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Silence Breakers named Time magazines Person of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The “Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. Time praised those who have given “voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.” The magazine’s cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler and others who say they have been harassed.Time’s announcement was made Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year’s winner hits “close to home” and mentioned Lauer by name.Women who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said she wasn’t aware of Burke’s contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.Milano and Burke appeared together Wednesday on the “Today” show.“This is just the start. I’ve been saying from the beginning it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” Burke said. “Now the work really begins.”“As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, ‘That’s it. We’re done. No more,’” Milano said. “It’s vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum.”Wednesday’s winner differed slightly from how it was described the shortlist of finalists, which mentioned only the #MeToo movement. Time has made such changes before. The 2014 winner, “The Ebola Fighters,” was listed as “Ebola Caregivers” in the shortlist.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time’s 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesman that this year’s winners should be thanked for “having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched.”The two runners-up for Person of the Year were Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing.Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he “probably” would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Trump added that he “took a pass.” Time has disputed his account.___This story has been corrected to show that Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the silence breakers. The #MeToo movement is a part of that group.last_img read more

Taliban founder lived next to US Afghan base

first_imgIslamabad: Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing failures of American intelligence. Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul before his death in 2013. “Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, reveals the Taliban chief lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingDam spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari, Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was overthrown. According to the book, Omar listened to the BBC’s Pashto-language news broadcasts in the evenings, but even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden rarely commented on developments in the outside world. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a USD 10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the regional capital Qalat, Dam writes. The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but US forces twice almost found him. At one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard. Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without entering. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangA second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the concealed entrance to his secret room. It was not clear if the search was the result of a routine patrol or a tip-off. Omar decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout. He later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.last_img read more

Ohio State semester switch could benefit Buckeyes athletes

With the switch to semesters approaching, most students have been gearing up for the change by deciding what to pack into their 72-day summer, and planning for the effects of the shorter break. For Ohio State student-athletes, the shorter summer and semester switch bring different adjustments and challenges, but also several advantages and opportunities. Starting Aug. 22, student-athletes in winter and spring sports will be able to begin out-of-season skill and instruction work. Previously, winter and spring athletes had to wait until the quarter started in late September to begin this work. The NCAA will still govern the football team’s and all fall sports’ practice start dates in accordance with NCAA rules. “Under the quarter system, OSU student-athletes in the winter and spring sports could not begin this instruction until the quarter began, leaving them at a considerable disadvantage to other schools, whose student-athletes in those sports were able to start the first day of their fall semesters,” OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said in an email. Beginning in 2013, the end of Spring Semester will be followed by a four-week May class session. Following this accelerated session, which some refer to as a “Maymester,” there will be a one-week break, and then the regular seven-week summer session will begin, Emig said. There is no May session in 2012. Emig said the “Maymester” period will give many student-athletes an opportunity to participate in several learning opportunities, such as internships, study abroad programs and research efforts that were difficult to fit into their schedules during the quarter system. Steven Fink, the associate executive dean for curriculum and instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the Semester Conversion Coordinating Committee, said each university department will handle the four-week May session differently, creating several different opportunities for students. “The curriculum is still being developed since it is not beginning until next summer, but we have a number of departments who are already designing courses for it,” Fink said. “I think it’s particularly well-suited for certain kinds of special topics or intensive experiences. A lot of programs are using it for study abroad, service learning, internship experiences or co-ops. Every department is going to decide on its own how it wants to handle that instructional period.” Although the teams will not have any additional or any fewer actual practice days or hours because of the switch, student-athletes may feel the effects of the change most in their free time. This year, fall athletes will begin classes about two weeks after they begin fall camp, as opposed to under the quarter system, where athletes did not start classes until about six weeks after the start of camp. Each OSU sports team has a different schedule and practice routine over the summer break, which bring varying changes depending on each athletic team’s agenda. Grayson Overman, a junior middle blocker on OSU’s volleyball team, said not much will change for him personally, but he’s excited for the switch. “I’m pretty stoked for (the change),” Overman said. “It’s going to be a lot slower pace which will be a break and might make volleyball more exciting.” OSU women’s golf coach, Therese Hession said that although there are no team-oriented events in college golf during the summer, the players are on their own schedule qualifying for tournaments. With the semester switch, the student-athletes will not get much of a rest. “We will just get started a little bit earlier than we normally do,” Hession said. “They’ll be coming right back and jumping into school.” Summer classes begin on June 18 and conclude Aug. 3. Exams will take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. read more

