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On Climate, Bush + Kyoto = Obama

On Climate, Bush + Kyoto = Obama

first_imgIn Bonn, Germany, on Sunday, international negotiators to the U.N. climate change treaty have started to negotiate the successor to the Kyoto Accords, which lapses in 2012. They hope to finish the work by December in Copenhagen, when a climactic meeting of the U.N. climate treaty will commence.The U.S. team has announced it will pursue international negotiations on two tracks. This week, it highlighted its most public position, a leadership role in the path toward Copenhagen, which President Barack Obama says George W. Bush relinquished because the Republican eschewed mandatory emissions caps.But, interestingly, on a parallel track, the Obama team is following the Bush model.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) It hopes to hold bilateral or multilateral talks with the 15 or so biggest emitters around the world, an approach that owes its creation to the Bush Administration. Bush felt that the most important efforts on climate change would not necessarily come from an internationally negotiated treaty that touched on every country in the world but rather from the biggest emitters, including the United States, China, the European Union, and India. Brazil and Indonesia were included because of their rainforests. The approach drew widespread skepticism because other countries thought that the United States had no credibility on the issue and was using what it called the “Major Economies” meeting process to delay real progress. At the same time, although they may have questioned Bush’s sincerity, many experts appreciated the central logic of his approach. That’s because it’s a lot easier to make big progress on greenhouse gas emissions if you’re dealing with only a few countries versus trying to carve out an agreement that every nation in the world has to sign. Speaking in Germany, U.S. top negotiator Todd Stern told delegates to the meeting that the United States was serious about negotiating greenhouse emissions cuts in both forums. “My team and I came here determined to make up for lost time,” he said during the meeting’s opening session. Then he laid out Obama’s goals to cut U.S. emissions by more than 80% by 2050.last_img read more

Gates Foundation Boosts Coffers of Financially Strapped Global Fund

Gates Foundation Boosts Coffers of Financially Strapped Global Fund

first_imgBill Gates announced yesterday that between now and 2016, his foundation will pump $750 million into the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Gates, who made the announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, noted that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has already committed $650 million to the Global Fund, making it the largest nongovernmental donor. “I am confident that this is one of the most effective ways we invest our money every year, and I always urge other funders to join us in getting so much bang for our buck,” wrote Gates in a letter he released on the eve of the Davos forum. Donor countries have paid $20.7 billion to date and pledged $8.2 billion more. The new donation from the Gates Foundation comes in the form of a “promissory note,” which is legally binding and counts as cash in the bank to cover signed grants, although the money does not need to be delivered to the Global Fund immediately. The Global Fund plans to disburse $10 billion in aid between 2011 and 2013, although as Gates noted in his letter, this is “not nearly the $12-$14 billion that is needed and was hoped for.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) In the wake of the fund’s financial troubles, its executive director, Michel Kazatchkine, announced earlier this week that he will step down in mid-March. His decision followed the board’s appointment of a general manager who will assume many of Kazatchkine’s responsibilities.last_img read more

Biotech bosses protest Trump’s travel ban

Biotech bosses protest Trump’s travel ban

first_img In a letter published in Nature Biotechnology this morning, 166 biotech execs leveled a blast at Trump’s travel ban, now stayed at least temporarily by a court ruling, saying that it strikes at the heart of the industry’s ability to recruit the best and brightest staff from all over the world while raising deep seated fears among all their staffers from outside the US.The letter was signed by a long lineup of high-profile executives drawn from the CEO suite, venture capital and academia, including Herve Hoppenot, the French CEO of Delaware-based Incyte, George Scangos, the former Biogen CEO who’s now leading a startup, and MIT’s Bob Langer, a serial biotech entrepreneur with more than 30 startups to his credit.“If this misguided policy is not reversed,” they say, “America is at risk of losing its leadership position in one of its most important sectors, one that will shape the world in the twenty-first century.”The letter underscores the groundswell of opposition in the industry to the ban. It also highlights a growing divide between the executives who lead this field and BIO, the industry organization which lobbies on their behalf. So far BIO has stayed mum about the travel ban.So have most of the top CEOs of the Big Pharma companies, many of whom have been lobbying for tax reform that would allow them to repatriate billions of dollars in reserves held overseas. But there was at least one exception to the Big Pharma rule of silence.“Science doesn’t have any borders, so anything that gets in the way of a borderless science exchange doesn’t help,” said AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot, quoted today by Bloomberg. The UK-based pharma giant has research and manufacturing sites in Massachusetts and Maryland. “We want to be able to move our people and our scientists around the world.”The Bloomberg story also raises concerns that the Trump administration’s focus on the H-1B visa program used to bring in scientists from around the world could be altered, making it harder to recruit abroad.Here’s a portion of the letter:The United States has led the world in medicine production for decades, not only because of its ability to finance drug discovery, but also because, more than any other country, the United States represents opportunity regardless of borders, gender, race, sexual orientation or political cast. This has enabled our industry to attract the best talent, wherever it is found. This aspect of our industry is a core reason the United States has built its unique strength in biopharmaceuticals.At a stroke, the new administration has compromised years of investment in this national treasure. Our colleagues who are here on visas or are in global outposts are now fearful and uncertain of their status. Scientists based in other countries and employed by our companies are afraid to come to the United States or are canceling trips. The parents and families of immigrants who live and work in the United States are reluctant to attempt to travel to and from the US.Though the ban from the Trump administration is aimed at seven countries, our global employees interpret the underlying message as, “America is no longer welcoming of any immigrants, whatsoever.” They fear similar orders could be issued for other countries at a moment’s notice. They fear being stigmatized and discriminated against, simply because of their religion, irrespective of the nation they come from. Several among us have heard from employees about their deportation fears, how they do not feel comfortable leaving the country on business or how they now feel cut off from their family abroad.Every nation has the right to determine who comes across its borders. Every nation needs to be vigilant in defending itself against and hunting down terrorists. The actions taken by the Trump administration, however, were poorly conceived and implemented; they have raised deep fears and concerns across the biotech industry, in which diversity and the free flow of ideas and people have created an American powerhouse of medicine. If this misguided policy is not reversed, America is at risk of losing its leadership position in one of its most important sectors, one that will shape the world in the twenty-first century. Indeed, it will harm an industry dominated by smaller companies and startups, the very kind of industry the administration has said it wants to support. It will slow the fight against the many diseases that afflict us, as well as carry negative economic consequences for the United States.You can find a PDF with the list of executives who signed the letter here: Immigration Letter SignatureReprinted from Endpoints News. Copyright 2017. Endpoints News reports and analyzes the top global biotech and pharmaceutical R&D news of the day. Sign up for its free reports at https://endpts.com/ YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS/Newscom Biotech bosses protest Trump’s travel ban Few officials from pharmaceutical companies, who recently met with U.S. President Donald Trump, have protested his immigration policies publicly, but more than 150 biotech company executives have attacked the measures. Originally published by Endpoints NewsThe reaction against President Trump’s decision to ban travel from 7 predominantly Muslim nations drew an instant reaction from the biotech world, gaining a quick thumbs-down from a large majority of the hundreds of industry executives we’ve been in touch with.Now the biotech opposition is getting organized.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By John Carroll, Endpoints NewsFeb. 7, 2017 , 1:30 PM Read more…last_img read more

