Gujarat will supply treated waste water for industrial use

first_imgShared tragedy For man and beast, the Zeel is the only watering hole at Seth Vandh. Why has drought hit the Maldharis of Kutch so hard this year? Spring of hope: Women in Samri Vandh village in western Banni find an unexpected water source in a dry river bed. A quick swig A thirsty villager takes a draught at the Zeel. Cooling down A leaky water tanker turns into a shower in Bhuj  “In the next 3-4 years, more than 80% of the water requirement of industries will be met through the supply of treated waste water (TWW), which will be supplied from Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs),” said Gujarat’s Chief Secretary J.N. Singh, adding that industry will get only treated water in order to reserve fresh ground water for drinking and irrigation.“As of today, our total sewage water generation is 4,000 MLD (million litres per day), while our treatment capacity is 3,500 MLD. In the next 2-3 years, new capacity of 1,500 MLD will be added, with the setting up of new STPs and expanding the existing ones,” said J.P. Gupta, Principal Secretary on water supply for the State.Also Read Spring of hope: Women in Samri Vandh village in western Banni find an unexpected water source in a dry river bed. Not enough: A cow fails to find shade under a tree at Dholavira. Shared tragedy For man and beast, the Zeel is the only watering hole at Seth Vandh. Not enough: A cow fails to find shade under a tree at Dholavira. Not enough: A cow fails to find shade under a tree at Dholavira. Milk of kindness A Maldhari feeds an abandoned camel calf some milk in Chhari Dandh near Banni. Deceptive calm Grass hides a plaintive phase of extreme drought at the Zeel, a traditional water hole at Seth Vandh village in Banni, Kutch, which has gone without rain for three continuous years. Deceptive calm Grass hides a plaintive phase of extreme drought at the Zeel, a traditional water hole at Seth Vandh village in Banni, Kutch, which has gone without rain for three continuous years. Shortage of water is an annual story in Gujarat, with limited sources of fresh water and rising demand. Every year, the State faces water shortage, particularly for drinking water in far-flung areas in Saurashtra and north Gujarat, both drought-prone regions in the State.In the current year, more than 750 villages are being supplied water through tankers due to non-availability of local sources, as most of the dams and reservoirs have gone dry, due to deficit rainfall in the last monsoon.Detailed planNow, the State government has come up with a detailed plan to address the water shortage by limiting the supply of fresh water only for drinking and irrigation purposes, while the growing demand of industries will be met through treated waste water, which will be supplied by State. May day: Carrying hay for livestock in Banni Cooling down A leaky water tanker turns into a shower in Bhuj A quick swig A thirsty villager takes a draught at the Zeel. May day: Carrying hay for livestock in Banni  According to Mr. Gupta, the State has limited sources of fresh water while demand is rising, which forces the authorities to adopt novel ways to address the issue. “By treating waste water that’s generated in sewage and supplying it for industrial consumption, we will also resolve the issue of pollution in cities and towns,” he added.“We have capacity to treat water at STPs and since there is no demand for treated water, it gets diluted and treated water is released into water bodies or farms. Now, we will be making it mandatory for industries to use treated waters, ,” Mr. Gupta said. Milk of kindness A Maldhari feeds an abandoned camel calf some milk in Chhari Dandh near Banni.last_img read more

TCS to Face Trial in U.S. for Alleged Discrimination Against American Workers

first_imgTata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) will now have to defend itself in a trial in the United States over allegations that it showed bias against American workers.A federal judge in Oakland, California, on Dec. 27 expanded the case, which was filed in 2015, into class action on behalf of the American complainants who allegedly lost their jobs at TCS offices since they were not assigned to any of the company’s clients, Bloomberg reported.The judge also rejected TCS’ request to dismiss the lawsuit that accuses the Indian IT firm of violating anti-discrimination laws by favoring South Asians. Complainants Steven Heldt, Brian Buchanan, and Christopher Slaight allege that TCS discriminated against them through its hiring, employment, and/or termination practices based on race and national origin.“TCS has a pattern and practice of intentional discrimination in its United States workforce whereby they treat persons of South Asian descent, South Asian race, and South Asian national origin, more favorably than those who are not South Asian, including plaintiffs,” said a court statement, reported, an IT professional, was employed by Southern California Edison (SCE) from 1986 until February 2015. In July 2014, he was informed along with approximately 400 coworkers that their services would be terminated and that they would be replaced by TCS employees.Buchanan agreed to remain in his position with SCE until early 2015 to train the incoming TCS employees and was discharged in February 2015 when TCS assumed primary responsibility for SCE’s IT needs.Buchanan also attended a job fair organized by SCE at which he met a TCS hiring manager to express his interest in a position with TCS at SCE or otherwise. However, he alleges that TCS did not show any interest despite his extensive qualifications and relevant experience. It hired only five of the 28 members of Buchanan’s team at SCE, three of whom were South Asians.TCS, on the other hand, has argued that Buchanan’s experience does not prove he was a victim of bias. He has “no idea” whether the application process was discriminatory as he didn’t attend any of the town hall meetings he was invited to during the Edison transition to learn about open positions with TCS and how to apply for them. He did not even apply for a specific job, the company said in a court filing.Slaight says that he was put on the “bench” beginning in March 2013. Even though he actively pursued new placements with TCS, he claimed that he was terminated less than a month later, in April 2013. Related ItemsEmploymentracismTCSlast_img read more

