AFSPA withdrawn partially from AP

first_imgNew Delhi: After 32 years, the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which gives sweeping powers to security forces, was partially removed from three of nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh but would remain in force in the areas bordering Myanmar, officials said here.The state, which was formed on February 20, 1987, had inherited the controversial AFSPA enacted by Parliament in 1958 and applied to the entire State of Assam and the Union Territory of Manipur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland came into being, the Act was appropriately adapted to apply to these states as well. The Justice B P Jeevan Reddy committee had recommended scrapping of the AFSPA from the state. Under the Act, the security forces can arrest anyone or carry out searches in any premises. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a notification that the four police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh, which were declared “disturbed areas” under the AFSPA, are no longer under the purview of the special law from Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe police station areas from where the AFSPA has been withdrawn are Balemu and Bhalukpong police stations in West Kameng district, Seijosa police station in East Kameng district and Balijan police station in Papumpare district. However, according to the notification, the AFSPA will continue to be enforced in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and areas under the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district and Sunpura in Lohit district for six more months till September 30. A Home Ministry official said the “disturbed area” tag was withdrawn from the four police station areas due to the improvement of law and order situation there and it will continue in other areas in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast. The notification said the Union Home Ministry took the decision exercising its powers conferred under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. A review of the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh’s six districts was undertaken before the March 31 deadline for the validity of the “disturbed area” designation under the AFSPA. In March last year, the AFSPA was removed completely from Meghalaya following improvement in security situation. The AFSPA is imposed in areas where armed forces are required to operate in aid to civil authorities. For the AFSPA to become valid, an area, however, needs to be declared disturbed either by the Central or the state government under the section 3 of the 1958 Act.last_img read more

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Roma target new defender to replace soon to leave Benatia

Rabat – AS Roma is eyeing Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas as a potential replacement for Moroccan international Mehdi Benatia who is set to leave the Stadio Olimpico side for Bavarian giants of Bayern Munich before the end of the summer transfer window.Media reports said that Benatia’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, went to Munich to negotiate his client’s personal terms with Bayern after the Moroccan player has been reported to reject a contract extension with Roma.Several European teams expressed interest in having Benatia including Premiere League heavyweights Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. Bayern are attempting to clinch the Benatia deal for 30 million euros, which is not enough for the Giallorossi who demand 35 million to release their rock strong defender.Other reports suggest that Mehdi Benatia will have a medical with Bayern on Wednesday, which rules out scenarios that he might join Monaco or some English team.Photo: Claudio Villa/Getty Images read more

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Deal or no deal US and Chinese sides resume trade talks

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he and other negotiators for the Trump administration should know this week or next whether they can reach a trade deal with China — or whether it’s time to “move on.”Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are travelling to Beijing to resume talks Tuesday to try to end a yearlong trade war between the world’s two largest economies. A Chinese team is scheduled to visit Washington next week for another round of talks.The two sides are locked in a standoff over the Trump administration’s charges that Beijing steals technology and forces foreign companies operating in China to hand over trade secrets.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 5:30 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,005.78 up 53.88 points):Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oilsands. Unchanged at $30.84 on 17.26 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up seven cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $15.57 on 11.82 million shares.Rainy River Resources (TSX:RR). Metal explorer. Unchanged at $3.45 on 7.42 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down six cents, or 2.99 per cent, at $1.95 on 6.24 million shares.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Unchanged at $29.82 on 6.12 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (860.24 down 0.59 point):Cream Minerals Ltd. (TSXV:CMA). Metal explorer. Down half a cent, or 50 per cent, at half a cent on 6.27 million shares.IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSXV:IB). Metal distributor. Down 2.5 cents, or 31.25 per cent, at 5.5 cents on 4.65 million shares.Company reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty rewards. Up $1.48, or 10.63 per cent, at $15.40 on 3.01 million shares. The company that runs the Aeroplan customer loyalty program says it is prepared to drop CIBC (TSX:CM) as its bank credit card partner at the end of the year unless CIBC can match contractual terms offered by TD Bank (TSX:TD).BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media and telecommunications. Up 39 cents, or 0.94 per cent, at $41.96 on 2.81 million shares. After the markets closed, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission gave the thumbs up to Bell’s second bid to buy Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A) and its coveted suite of TV speciality channels and radio stations in a deal pegged at $3.4 billion. Astral’s stock was up 13 cents, or 0.27 per cent, at $48.24 on 289,432 shares.Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Grocer. Down 34 cents, or 0.43 per cent, at $79.28 on 223,349 shares. Empire has agreed to sell 26 theatres to Cineplex (TSX:CGX) and 20 to Landmark Cinemas in deals with a combined value of $255 million. Proceeds will be used to pay down debt. The company also announced higher fourth-quarter profits and revenue. Cineplex stock was up $1.44, or 4.11 per cent, at $36.47 on 182,190 shares.Rona (TSX:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 76 cents, or 7.83 per cent, at $10.47 on 316,916 shares. The struggling retailer announced it is closing 11 money-losing stores, cutting about 125 administrative jobs and trimming its marketing budget. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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FDA considers new warnings safety guards to combat liquid nicotine poisonings

