SpiderMan mints over Rs 10 cr on first day

first_imgNew Delhi: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: Far From Home has registered a business of Rs 10.05 crore on its opening day in India. The film released on July 4, 2019. According to the film’s publicist, despite opening on a non-holiday, Spider-Man: Far From Home collected Rs 12.10 crore gross (Net: Rs 10.05 crore). The Jon Watts directorial follows the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. Sony Pictures Entertainment India released the film in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”Hollywood continues to consolidate its presence in India. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ casts its web at the box office. Embarks on a flying start. It opens in double digits and is the biggest opener in the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise India business,” trade expert Taran Adarsh tweeted. According to a film crtitic’s review, Spider-Man: Far From Home is an action packed, road trip-cum-coming of age film. Apart from Holland, the film also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders and Jon Favreau, among others.last_img read more

RCMP charge southern Alberta man after womans horses sold to slaughterhouse

first_imgSTIRLING, Alta. – A man in southern Alberta is facing charges after a woman’s two horses were sold to a slaughterhouse and processed without her knowledge.RCMP say the woman had been boarding her two horses at a farm near Stirling for five years.Last month, a relative of the farm owner told her that he had died and she had to find a new home for the horses by the end of April.When she went to the farm on Saturday to get the horses she was told the animals had been sold.Livestock investigators determined the horses had been sold to a slaughterhouse in Fort MacLeod by a man who claimed to be their owner.Wayne Jubb has been charged with theft, trafficking stolen property and uttering forged documents.Jubb has been released from custody and is to appear in Lethbridge provincial court on May 23.last_img read more

JK Rowling Announces Charity eBook Publication Of The Tales Of Beedle The

first_imgJK Rowling has issued an online message to let readers in the digital world know about the eBook publication of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and encourage them to support the vital work of Lumos.Video: J.K. Rowling Announces eBook version of The Tales of Beedle The Bard to Benefit LumosAnd a moving animation about the work of Lumos, narrated by J.K. Rowling, is available for the first time today.Video: J.K. Rowling: This is LumosThe Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of wizarding fairy tales mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book of the series. J.K. Rowling originally produced an edition of seven handwritten, illustrated manuscripts. In 2007, one was offered at public auction and sold for £1.95 million, setting a record auction price for any modern literary manuscript.Following public demand ‘Beedle’ was published in hardback in 2008 and became the fastest selling book of the year. To date both the auction copy and the published book have raised over £18 million for Lumos.Eight million children globally live in large institutions that deny them individual love and care, can damage their brain development and destroy their understanding of right and wrong.Less than 10% of these children are orphans. Most have families who love them and want them, but they are separated because of poverty or discrimination. When they grow into adults, they struggle to cope in society. Research shows they are: 10 times more likely than their peers to be involved in prostitution 20 times more likely to have a criminal record 500 times more likely to commit suicideLumos works at every level, from international decision makers to individual children, to transform outdated systems. Institutions are replaced with family and community based services, so that all children can have a real chance of a childhood and a future. J.K.Rowling is the Founder and Chair of Lumos.To find out more about the charity, click here.The eBook The Tales of Beedle the Bard price £3.99 is available from the Pottermore Shop.last_img read more

Environment concerns in trade talks with China progressing well says McKenna

first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada and China have made good progress on environmental laws and regulations that are among the barriers to launching official free trade talks.McKenna is in China this week as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trade mission, as well as for meetings of her own aimed largely at connecting Canadian clean tech companies with Chinese enterprises.Trudeau left China on Thursday without officially launching the formal free trade talks the two countries have been working towards, citing issues such as gender, the environment and labour among the sticking points.Some Canadian businesses fear less-stringent Chinese regulations and laws could make it harder for them to compete in a free trade environment.McKenna said Canada has made clear the environment is one of its key issues ahead of launching formal free trade talks with China but she doesn’t think it will be a deal breaker.“I think that is an area we’ve made very good progress over the past few years,” she said.“I think that’s one area where I think we have a lot of common ground and I think we can certainly build on that should we enter into formal trade negotiations. I think both Canada and China see that as a win-win.”McKenna believes China is firmly committed to combating climate change and improving environmental protections, pointing to things like its commitment to the Paris climate accord, its recent development of a national emissions market for carbon-heavy industries, and even its kicking off a Chinese national parks system.She says there are two ministerial-level discussions starting up between Canada and China, on climate change and clean technology growth.Intellectual property protections will be among the issues critical for Canadian clean tech companies and are something she says a free trade agreement could help protect.However she noted there are Canadian companies already operating in China with confidence, pointing specifically to Ballard Power, a British Columbia-based fuel cell manufacturer which has an agreement with a Chinese company.McKenna said one of her roles is to help connect clean tech companies from Canada with the Chinese market, noting it can often take government assistance because businesses in China looking for Canadian technology are state-owned.How a free trade agreement would manage the multitude of state-owned enterprises in China is also one of the barriers to a free trade agreement with the world’s most populous nation.Canada is aligning itself with China and the European Union, hoping to be seen as the world’s leaders on environmental policies, particularly when it comes to climate change. The three are trying to help fill the void left by the United States and the climate change-skepticism of President Donald Trump.But Canada’s international climate diplomacy was dealt a blow this week when its climate change ambassador had to resign her post following a family tragedy. Jennifer MacIntyre was only appointed to the job in June, assigned to help McKenna lead Canada’s international push on climate change policy.But in October, her husband suddenly died, which led to MacIntyre’s decision to step away from the high-profile and travel-heavy role so she could be with her two young daughters.“I’m devastated for her personally,” McKenna said. “She was an excellent climate ambassador.”She said the government will look for someone else to fill the role.“That role is critically important because Canada is seen as a leader on climate action,” said McKenna.“We believe that we need to be showing leadership, especially right now, if the U.S. is going to step back, Canada is going to need to step up more.”— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Crews continuing battle against Buckinghorse fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Wildfire Service crews are continuing the battle against a wildfire that erupted Monday near the Alaska Highway north of Buckinghorse River.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that firefighters are at the scene of the fire, which is located near Trutch Mountain. Reynolds said that an air tanker was used throughout the day Monday to drop water on the fire, which has grown to 6.5 hectares in size, but has not crossed the Alaska Highway. The highway remains open in both directions, with traffic control personnel directing motorists through the heavy smoke in the area.The BC Wildfire Service website does show another fire roughly one kilometre away on the other side of the highway, but Reynolds said that fire is unrelated to the fire near the road, and is being held as a spot fire. Both fires are suspected is having been sparked by lightning after several thunderstorms rolled across Northeast B.C. on Sunday evening.last_img read more

