Maharashtra might be divided forcibly like J&K, says Raj Thackeray

first_imgLatching onto the clampdown imposed in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Friday claimed that Maharashtra might similarly be divided using force. Mr. Thackeray’s statement comes days after he welcomed the scrapping of the special provisions of Article 370 and called it as an “exceptional decision”.Addressing party workers here, he said, “In Kashmir, Army and police personnel are deployed outside the residences of the people. Internet, cell phone, television services there stand snapped…everything is closed down there. Today it’s Kashmir, tomorrow it might be Vidarbha, maybe Mumbai a day later.” “Tomorrow, those holding sten guns may stand outside your homes. Maharashtra will be divided forcibly, without thinking about you,” he said.last_img read more

Sports groups hold own rallies

first_imgA group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img View comments PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ And the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

Petition against Indian magazine for defaming Pak army

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Sep 2 (PTI) A petition seeking a ban on a leading Indian magazine for publishing a “humiliating” picture of Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif was filed today by an advocate in the Lahore High Court.Advocate Abdul Hameed filed the petition, saying an Indian magazine — India Today — has published a humiliating picture of General Raheel Sharif which is the part of the Indian governments ongoing efforts to defame the Pakistan army.He sought a direction from the court to the Nawaz Sharif-led PML-(N) government to take up this matter with Indian government and lodge a strong protest for this act.He also requested the court to order the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to immediately ban the website of the magazine and sought ban on its newspapers and other literature in Pakistan.The English-language fortnightly news magazine, in its latest issue, has published Raheels picture on its cover page with a slap mark on his cheek. PTI MZ CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more

Viswanathan Anand’s advise to Praggnanandhaa: Make new friends on tour

first_imgChess is a unique sport where a 12 year old can compete with a 48 year old as an equal. India has them both. Chennai boy Praggnanandhaa, the recently turned grandmaster (GM) aged 12 and multiple times world champion Viswanathan Anand closing in on turning 50.Anand himself turned a GM aged 18 but is amazed at how young the game has become. “We have had prodigies in the past in chess. But even so it is quite shocking how young it has gotten. To become a grandmaster at 12 is quite an accomplishment,” Viswanathan Anand told India Today.Praggnanandhaa, having become the second youngest GM in the world aged 12 years and 10 months has attracted fair bit of interest in foreign media. So also for his name which is a tongue twister. Anand had invited the boy wonder home last month. “What I have tried to tell him is that he should still be in it for a long haul. Just because he has become a grandmaster does not mean a milestone will come next year. So I advised him to keep things as normal and familiar as possible. It is still a long journey. But I think he has all the elements to make it all the way,” Viswanathan Anand said.Its the age of achievement, ambition & passion above all. Congrats #HimaDasGoldenGirl She & our own #praggnanandhaa show that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.This is the beginning. From here everything is possible! You have to keep doing what you do, your best!advertisementViswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) July 15, 2018For all his sporting intelligence, off the chess board, the kid has to deal with new culinary habits. Embracing new culture and making friends, Anand says will be the key for Praggnanandhaa on the road. “Food, culture, weather everything will be a challenge. But what got me through my travels were the friendships I made elsewhere. In fact most of my friends are chess players for obvious reasons because I see them most often. So that is how he will have to cope with it as well,” Viswanathan Anand.Talking of his own game, Anand admits he has been all over the place in 2018. But three decades in the business, he has now learnt not to be too self critical. “The year has been a bit all over the place. I have had good results and bad results in almost every format. I have also noticed that it is hard to stay consistent all year round. Everyone has at least one result they are not happy with. But even knowing that is it difficult, you have to keep working to minimise it. I would say that it is the nature of chess with how much depth we have. Inconsistency is almost part of the deal but I will try to minimise it,” Viswanathan Anand.Speaking of the upcoming chess Olympiad where Anand last competed in 2006, he was quietly confident. “We are one of the top teams; almost 3rd by average rating. But I must say that there are very little differences. It will be very tough but obviously I don’t want to rejoin the team and do worse than last year. So we would want to push ourselves higher,” Viswanathan Anand.last_img read more

