A policeman was killed and another injured in an attack by militants in Zakura area on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on November 17.Three militants travelling in a car opened fire on a police team at the Zakura crossing on Srinagar-Ganderbal road, killing sub-inspector Imran Tak and injuring to a special police officer (SPO), a police official said.The official said the police team managed to intercept the car and apprehended one militant, but two others fled from the scene.A hunt has been launched to track down the two militants, he added.
Any move to stop the facility for extension of H-1B visas by the Trump administration in the US could lead to legal challenges, according to immigration lawyers and industry experts who expect intense lobbying could help resolve this contentious issue.Apart from Indian IT companies, those likely to be affected by any such move include American tech giants such as Google and IBM. These companies also employ workers on H-1B visas, some of whom have been awaiting Green Cards for over a decade, the experts said. These companies may file suits against the US government to protect their employees, most of whom are mid-level or senior managers, the experts added. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
“He wasn’t behaving well,” said Velazquez, who added he’s fine and would not seek medical attention. “When the doors opened, I was off right from the start and he kind of jumped sideways, and I had my feet out sideways and I lost my balance and went out.”It was yet another bizarre scene in a Triple Crown season full of it.Two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, apparent winner Maximum Security was disqualified for interfering with War of Will, and Country House elevated to first in the only on-track disqualification in the race’s 145-year history. Casse was just thankful War of Will was healthy and decided to take his shot in the Preakness even though Maximum Security and Country House didn’t run.It was the first Preakness run without the Kentucky Derby winner since 1996, but the 13-horse field was the largest since 2011. Go back to 1951 for the last time the Preakness was run without the top four finishers from the Derby.“This is the Preakness,” Casse said. “We just won the Preakness. I really don’t care who was in it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Christian Lee survives armbar, KOs Shinya Aoki to win ONE lightweight title Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Casse, 58, was more relieved than anything that his prized 3-year-old colt didn’t go down in the Derby, which could’ve been a multihorse catastrophe, and could finally take a deep breath following the Preakness.“This is even I think probably more special given everything that we’ve been through,” Casse said. “I’m not even calling it redemption. I didn’t feel like he got his fair shot, and that’s all I wanted — a fair shot. And he showed what he had today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWar of Will was unfazed starting from the inside No. 1 post position for the second consecutive race, even though that contributed to his rough run at Churchill Downs. Rising star jockey Tyler Gaffalione guided the horse along the rail in the Preakness and made a move into the lead around the final curve, holding off hard-charging late addition Everfast, who was a nose ahead of Owendale for second.All the while, Bodexpress — after ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez — kept running around the Pimlico track and did an extra lap. An outrider tried to swoop in at the top of the stretch and corral Bodexpress, but the horse sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going. Technically, Bodexpress gets a did-not-finish. War of Will, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, crosses the finish line first to win the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)BALTIMORE — Mark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running.Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that victory when War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Bob Baffert-trained Improbable was in it as the 5-2 favorite and finished a disappointing sixth. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness are the only races of Improbable’s career that he didn’t finish first or second.“He just got mad and reared up,” Baffert said of Improbable’s antics in the starting gate. “After that, he was in a good spot. He just didn’t kick.”War of Will had plenty of kick and put himself in position to become the first horse since Afleet Alex in 2005 and 19th all-time to fall short in the Derby but win the Preakness and Belmont. Winning the $1.5 million Preakness by a 1¼ length over Everfast, who wasn’t entered until Wednesday, was another illustration of War of Will’s mix of talent and grit.