Apple turning distasteful for BJP as growers feel let down

first_imgShimla: The crunchy delicious Himachal apples will hit the markets nearly three months later. But, there are fears that the next crop could be little distasteful for the BJP.In the election time, trouble is brewing in the state’s apple belt. Hundreds of apple growers duped by the commission agents also called as ‘arthiyas’ are up in the arms against the state government and its bodies – Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) for apathy towards their plights. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Commission agents (middlemen) have not paid nearly Rs 100 crore to the growers in lieu of their produce i.e., apple boxes sold to the outside buyers and traders at different marketing yards, run by the APMC. “The next season is in the offing but farmers don’t have money to buy inputs and undertake orchard operations. This is a crucial time for apple growers. But, poor farmers are making around of the commission agents. Some farmers have turned penniless,” alleged Sanjay Chauhan, a former Shimla Mayor, who is organising farmers’ struggle for their rights. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe state with its Rs 3,500 crore apple economy – which forms 49 per cent of total fruit production in the state, is bound to have an impact on the elections if the growers resort to agitation. Kisan Sangrah Samiti –a body of the farmers backed by CPM leaders, including Sanjay Chauhan, has already given a call for protest in Shimla on April 22. Chauhan has held a series of meetings with the affected farmers at Kotkhai, Rohru and other places —all parts of Shimla Parliamentary constituency. As par Agriculture Marketing Act, the commission agents are accountable for all payments, which accrue to the farmers for the produce sold at the designated marketing places. The commission agents have to take bank guarantees from the wholesale buyers. This is a preventive clause to protect the interests of the farmers. ‘At the fall of the hammer, the buyer has to clear his payments before he takes away the produce. The responsibility lies on the commission agents to pay to the grower. But there is corrupt nexus between the Commission agents, buyers and also those heading the APMCs to dupe the poor growers,” Chauhan says. During state assembly’s budget session, CPM MLA Rakesh Singha and BJP MLA Balbir Verma raised the issue of non-payments for the product to the apple growers. The government admitted that the growers have been left high and dry. The government, however, promised to ensure that all payments and arrears are cleared by March 31, 2019. This has not happened yet. Currently, there are around 91 FIRs registered by the apple growers at different police stations. The amount involved runs in crores. The anger is building-up steadily in the areas known for apple growing. Out of 12 districts in the state, seven are growing apples having more than 1.70 lakh families engaged in the apple cultivation. CPM MLA Rakesh Singha says it’s a new case of farmers distress.The government is not doing anything to stop the loot. The farmers are sole victims.”last_img read more

TimorLeste praises UN for critical role in securing sovereignty

“It was through the United Nations that a solution was found for what was then tabled as the ‘question of East Timor,’” Timorese Foreign Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa told General Assembly.“It was the United Nations that shouldered the responsibility of finding a just solution to that question and was indeed able to do so with success,” Mr. da Costa said in a speech to the annual General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. da Costa noted that the decision to employ the UN to resolve his country’s conflict through peaceful means and to defer to the UN Charter was a wise one.“The engagement with the United Nations continues to be the policy of Timor-Leste today,” he added. “Timor-Leste has benefited greatly from this engagement, through the dedicated work of successive UN missions and through the presence and work of the various United Nations agencies, funds and programmes.”Timorese turned out in huge numbers on 30 August 1999 to vote in a popular consultation on their future. The result – announced five days later on 4 September – was an overwhelming choice for independence over autonomy within Indonesia. UN administrators moved in soon after the vote, which was followed by widespread violence in which 1,500 to 2,000 people were killed, and helped shepherd Timor-Leste to its eventual independence as a State in 2002.“The UN’s current mission in Timor-Leste, UNMIT, is a testament to the need for a longer term engagement by the UN,” said Mr. da Silva, noting that the crisis in 2006 – when tensions within the security sector led to deadly riots – was a reminder of the fragility of peace when State institutions are still weak and need strengthening. 28 September 2009The Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste today paid tribute to the United Nations for the world body’s role over the past decade and more in supporting the South-East Asian nation on its path to independence. read more

