Akriti Kakars jobless experience

first_imgMumbai: Singer Akriti Kakar says she composed “Jobless” from her personal experience, and was pleasantly surprised when director Tigmanshu Dhulia decided to include the song in “Milan Talkies”. Akriti has sung the song with Sukriti and Prakriti. “I had composed ‘Jobless’ from a personal experience for my then boyfriend and now husband. I wrote the lyrics out of relatability saying ‘I feel jobless when he goes out of town and doesn’t pay attention to me, how I keep looking at my phone all day for it to ring, anticipating a message from him’,” Akriti said in a statement. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “But I guess these are the side effects of love and even though we know how it drives us crazy, we still love being in love. The song mysteriously reached Tigmanshu Sir and he contacted me two years ago saying he would like to include it in his film ‘Milan Talkies’ whenever it would be made,” she added. The singer was left speechless. “He told me he will create a situation for the song in his film, and made me realise how fond he was of the song. I am overjoyed since it was going to be my first song for a film composed, written and sung by me. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “For me, it has been such a ‘pinch me’ experience, especially because I had not created this song keeping in mind a film but from personal experience…it’s a really special feeling,” she added. Talking about the song, Dhulia said: “Every love story has to have a breezy love song but I wanted something else instead of a duet. I thought the girl should express what she feels after she has fallen in love.” “Milan Talkies” is a love story set against the backdrop of single-screen theatres. It stars Ali Fazal and Shraddha Srinath, and is slated to release on March 15.last_img read more

Amid Tension Moroccos Akhannouch Visits Algiers for WestMed Meeting

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Sea Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters, and Forests Aziz Akhannouch led a delegation to the WestMed conference yesterday, held in Algeria this year.WestMed began in 2016 and is an annual meeting by Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal and Tunisia that focuses on working towards the economic, political, and environmental improvements in the western Mediterranean region. One of the main goals set by the organization is to develop a “blue economy,” one that sustainably uses resources from the sea, by 2022. The EU lauded the goal, especially after Spain and Portugal were asked earlier this year to reduce their overfishing of sardines in 2019, due to depleting global populations. Read Also: Foreign Ministry Announces Official Delegation for Western Sahara TalksAlthough the focus of the conference was on international maritime cooperation, Akhannouch’s trip to the Algerian capital also occurred as upcoming talks involving the two countries loom. The countries have been at odds for decades, especially over the sensitive issue of Western Sahara. The Moroccan-Algerian border is now extremely militarized with increasing tensions, prompting alarm and calls for calm in the international community. In the past, Morocco has accused Algeria of attempting to isolate the country from the Maghreb, as well as funding the rebellious Polisario movement, but King Mohammed VI  wants to turn over a new leaf, calling for constructive talks in November between the two countries, in an attempt to thaw the icy relationship between the two nations. The UN voiced support for talks, but Algeria has not officially responded to the King’s offer.Meanwhile, the two countries are scheduled to meet tomorrow and Thursday, December 5-6, at a UN roundtable in Geneva for talks on Western Sahara. Mauritania and Polisario will also attend the talks, called by Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Horst Kohler. read more

Using pedal power London boy raises money to help Haitian children –

27 January 2010Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson of London originally planned to just enjoy a bicycle ride in the local park with his father. Instead, he made a five-mile trip that has raised more than £150,000 for children affected by this month’s Haitian earthquake, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced. Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson of London originally planned to just enjoy a bicycle ride in the local park with his father. Instead, he made a five-mile trip that has raised more than £150,000 for children affected by this month’s Haitian earthquake, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced.Charlie decided to raise funds for UNICEF’s response to the disaster by riding around his local park seven times last Sunday. His goal was to collect £500 in sponsorship pledges through a website, but as of today he has raised nearly £170,000 and counting.“I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives,” he writes on his website. “I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti.”UNICEF is providing clean water for 235,000 people at hospitals and other sites around the hardest-hit city, the capital, Port-au-Prince. The agency plans to scale up its water distribution significantly, aiming to reach half a million people with a consistent supply of water within the next few days.The agency noted that providing clean water is particularly challenging as Haiti was already the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation before the 7.0-magnitude quake struck on 12 January.“You have to keep in mind that prior to the earthquake, only 50 per cent of the entire country had access to clean water in the first place,” said Silvia Gaya, who specializes in water, sanitation and hygiene for UNICEF. “Children in emergency situations like this one are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne disease.”Charlie’s efforts to help children an ocean away have captured the public imagination and spurred donations from far-flung places including Hong Kong and New Zealand.“He really felt strongly about this and thought that something had to be done,” said his mother, Leonora Simpson. “It was great to see him so motivated. I am extremely proud of our Charlie.”Calling his initiative “bold” and “innovative,” UNICEF United Kingdom Executive Director David Bull said that Charlie “not only understands what children his own age must be going through in Haiti, but is also wise enough to know that he can help them.” read more

