RJD boss Lalu Prasad SP chief Akhilesh lose VIP security cover

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has removed the VIP security cover of several politicians and lawmakers, including RJD boss Lalu Prasad and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, while it has scaled down the protection category of many others after reviewing over 130 cases, official sources said Tuesday. This is the first full-scale review of VIP protectees by the Union home ministry after the Modi 2.0 government took charge. Sources said the top level ‘Z+’ category NSG cover of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, ‘Z’ cover of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, BJP MP and former minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, former BJP members Kirti Azad and Shatrughan Sinha, newly- appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, two granddaughters and a grandson of former President Pranab Mukherjee, daughter and grandson of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been taken off from the central list or has been removed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’These VIPs were being secured by the armed commandos of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like the CRPF, CISF, the elite counter-terror force NSG and the Delhi Police. Others whose security has been withdrawn include minister in Uttar Pradesh government Suresh Rana, Member of Parliament from Bihar’s Vaishali seat Veena Devi, ex-MP from the state Uday Singh, Uttar Pradesh minister Brajesh Pathak, BJP politician Anupam Hazra, ISRO Chairman K Sivan, former scientific adviser R Chidambaram and Congress leader Deependra Hooda. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBJP Rajya Sabha MP O P Mathur; Achrya Pramod Krishnam, who unsuccessfully contested from the Lucknow parliamentary seat on a Congress ticket; RSS leader Indresh Kumar; former BJP MP Udit Raj; and sitting BJP MP from Etawah Ram Shankar Katheria have also been taken off from the protection list of central security forces. The cover of Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, Congress leader Avtar Singh Bhadana, Punjab minister Rana Gurmit Sodhi, ex-Bihar MP Sabir Ali, Congress MP from Punjab, Pratap Singh Bajwa, VC of Manipur University Adya Prasad Pandey, space scientist T K Alex and few others have also been taken off the central list, according to latest orders issued by the Union home ministry. Separately, the security provided by the CAPF commandos to BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra, former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Som, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s MP son Chirag Paswan, ex-MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and former CRPF Directors General (DG) K Vijay Kumar and Prakash Mishra has been scaled down. The security categorisation of Abhijeet Mukherjee, MP son of ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress leader Anand Sharma, Raj Babbar, Digvijay Singh, A K Antony, Manish Tewari, Loktantrik Janata Dal Party leader Sharad Yadav, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has also been downgraded. Former Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, ex-Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, NIA Inspector General G P Singh, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and Additional Sessions Judge in Delhi O P Saini are among others whose security categorisation has been downgraded under different heads. Some of those who have been removed from the central list will be taken care off by the police units of various state governments, they said. The home Ministry on Monday went through the threat perception reports of over 130 VIPs which were prepared by central security agencies after which the categories were either removed or reviewed, they said.last_img read more

Supporters of disgraced Winnipeg radio DJ take to social media in his

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsDave Wheeler, a Winnipeg radio host was suspended this week over videos he shared online.People reacted online calling them sexist and racist.Others were quick to come to his defense with some angry responses on social media.last_img

Actress to testify before UNbacked war crimes trial of former Liberian leader

6 August 2010The actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow is set to give evidence on Monday about blood diamonds that are the current focus of testimony at the ongoing trial of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor at a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal. Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) will hear from Ms. Farrow and the agent Carole White following evidence given yesterday by the high-profile British model Naomi Campbell.Ms. Campbell told the SCSL, which is sitting in The Hague in the Netherlands for the trial of Mr. Taylor, that she was given a pouch of “very small, dirty-looking stones” by two unidentified men while staying at the home of the former South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997.Mr. Taylor, who is on trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, has long been accused of using blood diamonds to fuel conflict in Sierra Leone while he served as leader of neighbouring Liberia.A blood diamond is a diamond that is mined in a war zone and then sold to finance the activities of an army, insurgency or warlord, and they have been a feature of many African conflicts in the past two decades.But Mr. Taylor denies the blood diamond allegations and has pleaded not guilty before the SCSL to 11 charges, including pillage, slavery for forced marriage purposes, collective punishment and the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The charges relate to his alleged support for two rebel groups in Sierra Leone – the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and the Revolutionary United Front.Ms. Campbell said yesterday that the men did not introduce themselves when they gave her the pouch while she was trying to sleep at the presidential home following a dinner party held by Mr. Mandela.Discussing the matter the next morning at breakfast with Ms. Farrow and Ms. White, Ms. Campbell said she was told the stones were likely to be diamonds and from Mr. Taylor, another guest at the dinner party.The model said she later gave the stones to a representative of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund because she wanted them to go to charity. She said she was unaware of Mr. Taylor before the dinner party or the term ‘blood diamond.’The SCSL was set up jointly by the Sierra Leonean Government and the UN in 2002 and is headquartered in Freetown, the capital. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and national law committed on Sierra Leonean territory since the end of November 1996. read more

