Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah on Monday asked the media not to consider his attacks on Congress president Rahul Gandhi as personal ones.Addressing a press conference in Ambikapur town of north Chhattisgarh, he said the term “Congress-mukt Bharat” did not imply an India free from the Congress party but an India free from the Congress culture.“Don’t consider it a personal attack. He [Rahul Gandhi] presented some issues in front of people and I have only tried to answer them. No one is a danger in a democracy. Our party has done good work and as long as we continue it, the people will keep supporting us. I am asking an account of four generations (of Gandhi family’s rule) from him because he is the Congress president and his family has ruled this country for 55 years. When you become the president of the Congress, you have to answer about the Congress’s legacies — the way I am answering about the BJP’s, being its president. There can’t be an objection to this,” Mr. Shah said, while responding to a question on whether he considered Mr. Gandhi a threat.Mr. Shah, who is on a two-day trip to poll-bound Chhattisgarh, had accused the Congress of spreading lies and demanded an account of the 55 year-long rule of the Gandhi family at a rally in Sarguja district of north Chhattisgarh on Sunday.To a question whether his party does not want any opposition in the country when it talks of “Congress-mukt Bharat”, the BJP president responded, “When we talk of Congress-mukt Bharat, we imply the end of Congress culture, not an end of the opposition. Democracy is not possible without an opposition. But it is not my responsibility to keep alive the Congress. It is Rahul Gandhi’s responsibility. Your question is directed at a wrong address.”He also denied that the middle class was moving away from the BJP and said the government was equally concerned about the rising fuel prices. “If the middle class had been moving away from us, then we would not have won elections on such a massive scale. This is a misleading propaganda. All sections of society have supported the BJP which is why we could get elected and form the government in 14 States. The government is thinking about fuel prices constantly and in the last 12 days, they have been reduced,” Mr. Shah said.Tackling terrorAsked about the Congress’s allegations that the highest number of soldiers have died on the border during the Modi government’s four-year rule, he shot back saying the Congress should also give the number of terrorists killed during these four years. “The highest number of terrorists have been killed in these four years.”With Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh by his side, the BJP president reiterated that his party’s “Mission 65” for the Assembly election in Chhattisgarh was going to succeed and claimed that the people had made up their mind to elect a BJP government for the fourth time.When we talk of Congress-mukt Bharat, we imply end of Congress culture, not an end of the opposition
One of the most populous metropolises on the planet, Mexico City, stands atop the ruins of the 15th century Aztec capital Tenochtitlán. The two may not appear to have much in common, but according to a new study they obeyed the same mathematical formula. Scientists have found that—despite major differences in culture, government, and technology—the productivity of both ancient and modern cities grew faster than their populations did. The finding could lead to ways to improve the efficiency of today’s urban centers.“I think it’s great work,” says archaeologist David Carballo of Boston University, who was not involved with the research. “The fact that this is suggesting that there are some … trends in how settlement works I think is a message for contemporary urban planners.”After scientists observed this pattern in modern cities, archaeologists wondered if the trend would hold for ancient ones as well. Researchers led by archaeologist Scott Ortman of the University of Colorado, Boulder, combed through archaeological data describing thousands of ancient settlements established over 2000 years in the basin surrounding modern-day Mexico City. The inhabitants of this area were accomplished architects, constructing massive pyramids and temples, many of whose ruins remain. 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The trend was evident across a wide range of settlement sizes—from villages of a few hundred people to capital cities of hundreds of thousands: the larger the city, the bigger the boost.Superficially, ancient cities have little in common with today’s technology-driven metropolises. Tenochtitlán had a population of about 200,000 people, a bustling marketplace, and a grid of busy roads and canals. But it had no modern technology, no beasts of burden (let alone mass transit like that available in modern cities), and an economy based heavily on agriculture. Yet certain aspects of human social life—like the way people interact with and depend on one another—apparently remained the same throughout the ages. Despite the vast differences across time, the researchers were able to model modern and ancient cities’ higher productivity with the same mathematical equations. That may be because in any large city, you don’t have to go far for a social interaction, so it is easier to gain from your neighbors.“To me, the idea that the same fundamental processes that generate a place like New York were operating in ancient farming villages in other parts of the world is just astonishing,” Ortman says.“Because of this body of research, I think we’re closer to understanding cities in a fundamental way than we were previously,” says archaeologist Michael Smith of Arizona State University, Tempe, who was not involved in the work.Understanding how cities function might help us improve them, the researchers say. Studying different types of ancient urban centers, for example, could help architects construct public spaces that help people interact more easily and infrastructure that will simplify movement throughout the city.
