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Circle rates of commercial and residential properties come down in GB Nagar

first_imgG B Nagar: In a bid to provide much needed boost to the ailing realty sector, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration, on Wednesday, decided to slash the circle rates of commercial as well as residential properties in the district. Officials said that the move will not only help in curbing the revenue loss to the state but will also attract more commercial projects in Gautam Budh Nagar.District Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar, B N Singh said that the circle rates have been revised after a study was done based on the difference between considerable rate and circle rates. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The minimum price for a circle rate is determined once a year, keeping in mind the economic activities happening in the district. There has been a considerable decrease in the revenue of the district in past couple of years and due to the increasing circle rates, the targets of commercial areas were not completed. We have decided to slash the circle rates over property while we will also invite comments from the public and the decision would be affective after the official notification,” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further informed that 6% surcharge being imposed on the properties has been removed and no further increase in the circle rate will be done. He also said that the 25% surcharge on the malls is already removed and the government is also going to reduce floor vice of 21% in all the commercial projects in Noida. Singh further said that the economic activities in the district have witnessed a slight increase with the upcoming Jewar International Airport which is at prime focus of the government. “Keeping in mind the development of the upcoming International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida which is also expected to bloom economic activities in the district, the government has already paid nearly Rs 1,500 crore rupees to the farmers, lands of those have been acquired for Jewar Airport. The government will also pay the Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 crore in next couple of months,” added Singh. The circle rate will be reduced to increase the revenue of the government and will also benefit group housing societies and to those investors who are planning to buy a property in the district, he added.last_img read more

Stars Feed The Hungry On Christmas Eve

first_imgThousands of wrapped toys were handed out to kids in a huge Christmas display Monday at the Los Angeles Mission’s annual Christmas Eve event.Harrison Ford at the LA Mission, December 24Credit/Copyright: Los Angeles MissionThere were more than 4,000 meals served – with Chef Ben Ford creating a gourmet meal for the Skid Row homeless.Among the stars who took part were Harrison Ford, Harry Hamlin, Bella Thorne, Booboo Stewart, Kate Linder, Melissa Gilbert, and many more.Toyota was the primary sponsor for the event, with the Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party presented by the Festival of Children Foundation.“We have made a very big effort to step up the quality of the Christmas meal,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “That’s why we are so pleased to have Ben Ford, of Ford’s Filling Station join us again to create the signature dishes for the meal. That, along with the magnificent Festival of Children Foundation Share the Spirit Holiday Party tent makes this one of the most special events we have.”Celebrity Chef Ben Ford worked with the Los Angeles Mission Chef Chris Cormier and the kitchen staff to envision and prepare the meal. There was Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Cheezy Grits, Brown Butter Carrots, Green Beans with Griddled Onions, a special Winter Fruit Chutney created by Chef Ford, and Apricot compound butter for the dinner rolls. The meal was rounded out with cake for dessert.“Changing a life can start with a meal made with love” said Chef Ford. “This Christmas I will be a part of nourishing our community through food and hopefully change a couple of lives along the way.”A generous contribution from Toyota and nearly 200 volunteers helped make the event possible. Thousands of toys were donated by JAKKS Pacific, Imperial Toys, Jazwares, and hundreds from other donors. The Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party featured Santa, decorations, music and crafts for the children. Toys were wrapped so children had the choice of opening them immediately or waiting until Christmas morning. Hundreds of volunteer hours were spent sorting, wrapping and marking the gifts so they could be distributed in an age and gender appropriate manner.“This is Toyota’s third year supporting the Los Angeles Mission’s holiday outreach, and we continue to be touched by the Mission’s dedication and service to families in need,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy, community affairs and diversity & inclusion for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Nearly 200 Toyota associates, friends and family volunteer their time to work this event or who have contributed by donating 100 hygiene kits to the residents of the Mission will come away from this experience with a greater understanding of our broader community and the support needed.”“The Los Angeles Mission wouldn’t exist without the loving financial support of the community,” said President Smith. “Our community volunteers, our donors, the businesses who support us make our work possible. Toyota and the Festival of Children Foundation have worked closely with us for months to make the event happen. As we look toward 2013 we are concerned about how the unsettled economy will impact the Mission. We have seen a significant downturn in donations – we are concerned about financial shortfalls – all at a time when the number of men, women and families coming for help is increasing.”More than 10,000 toys were donated for distribution at the event.“JAKKS Pacific is proud to support the Los Angeles Mission, both year-round and again this holiday season,” said Anne-Marie Feliciano, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Philanthropy, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “They provide crucial, invaluable services to underserved families and individuals in our community and make a remarkable difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people. We are very proud that together, JAKKS and the Los Angeles Mission, can help make the holidays brighter for so many deserving children and families.”Festival of Children Foundation staff and volunteers arrived early Friday morning to set up the 2,000 square foot Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party tent on Skid Row. There were 30 decorated Christmas trees, giant nutcrackers, Santa, crafts, and each child received a bag of toys. More than 50 volunteers made a very special place for the children of Skid Row with decorations and loads of fun.“Festival of Children Foundation supports children’s charities nationwide, but today, we’re focusing on bringing Christmas to the children served by the Los Angeles Mission. We’re honored to have the opportunity to share our blessings with them. Christmas means a spirit of love, and that’s what we want every child here today to feel… loved,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of Festival of Children Foundation.Christmas Eve morning started early for the staff and volunteers and the Mission. There were last minute gift donations to wrap, and the big dinner to prepare. And the volunteers in the kitchen also served breakfast to overnight guests at the Mission. And at about 7:00 AM volunteers also handed out hot breakfast sandwiches and cider to the families waiting in line for the event that would begin later in the morning.Chef Ford, Chef Chris Cormier and the Mission staff marinated and roasted 3,000 pounds of chicken, sliced, seasoned and cooked 600 pounds of carrots, prepared 600 pounds of green beans and griddled lots of onions, mixed and baked 140 gallons of grits for the Cheezy Grits and chopped and mixed 115 gallons of Winter Chutney. (Recipes are attached). The preparation work went on for several days, with the chef staff in a cooking frenzy all Monday morning to be ready for the 11:00 AM serving time.A thousand blankets were handed out by Kimberly Vodang, Ms. America International, to those who attended. There was also underwear distributed which was donated by Briefly Cares, a philanthropic outreach by Briefly Lightweight company. Dining utensils and napkins were provided by Landsberg/Amcor. Hygiene kits were put together by Mission volunteers throughout the month of December, and were handed out Monday as well to participants.Housed in temporary facilities, shelters and low-income housing in the Skid Row area, this will be the only Christmas celebration for many of the guests. As they waited to be seated and served, the guests enjoyed holiday music from a number of local musical groups.The Los Angeles Mission has been providing a Christmas meal and toy distribution at this location since the Mission building was dedicated 20 years ago. The Mission has been operating continuously since 1936, when it was created as a soup kitchen to serve those displaced during the great depression.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,014.99, down 14.34 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 17 cents, or 6.12 per cent, to $2.95 on 21.9 million shares. The company says it now expects to deliver 20 to 22 C Series jets for 2017 due to engine delivery delays, compared with its earlier guidance for about 30. It also announced it has signed a letter of intent with an unidentified European customer for a firm order of 31 C Series aircraft and options for an additional 30 jets. Bombardier also reported a third-quarter loss of $117 million (five cents per share) compared with a loss of $94 million (four cents per share) a year ago. Revenue totalled $3.84 billion, up from $3.74 billion.Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. (TSX:AQN). Utilities. Down 45 cents, or 3.27 per cent, to $13.30 on 7.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down $2.37, or 4.80 per cent, to $47.03 on 6.8 million shares. The pipeline company reported a third-quarter profit of $765 million (47 cents per share) compared to a net loss of $103 million (11 cents per share) in the same quarter last year. Revenue in the quarter amounted to $9.23 billion, up from $8.49 billion.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 35 cents, 2.69 per cent, to $13.36 on 5.9 million shares. The company reported a third-quarter loss of $69 million (six cents per share), improving from a net loss of $251 million (30 cents per share) in the same quarter last year. Cenovus more than doubled its production (590,851 barrels of oil equivalent per day) compared with a year ago, boosted by its acquisition of most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips earlier this year. Revenue totalled $4.39 billion, up from $2.95 billion.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 1.20 per cent, to $5.06 on 5.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down six cents, 1.62 per cent, to $3.65 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media. Up 99 cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $60.47 on 3.6 million shares. The telecommunications and media company says it earned $770 million attributable to shareholders in its third quarter, up from $752 million a year ago. Operating revenue totalled $5.68 billion, up from $5.41 billion.Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO). Financial services. Down six cents, 0.17 per cent, to $35.97 on 302,057 shares. The insurance company reported a drop in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as it was hit by costs related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. It reported third-quarter earnings of $581 million (59 cents per share) compared with a profit of $674 million (68 cents per share) a year ago.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Up 99 cents, 1.72 per cent, to $58.54 on 548,814 shares. The Montreal-based construction and engineering firm reported its third quarter net income more than doubled from a year ago as the recent acquisition of WS Atkins boosted revenue. Profit attributable to shareholders was $103.6 million, or 59 cents per diluted share, compared with $43.3 million, or 29 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Revenue rose to $2.6 billion, up from nearly $2.2 billion in the third quarter of 2016, with Atkins contributing $805.3 million.last_img read more

Moroccan Athlete Swims Across Five Continents

Rabat- Moroccan swimmer Hassan Baraka successfully completed his quest of swimming across the Gulf of Aqaba on Tuesday from the Egyptian city of Dahab to the Saudi city of Maqana.The Moroccan swimmer accomplished the challenge of crossing into five continents by swimming. He was able to reach the Maqana, the last destination of his challenge.The Moroccan athlete, 27, crossed the Red Sea from Africa and Asia, swimming a distance of 28.11 km in eight hours and thirty minutes. He is the first Arab swimmer to achieve this difficult goal.Baraka started the challenge of swimming between five continents in Morocco more than a year ago. The swimmer crossed a distance of 16.6 kilometers from Africa to Europe via the Strait of Gibraltar.The Moroccan athlete has been added to the list of the world swimmers who managed to successfully complete this challenge.In 2012, Philippe Croizon, a Frenchman who lost all his limbs in an accident, completed a swim to link five continents using tailor-made flippers.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Morocco Hosts 2019 Global Solar Decathlon Africa

The luxurious living room. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman / Morocco World News. Scientists and stakeholders debate about the technical progress that has been made over the last years. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News Though it is unclear why, Bruemmertestifies to female architects using hemp far more often as a building material compared to male architects. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News Depending on whether it rains or the sun is out, the rotatable beams can be adjusted accordingly. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News The main hall of the house, decorated in an American-Moroccan fashion. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman / Morocco World News With many of the houses completely finished, team members enjoy the domestic comforts by actually living in the houses themselves. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News.Throughout the Central Rif region, the origin of Moroccan hemp, there is more than meets the eye. Sunimplant’s interior is based on Riffian decoration, as the particular layout of the house indicates. Though the interior may be reminiscent of the Rif, the exterior calls to mind the design of archaic African architecture, such as that in ancient Somalia. “The exterior design of the house is taken after the huts that were constructed in archaic times, but since we are striving for a sustainable future and modern requirements, the outer layers of the hut have been equipped with solar panels that provide the house with energy.”Read also: Mohammed VI University Launches ‘Solar Decathlon Africa’ in BenguerirAppeal and comfortPer competition parameters, teams must construct the houses not only in a sustainable fashion but to appeal to inhabitants as well. Petra, the ancient southwestern city located in Jordan, inspires Neopetra design, though it caters to modern audiences. “Since we are hoping that one day people will actually live in houses such as these, we realized we had to make them appealing and comfortable at the same time,” said Mohamed Amine El Marraki, project manager of Moroccan team Neopetra.Appealing to modern audiences who are in search of something fresh and new does not mean abandoning Moroccan heritage. “As you can see we have decorated the entire ceiling with wood, in line with the Moroccan style referred to as atawa,” added Marraki.1 of 4 Romani Zaid – Professor architecture at Tetouan’s National School of Architecture (ENA). Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News As project manager of team Bosphorus, Esra Kiygin explains every feature of the Reyard. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News. The bedroom. Photo Credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News.NeopetraThe house’s design pays respect both to Moroccan architecture and to achieving a sustainable, solar-driven future. “The solar panels on the roof are facing an east-to-west position, to ensure the panels are exposed to the sun throughout the entire day,” Marraki explained. “But a house is a place to socialize as well. This is why we have designed a place in the middle of the house, referred to as forstdar where people can meet, laugh, and make music.”Recycle, reuse, and reinterpretTeam Bosphorus represents Turkey with their villa-like house titled Reyard. “Reyard is a play on words by which we convey the strength of our house, namely: Recycle, reuse and reinterpret,” according to project manager Esra Kiygin. “While doing research we learned that Moroccan houses usually have an inner-yard. This is something we incorporated by connecting every individual room to the courtyard. Hence the name Reyard.”1 of 5 The entire house is based upon a smart grid, allowing inhabitants to control all features by using the main computer or their individual smart phone. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News. Iconic ceilings referred to as atawa. Photo credit: / Wouter Ijzerman_ Morocco World News. The master bedroom. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman / Morocco World News Using technology in the house. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News“Being an American-Moroccan team, we designed the house in both styles. Our front porch is a great example of American architecture, and as you can see, we have constructed black tinted, see-through solar panels above the porch.” The team also worked to create something that was both Moroccan and unique. “We anticipated that other teams would go for a typical Moroccan riyad as well, so we approached it with an ‘interactive’ angle. Depending on the weather you can adjust the rotating beams that serve as the roof to heart’s content, by the mere flick of your finger,” explained Blonsky.The future of Morocco’s solar homesMany team members feel confident that solar homes will be part and parcel of Moroccan society within the coming decades, but Romani Zaid, a professor at Tetouan’s National School of Architecture (ENA), expresses doubts. “Though these houses are built with extraordinary passion and dedication by all the team members, we must not forget that there remains a big gap between the government and the industry in Morocco.” It may be some time before solar homes will enrich Moroccan society, but trying to close the gap is part of the solar decathlon’s mission. While the solar village features the houses built by teams from all across the world, the congress hall provides team researchers with a platform to explain the progress they have made during the two-year design period. 1 of 3 Team members proudly posing. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World NewsThough solar homes may still be part of a utopian future, Zaid thinks solar energy in general has a viable chance for success. “Naturally the enormous solar plant that was built by the government near Ouarzazate remains a formidable example, but there are other bottom-up projects throughout the country as well. Due to the rising levels of air pollution, Marrakech initiated a solar bike project to encourage people to leave their polluting scooters at home and take the solar bike as a sustainable alternative.” “But,” he concluded, “whether Morocco will embrace solar homes indefinitely is up to the Moroccan people, industry, and government.”Read also: Morocco’s Everyday Sustainability One of the two study rooms, alongside with seperate beds. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman / Morocco World News.“We have strived to go above and beyond with our design, not only incorporating solar energy but ensuring a self-sufficient, sustainable house that can be used for many years. Crucial for this approach was the use of our microalgae pond, that makes it possible for streams of waste water to be reconverted into reusable energy,” she said.“In this way the house can operate as an independent ecosystem, not reliant on any other power source,” explained Kiygin.Read also: Moroccan FM: ‘ Africa Is Disproportionately Affected by Climate Change’Interhouse engages its inhabitantsEach house brings something new to the table. The team that built Interhouse wanted to ensure interaction between the inhabitant and the house. “As you can see we have equipped each room with a smart device that can be operated by both the main computer and an app we have designed for your smartphone. By sliding my finger in a downwards position over the screen of my phone I can lower the sunscreens of the house, or with a simple tap turn on the lights,” explained team member Michael Blonsky.1 of 6 The riyad of the house where people can relax and enjoy each other’s company. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman / Morocco World News The front of the Sunimplant house, along with an inviting porch. Photo credit: Monika Bruemmer. The sophisticated algae technology enables waste water to be converted into reusable energy. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman/ Morocco World News. The exterior of the house. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World News. The middle of the house. Photo credit: Wouter Ijzerman / Morocco World NewsNeopetra Michael Blonsky and Lucy Davis alongside with the Interhouse team, construced the American-Moroccan solar home. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman / Morocco World News Rabat – Morocco is hosting this year’s Solar Decathlon Africa, a global competition that the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and the Environment and the Moroccan Research Institute in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRSEN) is organizing. Over 1,200 participants from over 20 countries compete to fully design and construct operational solar homes.Ben Guerir in Morocco’s central Rehamna Province is hosting the decathlon from September 13 through 27. Throughout these weeks, a team of jurors will evaluate the participants based upon ten events. Each event accumulates up to 100 points. Whichever team scores the most points will be the winner. Passionate students and professors of the future of solar powered houses compete under the auspices of universities from around the world.  The contest aims to conceptualize low-energy consuming buildings that reach the bid of net-zero energy and to increase reliance on renewable energies, as outlined in the competition’s mission statement. Morocco World News travelled to Ben Guerir for a first-hand impression of Solar Decathlon Africa 2019. Weaving native hemp into designIntroduced to Morocco via the Silk Road, the hut-shaped Sunimplant is constructed largely of hemp. Throughout her career as a Germany-based architect, Monika Bruemmer regards hemp as a formidable building material apt for the Moroccan climate. “We have constructed tamped hemp concrete walls. Not only is hemp well suited for the day-night cycle and subsequent differences of temperature, but because of its organic nature, we’re able to completely reconstruct the house after it has reached its durability limit. Right now this house can last up to several decades, but can be completely rebuilt out of the same materials,” as told by Bruemmer.1 of 3 read more

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

SAN FRANCISCO — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with the Chinese military over the Pentagon.In several tweets issued this August, Trump assailed Google for alleged electoral interference and again brought up claims of its alleged secret involvement with the Chinese government. On Monday, the president reiterated a baseless claim that Google had “manipulated ” the 2016 election in favour of Hillary Clinton, which his campaign’s Twitter feed also picked up .All of these claims emerged from reports and commentary from conservative pundits and Trump supporters, none backed by convincing evidence. Google has also denied them.“Distorting results for political purposes would harm our business and go against our mission of providing helpful content to all of our users,” Google spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said.Here’s where these claims emerged and what’s known about them.ELECTION INTERFERENCEOn Aug. 6, Trump implicitly suggested that Google had favoured Clinton’s 2016 campaign over his and that the company planned to “illegally subvert” the 2020 election as well. On Monday he made the first part explicit , referencing an unspecified study that, he claimed, showed that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.”Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College majority but lost the popular tally to Clinton by almost 2.9 million votes. Trump has falsely insisted for years that he actually won the popular vote.The president’s campaign Twitter feed suggested Monday that Trump referenced a 2017 study by psychologist Robert Epstein that found Google showed more pro-Clinton results to undecided voters than pro-Trump results. Google and others have questioned the methodology of the study, which was not peer reviewed by other researchers.In its final paragraph, the four-page study extrapolated experimental findings from a small group of 21 undecided voters to the electorate as a whole using mathematical models Epstein reported in an earlier paper. Reached by phone, Epstein said his results only showed that search results were biased toward Clinton, not that Google was doing so intentionally to sway elections.Epstein also noted that those extrapolated findings suggested a pro-Clinton vote shift of 2.6 million to 10 million votes, not the 16 million cited by Trump.Even that may be too much of a stretch, said Ramesh Srinivasan, an information-studies professor at UCLA, who noted that the study’s finding of alleged search-result bias doesn’t account for other possible influences on voters. “We can’t jump to conclusions that it gave any a candidate millions of votes,” he said.Like other researchers, Epstein and Srinavasan emphasize that they remain concerned about the opacity of tech platforms like Google and Facebook and their unbridled power to influence elections.CONSERVATIVE BIASIn his early August tweets, Trump singled out former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee, who claims Google fired him for posting Republican viewpoints on internal message boards. Google said Cernekee was fired for downloading confidential company documents onto a personal device.Cernekee apparently drew Trump’s attention after he told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Aug. 2 that Google executives “really want Trump to lose in 2020. That’s their agenda.” Cernekee offered no evidence for his claim.“The statements made by this disgruntled former employee are absolutely false,” Google’s Tarallo said.Cernekee’s situation reflects a larger belief among conservatives that major platforms such as Google and Facebook are biased against conservative viewpoints, both internally and on their public services. Republican legislators have convened several hearings on the subject.But experts say there’s little evidence to support such claims, which the companies themselves have long denied.“Trump wants to remind (big tech) that he is watching them,” said Frank Pasquale, a law professor at the University of Maryland and an expert on algorithms and society. He pointed out that some also claim that Google-owned YouTube funnels viewers to far-right videos and conspiracy theories.All these allegations, Pasquale said, “assume that neutrality or objectivity means having half negative and half positive results.” But if more negative pages about a person or topic exist on the web, he said, a search result will likely produce more negative results.Cernekee’s personal situation may also be more complex than it first appeared. On Aug. 5, the conservative publication The Daily Caller published posts Cernekee made on Google message boards in which he called for a fund to help white nationalist Richard Spencer after he was punched by a protester.Cernekee told The Associated Press in a statement that he has “always supported free speech and opposed white nationalism,” and that he spoke in opposition to other employees who supported Spencer getting punched.GOOGLE AND CHINATrump also indirectly referred on Aug. 6 to another unfounded claim gaining currency among conservatives, which is that Google is spurning the U.S. military and instead working with the Chinese. In mid-July, he tweeted about unsupported claims to that effect by technology investor Peter Thiel, a Trump supporter who is also a board member of Google rival Facebook.In an appearance on Fox News , Thiel offered no proof for claims that Google is working with the Chinese government on artificial intelligence projects and has “likely” been infiltrated by Chinese agents.Google left China in 2010, and confirmed this summer in a congressional hearing that it shut down an experimental program to relaunch a censored version of its search service in the country. Under pressure from its employees, it has also withdrawn from at least one Pentagon contract.Google said it has not been infiltrated, and executive Karan Bhatia denied Thiel’s claims in a congressional hearing last month, saying “We take extremely seriously the threat of any penetration of our systems.”Google does have an AI office in China, which it positioned as a way to employ Chinese engineers who specialize in AI research. Thiel wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that Google’s close AI ties in China are bad for the U.S.Google said it still works with the Defence Department on other projects, including cybersecurity. And it denies working with the Chinese military.Others in Trump’s administration have said Google’s work in China isn’t problematic. “I think they’re working for our military, for America, not for China,” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said on Fox News last month.By Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Brock alumna honoured for excellence in music education

Brock piano instructor and alumna Christina Le Rose (BA ’07, Bed ’10) has been recognized by the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) for her longstanding commitment to inspiring young musicians.Le Rose was named as the winner of the 2018 Paul van Dongen Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Education, which recognizes an outstanding teacher of music at the elementary level and the impact that teachers of the arts have on students.The award was established in 2017 as part of the Champion of the Arts initiative. It is presented annually in honour of the late van Dongen, who was a conductor, music educator and long-time member of the NSO.“I am extremely honoured and profoundly humbled to receive the Paul van Dongen Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Education,” Le Rose said. “Being recognized as a champion of the arts further inspires me to continue Mr. van Dongen’s outstanding legacy of music education through both teaching and performing.”Le Rose was given the award for her work with the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB), where she is an itinerant arts music teacher at St. Ann and St. Martin Catholic elementary schools.She has also worked for the NSO Academy and Summer Music Camp as a piano and vocal instructor, giving private music lessons, conducting master classes, coaching chamber ensembles and preparing students for concerts.“I love the enthusiasm, creativity and initiative that young musicians often display and enjoy working with them because I can help cultivate their passion for and enjoyment of music,” she said. “Having the opportunity to inspire, motivate and empower young students through music education is an incredible privilege for which I am truly grateful.”Brock Department of Music Chair Matthew Royal extended his congratulations to Le Rose for the award and her accomplishments as an educator.“Christina Le Rose is well known to us in the Department of Music, not only as an alumna of our program, but also as an excellent studio teacher of our piano students,” he said. “We are delighted, but not at all surprised, that a further aspect of her teaching, namely her activities in the elementary school classroom, has also received recognition in the form of this important award from the Niagara Symphony.”Brock has a longstanding history of partnership and collaboration with the NSO, which includes the hosting of Brock students with the symphony, offering masterclass opportunities and working with students in the Brock Music Practicum course.Brock is also the NSO’s new Arts in Niagara sponsor, which will contribute to the overall operations of the symphony.Niagara Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bradley Thachuk said it is an honour to celebrate Le Rose’s efforts with this award.“The Niagara Symphony Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to music education is reinforced by the work of gifted music educators in schools across Niagara,” he said. “Christina Le Rose is noted for a willingness to incorporate music across the curriculum. This reflects our shared belief that music is integral to learning and that musical knowledge, as with literacy and numeracy, is vital to young people’s development.” read more

Sophia squatters stage protest in front of Housing Ministry

-Ministry representatives to meet with residentsBy Ramona LuthiScores of Sophia squatters lined up in front of the Ministry of Housing on Monday morning baring pots, pans and kerosene stoves as they protested Government’s initiative to dismantle houses and businesses which were set up illegally in the Sophia, Greater Georgetown area.At the scene, irate persons were heard threatening to be violent if their cries fell on deaf ears, while others explained to media operatives that they were prepared to accept anywhere that the Ministry decided to relocate them, for their families’ sake.“This gon go far! Y’all nah gon like the outcome if y’all aint do something!” one furious woman with a pot and spoon in her hands shouted.Another protester, identified as Jocyln Pickett told INews that she had applied for a land in 2005 and never received a response. She said that recently, she was given notice to remove from the area she has been occupying, however she has nowhere to go.“I have children. I’m a single mother. I’m prepared to take any place they put me,” she explained.Meanwhile, a representative of the Ministry, identified as the Community Organiser, Pastor Thomas met with the protesters and informed them that a meeting will be arranged with Ministry Officials and residents for 18:00hrs in Sophia on Monday.“The Ministry has advised that the disgruntled folks fill out (land) forms and submit it and they will take it from there. They also have a meeting to give them more details this evening at 6,” he said.The recent exercise undertaken by the CH&PA saw homes on the Government Reserves being destroyedRecently, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) within the Ministry of Housing sought to destroy homes and businesses within the Sophia area that were squatting on Government Reserves.However, while some of the houses were dismantled, the Sophia residents became infuriated and told the media that they were never informed of this initiative, nor were they given notice that their homes would be destroyed.As such, an extension was granted for the respective persons to remove from the location on their own. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinistry considering building homes to relocate squattersJanuary 11, 2017In “Local News”266 Sophia squatters given till January 2018 to removeOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”Illegal structures in Sophia/Cummings Lodge to be dismantled – CH&PAOctober 25, 2017In “latest news” read more

John Cena and Roman Reigns exchange jabs on Twitter this week WWE

John Cena and Roman Reigns exchange jabs on Twitter this week WWE

first_img John Cena Twitter maybe he’s a tweener since he gets booed outta every building because fans think they’re sticking 2 fingers up to the machine. Reigns next big star, better boo this guy WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Facebook Pinterest WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap WhatsApp Charlize Theron Now Playing Up Next How am I suppose to cheer for a wedding ruiner that mocks the income of somebody providing for his family the best he can. December 31, 2016 at 10:45 am Now Playing Up Next Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament December 31, 2016 at 2:19 pm Let’s go Cena! Vin Diesel Videos Articles December 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm John Cena Addresses WWE Future After Super Show-Down Victory Now Playing Up Next Setting up WM XXXIII? Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene inmytree81 Management decided Roman should win the Royal Rumble and not Daniel Brian. It’s ROMAN’s fault!!! Booooo! Haha 6 COMMENTS goddessroleplay Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ December 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wayne Martin Videos Articles Videos Articles January 2, 2017 at 2:04 am December 31, 2016 at 11:02 am Now Playing Up Next inmytree81 Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live John Cena and Roman Reigns exchange jabs on Twitter this weekEarlier this week, a video hit Twitter showing Kevin Owens talking with a fan at ringside and Roman Reigns breaking character by laughing. Reigns tweeted he was laughing at the remarks Owens was making regarding his merchandise check.I was laughing, at KO’s merch check!! I made more splitting with The Shield. Imagine what it is now! #AhYessir https://t.co/O4xvSjjssE— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) December 30, 2016Not long later, John Cena saw the video and tweeted out the following.While @WWERomanReigns was making fun of what people earn I was at @GeorgiaTechFB to #EarnTheDay #recognize pic.twitter.com/xbxlZuO0uR— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 30, 2016Reigns then responded with the following tweet.What I #recognize is you have no clue whats going on here. So just power clean and make sure you clean your weights up. #GuestInMyHouse https://t.co/YbN6oUw59u— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) December 30, 2016WWE looks at memorable debuts in 2016WWE has posted a video looking back at big debuts in the company in 2016. TheCyberZon Steven Herrera So Reigns is a douchebag everywhere he goes. Not really news. Comments are closed.last_img read more

1218 WWE RAW Ratings Viewers up for Brock Lesnar return Royal Rumble

1218 WWE RAW Ratings Viewers up for Brock Lesnar return Royal Rumble

first_imgFacebook Twitter WWE RAW Ratings are in for December 18, 2017.This week’s show from Providence drew 2.79 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com this week.This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.68 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics. While this was a bump from last week, the show again saw viewers tune out as the three hours progressed.“Monday Night Football” on ESPN won the night on cable (9.41 million viewers).Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.085 (up from 2.876 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.803 (up from 2.608 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.470 (down from 2.570 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Stephanie McMahon announcing the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match this January, averaged a 0.90 rating for the night. This is up from last week’s show that averaged a 0.85 rating in the 18-49 demographics.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Brock Lesnar WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Google+ Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Braun Strowman Videos Articles Pinterest Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Matchlast_img read more

Di Francesco reveals what Roma need to improve on for next

Di Francesco reveals what Roma need to improve on for next

first_imgAS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has revealed that they must improve up front if they are to mount a challenge for the Serie A title next seasonThe Giallorossi finished their league campaign with a narrow 1-0 win against Sassuolo on Sunday night with a Gianluca Pegolo own goal proving to be the difference between the two sides.Roma has finished in a respectable third place in the Serie A table for this term, but they have ended up 10 points off last season’s total at 77 points.While pleased with the defensive work of his side this campaign, Di Francesco is under no doubt that Roma must effective in front of goal.“We’ve got the second-best defence in the league, but we need to improve in front of goal. We’re too far off the teams who finished ahead of us. We’ve created a lot of chances this season but we could have done better to finish them off,” the Italian told the club website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Since replacing the departed Wojciech Szczesny at the beginning of the season, Alisson has greatly impressed in goal for the capital club and is widely expected to be targeted by the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool this summer.“I haven’t been told anything about this. Obviously, the transfer market can throw up all sorts of situations, but my wish is that he remains here,” said Di Francesco.The Roma boss’ sole focus is on reducing the gap up front with the club having ended up 18 points behind champions Juventus with second place Napoli 14 points ahead.“We want to reduce the gap on the sides that finished in front of us. We want to improve and our performances are the way to show that. We will work hard to get better,” added Di Francesco.last_img read more

MoviePass reportedly changed passwords to keep users from ordering tickets

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Comments $6 at Tidal $999 Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Comments DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. MoviePass reportedly froze out subscribers and changed their passwords to keep them off the app. MoviePass MoviePass, the $10-a-month movie subscription service that once dominated the industry, has been hit with financial issues that essentially brought an end to the company as we knew it. It dealt with those issues in-part by changing some users’ passwords to keep them from ordering tickets, according to a Business Insider report this week. MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Because MoviePass’ business model essentially involved paying theaters the full price for customers’ tickets, the company was quickly losing money, according to the report. CEO Mitch Lowe reportedly became frustrated with subscribers who took advantage of the low monthly rate by going to the movies every day, and ordered the company to limit subscriber access before the April 2018 release of Avengers: Infinity War. Lowe called for the passwords for a “small percentage of power users be changed,” which would keep them from going into the MoviePass app and ordering tickets, according to Business Insider.By the end of July 2018, the company was losing around $40 million a month, and on July 26 it ran out of money to put on MoviePass cards, Business Insider says. To get things running again, Helios and Matheson reportedly borrowed $5 million in cash. To deal with the loss of money, MoviePass reportedly made Mission: Impossible – Fallout unavailable for subscribers and froze half of them out on opening weekend, former employees told Business Insider.MoviePass has been wrestling with financial obstacles in the last several months by curbing its offerings. Last year, it reduced its plan to three movies for $10 a month. The company brought back its $9.95 unlimited movie plan in March, albeit with restrictions, before suspending its service indefinitely last month. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo Read Google Home Hub review $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express MoviePass manages to get more expensive and less useful Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 21 $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Now playing: Watch this: DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 1:38 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Share your voice 7 Tags $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Sprint $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo $999 See at Amazon See it See It Best Buylast_img read more

Lenovo Completes Acquisition Formalities of Motorola from Google

first_imgIt’s official: Lenovo buys Motorola mobilityMotorolaMotorola has announced that the company has officially become a part of the Lenovo family.Under the deal, Lenovo will pay Google, the former owner of Motorola, a total amount of $2.91 billion dollars. The transaction will include 660 million worth cash and 750 million worth stock to be paid by Lenovo. The remaining money worth $1.5 billion will be paid to Google in three years.After the deal, Lenovo will handle the mobility device business part while Google will keep the patents portfolio.Lenovo, the prime laptop and PC manufacturer has not acquired that much of presence in the mobility segment in developed countries. On the other hand, Motorola is quite popular in those countries and is counted as one of the leading Android smartphone manufacturer. Their recent launches, Moto 360 Smartwatch, Moto G, Moto E, Moto X and Droid Turbo, are widely appreciated by the consumers. Even the latest, Nexus 6, the first smartphone featuring Android Lollipop OS is also made by Motorola.With raw Android experience, quick updates, great apps and awesome Google integration, Motorola has risen like a phoenix with good revenues and popularity.In the blog, Motorola mentioned: “We will continue to focus on pure Android experience and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems. And we will continue to develop mobile devices that bring people unprecedented choice, value and quality.”The acquisition of Motorola will add a huge amount of handset sales to Lenovo’s credit and they will hold a 8% share of the global smartphone market, which will lead them to the third best smartphone maker in the global sales, according to a report. Meanwhile, Motorola mobility alone has 5% share in the Indian smartphone market.Rick Osterloh, President and COO will still lead the operation of Motorola out of Chicago.”With an impressive portfolio of smartphones, wearables and PCs, our two companies will be uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of choice and value, and bring exciting new experiences to people everywhere,” Osterloh said.last_img read more

Artificially sweetened sodas aerated drinks lead to infertility

Artificially sweetened sodas aerated drinks lead to infertility

first_imgWith sedentary lifestyle being one of the biggest reasons causing infertility, doctors say consumption of artificially sweetened sodas and aerated drinks may also lead to infertility in humans.Aerated drinks contain an artificial sweetener, aspartame, which can disrupt the endocrine system leading to hormonal imbalance and infertility issues in women.”Almost all of the soft drinks and sodas contain aspartame which is linked to many health problems including infertility, malformations and miscarriages,” said Arvind Vaid, an IVF expert at city-based Indira IVF. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Excess consumption leads to hormonal imbalance and fluctuation that causes ovulatory disorders and even worsens PMS (Premenstrual symptoms),” he added.Stating that phenylalanine and aspartic acids are the two amino acids present in aspartame considered natural and harmless when eaten in combination with other amino acids, the experts said when they are taken unaccompanied, it stimulates the generation of free radicals which leads to cell death.”Sperm and ovum, being cells, have 90 per cent chances of dying when this is consumed in excess. It is advised by many doctors and experts to avoid anything that helps in the formation of free radicals in the body for the significance of reproductive health,” said Vaid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRachna Jaiswar, associated with Gynaecology Department of Safdarjung Hospital, said consumption of sugary aerated drinks restrains the immune system causing weight gain and hormonal imbalance, which strongly contributes to fertility issues. “Soda is a highly acidic beverage, which alters the pH level of the body with excess consumption,” said Jaiswar.Talking about the high consumption of aerated drinks and sodas by men, Jaishwar said due to lack of nutrients in a high pH atmosphere, sperm cells either get harmed leading to its abnormal shape and poor quality or eventually die. “Moreover Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that reduces the male semen quality, is found in the lining of plastic bottles and most canned goods. Men who consume soft drinks more often are at 4 times the risk of lowering their sperm count, motility and concentration,” said Jaiswar.Doctors also said most of the soft drinks are caffeinated and contain fructose, which are associated with a higher risk of ovulatory disorders and infertility among women. “Caffeine is known to be a vasoconstrictor that reduces uterine blood flow thereby reducing menstrual bleeding and shortening the duration of menses. Combination of caffeine, aspartame and fructose affects the sex hormones and the hormone receptors, even leading to infertility,” said Radhika Vajpayee, IVF expert based in Lucknow.last_img read more

Justices ruling forces overcrowded San José jail to relocate or release 370

first_imgDue to overcrowding, a San José judge, Roy Murillo Rodríguez, has ordered the Justice Ministry’s prison system to relocate or release 370 inmates at San Sebastián Prison, located south of the capital.If there is no room at other prisons, the judge said prisoners closest to finishing their sentences should be released. San Sebastián Prison houses inmates who are serving preventive detention while awaiting trial, and it has the country’s highest rate of overcrowding (127 percent), with 1,247 prisoners. Following the order, Justice Ministry officials began reviewing inmates’ criminal records and searching for space in other prisons, although most of the country’s prison are severely overcrowded.On average, Costa Rican jails are overpopulated by 40 percent, according the country’s prison system. Government officials are obliged to comply with the ruling in coming days, and Judge Murillo warned he would file charges at the Prosecutor’s Office against all officials involved if his order was ignored.President Laura Chinchilla on Tuesday said her administration “would be strict in applying the court order,” adding that officials would use “restrictive criteria” to determine who would be released.The president of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala III, Carlos Chinchilla, said Murillo has no authority to issue the order, and he is backed by other Sala III justices.Justice Chinchilla said he would appeal to the Supreme Court next week to ask them to throw out Murillo’s ruling. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

2 Libyan journalists freed after abduction

first_imgErrorOK ErrorOKTheir release defuses tension that could have turned into a battle between Bani Walid and the city of Misrata, whose militiamen deployed forces, threatening to launch an offensive.Bani Walid and Misrata had a history of enmity under Gadhafi’s 42-year dictatorship.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – A local Libyan TV station manager says two of his journalists have been freed after more than a week being held captive by militiamen from a onetime stronghold of ousted ruler Moammar Gadhafi.Omar Boghada of Misrata’s TV station says the two journalists, held for 10 days by militiamen from the town of Bani Walid, have returned home. The two were covering the country’s general election 10 days ago when they were snatched on their way back to Misrata. Parents, stop beating yourself up Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Americans tune out Afghan war as fighting rages on

first_img“Those of us who have been at this for a long time continue to think that it’s important, and that we have a chance now of a path forward with a long-term perspective that will produce the results,” said James Cunningham, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.The U.S.-led coalition’s combat mission will wind down in the next few years, leading up to the end of 2014 when most international troops will have left or moved into support roles.Military analysts say the U.S. envisions a post-2014 force of perhaps 20,000 to hunt terrorists, train the Afghan forces and keep an eye on neighboring Iran and other regional powerhouse nations.Americans aren’t likely to know the number until later this year. But will anyone other than families of service personnel take note?“I have heard others say that the danger that their spouses or children are serving in is just simply not being cared about,” said Fred Wellman, a 22-year Army veteran who did three tours in Iraq. “I think a lot of veterans feel it is just forgotten.”Political satirist Garry Trudeau captured the apathy about the war in a comic strip this year showing a U.S. servicewoman stationed in Afghanistan calling her brother back home. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist “We all laugh about how no one really cares,” he said. “All the `support the troops’ stuff is bumper sticker deep.”Farwell, 29, who is now studying at the University of Virginia, said the war is rarely a topic of conversation on campus _ and he isn’t surprised that it’s not discussed much on the campaign trail.“No one understands how to extricate ourselves from the mess we have made there,” he said. “So from a purely political point of view, I wouldn’t be talking about it if I were Barack Obama or Mitt Romney either.”Ignoring the Afghan war, though, doesn’t make it go away.More than 1,950 Americans have died in Afghanistan and thousands more have been wounded since President George W. Bush launched attacks on Oct. 7, 2001 to rout al-Qaida after it used Afghanistan to train recruits and plot the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.The war drags on even though al-Qaida has been largely driven out of Afghanistan and its charismatic leader Osama bin Laden is dead _ slain in a U.S. raid on his Pakistani hideout last year.Strangely, Afghanistan never seemed to grab the same degree of public and media attention as the war in Iraq, which Obama opposed as a “war of choice.” Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “With millions of veterans home and talking with their families and friends … some knowledge of just how hard this is has percolated down,” said Marlowe, who has traveled to Afghanistan many times.It has also been hard to show progress on the battlefield.World War II had its Normandy, Vietnam its Tet Offensive and Iraq its Battle of Fallujah. Afghanistan is a grinding slough in villages and remote valleys where success is measured in increments.The Afghan war transformed into a series of small, often vicious and intense fights scattered across a country almost as large as Texas.In July, 40 U.S. service members died in Afghanistan in the deadliest month for American troops so far this year. At least 31 have been killed this month _ seven when a helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in what was one of the deadliest air disasters of the war. Ten others were gunned down in attacks from members of the Afghan security forces _ either disgruntled turncoats or Taliban infiltrators.Many argue that bin Laden’s death justifies a quick U.S. exit from Afghanistan. Others say it’s important to stay longer to shore up the Afghan security forces and help build the government so that it can stand on its own. An unstable Afghanistan could again offer sanctuary to militants like al-Qaida who want to harm American and its allies, they say. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Americans show more interest in the economy and taxes than the latest suicide bombings in a different, distant land. They’re more tuned in to the political ad war playing out on television than the deadly fight still raging against the Taliban. Earlier this month, protesters at the Iowa State Fair chanted “Stop the war!” They were referring to one purportedly being waged against the middle class.By the time voters go to the polls Nov. 6 to choose between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the war will be in its 12th year. For most Americans, that’s long enough.Public opinion remains largely negative toward the war, with 66 percent opposed to it and just 27 percent in favor in a May AP-GfK poll. More recently, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 60 percent of registered voters felt the U.S. should no longer be involved in Afghanistan. Just 31 percent said the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting there now.Not since the Korean War of the early 1950s _ a much shorter but more intense fight _ has an armed conflict involving America’s sons and daughters captured so little public attention.“We’re bored with it,” said Matthew Farwell, who served in the U.S. Army for five years including 16 months in eastern Afghanistan, where he sometimes received letters from grade school students addressed to the brave Marines in Iraq _ the wrong war. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – It was once President Barack Obama’s “war of necessity.” Now, it’s America’s forgotten war.The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress _ even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day. Unlike Iraq, victory in Afghanistan seemed to come quickly. Kabul fell within weeks of the U.S. invasion in October 2001. The hardline Taliban regime was toppled with few U.S. casualties.But the Bush administration’s shift toward war with Iraq left the Western powers without enough resources on the ground, so by 2006 the Taliban had regrouped into a serious military threat.Candidate Obama promised to refocus America’s resources on Afghanistan. But by the time President Obama sent 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in December 2009, years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan had drained Western resources and sapped resolve to build a viable Afghan state.And over time, his administration has grown weary of trying to tackle Afghanistan’s seemingly intractable problems of poverty and corruption. The American people have grown weary too.While most Americans are sympathetic to the plight of the Afghan people, they have become deeply skeptical of President Hamid Karzai’s willingness to tackle corruption and political patronage and the coalition’s chances of “budging a medieval society” into the modern world, says Ann Marlowe, a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute, a policy research organization in Washington. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement After he complains that his children have the flu and how he’s struggling to keep up with their hectic hockey schedule, he asks her where she’s calling from. She tells him she’s in Afghanistan.“Oh, right, right …” her brother replies. “Wait, we’re still there?”___Associated Press Writers Kristin Hall in Nashville, Tennessee and Jennifer Agiesta in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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