12 Oct

Iran demands Pakistan acts ‘decisively against terrorists’

first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has demanded Pakistan act “decisively against anti-Iranian terrorists” in a phone call with the country’s premier, Tehran said, a month after a bloody attack on security forces. Iran says a Pakistani suicide bomber was behind the February 13 attack that killed 27 Revolutionary Guards in its volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. A Sunni jihadist group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran says operates mostly out of bases in neighbouring Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the blast. Iran has accused Pakistan’s army and intelligence agency of sheltering the jihadists and summoned the country’s ambassador in the wake of the attack. Rouhani in the phone conversation Saturday evening with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called to maintain good ties and pointed the finger of blame at Tehran’s traditional regional and international foes. “We shouldn’t allow decades of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries be affected by terrorist groupuscules that we both know from where they are being armed and financed,” Rouhani said, according to a government statement. The Iranian president was alluding to the United States and Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which it accuses of aiding jihadist groups responsible for attacks from Pakistani soil. February’s bombing was the latest of numerous attacks on Iran’s security forces and officials in Sistan-Baluchistan, where the minority Sunni Baluchis accuse the authorities of discrimination.last_img read more

12 Oct

New UN guide seeks to reduce computer waste by recycling equipment

Nearly 180 million computers have been replaced this year, with 35 million of them simply being dumped, despite of the toxic materials they contain.The free guide by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), published in English and French, seeks to help entrepreneurs hoping to get into computer recycling to handle the growing amount of waste generated by old computers.It also targets non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and those working in development at the local level.Practical advice and case studies from recycling plants in Burkina Faso, France and India are included in the guide.The new publication notes that re-using computers, which may require repairing them, is the ideal option, since it will allow more people to a single device and reduce waste.Parts that cannot be salvaged can be disassembled and processed to recover raw materials, including iron, aluminium, copper and precious metals such as gold and silver. 21 November 2008The United Nations has launched a new guide on how to recycle computer equipment in a way that minimizes the impact of waste on health and the environment, particularly in developing countries, in an era when more than 1 billion computers are in use each year. read more

8 Oct

Indian officials say 31 boats held in Sri Lanka can be salvaged

A seven-member team, led by G S Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, which inspected 42 trawlers impounded by Sri Lankan Navy in March 2015 and ordered to be released by the Government of the island nation, has said 31 boats could be salvaged after repair work, The Hindu newspaper reported.The team, which returned to India on Sunday evening after assessing the condition of the boats berthed in Kankesanthurai, Karainagar, Mannar and Trincomallee in northern Sri Lanka and Puthalam in the west from August 17 to 20, said even the 31 boats could only be towed back in view of the bad condition of their engines. Of the 42 trawlers impounded in Sri Lanka, 36 belonged to Tamil Nadu fishermen and six to fishermen from Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry. Of the 36 trawlers owned by fishermen of Rameswaram (11), Nagapattinam (24) and Pudukottai (1), 27 could be salvaged after repair, while nine have to be disposed of as scrap in Sri Lanka itself, sources in the team said. Pictures of the extensively damaged trawlers were shown to the owners and they would be scrapped in consultation with them, they said. Fishermen in the salvage team would be accompanied by carpenters and mechanics to carry out necessary repair work. The State government would bear the cost of fuel and minor repair work.Four of the six boats belonging to Karaikal fishermen could be salvaged after repair and it would be done by a separate team. Two of their boats had to be condemned, the sources said. After the team submitted a report to the government in a couple of days, salvage operation would begin in the first week of September, official sources said. After the release of trawlers, 130 boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen would still be in the custody of Sri Lankan Government. Fishermen who were part of the inspection team urged the Central and State Governments to secure the release of all the boats at the earliest.Most of the boats, which were confiscated in the later part of 2015 and early 2016, had suffered extensive damage. Only about 50 trawlers, which were impounded recently, were in good condition, they said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

2 Oct

Food still major priority for typhoon survivors UN official says during Philippines

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin acknowledged the strength of the local people, who are working shoulder-to-shoulder with WFP and other relief organizations to respond to the disaster.“What I’ve seen in Tacloban today is the incredible resilience of the Filipino people. These people are not asking for a handout, they’re asking for a hand up to rebuild their lives,” she said. While in the storm-ravaged city, Ms. Cousin met with government officials and helped distribute high-energy biscuits to children at a local high school that has been turned into an evacuation centre following the disaster that struck last weekend. Overall, more than 13 million people have been affected by the crisis, with some 3 million displaced. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), clean water, sanitation, food, and shelter remain the top priorities. Last week, the UN and its partners launched an appeal for $301 million to provide humanitarian assistance. As of yesterday, the appeal is 26 per cent funded.UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has called on people and governments to give generously to the appeal. “We are in a race against time to save lives, get services up and running and lessen the suffering of the Philippines people,” she said in a statement issued on Friday. Since the start of the crisis, family food packs with rice for more than 760,000 people, plus high-energy biscuits for 33,000 people have been dispatched to shelters in 24 municipalities on Leyte Island, as well as in Tacloban City, WFP reported. “Some of these people have lost everything. But what they do have from WFP is access to nutritious food,” Ms. Cousin stated. “WFP has been working tirelessly with our government counterpart, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to get food out to the affected people. Together, we are working to overcome logistical challenges and are scaling up the number of people reached every day.”Tomorrow Ms. Cousin is scheduled to visit Roxas City on the island of Payan, located west of Leyte Island. WFP is establishing a logistics hub in Roxas, in addition to a hub on Cebu Island, and other hubs in the communities of Ormoc and Guiuan on Leyte Island. read more

