first_imgHyderabad: Dharmapuri Arvind, who caused the biggest upset in Lok Sabha polls in Telangana by defeating TRS heavyweight K Kavitha, Thursday said the BJP is confident of coming to power in the state after the next Assembly elections.A first-time contestant in electoral politics, the former Ranji Trophy cricketer defeated sitting MP Kavitha, daughter of the TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, by 71,057 votes, sending shock waves in her party. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCBasking in glory after his ‘giant-killing’ feat, the 1976 born said he is confident of his party wresting Telangana from the ruling TRS after the next Assembly polls, due in 2023. “We will increase our tally (Lok Sabha seats) by 2024 for sure. In Telangana, we will be be a formidable strength and by 2023, I am certain about forming the government in Telangana,” Arvind, who has now become a poster-boy of sorts for the BJP’s state unit, said. BJP was ‘down-in-the-dumps’ after the Assembly elections last year when it could win only one seat in the 119-member House, with the TRS returning to power with a rich haul of 88 seats. The Lok Sabha elections saw the party winning four seats of the total 17 in the State, up from just one in the 2014 polls, giving a new energy to the Amit Shah’s outfit. Arvind is son of TRS Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas, who was a Congressman for a long time and had served as president of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Congress unit before joining the ruling party.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta family allegedly kidnapped by a group of naked neighbours, who may have unknowingly drank some hallucinogenic tea, say it was a frightening experience.And the family members say until they learn more facts about what happened, they don’t know how to feel about the ordeal.“We just don’t have enough information,” said one family member, who asked not to be named. “We have no answers as to whether anything was purposely taken or not purposely taken.”The family members were reluctant to share their experience because of the ongoing court case, but they told The Canadian Press they know the accused as neighbours. They are all members of the same Jehovah’s Witnesses church.When one of the female accused showed up at the family’s home in Leduc County south of Edmonton on Monday morning, clothed and acting frantic, they thought there must be an emergency.But the family said with her were four other people who were naked and the family was forced outside and into a BMW. The man was allegedly put in the trunk and his daughter and her baby in the car with the others.While the car was being driven, the family said the man managed to jump out of the trunk. As the car slowed, the woman and her baby then managed to get away.The man, woman and child were then picked up by a passerby in his truck, but the truck was allegedly rammed by the car.RCMP have said that when they arrived at the scene of the crash, they took five people into custody. Three adults, a man and two women, are facing charges of kidnapping, resisting arrest and mischief and are to next appear in court Nov. 30.Two teenage girls also in the car were released without charges.No one was injured.The father of the girls, ages 13 and 15, has said his daughters and their mother were having breakfast Monday morning with another couple when they decided to have some tea recently brought back from a trip overseas. The father said the tea was from India, but the family that was allegedly kidnapped said one of the accused had travelled earlier in the year to Thailand and South Korea.“It’s absolutely crazy,” said the father, who cannot be named due to a court publication ban protecting the identity of youths involved in the case.“It’s a scary thought thinking, ‘Oh, let’s try this tea that we purchased.’ And then all sit down thinking they’re just going to have a nice morning and end up in that circumstance.”He said the girls don’t remember what happened.The Mounties have not said if they’re investigating whether a hallucinogenic tea motivated the alleged crime but have said drugs and/or alcohol may have played a role.last_img read more