Trump order on China will hurt us small businesses say

NEW YORK — Although President Donald Trump has told U.S. companies to stop dealing with China, small business owners say complying would hurt, even devastate them.If Vanessa Topper can’t work with a manufacturer in China, “I’m going to have to fold a quarter of my business,” she says.About 25 per cent of the promotional products Topper sells are imported from China. She estimates that if she were to look for a supplier in another country, it would cost her company, TopNest Designs, at least $100,000 and she would risk losing clients, companies that produce wine, beer and liquor.Topper, whose business is based in Tiburon, California, says she can’t afford to go to a country like Vietnam to meet with manufacturers. Moreover, the process of finding a new supplier would take months, and she has no guarantee that the merchandise would meet her customers’ requirements.Small businesses individually and as groups say their revenue and profits have been hurt by the trade wars that began with Trump’s imposition of 25% tariffs on Chinese-made raw materials and products last year. Since then, Trump has expanded the tariffs on the goods U.S. companies import, and China has responded with tariffs of its own on items exported from the U.S. On Friday, China announced it was raising tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports, after which Trump’s “ordered” that U.S. companies find alternatives to doing business with China.Trump softened the threat Sunday, saying he would only consider it if China again responded with raising tariffs on American goods.Companies of all sizes have seen their costs rise because of the tariffs, and some have lost business as their customers reject higher-priced goods. But the tariffs take a greater toll on smaller companies that don’t have the financial resources to shift their manufacturing to other countries.“It’s not as easy as a tweet to find alternatives. And time spent finding alternatives is time spent not growing the business,” says Karen Kerrigan, president of the advocacy group Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.But in some industries, there are few or no alternatives. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are forced to pay the tariffs.“There’s nothing I can do about where the products in my store are sourced from,” says Tiffany Zarfas Williams, owner of The Luggage Shop of Lubbock, Texas. “That’s way behind my control. I’m at the mercy of my manufacturers, and changing factories and finding new sourcing options take years.”The vast majority of luggage sold in the U.S. is made in China. But even if it were made domestically or in other countries, “that doesn’t even address the issue that all of the parts and pieces that make luggage are all made in China as well,” Williams says.Peter Horwitz, owner of Tiger Packaging, a paper and plastic products supplier based in Boca Raton, Florida, has shifted most of his manufacturing away from China in recent years. But he’s unable to find suppliers in other countries for some of his products, including vinyl gloves. He’s looked in the U.S. but found none.“We’d much rather support our own. But the reality isn’t like that, unfortunately,” he says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

Security Council warned of increased risk for international terrorist attack

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman told the Council that while military setbacks in Iraq and Syria account for an increased in the rate of returnee foreign terrorist fighters, “ISIL is yet to be strategically or irreversibly weakened.” He also warned of an inflow of arms and ammunition directly or indirectly into ISIL-held territory. “Given its recent military setbacks, ISIL may be moving into a new phase, elevating the role of its affiliates; trying to move funds outside the current zones of conflict; and increasing the risk of complex, multi-wave and international attacks,” Mr. Feltman cautioned. These observations are part of the second “Report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat” released on 31 May 2016. Below are some of the main observations of the report, compiled by the UN Department of Political Affairs’ Politically Speaking. The Gravity of the ThreatThe report observes that ISIL’s territorial expansion in Iraq and Syria has been halted, and in part reversed, over recent months. For the first time since the declaration of its so-called “Caliphate” in June 2014, the ISIL core is under financial pressure. But many Member States have noted that ISIL is not yet strategically and irreversibly weakened. Several Member States report a marked increase in the rate of returnees from Iraq and the Syria. Information received from Member States points to recent discussions inside the core ISIL leadership concerning the group’s future strategy, a development that should be further monitored. Recent international attacks perpetrated by members of ISIL demonstrate that the terrorist group is now moving into a new phase, with the increased risk that well-prepared and centrally directed attacks on international civilian targets may become a more frequent occurrence. The attacks in Paris in November 2015 and in Brussels in March 2016 demonstrate the ability of ISIL to mount complex, multi-wave attacks. National law enforcement agencies continue to investigate those attacks, but it is already clear that they were coordinated by foreign terrorist fighters who had returned to Europe from ISIL-held territory in Syria. Financing TerrorContinuing pressure on ISIL in Iraq and Syria increases the likelihood that the terrorist group may try to move funds to affiliates outside the immediate current conflict zone. Initial reports received from Member States indicate that this may already be occurring. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reports that, because ISIL has not conquered new territory in Iraq for some time, its ability to loot and sell fresh resources, assets or antiquities has been diminished. Increased pressure on ISIL finances in Syria and Iraq also means an increased risk that ISIL will attempt to exploit additional revenue-generating activities. The international community must therefore remain alert to attempts by ISIL to further diversify its revenue streams or expand relatively minor streams. Foreign Terrorist Fighters Continue to Join ISILSignificant numbers of foreign terrorist fighters continue to travel from States around the world to join ISIL in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic. One Member State reported that around 38,000 individuals may have attempted to travel to the region in the past few years. ISIL in Libya …After 18 months of presence in Libya, the local branch of ISIL continues to be part of a deliberate strategy on the part of the ISIL core to expand outside Iraq and Syria. Although the total number of foreign terrorist fighters in Libya is significantly lower than that in Iraq and Syria, Member States estimate the ISIL fighting force (which is mainly composed of foreign terrorist fighters) to comprise between 3,000 and 5,000 fighters. …and in AfghanistanIn Afghanistan, in the face of opposition, ISIL has tactically retreated from the main settled areas to the mountainous periphery alongside the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In autumn 2015, ISIL was estimated to have between 1,400 and 2,000 fighters in Nangarhar Province. By the first quarter of 2016, however, this force was estimated to consist of fewer than 1,000 fighters. Still, ISIL in Afghanistan has proved its ability to hold limited terrain and to conduct terrorist attacks in major cities beyond its core territory. ISIL’s Use of Information Communications Technology PlatformsICT is a key enabler for ISIL and plays an essential role in enabling ISIL and its affiliates to function, recruit and attack. ISIL may currently lack technical capabilities for cyberattacks against critical infrastructures. However, the risk that ISIL will purchase attack tools from the “darknet” is real and developing. Many leading ICT companies have measures in place to prevent the abuse of their platforms. Google and Facebook recently announced the launch of anti-radicalization campaigns to be conducted together with civil society organizations. Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Sexual violence continues to be used as a tactic of terrorism to increase the power, revenue and recruitment base of ISIL, as well as to shred the social fabric of targeted communities. The trafficking of women and girls remains a critical component of the financial flows to ISIL and its affiliates, which continue to exploit ICT to extort funds through the trafficking and sale of women. States should continue to deepen their understanding of sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism and formally recognize victims of sexual violence as victims of terrorism in order to build counter-narratives and counter-strategies and pave the way for reparations and redress. States should also engage with traditional and religious leaders who can help to shift the shame and stigma of sexual violence from the victims to the perpetrators. Currently, only around one third of the 77 Member States (S/2015/975) identified as “most affected” by the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters have updated their legislation in response to resolution 2178 (2014). In many Member States, existing legislation falls short in several areas, including the need to prevent the travel of such fighters by comprehensively criminalizing preparatory or accessory acts. read more

