Gujarat govt to conduct ‘yagna’ for good monsoons

first_imgAs water levels in reservoirs across Gujarat are dipping rapidly, the State government has decided not to take any chances with vagaries of monsoon. It is going to organise “Parjanya Yagna”, which, it believes, will ensure good rains. These rituals will be performed at 41 places in 33 districts and eight major cities on May 31. The ‘yagna’ will mark the culmination of the government’s water conservation drive ‘Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan,’ said Water Supply Minister Parbat Patel.“The government has decided to perform Parjanya Yagna so that we get good rains this time. Ministers will also take part in this endeavour, aimed at filling up the water bodies de-silted during the Jal Abhiyan,” said Mr. Patel. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said a yagna is an invite to the rain god. “As we have deepened several water bodies during this drive, we will now invite the rain god through this Yagna to fill them up,” Mr. Rupani told reporters at Dwarka. The Jal Abhiyan was launched on May 1, during which silt was removed from around 13,000 lakes and ponds and 32 rivers.Opposition Congress said the BJP government was seeking refuge in religious rituals to cover up its mismanagement.“Gujarat is reeling under acute water shortage because of the BJP government’s mismanagement. Like the Jal Abhiyan, this Yagna too is aimed at diverting people’s attention from the failures of this government to conserve water,” state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.last_img read more

Aishwarya Rai pregnant, tweets Amitabh Bachchan

first_imgBollywood’s star couple – Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai – are expecting their first baby.Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the expectant granddad and Abhishek’s father, spilled the beans on the microblogging site Twitter on Tuesday night to say his daughter-in-law Aishwarya is pregnant.”NEWS NEWS NEWS !! I AM GOING TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER .. AISHWARYA EXPECTING .. SO HAPPY AND THRILLED !!!,” Bachchan Sr tweeted.The baby will be the couple’s first child. Abhishek(35) and Aishwarya(37) tied the knot on April 20, 2007.Aishwarya has not personally confirmed she is pregnant. But Archana Sadanand, the publicist for the former Miss World, said there is nothing more to add other than what Amitabh had said. – With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PBA rookie Paul Desiderio talks about his rookie struggles and how he can translate his ‘atin to!’ spirit to the pros with Blackwater. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Alas raring to prove he’s better than before despite ACL injury LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UK govt opposes use of phrase pregnant woman

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Oct 22 (PTI) The UK government is opposed to the use of the phrase “pregnant woman” because it could be perceived as excluding transgender people who have also given birth.The statement comes in Britains official submission on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the UK has been a signatory since 1976.The UN treaty says a “pregnant woman” must be protected, including not being subject to the death penalty.In the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) submission, Britain opposes the term “pregnant woman” because it may “exclude transgender people who have given birth”.The suggested term is “pregnant people”, the Sunday Times reported.”We requested that the UN human rights committee made it clear that the same right [to life for pregnant women] extends to pregnant transgender people,” an FCO statement said.The UN covenant is part of the International Bill of Human Rights. It undergoes periodic revision, with the latest UK submission part of the revising process.But a feminist author has branded the move as anti-women. ?This isnt inclusion. This is making women unmentionable. Having a female body and knowing what that means for reproduction doesnt make you exclusionary. Forcing us to decorously scrub out any reference to our sex on pain of being called bigots is an insult,” said Sarah Ditum.The latest development follows a revelation by the newspaper last week that the UKs Office of National Statistics (ONS) has suggested making the sex question in the next census voluntary because it “discriminates” against trans people.advertisementThat proposal had also triggered protests from feminist authors.Prime Minister Theresa May had announced last week that her government plans to go ahead with a consultation on changes to the countrys Gender Recognition Act, allowing people to “self-certify” their gender.Critics have warned biological men will get the legal right to access womens hospital wards, prisons, lavatories, changing rooms and competitive sports simply by declaring they are female. PTI AK KUNlast_img read more

