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Modi to open Gandhi museum in RajkotModi to open Gandhi museum in Rajkot

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting Gujarat on Sunday to inaugurate multiple projects, including a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi at the Alfred high School in Rajkot, and a modern chocolate factory set up by Amul in Anand. Mr. Modi would also inaugurate a gas pipeline project in Kutch and an LNG terminal built by the Gujarat government-promoted Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL).In Rajkot, the museum had been set up by the State government at the school from where Gandhiji passed his matriculation in 1887. Renamed Mohandas Gandhi High School after Independence, the school was closed in 2017 after authorities decided to convert it into a museum. The chocolate plant in Anand district has been set up by Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, which markets dairy products under the brand name ‘Amul’. The plant has been built with investment of ₹190 crore and has a capacity to produce 1,000 tonnes of chocolates of different flavours. Mr. Modi would address a gathering of farmers after inaugurating the Amul plant.last_img read more

For 350 worst-affected villages, the priority is cleaning: Maharashtra ministerFor 350 worst-affected villages, the priority is cleaning: Maharashtra minister

first_imgThe government will give priority to cleaning 350 villages worst affected by the floods in Kolhapur and Sangli. Several special teams of clean-up marshals — including from Mumbai — will be dispatched to also remove carcass and waste from these villages. A sum of ₹70 crore has been set aside for the same, said Maharashtra Water Resources and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar. Of the 353 villages, 205 are located in Kolhapur, 101 in Sangli and 47 in Satara, where work will be taken up on war footing . “We will not only dispatch special teams for clean up operations in these areas but also direct them to take up other important tasks. These would include repair of solar pumps, and motors in wells on an immediate basis. The water connection in the affected areas will be restored in less than eight days,” said the minister after a meeting on Thursday to review the damage caused by the floods. The Minister said hundreds of carcasses are being removed daily with the help of Earthmoving Contractors Ltd, a private firm. “Other preventive measures including use of chemicals to ensure no infection spreads in the areas. This work is being undertaken with the help of 30 water suction pumps, four dumpers and 15 tractors,” said an official. Mr. Lonikar said sanitation work in the affected areas will also be taken up under the Swachch Bharat Mission of the Central government. The State will divert over ₹ 5 crore from the central scheme to clean the selected villages, he said. “We will disburse ₹50,000 to villages with population of 1,000 and ₹1,00,000 for villages of population over 1,000 under the Swachch Bharat Mission-Gramin,” he said. The State government has also set aside ₹75 crore for health-related initiatives in affected areas. Another ₹70 crore has been allocated for cleaning, ₹30 crore to compensate for loss of livestock, and ₹27 crore for providing food and medicines.last_img read more

Celtics president Danny Ainge suffers mild heart attackCeltics president Danny Ainge suffers mild heart attack

first_imgSuddenly favored “He received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to Boston shortly,” the Celtics said in a statement.Ainge, who also suffered a mild heart attack in 2009, won two NBA titles with the Celtics as a player in 1984 and 1986, also playing for Sacramento, Portland and Phoenix in a 14-season NBA playing career as a guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAinge, also a former baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays, coached the Phoenix Suns for four seasons before resigning in 2000.He became an executive for the Celtics in 2003 and in 2008 was named the NBA Executive of the Year as the Celtics won the league title after Ainge engineered trades for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments The team’s jump from 24-58 in 2006-07 to an NBA-best 66-16 the next season was the most dramatic one-year improvement in NBA history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – General manager Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics speaks with the media during Boston Celtics Media Day on September 26, 2016 in Waltham, Massachusetts. Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFPBoston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has suffered a mild heart attack but is expected to make a full recovery, the NBA club announced Thursday.Ainge, 60, suffered the heart attack on Tuesday in Milwaukee, the same night the Celtics lost 123-102 to the Bucks to leave their Eastern Conference second-round best-of-seven playoff series level at 1-1 entering game three Friday at Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

OnePlus 6 may come with under display fingerprint scanner and launch as early as March 2018OnePlus 6 may come with under display fingerprint scanner and launch as early as March 2018