by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 10:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Aug. 14, 2014 file photo shows the warning label on a child resistant bottle of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it is considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) WASHINGTON – Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is responding to an uptick in nicotine poisonings reported by emergency rooms and poison centres nationwide, many involving infants and children. The agency said in an online posting it is considering whether “it would be appropriate for the protection of the public health to warn the public about the dangers or nicotine exposure” and “require that some tobacco products be sold in child-resistant packaging.”Liquid nicotine is primarily used to refill e-cigarettes, a fast-growing market encompassing hundreds of products and an estimated $2.1 billion in sales. But the agency also has concerns about other novel tobacco products hitting the market, including dissolvable nicotine strips, lotions, gels and beverages.The agency will seek public comment on a number of questions surrounding the proposed warnings and safe guards, according to a government memo due to be published Wednesday.Under a 2009 law, the FDA gained authority to regulate some aspects of cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products. Among other things, the agency can restrict advertising to youth, require warning labels and evaluate new tobacco products for their health risks.But since e-cigarettes and other liquid-nicotine products do not actually contain tobacco, they are not covered by the original law.A year ago, the FDA released a proposal bringing e-cigarettes and other newer products under its authority. The agency was slated to finalize that regulation this month, but an FDA spokesman said Tuesday that the agency “hopes to finalize the rule this summer.”Anti-tobacco activists applauded the FDA proposal, but also said the FDA must complete its regulations for new products.“We’re pleased that the FDA is taking this step, but this is not a replacement for quickly issuing a final, strong deeming rule that regulates all tobacco products and addresses flavours and marketing,” said Susan Liss, executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a printed statement.An industry group pointed out that most liquid nicotine companies already use child-resistant packaging on their bottles and cartridges. And the group took issue with the FDA’s proposal for new warning labels.“Poorly designed warning labels have the capacity to mislead adult smokers on the relative risks of vaping versus tobacco smoking,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which represents e-cigarette and liquid nicotine manufacturers. “Any proposed warning must be thoroughly tested to ensure that it only imparts factual information.”The FDA will take comments from the public for 60 days on more than two dozen questions, including:— what language to use on any nicotine exposure warnings— whether to use graphic warnings about nicotine exposure— whether child-resistant packaging should be required for products besides liquid nicotineE-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to produce an odourlessvapour inhaled by users. Many brands also feature flavours, such as mint, cherry or coffee. Manufacturers have sometimes touted the products as a less dangerous alternative to smoking because they don’t contain the cancer-causing ingredients found in many traditional cigarettes.But public health officials have been highly skeptical of such claims, pointing out there are no definitive studies on their health effects.Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that nicotine is harmful to the developing brain. And e-cigarettes could be a new way of introducing kids to nicotine, they warn.The number of high school students who have tried e-cigarettes tripled last year — to more than 13 per cent — while traditional teen smoking hit a new low, according to recent figures from the CDC. FDA considers new warnings, safety guards to combat liquid nicotine poisonings read more

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Social justice trips in spotlight at info sessions

Brock students looking to combine an interest in social justice and a passion for travel may have found the right fit.A series of information sessions will be held next week to help spread the word about Solidarity Experiences Abroad (SEA).Run by Brock’s Faith and Life Centre, SEA is a short-term, international experiential learning opportunity that allows students to travel and explore realms of social justice by connecting career objectives to a series of volunteering activities and community development projects.SEA programs offer students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience by supporting a range of health campaigns, educational workshops, entrepreneurship workshops and construction/renovation projects, all in partnership with community leaders and grassroots foundations around the globe. Time abroad is meant to teach SEA participants about the power of working together, while also allowing them to discover the possibilities of making an impact in the world using the skills they have learned at Brock University.Information sessions are taking place on:Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Academic South 201Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Schmon Tower 108Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 209To register for any of the sessions, visit the Experience BU – Solidarity Experiences Abroad website. For more information on SEA experiences, visit the main Solidarity Experiences Abroad website or e-mail sea@brocku.ca. read more

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Lost Henry VIII tapestry rediscovered in Spain to go on display for

A magnificent tapestry commissioned by Henry VIII has been rediscovered in Spain, long after it was thought to have been destroyed. It was both a lavish show of wealth and a political statement, commissioned around the time of the Act of Supremacy. It was a stark message from a king who was asserting his religious authority during the destructive phase of the English Reformation, a religious antecedent for his… In exquisite detail, its main scene depicts a spectacular bonfire with Saint Paul directing the burning of irreligious books. Woven in glistening gold and silver thread, and literally costing a king’s ransom, it once adorned the walls of Hampton Court, the Tudor monarch’s seat of power.

