New Delhi: A Rs 10,000 crore scheme to subsidise sale of electric and hybrid vehicles as part of efforts to curb pollution is welcome, but the government is missing out on low-hanging fruits like Auto LPG, that can have an immediate impact on urban air quality, Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC) said.The association urged that the government should provide a level playing field to other cleaner gaseous fuels like Auto LPG as well. Rather than subsidies, the government should provide simple policy-level interventions like lowering GST for Auto LPG, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are certainly missing the larger picture here. Larger picture does not necessarily mean only looking 25 years hence. In today’s context, it should have meant allowing each clean fuel to play a role, particularly in the context of its feasibility and the necessity of providing our country with solutions that can be implemented effectively today. “With Indian cities continuing to be amongst the world’s most polluted, there is a dire need to provide solutions for today,” IAC director general Suyash Gupta said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn a statement, IAC said the government has decided to put its thrust only on electric vehicles (EVs), ignoring other more readily available alternatives. “Almost 65 per cent of Indian power is still sourced from fossil fuels while EVs as a realistic alternative is almost two decades away. Do we not need solutions today? Can we wait for 20 more years for cleaner urban air? The answer, unfortunately, is a no,” he said. Under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme, subsidies would be offered based on the battery capacity of the vehicle, ranging from buses and cars to three-wheelers and motorbikes costing less than Rs 15 lakh. Auto LPG association contends that it does not need any subsidy allocation from the government — just a level playing field through policy interventions such as lowering GST on Auto-LPG from 18 per cent to 5 per cent, reducing GST on conversion kits from 28 per cent to 5 per cent and a quick reform of the anomalous type approval norms governing the retro fitment industry, the statement said.
TORONTO — Rogers Communications is using one of Apple’s newest smartphones, the iPhone 8, as a bargaining chip as it seeks to get customers to sign up for select service plans over the busy holiday shopping period.In a limited-time offer announced Thursday, Rogers began advertising an iPhone 8 with 64 megabytes of memory for $0 if customers sign up for a two-year plan that costs at least $2,280 before taxes over the contract.That amounts to about $95 a month for a plan that includes 300 local voice minutes, one gigabyte of regular data and two bonus gigs. Additional features would push the monthly fee higher.Wireless competition heats up as Big Three telecoms chase rival with $60 deal‘There is no escaping it’: Are telecom companies to blame for our smartphone addiction?Wireless carriers can’t keep up after weekend price-cutting promotionWhile it’s normal for carriers to offer older phones for little or no money to entice customers, it’s less common for a newer phone like the iPhone 8 to be available for $0.“I think it’s a change in market dynamics,” IDC Canada mobile products researcher Manish Nargas said Thursday.He pointed to a revised federal code of conduct, which went into effect Dec. 1, that requires carriers to sell unlocked mobile phones — making it easier for consumers to switch to another network.“Now when you’ve got into a situation where everything’s unlocked and everybody’s on equal playing ground, you have to create new ways to resonate with the consumer,” Nargas said in an interview.“You might be paying $0 up front, which is great for the consumer, but it does tack on a sizable amount to your monthly bills.”Nargas noted that, last weekend, other carriers followed Rogers after it and its Fido brand began offering $60 per month big-data plans until Monday or Tuesday — an apparent answer to a Freedom plan announced a few weeks ago.As of Thursday afternoon, Telus and Bell hadn’t matched the Rogers iPhone 8 temporary price cut. They were promoting $0 offers for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 smartphones and some older Apple phones.Rogers hasn’t commented on its most recent pricing moves, but its executives have said the company competes with Freedom on price but has advantages in terms of network, distribution system and customer care.“Freedom still has a ways to go in terms of having a network that competes with us and with the other two large players,” Rogers chief financial officer Anthony Staffieri told an industry conference on Dec. 5.Shaw’s Freedom — which has its network primarily in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia — wasn’t able to carry the Apple 8s and newer iPhone X until this month.By contrast, Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus have been available from Rogers and the other major Canadian carriers since September and they’ve been selling the iPhone X more than a month longer than Freedom, which has had to upgrade its network this year to carry the Apple products.Last weekend’s price war spawned significant negative social media feedback for Telus, Rogers and — to a lesser extent, Bell — when their customer service phone and chat lines weren’t able to keep up with demand.
