Kashmiri Pandits hold rally in US to support revocation of Article 370

first_imgWashington: The Kashmiri Pandit community in the US held a rally applauding the Indian government’s decision to revoke the Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The Indian government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.Joined by other members of the Indian-American community, Kashmiri Pandits held the rally last week in front of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta in support of the abrogation of Article 370. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The rally highlighted the fact that these temporary articles related to Jammu and Kashmir needed these modifications as these were highly discriminatory against almost all Kashmiri minorities (such as Shias, Dalits, Gujjars, Kashmiri Pandits, Kashmiri Sikhs)…,” said Subash Razdan, Atlanta resident of Kashmir ancestry and a former president of the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA).At the rally, Kashmiri Pandits told personal stories of their hapless exodus and yearning to go back to their homeland which they left in 1990 due to militancy. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”All those present believed that under this new freedom courtesy of the Modi Government, India’s Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and other minorities will now have a better chance to be equals before the law!” Razdan said.Meanwhile, Overseas Physicians of Kashmiri-Origin in a letter to the editor in chief of Lancet magazine Dr Richard Horton said that they are deeply disappointed that his recent opinion published on August 17 omits many relevant facts, and thus represents an intellectually dishonest analysis of a complex geopolitical issue.”We request that the Lancet immediately retracts the editorial, or publish a viewpoint that includes a more thorough set of facts and analysis on Kashmir…,” the letter said.It also said that the Lancet “has no locus standi to question the initiatives undertaken by a secular, sovereign and democratic nation to solve the Kashmir conundrum.last_img read more

Will Newfoundland turn on Trudeau this time

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, when election results start coming in on October 21, it will be Newfoundland and Labrador that tells us first if the winds of change are blowing. In 2015, the Liberals swept Atlantic Canada, taking every seat, including all seven in Newfoundland and Labrador. And it’s still possible they do it again—but that’s far from certain.So what were Newfoundlanders promised in 2015, and have the Liberals delivered? What matters most to voters out east, and what unique challenges are they dealing with? And if we’re looking for signs on election night that Canada will have a new government, which ridings should we be watching?GUEST: David Maher, legislative reporter, St. John’s TelegramYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Hotel workers remain on strike after latest offer rejected

first_imgHONOLULU — Hawaii hotel workers are expected to remain on strike this week after negotiations between the union and Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts failed to result in a deal.The Unite Here Local 5 union and Kyo-ya are scheduled to return to talks next week.About 2,700 Marriott employees on Oahu and Maui went on strike early last month, seeking higher wages and better benefits.“We are extremely disappointed that Local 5 leadership rejected our latest offer which would have been the largest increase in compensation for any of the striking markets nationwide,” Kyo-ya said in the statement.Kyo-ya said its offer would have given employees an increase in combined wages and a workload reduction for housekeepers. Benefits for all active employees and retirees would not have changed.“Instead of accepting what would have been a fair and generous agreement, Local 5 leadership has elected to keep our employees out of work,” Kyo-ya said.The union said in a statement that the offer was not enough, but it is hopeful a “true settlement” will be made next week.“A true settlement offer is one that looks at the true cost of living and working in Hawaii and brings us toward the goal of all workers: ‘One Job Should Be Enough,’” the union said.Workers need to be paid enough so they only need one job in order support themselves, the union said.Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts owns the Marriott-managed Moana Surfrider, The Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa.The Associated Presslast_img read more

SkiptheDishes has arrived in FSJ

first_imgSkip’s platform assigns an independently contracted courier to make each delivery. The independent courier picks up delivery orders at the restaurants and delivers them to customers. All couriers on the Skip network are independent contractors, not employees of the company.Skip is beneficial for restaurants that are unable to offer their own delivery. Skip also offers the opportunity for independently contracted couriers to earn additional income in their spare time, which results in Skips’s customers, the opportunity to enjoy their favourite restaurant food on their own time. FORT ST. JOHN, – SkipTheDishes, a food delivery company, is using technology to make restaurant food more accessible, by partnering with restaurants in the area.SkipTheDishes, founded in 2012 by brothers Josh and Chris Simair, is found in more than 115 Canadian cities and is in partnership with over 15,000 restaurants.To use SkipTheDishes, you use an iPhone or Android app or the Skip website.  Customers can use live GPS tracking to then follow the progress of their order, from when it is placed, as the restaurant prepares the food until the order arrives.last_img read more

