‘Bill to protect Khasi women from outsiders’

first_imgThe chief of an autonomous council in Meghalaya has justified a controversial bill to prevent women of the Khasi tribe from marrying non-Khasis, insisting it could protect them from deadly diseases such as HIV-AIDS transmitted through marriage with outsiders.The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) had on July 25 passed the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018. It prescribes stripping a Khasi woman who marries a non-Khasi of her Scheduled Tribe status, and categorising children born out of such marriages as non-Khasis.“The amendment Bill is aimed at protecting the community from imminent threat of deadly diseases such as HIV-AIDS that come through marriage with bus and truck drivers from outside the State and migrant workers, besides drug addicts,” KHADC’s chief executive member H.S. Shylla said. He had said mixed marriages were posing a demographic threat to them.last_img read more

Neetu Chandra switches sports and states

first_imgNeetu ChandraNeetu Chandra, 26, the taekwondo champion from Bihar represented Maharashtra in a national All Star Basketball Championship on April 9 at Mumbai.That’s not all. She even has Vipul Shah’s Kuch Love Jaisa besides a Tamil film Aadhi Bhagavan and her debut production Deswa, a bilingual thriller drama in Bhojpuri,Neetu ChandraNeetu Chandra, 26, the taekwondo champion from Bihar represented Maharashtra in a national All Star Basketball Championship on April 9 at Mumbai.That’s not all. She even has Vipul Shah’s Kuch Love Jaisa besides a Tamil film Aadhi Bhagavan and her debut production Deswa, a bilingual thriller drama in Bhojpuri and Hindi.”Everyone in the family can watch it together, not something that can be said for most Bhojpuri films.” If you say so.last_img read more

Hand splint- series

first_imgIndicationsTo begin making a hand dressing, place the injured hand around a cloth ball or other malleable (cushioned or padded) object, such as a tennis ball, balled-up sock, or rolled-up elastic bandage.Indications, part 1Use a cloth or rolled bandage to apply a circumferential wrap. Do not forget to place padding between the fingers.Indications, part 2Use adhesive tape or a cloth strip to anchor the bandage and separate the fingers, as shown above.AftercareThe complete wrap leaves the fingertips exposed, so that they can be checked for adequate circulation.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Lalchand Rajput named Afghanistan head coach

first_imgFormer India cricketer Lalchand Rajput was on Saturday named the Afghanistan team’s head coach, two days after he lost to Anil Kumble in the race for the India coach job.The 54-year-old replaces former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who stepped down in April to become the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector.His first assignment is a tour of Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands in July and August.”Rajput has coached the Indian Under-19 cricket side as well as the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL. His experience is a key asset for Afghanistan Cricket,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Danish Nasimullah said in a statement.”Rajput is technically and professionally strong coach in cricket, I am sure his presence with Afghan national cricket team will benefit the team. He will be joining the team for the Scotland, Ireland and Netherland tour,” he added.According to ACB chief executive Shaiqullah Stanikzai, Rajput was chosen ahead of former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore.The former opening batsman’s name was reportedly recommended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Rajput, who was in charge of the Indian team during its World T20 triumph in 2007 and the controversial tour of Australia in 2007-08, also served as the joint secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association.Rajput becomes only the second Indian cricketer after Manoj Prabhakar (bowling coach of Afghan cricket) to coach the minnows.last_img read more

