Jolt for AAP as Ghuggi quits party

first_imgTroubles of the beleaguered Aam Aadmi Party, which has been rocked by allegations of corruption against its national convener Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, compounded further in neighbouring Punjab on Wednesday.Former Punjab convener and senior leader Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ resigned from the AAP on Wednesday expressing displeasure over the manner in which he was removed as State convener. The AAP had on Monday had restructured its Punjab unit by appointing Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as State convener and Sunam MLA Aman Arora as co-convener. “I’m resigning from the party’s primary membership. The way I was dropped from the position of State convener is unacceptable. I’m personally not against Mr. Mann, but against his appointment due to his alleged drinking habit. I can’t work under such leadership,” Mr. Ghuggi told journalists here.Notably, the rejig was followed by resignation of senior leader and MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira as party spokesperson and chief whip in the Punjab Assembly. He too was allegedly upset over Mr. Mann’s appointment to the top post in the State.Mr. Ghuggi added: “Also, I don’t understand why most powers are being concentrated in Mr. Mann’s hands. We have other leaders who are suitable for the post. This is not the same party I had joined. The AAP I see today has deviated from its principles. Volunteers, who were once the backbone of the party, are being sidelined.”“The party claims Mr. Mann was elected in a democratic manner after consulting MLAs, zone in-charges, etc., and conducting a poll. But I want to ask [AAP national convener] Mr. Kejriwal why the party didn’t invite all candidates who had contested the Assembly polls and volunteers to participate in the voting exercise. The party invited members to vote based on a pick and choose policy,” he alleged, adding that the election process for choosing the new State chief was an eyewash.Raising apprehensions on the re-structuring of the party in Punjab, senior leader Kanwar Sandhu, who is in Canada, had said in a Facebook post on Tuesday: “In my view, instead of rejuvenating and strengthening the Punjab unit of the AAP, the manner of its reorganisation on May 8 [Monday] could end up weakening it.”He had said that the party’s exercise should’ve been preceded by stocktaking, fixing of responsibility and introspection of its performance in the 2017 Punjab polls. This, Mr. Sandhu had said, should’ve been done by MPs, MLAs and volunteers in and outside Punjab.“Reorganising the party by merely changing horses without any introspection is repeating the same mistakes that resulted in the party’s debacle in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha polls. I remain committed to the party but it’s important to speak one’s mind. I hope I am proven wrong in the coming months,” the post read further.Upkar Sandhu expelledIn another development, the AAP on Wednesday expelled senior party leader Upkar Singh Sandhu over alleged “anti-party activities”.Mr. Sandhu, who had unsuccessfully contested the recent Amritsar Parliamentary constituency bypolls, had opposed Mr. Mann’s appointment as State unit chief.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 6 in August: Report

first_imgSerial tipster Evan Blass is back with a fresh leak, this time around Samsung’s next Note phablet. According to @evleaks, the alleged Galaxy Note 6 will launch in the week of August 15, in the US. To recall, it was earlier said that Samsung may launch the Note 6 as early as July this year. Coming straight from the mouth of @evleaks who has had quite a credible record in the past, the information does gain a lot of weight. Still, since nothing is official yet, we suggest you take this piece of information with a pinch of salt.Samsung Galaxy Note 6 US release scheduled for week of August 15th. Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 11, 2016The Note 6 as per previous reports will be powered by a 64-bit Kryo 2.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor with Adreno 530 GPU coupled with a whopping 8 gigs of RAM. Moreover, a 6GB RAM variant could also be in the offing. We have little or no idea about the Snapdragon 823 right now, but it is being said to be probably a higher clocked variant of the current-generation flagship Snapdragon 820 CPU.The Note 6 will reportedly sport a 25-megapixel camera on the rear with Spectra 14-bit dual-ISP. The phablet will also reportedly come with a 5.8-inch display and IP68 water resistance. On the software side, the new Note 6 is said to run Google’s yet to go official Android N (or whatever the company decides to call it) based TouchWiz UI out-of-the-box.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumours: Snapdragon 823, 8GB RAM and moreIn other news, Samsung is selling the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 flagship phones at a down payment of just Re 1 in India. The rest of the amount can be paid in 10 monthly installments thereafter, the company has announced on its official website. This is part of the company’s ‘Make for India’ campaign that will conclude on May 15. The offer is however applicable for only Bajaj Finserv and Capital First customers.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian-American scientist wins Springer Theses Award

first_imgFrom Gurdip SinghSingapore, May 28 (PTI) An Indian-American scientist has received the prestigious Springer Theses Award in recognition for his outstanding research in which he developed transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor called A20.Arnab Des thesis was nominated by New Yorks Columbia University. Before this, De, who has also developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes, had received the Young Investigator Award at the American Peptide Symposium.The thesis prize is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognize outstanding PhD research.Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series: “Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research”.Additionally, winners also get a cash prize of 500 euros. The research work was highlighted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports.Only research considered to be of fundamental relevance to a general readership is chosen to be highlighted by EMBO.De has dedicated his PhD thesis to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and his alma mater, Kolkatas Presidency University.De said: “Two things that have influenced me the most is sports and education. This thesis is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar not only for the cricketing joy he provided me, but also for being a constant source of inspiration to all Indian youth.”Ole John Nielsen (University of Copenhagen), who shared the 2007 Nobel peace Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change along with US vice president Al Gore, had in 2012 described the Springer award as an “insanely great honor”. PTI GS AJRadvertisementlast_img read more

Will MS Dhoni be India’s go-to man in 2019 World Cup? Experts divided in their opinions

first_imgHis half-century was the lone bright spot in India’s loss at Dharamshala in the first ODI against Sri Lanka Sunday but the opinion is still divided on whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be Virat Kohli’s go-to man in the 2019 World Cup.”In my view, the 2019 World Cup is still too far right now. I think it will be foolhardy to talk about it right now. It is a long, long time in context of Indian cricket where situation changes every day. Players are judged differently after every match in our country. It will be important to see who is in form at that point of time,” spinner Harbhajan Singh told AAJ TAK-INDIA TODAY.Dhoni has scored 781 runs in 27 ODIs at an average of over 65 this year. This includes six half-centuries and a ton – the 134-run innings against England at Cuttack in January.”Yes, Dhoni is one of the best players India has seen in ODI and T20 cricket but he will have to continuously perform to remain in the reckoning. Every series from now on will be very important for him. He has to get runs and there is no better player than him if he does that. However, Virat has shown that if Dhoni remains in form then he can bring a lot to the table,” adds Harbhajan.  “It is about 20 months away (2019 cricket World Cup) which is a long time. I agree with Harbhajan because we have to play not just Test but also ODI cricket abroad in the coming year, including South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand. The overall performances would decide the final shape of Indian team for the 2019 World Cup,” says former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.advertisementDhoni’s strike rate, quite a talking point in the recent times, hasn’t dipped significantly over the past five years in ODIs. Though at 36, Dhoni is not hitting huge sixes as consistently like before but the 87-ball-65 in Dharamshala saw two hits out of the park from former skipper’s bat. He’s also just 109 runs away from completing 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.The fact that he’s still going strong makes VVS Laxman take a stand against his former India mates Ganguly and Harbhajan while discussing Dhoni’s role in the 2019 World Cup.”I believe that Dhoni would have a big role to play in the 2019 World Cup,” says Laxman.And in doing so, believes Laxman, skipper Virat Kohli will have to stand by Dhoni.  “Sometimes the new skipper does not takes the advice of the old one but here is why Virat Kohli is different than the others. When you have someone of the calibre of Dhoni in your team and if you don’t handle him properly and get the best out of him, then there’s no point. When Sachin Tendulkar resigned from captaincy, Sourav Ganguly handled him well. The rapport and mutual respect between a captain and a senior player is very important so that the senior pro plays his natural game. Virat is allowing Dhoni do the same. He relies on Dhoni while captaining the team in the middle and takes his advice in the shorter format of the game so often. Virat is not at all egoistic which is so much necessary. I would like to say it again that Dhoni will have a huge role to play if India has to win the 2019 World Cup,” says a confident Laxman.last_img read more

Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform supports SAM L11 microcontrollers

first_img Continue Reading Previous ARBOR: Micro-ATX industrial motherboard with 6th gen Intel Core processorsNext IAR announces major update of Renesas RH850 tools Express Logic has announced that its industrial-grade X-Ware IoT Platform – powered by ThreadX RTOS – now supports the TrustZone for ARMv8-M technology-based Microchip SAM L11 microcontrollers. Using the ARM TrustZone technology for ARMv8-M with Express Logic’s X-Ware IoT Platform, developers can achieve new levels of security for their IoT devices. The ARMv8-M architecture enables the ThreadX RTOS to partition the application into trusted and non-trusted memory regions. Application code in a non-trusted region is confined to that region and thereby prevented from accessing any other region including the trusted region containing ThreadX. ThreadX for ARMv8-M is able to create and schedule multiple threads for both trusted and non-trusted regions. Application code running in the non-trusted regions can access the full ThreadX API, with the approval of the application’s trusted code. The trusted application can disable any ThreadX API from access by non-trusted code.In addition to the solution’s security advantages, the X-Ware IoT Platform, ThreadX, FileX, and NetX Duo have attained the highest level of safety certifications. They include IEC 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, EN 50128 SW-SIL 4, UL 60730-1 Annex H, CSA E60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60335-1 Annex R, and IEC 60335-1 Annex R, UL 1998.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Mourinho backs Lukaku celebration

first_imgManchester United Mourinho backs Lukaku’s muted West Brom celebration Jamie Smith 03:54 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United West Bromwich Albion Premier League José Mourinho The Manchester United manager supported his striker after he did not celebrate a goal against the Baggies Romelu Lukaku did not celebrate his goal against former team West Brom due to his love for the club, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.Lukaku opened the scoring in United’s 2-1 win at The Hawthorns on Sunday, heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.But the Belgium international refused to celebrate his 10th Premier League goal of the season despite being mobbed by team-mates, leading to post-match criticism from television pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Mourinho defended Lukaku, who scored his first Premier League goals at West Brom in a successful loan spell from Chelsea as a teenager.”I didn’t celebrate too — and nobody was happier than me,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”I’m happy with the victory but, 15 years ago, I look at myself — how I used to celebrate goals. With maturity you control your emotions better. Unless you score a winning goal in the last stage of the game.”But basically, Romelu had the fact he was a happy kid at West Brom. He was given the conditions to have the evolution he had, so maybe at the back of the mind it was his love for the club.”FULL-TIME West Brom 1-2 Man UtdThe visitors survive a late scare as Lukaku & Lingard do the damage before half-time#WBAMUN— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017West Brom remain winless in four league games under new boss Alan Pardew, although they at least scored the first goal of his reign thanks to Gareth Barry’s consolation.And the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager accepted responsibility for his side’s 2-1 defeat to second-placed United, with West Brom having lacked energy prior to a strong finish.”Better shape to the team, better legs a little bit,” Pardew told Sky Sports when asked why United had run out winners. “The team I picked —in hindsight it wasn’t the right team and I should have put some fresher legs in. They had put in such a shift at Liverpool [in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw] and I wanted to show faith in them, as their new manager. “But maybe I should have made two or three changes. We looked leggy and not up to the ball. But in the second half we were a lot better and had a lot more conviction in our play. “We had a full stadium, playing Manchester United, and we didn’t ever get the crowd going. The crowd, quite rightly, were fairly quiet today and that was down to us. When you’re at home, you’ve got to generate more excitement — more moments — than we did today.”We’ve got to take risks — you can’t play this game unless you take risks. We just had a lack of energy and, as I say, I’ve got to take some blame for that.”last_img read more