Demonstrations against the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir began in December, and thousands marched and rallied outside the headquarters of the Sudanese army in the capital on Saturday and Sunday, according to news reports.There were reports of dozens of other protests around the country, and eye witnesses told news outlets that some soldiers, had moved to protect peaceful demonstrators on Sunday night, when other units under the direct command of the president, had begun using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the sit-in. Reports suggest that at least six protesters were killed on Saturday in the capital, when crowds began to march.They are calling for an end to the rule of President Bashir, amidst an economic crisis that has seen prices of fuel and basic goods such as bread, rise sharply, and a fall in the standard of living affecting many middle-class Sudanese. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson online, Mr. Guterres said he was following the demonstrations closely, and called on the Government to show “full respect for human rights, including the freedom of assembly, the freedom of expression, and the release of detained protestors.”He said Sudan’s leadership needed to “create a conducive environment for a solution to the current situation and to promote an inclusive dialogue.” He added that the UN stood ready to support “any efforts agreed by the Sudanese to peacefully resolve the current crisis.”
I passed a fellow Disney cast member in the hallway just after Thursday afternoon’s first set of World Cup matches concluded. He’d missed the U.S.-Germany game.“Did we win?” he asked.“Yes,” I said. “I mean, no, we lost. But we advanced.” He seemed to understand.After its loss to Germany, the U.S. finished tied for second in Group G, with one win, one loss and one draw. Portugal had the same record. But the U.S. had the better goal differential and will go on, reaching the knockout stage in consecutive World Cups for the first time in its history.Some further good news for the U.S. is that it has a palatable draw in its Round of 16 game. If the U.S. gets very lucky and Algeria and South Korea win their games Thursday, its opponent would be Algeria. However, there is only a 3.5 percent chance of both of those outcomes. In any other case, the U.S. will face Belgium.The U.S. will be an underdog against Belgium, but not as badly as it would be against some other opponents. If we put the remaining World Cup teams into several tiers based on their Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings, it would look something like this:Tier 1A: Brazil (partly because of home-country advantage)Tier 1B: Germany, ArgentinaTier 2A: Colombia, Netherlands, France, ChileTier 2B: Belgium, UruguayTier 3A: Switzerland, U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Nigeria, RussiaTier 3B: Algeria, GreeceTier 4: South Korea (very unlikely to advance)Belgium is dangerous, but not as dangerous as tournament favorites Brazil, Germany and Argentina. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, France, Chile and Colombia also look more threatening than Belgium based on the things SPI looks at: pre-tournament resumes, form so far in the World Cup and, in the case of Chile and Colombia, games closer to home.Our match-prediction algorithm gives the U.S. about a 42 percent chance of winning a knockout-stage game against Belgium based on each team’s SPI rating as of Thursday morning. (The U.S. would be 59 percent favorites against Algeria.) Here’s how those probabilities look for a knockout match between the U.S. and all remaining teams in the World Cup:A note for soccer newbies: There are no draws in the knockout stage. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, the teams play 30 minutes of extra time. (The 30 minutes are guaranteed; there is no longer any “sudden death” or Golden Goal rule.) If the score is still tied, the game goes to a penalty shootout. (Some soccer statisticians consider games that go to penalties to be draws for record-keeping purposes — but the winner of the shootout advances all the same.)These probabilities reflect an improvement, which we’ll be unveiling Friday morning, to the SPI match-prediction program. Previously, it had been resolving all matches that would have been draws in regulation 50-50. In other words, it was assuming that the outcome of a game that went to extra time was purely random.We’ve done some further research, however, and this assumption turns out be somewhat too conservative. Based on the results from major tournaments since 2005, the better team does have a slight edge in extra time. It isn’t much of an advantage if the teams are at all competitive with one another: For example, if a U.S.-Belgium game went to extra time, Belgium would have a 54 percent chance of advancing either after extra time or on penalties, and the U.S. would have a 46 percent chance. But it’s worth worrying about when one team is clearly better. For instance, we estimate that Argentina would have a 65 percent chance of winning an extra-time game against the U.S.Speaking of Argentina, it represents the biggest barrier to the U.S. making a deep run in the World Cup. The Argentines are the Americans’ most likely opponent in the quarterfinals and the U.S. has only a 20 percent chance of beating them. The U.S. will want to root for Switzerland to upset Argentina in the Round of 16 — against the Swiss, the Americans would be almost even money.Overall, the U.S. has a 13 percent chance of winning two knockout-stage matches and advancing to the semifinals for the first time since the 1930 World Cup. Its probability of winning the World Cup is only 1.2 percent — although those odds are up from just 0.4 percent before the tournament began.
