Nitish Kumar’s response on Jay Shah’s company’s growth

first_imgWhen asked about the huge growth of the company of Jay Shah, BJP president Amit Shah’s son, in last three years, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday quipped, “I haven’t read the newspaper today.”“I haven’t read the newspaper today so it is improper to comment on this,” said Mr. Kumar on the 16,000-times reported growth of Mr. Jay Shah’s company. While addressing media on the sidelines of his weekly Jan Samvad programme, Mr. Kumar also added that, he “doesn’t understand the complexities of investment through companies.”In the last week of July, Mr. Kumar had cut ties with RJD claiming he took the decision based on the call of his “conscience” of not to compromise with corruption, after Lalu Prasad and his family members were named in IRCTC hotel scam. He later had joined hands with BJP to form the NDA government in Bihar.However, Mr. Kumar said that he had got to know about RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s assets through media.Meanwhile, taking pot-shots over the huge growth of the company owned by Mr. Jay Shah in the last three years, RJD leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav tweeted, “what would Nitish Kumar’s conscience do over the son of Amit Shah?”last_img read more

In a first, east Asian birds make Andaman stopover

first_imgDistinguished by the green and brown plumage on its back, the dimunitve Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo (Chalcites basalis) is a native of Australia and New Guinea.However, researcher G. Gokulkrishnan had an unexpected encounter with the tiny bird — roughly about 15 cm and weighing 22 g and known for its repeated, loud and piercing whistle — early on July 7, 2017 in a tsunami ravaged coastal forest in the Great Nicobar Island of the Andaman and Nicobar island chain. The sighting was the first recorded instance of the bird in India.Two other first time visitors were also recorded on the islands over 2017-18. The Zappey’s Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cumatilis) a song bird that breeds in China and spends the winters in the Malay peninsula, Sumatra and Java, was spotted six times in different areas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands between December 2017 and March 2017 — at least thrice in pairs.Thai visitorLater that year researchers recorded the presence of the Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa), usually found in Thailand and Cambodia. Larger than Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo and Zappey’s Flycatcher, it was spotted on August 26, 2018. “During their migration from north to south, these birds make a stop over at the Andaman and Nicobar islands. We have been able to make these new records because of increased fieldwork and interest in avifauna,” said Dr. C. Sivaperuman, Officer-in-Charge, Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre of the Zoological Survey of India.The three new records from India from the Andaman and Nicobar Island have been discussed in detail in a recent publication of journal Birding ASIA. The other contributors to the research paper are P.C. Rasmussen, Minakshi Dash and D. Sekar. East Asian FlywayIn the past few years a few other birds of southeast Asian origin have been recorded in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during migration. Researchers are intrigued by the fact that number of new sightings has increased post the tsunami. The new records include the Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki), Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis), Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) and the Chinese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei).These birds also use Andaman and Nicobar Islands for a few week rest before they can fly along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). The EAAF extends from Arctic Russia and North America to the south Australian boundaries and includes the most of the east Asian regions including Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A birding publication, A Checklist of the birds of India by Praveen J, Rajah Jayapal and Aasheesh Pittie, and published by the journal Indian BIRDS in June 2016 had listed 1,263 birds. The list in the publication has since been revised with the number of birds found in the country now being pegged at 300 approximately. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with just about 0.25 % the country’s landmass, is home to about 350 species of exotic birds, according to an official estimate.last_img read more

When BCCI failed to make good use of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman

first_imgSeldom would cricketers of the repute of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly have felt so meaningless in a committee pertaining to a sport they have played all their life. That’s what these three greats were confined to as part of a ‘Cricket Advisory Committee’ of the BCCI. (Ravi Shastri’s Team India contract unlikely to be renewed)The committee did not last a year and now stands disbanded. This was confirmed to India Today by a top BCCI official. “Sourav Ganguly has now joined cricket administration and there was no point in having a two member committee,” he said.ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S ROLE WAS DEFINEDAt the time of appointing the Committee, the Jagmohan Dalmiya led BCCI went about patting its own back on the possible difference having these legendary cricketers on board would make. The BCCI press release on June 1, 2015  said, “These legendary cricketers have accepted the invitation to be part of this Committee, which will advise the BCCI on various progressive steps which are needed to be taken, that will enable Indian Cricket to be better prepared for the challenges of the future.” (Also Read: Focus on Krunal, Shreyas as selectors pick squads for Zimbabwe, West Indies)The brief description of the committee itself left a lot to be desired with no mention of their powers or accountability. The three cricketers busy in their own post-retirement careers seldom met and when they did, it was reduced to a photo opportunity with not much coming out in terms of decision making, which in any case they were not empowered with.advertisementThey were also expected ‘to provide guidance to the national team’ which meant eating into then team director Ravi Shastri’s territory. And they were supposed to take steps to strengthen domestic cricket to prepare young players for the rigours of international cricket. That meant intruding into Ganguly’s own space. He was head of the Technical Committee at that time. The much decorated cricket advisory group ended up doing neither and existed merely on paper.BCCI FAILED TO EXECUTE ITS PLANIronically, the best use of the advisory committee was made by senior board officials in their media comments replying to queries on Indian coaching staff appointments.Ganguly, now Cricket Association of Bengal President is busy aiming at  higher administration responsibilities at the BCCI. Laxman is receiving positive reviews in his commentary career. Tendulkar, two and half years into retirement, has still managed to keep his brand alive and would soon have his biopic released in which he plays himself.Undoubtedly, three of the greatest cricketers the country has produced are better left passing on any advise they deem fit to Indian team members directly in their personal capacity than being positioned with ornamental roles in a honorary committee with no accountability.last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidane

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there’s no problem with Paul Pogba speaking to Real Madrid coacn Zinedine Zidane.The two were pictured together last week in Dubai after Pogba travelled to the UAE for a warm weather rehab programme to aid his recovery from an ankle and foot injury.Solskjaer said: “It’s a picture. When you’re at Man United you get pictures taken of you. I don’t have any problem with that at all.”Paul is part of our plans. He’s been playing through the pain barrier but when he came back against Rochdale and Arsenal he wanted to play. “He tried to get back but it was too painful. He had that scan, he’s on the way back, he’s recovering, he’s mending. He’s been off for a few days working.”I’ve not heard Paul say he doesn’t want to be here. Paul wants to stay here and play well.” last_img read more

BMT, Sigmund Present HMS Illustrious Design Concept

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), in partnership with Sigmund Yacht Design, has conceived an audacious design concept to redevelop the Royal Navy’s Invincible Class aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious which will be withdrawn from naval service this year.The UK Ministry of Defence stated that the ship will be preserved after leaving service and innovative proposals from a range of organisations, including private sector companies, charities and trusts are welcome.James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, explains: “In recognising the importance of preserving such an iconic vessel, we came up with the idea of a ‘Commonwealth Yacht’ where Illustrious could serve all nations of the Commonwealth as a vehicle for promoting trade, attending international events and undertaking humanitarian and disaster relief work around the globe.”Commissioned in 1982, Illustrious has been at the core of the Royal Navy’s fleet and has seen action both in time of conflict and disaster relief. Most recently, she has served in delivering humanitarian relief to the Philippines following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Her decommissioning follows that of Ark Royal in 2011 which was subsequently sent for scrap. Illustrious is the sole remaining carrier of the Invincible class characterised by the ski-jump flight deck ramp.The most identifiable aspects of HMS Illustrious that made the original vessel so recognisable and innovative have now become key points in the new design. Inspiration for the triple forms placed on the deck has come from the sails of clipper ships and present the concept with a powerful outline for all to see, as well as being elegant and very purposeful.Sculpted forms with an advanced and striking aesthetic ensure that Illustrious will present an iconic design and an instantly recognisable presence wherever she travelled.Peter Symonds, Owner of Sigmund Yacht Design comments, “Our design is a brave interpretation of such a distinguished vessel, stating boldly its new purpose, whilst paying respect to its impressive heritage. The design concept provides an opportunity to extend the life of the vessel well into the foreseeable future with innovation, creativity and an eye for detail.” BMT, January 14, 2014; Image: Sigmund Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Stena Bulk Charters In Six Suezmaxes

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk said that it had expanded its fleet in the Sonangol Suezmax pool with the addition of six Suezmax tankers over the past six months.The ships in question are SKS Skeena, Istanbul, Almi Galaxy, Almi Voyager and Almi Sky.The ships have been chartered in despite rather difficult market conditions in the sector and Stena Bulk believes that more tonnage will be hired soon.“We are in a good position to expand our pool to about 30 Suezmax tankers and expect to do so with the help of partners and chartered tonnage. We are continuously evaluating the market and acting accordingly,” says Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk.As indicated by Hånell, the pool arrangement has many advantages, including logistic, exposure to a larger market position and an opportunity to spread the risks resulting from the fluctuations in a volatile market.The Sonangol Suezmax pool, which was established in 2005, currently consists of 25 Suezmax tankers with an average age of seven years. Out of these, 6 are time chartered and 3 are under commercial management.The pool is operated in the form of a joint venture owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and the Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol.Stena Bulk’s offices in Gothenburg, Houston and Singapore are responsible for operating and chartering of the vessels in the pool, which are deployed in the open spot market worldwide.last_img read more

IOA not intimidated by World Archery says AAI polls will be held

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Olympic Association on Tuesday said it was not intimidated by World Archery’s threats to suspend Archery Association of India and insisted that AAI elections would be held on June 9 as per schedule. The World Archery has warned the AAI of “immediate suspension” if the two factions go ahead with two separate elections in New Delhi and Chandigarh on June 9. Any suspension would mean that the Indian team for the next week’s World Championships may only be able to compete under a World Archery flag and not the national flag. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe WA also had stepped in to resolve the long-standing fight by the two factions by appointing a “mediator” and proposed a common election on June 24. But IOA president Narinder Batra has shot off a mail to the rival groups — Sunil Sharma and Maha Singh — firmly stating that an IOA observer will attend the elections being held in New Delhi on June 9. “IOA respects the law of the land and the Olympic movement and will not be intimidated by the threats by World Archery for athlete’s participation and de-recognition of NSF,” Batra stated. “Without prejudice, IOA will protect and defend all the rights of its athletes and if any damages are suffered by any Indian athlete the Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upWorld Archery will be liable for all the consequences,” he wrote in the mail, with copies to WA secretary general Tom Dielen, sports minister Kiren Rijiju and all the affiliated AAI units. Accusing World Archery of bias, Batra further wrote: “IOA is feeling that World Archery is ill informed/misinformed about the facts. This attitude shows bias in the mind of World body to support one of the two factions, but we in IOA have decided to strictly go by merits.”last_img read more

Ban antinational TikTok RSS affiliate

first_imgNew Delhi: A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliate requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday to ban TikTok and Helo, claiming that these two Chinese social media applications had become a hub for “anti-national” content.In a letter written to Modi, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) co-convener Ashwani Mahajan highlighted the organisation’s concerns over the two platforms, which he alleged were exposing India’s youth to being influenced by “vested interests”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”In recent weeks, TikTok has become a hub for anti-national content that is being shared extensively on the application and which can rupture the fabric of our society,” Mahajan said. Talking about Helo, the SJM leader alleged that the app was found paying Rs 7 crore for over 11,000 morphed political ads on other social media platforms. “Some of these ads were using morphed pictures of senior Indian political leaders. Functionaries of the BJP themselves wrote to the EC during the last general election raising these concerns,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedMahajan demanded that the Ministry of Home Affairs ban all the Chinese apps, including TikTok and Helo, in the country. “As some segments of the Chinese establishment have negative intentions with regard to the sovereignty and integrity of India,” he said. The SJM co-convener claimed that the combination of apps like TikTok and interventions by Chinese government can be used to gain access to the private lives of Indian citizens and “create social turmoil in our country”.last_img read more

Conflict Escalates Israeli Airstrikes Rain over Gaza

By Chase LacyRabat- Early this morning Israeli airstrikes struck 25 targets reportedly linked to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.Israel claims the strikes were in response to a barrage of 45 rockets and mortals fired into Israeli territory. The Israeli military reported that three of the Palestinian rockets prematurely landed in Gazan territory, and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted seven of the rockets. Three Palestinians were allegedly injured in the Israeli airstrikes, but no Israeli casualties from the mortars and rockets have been reported. The rocket fire came after the Israeli military announced it had targeted Hamas infrastructure in response to “arson balloons.” Palestinians over the past weeks have been lighting kites and balloons and flying them into Israeli territory aflame. The tactic, according to Israeli sources, has started 450 fires and caused damages of USD 2 million. In a statement, the Israeli military said, “the Hamas terror organization targeted Israeli civilians throughout the night with a severe rocket attack and is dragging the Gaza Strip and its civilians down a continually deteriorating path.” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said “bombing is met with bombing.” Continuing, he said, “It’s the Israeli occupation that started the escalation. The resistance has warned against continuing to target civilians.” He insisted that Israel must be held responsible for the consequences of their actions. Hamas, however, has not claimed responsibility for the rocket and mortar attacks on Israel. Israel has conducted air strikes over the past weeks, targeting Hamas. Palestinians have held frequent demonstrations since March 30 to protest Israeli occupation and to demand the right to return to the lands they were expelled from in 1948. Since the beginning of the protests, 127 Palestinians have been killed and over 13,000 injured. read more

From feta to American slices a ranking of cheeses by healthfulness

– Fresh cheese. If you’re looking for the leanest option, your best bet is fresh cheese. Such unripened cheeses include goat cheese, feta, ricotta and cottage cheese. “These cheeses are produced by the coagulation of milk and cream by chemical or culture acidification, or a combination of chemical acidification and high heat treatment,” says Nicole Magryta, a registered dietitian and author of “Nourish Your Tribe: Empowering Parents to Grow Strong, Smart, Successful Kids.” “They also tend to be lowest in fats and cholesterol.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.A serving of cottage cheese or ricotta will pack a healthy dose of protein, and they’re typically lower in calories; half a cup of cottage cheese is roughly 110 calories. Ricotta is higher in calories – about 180 calories for half a cup – but is loaded with calcium. “While high in sodium, feta tends to be one of the lowest in calories. Plus, with its strong flavor, you often use less of it than other cheeses,” says Kelli McGrane, a registered dietitian with the weight-loss app Lose It! “Goat cheese is milder in flavor than feta, but also tends to be lower in calories as well as fat.” Depending on how it’s processed, goat cheese can also pack probiotics, which are microorganisms that can aid digestion.Fresh mozzarella “tends to be one of the lowest in calories and sodium,” McGrane says. “Additionally, fresh mozzarella contains Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus fermentum, two probiotic strains that are beneficial for gut health.” Getty Images Parmesan is a good source of calcium and vitamin A, as well as a great choice for those with lactose sensitivity. Getty Images A woman holds a bagel fresh burger with chicken, vegetable and cheese — a balanced diet. Magryta recommends choosing full-fat or whole-milk cheese. “When the fat is processed out of dairy foods, you lose not only the flavor but the food’s natural ability to keep you full,” she says. “Whole-fat cheese also helps to balance blood sugars, which may have to do with its high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin D and calcium.” Furthermore, low-fat cheese can be “a highly processed food.” Look at the ingredients. Unhealthy additions include acids, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilizers, gums and other nondairy ingredients to make up for the lost fat. You should be wary if the ingredient list on the cheese feels long.As long as you’re consuming cheeses in moderation as part of a diet rich in whole foods, Magryta believes the higher amount of saturated fat shouldn’t be an issue. “The healthiest cheese depends first on its quality,” she says. “Cheeses that are unprocessed, raw, full-fat, grass-fed and certified organic, if possible, are the best. Fermented (or cultured) cheese products are also excellent choices. You don’t always have to have all of these characteristics, but shoot for as many as you can.”FOR SPECIFIC HEALTH NEEDSThe dietitians we talked to recommended these cheeses to address specific health concerns.To reduce sodium: Swiss, goat, Emmental, or WensleydaleTo boost calcium: Manchego, Emmental, Parmesan, Romano, Gruyere, or SwissTo increase protein: cottage cheese, ricotta, Romano or ParmesanTo boost gut health: Raw, unpasteurized cheddar, feta, Gouda, Edam, caciocavallo, Emmental, or GruyereTo cope with lactose sensitivity: hard cheeses such as cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss, asiago, manchego and Pecorino RomanoTo be safe during pregnancy: pasteurized cheeses. If it comes processed in plastic, toss it out, nutritionists advise. Getty Images Getty Images Blue cheese can be considered soft or hard, depending on how it’s processed, and falls somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of health. Americans love cheese. While U.S. dairy milk consumption has fallen, cheese consumption keeps on increasing year over year. According to an Agriculture Department report from 2018, per capita cheese consumption increased to a record 37.23 pounds. If you’re a die-hard cheese fan, you’re probably consuming your mozzarella and ricotta (Italian cheese are now the most popular in the United States) with a side of guilt. After all, cheese has long gotten a bad rap because of its high saturated fat content, which is considered bad for heart health.Research is starting to suggest, however, that the issue may be more complex. One study published in 2018 showed dairy fats such as cheese had a neutral-to-positive effect on the heart. A 2018 review from Harvard researchers concluded there was a “null or weak inverse association between consumption of dairy products and risk of cardiovascular disease,” though it said more research was needed. A study from the Lancet medical journal found dairy products such as cheese were linked to a lower mortality risk.According to Jennifer Glockner, a registered dietitian and creator of the Smartee Plate, recent studies have indicated “that cheese may actually offer protective properties on the heart,” though she also noted that they were observational and did not prove cause and effect. Cheese does provide some beneficial nutrients, she said, “including protein; calcium for bone and teeth health; zinc, which promotes wound-healing and immunity; vitamin A for eye and skin health, and B12.”None of this means you should start consuming cheese indiscriminately; you should take care when adding it to your diet. Which cheeses are most healthful? It can be tough to offer hard-and-fast guidelines because each variety has its own nutritional profile, and cheeses can be broken up into categories in myriad ways, whether you group them by the kind of rind, milk source or production style. But with the help of experts, we’ve come up with some general guidelines, as well as other factors to consider when making cheese part of a healthy diet.Ranking by healthfulness: – Blue cheese. Blue cheese, which has been ripened with cultures of the mould penicillium, includes varieties such as Stilton and Gorgonzola. It can be considered soft or hard, depending on how it’s processed, and falls somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of health. “It’s high in calories, total and saturated fat, yet it is also one of the highest in calcium,” she explains. Again, its potent flavor profile may mean you’re satisfied with less of it. – Softer cheeses. Bloomy, mould-ripened varieties of cheese tend to have a firm rind and creamy interior, as they ripen from the outside in. Although extremely tasty on that cheese plate, soft cheeses such as Camembert, brie and triple-crème (cheese enriched with cream) fall into the “less healthy” category because of their saturated fat content. “A key thing to remember is that the softer the cheese, the higher the fat,” says Emily Tills, a dietitian and nutrition coach. “Fat makes things creamier.” It’s also very easy to overeat a gooey brie slathered on a slice of bread with a sweet jam. The softer the cheese (like brie cheese), the creamier it is and higher in calories. – Harder cheeses. These hard, fermented cheeses have been aged longer than soft cheese, lending a richer flavour and increasing shelf life. They include varieties such as cheddar, Swiss and Parmesan and tend to be good sources of important vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamin A. They also have a modest amount of fat, according to Glockner. “Hard cheeses such as cheddar and Parmesan usually have more calcium and less lactose, since the whey is removed during processing,” she explains. That said, though there’s less fat than there is in soft cheese, there’s more sodium.If you have lactose sensitivity or suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, hard cheeses such as Parmesan will probably be better for reducing your gut symptoms. Sharon Collison, a registered dietitian and clinical instructor in nutrition at the University of Delaware, says you may end up only wanting a little bit of this variety. “These cheeses are very low in moisture which increases their shelf life,” Collison says. “They are generally served grated and can be healthy choices because they have such intense flavor that small portions are usually enough.” Getty Images Fresh mozarella is one of the lowest in calories and sodium — a blessing for those who like to indulge in a homemade pizza. Getty Images – Processed cheeses. In the camp of cheeses better avoided completely, you can toss out the processed types, such as American cheese singles, Velveeta, spray can varieties or shredded cheeses in plastic bags. “These products shouldn’t even be considered real cheese, as they have been manipulated and engineered and pumped with preservatives,” Magryta says. “Sweetened cottage cheeses should also be avoided; labels that read ‘fruit flavored’ mislead consumers when, in truth, the product is just cheese with sugar, additives and preservatives.”If eaten in moderation, “quality cheeses can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, whole-food, plant-focused diet,” Magryta says. But there are some factors you can keep in mind to improve the health of your cheese choices.Magryta suggests keeping portion sizes small. “Most cheeses are between 60 and 90 percent fat and have between 75 and 120 calories per ounce,” she says. “Aim to keep your serving size of cheese to 1.5 ounces or less of hard cheeses – that’s about the size of four dice or a third of a cup shredded – or a half-cup portion size of cheeses like ricotta or cottage cheese.”Also, stick to just one serving a day — and savor it. “Remember, cheese is not a (primary) source of protein, it is more so a source of fat and sodium,” Amy Shapiro, a registered dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition NYC. “People tend to put a health halo on it since it doesn’t contain many carbs, but that doesn’t make it a ‘free food.’ ” If you really love cheese, Shapiro’s favorite way to consume it is by making it “the star of the show, when it is worth it” instead of adding it as an extra to “sandwiches, salads, omelets,” and so on.Expert opinions differ on whether turning to low-fat cheese is a smart strategy. Though some dietitians continue to recommend low-fat or part-skim options, recent research suggests that this, too, might be a more complex issue. A 2016 study in Circulation linked the real deal to a lower risk of diabetes, and another studypublished the same year linked full-fat cheese consumption with a lower risk of obesity among women. read more

UN proposes raising number escaping slums annually to 30 million

Opening the 20th Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) meeting this week in Nairobi, Kenya, Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka said the figure put forward at the 19th Council meeting two years ago had turned out to be too modest.Referring to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000, she said the seventh goal on environment sustainability had included the 5 million slum dwellers’ target for which UN-HABITAT was responsible.”Yes, it would be possible to improve the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020, but while that is happening, more than one-half billion – that is, 500 million – more people will have been drawn into the misery of slum life,” Ms. Tibaijuka said.”We would need to improve the lives of not just 5 million slum dwellers per year until 2020, but more than 30 million per year if we are to reverse the developing world’s headlong plunge into urban poverty.”She proposed alerting Governments to the scope of the problem, changing the worldwide target to give national benchmarks and having it read: “Halve, between 1990 and 2020, the proportion of slum dwellers in the urban populations.”Ms. Tibaijuka noted that many lives depended on another MDG7 target, halving the number of persons without access to water and sanitation, for which UN-HABITAT is also the responsible UN agency.Its most recent initiative was to collaborate with Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya to clean up polluted Lake Victoria, the headwaters of the River Nile, she said.Ms. Tibaijuka read a message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in which he said cities were potentially great engines of growth and social development, but were also bastions of inequality with regard to health, living conditions and employment opportunities, as well as crime and insecurity.”As you set the work programme and budget for the 2006-2007 biennium, I urge you to do your part to strengthen the capacity of local authorities and to involve civil society in policy-making and implementation. I hope you will also see the wisdom in strengthening the UN Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation, which can contribute to our struggle against urban poverty,” he added.UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, noting the huge impact of cities on their surrounding environments, said conservation had to be at the core of decision-making on rapid urbanization, which he called the biggest threat to the environment.”The natural habitat depends on cities. Cities do not exist in a vacuum,” he said, calling on the Council to support UN-HABITAT and its many joint projects with UNEP around the world.About 1,000 high-level delegates from the Governing Council’s 58 Member States are attending the meeting, which ends on Friday. read more

Is this the most bizarre cover ever to grace a newspaper magazine

first_imgTHIS WEEKEND’S NEW York Times Magazine features a cover story about Hillary Clinton and the possibility of her running for president in 2016.So far, so standard.  But then you see the cover. Source: New York TimesIt’s magnificent.These are the best Snapchat selfies you’re ever likely to see>Prisoner can’t resist selfie with marijuana plant he snuck into prison…>last_img

ATT to buy TMobile USA for 39 billion

first_imgNews has just broke that AT&T has agreed to purchase T-Mobile USA from its current owner, Deutsche Telekom. The cash-and-stock transaction has AT&T paying $39 billion in order to pick up the smaller carrier ($25 billion cash and $14 billion stock). The press release, which is currently available, notes that the deal has been approved by each company’s Board of Directors but is still pending regulatory approval. AT&T, which currently has 94 million subscribers will acquire T-Mobile’s 34 million, making for a the nation’s single largest network.The combination of the two carriers has AT&T rolling out its next generation LTE network to an extra 46.5 million Americans, which means it will eventually have a footprint covering 95% of the country, or 294 million people. This should help push the deal through government approval as T-Mobile does not currently has a LTE (or 4G) plan established.In the forward-looking part of the release AT&T notes that as soon as the deal is approved it will take control of T-Mobile cell towers, saving about five years of infrastructure improvements to the the company’s sometimes problematic network.More information about the deal is available at MobilizeEverything.com and the full press release is viewable here.last_img read more

Hasbros Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods takes on Skylanders

first_imgBy this point, you have no doubt heard of Skylanders — the action figures that you can “summon” into an action-adventure video game. You can purchase the figures from just about anywhere nowadays, including the literal entire aisle dedicated to the toys at Best Buy, and then summon them into the game thanks to a “Portal” that can read the figures’ built-in NFC tags. You then use your figure’s in-game avatar as a character, and its stats and equipment are kept on the figure, so you can summon them into anyone’s game so long as you have your little guy handy.Whether or not the same end can be achieved with a simple cloud login that allows you to load your characters from anywhere, thus removing the market for the toys, is up in the air, but the model has proven wildly successful. So successful, in fact, that it’s a wonder another major company hasn’t tried its hand at the same idea. Well, it’s a wonder no more, as Hasbro is officially entering the ring with Telepods, a similar idea starting off with the Angry Birds Star Wars franchise.With the release of Angry Birds Star Wars II, players can purchase packs of Telepods — little action figures of in-game characters — then summon them into the game. Rather than a coaster-like portal found in Skylanders, each figure sticks onto a small podium-like stand, which is then centered over a tablet or smartphone’s front-facing camera. Rather than being equipped with NFC tags, the stand simply employs a magnifying glass, which helps the mobile device read a small QR code located at the base of each figure. It appears as though the stand is of a specific height and magnifies the QR code perfectly.Summoning is as easy as it can be; just press an on-screen icon, and place the Telepod-equipped stand over the camera. Your character will be summoned in a second or two.Once summoned, you can use the on-screen avatar of your Telepods figure in the standard Angry Birds way — fling some Jedi birds at some structures and Sith pigs. You can also summon Sith pigs via their figures and fling it at some structures and Jedi birds. Like Skylanders, the Telepods record all that character’s stats, though there doesn’t seem to be any sort of character equipment to remember. Perhaps unlike Skylanders, though, the Angry Birds Telepods are “easier” to play with outside of the game. Skylanders are essentially little statues that you can’t really use as action figures — they’re not posable like a G.I. Joe. The Angry Birds Telepods are easier to play with, in that you can stick them into any Angry Birds play set and fling them into tangible structures.The figures are small (though not too small), and you can fit a few in your pocket without them getting in the way. They’re highly detailed and look just like their in-game avatars, making them something nice to display on your desk or shelf while they’re not in use. The magnifying stand is just a clear plastic rectangle, and could’ve benefitted from some kind of artwork, but perhaps then the summoning process would not be as smooth. If you have ever played Angry Birds, you know what to expect from the game, except this time each character has their own special Star Wars-themed ability.Also unlike Skylanders, Telepods leverage the portability of mobile devices. You can play just about anywhere, so long as you keep a few figures and the stand in your pocket, and happen to have your phone or tablet handy. Obviously, phones and tablets are expensive, but so are video game consoles and televisions, so the entry price is more or less a wash. The figure packs will range anywhere from $5.99 for a dual-figure mini-pack, to $39.99 for a 10-figure pack that comes with 20 pieces to create the Star Destroyer structure, as well as a figure launcher.The sequel game follows the stories of the prequel trilogy, so don’t expect any hints about the final, Disney-owned trilogy. The Telepods packs will release this August, and the app will release on September 19, priced at $0.99 for the standard version or $2.99 for the HD version. It’ll be interesting to see if Hasbro can utilize both mega franchises of Angry Birds and Star Wars in order to put a dent into the Skylanders market.last_img read more

Stocks tumble again on report US plans more tariffs

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks sank again Monday on fears that the Trump administration will escalate its trade dispute with China by imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China to the U.S.The declines came during another dizzying day of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung between a gain of 352 points and a loss of 566 before closing down 245.39 points, or 1 percent, to 24,442.92.Bloomberg News reported in the afternoon that the Trump administration will put tariffs on the rest of the country’s imports from China if Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping don’t make substantial progress in easing the trade dispute next month. The month comes in the midst of a corporate earnings season where a number of big companies have warned that tariffs already in place have raised their costs.Technology and internet companies, industrials and retailers took steep losses after the Bloomberg report as Wall Street’s recent bout of volatility continued. The S&P 500 index has dropped 9.4 percent in October and is on track for its worst monthly loss since February 2009. That was right before the market hit its lowest point during the 2008-09 financial crisis.The S&P 500 index fell 17.44 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,641.25.The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, lost 116.92 points, or 1.6 percent, to 7,050.29. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 6.51 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,447.31.last_img read more

Sancho explains why he moved to Borussia Dortmund

first_imgThe Bundesliga footballer is focused on playing with England right now, but the former Manchester City winger believes he chose the right clubBorussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is making headlines lately because of how well he’s playing.And he’s close to getting his first cap for the England national team.On today’s press conference, he talked to the Bundesliga’s official website on why he decided to leave English Premier League club Manchester City to join the German league team.“I was just focused on improving as a player,” Sancho said.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“[It’s] a city that loves football like no other. My main focus was to play the first team and obviously get minutes under my belt.”“I would say I’m a bit tricky, direct and just confident,” he added.“I believe in myself in one-on-one situations. I used to look at Ronaldinho, growing up, on YouTube. I just liked how he used to carry his team sometimes… and obviously, he used to try things that no one else would try.”“I was at training when I first got the call-up,” he commented.“Straightaway I called my parents, and obviously they were just delighted for me. I just couldn’t stop smiling for the whole day.”last_img read more

Mancini Nations League finals the target for Italy

first_imgItaly manager Roberto Mancini insists their objectives remain unchanged, despite a difficult patch of formThe Azzurri will host Portugal at the San Siro on Saturday night in a Group A3 clash knowing that victory is a must.The two nations last met in Lisbon in September with Portugal emerging 1-0 winners without Cristiano Ronaldo.“At the beginning of the tournament our objective was to try to reach the final phase of the Nations League,” Mancini told Rai.“We lost in Portugal with a very young team, but now we have the chance to beat them at San Siro.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Italy are currently second in Group A3 with four points from three games.“We need to focus on that, then we’ll see what happens in Portugal-Poland,” added Mancini.“Our first objective is to play a good game, to play well as we did in the last two matches.“I want to see a team that attacks, above all for the San Siro crowd. It’s a stadium which is full every time Italy come, and that’s important.”The Nations League match will begin at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

Alaskas Bears How the understanding of humanbear interactions has changed

first_imgAlaska’s bears haven’t changed in the last two decades, but scientific understanding of them has. Back country enthusiast and writer Bill Sherwonit has released an updated version of his book Alaska’s Bears. Sherwonit told APRN’s Lori Townsend that a better understanding of the impacts of climate change, especially for polar bears is a big part of the update.Listen nowSHERWONIT: “It really is worrisome from the perspective of polar bears as to how badly affected they’re gonna be remains a question, but there’s no question they face huge challenges.TOWNSEND: What does the science say? What’s known about how adaptable they are if they have to start spending more time on land as opposed to sea ice? Is it hopeful they could do that and maybe learn to be more land-based terrestrial bears instead of ice-based bears?SHERWONIT: Most species adapt over long periods of time. The window here is looking like it could be pretty small. And a lot does depend on whether the so-called greenhouse gases and stuff in the atmosphere are stabilized at some point, begin to decrease, or continue to grow. So there is a lot that isn’t known. There is evidence that more and more polar bears are spending more time on land but again their primary source of food is an ocean animal. So, will they, as a species, be able to somehow adapt to just a completely different food regiment? It’s a huge question. It’s like that’s a major change.TOWNSEND: What do scientists know now about human-bear interactions that maybe has changed in that 20-year window? Or has it changed?SHERWONIT: I think when things are done right, there’s a general understanding that bears are less dangerous than most people perceive them to be. There’s plenty of evidence, and more and more evidence, that if people really do follow “Bear Aware” rules that the possibility of being harmed is really small. Almost all bear attacks, a great majority of bear attacks, occur when a bear when a bear is surprised at close quarters. And then the bears have to make a snap decision just like the humans do. And really there are only two choices: One is to retreat, which most bears do. The other is to get rid of the threat, and so the best way for a bear to get rid of the threat is to attack. But I think the growing body of evidence that contradicts the bears as the simplistic notion of bears as these dangerous bloodthirsty critters, I think, is just substantially more now.TOWNSEND: Are you saying that the more that’s known about bear behavior is that, the overwhelming sentiment is that, if they can avoid human interactions, that’s actually their preference as well as ours?SHERWONIT: Yeah, even the historical evidence has suggested that, you know bears and humans co-evolved right, but there’s no evidence that I know of that bears ever treated people as prey. It was more like they were competitors.Bill Sherwonit’s updated edition of Alaska’s Bears is available now.last_img read more

Bangladesh to import 9000MW electricity from Nepal Nasrul

first_imgState minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources ministry Nasrul Hamid and his Nepalese counter is signing a Memorendum of Understanding (MoU) over the cooperation in power sector in Kathmandu on Friday. Photo: BSSState minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Friday said Bangladesh has a plan to import 9,000 megawatts electricity from Nepal to mitigate the increasing demand of electricity by 2040.The state minister said this while addressing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing deal over the cooperation in power sector between Bangladesh and Nepal in Kathmandu.“There is an enormous possibility of generating hydro-electricity in Nepal,” he said, adding that to explore this possibility, Bangladesh wants to import hydro-power from Nepal under the regional cooperation.Bangladesh is now importing 660 megawatts electricity from India, said the state minister, adding that import process of 500 megawatts electricity from the neighbouring country has also nearly been finalised.This deal will prepare a platform for the power sector which would increase cooperation in power exchange, power trading, greed line connection, hydro-power development and renewable energy extension, the minister noted.Even this sort of cooperation will also be beneficial for both countries, he said, adding the deal will encourage the people and the private sector of the two countries on the power sector.Nasrul Hamid signed the MoU on behalf of Bangladesh while his Nepalese counterpart energy, water resources and irrigation affairs minister Barshaman Pun Ananta signed it on behalf of Nepal.“Nepal has taken Bangladesh as a model for development of the electricity,” said the Nepalese minister in his speech.Nasrul Hamid also invited the Nepalese delegation team including the Nepalese energy, water resource and irrigation affairs minister to visit Bangladesh for joining the ‘Power and Energy Week’-2018 which will be observed from 6-8 September.Meanwhile, Nasrul made a courtesy call on Nepalese prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli at his office in Kathmandu today, Friday.Bangladesh ambassador in Nepal Mashfi Binte Shams, joint secretary of the Power Division Fayezul Amin, among others, were present.last_img read more

Lenovo IdeaPad 320 Review

first_img Touchpad Size Ports (excluding USB) RJ-45 Advertisement Ports (excluding USB) Despite its $423 price tag, the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 is not a great value. This laptop features a low-resolution screen that has no business being in a 15-inch chassis, a disappointingly short battery life and a weak 7th-Gen Core i3 processor. Sure, the IdeaPad 320 has a comfortable keyboard and a decent amount of ports, but you can get a much better laptop at a cheaper price.article continued below Price and Configuration Options The IdeaPad 320 that I tested costs $423, and comes with an Intel Core i3-7100U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD. Since Lenovo doesn’t sell the IdeaPad 320 on its site, it may be difficult to find different configurations; the only other 320 that I found cost $329 and offered an AMD A12-9720P processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. Design As far as sub-$500 laptops go, the IdeaPad 320 looks fine. The only feature that calls attention to the lid is the glossy Lenovo logo in the top left corner. The chassis has an awkward, two-tone design, with a silver top. This almost tricks you into thinking that its aluminum, while the darker gray underside highlights the cheapness of the plastic chassis. The interior has a silver faux-aluminum design that spans the whole deck. The keyboard sits on the deck without any dip or stylized accents to introduce it. The bezels are annoyingly thick, but that’s not out of the ordinary for a budget laptop. At 4.5 pounds and 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches, the IdeaPad 320 is slimmer and lighter than the Acer Aspire E 15 (5 pounds, 1.2 inches). Its 14-inch sub-$500 competitors – the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (3.2 pounds, 0.6 inches) and Acer Swift 1 (2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches) – have smaller profiles. Ports The IdeaPad 320 has a decent number of ports. The left side features the power jack, an RJ45 port, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port, and a 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC). The right side offers a security lock slot and a DVD-RW drive. Display Calling the IdeaPad 320’s 15.6-inch display unpleasant to look at is an understatement. There’s no reason that the resolution should be 1366 x 768 on that large of a panel. The display is also disappointingly dim. In the trailer for the universally beloved Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, Neal McDonough’s camo uniform and Jim Carrey’s black suit were both so dull that it looked like they ran their clothes through the washer one too many times. When James Marsden broke into the garage where he discovered Sonic, the tools that hung on the wall were difficult to make out. Marsden’s hair also could have been sharper. Calling the IdeaPad 320’s 15.6-inch display unpleasant to look at is an understatement. According to our colorimeter, the IdeaPad’s panel covered 67% of the sRGB color gamut, falling short of the 77% mainstream laptop average. It’s not surprising for the IdeaPad’s color reproduction to be that low, since the Aspire E 15 (62%), VivoBook Flip 14 (69%) and Swift 1 (66%) landed in the same range. MORE: New Lenovo IdeaPads Offer Affordable Privacy, Discrete GPUs However, it was disappointing to see the panel average at a dismal 194 nits of brightness, especially when the category average is 246 nits. Even the Aspire E 15 (227 nits), VivoBook Flip 14 (221 nits) and Swift 1 (218 nits) broke past the 200-nit mark. Keyboard and Touchpad While the IdeaPad 320 makes some sacrifices for its low price, it retains Lenovo’s signature keyboard quality. These matte gray, shield-shaped keys were comfortably clicky to type on. I hit 68 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, which is close to my 70 wpm average. The keys traveled at 1.4 millimeters and required 68 of grams of force, which is in line with our 1.5 to 2.0 mm comfort zone and 60g minimum of force. While the IdeaPad 320 makes some sacrifices for its low price, it retains Lenovo’s signature keyboard quality. The 4.1 x 2.8-inch touchpad is soft to the touch and it responds well to Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and three-finger tab switching. However, it doesn’t have Windows Precision drivers, so you can’t turn off tap to click or any other touch feature. Performance and Graphics The IdeaPad 320’s Core i3-7100U processor with 4GB of RAM was only able to handle 15 Google Chrome tabs and a 1080p YouTube video before it started showing signs of slowdown. Even the Windows 10 search bar lagged when I attempted to pull up the device manager. On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the IdeaPad 320 hit a poor score of 5,314, which is nearly half of the mainstream laptop average (9,001). There were better scores from the Aspire E 15 (7,871; Core i3-8130U), the VivoBook Flip 14 (5,696; Core m3-7Y30) and the Swift 1 (5,527; Pentium Silver N5000). The IdeaPad 320 took 3 minutes and 18 seconds to match 65,000 names and addresses on our Excel test, which is much slower than both the 2:22 category average and the Aspire E 15 (2:12). The 320 did, however, beat the VivoBook Flip 14 (3:35) and Swift 1 (3:34). With an Intel HD 620 GPU, the IdeaPad 320 scored 51,856 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, falling behind the 61,665 mainstream laptop average. The VivoBook Flip 14’s Intel HD 615 GPU (51,586) and the Swift 1’s Intel UHD 605 GPU (32,238) weren’t as strong, but the Aspire E 15’s matching Intel UHD 620 GPU (63,817) performed above average. MORE: Best Laptops Under $500 In real world testing, the IdeaPad 320 actually hit 30 frames per second on the Dirt 3 benchmark, making it technically playable, even though it couldn’t hit the 45-fps category average. The game wasn’t playable on the Swift 1 (20 fps), but we got a one extra frame out of the VivoBook Flip 14 (31 fps) and even more so from the Aspire E 15 (56 fps). Battery Life I’ve seen better battery life in laptops with an RTX 2070 GPU than I have on the IdeaPad. After the 320 continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the battery lasted only 4 hours and 24 minutes, which is more than 2 hours shorter than the mainstream laptop average (6:48). The VivoBook Flip 14 (7:23), Aspire E 15 (8:48) and Swift 1 (10:14) all had above-average battery life. Webcam Lenovo’s 720p webcam actually isn’t bad. It captured my blue and green shirt decently well, although the colors were a bit darker in the image. The areas around the ceiling lights were relatively visibly. Many webcams have completely washed out the ceiling due to poor contrast. However, the stripes on my shirt were barely caught on camera, and they blended together in the image. Heat The IdeaPad 320’s low power does come with one silver lining: it stays cool. After the laptop streamed a 15-minute 1080p video, the underside hit 83 degrees, which is well under our 95-degree comfort threshold. The center of the keyboard and touchpad measured at 79 and 74 degrees, respectively. Bottom Line The Lenovo IdeaPad 320 has two redeeming qualities: its clicky keyboard and its vast selection of ports. However, between the IdeaPad 320’s poor battery life, middling performance and low-res display, it’s hard to recommend it. For a cheaper $379, you could get the Acer Aspire E 15, which features a more powerful processor with extra RAM, more battery life and a brighter, 1080p display. Considering that you can get a lot more out of cheaper laptops, we suggest staying away from the IdeaPad 320. 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