From Brexhaustion to backstop AP translates Brexitspeak

LONDON — From backstop to Brexiteer, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has spawned a baffling array of new terms, while British parliamentary terminology is also confusing an audience across the world.The Associated Press deciphers some key words and phrases:ARTICLE 50: Article 50 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty sets out the procedure for a country wishing to leave the bloc and imposes a two-year countdown to that country’s departure. Britain triggered the process on March 29, 2017, and was due to leave on March 29, 2019. Amid deadlock in Britain’s Parliament the EU agreed a Brextension until April 12 and then until Oct. 31.BACKSTOP: The Brexit backstop is part of the withdrawal agreement between the EU and Britain. It’s an insurance policy designed to ensure there are no customs checks or other border infrastructure between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. The backstop says if no other solution is found, Britain will remain in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the Irish border open. Opposition to the backstop from pro-Brexit British lawmakers is the main reason the deal has been defeated in ParliamentBREXHAUSTION: The state of anxious weariness felt by many U.K. citizens and politicians at the unresolved Brexit crisis, almost three years after Britain voted to leave the EU.BREXIT: A contraction of “British exit,” Brexit is Britain’s departure from the European Union. The U.K. joined the bloc in 1973, and held a 2016 referendum on its membership that was won by the “leave” side.BREXITER/BREXITEER: A supporter of Britain’s exit from the European Union.BREXTREMIST: Pejorative term for a Brexit supporter.BREXTENSION: Brexit extension, a delay to Britain’s exit from the EU. This has been granted until Oct. 31.BRINO: An acronym that means “Brexit in name only.” It’s a pejorative term used by Brexiteers for a “soft Brexit” departure in which Britain retains close economic and regulatory ties with the European Union.CONFIRMATORY VOTE: A new referendum in which voters would be asked whether to approve any Brexit deal passed by Parliament. The other option would be remaining in the EU, so this plan is mainly favoured by those who hope Brexit can be stopped. Also known by its supporters as a “people’s vote.”CUSTOMS UNION: The European Union customs union makes the 28-nation bloc a single customs territory, with no tariffs or border checks on goods moving between member states. It also has common tariffs on goods entering the bloc from the outside.DE-SELECT: A decision by a political party that the current elected lawmaker will not run as the party’s candidate in the next election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to do this to any Conservative lawmakers who support the opposition’s attempts to block a no-deal Brexit (see below).EUROPEAN UNION: Formed in 1957 as the European Economic Community by France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the group is now a 28-nation bloc of more than 500 million people with substantial powers over member nations’ laws, economies and social policies.HARD BREXIT: A Brexit that sees the U.K. cut many of its ties with the EU, including leaving the EU’s vast single market and customs union. Some supporters of the idea prefer the term “clean Brexit,” and say it will enable Britain to forge its own trade deals around the world.INDICATIVE VOTE: Britain’s Parliament has held a series of non-binding “indicative votes” on various Brexit outcomes as a way of finding out whether any have majority support. Lawmakers rejected every option, from leaving the EU without a deal to holding a new referendum on whether to remain.LEAVER: A Briton who voted to leave the European Union. See also Brexiteer.NO-DEAL BREXIT: If Britain and the EU do not finalize a divorce deal, Britain will cease to be an EU without an agreement setting out what happens next. A no-deal Brexit would rip up the rules that govern ties between the U.K. Many businesses say that would cause economic chaos.PROROGATION: Suspending a session of Parliament without dissolving it. Johnson’s move to do this will keep Parliament away for five weeks in the run-up to the Brexit deadline. He says this is necessary to set out his government’s future policies, but opponents believe he is trying to reduce the amount of time available for debate and legislation that could block a no-deal Brexit.REMAINER: A Briton who voted to stay in the European Union.REMOANER, REMAINIAC: Pejorative terms for people who want the U.K. to remain in the EU.SINGLE MARKET: The EU’s single market makes the bloc a common economic zone in which goods and services can move freely with no internal borders or barriers.SOFT BREXIT: A Brexit that sees the U.K. retain its close economic ties with the EU, including membership in the bloc’s single market and customs union.WITHDRAWAL OF THE WHIP: A political party deciding that a lawmaker does not represent it in Parliament any more, effectively suspending that person from the party. Johnson is threatening to do this to any Conservative lawmakers who support the opposition’s attempts to block a no-deal Brexit.WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT/POLITICAL DECLARATION: In November 2018, Britain and the EU struck a two-part divorce agreement. It consists of a legally binding, 585-page withdrawal agreement setting out the terms of the U.K.’s departure, and a shorter, non-binding political declaration committing the two parties to close future ties. The agreement must be approved by the British and European parliaments to take effect, but Britain’s Parliament has rejected it three times. Johnson has insisted it is unacceptable and is seeking to renegotiate it.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Press read more

UN Palestinian refugee agency seeks 11 billion over five years

The main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees today presented a $1.1-billion blueprint to improve the life chances of 4 million Palestinians and enhance their ability to support themselves over five years.“This is not a prescriptive plan, it is an outline meant to accommodate changing realities and needs on the ground,” UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Peter Hansen told an international donors’ meeting in Geneva.“It is a testimony to the commitment of UNRWA and its donor partners to help the Palestine refugees live in dignity and achieve their ambitions for self-reliance and development.”In recent years UNRWA resources have not kept pace with the growing needs of the refugees and by many indicators the refugees are slipping backwards in comparison with the non-refugees they live amongst. Refugee education and health facilities are often hugely overcrowded and under-equipped.Refugee homes, especially those of the one-third who live in camps, are in a dilapidated condition, while UNRWA’s tools for helping refugees out of poverty are woefully overstretched.UNRWA’s medium term plan (MTP) is the product of many months of dialogue between the Agency and the donor community and has been influenced by the recommendations of a major conference held in June 2004 in Geneva to examine the future of humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees.It will enhance the quality of education, health and social services but also better promote self-reliance among the refugees by extending the Agency’s micro-credit programme, increasing its provision of vocational training and by upgrading the conditions in the refugee camps.In education, priorities include matching host authority curricula, reducing the use of rented schools, reducing classroom overcrowding and creating special educational needs centres to work with the most vulnerable children. In health, it focuses on reducing the excessive workloads of medical staff, expanding psycho-social support and early detection of disabilities for children.Last year UNRWA received the most donations for a single year in its 55-year history – more than $502 million. read more

