Nine-11 hours of sleep and no more than two hours of recreational screen time a day is what can save your children from becoming impulsive and make poorer decisions in life, find researchers. Impulsive behaviour is greatly linked to sleep and screen time, found Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa. “Impulsive behaviour is associated with numerous mental health and addiction problems, including eating disorders, behavioural addictions and substance abuse,” said Dr Michelle Guerrero, lead author from CHEO Research Institute and University of Ottawa. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe paper, published in the journal Pediatrics, analysed data for 4,524 children from the first set of data of a large longitudinal population study. In addition to sleep and screen time, the study also captured data related to physical activity – at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily. The ABCD study allowed Guerrero and her team to look at the three pillars of the movement guidelines against eight measures of impulsivity, such as one’s tendency to seek out thrilling experiences, to set desired goals, to respond sensitively to rewarding or unpleasant stimuli, and to act rashly in negative and positive moods.
New Delhi: More than 90 million hectares of India’s degraded land area should be seen as a business opportunity by industries and it should be brought back to economic use, a senior official of the Environment Ministry said on Thursday. Speaking on ‘Role of Business and Industry in Land Restoration, Utilization of Degraded and Wasted Land’, ministry’s Special Secretary A K Jain urged industries to come up with business models for reclaiming the degraded land. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe event was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in run-up to the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), commencing here next week. “More than 90 million hectares of 320 million hectares of total area or about 30 per cent of India is wasteland. This should immediately be brought back into economic use. It is a big elephant in the room that all stakeholders including industries need to solve. The industry should see it as a business opportunity,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostJain said the COP 14 offers a platform to all stakeholders to get together and have a dialogue to work towards monetising the degraded land both for environment and mutual benefit. “We are not here to take money. In fact, we are here to tell you that please make money. This is an offer to any corporate, industrial house or activity which relates to land. So, this offer is for infrastructure, food-based, biomass, energy companies and also those businesses that leave a lot of environmental footprints,” he added. Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCCD said that FICCI’s event is the first in the run-up to COP-14 starting on September 2, where India is likely to take a very strong leadership role. “Investing in land restoration makes economic sense. We have done economic studies around the world and we feel if we invest $1 in land restoration, you can get $5-7 back, which makes a lot of business sense. Every 10 hectares can give you two direct jobs and there can be many indirect jobs,” Monga said.
Chris MacIntyreAPTN NewsA government-run emergency shelter in Whitehorse is drawing the ire of nearby residents and business owners.The former Salvation Army Centre of Hope was taken over by the Yukon government earlier this year with promises of improving service quality to meet residents’ needs.But locals say it’s common to see public intoxication and fights– and they’re not happy with the City of Whitehorse’s plan to address the situation.At a recent Whitehorse council meeting the city voted to spend $150,000 on benches, planting beds and trees around the building as part of a beautification project.Neighbours of the shelter say that money could be put to better use, such as in programming for shelter clients.Christine Tapp, the territorial government’s director for the social supports branch of its department of social services, says they are working to provide more programming in all areas of wellness for the centre’s residents.“I think we’ve taken a bit more of an active approach to our programming in the past month or so and we have plans to expand that further into the fall, including reassigning a couple of staff members to focus just on programming and to actually work with our guests to develop and to lead some of that programming,” she firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO – Technology experts warn a “really, really serious” security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine.Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips — found in most computers, including Apple’s Macs — that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers.While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel’s stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company’s main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent.“This is a really, really serious problem,” said Vlado Keselj, a professor of computer science at Dalhousie University.“The good news is I think it’s really hard to exploit this vulnerability. But it could just be a matter of time before someone manages to do that.”In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers “do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.” The company also said a performance hit from a future software update “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”Many details about the technical issue and possible solutions are still unknown. Intel said it had originally planned to disclose more information next week, once software updates were ready, but was compelled to release the statement after the issue began making headlines.An update for the Linux operating system has already been released and has provided some clues to the extent of the problem. But Keselj noted that care was taken to strip developers’ notes and comments out of the update, which typically give some context around the changes that are found in a new software release.“These patches are visible, anyone can open them and see what’s changed but developers removed comments. Without knowing exactly what the vulnerability is, it’s probably hard to exploit it, so it’s happening under the veil of secrecy which is probably good,” Keselj said.“We don’t want somebody to be able to exploit this before updates are made.”Keselj speculated the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer’s performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown. But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance, which would put pressure on Intel, Keselj said.Prof. Raphael Khoury of the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi said it’s not unusual for major software or hardware vulnerabilities to go undetected for a long time but it’s good Intel is releasing its fix before damage could be done.“Maybe the initial patch will have a substantial slowdown and then in the coming weeks they can take their time to produce a better fix,” Khoury said.“It’s better to initially suffer through this slowdown, at least we’re secure.”Beyond just computers, there are many consumer devices nowadays that run off sophisticated hardware that could be open to similar vulnerabilities, said Prof. Sebastian Fischmeister of the University of Waterloo, adding that connected cars and high-tech medical devices are also susceptible.“If you don’t upgrade them then you have a lingering potential security problem,” said Fischmeister. “If you upgrade them then you have potential performance degradation that wasn’t anticipated during testing, so suddenly your (technology) might no longer work.”