Security Council deplores deadly attack against peacekeepers in Somalia

31 August 2010The Security Council has strongly condemned the attack against the presidential palace in the Somali capital that has killed four Ugandan peacekeepers serving with the African Union mission in the war-torn Horn of Africa country. Mortar fire struck the palace in Mogadishu yesterday as Islamist militants continue to wage war against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is backed by the AU force known as AMISOM.In a statement to the press issued late today, Council members condemned all acts of violence and any incitement to violence against civilians, the AU mission or the TFG, and offered their condolences to the families of those killed.The 15-member panel also “condemned the recent increased fighting in Somalia, reiterated their full support for the Transitional Federal Government, its efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation through the Djibouti Peace Process, and for the work of AMISOM.”In addition, Council members voiced appreciation to Uganda and Burundi for their commitment of troops to AMISOM. read more

TimorLeste will need continued help after UN departs Annan says

Timor-Leste will need continued international assistance after the United Nations pulls out next year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.Although “the country has made remarkable progress…international assistance will continue to be indispensable,” Mr. Annan says in the report to the Security Council on the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).Timor-Leste gained independence in May 2002; the mandate for UNMISET expires in May of 2004.Mr. Annan specified that the newly independent country was liable to need “further guidance and advice in the areas of civil administration, justice and policing as well as in such areas as human rights training.””It is likely the new country’s capacity to ensure security in the border areas will not have reached an optimal level, and that the serious crimes process will not be complete,” he said.”In this context, it is timely that the international community take stock of what has been achieved, renew its determination to advance as far as possible during the remaining months of UNMISET’s mandate and begin considering the best means through which the country’s needs can be met after its withdrawal.” read more

Ontario consumers face higher eco fees for big televisions new phones

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario consumers face higher eco fees for big televisions, new phones TORONTO – Higher eco fees going into effect in Ontario next month are nothing more than a government tax grab and will send many consumers to the United States looking for bargains, Opposition Leader Tim Hudak said Thursday.The Ontario Electronic Stewardship posted plans on its website to increase eco fees on TV’s over 29 inches to $39.50 from $27.60 — and to lower fees on a home theatre in a box to $7.10 from $7.80 — but the agency made little effort to inform the public.“Clearly this is another Liberal tax grab that has no grounding in reality,” said Hudak.“Any time taxes go up it’s going to cause people to look to purchase elsewhere. You’ll see folks looking to go across the border.”The government maintains the eco fees are not taxes because they are administered by industry-led stewardship agencies, and the revenue does not go to the province.No one buys that argument, said Hudak.“When they hear that the industry is doing it and the Liberals are hands off on these eco taxes, they’re rightly calling out bull on that one,” he said.“The Liberal approach under (former premier) Dalton McGuinty and now Kathleen Wynne is just a tax grab for an expensive bureaucracy.”The New Democrats said Ontario’s system of eco fees is broken and accused the Liberal government of mishandling the issue.“Instead of taking responsibility for it, they’ve off-loaded responsibility to industry-led organizations and we need proper government oversight that can set enforceable targets and hold producers responsible,” said NDP environment critic Jonah Schein.Starting on May 1, eco fees for desktop and portable computers will drop slightly to $3 and $1.50 respectively, while fees for new telephones and answering machines will jump from $1 to $1.50. Eco fees will also increase on cameras, DVD and Blu-ray players, video and audio recorders and after-market car stereos.The biggest eco fee drop will be for large floor-standing printers and copiers, those used mainly by big companies, which falls from $341.20 to $173.75. Last year, that fee was just $32.50.It’s not the first time the eco fees have been increased without public notification, and the fees for many electronics were adjusted just three months ago.Last week, eco fees for tires used on some farm equipment jumped substantially when off-road tires moved from a flat fee of $15.29 each to a weight-based scale of fees, prompting a backlash in the agricultural community.The new fees range up to $352.80 for tires weighing between 826 and 1,543 pounds. The next larger group (up to 2,645 pounds) would see a tire fee of up to $546.84, and giant industrial tires would each command a fee of $1,311.Premier Kathleen Wynne said the reality is the province must find ways to pay for keeping tires, electronics and other waste out of landfills, but admitted Thursday that the off-road tire fees would have to come down for farmers.“The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is meeting with the Ontario Tire Stewardship and there is a conversation about mitigating those costs for the agriculture community,” said Wynne.“It is something that we were aware of, and those conversations are happening now.”The Progressive Conservatives complained Ontario charges $1,646 for one tire for a Deere 9770 combine, compared with $210 in British Columbia, $90 in Saskatchewan, $54 in Newfoundland, $24 in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island and zero in other provinces.“Having tire disposal rates for a combine tire that are almost eight times more than the next most expensive province is a blatant example of mismanagement at Ontario Tire Stewardship,” said Conservative environment critic Toby Barrett.The Liberals were forced to back down in the face of public anger and withdraw thousands of eco fees that had been slapped on household goods like laundry detergent July 1, 2010 — again with no public notice.The household eco fees of up to $6.66 per item were cancelled three weeks later, but consumers shouldn’t expect the fees for electronics and tires to be eliminated.“The reality is that we need to find ways to deal with waste matter, and that comes with a cost,” said Wynne. read more

