Jet Airways new investor needs to bring Rs 4500 crore capital

first_imgNew Delhi: New investor in the cash-strapped Jet Airways will have to bring in about Rs 4,500 crore capital for running the airline, according to a senior SBI official. State Bank of India (SBI), which is the leader of the group of 26 lenders, will next month invite Expression of Interest from buyers willing to takeover the airline and will finalise the investor by May end. According to the official, there has been a lot of interest in the airline and the buyer has to bring in equity of about Rs 4,500 crore to keep it running. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”It is a good airline, and we have seen a lot of interest from investors in Jet Airways,” the official said. Lenders have decided to invite expression of interest by April 9 and binding bids by April 30. “It could be financial investor, it could be airline…including Naresh Goyal himself or Etihad. No body is barred from bidding or taking over the airline as per the rule,” SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar had said. Meanwhile consortium of lenders led by the SBI Monday agreed to put in Rs 1,500 crore immediate funding by acquiring 51 per cent stake in the company through issue of Rs 11.4 crore fresh shares. As a result, the stake of promoter Naresh Goyal came down to 25 per cent from 51 per cent, while Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, which had a 24 per cent stake in the carrier, came down to 12 per cent. Jet Airways has a debt of over Rs 8,200 crore and needs to make repayments of up to Rs 1,700 crore by the end of March. After weeks of speculations and uncertainties over the future course of Jet Airways approved constitution of an Interim Management Committee to manage and monitor the daily operations and cash flow of the company.last_img read more

Hazardous medical wastes targeted in 40million joint UNIndian project

“Every year, over 300,000 tons of medical waste is generated in India,” UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said today in a news release. “UNIDO’s environmentally-friendly project will help effectively manage and dispose of hazardous medical waste.” The five-year project will be implemented in Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and Punjab states, with Bangalore’s M.S. Ramaiah Medical College acting as national implementation body. Four large, eight medium and 16 small hospitals in each state will benefit from the project. Mr. Yumkella, who was on a week-long visit to India, also urged the private sector to actively participate. “To achieve an eco-friendly disposal of bio-waste, we not only need to train people to be conscious of quality, we also need the participation of the private sector,” he said. “In Western countries, private businesses often deal with the disposal of bio-medical waste, which allows hospitals to focus on medical issues.” The project will help reduce persistent organic pollutants (POPs), especially dioxins and furans that are generated when bio-medical waste is not incinerated at the prescribed high temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius. This will be achieved by introducing non-burn technologies like microwave and autoclave. 11 February 2010The United Nations agency that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability has teamed up with the Government of India in a $40-million pilot project to help the country’s healthcare system dispose of hazardous medical waste. read more

Small States have key role to play at sustainable development summit –

23 November 2011The participation of small States in Rio+20, next year’s United Nations conference on sustainable development, is vital, given many are already experiencing the effects of climate change, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said today. Speaking to the Forum of Small States (FOSS) in New York, Mr. Al-Nasser said the conference would provide a great opportunity for small countries to contribute their ideas and proposals on climate change and sustainable development.Rio+20 will take place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where world leaders will seek to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of previous summits on sustainable development, and address emerging challenges.The Forum of Small States was established in New York in 1992, and was set up as a platform to allow small States to discuss and foster common positions on issues of mutual concern to give them a larger voice at the UN.“FOSS members may be small in the sizes of their population, but they never are small in terms of ideas and initiatives or in terms of dynamism of their human resources,” Mr. Al Nasser said, adding that since its creation two decades ago, the forum has gained credibility for its “contribution to advancing the agenda of the United Nations in a positive direction.”Mr. Al-Nasser also spoke about other priorities in the General Assembly’s agenda, including revitalizing disarmament and nuclear-weapons-free zones around the world, defending human rights and combating intolerance, and facilitating peace processes in the Middle East. read more

Dead End street sign near Colorado retirement home gets removed

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Frenchspeaking subSaharan states need big aid increase to fight AIDS UN reports