Isner, Harrison advance to BB&T Atlanta Open final

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harrison beat fifth-seeded Kyle Edmund of England 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. Harrison won the Memphis Open in February for his first career title. Edmund beat top-seeded Jack Sock on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games FILE PHOTO – John Isner of the US returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen’s Club in west London on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKATLANTA — Second-seeded John Isner beat third-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the BB&T Atlanta Open final for the fifth straight year and the seventh time in eight years.Isner lost to Nick Kyrgios last year at Atlantic Station after winning the hard-court event three straight years. The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star will face fourth-seeded Ryan Harrison in an all-American final.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It was a very good match. Absolutely nothing to complain about today,” Isner said. “On and off the court in pretty quick fashion and I certainly will be ready to go tomorrow. I feel great physically, maybe the best I have felt in quite some time. More importantly than that, I am pretty confident as well.”The 32-year-old Isner won the Hall of Fame Open last week in Newport, Rhode Island, for his 11th career title — all at the ATP World Tour 250 level. He has won seven consecutive tour matches and held for 69 straight service games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMuller reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals this month.“He made it very tough for me today,” Miller said. “I don’t feel like I played a bad match. I maybe didn’t serve well enough today, but it’s also because of him. He put a lot of pressure on me. It was very tough out there today. All credit to him. He played a great match.” LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Usain Bolt is down to his last, blazing curtain call National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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 Photo from ONE ChampionshipVeteran Filipino fighter Rene Catalan thinks the ONE strawweight world title is up for grabs when his compatriot Joshua Pacio defends his crown for the first time in a rematch with Japanese challenger Hayato Suzuki next month.Pacio and Suzuki will headline the ONE: Eternal Glory event at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’center_img “This is a 50-50 bout. As long as Pacio can keep the match off the ground, he has a big chance to win. We all know Suzuki is experienced on the mat, and he already beat Pacio by doing just that in their first bout,” Catalan said.Suzuki got the better of Pacio in their first bout, submitting the Team Lakay standout with a rear-naked choke in the first round back in August 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefCatalan though, said Pacio is a different fighter since that loss.“But Pacio has improved a lot, and he has more experience in grappling now. I think he can already cope up with Suzuki if it goes to the ground. Suzuki has to persevere on taking the fight to the canvas if he wants to win,” Catalan said. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Edward Kelly promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt “Hayato Suzuki has the experience, and he knows the art of war. But Pacio is consistently growing. He has the talent and the skill set to prove that he is the more versatile fighter between them,” he added. “The challenger has already beaten Pacio in the past, but he has to work twice as hard because Pacio has evolved so much since his loss to Suzuki.”The 22-year-old Pacio, who beat Yoshitaka Naito in their second encounter three months ago to win the belt, is also putting his four-fight winning streak on the line.“Suzuki could be the most difficult opponent for Pacio in the strawweight division, but Pacio is a different fighter every single time he steps into the cage,” Catalan said.“If Suzuki wants to win, he shouldn’t blink an eye because Pacio will make him pay for every mistake he commits in the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