Cristiano Ronaldos future uncertain as he is absent in Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid just released the new kits their players will be wearing for the 2018-19 season following their triumph in the Champions League last Saturday but Ronaldo is not seen in the advert.This could be confirming the Portuguese statement after the Champions League match where he told the press that news about his future will be available in days. With this hint from Real, fingers are crossed waiting to know what the star future news will be like with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United keeping tabs on the striker.The 33-year-old striker didn’t even appear on the club’s shop on their website, however, Gareth Bale was also seen in the kit launch alongside Marcelo, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and defender Nacho Fernandez, as they donned the sleek home and away shirts on Twitter on Tuesday.Bale’s appearance comes as a surprise after the Welshman distanced himself from the club and having been heavily linked with Man Utd for a deal after scoring a match-winning brace against Liverpool.Despite being in the advert, Bale is could still leave Madrid unless he is able to secure more playing time under Zinedine Zidane.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Check out the new kit launch advert below: You’re nobody until you create ??? Our new home and away kit by @adidasfootball. ? https://t.co/odfWCbsdVu#HalaMadrid #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/BInQm2Lw4g— #CHAMP13NS ???? (@realmadriden) May 29, 2018last_img read more

Carlos claimed that Alli plays like a Brazilian

first_imgThe World Cup in Russia is about to begin and Roberto Carlos is confident that Dele Alli will be one of the biggest stars of England – who are one of the favourites, while Brazil being the biggest ones.The former Brazil full-back claimed that his country will be the biggest favourites of the tournament but everyone will have to count with England as well – especial because of Dele Alli who is playing like he was born in Brazil.The former Real Madrid player spoke about Alli’s qualities as he said that he will the key to success for the Albion, according to Sky Sports:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“England are one of the favourites after Brazil. But I really like Dele Alli – he’s a lot like a Brazilian player.”“I saw him at the Real Madrid against Spurs game and he was really impressive. He’s tall and has real ability – a very good player.”“He has the swagger that Brazilians have.”last_img read more

Report Juventus target Chelseas Emerson

first_imgJuventus are reportedly considering making a move for Chelsea full-back Emerson PalmieriThe Blues had only signed Emerson from AS Roma last year in a £17.6m deal in a bid to bolster their defensive options.But the Italy international has made just 18 appearances at Chelsea since then and appears to have fallen completely out of favour under new coach Maurizio Sarri with not a single start in the Premier League this term.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This comes in light of Marcos Alonso’s solid displays in the left-back position at Stamford Bridge, which saw Chelsea award him with a new five-year contract in October.Therefore, Emerson’s time in England is looking set to come to an end soon with Calcio Mercato claiming that Juventus would be interested in offering him a return to the Serie A.Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is understood to be keen to find a backup option for Alex Sandro as they enter the second half of this season hoping to end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory.last_img read more

ExMan Utd coach Lingard is the English version of Iniesta

first_imgRene Meulensteen has hailed Jesse Lingard as England’s answer to Barcelona and Spain icon Andres Iniesta.The Dutch coach worked for the Manchester United first-team during the final six-and-a-half years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden career and helped bring Lingard through the youth ranks at Old Trafford.Across recent weeks, the 26-year-old has impressed greatly under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the Norwegian praising him for “fantastic” development earlier this week.Lingard has managed three goals and two assists in seven starts since his former academy boss replaced Jose Mourinho in December.And now Meulensteen is the latest to praise Lingard, who he believes not only has all the qualities that Ferguson valued most in a player but shares many similarities with Spanish midfield maestro Iniesta.“Sir Alex always had a clear picture of what a good player looked like and they had to have quick feet, quick brain, and a big heart,”  Meulensteen told 888sport.“That is basically everything that Jesse had but he was very slight for his age. I worked with him from the age of eight or nine, taking him abroad for tournaments. He was always having to fight battles because he was tiny in build.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But all things level themselves out and eventually those three things make a difference – quick feet, a quick brain, and a big heart. And he has done ever so well.“The fans always need to associate themselves with players who have come through the ranks.“While I was there and Sir Alex was there, it was so important to keep bringing young players through.“The difference with Jesse is that he was always the English version of Iniesta. He can play in the pockets, he’s very mobile and very agile.“He can beat a man and he’s good in combination play. The last few seasons he started to score important goals as well.”Lingard will hope to continue his solid run of form in United’s trip to the King Power Stadium on Sunday in a Premier League match against Leicester City.last_img read more