Gender Mainstreaming in Progress

first_imgExecutive Director, Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Faith Webster, says the Government has embarked on a process of gender mainstreaming, to ensure that gender is integrated into all policies, programmes and plans. Mrs. Webster noted that the Bureau has been charged with the responsibility to lead the process of gender mainstreaming in the public sector. “So, for the past two years we have been trying to see specifically how we can integrate gender into all the various sectors of government,” she said. The Executive Director was addressing members of various public sector agencies and departments during a training workshop on HIV/AIDS and Gender Equality for Gender Focal Points in the Public Sector, held at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, on October 31. Mrs. Webster also informed that much training and sensitisation has taken place over the last two years with representatives from the public sector, which has resulted in a better understanding of gender issues among civil servants.     “We are quite pleased to see the high level of enthusiasm and participation, which the various groups have shown. It makes us feel very good that people now understand the whole issue of gender, because once, gender was a concept that was so far removed, but now persons are really relating it to their everyday life,” she said. “They have really grasped the concepts and the issues and begun to utilise lessons learnt in their own work,” she added. Gender Equality and HIV Technical Advisor, National HIV Programme (NHP), Patricia Phillips, explained that a major focus of the NHP is to halt and reverse the spread of HIV in Jamaica by 2015. She pointed out that the issues of gender inequality and HIV/AIDS are interconnected and therefore must be “be looked at together,” in order to achieve the desired results. “We will therefore seek to build your (public sector workers) competence to identify that gender equality and HIV has a connection and to enable you to contribute the gender perspective in your workplaces, when your workplace takes on the HIV response,” she said. Ms. Phillips noted that public officials, who have been exposed to gender training through the intervention of the BWA, are strategically positioned to influence policies and programmes that address the issue of HIV in the workplace. The training workshop was organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with ‘The Way Out’ United Nations Women Project, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, and the Office of the Prime Minister. The objectives of the seminar were to review basic HIV information and values clarification; to understand HIV as an issue of gender relations of power, gender in/equality, and human rights; to equip participants with a framework for integrating gender equality and human rights into the HIV workplace response; and to identify the role and basic actions that gender focal points can perform in contributing a gender perspective to the HIV workplace response. Among the Ministries, agencies and departments represented at the seminar  were:  Ministries of Youth and Culture; Science, Technology, Energy and Mining; Industry, Investment and Commerce; Education; and Labour and Social Security; the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Office of the Children’s Advocate; and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).last_img read more

Sara Kopamees interviews HGTV hosts and entrepreneurs Jonathan and Drew Scott for

first_imgAdvertisement KITCHENER, ON, July 31, 2017 – Interactive publishers Industry Media announced the release of the latest issue of Canadian Industry Online (CIO) magazine, featuring an exclusive cover interview with Drew and Jonathan Scott. The Scott brothers are co-hosts of HGTV‘s Property Brothers, Brother vs. Brother, Home to Win and Property Brothers at Home, and are also founders of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living. In the interview, Drew and Jonathan highlight the best places in North America to make a return on renovating houses, talk about what it’s like to build a brand, and how important education is to being a successful entrepreneur in real estate.In this month’s edition, CIO also features interviews with the founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters Diana Olsen, Ken LeBlancof PropertyGuys.com, and more.Readers are invited to share their comments on this month’s content via Facebook, and by email at sara.kopamees@industrymedia.ca. Contributions to the magazines are welcomed, and will be reviewed by the Industry Media team for inclusion in the next issues. Current contributors include Mergermarket, CNW, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook About Industry MediaIndustry Media is an interactive publishing company dedicated to serving the information needs of business professionals in Canada and abroad.  Headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Industry Media produces online magazines Canadian Industry Online (CIO) and Global Renewables Online (GRO), with a mandate to share Canadian innovation success nationally and beyond, as well as showcase the best in international renewable energy development.last_img read more