The comedians cracking up Delhi’s comedy clubs

first_imgWhen Ukraine elected Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian, as its president earlier this month, the world cheered. For the television star, who wooed his voters beyond his comic acts, a joke just turned into reality. While Delhi still has no comedians contesting for the highest office in the country, the club of comedians is definitely rooting for it.Laughter is no silly business in the city as the multiple shows run in Delhi-NCR are doing brisk business. And clearly, the business is booming. Ambience Mall plans to launch an exclusive comedy club soon. According to Arjun Gehlot, director, Ambience Malls (Gurugram and Vasant Kunj), malls need additional entertainment options to attract more visitors.”Malls across the world are allocating more space to entertainment. Looking at the local trends and consumption patterns, we are plan ning to start a comedy club in both our malls as I believe it is something different from the usual movie and gaming experience,” says Gehlot.COMIC CULTUREDelhi loves humour, declares Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, the 41-year-old Gurugram comedian, who did a 35-city tour all over India last year. The corporate director, who quit his job after 16 years to be a stand-up comic six years back, knows what it means to sell jokes to an uptight audience. “Despite being the political hotbed, the audiences here are politically neutral as compared to other metros,” he says. Comics are the new superstars with fan pages on social media and packed live shows.Every second bar in South Delhi or Connaught Place now hosts open mic nights. No wonder the city has had many home-bred comedians. Some of the names that are creating ripples in the comic world include Rajneesh Kapoor, Amit Tandon, Neeti Palta, Appurv Gupta aka Guptaji, Kishore Dayani. This set of comedians also travels to destinations such as Australia, US, London and Singapore with their acts. Despite the clichés, Delhi has never harboured any gender bias about laughing aloud.advertisement”Being a female comic from Delhi, I am always asked this question as to how the audiences react to my jokes. Honestly, so far, I am floored by the reception I receive here,” says Neeti Palta, who performed alongside Russell Brand in the Comedy Central Chuckle Festival 2015 in Delhi. Having worked with J Walter Thompson India as a copywriter for 12 years, she took to the stage with a five-minute act on the insistence of Raghav Mandava, founder of stand-up comedy club, Cheese Monkey Mafia, in 2011. For some like Guptaji, stand-up comedy was an escape route from his fear of public speaking.”In 2013, when I started, few people understood it as an art form. Most of those who attended my shows had seen something online and wanted to hear me live. But that has changed now. People today come because they realise it as an art form just like performing arts or cinema,” says Appurv Gupta, whose first act at Akshara Theatre got more than three million hits when it was uploaded on YouTube, the video-sharing platform. Having kick-started the year with a multi-city tour in Australia, Guptaji is at home when performing for a Delhi audience.”When I entered the scene, Delhi-NCR had just a show or two in a month. Comedy was a dead area. Today, in a day I earn more than what I made in a month then,” says the 28-year-old engineer, who completed a successful 10-city US tour last year. For stand-up comic stars, Delhi works as a city where the corporate executive will queue up to watch on weekdays while the family audience gains traction on weekends.”I noticed this exciting segregation of audiences when I performed recently in Gurugram. On a Sunday, there was a group of elderly people, mostly grandparents, who were out to have a good time,” says Neeti Palta.THE LAUGHTER LANDSCAPEStand-up comedy as a form of entertainment in India has its origins in the 1980s when Bollywood comedians such as Johnny Lever performed filler items in award shows. Soon the art form started getting recognised and got its first mass appeal in 2005 when ‘The Great India Laughter Challenge’ debuted on television, thereby bringing a dose of laughter into our homes.The scene from television moved to gigs, when in 2008-2009, Papa CJ and Vir Das started performing to a live audience. By 2010, several auditoriums, cafes and other live entertainment platforms were holding open mic events where newcomers tested their potential.The Comedy Store from London opened shop in Mumbai and the country had one of its first retail spaces dedicated exclusively for laughter, with both Indian and international artistes putting up gigs. And in Delhi, which was yet to get an exclusive space, stand-up acts were performed at cafes such as PianoMan Jazz Club and Manhattan, cultural venues such as India Habitat Centre and Siri Fort Auditorium, and so on. But in the last five years, comedy has changed significantly in the city.advertisement”Some of the biggest names in comedy had their first solo shows at Akshara. These include Amit Tandon, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Zakir Khan, Abijit Ganguly, Abhishek Upamanyu, as well as rising stars like Sumit Anand, Aakash Gupta, Vikramjeet Singh, Rahul Dua, Robin Pupneja and others,” says Anasuya Vaidya, director, Akshara Theatre.One of oldest theatre venues in Delhi, Akshara Theatre started experimenting with comic acts in 2014 when artists Maheep Singh and Amit Tandon convinced Akshara’s founders Jalabala Vaidya and the late Gopal Sharman to give a platform to stand-up comedy artistes.”My parents didn’t need much persuasion as they have always believed in freedom of expression and created Akshara as a home for artistes,” says Anasuya Vaidya. According to Bradley Anderson, programming associate at Canvas Laugh Club, the comedy scene in Delhi is “growing”. Canvas Laugh Club, which opened in Gurugram and Noida in 2016, is one of the few clubs in the city that has been dedicated primarily to comic acts.”Theatres, auditoriums, restaurants, bars, are all seeing the benefit of the expanding comedy scene. Savvy independent producers are running events that give plenty of options for live comedy,” says Anderson. On an average the Canvas Laugh Club host 10-14 shows a week at Gurugram venue and seven to 10 in Noida.”The turnout depends on timings and who the acts are. An open mic may have only 20 people in it. While solo show of a bigger name may touch beyond 250,” he adds. With comedy shows getting popular, newer avenues such as HOME by the PVR Group are allotting space for comic gigs. Situated in the Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, this members-only club that opened in February, has live performances and movie screenings throughout the week.”We decided to make Comic Fridays at HOME this month with Neeti Patla as the pilot artist. The response has been incredible, since its introduction our members have been coming in every Friday,” says Renaud Palliere, CEO International Development, PVR Cinemas.MIND YOUR BUSINESSUnlike popular perception, Delhi isn’t prudish when it comes to comedy. “In fact, I have had a more conservative experience in Pune and Mumbai when someone got offended because of a comic’s lines,” says Ahluwalia. Concurs Palta, “Though my favourite city to perform is Bengaluru as they understand subtle humour, Delhi remains easy to please. I just need to be a little loud and boisterous here,” she says.People in the business believe that Delhi is ready to take a joke.”When you enter a comic club you go there with the mindset that things will be said and various jokes will be cracked but they have to be taken lightly and sportingly. Apparently, I’ve heard so many Dilliwala jokes and they are mostly based on real life incidents that people narrate. I believe Delhiites are mature enough to take those jokes, enjoy hilarious performances and add a dose of laughter to their day,” says Gehlot. That it is an alternative form of entertainment that encourages two-way participation is what further promotes its popularity.advertisement”It’s a more sustainable form of performing art. The lighting and sets cost are minimal,” points out Anusuya Vaidya of Akshara Theatre. It’s not just the college crowd, millennials or the corporate powerhouse who is queuing up for laughter. It is the preferred choice of entertainment for people from all age groups.”The growing popularity of stand-up comics showcases the new cutting-edge creativity in entertainment. India’s new breed of stand-up comedians is tickling their audience with their bold, unconventional take on the daily-life struggles of the common man,” says Palliere.Also read | Vir Das on Conan O’Brien show: All Indians aren’t smartAlso read | Biswa Kalyan Rath proves himself againlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch now tipped for August 7

first_imgThe Galaxy Note 10 is widely expected to launch in August but multiple reports in the past have been suggesting different dates. While it was previously reported that the launch would take place on August 10, a new report now suggests that the Galaxy Note 10 will be unveiled on August 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which is the same venue where Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9 last year as well.Cnet reported on the new Galaxy Note 10 launch date based on people familiar with the company’s plans. The August 7 launch date is yet to be confirmed by Samsung and things could still change in the weeks to come. At the upcoming Unpacked event, Samsung is expected to announce not just a Galaxy Note 10 but also a Galaxy Note 10 Pro model.The biggest changes expected from the Note 10 series is the display, which will see a punch-hole cutout on the top center of the screen and a vertical camera setup on the back. Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro should come with ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors. The Galaxy Note 10 phones may also drop the headphone jack as per recent reports.The regular Galaxy Note 10 is said to offer a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, while the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will sport a bigger 6.7-inch screen. The Pro model may also house a 4,170mAh battery and will come with up to 12GB of RAM. There are rumours that the Galaxy Note 10 series will feature an updated Exynos 9825 chipset that could be based on a 7nm process and should offer a slight bump in performance and improved power efficiency.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro case images suggest vertical triple cameras, no headphone jacklast_img read more