Konrad De La Fuente: the US winger making waves at Barcelona’s academy

Konrad De La Fuente: the US winger making waves at Barcelona’s academy

first_imgPedro Marcet, pedagogical director at Marcet, says De La Fuente’s talent was obvious from the start. “He already stood out when he arrived in Barcelona,” says Marcet. “He was different because he had a very high technical level. He has great peripheral vision, amazing drive on the ball when shooting and dribbling, and is able to play at a high intensity.”That explains why De La Fuente is so admired by La Masia’s coaches, who saw a player who understood the Barcelona game while he was still in his early teens; a game based on pressure, possession and positional play.De La Fuente also demonstrated his ability during his outings in the Uefa Youth League this season, as Barcelona progressed to the semi-finals. De La Fuente believes his experience in Uefa youth competitions, and the upcoming Under-20 World Cup, will help him prepare for the next stage of his career.“The U-20 World Cup, like the semi-finals of the Youth League a few weeks ago, is an extraordinary opportunity for me to gain recognition,” he says. “I think that all of the players who will participate in this World Cup are privileged to be able to enjoy an event of such global dimensions. I hope to play a big role on my team.”Despite the fact that, at 17, De La Fuente is the youngest member of the US squad, he is confident he can hold his own at the U-20 World Cup, which starts on Saturday in Poland. The team may well be the most promising group of young players in the nation’s history, and the US have a chance of winning. The group will also be reaching their prime when the US hosts the World Cup, along with Mexico and Canada, in 2026.“My goal is to grow with the United States national team,” De La Fuente says. “Playing in the U-20 World Cup is the first step, and then I hope to earn a place in the senior side. Of course, I see myself playing in a World Cup one day.”De La Fuente isn’t the only US youth international based in Europe. The country’s best young talents are increasingly moving abroad to learn their trade – more than half of the US U-20 World Cup roster play outside the United States – broadening their horizons in a way many believe the game back home is failing to do.“His family moved to Spain for football,” says Marcet. “They thought Konrad was too good for US soccer and they wanted to go to a country where he could progress faster. Football was a priority for them.”It will be difficult for De La Fuente to break into the first-team at one of the biggest clubs in the world, but the challenge – and the experience of the coaches around him – will make him a better player.For now, the U-20 World Cup could turn out to be a pivotal moment in De La Fuente’s burgeoning career. Youth tournaments are about development as much as winning, but often the former leads to the latter. The man from La Masia could play a big role as he and his US teammates plough their own furrow away from their homeland, sowing the seeds of future success and perhaps giving a nation the global stars its football fans crave. Barcelona Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger When Miami-born Konrad De La Fuente moved with his family to Barcelona at the age of 11, he already had a natural ability that suggested he had found an ideal new home. At La Masia, the famous Barcelona academy which has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, they refer to this ability as Barça DNA.“I can play on both wings, I’m fast, I dribble well, I’m good at one-on-ones and I’m a goalscorer,” De La Fuente tells the Guardian via email, before listing the players who have influenced him.“The first-team player that I admire most is, of course, Messi, but given my characteristics as a player I also follow [Ousmane] Dembélé closely,” he says. “In terms of players from the past at Barça, I really like how Neymar plays, because of his ability to overwhelm opposition players and his speed.” USA Share on WhatsApp Share via Email features US sports Rubén Martí is a coach at Marcet, the renowned youth academy De La Fuente joined when he first arrived in Barcelona (De La Fuente trained with Marcet before moving to CF Damm and then finally to La Masia at Under-13 level). Martí describes the young winger’s ability to “destabilize” opponents using the Spanish word “desequilibrante”, which perfectly describes the confusion he causes in opposition defenders. “On top of this he’s really fast, making him the perfect choice to play on the wing,” says Martí. Topics USMNT Videos (@USMNTvideos)Konrad de la Fuente – 2018/19 Season Highlights – Barcelona Juvenil Apic.twitter.com/GJKHQRl4cuMay 22, 2019 Eat, sleep and respect the ball: inside Barcelona’s modern La Masia Read more Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ramos: Real fans can go home happy again

