Podcast: Predicting Suicide, the Secrets of a Wolf’s Howl, and More

first_imgCan researchers develop a blood test that predicts someone’s risk of committing suicide? Why do wolves howl? And why isn’t every male a super male? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Read the transcript.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hear more podcasts.last_img read more

St. Petersburg Open: Daniil Medvedev Beats Andrei Rublev to Reach Semis

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. St. Petersburg: Daniil Medvedev is eyeing his fifth final in two months after beating fellow Russian Andrei Rublev 6-4, 7-5 on Friday in the quarter-finals of the St. Petersburg Open.In his first tournament since losing the US Open final to Rafael Nadal, the No. 5-ranked Medvedev will play a semifinal Saturday against Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov, who beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3). Before the U.S. Open, Medvedev reached three tour finals in August, winning in Cincinnati but losing in Washington, D.C., and Montreal.Borna Coric, seeded fourth in St. Petersburg, faces qualifier Joao Sousa in the other semifinal.Coric won his quarterfinal 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 against Casper Ruud, who had not won a tour-level match indoors until this week.Sousa upset 2010 St. Petersburg champion Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (8), 6-2. Andrei RublevDaniil Medvedevsemi finalSt Petersburg Open First Published: September 21, 2019, 10:26 AM ISTlast_img read more

Juventus confirm Barzagli injury

first_imgJuventus have announced further tests will be carried out on Andrea Barzagli after the defender strained a calf muscle in training.Barzagli, 37, is yet to make a Serie A appearance for the champions this season after Leonardo Bonucci’s return from AC Milan bolstered Massimiliano Allegri’s options at the back.Veteran centre-back Barzagli sustained the injury in Thursday’s training session but initial tests have ruled out a serious tear for the former Italy international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The defender will undergo further examinations in the coming days,” Juventus said in a brief medical update on Friday.Barzagli has been with the club since 2011 following stints with Chievo, Palermo and Wolfsburg.The defender has made 271 total appearances for the Turin-based club while winning seven Serie A crowns.Juve host second-placed Sassuolo on Sunday seeking to extend a solid start to the 2018-19 season, with Allegri’s men top of the table with maximum points after three games.However, record signing Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to open his account for his new club after joining from Real Madrid in a shock deal worth €112million.last_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur to be appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police by Punjab government

first_imgCricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, whose stellar innings against Australia steered India into the ICC Women’s World Cup final, may soon don khaki as the Punjab government has initiated the process of inducting her as a DSP in the state police.Kaur on Wednesday met Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who directed the state Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora to complete the necessary formalities for her appointment as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), an official spokesperson said.Singh said he wanted to keep the talented young woman, currently working in the Railways, in Punjab.The chief minister also assured Kaur that he would take up the issue of the waiver of her employment bond with the Ministry of Railways so that she can join Punjab Police at the earliest, the spokesperson added.DGP Arora said that after the cricketer’s induction into the force, they would set up a cricket team in the police department.Kaur scored 171 not out from 115 balls in the semi-final against Australia powering the Indian team into the Women’s World Cup final, which they lost narrowly to England.Lauding her performance, Singh also handed over a Rs 5 lakh cheque to Kaur.”The way she emerged on the national scene has made all of Punjab proud,” said Singh, adding that he was confident that the young cricketer would keep the country’s flag flying high.The chief minister said he was sure that the boys and girls of Punjab would be inspired by her to excel in sports.According to Raveen Thukral, media advisor to the CM, Singh said he was extremely impressed with Kaur’s excellent performance on the field and his government would extend all possible support to nurture her talent.advertisementKaur, meanwhile, thanked the chief minister for helping her realise her dream of joining the police force, he said.Kaur said she had been playing for the last nine years this was the first time her expectations from the state government had been fulfilled, Thukral claimed.The cricketer said she wanted more cricket academies to come up in Punjab, so that the problems she has faced are not faced by other budding players, he added.last_img read more

