Tehran: Iran’s president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid the unraveling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday. According to the official IRNA news agency, President Hassan Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by the country’s supreme leader, made the suggestion in a meeting with editors of major Iranian news outlets on Saturday evening. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Rouhani said he had previously suggested a referendum to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2004, when he was a senior nuclear negotiator for Iran. At the time, Khamenei approved of the idea and though there was no referendum, such a vote “can be a solution at any time,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. A referendum could provide political cover for the Iranian government if it chooses to increase its enrichment of uranium, prohibited under the 2015 deal with world powers. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLast year, President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal that capped Iran’s uranium enrichment activities in return to lifting sanctions. Trump has argued that the deal failed to sufficiently curb Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons or halt its support for militias throughout the Middle East that the U.S. says destabilize the region, as well as address the issue of Tehran’s missiles, which can reach both U.S. regional bases and Israel. In recent weeks, tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated over America deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran. The U.S. also plans to send 900 additional troops to the 600 already in the Middle East and extending their stay amid the tensions. Rouhani’s remarks could also be seen as a defense of his stance following the rare public chastising by the supreme leader. Khamenei last week named Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif relative moderates within Iran’s Shiite theocracy who had struck the nuclear deal as failing to implement his orders over the accord, saying it had “numerous ambiguities and structural weaknesses” that could damage Iran. Earlier last week, Iran said it quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity though Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3.67% limit set under the deal, making it usable for a power plant but far below what’s needed for an atomic weapon. Zarif, the foreign minister, was in the Iraq capital on Sunday for talks with officials. On Saturday, Mohamad Halbousi, the parliament speaker in Iraq, a key Iranian ally, said Baghdad is ready to mediate between the United States and Iran if it is asked to do so.
New Delhi: Packaged food companies will be required to label high fat, sugar and salt content levels on the front side of the package with “red-colour-coding” as per the draft regulations proposed by food regulator FSSAI. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said that its new ‘Labelling and Display’ regulations is ready for draft notification. These regulations will supersede the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The idea behind the new labelling regulations is to enable citizens to know more about the composition of food products, so that they can make informed choices,” FSSAI said in a statement. According to the proposed draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, the packaged food companies will need to declare nutritional information such as calories (energy), saturated fat, trans-fat, added sugar and sodium per serve on the front of the pack. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe food companies would have to declare, per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance) on the front of the pack. FSSAI said the new regulations also propose to make it “mandatory to display red colour-coding on front-of-the-pack labels on packaged food products that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels.” This requirement would be implemented in phased manner for a period of three years. FSSAI has invited suggestions and objections from stakeholders within 30 days from the publication of the draft regulations. Several main issues raised by the industry association particularly with front-of-the-pack labelling would also be considered at the time of finalisation of these regulations.
Kolkata: The MLAs will have to be voters of the areas they represent, announced Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday afternoon.She held a marathon meeting with the party functionaries of West Midnapore, where the party did not do well in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election. Poll strategist Prashant Kishore was also present at the meeting. It may be mentioned that Banerjee is holding meetings with party leaders in all the districts. Earlier, she Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellershad held meetings with the party leaders in Nadia and North 24-Parganas. Banerjee pulled up party leaders in areas where the party could not do well in the general election, despite the fact that tremendous development has taken part in those areas. Jangalmahal falls under West Midnapore, where the party fared badly. Banerjee has a soft corner for Jangalmahal as she had won the confidence of the people of the area by visiting the place several times. The area was under Maoist control and she was able to stop the Maoist activities due to comprehensive development of the area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee appointed Seuli Saha as the chairman of the party’s SC cell and the general secretary of Trinamool Women Congress. She has instructed that 10 party leaders will work together in the booth level. Kausar Ali Khan has been made the chairman of the minority cell. Banerjee held distance between the leaders and people responsible for the poll debacle in the area. “I had asked you to build intense contact with the people who are the real source of strength. But you did not listen to me and now we are paying a price for it,” she said, adding: “Because of this, in many areas where we had taken a lead of 60,000 votes in 2014, our margin has drastically come down to 12,000 votes.” She instructed the leaders to go to the party office at 9 am and stay there till 11 am. They should then visit the office of the Panchayat and talk to the people with grievances. Banerjee has set up a core committee in the district. It will have three members, namely Manas Bhuniya, Amulya Maity and Nirmal Ghosh. “Work together to repair the damages,” she told the leaders. Banerjee also told the leaders that they will have to obey the instructions of the party or they are free to go. “Stand in front of a mirror and look at your face,” she told them. She warned party leaders against taking cut money. “I warn you. If you are caught you will be thrown out of the party,” she maintained.
