Doval visits south Kashmir meets locals policemen

first_imgJammu: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and assured the locals that their security is the government’s responsibility. Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence building measure (CMB). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Everything will be alright. Your safety and security is our responsibility,” Doval told people in Shopian district. An unprecedented security cover and several restrictions are in place in Kashmir. All modes of communication have been snapped in the Valley. Doval was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. He exchanged views with them on the security situation and the government’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Your children and their children will continue to live here. They will make their name in the world,” the NSA told people. He also met policemen in the area and praised their role in the containing the situation in the state for the past several years. “Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the best police forces. It has a special place for us,” Doval told the policemen. Later, videos of Doval, flanked by director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, interacting with locals and policemen went viral on social media.last_img read more

World champion Sindhu returns to heros welcome

first_imgNew Delhi: The feeling has not yet sunk in, said India’s first badminton world champion P V Sindhu on Tuesday after she was given an exuberant welcome on her return to the country which included a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2016 Olympic silver-medallist, who out-played Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided final of the big event in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday, was mobbed at the airport after she touched down with national coach Pullela Gopichand by her side on Monday night here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It’s a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it,” she said in response to a barrage of questions that were thrown at her once she came out of the airport. Within a few hours of that, the 24-year-old had breakfast with sports minister Kiren Rijjiju followed by a meeting with Modi. The Prime Minister posted pictures of the meeting on his personal Twitter page and described the affable player as “India’s pride”. Rijiju, on the other hand, felicitated her with a cash award of Rs 10 lakh. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It hasn’t yet sunk in and we didn’t get much time to celebrate because I had to come back early after the match and then next day take a flight back to India,” she said. The Hyderabadi, who has had little time to reflect since her historic achievement, headed to her hometown in the afternoon. “I will work more hard and win many more medals,” she promised when asked about her plans from now given that the Olympics is less than a year away and she is faced with expectations to finish on the podium for a second successive edition. Sindhu was also asked about the moment she got emotional after the medal distribution ceremony in Basel. The five-time world medallist had tears in her eyes when the national anthem played. She had claimed silvers in the past two editions, besides a couple of bronze medals earlier. “I had tears and there were a lot of emotions, it was a great moment for me. Thanks to all my fans for your blessings, your blessings have brought me here,” she said. “I can’t express how it felt on the podium. It gave me a lot of confidence to improve and win many more tournaments. “I would like to thank my coaches Gopi sir and Kim (Ji Hyun). They have put in a lot of effort and done a few changes in my game,” she added. Kim Ji Hyun, a former international from South Korea, joined the coaching staff earlier this year on Gopichand’s recommendation. Sindhu also thanked the government agencies and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for their support. “The reception was really, really good. I would like to thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI), BAI, the Sports Minister and the government. They have been very supportive,” she said. Gopichand said Sindhu’s gold was special but her past medals at the big event should also never be forgotten. “It is phenomenal. This wait was definitely long but every medal that she has won is special,” he said. “We won bronze and silver (in the earlier editions). The question-mark was over gold. Going into the Olympics with this win is phenomenal. They way she did it was such a pleasure,” he added referring to her dominant performance in the final. Also present during their interactions with Rijiju and Modi were BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma, Kim Ji-Hyun and Sindhu’s father P V Ramana, a former bronze medallist in volleyball at the 1986 Asian Games.last_img read more

Winnipegs Indian and Métis Friendship Centre battles with AIM over who sits

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsAnother election was held to create a new board for the embattled Indian and Métis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg Wednesday night.The centre was incorporated nearly 60 years ago – but has been in the limelight lately because of allegations of mismanagement and infighting.There is hope that the new board will turn things around – but the voting process wasn’t without some heated moments.The tense moments involved board members and voters with ties to the American Indian Movement who some thought were taking over the board and creating their own agenda.“The membership has come to an agreement that only five members of the American Indian Movement will be allowed on the board,” announced Kathy Guimond-Doyle, interim chair of the meeting. “They’re not allowed to wear their patches and they are to swear an oath that they’re protecting the interests of the centre and not their group.”srobinson@aptn.calast_img read more

Higher tax revenues lead to lower Ontario deficit minister says

TORONTO — Ontario’s finance minister says $1 billion in higher sales and income tax revenues have pushed the province’s deficit down to $13.5 billion.Vic Fedeli released Ontario’s 2018-19 third-quarter finances today and says the higher revenues show the government’s plan is working.Ontario’s financial accountability officer has said the deficit is actually about $2.5 billion lower.Opposition politicians have accused the Progressive Conservative government of inflating the deficit so it can justify cuts to programs and services.Fedeli says the next budget will show a path to balance, though he wouldn’t specify if the government will eliminate the deficit within its four-year mandate.Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says he has directed ministries to limit spending until fiscal year end of March 31.The Canadian Press read more

