Shocked TRS counts LS election losses in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: The ruling TRS in Telangana is in an introspection mode after the unexpected Lok Sabha election shocker that’s seen as a setback to the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.The Rao-led outfit welcomed into its fold as many of 11 Congress MLA since early March expecting them to further shore up the party’s prospects in the April 11 Lok Sabha elections. But that was not to be. In fact, the move to get them on board may have backfired, a senior TRS leader said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCBefore the poll in Telangana, which has a total of 17 Lok Sabha segments, TRS was confident of sweeping the elections in the company of AIMIM led by Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi. And its hope sounded credible in many quarters as both the Congress and the BJP had put up a dismal show in the Assembly elections just four months ago. The Congress won only 19 Assembly seats in the 119-member House, while the BJP could bag only one. The TRS returned to power with a rich haul of 88 seats. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”Admitting the (11 Congress) MLAs created mistrust in the people who questioned the flouting of democratic norms…sort of dictatorship (by the Chief Minister) that is going to happen in future. That was one issue talked by many people,” a TRS leader admitted. “People who voted for (Congress) MLAs felt cheated. So, they wanted to teach TRS a lesson. With such a huge majority, there was no need for the TRS to accept Congress MLAs,” another TRS functionary added. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the TRS bagged 11 seats and the Congress two. The BJP, TDP, YSRCP and AIMIM shared one seat each. This time, the TRS saw its tally going down to nine. The BJP and the Congress won four and three seats respectively. Sources in the TRS alleged “collusion” between the Congress and the BJP to defeat candidates of the party. The big shocker for the TRS was the defeat of the Chief Minister’s daughter K Kavitha in Nizamabad and B Vinod Kumar, the party’s deputy leader in the previous Lok Sabha, in Karimnagar. Both lost to BJP candidates. “The fact that people generally preferred national parties in Lok Sabha elections and sidelining of TRS senior leader and the Chief Minister’s nephew T Harish Rao also played a part in the party losing ground,” a TRS leader said. There was also a wave in favour of the BJP, he added. “We (TRS) are in a shock; how could this happen? Now, in the coming days there could be revamp and reconstruction. Some exercise is going on,” a TRS leader said. The TRS was expecting a hung Parliament and keen to play a role at the national level but the NDA coming back to power on its own strength dashed its hopes. In fact, Rao had spearheaded the effort to bring together non-BJP and non-Congress regional parties on a common platform for a collective bargaining power. “But the whole programme is derailed”, sources in the regional party admitted.last_img read more

Startups Accredited investors may receive exemption from angel tax

first_imgNew Delhi: Funds received by startups from accredited investors may be exempted from angel tax subject to complying with certain net worth criteria, an official said. This provision is considered by the government as part of an exercise to define ‘accredited investors’ with a view to increase investment flow in startups. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is working on the definition, which would be submitted to the finance ministry for approval. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Accredited or genuine investors can invest any amount but we will make some criteria for that. It should be liberal enough so that all such people can come under its purview. But it should not be over liberal and extra-stringent,” the official said. “How much a genuine investor is investing per year would depend on his/her net worth. For example, if you invest Rs 2 crore, then the net worth should be 10 times of that. There should be a linkage between investments and investors’ net worth and certain income should be there,” the official added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThese accredited investors, which can include trusts, individuals, family member of a startup and unlisted companies, may get exemption from angel tax under Section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961, beyond the Rs 25 crore limit. Currently, the government allows startups to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Section 56(2) of the I-T Act provides that the amount raised by a startup in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent. Touted as an anti-abuse measure, this section was introduced in 2012. It is dubbed as angel tax due to its impact on investments made by angel investors in startup ventures. An angel investor is the one who puts funds in a startup when it is taking steps to establish itself in the competitive market. Normally, about 300-400 startups get angel funding in a year. Their investment in a unit ranges between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 4 crore. The department is also suggesting to exempt funds of alternate investment funds (AIFs) category 1 and 2 in startups to be completely exempted from this section. Currently, only certain areas of AIF category 1 are exempted. DPIIT has proposed various measures such as tax incentives to promote budding entrepreneurs as part of the ‘Startup India Vision 2024’. The vision document aims at facilitating setting up of 50,000 new startups in the country by 2024 and creating 20 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities. In the document, it has suggested setting up of 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024; 100 innovation zones in urban local bodies; deployment of entire corpus of Rs 10,000 crore Fund of Funds; and expanding CSR funding to incubators. Startup India is a flagship initiative of the government launched in January 2016. The programme intends to build a strong ecosystem for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate employment opportunities. So far, as many as 17,984 startups have been recognised by the department.last_img read more

