Merger with UASC Drives HapagLloyds Profit Surge

first_imgzoom German liner giant Hapag-Lloyd has started to reap fruit from its merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) based on the preliminary figures for the full year 2017.Namely, a major jump has been reported in the company’s operating result (EBIT) for the full year, reaching EUR 411 million (USD 502 million) against EUR 126 million reported a year earlier.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) climbed up to EUR 1.055 billion, against EUR 607 million posted for 2016. The EBITDA margin grew to 10.6 pct compared to 7.9 pct in 2016, the company said.Aside from UASC merger, the better financial performance was also ascribed to a positive development of the worldwide container transport volume and a slight recovery of freight rates.In the fourth quarter of 2017, Hapag-Lloyd’s EBITDA increased to EUR 333 million from EUR 226 million reported in Q4 in 2016 and EUR 42 million higher EBIT year-on-year.Improved freight rates contributed to a revenue increase, which came at EUR 10.0 billion for the full year, compared to EUR 7.7 billion in 2016.At the same time, Hapag-Lloyd recorded a significant volume increase of 29 pct totaling in 9.8 million TEU.The German liner, which is now the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world, also has sound equity and liquidity reserves amounting to EUR 6.1 billion and EUR 1.1 billion respectively.Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet of 215 container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU.last_img read more

For taking catch important to keep eyes on ball otherwise you blame

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday used a cricketing analogy to take a dig at the Modi government over the state of the economy, saying to take a catch it is important to keep ones eyes on the ball and have the true spirit of the game, otherwise one keeps blaming gravity, Maths and Ola-Uber. Her sharp attack on the government came a day after Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was trolled on the internet over an apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of Maths. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He remarked that maths did not help Albert Einstein to discover gravity. The slip up was not lost on netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity. “For taking a catch, it is important to keep your eyes on the ball and having the true spirit of the game. Otherwise you will keep blaming gravity, maths, Ola-Uber. Issued in public interest for Indian economy,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Congress general secretary also posted a video from a cricket game in which the fielder is seen taking a very difficult catch at the boundary line. Goyal’s apparent gaffe came within days of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blaming millennials’ preference for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Ola over owning cars, and not high taxes, for slumping vehicle sales. The Congress had attacked Sitharaman for her remarks saying it reflected the “inefficiency, immaturity, and inexperience” of the BJP in governance.last_img read more

Canadian researcher says new study suggests autism overdiagnosed

first_imgMONTREAL — Autism has become so overdiagnosed that within five to 10 years there could be almost no difference between groups of people who have been diagnosed with the condition and those who haven’t, a Montreal researcher warns following the publication of a new study.A new meta-analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry that analyzed 11 previous major studies carried out since 1966 found that individuals diagnosed with autism have become progressively less different from the general population.Laurent Mottron, a research psychiatrist at the mental health unit of the Riviere-des-Prairies Hospital and one of the study’s authors, said the gap could soon narrow to nothing.“Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people — really less and less, to the point where if the trend continues, we won’t be able to find the least difference within five or 10 years,” he said in an interview.Mottron says the problem is that the criteria have lowered to the point where a diagnosis could become nearly meaningless.Mottron and four other researchers conducted a meta-analysis of previous studies that compared people who have been diagnosed with autism with those who haven’t. The analysis, which included data from 27,723 individuals, includes practically “the whole of planetary research on the autistic brain,” Mottron said.The analysis found that the differences between the groups have decreased over time in five of the seven main constructs that define autism, including emotion recognition, theory of mind, planning and brain size.In contrast, the group found no such tendency when it comes to the prevalence of schizophrenia, which has remained stable for the past two decades.Globally, the number of people diagnosed with autism has risen dramatically in recent years, going in the United States from less than 0.5 per cent of the population in 1966 to more than two per cent. In Quebec, the number is approaching two per cent.The study’s authors say their findings may be due to several factors, including a true increase in the condition, greater public awareness, the fact that a diagnosis leads to greater support, a lowered threshold for diagnosis, the use of “checklist diagnoses” and a greater tendency to diagnose individuals with a normal IQ.They note that understanding of autism has also evolved “from a narrowly defined clinical picture to a spectrum of conditions of uncertain similarity.” They warn that this blurring of the line could potentially make it more difficult to study the disorder.Mottron, for his part, says the research points to a rampant problem of overdiagnosis that he blames on schools, doctors and parents alike. He goes so far as to suggest that a diagnosis can work in a school or parent’s best interest by making them eligible for extra help and funding that they may otherwise not receive.“Right now, a diagnosis of autism is what allows one to get services in schools,” he said. “When you have an autism diagnosis, you have much greater chances of getting all kinds of extra things compared to another condition, which is total nonsense, because the need for services is independent from a diagnosis.”He said the criteria for a diagnosis have become “trivial,” including a child’s lack of friends or a dislike of haircuts or tags on clothing.Mottron acknowledged that the situation is complicated because mild forms of autism do exist. However, he noted that having certain autistic traits isn’t the same as having autism and said it’s “fundamental” for medical professionals to move beyond a simple checklist of symptoms before issuing a diagnosis.He said the potential for misdiagnosis is problematic in many ways, including the risk of children receiving the wrong treatment.“The people who are diagnosed as autistic when they aren’t often having problems, but they’re not the same ones,” he said.He said the cost of specialized services for autism are high and too many diagnosed children can spread resources too thin, meaning those who need them most don’t get enough.Jean-Benoit Legault, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Turks vote in test for Erdogans AKP as recession hits home