Moroccan Diplomat in Turkey Our Diplomacy is Proactive on Global Issues

Rabat – Be it immigration, international terrorism, climate change, or peacekeeping missions, “Morocco has always been among the first countries to propose mechanisms to rise to global challenges,” said M’hamed Ifriquine, Morocco’s consul general in Istanbul.According to Ifriquine, Rabat has steadily spearheaded a host of multilateral conventions and forums on tackling the world’s most pressing issues.He also noted that the Kingdom has always adopted a balanced policy based on the primacy of dialogue and moderation in international relations, and that it favours the values of respect and solidarity in the management of bilateral and global issues.Read also: Qatar Gives Turkey Financial Lifeline; No End in Sight for Diplomatic CrisisRecalling the history of the Kingdom, the diplomat said that Morocco gives priority to the issues of the Islamic world, with the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem at the forefront.Ifriquine made the statements at a conference entitledon “The Foundations and Priorities of Moroccan Diplomacy,” which was organized by Istanbul-based Bahcesehir University last week. read more

Colombia UN experts call for ending violence against human rights defenders

30 April 2008A group of independent United Nations experts have called for urgent measures to protect those defending human rights in Colombia, following a recent surge in violence that includes killings, harassment and intimidation of civil society activists, trade union leaders and lawyers representing victims. “We are deeply concerned by recent developments in Colombia indicating the deteriorating situation of human rights defenders in recent months,” the experts said in a statement issued today in Geneva. The group reports that so far this year there have been 21 killings of trade unionists and civil society leaders and dozens of reports of death threats against activists and defenders allegedly perpetrated by new illegal armed groups. The recent escalation in violence against human rights defenders “confirms the need for a vigorous and immediate reaction from the Government for the protection of defenders in Colombia,” they added. While recognizing the measures taken by the Government to improve the security of human rights defenders, the group called for “more effective and consistent protection measures for defenders at risk as a matter of urgency.” These include effective protection of defenders at risk, more efficient investigations and conclusive prosecutions of perpetrators, and more open and firm cross-party political support and recognition to defenders and their work. “Concrete and concerted action is needed to stop the endemic impunity for the crimes and violations committed against human rights defenders,” said the experts, all of whom report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. The statement was signed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston; and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy. In a related development, Margaret Sekaggya will begin her duties as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders on 1 May. Ms. Sekaggya, who has been the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission since 1996, succeeds Ms. Jilani who has been responsible for this mandate since 2000. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 3 December 2010

DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Westminster. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Westminster can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.For further information e-mail us at westminsterweb@smmt.co.ukContents1. Chancellor delivers Autumn Statement2. Government launches growth review3. ‘Low carbon jobs plus skills will result in economic boost’ – Engineering UK1. Chancellor delivers Autumn StatementChancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has delivered government’s Autumn Statement to the House of Commons, outlining the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) economic and fiscal outlook. The coalition government announced in September that it would replace the Pre-Budget Report with an Autumn Statement. The chancellor spoke of government’s mandate to eliminate the fiscal deficit and reducing government debt as a key focus of its economic strategy. He said government had ‘taken Britain out of the financial danger-zone and on the road to recovery’. The chancellor also made a number of policy announcements including new proposals on corporate tax reform, changes to Intellectual Property rules and a cross-government review, led by BIS and HM Treasury reporting for the next Budget (23 March 2011).Source: ParliamentClick here for more information2. Government launches growth reviewChancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne and business secretary, Vince Cable have announced a review of what all parts of government are doing to create the best conditions for private sector growth. Building on the action already taken by government and outlined in the paper, ‘The path to strong, sustainable and balanced growth’, business is being invited to take part in this work which will challenge every government department on the measures being taken to tackle barriers to growth. The growth review will start with an intensive programme of work, based on the evidence provided by business, to report by Budget 2011. Departments will be required to present Action Plans to a Ministerial Ad-Hoc Group chaired by the chancellor and business secretary, on what contribution they will make. Specific sectors and structural areas have been identified as a priority for the Government; over the course of the review, including advanced manufacturing plus highlighting low carbon vehicles. The work will continue for the lifetime of this Parliament, ensuring all government departments think first and foremost about the impact of their policies on growth. George Osborne, said: “We have been clear that growth will be driven by the private sector. By working closely with business and industry in this intensive programme of work, Government can make sure that Britain is open for business.”Source: HM TreasuryClick here for more information3. ‘Low carbon jobs plus skills will result in economic boost’ – Engineering UKEngineering UK has warned in its annual report that engineering skills shortages threaten to leave the UK behind its international counterparts in the race to secure energy markets. The report launch brought together leaders from industry, education and government, including minister for business, Mark Prisk, to deliver a new partnership to address these challenges. Engineering UK 2011: The state of Engineering confirms that the engineering sector is at the forefront of rebalancing the UK economy and meeting climate change and renewable energy targets. Success is dependent upon both investment and on boosting the skill levels of UK workers. The report highlights discrepancies between the demand and supply of appropriately skilled technicians. At least 10% of technicians currently working within science, engineering and technology fields are under-qualified – at level two (equivalent to e.g. GCSE grades A* – C, NVQ or BTEC Level 2) or below, where at least a level three (A Levels, NVQ or BTEC level 3) is needed. Business minister, Mark Prisk, said: “We need a new approach where industry, education and government works collaboratively to achieve this common ambition so I welcome this partnership to address these challenges. Government is committed to increasing the number of highly skilled workers. One of our first announcements was a commitment to create an additional 50,000 new adult apprenticeships by redirecting £150m from Train to Gain.”Source: Engineering UKClick here for more informationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Team first mindset part of balancing act for Ohio State mens gymnastics