“He’s got so much heart,” Gaffalione said. “We always knew he had the ability. We just had to get a little bit lucky, and today was our day.”It’s a breakthrough for Gaffalione, who has become something of a rising star since being named top apprentice rider in 2015. Gaffalione, 24, was aboard War of Will for the colt’s sixth consecutive race and came away with the biggest victory of his young career.“It really hasn’t even hit me yet,” said Gaffalione, who got advice Saturday morning from idol Jerry Bailey. “I can’t even put it into words.”Casse had plenty of words after the contentious situation at the Kentucky Derby that spurred a lawsuit from Maximum Security owners Gary West and a 15-day suspension handed down to jockey Luis Saez. He took issue with West blaming War of Will and Gaffalione.West took Maximum Security off the Triple Crown trail, but Casse was eager to get War of Will back on the track two years after Classic Empire finished second in the Preakness. With the sport in turmoil after the deaths of 24 horses at Santa Anita Park since Dec. 26 and an ongoing quarrel over the future site of the Preakness, Casse’s first Triple Crown victory is a tale of redemption for him and the horse even if he doesn’t want to call it that.“I’m just very happy for Mark to get his first Classic win,” Gaffalione said. “Very happy for the horse. He deserved it more than anything. He’s so special.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too read more
Congratulations to the following teams who won titles at the 2013 Queensland Junior State Championships in Rockhampton on the weekend. Results:12’s Girls South Queensland (3) defeated Brisbane City (1)Player of the Series – Laura-Jan Cashman (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Laura-Jan Cashman (South Queensland)12’s Boys Central Queensland (5) defeated South Queensland (3)Player of the Series – Drew Price (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Aaron Moore (Central Queensland)14’s Girls South Queensland (4) defeated South West Queensland (3) *Drop OffPlayer of the Series – Sara Annakin (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Hannah Hegedus (South West Queensland)14’s Boys South West Queensland (7) defeated Sunshine Coast (6) *Drop OffPlayer of the Final – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Player of the Final – Jack Wright (Sunshine Coast)16’s Girls Central Queensland (7) defeated Sunshine Coast (3)Player of the Series – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Player of Final – Madison Black (Central Queensland)16’s BoysSouth Queensland (9) defeated Central Queensland (8) *Drop OffPlayer of the Series – Jaiden Pohutuhutu (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Damon Moore (Central Queensland)Congratulations to South Queensland who also won the Shuker/Williams Regional Championship.For more information about the event, please visit www.qldtouch.com.au.Related LinksQLD JSC results read more
zoom A total of 7 bids have been submitted by investors interested in building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Croatian island of Krk in the Adriatic Sea, LNG Croatia LLC informed.The bidding process concluded on 31st December 2015 at 12:00am, with industrial investors submitting offers by 30th November 2015, and financial investors by 31st December 2015.From the seven received bids, 4 offers were from industrial investors and 3 offers from financial investors, the company said, adding that all potential investors have strong background in gas industry and financial businesses.Croatia will now proceed with the evaluation process by legal and financial advisers and technical experts.The LNG terminal project on the Island of Krk was declared last year by the government of Croatia a project of strategic importance for the country.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Irish Continental Group Dublin-based maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) has entered into a bareboat hire purchase agreement for the sale of the cruise ferry Oscar Wilde.As informed, the 1987-built ship will be sold to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).The total gross consideration for the sale is EUR 28.9 million (USD 32.6 million), payable in installments over 6 years, up to 2025.The 31,914 gross ton ferry is expected to be delivered to its new owner in April 2019, according to ICG.“The proceeds less the net book value of the Oscar Wilde (EUR 7.7 million) and related disposal costs will result in a profit on disposal which will be reported as part of the 2019 financial results of ICG,” the group said.The 1,458-passenger Oscar Wilde was acquired by ICG in 2007 and operated by its subsidiary Irish Ferries on the Ireland – France route.However, ICG had to close one route from Rosslare to France, in conjunction with the late delivery of the W.B. Yeats and the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) decision related to the ship’s voyage cancellations.“While the group had planned continuing an additional summer only service out of Rosslare with the Oscar Wilde, this plan unfortunately had to be cancelled following the National Transport Authority’s interpretation of the EU Regulation covering Sea Passengers discussed below, which is especially penalising for operations out of peripheral ports like Rosslare,” ICG explained in a financial report for 2018 released last month.In March, ICG also said it was exploring other opportunities for deployment of Oscar Wilde which now resulted in the sale of the vessel. read more
There is a special bond that is created between a biographer and their subject. Not often is it seen that the biographer becomes integral to the subject’s life and less often do we see the biographer insert themselves in a biopic. And of course, the best way to do this is to write fiction.These are the things that set Me and Kaminski apart. Daniel Kehlman wrote this novel in his late twenties and first published it in 2003. While the book did not receive raving reviews, dotted literary critics did not miss up on the witty humour that Kehlman brought to the scene, writing a fictional biography about a fictional legend. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe 2015 German film, based on the original novel and co-written by Kehlman himself, tells the story of clumsy journalist Sebastian Zöllner (Daniel Brühl), who embarks on a journey to write a book on the legendary Manuel Kaminski (Jesper Christensen). Trained by Matisse, friends with Picasso, Kaminski is a painter who is troubled by his indecisiveness at the beginning of his career. However much the story is about Kaminski, it is about Zöllner’s journey of self-realisation as a writer and a human being. Zöllner, desperate to belt out a bestseller, after separating with his wife, starts researching on Kaminski, a painter hugely publicised for being blind. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnd while a lot of the film deals with establishing the legend of Kaminski and how he got his claim to fame by an “American accident”, it also looks at what it takes to write a biography of a man about to die. Hoping that Kaminski dies just in time for his book to become a hit, Zöllner reaches the painter’s village for the final stage of his research. The writing is unique in the way it describes Zöllner’s desperation to accomplish something and yet not know what it is – with humour, and through conversations with the aging artist. What’s more is that Wolfgang Becker manages to stage the film in a way that draws parallels between Zöllner’s character and that of Kaminski. The indecisiveness that Kaminski dealt with at the beginning of his career is clearly reflected in the way Zöllner is clueless about how to become successful. Moreover, Becker manages to capture the reality of biographing old people in the funniest of ways. The quirks of old people with fading memories, trying to remember details of a relationship they had decades ago is a hilarious jolt to anyone aspiring to become a biographer. And more importantly, Kehlman’s writing also deals with the emotional, ethical, and mental toll faced by biographers. While Zöllner is shamelessly self-serving, time and again he lands in ethical dilemmas. The camera work is excellent with some truly breathtaking shots. At one point when the camera reveals Kaminski’s last set of paintings, it is quite impossible to not feel for the artist who was trying to paint the process of going blind. But while the specialised edit of merging frames of the movies with Kaminski’s paintings is unique, there are some portions of the film where the editing was less than efficient; scenes with too many cuts resulting in somewhat of a mess. The film however, seems like an endearing note to biographers, while simultaneously telling a beautifully painful story of the desperation of a painter trying to capture the last few moments of sight. read more
WASHINGTON — The Republican Party believes it finally has its answer to the Democratic fundraising behemoth ActBlue.GOP groups are lending their support to a new donor platform called Patriot Pass, which they say will help the party match and even surpass the organization that sent more than $700 million to Democratic campaigns in 2018.After the Republican Party’s midterm losses, party officials said they needed to find a way to match ActBlue’s small-dollar fundraising power.The Republican platform is a joint effort of GOP payment processing firm Revv and the party’s data clearinghouse, DataTrust. Revv founder Gerrit Lansing says that combination will help the GOP pass Democrats.Democrats are playing a game of catch-up of their own, struggling to create a hub for their data to rival DataTrust.News of the new GOP donor platform was first reported by Politico.Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — AB Inbev, the world’s biggest brewer and the owner of brands like Bud and Stella Artois, is considering listing some of the shares of its Asian business on the Hong Kong stock exchange.The company, which is based in the Belgian town of Leuven, said Tuesday that the move would lower its high debt levels and allow it to consider more acquisitions in the region.AB Inbev is worth about 154 billion euros ($172 billion) and its Asian operations are reportedly worth as much as a third of that.It owns massive brands like Bud from its takeover of Anheuser-Busch in 2008, as well as Corona, Becks, and Fosters. It further established its dominance in the market in 2015 when it bought it next biggest rival, SABMiller.The Associated Press
The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped kick off Haiti’s spring planting season, distributing seeds, fertilizer and tools to farmers in a village near the epicentre of January’s devastating earthquake. “Agriculture is the lifeblood of this country,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said at a ceremony yesterday in the village of Palmisse a Ven, which was also attended by Haiti’s Minister of Agriculture, Joanas Gue.The village is near Léogâne, the epicentre of the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck the small Caribbean nation on 12 January, killing an estimated 230,000 people and levelling much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and nearby towns. “We will continue to work with the Government so that you have jobs, so that you have income and so that you can provide food for yourselves, your families and for the rest of the country,” said Mr. Diouf, who is on a four-day visit to the country.Similar distributions ahead of the upcoming planting season are under way in other areas, and FAO plans to reach 180,000 smallholder farming families with 1,500 tons of seeds and fertilizers between March and June.The UN and the Haitian Government last month issued a $1.44 billion appeal to assist the country in the wake of the earthquake, with nearly $71 million earmarked for agricultural support. According to the revised appeal document, the earthquake has significantly increased the number of people in the country who are food insecure, which prior to the disaster was estimated to be some 1.8 million people, or nearly 20 per cent of the population. In 2008 civil unrest, high food prices, three hurricanes and one tropical storm depleted household incomes, displaced thousands and ravaged infrastructure.Mr. Diouf stressed that a significant increase in national food production, rural employment and reforestation are the keys to a greener, more productive Haiti. An agreement was signed during the visit to enable FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development to work together to increase food production, support the integration of displaced populations in rural areas and build a revitalized, sustainable Haitian agriculture sector.In addition, the Director-General and Mr. Gue visited the site of a cash-for-work programme to repair irrigation canals damaged by the earthquake. Mr. Diouf also planted fruit trees with young people in the community of Croix-des-Bouquets, outside Port-au-Prince. “Young people are the future, but trees are also the future, because it’s trees that over the long term will transform this mother Earth, provide jobs, provide nutritious food for the population, make possible the economic development of the country,” he told several hundred youths. Mr. Diouf pledged FAO’s support to the Government’s campaign to plant 10 million trees – one tree for every Haitian. Last week the agency announced the launch of its “Fruit trees for Haiti” initiative to raise funds for fruit trees in school gardens and to build awareness of the role of trees in protecting the environment and reducing risks from hurricanes, flooding and erosion. 15 March 2010The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped kick off Haiti’s spring planting season, distributing seeds, fertilizer and tools to farmers in a village near the epicentre of January’s devastating earthquake. read more
He is also meeting with the heads of UN agencies working in the country, as well as the UN country team. After South Africa, Mr. Annan will visit Madagascar, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to meet with the countries’ leaders.In the DRC, where the UN is fielding over 16,800 uniformed personnel to back up a peace agreement that ended the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II, he will address the Congolese people and is expected to travel outside Kinshasa, the capital, to Kisangani.The UN is currently helping to organize national elections for 18 June, in the largest and most expensive such operation it has ever undertaken, to cement the transition to peace and democracy after a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and the attendant humanitarian catastrophe.