first_imgOnePlus wasn’t, seemingly, happy moving the fingerprint scanner to the back on the OnePlus 5T. It was a radical shift from its usual design that keeps the sensor under the home button at front. If the new report is to be believed, it may remove the physical fingerprint scanner altogether on the upcoming OnePlus phone — the OnePlus 6.This can be done in two ways — one  the Apple way and another, the Vivo way.Like the iPhone X, the OnePlus 6 may get a 3D facial recognition system aided by a good camera, infrared light and AI based algorithms. This way it will be much more secure than the face unlock on the OnePlus 5T and will allow OnePlus to do away with the fingerprint scanner altogether.The Vivo way is to put an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor underneath the display. Vivo had already demonstrated this technology at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai this June. The sensor works through glass, OLED display and even aluminium.An under display fingerprint scanner will allow OnePlus 6 to have a bezel-less design, probably even more refined one than that of the OnePlus 5T and still keep the scanner at front. In fact many reports have earlier hinted this to be more probable, as the iPhone X’s tech is not only more expensive and complicated to implement but may require more time.Also, Hauwei has already deployed an under-glass fingerprint scanner on the Honor V10, despite giving it a thin bezel design, so the technology is not that nascent.Talking of time, the report also hints that phone may launch earlier in 2017 than the OnePlus 5 did in 2017. While the OnePlus 5 was launched in June, the OnePlus 6 may launch in March of 2018. Though nothing is certain and this timeline may shift.advertisementAlso Read: OnePlus 5T review: Takes the best of OnePlus 5 and makes it even betterAs for the design and specs, they will be an improvement over the OnePlus 5T. OnePlus 6 is said to come with a more refined design that will give more space to the screen — a bezel-less screen (similar to the iPhone X?). The display size will be bigger than the 5.5-inch display in the OnePlus 5 and the one that may sport 18:9 aspect ratio with QHD resolution.As for the chipset, it will most likely be the latest Snapdragon 845 that will make way on the Galaxy S9 and other flagships of 2018, paired to 6GB of RAM. There will also be an 8GB variant but OnePlus may combine it with 256GB storage this time, upgrading base variant to 128GB.Though the camera specs are not known yet, OnePlus is said to pay special attention to it give then the criticism that surrounded its last two phones. It could come with a dual camera setup but probably with better sensors and/or AI based enhancements.last_img read more

Volos Mayor Faces Match-Fix ChargesVolos Mayor Faces Match-Fix Charges

first_imgATHENS – Former Olympiakos Volou President and current Volos Mayor Achilleas Beos is among dozens of players, coaches, betting agents and soccer officials facing match-fixing charges.Also on the list are the President of the Super League President Giorgos Borovilos, businessman Giorgos Tsakogiannis, who are among 85 of 158 original defendants who will stand trial for their alleged involvement in a scheme to fix games in.Council of Appeals Court judges handed down the decision July 30 on charges the defendants were in a criminal organization, bribery, manipulation of results and illegal betting.In his recommendation, prosecutor Panayiotis Poulios accused Beos of directing the scheme, money laundering and criminal activity that defrauded the then state-controlled gaming company OPAP of millions of euros from 2008 to 2011, Kathimerini said.Charges were dropped against the rest of the defendants, including Olympiacos owner Vangelis Marinakis, due to a lack of evidence.But Marinakis isn’t off the hook as last month he was banned from soccer by a corruption-investigating judge looking into another match-fixing scandal involving games held between 2011 and 2013.The shipowner and businessman was ordered to post bail of 200,000 euros and to report to his local police station every 15 days until his trial.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sheffield FC become latest casualty of FA’s restructuring of women’s footballSheffield FC become latest casualty of FA’s restructuring of women’s football

