first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Justin Bieber Advertisementcenter_img Justin Bieber confessed he was “struggling” with his mental health in a candid new Instagram post.The popstar opened up about his ongoing personal battle, and told his followers that he wasn’t feeling like himself.Alongside a black and white snap from 2016 of him praying with rapper Kanye West and manager Scooter Braun, the 25-year-old admitted he was in a “weird” place. “Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys,” he began. “Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird. I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on.”According to People, the Canadian singer has been forced to postpone his second wedding to model Hailey Baldwin, just months after their intimate courthouse nuptials in September, as he seeks treatment for depression.“They will have a wedding ceremony with family and friends eventually,” a source told the outlet. “However, right now, Justin’s focus is getting well mentally.”The Sorry hitmaker recently admitted to previously suffering from an addiction to sex and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which he said left him feeling ashamed.“I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed,” he told Vogue. “My mom always said to treat women with respect. For me that was always in my head while I was doing it, so I could never enjoy it.“Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Women get raw deal from Bihar NDA in ticket distribution

first_imgPatna: The BJP-led NDA in Bihar – which has been accusing the opposition of stalling a bill envisaging 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies – has resorted to tokenism when it came to distribution of tickets to women in the general election. According to the list released by the NDA on March 23, only three women candidates have been allotted Lok Sabha tickets in the state – one each by alliance partners the BJP, JD(U) and the LJP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The opposition Grand Alliance – comprising the RJD, Congress, RLSP, HAM (S) and former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni’s VIP – has so far named just nine candidates for the polls. Election to the 40 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases in Bihar between April 11 and May 19. The ruling Janata Dal (United) has fielded Kavita Singh from Siwan constituency, while the Bharatiya Janata Party has nominated Rama Devi from the Sheohar seat. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Veena Singh of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is contesting the election from the Vaishali constituency. In 2014, too, the NDA had given three tickets to women, two by the BJP and one by the LJP, while the JD(U) which was then not part of the BJP-led coalition, allotted two seats for women. The BJP had contested 30 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the last general election, while the JD(U) fielded candidates in all but two seats. As per the seat-sharing arrangement in the NDA this time, both the BJP and the JD(U) are contesting 17 seats each, leaving six constituencies to the LJP. The parties, in their defence, claimed that women did not get adequate representation in their list of candidates as they were contesting fewer seats this time. Devesh Kumar, the state unit vice-president of the BJP, contended that the party believes in “empowering women”, but the seat-sharing arrangement in the state did not leave them with much of an option. “Yes, it is important that women should be given more tickets in elections, but since we are contesting fewer seats this time as compared to the last time, we had to take many factors into consideration. “The BJP government at the Centre believes in empowering women. One can clearly see that women are holding important portfolios at the Centre – External Affairs (Sushma Swaraj) and Defence (Nirmala Sitharaman). Our Lok Sabha Speaker (Sumitra Mahajan) is a woman,” he pointed out. Echoing similar sentiments, JD(U) spokesperson and MLC Niraj Kumar said, “It was difficult for the party to accommodate more women this time as it was contesting just 17 seats in the state.” The JD(U) spokesperson also listed the decisions taken by the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar in the interest of women, such as 50 per cent reservation in urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions and 35 per cent reservation in all government jobs. “Our party has been strong votary of women’s reservation bill. If the bill is passed, it would become mandatory for parties to give women tickets,” he added. Two regional parties have shown a way out of chronic tokenism in their distribution of tickets to women this time. In West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress has fielded 41 per cent women candidates for the general election, which the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha has reserved 33 per cent of its tickets for women.last_img read more