PLAYERAPPEAREDR64R32R16QFSFFW The French Open will begin on Sunday without Roger Federer, the first time he will miss the tournament since 1998. It’s also the first time the 17-time major champion will miss any Grand Slam since the 1999 U.S. Open. Federer’s withdrawal breaks his record-setting streak of 65 straight Grand Slam appearances, a stretch that encompasses fully one-third of the history of Open-era men’s tennis.When Federer last missed a Slam, two Americans, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the world. Federer had just turned 18, was mired in a slump, and was ranked so low that he needed to try to qualify for the tournament. He lost in the second round of qualifying. This time, Federer is ranked No. 3 in the world but has struggled all year with injuries, entering just four events. Federer said in a statement that he withdrew to “ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career. I remain as motivated and excited as ever.”No. 1 Novak Djokovic has never missed a major since he played his first in 2005. The French Open will be his 46th in a row. His consistency rivals Federer’s and exceeds that of the other three men — Björn Borg, John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal — who achieved the five highest Elo scores of the Open era, our measure of the players who peaked at the highest levels of all time. Federer655140363623103 McEnroe74333332 All-time greats’ longest Slam streaks, by round Source: tennisabstract.com Nadal1313131311553 Borg77653332 Djokovic46403027271453 Federer also leads among his fellow greats in consecutive appearances at just about every stage of Grand Slams. Djokovic, though, is riding streaks of five consecutive finals, eight semis and 27 quarterfinals. Federer’s withdrawal will make it easier for Djokovic to maintain his streaks — not so much because a weakened Federer isn’t in the draw, but because it bumps Nadal up to fourth in the seedings, preventing the possibility that Djokovic would have to face his top clay-court rival before the semifinals. Injuries have kept Nadal from stringing together long streaks at Slams, while Borg and McEnroe rarely bothered to make the trip to Melbourne for the Australian Open. CORRECTION (May 19, 3:50 p.m.): The headline on a previous version of this article gave an incorrect time period since Federer’s last missed Grand Slam. It was 17 years, not 18 years. read more
PPD Zagreb 13 2 2 9 325:369 6 HBC Nantes kept question about EHF CL group winner open by beating RK Vardar Skopje 27:26 (18:12) in front of 4.600 home fans. Cyril Doumulin and his team-mates were fast and furios in the opening 40 minutes of the clash with the VELUX EHF Champions league champions. Domestic team had 21:13 after 34 minutes of the match, but at the end, Thierry Anti’s players had to save win by keeping the ball in the last 40 seconds until the final buzzer.Eduardo Gurbindo was TOP scorer in the winning team with eight goals, while Timur Dibirov netted six at RK Vardar Skopje.The Macedonian champions had everything in their own hands, as they need only a point in the last home match against Orlen Wisla Plock next weekend.STANDINGS:Vardar 13 9 2 2 359:310 20 ← Previous Story Brave PPD Zagreb stopped by PICK in Szeged Next Story → Glandorf saves SG Flensburg against Veszprem Barcelona 13 8 2 3 380:350 18 Szeged 13 6 1 6 394:383 13 Wisla Plock 12 2 2 8 322:345 6 Kristianstad 13 2 2 9 328:391 6 Rhein-Neckar 12 5 4 3 354:334 14 Nantes 13 9 1 3 372:352 19 read more
The Amazon.com website hasn’t changed much over the last few years, but it’s about to get a major revamp. You may or may not be able to see the changes Amazon has made as the new site is slowly being rolled out to users.The blue menus and buttons we’ve all grown to know and love are now MIA. Screenshots of the new design show a white and grey interface that appears to be less cluttered and is apparently easier to navigate.Though the redesigned site is said to look great on a desktop, the real reason for the changes is to make a tablet-friendly Amazon. The company is said to be launching a tablet in October, which may be why Amazon chose now to redo their site, ironing out any bugs in time for the tablet launch. The products featured the most on the new redesigned site are Instant Video, MP3 Store, Cloud Player, Kindle, Cloud Drive, AppStore for Android, Game and Software Downloads, and Audiobooks, which are all services that an Amazon tablet owners would want primary access to.The company was reportedly placing orders for the tablet components as early as May from Quanta Computers, with an expected ship date in the second half of this year and a projected 800,000 units being made available. We also heard back in May that Amazon would be releasing two tablets – a 7-inch aversion and a 10-inch version.However, if you want the 10-inch tablet, you may have to wait until 2012. Mass production of Amazon’s 10.1-inch tablet apparently won’t even begin until the first quarter of 2012 with Foxconn handling the orders. It’s rather interesting to see Foxconn listed as the manufacturer since the company is known for its long-standing relationship with Apple and its production of the iPad. Still, it’s not that unusual since Foxconn has been manufacturing Amazon’s Kindle. The 7-incher is still due to be released in October as far as we know.The Amazon tablet is rumored to be significantly less expensive than other tablets on the market. The company is said to make up for the loss in profit with the help of purchases made in the services mentioned above. Is that the key to getting more people to buy a tablet: Make the hardware cheaper, and the software priced at a point where people will continue to click the “Buy” button over and over again?Stay tuned for an imminent Amazon tablet announcement in the coming month…via The Next Web and DigiTimes read more
