Walls displaying images of local ingredients and cookware used in a typical Garhwali kitchen welcome patrons at Garh Bhoj, a fine-dining establishment in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Adding to the rustic charm is information on dishes made with finger millet or ragi, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), red rice and barnyard millet (Echinochloa esculenta) that peep from under glass-topped tables. Manager Rajbir Bisht says an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes contributes to the soaring popularity of the restaurant set up two years ago. A typical Garhwali vegetarian platter, or thali, costs Rs 250 and the non-vegetarian variant is priced at Rs 350. Gulab jamun prepared using the millet kodo, laal bhaat made from local red rice, biryani prepared from jhangora or barnyard millet and buransh or rhododendron sharbat are a part of the menu. But Garh Bhoj also faces the challenge of drawing customers. Also Read – A staunch allyBisht says people prefer home delivery and tourists hesitate to try the local cuisine. But the profit is good enough for Bisht to think of ways of increasing the footfall. He is not the only one experimenting with traditional cuisines in restaurants. After winning a cookery competition, Aruna Tirkey established Ajam Emba in Ranchi in March 2017, serving Jharkhand’s tribal cuisine. In Kurukh language spoken by the Oraons, ajam emba means great taste. Also Read – Cuban pathosSome popular dishes here are wild rice kheer, ragi momos, country chicken, pitha and dumbu (rice balls made with jaggery). Other nutritious items served are sanei flower bharta or mashed Crotalaria juncea flowers, chutney made of beng (Bacopa monnieri) and mashed elephant foot yam. Today, despite high logistic and transportation costs and difficulty in finding trained chefs, Tirkey generates Rs 6,000- Rs 8,000 profit per day. On some days, the gross turnover touches Rs 12,000. Bengaluru-based Millet Mama also follows this strategy. The outlet is a hit and serves an average of 350-400 customers every day. Owner Abhishek Beeraiah has employed local women as chefs to popularise millets among the younger generation. The restaurant is a go-to place for health-conscious professionals. Millet Mama is now planning on two more outlets in the city. Mumbai-based Gitika Saikia is trying to popularise traditional food in a different way. Her venture, Pakghor, has a select clientele. She started her journey in 2014 to spread awareness about northeastern cuisine. In the initial years, she incurred heavy losses but slowly found her way out and now hosts food pop-ups for five-star hotels and restaurants. Every month, a menu is fixed and bookings are accepted through social media. In May, for instance, Saikia had planned a menu to mark Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam. She says that this year’s vegetarian platter will offer black chana (Bengal gram) with tender banana blossoms, stir-fried baby potatoes with Indian olive pickle, stuffed teasel gourd and black dal with rattan shoot accompanied by red lentils, pond fish chutney, coconut and peas salad and steamed rice. The non-vegetarian platter will serve red ant eggs, chicken cooked with tender banana blossom, smoked pork with leafy greens, coconut topped with fresh cream, puffed rice and liquid jaggery. The vegetarian platter is priced at Rs 1,200 and the non-vegetarian platter at Rs 1,500 per person. Saikia explains that though her profit margins are not too high, many of her partners either work on a profit-sharing basis or pay her a lumpsome. Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe in Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, is very popular, especially among northeastern students, for serving authentic Naga cuisine. Set up in 2015, some of its popular dishes are smoked pork with sesame seeds, frizzled pork, pork cooked with seasonal vegetables, fish fry and liver fry. Pork thali, fish thali, chicken thali, pork with bamboo shoot, smoked pork with bamboo shoot and pork with khollar (kidney beans) are available every day. Hornbill has an outlet in Majnu ka Tila as well. This north Delhi outlet also serves Tibetan and Chinese dishes. A happy meal box is available in five variants and priced between Rs 200 and Rs 300. Raj Rai, a founding partner, admits the challenges. “To recreate authentic flavours, the ingredients have to be shipped from Nagaland,” he says. Indigenous restaurants also face a major operational challenge. “Steady supply chain is a problem,” says Sunil Kumar, director, food and beverage, JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort and Spa based in Mussoorie. “We began serving Garhwali cuisine in 2017. Even for simple recipes such as aloo ke gutke, or potato tempered with jakhiya (Cleome viscosa), we have to think about the supply of jakhiya seeds. The hotel has adopted a community participation model where women from nearby villages bring farm-fresh ingredients,” he says. This model has been adopted by others too. Tirkey relies on local farmer