“Cancun will be a success, if parties compromise,” said the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, at a press briefing in Bonn, Germany, today. “They have to balance their expectations so that every one can carry home a positive achievement while allowing others to do the same – that’s how multilateral agreements are made elsewhere and it is how it has to happen in climate, too.”The upcoming conference of parties to the UNFCCC – known as the UN Climate Change Conference – takes place in Cancun between 29 November and 10 December. The UNFCCC is an international treaty which considers what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. Some countries have approved an addition to the treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful and legally binding measures.Figueres acknowledged that there will still be “political gaps” which need bridging among countries attending the conference. These centre on how to move forward with emission reductions, deciding what to do about the Kyoto Protocol and how to anchor the many national targets and actions governments have put forward, in particular the targets of industrialized countries.While expectations for agreements on how best to tackle climate change at the conference are realistic, Ms. Figueres noted, “there’s still a lot at stake if the world is going to stay below a two degree temperature rise.”In response to a question, Ms. Figueres said that the conference needs to conclude with a balanced set of decisions, including on the issues of adaptation, forestry and technological cooperation. However, she said, in order to be a balanced package, any “agreement must also address the mitigation efforts by both industrialized countries as well as those developing countries that have already put mitigation intents on the table,” as well as provide some resolution about what the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol is going to be and the next steps to be taken by countries in relation to long-term financing of climate change measures.The climate change chief said that any agreement on tackling climate change in Cancun is not going solve the whole problem. “But it can set a new pace for negotiations, where governments lock in better agreements every year, never ruling out new possibilities or ignoring existing needs for the future,” she said, adding that if climate change is humanity’s biggest long-term challenge, it is also its greatest opportunity.“It is the sustained and increasingly ambitious long-term response to climate change that will allow a successful adjustment to the other great political, economic and social changes which all countries face,” Ms. Figueres said. 15 November 2010With just two weeks until the start in Mexico of a major global conference on climate change, the top United Nations official on the issue has emphasized the need for compromise in international efforts to reach a solution to the climate challenge.
The monk said that he had had to return a house at Kalapaluwawa he had on rent and as a result the children there were stranded. Disappointed over the move the monk attempted to stage a protest outside the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters but was prevented from doing so by the BBS general secretary, ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero.The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero claimed that he was verbally abused by the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero and also later assaulted.The thero claimed that eyewitnesses had said that he was unconscious for approximately 10 minutes following the assault. He had then made a request from the Bodu Bala Sena for a place and the Bodu Bala Sena had initially given a positive response.The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero however said that the Bodu Bala Sena had then reneged on its commitment. A Buddhist monk has accused the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) of violating his right to freedom of expression and assaulting him.The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero said that members of the Bodu Bala Sena verbally abused and then assaulted him when he attempted to stage a peaceful protest outside the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters at Thunmulla last Wednesday. He said that the protest was over a request he had made to the BBS for a house to keep several orphans under his care. He was then taken away by the police and he later lodged a complaint with the police over the assault. The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero said that he had every right to stage a peaceful demonstration and that right was violated.
