GOULDS, N.L. – The chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended upon a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot.George Chaulk, of Goulds, N.L., had the lucky ticket to draw a card Wednesday night, but he drew the nine of spades.But he will not be leaving empty-handed — the consolation prize is $185,014.His wife, Christa Chaulk, says the ticket was part of a work pool.Once it’s divided among her husband and his 10 colleagues, the couple will have a little over $16,000, which she says will go toward a family vacation.Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each. The winner gets a percentage of the total ticket sales and a bigger jackpot if they pull the ace of spades from a deck of cards that gets smaller with each successive draw.There are now 10 cards left, and the draw is expected to take place again next week at the St. Kevin’s Parish church hall in Goulds, N.L., with an even bigger jackpot.Tens of thousands of people turned out for Wednesday night’s draw despite the soggy weather, with the lineup to buy tickets actually starting on Tuesday night.Carol O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the draw, said there were close to 60 people at any given moment inside the Roman Catholic facility helping sell tickets.St. Kevin’s has been hosting the draw every Wednesday, although it was briefly postponed after duplicate tickets surfaced because of an apparent printing glitch.(VOCM)
With a swirl of bloody feathers encircling her face, vegan American Woman and American Beauty star Mena Suvari puts the down industry on blast in a brand-new ad campaign for PETA that proclaims, “Cruelty to Animals Gets Me Down. Down Production Is Agony for Ducks. Please Don’t Buy It.”In an accompanying video spot, Suvari recalls first learning about the way in which birds suffer for down: “I just remember sitting in my home, and I was watching one of the videos showing these geese who were having their feathers ripped out while they were still alive, and they were screaming,” she says. “And it was really, really horrifying.” She immediately threw her feather-filled comforters and pillows in the trash. “I could not accept myself after watching that video, laying my head down on these pillows and going to sleep that night,” she explains.That’s why Suvari has also sent a letter to Bed Bath & Beyond urging the company to stop selling bedding and other items made with down, and on Friday, she’ll question shareholders on PETA’s behalf during the company’s annual meeting, asking when it plans to ban the cruelly obtained material. Noting that birds used for down are often clamped upside down by workers who violently yank out their feathers by the fistful and hastily sew up their wounds with a needle and thread — and no painkillers — she writes, “Your company already offers significantly more cruelty-free, allergen-free, and down-free options—so ditching down is a feasible and smart next step…. I know Bed Bath & Beyond would be an inspiring model for other businesses if it made this savvy, compassionate change.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear or abuse in any other way” — has documented that down-industry workers in China left sick and injured chicks, geese, and ducks to die slowly. Dead birds were found decaying in crates and ponds or tossed outside like trash.Suvari previously teamed up with PETA to call for a ban on fur farming in Estonia.
In a statement issued from the WFFP Secretariat in Karachi, Shah appealed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, DG, Metrological Department, Sri Lanka S.H. Kariyawasam, Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management and the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Pakistan to launch an independent inquiry in to the incident and see if there is any negligence on the part of government officials. “It is a must to ensure an effective disaster risk information scheme with the responsibility of national interest and reactivate the established disaster information towers along the coast for an effective service,” the statement said.The WFP Secretary advised the Sri Lankan government to develop a workable plan with proper consultation of fisher groups and promote a subsidy system so the fishermen may purchase life jackets and other equipment they need on the fishing vessels. The WFFP Secretariat has written separate letters to the government of Srilanka, including to the President, disaster minister and other authorities urging them to compensate not only to the funerals and the final respects of the people, but to the affected vulnerable families, children in the families, for their education and other matters adequately. Secretary of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), Mohammed Ali Shah has expressed concerns over the death of several fishermen in Sri Lanka.Shah, who is also chairperson of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), on behalf of the communities in Pakistan expressed solidarity with the Sri Lankan fishermen. Shah also said to utilize the learning of tsunami rehabilitation programs to make an effective disaster mitigation program with wider participation of the society to avoid human loss in future.The WFFP official said the whole government should take the responsibility and be accountable, as nature is going to be alarmed due to climate change and fishermen are more vulnerable to face the devastation and pay the price of the government’s negligence, the statement said.