Over 4700 SDGE customers lose power in Chula Vista

first_imgOver 4,700 SDG&E customers lose power in Chula Vista Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:40 PM , CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Over 4,700 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were without power in Chula Vista Saturday evening.The unplanned outage occurred just after 7:30 p.m., and affected 4,763 in Chula Vista, Castle Park and Otay, the SDG&E outage map said.The exact cause of the outage is still being investigated, SDG&E said.The power is estimated to be restored by 10:30 p.m.SDG&E Outage Map Posted: October 6, 2018 October 6, 2018last_img read more

Turner Gives Some Details On Plan To Consider Removal Of Confederate Monuments

first_imgListen Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says the process to decide about the removal of Confederate statues and monuments from public property that the City has just started will be “thoughtful.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is elaborating on his plan to consider the removal of Confederate monuments located on public property.During the customary press conference held after the City Council’s Wednesday meeting, Turner noted he is reacting to renewed demand from some Houstonians after the tragic rally held in Charlottesville.The Mayor made clear the process to decide about the removal will be “thoughtful,” but he also gave his share of advice to Houstonians.“I think it’s also very important that we not allow the national discourse, and what’s being said and how things are being handled on the national level, to flow down into the city of Houston and pull us apart,” Turner said.As of now, the Mayor only knows of two Confederate monuments on public property, which are ‘The Spirit of the Confederacy’, located in the Sam Houston Park, and the statue of Dick Dowling, located in one of the access points to Hermann Park.In addition to the information he receives from his staff about the Confederate statues and monuments that are located in property belonging to the City, the Mayor added he wants to also seek input from experts at local universities, such as the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Rice University.“If there’s a significant population in Houston that feels offended and feels that statue reinforces a racist point of view, I think that statue should be brought down. Statues are not put in place to impose a point of view on people,” noted in that regard historian Jeremi Suri, with the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on Houston Matters.The City says the first step in the process will be an inventory of Confederate monuments. Share 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Analysis A Good Day To Be A Texas Incumbent