“Just over a quarter-century ago, the world united to reverse the rapid depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer, which protects Earth from harmful radiation from space. Today, the ozone layer is well on track to recovery within the next few decades,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.The Day is observed annually on 16 September, the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which entered into force in 1989. The Protocol establishes legally binding controls on the national production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, and enjoys universal ratification by 197 parties.Recent scientific findings reveal the importance of the Montreal Protocol, said the Secretary-General, noting that without this treaty and associated agreements, atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting substances could have increased ten-fold by 2050. The Protocol has also significantly contributed to the fight against climate change, as many ozone-depleting substances are powerful greenhouse gases, he added. “Let us take inspiration from our efforts to preserve the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol has shown that decisive action by the international community, including the private sector, can achieve transformative results for the common good. Let us learn from this example and apply its lesson to the urgent task of addressing the climate challenge,” Mr. Ban stated.The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thus helping to preserve life on the planet. A report released last week by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) found that the ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century.The assessment by 300 scientists noted that the recovery is attributed to the collective action through the Montreal Protocol, which has led countries to carry out policies to reduce and then phase out their use of ozone-depleting chemicals. At the same time, the report called for the same level of urgency and unity to tackle the challenge of climate change. Among those celebrating the International Day, whose theme this year is “Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes on,” is the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the other implementing agencies of the Montreal Protocol. “Today is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the remarkable progress that has been achieved in reducing the damage to the ozone layer. UNIDO is very pleased that our major contribution to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol over the years is now bearing fruit,” said Stephan Sicars, Director of UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Branch. Through the promotion of clean production, UNIDO has supported industries to eliminate the use of ozone-depleting substances in manufacturing processes. The agency helps industries to either replace these substances with ozone- and climate-friendly substances, or to redesign their products entirely. UNIDO’s projects and programmes have helped a number of countries introduce new technologies that no longer use the harmful substances. “The Montreal Protocol has significantly reduced the atmospheric abundance of gases, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons that were once used in products such as refrigerators, spray cans, insulation foam and fire extinguishers,” said Mr. Sicars.“With full compliance with the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 benchmark levels – the time before significant ozone layer depletion – around the middle of the century. This is great news.”
The latest edition of its Tourism Highlights, published on Monday, shows international arrivals reached 1.323 million last year.The figure represents an 84 million increase over 2016, and a new record, with the sector also recording “uninterrupted growth” in arrivals for eight consecutive years.Europe and Africa led the regions with increases in arrivals, with growth of eight per cent and nine per cent, respectively.WTO added that tourism is the world’s third largest export category, earning $1.3 trillion in receipts in 2017: an increase of five per cent.Meanwhile, total exports from international tourism stood at $1.6 trillion, or an average of $4 billion a day: that is, seven per cent of the world’s exports.“These strong 2017 results were driven by sustained travel demand for destinations across all world regions, including a firm recovery by those that have suffered from security challenges in recent years,” WTO said in a press release.“Strong outbound demand from virtually all source markets, including rebounds from major emerging economies Brazil and the Russian Federation, benefited both advanced and emerging destinations.”Seven of the 10 top tourism destinations are also leaders worldwide in both international tourist arrivals and international tourism receipts: China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.China also was responsible for generating nearly one-fifth of the world’s total tourism spending in 2017. Citizens of the world’s most populous country spent $258 billion on international travel last year.WTO added that so far, 2018 shows international tourism continues to grow, “with a year-on-year increase of 6% in arrivals between January and April.”
