Cong accuses Modi govt of showing utter contempt of RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Accusing the BJP led NDA government of showing “utter contempt” of Rajya Sabha for taking the money bill route to pass the Aadhar bill, the Congress today indicated that the matter could be challenged by “others” in the courts.”This is a very dangerous trend. The Government has taken this to bypass the Rajya Sabha. This is an assault on the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha are two equal wheels of the same chariot of Indian democracy, if one of the wheel does not run, it will hamper democracy,” Congress Spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said here.Insisting that a series of conditions are specified in Article 110 and that Article 110 uses the word “only” if those conditions are prevalent can a bill be declared a Money Bill, Ramesh said that the Aadhaar Bill, which was passed as a money bill “ignored five recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha had many other provisions.”It had many other provisions and most constitutional experts have given the view that the Aadhaar Bill is not a Money Bill. While the prerogative of declaring a bill as a Money Bill or not is that of the Speaker and the Speakers decision is final but the recommendation to the Speaker to consider making it a Money Bill is that of the Government.”It is the government that decides whether it is a Money Bill or not and the Speaker only certifies it as Money Bill,” Ramesh said.”The two examples that the Finance Minister gave, that they were declared Money Bills in the past, were wrong. They were not Money Bills. The Juvenile Justice Bill of 1986 and the African Development Bank Bill of 1983 which the Finance Minister used to justify the Aadhaar Bill being the Money Bill, turned down to be completely erroneous and false,” he said.advertisementTo repeated questions on whether Congress will challenge the passage of Aadhar bill as Money bill in Supreme Court, Ramesh evaded a direct reply saying “we have not heard the last on the Money Bill issue. I dont think that you have heard the last on the Money Bill debate. The Money Bill debate will continue.”He said there is a petition already before a five judge bench of the Supreme Court which has not yet given its final verdict.”So, I am sure, there will be others who will take this issue but as far as we are concerned, we go by the Article 110. The Speakers decision is final. The Speaker has declared it is a Money Bill, it came as Money Bill, it was discussed as Money Bill, it was recommended as a Money Bill and finally passed as Money Bill and we cannot undo the history.” PTI AMR RGlast_img read more

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Yankees Lose Cano to Mariners

first_imgNew York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has agreed to terms with the Seattle Mariners on a 10-year deal worth at least $240 million, according to multiple reports.Cano’s representatives wouldn’t comment on the reports, which said that Cano elected to join the Mariners after a quick courtship that saw he and agent Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter fly to Seattle, with promises of a nine-year deal worth $225 million, only to have Cano’s camp seek a 10th year upon arrival.That was worked out the morning of Dec. 6, and the five-time All Star agreed to join Seattle, as ESPN’s Enrique Rojas first reported, and reiterated by The Wall Street Journal.The Mariners issued a non-denial denial of the signing on their Twitter account after being bombarded with media requests.“We aren’t able to confirm any news regarding Robinson Cano at this time. If & when an agreement is completed & finalized, we will announce,” said the message on the Mariners’ official account.The Yankees had insisted all along that they wanted Cano, but that they were never willing to go to the range of 10 years to get him and after New York signed Jacoby Ellsbury from the Boston Red Sox it seemed they were less interested in their star infielder.Burned by the length of the 10-year Alex Rodriguez contract, among others, the Yankees had offered a seven-year deal worth roughly $170 million in the hope that no team would blow them away with an offer much longer than that.The gambit failed, the Journal reported. For the first time in the history of free agency, the Yankees were outbid on a homegrown star in his prime, who they wanted to keep on a deal of five years or more, by a mid-market team. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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CBSE 12 Results 2019: Girls outshine boys, once again