“It is decision time for La Francophonie,” Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), told a news conference in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the report was released at a summit meeting of the 56-member state International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), a grouping of one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. “While out actions so far are laudable, they will not take us to the finish line. We must redouble our efforts for the AIDS response and act decisively,” Mr. Sidibé said, stressing that an additional $1.4 billion in international aid, a 160 per cent increase over current funding levels, will be needed annually by 2015 to fill the gap, together with a $120 million increase by the countries themselves.“The international community must meet its commitments for Francophone Africa, and high-income Francophone countries must take the lead,” the UNAIDS chief added. “At the same time, low- and middle-income francophone countries must also increase their share of investments based on economic strength and disease burden.” In 2011, an estimated 3.1 million people were living with HIV in low- and middle income IOF countries in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 10 per cent of the global total, according to the report, ‘Decision Point La Francophonie: No new HIV infections, no one denied treatment.’ HIV prevalence varies widely among member countries in sub-Saharan Africa, from less than 0.3 per cent to 5 per cent of the adult population.An estimated 826,000 people in low- and middle-income IOF countries were receiving HIV treatment in 2011, up from just 26,000 in 2003, according to the report. Increased access to HIV treatment resulted in a nearly 30 per cent decline in AIDS-related deaths between 2004 and 2011.But despite this commendable progress, an estimated 970,000 people are still waiting to access life-saving HIV treatment in IOF countries, accounting for 14 per cent of the global treatment gap. Taken as a whole, IOF countries in sub-Saharan Africa achieved 43 per cent coverage of HIV treatment in 2011, compared to 59 per cent coverage in non-IOF countries in the region. Among IOF countries in the region, just one in five pregnant women living with HIV has access to antiretroviral therapy for her own health and only 15 per cent of children eligible for HIV treatment are receiving it.Programmes to prevent new HIV infections among children are gaining momentum across sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated 34 per cent decline in new HIV infections in IOF countries between 2005 and 2011 – from 73,000 to 48,000.Despite this progress, however, an estimated 450,000 children are living with HIV in low- and middle-income IOF member states of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the report. Coverage of HIV medicines to prevent transmission from pregnant women to their children in these countries remains low, at 36 per cent compared to 62 per cent coverage among non-IOF countries in the region. read more

Keeping the faith Evangelists are good for the wine industry

With sales of local wines steadily rising, and domestic vintages crowding the lists at more and more fine restaurants, Ontario is getting a legitimate rep as a world-class wine destination. But this rising pedigree may be due to more than just quality and value.Research out of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) strongly supports the notion that passionate “evangelists” play an important role in raising awareness and popularity of Ontario wines — which now control 31 per cent of the LCBO’s wine market share.Expanding on their 2016 paper, “Evangelism and the amazing spread of quality reputation of Ontario winemaking,” professors Maxim Voronov and Wesley Helms, from Brock’s Goodman School of Business, helped lead a study examining years of institutional change in Ontario’s wine industry, the steady improvement to the reputation of domestic wines and the development of a critical mass of support for the industry.Maxim Voronov“Domestically, we’ve seen a lot more acceptance and enthusiasm for Ontario wine and internationally, there’s been a great deal more recognition of Ontario wines’ high quality,” said Voronov, who is a fellow of CCOVI.“If you measured the acceptance of Ontario wines by the number of restaurants that have VQA wine lists, the number has jumped dramatically since 11 years ago when I first came (to Canada from the United States).”Their article, “Emotions Uncorked: Inspiring Evangelism for the Emerging Practice of Cool-Climate Winemaking in Ontario,” is published in the April edition of the Academy of Management Journal, and was co-written by Felipe G. Massa, from Loyola University in New Orleans, and Liang Wang, of the University of San Francisco.One focus of their research was the ritualistic behaviours that drive people to voluntarily spread the gospel, if you will, about local wines and wineries.“The key seems to be the creation of people who aren’t simply content to buy a bottle of wine and leave it at that,” Voronov explained. “They are not simply buyers or supporters, they really have this almost religious fervour that is going to drive them to advocate on behalf of Ontario wine, and they use whatever opportunity they can to convert their friends and family members.”Preachers in the consumer space are not a new construct. In relentlessly progressive Silicon Valley, tech companies like Apple create actual “evangelist” roles within their organizations, people whose job is to be visible and vocal in imploring the appeal of a product or brand.What is less understood, Voronov argues, is how people develop into these passionate ambassadors in the first place – something they explored in-depth in their study.In the wine industry, he says this occurs through three specific rituals:Provenance-themed: Sharing the story of the wine; where it came from, who made it?Hedonic-themed: The enjoyment and pleasure of wine consumption and the social interaction associated with consuming it.Glory-themed: Emphasizing the praise, distinctions and honours that the wine or winery has garnered.People most likely to be driven by these rituals are those who connect with them emotionally, such as foodies or locavores.While the idea of cultivating evangelists is applicable to the marketing of products, Voronov stresses that there’s more to the picture.“These rituals are about building authentic relationships with audiences, not just consumers. What we want to think here is not just about how to get this person to buy one or two bottles of wine — we want them to become part of the movement, and advocate on behalf of the winery and the industry.”He also pointed out that these findings aren’t restricted to the wine industry, either, and that the creation of these “evangelists” can be beneficial to many different organizations.The full study can be found at brocku.ca/webfm_send/44178 read more