Five injured as van ploughs into Ennis supermarket

first_img(Pic: Barry Coffey) FIVE PEOPLE WERE injured after a van reversed into a grocery shop in Clare last night causing extensive damage.The incident happened at around 8.30pm at Lynch’s Centra on the Gort Road in Ennis when the white van went through the front windows and door of the busy 24-hour shop.Several large panels of glass were smashed and stock inside the shop was damaged by the vehicle, which stopped just in front of the main counter in the shop.The Clare Herald reports that emergency services arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and one person was hospitalised for their injuries. The others were treated at the scene.Many residents in the area took to Twitter to question what was going on as gardaí and fire brigade teams arrived at the shop.Gardaí are investigating the incident.Read: President awarded Honorary Freedom of Ennis >last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #MONEY: The HSE gave €41 million to the Rehab Group and €16 million to the CRC last year as part of its grants given to all the hospitals and health agencies operating in the State, according to figures released today.2. #LOCAL ELECTIONS: The date for the local and European Parliament elections has been set for Friday 23 May, the Government has announced. A total of 949 councillors and 11 MEPS will be elected on the day.3. #COURTS: A number of cases before the Court of Criminal Appeal may have to be reheard after a High Court judge fell seriously ill. Chief Justice Susan Denham said Mr Justice Michael Hanna had been involved in a number of cases where no final decision had yet been made.4. #STARDUST: The Minister for Justice has ruled out another inquiry into the Stardust fire, despite families of victims claiming to have uncovered fresh evidence.5. #RICH: Facebook’s chief operation officer Sheryl Sandberg has become one of the youngest billionaires in the world at the age of 44 after shares in the social media giant closed at a record high.last_img read more

I am humbled Barack and Michelle Obamas official portraits unveiled at Portrait

first_img‘I am humbled’: Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits unveiled at Portrait Gallery The gallery in Washington has a complete collection of presidential portraits. Feb 12th 2018, 6:34 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Hayley Halpin Share5 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3848851 51 Comments [image alt=”Obama Portrait” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/02/obama-portrait-3-296×197.jpg” width=”296″ height=”197″ credit-source=”Andrew%20Harnik” credit-via=”PA%20Images” caption=”Former%20President%20Barack%20Obama%2C%20left%2C%20speaks%20at%20the%20unveiling%20ceremony%20of%20the%20portraits%20″ class=”alignnone” /end]THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT Gallery in Washington has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by the Obamas.The portraits were unveiled to the public this afternoon at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.A second and different set of portraits of the former first couple will eventually hang in the White House.Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley – an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans.For Michelle Obama’s portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.[image alt=”Obama Portrait” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/02/obama-portrait-4-296×197.jpg” width=”296″ height=”197″ credit-source=”Andrew%20Harnik” credit-via=”PA%20Images” caption=”Michelle%20Obama’s%20official%20portrait%20″ class=”alignnone” /end]“I am humbled. I am proud, but most of all I am grateful for all the people that came before me in this journey,” Michelle Obama said, speaking at the event.Speaking shortly after his wife, citing the work Wiley does in relation to African-American portraits, Barack Obama said: “Kehinde lifted the unseen up. He gave them a platform and told them they belonged.”The portraits will be officially installed and available for public viewing starting on 13 February.National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet explained the process of the portrait creation: “Every portrait commission has four people: the sitter, the artist, the patron and most importantly, the view.”With reporting by Associated Press. Read: Mary Lou McDonald says nothing ‘insurmountable left to resolve’ in Stormont talksMore: Dart passengers are less satisfied than most commuters – but Luas users are delighted Monday 12 Feb 2018, 6:34 PM 23,602 Views last_img read more

Helen Kapalos on the move

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “My first love is journalism and long-form features are my passion.”After a year as host of Channel Seven’s Today Tonight program, Helen Kapalos resigned last week – having been appointed as senior correspondent with the network’s flagship news and public affairs program Sunday Night. Ms Kapalos told Neos Kosmos that she was thrilled at the appointment, which will also see her work across Seven News, Sunrise and The Morning Show. “This is a dream gig for me and what I have been working towards. My first love is journalism, and long-form features are my passion,” said the much-travelled Melbourne-based presenter, who added that whilst she loved her time at Today Tonight, the program had not given her the time to work on her “core desire”. Coinciding with Helen’s exit, the future of Today Tonight has come into question, with Channel Nine recently launching a national one-hour news bulletin and moving A Current Affair to 7.00 pm, seeing Nine increase its ratings across the 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm slot. Seven has responded by extending its Sydney and Melbourne bulletins to 40 minutes and cutting Today Tonight to 20 minutes. Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth versions of Today Tonight remain at 30 minutes. Last week Fairfax Media reported that Seven is contemplating a one-hour news service, which could see Today Tonight axed or incorporated into the extended bulletin. Paying tribute to Kapalos’ 12 months as Today Tonight’s host, Seven West Media’s group chief operating officer Nick Chan, said: “Helen has put in a good year on Today Tonight and we thank her for that. We understand her decision to go back to her first love: reporting. We congratulate her on that appointment.” Ms Kapalos – who spoke to Fairfax Media in November about losing her mother Joanna to cancer, and her own recent diagnosis and treatment for the same illness – joined Seven after she was sacked by Ten in a cost-cutting drive. As an ambassador for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for the past eight years, she has striven to raise awareness of the disease and the need for early diagnosis. Ms Kapalos has worked for ABC, SBS and Nine and written, directed and produced an award-winning documentary about the closure of Newcastle’s BHP steelworks while at regional TV station NBN.last_img read more