Nadhim Zahawi, the minister for children and families Ms Tanuku added that nursery mangers must firmly refuse requests from parents for male staff not to change nappies or take their children to the toilet.“There have been situations where parents have asked for male practitioners not to carry out personal care for their child and although a sensitive situation, it must be dealt with immediately,” she said.“By making your position clear it will demonstrate to all parents, colleagues and the worker himself, that he is a valued and trusted member of staff. There is also a separate legal issue of discrimination if a nursery were to ban male employees from carrying out personal care.” “Some children out there may not have a male in their home, there needs to be balance, they need to have that interaction,” he told the BBC. “It breaks down that whole, ‘you have to be macho to be a male,’ thing. It shows them men can be silly, can play, make jokes, can give you a hug if you’ve fallen down.” Nadhim Zahawi, the minister for children and families, said that the lack of male nursery teachers is a problem which Department for Education officials are trying to address. Speaking at the education select committee, he said: “I think there is an issue. We do need to do more.“One of the areas we are looking to do more is on apprenticeships – to get more people considering a career in early years especially males. It is something that is important. A lack of male role models is not a good thing.”Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association, said that childcare is seen by many as a “woman’s job” and that recruiting male practitioners is a “long standing problem” for the sector. She added that “misplaced perceptions” about male nursery workers are “fuelled by negative stereotypes”. The majority of councils have no men working in their nurseries, as parents assume they pose a risk to young children. Of the 38 councils in England, Scotland and Wales which still have in-house nurseries, 26 do not hire a single male teacher. Jamel Campbell, of the London Early Years Foundation, said: “People are entrusting their precious babies to us, to care for them and to teach them. There is a lot of stigma based on negative stories – children being at harm… men not being nurturing, men not being able to work with children that small.”Of 400,000 early years educators – which includes preschools, nurseries and school reception classes – 98 per cent are female. The starting salary for nursery practitioners is around £18,000.Mr Campbell said that more men would be interested in becoming nursery teachers if they understood the benefits it can bring to young children. Of the 38 councils in England, Scotland and Wales which still have in-house nurseries, 26 do not hire a single male teacher Credit: Christopher Furlong Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Earlier this week, a report warned that a recruitment crisis in nursery schools could see half of highly-qualified staff retiring within 25 years. Analysis by the Education Policy Institute found that a large proportion of staff with degree-level qualifications are aged over 40. One in five are over 50 and are set to retire within 10 to 15 years, the report said, while younger staff are more likely to be volunteers. In reception classes almost 16 per cent of staff are unpaid volunteers, and the number of unpaid staff in independent nurseries rose by 60 per cent between 2008 and 2013.
On Thursday Mr Mosseri met Matt Hancock,… The head of Instagram has become the first tech boss to back a statutory duty of care to protect children from online harms, as he announced a ban on all graphic self harm images on his site. As he backed this newspaper’s campaign, he said it was time for the social media site, which is owned by Facebook, to take “responsibility” and act quickly against online harms. “I accept that we have room to improve and we have a responsibility to improve,” he said. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, Adam Mosseri admitted the social media firm had spent 10 years focusing on the “good” that comes out of connecting people while neglecting the “risks”.
