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Sonowal meets Shah Rajnath discusses Assam situation

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first_imgNew Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Friday met Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with them various issues concerning the state. During the 15-minute meeting with the home minister, the chief minister briefed him about the prevailing situation in Assam, where the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be published on July 31. “It was a courtesy call and I have congratulated him on behalf of the people for being chosen as the home minister of the country. I have also briefed him about the prevailing law and order situation in Assam,” he told reporters after the meeting with Shah. Sonowal is also believed to have discussed with Shah about the situation which may arise after the publication of the final list of the NRC. During his meeting with the defence minister, the chief minister discussed with him certain issues concerning Assam. Sonowal also met Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during the day.last_img read more

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EcoFriendly Ocean Guitar Is Unveiled In Honor Of Jerry Garcias 75th Birthday

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first_imgIn honor of Jerry Garcia’s 75th Birthday, the Jerry Garcia Foundation has commissioned luthier and artist Tom Lieber to create an eco-friendly, plastic-free electric guitar.Jerry Garcia Ocean GuitarCredit/Copyright: Milo Stewart Jr. Staff Photographer National Baseball Hall of FameThe new guitar named “Ocean” is made from sustainable maple and features a fingerboard inlay image of Jerry Garcia’s etching titled “Fish.” The instrument will be played at benefit events to support causes that were meaningful to Jerry such as coral reef preservation.After an extensive two-year search for a guitar maker who had the expertise to create a plastic-free instrument, Jerry’s daughter, Keelin and wife, Manasha were delighted to meet luthier Tom Lieber at a recent Foundation benefit.“This guitar, Ocean, has been conceived with love and intent to serve as a symbolic vehicle for the Jerry Garcia Foundation to utilize in its continuing effort of expanding the positive world impact of Jerry Garcia’s creative legacy,” said Tom Lieber of Lieber Instruments, Inc.Doug Irwin and Tom Lieber were the designers and builders of Jerry Garcia’s two most famous guitars, “Tiger” and “Wolf.” In June, the “Wolf” guitar sold at auction for $1.9 million and raised over $3 million for charitable causes.The new eco-friendly guitar’s journey will begin this month as the Jerry Garcia Foundation invites artists to play the instrument at benefit events in support of ocean conservation in addition to other worthy causes.In his lifetime, Jerry was an active advocate for coral reef preservation. Coral reefs are vital to the ecosystem and known as the “rainforests of the sea.”For more information, please visit www.jerrygarciafoundation.org.last_img read more

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Energy and materials weigh on Toronto market as U.S. stocks rise; Loonie up

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Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — The energy and materials sectors weighed on stocks in Toronto as Canada’s main stock index edged lower late-morning trading, while U.S. stocks moved up.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 9.53 points at 16,156.71.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 95.94 points at 25,428.12. The S&P 500 index was up 6.41 points at 2,809.68, while the Nasdaq composite was up 3.05 points at 7,530.17.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.66 cents US compared with an average of 74.55 cents US on Tuesday.The July crude contract was down US$1.94 at US$51.54 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down 2.5 cents at US$2.39 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up US$4.90 at US$1,333.60 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 2.80 cents at US$2.64 a pound. read more

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UN commission set to adopt safer food standards against diseasecausing contaminants

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Some 500 delegates from about 100 countries and numerous nongovernmental organizations are expected to attend the 3-7 July meeting in Geneva of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint venture of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). If adopted, the proposals would set standards that would also facilitate international food trade by eliminating unjustified technical barriers.Under consideration are issues that are important to developing and developed countries alike, such as:Maximum limit in fish of lead, which can cause a wide range of disorders, including anemia and hepatic and neurological disorders.Maximum limits in rice, marine bivalve molluscs and cephalopods of cadmium, which can cause kidney damage.Measures to prevent contamination of Brazil nuts with cancer-causing aflatoxins.Measures to prevent and reduce food and feed contamination with highly toxic and carcinogenic Dioxin and Dioxin-like PCB.Some topics on the agenda are likely to cause intense debate such as the establishment of a Task Force on antibiotic resistance in bacteria, a potential threat to human health. The incorrect use of antibiotics in animals can lead to drug resistance in infections in humans who eat their meat. The Task Force would develop a risk assessment policy and strategies to reduce food safety risks associated with antibiotics use.Codex Alimentarius standards form the basis of food legislation in many countries and are recognized as international benchmarks by one of the multilateral agreements of the UN World Trade Organization (WTO). read more

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New UN report reveals millions of refugee children missing out on education

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Esther Nyakong, 17 year-old Sudanese refugee, in Morneau Shepell Secondary School for girls, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau “Underlining the discussions will be the target of Sustainable Development Goal 4, [to] ‘ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,’ an aim that will not be realized by 2030 without meeting the education needs of vulnerable populations, including refugees and other forcibly displaced people,” the UN agency stressed.Sheer gravity of the challengesThe report also revealed that the global school-age refugee population remained relatively stable at 3.5 million between 2001 and 2010, but since then, it has grown on average by 600,000 children and adolescents annually. In 2014 alone, this population grew by 30 per cent.While noting that governments, UNHCR and its partners have made progress in enrolling more numbers of refugees in school, the agency said that the sheer increase in the number new refugees makes actual progress a daunting task.Given the recent numbers, UNHCR estimates that an average of at least 12,000 additional classrooms and 20,000 additional teachers are needed on an annual basis.Furthermore, the agency highlighted that refugees often live in regions where governments are already struggling to educate their own children. They face the additional task of finding places for schools, trained teachers and learning materials for tens or even hundreds of thousands of newcomers, who often do not speak the language of instruction and have frequently missed out on three to four years of schooling.Refugee education in crisis: three standout statisticsAccording to the report, more than half of the world’s out-of-school refugee children and adolescents are located in just seven countries: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey.The Syrian crisis – the face of the dire situationExemplified by the crisis in Syria, the report further shows how conflict has the potential to reverse positive education trends. Presenting the figures, the UN agency notes that while in 2009, 94 per cent of Syrian children attended primary and lower secondary school, by June 2016, only 60 per cent are in school, leaving 2.1 million children and adolescents without access to education in the country.In neighbouring countries, more than 4.8 million Syrian refugees are registered with the agency, amongst them around 35 per cent are of school-age. In Turkey, only 39 per cent of school-age refugee children and adolescents are enrolled in primary and secondary education, 40 per cent in Lebanon, and 70 per cent in Jordan. “This means that nearly 900,000 Syrian school-age refugee children and adolescents are not in school,” noted UNHCR.Shedding light on refugee situations receiving less attentionThe UNCHR report also looks at some of the more protracted refugee situations that receive less attention. “This represents a crisis for millions of refugee children,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a news release issued by his Office (UNHCR). “Refugee education is sorely neglected, when it is one of the few opportunities we have to transform and build the next generation so they can change the fortunes of the tens of millions of forcibly displaced people globally,” he added.According to the agency’s new report, Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis, only half of refugee children have access to primary education, compared with a global average of more than 90 per cent. And as these children become older, the gap further widens: only 22 per cent of refugee adolescents attend secondary school compared to a global average of 84 per cent. At the higher education level, just one per cent of refugees attend university, compared to a global average of 34 per cent.These findings are particularly pertinent as next week, global leaders will be gathering in new York for two major relevant meetings: the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September, and, the very next day, a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, hosted by United States President Barack Obama.In the release today, UNCHR said that at both summits, it will call on governments, donors, humanitarian agencies and development partners, as well as private-sector partners, to strengthen their commitment to ensuring that every child receives a quality education. For instance, in Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya, the report profiles the remarkable story of a young South Sudanese girl, Esther, who has caught up on multiple years of missed education to reach the last year of secondary school. Only three per cent of children in Kakuma camp are enrolled in secondary school, and less than one per cent make it to higher education.Given the fact that the average length of displacement for a refugee in a protracted situation currently stands at 20 years, the report calls for donors to transition from a system of emergency to multi-year and predictable funding that allows for sustainable planning, quality programming and sound monitoring of education for refugees and national children and adolescents.Story of a young refugee who is now a volunteer teacherThe report concludes with the inspiring story of Nawa, a Somali refugee who only started her education aged 16 at a community learning centre in Malaysia. Under four years later, she is due to start a foundation course at university while giving back to her school as a volunteer teacher. “Nawa’s story proves it is never too late to invest in refugee education, and investment in one refugee’s education means the entire community benefits,” said High Commissioner Grandi. read more

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Britain in £300m drive to become AI sector hotspot

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Under a deal announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock, the Government will also allocate £300 million for AI research. Around 1,000 government-funded AI PhDs will be created and private firms will invest £300 million in the sector. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The ministers said AI offered to boost the UK economy by £232 billion. The Government is aiming to make the UK an artificial intelligence (AI) research “hotspot” under a new investment drive. “Today’s new deal with industry will ensure we have the right… Greg Clark said: “Artificial intelligence provides limitless opportunities to develop new, efficient and accessible products and services which transform the way we live and work. read more

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Poll Should the introduction of new shortterm letting laws to regulate Airbnb

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first_img Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 9:38 AM Don’t know/No opinion (505) 25,331 Views Airbnb HQ in Dublin Image: Rollingnews.ie 88 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4595809 YesNoDon’t know/No opinionVote Yes (3225) Apr 17th 2019, 9:38 AM Poll: Should the introduction of new short-term letting laws to regulate Airbnb be postponed? New laws regulating companies such as Airbnb come into effect from 1 July. No (5442) Poll Results: Airbnb HQ in Dublin Image: Rollingnews.ie LATER THIS YEAR, new laws will be introduced to regulate property owners who let out their homes on a short-term basis. From 1 July, new caps will apply to homeowners who want to rent out their residences, while the letting of second properties on a short-term basis will no longer be allowed.However, TheJournal.ie has learned that Airbnb is encouraging hosts to contact politicians about the proposed regulations to request that they are postponed.The company is understood to have told homeowners to ask politicians to seek a “grace period” in the introduction of the legislation and to tell Oireachtas members what effect the new laws will have on them and their local community.Airbnb suggests that the postponement of the laws would allow for fairer regulations that would support tourism in a way that benefits everyone.But those who support the laws say that hosts have had enough time to prepare for them, and suggest that they will help alleviate the housing crisis.So today we’re wondering: Should the introduction of new short-term letting laws be postponed? By Stephen McDermott Short URL Share11 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Le RoyaumeUni a connu son mois de décembre le plus froid depuis

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first_imgLe Royaume-Uni a connu son mois de décembre le plus froid depuis 100 ansComme une grande partie des pays européens, le Royaume-Uni fait face cette année à un hiver particulièrement rude. Au cours des cent dernières années, l’Etat n’avait jamais connu un mois de décembre aussi froid que celui qu’il vient de traverser.L’office météo britannique, le Met Office, a en effet annoncé n’avoir, depuis le début des relevés de température en 1910, jamais enregistré un mois de décembre aussi froid que celui qui vient de s’achever. La température moyenne a atteint moins un degré le mois dernier, quand celle d’un mois de décembre est généralement de 4,2 degrés. Le précédent record, enregistré en 1981, avait atteint la moyenne de 0,1°C au Royaume-Uni.À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleurTous mois confondus, décembre 2010 fut le plus froid observé depuis février 1986 en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles, et depuis février 1947 en Ecosse. Quant à l’Irlande du Nord, elle n’avait au cours des cent dernières années, jamais connu un mois aussi froid.Plus globalement, c’est l’année 2010 toute entière qui s’est montrée très froide, avec une moyenne de huit degrés, indique le Met Office, soulignant que l’Etat a connu deux vagues précoces de froid très intense, en novembre et en décembre. Le mois dernier, la température a ainsi régulièrement atteint -10 à -20°C pendant la nuit, et comme le note l’office, seules huit périodes de froid comparables ont été recensées au cours des cinquante dernières années.Le 10 janvier 2011 à 17:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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John Legend Is Google Assistants First Celeb Cameo

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first_imgStay on target Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries Hey Alexa, how much does a Google Home speaker cost?This week’s rollout of John Legend’s velvety voice on Google Assistant has me seriously considering an AI swap.Initially revealed at last year’s Google I/O conference, the celebrity cameo is finally available in the US on any device with Google Assistant, including Google Home Hub and Android or iOS smartphones.“Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions every day. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday,” Manuel Bronstein, VP of product for Google Assistant, wrote in a blog announcement. “Well, that dream can now be a reality.”Turn on the singer-songwriter’s dulcet tones in the settings of the Assistant app or by simply telling your device to “talk like a Legend.”Then sit back and relax to the sound of Legend’s lilting words as he makes jokes or answers questions like “What’s the temperature outside” or “Why is the sky blue?”You can even get a bit cheeky with the EGOT winner by asking “Hey Google, who is Chrissy Teigen?” or “Hey Google, are we just ordinary people?” Or, for the ultimate treat, try “Hey Google, serenade me.”(Other Easter eggs, as spotted by CNET: “Are you John Legend?”, “Who’s your celebrity crush?”, “What’s your favorite song?”, “What’s your best pickup line?”, “Compliment me.”)Talk fast, though, because Legend’s voice is available only for a “limited time.”“Cameo voices on the Assistant have been one of the top requests we’ve heard from you, and with the help of state-of-the-art speech synthesis model WaveNet, they’re now a reality,” Bronstein said. “We hope you enjoy hearing John’s voice as the Google Assistant as much as he enjoyed his time in the recording studio.” More on Geek.com:Walmart Launches Voice-Enabled Grocery Shopping with Google AssistantGoogle Assistant Now Books Reservations in 43 StatesGoogle Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight Delayslast_img read more

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SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results from Biloxi Mississippi to air 61616 on

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first_img Seth Rollins Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network WhatsApp 1 COMMENT Videos Articles Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso June 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm Ronda Rousey WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Comments are closed. Shawn Michaels Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Twitter The following was taped on Tuesday night in Biloxi, Mississippi.WWE Smackdown taping results for June 16, 2016:* Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel takes place with special guest Dean Ambrose. Kevin Owens interrupts along with Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro and Sami Zayn. This setups Jericho, Del Rio and Owens vs. Ambrose, Cesaro and Zayn later tonight.* Kofi Kingston def. Aiden English, Big Cass and Luke Gallows.* Baron Corbon def. Zack Ryder. Dolph Ziggler was on commentary.* WWE United States Champion Rusev def. Kalisto.* AJ Styles def. Xavier Woods.* WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte def. Natalya.* Dean Ambrose, Cesaro and Sami Zayn def. Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens in a six man tag team main event match. Ambrose pinned Owens.* Post-taping bonus segment: After the taping concluded, The Club came out and surrounded the ring with Dean Ambrose inside. Roman Reigns came out to make the save and was then attacked by Seth Rollins. Reigns and Ambrose clear house hitting their finishers to close the night.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR yep Dean winning Sunday I know it Facebook SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Pinterest SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitch last_img read more

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Mike Federle Succeeds Mike Perlis As CEO Of Forbes People On the

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first_imgForbes Media has named Mike Federle CEO, succeeding Mike Perlis, who is stepping down after seven years in the role. Perlis will continue with the company as vice chairman and strategic advisor to management and the board.Federle formerly served as president and COO of Forbes. Prior to joining the organization in 2011, Federle was publisher of Fortune and group publisher of the Time Inc. Business and Finance Network.“Mike Federle is ideally skilled to continue to lead Forbes’ evolution as a global technology-driven media and branding business,” said Mike Perlis in a company statement. “He brings to his new role experience of more than 25 years as a leader in the media industry and has a demonstrated track record of success at Forbes.”“I’m thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead this storied brand and dynamic company. I’m grateful to Mike Perlis and the Board for placing their trust in me,” said Mike Federle. “Forbes has been on the forefront of innovation and growth in the media world. We have a talented and seasoned team and, together, we look forward to driving our global expansion and continuing to realize the enormous potential of the Forbes brand and business.”The changes are effective January 1.Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Buffalo Spree, a regional title serving Western New York state, has announced two executive appointments. Sharon Levite has been named president and CEO and Barbara Macks has been promoted to publisher. Macks has been with the magazine for 18 years, most recently serving as associate publisher and senior vice president of advertising.Alicia MenendezAlicia Menendez (pictured) has joined Bustle as a contributing editor. Most recently, Menendez worked at Fusion Media Group, where she was the host of a nightly news and pop culture show, “Alicia Menendez Tonight.”Gulf Shore Media has announced that Pam Daniel will retire from her roles as editorial director and editor-in-chief of Sarasota Magazine, effective in February 2018, to become editor of special projects for the organization. Susan Burns, who has worked as the editor of the company’s 941CEO magazine, will succeed Daniel as editor-in-chief of Sarasota Magazine.The Wall Street Journal has announced two new appointments. Kimberly Johnson has been appointed professional products editor, most recently serving as editor of CFO Journal. Nick Elliott has been named head of professional products innovation and strategy, a newly created role. Previously, Elliot led a group that includes four of the six WSJ Pro products: Bankruptcy, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Cybersecurity, and Risk & Compliance Journal.Mike Wright, the longtime editor of Indiana University’s IU Alumni Magazine, has announced his retirement after 17 years with the title.Mary Childs has been named a senior reporter at Barron’s. Childs formerly worked as the U.S. financial correspondent for the Financial Times.Pocket Outdoor Media has named Rob Wood chief revenue officer, responsible for sales across the VeloNews, Triathlete, Women’s Running and Competitor.com brands. Most recently, Wood served as the executive director and publisher of National Park Trips Media.last_img read more

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Roush gives the 2019 Ford Super Duty brasher looks tougher suspension

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first_img Tags Preview • 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs Ford More about 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Ford Share your voicecenter_img 68 Photos Post a comment Trucks Enlarge ImageRoush has new upgrades ready for Ford’s F-Series Super Duty. Roush Performance Roush Performance is turning its attention to Ford pickup trucks once again, announcing on Thursday that it is launching a Roush Super Duty. Though the model is based on the outgoing 2019 Ford F-250 and F-350, rather than the updated 2020 F-Series Super Duty introduced earlier this year, Roush’s tweaks still look appealing.The Roush upgrades can be equipped on Super Duty trucks that have either the 6.2-liter gasoline V8 or 6.7-liter turbodiesel PowerStroke engines, with the latter adding a new Roush exhaust with dual 5-inch tips.Regardless of engine, Roush begins by upgrading the 2019 Super Duty’s suspension, with new Roush/Fox 2.0 shock absorbers that the company promises will improve handling both on- and off-road, as well as a suspension leveling kit to give the pickup “an aggressive and capable stance.” The company says the new suspension doesn’t affect the trucks’ standard tow or payload ratings, an important consideration for buyers who use their Super Duty for work. New 20-inch wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires in a beefy 325/60 aspect ratio.Roush 2019 Ford F-250Enlarge ImageBuyers can pick between a variety of graphic and stripe colors. Roush Performance Visual upgrades on the outside are extensive, beginning with a new front grille, body-color fender flares, new bumpers, a Roush windshield banner and a hood graphic. Roush notes that its new front bumper design is still compatible with the Super Duty’s factory adaptive cruise-control sensors, too. Moving inside, buyers will find WeatherTech floor mats, embroidered headrests, a serialized Roush emblem and, on diesel models, customized gauges.Pricing for the Roush Super Duty starts at $15,685, though that is of course on top of the cost of the 2019 Ford Super Duty donor truck. Options available through the company’s website include various different decal and stripe colors, as well as an off-road utility kit, which includes jump cables, a tow strap, tie-down straps, gloves and a flashlight, and a lockable “vault” which mounts inside the center console and secures your valuables with a four-digit code. 0 The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets a new look and more capability 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Senate sends criminal justice bill to Dunleavys desk

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first_imgThe Alaska Senate agreed Tuesday to changes to a major crime bill worked out by Senate and House negotiators. The House had agreed to the changes on May 20, so the Senate action sends the bill to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy said he’ll sign House Bill 49. “This was a significant move on their part,” Dunleavy said. “This is great for Alaska. This is great for Alaskans. This is something that we’ve been talking about for some time, and this goes a long way in making Alaska safer.” Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, speaks during a House floor session on March 11. Wool was one of two representatives who voted against a revised bill dealing with criminal justice, House Bill 49. The House passed it on May 20, and the Senate passed it Tuesday. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)center_img The only legislators who voted against the changes were Fairbanks Democratic Reps. Adam Wool and Grier Hopkins. They both said giving more jail time will increase the risk of offenders committing new crimes when they’re released. The bill repeals much of the controversial three-year-old law known as Senate Bill 91. While that law reduced criminal sentencing, the new measure increases sentencing.last_img read more

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Apples minor update for iPhones iPads makes a huge difference

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first_img 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple is constantly rolling out software updates to improve users’ experience in one way or another. The latest update changes the App Download Limit for iPhone and iPad users, which many users are aware of as they constantly need to connect to Wi-Fi to install apps or updates.Looking at Android smartphone users updating their apps even when there’s no Wi-Fi can make iPhone users envious, but the latest change should bring some level of peace.Updating apps more than 150MB on iPhones and iPads is not permitted unless the user connects to Wi-Fi. Originally, the limit was 100MB until 2017 when Apple decided to change it. Now, Apple has once again changed app download limit over cellular data to 200MB, which will allow users to update a wide array of apps while on-the-go, 9to5Mac reported. App Store gets a welcoming changePexelsWith the advances in the smartphone specs, apps are being tailored to utilise the fullest capabilities of the phones and regular software updates help achieve that. Most of the updates, if you’ve noticed, are trailing around 200MB, so Apple might have found a sweet spot in allowing users to update apps up to 200MB without needing Wi-Fi.Users won’t be worried if the increased limit would exhaust the data on their phones as there are unlimited data plans available for users in India. Courtesy of a vigorous fight in the telecom industry, high-speed 4G data has become extremely affordable. Users could, in fact, benefit more if there was no such limit or at least an option for users to choose between Wi-Fi or cellular data for updating or installing apps – just like in Android phones. Apple App storeApple Press KitApple is only days away from WWDC 2019 conference, where it will be introducing refreshed iOS and macOS for the world to see. A lot of software related developments will be showcased at the event, including new undo gesture, ‘read later’ queue in Mail and more. Apple is also expected to unveil the latest high-end Mac Pro, which will be a showstopper at the event. More exciting things are waiting to happen, so stay tuned.center_img Closelast_img read more

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How to make sure your teenager gets enough sleep

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first_imgIncreasing academic pressure has increased the time Indian students spend at school or engaged in academic work at home. On top of this technology has entered their life like never before and hence India’s next generation is losing out on their bedtime. In order to make sure that they get enough sleep, some factors need to be kept in mind, Experts share tips that parents should make sure their children follow: Daily physical exertion and exercise: Whether it is an invigorating game of football, a round of gully cricket, or just cycling around the neighbourhood, physical exertion during the day primes the body to get a good night’s sleep. Parents should encourage their children to go outside and play or take a run around a local park for their health, fitness, and bedtime. As long as the exercise doesn’t happen in the 2 hours preceding their bedtime, teenagers will find it easier to wind down and fall asleep peacefully and wake up rested, alert and happy the next morning. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf A bedtime for devices: It isn’t just teenagers – 25 percent of adults are also spending precious time watching shows on TVs and smartphones that should have ideally been expended in sleeping and becoming prepared for the next day.Jokes about the age-old argument between parents and children about bedtime and late-night TV watching apart, all devices in the household should be retired at least an hour before the children’s bedtime. This includes smartphones, laptop computers and televisions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Parents can join their children in this exercise to keep the protests to a minimum, and also get some better sleep themselves! Teenagers can read a book or the family can play board games instead of staying glued to the television and then staying up until midnight. Complete darkness in the bedroom: The science on the subject is absolutely clear – the best sleep is enjoyed in darkness, as the lack of light triggers the body and sends it a critical signal that it is now time to sleep. Light exposure at the time of sleep through bright lights outside the window or the harsh blue glare of a lit-up smartphone on the bedside table stimulates alertness, which makes healthy, abundant and refreshing sleep harder to achieve. Design the teenager’s bedroom to prevent unwanted light exposure. For younger children, a nightlight with a red bulb is ideal as light at that wavelength is less disruptive than other colours and wavelengths. A comfortable mattress: Even the most exhausted child will find it hard to sleep even in the darkest room if their bed is uncomfortable. Parents and children should ensure that their bed is clean and that the mattress is comfortable and provides the kind of back and body support that helps the children rest.last_img read more

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DNA Study Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Material

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first_imgOne pursued the other through the glacial hunting ground of a European Ice Age. However new DNA research shows Neanderthals and woolly mammoths have more in common than previously thought. A fresh genetic link has been revealed, indicating factors such as fat storage, increased hair/skin growth and heat generation were regulated by the same types of DNA. Conducted by Prof. Ran Barkai and Meidad Kislev of Tel-Aviv University and published in the journal Human Biology, this investigation explored “molecular resemblance” between these natural opponents.They state the two species “were direct descendants of African ancestors, although both fully evolved and adapted in Europe during the Middle Pleistocene.” The Pleistocene epoch (particular period) is another word for Ice Age and is thought to have taken place 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago.Photo by Leo Wehrli CC BY-SA 4.0Several Ice Ages have occurred, creating extreme situations where temperatures plunge and glaciers dominate. The Neanderthal, whose existence was first properly established in 1856, is believed to have migrated to Europe from Africa around 500,000 years ago (incidentally, the same timeframe is applied to mammoths).AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Natural History Museum says characteristics like their “short, stocky physiques” enabled them to cope with the cold. The “bulky trunk, in addition to their short lower leg and lower arm bones, gave Neanderthals proportions that would have minimised the skin’s surface area, presumably to conserve heat under the predominantly colder conditions of the last 200,000 years.”Reconstruction of a Neanderthal. Photo by Stefan Scheer CC BY 2.5,Woolly mammoth fossils were first discovered in Siberia, in 1806. They certainly weren’t short and stocky, with a height of approximately 13 feet (4 m). In 2016 Live Science reported on the findings of a team from the University of Manitoba, who believed “The woolly mammoth’s survival in much colder climates is credited… to small genetic mutations that may have changed the way oxygen was delivered by its blood that could have kept them warmer.”Neanderthals and woolly mammoths are thought to have shared the same habitat for thousands of years. Despite their status as part of ancient history, a surprising level of accessibility has proved invaluable to modern day researchers.Woolly mammoth model at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, British Columbia. Photo Tracy O CC BY-SA 2.0The Natural History Museum website says about Neanderthals that “Many thousands of their artifacts and fossils have been found, including several nearly complete skeletons,” adding that “We also know about their genetic make-up, as several Neanderthal genomes have now been reconstructed from ancient DNA obtained from their fossils.”Meanwhile, those frozen conditions have proved exceptionally helpful for eager mammoth experts. The Daily Mail writes that “They are one of the best understood prehistoric animals known to science because their remains are often not fossilized but frozen and preserved.”Related Video: How Neanderthal Genes Shape The Way You LookThe pair had a less than friendly attitude toward each other, yet in a perverse way, this helped their evolution. In the case of Neanderthals, consuming mammoth flesh was more than just a nutritious meal.Prof. Barkai is quoted by the Mail saying “evidence suggests that Neanderthals… were actually physically dependent on calories extracted from mammoths for their successful adaptation… they ate mammoths but were apparently also genetically similar to mammoths.”Neanderthal. Photo by By Tim Evanson CC BY SA 2.0Every great species has its end, though speculation is rife on what exactly happened to trigger their downfall. Climate is seen as a culprit, but a more sobering thought is the arrival of Earth’s most imposing species… modern humans.The Natural History Museum ponders, “Perhaps Neanderthals were unable to cope with competition for resources from incoming groups of Homo sapiens… Their disappearance may have been staggered, suggesting that they were replaced by early modern humans as a result of local population extinctions, rather than being quickly overrun.”A detail from The Flint Workers of the River Vezere by paleoartist Charles R. Knight, 1920. The mural (displayed at the American Museum of Natural History) depicts a Neanderthal family at Le Moustier cave in southern France.As for woolly mammoths, History.com writes, “Humans developed significantly during the most recent glaciation period, emerging as the dominant land animal afterward as megafauna such as the wooly mammoth went extinct.” That being said, the story behind either’s demise is ambiguous and other aspects such as disease should be taken into account.Read another story from us: New Species of Ancient Humans Uncovered in the PhilippinesThe findings of the team at Tel-Aviv bring these long-standing questions ever closer to definitive and fascinating answers.last_img read more

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Aaron Judge is the biggest star in New York

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first_imgAaron Judge is the biggest star in New YorkAaron Judge made a huge defensive play, and crushed a home run to help get the Yankees get back in the ALCS against the Astros, and Colin thinks that even though Judge has struggled at times during the playoffs, he’s showed he has what it takes to make it as a long term star in New York from an emotional and maturity standpoint.On the flip side, Colin isn’t convinced that Odell Beckham has what it takes to make it over the long haul in the pressure packed Apple because he’s immature and always creating drama. Historically, high maintenance stars don’t last long in the Big Apple.Physically, Judge is durably built like a superhero, and has the off field intangibles like Derek Jeter. He’s the biggest sports star in New York right now, not only because of his performance on the field, but because of what he’s showed off it. Mobile NFL quarterbacks are more likely to get injuredAaron Rodgers is likely out for the year alter breaking his collarbone while rolling out to avoid pressure against the Vikings. Rodgers is well known for his ability to improve outside of the structure of the offense, but this is the second broken collarbone in his career.Today, Colin pointed out that mobile and improvising quarterbacks like Romo, Carr, Mariota, Cam and Rodgers have all been injured, while the quarterbacks at the top of the consecutive games played list are all pocket passers.The NFL rules are designed to protect quarterbacks when they stay in the pocket, but mobile quarterbacks who have a habit of making plays on the run face a greater likelihood of eventually missing games. The best way for a quarterback to have a long NFL career is to play like Eli Brees or Tom Brady.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking the top NBA storylines and why he’s not buying LeBron to L.A.Nick Swisher – FS1 MLB analyst is in-studio discussing the resurgence of C.C. Sabathia; if Sonny Gray has an advantage tonight because he saw the Astros with the A’s;Jason Whitlock – Co-host of S[eak For Yourself is in-studio discussing Aaron Rodgers’ injury and why he thinks the hit that injured him was dirty.last_img read more

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Fauna announces Jepsen results for FaunaDB 254 and 260