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Bundesliga Huttenberg with first win Balingen surprises Lemgo

The Bundesliga this weekend brought us Huttenberg’s first victory in the league, as they cruised past Hildesheim in the second half for a 29:23 convincing victory in front of their fans, winning the second half 17:8. Bergischer beat Magdeburg at home with huge 40:21, while Balingen also surprises the favorites Lemgo 32:28. With Myrhol back, RN Lowen beat Goppingen 30:25.Rhein-Neckar Lowen 30-25 GoppingenBalingen 32-28 LemgoGrosswallstadt 28-23 WetzlarBergischer 40-31 MagdeburgFlensburg 33-28 LubbeckeHuttenberg 29-23 Hildesheim ← Previous Story Women’s EC Qualification: Ukraine with two points from Iceland Next Story → Handball Picks Service running!

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9 reasons shopping is a special brand of horror

first_imgA NEW SURVEY by Pembroke Communications indicated that over half of Irish women buy new clothes every month.That’s a lot of shopping.  It’s not really a surprise though, because new clothes represent hope for lots of people.You think you’ll be able to find an outfit that will make you feel like this. Getting stuck in somethingWe’ve all been there.  You’re trying something on, and it’s going fine, until you try to take it off.Panic sets in and suddenly you can’t breathe and are convinced you’re going to be stuck in this garment, in this changing room forever.If you’re lucky you have a friend with you who can help, otherwise the outlook is not good.YouTube/xnesserzxThe sweatingAll the trying on and taking off is enough of an effort, without the changing rooms always being the temperature of a volcano.ShutterstockIf you’re alone, not having anyone to ask if something looks niceThen asking the shop assistant, who you always feel is either lying to you or judging you in an unpleasant way.If you’re with someone, listening to their complaints about being boredShutterstockThe other peopleIt’s always so crowded and loud.ShutterstockIf you do manage to find something, you have to carry all the bagsIt’s a lot of hassle really.  But when it works out, you feel like this, and it’s all totally worth it.16 reasons to hate doing the ‘big shop’>11 mums who don’t deserve a Mother’s Day present> But often the process is enough to make you feel like this:And by the end you feel like you’re trapped in a Hell of your own making.Why is shopping a special brand of horror?  Here are nine reasons.Changing room lightingIt makes no sense at all for the lighting to be so cruel, and yet it consistently is.Fluorescent lighting is no friend to anyone, shops.  Learn from this.Flickr/ToastyKenJeansThey are impossible to buy.  IMPOSSIBLE.Even Niall Horan agrees.SizingThere is just no consistency.  You’re a tiny svelte size in one shop and feel like a supermodel, but four sizes bigger in the next one and feel like an elephant.STOP TOYING WITH OUR EMOTIONS, SHOPS!last_img read more

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Chinese Man Buys 4000 Worth of Salt Over Radiation Concerns

first_imgLet this be an object lesson about attempting to profit off of catastrophe. A man in China bought 7 tons of salt, in hopes of making a quick buck off of worries surrounding Japan’s battered nuclear reactors. The man spent $4,000 on the stuff, after being tipped off that fears would result in a shortage.The Chinese government intervened, however, curbing fears of radiation exposure and assuring the populace that it didn’t need to rush out and buy salt. The prices dropped sharply after the announcement. All of this has left the man known only as “Guo” with an apartment full of salt. He’s since been told that it’s illegal to resell the stuff and to transport it to a different province in the country. At least he can take solace in never having to deal with another slug in his life.last_img read more

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This is what its all about The communion wear popup shop demonstrating

first_img Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Subscribe for more videos Share92 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4554562 THIS POP-UP COMMUNION wear shop in Ballymun is showing what true community spirit is all about, organisers say. Jacqui Dwyer, a volunteer at the Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre, says she had a communion dress that did not fit her daughter and thought it would be good to open a pop-up shop to help lift the financial stress from families going through communion season.“I was thinking there must be so many households who have surplus communion clothes,” she says, “that want to give them to a good cause.” She contacted Louise Smyth, a family support worker, and together with other volunteers they decided to try the idea and set up the pop-up at the centre. Smyth says the response from the community has been amazing, with donations coming from locals, businesses, and even from overseas.“Some families would really need the support and help,” she says. “To be able to add this [the pop-up shop], and take the financial stress off… This is what it’s about.” 14,073 Views ‘This is what it’s all about’: The communion wear pop-up shop demonstrating community spirit The pop-up shop is based out of the Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre and has been helping take the financial stress out of communion season. 7 Comments Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 9:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 24th 2019, 9:00 PM Short URL By Andrew Robertslast_img read more