Moroccos Ayoub Abou to Join FC Porto from FC Barcelona

Rabat – Porto has agreed to sign a deal for Moroccan midfielder Ayoub Abou from FC Barcelona.A report published last month by Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo suggested that Porto was about to reach an agreement with FC Barcelona over signing Ayoub Abou until the summer of 2018.The information has been confirmed by the player on his Twitter account. “After eight years at FCB yesterday I started a new challenge in my vida.Gracias Barca for all that I have learned and I’ve lived in this great period,” Ayoub posted on his account on Wednesday.Tras 8 años en @FCB ayer empecé un nuevo reto en mi vida.Gracias al Barça por todo lo que he aprendido y he vivido en esta gran etapa.— Ayoub Abou (@ayoubabou1) July 15, 2015Multiple media reports have suggested that Ayoub’s play and techniques are similar to Zinedine Zidane and former Barca player Juan Riquelme.The 17-year old was born in 1998 in Casablanca. He moved to Barcelona with his parents at the age of 9. His brother Latif noticed his skills and signed him up at FCB Escola, Barca’s pre-school football team.In 2007, the Moroccan talent impressed Josep Gombau, FCB Ecola’ director, who called his boss Alberto Benaiges and arranged for him to see Ayoub play.Benaiges was reportedly fascinated with Ayoub’s skills compared to other kids his age and signed Ayoub for the Barcelona U-11 team. read more

International Media Forum in Washington For Better MoroccoUS Relations

By Myriam Ait MalkRabat – Washington, D.C. will host the International Media Forum’s second conference this coming September, after a successful first conference in 2014.Many Moroccan and American media personalities, academics, and representatives are expected to offer their insights regarding media development for a better diplomatic relationship between Morocco and the United States. The panel is expected to include prominent Moroccan journalist in America Mohammed Rashad, Moroccan media professor Hassan Nadir, public relations consultant Karim Dahbi, political analyst and co-founder of Morocco World News, Samir Bennis, and Moroccan journalist and Canadian documentary director Yasmin Khiyyat, among many other American media professionals.In addition to the topic of improving media relations between the US and Morocco, the forum’s symposiums will cover new media technologies, the formation of public opinion, media coverage of Moroccan and American politics as a tool for understanding foreign politics, and last but not least, digital media from a gender perspective.This forum will also be an occasion to congratulate and reward the Moroccan and American media professionals who have had a positive impact on fortifying their countries’ ties with one another.The gathering will also encapsulate various artwork and discussions around successful experiences of economic investors in the U.S, highlighting the investing qualifications that Morocco offers.“This second annual media forum is a great platform to meet all journalists from Morocco who work in the US. It is also an opportunity to widen our reach and meet other journalists from the US,” commented Mohamed Hajjam, American businessman and media producer.“Our goals is to honor our Moroccan journalists and keep it a tradition,” he added.The Moroccan-American network, which is based in Washington D.C., was initially launched in June of 2014. The International Media Forum’s first gathering featured distinguished political and media professionals in Morocco and the United States.This International Media Forum is the first of its kind, as no other international forum in the past has focused on Moroccan and American media relations and diplomatic ties. It has also been a pioneer in contributing meaning to the way in which Moroccan media is defined. read more

Beluga whale with Russian harness raise alarm in Norway

COPENHAGEN — A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says “Equipment St. Petersburg” is written on the harness strap, which features a mount for an action camera.He said Monday fishermen in Arctic Norway last week reported the tame white cetacean with a tight harness swimming around. On Friday, a fisherman, aided by the Ree Wiig, jumped into the frigid water to remove the harness.He said “people in Norway’s military have shown great interest” in the harness.Norway’s Aftenposten daily reported that the Russian military is believed to have trained sea mammals.The Associated Press read more