THE NEXT FEW years will see significant changes in Ireland’s education system due to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s reform of the Junior Certificate. As part of this, history will not be a compulsory subject. Not only is history being downgraded to an optional subject, schools will also be given the freedom to make history a short course. For those of us who love history and believe that it is essential to a balanced education, this is clearly a disturbing development.Learning from the pastAt present, we are in the midst of an economic recession. Unemployment and emigration are, for now, an uncomfortable reality. There are no easy, short term solutions to these problems. In order to emerge from our current difficulties we must make a long term investment in our youth. This investment should, in my view, involve encouraging students to study history.We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers who are disciplined, open-minded and good at analysing problems as well as suggesting solutions. These are exactly the traits that history sets out to instil in its students. They are traits that that can be applied to any type of employment. A generation with these characteristics is a generation that can lift Ireland from the mire it currently finds itself. It is a generation that will not repeat the mistakes that led to our current economic predicament.Overcoming bigotryHistory at secondary level enriches the minds of our youth by exploring the past, not only in Ireland but Europe and the wider world as well. Under the existing syllabus, history students are exposed to a variety of topics including Ancient Rome, the Reformation and the Rise of Hitler over three years of study. The current compulsory nature of Junior Certificate history ensures that students have no choice but to investigate this wide range of personalities and events. Indeed, by studying the rise of dictators such as Hitler, students are enlightened on the dangers of bigotry and discrimination. In an increasingly multicultural society, such enlightenment is essential.By allowing history to become optional or a short course we are denying some students a wealth of knowledge. In the case of a short course, students may only be exposed to one hundred hours of history over the three years. This limited time will lead to narrow content and failure to fully develop historical skills such as identifying bias.It’s a time of commemoration – downgrading history is a travestyIreland is now in the midst of a decade of centenaries. The period from 1912-1922 has left an indelible mark on our history. Events such as the signing of the Ulster Covenant, the 1913 Lockout, the 1916 Rising and the Irish War of Independence have seeped deep into the Irish psyche. At such a time of commemoration, the downgrading of history is a travesty.Our youth must be allowed to investigate these events in the history classroom where in-depth, non-biased and balanced discussion can be easily facilitated. In this setting, untruths, myths and exaggerations can be safely dispelled. If we allow our youth to acquire their history outside the classroom, untruths, myths and exaggerations will, I fear, be proffered.The government’s future vision for history has no support from those who are responsible for the teaching of history at secondary level. I have yet to meet a history teacher who supports Minister Quinn’s downgrading of history. Indeed, the History Teachers Association of Ireland (HTAI), of which I am a member, are strongly opposed to history becoming optional or a short course.In my own experience as an educator I have encountered many fellow history teachers. I have always been struck by their collective passion and enthusiasm. To downgrade history, is to strike a harsh blow to a group who wish only to make the maximum contribution possible to the balanced education of our students. The message from history teachers to Minister Quinn is clear: we do not support you.History is more popular than everThe downgrading of history at Junior Cert level will have a negative impact on history at Leaving Certificate level. Surely students who do not experience history during the first three years of secondary school are unlikely to choose history as a leaving cert subject. As a result, if the proposed reforms are implemented, it is highly likely that there will be a significant fall-off in the numbers studying senior history.What is more perplexing is that the downgrading of history comes at a time when history is more popular than ever. Indeed, in the context of TV shows such as ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’, history has become mainstream, even ‘cool’. Students now enjoy history not just as a subject in school but also as a pastime. For many students it becomes a passion for life.The downgrading of history could not come at a worse time. The pursuit of economic recovery, knowledge of the wider world, ending bigotry, commemoration and popular culture demands that history remain a compulsory subject at Junior Cert level.Minister Quinn, we need history, now more than ever.QUIZ: Squeaky bum time! It’s a secondary school history test…>VIDEO: Just a dinosaur rapping Dúnmharú ar an Dart>
MINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Leo Varadkar has called for the six questions asked by garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe to be answered “in full, before any Tribunal is up and running”.His statement comes amid reports that both Varadkar and Minister Simon Coveney have told fellow Fine Gael TDs to prepare for an early election, and they have called an early parliamentary meeting to discuss these election preparations.Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Varadkar said that previous Tribunals have “taken many years and have not always led to the truth” so McCabe deserved answers to these questions now.He added that it was “time to bring an end to a culture where wrong is done but no one is held to account”.In a statement on Monday, the McCabe family said that they had six questions they wanted to be answered before any investigation took place.They include asking which gardaí were involved in the making or receiving of phone calls from the HSE in relation to a false claim of sexual abuse, and if any senior gardaí were notified about the matter, either formally or informally.Varadkar said that “nobody should attempt to use the shield of legal advice, process or pending inquiries to avoid answering these questions”.He added that the government owes Maurice McCabe a full and unequivocal apology for the treatment he endured at the hands of gardaí, state agencies and government departments.Varadkar said:The events of the past week have undermined belief in us as a party and confidence in the Government. But we can and will put things right.In no part of his speech did Varadkar mention the Taoiseach.Minister Simon Coveney also made