Sensex drops 250 pts Nifty below 11450

first_imgMumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex extended its losing streak by falling over 250 points in early trade Wednesday, led by losses global markets amid rising US-China tension. The 30-share index was trading 205.12 points, or 0.54 per cent, lower at 38,071.51. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty was down 63.65 points, or 0.55 per cent, at 11,434.25. Top losers in early session were RIL, ONGC, Vedanta, NTPC, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, HDFC twins, HUL and SBI, shedding up to 1.57 per cent. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, PowerGrid, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Yes Bank and Sun Pharma were the top gainers, rising up to 0.82 per cent. In the previous session on Monday, the BSE bourse ended 323.71 points, or 0.84 per cent, lower at 38,276.63. The NSE Nifty too dropped 100.35 points to settle below the 11,500 level at 11,497.90.last_img read more

Moroccan Actor Escapes Brussels Terrorist Attacks

By Abdelghafour HalimiCasablanca – The Moroccan actor, Amine Ennaji revealed in a Facebook post today that a change of travel plans allowed him to escape potential tragedy, referring to the multiple terrorist attacks in Brussels, two of which took place at its airport, that occurred earlier today. So far, 34 are reported dead as a result of the attacks.The Moroccan actor, who was traveling in Belgium, posted a statement on his Facebook page stating that he was in need of an airplane ticket from Brussels to Casablanca. However, he changed his destination this morning, choosing to take the metro to Amsterdam, where he flew out of Schiphol Airport.Following the attacks, Ennaji wrote in a Facebook post “I was lucky that I flew from Amsterdam this morning.” read more

Professor and author to share UNESCOs Arab culture prize

7 October 2008An Egyptian professor and a Portuguese author will each receive this year’s Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. Professor Gaber Asfour and the writer Adalberto Alves were chosen on the recommendation of an international jury that considered 33 candidates presented by 20 countries, according to a press release issued by UNESCO.Dr. Asfour, who teaches at several Arab, European and United States universities and is the current head of the National Translation Foundation in Cairo, plays a key role in disseminating Arab culture around the world, UNESCO noted.“His highly original literary criticism has gained international recognition,” the agency said. “A champion of intercultural dialogue, he has promoted values such as women’s rights, respect for others, creative diversity and tolerance.”Mr. Alves, who heads the Centre for Luso-Arab Studies of Silves, Portugal, is now working on a dictionary of Portuguese words of Arab origin. He also heads a committee that helped create the Foundation of Arab Memory, served as vice-president of the Portuguese-Arab Cooperation Institute and was a member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Foundation of Arab-Islamic Heritage.“His work has inspired many Portuguese and Spanish writers and has contributed to the dissemination of the history of Arab culture of Portugal’s Muslim era [the Gharb al-Andalus],” UNESCO said.A monetary prize of $30,000 each and the awards will be presented to the two laureates in a ceremony at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 17 November.The Sharjah Prize was created by the Executive Board of UNESCO with funds provided by the Sharjah Government in the United Arab Emirates in 1998 to honour individuals or groups that have contributed in a significant way to the development, dissemination and promotion of Arab culture in the world, as well as to the preservation of Arab cultural heritage. read more

