800 MW solar power plant to boost Bengals alternative energy drive

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department’s efforts to reduce dependence on coal-based thermal power and harness more and more solar power has received a big boost, with a private player submitting a proposal to the department for setting up a 800 megawatt solar power plant.”We have already held meetings with our engineers and are working on preparing a detailed proposal. It will be forwarded to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her approval. We are trying hard to ensure that the project takes off as this will be the biggest solar project in the country,” state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said on the sidelines of the 10th Energy Conclave 2019 organised by CII on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources in the Power department, the company that has proposed setting up of the solar project has already acquired 500 acres of land at a strategic location in the state. “They are ready to acquire more land if needed for the unit, but our department will have to make Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with them for purchasing power generated from the unit,” Chattopadhyay added. Land is a major issue in the state for big solar projects and so the Power department is coming up with small units for harnessing solar power. In the last three years, solar power generation in the state has gone up from 2 megawatt to 132 megawatt. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayChief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid emphasis on solar energy through a project called ‘Aloshree’, under which solar panels are being set up on the roof of various government offices across the state. Solar panels have been set up in more than 1,500 schools and colleges. “Our department is also working on having a competitive rate for power tariff. The Damodar Valley Corporation’s power rate is lower than us. If we succeed in our aim then more and more industries will come up with their projects in the state,” the minister said. Chattopadhyay reiterated that Bengal is a power surplus state and ensures round-the-clock power supply for consumers, the number of whom stands at 1 crore 93 lakh. The department has also been able to tackle the problem of low voltage for both domestic and industrial consumers through technological intervention.last_img read more

CRTC report shows Canadians using more broadband and paying more for it

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – The country’s telecom regulator says Canadians are demanding more, and faster, Internet access, especially on mobile devices.But critics complain that broadband speeds are not keeping up with that demand and it’s getting much more expensive to go online.In its annual communications monitoring report, the CRTC says there were three million more mobile broadband subscriptions taken out by Canadians in 2016 compared with the previous year, a 13.3 per cent increase.And the regulator says Canadians used an average of 1.2 gigabytes of data a month on their wireless devices, a 25 per cent hike from 2015.Average monthly consumption of data using home Internet connections was also up by more than 23 per cent in 2016 compared with the previous year, reaching 128.3 gigabytes, said the report.The CRTC said that, over the last five years, monthly data used by Canadians increased by an average of 40 per cent annually.CRTC chairman Ian Scott says the regulator is working with industry and consumers to ensure greater access.“As the industry continues to invest in their networks to meet current and future demands, the CRTC is establishing a fund to improve broadband access in remote and rural communities,” Scott said in a statement accompanying the report.But broadband advocacy group OpenMedia notes that nine out of 10 Canadians still haven’t subscribed to what the regulator considers “basic” Internet service.“It’s been almost a year since high-speed Internet was declared a basic service in Canada, but we are still far from this being a reality for the majority of Canadians,” said Katy Anderson, OpenMedia’s digital rights advocate.“We’re seeing continued cord-cutting across the country and a significant increase in data usage — but our telecommunications market has not kept up,” Anderson added, saying Canadians also face higher broadband prices than in many other countries, as well as caps on data use.The CRTC last year declared high-speed broadband — with speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) for upload, and 50 Mbps for download — as a basic standard of service. The target date for reaching that goal was set at 2020. It also compelled telecommunications providers to pay $750 million over five years to build broadbrand infrastructure in rural and remote areas.By the end of 2016, those speeds were available to 84 per cent of Canadians, the regulator said.But higher speeds and more data usage has come at a price, with the average household spending $218.42 a month on communications services in 2015, a 1.7 per cent increase over the previous year, the CRTC said.Most of the monthly bill, 40 per cent, was spent on mobile devices, while 25 per cent went for TV services and 21 per cent for Internet. Just 14 per cent went to telephone services.last_img read more

High school Redman mascot causing a stir

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Saskatoon high school mascot is causing a lot of controversy.But not everyone wants to get rid of it.APTN’s Chris Stewart has more.last_img

