first_imgAn uneasy calm is fast setting in on the home town of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Tral, ahead of the death anniversary, with security agencies “fearing spectacle attacks”.The police on Tuesday called slain Wani’s father, Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, a school teacher, to the local police station. He was detained for a couple of hours, said the family. “A new police officer has joined here. He apparently wanted to meet me. It seems they wanted to assess the situation (ahead of Wani’s death anniversary),” Wani’s father told The Hindu. Locals alleged that security forces have stepped up patrolling in Tral town. Shopkeepers here have a lurking feeling “of a major unrest” in the coming days. “Separatists on Tuesday issued a fresh calendar to observe a week-long protest on Wani’s anniversary.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Science Foundation recently awarded an interdisciplinary team of investigators at five higher education institutions with a five-year, $10 million grant to develop a new type of camera that peers deep beneath the skin to help diagnose and monitor a wide variety of health conditions.The team of investigators for the NSF’s newly announced Expeditions in Computing program is led by Rice University and includes contributions from individuals from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img

first_img“They shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and we brought that down to 37 percent so that was a big improvement.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 16 points and six rebounds while the debuting Tyler Tio put up 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting,Juan Gomez de Liaño had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight UP didn’t put up much of a challenge against the Blue Eagles, who never trailed in the game and asserted their might on every statistical category.Ateneo outmuscled UP in the paint and outrebounded the Fighting Maroons 51-38—18 of which came from the offensive glass wherein the Blue Eagles scored 31 second-chance points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Blue Eagles also limited the Fighting Maroons to just 12 second-half field goals as UP finished the game on 25-of-67 shooting.“One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] said at half time was we needed to play better defense and that we needed to take care of the ball more,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo turned the “Battle of Katipunan” into a cakewalk and crushed University of the Philippines, 92-71, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles soared to a 2-0 win-loss record while the Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWah re wah Congress, Hasan Ali ko bail aur Anna ko jailAnna Hazare, we see Gandhi in youPass the Bill, Not the BuckAugust 15 we gained freedom, August 16th, we lost itAnna Hazare succha hain, Desh ka dulara hainAnna nahi, aandhi hain,Desh ka doosra Gandhi hainSonia jiski mummy hain, woh,Wah re wah Congress, Hasan Ali ko bail aur Anna ko jailAnna Hazare, we see Gandhi in youPass the Bill, Not the BuckAugust 15 we gained freedom, August 16th, we lost itAnna Hazare succha hain, Desh ka dulara hainAnna nahi, aandhi hain,Desh ka doosra Gandhi hainSonia jiski mummy hain, woh sarkar nikammi hainJokepal nahi, Jan Lokpal chahiyeSirf hungama khada karna hamara maksad nahiHamari koshish hai ki surat badalna chahiye Hamara seene mein nahin to tumhare seene mein sahiHo kahin bhi ye aag lekin aag chalni chahiyeKarenge Yaa Marenge, Jan Lokpal LayengeLathi Goli Khayenge, Jail Me Bhi Jayengelast_img read more

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some of the leading gambling technology companies expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting nationwide, and are jockeying for position months before a decision is even rendered.NYX Gaming is suing London-based William Hill over the proposed acquisition of NYX by Las Vegas-based Scientific Games. William Hill, which owns stock in NYX, is threatening to use its voting shares to block the acquisition unless it receives certain assurances from Scientific Games about what the newly merged company will and won’t be able to do.In its lawsuit, NYX terms those requests “extortionate” and anti-competitive. William Hill calls them “perfectly reasonable.”The maneuvering takes place as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case brought by New Jersey that seeks to legalize sports betting. Federal law now forbids sports gambling in all but four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.