RTI: connectivity software Connext 6 for healthcare and autonomous systems

first_imgAt embedded world 2019, Real-Time Innovations will focus on the newest product version of their connectivity software, Connext 6. It is specifically designed for highly autonomous systems with large volumes of data, such as autonomous cars and Healthcare systems.Connext 6 allows system architects to address key technical challenges in complex autonomous systems, including effective management of high-bandwidth sensor data, simple integration with standardized interfaces, and optimized security, including for safety-critical systems. New features are compatible and interoperable across RTI’s Connext product suite – Connext DDS Secure, Professional, Micro and Cert. Moreover, RTI’s connectivity software, based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, provides the ability to integrate OPC-UA into DDS systems, and run DDS with the emerging IEEE TSN set of standardsConnext 6 provides a data-centric, interoperable framework that supports all of the operating systems and processor families commonly used by OEMs and their suppliers. RTI’s software supports use of the DDS standard in both the Robotic Operating System (ROS2) and the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform. The safety-certifiable version, Connext DDS Cert, meets the requirements of ISO 26262 ASIL-D, the automotive functional safety standard. Additionally, Connext 6 includes Connext DDS Secure, the first secure connectivity software designed for real-time control and autonomous applications.Connext 6 enables healthcare companies to streamline high-bandwidth data connectivity across complex systems, providing new capabilities for sensor fusion applications. Healthcare IoT systems involve transporting and analyzing unprecedented amounts of data in real time while maintaining the reliability and security of a medical-grade network. Connext DDS also provides support for confidentiality, integrity and access control as well as compliance with stringent safety-certification standards. With Connext 6, healthcare companies can efficiently develop next-generation medical systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Würth: small 1:N transformer, robust and versatile in useNext LDRA: functionally safe positioning with tool suitelast_img read more

OSU Continues To Win Close Games, And Mike Gundy Says That’s No Accident

first_imgI’m not sure it’s necessarily been “fun” to watch the way eating ice cream is fun or catching fish is fun, but Oklahoma State has now won 11 of its last 12 games that have been decided by less than 10 points. It doesn’t seem sustainable, and yet … it kind of has been over the last few years.It did so again on Saturday in Stillwater as it took down Texas Tech 45-44.Head coach Mike Gundy explains why he thinks this is happening.“No fear, no frustration and no fatigue is what we talk about,” said Gundy after the game. “Truthfully, I talk to the players about the core values and the accountability we have in our program. I wish I could give you and X’s and O’s, or say that I could give a Vince Lombardi pregame and halftime speech.“I think it’s the overall concept of our program. It’s our nutrition, it’s our sleep method that we use, it’s our strength training. I think that at the end of the games, we’re somewhat fresh. I know they scored at the end of the fourth quarter, but we got more pressure on (Mahomes) in the end of the fourth quarter than we did the entire game.”This is true. Justin Phillips got a monster sack in the fourth quarter, and Mahomes was hanging on for dear life on the final drive. “I think there is some truth to them believing in themselves makes a big difference. When you start to win over a period of years, you feel like you’re going to win,” added Gundy. “Your mind is much more powerful than the physical part of your body, and we believe in that, so they just play hard and I’m proud of them.“I told them in the locker room that it’s fun for me to sit back and cross my arms and watch them play, even though the games are exciting and pressure-packed. It’s fun to watch them. They like being around each other, they’re good young men, they play hard, and as a coach, what more could you ask for? Nothing.”What more could you ask for as a fan?! I’ve gotten burned about this before, but I don’t care. As a simple consumer of college football, being an OSU fan is more fun than being an Alabama fan. It just is. Does Alabama play in more big games? Sure. But Oklahoma State plays more fun ones week in and week out.We can discuss whether that’s actually what you want as a college football program, but what isn’t up for debate is that every Saturday is a thrill until the very end.“Gundy preaches it to us all the time,” Washington told the Tulsa World. “Right before practice is over, we’ll do a little fourth-quarter deal. That’s really just separates us from different teams, I feel like. In the fourth quarter I feel like we’re still playing just as hard as we were the first through the third.”OSU actually didn’t score in the fourth quarter on Saturday (if I had told you that before the game, you would have though horrendous things, right?), but it probably would have if not for taking a knee at the very end.What are the responses of other staff members over all this end-of-game consternation? Assistant coach Mike Yurcich needs a cigarette and Glenn Spencer continues to preach love and trust.Far and away the 2 best answers on how #OKState wins close games. Gold from Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer. pic.twitter.com/h4K8iLB8BI— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) November 13, 2016It really is an amazing time to be an OSU fan, even when it doesn’t feel like it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Politologue pips Fox Norton to give Paul Nicholls 10th Tingle Creek victory