In West Africa top UN health official unveils 100 million Ebola response

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) met with the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote D’Ivoire in Conakry, the Guinean capitol, on Friday to launch a new joint $100 million response plan intended to mark “a turning point” of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control.“The current outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Dr. Chan said in remarks delivered to the West African leaders. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives, but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries.”“West Africa is facing its first outbreak of Ebola virus disease,” the WHO chief said. “This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary.”“West Africa’s outbreak is caused by the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses,” she said. “The outbreak is by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease.”WHO has said to date, the current outbreak has caused the largest in terms of numbers of cases and deaths, with 1,323 cases and 729 deaths reported to date in West Africa.The outbreak is also affecting a large number of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers, one of the most essential resources for containing an outbreak. To date, more than 60 health care workers have lost their lives in helping others.“It is the largest in terms of geographical areas already affected and others at immediate risk of further spread,” Dr. Chan said.She also announced that on 6-7 August, WHO will convene an Emergency Committee meeting in order to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) and, if it does, to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread.Some international staff are infected. These tragic infections and deaths significantly erode response capacity.Dr. Chan also said “the situation in West Africa is of international concern and must receive urgent priority for decisive action at national and international levels. Experiences in Africa over nearly four decades tell us clearly that, when well managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”WHO has tried to allay fears of contracting the diseases by saying it is not an airborne virus, and transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, also after death.“Apart from this specific situation, the general public is not at high risk of infection by the Ebola virus,” Dr. Chan told the West African leaders.She also said the current outbreak “is not just a medical or public health problem. It is a social problem.”Deep-seated beliefs and cultural practices are a significant cause of further spread and a significant barrier to rapid and effective containment, according to Dr. Chan.“Hiding of cases defeats strategies for rapid containment. Moreover, public attitudes can create a security threat to response teams when fear and misunderstanding turn to anger, hostility, or violence,” she said.The WHO chief said accurate and detailed mapping of the outbreak is urgently needed, as well as a dramatic increase in public awareness of the facts about this disease.The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa identifies the need for several hundred more personnel to be deployed in affected countries to supplement overstretched treatment facilities.Hundreds of international aid workers, as well as 120-plus WHO staff, are already supporting national and regional response efforts. But more are urgently required. Of greatest need are clinical doctors and nurses, epidemiologists, social mobilization experts, logisticians and data managers. The plan also outlines the need to increase preparedness systems in neighbouring nations and strengthen global capacities. The plan also emphasizes the importance of surveillance, particularly in border areas, of risk assessments and of laboratory-based diagnostic testing of suspected cases. Also highlighted is the need to improve ways to protect health workers, a scarce resource in all three countries, from infection.“Ebola outbreaks can be contained. Chains of transmission can be broken. Together, we must do so,” Dr. Chan told the West African leaders. read more

Man Scams Cisco Out Of 388000

first_img46-year-old Phillip Webb has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after an elaborate scam in which he bilked nearly $400,000 in computer parts out of Cisco Systems. He was also ordered to pay around $170,000 in restitution.Webb worked as the network services manager for the St. Paul Employees Postal Credit Union in Minnesota. Authorities say the credit union ordered parts from Cisco, but Webb would say the parts were faulty. Cisco then sent new products and asked Webb to send back the defective ones.But instead, Webb would sell the brand new parts he received from Cisco, order cheap, beat-up products online to send back to Cisco, and keep all parts in his workplace in tact.Webb reportedly sent back a total of 42 expensive computer components that he fraudulently represented as faulty office products. His criminal sentencing is the result of a plea deal he reached with prosecutors.Via Star Tribunelast_img read more