25 Sep

Prince George only has eyes for one thing his seaplane

first_imgHe may be a future king with thousands of people turning out just to to catch a glimpse of him.But three-year-old Prince George only had eyes for one thing as he departed from the Royal tour of Canada this weekend: his plane.The young Prince and his sister Princess Charlotte were beside themselves with excitement at the prospect of boarding a seaplane at Victoria, straining at their parents’ hands as they toddled towards it. He added: “Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week.”We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person.”In honour of the trip, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, last night announced his government will bestow a gift of $100,000 on behalf of the royal family, which will be divided equally the Prince’s Charities Canada and Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia.”Canadians have a real affection for the Royal family which was once again very much on display during this tour,” said Mr Trudeau. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But he went on to dutifully speak to dignitaries on the dock and shake hands with the Governor General, before turning his attentions firmly towards getting on the plane. It was later reported that he had been allowed to play in the cockpit of the plane once it had landed safely at Victoria’s military base, with the Vancouver Sun stating the “royal seaplane pilot said curious Prince George couldn’t wait to get his fingers on the buttons.”The Prince told pilot Shawn Stewart he was going to “fly us to England” as he had fun in the co-pilot seat.Duke of Cambridge, said: “We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. “This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit.” The royals on their official departure from Canada in Victoria, British ColumbiaCredit:REUTERS/Chris Wattiecenter_img In their final moments on Canadian soil, the Prince and Princess Charlotte, 17 months old, enchanted crowds at Victoria Harbour, Canada, as they performed well-rehearsed royal waves to the assembled crowds.After appearing to snub Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, at the start of his visit, the three-year-old Prince appeared equally confused after being offered a high five by a nine-year-old boy carrying a bouquet of flowers for his mother. The Prince was photographed with his nose pressed firmly against the glass to get the best view, before being allowed to sit in the cockpit to play with the controls with the pilot.His parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have spoken about the Prince’s love of vehicles during their tour, disclosing he adores toy tractors, would be “obsessed” with a fire engine, and had been “super excited” to sleep on a plane on his way over the Atlantic. The royals on their official departure from Canada in Victoria, British Columbialast_img read more

22 Sep

Titanic bandmasters violin on display in Belfast

first_imgTHE VIOLIN PLAYED by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the liner sank beneath the waves is now on display at Titanic Belfast.The instrument belonging to Wallace Hartley was found strapped to his body after he drowned with some 1,500 others on board the supposedly unsinkable ship in 1912.It carries an inscription from the 34-year-old’s fiancee to mark their engagement.For decades the violin was believed lost, but it was found in the attic of a house in northwest England in 2006.It will be displayed at the Belfast exhibition from until 13 October before it goes to auction.“This could very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to see one of the world’s most famous and most valuable Titanic artefacts,” said the museum’s chief executive Tim Husbands.The Titanic was built in Belfast and set sail from Southampton, southern England, for New York on 10 April, 1912.The band played the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee” to try to calm passengers while they climbed into lifeboats as the Titanic sank beneath the icy waves in the North Atlantic on 15 April after hitting an iceberg.Hartley and his seven fellow band members all died after choosing to play on.The Titanic musicians play on; a scene from ‘A Night To Remember’ (1955) — regarded as the most historically accurate film depiction of the tragedy. (Youtube: OBrasilo)He was given the maple, spruce and ebony violin by his fiancee Maria Robinson to mark their engagement in 1910. She had a silver plaque fixed to the instrument engraved with the words: “For Wallace, on the occasion of our engagement. From Maria.”It is now thought that the instrument was inside a leather bag that was found strapped to his body 10 days after the sinking, and was then passed to Robinson.Robinson never married and after her death in 1939, her sister donated the violin to her local Salvation Army band, where it passed into the hands of a music teacher and then to the unnamed owner in whose house it was discovered in Lancashire, northwest England.After seven years of testing including MRI scans, researchers said in March this year that the instrument was genuine.- © AFP, 2013Read: Long-lost Van Gogh painting unveiled in Amsterdam >last_img read more

22 Sep

Two men die in Cork apartment block fire two others rescued

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE died after a fire in an apartment block in Mallow, Co. Cork late last night.The fire at Granary Court on St Josephs’s Road happened at about 12.10 am. Gardaí arrived at the scene and rescued a man and a woman from the building.Gardaí say that they then attempted to re-enter the building but were unable to do so because of excessive smoke.Fire services then entered the building a short time later and the bodies of the two deceased men were discovered.Both men were then removed to the morgue at Cork University Hospital where post-mortems will be carried out.Read: 78-year-old woman killed in Mayo house fire >Read: Two killed in fire at Co Galway flats complex >last_img read more