Opinion When bombing gets close my family come to me they think

first_imgLAST MONDAY INTO Tuesday were the scariest days and nights since the current conflict began. The violence finally reached the area where I live; where I, my children and neighbours had thought it was safe.After I finished the day’s work gathering information on the killing of the young boys in the Shati Refugee camp on the first day of Eid and the killing of the first Palestinian Christian in this war – both close to where I live – I lay on the couch and started watching the TV. There was a blackout, but I had switched on the generator.The news helps me capture the bigger picture, because during the day I focus so much on specific cases and details. Soon after I lay down at around 10:30pm, I fell into a deep sleep and the television remote control fell from my hand. I was woken by the sound of a very loud explosion which was followed by many others in quick succession. We are used to the sounds of explosions from Israeli bombings, but these were extremely loud so we knew that it was very close.The kids and my other relatives who were displaced and are now staying with me came running to me. I was still stretched on the couch, exhausted. When bombing gets close or when my family is scared they always come to me. They think I can protect them from this or that I am some sort of saviour. Of course in reality, there is nothing that I can do.Bombs lighting up the skyI got up and and found the sky was lit by loud explosions nearby, in Al-Abbas, Ansar, the Shifa hospital area, and Gaza port. Soon afterwards, intense shelling from the Israeli ships and aerial bombings started. The sounds of explosions, glass breaking, and walls falling down was overwhelming. I told the kids and family to run downstairs and hide in the stairwell and try to keep to the eastern side because the naval shelling was coming from the sea in the west. The windows of my house did not break because I had put duct tape in the shape of a cross all over them to reinforce the glass.It was terrifying, absolutely terrifying. The bombing went on until six in the morning. It only stopped when the sun came out.At around 3am the building to the west of my house and the building in front of it were hit with missiles fired by planes. The explosions were a mix of naval shelling and aerial bombingsNowhere to goMy family and the neighbours panicked and people started leaving their houses, not knowing where to go. My family was asking me whether we should leave the building and the neighbours were also shouting at us to leave, but where could we go? I told everyone that we should stay put. Imagine if we left, towards Shifa hospital, which was bombed yesterday but is still considered the safest place in the Gaza Strip. To get there we would need to walk in a big group with children and keep close to walls. The drones may not see we are a fleeing family, and we could easily be bombed. I made it clear to everyone that we have nowhere to go and that we should remain under the stairs at the bottom of the building.Some neighbours made it to Shifa hospital and they told us the next day just how crowded it was. I thought of the people who were forced to leave their homes in Shuja’iya and other neighbourhoods – they are now living without shelter or any support. I thought that soon I may be like them. But I did not share that with my family.We spent eight hours hiding in the same place. Every once in a while one of us would go to make tea or coffee to pass the time. But the atmosphere was frenetic; my children would be laughing like crazy at one point and then break down crying a moment later. At one point my young daughter Huda started shivering and her body was as cold as ice; it was as if someone threw her into ice-cold water. Other kids started crying too.Silencing the mediaThe scariest part was when they bombed the media building. During bombing raids, we rely on the radio news, which we listen to on our cell phones, providing a life-line to the outside world. Without it, there is only the sound of the bombs. We were listening to Al-Aqsa radio, but then it stopped after it was hit. We switched to other stations but they all went off the air, one after the other. That was the most worrying thing for me because it made me feel that I lost what little control I had over the situation.We remained in silence except for the sound of bombing, which after a couple of hours becomes a background noise you get used to, like that of the generator or the fridge.Rumours and confusion in the darknessFalse news began to circulate, creating panic and confusion. Now, with the electricity also completely out, we were in complete darkness. I could have turned on the generator but I needed to hear the war planes and the drones to know how close they were.At 6am on 29 July when the bombing stopped I went downstairs to check on my car and the surrounding area. I was worried that my car was damaged because, believe it or not, the insurance in Gaza does not cover damage from war. This is crazy; we have war all the time.I found a large crater in the middle of the street caused by what seemed like shelling from the sea. It was scarily close to our house. I then went on to check on my neighbour’s home and found the roof had been penetrated by a missile. It was the same for another two neighbours’ homes.By bombing our neighbourhood they are sending a message that there really is nowhere safe in Gaza. I realised that, at any moment, my neighbourhood could turn into Shuja’iya – reduced to rubble by the bombs.Getting used to the terrorAfter doing a quick check of the neighbourhood I went home and slept for a couple of hours. Then I got up, took a cold shower, and set off to work again as if nothing had happened. This is life in Gaza, terror at night and massacres in the day. You get used to this; you have no choice.I do my work during the day and do not think about the night until it comes, otherwise I will remain worried. What is important is that my family and I all wake up safe. In any case, we have nowhere to go; we can only remain in my home.A sense of purpose amid the perilAt least feel like I have a purpose during the hardship, and this is what keeps me going.I need to keep focused on documenting human rights violations and reporting on them – to get the truth about what’s happening in Gaza out to the world. I feel like I have a duty to serve, not only Gaza, but the whole of humanity.What happens here is not only about Palestinians, it is about the whole human race.Written by a human rights fieldworker in Gaza who has been assisting Amnesty International during the current crisis. This article first appeared in LIVEWIRE Amnesty’s Human Rights Blog. Take action.Book of condolence for Gaza victims to be opened tomorrow in DublinOpinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinianslast_img read more