The Pitch That Launched a Thousand Think Pieces

“I was going to give him a couple pipe shots,” Adam Wainwright said when asked whether he “grooved” a first-inning pitch to Derek Jeter in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. “He deserved it.” But later, after the baseball press swarmed his admission like locusts on fresh crop, Wainwright recanted. “What I meant to say was I’m intentionally trying to throw a strike to get him out. It’s what I do most of the time, almost all the time.”Luckily, people keep track of this kind of thing. Take a look at PITCHf/x data on Wainwright’s usual fastballs against right-hand batters this season, courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net:PITCHf/x classified it as a cutter, but it sped along like a four-seamer, moved vertically like a four-seamer, and stayed as horizontally still as no pitch in Wainwright’s repertoire. So, grooved or not grooved? You tell us.UPDATE (July 17, 1:20 p.m.): Dan Brooks of BrooksBaseball.net contacted me on Twitter and said his site had re-tagged Wainwright’s pitch as a (non-cut) fastball. The official Major League Baseball Advanced Media PITCHf/x classification for the pitch is a cutter. read more

Exsenior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an outsider as commissioner

first_imgA FORMER SENIOR garda wrote to the Taoiseach the day after the phone tapping broke and two of the State’s most senior gardaí announced their retirements to advice that Garret FitzGerald not appoint an “outsider” to lead the force.The short, handwritten letter from Alfred ‘Alfie’ Flood, a former deputy garda commissioner, warned the Taoiseach that neither of the two previous so-called ‘outsiders’ were a success and outlined his credentials, describing himself as the “longest serving member” of 41-and-a-third years.Just in case he had any doubts, Flood’s letter also advised FitzGerald that he could consult party colleague and former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave regarding his “credentials”.He was indeed an experienced garda.A profile in the History of the Garda Síochána Retired Members Asociation (GSMRA) notes that Alfred Ignatius Flood joined the force when he left college and at 19 was promoted to sergeant.Flood became a chief superintendent in 1965 before being promoted to assistant commissioner and then deputy commissioner before retiring from the force in April 1972.He later became president of the Garda Pensioners’ Association before he died in 1997.In his typed response, the Taoiseach wrote on 24 January that “with such long and distinguished service” he respected Flood’s views and promised to “certaintly keep this in mind” as well as bringing it to the attention of Justice Minister Michael Noonan.In the end it was Lawrence ‘Larry’ Wren, who had led the inquiry that would uncover the phone tapping scandal, who became acting commissioner and was later permanently installed as garda commissioner, before he retired in 1987.See National Archives, Reference TK 2013/100/115Phone tapping: Papers reveal garda commissioner’s belief that he had no choice but to retire ‘Ireland’s Watergate’: How the phone tapping scandal would led to Haughey’s downfall… eventuallylast_img read more

Geek deals 479 Dell Inspiron One 2020 allinone iPhone 5 Kindle Fire

first_imgAll-in-one PCs can be a true god-send for those who are technologically-challenged or just plain short on space. When you consider a traditional tower PC and monitor, each with their own power cords and video cable, you actually need a fair amount of desk space and organization.With systems like this Dell Inspiron One 2020, all that hassle is gone. Built around a 20-inch LCD, the One 2020 needs only enough space for the display, keyboard, and mouse with a single power cord to plug in. This significantly cuts down on the real estate needed and hassle of running wires, especially if you were to add a wireless keyboard and mouse.But compact doesn’t have to mean underpowered either. This model comes equipped with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, which has more than enough power to handle office and internet tasks for years to come, along with 4GB of RAM and a 1 Terabyte hard drive. A DVD burner is built into the One 2020, along with Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, five USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and a built-in webcam.For a while, all-in-one PCs held a premium over traditional towers, but we have seen that price premium erode through 2012 and into 2013. This is the lowest price we have seen yet on the Inspiron One 2020 and coming in under $500, an extremely strong value for a brand new home-use PC.Dell Inspiron One 2020 20-inch Core i3 All-in-one Windows 8 PC for $479.99 + free shipping (reg. $679.99 | use coupon 6V7N?Z6CGXZQ4H)Our other top deals:Apple iPhone 5 16GB [AT&T] (refurbished) for $149.99 + free shipping (reg. $199.99)Amazon Kindle Fire HD 16GB 8.9-inch 1920×1200 Tablet for $269 + free shipping (reg. $299 | use coupon FIRELOVE)Pentax Optio WG-2 Waterproof 16MP Digital Camera for $179 + free shipping (reg. $328.95)last_img read more

This 40storey skyscraper has trees climbing all the way to the top

first_img Share22 Tweet Email1 Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM Image: Studio Libeskind By Paul Hosford 27 Comments Image: Studio Libeskind http://jrnl.ie/3315639 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Apr 2nd 2017, 4:00 PM Source: Studio LibeskindIt will be the first skyscraper in the French city, with construction due to start next week and finish in 2022.The studio says the building’s bend is designed to mimic the flow of the city’s canal.“Integrated into the overall form of the building, the façade and public platform is a continuous vertical landscape. This vertical green ribbon referenced the lush waterway of Canal du Midi that winds through the city. Trees will line the platform of the building and a ribbon of gardens will curl around the glass facade to its full height.“The tower will be built on the site of the former postal sorting centre at Gare Matabiau. Situated east of the city centre, and away from the Garonne River, the building will have views towards the Pyrenees, that are less than 100km away.”The project is projected to become the gateway to the city’s growing business sector.Read: This New York skyscraper would be the world’s longest building Short URL THE STUDIO BEHIND the rebuilt World Trade Centre will soon build this 40-storey twisting garden tower in Toulouse, France.Studio Libeskind, headed by iconic architect Daniel Libeskind, has submitted the designs for the Occitanie Tower.The 150 metre tower includes 11,000 square metres of office space, a Hilton hotel, up to 120 apartments, a restaurant with panoramic views, commercial space for shops, and offices on the ground floor for the railway company SNCF. 29,066 Views This 40-storey skyscraper has trees climbing all the way to the top It will be the first skyscraper in the French city, with construction due to start next week and finish in 2022.last_img read more

AthensThessaloniki express train set to launch on 20 May

first_imgThe wait ends this month. The highly anticipated express train on the Athens-Thessaloniki line is set to launch on Monday 20 May.Now, instead of taking five hours to get from one city to the other, passengers will be able to reach their destination in just three hours and 55 minutes, according to Thanos Bourdos, Transport and Infrastructures General Secretary.The express trains will feature all necessary amenities to ensure a convenient and relaxed trip, including WiFi.The routes will initially be carried out by three TRAINOSE trains coaches, overhauled by EASTY. While two ultra-modern trains are expected to arrive soon from Italy.The express trains will run daily, with two stops – one in Lianokladi and the other in Larissa.The new 450 km railway line will be unveiled next Wednesday by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Spirtzis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des organismes de 34000 ans retrouvés vivants

first_imgDes organismes de 34.000 ans retrouvés… vivantsUn chercheur américain a découvert des bactéries datant d’il y a 34.000 ans dans des cristaux de sels, extraits de la Vallée de la Mort, aux Etats-Unis. L’homme s’est étonné de constater que celles-ci étaient bien vivantes après tout ce temps. Voilà de quoi déstabiliser nombre de scientifiques. Les cristaux de sel, observés attentivement par Brian Schubert, alors étudiant chercheur américain, avaient été ramenés de la Vallée de la Mort, aux Etats-Unis, il y a des années déjà. Ce scientifique, qui a pu terminer son doctorat grâce à ces recherches publiées ce mois-ci dans une revue de la Geological Society of America, avait voulu y jeter à nouveau un coup d’oeil. Et c’est à ce moment-là qu’il a découvert des bactéries, dans des bulles minuscules à l’intérieur des cristaux de sel, indique LiveScience.com.Brian Schubert, qui est à présent chercheur à l’université de Hawaii, explique que les bactéries (que l’on retrouve toujours sur notre planète à l’heure actuelle, dans une “version” moderne) étaient en quelques sortes en état d’hibernation. “Elles sont vivantes mais elles n’utilisent pas leur énergie pour se déplacer ou se reproduire”, explique-t-il. “Elles ne font rien d’autre que d’essayer de se maintenir en vie”. Selon lui, ces bactéries se seraient nourries de cellules de Dunaliella, que l’on trouve dans les marais salants. Cet élément indique que les cristaux de sel pourraient ainsi contenir des écosystèmes microscopiques.Brian Schubert est parvenu à reproduire ces résultats en laboratoire. Il a pu obtenir les mêmes organismes, et plusieurs cristaux de sel lui ont permis d’arriver aux mêmes conclusions. Cela signifie que ces bactéries n’étaient pas présentes dans le laboratoire auparavant et n’ont donc pas contaminé les cristaux. Elles y étaient bien présentes depuis des dizaines de milliers d’années. La question que se pose à présent le scientifique concerne l’état d’hibernation. Comment ces organismes ont pu survivre autant de temps ? Le 14 janvier 2011 à 15:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Valve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset Even Without HalfLife