Special teams roller coaster keeps OSU Miami on their toes

Bucks avert kickoff returns after 88-yard break away Tressel did what he does best after giving up an early touchdown; he played conservatively. Tressel brought in Barclay for the kick off and had him drop it at the 25-yard line, which he did consistently for the rest of the first half. “A kicker has to be able to do anything, and certainly enough we had to be ready for the pooch plays,” Barclay said. “For the most part we did well on the pooches.” Barclay opened the second half with a kick to the 10-yard line, which Miami returned to the 20, but quickly returned to conservative play for the rest of the game. Special teams proved to be an important aspect for both teams in Saturday’s matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 13 Miami (Fla.). With an 88-yard kickoff return and a 79-yard punt return, the Hurricanes put 14 points on the board and embarrassment on the faces of the OSU coverage unit. “Are we concerned? Of course,” said coach Jim Tressel of the special teams performance. In fact, in OSU’s records, which date back to 1936, Saturday’s game marked the first time the Buckeye’s had ever given up a kick off return and punt return for touchdown. But that wasn’t enough to spur Miami to victory; OSU came out on top 36-24. “You don’t give up two long returns like that and usually survive,” Tressel said. “Our guys stepped up and overcame that.” The Buckeyes’ special teams unit came through as well, with both Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry having long returns. Hall had a 47-yard return, while Berry had two long runs of 42 and 45 yards. “When we were in the huddle we were like ‘Man, they just broke one, now we’ve got to break one,’” Berry said. “We just made it happen.” Nathan Williams returns to play with a bang Defensive end Nathan Williams missed the season-opener against Marshall last week due to a knee-injury, but after coming into the game halfway through the first quarter, he already had an interception to add to his rap sheet. “It felt great, I was just anxious to get out there again,” Williams said. “Sitting out for three weeks was brutal.” Williams, a junior, grabbed Jacory Harris’ pass and returned a few yards to the Miami seven-yard line, setting up a scoring drive that ended with a field goal by Devin Barclay. “I just wanted to execute the plays and do what the defensive game plan wanted me to do,” he said. Interceptions key in takedown of Miami The Buckeye defense snatched four interceptions against Miami’s Harris, all of which led to scoring drives. After Williams’ grab in the first quarter, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa got two of his own in the second quarter, setting up a touchdown and then a field goal for the last play of the first half, putting the score at 26-17 Buckeyes. “We knew coming into the game that we were going to have to affect (Harris) to win this game,” said senior captain Ross Homan. “I think we did a good job with the D-line … we forced them into some bad situations.” Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his receiving corps allowed for no interceptions against the Buckeyes. “When you can create four takeaways you’re going to have a chance,” Tressel said. “And when you have zero giveaways, you’re going to have a real good chance.” Early in the third quarter, senior captain offensive lineman Cameron Heyward took his stab at the Hurricanes returning an interception 80 yards to the Miami 15, setting up for a Dan “Boom” Herron touchdown. “I thought I had a chance, but you never know,” Heyward said of his reaction to seeing an open field in front of him. “I had some great blocks. I was just happy that I was in the right spot at the right time.” Ground game goes unnoticed Few of OSU’s big gains came on the run against Miami. Senior Brandon Saine had a net gain of only seven yards, while Herron had 66 yards over 14 carries. Both were out-run by quarterback Terrelle Pryor who had a total of 113 rushing yards. “They were definitely keeping a lot of guys in the box,” Herron said. “So it was kind of hard for us to get our running game going at first.” Barclay ties school record with five field goals Failure to convert in the red zone gave Barclay plenty of opportunity to put points on the board, going 5-for-5 in field goals until early in the fourth quarter when he missed a 32-yard attempt. His five field goals tie an Ohio State record with Mike Nugent, Josh Huston and Bob Atha. “It’s certainly something to be proud of,” Barclay said. “But if we would have lost, (tying) a school record wouldn’t have meant anything to me.” Barclay’s longest field goal against Miami was 41 yards. read more