Train Accident in Denmark Kills At Least 6 Injures 16

Rabat – On Wednesday morning, the passenger train was hit by flying objects from a freight train carrying beer and traveling in the opposite direction on the bridge linking Denmark’s main islands, Zealand and Fyn.According to local authorities, the Copenhagen-bound train was carrying 131 passengers and three crew members on board. A heavy storm also made it difficult for emergency services to reach the train. Read Also: Morocco’s LGV Train Hits, Kills Suicidal Man Near TangierDanish authorities closed the 18-kilometer bridge which is part of the infrastructure that links Denmark and Sweden to Germany.Morocco suffered a deadly train accident in October. An ONCF train derailed near Bouknadel between Rabat and Kenitra, killing seven people and injuring as many as 125.Another train crash recently hit Ankara, Turkey, in December, leaving seven people dead and 43 injured. read more

Closing Bell Toronto stock market moves higher on energy stocks casts aside

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed the session higher on Thursday as energy stocks led a broad climb that widely ignored pessimism about the economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,858.13 +77.09 0.65%S&P 500 — 13,165.19 -10.45 0.04%Dow — 13,165.19 -10.45 -0.08%Nasdaq — 3,018.64 +7.39 0.25%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 77.09 points at 11,858.13, in a session rife with earnings reports from Canadian companies. The TSX Venture Exchange climbed 7.37 points to 1,193.05.The Canadian dollar was at 100.81 cents US, up 0.27 of a cent.Statistics Canada reported that the country’s trade performance with the rest of the world worsened for the third consecutive month in June.The trade deficit nearly doubled to $1.8-billion during the month, from an upwardly revised $954-million in May.The TSX energy sector was the top gainer, up 1.8%. Canadian Natural Resources shares gained 6%, or $1.82, to $31.39, after the major energy producer announced it was cutting 2012 spending some $680-million or about 10%.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved a penny higher to US$93.36 a barrel.“We seem to be rallying, albeit slowly, on the backs of possible central banks easing or stimulus,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“I think that’s why the markets seem to be (moving) up. The volume is pretty low for a regular summer.”On Wall Street, markets barely budged. The relative quiet is partly due to a lack of major developments in the European debt crisis or decisive news on the U.S. economy. Another reason is simply because traders like to clear out for vacation in August.The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 10.45 points to 13,165.19 and the broader S&P increased 0.58 points to 1,402.80. The Nasdaq gained 7.39 points to 3,018.64.The U.S. Labor Department said applications for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. The less volatile four-week average rose by 2,250 to 368,250 in the week ended Aug. 4.September copper moved up 3.5 cents to US$3.43 a pound while December gold increased $4.20 to settle at US$1,620.20 an ounce.In the retail sector, supermarket operator Metro Inc. says profits were $144.4-million in its fiscal third quarter, above analyst estimates. Revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% to $3.7 billion. Shares were up $1.61 to $58.13.Tim Hortons Inc. posted a 13.1% increase in earnings to $108.1-million or 69 cents per share, up from $95.5-million or 58 cents per share in the same year-earlier period. Revenue rose 11.8% to $785.6-million. Its shares dropped $1.44 to $50.84.Canadian Tire says profits climbed more than 25% to $133.7-million or $1.63 per diluted share in the second quarter. That’s an increase from $105.8-million or $1.29 per diluted share a year ago. Revenue grew to $2.99-billion, up from $2.57-billion. Shares were up $2.47 to $78.23.Quebecor Inc. net profit rose 21% to $67-million, or $1.05 per basic share. The company’s overall revenue increased by $33-million to just under $1.09-billion. The company’s shares were down $1.50 to $33.75.In financials, an index that was down 0.01%, interest rate conditions have left a mark on some Canadian firms.Manulife Financial Corp. posted a $300-million net loss in the second quarter, citing challenging equity markets and interest rate environment. The loss was in stark contrast to the $1.2-billion profit it posted in the previous quarter and a $490-million profit in the second quarter of 2011. Losses were 18 cents per share, down from a profit of 26 cents per share a year earlier. After the report, its shares were up six cents to $10.89.Sun Life Financial Inc. reported late Wednesday that second-quarter profits dropped 88% to $51 million, or nine cents per diluted share, from $408-million, or 68 cents per diluted share, in the 2011 period. Revenue grew to $6.05-billion from $5.15-billion, largely due to gains in the fair value of certain financial instruments. Its shares dropped 17 cents to $21.60.Concerns about the global economy remain in focus despite an upswing in optimism earlier this week.In China, hopes are that monetary authorities will do more to shore up economic growth in the world’s second largest economy.With inflation in China falling to 1.8% in July from the previous month’s 2.2%, expectations are rising that Beijing may ease monetary policy to boost economic growth, which has slowed sharply this year. Separate figures on industrial production and retail sales confirmed the slowdown.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Manulife swings into red in turbulent marketsClick here for more Canadian earningsRate hike still on the table, Carney saysCanada’s trade deficit doubles on higher importsON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment report: Economists expect a gain of 6,000 jobs and the jobless rate to remain unchanged at 7.2% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Trade price indices (July): Economists expect 0.2% rise from the month before and a decline of 2.5% year over year 2 p.m.Treasury budget (July): Economists expect a US$93-billion deficit CORPORATE NEWSCANADABrookfield Asset Management Q2 earnings Penn West Q2 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 1¢ a share Enerplus Q2 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 2¢ UNITED STATESJCPenny Co Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 17¢ read more