Ramos: Real fans can go home happy again

first_imgSergio Ramos was delighted to send the Real Madrid fans home happy after the team produced an “outstanding performance” to record a hard-fought 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday.The European champions were fortunate not to be behind at the break after Sevilla missed the best chance of the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sergio Escudero firing into the side-netting at the end of a crisp counter-attacking move.Yet Madrid were by far the better side throughout the second half, Casemiro eventually rewarding their dominance when his long-range curler in the 78th minute found the net despite goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik getting a hand to the ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Luka Modric added a second in stoppage time, the Croatian midfielder slotting home when in the clear as Santiago Solari’s side leapfrogged their opponents to move into third place in the table.The late double ensured Ramos marked his 450th La Liga appearance with a well-deserved three points, even if both Madrid’s players and supporters had to patiently wait for the goals to arrive.”We needed to rediscover our best form. You can see today it was an outstanding performance,” Madrid’s captain said in his post-match interview on the pitch.”We dominated throughout the game and scored two goals, but the second goal came late. We could have added more, had we been a bit better in front of goal.”But we needed to win – and to win in style. It was a good win for our fans. We always feel connected with the fans in the stands.”I called for the fans because we are stronger when we are together. You have to keep that call alive so people keep believing in our play.”I believe that the fans can go home happy today.”Madrid – who needed an 88th-minute winner from Dani Ceballos to triumph 2-1 in the league at Real Betis last Sunday – are next in action in the Copa del Rey, hosting Girona on Thursday in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.last_img read more

Starting new lecture series SecretaryGeneral issues warning on food crisis

Starting new lecture series SecretaryGeneral issues warning on food crisis

29 April 2008The current food crisis threatens to undo all the recent efforts to lift people out of poverty around the world and could spark related economic, social and political crises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the inaugural event in the Geneva Lecture series. “We are familiar with the causes: rising oil prices, growing global demand, bad trade policies, bad weather, panic buying and speculation, the new craze of biofuels derived from food products and so on and so on,” Mr. Ban said at the lecture, jointly organized by the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).He warned that the recent surge in prices of basic foods, such as rice, wheat and corn, already having an enormous impact on poor people worldwide, could lead to further deleterious effects.“If not managed properly, it [the food crisis] could touch off a cascade of related crises – affecting trade, economic growth, social progress and even political security around the world.”But the Secretary-General also said he was confident that the world has both the resources and the knowledge to deal with the problems, and he called on leaders to see the crisis as not just a problem, but as an opportunity.“It is a huge chance to address the root problems of many of the world’s poorest people, 70 per cent of whom live as small farmers. If we help them – if we offer aid and the right mix of sound local and international policies – the solution will come. And along the way we will have struck a mighty blow for social equity and development.”He called for a mix of short-term and long-term measures, including steps to immediately feed the most hungry people and actions to help farmers bring in their next harvests.Today’s lecture is the first of a series that aims to raise awareness to a wide audience in Geneva of the most pressing global challenges and focus on how individuals can contribute to resolving such problems. read more

Star Fox 64 3D details leak on Twitter

Star Fox 64 3D details leak on Twitter

first_imgWhile the 3DS has had a slow start, there are a bunch of games releasing in the near future that make investing in Nintendo’s latest platform worthwhile. One of those games is the remake of Star Fox 64 going by the new name of Star Fox 64 3D.So far we’ve seen some initial footage of the game in action, as well as some screenshots, and know the release date is going to be July 14 in Japan (listed as September for Europe and no idea on a U.S. date as far as I can tell). But now a Japanese retailer named Tsutaya has shared a load of new information via Twitter (Japanese language) following a Nintendo Retailer Briefing.There’s mainly good, but some bad news too. On the multiplayer front it has been confirmed that up to four players will be supported in Battle mode. However, the bad news is the game won’t support online play using a WiFi connection meaning you are limited to playing with people in your vicinity. There is a download play option, though.As for the game experience itself, there will be both a 3DS and N64 mode allowing you to play the game as the original development team intended. The major difference is the 3DS mode is that it uses the built-in gyroscope to control the movement of your ship. The availability of the N64 mode means if you hate that control option there is an easy alternative.Finally, be prepared to take a good picture of yourself as your face will be used as an icon when playing in Battle mode. Nothing identifies you better than your own face, so attempt a smile.via Andriasanglast_img read more

Gamers start blocking adverts following Xbox 360 Dashboard update

Gamers start blocking adverts following Xbox 360 Dashboard update

first_imgThis week Microsoft has rolled out a big update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard, your point of entry for accessing everything on the console. While the updated Dash introduces a number of new features, all covered in our guide, it has also turned the Dashboard into an advertiser’s paradise.It doesn’t matter what section of the Dashboard you are looking at, advertisements have infiltrated every part of it taking the form of a tile. And it doesn’t matter whether you use the free or paid-for Xbox Live Gold service, the adverts are still there. Microsoft is cashing in on every gamer.So annoyed are some gamers with these ads, they’ve started coming up with ways to block them from appearing.Two methods have appeared for ensuring the adverts never make it as for as your console. As Microsoft serves all adverts through rad.msn.com, the easiest way to block them is through your router by adding a block specifically for that domain. The second way involves using a free OpenDNS account to block the IP, then changing your Xbox settings to point to the OpenDNS IP address.Depending on how many gamers decide to try this, Microsoft may have to respond by changing its method of pushing advertising to the console. We have to question why it is there though, when we have already handed over cash for the console, the games, and in a lot of cases a yearly subscription to access the full feature set of Xbox Live.More at Reddit, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Hockinson operations levy passing

Hockinson operations levy passing

first_imgHockinson School District voters appeared to split on two levies up for vote in Tuesday night’s special election.The district’s three-year replacement operations levy was 17 votes ahead as of Tuesday night, while a three-year technology levy was trailing by 121 votes. A simple majority is required for the levies to pass.Voters came out against both measures in February, making Hockinson the only district of 40 statewide to have a replacement programs and operations levy fail. In that election, the replacement three-year levy failed with 52.54 percent votes against the levy, and a three-year technology levy drew less support, with 53.94 of the vote going against the measure.“We’re hopeful,” Superintendent Sandra Yager said Tuesday night. “We’ll see what happens in the next few days.”Yager said she thinks the technology levy — which received 1,400 votes against and 1,279 for as of Tuesday — is a little too far behind to catch up at this point, but she’s not ruling it out. She said she remains optimistic about the replacement levy, which “is the one we are in very much in need to have for the future of our programs and students,” she said.As of Tuesday, the replacement levy sat at 50.32 percent and 1,353 votes in favor against 1,336 votes, or 49.68 percent, against.If the results hold, Yager said the district’s budget for the 2019-2020 school year should be OK.“We will be tight, but we will not have to do any cuts,” she said.If the results turn later in the week and the replacement levy fails, the district is facing some issues for the next two school years. Yager said prior to the election that if both levies failed, the cuts could range from $1.5 million to $1.8 million for the 2019-2020 school year.The district sought a three-year replacement operations levy at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for all three years, which would be used to keep class sizes down, help fund special education programs, extracurricular activities and athletics.last_img read more