Compromise How SC Resolution 2468 on Western Sahara Is Different

Washington, D.C. – While the UN Security Council’s new Resolution 2468 does not bring any major breakthrough that might suggest that the Security Council is moving decisively towards pressuring the parties to reach a mutually acceptable political solution, the new language it included gives a glimpse into the direction of the political process.For the most part, the resolution has maintained the same language and the same parameters of the UN-led political process as previous resolutions on Western Sahara, with an emphasis on “realism” and on the need for the parties to the conflict to cooperate in good faith with the United Nations Secretary-General’s personal envoy, Horst Kohler.The preamble of the resolution has once again given prominence to the Moroccan autonomy proposal in that it welcomes the “serious and credible Moroccan efforts to move the process forward towards resolution.” Meanwhile, the resolution has simply taken note of the counterproposal submitted by Polisario without giving it any credit for advancing the political process. But this language should not be regarded as a victory for Morocco, since it simply uses the same language in all but one resolution on the conflict since the start of the political process in April 2007.Read Also: Western Sahara: UN Resolution 2468 Calls for Compromise, RealismThe only exception to this practice was in Resolution 2285 of 2016, when the Security Council settled for taking note of Morocco’s autonomy proposal and the Polisario’s counterproposal without praising Morocco’s efforts to advance the political process.Algeria no longer a ‘neighboring’ countryThat being said, the Security Council has once more included Algeria on quasi-equal footing with Morocco.The main significant change that the new resolution brings is the fact that it mentions Algeria five times in the resolution, three times in the preamble and twice in the operative paragraphs. Mentioning Algeria five times in the resolution carries political weight and suggests that the Security Council is moving progressively towards considering it as a full-fledged party in the conflict.Since the start of the political process until October 2018, Algeria had never been mentioned in any Security Council resolution on the conflict. It took Morocco a sustained diplomatic effort to convince the Security Council to come to terms with the obvious reality that Polisario would not exist without Algeria’s military, financial, diplomatic, and logistical support.The first time the Security Council included Algeria in a resolution on the conflict was in Resolution 2440 of last October. That resolution mentioned Algeria three times. That the Security Council mentions Algeria five time in its new resolution is a significant change that plays in Morocco’s favor.In addition, while in paragraph seven of Resolution 2440’s preamble the Security Council described Morocco and Polisario as “the parties” and Algeria and Mauritania as “neighboring states,” this time around that distinction has disappeared. The resolution has named the four parties on equal footing.New emphasis on compromiseThe other significant change lies in paragraph six of the preamble. In Resolution 2440, the council reaffirmed its commitment to assist the parties to “achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.”The new resolution has the same language but adds the phrase “based on compromise.”Read Also: Making Sense of Security Council Resolution 2440 on Western SaharaThe Security Council reaffirmed “its commitment to assist the parties to achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, based on compromise, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara” in paragraph six of Resolution 2468.The new language indicates that the Security Council is stressing more than ever before that any resolution has to be reached “based on compromise.” The new resolution, in fact, emphasizes the need for compromise five times.To gauge the political weight of the new language, one has to compare it with the previous resolutions, especially the resolutions adopted between April 2007 and April 2017. During this period, with the exception of Resolutions 1754 and 1783 which made no mention of such term, the need for the parties to be guided with the spirit of compromise was mentioned as little as one time in all the resolutions.But the trend changed with Resolution 2414, which called for the need for compromise three times, and Resolution 2440, which mentioned that principle four times. While there has been an incremental call on the parties to be guided by the spirit of compromise, there has also been an incremental emphasis on the need for the parties to be guided by “realism” and a realistic approach.While in each of the resolutions adopted between April 2008 and October 2018, the need to show “realism” was mentioned only one time, this emphasis was strengthened since the adoption of Resolution 2440, which mentioned the principle twice.In addition, that resolution added new language that emphasized the need for the parties to “achieve a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution based on compromise.” This language has been confirmed in Resolution 2468.Realism might mean no referendumTo Algeria and Polisario’s dismay, the text indicates that the option of a referendum of self-determination and the approach of “winner-take-all” are off the table.This explains why Russia, which abstained from the vote, has expressed its displeasure with the language of the new resolution. In his explanation of the vote after the adoption of Resolution 2468, the Russian representative said that his country rejects “attempts to prejudge the course of negotiations or alter already agreed parameters.”The Russian representative voiced his concerns that the amendments in the new resolution “undermine the Council’s neutral role.” He added that all his attempts to restore “previously agreed language were ignored.”The same level of frustration was expressed by South Africa’s representative. While explaining why his country abstained, he said the new language gives “little clarity on the use of such terms as ‘realistic’ and ‘realism,’ as well as ‘compromise,’” and regretted that the new resolution attempts to “unduly influence the direction of the political process nor pre-empt any final status of the negotiations.”The South African diplomat further regretted that the new resolution makes no distinction “between the parties to the conflict – namely, Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and the neighboring States, Algeria and Mauritania.”Handling John Bolton effectivelyThis new development suggests that Morocco has adapted well to the presence of John Bolton in the Trump administration and has succeeded in thwarting all attempts to undo the diplomatic achievement Morocco has made in the past few years.A few days after the adoption of Resolution 2440 last October, Algeria signed a lobbying deal with Keene Consulting, owned by David Keene, Bolton’s friend and long-time Polisario supporter. Algeria has sought to use Keene’s friendship with Bolton to shape the new US policy on Western Sahara to its advantage.Read Also: Morocco Should Stay Alert to John Bolton’s Influence with TrumpBut in light of the language introduced in the new resolution, Algeria has so far lost this battle. Not only Keene Consulting and Foley Hoag—Algeria’s main lobbying firm—have failed to change the language of Resolution 2440 and remove any mention of Algeria in the new resolution. Instead, the Security Council has moved further to considering Algeria a full-fledged party to the conflict.This also suggests that despite appearances and the unpredictability of the Trump administration, Morocco can still rely on career diplomats and officials in the Pentagon and in the national security apparatus to speak on Morocco’s behalf, make the case for its strategic interests, and prevent any decision that might put the US-Morocco strategic alliance in jeopardy.What Russia’s abstentions meanDespite Morocco’s successful efforts to preserve its achievements, a final political solution to the conflict in line with Morocco’s approach is still out of reach. Yesterday’s vote on Resolution 2468 suggests that even if the US were to adopt a position clearly in favor of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, Russia would not let that happen.That Russia has abstained in the past four resolutions that have been perceived as slightly in favor of Morocco indicates that if push comes to shove and the US tried to impose the Moroccan Autonomy Plan as the only basis for negotiations, Russia might use its veto power.What reduces the chances of a solution any time soon is that even in the US government there has been no unanimity on its Western Sahara position.More than two decades after the US urged Morocco to present an autonomy proposal and committed to supporting it as the only basis for a future solution, it has failed to honor its engagement.Because of the impact of lobbyists and interest groups in swaying US decision-makers and shaping their views on foreign policy and the existence of opposing views even within the State Department, the US position on the conflict has evolved from considering Morocco’s Autonomy Plan as the only feasible solution to the conflict to considering it as simply “a solution” that could help solve the conflict.With John Bolton in the Trump administration and his desire to leave his stamp on the conflict, the chances of American support for Morocco’s position on the conflict are nonexistent. Algerians are aware of that and will work harder than ever before to undo the progress that Morocco has achieved in recent years.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis.,Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis. read more

Photo by Visual Arts student displayed on Rideau Skateway

Lisa Goulet stands near her photo, Rebirth.Skaters on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa this winter will be treated to a photo by Visual Arts student Lisa Goulet.Goulet’s photo was chosen as part of the National Capital Commission’s Eco Art exhibit, a celebration of youth during the Rideau Skateway’s 41st season.Thirty-two works of art will be displayed on the canal skateway, which gets about a million visitors a year.Goulet’s photograph is entitled “Rebirth.”Related link:• Young talent featured in skateway’s Eco Art | Ottawa Sun read more

Shootings raise level of alarm at small businesses

NEW YORK — At a four-hour meeting last month, Michelle Abdow’s staffers got to experience some of the sights, sounds and even smells they could encounter if someone invaded their office and began shooting.Security experts and local law enforcement officers gave Abdow’s 23 staffers active shooter training — explaining what could happen and what they could do to remain safe during a shooting at their company, public relations firm Market Mentors. The visitors acted out scenarios that helped staffers understand what a real shooting might be like.“It was very intense, much more than most other training where people watch videos,” says Abdow, whose company is based in Springfield, Massachusetts. “But I surveyed everyone after, and there was not one negative comment. Everyone was grateful.”The shootings in public places in recent years have made many small business owners and managers aware that they and their staffers need to be educated about workplace violence. They need to know not only how to improve their chances of survival but also how to recognize any warning signs, a possibility if the assailant is a current or former employee or is involved in a domestic dispute with an employee. Security consultants and human resources providers say they’re getting more inquiries and requests for training sessions following this month’s shooting that killed 22 people and wounded dozens of others in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart — than they did after previous mass shootings.Engage PEO, a human resources provider, began getting more calls from small businesses after the February 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staffers and wounded 17 others.“It went from almost nothing to a regular occurrence,” says Julie Cirillo, vice-president of risk management at Hollywood, Florida-based Engage PEO. The inquiries range from asking about security cameras to a request for active shooter training for their staffs.The shootings were on Abdow’s mind when she asked one of her clients, a company that provides active shooter training, to come to her company.The training opened with staffers listening to a recording of a 911 call made by employees when a former co-worker entered their workplace and began shooting. The trainers explained what the caller did right, and wrong, in reporting the incident. They talked about the mindset of a shooter during an attack, discussed ways of running and hiding, and gave tips like, silence your cellphone so the shooter can’t hear where you are. During the course of the session, they fired a gun so staffers would know how gunshots sound and smell.The trainers also went over Abdow’s premises and pointed out hiding places. The local sheriff’s department, recognizing that the meeting was likely to be anxiety-provoking, brought a therapy dog to ease everyone’s stress.Consultants like Cirillo advise business owners that the assessment of threats should begin internally — most workplace shooters are disgruntled current or former employees or someone in a turbulent relationship with an employee. Bosses and employees should all be on the lookout for signs of trouble. In 2016, there were 320 people intentionally shot to death in U.S. companies, according to Labor Department statistics. Relatives or domestic partners were responsible for 40% of the women killed in the workplace.Engage PEO advises owners on what to look out for with troubled staffers, including those who are in difficult or violent domestic situations.“We tell them to be aware of signs and symptoms of employees or spouses, even colleagues and co-workers, to be aware to take every complaint and issue seriously,” Cirillo says. For example, look for a change in a staffer’s behaviour. Employees also need to learn that if a co-worker says they’re in a relationship that is or could turn violent, that the boss needs to know — even if the information was shared in confidence.But many times, employees are afraid to speak up.“There needs to be some sort of way for employees to anonymously raise a red flag,” says Heidi Wysocki, co-owner of First Defence Solutions, a security training firm based in Plano, Texas. While large companies have anonymous hotlines, smaller companies might want to use an anonymous texting program, she says.Owners who learn that a staffer is struggling with personal issues should offer the company’s resources — for example, an Employee Assistance Program — or be able to assist the employee in getting help. If a staffer is difficult, becomes moody or distant and the owner has any reason to fear violence, they should consult with a human resources provider or employment attorney.While owners can become unnerved by high-profile shootings and consider getting their companies prepared, many don’t follow through. Wysocki’s company has gotten more inquiries from small business owners since the Walmart shooting, but concern is often soon replaced by denial.“We get a lot of, ‘I can’t believe it can happen here,’” Wysocki says. Concerns about workplace violence led Wysocki and business partner Ed Pietrowski to found their security training firm after 14 people were killed and 22 others were wounded by two shooters at a workplace holiday party in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.The July 28 shooting that killed three people at a festival in Gilroy, California, convinced Earl Jones that he needed to make his new office in Sunnyvale, California, as secure as possible. He’s planning to install a security system and get advice on how to make the insurance agency that bears his name safer.Despite the randomness of mass shootings, Jones says he’s aware that many workplace attacks have been at the hands of disgruntled or unhappy workers or relatives of workers.“That could have been my office. It could have been anybody,” he says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com sJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

SMMT revises car and van registration forecasts

2009F -11.3% 2,131,795 213,300 SMMT typically revises its forecasts on a quarterly basis with a panel of industry market analysts. The next forecast is due in January 2010. 337,741 187,200 New cars “The Scrappage Incentive Scheme has had a demonstrably positive impact on new car registrations in 2009 and will continue to do so into 2010. SMMT’s latest forecasts confirm that the recovery remains fragile and government needs to continue to give priority to measures that support consumer and business confidence.” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. 2007 Pre scrappage the lowest forecast for the 2009 market was 1.658 million units. Notes:The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. It supports the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media.  % change % change The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revised its new car registration forecast for 2009 up by 100,000 units since the last quarterly revision in July 2009, to reflect the positive impact that the Scrappage Incentive Scheme is having on new car registrations. Total new car registrations are anticipated to be down 9.6% for the full year with a further decline expected in 2010.  The outlook remains challenging for vans but stability should occur over the next 12 months with further recovery in 2011 but volumes will remain below pre-recession levels. 1,777,100 2010F 13.9% 182,800 4.6% New vans 2.4% The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy with £51 billion turnover and £10 billion value added. With over 800,000 jobs dependent on the industry, it accounts for 65% of total manufacturing turnover and invests £1 billion each year in R&D. In the last ten years, huge strides have been made to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout the life cycle.  Improvements in production processes mean energy used to produce each vehicle is down 24%, water use is down 45% and 57% less waste enters landfill sites. Average tailpipe CO2 emissions have also been slashed and are down 20% compared to 1999 levels.  For more details, download SMMT’s tenth annual Sustainability Report or annual facts booklet from the SMMT website www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) -14.3% 2,404,007 UK new car and van registration volumes 2007 to 2011 3.2% 2011F 289,463 -36.8% -9.6% 2008 2.5% 1,928,100 -7.8% 1,858,700 read more

Mens basketball Ohio State looking for right mindset to take down No

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate slams home a dunk against Navy on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFollowing the attack that occurred on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, the Buckeyes men’s basketball team took a moment during their Tuesday press conference to reflect on the events, and express their thanks for the University Police officer who responded.“We got to keep issues off the court, but, I mean, it’s scary,” said OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate. “Somebody lost their life yesterday, and more people were injured. It’s terrible but I’m glad that we have police around who responded very quickly, contained the situation before it got even more out of hand.”While the investigation is ongoing, and students and staff on campus attempt to return to life as usual in Columbus, the Buckeyes will play at No. 6 Virginia on Saturday evening. The Cavaliers are 6-0, and have defeated their opponents by an average of more than 29 points per game.Virginia already was going to be a stout challenge coming into the game, but Monday’s events might weigh heavily on the minds of those in attendance and on the athletes. Senior forward Marc Loving said the Buckeyes will be looking for focus even after the attacks.“I know some things that happened yesterday are going to be in our mind during the game,” he said. “Things that happened could have a negative effect on, obviously, the morale on campus and this team. But when we step in this gym, we try to block out all aspects whether it’s the classroom, or it’s any distraction that’s possibly going on and just hone on in the time we have in practice together and just get better.”Saturday’s contest will be just the second true away game for the Cavaliers. Led by redshirt junior guard Darius Thompson with a 10 points-per-game average, Virginia is coming off an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA tournament.Last season, Virginia finished with a 29-8 record, and was behind only North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tate said OSU will be focusing on quicker ball movement in practice to try and overcome the challenge ahead.“We hold onto the ball a little too long,” he said. “Other than that, you know when we catch the ball we immediately know what we’re going to do with it, not catch it and think about what we’re going to do and allow the defense to set up and get back in the gaps.”On defense, Virginia is allowing just 41.8 points per game which gives it a +31.5 scoring margin when matched with the team’s average points per game. Combine that with a with a suffocating defense that has picked up 7.7 steals and 5.0 blocks per game, and the Cavaliers are by far the biggest test for OSU so far this year. Even with the seemingly insurmountable task ahead, OSU coach Thad Matta is ready to see what his team can do. “I like where this team is,” he said. “I mean, obviously, we’re playing not a really good basketball team, we’re playing a great basketball team. Very, very impressed with Virginia. I’m excited to play them all night just to … you know the game ends and we get a pretty good gauge where we are. I think that we’re making strides in the right direction.”Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia. read more

Ameryst Alston Cait Craft lead Ohio State womens basketball to upset of

Sophomore guard Cait Craft (13) looks for an open pass during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team entered day two of the Big Ten Tournament as the only remaining team in the tournament with a losing record.The Buckeyes proceeded to pull the biggest upset in the conference this year, upsetting No. 1-seeded Penn State, 99-82.The 99 points scored by the Buckeyes were the most points ever scored in a single game in the 20-year history of the women’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU also broke the record for most points scored in the first half as it jumped out to a 58-34 halftime lead.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said post-game that he was pleased with the energy his team came out with against the Nittany Lions.“I am really proud of our players,” McGuff said in a post-game interview with the Big Ten Network. “We played incredibly hard and we played to win the game. I think that was the most important thing.”The Buckeyes caught fire early, hitting on 10-14 3-point shots in the first half, nine of which came from sophomore guards Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft.Recently named first team All-Big Ten, Alston recorded a career-high 33 points to go along with nine assists. It was her fourth 30-point performance in her last six games.Craft has her highest scoring game since scoring 29 against Florida Atlantic Nov. 10, as she finished with 24 points and six assists.Craft said the Buckeyes are playing with nothing to lose.“They were the No. 1 seed, they had all the pressure on them, and I think our group realizes that this could be the last time we ever play with each other,” Craft said in a post-game interview with the Big Ten Network. “Everybody is just playing for each other right now, trying to do what we can for one another.”Five Buckeyes scored in double-figures, including senior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, who combined for 22 points and 11 rebounds. Adams, who finished with 11 points, did all of her damage in the second half after not playing in the first.Despite trailing by as much as 27 points in the second half, Penn State was able to trim the Buckeye lead to just nine with under four minutes to play, something McGuff said he wasn’t surprised to see.“They were going to make a run because they are a good team, but we really stayed relentless,” McGuff said.Contributing to the Penn State run was two-time Big Ten player of the year, senior guard Maggie Lucas, who scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half, including a fade-away 3-point shot that made her the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-pointer shots made. The Nittany Lions also received a big game from senior forward Ariel Edwards, who scored a team-high 29 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.Although she scored 21 points, Lucas was held to just 5-16 shooting thanks in part to the defensive effort put forth by Craft.“You just have to stay glued to her,” Craft said. “My teammates trusted me to guard her so I just take that in stride.The Buckeyes scored more points in the quarterfinal game (99) than they did in their first two games against Penn State combined (96), losing to the Nittany Lions both times.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of Iowa against Purdue Saturday at 3:30 p.m. read more

Seagate ships first 4TB hard drive with 1TB per platter

first_imgTwo things that aren’t new today: 4TB hard drives and disk platters that hold 1TB of data. We’ve been hearing about 4TB hard drives for over a year now, with Hitachi being the first to announce one, and Samsung managed to fit 1TB of data per platter back in March 2011. But what is new, is a 4TB hard drive shipping that only uses 4 platters.That’s what Seagate is claiming at least. The Seagate Desktop HDD is the world’s first 4TB hard drive to use 1TB platters, and it’s available to buy for around $190 for the bare drive or $205 as a kit. For comparison, Amazon lists Hitachi’s 4TB Deskstar drive for between $215-$254, while Western Digital’s 4TB Black drive is $302.By using just 4 platters it should cut down on manufacturing costs for Seagate, which in turn will mean lower prices for consumers. But performance is also given a boost. The drive spins at 7200rpm and uses a 64MB cache to achieve an average data rate of 146MB/s. At the same time, Seagate claims that power use compared to other 4TB drives is 35 percent lower. So it’s a faster drive that’s cheaper to run while remaining competitive on price.The move to 4 platters should hopefully pave the way for larger drives beyond 4TB capacity. It’s also inevitable that work will continue to squeeze even more data on to each platter.How soon larger drives will appear may be down to competition and pricing rather than demand, though. Remember, Seagate has actually been using 1TB per platter drives since May 2011 as part of its GoFlex Desk range. But they were limited to 3TB capacities. With no competition beyond that, the launch of a 4TB drive could be delayed and a price premium kept on the 3TB models. There’s no reason to think that won’t continue when 5-6TB drives become a reality.last_img read more

Going for a snip

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With cash-strapped Greece selling its islands at bargain-basement prices, Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly have their hearts set on a heavenly Hellenic isle.According to the US edition of OK! Magazine, the celeb couple are considering forking out a modest $4.1m for the 17 hectare island of Gaia, located in the Echinades group of the Ionian sea. The island, near Kefalonia, is being advertised by Private Islands Online and has already received approval for the construction of six villas.Touted as the perfect millionaire’s playground, Gaia is promoted as “an idyllic paradise surrounded by calm crystal clear waters”.Pitt and Jolie recently sold their $6.5 million New Orleans property which they acquired after Hurricane Katrina and are now reported to be looking to invest. “Angie fell in love with it,” a source told OK! Magazine. “It will need development, but at that price, they’ll have no problem building the vacation home of their dreams [and] the kids would finally be able to run around freely without worrying about paparazzi.” In Greek mythology, Gaia was the personification of the great mother of all, the primal Greek Mother Goddess, creator and giver of birth to the earth and all the universe.last_img read more

Des insectes herbivores chimistes

first_imgDes insectes herbivores ‘chimistes’Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue Ecology Letters, des chercheurs hollandais ont montré expérimentalement que des insectes herbivores ‘marquaient’ le sol où pousse leur nourriture, modifiant ainsi la composition des futurs plants à cet endroit : une façon de laisser un message chimique à leurs congénères qui viendront à leur tour y grignoter les végétaux ? Une équipe du Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) dirigée par Olga Kostenko a mis en présence de plantes (des séneçons de Jacob) élevées en serre, des chenilles friandes de leurs feuilles ou bien des larves de coléoptères friandes de leurs racines. Laissant tout ce petit monde déguster à loisir, les chercheurs ont ensuite récupéré la terre où avaient poussé les plantes mangées, et semé dedans de nouveaux plants de séneçons. Il s’est alors avéré que ces nouvelles plantes avaient une structure ou une composition chimique différente.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtEn effet, les biologistes ont constaté, chez les plantes issues d’un sol où avaient opéré les chenilles, une réduction des racines et une diminution de la concentration en alcaloïdes toxiques ; et chez les plantes issues d’un sol où avaient séjourné les larves de coléoptères, une augmentation de la quantité d’azote dans les feuilles et une modification chimique des alcaloïdes. Selon les chercheurs, il s’agirait là de ‘messages’ déposés par les insectes à l’intention de leurs congénères qui viendront ‘visiter’ la nouvelle génération de plantes poussant à cet endroit.Des messages capables de se propager dans l’espace de la plante au sol puis à la nouvelle plante, mais aussi dans le temps, donc. Quelle qu’en soit la nature, ces messages, suggèrent les auteurs, seraient transmis via une modification chimique des microchampignons vivant à proximité de la plante grignotée, modification qui influerait sur la pousse de la nouvelle plante. Le 24 juin 2012 à 09:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amazing New Gardening Bot Whacks Weeds So You Dont Have To

first_img The time has come. There’s a robot designed to hunt. To prowl. To destroy. It’s coming to your home. And weeds better beware.This is the latest project from Joe Jones, of Roomba fame. Having done about all he could for autonomous vacuums, Jones has set his sights on the world of gardening with his latest creation — the Tertill.Jones created the Tertill to solve some problems in his own life. He gardens quite often but hated having to constantly fight weeds. As such, everything about the machine has been engineered so that it can be an engine for destruction — of unwanted plants in your gardenThe apple doesn’t fall far, though, and the Tertill is the most Roomba-esque bot since those automatic lawnmowers came onto the scene. It’s major changes include some solar panels, waterproofing, and the fact that instead of slaughtering dust bunnies, your new automaton will be tearing up invasive plants. Using the same basic ideas as Roomba’s own software, which helped it find its way around a room while avoiding people and furniture, Tertill distinguishes between the bigger plants you’ll want to keep and the fresh weeds coming up. That does, of course, mean that if you have any baby plants of your own that you’d rather it protect, you can do so with a special band that will tell the bot to leave that youngin’ alone.Otherwise, Tertill uses all kinds of sensors to analyze the world around it, looking for weeds to exterminate. If it finds one, it’ll pull out a miniature weed whacker. It’s a nifty little solution that may take a couple of rounds to fully off the weed, but it does so without pesticides or any extra work from you. Plus, the solar panels make the Tertill a super low maintenance machine. You’ll have to check in from time to time, but broadly speaking you can just let it run for days on end.There’s no word yet on when the Tertill will launch, but it’s expected to run about $300. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on targetlast_img read more

Three plead guilty to federal fraud charges

first_imgThree Clark County residents have pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, after being indicted for defrauding business operators out of more than $1 million in advance fees for commercial loans that were not provided.Darcy and Alyson Start of Camas and Chad Derousse of Vancouver are scheduled for sentencing Sept. 27 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, according to court records.Darcy Start, 45, and Alyson Start, 34, entered guilty pleas on March 17; Derousse, 40, pleaded guilty on May 5, the records say.The three were indicted in April 2009, after some of their loan-seeking victims complained to the Vancouver Police Department and the FBI took over the case.Officials said the three worked together, out of their homes, and cheated more than 20 people or businesses out of large sums of money.Officials said the Starts operated companies they called Advanced Lending Solutions Inc., Rocket Processing Inc. and Imperial Acquisitions and Holdings, using websites that advertised their ability to obtain large loans. The conspiracy began “no later than January 2006,” according to the indictment.As for Derousse, agents said he operated Diamond Crest Consulting Corp., using his website to say, “We work with over 100 Class ‘A’ lenders,” and claiming he could arrange loans ranging from $1 million to $10 billion, according to Columbian files.last_img read more

Local issues saw action in Olympia

first_imgThe Columbia River Crossing project received new regulations, proposals to repeal nonresidential sales tax were defeated, and Southwest Washington lawmakers had both hits and misses during the regular 60-day legislative session that ended late Thursday night.In the final hours of Thursday, a proposal to help pay for all-day kindergarten with revenue gained from repealing the nonresidential sales tax exemption failed to receive enough votes in the House.See what local bills passed, failed during legislative session.Repealing the tax exemption for out-of-state residents, such as Oregon shoppers, would have collected an estimated $26 million each year to help Washington meet its goal of raising the $176 million it needs to provide all-day schooling to all kindergartners by 2018.The bill was defeated when 51 representatives voted for the bill and 47 voted against it. Under state law, any legislation that increases taxes must be approved by a two-thirds vote rather than a simple majority. Or, it must include a referendum clause that would make voter approval mandatory for the legislation to pass.“The sales-tax exemption is one of the top complaints I hear from my constituents,” state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said in a news release on Friday. “It’s grossly unfair that Oregonians wedge an undue tax edge in Washington” because Washingtonians working in Oregon must pay the Oregon income tax, added Moeller, one of several co-sponsors of the bill.last_img read more

ICAI Chartered Accountants Day celebrated

first_imgHyderabad: The 70th Platinum Jubilee of CA Day was celebrated on Monday at the Hyderabad branch of SIRC of ICAI. As part of the Platinum Jubilee a Walkathon, CA flag hoisting, sapling plantation, blood donation camp and several other programmes keeping in view the importance of occasion was organised.CA YV Bhanu Narayan Rao, chairman, Hyderabad Branch, thanked CA Devaraja Reddy, Past President of ICAI, & CA Adusumilli Venkateswar Rao, Past SIRC Chairman, Managing Committee members of Hyderabad Branch, Members and Students of the ICAI participated in the programme. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The 70th Chartered Accountants Day of ICAI was celebrated on July 1 across the country. July 1 is a landmark day in the history of ICAI as on this day ICAI was set up to regulate the profession of Chartered Accountancy in India in the year 1949. The CA Day was more special as the Institute has reached a significant milestone i.e. Platinum Jubilee of its glorious existence.last_img read more

20km tailback on DhakaCtg highway

first_img.A 20-kilometre tailback was created on Dhaka-Chittagong highway on Wednesday noon as two road accidents took place in Munshiganj area and a goods-laden vehicle went out of service on Meghna Bridge last night, reports news agency UNB.The accidents disrupted traffic from Daudkandi in Comilla to Sonargaon in Narayanganj, causing immense sufferings to the thousands of commuters.Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station, said two road accidents happened in Munshiganj part of the highway and a goods-laden vehicle went out of order on Meghna Bridge last night.Following the incidents, several hundred vehicles were stranded on both sides of the accident spots.It took more time to remove the accident-hit vehicles from the highway. Apart from these, huge pressure of vehicular movement and incessant rainfall are also other reasons behind creating the long tailback on the busy highway, the OC added.last_img read more

Medical tourists to spend some 300 million in Costa Rica this year

first_imgData released this week by the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED) indicate that 2012 will close with a figure of 45,000 foreign tourists who chose the country for some type of medical procedure.Medical tourists, according to the report, pay some $7,000 for an average stay of 15 days, which represents an income of $300 million annually for the country. These tourists usually travel accompanied by at least one person, which increases travel expenses.Regular tourists on average spend some $1,200 per visit, the report said.PROMED said that 90 percent of medical tourism visitors come from the United States and Canada, attracted mainly by lower rates on services such as dentistry, plastic surgery and orthopedics.These procedures can reach an average cost of $30,000, to which must be added additional costs, such as recovery therapies, nursing, food and others.It is projected that by 2015, the U.S. will spend more than 20 percent of its annual gross domestic product on medical services. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Amnesty Forced home evictions are rising in China

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – Cases of people being forcibly evicted from their homes and land have risen significantly in China, becoming the single greatest source of public discontent and a serious threat to the country’s social and political stability, Amnesty International said Thursday.Forced demolitions have long been a way of life in China. Decades of economic growth have been driven by real estate development, much of it on the backs of millions of residents forced to relocate to make way for factories and business ventures. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily briefing that Amnesty International “has consistently been biased against China,” adding that “The report has no credibility whatsoever.”The central government has spoken out against forced evictions, but those directives are often ignored at the local level. Last year it enacted a regulation making it more difficult for developers to demolish housing and force out landholders.Hong referred to the regulation, saying that “the legal rights of owners whose homes are seized are protected according to the law.”Amnesty’s report says that regulation covers only urban land, leaving out those living in suburbs and rural areas who make up the vast majority of people affected by forced evictions.The government technically owns most land in China and can seize property for projects deemed in the public interest. Compensation is supposed to be given to residents who are evicted, but that does not always happen or is not always fair.Amnesty said there were no reliable estimates of the number of people who had been forced from their homes or farms, “but there is little doubt the figure has risen significantly.” But evictions have escalated over the past three years during a nationwide construction boom spurred by massive stimulus spending after the global financial crisis, Amnesty International said in its report, which cited Chinese housing rights activists, lawyers and academics but did not provide estimates for the total number of evictions.The Chinese government dismissed the report as biased and lacking in any credibility.The human rights group said that local authorities seize and then sell off land in deals of questionable legitimacy, relying on the income to pay off huge debts incurred to finance stimulus projects.Developers are known to often hire thugs to threaten residents, sometimes with violence.Of 40 forced evictions that Amnesty said it examined in detail, nine culminated in the deaths of people protesting or resisting eviction. In one case, a 70-year-old woman was buried alive by an excavator as she tried to stop workers demolishing her house in Wuhan city in central Hubei province, the report said. Calls to Wuhan’s government rang unanswered Thursday and a man from the propaganda department of Wuhan police said he hadn’t heard about the case.In another case, police in Wenchang town in southern Sichuan province were reported to have taken custody of a baby and refused to return him until his mother signed an eviction order. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “The problem of forced evictions represents the single most significant source of popular discontent in China and a serious threat to social and political stability,” the report said.China’s authoritarian government is highly sensitive to the notion of instability, signaled by its control over the media and Internet, and military crackdowns in regions such as Tibet, fearing protests there against Chinese rule could inspire people in other parts of the country with grievances against the government.Amnesty said one problem is that the ruling Communist Party continues to promote local officials who deliver economic growth, however it is achieved, and land redevelopment _ for roads, factories or housing _ is seen as the most direct path to visible results.“The Chinese authorities must immediately halt all forced evictions. There needs to be an end to the political incentives, tax gains and career advancements that encourage local officials to continue with such illegal practices,” said Nicola Duckworth, Amnesty senior director of research.___Associated Press researcher Yu Bing contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Wenchang police told The Associated Press that the report was untrue and that the woman had abandoned her child at the police station. “The kid was taken away by its grandmother the next day,” said a man surnamed He at Wenchang’s police station. “Now everything has been settled and the family received subsidies from the government.”Some people who resist forced evictions end up in prison or in labor camps. Amnesty said a woman in Hexia township in southeastern Jiangxi province who petitioned authorities about her eviction was beaten and forced to undergo sterilization. Hexia’s authority confirmed the sterilization but said it was because the woman had three children against the country’s one-child policy. “The woman first refused to be sterilized, but reluctantly agreed after our strong persuasion. If she didn’t agree at all, it would be impossible for her to have surgery,” said a woman surnamed Xiao.Some despairing residents have set themselves on fire. Amnesty said it documented 41 cases of self-immolations that occurred between January 2009 and January 2012.The group called on authorities to immediately halt all forced evictions and punish and prosecute those who use violence during the eviction process. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Singapore Airlines to launch nonstop Los Angeles services

first_imgAirbus A350-900ULRSingapore Airlines to launch non-stop Los Angeles servicesNon-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights to be operated 10 times per weekNon-stop Singapore-San Francisco services to increase from 7 to 10 flights per weekSingapore Airlines (SIA) will launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft in November. In addition, SIA will step up existing daily non-stop Singapore-San Francisco services to 10 times per week. Together with the earlier announced non-stop Singapore-New York services, SIA will link Singapore and the US with 27 weekly non-stop flights by the end of 2018.Flight SQ38 from Singapore to Los Angeles will commence on 2 November 2018. The route will initially be served three times per week, departing Singapore on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. From 7 December 2018, a further three services per week will be added as SQ36, lifting total non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles to 10 times per week.With the introduction of non-stop services between Singapore and Los Angeles, SIA’s existing one-stop service to Los Angeles via Seoul will cease after 30 November 2018. Singapore-Seoul frequency will be maintained at four flights per day with the introduction of a new Singapore-Seoul return flight from 1 December 2018, operating as flight SQ612. Together with SIA’s current daily one stop service to Los Angeles via Tokyo, Los Angeles will be served 17 times per week.SIA will also be increasing frequency on the existing Singapore-San Francisco route with three more weekly flights, with effect from 28 November 2018. The three additional services will operate as SQ34, departing every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to San Francisco and will complement existing daily SQ32 non-stop services. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to San Francisco via Hong Kong, San Francisco will also be served 17 times per week.“Our US services have always been popular with our customers and we are pleased to be able to provide even more travel options with the launch of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, and an increase in frequency on the existing non-stop Singapore-San Francisco route,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.“Together with our non-stop flights between Singapore and New York that will launch in October, SIA will redefine the convenience of travelling between Singapore and the United States, delivering on our promise to constantly enhance the travel experience of our customers.”SIA will be the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. This ultra-long-range aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. SIA’s existing A350-900s feature a three-class layout with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including the seven ULR variants. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, enabling the launch in October of the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and New York (Newark).Singapore Airlines currently operates 40 flights per week to the US cities of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the new flights, total US frequency will increase to 53 per week by December.Source = Singapore Airlineslast_img read more