These cats dont want you to look at DailyEdgeie

first_imgThree missing altogether so far, and counting 🙂 SO YESTERDAY WE guessed (correctly) that if you own a cat, and  you own a laptop, the two can often be difficult to separate.We asked you to share your tales and photos of your feline friends (*we don’t really think they’re swines) blocking access to your beloved DailyEdge.ie…BasilLisa Keane writes:Hi DailyEdge, this is my cat basil on my laptop which he sits on everyday but only when I want to use it myself. If you look closely you can see one of the keyboard keys is missing and no second-guessing as to who ripped that off. (Marcella Treacy)“Davina casually chilling on the laptop” (Nadine Kelly)(Roisin Flannery)(@beagile)(Anon)Keep em coming. Dogs and other pets also welcome to tips@dailyedge.ie or @dailyedgeVIDEO: Dog decides cat is dirty; needs a bath>Own a laptop and a cat? Is this happening to you right now?center_img (@DonegalWaterBus)last_img read more

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Arnautovic set to miss Austrias game

first_imgAustria are weighing the risks of playing star man Marko Arnautovic in their Nations League match against Northern Ireland on Sunday.Austria travel to Windsor Park on Sunday to face Northern Ireland who have already been relegated.The Central European country has no possibility of taking the top spot from Bosnia & Herzegovina and is not looking to risk playing West Ham forward Arnautovic.After playing against Bosnia on Thursday, Arnautovic sustained a knee injury and trained separately from his team-mates on Saturday.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and keep my knee calm,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports News last month about his persistent knee injury.“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.“After a game, I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week, I am training normally with the team, training in full.”last_img read more

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ASA Urges Elimination of Argentina DETS

first_imgASA, the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) sent comments this week to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports, particularly on the trade distorting impact of Argentine Differential Export Taxes (DETs) and the artificial advantage they provide to soybean products exported from that country.Argentina’s system of DETs within the soy sector includes the highest tax rate for raw products like soybeans, lower rates for processed products like soybean meal and oil and the lowest rate for the most processed soy product, soy-based biodiesel. This creates economic incentive for processing the beans in Argentina and exporting the value-added products rather than the raw beans; therefore DETs have distorted the competitive balance among soybean processors globally and have enabled Argentina to become the world’s largest exporter of soybean meal and oil.The groups stated in comments to USTR, that while U.S. exports of soybean products achieved another strong year in 2013, they could be significantly higher and reach a greater global market share, if the U.S. soybean industry did not have to compete with Argentina’s DETs.“Robust exports of soybean and soybean products are critical to the prosperity and profitability of the entire U.S. soybean value chain (biotech companies, seed companies, transportation industries, soybean farmers, oilseed processors and exporters),” the comments state. “Expanded volumes of U.S. soybean exports (especially value-added products such as soybean meal, soy oil and soy biodiesel) translate to an increased number of high-quality U.S. jobs.”The comments also included findings of a 2013 study by the LMC International Report prepared for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and United Soybean Board (USB). According to the study, DETs affect the global balance of crushing capacity because countries can chose to import (or export) either soybeans or their products and as Argentina shifts its exports away from soybeans towards their products, due to the DET advantage, importers and other exporters are forced in the opposite direction.“The DETs therefore assist crushers in Argentina to the disadvantage of crushers elsewhere. Over a long period they have encouraged additional investment in crushing capacity in Argentina and have tilted exports from the country away from beans towards their products,” the groups state. “By exporting more meal and oil than it would have done otherwise, Argentina has altered crushing decisions around the world.  This has affect Argentina’s competitors (primarily Brazil and the U.S.), as well as countries which import soybeans and their products. This is because such governmental incentives distort normal market signals and competition among crushers.”The groups concluded by urging immediate action to eliminate Argentine’s use of DETs on soybeans and soybean products, which ASA believes are inconsistent with WTO obligations and since they’ve been left unchecked, continue to spread across other agriculture products to countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly Uruguay.last_img read more

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Total pay increases by 23 according to ONS

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, increased by 2.3% for employees in Great Britain between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: November 2016 report also found that average regular pay, excluding bonuses and before tax and other deductions, was £475 a week in September 2016. This compares to £463 a week in September 2015.Average total pay, including bonuses and before tax and other deductions, was £505 a week in September 2016. This is an increase from £493 in September 2015.In nominal terms, where pay has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, regular pay excluding bonuses increased by 2.4% between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016.Average total pay in nominal terms increased from £311 a week in January 2000 to £505 a week in September 2016, representing a rise of 62.2%.In real terms, adjusted for consumer price inflation, both regular and total pay increased by 1.7% between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016.Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The UK’s labour market continues to surprise with its resilience to the Brexit shock. The unemployment rate fell unexpectedly to a new 11-year low of 4.8% in the three months to September. This is yet more evidence that the labour market and the wider economy have fared better than expected since June’s referendum.“Wage growth held steady at 2.3%, but it’s probable pay will fall in real terms over the coming year or so.”Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “While wage growth remains stable at just above 2%, CIPD research suggests there is likely to be downward pressure on wages over the coming year, partly because a weaker pound will increase costs for many businesses and partly because of a rise in employment costs as a result of the introduction of the national living wage, pension auto-enrolment and the forthcoming apprenticeship levy. This could lead to a return of the ‘squeezed middle’ phenomenon, with star performers and national living wage recipients the key beneficiaries.”last_img read more