Western Australia government launches new miner FIFO mental health code

first_imgWestern Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston this week launched Australia’s first code of practice to help promote and maintain mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors. Developed following extensive public consultation, the ‘Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors’ code aims to address hazards and risk factors in FIFO workplaces.Parts of the code encourage organisations to adopt a risk management process to identify potential psychosocial hazards, establish a positive and supportive workplace culture, provide suitable accommodation and rosters with sufficient time for rest and recreation. The code was created following recommendations from a Legislative Assembly Committee report on the impact of FIFO practices on workers’ mental health. Government-funded research, released by the Minister for Mental Health last year, found FIFO workers experience higher levels of psychological distress than non-FIFO workers. To view the code, visit www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Codes-of-practice-16145.aspxJohnston stated: “The McGowan Government is committed to driving change in mental health and improving the wellbeing of FIFO workers and their families. The code identifies a number of potential hazards and risk factors, such as work demands and low levels of control, and it promotes strategies to deal with these issues. A positive, mentally healthy workplace not only benefits employees but also enhances an organisation’s reputation for supporting and respecting its workforce. I’d like to thank all the workers, family members, industry, professional bodies, unions, academia, consultants and local government for their feedback during consultation. It’s especially pleasing the Mining Industry Advisory Committee and Commission for Occupational Safety and Health unanimously endorsed the code.”last_img read more

Extract If we want to get more done we need to start

first_imgIf you can even understand any of the above questions, you are giving away far too much of your most precious resource – time – to a square box in the corner of your living room that will give you nothing back in return. If you are in denial at this juncture because you don’t watch these programmes, then ask yourself if you still knew the answers.If you did, chances are you’ve been reading trashy magazines. Shame on you. Or worse still, found yourself discussing a TV show you haven’t even seen with another human being! You what? This is some of the lowest-grade chat that exists and must be stamped out.Televisions are time thievesFor those of you who are feeling completely lost reading this section of the book and haven’t a clue about the answers to any of the questions above, you can give yourselves a pat on the back and skip this section. Anyone who could answer all three questions with confidence is giving away up to one full day a week to the principal time thief.And I bet you find yourself saying ‘I don’t have time’ all the time. The point of this rant is this: we will always find time to watch telly. No matter how busy we are, or how much we have going on, how stressed we feel, how urgent the project is or how long we have delayed it, we will still find time to watch telly and we are all in a state of permanent denial about it.Anyone who doesn’t watch any telly at all would almost certainly have no reason to read my book because I guarantee that they have got their shit together.Just think about what you could be doingJust think how many ‘shelves’ we could get nailed during just one weekend’s X Factor/Strictly session. Anyone who says they don’t have time to exercise, I challenge you to ask yourself whether you were planning to sit down at any stage this evening to watch television. If the answer is yes, then bingo: that is your exercise time.It all boils down to the simple fact that there is always time to do the things we choose to do. Always. At the time of writing, The X Factor is on for about five hours every weekend. And yes, I have been watching it. And yes, I hate myself for it.(Via little, brown Book Group)Ruth Field aka The Grit Doctor is a criminal barrister and bestselling author of ’Run Fat Bitch Run’. Her new book,’Get Your Shit Together‘ is published by little,  brown Book Group and is out now.9 things you always leave until the last minute>7 things you’ll DEFINITELY do instead of revising for exams>Column: Stop putting things off: 7 tips to avoid procrastination> Ruth Field aka The Grit Doctor had great success with her previous book, Run Fat Bitch Run. Her latest book, Get your Sh!t together, is giving advice on how to figure out what you want from life and ultimately how to get more done in less time. In this extract from her book she talks about how the TV has made us all procrastinators. She writes:TWO OF OUR biggest enemies, the two weapons of mass destruction in the war against shit togetherness, are telly and hand-held devices. Your television set, or two, are your primary time thieves. Television is the arch-enemy of GYST (Get your Sh!t together). Whenever you hear yourself thinking (because of course you will never be heard to utter these words again), ‘I don’t have time’, ask yourself immediately the following questions: 1. Who do I want to win Strictly?2. Who is my favourite judge on The X Factor and which contestant would I most like to see suffering a nervous breakdown on stage?3. Could Mr Bates, in fact, be a baddie?last_img read more

Professor Lapavitsas insight on restoring sovereignty to Greece

first_imgOn his trip Down Under this month, Professor Costas Lapavitsas will be making the rounds, with a second lecture announced, this time on the subject of ‘Restoring Sovereignty to Greece’. Organised by the Greek Community of Melbourne, the talks will see the well-known academic and professor of Economics explore why, after eight years of profound crisis and six years of bailout policies, Greece continues to find itself in a terrible state. The country’s economy has shrunk dramatically, society has been badly hurt and the state has lost a range of capabilities and is in a severely weak geopolitical position.Professor Lapavitsas will explore these matters in detail, concluding with his thoughts on why a fresh path is necessary, including the need to strengthen popular sovereignty domestically and restoring national sovereignty in Europe.A lecturer of economics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) since 1990, as of 2010 his interests have honed in on the eurozone crisis. In the last five years his work has had a considerable impact on the European debate and policy making, and last year he was elected as a Member of Parliament. In addition to his lecture on ‘Restoring Sovereignty to Greece’, Professor Lapavitsas will be presenting a public seminar in English on ‘The Eurozone Crisis and the Greek Disaster’ on Wednesday 13 April at La Trobe University. ‘Restoring Sovereignty to Greece’, to be presented in Greek, will take place on Friday 15 April at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society (Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00 pm. Attendance is free of charge. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Group No Fukushima radiation in Northwest

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in the Northwest.The Statesman Journal reports Monday (http://stjr.nl/1pAQGw7) massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Scientists say the radiation will hit the U.S. this year at very low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment. But no federal agency is monitoring it.That’s where a chemical oceanographer at the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stepped in. Using crowd-sourced money and volunteers, Ken Buesseler has been testing samples from the Bering Strait to San Diego. So far none of the samples sent in have traces of radiation from Japan. The samples do show background radiation from nuclear testing of the 1950s and 1960s.The samples from Oregon were taken in Pacific City by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.last_img read more

Senate Committee Spurns HASC Approach to Bolster Base Budget

first_imgIn contrast to the budget maneuver employed by its House counterpart, the Senate Armed Services Committee does not rely on DOD’s wartime account to sidestep the statutory spending caps and bolster the Pentagon’s base budget, under the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the panel approved Thursday.After the committee finished marking up its annual defense policy bill in closed session, Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters he planned to seek additional funding when the measure goes to the Senate floor, reported Defense News.“We went to the president’s mark, and then we will be looking to increase funding for much-needed programs on the floor,” McCain said.The committee adhered to the Obama administration’s request and shifted only $5 billion from the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is not subject to the Budget Control Act limits. The House Armed Services dedicated an additional $18 billion from the uncapped account to base budget needs in an effort to restore shortfalls in military readiness.The Senate version, however, would authorize an increase of $2 billion for additional training, depot maintenance and weapons sustainment.“While the committee believes this is a positive step in the right direction, these additions were not enough to address the nearly $23 billion in unfunded requirements identified by the military services, almost $7 billion of which alone were considered readiness-related,” according to a committee summary of the measure.“Artificial budget constraints … have limited the committee’s ability to authorize a strategy-based level of defense funding demanded by the threats facing the nation and the ever-growing demands they impose on our military service members,” the committee said.The Pentagon and White House have criticized the budget maneuver employed by House Armed Services, saying it would shortchange overseas operations and force the next administration to request supplemental war funding before it runs out at the end of April.The conflicting approaches to funding the Pentagon adopted by the two panels could be difficult to resolve and likely set up a contentious budget battle at the end of the year.“This is a hard thing to resolve,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Defense News. “We have a significant disagreement, and looking at the legislative calendar, there will not be that much time to resolve it.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Man tries to jump off flyover bridge in Hyderabad rescued

first_imgA man who tried to jump off flyover bridge at pillar number 125 at Attapur has been rescued on Thursday. Getting into details, the man, a native of Bihar climbed the parapet wall of the flyover claiming that the prime minister would give him a Scorpio car if he jumped from the bridge. Meanwhile, passersby who noticed the man on the bridge rescued him and learned that he was mentally ill. He told the people that he read in a newspaper that Modi would offer the car if anyone jumps from the bridge. He was handed over to Rajendranagar police.last_img