first_imgDefender Gilly Flaherty has become the third Chelsea player, after Becky Spencer and Claire Rafferty, to join West Ham. Flaherty spent four years in south London winning two WSL1 titles and two Women’s FA Cups.The draw for the Women’s Champions League qualifying groups means Glasgow City will face Anderlecht, Górnik Łęczna of Poland and Martve from Georgia. The champions of Northern Ireland, Linfield, will play Republic of Ireland champions Wexford, Ajax and Thór/KA from Iceland. Cardiff Met take on Ukraine’s Kharkiv, Romania’s Olimpia Cluj and Birkirkara from Malta in the ties to be played from 7-13 August. The 10 group winners and two best runners-up go through to the round of 32 – Manchester City and Chelsea are among the clubs with byes.It is tight at the top of the Fifa world rankings and England have fallen from second to fourth. Germany and France have leapfrogged the Lionesses to sit behind the US at the top. Japan are the biggest movers, climbing six places into fifth.The Belgium forward Tessa Wullaert has joined Manchester City after three years with the German double winners Wolfsburg. Having signed a two-year deal with the WSL2 runners-up, she said: “There was only one club [in England] I wanted to play at, and I told my manager ‘I want to play at City’, so let it begin.”Lewes have signed Lucy Somes, following her release by Brighton & Hove Albion, and Charley Boswell, who joins from Portsmouth. Lewes are about to embark on their first season in the semi-professional women’s championship and both players were involved in Brighton’s promotion to the second tier, with Somes the club’s top scorer for the 2015-16 season. From Manchester United to Lewes, newcomers benefit from WSL revamp Facebook Share on Facebook Women’s football Topics Read more If clubs that have made it through the application process – which was designed to create sustainable leagues of professional and semi-professional clubs and players – find themselves unable to fulfil the requirements of those leagues so soon after their admission, then just how stringent has the application process been? On the first anniversary of the FA’s Grow the Game launch in April, the head of women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell was adamant that the process was fair and rewarded clubs willing to up their game and commit to the plans: “It isn’t just about money or reputation. It is about a real understanding of what we want for the women’s game.“We’ve made it very clear all the way through that we respect the people who have travelled on this journey with us and we want to continue to take them with us. But the reality is they also have to step up to meet these new and ambitious targets. We’re not abandoning people but equally we have to do this based on the quality of the bid.”Yet with so many clubs – both successful and unsuccessful in their applications – with rich histories in the game and that have demonstrated their commitment time and time again failing to meet the criteria, is it time for greater transparency from the FA about the decisions made during the selection process? At what stage are the financial requirements placed on clubs judged to be unrealistic? And, how can the FA trust the stability of any of the applications received given recent history?Now the FA has a vacant spot in tier two. With Sunderland currently appealing against their two-tier demotion from the top flight, Southampton’s new side surprisingly missing out and Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Derby County and C&K Basildon all worthy of a place based on performance, the FA must decide whether an application deemed not good enough the first time round can be bumped up. An FA statement in response to Sheffield FC’s decision said: “The FA is sorry to hear that Sheffield FC Ladies have taken the decision to withdraw from the FA Women’s Championship. We are liaising with the club on next steps.”Meanwhile the governing body also said they would not be commenting on the progress of Sunderland’s appeal as it is a confidential process.Sheffield FC may be the latest club to buckle under the weight of the financial demands placed on them but they may not be the last. The question is how bad does the fallout need to become before there’s a major rethink?Talking points Share on Pinterest Is it time ​for greater transparency from the FA about the decisions made during the selection process? The latest casualty of the FA’s restructuring of women’s football came at the weekend as Sheffield FC announced they would be withdrawing from the rebranded second tier, the Women’s Championship, less than a month after their application to remain there was successful.“Following a meeting of the directors, the club has taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from the FA Women’s Championship. The financial commitments necessary to compete at this level are proving now too onerous,” a Sheffield FC statement posted on their website read. Share via Email Pinterest Twitter “Sheffield FC has been a pioneer of women’s football in Sheffield over the past 15 years and has competed with honour, pride and considerable success against clubs with much greater resources. Sheffield FC will continue to participate in girls’ and women’s football.“The structure of the women’s game at elite level is moving towards a full-time operation which is now no longer consistent with where Sheffield FC is positioned as a club.”Sheffield FC is a club that has risen through the leagues on merit, hard work and delicate budgeting – partnered with the oldest men’s club still in existence, who play their football in the eighth tier of the men’s pyramid. Having won promotion to the second tier in 2015 they finished fifth in their first season and claimed the same spot in the 2017-18 season.The club’s decision to remove themselves from the Championship two months before it begins raises serious questions about the FA’s application process and the financial criteria within it.Yeovil were admitted into the top tier, the Women’s Super League, after having to go public in a bid to raise the £350,000 they said they would need to remain in the professional top flight. Millwall Lionesses stood on the brink of administration – only to be saved by a crowdfunding campaign and late investment – shortly after their application to remain in tier two was approved. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger The defender Gilly Flaherty has joined West Ham from Chelsea. Photograph: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Share on WhatsApp features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Throw the Meatiest Party with These Luau Food Ideas by Chef Lee Anne WongThrow the Meatiest Party with These Luau Food Ideas by Chef Lee Anne Wong