World Cup would have been different experience but I have moved on: Rishabh Pant

first_img Vikrant Gupta New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:59 IST Rishabh Pant was not named in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad (Reuters Photo)Rishabh Pant, only 21, is trying his best to handle success, spotlight and disappointment at the same time these days. The success of scoring Test hundreds in England and Australia, the spotlight that he is in almost always because of fans and critics and the disappointment of not making it to the India’s World Cup squad. All of it accompanied with the back-breaking schedule of ongoing Indian Premier League.”I was disappointed, obviously. Every player playing for the country dreams of participating in the World Cup. It would have been an entirely different experience,” Pant told AajTak in an exclusive interview, his first after being left out of the Indian World Cup team.The likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hayden and many others were sure that the young wicket-keeper will definitely travel to England this summer. But the five wise men of Indian cricket decided otherwise.”I was disappointed but as a cricketer or a professional, I know that there is nothing I will achieve if I continue to think about it. I try to move on and focus on the matches that I am playing. If you do not think of moving on then things will be more difficult. I look at the positive aspect more. Right now doing well in the remaining games of the IPL is what I am focusing on. My biggest strength is remaining positive, irrespective of any situation,” says Pant.From making his Test debut against England at Robin Hood’s Nottingham to being talked about India’s biggest X-factor in the one-day format, Pant has had a memorable time in international cricket so far.advertisement”I think that getting an opportunity to play Test cricket for my country, even being called a Test player sounds so nice. My coach always used to tell me that he will consider me a complete cricketer only after I play Test cricket. I was really happy to get that opportunity and scoring those centuries in England and Australia.”With fame came criticism, of Rishabh Pant’s inability to finish off games, of getting out repeatedly after playing reckless, many times single-handed, shots.”In T20 cricket, I think of hitting a six off every ball, then a four or stealing three, two or one run. If anyone criticizes me then I urge them to come and help me. Many people come directly to me and I implement their suggestions in my game if need be. As a player, I try to not think much about the problem aspect. As far as the criticism for playing a single-handed shot is concerned, it happens when you try to reach for the ball. At times, you can’t reach the ball with both the hands, not possible every time. It isn’t deliberate.”Having two legends in the Delhi Capitals’ dressing room – Ganguly and Ponting – has helped Pant hugely, especially.”I try to stay focused on my process and improve my game. I focus on improving as a player every day, even if it is just by one per cent. Having the mind at right place means that you do not think much about the expectations. I have to be clear-headed and stick to the game plan. Dada (Ganguly) tells me to play with a clear mind. He tells me not to focus on what people say and keep on improving as a player. That is what I try to implement, remain positive till the end of the match. At times, it becomes difficult as, in the flow of things, you forget to improve yourself. Everyone praises you if you do well. Challenge is to keep improving by keeping rest of the things aside.”This is where learnings from MS Dhoni and India skipper Virat Kohli has come in handy.”I have learnt a lot from both MS Dhoni and Virat. The main thing I would say is discipline. Even till date, Mahi bhai is not late. He follows the same process every day. An international player believes in his process, the things that suit him well. One thing which Virat bhaiya told me and I will never forget is that playing 100 games is not necessary to become an experienced player. Learning from other player’s mistake and not repeating it is equally important. You can get that even from 10 games and there is no need to play 100 games.”Also Read | World Cup selection will be a dream come true: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Learnt the importance of discipline from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Rishabh PantadvertisementAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow World Cup 2019Follow Cricket World Cup World Cup would have been different experience but I have moved on: Rishabh Pant2019 Cricket World Cup: Rishabh Pant, in an exclusive interview with AajTak, said he has moved on from the disappointment of not being selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added he was now entirely focused on doing well in the 2019 IPL for Delhi Capitals.advertisementlast_img read more

Ban Kimoon recommends UN transfer 100 million to Iraq development fund

20 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended the Security Council transfer $100 million from United Nations Iraq Account, made up of funds related to the expired oil-for-food programme, to an account for the country’s development, a UN spokesperson said today. The oil-for-food programme, under which a sanctions-bound Iraq was allowed to use monitored oil sales revenue for humanitarian purchases, was phased out in 2003 under a Council resolution lifting sanctions on the country.The Development Fund of Iraq (DFI), which will received the funds, was set up that same year to administer proceeds from export sales of petroleum, petroleum products, and natural gas.In a letter to the Security Council, the Secretary-General also provides an update on the Iraq Account and the processing of outstanding letters of credit. As of 29 February, Mr. Ban says, the Iraq Account contained somewhat over $1 billion in total funds, out of which $225 million was being held in the account pending resolution of various issues. He recommended that $187 million continue to be held as a financial reserve. read more

Enhancing rule of law vital for peace and security in Haiti UN

Haitians must embrace the rule of law to advance peace and prosperity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses in a new report, adding that the country and its new leadership will require sustained international support to achieve this goal amid a set of daunting challenges. “I call on all international partners to work with the Government and the United Nations in a concerted and cohesive effort to strengthen the rule of law in Haiti,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He notes that the past year has been “deeply challenging” for Haiti, which has faced the difficult task of rebuilding and coping with the aftermath of the 12 January 2010 earthquake in which 230,000 people died and countless more were injured; an outbreak of cholera that to date has killed at least 4,600 people and infected more than 240,000; a close brush with Hurricane Tomas; and political instability and deadlock, and related electoral violence. In addition, the ongoing displacement and continued precarious living conditions of more than 800,000 Haitians are a daily reminder of the need to accelerate the pace of reconstruction efforts. “The incoming Government of Haiti will inherit a set of daunting challenges, compounded by the onset of another hurricane season, a severe lack of public sector expertise and a growing disenchantment among the general population with the existing political leadership and class and the long-standing socio-economic order,” he states. Preliminary results from the presidential run-off election held on 20 March between former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly are expected to be announced today, while the final results will be announced on 16 April. “The next President of Haiti may well face a protracted period of difficult cohabitation with a divided and potentially fractious Parliament,” says Mr. Ban. “The executive and legislative branches of Government will have to work together to meet the aspirations of the Haitian people and to deliver the reforms that they have been denied for far too long.” He states that strengthening the rule of law will require a genuine commitment to creating an independent and effective judiciary, a Parliament that is accountable to the people and not driven by special interests, and a Government that is transparent, responsive to the needs of the country and truly representative of the Haitian people. “Haiti will require the sustained support of the international community to bring about systemic rule-of-law reform,” the Secretary-General writes. The return of former president Jean-Claude Duvalier has brought the country’s turbulent history of State-sponsored violence to the fore, he adds. “It is of vital importance that the Haitian authorities pursue all legal and judicial avenues in this matter. The prosecution of those responsible for crimes against their own people will deliver a clear message to the people of Haiti that there can be no impunity.” The incoming administration should also build on the achievements of René Préval’s presidency, which put an end to State-sponsored political violence and allowed Haitians to enjoy freedom of association and expression, Mr. Ban says. The overall security situation in Haiti remained generally calm but prone to localized violent episodes of unrest, according to the report. There has been an increase in gang activities in impoverished areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Haitian criminals are active in the region’s guns-for-drugs trade, which has been boosted by the presence of escaped prisoners seeking weapons. A considerable proportion of the cocaine originating in South America and delivered to the United States and Europe passes relatively freely through Haiti, where drug traffickers are able to exploit the porous border and use illegal airstrips, boats and private submarines off the coast of the island. The communities most at risk from insecurity remain those within the densely populated areas in the West Department, including the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). “Several of the camps are used as bases by escaped prisoners and gangs. Consequently, crime, including sexual and gender-based violence, appears to have increased in the camps,” says the Secretary-General. “Haiti has the chance to make a fresh start under a new administration,” he states. “A new leadership must try to heal the wounds of a deeply polarized society and provide jobs, education and services to a population that is economically impoverished. “The United Nations will work with the new Government and all sections of Haitian society to enhance the rule of law in Haiti, and to ensure that the population can fully enjoy its fundamental economic, social, civil and political rights.” For its part, UN peacekeeping mission continues its vital work in the country, including in delivering critical support for quake recovery efforts; assisting with reform of the national police force; protecting vulnerable groups, particularly those living in the camps; providing support to State institutions; and promoting human rights. 31 March 2011Haitians must embrace the rule of law to advance peace and prosperity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses in a new report, adding that the country and its new leadership will require sustained international support to achieve this goal amid a set of daunting challenges. read more

Ford Motor invests 700million in Oakville plant securing 2800 jobs

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Ford Motor’s Canadian subsidiary is investing $700 million at its Oakville assembly plant west of Toronto, a move that it says will support thousands of jobs and increase the automaker’s spending on Canadian-made parts.It says several new models will be brought to the plant to meet demand in North America and elsewhere.Industry Minister James Moore with be the plant this morning for a press conference and is expected to announce a Federal contribution.The Oakville plant currently makes the Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT.The automaker’s president for the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, says the investment will mean Ford’s spending on Canadian-made auto parts will increase by about $200 million to a total of nearly $4 billion annually.Ford says the investment will secure more than 2,800 jobs.“This investment is helping us find much needed capacity for global products and securing jobs, and it is positioning Oakville as one of the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system,” Hinrichs said in a statement.Reuters reported on Wednesday that the next generation of the Edge and MKX crossover utility vehicles would be assembled at the plant.U.S. car sales were above expectations in August as consumers, after years of putting off purchases of new cars, took advantage of still-low interest rates and snapped up a wide range of vehicles from pickup trucks to luxury sedans.Ford’s car sales in Canada were higher than those of Chrysler Group and General Motors Co in August. read more

Marissa Whalen murder case

Pre-trial motions have begun in the case of the murder of a two-year old Fort Erie girl.Little Marissa Whalen was killed in the summer of 2011. Marissa’s mother and her mother’s girlfriend were eventually charged with her murder. As Lauran Sabourin reports, they both made court appearances in Welland on Monday morning.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UN Iran nuclear talks going around in circles – UN official

“Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, during which time 10 rounds of talks have been held, no agreement has been reached,” Director General Yukiya Amano told the Agency’s Board of Governors at a meeting in Vienna.“To be frank, for some time now, we have been going around in circles. This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” he stated. Mr. Amano said Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable the IAEA to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities. “The Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” he said.“Iran continues to advance its heavy water-related projects. The number of centrifuges installed by Iran also continues to increase, as does the amount of enriched uranium it holds,” he continued. “These activities are in clear contravention of resolutions adopted by the Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council.”Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The IAEA has been engaged with Tehran on a structured approach to resolving all outstanding issues. Mr. Amano reported that no agreement has been reached so far on the structured approach document. “We need to achieve concrete results without further delay to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities,” he stated. “In order to achieve that objective, the Agency has made clear its view of the elements which the structured approach should contain.“First and foremost, Iran has to address the Agency’s requirement to conduct effective verification. Unless Iran does so, it will not be possible for the Agency to resolve outstanding issues, including those relating to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.”He called on Iran to engage with the Agency to achieve concrete results in resolving all outstanding issues “with a sense of urgency.”Mr. Amano also told the 35-nation Board that he remains concerned about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), particularly since its announcement of a third test of a nuclear weapon in February. “Once again, I strongly urge the DPRK to fully implement all relevant resolutions of the Security Council, the IAEA General Conference and the Board of Governors,” said Mr. Amano.“I reiterate my call for the DPRK to fully comply with the NPT and to cooperate promptly and fully with the Agency. The IAEA remains ready to contribute to the peaceful resolution of this issue by resuming its nuclear verification activities once political agreement is reached among the countries concerned.” The Board of Governors, one of the Agency’s main policy-making bodies, meets five times a year at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. It is meeting to discuss the IAEA’s work on nuclear verification, safety, security and the peaceful use of nuclear technologies. read more

Veteran entertainer Barry Chuckle dies aged 73

The Chuckle Brothers on ‘New Faces’, an ITV talent show, in 1975 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Barry Chuckle, the television entertainer famous for his role in the children’s comedy show ‘ChuckleVision’, has died at home aged 73. The star, whose real name was Barry Elliott, performed with his brother Paul as the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers.He died after a short period of ill health which began while filming a new TV series. In an emotional tribute, his brother said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”The pair, who are both from Rotherham, starred in Chucklevision between 1987 and 2009. The show ran to almost 300 episodes.They had recently made a TV comeback on Channel 5 clip show Chuckle Time, which saw them perform comedy sketches and introduce humorous online videos from members of the public. Filming of another new programme was stopped this year, after Chuckle’s doctor requested that he rested, but his health deteriorated throughout the summer.His agent said yesterday that he had said “it was just like the wonderful days of filming ChuckleVision for BBC One”.Paul Chuckle’s wife Sue posted on her husband’s Twitter account to say that he was “devastated” and that “he knows Barry would be so happy to know how much he was loved”. Tributes from the world of entertainment poured in online. Rapper Tinchy Stryder, who had collaborated with the brothers on a charity single in 2014, described Chuckle as a “Funny, down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend”. A message on the official Bafta Twitter page said: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the death of Barry Elliott, known as Barry Chuckle.”David Walliams, who had worked with the brothers on various sketches, described him as one-half of “the last link to the British Musical Hall tradition that gave us Stan Laurel & Charlie Chaplin.”  Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (509209ki) CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN 'NEW FACES' - 1975 ITV archive New Faces was a Television talent show produced by ATV for ITV, which originally ran from 1973 to 1978 and which was revived in 1986. It was responsible for launching the careers of, amongst others, Lenny Henry, Victoria Wood, Les Dennis and the Chuckle Brother read more

Twofifths of organisations have established a culture of wellbeing in 2018

first_imgTwo-fifths (40%) of organisations believe they have achieved a culture of wellbeing in 2018, compared with a third (33%) in 2016, according to a study by HR and benefits adviser Buck.The report, Working well: a global survey of workforce wellbeing strategies, surveyed 252 organisations across 56 countries, and found that 81% of those that do not yet feel they have done so aspire to achieve a wellbeing culture in the future. Only 10% said they did not see the value of investing in wellbeing support.Almost three-fourths (73%) of employers said they viewed support for total wellbeing as an important element of their reward offering. Two-thirds (65%) aimed to reduce employee absence by creating a wellbeing culture, while the majority felt it was part of either improving performance and productivity (83%) or improving employee engagement and morale (84%).The top factors influencing employee wellbeing include stress (95%), work-life issues (94%), depression, anxiety and weight-management issues (93%) and access to healthcare services (92%).Ruth Hunt, a principal in Buck’s engagement practice and global workforce wellbeing survey leader, said: “Our findings demonstrate that a failure to creatively invest in employee wellbeing can result in many adverse consequences for the success and sustainability of an organisation.“A combination of stressors, such as health challenges, relatively stagnant wages, heightened financial pressures and always-on technology are taking a personal toll on employees. Employers are now focusing their wellbeing programming accordingly. Wellbeing has become a popular catchphrase, but the stressors are real and employers can see how employees’ wellbeing is impacting the bottom line.”The top programme elements being added by those expanding their financial wellbeing offerings included money management and budgeting tools (66%), financial health assessments (66%), retirement estimating tools or calculators (63%) and financial literacy and skills education (59%).The survey also found that organisations are increasingly relying on technology to drive efficiencies in benefits delivery. The most popular approaches include predictive analytics (84%), incentive tools and tracking (80%), portal hubs (69%) and decision-support tools (63%).last_img read more

AntiIncumbent Mood Builds Across Houston As Harvey Relief Stalls In Congress

first_img Listen X 00:00 /01:03 David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.The 2018 midterm campaign season has begun. Across Greater Houston, some members of Congress could face a backlash from voters because of Hurricane Harvey.When Congress passed the second hurricane relief bill back in October, most members of the Texas delegation said it was far short of what was needed. The third bill has been stalled in the Senate since December. Bob Stein, who teaches political science at Rice University, said voters still displaced by Harvey are in no mood to give House members credit for trying. They want results.“If by September, October, November, people who’ve been harmed by the hurricane have not seen some type of remediation in the form of flood insurance, FEMA recovery, they’re not back in their homes, they’re going to look to blame someone,” said Stein. “And they may be blaming incumbents across the board, and in our region, most of those legislators are Republicans.”Stein said Congressman John Culberson, representing heavily flooded western Harris County, may be especially vulnerable. He notes Culberson has come under attack for not delivering enough Harvey aid – not only from Democrats but also from Republicans, including primary opponent Edward Ziegler and Governor Greg Abbott. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

New PS Vita caught on video LCD screen looks great

first_imgWhen Sony announced that it was set to lower the price of the PS Vita to $199, the main response from the gaming community was “finally.” Then they announced a new model, and for the most part it was good news, what with 1GB on board memory, longer battery life, and cheaper memory cards promised. However, Sony did make one worrying change–the 5-inch OLED panel has been replaced with an LCD part.Then yesterday a comparison image appeared of the original OLED PS Vita next to the new LCD version, and it didn’t look promising. The colors were less vibrant and the edges slightly faded. Has Sony messed up with this move to LCD? Well, no. The image wasn’t truly representative, and I think the video below shows off the new LCD in a much better light.The colors look great, the viewing angles are great, there’s no fading at the edges of the display, and it’s a very bright screen. I don’t think anyone considering picking up the new PS Vita has much to worry about based on what we are seeing here.Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House has been asked why Sony decided to make the switch. Price wasn’t mentioned, although the LCD panel is going to be cheaper than the OLED it replaces. House instead pointed to the fact that LCD had caught up with OLED in terms of image quality so it became an option. Also, using the LCD panel is what allowed the PS Vita to get 20 percent thinner, which is surprising as OLED has always been shown off (in TVs at least) as being an ultra thin display.Manufacturing is also thought to be much easier now. The method for attaching the OLED, touch layer and cover was apparently very difficult and could easily end up breaking the OLED panel. With LCD that isn’t an issue, meaning PS Vita production is probably going to increase and get less expensive for Sony, too.If you are considering buying a new PS Vita then the video above is the best evidence I’ve seen so far for the display being a great replacement. I don’t think we have anything to worry about.last_img read more

Sonic the Hedgehogs Twitter feed is better than any Sonic games

first_imgOn one hand, this is lighthearted fun and unexpected spunky behavior from a brand, but when a video game character throws shade at the press over bad reviews, who are you supposed to root for? Again, Sonic games are bad! The press is right to give them bad scores! Developers have every right to express displeasure, but consumers should be skeptical when they’re asked to side with a corporate mouthpiece against an independent press. This is especially concerning as video game publishers move away from dealing with journalists they can’t control and opt for producing their own, glowing, in-house coverage of their products instead. Sega may not be thriving today, but it’s still around. The same can’t be said for GameTrailers, which to be fair received condolences from Sonic on the day of the site’s closure. Think about that, condolences from Sonic.Caveats and all, Sonic’s Twitter strangeness is still admirable. However, its true marketing nature means it can’t quite reach the same depths as the organic Sonic fandom it has ensconced itself in. Sonic can post some wacky web art or meme video, but he can never become truly NSFW. He can’t acknowledge that there was once a forum full of people who wanted official documentation saying they were married to Sonic. He can’t academically interrogate himself the way a critic and self-proclaimed Sonic scholar like Zolani Stewart can, or produce true parody art like Sonic Dreams Collection. The Twitter feed is also as edgy as Sonic’s allowed to get. The Sonic Boom cartoon is apparently decent and features a similar flippant sense of humor, but it’s watered down. The Sonic Boom video games, meanwhile, are complete garbage.Go ahead and enjoy the wonderfully weird Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter feed. It’s amazing that it exists, and it may not be around forever. Other brands that experimented with snarky Twitter personas abandoned them once the joke ran its course. However, as you enjoy Sanic and chili dogs, just remember that Sonic games are still bad, and brands — even funny ones — are salespeople and not your friends. At this point, Sega should make a game about Sonic’s Twitter feed, or at least let Webber write the next Sonic game. It’s not like things could get any worse. Gotta go meme! To talk about Sonic, we need to talk about “Sanic.” Terrible fan art, whether it’s appalling original characters or disturbingly sexualized takes on hated, pointless side characters like Charmy Bee or Big the Cat, is a cornerstone of the online Sonic community. Turn off safe search, enter “the hedgehog” on Tumblr or DeviantArt, and see for yourself. Sanic embodies this wacko spirit. As his name implies, Sanic drawings are butchered, degraded Microsoft Paint clones of Sonic. Like Sonic, Sanic is an off-putting and embarrassing but strangely funny and visually arresting train wreck in motion. Who knew Sonic would be a patron saint of internet culture? The Sonic Twitter feed frequently references other memes from Sonic fandom, like Sonichu, chili dogs, and “Gotta Go Fast.” Sega the company openly acknowledging Sanic, though, is some real through the looking glass stuff.It may seem odd for what’s essentially a marketing campaign to aggressively court such a niche group of people, but considering the current state of Sonic, that passionate niche is probably the only group left willing to give the franchise a never-ending series of second chances. So, it pays to keep them as delighted as possible by acting authentic, by speaking their language. After all, Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t the only brand to adopt this fresh and effective Twitter tactic of questionable quality.Twitter is such a fascinating social network because it’s a place where Real People and Internet People coexist. This tension causes a lot of unfortunate harassment, due to Internet People mistakenly believing the harm they cause isn’t real, but it also leads to a lot of amusing juxtaposition. On Twitter, you can see celebrities (or rather their social media managers) interact with millions of fans. You can see close groups of friends or fandoms interact mostly with each other, and you can follow Weird Twitter personas that do nothing but tweet hilarious non-sequiturs.We fixed this for you, @fitbit. Always Go Fast. Always. #MondayMotivation— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 18, 2016However, like all popular things, eventually meddling brands got involved. With Twitter, brands for known but not necessarily beloved products got it in their heads that if they create bizarre voices for their feeds, precious young demographics will pay attention to them out of sheer curiosity. It doesn’t matter if alt-comedy is appropriate for the product or not. In fact, the more dissonance the better. Cap’n Crunch wants to reinvent himself as a late-night talk show host? Sure, why not. Denny’s decides to stop caring about anything as a way to relate to most of its customers? Go right ahead. Like any marketing strategy that relies on pushing boundaries, this can backfire and lead to backpedaling. It turns out no one really wanted to know what SpaghettiOs had to say on Pearl Harbor Day. Uh oh. But any publicity is still good @sonic_hedgehog, you have really inspired us to #GoFas, even tho that’s hard for a pizza roll to do.— Pete Zaroll (@totinos) April 18, 2016 #ReasonsHumansWillGoExtinct— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 5, 2016Look at those! That this is their corporate messaging really makes you realize how little Sega has to lose with their mascot. All that separates this from a parody account is the Blue Blur’s blue verified checkmark, and a lack of swearing. Other than that, it’s clear that no one is vetting these tweets, or at least, no one who cares. The unique weirdness of the Sonic Twitter feed didn’t develop in a vacuum. To understand and appreciate it, you need to be aware of the similarly hilarious and awful online social trends that led to its creation.First, you must brace yourself and get ready to learn about the infamous Sonic fanbase, an arguably lovable group of online weirdos that the account actively engages with. It takes a certain kind of person to stick by Sonic’s side after over a decade of abuse via increasingly terrible games. Those people are out there, though, and naturally they’ve formed a tight, like-minded community. Like any community, fringe and web-based or otherwise, the Sonic community developed its own recognizable culture. The most bizarre aspects and running jokes of the Sonic feed are directly lifted from this culture.If you can dream it, you can do it. Except dreaming that the earth is flat, because that just makes you look silly.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) January 29, 2016 Not too long ago, the World Video Game Hall of Fame added a new crop of classic games to its ranks. The inductees included influential games from all eras like 1970s arcade juggernaut Space Invaders and the grandfather of all modern open-world games, Grand Theft Auto III. Sandwiched between these beloved games was one title with a slightly more dubious legacy: Sonic the Hedgehog. Don’t get me wrong, during their Michael Jackson-scored peak on the Sega Genesis, the Sonic games were pretty great (even if they never surpassed their Mario counterparts in terms of quality). We’re not Nineties Kids anymore, though, and Sonic games have been terrible, horrible, no good, very bad for many years now.However, that doesn’t mean there’s longer any enjoyable Sonic content to be found. It just means you’re looking in the wrong place if you’re expecting it in a video game.Look, instead, to social media. As Sega makes increasingly poor decisions for its battered mascot, the most consistently entertaining thing about Sonic is his bizarre, meme-filled, self-aware, and shockingly forward-looking Twitter feed.The official @Sonic_Hedgehog Twitter account reads less like corporate-approved marketing and more like a prankster Sonic superfan got the keys to the family car, and should be in jail by now. It’s baffling and endearing and rides the line between admitting how bad the character is while still loving him to death. The humor is that Millennial mix of knowingly cringe-worthy and totally sincere, but there’s nothing I could write that would be a third as effective as just showing you literally any tweet on the feed.C͝an̛ ̷y҉o͜u͜ ̧fe̷el̵ th͘e su̢ns̴hi̡ne? #Fridaythe13th— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) May 13, 2016center_img Sonic’s Twitter recognizes that it’s firmly a part of this Weird Twitter brand community. It actively reaches out to its colleagues whether or not it makes sense. Sonic the Hedgehog is a game about a rascally talking animal racing his way through colorful forests. Deus Ex is a game about a paranoid cyberpunk dystopia where mechanically augmented humans navigate urban hellscapes controlled by shadowy Illuminati groups. There’s no overlap there, but on Twitter these two brands are best bros. At least they’re both video games, though (and I’m convinced the Sega and Square Enix PR firms are friendly if not in fact the same company). The rest of Sonic’s Twitter social circle makes even less sense. For every logical tweet, like a shot at rival Nintendo’s Star Fox series, there’s an ongoing conversation between Sonic and something random like Fitbit or Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Again, it’s the school of advertising that says if you confuse your audience enough they can’t help but be interested in your message, not matter how worthwhile it ultimately is. See also: any Tim and Eric commercial, whether they’re about Pizza Rolls or lightbulbs..@sonic_hedgehog Sorry, Sonic. You’re going to have to wait a little longer…— Deus Ex (@DeusEx) November 18, 2015As much as Sonic Twitter’s feed reads like a rogue AI, ultimately a human being types those unbelievable words. That human being is Aaron Webber (@RubyEclipse), a Sega employee and known figure in the Sonic fanbase. Since the beginning of the decade Webber has worked on several Sega games. He promoted Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and was a brand manager Sonic Generations. He even helped out with Valkyria Chronicles, an actually good game. He’s also no stranger to comedy. He performed in many funny videos for Sega’s YouTube page and originated the role of Tails in Sonic Boom the Musical. Webber left Sega in June 2014 before returning a year later. One of his first acts upon coming home was to the remake the Sonic Twitter feed into its current great and terrible form. Whereas normal social media campaigns rely on approved, committee-driven content, Webber’s genuine, unfiltered passion for the character expressed through an unmistakable, singular, surreal voice gives Sonic his strength.Is that strength really for the best? This is something I think about as brands adopt more and more of an absurd sense of humor similar to mine. If I laugh at a weird Cap’n Crunch joke about Chrissy Teigen (or my college roommate) that’s okay, but if that joke convinces me to buy Cap’n Crunch cereal then I made a mistake. What if I genuinely enjoy Cap’n Crunch, though? Does that make it okay? Did I still get tricked? Brands are capitalist constructs solely interested in getting money from you. You shouldn’t be loyal to them. You shouldn’t view them as your friends. but what do you do when brands are just so darn friendly? It’s insidious, even more so when the charming, faux-ironic presentation is meant to sidestep and distract you from the fact that the product is bad. Don’t forget: Sonic products are bad.To illustrate this dilemma, let me tell you another Sonic Twitter anecdote. Last year, popular video game critic Jim Sterling tweeted at Sonic pretending to be offended about being ignored on Friendship Day. Piggybacking off of Sonic’s weird Twitter popularity is usually a good idea. My handful of tweets telling Sonic to go to jail usually get a fair amount of buzz. However, Sonic responded with a screencap of Sterling’s poor, 4.5-out-of-10 score from his review of Sonic Colors. Not too long afterwards, Sonic called out GameTrailers for giving Sonic Generations an 8 out of 10 only to later label it bad. Hypocritical media!@JimSterling Now you know how we felt when you reviewed Sonic Colors.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) July 30, 2015 Sonic’s Twitter feed is better than most Sonic games.<><>last_img read more

Green sea slug makes chlorophyll like a plant

first_imgThe photosynthetic sea slug Elysia chlorotica appears like a dark green leaf as a result of retaining chloroplasts from its algal prey, Vaucheria litorea, in cells lining its digestive tract. Image credit: Mary S. Tyler/PNAS. ( — Scientists from the University of South Florida in Tampa have found a green sea slug is able to synthesize chlorophyll like a plant, which makes it the first animal known to be capable of the feat. Citation: Green sea slug makes chlorophyll like a plant (2010, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Researcher Sidney K. Pierce said the super green sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, which lives in waters on the east coast of the USA and Canada, is known to steal genes and photosynthesizing organelles called chloroplasts from its favorite intertidal algae species, Vaucheria litorea, but it now seems it has developed an entire chemical pathway to manufacture the green pigment “chlorophyll a” itself.Chlorophyll is the pigment that captures energy from sunlight in photosynthesis. Pierce and his team used radioactive tracing techniques to determine the slugs were manufacturing the chlorophyll themselves and it did not originate in the algae they ate. A number of animals (such as corals) host microbes and algae and benefit from their photosynthesis, but in most of these associations the cells remain whole. In Elysia chlorotica, in contrast, the cells are broken down and chloroplasts are extracted and held inside the slug’s own cells, where they remain active for the slug’s lifetime of almost a year. Researchers have shown that once a young slug has eaten a meal of Vaucheria algae it never has to eat again as long as it has access to light and supplies of chlorophyll and other chemicals used in photosynthesis.In 2007 scientists, including Pierce and his team, found genes related to photosynthesis in the slugs, and these genes, apparently originally from the algae, were even found in unhatched slugs that had never eaten algae. In the latest research Pierce found more algal genes, and some of them were for enzymes required for the chemical process manufacturing chlorophyll. Pierce and his team studied slugs that had not eaten anything for at least five months and had stopped eliminating waste digestive products. They contained chloroplasts taken from the algae, but Pierce said that any other part of the algae should have long ago been digested. They gave the slug an amino acid labeled with radioactive carbon and found that the radioactive carbon turned up in the chlorophyll a molecule after the slugs had been sunbathing, but not if they had been in the dark.The findings were reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Seattle, Washington on 7 January and will be published in the journal Symbiosis. Solar-powered sea-slugs live like plants, prof says Explore furtherlast_img read more

Car crashes into crowd in Muenster leaving 2 dead 20 injured

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of (dpa/AP Photo) Police vans stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. German news agency dpa says several people killed after car crashes into crowd in city of Muenster. Top Stories Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home A leading German newspaper is reporting that authorities believe there is no terrorist motive behind the deadly van crash in Muenster and the driver is believed to be a middle-aged German man who had psychological issues.The Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper also says the suspect’s apartment was being searched for possible explosives.German officials haven’t yet indicated what they think is the motive behind Saturday’s crash into a crowd at a popular Muenster bar, which killed two people and left 20 others injured. They have urged people in Muenster to avoid the city’s downtown area.At the same time, police say they are checking witness reports that other perpetrators might have fled from the van at the scene of the crash.Mayor Markus Lewe told reporters that “all of Muenster is mourning this horrible incident. Our sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed. We wish the injured a quick recovery.”In December 2016, a truck driven by Anis Amri, a Tunisian with links to Islamist groups, hijacked a truck killing 11 people in a market place around Christmas.Muenster is five hours west of Berlin near the border of Germany and Netherlands.The Associated Press contributed to this report.  New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall PHOENIX – A German police spokesman said two people were killed and 20 injured when a van crashed into a crowd in front of a popular bar in downtown Muenster.Andreas Bode told reporters the driver of the van shot himself dead inside the car after the crash Saturday afternoon.The van crashed into people sitting in front of the famous Kiepenkerl bar on one of the first spring days in the western German city.Bode said six of the 20 injured were in severe condition.last_img read more

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