first_imgThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday announced the results for Class 12 examination and once again girls outshined boys. Hansika Shukla from Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora from Muzaffarnagar, both in Uttar Pradesh, emerged as the country toppers, with a brilliant 499 out of 500.In an exclusive conversation with India Today TV, DPS Ghaziabad’s Hansika Shukla said that she was an extremely lazy student who used to work smart but never expected that she would be the all-India topper. Hansika, a humanities student, scored a perfect 100 in political science, history, psychology and vocal music, while an outstanding 99 in English. Hansika said that she has an interest in foreign affairs and would like to join civil services someday. Right now, the young girl is looking forward to pursuing psychology honours from Shri Ram College of Commerce.Hansika is a sports enthusiast who is fond of badminton and is inspired by ace shuttler PV Sindhu. This year, girls performed better than boys by a whopping 9 per cent.The pass percentage for girls stood at 88.7 per cent, while that for boys stood at 79.4 per cent. With a score of 498 out of 500, the all-India second position was shared by three girls, followed by 18 students at the third position. These 18 include Vasant Valley’s Veeraj Jindal who made the boys proud with an outstanding 497 out of 500.Despite hailing from a commerce background, Veeraj never failed to focus on extracurricular activities. “Though the pressure wasn’t stiff, I’d advice all the Class 12 board aspirants not to take it lightly. However, you need to balance out by indulging into extracurricular activities. I enjoyed drumming and it helped me a lot,” said Veeraj, who plans to pursue economics honours abroad.advertisementVasant Valley’s Serina Bhullar, too, made the school proud with a brilliant score of 496/500. A humanities student, Serina desires to pursue a course in designing at a university in New York as she has already been awarded a scholarship. Serina’s mother Simran Bhullar said that she feared the results as in India students tend to lose a seat just for half a mark. Institute-wise performances had central government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya record the success rate of 98.5 4%, followed by the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya chain of schools with a 96.6% success rate.ALSO WATCH | Good news: Girls outshine boys in Class 12th CBSE resultslast_img read more

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Morais: Defensive mistakes cost us

first_imgSuper League Morais frustrated by defensive lapses in concentration Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Junior Eldstal, ,Johor Darul Ta'zim, Thiago Augusto, Felda United, Super League FUFC Super League Johor Darul Ta’zim FELDA United v Johor Darul Ta’zim FELDA United JDT lost only their 3rd Super League match of the season in a match littered with errors at the back. Felda United FC pulled off a surprise win in the penultimate round of the 2017 Super League season when they won 3-2 against newly-crowned Super League champions, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). It was a lackluster night for the Southern Tigers as continuous defensive howlers put paid to their hopes of claiming their 16th win of the campaign.The Fighter took the lead twice in the match, only to be pegged back by JDT both time. However the fightback could not be completed by the reigning champions when Thiago Augusto Fernandes scored his second goal in the match to clinch a close encounter in favour of Felda. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Thiago grabbed his first in the match when he capitalised on Junior Eldstal’s poor back pass. The JDT centre back would redeem himself with the equalising goal minutes later but his heavy challenge at the start of the second half proved costly for his team as it meant that JDT had to play the remaining half with only 10 men.”We started the game well and created a few chances. But our individual mistakes was what penalised our team. We had a good reaction to get it back to 1-1. Some moments in the first half we don’t play how we like. We conceded a soft second goal, which wasn’t good.””We wanted to start the second half well but we had Junior sent off. Still we managed to get it back to 2-2 but after that it was another mistake. That said, it was a good game. We have 15 days more to work and to get things right for the semi-final,” said Ulisses Morais after the match.Ifedayo Olusegun scored late in the first half to put Felda back in front just before half time but Gonzalo Cabrera produced an unstoppable long range strike to level things up at 2-2. When Eldstal was sent off, Morais was forced to reshuffle to a back three, with Afiq Fazail pushed to the defence.However that didn’t quite work so well as Afiq failed to deal with the run of Thiago, which led to the concession of the third and winning goal. Despite the numerous mistakes, Morais refused to specifically criticise either players, electing to state that as a team, they could have defended better. “We don’t like to talk about individual mistakes or any particular player. We know we made some mistakes and we paid for that. We lose as all and we win as all,” added Morais.With no matches scheduled until the middle of October, the team will get a couple of days of break before resuming training ahead of the Malaysia Cup semi-final clash against Perak. JDT’s last Super League match is another away one, where they will face Kedah in Alor Setar.last_img read more

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Xavi confirms retirement plans

first_imgBarcelona Barca legend Xavi confirms retirement plans, targets coaching career Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 05:13 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Xavi - Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Al Sadd Al Arabi QSL Cup The four-time Champions League winner says he is in the “last year” of a stunningly successful career and will hang up his boots in 2018 Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed his intention to retire from football at the end of the season.And the World Cup winner, who joined Qatari side Al Sadd in 2015, is plotting an immediate transition into coaching.Barca 13/2 for the UCL 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 The 37-year-old has enjoyed an incredible career since breaking through as a teenager at Barca, where he won La Liga eight times and the Champions League on four occasions.He also earned 133 caps for Spain between 2000 and 2014, winning the European Championship in 2008 – at which he was named player of the tournament – and the World Cup in 2010.”I’ve had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end,” Xavi told Spanish newspaper Sport.”There’s been a descent. Qatar allowed me this. Now I see myself being more tired, it’s harder to recover, it will surely be my last year of being a footballer.”I have the idea of getting my coaching license next year and being a coach.”Xavi won the Qatar Cup with Al Saad in April, his first trophy in the country.last_img read more

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Departing Maradona thanks Dorados

first_imgDiego Maradona has bid an emotional farewell to Dorados after he called time on his spell at the Mexican second division club to focus on his health.Dorados confirmed on Thursday that the Argentina icon would step down from his role as coach as he prepares to undergo shoulder and knee surgery.The former Argentina boss was appointed in September 2018, and led Dorados to the final of the both the Apertura and Clausura, but lost on both occasions to Atletico San Luis, therefore missing out on promotion to Liga MX. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And, taking to his official Instagram account, the 58-year-old has thanked Dorados and their fans, as well as clarifying the reasons for his departure.”I wanted to make it clear that my departure from Dorados has to do with my health,” Maradona posted on Friday.”Unfortunately I have to step aside and leave the club, where they made me feel at home. I thank all those who are part [of the club], from President Antonio Nunez, to the fans, who always accompanied us.”To my technical team, and to all my players, who reached two consecutive finals for promotion. But today I have to think about myself, and my health.”The doctors ask me to stop, because the years go by and every time it hurts more. I have to do two operations that I have been postponing for a long time.”None are risky, but it takes time and rest to be able to do them, and I believe that this is the moment. I thank all those who always think of me. I trust that we have left the club on a high, and tell Dorados and the people that we are united forever.”last_img read more

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Fuel Prices Set to Decrease This Week

The sources indicated that the decrease in oil prices is expected to be implemented by tomorrow, November 1.The changes will operate as follows:A decrease of 35 centimes per liter in diesel prices and a 21 centimes per liter decrease in gasoline. The news will be welcomed by many Moroccans, especially following recent demonstrations and frustration at the high prices at Moroccan gas stations.Rising global oil prices led to higher gas prices across the world. The shock affected Moroccan prices, leading to a proportional increase in domestic market prices.It is understood that the drop in prices also follows the direction of global fluctuations. On October 30, the price of a barrel of oil dropped from $85 to $75. read more

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Oil slips a few pennies demand looks strong but supplies sufficient

The price of oil slipped a few pennies Tuesday as the outlook for rising demand was offset by expectations of sufficient supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery fell six cents to close at US$104.35 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, oil gained $1.75 to close at $104.41.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 47 cents to close at US$109.52 a barrel in London.Recent economic indicators around the world suggest stronger global growth that could boost demand for crude. Among them: Japan raised its estimate of gross domestic product for the first quarter of this year, hiring in the U.S. appeared solid for the fourth month and China’s export growth accelerated in May.While that has pushed up the price of oil in recent days, the gains seem to have topped out Tuesday. “The various economic releases haven’t been consistent enough or sufficiently pronounced to force significant upward adjustment in global demand,” wrote energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch in a note to clients Tuesday.That means supplies are likely ample enough to meet this strong — but not overwhelming — demand. Ritterbusch predicts crude prices will drift lower in the coming days.That could change, however, if data this week from the U.S. government show oil and gasoline stocks falling more than expected.Data for the week ended June 6 is expected to show draws of 1.2 million barrels in crude oil stocks and of 500,000 barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The Energy Department’s weekly petroleum report will be out on Wednesday.This week’s meeting in Vienna of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is largely expected to keep its output target of 30 million barrels a day unchanged.“The production of OPEC is currently matching its official quota,” said Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Zug, Switzerland. “OPEC has no incentive to change anything.”In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 1.1 cents to close at US$2.97 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 0.7 of a cent cent to close at US$2.88 a gallon and natural gas fell 11.5 cents to close at $4.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2014 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips a few pennies; demand looks strong but supplies sufficient read more

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Reforms to InterAmerican System must fully protect victims – UN rights chief