Your crash course in How Germanstyle housing coops could end generation rent

first_img ACCORDING TO THE government’s Action Plan for Housing, a regulator will be appointed in the first three months of this year to oversee the governance and financial management of cooperative housing bodies.The regulator’s job will be “to safeguard public and private investment, rationalise and enable increased supply from the voluntary and cooperative housing sector”.A recent call to arms from economist and commentator David McWilliams suggested that the development of a national co-op movement would help ease Ireland’s accommodation crisis by making housing more affordable through the co-ownership model.With that in mind, here’s how the development of cooperative housing could help ease the housing crunch and solve the problems of ‘generation rent’.What is cooperative housing?A housing cooperative is an alternative option to renting or buying a home. It is governed by a group of individuals who become shareholders in the corporation that owns the property. There is no landlord and there are no tenants.In order to purchase shares, each buyer takes out a loan to buy into the co-op partnership. As well as paying their loan back to the lender, they pay a monthly fee to the co-op to cover utility and maintenance costs and other bills like insurance.It’s possible for the corporation, not the individuals themselves, to hold a mortgage on the building, so members may have to contribute towards that as part of their monthly fee.There are two main financial models for cooperative houses: market-equity co-ops, which allow shareholders to buy and sell shares at rates matching the general housing market, and limited-equity co-ops, where members’ shares are bought and sold at a restricted price. Housing minister Simon Coveney Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThe way each cooperative is managed varies and there are a number of potential models.The charity Cooperative Housing Ireland (Nabco) has identified five main ones, from ‘social rented housing co-ops’ for people stuck on local authorities’ waiting lists, to ‘shared ownership cooperatives’, where members can part-purchase the home while a portion of the property remains in the hands of the co-op corporation.The concept of cooperative housing was first introduced to Ireland in the 1950s.Since it was founded in 1973, Nabco, which has partnered with local councils to develop social co-op units, has provided more than 5,000 houses through various types of co-ops, according to its 2015-2020 strategy plan.A 2012 global report said there were 14,000 people in Ireland living in cooperative houses.What’s the appeal of living in a co-op?The social aspect is a big part of cooperative living. Nabco says co-ops are “people-centred and values-led”.“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity”, it says.What that means is they promote a sense of community among members that can feed into other developments, such as shared childcare services, as well as clubs and societies that bond its members and develop a sense of social responsibility to the entire group.There is usually a required amount of time each member is expected to pitch in to the daily running of the co-op. There is also, generally, a certain number of hours members are expected to dedicate to attending meetings and renovating the property.The main drawcard for living in a co-op is lower costs. According to the financial education website Investopedia, they operate “on an at-cost basis, collecting money from residents to pay outstanding bills. In areas where the cost of living is high … co-ops may be an attractive option from a financial perspective”.Nabco claims that with the social rented co-op model, costs generally range between 15% and 17% of members’ incomes.So how could co-ops ease the housing crunch?Economist David McWilliams wrote in a recent Sunday Business Post column that there needs to be a re-imagining of the council house that would see the model reduced to its most basic concept: “To provide affordable housing for people”. David McWilliams Source: Photocall IrelandHe argued that this could be achieved by creating housing co-ops à la Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.“This model works perfectly well in countries that have less zoned land than Ireland does per head, have higher wages on average and have no housing problems,” he wrote in the piece, which can be read in full on his website.Interestingly, he argued that credit unions could be used as a source of financing to lead the launch of a national co-op movement.“The credit unions are sitting on €14 billion of deposits and can’t use this to finance housing,” he wrote. “Inexplicably, the central bank prevents these community-based credit unions from operating in the housing market – while it is happy to license foreign vulture funds to buy up the housing stock. Figure that one out.”They’re not for everyoneAlthough they could offer a more affordable housing option for families and individuals, the cooperative lifestyle probably wouldn’t suit everybody.The UK Cohousing Network compiled a handful of questions individuals should ask themselves before becoming part of a co-op. Among them: what balance between privacy and community is right for me? Can I cope with disagreements? Can I cope with sometimes not being allowed to do the things I want?Each individual shareholder has to adhere to the rules set out by the collective – like whether members are allowed keep pets – so co-op living deprives individuals a degree of their independences.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM 31,261 Views Jan 15th 2017, 9:00 PM 57 Comments Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3185051 Short URL By Fora Staff Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Your crash course in… How German-style housing co-ops could end ‘generation rent’ The ownership model has been put forward as an affordable solution for housing. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share82 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Beer waste is being turned into batteries