Facing difficulty in balancing classes, work and social life is commonplace for college students. Add in conditioning and training, and you get a combo that leaves little time for sleep. Just when there is a moment to get a few hours of rest, it is time to wake up and do it all over again, said John Laing, a senior pommel horse specialist for the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team and a civil engineering major. The life of a male gymnast is a balancing act between the achievement of perfection and time management while working toward competing on a collegiate level and being a college student. “It’s tough balancing the workout schedule and all the stuff outside the gym,” said Michael Newburger, a redshirt junior pommel horse specialist and a mathematics and physics major. “I spend a lot of time in my classes and you always want to have a social life, too, but you always think about putting the team first.” Rustam Sharipov, the OSU men’s gymnastics coach, said he thinks learning is the most important part of being a student-athlete. “Gymnastics is one of the sports where you never waste your time,” Sharipov said. “As long as the kid got his education and he doesn’t have any regrets, I’m fine with that and that means I did my job. And that’s what it is all about.” While some naive onlookers may not realize it at first, men’s and women’s gymnastics have different sets of rules and regulations, even though both sports are fundamentally based on perfection and physical and mental strength. “People think we use a lot of music like the girls and it’s really choreographed,” Newburger said. “Although it is an artistic sport, we try to keep that perfection and that performance attitude, but it is a very physical, very serious athletic sport.” After tying for second in the 2013 Windy City Invitational Jan. 19 in Chicago and earning second place in the Metroplex Challenge Friday in Dallas, some members of the No. 5-ranked men’s team said they still are striving for more. “Things don’t just happen by themselves, you have to make things happen and not sit back and wait for things to happen,” Laing said. While sports like football and basketball enjoy relative levels of popularity nationally, Laing said gymnastics’ relevance in major college athletics isn’t quite as clear. “There are 17 Division I colleges that participate, and it is slowly getting less and less popular with everyone in general,” he said. “The average person can’t come in here and do a flip, which to us is very basic, but it’s not something where someone off the street can just come in here and mess around and do.” read more

Firefox turning on HTTPS search by default PDFjs nears readiness

first_imgA pair of important updates will be making their way to Firefox soon. First up is the PDF.js extension, which will allow users to view PDF files in Firefox without the need for a plug-in. The second is the arrival of SSL-enabled Google search, which will make Firefox the first browser to implement encrypted searching for all users by default.PDF.js has been in the works for a while, and you may have spotted it here on Geek.com before. It’s currently slated to arrive in Firefox 14. Mozilla is playing a bit of catch-up here, of course: both Chrome and Safari have offered built-in PDF viewers for some time. Theirs, however, aren’t anywhere near as open as PDF.js. Its code is there for all to see, download, remix, and integrate into other projects, and it’s pure HTML5 and JavaScript.There are still some rough edges to smooth out. For example, thumbnails don’t always render in the navigation pane and Firefox has trouble displaying certain more complex PDFs. The extension has already come a long way, and Firefox 14 has only just hit the Nightly channel — so there’s plenty of time to fix bugs before PDF.js hits the Stable build.As for HTTPS search by default, you’d be forgiven if you thought Google Chrome beat Firefox to the punch. Chrome does send some of its users’ searches via SSL, but only those who are signed in to a Google account and even then only those who search on Google.com. If you’re signed in but your requests are redirected to a regional Google site (like Google.ca) they’re not encrypted.More at ZD Net and GitHublast_img read more