Haitian leadership vital to postquake response – UN relief officials

26 January 2010Haitians must have leadership of the post-earthquake recovery process, top United Nations humanitarian officials stressed today as they reported that aid agencies are making important progress in reaching people affected by the disaster. Significant steps forward are being made in the areas of water and food distribution, among others, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York. But he added that “we are conscious it’s a very long way to go to get to all the people in need with basic items.” The World Food Programme (WFP) said that it has reached almost 450,000 people with nearly 10 million meals since the 12 January earthquake, with more food set to arrive. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, pointed out that the availability of medical supplies remains a problem, even as emergency health operations are starting to slow down. “There is an issue of where people are going to go to recover from their injuries,” especially given the large number of amputees. Shelter remains a major priority, he stressed. Haitian President René Préval has estimated that 200,000 family-sized tents may be needed to shelter those made homeless from the quake, and the UN official stressed today that talks are under way today to determine what kinds of camps should be set up where. Currently, there are 40,000 tents already in Haiti , but many more are needed, with some 800,000 to 1 million people already having organized themselves into temporary shelters. The $575 million UN flash appeal for Haiti launched on 15 January, three days after the quake, is only 49 per cent funded, Mr. Holmes announced, expressing concern that certain crucial sectors – including early recovery – remain underfunded. Senior UN officials and foreign ministers from over one dozen nations converged in Montreal yesterday for a “Friends of Haiti” meeting to discuss Haiti ‘s future. There was wide agreement among the participants “on the kind of process we now need to start” before a donors’ conference slated to be held in March at UN Headquarters in New York , said Mr. Holmes, who attended yesterday’s meeting. Those taking part underscored the importance of Haitian ownership of the recovery process, as well as the need to plan ahead for the post-recovery stage of rebuilding the impoverished country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Also identified as vital at the Montreal summit is “the restoration of national authority after the disruption by the earthquake,” as well as “getting people back to work as quickly as possible,” Jordan Ryan, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said today. The agency has launched a cash-for-work programme to provide Haitians with an independent source of income – $5 a day – in return for such work as rubble removal, street repairs and aid distribution. By the end of this week, UNDP hopes that 10,000 people will be involved the scheme, ultimately being scaled up to include 220,000 people, indirectly benefiting 1 million others. The scheme “builds security” as well as “a sense of hope,” Mr. Ryan underscored. Prior to the catastrophic earthquake, Haiti was making tremendous strides and now the country has the opportunity to “build back better” and push ahead with the democratic renewal that was already under way prior to the tremors, he said. Lessons learned from the international response to previous disasters have been applied in Haiti, the UNDP official said, adding that “there is the sense that we have an opportunity to be ruthless in terms of rooting out duplication by having a much more coordinated effort” on the ground. Edmond Mulet, the Secretary-General’s acting Special Representative to Haiti , proposed a new way to coordinate relief efforts in Haiti to ensure that aid reaches those who need it at yesterday’s Montreal gathering. The plan seeks to coordinate and integrate the political, humanitarian and military facets of the international response to the quake – which has killed more than 100,000 people and severely affected an estimated 3 million others – and the Joint Operation and Tasking Centre started operating today, bringing together the UN, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the US Army and the Canadian Army. “There is a lot of talk about coordination, but the fact that there’s a need for it and a lot of talk for it doesn’t make it easy to accomplish on the ground,” Anthony Banbury, acting Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for MINUSTAH, told reporters in New York via videolink from the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday. Coordination is complicated by the number of people working on the ground, many new to the country, who have different backgrounds, priorities and perspectives, he said. “While I think everyone wants to do what’s best for the Haitian people and the Haitian Government, really being committed to coordination and being willing to all move in the same direction, that’s a true challenge,” Mr. Banbury stressed. read more

UN chief welcomes successful staging of presidential election in Niger

Niger’s National Independent Electoral Commission has announced that the opposition figure Mahamadou Issoufou outvoted Seini Oumarou to win Saturday’s election, according to media reports.“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful and credible conduct of the poll,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.In February last year, renegade soldiers stormed the presidential palace and deposed then President Mamadou Tandja, who had been accused by opposition figures and others of anti-democratic practices. A military ruling council subsequently dissolved the Government and suspended a contested constitution that would have allowed Mr. Tandja to remain in power beyond the stipulated term.In his statement, Mr. Ban underlined the UN’s commitment in Niger and said the Organization would “continue to assist the people of Niger and the future leadership in addressing post transition challenges.” He also commended voters for participating actively in the election as well as those who worked “tirelessly for a peaceful transition in Niger,” including the country’s Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy. 14 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the provisional results of the second, run-off round of presidential elections in Niger, calling it “an important step towards restoring democratic governance” in the West African country. read more