first_img Beer really is amazing stuff. How amazing? It’s so amazing that even the waste produced by the brewing process can be used to do pretty incredible things.Take the work that’s being done by a team of researchers in Colorado, for example. They’ve partnered up with Avery Brewing in Boulder to produce a critical battery component using the wastewater that is producing their two dozen-plus craft beers creates.They’ve developed a very clever method of making carbon-based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, and they have a very cool partner that helps them do it. That partner is Neurospora crassa, a rapidly-growing filamentous fungus.N. crassa (the handsome little devil above) has a sweet tooth, and it just so happens that Avery Brewing’s wastewater makes a rather tasty snack for it. Once the fungus has grown to an appropriate size, it’s pyrolyzed to form the electrode material. It’s a highly sustainable process, and they believe it’s one that can easily handle industrial-scale production.It’s also a much more eco-friendly way to deal with a brewery’s wastewater. This isn’t stuff that can be pumped out into municipal sewer systems — it has to be thoroughly filtered before that’s even allowed to happen. Even if that wasn’t a resource-intensive process, it’s definitely not a more appealing option than feeding the liquid to a fungus to produce a material that can be sold to battery makers for profit.Technically this now means that your urine can be used to produce new batches of beer… and the was from that beer can be used to make the battery for the smartphone that you tap to an NFC mug to earn free beers… which eventually make you pee, and the process starts all over again. It’s the circle of liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife! Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on targetlast_img read more

Klopp Salahs goal was worldclass

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s goal as “world-class” as they made a welcome return to winning ways.Following back-to-back 1-1 draws in their last two Premier League games, Liverpool showed Bournemouth no mercy at Anfield to claim a convincing 3-0 win.Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header in the 24th-minute from James Milner’s cross for his fourth goal in a row.10 minutes later, Georgino Wijnaldum found the net after controlling Andrew Robertson’s lofted pass and then raising the ball over Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc.Then a brilliant bit of teamwork saw Milner, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino all get in on the act with the latter’s backheel enabling Salah to finish the manoeuvre off by smashing it into the far corner of the net.“We were not happy with the performances from the previous two games and struggled a bit with set-pieces. There were a lot of things we had to improve,” Klopp told BBC.“We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner – we had some outstanding performances on the pitch. Goal number three was world-class.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We wanted to show a reaction. It’s our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince.”Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was left frustrated that Mane’s opener wasn’t ruled out for offside and rued the effect it had on his squad.“I thought Liverpool were very good but we didn’t really deal with their main threats,” said Howe.“The first goal was offside but we never really recovered. We pride ourselves in never quitting. We lived on the edge a little bit but looked more of a threat in the second half.“We had some moments early in the match. We looked fine until that first goal went in.”Liverpool have now moved back to the top of the Premier League table on 65 points from 26 games.last_img read more

White House Announces Infrastructure Council

first_imgThe Trump Administration announced the establishment of a new Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure earlier this month. The Council will “study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the President regarding, Federal Government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, including surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resources, renewable energy generation, electricity transmission, broadband, pipelines, and other such sectors as determined by the Council.”The advisory council reflects the Administration’s priority on infrastructure, which is shared by the American Soybean Association (ASA). Enacting a major infrastructure initiative that provides direct federal funding to accelerate upgrades to ageing locks and dams on the inland waterways system, navigation channels, ports, and harbors, as well as infrastructure networks necessary to provide greater broadband access for rural America is a top priority for ASA.The Executive Order establishing the Presidential Advisory Council can be viewed here.last_img read more

Has Sky paid too much for tv soccer

first_imgHas Sky paid too much for tv soccer?774 viewsHas Sky paid too much for tv soccer?774 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Has Sky paid too much for tv soccer?774 viewsBusinessIt’s a record TV deal and Sky emerged the champions, paying 4.2 billion pounds for the rights to show the lions share of Premier League matches. They’ll broadcast 126 live games over three yearsVentuno Web Player 4.50It’s a record TV deal and Sky emerged the champions, paying 4.2 billion pounds for the rights to show the lions share of Premier League matches. They’ll broadcast 126 live games over three yearslast_img read more