by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Parents looking at the bills rolling in as students head off to university and college may be wishing they had saved more.But if you’re not at that stage yet, financial advisers say, it’s important to start early and put aside as much as possible.Jamie Golombek, managing director at CIBC Wealth Strategies Group, says parents’ biggest mistake is waiting too long before they start saving with a registered education savings plan, or RESP.“You can’t catch up on the tax-deferred compounding. Depending on the rate of return, this can really be significant,” he said.If you can afford it, Golombek advises putting $2,500 a year per child into an RESP to maximize federal government grants.“If you can set aside that money in the year the child is born and start saving every single year to maximize the grants … that really is the best way to accumulate the most amount of money over the long term in an RESP,” he said.Regardless of your family’s income, the basic grants are equal to 20 per cent of contributions, up to $500 per year for each child under age 18 and a lifetime limit of $7,200.These government incentives, called Canada Education Savings Grants, can also be carried forward but $1,000 is the maximum grant parents can receive per child in any one year.Families with net incomes of $90,563 or less in 2016 are entitled to additional CESG. Households with a family net income of $45,282 or less receive an extra 20 per cent on the first $500 of annual RESP contribution, and households with a family net income exceeding $45,282 but not more than $90,563 receive an extra 10 per cent on the first $500 of annual RESP contribution.RESPs can also provide a tax break on investment gains, which become part of the student’s taxable income when the money is withdrawn from the plan — not the contributor’s.David Lee of BlueShore Financial in North Vancouver, B.C., says that there’ll be enough in an RESP to cover tuition if you start early, maximize the government grants and get a conservative rate of return of three per cent.But if your child plans to go away to school and you’re hoping to pay for it all, including the cost of living, Lee said “that is quite a stretch for what we’re seeing.”He estimates that four years of tuition, plus room and board, adds up to a total of about $90,000 right now at the University of British Columbia.Lee says parents need to ask themselves a lot of questions such as: How much of their child’s education do they plan to pay? Will they expect their child to have a part-time job? Will they qualify for scholarships?“Those are some of the other factors a parent needs to kind look at as well … in terms of determining their targets,” Lee said.The location of the school and whether the student lives at home are also factors.The Ontario Securities Commission’s GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca website can help calculate the future costs of education based on how much tuition and room and board cost today.The online calculator allows to you to see how your savings add up to find out if you’re on track. Education costs going up, start RESP early and maximize the government grants
Junior quarterback, Braxton Miller (5), attempts to run through a tackle by Northwestern defender. OSU won against Northwestern 40-30 Oct. 5.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorGene Smith and Urban Meyer are getting their wish — more primetime football games for Ohio State football.ESPN announced its slate of primetime matchups for the 2014 season, six of which involve teams in the Big Ten. Half of those Big Ten games include the Buckeyes, giving what both Smith and Meyer want for the program — an ability to showcase the team at night.Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29 he pushes for ESPN to pick OSU as often as it can when it irons out its night game schedule.“I’m trying to encourage them to pick us,” Smith said in the interview, adding that he would “probably wait till after the Final Four” before talking with the cable sports juggernaut.The Buckeyes are slated to battle Virginia Tech, Penn State and Illinois on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC this coming season, with all three games slated to kick off at 8 p.m., according to an OSU press release.The Sept. 6 game against the Hokies in Columbus can be seen on ESPN, while ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise both the Oct. 25 game in State College, Pa., and Nov. 1 tilt against the Fighting Illini at home.The game against the Fighting Illini holds something extra as well, as it is set to be the first night game played in November in Ohio Stadium history.The Buckeyes hosted two night games this past season, both resulting in wins — a 31-24 win against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and 63-14 drubbing of Penn State Oct. 26. Meyer said even before the season got started he had looked forward to the prospect of getting those two games at home.“I’m really excited about that, because that’s recruiting, and especially the night games we have,” Meyer said Aug. 26, just days before the season opener against Buffalo. “The earlier games are a hard time, I didn’t really realize that, but they were hard to get guys here because you’re leaving at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. after a Friday night football game. And a lot of times Saturday, the high school coach has a player, they have to come in and get treatments and all that and the kids can’t make the games. Where night games, you shouldn’t have any issue.”OSU could play in more night games this coming season, but that won’t be decided until the Big Ten Network releases its list of primetime games April 22, according to an OSU release.Ohio Stadium is set to add 2,500 more seats prior to the 2014 season, further preparation for hosting big time programs like Oklahoma in 2017 and Texas in 2023 and beyond, Smith said, which very well could be primetime contests.“Those 2,500 seats will be in the south end zone, you can imagine the tunnels, those seats will go over the top of those tunnels,” Smith said. “So now the teams will come underneath, come out of those tunnels.”Even though Meyer and Smith both said they love night games in Ohio Stadium, Smith did acknowledge that doing so worries him, because of safety concerns.“I think early on I wasn’t comfortable. I think our fans have gotten better, I think we’ve gotten better at working with our fans throughout the day,” Smith said. “The risks are still there. You go to the stadium on Sunday morning and find those little airplane bottles (of alcohol) … It is what it is.”The Buckeyes are 39-22 all-time in night games — those starting after 5 p.m. local time — according to the release. Officially, OSU is 29-19 in games either on the road or played at a neutral site at night and 10-3 at home in primetime games at home.Aside from the wins against Wisconsin and Penn State in Columbus last season, OSU was 1-2 in other prime-time matchups, falling to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl, while beating Northwestern on the road.But the odds of Meyer continuing to support the idea of home night games for his team are very high.“I think our atmosphere at night is magical,” Meyer said.2014 OSU Football Schedule (as of Tuesday)Aug. 30 — v. Navy, noon at M&T Bank Stadium in BaltimoreSept. 6 — Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. on ESPNSept. 13 — Kent StateSept. 20 — ByeSept. 27 — CincinnatiOct. 4 — at MarylandOct. 11 — ByeOct. 18 —RutgersOct. 25 — at Penn State, 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2Nov. 1 — Illinois, 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2Nov. 8 — at Michigan StateNov. 15 — at MinnesotaNov. 22 — IndianaNov. 29 — MichiganDec. 6 — Big Ten Championship Game
Codelco’s board of directors has approved the development of the Chuquicamata underground mine below the current open pit – one of the largest copper mines in the world which is nearly 100 years old. This project, expected to cost in excess of $4 billion, will provide a block cave mine accessing some 1,7oo Mt of copper ore (with byproduct molybdenum) for an additional 43 years, starting from 2019.Chuquicamata is Codelco’s most important division, accounting for over 40% of the state-owned company’s total production.Codelco is now expected to be the mining company making the highest investments of any around the world during the next five years. It has been said that Codelco’s current one investment plan is the most ambitious in its whole history, requiring $20 billion until 2020.According to a company document submitted to the Congress in October, the cost of the total structural projects portfolio reaches an updated figure between $26,218 million and $29,718 million, including Underground Chuquicamata, RT Súlfuros, Rajo Inca, Andina 244 and others on the list.So, while other companies defer investment, Codelco is forging ahead. It is a slightly different case in that much of this investment is required to bring into production resources at old operations and because Codelco needs to do this to maintain its position in the copper market. “The thing is that every structural investment came together in the same time range, not allowing us to a required gradualness”, says Francisco Orrego, Freedom and Development Counsellor and ex Sub Secretary of Mining.The Chuquicamata underground project has been the subject of many years of planning and analysis.
DOCTORS HAVE PUBLISHED details about an unusual case study involving a teenage girl who got an eyeful from a fast-deploying airbag.The 17-year-old girl had been a passenger in a car which was involved in a minor car crash on a motorway in the US when it rear-ended another vehicle.No-one in the vehicle was injured, but the girl was brought to hospital after she complained of blurred vision. She also told doctors that she had the persistent feeling that there was something stuck in both her eyes. Doctors used a special staining process to try and see what was wrong, and discovered something unexpected.Over her right eye, they could see the imprint of the nylon mesh pattern of the airbag cover on her cornea, while her left eye had a slight tear in the surface. In other words: the airbag had deployed so quickly that she didn’t even have time to close her eyes.The unusual case has been written up in the New England Journal of Medicine, which notes that there was a happy ending: the girl was given an ointment and the abrasions had completely healed within 24 hours.While airbags save thousands of lives every year, they can sometimes also cause eye injuries in the 0.04 seconds it takes for them to deploy.However, most of the eye injuries are minor and temporary.“The thing to keep in mind here is that if you didn’t have the airbag and hit your head, it would be much worse,” said Dr Jonathan Trobe, who carried out the study, told LiveScience.com. “This is almost like an exchange. This is a little bit of a small price to pay”.READ MORE IN SCIENCE: Read: Man headbangs so hard at Motorhead gig his brain bleeds > Read: Study finds old men’s sperm is just as good as young men’s >