Migrants minorities will be allowed to join police force

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis said that he will allow minorities and migrants to join the Hellenic Police (ELAS) with the aim of making it a multicultural force.“In a multicultural society, you must have a multicultural police force,” he told the Federation of Greek Police Officers (POASY).“We have to bring into the force people from various groups that have been excluded, such as the Roma, Pomaks and Black Sea Greeks.”Panousis said that he aims for about 5 percent of the police force to be made up of officers from minority groups.POASY had first raised the issue of broadening membership of the police force in terms of ethnicity in 2005 but subsequent discussions did not lead anywhere.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Chinese Buyers to Commit to Large Volume of US Soy

first_imgInformation courtesy of USSEC. Soybeans are barely out of the ground on many U.S. farms, but this year’s crop is already in high demand. China is the No. 1 customer of the 60 percent of U.S. soybeans that are exported each year as whole soybeans and soybean meal and oil. This month, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), with support from the United Soybean Board (USB), American Soybean Association (ASA) and Iowa Soybean Association and in conjunction with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (CFNA), will host a Chinese delegation of buyers at a soybean trade agreement contract signing ceremony July 13 at The Des Moines Embassy Club.“As China’s middle class expands, so does its appetite for protein – and more livestock means more opportunity for U.S. soy as a preferred feed ingredient,” said Xiaoping Zhang, USSEC Country Director – China. “In light of this trend, combined with a boost in trade relations between the U.S and China, the Chinese delegation is expected to sign contracts for a multi-billion dollar volume of U.S. Soy – one of the largest commitments ever.”The exact volume of this year’s purchase won’t be known until July 13. Last year, at similar events Chinese buyers purchased 9 million metric tons (MMT; more than 330 million bushels), of U.S. soybeans, worth nearly $4 billion, and in this marketing year exports to China have already been a record 34 MMT (~1.25 billion bushel).“This latest purchasing commitment signifies the strength of the soy industry and the integral partnership between the U.S. and China as the largest global producer and buyer of soy, respectively,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, ASA director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “International customers have many options; the decision of this Chinese delegation to purchase a large volume of U.S. Soy, year after year, is testament to the reliability of the U.S. as a supplier and the continuous improvement and sustainability of the crop.”This ceremony isn’t the only event celebrating the symbiotic relationship between the farmers who grow U.S. soy and the Chinese buyers who purchase large volumes of it. In June, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter moderated the China Grains and Oilseed Forum in Beijing. The Chinese buyers’ delegation will visit U.S. soybean farms in July. In September, USSEC will host an anniversary event in Beijing to celebrate the 35 years of U.S. Soy in China.In addition to soy, the Chinese delegation is also expected to sign contracts for U.S. sorghum, pork and beef at the July 13 event.USSEC connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.last_img read more

University of Florida president issues apology after several graduates shoved across stage

first_img— Jordy (@_jordanaenae) May 5, 2018UF’s President Kent Fuchs has since issued an apology.“During one of this weekend’s commencement ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage,” said Fuchs in a statement. “I personally apologize, and am reaching out to the students involved. The practice has been halted for all future ceremonies, and we will work to make sure all graduating students know we are proud of their achievements and celebrate with them.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) – The University of Florida is issuing an apology after an usher was seen aggressively shoving graduates across the stage.On Saturday, UF held a commencement ceremony where several students were celebrating their accomplishments. However, the usher was seen grabbing mostly black students and hurrying them across the stage.Some students and those in the audience shared their experience on Twitter. UF Twitter 🗣🗣 Somebody please find out this employee’s name!! Every time a Black student took more than TWO seconds, he aggressively pushed them. Watch it for yourself. #ItsGreatUF pic.twitter.com/zMee1nMbUZ— Chris (@ChicoFreedom) May 5, 2018center_img Another one…. pic.twitter.com/imB8mwbICI last_img read more