Tata Sons Gets Rs 11000 Crore Dividend Boost From TCS

first_imgA massive dividend announced by India’s second largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for fiscal year ending March 2015 seems to give much needed financial cushion for the parent company, Tata Sons.The record dividend payment will help Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry to fulfil financial obligations in cash-strapped units of the $103-billion conglomerate.The Mumbai-based software major TCS handed out a dividend of ₹15,474 crore to its shareholders last fiscal year, replacing state-owned miner Coal India as the highest dividend payer in the country.Coal India, which has been the top dividend payer for many years in the past, slipped to second place doling out ₹13,075 crore dividend in the fiscal year 2014-15.Last fiscal year, Tata Sons, which has a stake of 74% stake TCS, was given a dividend ₹11,450 crore, more than twice it earned in the previous fiscal year, 2013-14. The dividend was also slightly more than revenues earned by pharma giant Cipla in FY15.”A significant part of the dividend income earned by Tata Sons gets re-invested in group companies,” a Tata executive told The Economic Times.The dividend payout is expected to give the much-needed financial boost to Tata Sons, as its big units such as Tata Motors and Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) struggle with losses and fail to pay any dividends.Consolidated debt of Tata Motors stood at ₹73,610 crore last fiscal year, the highest among the group companies. Tata Steel has a debt of ₹69,000 crore followed Tata Teleservices with ₹35,000 crore.”Then there are other financial commitments to make, like in Tata Teleservices and Tata Singapore Airlines,” the Tata executive added.With the help of TCS’ dividend, Tata Sons will be able to acquire Docomo’s share in Tata Teleservices. Tata Sons, which is currently embroiled in legal tussle with Japanese Docomo, may require fresh funds worth about ₹12,000 crore to accomplish business needs in the telecom unit.Tata’s new domestic airline Vistara, formed as a result of joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is yet to make an impact and it also needs funds to better position itself in the intensifying competition in the aviation industry.”Although TCS has been the cash cow for Tata Sons, such high dividend (Rs 79 per share) which includes special dividend (of Rs 40) may not come every year,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head (fundamental research), Karvy Stock Broking.last_img read more

MASSIVE Virat Kohli picks his choice for Team India coach

first_imgIndian skipper Virat Kohli has said that he would be pleased if the incumbent coach of the Indian team, Ravi Shastri, continues as the coach because the side shares a great rapport with him. Along with the head coach, the other support staff has also been given a 45-day extension by the BCCI for the upcoming West Indies tour after their contracts expired post the World Cup. The board has already invited fresh applications for the post and Shastri is among the contenders.Ahead of the Indian team’s departure for the United States and West Indies, Kohli and Shastri addressed reporters in Mumbai.’Not been contacted yet’ Virat KohliTwitter/ICC”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli said in the press conference.Ravi Shastri too took questions and said that the side has been playing consistently good over a considerable period of time and this has satisfied him. However, he did concede that a World Cup win would have been an icing on the cake.”It’s an important time for the team to regroup. I know we were all very disappointed with not going into the World Cup final, but we have to move on. Winning the World Cup would’ve been the icing on the cake, but that takes nothing away from the boys’ performance,” said Shastri. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesBoth the captain and coach were unanimous in dismissing all rumours of a tiff in the Indian team and said that the players in the team always placed the interest of the side ahead of personal views.They also said that the atmosphere is extremely healthy and entirely opposite to what has been reported and that everyone is focused on taking Indian cricket to greater heights.”If that was not there I don’t think we would have been in this position in world cricket. Our journey from number seven to one and our consistent ODI performances is impossible without camaraderie and respect for each other,” said captain Kohli.last_img read more