Courgette shortage Grow your own instead plus a recipe for panfried Jerusalem

first_imgCourgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly. 87 Views Share51 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Michael Kelly http://jrnl.ie/3231215 Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 12:30 PM Feb 11th 2017, 12:30 PM YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED in the news this week that there is a veg and salad crop shortage. Lots of our favourite vegetables, like courgettes, iceberg lettuce, aubergines and tomatoes, are in short supply due to a perfect storm of inclement weather conditions in southern Europe.Every now and then a supply chain issue like this breaks through to the public consciousness and shakes us out of our apathy about our food chain. That’s probably not a bad thing, but unfortunately this time around it seems to me that we’ve completely missed the point.The focus should not be on the fact that Spain’s southeastern Murcia region supplies 80% of Europe’s fresh produce during the winter, or that that region is suffering its coldest and wettest winter in 30 years. We should instead be talking about our obsession with unseasonal veg.It’s worth reminding ourselves that all of the vegetables currently experiencing a shortage – courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes and iceberg lettuce – are not in season currently, and to restore some sanity into the food chain we should be switching from these veg in the winter and relying instead on the crops our own climate, and our own growers, can provide us with.Shifting to seasonal eatingNow before you say that I am just being contrary and trying to drag us back to the 1960s, let me offer two solid reasons why this would be a good idea. Firstly, I would argue that a shift to seasonal eating is better for our health. Our bodies don’t need thirst-quenching, water-filled vegetables like tomatoes at this time of the year.Secondly, our reliance on unseasonal food locks us into an unstable reliance on foreign imports. Eating unseasonably might be great news for growers in Murcia (and I am sure they are fine fellows indeed) but it is terrible for Irish agriculture and jobs.Irish growers are leaving the industry in their droves because they cannot compete with our taste for unseasonal food or the climate advantage of their continental competitors.The Last CourgetteThis current crisis is a timely reminder that we have become far too “recipe-led” when it comes to feeding ourselves. Open any magazine or newspaper this week and you will see celebrity chefs toting recipes that are laden with unseasonal ingredients.Your local supermarket (a place where there are no seasons) will support this by ensuring these veg are available 365 days a year. This is unquestionably a marvel of modernity, but it does no favours for our health, for the health of our planet or for Irish farmers and growers.So instead of scouring local supermarkets for the Last Courgette, which will be ridiculously over-priced and maybe under armed guard, buy some seasonal, Irish vegetables instead. Or better still, for the ultimate masterclass in seasonality, start growing some veg yourself.Buying Tomato Seeds Source: Shutterstock/FotosenmeerWith an eye on summer crops, next week I will be sowing (and writing about sowing) my tomato, aubergine and pepper (sweet and chilli) seeds, so this is a great time to get your seeds on order. The beauty of growing your own tomatoes from seed is that you can try lots of different varieties.I have to admit to a tomato obsession. I grow around 70 plants in a big polytunnel in the field beside our house. It gives us enough tomatoes to last between July and November and fills the larder with tomato sauce for use in pizzas, pastas and soups.When buying seed, I am looking for a good mix of tastes, shapes, sizes and colours. I want some beefsteak and plenty of cherries. I want old reliables, some new experiments and the odd curiosity. I will generally go with about 12 to 15 different varieties. Here are ten of the varieties I am trying this year:Sungold. My favourite tomato  is a beautifully sweet, yellow/red cherry tomato, top of the taste tests.Shirley is a popular hybrid for early production with large trusses of medium sized fruit.Sweet Million is a sweet, shiney red cherry and a prolific cropper.Tigerella has red fruits with orange-yellow stripes and a fine flavor.Gardener’s Delight are bite sized, tangy tomatoes that taste like tomatoes used to taste.Golden Sunrise have a medium sized golden yellow fruit with a sweet, distinctive flavour.Alicante is another favourite of ours, and a prolific cropper with medium sized red fruits.Albenga produces large and distinctive pear-shaped beefsteak style fruits.Black Krim is an heirloom variety that produces slightly flattened, large beefsteak tomatoes.Sweet Aperitif is another taste test topper, a prolific red cherry with thin skins and excellent flavour.To order seeds, check out shop.giy.ie. We can also recommend Seedaholic, The Organic Centre and Brown Envelope Seeds.This Month at GROW HQSpring has sprung (just about) and this month at GROW HQ we’ve a range of courses, classes and events to kick off the growing season. We’ve also a range of cookery courses, and special seasonal eating events, including a silent mindful lunch and our monthly Friday Feast. For more check out www.growhq.org.Recipe of the Week – Pan Fried Jerusalem Artichokes Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioThe default recipe for Jerusalem Artichokes tends to be using them for soup, but here’s a recipe that puts them centre stage. I’ve also been told they are very good indeed if baked in the oven, whole with skins on, and then smothered in hollandaise sauce. But I suppose most things taste very good indeed when smothered in hollandaise sauce.Ingredients600g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into chunks2 cloves garlic, finely slicedWhite wine vinegarFry the artichokes in some oil on a medium heat until golden on both sides, then add a few bay leaves, the garlic and a good splash of vinegar. Season well. Place a lid on top and cook for 20 minutes or until the artichokes have softened.Take off the lid and cook for another few minutes, until the artichokes are golden brown. Serve immediately. Serves 4.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ.Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. 18 Comments Gardener By Michael Kellylast_img read more

Une campagne de sensibilisation WWF pour sauver les baleines

first_imgUne campagne de sensibilisation WWF pour sauver les baleinesLe WWF a lancé un vaste programme pour aider à protéger les baleines les plus menacées et une campagne de sensibilisation pour persuader les banques finançant la construction d’une nouvelle plateforme de forage d’abandonner ce projet menaçant la survie des baleines grises se nourrissant dans cette zone.Une baleine grise de 11 mètres bloquée a pu descendre la Tamise la semaine dernière grâce à ce programme de WWF. “Cet évènement avait pour but de faire prendre conscience de la situation critique dans laquelle se trouve l’une des baleines les plus menacées au monde”, a expliqué le WWF dans un communiqué de presse.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueIl reste aujourd’hui 130 de ces baleines dans le monde mais il n’en existe plus à l’état sauvage au Canada. A l’heure actuelle, 26 femelles reproductrices assurent la survie de cette espèce. Mais la construction d’une troisième plateforme de forage dans le nord-ouest du Pacifique risque de dégrader la zone où se nourrissent les cétacés, de les bouleverser par la pollution sonore, voire même de les tuer en cas de fuites d’hydrocarbures. En outre, leur parcours de migration pourrait être complètement chamboulé. C’est face à de tels risques que le WWF a décidé de lancer une vaste campagne de sensibilisation baptisée “Westernn grey whale”.  Avec celle-ci, le WWF souhaite convaincre les banques de refuser ce projet de troisième plateforme de Sakhaline 2. L’association offre la possibilité au public d’adhérer à ce message pour la biodiversité en signant la pétition en ligne sur le site: www.thelast130.org (lien non disponible). Du 12 au 14 février 2012, 11 experts indépendants du Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel se réuniront avec les bailleurs de fonds et Sakhalin Energy, afin de trouver des solutions pour limiter l’impact des opérations de forage sur les baleines. Le 14 février 2012 à 11:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Catholic School Bans Harry Potter Books Because Spells

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville banned J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular “Harry Potter” stories.The seven-book fantasy series chronicling the magical adventures of young witches and wizards were removed from the school library due to their content.“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish school, wrote in an email obtained by the Nashville Tennessean.“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells,” he continued. “Which, when read by a human being, risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.”Reehil even consulted several exorcists in the US and Rome, who also recommended prohibiting the books.The pastor reportedly sent the email following an inquiry from a parent; he also notified faculty.Since the release of Rowling’s first novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (or “Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US) in 1997, the books have found monstrous success, attracting audiences of all ages.Not everyone is a fan, though; Harry Potter remains controversial in some circles—particularly religious ones.The Catholic Church does not have an official position on the books, according to Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.In this case, the school’s pastor has the final say.“Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school,” Hammel explained. “He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”Meanwhile, parents—who the Catholic Church concede are children’s primary teachers—are free to introduce their kids to Harry Potter’s wizarding world if they see fit.“We would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith,” Hammel said in a statement to the Tennessean.“We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms,” she added.More on Geek.com:Rare First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Book With Typos Sells for $90,000Drop Everything and Read AI-Generated Harry Potter Fan FictionHarry Potter Fans Freak Out Over ‘Dobby Creature’ in Eerie VideoHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Againlast_img read more

Inter to secure two more new players Luciano Spalletti

first_imgInter Milan Coach Luciano Spalletti says even though “there are difficulties and things to complete”, the club’s squad needs two more new players.Inter Milan have been out in search for a right-back and there are reports they already close to Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as they also target Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal.“There are reinforcements, but there are difficulties and things to complete,” Spalletti told SportMediaset as quoted in Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“With an army of feeling behind us it’s important to have a good season, and to do so takes certain characteristics, a number of the right players to cover all competitions.“We all know that a couple of pieces are missing, but not to give me an advantage. It’s for the 40,000 that have always been there.”The nerazzurri already signed six players this summer and have been linked with the likes of Matteo Darmian, Mateo Kovacic. Inter have signed Stefan de Vrij from Lazio on a free transfer, Radja Nainggolan has arrived from Roma and Matteo Politano has been secured on a loan deal from Sassuolo.last_img read more

Michaela McLean crowned as new Miss Florida

first_img(WSVN) – Say hello to the new Miss Florida!Twenty-one-year-old Michaela McLean took home the tiara at this year’s competition, Saturday night.Besides the coveted crown, the win also comes with $15,000 worth of scholarship money.This year’s event marked the first Miss Florida pageant without a swimsuit competition.The 21-year-old will now go on to compete in the Miss America competition in September.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BSE closes points 5788 up on October 8

first_imgNew Delhi, October 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 57.88 points up to stand at 19952.98. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 11.80 points up to stand at 5,917.95.McLeod Russel and Torrent Power were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.43% and 5.71% along with Idea Cellular and Wockhardt with an increase of 5.22% and 5.00% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jet Air India and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with a decrease of 4.32% and 3.77% along with Shree Cement and TV18 Broadcast with a decrease of 3.67% and 3.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 6.04 points at 11,450.71 while the banking sector is up 52.53 points at 11,528.32 and the realty sector is up 16.73 points at 1,258.74. The Indian currency is down 0.11% at Rs 61.86 per dollar.last_img read more

Facebook UserData Scandal Has Wiped Out Nearly 50 Billion of Social Giants

first_img Popular on Variety UPDATED: Shares of Facebook continued their slide Tuesday as investors feared regulatory repercussions after revelations about the company’s mishandling of data on 50 million users.Facebook’s stock closed down 2.6% Tuesday, following a 6.8% drop Monday. The decline has wiped out around $49 billion of the company’s market value since last Friday’s closing price, with its market cap currently at $488.5 billion. Shares recovered from a steeper drop earlier Tuesday, when they fell as much as 6.1%.The Wall Street selloff comes after reports that Facebook user data was improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm used by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Last Friday, Facebook announced that it kicked Cambridge Analytica and its parent company off the platform, claiming the researcher who provided the data to them violated Facebook’s policies. Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have denied that the user data was used as part of the firm’s work for the Trump campaign. However, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was recorded in an undercover documentary by Britain’s Channel 4 boasting about the firm’s work for Trump, saying, “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy.” On Tuesday, the board of London-based Cambridge Analytica announced that it suspended Nix effective immediately over the comments.Facebook’s woes also dragged down Twitter, whose share price tumbled 10.4% Tuesday amid concerns it, too, could be subjected to new government regulations. In addition, Twitter was facing legal threats from the Israeli government, which contends that the social network hasn’t done enough to remove content that advocates terroristic violence against the country. Shares of Snap, parent company of Snapchat, closed down 2.6%.Among other new developments, the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether Facebook violated the terms of its 2011 consent decree with the agency, Bloomberg reported. Under that agreement, Facebook committed to explicitly obtaining user consent for certain changes to privacy settings after the FTC alleged Facebook misled consumers and into sharing more personal information than they intended.Facebook confirmed that it expected to receive an inquiry letter from the FTC this week. “We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information,” Facebook deputy chief privacy officer Rob Sherman said in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.”Facebook held a Q&A session with employees about the situation on Tuesday, although neither CEO Mark Zuckerberg nor COO Sheryl Sandberg attended, the Daily Beast reported. In addition, the U.K.’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday requested that Zuckerberg appear before its Fake News inquiry to explain the Cambridge Analytica situation. That came after U.S. lawmakers issued calls for similar hearings. Some Wall Street analysts believe Facebook won’t suffer any long-term setbacks from the latest controversy. “We see notable issues, but believe FB will work through them,” CFRA Research’s Scott Kessler wrote in a note Monday, reiterating the firm’s “buy” rating on the stock.So far, Zuckerberg and other top Facebook execs have stayed silent on the controversy.On Monday, Facebook said it had enlisted digital-forensics auditors from Stroz Friedberg to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica with the cooperation of Aleksandr Kogan, the U. of Cambridge researcher whose app was used to collect the data on the Facebook users. “We remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information,” Facebook said in a statement.According to Facebook, Kogan lied to Facebook and violated its terms of service by passing on the data from an app that was using the Facebook login feature to Cambridge Analytica.According to Facebook, Kogan’s app would not be permitted to access detailed data on a user’s friends under its current policies. “We also want to be clear that today when developers create apps that ask for certain information from people, we conduct a robust review to identify potential policy violations and to assess whether the app has a legitimate use for the data,” Facebook said. “We actually reject a significant number of apps through this process.”In other bad news for Facebook, on Monday the New York Times reported that Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer, will exit the company later this year after he sparred with other execs about how to respond to the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Walmart Launches Online Store for Ebooks Audiobooks

first_img Popular on Variety Amazon has long dominated the ebook market with its Kindle readers and online store, and the company’s Audible subsidiary is the audio book market leader. But more recently, other companies have tried to go head-to-head with Amazon on both fronts. Most notably, Google launched its own audiobook store as part of its Google Play Books service in January. Amazon just got yet another competitor in the ebook and audiobook space: Walmart launched its very own digital book store Wednesday, selling ebooks as well as audiobooks through its website and dedicated apps.The retail giant’s digital book service is being powered by Kobo, the ebook company owned by Japan’s Rakuten. Through the partnership, Walmart customers are now able to buy from a catalog of more than six million books, which can be read through dedicated mobile apps as well as Kobo’s line of ebook readers.Walmart is also launching a Kobo-powered audiobook subscription service for $9.99 per month. For that price, consumers get one book credit per month. Audiobooks will be accessible even after a subscription is cancelled.As part of the partnership, Walmart will also start to sell so-called digital book cards that can be redeemed online for ebooks in 3500 stores. Additionally, Walmart will sell Kobo’s latest ebook reader in 1000 stores.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