One of the great things about having The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PC is the abundance of mods available to enhance your game experience or just to add some more fun. Two of my favorites are the Macho Dragon Mod and the Posh Mudcrab mod. There have also been numerous Kinect hacks in the year and a half since its release. Combine the two with a Sony HMZ-T1 and the TrackIR5 and you’ve got yourself the mother of all mods.Chris Zaharia created the mod you can see in the above video, providing a way to fully immerse yourself in the world of Skyrim. The mod uses Kinect for motion tracking and gestures, allowing you to walk on the spot to move your character or swing your arm to use a weapon.The Sony HMZ-T1 is a headset with dual HD 720p OLED panels allowing for stereoscopic 3D viewing and virtual 5.1 surround sound. I can only imagine the awesomeness that comes from playing Skyrim in 3D through this headset. Couple that with the TrackIR5 for advanced head tracking allowing you to cast your eyes in any direction you please, and you’ll soon forget you live on plain old planet Earth.A script is provided for setting up voice commands, but only basic menu commands are provided. You can easily add your own though, possibly assigning a voice command to “Fus Ro Dah” allowing you to really feel like the Dovahkiin.After viewing the video, my impression is that it’s not quite perfect (bloopers at the end) so I wouldn’t rush out and spend all your hard earned cash on any equipment you don’t already own. The walking gestures look like they could become tiresome, but with the FAAST software you could map it to a gesture of your choosing. Another Kinect mod shows a possibly improved way of performing it, with running forward set by simply placing your right foot forward and placing it further forward to activate sprinting.More at Zookcal, via reghardware
A GROUP REPRESENTING Ryanair pilots across Europe has called for the airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary to resign, according to reports.In an article published by Reuters, it says a letter was sent to O’Leary by the European Employee Representative Council (EERC), an unofficial body that seeks to improve conditions for pilots.Ryanair responded by saying that the group had “no legal standing”, echoing comments that it had made previously about the group where it said it wouldn’t engage with an unofficial body.This evening, they issuing the following statement to TheJournal.ie:“The EERC, and their letters, have no legal standing or validity. Ryanair pilots continue to accept pay increases of 20% (so far accepted by over 80% of Ryanair pilots) which shows that Ryanair pilots do not pay any attention to this ‘so called’ EERC either. Feb 26th 2018, 10:32 PM European pilots group calls for Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to resign Ryanair said that the group in question had “no legal standing or validity”. 18,882 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3873855 Share3 Tweet Email1 Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in August 2017. Image: DPA/PA Images 25 Comments Monday 26 Feb 2018, 10:32 PM Short URL Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in August 2017. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Last December, Ryanair said it would reverse its three-decade policy and recognise external pilots and cabin crew unions.While the airline managed to reach an agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association, it’s had no luck yet with the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association, accusing it – and other European unions – of wasting time at the negotiation table.The airline has previously urged Irish pilots to bypass the union – which represents Dublin-based Ryanair and Aer Lingus pilots – and accept a 20% pay hike offer.O’Leary warned investors earlier this month that “unions representing competitor airlines will wish to test our commitment to our low-cost, high pay/high productivity model to disrupt our operations”.He assured his backers that Ryanair is prepared to “face down any such disruption”.- with reporting by Fora.ieRead: Aer Lingus passengers will have to pay up to €60 for the return of lost itemsRead: Ryanair’s Q3 profits up by 12%, but O’Leary warns that 2018 will be a ‘bumpy year’ Image: DPA/PA Images
Toshiba dévoile son Dynabook, premier PC portable capable de lire les Blu-ray en 3DJapon – S’il existe encore peu de films et donc de Blu-ray en trois dimensions, Toshiba a décidé de miser sur le cinéma en relief et vient de présenter le Dynabook TX/98MBL, un ordinateur portable compatible avec les contenus en 3D.Cet ordinateur de la gamme Satellite se base sur la solution 3D Vision de nVidia pour permettre la lecture des disques Blu-ray 3D. Doté d’un écran 15 pouces, le Dynabook est équipé d’une puce graphique GeForce GTS 350M et sera vendu avec les lunettes actives et leur récepteur infrarouge. En ce qui concerne l’audio, il sera équipé d’un système de haut-parleurs Harman Kardon.À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DLe PC embarque par ailleurs une puce Core i7-740QM d’Intel, 4 Go de mémoire vive, un graveur Blu-Ray et un disque dur de 640 Go. C’est à la fin du mois de juillet que sa sortie est prévue au Japon. Le Dynabook devrait être vendu 2.300 euros environ.Et en attendant l’arrivée des films en 3D, Toshiba souligne que le premier PC portable Blu-ray 3D ready permettra “aux joueurs de s’immerger complètement dans l’impressionnant univers 3D de leurs jeux, en majorité compatibles avec cette technologie”.Le 9 juin 2010 à 16:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
One note of interest is the lack of freezing temperatures so far this fall. Portland has yet to dip into the 30s and when they do it will be the latest in 75 years or so. Vancouver officially reached 39 degrees on October 12.Colder air aloft will be floating in today and the snow levels will drop to pass levels by tonight and Wednesday with several inches expected. We will dry out Thursday and Friday as high pressure and east winds take over. That will lead to chilly overnight lows Thursday. We could see some freezing temperatures away from the wind in some colder locations around the county.The next batch of rain is scheduled over the weekend.We missed the Super Moon Sunday night with all the cloud cover and rain.Sunday’s high temperature was 58 degrees, only the second time this month with a high below 60 degrees. Monday’s high struggled to reach the mid-50s. I think we are rapidly sliding back to normal.For us weather and climate folks this is the last month of the autumn season. December 1st will usher in the beginning of winter. The darkening of skies in late afternoon attest to that.I love fall for the crisp, clean air and the brilliant colors of the scenery. Winter can be an awesome time as well, like walking outside early in the morning upon freshly fallen snow. There is also the excitement of festive holidays and family gatherings. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