AIFF and AFC set up joint task force

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today visited the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to share their plans for the future structure of Indian football and set up a joint task force. The AIFF delegation, led by general secretary Kushal Das, outlined the proposed plans for development of football in India to AFC management, led by AFC general secretary Dato Windsor John. It was agreed that the AFC would set up a joint task force with the AIFF to discuss the next steps and the first meeting is scheduled to take place after the AFC Extraordinary Congress, which is being held in Goa on September 27. Dato Windsor John said: “The AFC has been following the developments in India extremely closely. The AFCs Vision and Mission sets the goal of ensuring that football is the number one sport in Asia and India is a very important country if we are to achieve that objective.” “Football in India has great potential for growth and development as was outlined by AIFF and it is important that we get the right structures and programmes in place so that the sport in India can grow ? and this is something AFC can assist with.” Kushal Das welcomed the establishment of a joint task force with the AFC, and said: “AIFF is grateful for the welcome and the advice that has been offered by Dato Windsor John and the AFC team. We look forward to working with them to achieve the best for football in India.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Lava X50+ with 4G VoLTE, 32GB ROM launched at Rs 9,199

first_imgDomestic mobile handset maker Lava on Saturday launched X50+ smartphone at Rs 9,199 which is a 4G VoLTE-enabled device running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.The smartphone is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and has 32GB internal memory. Users can further expand the storage up to 32GB using a  microSD card. The phone has a 5.5-inch HD display (720×1280 pixel) with 5 point touch. The X50+ comes with a sleek metallic body with a curved back with NCVM coating.  The phone has a feature that allows you to capture screenshot by swiping down three fingers.Also Read: Reliance Jio Lyf phone explodes, company is investigating The dual-SIM device sports 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera — both with LED Flash — and houses 2,800mAh battery. The rear camera software also incorporates features like HD video recording and ability to shoot time lapse video. On the connectivity front, the smartphone offers 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.Lava recently also launched the Ivory Pop tablet at Rs 6,299. The Ivory Pop tablet sports a 7-inch HD display with Dual Twisted Nematic technology, 1.0GHz quad-core processor paired up with 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB. The dual SIM tablet is available only in Dark Grey colour variant.  A 3.5mm audio jack is placed at the top of the tablet while the speaker is placed the back of the tablet.With the ongoing wave of 4G connectivity in the country, every smartphone maker is putting the 4G VoLTE support at the forefront. Recently launched phones like Intex Aqua Classic 2 and Lyf Phones are also equipped with 4G support. Lava X50+ which is a budget phone and also comes with 4G support will compete against Lyf Water 6. Lyf phones come with 4G and 3G connectivity options.  Lyf Water 6 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. The Lyf water 6 is powered by 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM. The Lyf Water 6 is a dual SIM smartphone and also comes with 3G and 4G support. On the connectivity front, the smartphone offers Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM.advertisementAlso Read: Reliance Lyf F1 4G phone with smart ring technology launched at Rs 13,399last_img read more

Mouser: DeepCover secure coprocessor from Maxim

first_imgMouser Electronicsis now stocking the DS2477 DeepCover secure coprocessor from Maxim Integrated. The DS2477 provides additional levels of authentication and device integrity protection for industrial systems, medical sensors, and Internet of Things (IoT) tools. Maxim’s DS2477, available from Mouser Electronics, is a secure I2C coprocessor with built-in 1-Wire master that combines FIPS202-compliant secure hash algorithm (SHA-3) challenge and response authentication with Maxim’s patented ChipDNA feature to provide a cost-effective solution with the ultimate protection against security attacks.The DS2477 utilizes the ChipDNA output as key content to cryptographically secure all device-stored data. Attempts to probe or observe ChipDNA operation modifies the underlying circuit characteristics, which prevents discovery of the unique value used by the chip cryptographic functions. The ChipDNA circuit, a physically unclonable technology, uses a random variation of semiconductor device characteristics that naturally occur during wafer fabrication. The circuit generates a unique output value that is repeatable over time, temperature, and operating voltage, and provides a core set of cryptographic tools derived from integrated blocks.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How smart sensors enhance ADAS designsNext Axiomtek: 1U network appliance with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processorlast_img read more