first_imgIstanbul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads into local elections Sunday fighting for what he says is Turkey’s survival, with his party risking defeat in the capital amid an economic slowdown. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have won every vote since the party first came to power in 2002 but this time, analysts say the party could lose Ankara and even Istanbul. It is the first municipal poll since Turks approved constitutional reforms in 2017 to create an executive presidency that gave Erdogan wider powers, and follows general elections last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Erdogan, whose ability to win continuously in the ballot box is unparalleled in Turkish history, is more vulnerable with the country’s economy in recession, unemployment up and inflation in double digits. Much of the AKP’s success has been down to his perceived economic prowess, but days before the vote, the Turkish lira has been sliding again, provoking memories of the 2018 currency crisis that badly hurt Turkish households. Erdogan, who is aware of his potential weakness and was previously the mayor of Istanbul, has campaigned across Turkey every day though he is not on the ballot. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSince Friday, he has held more than a dozen rallies in different Istanbul districts. Voters are to elect scores of mayors, municipal councils and other local officials. Polls open at 0400 GMT in eastern provinces and 0500 GMT elsewhere in the country. “Citizens are suffering because of the economic problems,” Dervis Dikmen, 60, told AFP at an opposition rally in the southern city of Mersin. “Citizens cannot buy anything.” “I’m a trader, I’m retired but I’ve never seen a downturn like this,” he said. For his supporters however, Erdogan remains the strong leader Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development in the decade and a half that he and the AKP have been in power. But rights activists and even Turkey’s Western allies say that under his leadership the government has steadily eroded democracy, especially after a failed 2016 coup that led to tens of thousands of people being arrested. The vote will be the first time since 2002 that the AKP is fielding candidates with its alliance partner, the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has refused to field candidates in several cities, saying the elections are unfair. Some of its leaders have been jailed on terror charges, accusations they reject. Critics say that with most media either pro-government or controlled by Erdogan supporters, opposition parties campaigned at a disadvantage because Erdogan’s rallies dominated TV coverage. For Gareth Jenkins, a non-resident senior research fellow at the Silk Road Studies Programme, regardless of what happens on Sunday, “it has been several years since we have had anything resembling a fair election in Turkey. “What has happened during the campaign for Sunday’s local elections is unprecedented and demonstrates that — unlike during its first years in power — the AKP is no longer confident of being able to win a fair election. And it is almost certainly right.” The AKP aims to win Istanbul and Ankara, with Erdogan fielding his ex-prime minister and loyalist Binali Yildirim for the country’s biggest city and economic hub. But in Ankara, Mansur Yavas — candidate for the opposition Republican People’s Party CHP and the nationalist Good Party — might have a stronger chance of winning, according to recent polls. Looking to rally conservative Turks, Erdogan’s message targeted opponents as enemies of the country, tying them to PKK Kurdish militants. But with inflation at just under 20 per cent and unemployment at a near 10-year high in December, he has also sought to reassure voters the economy is under control. “I am the boss of the economy right now as the president of this country,” Erdogan told a rally on Saturday. “We are in charge of the economy.” He has described the lira’s fluctuations as part of a plot led by the United States to “corner Turkey”. Ayse Ayata, a political science professor at Middle East Technical University, said that after the vote, “the economy will take precedence and there will certainly be significant austerity measures”.last_img read more

Torture is rife in Equatorial Guineas prisons says UN expert

The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, reported that torture is used by police forces against detainees – political prisoners as well as suspects of common crimes – to extract confessions or information and sometimes as punishment, intimidation or to extort money.The police abuse reported to him and corroborated by expert medical analysis included beatings to the soles of feet and buttocks with batons, solid rubberized cables and wooden bars; electric shocks with starter cables attached to different parts of the body with alligator clips; various forms of suspension with hands and feet tied together for prolonged periods and beating victims while they swing back-and-forth. “I am concerned about possible reprisals against detainees who provided testimony to us, in particular at the Central Police Stations in Malabo and Bata,” Mr. Nowak said after his 10-day fact-finding mission at the request of the Government.“The fact that I was denied access to both these facilities, when I went for follow-up visits, reinforces these concerns,” he added.He said that the absence of an independent judiciary, endemic corruption, arbitrary detention, evidence obtained through torture and the almost total impunity for those torturing prisoners are among the factors contributing to the absence of human rights for detainees in Equatorial Guinea.Mr. Nowak noted that holding cells are dirty, humid, and lack any sanitary or sleeping facilities. Food is only provided by detainees’ families or fellow inmates and access to water for drinking and washing is severely restricted. Detainees are usually not allowed to use the toilet, and as a result must resort to using plastic bottles or plastic bags. They have no possibility to exercise and have no access to medical care. He expressed concern that allegations of violence among detainees were frequently ignored or even tolerated by the authorities.“The fact that many detainees are held in these conditions well beyond the maximum of 72 hours stipulated by law, sometimes up to several months, exacerbates the situation and amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,” said Mr. Nowak.Although prisons are spacious on the whole, the Special Rapporteur voiced concern at the prohibition of family visits. He stressed that contact with the outside world is a major component of successful rehabilitation and reintegration of detainees as required by article 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Political prisoners in one prison have been held in solitary confinement for up to four years, without being allowed the one hour of exercise per day required by international minimum standards.“Moreover, they are held in leg irons practically all the time. Prolonged solitary confinement and the permanent use of leg irons amount to inhuman treatment.”The Special Rapporteur said that detained immigrants pending deportation were held in police cells for long periods of time in poor conditions with no food or water since they have no family nearby. They also run an increased risk of discrimination and physical abuse from other inmates with the approval of the police.He added that women and children were also particularly vulnerable as they are not separated from men and are exposed to the risk of sexual violence, a clear violation of international norms.“The context that allows torture to continue unabatedly is characterized by the non-functioning of the administration of justice and, therefore, the absence of the rule of law,” noted Mr. Nowak.Mr. Nowak recommended a comprehensive institutional and legal overhaul establishing law enforcement bodies based on the rule of law, an independent judiciary, and effective monitoring and accountability mechanisms to effectively combat torture for the country to comply with international human rights law and its own constitution.“I would advise the international community, including trans-national corporations, to ensure that, in their development cooperation and business practices, they are not complicit in violations of human rights by state authorities.” 19 November 2008Detainees kept in police custody in Equatorial Guinea are victims of systematic torture, and prisoners suffer inhuman conditions, an independent United Nations human rights expert said in a press statement today, blaming a break down in the country’s judicial system. read more