Moran/Gohpur (Assam): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said Assam and the rest of the Northeast were suffering from infiltration due to the policies of the Congress and asserted that he, as the ‘chowkidar’, was committed to resolve the issue.He also said it was the erstwhile Jana Sangh and tall leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had raised their voice in support of Bangladesh during the neighbouring country’s independence movement, and not as the Opposition usually portrayed it. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Congress has always cheated the people of Assam and if Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel and (first Assam chief minister) Gopinath Bordoloi had not taken a strong stand at the time of Partition, then Assam’s identity would not have been what it is today,” Modi said while addressing the second of the two election rallies at Gohpur in Assam. Indirectly referring to the Chinese aggression of 1962, Modi said the Congress policy was such that it was only due to the brave people of Tezpur and the armed forces that the state could be saved. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”This chowkidar is committed to fight against Assam’s problems of infiltration, terrorism and corruption and ensure the dignity of the people of the state,” he said. He urged the people to remember on polling day that Assam and the country can become free from illegal migrants and terrorists only if the BJP-led NDA is voted as on one side is the ‘dumdaar chowkidar’ (strong watchman) and on the other ”mahamilawat wala parivar” (adulterated family). Modi has targeted the opposition alliance as “mahamilawat”. He highlighted the role played by the right-wing Jana Sangh, which was recreated as the BJP in 1980, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in supporting Bangladesh liberation movement. Indira Gandhi, who was prime minister of the country during creation of Bangladesh in 1971, is usually credited for its liberation from Pakistan. Modi had in 2015 received award of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour on behalf of Vajpayee for his “active role” in the country’s independence struggle and consolidating India’s friendship with the nation. Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid had handed over the award to Modi at a function at Bangabhaban, the President’s House, on June 7, 2015 which was attended by Premier Sheikh Hasina. In his speech at that time, Modi had said he was one of the young volunteers who came to Delhi to participate in a Satyagraha launched by Jana Sangh to support Bangladeshi freedom fighters in 1971. He had also recalled Vajpayee’s speech in Parliament on December 6, 1971 in which he had asked government to recognise Bangladesh as a nation. “The whole world is with country but this has worried the Congress and they are not only opposing the chowkidar alone but also the nation. Will you give a befitting reply on the polling day,” he said, launching a scathing attack on rivals. Referring to the Ahom commander Lachit Barphukan’s historic quote that the ‘Deshkot ke Mama dangor no hoi’ (Mama or uncle is not greater than the nation), Modi quipped for Congress “all Mamas is greater than the country as is evident from Michel Mama, Quatrochhi Mama, etc for whom they have put the nation at stake.” He was referring to Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, and Ottavio Quattrocchi, the middleman associated with the Bofors scam.
Gurugram: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday in an election rally said that Nuh will not be left behind the development. Khattar conceded that while Gurugram was one of the richest cities in the country, the neighbouring Nuh was the most backward district in the country. He blamed the discrimination of the previous governments in not ensuring equitable growth in Haryana.The Chief Minister in his speech highlighted how Nuh will benefit from a large amount of investment s by the Central and the state government in developing national highways and expressways around the region. With employment opportunities being one of the pressing points for the government the chief minister also spoke fo the steps taken to create means of employment in the region. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The state government is committed to ensuring that the youth in Nuh are not devoid of the employment opportunities. We have ensured that certain posts were created in the government services where the youth can be employed. We have been able to get a favourable response from the scheme,” said the Chief Minister. He also spoke of the problems being faced by the driver s who were rendered unemployed because of the changes in the central motor vehicle act. “According to the new amendments in the central motor act it has been made mandatory that the commercial drivers should have passed the tenth grade. I understand that most of the drivers have not been able to get adequate education because of the lack of opportunities and therefore I had urged the Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari to make certain amendments in this rule,” the Chief Minister added. He also said that a medical college will also be built in the area of Nuh.
Rabat – Moroccan Rachid El Morabity and Russian Nathalia Sedykh on Friday won the 31st Marathon des Sables following the fifth stage between Hassi Tarfa (province of Errachidia) and Bou Makhlouf (province of Ouarzazate).Leader of the overall standing since the first stage, El Morabity signed his fourth success in the event, the third in a row with an overall time of 21h01: 21 after five stages.In the 5th stage (42.2 km), Moroccan Abdelkader El Mouaziz crossed the finish line in a time of 3h 44:32, ahead of his countryman Moroccan Aziz Akad (3h11: 34) and El Morabity (3h 11:41 ). In the women’s category, Russian Natalia Sedykh, 3rd in the Marathon des Sables 2015, topped the overall standing with a time of 24h45: 26 after her wins in the five stages.With MAP
“These two weeks will be very valuable in finalizing our training as a unit before we depart for our first mission, which is expected to be to Chad. It’s essential to go into any peacekeeping mission as well prepared as possible and this course will ensure the team is operational as soon as we touch the ground,” Standing Police Capacity (SPC) Chief Walter Wolf told the UN News Service. Along with instructors from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and other sections of the world body, the 16 SPC officers attending the 8-19 October course will also be mentored by experienced trainers from several Member States. “It’s important for all the officers gathered here to have a solid understanding of DPKO’s policies, doctrines and philosophies regarding modern peace operations, including lessons learned, but this course won’t be theoretical. It will be based on real mission scenarios that the team will have to work through,” said Mr. Wolf. Once operational the SPC will have two main roles. Firstly, to provide immediate start-up capability on the ground for the police components of new UN peacekeeping missions, and secondly to provide rapid support and technical assistance to existing UN operations. The idea of the SPC was first called for in 2004 by a blue-ribbon group of experts brought together by the UN to examine security threats in the 21st century. Member States endorsed the concept during their World Summit in September 2005 as a way to deal with the unprecedented demand for peacekeepers in general and police officers in particular. 8 October 2007Two weeks of intensive training in project-management, team-building, transitional justice and other aspects of peacekeeping started today for officers of the United Nations Standing Police Capacity, who are attending the United Kingdom’s top police leadership centre ahead of their first operational deployment.