First Nations housing crisis will take a lifetime to solve says AFN

first_imgThe Canadian PressNew federal money for First Nations housing is welcome but will not solve a monumental shortage for at least a generation says Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Kevin Hart.“I don’t see it happening in my lifetime or in my children’s lifetime, to be honest,” Hart said during a break in the AFN’s housing and infrastructure conference held in Winnipeg.“We have 16, 18 people in a two-bedroom house (in Norway House, Man.). Now if that was to occur here in Winnipeg with a non-native family, would that be acceptable? The black mould that’s in our houses _ would that be acceptable here in Winnipeg? Would that be acceptable in Toronto?”The federal government has promised $8.4 billion over five years for infrastructure, education and other issues in First Nations communities. The housing portion over the next two years is forecast to be more than double previous levels at $450 million.The money is a fraction of what reports have indicated is needed. Internal government documents dated January 2015 and obtained by The Canadian Press early this year pegged the cost of fixing First Nations housing in Manitoba alone at $2 billion.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the government realizes it has a long way to go.“We know that we’ve only begun, and what we’re hearing from coast to coast to coast is people are very happy with the beginning … but no, there is real need out there and we’re going to get going,” she said.In a 20-minute speech at the conference, Bennett said the government is developing ways to ensure funding flows faster to communities in need, and is looking for ways to ensure better, longer-lasting building materials can be used.Hart said cash for housing is needed quickly. He pointed to several communities that have seen a spike in suicides in recent years. Pimicikamak Cree Nation, known as Cross Lake, in northern Manitoba declared a state of emergency last March after six suicides in the community of 8,300.Overcrowded housing, often combined with inadequate recreational facilities and schools, is tied to the despair felt by many residents, he said.“It all relates and it interconnects with proper housing and infrastructure in our communities.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Japanese officials and UN envoy meet to discuss Myanmar

13 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, today wrapped up his current round of consultations in key Asian capitals with a visit to Tokyo for talks with senior Japanese officials. Mr. Gambari met with Japanese Vice-Foreign Minister Masayoshi Hamasa and Deputy Vice-Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.She said the Special Adviser and the Japanese officials held “detailed and open discussions” on how best the UN and Japan can work together to support Myanmar’s efforts to implement relevant General Assembly resolutions on the situation in the Asian country.During this trip, Mr. Gambari has already visited Beijing and New Delhi for consultations with officials in China and India respectively. Two weeks ago, he also held talks with United States officials in Washington.When Mr. Gambari was appointed in May, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement that Mr. Ban “looks forward to the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process, with a view to making tangible progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights.” read more

Forced evictions in Kazakhstan spark UN human rights experts concern

13 September 2010A United Nations independent human rights expert today warned about the impact of forced evictions carried out in Kazakhstan to make way for large-scale development projects seeking to foster economic and social development. A United Nations independent human rights expert today warned about the impact of forced evictions carried out in Kazakhstan to make way for large-scale development projects seeking to foster economic and social development.Wrapping up a visit to the Central Asian nation today, Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, underlined that “forced evictions can only be justified in the most exceptional circumstances” and must be in line with international human rights law.Urban renewal and city beautification schemes, including the construction of a modern, world-class capital city, have been at the heart of the country’s efforts to promote development, she noted.The Government has sought to create an enabling environment for private construction companies, commercial banks and financial institutions, as well as promoting access to credit to enhance access to adequate housing for its citizens.Large-scale development projects have drawn a large number of people from Kazakhstan’s poorest areas and abroad in search of job opportunities and a higher standard of living, while simultaneously depriving many of their homes and land.As a result of the onset of the financial crisis, many families were evicted when they were unable to make their mortgage payments, while others were deceived by private construction companies who were unable to complete the work.Ms. Rolnik, an unpaid expert who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, noted that the Kazakh Government has made efforts to complete the building of homes that had been slowed or came to a halt due to the economic slowdown.“Nevertheless, many families are still waiting for their homes, and I encourage the Government to strengthen its efforts to find a long-term solution for affected households,” she said.During her week-long visit to the country, the expert said that she called for an open dialogue among authorities, non-governmental organizations and affected households on access to adequate housing. read more

NewsAlert Consumer price index up 16 per cent compared with a year

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the consumer price index in September was up 1.6 per cent compared with a year ago.More coming.