22 Sep

Column There is a troubling disjuncture between politics and civil society

first_imgIRISH CIVIL SOCIETY took on the world at a recent event in Dublin’s RDS. Members of environmental organisations, global justice groups, community groups and cultural organisations brought their different perspectives to bear on identifying priorities for Irish and global development.Equality, new forms of governance, sustainable development, human rights-based development and a new economic model that did not exploit people or the planet were agreed as stand-out priorities.Irish civil society, in agreeing these priorities, could be condemned as predictable, full of aspiration and short on detail. Repetition, though, is not a measure of predictability. It is a reflection of political unresponsiveness. Aspiration is not a criticism. It is a reflection of how our politics is so devoid of ambition.Equality breeds productivity and innovationNearly everyone does better in more equal societies. Businesses that invest in equality and diversity systems are more productive and innovative. Democracy is predicated on transparency and accountability. Government and the state should and could be a powerful force in building a flourishing society.Our global ecological footprint is unsustainable. We use the equivalent of 1.5 planets annually to produce the resources we use and absorb the waste we create.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is accepted across the globe. This includes rights to work, education and an adequate standard of living. Rather than merely protecting human rights, we could now fulfil them as a minimum global standard; a new economics would be required to underpin all these apparently sensible aspirations.Goals did not focus enough on economicsClaiming Our Future, in conjunction with Dochas and the Wheel, organised the event. The aim was to influence the Irish Government as it leads the EU in developing a policy position on what should replace the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. A new global framework for development is to be agreed at the UN General Assembly in September.The Millennium Development Goals were agreed in 2000. They focused on areas such as eliminating extreme poverty, improving access to primary education, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and increasing overseas development aid. Real progress resulted in all areas.However, 1.22 billion people still live on less than 1.25 dollars a day. The richest 1.4 billion people consume over 80 per cent of global output. Women do 66 per cent of the world’s work but receive 11 per cent of global income. Global CO2 emissions increased by 45 per cent between 1990 and 2010. The problem with the Millennium Development Goals is that they did not address the structural causes of the issues they sought to deal with. They focused primarily on the social dimension and left the economic dimension to the market.Disjuncture between politics and civil societyThere is a troubling disjuncture between politics and civil society. Why is it predictable that civil society will seek equality, good governance, environmental sustainability, human rights and human flourishing – and just as predictable that politicians at home and abroad will not?Our political systems have declined to a point where they cannot introduce profound change in the way we organise society. This has been characterised as low energy democracy. This is where political systems no longer mobilise people, are slowed down by procedure and tradition, and are subservient to the market. Such political systems cannot introduce the structural changes required to eliminate poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation.Abraham Lincoln promised government of the people, by the people, for the people after the American civil war. This dictum might now be more accurate as government of the people, by some people, for various vested interests. This needs to change if the UN is to deliver goals that offer a better Ireland in a just world.Niall Crowley is convenor of Claiming Our Future – for more information on the issues, visit www.worldwewant.ieRead: Two TDs setting up new ‘United Left’ political party>Column: Irish politics won’t change until people demand accountability from leaders>last_img read more

20 Sep

Were Alive Frontier is the Immersive Survival Horror Adventure You Need

first_img Veteran Game Master Ivan Van Norman is running a post-apocalyptic adventure game that follows a band of survivors as they journey into the infected American Midwest streaming on Alpha. Based on the award-winning podcast, We’re Alive: Frontier features five new characters and countless ways to die. Joining Ivan Van Norman around the table as players are Mythica actress Melanie Stone, Twitch streamer, and cosplayer Alcuin Gersh, Xander Jeanneret of Sagas of Sundry: Madness, Overwatch voice-actress Anjali Bhimani, and Vince Caso of The Guild.I got the chance to chat with Ivan about this exciting tabletop game/TV show hybrid.Let’s get started! So how did you start making your own tabletop RPGs?Ivan: I made my first campaign in the World of Darkness using all of the books. Vampire, Werewolf, Hunter, like everything. During that time myself and a buddy of mine decided to make our own game Outbreak: Undead, in 2011, featured in We’re Alive: Frontier. We have our own publishing company, Hunters Books, which was a side hustle, but now it’s finally got some traction since we partnered with Renegade Game Studios which are putting out all our games. I don’t know if you knew this, but RPGs are cool now! People love interactive storytelling. It’s giving us the capacity to do interactive storytelling that doesn’t require a big budget and a green screen to put together. And there’s no script, so the players know as much as the audience knows. It’s very honest storytelling. As a result, people are starting to show, like the people that watch Critical Role or Horror Show, that they like this more than scripted television because they really honestly feel they’re going on this journey with these characters. It doesn’t matter if it’s one episode or a hundred.Dealing with streaming a show like this, it’s not like a Game Of Thrones budget, but it’s still a big production. What are the challenges and rewards of doing a game in this format?Ivan: The main challenge is making it feel like a game when everyone wants to make it a show. The natural reaction to something like this when a budget is introduced is how much risk can we remove. What do we guarantee? Are we going to need a prop for this item? Are we going to need a set for this location? And from playing RPGs, you know the answer is usually “I have no idea.” I am planning for them to go here, but players will do what players do. And even if you lay out very clear messages for them they may not pick up on it, and that’s just something that happens. So the big challenge when putting together these shows is making it feel very immersive and well thought out while still making it super clear that this is a game and these players have choices. And especially in games like Sagas of Sundry where they have a choice to interact and make difficult choices. Not only the choice to survive, but to live. Make every moment with their cast count. Knowing that there are points where you need to back off and the players tell the story too, which is really what you want when you want a perfect game. Like with We’re Alive: Frontier my goal was to run the game I always wanted to run of Outbreak: Undead. Like if I had the time effort and energy to put I would do every week for my friends. The one I always wanted to run on my own, but we all know that life gets in the way.The benefit is when you are putting together a show like this you have an ultimate commitment from your players, you know? This isn’t just a casual weekend where people come out, you order pizza, and people are diddling on their phones while they’re playing. Everyone here is committed because not only are they all professionals, actors, as well as role players, but they really want to be there. It’s not just a job. They love the material and their cast. And for We’re Alive: Frontier, half the cast have been doing test sessions and have also part of my Outbreak: Undead test group and we’ve been playing together for a year on and off throughout this time. And just having this opportunity to be inclusive, teach people the game, have people feel comfortable, and know they’re not just here to play the game, but to entertain people, to make craft, good story. I think anyone that does an RPG show; they take it beyond. They’re not playing for them, they’re playing for their cast members and the audience.Why We’re Alive? Why adopt this particular podcast?Ivan: We’re Alive, Kc Wayland started his podcast around the time I started Outbreak: Undead. There was a part of me that really celebrated what he did with his world. He has such a gloriously rich world building. He managed to craft a story with zero visuals at all. He did a scripted version of what a lot of games wish they could do all the time. And he had the benefit of having a sound engineering and screenwriting background to basically make this medium for him. He brought back the radio drama and I respect him for that. I really thought that We’re Alive was ripe for a world that we could expand off of it and tell a new story. Looking at his notes, he’s barely touched any of it. He’s got the timeline really figured out, and it seems almost a shame to not dive into that area of his story. And when I brought this up to him he was delighted to hear it. He felt the same way. He wanted to do it he just hasn’t been able to do it, you know? Plus, in my mind, he put We’re Alive together right when the Zombie Survival Guide from Max Brooks took off, the 28 Days Later craze, and the Dawn Of The Dead remake hit.  Even now with the oversaturation with shows like The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, in my mind those shows have taken a great idea and just applied that formula again. People love survival horror; we want to explore the fantasy of our own disasters. We’re constantly reinventing survival horror like every five or six years. Like Resident Evil, I thought it was dead, but then they made Resident Evil 7, and it’s the Resident Evil we’ve always wanted to play.Yeah, plus there are like seven Resident Evil movies at this point. Might be six?Ivan: The movies are an action-adventure excuse and that’s fine, but that game literally did things emotionally to me that made me feel something with that kind of story.Something else too that comes up in a lot of these sort of formats with people screening games, even like this one, often comedy/levity creep in these environments.Ivan: Breathing moments.Right. People who might not be as familiar who may be fans of things like The Walking Dead might not be prepared for the kind of humor and the frequency of it. How do you explain that to people?Ivan: The thing that always comes to mind with shows like these are how do you create pacing. It can’t just be go go go all the time. It burns everybody out. Burns the players out and the DM. When something does happen, they don’t have the same stakes anymore. You do need to provide those breathing moments to allow perspective. That’s what I love about survival horror. That constant struggle of I want to give you a little something to love and hold on to; then I’m going to rip it away from you like a child with their doll. Then I want to see you cry about it. That’s what you want. Then people start to feel those emotions. A lot of our fans are almost masochistic in their love for these terrible emotions. It’s lovely, it’s unique, and it’s different from I’m just watching this slasher movie and I don’t care about these characters; they can all die. As long as I’m getting some good gore out of it. That’s not at all what this is. It’s about the emotions that come from reacting to something in the moment and having to make a choice of what to do and live with that. It provides real stakes.That’s great!Ivan: It’s great. It’s a fun platform. Alpha is really investing in their talent and their content, and they want to be like the nerdy Hulu, and I say good for them!Excited about We’re Alive: Frontier? Catch up now so you can tune in for the finale on 4/18. Watch it using the promo code “frontier” for a 60-day  free trial on https://www.projectalpha.com/ Hands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceFan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

17 Sep

No Turning back of time for TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – This coming weekend the tradition is to observe daylight savings time by falling back one hour, but the Turks and Caicos will not be among the nations marking the moment as a consultative and cabinet decision changed all of that. The TCI will not turn clocks back one hour. There will be no observance of daylight savings time. It was determined since early 2014, but will now take effect, in part to give the country longer days. Related Items:clock, daylight savingslast_img read more

17 Sep

Steve Clarke warns Kilmarnock supporters not to boo Jones

first_imgKilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has issued a warning to supporters not to boo Rangers-bound winger Jones who will stay with the club till the end of the season.Jones upset some supporters with a celebratory tweet after signing a pre-contract that will lead to a four-year deal at Ibrox in the summer.“If the fans boo Jordan then they are booing me as well, because if I select Jordan to play for Kilmarnock then they are criticising my selection,” Clarke told Dailymail.“He has trained great since he came in after the winter break, I look forward to seeing him on the pitch again. I have to pick the best team and if Jordan is part of the best team then he will play.”Jones in his response admits his tweet can’t be retrieved and says he is focused on helping the club presently.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The tweet, looking back, I was probably a bit too over-excited, a bit of inexperience at the time but it has happened, there is nothing I can do, I can’t take it back,” he said.“It has happened and the only way I can win them back is by performance on the pitch. I have always tried to give my best for this club, I don’t think my commitment has been in question and knowing that I am leaving in the summer won’t change it.“The Rangers thing now has been out to the side until the summer. I am fully committed to Kilmarnock.“My teammates know I am committed, the gaffer knows I am committed and everyone in the club knows I am committed so it’s my turn to prove to the fans, as I have over two and half years, that I am committed.”last_img read more

15 Sep

Worker rescued from construction building in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgBusy morning in downtown Ft Lauderdale. Here’s @FtLaudFire rescuing an injured construction worker at 200 S Federal Hwy. Just blocks away from courthouse scene. @SkyforceHD over both. pic.twitter.com/GFyw5E6yLh— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) February 7, 2019Officials said the 35-year-old suffered a back injury on the seventh floor.Since the building has no working elevators, rescuers had to reach the wounded worker using a crane and basket.7Skyforce HD was above the scene as they put the worker into and ambulance to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man had to be rescued from a construction site after suffering an injury on the job.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews were sent to the building along South Federal Highway and Southeast Second Street, Thursday morning. He was last listed in stable condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

6 Sep

Gaggal airport near Dharamsala to be expanded Himachal CM Jai

first_imgShimla: The Himachal Pradesh government will expand the runway of the Gaggal airport near Dharamsala by nearly 600 metres, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the Assembly on Tuesday. “There is a proposal to expand the runway from 1,372 metres to 2,000 metres,” Thakur, who holds the Tourism and Civil Aviation portfolio, said in a written reply. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He said for its expansion the land of four panchayats — two in Shahpur tehsil and two in Kangra tehsil — would be acquired. The Gaggal airport is located in the vicinity of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s abode in McLeodganj that attracts a steady stream of Tibet enthusiasts, Buddhist scholars, back-packers and even Hollywood stars like Richard Gere.last_img read more

6 Sep

Overflow of drainage causing stench

first_imgKondapur: The drainage at Gautami enclave in Kondapur has been overflowing from past few weeks and the officials have been ignoring the issue. The residents have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to the overflow of drainage which leads to unpleasant smell and mosquito menace in the area. The locals of the area said that it is difficult for the motorists and commuters to travel on the overflowing drainage water. They also said that this road becomes an accident-prone spot as the road many times have turned into a slippery stretch. It has become difficult for the pedestrians to walk on the road as this manhole is in the side of the road. This can also lead to severe accidents of people walking on the road.last_img read more

3 Sep

Mexico presidential candidates hit back Trump

first_imgDonald TrumpMexico’s top presidential candidates launched their campaigns Sunday vowing to take a harder line against Donald Trump, with the leftist front-runner saying his country is done being the US president’s “pinata.”Just as candidates were putting the finishing touches on their opening campaign speeches for Mexico’s 1 July elections, Trump gatecrashed the kick-off party via Twitter, accusing the country of doing “very little” to stop illegal migration and drugs, and renewing his threat to axe the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).The veteran leftist leading in the polls, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his conservative rival, Ricardo Anaya, both hit back at the Republican president, whose anti-Mexican diatribes and insistence that Mexico pay for his planned border wall have made him supremely unpopular here.“Neither Mexico nor its people will be the pinata of any foreign government,” Lopez Obrador told a cheering crowd in Ciudad Juarez, on the US border.The former Mexico City mayor repeated his long-standing criticism of Trump’s idea of a border wall.“Let this be heard near and far: neither security issues nor social problems can be resolved with walls,” he said, condemning Trump’s “mistaken foreign policy” and “contemptuous attitude toward Mexicans.”Anaya, who is locked in a brutal battle for second place with ruling party candidate Jose Antonio Meade, vowed to answer Trump with a “strong and dignified stance.”He defied the US president to take action on security issues on his own side of the border.“Just as the United States is worried about undocumented migrants, Mexico is worried about gun trafficking,” he said.“Eighty percent of the guns used to kill people in our country come from the United States,” he added, in reference to a wave of drug cartel-fueled violence that has left more than 200,000 people dead in Mexico since 2006.Migrant caravanTrump’s Twitter comments were an apparent response to news reports about a caravan of hundreds of people, including Central Americans, heading toward the US border in what they are calling a “migrant viacrucis” (“way of the cross”).Earlier Sunday, “Fox and Friends,” one of Trump’s favorite TV shows, highlighted the caravan on Twitter, possibly drawing the president’s attention.“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the US,” he wrote.“They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”Mexico sends some 80 per cent of its exports to the United States under NAFTA, which also includes Canada. Trump calls it the worst trade deal the US has ever signed.Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray also reacted defensively, saying Trump’s tweets were based on an “inaccurate news report.”Crime, corruptionLopez Obrador, who is making his third bid for the presidency, has emerged as the man to beat in the race to succeed Mexico’s deeply unpopular President Enrique Pena Nieto.Recent polls for the single-round election give him just over 40 per cent of the vote, with Anaya and Meade in the 20s.Criticized for what opponents call a radical and intolerant side, Lopez Obrador has sought to steer clear of controversy this time around and soothe fears that he would wreck Latin America’s second-largest economy.Lopez Obrador, 64, reiterated his criticism of NAFTA and free trade in his opening speech, but said he was not against a new deal-although he said it should be signed after the election.He said his major reform would be “a government that will no longer serve a greedy minority.”Meade, 49, also hammered home on the political corruption that has long dogged Mexico, trying to distance himself from the scandals that have tarnished Pena Nieto and the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) — which chose him as its candidate even though he is not a party member.“Mexicans are fed up with corruption. I will be relentless in fighting it,” the respected former finance minister told a rally in Merida, on the Yucatan peninsula.Anaya, 39, meanwhile homed in on the brutally violent crime plaguing the country.“Our number one priority will be to restore peace and tranquility,” he said.last_img read more