Adobe makes Flash for Linux a Chrome exclusive

first_imgFirst, Adobe decided to kill off development of the mobile Flash plug-in. This, of course, happened less than a year after Google and Adobe took jabs at Apple because their iOS devices couldn’t render the “whole Web.” Now, Google and Adobe are at it again: they’re making Flash for Linux a Google Chrome exclusive.Yes, you read that right. Adobe Flash Player 11.2 is the last standalone version that utilizes the NPAPI plug-in architecture. If you’re on Linux and want to view Flash content using a first-party plug-in, your only choice will be to install Google Chrome.In their blog post announcing the switch, Adobe puts a sunny spin on things — saying that working with Google has afforded them room to develop a version of Flash that utilizes Chrome’s Pepper API that makes cross-platform development a simpler task. Curiously, that cross-platform ease wasn’t enough to convince Google and Adobe to build a version that worked with Chrome for Android. Once the new Pepper-based Flash is ready to roll, Google will start shipping it in Chrome. That’s due to happen at some point later this year.Adobe continues by saying that the new Flash plug-in will only be distributed as part of Google Chrome. Others who develop browsers — even if they implement support for Pepper — won’t be able to download the PPAPI Flash Player for use with their apps.What are your choices, then, if you don’t want to use Chrome on Linux? You can roll with an alternative browser and Flash 11.2 or you can use a third-party implementation for .SWF support. You can’t, however, use Chromium or a derivative, as the Flash code is closed source and doesn’t ship with Chrome’s wide-open brother.More at WebUPD8 and Adobelast_img read more

New Macbook Air sports a Haswell chip all day battery

first_imgApple’s incredibly thin laptop has been updated with some new hardware, with the new goal of being an all day machine. Of the many things expected to be updated from Apple today, the Macbook Air was high on many people’s lists. Unfortunately, there’s no retina display in sight for the Air, but there’s a significant performance and battery life boost geared to offer users 4-5 hours more battery life over the existing models. Apple’s latest Air will come with a Haswell ULT processor, making it the first Mac with Intel’s 4th generation processor. As we know from Intel’s Haswell release and tests, these chips allow for much greater control over the power states while running tasks Apple claims this allows for better graphics and new low power states that, coupled with the latest version of OSX, are much better than the previous generation in battery life. The battery life on the 11-inch Air is now expected to get 9 hours on a single charge, while the 13-inch Air will get 12. The new Air will also feature faster flash storage and 802.11ac WiFi. To go along with this announcement, Apple has announced a new Airport and Time Capsule that also support 802.11ac. These machines are shipping today at $999 for the 128GB 11-inch model and $1099 for the 13-inch 128GB model. It’s not the big Retina update so many were hoping for, but the new Macbook Air will be more than enough to keep up with the Ultrabook crowd this year.last_img read more