← Previous Story Dragan Djukic (Great Britain): “Olympic tournament – Best handball event ever” Next Story → Anton Rúnarsson is on test in MKB Veszprem For the second time in club’s history, Gorenje Velenje wins the Slovenian championship. Five matches before the end of the Championship race, Gorenje has 10 points more than second team, Celje Pivovarna Lasko. In the tonight’s battle, Gorenje celebrates clear win over Celje PL 33:25. That was the third win over neighbourgh this season.From the next season, Slovenia will have two teams in the EHF Champions League. Battle for the second place between Celje PL and Gorenje will be interesting until the last Round.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško – RK Gorenje Velenje 25:33 (15:19)RK CPL: Perič 6/3 saves, Skok 3/1 saves; Potočnik, Mlakar 1, Marguč 2/1, Žuran 1, Razgor 2, Toskič 4, Ranevski, Poklar 2, Poteko, Metličič 3, Zelenovič 2, Žabič, Mačkovšek 1, Žvižej 7/5; trener Vladan MatičRK GV: Gajič 12 saves, Taletovič; Melič 5/1, Medved 1, Bezjak 2, Pucelj, Manojlovič 3, Dolenec 7/2, Cehte 3, Miklavčič 2, Gaber 9, Golčar, Gams, Bajram, Šimič 1, Dujmovič; trener: Branko Tamše1. Gorenje Velenje 25 – 492. Celje PL 25 – 393. Cimos Koper 24 – 354. Trimo Trebnje 24 – 245. Maribor Branik 24 – 196. Krško 24 – 17photo: RK Gorenje Gorenje VelenjeHandball championSlovenia handballSlovenian handball
22. You count The Polo Grounds as a pilgrimage destinationSee more pics at TerraceTalk.com21. In fact, you’d have happily paid over $4 for a ticketCredit: NYPD Gaelic Football 20. And, this was the only video you were allowed watch until your sixth birthdayYouTube credit: Bryansford Gael19. You know for a fact that there’s only one Andy Murray©INPHO/PRESSEYE/Russell Pritchard18. And you’ve never heard of ‘the other Stephen King’© Billy Stickland/INPHO17. You know Cavan have won 5 All Irelands. But more importantly, you know that Monaghan have noneNo male All Irelands anyway.Monaghan? Hiss, booooo! ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy16. You read that in The CeltAlong with other important stuff.Credit: Alan O’Mara on Twitter15. Still, you’ve happily called Clones homeEven though it’s the only place you’ve ever contracted sunburn©INPHO/Morgan Treacy14. On Saturdays, you find yourself wondering “how many points did Cillian Sheridan get for Kilmarnock today?”©INPHO/Dan Sheridan13. While we’re on the subject of ‘The Saw-ker’, what ever happened to Terry Dixon?©INPHO/Andrew Paton12. You adhere to the (un)official boycott of Co. Kildare ©INPHO/Donall Farmer11. No question, Ireland’s greatest ever track athlete is Catherina McKiernan©INPHO/Donall Farmer10. Didn’t she win the London Marathon and everything!©INPHO/Allsport9. She ran past you one Sunday. You stayed with her no bother, but then let her on…Can’t remember if you’re on the left or the right. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy8. Of course, Cavan is a hot-bed of international successHow many world handball titles is it now, Paul? ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne7. You don’t have to be from Cavan to know Federer v Nadal has nothing on Paul Brady’s rivalry with Luis MorenoBut it helps.©INPHO/Ryan Byrne6. John Joe Nevin, he’s practically from Cavan too©INPHO/James CrombieHaving said that..5. The only thing you’ve ever needed a hurl for is baitin’ cattle into field.©INPHO/Cathal Noonan4. Your holiday plans are revealed when you hear the Qualifier draw on Northern SoundRoad trippin’ with Northern Sound.3. If you’re going further afield, your flights are booked for July because The Championship will be over by then©INPHO/Andrew Paton2. At some stage you’ve vowed to name your first-born, ‘Gallant John Joe’YouTube credit: bedoboy1. ’97: What. A. Year.©Billy Stickland/INPHOSpecial thanks to those true blue-blooded Breffni boys who contributed. You should follow at least one of them on Twitter (it doesn’t cost anything).21 signs you’re a sports fan from Waterford16 signs you’re a sports fan from Cork19 signs you’re a sports fan from Kerry
Lumia 800 : Nokia corrige les problèmes de batterieNokia vient de publier une mise à jour, censée régler définitivement le problème d’autonomie dont souffrent certains Lumia 800, le premier Windows Phone de la firme finlandaise. Un premier correctif avait déjà été publié en décembre.Les problèmes de batterie qui touchent certains Lumia 800 devraient être définitivement réglés avec la nouvelle mise à jour que vient de publier Nokia. Après avoir pris connaissance et reconnu ce défaut qui empêchait les smartphones de recharger leur batterie à 100%, la firme finlandaise avait publié un premier correctif en décembre dernier, et annonçait qu’une seconde mise à jour allait suivre.À lire aussiBientôt des batteries au lithium trois fois plus autonomes ?Pour savoir s’ils sont ou non concernés par ce bug, les possesseurs du premier Windows Phone de Nokia sont appelés à charger leur mobile puis à taper ##634#. Ils accéderont alors au menu Service et à la section état de la batterie dont la capacité doit être égale ou supérieure à 1000 mAh. Si une capacité inférieure est affichée, cela signifie que le téléphone est affecté par le bug.Les autres utilisateurs sont eux aussi invités à télécharger la nouvelle mise à jour publiée par Nokia puisqu’en plus de régler ce problème, elle apporte également une amélioration des performances de la connexion WiFi du smartphone et la correction de plusieurs autres bugs.Le 23 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 avrilLes plus vieilles traces de pas humains, du papier pour nourrir les abeilles et un robot expressif. Voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 2 avril.