European finance ministers announced on Monday that a bailout slush-fund will be established to halt the spread of the economic turmoil throughout Europe.The joint EU-IMF bailout fund provides €750 billion, aimed at shoring-up the perilously perched economies of Spain and Portugal in the wake of the Greek financial crisis.Under the three-year aid plan, the EU Commission will make €60 billion available while countries from the 16-nation eurozone would promise bilateral backing for €440 billion.The IMF would contribute an additional sum of at least half of the EU’s total contribution, or €250 billion, Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado said.“We are placing considerable sums in the interest of stability in Europe,” said Ms Salgado after the talks, which were called on Friday night amid concerns that the financial crisis sparked by Greece’s runaway debt problems had begun to spread to other fragile economies.The news came as the international Monetary Fund approved a €30 billion loan to Greece, offered in conjuction with 15 other eurozone countries as part of a larger €110 billion rescue package.It’s the biggest cash injection the IMF has ever invested in a single country and aims to shore-up global financial markets, which took a battering late last week with news of economic and political upheaval in Greece.In exchange, the Greek government is expected to implement a series of strict austerity measures, which have in turn further fuelled the domesitc upheaval.The €30 billion loan forms part of the the historic €110 billion financial aid package to bail out Greece, announced by the 15 other eurozone nations late last week.On Friday, European leaders cleared the way for the release of €80 billion of European Union funds over a period of three years.Under the deal’s terms, Greece will cut its Budget deficit from a record 13.6 per cent of GDP last year, to 8.1 per cent this year.Greece has also agreed to bring its deficit under the European Union ceiling of 3 per cent by 2014.The first loan payments under the bailout package will be made available to Greece in the coming days to meet a May 19 deadline for repaying its debts, according to statements made by the Greek Prime Minister.“This will allow us to implement our (austerity) programme and our reforms,” he underlined.These funds, he added, will “help us to implement without everyday’s uncertainty in the international markets, the stabilisation and growth programme for our economy.”However the Greek Prime Minister indicated that in supporting Greece the European Union was also addressing the broader stability of the eurozone.“These decisions show that we are going to work all together not to let international speculation acting without control in the markets, to take Europe out of the crisis and contribute substantially to the world economy’s recovery,” Papandreou said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Comments Share your voice 3 Now playing: Watch this: The FCC wants smarter farms. Scott Olson/Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission has formed a task force to look into how to deliver high-speed broadband for the agriculture industry. Better internet will unlock efficiency, innovation and improvements at farms and ranches, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a press release (PDF) Monday. With faster connections comes the ability to better implement internet of things and smart farming capabilities. Pai said farmers with access to both fiber and wireless internet are using it to monitor food intake across cattle, analyze soil and send out drones to monitor potato farms. Tags Mobile Internet Politics Internet Services 5:13 How to solve the rural broadband problem? Fix the maps Chairman @AjitPaiFCC announced the formation of a new task force dedicated to advising the Commission on policies aimed at delivering connectivity so that American agriculture producers can use and benefit from precision agriculture.— The FCC (@FCC) June 17, 2019 “This is the present and the future of American agriculture and we must do whatever we can to support these producers and enhance precision agriculture,” Pai said.The FCC’s Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States will work alongside the Department of Agriculture on developing policy recommendations. It will also consult with the agriculture and technology industries, and with experts.The FCC is now looking for nominations for the 15-person task force. The task force should include representatives from internet services, satellite providers, state and local governments, agricultural production, electric cooperative industry, tribal agriculture, and precision agriculture equipment manufacturing, as well as coverage mapping experts, the agency said.The goal is to achieve reliable connections on 95 percent of agricultural land by 2025. FCC read more
