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UP coffers were empty when we took over, says Yogi Adityanath as he completes 6 months

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday alleged that “mismanagement” during the previous SP and BSP regimes had emptied the State’s coffers while corruption thrived and development came to a standstill.A day before his government completes six months in office, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister released a 24-page white paper on the functioning of previous regimes which blames them for a poor show on various fronts.Before presenting the achievements of our government in these six months, it is important to bring a white paper on the working of the previous governments, the UP Chief Minister told reporters.Due to the “faulty policies” of the previous governments, there was an imbalance in the financial condition of the state, the chief minister claimed.By the time the present government took over, the coffers were empty and debts were very high, Mr. Adityanath said.“Development works came to a standstill…brakes were applied not on corruption but on development,” he said as he lambasted the governments that preceded him.Presenting statistics to point towards the “dismal state” of Public Sector Units (PSUs) in the State, Mr. Adityanath said that 65 such entities suffered losses worth ₹6,489.58 crore in 2011-12.These losses rose to ₹17,789.91 crore in 2015-17 while the collective losses of PSUs in 2011-12 stood at ₹29,380.10 crore which rose to ₹91,401.19 crore in 2015-16, he said.PSUs which could have been used for the development of the state in the past 12 to 15 years have closed down and this proves how “irresponsible, corrupt and anti-people”, the previous governments have been, he said.Mr. Adityanath presented data to show that debt had risen two and a half times in the past ten years.Patronage was extended to anti-social elements as well as the corrupt and anarchy was created during this period, he added.“There has been a series of misdeeds by governments in the state during the past 12 to 15 years but we have focussed on some main points and presented them in a concise form…It is important as we are answerable to the people and committed to them,” he said.In the past six months, BJP government is working in line with its commitment towards the people, Mr. Adityanath claimed adding that the white paper was brought to expose the previous governments before the people.The 24-page document refers to law and order, farmers’ plight, sale of sugar mills, PWD, police recruitment, irregularities in UPPSC recruitment, NRHM, education, power, medical education, tourism and culture, housing and urban planning, women welfare and child development, excise, industrial development, minority welfare, construction of memorials and public transport.last_img read more

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Corruption the biggest issue in Bengal polls

first_imgPradipta TapadarKolkata, April 3 (PTI) As Bengal goes to the polls, the issue of corruption has taken center stage in the election campaign for the first time since Independence.Post Saradha scam in which lakhs of investors had been duped and Narada sting operation, which has purportedly shown some leaders of TMC accepting bribes, the issue of corruption has evolved as the main poll plank for the Congress-Left Front alliance, apart from “restoration of democracy” in TMC ruled Bengal.The six-phase election will begin in West Bengal tomorrow.”Never before has there been a such a corrupt government in power. During emergency we had fought against the Siddharth Shankar Ray government on the issue of restoration of democracy and democratic rights. But there was never ever such a huge scale corruption by leaders of ruling TMC,” CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra told PTI.”Saradha sacm to Narada sting operation, corruption is a major issue in this poll. Restoration of democracy, unemployment are there but corruption is the biggest issue as people of Bengal are fed up with the corrupt government. Have you ever seen a Bengal minister arrested for involvement in corruption,” Mishra said, referring to former state sports Minister Madan Mitra, who is behind bars after he was arrested by CBI for his alleged involvement in Saradha scam. Elections in Bengal since Independence have always been fought on the basis of ideologies, policies of the government, restoring rights of the opposition parties, development, industrialization, unemployment and food security. But never before there have been large scale allegations of corruption against the present government. The Trinamool Congress has countered the allegations of corruption by stating that Saradha scam is the “sin” of the erstwhile Left Front regime and Narada sting operation is a doctored sting to malign TMC before polls. “Chit Funds like Saradha are sins of erstwhile Left regime, it is our TMC government which has shut down those Ponzi firms and arrested their bosses. And the sting operation is a doctored video to malign us. TMC is the most honest political party in the country,” TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said. MORE PTI PNT MM DVadvertisementlast_img read more

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The Record Shows That $100M Pitchers Must Produce MLB Results Fast

first_imgMax Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when Major League Baseball spring training opens next week.Their careers were redefined this offseason when they joined MLB’s elite echelon of $100 million arms, a sweet 16 whose salaries total an even sweeter $2.42 billion. Every game they start, and every pitch they throw, will be viewed through the prism of their incomes.Judging by history, they had better succeed swiftly with their new teams. Wins and innings pitched are likely to dwindle with age.Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations who signed Lester, likens these megadeals to a “splurge on a luxury item,” MLB’s equivalent of a Birkin bag or vintage Ferrari.Is the roster candy worth it to their teams? Or merely a status symbol?“They are difference-makers. They are special talents. Usually there are only 10 to 12 of these in the game, and they give you something that no one else has,” said agent Scott Boras, who negotiated the deals for Kevin Brown, Barry Zito and Scherzer. “A lot of teams have a lot of pitchers, but few teams have a true No. 1.”Only three pitchers have won World Series rings after signing nine-figure contracts: CC Sabathia with the New York Yankees, and Zito and Matt Cain with the San Francisco Giants. The rest find their finances sated but their ambitions starved.The $100 million pitchers have combined to average a 12-9 record and 3.39 ERA during the first four seasons of their deals, according to STATS. During the remaining years, they fell to a 7-7 record and 4.43 ERA.Durability decreases dramatically, with the group averaging 205 innings in first seasons, 178 by the third year, and 132 by the fifth.Justin Verlander was 124-65 and 30 years old when he signed his big deal with Detroit in March 2013. He is 28-24 since, slowed by core muscle surgery before the 2014 season.“I don’t think that there’s anyone that looks at long-term contracts for pitchers that are older, and thinks that all of them are going to be years of investment that are at the highest rate,” Detroit Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said. “You expect some type of decline and adjustment that takes place.”Pitchers and catchers start workouts with World Series champion San Francisco on Thursday, and position players join five days later. Among the players making fresh starts are Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez with Boston; Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and James Shields with San Diego; and David Robertson with the Chicago White Sox.And Alex Rodriguez returns to the New York Yankees at age 39 following his yearlong suspension.Seeking their first championship, the Washington Nationals gave the 30-year-old Scherzer a $210 million, seven-year contract, $5 million shy of the record for pitchers set by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.The Cubs, who won their last title 17 days after the Ford’s first Model T left the car factory in 1908, guaranteed $155 million over six seasons to Lester, and included 25 hours of private jet use annually to seal the deal with the left-hander, who turned 31 last month.Epstein weighs health history, body type, athleticism, character, work ethic, mechanics and toughness among the factors in determining whether a pitcher is worth it.“If you sign Andy Pettitte at age 31, you would have gotten performance throughout the contract,” Epstein said. “So it’s just a matter of trying to sign the right guy.”Brown became MLB’s first $100 million man when he signed with the Dodgers in December 1998. He pitched Florida to the 1997 World Series title, and San Diego to the 1998 NL pennant.Brown’s deal shocked a league accustomed to escalating salaries since free agency began in 1976.Sandy Alderson, then an executive in the commissioner’s officer, called it “an affront to baseball.”“I’m in mourning,” said Larry Lucchino, San Diego’s president at the time. “Not for the Padres, but for baseball.”Brown was 139-99 with a 3.30 ERA when he agreed to the contract and went 72-45 with a 3.23 ERA during the deal for the Dodgers and Yankees, who acquired him for the final two years. In all, the $100 million men have averaged a 96-64 career record with a 3.46 ERA when they agreed to the contracts, then a 39-28 mark with a 3.55 ERA mark while earning the big money.Just two of the previous 14 have losing records under their deals: Zito was 63-80 for San Francisco, and Cole Hamels has gone 17-23 for Philadelphia despite a 3.05 ERA in the first two seasons.“For most long-term deals, you see the best return on investment in the earlier years, and typically in the last year or two, you’re not getting quite the bang for the buck,” Epstein said. “Inflation helps mitigate that somewhat, because by the end of your deals, salaries have escalated, the cost per win has escalated, so you’re not requiring the player to do quite as much to be worth the contract at that point.”Nine of the pitchers reached their deals as free agents, and the others were within two years of free agency. Kershaw and the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka were the youngest at 25, and Brown the oldest at 33.Boras said the dropoff is factored in. He argues the aces are underpaid in the initial seasons.“These players may be worth $40, $45 million for those three or four years,” he said, “The complaint is that, ‘Oh, you’re going to pay for this in the latter years.’ Well, the reality of it is you’re not paying their true value in the early years. That’s the quid pro quo.”RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Alex Hales promises to root for England despite World Cup snub

first_imgAlex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, is eyeing a comeback to the national side for the next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in October on the back of some good performances in T20 leagues across the globe.”I hope the door is not closed, that’s one of my aims, that T20 World Cup,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hales as saying on Wednesday while he was attending the Caribbean Premier League draft here.”I’m going to go through the process, hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go. I want to enjoy my cricket,” he added.Hales was named in England’s preliminary 15-man squad only to be axed last week after a newspaper report revealed the 30-year-old was serving a 21-day ban for a second positive drugs test.The England opener, however, he remains firmly behind his team who are bidding to win their first World Cup trophy.”I will (be watching),” he said. “I am still a fan and I wish the boys the best. What we’ve done over the last few years is unbelievable, the guys deserve to win it, and I will be sat there watching and cheering.”He also said that apart from England, India are the favourites to lift the coveted trophy. “Apart from England, I’d say India (are favourites to win), but the way all teams are playing at the moment, you never know. It’s a really open tournament. I’m really looking forward to watching it.”advertisementThe 31-year-old, who has been picked by Barbados Tridents for this year’s competition, said he was looking forward for the opportunity to play.”It’s good responsibility and good for learning as an overseas player – there’s probably a bit more pressure on you to perform. That’s something I enjoy. I’ve played a lot of cricket for England now. That side of the game, the pressure, is something I really enjoy and have learned to adapt and get used to,” he said.”I just want to get back playing what I love most and that’s cricket so this is such a good opportunity to go and play at a ground where I’ve got some fond memories – the Kensington Oval – and go and play in such a big tournament in some different conditions. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | FIFA confirms 32 teams will participate in World Cup Qatar 2022Also Seelast_img read more

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Video: Marshall Football Is Fired Up After Its Win Over Purdue

first_imgMarshall players fired up in the locker room after win over Purdue.Instagram/@fleebandzMarshall is coming off of a fantastic 13-1 2014 season, while Purdue struggled to a 3-9 record. Today’s game at Marshall was not expected to be a highlight of the opening weekend of college football, but it was the only Sunday game, and fans were treated to a pretty exciting affair. In the end, the game was bookended by two pick-sixes for Marshall’s Tiquan Lang on the first play from scrimmage and with 1:20 remaining in the fourth, and the Thundering Herd won the game 41-31. Purdue isn’t the sexiest Big Ten win a team can get, but Marshall is going to celebrate anyway, and rightfully so. The team was pretty pumped in the locker room after the game, based on this video posted by wide receiver Deon-Tay McManus. Big 10 what ain’t no pressure with them herd boyz A video posted by Blessed (@fleebandz) on Sep 6, 2015 at 4:05pm PDT Purdue was the only power conference game on the schedule for Marshall, which travels to Ohio next weekend.last_img read more

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Function Meets Style in the Ico Bottle Opener

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Editors’ Recommendations There are bottle openers, and then there are bottle openers. They come in many forms, from the gadget that’s attached to your Swiss Army Knife to Dango Products’s hook/bottle opener. There’s the kind that professional bartenders keep in their back pockets that are shaped a rectangle, and the ones that come with your conventional corkscrew. Then there are the bottle openers that you keep on your keychain or the ones that come on magnets for your fridge. Bottle openers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. But you haven’t seen a bottle opener until you’ve caught a glimpse of the Ico Bottle Opener.The folks over at Fort Standard, a Brooklyn-based, contemporary American design studio founded by friends and collaborators Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, created the Ico Bottle Opener while crossing the boundaries of functional metal frameworks. “If we have an idea, we have to explain to the other person why we think it’s a valid idea,” said Buntain in OTHR. That’s often an advantage because it sparks different ideas in the other person’s head, and we each bring in our own insights and inspirations.”The bottle opener can be used as a sculptural table top decoration while not in use. The 3-D hexagonal shape is so complicated that it comes not from a cast, but from a 3D printed bronze. Every side of the object is capable of opening the bottle. That means all 20 of the facets on the icosahedron can pop open a bottle of soda, beer, or whatever else you need a bottle opener for. That means that it’s not just one bottle opener, but actually 20 in one. So if you want a bottle opener that beats out all others and that can be a cool decoration piece for your home, the Ico Bottle Opener is it.The Ico Bottle Opener, by Fort Standard, $70 at othr.com. Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity last_img read more

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Höegh Autoliners Sells 16th PCTC for Recycling

first_imgzoom Norwegian RoRo shipping company Höegh Autoliners sold its 1988-built Pure Car and Truck Carrier MV Morning Mercator for recycling on November 15.The company said that the vessel will be recycled at China’s shipbreaking yard Jiang Men City Zhong Xin Shipbreaking & Steel Co., as part of Höegh Autoliners’ green recycling policy, under supervision by Grieg Green.“This is the 16th car carrier we have sold for green recycling since 2009. We are pleased to use a recycling yard which have successfully recycled several of our vessels in recent years, and that Grieg Green will supply services to safeguard safe and environmentally friendly recycling,” Steinar Løvdal, Chief Operating Officer Deep Sea, said.Previously named Hual Tricorn, the 23,100 dwt ship, which was built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, has a length of 200 meters and a width of 32 meters.The company sold its 15th car carrier, the 1980-built Höegh Tropicana, for “green recycling” in China in December 2013.last_img read more

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Miranda Lamberts MuttNation Foundation Helps Mutts Across America

first_imgMiranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation is thrilled to announce their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative.A total of $253,660 was donated to shelters in each of the 50 states, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000.Miranda Lambert said, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals. It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”The MuttNation Foundation board along with partners at the RACE (Ran’s Animal Care Express) team worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation in the past year, they launched a plan to select a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand. The criteria used in their decision to grant funds were:• High adoption per intake rate: At least 90% successful adoption rate. Low euthanasia rate (10%)• High volunteerism: People rarely jump on/stay on a sinking ship.• Are they fiscally responsible? (Low administrative/staff costs)• High activity/fundraising. Are they working hard to earn income?• Do they have a specialty – MNF selected a zoo, a horse sanctuary, disabled pet farm, and an elderly/senior pet sanctuary, a last chance rescue for animals from other shelters and a blind farm to name a few.• Do they work outside of the shelter to adopt out or minister to elderly, schools, etc.? Do they have a presence in the community?• Is the website up to date with activity? Do they send newsletters? Are they current? Do they appear to still have the “fire”?•Are they heavily advocating/helping in spay and neuter campaigns, clinics and activities?• Are the hours of operation conducive with adequate adoption times? EX: are they open on weekends, nights, and/or weekdays? How many hours?As explained by MNF co-founder Bev Lambert, “We believe these criteria enabled us to find those shelters standing as examples in the fight to end animal homelessness, abuse and neglect as well as those that encourage adoption, spay and neuter programs and avoid needless euthanasia. We are confident and proud to award funding to the shelters we selected so they may continue the efforts that they have exhibited in the fight.”A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at www.muttnationfoundation.com.Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations, government institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increased pet adoption and encouragement of responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitation of sick or unsocialized animals, spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs. The mission of the organization is to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front.Donations can always be made at www.muttnationfoundation.com.last_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Helps Open Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

first_imgForeign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict today.Video: UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie speech at opening of Summit FringeThe Summit will welcome governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world. It is the biggest ever international meeting on this issue. It demonstrates the global commitment to end sexual violence in conflict and to take decisive action against this crime.The Foreign Secretary pledged a further £6 million to support survivors of sexual violence in conflict to rebuild their lives and communities.Opening the Summit, the Foreign Secretary said: “From the abolition of slavery to the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, we have shown that the international community can tackle vast global problems in a way that was once considered to be impossible. There is power in numbers and if we unite behind this cause we can create an unstoppable momentum and consign this vile abuse to history.”Angelina Jolie added: “We need to shatter that culture of impunity and make justice the norm, not the exception, for these crimes. We need political will, replicated across the world, and we need to treat this subject as a priority. We need to see real commitment and go after the worst perpetrators, to fund proper protection for vulnerable people, and to step in to help the worst-affected countries. We need all armies, peacekeeping troops and police forces to have prevention of sexual violence in conflict as part of their training.”last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin Speaks Out For Turkeys

first_imgToday, the national nonprofit Farm Sanctuary is thrilled to announce that Alec Baldwin is speaking out for turkeys, who are among the most abused animals on Earth, as their 2016 Adopt a Turkey Project spokesperson!Alec Baldwin Speaks Out for Turkeys“Like most people, I don’t like thinking about things that make me feel bad,” said Alec. “But I also don’t like animal suffering, so I feel the need to speak out about it. At least 46 million turkeys suffer heartbreaking fear and pain before being killed each and every Thanksgiving. This year, I’m supporting Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project because turkeys are just as friendly, smart, and full of feeling as my dogs, and they deserve to be treated better. I hope you’ll join me by sponsoring.”Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has inspired compassionate conversation about society’s relationships with turkeys and the measures we can take to improve the terrible conditions they regularly endure on commercial farms. Now celebrating its 30th year, the project has saved hundreds of lives while inspiring countless individuals to sponsor a turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters in New York and California. For a one-time donation of $30, turkey sponsors receive a special adoption certificate with a color photo and fun details about their new friend.last_img read more

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Ontario Cannabis Store announces supply agreements with 26 licensed producers

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has partnered with 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform.The store, which will be Ontario’s only online retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in the fall, said Monday that the supply agreements with Health Canada-authorized producers were competitive.The online retailer says it will sell a variety of products, including dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, to customers 19 and older when pot becomes legal on Oct. 17.Supply agreements with cannabis accessory suppliers are also in the works, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says, adding that it plans to expand the selection of its available products over time.The OCS says to ensure products are delivered to homes safely, it will have a verification system in place.It says it will also establish a wholesale distribution network to supply pot in private stores.The Progressive Conservatives’ new plan to have cannabis sold through a private retail model is a contrast to the Liberals plan for a provincial government monopoly on cannabis sales.The province was to operate 150 brick-and-mortar stores by 2020, but the new plan means sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.last_img read more

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Final 2 competitive games help NBA Finals in ratings

NEW YORK — The two top winter sports crowned their champions as summer neared, separated by exactly 10 million viewers.The sixth game of the NBA Finals, where the Toronto Raptors dethroned the depleted Golden State Warriors, was seen by 18.76 million viewers in the United States, according to the Nielsen company. The final two games buoyed ABC, which had been suffering in the ratings with the series between a Canadian opponent and a team competing in its fifth consecutive finals.The seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, won by the St. Louis Blues over the Boston Bruins, was seen by 8.76 million viewers, Nielsen said.The NBA Finals, plus a few game shows, helped ABC to the week’s ratings championship.ABC averaged 6.1 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 4.1 million, CBS had 3.8 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 630,000. Fox’s average was not immediately available.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.19 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.47 million, HGTV had 1.3 million, A&E had 1.13 million and USA had 1.04 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.6 million viewers, NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.2 million.For the week of June 10-16, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Toronto at Golden State, Game 6, ABC, 18.76 million; NBA Finals: Golden State at Toronto, Game 5, ABC, 18.6 million; “America’s Got Talent,” ABC, 9.46 million; NHL Stanley Cup Final: St. Louis at Boston, Game 7, NBC, 8.76 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.17 million; “NBA Countdown” (Monday), ABC, 5.64 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.36 million; “NBA Countdown” (Thursday), ABC, 5.18 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.03 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 4.94 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comDavid Bauder, The Associated Press read more

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UN review of first group of countries human rights records wraps up

The United Nations Human Rights Council has concluded its review of the first batch of countries as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – a new mechanism to examine the record of every UN Member State. The mechanism’s Working Group wrapped up its first session in Geneva today after evaluating the rights records of 16 nations: Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, the Philippines, Algeria, Poland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Argentina. “Having witnessed the energy which you have all displayed during this session, I have no doubt that we shall collectively rise to the occasion and achieve the primary goal of the UPR, which is the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground,” said Council President Doru Romulus Copstea in a message delivered at the meeting’s close by Vice President Boudewijn Van Eenennaam. The Working Group’s next session will be held from 5 to 19 May, during which 16 more Member States’ records will be reviewed. The UPR is one of the reforms which differentiate the Council from the Commission on Human Rights, which it succeeded in 2006. Under the Review’s work plans, 48 countries are scheduled to be reviewed each year, so that the UN’s complete membership of 192 countries will be reviewed once every four years. Last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Council to ensure that all countries were scrutinized equally. “The Review must reaffirm that just as human rights are universal, so is our collective respect for them and our commitment to them,” he said. 18 April 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council has concluded its review of the first batch of countries as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – a new mechanism to examine the record of every UN Member State read more

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Is it immoral to have babies in the era of climate change

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. Getty Images/iStockphoto Getty Images As the United Nations warns of a “climate apartheid,” as humankind faces the threatened prospect of irreversible and catastrophic environmental destruction, philosophers and ethicists are arguing that humans have a moral obligation to drastically limit our procreation, ideally to zero children, but a maximum of one, maybe two.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.No other human action — not driving less or living car free, not taking fewer transatlantic flights or eating less meat — is as effective in reducing one’s carbon footprint as limiting one’s family size, academic philosopher Trevor Hedberg argued earlier this year in a special issue of the journal Essays in Philosophy devoted to the topic, “Is Procreation Immoral?”The formula that backs up that claim is controversial. Still, growing anxieties about climate change have more people questioning the ethics of bringing babies into a warming world.“It is basically a scientific consensus that the lives of our children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children,” U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said earlier this year on a live-streamed Instagram Q&A while chopping vegetables in her kitchen. A horrified Fox News host called the idea “disturbingly authoritarian, even fascistic” and suggested Ocasio-Cortez was having a nervous breakdown. In a now already famous piece for the September issue of British Vogue, Prince Harry made clear that his and wife Meghan’s baby boy, Archie, will have one biological sibling only.“Two children, maximum!” the Duke of Sussex vowed in his interview with famed primatologist Jane Goodall.“We are the one species on this planet that seems to think that this place belongs to us, and only us,” Harry elaborated. “I always think to myself, whenever there’s another natural disaster, a huge increase in volcano eruptions or earthquakes or flooding, how many clues does nature have to give us before we actually learn, or wake ourselves up to the damage and the destruction that we’re causing?”The Vogue interview was published the same week Harry flew by private jet to an uber-exclusive, Google-sponsored climate crisis camp at a US$2,000-a-night seaside Sicilian resort, where his royal highness reportedly had a pedicure before delivering a speech barefoot.Harry said his two-baby pledge is premised on his concern for the Earth.Some would argue his decision to have even a second child is immoral.  In the special issue of Essays In Philosophy, Anca Gheaus argued that, alongside having fewer children in each family, another option is multi-parenting — “that is, three, four or possibly more adults co-raising the same child, or children” — taking the euphemism, “it takes a village,” quite literally. “To discharge the duty to pass on a sustainable world to the next generation,” Gheaus, of Spain’s Pompeu Fabra University, wrote, “individuals who live in such circumstances ought to be ready to share child-rearing with several other adults — that is, to multi-parent.” If having two parents is better than having one, then having three or four parents is arguably better than having only two, she reasoned. For one thing, more parents would mean more security (against the loss of one or more parents). It would also satisfy the adult’s interest in being “child-rearers.” Still, she does allow more parents could make for more conflict, disagreements and “stalled decision-making.” Public school, or private? Who gets Christmas?There may be other (albeit suboptimal) ways to nudge or persuade people to have smaller families, should we decide a need to “quickly scale down the number of people brought into existence,” Gheaus said, like a lottery to decide who may, or may not, procreate.Others have invoked abortion.“All non-optimal acts are morally impermissible,” Leonard Kahn, of Loyola University in New Orleans wrote in Essays in Philosophy. Children in rich countries use more resources and contribute more to global warming than children in poor ones. Given that, the rich should be morally required not to reproduce at all, and abortion could be viewed as an acceptable way to save the planet, Kahn’s theories hold.Still another paper, by anti-natalist Gerald Harrison, of Massey University, argued that acts of human procreation are, most likely, wrong. For one thing, “Procreative acts subject someone to a life — which is a very significant thing to do to someone — and they do so without the prior consent of the affected party,” Harrison argued.He adds that, “the average human will typically act in ways that will bring about the deaths of many animals every year, often for no better reason than because the human in question likes the taste of their dead bodies, and/or wearing bits of them.”Given these and other less-than-flattering features, we have a moral reason not to reproduce, he argued.Others say demanding we have fewer children, if any at all, is a loopy solution to climate change. “If we were all persuaded by Harrison’s argument and decided to act ‘morally,’ the human race would die out,” William Reville, emeritus professor of biochemistry at University College Cork wrote in The Irish Times. “And while this would undoubtedly deal with the problem of climate change, such a solution seems to be a bit — well — nuts!”Fertility rates in many parts of the world are declining. In Canada, the average number of children per woman was 3.7 during the baby boom. In 2011, the total fertility rate was 1.6 children per woman, up slightly from the record low of 1.5 about a decade earlier, but still below the replacement level — the level of fertility at which a population exactly replaces itself. In developed countries like Canada, that’s an average of 2.1 children per woman.In fact, the total fertility rate has been below the replacement level for more than 40 years, according to Statistics Canada.Globally, the world reproduction rate is 2.5. Reducing birth rates to near zero is not only wholly unnecessary from a climate standpoint, “decimating the world’s population would cause massive economic problems in its own rights,” Reville said.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights also proclaims that adults have a right to marry and “found a family.”This has the potential to get people thinking about the impact that they and their children will have on a world that is in dangerBut Hedberg, a postdoctoral research fellow at The Ohio State University, argues that procreative choices affect other people. They aren’t morally neutral. Many people believe that decisions that impact others should be subject to moral scrutiny, he said in an interview. We could have a right to have unlimited numbers of children but there might be moral reasons not to exercise that right. “If people’s procreation contributes to circumstances that are going to adversely affect the welfare of large groups of people, there may be grounds for restricting that right in some way.”Part of his reasoning is that our children are likely to be our ecological clones — to adopt lifestyles that have ecological footprints of a similar size to our own. “Your child might decide in his or her early 20s to go off the grid, but for the most part, our children adopt the same lifestyles they were born into,” Hedberg said.Even though many developed nations are below replacement fertility, even small gains in countries like the U.S. and Australia — say, going from a fertility rate of 1.8 to 1.5 — would typically be far more significant to climate change than reducing the fertility rate in a country in sub-Saharan Africa from four to two, Hedberg said.He isn’t insisting everyone go childless (though, provocatively, he cites social science research that suggests having children makes people less happy, at least in the short term). Instead, we should aim for a fertility rate of two or lower, meaning Harry and Meghan will have done their part not to contribute to overpopulation should they grant Archie only one baby brother or sister.Hedberg and others are wary of policies that hint at social or population engineering, like China’s authoritarian and disastrous one-child per family policy that led to 30 million female fetuses succumbing to sex-selective abortions, and baby girls abandoned at orphanages. Rather, Hedberg said advertising and media campaigning could be used to counteract a kind of “pro-natalist” environment, “whereby it’s just assumed people will have children at a certain age and that being childless isn’t a socially acceptable outcome.” US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, says the next wave of parents need to think about if having children is OK with all the current information on global warming — and how it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Regardless of what side of the baby debate one is on, the world’s birth rate is already dropping fast while the human population continues to grow, with a potential peak of 11 billion people in 2100. However, in a 2018 survey conducted for The New York Times that asked young people why they had, or expected to have, fewer children than their “ideal” number, a third cited worries about climate change. #BirthStrike, a closed Facebook group for women determined “not to bear children due to the severity of the ecological crisis” has nearly 700 members. Books like Sarah Conly’s One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? and Travis Rieder’s Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change are Affecting the Morality of Procreation, are asking whether society has the right to insist we refrain from delivering more than an acceptable number of children — whatever that magic number may be — or whether people should be free to produce as many children as they please.The theory pushed hard by authors like Rieder and Conly is that the people who are more likely to have a duty to limit their procreation will be people in developed nations whose children are likely to have carbon-intensive lifestyles.Leading climate scientists have given us just 11 more years to start turning the boat around before carbon emissions reach a “point of no return.” That means trying to limit the increase in the average global ground temperature to 1.5 degrees C in order to prevent rising sea levels, food and fresh water shortages, droughts, hurricanes, famines and floods. “In simple terms, climate change will cause a lot of people — both present and future — to suffer or die,” Hedberg wrote in Essays in Philosophy.There are already 7.7 billion people on the planet. According to the United Nations Population Division, the world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050, and peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100. With Earth’s population expected to hit 11 billion by 2100, here’s how it will change ‘Maternity comes from the soul’: New book on single women who skip family life probes the effects of childlessness Data from thousands of monitoring stations says July was the world’s hottest month since records began ‘You idiots … The planet’s on f–ing fire!’ Bill Nye’s message to leaders stalling on climate change More babies mean more emissions, and statisticians have attempted to measure just how many greenhouse gas emissions are tied to a single act of reproduction. In 2008, Oregon State University’s Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax calculated that each parent is responsible for one half of their children’s GHG emissions, one fourth of their grandchildren’s emissions, one eighth of their great-grandchildren and so on. They estimated that every child born in the U.S. adds 9,441 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide to an average mother’s carbon legacy — 5.7 times her lifetime emissions.By comparison, driving a fuel-efficient car your entire life will save 148 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to Murtaugh and Schlax.But the methodology ignores technologies like carbon-capture systems that suck carbon out of the atmosphere. It’s also a form of double counting, James Woudhuysen writes on Spiked. “Parents are not only held ‘responsible’ for their own emissions, but also for the emissions of each of their children and their children’s descendants.” Furthermore, he asks, “how useful is it to calculate average emissions when we live in a society where some take the Clapham Omnibus while the likes of Prince Harry and his offspring will fly by private jet?”The model is probably an overestimate, Hedberg said, given that it makes a number of assumptions, including static emissions levels, which, if we make a transition to greener technologies, wouldn’t hold.“But I think their basic point is that this (limiting your family size) is the most significant ecological action you can take as an individual.”We have to stop dithering, Hedberg argues, and “do something, now.” But what to do? While some academics say overpopulation is adding to the threat of a climate change disaster, others say without procreation, the human species will wither away. For his part, Prince Harry’s “two, maximum!” proclamation is helping the messaging, said Craig Klugman, a professor of ethics at DePaul University in Chicago, who recently blogged about the “how many babies is too many” debate on Bioethics.net.“This has the potential to get people thinking about the impact that they and their children will have on a world that is in danger,” Klugman said.He favours incentives over coercive measures, like offering free education to a first child, but not subsequent ones, or paying off student loans for women who delay childbearing until they’re older, when they’re likely to have fewer children.“We have children because we want to leave a legacy, we want to be part of the future,” Klugman said. We also want someone to take care of us when we grow old. “We need to give people ways to fulfill these drives and these needs that don’t necessarily require each person to have their own kid.”• Email: skirkey@postmedia.com Twitter: ‏ Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images Dominic Lipinski / WPA Pool/Getty Images read more

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Ohio State softball wins 4 games before dropping final one in USC

OSU then-freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh (19) throws a pitch during a game against Northwestern on April 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Buckeyes are still looking for a weekend without experiencing defeat.This weekend in South Carolina, the Ohio State softball team (9-3) came a game away from an unblemished weekend but were defeated in their final game against South Carolina Upstate (11-2).Three Buckeyes combined for five home runs over the weekend, three of which came from junior Alex Bayne. The outfielder now has 11 RBIs on the year, which is only two short of her 2015 total.The tournament marked the first of 2016 in which all five OSU pitchers saw action, which allowed the team to maintain its stamina throughout the weekend. Junior Shelby Hursh now has 44 strikeouts this season, and the staff’s combined ERA is a mere 1.88.Game 1OSU started strong in another weekend opener with a 13-0 shutout against Virginia Tech (4-10) on Friday. The Hokies only delivered one hit, a double by redshirt senior catcher Katey Smith, and momentum remained on the Buckeyes’ side.All of OSU’s runs were earned, and five Buckeyes contributed multiple hits. Bayne and sophomore center fielder Taylor White both had three RBIs, but sophomore pitcher Shelby McCombs led the squad with four RBIs while going 2-for-3.McCombs, who played as the game’s designated hitter, delivered a stellar performance offensively last weekend in Atlanta, including a walk-off home run in OSU’s first matchup against Georgia Tech. McCombs got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard first with a one-out, two-run single after senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre ignited the offense with a leadoff single in the first inning. White hit a single to left field to make the game 3-0.OSU ballooned its lead to 10 in the second inning after a handful of wild pitches by Hokies senior Maggie Tyler advanced runners into scoring position. Bayne, White and senior catcher Cammi Prantl contributed two-run singles, and junior second baseman Anna Kirk recorded an RBI with a sacrifice fly.The Buckeyes did not become complacent though. Bayne and McCombs teamed up to deliver two home runs in the third inning and three more RBIs. Bayne now has six homers on the year, while McCombs has two.From the mound, Hursh struck out three in her two innings pitched. The Buckeyes’ comfortable lead over the Hokies allowed freshman Katya Duvall to make her debut for the team, in which she also struck out three and earned the win.Game 2OSU continued an unstoppable Friday outing, beating Furman (7-9) in the second game of the doubleheader. Building upon a strong offense against the Hokies, seven Buckeyes, led by Bayne, contributed RBIs in the team’s 15-3 win.Bayne added two home runs, one in the top of the first inning and one in the sixth. The left fielder’s bat seemed to inspire the rest of the Scarlet and Gray because the team combined for nine multiple-base hits. Prantl and sophomore Becca Gavin each hit one over the fence, and Prantl continued her streak, going 4-for-4.These key hits provided OSU with a 7-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, after the Paladins took advantage of passed balls and a throwing error by the Buckeye defense in the sixth. Furman sophomore third baseman Brittany Houston had a two-run single to center field against freshman Morgan Ray, who had just stepped onto the mound to relieve McCombs.The Buckeyes responded loudly in the top of the seventh and added eight more runs to solidify their win. Five of these runs were scored with two outs as the Paladins began to run out of steam. Senior first baseman Erika Leonard, senior pinch hitter Jayla Saibene and freshman second baseman Emily Clark all gave the Buckeyes a final push at the plate.Defensively, OSU made plays that kept the Paladins from scoring or even stringing hits together. In the bottom of the third, the infield cleared the bases with a double play. In the following inning, McCombs, who got the win in the matchup, hit two batters but was able to strike out two more to get out of the situation.Like McCombs, Furman sophomore Lindsey Bert also hit two batters, but her effort on the mound, along with that of senior Alex Sappington, could not trip up the Scarlet and Gray as they moved to an undefeated Friday.Game 3The Buckeyes got off to another quick start Saturday with a comfortable 9-1 win against Morehead State (5-6). Junior Lena Springer got her first chance of the weekend on the mound and her first complete game of the season.Like its two previous matchups in South Carolina, OSU got on the board first with Leonard’s RBI groundout. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning when Prantl singled up the middle, which was followed by two throwing errors by the Eagles.OSU left runners on base in all six innings but still managed to chip away at Morehead State’s defense and pitchers, sophomore Mackenzie Grossmann and junior Megan Tymorek. The Buckeyes left the bases loaded in the third inning but returned in the fourth to score another run on a triple to right field by McIntyre.The Eagles did not score until the final inning with an unearned run on senior first baseman Dana Hutchins’ double. Morehead State, which went winless over the weekend, put the ball in play but could not find gaps to send runners home.Game 4The Scarlet and Gray’s second matchup against Virginia Tech resulted in a much tighter contest than the first. OSU won the game 6-5 after a back-and-forth struggle over seven innings.The Buckeyes rotated three pitchers onto the mound, starting in the second inning when Ray gave up two runs. Hursh earned the win with three innings pitched and five strikeouts, and McCombs received her first save of the season after stopping the Hokies’ offense in the final two innings.For OSU’s offense, extra-base hits made the difference. McIntyre opened the game with a double, followed by Leonard’s RBI double to left field. The Buckeyes then extended their lead to four in the second inning, after Prantl sent a solo shot over the centerfield fence and White and Gavin stole home. Virginia Tech responded in the bottom of the third inning when Hursh walked junior Elizabeth Birle with the bases loaded. A couple of batters later and the bases still loaded, Hursh walked sophomore center fielder Breanna Davenport for the Hokies’ second run of the inning.The Hokies’ redshirt freshman Chelsea Whitcomb walked six batters throughout her four innings on the mound. Two of those walks set up OSU runners in scoring position in the top of the fifth inning, and both scored after White doubled on her first and only hit Saturday.The Buckeyes’ narrow 6-4 lead tightened even more in the bottom of the fifth after two Virginia Tech hits through the gap moved freshman right fielder Emma Strouth to third base. Strouth then scored on McCombs’ wild pitch.The game came down to the bottom of the seventh inning, but Virginia Tech went down in order to cement the Buckeyes’ second win over the Hokies and fourth of the weekend.Game 5Even though OSU had more hits than its final opponent of the weekend, USC Upstate edged out the Buckeyes 2-0 on Sunday. The Spartans’ two runs came from a timely home run, while the Buckeyes could not execute at the plate to bring any of their eight runners left on base home.The first two innings were scoreless for both teams, despite a two-out double by Saibene in the second. The Buckeyes came close again in the third, when Prantl and Leonard each delivered a single with two outs, but the two seniors were left stranded on base.USC Upstate’s offense ignited in the bottom of the third, thanks to freshman second baseman Megan Obier’s leadoff double. Freshman left fielder Brittany Case then blasted a home run to center field, giving the Spartans their 2-0 advantage.The Buckeyes spent the next four innings trying to start a rally, but even with leadoff singles from Prantl and junior pinch hitter Jess Machovina, they could not get one sparked.The stars of the game were the pitchers of both teams: Hursh for the Buckeyes and junior Holly McKinnon, who came on in the first after only one batter, for the Spartans. Hursh struck out seven, while McKinnon collected eight of her own.Coming upThe Buckeyes do not see any action next weekend, but they are scheduled to head to Tempe, Arizona, from March 11 to 13 to face four opponents at the Arizona State Tournament. OSU’s first matchup is scheduled against No. 10 James Madison and is set to begin at 1 p.m. read more

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Scarlet meets Scarlet Ohio State takes on Rutgers for 1st time

OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63), tackles Maryland redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown (16) during an Oct. 4 game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile the colors won’t exactly clash in Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are set for battle in their first-ever meeting on the gridiron.The Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) enter Columbus coming off a bye week of their own after defeating Michigan on Oct. 4 in just their second-ever Big Ten game.Now, Rutgers enters Columbus to play its first-ever Big Ten road game, and it comes during homecoming week at OSU.The Scarlet Knights are led offensively by senior quarterback Gary Nova, who is coming off a game in which he threw for 404 yards and three scores in a win over the Wolverines, a performance OSU coach Urban Meyer said he noticed.“The quarterback (Nova) had a hell of a day against our rival,” Meyer said. “We got our hands full. We feel that (they) have very quality receivers. We are going to be very aggressive and we got to get this quarterback down ‘cause he is playing the best he has ever played right now.”OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple said the Buckeye defense has been preparing to limit the big play. The Buckeye defense allowed three scoring plays of 60 yards or more the last time they played at home, against Cincinnati.“They’ve got great receivers who can take the top off of defenses so one thing is just making sure to eliminate the deep balls and make sure we keep Gary Nova in the pocket and make sure he doesn’t scramble and beat us like that,” Apple said.While Nova may be playing the best he has ever played, he has struggled with turnovers in the past.Nova entered the 2014 season with 39 career interceptions and has added seven more this season, five of which came in Rutgers’ first Big Ten game against Penn State on Sept. 13.Apple said the Buckeyes are going to try and exploit Nova’s tendency to turn the ball over.“That is something that we definitely watch, and feel like we can take advantage of,” Apple said. “Sometimes he does get a little bit rattled and he feels like he just has to throw it up there. That is something we are going to try and capitalize on.”Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said it is his unit’s job to fluster the quarterback, something the defense focuses on each week.“We have a count each game about how many hits this guy is going to take to break, and so we will have a count on Gary and we will find out how many he has,” Bennett said. “He gets flustered, he kind of gets a little nervous so I’m sure against us he will bring everything he’s got, but we are going to try and hit him and we are going to try and hit him a lot.”During his five-interception game against Penn State, Nova was sacked three times, losing 19 yards. He scored the Scarlet Knights’ only touchdown in the game, a 14-yard run in the second quarter.In order to fluster Nova, Bennett said the Buckeyes will have to force him to drop back more than usual, which means shutting down the ground game.“If we are able to stop that run early, then we will have chances to go get the quarterback and it should be a fun night,” he said.While getting pressure on the quarterback will be the key for the Buckeye defense, protecting their own signal caller will likely be a concern as Rutgers is tied for third in the country in sacks.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Rutgers is successful rushing the quarterback because of how the Scarlet Knights design their pressure.“Front four are very active. They don’t blitz a ton on first and second down. I think somewhere in the range of 15 and 20 percent,” Herman said. “On third down, they try to really create confusion and havoc and they’ve got a whole third down specialist-type deal where they’re going to run a bunch of different guys in on the field and line up in some crazy alignments and try to confuse you and pressure the quarterback on third down.”OSU, which allowed seven sacks in a loss to Virginia Tech against a bear cover zero defense, has allowed just five sacks since.Despite its recent success, junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said Monday that he expects to see the kind of defense that gave OSU troubles against the Hokies.“We are expecting them to blitz a lot. We are probably expecting them to throw that bear cover zero at us too, because everybody has been trying it,” Decker said.Apple, who is a native of New Jersey, said he believes Rutgers has more talented athletes than Buckeye fans might think, which is critical to being successful when running the bear defense.“Rutgers, they always have great talent,” Apple said. “They have a great roster, and we just got to make sure we are focused so we don’t take a game off.”The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights are scheduled to meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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La tablette Prestigio Multi débarque en force au mois de mai

first_imgLa tablette Prestigio Multi débarque en force au mois de maiAffichant Android 4.0 sur un écran IPS 9,7 pouces (25 cm), la tablette Prestigio a le gros argument de ne couter que 199 euros.  Parmi la pléthore de machines de jeu et d’écrans tactiles d’ultrabooks, présentés la semaine dernière au CeBIT, la dernière-née de Prestigio aurait pu passer inaperçue. Il s’agit d’une tablette avec un écran de diagonal 9,7 pouces (25 cm). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Elle a un bel emballage noir métallique, très réussi, avec sur les côtés des poignées un peu plus souples, dans une sorte de caoutchouc. Elles encadrent un écran IPS+, comme celui de l’iPad 2 (mais pour une fraction du prix). Cet écran embarque Android 4.0, alias Ice Cream Sandwich (lien non disponible), stocké sur 8GB de mémoire interne et motorisé par un processeur monocœur 1GHz ARM cortex A8 avec 1GB de RAM, capable de lire de la vidéo HD. Et le tout est plutôt fin. Sur le bas, un micro USB et un port micro SD et sur le côté, une prise audio Jack classique, complètent cet équipement. Selon le site Notebook Italia, il atteindra l’Italie en mai et coutera 199 euros. On ignore ce qu’il adviendra des autres pays.La tablette s’ajoute à la gamme Prestigio, qui comporte déjà  différentes tailles de tablettes tactiles sous Android. Le 18 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of April 22, 2018:149 Burlington Avenue — Sale Price: $595,000 — Buyer: Daniel Ober & Nancy Ober — Seller: Robert H. Coughlin & Susan E. Coughlin — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 23,087sf138 Chestnut Street — Sale Price: $360,000 — Buyer: Craig F. Crockett & Janet M. Sherman — Seller: Patricia Tammaro — Sale Date: 4/23/18 — Use: Residential Building — Lot Size: 60,548sf1 Olson Street, Unit 6 — Sale Price: $495,000 — Buyer: Sarah C. Fallon — Seller: Linda Perez-Ortiz & Antero G. Ortiz — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: Condo1 Oxford Road — Sale Price: $570,000 — Buyer: Ji Y. Kim & Daniel K. Jib — Seller: Paul Douglas Co. — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 5,883sf69 Park Street — Sale Price: $484,000 — Buyer: Ylli Deshnica & Doroida Qendro — Seller: Michael Kirby — Sale Date: 4/27/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 25,700sf7 Pinewood Road — Sale Price: $725,000 — Buyer: James P. Prendergast & Christine J. Prendergast — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 11,326sf Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Whale mAPP brings power of mobile technology to marine biology

first_imgSoutheast Alaska is a summer haven for whale researchers. However, limited resources means they can only study a handful of whales at a time.Scientists are now calling on citizens with Android smartphones to aid their cause.The Whale mApp is a new technology to aid citizen scientists in reporting sightings of marine mammals. Screenshot from whalemapp.org.Brenna Campbell has been sailing up and down the Inside Passage every summer for the past 25 years. Campbell is a retired geologist and a small 2 berth sailing boat in Petersburg’s North Harbor is her home.She’s at the center of an experiment that a group of scientists in the Pacific Northwest hope will change the future of whale research.The Whale mAPP app allows users to log sightings of marine mammals. The entries are entered into a database and sent back to Oregon State University where researcher Courtney Hann tries to figure out what the data means.Hann is the brains behind the project and says in order to understand whales and other marine mammals, we have to use all resources available.“Instead of looking at the study of one whale in one small area … let’s gather all of our forces together and work together to [see] how these animals move across really vast distances,” she says.Scientists might not be able to travel across these distances, but the myriad people who boat up and down the Pacific Northwest during the summer months can and often do.“Last summer I had 1,200 sightings recorded over three months over the entire area of Southeast Alaska, and there was no one else who was able to collect that type of data,” Hann says.She says collecting all this data helps scientists understand the behavior patterns of marine mammals, but it also aids the development of a new scientific field.“In which we get back to saying yes every person can be a scientist and every person can learn and study different amazing animals that are around the world,” she says.Despite her optimism, Hann isn’t blind to the drawbacks of citizen data. She understands civilians’ eyes aren’t as informed as scientists and so the app has built-in a rating system to counter errors in sightings.Just like you can rate your favorite song on iTunes, Whale mAPP has a starring system for judging how confident you are about what you saw. This allows novices like Brenna Campbell to use the app without worrying about making a mistake.Currently, the app is only available in limited release on Android but if Courtney Hann has her way, citizen scientists and smartphones will help shape the future of whale research in the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

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Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio to get petrol variants next year

first_imgTo stem the falling share of utility vehicles (UV) in its overall portfolio, automobile manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) plans to come out with new petrol variants of its popular models XUV500 and Scorpio next year.These new models are likely to hit the market early next year, IDBI Capital said in a report. The auto major is also planning to come up with a brand new model during next financial year.From a clear market leader, M&M has seen its fortunes slide in the UV segment in the past three years on the back of increased competition, restriction on diesel vehicles and host of other factors.From a peak of 48 per cent of market share reported in October-December quarter of FY13, M&M is now holding only around 27 per cent.The company is also hoping that its one of the most popular models — Bolero — will continue to drive growth in UV segment in the near future.”The Bolero Power plus is a new hybrid vehicle launched. The model has an excise duty of 12.5 per cent against around 28 per cent for other SUVs. This is expected to help in adoption of the same,” the brokerage firm said in its report.Meanwhile, tractor as a segment continues to be the star performer for the company with sales growth of around 36 per cent owing to a good monsoon.”Tractor sales rose 36 per cent, while the automotive segment saw a growth of around 12 per cent (during Q2 of FY17). Tractors continue to perform well, and this run rate could pick up further in 2017,” the report said.The company remains a dominant player in this segment with around 44 per cent market share.last_img read more

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