markets or weekly haats for the ingredients. “I make weekly visits to markets within a 10-40 km radius and stock native varieties of grains like brown rice and finger millet,” she says. Beeraiah also works closely with farmers based in and around Bengaluru for sourcing organic vegetables, grains and condiments. He shops in weekly markets and provides free food to farmers. This is how he has established a network of farmers, who supply seasonal greens and vegetables. Saikia’s ingredients are also mostly local. “Back in my village, I have made arrangements with the farming community to grow food for me. For the May pop-up, I served baby potatoes and required 40-45 kg potatoes, so farmers had sown them early. Pakghor is not only reviving traditional flavours but also boosting the rural economy,” she says. (The author documents indigenous foods and works on nutrition and health issues. The views expressed are strictly personal)
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A group representing Canadian businesses is praising the federal government for legislating postal employees back to work, saying it will help clear hefty backlogs of mail ahead of the busy holiday season.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said in a statement that it was pleased Ottawa listened to business owners, who described the postal strike as “an emergency for many small firms and for Canadian consumers.”Mail service was scheduled to resume today at noon Eastern after the Senate passed legislation ordering an end to five weeks of rotating strikes by postal workers.Royal assent was granted Monday after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25, with four abstentions.The government deemed passage of the bill to be urgent due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy Christmas holiday season.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a statement declaring it’s “exploring all options to fight the back-to-work legislation.”Negotiations had been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.Dan Kelly, president of the business federation, said 71 per cent of members it surveyed supported back-to-work legislation after two-thirds of small businesses reported they had been negatively affected by the strike.“Back to work legislation is never an easy choice, but it will help salvage the holiday season for small firms and consumers,” he said in the statement. “We’re relieved to see Canada Post back to work and hope the corporation and the union can reach a long-lasting agreement to ensure Canada Post can become a low-cost and reliable option for small business.”
Trace Adkins will reach a special milestone with the USO this spring – his tenth entertainment tour in thirteen years.To celebrate, the country music star will take part in a ten-day, three-country trip to the Middle East and Europe (For security reasons, country names and tour dates cannot be released at this time).Adkins is scheduled to perform approximately five acoustic shows and four full band performances at nine bases in three countries over the span of just ten days. In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th anniversary and its May partnership with the USO and MusiCorps as part of Cause for Applause – a nine month celebration highlighting countless important causes and charities – Adkins will also bring a treasured Grand Ole Opry tradition with him on his USO tour.Adkins is far from a stranger in supporting troops and military families. He first volunteered with the USO in 2002 and became one of the first entertainers to travel to the Middle East. Over the past 13 years, Adkins has participated in nine USO tours and traveled to seven countries – visiting, entertaining and creating #USOMoments for more than 43,218 troops and military families. Among the countries he has visited with the USO are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait and the U.S.Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques – selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. When he is not in the studio working on his new album, the 6’6″ megastar can be seen shooting an episode of NBC’s “Night touring the globe or Shift,” or on location for his new film “Road Runner.” ”I can’t believe I’m about to go out on my tenth USO tour,” said Trace. “It feels like just yesterday when I first went out. No matter how many times I go out, or which countries and bases I visit, it never gets old. As long as they are out there serving our nation and sacrificing their lives… I’ll continue to tour with the USO.”The USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign invites Americans to join Trace Adkins in honoring, saluting and creating moments that matter for our nation’s troops and their families. The campaign, much like this tour, centers around the countless every day moments – from family dinners and date nights to children’s births and bedtime stories – that our troops and their families selflessly sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country. To learn more visit USOmoments.org.