first_img Since you’re here… Read more Share on Messenger The Observer Sandown For the 10th time in the last 19 years, Paul Nicholls walked in with the Tingle Creek Chase winner here on Saturday, and the former champion trainer did so abuzz with the knowledge that Politologue is the sort of horse that could make him the current champion trainer once again.This was Nicholls’s first win in an open Grade One chase since February 2016, and it came at the expense of the 8-13 favourite, Fox Norton, who chased Politologue all the way up the hill without ever threatening to overhaul him.A slow jump at the first had left Fox Norton further off the pace than Robbie Power, his rider, would have liked, while Harry Cobden, on the winner, was able to cruise along in the slipstream of the front-running Ar Mad. However, Colin Tizzard, Fox Norton’s trainer, feels that two miles is now too short for him and a step up in trip, perhaps in the three-mile King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, seems likely. Politologue is top-priced at 8-1 for the Champion Chase in a market headed by Nicky Henderson’s Altior at 2-1, while Fox Norton is 8-1 for the Champion Chase, in which he finished a close second last season, and 6-1 favourite for the Ryanair Chase over an extended two-and-a-half.Sceau Royal was the 11-1 outsider of five runners in the Grade One Henry VIII Novice Chase, but he looked more like a long odds-on favourite as he drew alongside Brain Power between the final two fences and would have been an impressive winner even if he had not been left clear when Brain Power unseated his rider at the last.Alan King, Sceau Royal’s trainer, admitted afterwards that even he had been surprised by the ease of the five-year-old’s success, but he also felt that drying ground played to his strengths and he could now put him away until the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham in March.“We knew he was in great form, and I was always just worried over hurdles that we were maybe seven or 10 pounds below the very tops,” King said, “but I think the fences have improved him. You wouldn’t see a slicker round around here, or anywhere, and he was like that from day one. He loved fences the first time we ever schooled him.“Whether he won today or he finished last, I knew that we wouldn’t have him any better. He goes on soft but he does appreciate better ground, and he’s a horse with a lot of confidence at the moment. I wouldn’t mind if he went straight to the Arkle, but there might be one run [beforehand], certainly no more.”Sceau Royal’s price for the Arkle was cut from 25-1 to 8-1, and he is the new second-favourite for the race behind Willie Mullins’s Footpad, who is likely to run at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting this month.At Aintree, Blaklion produced a faultless round of jumping over the Grand National fences to take the Becher Chase with ease and give Nigel Twiston-Davies, his trainer, a record sixth win in the race.Blaklion raced towards the rear in the early stages but made steady progress towards the lead under Gavin Sheehan throughout the final circuit, and went further clear all the way to the line after edging ahead at the last fence.“Those fences are a worry so it’s lovely when they get around like that,” Twiston-Davies said. “That’s exactly what we hoped for, he didn’t quite seem to get home in the National last year and here we’ve dropped back a mile and our prayers have been answered.”“Other things will pop out of the woodwork [for the Grand National in April] but he must have a very good chance. If we ride him with a bit more restraint like we did today, we’ve only got about eight lengths to find.”Greg Wood’s Sunday tipsHuntingdon 12.25 Smart Boy 12.55 Western Ryder 1.25 Keeper Hill 2.00 Chatez 2.30 Kylemore Lough (nap) 3.00 Outofthisworld 3.30 Le Couer NetKelso 12.10 Some Reign 12.40 Rocklander (nb) 1.10 Alizee De Janeiro 1.40 West Of The Edge 2.15 My Old Gold 2.45 Sun Cloud 3.15 Bafana Blue Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Hayley Turner to face disciplinary panel over bets while still a jockey Support The Guardian Horse racing Share on WhatsApp Politologue, by contrast, has thrived thanks to a drop back to two miles, having been bought by John Hales, his owner, with a view to winning a Cheltenham Gold Cup. He jumped impeccably throughout, closed on Ar Mad towards the end of the long line of fences on the back straight and sealed the win with another slick jump at the last.“The faster they go and the more he can get a tow into a race, the better,” Nicholls said. “John always wanted him to be a Gold Cup horse and we tried to make him a three-miler, but then we went to Aintree [where he fell at the last when leading in a Grade One] and that’s why we’re back at two miles.“I suspect we’ll go to Ascot with him at the end of January [for the Clarence House Chase] and then on to Cheltenham [for the Queen Mother Champion Chase].“I was lucky to have all those good horses [in the past] but they only come in cycles and you’ve got to bring them along from the start, which we’ve done with him. He reminds me a bit of Master Minded. I’m not saying he’s anywhere near as good yet but he jumps well and has a lot of class and at six, he’s going to get better.”The win was Cobden’s first in a Grade One chase and came a few days before the expected return to action of Sam Twiston-Davies, the first-choice jockey at the Nicholls stable.“He’s a really good young jockey,” Nicholls said, “and today was a big occasion for him. He’s chilled and he can do the job, and I’ve got a great team of young jockeys. We wouldn’t dream of looking anywhere else, and Harry’s done an exceptional job today.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Pinterest news Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Lesser-Known Cuts of Beef That Are Perfect for Grilling