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday called upon the government to hold a fresh election under a caretaker government as the current parliament is not formed with people’s votes, reports UNB.”The current parliament is illegal as the government was not elected with people’s votes. They robbed people’s votes,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a meeting of the party at Horipur of Thakurgaon.The BNP leader said the country’s people, not their party, was defeated in the 11th parliamentary election as the ruling party ‘usurped’ power using guns and the state machinery.”Awami League turned victorious rigging votes, but democracy got defeated in the election. So, a fresh election under a caretaker government must be held. The government will be forced to arrange a new election through a movement,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that Bangladesh has now turned into a failed state where there is no accountability while the government is acting as per its whim.About the current budget, he said it is not a pro-people budget as it was designed only to protect the interest of businessmen and plunderers.The BNP leader urged his party colleagues not get upset, but to put in their best efforts to restore democracy. read more
“Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s second visual album, features guest vocals from The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White and James Blake. It was the best-selling album of 2016, selling 2.5 million copies worldwide and picked up Grammys for best urban contemporary album and best music video as well as a Peabody Award.The audio release will come just six days after today’s Netflix premiere of “Homecoming,” the Beyoncé-directed 137-minute documentary about her headlining performance at Coachella in 2018 that paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities. She also returns to the big screen this summer, voicing Nala in director Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The movie hits theaters on July 19.Related: ×Jay-Z and Beyonce GLAAD Awards 2019Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpWyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title00:49 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2019/digital/news/beyonce-to-release-audio-of-lemonade-film-across-all-music-streaming-platforms-exclusive-1203191643/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:4401:44More Videos00:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201901:13Redman Supports Jay-Z’s Partnership with the NFL01:08Naughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title06:18Best Fashion of the 2019 VMAs: Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Lil Nas X Stand OutClose Beyoncé is offering up some more “Lemonade.”Variety can exclusively reveal that the audio of Beyoncé’s 65-minute “Lemonade” film will drop across all music streaming services on Tuesday, April 23. The drop marks the third anniversary of the film’s debut on HBO. It’s also the first time all of Bey’s catalog is available for streaming.The “Lemonade” film, which coincided with release of the album of the same name on April 23, 2016, also uses poetry written by Somali poet Warsan Shire that will be included in the new audio release.Until now, the film was only available through Beyoncé’s co-owned streaming service Tidal. Divided into 11 chapters—”Intuition”, “Denial”, “Anger”, “Apathy”, “Emptiness”, “Accountability”, “Reformation”, “Forgiveness”, “Resurrection”, “Hope”, and “Redemption”—the film went on to earn four primetime Emmys. read more
Like humans, dogs too have a specialised area in the brain that process faces to give them social cues and make them highly trustworthy social animals, new research has revealed.The findings provide the first evidence for a face-selective region in the temporal cortex of dogs.“The results show that dogs have an innate way to process faces in their brains, a quality that has previously been well-documented in humans and other primates,” explained Gregory Berns, neuroscientist at Emory University and the senior author of the study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This may help explain dogs’ extreme sensitivity to human social cues.For the study, the researchers focused on how dogs respond to faces versus everyday objects.The study involved dogs viewing both static images and video images on a screen while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging.The dogs had to undergo training to learn to pay attention to the screen. A region in dogs’ temporal lobe responded significantly more to movies of human faces than to movies of everyday objects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis same region responded similarly to still images of human faces and dog faces than to images of everyday objects.“If the dogs’ response to faces was learned by associating a human face with food then you would expect to see a response in the reward system of their brains, but that was not the case,” Berns noted.“We can predict what parts of your brain are going to be activated when you’re looking at faces. “This is incredibly reliable amongst people,” noted Daniel Dilks, assistant professor of psychology. read more