UN experts call on Chinese authorities to probe death of prominent human

According to a news release issued by the experts, Ms. Cao had tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society in the periodic review of China’s human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council. On 14 September 2013, Ms. Cao was prevented by Chinese authorities from boarding a flight from Beijing to Geneva where she was to participate in a human rights seminar and observe China’s review by the Council. Her whereabouts were unknown until she was charged with the crime of provocation, noted the experts, who are tasked by the Council with reporting on various human rights issues. Her health deteriorated while she was in detention and she was transferred to hospital in a critical condition on 19 February 2014. “Ms. Cao’s enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, failing health and the fact that she was denied medical care were brought to the attention of the UN experts who transmitted urgent appeals to China,” stated the experts, who urged the Chinese authorities to promptly investigate the circumstances leading to her death. “The death of Ms. Cao is a tragic example of the results of criminalization of the activities of human defenders in China and reprisals against them. It is unacceptable that civil society activists pay the ultimate price for peaceful and legitimate interaction with the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms,” the experts said.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Expressing their concern about Ms. Cao’s death are the Special Rapporteurs on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; on the right to freedoms of peaceful assembly and association; on the right to freedom of opinion and expression; on the situation of human rights defenders; and on the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; and the Working Groups on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and on Arbitrary Detention. read more

Kevin Garnett Fined 25K For Ducking Interviews

It was classless enough that Kevin Garnett (along with Rajon Rondo) walked off the court with time remaining in the Boston Celtics’ Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference finals to the Miami Heat.But Garnett magnified that out-of-line move by not participating in post-game interviews (Rondo did), which is a no-no in the NBA. And so, the league fined the Celtics star $25,000.Garnett scored 14 points in the 101-88 loss Saturday night that put the Heat in the NBA Finals.

UNRWA spokesperson breaks down during TV interview on Palestinians rights

first_img UNRWA #Gaza has opened 1 new shelter in the south so there are now 86 housing 219, 657, average shelter population is 2,554. Appaling RT— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 30, 2014 UNRWA is overwhelmed in #Gaza we have reached breaking point, our staff are being killed our shelters overflowing. Where will it end? RT— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 30, 2014 UNRWA’S SPOKESPERSON BROKE down in tears while carrying out a TV interview on the continuing crisis in Gaza.Chris Gunness of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near East was speaking after today’s shelling of a UN school housing Palestinian refugees.“The rights of Palestinians, even their children, are wholesale denied and it’s appalling,” he said before being overcome with emotion:  Source: مصطفى الرستناوي/YouTubeGunness also tweeted his frustrations over the danger facing his staff and the scale of the tasks they face: The US issued some of their strongest comments on the violence yet in their criticism of the school attack, but did not assign blame for the incident.“Obviously nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians seeking shelter in a UN facility,” deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said today.Harf stressed that ”Innocent Palestinians seeking refuge in these schools should not have shells dropped on them, should not come under attack,” and added, “we don’t know for certain who shelled this school, we need to get all the facts.”This afternoon, at least 17 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a busy market in Gaza during a limited ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire announced earlier today by the Israeli military.The IDF declared a “humanitarian window in Gaza from 15:00 to 19:00″ to allow the evacuation of the dead and wounded, though the military said the ceasefire would not be in effect in areas where its soldiers were operating.- Additional reporting by the AFPRead: Strike on Gaza market during ‘partial ceasefire’ kills 17 >center_img Source: Chris Gunness/Twitter Source: Chris Gunness/Twitterlast_img read more

Apple cuts Mac Mini price but not in the US

first_imgThis doesn’t happen very often. Apple has implemented a price cut to its Mac Mini line of products. The only problem is it seems to be happening in multiple territories, but doesn’t include the U.S.If you check the Apple Store in the U.K today the price has been reduced by £50 ($80). Across Europe a 100 Euros ($140) drop seems to be in place. Don’t fret too much as those markets are still paying way more based on current exchange rates than American shoppers do. In the UK the price is £599 ($960) where as European countries pay around 709 Euros ($988).The speculation is that the price drop has come due to the decline in value of the dollar compared to other currencies. That also means no price drop is planned for the U.S. any time soon.Read more at Engadgetlast_img