Audi hasnt forgotten about fuel cells

first_imgAudi USA Director of Communications, Mark Dahncke, also added that behind the scenes, “Audi has continued its investment in fuel cells all along to keep the tech up to date; last week’s decision is a step up in that investment.” This should be no surprise to those who remember Audi’s H-tron concept from a few years back.Audi representatives also stressed that this increased investment in hydrogen is not an abandonment or replacement of battery electrics. The technologies can live side-by-side for the foreseeable future; no surprise, considering BEVs and FCEVs share so many components. Audi’s commitment to 12 all-electric drive models and roughly a third of its sales being electrified models by 2025 still stands. Tags 70 Photos Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Audi Electric Cars 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof • See All More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Post a comment 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 Audi In an interview with journalists at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Chairman of Audi Board of Management, Bram Schot, announced that the automaker would be increasing its investment in fuel cell technology.The automaker is currently in the middle of a large push towards battery-electric technology. Every Audi car showcased at the show this year features a battery, be it a plug-in hybrid or a full-on battery electric vehicle. This latest development indicates that the German automaker hasn’t forgotten hydrogen as a fuel source for electrification.After giving a hat tip to the success and advancements that Korean and Japanese automakers — specifically, Hyundai and Toyota — have had with hydrogen in the Asian markets, Schot stated that “on the European side we should really intensify development of fuel cell. I decided it last week and now we are going to put more priority into fuel cells.” Schot went on to explain that scarcity of raw materials for batteries and increased supply will eventually push any automaker serious about electrification toward hydrogen as a fuel source stating “at the end of the day, batteries are not sustainable enough — it is sustainable, but if you want to go all the way, you need fuel cells.” Remember the H-tron Quattro concept from 2016? Audi still does. Wayne Cunningham/CNET “We decided last week to put more money in, more capacity of people in and more confidence in we really want to speed that up,” said Schot, who couldn’t offer specifics about how much of a resource or capital investment that Audi has decided to make in hydrogen.Schot went on to state that Audi plans to have a running fuel cell prototype vehicle on the road sometime later this year and that the automaker would follow that up with a limited-run fuel cell vehicle pilot program reaching production by 2021. A timeline for larger scale production would be harder to nail down this early in the game, but Schot was willing to ballpark the “second half of the 2020s.” Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh reading • Audi hasn’t forgotten about fuel cellslast_img read more

Viral Twitter birth year prank will get you locked out of your

first_imgTwitter rules prohibit people under the age of 13 from having an account on the platform. And seeing how this is 2019, if you change your birth year to 2007, that would make you 12. That gets you locked out of your account, Twitter warned Tuesday in a tweet from its support channel.”We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes,” Twitter said in its tweet. “Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.” Comment Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it’ll get you locked out of your account.The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users’ feeds more “colourful” if they change the birth year in their profile to 2007. An early tweet on the trick has been retweeted more than 13,000 times, but the only color change associated with this trick is the user’s face turning red. Internet Tech Industry We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes. Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 26, 2019 Share your voice Tags The user age issue flared up last year when Twitter began automatically locking down accounts of users who identified themselves as being under the age of 13, in response to the General Data Protection Regulation, a sweeping European Union internet privacy law that went into effect in May.Users who’ve lost access to their account can appeal by logging in and following the prompts for inputting an incorrect birthday, a Twitter representative said. They can also fill out this form, and the Twitter team will assist them, the spokesman said. 1 damn changing your birth year to 2007 makes your twitter feed all colourful we been missin out— 44 (@s_rxii) March 25, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Taps in government buildings to have aerators to save water

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to avoid wastage of water, the Centre has asked all its ministries and departments to install aerators in the taps used in the government buildings. An aerator is a device that can control the flow of water from the water taps, thereby avoiding wastage. “All the ministries/departments are requested to issue directions to the concerned authorities to fit aerators in taps used in buildings of ministries/departments of Government of India thereby conserving a large amount of water,” read an office memorandum issued by the Jal Shakti Ministry last month. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “It is brought to the notice of this ministry that a simple device called aerator could control the flow of water from the taps and thereby help in conservation of water. Aerators are small attachments that are fitted at the end of the water taps or can be inserted inside the spout. “The aerators through their fine pores break the incoming stream of water into the sub-streams. Therefore, while the out-flowing water is sufficient for utilization towards cleanliness, wastage is prevented by reducing excess flow. This device substantially saves water with no sacrifice in water pressure and rinse ability of water,” it added. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It also said there is an increasing gap between water availability and demand, which highlights the need for conservation of water. “With water levels falling drastically and several states across India facing a severe water shortage, every small step taken in the direction of conservation of water would go a long way in tackling scarcity of water in the country,” it added.last_img read more

Rickshaw puller killed in road crash

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloA rickshaw puller was killed as a bus hit his rickshaw in Gulistan of the city on Sunday, reports UNB. The deceased was Jakir Hossain, 60, of Nawabganj Upazila of Dhaka.Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) police out-post in-charge Bachchu Mia said Jakir was critically injured as a bus hit his rickshaw around 8:00am.He was declared dead at the hospital around 11:00am, he said.The body was sent to morgue for autopsy, he added.last_img

Ancient bacterial mats may have been key to first mobile animals

first_img The mats, which the researchers believe are likely similar to the type that evolved in some early lagoons during the Ediacaran Period, some 542 million years ago (the time most agree multicellular animals first began to appear) are comprised of a bottom layer of sulphide-oxidizing bacteria, which is covered by a top layer of blue green algae, which produces the oxygen through photosynthesis. They found oxygen levels of between 0.25 and 0.45 atm near the mats, compared to 0.10 at or near the surface.The findings are important because fossil evidence suggests mobile animals first evolved in early salty lagoons that should have been too salty to produce normal plant growth.Of course there is one hiccup in the theory, and that is the fact that the mats only produce oxygen during the day when the sun is shining; oxygen levels around the mats plunge at night, leaving the lagoons a very inhospitable place. However, at Los Roques, there are some insect larvae that exist inside the mats that for the most part shut down at night; hibernating, if you will, and thus can survive with almost no oxygen when it’s dark. Gingras and his team support the notion that perhaps some early life forms could have done the same, though others are not quite ready to jump on that bandwagon.Another issue is that the results are based on the notion that the mats that exist today are in fact the same as the mats that existed way back then; a bit of a leap seeing as how there is really no evidence to support such a supposition. Thus, in order for the ideas suggested in this paper to gain credence, evidence of some similarity will have to be found through further research. © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. Citation: Ancient bacterial mats may have been key to first mobile animals (2011, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-ancient-bacterial-mats-key-mobile.html More information: Possible evolution of mobile animals in association with microbial mats, Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1142AbstractComplex animals first evolved during the Ediacaran period, between 635 and 542 million years ago, when the oceans were just becoming fully oxygenated. In situ fossils of the mobile forms of these animals are associated with microbial sedimentary structures1, 2, 3, and the animal’s trace fossils generally were formed parallel to the surface of the seabed, at or below the sediment–water interface4, 5. This evidence suggests the earliest mobile animals inhabited settings with high microbial populations, and may have mined microbially bound sediments for food resources6, 7, 8. Here we report the association of mobile animals—insect larvae, oligochaetes and burrowing shore crabs—with microbial mats in a modern hypersaline lagoon in Venezuela. The lagoon is characterized by low concentrations of dissolved O2 and pervasive biomats dominated by oxygen-producing cyanobacteria, both analogous to conditions during the Ediacaran. We find that, during the day, O2 levels in the biomats are four times higher than in the overlying water column. We therefore conclude that the animals harvest both food and O2 from the biomats. In doing so, the animals produce horizontal burrows similar to those found in Ediacaran-aged rocks. We suggest that early mobile animals may have evolved in similar environments during the Ediacaran, effectively exploiting oases rich in O2 that formed within low oxygen settings. Explore further Modern animal-biomat associations from Los Roques. b, Potential Upper Ediacaran and Lower Cambrian associations. Image illustration: Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo1142 (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers from Canada studying the highly salty coastal lagoons at Los Roques, Venezuela and the microbial mats found at the bottom of the sea there, have discovered that oxygen levels in the mats, at least in the day time, are high enough to support the development of mobile life forms. Led by University of Alberta palaeontologist, Murray Gingras, the team writes in Nature Geoscience, that levels of oxygen on the ocean floor were up to four times as high as that near the surface; high enough to support the development of mobile sea life; which the team believes could explain how early life forms could have evolved in waters with high salt concentrations. How plants drove animals to the landlast_img read more

This Is The Best MacBook Pro Sale Weve Ever Seen

first_imgHeads up, Mac fans. Best Buy is slashing the price of multiple current-gen 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with prices starting as low as $899.99. It’s the best MacBook Pro sale we’ve ever seen. Let me repeat that — it’s the best MacBook Pro sale we’ve ever seen and easily trumps all Black Friday sales we saw last year. Here’s a small rundown of the what’s on sale:Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ 128GB for $899.99 ($400 off)Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ 256GB for $999.99 ($500 off)Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ 512GB for $1,599.99 ($600 off)Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ 256GB (Touch Bar) for $1,749.99 ($250 off)Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ 256GB (Touch Bar) for $2,199.99 ($200 off)Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ 512GB (Touch Bar) for $2,549.99 ($250 off) Standout deals in that list include the Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ 128GB for $899.99 ($400 off) and the Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ 256GB for $999.99 ($500 off). Each is at an all-time price low and the 256GB model would be our personal pick since it offers a more reasonable 256GB of storage.If you’re a college student with a valid edu e-mail address, you can save an extra $100 on deals marked “Student Deal.” (Sign up for Best Buy’s newsletter, and you’ll get an instant digital coupon you can use on your purchase). Keep in mind that new MacBook Pros are expected sometime this year, but if you can’t wait or don’t want to splurge too much — this is likely the best sale we’ll see for quite some time. AdvertisementBest Laptop Deals in April 2019 Best Mac AppsBuying a MacBook is like getting a ticket to a land of fantastic new software. In addition to all of the free apps that Apple gives to every Mac owner, both the Mac App Store and independent developers provide tools that make using your computer easier — and a little more fun. Our must-have list includes apps that remember your passwords, organize your notes and to-dos, and follow your package deliveries. There’s even a Mac App subscription service that outfits your MacBook with more than 75 programs for only $9.99 per month!Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-macbook-pro-sale?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:4301:43Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭 center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Related Content 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:53Loaded: 2.82%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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(USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more Photo courtesy of Barcocenter_img March 4, 2014 — Eizo Inc. released two 27-inch ColorEdge models, the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 color management monitors. The ColorEdge CG277 is targeted at professionals requiring the most predictable color in their workflow. It features a sensor that is housed inside the monitor and swings up onto the screen for self-calibration. The ColorEdge CX271 is for professionals and prosumers in photography and design. It houses an internal correction sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated with an external sensor.The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 include the features of previous 27-inch ColorEdge monitors while offering a wide-gamut IPS (in-plane switching) panel that reproduces 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. In addition, dark tones retain their depth, even when the screen is viewed at an angle in a dimly lit photographic or post production studio. An LED backlight reduces power consumption by 40 percent and utilizes brightness modulation technology to minimize flickering and eye fatigue. For brightness and color uniformity, Eizo uses its own digital uniformity equalizer (DUE) technology. DUE ensures a Delta-E difference of three or less across the screen. It also counterbalances the influences that a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color temperature and brightness. Eizo’s ColorNavigator calibration software comes bundled with both monitors. ColorNavigator is used for setting the target values for brightness, gamma and white point, and generating an ICC profile. ColorNavigator has a scheduling function that activates the self-calibration and self-correction functions of the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 respectively. The software offers several advanced functions such as emulating the color characteristics of smart phones, tablets and other devices, and profile validation for verifying calibration results.For video editing and post production, the ColorEdge CG277 has a 3-D LUT (look-up table) that adjusts color individually on an RGB cubic table. With ColorNavigator software’s emulation function, the 3-D LUT applies a film look to the image so creators can preview how the image will be seen by their audience. The ColorEdge CG277 comes with several media-standard preset color modes: Rec709, EBU, SMPTE-C and DCI. It also accepts 4K x 2K signals and downscales them to its native resolution of 2,,560 x 1,440.The ColorEdge CG277 is recognized by Fogra as a Class A FograCert Softproof Monitor. Using the CG277 in a FograCert Softproofing System ensures designers, print specifiers and print producers can rely on the soft proof for predictable and consistent results.ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 features include:Gamma curve for each monitor adjusted on the Eizo factory lineDisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D input terminals10-bit display (more than 1 billion colors simultaneously) from a 16-bit look-up table via the DisplayPort inputTwo upstream and two downstream USB portsStable brightness chromaticity, and tone characteristics within seven minutes after power onErgonomic stand with 25° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode and 151.5 mm height adjustmentFive-year manufacturer’s limited warranty including the LCD panel and a 12-month pixel defect warranty for the CG277For more information: www.eizo.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. 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There is nothing like arriving at a luxury hotel i

first_imgThere is nothing like arriving at a luxury hotel in unique style. See Xavier Destribats, above, being driven to what will be Cuba’s first true ultimate hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, right in the centre of town. It receives its first lucky guests on 1 June 2017, but I was tremendously lucky to have a preview, personally led by Destribats, the GM. His entire management team, still without uniforms, was there as guard of honour.Why ‘Manzana’? As a note above the front door says, this was the site of Havana’s first shopping complex, opened by Senor Manzana in 1894. Enter through the door, today, and you are immediately in a theatre of stunning champagne-coloured local marble, with pink-grey fabrics and other accents. To beat Cuba’s famous, or infamous, humidity, Port Elizabeth-based designer Arno Joubert, who formerly worked with Jean-Michel Gathy, has here only used carpets up in the sixth-floor rooftop ballroom. Every other space has marble floors, or wood-look ceramics. Extra-high ceilings everywhere also speak ‘space’, which means that some of the lampshades, like a five-foot beauty in the lobby, can be outrageously large. Up on the second floor are restaurants and bars, including a magnificent cigar lounge with six balconies looking over the central plaza or side streets. Destribats is cleverly getting the country’s six top cigar companies each to sponsor a balcony.And then, built in a triangle around a garden-filled central courtyard, are 264 bedrooms and suites, nearly half with balconies. Rooms follow the champagne-taupe colour scheme. They have wet-area bathrooms, with clear-or-frosted windows from the bed area. Up on the rooftop, all with outstanding views, are the outdoor pool, an adjacent eight-room spa, good Technogym, and a carpeted ballroom, ideal for meetings and weddings. Oh this hotel will, when it opens, have so many features that are unique in Havana, like masses of universal sockets, and the city’s only in-room Wi-Fi, and free (at all other hotels, you buy SIM cards to use routers in lobbies which then become gathering places for any outsiders who have also bought SIM cards).Another big plus is that this luxury hotel has a French GM who obviously knows his food, which in Cuba is quite important unless you are addicted to more starch and sugar than you get at home. But Xavier Destribats, who awaits the arrival of both a French and a Japanese chef, is going to change the perception of Cuban food (he knows that man cannot live on daiquiris and mojitos and cigars alone, but good bread helps and he will be importing proper flour for proper bread made by his German baker).Here, looking in front of you is Parque Central, and Gran Teatro de La Habana, and to one side of the hotel is the Museo Bellas Artes, with, behind you, the Bacardi building, the world’s largest Art Deco structure, and the iconic El Floridita bar, Ernest Hemingway’s renowned watering hole.Ernest Hemingway, with his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer, first came to Cuba in 1928. They were in transit, awaiting another ship, and they spent their three nights in Havana at the Hotel Ambos Mundos, on Obispo, in La Habana Vieja. What is still rated a luxury hotel appears quaintly unique today, with its still-working open-sided elevator, taking some tourists up to room 511, his favourite when he returned on and off for many years after. But, says the Gal, the absolute must for any interested visitor to Havana is to head out to his farm, Finca Vigia, ‘lookout farm’, 19 kilometres from the city. After Hemingway’s death in 1961, his widow, his fourth wife Mary, travelled back to Havana and, although she took away unfinished manuscripts, she gave the farm and most of its contents to Fidel Castro and the Cuban nation.It was opened as a government museum on what would have been Hemingway’s 63rd birthday, 21 July 1962. On 29 April 2016, the US Congress was told how the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognises the entire Finca Vigia estate as the only US Historic Preservation site outside the USA. When visiting today, you cannot go inside his house but you peer through the windows and doors, at some of the 9000-plus books on his shelves, apparently in over 30 languages. You see his study, where he wrote, mornings-long, standing up at his typewriter. The dining room, with a table for six, has a big Miró (now a copy) hanging over, and a Picasso ceramic on the end wall. The guest bedroom has the shortest beds for adults ever seen, but, judging by the number of empty liquor bottles displayed elsewhere in the house, perhaps sleeping was not number one priority here.One tip: when visiting Finca Vigia, do try to get the deputy director of the museum, Isabel Ferrero, as your guide. A fluent English speaker and life-long student of Hemingway, she has access to all the private papers. Only she and Valerie Hemingway, the writer’s protegée and secretary, Valerie Danby-Smith, who married his son, Gregory, after Hemingway’s death, know as much about the minutiae of his life, and since Valerie Hemingway is now in her late 70s, I suggest you stick with learning from Isabel, who delivers her vast knowledge with such enthusiasm, as though she has all the time in the world and as if this is the first time she has ever given the talk. She takes you around the outside of the house, and through some of the six hectares of garden.You hear about the 55 or so cats that Ernest Hemingway loved to have around him. You see the four gravestones for the family dogs. You see the swimming pool in which a guest, Ava Gardner, is supposed to have swum naked, and you see Hemingway’s beloved fishing boat, Pilar. After this, if you want more Hemingway, you can head back into Havana, for drinks at his favourite watering holes, La Bodeguita del Medio, where he had his famous Hemingway Mojito (double the rum, but hold the sugar), and, next to the gorgeous luxury Gran Hotel Mazana Kempinski La Habana, the bar La Floridita, where he tended to choose a daiquiri. Alternatively you could go back to his favourite hotel, Ambos Mundos, for a drink in the bar there. What a shame Hemingway never saw Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana because that, undoubtedly, would be his top for style, and authenticity. Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.com.last_img read more