first_img Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Editors’ Recommendations Cows are big animals. Big delicious animals. How big? Say you’ve got a 1,200-pound steer that’s going to be processed. From that, after all is said and done, you’re looking at around 500 pounds of meat that is salable. As we know, all that meat isn’t just one type of beef — there are many different cuts of meat that come from a cow. And depending on where you are in the world, the cow is going to be utilized differently.Here in the United States, our cuts are divided into forequarter and hindquarter cuts, from which we get the heavy hitters we know and love: the briskets and the sirloins and the tenderloins (where filet mignon comes from) and the list goes on.For every cut we see on a menu, though, chances are there are at least one or two that are overlooked. We here at The Manual think these lesser-known cuts should not be going unnoticed; they should be celebrated and eaten after being cooked over fire. That’s why we asked Porter Road co-founders Chris Carter and James Peisker for their thoughts on some underappreciated, but still delicious beef cuts that are perfect for grilling.Check out their recommendations below, then head over to Port Road’s online meat delivery shop (and make room in the freezer).DenverPorter Road“Denver comes from the chuck, which is the shoulder of the beef. It lives underneath the chuck roll and it is just a very large, marbled piece of meat that has a nice chew, incredible flavor, and grills up incredibly well. It’s also very versatile — in fact, at the Atlanta Food & Wine show, we are showcasing five different ways you can prepare the Denver cut.”Chuck EyePorter Road“If the rib eye is the king of the grill, then chuck eye is the prince. A pro, super-secret inside tip: the chuck will taste just as amazing, but for a smaller price.”Teres MajorPorter Road“Teres major is an incredible substitute for filet mignon, and at a price that is a bit easier to swallow. It’s an ultra-lean steak that sits under the shoulder muscle, and because of its difficult to reach and cut precisely, it’s a cut that you don’t see often. If you’re able to find it at the store or local butcher shop, we would recommend grabbing it before it’s gone and experimenting with this delicious cut at home.”Tri-Tip“Tri-tip steak is cut from a tri-tip roast, which is a small, triangular cut from the sirloin. Popularized in the town of Santa Maria, California  —and still a bit of a mystery outside of the state — tri-tip is a pretty lean cut, devoid of sizable fat caps.”PicanhaPorter Road“Picanha is one of the most prized cuts of meat in Brazil, but it still has yet to catch on here in the U.S., which is a shame, if you ask us. Our meat-loving customers gravitate towards this cut from the top of the rump, so much so that it’s often sold out — and that’s because the meat is tender with a ton of flavor.” (Editor’s note: We can confirm picanha goes great with Brazilian sparkling wine.)If you’re looking to experiment more on the grill, why not try oysters or octopus? How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets How to Cook Steak in the Ovenlast_img read more

Nova Scotians Benefit from Cleaner Environment Greener Economy

first_imgProtecting the environment and growing the province’s green economy to benefit families are the goals of legislation that will be introduced today, Nov. 19. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau will table amendments to the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. “Nova Scotians have clearly told us that they want their environment protected for future generations,” said Mr. Belliveau. “As a fisherman who lived through the cod moratorium, I know the importance of balancing economic prosperity with environmental protection to ensure opportunities exist for future generations. That’s what this bill is about.” “The future prosperity of this province depends on how we are able to manage both our environment and our economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “The province will continue to look for opportunities that will create good jobs and grow the economy in all areas of Nova Scotia while protecting the environment.” One example is the province’s continued investment in clean technology companies, announcing a $24-million clean technology fund in April 2011 to help companies access capital. The fund is administered through Innovacorp. The changes are based on recommendations of the Minister’s Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity, which carried out a review of the legislation last year. “The primary message we heard during our provincewide consultation was that genuine, balanced integration of environment and economy is pivotal to our province’s future,” said Marty Janowitz, chair of the round table. “We are encouraged by the careful consideration and response by the government to our recommendations, and believe these changes will signal that this effort should accelerate across government and all business sectors.” Other amendments reflect the current status of goals and include all government departments in the effort to achieve goals and progress reports. Nova Scotia has achieved 14 of the act’s 21 original goals, and is working to meet the remaining targets. The legislation must be reviewed every five years by the roundtable, made up of members from industry, environment and government. More information on the review and recommendations is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/dept/egspa.review.asp .last_img read more

ABCs to Follow Prudent Expense Policies

first_imgNova Scotia agencies, boards and commissions will have to follow travel and expense policies that are in line with the province’s. Treasury Board will issue a directive in light of the auditor general’s report that outlined weaknesses in controls for expenses and travel claims in several agencies, boards and commissions. “Nova Scotians expect proper controls and transparency around the way that public funds are used,” said Deputy Premier and Treasury Board chair Frank Corbett. “We will look at ABCs, as we look to all government departments, to play a more active role in finding efficiencies and reducing government spending.” The eight agencies, boards and commissions named in the auditor general’s spring report have accepted all of his recommendations and agreed to implement them. This directive will ensure all ABCs follow provincial policy, or develop comparable policies that control costs and demonstrate prudent business conduct. Treasury Board will begin working with the groups on the directive in the coming weeks. FOR BROADCAST: Nova Scotia agencies, boards and commissions will have to follow travel and expense policies that are in line with the province’s. Treasury Board will issue a directive in light of the auditor general’s report that outlined weaknesses in controls for expenses and travel claims in several agencies, boards and commissions. Treasury Board chair Frank Corbett says the province will look for ABCs to play a more active role in finding efficiencies and reducing government spending. The eight agencies, boards and commissions named in the auditor general’s spring report have accepted all of his recommendations and agreed to implement them. -30-last_img read more