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This giant R2D2 is actually an observatory

first_img Now playing: Watch this: $47 Mentioned Above Sphero R2-D2 0 Sphero R2-D2 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about See it Amazon $46 2:15 See It Target Star Wars Professor Zitt recruited a small team that included his father-in-law, Horst Helle, the master painter Klaus Ruffing and student volunteers to transform the university’s domed-topped Zweibrücken Observatory into a giant version of the Star Wars astromech R2-D2. While the Star Wars makeover took place in September 2018, fans around the world have just started to take notice. center_img Preview • Sphero just made the best R2-D2 robot ever Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The round dome head of the Star Wars astromech droid R2-D2 is about the same shape as the top of most observatories.  Lucasfilm If you’re going to be lecturing at a university about Star Wars and other popular sci-fi movies, you might as well leave your mark in the geekiest way possible.That’s exactly what Professor Hubert Zitt did while teaching at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.  See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years 17 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Even Star Wars actor Mark Hamill tweeted about it on Friday with the caption, “R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds.”This isn’t the first university observatory to get a Star Wars makeover. Minnesota’s Goodsell Observatory at Carleton College was made to look like R2-D2 back in 2010. TV and Movies R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds https://t.co/s4vUwKGxEP via @LaughingSquid— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 22, 2019last_img read more

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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad charges Opposition of double

first_imgNEW DELHI: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday accused Opposition of adopting double standards on the issue of EVMs, saying leaders from their parties had become chief ministers and Prime Ministers through the same voting process. “If people of this country elect Narendra Modi, then EVM is faulty. What is this logic?” he asked the opposition members while replying to the debate on electoral reforms. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “This hypocracy and double standards impinge upon the polity of the country,” Prasad added. He also pitched for one nation one poll and urged the Opposition to consider the proposal with an open mind. The minister said the government will write to the Election Commission to have a single voter list for assembly, panchayat and general elections in the country. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Prasad said that the government has taken various measures to improve the electoral funding system and that it was ready to consider any other suggestions. Replying to a short duration debate on electoral reforms, Prasad countered opposition charges related to misuse of media, social media and electoral bonds during the recently concluded general elections. Advertise With Us “Time has come for one nation one poll. We should consider this proposal with an open mind,” he said and hoped that some conclusion could be achieved after discussion. On aspersions related to EVMs and demand for returning to ballot papers, the minister said that post-1999, as many as 4 general elections and 122 assembly elections have been held using EVMs. He said Manmohan Singh became the prime minister twice based on elections held with EVMs. Similarly, many opposition leaders like Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Mamta Banerjee became CMS under EVMs. The minister said the Congress recently won three assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. He asserted not a single complaint has been received regarding vote being cast to a particular candidate through the EVM and it gets transferred to some other candidate. On opposition charge of crediting itself with achievements of defence forces during the election campaign, the minister said: ” Why national security should not become a plank for election discourse?” Regarding allegations of managing media and social media, Prasad said: “Stop insulting the voters of this country and try to acknowledge your defeat.” The minister said the government would not allow the misuse of data by foreign powers and said legislation in this regard has been in the works. He also highlighted that BJP-led NDA has returned to power on various schemes and programmes for the welfare of the poor. On electoral funding, Prasad said the government has taken many steps in the past three years to improve the system and the corporates have been asked to give donation only through cheques. “But we need to further plug the gaps where funding part is concerned,” he added. Earlier, participating in the debate, Derek O’Brien (AITC) said the time has come to form laws for electoral reforms in the country while pointing out to various issues like “misuse” of data by political parties in the elections. He said Parliament should also look at the process to appoint election commissioners. “Parliament is above Election Commission either we amend the constitution we will have to see how election commissioners are elected,” O’Brien said. He called for the usage of ballot papers during the election process. Bhupender Yadav (BJP) said the time has come to hold Parliament and assembly elections simultaneously and urged members of all parties to consider it. He said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) should be strengthened and there should be no negativity about it. Yadav said the electoral bond should be taken forward to end the influence of money in election process. He suggested there should be one electoral roll. Senior Congress member Kapil Sibal charged that BJP party incurred huge expenditure on publicity and misused social media during the recent general elections. He alleged that the Election Commission did not take any action for violation of its advisory related to naming defence forces for wooing voters during the election campaign. Sibal quoted a report by private agency that suggested a huge amount being spent during the last election, of which 45 per cent was made by the ruling party. Intervening in the debate, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad objected on quoting figures. Continuing his attack, Sibal sought to know from where this fund came and whether it was black money or white. The Congress member also said that maximum donations went to BJP through electoral bonds. Sibal charged that several amendments were made in finance Act and FCRA in the last 2-3 years to facilitate donations during the general poll. He alleged that donations were given by those corporates which were favoured. The Law Minister said Sibal had appeared on behalf of the Congress in a case related to FCRA. However, Sibal refuted the charge and mentioned a few case numbers where he had not appeared before the court. Opposition members sought an apology. Later, Bhupender Yadav reiterated the charge and placed some document on the table of the House, which was also objected by many opposition members. Continuing its attack, Sibal said social media was misused and the BJP on its part enjoyed complete media hegemony. He alleged that print and election media gave maximum coverage to BJP party. Sibal also said that BJP might have won the election, but constitutional provisions were violated. He talked about the criminalisation of politics and said that the EVMs has become counting machines. Ram Gopal Yadav of SP demanded that “we should go back to ballot paper” as people do not have faith on EVMs. He sought one voter list for panchayat, assembly and general elections. Yadav said the government, at the central or state level, should resign six months before elections. Speaking on the suggestion of simultaneous state and Lok Sabha elections, Ramdas Athawale of the RPI (A) said all political parties including the Congress must come out in its support to save time and electoral expenses. BJP’s Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe said the recent electoral verdict has established that people of the country believe in EVMs. He urged political parties to have an open mind with regard to the idea of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state polls. T K Rangarajan of the CPI M said the election commission must be replaced by a collegium under the sanction of the President of India. Endorsing it, D Raja of the CPI said we should agree for a collegium to choose and appoint election commissioners. Satish Chandra Misra of the BSP said his party opposes use of EVMs to conduct elections as they can be manipulated. V Vijayasai Reddy of the YSRCP made suggestions to reform the electoral process. NCP’s Majeed Memon said advanced countries such as the US, England, France and Germany have banned EVMs and it was for India to examine why they have banned its use. Echoing similar views, Sanjay Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party observed that if developed nations are using ballot papers, what is the problem in using it here to conduct polls. M V Rajeev Gowda of Congress said electoral expenditure caps must be made realistic or the caps must be removed.last_img read more