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Scania Unveils MultiPurpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept

first_img Most EV designs start with a modular platform. Many of those platforms are skateboard-like, but Scania’s new NXT system is different. It’s like a pair of hoverboards.Generally speaking, a modular EV platform allows a manufacturer to build multiple different models around the same drive components. The Scania platform is different. It’s actually designed to allow for quick, on-demand changes.The same units that keep a bus rolling along its routes in the morning can be popped off and popped back on to a vehicle with an entirely different purpose — like hauling freight or collecting trash or recyclables. Scania refers to them as “functional modules.”Over time, cities could identify patterns and anticipate when changes need to be made to their vehicle fleet to meet demands.It’s important to note that the battery packs reside in the main module, not the wheel and axle units. Modules that aren’t in use can be topped off so that they’re ready to go when another returns ready to recharge and pass on the drive system to the next.Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle #ScaniaNXT on display at #UITP2019. pic.twitter.com/hzIH9B2YFX— Scania Group (@ScaniaGroup) June 11, 2019You could do the same thing with a skateboard platform — and some makers have — but then you’re limited to vehicles with a uniform wheelbase. That’s not the case here since the drive and battery are separate.Not only can they drive vehicles that serve entirely different purposes, they can be different sizes, too. The prototype bus measures 26 feet long and can carry up to 55 passengers (it’s autonomous, so there’s no space reserved for a driver), but the same system could roll a compact shuttle or a cleanup vehicle.Scania says NXT would enable cities to come up with more carefully thought-out ways to deal with the “24/7 flow of people and goods,” adding that the daily flow of commercial vehicles represents “the pulse of a city.”More on Geek.com:US Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving TrucksWorld’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in FinlandWatch: Teslas, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, Too Stay on target Never Miss Another Putt With Nissan’s Self-Driving Golf BallUS Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving Trucks last_img read more

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Szczesny expects a physical game against United

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny relishes facing Manchester United and has warned the Bianconeri of what to expect as they travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday.Speaking to Juventus website after their 1-1 draw to Genoa at home, Szczesny reflected on the result and called on his team to focus on their important Champions League game with Manchester United.“Winning yesterday would have been better, it’s the best way to approach a challenge like the one with Manchester United. We dropped two points, conceding a soft goal due to carelessness and we’re sorry for it.“We were convinced that the ball had gone out, but like as I said we could and we have to be more careful.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I remember Old Trafford well, it was my debut in the Premier League. We lost, but I have a nice memory of that day. The last time I played them, though, I won.“Even Manchester United will be angry, having conceded a goal in the 96th minute. It will be a great Champions League night, United are strong, and like us, they will also try to win.“Cristiano? We all know how important things he has done there, but he is now a Juventus player and we are also really appreciating what he is doing here. It will be a tough and physical match because this is how Man Utd play.”last_img read more

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Orchard Media and Events Group launches share scheme for staff

first_imgOrchard Media and Events Group has a launched a share scheme to offer its 40 members of staff a stake in the business.The organisation worked alongside accountancy firms Macey Owen and Broomfield and Alexander, as well as Capital Law, to introduce an enterprise management incentives (EMI) scheme.Matt Wordley, chief operating officer at Orchard, said: “Five years on from setting up Orchard, we’re investing in our people to reward them for their loyalty and commitment, and to help sustain the business long term.“We have ambitions to increase our foothold in Wales, and expand our services across the world, and having a talented team that shares in that success and fully buys into our vision is key to future growth. The take up among staff has been terrific.”last_img

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The fantasy of being disconnected

first_imgIt takes a boat ride, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, to get me to finally feel offline. Which makes me feel pretty sad. But it reminds me of the impossible goal I keep failing to attain: staying away from screens. Or, more accurately, the internet.It feels impossible to disconnect because I work in tech. I review phones. I wear headsets (sometimes on vacation). I have watches on my wrists. What absurdity am I discussing, me being disconnected from tech? It’s more that I’ve realized my attention being sapped away. Or my kid saying to me, hey, spend less time on the screen. Which only proves that I’ve become known as the Person With a Phone on Their Face.I’ve tried screen-time limitations, cutting off notifications and being in the present moment like Sherry Turkle, who’s studied online behavioral psychology for years, wrote about back in 2015 in her excellent book Reclaiming Conversation. I’ve never found screen timers to work. Not for me. They feel like fitness trackers without the coaching.What has worked? Spending a week and a half, roughly, where I go as offline as I ever can. It’s become a tradition each summer: I’ve joined my in-laws to go across the Atlantic. I’ve done this, now, six times. I didn’t expect to be this person who cannot unplug. And you don’t need to be this person, either. But I’ve come to realize, the more I take this trip, that I love being forced to live without the internet.A car ride where I can’t use Google Maps, or my phone. This is Devon, in southwest England. Scott Stein/CNET When I travel to the UK for the summer with my family, I can feel the ties being cut, one by one. My phone doesn’t have roaming. Cellular is lost. I stare out the window and wonder about where I am instead of pinging Google Maps. The disconnection grows as I board the ship: the Queen Mary 2, headed on an eight-day trans-Atlantic ride from Southampton, England to Brooklyn, New York. No stops. A massive boat, and the endless seas for more than a week.I feel like I’m stepping off into the forest, and at first it’s uncomfortable. But I used to feel a deeper need to get back online. Now, I love the feeling of disappearing.Like most cruise ships, the Queen Mary 2 has internet access… but it’s awful, and slow, and expensive. It’s just fast enough to maybe scan Twitter from a cafe. From my room, it doesn’t work at all. So I just stay offline, mostly. I get on for about 10 minutes a day, and get off.Even then, I was slow to accept being unplugged. I’d wait for my emails and a chunk of Twitter feed to load up. I’d peek at work emails. Then even that was taken away from me a few days in, when my phone had somehow kicked me off my work email certificate. I have to be dragged to a state of internetlessness.When I’m not online, I read a book on my Kindle, or my no-longer-connected phone when I realized one book wasn’t downloaded to my Kindle, but my phone app had it. This summer, it was How to Read Nature by Tristan Gooley, all about trying to be observant of small details. Then I read All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, a weird dark fairy tale about (among many other things) the clash between magic and tech. Or, I played with a deck of cards. I used to love taking one pack of cards with me as a kid, to practice card magic, play solitaire, imagine I could predict cards with ESP. I just hold onto them now as a meditation, in a way. As if they’ll hold all the answers.qm2-topdeckFrom the 12th floor deck, winds whipping, chilly. Scott Stein/CNET The Queen Mary 2 is a massive ocean liner. It’s filled with activities. But after a while, what kept hitting me were the silences. Living without playing music that’s streaming from somewhere. Not streaming shows. Not getting endless updates on unfolding news. It made me feel irresponsible, or lazy. Or like I was missing out. Then the anxious feelings faded, a little. I started to feel like I felt decades ago, when I spent summers in camp as a kid with no way to connect to anyone at all.I took bridge classes! Sitting in a card room, on a quiet morning, meeting new people sitting next to me who also weren’t on phones. We had conversations.I sat down, on a balcony, staring off at the sea.If I chose to go somewhere, I wouldn’t know what’s happening somewhere else. I couldn’t send a quick tweet about it. I couldn’t text someone. I couldn’t Google something that wasn’t popping up in my head, like I always do now as a memory aid. I didn’t start going down rabbit holes of related links and searches, either.I still used my phone on the ship — but as a camera. (These photos were taken on the iPhone XS.) Occasionally, a music player. To take notes. Or to play Hold Em Poker, which obsessed me for a few days. It was more of a basic iPod than an always-connected doorway. More like the first iPhone was to me when I went on my honeymoon back in 2007.Every time I’ve been on this seven-and-a-half-day trip, I’ve tried to spend less and less time online, and more time enjoying the feeling of being in a completely closed-off, at-sea, unique little ocean world. At times, it feels as far off and alien as a starship making an interstellar journey. Even with TV in the staterooms, and headlines in the daily programs each day, I have more moments of staying removed than at any other time in my life. Minute by minute, I’m not checking down at my phone to see what thing I was missing. I get used to it, even. This is what I used to be like. When I was a kid, I didn’t have a phone, and I didn’t go online. I can do this again.qm2-nightOut the window, late at night, over the Atlantic. Scott Stein/CNET All fantasies have to end. My last night, pulling into Brooklyn, phone service returned. It felt like turning the fire hose back on. My wrist started pinging. Messages led to other messages. Suddenly I was absorbing a long backlog of conversations upon conversations about the world. I was at breakfast, scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. And, then, I realized I was back glued to my phone again. Or, as a friend on Twitter put it, the facehugger returned. 10 Now playing: Watch this: Comments How to cut down your screen time Inside the historic Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien I want to learn a lesson from this. I tell myself this every year. Stay offline. Stay disconnected. Learn to absorb the real world, breathe in the small details, don’t look at the phone. It’s so hard. The world is made for connection. I’ve breathed the internet for so long. I’m steeped in it. A few days after getting back, I’m deep in feeds. My anxiety levels feel like they’ve gone up a bit. At home, the night after getting back from vacation, my son reminded me to stay offline at dinner, like I always did on the ship. I half-joked that I’m going to call it “Queen Mary 2 mode” from now on. I hope I can keep myself disciplined enough to stay away from the pull of the screen. I need to honor that, and sever the cord.You don’t need a fancy boat ride or a vacation to do this… you just need to disconnect. It could happen anytime. For me, though, that usually feels impossible. I’ve realized how bad my self-control is. My advice: Find some way to force yourself to be offline. I’ve enjoyed when the decision has been taken out of my hands. I wish I could give better advice. I’d follow it. Less than a week later, I’m buried so deep in my phone and my unending tentacled array of notifications that I feel those moments of remove already far away.I should just enter Queen Mary 2 mode, again.The fantasy of a world offline is pretty nice, sometimes. 53 Photos Tags 1:05 Share your voice Personal care Mobile me, opening twitter after 9 days on a montana ranch pic.twitter.com/vVKmhRHRgi— John DeVore (@JohnDeVore) August 20, 2019last_img read more