Ambassador 4 Main Suspects of Imlil Murders Became Radicalized Quickly

Rabat – Moroccan Ambassador to Norway Lamia Radi told Norway’s NRK television channel that the four main suspects involved in murdering Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland near Imlil were radicalized “so quickly.” The rapidity prevented Moroccan intelligence services from arresting the suspects before the attack.Radi said that the suspects were radicalized in less than a week, and the killings seemed “improvised.”The Moroccan diplomat added that Morocco’s security services are “currently investigating whether some of the 15 people arrested in the case have fought for Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.” Quoted by television station TV2 Nyheder, the Norwegian Defense Research Institute’s Thomas Hegghammer said that the suspects were not asked by ISIS to commit the crime. He also believes that the double murder of the tourists seemed “improvised and opportunistic.”Read Also: Khiame: Swiss-Spanish Suspect Planned More Attacks with Imlil SuspectsMorocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested 23 suspects in connection to the double murder.Morocco’s law enforcement found the bodies of the two Scandinavian tourists on December 17, 2018.All suspects have appeared before the court. Convicted terrorists in Morocco typically receive sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years in prison. read more

UN feeds over 18000 Congolese victims of attacks by Ugandan rebels

31 December 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered emergency supplies for more than 18,000 displaced people in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are victims of violence at the hands of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered emergency supplies for more than 18,000 displaced people in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are victims of violence at the hands of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).The aid, delivered both by air and by land, was distributed together with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Caritas in Orientale Province in and around the town of Dungu, which is situated near the DRC’s borders with Sudan and Uganda, WFP said in an update today.The LRA has attacked several communities, killing civilians, burning homes and abducting civilians. With new massacres perpetrated by the LRA having been reported, WFP said the need for humanitarian assistance could jump significantly in the coming weeks.The rebel group is “attacking just ordinary villages,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told reporters in New York today, adding that protecting civilians is “extremely difficult.”The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, is already “extremely overstretched” in the eastern DRC and has a limited number of forces in the Dungu area, but is “doing its best under those circumstances” to protect people, he said.The UN hopes to “get across to the LRA that they will be held accountable,” Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said.MONUC said it cannot estimate the number of people killed due to the remoteness and lack of communications in the region, but local and humanitarian officials said nearly 200 people had been killed during the Christmas period alone. The LRA, which has been fighting Ugandan forces since the 1980s and has since spilled over into Sudan and DRC, are notorious for human rights abuses including the killing and maiming of civilians, and the abduction and recruitment of children as soldiers and sex slaves.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the “appalling atrocities” reportedly committed by LRA in the eastern DRC and southern Sudan, and demanded that they respect all rules of international humanitarian law.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, he called on the Ugandan, DRC and southern Sudanese forces on the ground to coordinate with the humanitarian community and UN missions in the region to ensure the effective delivery of aid to those affected by the LRA attacks.WFP and its partners seek to reach some 800,000 people in the eastern DRC who have been driven from their homes by fighting in recent months among Government forces (FARDC), the mainly Tutsi rebel group known as the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP), the mainly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), among other groups which have repeatedly clashed in various permutations and shifting alliances.Over half a million people have been uprooted in North Kivu Province since the clashes began escalating in the second half of this year. In both North and South Kivu Provinces, skirmishes are continuing among armed groups, and insecurity and poor road conditions are still thwarting the delivery of aid.WFP said today that while there is enough food to cover immediate needs in eastern DRC, it foresees a shortfall of 22,000 metric tons over the next six months.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged the international community to not turn a blind eye to the suffering of women and children in the region.Sexual violence and exploitation have been rampant and taking place without impunity in villages and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), with women and girls reporting being raped both within sites and when venturing out for firewood, water and food.In Kibati camp in North Kivu, soldiers abducted and tried to rape two girls, and shot one dead and sent the other fleeing. Both of these girls had taken part in the UNICEF-backed child-friendly space programme.“UNICEF urges the authorities to protect all children and adults from sexual violence, whether perpetrated by parties to the conflict or civilians,” said Pierrette Vu Thi, a representative for the agency in the DRC.“Prevention of sexual violence requires the commitment of the Government, armed forces, and groups, and community leaders to reduce the risks that girls and women face and to proactively promote a zero tolerance position toward sexual violence and abuse.” read more