Global leaders set to meet at UN to chart progress towards development

The gathering at UN Headquarters in New York, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, seeks to pinpoint gaps and identify steps to take to accelerate progress towards achieving the MDGs.“It is my firm hope that we will be able to look back on this day as the moment when the world got back on track to reaching the Goals,” Mr. Ban said in advance of the day-long event.A recent UN report found that soaring food and fuel prices and the global economic downturn are impeding advances in such targets as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and reducing child mortality, jeopardizing the likelihood of achieving some of the Goals.Nearly two dozen of the world’s biggest philanthropic foundations will also take part in Thursday’s meeting, which comes on the heels of a high-level gathering held on Monday to examine Africa’s development needs.Several events will also be held on the sidelines of Thursday’s event, such as the launch of the Global Malaria Action Plan.That plan aims to slash malaria deaths to near zero by 2015 and will be launched by the Secretary-General, along with rock star Bono, philanthropist Bill Gates, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, World Bank head Robert Zoellick, and others. Billions of dollars in new funding to curb the spread of malaria and boost research will be announced.Thursday is also the third day of the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, and it is slated to hear from the heads of State and government of such nations as Tajikistan, Iraq, Timor-Leste, Zimbabwe and Spain. 24 September 2008Almost 100 world leaders are converging on the United Nations on Thursday for a high-level meeting to assess how to translate commitments into effective action to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. read more

UN seeks 15 million to tackle rising malnutrition among Central African children

11 August 2009Malnutrition is on the rise among children in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, appealing for $1.5 million to provide life-saving support. Malnutrition is on the rise among children in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, appealing for $1.5 million to provide life-saving support. CAR is one of the most impoverished nations in the world and remains beset by violence and widespread displacement in the north. An estimated 1 million people, out of a population of 4 million, are in need of humanitarian assistance. “In both the conflict-affected north and the more stable south, almost 700,000 children under five are living below acceptable standards. Many are moving toward the outer edge of survival,” said Jeremy Hopkins, acting representative of UNICEF in CAR. Poverty, ongoing insecurity, and loss of income in areas where the diamond mining sector has been impacted by the global economic slowdown are among the causes cited for this situation. Also a factor is the prevalence of HIV in the country, which at 6.3 per cent is the highest in its region and affects the nutritional situation of families. In addition to providing essential food, drugs and supplies, funds from the $1.5 million appeal will also be used to conduct a national nutritional survey, as well as train community health workers in the early detection of children and women whose nutritional health may be at risk. “These children’s lives, their ability to learn, to earn, and to lead productive lives is being stunted by this tragic crisis,” said Mr. Hopkins. “These children could be leading normal lives. We must try harder to fulfil their rights.” Yesterday a senior UN humanitarian official called for urgent action by the international community to assist those in need in CAR. “It’s not like any other humanitarian situation I’ve run across,” Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said as she briefed reporters on her visit to the country two weeks ago. read more

Booker prize awarded to challenging novel Milkman by Anna Burns as judges

He read the book out loud to himself during the judges’ third reading and said it proved a “very rewarding” activity, but was at pains to point out that he had no personal difficulty understanding the text.”I spend my time reading articles in The Journal of Philosophy. By my standards, this is not too hard,” he said.Burns is the first female winner since Eleanor Catton in 2013. Already in paperback, Milkman had sold 4,859 copies by last night, but the win will give it a welcome boost.The other shortlisted books were Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, Everything Under by Daisy Johnson, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, The Overstory by Richard Powers and The Long Take by Robin Robertson. If this year’s experimental Man Booker Prize winner seems too challenging a read, don’t worry – even the judges think you could wait for the audiobook instead.Milkman by Anna Burns, the first Northern Irish author to claim the £50,000 prize, draws on her experience of living through the Troubles and is written in the first person by a nameless young woman known only as “middle sister”.Kwame Anthony Appiah, chairman of the judges, said: “It is not a light read. It is a challenge in the way a walk up Snowdon is challenging – it’s definitely worth it because the view is terrific when you get to the top.”Asked if the style and language could prove off-putting to some readers, Appiah said: “Lots of people nowadays take in novels through audiobooks and I think this is a novel that will certainly reward that.”He went on: “I do commend to people who find it difficult to read it out loud. It gives it that other dimension, and also slows you down a bit.”Appiah a philosopher and writer, said reading aloud was probably not advisable on public transport but “I have never thought of being readable on the Tube as a really important property of a novel. Do it on your own somewhere – you don’t want people to think you’re crazy.” 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. read more