UK PM urged to boycott Sri Lanka

Earlier this month, 27 prisoners were killed during clashes at a prison in Colombo. Opposition parties claim it was a massacre but the government says the deaths happened in exchanges of fire during a riot after prisoners obtained and used weapons. UK officials said it was too early to decide on the matter but it expected Sri Lanka to honour its commitments. At least 100,000 people died in the 26-year war between government authorities and Tamil separatists which ended in 2009.There are still no confirmed figures for the number of civilian deaths in the final stages of the conflict but UN investigations said it was possible up to 40,000 people had been killed in the final five months.A United Nations report leaked to the BBC on Tuesday suggested that the Sri Lankan government had intimidated UN staff at the end of the conflict – claims it denies – and that the UN failed the civilian Tamil population in the final stages of the conflict. ‘More visible’Giving evidence to the committee earlier this year, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said there was little prospect of it reconsidering the summit venue.During a visit to the country in September, Mr Sharma offered Commonwealth support to help Sri Lanka strengthen its institutions to focus on upholding human rights and press for reconciliation and economic development throughout the country.The Foreign Office said it was “too early” to talk about what presence the UK would have at the meeting.“We will look to Sri Lanka to demonstrate its commitment to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and respect for human rights,” a spokesman said.“A key part of this will be to address longstanding issues around accountability and reconciliation after the war.”In their report, the MPs said the Commonwealth’s commitment to protect and enhance its values had given it a “distinctive role” in the international community but its moral authority had too often been “undermined by the repressive actions of its member states”.In principle, the MPs said they backed the creation of a commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law but stressed the Commonwealth Secretariat – its executive body – must be more visible and increase its global influence.They praised the attention given by UK ministers to raising the profile of the Commonwealth in the UK but said the government’s rhetoric about the economic and political value of the organisation was “not being matched by its actions”. (BBC) The PM should not attend unless he had clear evidence of progress, it added. “We conclude that continuing evidence of serious human rights abuses in Sri Lanka shows that the Commonwealth’s decision to hold the 2013 CHOGM meeting in Colombo was wrong,” they said.“The UK prime minister should publicly state his unwillingness to attend the meeting unless he receives convincing and independently verified evidence of substantial and sustainable improvements in human and political rights.”A 2011 report by the Foreign Office cited “frequent” human rights violations – including terrorist suspects being held without charge for long periods, reports of torture in custody, restrictions on freedom of expression and little progress in investigating disappearances of political activists. British Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged by MPs to consider boycotting next year’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in protest at its human rights record.The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said it was wrong for Colombo to host the heads of government meeting amid reports of continuing “serious abuses”. In a report on the UK’s relationship with the 54-member organisation, the cross-party committee said there were “serious questions” about whether the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) should be taking place in Sri Lanka.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already said he will boycott the biennial event in November 2013 unless Sri Lanka’s human rights record improves. MPs applauded his “clear and forthright stance” and urged Mr Cameron to follow suit. read more

Follow me follow you Twitter accounts of 2016 hopefuls can reveal interests

by Brendan Farrington, The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 1:40 am MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that’s a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz’s follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too.Marco Rubio seems open to following everyone under the sun — Democrats, fellow Republicans, insiders of every type and an odd assortment of outliers who offer advice on matters ranging from body-piercing to playing craps and getting out of debt.Using Twitter to get a message out is now a must-do for presidential candidates, but looking at the accounts they follow can be instructive, too. Their follow list can reflect not only their personality and interests, but sometimes their strategy. In Rubio’s case, it seems to reflect a bit of a problem with spam, as well.Overall, their choices reflect an interest in people who think like they do. Few Republicans or Democrats want to follow what people on the other side say. And most — Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders among them — don’t follow most or any of their party rivals.Some candidates rely on hired help to tend their social media affairs, especially those with lots of money and staff, so it’s not always clear who’s doing the tweeting or the following.Trump, though, is known to spend the wee hours lobbing rhetorical bombs at Twitter. Cruz, said spokesman Rick Tyler, “does follow Twitter virtually all day long between events.” John Kasich has orderly lists of Ohio political and media groups, like a clothes closet organized by style and colour. A flood of first-person tweets from others, too, suggests a personal interest in the platform. Jeb Bush, for example, has been tweeting about policy and family since long before his campaign.A recent snapshot of whom the leading presidential candidates were following on Twitter, as of Sunday afternoon, listed in order of who has the most Twitter followers:___Hillary Rodham Clinton (@HillaryClinton)Followers: 4.38 millionFollowing: 290Last account followed: Singer Marc Anthony (@MarcAnthony).Whom she follows: Until a few weeks ago, Clinton almost exclusively followed campaign-related accounts and staff. Since then, she’s expanded her follow list and added several new celebrities.Whom she doesn’t follow: Her Democratic rivals, reporters or media accounts.Notable: Actor Tom Hanks (@tomhanks), singer Katy Perry (@katyperrry), singer Mariah Carey (@MariahCary), comedian Amy Schumer (@amyschumer)___Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Followers: 4.35millionFollowing: 44Last account followed: Katrina Campins (@KatrinaCampins), who appeared on the first season of “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump.Whom he follows: Nearly half are accounts linked to Trump properties and companies. Many of the rest are national news figures or celebrities.Whom he doesn’t follow: His opponents in the presidential campaign, Fox newswoman Megyn Kelly.Notables: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT), NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson), World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player (@garyplayer)___Marco Rubio (@marcorubio)Followers: 886,000Following: 2,554Last account followed: Ethan Demme (@EthanDemme), CEO of a company that provides material for homeschool parents.Whom he follows: Just about anybody and anything. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, tea partiers, business leaders, Florida capital insiders, and a how-to-quit-smoking account.Whom he doesn’t follow: Jeb Bush, his political mentor and 2016 rival.Notables: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll (@CarrollCity), Miami Dolphins running back Jonas Gray (@jgray_ND25)___Rand Paul (@RandPaul)Followers: 693,000Following: 393Last account followed: Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders), a CNN producer.Whom he follows: Republican politicians and strategists, very heavy list of news organizations and national reporters. Unlike most of the GOP candidates, he follows President Barack Obama.Whom he doesn’t follow: Jeb Bush.Notables: Actors James Woods (@RealJamesWoods), Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacy) and John Cusack (@JohnCusack).___Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson)Followers: 700,000Following: 48Last account followed: Budding Nihilist (@JGreenDC), Independent Journal editor.Whom he follows: A mix of conservative news and political accounts and veterans and Christian accounts.Whom he doesn’t follow: Republican presidential rivals, other than Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.Notables: Former NFL coach Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy), boxer Evander Holyfield (@holyfield), Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”___Ted Cruz (@tedcruz)Followers: 518,000Following: 13,840Last account followed: Lauren Beieler (@laurenbeeliner), whose profile reads, “I heart Jesus. Plain and simple. and i like cheese. A lot.”Whom he follows: Lots and lots of people who have one or more of the following as a profile or background photo: an American flag, a Confederate flag, a Don’t Tread on Me Flag or a bald eagle.Whom he doesn’t follow: Nonconservatives, except President Barack Obama — a rare exception.Notables: Old Southern Moonshine Revival (@OSMRmusic), Classic Rock Lyrics (@RockWsdm)___Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina)Followers: 579,000Following: 689Last account followed: American Airlines (@AmericanAir)Whom she follows: A lot of Iowa Republican groups, politicians and media. California tech industry.Whom she doesn’t follow: Republican presidential candidates.Notables: Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers), Maria Shriver (@MariaShriver), BOTeleprompter (@BOTeleprompter), a parody account that pretends to be President Barack Obama’s Teleprompter___Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)Followers: 616,000Following: 1,281Last account followed: Lauren Dezenski (@LaurenDezenski), reporter.Whom he follows: News media, celebrities, labour unions.Whom he doesn’t follow: Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and politicians in general.Notables: Movie director Spike Lee (@SpikeLee), actress Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones), Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial)___Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee)Followers: 411,000Following: 495Last account followed: Katie Couric (@katiecouric)Whom he follows: Christians, flat tax supporters, 2016 rivals Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Bobby JindalWhom he doesn’t follow: 2016 rivals Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Rick SantorumNotables: Arnold Schwarzenegger (@Schwarzenegger), Bill Clinton (@billclinton), Actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise (@GarySinise)___Jeb Bush (@JebBush)Followers: 325,000Following: 193Last account followed: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (@AGAlanWilson).Whom he follows: Florida and national Republican politicians, many of his opponents for president. Many of the Bush clan, including his father.Whom he doesn’t follow: Democrats.Notables: Rapper Pitbull (@pitbull), Pope Francis (@Pontifex), golfer Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman)___John Kasich (@JohnKasich)Followers: 111,000Following: 9,703Last account followed: Joe Sullivan (@JoeSully4) Harvard University director of men’s basketball operation.Whom he follows: Seemingly every Republican member of Congress, Republican clubs from coast to coast, and many people who declare support for his Republican opponents in their background photo.Whom he doesn’t follow: Democrats, except @HillaryClinton; rival Donald Trump.Notables: Boxer Evander Holyfield (@holyfield), “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon)___Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie)Followers: 55,381Following: 175Last follow: The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow)Whom he follows: Heavy mix of Republican politicians, news media and sports and music figures.Whom he doesn’t follow: His opponents in the presidential campaign.Notables: Musicians Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) and Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars), broadcaster Howard Stern (@HowardStern), basketball player LeBron James (@KingJames), Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys)___Follow Brendan Farrington on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/bsfarrington FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Using Twitter to get a message out is now a must-do for presidential candidates, but looking at the accounts they follow can be instructive, too. Their follow list can reflect not only their personality and interests, but sometimes their strategy. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) Follow me, follow you: Twitter accounts of 2016 hopefuls can reveal interests – and strategies read more

Spains leader lauds General Assembly as hub of international system

The President of Spain today hailed the General Assembly as the centre of multilateralism, highlighting its universal nature and the equal status enjoyed within it by all 193 Member States of the United Nations. “This General Assembly is the hub of the international system. Here, we all have the same rights, regardless of our size, population and economic development: this is the organ of the United Nations that embodies the sovereign equality of States,” Mariano Rajoy Brey told the high-level debate of the General Assembly. “Here, we are all permanent members and it is here where multilateralism takes on its full meaning and effect.”Mr. Rajoy said Spain is fully committed to the UN because it subscribes completely to the purposes and principles the Organization embodies. “Our commitment to the United Nations is not mere rhetoric: Spain is the sixth largest contributor to the UN budget, in both mandatory and voluntary contributions,” he noted.Along with its commitment to multilateralism, Spain would like to see a more decisive and efficient Organization, said the President, adding that a key element in this regard is the reform of the Security Council. “This reform can only be achieved from a broad consensus founded on the principles of accountability, transparency and cooperation, seeking to provide greater legitimacy and support for the Council’s actions,” he stated. “It is also necessary to bring the Organization into line with its means and to rationalize resources so that, together, we may achieve more with less,” he said. As such, Spain supported the progress being made toward system-wide coherence within the UN and the concept of ‘delivering as one’.Spain, Mr. Rajoy added, has announced its candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council from 2015 to 2016. “We have a single goal: the defence of human dignity. All our efforts for peace, freedom, democracy, justice, human rights and sustainable development are directed toward that goal.“Spain knows that its defence of human dignity will be more effective through the United Nations, just as the General Assembly of the United Nations knows that, in this endeavour, it can count on Spain.” read more

Ronaldo on target again as Juventus beats Fiorentina 30

MILAN — Juventus extended its lead in Serie A to 11 points after beating Fiorentina 3-0 on Saturday.Rodrigo Bentancur and Giorgio Chiellini scored and Cristiano Ronaldo added a late penalty to condemn Fiorentina to its first defeat of the season.Fiorentina dominated for large periods and tested Wojciech Szczesny several times before Juventus doubled its lead and essentially sealed the result.Second-placed Napoli visits Atalanta on Monday, the day after third-placed Inter Milan travels to Roma.Juventus hosts Inter on Friday.There was a touching moment before the match when Chiellini led Juventus to lay a bouquet of flowers in front of the home fans in tribute to former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who died in March of suspected cardiac arrest at the age of 31.Juventus appealed for a penalty in the 25th minute when Mattia De Sciglio’s cross hit Cristiano Biraghi’s trailing arm but, after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor, the referee ruled it unintentional.The visitors took the lead shortly after and Ronaldo was again involved. The Portugal star took away two defenders with a clever run, allowing Bentancur to play a swift one-two with Paulo Dybala and finish into the bottom right corner.Fiorentina fought hard for the equalizer and went close but Chiellini scored his first goal for two years in the 69th minute.Juve’s second goal came from a rare source, but its third came from a much more natural goalscorer.Fiorentina defender Vitor Hugo blocked Mario Mandzukic’s cross with his hand and Ronaldo stepped up to powerfully dispatch the resulting penalty.It was his 10th goal in his past 11 Serie A matches.Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDaniella Matar, The Associated Press read more

Piers Morgan says ITV is the BBC in reverse because women dominate

first_imgGood Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has criticised the BBC for their gender pay gap ahead of the salaries of their top-paid employees being released.He has claimed the BBC doesn’t practice what it preaches when it comes to equality – and that ITV is leaps and bounds ahead of the state broadcaster in terms of gender fairness.The BBC has admitted that two-thirds of their top-paid employees are men, and it is expected to be revealed that top female journalists and presenters are paid less than their male counterparts.Gesturing to fellow presenters Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins, Mr Morgan said women “dominate” at ITV. A BBC source said: “We look forward to seeing how ITV compares when all large employers have to report their gender pay gap next year.”The leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Sophie Walker, said: “Middle class white guys always say they’re hiring the best person for the job when they hire people who look and sound like them. It can’t be true that there are just more talented men in entertainment.”Of the 96 top names earning £150,000 or more, 62 are male and 34 are female. He also pointed out that the CEO of ITV is a woman. It was recently announced that the former boss of EasyJet, Carolyn McCall, is their new chief executive. The presenter said: “We are the BBC in reverse! We are a shining example of equality – the women dominate on ITV!”Susanna Reid asked whether it was fair that the BBC appears to pay men more than it does women. Releasing the BBC annual report, Lord Hall, the director-general, said: “At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two-thirds are men and one-third are women.“Is that where we want to be? No.”BBC Radio 4 presenter Jane Garvey is set to present a segment on the pay gap on Woman’s Hour this morning.She tweeted: “I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it?”. Pay details of those at BBC who earn over £150K to be released, with 2/3 said to be men. @jonathanshalit @SophieRunning discussing now @GMB— Charlotte Hawkins (@CharlotteHawkns) July 19, 2017 I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it? https://t.co/j2M6oQBqde— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) July 19, 2017 She said: “Does that mean two-thirds of the people at the top of their game are men? Surely it should be equal?”Piers Morgan agreed, saying: “They preach about equality but I’m not seeing much evidence the BBC practices what it preaches!” Exactly. I get paid per word, which is why I never stop talking. https://t.co/VhNnpgxkEV— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 19, 2017 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.last_img read more

AMD LiveBox is an x86 wall plug computer

first_imgIt looks as though computing in 2012 will be dominated by two trends: laptop-tablet hybrids and pint-sized computers. AMD already showed off a dockable tablet design, and they’re offering up a mini PC as well: the LiveBox.The roughly palm-sized computer features an AMD Fusion C-60 APU clocked at 1GHz. It features Radeon 6200 graphics and 1GB of RAM, gigabit Ethernet, two USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and HDMI for video output. There’s even a SIM card slot and it’s wall plug-friendly — no cord or brick required. AMD’s display unit is also equipped with a 64GB SSD. Not a lot of room to spare, to be sure, but it’s easy enough to tap into networked storage or add on an external USB hard drive.While certainly not a powerhouse processor, the C-60 is capable of handling 1080p video playback and moderate gaming. That might make the LiveBox a nice fit for your home theater, though it also looks perfectly suited for use in schools, libraries, and offices — where less-potent chips can handle the workload and space is in short supply.AMD hasn’t said which companies are building systems based on the LiveBox, or indeed if anyone has tapped the reference design yet. They also haven’t offered up pricing details. With internals that match what you might expect to find in a low-end 11-inch Windows laptop, however, it’s a safe bet that the LiveBox could sell for well under $300.The model AMD was showing off had Windows 7 preinstalled, though that could change before the first LiveBox hits retail shelves. If it doesn’t, you’ll still be able to upgrade to Windows 8 if you want to — and at the very reasonable price of $14.99.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Over 80 of Irish people would rather stay in summer time if

first_img Short URL THE VAST MAJORITY of Irish people would favour spending the year in summer time if Ireland scraps Daylight Savings Time, a new poll has revealed. The Claire Byrne Live and TheJournal.ie poll, carried out by Amárach Research, found that 81% of respondents would prefer summer time year round, rather than winter time. The European Parliament voted last week in favour of abolishing seasonal time changes. Summertime arrangements in the EU require clocks to be changed twice per year to cater for the changing patterns of daylight and to take advantage of the available light.If the planned change goes through, that will no longer happen and Europe will stick with the same time all year round. It means that in 2021 we could put our clocks forward, as we’re used to, at the end of March, but then stick with that time into the future without switching back in October. Ireland and other member states are being given a period of 12 months to decide if they’ll stay on summer time or not.The matter has already been put out to public consultation in Ireland, with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan saying he is open to the idea of scrapping clock changes.Staying on summer time – rather than winter time – will mean longer evenings than we’re used to in winter, but it will also mean that it will remain darker for longer in the winter mornings.Only 19% of people surveyed said that they would prefer to stay in winter time. However, sleep expert Dr Annie Curtis of the RCSI TheJournal.ie that from a health point of view, permanent wintertime would be preferable.  We delved into the issue a lot more in our most recent episode of the Explainer podcast:You can listen wherever you get your podcasts or via SoundCloud below – you can also head straight to iTunes, Spotify, Acast, PodBean, Podcast Republic, and Stitcher.  Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM Apr 3rd 2019, 6:10 AM Share176 Tweet Email 17,475 Views Image: Shutterstock/KenosisDre Over 80% of Irish people would rather stay in summer time if the clocks stop changing twice a year The European Parliament voted last week in favour of abolishing seasonal time changes. center_img Image: Shutterstock/KenosisDre https://jrnl.ie/4572492 64 Comments Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudWith reporting from Daragh Bropy By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

first_imgWASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by a seemingly unending string of scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations.In a resignation letter released to media outlets, Pruitt expressed no regret for any actions he had taken since being tapped by Trump to lead EPA last year.“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt wrote. “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”Pruitt had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. Trump gave him and other officials a brief shout-out, offering no sign of any immediate change in his job.Trump said in a tweet that Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry executive, will assume the acting administrator position Monday.Pruitt’s resignation came days after two of his former senior staffers spoke to House oversight committee investigators and revealed new, embarrassing details in ethics allegations against Pruitt.last_img read more

World Oceans Day Beach Cleanups Held Borough Wide

first_imgMore than 1,000 events were scheduled nationwide. Many people attended beach cleanups or information sessions, while others made art installations and attended ocean-themed exhibitions. In Homer, Jodee Lynn, founder of the Alaskan Ocean Cleanup Crew in Homer hosts events weekly: “I moved here two years ago and I had the intention when I moved up here to do something for the environment, and I really wanted to do something with the ocean in particular. Since I started the group I’ve had people contact me, and coming out to help clean the beaches. At our last event we got a lot of trash.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享World Oceans Day aims to raise awareness with a series of events. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival, organizers with the Alaska SeaLife Center say.center_img ASLC was one of many organizations out this weekend picking up trash and cleaning up along the beaches of the Kenai Peninsula. People across the Kenai on Saturday gathered to clean up beaches and celebrate the importance of oceans in honor of World Oceans Day.last_img read more

Repair season under way on just about every road in Alaska

first_imgWorkers and equipment will be busy on roadways throughout the state over the next few months, to get as much done as possible during Alaska’s short construction season.(KTOO photo)The Alaska Department of Transportation’s summer road-construction season has begun, with major projects in Fairbanks and on both the Richardson and Parks highways. Crews are hustling to get as much work done as possible during the short construction season.Listen nowBreakup is done and greenup is well under way. And so is the summer road-construction season.“It is the beginning of construction season for us,” state Transportation department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said. “This is definitely when you see people and projects really kicking off. So, you’ll notice just about every road in Alaska you’ll see a construction project.”Bailey said most of the work motorists will encounter in northern Alaska are maintenance projects. Like, the one that got under way Monday on a stretch of the Richardson Highway from Birch Lake to Delta Junction, beginning in an area just east of Tenderfoot Hill, where permafrost buckles have turned the roadway into a sort of roller-coaster.“For the next 10 days or so, you’ll see our crews out there,” Bailey said. “They will be working on resurfacing the road in areas where the pavement is starting to disintegrate.”Bailey said that and other preventive-maintenance projects are intended to fix such immediate problems as potholes and frost heaves – and to make the road surface last longer.“The goal there is really to extend the life of the surface, so that we don’t have to go in and do a costly reconstruction,” Bailey said. “We’re just extending the life by doing this patching job.”Bailey said the department will do only a few road-construction projects this summer in northern Alaska, like the work on Noble Street in Fairbanks. And on a stretch of the Parks Highway north of Denali Village, the tourist attraction just outside the park, where the department will resume work begun last year on a wall to block rockslides from reaching the roadway.“Last year, when we went in and stabilized the slope and we removed any of the rocks that weren’t very stable,” Bailey said. “And this year, we’ll repave that area.”Bailey said the department has a few more road-maintenance and construction projects farther south on the Parks, around Wasilla, and on the Glenn and Seward highways around Anchorage and on the Kenai. On the Richardson Highway, there’ll be work under way around Banner Creek, near the Fairbanks North Star Borough boundary. Also around the junction of the Tok Cutoff and, at the other end, where it intersects with the Alaska Highway. And, near the junction of the Rich and Edgerton highways, about 80 miles north of Valdez.Bailey said motorists should approach the work sites slowly and proceed carefully.“Slow down, make sure that you’re not talking on your cellphones and that you’re focused on the road,” Bailey said. “Follow the signs, and pay attention to the workers and the equipment.”Bailey said motorists can check a couple of websites to find out where road work is under way. They are 511.alaska.gov and alaskanavigator.org.last_img read more

55 kids injured as high tension wire falls on school

first_imgBalrampur, July 16: Fifty five school children suffered burn injuries, four of them seriously, when a high tension wire fell on a school in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district. The incident occurred on Monday, when an 11,000 KV high tension wire fell on the Vishnupur government primary school premises in Utraula. The injured were rushed to a private hospital and some to the district hospital in Balrampur. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us There were around 100 children in the school when the 11,000 KV high tension wire snapped and fell on roof of the school building due to which current ran through the entire building causing the injuries. Further casualties were averted as the power was immediately cut off from the high tension wire. As soon as the news of the accident spread in the area, angry parents of the students rushed to the school accusing the administration of criminal neglect. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Balrampur District Magistrate Krishna Karunesh immediately terminated the services of one contractual lineman, suspended a skill coolie and has proposed a departmental enquiry against the concerned junior engineer. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed the Balrampur district magistrate to ensure the best possible treatment for the school children. Advertise With Us He has also asked the Project Director of the Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam to find out the cause for the accident and submit his report within 24 hours so that action can be taken against the guilty. Adityanth has also instructed the Principal Secretary Power and Managing Director of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation to launch a state-wide campaign to raise awareness about the security of high tension wires and ensure their proper maintenance so that such incidents were not repeated.last_img read more

Im here 247 Rohingya youths share their stories on social

first_imgKULUPALONG: When Mohammad Rafiq spotted two Rohingya refugee girls dusting their faces with circles of traditional thangka powder under the warm morning light, he quickly took out his smartphone to capture the moment. The 19-year-old budding photographer, who fled to Bangladesh in August 2017 after a military crackdown in Myanmar, uses his mobile phone to record the daily lives of nearly one million stateless Rohingya in a vast camp in southern Bangladesh. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “I loved the photo instantly as it reflects our culture and the innocence of the little girls who barely want to remember the crisis we are facing,” Rafiq told AFP. Rafiq is among some 30 Rohingya youths selected by the World Food Programme for its “Storytellers” project. For two weeks, they are taught smartphone photo and video-shooting techniques — such as understanding light, exposure and angles — as well as writing skills. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The refugees then share their stories directly with the public through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with audiences around the world posting comments and asking questions. “The idea behind it is to be able to hand back the narrative to the people that we are already assisting,” WFP spokeswoman Gemma Snowdon told AFP. The Storytellers Page on Facebook has more than 30,000 followers and includes similar schemes rolled out in Chad and Uganda. Advertise With Us All the Rohingya posters have a similar goal — to share with the outside world the raw, emotional ups and downs they face living in the world’s largest refugee camp. Minara, who was four months’ pregnant when she fled Myanmar, shares videos of how refugees are given ropes to tie their makeshift tarpaulin roofs to bamboo poles so they are not blown away by strong winds. Another post, by Hafsa Aktar, is a heartrending letter to her father who was left behind, in which she writes of the difficult conditions in the camp and her deep longing to return to her homeland. Life through the lens Being able to take photos again has put a spring in the steps of Rafiq, who wanted to continue his schooling after the 10th grade in Myanmar but was blocked by authorities. When he was 15, Rafiq’s father bought him his first-ever smartphone as a present. Thrilled with the device, he explored his town in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, taking photos of everything he loved. But Rafiq’s life was turned upside down in 2017 when the brutal army campaign drove some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims across the border to Cox’s Bazar, where another 200,000 refugees were already living in squalid camps. During the arduous journey to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence, the teenager lost his favourite possession — his smartphone. “I arrived in Bangladesh with my mother and three younger siblings after 10 days of harrowing walks through the hills,” Rafiq recalled as he sat in a shanty inside the camp. “I wish I could have captured the moments of anguish we had to suffer on our way out of Myanmar.” Now Rafiq is becoming a star on Facebook through his photos. In one post that has attracted some 180,000 views, Rafiq captures a woman meditating during the month of Ramadan to show how the Muslim minority are now free to practise their religion even as they grapple with the hardships in the cramped shelters. “International media is covering the stories in the camps but they are not here 24/7 but I am,” he said, adding that his stories were more authentic. “People learn from my stories that we are seeking justice and want to return home.” On some days, Rafiq walks to a vantage point in the camps where he can see the hills of Myanmar shrouded by clouds in the distance, and thinks of home. “I see flashbacks of how my friends and I used to roam around the place. I feel very sad,” he said, adding that he hopes to return one day and be a photojournalist. “That will be the fulfilment of my dream.”last_img read more

From Smriti Irani to Jaya Prada Sexist jibes against women at alltime

first_imgUnion Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani addresses a press conference at the party’s headquarter in New Delhi, on Feb 5, 2019.IANSWith the elections just around the corner, campaigning across the country is heating up and along with it, no politician is leaving any chance to take a shot at their opponent. Politicians are doing and saying whatever they can to portray their superiority over their opponents.However, this comes with a plethora of sexist remarks against women with men commenting on their clothes, attire and even going to the extent of slut-shaming them.Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was the latest victim of sexist commentary when PRP leader Jaydeep Kawade said that the size of the bindi on Irani’s forehead indicates the number of husbands she has.”Smriti Irani sits beside Gadkari and talks about changing the Constitution. Let me tell you a thing about Smriti Irani. She wears a big bindi on her forehead and someone told me that when a woman changes her husbands frequently, the size of her bindi keeps growing,” Kawade was quoted as saying by India Today.He added, “Smriti ji, who is a minister for Gadkari and Modi, sits in the Parliament and talks about changing the Constitution, but she should remember that changing the Constitution is not as easy as changing your husband.” Ramya HaridasTwitterUnfortunately, Irani was not the only victim of sexist jibes. Recently, Ramya Haridas, the candidate from United Democratic Front (UDF), had called out Left Democratic Front (LDF) leader A Vijayaraghavan for insulting her when he spoke about her visiting Indian Union Muslim League leaders and now, he doesn’t know what will happen to her.Vijayaraghavan made this remark on Monday evening at a rally in the Malappuram district. Earlier, Haridas visited IUML chief Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab and later she called on the party’s secretary general PK Kumhalikutty. Vijayaraghavan was inferring to the infamous ice cream parlour sex scandal in the 90s and PK Kumhalikutty’s name was associated with the incident.Haridas demanded a video of Vijayaraghavan’s remarks. He received flak from all corners for his distasteful comments on Haridas. Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy condemned the remarks and demanded Vijayaraghavan to make a public apology to Haridas. He also that the remarks were an insult to women in Kerala and outside, reports The Hindu. Pinarayi Vijayan worse than women?Kerala has been in the eye of the storm for having many sexist remarks in their campaign speeches. The New Indian Express reported that senior Congress leader K Sudhakaran called Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan as a person “worse than women”. He said this in January while talking to party workers at Kasaragod.He had said, “When Vijayan assumed office, I thought he will do much like a man, but it turns out that he is worse than women.”However, Sudhakaran defended himself telling that he was misquoted and had nothing but respect for women.So the question is that when female politicians are targeted in speeches, why should their gender, clothes, and looks be targeted? When male politicians are called out, their ideologies, policies, decisions and gaffs are also talked about. But when it comes to women, they are slut-shamed, their character is questioned and it is mostly about them being promiscuous.Don’t they have more to them than just their gender? Former MP Jaya Prada joins BJP.Twitter/ANIJaya Prada to entertain with thumkas and ghungroosFor example, Samajwadi Party leader Firoz Khan had said on March 28, Thursday, that Jaya Prada, the recent addition to the Bharatiya Janata Party could “enthral the people of Rampur with her ghungroos and thumkas,” reports India Today.The remarks outraged the National Commission for Women (NCW) who demanded an explanation. “The remarks are not only sexist but also extremely offensive, unethical and shows disrespect towards the dignity of women in general,” the NCW undersecretary Barnali Shome told reporters.A notice was issued to Khan which asked him to provide the NCW with an explanation albeit a satisfactory one for his remarks.These instances are just a few examples of the multitudes of times women have been targeted in speeches for their looks, gender and clothes. BSP chief MayawatiReutersBSP supremo Mayawati was accused of dying her hair and having facials and because of that, she couldn’t call out Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his lifestyle. The remarks were made by Surendra Singh, a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia.Congress also wasn’t spared. Surendra Singh, who is no stranger to making sexist and derogatory remarks, insulted dancer Sapna Chaudhary and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi.According to ANI, he said in Hindi, “Rahul’s mother was also in the same profession in Italy and his father made her his own. He (Rahul Gandhi) should also take the family tradition forward and make Sapna his own.”Sapna clapped back at him with a tweet. She wrote, “Rahul Gandhi is like my elder brother. But this BJP legislator’s cheap thought has got me thinking. The statement from the legislator of a national party is highly disgraceful and condemnable. Is insulting women his culture?”last_img read more