Who Is Robert Mueller Special Counsel Overseeing Russia Investigation

first_img Share Alex Wong/Getty ImagesFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in 2013. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Mueller will lead the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to handle the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, took the reins as FBI director a week before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. That day would influence his entire 12-year run leading the agency.Mueller oversaw arguably the most significant changes the century-old FBI had ever gone through, and he received praise from lawmakers in both parties on Wednesday for his commitment to justice.“I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like,” he told NPR in 2013. “And Sept. 11 changed all of that.”Mueller overhauled the agency to prioritize, first, the threat of terrorism from groups like al-Qaida and the Taliban, and then later, the threat from individuals not affiliated with any particular group, like the Tsarnaev brothers.He moved thousands of agents from criminal investigations into counterterrorism and national security. He detailed the changes in 2003, at an American Civil Liberties Union conference:“The September 11 attacks against New York and Washington changed the course of history.“They changed the meaning of national security for the United States and dramatically shifted FBI priorities so that the prevention of terrorist attacks became the FBI’s top priority and overriding focus.“While we remain committed to our other important national security and law enforcement responsibilities, the prevention of terrorism takes precedence in our thinking and planning; in our hiring and staffing; in our training and technologies; and, most importantly, in our investigations.”As his 12-year run as director was coming to a close, Mueller also began prioritizing cyber threats.John Pistole, Mueller’s former deputy director at the FBI, told NPR near the end of Mueller’s term that it was hard to overstate the director’s footprint on the agency.“He directed and implemented what is arguably the most significant change in the FBI’s (entire) history,” Pistole said.Still, despite enjoying broad support from both sides of the aisle, his tenure with the FBI wasn’t without its issues. In the mid-2000s, there were calls to break up the FBI, and in 2007, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General blasted the agency for its data-gathering practices.In a glowing editorial in 2011, The Washington Post editorial board praised Mueller’s response to those critiques, saying he moved “assertively to fix the problems.”“It was not the first time Mr. Mueller showed character under fire,” the board wrote. “In 2002, after learning of other agencies’ possible interrogation abuses at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Mueller ordered FBI agents to stay clear of such techniques. And in 2004, he joined other high-level law enforcement officials in threatening to resign if the administration failed to address legal problems with the terrorist surveillance program.”Among the other officials threatening to resign from the Justice Department at that time was James Comey. Comey did in fact resign as deputy attorney general in 2005 and seven years later, he was confirmed as director of the FBI. His firing from that position on May 9 led Congress, mostly Democrats, to ratchet up calls for the special investigator role Mueller is taking on. Comey’s dismissal cut short the traditional 10-year term.Mueller ultimately served 12 years, after President Obama asked Congress to extend his term for two extra years in 2011. The president argued that the country’s national security agencies needed consistency, as the Pentagon and CIA were also getting new leaders at the time.In a vote that showed Mueller’s broad appeal to Republicans and Democrats, Congress voted unanimously at the time to approve the request.“The fact that some are playing politics does not mean that he’ll cease being law enforcement,” said former Attorney General John Ashcroft on Wednesday. “Frankly, the barking dogs or the clamor of politics won’t affect what he does.”Ashcroft, who worked closely with Mueller, added that he used to call Mueller “Square-Jaw McGraw” because of his even-handedness. Within the FBI, Mueller became known for his gruff taciturnity.Earlier in life, Mueller served as a U.S. Marine officer, and an assistant U.S. attorney in three different offices. He graduated from Princeton University in 1966, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1973.Former Justice Department prosecutor David Margolis once joked that Mueller could’ve been perfect for a different, lower-profile job.“A job he was born for, and has spent his whole life preparing for, drill instructor at Parris Island,” Margolis said at an awards ceremony near the time Mueller left the FBI.Even the normally stoic Mueller broke into a laugh at that one.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

first_imgOverweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health offer recommendations for increasing positive pregnancy outcomes.Be sure to properly manage existing health conditions.  “Make sure these young women see a physician and, if necessary, a high-risk specialist that can outline a consistent plan of proper health,” Mussenden said.  “It is critical that women follow all rules set by their doctors, including all lab work, exercise, and consistency with medication.  [Not] following those rules will be detrimental to both the health of the mother and the unborn child.”Before pregnancy, if a pre-existing condition is managed by drug therapy [medication], women should work with a physician to determine if their current medications could potentially cause them adverse effects during pregnancy or fetal anomalies or defects in the unborn child.  Mussenden points to some hypertension medications, including diuretics, that can be detrimental to a pregnancy.“These are very commonly used in treating Black folks with hypertension and are known to have adverse effects on pregnancies.  Women should be taken off of these medications, ultimately, before getting pregnant,” she said.Seek the proper level of professional help.  Too often Black women are treated by family practitioners and general obstetricians and gynecologists instead of specialists trained in high-risk pregnancies and medical problems that can cause complications during birth.Eat properly and maintain a healthy pre-pregnancy weight.  Obesity and hypertension are the major contributors to the Black maternal mortality rates, leading to death from strokes, renal failure and other complications associated with being overweight.last_img read more