first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneTexas Flag and signs across street from Waxahachie parks and recreation voting place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — primary voting day in Texas.Incumbents of almost every stripe did well in Tuesday’s elections for state office.Only seven of them lost, and only two more were forced into runoffs.A great line from Republican political consultant Wayne Hamilton nicely summed up this election: “So much money, so little change.”The fallen include:State Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls has literally watched his district grow away from his home base and into the northern clutches of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and whose opponent, state Rep. Pat Fallon of Prosper, was endorsed by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.State Rep. Wayne Faircloth of Galveston was one of three Republicans on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s hit list — and the only one to fall on Tuesday. He was in trouble anyway, running against wealthy Chambers County candidate Mayes Middleton. They ended close to a draw in Faircloth’s home county, but Middleton won big in his.State Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas is one of two Hispanic Republicans in the Texas House and a regular target of arch-conservatives in his primary elections and of Democrats in his general elections. He lost the primary to Lisa Luby Ryan, who now has to best that significant second obstacle in November.State Rep. Diana Arévalo, D-San Antonio, fell victim to a time-worn electoral hazard: a predecessor who wants the seat back. She won office when Trey Martinez Fischer gave it up for an unsuccessful Senate bid. The key word there was “unsuccessful.” He saw his old perch as the best way back to Austin, and he won it by 115 votes out of 9,369 cast.Tomas Uresti’s first bid for re-election to the Texas House was undone, in part, by an unrelenting barrage of awful headlines featuring his last name. His brother, state Sen. Carlos Uresti, was convicted — right in the middle of early voting — on 11 federal felony charges including counts of money laundering and fraud. The trial was lurid, the headlines gruesome, and the House Uresti’s loss on Tuesday probably preordained.Roberto Alonzo of Dallas, a 10-term state representative, was convincingly defeated by Jessica Gonzalez, a young attorney in this strongly Democratic district.State Rep. Dawnna Dukes of Austin received a meager 10.16 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary that served as a referendum on the incumbent. That’s not a good thing, even for a legislator who had become a fixture on the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee and had been re-elected every two years since 1995. She suffered medical setbacks after a traffic accident, was charged with violating ethics laws that embarrassed prosecutors later said were based on bad evidence. And she said, at one point, that she wouldn’t run this time, a move that prompted several candidates to jump into her race. She came back, but they didn’t leave. Two of them —Chito Vela and Sheryl Cole — will be in a May runoff. Dukes will be at home.Two more state representatives, Democrats René Oliveira of Brownsville and Scott Cosper of Killeen, were pushed into runoffs in May. Oliveira will face Alex Dominguez. Cosper’s remaining opponent is Brad Buckley. Runoff elections are not the preferred forum of incumbents, but they’re still alive.Various factions declared victory after the votes were counted; that’s what factions do. But the results were evidence of good defense more than good offense. Most of the incumbents under fire in this year’s primaries survived to the next round. Scads of money were spent, including a fair amount against incumbents.People targeted by education candidates — Patrick, state Sen. Joan Huffman, state Rep. Mike Lang, to name three — came out fine. Some of the biggest targets of conservative activists — state Reps. Sarah Davis, Lyle Larson, Charlie Geren, Dan Flynn, Hugh Shine, J.D. Sheffield, Giovanni Capriglione and several more — lived to tell their electoral war stories.Sometimes money mattered. Sometimes it made no difference at all. Kathaleen Wall spent millions and missed the CD-2 runoff by 145 votes. Jim Hogan spent almost nothing but a filing fee and finished ahead of Trey Blocker, a lobbyist who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to beat Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Miller finished first.The marquee race — the one that got most of the attention to this point, and probably the one that will be in the spotlight going forward — produced an unexpected result. Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough combined to get 38.2 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.That’s the race dominated by the presence of U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, who is trying to do for Texas Democrats what John Tower did for Texas Republicans all the way back in 1961 — and to avoid the fate of the party’s last would-be savior, Wendy Davis, who ran for governor in 2014. Tower, a Republican, rocked the political world by winning the special election to replace Lyndon Johnson in the U.S. Senate.O’Rourke’s first foray into statewide politics was strongish — 60+ percent is a solid win. But it wasn’t a powerful showing, especially against unknown opponents. Davis got just 38.9 percent of the vote in the 2014 general election against Abbott. Republicans were quick to try to make a parallel narrative of O’Rourke’s first step.That brings us to turnout. Democrats improved their turnout, from a terrible, awful number — only 560,033 people showed up for the party’s 2014 primary — to a lousy one this year: 1, 036,942. That’s an 85.2 percent increase, but it’s not enough to scare anybody.Republican turnout topped 1.5 million, up 13.5 percent from 1.35 million four years ago. They improved less, but they started bigger. And they’re still outrunning the other big party by a 3-to-2 margin in turnout. Sharelast_img read more

Weaving in winter

first_imgDastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents the winter season handloom textiles special the Dastakar Winter Weaves 2013. This exhibition brings together the best of the diverse and rich regional handloom weaving and embroidery traditions from across the States of India. The focus of the exhibition is on seasonal Silks and Wools in a wide range of sarees, dupattas, running fabric, shawls, knits and made-up garments. Tussar silks will come from Chhattisgarh and Bihar, as well as tussar and  wools from Uttrakhand where the silk worms are raised in groves of Himalayan walnut trees.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Single and double weave ikat silks will be present in both the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh traditions. Banarasi brocades will gleam in winter sunshine and the tiny dotted designs of finely worked bandhini silks will amaze the eye. Light and multi-hued Maheshwari cotton-silks will be available too.Lovely kullu and kinnauri wool shawls from Himachal Pradesh will be showcased alongside the colourful Kutch shawls and stoles of the expert Vankar weaver community. Khadi handlooms, organic wools from Uttrakhand and patchwork quilts and bags will be available, as well as knitted sweaters, capes, gloves and socks.Authentic quality pashmina in both traditional and innovative modern designs will come from Kashmir and the famed Changthang plateau of Ladakh. Kashmiri, Kutchchi and kantha embroidered textiles and accessories will be present as well as dhurries from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, along with the revived namda felt rug tradition from Kashmir.last_img read more

Over 200 BJP workers switch over to Trinamool in S Dinajpur

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the rural polls in Bengal, district general secretary of BJP’s South Dinajpur unit Uttam Dutta, along with 200 of his followers, joined Trinamool Congress. They attended a programme at Tapan School on Tuesday evening, where the chairman of Gangarampur civic body and Trinamool leader Prasanta Mitra handed over the Trinamool flag to Dutta and his followers. Dutta was the former secretary of BJP’s state committee’s farmers cell (Kishan Morcha). “I was in the wrong party, which stressed division and polarisation of people instead of development. I have joined Trinamool Congress as it is a party that works for development, beyond the lines of religion. Also, Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee always backs farmers for their overall development, which has also inspired me to shift,” he said. Dutta had distanced himself from the party’s activities for the past six months and did not attend meetings of the cell. A rumour broke out some days ago that Dutta is likely to join the ruling party. He had also expressed his desire to join Trinamool then. Dutta, who worked for the development of local farmers in Tapan block, is very popular in the region. Some other workers from different political parties including BJP, Congress and Left Front might join Trinamool soon.last_img read more

Trying natural ways for pearly whites Research first

first_imgUchenna Okoye, clinical director at London Smiling Dental Group, doles out guidelines, reports femalefirst.co.uk.StrawberriesClaim: Mash up a ripe strawberry, dip your toothbrush in it and brush carefully over teeth. Within two weeks, your teeth will be whiter.Dentist’s Verdict: True. Strawberries contain citric acid, which can weaken the surface hardness of your teeth. But it also contains the more gentle malic acid, and the riper the strawberry becomes, the higher the concentration of malic acid compared to the more harmful citric acid. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So choose a really ripe strawberry, rub it on your teeth and just like exfoliating the skin, it does remove superficial debris. The malic acid won’t actually break down the stain molecules, but the surface clean gives your teeth a whiter appearance. A gentle and effective natural whitener.Turmeric powder Claim: Mix half a teaspoon of dried turmeric powder with a few drops of water and stir to create a thick paste. Dip your toothbrush in (it will be stained yellow) and clean teeth. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe usual cleaning time of two to three minutes is doubled, because of the time it takes to rinse the yellow from your teeth and gums. The abrasive qualities of the bright yellow spice (derived from a root) will clean your teeth.Verdict: False. This is a recipe for disaster. The rule in dentistry is that anything that will stain a white shirt will stain your teeth. All spices stain teeth but yellow spices are the worst. Far from whitening your teeth, using turmeric will make them even more discoloured. Banana peelClaim: High levels of potassium, magnesium and manganese in bananas can help remove stains from teeth. Simply peel a ripe banana, and rub your teeth with the insides of the peel for about two minutes. After three weeks, your teeth will have whitened.Verdict: True. If you rub the skin it can act as a gentle exfoliator and will remove some surface stains, but the banana will not reach inside the pores on the surface of your enamel – so no true ‘deep’ clean will take place.Cider Vinegar Claim: Rinsing with apple cider vinegar (mixed two parts of water) will make teeth whiter and protect teeth and gums from bacteria.Verdict: False. Cider vinegar is a favourite of ‘detox’ devotees. Once swallowed, it mixes with pancreatic secretions in the intestines and turns alkaline, but when it hits your teeth, it is an acid, albeit a weak one. This makes the enamel on your teeth less resistant to damage – like wetting a chalk and then scraping off the surface.Coconut oil Claim: A 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic way to clean teeth is to swish a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut, sesame or olive oil) around your mouth for 20 minutes every morning. The coconut oil sticks to the oil in the cell membranes of any bacteria in your mouth, so when you spit it out, you are ridding your mouth of unwanted micro-organisms. Used by stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, who claim it whitens teeth and improves complexion.Verdict: False. There is no scientific evidence at all that ‘oil pulling’, as it’s called, will whiten teeth, or even remove bacteria. It’s possible that the act of swishing the oil around your mouth will dislodge some bacteria or debris, so followed by a careful brushing session, your teeth may look cleaner. But no science shows that oil pulling will make your teeth any whiter.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates magnificent Mary Kom

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated M C Mary Kom for winning her sixth gold medal on Saturday to become the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships. “Congratulations Mary Kom for winning a record sixth world title. “We are proud of your golden achievement at the Women’s World Boxing Championships…” Banerjee posted on her official Twitter handle. Mary Kom on Saturday became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous 5-0 result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota at the AIBA World Championship in New Delhi.last_img read more

GeneticallyAltered Mosquitoes May Be Key to Eradicating Malaria Study Shows

first_imgNovember 23, 2015 3 min read Malaria continues to devastate: More than 40 percent of the global population lives in areas where there is the risk of contracting the disease, which killed an estimated half a million people in 2013.Spread via infected mosquito, the disease has proven impossible to eliminate with existing strategies.But researchers at the University of California — including Anthony James, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry — have developed a possibly groundbreaking new tool in the fight to eradicate the disease. A paper published today in the scientific journal PNAS details their attempt at introducing malaria-blocking genes into the DNA of disease-transmitting mosquitoes.Related: New Product Makes You Invisible to Mosquitoes and May Save LivesWhile James has been working for nearly two decades on ways to alter mosquito populations, this latest attempt is different. Notably, it uses CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”), the recently discovered gene-editing technique that is cheaper, faster, more flexible and in many ways more precise than alternative methods. And crucially, it is able to alter both dominant and recessive marker genes — to huge results.In James’s previous work, which has focused on injecting mosquitoes with synthetic DNA to combat the spread of dengue fever, the modification was only passed down to its offspring 50 percent of the time because it was carried by only one of a pair of chromosomes. But in the PNAS study, when malaria-blocking genes were inserted into a population of Anapheles mosquitoes using CRISPR, the modification could be copied to the partner chromosome and thus passed down in every generation. As a result, inheritance rates rose to 99.5 percent.Related: This Mosquito-Repelling Wristband Might Just Save Your Summer”This opens up the real promise that this technique can be adapted for eliminating malaria,” James said in a statement. “This is a significant first step. We know the gene works. The mosquitoes we created are not the final brand, but we know this technology allows us to efficiently create large populations.”In a homogenous mosquito population, the gene mutation would spread throughout the entire population in 10 generations (or around three months), says Valentino Gantz, one of the study’s authors. If it sounds remarkably fast, it is. While methods for altering mosquito DNA in an attempt to control disease have been around for years, none have shown to be as efficient or effective, says Gantz.”CRISPR technology is just a different way to do the same thing other people have done before. But in this case, it appears to work much better.”Related: How the World’s First Bitcoin Charity Is Harnessing the Cryptocurrency to Change Lives (VIDEO) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Recap Multivehicle accident on A500

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Thursday April 26 We have no further information on the nature of the accident at this stage – although INRIX reports a large piece of plastic was reported on the carriageway just prior to the crash. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.10:22Lanes reopenedThe lanes have reopened.09:56Recovery at sceneRecovery work is understood to be ongoing.09:52Oil spillage adding to delaysA500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to spillage between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:45Lane still shutOne lane is still shut on the A500, INRIX reports.09:22What we knowAt least three vehicles are involved in the accident on the northbound carriageway near Talke RoundaboutThe accident took place at around 8.30am.Police and paramedics are at the sceneOne woman is being assessed by ambulance crewsOne lane remains closed09:17Accident involves three vehicles, ambulance service confirmA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles.“One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.”09:14One woman being assessed by paramedicsOne woman is being assessed by paramedics at the scene09:10Ambulance service at sceneWest Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they were called by the police at 8.37am.09:01Location of the accidentThe accident has taken place near the junction with the A34.The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)08:53Plastic may have caused accidentTraffic data company INRIX reports the accident may have been caused by a large piece of plastic obstructing part of the road which was reported a few minutes earlier. Although we have no confirmation of that at this stage.08:52Emergency services at scene Police are currently at the scenecenter_img Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comOne lane was blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident on the A500 this morning. The crash was reported to involve at least three vehicles on the northbound carriageway of the D Road A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Lane one (of two) was blocked, according to INRIX, a traffic data company, and traffic was queuing as a result. The accident involved at least three vehicles, most of them understood to be cars. Police were at the scene of the accident. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 8.30am, with the lanes clearing by shortly before 10am. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had assessed one woman after being called to the accident by Staffordshire Police. A spokesman said: “We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles. “One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.” Traffic England also shows traffic moving slowly in the area. Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Ethereum Constantinople hard fork to move Ethereum from PoW proofofwork to PoS

first_imgThe Ethereum development team streamed a live meeting recently. In it, they talked about a hard fork on the Ethereum blockchain. A hard fork is a drastic change in the platform’s protocol. This hard fork named ‘Constantinople’ is a step to get closer to moving Ethereum from a proof-of-work (PoW) to a proof-of-stake model (PoS). The meeting happened on 31st August and did not involve Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin. Proof-of-stake models will affect mineable coins. This is known as a “difficulty bomb” which the dev team decided to delay for another year. Till then ETH will still be mineable as usual including ASIC cards. The difficulty bomb will act as a deterrent for miners who choose to continue using PoW, after Ethereum shifts to PoS with speculations signaling early next year. After the implementation, mining will stay but the rewards will be less. The hard fork will reduce the block ETH value from 3 to 1, a reduction of 33%. This is in line with a PoS model where mining is not used to maintain the cryptographic integrity of the ledger. YouTube commentators viewed the move as a way to reduce block rewards and push ETH’s market price. Also on Twitter, some see it as a move to drive up the ETH price. There is no announced date for Constantinople to take effect, but there is another meeting scheduled in two weeks, in which more information should be made available. The ETH price is depressed as miners have to sell it to cover mining costs. As of now, Ethereum trades for about $284, a drop from $411 which was the price in early August. There are Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIP) made that include proposals to reduce rewards, bitwise shifting instructions in EVM, simpler blockhash refactoring and others. You can read about the EIPs on GitHub. For more details, you can view the streamed YouTube video. Read next Vitalik Buterin’s new consensus algorithm to make Ethereum 99% fault tolerant Ethereum Blockchain dataset now available in BigQuery for smart contract analytics How to set up an Ethereum development environment [Tutorial]last_img read more

You can now install Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi 3

first_imgThe WoA Installer for Raspberry Pi 3 enables installing Windows 10 on the credit card size computer. The WoA Installer for Raspberry Pi 3 is made by the same members who brought Windows 10 ARM to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Where to start? To get started, you need Raspberry Pi 3 Model B or B+, a microSD card of at least class 1, and a Windows 10 ARM64 Image which you can get from GitHub. You also need a recent version of Windows 10 and .NET Framework 4.6.1. The WoA Installer is just a tool which helps you to deploy Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3. WoA Installer needs the Core Package in order to run. You can find them listed on the GitHub page. Specification comparison Regarding specifications, the minimum requirements for Windows 10 is: Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit. Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS The Raspberry Pi 3B+ has specifications just good enough to run Windows 10: SoC: Broadcom BCM2837B0 quad-core A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit @ 1.4GHz RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM While this sounds good, a Hacker news user points out: “Caution: To do this you need to run a rat’s nest of a batch file that runs a bunch of different code obtained from the web.If you’re going to try this, try on devices you don’t care about. Or spend innumerable hours auditing code. Pass — for now.” You can check out the GitHub page for more instructions. Read next Raspberry Pi opens its first offline store in England Introducing Strato Pi: An industrial Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi launches it last board for the foreseeable future: the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ available now at $25last_img read more

BC dishes out travel inspiration with anniversary celebrations Google Trekker

first_img Posted by Tags: British Columbia, Vancouver Thursday, May 18, 2017 B.C. dishes out travel inspiration with anniversary celebrations & Google Trekker << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — It’s been a banner year in tourism for the province of British Columbia, thanks in large part to two main factors: increased international visitation and Canada’s sesquicentennial.While in Toronto on a media tour, representatives from B.C. tourism boards told Travelweek that visitation has spiked following Canada’s decision to lift the visa requirement for Mexican travellers as of Dec. 1, 2016. Add to that an increase in airlift (Aeromexico going double daily starting June 1) and a renewed interest in domestic travel for Canada’s 150th anniversary, and you get an uptick in inbound markets across the board, including Mexico (up 33% in 2016 over 2015), China (+18%) and the United States (+10.9%).On the domestic travel front, Saschie Maclean, Communications Specialist, North America for Tourism Vancouver, said that year-to-date numbers are slightly down (-0.3%), though traffic is expected to pick up during peak summer months. She hopes that the upcoming fall opening of the brand new Parq Vancouver complex – featuring the first JW Marriott in Western Canada – along with the recent opening of Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver will help fuel interest.JW Marriott parq Vancouver. Credit: JW Marriott.“These two new luxury properties should help with occupancy,” she said. “As luxury hotels, they’ll give Vancouver a nice mix of properties for visitors to choose from.”Vancouver is gearing up for a busy summer season, focusing largely on its Canada Day celebration that’s being billed as the biggest one outside of Ottawa. Party revellers can expect a parade of food trucks, bands, fireworks, a two-day family festival and weekly celebrations taking place at Canada Place.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”As for year-round festivities, Central City Brewers + Distillers has announced a country-wide collaboration with breweries from all 12 provinces, while Edible Canada, the nation’s largest culinary tourism company, will lead a week-long ‘Over the Top’ adventure across the country from June 16-23. Also, Timber Restaurant’s Long Table Canadian Supper featuring make-em-yourself s’mores and gift bags is proving to be a hit among groups of 15 or more, as is The Loden’s virtual reality package, which includes tickets to FlyOver Canada, a virtual flight ride across Canada.The festivities continue in Whistler, located 90 minutes by car from Vancouver and a mere 30 minutes by floatplane. Several hotels are offering commemorative packages, including Pan Pacific Whistler; ‘The Thrill Seeker’ package includes three nights’ accommodation for two and a Via Ferrata Climb tour, Ziptrek Sasquatch tour, and whitewater rafting, while ‘The Cultural Explorer’ also includes three nights’ accommodation for two and entrance to the Audain Art Museum and Squamish Lil’wat Culture Centre, Peak 2 Peak Sightseeing and a Valley of Dreams walking tour.Pan Pacific Whistler. Credit: Pan Pacific Whistler.The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also getting in on the fun with a new signature Canada 150 cocktail and ‘Wild Canada 150’ package, while the Four Seasons Resort Whistler has a Canada 150 Hunt Gather Fish Menu that features wine pairings with indigenous dishes.Meanwhile in Victoria, Canada 150 celebrations will culminate with the 11-day harbor side festival taking place from June 21-July 1. Every day at Ship Point there’ll be live performances, with special guests playing on the Legislature Lawn on June 30 and Canada Day, plus fireworks, live music, arts and culture and local food truck offerings. Also a source of Canadian pride is Royal BC Museum’s newest exhibit, ‘Terry Fox: Running to the Heart o f Canada’ (now through Oct. 1), which explores the impact Fox had on modern Canadian life.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFor those who need more incentive to visit B.C. this year, Sabrina Robson, Media Relations Specialist for Destination British Columbia, said there’s an interactive new way to map out their trip even before they book. Google Trekker, a new joint project by Destination BC and Google Canada, involved a team of explorers who spent 12 weeks mapping 200 treks through B.C. last summer, the biggest trekking mapping project by Google in Canada. Equipped with 40-pound Google Street View Trekker backpacks, they hiked a total of 1,000 kilometres to capture 360-degree images of trails and natural landscapes that are now available at bcexplorer.com/journeys. To complement Google’s footage, Destination BC also compiled interviews and photography that highlight B.C. from a local perspective.“We are keen to encourage residents to explore our own backyard this year,” said Robson. “With Canada 150 increasing interest and Canada Parks’ free Discovery Passes (B.C. has seven national parks), there’s no better time to visit B.C.”For more information on travel to British Columbia, go to destinationBC.ca. Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more