a speech tonight in defence of the government. He said: “Instead of finalising the terms of reference, we’re sitting here debating this nonsensical motion.”His fellow Fine Gael minister, Paschal Donohoe, said “this government cares now only about achieving justice for the McCabes and is focussed solely on getting to the bottom of this”.He added that, now a way forward was agreed, “the truth will win out”.Donohoe’s speech was met with applause from the Fine Gael benches.Simon Harris got feisty with Sinn Féin in his speech, where he said: “To hear any Sinn Féin member refer to a Garda McCabe will send a shiver up the spine of anyone who remembers that shocking morning in Adare on the 7 June 1996″, referencing the shooting of Garda Jerry McCabe.A vote of confidence in the government is currently being debated this evening in the Dáil.Read: ‘Admin error’ that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breachRead: LIVE: Taoiseach faces serious questions over yesterday’s ‘clarifications’ By Sean Murray Image: RollingNews.ie 11,598 Views http://jrnl.ie/3241830 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article McCabe’s questions deserve to be answered before Tribunal is held says Varadkar Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney have reportedly told Fine Gael TDs to prepare for an early election. Share Tweet Email2 Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 10:40 PM Feb 15th 2017, 10:40 PM 55 Comments Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The joke has always been that Alaska is so wealthy, it pays its residents to live here. But those yearly checks have gotten smaller, and could undergo a massive change, as Alaska struggles to pay state troopers and fix roads amid years of low oil prices. “Right now, I’d rather have him just sit on his hands and don’t touch nothing until the next election is over,” Taylor said. With higher oil prices and improved production estimates from the prodigious North Slope, there is no need to discuss taxes now, said Senate President Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican. The decision, first by Walker, then by lawmakers, to not follow the formula in law for dividend calculations the past two years has fueled anger and distrust among some Alaskans who fear a money grab, even as state leaders say they’re motivated by a desire to protect a dividend into the future. The permanent fund’s principal is protected in the state constitution; the checks aren’t. House leaders have flirted with the idea of changing that, though legislative legal adviser Doug Gardner said constitutionally guaranteeing a specific amount could improperly infringe upon legislative appropriation and gubernatorial veto powers. Any proposed constitutional change would need two-thirds backing in the House and Senate before going to voters. Under existing proposals, which vary in their draw rates, the split that could go to state government ranges from about two-thirds to three-fourths, with the rest to residents. The yearly checks initially would range from about $1,000 to $1,250. Major proposals for using the fund’s earnings involve changing how the checks are calculated, fueling a political debate expected to spill into this year’s gubernatorial and legislative races. The prospect isn’t sitting well with some. Don Fritz said he’s a longtime Alaska resident and in between jobs, though he said his wife says he’s retired. He said the dividend doesn’t belong in the constitution. At best, he said it should compete with other programs for funding. The checks are widely seen as an entitlement — discretionary money for many Alaskans but critical income for others, particularly lower-income residents living in high-cost rural communities where a gallon of milk can cost about $10. State Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher noted even with a rosier price outlook, Alaska faces a deficit of about $2.3 billion. “To me, it’s one of many things that need to be prioritized,” such as public safety and education, he said. Life in Alaska is tough, said Taylor, whose home is intentionally small to reduce heating costs. He sees the slashed checks as taking money from children, including his 5-year-old son. The House majority, composed largely of Democrats, and the Republican-led Senate are divided over what more should be done before permanently altering the dividend. “I don’t believe them,” said Jeff Taylor, a single dad in the tiny town of Anderson, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Fairbanks. Walker, who has unsuccessfully pushed tax proposals to help fill the deficit, stands by his actions. He and legislative leaders have favored turning the permanent fund into an endowment, where a portion of earnings would be drawn based on an average of the fund’s market value. While many Alaskans support protecting the annual checks, they have urged a more equal split between their share and the government’s. Taylor blames Walker, an independent who cut dividends in 2016 to $1,022. Lawmakers agreed to a similarly reduced amount last year. Alaska received more than 156,000 square miles (404,000 square kilometers) of land as a “dowry” at statehood, with mineral rights belonging to the people, Tillion said. The checks are their share, he said. The choices are limited: With oil revenue unable to sustain the state budget, savings accounts drawn low, Republicans seeing new or higher taxes as unnecessary, and Democrats against deeper budget cuts, what’s left are the earnings from the state’s nest-egg. “I’m not willing to give them anything,” said Clem Tillion, a former state lawmaker and longtime fund defender who with others unsuccessfully sued over Walker’s halving of dividend checks in 2016. Now, with their options for filling the deficit dwindling, lawmakers may have no choice but to use Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to help pay the state’s bills. Over the years, the size of residents’ annual checks has varied based on the market’s performance, averaging about $1,145. They reached an all-time high of $2,072 in 2015 — totaling more than an extra $10,000 for a family of five — before state leaders started contemplating some use of fund earnings for government costs and Gov. Bill Walker limited the payout. Fund earnings, by one estimate, could total around $16 billion by the end of this fiscal year, though lawmakers are eyeing only a fraction of that. The Legislature is scheduled to end its session in mid-April but has run long in recent years. After oil started flowing from Alaska’s North Slope in the late 1970s, so did the checks, which eventually were paid with earnings from an oil-wealth fund that’s grown to about $65 billion through investments. Times were so good, the state in 1980 repealed its personal income tax, a decision that has been politically impossible to undo as the state grapples with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.