- La 209ème sortie spatiale depuis l’ISS s’est bien déroulée. Ce jeudi, les astronautes Ricky Arnold et Drew Feustel ont passé 6 heures et 10 minutes hors de la Station Spatiale Internationale afin d’effectuer différentes tâches sur cette gigantesque structure, et même de préparer des travaux futurs d’après la NASA.- Une incroyable découverte en Amérique du Nord. Remontant à près de 13.000 ans, durant l’ère glaciaire, pas moins de 29 marques de pas humains ont été mises à jour sur l’île Calvert, au Canada. Ces empreintes renforcent la théorie selon laquelle les hommes seraient arrivés en Amérique du Nord depuis l’Asie en passant par le détroit de Béring, anciennement émergé.- Un papier pour nourrir les abeilles. Voilà l’étonnante innovation proposée par une organisation dédiée à la sauvegarde des hyménoptères. Constitué de glucose et de graines provenant de fleurs pollinisées par les abeilles, ce papier est recouvert d’une peinture UV biodégradable, destinée à attirer les insectes.- Une nouvelle avancée face à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Les chercheurs ont découvert des anticorps capables d’éradiquer la protéine produite par la maladie, mais également les plaques qu’elle forme dans le cerveau. Même si aucun traitement sûr ne peut pour l’instant être proposé grâce à eux, ils offrent tout de même une nouvelle direction dans laquelle avancer.- Un appareil pour détecter ce que vous mangez. Mesurant à peine 2 millimètres de côté, ce petit capteur, une fois collé sur vos dents, analyse en temps réel la consommation de glucose, de sel et d’alcool d’une personne. Cette technologie pourrait devenir un outil capital dans divers cas de suivis médicaux ou lors d’études cliniques.À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 août- La Terre se porte mal. D’après un nouveau rapport, ce sont pas moins de 75% des zones terrestres de la planète qui souffrent de dégradation. Un triste constat dont les répercussions menacent la vie de 3,2 milliards de personnes. Face à la pollution, la désertification ou la déforestation, le besoin d’action se fait toujours plus urgent.- Une nouvelle génération de « robots émotifs » est en marche. Si vous n’avez pas encore vu Charles le robot, alors… estimez-vous peut-être heureux. Cet étrange androïde dont seul la tête a été construite est capable d’exprimer un large panel d’émotions en réponse à vos propres expressions. Même si la technologie est impressionnante, elle demeure quelque peu effrayante.- Manger au restaurant pourrait être dangereux pour la santé. C’est du moins ce que suggère une nouvelle étude américaine. Ces travaux ont découvert que des sujets qui avaient récemment mangé au restaurant présentaient un taux 35% plus élevés de phtalates. Des substances identifiées comme des perturbateurs endocriniens et associées à divers troubles tels que le diabète de type II.Le 2 avril 2018 à 00:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cagliari have confirmed the signing of Liverpool’s Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan on a two-year deal.The Italian club released a statement on their official website which reads: “Cagliari Calcio announces that it has acquired from Liverpool FC the right to the sports performances of the player Ragnar Klavan who arrives in rossoblù outright by signing a contract until 2020.”“Left-footed, a powerful physique, strong in aerial play, can also be used as a left side. A player of considerable reliability, accustomed to pressure, Klavan will bring his personality, charisma and leadership skills into rossoblù.”Cagliari also confirmed the move on Twitter.Ragnar #Klavan è rossoblù ??Welcome to Sardinia!➡️ https://t.co/H43DnCtSS1#benvenutoKlavan pic.twitter.com/B1TkvUKYjtVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) August 17, 2018The 32-year-old captains the Estonia national side and has completed his move to Cagliari, according to Football Italia.The former Liverpool defender was in the final year of his contract at Anfield and Cagliari are understand to have paid £2m for his services.Klavan never established himself as a first-choice in the Liverpool defence but made more than 50 appearances since joining from Augsburg in 2016.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Crews responded to a large power outage the affected 1,192 members from Kasilof heading south toward Homer, around 12:12 a.m., this morning. Currently the number of members without power has now been reduced to 192, according to Shelley it would be a couple of more hours till power is fully restored. According to Bruce Shelley with HEA, at 2:39 a.m., power had been restored to 645 members. The cause of the outage is a faulted insulator in Kasilof, and a cross arm was also damaged by this fault. HEA crews are still on scene working to restore power to the 192 members. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
Chennai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) have arrested two accused in connection with Ansarulla case. According to NIA, the accused, Hassan Ali and Harish Mohamed, had collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India. Both the accused will be produced before NIA Special Court in Chennai, NIA said on Sunday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us NIA had carried out four raids in the city and Nagapattinam district of the state on Saturday in a case pertaining to Ansarulla terrorist gang, which had conspired to wage a war against the Government of India. The investigation agency had learnt that the accused persons and their associates had collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India.