—WAYNE PARRY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia woke up to the big news that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had launched an airstrike across the Line of Control (LOC) in a pre-dawn operation on Tuesday. Former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took to social media applaud the Indian Air Force for the massive operation.Sehwag, in his quintessential style, mocked Pakistan by using the line, which is regularly spoken by Pakistani cricketers after matches. Sehwag applauded the Indian Air Force along with mocking Pakistan by saying, “The boys have played really well”.He further warned Pakistan about mending their ways or India will teach them a lesson.The boys have played really well. #SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge #airstrikeVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 26, 2019Gautam Gambhir also took to Twitter to applaud the airstrike with just three words, “JAI HIND, IAF”.JAI HIND, IAF ???? @IAF_MCC @adgpi #IndiaStrikesAgain #IndiaStrikesBack #IndiaStrikesGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 26, 2019Big salute to our #IndianAirForce …. #IndiaStrikesBack .. Jai HindSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) February 26, 2019Indian Air Force Bohot Hard Bohot Hard #IndiaStrikesBack #JaiHindYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 26, 2019Jai Hind!!!! @IAF_MCCMahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) February 26, 2019Proud of our forces . Jai Hind . pic.twitter.com/01TiqNMCsVMadan Lal (@MadanLal1983) February 26, 2019Indian Airforce is the best to demolish the terrorists base …salute and congratsDr Harvir Singh (@NHarvir) February 26, 2019Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed major terrorist camps in Balakot sector, sources said.INDIA AIRSTRIKE IN PAKISTAN LIVEThe airstrike took place at 3.30 am, the sources said.Several Mirage 2000 aircraft dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terrorist camps across the LoC.advertisementSources said terrorist launchpads in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad were completely destroyed in the IAF airstrikes, and that Jaish-e-Mohammed control rooms were also destroyed.Earlier, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces claimed that the IAF violated the LoC, and that the Pakistan Air Force responded immediately, after which the Indian aircraft went back.India’s airstrikes come days after Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, carried out a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 40 CRPF soldiers.India vowed to take revenge for the attack, and has already killed its mastermind in an encounter in Pulwama.It has gone on a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan on the world stage, increased basic customs duty on Pakistan exports, and reiterated plans to stop its share of Indus water from flowing to Pakistan.Also Read | Mirage jets destroy Pakistan terror camp with 1,000 kg bombs in pre-dawn strike: SourcesAlso Read | Surgical airstrike on Pakistan: 11 day blow-by-blow account of how India planned muh tod jawabAlso Read | How Indian Mirage 2000 jets carried out airstrikes on Pakistan’s pride | 10 pointsAlso Read | 1000 kg bombs, Mirage 2000 jets: India attacks Pakistan, what we know so farAlso Read | Pakistani drone shot down in Gujarat border this morninglast_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that the Kiwis have got an ideal start to the tournament. Their victory against Afghanistan was their third consecutive win of the tournament and they are one of the three teams to have remained unbeaten thus far.”Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it’s great to have three wins in a row to start with,” said Williamson.New Zealand bowled out Afghanistan for 172 on Saturday largely thanks to Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson picking four and five wickets respectively. They eventually won the match by seven wickets.”It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players on the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic — pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them,” Williamson said in the post-match presentation ceremony.The Afghan openers put up an opening partnership of 66 before Neesham dismissed Hazratullah Zazai. Two balls later, Noor Ali Zadran fell to Ferguson.”Lockie doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination help up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace, and the movement — the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us,” he said.advertisementAfghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan could not bowl after failing a concussion test after being hit by a short delivery from Ferguson while batting.Captain Gulbadin Naib admitted that apart from missing Rashid, the team suffered as the batsmen threw their wickets away. “We misread the length of the ball, some of us, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgTwo persons, including a woman — having links with a Sikh youth group, have been arrested by Britain’s counter-terrorism police in connection with an alleged fraud relating to the group’s charitable funds.West Midlands Police said a 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation by dating back to September last year.The UK’s Charity Commission is investigating the receipt and use of charitable funds by the Sikh Youth UK which has raised “a number of regulatory concerns”.The Sikh Youth UK is not a registered charity but the independent regulator has jurisdiction over it because the funds being scrutinised in the investigation are charitable.”Two people have been arrested by detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU), this resulted following the examination of evidence obtained during searches which took place in September 2018,” a West Midlands Police statement said.”A 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were detained from an address in Birmingham for questioning in connection with alleged fraud offences of donated charitable funds. The pair are being held at a police station in the West Midlands,” the statement said.It said that the WMCTU officers had been working closely with the UK’s Charity Commission, which has opened a “statutory inquiry” into funds held by and raised in connection with Sikh Youth UK.The British Sikh outfit is described on its website as a national organisation raising awareness on social evils and supporting the victims of sexual grooming, substance abuse and domestic violence within the community.advertisementSome of its activities include commemorating those who died during ‘Operation Blue Star’ at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.”The organisation uses spirituality, sport and education based treatment and rehabilitation programmes coupled with close mentoring and support groups,” according to the Sikh Youth UK website.”In October 2018, West Midlands Police notified the Commission of concerns relating to the organisation’s receipt and use of charitable funds,” a Charity Commission statement said.”The Commission exercised its powers under Section 52 of the Charities Act 2011 to obtain copies of bank statements. The Commission’s analysis of the information obtained to date has identified a number of regulatory concerns which warrant further investigation,” it said.The watchdog said its inquiry will examine all aspects of the group’s functioning as well as its status in order to determine whether it is a charity in law and present a report at the end of its probe.The action this week against Sikh Youth UK workers is connected with anti-terror raids related to extremist activity in India led by the WMCTU last year, when coordinated raids were conducted British Sikh addresses in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham.”The searches are in connection with allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences,” West Midlands Police had said at the time in September 2018.Also read: 500-year-old gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province opens doors for Indian Sikh pilgrimsALSO WATCH| Bombay High Court upholds reservation for Marathaslast_img read more

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy for matchwinner Marcus Rashford after victory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammates, with United having missed two of their previous four penalties won this season.However, despite the outside pressure, Solskjaer insists there was never any extra demands coming from him for United’s No10.After the victory, Solskjaer told VG: “Every striker has been penalised. I’ve seen Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi miss. Michel Platini and Zico, my favourite player of all time, missed in the same match.”You just have to have enough confidence to take it again next time. What is the worst that can happen?”Victory over Leicester has United now sitting in fourth place on eight points after five games. It marked United’s first win since the opening day thumping of Chelsea.Solskjaer was also asked by reporters from the Norwegian outlet about Rashford’s performance. The United manager admitted he was delighted with the player’s commitment against a very competitive Leicester City.On Rashford’s form, Solskjaer continued: “He offers something to the team. He knows we didn’t give him enough opportunities to run through their back line. He’s getting more mature. He knows it’s not just about goals.”Today it was all about teaming up, we had to defend, and it was good to see that we were able to defend ourselves from deep without conceding any chances.”- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgFormer Juventus defender Antonio Cabrini feels Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Lionel Messi because the Portugal star has proven to be a real leader both on and off the pitch.Ronaldo and Messi have won 10 Ballon d’Or trophies among them since 2008, dominating the footballing landscape for over a decade.Whereas Messi has yet to lift silverware with Argentina, however, Ronaldo led Portugal to European Championship glory in France in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Cabrini has nothing but respect for the iconic duo following their impressive achievements, yet feels the Juventus ace’s leadership exploits put him ahead of his eternal rival.”Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world,” Cabrini told reporters including Goal at a Betfair event at Allianz Stadium.”Obviously the focus in football over the last 10 years has been on the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo.  “My personal opinion is that Ronaldo is better than Messi, but mainly in terms of leadership. Ronaldo has proven himself to be a real leader on a lot of occasions and not just on the pitch. He is a leader in his life as well as in sports.”So with all due respect to Messi, there have been a few instances in his career that he came up short.”That being said, we are speaking about two great players, I think we can all agree on that.”Although Ronaldo was unable to deliver Champions League glory in 2018-19, Juventus did manage to clinch their eighth consecutive Serie A title and Cabrini believes they are on another level than all their domestic rivals.”Whether it’s the transfer market or commercial activities, Juventus always plan ahead,” Cabrini added.”That’s the reason they are ahead of their rivals. When the other Italian teams start their transfer activity, Juventus have already completed the two or three key men they wanted to in that window.”Another example is that Juventus are the first big team in Italy to own its own stadium. They all speak about it but nobody else has started to build their own home.”As official betting partner of Juventus, Betfair invited fans from the UK and Italy to play in a tournament at the Allianz stadium. The UK fans won a place on the trip by testing their Juve knowledge in a quiz named ‘beat the elite’ where they had to better the score of the Juventus players to qualify.last_img read more

first_imgzoom STAR CRUISES, the leading cruise company in Asia, has placed a contract with German shipbuilder MEYER WERFT for a new cruise ship – adding to its existing fleet of six ships. The order is still conditional on financing. The 150,000-GT new building will have 1,680 cabins and is scheduled for delivery in fall 2016.This order will increase the shipyard’s order book from six to seven large cruise ships up to the year 2017. MEYER WERFT’s management and staff are very pleased that this new ship will be built in Papenburg/Germany. “We are very happy to continue our long lasting partnership with Star Cruises. It is a great challenge to create a state of the art cruise vessel specifically for the Asian market. Therefore we are very thankful that Star Cruise gave us again the confidence to create this special cruise vessel with them.”, says Bernard Meyer, managing partner of the shipyard.About 3,100 direct employees of MEYER WERFT as well as about 20,000 employees of supplier companies and partners in Europe participate in working on this project. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Meyer Verft, October 8, 2013 My location Print  Closelast_img read more

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding giants Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) suffered extensive losses in the second quarter of 2015 amid dwindling appetite of owners to order new ships.The world’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries reported a net loss of KRW 242 billion (USD 209 million) in the second quarter of the year. HHI’s loss for the same period in 2014 amounted KRW 616 billion.Even though the shipbuilder managed to narrow down losses from last year thanks to its cost cutting efforts, severance pay and a special bonus, estimated at KRW 96.7 billion, pushed the shipbuilder in red for the seventh quarter in a row.HHI’s operating loss amounted to KRW 171 billion won, when compared to KRW 192 billion posted in 2014.Daewoo Shipbuilding had an operating loss of KRW 2.39 trillion (USD 2.1 billion), confirming media predictions that saw the shipbuilder’s shares plunge by 30 % earlier this month.DSME shares have made a substantial comeback after the Korean shipbuilder stepped up its restructuring efforts, which are to include disposing of underperforming subsidiaries.The shares’ value shot up following announcements that Korea Development Bank, DSME’s largest shareholder, would buy KRW 1 trillion (USD 863.4 million) of equity and offer 1 trillion won in new loans.Samsung Heavy Industries posted an operating loss of KRW 1.55 trillion (USD 1.3 billion) and a net loss of KRW 1.15 trillion in the second quarter, missing far more positive analyst predictions that said that SHI would record KRW 28 billion profit.The shipbuilders’ losses stem from a dip in prices of ships and offshore facilities, along with low oil prices that have negatively affected the number of orders for drillships and offshore facilities, as international oil majors are shying away from new orders and cutting their capital expenditures.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgAustralian cruise company Aurora Expeditions has revealed the design of its first purpose-built expedition vessel for the polar regions.Designed in cooperation with the US-based shipbuilders SunStone Ships, the ice class 1A ship will be built to the latest polar code specifications, according to the company.The new vessel, which will feature a length of 104.4 meters and a width of 8.2 meters, will be able to reach a speed of up to 15 knots.With the 7,400-ton vessel designed for expedition cruising, Aurora Expeditions said it plans to continue to provide the small-ship experience.“With the development of our purpose-built expedition ship, we stay true to our small-ship philosophy where the focus is on the experience and engagement with the environment…In the polar regions, we will have the ability to reduce passenger numbers so we can continue to visit existing landings sites as well as explore new areas where strict regulations enforce no more than 100 people ashore at any one time,” Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions, commented.“The vessel is the first to use the patented X-BOW technology which has the ability to pierce waves with much greater stability,” Halfpenny added.While a traditional bow vessel rises on the waves and then drops violently onto the surface of the water, Ulstein’s X-BOW vessel is less subject to the vertical motions induced by the waves, continues on course more smoothly, while maintaining its speed. Due to the fact that the ship uses less fuel to get through the waves, it also helps to save energy versus a conventional bow designed vessel, Aurora Expeditions explained.The yet-to-be-named ship is expected to be delivered in time for Aurora Expeditions’ 2019/2020 Antarctic season.Image Courtesy: Aurora Expeditionslast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia-based Atlantic Motor Labs has developed a new type of motor that should reduce motor-related downtime while drilling by 30 per cent and save the oil and gas industry close to $1 billion per year. The company will use a $250,000 seed investment from Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization, to demonstrate and commercialize the down-hole motor technology. The innovation uniquely combines features of piston and turbine motors and offers a simpler, more robust and longer-lasting drill motor than those used in more than 70 per cent of the world’s drilling rigs. “Today’s standard drill motors frequently break down due to degradation of the rubber seals, and there is growing concern as exploration and production pushes towards more challenging geological formations with deeper, more complex wells,” said Atlantic Motor Labs founder and president, Braden Murphy. “Our motor is designed without rubber seals and will extend the period between motor failures and servicing.” Mr. Murphy started Atlantic Motor Labs in 2013 as a spin-out of his award-winning undergrad and thesis work at Dalhousie University. He worked closely with Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation office to secure funding for patents and prototype development. The company had previously raised close to $350,000 from private and public investors to support prototype development, patents and marketing to the drilling industry. “The innovative hybrid piston-turbine motor design from Atlantic Motor Labs has potential in several different markets, with the global market for drill motors alone estimated at $1.5 billion,” said Michael Dennis, investment manager at Innovacorp. “The impact of Atlantic Motor Labs’ technology on reducing costs and non-productive rig time could change the entire drilling industry’s outlook on using down-hole components. “We’re looking forward to being a part of their future success.”last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia celebrated Europe Day with a flag-raising event at Province House in Halifax today, May 9. Minister of Community Services Kelly Regan, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, and European Union Ambassador to Canada, Peteris Ustubs, raised the flag in recognition of the annual May 9 observance by the European Union recognizing the peace and prosperity within Europe since formation. “Nova Scotia has a close cultural and business relationship with Europe,” said Ms. Regan. “We join in today’s celebration with our European friends and look forward to strengthening our relationship.” In advance of the current trade mission to Europe, Premier McNeil launched the Nova Scotia-Europe Strategy. The strategy focuses on four areas, leveraging trade agreements, promoting Nova Scotia’s strengths, building relationships and aligning our common interests. “It is a great honour and privilege to raise the flag of the European Union in Halifax. For all of us Europe Day is a reminder of where we started, what we achieved and what we stand for,” said Mr. Ustubs. “Nova Scotia and Europe’s common history and DNA goes a long way back and I believe our ties will only get stronger. “Trade, under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, will undoubtedly be one of the cornerstones of this common future.” In 2018, exports of goods from Nova Scotia to Europe stood at $597 million, of which $516 million were destined for the European Union. Top exports were seafood, forest products, fruit and machinery. Last year, the province also welcomed 67,000 visitors from Europe.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. Some are downright gifty.If you want to feel better about yourself and your holiday gift choices, and to urge someone on your list to give up plastic because they seem not ready for the #NoStrawChallenge, look for these options:YES, TIFFANY & CO.Let your loved one sip in style with a selection of reusable, luxury straws from Tiffany, because who doesn’t love to see a blue box with their name on it come gift time?One, in sterling silver covered in rose gold vermeil, comes as a crazy straw with a twist at the bend at the top. The straw comes with a tiny band of the Tiffany blue in enamel, just to make sure people know its origins. $375.Another lets the sterling silver shine with a little monkey crawling up a vine. $425.PAPER CAN BE COOLThe disposable paper varieties of straws are enjoying a rebirth.Some are more festive than others. Amazon has an ample assortment in party-worthy metallics, colorful dots and chevrons, and special-occasion themes like black-and-white patterns or baby blue dots.Lots of brick-and-mortar stores are into paper straws, too. Prices vary.BAMBOO & GLASSIn addition to metals, from Tiffany level to more affordable in stainless steel, some materials not routinely associated with straws have become more widespread amid the plastic-straw debate.Bamboo is having a moment all over the place, in utensils, plates — even toothbrushes. If you think bamboo straws would go unused by your giftee, paper varieties in bamboo prints are available by the box.Prices vary for bamboo straws. One company, Brush with Bamboo, sells a cute bundle of 12 tied with string, for $20. They are grown organically and artisan-made in northeast India, where bamboo straws are traditionally used to drink beer.As for glass, well, some companies insist their offerings are shatter free. A box of four , with a little cleaning brush, goes for $7.99 on Amazon. Two are bent. Ecostraw.com sells a nice variety for all types of drinks.PASTA & WHEATThey may not be the longest lasting but many are no-GMO, fully biodegradable and come in wide sizes worthy of bubble tea.One version is called Hay! Straws and comes tall at 7.75 inches, in a cute box of 100, for $8. Shorter ones are also available. They’re made from wheat stems and are sold with a warning to sip through them, not ingest them.Another company calls itself, yes, Pasta Straw. It says it’s working on a gluten-free version.So what’s the draw? Well, Pasta Straws says on its website that paper straws biodegrade in 30 to 60 days. Pasta Straws do it overnight and are edible, the company said. A sample pack wrapped in paper with a company sticker includes 24 and goes for $7.99.The problem: Generally, pasta straws don’t last as long as, say, glass or metal. Upside, they don’t get soggy like paper straws.Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Now there’s one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet.Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.American and Singapore both say they have never activated the cameras and have no plans to use them. However, companies that make the entertainment systems are installing cameras to offer future options such as seat-to-seat video conferencing, according to an American Airlines spokesman.A passenger on a Singapore flight posted a photo of the seat-back display this week, and the tweet was shared several hundred times. Buzzfeed first reported that the cameras are on American planes, too.The Associated Press

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2015 8:24 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Amazon Studios acquiring Spike Lee film ‘Chi-Raq’ as its 1st release in theatres and streaming NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee’s new film as its first Amazon Original Movie.The film, with the working title “Chi-Raq,” features a cast including Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and Teyonah Parris, as well as D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris and Angela Bassett, plus John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.“Chi-Raq” was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week. Directed by Lee, it was co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. It focuses on violence in inner-city Chicago.Amazon Studios’ Ted Hope said, “It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker” than Lee to launch the studio with.Amazon Original Movies, announced in January, was formed to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release as well as distribution to its Amazon Prime members. read more

Ottawa’s fall economic update could include measures to help feeble economy OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is considering using this fall’s economic and fiscal update as a vehicle to inject some life into Canada’s stalled economy, including potentially fast-forwarding billions in planned infrastructure spending.Government insiders, however, say it would be an overstatement at this point to call the autumn update a mini-budget — though it may yet morph into that.Sources say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have had only a preliminary discussion so far about a range of measures which would ordinarily wait until next year’s federal budget, but which could be ready in time for inclusion in the fall document.The federal updates typically contain little more than fresh economic and fiscal projections, although occasionally they have included budgetary measures in the past.The fall statement, expected in late November or early December, will be released near the end of a year that has seen the economy stuck in a slow-growth rut.No concrete decisions have yet been made but measures under consideration include an early launch of the second phase of the government’s planned $60-billion, 10-year infrastructure program.Morneau’s inaugural budget last March included $11.9 billion over five years for the first, short-term phase of the program, the money from which has only just started flowing and is aimed at fundamental projects like public transit, water and wastewater system upgrades.The second phase of the program is to commit the remaining $48.1 billion to more ambitious, economically strategic projects that are supposed to bring about “transformative change,” including helping Canada make the transition to a low-carbon economy.Government officials, who spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity, say the update could launch all or part of the second phase, in particular funding for green infrastructure and protecting the country from the ravages of climate change.As such, its timing could be tied to just before or after the as-yet-unscheduled first ministers’ meeting Trudeau is to hold this fall to develop a national climate change strategy.The officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said any budgetary measures included in Morneau’s update would have to fit with the central Liberal theme of creating jobs and economic growth for middle-class Canadians.Yet there appears to be some reluctance to describe the contemplated measures as “stimulus,” which would suggest an admission that the stimulus spending included in last March’s budget has not had the desired effect.Morneau has been counselling patience, arguing that the first phase of the infrastructure program and the introduction of a new, enhanced child benefit are only now beginning to have an impact on the economy. The government professes confidence that economic growth for the final six months of the year will show some improvement over the dismal first half.Asked Wednesday if he believes additional measures are needed to goose the economy, Morneau said: “We will continue to focus on how we can grow the economy for Canadian families and we’ll take the measures necessary to do that.”A spokesman for Morneau declined to comment on the fall economic update, but said he expects the coming months to be busy.“It will be a very substantial and meaty fall session, for sure,” Daniel Lauzon said.“We’re watching the economic situation very closely and keeping our focus, again, on that long term.”Canada’s real GDP contracted at an annualized rate of 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, largely due to weak exports and the fallout from the Alberta wildfires.Looking forward, however, the Bank of Canada has predicted a third-quarter rebound of 3.5-per-cent GDP growth with oil production back online and reconstruction efforts in Alberta’s oilsands region. Finance Minister Bill Morneau answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Andy Blatchford and Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 2:09 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“We congratulate the many actors, that have made this breakthrough possible,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a joint statement.The agreement on 15 December 2015 between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) on truth, justice, reparations and non-repetition for the victims “marks a milestone on the path to ending five decades of conflict, and puts the rights of the victims at the heart of the peace and transitional justice process,” the statement said. “The agreement acknowledges the different forms of violence that women have suffered, including conflict-related sexual violence, and integrates gender equality comprehensively,” it said. “It emphasizes the specific impact that the conflict has had on women and girls, and acknowledges the transformative potential of gender equality and the protection of women’s rights,” it said.The statement also described as “a crucial step forward in the fight against impunity” the decision to remove amnesties for the most serious crimes, including conflict-related sexual violence. Saying Colombian women have worked tirelessly to play a significant role in this process, the two officials urged that women continue to have a key role in the implementation of this agreement, including with regard to the design of reparation programmes. “One of the key goals of this agreement relates to guarantees of non-repetition so that the crimes of the conflict never occur again,” the statement said. “It is therefore crucial that in every aspect of the implementation of this and previous agreements, Colombia also addresses the structural inequalities and discrimination that lie at the root of conflict-related sexual violence and gender-based violence more generally.”The statement also called on the international community to continue to support Colombia, as it seizes this historic opportunity to bring peace and justice to its people in a process that will serve as a source of inspiration for the region and for the world.The FARC have been in talks with the Government for the past two years, seeking to end a 51-year conflict that has left almost a quarter of a million victims. read more