Akala Theresa May and the Conservative Party patronise people

first_img The UK conscious rapper on why his songs never get played on daytime radio, the 2017 general election, and whether he would ever go into politics. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:51Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Akala: Theresa May and the Conservative Party patronise peoplelast_img read more

Pranav Saini Fitness Model and Social Media Influencer on obeying the commitments

first_imgPranav Saini is a familiar name on the field of fitness and social media. He is one of the fittest lad running around in the Modelling world. Pranav is an astonishing trainer. Many of the celebs follow his chart and his way of training from his youtube channel “Pranav Saini”. He is a real social media influencer of our time when it comes to fitness.Pranav is known for his dedication and commitment. He is very punctual in everything he does. He believes in reality, and he understands his role as a social media influencer, so he is always there to help people whether it is a celeb or ordinary person. He just loves his work and more important he loves to see people around him remains fit and fab.He is not a theatrical person he believes in implementing things, and according to him, you cannot achieve things by talking, you have to work hard to make the fit and robust body. Pranav’s working way is helping many A-grade people from a different field, and his popularity is increasing day by day.Pranav is a different kind of fitness Guru he influences models with his work, and he is a veteran of this fitness world as he has experience is off nearly a decade in this field, and he has many followers all around the globe who believes in his work.Pranav believes every model or actor has to follow certain things regularly, you cannot focus only on muscles, your entire body should be fit and fab, and if you can achieve that, then your face glow will be different from ordinary models and actors.Pranav’s achievement list is significant as he has won several fitness titles and competitions across the globe. His best performance came when he Represented India in ‘IFBB Amature Olympia Asia Men’s Physique ‘(8th Rank) in 2017 hence bringing glory to the nation. Hmm! This list shows his sheer talent, and it shows his capabilities too. Kudos champ to achieve this many things under 30 is not a small thing.Seriously this young lad has achieved so many things in a short period, and becoming a brand ambassador for top brands is not a small thing to accomplish at a tender age, it needs dedication and hard work. We hope he keeps making a difference in people’s life positively with his IG videos, YouTube videos, pictures, and we are sure that he will bring many more titles from various parts of the world.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Study Electric Market Reforms Delivered What Was Intended

first_img 00:00 /01:18 Listen Photo by Fré Sonneveld. CC0 license. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X “Deregulating” the Texas electricity market “delivered what was intended.”That’s the takeaway from a new study of the price you pay for electricity, but the findings don’t mean there’s a consensus on whether competition is good for consumers.Here’s the big question: do you get a better deal if you can choose who you buy electricity from, or is better if you have no choice, and have to buy from one city-owned utility company?New research from Rice University shows that since reforms aimed at expanding consumer choice went into effect 15 years ago, they have made progress toward lowering prices. “As we rolled through 2016, you actually saw that rates in competitive areas had moved to a point of parity with rates in non-competitive areas,” says Ken Medlock, one of the study’s authors. Still, the consumer advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power has repeatedly documented more expensive electricity in places like Houston, where there are a lot of options. “The findings here are a bit rosier than our findings over the years,” says R.A. Dyer, a policy analyst with the group.Medlock, with Rice University, says it’s true that competitive markets have been more expensive on average since deregulation, but he says that’s because reforms took a while to have an impact.“Prices were adjusting over time to reflect the introduction of competition in the area where you lived, whereas maybe it wasn’t introduced in an area where your friend lived,” he says. Medlock says cheap natural gas prices have helped lower electric costs in areas with multiple providers, but natural gas hasn’t had much of an impact in places with one city-owned provider. Sharelast_img read more