TCL also talked up additional image quality improvements in its higher-end 2019 TVs. Some models will get quantum dot technology for improved color as well as additional local dimming zones — up to 300 percent more than previous models. That means the 65-inch set would have an impressive 360 zones, for example.Pricing and specific availability for TCL’s 2019 TVs was not announced.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. TVs 61 Photos 2:35 0 CES 2019 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags The best TVs of CES 2019 Share your voice In another first for Roku TV, select 4K models from TCL will incorporate built-in far-field voice control. That means you’ll be able to speak into thin air, hands free. You’ll also be able to perform searches and other voice commands without using the remote. US versions will use Roku’s voice system while TCL TVs outside the US will get Google Assistant far-field voice control.TCL says the system takes advantage of beam-forming technology and AI noise cancellation to deal with the issue of the TV’s own speakers overwhelming voice commands.Roku TV is CNET’s favorite Smart TV system overall, with better app coverage, search and ease of use than any of its rivals. TCL’s Roku TVs are among our top recommendations, and the company’s 2018 6 series won the Editors’ Choice award for its combination of picture quality and value. CES Products Roku Samsung An 8K TV in Roku’s booth at CES 2019. Sarah Tew/CNET TCLis joining LG and Samsung on the list of TV makers that will sell sets with 8K resolution this year.At CES 2019, the increasingly popular China-based TV maker said its 8K TV will be available in “late 2019,” and it will be the first 8K TV powered by Roku’s smart TV system. TCL debuts Roku powered 8K TVs
Islamabad : Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term has been extended for another three years by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the “regional security environment”, an official announcement said on Monday. General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the chief of Army Staff by former jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,” read the brief notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. “The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment,” the Dawn reported, citing the decision made by Prime Minister Khan. Earlier, there were reports that Prime Minister Khan may give another term to Bajwa as both were working closely. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Bajwa accompanied Khan on his maiden US visit during which he met US President Donald Trump at the White House. Khan had also nominated Bajwa as a member of the National Development Council, in an unprecedented move. In Pakistan, the appointment of the Army chief is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and his government.
When the howling voice of Jim Morrison sung the words “They got the guns, but we got the numbers; gonna win yeah, we’re taking over!” in 1968 he was referring to the 60’s counter-culture vs. traditional culture. The same words, however, could also be today’s rallying cry for SOPA opposition. You could say that companies like GoDaddy have “the guns” (billions of dollars), but the geeks, pirates, and supporters of internet freedom have the numbers. GoDaddy lost — by being pressured into switching its position, opposing SOPA, yet still losing customers. Now Sony and Nintendo are caught in the opposition’s crosshairs, and may be in the process of performing their own 180° shift.Sony and Nintendo were previously on the House of Representatives’ list of SOPA supporters. Now Nintendo has disappeared from the list, and only Sony’s music divisions remain. The companies, hoping to avoid drawing attention, have yet to acknowledge the change or make any public comment on it.AdChoices广告Apparently the move hasn’t been enough to satisfy internet “hacktivist” group Anonymous. The group has released a video (spoken in the group’s customary text-to-speech voice) in which it threatens to attack Sony. It declares that Sony’s support of SOPA is a death warrant for the company, and that it will — once again — bring down the Playstation Network. In dramatic rhetoric, Anonymous adds that it will extinguish Sony, and “dismantle its phantom from the internet”:It isn’t clear why Anonymous is targeting the PSN when only Sony’s music divisions are officially supporting SOPA, but the PSN is the area where Anonymous can do the most damage.History repeating itself?If Sony’s execs have any memory whatsoever, then they must be quivering in their boots. Earlier this year the company went through its most embarrassing — and expensive — ordeal in its history when it had PSN subscribers’ account information stolen, and then suffered through multiple outages. Anonymous denied involvement, though many believe that it was at least partially responsible. No matter who was behind it, the hacking is widely viewed as revenge for Sony’s legal attacks on jailbreaker George Hotz (now a Facebook employee). Though Sony’s music and gaming divisions are separate, it will be interesting to see if it pulls a GoDaddy or remains defiant.Sony isn’t, however, the only public entity being targeted by Anonymous; the group has also threatened to “declare their fury” on Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift for allegedly supporting SOPA.via Gamingbolt, Electronista