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Praying to see POTUS even just a glimpse

first_imgAnchorage residents had their last chance to see President Obama this morning as his motorcade left the Captain Cook Hotel and headed toward JBER. His presence in downtown caused mixed reactions.Download AudioThe last glimpse of President Obama in downtown Anchorage. (Photo Courtesy of Katie Pekkonen.)Helen Ash stands on the corner across from the president’s hotel with her friend Carol Campbell, police patrolling in front of her, crowds growing behind her.“We’re exhausted,” Ash moans. “Tell him that. We’re exhausted of trying to catch him.”It’s day number three of Obama Watch.“You know the process. You’ve been on this corner for three days, and you still haven’t seen him, so why did you pick this corner again?” I question.“You see him very, very quickly. It’s a glimpse. It’s through black glass. They’re going fast,” Ash says.“So you have seen a sliver.”“I’ve seen sliver. Not enough to get a picture and to see his face.”“Not enough to feel satiated, it seems?” I prod.“Feel satiated?,” she laughs. “I think that’s a bit extreme.”For Campbell, seeing the president and getting a picture to share with family is a very personal goal.“My grandmother, my aunt and I pray for him everyday at 7:30. My grandma’s 94, and we do a three-way call and pray for him everyday,” she says. They started at the beginning of his presidency. “We just felt a desire for his well-being and his success. And he’s been very successful, praise God!”But for others downtown, it’s a bit of a nuisance. Office workers carrying file folders try to cross the street and are turned back by police officers.“No, we’re not going to be able to get across,” a man says.“You can’t get to work,” another replies, saying she’ll vouch for him. “You’ve done your best.”Tourists wave maps at police, trying to get to their departing buses, but they had few options as sidewalks closed for nearly an hour in anticipation of the president’s theoretically imminent departure.Around the corner, in K Street Convenience Store, Ben Jones is selling coffee and snacks like any other day of the week.“We haven’t got the chance to feed Obama, but we got to feed the secret service guys. Other than that it really hasn’t caused a lot of disruption. The court system’s been shut down and that’s a lot of our regular customers. Other than that we’ve been fairly steady with where we generally are on our numbers.”Back on the sidewalk, a guy with a super-powered lens zooms in on roof-top snipers, roaming secret service agents, and curious maids peering out of windows.Rayna Swanson glances at his camera screen then back to the white tent that shrouds the president’s car. She’s been waiting for six years to see Obama. She had tickets for his first inauguration but it didn’t go as planned.“We waited for hours in the cold,” she recalls. “With a baby in our arms! And we got jammed up right before the tunnel. The infamous tunnel. So we’re trying to assuage our six years of trauma.”Carol Campbell fiddles with her phone, hoping the battery will last, then suddenly one of the black cars turns on its lights.“Oh God,” she utters, breathing fast.Obama drives by and waves at the screaming crowd and Campbell scores her winning shot!“My camera worked! I got!” she laughs and screams, showing her friend.And then she’s gone less than a minute after the President. Back to regular life.Swanson lingered a bit longer in the moment. “I just want to redo it one more time. Can’t he just come back, one more time? One more look? Oh, it was great.”last_img read more

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Man commits suicide as girlfriend refuses to eat chicken pokodi

first_imgGudivada: A man has committed suicide over his girlfriend refused to eat chicken pokodi. This incident happened at Dhaniyalapeta in Gudivada of Krishna district on Tuesday. According to police, the deceased identified as Srinivasa Rao (25) a native of Dhaniyalapeta who is working as a contract driver at the Fisheries department. Srinivasa Rao alias Srinu has developed an extramarital affair with Jhansi who resides in the same area. On Monday he has asked Jhansi to eat the chicken pokodi which he has brought. Over her refuse, he became upset and argued with her. In this context, Srinu had committed suicide by hanging himself at home by the time Jhansi returned house after dropping her daughter in the school on Tuesday morning. Over receiving the information, the one town police have registered a case and investigating further.last_img read more

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Venezuelas Guaido calls for nationwide march on Caracas