Un site recense tous les téléchargements illégaux

first_imgUn site recense tous les téléchargements illégauxLe site permet de lister avec une simple adresse IP tous les fichiers échangés sur les réseaux BitTorrent. En quelque sorte, un Hadopi mais public.En voilà un site qui va probablement faire des remous dans les prochains jours, si ce n’est déjà fait ! permet à quiconque de saisir une simple adresse IP, la sienne ou celui de proches par exemple, pour consulter instantanément tous les fichiers téléchargés par ce compte sur les réseaux BitTorrent.Pour ce faire, le site interroge tous les sites de trackers, ces serveurs qui font transiter les différents fichiers, et peut ainsi lister en quelques secondes un panorama complet des agissements d’un utilisateur. La technique est connue et employée par TMG qui fournit les informations préalables à Hadopi pour envoyer les avertissements par mail et par courrier.Le site se targue d’avoir aujourd’hui près de 52 millions d’adresses IP enregistrées dans sa base de données, associés à plus de 110.000 torrents téléchargés, rappelle Numérama. Lorsque vous vous connectez sur le site, il détecte automatiquement votre adresse IP et donne une liste de fichiers, ou ne trouve rien et affiche ce message: “Ca veut dire que vous utilisez un tracker BitTorrent privé ou, bien sûr, que vous n’utilisez pas du tout BitTorrent !”À lire aussiHadopi en 2013 : la riposte graduée sur le téléchargement des jeux vidéo ?Au contraire, si la recherche se révèle fructueuse, les équipes derrière le site ne se privent pas d’un brin de moquerie: “Bonjour Pirate ! Nous vous avons eu ! (Dans nos bases de données). Vous aimez les torrents, n’est-ce pas ? Ou au moins quelqu’un dans votre maison les aime (…) Bien sûr, vous êtes sûrs que vous n’avez enfreint aucune loi de la France et téléchargé uniquement des choses légales, n’est-ce pas ?”Un humour que nombre d’utilisateurs ne vont pas du tout apprécier. Il leur est possible toutefois de demander leur suppression des bases de données du site mais là encore, le formulaire vous demande tout un tas d’informations personnelles et n’oublie pas de vous bousculer au passage, avec un petit paragraphe plutôt agressif: “Quel est le problème ? Vous êtes assez courageux pour voler de la musique, des films et des logiciels mais seulement parce que vous pensiez que vous n’alliez pas vous faire prendre ? (…) Avez-vous peur que des entreprises de médias découvrent que vous êtes un pirate ou avez-vous peur que vos amis découvrent exactement ce que vous avez téléchargé ? Quelle que soit la raison, Internet n’est pas un endroit où avoir des secrets. Même si vous avez suivi toutes les précautions à la lettre, il y a des chances que quelqu’un comme nous découvre ce que vous avez fait.”Les fichiers tracés par les équipes de cette plateforme indiquent avoir une vue sur entre 4 et 6% des téléchargements BitTorrent dans le monde, et 20% de ceux effectués sur des réseaux publics. Ils préviennent que la surveillance est également possible sur les trackers privés bien que “ce serait plus cher, mais c’est faisable.” Ces personnes se veulent idéalistes sur le partage en ligne mais le but de leur démarche se révèle purement commercial, puisqu’ils proposent leurs services à des annonceurs pour tracer les usages des clients sur Internet.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jurassic World Alive is Pokémon Go With Dinosaurs

first_imgOne of Jurassic Park: The Lost World‘s most famous (or infamous) scenes involved an angry T-Rex rampaging across the streets of San Francisco. Thanks to a collaboration between Universal and Ludia, players will soon experience what it’s like to see dinosaurs in real life (minus the destruction) with the AR game, Jurassic Park Alive.Set to launch this Spring on iOS and Android, Jurassic Park Alive lets players find dinosaurs through the power of augmented reality. If walking around town looking for digital creatures sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Gameplay-wise, Jurassic Park Alive is very similar to Pokémon Go. Dinosaurs appear in different parts of the map (i.e. your immediate surroundings) and some of the rarer beasts only pop up in specific locations. However, there is a key difference that should prove useful for players who don’t want to leave their homes.Users can send drones to collect DNA from nearby dinosaurs. This DNA can then be used to unlock the animal it belongs to. You can even combine the DNA of different dinosaurs to create hybrids. While having the ability to sit on your couch and collect dinosaurs is nice, you won’t be able to take selfies with dinosaurs unless you go outside to hunt. Can you really say no to dino-selfies?“There’s definitely that element of discovery, but we wanted to make it a little more flexible and also give you something to do at home,” says Universal’s executive vice president of games, Chris Heatherly (via Mashable). Of the hybrids, Ludia CEO Alex Thabet says: “There’s a major focus in this game on the hybrids and super hybrids to create this almost infinite matrix of possibilities.”Another big difference between Jurassic Park Alive and Pokémon Go is the ability to battle other players. We’re not exactly sure how this feature will work, but it should be fun to set your dinosaurs against someone else’s. Especially those hybrids.The game will regularly receive updates with additional dinosaurs for players to unlock. Even at launch, players can unlock over 100 dinosaurs. New dinosaurs will include animals from the movies along with the aforementioned special hybrid and super hybrid types that have special abilities.“We really see this game as the future of the Jurassic World franchise on mobile,” says Heatherly. “This is really the first time that we have allowed you to take the dinosaurs off the island and out of our storytelling world, and into your real world.”Even for AR skeptics like myself, this sounds like a pretty sweet game. The fact the digital dinosaurs are the size of their real-life counterparts makes this sound very appealing. Since this is based on a famous franchise, I expect a great deal of folks posting pictures of themselves hanging out with dinosaurs. This is about as close as we’re going to get to Dinotopia, so I’m all for it.last_img read more

Trying to Get Pregnant Stop Smoking Pot

first_imgStay on target The Best Food Apps for a Festive 4/20Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying Cannabis What do tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants, obesity, and marijuana have in common?The ability to alter the DNA of men’s sperm.As legal access to cannabis expands across North America, more scientists are turning their attention to the drug’s active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).New research from Duke Health suggests men in their childbearing years (aged up to about 45) should think twice before lighting up while trying to conceive.Experiments in rats and a study with 24 men found that THC targets genes in two major cellular pathways, and alters DNA methylation, a process essential to normal development.Whether genetic changes can be reversed or may be passed on to children remains unknown.“What we have found is that the effects of cannabis use on males and their reproductive health are not completely null, in that there’s something about cannabis use that affects the genetic profile in sperm,” senior study author Scott Kollins, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, said in a statement.“We don’t yet know what that means,” he continued. “But the fact that more and more young males of childbearing age have legal access to cannabis is something we should be thinking about.”Canada in October became the second country to legalize recreational marijuana use.Colorado and Washington, meanwhile, were first in the US to legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis in 2012; their policies have led to an increase in weed tourism—i.e. people travel there for the express purpose of obtaining or using drugs.For its study, Duke recruited a sample of “regular users,” defined as those who smoked marijuana at least weekly for the previous six months. Their sperm were compared to a selection of men who did not use the drug in the last six months, and not more than 10 times in their life.The higher the concentration of THC in the men’s urine, the more pronounced the genetic changes to their sperm were, according to the results, published online this week in the journal Epigenetics.“We know that there are effects of cannabis use on the regulatory mechanisms in sperm DNA, but we don’t know whether they can be transmitted to the next generation,” lead author Susan Murphy, associate professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Sciences in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke, said. “We don’t know whether they are going to be permanent.“I would say, as a precaution, stop using cannabis for at least six months before trying to conceive,” she added.More on’ll Have to Travel to Canada for Weed BeerCan a Spritz of DNA Solve Colorado’s Weed Problem?This App Tells You How (Legally) Stoned You Arelast_img read more

A Bakery and a Brewery Turned Surplus Bagels Into Beer

first_imgStay on target Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer One of Folksbier’s signature brews is a weisse called Glow Up. It’s extremely popular and they’re always experimenting with new twists on the recipe — mixing in flavors like guava, papaya, and even watermelon.Brewing a batch with surplus bagels was a whole new challenge. Folksbier used a whole week’s worth of Black Seed’s leftovers. The bagels replaced some of the grain that’s called for in the regular Glow Up recipe. As an added touch, Folksbier also poured in a generous amount of honey that was also supplied by Black Seed.The resulting beer has a slightly different character than Folksbier’s usual weisse, too, which the brewery says is because of the long protein chains and high gluten content in bagels. It’s still nice and tart but ever so slightly hazier with a nice honey finish. Most tasters say that there’s nothing bagel-y about it… apart from the slight wheat and yeast, naturally.There’s a lot of this kind of brewing going on right now. Just down the road from Folksbier (a six-and-a-half mile, 45 minute drive) you’ll find Evil Twin’s Brooklyn brewery. They just finished crafting a sour made with leftovers from their own brewing process and unused citrus from a nearby cocktail bar.In England last year, BrewDog and Seven Bro7hers teamed up to brew beer from Corn Flakes that didn’t meet Kellogg’s quality standards.More on Brews Up a New Sustainable BeerDogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 FilmBud Light to Debut Nutritional Label on Packaging Food waste is a serious problem, but there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun and getting creative while you search for solutions. That’s exactly the approach the crew at Black Seed Bagels took.Black Seed already had a number of different processes in place to keep surplus baking from winding up in the dumpster. Some products might get turned into bagel chips. Others might get turned into breadcrumbs.Still others got turned into a limited run, Berlin-style weisse. Black Seed provided the bagels and the folks at Brooklyn-based Folksbier provided the brewing wizardry.last_img read more

How Not to Promote Your Magazines Special Issue

first_imgHere’s an e-mail I received from Time Out New York’s publicist, presented without comment:From: [FLACK REDACTED]Date: Tue, May 6, 2008 at 2:27 PMSubject: I see naked people.To: [REDACTED]Feeling hot and bothered? So are we, and we’ve got the boners to prove it. Check out Time Out New York’s horny issue, now online, featuring dozens of naked New Yorkers and an interactive pole, I mean poll, where you can vote on who you want to strip next. It’s hot and sweaty outside, but you can get hot and sweaty at your desk. We won’t tell.It’s worth noting that Time Out New York’s former editor, Brian Farnham, speaking at the 2007 American Magazine Conference, said he had one goal in mind when putting together the 2007 sex issue, his second as editor: Cancelled subscriptions.”If you do a sex issue and no one cancels, you’re probably not doing your job,” Farnham said.It’s also worth noting Farnham is no longer with the magazine.last_img read more

Air Force Now Estimates Offutt Repair Costs at 420 Million

first_imgThe Air Force has raised the cost estimate to repair and rebuild Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., from severe Missouri River flooding damage in March to $420 million, Air Force Times reported Thursday.The flooding damaged more than 130 base buildings, including nearly 60 damaged beyond repair, according to John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, energy and environment.“It wasn’t just the water, it was what was in the water,” he told the Omaha World-Herald.The flooding ran up to 9 feet deep in some places, leaving behind a toxic sludge.The new cost estimate is $70 million higher than the first estimate the Air Force presented last month in a $4.9 billion request for federal disaster relief. Last month’s request also included funding for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., which was severely damaged last year by Hurricane Michael.Offutt and Tyndall face installation repair stoppages due to lack of disaster recovery funding, as ADC has reported.Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Rachelle Blake ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire find their balance in AD After Death

first_imgWhat happens when you take two of the best comic creators in the industry, and team them up at Image with absolutely no limits? You get one of the best new books of the year. Written by Scott Snyder (Batman fame), and drawn by Jeff Lemire(Sweet Tooth), this team is really interesting and frankly, somewhat of a surprise.While Snyder and Lemire are frequent collaborators, such as their collective Rotworld storyline for Animal Man and Swamp Thing, their roles on AD: After Death take their relationship in a new direction. Snyder is the writer, and Lemire is credited solely as the artist, despite being a well-established writer in his own right. Up until this point, Lemire has only drawn comics that he had also written. So AD is a huuuuge deal.via Image ComicsUnfortunately, this creative dichotomy seems to seep into the book itself, as most of this first issue focuses on Snyder’s writing, only featuring Lemire’s art in short bursts. It makes the comic feel less like a graphic novel, and more like a novella with illustrations. Only about half of the first issue even has sequential art. A lot of this is chalked up to Snyder’s use of prose as a means of internal narration for the lead, describing flashbacks. Whenever the series uses Lemire’s art, it has to cut to the present, so events are in “real time.” This is an interesting narrative device, defining the visual style for past and present.While Snyder’s writing seems to dominate the book, it isn’t a surprise that it is such a strong component, given his track record on…well, basically everything he’s ever touched. His heavy narration is something that has been consistent throughout his career, even his Batman run. The long, descriptive memories, appear on the page as though they are being typed on a typewriter. This is paired with Lemire’s simplistic, painted, loose style. When the book cuts into current events, Lemire’s artwork tightens up. His art doesn’t really get as much opportunity to shine the way it did in his creator owned work, but when it does, his watercolors and line work is gorgeous.via Image ComicsThe story is… well, the reader doesn’t know much, it spends so much time cutting back and forth from the main character’s past and present, that any real “plot” gets lost in the shuffle. We mainly get a few scenes that take us through different settings, introducing us to a few characters while only giving the reader the smallest idea of what is going on. Snyder still manages to frame everything in a way that gets you asking questions and wondering. However, as this is a three part series, there will surely be plenty more revealed in the next two books.For as little information as we are given in this first issue, Snyder and Lemire’s world building is incredible. It feels huge, slightly skewed, and yet somehow lived-in. The characters are quiet and layered. Lemire’s expressive faces allow for a lot of emotional nuances. The lead character gets room to shine, and that has a lot to do with the way that his characterization is broken up. There is the huge, written, internal monolog that seems almost excessive in comparison to the short, almost awkward, expressive moments.via Image ComicsRegardless of the amount of “comic book” in this comic, Snyder and Lemire’s AD: After Death #1 is a solid start for a series that is surely going to be one of Image best new series. Fans of either Snyder or Lemire need to be reading this book. You can already tell that by the time it wraps up, it will be some of the best work that either of them put out.AD : After Death #1 is the first installment of a three issue series by writer Scott Snyder and artist Jeff Lemire, published by Image Comics. The first issue will be available online or in-stores on November 23rd, 2016.last_img read more

Consumers urged to return fake eggsConsumers urged to return fake eggs

first_imgBefore you read any further read our updated story as the information in the original story was not properly fact-checked. Our updated story is HERE.Original story:The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) has urged consumers to return or report any “fake” eggs supposedly being sold at local shops.This follows numerous complaints in recent days over the spread of oddly-coloured eggs that have left consumers sick after eating them.“The department is aware of these reports on social media and these reports are currently under investigation by the department’s inspectors,” the department said. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The department added that the colouring of eggs could be influenced by the food fed to the laying hens, it urged consumers to return “abnormal” or “suspicious” looking eggs to retailers and request a refund.Alternatively, consumers can report the issue to the assignee of DAFF, Agency for Food Safety and Quality (AFSQ), who will then investigate the issue.“The assignee should be in a position to carry out the necessary inspection and testing. Based on the outcomes of the inspection and testing, appropriate regulatory actions would be taken.”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Motorcyclists to protest proposed law prohibiting passengers

first_imgTraffic in downtown San José could get complicated Wednesday evening. TheNational Motorcyclists’ Civic Committee announced they will hold a public demonstration to protest proposed regulations prohibiting more than one person on a motorcycle, among other changes.Motorcyclists say the proposed changes violate their private property and free transit rights. Authorities say they’re necessary to reduce crimes committed from atop two wheels.Criminals riding motorcycles have shot 45 people dead in the past year, officials say.Leaders of the motorcyclists’ committee are calling on all riders to gather starting at 5 p.m. outside the National Insurance Institute (INS) in Barrio Amón. Then they plan to caravan to the Legislative Assembly and the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) to deliver petition letters.OIJ Director Francisco Segura Montero is scheduled to attend Thursday’s session of the Legislative Committee on Public Security and Drug Trafficking to discuss ways to curb crime rates, including the proposed new motorcycle rules.During a press conference last week Segura said it was “urgent for the Legislative Assembly to approve amendments and regulations to reduce crimes committed by motorcyclists, which have spiked in recent weeks.”Broad Front Party legislator José Francisco Camacho Leiva, who chairs the Public Security and Drug Trafficking Committee, said legislators agreed to call Segura to the assembly after reviewing OIJ’s numbers on motorcyclists’ participation in murders and other crimes.Camacho said all modifications will be analyzed with caution, as they involve changes in citizens’ rights.“We know that the vast majority of people use motorcycles to work, to transport relatives or for recreation. In that sense we are willing to dialogue about the reforms,” he said.Along with prohibiting more than one person on a motorcycle, Segura proposes banning motorcyclists from wearing balaclavas or using dark helmet visors. He also wants to make it mandatory to display license plate numbers on vests and helmets, and to increase the size of motorcycle license plates.And he wants stricter regulations on carrying weapons.According to Segura, 45 people have been shot dead by motorcyclists since the beginning of 2014. Last year OIJ received 1,738 complaints of assaults committed by individuals driving motorcycles, and so far this year they’ve received 251 complaints.Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría Guzmán believes changes suggested by Segura must be taken into consideration.“(Segura’s) initiative mostly is aimed at strengthening the prevention of robberies and homicides committed with the help of motorcycles,” Chavarría said following Segura’s news conference last week. He said requiring license plate numbers to be displayed on vests was especially important, and said they should appear on the back and front of vests.On Tuesday afternoon, Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata Vega said he supports most of Segura’s proposals. Regarding the ban on passengers, Mata said it has to be carefully evaluated to avoid violating Constitutional rights.That proposal is motorcyclists’ main complaint. Eugenio Badilla Quesada, who leads the National Motorcyclists’ Civic Committee, told The Tico Times that the rule “would affect thousands of families who only have a motorcycle as transportation.”The group also argues that the proposed ban contradicts most motorcycle specifications, which say the vehicles are for two passengers. Badilla said the two-passenger limit “is even stipulated in the vehicle circulation permit collected by INS every year.”As for the other proposals, the motorcycle leader said they are ineffective “as any hitman can print a fake license plate number on a helmet and a vest.”Honduras, Guatemala and several other Latin American countries prohibit passengers on motorcycles. It’s unclear whether the rule has reduced crime in those countries. Last week in Guatemala — in two separate incidents — three journalists were shot dead and a fourth injured by passengers on motorcycles.Badilla said Wednesday night’s protest “is not intended to affect traffic in the capital. (But) we might drive around San José depending on the responses we get from lawmakers and from Francisco Segura.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Motorcycle duo shoots U.S. businessman in Escazú suburb of San José, Costa Rica Costa Rican student arrested in multi-country cybercrime raid Costa Rica’s Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after spike in killings National Police: Property crime down in Limón from last yearlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 8 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens, left, talks with quarterbacks including Drew Stanton (5) at NFL football training camp practice on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) After team president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim, few had seen the Arizona Cardinals grow as a franchise like Freddie Kitchens.The outgoing running backs coach was named the Cleveland Browns’ running backs coach and associate head coach on Wednesday. As he heads to Cleveland to work under former Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Kitchens first released a statement reflecting on his 11 seasons in the desert and thanking his coworkers, fans and players. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Freddie Kitchens today joined the coaching staff of the Cleveland Browns after spending the last 11 seasons as an assistant with the Cardinals.As he leaves AZ he penned this open letter to the Cardinals and their fans.— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) January 24, 2018Kitchens’ time with the Cardinals bridged the Ken Whisenhunt and Bruce Arians eras. He coached tight ends for the first six years (2007-12) in Arizona, including their Super Bowl XLIII berth. Kitchens, a former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, spent 2013-16 as quarterbacks coach, playing a part in helping Carson Palmer break single-season team records in passing yards (4,671), touchdowns (35) and passing rating (104.6) during the 2015 season.Kitchens became the Cardinals’ running backs coach for 2017, replacing departed Stump Mitchell as Arians promoted coaching intern Byron Leftwich to quarterbacks coach. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Mexico wont kick out Spanishborn pop singer Beli

first_imgMexico won’t kick out Spanish-born pop singer Belinda FILE – In this June 27, 2018 file photo, presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and pop singer Belinda acknowledge the crowd during his closing campaign rally at Azteca stadium in Mexico City. Authorities in Mexico say pop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in the country’s politics because she’s a Spanish citizen and campaigned for Lopez Obrador. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) MEXICO CITY – Spanish-born pop singer Belinda won’t be kicked out of Mexico for getting involved in politics.Last week a court ruled Belinda apparently violated Article 33 of the constitution, which says “foreigners may not in any way become involved in the political affairs of the country.” The executive branch can expel foreigners for that.The court didn’t sanction the singer, but asked the Interior Department “to determine further actions in accordance with the law.”But Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete posted a Twitter photo of himself Monday greeting Belinda at his offices.Navarette says he “told her that Article 33 wouldn’t be applied in her case. It is used for other types of circumstances.”During this year’s campaigns, Belinda Peregrin Schull distributed articles with emblems referring to President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.center_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2018 1:36 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Two more suspects arrested in double murder Update 2

first_imgA further two suspects were arrested on Friday night in connection to the double murder which shocked the island, while police found the murder weapon used to stab a couple in their Nicosia home last week.A 33-year-old suspect who was remanded for eight days a day earlier was questioned for several hours on Friday where he told police they could find the knife used to commit the crime and clothes he wore when he entered the couple’s home on the night of the murder last Thursday.The clothes and the knife used to stab English School maths teacher Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his 59-year-old wife Dina Sergiou, who worked for the central bank, were found in the suspect’s fathers home.Tests are pending to confirm if the evidence matches his claims.At around 10pm, police said they had arrested a short while ago two people. A female, aged 21, reportedly his girlfriend and a 23-year-old man, his brother.The suspect was questioned between 3pm and 8pm on Friday. He had been remanded for eight days on Thursday and presented himself in court without a lawyer and did not object to the remand.Earlier on Friday, the couple’s 15-year-old son was interviewed by police for around three hours. He identified the suspect.The teenager, who is adopted, was in the house the night his parents were brutally killed.In his testimony on the day of the crime, he told police he saw two men. One, who had his face uncovered entered his room and allegedly told him he had killed his parents, asking the boy where the money was.He led him downstairs to the kitchen and on the way he told him not to be afraid.“I will not hurt you. I also have a son.”The suspect asked the boy to open the kitchen door, which he did, and a second, hooded individual, came in.The teen was then taken to the pantry where he was locked inside.Police said the boy managed to escape half an hour later by removing the louvers from the aluminium door, hurting his hands in the process.He then went upstairs to his parents’ room where he found them stabbed and then went outside to ask for help.A post-mortem found that Hadjigeorgiou had been stabbed 25 to 30 times while his wife suffered around 10 blows. They both had one defensive wound each on their right arms.The boy’s lawyer Giorgos Papaioannou spoke publically for the first time on Friday and said the arrest proved that the 15-year-old had not taken part in the affair and the boy had never been cautioned so as to be considered a suspect.He said he had an opinion on whether police considered the minor as a potential suspect but that ‘is not for publication. I am holding on to the fact that he has not been cautioned’.Papaioannou also voiced concern over the fact that the boy had been targeted from the onset, something that did a lot of damage.He said almost everyone was convinced about the boy’s guilt, and that a lot of scenarios had been mentioned that had no grounds.“In the condition he was in there were people who wrote on social media ‘confess so we can get it over with’. Why do I say all this? So you can understand the damage done to him,” Papaioannou said.Police meanwhile, continued their investigation into the heinous crime but also warned the media to be careful about what they publish.Following the arrest, spokesman Andreas Angelides said further investigations took place and additional evidence was collected and sent for forensics tests.“What we can say at this moment is that the investigation is going well,” Angelides said, adding that there was still a lot of work to be done.Angelides urged the media to avoid speculating and drawing scenarios and allow the authorities to get on with their work.Pathologist Marios Matsakis, who has been hired by the family, insisted it was a robbery gone wrong and that there was nothing else left but to arrest any other perpetrators.On Wednesday, police told the court they had learned that the crime had been planned for five years and that the perpetrators had inside help.The suspect also told investigators that he knew who was involved and what the motive was.No other details were heard in court and the general feeling afterwards was that the story was full of holes.For instance, police found a pair of shoes at the scene, which the suspect said were his. The boy also said he was awaken by a man who didn’t cover his face and who told him he had just killed his parents.Police also said they found two notepads in the suspect’s car during his arrest in which he allegedly wrote details of the crime.You May LikeInfo-life.xyzThe Motorcycle Of The Future From The BMWInfo-life.xyzUndoBestFamilyMag20 Epic Before and After PhotosBestFamilyMagUndoDestinationONEasiest Ways to Immigrate to Canada From United StatesDestinationONUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more