Man killed wife injured in Thalangama shooting incident

A 51-year old man was killed and his 48 year old wife sustained injuries during a shooting incident in Thalangama today.The couple sustained injuries in the shooting incident and were admitted to hospital and the man succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and carried out the shooting. (Colombo Gazette)

A Cubs Fan Ponders If He Even Wants The Cubs To Win

Do I want — really, actually, genuinely want — the Cubs to win the World Series? It’s a question I grappled with at length after a couple whiskeys with my best friend from back home as they marched toward the pennant. I love the Cubs. I’ve always loved the Cubs. There is little else (some humans excluded) I love more than the Cubs. So what’s my problem, anyway?The Awl addressed the paradox with a cautionary tale from a Red Sox fan: “Without all the losing, the Red Sox are now just another pretty good team. The aura of mythology that swirled constantly around them was gone.” And that’s a big part of it. Losing is what the Cubs are known for. But we bleed-blue fans don’t root for lovable losers for the sake of it. We don’t do it because we’re proud of the title drought or miserable seasons. We don’t happily bask in the black-magic glow of curses or take masochistic joy in the outstretched arms of Bartmans.We root for them because eventually they will win, they just have to! It’s math! Curses aren’t real! And when they do win … my God, it will be ecstatic bliss. Angels will sing. Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters will sob tears of joy. Bill Murray will be there. Etc.The question is when do we want to cue the messianic chorus. Maybe Cubbie fandom is something like holding an American option — a piece of paper we Cubs fans carry around in our pocket and turn in at the bliss counter one day when they Win the World Series. In exchange we receive some number of singing angels. The longer this takes — the more heartache we bank — the more angels. That’s just math, people. If the Cubs had won it when I was, say, 3 years old, the rest of my fandom wouldn’t have been imbued with a greater, Sisyphean meaning. So, on my deathbed, yes, I should want nothing else than to cash in. If I’m watching from my high chair, I’d probably like to wait a while. To bide my time until 8:08 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night, I hastily sketched a chart of how my 31-year-old self should weigh these priorities, complete with an “exercise boundary” that tells me when I should want the Cubs to win so I can cash in my pain for those angels. So what does my analysis reveal? Will I be rooting for the Cubbies? Of course. I just can’t not. In late October, math no longer applies. Share on Facebook You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. read more

Eating disorder hospital admissions double in six years figures show

first_imgThe number of admissions to hospital for eating disorders has nearly doubled in six years, NHS figures show.Data from NHS Digital show admissions for conditions including anorexia and bulimia reached 13,885 between April 2016 and 2017 – the highest levels seen in six years.This is almost double the 7,260 admissions seen in hospitals in England the year up to April 2011, the figures show.The number of under-18 female admissions for anorexia have also jumped dramatically in the six-year period, from 961 in 2010-11, to almost 1,904 in the latest figures.The Government said it is aiming to provide treatment within one week for 95 per cent of children and young people referred for urgent cases of an eating disorder by 2020.Responding to the NHS figures, a Department of Health spokesman said: “We are committed to ensuring everyone with an eating disorder has access to timely treatment. 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. “We know the numbers seeking treatment are rising and it’s encouraging to see an increase in patients getting routine care within four weeks, as well as a significant improvement in treatment times compared to last year.”Inpatient treatment should be seen as a last resort, that’s why we have set out plans to expand community-based care for eating disorders – 70 dedicated community eating disorders services are being developed and recruitment to get the teams up to full capacity is under way.”last_img read more

Greek lawyers talk families behaving badly

first_imgThe newly formed Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) will host a dinner and lecture evening on August 28. The lecture delivered by HAL’s president, Mr Andrew Panna QC, will focus on the topic ‘Family and friends behaving badly: terminating failed joint endeavours’.The association started in April, and after gathering information as to what its members would like to get out of the group, it felt compelled to bring out the dinner and lecture event.The association plans to hold more seminars and have prominent people in the legal profession give lectures. They will also look at people from non-legal backgrounds to give lectures on issues that would impact Hellenic Australian lawyers.“Lawyers tend to focus on their work and don’t think too much to mix with members of their community and I thought it’s time to do something about that – meet and talk and mix with the community,” Mr Panna told Neos Kosmos before the launch.The association looks to group together the legal minds of the Greek Australian community, inviting all those practising law to join. The national patron of the organisation is Chief Justice Chris Kourakis of South Australia and the Victorian patron is Justice Emilios Kyrou.As it stands, law students and people with law degrees who aren’t practising can also join the association, and government staff and public servants who deal with legal matters are also welcome to join. The dinner and lecture event will be held on August 28 at the RACV Club, Level 2, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne at 6.00 pm for a 6.15 pm start. The cost of the event will be $90 for HAL members and $100 for non-members and will include pre-dinner drinks and a two course dinner with alcoholic beverages included.New members are asked to register their interest by contacting the secretary of HAL, Alexi Costa at Acosta@moray.com.au no later than Friday 22 August. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Essential Sailor Moon quotes to keep it real