TV newsmakers: Karan Kundra and Yogita Bihani’s steamy scene goes viral; Bigg Boss 12’s new promo out

first_imgThis week was all about big announcements. Bigg Boss 12’s new promo hit the screens, Amitabh Bachchan started shooting for KBC 10, Sofia Hayat’s ‘con man’ husband got arrested and Karan Kundra and Yogita Bihani’s steamy scene went viral on internet.Karan Kundra and Yogita Bihani’s steamy scene went viral on internet Ekta Kapoor’s romantic drama Dil Hi Toh Hai starring Karan Kundra and Yogita Bihani in the lead has failed to garner interest of the viewers. But recently, the show created a lot of buzz due to its recent love-making scene between Ritwik and Palak.The show revolves around the love story of Ritwik Noon (Karan Kundra) and Palak Sharma (Yogita Bihani) who are initially at loggerheads due to their difference of opinion but gradually see the good in each other and fall in love.According to the current track, Kabir kidnaps Setu and Palak but Ritwik gets them out of his clutches but while chasing Kabir they lose their way and Palak and Ritwik get lost in the jungle. It starts raining and they get drenched.They take shelter in a nearby cottage but due to getting wet Palak suffers from cold and high fever and her condition deteriorates. Finding now way out, Ritwik tries to revive her through body heat. The duo spend the night together. When Palak opens her eyes, Rithvik showers her with kisses and they share an intense lip lock.Bigg Boss 12’s new promo out Bigg Boss 12, Indian television’s one of the most controversial shows is almost here. This time the show’s theme revolves around jodis and the viewers will get to see some of the most unique jodis on their small screen.advertisementColors’ CEO Raj Nayak recently shared the latest promo of the show, where Salman Khan seen as a sarkari babu sporting a grey chequered shirt. He introduces a vichitra jodi of a kaamchor (lazy) madam and chugalkor (backbiter) peon. This is a typical pair of gossip-monger, which one can find in any normal office.Bigg Boss is scheduled to premiere on September 16. However, according to few reports, Bigg Boss 12 might get postponed due to some technical glitches. The promos aren’t talking about the premiere date yet.Former Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat’s ‘con man’ husband arrested Former Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat’s estranged husband Vlad Stanescu has been arrested after she filed police complaint against him for trying to strangulate her, reports Spotboye.com. He was reportedly in a perfume shop in London at the time of arrest.The police were on a lookout for him for a month after Sofia had registered a complaint against him.”Vlad has been arrested, the police caught hold of him a few hours back. I don’t know what’s happening now, but they have informed me that he cannot go back Romania (his home town), or get employment there as he owes the Romanian government money. Hes been arrested in Romania before for violence, and hes been convicted for that.”Amitabh Bachchan begins KBC 10 shoot Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has commenced shooting for the 10th season of popular television quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) which he says, has been a long association for him.Kaun Banega Crorepati is the Indian adaptation of the internationally popular format of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.Amitabh had tweeted: “KBC begins again! Its been 18 years and the 10th season now. Been a long association, Never possible without your love and support,” he tweeted.Iconic TV show CID goes missing After running for 21 years, India’s longest running TV show CID has all of a sudden vanished from small screen. The last episode aired on July 22, and since then, the CID addicts are having sleepless nights worrying about the fate of the show.There is no official announcement yet about the show going off air, and there is no word about its return.According to a trusted source, the show will not air in September too, even though there are 6-7 episodes in the bank waiting to get a green signal from Sony TV.The show stars Shivaji Satam as ACP Pradyuman, Aditya Srivastava as Senior Inspector Abhijeet, Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspector Daya, Dinesh Phadnis as Dr. Fredricks among others.last_img read more