WatchKey Kinder Morgan executives offered 15million retention bonuses

CALGARY — Kinder Morgan Canada is paying $1.5-million bonuses to two senior executives to ensure they stay with the company as its Trans Mountain pipeline system is sold to the federal government in a $4.5-billion sales agreement.The company says it approved the payments to president Ian Anderson and David Safari, the vice-president overseeing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, to be paid in equal parts in July 2019 and July 2020.The payments, outlined in a regulatory filing, are conditional on their continued employment through each date.Kinder Morgan Canada says the arrangements are “consistent with industry practice” for a project and transaction of this size.The filing is dated on the same day last week that Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the deal to purchase the pipeline assets.The government has said it is counting on the continued employment of key pipeline staff to ensure the estimated $7.4-billion project to triple capacity of the pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., is completed.The filing also notes that the company has terminated and repaid a $5.5-billion revolving credit facility with the Royal Bank of Canada.Ottawa is to provide loan guarantees for any money the company spends on the endeavour between now and when the pipeline’s ownership changes.Kinder Morgan is to ask shareholders to vote on the deal before the end of July. If shareholders approve the sale, the paperwork is to be completed sometime in August or September.Construction is expected to be finished in about two and a half years. read more

Cape Breton among Atlantic areas hoping to stanch the human exodus

HALIFAX – George MacDonald has seen it play out generation after generation, the timeworn ritual of watching friends and family pick up stakes and head west.The councillor for Glace Bay, a hardscrabble Cape Breton town whose thick coal seams were once some of the most productive in North America, says he’s now facing the prospect of seeing his grandkids join the steady flow of people leaving homes in the east in search of opportunity in the west.“They’re going to have to leave to find work,” said MacDonald, a former teacher in the area. “So even if you want them to stay or you love the area, it’s just natural that they’re going to move away.”The trend is nothing new for the community and the region as a whole, which has seen its youth move out for work in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Halifax year after year as eastern economies struggle with dying industries, an aging demographic and flatlining populations.In the first tranche of 2016 census data released Wednesday, Cape Breton — long a fixture of the “lowest growth rates” category — registered sixth on that list of ever-smaller urban centres, contracting by 2.9 per cent between 2011 and 2016. Campbellton, which straddles the Quebec-New Brunswick border, tops the list with a 9.3 per cent decline, while New Glasgow, N.S., comes in third at 3.7 per cent.But analysts suggest that flow may have eased in recent years following a drop in oil prices that led to work slowdowns and job losses in the Alberta oilfields — a major employer for eastern Canadians. Indeed, Cape Breton’s latest growth rate is a significant improvement over 2011, when it shrank by 4.1 per cent.Fred Bergman, a senior economist with the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, says that while the levels of outmigration remain high, he believes some workers are returning east to either hold out for an economic rebound or stay in their home communities.“Generally the Atlantic provinces have net outmigration to other provinces, but we also had a large drop in oil prices in 2015,” he said. “I would suspect that it’s going to slow, but I don’t think it would have reversed itself and switched to a net positive.”MacDonald said he’s already seeing a slow trickle of people returning to the area, but not enough to put Cape Breton past the 100,000 mark; the data Wednesday pegged its population at 98,722, up from about 97,400 in 2011. He’s hoping the development of the port in Sydney and the possibility of a new mining operation will lure people back to the community, which he says has seen a population drop of about 30,000 in the last 10 to 15 years.Experts say the phenomenon has been felt throughout Atlantic Canada, which is saddled with low birth rates, high mortality and a growing number of baby boomers that are retiring and whose children are at the “prime moving age,” said Michael Haan, Canada research chair in migration and ethnic relations at Western University in London, Ont.“So what’s likely happening is that they’re moving,” Haan said.Politicians in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are hoping increased immigration and an influx of refugees, largely from Syria, will boost populations that have mostly flatlined or grown only slightly. Nova Scotia saw 1,849 immigrants arrive in th first quarter of 2016, according to Statistics Canada, which helped raise the province’s population.A report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council last month found that while more people were immigrating to Atlantic Canada than ever before, many do not stay. It said a record 8,300 immigrants arrived in 2015. The Halifax-based council said 11,600 immigrants came to the region in the first nine months of 2016, due in part to Syrian refugees and provincial nominee programs.However, the report found that close to half of them leave over a five-year period.Richard Saillant, director of the Donald Savoie Institute in Moncton, N.B., said that while the the region is attracting immigrants, foreign students and refugees the challenge is in keeping them here. While urban centres like Halifax may be better equipped to retain immigrants, smaller communities will likely have trouble holding onto new Canadians.One exception could be tiny Prince Edward Island, which saw a 1.9 per cent growth rate and a population of nearly 143,000, according to Wednesday’s data. Still, even as hundreds of immigrants move to the island, young people have been moving out.In the end, Saillant said it likely wouldn’t result in a meaningful boost to Atlantic Canada’s population of about 2.3 million.“Even despite the recent increase, we are still well below the national average and we are also retaining way fewer people,” he said. “We draw fewer and we retain fewer.”More worrisome for some is the continued hollowing out of small communities in several provinces that are seeing increased urbanization and a rise in the median age, with many leaving the workforce and putting pressure on the health-care system. The success of growing cities like Halifax might mean the decline of smaller towns.Rob Greenwood of the Memorial University’s Harris Centre in St. John’s, N.L., says smaller urban centres appear to be growing at the expense of rural areas that rely on incomes from people working in the oil sands, the offshore and on local megaprojects. He says that as work wraps up, those sources of income dry up and threaten the existence of some communities.“What we will be reaching in many of these places is an unsustainable population,” he said. “They won’t survive in 10 to 15 years.” Cape Breton among Atlantic areas hoping to stanch the human exodus Cape Breton Regional Municipality District 9 councillor George MacDonald sits for a photo with his grandchildren, grade 12 high school student Anthony Bradbury, right, and Shayne Breen, left, at MacDonald’s home in Glace Bay, N.S., Monday, February 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Wadden by Alison Auld, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2017 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Feb 8, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State mens hockey splits opening weekend