1 Sep

Black Lightning Deserves Better Headline than Black Lightning Strikes Twice

first_img ‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War’Black Lightning’ Season 2, Episode 15 Recap: With Great Power Second episodes can often be a bit of a letdown after a particularly good pilot. With the excitement of seeing something new gone, the show has to establish what a typical episode looks like. I don’t know if Black Lightning quite accomplished that, but it did manage an engaging follow-up to last week’s premiere. We’re still in the stage of the superhero story where the hero isn’t sure if he’s going to keep being a hero. Once he does, we’ll have a much better idea of what a typical episode and season of this show will be. Even though this episode didn’t quite get there, it did set up the major conflicts Jefferson Pierce will be dealing with throughout the first season.Being a superhero apparently gets harder as you age. As cool as Black Lightning looked in battle during last week’s premiere, he begins this episode in serious pain. He doesn’t bounce back the way he used to. At this point, Black Lightning’s return was still a one-time deal as far as Jefferson is concerned. His daughters are safe, and that’s that. Yeah, we still have a full season ahead of us. That’s not going to last long. Especially when Jefferson learns that the motel he stormed through reopened the next day. He saved his daughters, but he didn’t save anyone else’s. And that’s a problem for a former student named LaWanda, who’s daughter is still owned by the 100. This episode is all about her, which does a great job of driving home what’s exactly at stake. Jefferson cares deeply about his community. Every superhero does, but having a single character, one who’s deeply connected to the hero, represent that community’s plight allows this series to explore depths and emotions that aren’t available to The CW’s other DC shows.Tracey Bonner as LaWanda (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)LaWanda is the one who brings up the awkward point that Black Lightning only saved Jefferson’s daughters, but not anybody else’s. Now why would that be? Jefferson’s able to change the subject before the questions get too inconvenient, but he’s going to have to do a better job protecting his secret identity than that. This was a necessary episode because it demonstrated how much harder the decision to become a superhero is for a successful middle-aged man with a family. He has so many reasons not to suit up and fight bad guys. He desperately wants to believe that the system will do its job, even though it clearly hasn’t been all that effective. Last week, he was forced to suit up because his family was in danger. This week’s episode had to give him a reason to suit up even when his family was relatively safe.LaWanda parks outside of the Seahorse Motel, watching everything. While she’s out there, Pierce tries to talk her out of it while accepting constant assurances from his friend in the police, Inspector Henderson that they’re doing everything they can. And to his credit, he’s not lying. Most of the cops in Freeland range from corrupt to outright racist, but Henderson is not only one of the few good cops, he’s determined and effective. When he says he’s working on something, he is. He’s not even that much slower than Black Lightning in this episode. Unfortunately, neither are fast enough for LaWanda. Her presence outside the motel, combined with the raid of the hotel last week, has made Lala nervous. He storms out of the hotel and kills her. It’s a shocking moment. This level of violence in the second episode isn’t what we expect from a superhero show. It is effective though. Instead of a vague sense that the city needs a hero, we’re shown just how much the people of the city need a hero. It’s an important difference that most superhero shows never get around to acknowledging.Damon Gupton as Inspector Bill Henderson (Photo: Guy D’Alema/The CW)The action in this episode isn’t quite as spectacular as last week’s light show. LaWanda’s death convinces Jefferson that Black Lightning needs to come out of retirement. He storms the motel once again, taking out anyone who gets in his way. He might not be throwing around as many bolts as he did last week, but he still looks damn cool in that suit. Hopefully, the Seahorse stays shut down this time, but Lala’s out of the picture in any case. Right after Black Lightning busts through the motel, Henderson shows up to arrest Lala. LaWanda left her cell phone on the dashboard of her car, and it recorded the whole murder. Jefferson’s sly greeting to the inspector before he leaped out the balcony was easily the best part of the whole episode.Lala isn’t the biggest threat in Freeland though. That would be the still-enigmatic crime boss Tobias Whale, and he just looks scarier every episode. We get a little bit more of him here. Right at the very beginning, he goes on a racist tirade about the black population of Freeland, particularly those that work under him. It’s all the more messed up when you realize that Tobias Whale is black himself, but has albinism. It’s not something you expect to hear on The CW, but this show is not shying away from the more uncomfortable conversations about race. Whale really shows just how much of a threat he’s going to be right at the end. With friends in the police department, he’s allowed to walk right into Lala’s cell and choke the life out of him before he can snitch.Kyanna Simone Simpson as Keisha and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)Over on the lighter side of the episode, I love where the show is taking the daughters’ storylines. They both get very sweet relationship stories. Anissa has a girlfriend and holy crap is it refreshing to not have a coming out story or an unaccepting family member. Jefferson and Lynn know their daughter’s gay from the outset, and it’s just a fact of life for them. As for the couple themselves, they have a few adorable moments together, first in bed and then later on a walk. They are having some relationship issues, but ultimately, it’s a supportive, healthy relationship. Anissa is reluctant to meet her girlfriend, Cheoni’s family even though they’ve been together a long time, but she still trusts her enough to tell her about the incident with the sink from the end of last week’s episode. Cheoni tells Anissa that the sink was probably old and falling apart, but recommends she go to therapy to deal with the trauma. Whether she does or not remains to be seen, but we know the sink was not just old and falling apart. When Anissa’s having trouble sleeping, she goes to a drug store to get a sleep aid. A man holds up the register and puts a gun in Anissa’s face. Anissa reacts instinctively and flips the man over the aisle, knocking him out. She’s going to be a superhero just like her dad, and I can’t wait.Jennifer’s love story is sweet too, though it does go a little too far in the after school special direction for my taste. I’ll give the show credit for one thing though, the writing can be very good and naturalistic when it wants to be. Jennifer and her new boyfriend are adorable as they flirt together. They’re nervous and giggly in a way that feels familiar and real. But Jennifer is still dealing with her kidnapping from last week and starts drinking at school to cope. Her boyfriend takes the liquor away from her, and launches into a huge speech about how he runs so he can get out of Freeland. Like, it makes sense that Jennifer won’t deal with her trauma in a healthy way all the time. And it’s fine to have someone tell her to seek help, but that speech laid it on a little thick. Not every episode needs to have a lesson.Even with some very minor falters, Black Lightning turned in an especially strong second episode. It’s a hard thing for a superhero show to pull off, but this series does it with humor, charm and real emotion. By the end of the episode, Jefferson has made the decision to be Black Lightning again, but it becomes very clear that he has to choose between saving his city and repairing his relationship with his ex-wife. She doesn’t want him to be a hero anymore, and thinks he’s addicted to it. Their dynamic adds a welcome complexity to the show, and I really look forward to seeing how the struggle plays out. Jefferson’s choice to become Black Lightning again will always be a fraught and conflicted one, and that will make for some great superhero TV. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

31 Aug

Whatever Happened To The 101YearOld Cham

first_imgWhatever Happened To … The 101-Year-Old Champion Runner… by NPR News Chhavi Sachdev 8.28.19 12:10pm Man Kaur started running in 2009, when she was in her 90s — it was her son’s idea — and began racking up medals. We first wrote about her when she was 101. Is she still a track and field star?At 103, Man Kaur is not only going strong, she’s getting others to follow in her footsteps.India’s oldest female athlete is spending her summer coaching 30 young athletes.Kaur and her 81-year-old son and trainer, Gurdev Singh, were invited for two weeks to several universities in Baru Sahib in the mountains of India, but their methods made such an improvement in the students’ performance, they were asked to stay through September.Kaur famously follows a strict diet regimen designed by Singh including homemade soy milk and kefir, wheatgrass juice, nuts, lentils and chapatis made from sprouted wheat. That’s the kind of nutritional advice they’re sharing with the students.This invitation came on the heels of Kaur’s participation in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Poland earlier this year, where she won gold in all four events she competed in: shot put, javelin, 60-meter dash and 200-meter run.Though she was the only competitor in her age category for all four events, for the 60-meter dash, she had company from other categories: two sprightly 85-year-olds and three 90-year-olds. Though they weren’t competing for the prize in her age bracket, they ran alongside her (and eventually ahead of her).At last year’s World Masters event, the diminutive great-grandmother, who is just under 5 feet tall, clinched the gold in the javelin throw as well as the 200-meter race.In 2017, while participating in World Masters Games held at Auckland, she finished the 100-meter run in 74 seconds. “But in Poland she improved her speed and finished the 60-meter dash in 36 seconds and felt great. She thanked the Almighty who gave her enough courage to do this,” says Singh, who acts as an interpreter for his mother, who mostly speaks Punjabi.Ten years after she first started running, Kaur still loves it, according to her son. She isn’t thinking of retiring and Singh says she still thinks she can improve her performance.”She enjoys the company of her admirers,” her son adds. “Every time she participates, she feels proud that people around the world feel inspired.”The year has not been all fun and games, though. Kaur was in the hospital with gallstones this August and her osteoporosis has been causing her back pain, says her son. Still, she loves winning and is happiest on the track, where she says she forgets all her ailments.Next stop: Malaysia, where both mother and son will compete in their age brackets at the Asian Masters Athletics Championships in December.Editor’s note: Now you may be thinking … is Man Kaur really 103? She doesn’t have proof of her age but her oldest child does. When her firstborn’s birth certificate was issued 83 years ago, Kaur was 20, so you do the math. Chhavi Sachdev is a journalist based in Mumbai. Contact her @chhavi.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

30 Aug

NBA Star Stephen Curry Takes a Shot at His Own Slyce of

first_imgMarch 4, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Stephen Curry makes waves on the basketball court with the Golden State Warriors, and now he’s looking to disrupt the status quo in social media.The 27-year-old point guard co-founded Slyce, a mobile-only social-media optimization tool for celebrities. The company hopes to simplify various social-media platforms for people with millions of followers by being the middle man. The app curates their social-media accounts and helps a user filter through incoming postings to find the most interesting and relevant content, making it easier for them to engage with fans. Users can also post content to various social platforms from the app.Image Credit: SlyceRelated: Hey Jabronis! Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Starts Lifestyle Brand With Under Armor.“It was too much of a hassle and there were too many pain points to make it worth [Curry’s] time to actually engage with fans in unique and authentic ways,” Slyce’s CEO and co-founder, Bryant Barr — a former teammate of Curry’s at Davidson College and former Nike employee — told Geekwire. (Jason Mayden, another ex Nike employee, is also a co-founder.)In a recent Q&A on the platform, Slyce narrowed down more than 1,000 questions from users to 35 of the most relevant inquiries for Curry to answer, though the startup didn’t share how it did this.The company is small — currently, it has five employees and is looking to hire more — but it’s getting attention. So far, Slyce has raised $900,000, and counts Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett and Atlanta Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore as fans of its beta version. There are eight celebrities currently using the app, only compatible with iOS at the moment, who are offering feedback.Related: 5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Toke on From Tommy ChongThe platform is also focusing on harnessing brand power. Brands using the app can deliver efficient, effective ad campaigns with their ambassadors, who can then use the platform to share it with fans in a way that’s more personal.This is not Curry’s first foray into business. Last year, he became a partial owner of CoachUp, a service that connects athletes with private coaches. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

29 Aug

Puerto Morelos adapts catamaran for seaweed removal

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — The government of Puerto Morelos says they are doubling efforts to ensure sargasso is removed from its beaches for the summer vacation period.Municipality officials say over the past few days, they have seen the arrival of hundreds of tons of the seaweed on beaches. Luis Cardeña Peña, director of Public Services reported that since Tuesday, they have been utilizing a catamaran that has been adapted to collect seaweed.Puerto Morelos adapts catamaran for seaweed removalPhoto: Puerto Morelos City CouncilThe catamaran is able to collect up to one ton of seaweed before needing to be unloaded. The catamaran, along with continual manual labor, a sweeper and dump trucks, is helping city crews get rid of the unwanted grass.Cardeña Peña explained that the work of the management personnel and workers has been titanic, along with the collaboration of fishermen and citizens in general.“Before noon today, we had already removed 12 dump trucks of 14 meters, with sargasso,” he said.“It is an arduous job that begins at five in the morning and concludes around six in the afternoon, because as we remove the sargasso, it is replaced by more,” the municipal official added.Luis Cardeña noted that they receive help from the state government to combat the problem, adding that the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment has implemented a seaweed removal program for Puerto Morelos.“We are laying the foundations to attack this problem that has come to stay. The sargasso will no longer be alien to the life of the Mexican Caribbean, and if we do not have it every year, then every two years.“We did a boat tour a few days ago and there is a huge island of sargasso that will reach the coast, so we must be prepared,” he concluded.In a statement, Puerto Morelos city council says the removal of the seaweed has been a huge community effort involving everyone from businesses to state authorities and private citizens.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

26 Aug

Is FutureFetcherContext API replacing Redux

first_imgIn JSconf 2018, the former Redux head, Dan Abramov, announced a small tool that he built to simplify data fetching and state management. It was called the future-fetcher/ React Context API. Redux, so far, is one of the most popular state management tools that is used widely with React. Even Angular users are quite fond of it. Vue also has a provision for using Redux in its ecosystem. However tools like Mobx are also getting enough popularity because of their simplicity and ease of use. What’s the problem with Redux? The honest answer is that it’s simply too complicated. If we have to understand the real probability of it being replaced by any other tool, then we will have to understand how it works. The workflow is illustrated in the below figure. Source: Freecodecamp.org The above image shows how basic Flux architecture functions and Redux is based quite heavily on this architecture model. This can be very complicated for a novice web developer. A beginner level developer might just get overwhelmed with the use of functional programming concepts like ‘creation’, ‘dispatcher’ and ‘Action’ functions and using them in appropriate situations. Redux follows the same application logic and those who are not comfortable with functional programming, might find using Redux quite cumbersome. That’s where the Future-Fetcher/ Context API comes in. Context API is a production-grade, efficient API that supports things like static type checking and deep updates. In React, different application levels and layers consist of React components and these components have nested relations with each other. In other words, they are connected to each other like a tree and if one component needs to change its state, and it has to pass on the information to the next component, then it transfers an entity called ‘prop’. The state management is important because you would want your application layers to be consistent with your data, so that when one component changes state, the relevant data has to passed on to the component which will allow it to respond accordingly. In Redux, you will have to write functions as mentioned above to implement this. But in context API, the architecture looks a bit different than the Redux-Flux architecture and there lies the difference. Source: Freecodecamp.org In case of Context API, the need to write functions like Action, Dispatch etc. vanishes, that makes the job of a developer quite easy. Here, we only have ‘view’ and the ‘store’ component, where “Store” contains the dynamic state of the application layers. This simplifies a lot of processes. Although the problem of scaling might be an issue in this particular form of architecture. Still, for normal web applications, where dynamic and real time behavior are important, Context API provides a much easier way of implementation. Since this feature has been developed by the primary architect of Redux, the developer community is of the opinion that it might face a tough challenge in the days to come. Still it’s early days to say – Game Over Redux. Read Next Creating Reusable Generic Modals in React and Redux Connecting React to Redux & Firebase – Part 1 Connecting React to Redux and Firebase – Part 2last_img read more