By Rohey JadamaJustice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the Banjul High court has yesterday 22 May, 2017 given last chance to the prosecution for them to proceed with the criminal trial of Mr. Yankuba Badjie, the former Director General of the defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and eight other officials of the said institution.The other accused persons are Louis Gomez, former Deputy Director, Saikou Omar Jeng, former director of Operations, Haruna Susso, Yusupha Jammeh, Tamba Masireh, Lamin Darboe, Baboucarr Sallah, and Lamin Lang Sanyang, all operatives of the NIA.They are charged with twelve counts of criminal offences ranging from conspiracy to murder, murder, assault causing actual bodily harm, conspiracy to commit misdemeanour, forgery and making documents without authority contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.However, they all denied culpability of the charges levied against them.When the case was called Lawyer Auwalu Yaqubu told the court that they didn’t have a witness in court. He added that he thought the case was for mention only. He, however, again requested for a short adjournment.The trial judge replied that the case was adjourned for mention and for the third prosecution witness to testify. She added that the prosecution cannot come and say that the matter is for mention. She said the prosecution requested for time and now they are delaying the case.However, the prosecution’s application for a short adjournment was vehemently objected to by Christopher Mene, defence Attorney for the 1st accused person, who contended that the application lacks merit and argued that the prosecution must give compelling reasons for an adjournment.Lawyer Mene, further argued that the court is not a storage facility and that when the prosecution requested for time they were not explicit and that the matter was adjourned in open court in front of everyone so that they can produce PW3 at the next adjourned date.“This is a delaying tactic and my lady should not condone that. They have two weeks. The matter should be struck out and the accused persons be discharged. The accused are denied their constitutional right to a speedy trial and their right to liberty is jeopardized”, Lawyer Mene submitted.Lawyer Edward A. Gomez, Attorney for the 2nd accused also associated himself with the submission of Lawyer Mene, adding that he is vehemently objecting to the application.He cited Chapter 4 section 17(4) of the 1997 constitution. “These rights shall be enforced by the court.” It is mandatory. Such liberties are sacrosanct, inviolable and non- negotiable, he submittedLawyer Gomez submitted that the constitution should be respected and upheld under any circumstance. He submitted that the case against all the accused persons be struck out and the accused persons be discharged.M.B. Johnson Richards, counsel for the 3rd accused person also told the court that he is objecting to the application of the prosecution for an adjournment and added that he associated himself with the submission of his learned friends.He urged the court to exercise its discretion judicially and judiciously. He argued that section 19(5) mandates the court to grant bail irrespective of the criminal case. He urged the court to grant bail in stiff but reasonable conditions.Lawyers U Achiegwe, S. Kenedy and D. Dago also associated themselves with the submission of the other defence counsels.In her ruling Justice Sillah-Camara said after listening to the submissions of the defence counsels it is clear that the prosecution is not serious with the case.However, the presiding judge said the court is minded of the gravity of the offences charged and that the prosecution is given a last chance to proceed with the case.On the issue of granting bail to the accused persons, she said the charges are not bailable and that section 19(5) will be the last resort.Consequently, the case was adjourned till Monday 29 May, 2017 at 12 noon for the third prosecution witness to testify.
Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl believes Marco Reus’ impressive return to action is exemplaryThe Borussia Dortmund captain has put a long-term knee ligament injury behind him by scoring 11 goals in 17 games this season.Reus’ brilliant performances both domestically and in Europe have convinced Joachim Low to recall him into the Germany squad.While the forward will not feature in tonight’s friendly with Russia, Eberl remains full of praise for Reus’ progress.The Monchengladbach chief knows Reus well, from his time with Die Fohlen between 2009 to 2012, and he reckons people are seeing the best version of him right now.“The best Marco Reus of all time? Yes, but no only in terms of his football, but also as a leading player,” Eberl told Sky.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He has become a captain – and impressively so. I didn’t think he would back then at Gladbach.“With the way he always comes back after injuries, he must have set an example for many people.”“For me, Reus is a role model. He was lying on the ground and then came back with such character.“He is an important factor – not only on the pitch, but also as a representation of the club and the team.“That, for me, is extraordinary, and that’s why the best Reus of all time is the full package.”The Germany and Russia game will begin at 20:45 (CET) at the Red Bull Arena.