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven For this special package, Snake River Farms worked with celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong, whose credits include a top-four finish on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef as well as producer, host, chef, and consultant for a wide variety of other shows over the last 12years. All in all, she’s a badass.The Lee Anne Wong Luau Feast package (which retails for $199, but sells separately for $276) includes 1 14-ounce American Wagyu black -grade cap of ribeye, 1 package of American Wagyu black -grade tenderloin pieces, 1 Kurobuta pork collar, 1 pack of Kurobuta short ribs, 1 package of Kurobuta bacon, and 1 package of American Wagyu hot dogs.To find out how she decided on the final package and the corresponding recipes, we sat down with Wong. Overall, she says, the cuts she chose were some of her favorites.Snake River Farms“I wanted to show how delicious non-prime cuts could be, in flavor, texture, and marbling. Cuts like the pork collar and pork short ribs take a little extra care to cook, but the end result is sure to leave you wanting more. The beef rib cap and tenderloin pieces are a fantastic introduction to the quality and taste of [Snake River Farms] Wagyu beef,” Wong explains.For the recipes — which she rates a 3-4 on a scale of 1-10 in difficulty —  Wong says that she tapped into the mélange of culinary cultures that are present on the Hawaiian islands (Wong has lived in Hawaii for the last five years). The recipes were devised so that even if you don’t have access to a grill, you can still make everything.So what of these recipes? What can you look forward to if you purchase the Luau Feast? How does char siu pork collar sound? What about Kurobuta short ribs in a guava barbecue sauce? Snake River Farms was kind enough to share with us two of the recipes, which you can find below.Char Siu-Style Pork Collar with Green Onion VinaigretteSnake River FarmsIngredients:1 4-lb Kurobuta pork collar1/3 cup hoisin sauce.25 cup honey.25 cup soy sauce3 tbsp dry sherry1 tsp Chinese five-spice powderGreen onion vinaigrette*Method:In a small bowl, combine the hoisin, honey, soy sauce, sherry, and five-spice powder, whisking until well combined. Butcher the pork collar into four pieces/loins by making a horizontal cut in half and then a vertical cut along the same.Place the pork collar in a gallon zip bag or baking dish and pour the marinade over the meat, gently massaging the marinade in with your hands. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.Remove the pork from the marinade. Add the leftover marinade to a small pot or pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat. Set aside.To roast your char siu, preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and move the rack to the upper-middle position. Set an elevated wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and lay the marinated pork collars on the rack. Put the pan in the oven and let it roast for 45 minutes to an hour or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees F.Remove the pan from the oven, then move the oven rack to the top position and turn the heat up. Baste the pork with the reserved marinade, then broil it until dark and glossy with the edges just slightly charred. Flip the meat over and baste again, allowing the second side to color and char as well.Transfer the pork to a cutting board and place a piece of tented foil over the cooked pork. Allow the pork to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with the green onion vinaigrette as a condiment.*Green Onion VinaigretteIngredients:2 bunches green onion, washed, roots trimmed, sliced thin, green and whites, about 3 cups sliced.5 cup vegetable oil.5 cup toasted sesame oil.5 cup rice vinegar1 tbsp fresh ginger root, finely minced1 tbsp granulated sugar1 tsp fine sea salt1 tsp fresh garlic, minced.25 tsp ground white pepperMethod:In a small pot or frying pan, combine the vegetable oil and sesame oil and heat over high heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (use an oil/candy thermometer to check the temperature) or until just barely smoking.Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large deep, heatproof bowl (glass or metal, not plastic).Carefully pour the hot oil over the ingredients until it has all been added, it will spatter so be careful. Once all the oil is added, gently stir the mixture with a spoon. You may spoon the vinaigrette over the pork warm or allow it to cool to room temperature.Refrigerate to store.Allow the vinaigrette to warm to room temperature before using.Kurobuta Short Ribs with Guava Barbecue SauceSnake River FarmsIngredients:1 2-lb package Kurobuta short ribsDry rub*Guava barbecue sauce**Method:Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pat the ribs dry. Rub the rib racks in a generous amount of dry rub. Wrap the ribs in a secure and heavy layer of food grade plastic wrap. Wrap the ribs next in a large sheet of foil, tenting the foil and wrapping the ribs loosely, though keeping an airtight seal on the foil.Place the foil-wrapped ribs on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven on the middle rack for 45 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another hour. Remove the ribs from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature while leaving the ribs still wrapped in foil (in other words, don’t open them yet!).Once the ribs have cooled down, you may refrigerate them or throw them on the grill right away to eat! Individual riblets can be cut more easily after the meat has been refrigerated. To barbecue, heat the grill on medium high. Baste as desired with the guava barbecue sauce. Alternatively, you can deep fry the cooked ribs and toss in warm guava barbecue sauce.*Dry Rub (Makes 2 cups, enough for 5-6 lbs of meat)Ingredients:1 cup brown sugar, dark.5 cup paprika2 tbsp salt1 tbsp black pepper1 tbsp chile powder1 tbsp garlic powder1 tbsp onion powder2 tsp ground cumin1 tsp fresh minced thyme1 tsp cayenne pepperMethod:Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.**Guava Barbecue SauceIngredients:1 cup cold water1 cup guava paste or 2 cups guavy jelly/jam.5 cup apple cider vinegar1/3 cup hoisin sauce.25 cup brown sugar, dark.25 cup tomato paste.25 cup fresh lemon juice2 tbsp minced onion1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root1 tbsp soy sauce2 tsp ketchup2 tsp Worcestershire sauce2 cloves garlic, minced1 jalapeno pepper (or to taste), mincedKosher salt and pepper to tasteMethod:Place the water, guava paste, vinegar, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, tomato paste, lemon juice, onion, ginger, soy sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and jalapeno pepper into a saucepan.Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking until evenly blended.Season to taste with salt and pepper.Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has slightly thickened and is richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes. The sauce should be pourable. If it has become too thick, thin it with some water.Serve hot or cold.You can pick up the Lee Anne Wong Luau Feast here. How to Cook Ribs in the Oven (Yes, They’ll Come Out Great) Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes A post shared by Koko Head Cafe (@kokoheadcafe) on Jan 25, 2018 at 2:34pm PST The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Jupiterimages/Getty ImagesIs there a more perfect representation of a summer party than a luau? Great food and drink, entertainment, good company. If you ask us, there is nothing better ( although a close second goes to chugging cheap beer and lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July, though).The luau, to take a step back in time real quick, is a Hawaiian ceremonial party that dates back to the early 1800s when King Kamehameha II abolished the religious laws of the land and ate with the women, a symbolic act that was the, in essence, the first luau. Since then, Hawaiians have celebrated the luau by cooking tons of grub, bringing people together, and having a hell of a party.This summer, Snake River Farms — the family-run business dedicated to producing the best pork and beef products in the U.S. — has made it as easy as possible to host your own luau by creating a package that includes every piece of meat you could need, as well as the recipes for what to do with those cuts. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Höegh Delhi First to Use New Mumbai TerminalHöegh Delhi First to Use New Mumbai Terminal