Video of press remarks [07mins] Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced he is dispatching the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Juan Méndez to the strife-torn region of Darfur in Sudan to recommend what can be done to protect civilians there from continuing brutal attacks by local militias.Ms. Arbour and Mr. Méndez will arrive in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday to begin their mission, Mr. Annan told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.”Their job is not to describe or characterize what is happening, but to see what more can be done to stop it, and to prevent further abuses,” he said, referring to the debate about whether the situation should be termed genocide. “Civilians are still being attacked and fleeing their villages even as we speak,” he added.More than 1.2 million Sudanese are internally displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad since the mainly Arab Janjaweed militias allied to the Government in its conflict with two rebel groups began attacking black African civilians.The Secretary-General said he told Security Council members yesterday that he wants a proposed commission of inquiry into whether genocide has taken place in Darfur to proceed.The United States is circulating a draft resolution on Darfur among Council members after its Secretary of State Colin Powell said last week that the killings in the war-torn region over the past year constituted genocide.The Council’s 15 members are holding consultations this afternoon about the content of the draft text.Mr. Annan said it is the first time in the Council’s history that it has ever been seized under Article 8 of the Genocide Convention, which allows parties to the treaty to “call upon the competent organs of the UN” to take action under the Charter to prevent and suppress acts of genocide.”It seems to me inconceivable that [the Council] should fail to respond. In any case, the Council must be fully engaged. It must continue to pressure all sides,” he said.But the Secretary-General said that, regardless of whether the crimes being committed in Darfur are defined as genocide or not, it is essential to take action immediately to protect the civilians.He also said the ceasefire in Darfur is being broken by both sides – the Sudanese Government forces and the two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Earlier this year, two UN human rights fact-finding reports accused the Janjaweed of committing numerous atrocities, including the murder and rape of villagers, the destruction of homes and cropland, and the poisoning of wells and other water sources.This week a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that hundreds of people in the vast, impoverished region are dying every day, either because of diseases contracted in the often crowded and unhygienic camps for displaced persons or because of Janjaweed attacks. read more

WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.Wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 per cent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, down from a 1 per cent surge in April. Big gains in inventories of autos, lumber and metals drove the latest increase.Sales at the wholesale level, meanwhile, rose 0.7 per cent, down from 1.3 per cent in April. Auto sales jumped 1.1 per cent while sales of computers and electrical equipment fell.The slower pace of sales and restocking suggests that consumer and business demand weakened a bit in May. But the figures also show that companies aren’t building up large stockpiles, which can leave them with unsold goods if sales slow further.And May’s increase in inventories can contribute to economic growth because it means more orders of factory goods, which boosts manufacturing output.Thursday’s report covers inventories held at the wholesale level. Next week, the government will detail inventories at the manufacturing and retail levels.Businesses sharply cut back on restocking in the first three months of the year, a big reason the economy shrank at a 2.9 per cent annual rate. That was the largest contraction since the first quarter of 2009, in the depths of the recession.But companies are now restocking their shelves and warehouses at a faster pace, which should boost growth. Total business inventories rose 0.6 per cent in April, the biggest gain in 6 months.Harsh winter weather in the first quarter shut down factories, disrupted shipping and lowered auto and home sales. Most economists expect warmer weather will help the economy grow again in the second quarter, at about a 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent annual rate. US wholesale stockpiles rise at a slower pace in May as sales gains also weaken by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2014 8:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) said that during the first six months of 2013, more then 46,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen, a country that has received close to half a million refugees since 2006.“UNHCR staff and our partners, such as the Yemeni Red Crescent and the Danish Refugee Council, work daily to record new arrivals and offer them support,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva. “That help takes many forms, including food and water, first aid and transportation to transit and reception centres, hot meals, welcome packages including blankets and clothing, accommodation and counselling.”Ms. Fleming said UNHCR had witnessed a significant change in the refugee and migrant population arriving in Yemen over the past two years, with more arrivals from Ethiopia. Previously, Somali refugees made up between one-third and one-quarter of total arrivals. Other arrivals come from Djibouti and Sudan, she said.“Refugees and migrants are vulnerable to exploitation, violence and sexual abuse at all stages of their journeys,” Ms. Fleming said. “Boats crossing the Arabian Sea or Red Sea to Yemen are often overcrowded. Smugglers may force passengers into the water to avoid detection. Smugglers and traffickers often wait on the coast to receive the new arrivals.”The Government of Yemen automatically recognizes Somali arrivals as refugees, while UNHCR determines the refugee status of Ethiopians and other nationals. Ms. Fleming said few Ethiopians seek asylum as many want to travel beyond Yemen or do not know how the asylum process works. “As a result, most Ethiopians are left extremely vulnerable,” she said.Ms. Fleming said there have been positive developments, as the number of dead or missing refugees and migrants has dropped significantly – to five people so far this year from 43 in all of 2012. Yemeni authorities have also had some success in locating smugglers’ and traffickers’ bases and cracking down on their operations.“We are also engaged with the Yemeni Government and national and international partners. Together we are working to enhance services offered to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants as well as find sustainable solutions,” she added. read more