Focus on the Markets

by News Staff Posted May 7, 2012 4:24 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was up 25-100ths to close at 100.70 cents U-S on Monday.The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index lost 10.58 points to 11,860.66.Volume at 4:15 p.m. ET was 272.88 (m) million shares, valued at $4.19 (b) billion dollars.In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,008.53, down 29.74 points.The Nasdaq composite index up 1.42 points at 2,957.76.New York gold futures prices were down six dollars, 10 cents, to 1,639 dollars, 10 cents U-S an ounce on the June contract.Oil fell 55 cents on the June contract to close at 97 dollars, 94 cents U-S.Canola futures were lower, ranging from six dollars, 70 cents, to one dollar, 10 cents.Western barley futures closed unchanged.(The Canadian Press, The Associated Press)—DVS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Focus on the Markets read more

Canadian economy expands 05 per cent in July beating expectations

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Canadian economy beat expectations in July with fresh data showing it expanded 0.5 per cent as the country continued moving away from a contraction earlier in the year.Statistics Canada data released Friday for real gross domestic product found the month’s growth was largely tied to resumption of oilsands production. It had been disrupted by massive wildfires that also forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., in May.This marked the second month of growth, following a 0.6 per cent gain in June. The increases followed contractions of 0.6 per cent in May and 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 — the worst quarterly performance since the Great Recession of 2009.“Recent monthly GDP figures have been deeply skewed by the see-saw in oilsands output, but that story has now run its course,” Douglas Porter, chief economist with BMO Financial Group, said in a research note Friday.“Importantly, the big bounce in July GDP has broken the narrative that the Canadian economy was sinking back into the mire, and will dampen down talk that the Bank (of Canada) would need to cut rates again soon — at least due to domestic factors.”The Bank of Canada has predicted a third-quarter GDP rebound of 3.5 per cent thanks to oil production back online and reconstruction efforts in Alberta’s oilsands region.Statistics Canada said there was a 19 per cent increase in non-conventional oil extraction, which includes oilsands. It was the driving force behind a 3.9 per cent increase in the overall mining, oil and gas extraction sector.Conventional oil and gas extraction rose at a slower pace (0.6 per cent) while mining declined by 3.1 per cent, mostly because of a diamond mine closure for repairs in the Northwest Territories following a fire in June.The output of goods-producing industries overall rose one per cent in July while output from service-producing industries advanced 0.3 per cent.The Statistics Canada report was stronger than a general estimate from economists, who had forecast growth of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The GDP figures indicate that Canada’s economy began the third quarter on solid footing after it experienced a significant contraction in the second quarter.“Much like June, July saw a continued recovery of economic activity following the wildfire-led disruptions in May,” TD economist Brian DePratto wrote in a commentary.“The story is more positive than just the recovery however, with a welcome broad-based expansion of economic activity in the month.”Manufacturing output rose 0.4 per cent overall, due to a rise in non-durable goods such as petrochemicals. The finance and insurance sectors grew 0.9 per cent. The transportation and warehousing sector rose 1.1 per cent, in part because of travel to events such as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.However, there were pockets of weakness.Durable goods manufacturing fell 1.4 per cent — including declines from motor vehicles and parts and aerospace products and parts — while construction declined for a fourth month in a row, down 0.8 per cent.Support activities for mining, oil and gas extraction fell for a sixth month in a row, dropping by 6.9 per cent because of less drilling activity. Canadian economy expands 0.5 per cent in July, beating expectations read more