New Delhi: Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday after prolonged illness. He was 66. Jaitley had been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness. His condition had steadily deteriorated, and he was put on life support. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart underwent dialysis on Thursday. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Member of Parliament at 12.07 p.m. on Saturday. Jaitley was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors,” said Aarti Vij, Chairperson, Media and Protocol AIIMS. The veteran BJP leader served as the Finance Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s previous cabinet from 2014 to 2018. He was also the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from 2009 to 2014. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us During his stint in the Finance Ministry, Jaitley was instrumental in implementing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) aimed at streamlining India’s indirect tax structure. It was also during his tenure that the controversial decision of demonetisation was taken.During his long political career, Arun Jaitley Ji held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019 Advertise With Us Jaitley will be cremated on Sunday at the Nigam Bodh Ghat at 2 p.m. His body is being shifted to his home in Kailash Colony. It will be shifted to the BJP headquarters at 10 a.m. on Sunday for people to pay their tributes. Condolences poured in for Jaitley who was one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most trusted colleagues and an accomplished lawyer.President Ram Nath Kovind said that Jaitley’s death leaves a huge void in the intellectual ecosystem.Extremely saddened by the passing of Shri Arun Jaitley after battling a long illness with fortitude and dignity. A brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian, and a distinguished Minister, he contributed immensely to nation building.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 24, 2019 “Extremely saddened by the passing of Shri Arun Jaitley after battling a long illness with fortitude and dignity. A brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian, and a distinguished minister, he contributed immensely to nation building,” he tweeted. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said his death is an irreparable loss to the nation. Naidu, who was to leave from Chennai to Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, cut short his visit and is returning to Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the UAE, said he has lost a valued friend and that the BJP and Jaitley shared an unbreakable bond. “BJP and Arun Jaitley ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at the forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our party who could articulate the party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society.” Modi also said that he has lost a valuable friend in Jaitley. “I have lost a valued friend whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!”I am deeply shocked to learn about the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley,a long time dear friend and one of my closest associates. His death is an irreparable loss to the nation and a personal loss to me. I have no words to express my grief.— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 24, 2019 Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid rich tributes to her predecessor Jaitley, describing him as a mentor with matchless astuteness. “No words can describe the loss of Shri @arunjaitley. A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match,” she said in a tweet.No words can describe the loss of Shri @arunjaitley. A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match.— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 24, 2019Congress President Sonia Gandhi said Jaitley’s contribution to public life will forever be remembered.”Jaitley had a long innings as a public figure, parliamentarian and minister and his contributions to public life will forever be remembered,” she said. Congress leader and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said he had a long standing and good relationship with Jaitley. “He was a person who used to maintain a very good relation with all, irrespective of political affiliations. He is certainly going to be missed by all those who knew him,” said Antony.
Employees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company’s logo inside its office in Bengaluru in this August 2015 file photp.ReutersAmazon India’s dominance over local rival Flipkart is increasing by the day but when it comes to market share, the country’s leading e-commerce firm is winning the race.Flipkart’s standalone market share stood at 31.9 percent last year, while Amazon’s share was 31.1 percent, a new report by Forrester said.While Amazon is slowly bridging the gap with homegrown Flipkart, the Silicon Valley giant still lags behind the local rival when it comes to introducing business innovations, according to market experts.Over the years, Flipkart has reworked on its schemes to engage with over 100 million users and deliver 8 million shipments every month. The company has launched no-cost EMI (equated monthly installment) and buyback offers to help customers’ distinguish itself from larger rival Amazon.Harish Bijoor, a specialist in brand and business strategy, feels that Flipkart has an edge over Amazon as it capitalizes on being an Indian brand while Amazon needs to dive deep to keep customers hooked.Softbank-funded Flipkart also has a bigger competitive advantage: deep knowledge and granular data on the local user.Amazon was launched in India only in June 2013, years after Flipkart (2007) and Snapdeal (2010).”A head start is a head start. Flipkart is a beneficiary of that… It will take time for Amazon to create those tectonic consumer shifts,” Bijoor told International Business Times in an email.While Flipkart is promoting its brand via digital marketing apart from traditional routes, it is trimming marketing and branding expenses to maintain a lean profit and loss statement.Meanwhile, Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has ramped-up investments to uproot Flipkart. The company invested another Rs 1,680 crore in its Indian unit last year as part of its commitment to invest $5 billion to expand its local business.And the change in visible: out of the 2,000 respondents that took the Forrester survey in 2017, 80 percent shopped on Amazon while 65 percent on Flipkart.India is a major growth market for Amazon after it lost China after being bullied by local players who understood the market much better.Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s talismanic founder, is prepared to do whatever it takes to win in India.”So, our approach varies by country, and if you look, historically we’ve taken multiple approaches. So in China, we bought an existing business Joyo.com and built off that base,” Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said in an April 2017 earnings call.”In India, we started from scratch and have built a lot of things ourselves. And it’s always going to depend on the country that the dynamics in that country both for retail, for online, and for foreign investment,” Olsavsky explained.