More information: The yak genome and adaptation to life at high altitude, Nature Genetics (2012) doi:10.1038/ng.2343AbstractDomestic yaks (Bos grunniens) provide meat and other necessities for Tibetans living at high altitude on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and in adjacent regions. Comparison between yak and the closely related low-altitude cattle (Bos taurus) is informative in studying animal adaptation to high altitude. Here, we present the draft genome sequence… Citation: Researchers uncover Yak genes responsible for their altitude tolerance (2012, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-uncover-yak-genes-responsible-altitude.html The Yak (Bos grunniens for the domesticated variety) is a long haired bovine that lives in the Himalayan part of Asia and has been used by people in a variety of ways over the long history the two have shared, e.g. for transport, farming, food and shelter. Up until now however, the DNA of the animal had not been thoroughly studied.In this new research, the team has found that the Yak possesses several genes that make it particularly suited for high altitude living. Three of them help to regulate its response to low levels of oxygen in the air, which can result in hypoxia, a condition that causes distress in other animals, such as difficulty breathing, panic, nausea, dizziness and of course passing out altogether and edema, which is where fluid collects in the tissues. The team also found five unique genes that control the way energy is obtained from the food the Yak eat, optimizing for the scarce amount available, allowing them to survive on a diet that would not support other animals of its size.The genetic findings by the team are expected to lead to advances in research in other areas, such as ways to help people better tolerate the extreme conditions present at high altitudes and perhaps better ways to treat those that succumb to its effects. © 2012 Phys.Org Heart-healthy yak cheese (Phys.org) — For some four thousand years, people in Tibet have relied on Yaks to help them survive in the high altitudes in which they live. The Yaks have proven over time that they are far better at dealing with high mountain living than are cows, which are more prevalent in other societies around the world. Scientists have known for years that cows and Yaks are closely related, and that the two were once the same species, having diverged just shy of five million years ago, which is roughly the same time span that humans and chimps went their separate ways. Now, new research by an international team of biologists and geneticists has taken apart the Yak genome and found, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Genetics, the genes that are responsible for allowing the Yak to thrive at such high altitudes. Venn diagram showing unique and shared gene families between the yak, cattle, dog and human genomes. Image (c) Nature Genetics (2012) doi:10.1038/ng.2343 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Genetics
Steph Curry is a well known Panthers fan, but when it came time to choosing sides while attending the Super Bowl, he opted to wear Patriots colors and stand as a guest on the New England sideline.Curry’s decision didn’t go unnoticed by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who spotted the 2-time NBA champ from across the field during pregame warmups and called him a ‘front runner.’Jenkins didn’t have any room for non-believers on this day. Curry was standing in the way of destiny..@MalcolmJenkins didn’t approve of @StephenCurry30‘s attire during #SBLII. @Eagles #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/fCA9glo47j— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) February 8, 2018 Advertisement
Go back to the e-newsletter >On 17 August, Emirates announced four new weekly flights between Dubai and Phuket to commence on 1 December 2015.Adding a capacity increase of 57 percent, the four new flights will introduce connectivity from most cities in the Americas for the first time as well as improve connections to a number of destinations in Europe and the Middle East.“Since the launch in 2012 Phuket has been a solid success story. The fact that we are now adding a further four weekly flights highlights not only the desirability of the destination but also the demand for passengers wishing to travel with Emirates,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.“These new flights have been well timed to not only maximise connections across our network but also allow for a morning arrival in Phuket, giving travellers even more time to enjoy the island and its surrounds.”Emirates will operate the new weekly flights with a Boeing 777-300ER, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats.Emirates’ increase in flights to Phuket closely follows the announcement of the airline’s codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which has added 14 new destinations to the Emirates network.EK396 will depart Dubai International Airport at 2255hrs and arrive at Phuket International Airport at 0800hrs the following day. The return flight, EK397 will depart Phuket at 0930hrs and arrives in Dubai the same day at 1320hrs. Emirates has 42 weekly flights to Bangkok and currently has seven weekly flights to Phuket.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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