You Can Ski on the Roof of this Futuristic Finnish Resort

first_img 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat “The four buildings wrap around the central square to form a public pocket sheltered from the wind, yet open and inviting to the surrounding landscape,” says the firm. “The gentle curves of the undulating roofs create a careful continuity of the natural landscape while lending the whole village the unique character of an architecture of ski slopes — an inhabited mountaintop.”Indeed, the latest renderings of Koutalaki provoke the sensation of living like the Norse gods. The rooftop runs will also brilliantly take advantage of and embrace the snowy landscape as opposed to finding ways to shovel it out. After all, snow is at the heart of Koutalaki — its design and allure for visiting.“We want to create a village that utilizes the full potential of snow,” says BIG Architects. “When it is caught on the façade, the window frames become a living part of the landscape, adapting to changes in weather.”In the summer months, the snow will melt and give way to green rooftop knolls for hikers and pedestrians. However, for the rest of the year, expect snow to be aplenty. Once Koutalaki is completed, “it will become an international destination inspired by the local nature, changing seasons. and cultural values of the area,” says the team. “The new resort will be a true landmark for tourism increasing the international and national appeal of Levi and the whole Lapland region.”In fact, Levi is the largest ski resort town in the entire country and well-known for its access to some of the best snow in the world — a front-row seat to the Northern Lights. The Koutalaki Ski Village is being built on top of a Levi mountain, overlooking the Sirkka Village. Currently, Hotel Levi Panorama and Congress Center Levi Summit are already in operation in the area — but do they have ski runs on their roofs? Didn’t think so.Unfortunately the Koutalaki Ski Village is still under construction and won’t be completed for some time. However, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Finland this year. Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge are well-and-good winter vacations, but the Finnish really know how to ski resort. (Yes, it’s a verb.) In the upper tundra of Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, a futuristic resort with ski slopes on its rooftops is under constructionThe plan for Koutalaki Ski Village — conceptualized by BIG Architects of Levi, Finland — is to build approximately 500 different sized “accommodation units,” from one-bedroom apartments to luxury villas. A string of unrivaled amenities, including a spa and a market square, will create a mountaintop village for international visitors. Every service will be at your fingertips — including ski runs.Blending architecture with landscape and erasing the divide between your room and the runs, Koutalaki will feature four arched ski “slopes” that spiral together into one whirl, promoting a meetup in the center of the “Ski Village.” Additional ski excursions will lead to the outlying forest and winding pathways down the mountain.center_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Festival of Trees and Crafts This Weekend

first_imgThousands of people are expected to enjoy the seasonal celebrations this weekend at the 23rd annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts in Middle Musquodoboit. “The province organizes this festival each year to promote the balsam fir Christmas tree and its importance to Nova Scotia’s economy and to highlight Nova Scotian and maritime craft items,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “I encourage everyone to visit the Festival of Trees and Crafts.” The festival runs Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Natural Resources Education Centre and the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre complex on Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit. Nearly 30 Nova Scotian balsam fir trees, donated by the province and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association, are decorated by community groups and businesses. The opening ceremony, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, will feature greetings by special guests, the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., and entertainment by youth choirs and community groups. More than 80 crafters will display their wares. Apple cider and gingerbread will be served at St. Nick’s Café. Crafts will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2. The opening ceremony will include an LED holiday light exchange. Participants can save energy and money, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, by exchanging two sets of incandescent holiday lights for one set of energy-efficient LED lights. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For detailed directions go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/education/NREC/how-to-get-here.asp.last_img read more

Skill deal for startup boost

first_imgKolkata: State of Science and Technology and Biotechnology department signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) in order to introduce two new courses which will help to develop skills for the entrepreneurs who want to come up with new start ups.On Wednesday afternoon, at Vigyan Chetana Bhavan, in Salt Lake, principal secretary to the Science and Technology and Biotechnology department Sayeed Ahmed Baba and Registrar of MAKAUT Partha Pratim Lahiri signed two MoU in presence of minister Bratya Basu. According to the MoU, the two courses are M.Tech on Geoinformetics and Post Graduate (PG) Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Business Management. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the scientists, the course on Geoinformetics will help the students to get more jobs Also the PG diploma course on Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Business Management will help the entrepreneurs to handle the critical issues of technology business management using the intellectual property rights as a tool for an organization or start ups which they are running. “The diploma course will help the entrepreneurs to become self dependent using the intellectual property rights. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the talent of Bengal to stay here and our aim is to create opportunities,” said Basu.last_img read more

Foreign investors pull out Rs 38930 cr in 201819 Sebi annual report

first_imgNew Delhi: As macroeconomic headwinds weighed on investor sentiments through the year, foreign portfolio investors pulled out Rs 38,930 crore in 2018-19, according to market regulator Sebi’s annual report. “In order to further develop the Indian securities market as an avenue for fundraising, eligibility norms for FPIs (Foreign Portfolio Investors) were relaxed and data privacy concerns of FPIs were addressed,” the 2018-19 annual report said. Among other steps, the watchdog had withdrawn the minimum residual maturity restriction of three years for investment in government securities and state development loans. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBesides, sub-categories under the category of corporate bonds were discontinued resulting in a single limit for FPI investment in all types of corporate bonds, as per the report. The limit for FPI investment in debt was revised from Rs 6.49 lakh crore to over Rs 6.98 lakh crore for the April 2019-September 2019 and more than Rs 7.46 lakh crore for October 2019-March 2020, it noted. To address concerns over data privacy, a provision similar to One Time Password (OTP) was introduced, wherein, an intermediary can access information related to beneficial owner, including senior managing official of an FPI only after confirmation from the FPI or its global custodian. Additionally, measures like relaxation of eligibility norms for FPIs, monitoring of foreign investment limits, easing the process of on-boarding of FPIs were taken.last_img read more

Moonves scandal looms over CBS shareholder meeting

first_imgNEW YORK — The investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom over the network’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday.But no major decisions are expected right away. A newly revamped board will have to decide by the end of January whether Moonves receives a $120 million severance package. It will also have to chart the path for CBS to recover from the scandal.Moonves was ousted in September after The New Yorker published allegations from 12 women who said he subjected them to mistreatment. The network launched an investigation with two outside law firms.Shareholders will vote to elect 11 board members, six of whom came aboard in a reshuffling after the scandal broke.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tariffs take toll on whiskey exports in last half of 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Retaliatory tariffs caused a sharp downturn in American whiskey exports in the last half of 2018 as distillers started feeling the pain from global trade disputes, an industry trade group said Tuesday.Exports to some key overseas markets gyrated wildly last year for producers of bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey. Overall, U.S. spirits exports in 2018 stayed on another record-setting trajectory, due in part to surging whiskey sales in the months leading up to the tariffs as larger distillers stockpiled supplies, the Distilled Spirits Council said. Other categories including vodka, brandy and rum also had strong overseas sales.But exports would have been much higher without the trade war, it said.“For the first time, data can demonstrate the negative impact of retaliatory tariffs on what had been a booming export growth story,” said Christine LoCascio, the council’s senior vice-president for international affairs.“The tariffs are making it more difficult to be competitive in key markets,” she added.The export figures confirmed fears among industry leaders that tariffs would depress overseas sales. But whiskey industry officials have been muted in blaming President Donald Trump and others for the export headaches.American whiskey exports to the European Union — the industry’s biggest export market — fell by 8.7 per cent from July through November of last year, compared to the same period in 2017, the group said in its annual report released in New York.In the first half of 2018, American whiskey exports to the EU surged by 33 per cent, it said.Overall global American whiskey exports grew by 28 per cent in the first half of 2018, then fell by 8.2 per cent from July to November — compared to a year ago — once tariffs took effect, according to the trade group’s export figures, based on numbers supplied by the U.S. government.“That suggests that the tariffs are starting to have a measureable impact on American whiskey exports,” LoCascio said.Despite the volatility, exports for all U.S. spirits recorded another record at almost $1.7 billion through November, the council said.“It would have been a lot stronger if we hadn’t had these tariffs” said council spokesman Frank Coleman. “If not for the tariffs, we would have been popping the corks on the best bottles in our liquor cabinet.”American whiskey makers face retaliatory tariffs in Canada, Mexico, China and Turkey as well as the EU. Those duties amount to a tax, which producers can either pass along to customers through higher prices or absorb shrinking profits.Some large American distillers gained a short-term cushion from trade disputes by stockpiling whiskey supplies in countries ahead of the tariffs. But as the trade disputes continue, they are being hit, too. Smaller distillers didn’t have the luxury of stockpiling.Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia has a couple hundred cases of its rye whiskey sitting in a European warehouse. The inventory was built up in anticipation of growing European sales in 2018. But since the tariffs took effect, Catoctin Creek’s sales in Italy and Germany have plunged and its plans of expanding to the United Kingdom are on hold, said its co-founder and general manager, Scott Harris.About 11 per cent of its overall 2017 revenues came from Europe. The distillery hoped its European business would increase to one-fourth of total revenues in 2018, but “that part just never materialized,” Harris said in an interview.“If we were able to get the tariffs removed, I think we’d be in good shape to really just take off,” he said.For now, Catoctin Creek is absorbing the costs of tariffs for the scaled-back European sales it’s able to make in hopes of maintaining relationships with distributors and staying competitive, Harris said.“For European sales, it means we’re losing money on every bottle,” he said.Asked how long his distillery can afford to do that, he replied: “I don’t even want to think about it. We might do it for another half of year and see. Honestly, it’s hard to be optimistic at this point.”While exports were a glaring concern, domestic sales of distilled spirits were strong in 2018.The council reported another year of record spirits sales and volumes in the U.S., resulting in continued market share growth. Supplier sales were up over 5.1 per cent, rising $1.3 billion to a total of $27.5 billion, while volumes rose 2.2 per cent to 231 million cases, it said.“These robust results show adult consumers are continuing to favour spirits over beer and wine, particularly among millennials,” council President and CEO Chris Swonger said.Combined U.S. revenues for bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey rose 6.6 per cent, or $224 million, to $3.6 billion in 2018, council said. Domestic volumes rose 5.9 per cent to 24.5 million cases.Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press read more

Republic of Korea cartoon hero becomes goodwill envoy for UN refugee agency

“We thought that being associated with this character, who is extremely popular with all age groups and both sexes, would give us huge potential for recognition in the Republic of Korea, where we are still largely unknown,” said Janice Lyn Marshall, country representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), after the signing ceremony at Robot Taekwon V’s 32nd birthday party on Thursday. “It’s a first for UNHCR to join forces with an animated character in this way,” she added. For the next year, the character, which uses the martial art Taekwondo to protect the weak, will collaborate with UNHCR on events such as World Refugee Day and UN Day. His image will also be used on fund-raising and promotional materials.Robot Taekwon V is seen as a guardian figure saving the Republic of Korea – a country that has been invaded by foreign countries numerous times in its history – from danger.“What the character is fighting for is akin to what the United Nations stands for – world peace and stopping those who would try to destroy it,” Ms. Marshall said.On UNHCR’s Korean-language website (www.unhcr.or.kr) the robot himself explained his motivation for working with the agency.“For the last 30 years I have protected Korean families and children from evil and guarded their hope and courage,” he said in an interview. “Now I have to go beyond Korea and into the world and try my best to help the children not to lose hope, but to realize their dreams.”Robot Taekwon V said he would remind Koreans that many of them were displaced during the Korean War in the early 1950s.“I’m also going to inform Koreans about refugee situations around the world, together with the UNHCR representation in Korea,” the robot said in the interview. “I know that Koreans are warm-hearted – so I’m sure they will have empathy.”In a related development, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today also began making use of animated characters – this time to highlight issues around doping in sport.At the website www.unesco.org/shs visitors can follow the adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson in a story published by UNESCO with EDGE G3 Ltd.Entitled “The Case of the Spoilsports,” the comic strip, inspired by the famous detective stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will trace how twin athletes react differently to the pressures of competitive sport. One gives in immediately to the pressure put on him by his trainer and teammates while the other athlete suffers as a result of the use of performance enhancing drugs by his competitors. From one sports event to the next, the plot leads the audience to the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, China. 25 July 2008Robot Taekwon V, an iconic martial arts cartoon hero as famous in the Republic of Korea as Superman is in the West, has signed on as the United Nations refugee agency’s Goodwill Envoy in the Asian nation. read more

Ban President of Côte dIvoire discuss progress since postelection crisis

According to a readout of the meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban “welcomed gestures” from the Ivorian Government toward the political opposition.He also encouraged continued efforts in the area of human rights and accountability, including for sexual and gender-based violations. The West African country was split by civil war in 2002. A 2010 presidential election, meant to be a culminating point in the peace process, resulted in months of violence when Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down after losing to Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Gbagbo finally surrendered the following April.Mr. Ban also commended President Ouattara for his leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and thanked him for Côte d’Ivoire’s contributions to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The two officials also spoke about the reconfiguration of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country known by its French acronym, UNOCI. The Security Council unanimously decided to extend UNOCI’s mandate until 30 June 2014 to continue work on its core priorities of protecting civilians, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants, and security sector reform.Members also agreed that the Mission should be reconfigured by that date to consist of 7,137 military personnel from the current limit of 10,400, as recommended in Mr. Ban’s latest report.The Council noted a possible further reduction down to 5,437 military personnel by June 2015, depending on the security on the ground and the improved capacity of the Government to take over UNOCI’s security role.The Council also decided that UNOCI should reconfigure its military presence to concentrate resources in high-risk areas to more effectively assist the Government in protecting civilians and stability the security situation in the countryDuring today’s meeting, Mr. Ban also noted that he had selected Côte d’Ivoire as a pilot for the implementation of the UN durable solutions strategy. The strategy aims to support efforts to help returnees rebuild their lives in a secure environment, with basic social services. read more

Tuesdays Daily Brief Libya civil war African displacement global trade tensions terrorists

In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detention facilities” away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.The UN office cited information suggesting that Kurdish authorities are responsible for holding youngsters over 12 years old in al-Hassakeh governorate, in the far north-east of the country.Addressing the fate of thousands of vulnerable children of foreign fighters who are living in camps, detention centers and orphanages in Syria, Iraq and other places in the world, UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore said on Tuesday they were being forced to live in generally “appalling conditions”.For our full roundup on this Syria and Iraq story, go here. And listen to an interview we did in January about the al-Hol camp, below. UN humanitarians have said they are still seeking an agreement with Houthi opposition fighters in Yemen to stop diverting desperately-needed aid to millions of people.Most of the 12 million people the World Food Programme (WFP) wants to reach are in Houthi-controlled areas, according to spokesperson Herve Verhoosel: “WFP sincerely hopes that it can reach agreement with the authorities in Houthi areas of Yemen to avoid the suspension, as the needs of 12 million people depend on our assistance, and are of course a priority…all this needs to stop.We are here to save 12 million people – many of them children and women – to save them from famine. Everybody should work together. And the first interest of everybody today should be the civilian population.”In an update to journalists in Geneva, Mr. Verhoosel said that 87 aid trucks remain blocked “across different security and customs checkpoints” in Ibb and Al-Bayda governorates.Since March 2015, more than 7,169 civilians have been killed in Yemen, and nearly 11, 400 have been injured, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday.Listen to, or download our audio News In Brief for 21 May, on SoundCloud: Amidst high trade tensions and policy uncertainty, UN cuts economic growth forecast UN highlights need to solve growing burden of forcibly displaced Africans With 24.2 million Africans forced from their homes in 2017  ­̶  4.6 million more than the previous year  ­̶  the UN is hosting a three-day event at UN Headquarters, focusing on finding durable solutions to the problem, which is a growing burden on the continent’s economy, environment and communities which host those displaced.The 2019 Africa Dialogue Series, (ADS) which began on Monday under the theme “Towards durable solutions for forcibly displaced persons in Africa,” brings together a wide range of actors with a stake in finding ways to deal with the issue, including representatives of national governments, the African Union, civil society, the private sector and the UN.Our full report on day one, is here.Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, OHCHR warns Libya on ‘verge’ of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council Against a backdrop of unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence, the UN has announced a broad-based slowdown in economic growth, and cut its growth predictions.On Tuesday, The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released its mid-year World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report, which finds that all major developed economies, and most developing regions, have weakened prospects for growth. At the launch of its main annual report in January, UN economists warned of “risks on the horizon.”Five months on, with trade disputes and tariff increases, those fears have been borne out, and the forecasts contained in the January report have now been revised downwards, to a moderate 2.7 per cent for 2019, and 2.9 per cent over next year.Venezuela’s masses need international protection, urges UNHCR The UN refugee agency says that the “majority” of Venezuelan’s leaving their crisis-wracked country need international protection.Since 2015, UNHCR says that about three million people have left overall, amid ongoing social and political unrest and mass demonstrations.In updated guidance to neighbouring countries, UNHCR is urging them to allow Venezuelans access to their territory.It highlights in particular the critical need for the protection of people “forced to flee for their lives and freedoms”, in line with the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the 1984 Cartagena Declaration that applies in Latin America.Spokesperson Liz Throssell said it was “taking into consideration the worsening situation, the increasing number of Venezuelans that are leaving. What it does crucially point out is the need for international refugee protection under this Cartagena Declaration of 1984, which has a broader criterion for considering someone in need of refugee protection relating to generalized violence or people at threat from serious disturbances to public order.”By the end of 2018, some 460,000 Venezuelans had formally sought asylum, says UNHCR, the majority in neighbouring countries in Latin America.UN food agency still seeking agreement with Yemen’s Houthis to stop aid diversion The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”.That was the blunt assessment of UN Special Representative to Libya and UNSMIL chief, Ghassan Salamé, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, following weeks of intensifying conflict in and around the outskirts of Tripoli, instigated by the self-styled Libyan National Army forces of General Khalif Haftar who also leads a parallel administration based in the eastern city of Benghazi. “I am no Cassandra” he added, referencing the mythical Greek figure who uttered prophesies which nobody believed, “but the violence on the outskirts of Tripoli is just the start of a long and bloody war…imperilling the security of Libya’s immediate neighbours and the wider Mediterranean”.Full coverage of this important briefing is here. And the UNSMIL chief’s full briefing audio, is below. read more

Its official Lazio announce signing of Acerbi

first_imgLazio have officially confirmed the signing of Italy international and defender Francesco Acerbi from Sassuolo in a five-year contract.Earlier today, the centre-back had his medical and was already training with his new teammates even though it’s believed the deal cost €10m plus another €2m in performance-related bonuses.The 30-year-old will now effectively replaces Stefan de Vrij. Acerbi, who has won two caps for Italy, was believed to be on the radar of West Ham United and Fulham. He has also played for the likes of Pavia, Renate, Reggina, Chievo and AC Milan during his career. #Laziali,After making our fifth official signing in Francesco #Acerbi, how do we feel from 1-10 on our #transfermarket / #calciomercato business so far?Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.Why do you feel this way?— TheLaziali.com ? (@The_Laziali) July 11, 2018Acerbi received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. On 31 January 2011, Pavia sold the remain 50 percent registration rights to Reggina for an undisclosed fee, whereupon the Calabrian side formed another co-ownership deal with Serie A team Genoa for €1 million.Acerbi only missed two games in 2010–11 Serie B and played both legs of promotion playoffs, losing to eventual playoff winners Novara in the semi-final.He played once during the 2010–11 Coppa Italia, a match he was ultimately sent off in. He was suspended in the next cup match and was not included in the third round.last_img read more

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounts Saturdays attack at the Chabad of Poway

first_img Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI)-   Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounts his experiences from yesterday’s attack at Chabad of Poway. The shooting killed one woman, Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, of San Diego and wounded three others. Among those wounded was Rabbi Goldstein who said during his press conference, that the gunman wore sunglasses during the shooting that led to him losing his right index finger.Wounded in Saturday’s shooting, he recounted his experiences during the attack for the first time. Goldstein said the gunman wore sunglasses during the shooting, which caused him to lose his right index finger and suffer injuries to other fingers. He confirmed that the shooter’s gun eventually jammed, possibly preventing other deaths. He said the women killed in the shooting, 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye, was a longtime friend and helped found the synagogue. Goldstein also said he received a personal condolence call from President Donald Trump. KUSI Newsroom Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounts Saturday’s attack at the Chabad of Poway April 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week 2430 August 2017

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 24 and 30 August 2017 were:16% of millennials would give up employer-funded gym membership for dogsGame of Thrones stars avoid gender pay gapGovernment to introduce laws requiring listed firms to reveal CEO-to-employee pay ratiosGovernment consults on return-to-work supportEXCLUSIVE: Nationwide to discuss pensions engagement at Employee Benefits LiveBBC awarded 10% pay rise to more than 1,700 staff in 2016Over 90% say pensions dashboard could help them save for retirement41% describe gender pay gap reporting regulations as complexHilton and Salesforce among 2017’s Best Places to Work in AustraliaCanada Life to acquire Retirement Advantagelast_img read more

Woman steals iPad at Deerfield Beach McDonalds

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a woman responsible for stealing an iPad from a Deerfield Beach McDonald’s.The theft, which took place in June, happened when the woman placed her order, then stepped away to use the restroom. A customer after her, placed his order and left his iPad on the counter.Moments later, the woman then leaves the restaurant with both her meal and the iPad.The woman came to the McDonald’s alone but was seen leaving with a little girl.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SpaceX blasts Starship heat shield with industrial flamethrowers

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Testing metallic heat shield at 1100C (2000F) @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/frP5eZ5a0z— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2019 In an interview with Popular Mechanics, Musk described the unusual Starship heat shield as being “like a stainless-steel sandwich” with fuel or water flowing between the layers. The top layer has tiny perforations that bleed the liquid to the outside to help cool the spaceship.  Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comment Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 23 Photos Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon See It $6 at Tidal Angela Lang/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. If you see Musk and a flamethrower mentioned anywhere near each other, it’s going to conjure up thoughts of the Boring Company’s infamous flamethrower saga. A Twitter user asked if SpaceX had borrowed some Boring flamethrowers for the test. “These are industrial strength,” Musk answered. “Not recommended for use at home!” SpaceX built a prototype “hopper” Starship for takeoff and landing tests, but it suffered a setback this week when high winds in Texas blew the nose cone off. Musk says it will take several weeks to repair. At least we know the heat shield design seems to be holding up to punishment. Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Rylo $59 at eBay SpaceX’s Starship hopper prior to falling over in a wind storm. SpaceX SpaceX and Elon Musk have big ambitions to send the Starship around the moon and eventually to Mars. The eye-catching stainless-steel spacecraft now under development will use a metallic heat shield, and that heat shield is already undergoing a pretty serious stress test.Musk posted a video to Twitter overnight showing a dramatic and very loud roasting test and sharing the temperature: 1100 Celsius (2000 Fahrenheit).  TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Sci-Tech See it Turo Comments See It Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Starship gets ready 1 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy Sprint See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate $520 at HP Amazon $999 SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious $210 at Best Buy 7 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $155 at Google Expresslast_img read more

GHMCs 40cr project to save lake at risk

first_imgRajendranagar: In an instance of lack of coordination between two departments, the GHMC remains critical about the works being taken up by the Roads & Building Department’s ongoing project of ‘augmented slab culvert’ close to the Mir Alam lake and undoing what was done to protect the historic lake.At a time when the GHMC’s Irrigation Department is spending several crores of rupees to protect Mir Alam Lake from getting polluted with the inflow of sewerage from upstream areas, the R&B Department on the other hand is busy in paving way for the free flow of filth directly to the water body by constructing ‘augmented slab culvert’ close to the lake by increasing the size of already existing sewerage line. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us While the GHMC Irrigation Department has already started the works of diverting the sewerage inflow from upstream areas to STPs (sewerage treatment plants) with an outlay of several crores of rupees. The measure is to ensure the sewerage drives into STPs through the diversion channels instead of flowing directly into the lake. However, R&B Department with the help of liasoning agency the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL), has taken up work for replacement of existing line with augmented slab culvert. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us According to A Satya Narayana, Deputy Executive Engineer, Department of R&B, a slab culvert was being constructed to pave way for the free flow of sewerage from upstream areas. He further said that the proposal was pending since a year and have got the approval only recently for the construction of slab culvert on Afzalgunj to Aramghar road. He also informed that the slab culvert was being constructed with an estimation of Rs.40 lakh. Advertise With Us GHMC apprehensive about the project These works have raised many an eyebrows in the GHMC Irrigation Wing where officials are arguing the logic behind construction of an augmented slab culvert for the free flow of the sewerage into the water body. According to the GHMC officials, the sewerage flowing directly into the water body in a big way would make it difficult to keep the water body safe from the filth and muck. “This would in fact turn the lake into pond of filth and could cause severe damage to the natural resource that carries a marvelous glory of its time,” said an official with the request of anonymity. “We have communicated our concern to the R&B and a response is awaited in this regard. Allowing this to happen would cost us over 40 crore rupees besides damaging to the historic lake,” he added.last_img read more