first_imgzoom Höegh Delhi, the 200m long and 6 000-vehicle-capacity pure car and truck carrier, was the first call to the new Indira Container Terminal (ICT) in Mumbai on November 26.The successful trial berthing opens opportunities for the commencement of regular vessel calls at the terminal. The automobile manufacturers can benefit from more calls and expeditious loading, accommodating their consistent growth in exports whereas the shipping line would be able to offer dedicated scheduled services with faster turnarounds, simultaneously relieving the pressure of congestion at Mumbai Port Trust’s other berths.“The trial berthing at the ICT was successfully performed by MV Höegh Delhi thanks to close coordination between Mumbai Port, ICTPL , Höegh Autoliners and Merchant shipping Services Pvt ltd. The berth is a 700 metre long and 58 metre wide quay that provides ideal space for vehicles prior loading. The berth matches up well with international standards of a Ro-Ro terminal,” said Karolath Gopinath, Head of Area, Indian Subcontinent at Höegh Autoliners.Press Releaselast_img read more


first_img Facebook Do you have a dog who’s destined to be a star?Align Entertainment is searching for adorable dogs who’d like to play a starring role in their upcoming production of Annie: The Musical. The production will be onstage at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby from Feb. 1 through 16.Dogs must be available for all performances, as well as rehearsals starting Jan. 13. (Likely dates for rehearsals include Jan. 18 evening, Jan. 20 daytime, Jan. 25 evening, and Jan. 30 and 31 evenings.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The dog should be gentle, well-behaved, comfortable around children and adults, and leash-trained. Dogs should be able to follow simple commands such as “come” and “sit.”If you think your pooch has what it takes, open auditions are being held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Lindbjerg Academy of The Performing Arts, 7-75 Blue Mountain St. in Coquitlam. Registration is from 3 to 4 p.m., and auditions run from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring along a photo of your dog.CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION DETAILSlast_img read more

Social media has little effect on teens life satisfaction StudySocial media has little effect on teens life satisfaction Study

first_imgLondon: Social media has little effect on the life satisfaction of teenagers, according to a large-scale study conducted in the UK. Researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at University of Oxford used an eight-year survey of UK households to study how long teenagers spent using social media on a normal school day and their corresponding life satisfaction ratings. This is the first large-scale and in-depth study testing not only whether adolescents who report more social media use have lower life satisfaction but also whether the reverse is true. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), used improved data and statistical approaches and found most links between life satisfaction and social media use were trivial. However, there were some bidirectional effects: Lower life satisfaction led to increased social media use and vice versa, researchers said. These bidirectional effects were more consistent for females than for males, but again, these were modest trends, they said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe researchers stress that this represents an important step in understanding the effects of social media. “Given the rapid pace of technological advancement in recent years, the question of how our increasing use of technology to interact with each other affects our wellbeing has become increasingly important,” said Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the OII. “With most of the current debate based on lacklustre evidence, this study represents an important step towards mapping the effects of technology on adolescent well-being,” Przybylski said. Previous literature was based almost entirely on correlations with no means to dissociate whether social media use leads to changes in life satisfaction or vice versa. “More than half of the statistical models we tested were not significant, and those that were significant suggested the effects were not as simple as often stated in the media,” said Tobias Dienlin from the University of Hohenheim in Germany. “Most statistically significant models examined teenage girls. However, because these effects were tiny, they weren’t significantly larger in girls compared to boys,” Dienlin said.last_img read more

UN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri LankaUN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka

The Government’s views were taken into account when finalizing the report, and a delegation of senior UN human rights officials discussed its contents with a wide range of Government officials during a visit to Sri Lanka in February.The High Commissioner said she and her Office remained committed to assisting the Government and people of Sri Lanka to implement the Human Rights Council’s resolutions 30/1 (2015) and 34/1 (2017). And last week the Human Rights Council in another resolution (40/1) gave the Government two more years to deliver fully on the set of commitments it originally accepted four years ago.Bachelet said the Sri Lankan Government should now refocus its efforts on fulfilling its obligation to provide justice and accountability for the grave human rights violations and abuses that took place during the conflict that ended in 2009, and honour its commitments to establish the truth about what happened and to promote reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) Monday’s article in a local newspaper cited a member of the Government delegation, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan, claiming the High Commissioner “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.” It also said he claimed she had advised two of her senior officials who attended the meeting “to be more responsible and cautious hereafter.” “Neither of these claims are true,” Bachelet said. “Either the newspaper misunderstood the Governor, or the Governor misunderstood – or misquoted – me.” The High Commissioner said she stands fully behind the report and the oral statement she made when presenting it to the Human Rights Council, and that she believes it fairly and objectively reflects the situation in Sri Lanka. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said today she stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka.She also said that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka with a Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20. “I am deeply disappointed by the spin that has been put on my discussion with the Sri Lankan Government delegation,” she said, noting that other news outlets in Sri Lanka were also continuing to significantly misrepresent the Human Rights Council process in Geneva.In line with normal practice, the UN Human Rights Office report – which had been requested by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council – was shared with the Sri Lankan Government in advance of its publication. read more

BUSUs Food First program gets boost from Ancillary ServicesBUSUs Food First program gets boost from Ancillary Services

Through a partnership with the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), Brock’s Ancillary Services has been hard at work helping to ensure no student on campus goes hungry.At the beginning of the academic year, Ancillary Services jumped at the opportunity to support the growing demand being seen through BUSU’s Food First program, which supplies students in need with food and hygiene products.The Ancillary Services team has since been able to provide more than $10,000 toward the food bank through proceeds from Brock Sports Meridian Series games (Steel Blade and Paint the Meridian Red) as well as Swipe it Forward events with Dining Services. Facilitated by Sodexo, Swipe it Forward took place over two days and encouraged the Brock community to donate $1 to $5 while purchasing a meal at any dining location across campus.Bryan Boles, Associate Vice-President of Ancillary Services, said the decision to support the worthy cause required no deliberation.“Food insecurity is a cause that I have always been passionate about,” he said, “and learning that our on-campus food bank needed support due to increased demand provided a great opportunity to partner with BUSU.”Malcolm Dales, Associate Director Operations, Ancillary Services, said there’s a need on campus for this type of support to continue.“Food insecurity is a real issue that faces many students at Brock and we were eager to find a way to contribute in a meaningful way,” he said.The partnership between Ancillary Services and BUSU has allowed BUSU to serve more students with food and health insecurity needs.“This year, BUSU’s Food First program provided more than 1,200 food packages to undergraduate and graduate students — the highest usage rates ever experienced in the history of the program,” said Heather McLean, BUSU’s Director of Business Operations.“Clearly students are increasingly experiencing food insecurity at alarming levels, and so on behalf of BUSU and the Food First program and staff, we wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Brock Ancillary Services for their partnership and support, which has allowed us to serve more students than ever before.”BUSU first began providing food bank services in 2011. The program has continued to evolve through the years before becoming Food First, as it is known today, in 2016.BUSU and Ancillary Services are both looking forward to reflecting on the past year and planning for future opportunities to grow this partnership.To access the program or find out more details, visit the Food First web page. read more

Saint Josephs tops Princeton 9282 behind Kimble BynumSaint Josephs tops Princeton 9282 behind Kimble Bynum

PRINCETON, N.J. — Lamarr Kimble scored 22 points and distributed four assists, Jared Bynum added 19 points, and Saint Joseph’s pulled away in the second half to beat Princeton 92-82 on Wednesday night.Taylor Funk scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hawks (5-4), who shot 55 per cent to the Tigers’ 46 per cent and never trailed. Charlie Brown added 11 points.Kimble’s 3 capped a 9-0 run for a 60-45 Hawks’ lead early in the second half, but Princeton closed to 80-74 after Devin Cannady and Jerome Desrosiers hit consecutive 3-pointers. Kimble hit a jumper and the Hawks scored six straight, then led 92-77 on Chris Clover’s dunk with 54 seconds left.Princeton closed to 18-16 on Richmond Aririguzoh’s layup, but Markell Lodge’s back-to-back dunks sparked an 8-2 run and Saint Joseph’s led 39-36 at halftime.Cannady scored 23 points with six 3-pointers, Arirguzoh had 14 points, Jose Morales 13 and Desrosiers 12 for the Tigers (4-3).The Associated Press read more