Only losers take the bus right Leo The weeks news skewed

first_imgCabinet back “awesome” possibility of cloning each otherWednesday, 15 May The Cabinet will meet today to progress the “awesome” possibility of cloning each other.This follows a breakthrough in the United States where human embryo clones were produced.“This is so awesome,” Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said. “I’ll finally have someone on my level to talk to.”While all ministers want to be cloned there is a reluctance among them to go first.“We’re a bit wary in case anything goes wrong,” a Cabinet source said. “So we’re starting with James Reilly.”“No matter what went wrong with cloning him it couldn’t be worse than the original.”The Mire ‘humbled’ as stories become Government policyThursday, 16 May The Mire was humbled today after Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin revealed he based policy on Mire stories. IS THE NEWS getting you down? Current affairs causing a frown? Satirical site The Mirehas an alternative angle on the week’s hot topics…Bus staff rage as Varadkar records Only Losers Take The BusMonday, 13 MayTransport Minister Leo Varadkar has infuriated striking Bus Eireann staff by recording a song lampooning bus passengers.Inspired by Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield’s version of Space Oddity, Mr Varadkar chose to record The Fatima Mansions’ Only Losers Take The Bus.It is understood the video for the song shows Mr Varadkar singing on a Bus Eireann bus while trying to make his guitar float in zero gravity.“He was peeved when his guitar wouldn’t float,” an aide said. “It was his first time on a bus and he didn’t realise they don’t have zero gravity.”Thousands struggle to get to work after bus strike suspendedTuesday, 14 MayThousands of commuters struggled to get to work this morning after Bus Éireann workers suspended their strike action.Many were stranded at bus stops around the country waiting for buses that had already left.“Why do I believe the timetable?” a Longford man banging his head off a bus stop said. “There won’t be another one for hours.”“There’s no doubt buses cause absenteeism,” an employment expert said. “At least when they’re on strike commuters make other arrangements.” Mr Howlin told that Government ministers would not be singled out for pay cuts.This follows a Mire story on 26 February that said Howlin pledged no further cuts to ministers’ pay.The Mire is available to draft policy for the Government for a reasonable fee.Alan Shatter knows what you did last summercenter_img Friday, 17 MayJustice Minister Alan Shatter knows what you did last summer.Mr Shatter told Independent TD Mick Wallace on Prime Time that he knew he had been verbally warned by gardaí last May for using a mobile phone while driving.Later Mr Shatter revealed that a single mother in Blanchardstown had been putting dirty nappies in her neighbour’s wheelie bin.He then told a Lucan man to stop seeing his neighbour’s wife.“The all-seeing eye of Alan is watching you,” a garda said. “Be afraid; be very afraid.”All eyes on Ireland for Oireachtas Abortion FestivalFriday, 17 MayThe signature event of The Gathering gets underway today with the highly anticipated Oireachtas Abortion Festival.For three days all eyes will be on Ireland’s abortion interpretive dances and carefully choreographed displays of abortion hysteria.“It’s what The Gathering is all about, it’s what Ireland is all about. Come dance with us in Ireland,” a tourism spokesman said.Uniquely, this festival does not feature a chill out area although many think it should.Festivalgoers are advised to wear wellies in case the floodgates open.Read previous weeks’ editions of The Mire’s Not the News >last_img read more

Microsoft refines the Xbox 360 Slim with a hardware update

first_imgThe rumor that Microsoft was to launch a new console at E3 turned out to be just that: a rumor. The gaming conference seemed to be most focused on Kinect titles and the Halo 4 announcement. Now we have more evidence that Microsoft’s focus continues to be the Xbox 360 as another hardware update is planned.Unlike the introduction of the Xbox 360 Slim, which saw the console get a brand new look, this new update is under the hood and wont impact the overall look of the machine. It also marks the first time Microsoft has moved the Xbox 360 architecture to a system-on-chip (SoC) solution.Until now the Xbox 360 has had a separate CPU and GPU on its motherboard. To begin with this was necessary due to the amount of heat being generated by those cutting-edge designs. In fact it ran too hot, or Microsoft didn’t cool it well enough, and lots of them died displaying a Red Ring of Death (RRoD). The console is several years old now, though, and technology has moved on making the chips quite dated in terms of performance. The move to the Slim model showed that it is now possible to produce the 360 internals without the heat and power requirements of the original machine. With this latest update that Slim redesign has now been refined.The SoC solution puts the CPU, GPU, memory, and logic all on one piece of silicon and cooled by one heatsink. This design, based on a 45nm process means, the Xbox consumes less power and produces less heat. It also means there is less that can go wrong making it more reliable.While developing the SoC design is thought to have taken five years and considerable investment, it will be cheaper to manufacture than the old multi-chip system, meaning Microsoft will make more profit on each console sold.The good news for gamers is this new Xbox 360 should run cooler and quieter. Less components also mean the console will be lighter, and it has allowed Microsoft to reduce the size of the power supply brick once again.The only thing that remains to be found out is when exactly this updated machines hits stores and how you can go about ensuring you get one.Read more at IBTlast_img read more

PM hopes for boost from Merkel

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will travel to Berlin this week, almost 10 months since he was last in the German capital, for one of the most crucial meetings of his premiership as he seeks to find common ground with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Greece’s adjustment program and further debt relief.Sources in Athens said the two leaders would discuss “the Greek economy’s prospects and the Greek program’s progress.” In Berlin the rendezvous was described as a “routine meeting.”However, it promises to be anything but routine for Samaras, who has spent the past few days on the phone with a number of key European officials. The prime minister has stepped up his contacts due to concerns within the government about the troika’s imminent return to Athens. The fatigued coalition is not prepared to agree to lenders’ demands for further pension and labour reforms, which could jeopardize the review or at least mean that the process will drag on for much longer than the Samaras administration would want.Samaras is also expected to brief Merkel on the challenge the coalition is facing in ensuring a successor to President Karolos Papoulias can be elected next year. If New Democracy and PASOK fail to find the 180 MPs they need, Greece will have to hold general elections.The Greek premier is hoping he can obtain the same public backing from Merkel as he did during his last visit to Berlin, when Greece was also in the middle of another troika review.Samaras made a brief stop in Parliament on Tuesday night, meeting with New Democracy MPs to discuss the presidential election and other issues. He is reported to have told lawmakers that if Greece goes to national polls and SYRIZA wins, local banks would empty the next day. Ex-Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis, now New Democracy’s parliamentary spokesman, also claimed on Skai TV there would be a bank run.SYRIZA sources described Samaras’s reported comment as “irresponsible.” Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras is due in Rome for an unexpected meeting with Pope Francis. The party said the meeting would focus on peace, migration and the environment.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

