Jaya slams Karunanidhi on Lanka

DMK president M. Karunanidhi does not oppose the training of the Sri Lankan military in India because he wants Congress support to get his daughter Kanimozhi re-elected to the Rajya Sabha, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said Saturday, according to a news report on IANS.“Despite the DMK exiting the central government, Karunanidhi is not opposing the centre because he needs the support of five Congress legislators for his daughter Kanimozhi’s reelection,” she said. Kanimozhi is one of the two DMK members in the Rajya Sabha who will retire July 24. A total of six members, including Kanimozhi, would retire next month. The AIADMK leader has become a vocal critic of India’s Sri Lanka policy, and accused Colombo of committing largescale atrocities during the end stages of the war that crushed the Tamil Tigers.Jayalalithaa also charged Karunanidhi with betraying the interests of Tamil Nadu on the issue of Cauvery river water sharing in favour of Karnataka. They are Elavarasan and V. Maitreyan from the AIADMK, Tiruchi N. Siva and Kanimozhi from the DMK, B.S. Gnanadesikan of Congress and D. Raja of the Communist Party of India. Jayalalithaa said it was because of her government’s efforts in the Supreme Court that the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was notified in the official gazette.She said Karunanidhi did nothing to get the final award notified in the gazette despite being in power in the state and also in New Delhi. read more

August 2012 unemployment rates Canadian provinces cities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 7, 2012 10:47 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment remain unchanged at 7.3 per cent in Aug. 2012. Here’s what happened provincially and in select Canadian cities (previous month in brackets): Provinces Newfoundland 12.7 (12.8)Prince Edward Island 11.7 (10.2)Nova Scotia 9.7 (9.4)New Brunswick 10.4 (10.0)Quebec 7.6 (7.6)Ontario 8.0 (7.9)Manitoba 5.4 (5.7)Saskatchewan 4.4 (5.0)Alberta 4.4 (4.6)British Columbia 6.7 (7.0) Select cities (Statistics Canada cautions the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples.) St. John’s, N.L. 7.1 (7.1)Halifax 6.5 (6.9)Moncton, N.B. 7.0 (6.7)Saint John, N.B. 9.0 (8.6)Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.4)Quebec 5.2 (5.1)Sherbrooke, Que. 8.5 (8.2)Trois-Rivieres, Que. 7.7 (8.2)Montreal 8.4 (8.5)Gatineau, Que. 5.9 (6.1)Ottawa 6.4 (6.4)Kingston, Ont. 6.6 (6.1)Peterborough, Ont. 7.0 (7.4)Oshawa, Ont. 8.49(8.4)Toronto 8.5 (8.5)Hamilton, Ont. 7.3 (7.5)St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 8.5 (8.2)Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 6.5 (7.1)Brantford, Ont. 8.6 (7.7)Guelph, Ont. 4.6 (4.5)London, Ont. 8.6 (8.6)Windsor, Ont. 9.2 (9.5)Barrie, Ont. 8.8 (8.0)Sudbury, Ont. 7.2 (7.3)Thunder Bay, Ont. 6.3 (6.1)Winnipeg 5.7 (5.4)Regina 4.2 (4.1)Saskatoon 5.3 (5.6)Calgary 4.6 (4.7)Edmonton 4.5 (4.5)Kelowna, B.C. 4.1 (6.1)Abbotsford, B.C. 7.3 (6.6)Vancouver 6.8 (6.8)Victoria 5.9 (5.6) August 2012 unemployment rates: Canadian provinces & cities august 2012 canada unemployment|canada economy|canadian cities|canadian provinces read more

Soundwave hits 750000 downloads as it adds YouTube music update

first_imgIRISH MUSIC APP Soundwave has reached 750,000 downloads as it released its latest version with YouTube functionality.The music discovery app – which allows users to sync music from their phones as well as from music streaming services like Spotify and Rdio – is now allowing users to track the songs they listen to on YouTube onto the app.If a user listens to a song on YouTube on desktop or mobile, it will automatically sync with the app, but if you watch a regular video, it will ignore it. The app will also pick up on unsigned music, allowing users to get a more complete picture of their listening habits.Soundwave CEO Brendan O’Driscoll said that YouTube was “the last frontier for music consumption” and that syncing music from it was one of the most requested features from its user base.The move also helps it reach out to younger demographics, mainly those who don’t have a vast music collection on their phones, or the money to purchase streaming subscriptions. It also marks the app’s first steps into video capturing, which will broaden its reach.The app has tracked over 40 million songs and has been downloaded in 195 countries since it was officially launched in June. The app is available on both iOS and Android.Read: YouTube delays music streaming service until early 2014 >Read: The Irish start-up that went on a 3,000km road trip to success >last_img read more

Des volcans de glace attirent les curieux près du lac Michigan

first_imgDes volcans de glace attirent les curieux près du lac MichiganDepuis le passage du blizzard qui a semé la pagaille aux Etats-Unis la semaine dernière, les curieux se pressent autour du lac Michigan pour admirer un étonnant paysage lunaire composé de cratères, de roches et d’édifices de glace façonnés par le vent et les vagues.On les appelle volcans de glace. Ces cônes, de plusieurs dizaines de centimètres de haut qui se forment le long des lacs et projettent parfois de l’eau à travers la glace, sont visibles depuis peu autour du lac Michigan, aux Etats-Unis. Le phénomène est largement apprécié : de nombreuses personnes viennent explorer ces étonnantes formations, rapporte le Journal Sentinel du Milwaukee-Wisconsin. Certains grimpent même pour atteindre l’intérieur de ces cratères glacés. “Le fond est composé de neige et de glace”, a indiqué au journal Marna Lamson. La jeune femme de 24 ans qui habite la région n’a pas hésité à s’aventurer dans le cratère gelé.Cependant, les scientifiques recommandent la plus grande prudence. Les volcans de glace peuvent être traîtres. Même s’ils ne rejettent pas d’eau lorsque la base, reliée au lac, est gelée, la glace peut très vite se transformer en neige ou redevenir liquide, en fonction des conditions atmosphériques. Les barrières de glace peuvent ainsi se briser soudainement sous l’effet de changements de températures ou du mouvement des vagues. Traverser la glace en un rien de temps n’est donc pas impossible.Un phénomène rare À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiCes cratères, assez rares, se retrouvent seulement le long des zones côtières où les vagues sont puissantes. Mais comment se forment-ils ? Bryan Yeaton, qui présente l’émission de radio américaine The Weather Notebook, donne la réponse suivante : “En hiver, lorsque la glace commence à s’étendre le long des rivages de grands lacs, celle-ci est bousculée, brisée, déplacée par les vents et le mouvement des vagues. Des barrières de glace peuvent ainsi être créées – des morceaux de glace liés entre eux, ancrés au rivage et qui s’étendent au-dessus de l’eau. Parmi ces nombreux blocs, certains comprennent des tunnels reliés au lac”. L’Américain ajoute : “Pour obtenir un cratère, la température de l’air à la surface doit être inférieure à 0 et les vagues du lac doivent être hautes et venir se briser sur le rivage. Au moment où elles frappent une barrière de glace, elles apportent de l’énergie à l’eau sous la glace, la brisant et forçant cette eau à entrer ‘en éruption’ en formant un tunnel (…). Au moment où l’eau ainsi éjectée retombe sur la glace, elle gèle rapidement et forme un cône de glace”.Ces formations, à couper le souffle, ne se trouvent pas que sur notre planète. Les astronomes ont déjà observé des volcans similaires sur plusieurs lunes glacées de notre système solaire. La dernière en date a avoir été détectée est Titan, satellite naturel de Saturne. Découvrez ces étonnantes éruptions en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 9 février 2011 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Study Milky Way Congested With Toxic Grease

first_imgStay on target The Milky Way is clogged with grease—and not the kind you’d want to spread on toast.Astronomers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney and Ege University in Turkey used ersatz interstellar dust to estimate the amount of “space grease” in our galaxy.Unlike the vegetable oils and animal fats we use in cooking, this intergalactic lubricant—an oily form of aliphatic carbon—is one of two types of chemically bound compounds leaking from stars. The other is a mothball-like aromatic carbon.Researchers are still a bit fuzzy on exactly how much carbon is incorporated into interstellar dust. But a recent paper, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, suggests enough for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter.But you shouldn’t try eating it.“This space grease is not the kind of thing you’d want to spread on a slice of toast,” UNSW Sydney professor Tim Schmidt said in a statement. “It’s dirty, likely toxic, and only forms in the environment of interstellar space (and our laboratory).”The international team manufactured its own version of space dust, used to determine how strongly the material absorbed light within a certain infrared wavelength—a marker for aliphatic carbon.“Combining our lab results with observations from astronomical observations allows us to measure the amount of aliphatic carbon between us and the stars,” according to Schmidt, from the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence in Exciton Science in the School of Chemistry.Their conclusion: There are about 100 greasy carbon atoms for every million hydrogen atoms, accounting for between one quarter and one half of the available carbon.In the Milky Way alone, this amounts to some 10 billion trillion tones of greasy matter.“It’s also intriguing that organic material of this kind—material that gets incorporated into planetary systems—is so abundant,” Schmidt added.One down, one to go: Moving forward, the team wants to study the other, mothball-like carbon.“By firmly establishing the amount of each type of carbon in the dust, they will know precisely how much of this element is available to create life,” the Royal Astronomical Society said in an announcement.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet last_img read more

Geek Deals 4K Vizio Black Friday Deal Live 50 Racing Style Gaming

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ASA Board Supports Continuation of 526 Loan Rate

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to maintain the crop year 2000 national average soybean loan rate at $5.26 per bushel to provide an adequate safety net for farmers next year. The Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act of 1996, provides discretionary authority under which Secretary Glickman is not required to reduce the soybean loan rate from its present level.”ASA is appealing to Secretary Glickman to help soybean producers work through this time of historically low commodity prices,” said ASA President Marc Curtis, a producer from Leland, Miss. “ASA’s Board of Directors passed a resolution on Dec. 13, calling for a contin-uation of the national average soybean marketing loan at $5.26 per bushel for the 2000 crop. Any reduction in the loan rate would come directly out of the pockets of U.S. soybean producers.”Based on the soybean loan rate formula under the FAIR Act, the loan rate could be set at $5.13 for the 2000 crop. The formula uses a 5-year “Olympic” average price, which disregards the highest and lowest years. The floor is set at $4.92 and the cap is set at $5.26, which was the prevailing rate for crop years 1997, 1998, and 1999.”ASA has repeatedly urged both Congress and the Administration to act on a number of commitments made to farmers when the FAIR Act was passed that would enhance prices and improve profitability for growers,” Curtis said. “Inasmuch as those commitments have not been fulfilled, soybean producers will continue to depend heavily on the income safety net provided by the marketing loan assistance program in the 2000-2001 marketing year.”Supplies of soybeans, soybean oil and soybean meal remain high, and are projected to rise even higher during the year 2000. Carryover stocks of soybeans next September are estimated by USDA at 395 million bushels, with supplies of soybean oil placed at 2.1 billion pounds. With these heavy surpluses, average soybean prices received by farmers are forecast to fall from an already low $4.70 per bushel for 1999 to $4.25 per bushel for the 2000 crop.”When ASA agreed to support the FAIR Act, we were told that Fast Track legislation would be enacted and that WTO trade negotiations would open new markets for U.S. soybeans and soy products,” Curtis said. “We were promised aggressive use of export promotion and credit guarantee programs, additional funding for P.L. 480 and other humanitarian food assistance programs, and reform of unilateral economic sanctions that restrict agricultural exports.”Since 1996, when the FAIR Act was enacted, ASA has continued to press for increased funding for agricultural research, elimination of estate taxes, and relief from undue regulatory burdens to help producers better manage their farms.”Farmers were counting on improved management tools,” Curtis said, “including a better federal crop insurance program and enactment of Farm and Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) accounts that allow producers to put aside revenue from good years to help them when times are tough. In our view, the lack of significant action on this agenda in the last four years is a major cause of current and projected low soybean prices and soybean producer income from the marketplace.”The FAIR Act is only part of the ‘Freedom to Farm’ concept, and until we get the whole package resolved, farmers are going to continue to depend on the marketing loan,” Curtis said.last_img read more

Soy Leaders Recognized for Impact on Biodiesel Industry

first_imgDuring the annual National Biodiesel Board (NBB) conference this week, former American Soybean Association (ASA) CEO and current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky was presented with the Pioneer Award for his role and many years of support for the U.S. biodiesel industry.As the long-time CEO of ASA, Censky was instrumental in the growth and advancement of biodiesel over the years. ASA, under Censky’s guidance as CEO from 1996 to 2017, played a critical role in passing the biodiesel tax incentive in 2005, and the inclusion of biodiesel in the revised Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through its national network of farmer leaders and extensive grassroots advocacy power. As USDA Deputy Secretary, Censky continues to provide critical leadership on agricultural policies as he has done throughout his career.Minnesota Soybean Growers Association’s Mike Youngerberg, was also recognized by NBB for his years of leadership with the “Eye on Biodiesel” Impact Award. Since 1986, Mike Youngerberg has worked to advance soybean industry priorities as a member of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association staff. He has a passion for biodiesel and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Biodiesel Council which represents the biodiesel producers and feedstock providers in the State. Youngerberg has served in a critical role in one of the most proactive biodiesel states in the country. In 2002, Minnesota passed landmark legislation requiring that diesel fuel sold in the state contain at least two percent biodiesel. The law was implemented on Sept. 29, 2005, becoming the first state to require biodiesel blends. The program increased to B5 in May 2009, to B10 for the summer months in July 2014, and is scheduled to move to B20 on May 1, 2018.last_img read more

RMLD Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Commemorate New Electric Vehicle Public Electric

first_imgREADING, MA — On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its offices to commemorate its new electric vehicle and the installation of a public electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The addition of a 100% electric vehicle and public EV charging station further RMLD’s ongoing commitment to Be Efficient, Get Greener, and Go Paperless. Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits as well as reduced fuel costs for EV owners.RMLD’s new 100% electric Chevrolet Bolt replaced a first-generation hybrid vehicle, and has a range of up to 238 miles at full charge. This vehicle will decrease RMLD’s fleet emissions and is estimated to reduce RMLD’s fleet fuel costs by $500 to $1,000 per year.The new public electric vehicle charging station is located alongside RMLD’s main building at 230 Ash Street in Reading. The station was partially funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Electrical Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) Workplace Charging Grant, which provided approximately $3,300 toward equipment costs. The station provides AC level 2 charging at 240-volts at the current RMLD EV rate. The charging station is available to any EV driver who uses the ChargePoint network/app. The availability of a charging station at RMLD increases the accessibility and ease of EV charging, reduces barriers to EV adoption, and provides revenue to the RMLD.Also known as “destination charging,” AC level 2 charging stations like the one available at RMLD are typically installed at workplaces, homes, hotels, and shopping areas where EV owners normally spend several hours and can conveniently charge their vehicle. Other types of charging include AC level 1, which is equivalent to an ordinary 120-volt household outlet, and DC fast charging, which is the fastest charge type available. Compatibility of electric vehicles to chargers varies based on the type of EV.There are currently about 100 electric vehicles within RMLD’s service territory and this number is expected to grow. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles (that have both a battery and a combustion engine) will account for 9% of total light-duty vehicle sales by 2025. The predicted increase in electric vehicles brings both opportunities and challenges for utilities like RMLD. As EVs enter the grid, the RMLD will be closely watching daily peak load profiles, and emphasizing the importance of charging during off-peak hours when wholesale electricity is less expensive to keep rates affordable.RMLD Staff and Board Members are pictured with RMLD’s new public EV charging station and 100% electric Chevy Bolt. Left to Right: Tracy Schultz, Executive Assistant; Coleen O’Brien, General Manager; David Hennessey, Chair, Board of Commissioners; John Stempeck, Board of Commissioners; Thomas O’Rourke, Board of Commissioners; Vivek Soni, Citizens’ Advisory Board; Hamid Jaffari, Director of Engineering and Operations; Wendy Markiewicz, Director of Business, Finance and Technology; Jane Parenteau, Director of Integrated Resources; Ben Thivierge, Resource Specialist; and Rahul Shah, Integrated Resources Engineer.(NOTE: The above press release is from the RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD To Roll Out New Electric Vehicle Pilot Rebate Program On June 1, 2018In “Government”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

Trump says US will lead in 5G very shortly

first_img 13 Photos President Donald Trump waves before boarding Air Force One. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump on Monday said America will soon be leading the race to build out next-generation 5G.”I made 5G a priority and before I got here we were way behind and now we are actually going to be leading very shortly,” the president told CNBC’s Squawk Box, when asked about the country’s standing on tech compared with China. Trump added that China doesn’t “have near the capability of our geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts and [are] worth $2 billion. They don’t have nearly the genius that these people have.” Is 5G coming to a city near you? 5 The next-generation of cellular technology, 5G promises a massive boost in speed and responsiveness. It’ll power applications like self-driving cars, telemedicine and a new universe of connected devices. In the US, wireless carriers are battling to launch 5G service, and the first 5G smartphones are just starting to become available.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment.The president touched on several other technology topics during his interview with CNBC, including Huawei and big tech companies allegedly colluding with Democrats against him.When asked about calls to break up big tech companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon, Trump alleged (again) that they’re are biased against conservatives.”I can tell you they discriminate against me,” Trump told CNBC, without providing evidence. “People talk about collusion. The real collusion is between the Democrats and these companies because they were so against me during my election run.” The president added that “obviously there is something going on in terms of monopoly.”Amazon declined to comment. Facebook and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Originally published June 10, 8:16 a.m. PT.Update, 8:36 a.m.: Adds more details from Trump’s interview with CNBC. Update, 10:08 a.m.: Adds Amazon declining to comment.  Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Now playing: Watch this:center_img 5G 2:50 Comments Share your voice Tags Politics Mobilelast_img read more

Colours of Mithila

first_imgA mother, teacher and a self-taught artist, Vandana Choudhary was always fascinated by the Mithila painting style ever since her childhood days. Now settled in Hyderabad, she dedicates her complete time to painting Madhubaniart bringing a mix of both the traditional and contemporary subjects into her paintings.”I am doing this artwork since my childhood. But I was not able to continue because of my studies and after that I got married. I got busywith my family and my son,” shares Vandana, who did not forget her passion. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us She proves that there’s no age limit to follow your dream. “In 2014 my only son went for higher studies out of Hyderabad and I was feeling bored and I continued my passion. And I started doing Mithali art for family and friends.” Why Mithila art? She says, “I hail from the Mithila region of Bihar. Visiting my village during childhood, I was always fascinated by the brightly colouredpaintings on the walls with unique features. Little did I know at that time about the history and rich legacy behind these Madhubani paintings and how it would end up shaping my own artistic impulses. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us By adolescence I was already creating these paintings and honing and perfecting my craft. As no one in my immediate family was into this art I had to learn it on my own. With no formal training of any sort as well, I can safely say that I am a self-taught artist.” About Madhubani paintings, she says, “There are mainly two types of Madhubani paintings – Bharani, which is predominantly marked by bright coloured images and Kachni, in which the paintings are filled with slanted lines. My style is mainly Bharani as I enjoy playing with colours in my paintings. However, I do dabble with other styles as well and I recently finished a series on the Goddess Sita in Kachni style.” Advertise With Us She is presenting 46 works, which are acrylic on canvas and she says, “It was difficult for me to do it on canvas as the colour will get soaked immediately, which is not the same if I do it on a wall or a paper.” This art is like a worship for Vandana, she says, “I believe that I am going to a sacred place and this is my worship.” “Apart from the regular motifs associated with this art, which are Hindu deities and scenes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata I have experimented and tried to bring new subjects within the scope of my paintings. One of these is the issue of deforestation that I have highlighted in one of my paintings in which a tree is shown to be weeping as it is being cut. Another issue that I have tried to address is the stigma associated with a woman not being fair complexioned in our society. Typically, in Madhubani paintings the women are depicted to be extremely fair complexioned, but I’ve gone against the mold and depicted dusky women as well in my paintings. In this way I’ve tried to highlight and prove that everyone should be comfortable with their own body image and feel beautiful no matter what complexion they are,” says Vandana. The exhibition will launch today at 6.30 pm.last_img read more

Snickers Manufacturer Mars Inc to Set up First Chocolate Factory in Pune

first_imgAmerica’s leading manufacturer of chocolate, confectionary and pet food products Mars Inc will be setting up its first chocolate manufacturing industry in Pune, India.The wholly owned subsidiary of Mars Inc – Mars International – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Maharashtra on Wednesday for setting up its first chocolate manufacturing plant worth ₹1,005 crore in Pune’s Khed town.The company said its investment in India will generate 200 direct and over 1,000 indirect employment opportunities, reported Business Standard.”India is a high priority market for Mars. India is one of the most rapidly emerging chocolate markets in the world and we hope to capitalise on that through this manufacturing plant. We are excited to have invested in a highly potential market like India which is poised for further growth,” Ehab Abou-Oaf, Mars Chocolate Asia Pacific Regional President said.Mars India, which was importing chocolates from Snickers, Galaxy, ever since it started selling its product in India four years ago, will now manufacture the two including Mars, Bounty and Twix at its plant in Pune.At present Mars India manufactures pet care products of brands Pedigree and Whiskas.”… Chocolate industry in India is growing at nearly 20 per cent every year and we see this as a huge opportunity to expand our chocolate portfolio in the country in the coming years. Our Pune plant is planned to be completely eco-friendly and a Leed Gold certified facility. This will boost our production capacity and efficiently support the growing demand for Mars chocolates in India,” said MV Natarajan, India General Manager of Mars International.last_img read more

Sony Uploaded an Entire Movie to YouTube Instead of Just the Trailer

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GoogleYouTube Star Grant Thompson Killed in Paragliding Accident center_img Every day YouTube receives around 2 million takedown requests. Many of those are copyright complaints sent by studios… so you’d think they would be more careful about what they upload themselves.And yet someone at Sony just recently uploaded the entire feature film Khali The Killer to its official YouTube channel. Going by the fact that the title uses the phrase “OFFICIAL RED BAND TRAILER,” it seems pretty clear that the intent was not to upload the whole 89-minute flick.Several thousand people checked the video out and it eventually came to TorrentFreak’s attention. While putting together their post about the mishap, TF watched the views continue to climb past 11,000.AdChoices广告No one at Sony appeared to be in a huge rush to correct the situation, either. The “trailer” was visible for quite some time — well over six hours — before the movie was taken down. Visit the YouTube link now and you’ll see a screen like the one at he top of this post.Given all the lobbying dollars that studios like Sony funnel to lobbyists to push more draconian copyright laws, this is all pretty darn funny. That is… if it was actually an accident.As TorrentFreak notes, Khali The Killer hasn’t exactly impressed viewers. With nearly 200 reviews in, IMDb users rate it a dismal 3.5/10.That’s led some to wonder whether Sony might have posted the full movie accidentally-on-purpose. All of the coverage they’re getting now is bringing a ton of attention to film that it wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Even if it is a stinker, plenty of curious folks are bound to give it a look now because of Sony’s “screw-up.”What’s your take on it, Geek readers? Was this an honest mistake that can probably be written down to YouTube’s somewhat-confusing interface? Or is it all a little too convenient to be an accident?last_img read more

Opera with a desi touch

first_imgOpera fused with Indian music is something to watch out for. In a first of sorts, Italian opera singer Gioconda Vessichelli has teamed up with Mika Singh for a Punjabi-English-Hindi number. The soprano singer has recorded a song with Mika Singh to create a fusion singles album, Thori Daru. We got talking with the artiste while she was in the Capital for an event. Excerpts:Tell us something about yourself.My life as an opera singer started very early as I was discovered by the principal of the Music University (Santa Cecilia, Rome) when I was just 14 years old. Normally for opera singing classes you can apply only when you are at least 18 years old because your voice should be a mature voice. I was the youngest opera singer in Italy to get opera singing degree at such early age. I also took training classes to learn the secret of perfect singing technique. I have lots of statues of Ganesha God in my house in Rome. My friend call me ‘the Indian girl’ because everything is Indian in my house in Rome. Later, I was selected among the five people to attend the singing lesson with the biggest opera singer of the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Tell us something about the song Thodi Daaru! Thodi Daaru! with Mika Singh is a clear example of fusion between western music (Opera) and Indian music (Bollywood) that’s why I created the word ‘Bollywoopera style’. Thodi Daaru is a mix of Punjabi, Hindi and rapper part with my particular voice and Mika’s voice. It’s fast, it is fun, and it is different in the real sense combining Punjabi with opera and rap style.  Mika and I collaborated for this music single Thodi Daaru! after meeting at a party, we gelled well since our artistic concept of music and personality matched and we thought to make a song which is different and new for the audiences. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix You are the first opera singer ever to fuse opera and Indian music, what inspired you for this?I was very influenced by Indian music and always wanted to open my mind towards Indian music, special effects and using the quarter of tone. I always had in a mind to create a fusion between Western and Indian music. The first time I came to India was for a spiritual journey in search of new tunes and a pleasant musical atmosphere. I learnt using the quarter of tone that we normally don’t use in western music. Indian music offers much more shades and nuances. That’s where my chord got attracted towards Indian Music and Bollywood style music. Bollywood music gave me more variety of singing and a texture to showcase my talent in a different and unique style.   Did the difference in languages ever bothered you?I have always been very open to achieve musical influences from other cultures and languages so I have been learning opera songs not only in Italian language but also in other languages. So when I do my concerts they always have a touch of multicultural and unconventional style. The sensation of singing in Hindi is a magic sensation! Even if I speak Hindi thoda thoda (very little). I normally ask for a translation of the lyrics of the song because I want to be sure to give the right feeling and emotion to each and every word of the song while I am singing. How did you come across Mika Singh?Mika and I met at a party. And the musical energy was contagious. He asked me to do a song together. And I agreed to it at once. We gelled well since our artistic concept of music and personality matched and we thought to make a song which is different and new for the audiences. How was the experience working with Mika Singh? How’s he as a co-singer?Working with Mika has been a marvelous experience. He is such a great artiste and good human being. I am so happy because the song is a combination of my vocal skills with Mika’s style of singing making the song more unique and suitable for all kind of people.  According to you, how is opera future in India? What do you think the scopes are?As for opera and Indian music, I think it’s not just a coincidence if the God of Indian music A R Rahman is aware of opera songs, maybe there’s a deep meaning in opera songs and the way in which I have been able to fuse it with Indian music has let me achieve a great success. Indian people have reacted very enthusiastically to the vibrations produced by my kind of opera voice, and I think when a product of art is good it has no boundaries. Who is your favorite musician in India and across?Pavarotti, the biggest opera singer of the world, who has been my teacher, a great artist, a great voice and a great human being.Madonna, an amazing artiste with not a great voice but a great mind and creative potentials. Mika Singh, an artist who can give joy with his voice to listeners. Lots of other Bollywood artistes like AR Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Asha Bhosale and many others.last_img read more

South Bengal districts to witness heavy rainfall in next 48 hours

first_imgKolkata: Heavy rainfall has been predicted in some of the South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours while the city is due to receive scattered rainfall.According to Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, a low pressure trough, formed over Bay-of-Bengal, has further intensified brining more rain in various districts of Bengal.Several parts of the city and its adjoining areas received light rainfall on Monday. The sky remained overcast in the city since afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe situation will continue for next the two days, the weather office predicted.The MeT office said districts like West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas may receive heavy rainfall due to the low pressure trough that has already contributed to depression.The other South Bengal districts like Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly and Howrah will receive moderate rainfall on Tuesday.Senior weather officials warned of spells of thundershowers accompanied by strong winds in the coastal regions. A senior official at the weather office said some of the North Bengal districts may also receive heavy rainfall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that an alert has been issued to the coastal districts on Sunday asking fishermen not to voyage into the sea.The weather office predicts a rough sea for at least next two days and the restrictions will stay put until Wednesday.The tourists, who have visited beach towns like Digha, Mandarmani and Bakkhali, have witnessed high tidal waves.Some restrictions were imposed on visitors taking bath in the sea at Digha and Mandarmani on Sunday following the alert. The district administrations have taken all possible steps to check any untoward incidents. More police personnel have been deployed in Digha and Mandarmani beaches.The district police officers maintained surveillance in the beaches and conducted campaigns to aware people about the rough sea.According to the weather office prediction, the coastal districts will witness rainfall accompanied by strong winds.The neighbouring states like Odisha, Jharkhand and also Chattisgarh will also receive moderate to heavy rainfall.last_img read more

Guatemala congress picks new VP in wake of customs scandal

first_img Top holiday drink recipes GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s congress selected a successor Thursday for the vice president who resigned over a widening customs corruption scandal that implicated her top aide.Lawmakers picked Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, a constitutional judge who has also been a Cabinet minister, ambassador and political leader, from three nominees submitted by President Otto Perez Molina.Maldonado replaces Roxana Baldetti, whose private secretary has been singled out by authorities as the alleged ringleader of the multimillion-dollar corruption scheme. Baldetti denies any involvement but nonetheless stepped down last Friday after lawmakers began an investigation into whether to remove the immunity that comes with her office.Maldonado was a late addition to Perez Molina’s shortlist after two failed attempts this week to present congress with a full three-person slate.First, Labor Minister Carlos Contreras was scratched because of an apparent constitutional conflict that would have prevented him from assuming the office.Then there were objections to the replacement nominee, Congressman Oliverio Garcia Rodas. Lawmakers feared that if Garcia were selected, his seat and its immunity privileges would then go to former Baldetti adviser Daniela Beltranena before prosecutors had a chance to determine whether Beltranena had any involvement in the corruption scandal. Garcia withdrew his name from consideration.Several dozen people have been implicated in the scheme, in which officials allegedly took bribes to evade millions of dollars in customs duties.Wiretap recordings in the case include multiple mentions of “the No. 2,” ”the lady” and “the R,” and prosecutors are investigating whether those were references to the former vice president. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Comments   Share   Lawmakers talk during the election of a new Vice President to replace Roxana Baldetti, who resigned on Friday, inside Congress in Guatemala City, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The discussion was suspended untill Wednesday. The Former Vice President Baldetti resigned Friday, May 8, and gave up her immunity from possible prosecution after her former private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, was accused of being the ringleader of a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars by taking bribes in exchange for lower customs duties. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The scandal sparked large demonstrations and calls from various sectors of society demanding that Baldetti resign.Baldetti has been ordered not to leave the country.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Study finds molecules in oranges grapes carrots

first_img Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … You might also be interested in LatAm countries form united front against TR4 – ‘D … And TEN, if you’re looking for a strategy to grow and increase value in the industry, it’s about attracting new shoppers more than getting more loyalty of consumers you already have. If the growth is fragmented, the way to capture this growth is with local brands.Q:  Thanks. These are excellent points and guidelines for produce retailers and suppliers to understand. I would now like to dive a little deeper into some of these ingredients. First of all, I know you mention Fast-moving Consumer Goods and sometimes intermix this category term with CPG, but I would like our readers to understand what you mean by this term and how big of a share FMCG has on the overall market…A: You have grocery, fresh foods, household products, beauty products, beverages and other products… five or six big sectors that you can purchase in store or online.Fresh food (meats, fish, vegetables, fruits) represents 28 percent of value generated. This is the share of the global market, so it is a big sector. What’s really interesting is there are lots of differences between regions. In the U.S., this segment only represents 12.6 percent; in Europe, it is 22 percent; and in China, it is a whopping 66.Q: That’s a huge difference…A: In China, fresh food trade is very important, and the frequency of purchase of fresh food is completely different. In U.S., you have average 39 occasions, or trips, per year to buy fresh, but in Europe, it is 107, and in China, it is 116 occasions per year, a massive difference.In terms of shopper profile, it is interesting to see the most important target for fresh food is the senior market. For the global population, the value generated is 28 percent share of people overall, but fresh food represents 31 percent for seniors globally.Again, there are very important differences in various regions. At the Summit, we will go through, Europe, China, North America – the differences can be striking.Fresh produce is over-indexed for seniors in population as well. Globally, highlighting the growth in fresh produce, avocados represent 11 percent growth; berries 8 percent; spinach 4 percent; and broccoli 4 percent growth. I’ll have a lot more to discuss at the Summit.In many countries, organic produce is still a niche, representing 5 percent of fresh food, but it is growing very fast in countries, such as Germany, Spain, the UK and France, where there is clear demand on this type of products.When talking about senior people compared to younger households, in terms of channels used to buy fresh produce, such as e-commerce or hypermarkets, proximity is really important when talking about channel. Supermarkets represent 46 percent of the seniors’ spend, but for younger people/households, supermarkets represent only 36 percent.For fresh food specialty stores (special fish, butchered meat, etc.), seniors represent 29 percent of the global spend, younger people account for 7.3 percent.These are the channels where the industry should focus on. This is where the main target is shopping.When comes to e-commerce, only two percent of the spend comes from senior people, while 10 percent of target comes from Millennials. That is a big difference.This is to emphasize the need to focus on fresh foods, this is a different proposition to have when we talk about fresh food because senior people are a big target and have a different way of shopping. They are not into e-commerce as much, but that may be changing.There certainly is big room for big potential for fresh food in e-commerce. Technology will continue to change that, and we see some evidence the industry is moving more fresh food.*******Many thanks to Stéphane for sharing a broader context for Omni-Channel Retailing. Keep your eyes out for Part II and a deeper dive into the data.When we read his Top 10 insights, we draw this: If Consumer Packaged Goods are in decline, then this makes the case for prioritizing fresh food all the more compelling.The Amsterdam Produce Summit gathers the best and the brightest for education and interchange to understand and to help create a new tomorrow for the produce industry.Join us in Amsterdam and position yourself and your organization to be a winner in the years ahead.You can register for The Amsterdam Produce Summit right here.If you need a hotel room in our headquarters hotel, just let us know here.If you want more information about the Spouse/Companion Program, just ask here.And let us know here if you want information on the tours, conducted on November 14, one day after our one-day conference.If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event, let us know here.This is the only event of its type in the world. Come be a part of it. Come to The Amsterdam Produce Summit. U.S. avocado market remains strong following price … center_img October 08 , 2018 Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … From the pages of Jim Prevor’s Perishable PunditWe have been fortunate to have experts from Kantar share their insights into many subjects, and we’ve profiled these presentations in pieces such as these:Kantar Worldpanel Execs Present Produce Case Studies Demonstrating Power Of Data At Global Trade Symposium Co-Located With The New York Produce Show And ConferenceChris Cowan Of Kantar Worldpanel UK Shares His Data-Strong Insights On The Future Of Produce Retailing At The London Produce Show And ConferenceThese presentations are always data-rich and, we’re fortunate that Kantar recently revealed a new study: WINNING OMNI-CHANNEL: Finding Growth in Reinvented Retail.We are especially delighted to have Stéphane Roger, Global Shopper & Retail Director at Kantar Worldpanel, join us in Amsterdam to explain the study findings and to pull out a special deep dive into the data to highlight special insights about the role of fresh foods in this reinvented retail world.We asked Pundit Investigator and Special Projects Editor Mira Slott to find out more. Today we are running Part I of Mira’s conversation with Stéphane, in which he details ten key findings from the research. Part II will lay out more specifics in the data mix that has led Stéphane to these conclusions:STÉPHANE ROGERGlobal Shopper and Retail DirectorKantar WorldpanelBarcelona, SpainQ: Your new Kantar Worldpanel report Winning Omni-Channel: Finding Growth in Reinvented Retail, is quite substantial and broad in scope. [The report explores global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail trends, looking at how to drive growth through different lenses: geographies, targets, and types of brands, whether local or global, branded or private. It assesses the impact of channels including e-commerce and discounters — the two fastest-growing channels, and it provides an extended vision of out-of-home (OOH) and how the FMCG trade will continue to change with the OO (online and offline) proposition.]Will you be basing your presentation on the report’s findings?A: Yes. What I did is extract 10 “ingredients” of how to drive more retail and to help the industry find new ways to grow in an omni-channel environment, which is a big topic now. A major finding in the report is that integration of offline and online is a must-have.Q: The Amsterdam Produce Summit seizes on this phenomenon. Our goal is to bring key thought-leaders and influencers from the international produce/retail industry to understand omni-channel’s effects on current and future sales and profits of fresh fruits and vegetables and strategize solutions to stay competitive and succeed. Let’s start with your 10 ingredients… It sounds like you have a good structure for your presentation, and from there we can drill down on how these ingredients apply to the fresh produce industry. As we discuss these issues, I’m hoping you can weave in the role of fresh produce within that offline and online integration, plus tie everything back to what this paradigm is going to mean for the fresh produce industry.A: OK. I want my presentation to be useful to the leading retailers and diverse global produce supply chain executives in the audience. The report is more comprehensive in its analysis, looking at all CPG categories, one of which is fresh foods and within that segment fresh produce…I will go into some areas of fresh food, but it will be difficult to do that with precision in most cases. Q: No worries.Our readers are experts on produce. They can draw many connections and inferences as to how things will work in produce from your more general research. It will be helpful when you can hone in on issues that are specific to fresh produce and related items such as prepared meals, etc.A: I’ll get right into the “ingredients” list then:FIRST, the big growth in CPG is over. We’ve seen an evolutionary slowdown in the value generated by CPG over the years. It’s much more complicated than ever for retailers and manufactures alike, and this is unlikely to change, based on fact-based data, which I’ll breakdown from the report.SECOND, we need to see the fragmentations and categorizations in growth. E-commerce is booming with 16 percent growth, and other value models, such as discounters and cash-and-carry, are rising five percent, so the message here is if you want to have growth, you need to have a value strategy.THIRD, as these categorizations of e-commerce, discounters, and cash-and-carry are growing, it means hypermarkets and supermarkets are on the decline. The challenge is for the industry to build an incremental proposition.  The FOURTH point is to say in terms of winning the market, we need to change the way of approaching it. Ten years ago, we used to do a hypermarket supermarket mix, and it was enough, but now 76 percent of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) value growth comes from channels outside of hypermarkets and supermarkets. I’m not sure our clients in the industry are looking hard enough at these other channels, so this is a call to action. Taking advantage of this growth should be central to every strategy, but successfully doing so means having an advanced understanding of their makeup.The FIFTH ingredient in driving growth is about activating the right levers in this fragmented environment; geography is a big one; and targeting consumer segments is another way of building growth.The SIXTH point is related to private label brands growing as discounters expand around the world, and consumers demand less expensive options. 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