first_imgStay on target Whatever your thoughts are on virtual reality (for me the best it’s really good for is quick cardboard gimmicks) you can’t deny that Valve has been all in trying to push the tech to its furthest potential with its boatload of Steam money. It’s not like they were spending that cash on game development or Steam Machines or moderators or more generous developer cuts than Epic. The proof is in the hardware. While competitors like Oculus pivot more towards more accessible and affordable standalone headsets, the HTC Vive Pro with the SteamVR software delivers the most intense VR experience your monster gaming PC can muster.And that was back when Valve had to work with an outside partner in HTC. Now the company is ready to reveal its first fully internal VR hardware solution. Even without a Half-Life game, the Valve Index sounds pretty impressive.The Valve Index aims to provide the highest fidelity VR experience imaginable. So you’re going to need some outside components to make it realistically work. You just can’t strap it on your face and go. For starters, these are the “minimum” required specs: Windows 10 or SteamOS or Linux, 8 GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970+ or AMD RX480+, Dual Core CPU, and some USB 3.0 ports. For the most beautiful, smooth VR experiences though you’ll want to push your PC much further than that.The Valve Index also encompasses a range of hardware. The upgraded base stations (also compatible with Vive Pro) increase your potential play area by multiple square meters and track your motion more accurately. You can get away with just two but additional base stations increase the fidelity of the large-scale room tracking with laser scans picking up headset and controller positions “100 times a second.”And speaking of controllers, the 87 new sensors in the controllers can now map your hands to the point where games recognize what your individual fingers are doing. Actually grab objects instead of pressing a trigger. Give enemies the finger. Throw objects with the motion sensor. There are still buttons and analog sticks as well for when more traditional inputs are necessary.But the star of the show is the Valve Index headset itself. The display features a high-res 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye with enhanced LCD subpixel rendering techniques to increase sharpness and reduce the “screen door effect.” The higher resolution along with shorter image persistence and refresh rates as high as 144Hz should also reduce motion sickness.The physical design puts the lenses closer to your eyes, while still maintaining comfort, to increase field of view for more immersive peripheral vision. High quality speakers sit outside of your ears so you feel more like you’re in the environment. And the hardware can be modded in all sorts of ways after the fact.To get all of this, you’ll be paying $999 for the whole Valve Index suite, and that’s before the PC. That’s not cheap! And it’s an even tougher price to swallow when the announced games are typical VR mainstays like Job Simulator and Tilt Brush, or games also coming to the modest PlayStation VR (albeit in lower quality) like No Man’s Sky and Trover Saves The Universe. This really would’ve been a great time for Valve to announce the rumored Half-Life VR prequel.But if you want the absolute cutting-edge in VR tech, get ready to pre-order the Valve Index starting May 1st. For more on VR check out these hidden messages in Oculus controllers and read about Sony’s patent for potential new ways VR headsets can work better with glasses. Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileEpic Gives Free Games, GOG Gives OG ‘Diablo,’ Steam Gives Ap… last_img read more

Post Maria Dominica will rebuild with concrete

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Dominica, October 10, 2017 – Dominica, which was bruised badly by #HurricaneMaria has ascertained that building with concrete is a must for the tiny island.    It is not cheap, but it is what the islanders now believe must happen to weather severe hurricanes.    One report says that few people can afford to complete concrete constructions – the more common way to go had been wood, stucco and tin.However, the residents are doing their best to use the resources coming in to fortify their homes with stronger materials.    It was also cited that the popular building out of pocket, which staggers the swift completion of structures was a problem for #Dominica which was hammered on September 18; even the country’s PM, Roosevelt Skerrit lost the roof off his house in the Category 5 storm.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #magneticmedianews, Dominica FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Recommended for you Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turklast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Nov 17 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Pebble withdraws more third party subpoenasMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamThe Pebble Partnership has dropped many of its subpoenas to individuals and organizations it believes may have communicated with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding protections for the Bristol Bay watershed as part of Pebble’s lawsuit alleging the agency acted improperly here.Obama honors Alaskan who turned grief into serviceLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.President Obama this evening bestowed the Medal of Freedom on Alaskan Bonnie Carroll. She’s a military widow who founded a service organization called TAPS to help family members of those who die in uniform.UAF scientist pioneers anti-collision systems for spaceRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksIn Alaska we understand how forecasting weather is important. But it turns out, in space, it plays a critical role as well.High-risk avalanche conditions stall search for missing skier at Hatcher PassEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA Wasilla man is missing in the Hatcher Pass area near Palmer, and now a series of avalanches are hampering search efforts.After a health crisis, help navigating the complicated medical systemAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe road from illness to recovery is often difficult. In the middle of a major health crisis, patients are expected to navigate the complicated health care system. A pilot program in Anchorage is rounding out it’s first year trying to improve that journey for patients while also spending fewer healthcare dollars.Study: Many Alaska teachers underpaid, but money isn’t everythingHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamMany Alaska school districts don’t offer high enough salaries to recruit and retain qualified teachers. That’s according to a new study the state commissioned to look at a possible standardized salary schedule.Thanksgiving Blessings offers food, hope and exercise planAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageFor the 31st year in a row, Central Lutheran Church in downtown Anchorage is providing Thanksgiving dinners for people in need.Reviving an endangered language in the age of social mediaElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauIn Alaska, the number of fluent Haida speakers has dwindled down into the single digits. It’s been called an endangered language. But in Juneau, a group is trying to change that. Haida Language Learners is using YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram to reach a wider audience.last_img read more

Oil depot catches fire

first_imgA fire broke out at an oil depot in Fatullah upazila of Narayanganj on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The fire broke out in the depot around 11:15am, said Narayanganj fire service duty officer Kamruzzaman.Seven firefighting units from different fire stations including those of Narayanganj, Haziganj, Panchabati rushed in and are trying to bring the blaze under control.last_img

Fresh allegations of war crimes in Myanmars conflicttorn Rakhine

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Photo: ReutersWhen 35-year-old Ah Hla showed up to a police station in western Myanmar in late April hoping to see her husband among the prisoners, she didn’t know whether he was alive or dead.Several dozen men, including her fisherman husband, had been detained weeks earlier when the military raided their village in central Rakhine state’s Mrauk-U township and accused them of belonging to a rebel army, residents told Reuters.”I went there with the hope that I am going to see my husband, but he was not there,” said Ah Hla, who had walked to the police station with a group of relatives of the detained men. When she arrived, police told her that her husband of 15 years had hanged himself in his cell, and that his body had already been disposed of.”I passed out on the floor of the police station,” she said, cradling her six-month-old son and choking back tears.An army spokesman told Reuters that three of the detainees had died in custody, saying one, a 24-year-old man, had a heart attack, while another died from drug withdrawal and a third, 40-year-old Thein Tun Sein – Ah Hla’s husband – killed himself.In Rakhine state, where security forces expelled more than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims in a 2017 campaign the United Nations says was carried out with “genocidal intent”, Myanmar’s military is waging a new war.This time, the target is the Arakan Army, an armed group that recruits from among state’s mostly Buddhist ethnic Rakhines and has been fighting for greater autonomy for the region that was an independent kingdom for centuries.In its calls for an armed “revolution”, the Arakan Army draws on deep-seated historical resentment felt by some Rakhines towards the ethnic Bamar majority that dominates the central government, and their sense that Myanmar’s faltering transition to democracy has not brought the western state greater prosperity or self-determination.The authorities imposed an unprecedented internet shutdown across the region in late June, citing the need to avert unrest. Yanghee Lee, the U.N expert on human rights in Myanmar, said last week that both sides may be committing “war crimes” under the cover of the blackout, citing reports of deaths during army interrogations.During a rare trip by Reuters to the conflict zone, much of which is off-limits to journalists and humanitarian agencies, 10 residents gave accounts of soldiers firing weapons indiscriminately, killing and wounding civilians, and torturing detainees.Reuters was unable to independently verify the accounts, which were similar – though on a smaller scale – to those of Rohingya refugees who fled the violence in 2017.According to three lawmakers in the region and Amnesty International, the military has deployed as many as five Light Infantry Divisions – shock troops famed for brutal counter-insurgency campaigns against the nation’s myriad ethnic armed groups.In 2017, two LIDs were accused of leading a scorched earth campaign against the Rohingya, burning hundreds of villages to the ground and raping and killing women and children. The military denies ethnic cleansing and genocide.”What’s astonishing is that some of the same military units responsible for atrocities against the Rohingya are now committing new abuses in Rakhine,” said Laura Haigh, Amnesty’s Myanmar researcher.Contacted by phone, Zaw Min Tun, a military spokesman, said such abuse of detainees “might happen or might not happen”, adding that allegations would be investigated.”I am not denying there is abuse or torture during the period of arrest, because this kind of thing might be happening on the ground level, whatever we order,” he said.”If that kind of thing happens, we can go through the legal process. We always take action against our military men who unjustly torture people.””TORTURED IN MANY WAYS”Three hours by boat from the state capital of Sittwe up the languid Kaladan river, Mrauk-U was for more than 300 years the capital of an independent Rakhine kingdom, until it was annexed by the Burmese in 1784.Despite rich oil reserves and a strategic location on the Bay of Bengal, the state is one of Myanmar’s poorest.Before the recent fighting, the town was popular with tourists who came to see the ancient temples that dot the landscape.Now, displaced villagers camp in tents in the shadows of the monuments and, in the town, families sleep in bunkers loaded with sandbags to escape shelling and gunfire.In Lekkar, the village where Ah Hla lived with her husband, half a dozen residents said troops from the 22nd and 55th LIDs fired indiscriminately into the village, driving inhabitants into a monastery where they were detained, separated by gender, questioned, and forced to squat for hours under the hot sun. Reuters was unable to contact local officials to seek comment.Soldiers then took 27 men and held them for several weeks in an interrogation centre where, according to three of the detainees and six family members of the arrested men, they were kept in darkness, deprived of food and water, and subjected to beatings and electrocution. One man told his wife a fellow detainee was forced to stand on his tip-toes with a noose tied around his neck.Ah Hla said police officers gave her a photo, seen by Reuters, showing her husband’s bone-thin dead body, so she could explain to her children what had happened to him.”I don’t know even know what they did with his body or if they did a funeral for him,” she said.National police spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe did not answer calls seeking comment. A police officer in the state capital Sittwe hung up the phone.Outside a courtroom in Sittwe last week, the detained men taken in the same raid said they were innocent and urged journalists to “tell the truth” about what had happened to them. They have been charged with breaking the Terrorism Act, punishable with up to 10 years in prison, and are on remand awaiting trial.”They tortured us in many ways,” one of the men shouted. “We were beaten in so many ways.”Khin Shwe Than, the mother of one of the detainees, a 16-year-old boy, said he told her he was kept in a dark cell, deprived of food and water and beaten.”Behind a Locked Door”The central government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has little support in an area where her National League for Democracy party lost to the Arakan National Party in the 2015 election that brought her to power.Suu Kyi called for the armed forces to “crush” the rebels during a meeting with the military chief in January, her spokesman said.On 21 June, the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications directed all telecoms companies to “temporarily” disable internet services in nine townships across Rakhine and neighbouring Chin state, citing “disturbances of peace and use of internet activities to coordinate illegal activities”.Human Rights Watch says as many as 1 million people have been affected.Myo Swe, a spokesman for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, told Reuters the shutdown was in the “public interest” and connectivity would be restored when “rule of law and security” could be ensured.Khine Thu Ka, a spokesman for the Arakan Army, said the military had sent in reinforcements in recent days overland and by boat. “We can say fighting and clashes are happening frequently since the internet shutdown,” he said.The group has been accused of abuses including the abduction of dozens of civilians. Khine Thu Ka said it had eight people in its custody but was planning to release them.Since internet access was cut off, activists say news about the escalating conflict has been slower to trickle out.The U.N says more than 35,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since January because of the fighting.Aung Than Tun, who runs a volunteer ambulance service in the town, said he has driven dozens of wounded people to hospital after clashes in villages since the conflict began in January, most with mortar and gunshot injuries.The shutdown meant he could no longer post appeals for blood donors on Facebook, he said.Some residents said they were resorting to travelling hours by road to the state capital, risking landmines and gunfire, to get access to the internet.Oo Twan Hla, a lawyer, said he took the road regularly to check court dates and communicate with a growing number of clients – including many arrested over alleged ties to the Arakan Army.”It’s like we are in the dark, behind a locked door,” he said.last_img read more