Les dauphins profondément stressés par les bateaux de plaisance

first_imgLes dauphins profondément stressés par les bateaux de plaisanceIl semblerait qu’une rencontre avec un dauphin ne soit synonyme de plaisir que pour le touriste. En effet, des chercheurs de l’université de Newcastle ont été surpris par les résultats de tests effectués sur des dauphins Tursiops : ces derniers seraient stressés lorsqu’ils se trouvent en présence de bateaux de plaisance.Pouvoir longuement admirer les dauphins est le rêve de bien des amoureux des animaux. Et pourtant, ce qu’ils ne savent pas, c’est que l’animal ne vit pas cette rencontre de façon aussi idyllique. Une étude a été menée sur les dauphins du genre Tursiops peuplant les côtes de Zanzibar. Les chercheurs ont remarqué que les cétacés désertaient les zones où passaient des bateaux de plaisance, s’y nourrissaient moins, s’y reposaient moins et y étaient moins sociables.Les dauphins ont été observés pendant une période de quarante jours. Lorsque les bateaux étaient présents, leur temps de repos diminuait de 38 à 10%, le temps passé à socialiser baissait de moitié alors que le temps passé à nager était doublé, passant de 33 à 77%. Ces déplacements accrus n’ont pas pour but de faire plaisir aux touristes, mais bien de les éviter. Le danger induit est réel : les dauphins passent plus de temps à se dépenser qu’à se nourrir ou se reposer. À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’HawaïLes animaux risquent également de déserter définitivement les zones sujettes au passage des bateaux de plaisance. Or, le tourisme est la principale source de revenus du pays, quelque  60.000 touristes visitant Zanzibar chaque année, et une grande partie profitant de leur séjour pour contempler les dauphins. Bien sûr beaucoup d’entre eux pourront payer un supplément pour faire un détour afin d’observer les animaux qui auront migré mais cela n’améliorera pas la situation des cétacés. L’observation des dauphins a remplacé leur chasse depuis 1992. Même si elle est bien moins dangereuse pour la survie des espèces, elle n’est pas totalement innocente. Et si vous admirez ces animaux, le mieux à faire est certainement de les laisser en paix ou au moins, d’adopter une conduite responsable en ne s’approchant pas trop d’eux, surtout à bord d’énormes bateaux.Le 21 mars 2010 à 15:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Atterrissage réussi dune navette Soyouz trois spationautes de lISS de retour au

first_imgAtterrissage réussi d’une navette Soyouz : trois spationautes de l’ISS de retour au bercailKazakhstan – Le Centre de contrôle des vols spatiaux (Tsoup) a annoncé que la navette Soyouz s’est posée samedi 25 septembre près du cosmodrome de Baïkonour, ramenant sur Terre trois des spationautes de l’ISS, après six mois de mission dans l’espace.”L’atterrissage s’est déroulé sans incident. L’équipage se sent en bonne forme”, a indiqué le Centre de contrôle. La capsule russe Soyouz s’est posée à 05H23 GMT dans la steppe du Kazakhstan, en Asie centrale. Elle a comme prévu ramené à bon port l’astronaute américaine Tracy Caldwell-Dyson et les cosmonautes russes Alexandre Skvortsov et Mikhaïl Kornienko, qui ont terminé leur mission de six mois à bord de la station spatiale internationale (ISS), à 350 km de la Terre.À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceLeurs collègues encore présents dans l’ISS se réjouissent de ce succès. Le départ, initialement prévu vendredi, avait dû être reporté de 24h, l’ordinateur ayant signalé un problème d’étanchéité. “(…) le signal indiquant une baisse de pression était une erreur (…) un boulon était cassé” a dit Anatoli Perminov, chef de l’agence spatiale russe Roskosmos, qui précise que c’est le seul incident du genre qu’ait connu Soyouz en dix ans.Un prochain voyage se fera grâce à une navette américaine en 2011, puis Soyouz deviendra le seul véhicule à assurer le transport de passagers entre l’ISS et notre planète, au moins jusqu’en 2015, date à laquelle un nouveau lanceur commercial américain devrait prendre la relève. Le 27 septembre 2010 à 12:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un enfant délivré dune tumeur plus grosse que lui