Bangladeshi mountaineer Musa IbrahimBangladeshi mountaineer Musa Ibrahim and two Indians, who were stuck for the last six days at the base camp of Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua Province of Indonesia due to bad weather, were rescued on Monday morning.The Bangladeshi mountaineer, in his facebook page, confirmed the matter posting pictures after reaching at Indonesian Airport. Meanwhile, Shahriar Alam, the state minister for foreign affairs, also confirmed the matter in his official facebook page. Bangladesh Embassy in Jakarta had been in close contact with the Indonesian ministry of foreign affairs, organiser, rescue team and the local guides, who were constantly coordinating with the rescue operation, a diplomat told UNB on Sunday. Bangladesh Embassy got the news first from Musa Ibrahim’s sister and contacted the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta and Indian Embassy, since two other Indian summiteers were also stranded along with Musa. “We also contacted the National Search and Rescue Agency and looked for their help. However, due to bad weather the helicopter could not land at their base camp,” said the diplomat. Shahriar Alam informed the Bangladesh Mission in Jakarta at 4am Sunday that the weather was good and they could be evacuated. The Embassy immediately informed the organiser, rescue team and accordingly a helicopter went to rescue them on Sunday morning. But again due to bad weather they could not landed and the pilot informed Monday morning (6:00am to 9:00am) when the weather will be suitable, they will go to rescue them immediately, said the Embassy sources. “They have food and just wait for good weather,” the sate minister wrote on his official Facebook page assuring of all their safety. The state minister urged everyone to pray for Musa and other mountaineers who got stuck there, adding Asean authorities and Indian Embassy in Indonesia have been working with the Bangladeshi ones to carry out the rescue operation. A Facebook user who is aware of the development – Noor Ayesha – wrote, “The summiteers of joint Bangladeshi-India Friendship expedition to Mount Carstenze Pyramid – Musa Ibrahim, Satyarup Siddhanta and Nandita Chandra sumitted on 13 June 8.50am (BD time) could not be evacuated today!” She said the helicopter took four good hours this morning to start the rescue journey just as the Timika Airport authorities took the long hours to provide permission. The weather condition was good in the morning, but by the time the helicopter flew, the clouds formed again. As a result, the helicopter failed to reach the team and had to return to the Airport without successfully completing the mission, she said. “We’re grateful to our State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam for his prompt action,” she wrote. Noor Ayesha urged all the friends in the media not to publish or report any misleading information related to this expedition. “We’re still waiting for Musa and his team to be rescued.”