Samsonite offers to buy premium luggage group Tumi for 18 billion

first_imgSamsonite International S.A. said on Friday it would buy Tumi Holdings Inc for $26.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valuing Tumi at $1.8 billion, as the world’s biggest luggage group expands into the premium segment.”It will meaningfully expand our presence in the highly attractive premium segment of the global business bags, travel luggage and accessories market,” Samsonite Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Tainwala said in a statement.Denver-found Samsonite said it would fund the deal through bank financing and the transaction was expected to close in the second half of 2016 subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals.With about 2,000 points of distribution across 75 countries, Tumi’s net sales increased 4 percent year-on-year in 2015 to $548 million, of which North America accounted for 68 percent.The deal price represents a 38 percent premium to New Jersey-based Tumi’s volume weighted average price of $19.34 for the five days up to and including March 2, the statement said.Morgan Stanley Asia Ltd acted as financial adviser to Samsonite, and Goldman Sachs & Co. acted as financial adviser to Tumi.Trading in Samsonite shares, which was suspended on Thursday afternoon, will resume on Friday.last_img read more

Couple finds evidence indicating earliest humans lived by rivers and streams

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Journal information: Nature Communications This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: River-margin habitat of Ardipithecus ramidus at Aramis, Ethiopia 4.4 million years ago, Nature Communications 2, Article number: 602 doi:10.1038/ncomms1610AbstractThe nature and type of landscape that hominins (early humans) frequented has been of considerable interest. The recent works on Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4.4 million years old hominin found at Middle Awash, Ethiopia, provided critical information about the early part of human evolution. However, habitat characterization of this basal hominin has been highly contested. Here we present new sedimentological and stable isotopic (carbon and oxygen) data from Aramis, where the in situ, partial skeleton of Ar. ramidus (nicknamed ‘Ardi’) was excavated. These data are interpreted to indicate the presence of major rivers and associated mixed vegetations (grasses and trees) in adjacent floodplains. Our finding suggests that, in contrast to a woodland habitat far from a river, Ar. ramidus lived in a river-margin forest in an otherwise savanna (wooded grassland) landscape at Aramis, Ethiopia. Correct interpretation of habitat of Ar. ramidus is crucial for proper assessment of causes and mechanisms of early hominin evolution, including the development of bipedalism. Image: USGS Explore furthercenter_img Now new evidence has come to light that suggests the former might be more likely. Husband and wife team Royhan and Nahid Gani have been studying the sediments surrounding the place where Ardipithecus ramidus, aka, “Ardi,” was found in Ethiopia, and have, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Communications, found that most of the evidence in the area points to a group of people that lived near a very large river.Ardi is believed to have lived some four and half million years ago in what is now Aramis, a hot and dry part of Ethiopia, but until now, no serious study had been done on the dirt in which the skeletal remains were found. After doing so, the Gani’s discovered that the dirt was actually layers of sandstone that appear most likely to have been the result of an ancient stream overflowing it’s banks periodically, leaving behind layers of sand. Branching out, the team discovered that the sediments indicated that such a stream was actually a river, likely twenty six feet deep and over twelve hundred feet wide.Next they turned their attention to plant material that had been preserved in the sandstone, measuring their isotopes, and found that the material had come from grassy plants, suggesting a savannah type environment. But once again, widening their area of study, they also found that there were wide changes in the types of plant material in the area. This caused them to surmise that there were patches of forests near the rivers and streams.Based on these two pieces of information, the team suggests that it appears Ardi, who many researchers believe is our oldest found ancestor, lived in a savannah, near fresh flowing water. Some suggest that such an environment would be consistent with learning to walk upright to see over the tall grasses. (PhysOrg.com) — When many people think of our earliest human ancestors, they think of the hot dried out dusty environments in Africa in which many of their remains were found. Unfortunately, such images don’t take into account the changes in environment that have occurred since those times when early peoples walked the Earth. Archeologists of course have thought of such things and for many years have tossed ideas back and forth debating whether such people lived by rivers and streams, as did those that came later and built civilization along such places as the Nile or whether they lived in woodlands. Out Of The Woods For ‘Ardi’: Scientists Rip Habitat Claim for ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ Citation: Couple finds evidence indicating earliest humans lived by rivers and streams (2011, December 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-couple-evidence-indicating-earliest-humans.htmllast_img read more