Rep Larry Phillips To Step Down From The Texas House On Monday

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraRep. Larry Phillips R-Sherman at the back microphone of Texas House floor during the 2017 legislative session.After announcing last year he would not seek re-election in 2018, state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, has formally notified the House that he’s stepping down early.He did so in a letter to House Speaker Joe Straus’ office dated April 23. The resignation will become effective April 30. “After deciding to not seek re-election, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve our state in a different capacity, as a district judge,” Phillips wrote.Phillips, who has represented North Texas’ House District 62 since 2003, announced in September he would not seek re-election to the lower chamber. Later, he announced he would vie for an open district judge seat in Grayson County. He won a three-way primary in March for the Republican nomination to serve on the court, which is in a heavily Republican area. Two other Republicans, Reggie Smith and Brent Lawson, are in a runoff to represent HD-62 starting January 2019. Smith, former chairman of the Grayson County Republican Party, has been endorsed by Phillips.  Sharelast_img read more

DC Students Among First to Board Mobile STEM Bus

first_imgStudents from Columbia Heights Educational Campus, a middle school, in Northwest Washington, D.C. turned into scientists as a mobile bus turned into Mars on Dec. 11.Columbia Heights Educational Campus students were amongst the first in the nation to experience the new mobile explorer, a part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program that provides students with access to technology and STEM education.Students and staff at Columbia Heights Educational Campus Middle School try out the new Verizon Innovative Learning sponsored explorer lab. (Photo by Brianna Rhodes)“It’s all about reinforcing that engineering curriculum and the idea is to let students know that engineering can be fun because a lot of students don’t understand engineering or they think it’s very boring,” Carrie Hughes, director of strategy and operations for the  Verizon Foundation, told the AFRO.The mobile explorer enables students to be transported to simulated environments such as Mars and the solar system to experience the mobile bus high-tech features. The features include a 360 degree movie-quality video, special effects and hands-on educational gaming to help students feel like real life scientists and explorers.The project started about and a year and half ago with the goal of offering an experience to students that was mobile and to visit a large number of schools to help bring excitement around STEM and technology, according to Hughes.“After this experience when they’ve designed their Rover and changed things out on their Rover to go over the Mars terrain, Hughes said, then we take them back to the classroom and do follow up activities that basically say you just did engineering.”Eighth grade student Ivone Cherif said she enjoyed the 360 degree quality video that transports students to Mars on the bus.“I thought that was the best,” she said. “It was fun. When I first got on it, it was surprising because I didn’t know the bus would have that.”Cherif said while on the mobile explorer, she and her classmates designed the Rovers and placed them on Mars to collect data to study it and see if there was life or water. She said her experience made her want to go home and do more research on Mars.Verizon prioritized bringing the hands-on tech opportunity to Title 1 schools like Columbia Heights to help introduce STEM to students who might not have access. All of the students at the school are on the free/reduced lunch program and about 30 percent of students are English language learners. The school is also 62 percent Hispanic and 32 percent Black.Krishunda Penn Pearson, an eighth grade Algebra I teacher, said she thought it was important for students to have this experience because it gives them exposure.“When I went to college this wasn’t the normal thing,” Pearson said. “I wanted to be a lawyer. I didn’t know that I could major in computer [science] or I could do all of these type of things because we weren’t exposed to those things. These kids can be the next person to create anything, but we have to give them that space in school to do it because sometimes they don’t have that space at home to.”In 2017, Verizon invested $8.2 million in Washington, D.C. to expose public school students to STEM education through the various Verizon Innovative Learning programs. The programs have enabled them to reach 1,010 students and 299 teachers.The new explorer lab will be at Columbia Heights Educational Campus until this Dec. 14. The goal is for the mobile lab to reach every public middle school in D.C. from now until June of 2018, in hopes of reaching more than 5,000 students in the sixth-eighth grades.last_img read more