As a result humanitarian agency representatives provided limited but essential support to IDPs in parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The report also said that living conditions for these persons were often difficult and, according to humanitarian organizations, did not conform to international standards. The report saiod that widespread impunity continued for the crimes committed during the armed conflict and other crimes committed following the end of the conflict, particularly for cases of torture, sexual violence, corruption, and human rights abuses.The Government arrested and detained a number of military, police, and other officials implicated in old and new cases that included the killing of parliamentarians and the abduction and suspected killings of journalists and private citizens.The major human rights problems reported last year, according to the US report, included harassment of civil society activists, journalists, and persons viewed as sympathizers of the banned terrorist group the LTTE as well as arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, rape, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence committed by police and security forces. The report also found that that physical and sexual abuse of women and children and trafficking in persons was an issue in Sri Lanka last year.Discrimination against persons based on sexual orientation continued. Limits on workers’ rights and child labor also remained problems. The Government has been accused of neglecting the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) last year.The annual human rights report by the US State Department released today said that while all IDPs had full freedom of movement, most were unable to return to their lands of origin due to uncleared land mines; restrictions designating their home areas as part of HSZs or exclusive economic zones; lack of opportunities to earn a livelihood; inability to access basic public services, including acquiring documents verifying land ownership; and lack of government resolution of competing land claims and other war-related destruction. Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. foreign policy and congressional allocation of foreign aid and security sector assistance. They also serve as a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, legal professionals, human rights advocates, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists. (Colombo Gazette) US Secretary of State John Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the US Congress yesterday. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.
The report, which was prepared by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, stated that the armed conflict in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, “accounts for the majority of violations of the right to life in Ukraine over the last two years,” claiming up to 2,000 civilian lives, with nearly 90 per cent of conflict-related civilian deaths resulting from indiscriminate shelling of residential areas. More than 9,300 people have been killed in Ukraine since the beginning of the separatist conflict in eastern regions of the country in mid-April 2014. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission was deployed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to the country in March 2014 upon the invitation of the Government of Ukraine.Covering the period from January 2014 to May 2016, the report states that the killings are being According to the report, the killings are being “fuelled by the inflow of foreign fighters and weapons from the Russian Federation.” It concluded that no responsibility has been taken for any civilian deaths caused by the conduct of hostilities, and that some of the killings may amount to war crimes and/or crimes against humanity. “Impunity for killings remains rampant, encouraging their perpetuation and undermining prospects for justice,” said the 20-page report, which includes an additional 31-page annex describing more than 60 specific cases, focusing mainly on cases of alleged killings of civilians, and people otherwise protected under international humanitarian law, in the conflict zone while no armed hostilities were taking place in the immediate vicinity of the incidents. The report also found that significant numbers of people, including civilians, have also been summarily executed or have died in custody, with most such killings occurring in 2014 and early 2015. Report notes ‘widespread lack of discipline’According to the report, armed groups mainly executed individuals who had, or were believed to have, vocal “pro-unity” views or to support Ukrainian forces, while Ukrainian forces targeted people based on their alleged affiliation with, or support for, armed groups, or for their “separatist” or “pro-Russian” views. Numerous allegations of executions of Ukrainian soldiers and elements of armed groups who had surrendered or were hors de combat were also reported, although the full scale of the phenomenon is hard to assess, the report found. The report noted that there was a widespread lack of discipline in hastily assembled armed groups and within the Ukrainian forces, which included many rapidly mobilized soldiers and volunteer battalions. A significant number of people known to be criminals also joined one side or the other, and these factors led to “an unbridled rule of the gun with armed men readily resorting to violence towards civilians, especially to those who ‘disobeyed’ their orders.” The Government of Ukraine has investigated and prosecuted some perpetrators of summary executions from its own ranks, although in some cases, investigations are slow or “protracted deliberately so that alleged perpetrators are provided with opportunities to escape justice,” according to the report. Dozens of people have also died while in custody in the territories controlled by the armed groups. Allegations concerning the death of people in