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks during a demo in Caracas on 9 March. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday announced a nationwide march on Caracas as thousands of people took to the capital’s streets to crank up the pressure on beleaguered president Nicolas Maduro.Guaido told thousands of supporters he would embark on a tour of the country before leading a nationwide march on the capital.”Once we’ve finished the tour, the organization in every state, we’ll announce the date when all together, we’ll come to Caracas,” said the 35-year-old leader of the legislature, who is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries.”Miraflores, Miraflores!” chanted Guaido’s supporters in response, a reference to the presidential palace currently occupied by Maduro.Guaido threatened to call on outside intervention “when the time comes,” pointing to the constitution, which authorizes “the use of a Venezuelan military mission abroad, or foreigners inside the country.””Intervention, intervention!” cried his supporters.”All the options are on the table,” added the National Assembly president, using a phrase employed by US President Donald Trump, who has consistently refused to rule out a military intervention in Venezuela.We will never surrenderGuaido was speaking from the back of a pick-up truck after security services prevented the opposition from setting up a stage at their original protest site, arresting three people.Some 20 armored anti-riot vehicles were stationed on a highway that leads to the main avenue in the east of Caracas, where the opposition march was due to take place.Guaido is trying to force out Maduro — whose May re-election he deems illegitimate — in order to set up new polls.Maduro also called out his supporters to protest against “imperialism” in a march that marks four years since the United States branded Venezuela a “threat” to its security and imposed sanctions.”Today, more than ever, we’re anti-imperialists. We will never surrender!” Maduro wrote on Twitter.The mounting political pressure comes as authorities struggled to restore power following a major electricity outage that began on Thursday afternoon and as an NGO announced 15 patients with advanced kidney disease had died as a result of the blackout.”We are talking about 95 percent of dialysis units, which today likely hit 100 percent, are paralyzed, due to the power outage,” Francisco Valencia, director of the Codevida health rights group said, warning that in all some 10,200 people were at risk.Maduro told supporters that almost 70 per cent of power had been restored but at midday there was another cyber “attack at one of the generators that was working perfectly and that disturbed and undid everything we had achieved.”Although Caracas and the states of Miranda and Vargas — home to the country’s international airport and main port — had intermittent power, the western states of Barinas, Tachira and Zulia remained without electricity.It was one of the worst and longest blackouts in recent memory in Venezuela and paralyzed most of the country.Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez blamed it on a cyber attack against the automated control system in the central generator at the Guri hydroelectric plant in the country’s south, which serves 80 per cent of Venezuela.Hospitals had reported terrible problems and those with generators were using them only in emergencies, while flights were cancelled, leaving hundreds of travellers stranded at airports.The Caracas subway, which transports two million people a day, remained shuttered and shops were closed.”The problem is food, I’d bought meat and it’s going bad. I’m going to the march because we need change. We’re fed up,” Luis Alvarez, a 51-year-old truck driver, told AFP.I share the despairVenezuela has suffered more than four years of recession that has seen poverty soar as citizens struggle with food and medicine shortages.Problems have been exacerbated by hyperinflation the International Monetary Fund says will reach 10 million percent this year.An estimated 2.7 million people have left the country since 2015.During the blackout, witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities.Ecuador’s foreign ministry issued a statement claiming 79 Venezuelans had died as a result of the power cut, which Rodriguez denied.Critics blame the government for failing to invest in maintaining the power grid, although authorities often blame external factors when the lights go out.last_img read more

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Novel catalyst used to make styrene in one step

first_img Explore further Prior work in designing a rhodium-based catalyst for a reaction that has a similar carbon-hydrogen activation step was adapted with an ethylene coordinated to the rhodium complex. The ligand framework likely serves to protect rhodium from oxidative damage and may serve other important functions in the mechanism. With this ligand serving to protect the metal, they decided to use a Cu(II) salt as an oxidant because there is precedent for the recovery of Cu(I) and re-oxidizing it to obtain Cu(II), thus enabling the possibility of recycling the oxidant.Testing of their catalyst with Cu(OAc)2 at 150oC in benzene led to 58 to 62 turnovers in twenty-four hours. Characterization showed high selectivity for styrene, and the copper salt as the limiting reagent. The reaction was optimized by testing various copper salts, temperatures, and concentration of ethylene gas. Cu(OAc)2, while it causes a slower reaction rate than other copper salts, provided a more stable reaction process. Additionally, while the reaction rate did increase with increasing temperature, the catalyst degraded when the temperature was above 180oC. Finally, the reaction rate increased as ethylene pressure was increased.The optimized reaction conditions provided a near-quantitative yield of styrene with a large turnover number for the catalyst, and the catalyst maintained its integrity for up to 96 hours. The best turnover number observed was at least 800. Kinetic studies showed that this reaction appears to be first-order with respect to ethylene concentration, which is unique to this particular catalyst. Additional kinetic studies revealed that there is a kinetic isotope effect with kH/kD ~ 3.1, which is consistent with other transition metal-mediated C-H activation reactions. While further studies need to be done to analyze the reaction mechanism, this paper provides a framework by which a novel rhodium complex allows for a one-step reaction to form styrene from benzene and ethylene. (Phys.org)—Styrene is an important industrial chemical. It is the precursor to polystyrene which is used in various every day plastic products, like disposable cups, packaging, and insulation. Over 18.5m tons of styrene is produced industrially around the world. Typically, styrene synthesis begins with benzene and ethylene, and involves a multi-step process under harsh reaction conditions and often leads to unwanted by-products. More information: “A rhodium catalyst for single-step styrene production from benzene and ethylene” Science DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa2260ABSTRACTRising global demand for fossil resources has prompted a renewed interest in catalyst technologies that increase the efficiency of conversion of hydrocarbons from petroleum and natural gas to higher-value materials. Styrene is currently produced from benzene and ethylene through the intermediacy of ethylbenzene, which must be dehydrogenated in a separate step. The direct oxidative conversion of benzene and ethylene to styrene could provide a more efficient route, but achieving high selectivity and yield for this reaction has been challenging. Here, we report that the Rh catalyst (FlDAB)Rh(TFA)(η2–C2H4) [FlDAB is N,N′-bis(pentafluorophenyl)-2,3-dimethyl-1,4-diaza-1,3-butadiene; TFA is trifluoroacetate] converts benzene, ethylene, and Cu(II) acetate to styrene, Cu(I) acetate, and acetic acid with 100% selectivity and yields ≥95%. Turnover numbers >800 have been demonstrated, with catalyst stability up to 96 hours. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Science In research that aims to streamline and optimize styrene synthesis Benjamin A. Vaughan, Michael S. Webster-Gardiner, Thomas R. Cundari, and T. Brent Gunnoe from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia and the Center for Advanced Modeling in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas have devised a single-step synthesis of styrene using a novel rhodium catalyst. Their work appears in Science.The production of styrene, or vinyl arenes in general, involves benzene alkylation. This is typically done under harsh conditions involving high temperatures and either a Friedel-Crafts or zeolite catalyst. This process typically involves poly-alkylated bi-products. Additionally, the alkyl substituent will then need to be oxidized to form the vinyl group, which is usually accomplished with a metal oxide at high temperatures. The products are the target vinyl arene and hydrogen gas, as well as any bi-products from poly-alkylation. Products from poly-alkylation are converted to ethylbenzene in a trans-alkylation step, which follows the alkylation reaction.Prior research from this group, found that this synthetic process can be streamlined using a platinum catalyst for the alkylation of benzene, and the alkyl group will subsequently undergo beta-hydride elimination, forming free styrene. However, this process degrades the platinum catalyst, likely because the platinum ion further reduces to platinum metal during the beta-elimination phase of the reaction. To make this one-step process industrially feasible, they need to find an optimal catalyst. Ideally, this catalyst would directly vinylate the benzene ring rather than initial alkylation followed by oxidation of the alkyl group. Additionally this catalyst would not lead to multiple side reactions and have a high turnover number even in harsh oxidative conditions and in the presence of highly reactive metal hydrides. Furthermore, industrially favorable mechanisms would involve recovering and recycling the oxidant using air or oxygen.For this paper, Vaughan et al. designed a catalyst with rhodium rather than platinum in hopes that the less favorable reduction of Rh(I) to elemental rhodium compared to the reduction of Pt(II) would maintain the integrity of the catalyst. Ball-and-stick model of the styrene molecule, C8H8, as found in the crystal structure. Credit: Ben Mills/public domain Study could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 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Obese Eat peanuts to lose it

first_imgWhether your goal is overall weight loss or better overall health, researchers recommend snacking on peanuts or peanut butter, three to four times a week.According to a new study, teenagers at high risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) when they adhered to a nutrition intervention that included a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.“Obesity is the most pressing health issue facing us today,” said Craig Johnston from University of Houston in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We’d like to think it’s preventable, but from where I sit right now, there hasn’t been a lot shown to be very effective on a large scale,” Johnston added in the paper published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.The study acknowledged that snacking is more common during the adolescent years and that the unhealthy eating habit can lead to an unhealthy weight. In the 12-week study, instructors guided 257 adolescents from three Houston-area charter schools through a programme of physical activity and nutrition education. About half the students received a snack of peanuts or peanut butter three to four times a week, while the rest received the snack fewer than once a week.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPeanuts were chosen because nuts are nutrient-dense snacks that promote a feeling of being full. Students spent 12 more weeks maintaining the healthy snacking habit. The findings showed that students who received the snack more regularly experienced a decrease in their overall BMI compared to those who did not receive the regular peanut snack. After school programmes and schools can replace energy dense, unhealthy snacks with peanuts to provide a healthier alternative for children — researchers in the study ensured students did not suffer from nut allergies, the researchers concluded.last_img read more

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