Mongolian mining is bustling and now Gemcom opens office thereMongolian mining is bustling and now Gemcom opens office there

first_imgThere are many interesting projects in Mongolia. not least Oyu Tolgoi, which John Chadwick reports on in the April issue of International Mining.  Not surprisingly mining suppliers newly locating to the country are moving in in significant numbers. Gemcom Software International, that claims to be “the largest global supplier of mining software solutions,” will open an office in Ulaanbaatar, on February 23, 2011. Gemcom’s software, including Surpac, GEMS, Minex, Whittle, InSite and MineSched, is already widely used by exploration and mining operations throughout the country. “Gemcom’s software has been playing a key role in the Mongolian mining industry since 1995 when Minex was purchased by Baganuur Joint Stock Co,” said Andrew Pyne, Senior Vice President, Gemcom AustralAsia. “Since then, we have established long-standing professional relationships with the Mongolian Government and many key mining entities such as Erdenes MGL and Centerra’s Boroo gold mine. The office gives us the opportunity to work even closer with our clients to help explore the full commercial potential of their operations.”“We are very satisfied with Gemcom’s products and services, and have no doubt that our use of Surpac, Minex, and Whittle has played a critical role in the success of our operations,” said Naranbaatar Lundeg, managing director, Glogex LLC. “With the opening of the Ulaanbaatar office, we look forward to working even more closely with Gemcom’s software experts and mining professionals and the global industry experience the company brings to the local level.”Mongolia has seen a significant boost in mining investments due to the increase in commodity prices and the Mongolian Government’s commitment to develop the country’s mining industry. As of November 2010, mining had already fuelled over 60% of foreign direct investment for Mongolia – a country rich in copper, gold, coal, molybdenum, fluorspar, uranium, tin, and tungsten deposits.“Mongolia is recognised as one of the world’s strongest emerging economies today, and Gemcom is committed to contributing to its continued growth and success through an enhanced local presence,” comments Simon Waghorn, Executive Director, Gemcom Mongolia. “Our Mongolian team of mining professionals has been recruited to support the local industry to help clients drive additional value from their businesses by giving them the tools and capabilities needed to improve site productivity and profits.”To further support the growth of Mongolia’s mining industry, Gemcom has launched a Student Sponsorship Program to help develop the region’s future mining professionals. The first-ever Gemcom sponsorship program recipient will be announced at the office opening and will receive a cash bursary towards their continuing education, and will have a paid summer internship at the Gemcom Ulaanbaatar office to gain valuable industry experience.last_img read more

Martin to Taoiseach Lets have a TV debate Enda Lets do itMartin to Taoiseach Lets have a TV debate Enda Lets do it

first_img“If he ducks the debate, it will send a message to the people about an arrogant government which already has too much power and doesn’t need more.”Responding to questions about a possible TV debate, Kenny said only: “Deputy Martin will have his opportunity at Leaders’ Questions.”Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Read: Fianna Fáil senator cancels ‘Dáil bar’ event after Oireachtas envelopes controversy THE TAOISEACH HAS been challenged to a TV debate on the abolition the Seanad by Micheál Martin, but Enda Kenny said today a debate can be had at Leaders’ Questions when the Dáil resumes.Martin’s challenge came at a press conference launching his party’s campaign for a No vote in the 4 October referendum.The Fianna Fáil leader said he is willing to debate Kenny “on every outlet that will host us”.But speaking a short time later at Fine Gael’s campaign launch, Kenny said there would be opportunity at Leaders’ Questions and joked that it could not be done at Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden’s pub.He also said he was not sure “which Micheál wants to turn up” referencing the Fianna Fáil leader’s previous call for abolition of the Seanad prior to the 2011 election.Martin had earlier said: “I am willing to debate him (Kenny) on every outlet that will host us.last_img read more

The 142 reg plate is so far twice as popular as theThe 142 reg plate is so far twice as popular as the

first_imgMORE THAN TWICE as many 142 cars were registered on the first day of the new registration plate compared with the same day last year.Figures from Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that 4,264 new cars were registered yesterday.On the same day last year, 1,924 were sold with the 132 plate.SIMI director general Alan Nolan said that yesterday “turned out to be the highest day for new car registrations this year, and nobody expected that”.“It has to be put in the context that we are starting from a low base it is clear that an increasing number of consumers are returning to the market.”The new split-registration plate was introduced last year in a bid to divide sales more evenly throughout the year.The industry sees it as providing an incentive to people looking to buy a new car in the second half of the year, as it could be ultimately have more resale value.It was also a bid to protect jobs in the industry, which tends to lag in the latter half of the year.However, SIMI said last year that while a mini-boost had been provided when the 132 plate was released, it was still a “difficult year”.Read: New car sales up 28 per cent as market continues to speed ahead >last_img read more

Star Wars A New Hope would have cost 40 million to makeStar Wars A New Hope would have cost 40 million to make

first_imgSay what you will about George Lucas, but the man knows how to make money. Pictured above is a breakdown of the production budget for Star Wars: A New Hope, and as you can see it cost Fox and Lucas just $11 million to make back in 1977. When adjusting for inflation, the total cost to make the now legendary film today would be just $40 million. A stark contrast to movies like Avatar which cost $280 million to produce. When looking at the budget, it’s not surprising to see that Sir Alec Guinness received a large share of the film’s revenues for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Guinness was already an established actor with a strong resume behind him. What does raise an eyebrow however is the amount of cash that Harrison Ford garnered for portraying Han Solo. Ford received $1 million… more than what Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher combined. It’s an interesting factoid since it can be argued that both Hamill and Fisher had bigger roles. While Ford had starred in films like American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now, he certainly wasn’t a big name in Hollywood. Perhaps his relationship with Lucas made the difference for him.Also of note is the fact that Lucas got John Williams to compose the soundtrack of the movie for just $100,000. This has to be considered a steal, even back in the 70’s. The score that Williams created is without question one of the most recognizable pieces of music out there. Even 40 years later, children can identify when Darth Vader is about to come into a scene just by hearing it. Finally, when adjusting the $775,398,007 A New Hope made in both domestic and international releases for inflation, the film has raked in $3,082,922,515 in revenue. Subtracting the $40 million in adjusted production costs, this leaves a tidy profit of $3,042,922,515. That amount tops the $2,782,275,172 that Avatar brought in after spending its $280 million budget (those numbers aren’t adjusted, but they’re quite close to today). Perhaps James Cameron should take Lucas out to lunch to talk about how to make a blockbuster without breaking the bank.Anatomy of Movies via io9last_img read more

RIM et Apple bannis en ArgentineRIM et Apple bannis en Argentine

first_imgRIM et Apple bannis en ArgentinePour faire face à la crise et booster les ventes de ses produits, l’État argentin a décidé de bloquer celles des smartphones fabriqués à l’étranger. RIM et Apple sont frappés de plein fouet.Malheureusement pour elles, ces deux marques sont celles qui ont le plus de succès au pays du tango. Selon Electronista, RIM et Apple représenteraient en effet 60% du marché des smartphones en Argentine… Un succès qui ne laisse pas insensible le pays qui fait aujourd’hui face à la crise comme de nombreux autres. Mais au lieu de prôner le “achetez local”, l’Argentine a lancé une mesure draconienne : elle a carrément banni les BlackBerry et iPhone. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dès maintenant et pour une durée indéterminée, les utilisateurs de mobile n’ont donc plus la possibilité d’acheter des terminaux fabriqués dans un autre pays que l’Argentine. Un coup dur pour les ventes d’iPhone et de BlackBerry mais la manoeuvre n’est peut-être pas si innocente. Comme l’explique, la seule solution pour ces géants de contourner l’embargo est de construire leurs usines sur le sol argentin, et donc de suivre leurs concurrents Microsoft, Nokia ou encore Samsung, non soumis au blocage. Or, ces derniers mois le gouvernement argentin a adopté plusieurs mesures qui semblaient justement encourager cette installation. En mars dernier, il a notamment conduit les deux sociétés à attendre entre 60 et 180 jours pour que l’administration des douanes du pays approuvent l’entrée de leurs appareils sur le territoire. Ajouté à cela, il a également mis en place une taxe de 20,48% pour importer en Argentine des appareils électroniques fabriqués en dehors du territoire. Mais RIM et Apple n’ont pas l’air très décidé… même si RIM chercherait un partenaire pour produire en Argentine selon Le 30 décembre 2011 à 19:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival finds new site fansFourth Plain Multicultural Festival finds new site fans

first_imgMusic pumped over a field crowded with vendors and booths at the Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival on Sunday, marking the Vancouver festival’s return after a brief hiatus.Sunday’s festival at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies welcomed businesses and organizations owned by or that serve multicultural communities across the Fourth Plain corridor. Vancouver Parks and Recreation provided activities for children, while Bike Clark County ran a bike rodeo where children looped around cones on their bicycles.Participants strummed guitars, led the crowd in a yoga class and performed martial arts demonstrations.The festival represented a return to tradition for what once was a staple for Vancouver summers. The Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival used to be held annually at Warrior Field in the Harney Heights neighborhood, but Clark County Latino Youth Conference Founder Diana Avalos Leos said it dissolved after the site was set aside for the new Vancouver Fire Department Station 2.This year, however, a number of community organizations worked to return the festival to the community, she said, calling the event a “true partnership and collaboration” between partners, including the city, Clark County Public Health, Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens and Kaiser Permanente.“We’ve all lifted together to make this happen,” Avalos Leos said.Lindsey Luis, a 16-year-old junior at Fort Vancouver High School, was a volunteer at the festival. Luis is also involved with LULAC.Luis appreciates that the festival brings together a variety of cultures and people of different backgrounds.“We need to get all these cultures to build a bond,” she said. “What other events do that?”Stephanie Turk and her five children flopped on the grass at the festival, taking a break from the festivities.Turk’s 3-year-old son, Robert, let out an eager “Ooh!” as an upbeat song began to play, stamping his feet and clapping his hands in a cheerful dance.last_img read more