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target Have you ever seen a perfect crescent moon in the sky and suddenly shouted “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you,” or found yourself envisioning the clickity-clack of castanets when you pass by a rose store? If so, you are a true Sailor Moon addict.However, it wasn’t just the heroic antics of the Sailor Senshi that struck a chord with fans. The realness of their everyday problems and outlooks on love and life were inspirational to a fault. As Usagi wallows in despair wondering how she will lose weight, us fellow humans can’t help but think, “Yeah, girl. I’ve been there.”Check out our essential list of Sailor Moon quotes that will get your nostalgia gears turning, and your Moonie heart churning.Artemis: They’ve saved the world, but all they can talk about is boys and food.Oh, Artemis, do you not understand the essentials of life? Although the Sailor Senshi are tasked with saving the world, it’s always nice to be reminded that they’re also typical high school girls. Who doesn’t love gossiping about relationships and the best new noms?Jupiter: He looks just like my old boyfriend.Get yourself together, Makoto! Not every guy is your old boyfriend! Jupiter’s preoccupation with her ex is relatable, if a little creepy. Maybe obsessing about the one who got away isn’t the healthiest route, but it’s a path we all have tread.Moon: I don’t care what you say about me, but to talk like that about him…!Watch out, because Sailor Moon won’t tolerate any smack talk about her #SQUAD. All of us fiercely loyal friends out there can attest to the rage factor that is released when we hear others talking crap about our friends. Enter the rage of a loyal pal! You tell ’em, Usagi.Motoki: You should never give up before you start!Yeah, side character Motoki! Fighting the good fight and encouraging ladies everywhere to try new things! These pearls of wisdom can be applied to pretty much any situation: groaning about not hitting the gym, dreading studying for a big exam, or just feeling bummed about having to clean our homes. Hang in there, everyone!Mars: Only old men think that men are better than women these days!Well, old men and a disturbing chunk of society! Sailor Mars is here to tell it like it is. Men and women should be equal, so it’s time to throw out those antiquated ideas. Preach, Mars. Preach!Venus: Please stop talking about math when I’m eating.Like, just give us a minute, okay? There’s no need to sully the precious glory that is food with pesky math. It’s sort of like that gross feeling you get when they bring you the check at the end of a meal. It really brings the happiness down a notch. Math later, please!Moon: You can’t judge how beautiful a girl really is by the way she looks.Truth! Let’s all strive to present ourselves in a way that makes us feel most confident, but don’t forget the important part of being a good person is working on exercising your brain, your morals, and keeping an open mind.Moon: I’d rather choose to fall in love and be hurt. Sometimes I can’t even sleep because I love someone too much. And there’s always sadness in our lives. It’s that sad feeling that keeps us going.Phew! Getting in on the really, real realness here, Sailor Moon. From the lips of a fictional princess of the moon comes some deep wisdom about having a love lost is better than never having loved at all.Moon: I’m told my best subject is sleeping, but I think it’s eating.Well, duh, we are all pretty great at both, I think. Sailor Moon truly nails the important things in life.Moon: Oh, I wish I could be a cat.Oh, the dream of all who have ever witnessed a furry pal curled up happily in the sun without a care in the world. To enjoy a life of luxury on someone else’s dime while stealing your master’s socks and hoarding them under the coach. We, too, have this wish.Chibiusa: Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you have to wait for a prince to come along on a white horse. You can go out and find Prince Charming yourself. It’s up to you to find the right boy. When you meet, you’ll both know if you’re meant to be together.Wise words from the oftentimes irritating Chibiusa. The pink rabbit girl has her ducks in a row though, you gotta give her that. Don’t wait to be saved by a white knight, everyone. Go out there and forge your own destiny!last_img read more

In a day Murkowski changes her tone on court nominee

first_imgDownload AudioYesterday, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she believes it’s “important” that the Senate hold a hearing on President Obama’s choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.“I do believe that the nominee should get a hearing,” she said, while taking questions from reporters in Juneau.Late this afternoon, in a series of five Twitter posts, Murkowski essentially said there should be no nominee.On both days, she said it’s up to the Senate to decide whether the nominee gets a vote on the Senate floor. Today, though, she went a step further. In Twitter post No. 4 she announced that she’s urging Obama to follow what she called “a tradition embraced by both parties” and let the next president make the nomination.“If POTUS ignores precedent,” she said in tweet No. 5, “I believe extraordinary circumstances give the Senate every right to deny the nominee an up or down vote.”It’s not clear what “precedent” and “tradition” Murkowski meant, but the claim that a president in his final year ceases to make court appointments is disputed. The independent website Politifact rated a similar claim  “false.”A spokesman for Sen. Dan Sullivan wouldn’t say whether Sullivan believes an Obama nominee deserves a Senate hearing. But the spokesman did say Sullivan will likely oppose any of the president’s choices.last_img read more

Wherere good days

first_imgMisri Lal, 52, a farm labourer, stands outside his house with his family in Bhomada village, Sehore district, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, India, on 11 September 2018. — Photo: ReutersNarendra Modi swept India’s 2014 general election with the slogan “Achhe din (good days) are coming”.Four years later, as Prime Minister Modi mobilizes to win re-election in May, he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are being buffeted for a lack of jobs, falling farm prices and rural wages, a tax reform that led to unemployment and a demonetization exercise that sapped liquidity.Despite high economic growth, the fall of the rupee currency to record lows this year has led to a surge in prices of largely imported fuel, which is feeding into inflation. Nationwide protests have broken out because of the price rise.“There’s no improvement in our life – we eat two basic meals a day but struggle to save for soap and detergent,” Misri Lal, 52, said in Bhomada village in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state, where he earns $2 a day watching over a yellowish-green soybean farm.In a series of interviews in India’s political heartland, the northern and central plains, many people said they had been disappointed by Modi’s government. But in a nation of 1.3 billion people, it was difficult to estimate how far the disillusionment had spread and how much it could affect Modi and the BJP at the next general election.Despite its fitful performance on the economy, the BJP remains robustly Hindu nationalist, which plays well among many voters. Modi’s aides insist that the party will not suffer in the election next year and will repeat the 2014 performance.They also say the BJP will do well in three big state elections due later in 2018, which could signal how things will go in the general election.Opinion polls predict Modi will return to power next year, but said the gap against the opposition was narrowing.But “achhe din”, which has become synonymous with Modi and his rule, is being mocked on social media in India. A cartoon widely distributed on Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform had a man looking through a telescope for “good days”. Another had Modi sitting in front of a spinning wheel weaving “achhe din” stories.Some BJP officials privately say they are not quite sure of sentiment in the small towns and villages of rural India, where two-thirds of the people live.Lal, the farm hand, said he was a long-time BJP supporter but it was time for change.“We have always voted for them but people are angry now. It appears things will change this time around,” Lal said, his wife and two grandchildren looking on from near their tin shed in the middle of the unfenced soybean fields.RURAL PAINThe Modi administration has acknowledged that farmers are suffering in a country where agriculture is the biggest employer, engaging 263 million people or 55 percent of the total number of workers.“Trends in inflation clearly show that farmers are under distress due to un-remunerative prices and need to be compensated appropriately,” India’s farm ministry said in a report sent to states last month and seen by Reuters.Rural wages have weakened across India compared to a high growth period during the rule of the center-left Congress party which aggressively promoted a rural jobs scheme that guaranteed every citizen paid work for at least 100 days in a year. Economists say its impact has now leveled out.A boom in the construction sector had sustained the growth in wages but that has since slowed down dramatically, dragged by Modi’s November 2016 move to suck high value currency notes out of the system to combat corruption and then a sweeping goods and services tax (GST) that businesses are struggling to adapt to.Average inflation-adjusted growth in rural wages fell to 0.45 percent between 2015/16 and 2017/18, compared with 11.18 percent between 2012/13 and 2014/15, said India Ratings & Research, a unit of international agency Fitch.The Reserve Bank of India says that high growth in rural wages from 2007/08 to 2012/13 was followed by a phase of “significant deceleration”.“GST and demonetization have really depressed the construction industry. I get only 20 percent of the work I used to get before demonetization,” said Chotelal Rajput, a construction contractor in the Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, as he stopped by a busy roundabout where dozens of laborers gathered to be hired for daily wages.In Wai, a small town south of Mumbai, migrant worker Mithilesh Yadav said he voted for Modi at the last election but would not do so again.“The BJP was talking about bringing down inflation, bringing down petrol and diesel prices, but instead they are raising prices every day,” the 26-year-old said. “All tall claims made by Modi were just advertising and we fell for it. I won’t commit the mistake again.”IT’S JOBSMany political analysts say Modi’s failure to create tens of millions of jobs for the country’s youth – a promise which helped him secure the largest mandate in three decades in 2014 – would be the biggest threat to his bid for another term.“No one here will vote for Modi,” said Rakesh Kumar, a college graduate in the town of Kasba Bonli in northern Rajasthan state who says he has worked as a house painter because he could not get any other employment.Kumar said he finally found a job as a teacher in a private college last month but his paltry monthly salary of 8,000 rupees (about $111) meant his six brothers worked as manual laborers.The town voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in 2014.In Panipat, a town north of the capital Delhi, workers in textile mills said hundreds had been laid off because many small business owners could not cope with the complexities of the new GST regime and had shut shop.Gopal Krishna Agarwal, a BJP spokesman, said the country could not expect the Modi government to resolve all its problems in so short a time.“India has been independent for more than 70 years and we can’t say that problems that have persisted for around 65 years would go away in four and half years,” he said.“We’re not saying every problem has been solved but our focus and direction are correct.”The BJP is also confident about its prospects next year because of the fractured opposition. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress is Modi’s main opponent, but there are a host of regional parties that are likely to divide the opposition vote.India Today news magazine published a survey last month predicting the BJP would lose seats compared to 2014, but retain just enough to form a government with allies if the opposition remained divided. It predicted the BJP would win 36 percent of the vote and Congress 31 percent, but said smaller parties would get 33 percent.Gandhi told a group of journalists last month that a “robust opposition alliance” would be in place before the 2019 election and that a candidate of a unified opposition would go up against the BJP in each constituency.“More damage has been done to India by this government than any in the past and everyone recognizes the over-riding need to thwart them,” Gandhi said, referring to the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda that critics say has targeted the country’s minorities.Subhanshu Sethia, a college student in the northern town of Meerut, said Modi’s singular failure had been the lack of jobs.“Achhe din is only for the rich, the businessmen who get fat contracts, for the rest of us it has been a let down,” he said.“There is a war out there for jobs.”last_img read more