El Chapo extradition could take a year prosecutor

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Extraditing Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States could take a year or more, a prosecutor said on Monday, three days after the former fugitive’s recapture.“I could say as an estimate that it could be at least a year,” José Manuel Merino, the international affairs official at the attorney general’s office, told Radio Formula.But Merino warned that the process could last as a long as four to six years depending how hard Guzmán’s lawyers fight his extradition through injunctions.Guzmán’s lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, has vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary.Interpol Mexico agents went to Guzmán’s prison near Mexico City on Sunday to execute two arrest warrants for his extradition, formally launching the process. The foreign ministry would have to give the final green light after judges issue a ruling.Mexico received the U.S. extradition requests last year on a slew of charges, including drug trafficking and homicide. Guzmán is wanted in half a dozen U.S. states.Guzmán is now back in the same maximum-security prison he escaped from in July last year.The drug lord was arrested in February 2014 but it only took him 17 months to escape from the Altiplano penitentiary after his henchmen dug a 1.5-kilometer tunnel to set him free.Guzmán was recaptured on Friday in a deadly military raid in Los Mochis, a northwestern seaside city in his home state of Sinaloa. Facebook Comments Related posts:Undermining Mexico: How ‘El Chapo’ built a criminal empire, and escaped prison, by digging deep El Chapo’s lawyer says drug lord wants quick extradition to US Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite ‘CEO’ El Chapo’s capture Sean Penn regrets El Chapo interview failed to spur drug debatelast_img read more

SALA Phuket Receives Excellent Employer Award from Thailands Departme

first_imgSALA Resorts & Spas is pleased to announce that SALA Phuket Resort and Spa is a proud recipient of the 2011 Excellent Labour & Welfare Award from Thailand’s Department of Labour.This award, given annually, recognizes excellent cooperation between employers and employees in the promotion of employee welfare in the workplace. In achieving this honour, SALA Phuket employees demonstrated their ability to work effectively with management in the creation and implementation of policies to advance employee welfare at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa.These policies involved skills training in areas such as fire prevention and fire-fighting, English language, Workplace organization methodology as well as creation of a pleasant working environment for employees.SALA Resorts & Spas is proud to receive such a prestigious award, recognizing the commitment of its management and staff to the development and promotion of excellent labour welfare policies and practices.SALA Resorts and Spas (www.salaresorts.com) is a home grown Thai hospitality company which owns and operates three luxury resorts in the Kingdom, and has plans for further expansion domestically and internationally. SALA is also the majority shareholder of the Six Senses Hideaway in Koh Samui. The company ’s first resort, SALA Samui, has become one of Koh Samui’s most successful resorts, voted among the world’s Top 10 most romantic resorts in the world, and the most romantic in Thailand, in the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards in 2006 and 2009. The resort features a total of 69 luxurious villas and suites of which 53 have private swimming pools. SALA Phuket was opened in 2007 and features 79 luxurious villas and suites, 63 with their own spacious private pools. Both the villas and the SALA Spa have already been selected as one of just a handful of top new hotels and resorts worldwide featured in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler “Hot List” 2008. The resort has also won the DestinAsian Luxe List award in 2008 and the Siam Architects 2008 silver medal design award.sala khaoyai opened in November 2009, and with only 7 very special intimate accommodations, it is the first of a new “small, exclusive boutique properties” brand for the group.For more information contact SALA Resorts and Spas.19 Fl. Thaniya Plaza Building, 52 Silom Road, Suriyawaong. Bangrak. Bangkok. 10500. THAILAND.Email: info@salaresorts.com  Tel:  +66(0)2 231 2588  Fax: +66(0)2 231 2589 Source = SALA Resorts & Spaslast_img read more