Saudi Arabia at General Assembly calls for urgent UN reforms to confront

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah of Kuwait addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah also referred to regional crises from the Assembly podium, denouncing “the intentional targeting of residential areas, civil and medical facilities, the indiscriminate bombing and dropping of barrel bombs, as well as the use of internationally banned weapons” in Syria. “Kuwait renews its support of the endeavours of the United Nations, and to the international efforts aiming to reach a political solution in Syria,” he said, also pledging his support for UN efforts in Yemen and Libya, and calling for international cooperation in combatting the “odious phenomenon” of terrorism and beating back ISIL.The Sheikh called on the UN Security Council to compel Israel to implement resolutions that lead to the Palestinian people’s attaining their own independent state over their own territory, with East Jerusalem as capital, along the Israeli borders that existed before 1967. “The persistence of the Israeli occupation authority, in its aggressive practices and policies, emanate, more regrettably so, from a firm conviction, that Israel is immune to any international accountability, exempt from any prosecution, and protected from any criticism or condemnation by the international organizations,” he said. “We are at a pivotal stage,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud declared on the debate’s second day. “We either join together in a collective effort to address the difficult challenges and disasters we are confronted with in the world or fail and in doing so history will not be on our side,” he stated. “The type and scale of the challenges we confront require us to work hard toward the reform of the United Nations system, increase the effectiveness of the Security Council, and revitalize the role of the General Assembly and all the relevant bodies of the United Nations,” he added, calling for a new impetus to enable the UN to cope with the aspirations of the 21st century.Such reforms have proposed increasing the numbers of the 15-member Council, whose resolutions have binding legal force, and enhancing the powers of the Assembly, whose decisions currently lack this.Turning to individual crises, the Prince called for an end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab land, condemning Israel’s “terrorist practices and acts of aggression.” “Achieving any progress in ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict seems impossible in light of the continuation of the Israeli settlement policy, the tampering with the holy city of Jerusalem ruining the Arab, the Islamic and Christian identity of the city, and the heartless policy of repression practiced against the Palestinian people,” he said.Calling for a transition in Syria by supporting the moderate opposition, he faulted the world community for failing to “to take concerted decisions to save the Syrian people from the crimes that take place there, murders, destruction and displacement all of which is made by President Bashar al-Assad.”Saudi Arabia is keen to provide assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries through direct aid to campaigns to collect donations for their relief, he said, noting in another part of his speech that his country has received more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees and two million from Yemen and is facilitating free access to education, health care and employment for them.As for Yemen, the Prince stressed that Saudi Arabia’s intervention there with its Gulf Cooperation Council allies “has received a great international acceptance” and has helped launch a national dialogue.Turning to Iran, he condemned its support to “terrorist militias’ groups” in Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere, as well as it dissemination of sectarian speech. “The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to desist from all of the policies of discrimination, racism and sectarianism and to begin to build positive relations with its neighbours on the basis of the principles of good-neighbourliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States,” he said.He also denounced recent United States congressional action to allow Americans to sue Saudis in connection with the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, as “a serious threat to the sovereign rights,” reaffirmed his country’s priority in fighting extremist speech and ideologies that feed terrorism and pledged full Saudi cooperation with the UN to tackle the refugee crisis. read more

Agilent introduces nextgeneration spectrometer at Mining Indaba in Cape Town

first_imgAgilent Technologies introduced its next-generation microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer (MP-AES) at Mining Indaba this week. Agilent also presented its full portfolio of solutions for the mining industry, including MP-AES, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer, micro gas chromatograph, portable Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma triple quad mass spectrometer and other micro GC and portable FTIR technologies.“Agilent has hit a home run with its new MP-AES instrument, which is ideal for both gold and base metal analysis,” said Agilent customer Bobby Joe Reichel of Newmont Mining Corp.“MP-AES is a revolutionary technology that runs entirely on air,” said Agilent’s Keith Bratchford, General Manager, spectroscopy products. “It is perfectly suited for the analytical needs of the mining industry and now offers expanded application capabilities, such as remote analysis of major and minor elements in geological samples.”Throughout Indaba Agilent scientists and product specialists are demonstrating how the company’s atomic spectroscopy products address a wide variety of mining needs, including remote, field-based analysis of samples, and laboratory solutionslast_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2018

first_img This holiday season, Netflix is gifting subscribers with blockbuster titles — Infinity War (making its debut on Christmas Day), The Theory of Everything, and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, just to name a few.The Netflix Originals lineup will also deck your (TV) halls. Look out for Springsteen on Broadway, Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable, and Bird Box.Here’s everything that Netflix has announced will be coming to your screens this December.December 1Memories of Alhambra (Season 1)8 Mile (2002)Astro Boy (2009)Battle (2018) Netflix Original MovieBride of Chucky (1998)Christine (1983)Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)Crossroads: One Two Jaga (2018) Netflix Original MovieFriday (1995)Friday After Next (2002)Hellboy (2004)Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone (Season 1)Meet Joe Black (1998)My Bloody Valentine (2009)Next Friday (2000)Reindeer Games (2000)Seven Pounds (2008)Shaun of the Dead (2004)Terminator Salvation (2009)The Big Lebowski (1998)The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass (Season 5)The Last Dragon (1985)The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)December 2The Lobster (2015)December 3Blue Planet (Season 1)Hero Mask (Season 1) Netflix Original AnimeThe Sound of Your Heart: Reboot (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 4District 9 (2009)December 6Happy! (Season 1)December 75 Star Christmas Netflix Original MovieBad Blood (1984)Dogs of Berlin (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesDumplin’ Netflix Original MovieFree Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas Netflix Original SpecialMowgli: Legend of the Jungle Netflix Original MovieNailed It! Holiday! Netflix Original SpecialNATALE A 5 STELLE Netflix OriginalNeo Yokio: Pink Christmas Netflix Original SpecialPine Gap Netflix OriginalReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? Netflix OriginalSuper Monsters and the Wish Star Netflix OriginalThe American Meme Netflix OriginalThe Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur) Netflix Original MovieThe Ranch (Part 6) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 9Sin senos sí hay paraíso (Season 3)December 10Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009)December 11Vir Das: Losing It Netflix OriginalDecember 12Back Street Girls: Gokudols Netflix Original SeriesOut of Many, One Netflix Original MovieDecember 13Wanted (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 14Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale Netflix Original SpecialRoma Netflix Original MovieFuller House (Season 4) Netflix Original SeriesThe Innocent Man Netflix Original DocuseriesTravelers (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesCuckoo (Season 4) Netflix Original SeriesDance & Sing with True: Songs Netflix OriginalInside the Real Narcos Netflix Original DocuseriesInside the World’s Toughest Prisons (Season 3) Netflix Original DocuseriesPrince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle Netflix Original SpecialSunderland Til I Die Netflix Original DocuseriesThe Fix Netflix Original Variety ShowThe Protector (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesTidelands Netflix Original SeriesVoltron: Legendary Defender (Season 8) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 16Baby Mama (2008)Kill the Messenger (2014)One Day (2011)Springsteen on Broadway Netflix Original SpecialThe Theory of Everything (2014)December 18Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable Netflix Original SpecialBaki Netflix Original MovieTerrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 5) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 213Below: Tales of Arcadia Netflix Original Series7 Days Out Netflix Original SeriesBack With the Ex Netflix OriginalBad Seeds Netflix Original MovieBird Box Netflix Original MovieDerry Girls Netflix OriginalDiablero Netflix OriginalGreenleaf (Season 3)LAST HOPE (Part 2) Netflix OriginalPerfume Netflix OriginalSirius the Jaeger Netflix OriginalStruggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski Netflix Original MovieTales by Light (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesThe Casketeers Netflix OriginalWolf (BÖRÜ) Netflix OriginalDecember 24Hi Score Girl Netflix OriginalThe Magicians (Season 3)December 25Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Disney ExclusiveAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 11)December 26Alexa & Katie (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesYOU (Season 1)December 28Instant Hotel Netflix OriginalLa noche de 12 años Netflix Original MovieSelection Day Netflix OriginalWhen Angels Sleep Netflix Original MovieYummy Mummies Netflix Original SeriesDecember 30The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)December 31The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man (2018)More on Geek.com:Best Streaming Media Device: Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon FireYour Favorite Roald Dahl Stories Are Coming to NetflixNetflix, WB Settle Satanic Lawsuit Over ‘Sabrina’ Statue Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

Uncover Your Pets Ancestry With Cat DNA Test

first_img We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Humans aren’t the only ones curious about their ancestry.Basepaws is bringing its at-home DNA test for cats to next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Available for $95, the kit helps owners better understand their pet’s ancestry, health, traits, and habits by providing disease markers and breed characteristics, among other information.Simply tear some hair out of your cat’s back using the included adhesive tape (“a little bit like waxing your cat,” according to Basepaws CEO and founder Anna Skaya), or request a swab kit for hairless felines.Then send your sample to the lab and sit tight for eight to 12 weeks (possibly up to five months) while analysts process your pet’s DNA.“Genetics will revolutionize the way we take care of our cats, but we’re just getting started,” the website said.Sign up now for an initial report about your pet’s breed and ancestors; future documents will focus on its health and other traits.“DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans. We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats,” Skaya said in a statement.“Our reports connect owners with insights about their cat’s breed,” she continued. “The technology is there to change how we approach our beloved pets’ well-being.”Find out what your cat’s DNA can tell you about their ancestry and, ultimately, their health and habits (via Basepaws)Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing means anyone (or, in fact, anything) with DNA can acquire their ancestral and genealogical history. Even man’s best friend.Dogs, mice, and humans share a core set of chromosomes—so much alike that at least one DTC testing company couldn’t distinguish between person and pooch.As part of an investigation into the accuracy of home testing kits, NBC Chicago reporter Phil Rogers last year submitted his genetic code for testing by multiple companies. He also shipped off DNA of Labrador Retriever Bailey.Keep in mind, though, the potential perils of at-home DNA testing, as highlighted in a study by diagnostics company Ambry Genetics.More on Geek.com:Keep Your Friends and Family Close With DNA Tattoo InkAt-Home CRISPR Test Helps Detect Disease‘Whisker Fatigue’ Is Real, and Your Cat Probably Has It Stay on targetlast_img read more