Study suggests common pesticide clothianidin causes immunity problems in bees

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Headlines over the past couple of years have made it very clear that something is causing honeybees to die in unexplained ways. Whole colonies suddenly die, with no clear explanation. Now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the problem has reached the point of panic as honeybees are the chief means for pollination of crops around the world. At this point, scientists suspect that the disorder involves something that is causing the immune system in the bees to break down, leaving them unable to fight off bacteria and viruses. In this new effort, the research team contends that they’ve found one of the missing links—a single pesticide that causes bees exposed to it, to develop immunity problems.In their lab, the researchers started by isolating a family of proteins (called LRR) that are similar to other proteins found in other animals that are known to regulate immune response—specifically, its presence, they found, causes another protein (NF-κB) directly involved in immune response, to be inhibited. Next, they exposed honeybees to the pesticide clothianidin and subsequently measured gene expression and protein levels in them. They found an increase in the expression of the gene responsible for LRR levels and lowered levels of NF-κB, which the researchers claim, suggests a direct link between exposure to the toxin and a damaged immune system. The researchers ran the same tests on bees exposed to another pesticide— chlorpyriphos—and found no ill effects, which they suggest means CCD might be caused by one or a just a few pesticides. Next, the researchers exposed the bees that had been exposed to clothianidin to a pathogen called the deformed wing virus. Normally, healthy bees show resistance to the virus and are not impacted by it. After exposure to clothianidin, however, the researchers found the virus was able to reproduce in the bees, suggesting the bee’s immune response had been compromised. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from several universities in Italy has found that exposure to the common pesticide clothianidin can cause immunity problems in honeybees, leading to an increased risk of dying from common viral infections. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers found that exposure to clothianidin resulted in an increase in a family of proteins that inhibit the development of other proteins that are involved in the immune process. More information: Neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects insect immunity and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees, PNAS, Published online before print October 21, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314923110AbstractLarge-scale losses of honey bee colonies represent a poorly understood problem of global importance. Both biotic and abiotic factors are involved in this phenomenon that is often associated with high loads of parasites and pathogens. A stronger impact of pathogens in honey bees exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides has been reported, but the causal link between insecticide exposure and the possible immune alteration of honey bees remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate that the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin negatively modulates NF-κB immune signaling in insects and adversely affects honey bee antiviral defenses controlled by this transcription factor. We have identified in insects a negative modulator of NF-κB activation, which is a leucine-rich repeat protein. Exposure to clothianidin, by enhancing the transcription of the gene encoding this inhibitor, reduces immune defenses and promotes the replication of the deformed wing virus in honey bees bearing covert infections. This honey bee immunosuppression is similarly induced by a different neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, but not by the organophosphate chlorpyriphos, which does not affect NF-κB signaling. The occurrence at sublethal doses of this insecticide-induced viral proliferation suggests that the studied neonicotinoids might have a negative effect at the field level. Our experiments uncover a further level of regulation of the immune response in insects and set the stage for studies on neural modulation of immunity in animals. Furthermore, this study has implications for the conservation of bees, as it will contribute to the definition of more appropriate guidelines for testing chronic or sublethal effects of pesticides used in agriculture. Explore further Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Study suggests common pesticide clothianidin causes immunity problems in bees (2013, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-common-pesticide-clothianidin-immunity-problems.html 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.last_img read more

Delhi to host Indian Languages Festival

first_imgThe theme of the third edition of this annual festival is Jodti Zubanein, Judti Zubanein, and will deliberate on connections between languages and the connections languages make. ‘This year’s theme goes beyond the literary and cultural connections across languages and encompasses the connections between divergent media of expression, like literature, cinema, music, between various ideologies and between languages and dialects,’ said Satyanand Nirupam, festival’s creative director. Acclaimed personalities from diverse fields like Gulzar, Jerry Pinto, Ketan Mehta, and Mahesh Bhatt will be holding discussions on various subjects about literature, Bollywood, music and literature.They will cover issues ranging from Dalit and women writing, alternative voices from literature, cinema, radio, publishing, gender violence, aspirations, dreams and voices of the marginalised.Sessions titled Language into Language, Civil Society and its Activism among other will also take place.last_img read more