Free imageFirst Amendment advocates sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying it is unconstitutional to block his critics from following him on Twitter.The Manhattan federal court lawsuit from the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University cited seven individuals rejected by Trump or his aides after criticizing the president. Besides Trump, the lawsuit also named as defendants White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Dan Scavino, White House director of social media.Jameel Jaffer, the institute’s director, said dozens of people reached out after his organization told the White House three weeks ago that it wasn’t permitted to block individuals from following the president’s 8-year-old @realdonaldtrump account.Trump doesn’t seem to be the only politician trying to limit his audience. Jaffer said numerous people have said they were blocked from the accounts of Republican and Democratic politicians after posting critical comments.A federal judge in Washington, D.C., recently ruled that a local official’s Facebook account was a public forum under the First Amendment, but higher courts have not yet addressed the issue, Jaffer said.“It’s fair to say that this is a new frontier,” Jaffer said. “The First Amendment principle is well-settled, but the applicability of that principle to this context isn’t an issue that the courts have yet had many occasions to address.”The lawsuit asks a judge to stop Trump and his media team from blocking critics from following his personal account, which has 33 million followers, 14 million more than @POTUS and 19 million more than @WhiteHouse.Dawn Dearden, a spokeswoman for government lawyers, declined to comment.According to the lawsuit, blocking people from following Trump’s account was a viewpoint-based restriction the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow.It noted that Trump on July 2 tweeted: “My use of social media is not Presidential — it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL.” It also quoted Spicer saying a month earlier at a press conference that Trump’s tweets should be understood as “official statements of the president of the United States.”Federal agencies and courts treat Trump’s tweets as official statements, and The National Archives and Records Administration has advised the White House that the tweets must be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, the lawsuit said.Among plaintiffs was Rebecca Buckwalter, a Washington-based writer and political consultant who was blocked from the account on June 6 after she replied to Trump’s tweet saying he would have had “ZERO chance winning WH” if he’d relied on “Fake News” from major media outlets. Buckwalter received over 9,000 likes and 3,300 retweets after posting: “To be fair you didn’t win the WH: Russia won it for you,” according to the lawsuit.Others to be blocked included Philip Cohen, a University of Maryland sociology professor who called Trump a “Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian,” and Holly Figueroa, a national political organizer and songwriter who was cut off May 28 after posting an image of the pope looking incredulously at Trump, along with the statement: “This is pretty much how the whole world sees you,” the lawsuit said. Share
Wednesday, January 16, 2019Top afternoon stories:Senior Airman Areca Wilson/WikiMediaMore Families Aren’t Vaccinating Children In TexasIn their latest bi-annual report, The Immunization Partnership says non-medical exemptions for school vaccine requirements in Texas are 25 times higher now than in 2003. Statewide, between 2016 and 2018, the percentage of students with exemptions rose from 0.97 percent to 1.07 percent.While some families say work requirements or a lack of health insurance prevents them from vaccinating their children, others are basing the decision off of fraudulent science linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism which was later retracted.In the Houston area, vaccine exemptions seem to cluster in more affluent suburbs, creating a “ring” around the city. Montgomery County continues to outpace the state by nearly double, with a vaccine exemption rate at 1.94 percent, for example.While exemption rates in Harris County are rising, rates have remained below the state average.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaA garbage truck picks up trash in west Houston.City Council Approves Getting Additional Garbage TrucksMost of Houston’s garbage and recycling trucks are more than 15 years old and are breaking down more and more frequently.The city has ordered dozens of new trucks, but most won’t get to Houston for months.Now, the city council has approved plans to rent additional garbage trucks and hire an outside recycling pickup firm.Many of the current trucks have been in almost constant use for years. That includes hauling away heavy trash in the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Harvey, as well as other floods.Ben Curtis/APSecurity forces help civilians flee the scene at a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.Houston Native Killed in Kenya Terror AttackA University of Texas graduate who grew up in Houston is among the 21 people killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attack at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.The U.S. State Department confirmed that an American was among the dead, and the company I-DEV International confirmed that co-founder, Jason Spindler, was killed.Spindler’s father, Joseph, said his son grew up in Houston, graduated from the University of Texas and started with a successful career on Wall Street. His brother wrote in a Facebook post that Jason had survived the September 11 World Trade Center attacks in New York, according to The Guardian.Spindler then went on to join the Peace Corps and lived in Peru, where he developed sustainable business models for rural residents.Google MapsThe 2019 edition of the Houston Open will be held from October 7 to October 13 at the Golf Club of Houston.Houston Open To Be Held From October 7 To 13The Astros Golf Foundation announced Wednesday that the 2019 Houston Open will be held from October 7 to October 13 at the Golf Club of Houston.The tournament, which began in 1946, will be primarily underwritten by the Astros Foundation, per an agreement between the Foundation and the PGA Tour. The agreement is for five years, from 2019 until 2023.In 2020, the tournament will move to the renovated Memorial Park Golf Course. The renovations started on January 10 and are overseen by golf course architect Tom Doak.In the 2019 edition, the tournament will have a purse of $7.5 million which “will make it the premier fall event on the PGA TOUR in the U.S.A.,” according to Colby Callaway, director of the Houston Open. Share