LG Electronics is all set to launch its flagship smartphone, the G3, tomorrow at several locations including London.There have been numerous leaks related to the LG G3. Almost all rumours suggest that the LG G3 will come with a 5.5-inch QHD IPS display. The device is expected to run on Snapdragon 801 chipset.The next LG flagship, as per the rumours, will sport a 13-megapixel OIS camera with 2160p video recording. Its other notable features may include redesigned rear control deck, a microUSB port, a microSD slot and the latest LG UX launcher. Needless to say, it will be powered by Android Kit Kat OS. It is expected to pack a Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery.Earlier, the much talked about LG G3 was listed on company’s UK website as coming soon. The listing has model number D855.Apart from unofficial leaks, the South Korean tech major has released at least three promo videos that give an idea of the upcoming LG’s flagship.
Xiaomi is gearing up to launch one more flagship phone. The year 2016 has been quite eventful for Xiaomi and as we fast approach the holiday season, the company has at least one more big surprise for y’all. The company will most likely call it the Mi Note 2, and it will most likely launch it on October 25. The Mi Note 2, however, is shaping up to be a little different from what you normally expect from Xiaomi camp. This is because with the Mi Note 2, Xiaomi may be looking to take on the OnePlue 3 and the iPhone 7, all in one go. Look ma, no bezels!Smartphone companies have been trying to build an almost bezel-less screen design for quite some time now. Some have succeeded, some have not. But, whatever be the case, the future is truly bezel-free, so it seems. The original Mi Note held a classic design language, something that even Samsung incorporated later in its Note 5. It boasted of an aesthetically pleasing and an ergonomically efficient curve – carved out of sheer glass — on the rear that sort of blended seamlessly into the central metallic frame. Of course, Samsung took the curved design scheme even further with its Galaxy Edge phones and a step further still with its explosive Note 7. No one does curve screens better than Samsung, but that’s altogether a different topic of discussion.Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hit Basically, the future is truly bezel-free, so it seems and that’s precisely what Xiaomi is gunning for with the Mi Note 2. The Mi Note 2 will focus largely on killing the smartphone bezel, once and for all, multiple reports have suggested. There is however a slight confusion as to how it would go about doing that. You see, rumour mills are abuzz with two kinds of design strategies. One talks about how the Mi Note 2 would focus on dual curves , much like how it is on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It would therefore have more pronounced curves on the front and back and the two would be joined in the middle by a metal frame. There would be some bezel, but since the screen would taper on both sides, the bezel wouldn’t be directly visible. advertisementAccording to another rumour set, the Mi Note 2 would completely get rid of bezels and instead have a flat as a pancake screen and a curved back.The latter bit is a little difficult to believe, for now, as reports of a dual curve design seem to outweigh it convincingly. And purported images, in support of the same keep coming every other day. You either have two rear cameras or you don’tXiaomi earlier joined the dual rear cameras bandwagon with the Redmi Pro. It is very likely that it would do the same with the Mi Note 2 as well . Multiple reports suggest likewise. While some reports suggest, it would sport two 16-megapixel cameras on the rear, yet others point out to a more humble (but possibly better) 13-megapixel dual camera setup. The original Mi Note of 2015 came with a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash.It would be interesting how Xiaomi goes about incorporating the dual camera setup in the Mi Note 2. Largely, such setups are involved with generating better bokeh or shallow depth of field in photos clicked by the primary snapper. Even Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus does more or less the same. That being said, in the case of the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the sensors is a wide-angle one while the other is a telephoto one so it can help in optical zoom as well. In the case of the Huawei P9, however, one of the sensors takes photos in monochrome while the other one does that in RGB. The phone software algorithm then combines the two photos to bring out the best solution, which theoretically entails in better low light photos.Mi Note 2 is a flagship phoneThe Mi Note 2 will reportedly come with a 5.7-inch screen and two versions: standard and pro. While the standard edition will reportedly come with a 1080p display, the pro edition will likely have a 2K screen. Both the versions are said to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 821 processor, which means the phone is more likely to come to India.While the standard version is said to come with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, the pro edition will likely come with 6GB RAM and 128GB/256GB memory. The phone will reportedly be backed by a fairly massive 4,000mAh battery.advertisementMi Note 2 is not gunning to be a mainstream phoneUnlike Xiaomi’s majority phones, the Mi Note 2 will reportedly be marketed as an entirely new beast in that the company is looking to make it a truly flagship phone, which means that it would be expensive. In fact, the Mi Note 2 will reportedly be Xiaomi’s most expensive phones to date. The top-end version of the phone will reportedly be priced at CNY 5,699 (roughly $845 or Rs 56,416). Moreover, the base variant would start at somewhere around CNY 4,999 (roughly $742 or Rs 49,461).The Mi Note 2 will reportedly be available for the first time in China on November 1 at 10 AM.What’s with that atrocious pricing, Xiaomi?While it’s still not clear if at all Xiaomi will price the Mi Note 2 as high as Rs 60,000, there’s a high probability that the company may finally raise the bar with its next flagship phone. Remember, how it was lambasted left right and centre for not bringing the top-tier Mi 5 variant to India and yet pricing the Mi 5 (that it brought here) close to Rs 25,000? Something similar will happen again, even if Xiaomi touches the Rs 30,000 price mark. Heck, even the OnePlus 3 (priced at Rs 27,999) was called expensive at launch by many.But, you have to give it to Xiaomi for sticking to its philosophy of bringing value for money products in the market. But, you also have to cut some corners to get that price right. The Mi Note 2, so far, seems to be a mighty expensive phone on paper. The curved screen alone will cost a lot of money should Xiaomi incorporate that in its phone. Not to mention the hardware inside is all top-tier.More than anything else, Xiaomi would also be looking to break its image of selling only budget and mid-tier phones. It must if it has to build and sell a no-compromise device.While the Redmi phones would continue to serve the budget audience, phones like the Mi Note 2 could target an audience that is looking to pay more. The company is eyeing to become the biggest phone company in India in the next five years. It can’t do that by being stereotyped as a phone maker of the masses alone. Also Read: Xiaomi says it will be biggest phone company in India in 5 years
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur will on Monday file his reply before Supreme Court in connection with a contempt notice served against him for filing a false affidavit in the top court.The apex court had granted relief to Thakur and had exempted his personal appearance in the court till the next date of hearing. (BCCI compromised integrity of Virat Kohli: Anurag Thakur)Thakur tendered an unconditional apology to the apex court in connection with his initiation of contempt proceedings case.The apex court, on January 2, issued notice to Thakur seeking an explanation why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.The court had sought a reply from Thakur regarding perjury charges levelled against him by the amicus curiae Gopal Subramanian.The court had also removed Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their respective posts of BCCI president and board secretary for their failure to bring transparency and accountability to the Indian cricket board and their non-compliance of the court’s July 18, 2016 order.On December 15, the top court had observed that Thakur prima facie appears to have committed matter of perjury in relation to demanding an intervention via a letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in order to sidestep the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations.The top court also asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to give an undertaking to the new cricket body, Committee of Administrators (CoA), stating that it would follow and implement the Lodha Committee recommendations.A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwilkar, while hearing the arguments from the amicus curiae and BCCI counsel Kapil Sibbal, said that it would be only after the DDCA submits the undertaking that funds for its day-to-day functioning would be released.advertisementOn January 30, the apex court had appointed a new four-member BCCI panel of administrators led by former CAG Vinod Rai, along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye and former captain of the women’s cricket team Diana Edulji as other administrators.They will function as the new interim bosses of the BCCI and run the day-to-day administration of the BCCI till the Justice (retd.) R.M. Lodha-led recommendations are fully implemented and elections are held.
Unics Kazan rallied back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to stun Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 83-81 on Friday at Basket Hall. Keith Langford starred with 27 points and 5 assists to lead the winners, who won their third straight game to improve to 6-9 and move within one victory of the playoff zone. Latavious Williams was a force inside with 19 points and 9 rebounds, including two key baskets in the final three minutes of the game. Quino Colom added 16 for the winners, who made 8 of 16 three-pointers. Nick Calathes paced the Greens with a career-high 23 points plus 6 assists, Ioannis Bourousis posted 13 points and 7 rebounds, Mike James had 13 points and 5 assists and Chris Singleton added 12 points and 8 boards. The loss snapped Panathinaikos’s four-game winning streak and dropped their record to 9-6 and a share of fifth place. Unics rallied in the third quarter to get within 2 and the fourth quarter featured seven lead changes, but after Bourousis gave the Greens a 77-78 edge, his team missed their next 7 shots. The visitors managed to create an opportunity in the closing seconds to tie or win, but missed again.Four different Panathinaikos starters scored in a 2-8 start for the visitors. Singleton took the margin to 9 with a three-pointer. Marko Banic’s basket inside drew Unics within 13-19 after 10 minutes. Singleton had 10 individual points after converting a three-point play to start the second quarter. Williams scored 5 straight points over three possessions, including a high-flying alley-oop slam, to bring the hosts to 18-22. Langford completed the comeback with a pair of scores to make it 24-24. However Calathes took control for the Greens and assisted on a K.C. Rivers triple that gave the visitors their first double-digit advantage, 32-42. After an Orlando Johnson three for Unics, James’s nifty drive gave Panathinaikos a 35-44 halftime lead. The Greens came out sharp with the first 5 points of the second half and soon a Calathes three matched his personal best with 18 points and put his team up 38-52. Langford kept Unics afloat and Pavel Antipov connected from downtown to trim the deficit to 51-56. The home team continued to rally and Colom’s layup ended the third quarter at 63-65. Langford buried his third three early in the fourth quarter to give Unics its first lead, 68-67. There would be a few more lead changes before Williams put the hosts up 75-71. However Panathinaikos remained within striking distance and regained the lead, 77-78, on Bourousis’s three. After that, Panathinaikos missed its next 7 missed shots and Williams scored twice, including another alley-oop to make it 83-78. Rivers drained a three and Panathinaikos had a shot to win or tie at the buzzer, but Demetris Nichols missed and Unics raced off with the victory. Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shares
The 2019 Ashes series will start on August 1 at Edgbaston, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.England’s bid to regain the urn will start at a venue, where they are unbeaten since 2009. Following that, the rest of the four Test matches will be played at at Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and the Oval.England will be desperate to make a statement after their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Aussies Down Under earlier this year and recent history seems to be in England’s favour as well. The Aussies have not won an away Ashes series since Steve Waugh’s side triumphed 4-1 in 2001.The Ashes will also kick-off the inaugural World Test Championship, which will see nine top-ranked Test nations competing in a league over a two-year cycle.Prior to that, England are also scheduled to meet Ireland at Lord’s in a four-day Test from July 24-27, their first Test of fewer than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971. Before this, South Africa and Zimbabwe played a four-day Boxing Day Test at Port Elizabeth, which South Africa won within two days by an innings and 120 runs. England lost 4-0 of the five Tests Down Under during the 2018 Ashes series (Reuters Photo)”We expect next summer’s inaugural Test Match at Lord’s against our neighbours to be an historic celebration for all Irish cricket fans,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.”It will also provide excellent Ashes preparation for England against an Irish team whose impressive performance against Pakistan earlier this year showed they can compete strongly in this form of the game.”advertisementPakistan will be England’s first opponent of the home international season next year, with their tour featuring five one-day internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20, as both countries prepare for the 50-overs World Cup starting on May 30.England’s 2019 home schedule:May 5: Only Twenty20 vs Pakistan, CardiffMay 8: First ODI vs Pakistan, the OvalMay 11: Second ODI vs Pakistan, SouthamptonMay 14: Third ODI vs Pakistan, BristolMay 17: Fourth ODI vs Pakistan, Trent BridgeMay 19: Fifth ODI vs Pakistan, HeadingleyJuly 24-27: Only Test vs Ireland, Lord’sAugust 1-5: First Test vs Australia, EdgbastonAugust 14-18: Second Test vs Australia, Lord’sAugust 22-26: Third Test vs Australia, HeadingleySeptember 4-8: Fourth Test vs Australia, Old TraffordSeptember 12-16: Fifth Test vs Australia, the Oval
Yuvraj Singh, the hero of India’s victorious campaign in the 2011 World Cup, is expecting “special performances” from all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the 2019 edition, beginning May 30 in the UK.Pandya is back to his best, at least with the bat, following testing times which saw him serve an interim suspension for making sexist comments on a popular chat show.The 25-year-old has been in remarkable form this IPL and his Mumbai Indians teammate Yuvraj hopes that he extends his explosive run to the 50-over mega event.”I was actually having this conversation with him (Hardik) yesterday where I told him that ‘you have a great chance of performing really well with the ball and bat’, the kind of form he is in at the moment.”Definitely, the way he is batting at the moment, it is phenomenal and I hope he carries that form (into the World Cup). He has been bowling well in patches but as I said it is all about how you handle the pressure,” said Yuvraj.The veteran left-handed batsman was speaking after launching a marketing campaign for MoneyGram ahead of the ICC World Cup.Pandya has been in the form of his life and Yuvraj said that his 91 against the Kolkata Knight Riders was the best IPL innings he has seen.”It is probably the best shape as a batsman to get in. I have been watching since the practice games, he was hitting the ball really well. I had told him ‘it is going to be a special tournament for you, the way you are hitting the ball’,” said the southpaw.advertisement”Over the years, as an experienced player you know if someone is hitting the ball well, he is in great shape. He got 91 from 34 balls against KKR, probably that is the best innings I have seen in the IPL just because he hit four quality bowlers he was batting against.”When you are doing that, you know that someone is batting very well,” added Yuvraj, who is known for hitting six sixes in the 2007 edition of WorldT20 in South Africa.Chief selector MSK Prasad, during the World Cup squad announcement, stated that Vijay Shankar would bat at number 4. But there is still no clarity about who will bat at four and asked about it, Yuvraj gave a guarded reply.”That question you need to ask the selectors, not me. All I can say is that No 4 is a very important position and I am sure they have selected the team thinking about the whole competition. We have to find who is batting at No 4, I am sure there are a couple of options, we just have to wait and watch.”The thing for me is that when you go back, you need experience for whatever number you are batting. All five positions are very important. The conditions are going to be different, so I think it’s how you manage yourself under pressure. You will be put under pressure because the best teams in the world are playing. How the guys handle pressure in crunch situations is actually going to show the character of the team.”When asked whether the likes of Ricky Ponting be allowed to coach in the IPL as it could expose Indian players in a World Cup while someone like a Sanjay Bangar, who is the Indian team’s assistant coach, was not allowed to be part of the Kings XI Punjab set up due to conflict of interest, Yuvraj did not say much.”I am not in the Board. You are asking me an administrative question. My opinion is, first of all, it is not my call. I cannot not be saying who should coach or not. I think Ricky Ponting is a legend. It is great for young guys to benefit from him. You learn so much.”If Sanjay has worked with the Indian team for such a long time. He has got great work ethics. I am actually not in a position to say, who should be coaching where and who should be not coaching where. It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn with people who have the experience,” said Yuvraj.Also Read | Best way to bowl to Hardik Pandya, don’t bowl to him at all: Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya will do great things for Indian cricket, feels Kieron Pollard