Wayne Rooney Named NSPCC Ambassador For Childhood

first_imgThe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has announced that England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been named the NSPCC’s first ever Ambassador for Childhood.Wayne will help lead their fight for every childhood by supporting their campaigns – like The Underwear Rule – and the services they run across the UK. As a husband and dad of 2 (soon to be 3), he has a strong belief and passion about the work we do with families:“This is a really proud day for me,” he said. “Being named as the NSPCC’s first ever Ambassador for Childhood is totally special – and a responsibility I take very seriously.“As professional footballers, we are maybe seen as living in a bit of a bubble, playing, travelling and doing Press conferences all year round. It’s important to realise, like loads of players do, that there’s a whole other world going on away from football.“Too often things aren’t great out there. Sometimes, sadly for thousands of children, they’re really bad. It’s brilliant that there’s an organisation like the NSPCC that can step in and help change lives.“I visited the NSPCC’s Manchester Service Centre and I was humbled by what I saw and heard – amazing stories of the children and families they help. I met so many passionate people including volunteers who regularly give up precious time to help children in desperate need of help.“As a Dad of two young boys and the son of loving and supportive parents, I want to help children stay safe. I hope that knowing I’m supporting the NSPCC will help give abused youngsters the confidence and courage to seek the help they deserve.“Winning trophies is important to any footballer. But so is the opportunity of using the fame that comes with it to help others and especially the children who are our future. Hopefully working with the NSPCC will mean being part of another winning team.”last_img read more

DR Congo UN peacekeepers deployed to east after rebel attacks

20 August 2008United Nations peacekeepers and soldiers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been jointly deployed in the eastern provinces of Ituri and Orientale to protect civilians after attacks by the rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). A spokesman for the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC), Michel Bonnardeaux, told a press briefing today that the Ugandan rebel group had attacked and robbed villages around Duru over the past week. He said the Ituri Patriotic Front had also launched sporadic attacks in the Irumu area, and remained a serious threat. MONUC went on to report further unrest in eastern DRC, including continued regrouping and recruitment by the Mayi-Mayi in North Kivu. Meanwhile, the head of MONUC in Goma, Alpha Sow, has welcomed a decision by the Congolese armed forces to set up committees to deal with rapes and other human rights abuses by their soldiers. These committees, which will be established in all DRC’s military regions, will include officers from the regional military unit and from MONUC. They will be charged with monitoring human rights violations by DRC forces, caring for victims and ensuring that the legal process takes its course. “MONUC’s mission here is to support every effort to protect the population, particularly women and children,” Mr. Sow said. “Our support for these committees is unconditional.” Aid agencies say that eastern DRC continues to be plagued by serious human rights abuses, seven months after the signing of peace accords at the Kivus conference in January. read more

Many countries still appear willing to use torture warns UN human rights

The warning came from Theo van Boven, Special Rapporteur on torture, as he presented his annual report to the General Assembly’s social, humanitarian and cultural committee. The committee also heard reports by the Special Rapporteurs on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; the freedom of religion or belief; the right to food; and the human rights of migrants.In his report, Mr. van Boven says the legal arguments proffered by countries to defend torture are never valid, regardless of whether there is “a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency.”Mr. van Boven also says some countries are trying to water down the definition of torture in the hope that some practices – including the deprivation of essential human needs, the issuing of death threats or suffocation with a wet cloth – can be considered permissible in exceptional circumstances.”The condoning of torture is per se a violation of the prohibition of torture,” he states in his report, adding that international law is unambiguous on the illegality of the behaviour. “Moreover, domestic law cannot be invoked as a justification for failure to comply with international treaty obligations and customary international law.”Mr. van Boven says he received numerous reports during the past year of nations attempting to avoid the ban on torture, especially during attempts to gain information from suspected terrorists. Their methods include holding the suspect in painful positions, depriving them of sleep or light for long periods, placing hoods over their heads, stripping them naked and threatening them with dogs. Some reports indicate the torture has been inflicted by private contractors.In the report, the Rapporteur also voiced concern that:Secret places of detention, where suspects are kept incommunicado for prolonged periods, are being maintained.The national authorities of some States may deem evidence obtained under torture as admissible during judicial hearings.Many countries appear willing to breach the principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits returning someone to another State if there are substantial reasons for believing they may be tortured there.Mr. van Boven says that, after a visit to Spain in October last year, he concluded that torture or ill-treatment is not systematic in that nation, but the system allows such practices to occur, especially with people detained for terrorist-related activities.He also notes that several countries did not respond to his requests to make inspection visits, including the United States in the case of the detention facilities it runs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Video of press briefing [25mins] read more

119M contract awarded for construction of new Moruca Bridge

A $119.4 Million contract was awarded to Mohammed Ramzan Ali Khan for the construction of a new concrete, double-lane bridge at Moruca, Region One, to replace the existing structure.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThis was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported.According to DPI, Minister Harmon explained that the bridge was constructed in the 1980’s, to facilitate pedestrian traffic only. It was subsequently upgraded at a cost of approximately $43Million to cater for vehicular traffic.After spending an additional $15Million for revetment works on the eastern end of the bridge in 2014, the structure was still inadequate. It was below the water level and led to the residents resorting to a makeshift bridge, DPI said.The length of the new structure is expected to be further extended than the existing bridge since the approaches were prone to flooding in recent years, DPI reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConstruction of new, modern bridge at Moruca to begin soon – PattersonJuly 25, 2018In “latest news”Major road upgrades for Region Six underwayDecember 2, 2017In “Local News”MPI working on final design of new Moruca BridgeSeptember 19, 2018In “latest news” read more

Huge surplus as 20142015 Year report delivered by Finance Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Recommended for you Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party Related Items:revenue, surplus, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 May 2015 – When the government’s fiscal year ended on March 31st, 2015 there was a whopping surplus of $77.3 million. The Minister of Finance today made the announcement that is in some quarters highly commended, in other quarters hotly condemned. Minister Washington Misick explained: “The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region, with a 16% increase in recurrent revenue for the year to $246.5 million. The performance was built on record breaking visitor numbers to the TCI, and improved tax collection by both the Customs and the Revenue Control Unit.” It was a week ago Monday that the PDM shared with media that the failed payroll tax by the PNP Administration and the failed VAT by the UK Interim Administration were never necessary as government only needed to enhance revenue collection. Finance shared that government under spent by 7% but that $6 million dollars had been carried over to the new fiscal year which began on time on April 1, 2015. Minister Misick shared that government will boost spending in critical areas including a 32.7% increase for social development, 32.7% more for infrastructural development and a 27% increase in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Library services. There was confirmation that discussions are already on for an institution to refinance the UK bail out when it matures in February 2016 and promises by ther Administration to and I quote: “…continue to work hard to build sustainable sources of revenue, generate surpluses, maintain public spending and reduce our debts.”last_img read more

Adorable video of dad giving daughter pedicure goes viral

first_img(WSVN) – An adorable video showing a dad giving his baby girl a pedicure has gone viral.Jimmy Howell shared video showing him giving his 9-month-old daughter Kensley a pedicure.Howell is seen clipping his daughter’s toenails and making sounds, eliciting a big smile from his daughter. Along with being a dad, Howell is a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department.He is also featured in the FDNY’s 2020 Calendar of Heroes for the month of March.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Sid Evans Departs From Garden Gun for Time Incs Lifestyle Group

first_img“We’ve seen triple digit growth in the past year with our website,” he says. “Comparing May 2010 to May 2011, unique users are up 231 percent and page views are up 505 percent.” Rebecca Darwin, founder of G & G and president/CEO of Indigo Acquisitions (who bought G & G from Evening Post Publishing Company in 2009), says that much of the groundwork for DiBenedetto is already in place, “We’re going to let Dave settle into his new role and think about any little tweaks that he would make with the magazine. I doubt there will be many changes at all, as it’s clicking along really well.”After a turbulent few years in which Garden & Gun was sold to Indigo and skipped an issue in order “to help shore up business”, the publication seems to be recovered. The upcoming October/November issue is double in size compared to the 2010 October/November issue in both advertising and page count. According to Darwin, G & G will be announcing a rate base increase from 225,000 to 250,000 in the coming months.Garden & Gun, released bimonthly, produces twice weekly newsletters. There is also the G & G Club, a three tiered membership package that includes the basic Adventure Society group, the mid-range Sporting Society and premium Secret Society package. Priced at $35, $100 and $500, each club offers a subscription and additional privileges, including an events calendar, discounts on merchandise and complimentary tote bags and hats. Members of the Sporting Society and Secret Society have a longleaf pine seedling planted in their honor; Secret Society members receive five free gift subscriptions and are invited to an annual SS Gathering, featuring Gardens & Gun staff and special guests. About three and a half years after what many viewed as a shocking move to join then-freshly launched Southern lifestyle magazine Garden & Gun from Field and Stream, editor-in-chief Sid Evans (pictured) is leaving G & G to join Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group. Slated to begin in mid-September, Evans will act as group editor for five Time Inc. brands: Cooking Light, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Sunset and This Old House. Evans says, “There are tremendous upsides to joining Time Inc.: upsides in print, upsides in digital, upsides in social media and other opportunities. It’s too great of an opportunity to pass up.”David DiBenedetto, who also joined Garden & Gun around the time of its launch, moves from his previous role of executive editor to replace Evans as EIC. Evans says of the succession, “Dave is a hell of an editor and a great guy. I have no doubt he’ll continue the success of G & G.”In working with recent hire Kim Alexander (who joined Garden & Gun from Time Inc. last month as digital media editor), a redesign for the website, as well investing in other ways to get content to readers between print issues, is next up for DiBenedetto.last_img read more

Annan commission calls on Myanmar to end Rohingya restrictions

first_imgRohingyaMyanmar must scrap restrictions on movement and citizenship for its Rohingya minority if it wants to avoid fuelling extremism and bring peace to Rakhine state, a commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan said Thursday.Rights groups hailed the report as a milestone for the persecuted Rohingya community because the government of Aung San Suu Kyi has previously vowed to abide by its findings.The western state, one of the country’s poorest, has long been a sectarian tinderbox and mainly Buddhist Myanmar has faced growing international condemnation for its treatment of the Muslim Rohingya there.Annan was appointed by Suu Kyi to head a year-long commission tasked with healing long-simmering divisions between the Rohingya and local Buddhists.On Thursday it released a landmark report, warning that failure to implement its recommendations could lead to more extremism and violence.“Unless current challenges are addressed promptly, further radicalisation within both communities is a real risk,” the report said, describing the Rohingya as “the single biggest stateless community in the world”.“If the legitimate grievances of local populations are ignored, they will become more vulnerable to recruitment by extremists.”Among the key recommendations was ending all restrictions on movement imposed on the Rohingya and other communities in Rakhine, and shutting down refugee camps-which hold more than hold more than 120,000 people in often miserable conditions.It also called on Myanmar to review a controversial 1982 law that effectively bars some one million Rohingya from becoming citizens, to invest heavily in the region and to allow the media unfettered access there.The commission’s task became increasingly urgent after the army launched a bloody crackdown in the north of Rakhine following deadly October attacks on police border posts by a previously unknown Rohingya militant group.More than 87,000 Rohingya have since fled to Bangladesh bringing with them stories of murder, mass rape and burned villages in what the UN says could constitute crimes against humanity.The Annan commission’s findings will put pressure on Suu Kyi’s government to implement its calls for sweeping changes in Rakhine.But she faces stiff opposition from Buddhist nationalists, who loathe the Rohingya and want them expelled.Suu Kyi also has little control over Myanmar’s powerful and notoriously abusive military.Many in Myanmar view the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though many can trace their lineage back generations.Until October’s attacks the Rohingya had largely avoided jihadist militancy or violence.Rights groups welcomed the report, saying its recommendations tallied with what they had long argued for.“These apartheid-like restrictions drive communities apart rather than together, eroding security and heightening the risk of mass killing,” said Matthew Smith, from Fortify Rights.Phil Robertson, from Human Rights Watch, said Suu Kyi’s government faced a “key test”.“Myanmar needs to throw its full weight behind these recommendations, and especially not blink in dealing with the harder stuff,” he said.last_img read more

Yemens warring parties agree port ceasefire

first_imgYemen`s foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) skakes hands with UN secretary general António Guterres as they attend the Yemen peace talks closing press conference at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo north of Stockholm on 13 December. Photo: AFPYemen’s warring parties on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire on a vital port in a series of breakthroughs in UN-brokered peace talks that could mark a major turning point after four years of devastating conflict.If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine.In a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh and final day of the peace talks in Sweden, Yemeni foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shook hands to loud applause — although both later voiced scepticism.The two leaders gave contradictory readings of the Hodeida deal shortly after the announcement by UN chief Antonio Guterres.The week-long talks left a number of key issues unresolved. A new round of talks is scheduled for the end of January, with analysts predicting the US will continue to up the pressure on ally Saudi Arabia, a key backer of the Yemeni government, to end the conflict.Impoverished Yemen has been mired in fighting between Iran-backed Huthi rebels and troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi since 2014. But the war escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition stepped in on the government’s side.Withdrawal ‘within days’Under the Hodeida agreement, released on Thursday evening, an “immediate ceasefire” should come into effect in Hodeida and its three ports upon signing, followed by a “mutual redeployment of forces… to agreed upon locations outside the city and the ports”.The UN will play a “leading role” in management and inspections at the ports, for four years under rebel control. The port will eventually be under the control of “local security forces” — a term the rival parties disagree on.Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani, who agreed to the deal in Sweden, declined to specify whether the forces would be solely state security forces but told AFP they would report to the “central authority” — the government.But the head rebel negotiator told AFP the phrase referred to the “security forces currently present in Hodeida” — the rebels.Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse the rebels of arms smuggling from Iran through Hodeida and the capital Sanaa, charges Iran has denied. The Saudi led-military coalition currently controls Yemen’s maritime borders and airspace.UN chief Guterres said the rivals had also reached a “mutual understanding” on Yemen’s third city of Taiz, the scene of some of the most intense battles in the conflict, to facilitate the delivery of aid. No further details were given.’More than expected’No deal has been reached on the future of the airport in the capital Sanaa or on economic measures needed to spare the population from further hunger.Sanaa airport has been closed to commercial flights for nearly three years. The airport will be discussed at the next round of talks, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said.Foreign minister Yamani said the deal was the biggest step forward since the outbreak of the war but remained “hypothetical”. “We will wait and see,” he told AFP.The rebels’ Abdelsalam told AFP his group was “bound by an agreement”.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was upbeat, saying “peace is possible”.”The work ahead will not be easy, but we have seen what many considered improbable begin to take shape,” he said in a statement.”The end of these consultations can be the beginning of a new chapter for Yemen.”Analysts said the Rimbo talks progressed better than anticipated, two years after the last negotiations hosted by Kuwait in 2016 collapsed with no breakthrough after three months.”The Sweden talks have achieved more than anyone expected,” the International Crisis Group told AFP.”We have heard a different tone from the government of Yemen in these talks, and US pressure has clearly focused minds in the Gulf.”US Senate voteThe case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, along with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, were the turning point for the US.The US, Britain and France are still the biggest arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia.Both the rebels and government alliance are accused of failing to protect civilians. The UN last year blacklisted the Saudi-led coalition for the killing and maiming of children in air raids.The US Senate on Thursday approved a resolution to end American backing for the Saudi-led intervention.The largely symbolic resolution cannot be debated in the House of Representatives before January, and would likely be vetoed in any case by US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly signalled his backing for the Saudi regime.Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition partners “strongly support” the agreement, Riyadh’s US ambassador Khalid bin Salman said, while Iran hailed the breakthroughs as “promising”.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday May 29

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe review the news of the week from the pages of the Baltimore AFRO American newspaper as told through the eyes AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro. Plus, we report on the ongoing saga of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and his relationship with the Fraternal Order of Police with Alejandro and our other regular contributors, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Smaller Xbox One is Not real says Phil Spencer

first_imgAnyone who’s been buying games consoles over the last decade or more knows all about shrinkage. Manufacturers find ways to combine components, make the hardware more efficient, and package it in a smaller case. It saves them money, and saves you money as the price typically drops as well as the new machines using less power.For this generation of consoles Sony has already carried out one hardware revision. It’s only available in Japan so far and the console size didn’t change. However, it uses a fifth less power and runs quieter. Microsoft will eventually carry out its own hardware revision on the Xbox One. In fact, it was expected to be unveiled at their October launch event this year. It’s not happening, though.Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked on Twitter about an Xbox Micro launching in October. His response was simply “Not real.”That doesn’t mean a hardware revision isn’t under way, but we won’t be getting a smaller Xbox One in 2015. That’s a shame because Microsoft needs something to help boost sales of the Xbox One and a smaller console is always a good marketing opportunity. If Sony launches a PS4 Slim ahead of a small Xbox One, that just counts as another blow to Xbox.With the PS4 revised model already shipping, it seems likely the next revision will allow for a smaller case. Sony would want to time that to maximize sales, so the holiday 2016 period seems likely if it’s going to happen. By then we’ll also surely have a more efficient Xbox One on the market even if it isn’t any smaller.last_img read more

Researchers use shear forces to create selfassembled supramolecular hydrogel

first_img Explore further More information: Hua Ke et al. Shear-induced assembly of a transient yet highly stretchable hydrogel based on pseudopolyrotaxanes, Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0235-8 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. Chemical structures and overview of the gelation process. Credit: Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0235-8 Electrical circuit made of gel can repair itself Citation: Researchers use shear forces to create self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel (2019, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-self-assembled-supramolecular-hydrogel.htmlcenter_img © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Chemistry The researchers noted that supramolecular hydrogels are generally destroyed by shear forces resulting in conversion to a sol (a colloid with solid particles). They were working with bioinspired versions of molecular self-assembly typically seen in nature, such as occurs with self-healing in animals. They noted that in the natural world, such assembly is usually seen in materials with a complex architecture and have very focused functions. Those made in the lab, in contrast to those in nature, have typically been more stable.As part of their experiments, the researchers added copper ions to a solution of pseudopolyrotaxanes (which were created by threading molecular tubes onto polyethylene glycol chains). They found that when they vigorously shook the cylinder holding their solution, the material inside transformed into a gel. The researchers explain that the shaking exerted shear forces on the ingredients forcing intrachains to become interchains with little to no crosslinking with other pseudopolyrotaxanes.The researchers report that the gel had promising properties and compared favorably to other gels, and it is stretchable to 30 times its non-stretched length. They also found that it reverted back to a sol when left on a table overnight at room temperature. But shaking it returned it to a gel. They report that the cycle could be repeated up to five times before it began to degrade. They note also that the cycle represents a form of self-healing. The researchers suggest the form of dissipative self-assembly demonstrated by their experiments would very likely be of use to material scientists because of the gel’s ability to mimic natural self-healing—they suggest it could also prove to be quite adaptive. They also note that the resultant gel was stronger than other structures created using synthetic dissipative self-assembly, and demonstrates better mechanical properties. A team of researchers at Southern University of Science and Technology in China has found a way to use shear forces to create a self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel from a sol. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the researchers describe how they created their hydrogel and some of its properties.last_img read more