Obama praises confirmation of Cordray as director of consumer financial office

by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 1:26 pm MDT WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed Richard Cordray’s long-awaited confirmation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying his installation gives consumers a stronger footing “for years to come” in dealings with banks and credit card companies.Obama, the beneficiary of a Senate agreement Tuesday that cleared the way for a number of his nominations, said Cordray’s confirmation eliminates any lingering doubts about the authority of the consumer agency, whose creation was one of the key features of a 2010 financial regulation law and has long been a point of contention with Republicans.Cordray’s confirmation and his swearing in by Vice-President Joe Biden Wednesday morning culminate a drawn out fight between Obama on the one hand and the financial industry and GOP lawmakers on the other over the authority of the agency. Republicans have sought to alter the agency’s structure and the means by which it is financed to give Congress greater control.“For two years, Republicans in the Senate refused to give Rich a simple yes or no vote, not because they didn’t think he was the right person for the job, but because they didn’t like the law that set up the consumer watchdog in the first place,” Obama told an audience of about 60 people gathered in the White House’s State Dining Room.Among those in attendance was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who conceived the idea of a consumer agency while she was a Harvard Law School professor. Initially touted for the director’s job, Warren was perceived as too polarizing and Obama instead chose Cordray for the post.Cordray and Warren embraced warmly Wednesday after Obama’s remarks.Cordray thanked Obama and senators for his confirmation. “It’s all I ever asked for, all I ever worked for was the chance to have an up or down vote on the merits,” he said.Creation of the bureau was one of the key features of a 2010 financial regulation law and it has long been a point of contention with Republicans.Obama last year placed Cordray in the job through an appointment when the Senate was not fully in session. Republicans have challenged the appointment arguing that the Senate was not officially in recess to permit Obama to act on his own.Obama, noting that he took matters into his own hands, said Wednesday that “without a director in place the CFPB would have been severely hampered.”In one of its major actions, the agency last year ordered three credit card companies — American Express, Discover and Capital One — to refund more than $400 million to about six million customers for using what it said were pressure or misleading tactics.Obama also gave credit to the agency for addressing more than 175,000 consumer complaints, for helping simplify credit card forms and giving students and parents more information before taking out student loans.Cordray’s confirmation was part of a deal in the Senate to dislodge a number of Obama nominations that had faced Republican opposition. The Senate voted 66-34 to confirm Cordray, the first in a series of votes planned this week on a total of seven Obama nominees to various Cabinet departments and agencies.On Wednesday, the chamber planned to vote on Fred Hochberg to be president of the Export-Import Bank. Votes on Labor Secretary-designate Tom Perez and Gina McCarthy, Obama’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, could also come by the end of the week.The deal averted a pitched struggle over changing the Senate rules that effectively require 60-vote thresholds instead of the 51-vote simple majority to win confirmation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Obama praises confirmation of Cordray as director of consumer financial office read more

SKM electrical engineer recognised for IPCC work in Australia and Brazil

first_imgAn electrical engineer with engineering and project delivery group Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has won the prestigious AW Roberts Award, which was presented by the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH), in a ceremony held in Sydney, Australia in November 2013. Jacob Power won the ASBSH AW Roberts Award, named after industry leader Alan Roberts, “which recognises the achievements and notable contribution of a young person in bulk materials handling in the areas of research, design and/or practice.” Power was recognised for his particular expertise in the design of materials handling projects and IPCC for major projects undertaken by SKM in Queensland and Brazil.SKM’s General Manager for Mining and Metals, Phil Lory, noted that “Jacob’s contributions to SKM’s work for clients’ coal and iron ore projects in Queensland and Brazil have been outstanding, and demonstrate the high level of skills of young engineers in the profession. Jacob continues to make a significant contribution on all projects with which he is involved at SKM.” Chief Electrical Engineer at SKM, Greg Brown said: “Jacob is an invaluable member of the SKM Electrical Engineering team, contributing a significant level of expertise to the research, design and practices of the group.” Power joined SKM in 2007 after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Mathematics and is currently undertaking an integral role as the Electrical Asset Manager as part of a Brisbane-based SKM team to deliver the truckless component of Vale’s S11D project in Brazil.In 2011, Mr Power was nominated to take part in SKM’s Future Leaders Program. The program is specially created to harness and develop the leadership skills of SKM staff with five to ten years’ professional experience. He is currently participating in a mentoring program for high potential staff at SKM.last_img read more