OSU senior forward Chad Niddery skates up the ice during an exhibition game against Guelph Oct. 4. at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s hockey team had an up-an-down ride through its weekend. After defeating No. 4 Providence, 5-4, in overtime on Friday night, the Buckeyes fell to the Friars, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday in Columbus.The two one-goal games extracted a range of feelings from OSU. In one day, the Buckeyes’ temperament went from euphoric to downcast.Providence freshman forward Brian Pinho’s goal with 45 seconds remaining in overtime of Saturday’s game sparked the mood change.“It’s disappointing we lost tonight. We gave ourselves a chance,” coach Steve Rohlik said on Saturday. “It’s a tough one to lose in overtime, but I’m proud of our team.”Following a five-goal Friday night, the Buckeyes’ offense could not top the Friars on Saturday despite building momentum in the second period.“We had a lot of rebounds that we didn’t really take advantage of,” OSU senior forward Chad Niddery said. “The bounces just didn’t come for a few (rebounds) that we had right down low.”The Buckeyes’ offensive push was created after OSU killed a five-minute misconduct penalty to start the second period, Rohlik said.The misconduct, issued to sophomore defenseman Josh Healey for contact to the head, left the Buckeye blue line shorthanded for the final 40 minutes.“That’s hockey, that’s going to happen sometimes and you have to be prepared for that,” OSU junior defenseman Sam Jardine said. “We adapted and I think the legs were there.”Buckeye sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots, the last of which was a wrist shot from the high slot that squeaked under his arm.“(Tomkins) played very well,” Rohlik said. “He gave us every opportunity to win a hockey game.”OSU was outshot 29-27, but lost its biggest battle in the face-off circle where Providence won 38 of 61 draws.Scoring opened eight minutes into the third period when Providence freshman defenseman Logan Day fired a wrist shot from the slot past Tomkins.Less than a minute later, OSU freshman forward Luke Stork took a pass from freshman forward Nick Jones and tied the game with his first collegiate goal.Jones was in Saturday’s lineup after Buckeye sophomore forward Nick Schilkey left Friday’s game with an apparent shoulder injury.Despite Schilkey’s early exit, OSU didn’t struggle to score on Friday. Backed by junior forward Anthony Greco’s hat trick and two goals from senior forward Tanner Fritz, the Buckeyes erased four one-goal deficits en route to a season-opening win.Sophomore goalie Christian Frey finished Friday with 26 saves. The Buckeyes scored three power play goals on seven chances in the game, going three-for-eight on the weekend.OSU killed all seven penalties it took during the series.Providence coach Nate Leaman spoke highly of the Buckeyes after Saturday’s game.“I think they have a really good hockey team,” Leaman said. “I think that team’s probably going to surprise some people this year.”OSU is set to play a home-and-home series against Miami University next weekend, starting on Friday at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m.Loose pucksSix freshmen made their OSU debuts this weekendMatt Weis, Luke Stork and Nick Jones registered their first collegiate points during the seriesThe Buckeyes are 3-2 all-time against Providence read more

Food Drink Ethereal Meads packs a delicious punch

first_img Gary Gross first tasted mead at his son’s medieval-themed wedding in 2004. When he returned home, he went to Bader’s Beer & Wine Supply in Vancouver, got a starter kit and began home brewing beer and mead. After years of experimentation, and the encouragement of friends and family, Gary and his wife, Shirley, formed Ethereal Meads in 2012.Mead is an alcoholic beverage made with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast, and water. Evidence of mead production has been found on Chinese pottery dating back from 7000 B.C. The ancient Greeks considered mead the nectar of the Gods. More recently, mead has been associated with Renaissance festivals or reading “Beowulf” in school.At the moment, mead is enjoying a resurgence based on: growing interest in craft beverages, more people following a gluten-free diet (mead is gluten free), and the popularity of “Game of Thrones.” According to Gary, “Two years ago, 80 percent of people didn’t know what mead was. Now, thanks to ‘Game of Thrones,’ thanks to an interest in Vikings, more people know what it is.”Ethereal Meads uses local ingredients. The fruit is from Columbia Fruit in Woodland, the apple juice is from the Yakima Valley, and most of the honey comes from Corvallis, Ore. On a visit to their meadery, Gary told me that he likes to “have a direct relationship with the beekeepers.” This gives Ethereal Meads a special Pacific Northwest flavor.Eric Starr, owner of Northwoods Brewery, recommended that Gary start making a lighter, carbonated session mead. Session mead is a good starter mead — it is light, bubbly, with just a touch of fruit, and it has an alcohol content close to beer (6.5 percent ABV). Traditional mead can have a alcohol content up to 20 percent. A traditional berry mead, that the Gross family enjoyed one summer, was dubbed Smurf Juice for its effect on the drinker. Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more

Heavy fighting hits Syrian border town

first_imgBEIRUT — Islamic State militants heavily shelled a Kurdish town on Syria’s Turkish border Friday as jihadi fighters prepared an all-out offensive for the strategic site, whose capture would provide a direct link between areas under their control in Aleppo and their stronghold in Raqqa to the east.The fighting came as Turkey’s prime minister pledged his country would do what it could to prevent the fall of Kobani, although he did not spell out what assistance Turkey would provide. Turkey’s parliament gave the government new powers Thursday to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq, and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.Kurdish officials and activists said that Islamic State group fighters had so far not penetrated the frontier town as fighting raged on the eve of a major Muslim holiday.“It looks like they are going to attack tonight and try to enter (Kobani) on the day of the feast,” said Nasser Haj Mansour, a defense official in Syria’s Kurdish region, referring to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha that begins today in most Muslim countries.“Kurdish fighters are ready and prepared to repel any attack.”Haj Mansour said shelling of Kobani on Friday afternoon killed three civilians. Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. The assault, which has forced some 160,000 Syrians to flee, has left the Kurdish militiamen scrambling to repel the militants’ advance into the outskirts of the town, also known as Ayn Arab.last_img read more

Midterm Elections New Faces New Focus following Democratic House Takeover

first_imgA shift in control of the House from the GOP to the Democrats following Tuesday midterm elections will have repercussions next year for congressional oversight, the defense budget and spending priorities. With the changeover, Washington Rep. Adam Smith (D) is expected to move from ranking member to chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and bring tougher scrutiny to topline spending for DOD and military personnel and planning issues, reports Defense News. Smith has said the $716 billion lawmakers allocated for national security in fiscal 2019 is too high. “The Trump White House, by and large, has let the Pentagon have a lot of free rein,” Smith said. “I think that’s inappropriate, and I think there is a real role for Congress to step in where the White House has stepped back to make sure our military is not engaged in ways” contrary to American values or interests. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Razer Respawn mental performance drink mix wants to up your game

first_img Post a comment Gaming Culture Wellness See All More from E3 • Most of the ingredients are the various B vitamins found in energy drinks and antioxidants.  But while Respawn is sugar free — it uses the artificial sweetener Sucralose — it has maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate that allows the powder to stay all powdery. That’s why it has 20 calories. But maltodextrin breaks down into… sugar. And it has a higher glycemic index than… sugar. So you may still get the spike and crash, and you definitely need to factor it in if you’re diabetic or on a keto diet. It really depends upon how much maltodextrin is in it. Share your voice The best new gaming laptops, ranked Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 6:35 41 Photos reading • Razer Respawn ‘mental performance’ drink mix wants to up your game Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Tags E3 2019 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Get weird with Razer’s new energy drinks How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET E3 2019 Sadly, the Respawn Shaker Cup does not support Chroma. Razer Razer launched an April Fool’s campaign in 2010 for a gamer-focused drink, Project Venom V2. It turns out that seemed like such a good idea to some people that the company turned it into a real product in time for t his year”s E3, Razer Respawn (not to be confused with Jedi: Fallen Order developer Respawn Entertainment). But don’t call it an “energy drink” — it’s a “mental performance drink mix” that “contains premium ingredients that help support increased focus, reaction time, and mental stamina.”Respawn comes in single-serving powder packets that you mix with 16-20 ounces of water. A box with 20 packets of an individual flavor runs $25 (at Razer and Amazon); flavors are green apple, tropical pineapple, pomegranate watermelon and blue raspberry. You can also spring for the $30 custom shaker, which does not support Chroma, but that would be awesome. According to Razer, a serving has 20 calories and 95mg of caffeine. The full ingredient list is:Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Green Tea Extract, Sucralose, L-theanin, Choline Bitartrate, Caffeine, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Ground Ginger, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup solids, Niacinamide, D-calcium Pantothenate, Silicon Dioxide, Blue No. 1, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin.Razer distinguishes Respawn from energy drinks, saying “they tend to have excessive caffeine and sugar, giving you an initial burst but eventually leading to jitters or a physical crash.”   0 As for caffeine, one serving of sugar-free Red Bull has 80mg; Respawn’s 95mg of caffeine for a single serving is higher, but because the serving size is bigger (16-20 oz vs. 8.5 oz for Red Bull), math makes the amount smaller if you look at it by volume instead of serving size. The equivalent amount of Red Bull has 150mg or so. (In either case, they’re both less than the approximately 330mg in my morning coffee.)Razer does caution not to drink more than three servings per day. Now playing: Watch this: Razerlast_img read more

Aqua field faces shortage of skilled staff

first_imgVijayawada: The zoology department of Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala organised an interaction between aqua farmers and aqua businessmen to mark the National Aqua Farmers Day on the college premises on Thursday. The chief guest of the programme was U Vishwanatha Raju, chairman and managing director Ananda Group, Bhimavaram. Speaking on the occasion, he said that there is an acute shortage of skilled professionals in aqua field in the state and people from neighbouring states are getting employment here in aqua field. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us He said that the college has introduced a three years bachelor degree course in aquaculture. Students who join in the course can get a chance to pursue course in China, Japan and Burma. Delta Fish Farmers Association president V Ramchadra Raju said aqua field is a good employment source for females. Hatchery, processing units, laboratory and feed industries gives employment for females with all facility and security. National Fish Farmers Association state president and advisor Dr A Nagesh Babu also spoke on the occasion. The college director Dr T Vijayalakshmi, principal Dr M Nalini, Sara Banu, students of aquaculture and others were present.last_img read more

16YearOld Migrant Boy Dies In Government Custody In Texas

first_imgEric Gay/APIn this Aug. 11, 2017, photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol vehicle passes along a section of border levee wall in Hidalgo, Texas.A 16-year-old unaccompanied migrant boy from Guatemala fell ill after he was transferred to a government shelter in Texas and later died, officials said Wednesday.The boy crossed the border near El Paso, Texas, on April 19, and was taken to a shelter in Brownsville a day later, according to Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry.He did not appeal ill when he was transferred to the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a statement from the Administration for Children and Families, the division within HHS that cares for migrant children who cross the border alone. But the next morning, he had fever, chills and a headache and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released that day.When the teen didn’t recover, he was taken to a second hospital and transferred to a children’s hospital. Guatemalan officials said he had a severe infection in his brain and had emergency surgery, but never stabilized and died Tuesday. The cause of death was under review, as was the incident. His name was not released.The boy’s brother and Guatemalan consular officials visited him while he was hospitalized, and hospital staff frequently updated his family in Guatemala, according to Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Administration for Children and Families.It was the third death in government custody since December, as the U.S. deals with a surge of unaccompanied children and Central American families arriving at the southern border. Two other children died while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody shortly after they arrived at the border.Trump administration officials have said the surge has strained resources beyond the breaking point, but immigrant advocates and some Democrats say part of the crisis is due to President Donald Trump’s own hardline rhetoric and failed border policies.The 16-year-old was from the municipality of Camotan in the eastern area of Chiquimula. The Guatemalan Consulate in McAllen tried to get humanitarian visas so the parents could be with their son, but they were too old to travel, the foreign ministry said. The boy’s body will be repatriated, but it’s not clear when.In December, 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo died on Christmas Eve from influenza and a rapid, progressive infection that led to organ failure shortly after crossing the border. His death was two weeks after that of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who also had a bacterial infection that quickly led to sepsis and organ failure.Both of those children were also from Guatemala but arrived with a family member and were in Customs and Border Protection custody, not the care of Health and Human Services, which is tasked with dealing with the care of migrant children who arrive at the border alone. The agency also managed the children who were separated from their parents by the Trump administration last summer.The last time a child died in the custody of Health and Human services was 2015.The teen’s death comes as the Trump administration asks for $4.5 billion in supplemental funding for the border mostly for humanitarian aid. The official request said Health and Human Services will exhaust its resources by June. The funding request includes $2.8 billion to increase shelter capacity to about 23,600 total beds for unaccompanied children.There were 50,036 unaccompanied children encountered during the last budget year, and so far this budget year there have been 35,898 children. The highest number was in 2014: 57,496.Their average length of stay in a government shelter is 66 days, up from 59 during fiscal year 2018 and 40 in 2016’s fiscal year.Associated Press writer Sonny Figueroa in Guatemala City contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Few genes cannot predict depression

first_imgA team of US scientists claim that no specific set of genes can predict the risk of depression, and efforts to treat the mental disorder by targeting a few ‘genetic culprits’ is bound to fail. The researchers, who assessed genetic and survey data from 620,000 individuals, found that the 18 most highly-studied candidate genes for depression are actually no more associated with it than randomly chosen genes. Over the past quarter-century, researchers have published hundreds of studies suggesting a small set of particular genes or gene-variants plays a substantial role in boosting susceptibility to depression. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSuch research fuelled hopes that clinicians could soon use genetic testing to simply identify those at risk, and drug companies could develop medications to counteract a few genetically-driven culprits, researchers said in a statement. According to the team from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US, previous studies were incorrect – or “false positives” – and the scientific community should abandon what are known as “candidate gene hypotheses”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This study confirms that efforts to find a single gene or handful of genes which determine depression are doomed to fail,” said Richard Border, a graduate student at University of Colorado Boulder. “We are not saying that depression is not heritable at all. It is. What we are saying is that depression is influenced by many variants, and individually each of those has a miniscule effect,” said Matthew Keller, an associate professor at University of Colorado Boulder. For the study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers looked at 18 genes which have appeared at least 10 times in depression-focused studies. Among them was a gene called SLC6A4, involved in the transport of the neurochemical serotonin. Research dating back 20 years suggests that people with a certain “short” version of the gene are at significantly greater risk of depression, particularly when exposed to early life trauma. The researchers also looked at genes involved in the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a protein involved in nerve formation, and the neurotransmitter dopamine. Using genetic and survey data gathered from individuals via the UK Biobank, 23andMe, and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, they set out to see if any of the genes, or gene variants, were associated with depression either alone or when combined with an environmental factor like childhood trauma or socioeconomic diversity. “We found that, as a set, these candidate genes are no more related to depression than any random gene out there,” said Keller. Keller said that in the field of genetics, scientists have known for years that candidate-gene hypotheses were flawed. However, hopeful researchers in other fields, including psychology, have continued to publish studies — often based on smaller sample sizes — which have kept the idea of a small set of “depression genes” alive. “It’s like in ‘The Emporer Wears No Clothes.’ There’s just nothing there. I hope this is the final nail in the coffin for those kind of studies,” said Keller.last_img read more

Cuban dissident Eloy GutierrezMenoyo dies at 77

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Gutierrez-Menoyo had lived permanently in Cuba since August 2003, after visiting the island during a family vacation and deciding to stay for good. Cuban authorities allowed him to remain despite his frequent criticisms of the government, but his immigration status was apparently never resolved.The tall, slender man with long, wispy white hair and wire-framed spectacles had hoped to open an office on the island of his Cambio Cubano movement _ but the dream was never realized. Nearly blind and hard of hearing, Gutierrez-Menoyo was seen occasionally in Havana at meetings involving moderate Cuban exiles.Until his health began to fail him in 2010, Gutierrez-Menoyo frequently spoke out against the communist government, but in measured tones that kept him out of jail.After Fidel Castro retired due to ill health in February 2008 and his brother Raul formally replaced him as president, Gutierrez-Menoyo expressed disappointment that Cuba’s communist system remained unchanged.“Cuba cannot continue to corner itself, trying to convince the world that there is democracy here when a one-party system will never be a democracy,” he lamented.The following year, he expressed doubts that Raul Castro could be an agent of change, despite the new president’s stated efforts to reform the island’s Marxist economy. “They fear any type of opening that could cost them a good chunk of power,” Gutierrez-Menoyo told The Associated Press in one interview, referring to government leaders. “Right now Cuba needs a new revolution, and those who are governing don’t dare to carry out that new revolution.”Formed in Miami in 1992, Cambio Cubano was seen as a centrist group, promoting dialogue and reconciliation among Cubans of all political stripes, including officials in Castro’s government. But some members of the exile community considered it soft and politically accommodating.Several dissidents contacted by AP said they had no comment on Gutierrez-Menoyo’s death, and there was also no official reaction from the government. But one dissident did speak out, calling Gutierrez-Menoyo a champion of freedom.“It is very sad. He was a person with a long history of fighting against tyranny in Cuba,” said Oscar Chepe Espinosa, a one-time state economist turned government opponent. “He was honest and he lived quietly these last years, but he always defended his point of view about reconciliation between all Cubans. I had the honor of calling him my friend.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   In December 1964, Gutierrez-Menoyo returned to Cuba with an armed band in hopes of launching an uprising, but they were captured after a month.Gutierrez-Menoyo spent 22 years in Cuban prisons, losing vision in one eye and hearing in one ear. He was freed in 1986 through a petition of the Spanish government after an international campaign for his release.He went into exile, first briefly to Madrid, and then a year later to Miami, where he ultimately adopted a position of peaceful dialogue with Castro’s government and founded Cambio Cubano.He even met with Castro in 1995 _ an encounter that was apparently never repeated.A former wife, Gladys, and their three sons together, live in Miami. His daughter by an earlier marriage, Patricia Gutierrez-Menoyo, lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she runs a publishing house.___Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Ian James in Caracas, Venezuela; and Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana contributed to this report.___Paul Haven on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/paulhaven.center_img Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, who went from rebel commander fighting alongside Fidel Castro to a foe launching commando raids against the island before settling inside Cuba as a moderate, pro-dialogue dissident, died early Friday. He was 77.Gutierrez-Menoyo died of a heart attack at 5:30 a.m. at a Havana hospital, his wife Flor Ester Torres Sanabria told The Associated Press. Gutierrez-Menoyo was to be cremated and his funeral held in Havana on Saturday, family members said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Daughter Patricia Gutierrez-Menoyo, reached in Puerto Rico where she now lives, said it was her father’s fate to live a hard and courageous life.“He spent his entire life fighting,” she said. “The call of liberty grew in him and marked his life.”Born Dec. 8, 1934, in Madrid, Spain, Gutierrez-Menoyo was the son and brother of men who fought against the Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco.One of his brothers died in combat in Spain as a member of the Spanish Republican forces. The family moved to Cuba in 1945 and another brother, Carlos, was killed in March 1957 during an attack on the presidential palace of Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista.Gutierrez-Menoyo, who had opposed Batista’s government from the early 1950s, participated in the same attack. Later he formed and commanded the Second Front of Escambray, a rebel group that operated alongside but independently of guerrilla forces Castro led.After the Cuban revolution’s January 1959 victory, Gutierrez-Menoyo’s Second Front was incorporated into the new government’s Revolutionary Army, but its senior officers were not granted positions of authority.Although he had arrived in Havana as one of the triumphant “Commanders of the Revolution,” Gutierrez-Menoyo quickly broke with Castro and by 1961 was in exile in Miami helping form Alpha 66, an armed commando group dedicated to the violent overthrow of Castro’s government. Check your body, save your life Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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first_img This undated handout photo provided by the Metropolitan Police shows George Koh. A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka’s London home. The 25-year-old victim was signed to London’s Premier Model Management agency and had modeled for GQ and Zara. (Metropolitan Police via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2018 11:17 am PDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Male model convicted of murdering rival after online feudcenter_img LONDON – A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute.A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka’s London home.The 25-year-old victim was signed to London’s Premier Model Management agency and had modeled for GQ and Zara.Prosecutors say Uzoka accused Koh of trying to copy him, and the two men feuded after Koh claimed to have slept with Uzoka’s girlfriend.In January, Koh sent Uzoka a message challenging him to a fight. Uzoka was stabbed, and collapsed and died in the street.Koh, 24, had denied murder, saying he was carrying two knives for self-defence.Two other men were convicted alongside Koh. All will be sentenced Sept. 21.last_img read more

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