Mental Health Conference

first_imgThe ‘Its Getting Better All the Time Organization’ will hold a “Providing Information and Support Mental Health” conference March 14 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the event will address  resources offered to the community. There will also be various panel discussions speakingabout subjects that impact the mental health community in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The registration fee is $5 including lunch. To register, visit igbattmho.org. For more information, contact Arnetta Legree, igbatt@aolo.com or Alnicia Gibson, blessed2begifted@gmail.com.last_img read more

Someone got Windows 95 running on a 3DS

first_imgSome people kick the new year off with fireworks and champagne toasts. Geekier types do things like getting Windows 95 to run on a Nintendo 3DS.In the wee hours of January 1st, a GBAtemp forum user who’d previously tried in vain to make Microsoft’s 20-year-old operating system boot finally succeeded. There’s even a video of the boot process taking place, complete with a post-improper shutdown ScanDisk run.Not everyone was ready to believe that one of Nintendo’s dual-screen handhelds is capable of running Windows 95, so these uploads were met with some skepticism. Hours later, however, the original poster delivered the goods: a complete set of the files he used that allow anyone who wants to give it a go to boot Win95 on their 3DS. Once they’d been shared, it didn’t take long before a handful of other users had figured things out and posted their own images.So how exactly do you get Windows 95 to run on a 3DS? With a little help from DOSbox and RetroArch — similar to how someone else made it work on a Samsung smartwatch. And though you might think it would be unbearably slow running in an emulator on a 268MHz ARM processor and a relatively small amount of RAM, it’s apparently not that bad. Sure, it takes quite a while to boot up, but that gives a bit of added retro charm, doesn’t it?Of course, if you lack the necessary patience you can always hit the breaks before Windows 95 tries to boot and just launch your favorite old DOS games instead.last_img read more