Mumbai: A Sessions Court here on Monday rejected the bail plea moved by three doctors, who are accused of abetting suicide of their junior Payal Tadvi at a government hospital, last month. The bail plea, moved by Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehre and Ankita Khandelwal, was rejected by the District and Sessions Judge P Jadhav. Tadvi, who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community, ended her life in her hostel room at BYL Nair Hospital on May 22, allegedly after facing harassment from her seniors due to her caste. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us Her family alleged that three of her seniors ragged and hurled casteist abuses at her, forcing her to take the extreme step. The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police took over the investigation from Agripada Police station on May 30. The post-mortem examination report of Tadavi’s death released on June 5 revealed the evidence of a ligature mark on her neck. The three doctors were earlier sent to the judicial custody till June 21.
Unilever PLC, the famous consumer goods giant, announced on Thursday that it was dropping a mislabelling lawsuit against San Francisco-based food startup Hampton Creek Foods.”Unilever has decided to withdraw its lawsuit against Hampton Creek so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and appropriate regulatory authorities,” Mike Faherty, Vice President for Foods of Unilever North America, said in a statement.Though Unilever didn’t specify why it dropped the lawsuit, Hamptons Creek CEO said that it was probably because Unilever realized, “It’s not the company they are or the company they want to be,” according to Forbes.Unilever sued Hampton Creek last month over its egg-free “Just Mayo” mayonnaise alleging that the company mislabelled its product. It asserted that a major ingredient in Mayonnaise is egg and that Hampton Creek was misleading its customers.”By calling its vegan sandwich spread ‘Just Mayo,’ Hampton Creek falsely communicates to consumers that Just Mayo is mayonnaise, when it in fact, it is not,” the lawsuit alleged.However, the world questioned Unilever’s lawsuit over such a small issue. The case didn’t just provide free press to Hampton Creek but also saw many arguments against Unilever’s stand in the lawsuit.Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick said that it was surprising that such a big company would sue over such a silly issue. He also predicted that Unilever would drop its lawsuit soon, and that eventually came true, reports Forbes.”Hampton Creek was founded to open our eyes to the problems the world faces. This moment has only validated why,” Tetrick said in response to Unilever’s statement.Hampton Creek specialises in making Vegan products and eliminating the use of egg in condiments. The company uses new technology to take the best out of plants and make food better. But CEO Tetrick acknowledges that the same technology scares away several potential buyers.”We are not doing synthetic engineering. We are not manipulating genes. We are screening through plants in a way that is novel and using them to make food better,” Tetrick was quoted by The Financial Times.Thursday bore good news for the Bill Gates-backed food startup. Hampton Creek announced that it had raised $90 million in a new round of funding. The capital valued the company at $500 million.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks to reporters after casting her vote in parliamentary elections in Dhaka, on Sunday.—Photo: APBangladesh Awami League’s election victory with a margin of victory at 96 per cent “was a result one might expect in a place like North Korea, not a democratic nation such as Bangladesh”, writes The Washington Post.That is, according to the US newspaper, exactly the problem: prime minister Sheikh Hasina “consolidated her grip on power but at the cost of her own electoral legitimacy.”Her party and its allies secured 288 out of 299 contested seats. The opposition BNP, which won only seven, has called the election “farcical” and demanded a do-over, TIME magazine mentioned in an article ‘They Threaten Everyone’, adding that Sheikh Hasina’s “landslide win in Bangladesh marred by voter suppression”.The Economist wrote, “… the embarrassingly skewed tally suggested that the BNP was not really the biggest loser. The biggest loss was for democracy itself.”It observed that the flawed general election of 30 December represented a sharp reversion to the less democratic end of the spectrum. “The Awami League, which has been in power continuously for 10 years, flagrantly wielded the full power of state institutions,” the British magazine said in a piece “By hook, crook and ballot”.TIME magazine cited an example of voting in Dhaka on 30 December, quoting a polls worker who tried to defend disruption in voting as “Lunch break”. But by 3.10pm, the explanation had changed. “We’ve already started to count,” a policeman was quoted to have said. The polls had been supposed to close at 4pm.It also pointed out that the result of AL’s landslide victory has been clouded by pre-election violence and allegations of a crackdown on the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), as well as widespread reports of vote-rigging and intimidation on election day, some of which was observed by TIME on the ground.The Washington Post reported that there were scattered reports of irregularities at polling stations, including possible vote tampering, “but observers said Hasina had used other means to tilt the field in her favour long before Sunday.”Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee leader of the BNP, told TIME that “the extent to which the government has rigged these elections is beyond imagination.”The AL chief, Hasina, rejected all allegations of impropriety, at a briefing with journalists and election observers on Monday evening. Her advisor HT Imam was said to have called it “one of the best elections held ever.”Evidence of voter disruption was widespread, said TIME. At one polling station at Kabi Nazrul Islam College in Old Dhaka, TIME was reportedly harassed by dozens of government supporters and forced to delete a video showing a woman who got into a fight with poll workers.It wasn’t just BNP supporters who claimed they were prevented from voting. “I wanted to vote for the Awami League anyway, but when I reached the polling station they told me my vote had already been cast,” said one woman who asked TIME not to publish her name for fear of reprisals.The Economist said the sweeping nature of the repression meant that on voting day, few of the BNP’s electoral agents — who guide voters and monitor the process — dared show up at the 40,000 polling stations. By contrast, the Awami League fielded 120,000 agents. In Dhaka, the capital, it was hard to find a single poster for the BNP among the tens of thousands boosting the Awami League, the magazine said.The sweeping nature of Hasina’s victory raises “serious doubt” about the fairness of the election, the Post quoted Ataur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Political Scientist Association, as saying. He added that the opposition’s tiny number of seats also means there will be no mechanism for political accountability.Hasina, according to the newspaper, is also viewed by some — including in neighbouring India — as an ally against the potential spread of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh.After Sunday’s election, Bangladesh has become a “one-party democracy,” Kanchan Gupta, a political commentator in New Delhi, was quoted to have written. Hasina “faces no opposition worth its name.”“Why should Sheikh Hasina pull out so many stops to ensure a victory that most observers had assumed was in the bag in any case?” wrote The Economist, adding that opinion polls had universally shown a solid advantage for the Awami League.The magazine observed that Sheikh Hasina seems to bear a personal grudge against perceived enemies, which springs both from the murder of her family members including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijibur Rahman in 1975 and from an attempt on her own life that has allegedly been tied to figures in the BNP.Some of the ruling party’s rivals were quoted to have suggested that the AL needs to cling to power to cover its own corruption.TIME quoted Bangladeshi editors and journalists as saying that it’s increasingly difficult to publish news that embarrasses the government. Some estimate they self-censor at least two-thirds of their stories. “I am not sure if I want to stay in this country now that the Awami League will feel even more entitled to stifle dissent,” one TV journalist, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, was quoted to have said.And on social media, it reported, criticism of the government is carefully shrouded in irony. “Can someone please tell me if my vote was already cast? Then I don’t have to get out of bed this morning,” a law student posted on Facebook on election day.TIME referred to a BNP activist, Mozammal Hossain, one of a dozen BNP activists who were documenting fraud, arrests, voter harassment and violence during these elections, as saying that his parents were recently harassed by police for their son’s work. “They threaten everyone,” he was quoted to have said.
When the Wii U launched in November last year, many a gamer rushed home with their new Nintendo console only to be met with hours of frustration. The reason? A massive (5GB) day one software update combined with not enough servers to cope with demand.Hopefully the same won’t be true when the PS4 and Xbox One launch in November, but Microsoft has confirmed there will be a software update that needs downloading and installing before you can use its next-gen console.Marc Whitten, Xbox One Chief Platform Architect, has revealed the update is necessary during a Q&A session with IGN. He states that the update is being optimized, and will continue to be right up until launch. As it currently stands, anyone purchasing an Xbox One on November 22 can expect a download that takes between 15-20 minutes. That time is based on a typical connection speed, but Whitten doesn’t state exactly what counts as typical.We also don’t know how long the update will take to install. I can’t imagine it being that long and it would be fair to guess 10 minutes. If setting up your Xbox One takes 30 minutes, I doubt few would complain. Microsoft just needs to make sure it has the server capacity to cope with everyone requesting that download for their console.It seems likely Sony will also end up carrying out a day one update. It doesn’t matter how much you prepare, at some point the console needs to be finalized and manufactured. The months that follow see work continue on the software and firmware it runs, and inevitably that means all consoles need an update on or soon after launch.
Rising CO2 due to climate change may not improve agriculture, model shows Explore further Citation: Atmospheric carbon dioxide causing global greening making some areas warmer and some colder (2017, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-global-greening.html Credit: Wikipedia. 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: Giovanni Forzieri et al. Satellites reveal contrasting responses of regional climate to the widespread greening of Earth, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1727AbstractChanges in vegetation cover associated to the observed greening may affect several biophysical processes, whose net effects on climate are unclear. Here, we analyze remotely sensed dynamics in leaf area index (LAI) and energy fluxes to explore the associated variation in local climate. We show that the increasing trend in LAI contributed to the warming of boreal zones through a reduction of surface albedo, and to an evaporation-driven cooling in arid regions. The interplay between LAI and surface biophysics is amplified up to five times under extreme warm-dry and cold-wet years. Altogether, these signals reveal that the recent dynamics in global vegetation have had relevant biophysical impacts on the local climates and should be considered in the design of local mitigation and adaptation plans. In addition to causing the atmosphere to heat up in general, the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is also causing many parts of the planet that were already green to become greener, the researchers report. That greening, they suggest, causes some regional areas to become slightly warmer and others cooler. But it is not just atmospheric carbon that is contributing to the greening. Nitrogen used in fertilizers makes its way into natural ecosystems, causing changes. The land is also changed by human activities.In an area that is generally warm, an increase in leaf cover can lead to localized cooling due to plant transpiration (water evaporating) which condenses in the air, the researchers report. In cooler places, the impact can be the opposite—in boreal regions (tree covered) and colder places, local temperatures can rise slightly due to less sunlight being reflected back from the surface.To come to these conclusions, the researchers studied satellite data for the period 1982 to 2011, which allowed them to assign a leaf area index (LAI) to various parts of the Earth’s surface. In mapping the entire planet, the group found that for approximately 60 percent of all plant areas, an increase in greening has mitigated global warming by approximately 14 percent. For colder areas, greening has led to a rise in air temperatures of approximately 10 percent. They also found that the impact could be more dramatic during extreme weather conditions—by up to five times, for example, during warm and dry periods or cold and wet periods.The researchers suggest their findings indicate that changes to vegetation clearly have an impact on local climate, and thus should be taken into consideration as mitigation and adaptation strategies are developed to deal with a warming planet. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the Directorate for Sustainable Resources in Italy and Ghent University in Belgium has found evidence that shows some parts of the planet are becoming cooler and others warmer due to an increase in localized greening. As the team notes in their paper published in the journal Science, much of the increase in greening is due to an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Journal information: Science
When the entire country celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) decided to celebrate it totally in a different but unique way befitting Gandhi’s vision of empowering villagers.While inaugurating a two days workshop-cum-training programme named ‘Technology for Modern Pottery’ at Bishampur village of Sewapuri in Varanasi district on December 21, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that in a joint effort of highly skilled 150 potters from all over the country to give a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the commission has decided to make 150 square meters (15 meters long by 10 meters wide) wall mural, using ‘chai kulhad’. “While each chai kulhad will be one pixel of the entire image, small terracotta parts will come together to form the entire image. As this mural will become a finite entity formed by a simple unit of larger generality, the KVIC will showcase it at some prominent place in New Delhi,” he said. Saxena revealed that KVIC has already started identifying potters from different parts of the country to produce the chai kulhads for this very purpose. He also informed that as India has a great pottery tradition and different parts of the country has diverse techniques of clay production – the selected potters will produce the kulhads in stipulated size, shape and finish them with their respective techniques. An Ahmedabad-based firm the ‘Clay Club’, which specialises in terracotta and ceramic products will design the artwork and will manage the production by engaging with the identified potters. To make the life of mural long and all weatherproof, these Kullad will be glazed and baked in high temperature at Morbi in Gujarat, which is world famous terracotta and glazed clay articles. KVIC has so far in this financial year distributed 4700 electric potter wheels in different parts of the country and has planned to distribute additional 7000 Electric potter wheels by March 31, 2019.
Google has employed its network of street-view vehicles to also measure street-level air quality in recent years, through an initiative it calls “Project Air View.” Today, it’s making available to scientists and researcher organizations more of the resulting data from that ongoing initiative. The company is releasing an updated version of its air quality data set that includes information collected with partner Aclima’s environmental sensors gathered between 2017 and 2018.The combined data cache includes info from the SF Bay and San Joaquin Valley area, originally starting in 2016, along with the additional two years’ worth of data for those areas as well as for other parts of California, and other major cities, including Houston, Salt Lake City, Copenhagen, London and Amsterdam.All told, Google’s mapping data set for air quality now includes info covering more than 140,000 miles and 7,000 hours of combined driving time spanning 2016 through 2018. That’s a significant base upon which to build a study of the trajectory of air quality changes over time, and Google plans to not only continue this program, but expand it with additional coverage for more cities globally, including in Asia, Africa and South America.