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first_imgFaunaDB, a distributed OLTP (online transaction processing) database, released the official results of the test done on FaunaDB version 2.5.4 and 2.6.0 by Jepsen, an independent testing organization, yesterday. FaundDB passed the tests with flying colors, and is now architecturally sound, correctly implemented, and ready to take on the enterprise workloads over cloud. The Fauna team had been working on the FaunaDB tests extensively with Kyle Kingsbury, a computer safety researcher at Jepsen, for three months. “Our mandate for him was not merely to test the basic properties of the system, but rather to poke into the dark corners and exhaustively validate..FaunaDB”, states the Fauna team. Jepsen team states that Fauna had written their own Jepsen tests, which have been refined and expanded throughout the collaboration between Jepsen and Fauna. Jepsen evaluated FaunaDB 2.5.4 and 2.5.5, along with several development builds up to 2.6.0-rc10. Jepsen team used three replicas, along with 5-10 nodes striped evenly across replicas for the tests. Additionally, the log node topologies in 2.5.4 and 2.5.5 were explicitly partitioned, with a copy in each of the replicas. The Jepsen team waited for data movement to complete as well as for all indices to signal readiness before initiating the testing process. Fauna team states that FaunaDB’s core operations on single instances in 2.5.5 appeared quite “solid”. During the tests, the Fauna team reliably managed to create, read, update, and delete the records transactionally atsnapshot, serializable, and strict serializable isolation. Also, the acknowledged instance updates were never lost. FaundaDB also managed to pass additional tests, while covering features such as indexes and temporality. By the release of FaunaDB 2.6.0-rc10, Fauna managed to address all the issues identified by Jepsen. However, progress is still needed around some minor work and schema changes. Other than that, FaunaDB also provides the “highest possible level of correctness”. FaunaDB team is currently planning on promoting SI or serializable transactions to strict serializability which is the gold standard for concurrent systems. Another noticeable fact about FaunaDB is that it is self-operating. FaunaDB has been especially designed to offer support for online addition and removal of nodes with appropriate backpressure. Also, it is architecturally sound. FaunaDB combines Calvin’s cross-shard transactional protocol with the Raft’s consensus system for individual shards. Finally, the Jepsen team states that the bugs found in FaunaDB are implementation problems, and Fauna will be working on fixing the detected bugs as soon as possible. “FaunaDB’s approach is fundamentally sound…Calvin-based systems like FaunaDB could play an important future role in the distributed database landscape”, states the Jepsen team. For more information, check out the official Jepsen results post. Read Next MariaDB CEO says big proprietary cloud vendors “strip-mining open-source technologies and companies” Red Hat Satellite to drop MongoDB and will support only PostgreSQL backend Uber releases AresDB, a new GPU-powered real-time Analytics Enginelast_img read more

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Correction Algerian independence story

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first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – In a story July 5 about Algeria marking 50 years of independence from France, The Associated Press erroneously reported based on a conversation with a French historian that the number of French soldiers killed in World War I was less than 300,000 to 400,000. French archives show more than 1.3 million military personnel listed as “died for France.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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MBA Slow Growth Still Expected Despite Positive Signs

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first_img January 21, 2013 434 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve GDP Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Refinance Service Providers 2013-01-21 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination Sharecenter_img MBA: Slow Growth Still Expected Despite Positive Signs Washington may have (arguably) successfully avoided 2013’s budgetary landmines so far, but the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) reports everything it has seen so far suggests economic growth will be modest in 2013.[IMAGE]In its most recent “”Economic and Mortgage Finance Commentary””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/files/Bulletin/InternalResource/83150_.pdf, the association forecasts slow economic gains in the first half of 2013 “”as the effects of the payroll tax increase and the spending cuts from sequestration or a similar decline in government spending kicks in.”” As a result, the MBA projects a 0.9 percent increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter of 2012, resulting in a 1.8 percent average quarterly growth for the year. GDP growth is expected to accelerate–albeit modestly–throughout 2013 and 2014, reaching quarterly averages of 2.0 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.Meanwhile, residential investment is expected to stall after reaching an anticipated annualized growth rate of 20.6 percent in Q4 2012. According to the MBA’s predictions, residential investment growth will nearly halve in the first half of 2013 (dropping to an annualized rate of 10.6 percent in the first quarter and 7.9 percent in the second) before slowly climbing back up (until the last quarter of 2014, when it is expected to drop to 8.0 percent).In the mortgage arena, expectations for long-term interest rates have been shifted up to reflect “”minutes””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomcminutes20121212.htm from the “”Federal Open Market Committee’s””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomc.htm (FOMC) December meeting, which revealed most members favor reducing the “”Federal Reserve’s””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ asset purchasing programs by the end or even the middle of 2013.Housing is also looking positive at the moment, “”with home sales continuing on an upward trend, purchase applications showing small but steady year over year growth, and refinance activity starting to rebound after a holiday-driven dip.”” Most encouraging was the increase in starts: Single-family starts saw an increase of 23 percent throughout 2012, while multifamily starts rose 38 percent–a trend that “”is likely to continue into 2013 as housing permits also continued on a healthy upward trajectory.””The MBA’s forecast for originations was mostly unchanged from its previous expectations. The group estimates mortgage originations totaled $1.7 trillion in 2012 and will decline to $1.4 trillion in 2013 as rates rise and refinances lose steam.last_img read more

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