Logitech MX Vertical review Flipping the mouse on its side is

first_imgDisclosureEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.Image: Zlata Ivleva/MashableBy Jake Krol2018-09-12 01:05:26 UTC Logitech is flipping the design of the computer mouse on its side with its MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic mouse.The idea is to re-invent the mouse, at the same time making in forward-looking and more useful, I guess. It also happens to look like an enlarged garlic clove.The point of a vertical mouse is to provide an “ergonomic” design (i.e. one that won’t strain your hand). The packaging is says it positions your hand at a 57-degree angle, which is apparently a more “natural” one. However, there’s a steep learning curve — one I ultimately never conquered.It looks and feels futuristic Logitech MX Vertical Mashable Score3.5 Cool Factor4.0Learning Curve3.0Performance4.0Bang for the Buck3.0center_img Image: ZLATA IVLEVA/MASHABLEThe MX vertical is interesting-looking, but that only goes so far. By flipping the mouse controls on the side, it’s like you’re shaking a hand when using it. Your index and pointer finger will rest on the left and right clickers, with a scroll wheel in the middle.So on what would typically be the backside of the mouse, you rest your thumb on a grippy surface, which also has the forward and backward buttons. It’s definitely an experience that takes getting used to. For starters, the bumps along the exterior don’t go all the way around, which makes it less intuitive to hold. Futuristic design • Great connectivity through Bluetooth or USBRight and left clicker sit too high • Uncomfortable to useThe Bottom LineThe Logitech MX Vertical flips a traditional mouse on its side. The idea has some benefits, but they don’t make up for a bumpy user experience. Image: ZLATA IVLEVA/MASHABLEYou can turn the MX Vertical on or shut it off with a small switch on the bottom. Luckily, Logitech didn’t put the charging port next to the switch like Apple’s Magic Mouse does; instead, the USB-C charging port sits on the front of the device. To make sure the mouse moves smoothly, Logitech put a thin rubber lining around the edge of the bottom, letting you use the MX Vertical without a mouse pad on a variety of surfaces.The MX Vertical can confuse your muscle memoryIn trying to use Logitech’s innovative mouse, I regularly found myself trying to click buttons that weren’t there. It was hard to retrain my hand to find the left and right clicker buttons, especially since Logitech put an inch of space below them with no grooves or humps.Still, after a few days, I was getting in the groove. However, dragging and dropping documents remained a challenge — I would often accidentally let them go when I didn’t mean to.In short, the MX Vertical takes a while to figure out. If you’re expecting to just plug this in and be a vertical-mouse whiz, chances are that’s not going to happen.It’s not so much that it reinvents the controls, but rather your finger movements. Of course, you can still click to navigate a webpage, open a text, start a text field, and even make some light photo adjustments. Logitech’s MX Vertical also throws in a forward and backward button for the thumb to use. That’s handy, but be wary of how you move your thumb. In my testing, I would frequently engage one of these controls by accident, and my workflow would get jumbled. You also use your thumb to change the pointer speed on the fly via the small circular button on the top. Each clicker has a good tactile feel to it and makes a sound — like any good mouse does. Same goes for the scroll well, which worked well to make it through a long document easily or to scroll through results in a browser. I do imagine that, over time, dust could build up in the gap between the right and left clickers and the scroll wheel, though.I tried one game of Fortnite with the MX Vertical and immediately regretted it. Flipping the location of the core clickers really screwed up my rhythm and didn’t offer the accuracy I needed for gaming. The scroll wheel performed differently than console controls, keyboard ones, and a traditional mouse. This is definitely not a gaming mouse.Wrist comfort: not a featureOne of the main ideas behind Logitech’s vertical-mouse design is that it’s more ergonomic and be more comfortable on your wrist and arm. However, I found that the MX Vertical, far from reducing pain, merely relocates it. I am right handed, and after using the mouse for a few hours, I began to get sore on the top and side of my wrist. This is a bummer to say the least. To fix this I would likely need an elevated mouse pad, which would be an additional expense.Light customizationsAlong with the MX Vertical, Logitech includes its Options app for Windows and macOS. This is the command center for all of your available accessories, like keyboards and mouses. In here you can get a tour of the MX Vertical, see the default button setup, and make changes.For example, you can have the circular button along the central ridge change the pointer speed, engage mission control, or play and pause content. You can customize the other buttons as well. Logitech lets you have this same level of possibilities for the forward and backward buttons on the left-hand side.Three choices for connectivityLike Logitech’s other wireless mice, you have the option of connecting through a receiver that plugs into a USB port directly to your computer via Bluetooth. Both of these standards are on-board the MX Vertical. Bluetooth pairing is done through a button on the bottom of the mouse, and it showed up within a few seconds on a MacBook Air. The connection was pretty strong even from a few feet away.Bluetooth will allow you to pair the MX Vertical with multiple devices, like a tablet and a laptop. You can quickly switch between the two, and it’s a nice trick that allows you to have one, and only one, peripheral on your desk.Setup is definitely easier if you use the USB receiver, which is basically plug and play. And if you have other Logitech gear, you can connect them all to a single receiver with some minor settings adjustments.Either way, the MX Vertical should work like a charm, with virtually no lag, once connected. However, if you want to go old school, you can always plug the MX Vertical in with the USB-C to USB-A cable for a hard-wired experience.Final thoughtsLogitech isn’t asking for an insane amount for the MX Vertical. At $99.99, it’s in line with other high-end computer peripherals, and the design is eye-catching.However, a vertical mouse isn’t the clear step forward Logitech seems to think it is. After using it for a while, I found the experience lacking. While I could get used to the unintuitive button placement, my discomfort made me question the ergonomic benefits.At the end of the day Logitech’s MX Vertical is a good mouse, but for $99 you should really be getting a great mouse.last_img read more