“In every country, in the entire American continent, all victims of human rights violations must be protected,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stressed on the eve of a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. to vote on proposed reforms to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. “I encourage OAS Member States to seize this opportunity in the reform process to strengthen its exemplary human rights system, by promoting universal access for citizens throughout the continent, respecting the Commission’s autonomy to progressively improve its policy and practice in response to the needs of victims and concerns of Member States, and providing the necessary resources to allow for an even greater contribution to safeguarding human rights in the Americas.” Created by the OAS in 1959, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights aims to promote and protect human rights in the American continent, and to act as a consultative body to the organization in this area. “During the past five decades, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been a beacon of hope in the American continent, providing recourse to countless victims of human rights violations, consolidating democratic institutions and inspiring the development of human rights machinery worldwide,” Ms. Pillay said. She added that the Inter-American system and the universal human rights system have increasingly been working together and complemented each other to maximise human rights protection and prevent abuses. read more

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Nominations open for Human Rights Equity and Decolonization Committee

The President’s Advisory Committee for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) is seeking nominees for membership.Mandated by Brock University President Gervan Fearon to advise on issues facing equity-seeking communities, the Committee is set to convene in October. Nominations for membership opened Sunday, July 15 and will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. Interested members of the Brock community, including faculty, staff and students, can find details about the application process and committee at brocku.ca/pachredChair of the Nominations Committee, Associate Professor of Sociology Mary-Beth Raddon, said she expects PACHRED “will become a vital group that deliberates about and advises the President on how to fulfil our institutional commitments to make the University safer, fairer, more inclusive and welcoming.”Reporting to the President, PACHRED will identify issues, provide a forum for discussion and make recommendations for action. Meetings will be open to the Brock community.“For people already working in particular ways in response to serious concerns on campus such as sexual violence, racism or ableism affecting students, staff and faculty, PACHRED offers a new vehicle for making a collective impact,” Raddon said.The committee was initiated by Fearon as part of the recommendation made in the final report of the Human Rights Task Force in 2017.“Brock is making significant strides to advance human rights, equity and inclusion with the support of the entire University community,” said Fearon. “I look forward to hearing from PACHRED on how we can support this momentum and further make Brock an outstanding and exemplary institution for teaching and learning, research, scholarly and creative activities, and community engagement for our students, faculty and staff.” read more

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Womens basketball How Ohio State is replacing the injured Stephanie Mavungas contributions

OSU then-junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoRedshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga has been an integral part of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s success. However, with the Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer and leading rebounder sidelined with a foot injury, OSU is using many different players, both in the starting lineup and on the bench, to make up for the production lost for the foreseeable future.In her first season playing for OSU after transferring from North Carolina after her sophomore season, Mavunga is second on the team, averaging 11.8 points per game while leading the team, and ranked sixth nationally, with 11.3 rebounds per game.According to McGuff, the season that Mavunga is having with OSU does not come very often.“It’s not easy to average a double-double,” McGuff said. “It takes a lot of work and effort. Another thing that she does is run the floor. She puts a lot of pressure on other teams’ post players to get back and I think that really wears on the other team as the game goes on. She’s doing a great job.”Mavunga stressed the importance of having a “big” as the anchor of the defensive front.“I think size is key,” she said. “That is something that lacked last year and the previous years before that. I think that size is key both defensively and offensively. Defensively especially, because there’s other really big girls in the NCAA Tournament and in the Big Ten itself, so I think that that’s key in terms of defending other teams’ post players. Also, on the offensive end, it helps in rebounding and shot attempts as well, so you can have a shot over other people maybe that are smaller than you or at least easier to do that.”With Mavunga out of the starting lineup and her game being very important to the team’s overall game plan, OSU had to find players to replace her production in the paint. After being outrebounded by Iowa by three on Feb. 12, the Buckeyes were back to dominating the paint, out-rebounding Nebraska by 11 with the forwards — freshman Tori McCoy, redshirt sophomore Makayla Waterman, junior Alexa Hart and senior Shayla Cooper — combining for 25 of the 45 team rebounds.With the loss of Mavunga, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell said that she and her teammates are going to have to continue to step up in the paint to get those rebounds.“Being able to kind of get that back and knowing that, with her absence, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult, we just have to take the people we do have and tell them to buy in to it,” she said. “There were a couple of changes that needed to be made in how important it was that (Mavunga) was getting rebounds and now it’s a lot more important that we kind of bounce back and get that same kind of vibe that we did have.”Even though she cannot play, Mavunga is making an impact, giving players, like McCoy, different tips on how to defend her position during the game.“Basically, she is just telling me to keep running the floor and post up hard and every time I have the chance,” McCoy said. “She is always telling me to do that and it’s actually helping. I listened to her in the last game we just played.”Even when Mavunga was on the court, she gave her teammates an example on how to play the game.“(McCoy’s) energy and her intensity really is contagious to our team and how hard she goes in the paint really effects how hard we play,” redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper said. “She’s a great asset to the team and that’s one reason why our team is getting better because it’s somebody on our team that can make other people better.”However, until Mavunga is ready to get back onto the court, the rebounding game will have to be a team effort.“It’s important that we have all three of (the forwards) in the paint and the rest of the guards, too. All of us,” Mitchell said. read more