UN official sounds alarm on increasingly global nature of organized crime

As organized crime increasingly transcends national borders, the best way to combat these networks is to strike at the heart of their markets, not just intercept criminal groups, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.Diffuse criminal networks with a global reach have replaced national criminal groups, and the modern crime business model values control over trafficking routes more than control over a single commodity, Antonio Maria Costa said at the start of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which opened its 19th session today in Vienna.“Arrest a few traffickers and others will take their places as long as there is money to be made by exploiting illicit flows,” he stressed.Transnational organized crime is increasingly being driven by market forces, and unlike terrorists or insurgents, these criminals do not have a political agenda, he added.“They are out to make money: they seek to buy low and sell high – maximizing returns and minimizing risk,” Mr. Costa pointed out.As a result, “countermeasures must disrupt those markets, and not just intercept the criminal groups that exploit them,” he said.The UNODC Executive Director called for a two-pronged approach to combat organized crime. First, he said, it is vital that security is bolstered, since traffickers tend to target areas wracked by instability and underdevelopment.“Peacebuilding and peacekeeping make fragile regions less prone to the conflict that affects crime,” Mr. Costa said. “In turn, fighting crime neutralizes spoilers who profit from instability.”What is also vital to fighting global criminal networks, he said, is increasing the risks of running criminal operations. The past two decades have shown that governance has failed to keep pace with globalization, resulting in the abuse of the economic and financial systems.“A laissez-faire system cannot work if the invisible hand of the market is manipulated by the bloody hand of organized crime,” the UNODC chief stressed, calling for enhanced vigilance.The latest session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will focus on issues ranging from the protection of countries’ cultural heritage from trafficking, as well as on the outcome of a UN gathering last month in Salvador, Brazil, that ended with a call for Member States to adapt their criminal justice systems to changing times, including through the use of new technologies.“Make no mistake: this review is not housekeeping,” Mr. Costa said today. “It is about building security and development through the rule of law, to ensure your people freedom from fear and freedom from want, in the respect of human rights.”The five-day conference is slated to wrap up on Friday. 17 May 2010As organized crime increasingly transcends national borders, the best way to combat these networks is to strike at the heart of their markets, not just intercept criminal groups, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today. read more

Ban appeals for more information on Dag Hammarskjölds death

Mr. Ban’s call, through a statement issued by his spokesperson, comes on the eve of a UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday, 19 November, to consider a resolution on the issue.“The Secretary-General is grateful to Member States for their cooperation thus far,” the statement said, adding however that “some of the Panel’s requests for information have not been conclusively answered.”The statement goes on to say that “there is a possibility that unreleased material relating to the crash of flight SE-BDY on the night between 17 and 18 September 1961 may still be available.”“Therefore, the Secretary-General again urges all Member States to disclose, declassify or otherwise make available all information they may have in their possession related to the circumstances and conditions of the crash,” it said.On 2 July 2015, Mr. Ban transmitted to the General Assembly the report of the Independent panel of Experts regarding the investigation into the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him. On Thursday, November 19, the General Assembly is scheduled to meet to consider a resolution on the issue.Mr. Hammarskjöld served from April 1953 until his death at the age of 56 in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, along with 15 others more in September 1961.“The Secretary-General welcomes the General Assembly’s upcoming consideration of a resolution on the issue on 19 November,” the statement said. “It underlines the importance of addressing the outcome of the Panel’s report.”Mr. Ban is expected to inform the General Assembly on any further progress made before the end of its current session.Earlier this year, the three-member Independent Panel of Experts had found new information relating to ‘crew fatigue’ which contributes to one or more of the hypothesis. Most importantly, the Panel found new information, which it assessed as having moderate probative value, sufficient to further pursue aerial attack or other interference as a hypothesis of the possible cause of the crash. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State players offer NBA comparisons for themselves