first_imgUn enfant délivré d’une tumeur… plus grosse que luiAu Mexique, les médecins d’un hôpital de Mexico ont annoncé mercredi 27 juin avoir opéré avec succès, le 14 juin, un enfant en bas âge affecté d’une tumeur de… 15 kg. La convalescence semble bien se passer. 15 kilogrammes… C’est le poids de cette gigantesque tumeur – heureusement non cancéreuse – qui provoquait une énorme excroissance sur le thorax et l’abdomen de Jesus Gabriel, un enfant âgé de 2 ans, qui, lui, n’en pèse que 12… Originaire de l’État de Durango, dans le nord du Mexique, le petit garçon était déjà affecté de cette tumeur in utero, et sa mère avait peu d’espoir de voir son fils survivre à cette contrainte pesant sur ses tout jeunes organes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”L’enfant est arrivé en pesant 27 kilos, dont plus de la moitié était due à une malformation grave, très complexe, correspondant à une tumeur qui s’était étendue sur une partie du thorax et de l’abdomen”, a précisé le chirurgien Jaime Zaldivar d’un hôpital de Mexico. Mais l’équipe médicale n’a pas reculé à pratiquer l’intervention pour retirer au jeune patient l’excroissance. En tout, l’opération qui s’est déroulé le 14 juin, a duré pas moins de 10 heures mais s’est soldé par une réussite : la tumeur a été retirée. Aujourd’hui, le petit Jesus Gabriel est toujours en observation mais récupère de façon satisfaisante, selon les informations communiquées par le personnel soignant. Néanmoins, il a dû ‘réapprendre’ à marcher. En effet, la tumeur devenue de plus en plus grosse empêchait le garçon de marcher normalement, perdant ainsi l’habitude. Mais outre la joie de se mouvoir librement, Jesus Gabriel a également redécouvert le plaisir de jouer comme tous les bambins de son âge.”Maintenant, il joue, nous sommes heureux et très reconnaissants”, a commenté sa mère. Une véritable réussite pour un cas clinique assez particulier : la tumeur étant trois fois plus importante qu’une tumeur classique (pouvant atteindre 3 à 5 Kg), et plus lourde que l’opéré. Pour information, la plus grosse tumeur opérée du monde a été retirée en août 2010, à l’hôpital Lomas de Zamora de Buenos Aires. Après 4 heures d’opération, le docteur Oscar Lopez a soustrait une tumeur de 23 kilogrammes à sa patiente. Le 29 juin 2012 à 10:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Play Minecraft Classic in your browser on its 10th anniversary

first_imgMinecraft Classic re-creates the original 2009 experience. Microsoft/Screenshot by CNET Minecraft turned 10 on Friday and you can turn back the clock to play the original version in your browser right now.Developer Mojang released Minecraft Classic earlier this month, bringing the sandbox creation game back to its original form as seen on May 17, 2009.”You can run Minecraft Classic in your browser and you’ll soon see why,” Mojang’s Tom Stone wrote in a release. “With just 32 blocks to build with, all the original bugs, and an (inter)face only a mother could love, Minecraft 2009 is even more glorious than we remembered!” Read Google Home Hub review The art of Minecraft: Building beauty, block by block 1:27 Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Microsoft’s new Minecraft Earth mobile game is like Pokemon… Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Comments 7 Turo Boost Mobile Tags HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET See It $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See at Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $6 at Tidal Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read the Rylo camera preview Now playing: Watch this: The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. center_img $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET $999 $59 at eBay Comment Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 16 Photos Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate Video Games Gaming $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sprint Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Minecraft has come a long way since its earliest blocky days. It remains one of the top paid mobile games in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, while Minecraft: Education Edition has become a popular way to teach kids things like computer coding, engineering, architecture, urban planning and math. It’s also been used to help kids with autism engage in school and build healthy social lives.Microsoft, which bought Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014, celebrated the anniversary on Friday by revealing Minecraft Earth — a Pokemon Go-style augmented reality (AR) phone game.Originally published at May 8 at 5:34 a.m. PT.Updated May 17 at 6:01 a.m. PT: Notes anniversary and Minecraft Earth. Best Buy $60 at Best Buy Amazonlast_img read more

India condemns highly irresponsible statements by Pakistan PM

first_imgNEW DELHI: India on Thursday strongly condemned “highly irresponsible” statements by Pakistani leadership on withdrawal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan has been using terrorism as state policy against India and it must stop exporting terror. “We strongly condemn highly irresponsible statements by Pakistani leadership on matters internal to India,” he said, in what is seen as a direct reference to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The provocative statements from Pakistan include call for jihad and inciting violence in India,” Kumar said. Khan has been consistently attacking India on its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir in the last three weeks. On Monday, Khan said he will raise the issue at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly.last_img read more

2 kids die from electrocution in Munshiganj

first_imgTwo minor boys died from electrocution and three people injured at Adhara Saradi village in Sadar upazila Munsiganj on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.Police said a live electric wire got snapped and fell into a pond at the village.The two minor boys — Rohan, 5, son of Kamal Miah, and Junayed, 7, son of Nuruzzman, residents of the village, got electrocuted after they fell into the pond while playing adjacent to the water body.Soon after the incident, mothers of the two kids — Maksuda Begum and Malati Begum –and Ruhul Amin, also a resident of the village, jumped into the pond to rescue the duo.Later, locals removed the live electric wire from the pond, rescued the five and sent them to Munsiganj General Hospital where doctors declared Rohan and Junayed dead while Maksuda, Malati and Ruhul Amin were admitted to the hospital.last_img read more

Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats

first_imgGuam is looking to cash in on its new-found fame as opportunity to attract visitors to the idyllic island. Photo: AFPTourism-dependent Guam is looking to cash in on its new-found fame as a North Korean missile target, tapping an unlikely promotional opportunity to attract visitors to the idyllic island and prove that all publicity is good publicity.Pyongyang’s threats to launch four missile strikes near the US territory has stirred global curiosity in the remote Pacific destination, with it trending heavily on search engines as social media users wondered, “what is Guam?”Although Guam hosts two US military installations and 6,000 US soldiers, making it the target of North Korea’s wrath, tourism authorities are keen to dispel any impression of danger to the tranquil island and its secluded beaches.“The circumstance are unfortunate but this is a good opportunity for us to educate the world about Guam and our culture, about where we are, and who we are,” said Josh Tyquiengco, marketing director at Guam Visitors Bureau, the official agency for the island.“Guam is more than a military base. We are a safe family destination. We reassure potential visitors that we continue to be a safe… place to visit,” Tyquiengco told AFP Friday.Despite North Korea’s threats to prepare plans within days that would surround Guam with “enveloping fire”, fears of a potential attack have not deterred tourists from visiting Guam, he said.“We heard about a few booking cancellations from South Korea, but it’s too minimal to affect the industry,” he said.As aircraft after aircraft—packed with tourists—landed Friday at Guam’s international airport, the latest visitors to the island appeared untroubled by the prospect of missile strikes.Sun Doojin, who arrived with her husband and two-year-old daughter on a flight from Seoul, responded with an emphatic “no” when asked if she was concerned about an attack during her visit.The Guam Daily Post, in an editorial, said the spotlight on the territory offered an opportunity to show the world why an island of 162,000 people draws more than 1.5 million tourists a year.“The beach waters are crystal clear, beaches aren’t overrun, and nature hiking trails are very accessible.“The different cultures that are showcased on the island through food, make Guam a hidden gem, a tropical vacation getaway but with the amenities and comforts of some of the small cities stateside.”Guam’s history of earthquakes and typhoons mean its infrastructure is built to robust standards and authorities insist that the island is prepared for any emergency, including a North Korean strike.Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde told the Guam Daily News that in the event of an attack, residents would be immediately notified by sirens from the All-Hazards Alert Warning System located throughout the island.“If you hear the sirens, tune into local media—radio, print, television—for further instructions,” she said.Pyongyang has said it would take less than 18 minutes for a missile to cross the 3,400-kilometre (2,100 miles) distance to the US territory.In addition to the US military bases, Guam is also equipped with the sophisticated THAAD weapons system which is capable of destroying intermediate-range missiles in the final phase of flight.Officials, however, have sought to brush off fears and say there has been no change in the threat level for now.“I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. No missile is going to land on Guam,” said Carl Peterson, who serves on the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s armed forces committee.“We’ve got defense mechanisms in place… they have the ability to seek out the missiles with kinetic energy and destroy it.”last_img read more

What SCOTUS Rulings On Gerrymandering Census Mean For Texas

first_img 00:00 /00:41 Share X Susan Walsh/APThe Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts have no role to play in blocking partisan gerrymandering. Texas Republican lawmakers could see this as an opportunity to redraw district lines in their favor, according to experts.Drawing political boundaries to favor one race over another is against the law. But in Texas, the distinction between racial and partisan gerrymandering is often blurry.“Sometimes the defense of the Texas Legislature has been that we did the redistricting not based on race, which is clearly unconstitutional, but we did it for partisanship reasons,” Charles “Rocky” Rhodes of South Texas College of Law Houston told Houston Matters. “We didn’t discriminate against Latinos because they’re Latinos. We discriminated against them because they vote Democratic rather than Republican.”  In the past, majority lawmakers of either party have been furtive about trying to draw district lines in their own favor. GOP lawmakers could prove much louder and more open about doing so in the next round of redistricting, according to Joseph Fishkin, who teaches law at the University of Texas at Austin.“And the reason they’re going to do that,” Fishkin said,” is that they are hoping that by proclaiming loudly that they engaged in partisan gerrymandering, they’re hoping that will insulate them from charges of racial gerrymandering, which the Supreme Court is still going to police.”The citizenship questionThe high court’s other major decision on its last day could also have implications for Texas.The court put a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census on hold, ordering the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide a clearer explanation of why the question is necessary.Research has shown the question drives down the response rate from minority groups and immigrants, which could cost Texas federal funding.Luis Figueroa, the policy director for the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, said the economic loss of federal funds could be as much as 8%. “That would be absolutely devastating to the Texas economy, to our representation, to businesses investing in Texas. So this is why I say the stakes couldn’t be higher,” Figueroa said.An undercount in Texas could also lead to the loss of a congressional seat. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Baltimore Police Man Slain at City Facility in Possible Worker Fight

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — A man was killed in a shooting that appeared to stem from an argument between employees at a Baltimore public works building Thursday, and the shooter is still on the loose, authorities said.Police officers were called to a Department of Public Works facility Thursday morning and found a 34-year-old employee who had been shot several times in a locker room area, spokesman T. J. Smith said at a news conference. The man was taken to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.Smith said an argument might have occurred before the shooting, but he did not release any details about the suspected shooter. Investigators have good leads and expect to identify the person soon, he said.“They were at work making a living and somehow or another the bad guy decided to end this dispute with a gun,” Smith said. “So whether it was a personal or a professional argument, we have to answer those questions and get to the bottom of that. What made this bad guy bring the gun to work? Why did he have it at work and why did he choose to use it today?”Public Works Director Raymond Chow said at the news conference that he was not aware of any previous issues at the building and was surprised by the news.“I know it’s going to be a big blow to our department as a whole,” he said.About 100 employees report to the field depot that houses maintenance crews working on water and sewer mains, and their equipment. People must have key cards to access to the building, he said.last_img read more

Nanoparticles Generate Supersonic Shock Waves to Target Cancer

first_img Citation: Nanoparticles Generate Supersonic Shock Waves to Target Cancer (2008, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-nanoparticles-supersonic-cancer.html By mixing nanomaterials that act as fuel and oxidizer, researchers have created a combustible nano explosive that can generate shock waves with Mach numbers up to 3. The team of researchers, a collaboration from the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC) and the U.S. Army, hope that this nano-sized “smart bomb” can target drug delivery to cancer cells, and leave healthy cells unharmed. Their study is published in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.“Nanoengineered thermites can produce shock waves, and their properties are similar to some primary lead-based explosives,” Shubhra Gangopadhyay, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMC, told PhysOrg.com. “Hence these materials may be able to replace lead-based primary explosives. We are also able to integrate this material with micro-chip technology and produce shock waves using these compact micro-chip systems. This micro system has many applications in defense, as well as in life sciences, such as targeted drug and gene delivery.”The researchers explain that nanothermite composites, made of metallic fuel and inorganic oxidizer, have “outstanding” combustion characteristics. Mixing a low-density composite of copper oxide nanorods (fuel) and aluminum nanoparticles (oxidizer) results in a large contact area between the fuel and oxidizer. On the nanoscale, the low density and large contact area of the nanothermite composite can lead to a fast-propagating combustion.The team tested the combustion in a shock tube studded with optical fibers and pressure sensors to measure the combustion wave speed. They found that the nano composites could generate combustion waves with velocities ranging from 1500 to 2300 meters per second, which is in the Mach 3 range.The power of these nano explosives could lead to a breakthrough in drug delivery for cancer and HIV, the researchers explain. First, drugs would be administered with a needle as usual, dispersing through the entire body. But then a hand-held device aimed at the tumor would send a pulse into the tumor. The shock waves created by the pulse would make tiny holes in the cells it was aimed at, allowing the drug to enter the tumor cells. Further, the force of the shock waves would push the drugs to those cells within milliseconds.The researchers have tested the method on animal tissue, and have demonstrated a 99% success rate – almost all of the cells have properly accepted the drugs. Healthy cells, on the other hand, demonstrate much fewer side effects than with conventional treatments such as chemotherapy. As Gangopadhyay explains, the nano explosives have some different characteristics than conventional explosives. “In conventional explosives, shock waves are generated during detonation,” she says. “In nanothermites, fast propagating chemical reactions can create shock waves without detonation.” Generating shock waves without detonation is the key to this technology, she says.If everything goes well, the researchers hope to have the device ready to use in two to five years. Besides biomedical applications, the nano explosives could be useful in other areas, such as geology and seismology. Originally, the technology was used in the Army for IED (improvised explosive device) detection, where shock waves sent into the ground could give an image of what lies beneath. More information: S. Apperson, et al. “Generation of fast propagating combustion and shock waves with copper aluminum nanothermite composites.” Applied Physics Letters 91, 243109 (2007).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Tests of the nano combustion in the shock tube showed that the nanocomposite could generate combustion waves with velocities ranging from 1500 to 2300 meters per second, which is in the Mach 3 range. Credit: S. Apperson, et al. Shaken and stirred: Scientists capture the deformation effect of shock waves on a material Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more