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Gallery Womens Soccer vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State women’s soccer team stands together and talks before there game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21st. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternOn Oct. 21, the Ohio State women’s soccer team faced off against Wisconsin at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State won 2-1. Photos by Cori Wade.

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Man and woman found dead in Carlow from gunshot wounds identified

first_imgTHE MAN AND woman discovered dead at a premises in Carlow yesterday have been named by Gardaí as 53-year-old John Deegan from Cadamstown, Birr, Co Offaly and 51-year-old Deirdre Keenan of Carragh Road, Naas, Co Kildare.A post mortem examination carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis, confirmed that both of the deceased died as a result of gunshot wounds.Gardaí believe the couple travelled in the Wexford area on Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 February, and would like to hear from anyone who may have had contact with them during that time.Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Centaur Street in Carlow between 10pm and 1pm on Monday 25 February who may have seen anything unusual to contact Carlow Garda Station on 059 – 9136620, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Man and woman found in Carlow ‘died from gunshot wounds’last_img read more

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Poland charges 11 over bizarre Auschwitz slaughtered lamb protest

first_img 13,161 Views By AFP Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share32 Tweet Email Mar 25th 2017, 8:27 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:27 PM http://jrnl.ie/3307026 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article POLISH PROSECUTORS SAY they have pressed charges against 11 people who slaughtered a lamb and then stripped naked at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.The unprecedented stunt, carried out yesterday in front of the camp’s “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, was apparently intended as a call for world peace.After killing the lamb, the seven men and four women, all aged between 20 and 27, draped a white banner with “love” written in red over the infamous gate, removed their clothes and chained themselves together.They used a drone to film the incident, local media reported.The perpetrators, among them six Poles, four Belarussians and one German, were charged with “desecrating a monument”, Oswiecim regional prosecutor Mariusz Slomka said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.The man who killed the lamb will face additional charges under animal protection laws that carry a penalty of up to two years behind bars, he said.They told police the act was intended to be “a performance, a demonstration, for world peace,” he added.Released Local media reports had suggested it was intended as a protest against the conflict in Ukraine.Several of the group were released today.Slomka said they had met online and organised the event through social media, but added that there was no evidence they had any political affiliation.Auschwitz Museum guards at the site intervened immediately to detain those involved, with museum officials saying they were “shocked and outraged” over the “reprehensible act” which marred the memory of the camp’s victims.The museum is located in the southern city of Oswiecim on the site of the Auschwitz death camp which was built by Nazi Germany after it occupied Poland during World War II.The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of whom were killed at the camp between 1940 to 1945.More than 100,000 non-Jews also died at the death camp, according to the museum. An estimated 232,000 of the victims were children.© – AFP, 2017Read: People are saying this is the ‘worst 100 days’ of any presidency >Read: China’s demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter > Poland charges 11 over bizarre Auschwitz ‘slaughtered lamb’ protest The unprecedented stunt was apparently intended as a call for world peace. 23 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

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LithiumSulfur is the Next Battery Breakthrough

first_imgStay on target Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdThe Battery in This Phone is Five Times Bigger Than Yours Technological progress is always being limited by something. Maybe a certain type of glass is too expensive. Maybe there’s just too much conflict over these conflict minerals. Or maybe researchers have become too tired to make phones curved for no reason.But you can always count on batteries to be one of tech’s biggest bottlenecks. As devices become more powerful they either drain more power faster or have to find new ways to become more efficient. Not too mention thinner mobile devices place limits on how big a battery can be. It leads to situations like putting bulky battery cases on phones to get more than a day’s worth of charge. The Nintendo Switch’s specs may be leaps and bounds better than past Nintendo handhelds but the battery life sure isn’t.Fortunately, tech can always be improved eventually, and batteries are no different. Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have developed promising new next-generation battery technology. The secret? Lithium-sulfur.You’re probably already familiar with recharging lithium-ion batteries. But we’re currently running up against their limitations. They can only hold so much energy, energy that is barely enough for modern tech. So we need something new.By adding sulfur to lithium the result is a battery that’s cheaper, lighter, more environmentally friendly and most importantly able to hold between three and five times the charge as lithium-ion by itself.However, other issues with the combination have made the tech tough to pursue. Lithium-sulfur batteries break down since sulfur isn’t great at being stable or conducting electricity. And you need a battery you can depend on.What the researchers have managed to do is coat the lithium-sulfur with a super thin metallic layer of the element molybdenum. This mitigates many of sulfur’s weakness like conductivity and stability. Through this process, lithium-sulfur batteries work and can theoretically be manufactured and used on a commercial scale.So when you start seeing new phones brag that they use long-lasting lithium-sulfur batteries, maybe pay attention, as long as we know they don’t also blow up.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Does Magazine Media Actually Redefine The Industry

first_imgThe MPA hosted its annual American Magazine Media Conference in New York this week and closed the show with “A View From The Top.” The session featured an impressive panel, with Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, Rodale CEO Maria Rodale, Meredith Corp. CEO Stephen Lacy, Hearst Magazines president David Carey and Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg, with media columnist Michael Wolff moderating the conversation. While it was interesting to sit in and listen to the heads of five powerhouse-publishers discuss the future of their companies and the industry at large, it didn’t speak to the entire magazine publishing sector. Wolff began by asking the panel how exactly “magazine media” redefines an industry whose core product is still very much steeped in print magazines. Sauerberg was asked first, and he chose to answer by explaining what makes Condé Nast so great—best audience, best brands, best advertising partners. He makes a compelling point, but it doesn’t really answer the question. It’s true that most magazine brands are doing a lot more than producing a print or digital magazine. But, at the end of the day, magazines are still the core product for most brands. What’s more, how does adding the word “media” redefine the industry? By definition magazines are media; so adding the word is redundant and doesn’t actually speak to what’s happening, which is that brands and companies have more competition for eyeballs than ever before so they are building audiences across multiple platforms and extending themselves beyond content. In turn, that is disrupting the tried and true business model that magazines operated within for roughly a century. Making money is what it’s all about, but the source for revenue that built magazines—advertising—still has an uncertain future. All five CEOs are confident that digital advertising revenue will continue to grow (Lacy said 30 percent of Meredith’s revenue is now from digital) and they all have strategies in place for consumers to contribute more to the pie—e-commerce and subscription-based products. Still, where does that leave everyone else—say the small niche brand that generates most of its revenue from advertising in its print magazine and doesn’t have the resources—human or financial—to build or invest in new products? Wolff did raise questions about advertising and asked why there is no confidence or excitement around print. Carey responded by emphatically stating that the collective panel sold over 100,000 print ad pages last year, which was greeted by warm applause from the crowd. Wolff quickly fired back and asked “but how many fewer is that from five years ago?” To which Carey replied, “Our business model has changed.” But doesn’t that still just make them media companies with vertical and horizontal integration? Indeed, all of their business models have changed, as have many others. But for them, that is thanks to scale and resources, which is not a luxury every magazine company has. So while the future might be promising for these five CEOs, others might not be so optimistic. Ripp followed with a much clearer answer, so clear that it sounded more like a politician deep into a campaign cycle who has his or her stump speech perfectly choreographed. He pointed out that his company is a lot more than magazines, with robust digital products and a growing video business. And he went on to say that the industry’s definition of itself was flawed to begin with. “You don’t define yourself by your distribution vehicle and the magazine industry did that for too long.” The academic answer is yes. However, there seems to be an implicit need to stay connected to the core product that built these five major publishing companies, and the industry—magazines. That’s where things get a little dicey. Magazines, while still the bread and butter for most, will continue to decline in terms of where they fit into the revenue pie. Ripp admitted that, but said, “We need to invest in new things that will offset that [decline].” Lacy echoed that sentiment, and said that he interprets “magazine media” as a strategy. He said what’s critical for the industry is to “understand your consumer well enough to provide the type of content that enables them to be engaged and take action.” He went on to say, “I think you’ll see us investing in other places where there are audiences that allow us to make money.” Rodale said her company has never defined itself in any other way than a lifestyle company, one that is “defined as a mission” and magazines are only part of the equation.last_img read more

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New US Senate bill would mandate rearseat alerts for new cars

first_img 2019 Altima Platinum is a giant leap for Nissan’s midsize… 2019 Chevy Blazer looks to the Camaro for design inspiration 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageConsidering the system can’t require more than a sensor or two (if that) and some “if” loops in the car’s code to check for a door opening, it shouldn’t be too expensive or complicated to include. GMC Rear-seat alerts are a deceptively simple piece of auto tech that can save a child’s life. And, in the future, it could very well become a mandatory inclusion in every new car.Republican Sen. Roger Wicker introduced Senate Bill 1601, which for the time being carries the clunky but very accurate name of “A bill to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system, and for other purposes.” At this time, it has two cosponsors from across the aisle: Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Maria Cantwell. A House version of the bill will be introduced in the near future, as well. The bill, as you might expect if you read its name, would direct the Department of Transportation to mandate the installation of rear-seat reminders in all new cars. The text of the bill has not been published yet, but according to Reuters, the bill would require “a distinct auditory and visual alert,” and it would also mandate a study to investigate whether older cars could be retrofitted with the same system.GM has been the foremost champion of such a system since it introduced Rear Seat Reminder in 2016. The underlying tech is actually very simple: Instead of using expensive pressure sensors, the system notes if a rear door was opened prior to driving, and if one was opened, it will alert the driver to check the back seat at the end of the journey. Nissan has a similar system and quickly made it standard on some of its most popular models.While the cause seems plenty noble, not everyone is on board with the bill. Reuters points to a statement from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which pointed out that “fewer than 13% of new car buyers have a child six years old or younger” and said it will “carefully review any legislative proposals.” Statistics published earlier this year have shown that hot-car deaths are on the rise, even with more of these systems being installed on new cars. 3 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6:42center_img 85 Photos Chevrolet Nissan Tags Share your voice More From Roadshow Comments Auto Tech Car Industrylast_img read more

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Premier League TV rights go under hammer

first_imgPremier League TV rights go under hammer102 viewsPremier League TV rights go under hammer102 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Premier League TV rights go under hammer102 viewsBusinessA battle of the broadcasters for the most-watched football league in the world. The deadline now upon us for the first round of bids for UK TV rights of English Premier League matches. Rivals SkyVentuno Web Player 4.50A battle of the broadcasters for the most-watched football league in the world. The deadline now upon us for the first round of bids for UK TV rights of English Premier League matches. Rivals Skylast_img read more

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Reginald Lewis Museum Celebrates a Decade of Md History

first_imgThe Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving community awards and hosting a gala.“What I really like about this museum is that it does fantastic cultural programming as a legitimate part of the museum’s mission. African-American history and culture isn’t just elements of the past, it is occurring every day as we live it; the museum brings together the past and modern history celebrating it in a fun and interactive way,” said Helen Yuen, director of marketing for the Museum.The awards event, Oct. 29, will honor individuals and organizations making a difference in their communities. With each award specifying the importance of social, economic and cultural contributions within the African- American community of Maryland, this year’s awardees are: Annette March-Grier, Bronwyn Mayden, Theo Rodgers, the AFRO American Newspapers, Associated Black Charities and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.“One of the most important factors of the museums 10th anniversary celebration is the fact that the museum would not have gotten to where it is today without the support of the public service committees and law makers that were willing to help tell the story of Africa American Marylanders and celebrate that heritage with visitors around the world,” Yuen said. he world,” Yuen said.On Nov. 1, the museum gala honors Maryland State Delegate Howard “Pete” Rawlings, the first African-American to become chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates. Rawlings served the 40th Legislative District in Baltimore from1979-2003. The museum serves to honor Rawlings by honoring others like him to include Paulette Brown and many more. As a special addition to the gala festivities and fun, the museum will also be auctioning off Adam Jones’s autographed cleats, as well as a get away to San Juan Puerto Rico courtesy of Hyatt House and Southwest Airlines.For information on becoming a sponsor and purchasing gala tickets call 443-263-1811.last_img read more

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