Pissarides has no plans to quit economy council

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouTHE head of the National Economic Council (NEC) Christoforos Pissarides has no intention of resigning and the Council continues its work as normal, a spokesman for the Nobel laureate told the Cyprus Mail yesterday.The spokesman was responding to a report by local daily Simerini that claimed Pissarides plans to tender his resignation to President Nicos Anastasiades in the coming days after having moved back to the United Kingdom, and that the Council is thoroughly displeased at having its work systematically snubbed by the government.“There is no such issue,” said spokesman Yiorgos Demetriou.“Professor Pissarides has not moved to the UK, and has no intention of resigning his post as chairman of the National Economic Council.”The denial was later confirmed by the NEC, which issued a short statement saying Pissarides will not be resigning and will continue to perform the duties of chairman of the NEC, while deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos echoed Demetriou’s “no such issue.”“[Pissarides’] meetings with the President have been very frequent and his views have been seriously considered,” said Papadopoulos.Citing an unnamed Council member, Simerini reported that the NEC is disappointed by the fact that its recommendations have been largely ignored by the government.“We recently submitted a study on restoring economic growth in Cyprus and no one showed an interest in seeing or hearing us,” the story attributed to the source.Another source of discontent, according to the report, was the fact that during the Troika’s last two visits to the island, no meeting had been arranged with the Council – in contrast to previous Troika visits – which it considered proof of its marginalisation.“There may be some friction among Council members,” Demetriou subtly confirmed.“But that means nothing to the function of the NEC, which continues its work regardless of personal perceptions.”The paper compared the alleged disintegration of the Council – which it painted as being on the verge of disbandment – with Monday’s resignation of the Presidential consultant for aviation Christos Petrou, who claimed he had been hired only to be ignored.And its unnamed source claimed the NEC has repeatedly clashed with both the Finance minister and the Central Bank governor on “serious issues” – but fell short of revealing them – and reasoned that this could be the reason behind the snubs.Regardless, according to Demetriou, Professor Pissarides has not “verbally informed the President of his intention to resign” as the paper claimed, nor has he “abandoned Cyprus.”“Besides, he is heading a research project at the University of Cyprus, so he will be returning as required,” his spokesman said.The economics professor had caused furor in August amidst the political rows that surrounded public discussions on new, tougher foreclosures legislation.Asked for his opinion on the necessity for the government-proposed bills, he had compared the risk of not adopting them to “re-living the nightmare of March 2013, when Parliament rejected the Eurogroup’s first decision,” alluding to the ensuing disastrous haircut on uninsured deposits in the island’s two largest banks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more