first_imgTop European scientist have started to work on a project called “RoboEarth” that could potentially be used to allow robots to share information between each other.RoboEarth will be the place where the robots can upload data from tasks that they have been programmed to undertake and they can also use the same system to ask for help in carrying out new tasks, thus they are able to learn for themselves (Skynet anyone?).The system is like the equivalent of the World Wide Web but for robots, it will be used primarily as a communication system and as a database. The database will contain maps of places that the robots work, descriptions of any objects that they encounter and specific instructions that they used to complete the tasks.RoboEarth researcher Dr Markus Waibel compared this to the human equivalent of Wikipedia:Wikipedia is something that humans use to share knowledge, that everyone can edit, contribute knowledge to and access, he said. Something like that does not exist for robots. If the system takes off it could allow a robot to gain a better understanding of what it means to do some of the more basic tasks that we take for granted, i.e. setting the dinner table and what items are needed to achieve this (knives, forks etc).This way robots could become truly beneficial to humans as they progressively learn from each other to avoid making the same mistakes.Read more at BBC via RoboEarthlast_img read more

first_imgTrump targets critic by name on Twitter after Republican backlash to his health plan “This is Obamacare Lite, it will not pass,” Senator Rand Paul fumed. 33,810 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump is facing mounting concern from fellow Republicans over their party’s plan to replace Obamacare, with conservatives warning the bill is too similar to existing controversial health care law.Several far-right lawmakers said the Republican plan abandons conservative fiscal principles by maintaining government subsidies of the Affordable Care Act, but under the guise of “refundable tax credits” for people to purchase their own health insurance.“This is Obamacare Lite, it will not pass,” fumed Senator Rand Paul on Fox News.Later, he told reporters that Republicans were “united on repeal, but divided on replacement.”Other Republicans described the bill – the result of seven years of effort – as a missed opportunity, even a step in the wrong direction.“We don’t know how much it will cost, and we don’t know if this bill will make health care more affordable for Americans,” said Senator Mike Lee, who opposes the use of tax credits.With rebellion brewing, Trump hosted more than 20 House Republicans at the White House, where he said he is “proud” to back the plan and anticipated Congress would vote to repeal Obamacare “quickly.”“They want Obamacare over,” he said of Americans who voted Trump into office.So let’s get it done. Share4 Tweet Email Mar 8th 2017, 8:55 AM 36 Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: Alex BrandonThe legislation gets its first official review in Congress today, when two House committees debate and possibly amend the bill.Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.If enough Republicans defect, particularly in the Senate, where they hold a narrow 52-48 majority, the highly anticipated repeal-and-replace plan could collapse.House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has shepherded the bill through several drafts, sought to downplay divisions within his party.“We will have 218 when this thing comes to the floor, I can guarantee you that,” Ryan said, referring to the majority votes needed to pass legislation in the 435-member chamber.‘Ryancare’ Pressure from outside Congress swelled quickly yesterday, with several conservative groups opposing the plan.The pro-free-market Club for Growth labeled it “Ryancare,” after the speaker, and said it was a “warmed-over substitute for government-run health care.”Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence was dispatched to the US Capitol to huddle with Senate Republicans in a show of support for the legislation that was crafted by House Republican leadership.Pence said afterwards that the bill remained “open to improvement” through the legislative process. Source: TwitterThat debate is proceeding apace “and will continue to be vigorous,” said Senator Ted Cruz, who said he had “a number of concerns” with the House legislation.“We can not do nothing at all,” Cruz said.Failure is not an option.The bill has come in for criticism from more moderate factions too, including four Republican senators whose states expanded the low-income Medicaid program through Obamacare.Those states’ Republican governors are concerned that the planned phaseout of the expansion under the new bill would leave thousands of residents without coverage.Reforms implemented under then-president Barack Obama are credited with helping 20 million Americans gain coverage, but have been criticised for rising premiums and other costs.Democrats have savaged the bill as an immoral shift of costs from the wealthy to poor and working-class Americans.Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price explained that “it’s the beginning of the process” and that extensive negotiations were ahead.The goal, top Republicans said, is swift debate and adoption of the Obamacare substitute prior to the Easter break that begins 8 April.- © AFP 2017Read: New round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres across the US >Read: Most Irish people think drinking to excess is part of our culture > Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 8:55 AM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Brisbane is home to a very proud Greek community, and this month they are set to turn Musgrave Park blue and white to showcase the best of Greek culture and cuisine.This year is particularly special for organisers, with 2018 marking 42 years since the event was established.“Over four decades Paniyiri has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival as well as the country’s longest running Greek festival – an admirable success story for the celebration that started in 1976 when a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane,” organisers said.Over 60,000 people are expected to turn out over the weekend, taking place over two days on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.It’s best to turn up on an empty stomach, with over 30 authentic Greek food stalls featuring everything from succulent meats, haloumi, and loukoumades.There’s also a line-up of Greek chefs who will take the food experience to the next level with demonstrations that will give them the chance to interact with festival-goers and impart some of their culinary wisdom.To mark the milestone, there is a jam-packed schedule of entertainment lined-up, promising something for each member of the family, even the little ones.Brisbane’s Paniyiri Greek Festival is taking place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane, QLD. Stay up-to-date with the program on Facebook @Paniyiri, and to purchase tickets visit paniyiri.comlast_img read more

first_imgCivil rights groups are calling on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws.  Ian Knighton/CNET Civil rights groups are calling on Congress to protect marginalized groups in privacy laws. On Wednesday, over 40 advocacy organizations, including the ACLU, NAACP, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Democracy & Technology, jointly sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to address data-driven discrimination issues in upcoming privacy laws. “Privacy rights are civil rights,” the letter said. “Protecting privacy in the era of big data means protecting against uses of consumer information that concentrate harms on marginalized communities while concentrating profits elsewhere.” The letter said data security and privacy abuses have harmed marginalized communities. Such abuses include deceptive voter suppression, misinformation targeting African Americans, and discriminatory government surveillance. The letter comes as the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday issued a report recommending the passage of a federal internet privacy law with harsh penalties for companies that violate regulation. The report found that over the past 10 years, most of the Federal Trade Commission’s actions against data privacy abuses went without fines because the agency doesn’t have the authority to impose them. Civil rights groups and the federal government have raised concerns over data abuse and bias being built into technology. Facebook has been accused of excluding certain groups of people, based on ethnic groups and gender, in its targeted advertising features. Last month a study found that Amazon’s facial recognition technology shows gender and racial bias.  “It is long past time to see effective privacy laws for commercial data practices established in the United States,” said the letter.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Comments 2 Share your voicecenter_img Tags Politics Tech Industrylast_img read more

first_imgWorld shares and risk assets rallied and the dollar backed off highs on Thursday, after the Federal Reserve flagged a rate hike next month, but also an intention to take things slow and steady after that.The pick-up in risk sentiment combined with the dip in the dollar .DXY gave commodities a reprieve from recent selling, with oil and gold inching higher.European stocks also opened strongly with the FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 pushed to a three-month high by more than 1 percent gains in London .FTSE, Frankfurt .GDAXI and Paris .FCHI, after Japan’s Nikkei .N225 had hit a similar peak in Asia.[.T]Minutes of the Fed’s last policy meeting showed most members were ready to sanction the bank’s first rise in rates in almost a decade in December as long as further moves then depended on the economy continuing to perform well.”We have had an interesting FOMC minutes and risk assets have rallied across the board with the dollar weaker and EM leading the way,” said Alvin Tax an FX strategist at Societe Generale in London.”That is the success of the Fed really. We expect they will hike in December but then proceed slowly after that and that has soothed markets.”Leaps across Asia meant MSCI’s benchmark emerging market share index .MSCIEF was on course for its best day in a month and the 45-country All World equivalent .WORLD was up for a fourth straight day.Bond markets also seemed to get the message that the Fed was in no rush with rates with longer-term debt outperforming and the yield curve flattening noticeably. While two-year yields rose 3 basis points, those on 30-year paper actually dipped a basis point.Yields were also lower across most of Europe and Asia. The premium offered by U.S. two-year debt over its German counterpart yawned out to 124 basis points, the fattest margin since 2006 and a positive for the dollar.However, being long dollars has been a very crowded trade and investors decided to book some profits in the wake of the Fed minutes. Against a basket of currencies .DXY the dollar dipped 0.4 percent and away from a seven-month peak.The euro edged up to $1.0682 EUR= and off a seven-month trough around $1.0615. The dollar also eased against the yen to 123.25 JPY=, after touching a three-month peak of 123.67.Minutes of the European Central Bank’s last policy meeting are due later on Thursday and will likely reinforce expectations of further easing from Frankfurt in December.Peter Praet, the ECB’s chief economist kept up the speculation saying the so called “zero lower bound” for interest rates was lower than most had originally thought.COMMODITY RELIEFIn Asia overnight, the Bank of Japan surprised no one at its regular policy meeting by maintaining the current pace of asset buying, though many still suspect it will have to ease again at some point to force inflation higher.Tokyo’s Nikkei .N225 firmed 1 percent, brushing aside a disappointing report on exports and imports.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 2 percent, with Australia’s main index AXJO up by the same amount for a third straight session of gains.After a slow start, Chinese markets caught the better mood and the CSI300 index .CSI300 of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen added 1.6 percent.In commodity markets, gold added 0.6 percent to $1,077.20 an ounce having been at its lowest since early 2010. Zinc, copper, lead and nickel were all near their lowest in five to seven years.Oil prices rose from three-month lows on short-covering. U.S. crude steadied at $40.65 a barrel, while Brent firmed 20 cents to $44.34. [O/R]”People are seeing oil at these very low levels and so they want to step in,” said Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at ABN Amro in Amsterdam.last_img read more

WATCH PostElection Analysis

first_imgDr. Elizabeth Simas (Associate professor, political science, UH) joins host Gary Polland for a recap of the 2018 mid-term election. Topics include the “Beto Effect,” Props A & B, and the defeat of Harris County judge Ed Emmett by Lina Hidalgo. With guests Neftali Partida (Senior Public Policy Advisor, Locke Lord LLP) and Mustafa Tameez (Managing Director, Outreach Strategists). Original air date: November 9, 2018.Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue Sharelast_img

Merging the sounds of spiritualism

first_imgThe Capital brought forth its spiritual side as Bhakti Sangeet brings different devotional streams together. Presented by the Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages and the Sahitya Kala Parishad, the second day (10 May) of the three-day festival saw different streams of truth merge together in expression. The performances by Shubha Mudgal and Mohammad Irshad regaled audience present over there. The day began with the Buddhist chanting of Bhutan  followed by the message of Krishna Bhakti by O S Arun and Mohammad Irshad then enamored the audience by rendering the pure kalams of Bulle Shah. Mudgal ended the evening singing from the school of Nirgun bhakti. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the festival witnessed the recitations from the Rig Veda by K Vasedevan Namboothiri, A M Kesavan and K Madhavan Namboothiri. The chanting from the Vedas was followed by the mystic Baul singing of Bengal by Parvathi Baul. More for the evening was Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans crooning to the devotional Punjabi Sufi kalams, stirring the spiritual hearts of the audience and listeners.The festival  featured 14 devotional singers of different genres, including bhajans, the sufi qawwali tradition of India as well as the traditions of Krishna bhakti. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Devotional music is one form of expression that can be found in every kind of civilization, society and tribe. Given the multiplicity of religious beliefs in India, it is no wonder that we have an extremely rich and versatile tradition of devotional music. We can find Bhakti Sangeet in every language we encounter and in every region we visit. We are a nation of spirituality and we have multifarious ways of professing our love to God. Bhakti Sangeet is unique as it brings together all different genres of devotional music prevalent in India on one stage’, says Rinku Dugga, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi. It was our bhakti and sufi saints who laid the foundation of our composite culture and the festival  was an ode to it.last_img read more

Paintnet 42 is out with a huge list of changes 4.2 is out with a huge list of changes by Martin Brinkmann on July 15, 2019 in Music and Video – 9 commentsThe developer of released a new version of the image editor for Microsoft’s Windows operating system on July 13, 4.2 is an update for the desktop version and Microsoft Store version of the image editor. The new version is already available for download on the official project website. Updates of the Store version and installed versions may take up to a week if automatic updates are enabled.Desktop users may run a manual check for updates to download the new version immediately; this is done with a click on the Settings icon, and selecting Updates > Check now in the Settings window.To put the 4.2 release into perspective. 4.0 was released in 2014, 4.1 in 2018. The developer of releases updates regularly but major updates like 4.2 are rare.One of the major new features of 4.2 is support for the HEIC file format. Support is not available on all supported versions of Windows, however. HEIC support is only available on devices running Windows 10 version 1809 or newer, and only if the HEVC Video Extensions application is installed.The developer mentions the paid version for $0.99 only but there is also a free version available that users may want to give a try. Microsoft included the codec initially in Windows 10 but moved it to the Store when it released the Creators Update for Windows 10.A quick test on a Windows 10 version 1809 confirmed that the free version is enough to display .heic images in the image editor.The format is used as the default format on Apple iPhone devices and also supported on some devices running newer versions of Android.Core file types, including BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG, and TIFF — have been upgraded internally. The developer built them on top of the Windows Image Component instead of GDI+ which also introduced new functionality such as support for saving 32-bit BMP images with alpha transparency, support for larger JPEG, TIFF, and PNG sizes, or saving TIFF images at 25-bit and 8 color did not really handle very large images, those starting at 32kx32k pixels, well performance-wise. Users who had to edit these large images noticed that performance would drop of significantly  and that it could take anywhere from several seconds to a minute before the application responded again.Other changes in 4.2New keyboard shortcuts for changing the current layer are available now:Go to Top layer —  Ctrl-Alt-PageUpGo to layer Above — Alt-PageUpGo to layer Below — Alt-PageDownGo to Bottom layer — Ctrl-Alt-PageDownSupport for saving PNG images as interlaced.TGA images load about four times faster than in previous versions.Errors are reported in the Save Configuration dialog. Also, some performance improvements.Fixed Windows Explorer thumbnails for certain image types, PDN, DDS, and TGA, that were not rendering alpha correctly.Improved CPU usage for thumbnail updates.You find the full list of changes published on the Blog.Now You: Which image editor, if any, do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name 4.2Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressSINGAPORE (AP) – Voters handed Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party its second by-election defeat in eight months, giving the opposition another seat in Parliament and signaling widening discontent over immigration policies and rising income inequality.Opposition Workers’ Party candidate Lee Li Lian won 54.5 percent of about 29,800 votes cast Saturday in the Punggol East district, beating three other candidates including the PAP’s Koh Poh Koon, who received 43.7 percent. The Workers’ Party now has seven seats in Parliament and the PAP has 80. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Political blogger Andrew Loh said the PAP’s loss “is a reflection of the uncertainty that Singaporeans have about their future. They also want stronger voices in Parliament.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “Despite this victory, the Workers’ Party is still a small party with much to do and improve upon,” party chairwoman Sylvia Lim told reporters.The PAP has been in power since 1959 but has seen its support decline in recent years, winning only 60 percent of the votes in the 2011 general election _ its lowest share since independence in 1965 _ as it struggles to stem rising discontent over the high cost of living, an influx of foreigners and rising income inequality.The PAP “will continue to work to improve the lives of Singaporeans, and present our report card for voters to judge in the next general elections,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a statement.Lee had called the by-election after the sudden resignation of PAP lawmaker Michael Palmer over an extramarital affair, adding to a list of sex scandals that have rocked the city-state in the past year.Lee and other PAP heavyweights had hoped to avoid another electoral embarrassment after the party’s loss in a by-election in May last year.Analysts say the PAP defeat forces the party to re-examine policies that have brought popular discontent.“This is a shock for the PAP,” said Bridget Welsh, an associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University. “They went to the polls so quickly with confidence and had expected to win. So, this is a devastating loss. It forces the PAP to have a very serious evaluation of their policies, and what they’ve done wrong.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

As part of its continued commitment to ensure adhe

first_imgAs part of its continued commitment to ensure adherence to the strictest standards of animal welfare, World Expeditions has announced the removal of the eagle hunting festival from its Mongolian program. The adventure company’s decision was taken in consultation with World Animal Protection, the expert organisation which assists in the company’s comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct.“Although it is not our place to pass judgement on the long-held cultural tradition of eagle hunting in Mongolia, it is our place to remove tourism activities from our program that do not adhere to the principals of animal welfare,” said World Expeditions Responsible Travel Manager, Donna Lawrence.“The eagle hunting festival is a spectacle for tourists and the welfare of the eagles and their prey at the festival does not adhere to the universally accepted ‘Five Freedoms’ of animal welfare”, on which our animal welfare Code of Conduct is based.”World Animal Protection Senior Wildlife and Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach said the concept of the eagle-hunting had cultural origins, but the festival was first conceived in 1999 with the purpose of boosting tourism.“The festival is a comparatively new event designed to attract tourism, and the commercial aspect of the festival has unfortunately led to negative impacts on the welfare and the conservation of the eagles.” adventureanimal welfareeagle hunting festivalecoMongoliaSustainableWorld Expeditionslast_img read more

Black Latino acts rule Grammy noms with JayZ in

first_imgBlack, Latino acts rule Grammy noms with Jay-Z in front seat FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2016 file photo, Kennedy Center’s Artistic Director for Hip-Hop Culture, Q-Tip, reads a poetry, during the National Student Poets event, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is blasting the Grammys in an angry video for failing to recognize the band’s final album with a nomination. The rapper-producer tells off the organization and calls it “corny” in an expletive-filled rant posted Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, on Instagram. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Nov 28, 2017 5:39 am PDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Recording Academy sent a clear message when they announced the nominees for the 2018 Grammys: They want to see a black or Latino act have a better shot at winning in the major categories.Black and Latino musicians dominated in the top four categories, including album and song of the year, giving those acts who perform rap, R&B and Latin music a strong chance at taking home the biggest awards, usually reserved for pop, rock and country musicians, or white artists.In the past, acts like Beyonce, Kanye West, Eminem and Alicia Keys were leaders in nominations, but would never win awards like record of the year.This year there is a shift.Jay-Z, rap’s most powerful force, is the top nominee with eight, the academy announced Tuesday. Jay-Z’s nominations include album, song and record of the year.“It’s just time,” said No I.D., who produced Jay-Z’s entire “4:44” album and is nominated in the top three categories alongside the rap icon. “I believe that when you really make the best music you can make from your heart, it will transcend all of those stereotypes, colour issues, everything, because music is really made for human beings.”Kendrick Lamar, another artist who has never won album, song or record of the year despite multiple nominations, is also up for the top prize with his third effort, “DAMN.” Other album of the year nominees include Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” and Lorde’s “Melodrama,” making the New Zealand singer the only white act up for the prize.Justin Bieber, a featured guest on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ubiquitous hit “Despacito,” is the only white performer nominated for record of the year. Bieber and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels are the only white nominees for song of the year. And Michaels is the only white act up for best new artist; she will compete with SZA, Khalid, Alessia Cara and Lil Uzi Vert.Neil Portnow, the academy’s CEO and president, said the organization took time this year to work hard at diversifying its voting membership, which includes more than 13,000 people.“You look at the nominations this year and I think that’s clearly a reflection of the fact that we’ve done a lot of good work there,” he said.The Grammys has a long history of black and Latino artists, as well as rap and R&B acts, losing in major categories despite appearing as the clear front runner. The organization was criticized earlier this year when Adele’s “25” album won album of the year over Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Though Adele’s project outsold Beyonce’s, “Lemonade” was viewed as an artistic, bold and daring project that truly owned the year. Even Adele said Beyonce should have won instead of her.But, now, Jay-Z’s own work of art may bring the Carters the gold. Though “4:44” debuted at No. 1, it is not Jay-Z’s bestselling album nor does it have multiple hits like his past projects. However, his 13th album has been viewed as a brave and personal album revealing stories about his life and showcases that, at 47, he is still relevant and a cultural force in music, where youngsters tend to dominate.“I’m really happy Jay had the 100 per cent courage to really open up and that’s where I think this connection comes from — I think this is a genuine moment that people know in their hearts, like, ‘This wasn’t a trick … this was the opening up of a human being giving us something special,’” said No I.D.“We collectively approached it with certain principals that rock albums use,” he added. “There’s not too many one-producer rap albums. There are lot of one-producer rock albums … and country albums.”“Despacito,” which earned nominations for record and song of the year, also turned heads when the nominations were announced Tuesday. While it is no surprise the song is nominated — it spent 16 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart — it is rare to see a song mostly in Spanish compete in major categories alongside English songs at the Grammys.“The biggest thing for me is being able to break the language barrier. It’s very hard to do. I’m bi-cultural. I’m Puerto Rican. I was born in the United States. I know how hard it is for somebody to really just connect to a song when it’s in a different language,” Fonsi said. “That’s what I’m proud of — to be able to celebrate my culture through music and to have people dancing and enjoying it, although it’s not their typical go-to song or language.”“Despacito” also earned Fonsi, Yankee and Bieber a nomination for best pop duo/group performance.Behind Jay-Z, Lamar scored seven nominations while Mars earned six. Those who scored five nominations were black acts, including Childish Gambino, SZA, Khalid and No I.D.“When you really make things that really challenge the status quo or challenge issues and you do it artistically and you do it with no fear, people are listening,” No I.D. said. “As much as you act like everything is programmed or calculated or researched or numbers, spins, radio and clubs, it’s still human beings out here you can reach with music.”The producer said he was “happy” with the nominations. 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first_imgCytavision, the television branch of state telecoms company CyTA, offered a senior co-op bank executive who also sits on its board, two ticket packages for UEFA Champions League games – for himself and another co-op senior executive – in a move censured by the auditor-general as “conflict of interest and abuse of power.”The hospitality vouchers were given to co-op director Yiannis Stavrinides, who is also a member of the CyTA board, and co-op bank CEO Nicolas Hadiyiannis, both of whom turned down the gift “after our service noticed and raised the issue,” the auditor-general said in a report.The packages were secured by CyTA as the company with the rights to broadcast UCL games on the island.CyTA then allocates them out to clients under certain criteria for marketing purposes.According to the auditor, a package was indirectly granted to a member of the board “supposedly because he is employed as a director at the Cyprus Co-operative Bank that is one of the authority’s (CyTA) big clients, which, based on the revenues it provides to the authority, was granted two trip packages.”The client gave the two packages to the co-op bank CEO and the aforementioned director, who is also a member of the CyTA board, the report said.The audit service said CyTA board members should not be given gifts in their capacity as clients because it created a conflict of interest and abuse of power.On top of that, it exceeded the estimated value of a gift, €50, beyond which officials are mandated to declare them.“As regards the inclusion of the co-op bank among clients eligible for suck perks, we consider it unacceptable since the CCB is a state company and should have been exempted,” the auditor said.In response, CyTA told the audit service that the packages were not given because of Stavrinides’ capacity as a member of the board but was in line with the criteria regarding the provision of gifts to clients. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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