How the Autumn Statement 2016 will impact employee benefits

How the Autumn Statement 2016 will impact employee benefits

first_imgOn 23 November 2016, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement 2016 speech. Below is a round-up of the key announcements with a bearing on employee benefits:From April 2017, the government will limit the range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance (NI) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement. Benefits that are exempt from these changes include pensions and pensions advice, childcare, bikes-for-work schemes and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). Arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2018, and arrangements for cars, accommodation, and school fees will be protected until 2021.The government will consider how benefits in kind (BIK) are valued for tax purposes, with a call for evidence to be announced at the Budget 2017. The government will also consult on employer-provided living accommodation.The national living wage will increase by 4.2%, rising from £7.20 an hour for those aged 25 or over to £7.50 an hour in April 2017.From December 2016, the government will abolish the tax advantages awarded under employer shareholder status (ESS), with the status itself to be closed to new arrangements at the next legislative opportunity.The government will set new bands and rates for company car tax for the lowest-emitting cars, which are set be announced in the Finance Bill in December 2016, ready to come into effect for 2020-21. Tax rates for cars emitting more than 90g of carbon dioxide per kilometre will rise by one percentage point.The standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) will increase from 10% to 12% from June 2017.The government will continue to freeze fuel duty at 57.95p a litre from April 2017.The government is to consult on options to tackle pension scams, including a ban on cold calling.The new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will invest £390 million by 2020-21 in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV), renewable fuels and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). This includes £80 million for ULEV charging infrastructure.From April 2017, employer and employee national insurance (NI) thresholds will be aligned to pay NI on weekly earnings above £157.The government will reduce the money purchase annual allowance from £10,000 to £4,000 from April 2017. A consultation on the change will run until 15 February 2017.Tax-free personal allowance will increase to £11,500 in April 2017 and £12,500 by the end of the current Parliament’s term in 2020. The higher-rate threshold will increase to £45,000 in 2017 and to £50,000 by 2020. From 2020, the tax-free personal allowance will rise in line with the Consumer Price Index rather than the national minimum wage.last_img read more

BMW to trim models starting with 3 Series GT as it focuses

BMW to trim models starting with 3 Series GT as it focuses

first_imgHonda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 12 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. More From Roadshow 81 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 18 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Tags Post a comment BMW Mercedes-Benz Mini,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 71 Photos Tags 68 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 3 Car Industry Luxury cars Electric Cars 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 52 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Comments 69 Photoscenter_img General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice 50 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Enlarge ImageThe 3 Series Gran Turismo launched in the US in summer 2013. BMW As it invests heavily in electric cars and autonomous vehicles, BMW will have to trim down its model range. For instance, the company said Friday, the 3 Series Gran Turismo will not have a replacement, despite what BMW describes as “a good level of demand” for the hatchback.The announcement comes as BMW says it will need to be more selective about the number of vehicle variants it develops in the coming year. “Measures already in place to reduce product portfolio complexity are being expanded and also applied to model derivatives,” BMW said. That’s a reaction to “a cooling global economy” and increased production costs, among other factors, BMW said.For the 3 Series GT specifically, it’s also reasonable to assume that it’s less important to the automaker’s future given that many car shoppers are shifting from sedans and hatchbacks to crossovers and SUVs. Instead, BMW reiterated Friday it has plans to dramatically increase its range of electric and electrified vehicles, with the goal of offering 12 all-electric models by 2025. By the end of this year we’ll see the Mini Electric, next year the China-built BMW iX3 debuts and by the end of 2021 BMW will also add the i4 and iNext electrics. The iX3 will be the first model to use the automaker’s fifth-generation electric powertrain, the motor of which BMW says does not require rare-earth metals.BMW also confirmed its commitment to developing autonomous-driving technologies, promising that the iNext electric car will have Level 3 self-driving features and would be “enabled” for tests of Level 4 autonomy. BMW announced last month it would partner with Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG on future self-driving car tech. 49 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 0 BMW Share your voice 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Car Industry 2020 Alpina B7 makes BMW’s flagship sedan even betterlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar bowls to Vinod Kambli in rare contest old friends relive

Sachin Tendulkar bowls to Vinod Kambli in rare contest old friends relive

first_imgSachin bowls to KambliTwitterSachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli go a long way back. Almost everyone who knows about Sachin also knows about his great friendship with Kambli and their success at the school level. They may also know about the souring of relationship, or at least the impression of it that was generated following the appearance of Vinod on a television show and his complaint that Sachin didn’t mention him when he thanked a large number of people in his farewell address following his last Test.Kambli has also been, at times, overly critical of Sachin in his television appearances as an analyst. But it seems that the two old friends are back on good terms. A lovely example of this was posted on Twitter by Tendulkar when he uploaded a video of himself bowling to his childhood friend.For old time’s sakeIn the text accompanying the video, the ‘Little Master’ wrote that since his earliest cricketing days, he has always been on the same team as Kambli and has never played against him. In the clip, Sachin could be seen bowling with his usual action to his left-handed former India teammate. Tendulkar also talked about this little interaction reminding him of the days of Shivaji Park, the famous ground where both the cricketers used to play and train as young kids. Sachin tweeted the video of himself bowling to KambliTwitter”Felt great to be back in the nets with @vinodkambli349 during the @tendulkarmga lunch break! It sure took us back to our childhood days at Shivaji Park. Very few people know that Vinod & I have always been in the same team and never played against each other,” the legendary Indian cricketer wrote on his timeline.This little contest took place during the lunch break of Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy camp, a partnership between the former India captain and Middlesex cricket, formed in July 2018. The usual venue for this camp is the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London but a special camp was organised at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai where, along with Tendulkar, other former cricketers such as Kambli took part.Another interesting interaction between the two Mumbai cricketers had taken place some days ago on Sachin’s birthday. When Kambli had wished his friend by singing the song, “Tere jaisa yaar kahan, kahan aisa afsana” from the movie Dostana, the Master Blaster responded by a humorous quip. “Thanks for the wishes, @vinodkambli349. The song is great but I am still wondering why are your eyebrows still black when your beard is white.”Well, we can only hope that the friendship remains intact and the two men continue to engage in such pleasant conversations.last_img read more

Gov Greg Abbott Names New Secretary Of State Months After Botched Voter

Gov Greg Abbott Names New Secretary Of State Months After Botched Voter

first_img Share Photo via Texas Workforce CommissionOn Aug. 19, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs as the new Texas Secretary of State.After losing his last chief election officer over a botched review of the state’s voter rolls, Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday appointed a new secretary of state: Ruth Ruggero Hughs.Ruggero Hughs is moving from the Texas Workforce Commission, which she has chaired since August 2018. She joins the secretary of state’s office nearly three months after Democratic senators blocked the confirmation of her predecessor, David Whitley, who questioned the voter registration of thousands of naturalized citizens.Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneFormer Texas Secretary of State David Whitley at a state Senate Committee on Nominations hearing on Feb. 7, 2019.Whitley resigned on May 27, lacking enough votes in the Texas Senate to keep the job after he oversaw an effort to scour the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens. The review instead threatened the voting rights of tens of thousands of voters of color, landed the state in federal court and prompted a congressional inquiry into voting rights violations.The review, through which counties were advised to verify the citizenship status of supposed noncitizens, was eventually scrapped to end the litigation. By then, it was discovered that naturalized citizens have been swept up in review because of faulty data the state used.By waiting to retire until the last day of the legislative session, Whitley allowed Abbott to pick his replacement without needing a confirmation vote from the Texas Senate, which will be unable to vet his new pick until lawmakers return to the Capitol in January 2021.The Texas Constitution states that the governor shall “without delay” make another appointment to fill a vacancy in the secretary of state’s office. Abbott’s office did not previously respond to questions about why the post remained vacant much longer than when he replaced previous secretaries of state.“I am proud to appoint Ruth as Secretary of State and I am confident that her experience at the Texas Workforce Commission will translate into success in this new role,” Abbott said in a statement on Monday. “Under Ruth’s leadership, we will continue to build the Texas brand on the international stage and uphold the integrity of our elections.”Whitley, meanwhile, was almost immediately rehired by the governor’s office on a six-figure salary.Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly included a photo that was not Ruth Ruggero Hughs.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

Cops paste stickers on vehicles with message warning against use of mobile

Cops paste stickers on vehicles with message warning against use of mobile

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department and police have jointly initiated a statewide drive to ensure that drivers do not use mobile phones while driving.The police are now pasting stickers and posters containing messages on the quantum of punishment, if one is caught speaking over mobile phone while driving. These are being put up on vehicles so that it creates awareness among drivers. Small stickers are being pasted at a corner of the windscreens of commercial vehicles, so that they keep reminding the drivers of the punishment they have to face if they speak over mobile phone while driving. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe message on the posters and stickers is in Hindi and Bengali and it reads: “It is an offence to speak over phone while driving. Fine will be slapped on driver or he will be put behind bars. Driving licence would also get cancelled”.Staring from auto-rickshaws to trucks, posters and stickers are being put up on all vehicles and according to the police, it will immensely help in further bringing down the rate of accidents.The initiative is a part of the Safe Drive Save Life campaign that was initiated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the state has witnessed a reduction in the number of road accidents due to the initiative. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe state Transport department and the police had initiated taking necessary measures to check driving of vehicles while speaking over mobile phone, after an accident in Murshidabad in which a bus fell from a bridge into the river and claimed several lives. The police have also provided WhatsApp numbers on which common people can send photographs if they find anyone speaking over phone while driving.It may be mentioned that using mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle constitutes “nuisance or danger to the public under Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and the provisions of clause (f) of sub-section (1) of section 19 of the Motor Vehicles act, 1988, empowering a licensing authority to disqualify such an offender from holding a driving licence or revoking such a licence.”The police take immediate action if they even find someone riding a motorcycle with a cell phone tucked into the helmet, with the rider speaking over it while riding the two-wheeler.Now, with the steps taken to create awareness and at the same time legal steps that the police are taking against drivers caught using cell phone while driving, will help in further reduction in the rate of road accidents in the state.last_img read more

How your kitchen towels can cause food poisoning

How your kitchen towels can cause food poisoning

first_imgThe humble kitchen towels used for multi-purpose tasks can put your households at potential risk of bacteria that cause food poisoning, say researchers.The findings showed that the towels used for wiping utensils, drying hands, holding hot utensils, wiping/cleaning surfaces, had a higher bacterial count. Coliforms (Escherichia coli) was found to be higher in humid towels, multipurpose towels and in towels from families having non-vegetarian diets. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe presence of these potential pathogens from the kitchen towels indicates that they could be responsible for cross-contamination in the kitchen and could lead to food poisoning, the researchers said. “Our study demonstrates that the family composition and hygienic practices in the kitchen affected the microbial load of kitchen towels,” said lead author Susheela D. Biranjia – Hurdoyal, senior lecturer, at the University of Mauritius.”We also found that diet, type of use and moist kitchen towels could be very important in promoting the growth of potential pathogens responsible for food poisoning,” she added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFurther, S. aureus was isolated at a higher rate from families of lower socio-economic status and those with children. Coliform and S. aureus were detected at significantly higher prevalence from families with non-vegetarian diets. Escherichia coli is a normal flora of human intestine and it is released in large numbers in human feces. The presence of Escherichia coli indicates possible fecal contamination and lack of hygiene practices.”The data indicated that unhygienic practices while handling non-vegetarian food could be common in the kitchen,” Biranjia – Hurdoyal said. For the study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Georgia, the team collected total of 100 kitchen towels after one month of use. Out of these 49 per cent had bacterial growth which increased in number with extended family, presence on children and increasing family size. Out of these 49 samples positive for bacterial growth, 36.7 per cent grew coliforms, 36.7 per cent Enterococcus spp and 14.3 per cent S. aureus.”Humid towels and multipurpose usage of kitchen towels should be discouraged. Bigger families with children and elderly members should be especially vigilant to hygiene in the kitchen,” Biranjia – Hurdoyal suggested.last_img read more

PSA Android backups are autodeleted after an inactivity period

PSA Android backups are autodeleted after an inactivity period

first_imgPSA: Android backups are auto-deleted after an inactivity period by Martin Brinkmann on September 15, 2017 in Google Android – 5 commentsIf you use the built-in option of many Android devices to back up important data to Google Drive, you better make sure you use the device regularly as backups are auto-deleted when you don’t use the device for a certain period of time.Google backs up apps, contacts, calendar data, the call history, device settings, and on Pixel devices SMS and Photos & videos.A user on Reddit reported the issue yesterday on the site. He refunded his Android Nexus 6P device and started using an old iPhone for the time being until a viable replacement would be released.When he checked his Google Drive folder, more precisely, the backup folder there, he noticed that all of his Nexus 6P backups were not there anymore.He discovered a Google Help page that revealed the following tidbits of information about the process:Your backup will remain as long as you use your device. If you don’t use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup.Google does not mention an explicit expiration date for backups which suggests that it is dynamic in nature and not fixed.What’s clear though is that backups are marked for expiration if you don’t use the device for 2 weeks. If you have to sent it in for repairs, you may cross that threshold depending on how long it takes to get it fixed or the device replaced.What is particularly worrying about the process is that Android users are not informed about this. There is no notification that a backup is about to expire and that it will be deleted if the device is not used.There is also no option to keep a backup by blocking the termination from happening, even if there is plenty of storage space on Google Drive.Backups on Android are quite problematic anyway. Google’s implementation is particularly problematic, as it is not possible to enforce backups on the device.Now You: Do you back up your Android devices? How?SummaryArticle NamePSA: Android backups are auto-deleted after an inactivity periodDescriptionAndroid backups that are stored on Google Drive will get auto-deleted when the device is not used for a set period of time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Akida NSoC hits market First commercial AI chip to perform neuromorphic computing

Akida NSoC hits market First commercial AI chip to perform neuromorphic computing

first_imgBrainChip makes a major push in the AI-laden chip market by unveiling Akida Neuromorphic System on Chip (NSoC) that implements an advanced neural network architecture called Spiking Neural Network (SNNs). The Akida NSoC is considered to be the first commercial AI chip that can perform Neuromorphic computation, which holds significance in accelerating AI processes. Neuromorphic computation is inspired from the operations of neurons in human biology. Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs) is a 3rd generation Neural Network architecture that is promising for effectively processing edge applications. Edge computing finds its application in the latest technological advancements like Autonomous vehicle systems, Drones, Machine vision, among others that requires significantly complex backend to deal with huge data and perform heavy lifting tasks. SNNs are proven to be more powerful when compared to traditional Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) since they replace the computation-heavy algorithms like backpropagation and use the biologically inspired neuron operations. The SNNs use feedforward mechanism for training through a reinforcement style of learning. Features of Akida NSoC Designed to be used as a stand-alone processor and accelerator managing both the logic tasks and interface with other working parts. The chip includes sensor interface for pixel-based imaging, Lidar, audio, dynamic vision, and analogous signals. Includes a high speed data interface Embedded data-to-spike converters for converting the row data into spikes for training SNNs. The chip uses CMOS logic for lower power consumption. Scalable architecture to enable users to perform complex neural network training and interfacing. Both the advances – Neuromorphic computation and SNNs are seeing a rise in business use cases but with a challenge of scarce hardware platform that can harness the capabilities of SNN architecture. As such, the release of Akida NSoC is narrowing the gap between scientific research in AI acceleration and commercial reality. The industry was long missing the AI implementation for edge and this might just be the beginning of the road to more hardware that brings AI on Edge. To push the niche, BrainChip is collaborating with major global manufacturers to drive early adoption of the Akida NSoC. Read Next Baidu releases EZDL Intelligent Edge Analytics Introducing Intel’s OpenVINO computer vision toolkit for edge computinglast_img read more

NYC launches new programs for 2017

NYC launches new programs for 2017

first_imgNYC & Company has unveiled a new ‘Nonstop NYC’ program comprising its popular NYC Restaurant Week (January 23-February 10), NYC Broadway Week (January 17-February 5) and NYC Off-Broadway Week (February 27-March 12).On the heels of the success of these programs, NYC & Company announced the first-ever NYC Attractions Week. The organisation is also expanding its ‘See Your City,’ ‘See it for yourself’ and ‘Official NYC Family Ambassador’ campaigns to further encourage travel in 2017. The city welcomed an all-time record 60.3 million visitors by 2016 end, surpassing the 60 million visitor milestone for the first time ever.Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s President and CEO, said, The appeal of the ‘New’ New York alongside our classic attractions continues to draw travellers from every corner of the globe. We invite visitors and locals to take advantage of all the nonstop and affordable NYC experiences on offer this winter as well as the opportunities to discover our City’s multicultural neighbourhoods in all five boroughs.”In 2017, NYC & Company is forecasting that the city will welcome approximately 61.8 million visitors with 13.1 million international visitors. To capitalise on the growing family travel segment, NYC & Company will continue into 2017 it’s Official NYC Family Ambassador program featuring Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.last_img read more

Pictured above Odette located in the National Ga

Pictured above Odette located in the National Ga

first_imgPictured above: Odette, located in the National Gallery, Singapore. Would you like to be in-the-know to recommend some of the best restaurants in Asia to your clients? The 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna was announced recently and is a useful guide to point you to some of Asia’s best dining spots.The awards are now in their sixth year and recognise the best in fine-dining. Whilst we all know Asia has some incredible street-food options, this list is for those who may want to treat themselves to a very special and sophisticated dining experience when travelling.  Gaggan in Bangkok took out the number one spot for a fourth consecutive year, retaining the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia and The Best Restaurant in Thailand. Japan was the winning country with 11 restaurants featured out of the 50 winners. Following Japan, was Hong Kong (nine winners); Thailand (nine winners); Singapore (seven winners); Korea (three winners); Taiwan (three winners); mainland China (two winners); India (two winners); Sri Lanka (two winners); Macau (one winner) and Indonesia (one winner).We’ve dissected the list by country and have outlined the winning or ‘best’ restaurant in each — as well as listing the other winning restaurants within each country.CHINAImage credit: AmberAmber 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong KongContemporary FrenchDutch-born chef-director Richard Ekkebus makes the most of his location in one of the world’s great ports to access fine ingredients from all over Asia as well as Europe and Australia. The ceiling of the restaurant features more than 4,000 suspended bronze rods to form a dramatic ‘chandelier’. John Chan, one of the most respected sommeliers in Asia, oversees a list of 1,100 labels. The signature dish of Miyazaki wagyu beef strip loin barbecued with dulse and red cabbage slaw with oxalis, horseradish and pepper berry emulsion is thought to be one of the most Instagrammed dishes in Hong Kong. The small holding bar by the restaurant’s entrance is a popular rendezvous for savvy wine lovers.Other restaurants in China in the Top 50 list:81/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong (No. 13)Ta Vie, Hong Kong (No. 16)The Chairman, Hong Kong (No. 22)Lung King Heen, Hong Kong (No. 24)Fu He Hui, Shanghai (No. 30)Neighborhood, Hong Kong (No. 32)Jade Dragan, Macau (No. 35)Belon, Hong Kong (No. 40)Ronin, Hong Kong (No. 41)Caprice, Hong Kong (No. 46) KOREAImage credit: MinglesMingles Gangnam-gu, Nonhyun-dong 94-9, 1st floor, SeoulModern KoreanVoted Best Restaurant in Korea for the third consecutive year, Minles has been impressing patrons at its Cheongdam-dong district location since opening in April 2014. Young Korean chef Mingoo Kang trained under Martin Berasategui in San Sebastian, Spain, and later worked at Nobu in Miami and the Bahamas, where he took learnings that he would later apply to Korean cuisine. The seasonal menu is divided into sections such as ‘grains,’ ‘vegetable’ and ‘fish,’ with jang and cho – Korean traditional fermented sauce and vinegar – playing an integral part in the food. Main courses include bansang, a Korean meal with rice, soup, kimchi and ‘Jang’ sauce, and guests can enjoy the zucchini seon – a special dish first conceived as a vegan one-off when a famous monk visited the restaurant – with green pumpkin and zucchini cooked with anchovy broth and salted shrimp. This dish, the restaurant’s signature, takes more than two days to prepare. The basement restaurant is popular with a young and hip Seoul crowd.Other restaurants in Korea in the Top 50 list:Jungsik, Seoul (No. 26)TocToc, Seoul (No. 42) SRI LANKAImage credit: Ministry of CrabMinistry of CrabOld Dutch Hospital, Colombo 1Sri Lankan seafoodAs the name suggests, Ministry of Crab celebrates Sri Lankan ‘crab’ — from the food to also the crab-claw plants. Set in a preserved 400-year-old Dutch hospital in Colombo, the restaurant was established by chef Dharshan Munidasa along with with cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Diners need to be crustacean fans and can choose from the signature lagoon crab prepared in one of four ways – chilli crab, pepper crab, garlic or Sri Lankan crab curry, and there’s also garlic chill freshwater prawn and king prawn bisque. Munidasa founded Nihonbashi in his early 20s — one of the best Japanese restaurants in the region. He also owns The Tuna & The Crab, a hybrid Japanese and seafood restaurant; and Kaema Sutra, focusing on contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine. In 2018, he plans to open a restaurant in Mumbai.Other restaurants in Sri Lanka in the Top 50 list:Nihonbashi (No. 45) JAPANImage credit: DenDen2-3-18 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, TokyoModern kaisekiChef Zaiyu Hasegawa loves to make diners smile — with playful presentation backed up by technical savvy to create modern kaiseki, the style of Japanese cuisine involving a series of small, intricate dishes. Den made its debut in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016 at No.37, but in 2018 climbed to the number two spot, winning the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan. Hasegawa started his cooking career in a restaurant at 18 alongside his mother, who worked as a geisha in a high-end ryōtei restaurant. He opened Den at the age of 29. Seasonal eight-course menus feature light international influences. The signature garden salad is made from about 20 vegetables reaped daily; meanwhile the ‘Den-tucky fried’ chicken wings are presented in a fast-food takeaway box. The standout dish is the aged fish for sashimi.Others restaurants in Japan in the Top 50 list:Florilège, Tokyo (No.3)Narisawa, Tokyo (No.6)Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo (No.9)La Cime, Osaka (No. 17)L’Effervescence, Tokyo (No. 20)Sushi Saito, Tokyo (No. 27)Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin, Tokyo (No.28)Hajime, Osaka (No. 34)Quintessence, Tokyo (No. 38)La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka (No. 48) INDIAImage credit: Indian AccentIndian Accent77 Friends Colony (West)New Delhi Modern IndianConsidered one of the top chefs in India and also around the world, Manish Mehrotra has helped put modern Indian food on the gastronomic map. Here, Indian cuisine is created with a contemporary twist. Duck khurchan is presented in a cornetto-like cone with herb yoghurt and chilli chutney, while galautis is stuffed with foie gras. The signature dish is chicken tikka meatballs, green chilli cream and truffle butter — while other dishes include pulled pork phulka tacos and gongura masala prawns, butter popcorn upma and crispy curry leaves. There are also nine types of bread, including camembert and potato bhuna kulcha. Drinks include fruit chaat sangria or masala martini.  Mehrotra’s Indian Accent restaurants are now also open in New York and London.Other restaurants in India in the Top 50 list:Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai (No. 49) SINGAPOREImage credit: Odette Odette  1 St Andrew’s Rd, 04 National Gallery, Singapore Modern FrenchOdette was formed in 2015 when celebrated French chef Julien Royer left restaurant Jaan to set up his own project. Odette earned two Michelin stars in its first year and made its debut on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list at number nine in 2017 – the Highest New Entry of all time. This year in 2018, it rose four more positions to win the title of The Best Restaurant in Singapore. The restaurant, named after Royer’s grandmother, is housed within Singapore’s National Gallery and was created by Singaporean artist Dawn Ng. Royer describes his cooking style as ‘essential cuisine’: the very best seasonal ingredients and artisan produce from around the world put centre stage in refined dishes. The four-, six- or eight-course menus change regularly and feature colourful dishes such as Kegani crab with Granny Smith apples, celery, Vadouvan spices and kaffir lime oil or fois gras ‘comme un pho’ with Japanese abalone, smoked eel dashi and yuzu. The signature dish is Hokkaido uni (langoustine tartare, Granny Smith apple, caviar).Other restaurants in Singapore in the Top 50 list:Burnt Ends (No. 12)Waku Ghin (No. 23)Les Amis (No. 29)Corner House (No. 36)Jaan (No. 44)Whitegrass (No. 50)center_img TAIWANImage credit: RawRaw No.301, Le Qun 3rd RoadTaipei City, TaiwanFrench bistronomy with Taiwanese ingredientsTaiwanese chef André Chiang, winner of the 2018 Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, impressed diners for eight years at Restaurant André in Singapore before closing it in February 2018. Returning to his country of birth, Chiang is now at Raw — one of Taipei’s hottest restaurants since it opened in 2014. Chiang now plans to spend more time at Raw and to set up a platform for aspiring Taiwanese chefs. He’s joined at Raw by two fellow chefs: Zor Tan Cheong Thin and Alain Huang. The eye-catching dining room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, with its enormous wooden sculpture assembled from blocks of Taiwanese pine. All dishes are based on a few simple ingredients, carefully selected according to the island’s 24 ‘micro-seasons,’ so courses may include crispy noodle, wasabi peas and spicy soy bean; mahogany, sumo miso and water lotus, or the single-themed pig ear, pig cheek and pig tail. The drinks list includes a number French biodynamic wines handpicked by chef Chiang to pair with his dishes.Other restaurants in Taiwan in the Top 50 list:Mume, Taipei (No. 18)Shoun RyuGin (No. 47) INDONESIAImage credit: LocavoreLocavoreJalan Dewi SitaUbud, BaliEuropean-Indonesian with local ingredientsLocavore is all about local, from the raw Balinese abalone to the Sumbawa Island oyster, and even through to the plates, silverware and cocktail glasses, which are all locally made. Guests can choose from the ‘locavore’ or the vegetarian ‘herbivore’ option;  each is five to seven dishes long and influenced by European and Indonesian cuisines. Plates might include fermented dadap leaves with long bean lawar, bumbu Bali and crispy amaranth leaves; or ‘Are they really called stinky beans…?’ with petai, caramelised green tomato, fermented shiitake mushroom and fermentation juice. The signature dish is considered to be ‘Into the Sawah’. The menu lists the origins of all its ingredients, so diners can see the kohlrabi comes from the restaurant’s vegetable garden in Payangan or the pickled seaweed from Lombok.The restaurant is run by Eelke Plasmeijer, a Dutch-born chef who moved to Jakarta in 2008; and fellow head chef Ray Adriansyah, who was born in Jakarta to Sumatran parents. They previously ran the kitchen at Alila Ubud before opening Locavore with restaurant manager Adi Karmayasa in November 2013. THAILANDImage credit: GagganGaggan 68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit RoadLumpini, BangkokProgressive Indian cuisineChef Gaggan Anand, born in Kolkata, is well known in the culinary world for his vivacious personality and dishes that push boundaries. His Bangkok restaurant, opened in 2010, has reimagined the notion of ‘progressive Indian cuisine’. It was voted Number one in the 2018 list and has therefore taken out the title of ‘Best Restaurant in Asia’. He also runs a burger and beer restaurant Meatlicious and is launching natural wine bar Wet and tofu restaurant Mihara Tofuten in 2018. The 25-course menu at Gaggan is writeen entirely in emojis, beginning with a series of snacks including the spherified Yoghurt Explosion, and moves to a long sequence of courses including Indian sushi, charcoal prawn Amritsari and uni ice cream in a miniature cone. At the end of the meal, guests are presented with a version of a menu that contains the names of the dishes. Anand’s latest signature dish ‘Lick it up’ is served in time with the song by legendary rock band Kiss. Made with green peas, fenugreek, mushroom and tomato, the dish is designed to be ‘licked up’ directly from the plate – the flavours are layered to touch the tongue exactly where the different taste receptors are placed. An extensive cocktail list is worth sampling.Other restaurants in Thailand in the Top 50 list:Sühring, Bangkok (No. 4)Nahm, Bangkok (No. 10)Le Du, Bangkok (No. 14)Paste, Bangkok (No. 31)Eat Me, Bangkok (No. 33)Bo.Lan, Bangkok (No. 37)Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok (No. 39)The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn, Bangkok (No. 43) asiabaliBangkokBest Restaurants AsiaChinaFine dining AsiaHong KongindiaIndonesiaJapanKoreaSeoulSingaporeSri LankaTaipeiTaiwanthailandTokyoUbudlast_img read more