Arsenal Lacazette happy at Arsenal and has no plans to confront Wenger – agent Declan Payne Last updated 2 years ago 00:51 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsenal Manchester City v Arsenal Premier League The striker has been a substitute for two of the club’s biggest games this season, but is enjoying his time at the Emirates Stadium Record signing Alexandre Lacazette is happy despite being benched for two of Arsenal’s biggest Premier League clashes of the season, according to his agent.The 26-year-old has started as a substitute in losses to both Liverpool and Manchester City, prompting suggestions Lacazette was angry with the decisions from Arsenal boss Arsene Wegner.Arsenal 6/4 in the North London Derby Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Frenchman did start for the Gunners in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea back in September, however, and his agent David Vendetelli believes it is important to put the situation into context.“Our way of working is to relativise things: 11 matches, nine starts,” he said, speaking to SFR Sport. “Of course, it’s not nice to see that he didn’t start that match, but it was – as Arsene Wenger explained – for tactical reasons.“He’s learning. Alex needs to have calm around him. He’s happy, and Arsenal are too with his work.“It’s not because a player doesn’t play, even though it’s two important games of course. He would have preferred to have played them.”Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said he had sympathy for Lacazette, who has not played a full 90 minutes since his start against Leicester on the opening day of the season.But another ex-England international forward Alan Shearer went a step further in calling for Lacazette to confront Wenger over his absence, something which Vendetelli disagrees with.“When you’re outside the club, I can understand the questions,” he said.“I understand, but I think Alex isn’t complaining about his playing time, even if he would prefer to start games like those against City or Liverpool.“But he talks to the manager, the staff — there’s no problem. Afterwards, there’s a choice made.“You can’t, every time your player doesn’t play, even if it’s Alexandre Lacazette, knock on the door or pick up the phone and talk to the manager.“No, no, it’s not time yet. Everything is fine.”
The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather Editors’ Recommendations Today we meet Brooks Bostick, founder of On Sight, an eCommerce consulting firm.I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina and am currently splitting time between Boulder, Colorado and Charleston. I went to College of Charleston, raced road bikes for a few years and then desperately needed a change. Thats when Colorado came onto my radar. I went from almost full time bike racer to doing just about anything and everything I could outside, that’s what great about Colorado. I got really into rock climbing, skiing (cross country and back-country), fly-fishing, trail running (I actually ran my first ultra marathon this year), mountain biking… you name it. Colorado promotes a really nice balance of work and play!I started my current company, On Sight, after countless hours working a dead end office job and looking for a way to have a more fulfilling career. It was really hard for me to do the standard nine to five, I always knew my most creative times were outside of those hours.On Sight is a full service eCommerce consulting firm that builds websites and helps small businesses sell their products online. We launched about 1.5 years ago, and now have clients all over the country. Owning my own business has really given me the freedom to explore and plenty of motivation and time to create an awesome company.My style is definitely a hybrid of surf and outdoorsy, I guess you could say it has a lot to do with the two places I spend the most time. In the summer, I’m flip flops and short sleeve button downs. In the winter, I’m boots, flannels and down jackets. Growing up in Charleston really made me appreciate good style, including the occasional bow-tie. My time in Colorado has made me a little more functional. Now I would like to think I’m a pretty balanced mix of both.As for my personal style:Jeans: Levis 511 Stretch. I like the skinny style and the stretch helps with my big thighsShirts: Recently found Vissla Shirts, I love surf style short sleeve button downs and these are slick!Pants: Jcrew 484 chino Suits: I’ve never really owned a suit, but I love my tweed jacket. I wear it every opportunity I get.Shoes: Vans Old Skool for everyday wear and Redwing Iron Rangers.Accessories: Random hats I’ve acquired in my travels. Watch: Garmin Fenix 3. Unlike most GPS watches, this one is easy on the eyes yet super functional.Outerwear: Patagonia Better Sweater hybrid. I just got this guy and completely love it. Other that, Colorado has got me sold on just about anything down for outerwear. My favorite down right now is the Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody.Favorite cologne: I’m actually not a big cologne fan.Favorite app: Slack. I use it for communicating with colleagues, kind of geek out over it too much! haFavorite piece of technology: my iMac, couldn’t go a day with out that thing.Next style/gear purchase: Promaster Van to be converted into a mobile office/ camper. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has announced the delivery of an LPG carrier for Gyxis Corporation.The VLGC LPG Genesis River was delivered to the company at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Sakaide Shipyard today.The 82,418 cbm newbuilding commences its service to Gyxis under a time charter contract concluded in 2015.On November 2, 2018, the ship was named Genesis River.“This vessel becomes the second LPG carrier in our fleet which is employed by Gyxis, and we are hopeful of her contribution to the evergrowing global seaborne LPG trading through her service to Gyxis,” K Line said.As explained, the vessel is designed for improved propulsion performance and lower fuel consumption, with environmentally-friendly equipment such as ballast water management system installed.Featuring a length of 229.9 meters and a width of 37.2 meters, the vessel has a gross tonnage of 46,794 tons. Genesis River currently has a market value of USD 70.16 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.
OTTAWA – Canada consulted with the United States before it decided the takeover of a Vancouver tech firm by a Chinese communications company did not pose any national security concerns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.But warning flags about the deal are still popping up in the United States, whose military is one of the biggest customers of Norsat International, maker of satellite receivers for security and military use.Hytera, a privately-owned Chinese communications company which manufactures radio transceivers and radio systems, made a bid to take over Norsat in 2016.The move triggered a requirement under the Investment Canada Act that the government must examine takeover bids of Canadian companies by foreign-owned firms to determine if it raises national security concerns.But earlier this month, Norsat said they were told a preliminary review determined there was no need to proceed to a full national security review, paving the way for the takeover to proceed.The Opposition Conservatives argue that was a mistake.Conservative MP Peter Kent accused the Liberals of jeopardizing Canada-U.S. relations.“While the Liberals may be willing to jeopardize our security interests, selling Norsat for a trade deal with China, they have clumsily put at risk relations with our best friend, trade partner, and protector,” Kent said.He cited comments made by Michael Wessel, commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, who said this week the U.S. military should review its dealings with Norsat, and the U.S. Congressional Committee on Foreign Investment should look at this particular deal.A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense told The Canadian Press Tuesday the Pentagon couldn’t comment on the matter specifically.“However the Department of Defense emphasizes that transfers of sensitive technologies and capabilities should be carefully vetted to mitigate potential risks to U.S. and allied security interests,” said Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness.In question period Tuesday, Trudeau said Canada’s national security experts assessed both the takeover and the technology involved and determined there were not national security concerns. The review process included consultations with allies, he said.“I can say that we consulted the United States on this particular case and as a government we respect and follow the recommendations of our allies and our national security agencies,” said Trudeau in French.Concerns about the Hytera takeover include fears that even privately-owned Chinese enterprises are subject to influence from the Chinese government. In March, Hytera was sued by Motorola Solutions over allegations three engineers who left Motorola to work for Hytera stole patents and trade secrets.When a foreign bid is raised, the first step is a preliminary consultation with security experts from a number of agencies and departments including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Department of National Defence and Communications Security Establishment Canada, Malcolm Brown, the deputy minister for Public Safety, had explained to MPs on Monday,.Brown said a “full blown review” is the final step in a specific process but that all steps have their own significance.“There is quite substantial review that is taken at every step,” he said.Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia said every transaction like this should proceed to a full review.He said the former Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper added the national security review process to the Investment Canada Act “precisely to avoid ad hoc approaches of the kind the minister took here.”— with files from Alexander Panetta in Washington.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.
CALGARY – Police in Calgary say foul play was not involved in the death of a man whose body was discovered in a clothing donation bin.A passerby saw the body sticking out of the bin outside the North Hill shopping mall at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday and called 911.Police, the fire department and emergency medical services responded and the man was pronounced dead.Police said he appeared to be in his mid-20s.The medical examiner will do an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but police said it was accidental.
MONTREAL — Quebec’s most prominent women’s group continues to lose members after it passed a resolution last month recognizing that women can freely choose to become sex workers.The resolution approved by members of the Federation des femmes du Quebec has split the organization between prostitution abolitionists and those who believe women can consent to sexual activity in exchange for money.Diane Matte, founder of the group CLES, which works with current and former sex workers, said the federation’s position is “incompatible with the work we’ve done over the past 18 years to fight sexual exploitation.”Whether there are women who believe they can enter freely into the sex industry is the wrong question to ask, said Matte, whose organization was among three groups that announced Wednesday they are leaving the federation.“The question is rather, as a society that believes in equality of all women, do we support an industry that is sustained by poverty, social inequality and the violence that women face in it?”MCVI, a group that advocates on behalf of sexual assault victims, as well as the Maison d’Haiti, a prominent organization in Montreal’s Haitian community, also quit the federation yesterday.Matte said at least two branches of the Confederation of National Trade Unions previously announced they will no longer be part of the women’s federation.Messages seeking comment from federation president Gabrielle Bouchard were not returned Wednesday afternoon.Bouchard told The Canadian Press in late October the “large majority” of voters at the group’s general assembly supported the motion,”but some people were upset.”Matte said she is “pessimistic” about the future of the federation, which was formed in 1966.“We weren’t the first to leave and we won’t be the last,” she said in an interview. “I hope the members who stay apply pressure to the board of directors to return to its central purpose … to fight for the equality of all women.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
Rabat – Some 4.2 million tourists visited Morocco in the first half of 2016, decreasing by 2.6% compared to the same period of 2015, according to figures by Morocco’s Tourism Office.The number of foreign tourists was down 5.6% while arrivals of Moroccans living abroad posted an increase of 1.7%, the Office noted in its latest statistics on tourism in Morocco.Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy decreased by 8%, 7%, 5% and 5% respectively, said the Office, noting that the number of tourists from Holland showed stagnation. According to data provided by the professionals of tourist accommodation, overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities decreased by 4% compared to the same period of 2015.
14 November 2007The United Nations refugee agency today launched its annual Christmas fund-raising appeal that aims to generate donations to help provide shelter, schooling and support for refugee children worldwide. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it hopes this year’s Star Appeal can surpass the record total of $560,000 that was raised last year. Members of the public can donate to the appeal through a special link on the agency’s website.Nick Van Praag, the head of UNHCR’s Department of External Relations, said “our goal is to strike when the iron is hot – and there is no better time to fund-raise than during the holiday season.”UNHCR is stressing that even small donations can go a long way to bringing relief to children who have been forced to leave their homelands. A donation of $40 buys a survival kit for children who are badly malnourished, while $80 purchases a durable lightweight tent for a family of eight and $210 pays the wages of a teacher for three months.Last year’s Star Appeal helped young residents of the Nakivale settlement in Uganda, which is home to refugees from several African countries.
19 August 2011The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today made an impassioned appealed to the world to save an estimated 390,000 starving children in famine-ravaged regions of Somalia, saying the international community must not let the so-called “disaster fatigue” numb compassion and generosity. The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today made an impassioned appeal to the world to save an estimated 390,000 starving children in famine-ravaged regions of Somalia, saying the international community must not let the so-called “disaster fatigue” numb compassion and generosity.“I have read in the last few days a number of articles noting a decrease of interest in the Horn of Africa in the press and in the publics. This must not happen. We cannot let a kind of disaster fatigue set in,” said Anthony Lake, the UNICEF Executive Director, at a news conference at UN Headquarters to mark World Humanitarian Day.“The statistics can be mind-numbing, but remember that the data is sons and daughters. The statistics are little boys and little girls, every one of them,” said Mr. Lake, adding that the situation in Somalia was a “human disaster becoming a human catastrophe.”In addition to the tens of thousands of Somalis who have already died as a result of the drought-induced famine, which has been exacerbated by conflict and poverty, an estimated 390,000 children are suffering from malnutrition. Four fifths of them are in the worst affected areas of the country’s south-central zone.“In some areas there we are seeing already historically high rates of severe acute malnutrition… which means that the number of children in that zone facing imminent death is approaching 140,000 children,” said Mr. Lake. “In many ways this is a children’s crisis. Their plight demands and deserves our most urgent, bold and sustained response,” he added.“I think that in all of us […] there is a natural desire when confronted with the images of people suffering so much to push them away, to categorize them as victims and to thus separate their lives from ours.“That is wrong. They are not simply victims to be pitied. They are courageous, resilient human beings fighting under terrible circumstances to survive and save their children’s lives. They both deserve out admiration and our support in their desperate struggle, and we are struggling to provide it,” said Mr. Lake.He warned that the onset of the next rainy season is not due until October and projections indicate that the entire central and southern Somalia will suffer the same extreme food and nutrition crisis now prevailing in the five areas where famine has been declared, with almost 300,000 children in imminent peril.“The crisis will get worse,” said Mr. Lake. “There will be no major harvest until the beginning of next year and those are predicted to be below average.“We are in a fight against time. We must take from these facts and projections not hopelessness, not surrender, but a renewed determination to limit the deaths, to save lives and to know some day that we did all we could today. We need all the support that we can get in order to do this,” he added.Mr. Lake said that UNICEF had established hundreds of nutrition centres and programmes in Somalia and was reaching more than a million people with water and sanitation. The agency is also planning a measles vaccination programme that is expected to reach two million children in the coming months.Speaking at the same news conference, Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that despite stepped-up efforts aid agencies were not reaching as many people across the drought-stricken Horn of African with life-saving assistance as they would like.“We are all working as quickly as we can to provide life-saving aid and protection in the [Somali] capital, Mogadishu, across the border in refugee camps particularly in Kenya and Ethiopia and increasingly in the south, in Al Shabaab-controlled areas.“But we are still not reaching enough people. Donors and the public have continued to give generously, but we still need more than a billion dollars to provide all the aid that is needed,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Reciprocal access will see FlySmiles Gold members eligible to use the Qantas Business Lounge, while FlySmiles Platinums can luxe it up in the Qantas First Lounge.Travellers will also have the option of pocketing frequent flyer miles in SriLankan’s FlySmiles scheme or the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Earlier this week Australia’s International Air Services Commission renewed limited codeshare agreements between Qantas, Emirates and SriLankan Airlines for flights to Colombo via Singapore, and between Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines for flights to Colombo via Singapore. (Colombo Gazette) Business class travellers and passengers holding the appropriate Qantas Frequent Flyer status will be able to use Qantas’ Melbourne lounges, including the Qantas First Lounge for Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members. SriLankan Airlines will begin flying between Melbourne and Colombo towards the end of this year, marking the airline’s long-awaited return to Australian skies, Australian Business Traveller reported.A spokesperson for the Sri Lankan flag-carrier – which many years ago abandoned flights to both Sydney and Melbourne – indicated to Australian Business Traveller that the schedule would see four flights each week, using an Airbus A330 jet fitted with lie-flat business class seats to make the 11 hour journey. This will be the only direct route from Australia to Sri Lanka – most travellers to the tiny island off the southern tip of India transit via Singapore, with onwards flights provided by SriLankan and Singapore Airlines.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Donald Trump, domes and minarets are out.Rock ‘n’ roll and guitars — lots of guitars — are in as the Hard Rock chain re-does Atlantic City’s former Trump Taj Mahal casino.The company owned by Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe on Wednesday unveiled its $375 million plan for the shuttered casino resort, which it bought last month from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, and plans to reopen by summer 2018.It will draw on the world’s largest collection of music memorabilia to help brand the new resort, with a decided New Jersey slant.Few things are more New Jersey than the mob and Bruce Springsteen, and Hard Rock rolled out someone who embodies both to help reintroduce the resort. Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band and “Sopranos” TV fame, said he’ll periodically broadcast his radio show, “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” from there, and will help organize beach concerts.“It’s a timeless place where you can come, and for the younger generations that feel like they missed the rock ‘n’ roll era when it first came along, we make sure that they get the experience,” said Van Zandt, who plays guitar with Springsteen and portrayed mobster Silvio Dante on the HBO mob series. “The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll is still alive; you didn’t miss it.”Now-President Donald Trump built the Taj Mahal in 1990, but lost control of it and two other Atlantic City casinos in a series of bankruptcies that happened before Icahn scooped it up last year from yet another bankruptcy. Icahn shut the casino in October after a crippling strike that sought to restore workers’ health insurance and pension benefits that were eliminated in bankruptcy court.Its literally over-the-top decor of Indian-inspired domes and minarets soon will be a thing of the past; the purple carpet that Trump loved was ripped out long ago.“There will not be one — and underscore the word ‘one’ — piece of design, architecture, minaret or anything left over from the Taj Mahal,” Hard Rock CEO Jim Allen said. “We are removing it all.”It its place will be items from the world’s largest music memorabilia collection. Hotel guests will even be lent Fender electric guitars to play in their rooms.Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose administration seized Atlantic City’s assets and major decision-making power last November, said Hard Rock’s investment in Atlantic City shows that the state’s tough love is working in the cash-strapped city.“Hard Rock’s willingness to come in and invest in Atlantic City shows you that they appreciate the hard things that have been done to restructure the city and make it a place where investing makes sense,” Christie said.Since the takeover, Christie’s administration has negotiated a tax settlement with the Borgata casino that will save the city nearly $100 million. It also is seeking drastic cuts to the police and fire departments.Others feel that recent encouraging developments such as the Hard Rock purchase, the planned reopening of the former Atlantic Club casino as a water park, and the rebirth of the former Showboat casino as a non-gambling hotel, are due more to market forces in a less competitive environment than to anything Christie has done.Allen resisted getting drawn into a political debate, but he did say that if Atlantic City had declared bankruptcy — something that loomed as a real threat before the state takeover — Hard Rock would not have invested there.Assemblyman Chris Brown, a fellow Republican, was less reticent.“Tell me something the governor has done” to make Atlantic City better, he said. “Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything.”___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC Guitars oust minarets as Hard Rock redoes Taj Mahal casino by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 12:48 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to end the discrimination that threatens the wellbeing, health and even the lives of people with albinism, and to provide programmes that will enable them to play a full part in society.“I call on all countries and stakeholders to recognize that human rights apply to all people everywhere, including people with albinism,” Mr. Ban said in a message, marking the second International Albinism Awareness Day, since the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution dedicating 13 June to this issue.Albinism is found in every country and society in the world, regardless of people’s ethnicity or gender; according to the UN, discrimination and stigmatization of people with albinism also exists to varying degrees all over the world. “Albinism has often been subjected to mystification, triggering erroneous beliefs and myths,” the Secretary-General explained. “The completely mistaken belief that potions or amulets made from the body parts of people with albinism have magical powers has given rise in some countries to a demand for such human remains. This has led to attacks, abductions and killings of people with albinism, and even to the theft of their bodies from graveyards.”The UN is also highlighting that thanks to the long history of discrimination and stigmatization of albinism, in some places, people with this condition may live in abject poverty, without access to basic services like accommodation, healthcare and education.“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pledges to leave no one behind,” said Mr. Ban. “That includes people with albinism. The cycle of attacks, discrimination and poverty must be broken.”He also welcomed the appointment of the first Independent Expert on the human rights of people with albinism.In 2013, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. In response to the call from civil society organizations advocating for persons with albinism to be considered a specific group with particular needs that require special attention, the Council created the mandate of this Independent Expert in March 2015.