Goldlinks blockchain tie up with Mongolian gold mine

first_imgGlobal gold industry blockchain alliance, Goldlinks, has concluded a strategic partnership with Erd Khul LLC, a gold mine in Mongolia. The partnership covers cooperation on mining, the creation of gold-backed digital assets, mine acquisitions, and more. The tie-up is the latest in a succession of important partnerships for Goldlinks, and indicates Erd Khul’s enthusiasm for the synergies made possible by gold-backed digital currencies.Erd Khul is located in Zaamar District, Töv Province, Mongolia. The mine occupies a total area of 2,243 ha, has proven gold reserves of 50 t, and a monthly output of 150 kg, expandable to over 500 kg.Recently, Goldlinks unveiled a gold-backed digital currency called Global Gold Cash (GGC) that runs on a blockchain and is backed by physical gold. Currently, 100 GGC is equal to 1 g of physical gold of 99.9% purity. As an up-and-coming ‘stablecoin’ that is backed by gold, GGC recently found itself in the media spotlight after it became the world’s first digital currency to be used in international trade settlement.Under this new strategic partnership, Erd Khul expressed its approval of Goldlinks’ philosophy and vision and pledged to work together to digitize its 50 t in gold reserves. This physical gold will be used by Goldlinks to back the issuance of GGC, helping to lend the tokens greater credibility.In addition, Erd Khul agreed to accept payment in GCC from Goldlinks users for products and services provided by the mine and its subsidiaries. This offers a compelling usage case for the currency as a medium of exchange in commercial applications.The agreement also calls for the establishment of a joint digital currency investment fund that will invest in high-quality digital currency projects worldwide to promote the digitization of gold by mine owners. Backed by physical reserves, future production, and mining rights, gold-backed blockchain tokens are expected to have a profound impact on the world’s financial, blockchain, and digital currency sectors.Also of note is that Erd Khul may allow users to trade Global Gold Token (GGT), a gold community digital currency issued by Goldlinks, in exchange for shares in its gold mine. This could make GGT the world’s first digital currency that can be used to acquire a mining stake.GGT is a utility token issued to community members by Goldlinks that records member rights, including the right to buy gold at a discount, invest in gold mines, vote on projects, and reap the rewards of the Goldlinks business ecosystem. At the time of going to press, one GGT token was trading at around $1.21 on BitForex.last_img read more

PS Vita usable as PlayStation 3 controller or Wii Ustyle display

first_imgSony has revealed at the Develop Conference that its upcoming PSP successor, the PlayStation Vita, could be used as a PlayStation 3 controller and that it will be up to developers to determine how the two systems interact.Sony Europe R&D manager Phil Rogers listed a number of possibilities, which he called “a few boring technical ideas.”  The first was a Wii U-esque use of the Vita’s screen to display a PS3 game. He mentioned that the PS3 could be doing graphics processing and sending the “fancy graphics” over to the Vita. A “rich experience on Vita” comes without sacrificing the PS3’s CPU, he said.Another possibility was using the Vita as a controller for the PS3. This would enable the bigger console to take advantage of the Vita’s unique features, including the touch surfaces on front and back as well as the portable’s gyroscopes.These possibilities, which will be made available as options to developers working on Sony platforms, tie in to a bigger Sony effort to promote same-title, cross-platform gaming on the PS3 and Vita. At the conference, Rogers demonstrated Wipeout 2048 communicating with the PlayStation 3 racer Wipeout HD. Eurogamer, which attended the conference, noted that performance was better on the PS3 but that the Vita version wasn’t bad at all.The PlayStation Network has been presented in this context as a cloud service to link gameplay experiences across platforms. Players will be able to access data such as save games and scoreboards from either platform. Sony has taken care to ensure that “it doesn’t break the PS3 experience,” citing the large number of PS3 owners.In an interesting twist, Rogers detailed a PS Vita feature called Continuation Play. Not unlike the “Transfaring” feature in upcoming Konami games, Continuation Play allows users to start playing a PS3 game and then pick it up while on the move on Vita. The system will be supported by Title User Storage, which puts 1MB on Sony servers for save games visible from both the PS3 and Vita. As Rogers put it, players can play a game at home, “take it on the train and continue.” The feature has already been announced for Ruin, a Diablo-esque RPG, and Rogers teased that more games using the feature “probably” exist. Sony will also make it possible for PS3 developers to patch in these features to existing PS3 games.Data will be transferred through the PlayStation Network, or Wi-Fi when both systems are on the same access point. “You don’t need fancy cables,” Rogers claimed. “It just works,” he added.Remote Play, a feature for streaming gameplay from the home console seen on the PSP, will also be present in Vita. Rogers claims to have seen an early version running and said it “look[s] good.” The feature will be available at launch.The Nintendo 3DS was recently mooted to support greater interaction with the Wii U, such as being used as an additional controller for the console, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata downplayed the potential for fear of turning customers away.The PS Vita will likely hit retail shelves in late October.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Gardaí discover loaded pistol and shotgun cartridges during searches in west Dublin

