogue between people of different countries believe that sport should be separated from politics They believe that the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia the international Wushu competition in Chongqing on 18-19 May 2018 regular SCO marathons and International Yoga Day held annually will contribute to stronger friendship peace mutual understanding and harmony The Member States continue to implement the Agreement Between the Governments of the SCO Member States on Cooperation in Education in order to expand education exchanges and jointly prepare highly skilled personnel Based on the principle of mutual respect the SCO Member States will further develop practical cooperation in teacher and student exchages joint scientific work academic visits foreign language-learning courses professional education and youth exchanges The Member States point to the need to cooperate in various areas such as building the potential for fast response in emergency healthcare; ensuring the sanitary and epidemiological safety of the population; fighting against the distribution of counterfeit medical products; countering the spread of infectious diseases; preventing and monitoring chronic diseases; conventional medicine and pharmaceutics; medical education and research; implementing joint programmes for promoting global development; medical service and medical staff exchanges; ensuring safety and high quality food in order to jointly protect public health; providing incentives for the development of healthcare; and promoting innovative cooperation *** The Member States highly appreciate the results of China’s SCO Presidency in 2017-2018 which have contributed to promoting mutual trust and mutual understanding constructive and fruitful cooperation neighbourly relations and friendship between people in the SCO Member States The Member States will continue to develop constructive dialogue expand as partners their multifaceted cooperation in order to effectively resolve regional and global issues in the interests of enhancing political and economic stability and building a fair and equitable world order Prime Minister Republic of India Narendra Modi President Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev President People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping President Kyrgyz 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