Eating fried food may stop your brain from controlling your diet

first_imgIf you are looking for ways to reduce that ever-burgeoning waistline, stay clear of foods rich in saturated fat found in butter, cheese or fried foods as these can make your brain struggle to control what you eat, says a study.The findings showed that consuming fatty food affects the hypothalamus a part of the brain that helps regulate hunger.Simply put, people struggle to control how much they eat, when to stop and what type of food to eat symptoms seen in obesity. ‘Although the effects of high fat diet on metabolism have been widely studied, little is known about the effects on the brain,’ said a researcher. On the other hand, consuming foods rich in unsaturated fats such as fish, avocado or olive oil makes a significant difference, the researchers said.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study shows that brain function remains normal and manages to restrain from eating more than necessary.‘The difference was very clear and we were amazed to establish the impact of a fatty diet onto the brain,’ Crispino explained. ‘Our results suggest that being more aware about the type of fat consumed with the diet may reduce the risk of obesity and prevent several metabolic diseases’, the researcher concluded.last_img read more

3Step Spring Cleaning for an Improved Website

first_imgApril 6, 2017 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free You have to be willing to adapt and change to succeed in business. Very few things, if any, remain constant over the years, and people who refuse to change get left in the dust.This holds especially true for your website. From improved security measures to fresh content — there are always changes to be made. Here are three simple changes you can make to improve the performance of your website.Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader1. Improve your security and trustworthiness.Consumers are becoming extremely particular about what information they provide online, especially when it comes to personal and financial information. Whether you are collecting lead personal information such as names and email addresses or credit card information to process online payments, you need to give your visitors a secure environment.If you haven’t already switched over to HTTPS, then you should contact your hosting company and purchase a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. SSL creates an encrypted connection between your server and your visitors’ web browsers, allowing sensitive information to be transmitted without being compromised. The process of converting to HTTPS is much easier than you might expect. There are plenty of online resources that walk you through the process, like this one here.When your website displays a web address featuring HTTPS, it gives your visitors more confidence, but there are additional steps you can take.“We use HTTPS because we collect payment information through our website, but we also make sure to display our Better Business Bureau logo, which shows we are an Accredited Business with an A+ rating. Displaying badges of trust on your website is an effective way to build trust,” explains Garrett Sutton, CEO of Corporate Direct.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You Sleep2. Update your website design to be modern and responsive.Updating your website can give your brand a fresh makeover, while also creating a more effective and friendly user experience for your visitors. With more than 65 percent of all traffic coming from mobile devices, you need to be certain that your visitors all have a pleasant experience, regardless of the type of device they are browsing on.When a prospective customer lands on your website, they form an opinion of your brand within seconds. If your website has a stale feel, it can act as repellant, pushing prospects to your competition. Many brands will use pre-made themes, but many of these are clunky and the added code and features slow down the load time.Consider a responsive redesign, with a focus on increasing your user experience. This will ultimately increase your conversion rates and revenue. I recently acquired a boutique web design and development agency that specializes in responsive design and coding. We stress transparency, offering several affordable packages for brands of all sizes. A complete redesign is more affordable than you might think.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get Rich3. Publish new blog and video content.There is no ignoring content marketing, as it helps to attract visitors to your website. But, many businesses forget to create content that also converts those visitors into sales. It’s always a great idea to create some content that further educates your visitors about the products or services that your business offers.This can be in the form of blog posts, downloadable assets or even videos. Phil Cohen, CEO of Factor Finders has seen positive results from their video effort, stating, “We created a video library on our website that features three categories of videos, all designed to educate our prospects. While we also have a traditional blog, we receive great feedback regarding our videos.”When it comes to content, being consistent is key. Every time you add new content, it helps to improve your website’s SEO. Each new piece of content is an opportunity to target new keywords and attract more traffic.last_img read more

Accessing your Linux server from within Microsoft Windows

first_imgAccessing your Linux server from within Microsoft Windows by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on July 09, 2017 in Tutorials – Last Update: July 09, 2017 – 12 commentsIn a previous article we discussed how to start up a basic web server with nginx and get a primitive webpage online, however, what if we are hosting our website on a VPS server not located locally, and we are wanting to access the server from within Microsoft Windows?There are two solutions that I would jump to right away: Putty and WinSCP.Putty is an application that allows us to make an SSH connection to a remote server (Putty also can use things like Telnet, but we won’t be getting into that today,) in order to access it via commandline. WinSCP will allow us to connect via SSH and transfer files/folders back and forth between our machine and the server; in a graphical fashion.Accessing Linux servers from Windows The first thing you’ll want to do is download the above mentioned software, from the following links:Putty — Read our detailed Putty tutorial here.WinSCP — Read how to back up WinSCP sessions here.Once you have these and have installed them accordingly, let’s just jump right in and start up putty.Connecting with Putty to your server is fairly straightforward, assuming that you haven’t changed the port number or anything, simply enter the IP address or the Domain Name of the server, and connect. You will then be prompted for a username and password. Enter these as appropriate, and you will be connected to your server.From here, you have total commandline access, and are free to do as you wish within the power you have! At this point, assuming you didn’t sign in as root, you can navigate your current user account, use sudo / su, make files, edit files, configure files, and essentially do everything you need to do…WinSCPBut, let’s say we want to transfer over some files from our local machine to our server? Well, we COULD do that via commandline, but for basic users just starting out, it would be much easier to use WinSCP to do this…So, let’s start up WinSCP.Once you start WinSCP you are greeted with a similar screen to that of Putty. Again, enter your appropriate credentials, and sign in. Once in, you’ll be shown a screen with two areas, the left being your local machine, the right being your remote server. Now you can access files in a graphical environment, and can easily drag and drop transfer files back and forth between machines without fussing about with the commandline. I personally still find it easier to do editing of configuration files through Putty using a text editor for the commandline like Nano, but you DO have the option of working solely through WinSCP to edit text files and such if you choose do to so.Final wordsHopefully this helps some of you who may not have been aware on a way to connect to your remote servers via Windows. There are other options out there, but these are the tried and true methods I have used for years, and that I personally recommend for new users. My biggest advice to you is that while you have the option of working strictly within WinSCP, don’t; get comfortable using Putty, using the commandline, and working in a non graphical environment. You’ll thank yourself later, use WinSCP for transferring files over from local to remote, but otherwise, stick to Putty!How about you? Any other methods you prefer?SummaryArticle NameAccessing your Linux server from within Microsoft WindowsDescriptionMike details how Windows users can connect to Linux servers, or any Linux machine, using the two free Windows programs Putty and WinSCP.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Gay porn star Tyler White dead at 25

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The 25 year-old American porn star was discovered at his mother’s home in North Providence, Rhode Island.Fellow porn star Damien Kyle shared his heartbreak over the news on Twitter. He alleged that substances were involved in White’s death.‘No matter how hard you try to show someone there’s a better life without drugs they don’t seem to care… it’s too hard to kick the habit and for that mindset I lost a really close friend of mine,’ Kyle wrote online.Kyle also wrote that White’s funeral was to take place on Wednesday June 13 and that he was to be cremated.Tyler White began his porn career at BrokeStraightBoys.com at 21, and over the following years featured in over two dozen productions. He also made appearances at several Pride events promoting BSB. Tyler White appeared in over two dozen films for BrokeStraightBoys (Photo: BrokeStraightsBoys.com) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) BrokeStraightBoys star Tyler White was found dead earlier this month. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘He was a wonderful person’BSB producer Shannon Prewitt said: ‘It’s something we’re pretty sad about because he was a wonderful person. Some people have true illnesses that they just can’t seem to get away from. Unfortunately, it just got the best of him.’Fello BSB star Ryan Fields also paid tribute to him: ‘He was one of the first models I’ve ever worked with and that was four-and-a-half years ago. He was truly a cool guy. A great friend and person to be around.‘I’m gonna miss him. Not a lot of people make a mark in your life, but for me he sure did. Great model, great guy, and he deserved a full life. He had a smile and shine that stood out.’White’s death follows news of Falcon Studios performer Dave Slick’s death earlier this month. The 26 year-old was found dead in Chicago on June 10.Also on Gay Star News:Gay porn star Dave Slick dead at just 26 after sex-themed expo Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsWATCH: YouTube star Tyler Oakley visits Pulse one year onFan told to take down rainbow flag at World Cup match in RussiaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tyler-white-gay-porn-dead/ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more