OSU junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33), redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15), sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and senior forward Marc Loving (2) celebrate a call during the Buckeyes 78-68 win over Navy on Nov. 11. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorComing off a disappointing 2016-2017 season, a coaching change and considerable roster turnover, it is fair to say there is uncertainty surrounding the Ohio State men’s basketball team. When asked to compare themselves to NBA players, the Buckeyes answered candidly, giving fans a better sense of what to expect from the roster.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and sophomore forward/center Micah Potter quickly referenced NBA champions and All-Stars when asked for their comparisons.Micah Potter“[Cleveland Cavaliers forward] Kevin Love,” Potter responded without hesitation.“I’m a big white guy that can shoot and I like to rebound,” Potter said. “I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.”Potter added that he has the capability to throw full-court outlet passes like the ones Love has patented in his career. He said he will have to prove his ability in practice before throwing the long passes in a game, but he is confident in the athletic abilities of his teammates to run the floor, catch the ball and convert the exciting play.Jae’Sean TateAlthough the big man from Cleveland proudly compared himself to a champion and four-time All-Star in Love, Tate reluctantly compared himself to a two-time NBA champion and All-Star.“Everybody’s gonna say [Golden State Warriors forward] Draymond Green,” Tate said. “I mean, that’s an honor. It’s a great compliment, so I guess I got to go with him.”The comparison to Green stems from the fact both he and Tate are undersized forwards whose versatility allows them to defend multiple positions and make plays all over the floor. Potter agreed wholeheartedly when asked about Tate’s comparison to Green, who earned 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.“That one is 100 percent true,” Potter said.Tate said he knows that comparison has accuracy, but prefers to think of himself otherwise. “I would rather be a [Cleveland Cavaliers guard] Dwyane Wade, but I know I’m not there,” Tate said while flashing a smile.Tate said he has been working on his jump shot and ball handling, but knows he has a long way to go to resemble Wade, a 12-time All-Star and three-time champion who many regard as one of the best to ever play.Keita Bates-DiopUnlike Tate, Bates-Diop said he best compares to one of his favorite players.“Probably also my favorite — [San Antonio Spurs forward] Kawhi [Leonard],” Bates-Diop said. “Just because he’s pretty quiet and just goes about his business pretty much.”Bates-Diop said he does not need a lot of dribbling to make plays offensively, similar to Leonard. He also said he is ready to step up and make impact plays of the defensive side of the floor —  much like Leonard, who is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.Kam WilliamsPotter, Tate and Bates-Diop might have thought about comparing themselves to players at the highest level before, but it was clear fifth-year senior shooting guard Kam WIlliams and junior point guard C.J. Jackson had given less thought to the comparisons given their hesitation to answer. Williams labored over the question for a while as he pondered which players best resemble his game.“[Houston Rockets guard] Eric Gordon,” Williams eventually said.He compared Gordon’s 3-point shooting ability and improved pick-and-roll playmaking to his own. Over his career, Williams has shot a solid 39 percent on 3-pointers and said he has been working on his ability to handle the ball in pick-and-roll situations. Williams hopes to break out like Gordon did in 2017 when he finished fourth in 3-point field goals and won Sixth Man of the Year. C.J. JacksonJackson, perhaps the quietest player on the team, did not immediately compare himself to an NBA All-Star. “I don’t think I can choose one person,” Jackson said. “I try to get a little bit of everyone’s game ’cause obviously you can’t play like a specific person. You just kinda pick little things here and there — what you can do, what you like out of each player.”The junior point guard said he enjoys watching all guards play and specifically observes the intricacies of what makes Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry and John Wall so successful. But to Jackson, a guard does not have to be an NBA All-Star to grab his attention.“It doesn’t really matter the level either,” Jackson said. “You can learn from high school guys.” read more

Former glamour model groomed online as jihadi bride

first_imgMs Miners is understood to have been “warned off” and directed to a counter extremism programme by police.As many as 100 women and girls are believed to have travelled to territory held by Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil), many of them after being groomed online.She said she was in contact with Abu Usamah, whose true identity is not known, as recently as last month.She said: “He was saying, ‘If you can leave England, then just leave.'” Islamic State extremists trying to sign up ‘jihadi brides’ to travel to Iraq or Syria have tried to recruit a former glamour model who converted to Islam.Counter terrorism police have warned Kimberley Miners to stop extremist activity after she exchanged social media messages with a recruiter and allegedly shared violent Islamic State propaganda videos on social media.The 27-year-old who has in the past posed topless for a tabloid newspaper admitted to the Sunday Times that she had been in contact on Facebook with an Isis recruiter called Abu Usamah al-Britani who is trying to recruit a new generation of jihadist brides from the West. She condemned Isil’s beheadings and did not want to be a jihadi bride, but was interested in travelling to the region to carry out charity work, she said.Ms Miners, from Bradford in West Yorkshire, turned to Islam after the death of her father, but said she had faced abuse in the street for wearing Islamic dress.She said: “I’ve gone from glamour model to something completely different. Kimberley Miners posed topless for a national newspaper before turning to IslamCredit:SWNS 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. “But that again makes me wonder. You don’t get shit for wearing nowt, but the second you start wearing [the veil] you get accused [of extremism] and stuff.”Sources said her case had echoes of the recruitment of Sally Jones, a former punk rocker from Kent, who travelled to Isil’s self-styled caliphate with her young son after meeting a jihadist online.The flow of Westerners to Isil territory has slowed to a trickle as battlefield reverses and heavy casualties among jihadists has put them off travelling to Iraq and Syria. Kimberley Miners posed topless for a national newspaper before turning to Islamlast_img read more

Rise of study tubers is whipping up hysteria among schoolchildren experts warn

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The rise of “study tubers” is “whipping up hysteria” among schoolchildren, experts have warned.These increasingly popular YouTube videos – some of which have been watched millions of times – show teenagers studying for hours on end, while sharing tips and advice about how to revise.  Ruby, whose channel is called Ruby Granger named after her hero Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, has had over 13 million views.Among her videos are speeded-up clips of herself revising for her A-levels in English, Philosophy and Chemistry for 14 and 15 hours a day. Introducing her Study With Me: 15 Hour Study Day film, said explains: “This is the longest study with me that I have ever filmed. I just want to quickly point out that I do not do 15 hours of studying every day.“Usually if I’m not doing anything else that day I will do 10-12 hours of work. This isn’t always homework, sometimes I like to do extension projects.” Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that on the one hand, youngsters should be congratulated for “being innovative and using technology for something constructive”.However, he added that children must be “protected” from “setting themselves unattainable goals” after watching “study tubers” post videos of themselves revising for hours on end.“Mental health is such an issue for young people. People present themselves in a way that is unattainable,” he said. “It goes back to schools helping each child to think about themselves, and not that everyone can do this or should do this.”He explained that while teachers try to give their pupils as much advice and guidance as possible, there is always the possibility that they will look elsewhere.“You always know that youngsters can access other resources, and that the quality control of these is always slightly dodgy,” he said.Barnaby Lenon, the chairman of the Independent Schools Council, has previously advised teenagers to spend seven hours a day studying for their GCSEs and A levels.He advised that pupils spend 100 hours working during the Easter holidays, covering 50 topics in two-hour slots.“Plan to work for seven hours a day most days of the Easter break. If you work for 14 days, that will be about 100 hours of revision. If each topic takes two hours to revise, that is 50 topics,” he said.center_img Meanwhile, Jade Bowler’s YouTube channel Unjaded Jade has had 10.3 million views – one of her posts shows her crying as she tells how she was rejected from Oxford University – and Eve Bennett from Revision with Eve, has had 12.6 million views.Chris McGovern, chair of the Campaign for Real Education, said that “study tubers” can offer social support and reassurance for students who may otherwise feel isolated while revising. He added that there is “rising panic” among teenagers about exams, and that YouTube vloggers can fuel their anxiety. “One of the dangers is that it creates a sense of hysteria, a collective hysteria,” he said.“We need to get away from the videos, I suspect they are whipping up hysteria. Unfortunately for youngsters, they tend to whip each other up into a frenzy.”last_img read more

Boris Beckers diplomatic passport is a clumsy fake claims Central African Republic

Becker announced his new role in a press statement in April, and was pictured with the president. The statement said that the office was “official bestowed” by President Touadéra and his ambassador, Dr Daniel Emery Dede.It included a quote from President Touadéra declaring he was “extremely pleased that a world star like Boris Becker, with his extensive international relations, has agreed to support our country”.Becker said he would use his “international network” to help make the country safe. He has yet to visit the CAR.A spokesman for Becker was unavailable for comment. The foreign ministry’s chief of staff, Cherubin Moroubama, told Agence-France Presse: “The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake.”He claimed the document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of passports stolen in 2014, and that the role Becker claims to occupy as a roving attache “does not exist”. Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is a “clumsy fake”, a Central African Republic foreign minister has claimed, in the latest instalment of the former tennis star’s bankruptcy saga.The three-times Wimbledon champion is asserting diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention in his bankruptcy proceedings, and provided a High Court judge with a letter from the CAR embassy in Brussels stating that he is an attache for sports, humanitarian and cultural affairs in the European Union.The letter stated that Becker was issued with a diplomatic passport on March 19 and that it runs until 2023.However, a diplomatic passport requires the signature of the country’s foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane. He claimed to Reuters that the version he has seen is a “clumsy fake”, adding that “the signature on the passport was not mine”.Mr Doubane said the government is launching an inquiry into who issued the passport to Becker. The diplomatic passport that he has is a fakeCherubin Moroubama, the CAR foreign ministry’s chief of staff The Brussels embassy issued a statement on Sunday reiterating that “Mr Becker is a support of our country and was appointed to the diplomatic service by the president of our country. His office is in Brussels. Mr Becker is in mission for our country and our embassy in the field of sport, culture and humanitarian affairs.”The statement said Britain must comply with the Vienna Convention and “respect all diplomats and their rights”. There appears to be a difference of opinion between the country’s foreign ministry and its Brussels outpost, and the foreign ministry appears to be contradicting a statement attributed to the president, Faustin Archange Touadéra. 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

La résistance du staphylocoque doré serait dorigine animale

first_imgLa résistance du staphylocoque doré serait d’origine animaleUne récente étude publiée par l’Académie américaine de Microbiologie a permis d’établir un lien entre l’exposition du staphylocoque doré aux antibiotiques utilisés pour les animaux d’élevage et le développement de souches résistantes chez l’homme. En 2003, une nouvelle souche ST398 de staphylococcus aureus résistant à la méthicilline (SARM) a été détectée dans des élevages de bétail. Une bactérie qui touche les agriculteurs en contact avec des animaux contaminés, identifiée dans près de la moitié des échantillons de viande aux États-Unis.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’origine de cette souche résistante pourrait, d’après une étude publiée dans la revue mBio de l’Académie américaine de Microbiologie être liée à l’exposition du staphylocoque doré aux antibiotiques utilisés pour les animaux d’élevage. Les travaux des chercheurs ont mené à la conclusion selon laquelle la ST398 a pu se développer à partir d’une souche humaine sensible aux antibiotiques. Transmise aux animaux, cette dernière se serait enrichie de nouveaux gènes de résistance et aurait engendré de nouveaux types de souches, comme la ST398 capable de résister à plusieurs antibiotiques.”La plupart des souches ancestrales humaines étaient sensibles aux antibiotiques, alors que les souches d’élevage ont acquis une résistance à plusieurs reprises de façon indépendante” explique Ross Fitzgerald, chercheur à l’Université écossaise d’Edimbourg cité par Sciences et avenir. Selon lui, l’utilisation abusive d’antibiotiques chez les animaux d’élevage est certainement responsable du développement de ces résistances et représente alors une réelle menace pour la santé humaine.Néanmoins, les antibiotiques ne sont pas seulement utilisés pour soigner les infections des animaux. Les agriculteurs y ont également recours pour accélérer la croissance de leurs bêtes et augmenter la production de viande. Une pratique interdite depuis 2006 au sein de l’Union Européenne, mais à laquelle les agriculteurs de nombreux pays ont encore recours.Le 23 février 2012 à 11:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rick and Morty Season Two ranked from worst to best

first_imgAdult Swim’s half-hour animated sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty, created by Dan Harmon and Dustin Roiland, had an above-average first season for an animated sitcom both critically and in the ratings. The show was renewed for a second season in January 2014, before the first season had ended. Season two wouldn’t begin until July 2015, but the wait was worth it. Building off the foundation set by the first eleven episodes (ranked here), season two was a roller-coaster ride filled with high-highs and tolerable lows.Speaking of highs and lows, the second season really hones the series’ ability to contrast crazy, silly science fiction fun with heart-wrenchingly bleak moments of existential horror. Rick and Morty shines brightest when it’s on the extremes of its own comedy spectrum, either embracing the absurdity of parallel universes and ad-libbed stupidity or cutting to the bone with moments of desperate, sympathetic misery. Rick finding his bravado crushed completely at times is every bit as strong as Jerry scraping together the tiniest bits of dignity to keep himself together.The violence is also turned up to an extreme, with a Purge planet, a murderous singing fart, and a house full of wacky characters getting systematically gunned down spilling blood of all colors and consistencies across the screen. All of this is shown against the steady movement of character arcs that really develop Rick and Morty beyond the Doc and Marty rip-offs they were initially conceived as.Here are season two’s episodes ranked, from the lows of a misstep musical episode to the highs of Mr. Poopybutthole’s terrible fate. Episode Five: Get Schwifty1/10A massive alien head appears over Earth when it is the planet’s time to perform for an intergalactic music competition show, and Rick and Morty are the planet’s only hope.The same joke sensibility that made season one’s interdimensional cable episode so funny can’t really be applied to music, and the idea of giant head aliens running a competition where planets would perform a single song leads to two of Rick and Morty’s weirdest attempts at musical comedy: “Get Schwifty” and “Head Bent Over.” When Rick drops “I’m Mr. Bulldrops” in the middle of a song that appears to be about defecating on the floor, a large section of the audience is as baffled as the nuke-happy general who begrudgingly came to him in the first place. Principal Vagina’s new head-worshipping religion develops fast enough for things to escalate out of control by the episode’s end around the rest of the Smiths, but Rick and Morty’s adventure ends up falling flat. The return of Bird Person and Dan Harmon’s Ice-T impression aren’t enough to keep the A plot particularly engaging.<><>last_img read more

Quentin Tarantinos Star Trek Movie is Happening and Will Be RRated

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Nobody asked for it, and the more you think about it, the more wrong it seems, but it looks like Quentin Tarantino is making a Star Trek movie. The news broke earlier this week that Tarantino had pitched an idea for a Star Trek sequel to J.J. Abrams, and that Abrams liked what he heard. Things have reportedly moved very quickly since then and Tarantino met in a writers’ room with The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce. The three hammered out ideas for the new Star Trek film, and Deadline reports that one of those three (probably Smith) will get the job of writing the screenplay.So there’s going to be a new Star Trek movie. That’s usually cause for celebration. I really enjoyed the 2009 alternate universe reboot, and Star Trek Beyond was also really good. It was the best of the three, really. Star Trek into Darkness is the weakest of the new movies, but hey. It was still better than Nemesis. And The Final Frontier. At this point, there are more good Star Trek movies than bad ones, especially in recent years. It’s Tarantino’s attachment and stipulations for the project that may cause fans some concern. For Paramount to use his story idea, he requires that the film be R-rated. Tarantino also hopes to direct the movie, which has a decent chance of happening.Even after Star Trek: Discovery became the first Star Trek to use the word “fuck,” an R-rated Trek feels super weird. Even though Discovery earned a TV-MA rating for its violence and language, if it were released as a movie, it would probably get a PG-13. Conventional wisdom says you’re allowed to have one f-bomb to stay under the R-rating, but plenty of movies have gotten away with two. Especially when they’re used as innocuously as they were in Discovery. Besides, as Anthony Rapp himself put it, it was a “fuck” in the name of science, not anger. In that way, it felt very Star Trek. I don’t imagine Tarantino’s “fucks”(or also likely, “motherfuckers”) to be used in the name of science. In his movies, the word is used in anger or casually peppered into sentences. It’s not quite the vision of the future we’re used to seeing from Star Trek.Mary Wiseman and Anthony Rapp in Star Trek: Discovery (Photo via CBS)The bigger reason why an R-rated Star Trek feels so wrong has to do with accessibility. Despite its TV-MA rating, no one was prevented from watching Star Trek: Discovery as long as they had CBS All Access. An R-rating would prevent a lot of young people from seeing the new movie. I have fond memories of my dad taking me to watch the latest Star Trek movie in theaters as a kid. Even when it was Nemesis. He certainly wasn’t going to take me to see an R-rated Tarantino movie. The fact that the next generation of Star Trek fans might not be able to see the next big film in the franchise feels like a problem.Of course, there is no movie yet. We can’t really judge anything until we at least see a trailer. And hey, even with the rating, there’s every possibility that this could turn out great. Tarantino is a talented director, and he can shoot dialog very well. He can bring a flair to those Prime Directive policy debates and moral crises on the bridge that are hallmarks of Star Trek. He can also shoot a very stylish action scene. Tarantino has the tools to make a great Star Trek movie no matter what it’s rated, so we should see what shape it takes before decrying the new direction. A bold new take on the franchise by an obsessive fan could be worthwhile. As long as he doesn’t bring about Star Trek’s first n-word. He has an… uncomfortable history in that department.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

State pot business applications surpass 3000

first_imgPot applications climb in Clark County as deadline nearsNumber seeking to open stores in county nearly doubles over past weekSEATTLE — More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 867 proposed retail outlets spanning from Point Roberts to Pullman.Washington’s Liquor Control Board released updated figures Tuesday, saying it had received 3,746 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington’s recreational pot law passed by voters last year. The application window closed last week, but board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said there is still a backlog of submissions that haven’t been processed yet. Carpenter said it’s premature to dissect the numbers because it’s not clear how many of the applications are viable. He said it appears some applicants hadn’t done the work to identify a business location.“It’s really hard to tell how many of these are legitimate,” Carpenter said. Investigators have already started reviewing applicants, and the state hopes to begin issuing licenses at the end of February. Applicants must undergo background checks, be residents of Washington state, and have their business areas inspected by the state.Along with 1,670 producer applications and 1,209 processor applications, the state has released details on 867 proposed retail outlets. The state is planning to cap the number of pot shops at 334 statewide, so some areas are expected to face a lottery for retail licenses.After the first licenses are issued, the state expects it will take some time for marijuana to move through the system from production to sale.last_img read more

Showtime

first_img“Gold” is based on the true story of Kenny Wells, who goes from zero to hero when he hits gold in Indonesia.Timothy Simons (as Jeff Jackson): “We’re talking over $30 billion.”But he quickly realizes that finding the gold is easy, keeping it is much harder. Matthew McConaughey stars in this, and if he looks a little different — shaving your head and gaining 40 pounds will do that.Matthew McConaughey: “I gave myself the pleasure of saying, ‘You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. You can drink whatever you want, whenever you want for four months. Go for it.’”Josh Gad (as Bailey/Buddy/Tino/Ellie): “This was me and this was me, and then I came back as this little guy.”In “A Dog’s Purpose,” a devoted dog — voiced by Josh Gad — discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love.This movie was expected to win the weekend, but after TMZ published this video, animal groups have called for boycotts, though the trainers say it was edited and doesn’t show the entire story. (WSVN) – The rest of us zombie-loving adults should feel free to go see “Resident Evil,” and it leads off this week’s “Showtime.”Frasor James (as Razor): “What are we going to do?”Millia Jovovich (as Alice): “We’re going to kill every last one of them.”Millia Jovovich is back as Alice in the sixth and final “Resident Evil” movie. And how do we know it’s the final one? Because they put it in the title. It’s called “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” Joining her is Miami native William Levy who tells us it was tough keeping up with her.William Levy: “These women, they’re running back and forth, long hours of work, and at some point, you start to get tired and then you see these two women who don’t get tired. They’re like, ‘Come on, let’s go.’”Edgar Ramirez (as Michael Acosta): “Look! We got a gold mine.”Michael McConaughey (as Kenny Wells): “We got a gold mine.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New Owner Editor Publisher More Vital Than Ever

first_imgNielsen closed E&P, along with sister publications Kirkus Reviews, last month after it announced the sale of eight media/entertainment brands—including Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter—to e5 Global Media, a new company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.The newspaper industry’s dramatic decline, Duncan said, is what made saving E&P so important. “When do you need a magazine like Editor & Publisher more? When everything is going great or in a tie of crisis,”he said. “It’s more vital now than ever.”OK. But how is a newspaper magazine going to mesh with his stable of boating publications?  “Maybe I’m not cerebral enough to worry about things like that, but I don’t think it will be a problem,” said Duncan.”The back end, in terms of production, IT and Web, is the same regardless of the publication. As long as I have separate ad staffs and separate editorial staffs, everything else is the same. We think we can supply all the support services for it, we can bring it into a structure with a much lower overhead, and make it viable.”In terms of editorial direction, Duncan said E&P is and has been right on course, producing best practice-type content for publishers. He said he has no immediate plans to change the magazine’s monthly frequency or circulation.”The magazine has a great staff and we were lucky enough to keep about 80 percent of them,” he said. E&P’s former editor-at-large, Mark Fitzgerald, will now serve as editor, replacing former editor Greg Mitchell, who is no longer with the magazine. Charles McKeown will continue as publisher.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big b-to-b player shutter a magazine, only to be contacted by a smaller publisher who wants to acquire it. Last April, Reed Business Information shuttered all but one of the magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications Group, which consisted of 14 regional construction titles. John White, the original co-owner of the ACP titles, then reaquired the licenses and relaunched them gradually before the end of the year. The fate of 126-year-old Editor & Publisher is no longer drifting in uncertain waters. The shuttered newspaper magazine was acquired Thursday evening by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., the Irvine, California-based publisher of Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.Wait, what? Why in the world would the publisher of boating magazines want to buy a big-name property that covers the newspaper industry?”I published newspapers when I first got into this business and have been reading Editor & Publisher on and off for more than 30 years,” Duncan McIntosh told me over the phone today. “I heard about its closing and thought to myself, ‘That can’t be.’ I started sending e-mails to Nielsen until someone would finally talk to us. And, now, here we are.”last_img read more

Rythu Yantra app launched in Nirmal district

first_imgNirmal: In order to bring the farmers close to technology, a first of its kind in the country ‘Rythu Yantra’ app to provide tractor services to farmers, was launched by District Collector M Prashanthi at the Collector’s conference hall in Nirmal on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, Collector M Prashanthi said the app has been introduced to provide tractor service to small and medium farmers at minimum cost than the market price.A pilot project in Soan, Nirmal and Dilawarpur in Nirmal district was successfully implemented. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us There are 243 tractor owners in the district and 491 farmers have registered their names in the app. After receiving 430 booking calls, 230 tractor services were provided to the customers, she informed. Farmers can avail these tractor services booked through the app for transportation agricultural produce, agricultural equipment and other form uses at less price than the market. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The prices of transportation under the app are like this – Rs 650 per hour to transport a big plough; Rs 600 for seed-cum-fertiliser machine; Rs 600 for cultivator; Rs 900 for Rote Vetter; Rs 500 for trolley; Rs 1,000 for transporting cage wheel per hour. AOE explained the farmers how to book a tractor though the app. Collector Prashanthi said that this app is very useful to farmers as well as tractor owners and urged the farmers to utilise the app services. Agriculture Assistant Director Vinay Babu, Khaja, E distrit Manager Nadeem Khan, agricultural officers, AEOs, Jana spandana software offices, Venkat, Kethan and others were present.last_img read more

Former NASA scientist says black hole could be present at the centre

first_imgRepresentational image.Creative Commons.A few days back, the European Space Agency revealed the first-ever image of a black hole, and this dark cosmic entity is almost 54 million light years away. However, a former NASA scientist believes that black holes could be present at the centre of the earth.This weird theory is put forward by former NASA scientist Louise Riofrio, and he claims that there could be one black hole far closer to home. Riofrio made these remarks while talking to Blake Cousins, a conspiracy theorist duo who runs the YouTube channel ‘Third Phase of Moon’.”While people have looked for black holes in space, there could be a black hole in the last place they would think – beneath their feet inside the Earth. It would be a tiny thing – almost the grain of sound but as heavy as the moon. Billions of years ago, the Earth would have revolved around this black hole – that black hole is responsible for generating our heat. That causes volcanoes and earthquakes but also our islands to form. The black hole would also generate the magnetic field that protects us from space. Our planet might not exist without black holes,” said Riofrio, Daily Star reports. The former NASA scientist also added that more studies on this theory could result in the production of free energy. At one point in time, she even went a step ahead and argued that time travel is possible, and the speed of light changes over the course of time. However, she admitted that the concept of time travel also includes several paradoxes like ‘killing the grandfather’.Third Phase of Moon has now uploaded a video that features Riofrio’s interview on YouTube, and it is now receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.”Wow, she is brilliant, but you can also tell she is a very high-level genius just in the way she talks, the cadence, almost like she is a living breathing computer, lol. But very interesting theories and I am sure they will be backed up by other top scientists in time just as Einsteins were,” commented Glenn Schantz, a YouTibe user.”I agree with her. Scientists always make stuff complicated. She Just made it to the point and simple and she will probably be completely correct! Good Job. What goes up must come down. Makes sense that light is slowing.. why wouldn’t it?” commented Tino Pacino, another YouTuber.last_img read more

7 dead 150 missing in Brazil dam collapse

first_imgAerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil`s giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil, on 25 January 2019. Photo: AFPA collapse of a disused dam at an iron-ore mine complex in southeast Brazil killed at least seven people and left 150 missing, officials said, as they sought to evaluate the full scope of the disaster.The tailings dam, owned by Brazilian mining giant Vale, broke apart “very violently, very suddenly,” sending a massive torrent of mud over the complex where hundreds of employees were working, Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro.The deluge rumbled on to the nearby town of Brumadinho, located southwest of the city of Belo Horizonte, cutting a swath through vegetation, farmland and roads, and impeding access to the area.The death toll was expected to rise, as rescue teams scoured through the disaster zone overnight into Saturday. Dozens of helicopters were being used.Brazil’s new government led by president Jair Bolsonaro reacted to its first big emergency since taking office early this month by launching disaster coordination between the defense, mining and environment ministries and authorities in the affected state of Minas Gerais.Bolsonaro and his defense minister were to fly over the zone on Saturday. His environment minister raced to the area late Friday.An AFP photographer viewing the zone from the air described tractors, houses and a bridge submerged in mud, and emergency crews using earth-moving machinery to search for survivors.Television images earlier showed helicopters being used to rescue people stuck in mud.’Human tragedy’Schvartsman called the dam break “a human tragedy, because we’re talking about probably a large number of victims — we don’t know how many but we know it will be a high number.”Schvartsman, who had his two-year term renewed last month by Vale’s board, said it was an “inactive dam” that was in the process of being decommissioned that burst apart.Its contents — tailings, or mining byproducts mixed with water — cascaded into another dam, which overflowed, he said.The liquid, brown mass barreled on towards Brumadinho, population 39,000, but did not deal it a direct hit.The Minas Gerais government statement said 427 people had been working at the Vale mine at the time of the dam collapse, and 279 were recovered alive. The others were listed as missing.”Where are our relatives?” wailed Raquel Cristina, one of several people demanding information in Belo Horizonte about their kin in the mud-hit area.”My five-year-old nephew is asking me if his dad died. What do I tell him?” asked another, Olivia Rios.Romeo Zema, the governor of Minas Gerais state, told reporters that, while all was being done to find survivors, “from now, the odds are minimal and it is most likely we will recover only bodies.”Vale shares plunge Shares in Vale plummeted eight percent in New York trading Friday. The Sao Paulo stock market was closed for a holiday.The disaster recalled trauma from a 2015 dam break in a different part of the same state of Minas Gerais, in Mariana, in which 19 people died.That accident three years ago released millions of tons of toxic iron waste along hundreds of kilometers (miles), causing what is considered the country’s worst environmental disaster. Vale was joint operator of that dam, along with the Anglo-Australian group BHP.The Brazil office of Greenpeace, the environmental activist group, said Fridays dam break was “a sad consequence of the lessons not learned by the Brazilian government and the mining companies.”It said that the incidents “are not accidents but environmental crimes that must be investigated, punished and repaired.”Civil defense officials said people living in low-lying areas of Brumadinho had been evacuated after the collapse.Vale issued a statement saying it had set up shelters for residents left homeless.Brumadinho’s municipality issued an alert on social media warning residents to move away from the Paraopeba river that the dam had been holding back.The town is best known to tourists for Inhotim, an outdoor contemporary art museum, which was evacuated as a precaution. The venue receives 35,000 visitors a month.last_img