first_imgThe contribution of the defence forces has been invaluable in these searches. Apr 26th 2019, 7:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23 Comments Short URL 17,927 Views Friday 26 Apr 2019, 7:39 PM Image: Garda Press Office GARDAÍ AND MEMBERS of the Defence Forces conducting searches related to gangland activity in west Dublin have discovered a gun and ammunition. As part of an on ongoing operation into feuding gangs in the Corduff area, searches were carried out at a waste ground in the vicinity of the Riversdale Community College and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.During the search, a loaded Makarov 9mm pistol and silencer was located. At a separate location the search team discovered nine shotgun cartridges and four 9mm bullets. Commenting on the find, Superintendent Liam Carolan of Blanchardstown said:“The search carried out today resulted in another firearm being taken off the streets.“This is the second joint operation carried out by Gardaí from Blanchardstown, assisted by our colleagues from the Defence Forces, in which firearms have been recovered.center_img By Cormac Fitzgerald The loaded pistol discovered today. Share Tweet Email1 Gardaí discover loaded pistol and shotgun cartridges during searches in west Dublin Gardaí said the weapon and ammunition seized will be forwarded for ballistic testing. The loaded pistol discovered today. Image: Garda Press Office Gardaí said the weapon and ammunition seized will be forwarded for ballistic testing.last_img read more

Greek Parliament passes multibill

first_imgAgainst a backdrop of street protests, strikes, occupations of public buildings and left and right wing opposition in Parliament, and after a few minor last minute amendments to the 109 articles multi bill, the New Democracy-PASOK Greek Government managed to pass this morning through Parliament another austerity bill. The bill voted in by 153 MP’s in the 300-seat Greek Parliament was a prerequisite imposed by the troika in order to unlock another instalment of nearly 7 billion euros to Greece. The bill that, amongst other, obliges the Greek government to fire 15,000 public employees by the end of 2014 and transfer 12,500 to other jobs was passed hours before the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble arrives in Athens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece creates platform for Airbnb tax

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Airbnb lodged properties should be declared or face a hefty fine. According to a report printed in daily Greek financial paper Naftemporiki, the independent public revenues authority of Greece is about to launch an online platform for owners leasing residential lodgings on a short-term basis. Registration will be mandatory and it will provide property owners with a certification number, which should be declared on any digital platform, website and social media where it is advertised – including the Airbnb website. The platform will demand the declaration of the property, the names of the renters and the duration of the lease, or otherwise face a fine of up to €5,000 (AUD $7580.13). According to tourism industry experts, this measure is aimed to appease the official tourist lodging sector (hotels, and rooms-to-let), facing unfair competition by shared economy newcomers, such as Airbnb. Tax authorities also aim to collect revenue from people who put their property for lease on Airbnb, a practise that is becoming more and more widespread in crisis-stricken Greece, providing people with alternative sources of income.last_img read more

Les débris de satellites autour de la Terre sont un risque pour

first_imgLes débris de satellites autour de la Terre sont un risque pour les communicationsUn rapport du Pentagone, envoyé en mars 2010 au Congrès américain et non publié jusqu’à présent, estime que l’accumulation de débris de l’activité spatiale humaine autour de notre planète entraîne des risques croissants de collision avec des satellites. Avec, à la clé, un arrêt possible de toutes communications sur Terre… Bharath Gopalaswamy, un spécialiste indien en aéronautique, auteur de recherches sur les débris spatiaux à l’Institut International de recherches pour la paix à Stockholm, évalue à plus de 370.000 le nombre de débris divers dans l’orbite basse de la terre (LEO), à une distance de 800 à 1.000 kilomètres de la planète environ, où évoluent 1.100 satellites.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn février 2009, la collision entre un satellite russe abandonné et un satellite d’Iridium Communications Inc a laissé quelque 1.500 débris fonçant autour de la Terre à 7,7 kilomètres par seconde. En janvier 2007, lors d’un  test, un missile chinois a détruit un satellite, dispersant 150.000 débris dans l’atmosphère.Chacun de ces débris peut détruire un satellite, dont les débris deviennent à leur tour une menace. Une réaction en chaîne qui pourrait un jour nous priver de téléphone, de télévision, de GPS et de prévisions météo. Sans parler du danger physique potentiel pour les astronautes. C’est pourquoi l’Office des Nations unies pour les affaires spatiales (UNOOSA) a publié en 2009 des directives pour la réduction des débris spatiaux, recommandant le déplacement des vaisseaux spatiaux et fusées de lancement hors de l’orbite de la Terre à la fin de leur mission. Le 2 février 2011 à 18:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

County council picks Shawn Henessee for manager

first_imgShawn Henessee The Clark County Council has picked Shawn Henessee to be the next county manager.According to a county news release, on Thursday the council unanimously approved a motion authorizing council Chair Marc Boldt and Interim County Manager Jim Rumpeltes to develop a contract with Henessee.The council’s decision came just a day after holding a forum where the three finalists for the position answered questions from county staff and the public. During the forum, Henessee touted his work as assistant director for Jackson County, a large county in Missouri that includes much of Kansas City. Additionally, he highlighted his service as county administrator for Marinette County, Wis., where he said he helped solve a structural deficit regarding how the county funded roads. A lawyer admitted to the Washington bar, Henessee also mentioned his work at a law firm where he focused on land-use and growth management.Boldt said that the council interviewed the candidates Wednesday afternoon and then met in executive session, a special meeting closed to the public, for nearly two hours. He said the council talked again for an hour on Thursday before making its decision.“He really made an impression on us how he gets out and listens to employees,” said Boldt.Boldt also said that the council appreciated his approach to growth management and planning, as well as his willingness to get into the details of a budget.Boldt said that Henessee’s contract is being negotiated with county Human Resources and he didn’t have details. The county’s previous manager, Mark McCauley, had an annual salary of $169,460 and a monthly car allowance of $400. Previously, Boldt had suggested the county would need to pay $200,000 or more to attract a qualified manager.last_img read more

US Navy parachute team showcases stunts over Youth Fair in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A U.S. Navy parachute team put on a stunning sight over the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition in West Miami-Dade.The team showcased several stunts over the Youth Fair, including free-falling, Wednesday.The demonstration was part of Navy Week in Miami, where several businesses are partnering with the U.S. Navy to participate in several events.“Every demonstration has a little different energy to it. There’s always different challenges. Wind, weather, everything like that always puts a new challenge in every perspective, but every jump gets better and better,” said Andrew Young, one of the team members.Navy Week in Miami will continue through March 31.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cygnus Business Media Completes Fifth and Final Sale

first_imgCygnus has sold its final group of brands to Southcomm Business Media. The deal closes the chapter on Cygnus as a standalone company and ends an 18-month process of bank-directed divestments. Terms of the deal were not released. Update: All of the brands in the transaction, including the ones in the November deal, will operate as a division within Southcomm and continue to use the Cygnus Business Media brand. According to Southcomm CEO Chris Ferrell, “primary operations” will remain at Cygnus’s Fort Atkinson, Wis. headquarters.  Corporate Solutions represented Cygnus in all five deals. The other four deals include: • Ag group sold to American Farm Bureau in August 2013 • Heavy construction group sold to AC Business Media in August 2014 • Residential construction group sold to SOLA Group September 2014 • Public safety group sold to Southcomm in November 2014 Southcomm, a niche publisher of city weeklies and regional magazines in the Southeast and Midwest, also bought  the 11-magazine and 7-trade show public safety group from Cygnus in November. In all, Cygnus has dismantled itself through five divestitures that essentially began when CEO John French joined the company in 2009 just as it emerged from bankruptcy protection. French then directed a 7-month realignment around four affinity groups, setting the company up for its eventual piece-by-piece sell-off. Update: All staff associated with the publications and events, including most of the corporate support staff, will transition to Southcomm. Included in the transaction were 10 trade shows, 10 publications and 5 websites for a collection of brands in the aviation, CPA, printing, automatic merchandising and landscape and facilities markets.last_img read more

Priceless Yupik Art Stolen From YKHC

first_imgThe Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering a reward for information that helps find thirteen pieces of Yup’ik artwork that were stolen from display cases.Download AudioNewton Chase is YKHC’s Vice President of Support Services. He says the items were taken from the Administrative Building, just across the street from the main hospital.“We believe sometime this past weekend someone unknown to us gained entry to the building or remained in the building after-hours on Friday and broke into the display cabinets on each of the floors and removed a number of the priceless pieces of heritage,” said Chase.The thief broke off the ivory loon and left behind the wooden frame. (Photo by Charles Enoch / KYUK)Officials say there is no surveillance footage of the incident because the cameras on each exit were not recording at the time. A YKHC press release says the locks on display cases were picked. YKHC Risk Management Director Linda Weisweaver says none of the displays were damaged and it appears the burglar tried to hide the theft.“All the pieces that they removed were really smaller. The biggest one was probably a foot and a half tall tusk, a walrus tusk that had been carved. The majority of them would fit inside someone’s coat or jacket,” said Weisweaver.Weisweaver says some of the items were taken apart, with only the ivory portion missing. The items taken are estimated to be worth over $11,000.YKHC is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thief or the safe return of the stolen art. In the meantime, they’ve doubled their security detail.Officials ask anyone with information to contact the Bethel Police Department.For images and descriptions of the stolen items click here.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday June 25 2018

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 and on Twitter @aprnListen nowDuring Eielson visit, Defense Secretary Mattis highlights Alaska’s strategic military roleTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksMattis spoke at a news conference this morning at Eielson Air Force Base, after a tour of the missile-defense facility at Fort Greely.Kodiak-based Coast Guard intercepts illegal Chinese fishing vesselDaysha Eaton, KMXT – KodiakAn illegal fishing vessel was intercepted off the coast of Japan with 80 tons of chum salmon and one ton of squid onboard.Hundreds of fisherman urge President Trump to get involved in Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiationsEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaOver 200 fishermen and supporters gathered at Eliason Harbor in Sitka on Sunday with signs and voice raised. They made a direct appeal to President Donald Trump to get involved with Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiations.Gov. Walker signs bill to help villages run background checks on policeKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThe bill allows the Alaska Police Standards Council to work with villages to conduct background checks for future police officers. But for village police officers, it will be voluntary.Report: Tsunami response system has flaws in warning of disastersCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA magnitude 7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska rattled the state in the early morning hours of January 23rd, setting into motion a series of various emergency warnings and tsunami evacuations. In the end, a destructive tsunami never materialized, but the response revealed some flaws in how Alaskans get warned about possible disasters.Two Alaska projects selected for federal marine energy innovation grant fundsRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksThe grant money comes from the Department of Energy and is part of a larger award to support innovation in marine energy generation.Guiding peers on the path to recovery from addictionAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe path to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be long, arduous, and isolating. Now people in the Mat-Su Valley have a new place to start the journey — and guides to help them along the way.last_img read more

Enchanted Capital

first_imgWhen we think about magic, we think of a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat. Delhi Tourism’s third International Magic Festival presented the history of Indian magic to the audience along with experts dishing out pointers about being a mentalist.Audience consisting of mainly children along with their parents were amused to see magicians pulling things of thin air. They also got a chance to learn a few magic tricks themselves in the magic teaching classes conducted by the organisers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The crowds was thrilled to witness the variety and the quality of magic acts in the festival. The street magic shows and stand-up magic shows were on throughout the day.  Day two was marked by performance of various mentalists and their elaborate explanations about their art; they follow a doctrine that says that the mind is the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind’s awareness. A fancy dress competition was conducted on the theme of Halloween, magic and tourism where children were dressed as various spooky characters and magicians as well. It was followed by a magic competition for below 16-year-old children.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe performances by International Magicians from Malaysia and Poland starred  as the biggest attraction during the festival. Magic Quest from Malaysia performed a Classical Magic act which was based on Indian music while magician Jakub from Poland enthralled the audience with his unique stand up comedies.A special exhibition area was devoted to showcasing the artefacts of magic. The festival concluded on 29 September. Sunday with prize distributions and some more magical performances. We can’t wait for next year!last_img read more

Your neighbourhood may make you obese

first_imgMoving to a neighbourhood with a high obesity rate is likely to make a person become overweight, say researchers who suggest that your social circles can inadvertently influence your weight. “Social contagion in obesity means that if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese,” said Ashlesha Datar, a senior economist at University of Southern California in the US. “In other words, living in a community where obesity is more common can make sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating and overweight or obesity more socially acceptable,” said Datar, one of the authors of the study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfObesity is linked to many factors, including eating and exercise habits, genetics and the environment. Research shows that living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities, but this association has been challenging for scientists to explain. Researchers studied military families to assess whether living in communities with greater obesity increased their own risk of being overweight or obese. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMilitary families, they reasoned, cannot choose where they live –rather, they are assigned to installations. Some of those installations are in counties with higher rates of obesity. “We found that the families assigned to installations in counties with higher obesity rates were more likely to be overweight or obese than those assigned to installations in counties with lower rates of obesity,” Datar said. The researchers recruited families of US Army personnel at 38 military installations in the country to participate in surveys and measurements. In all, 1,314 parents and 1,111 children participated. Three-fourths of the parents and about one-fourth of the children were overweight or obese – reflective of the national rates. Researchers found that the family’s risk of obesity may increase or decrease, depending on the county obesity rate where they live. Moving to a county with a lower rate decreases the family’s chances of becoming overweight or obese. To assess whether shared environments could explain these results, the study accounted for extensive data on the food and activity opportunities in the county and neighbourhood, such as gyms and grocery stores.last_img read more

AP Interview Iran partially opens stadium doors to women

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Molaverdi, a reformist politician and women’s rights activist, said women will be allowed into stadiums to watch men’s matches in specific sports such as volleyball, basketball, handball and tennis. However, she said women still won’t be allowed into soccer, swimming and wrestling matches.The decision has yet to be officially announced, but Molaverdi told the AP that, “a limited number of women, mainly families of national team players,” will be allowed to watch the upcoming volleyball matches as a way of gradually introducing the change.“If it practically happens a few times, the concerns will be completely removed and it will be proven that allowing women to watch men’s sports matches is not problematic,” she said. “Necessary measures need to be taken in order not to spread concern. This is an issue that can be easily managed so that it would not turn into a predicament.”Women generally have been banned from games since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, though foreign women can attend matches of their national teams. Senior clerics have opposed women attending sporting events because male athletes often wearing revealing clothing, and the fans in the crowd sometimes shout obscene chants. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The ban came to worldwide attention last year over the detention of an Iranian-British woman, Ghoncheh Ghavami, who tried to attend a men’s volleyball match between Iran and Italy. Ghavami was detained for several hours and then released, but was arrested again a few days later. She was eventually sentenced to a year in prison for “propagating against the ruling system,” but was freed on bail in November pending an appeal.While Iran’s judiciary has said her case was linked to her work with the opposition, the FIVB, which oversees world volleyball games, called for her release, saying it showed “the need to give men and women worldwide equal rights to participate in sport.” At the same time, the FIVB decided Iran wouldn’t host the Boys’ Under-19 World Championship this year, saying the decision was based solely on technical grounds.In a move to test the waters, some women were allowed inside a stadium last week to watch a men’s basketball match in Tehran. There was no immediate backlash over that, however some hard-liners have threatened to create a public uproar in order to stop women from attending a June 19 match in Tehran between the Iranian national volleyball team and the U.S. team. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A limited number of Iranian women will be allowed to watch Volleyball World League games in Tehran later this month, a senior government official has told The Associated Press, part of a government move to allow women and families to attend male sporting events.Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi, part of the Cabinet of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, said the government hopes to avoid a showdown with hard-liners over the issue. However, the issue already has garnered worldwide attention on Iran with the detention of a British-Iranian woman trying to attend a men’s match last year. Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi sits under portraits of her predecessors in an interview with The Associated Press at her office in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 8, 2015. Molaverdi said a limited number of women will be allowed to watch Volleyball World League games in Tehran later this month as it lifts a ban on Iranian women attending male sporting events. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) Having women at matches may also cut down on fans swearing, Molaverdi said.“Women’s presence and getting families into stadiums will create a sense of formality that can definitely moderate the atmosphere of stadiums and give it a moral spirit,” she said.Meanwhile, Molaverdi said she is seeking to set a gender quota for women in parliamentary elections early next year. Currently, only nine out of 290 lawmakers in Iran’s parliament are women.“That’s less than 3 percent. Gender quotas should be applied for women in the parliament,” she said. “What we have offered is 30 percent of parliament seats” be allocated for women.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2019 8:08 am PDT Syleena Johnson takes sobering look at R. Kelly-penned song In this Jan. 18, 2019 photo, singer and TV personality Syleena Johnson poses for a photo at her home in Alpharetta, Ga. Johnson, who appeared in the reality series “R&B Divas” and co-hosts the TV One daytime talk show, “Sister Circle,” sang the 2001 song, “I Am Your Woman,” which was written and produced by R. Kelly. (AP Photo/Annie Rice) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — “I Am Your Woman” marked a major milestone for Syleena Johnson: It was the major-label debut single for the singer, then in her early 20s, and it was written and produced by R. Kelly, who had not only crafted his own No. 1 hits but also successes for Michael Jackson and others.That was in 2001, when dozens of artists wanted to sing songs written by R. Kelly and when Johnson could happily perform “I Am Your Woman.”Today, she can’t do it. And she won’t.The 42-year-old said she began to look closely at the lyrics behind the song after stories resurfaced about R. Kelly’s alleged abuse of women — which he denies.She says, “No, I didn’t tape the song knowing what I know now, but when you know better, you have to do better.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presslast_img read more