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People getting fruits of development says Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said people will bring Awami League back to power as, she argued, they are enjoying the benefits of development due to the continuation of her government.“People are enjoying the benefits of development as there is the continuation of the government,” she said.The prime minister said this when leaders and activists of Swechchhasebak League met her at Ganobhaban on the occasion of the founding anniversary of their organisation.Recalling the ‘atrocities’ of BNP-Jamaat clique during the last general election, Sheikh Hasina said this evil force had tried its best to foil the polls. “The country’s people will resist their such heinous design in the future and bring Awami League to power again.”The prime minister mentioned that today the world does not see Bangladesh in merciful eyes rather they see it in the eyes of dignity.She asked the leaders and activists of Swechchhasebak League to do politics with a sacrificing mentality as Bangabandhu did.“You have to do politics habouring the attitude of sacrifice like Bangabandhu…you must always think about how much you’re able to give to the country and its people,” Hasina said.She said Awami League’s politics always goes to one direction – ensuring the welfare of people as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.“I’ll tell you that those who’ll do politics with the mentality of sacrifice will be able to have a dignified place in people’s hearts, and that’s the highest reward for a politician in his or her life,” she said.The prime minister said politicians have two aims – one what he or she can do for people and another how one can change one’s fate with public wealth.She asked the Swechchhasebak League leaders and workers to choose the first one as their political philosophy.The prime minister also directed its leaders and workers to play their active role in strengthening Bangladesh Awami League to materialise the dreams and aspirations of people.Highlighting the long struggle, life and works of Bangabandhu for establishing an independent country, Hasina said he dreamt of building a poverty- and hunger-free Bangladesh through ensuring the economic emancipation of people.She said usurpers began the politics of killing, coup and conspiracy after killing Bangabandhu and they pushed the country backwards by making anti-liberation forces and war criminals part of state power.Hasina also urged people to pray for her son—eminent IT expert Sazeeb Wazed Joy—on the occasion of his birthday on Thursday.She also shared her bitter experience as an expecting mother during the Liberation War as she along with other members of the family had been under house arrest at Dhanmondi.Earlier, Bangladesh Swechchhasebak League Central Committee and its Dhaka City North and South Unit presented bouquets to the prime minister.Swechchhasebak League president Adv Molla M Abu Kawsar and general secretary Pankaj Debnath also spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

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Killing people in the name of cows unacceptable Modi

first_imgKilling people in the name “gau bhakti” is not acceptable, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.”As a society, there is no place for violence,” he said in a speech at the Sabarmati Ashram here.”Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ (cow worship) is not acceptable,” he said. “This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve.”last_img

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PM accuses BNP of printing fake ballots spending money for polls

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday accused BNP of printing fake ballot papers and spreading money to win the polls and urged all including party leaders and activists to remain alert about its (BNP) conspiracies.“BNP is printing fake ballot papers and spreading money to win polls. So, I would like to tell you to find out that where and in which presses they are printing such false ballot papers,” she said.The prime minister was addressing election rallies in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Brahmanbaria and Pirojpur through videoconferencing from her Sudha Sadan residence at Dhanmondi in the capital this afternoon.The AL president said a BNP leader from London is orchestrating plots, while his cohorts are hatching conspiracies in Bangladesh to win the elections through evil design.“There is no doubt that they have an evil design to this end,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the BNP is also now engaged in conspiracies to put blame on the Awami League by torching their own offices and vehicles.She said the people will have to stay alert so that they cannot unleash terrorist acts again. “The people will have to resist it and their (BNP) plots cannot be allowed to be successful,” she said.The prime minister said the people want peace and they want to cast vote peacefully on 30 December. “On the other hand, BNP wants to snatch the voting rights of the people, but their plots will not be successful if all remain careful to this end,” she said.Referring to BNP-Jamaat mayhem in 2014 and 2015, the prime minister said the BNP had started fire terrorism to foil the elections and topple the government. “But they were compelled to stop such heinous acts when the people put up resistance against them,” she said.“We’ve received information that they will embark on such terrorist acts again three or four days before the elections. So the countrymen will have to remain alert to this end,” she said.The prime minister urged the countrymen to reject the BNP-Jamaat nexus and reelect the Awami League government to keep up the country’s progress and development.“I urge the countrymen to reject the looters and those, who embezzled orphans’ money and were convicted in the 21 August grenade case and the 10-truck arms haul case, through the 30 December elections,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat will ruin the country again and stop all development works if they come to power. “The BNP-Jamaat will destroy the country and will hand over it to Al-Badar and Al-Shams if they are elected,” she said.The prime minister recalled that the anti-liberation forces after coming to power in 2001 harboured terrorism and militancy and created Bangla Bhai in the country.Highlighting Bangladesh’s tremendous development over the last 10 years, the AL president said to continue the pace of uplift, it is necessary to keep the pro-liberation forces in power.She said Bangladesh will be built in the spirit of the Liberation War and the ideology of Bangabandhu and there will be no room for terrorism, militancy and anti-liberation forces in future.The prime minister said her government implemented huge number of development schemes in the last 10 years. “So I seek vote for the Awami League and Mohajote candidates in the upcoming elections to continue the pace of uplift,” she said.“We want to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the people got scope to speak in our mother tongue and earned independence by casting vote for boat. “They are now getting touch of development as they cast vote for the Awami League,” she said.The premier said every village of the country got touch of development as her government remained in power for 10 years at a stretch. “There will not be a single person to remain homeless and every house will be illuminated if the Awami League is reelected,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also elaborated massive development of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Brahmanbaria and Pirojepur that took place in the last 10 years and said uplift takes place when Awami League remains in power.The prime minister said her government upgraded the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway to four lanes and started work of the rail line from the port city to Gundhum via Cox’s Bazar.“We will introduce bullet train on Dhaka-Chattogram route if we are reelected,” she said.The AL president also introduced the Awami League and Mohajote candidates of the four districts to the people present at the rallies through videoconferencing.Besides the candidates, local Awami League leaders also spoke at the rallies.last_img read more

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Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudi Arabia on child soldiers list

first_imgGraphic on the biggest suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Photo: AFPSecretary of state Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts’ findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter.The decision, which came after a fierce internal debate, could prompt new accusations by human rights advocates and some lawmakers that US president Donald Trump’s administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a major US ally and arms customer.Pompeo’s move comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, the Saudis’ bitter regional rival.State department experts recommended adding Saudi Arabia to the soon-to-be released list based in part on news reports and human rights groups’ assessments that the desert kingdom has hired child fighters from Sudan to fight for the US-backed coalition in Yemen, the four sources said.The Saudi government, Saudi embassy in Washington and Saudi-led coalition did not respond to requests for comment. The coalition has previously said it was upholding international human rights standards and denied the use of child soldiers.The experts’ recommendation faced resistance from some other State Department officials who, according to three of the sources, argued that it was not clear whether the Sudanese forces were under the control of Sudanese officers or directed by the Saudi-led coalition.A New York Times report in December cited Sudanese fighters saying their Saudi and United Arab Emirates commanders directed them at a safe distance from the fighting against the coalition’s foes, Iran-aligned Houthi militias.Pompeo rejected the recommendation from the experts, who are from the State Department’s anti-human trafficking office, said the four sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The office has a key role in investigating the use of child soldiers worldwide.“The United States condemns the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers. We place great importance on ending the practice wherever it occurs,” a State Department official said in response to Reuters’ questions. The official, however, did not specifically address the Saudi decision or whether any consideration was given to Riyadh’s security ties to Washington.Instead of adding Saudi Arabia to the list, Sudan will be reinstated after being removed last year, three of the sources said.A spokesman for Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, which has contributed fighters to the Yemen war, said the force is affiliated with Sudan’s military. “Based on Sudanese laws, it does not recruit minors,” he said. He did not directly respond to a question on who controlled Sudanese forces in Yemen.The UAE government did not respond to a request for comment.The child soldiers list will be part of the State Department’s annual global Trafficking in Persons report, which the sources said is expected to be released as early as Thursday.Ban on US AidThe Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 requires the State Department to report annually on countries using child fighters, defined as “any person under 18 years of age who takes a direct part in hostilities as a member of governmental armed forces.”Foreign militaries on the list cannot receive US aid, training and weapons unless the president issues full or partial waivers of those sanctions based on “national interest.” Trump and his predecessors have done this in the past for countries with close security ties to the United States.While internal debates over issues like child soldier violations often take place ahead of the release of the annual state department list, this one was especially heated, several of the sources said.Since the end of 2016, the Saudi-led coalition has deployed as many as 14,000 Sudanese at any given time, including children as young as 14, to fight in Yemen, offering payments of up to $10,000 per recruit, according to the New York Times. The article cited Sudanese fighters who had returned home and Sudanese lawmakers.In Washington, the Yemen conflict is a contentious issue well beyond the State Department.Republican and Democratic lawmakers, citing evidence of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and angered by the civilian toll from the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, have ramped up efforts to block Trump’s multibillion-dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia.Congressmen Tom Malinowski and Ted Lieu organized a letter to Pompeo from more than a dozen lawmakers in March that said they were “gravely concerned by credible reports” of the Saudi-led coalition deploying Sudanese child fighters in Yemen.They called for a US investigation, including into whether they had been armed with US-made weapons, and also asked for an inquiry into “credible evidence of Houthi forces forcibly conscripting minors into combat.”Bloody ConflictSudan sent thousands of troops to Yemen with the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the civil war in 2015 against the Houthis, who had captured most of the main populated areas of the country and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile.Almost from the start, accusations of the use of child soldiers have dogged the parties to the bloody conflict.A report by an independent group of experts to the U.N. Human Rights Council in August 2018 found that all sides in Yemen “conscripted or enlisted children into armed forces or groups and used them to participate actively in hostilities.”The Trump administration has faced controversy in the past over its handling of the child soldier issue.Reuters reported in 2017 that then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opted to remove Iraq and Myanmar from the child soldiers list and rejected a recommendation to add Afghanistan to it, despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were still being conscripted in those countries.The state department said at the time that while the use of child soldiers was “abhorrent,” it was still in “technical compliance with the law.” Pompeo, who succeeded Tillerson, reinstated Iraq and Myanmar on the list last year.last_img read more

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Cutting Edges

first_imgBy Imani Wj Wright, Baltimore Resident“The Barbershop Series” exhibition features the work of renowned Baltimore artist, puppeteer and museum educator Schroeder Cherry, Ed.D. The series pays homage to one of the most enduring African American economic and cultural institutions, using bold colors, movement, symbols and visual metaphors. Each piece is a multimedia collage emulating the voices, sounds, textures and personas that make barbershops a central place in communities around the nation.This past weekend, I had the opportunity to analyze and spectate “The Barbershop Series,” a collaboration between visual artist, Schroeder Cherry and Joshua Lee, a mental health therapist. The series opened with a curated event by L. Nef’fahtiti Partlow-Myrick. Cherry began these conversations in 2015 and continues the narrative of open communication in inner city communities. Conversations that account for real Black voices in the communities that people listen to least.Growing-up, my father and I would get our hair cut every other Friday at Session’s Barbershop. There were days where my father and I would wait until 1 a.m. to finally get our cut and end up leaving at about 2 a.m. Even though I was young, I was never impatient. Time seemed to fly by so fast. There was always such good conversation throughout the shop. Not just [small talk], but intense, passionate and socially dogged discussions. At Session’s, the topics would vary, and often did.  Anything you could name- from history, to sports, to the three branches of government, there was a little bit of everything. I quickly realized that barbershops were a massive nucleus for dialogue.“The Barbershop Series,” blended the work of renowned Baltimore artist Schroeder Cherry, Ed.D and the mental health therapy of Joshua Lee, to curate an art therapy experience where attendees “unlocked,” key things about the world and their lives. (Photos by Niya Parham)Videographer, Lukey Lenz and I were allowed access to the art gallery.  We spent two-hours trying to take everything in and figure out exactly what the messages were in these pieces of art. One motif that we came across were locks. There were physical locks attached to the pieces. And along with these locks, fittingly so, there were sets of keys.After some “ice breaking”, it was time for Lee to get everyone started with the crux of the “event.” He said to everyone, “If you were a lock, show me what that would look like. Show me a soft lock, Show me a hard lock.” We even got a little unconventional with pretty locks. At first, people hesitated, but swiftly found a way to show their bodily interpretations of what each lock looked and felt like to them. Afterwards, participants were sectioned off into groups to discuss the topic in which was assigned to them. Two of the presented topics were lock and unlock.“The Barbershop Series,” blended the work of renowned Baltimore artist Schroeder Cherry, Ed.D and the mental health therapy of Joshua Lee, to curate an art therapy experience where attendees “unlocked,” key things about the world and their lives. (Photos by Niya Parham)Michelle Holder, a woman who was discussing “unlock,” made a very memorable statement. Holder said, “When I heard lock, I closed my eyes. I didn’t want anything to do with my surroundings.”  Another man, proudly sporting a dashiki, said, “I thought of the chains on my people from wrist to ankle.” A few steps over to the left there was a group of folk speaking on lock. The atmosphere was the same in this circle.. serious, and introspective. A young woman named Nicole explained: “I don’t know what the end goal is of the key. I don’t know.  I don’t know the key to anger.” Words and phrases like, “uncomfortable,” “exposed,” and “I cut myself from the world,” were all consistently heard throughout the room. At points, some even began to break out in tears. This was deeper than an exercise, this was deeper than great art, this was people finding pieces of their spirit that they may have never unlocked. Cherry’s art simply became what art is typically used for, and becomes in the real world…. inspiration. The participants weren’t just looking at the assemblage  art on the wall and analyzing the pieces for what they were. The art had now been given legs. It lead to a community event, a thinking tank, a moment of self reflection.Schroeder Cherry, Joshua Lee, and everyone else involved with the curation of the Barbershop Series deserves a grand applause. I, along with many others in that room, experienced what art and humanity can truly accomplish in tandem. I hope future artists can use this model to expand their piece…surpassing the canvas. In the meantime.. Stay Virtuous. Stay Idealistic. Stay Progressive. “The AFRO is committed to providing an experience like no other. In a new segment entitled “Baltimore Speaks,” the AFRO gives its readers a chance to write about their experiences in neighborhoods around Baltimore.”last_img read more

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Best of Last Week – Quantum physics got less complicated the pseudogap

first_img Explore further Last week also saw India launch its biggest rocket ever into space, paving the way for manned missions and establishing the country as a major player in the space race. Also making headlines, Curiosity rover found active, ancient organic chemistry on Mars in the form of high levels of methane in the atmosphere around it and other chemicals in rock samples nearby, sparking interest in its source.Also in a bit of interesting research, a team at the University of Utah announced that they’d come up with a “Darwinian” test that uncovers an antidepressant’s hidden toxicity—they believe their new approach might help prevent some drugs being passed as safe which later are found to have harmful side effects and is based on using untamed house mice as subjects rather than bred test mice. And a professor with Rutgers made a strong case suggesting that thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy—Liping Liu thinks it’s time countries in the tropics start taking advantage of the huge temperature difference of ocean water near the surface and at depth. He claims it represents a vast untapped resource and that countries near such sources should start working on ways to harness the energy potential it offers.And finally for those people who still want to live a really long time, some researchers are wondering if ibuprofen might be an anti-aging medicine. Recent research has shown that the popular over-the counter drug could extend the lifespan of yeast, worms and flies—it also allowed them to remain healthier as they aged. Is the Higgs boson a piece of the matter-antimatter puzzle? © 2014 Phys.org Quantum physics says that particles can behave like waves, and vice versa. Researchers have now shown that this ‘wave-particle duality’ is simply the quantum uncertainty principle in disguise. Credit: Timothy Yeo / CQT, National University of Singaporecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—It was an interesting week for findings in the physics world as one team of researchers made quantum physics less complicated by demonstrating that two features of the quantum world are actually the same thing—turns out that wave-particle duality is actually a disguised version of the uncertainty principle. Meanwhile, another team wondered if the Higgs boson was a piece of the matter-antimatter puzzle. They think the recently found particle might actually play a role in the apparent imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe and want to design and run experiments at LHC to look into the possibility. Also, another team found the first direct evidence of a mysterious phase of matter that competes with high-temperature superconductivity—they’re calling it the “pseudogap,” and think it might be robbing superconcuctors of electrons preventing 100 percent efficiencies. Citation: Best of Last Week – Quantum physics got less complicated, the pseudogap and ibuprofen as an anti-aging drug (2014, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-week-quantum-physics-complicated-pseudogap.htmllast_img read more

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Make permanent changes to web pages with Chromes Overrides Dev Tool

first_imgMake permanent changes to web pages with Chrome’s Overrides Dev Tool by Martin Brinkmann on February 27, 2018 in Google Chrome – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 17 commentsLocal Overrides is a relatively new experimental feature of the Developer Tools of the Google Chrome web browser that you may use to make permanent changes to web pages similar to how you’d do so using userscripts or userstyles.While most users may not want to modify style or other content on web pages they visit regularly; some users want to do so to remove annoyances, improve usability or make other modifications.A good example is a site that is too bright in the eyes of the user. Using overrides, you could change the style of the website to a dark one so that it is more eye-pleasing. You can also use it to increase or decrease font sizes, change fonts, remove background images, or manipulate any other element on the page.Setting up Local Overrides in Google ChromeLocal Overrides is an experimental feature of Google Chrome that is available in all supported versions of the browser.Here is what you need to do to enable it:Tap on F12 to bring up the Developer Tools interface.Tap on F1 in the interface to open the Preferences.Under Preferences, locate “Enable Local Overrides” and check the option.isit a web page that you want to make permanent changes on.Switch to the Sources panel in the Developer Tools.Click on the icon with the two arrows pointing to the left, and select Overrides from the menu.Select “setup overrides” and pick a local folder that you want to store the overrides in.Accept Chrome’s request to access the folder.Using Local Overrides in Google ChromeUsing overrides for resources is pretty straightforward. Open the Network panel in the browser to get started. If you don’t see any loaded files reload the page to populate the listing.Right-click on any resource file that you want to override and select the “save as override” option. Chrome saves the data to the local system and will use it instead of the original resource when it loads the web page.You may edit the file then under Sources > Overrides. This works well for styles, but you can override pretty much any source file including HTML pages and JavaScript files.Overrides are saved automatically, and you may delete them from the overrides listing in the Chrome Developer Tools, or use the preferences instead.The overrides section of the Developer Tools preferences list all sites with overrides. When you hover over an entry, you may delete it to remove all overrides or click on edit to change the domain name.Check out the following instructional video that highlights how you may use the feature to improve the performance of web pages.Closing WordsLocal Overrides is an experimental feature which means that Google may pull it in the future or integrate it fully in the browser. For now, it is an excellent option to change the style or code of web pages that you visit regularly and an alternative to using userstyles or scripts for that.The main advantage of the built-in option is that you can use Chrome’s Developer Tools to see the changes in realtime without having to save external files manually and reload pages each time you make changes.Now You: Do you use userscripts or styles?SummaryArticle NameMake permanent changes to web pages with Chrome’s Overrides Dev ToolDescriptionLocal Overrides is a relatively new experimental feature of the Developer Tools of the Google Chrome web browser that you may use to make permanent changes to web pages similar to how you’d do so using userscripts or userstyles.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Central Playa del Carmen Soriana robbed at gunpoint

first_imgPolice arrived to begin their investigation. There were no reports of injuries or the amounts stolen. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Reports say that three subjects entered the grocery store, threatening customers and employees for cash and personal belongings. When they fled, the trio intercepted a family that had just arrived in a van. At gunpoint, they demanded the van, which they used as their getaway vehicle. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Three people with weapons stormed the Soriana Super branch located on 30th Avenue Friday, robbing it of its cash and stealing a getaway vehicle. last_img read more

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India to promote itself as a global Medical Tourism Destination

first_imgIndia has all the potentials to lead the global medical tourism industry due to the presence of advanced medical technologies as well as for offering affordable medical care. SCCEM (Society of Critical Care Emergency Medicine) has been in the forefront to help establish India as a premier medical tourism destination in the world, with their various efforts to bring different stakeholders at a common platform to discuss impending issues and removing the bottlenecks.After two successful annual medical tourism conferences, they are going to organise the third edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress in Hyderabad, Telengana on September 3-4, 2016. Several domestic as well as International players from the medical tourism industry have already confirmed their presence for the event, and the IIMTC 2016 will prove a benchmark journey to establish India as the foremost destination for patients around the world, seeking quality, affordable and satisfying medical care.India is relying upon a lot on the medical tourism sector to increase its foreign currency deposit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already extended his best wishes to the success of IIMTC 2016, and country’s Health Department, Ayush Department, Tourism Department etc are seeing the event as an opportunity to build the Brand India proposition among foreign nationals, choosing the country for an effective and cost-effective healthcare or treatment.H N Garg, President of SCCEM, states that a number of hosted buyers from CIS countries, the Middle East, North African Nations and other countries have already confirmed their presence for IIMTC 2016. “Several representatives from the leading hospitals, healthcare centres from India will be present at the two-day conference to shape the future of the Indian medical tourism industry,” he said.Today, India is the leading destinations for international patients to get quality treatments in the areas of bone marrow transplants, cardiac bypass surgeries, heart surgeries, spine surgeries and dental treatments. At IIMTC 2016, Indian healthcare providers will also showcase their sophisticated medical technologies and capabilities in other areas as well to draw more international patients. The event is expected to play a significant role to bolster the growth of the Indian medical tourism industry.last_img read more

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Mektoub My Love Intermezzo a Film that Should Not Have Been at

first_img Abdellatif KechicheAbdellatif Kechiche filmsAdele ExarchopoulosBlue is the Warmest Colour First Published: May 27, 2019, 1:31 PM IST One of the most controversial movies at the just concluded Cannes Film Festival was avant- garde Franco-Tunisian helmer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo in French. Unlike his earlier Blue is the Warmest Colour, a lesbian tale which had a great story, a great screenplay and great message that helped it to win the Palme dÓr in 2013 – Kechiche’s latest outing has very little of these. Part of the Festival’s prestigious competition, Mektoub My Love… had precious little to say in all its three-and-a-half hours of run time (the Festival cut about 30 minutes just before it was screened), except taking us on a voyeuristic voyage. A liberal display of female bottoms on the beach that took about 30 minutes followed by one long scene in a night club – where girls and boys gyrate to the beat of music. They dance body to body, kissed all and sundry, and finally the movie takes us inside a toilet for a 20-minute scene of unsimulated oral sex. No holds-barred! Watch Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo trailer here: Was there a story at all? Yes, there was. A trace of it. Kechiche did manage to weave in one. Amin (Shaiin Boumedine) is a shy student deeply in love with Ophelie (Ophelie Bau) – who is having an affair with Tony (Salim Kechiouche) even while she is engaged to Clement, who is away on military service. Not just this; she is pregnant with Clement’s child and wants to abort it – and seeks Amin’s help. She wants to go with him to Paris to get this done, and does not want her parents or Clement to know about it. Unfortunately, Kechiche throws away a plot that could have been developed with some sensible scripting. Instead, he takes a viewer through hours of blaring music and dance which are purely sexy, not erotic – and they lead to what is undeniably pure pornography. Obviously, Kechiche wants to shock his audiences, a route he started to take with Blue is the Warmest Colour, although here the story was strong enough and did not allow itself to be overshadowed by a few sex scenes. But soon after Blue is the Warmest Colour opened, there were reports of Kechiche having ill-treated its two leading actresses, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. Similarly, there is a controversy now about Mektoub My Love.. A French paper, Midi Libre, has alleged that Kechiche resorted to unorthodox methods to push his actors to perform oral sex. The actors were clearly unwilling. But were the actors not given advance scripts or were they kept in the dark about this? Here lies the answer.A tweet translating part of the publication reads, “Kechiche absolutely wanted a non-simulated sex scene, something the actors didn’t want to do. But by the way of insistence, and over time and with alcohol being regularly consumed, he managed to get what he wanted.”The respected French paper, Li Figaro, came with more details: “The director had the scenes of the night club replay for hours and hours, exhausting all the actors and the filming was prolonged very late at night, begins the informant of the newspaper. He absolutely wanted to get to have a sex scene not simulated, which the actors were not willing. But as he insisted over the hours and while alcohol was regularly consumed on the spot, he managed to get what he wanted.”And David Ehrlich in his review in IndieWire wrote, “Ophelie Bau had roughly 389 alcoholic drinks over the course of the night that follows, and every one of them makes it feel as though she’s trying to force her own hand.”What is the truth. Difficult to say. But that Bau did not attend the photo call or the press conference after Mektoub My Love.. was screened may be telling point. It is possible that the actors were not treated well.For Kechiche, this is history repeating itself. Seydoux and Exarchopoulos had similar grievances when they were shooting Blue is the Warmest Colour. My question is, why did a Festival as renowned as Cannes pick a film like Mektoub My Love…!(Author, commentator and movie critic Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered Cannes close to 30 years) last_img read more

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