APTN NewsCanada’s national Inuit organization has re-elected Natan Obed as its leader.The vote was taken Thursday in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.Former Inuk MP Peter Ittinuar and policy analyst Peter Williamson ran against Obed to lead the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), which represents 60,000 Inuit people across Canada.This will be Obed’s second term. The 42-year-old father of two has brought greater profile to the concerns of Inuit as the federal government tries to reconcile with Indigenous people.Before the election, Obed told APTN News the ITK is in the midst of creating a national housing strategy, which will address Inuit homelessness.He has also not been afraid of controversy and has called for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League to change their name.-With files from The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The federal government says a “limited selection” of edibles and other next-generation cannabis products will hit retail shelves no earlier than mid-December 2019.Ottawa today released details of the final version of its regulations governing these pot products, including topicals and extracts, and says the rules will come into force on Oct. 17.However, it noted that after the law takes effect, federal cannabis licence holders must provide 60 days notice to Health Canada of their intent to sell new products.That means that these new pot products won’t be available for legal sale until Dec. 17 at the earliest.Health Canada in February wrapped its public consultation on the draft rules for these additional cannabis products in February.A recent report by Deloitte estimated the Canadian market for these pot products is worth about $2.7 billion annually, with edibles contributing more than half of that amount.The Canadian Press
Student Andrea Mlinarevic uses a palm oil press in Ghana.Eleven people from Brock were in Ghana last month as part of the new reading week program of the Office of International Services.The Brock group learns about social justice and fine art.The Reading Week International ABC Program provided students and staff with academic learning, an introduction to business and insight into the culture of the African country.Students participated in seminars at the University of Ghana, Legon. Seminar topics included the African Union and the history, politics, fine arts and social justice issues of Ghana. They also attended a seminar on the World University Service of Canada’s involvement in Ghana, and opportunities for short and long-term volunteering and internships.The group learned more about business by visiting the state-of-the-art facilities of the Cocoa Processing Company of Ghana. Cocoa is Ghana’s second largest export after gold. Students then visited a village to see cocoa farming, and a cottage industry producing palm oil. A local chief and village elders greeted them.Commemorating the tripThe students met with Albert Essien, executive director and regional head of Ecobank Ghana, one of the largest banks in West Africa. They spoke with Essien and department heads to learn more about Ecobank’s role and operations in West Africa and South Africa. They also discussed banking regulations in light of the recent world financial crisis.The cultural experience included trips to museums of natural history and ethnography, the Kwame Nkrumah mauseoleum in Accra and the West African Heritage Museum in Cape Coast. They also visited the museums of Manhiya Palace, Prempeh II and the Okomfo Anokye Sword in Kumasi.The slave trade plays an important part in Ghana’s history, they learned. The group went on a comprehensive tour of Cape Coast Castle, the Slave Dungeons and the Negotiation Hall where slaves were bargained for and sold.“The Ghanaian people were very nice and I enjoyed visiting the University of Ghana and meeting students that had studied at Brock,” student Rina Yasako said. “The trip was different from sightseeing tours because we had the opportunities to visit many businesses such as the Ecobank, Cocoa Processing Company and the Palm Oil cottage industry. I’d like to return to Ghana one day.”The Brock group does a presentation at the Ecobank head office in Accra, Ghana.
Visa applicants will have more choice in English language testing with the addition of more test options for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, said this week.The changes, which come into effect in November, are in line with the department’s focus on increasing competition in the English language testing market for visas.“Applicants who need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with an English language test score as evidence of their English ability will be able to choose from two additional tests,” Minister Cash said.These tests are the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic. Minister Cash said increasing the number of English language tests accepted by the department will provide greater choice for visa applicants and address any possible shortages in the number of places available to sit the test.“The department expects to also receive test scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test across visa programmes from early 2015, further expanding the English language test market,” said the Minister.The TOEFL iBT, Pearson and Cambridge tests have been accepted in the student visa programme since 2011.Applicants planning to take an English language test before lodging their expression of interest or visa application from November 2014 can visit www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/aelt.aspx for information about minimum test score requirements and upcoming updates. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A severe diplomatic incident between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was averted this week, when Nikola Dimitrov, FYROM’s Foreign Minister distanced his government’s stance from an irredentist event in Toronto, reprimanding the official who took part in it. The event in question featured, among other irredentist symbols, a map depicting ‘Great Macedonia’, which includes parts of Greek territory and places the country’s borders in Larissa.FYROM’s Consul General in Toronto, Jovica Palacevski, was one of the speakers at the event, which resulted in the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs promptly issuing a harsh statement: “We condemn the participation of FYROM’s Consul General in Toronto, Jovica Palacevski, in an irredentist event, a participation that constitutes yet another violation by FYROM of the Interim Accord, which requires abstention from any action supporting territorial claims”, read the statement. “FYROM’s new government claims that it aspires to a new beginning in its relations with Greece. However, despite the change of leadership, it seems that irredentism continues to be the dominant state ideology and day-to-day political practice in our neighbouring country.The renouncement of irredentism, respect for borders, and practical compliance with the principles of good neighbourliness are necessary conditions for the realisation of FYROM’s EuroAtlantic aspirations”.This marked a return to the previous relationship status between Greece and FYROM, after the thawing effect of the leadership change in the Balkan country, which changed its rhetoric after years of maintaining a hard stance. Speaking to the press, Mr Dimitrov tried to mend things, stating that he’s looking forward to the scheduled official visit of Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Skopje next Thursday. “In the next few days we will be closely cooperating regarding the agenda and with respect to the confidence-building measures,” Mr Dimitrov said, confirming that Consul General Palacevski has been called home for consultations on the issue which is still being investigated. According to Dimitrov, the consulate had no part in the event’s organisation, nonetheless he made sure to stress, that FYROM does not condone any of its diplomats being photographed against a map covering a territory of Greece. “This is not our policy, this doesn’t do any favours for us. We want to join NATO, which means Greece tomorrow might be our ally. I want to clearly declare that in the future such excursions will not be tolerated. The future of this country and the interest of its citizens are far too important for someone to be making such a mistake,” he said reaffirming his position that international treaties signed by FYROM are part of the country’s “legal order and they will be respected” and stated that it is in FYROM’s interest to abide by the 1995 Interim Agreement. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
France Télécom lance Sosh, une offre low-cost pour mobileFrance Télécom se prépare à l’arrivée de Free sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile. A la rentrée, le groupe lancera une nouvelle offre, sous une nouvelle marque. Baptisée Sosh, elle sera uniquement proposée sur Internet, à des prix plus bas que ceux aujourd’hui pratiqués par Orange.Stéphane Richard, le PDG de France Télécom, a annoncé ce jeudi le lancement prochain d’une nouvelle marque de téléphonie mobile. Sous cette marque baptisée “Sosh”, le groupe proposera une offre à bas prix, a-t-il expliqué au Monde. Cette offre sera lancée dès le mois de septembre, précise-t-il, indiquant qu’elle vise les “digital natives”, à savoir ceux “qui utilisent plus leur smartphone pour les données que pour la voix”. À lire aussiLivebox 3 d’Orange : abonnement, location, réseau…Des infos complémentaires sur la Livebox PlayUniquement proposée sur Internet, Sosh “servira à décliner une panoplie d’offres avec des formules très attractives”, promet Stéphane Richard, évoquant des offres sans engagement, et proposées avec ou sans terminal. En outre, les futurs clients Sosh pourront accéder aux services clients d’Orange. Mais pour l’heure, France Télécom se refuse à dévoiler les prix de cette nouvelle marque low-cost. En vérité, Sosh est la réponse du groupe aux offres à bas coûts récemment lancées par SFR et Bouygues, en vue de l’arrivée prochaine de Free en tant que quatrième opérateur mobile, prévue début 2012. Cette concurrence, loin d’inquiéter France Télécom, le “stimule”, assure Stéphane Richard. “L’annonce de l’arrivée de Free a redynamisé le marché, accéléré le rythme des innovations. Par ailleurs, elle va faire baisser les prix. C’est une évidence. Tout le monde se prépare, nous aussi” souligne le PDG du groupe.Le 28 juillet 2011 à 18:39 • Maxime Lambert
Une énorme tâche bientôt à l’origine d’une tempête solaire ?Une gigantesque tâche solaire, qui a doublé de taille ces derniers jours, pourrait être à l’origine d’une série d’éruptions solaires. Le vent solaire généré pourrait atteindre la Terre demain et occasionner des perturbations du champ magnétique terrestre.La tâche solaire située dans la région 1416 du Soleil a récemment doublé de volume. Bien que son importance reste inconnue pour le moment, les scientifiques estiment qu’elle pourrait être à l’origine d’importantes éruptions solaires. L’énergie magnétique dégagée pourrait parfaitement entraîner des coupures de courants et d’importantes perturbations dans les régions polaires du globe.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSelon SpaceWeather.com, l’activité d’une telle région solaire envoie des rayons d’énergie bêta et gamma presque aussi dangereux que les rayons X. Or, ces derniers sont en mesure de causer des dégâts aux satellites et aux réseaux électriques tout autant que les tempêtes magnétiques. Des perturbations des communications radios pourraient donc intervenir, indique le Daily Mail, dans la mesure où cette tâche solaire serait dirigée vers la Terre. En effet, vendredi, le Soleil a émis une CME (coronal mass ejection), c’est-à-dire une éjection de masse coronale. D’après la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ces particules pourraient arriver au voisinage de la Terre demain (après 4 jours de voyage supersonique). En interagissant avec le champ magnétique terrestre, cette CME pourrait alors avoir une influence géomagnétique majeure comme l’a déjà eu une autre éruption déclenchée en janvier. Selon les scientifiques, le Soleil pourrait atteindre son pic d’activité en 2013, indiquant donc que les prochains mois pourraient être particulièrement intenses du côté de notre étoile. Le 13 février 2012 à 19:15 • Maxime Lambert
Playing Fortnite on New Year’s Eve? The game is throwing an epic in-game event to help you dance the night away.Epic Games set up the in-game event, which will feature a giant disco ball dropping from the sky and have all players get groovy on the map, Engadget reported.Every time the clock hits 12 a.m. in a different time zone, Epic Games will launch the event. So if you’re *not* ready for your moves or the countdown, you’ll have multiple chances to celebrate.2019 NEW YEAR LEAKED!?!?! pic.twitter.com/T8t81LPEOQ— dakotaz (@dakotaz) December 31, 2018Some players though have been surprised at this random dance party on Fortnite. Epic Games had to remind players that it’s New Years Day in other time zones, so they’re not thrown off during their game time.Woke up to learn that many Fortnite players are unaware of time zones. We’re an educational and international game.Happy New Year to you if you’re already in 2019! https://t.co/CnqzyXfFE5— Nick Chester (@nickchester) December 31, 2018So, if you suddenly see a glittery disco ball dropping from the sky, fireworks, and spontaneous dancing when you play Fortnite, you’ll know why. Plus, your character can break out some moves, so who can complain about that?More on Geek.com:Alfonso “Carlton” Ribeiro Sues Epic Over ‘Fortnite’ DancesInfinity Blade Leaves App Store, Comes to ‘Fortnite’‘Fortnite’ and Stormy Daniels Dominate Pornhub’s Top Searches in 2018 With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target
Tags Audio Home Entertainment Comments The Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amplifier Cambridge Audio Sound quality is ephemeral and next to impossible to quantify, so it’s no wonder most audio companies load on features to attract new customers. We buy audio to listen to music when it’s all said and done, and the Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amp aces that department. It sells for $350 (£299, AU$599).The features set is downright minimalist. The AXA35 serves up 35 watts per channel of Class AB power, but Cambridge doesn’t specify whether the rating is for 4- or 8-ohm speakers (I assume it’s for the latter). There are a total of five sets of RCA stereo input jacks, one set of which is exclusively for use with turntables fitted with moving-magnet phono cartridges. There’s also a set of “rec out” jacks, for people who still use tape recorders, and a 5-volt USB port to charge phones and other devices. A single stereo set of speaker cable binding posts complete the rear panel connectivity choices.The front panel hosts one more stereo input, a 3.5mm jack and a 6.3mm headphone jack. A menu button provides access to the AXA35’s bass and treble tone controls. The easy to read display indicates selected input, volume level, bass and treble settings.What’s missing? The AXA35 lacks digital inputs of any kind, but I don’t view that as a serious lapse. High-quality converters such as the Schiit Modi are likely better than the internal converters built into most affordable integrated amps. The Cambridge AX Series also features a lower-power integrated amp, two stereo receivers and a CD player.The Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amplifier rear panel Cambridge Audio Listening to the AXA35I mated the AXA35 with two different sets of speakers — the JBL Stage A170 and the Klipsch RP-5000F — and had great results with both of them. The AXA35’s sound had some heft to it, and stereo imaging was decent. Bass may not be the tightest or best defined, but it was excellent overall.In a shootout with my long-term reference budget integrated amp, the NAD C 316BEEv2, the AXA35 sounded like a much more powerful amp on Kraftwerk’s Tour de France album. The C 316BEEv2 sounded leaner, and a little lacking with the music’s dynamics, while the AXA35 more fully liberated them. The C 316BEEv2 sounded harder edged while the AXA35 sounded effortless by comparison. I also noted the C316BEEv2’s soundstage was smaller and flatter, while the AXA35’s opened up more. That was especially apparent when I took in the natural detail on the high resolution Blu-ray audio sound on the Hoff Ensemble’s Polarity and Nadarosdomen Jentekor & Trondheim Solistene’s Lux, two albums of extraordinary audiophile recordings of contemporary Norwegian classical music and jazz.These two recordings were truly extraordinary, and highlighted the differences between amps. I used a Mytek Liberty digital converter with the C316BEEv2 and the AXA35 amps. Bass had more heft over the AXA35, the C 316BEEv2’s bass seemed better defined, possibly because there was less bass. So much so I wondered if I had accidentally turned on the AXA35’s tone controls and boosted the bass, or if the C 316BEEv2’s tone controls were reducing the bass, but no, both amps’ tone controls were set to flat. I also spent some time listening to a set of Massdrop X Sennheiser HD 6XXs and loved the way the AXA35 played with these headphones. The Cambridge AXA35 integrated amplifier is ideal for dedicated audiophiles on a budget. Sound quality is excellent, and its minimalist features set makes it a delight to use. 5 The Audiophiliac Share your voice
Tandur: Tandur BJP leaders called on the party state president Dr K Laxman at the party Head office in Hyderabad on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Laxman said the party has a stronghold in Tandur. He asked them to strive for further strengthening the party and to ensure the party wins in municipal elections. He asked them to sensitise people on the welfare schemes of the central government and its significant decisions
Martin Winterkorn may be terminated as the CEO of Volkswagen this week following the emissions test scandal. The company’s board will make a decision on Winterkorn’s removal from the top post on Friday, The Tagesspiegel newspaper stated citing unidentified people on Volkswagen’s supervisory board.Winterkorn will be replaced by Matthias Mueller, the head of the auto maker’s Porsche sports car business, according to the source.”In the first instance, he must step down immediately. In the second, one needs to ask why such a far-reaching violation was not reported to the top and then things will get tough too,” said Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst.While a Volkswagen spokesman denied the speculations, Winterkorn apologized for the wrong doing in a video. However, he refrained from revealing his future plans in the video, which has been posted on the company’s website.Further, a “key Winterkorn ally” has withdrawn public support for the chief executive.”I don’t want to preempt the upcoming intense deliberations and will not comment on details or any consequences,” said Stephan Weil, head of the German state of Lower Saxony.Weil, a supervisory board member representing Volkswagen’s second-largest shareholder, recently supported the extension of Winterkorn’s contract as CEO, Livemint reported.Stocks prices of Volkwagen fell to four-year low this week after the company said that it cheated US regulators in getting emission clearances for some of its diesel models by using software.The car maker said that it would allocate funds worth $7.3 billion in the third quarter to cover the damages resulting out of the biggest scandal in its 78-year-history.But, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last week that Volkswagen may need to pay penalties to the tune of $18 billion.
File PhotoThree people were killed, one injured while 10 others are feared still buried in a landslide at a construction site in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia on Saturday, reports UNB.The bodies of two of the victims were found at 10:00am and the rescuers are still trying to extricate the body of another victim that had been found. The injured victim was sent to the Penang Hospital.”The bodies of two Indonesians were found at 10:00am,” Bernama, Malaysia’s national news agency, quoted Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Moktar as saying.Foreign workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Rohingyas of Myanmar are believed to be there among those trapped.The landslide at the construction site of the affordable housing project reportedly occurred at 8.57am and believed to be involving 14 victims.Saadon said one of the victims was believed to be a local while the others were Indonesians, Rohingyas and Bangladeshis.He said the SAR operations involved three zones on an area of 15 square metres and it was expected to take time as all the victims were buried deep under the clay soil and there was possibility of another landslide.”The steep slope makes it quite difficult to dig the ground… some of the areas are considered unsafe,” he said. Saadon said the victims were working on the basement part of the building when the mishap happened.”The collapsed area was the basement space,” he said.Meanwhile, Penang City Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said the council had issued a stop work order for the project.”We are waiting for the report from the engineer to know the exact cause of the incident,” she said when met at the scene.
Shujon secretary Badiul Alam Majumder talks to the media at a press conference on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloAs many as 182 businessmen have been elected as lawmakers in 11th general election. This amounts to almost 61.07 per cent of the total members of the parliament, Shushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) in a press conference said on Sunday.The organisation made this observation in a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity’s Sagor-Runi auditorium after analysing the declarations submitted by 298 elected lawmakers to the election commission.The civil society organisation pointed out that among the 182 businessmen lawmakers, 174 were from the ruling Awami League led- ‘mahajote’ (grand alliance) while five from Jatiya Oikya Front and three others independent MPs.Citing that the number of wealthy persons and businessmen increased in the parliament this term, Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said, the alarming side of the election was, though the people had the right to vote, their chances of being representatives was steadily shrinking.He mentioned it as a good sign that the parliament had a large number of educated persons and highest tax payers as lawmakers in this election.There are 112 graduates and 124 with post graduate degrees who are from the ‘grand alliance’ while 2 hold graduate degrees and 2 others post graduate degrees among the Front elected members.However, 11 elected members from ‘grand alliance’ did not pass the secondary school certificate (SSC) exams, the Shujan report showed.Badiul Alam Majumder told the media that there were many ineligible candidates including convicted people who participated in the election and won.“Those who hid information, should not be given nomination in the first place. Many of them have business involvement with the government while many were government officials. Such people have also been elected and the election commission did not play their due role in this regard,” he added.
Update: New information has leaked suggesting that the Nintendo NX console is a portable system that doubles as a home console controller.Look most places on the Internet and in the real world this week and there’s signs that Pokemon Go is either being played or talked about. It has quickly earned Nintendo millions of dollars and added billions to the company’s market value. Clearly Nintendo IP used in apps on smartphones works, and I hate to admit it, works better than releasing a game on Nintendo hardware currently does.We still don’t know very much about what the Nintendo NX is. It seems likely one part of the NX experience will be a games console that sits under your TV. But it’s the controller that’s the real mystery. We’ve seen the fake controller, but we’ve also seen the sketches. The controller is going to be different, and it may even double as a replacement for the 3DS. But all the hints as to what it actually is most strongly suggest a pocket-friendly tablet.Let’s think about that and explain some reasons why a tablet controller works for Nintendo in this smartphone-gaming age.Nintendo needs to compete with smartphones for your time and moneyThis is the key hurdle to Nintendo’s (and arguably Sony’s and Microsoft’s) future success in the video games market. Everyone has a powerful smartphone in their pocket meaning a massive market for game developers that dwarfs any one gaming platform. It’s hard to compete with directly, so instead console and handheld companies offer something different: physical controls, higher performance hardware, and platform-limited IP.That has worked for now, but with smartphone hardware getting ever more powerful and catching up every year, coupled with a growing user base, it won’t work forever. By shipping a tablet with the NX to act as a controller, it could offer the same apps as on your smartphone, but with the added incentive of NX-exclusive content and features at home.Nintendo targets young gamersThe age range Nintendo caters to includes the very young and it has built a strong reputation with parents catering to this sector. This is part of the reason we have a 2DS available to buy and warnings to stop very young children using the 3D feature on the 3DS. These very young gamers are much less likely to have access to a smartphone, or their own smartphone, but will want to play games such as Pokemon Go.A small tablet would solve that problem, with parents happy to let their children play Pokemon Go on the NX controller because it’s not a smartphone and doesn’t have all the other features you don’t want them to access. It’s also going to be a lot cheaper and a lot less hassle to replace if broken in tiny hands.Nintendo has embraced apps and gamers love themNintendo has gone from dismissing smartphones as gaming devices to embracing them in a handful of years. You could see this as Nintendo gearing up to move away from offering hardware in the future and becoming a software-only company, but another way to view it is as a big pre-NX experiment.If you’re considering a touchscreen controller for playing games on the go, why not test out how well it works under the guise of experimenting with the mobile market? If you make some money in the process, all the better. And Nintendo has certainly done that, with Pokemon Go and Miitomo both generating significant revenue.The next stage? Get those same gaming apps available on the NX at launch, so you can put down your smartphone to charge when you get home and pick up your NX tablet to continue playing.A 3DS successor has an uncertain futureSmartphones are having a negative impact on handheld hardware sales. You can see the impact by reviewing Nintendo’s sales for the past two generations of hardware. The Nintendo DS has sold 154 million units, where as the 3DS only achieved 60 million. That’s still hugely successful, but less than half the previous generation and in a market where there’s ever more gamers.With that in mind, Nintendo launching a 3DS successor as a standalone piece of hardware must look like a big risk internally. Would it even match the 3DS sales during its lifetime, or would we see the first handheld flop for Nintendo? With that in mind, a console/handheld combo must have looked enticing during the planning stages, especially one that can also compliment rather than compete with the mobile games market. Surely that has pushed Nintendo to go down this path.NX leaks point to touchscreen input/controllerThe information we have heard and the sketches we have seen suggest Nintendo is working on a controller that doubles as a screen and retains some physical buttons. That to me suggests it’s a tablet, albeit one with some dedicated physical buttons possibly even embedded into the edges of the display.Even if Nintendo doesn’t go as far as putting buttons within the display (which would surely add cost to the design), a touch-enabled controller seems obvious and likely. The Wii U GamePad has a touchscreen, and all the DS and 3DS hardware does, too. A tablet interface isn’t a giant leap for Nintendo and is already an interface gamers are comfortable with.Nintendo is already talking about a controller for smartphonesIf, like me, you would rather play games with dedicated physical buttons than endure the compromises of a touchscreen-only interface, then you may throw your arms up in despair if the NX ships with a tablet. However, it seems Nintendo is thinking ahead on this front, too.Nintendo loves peripherals, and in a recent shareholders meeting a physical controller peripheral for smartphones was mentioned. Therefore it’s likely the NX controller would have this available, too. It may even take the form of a shell that copies the 3DS design so you can flip it closed.So what does the final experience look like?This is an opinion piece based on what I have read about the NX over the last few months coupled with the problems I’ve considered Nintendo faces in terms of competition from other consoles and the smartphone market. Nintendo is a company that likes to forge its own path in the marketplace, and therefore a hybrid of mobile and home console makes sense.Imagine you have a box sitting under your TV that looks a lot like the Wii U, which you interact with using a 5-inch tablet. You still buy games on disc or download to the machine from the Nintendo Store, but there’s two experiences included: the TV Mode and the Tablet Mode. They may be the same game (just like the Wii U GamePad allows), or you could find features enabled and disabled depending on which mode you’re in.Let’s take Pokemon Go as an example of how this could work. In Tablet Mode the game works just like the smartphone app, using augmented reality and GPS positioning to go out and hunt and catch Pokemon in the real-world. Switch to TV Mode and the game changes to be more like a Pokemon game on the 3DS, giving you access to a rich gaming world not available anywhere else. There’d be some link between the Pokemon you catch in Tablet Mode and the game experience in TV Mode.The last piece of this puzzle is what would happen to the existing Pokemon Go mobile app. And this is where I think Nintendo can be clever, because it can continue to work as is. You don’t need to use the NX controller to go out and catch Pokemon, you can use your smartphone instead. Nintendo just links the data up to your NX when you get home.By doing this, gamers not interested in the NX can continue to play Nintendo games on their smartphones and Nintendo profits. But at the same time, there’s the enticement of a richer Pokemon game awaiting them on the NX. All they have to do is buy the NX hardware and games.And here’s the key thing:In one fell swoop Nintendo replaces the unloved Wii U, produces a successor to the 3DS, allows for smartphone apps to exist using its IP that actually encourages NX ownership, and simplifies the decision to invest in a home console and handheld gaming to just one purchase: the NX.On September 17 the Tokyo Game Show happens and hopefully Nintendo uses it as a launching pad for the NX. So hopefully we get to find out then how right or terribly wrong I am with this prediction. What’s your best guess? 1/20Game Boy 1/20Game Boy Color 1/20Game Boy Advance 1/20Game Boy Advance SP 1/20Game Boy Micro 1/20Nintendo DS 1/20Nintendo DS Lite 1/20Nintendo DSi 1/20Nintendo DSi XL 1/20Nintendo 3DS 1/20Nintendo 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo 2DS 1/20New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20GameCube 1/20Nintendo 64 1/20Wii 1/20Wii U 1/20Nintendo NX? <>
Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Artificial Intelligence Boosts Radiologist Skills Smart software improved the performance of resident radiologists to the level of academic experts in neuroradiology, read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related posts:Costa Rica protesters march against street harassment Finally some upbeat news for family of Costa Rica’s good Samaritan Gerardo Cruz Citizen groups want street harassment criminalized in Costa Rica Street harassment critic Gerardo Cruz dies Mourners gathered Friday evening and Saturday morning to pay their last respects to Gerardo Cruz, the 22-year-old Costa Rican man who became a national hero for his stance against street harassment of women. Cruz died from a heart attack Thursday, six weeks after he was stabbed twice by assailants near his home.A wake for Cruz was held at the Jardines del Recuerdo Funeral Home in Desamaparados, just south of San José, on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, around 100 mourners accompanied the casket from Desamparados to Tres Ríos, where Cruz was buried. The funeral procession for Gerardo Cruz, Saturday, Nov. 21. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesCruz became the center of a national discussion about catcalling and sexual harassment of women in public places after he posted a video to his Facebook page of him confronting a man who allegedly tried to film up a woman’s skirt in San José. The video went viral, and after Cruz was brutally attacked on Oct. 7 on his way to a media interview about his action, people assumed it was retaliation.Police have said they don’t think the two incidents are related, and that Cruz was the victim of a violent robbery.Nevertheless, Cruz’s story inspired several marches and a movement to criminalize street harassment.Since the attack on Cruz, his parents and other family members have largely focused on Cruz’s recovery. They have urged authorities to find the perpetrators, whatever their motives.“Everybody is innocent until proven otherwise, and there is no evidence that can relate Gerardo’s death with the video he made,” Cruz’s uncle Allan Soto said on Saturday. “But such a big coincidence has the whole family thinking.”Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, said, “The person who killed my son is in the streets and we are not going to rest until the police find him, we don’t care if it’s related to the video or not.” Gerardo Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, talks to the press outside the Desamparados Church, Saturday, Nov. 21. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments
Lawmakers on Monday jumped on official data regarding the number of people acquiring Cypriot nationality through the citizenship-through-investment scheme, claiming the programme has spun out of control.Interior ministry officials were informing MPs that, from 2008 to the present day, naturalisations granted to persons through the investment scheme came to 3,336.Of these, 1685 cases related to the investors themselves, and 1651 to members of their family – spouses, children and parents.Meanwhile since 2001 the number of Cypriot passports granted to foreign nationals via the ‘normal’ process (marriage, etc) amounted to 5,848.The numbers caused a number of MPs to decry the fact that the citizenship-through-investment scheme has become the norm rather than the exception.The issue was being discussed at the House interior affairs committee, where Greens MP Giorgos Perdikis has tabled a bill aimed at bringing more transparency to the process.The bill provides for the publication in the government gazette of the names of foreign nationals who have received Cypriot nationality either through the investment scheme or for special reasons.Perdikis said also he planned to insert another provision where the government’s citizenship-through-investment schemes would require parliamentary approval.“Yes we want to have investors in Cyprus, but this should be done very carefully and without excesses,” he told reporters.For his part Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou said the house committee will next be seeking detailed data on which law firms, audit firms and construction companies have been involved in the citizenship-through-investment scheme. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola