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Minister of Islamic Affairs Morocco is Immune from Virus of extremismMinister of Islamic Affairs Morocco is Immune from Virus of extremism

Rabat – Morocco has remained immune from terrorism, according to a member of the Moroccan government.The government’s diligence in organizing religious affairs has lead to the protection of Moroccan society from the “virus” of corrupt ideologies of religious extremism, Ahmed Attawfiq, the minister of mosques and Islamic affairs, said on Wednesday.The minister made the comments while he was delivering the opening remarks of a conference called “The Creation of Alternative Rhetoric to Oppose Extremist Ideologies,” currently taking place in Rabat. The program is organized by King Mohammed VI’s Institute for the Training of Imams and Female Preachers and the Central European University in Slovenia. Karl Erjavec, the Slovenian deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs who is currently visiting the kingdom, said his country needs to mobilize all forms of anti-terrorism strategies in an intergovernmental cooperation framework. Traditional security tactics are not sufficient for an effective counter-terrorism strategy, he said. Instead, he insisted that a results-oriented approach requires that the deeper causes of radicalization are fully addressed and derooted.The foreign minister also said Slovenia wants to focus on reviewing the contents of curricula made for the country’s youth and ensure that once the country’s graduates achieve their degrees, they are able to find well-paying jobs and participate in the national political life. The process will prevent young people from being recruited for participation in terrorist activities.The Central European University has played a key role in promoting interfaith dialogue between the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the minister claimed. The university has established a center for Arabic and Islamic studies and works to portray Islam in a moderate and peaceful way in the country and surrounding regions.Abdeslam Alazer, the director of the Moroccan institute co-organizing the event, said his organization provides necessary training for French, African, and Moroccan imams so that they can be a positively contributing member to the social and political stability of their communities in the face of religious extremism. Many of the students of the Moroccan monarch’s namesake institute were also present at event to provide their perspective. read more

Gaza UN food agency appeals for more funds as number of hungryGaza UN food agency appeals for more funds as number of hungry

11 January 2008Twenty-two per cent more people in Gaza now need food aid following the closure of the Karni border crossing with Israel last June, according to a recent study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Twenty-two per cent more people in Gaza now need food aid following the closure of the Karni border crossing with Israel last June, according to a recent study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Overall, nearly the entire population of some 1.5 million people could be affected in one way or another by the closures, imposed after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2006. The number of non-refugees that WFP is helping has now risen to more than 300,000. The agency has increased its Gaza funding appeal from $107 million to $141 million. So far $45 million has been donated, but without further offers soon, WFP warned that it would be forced to begin cutting back its operations starting in March. Over the past several months UN officials have repeatedly appealed for the re-opening of the crossing. The latest findings showed that some 210,000 individuals (refugees and non-refugees) had been directly affected by the embargo. “This figure could mean that a staggering 1,449,800 people, almost the entirety of the Gaza Strip population (considering the household size of 6.9 members) is currently being affected directly and indirectly by the closure,” the survey reported, adding that only 10 per cent of Gazan families have more than one breadwinner while 90 per cent either have one breadwinner or none. “If the status quo is maintained, the economic disintegration will continue and wider segments of the Gazan population will be become vulnerable. The unemployment levels will most likely increase to include the overwhelming majority of private sector workers,” it said. If this scenario materializes, virtually all of Gaza’s population “will become highly or totally dependant on humanitarian assistance in the form of food aid as well as non-food interventions,” such as cash assistance, health subsidies, job creation and labour support. read more

Homagama judge freed on bailHomagama judge freed on bail

Meanwhile the Daily FT newspaper reported that Abeysinghe has been interdicted by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). The JSC sources further said that the JSC is currently carrying out a separate investigation into this incident.Abeysinghe was arrested by the Commission to Investigate Allegation of Bribery or Corruption on a complaint made by a Homagama businessman.  (Colombo Gazette) Homagama District Court Judge Sunil Abeysinghe was freed on bail today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.He is alleged to have solicited a bribe of Rs.300,000 from a businessman over a case. The JSC, the body entrusted with the power to appoint, promote, transfer exercise disciplinary control and dismiss judicial officers of the subordinate courts, interdicted Homagama District court judge Sunil Abeysinghe recently. read more

Ananthi Sasitharan Sarveswaran appointed Provincial MinistersAnanthi Sasitharan Sarveswaran appointed Provincial Ministers

The two new Provincial Ministers took oaths before the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray.Sarveswaran was appointed as the Provincial Minister of Education and Sasitharan as the Provincial Minister of Resettlement and Women Affairs. Northern Provincial Council members Ananthi Sasitharan and K Sarveswaran were today appointed Provincial Ministers.The appointment was made by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to replace two Ministers who had resigned in relation to corruption allegations.

Bird flu UNsponsored conference draws up sixpoint action planBird flu UNsponsored conference draws up sixpoint action plan

“The international solidarity to confront these threats is clear,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook told the final session at his agency’s headquarters in Geneva, ahead of a donors’ conference in Beijing in January.”The urgency of acting now is felt by us all. Precise recommendations for action have emerged. Equally, precise offers of help and support have been put forward, by both developing and industrialized countries,” he added. “We have plans on paper, but we must now test them. Once a pandemic virus appears, it will be too late.”Although the current H5N1 virus, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks beginning nearly two years ago in Viet Nam and Thailand, has only infected 125 humans so far, killing 64 of them, health experts have warned that the virus could evolve into a global human influenza pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily among people. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide.The global plan seeks to control avian influenza in animals and simultaneously limit the threat of a human pandemic. Participants stressed the urgent need for financial and other resources for countries already affected as well as those most at risk from the virus, currently circulating in animals in Asia and parts of Europe. Key components are:Control at Source in Birds – improving veterinary services, emergency preparedness and control, including culling, vaccination and compensation, and helping countries to curb avian influenza in animals.Surveillance – strengthening early detection and rapid response systems for animal and human flu, and enhancing laboratory capacity.Rapid Containment – training for investigation of animal and human cases and clusters, and planning and testing of rapid containment activities.Pandemic Preparedness – building and testing national pandemic preparedness plans, conducting a global pandemic response exercise, enhancing health systems, training clinicians and health managers.Integrated Country Plans – developing national plans across all sectors to provide the basis for coordinated technical and financial support.Communications – factual and transparent communications, in particular risk communication, which is vital to support the other elements. “We must use all our assets and skills to the best effect, avoid duplication, share expertise, learn from our experiences and tune-up our ways of working,” Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza David Nabarro said. “We must focus on support for existing country mechanisms and provide integrated global joint plans, programmes and monitoring.”The meeting discussed financing needs for countries in the short-, medium- and long-term. According to an analysis presented by the World Bank, the needs of affected countries could reach $1 billion over the next three years. The overall figure would be substantially higher, since this does not include financing for human or animal vaccine development, for antiviral medicines or for compensating farmers for loss of income due to animals which have been culled.”Many countries where the disease is endemic have already taken action but they are overwhelmed by the situation and require urgent assistance,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General Louise Fresco said. “Fighting the disease in animals is key to our success in limiting the threat of a human pandemic.”The meeting supported an urgent resource request for $35 million to fund high-priority actions by WHO, FAO, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) over the next six months. Additionally, surveillance, control and preparedness work in countries requires urgent funding.”Time is of the essence,” Margaret Chan, Representative of the WHO Director-General for Pandemic Influenza, said. “We must act now if we are to have the maximum possible opportunity to contain a pandemic.””The minute there are more regions or countries with animal outbreaks or human-to-human transmission, the funding needs will increase hugely,” the Vice-President of the World Bank for Operations and Head of the Bank’s Avian Flu Task force, James Adams, said. “Based on our work here in Geneva over the past three days, we now have a strong business plan to take to the donors’ financial conference in Beijing in mid-January.” read more

Selfdriving cars could save lives gasSelfdriving cars could save lives gas

first_imgWe’ve heard about Google’s self-driving cars a few times, but information has generally been limited. It’s something a number of us are curious about — who wouldn’t want to have the convenience of their own car without the hassle of driving — and a technology that could have a serious impact on our lives within a relatively short time period.TED speaker, Sebastian Thrun, mentioned some interesting facts about the driverless cars that you might not know, such as the fact that they’ve driven over 200,000 miles since testing began and that the cars navigate not only during the day in optimum conditions, but also at night, and down difficult roads like San Francisco’s infamously windy Lombard Street.Perhaps the most interesting part of the video for me was the visualization above. It’s a representation of what a driverless car senses as it’s making a lefthand turn at an intersection. We can see that the car clearly senses obstacles and the lines in the road, though it’s not clear that it sees a stoplight or not (it would clearly have to recognize them if the cars work as well as they seem to, though). Some of the technology packed into these cars includes radar, LIDAR, GPS, and an array of cameras.The speaker raises an interesting point towards the end of his talk, one that you might not have considered while pondering driverless cars. That is the case of efficiency. This comes down to the fact that the average person just is not as good a driver as a computer. This relates not only crashes — which are almost always due to human, as opposed to mechanical, error — but also inefficacy, as humans weave around the highway, lacking the precision of a driverless car. Within a matter of years we might be relaxing in the back seat playing around on our internet-connected tablets while a computer drives us home in a both a safer and more efficient manner than we would ever be able to.In addition to the video, which was recorded in March 2011, Thrun has an article on the Huffington Post where he further explains his experience and motivations. He also notes that the cars have driven nearly 200,000 highway miles. That’s up from 140,000 he mentioned in the video. This staggering number might reveal just how close this technology is to, one day, becoming commonplace. And that would just be the start of the change — driverless cars would inevitably lead to changes in the types of cars we drive, the laws of the road (you’ll need the latest firmware to pass inspection at the DMV), and other major changes in our driving habits.via Huffington Postlast_img read more

Galway City Council calls on RTÉ to boycott the EurovisionGalway City Council calls on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4634261 By Adam Daly Pictured National Chairperson Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi people demonstrated out RTE Studios in March Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland knows what it feels like to be occupied. We need to voice our support against tyranny.The call for a boycott has been led by protests from Irish-Palestinian solidarity groups campaigning against this year’s song contest outside RTÉ headquarters.Galway follows behind Sligo County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council who have both voted in favour of RTÉ boycotting this year’s song contest. In 2017, a number of local authorities voted to fly the Palestinian flag for a month in solidarity with the people of Palestine.  South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council, Galway County Council and Sligo County Council, all passed a motion to fly the flag of Palestine from their council building for a month.‘Politicised hate campaign’In a statement to TheJournal.ie, The Israeli Embassy said that Israel is looking forward to “welcoming all participants of the Eurovision song contest including of course from Ireland”. Short URL Galway City Council calls on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision GCC passed a motion last night calling on RTÉ not to broadcast the contest. Share207 Tweet Email Image: Sam Boal via Rollingnews center_img GALWAY CITY COUNCIL has called on RTÉ to boycott this year’s Eurovision Song Contest “as long as its held in Israel”. A motion put forward at last night’s council meeting by Independent councillor Collette Connolly, passed by a majority in support of the call on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision and not broadcast it. Connolly told TheJournal.ie that she was delighted the motion passed as it shows Ireland’s solidarity with Palestine. Her motion stated:  “Noting the widespread Irish public support for a boycott, this Council calls on RTÉ to boycott Eurovision 2019 as long as it is due to take place in Israel.”Comparing Israel occupied Palestine to the British occupation of Ireland, Connelly said: Tuesday 14 May 2019, 5:00 PM Pictured National Chairperson Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi people demonstrated out RTE Studios in March Image: Sam Boal via Rollingnews 20,606 Views 113 Comments Ireland and Israel share the values of inclusivity, diversity and unity that are at the very basis of the contest.  Those values have been repeatedly demonstrated by the Israeli participants in the contest.The statement went on to criticise people seeking to boycott the contest in Israel saying they “exhibit the very antithesis of these values”.“They repeatedly seek to hijack any event, including those promoting fraternity between nations, to promote a cynical, politicised hate campaign against the world’s only Jewish state.” Cllr Connelly was critical of those who say that events such as the Eurovision shouldn’t be politicised, saying: “Everything is politicised.”Her motion to boycott came about after working in conjunction with the Knocknacarra Palestine Network for two months. She said she felt it necessary to bring the motion to GCC after attending a public meeting a few months ago during which she heard “heart-rending and horrific first-hand accounts of life in occupied Palestine”. KPN said it was proud of the City Council “for taking such a stance against human rights abuses perpetrated by Isreal against the Palestinian people”. Ireland’s hopeful, Sarah McTernan is due to perform at the second semi-final on Thursday in Tel Aviv.  RTÉ has previously said it will not boycott the contest, stating that the winner and host country of the Eurovision is determined by the rules of the competition, not RTÉ.The broadcaster has yet to respond for comment following the passing of GCC’s motion.  May 14th 2019, 5:00 PM last_img read more

Greek economy yet to be transformedGreek economy yet to be transformed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece may be winning the battle for fiscal consolidation but it seems to be losing the war to transform its economy from one based on consumption to one fueled by investment and exports.Although exports are seeing their share of gross domestic product rising, investment has been dropping, undermining the country’s future growth prospects. If this trend continues, Greece may not be able to attain satisfactory GDP growth rates and will therefore struggle to come up with the kind of primary budget surpluses associated with sustainable public debt levels.Backed by the most recent data, there are increasing signs that Greece may be able to come close and even beat the goal for a general government primary deficit of 2.4 billion euros or 1.2 percent of GDP in 2012. This is mainly due to the overdose of austerity which helped overcome the bigger-than-estimated drop in real economic activity last year.A new set of spending cuts and tax hikes is expected to hurt the economy again this year but is likely to produce a larger-than-expected primary surplus. Revenues are projected to exceed expenditure (without including interest payments) by about 750 million euros, or 0.4 percent of GDP, according to the country’s medium-term fiscal strategy framework.But the encouraging developments on the fiscal front cannot hide disappointing trends elsewhere. Two-and-a-half years after the government of George Papandreou sought a bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, followed by the implementation of policies aimed at paving the way for sustainable development in the future, some figures are either disturbing or at best do not look promising.Almost everybody would agree that Greece was living beyond its means for a long time and that this should have been corrected. Consumption spending supported by rising disposable incomes and ample and cheap credit after the country joined the eurozone in 2001 was behind it and the obvious culprit which had to be dealt with. The economic adjustment programs sought to correct the fiscal and external account imbalances by imposing higher taxes and cuts on salaries and pensions and other measures to improve competitiveness, such as lower minimum wages in the absence of a national currency that could be devalued.The policies of internal devaluation contributed to the contraction in consumption. Total consumption spending is estimated at 178.2 billion euros last year from 191.8 billion in 2011 and 203.8 billion in 2010. It had reached an all-time high of 214.6 billion euros in 2009, almost double its size in 2000, according to European Commission data.Private and public consumption spending contracted by about 36.4 billion between 2009 and 2012 at the same time economic output fell by about the same amount or 36.1 billion. GDP is estimated at 195 billion in 2012 from 231.1 billion in 2009. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that households and the government are consuming less but the share of total consumption as a part of GDP has remained resilient, easing to 91.4 percent last year from 92.8 percent in 2009, according to our calculations.In other words, the much-desired and sought-after decrease in consumption spending has been analogous to the drop in GDP during the 2009-12 period. Of course the EC projects the share of consumption spending in GDP will fall faster this year and next to about 89 percent and 86.4 percent respectively. However, these are still projections and even so the drop is not as big as the proponents of a different economic model hoped for.On the other hand, the picture presented by the export sector appears rosier since the figures show exports of goods and services have been rising constantly since 2009 although they are still lagging behind the high of 56.3 billion euros in nominal value in 2008. Exports are projected to rise to 54.3 billion in 2012 from 44.5 billion in 2009, comprising a larger portion of GDP. Total exports are projected to reach 28 percent of GDP in 2012 from 19.3 percent in 2009 and 24.1 percent in 2008.With more and more private firms becoming more extrovert as they try to limit the impact of the economic crisis at home and promising prospects for tourism revenues in 2013, the view from the export side is good. It is the brightest spot as far as the much needed transformation of the economic model is concerned.Unfortunately, the figures from the investment side are discouraging. Gross fixed capital formation, which refers to the net increase in physical assets without including land purchases and the depreciation of fixed capital, has been declining constantly since 2007. This is true both in current prices and a share of GDP.Greece’s gross fixed capital formation is estimated at 27.3 billion euros last year from 31.6 billion in 2011 and 39.2 billion in 2010. The projection for this year at 26.1 billion is not good either. The figure stood at 45.9 billion in 2009, 52.6 billion in 2008 and 59.4 billion in 2007. It fell to 14 percent of GDP last year compared to 20 percent in 2009 and 26.6 percent in 2007.Even worse, the figures for future fixed capital formation which subtracts the consumption of capital (depreciation) have been negative since 2011, meaning new investments are less than depreciation, decreasing the country’s fixed capital stock. This is obviously bad news for future growth since it contributes to limiting the country’s potential GDP.With total consumption spending falling but at a slower pace than hoped for compared to GDP, investment spending dropping dramatically and only exports providing hope, the much-needed transformation of the Greek economy is clearly not on track. Since the export sector is too small to carry the economy on its back and sensitive to economic conditions abroad, prospects for investment spending will have to brighten considerably for Greece’s future economic growth rates not to disappoint and not undermine efforts to produce the large primary surpluses required for servicing the public debt.last_img read more

Dauphins roses massacrés pour servir dappât aux pêcheurs amazoniensDauphins roses massacrés pour servir dappât aux pêcheurs amazoniens

first_imgDauphins roses : massacrés pour servir d’appât aux pêcheurs amazoniensAmazonie – De nombreux dauphins roses de l’Amazone connaissent actuellement un bien triste sort. Massacrés par les pêcheurs, ils fournissent à ces derniers une chair qui n’est pas utilisée pour la consommation humaine, mais pour appâter un poisson-chat source de revenus providentiels pour la population locale. Les carcasses de dauphins roses (Inia geoffrensis) se multiplient sur les rives de l’Amazone et de ses affluents. Les raisons de ce massacre : la chair des cétacés est utilisée par les pêcheurs locaux pour capturer un poisson à forte valeur commerciale, le piracatinga (Calophysus macropterus). Une situation qui alarme chaque jour davantage la communauté scientifique, qui envisage aujourd’hui de voir disparaître une espèce déjà menacée.  À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine nature”La population de dauphins roses va s’effondrer, si les pêcheurs n’arrêtent pas de massacrer ces animaux”, s’inquiète Vera da Silva, spécialiste des mammifères aquatiques pour l’Institut de la recherche en Amazonie. “Nous étudions une zone de 11.000 hectares depuis 17 ans, et ces dernières années, la population de dauphins roses a baissé de 7% annuellement.” Un pourcentage qui équivaut à environ 1.500 dauphins tués chaque année, dans la seule partie de la réserve de Mamiraua où Mme da Silva étudie les cétacés. La scientifique explique que les chercheurs ont commencé à découvrir des carcasses de dauphins dans les années 2000, excluant d’office des morts naturelles. Éventrés et découpés en quartiers, les animaux étaient retrouvés privés de leur chair, prélevée par la main de l’Homme. Aujourd’hui, ces massacres deviennent de plus en plus courants, et si le gouvernement reconnaît que ces pratiques posent un réel problème, peu de mesures sont prises pour y mettre un terme. En effet, cinq agents seulement sont chargés de protéger la faune d’une région deux fois plus grande que le Texas, selon l’Ibama (Institut brésilien pour l’environnement et les ressources naturelles et renouvelables) qui travaille avec le ministère brésilien de l’Environnement. La chair des dauphins est gratuite, et constitue un appât de choix pour capturer le piracatinga. La chair d’un seul cétacé permet à un pêcheur de prendre près de 500 kilos de ce poisson-chat, qui permet d’améliorer de façon non négligeable les revenus des pêcheurs. Rien d’étonnant donc à ce que ces derniers s’en prennent aux dauphins roses, pourtant protégés et eux-mêmes sources de revenus importants pour les populations locales grâce aux activités touristiques qu’ils génèrent. Pour retrouver les dauphins roses en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/dauphin-rose/le-boto-un-dauphin-d-039-eau-douce-etrange-et-menace_art8317.htmlLe 12 juillet 2010 à 13:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mbappe I will stay with PSGMbappe I will stay with PSG

first_imgKylian Mbappe has put an end to rumours linking him with a switch to Real Madrid this summer by insisting that he has no intention of leaving Paris Saint-Germain after an impressive World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old became the first teenager to score in the final since Brazil legend Pele in 1958 against Sweden to score France’s fourth goal in their 4-2 win against Croatia on Sunday.Mbappe’s four goals in seven appearances at Russia also saw being named the FIFA Young Player of the World Cup with Croatia captain Luka Modric being named the Golden Ball winner.But with PSG under pressure to meet the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by UEFA, there have been some suggestions that the Ligue 1 giants may sell the young star to Real Madrid this summer in order to ease their troubles.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But Mbappe is adamant he will be at the Parc des Princes next season.“I will stay with PSG, continuing on my path with them,” he said, as stated on beinSPORTS.“I am at the beginning of my career.”Mbappe scored 21 goals in all competitions last season for PSG.last_img read more

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear wasteSan Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear waste

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Operations were stopped for almost a year but now the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant received the green light to resume activity.Officials determined it safe to continue transferring spend nuclear waste to the plant’s new storage facility.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on this decision. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 22, 2019 May 22, 2019 San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear waste Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Masked man attempts to rob SW MiamiDade Exxon gas stationMasked man attempts to rob SW MiamiDade Exxon gas station

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who masked his identity while trying to rob a gas station, Sunday.The subject was caught on camera trying to rob the Exxon gas station and convenience store on Southwest 112th Avenue and 176th Street, in Southwest Miami-Dade.He is seen pointing a semi-automatic weapon at the clerk, who was behind bulletproof glass, fired a shot that struck the glass and made several attempts to get to the register before taking off.If you have any information on this attempted robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rodale to Launch NewsstandOnly Magazine for ParentsRodale to Launch NewsstandOnly Magazine for Parents

first_imgEmmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. is planning to extend its Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazine brands by launching a title called Children’s Health. The special newsstand-only issue, which will carry an initial print run of 750,000, will hit store shelves on September 15.“This is a newsstand special that represents our first look and effort in the parenting space,” Men’s Health publisher Jack Essig told FOLIO:. “Rodale has shown time and again that we have an unparalleled ability to successfully launch health and wellness brands across a variety of platforms. We look forward to using this same approach to help parents make the right decisions for their families.”With a $5.99 cover price, the 112-page issue features 15 ad pages, Essig said. Advertisers include General Mills, Ralph Lauren and Vtech. Rodale will donate a portion of its ad dollars to various charities that support children’s health, like Save the Children. A companion Web site will go live when the issue hits newsstands, Essig said.Children’s Health also will feature First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover and an interview inside. In addition, Rodale will publish interviews with Michelle Obama in the October issue of Women’s Health and the November issue of Prevention. President Barack Obama will be the cover story of the October issue of Men’s Health.The Men’s Health and Women’s Health articles, according to the New York Times, will publicize the Obama health care reform plan, with Men’s Health “strongly endorsing it.” The series was the brainchild of Men’s Health editor Peter Moore, who contacted the White House this spring with the idea of publishing articles about the healthcare plan across Rodale’s titles.Essig said the series poses no editorial conflict of interest. “As a company that publishes magazines about health, we would be remiss not to cover this important topic,” he said. “Each month, we provide our readers with the information they need to make decisions that impact their lives. This is both a timely and topical issue that we know our readers have a strong interest in.” According to the New York Times story, Rodale is taking a “try-it-and-see approach” with Children’s Health, indicating that Rodale doesn’t have specific plans to publish the magazine regularly.last_img read more

Kashmir is very sensitive make it normal ensure no deathsKashmir is very sensitive make it normal ensure no deaths

first_imgNew Delhi: Hearing petitions filed before it concerning the crackdown and restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday, “The present situation in Jammu and Kashmir is very sensitive and it should be ensured that there is no loss of life there.” The Centre replied it was reviewing the situation in Kashmir on a day-to-day basis. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Representing the government in the case, Attorney General K K Venugopal said, “We have to ensure that the law and order situation in J&K is maintained.” Referring to the agitation in Kashmir back in July 2016 after the encounter of terrorist Burhan Wani, the government informed the apex court that it would take some days to restore normalcy. The bench refused to give immediate directions on a plea for lifting several restrictions including communication in J&K. The court has asked the centre to ensure normalcy in the state and the matter would be taken up for hearing after two weeks.last_img read more

Study reveals how nanochannels select potassium ionsStudy reveals how nanochannels select potassium ions

first_img(Phys.org)—One of the mysteries in biology is how cells can selectively diffuse potassium across a membrane. Biological systems rely on a delicate balance between these potassium and sodium ion concentrations in the surrounding environment and within the cell. Researchers, such as Dr. Bing Gong and his research group in SUNY Buffalo, have tried to solve this riddle by making synthetic ion channels that are selective for potassium. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The second area they investigated was the dynamic properties of the ion channels. In particular, Li, et al. looked at the lifetime of the ion-water bonds to determine the stability of the first hydration shell. They found that in bulk water and in all sizes of CNTs, the average lifetime of the Na+-water bonds were longer, and therefore more stable, than the K+-water bonds. Additionally, they found that confining any of the hydrated ions to a subnanometer-sized channel served to stabilize the bonds compared to bulk water. Diffusion studies also showed that confinement to a CNT increased the diffusion rate compared to bulk water. Notably, diffusion through SONP was hindered compared to the CNTs because of its rugged interior surface.The third area of investigation was in energetics. This is the key area that drives ionic selection. In general, because the sodium ion’s first hydration shell is particularly robust compared to the potassium ion’ shell, it would require more work to move the sodium ion from bulk water to the ion channel. Therefore, nanochannels with radii between 3.0 and 4.0 Å will selectively favor potassium. Of the particular systems tested, (8, 8) CNT with a radius of 3.7 Å, had the highest selectivity value for potassium ions.This research helps solve some of the mystery behind potassium ion selectivity in biological systems. It also provides evidence that (8, 8) CNTs are the best synthetic nanochannels for investigating potassium ion selectivity. Play AIMD simulation of confined water and a K+ ion in CNT (8, 8). Credit: (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1513718112 To investigate this, they used two systems: a synthetic organic nanopore, which is comprised of macrocycles that form a rigid hydrophobic pore, and various single-walled carbon nanotubes. Macrocycles are large ring structures whose donor atoms will coordinate to ions. Often macrocycles are selective for particular ions. However, because of the dangling donor atoms, the interior of the channel is molecularly rugged. This may affect the flow of water through the channel. They used carbon nanotubes were as a comparison because they can vary the opening size of the nanotube and the interior of the nanotube is relatively smooth and hydrophobic, matching certain properties of biological ion channels.Li, et al. investigated three broad areas using ab initio molecular dynamics studies. They first investigated the hydration shell. Sodium and potassium ions attract the oxygen atom in water molecules. The water molecules surround the ions forming a “hydration shell.” The radius of the hydration shell, the number of waters molecules coordinated to the ion, and the orientation of the water molecules around the ion all provide molecular level information that may give clues as to how the ion channels can distinguish between two similar ions. Their studies showed that the sodium ion hydration shell is more structured and robust than the potassium hydration shell. Citation: Study reveals how nanochannels select potassium ions (2015, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-reveals-nanochannels-potassium-ions.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore furthercenter_img More information: “Unraveling the mechanism of selective ion transport in hydrophobic subnanometer channels” PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1513718112AbstractRecently reported synthetic organic nanopore (SONP) can mimic a key feature of natural ion channels, i.e., selective ion transport. However, the physical mechanism underlying the K+/Na+ selectivity for the SONPs is dramatically different from that of natural ion channels. To achieve a better understanding of the selective ion transport in hydrophobic subnanometer channels in general and SONPs in particular, we perform a series of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the diffusivity of aqua Na+ and K+ ions in two prototype hydrophobic nanochannels: (i) an SONP with radius of 3.2 Å, and (ii) single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with radii of 3–5 Å (these radii are comparable to those of the biological potassium K+ channels). We find that the hydration shell of aqua Na+ ion is smaller than that of aqua K+ ion but notably more structured and less yielding. The aqua ions do not lower the diffusivity of water molecules in CNTs, but in SONP the diffusivity of aqua ions (Na+ in particular) is strongly suppressed due to the rugged inner surface. Moreover, the aqua Na+ ion requires higher formation energy than aqua K+ ion in the hydrophobic nanochannels. As such, we find that the ion (K+ vs. Na+) selectivity of the (8, 8) CNT is ∼20× higher than that of SONP. Hence, the (8, 8) CNT is likely the most efficient artificial K+ channel due in part to its special interior environment in which Na+ can be fully solvated, whereas K+ cannot. This work provides deeper insights into the physical chemistry behind selective ion transport in nanochannels. Studying dynamics of ion channels © 2015 Phys.org To that end, Hui Li, Joseph S. Francisco, and Xiao Cheng Zeng from Chinese Academy of Sciences and from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have elucidated some of the mystery behind ion selectivity using molecular modeling of these synthetic ion channels made of rigid macrocycles as well as channels made of carbon nanotubes. They used ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate solvation structures, energetics, and dynamic properties of aqua Na+ and K+ in synthetic organic nanopores (SONP) and various sizes of single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Their work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Prior simulation studies with synthetic ion channels have focused predominantly on Lennard-Jones potentials and Columbic effects. This is a reasonable area to investigate since researchers are trying to discern ion selectivity. These investigations pointed to the channel radius as the predominant factor for potassium selectivity. However, Li, et al. wanted to look at computations at the quantum-mechanical level to better understand water molecule interactions within a confined environment. 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. 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West Bengal boy hangs himselfWest Bengal boy hangs himself

first_imgKolkata: A class 12 boy of Kurseong, West Bengal, was found hanging in a secluded area with words like ‘Illuminati’, ‘hanged man’ and ‘devil’s one eye’ inscribed on the wall, the police said on Thursday. “We received a complaint on Monday that the boy of Saint Mary’s hill area was found hanging. We have seen strange symbols and lines written on the walls of the area where the boy was found and the investigation is going on,” said a police official. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life According to the neighbours, the boy and many other young children frequented the area where the mobile network is very strong. “I believe the symbols and words like ‘Illuminati’, ‘devil’s one eye’ inscribed on the wall is linked to some of these online apps or game which targets young people. It provokes the young mind,” said a resident of the area. A teacher of St. Alphonsus School, where the class 12 boy studied, warned parents to be cautious with the online activities of their ward. “We have lost a very bright student of our school. I also heard that another student was taking up some ‘Momo Challenge’. Later he was threatened that his personal data will be downloaded. The students got scared and we have warned everyone to stay away from such cyber games,” he said.last_img read more

Get nonstop Bengali entertainmentGet nonstop Bengali entertainment

first_imgSVF, Eastern India’s largest entertainment company, recently, announced the launch of ‘Hoichoi’, the much awaited one-stop digital content platform, which is home to the largest collection of the best in Bengali entertainment. “Hoichoi is the ultimate destination for Bengali entertainment, with something on offer for every Bengali – young or old, movie buff or music lover, student or working professional. We wish to connect with all of them, worldwide, through Hoichoi,” said Vishnu Mohta, co-founder, Hoichoi and Executive Director, SVF. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHoichoi’s original web series cuts across genres like thriller, drama, horror, romance, comedy; showcasing some of the best acting talent of the Indian entertainment industry, and created by the finest production houses and directorial talent.Shrikant Mohta, co-founder – SVF and Hoichoi said, “We have been entertaining audiences over the last 20 years as storytellers, creators and distributors of the best entertainment content across cinemas and television. With the world moving to mobile, we decided to diversify into digital content with ‘Hoichoi’ and created exclusive content for the same. The creative freedom offered by this space is unparalleled.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Hoichoi’, which means non-stop excitement, is being launched with a strong content portfolio of original web-series, with over 500 Bengali movies and more than 1000 Bengali songs for audio streaming to serve the entertainment needs of Bengali audiences globally. “We strongly believe in the mantra ‘content is king’. With our extensive content library, we are sure our subscribers will be spoilt for choice. We plan to invest substantially to make some of the best and freshest premium content available on ‘Hoichoi’, to cater to Bengalis globally,” Mahendra Soni, co-founder – SVF and ‘Hoichoi’ said. ‘Hoichoi’, powered by ViewLift, the international content distribution platform and Amazon web services, world’s leading cloud computing solution provider, will enable subscribers to stream videos seamlessly. Rediffusion Y&R is the creative agency behind Hoichoi’s visual identity and advertising campaigns.Certain crucial features of the ‘Hoichoi app’ includes content library, AD free seamless viewing experience, multi-device capability, offline download facility, a well-designed user interface, English subtitles, multiple payment options, programmatic search engine to give accurate results, competitive subscription rates as well as the upcomintg kids content and music streaming feature. ‘Hoichoi’ will be rolling out entertaining and edgy original web series spanning across some of the most popular genres on offer. Byomkesh: One of the most celebrated Bengali fictional detective characters, created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay, slips into a much more hands-on avatar in the ‘Byomkesh’ web series by ‘Hoichoi’. It is an amalgamation of six stories divided into three episodes. Set in 1930s, the series is based on the adventures of Byomkesh and his friend and biographer Ajit, who usually accompanies the former during his investigations. Anirban Bhattacharya plays Byomkesh while Subrat Dutta portrays the role of Ajit. Ridhima Ghosh is Satyabati, Byomkesh’s better half. Hello: The thriller stars Raima Sen as Nandita and Joy Sengupta as Ananyo, a happily married couple with two kids. Soon after Ananyo starts having an extra-marital affair with Nina played by Priyanka Sarkar, Nandita’s phone is flooded with numerous MMS-es from an unknown number recording Ananyo’s private moments outside marriage. Nandita becomes obsessed with the curiosity and the mystery grows darker when she begins to find hidden messages in every video. Cartoon: This is a horror show starring Paayel Sarkar as Jiniya and Mainak Banerjee as Aritra, the cartoonist. When Aritra shifts to a new flat he soon realizes that there is something eerie about the house after he experiences some paranormal experiences. As the story progresses, he realizes that it’s not him but the cartoons he has drawn that are bothering the spirit residing in his flat. Dupur Thakurpo: Directed by Debaloy Bhattacharya and starring superstar Swastika Mukherjee as Uma Boudi, this is an adult comedy where Jibon Babu played by Abhijit Guha, brings home a beautiful, young and vivacious bride, Uma. However, he is blissfully oblivious of the trouble likely to brew when he agrees to let out three rooms to six young men on Uma’s insistence. Some not-so-appropriate things start happening. Five of the men are completely enamored by Uma Boudi’s charms, ready to lay down their lives for a smile or a glance from her, while she plays around with them like a fiddle. Holy Faak: This is a dramatic story of how a girl’s grandmother (Ratna Ghoshal) and a boy’s grandfather (Paran Bandhapadhyay) plot to bring back their estranged grandchildren together. The original web series stars Anamika Chakraborty as the girl, Diya and Soumya Mukherji as the boy, Indra. Bouma Detective is a captivating mystery – where a wife dons the hat of a sleuth and is on a mission to save her superstar husband, prime suspect in a murder case, by finding the actual murderer. The impressive cast includes Rohit Roy as Ronojoy and Aparajita Auddy as Rohini.last_img read more

Warning N3 closed at Mooi River due to protest action and burningWarning N3 closed at Mooi River due to protest action and burning

first_imgThe N3 is currently closed at Mooi River due to protest action today (April 29).Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the N3 are closed, and trucks are being burnt on the road.Traffic is backed up in both lanes, heading north and south.Update Story: Protest Update: 35 trucks burnt on N3 at Mooi River, recovery and clean-up operations are continuing, with 54 arrestedUpdate Story: Protest Update: 20 trucks burnt on N3 at Mooi River, recovery and clean-up operations are continuingUpdate Story: Protest Update: 10 trucks torched, N3 still closed at Mooi River (No Go Area)Also read: Update: Protest action starts up again at Mooi River Also read: Sporadic protest action disrupts traffic on N3 at Mooi River: Ladysmith motorists be wary when travellingMotorists are advised not to use the road until it is cleared.Light motor vehicles travelling southbound are being diverted onto the R74.There is also a serious crash near Van Reenen and Harrismith, which will take a while to clear.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

As Pichai defends Googles integrity ahead of todays Congress hearing over 60As Pichai defends Googles integrity ahead of todays Congress hearing over 60

first_imgGoogle CEO, Sundar Pichai, is going to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today. He has submitted a written testimony to the House Committee ahead of the hearing. Pichai points out in the testimony that there is no “political bias” within the company. “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way. To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests”. He also talks about data security emphasizing that protecting the privacy and security of their users has always been an “essential mission” for the organization. Pichai adds how Google has been consistently putting in an enormous amount of work over the past years to bring “choice, transparency, and control” to its users. Pichai also highlighted how users look up to Google for accurate and trusted information, and how they work very hard at Google to maintain the “integrity” of their products, in order to live up to their standards. The testimony further talks about Google’s contribution to the US economy and military, pointing out that despite Google’s expansion and growth into new markets, it will always have “American roots”. Now, although the hearing titled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices” will be focussed around discussions regarding the potential bias and need for transparency within Google, its infamous project Dragonfly will also almost certainly be discussed. Google has been facing continued criticism for its censored Chinese search engine which was revealed earlier this year in a bombshell report by the Intercept. Yesterday, more than 60 NGOs as well as individuals including Edward Snowden, signed an open letter protesting against Google’s Project Dragonfly and its other plans for China. “We are disappointed that Google in its letter of 26th October failed to address the serious concerns of human rights groups over Project Dragonfly”, reads the letter addressed to Pichai. It talks about how Google’s response along with other details about Project Dragonfly only intensifies the fear that Google may compromise its commitments to human rights to gain an access to the Chinese search market. The letter also sheds light on new details leaked to the media suggesting if Google launches Project Dragonfly then it would accelerate “repressive state censorship, surveillance, and other violations” affecting almost a billion people in China. The letter also talks about how despite Google stating that it’s “not close” to launching a search product in China and that it’ll consult with key stakeholders before doing so, media reports say otherwise. The media reports based on an internal Google memo suggested that the project was in a ‘pretty advanced state’ and that the company had invested extensive resources for the development of this project. “We welcome that Google has confirmed the company “takes seriously” its responsibility torespect human rights. However, the company has so far failed to explain how it reconciles that responsibility with the company’s decision to design a product purpose-built to undermine the rights to freedom of expression and privacy”, reads the letter. Read Next Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Google employees join hands with Amnesty International urging Google to drop Project Dragonfly OK Google, why are you ok with mut(at)ing your ethos for Project DragonFly?last_img read more