HTC to Launch 1299 Viveport Infinity VR Subscription Service on April 2

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 HTC released further details about its new all-you-can-eat VR subscription service Viveport Infinity Thursday: The service will launch on April 2, and cost $12.99 per month, or $99 per year for users who pre-pay all 12 months.“We have built a new model for VR that shines a light on the great library of VR content this industry has developed and gives users a reason to spend more time in headset than ever before,” said Viveport president Rikard Steiber in a statement. “We believe this model matches how consumers want to experience VR.”Viveport Infinity launches with a library of over 600 apps and games. The new service effectively replaces HTC’s existing Viveport subscription offering, which offered users access to up to 5 titles per month for $8.99 per month.The company launched that first take on VR subscriptions 2 years ago for its HTC Vive headset, and has since expanded Viveport to serve Oculus Rift users as well. In addition to those 2 PC-based headsets, Viveport Infinity will also serve users of standalone VR systems based on the company’s Vive Wave platform.center_img HTC said Thursday that it will grandfather existing Viveport users into the new Infinity plan, allowing them to keep paying their existing subscription price until the end of 2019. And to entice additional developers, the company is also lowering the cut it is taking from a user’s monthly subscription fee from 30% to 20% until the end of the year.last_img read more

Black holes do not exist where space and time do not exist

first_img Explore further In a new paper, physicists Ahmed Farag Ali, Mir Faizal, and Barun Majunder have shown that, according to a new generalization of Einstein’s theory of gravity called “gravity’s rainbow,” it is not possible to define the position of the event horizon with arbitrary precision. If the event horizon can’t be defined, then the black hole itself effectively does not exist.”In gravity’s rainbow, space does not exist below a certain minimum length, and time does not exist below a certain minimum time interval,” Ali, a physicist at the Zewail City of Science and Technology and Benha University, both in Egypt, told Phys.org. “So, all objects existing in space and occurring at a time do not exist below that length and time interval [which are associated with the Planck scale]. As the event horizon is a place in space which exists at a point in time, it also does not exist below that scale.”When Ali talks about “all objects,” he literally means everything around us, including ourselves.”We also do not exist physically below that length and time interval,” he said. “However, for us, our house, our car, etc., it does not matter if we do not exist at any one point of space and time, as long as we exist beyond a certain interval. However, for the event horizon it does matter, and this causes the main difference in our calculations.”Gravity’s rainbow Gravity’s rainbow arises from attempts to develop a theory that combines both the theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics. To fully solve the problems related to black holes, or even the beginning of our universe, physicists require a theory of quantum gravity.”Even though no one has been able to discover such a theory, there are various candidates,” Ali said. “These include ideas like taking space and time as fundamentally discrete, or using some mathematical loops as a fundamental quantity to construct space and time, or even replacing particles by tiny strings, and many other exotic ideas. Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) “What many of these models have in common is that it can be inferred from them that the energy of a particle cannot get as large as possible, but that there is a maximum energy that any particle can reach. This restriction can be easily combined with Einstein’s special theory of relativity, and the resultant theory is called the doubly special theory of relativity, or DSR.”As the physicists explain, it is possible to generalize DSR to include gravity, and this theory is called gravity’s rainbow. “General relativity predicts that the geometry of space and time curves in the presence of matter, and this causes gravity to exist,” Ali said. “Gravity’s rainbow predicts that this curvature also depends on the energy of the observer measuring it. So, in gravity’s rainbow, gravity acts differently on particles with different energies. This difference is very small for objects like the Earth. However, it becomes significant for objects like black holes.” Information paradoxThe point of the work is not simply to abolish one of the defining features of a black hole, but rather the results could resolve the 40-year-old black hole information paradox that began with work by Stephen Hawking back in the 1970s. At that time, Hawking proposed that black holes emit radiation as they rotate, causing them to lose mass faster than they gain mass, so that they steadily evaporate and eventually disappear altogether. The paradox in this scenario is that Hawking radiation originates from the mass of objects that fell into the black hole, but (in theory) the radiation does not carry complete information about these objects as it radiates away from the black hole. Eventually this radiation is expected to cause the black hole to evaporate completely. So the question then arises: where does the information about the objects go? In everyday life, shredding or burning paper documents may be common practice to destroy information, but according to quantum theory, information can never be completely destroyed. In principle, the initial state of a system can always be determined by using information about its final state. But Hawking radiation can’t determine the initial state of anything. Many proposals have been put forth to solve this paradox, including the possibility that some information slowly leaks out over time, that information is stored deep inside the black hole, and that Hawking radiation actually does contain complete information. One of the most developed explanations of the paradox is called black hole complementarity, which is based on the idea that an observer falling into a black hole and an observer watching from a distance see two completely different things. The in-going observer sees information (in the form of himself) pass through the black hole’s event horizon, but to a distant observer it appears that the in-going observer never actually reaches the event horizon due to the strange effect in general relativity of time dilation. Instead, the distant observer sees the information being reflected away from the event horizon in the form of radiation. Since the two observers cannot communicate, there is no paradox (though to many people, such a solution may sound even stranger than the paradox itself). Planck-scale limitsIn their new paper, Ali, Faizal, and Majunder show that something very different happens in black hole complementarity when there is no event horizon below a certain length and time interval, as suggested by gravity’s rainbow. Instead of it appearing to the distant observer that it takes an infinite amount of time for the in-going observer to reach the event horizon, in the new theory, that time is finite. In other words, the distant observer eventually sees the in-going observer fall into the black hole. Using this new insight gained from gravity’s rainbow, Ali, Faizal, and Majumder claim that the mysteries surrounding a black hole arise from the fact that space and time are being described at a scale at which they do not exist. “If we restrict our description to scales at which space and time exist, then the apparent paradoxes associated with black holes seem to naturally resolve,” Ali said. “For example, as the information paradox depends on the existence of the event horizon, and an event horizon like all objects does not exist below a certain length and time interval, then there is no absolute information paradox in gravity’s rainbow. The absence of an effective horizon means that there is nothing absolutely stopping information from going out of the black hole.” Beyond black holes In addition to offering a solution to the black hole information paradox, the physicists explain that the existence of minimum length and time intervals reminds us that it is important to know what questions one is allowed to ask in physics to get the correct answer. The scientists explain this idea using the analogy of a metal rod:”We can ask, how much will a rod bend at a given force without breaking the rod? When we apply a force so great that it breaks the rod, it is meaningless to talk of bending that rod. In the same way, in gravity’s rainbow, it becomes meaningless to talk of space below a certain length scale, and time below a certain interval.”The most important lesson from this paper is that space and time exist only beyond a certain scale,” Ali concluded. “There is no space and time below that scale. Hence, it is meaningless to define particles, matter, or any object, including black holes, that exist in space and time below that scale. Thus, as long as we keep ourselves confined to the scales at which both space and time exist, we get sensible physical answers. However, when we try to ask questions at length and time intervals that are below the scales at which space and time exist, we end up getting paradoxes and problems.” (Phys.org) —The quintessential feature of a black hole is its “point of no return,” or what is more technically called its event horizon. When anything—a star, a particle, or wayward human—crosses this horizon, the black hole’s massive gravity pulls it in with such force that it is impossible to escape. At least, this is what happens in traditional black hole models based on general relativity. In general, the existence of the event horizon is responsible for most of the strange phenomena associated with black holes. Citation: Black holes do not exist where space and time do not exist, says new theory (2015, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-black-holes-space-theory.html Researcher shows that black holes do not exist More information: Ahmed Farag Ali, Mir Faizal, and Barun Majumder. “Absence of an effective Horizon for black holes in Gravity’s Rainbow.” EPL. DOI: 1209/0295-5075/109/20001Also at: arXiv:1406.1980 [gr-qc] © 2015 Phys.org This artist’s concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. The blue color here represents radiation pouring out from material very close to the black hole. The grayish structure surrounding the black hole, called a torus, is made up of gas and dust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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New flights to grow emerging tourism market in New Zealand

first_imgNew flights to grow emerging tourism market in New ZealandAir New Zealand’s new flights from the Philippines will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of growing total annual revenue to $41 billion by 2025, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).Pending government and regulatory approvals, the new air route linking Manila with Auckland will launch in December 2016, with three flights per week.“This new service connects Auckland to one of the major Pacific Rim cities with a rapidly growing middle class who are keen to travel,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.“We already have six travel buyers from the Philippines coming to TRENZ 2016, the New Zealand tourism industry’s premier annual international trade event, which is taking place in Rotorua, 10-13 May. They will be looking for New Zealand activities and experiences to sell in this emerging market. Today’s announcement of permanent new direct flights will only boost their interest.”The tourism industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework identifies increases in sustainable air connectivity as critically important to boosting the industry’s value, from its current $30 billion a year to $41 billion.“We know that new airline routes help stimulate demand, so we look forward to seeing more visitors arriving from the Philippines year-round,” says Mr Roberts.Tourism 2025 identified that when new air connections are established the whole tourism industry benefits.“To ensure new air services are sustainable, it’s also vital that tourism operators on the ground get in behind them, by offering fantastic products and experiences that appeal to that market.” Tourism 2025Source = Tourism Industry Association NZlast_img read more