UPDATE Motorcyclist critically injured after collision north of Brush Prairie

first_imgA motorcyclist was flown to a hospital by Life Flight helicopter after sustaining life-threatening injuries Thursday evening in a collision with a car in the 10400 block of Northeast 199th Street, in the Meadow Glade area north of Brush Prairie.The rider was Lewis Hoeflein, 56, of Battle Ground, said Detective Jim Payne with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.The Columbian called several area hospitals and so far has been unable to find where Hoeflein was taken, or his condition.The rider suffered multiple injuries in the 6 p.m. crash, said Battalion Chief Brett Graham with Clark County Fire & Rescue. The rider wore a helmet.The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, suffered what appeared to be minor injuries and was taken to a hospital by AMR Northwest ambulance paramedics, Graham said.It appeared that one vehicle had been westbound and the other eastbound, but how they collided is under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Graham said.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

Peninsula drives MGM China 1Q18 growth despite Cotai launch

first_imgBoth VIP and mass turnover increased at peninsula property MGM Macau, with VIP turnover up 23.6% for win of HK$2.6 billion. Mass table drop grew 10.3% to HK$10.8 billion although win declined 3% year-on-year to just under HK$2.1 billion due to a low win rate.Despite the slow ramp-up of MGM Cotai, analysts generally declared MGM China’s results better than expected with limited cannibalization of MGM Macau following the company’s Cotai launch and solid mass performance.“While MGM Macau’s mass GGR fell 9% quarter-on-quarter given weaker hold, its mass drop remained flattish despite a ~10% decline in mass tables, in turn suggesting the cannibalization from Cotai opening has been limited,” said JP Morgan’s DS Kim and Sean Zhuang.“The VIP segment showed a similar trend (rolling -2% quarter-on-quarter versus the industry average of +4%), although this was probably due to the fact that Cotai currently has only direct VIP (no junkets).”Kim and Zhuang noted that MGM Cotai’s daily mass GGR was in line with Wynn Palace’s opening numbers and 10% higher than Studio City. Mass table yield of US$8,200 per day was even better, comparing favorably to US$6,000 per day at The Parisian and US$5,000 per day at Wynn Palace when they launched in 2016.Morgan Stanley’s Praveen Choudhary, Jeremy An and Thomas Allen are predicting a much stronger second half of the year once junket operations begin, stating, “MGM remains the most compelling stock in our coverage, with the highest projected EBITDA growth, at 36%, for 2H18.”MGM China CEO and Executive Director Grant Bowie said, “We are delighted to see another set of strong results of MGM Macau, demonstrating continuous customer loyalty to quality product and uncompromised focus on impeccable execution.“The opening of MGM Cotai represents a milestone. The beautiful property is totally unique and a real game changer for us as well as the market. We look forward to expanding and enhancing our offerings to provide spectacular experience for our guests, supporting our government’s vision to drive global tourism demand in Macau.” Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August MGM China saw its net revenues grow 25% year-on-year to HK$4.7 billion (US$596 million) in 1Q18, boosted by the opening of MGM Cotai and a 7.5% increase in revenue at MGM Macau.MGM Cotai, which opened its doors to the public on 13 February 2018, contributed HK$666.7 million (US$85 million) in net revenues of which HK$491.9 million was mass table games win. VIP turnover at MGM Cotai was HK$2.0 billion with a low win rate of 1.92% seeing VIP win of HK$38.7 million. RelatedPosts Load More Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokeragelast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 87 cite reasonable cost as key influence when buying healthcare benefits

first_imgRead the full Employee Benefits/Health Shield healthcare research 2018 report EXCLUSIVE: The majority of respondents (87%) state that reasonable cost is a key factor that influences their decision to buy or continue to offer healthcare benefits, a trend which continues from 2017, according to research by Employee Benefits and Health Shield.The Employee Benefits/Health Shield healthcare research 2018, published in August, surveyed 162 respondents. It also found that the second biggest influencing factor is the range of benefits offered by a provider (75%), a considerable increase from the 51% who cited this in the 2017 research.Employee engagement and boosting overall employee wellbeing have dropped from joint top alongside reasonable costs to third (70%) and fifth (66%) respectively. Being seen as an employer of choice moves even further down the list, from second to sixth place, with a drop of 18%.last_img read more

Join these pricks for dinner

first_imgThese guys add a wicked twist to your dinner time. Meet Humour Me, a repertoire that is all set to get you laughing as you tuck in. We spoke to director and actor Dhruv Sachdeva – the man behind Dinner with Pricks. Here’s an insight…Where did the concept of Dinner with Pricks come from?Dinner for Pricks is an absolutely original concept that I came up with early last year. It is an original script that I have written & directed. The musical content of the show has also been written and composed by me. No other entertainment company or performance-based group has ever done something like this. It is Humour Me’s first big showcase of the different kinds of entertainment we seek to offer to our audiences. We have all either experienced or heard of ‘supper theatre’ as a concept, but this is nothing like ‘supper theatre’. Here the audiences get to experience a fictional world and dine at a fantasy restaurant which only pops up for a few hours! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Humour Me is an entertainment brand that aims to change the way live entertainment is perceived by people. We don’t believe entertainment is confined to an auditorium or a particular performance space. Humour Me tries to provide the most fantastical entertainment in the most unconventional spaces when you least expect it!For example- Imagine you are a working professional at a bank, and it’s just another mundane Monday, when all of a sudden the lights go out! A bunch of armed masked men storm into the bank, threatening to take the people hostage! Suddenly the entire space is magnificently light up with a burst of colours, and dancers appear out of no where. You are suddenly in a 20-minute musical performance of actors singing and dancing. Your very mundane Monday has turned into an adventure like none other! This is no flash mob. This is your lucky day, and Broadway has decided to come to your door step and entertain you! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe novelty of the concept for me lies in the fact that one does not expect to be dining at a fictional restaurant, and be transported to a different time, setting, whilst the entertainment is not confined to raising of the curtain, or sitting in an auditorium waiting for the show to begin and in turn be entertained. This breaks the conventional approach to entertainment, here the audiences, get the chance to be a part of an experience. Every Humour Me production aims to be different. Expect the unexpected with every Humour Me production. Tell us a bit about the concept.This is the first original musical production in the country, and an experience like none other. We create a fancy French pop-up restaurant from scratch by the name of ‘Le Cigare Volant’ (The flying cigar) purely for the purpose of this showcase. Guests make reservations at a fictional restaurant, where they are greeted by a fantastical service of waiters (actors) & other odd ball characters. To their surprise they are in a full blown musical situational comedy, where the entertainment is the scandalous jabber from the next tables! Dinner For Pricks- is a social statement on the elite of Delhi, and a satire in musical form. How was the cast brought together? Most of the actors in this production are people I have worked with in the past. Over the years I have developed a network of actors & professionals whom I respect and trust in a professional sense. However, because the demands of the creative product are specific, the casting was based on script and the specific needs of the character. This is also a musical production where actors need to be able to sing and dance as well, hence there is only small niche of performers, who have studied this discipline that one can turn to. Have you guys performed this before or is Delhi the first stop?’Dinner for Pricks’ was performed last year, on the 29 July, 2012, and Le Ciagare Volant popped up at the Park Hotel, in New Delhi. There were two shows that played to packed audiences. However, this time around the creative product (script, music, characters & decor) and experience is entirely different. We want our guests to experience something entirely new, each time they visit the fantastical Le Cigare Volant.  If you have performed it earlier what sort of reactions did you guys get?The show got an absolutely overwhelming response from it’s audiences last year. Despite having played out to an audience that is well exposed, and has probably experienced the best of what ‘live entertainment’ has to offer from around the world, the show was thoroughly appreciated! Delhi hadn’t seen original live and musical content  showcased in such a unique way. The talk and buzz from the last show still hasn’t died down, and we were absolutely thrilled. How do you expect Delhi to react to a concept like this?Delhi has suddenly seen a burst of enthusiasm from various spaces on the cultural front. It is almost as if the city has come alive in the last year or so. People from across the city have become more & more receptive to live entertainment as a medium of entertainment. The people of Delhi are thirsty for intelligent entertainment and creative offerings! Thus, Delhi audiences are very receptive to new concepts. The people of Delhi love exclusivity! A show like ‘Dinner for Pricks’ really plays to that exclusivity factor as well, where one can only make reservations for this fantastical journey once in 6 months.From an entertainment perspective, I believe the Indian theatre and live performance space lacks original intellectual properties and content. Our biggest weakness is the lack of original content with some value. We are still far away from being a structured industry where original content can hold value. There is a definite need to start developing original productions.That is where Humour Me is different. We write our own scripts, music, and have content that is our own Intellectual Property. What next for Dinner for Pricks?’Dinner for Pricks’ is a creative property that we aim to bring to the city, and to other metropolitan cities in the country year on year. We want to make ‘Le Cigare Volant’ that fantastical place that people wait for months to dine in and experience.last_img read more

How marijuana use leads to severe mental disorder

first_imgCannabis or marijuana use increases neural noise in the brain, leading to a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality, says an Indian-origin researcher.The team from Yale University found that a primary active constituent of cannabis induces transient psychosis-like effects in healthy participants similar to those observed in schizophrenia.“At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, the compound called ‘?9-THC’ produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural noise in humans,” explained senior author Dr Deepak Cyril D’Souza, professor of psychiatry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings suggest that increased neural noise may play a role in the psychosis-like effects of cannabis. The investigators studied the effects of “?9-THC” on electrical brain activity in 24 human subjects who participated in a three-day study. If confirmed, the link between neural noise and psychosis could shed light on the biology of some of the symptoms associated with schizophrenia.“This interesting study suggests a commonality between the effects on the brain of the major active ingredient in marijuana and symptoms of schizophrenia,” stated Dr John Krystal, editor of the journal Biological Psychiatry that published the paper.last_img read more

An Early Russian Leader Converted the Country to Christianity Due to Alcohol

first_imgIt is no secret that Russians like vodka. Though many nations in Eastern Europe claim that they invented the alcoholic drink, Russia is the nation that is most closely associated with it. Even the word “vodka” reflects its importance. “Voda” is the Russian word for “water.”“Vodka” literally means “little water.” How did it come to pass that a nation is so closely linked to an alcoholic drink?An old Ukrainian vodka still. Photo by Arne Hückelheim CC BY-SA 3.0The story begins in the time before Christianity became the religion of Russia and Northern Europe.Like their close kin in Scandinavia, the people of the Kievan Rus (yes, Kiev is now in Ukraine – but before the rise of Moscow in the 1100s, Kiev was the center of Russian culture) worshiped many gods.Realm of Kievan Rus’ at its height (with dependent lands) Photo by Koryakov Yuri CC BY-SA 2.5Some of these gods were analogous to the familiar gods of Scandinavia: Odin, Thor, etc. The reason for that is simple – the ruling classes of Kievan Rus had their roots with the Swedish Vikings who sailed down the rivers of Russia looking for trade (and plunder – you can’t be a Viking without plunder).Though historians are divided on this issue, many believe that the word “Russia” derives from the Slavic word for the Swedes, “Rus,” meaning “red” and referring to either or both their reddish hair/beards or their ruddy skin-tone.The Invitation of the Varangians by Viktor Vasnetsov: Rurik and his brothers Sineus and Truvor arrive at the lands of the Ilmen Slavs.Whatever the origin of the name, one thing is clear: the Vikings liked to drink. In Scandinavia, their favorite drinks were ale and mead. Richer Vikings drank imported wine. (Later in history, the Scandinavians developed “akvavit” or “water of life,” made from grain and potatoes).Whatever they drank, the Vikings loved their alcohol. This love continued as they settled down in Kiev, intermarried with local ruling families and became the Kievan Rus, who ruled a vast kingdom from about 879 AD with the Viking chieftain Oleg and ended sometime in the 11th century after the death of their ruler Yaroslav the Wise.Yaroslav the Wise’s consolidation of Kiev and Novgorod as depicted at Zoloti Vorota mosaics.In Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth adopted Christianity in the 960s. One reason is that it allowed his people greater access to trade in Christian cities.Another was because he had a powerful Christian neighbor to the south, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I. Harald’s conversion meant that Otto would not invade.Vladimir I became the leader of the Kievan Rus in 978, with the help of Norwegian kinsman Haakon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway from 975-995. He, like his Norwegian cousins, was a pagan. He built temples for the gods throughout his lands.The Baptism of Saint Prince Vladimir, by Viktor Vasnetsov (1890).He built temples to honor the gods of the local Slavic tribes as well others, in order to appeal to as many of the people in his lands as possible.However, by 987, many of his people had begun to convert to Christianity, as had many of the powerful tribes nearby.Saint Vladimir Monument on Saint Vladimir Hill in Kiev, often depicted in paintings and photographs of the city.The richest city in the world, Constantinople, was Christian, and Vladimir did much trade with the city.The Rus and Vikings also did much trade with the Muslim lands of the Middle East, most specifically, Persia. There was also a significant Jewish population near the Black Sea of his kingdom, and Vladimir had heard tales of their wisdom.The Baptism of Kievans, a painting by Klavdiy Lebedev.He thought long and hard and in 987, he called a council of his lords and sent them abroad to investigate the merits (and demerits) of these three religions. When they returned they gave him their report…To paraphrase: “The Jews are good tradesmen and they have an ancient religion, but it seems God is unhappy with them, as everywhere they are attacked.”Ivan Eggink’s painting represents Vladimir listening to the Orthodox priests, while the papal envoy stands aside in discontent“They were even thrown out of their capital, Jerusalem. They also show their devotion by circumcising their young. They also don’t eat pork.” Vladimir decided not to convert to Judaism.“The Christians of the North are bland and dull, but powerful. The Christians of the East are lively, and their churches are beautiful, as is their art. They are also both very rich and getting richer.”“The Muslims are powerful but seem glum. They pray too often and do not seem to enjoy life. They seldom dance or listen to music, and…they forbid drinking.”Read another story from us: Mitchell WerBell – The Man Who Was Involved in EverythingVladimir famously replied: “Drinking is a joy to the Rus, we can not do without it.” Islam and Judaism were out, and the Orthodox Christianity of the Eastern church was in.last_img read more

Bad roads and blocked drainage systems anger Colenso residents

first_imgAfter each and every “brush” of the roads, residents say the sand has built up to the extent that roads are now narrower to drive on. To add to the sand problem, the storm-water drains are blocked with sand and dirt, not allowing water to flow into the storm-water drains.The roads that are building up with sandResidents say the roads that do not have any tar on them are also falling apart and water cannot flow into storm-water drains. Dirt roads are being washed away, making it difficult for small vehicles.“When it rains heavily, the roads become one big mud road,” said an outraged resident.Colenso residents ask why they pay rates and taxes when nothing is done to help them.They want answers as to why their cries are never heard, and they want their problems to be addressed.Click to receive news links viaWhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Residents of Colenso are faced with a huge problem of bad roads and blocked drainage systems.They called out Councillor Abbas Warasally for assistance with the problems they are currently facing on a daily basis.Residents say that when it rains, sand gets pushed onto the roads, turning tarred roads into dirt roads. After the rain has fallen, there is a machine that goes around the streets and brushes the sand off the road onto the sidewalk.Also read: Motorists and business owners wonder what has happened to Main Road in LadysmithAlso read: 3 injured in crash along Colenso/Pieters Road near LadysmithAlso read: Update: Construction workers back to fix Main Road in Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Putin signs protocol for Russia to join WTO

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the protocol for the country to join the World Trade Organization, capping an accession process that took 18 years.The signing announced Saturday by the Kremlin comes a week after parliament ratified the agreement.Russia had been the largest economy outside the global trade organization.Advocates say that joining the WTO will improve foreign investment and push Russian businesses. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The vital role family plays in society Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates But thousands of Russian businesses are wary that the low import duties and caps on subsidies that are a condition of joining the WTO will hurt them.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths ErrorOK.. ErrorOK 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories last_img read more