government custody have also been received, with most deaths allegedly caused by torture and ill-treatment, or by inadequate or lack of medical assistance. The report also documented killings within the armed groups and government forces, including at least 121 cases of “intentional homicide” of Ukrainian servicemen, some of whom were whistle-blowers who revealed the misconduct of Ukrainian forces in the conflict zone. Armed groups have, in some cases, resorted to execution as a punishment for crimes or disciplinary acts for misconduct in their own ranks. Report highlights large number of deaths during mass assembliesIn addition, the report highlighted the large number of deaths that occurred during mass assemblies, especially during the Maidan and Odessa events, for which it said that accountability has so far remained very limited. As of 1 June, some 55 individuals have been charged in relation to the deaths of Maidan protestors, including ten senior Government officials and 29 former commanders and servicemen of the “Berkut” special police regiment. However, the investigation into the killings of 13 law enforcement agents at Maidan has been hampered by a law that exempts all people who participated in mass protests, and are suspected or accused of crimes between 21 November 2013 and 28 February 2014, from criminal responsibility, according to the report, which recommended that the law be amended to allow prosecutions for all killings that took place during the Maidan. The report also highlighted the violence that took place on 2 May 2014, in Odesa, during which 48 people died as a result of clashes between “pro-unity” and “pro-federalism” groups. OHCHR “remains concerned that the authorities have still not taken appropriate measures to ensure effective investigations into the 2 May 2014 events, nor to protect the independence of the judiciary,” the report said. Furthermore, the report found that the lack of accountability remains widespread in Ukraine, despite efforts by the Government to bring perpetrators from its own ranks to justice and the pre-trial investigations by the Office of the Chief Military Prosecutor into cases of killing, torture and ill-treatment by members of the armed groups of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk people’s republic” and self-proclaimed “Luhansk people’s republic.” While acknowledging the challenges faced by the authorities in ensuring justice, including the lack of access to the territories where many of the alleged acts took place, the report noted “an apparent lack of motivation to investigate some cases … especially when it concerns acts allegedly committed by Ukrainian forces.” “Accountability will be key to the establishment of sustainable peace in Ukraine, including in the eastern part of the country,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “This is the only way forward, as has been fully and tragically demonstrated by the many countries which have not dealt properly with serious international crimes and human rights abuses, and as a result have sooner or later toppled back into violence,” he added. A reminder of the deadly destruction in the conflict in Mykolaivka in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa
Update: While the Featured Apps section is still broken, Apple appears to have fixed the App Store bug for pre-iOS 4 devices.Is this the beginning of the end for old iOS devices? If you’re still using one of Apple’s older models, you might not have the latest hardware or software platform, but you still expect that you can download most apps. However, owners of devices that are still on iOS 3.1.3 or earlier are reporting that App Store apps will no longer install or update.The bug appears to be universal and has something to do with the App Store. An Apple support thread is filling up with complaints from frustrated customers who have been getting the run-around from Apple. The most common response is along the lines of “you have reached a customer support agent and we don’t handle technical issues. Refer to these support pages for help.” Apple is brilliant at referring you to simple instructions for problems that you can solve, but when they screw something up, it’s difficult to get through.The first question is whether this was an intentional move to force owners of older devices to upgrade. As Apple has yet to officially respond, we can’t say for sure. It’s more likely that it related to a security update that Apple didn’t bother applying to pre-iOS 4 firmware. If this is the case, then it isn’t quite a case of blocking older devices, but it’s close; failing to test App Store updates on older devices is nearly the same thing.Does Apple have an obligation to fix this bug? It’s understandable that it wouldn’t want to support three (or more) year-old devices, but the App Store is the central hub of everything you do on your old iPhone and iPod touch. Look on Craigslist or eBay and you’ll see many an iPhone 3G, original iPhone, and early iPod touch floating around. If you cut off App Store access, you’re rendering some of those devices almost useless.In addition to owners of older devices, the issue is also snubbing developers. While the percentage of devices on pre-iOS 4 firmware is relatively low, it still represents a significant amount of money that devs won’t be seeing.If you’re having the issue, you can try flooding Apple’s support pages and hope something sticks. Now that the issue is making headlines, though, it’s likely that Apple is aware. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll do anything about it, but it’s possible.One solution does exist: sideload the apps through iTunes. You would, of course, have to get the apps from the iTunes Store, then sync them onto your device. It’s a clunky solution that is positively un-Apple-like, but it works.While you’d have much to gain by upgrading to a new device, we wouldn’t recommend that response to this issue. Wouldn’t you prefer your hardware upgrades to be a matter of choice, rather than necessity?Apple Support, via Engadget
Wikipédia souffle ses dix bougiesLa plus grande encyclopédie en ligne, qui compte 400 millions de visiteurs chaque mois, célèbre ses 10 ans cette semaine.Wikipédia, cinquième site le plus visité au monde, est un véritable succès, et l’encyclopédie vedette du web affiche aujourd’hui des ambitions planétaires. Sa directrice exécutive Sue Gardner a dévoilé à Reuters l’objectif du site : atteindre le milliard d’utilisateurs dans les cinq prochaines années, tout en maintenant son statut d’organisme à but non lucratif. Par ailleurs, elle souhaite ouvrir un bureau en Inde et pourquoi pas au Brésil, et regrette que la Chine soit soumise à la censure gouvernementale. Ce sont donc les pays émergents qui intéressent aujourd’hui Wikipédia, fort de son succès qui s’est d’abord développé en occident.L’encyclopédie a été créée un peu par hasard le 15 janvier 2001 et repose sur le volontariat de millions de contributeurs. Si la plupart n’apportent que des contributions épisodiques, environ 100.000 d’entre eux publient quatre à cinq fois par mois, selon l’AFP. Sue Gardner, ancienne journaliste à CBS, explique que ces internautes sont surtout “des hommes, âgés de 26 ans, maniaques de technologie et de savoir, bref un réseau de “geeks”” (férus d’Internet et de nouvelles technologies).Le succès fut immédiat, confie-t-elle. Aujourd’hui, l’encyclopédie compte 17 millions d’articles publiés en 250 langues. Et il faut savoir que chaque version du site est autonome : il ne s’agit pas de traductions mais de contributions originales.L’encyclopédie, financée par les dons individuels, vient de recevoir 16 millions de dollars (12 millions d’euros) à l’issue de sa dernière campagne. C’est deux fois plus que ce qu’elle avait collecté en 2008. Wikipédia ne compte que 50 salariés à ce jour, dont 35 au siège de San Francisco en Californie.Le 14 janvier 2011 à 10:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysKickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg I tried riding a skateboard once when I was a teenager. And I’ve not touched one since.But Spectra may change my mind.The smart, portable transportation system—dubbed by its creators the “Tesla of electric skateboards”—features built-in AI that can sense speed and turns based on the rider’s movement. The more you ride, the more Spectra’s self-learning 3D posture control system will understand and anticipate your behavior.“Anyone can learn to ride the Spectra in under five minutes,” maker Walnutt’s website said.Simply lean forward to accelerate and lean backward to decelerate and brake; tilt your body right or left to turn in the appropriate direction. The 3.1-inch motors in each wheel even make it easy to ride up a 15-degree incline and recharge on the way back down.Spectra is available in four sizes, priced between $299 and $1,199 (via Walnutt)But, unlike most electric skateboards powered with an RF remote, Spectra provides a truly hands-free experience, and intelligently brakes when it senses something is wrong (like once you step off the board). There is also a front LED battery indicators to ensure you never run out of steam before reaching your destination.It takes a total 90 minutes for the skateboard to fully charge, at which point it can travel up to 12.4 miles at a max speed of 15.5 mph.“Whether riding around campus or on the urban commute to work, this smart electric skateboard is your perfect companion throughout your day,” according to Walnutt.Pair the Spectra skateboard with the commuter backpack (via Walnutt)And it’s already soared past its $50,000 crowdfunding goal, earning a whopping $110,900 on Indiegogo, as of press time. Available in four sizes—Mini ($299), Advanced ($539), Pro ($799), and Silver ($1,199)—the Spectra is expected to ship between August and October of this year.Small and portable enough to carry onto public transit or in the trunk of a car, the board can also be paired with Walnutt’s $79 commuter backpack (on sale in various colors), which comes with space for the Spectra on the outside and whatever else you need to lug around inside.
Amazon’s AI will help pick out your next outfit.Amazon’s latest jump into AI-powered shopping will help you pick out clothes and accessories.All you need to do is upload a photo or screenshot of what you’re looking for. Announced at #reMARS, StyleSnap, an AI-powered feature, helps customers shop for clothing and accessories. All you need to do is take a photograph or screenshot of a look that you like. https://t.co/I7qfYWwlB5— Amazon News (@amazonnews) June 5, 2019 Amazon Prime Artificial intelligence (AI) Amazon Review • Amazon’s Echo Look has some things to say about your outfit Tags 3:07 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Look Preview • Amazon’s new Alexa camera dishes out fashion advice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Echo Look Modest fashion goes mainstream, thanks to Instagram,… $99 At its re:MARS 2019 artificial intelligence event Wednesday, Amazon said the StyleSnap AI system will help customers find the clothes they’re looking for when they can’t describe what it is they want.”You are not a poet,” Amazon says. “You struggle to find the right words to explain the shape of a neckline, or the spacing of a polka dot pattern, and when you attempt your text-based search, the results are far from the trend you were after.”To use StyleSnap, just open the Amazon app, click the camera icon in the upper right-hand corner, select the StyleSnap option, and then upload an image of the outfit.StyleSnap then provides recommendations of similar outfits on Amazon to purchase, with users able to filter across brand, pricing and reviews.Amazon’s AI system can identify colors and edges, and then patterns like floral and denim. Using this information, its algorithm can then accurately pick a matching style.Amazon is even offering commissions to fashion influencers whose followers purchase an outfit using their picture on StyleSnap.Amazon’s previous moves into AI-driven fashion included the recommendation software Amazon launched with the Echo Look camera in June 2018, which turned Alexa into a fashion stylist.The $200 Amazon Echo Look lets you take voice-activated full-body selfies and short video clips to catalog and keep track of what’s in your wardrobe.Also announced Wednesday at re: MARS 2019 was Amazon’s new Prime Air drone design, a hybrid model that borrows from both plane and helicopter designs and multi-skill capabilities for Alexa that will let you schedule a whole movie night out. 0 Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Post a comment Share your voice See it
Rohan Gavaskar is mainly remembered as the son of Sunil GavaskarTwitterIf you mention the name Rohan Gavaskar, most people would instantly say, ‘Sunil Gavaskar’s son.’ And why not, being the son of such a great player must be a matter of great pride. But having been a cricketer himself, that too, a very successful one at domestic level, he would probably be disappointed that there isn’t greater recognition of his own exploits.Rohan was a very elegant left-handed batsman who got into the Indian team after having great success at first-class and India A level in 2002-2003 period. Making his debut in 2004 during a tri-series in Australia, the junior Gavaskar couldn’t last long in the ODI team and ended up playing only 11 ODIs and no Tests. There is only one international half-century to his credit.But if you think that his career was devoid of any important contribution to Indian cricket, you would be wrong. In fact, in his debut match, he played a very crucial role in helping his team record a momentous victory over Australia.Memorable debutThe day was January 18, 2004 and India were taking on World Champions Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. Having come close to defeating Australia in Australia in a Test series, an unimaginable proposition at that time, Indians were now looking to break long-standing barriers in the 50-over format. The wicket of Andrew Symonds picked by Rohan proved to be crucialReutersThe first game of the triangular ODI series, which also involved Zimbabwe, saw Australia winning after a spirited attempt by the Indians to chase down the target of 288. The next encounter between the two teams happened at Brisbane. India hadn’t beaten the Aussies in their own backyard since December, 1991 in ODI format. They got to bat first and thanks to a brilliant hundred by VVS Laxman and a half-century from Sachin Tendulkar, reached a score of 303.Australia went after the target as they were supposed to – full of confidence. Matthew Hayden scored a brilliant hundred and was having a 47-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Andrew Symonds which seemed to be taking the game away from Indians.With other bowlers proving to be ineffective against the juggernaut of Hayden and Andrew Symonds, captain Sourav Ganguly turned to the debutante Rohan Gavaskar for a breakthrough. The left-hander had come out to bat towards the end of Indian innings and remained unbeaten on 2 off 3 balls.Now, into the attack, Gavaskar – a left-arm spinner – while bowling his very first over of international cricket managed to get India the much-needed breakthrough, and that too, in a spectacular manner. He dived full-length to his right and held on to the leading-edge offered by the bulky Australian batter. This caught-and-bowled wicket proved to be crucial as Australia remained behind in the chase and eventually succumbed to the visitors. India got their first victory over Australia in Australia after more than a decade. Unfortunately, that remained the high point of junior Gavaskar’s career and also the tri-series of India.
Kolkata: A fire broke out at Sealdah Station early on Saturday morning. Three fire tenders were pressed into action and the flames were doused within a short period of time.Sources informed that on Saturday morning, people saw smoke coming from the direction of Sealdah South section. A few moments later, the blaze became visible from a room beside the staircase of the reservation counter. Sources informed that the room was used as a warehouse.The fire brigade was immediately informed. Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel cordoned off the area and stopped movement around it. Adjacent rooms were also made vacant. The firefighters completely extinguished the fire within a few hours. The train services were not disrupted due to the incident.
Listen to Colin explain why he’s going the other way on the Vikings, even if you don’t like it. Advertisement Every year in the NFL, teams that missed out on the playoffs turn it around, and teams that seem like world beaters end up flaming out.This year, the consensus opinion is that the Vikings follow up last year’s Minnesota Miracle of a season with another deep playoff run. On paper, they’ve upgraded from Case Keenum to Kirk Cousins at QB, and return a loaded roster that went 13-3 last season. Even though he knows he’ll get a pile of hate mail from Skol nation, Colin thinks they’re headed for a significant step back.He likes Minnesota’s roster, but pointed out that just about everything that could go right for them last season, did. They took advantage of an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers twice last year in division, were largely unscathed by the injury bug on defense, and benefited from the luckiest play in NFL history to win a game they lose 99 times out of 100 to get to the NFC Championship.This year Rodgers is back, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is in New York, and the NFL law of averages on injuries always regresses back to the mean. Although Cousins is an upgrade over Keenum at quarterback, he’s still picking up a new offensive system which could involve a steeper learning curve than most are anticipating. Colin predicts they’ll be closer to .500 than 13-3.
Top Stories Police spokeswoman Sigita Pildava said DNA samples taken from a body found four weeks ago in a forest near the seaside town of Jurmala match those from Rozhetskin’s nearby villa taken after his disappearance on March 16, 2008.“The DNA from the body in the forest … coincides with that from his house in Jurmala,” she said. “But we cannot say yet that this means it is his body.”Police will now compare the DNA samples to those of his family members to confirm the identification, she said. Pildava declined to give further details and could not say when the results of a post-mortem would be available.Rozhetskin’s credit card was found on the corpse, police said.Rozhetskin was seen leaving the villa with two unidentified men in the early hours of the morning, according to the Russian-language daily Telegraf. When investigators searched the house later in the week they found traces of blood on the floor, which they said matched the DNA of his personal items.Born in Leningrad _ now St. Petersburg _ Rozhetskin moved to the United States in 1980. After receiving a degree from Harvard Law School, he moved back to Russia in 1992, where he made his fortune after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He eventually helped establish Renaissance Capital, a top investment bank and brokerage in Moscow that had been at the epicenter of Russia’s turbulent financial sector in the 1990s. How do cataracts affect your vision? In 2001, he became deputy chairman of Russia’s Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel, a post he left in early 2005.He spent much of his time at his homes in Los Angeles and London. In 2003, he bought the villa in the Baltic Sea resort, popular among wealthy Russian businessmen and situated about 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of the Latvian capital, Riga .In recent years Rozhetskin devoted his efforts to media and film, creating a movie production company with Eric Eisner, the son of former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressRIGA, Latvia (AP) – A body recently discovered in a forest is apparently that of a Russian-born U.S. businessman who disappeared in mysterious circumstances more than four years ago from his villa in a resort in Latvia, police said Wednesday.The process of identification is still under way, but it could help police finally determine what happened to Leonid Rozhetskin, a millionaire who made his fortune in Moscow and spent much of his time in Los Angeles and London. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments Share Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
Qatar Airways Country Manager UAE Mohamed El Emam and David Falcon, Senior Vice President World Travel Awards Qatar Airways has claimed yet further key international awards, winning three accolades at two glittering award ceremonies in Dubai.The Doha-based carrier retained its Leading Business Class Airline in the Middle East title as voted by travel industry professionals in the prestigious World Travel Awards, an honour that the airline has now held for five consecutive years. The airline’s innovative exclusive Premium Terminal for First and Business Class passengers at Doha International Airport was named Leading Airport Lounge in the Middle East. The two awards were presented at a ceremony held at The Address in Dubai Marina where acclaimed international singer Nancy Ajram was the star performer of the night.At a separate ceremony organised by Business Traveller Middle East for travel industry professionals held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Qatar Airways took home the airline award for Best Economy Class in the Middle East for the second year running. Readers of the monthly magazine based their voting on cabin comfort and inflight service. The airline, which offers superior space with an Economy seat pitch of up to 34 inches – above the industry norm – recently began introducing seat back entertainment across its cabins on the new Airbus A320 family of aircraft. The British Embassy Consul General in Dubai Guy Warrington presented the evening’s awards and the latest accolades demonstrate Qatar Airways’ commitment to offering the travelling public with unrivalled levels of inflight service.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Most airlines invest heavily in developing their premium cabins and, while we continue to do this, Qatar Airways strives to innovate in Economy Class ensuring our high standards are maintained and passenger expectations are exceeded worldwide.” The awards coincided with Arabian Travel Market – the Middle East’s premier travel trade event – taking place in Dubai where Qatar Airways is participating with a prominent exhibition stand.More than 400 leading figures from across the regional and international travel and tourism industry attended both events. Al Baker added: “Winning the Leading Business Class category five years in a row and Leading Airport Lounge once again proves that we have an outstanding product, which continues to convince travel industry professionals and our customers year on year.”“These are great achievements for the airline and show that we clearly deliver an ultimate inflight experience which our customers appreciate. Our exclusive Premium Terminal is the world’s only dedicated commercial passenger terminal for First and Business Class passengers – and winning again just four years after its opening reflects the importance we place on service delivery.“Our passengers travelling in Economy also have an unrivalled experience and we are extremely delighted to have won over the travelling public for our high service standards in the Economy cabins.”The World Travel Awards were conceived in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. Now in their 17th year, travel professionals and discerning travellers have come to regard the World Travel Awards as the very best endorsement that a travel product can hope to receive.Dubai-based Business Traveller Middle East is a prestigious monthly travel magazine, part of a global franchise of similar publications worldwide dedicated to frequent travellers.Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 82 aircraft to 89 diverse cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America. The airline has over 200 aircraft pending delivery with the orders worth more than US$40 billion. Source = Qatar Airways
Bosnia and Herzegovina recently promoted their respective destinations in Mumbai with the aim of tapping into India as a potential tourism source market. The event was graced by the presence of Dr Sabit Subasic, Ambassador, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Imtiaz Ali, Bollywood Director; Suhas Mantri, Chairman, Mantri Constructions; Sachin Nene, Regional Manager-India, Air Arabia and many other delegates from the film industry and travel trade.Subasic said, “As far as tourism is concerned, India has emerged as an important market for Bosnia. People of India should know that Bosnia is a beautiful country and can offer everything to tourists. It can become a popular destination for MICE, film shooting, leisure etc.” He further said that Bosnia is a peaceful country and 70% of the country is covered by forests. “We are not targeting any particular city or region of India. Whichever Indian city seems promising, we will market Bosnia there. We are here in Mumbai because we feel the city has tremendous potential to market our product.”Visit to Bosnia will become even more convenient for Indian travellers now with Air Arabia connecting flights from Sharjah to Sarajevo. Nene explained, “Bosnia is a very good destination for leisure and MICE and Indian tourists always like to explore new destinations across the world. Though Bosnia is not far from India, it remains an unexplored destination. Now, we will have very good connectivity via Sharjah from 13 cities of India. With this, Indians will have to pay a nominal price to visit Bosnia and can explore the destination. I am sure footfalls from India to Bosnia will increase with the introduction of the flight.”
by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2018 7:42 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Golden Globes red carpet transformed by black dress protest Viola Davis arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) The highly anticipated wear-black protest at the Golden Globes took off Sunday as soon as the red carpet opened, including A-listers Meryl Streep in a deep V-cut gown and Michelle Williams in an embellished off-the-shoulder look with “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke at her side.Streep, accompanied by domestic violence advocate Ai-jen Poo, said she chose black to stand in solidarity with others trying to right the power imbalance that leads to sexual abuse.“We want to fix that and we feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line,” Streep told the black-clad Ryan Seacrest on the carpet in Beverly Hills, California.What would Katharine Graham think of all the black?“I think she’d be over the moon,” said Streep, who portrays Graham in “The Post.”Turning the Globes dark on the fashion front had been anticipated for days after a call for massive reform following the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and numerous others accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, media, fashion, tech, publishing and other industries. The new initiative Time’s Up, backed by more than 300 women in Hollywood, doled out pins intended in part for those who might already have locked in more colorful looks.Though the red carpet was dominated by black, actors made it their own: Allison Williams provided a pop of orange and silver on the bodice of her black Armani Prive column gown. Singer Kelly Clarkson sported gold at the neck and on one sleeve of her black Christian Siriano dress.“We’re here because of Tarana,” Williams told E! “Because Tarana started a movement and she planted the seed years ago.” Burke added: “It’s deeply humbling.”Jessica Biel kept the fairytale alive in a princessy strapless Dior with dainty sheer embellishment. Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon power coupled in strong black looks with clean lines — the pregnant Longoria’s tuxedo inspired.Shailene Woodley donned a silk beaded turtleneck and black tulle evening skirt from Ralph Lauren Collection. Diane Kruger chose a Prada black-dotted tulle gown with a cascading shawl train, edges rimmed in fun metal beading.Claire Foy of the Netflix series “The Crown” went with a black pantsuit and Tracee Ellis Ross accessorized her black jersey halter dress by Marc Jacobs with a matching headscarf. Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a couture, sheer lace Zuhair Murad A-line gown. Margot Robbie, star of “I, Tonya,” wore a custom Gucci black satin V-neck gown with crystal bow and three-dimensional floral embroideries.Susan Kelechi Watson, of “This Is Us,” earned some social media attention for a low-cut trouser combo from Monsoori. It sparkled in the night’s top colour.One of the bite-sized stars of “Stranger Things,” Sadie Sink, joined the black protest, paired with Chopard jewels.And the men? Well, Chris Sullivan wore the traditional black tuxedo and showed off black nail polish.Not everybody supported the protest. Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, has loudly and persistently called the effort an empty gesture.Daniel Kaluuya, star of “Get Out,” supported in a black tux from Gucci with a Time’s Up pin on his lapel. He said he feels privileged to stand by the women fighting against the unnecessary evils that are happening in the industry.Alison Brie, nominated for her Netflix wrestling show “Glow,” wore a long, dramatic strapless top with a sweetheart neckline and pants underneath. She thinks change will come when more women are in power at the top and a lot more listening needs to happen across all industries.Connie Britton wore a black sweater with the words “poverty is sexist” embroidered on it.Alfred Molina was among those men who paired their traditional tuxedos with black shirts rather than the typical white ones. So did David Harbour of “Stranger Things,” Nick Jonas and Bob Odenkirk.“It’s out of solidarity in a way,” Molina told The Associated Press. “I can tell you it’s a very small gesture. Me wearing black isn’t going to change anything, but from small gestures come big ones. I think it’s important to let women know that you listen to them and believe them.”Kendall Jenner had the social media choir puzzled as to why she was there. She won biggest dress in a huge high-low gown with a long train, nearly swallowing her up. Viola Davis showed off her natural hair in a body-hugging, black velvet custom Brandon Maxwell dress with a sweetheart neckline.While the sea of black was unprecedented, the colour is not a red carpet newbie during awards season.Emma Stone, among those in black Sunday, wore the colour to the 2015 Golden Globes, a stunning trouser look with a studded silver top and a black back bow and train. Nicole Kidman has worn the colour to the Globes several times, including a lace column gown with a high slit and a little black choker in 2002, offering a rock vibe from Yves Saint Laurent.Halle Berry, a presenter Sunday, wore a bustier look with an elegant sheer affect below the waist in 2011.___AP entertainment writers Lindsey Bahr, Ryan Pearson, Sandy Cohen and Andrew Dalton in Beverly Hills contributed to this story.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason